Canadian Navy’s Kingston Class Vessels to Get Gyrocompass Systems

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Canadian Navy’s Kingston Class Vessels to Get Gyrocompass Systems Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Sperry Marine business unit has been selected to design and supply gyrocompass navigation systems for 12 Kingston Class coastal defence vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy, as a subcontractor to SNC-Lavalin Defence Programs Inc.The contract will include Dual NAVIGAT X MK1™ gyrocompass systems, NAVITWIN IV™ Heading Management Systems and a complete suite of Heading Repeaters. Installation will start in June 2015 and extend through early 2017. Six of the vessels being upgraded are based in Esquimalt, British Columbia and six are based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where the first field tests will be conducted this summer.Beyond the supply of equipment, the contract will also include system design and configuration, factory acceptance testing, commissioning, harbor acceptance testing, site acceptance testing as well as familiarization training, which will involve 12 trainers.[mappress mapid=”15792″]Image: Canadian Navy April 27, 2015 Canadian Navy’s Kingston Class Vessels to Get Gyrocompass Systems Share this article View post tag: Kingston View post tag: Patrolcenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: navigation View post tag: americas Authorities View post tag: Canadian Navylast_img read more

Cannabis coffee: Indonesia’s sharia stronghold sidesteps drug ban

first_imgAgus, not his real name, is part of a clandestine economy in the region at the tip of Sumatra which, despite its no-nonsense reputation, is Indonesia’s top weed-producer with fields covering an area nearly seven times the size of Singapore, according to official estimates.Pot was once so common in Aceh that locals grew it in their backyards and marijuana was sold to the public.But it was outlawed in the Seventies and Muslim majority Indonesia has since adopted some of the world’s strictest drug laws, including the death penalty for traffickers.The nation has declared itself in the midst of a drug “emergency” because of soaring methamphetamine use. Agus plunges a wooden paddle into his coffee and marijuana-filled wok, taking care to roast just the right mix of ingredients — and stay one step ahead of police in Indonesia’s Aceh province. His contraband brew is a hit with locals and buyers in other parts of the Southeast Asian archipelago, who pay 1.0 million rupiah ($75) for a kilo of it.But this is risky business in Aceh, where even drinking alcohol or kissing in public can earn you a painful whipping under its strict Islamic law. But the situation is Aceh is muddled. Police hunt weed farmers, imprison users and torch mountains of confiscated marijuana — more than 100 tons last year alone.Yet just last week a lawmaker from the province proposed in Parliament that the drug should be legalized, so the country could export it for pharmaceutical purposes. He was quickly reprimanded by his Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), while the national narcotics agency slammed the proposal claiming it would discourage Aceh ganja farmers from adopting its suggestions to switch to vegetables and other crops.Despite the risks, Agus, claims he has little fear of going to jail.”How can you ban something that’s everywhere?” he said, adding: “It’s all over Aceh. This huge crackdown just makes it rarer to see in public but people still use it.”Most days, his biggest concern is hitting the perfect ratio for his java —  70 percent coffee and 30 percent marijuana.”If you put more than 30 percent ganja in there then you lose the coffee taste,” he explained. For two decades Agus was a white collar professional but he swapped his prestigious career for a more lucrative trade in order to better support his family.”I wanted to focus on coffee because this is my area of expertise,” he added.Agus insists his recipe offers a pleasant, less intense high than smoking it or eating popular dodol ganja. The local specialty mixes marijuana with a fudgy sweet made from glutinous rice, palm sugar and coconut milk. “That stuff can really make you hallucinate,” Agus said.How marijuana became a thing in Aceh is a matter of debate. Some say it was brought by Dutch colonists hundreds of years ago as a gift for a sultan in the jungle-clad region.But local historian Tarmizi Abdul Hamid counters that marijuana use — for everything from medicine and cooking to repelling pests from crops and preserving food — can be found in manuscripts that pre-date the Dutch arrival.”It shows that ganja can be used to cure baldness or high blood pressure,” he said of one text. “Ganja was also used for cooking and medicine. Smoking, however, is not mentioned in the ancient scriptures,” he added.Centuries later, marijuana was on the front lines — literally — of a separatist insurgency in Aceh.Former weed farmer Fauzan remembers harvesting his crop when bullets started flying across his field in a shootout between government soldiers and rebels back in 2002, three years before a peace deal ended the bloody conflict.Fauzan estimates that some 80 percent of the people in his hometown Lamteuba, about 50 kilometers from provincial capital Banda Aceh, were once ganja farmers.Locals in the one-time rebel stronghold created secret pathways to their lucrative crops and even built hiding places to stash their weed harvest in a cat-and-mouse game with authorities.”This village is like heaven. Whatever you plant here it’ll grow,” Fauzan said. “Throw a ganja seed on the ground, leave it and then come back for the harvest.”But, fearing arrest, he later quit the trade.Fauzan, who now grows chilies to support his family, works with the government to convince farmers to switch to vegetables and other crops. That’s a hard sell in an impoverished village with few job opportunities.”If the government doesn’t take care of people and supply assistance, they’re likely to go back to their old routine,” Fauzan acknowledged.For pot enthusiast Iqbal — not his real name — the only thing prohibition has done is make locals better at hiding pot in a cup of coffee or plate of noodles.He mused: “It’s impossible to get rid of ganja in Aceh. Cracking down on meth by destroying a lab is easier. But when police destroy a ganja plantation, it’ll just grow somewhere else.”Topics :last_img read more

Newcastle ban handshakes to guard against coronavirus

first_imgSports events across the world are increasingly being affected by the spread of the virus.The clash between Juventus and title rivals Inter Milan is among five Serie A games that will be played behind closed doors this weekend because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.The Swiss government on Friday said it was suspending all events in the country involving more than 1,000 participants. All matches in the top flight will be postponed to a later date.In cycling, the UAE Tour was abandoned on Thursday after two Italian staff members of one of the teams taking part tested positive for the coronavirus.The virus has proliferated around the globe over the past week, emerging in every continent except Antarctica, prompting many governments and businesses to try to stop people travelling or gathering in crowded places.It has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 83,000 worldwide — the vast majority in China — since it emerged apparently from an animal market in a central Chinese city in late December. Premier League club Newcastle United have introduced a handshake ban to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, manager Steve Bruce said on Friday.”There’s a ritual here that everybody shakes hands with everybody as soon as we see each other every morning — we’ve stopped that on the advice of the doctor,” Bruce said.”We are like everybody else. Thankfully, we’ve got a superb doctor here and he will keep us informed of what we have to do. Topics :center_img “We’re like everybody else, we’re glued to the TV for where it’s going to go next and let’s hope it doesn’t get any worse in this country.”Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the club took the threat of the coronavirus seriously but there was no current advice not to shake hands at the club.”We don’t do some things that we maybe usually would do but that’s when the flu is going around it’s for us the same,” he told his pre-match press conference. “We cannot do anything different to that.”He added: “In the end nobody has told us yet that we don’t have to play football so as long as that doesn’t happen we will play football, which is a contact sport, not to forget.”last_img read more

Local buyers snap up Gold Coast sky home for $2.8 million

first_img1802/120 Marine Pde, Coolangatta sold for $2.8 million.A SPECTACULAR sky home on the southern Gold Coast sold for $2.8 million under the hammer yesterday.Harcourts Coastal agent Katrina Walsh took the Coolangatta property to auction and said a local couple battled an interstate buyer for the property.“The final bidders really fought it out,” she said.“One was from Sydney and one was a local couple.“Sometimes we only think the prospective interstate purchasers will pay a premium for a Gold Coast property but we can never discount a local buyer.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe vendor, Mark Doyle, bought the apartment at 1802/120 Marine Pde, in 2012 for $2.75 million.On level 18 in the tightly-held Reflections on the Sea building, the apartment features sweeping views across the ocean, city and Hinterland.Built in 2005, the unit has a contemporary style with three balconies and an open-plan design. Marine Parade, Coolangatta. 1802/120 Marine Pde, Coolangatta. 1802/120 Marine Pde, Coolangatta. Marine Parade, Coolangatta.last_img read more