Saab introduces new sensor system for maritime patrol planes

first_img Defence and security company Saab on February 17 announced that its new Swordfish mission system was now ready to be put on two Bombardier plane versions.The new Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) mission system delivers strategic multi-role capabilities. According to Saab, their product was suitable for long-duration patrol or search-and-rescue missions, but could also handle anti-submarine and anti-surface unit warfare tasks.Saab picked Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop and Global 6000 jet “for their high levels of reliability and performance” as the company said.The Swordfish mission system combines already operational COTS sensors from several suppliers, with Saab’s own electronic warfare and C4I mission management systems. The integrated sensor package is displayed on interchangeable work stations with an intelligent degree of automation and system support.Jonas Hjelm, Head of Saab business area Support and Services, said: “We are proud to offer the cutting-edge Swordfish MPA system on a brand-new, high-performance aircraft, which can be a turboprop or a jet. Potential customers are free to select the platform that best serves their operational needs.”Saab said their Swordfish mission suite coupled with Bombardier’s aircraft would provide operators with “multiple domain awareness, from littoral waters to the open ocean”.The company predicts a steady trend of fixed-wing maritime aircraft opportunities in line with the continued proliferation of submarines having in mind the Asia Pacific region where more than 100 submarines are predicted to be operating by the year 2020. View post tag: patrol aircraft Saab introduces new mission system for maritime patrol aircraft View post tag: Saab Equipment & technologycenter_img February 18, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Saab introduces new mission system for maritime patrol aircraft Share this articlelast_img read more

All the 2017 Sammies sandwich awards winners

first_imgHere is the full list of winners of The British Sandwich Association’s annual Sammies Awards.The Sandwich Industry Awards, also known as the Sammies, recognise the great and the good of the sandwich industry – not only the best sandwiches, but also the best places to get them.The New Sandwich of the Year AwardOverall Winner: Un-bleat-able Goat’s Cheese, Cranberries, Sweet Potato and Mango Munch Fest, by Scribbles from Around NoonHot Category: Fiery Pulled Fajita Chicken Burrito, by GreggsSeasonal Category: Avocado, Mozzarella and Sriracha Comin’ at Cha, by Scribbles from Around NoonInnovative Category: Around Noon – Scribbles – Un-bleat-able Goat’s Cheese, Cranberries, Sweet Potato and mango Munch Fest by Scribbles from Around NoonThe Chain Sandwich Retailer Award Specialist Sandwich Bar Chain Category: SubwayBakery Chain Category: GreggsCafé Category: Coffee #1Café In-store Category: DobbiesThe Sandwich Multiple Retailer of the Year Award: MorrisonsThe Independent Sandwich Retailer AwardOverall Winner: Mimosa, LondonIndependent Bakery Sandwich Retailer: Real Patisserie, BrightonIndependent Café Sandwich Retailer: Mimosa, London Highly Commended: Caffeine Drip, EdinburghBest New Independent: Aprés Food Company, LondonIndependent Sandwich Shop: Dene’s Deli, Newcastle Upon Tyne Highly Commended: Magic Wrap; Cardiff Students’ UnionThe Sandwich Convenience Retailer Award: The Co-opThe En-Route Sandwich Retailer Award: M&S for British AirwaysThe Workplace Sandwich Provider of the Year Award: CompassThe BSA Sandwich Manufacturer of the Year Award: SolwayThe New Sandwich Product Award Food Ingredient Category: My Bombay AirwrapPackaging/Equipment Category: LunchAlert The BSA Technical Excellence Award: Raynor Foods and Green GourmetThe Sandwich Marketing Award: GreggsSandwich Designer of the Year Overall Winner: Martin Willsher of 2 Sisters Food GroupThe New York Bakery Bagel Category: Rob Lawton of Greencore with Mobster BagelThe Sam Browne Foods British Red Tractor, Farm Assured Cooked Poultry Category: Martin Willsher of 2 Sisters Food Group with St Clements DuckThe H. Smith Food Group Tuna Category: Martin Willsher of 2 Sisters Food Group with Yumi Umami TunaThe Norseland Mexicana, Applewood and Jarlsberg Category: Stewart Parker of BHLive with Hunted ChickenThe Harvey & Brockless Pesto and Relish Category: Ben Laws of Java with Oak Roast Smoked Salmon BagelThe Pan’artisan Focaccia Romana Category: Kate Riley of Bait Sandwiches with Falafel FattoushFood to Go Manufacturer of the Year: Greencore Food to Go Retailer of the Year: GreggsFood to Go Innovation of the YearThe Product Category: A Bit Moorish from PureThe Equipment/Packaging Category: Breakfast Pots from Waitroselast_img read more

6 financial marketing takeaways from the 2019 Internet Trends Report

first_img continue reading » Every year since 1995, analysts, investors and media look forward to Mary Meeker’s report on the state of the internet. The 333-page “Internet Trends 2019” report is filled with vast amounts of insight into what is going on in digital channel use, technology, consumer behavior, eCommerce, social media, data growth, payments, privacy, the future of work and, of course, China’s increasingly dominant position in each of these categories. Meeker, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the venture capital and private equity firm, even touches on the impact of visual communication, interactive gaming, and voice as digital engagement tools.The key takeaways from this year’s report include:The channel of choice for consumers is increasingly mobile.Internet ad spending is increasing, with Google and Facebook getting the most spend.The cost of customer acquisition continues to increase.Visual communication is on the rise.The availability and use of data for personalization is exploding.Security and privacy concerns remain an important differentiator.While intentionally broad in scope, the report provides “food for thought” as financial institutions – and financial marketers especially – try to develop strategic planning options for the future. Meeker provides insights into the impact of e-commerce platforms and the increasing use of visuals to tells stories digitally. She also discusses the increasing cost of new customer acquisition and how that is impacting the allocation of marketing dollars. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

June 8, 1989: When the Pirates blew a 10-0 lead, forcing announcer Jim Rooker to walk 327 miles

first_imgNot that he’d ever forget those nearly two weeks of walking, but he apparently took home a permanent souvenir.”I still have a left ankle that bothers me today because of that,” he told “Sports Talk.”That lesson again: Always think before you speak. Think before you speak, even in baseball, and even when something seems, well, unthinkable. Think before you speak, especially when you speak to hundreds of thousands of people for a living.Jim Rooker can tell you a fun story about that. It’s a lesson he learned on June 8, 1989 — the day the former Pirates broadcaster made a seemingly innocent (and safe) statement after the Buccos scored 10 runs in the top of the first against the Phillies in Philadelphia. “If we lose this game, I’ll walk back to Pittsburgh,” Rooker told partner John Sanders — and everyone listening on the radio.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNWell, despite Rooker’s 13 years as a big league pitcher, plus another nine years as a broadcaster to that point, he apparently forgot that baseball has a weird, sick sense of humor. Especially when a team has lost six straight.Pirates players remembered, though.”I looked at the umpires and I said, ‘Yeah, we finally got a lead,'” the Pirates’ Bobby Bonilla recalled later that season. “They said, ‘You finally got a lead in one game.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, but, you know, it’s not over yet.'”Enter baseball’s twisted sense of humor. After the Pirates dropped 10 in the top of the first, the Phillies outscored them 15-1 the rest of the game. If you want more evidence of baseball’s sense of humor, the normally light-hitting Steve Jeltz, who didn’t even start the game and had two career homers at that point, belted two dingers that night — which ended up accounting for half his homers on the season.Jeltz’s first homer, a two-run shot, made it a 10-6 game. After Jeltz barreled that homer, the game itself seemed to be barreling toward an inevitable conclusion.”I could’ve told you then that there was a good chance we were going to lose that game,” then-Pirates manager Jim Leyland said later. “When you’re a manager, your gut usually tells you that something’s not right. It’s a freaky thing. You can usually feel it.”Well, Leyland’s gut was on point. From there, Jeltz hit his second homer, there were more hits, there was a run-scoring wild pitch and yada, yada, yada, the Phillies took the lead and eventually won 15-11. It was the Pirates’ seventh straight loss.Rather than brushing off his pledge to walk back to Pittsburgh as merely a throwaway line played for laughs, Rooker, 46 at the time, stayed true to his word, even making some public good out of it by turning the trek into a walk for charity. The event was dubbed “Rook’s Unintentional Walk,” with a sporting goods company donating hiking gear and four corporate sponsors underwriting the trip. Rooker and a friend took their first steps from Philadelphia on Oct. 5 and walked through the center field gate at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh at 12:52 p.m. on Oct. 17 — a walk of 327 miles. The pair averaged more than 24 miles a day, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.”I’m OK from the ankles up, but from the ankles down I feel like I’ve been stabbed with ice picks,” he told Sporting News after the walk.MORE: 10 single-season MLB feats we’ll never see againThere was good news, though: Rooker’s many steps ultimately raised around $100,000 for charity by some estimates, with money going to Children’s Hospitals of Pittsburgh and Bob Prince Charities. Still, it was an ordeal.”It’s something I would never do again,” he told SN later, “but the response of the people was absolutely tremendous.”Here’s a vintage MLB feature detailing the whole, silly affair.Years later, Rooker explained the thinking behind his “I’ll walk back to Pittsburgh proclamation.””In all the years I’ve been in baseball, I’ve never been on a team that’s been ahead by 10 runs and lost, or been behind by 10 runs and come back and win a game,” he told “Monday Night Sports Talk,” a Connecticut cable show, in 2013. “I didn’t say it thinking that it was going to be a challenge of any kind. I just thought it was a normal thing to say.”last_img read more

‘Golf is shining and that’s thanks to you’ – Our CEO’s letter to golfers and clubs

first_img27 May 2020 ‘Golf is shining and that’s thanks to you’ – Our CEO’s letter to golfers and clubs There’s been so many positive stories around the game of golf in the past two weeks that it’s hard to know where to begin.With very few exceptions, the safety measures put in place for golf’s return have been embraced by golfers and golf clubs across England.The ‘course closed’ signs have been replaced by news of full tee sheets.We have witnessed a rise in membership rather than a drop off and last week we were delighted to bring you news of financial aid for clubs in the shape of The R&A’s Covid-19 Support Fund.On a personal level, I’d almost forgotten how good it felt to be up with the lark and out on the golf course.Although I was behind most of the golfers in England on this one, it was still a great feeling to be back out at Marlborough Golf Club last week for the first time in months.Hats off to the greenkeepers for their work! The course was in great nick.After being checked in by my lifelong pal and Head Pro Simon, I’m pleased to say that the new procedures in place to allow us all to ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ worked like clockwork.Like many, I anticipated teething problems under the new guidelines. Yet the vast majority of golfers and clubs have seamlessly returned to playing and any problems have been quickly ironed out.Clear guidelines have helped, but golfers and clubs alike have “stepped up”, taken responsibility and applied the unwritten rule of common sense to their actions.We have been contacted by many happy golfers extolling the virtues of social rounds as well as zipping round their course in under three hours.There have also been a great number of enquiries about when clubs may return to three and four ball play outside of household groups.I empathise with this request and understand the point, sharing the frustrations of golfers and clubs.Social distancing can still be achieved in fourball golf not to mention the freeing up of precious tee times, allowing clubs to welcome back guests and visitor green fee income.But as we are all aware, the protection of public health must continue to be our key priority.With no specific government rules for golf, the guidelines exist for outdoor recreation as a whole. Any change will be a change for everyone that we would then apply to golf.Please rest assured we will continue to constructively and passionately promote a speedy, safe return to increased playing numbers as quickly as possible.An additional pressure on golf clubs at the moment is a welcome one…creating space for new members.It’s been wonderful to hear news of lapsed members returning to the game or newcomers embracing the fact that golf is one of the healthiest and safest sports around.On average, each club we have spoken to has recruited a minimum of 15 new members over the first two weeks of golf’s return.It’s great news that many core values of golf club membership – camaraderie, freedom to play and a sense of belonging – once again have new meaning!Looking to maximise this new membership momentum, we will soon be reaching out to all clubs with our national membership growth campaign which will be adaptable to suit clubs of all sizes.We will also be communicating criteria for clubs to apply for our Covid-19 Support Fund, so please keep an eye out for further details over the coming weeks.In among the good and positive feelings, I also want to convey our understanding of the financial strain on golf clubs that have re-opened.You will have heard me speak before of the increased expenditure without many income streams for example bar and restaurant, function fees and retail. In many cases, these are secondary to subscription income, but just as essential to balancing the books.With this in mind, I again ask that we keep the faith. This time, of course, the light we head towards is brighter, but still a little way off.Golf as a sport is shining and, in no small way, that’s thanks to you!And, of course, to all golfers who enjoy “a good walk spoiled” I’d say lap up the sunshine and a continued return to playing the game we love.Jeremy TomlinsonChief Executive Officer, England Golf Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more