UK’s BMT Defence Services (BMT) joined forces with the University of Bristol to work on the development of an UAV that would be the first ever to perform a perched landing on a ship’s flight deck.The 18-month research project was delivered as part of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) Autonomous Systems Underpinning Research (ASUR) programme.BMT and Bristol University have demonstrated how the combination of a morphing wing UAV and machine learning can be used to generate a trajectory to perform a perched landing on the ground.The UAV has been tested at altitude to validate the approach and the team are working towards a system that can perform a repeatable ground landing.Current UAVs are somewhat restrictive in that they have fixed and rigid wings, which reduces the flexibility in how they can fly. The primary goal of the work was to look at extending the operation of current fixed wing UAVs by introducing morphing wing structures inspired by those found in birds. To control these complex wing structures, BMT utilised machine learning algorithms to learn a flight controller using inspiration from nature.“Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at BMT and R&D projects provide us with the opportunity to work with our partners to develop cutting edge capabilities that have the potential to revolutionise the way we gather information,” Simon Luck, head of information services and information assurance at BMT Defence Services said. View post tag: UAV Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Video: BMT develops first ever UAV to perform a perched landing on ship Video: BMT develops first ever UAV to perform a perched landing on ship January 4, 2017 View post tag: BMT Share this article
Evansville Rescue Mission’s 94th annual Thanksgiving Food Basket GiveawayThis year’s Gobbler Gathering will serve as the Evansville Rescue Mission’s 94th annual Thanksgiving food basket giveaway for families in need which will be held at ERM’s main campus at 500 East Walnut Street on Tuesday, November 22nd.At Tuesday’s Gobbler Gathering, literally thousands of folks will visit the Rescue Mission’s main campus as a food basket recipient, a Mission staff or Board member, a community volunteer, or as a curious bystander.ERM is fully anticipating that 1,800 Tri-State families in need will be attending one of seven distribution services (which will be held at 10 and 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m.) to hear a message of hope and receive a food basket filled with Thanksgiving-themed items; particularly, a frozen 10-13 pound turkey, bagged potatoes, bagged onions, fresh celery, flour, corn meal, a loaf of bread, canned corn/green beans/peas/chicken broth/yams/cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, cake mix, Jiffy cornbread mix, egg noodles and macaroni & cheese.Additionally, with the help of community volunteers, the Mission will deliver 382 grocery sacks of Thanksgiving-themed food to neighboring downtown Evansville apartment communities such as Kennedy & Buckner Towers, Liberty Terrace Apartments, Horizon Homes, Lucas Place II, and Aurora.That being said, ERM is fully anticipating being able to assist a total of 2,201 Tri-State families (an organizational record) for this year’s Gobbler Gathering.Of course, Gobbler Gathering Day will not be a success without the help of more than 700 scheduled community volunteers who will either assist Rescue Mission staff with registration, transfer food from our pallets into baskets, or lend a helping hand toward our food basket recipients.More than 250 Tri-State churches, schools, businesses and families donated an assigned food item or a needed service to ensure the 94th annual Gobbler Gathering can take place.In addition to distributing food, community volunteers will be handing out coats and accessories to any children who may be in need of warmer clothing on Gobbler Gathering day in lieu of the Evansville Rescue Mission’s “Coats For Kiddos” program.Tracy Gorman, Evansville Rescue Mission’s President/CEO, states, “Every year when we host the Gobbler Gathering, we are reminded of the incredible privilege we have to make a difference in the lives of our fellow citizens in this area. Many will go home with the only food they will have for their Thanksgiving dinner. The opportunity to be a blessing is one that we take seriously, and it is one that we cherish. We’re so grateful to those throughout the region who give food and money, as well as their time and prayers, to make this event possible.”The Evansville Rescue Mission gladly accepts monetary donations for the Gobbler Gathering. Gobbler Gathering contributions can be mailed to ERM at 500 E. Walnut St., Evansville, IN 47713 or by visiting our website, www.evansvillerescuemission.org.For additional information on the Evansville Rescue Mission’s annual Gobbler Gathering, please contact Chris-Michael G. Morrison at 812.962.6701 or at [email protected] LinkEmail
Continued poor weather is prompting fears of a shortage of bread-making wheat, a decline in quality because of falling protein levels and rising bread prices, as only half the harvest has been completed in some areas.Gary Sharkey, head of wheat procurement at Rank Hovis, told British Baker that between 55% and 60% had been harvested by Tuesday (2 September), when normally it would have been completed in all areas by now, except the Borders and Scotland. “Most worrying are the south and south west, where 40-50% remains in the field. These crops were ripe three weeks ago and are starting to spoil. We are seeing the quality deteriorate and the premium on best bread-making wheat jump from £35 to £55 per tonne almost overnight,” he added.Wheat cut earlier in the harvest was being sent into “deficit quality areas”, incurring additional and rising fuel costs. Some wheat, which was not fit to be used for breadmaking, would end up as animal feed, forcing millers to make up shortages by importing “more expensive” supplies from abroad, said Sharkey, who chairs the National Association of British and Irish Millers’ (nabim) wheat committee.Warning that this year’s harvest “may be as bad as 2004”, he said the 1% fall in protein levels would mean “higher usage of gluten”. He added that flour mills can only take wheat at a moisture level of 15%, but farmers are having to combine when it is around 20%, incurring further drying costs.Mike Mendelsohn, senior economist at the Home-Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA), said the possible shortage of wheat for milling was “a worry although not yet confirmed”.Growers who had already agreed forward sales may not be able to meet the orders and millers may have to consider higher imports, he added.—-=== In Short ===== HGCA conference ==The HGCA’s 12th annual Grain Outlook Conference is taking place on Thursday, 16 October at The Congress Centre, London. Titled ’Preparing for Uncertainty’, the event will give a clear picture of the market outlook for 2008/2009, including opportunities and threats in the global market and the management of price risk. For more information visit [http://www.hgca.com].== Monster Munch back ==Walkers is to bring back retro-snack Monster Munch. Originally launched in 1977, the snack will be relaunched as a bigger, crunchier version of the former corn snack. A larger pack size will be available and will feature a retro design. It will be available in Roast Beef, Picked Onion and Flamin’ Hot flavours in 40g packs.== Greenhalgh’s comes to the rescue ==Customers of craft baker Greenhalgh’s have been helping to raise money for The Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team, by buying hundreds of fruit flapjacks. For every flapjack sold to its Chorley customers, 5p will be given as a donation in support of the bakery’s Local Hero Campaign. Around £700 has been raised so far.== NCC slams fatty foods promotions ==The National Consumer Council has accused major supermarkets of dramatically increasing the number of in-store promotions featuring cheap sugary and fatty foods. Its report, ’Cut-price, What Cost?’, claimed Morrisons was the worst “offender” with 63% of its promotions featuring sugary or fatty foods.A spokeswoman for Morrisons rejected the report, said it was out of date and contained “a number of inaccuracies”.
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Every spring as lawns start to green up, lawn perfectionists begin their vigilant watch for the onslaught of pests waiting for fresh dinner. Along with pests like armyworms and grubs, mole crickets cause significant damage to southeastern lawns. Mole crickets first came to Georgia in the 1900s, and they’ve been terrorizing turfgrass and lush lawn lovers ever since. Now, wasps that homeowners rarely see are terrorizing the crickets. One of their natural enemies, the mole cricket killer wasp, known scientifically as Larra bicolor, is native to their homeland in South America.Entomologists in Florida and Georgia imported these wasps into the United States. They now live along the Gulf Coast and throughout the South. A keen-eyed observer may find them scanning the turf in lawns or golf courses, constantly studying the surface. That’s bad news for crickets but good news for homeowners, golf course superintendents and lawn care professionals.Solitary mole cricket killer wasps are not easily spotted. They are medium sized and seldom group in noticeable numbers, except when they are feeding on nectar. They don’t have nests, so there is no risk of disturbing their colony and getting stung. These wasps tend to be calm and take off when they feel threatened.For the most part the wasps feed on nectar. However, female wasps also hunt for mole crickets.The hunt begins when a female wasp searches the turf for mole cricket burrows. When she finds one, she enters and then chases the mole cricket to the surface. Above ground, this chase continues as the mole cricket tries to evade the wasp by hiding in the grass or by trying to enter another mole cricket burrow. At the end of the chase, she stings the mole cricket. She then lays an egg on the cricket while it is immobilized. This egg hatches in about 4 to 12 days, and the larva remains attached on the outside of the mole cricket and feeds on it. Within a month, it becomes a fully grown larva ready to pupate. By this time, only the tough external portions of the mole cricket remain. In about 4 to 6 weeks, a new wasp emerges. But, remember, mole cricket killers need more than crickets to feed on. They also need nectar. Homeowners can help their lawns and the wasps by planting flowers they can feed on. One of the best nectar sources for these wasps in the U.S. has been shrubby false buttonweed. Unfortunately, it’s a weed in Southern turfgrass and is not a good choice. Star cluster, also known as star flower or Pentas lanceolatus, is a common landscape flower that shows promise as a good nectar source and is probably the next best option to help sustain these wasps.If you see these wasps in your lawn, think of the ways they help us – by controlling mole crickets and reducing the pesticides we put into nature.
Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: SGI), the world leader in high-performance computing, visualization and storage solutions, has selected UPS Supply Chain Solutions (NYSE:UPS) as its third-party logistics provider for service parts logistics in Asia and Latin America.SGI already relies on UPS Supply Chain Solutions for service parts logistics in North America.SGI service parts now will be distributed from UPS Supply Chain Solutions distribution centers and field stocking locations in Asia and Latin America. SGI’s customers will be able to use computer technicians trained by UPS Supply Chain Solutions, who can provide on-site repair service of selected SGI systems. SGI also will make use of UPS’s extensive small package network in Latin America.“The expanding global capabilities of UPS and our long-term strategic relationship are the primary reasons we continue to expand our business with them,” said Steve Herbenson, SGI’s director of global logistics. “Since SGI outsourced its inventory and distribution function within North America in early 1996, it has realized a reduction in inventory costs, increased visibility and accuracy of the inventory, dramatically improved customer satisfaction and improved overall efficiency in managing parts in the supply chain.“We now want to leverage UPS Supply Chain Solution’s global network to enhance our customer service in other geographies such as Asia Pacific and Latin America, “ Herbenson added.UPS is the world’s largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Its business unit UPS Supply Chain Solutions offers transportation and freight, logistics and distribution and international trade services. UPS’s stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (UPS), and the company can be found on the Web at ups.com and ups-scs.com.
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A day after it was announced, commuters heading to work packed into trains in Tokyo, with some expressing confusion over how best to restrict their movements.”It’s unavoidable that people have to come out for work,” said Risa Tanaka, an office worker wearing a mask near the Shinjuku station, who said she usually tried to work at home, but had stepped out to deliver some documents.”I don’t know if the emergency declaration is enough.”The scenes in Tokyo contrasted with measures across Europe enforced by police patrolling the streets and also through the use of drones in some countries, such as Britain and France. Topics : French residents have had to sign and carry an official form justifying their presence outside homes and face stiff penalties for breaches.Despite some accusations of heavy-handed policing, the enforcement has largely succeeded, leading to bare city streets and the effective shutdown of much of Europe’s local economies, though some flouting has included barbecue gatherings in parks.Japan’s month-long virus emergency gives regional governors more power to press businesses to close, but will add to pains inflicted on the world’s third-largest economy from supply chain disruptions and travel bans.”We’ve reduced the number of in-office workers by half, but we are still rotating to go into work,” said a commuter, Chihiro Kakegawa, an employee of a financial institution near the Tokyo station, adding that it freed her from going to work everyday.With Tokyo’s governor Yuriko Koike expected to announce only on Friday what categories of businesses will have to shut, many shops and businesses have been left to decide on their own for now.In most cases, Japanese authorities have no penalties to back calls for people to stay home and businesses to shut.Department stores, karaoke parlors and some non-essential businesses, such as coffee chain Starbucks, have already said they would close. The foreign ministry said it would monitor the temperatures of all visitors and block those with high fever.With an eye on the economy, Abe has sought a cut of 70% to 80% in contacts among people in the seven regions, leaving plenty of wiggle room for defiance of the request to stay home.Train schedules of the East Japan Railway Co, which services the capital and surrounding areas, remain unchanged, with operations running as normal.”I don’t think the reduction is anywhere near the 70 or 80 percent Abe is aiming for,” said Yoshihiko Furusawa, 43, as he watched pedestrians near the Shinjuku ward office where he works.”I think the important point is to stop people going to bars after work.” Tokyo recorded 144 coronavirus infections on Wednesday, its biggest daily jump since the start of the pandemic, public broadcaster NHK said, without citing sources on the first day of a state of emergency aimed at containing the outbreak.Total infections in the Japanese capital stand at 1,339, NHK said, for an increase that would carry the nationwide tally beyond 4,600, including 98 deaths, based on numbers it published earlier in the day.The number of infections is still far smaller than in many European countries and the United States, but a steady rise in some areas prompted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare the emergency in Tokyo, Osaka and five other hard-hit prefectures.
Alderweireld helped Spurs reach the Champions League final last season (Picture: Getty)‘£25million for a ready-made centre half who is going to get you through the next three seasons and bring on other players around them, it’s a no-brainer for me.‘People will say you’re going to lose money, yeah you are but you’re going to do that if you bring loan players for me.’Alderweireld has made over 150 appearances for Spurs over the past four years and helped the club reach the Champions League final last season.Tottenham finished fourth in the Premier League last term with 71 points, ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal and sixth-placed Manchester United.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Arsenal and Manchester United urged to sign Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Jul 2019 11:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link566Shares Advertisement Arsenal and Manchester United have been urged to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham (Picture: Getty)Arsenal and Manchester United have been urged to make moves for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.Belgium international Alderweireld is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world and has been a key member of Spurs’ squad since signing from Atletico Madrid in 2015.Despite his influence at Tottenham, the 30-year-old has been persistently linked with a summer move and can be bought for just £25million until Friday due to a clause in his contract.That does not appear to be met, but former Premier League star Danny Mills is astonished Arsenal and Manchester United are not trying to secure his services this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBoth Arsenal and United are in the market for defensive reinforcements, with the Gunners close to signing William Saliba for £27m and the Red Devils chasing £80m-rated Harry Maguire.Former England defender Mills told Football Insider: ‘Let’s say he plays another three seasons, that’s around £8million-a-year.‘People are paying loan fees of £8million-a-year, he’s a ready-made player. It’s an absolute bargain.‘How Manchester United are not coming and banging down the door, how Arsenal are not banging down the door and saying we want this player, I have no idea. Comment Advertisement