Royal Australian Navy frigate Anzac is operational again

first_img“Anzac is really well placed to complete sea trials and return to the fleet as an operational ship,” he commented. Royal Australian Navy frigate Anzac is operational again after AMCAP upgrade June 9, 2020, by The PSR will see the upgrade of systems such as propulsion control, fridges, waste management and water production. “The aim of AMCAP is to ensure our frigates remain at the forefront of regional surface combatant capability until the new Hunter-class frigate is introduced into service later this decade,” Captain Clelland said. Related Article Anzac’s Commanding Officer Commander Brendan Horn said after an 81-week maintenance and upgrade period, he and his ship’s company were happy to be back at Fleet Base West. Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) HMAS Anzac has joined HMAS Arunta as the second Anzac-class frigate to undergo the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade. View post tag: upgrade Posted: about 1 year ago View post tag: Frigate Categories: Authorities Anzac recently sailed to her homeport of Fleet Base West, Garden Island, Western Australia, where she was joined by her sister ship Arunta which completed the program, known as AMCAP, in 2019. Naida Hakirevic Posted: about 1 year agocenter_img Aerial photograph of HMAS Arunta coming alongside to berth next to HMAS Anzac, right, at Fleet Base West, WA. Photo: Royal Australian Navy Frigate Group Capability Manager’s Representative, Captain Dugald Clelland, said AMCAP represented a major milestone in the operational life of the navy’s Anzac-class frigates. Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Australian Navy frigate Anzac is operational again after AMCAP upgrade View post tag: HMAS Anzac The upgrade program is being undertaken by Navy and the Warship Asset Management Agreement which is a four-way alliance between the Commonwealth’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Saab Australia, BAE Systems and Naval Ship Management Australia. Captain Clelland said the AMCAP, which comes after the Anzac-class frigates underwent the Anti-Ship Missile Defence program, was a complex task that required close cooperation between the navy and its key partners. The third ship to undergo AMCAP is HMAS Warramunga, which is currently docked at Henderson Shipyard. He added that the Project SEA 1448 Phase 4B component of the upgrade improves the Anzac Class Air Search capability by replacing the ageing AN/SPS-49 long range air search radar with a new digital phased array radar developed by Australian company CEA Technologies. The program also focuses on a significant upgrade of the ship’s communications facilities, as well as a general platform systems remediation (PSR) program. View post tag: Anzac class HMAS Arunta rejoins fleet after AMCAP upgrade “AMCAP consists of three major elements, the most striking is the new air search radar that visually differentiates a post-AMCAP ship from its pre-upgrade counterparts.” Vessels View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

‘Really scared’ says Kilian, Bundesliga’s first coronavirus case

first_img“It started on March 10 with a little bit of irritation in the throat. The day after I had a headache but I kept training” he told newspaper Westfalen-Blatt”On March 12 I had the first of my hot flushes and a day later they were really strong. Fever and strong shivers. It was then I started being really scared for the first time.”It took four days for the fever to drop, and after that I felt better every day,” he added.Defender Kilian, who joined the league’s bottom club from home town side Borussia Dortmund at the start of the season, was able to return home to his family to be taken care of by his mother, a nurse. “If I had stayed alone in Paderborn I would have gone to hospital,””I can now talk from experience. I’m a sportsman and in form, but I had to fight a lot against the virus. For the people who already have health issues, it could put their life in danger.”As of late Sunday, 55 people in Germany have died of the disease with 18,610 recorded cases and Chancellor Angela Merkel was in quarantine after meeting a doctor who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Earlier in the day Merkel announced a ban on public gatherings of more than two people and further infection control measures.Topics : The first Bundesliga player to test positive for coronavirus said on Monday he had been “really scared” as he suffered from the illness.Paderborn’s Luca Kilian, 20, was the first case of COVID-19 in the German top-flight which has been postponed until at least April 2 due to the pandemic.The Germany Under-21 international had missed seven matches since suffering a muscle injury in late-January but his club’s last match was the March 6 loss to Cologne.last_img read more

Black Jack skipper gets ‘reno-fit’ ahead of Sydney-Hobart

first_imgTHE RENO: Builders and the Bradford ‘reno-fit’ team took five months to complete their vision.“We called it, ‘reno fit’. That was the in-joke.“On the weekends you would be working your arse off to get fit, but renovating at the same time.“It could become a thing, like crossfit.“It gave us all a bit of ownership.” Cassie and Mark Bradford at the house they renovated with their family. (AAP Image/Josh Woning)THERE’S always been a team behind Mark Bradford’s successes at sea.But as the skipper of Queensland’s supermaxi yacht, Black Jack, prepares the crew for the start of his 13th Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Boxing Day, he is keen to acknowledge another team that has anchored him through a personal project, the renovation of his Zillmere home. BEFORE: The original Queensland War Service house before the family ‘reno-fit’ team took over.Mr Bradford bought the 620sq m property in 2013, recognising the solid bones of the house, and has more than doubled the floor space, turning it into a four-bedroom home with 378sq m of living space including the house, shed and new outdoor entertaining areas. AFTER: Renovated and ready for sale with marine materials used as a nod to the family’s yacht racing connections.The house has been raised, extended and built in downstairs to include a parents retreat, laundry and double garage. AFTER: The new kitchen used to be a small sun room that has been extended through to a large deck.“This has been a combined effort,” Mr Bradford said of the five month renovation which he undertook with his partner Cassie and their blended family of four children.Originally a three bedroom Queensland War Service home, 11 Norbiton St, Zillmere was built in 1956 with brush box timber floors and a brick build basement. AFTER: Space for a growing family to play outside with plenty of grass and a basketball hoop.“Because we have teenage kids we wanted to create a space where they didn’t lock themselves in their rooms and never come out to partake in family stuff,” she said.“So we didn’t design the house with a teenage retreat because we wanted them out in the backyard.“We researched a proper basketball hoop and got one custom made.”MORE: FROM A $30,000 HOVEL, TO THIS! Mark ‘Squark’ Bradford skippered Black Jack in the recent SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. It came second to Wild Oats XI and is a favourite to win the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)A Black Jack sail used in a Sydney to Hobart yacht race has been repurposed as a privacy blind on the new back deck.The internal screens on the windows are made out of the mesh used to stop the sun getting in to the yacht. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN ZILLMERE AFTER: The downstairs parents retreat with a utility wall divider.The upstairs kitchen has been extended and a 5.9 x 5.2m deck built to capture city and Moreton Bay views.center_img BEFORE: This old-style kitchen was demolished and this is now where the study is. The family have lived in the completed home for three years but with school commitments changing, have decided to put their house on the market.The property is for sale through Stefan Blee of Place Ascot. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoAFTER: Cassie and Mark Bradford in their new kitchen which is part of the house extension and leads on to the back deck. (AAP Image/Josh Woning)“The demolition we did ourselves on the weekends,” he said. Mrs Bradford said the renovation helped with bonding.“The reason we are such a beautiful, moulded, blended family is in part because of that time we spent together,” she said.“Kids love to demolish stuff and my son and Mark had a lot of one-on-one time doing that.“We did all lose weight too.”Australian and international yachting history has been incorporated into the $430,000 renovation with Mr Bradford using his skills as a master sailmaker. One of the upstairs bedrooms, featuring marine mesh on the window that also is used on yachts.There’s marine ply shelving in the hallway, marine grade stainless steel in the balustrading and the build also features a piece of footpath from Mr Bradford’s time in Valencia with the America’s Cup. “I’ve always been a fan of that mid-century, California bungalow style so we researched that and we used a draughtsman, but it was all our thinking with a little bit of marine in there from sailing,” Mr Bradford said.VIDEO: Mrs Bradford focused on developing a usable backyard with sporting facilities to encourage outdoor play. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more

Arsenal set for transfer fight as Roma boss confirms interests in midfield starlet

first_img1 Adrien Rabiot Roma coach Rudi Garcia has hinted that a January move for Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot is still possible.talkSPORT told you yesterday that Rabiot feared the deal had collapsed after failing to secure a move away from Paris Saint-Germain during last summer’s transfer window.The 19-year-old currently has under a year remaining on his contract with the French champions, meaning he would be available on a free transfer at the end of this season.Arsenal are reportedly keen on Rabiot, who has been capped by France at every youth level from the Under-16s to the Under-21s.However, Garcia has revealed that Rabiot remains in Roma’s plans while his contract continues to run down.“We are always interested in quality players. Some are accessible, others less so,” Garcia told Sport Mediaset.“Until January he [Rabiot] will remain at PSG, but after that he is free to decide his next destination.”last_img read more

49ers mailbag: ‘Why is nobody questioning the coaching?’

first_imgSANTA CLARA — A year ago, the 49ers were 1-10. Now, they’re 2-9. Progress! If that’s not enough to soothe 49ers fans, here is a Tuesday morning mailbag:Don’t you think that coming off a bye, playing against one of the worst Ds in recent memory, the 49ers should have been much better prepared? I know the talent is not there (GM!?), but why is nobody questioning the coaching aside from Saleh (it seems)? (@Nik_8686)Very valid points. Kyle Shanahan heaped blamed on himself — and all 49ers — for …last_img

Mack outlasts Hoopa, advances to semifinal round

first_imgAJ Stubbs scored a team high 18 points, 12 of which came in the second half, and the McKinleyville Panthers outlasted the Hoopa Warriors 80-72 to win its first-round Logger Classic game, Thursday night at Jay Willard Gymnasium.With Thursday’s win the Panthers (4-3) advance to the semifinal round of the Logger Classic where they will face Dougherty Valley (5-1) today at 8:30 p.m.“I thought we matched their intensity tonight, which is something I didn’t think we did as good a job of the first …last_img

Experimental Biologists Look to Animals for Inspiration

first_img1Jackie Chappell, “Avian Cognition: Understanding Tool Use,” Current Biology, Volume 16, Issue 7, 4 April 2006, Pages R244-R245, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.03.019.2Henderson et al., “Timing in Free-Living Rufous Hummingbirds, Selasphorus rufus,” Current Biology, Volume 16, Issue 5, 7 March 2006, Pages 512-515, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.01.054.Most of these stories did not mention evolution, and in those that did, it was more an aftermarket gloss than a contribution to the scientific understanding.  A revolution in animal studies is underway – a revolution based on design principles.  The investigations here presuppose that there are elegant designs in nature that humans can try to understand.  The design principles observed are transferable to human engineering.  Darwinism, a minor Victorian religious sect, has nothing to offer the Information Age.  Think design.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Whether insects, fish, birds or mammals, animals have a lot to teach scientists and engineers.  Here are some recent stories that begin to answer, “How do they do that?” with hopes that humans might be able to mimic their feats.Hard sponges:  Aimee Cunningham in Science News (03/25/2006; 169:12, p. 184) described the astonishment Joanna Aizenberg (Bell Labs) felt about the Venus Flower Basket sponge   Not only is its silicate glass structure strong enough for a man to stand on, it is intricately woven with cross bridges and organic shock-absorbing glue – “the most perfect design I have ever seen.”  (See also 07/08/2005 and 03/01/2004 about its fiber optics.)Tough beaks:  In the same Science News article, Cunningham told about Mark Meyers (UC San Diego) being impressed with the beaks of toucans in Brazil.  Toucans have the largest beak-to-body ratio of any bird; they use them to grip heavy fruit, which they skillfully toss into the air to gulp down.  “The beak must be rigid enough to resist bending and twisting forces, and yet this stiffness can’t come with great weight, or the bird couldn’t get off the ground,” Cunningham writes of Meyers’ findings.  “Indeed, despite its dominating size, the beak makes up only one-twentieth of the toucan’s body mass.”  Materials scientists are very interested in such substances found in sea sponges, seashells, oysters and bird beaks, because they are lightweight and resistant to fracture without sacrificing strength.Weird tooth:  Science News (3/25/2006, 169:12, p. 186) also had more details about narwhals, the arctic whales with the big spiral tusks that apparently serve as environmental antennae (see 12/13/2005).  Susan Milius wrote about the difficulty Martin Nweeia (dentist at Harvard Medical School) had in studying the elusive animals.  Little is known about the life habits of these medium-size whales that spend much of their lives under the Arctic ice, but scientists are beginning to follow them with sensors embedded in their skin, which have detected them making record dives to 1,800 meters.  Though some researchers insist the tusks are sexually-selected structures for male prowess, Nweeia felt the 10 million tubules connecting to the nerves don’t make sense if the tusks are mere fishing spears or lances for dueling.  He said, “When you have something so exquisite, you don’t bring that on the battlefield.”Bee Landing Gear:  According to EurekAlert, the Society for Experimental Biology found out why orchid bees let their feet dangle under them while flying.  The feet provide extra lift and prevent roll at high speeds.  This principle might help with the design of miniature flying machines for search and rescue operations.Rabbit tricks:  A greyhound pursuing a rabbit might give up and call it a bad hare day.  The rabbit has better muscles for jumping and quick turns, says a report on EurekAlert.Follow the ant home:  An ant may know the route better than a man with a map and compass.  Ants can remember landmarks, but also have a backup system, says a story from the Society for Experimental Biology reported on EurekAlert.  They have a “path integrator” that “allows them to create straight shortcuts back to the nest even when the outbound part of the forage run was very winding,” by constantly reassessing position with an internal compass and measure of distance traveled.  “Knowledge about path integration and landmark learning gained from our experiments with ants has already been incorporated in autonomous robots,” the article says.Follow the ant under the bar:  Ants can do limbo, says another story on EurekAlert.  They can visually judge the height of a horizontal barrier and crawl under it without slowing down.  The ants can sense a barrier with either eyes or antennae.Crow puzzle:  Rooks, a kind of crow, passed an intelligence test.  They were able to manipulate a piece of food through a tunnel that contained a trap door.  EurekAlert summarized a series of experiments reported in Current Biology1 that supported the idea these birds use sophisticated physical cognition to understand puzzles and how to solve them, unlike preprogrammed robots that merely make associations.Hummingbird memory:  Another report in Current Biology2 last month found that hummingbirds never forget.  Experiments with controlled nectar sources showed that they could remember the location of eight rewards and update the information throughout the day.  They could also remember the timing of visits, so as to avoid revisiting empty flowers until they refilled.  “Not only is this the first time that this degree of timing ability has been shown in wild animals,” report Henderson et al., “but these hummingbirds also exhibit two of the fundamental aspects of episodic-like memory, the kind of memory for specific events often thought to be exclusive to humans.”Avionics is for the birds:  Bird watching will never be the same.  Scientists can now attach miniature sensors and miniature 50g cameras to the bodies and wings of birds to learn about how they fly, says EurekAlert.  One group is doing this with eagles to figure out the function of their control systems.Fly feet:  A stunning electron micrograph of a fly’s foot can be found on a story on EurekAlert.  Researchers are studying the elegant foot pads to figure out how flies can dance on the ceiling.  To a group presenting their findings at the Society for Experimental Biology today, fly feet provide “inspiration for mimicking locomotion of wall and ceiling walking machines, which use micropatterned polymer feet for generating adhesion.”Stargazing lobster:  The UK is building a telescope for the International Space Station based on the design of the lobster eye, reported BBC News.  The Lobster All-Sky X-ray Monitor will mimic what lobsters do: utilize a “huge array of tiny channels that focus light by reflection, rather than by bending it through lenses found in human eyes,” giving it an extremely wide field of vision.  It has taken nearly 30 years for humans to perfect the optics involved.The Bug Love:  Hate insects?  Think again.  News @ Nature says, “Next time you dismiss insects as mere creepy-crawlies, ponder for a while on what life would be like without them.  Our six-legged friends might be more valuable than you think – research estimates that they’re worth at least a staggering $57 billion to the US economy every year.”  From agriculture to birdwatching, insects are there to help keep our economy buzzing.  Beetles devour harmful waste.  Flies provide bait for fishermen.  Bees pollinate our crops.  Many species encourage biodiversity and provide essential food for many animals.  (Where mosquitos fit in, the article did not say.)last_img read more

Developers and End-Users Driving Google’s Enterprise Strategy Says Forrester

first_imgA new report from Forrester analyst Jeffrey Hammond makes the case that Google’s support for open-source is endearing the company to developers, who will in turn use Google’s development tools to drive enterprise penetration. Hammond also argues that the company’s appeal to end-users, through search and tools like Google Docs, will encourage IT managers to spring for Google’s enterprise services like Google Apps.Hammond cites Google’s strong support for open-source as one reason to be optimistic about Google’s future in the enterprise. He notes that past Forrester surveys had found that awareness of open-source on the part of enterprise decision makers often lagged its actual adoption. In other words, employees were using open-source solutions to solve problems, but management wasn’t always aware of it. The situation has been changing: management is increasingly aware of the benefits of open-source.Google’s development of of the open-source video codec WebM and its open source Google Web Toolkit, its support for HTML5, and the announcement of the Chrome Web Store all work to encouraging enterprise developers to use Google tools.Meanwhile, Android is slowly making inroads in the enterprise. Android support in the enterprise has grown from 2% in Forrester’s Enterprise And SMB Networks And Telecommunications Survey in Q1 2009 to 13% in 2010. Android’s use of Java gives developers a familiar set of tools a straight-forward path for development.Hammond calls information workers Google’s “Trojan horse” for enterprise adoption. Forrester’s Workforce Technographics Survey, from Q3 2009, found 39% have used online productivity tools such as Google Docs for work related purposes. Hammond speculates this sort of independent end-user adoption will spur further enterprise adoption. “If you’ve been in the enterprise IT space for any length of time, Google’s strategy should feel familiar to you; it’s right out of Microsoft’s playbook,” write Hammond. “As Google appeals to individual users, it opens up a pathway into enterprise IT budgets.”The report concludes that critics shouldn’t dismiss Google’s enterprise ambitions as half-baked, and encourages decision makers to strongly consider Google’s platforms for enterprise application development. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts klint finleycenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#news#saas last_img read more

MAYOR THANKS THE NTL

first_imgCoffs Harbour Mayor Jenny Bonfield visited the Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium last night to welcome the Australian Touch Association and the National Touch League (NTL) to Coffs Harbour. Mayor Bonfield highlighted the importance of the NTL tournament to the Coffs Harbour community, commenting that Coffs appreciate and also enjoy having ATA and the players, officials and spectators because of the impeccable behaviour that is always shown. She also commented that hosting the tournament is positive for the economic and social growth of the region. “ATA has won by being able to host their event here in Coffs, but Coffs have also won by having the tournament here. Having Australian Touch here is a great thing economically but also a great thing for our community, especially our kids, who have the opportunity to see and be involved in other sporting events.” Mayor Bonfield thanked all of the sponsors of the tournament as well stadium management and staff, before talking about the Coffs Harbour application to host the tournament for the next three years. “Being the Mayor I can honestly say we are keen as mustard to have you back here. We have the town, the willingness, we want you guys and your tournament back here for the next three years.” Chief Executive Officer of ATA, Mr Bill Ker, then thanked Mayor Bonfield, the Coffs Harbour Stadium staff, the sponsors and the community for their support of the tournament. Mr Ker highlighted how well Coffs Harbour receives the tournament. “The players never stop talking about how great Coffs is, how it’s the best touch football ground in Australia and how great the community is.” However, Mr Ker then mentioned the application process for the right to host the NTL tournament for the next three years. “We do want to see this sport grow and continue to get bigger and better. We are going through a period of change and by the end of April we should have reached a decision on where this tournament will be heading for the next three years.”last_img read more