Taiwan starts construction of missile corvettes, minelayers

first_img Share this article View post tag: Tuo Chang-class Taiwan has kicked off construction of three Tuo Chiang-class missile corvettes and four next-generation minelayers in a ceremony attended by the country’s president Tsai Ing-wen on May 24.The three catamaran corvettes are being built by Lung Teh Shipbuilding and will displace 680 tons at a length of 65 meters.They will armed with Hsiung Feng-II and Hisung Feng-III anti-ship missiles and take over a number of duties now performed by the navy’s less maneuverable frigates and destroyers, according to SCMP.The project is worth an estimated $1 billion and will see the first stealth corvette delivered in 2021.The first of the new minelayers is is also expected to be delivered in 2021.The start of construction of two new ship classes for the Taiwan Navy follows this month’s begin of construction works on a facility that will deliver the nation’s first domestically-built submarine.Construction works on the shipyard are expected to be completed by the end of 2020 while the first boat is envisioned for a 2024 delivery. Photo: Taiwan Navy photo of the first Tuo Chiang-class missile corvette. Photo: Taiwan Navy View post tag: Taiwan Navylast_img read more

Email blunder reveals names of 1st year medics on pass/fail borderline

first_imgThe Medical Sciences Division have apologised for an “administrative error” which led to the names of students required to sit additional first-year exams being emailed to all first year medics. The examination timetable was meant identify students by their candidate number, but instead a document (labelled “for tutors”) showed a list of their full names of those required to return for verbal “viva voce” examinations. Medical students are asked to return to Oxford after Prelims to attend these exams if they have fallen just below the pass level in a particular topic, on which they are then questioned. If candidates perform successfully, they can be awarded a pass for that section.A University of Oxford spokesperson told Cherwell: “An apology was sent to all affected students as soon as the mistake came to light. The Medical School is taking steps to make sure this type of incident does not happen again.”In the email to students, the Medical Division noted the need to offer candidates “the maximum amount of notice” before the viva as the cause of their mistake.Oxford Medical Students’ Society said in a statement: “We have become aware of what appears to be an honest mistake on the part of the medical school, with regards the viva list for first-year examinations, which may have some distressing consequences for some students.“Oxford MedSoc is not involved in the setting or marking of any medical school examinations, nor any other part of the medical course at Oxford, but would encourage anyone affected by this to contact our dedicated welfare reps, Aoife Lyford and Charlotte Rose, in full confidence.”One first-year medical student student told Cherwell: “I am disappointed by their blaming of the mistake on our requirement for knowing about vivas as soon as possible, when checking the attachment on an email takes three seconds.“But ultimately it was just a mistake, and I think some people are blowing this out of proportion.”Speaking to Cherwell, another medical student condemned the faculty error as both “dumb” and “mean”.This is not the first time that the University has compromised candidates’ anonymity. In October last year, University administrative officials accidentally revealed the names of the nearly 500 Moritz-Heynan scholars, after students were CC’d rather than BCC’d into a group email. In January this year, Hertford College also shared the personal information of 200 unsuccessful candidates through a similar error in email procedure.last_img read more

CRN says “If You Don’t Know Mario Forziati, You Probably Should” – We Agree

first_imgCongratulations to VCE’s Mario Forziati, who was recently named to CRN’s “100 People You Don’t Know, But Should” List. Mario began working with VCE in July 2013 as part of the investor alliances team and moved into a new role in January 2014 as a director of channels covering the U.S. east coast and Canada. He brings with him many years of industry experience, including 15 years in Cisco’s channels organization where he was one of the first channel account managers.“Click to Tweet: Mario Forziati represents @VCE on @CRN 100 People You Don’t Know But Should list. Read more on the Vblog http://bit.ly/1vnR0X7 @MarioForzShareMany VCE partners who regularly interact with Mario can attest to his extensive experience and expertise in his position. He has strengthened these partnerships and helped lead VCE to become a major channel player in the United States and  Canada.  He has earned the respect of colleagues and peers  and has a reputation as the “Mayor of the North End”– being a go-to guy for anyone who needs a restaurant recommendation in Boston.Forziati was selected by the CRN editorial team based on feedback throughout the year from solution providers and industry executives. CRN believes that while the IT industry tends to illuminate its top executives, it is important to recognize those who are working hard in the channel and contributing to the success of the industry.According to a statement from CRN CEO Robert Faletra, this list is CRN’s way of recognizing “some of the people that are in the trenches, working hard on behalf of the IT channel every day and making decisions that help tip the scales toward channel success.”This award is well deserved and goes to show that hard work does not go unnoticed.last_img read more

Professional Creativity on the Go With the World’s Smallest 15” 2-in-1 Mobile Workstation

first_imgWork is no longer a destination; workspaces have become the backseat of a van, an airport, or if you’re lucky, possibly even the luxury of a coffee shop. We recognize that you need your device to adapt to your lifestyle and technology should never hinder creativity or productivity, especially for customers in compute-intensive fields such as film, architecture, engineering, the sciences or photography where mobility is just part of the job. That is why we developed the new Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 mobile workstation. It’s flexibility at its finest and it fits around your creation needs, without compromising power, performance or battery life (up to 16 hours).With the Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1, you have everything you need at your fingertips – it can handle the creative tasks you throw its way, allowing you to stay productive on the go. With support for up to two 4K displays, the workstation allows creators to get immersed in how they use technology at their desk or wherever.If you’re a busy film director or producer in press junkets, hosting screenings or meeting with investors, we know you likely don’t have time to head back to the editing suite or physical office to check content and new scripts. In-between takes and meetings, you can pop open the stylish 15.6” 2-in-1 device to review footage on a stunning InfinityEdge display. With up to 4K Ultra HD display options available, packing 8 million pixels and 100% Adobe RGB, you can review your work in precise clarity and color accuracy. For those who prefer to make notes, the flexible 360-degree hinge enables you to treat your workstation like a sketchbook, complete with precise pressure sensitivity (with a pen or touch) so you can hit your mark the first time, while tent mode allows for easy collaboration and presentations. With these features, the 5530 2-in-1 supports your creative flow from ideation to collaborated editing to the finished creation.What’s more, we’ve teamed up with software partners to optimize your experience while using the most demanding professional creative and design software applications and the 2-in-1 workstation has a range of Independent Software Vendors (ISV) certifications ranging from Adobe Creative Cloud and Autodesk Maya to AutoCAD, and Solidworks Industrial Design.As with all Dell Precision workstations, you also benefit from our exclusive Dell Precision Optimizer software which automatically tunes your workstation to run ISV applications at the fastest speeds possible.Dell Precision is proud to push the innovation barriers and continue to create technology that meets the most pressing needs of our customers and we have designed the Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 so you can more precisely bring your vision to life. We’re looking forward to seeing your creations!The Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is available worldwide from today, starting at $1679.last_img read more

Student ‘strove for greatness’ to be Leprechaun

first_imgSenior Johnny Romano used to dream about being a Notre Dame football player, but after realizing his body type was not well suited for the sport, he decided to take on a different role in Notre Dame Athletics and became the Notre Dame Leprechaun. “I always wanted to be a football player, but when you are five feet and five-and-three-fourths inches tall, it’s a little hard,” Romano, a native of Glencoe, Ill., said. “So I strove for greatness, and what’s better than being a football player? The Notre Dame Leprechaun.” Romano said the process to become the Leprechaun begins with a one-page essay about why the Leprechaun hopeful wants to be the official mascot of Notre Dame. Those applicants then participate in cheerleading tryouts. “They try to see how you interact with the team,” Romano said. “They would pull you aside and tell you to pump the cheerleaders up and then give you different situations to get the crowd going.” Ten to 15 hopefuls are then cut down to six finalists, who learn some of the finer points of what it takes to be the Leprechaun. “They taught us the jig, and then we had a push-up contest, a mini pep rally and a game time situation,” Romano said. “After that, we each had an interview with a panel of six people, which included representatives from different departments, like Athletics. Usually, the previous leprechaun is there, too.” Romano said he was not nervous during the process. “I have nerves of steel,” he said. “I had been a leprechaun the year before, so this was my second year. I was just trying to get the top spot.” This past weekend was the University’s first football game, and Romano said the experience was exciting. “The pep rally was fun, but at the game it did not really hit me that I was the Leprechaun until they said ‘Here Come the Irish’ and I had the flag on the field,” he said. “I just didn’t want to get trampled by the football team.” During the game, Romano tried to rally the crowd. “I try to get fans engaged during key plays,” he said. “I get them pumped up, especially with the volley cheers that include whole stadium.”  Notre Dame Football is a tradition in Romano’s family, he said. His grandfather played on the football team from 1946 to 1949 and helped the Irish win three national championships.  Attending the University is also a tradition in the Romano family. “My father went here,” Romano said. “Eighteen of my first cousins have attended either Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s.” Romano, a marketing major, says his plans are not concrete for after graduation. With a fluency in Spanish, Romano said he will either find a job or do a year of service in Honduras. “I lived for six years in Mexico because of my dad’s job,” Romano said. “I also studied abroad in Mexico during the sixth grade.” When asked which of this season’s football games he is most excited about, Romano grinned. “Michigan is in the Big House, USC is at night, and we are playing in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium,” Romano said. “Go Irish, beat Wolverines.”  Contact Katie McCarty at [email protected]last_img read more

Bridges Alum Steven Pasquale Lands Netflix Role

first_img Pasquale tweeted about the news: “Sweet wonderful tweeps. It’s just a small part. A re occurring character. I’m holding out for a musical. I promise!…But baby needs milk.” Bridges of Madison County alum Steven Pasquale has landed his first gig since the tuner’s premature shuttering on the Great White Way. He will feature alongside the previously reported Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz in an upcoming Netflix psychological thriller drama. According to Deadline, Pasquale will have a recurring role as a potential romantic interest for Linda Cardellini’s character in the 13-episode, yet to be named, series from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler. Star Files View Commentscenter_img We hope he’s back on the Great White Way soon! As well as Bridges, in which he starred opposite Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara, Pasquale has appeared on Broadway in Reasons to Be Pretty and off-Broadway in Fat Pig, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… and A Soldier’s Play. He was the star of NBC’s short-lived drama Do No Harm, and for seven seasons he starred as Sean Garrity on FX’s Rescue Me. Steven Pasqualelast_img read more

KPK asks for nearly Rp 1t in additional funds to support graft fight, change in employment status

first_imgHe went on to say that the KPK would also conduct antigraft training for state organizers, political parties and state-owned and private-owned enterprises.”[All these sectors] are often involved in graft. We don’t want that and will work our hardest so that people don’t want to commit acts of corruption anymore,” he added.Read also: Activists slam KPK for discussing raise for leaders amid declining public faithIn its corruption prevention strategy, the KPK will work on making systemic changes, as the existing commerce, economic, political and other systems had allowed for corruption to become commonplace. The additional funding was also needed as the agency would change its employees’ status to civil servants.The 2019 revision to the KPK Law stipulates that all employees, who were previously independent workers, would become civil servants, giving the agency a two-year transition period to implement the change.Firli said the Rp 1.88 trillion in funds would be used to support the KPK’s performance, with Rp 1.59 trillion to be used for education programs, Rp 115.3 for graft prevention, Rp 105.1 billion for corruption mitigation and Rp 65.6 billion for graft enforcement.In 2019, former KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo also requested an additional Rp 580.14 billion to the Rp 828.17 billion budget given for 2020, citing the need to build a storage facility for seized goods among other necessities. The government, however, decided to only give the agency around Rp 100 billion. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has a made a request for more funding next year to the House of Representatives to help strengthen the agency’s ability to combat graft and facilitate changes in its employees’ status.KPK chairman Firli Bahuri proposed that Rp 928.8 billion (US$65.1 million) be added to the Rp 995 billion that has been allocated to the antigraft agency for 2021. He argued the agency needed additional funding for its three strategies of education, prevention and law enforcement in the fight against corruption.”Those three strategies are essential,” Firli said during a meeting with House Commission III overseeing legal, human rights and security affairs on Thursday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

TechnipFMC Delivers 2019 Forecast

first_imgThe UK-based energy services giant TechnipFMC said it estimates 2019-revenues between $12.8 – $13.5 billion.The company’s Subsea division is expected to generate $5.4 – $5.7 billion in 2019, with EBITDA margin of at least 11%.Revenue forecast for Onshore/Offshore is in a range of $5.7 – 6.0 billion, while Surface Technologies are expected to contribute in a range of $1.7 – 1.8 billion. EBITDA margin is estimated at 12% and 17% respectively.For the upcoming year, capital expenditures have been set at approximately $400 million.To remind, in the previous quarter (Q3 2018), the company reported net profit of $136.9 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, compared to $121.0 million in the same period of 2017.However, revenues for that quarter fell approximately $1 billion from $4.1 billion in Q3 2017 and also some $900 million in the second quarter of 2018.Subsea World News Stafflast_img read more

Be aware of potential scam utility calls

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Decatur County REMC would like to remind its customers to always be aware of scam calls asking for payment or threatening disconnect. DCREMC stated that they will always identify themselves and will provide a number to call for more information.If you have questions or are suspicious about a message you’ve received, please call them at 812-663-3391.last_img

Kevin de Bruyne set for Manchester City debut

first_img The 25-year-old faces another six weeks on the sidelines and could miss at least City’s next seven games, but Pellegrini does not think he was rushed back. He said: “I think Fabian worked with us before he went with his national squad, with normality, without any problems. “It was very unlucky for him to have the injury but bad things happen.” Silva’s injury does not appear so serious and Pellegrini is hopeful he will be back in contention for the visit of Juve. He said: “He is out for tomorrow and maybe it is a risk for him to take another kick in the same place, so it is better for him to rest a couple of days.” City’s fine start to the season will be tested by Alan Pardew’s Palace, who have also made a positive early impression by collecting nine points from their opening four games. Pellegrini said: “Last season Alan Pardew also finished in a very good way with Crystal Palace. “He is a manager that always has a good team with good performance. I am not surprised by them because they have very good players.” Club record signing Kevin de Bruyne is poised to make his Manchester City debut as David Silva sits out this weekend’s trip to Crystal Palace. Speaking at a press conference to preview the Selhurst Park clash with second-placed Palace, Pellegrini said: “In his position it is more easy, maybe, to settle in our team. He needs maybe to be included in the movements of our squad for more time, but if we need him at this moment he can play without problems.” Pellegrini made just one change to his starting line-up in City’s first four games of the campaign – all of which were won convincingly without conceding a goal. Former Chelsea player De Bruyne’s big-money move from Wolfsburg came after the last of them, against Watford almost a fortnight ago, and has since been away with Belgium. Pellegrini would have liked more time to work with him but does not think his lack of familiarity with his new team-mates will be a problem. He said: “It is not the best way to arrive, to go to his national squad, but it doesn’t matter. “He is a very young player, 24 years old. I always say when good players arrive at a good team with very good players like David, Kun (Sergio Aguero), Yaya (Toure), just to name some, they will continue improving.” The international break has come at a cost for City with the luckless Fabian Delph injured as well as key playmaker Silva. Delph, who missed the start of the season with a hamstring injury, suffered a fresh problem to the same muscle in the first minute of England’s midweek win over Switzerland. Press Association Silva is not being risked by manager Manuel Pellegrini ahead of next Tuesday’s Champions League encounter against Juventus after suffering an ankle injury during the international break. That should make it straightforward for the Barclays Premier League leaders to slot their new £54million man into their formidable-looking side. last_img read more