Combat systems installation completed on Indonesian frigate

first_img March 18, 2020, by Damen: Combat systems installation, trials completed on Indonesia’s 2nd SIGMA frigate Share this article Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Damen: Combat systems installation, trials completed on Indonesia’s 2nd SIGMA frigate navaltoday View post tag: Damen View post tag: Indonesian Navy Damen Shipyards Group and its partner PT PAL recently completed installation and testing of combat systems to the second of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence’s SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided missile frigates, the KRI Gusti Ngurah Rai (332).The PKR frigates are constructed via a modular process operating simultaneously at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in the Netherlands and the PT PAL shipyard in Indonesia.This method enables Damen to fullfil its commitment to the Indonesian Ministry of Defence to deliver a knowledge and transfer of technology (ToT) programme.A significant part of this transfer programme is the installation of combat systems along with provision of training to the crew in their usage and maintenance.“From the outset of this project DSNS and our partner Thales Netherlands have been fully committed to the development of the Indonesian defence industry and its supporting sectors. This commitment is demonstrated with a series of ToT and local content programmes starting in 2013 when project execution commenced,” Hein van Ameijden, managing director of DSNS, commented.The combat systems installed and tested include the following:• VL MICA for defence from airborne threats;• Exocet for defence from offensive targets at greater distance;• Torpedo system for protection against submarine threat;• 35mm rapid-fire cannon to respond to threats from both air and sea;• Electronic detection system to divert enemy attacks with electromagnetic redirection;• Modification of the computer operated operational system in order to operate the above.The final phase prior to handover was successfully completed on February 21 with sea-going trials – the sea acceptance test (SAT). The purpose of this was to demonstrate that installations throughout the entire chain of weapons systems meet desired efficiency and accuracy.“All our prior efforts paid off. Already at the start of the tests it was clear that installation had been carried out with great precision during construction and that preparatory alignment activities and agreements had been carefully followed.”“The second PKR vessel achieved similar results to the first one. This demonstrates that the complete concept implemented in the SIGMA PKR Class can be considered reliable and robust,” Van Ameijden concluded.The 105-metre, 2,365 tonne PKR frigates are designed to undertake a range of missions in and beyond Indonesian waters. Their primary mission is anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare. However, they are also equipped for maritime security, search and rescue, and humanitarian support tasks.Related:Indonesian Navy commissions second SIGMA frigate KRI I Gusti Ngurah RaiIndonesian Navy receives first SIGMA 10514 guided missile frigatelast_img read more

Cushwa-Leighton Library to celebrate National Library Week

first_imgRead all about it — National Library Week is April 7-13, and the Cushwa-Leighton Library is ready to celebrate. The week seeks to spotlight the contributions librarians make to students and lifelong learners everywhere.Ula Gaha, a reference and instruction librarian, said this year’s National Library Week theme is “Libraries = Strong Communities.”“National Library Week is a celebration that highlights the valuable role librarians and library workers play in strengthening our communities,” Gaha said. “Every year, the American Library Association (ALA) chooses a different theme.”While Gaha said National Library Week spreads much awareness about the usefulness of libraries, it is geared more towards public libraries than academic libraries like Cushwa-Leighton.“I think it’s great that the American Library Association does this, but academic libraries are so different from public libraries,” she said. “I think the ALA during National Library Week really focuses on the work that public libraries do and the services that they offer to the larger community.”In honor of the theme, Gaha said the library’s social media is focused on Cushwa-Leighton’s own community, particularly new library director Joseph Thomas.While the library fosters its own small community, Gaha said the library is also important to the greater Saint Mary’s community.“The library is the heart of everything on Saint Mary’s campus, and the librarians seek to foster student success,” she said.The library is a quiet place on campus where all kinds of students can come together to get their work done, Gaha said.“The library is a meeting place for all kinds of people across campus,” she said. “We like to be able to support people doing their work.”Sophomore Chido Moyo said she often either studies or just relaxes in the library.“The library is my go-to place,” she said. “It’s a great place to lounge — there’s a lot of leisure books to sit and read, and there are plenty of couches.”Gaha said the main part of her job as librarian is teaching students how to effectively utilize all the resources the library has to offer.“The biggest part of my job is to perform library instruction where I go into classrooms and teach students how to find the resources they need for whatever they’re working on and how to use the tools on our website as well as in our catalogue,” Gaha said. “I often find myself giving advice on how to perform the research as well as writing advice.”Gaha said a lot of what the librarians do is answer any and all of students’ general research questions.“A huge part of what we do is make ourselves available for general questions,” she said. “My area of expertise is in gender and women’s studies, sociology and social work, but I can help any student get started with their research.”The most exciting part of coming into work each day, Gaha said, is helping Saint Mary’s students with their interesting research topics and questions.“I end up learning a whole bunch of stuff because whatever students are researching, I’m helping them find the resources for it,” she said.Tags: Community, librarians, Library, National Library Week, Readinglast_img read more

Two young people from Zagreb got a job in Feravin and decided to move to Feričanci

first_imgUnfortunately, it is no longer news that young people from Slavonia are moving out every day. But the news is when someone moves there for work, and it was this step that was decided by two young people who started their careers – no less and no more – than in Feričanci, a small town with about two thousand inhabitants.  It currently exports to 18 countries: Germany, Austria, Italy, France, the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Estonia, Switzerland, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, USA, Australia, Mexico, Singapore and Japan. “This year, we exported the most wines to Germany, France, the Netherlands, the USA and Serbia. I am extremely glad that Frankovka Miraz and Frankovka Dika have been drinking in the distant Caribbean since this autumn, which we exported through our customer in the Netherlands. Exports account for a little more than 20 percent of our revenues, which is a good result considering that until a few years ago, our share of this segment was only three percent. We plan to increase the share of exports to 40 percent of total sales. ” pointed out Luka Vrga, a member of the Management Board of Osilovac, a company within which Feravino operates. “I am extremely happy to have been given the opportunity to work in the cellar and vineyards where it all actually begins. My days in Feričanci are full. After work, there is always time to hang out with dear people I met there, and Zagreb is only a two and a half hour drive away, so when I want it, I go on the weekends. “, says Lucija Kužir. Consumption of wine as well as knowledge about wines is an increasingly important part of the lifestyle in Croatia, including in Feričanci. Many wine regions and winemakers promote wine when guests visit wineries, including our winery in Feričanci. Photo: Feravino Photo: Julio Frangen And the fact that this winery takes care of young people is confirmed by the fact that since the beginning of last year, the professional team of oenologists has also been led by the young and promising Antonija Čema. Martin Kovačević, her fiancé, says that the fear of moving and the negative news spreading about emigrating from Slavonia quickly disappeared. “Already after the first few working days I was satisfied with my new job. From vineyards and cellars to selling wine, there is a lot of work, but I am very satisfied with the working conditions, and as a young technologist I see room for improvement. It is important for me to work in the profession. After all, I was educated for that, and I love my job very much. I am also delighted with Slavonia. Here the people are extremely hospitable, warm and cheerful. I like the serenity with which they radiate and live, as well as the richness of tradition and customs”, Martin Kovacevic points out. Photo: Martin Kovačević, Adela Grabež and Lucija Kužir, a team of young technologists from Feravin Feravina exports its wines to 18 countries around the world  Unfortunately, it is no longer news that young people from Slavonia are moving out every day. But the news is when someone moves there for work, and it was this step that was decided by two young people who started their careers – no less and no more – than in Feričanci, a small town with about two thousand inhabitants.  Feravin’s increasingly important business orientation is export-oriented. Namely, after graduating from the Faculty of Agriculture in Zagreb, twenty-four-year-old Lucija Kužir and twenty-five-year-old Martin Kovačević got a job at the Feravino winery as technologists. Lucija is from Zagreb, and Martin Dalmatinac from Polača, and they gained their first experiences in practice in California, one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Construction of a wine hotel is also planned  Exports account for just over 20 percent of our revenues- Luka Vrga, member of the Management Board Feravina vineyards cover an area of ​​165 hectares, and at the moment about 40 hectares of vineyards are in the phase of restructuring and new planting. The annual production is about 900 thousand liters, and in the vineyards are planted part of the indigenous grape varieties that have been found here since ancient times – Graševina, Frankovka, Zweigelt, as well as international varieties of white grapes (Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Rhine Riesling) and black varieties – syrah , cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and pinot noir. “The plan is to have sauvignon blanc on offer, for which vineyards have already been planted, thus following the trends of winemaking in the world. Most of the vineyards and attractive localities are located on the slopes of the Krndija mountain in the village of Feričanci, and some of the interesting locations are located in the vicinity of Našice. ” Vrga pointed out. With the possibility of wine tasting in the Old Cellar and wine shop, we offer our guests a tour accompanied by an expert oenologist, the past few years we offer vintage as a tourist program and every year more and more interested in this type of tourism. “In the long run, we plan to build a small hotel, restaurant and accompanying facilities, which will be realized in the next two to three years. This will strengthen the image of Feravin, but also Feričani as an unavoidable wine destination. ” concludes Vrga.last_img read more

Facebook rejects call to share revenue with Australian media

first_imgFacebook on Monday rejected calls from the Australian government and news companies that it share advertising revenue with the media, suggesting it would rather cut news content from its platform.The US tech giant said in a submission to Australia’s competition watchdog that news represents a “very small fraction” of the content in an average user’s news feed.”If there were no news content available on Facebook in Australia, we are confident the impact on Facebook’s community metrics and revenues in Australia would not be significant,” it said in a thinly veiled threat to boycott local news companies. “Given the social value and benefit to news publishers, we would strongly prefer to continue enabling news publishers’ content to be available on our platform,” it said.In an effort being closely watched around the world, Australia is set to unveil plans to force Facebook and Google to share advertising revenue they earn from news featured in their services.The initiative has been strongly pushed by Australia’s two biggest media companies, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and Nine Entertainment.They argue that the crisis roiling the news industry worldwide is mainly because of Google, Facebook and other large tech firms capturing the vast majority of online advertising revenues, without fairly compensating media companies for advertisements placed against news content. The loss of advertising dollars that previously flowed to newspapers has forced cutbacks and bankruptcies across the sector, a process exacerbated by the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.In Australia, News Corp, Nine and other media have both announced major cuts in editorial staff, with more than 170 newsrooms and newspapers suspended or shuttered in recent years.Australia’s competition regulator, the ACCC, has estimated that Google and Facebook together earn some Aus$6 billion (US$4 billion) a year from advertising in the country.Leading news publishers have demanded the two companies pay at least 10 percent of that money each year to local news organizations.Google last month rejected the demand, saying it made barely Aus$10 million a year from news-linked advertising.The two companies’ positions bode ill for negotiations the ACCC hopes to pursue between the tech firms and Australian media companies over a mandatory “code of conduct” governing issues such as revenue sharing, curbing disinformation, data sharing and protecting user privacy.The ACCC has until the end of July to draw up the final code, which the government has said it will quickly implement.center_img Topics :last_img read more