Ocean Systems Business Wins US Navy Contract

first_img View post tag: Systems View post tag: Naval View post tag: ocean View post tag: News by topic Ocean Systems Business Wins US Navy Contract View post tag: americas The contract is for the production of the Naval Acoustic Electromechanical Beacon (“NAE Beacon”) expendable countermeasure and includes a base year and two additional options for 2015 and 2016.The NAE Beacon device is designed to counter torpedo threats, performing pre-selected missions while suspended from a float and tether.Ultra is a recognised technical leader in undersea defence and electronics equipment and systems. The Group is a world leader in expendable acoustic countermeasures for submarines and surface ships and has designed, manufactured and delivered more than 10,000 expendable acoustic countermeasures to navies worldwide including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Spain and Turkey.Rakesh Sharma, Chief Executive of Ultra, commented: “I am pleased that the excellence of Ultra’s specialist acoustic countermeasure equipment has been recognised by the award of this contract by the United States Navy. It is a reflection of the importance of the “pivot to the Pacific” spoken about by the US Navy.”[mappress]Press Release, June 06, 2014; Image: View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: US Navy View post tag: business View post tag: contract Ultra announces that its Ocean Systems business (UEOS), located in Massachusetts, USA has been awarded a three-year contract totalling over US$19m from the US Navy. Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Ocean Systems Business Wins US Navy Contract June 6, 2014 View post tag: winslast_img read more

Tillerson’s exit interview

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Rex Tillerson had seen and learned much in his 41-year career at ExxonMobil Corp., and some of it proved useful in his 13 months as U.S. secretary of state.  But in the end, most of the thorniest challenges the former chairman of the multinational oil giant faced had more to do with his relationship with his boss, President Donald Trump, than with the complexities of geopolitics.That was the overarching message from Tillerson who visited Harvard Tuesday for a private talk about his time as the nation’s top diplomat, a probing 90-minute discussion in which he spoke fluently on issues in global hotspots from North Korea, Syria, and Iran to the negotiating styles of world leaders, including Trump.In panel interview with Professors Nicholas Burns, who runs the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Robert Mnookin, faculty chair emeritus of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (HLS), and James Sebenius, who heads the Harvard Negotiation Roundtable at Harvard Business School (HBS), Tillerson’s daylong visit was organized by the American Secretaries of State Project, a joint initiative run by Burns, Mnookin, and Sebenius, who each lead programs on diplomacy and negotiation at all three Schools.Tillerson, who had extensive experience negotiating directly with heads of state as an oil executive, offered a number of informed assessments of the motivations and tactics used by Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he first met in 1999, China’s president Xi Jinping and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose 10-year reign appears in doubt after Tuesday’s election. He called Netanyahu “an extraordinarily skilled” politician and diplomat, albeit “a bit Machiavellian,” who forges good and “useful” relationships with leaders and nations he anticipates he’ll need at a future time.Tillerson said despite Israel’s closeness with the U.S., “In dealing with Bibi, it’s always useful to carry a healthy amount of skepticism in your discussions with him,” recounting that Israel would share “misinformation” to persuade the U.S. of something if necessary.“They did that with the president on a couple of occasions, to persuade him that ‘We’re the good guys, they’re the bad guys.’ We later exposed it to the president so he understood, ‘You’ve been played,’” said Tillerson. “It bothers me that an ally that’s that close and important to us would do that to us.”When he entered office, Tillerson, who had deep familiarity with leaders and issues in the Middle East, including conditions surrounding the Israel/Palestine peace negotiations, said he thought there was a chance — finally — for peace.“I did believe that we were at a moment in time where perhaps we could chart a way where the Arab world could support an outcome that the Palestinians might not think was perfect — and in the past, if it wasn’t perfect, it didn’t happen — but with enough encouragement, pressure from the Arab world, that we could get it close enough that the Palestinians would finally agree,” he said. “And in my view, it was a two-state solution.”“Every successful negotiation is defined as both parties leaving with an acceptable outcome,” said Tillerson. “If you ever think about a negotiation as a win/lose, you’re going to have a terrible experience, you’re going to be very dissatisfied, and not very many people are going to want to deal with you.” Photo by Tom FitzsimmonsBut his plans were hampered by a frosty relationship with President Trump, who solicited foreign policy advice from an array of outside sources and delegated several key portions of the portfolio, like drafting an Israeli/Palestinian peace accord, to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.So, in the end, Tillerson took a back seat on most issues involving the Middle East and served as an informal counselor, offering his input “to help them identify obstacles or gaps to the [peace] plan to give it the highest chance of success,” he said.Even though he is no longer in office Tillerson still keeps an eye on developments in the region. Asked what he would have recommended the U.S. do in response to the bombings on Saudi oil facilities, Tillerson said it was vital to wait until forensics can provide the best available information about who is responsible before taking any action, something he acknowledged “may be very hard to do.”“I have no doubt we’re going to find Iran’s fingerprints on this attack, but we may not find their hands on it,” he said, complicating a coalition response.Tillerson said the U.S. should take its case to the U.N. Security Council and build a global coalition for additional sanctions, rather than trying to implement unilateral sanctions, a move he said Iran can manage.On Wednesday morning, Trump said he will “substantially increase” sanctions on Iran, though the administration did not formally declare Iran responsible.While he was often thwarted on foreign policy, Tillerson admitted his own missteps in undertaking a sweeping overhaul of the State Department and instituting a one-year hiring freeze, while the Trump administration slashed the budget from $55 billion to $35 billion in 2017. Sixty percent of top career diplomats resigned and applications for foreign service jobs fell by half during his term, according to American Foreign Service Association.Early on, it was “pretty evident” to him that much of the department was outmoded, from management practices and some of the systems to IT, and there was no clear delegation of authority, as he was used to in the private sector, so he had a hard time understanding “how decisions are made, who’s got authority to make what decisions and who’s accountable,” he said.Tillerson defended the freeze as a way to get managers to reassess their staffing needs and to avoid having new hires be fired in short order if the budget went further south. He also hoped the move would buy him time to lobby the Office of Management and Budget and “see if I couldn’t change their mindset on it where they were just slashing and burning it.”Fifteen of the overhaul recommendations were funded by Congress and implemented, though there’s more room for modernizing State Department management practices and embassies.Though necessary, Tillerson concedes the pace of his revamp may have been “a little too aggressive” for many “and the level of change was so dramatic for a lot of people in what was already a very significant change from the Obama administration to the Trump administration, which was also dramatic and traumatic,” he said. “I didn’t have a full appreciation probably for just how emotional it would become for some people.”Asked about his approach to negotiations, whether in the private sector or as the nation’s top diplomat, Tillerson said he spends 80 percent of his time in preparation. A key to successful talks?  Knowing precisely what your objectives as well as those of your counterparts. “It all goes back to people’s hopes and aspirations,” he said.“So I did a lot of preparation to understand socially and historically, ‘what journey have these people been on that brought them to this point and what are their hopes and their aspirations out of this possibility that they could have this great economic opportunity, or in the case of a diplomatic discussion, what are their hopes and their aspirations that one day they can have a peaceful border or stop the bombing,’ ” said Tillerson. “I’ve seen more negotiations fall apart over an inability to understand those social aspects and those aspirations than fell apart over the deal.”In stark contrast to Trump’s style, Tillerson emphasized transparency, predictability and trustworthiness as critical to his negotiating method, whether it’s with allies or with enemies.“Every successful negotiation is defined as both parties leaving with an acceptable outcome,” he said. “If you ever think about a negotiation as a win/lose, you’re going to have a terrible experience, you’re going to be very dissatisfied, and not very many people are going to want to deal with you.”Tillerson admitted his own frustration with the nation’s riven state. Asked by Burns what gives him hope these days, he said that it was America’s continued evolution as a society, despite the painful, even “tortuous” times.“I always believe deep in those words from Lincoln, that in our deepest, darkest moments, we were able to call upon ‘the better angels of our nature’ to overcome that which we thought was so divisive we could never find affection for one another again,” he said.“I watch with great anguish the mood of the country and the kind of rhetoric that goes on in public …. [and] it pains me. It breaks my heart,” said Tillerson. But I go back to Lincoln, “and my great hope is that that is still defining of the American people.”last_img read more

ANSA McAL onboard inaugural Guyoil U-18 tournament

first_imgThe Petra Organisation, in collaboration with Guyoil and Tradewind Tankers, is ready and raring to get its inaugural Under-18 football competition, the first of its kind, underway this weekend.ANSA McAL’s Non Alcoholic Brand Manager Errol Nelson hands over the sponsorship cheque to Petra’s Jackie BoodieAs kick-off draws closer, ANSA McAL seemed to have picked the perfect time to get onboard with the action.The invitational competition is the brainchild of the Petra Organisation, and is primarily sponsored by Guyoil. It will see the exclusion of private institutions and lessons, the first time this has been done in such tournaments. The 12 teams hailing from Georgetown, Linden, the West and East Coasts of Demerara, East Bank Demerara and Berbice are expected to get into competition mode this Sunday when the first match will kick off.ANSA McAL’s sponsorship was officially announced at a small briefing on Wednesday afternoon. At the gathering, ANSA McAL’s Non Alcoholic Brand Manager, Errol Nelson spoke on the Petra Organisation’s knack for producing commendable competitions. Given the worth of the tournament, ANSA McAL saw it fit to come on board, noting that youth development was important to the company.“ANSA McAL have been involved and committed to football in Guyana for many years. This is seen from our involvement and sponsorship of numerous tournaments from the grassroots level right up to the national level. Our sponsorship of this school league is just another demonstration of our steadfast commitment to football in Guyana,” Nelson stated.As such, he thanked the Petra Organisation for affording them this sponsorship opportunity, and also took the time to detail the line of products that will fall under the sponsorship’s branding and be sold at the event.“I would just like to thank the Petra Organisation for having ANSA McAL’s Smalta and the Lasco portfolio of brands which consists of the iCool juice and water and the Lyrics soft drink on board as the official beverage sponsor of the school league,” he said.The action is slated to begin on Sunday, October 7. The matches will be played on Sundays and Mondays with six matches in each round. The competition is expected to be a great display of young talents and the hunt to end up in the top two spots is understandable given that those two teams will be given a chance to compete in the KFC Goodwill Tournament in December. The matches will be played at the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta Avenue.last_img read more

Brown might have made wrong choice – Albion youth boss

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion youth boss Steve Hopcroft has told BBC West Midlands he believes Izzy Brown might have made the wrong choice by joining Chelsea three years ago.Brown, 19, was snapped up by the Blues soon after making his senior debut for Albion.He has made one first-team appearance for Chelsea, spent last season on loan at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, and is currently on loan at Rotherham.“It (joining Chelsea) might turn out a correct decision. At the moment, it doesn’t look a great decision,” Hopcroft said.“I absolutely loved Izzy Brown. I thought he was the best of all the players that have left here.“He could have gone on to play a similar number of games as Saido Berahino. He could have made his 100th appearance for West Brom and be in a better position than he is now.“For whatever reason he chose not to go down that route. He chose to go down another route with a bigger club.“He made a decision and his parents made a decision that West Brom wasn’t for them at that time. I wasn’t party to it, but I know really good offers were made.”The England Under-17 international became the second youngest-ever player to appear in the Premier League when he made his Albion debut aged 16 in May 2013.Hopcroft still feels disappointed that his club were unable to hold on to Brown, who is regarded as one of the country’s brightest prospects.“He was the one that got away for me,” said Hopcroft. “The manager at the time, Steve Clarke, was ready to make him an integral part of the team.“We had a potential £20-30-40 million player that the fans would have loved, full of flair and skill. He could on take six players from his own half and score.“I was bitterly disappointed, as was everyone in the academy. He’s still potentially a world-class player, the best we’ve lost, without a shadow of doubt.”See also:Fans on Twitter hail Chelsea youngster AbrahamChelsea not planning to sell ‘fantastic’ FabregasConte confirms Luiz will face LiverpoolConte indicates Alonso will feature against LeicesterThe Chelsea v Liverpool quizThe stats that show Liverpool shouldn’t underestimate LuizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Teaching ‘the best mistake I ever made’

first_img11 March 2013Bilkes Bhano Vawda accidentally registered for the wrong course when she first went to university over four decades ago. Now, after 38 years in the teaching profession, she says it was the best mistake she ever made.“I accidentally registered for the wrong course, but I enjoyed it so much that I decided to stick with teaching,” says Vawda.For many teachers – especially those from Gauteng – who attended the National Teaching Awards ceremony in Johannesburg last Thursday evening, it was not surprising, when Vawda scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award.The awards, attended by President Jacob Zuma and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, recognise “the selfless individuals that open the doors of knowledge to the future leaders, activists and custodians of our beautiful nation”.Vawda has spent a total of 20 years at Marlboro Gardens Secondary School in Johannesburg, where she has been principal since 1998. She is still passionate about the profession.“When I first arrived here, the school was catering only to Indian learners, but together with the school governing body, we have transformed the school. We have now grown to accommodate 1 300 learners, most of whom come from Alexandra.“The area is not well off, so we strive to keep fees as low as possible, while still providing a quality education.”Accepting her award, Vawda stressed that the achievement was thanks to the combined effort of her team at the school, that was making a significant difference in the lives of the people living in Alexandra township.“Somebody once said the most important ingredient to success is the rest of the team, and the team at my school is indeed superb,” she said.Other winners were Julie-Ann Lendrum from Winchester Ridge Primary School in Gauteng, who clinched the award for Excellence in Primary School Teaching and Ismail Teladia from Spine Road High School in Western Cape, who was named the winner for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching.Mmakgompi Messina Mokgope from Tsitsing Primary School in North West province walked away with the award in Excellence in Primary School Leadership, while Derick Petersen from Imizamo Yethu Secondary School in Western Cape won the award for Excellence in Secondary School Leadership.Karin Issabel Adlem from Pietersburg English Medium Primary School in Limpopo was named the winner for Excellence in Grade R Teaching, while Hanlie Christina Swanepoel from Estralita Special School in Mpumalanga won the award for Excellence in Special Needs Education.The award for Excellence in Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning was given to Anita van Vuuren from Universitas Primary School in Free State. Khethiwe Komazi from Northern Cape won the Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy award for Volunteer Educators, with Shadrack Moleko from North West winning the Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy award for Supervisors.Johannes Monnaphiri Melesi, a school principal at Kopanong Secondary School in Free State, scooped the Professor Kader Asmal Excellence AwardSource: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

East London woman campaigns for babies born with clubfoot

first_imgNisha Varghese, who has cerebral palsy, says she knows it’s tough when you cannot walk, which is why she wants to help children born with clubfoot.Nisha Varghese has an online campaign to raise money for at least 50 children who are born with clubfoot to get treatment. Varghese (in front, left) with her mother, Anne, and Play Your Part ambassador Catherine Constantinides (right). (Images supplied)Melissa JavanNisha Varghese, who is from East London, has cerebral palsy. Despite her disabilities, the 26-year-old is always on a mission to make people’s lives better. Her latest campaign is helping children who are born with clubfoot to get treatment and have their feet fixed.MiracleFeet says clubfoot affects one in every 800 children worldwide. The American group provides organisational, technical and financial support to clinics throughout the world in order to provide treatment to children born with clubfoot.Varghese is working through MiracleFeet to raise money for children in impoverished communities in more than 20 countries, including Liberia and Tanzania.Clubfoot (or talipes equinovarus) is a congenital birth defect that causes one or both feet to turn inwards and upwards. Cerebral palsy is a condition caused by damage to a baby’s brain before or during their birth, which makes their limbs and muscles permanently weak.So far, through MiracleFeet, about 27,000 lives have been transformed in 24 countries and 194 clinics have been supported worldwide.“Children deserve opportunities”Varghese is no stranger to fundraising. She has been involved with initiatives such as the Smile Train and the Not For Sale Campaign.She came across MiracleFeet, she says, while researching charities that have sustainable impact. “I believe that all children deserve the opportunity to live to their fullest potential without the hindrance of clubfoot.“Additionally, I know how hard life is when one can’t walk and although I can’t fix my cerebral palsy, there is a cure for clubfoot. I’m going to make sure I fix every child who I can that way. My suffering is not for nothing.”Watch Nisha Varghese’s crowdfunding campaign video:Treatment for each child costs $250 (about R3,500) and already 17 children can get treated through Varghese’s crowdfunding efforts. The treatment used is the non-surgical Ponseti Method.Writer Melissa Javan spoke to Varghese.Melissa Javan: When did you start getting involved with community work and fundraising?Nisha Varghese: I started my community work and fundraising at the age of 19. In retrospect I realise that while losing myself in the service of others, I accidently found the best version of me – the me I didn’t even know I wanted to be.Nisha Varghese paraglides in Cape Town to raise awareness of people who live in Saharawi refugee camps.MJ: What is cerebral palsy?NV: Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition that affects speech and movement. [Because I have cerebral palsy] I can’t walk and my speech is sometimes difficult to understand.MJ: What are the myths around it?NV: Some people think cerebral palsy affects everybody the same way when, in fact, it affects people to varying degrees depending on how badly the brain was damaged during the injury.MJ: How do you go about setting up a fundraising campaign?NV: I contact the non-profit organisation I am interested in working with and ask if it is partnered with a fundraising platform. If the answer is yes I follow a simple sign-up process and start fundraising.MJ: What have you learned about fundraising and marketing on social media?NV: I have learned that fundraising using social media is not about the monetary goal you set or even reaching it, but rather it’s about telling a good story and conveying to people why you’re doing what you’re doing.MJ: What is the most important thing about fundraising?NV: It is knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing and attempting to convey that to the public as creatively as humanly possible.MJ: What charities have you supported in the past?NV: During 2010-2012 I raised $7,862 for The Water Project, Inc. The money was used to build a well for a community in Kenya. Since then, I have raised $1,075 for the Not For Sale Campaign, $1,088.84 for the Elton John Aids Foundation (UK), $5,307 for the Malala Fund, and $10,317.04 for Smile Train, which was enough to pay for 41 cleft-repair surgeries.Apart from fundraising I also raise awareness about causes and issues I care about. On 10 April 2017 I went paragliding in Cape Town to raise awareness about the Western Sahara. It is the last colony in Africa which has been illegally occupied – by Morocco for the past 41 years due to the fact that it is rich in natural resources. Thank you to my real-life superhero Catherine Constantinides, a Play Your Part ambassador, who made me and the rest of the world aware of this issue by literally going to the Saharawi refugee camps and living with the Saharawi people for a time.Source: Miracle Feet and CrowdriseWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

School Water Often Goes Untested for Lead

first_imgSchools in 35 states are not required to test their drinking water for lead,  research by The Center for Green Schools has found. In the remaining 15 states and the District of Columbia, testing may be encouraged rather than required, and not all states require that parents be notified of the results, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) said. The report, “Perspectives on State Legislation Concerning Lead Testing in School Drinking Water,” said that federal laws do not offer any protection to students from possible exposure to lead in water available at school. State laws that address the issue are very recent, the USGBC said in a release, with the earliest law enacted in Ohio just two years ago.RELATED ARTICLESIs Your Drinking Water Safe?Is There Lead in the Water of Your Green Building?Piping as PoisonStudy Finds EPA Lax in Protecting California WaterManaging Lead Paint Hazards Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin that can hinder brain development in children. Federal law requires that regulated water systems test both the supply and representative outlets for contaminants, but it does not require local authorities to test water in the schools. The Center for Green Schools, part of the USGBC organization, said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued guidance for reducing lead exposure in schools, but makes it voluntary. “The result of the existing federal regulatory framework is that without state action — whether administrative or legislative — many school outlets will not be tested for lead,” the report says. “Without identifying and addressing elevated levels that may be present in schools, any exposure of students and staff to lead will continue unabated.” The report notes that a 2006 recommendation from the EPA suggested that remediation begin when lead is found in concentrations of 20 parts per billion (ppb). But a rewrite of the “3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water” announced last month has no specific remediation trigger. Instead, schools were directed to consult with local and state authorities and emphasized that there is no safe level of lead for children, according to the report. A survey by the U.S. Government Accountability Office this year said that 43% of school districts had tested water for lead. Forty-one percent had not tested, and the remaining 16% didn’t know one way or the other. The Center said that the 16 testing laws it reviewed are a “promising start” and offer an opportunity to other states to find “even better, more efficient” ways of ensuring students are not exposed to lead.last_img read more

Govt trying to pass CWG buck on Kalmadi, says Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha

first_imgThe BJP on Tuesday hit out at Sports Minister Ajay Maken for blaming the NDA for Suresh Kalmadi’s appointment as Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief.  As the debate started in the Rajya Sabha after interruptions, BJP leader Arun Jaitley called it a ‘monumental deception’ to hide the CWG mess.  Jaitley said public money was squandered under the pretext of beautification of Delhi during the Games. In a frontal attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said the prime minister overruled the PMO and the sports ministry to appoint Kalmadi as the Organising Committee chief. In fact, Headlines Today had on Monday showed the letter that the PMO wrote to the prime minister suggesting that then sport minister Sunil Dutt be made the OC chairman.  Earlier, the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the second time following noisy scenes as BJP demanded suspension of the Question Hour to discuss the CWG mess.  On Friday, Maken had said that Kalmadi was appointed by the NDA government, and UPA couldn’t do anything about it, being bound by the Host City agreement.  Maken has since stood by his statement.last_img read more