Austal Bags Five LCS 6 Contracts

first_img Authorities View post tag: Austal USA View post tag: US Navy View post tag: americas Austal Bags Five LCS 6 Contracts View post tag: contracts September 30, 2015center_img View post tag: USS Jackson Back to overview,Home naval-today Austal Bags Five LCS 6 Contracts Naval Sea Systems Command awards Austal USA five contracts worth approximately US$22 million.Austal USA was awarded a US$13,3 million order to provide all supplies, services, labor and material in support of the pre-shock trials emergent availability for Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson (LCS 6). Efforts will include program management, test plan and Integrated Master Schedule development, and work package execution and testing. Work will be performed in Mayport, Florida and is expected to be completed by June 2016.In addition to the above contract, the Company received a further four orders worth US$9,3 million. All are cost-plus-award-fee orders against previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) and are designed to support on-going Littoral Combat Ship operations for LCS 6. These orders are to provide engineering and management services for advance planning and design support of the post shakedown availability (PSA) and shock trials; including PSA test and trials support, combat ship qualifications (CSSQ) and final contract trials (FCT) support, emergent repair/sailaround, and full ship shock trial (FSST) preparation repair.Austal USA will provide design, planning and material support services for the vessel. Efforts will include post-delivery support and service, program management, advance planning, engineering, design, test and activation, production, material kitting, liaison and scheduling.Austal has a US$3.5 billion block-buy contract from the U.S. Navy to build 10 Littoral Combat Ships and a separate US$1.6 billion block-buy contract from the U.S Navy to build 10 103-meter Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPF) – formerly Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSVs).[mappress mapid=”17056″]Image: Austal View post tag: LCS 6 Share this articlelast_img read more

University and OUSU move to tackle sexual harassment

first_img“The new policy is in the final stages of edits and approval, and I am personally really pleased with how much of an improvement it will make to the current policy.”The University is also working on new training methods for its staff – a spokesperson explained that “pilot workshops were run in spring 2014 for front-line staff in colleges to build their confidence in responding effectively to reports of any type of abuse”, while in particular, staff have been guided on signposting students to sources of specialist advice and support, as appropriate to the incident.Meanwhile, at least 24 colleges will be holding OUSU sexual consent workshops this freshers’ week, with 20 of those compulsory for first year undergraduates. The workshops have been running across the university since 2011, while Wadham was the first to make theirs compulsory last year.The aims of these workshops, as an OUSU statement explains, are to “provide a safe space in which to evaluate and develop our understanding of sexual consent, and to stimulate community-wide conversations about sexual consent. This helps to create a culture of enthusiastic and informed consent, and may also help to reduce harmful attitudes towards sexual violence such as victim blaming.“The workshops deliberately validate the stories of survivors of sexual violence, and send a clear message that sexual violence is not tolerated within the community. We believe that all of these measures are desperately needed.”The workshops will last for one hour, and take place in groups of about 10 students, while all facilitators are trained by OUSU. In March 2013 the workshops were a finalist in the UK Sexual Health Awards in the category ‘Adult sexual health service/project of the year’.While they may be nationally recognised, organisers are keen for them to become compulsory for all new Oxford students. Jesus’s JCR women’s representative Emilia Carslaw explained that if the workshops were optional, “Only those who were already interested in consent-based issues would attend.”Bradshaw has however expressed her excitement at the number of JCRs who have so far agreed to run the workshops, telling Cherwell, “[the workshops were] a central election pledge of mine in November, and it has been wonderful to work with so many students who recognise the importance of starting college-wide conversations about sexual consent.”However, because of the relative autonomy of each college, it is not certain that the policy will be immediately adopted across the entire university. “A big piece of work for OUSU this year, led by our campaigns and working with the University, will be to pressure colleges to update their harassment policies to match,” Bradshaw explained.“The updated policy is a step firmly in the right direction, but we need to change the culture as well as the policy. This is why growing the OUSU Sexual Consent Workshops is a key focus for me this year, because a shift in culture is what they are all about.” Details about the University’s current harassment policy can be found here. Both OUSU and University authorities have promised new measures to tackle sexual harassment, starting with OUSU’s compulsory consent workshops to be held in freshers’ week.The University has also promised that a revised harassment policy, to be released “during the course of the term”, will make “explicit its inclusion of all aspects of harassment, including sexual violence, assault and stalking”, as well as “encourage disclosure”,The announcements follow major concerns about the ways in which University officials deal with cases of sexual harassment.A recent survey by the NUS reported that 37% of women and 12% of men say they have faced unwelcome sexual advances in the form of inappropriate groping and touching, while at the start of the month an Oxford student using the pseudonym Maria Marcello wrote a blog describing how she had been raped while she lay unconscious at a party.She describes how the University largely ignored her requests for help, and that the police – in forcing her to make a decision whether to press charges or not, while emphasising that her case would not stand up in court – pressured her into dropping the case.When queried about the failings of the existing harassment policy, a university spokesperson told Cherwell that the review for the new policy “in formulating a procedure for students, has focussed on providing the complainant with a greater right of inclusion within the process, with a consistent point of contact for advice and support.“The procedure details the stages of the process and also provides clarity for students as to where they should go for professional and practical advice. Where the matter is potentially a criminal offence, the student will be encouraged to report allegations to the police.“All forms of harassment are unacceptable at Oxford and all members of the University community are expected to play their part in creating an environment which is free from it.”Commenting on the new policy, OUSU Vice President (women) Anna Bradshaw told Cherwell, “Over the last few years OUSU has put a lot of work into improving harassment policies and procedures at Oxford University.  OUSU’s It Happens Here campaign, successive Vice-Presidents (Women), and members of the Student Advice Service team have worked with the University to update the University’s harassment policy. last_img read more

Oxford Bursar says cost of a degree is “just not worth it”

first_imgThe House of Commons’ cross-party Business, Innovation and Skills committee expressed its concern in a report last July “that Government is rapidly approaching a tipping point for the financial viability of the student loans system.”This followed the publication of research by the consultancy London Economics, who calculated that if the non-repayment threshold hit 48.6p per pound,  “the economic cost of the 2012-13 higher education reforms will exceed the 2010-11 system that it replaced”.A Spokesperson for the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills said, “The reform of tuition fees and student support has protected our world class higher education system and last year a record half a million students entered higher education, including a record number from disadvantaged backgrounds.“Graduates earn well over an extra £100,000 across their lifetime and the OECD described our student loan system as a “good investment for the taxpayer”, due to the higher tax paid by graduates. In fact the OECD praised the UK as “one of the few countries to have figured out a sustainable approach to higher education finance.”A first-year History student commented, “I feel like our degree is the most expensive library subscription. We get max 4 contact hours a week; compare that to scientists!”However fellow History fresher argued, “I think you have to weigh the £27,000 against the amount extra you would be earning as a result of a university education. Hopefully, over your lifetime, it will be financially worth it; if not, probably don’t bother.”When asked about free higher education, in the light of OUSU’s decision to endorse free education as part of its official policy during Michaelmas 2014, he commented, “No nation – well, perhaps Norway with oil money – can afford to provide free mass higher education. If it purports to, it will be a public squalor service. Hence OUSU is naive, but [the] exact balance of taxpayer and student funding is a highly political decision.“All the more so in the context of Austerity and an ageing population, as well as protection of spend on schools plus NHS. But [the] job of OUSU/NUS is to dream!” The cost of a degree from some British universities is just not worth it, according to a top Oxford Bursar David Palfreyman.The Bursar of New College made the remarks as part of a seminar jointly organized by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA).Mr. Palfreyman researches and lectures on higher education policy, management and governance. He is also the director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (OxCHEPS).He told Cherwell, “At £27k plus living-costs plus lost/foregone earnings, some kinds of degree from some universities [are] just not worth it in simple financial terms. We all await the detailed analysis of degrees and earnings marrying HESA and Inland Revenue data. [It is] not worth it for such graduates, who then struggling to repay the debt over 30 years as Generation Rent and as Generation No-Pension, and still leaving the taxpayer having to write-off the cumulative bad-debt by 2040 or so.“Hence I called for traditional universities to re-engineer themselves…to deliver skills & competencies, vocational degrees at £6k as do the new for-profit commercial universities, while – of course – STEM courses will need public subsidy (as now).“[There is a] need for a more responsive and innovative HE industry – for example, part-time degrees; faster delivery if wanted by the student not needing long summer breaks.”He did, however, state that, “Oxford students, of course, have nowt to moan” with regards to the teaching package “as subsidised by college endowment income”.Under the current system, it has been calculated that 45p out of every £1 the government loans to cover the costs of tuition fees will never be repaid by students.last_img read more

AAK sees profits fall, but is positive over potential

first_imgSpeciality vegetable oil manufacturer AAK has announced a fall in profits for the second quarter. But the company said the trend for less expensive vegetable oil solutions fits well with its strategy for growth.The Swedish firm, which has its UK base in Hull, revealed falling operating profit of SEK25m (£2.15m) in the second quarter, with a marginal drop in sales to SEK4,045m (£348.62m) from SEK4,067m (£350.52m) last year.Its food ingredients business saw operating profit rise by 22% to SEK74m (£6.37m). However, its chocolate and confectionery fats business has been hit heavily by the recession, with operating profit falling to SEK55m (£4.74m) (2008: SEK105m/£9.05m). The firm announced that additional preliminary insurance compensation of SEK70m (£6.03m) had been received, in relation to “business interruption” in 2008 and 2009.AAK said that, within food ingredients, it has experienced a marked trend towards the substitution of more expensive products with less expensive value-added vegetable oil solutions. “This aligns very well with AAK’s Group strategy and enhances growth,” said the firm, which added that the trend for health-improving solutions continues to be strong.last_img read more

News story: Applying for the 2018 Clinical Excellence Awards

first_imgWe will publish 2018 application guidance ahead of the round opening. In some cases, consultants will be renewing out of the usual cycle. Awards are reviewed earlier if there is a change in job or a significant change in job plan. The 2018 Clinical Excellence Awards round will open on Tuesday 13 February and close at 5pm on Thursday 12 April.ACCEA will accept applications for new national awards and from those due to renew their award in 2018. Consultants will need to put in a renewal application if: Please check that your contact details are up to date on our online system to make sure you receive reminder emails about your renewal and other communications from ACCEA. they received their current award in the 2014 round their award was last renewed in 2013 (awarded in 2009, 2004, 1999)last_img read more

Get Stoked On Gem & Jam 2018 With This New Spotify Playlist

first_imgFrom January 25 to 28, 2018, the annual Gem & Jam Festival will once again return to Pima County Fairgrounds just a few miles south of Tucson, Arizona, for the second year in a row. Located on 640 acres of expansive desert free of noise ordinances and the constrictions of city life, Gem & Jam delivers a musical, spiritual, and existential experience like no other with its truly diverse lineup and awe-inspiring location. (Purchase tickets for Gem & Jam 2018 here).Gem & Jam Festival Announces Phase 2 LineupOrganizers announced the first wave of artists for Gem & Jam’s 2018 lineup back in August, which included two nights of STS9 and two nights of Lettuce in addition to sets by Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Emancipator, [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits, Thriftworks, Masego, Random Rab, Michael Menert, John Kadlecik’s Fellowship of the Wing, Govinda, Jade Cicada, and Maddy O’Neal. The event’s second wave of artist announcements included Big Wild, Papadosio, SunSquabi, Head For The Hills, Earthcry (of Papadosio), Dynohunter, Templo, Lapa (of Emancipator), Smash & Grab, Little John, Minions of the Moon, Bird Foot, Tony Inorbit, The Party People, Soul Catalyst, and Dead Set.2016 Festival Recap:[via Euphonic Conceptions]Along with multiple stages, Gem & Jam will also be offering increased capacity and camping options this year (including onsite RV camping with hookups, boutique camping, and car and walk-in camping), expanding its festival experience with world-class visuals, unique stage designs, artist galleries, live paintings, experiential installations, daytime workshops, gem and mineral vendors, and much more.20 Photos That Convey The Magic Of Gem And Jam Festival 2016We decided to create a Gem & Jam Festival Spotify playlist for you to bump while planning out your adventure to the Tucson area in just a few short months. Tickets for this year’s Gem & Jam Festival are currently on-sale and can be purchased at the event website. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. Check out our playlist below! Photo gallery of Gem & Jam 2016 courtesy of Patrick Hughes Photography] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Dead & Company Announces Free Webcast Of Summer Tour Opener In Mansfield

first_imgDead & Company, the reimagined continuation of the Grateful Dead featuring original members Bob Weir, Billy Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart and new additions John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti, is preparing to mount its summer tour. Entering its fourth year as an ensemble after coming together in fall 2015, as the band looks to the future, they’re sounding better than ever—the group seems to have finally truly settled into its lineup, opening up, taking more risks, and getting looser in its improvisations.On May 30th, Dead & Company will kick off its highly anticipated summer tour with a performance at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, before hitting a two-night stand at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey, on June 1st and 2nd. From there, the group will begin their summer tour in earnest, with an extensive listing of dates that span through to July 13th and 14th, when the band will hit Folsom Field for their annual two-night run in Boulder, Colorado.As just announced, in celebration of the beginning of Dead & Company’s annual summer tour, will broadcast the entirety of the group’s upcoming Xfinity Center show on Wednesday, May 30th, for free. The free webcast begins at 7 p.m. ET. The band also notes that each ticket bought for an upcoming Dead & Company show this tour will unlock an audio recording of the show. As the press release notes, “All Summer 2018 Dead & Company tickets come with a recording of the show included in the ticket price. Get the app for iOS and Android to scan your ticket and listen on demand any time. No subscription necessary.”Tune in this Wednesday, May 30th, at 7 p.m. to celebrate the start of Dead & Company’s summer tour, and we’ll see you out there!last_img read more

Fiber-optic connections now available in some Richmond areas

first_imgFiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) service is now available for a growing number of customers in Richmond, Vermont. Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom customers in parts of the East Main Street, Snipe Ireland Road and O’Neil Road area, are in the process of being converted to 100% fiber-optic service. Fiber-optic service allows even greater speeds and increased reliability. In addition, recent equipment upgrades now allow approximately 60% of its High-Speed DSL users to upgrade their Internet speeds to 12Mbps, or about twice the previously available speed via the new “Elite” service.“Our work on the network never really stops,” said Gregg Haskin, president and CEO. “It was only a few years ago that we became one of the first telecom companies in Vermont to make high-speed Internet service available to 100% of our customers. With FTTH, we’ll be bringing the network backbone right to people’s homes. It will take time to reach everyone, but in the long term this is the way to go for the fastest and most reliable service possible. In the meantime, we keep evolving our network to provide increased speeds, improved reliability and more services to our customers.”Subscribers in the FTTH area will be upgraded free of charge and will maintain their current service level through the fiber-optic network. The changeover will require some scheduled work to add a new optical network terminal at each location. A direct fiber connection also includes an uninterruptible power supply that means even if electric service is interrupted, telecommunications are not affected in the short-term.###About Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom:Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom is a family owned, independent telephone company serving over 20,000 customers in the Mad River and central Champlain Valley regions of Vermont. The company was incorporated on November 30, 1904, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2004. Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom provides local and long distance telephone service, and high-speed Internet access through its Green Mountain Access subsidiary. Source: WCVT. Waitsfield, VT – June 8, 2009 –last_img read more

Go Outside and Play in Rockingham County, Va.

first_imgAfternoonGrab lunch to go from Fulks Run Grocery or The Dayton Market. Spend the afternoon picking apples at Showalters Orchard and sipping cider at Old Hill Cider. The whole family will love the games and attractions at Back Home-on the Farm or visiting the animals at White Oak Lavender Farm. Year-round attractions truly make Rockingham County a four season destination. Ski the slopes in the winter, fly fish cool mountain waters in the spring, listen to live music in the summer, and hike among the changing leaves in the fall. The rolling farmland connects you to wineries, apple orchards, small towns, rural communities, and local favorites that’ll keep you coming back for more. Hiking Bearfence Mountain, photo courtesy Rockingham County Tourism MorningWake up with breakfast from Thunderbird Café. Take a short drive to the overlooks and trailheads along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park or fish for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and musky in Lake Shenandoah.  Fishing in the South Fork, photo courtesy Rockingham County Tourism Hidden GemSurrounded by Shenandoah National Park, head to Mountaintop Ranch for horseback riding, private waterfall hikes, mountain biking, and more. EveningStop at Hanks Grille and Catering, Dayton Tavern, or Old 33 Beer and Burger Grill for a delicious post-adventure dinner. Catch a band at Cave Hill Farms Brewery or Elkton Brewing Company before settling in for a cozy night at Massanutten Resort or Silver Lake Bed and Breakfast. Cover photo: Showalters Orchard & Greenhouse, photo courtesy Rockingham County Tourismlast_img read more

This Memorial Day…

first_img continue reading » This weekend, we will honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Having spent my career in the public sector working in the Defense and Homeland Security environment, I know firsthand the hefty price tag that comes with keeping our country a bastion of freedom, hope and promise. Even though this global health crisis has, at times, made us feel uncertain and isolated, we can also take comfort that many others are standing on the front line every day to keep those freedoms and ideals intact.So on this Memorial Day weekend, I invite you to also think about those serving both domestically and abroad in a new war with an unknown and complex enemy. Many of us are unsure how to do this. “Thank you for your service” can be and often are empty words… part of our civic routines. Not good enough.How about replacing those with:“Thank you for missing the birth of your baby while on deployment or working in the ICU to keep us safe and healthy.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more