Royal Navy commissions new survey ship Survey vessel HMS Magpie (H130) was able to chart the waters around Plymouth purely using regular radar installed on shipping the world over and a specialist computer program which measures wave height. Authorities Related Article “The beauty of this concept is that it uses the existing radars already fitted to our ships,” said Lieutenant Commander Mark White, HMS Magpie’s Commanding Officer. Photo: Royal Navy As explained, the method – known as radar bathymetry and developed by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool and MOD experts from Defence Science and Technology Laboratory – could be vital in times of peace or war when time is critical. Posted: over 2 years ago “This technique could allow the remote charting of both shallow water and currents from a standoff distance of several nautical miles and could be employed by all Royal Navy Ships using the navigation radars that are already fitted with.” All the system needs is wind and a swell to generate waves – plus computing power. Commissioned in 2018, HMS Magpie replaced veteran survey ship HMS Gleaner. It is part of the navy’s Hydrographic squadron. Photo: Royal Navy The Royal Navy has tested software to map the seabed close to shore in hours – not days or weeks. Using that data and information about currents, the software can produce a detailed profile of the seabed in a matter of hours – without the ship or boat having to physically sail over the area being surveyed, according to the navy. Given the ship’s size, Magpie doesn’t carry the standard navigational radar used by the rest of the Fleet, so one was temporarily installed on a roof rack. Categories: Posted: over 2 years ago At present the software is still in development, but the goal is to integrate it with the Royal Navy’s existing navigational radar and systems – no new equipment would be required in most cases, just upgraded software – to provide accurate, real-time seabed maps. View post tag: HMS Magpie View post tag: Royal Navy “By analysing the sea clutter images of waves visible on standard marine radars a bathymetric profile (that’s the depth) and surface current assessment is created,” explained the lead project scientist at the National Oceanography Centre, Paul Bell. Share this article
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When undergraduate students join Delhi University next year, their courses will not just be longer by a year but probably better too. The varsity has decided to make a new curriculum for all undergraduate courses for the session starting July 2013.DU says a new hands-on curriculum is on the cards which will replace the existing syllabi for the first year. Though time is scarce, senior DU officials say they will get cracking before the end of this month so that the four-year undergraduate programmes can usher in a new study culture in the university when the next session begins.”What’s taught today is too didactic and rigorous. We want to give students time to evolve through their college course,” said a senior DU official who will be working on the course framework for next year.DU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dinesh Singh, said: “We want a new curriculum to be taught in the first year from the next session. It will offer students more time and opportunities to work on projects, innovation and research. The students will have time to think about what they want to study. We are also looking at making the theory part less hectic.” With only nine months to go before the next session begins, Singh said groups of teachers will soon start working on developing a new course for all undergraduate programmes. “We will be able to frame a new curriculum for the first year by next year. We can then take time to develop content for subsequent years as we go along,” he added.advertisementClick here to EnlargeThe fact that there are nearly 80 undergraduate courses taught in different DU colleges makes the task more daunting. But Singh feels that the four-year programmes will bring an end to all academic woes.One of the highlights of the proposed scheme is that students will be awarded credit points for different papers as well as co-curricular activities. So if a student excels in a sport, he can seek credit for it and avoid studying for a paper. Secondly, students will have three exit options over the four-year duration. They will get a diploma if they choose to exit after two years, a general degree after three years and a degree equivalent to the existing honours degree on the completion of the course.Teachers, however, are apprehensive. They believe DU is rushing the changes without proper preparation. “We have no information of the curriculum change. We talk of being student friendly but those taking admission next year will have no clue about what is in store for them,” said Sanam Khanna, associate professor, Kamala Nehru College.She said that a new curriculum is adopted after much discussion and debate among teachers in general body meetings as well as course committees. “It’s a laborious process that takes a lot of time. Besides, we have to stock up our library and prepare our teaching material accordingly,” Khanna said.A teacher from Shri Ram College of Commerce was as cynical. “Will students get more jobs after studying for four years? Will they be considered better-qualified? DU officials have no idea of the problems at the grass-root level. I think it’s time they focused on quality and appointment of teachers,” he said.
Earlier there were rumours that Xiaomi was working on a new device called the Redmi Pro 2. But, it seems not any longer. A new leak coming from China suggests that the Chinese smartphonemaker has decided to not go ahead with the Redmi Pro 2. In its place, the company is seemingly working on a new device called the Xiaomi X1. The information about the Redmi Pro 2 cancellation was reported by GizmoChina first. The website claims that Xiaomi has reportedly cancelled the Redmi Pro 2.The rumor notes that Redmi Pro 2, which was reportedly spotted on the company website a few days ago, has been now replaced by a new phone which is called Xiaomi X1. The leaked report further suggests that the smartphone will come in two hardware versions, wherein one will feature a bezel-less display, while the second variant is expected to come packed with a regular display. The latest report also reveals almost the complete specs that the new Xiaomi X1 may sport.The base model (not the bezel-less one) of the Xiaomi X1 is expected to feature a 5.5-inch full-HD display screen with 2,160×1,080 resolution and may be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor. Rumours further claim that the device may either come with a IMX362 or IMX386 dual camera system, under which the handset is expected to sport a fingerprint scanner. Rumoured Xiaomi X1 is also expected to come with a 3.5mm audio jack.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 full specs leaked onlineThe regular variant of the Xiaomi X1 may come in two options, where one will come with the 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, while the other version may come with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. As per pricing details, the 64GB will cost around 1,999 Yuan (roughly Rs 19,049) and 128GB will be priced at 2,499 Yuan (roughly Rs 23,847). On the other hand, the bezel-less variant is also expected to come in two options — 6GB RAM/64GB storage that will cost 2,299 Yuan (roughly Rs 21,939), while the other version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage will cost around 2,799 Yuan (roughly Rs 26,673). Well, as of now these are just rumours and should be taken with a pinch of salt.advertisementFurther, Xiaomi is also working on another device — the successor of the popular Redmi Note 4 — Redmi Note 5. Earlier this week, full specs of the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 leaked online. In terms of specifications, Redmi Note 5 will comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, pretty much similar to that of the Redmi Note 4 and is expected to run on Android Nougat OS. Further, the phone will reportedly be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and will come coupled with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB internal storage. On the camera front, the Redmi Note 5 is said to come with a 16-megapixel camera on the rear and a 13-megapixel camera on the front and is expected to be backed by a 3,790mAh battery which will be paired with Quick Charge 4.0. support.Meanwhile in India, and something that relates to the current Xiaomi products, the Redmi Note 4 is on sale today at Amazon and Mi.com, which the the store run by Xiaomi. The Redmi 4 is a budget phone and it was launched last month in India. It costs Rs 6,999 for its base variant. The versions that have more storage and RAM cost slightly more.
On June 11, 2016, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation will partner with Common to host the second event in the organizations’ Park Exchange Series, bringing the musical experience of New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park to Chicago.The public is invited to join the celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in this innovative exchange that will highlight the diversity of park experiences and the breadth of our National Park System. This exchange is part of the #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque centennial celebration for the National Park Service.For each of the three Park Exchange events, a national park experience is conveyed to – or exchanged with – one of America’s urban centers. For Chicago’s Park Exchange, a New Orleans second line will swing from one musically rich city to another.“Chicago and New Orleans are two culturally diverse cities with rich histories in music and I’m honored that the National Park Service and National Park Foundation invited me to be a part of this experience,” said Common. “I grew up on the Southside of Chicago and think the second line will be an especially meaningful and wonderful tradition for our community. I hope this event will inspire people to find their park.”The heart of a second line is its ability to unite communities and encourage them to join the festivities, offering a unique opportunity for the Southside neighborhood of Chicago to experience the culture celebrated at a national park in Louisiana: New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.On June 11th, Common will serve as Honorary Grand Marshall for the Park Exchange celebration and will kick off the second line celebration through Washington Park joined by the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and New Orleans’s Treme Brass Band and Black Men of Labor. (Note: Common will not be performing during the celebration). Chicagoans are invited to join the festivities at the entrance of 57th Street and MLK Drive at 11:30 AM CDT.The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will include: • Opening Remarks with Common, Will Shafroth (President of the National Park Foundation), Peggy O’Dell (Deputy Director of the National Park Service) • Second line jazz festival through the city of Chicago at 12:00 PM CDT with NPF, NPS, Treme Brass Band and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble • Interactive stations from National Park Foundation Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque Partners: ◦ The Coleman Company who will have a merchandise vignette centered around our National Park Foundation commemorative line, a giant blow up 20’ lantern, Coleman lawn games, and other fun giveaways. ◦ Humana who will demonstrate how spending time in a national, state or local community park can benefit your physical and mental well being. Through the use of 360 virtual reality technology, Humana will transport you to the rugged rock formations of Joshua Tree and into the giant, ancient Sequoia forests of Yosemite. The breathtaking views will inspire you to find your park and embrace the great things ahead, as you start a journey towards renewed health. ◦ Subaru of America who will be on-site to raise awareness of its National Park Zero-Landfill Initiative, an effort to significantly reduce waste going into landfills from all national parks. Attendees will be able to enjoy a variety of interactive activities and learn how they can help and of course win prizes.In addition to the Chicago-New Orleans music theme, the event will also engage rangers from one of our nation’s newest national parks, Pullman National Monument in Chicago. Pullman rangers will be on hand to talk about the park and its ongoing development.“Most people know that the National Park Service preserves amazing landscapes, but the Park Exchange event series demonstrates that we care for America’s cultural and historic treasures, too,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and Pullman National Monument are just two of the many parks where visitors can experience our nation’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. We especially hope that the series will help young people discover what national parks can mean to them.”The Chicago and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Exchange is the second event in the series, which is designed to bring parks to life in urban areas and demonstrate the diversity of park experiences. In May, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation brought the iconic redwood trees to the city of Austin, Texas to juxtapose the nature of Redwood National and State Parks in California against the architecture of the iconic University of Texas Tower, which soars high at 307 feet above Austin, the average height of a redwood tree. In August, the Park Exchange event series will culminate in New York City, taking the innovation from Thomas Edison National Historical Park in a small New Jersey town, to the iconic big city skyline.“A park experience can be many things that can transform lives and shape minds. That is what we’re creating with the Park Exchange event series,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. “Through this unique exchange, we are opening up a whole new world of discovery as people experience first-hand how parks are so much more than grass and trees. Parks can be music, community, and culture.”The Park Exchange event series is part of the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement, which was launched in March 2015 by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. Inspiring people from all backgrounds to celebrate and support America’s national parks and community-based programs, #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.Some of the most admired companies in the world are supporting the National Park Foundation’s efforts for #FindYourPark, including American Express, Budweiser, Subaru, REI, Humana and Disney. Additional partners include Coleman and Coca-Cola.A calendar of events taking place across the country to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial can be found at FindYourPark.com/Find.
APTN National NewsFor many, Donald Marshall Jr. was the very face of injustice.The young Mi’kmaq was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent over 11 years in prison before being acquitted in 1983. The case sparked a Royal Commission.The commission made 89 recommendations on how to improve Aboriginal relations with the justice system.But over two decades later, many are wondering how much the justice system has changed.APTN National News reporter Tim Fontaine has this story.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A travel advisory has been issued for all highways north of the Peace River.A winter storm warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace. The heavy snow and strong winds have caused dangerous road conditions. YRB North Peace Quality Manager Greg McNeil said the travel advisory was issued just before midnight Friday morning. McNeil said that heavy winds and snowfall have caused hazardous driving conditions, and road maintenance crews are recommending that all non-essential travel stop until the travel advisory has ended.Caribou Road Services previously issued a travel advisory for Highway 97 between Chetwynd and Taylor on Thursday evening. The arctic front that brought the winter storm warning will stick around until Friday with some areas receiving up to 25 cm of snow.