USA: Congressman Duncan Hunter to Rebid Contracts for Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Program

first_imgCongressman Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, told Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in a July 1st letter that it might be wise to rebid contracts for the Nav…By Gary Robbins (signonsandiego)[mappress]Source: signonsandiego, July 7, 2011; View post tag: installation Authorities July 7, 2011 View post tag: Deepwater View post tag: offshore USA: Congressman Duncan Hunter to Rebid Contracts for Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Program View post tag: How View post tag: UK View post tag: Littoral View post tag: Combat View post tag: Environments View post tag: execute View post tag: reliable View post tag: Duncan Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Congressman Duncan Hunter to Rebid Contracts for Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Program View post tag: program View post tag: hostile View post tag: europe View post tag: effective View post tag: Navy’s View post tag: rebid View post tag: farshore View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Hunter View post tag: ship View post tag: plan View post tag: Naval View post tag: projects View post tag: usa View post tag: cost View post tag: Congressman View post tag: contracts View post tag: and Share this articlelast_img read more

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Lakers’ lack of depth takes its toll in loss to Pacers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAgainst the Pacers, the mundane was maddening. Passes sailed out of bounds and uncontested jumpers missed. The three starters in the Lakers’ frontcourt combined for 71 points, but their guards struggled.Lonzo Ball scored just four points on four shots, all 3-pointers, to go with eight assists, two rebounds and four turnovers, all in the first half. Isaiah Thomas struggled, as well, scoring just 11 points on 14 shots and missing all five of his 3-point attempts.“We had good looks that weren’t going in,” Walton said.The Lakers would benefit from having Ingram and Hart back if for no other than reason than depth. In Monday’s loss, only nine players stepped on the court for the Lakers, and only seven played more than 10 minutes. Travis Wear, Tyler Ennis and Ivica Zubac have all been thrown into action.It’s a playoff rotation without playoff players. PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez, left, goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle shoots over Indiana Pacers’ Thaddeus Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, right, is defended by Indiana Pacers’ Darren Collison during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Los Angeles Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas (3) is fouled by Indiana Pacers’ Cory Joseph as he goes up to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle, right, is defended by Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers’ Ivica Zubac during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle, left, has his shot blocked by Indiana Pacers’ Thaddeus Young during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner dunks against Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 110-100. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, left, talks with Julius Randle during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)The Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas has the basketball stripped away by the Pacers’ Al Jefferson during the first half of Monday’s game in Indianapolis. The Lakers’ backcourt struggled in a 110-100 loss. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez, left, goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)NextShow Caption1 of 10Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez, left, goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)ExpandINDIANAPOLIS — The injury bump has given way to the injury slump.When first the Lakers had to respond to injuries to Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart, they did so admirably. They won games against the Miami Heat – the night Ingram went down – and San Antonio and Denver, all likely playoff teams. But gradually, the strain on the few healthy, remaining players has taken a toll too great to overcome, a fact forcefully punctuated by Monday’s 110-100 loss to the Indiana Pacers.Luke Walton has seen it before. Lived it.“Looking back to when I played,” Walton said, “If Kobe (Bryant) or someone like that, Lamar (Odom), was out, we’d all pick it up. But after three or four games, all those things that really good players make look easy, start to get a lot more difficult.” January victory over Pacers was rock bottom for Lakers and their free-throw woes In a season of dramatic swings, the Lakers have now lost three straight games after winning eight of their first 10 after the All-Star break. They play three more games on this trip before returning home, with no guarantee that help is on the way. Hart remained in L.A. for the trip, while Ingram has not yet been cleared for full-contact practices.Much has been asked of the players left standing, most of them young and short on experience.“They’re fighting through heavy minutes and being leaned on to bring something each and every night,” Thomas said. “And we’ve got to keep pushing, keep fighting and it will turn around.” Lakers coach Luke Walton calls Pacers NBA’s ‘surprise team’ despite ‘lopsided trade’ Since the loss of Ingram and Hart, not to mention Channing Frye, the Lakers’ starters have seen increased action. On Monday, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with 39 minutes, but all five starters played at least 34.“Usually when you’re tired and your fatigued the mental side of things go out the window,” Thomas said. “Or you stop making the extra pass, or you stop helping somebody on defense, the little things you need to become a better team.”The Lakers actually ran out to an early lead against Indiana, establishing an early inside presence with Brook Lopez, who finished with 23 points, and Julius Randle, who added 21. They led 37-25 after Lopez tipped in a missed 3-point attempt by Caldwell-Pope, but from that moment the Lakers began to lose traction.They clung to a two-point lead entering halftime, but were outscored 35-21 in the third, thanks to an 11-point quarter from All-Star Victor Oladipo, who also recorded all three of his steals in the period.“For whatever reason in the third quarter, they probably got yelled at by their coach, and they were the aggressor on both ends to start the second half,” Thomas said, “and that kind of dictated the whole rest of the game.”Myles Turner led the Pacers with 21 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots, and Oladipo added 20 points while knocking down all three of his 3-point attempts. The Pacers shot 49.4 percent from the field, including 58.7 percent through the first three quarters.The Lakers couldn’t keep up, shooting just 35 percent after the first quarter.“I think the hot start we got off to offensively led us to thinking this was going to be an offensive game,” Walton said, “which we were mistaken. To win against this team in their home building, you’ve got to get stops. We were letting that ball just move freely and eventually they found their rhythm and really made us pay.”Related Articleslast_img read more

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Emina Hadžiahmetović Among 12 Best Players at the International Tournament in Finland

first_imgThe best Bosnian table tennis player placed herself among 12 best players at the International tournament held in Finland.The best European players competed at the tournament and Hadžiahmetović defeated two representatives from Sweden and the players from Estonia and Germany.Unfortunately, it was the player from Japan that stopped Emina to place among the 6 best.“Our goal is for me to participate every month in strong European tournaments and to win that way new points which will lead me among the 100 best world table tennis players so I can fulfil the Olympic norm.” – said Hadžiahmetović.(Source: Radio Sarajevo)last_img read more

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West Ham told to pay £18m to sign Brazilian this summer

first_img REVEALED 2 The 31-year-old was said to be tempted by the approach, largely because it would improve his wage packet quite considerably.Lyon, however, do not want to lose the defender, whom they only bought this time last year from Besiktas, for cheap. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets LATEST LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing three-way race Pellegrini has had a busy summer strengthening the West Ham squad Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest transfer news Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets moving on Lyon have told West Ham to pay around £18million if they want to sign Marcelo this summer, according to reports.Marcelo, the centre-back, has already been presented with an offer to move to the London Stadium, as talkSPORT told you earlier this month. IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade TOP WORK Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? RANKED According to Le Dauphine, the Ligue 1 outfit have told West Ham to pay at least £18million (€20m) for Marcelo if they truly intend to sign the centre-back this summer.Manuel Pellegrini, the new West Ham manager, has already added two central defenders to his squad at the London Stadium this summer, bringing in Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena from Toulouse and Corinthians respectively. That pair make up just a fraction of West Ham’s seven total signings, with Lukasz Fabianski, the goalkeeper, right-back Ryan Fredericks, and midfielders Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson also brought in on permanent deals. 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ West Ham want sign Marcelo this summer last_img read more

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Warriors HQ Podcast: Golden State falls to the Toronto Raptors in overtime

first_imgWarriors beat writer Logan Murdock tells Dieter Kurtenbach that Golden State had “no business winning” a tight game that slipped into overtime as they analyze Kevin Durant’s exhilarating 51-point total against the Toronto Raptors.Before Durant’s 49-point game against Orlando Magic, Kurtenbach reminds Murdock, the last time Durant put up numbers like this was against the Portland Trailblazers last season.Durant is averaging 48 points a game in his last three, which included two wins against …last_img read more

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Refugee children are given a ray of hope

first_imgThree2Six classes take place at Sacred Heart College and Observatory Girls Primary Schools. (Image: Sacred Heart College)There are many young refugees who, for various reasons, cannot enter the public schooling system in South Africa. Prompted by this need, two Johannesburg schools are playing their part to make sure as many of these children as possible can get an education.Refugees are displaced from the places of their birth for many reasons but mostly by conflict, meaning they often arrive in South Africa desperate and despairing, without the necessary paperwork and other items to join society. Three2Six Project, an afternoon educational bridging programme for refugee children who cannot go to state schools, allows the children to receive an education. Most of them come from extremely poor homes on the outskirts of inner city Johannesburg.There are two Three2Six projects: one at Observatory Girls’ Primary School, a government establishment, and another at Sacred Heart College, an independent institution. The Three2Six School is managed by the latter, which is also located in the eastern Joburg suburb of Observatory.Named after the hours that it takes place during the week, Three2Six serves 140 children aged between six and 13 years old whose families live in the neighbouring high-density and multicultural areas of Yeoville, Berea and Hillbrow. Part of its mission is to get their spoken and written English up to par for the day when they enrol at a conventional school.Refugee families are often unable to pay school fees; most of the children do not speak English when they arrive in South Africa; and sometimes families arrive at odd times during the year when school registration is no longer possible. The Three2Six programme aims to address this by offering a curriculum with a strong focus on literacy, numeracy and life skills.Esther Munonoka, the Three2Six project co-ordinator, told Independent Education: “Five years ago, the school sought to do something for the many children of refugee families who had fled conflict in their home countries. Hundreds of these children do not attend school. Their parents are unable to pay school fees and other school-related expenses. Other families have lost all their vital documentation. Still others arrive at a time when schools are unable to register them.”Independent Education is the official magazine of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa.LITERACY AND NUMERACYMunonoka said that the biggest obstacle was that most of the children did not speak English. “A special Three2Six remedial class gives extra assistance to those whose English is almost non-existent, and a library of donated books allows children a window into other worlds once a week.”Numeracy is also highlighted in the programme. “Numeracy is also crucial for these children from diverse backgrounds,” Munonoka said, “and the Three2Six mathematics programme is based on the national Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (Caps) designed by the national Department of Education.”IMPROVING THEIR COMPLEX LIVESHaving faced extraordinary circumstances in their lives, Three2Six aims to support and enrich these children wherever possible.“A life skills programme allows children to explore their journeys, and on a weekly basis, they enjoy sport and iPad sessions,” Munonoka said. “Religious education sessions are available once per month and, since 2012, the National Children’s Theatre has included Saturday Three2Six workshops.“Three2Six aims to normalise the trauma of the refugee experience wherever possible. This often means providing items that other children may take for granted. All the students at this special place of learning are supplied with school shoes, uniforms, stationery and lunch, as well as regular food parcels to take home. Wherever possible, Sacred Heart assists with fundraising initiatives.”WHAT THREE2SIX OFFERSThree2Six not only covers the academic component of schooling, but also offers a holiday programme, sports, creative projects and outings. The after-school programme is not a full school day and does not provide for sports, arts or outings, the Three2Six project holds a holiday programme during the July/August school holidays.During the holiday programme, the children can revise their literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge. They can also enjoy soccer, netball, tug-of-war, sack races and other games that develop important team work, negotiation, motor skills and, of course, fitness.To develop their creativity, the youngsters take part in activities like creating juggling balls and their own puzzles, which allow them to develop different fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and problem-solving skills.last_img read more

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Can we use wearables to predict your future?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#featured#IoT#technology#top#USC#wearables Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puckcenter_img Amanda Razani Imagine having a wearable that is capable of warning you when you are about to start a fight and can provide you with alternate behavioral solutions.  The study of biometric data in prediction models for human behavior is an interesting peek inside what the future of wearables may be like.See Also: Check out Michael Kors’ fitness and fashion wearable mashupOne topic of interest for these wearables is that of marriage.  Being able to incorporate machine learning technology into a wearable can help warn individuals of increasing emotional responses using physiological data, and can consequently offer a form of intervention by either party. For example, as your temper rises due to your spouse leaving towels on the floor, your device vibrates in direct response to your heart rate increasing and sends a message to take a deep breath. This assistance can potentially stop an argument from occurring and remove the pressure of conflict resolution.This technological revolution can play a big role in the fitness and health industry, where microprocessors record several physiological parameters, including body temperature, heart activity, and amount of sweat. People thrive off of available information, readily reading the data in an effort to improve, compare and share through the many platforms available.Researchers at the University of Southern California have made astonishing progress in applying this technology to human behaviors. A recent study has used a non-controlled testing arena where test subjects tracked hourly emotional reactions, along with the biometric data gathered, which was then assessed by innovative machine learning technology. To more accurately study real-life scenarios, researchers avoided presenting the subjects with problem-inducing situations, instead opting to let conflicts occur naturally.This information was studied along with audio recordings to detect content and speech intensity. The results showed an 86 percent accuracy in determining conflict.These promising test results encouraged the extension of the study to include the application of algorithms that could possibly predict conflict based on biometric and speech input. The overall goal is to determine a possible conflict five minutes before it actually happens, based on biological data.How do we control emotions?This ground-breaking technology has far-reaching and interesting implications. However, this technology also raises several moral questions, such as whether or not this technology takes the “human element” out of life. Is conflict perhaps a necessary part of life?  Dr. Larry Nadig, a Clinical Psychologist says that conflict is a critical part of a relationship, and without it, relationships cannot develop. He further explains that, “Conflicts can be productive, creating deeper understanding, closeness, and respect.” Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center in California, presents a different opinion.“By making users aware of unhealthy patterns and then helping them convert that information into action, the devices have the potential to positively impact mood, stress levels, and behavior,” says Rutledge.Despite differing opinions about this new technology, these developments in wearables gadgetry are certainly spectacular, and they are moving the world into an entirely new technological direction at a rapid pace. Who knows what will be next? Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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Three Things You Need To Know About Premiere Pro CC

first_imgNew to Premiere Pro? Know these file management and workflow tips to improve your editing.As an editor who is still learning the ins-and-outs of Premiere Pro CC after 10 years with FCP 7, I’m constantly coming to terms with why Premiere Pro does things the way it does.I’m not saying either way is better (in comparison to any NLE) but what matters to me, is that I fully understand exactly what’s going on. To that end, here are three things I learned recently, that you might want to know too.Premiere Pro CC Generates Useful JunkOne of the things that is especially helpful about Premiere Pro CC is the ability to throw just about anything on the timeline and it will just work. That ”just working” does require a decent amount of RAM to make it go, but it also requires a bit of work behind the scenes too.When you import your camera native files (say some .MTS files) Premiere will start to ‘conform’ those files getting them ready to play back. If you’ve ever dropped some files on the timeline only to discover they seem to have no sound, this is often because it is still creating the preview files.It only has to do this process once because it creates a cache of all those conformed previews in a folder on your boot drive. This is very helpful while you’re working on a project, but after you’re done those files just sit in that cache folder, slowly swallowing up a huge amount of disk space.The best way to deal with this situation is two fold. First of all it probably makes sense to move the media cache folder from it’s current location on your boot drive, to your main media storage drive. That way you can keep a closer eye on it, and also not forget all about it and wonder where your drive space is going. By default the Adobe media cache folder is here on a Mac:Users/(Your user name)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Media Cache FilesYou can set the default location in the Adobe Premiere Pro CC Preferences under Media. In the second section ‘Media Cache Database’ – simply hit browse and point it to a new folder on your fastest media storage drive. It will ask you if you want to move the current cached files, or simply delete them and start over.You can also set Premiere to save the Media Cache files ‘next to originals when possible’ – which means that your camera native folders will start to fill up with these files instead (or wherever you are importing your media from). This might be preferable if you are working on lots of little projects, spread across many drives, or taking the drive to lots of different machines. If not, you’re probably best simply moving the media cache folder off your boot disk.Next, you’ll want to clean it out after you’ve finished a project to save space. If you need to come back to a project once you’ve deleted the media cache files, it will just re-create any missing files. To do so simply hit Clean. This will only delete any files not associated with any source media currently connected. If you want to delete everything you can just navigate to the default location and delete the contents to the trash.How Premiere Pro CC Handles Audio Channels One of the quirks of Adobe Premiere Pro is the way in which it handles audio channel mapping ( stereo, mono, dual-mono, 5.1 audio that you bring in). The main thing to understand is that once you drag an audio file to the timeline you cannot modify the settings of the track in the timeline. You have to set up your audio files to behave the way you want, before you edit them into the timeline. Otherwise you have to change them bit by bit, which is a huge hassle if you’ve already done any editing!Rather than repeat the intricate details of how all of this works, I thought it best to point you to some excellent step by step instructions from Larry Jordan.In this first article Larry describes the different audio track types and how they operate and in the second article he walks through how to modify the audio channels of a clip to get it to do what you want. For example if you want to get a dual-mono clip to operate as dual mono, rather than a stereo pair. You can also read the official information from Adobe here.Move a Timeline From One Project To AnotherIf you are used to the way FCP7 used to operate, in that you could have multiple projects open at once, and simply drag and drop sequences, bins, clips etc. from one project to another, you might be wondering how you go about moving a timeline or a bin from one Premiere Pro CC project to another – given that you can only have one project open at a time. It is actually very simple and can be done a number of different ways.The first way is simply to click File > Import and navigate to the Adobe Premiere Pro CC project file itself and then choose from the options shown above. If you choose ‘Import Selected Sequences’ this will import a folder with all the media associated with the timeline you choose, and the timeline itself, into your open project. The two timelines will not be dynamically linked.The second way is to use the Media Browser window within Premiere to do the same thing. This method provides you with a bit more visual feedback than the first, but operates in the same way. Just navigate to the project file you wish to work with and pull across whatever you want. The benefit of this method is that you can also select bins not just timelines.Are there any other things about Premiere Pro that weren’t intuitive at first (especially for editors coming from other editing apps)? If so, share them in the comments below!last_img read more

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Mavericks the stars in men’s Elite Eight

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNSW Country Mavericks will be the team to beat in the men’s Elite Eight division after another dominate day for the defending champions at the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in Coffs Harbour on Friday.The John Dalton-coached side finished undefeated as they won their final two round matches against Queensland Chiefs (10-6) and NSW Rebels (7-2).They will be confident they can go back-to-back as they have showed glimpses of their brilliance that took them to the 2013 title.In second spot was NSW Mets who also won their two matches on day three.They disposed of Queensland Country Outlaws 9-6 before being pushed by NSW Scorpions 4-3 in the last round.Two Queensland sides – Outlaws and Stingrays – finished third and fourth respectively and they have the difficult task of stopping the NSW domination.No team from the northern state have made the grand final in the men’s competition.Outlaws’ spot in the top four was assured before they took to the field to defeat The Alliance 9-3 in the seventh round.The Stingrays’ 10-8 win over the Chiefs in the match prior sealed the top four.Stingrays and Chiefs were battling for the final spot in the semis.Chiefs finished fifth while the Rebels came sixth.The Scorpions, the 2011 champions, have missed out of the Elite Eight semi-finals for the first time while The Alliance finished eighth.In the semi-finals on Saturday, Mavericks will meet the Stingrays and Mets take on Chiefs at 11am.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksMen’s Elite Eightlast_img read more

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