USA: Rockwell Collins Gets USD 13.9 Million Air Force Contract

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: million July 18, 2012 View post tag: usa View post tag: air View post tag: gets View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic USA: Rockwell Collins Gets USD 13.9 Million Air Force Contract Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Rockwell Collins Gets USD 13.9 Million Air Force Contract center_img View post tag: Force Rockwell Collins has received a USD 13.9 million contract modification to exercise an option for AN/ARC-210(V) electronic radio and ancillary equipment for the Air Force. The Rockwell Collins RT-1939(C) (ARC-210, Generation 5) is the most advanced Receiver-Transmitter (RT) in their proven ARC-210 communication system family. Rockwell Collins has supplied more than 30,000 AN/ARC-210 radios worldwide on over 180 platforms, making them the accepted choice for multiband, multimode communications.Specifically, the RT-1939(C) has been designed to better meet  the clients’ needs and conform to Software Defined Radio (SDR) tenets and architectures.The work is expected to be completed in February 2014.Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the design, production and support of innovative solutions for their customers in aerospace and defense. Their expertise in flight-deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management and simulation and training is strengthened by their global service and support network spanning 27 countries.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 18, 2012; Image: Rockwell Collins View post tag: COLLINS View post tag: 13.9 View post tag: USD Share this article View post tag: Rockwell View post tag: contractlast_img read more

Naomi Frederick on Comparisons to Margaret Thatcher & the Importance of Boots in London’s Hobson’s Choice

first_imgMartin Shaw & Naomi Frederick in ‘Hobson’s Choice'(Photo: Nobby Clark) The 1916 Harold Brighouse play Hobson’s Choice is an English theatrical warhorse, and its latest London run at the Vaudeville Theatre comes anchored by a commanding star turn from Naomi Frederick. An alum of Shakespeare’s Globe and the touring company Kneehigh, Frederick plays Maggie, the starchiest and also most enterprising of three daughters of the heavy-drinking scold of a father, Henry Hobson (played by 1996 Tony nominee Martin Shaw). A feisty businesswoman who insists on love and gets it, Maggie is a plum of a role, and Frederick was eager to talk about its rewards between performances on a recent two-show day.How does it feel to be in London after touring with the production?  I feel as if I’m in Maggie’s boots now, well and truly. I did find it quite hard gripping on to her when we were in rehearsal because she is very particular and she has a certain mindset, which is that she’s the boss. So I couldn’t quite pick her up and drop her again; I had to cling on to her throughout. But now that we’ve performed over 100 shows, I find it much easier to pick her up and pop her down.Is your character’s firmness tough on those around you?I think I probably was horrible to live with, or at least my husband [the director Toby Frow] and children definitely noticed. I just couldn’t get out of the habit of telling people what to do, but that was because I was just practicing—I think!  I mean, I’m not particularly Maggie in myself: I’m not northern and working-class for a start, and I’m easier-going. But I am practical and I am organized—it’s just that I am a little softer. You’re also a mother in real life whereas Maggie is largely defined as a daughter.Yes, I’m a mother in my own life whereas Maggie is the daughter who exists very much without a mother around because her mother is dead. Maggie is a daughter who becomes a wife who hasn’t yet had children whereas my kids are five and nine. But the really big lie I have to say onstage every night is that I’m 30. I deliver that with a great grin inside.The audience certainly reacts when Maggie is dismissed early on as an unlovable spinster. I know, which is so lovely. I love it that they’re so supportive. It seems like you don’t play Maggie in order to be liked and yet the audience in every way warms to her by the end.Actors sometimes have to be brave enough and selfless perhaps to realize that you can’t be too vain and want the audience to like you. Maggie isn’t especially likable and she certainly doesn’t live her life wanting to be liked. But I did work hard to find where Maggie was coming from and to insist on some humor and warmth so that by the end Maggie has learned something quite wonderful, which is that it doesn’t always have to be her doing the talking. What do you think of some commentators comparing this Maggie to Margaret Thatcher?That didn’t occur to me until somebody pointed it out, but I can’t say I used that comparison in rehearsals. It’s not wrong, but it’s also just coincidence that the two women happen to have the same name. What is striking are the similarities to King Lear, with Henry Hobson this furious, unforgiving father who, also like Lear, happens to have three daughters. Yes, very much so, with Maggie the oldest daughter here the equivalent of Cordelia, who is the youngest daughter in Lear. The difference is that Cordelia is so much sweeter and Maggie is so much tougher, but I take a lot from Lear’s story and the idea of the family unit which is such a precious and strong thing but also so complicated, and that’s what keeps the play modern. Families are and always will be, and therefore this is a play for today and not just one from 100 years ago. Did you know the play beforehand?Funnily enough, I was in it at drama school [London’s RADA] playing a very small part—a woman who comes on in act one and never returns. So when I had the chance to audition for Maggie, I grabbed it because I knew what a good play it was and also knew that I hadn’t been able to dive into the play last time but could do so now. Our drama school Maggie was Katherine Kelly, who went into [popular TV soap opera] Coronation Street shortly after leaving RADA. Has being in a play about a Victorian-era bootmaker had an effect on your footwear?I actually have a very fussy relationship with my feet in that I have to get the shoes right. I don’t know if it was John Gielgud or someone who said of actors that how you feel in your shoes is really important, and it’s true. The other night, my boots had gone to the cobbler and really were on their last legs and weren’t back in time for the show, so I had to use a stand-in pair of boots which were an inch higher than my normal ones and oh my God it was exhausting for a start. I mean, Maggie’s on her feet for most of the play! View Commentslast_img read more

ROVOP Buys M2 Subsea’s ROV Fleet

first_imgROVOP, the independent provider of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), has purchased the entire fleet of 28 ROV systems from M2 Subsea.The fleet expansion will enable ROVOP to better support customer operations in the future by strengthening deployment capabilities across the world, with a particular focus on Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia, the company said.The acquisition of this fleet is consistent with ROVOP’s growth strategy of providing a focused ROV service to its customers in all markets and geographies.Following a technical review, 19 of these systems meet the ROVOP standard and will be added to its fleet, with the remaining ROVs either being decommissioned or sold. This will increase the number of ROVs that ROVOP operates to 51 – 34 hydraulic systems and 17 electric systems.Steven Gray, CEO said: “The addition of these ROV systems to the fleet will enable ROVOP to better support customers with the appropriate ROVs for their requirements based on capability and greater cost efficiency. This increased capacity allows ROVOP to support customers with a wider geographical reach.“Our service culture will remain at the heart of what we do, as we will continue to provide highly-experienced ROV operators trained in the ROVOP Academy – our own specialized in-house training facilities. Our strategy remains to be the global ROV service provider of choice.”last_img read more

Indiana Wine Trail Fall Haul

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — The Indiana Wine Trail is enjoying a bit of Indian Summer, and celebrates with its 9th Annual Fall Haul.Each of the Indiana Wine Trail partners (Ertel Cellars Winery and Restaurant, Lanthier Winery, Madison Vineyards Estate Winery, The Ridge Winery, Stream Cliff Farm Winery and The Thomas Family Winery) have created exciting treats, tastings and special deals for the wine trail travelers.The Fall Haul will feature dishes just as unique, like Spanish tapas, cheese spreads, breads and desserts from Madison Vineyards; lasagna and peach cobbler from Ridge Winery; and cheesy wine soup with herbal crackers from Stream Cliff.Mark your calendars for November 5th & 6th, 2016.The event runs 11 am – 5 pm.Please contact all the Wineries for individual arrangements, Visitor Bureau partners on the trail, or check in at www.theindianawinetrail.com for more details.last_img read more

NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, others in Week 16

first_imgMORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureThree divisions already had been clinched entering Week 16, and two more were settled this week, as the Patriots and Texans became champions of the AFC East and AFC South, respectively.In addition, two teams that had not yet clinched playoff berths, the Vikings and Texans, did so in Week 16.Below are all the NFL playoff clinching scenarios for the six teams that had chances to stamp their postseason statuses in Week 16, followed by a complete playoff picture.NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 16Green Bay Packers (11-3)(at Vikings)Packers clinch NFC North title with:Packers win or tieDallas Cowboys (7-7)(at Eagles)Cowboys clinch NFC East title with:Cowboys winMinnesota Vikings (10-4)(vs. Packers)Vikings clinch playoff berth with:Vikings win or tie ORRams loss or tie(UPDATE: The Vikings clinched a playoff berth with the Rams’ loss to the 49ers on Saturday.)MORE: How Vikings can win NFC North over PackersBaltimore Ravens (12-2)(at Browns)Ravens clinch a first-round bye with:Ravens win or tie ORChiefs loss or tie ORPatriots lossRavens clinch home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:Ravens win ORRavens tie AND Patriots loss or tie ORChiefs loss or tie AND Patriots loss(UPDATE: The Ravens clinched the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with their win over the Browns on Sunday.)New England Patriots (11-3)(vs. Bills)Patriots clinch AFC East with:Patriots win or tie(UPDATE: The Patriots clinched the AFC East with their win over the Bills on Saturday.)Patriots clinch a first-round bye with:Patriots win AND Chiefs loss or tie ORPatriots tie AND Chiefs lossHouston Texans (9-5)(at Buccaneers)Texans clinch AFC South title with:Texans win ORTexans tie AND Titans tie ORTitans loss(UPDATE: The Texans clinched the AFC South and a playoff berth with their win over the Buccaneers on Saturday.)Texans clinch playoff berth with: As has been the case over the last couple weeks, six teams again had NFL playoff clinching scenarios in play for Week 16, which began with three games on Saturday and runs through a Monday night game in Minnesota that’s crucial for the playoff picture.Eight teams entered Week 16 having already clinched NFL playoff berths, leaving four spots to be claimed over the final two weeks of the season. The seedings in both the AFC and NFC brackets were undetermined, but that changed in Week 16. The Ravens became the first team to lock themselves into a No. 1 seed, which gives them home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Texans tie AND Steelers tie ORSteelers lossMORE: How Steelers can earn AFC wild cardNFL playoff pictureAFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.Baltimore Ravens13-2No. 1 seed; division; playoff berth2.New England Patriots12-3Division; playoff berth3.Kansas City Chiefs11-4Division; playoff berth4.Houston Texans10-5Division; playoff berth5.Buffalo Bills10-5No. 5 seed; playoff berth6.Tennessee Titans8-7-In the hunt: Steelers (8-7), Raiders (7-8)NFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.San Francisco 49ers12-3Playoff berth2.New Orleans Saints12-3Division; playoff berth3.Green Bay Packers11-3Playoff berth4.Philadelphia Eagles8-7-5.Seattle Seahawks​11-4Playoff berth6.Minnesota Vikings10-4Playoff berthIn the hunt: Cowboys (7-8)last_img read more

Sunderland v Chelsea line-ups: Hazard ruled out, Fabregas in, Black Cats make four changes

first_imgWillian and Cesc Fabregas both start for Chelsea against Sunderland, with Eden Hazard ruled out with a minor injury.Nemanja Matic makes way for Fabregas, who came on for the final 16 minutes of Sunday’s win over West Brom.Diego Costa, the match-winner against the Baggies, once again leads the Chelsea line, hoping to further improve on his record of 12 goals in 15 Premier League games.Sunderland make four changes, including reintroducing captain John O’Shea as part of a three-man defence.Jan Kirchoff and Adnan Januzaj also return, as does Fabio Borini, one of three former Chelsea players in the Black Cats’ line-up.Sebastian Larsson, Didier Ndong, Steven Pienaar and Victor Anichebe all make way, with the latter three not in the squad.Sunderland: Pickford; Kone, Djilobodji, O’Shea; Jones, Denayer, Kirchoff, Van Aanholt; Januzaj, Defoe, Borini.Subs: Mannone, Love, Asoro, Larsson, Khazri, Maja, Honeyman. Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Costa, Pedro. Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Chalobah, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Why Most Facebook Marketing Doesn’t Work

first_imgFor almost four years, since the Facebook Platform was launched, I have been involved in delivering Facebook apps for top brands such as CBS, NBC, Lifetime, Universal Music, Visa and more. Here’s what we have learned doesn’t work, and more importantly, what does work.First, deep campaigns don’t work. Digital agencies love deep, expensive campaigns on Facebook, with tons of pages, interaction, and art. It fits in with how agencies build microsites and websites, and justifies the $100,000-plus price tag that they like to charge. Examples include lightweight games, prediction contests, treasure hunts where you include friends, and such. Unfortunately for agencies and the brands that drop a lot of cash, Facebook users decidedly don’t like deep campaigns.Guest author Peter Yared is the vice president and general manager of Webtrend Apps, a platform used by top brands to engage their customers on Facebook, iPhone and Android. He has has an extensive background in highly scalable Internet infrastructure and tools, and has authored patents on fundamental Internet infrastructure including federated identity and data marshaling.They do not like to spend 20 or 30 minutes on a single brand’s page, unless they are consuming innovative, funny, or exclusive content. So a travel site looking for a long time spent on a page should not put up a treasure hunt on a world map where you invite your friends and can together find great prizes after exploring cities. Sounds good in a pitch meeting, but it results in abysmally numbers of active users.Facebook users are very sophisticated, and there is no way a single campaign is going to compete on game mechanics with CityVille. If you want to build CityVille, it might work. But, even Netflix pulled their Facebook app. You’re better off putting up a bunch of funny videos from around the world and leave it at that.Lots of Apps on One Tab Don’t WorkIt is easy to think of a Facebook tab like a Web page, and throw a bunch of features on it – such as a poll, gifting, and some videos – all on one tab. However, most users do not show up on a Facebook tab like they do on a Web page. They are usually coming in by clicking on a page’s newsfeed posting (“What kind of traveller are you? Take the quiz!”), a friend’s newsfeed posting (“I’m a cranky traveller! What kind of traveller are you? Take the quiz?”), or a Facebook ad (“Find out what kind of traveller you are!”).Now, if after clicking on one of these links a user is dropped into a Facebook Page tab with eight different things on it, they are not going to see a quiz immediately and move on. There should only be one engagement feature per tab.Sweepstakes Don’t WorkAfter an initial onslaught of Facebook sweepstakes promotions, marketers are learning that sweepstakes have very low conversion rates and almost no viral uptake. We’re also learning that they attract unengaged users who are there for the prize rather than a relationship with the brand. Facebook users like to click around and look at stuff, and absolutely do not like filling out forms. We have run highly promoted sweeps campaigns for major artists that included things like backstage passes and a limo ride to the show that had abysmal conversion rates. There is absolutely no incentive to make sweepstakes social.Why would you invite more people to join a sweepstakes? It reduces your own chances. Have you ever seen a “I just entered a sweepstakes and you should to” posting on someone’s wall?One attempt to increase viral spread in sweepstakes is to offer more prizes when there are more entrants, but all that does is confuse users with conflicting agendas. There is a disincentive to invite people since it reduces your chances of winning, but if enough new people join up perhaps you can win something else… “Ah, too confusing, I’m going to watch videos instead.”Photo and Video Contests Rarely WorkA lot of brands like to do photo and video contests, but unfortunately they do not have the user base that likes to submit photos and videos. Travel and photography brands? For sure. Mobile carrier? Beverage brand? Not likely. Even clothing brands can’t pull this off.Uploading a photo or video is a big investment on the part of the user, and they do not expect to do it for the vast majority of businesses. These campaigns also require the labor to moderate the submissions. If you must run a photo or video Facebook campaign, the best way to do it is actually NOT in an app.Instead, have users upload the photos and videos to the brand’s page, and moderate them there. Then have users get their friends to Like the photos or videos. This way, the campaign leverages all of Facebook’s viral channels around photos – when the user uploads the photo, when they Like the photo, when their friends like or comment on their photo submission, it is all highly likely to show up in their friends’ feeds, drawing traffic. The great thing about this is that it is easy to do for free, since using all of Facebook’s photo and video features are free, and users get to use the known Facebook photo and video interface, which increases conversions.Like Blocks Rarely WorkLike blocking, where a user has to “Like” a Facebook Page in order to access a feature, typically has a 50% or more drop off rate, even when there is something there that is actually worth liking the page to get, such as exclusive content or a great coupon. Putting a Like block on basic content will almost guarantee a 100% drop off rate.Be very, very selective about Like blocks and be sure to tell the user that it is worth it to them. A Like is the mailing list opt-in of the Facebook world, so be willing to offer up some goodness and know that most will opt not to Like.Extended Permissions Rarely WorkA brand on Facebook should be like a casual friend or neighbor and not try to suck people into heavy levels of interaction. What do you do with a friend? Comment on their photos, like their status, vote on their outfit.Asking the user for a laundry list of access to their profile usually results in a 30% or more drop off rate, and that is for well known brands that they trust. Do you really need to know their relationship status? Generally a brand already knows its demographic – does a youth-oriented clothing brand really need to validate that it is 16 to 25 year-old women that are engaging with the brand?So while it sounds good to ask for extended permissions, do the math and monitor the drop off rate to ensure that it is worth it to you, otherwise the overall campaign ROI may not turn out the way you want, especially if the campaign is being graded on number of engagements.Unbranded Apps Don’t WorkIt’s got to look good, and be on brand. In the early days of Facebook, a brand could put up a basic presence with some turnkey apps, and users accepted that. Now that Facebook is all grown up, a brand presence needs to be on par with its website. Facebook users are savvy and will judge your brand in comparison to the best they’ve seen.Dedicated Facebook Storefronts Kinda Work Right Now, But Soon Won’t WorkDedicated Facebook storefronts are the rage on Facebook right now, but they are unfortunately not integrated with an e-commerce site’s existing payment and inventory systems, and are therefore a logistical nightmare. The best bet right now is to list featured products on a Facebook Page with click-thrus off of Facebook to the e-commerce site.Now that Facebook is supporting iFrame tabs in pages, an existing e-commerce site can be skinned to fit in a 520-pixel-wide Facebook Fan Page, thereby integrating existing payment and inventory systems into the Facebook Page.So What Does Work? Promotions and Consistent, Lightweight EngagementMake sure your fans get something in return for liking your page with promotions likes offers for fans that they can easily redeem. The more lucrative the deals offer, the more sharing with friends will happen. Fans want things like exclusive products/services, drastically discounted prices akin to Groupon type deals, and early notification and registration for upcoming events, ideally exclusive to fans. Promotions should make the fan feel like they are a brand insider, not just a standard consumer.A big secret of Facebook marketing is that it is easy and cheap to drive promotions using ads targeted only at your fans that link to landing tabs that deliver the offer and encourage fans to share to their newsfeed.A brand on Facebook should be like a casual friend or neighbor and not try to suck people into heavy levels of interaction. What do you do with a friend? Comment on their photos, like their status, vote on their outfit. These types of interactions take seconds, not minutes, and definitely not hours.A brand on Facebook should offer their users regularly updated, simple to interact with engagement features. Each of the engagement apps should be fully branded, and run in a separate tab with traffic driven from wall posts, newsfeed and Facebook ad units to increase engagement. Start with a personality quiz. Then two weeks later put up a poll. Then try a trivia app. For special events, put up a gifting app for Valentine’s Day, or for the holiday season, a holiday song card.Some brands, like media properties and well-known consumer brands, get an immediate fan base for this type of lightweight engagement. For the rest, building a fan base on Facebook is no different than building a mailing list in the previous generation of the Internet. It takes consistent engagement, and builds over time.Methods to accelerate growth include tying Facebook ad campaigns with engagement apps and driving traffic from the homepage. The apps should still be lightweight and fun, with the conversion goal of getting the user to like the brand.The point is to regularly put up new, fresh engagement features that are easy and fun for users to interact with, that they will want to post to their wall and share with their friends. Then users will interact with your brand just like they interact with their friends on Facebook! The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img guest author 1 A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#marketing#web last_img read more

Malaysia OKs new search by private company for missing plane

Malaysia’s government said Saturday that it has approved a new attempt by a private company to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, nearly four years after its disappearance sparked one of aviation’s biggest mysteries. Citation: Malaysia OKs new search by private company for missing plane (2018, January 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-malaysia-oks-private-company-plane.html Scientists potentially narrow MH370 search area to 3 spots Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: oceaninfinity.com/ The Houston, Texas-based company Ocean Infinity dispatched a search vessel this past week to look in the southern Indian Ocean for debris from the plane, which disappeared March 8, 2014, on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew members.The governments of Malaysia, China and Australia called off the nearly three-year official search last January. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s final report on the search conceded that authorities were no closer to knowing the reasons for the Boeing 777’s disappearance, or its exact location.”The basis of the offer from Ocean Infinity is based on ‘no cure, no fee,'” Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Saturday, meaning that payment will be made only if the company finds the wreckage.”That means they are willing to search the area of 25,000 square kilometers (9,653 square miles) pointed out by the expert group near the Australian waters,” he said.However, he said, “I don’t want to give too much hope … to the (next of kin).” He said his government was committed to continuing with the search.He did not offer other details.Ocean Infinity said in a statement that the search vessel Seabed Constructor, which left the South African port of Durban on Tuesday, was taking advantage of favorable weather to move toward “the vicinity of the possible search zone.”In the initial search for the plane, a 52-day surface search covered an area of several million square kilometers (square miles) in the Indian Ocean west of Australia, before an underwater search mapped 710,000 square kilometers (274,000 square miles) of seabed at depths of up to 6,000 meters (20,000 feet). They were the largest aviation searches of their kind in history, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).Despite other methods such as studying satellite imagery and investigating ocean drifts after debris from the plane washed ashore on islands in the eastern Indian Ocean and the east coast of Africa, the 1,046-day search was called off on Jan. 17, 2017.However, the ATSB’s report said the understanding of where the plane may be is “better now than it has ever been,” partly as a result of studying debris that washed ashore in 2015 and 2016 that showed the plane was “not configured for a ditching at the end-of-flight,” meaning it had run out of fuel.The search team also looked back at satellite imagery that showed objects in the ocean that may have been MH370 debris. The report said this analysis complemented work detailed in a 2016 review and identified an area of less than 25,000 square kilometers (9,650 square miles)—roughly the size of the U.S. state of Vermont—that “has the highest likelihood of containing MH370.”The search was extremely difficult because no transmissions were received from the aircraft after its first 38 minutes of flight. Systems designed to automatically transmit the flight’s position failed to work after this point, the report said. In this March 6, 2016, file photo, well wishes are written on a wall of hope during a remembrance event for the ill fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Malaysian government has approved a new attempt to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. read more