SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Experian Automotive has announced that Justin Cooper has joined the company as national sales manager in its automotive aftermarket group.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “We are excited to welcome Justin to our aftermarket team,” said Scott Waldron, president of Experian Automotive. “Justin’s commitment and expertise earned through his more than 14 years of sales experience in the automotive space are a solid addition to our growing sales force and will be an invaluable asset in Experian Automotive’s continued success in the automotive aftermarket.” “I am extremely excited to join the growing Experian Automotive team,” said Cooper. “I look forward to applying my knowledge and experience to this new position and further contributing to Experian’s existing expertise in the aftermarket. As the information needs of the marketplace continue to evolve, I welcome the opportunity to bring suppliers and manufacturers the breadth of Experian’s data offerings to help them make more profitable decisions for their businesses.” Prior to joining Experian, Cooper held sales, marketing and business development positions at R.L. Polk and Michelin Tire Corp. Cooper joins Mark French on the Experian Automotive aftermarket sales team, who together bring a combined 35 years of aftermarket–specific sales experience with leading manufacturers and information companies. Advertisement Cooper holds a bachelor of science in management from Clemson University.
Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) announced that the flight recorders, known as black boxes, to the Sikorsky 76 helicopter that crashed into the lagoon in Oworonshoki area of Lagos, Nigeria on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 had been recovered.The Sikorsky 76 helicopter marked 5N-BGD and operated by Bristow Helicopters was believed to have departed SEDCO oil platform offshore and crashed shortly before landing at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.According to AIB, the search party led by Julius Berger with the assistance of a hired diver located the recorders, which are expected to assist the investigators in unraveling the cause of the accident in which four passengers and two crew members were fatally injured. Six other passengers are receiving treatment at a private hospitals.AIB explained that the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) contains data generated from different parts of the aircraft including the engines and the avionics while the Cockpit Voice Recorder will unveil conversations within the cockpit and between the pilots and the Control Tower.According to the bureau, investigation has extended to retrieving documents and other materials from Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the airline operator.[mappress mapid=”2447″]
TransAtlantic AB, a subsidiary of Swedish Viking Supply Ships, has reached an agreement to divest its container operation to Singapore’s feeder owner X-Press Feeders and, in a separate transaction, to divest ship management operations to Sweden-based ship operator AtoB@C. The container operations to be sold consist of TransFeeder North Line, TransBothnia Container Line and TransFeeder South Line, including the forwarding business and 15 onshore employees.The annual turnover is approximately SEK 420 million and 105,000 TEUs. The purchase price is EUR 3.1 million (USD 3.3 million) on a debt free basis, payable in cash on closing. The transaction is expected to close in the beginning of December 2015. As informed, X-Press Feeders will continue to conduct the business under the brand TransAtlantic Container.“We believe that X-Press Feeders is ideally positioned to take the strong market position of the container operations forward. With a global reach they will have the capability to develop the logistic solutions further to follow the customers’ future needs, where scale is increasingly important, “says Heléne Mellquist, CEO TransAtlantic AB.X-Press Feeders has a fleet of over 70 chartered and 21 owned vessels, operating from all the major global transhipment hubs, and has an annual throughput in excess of 4 million TEUs.“X-Press Feeders is pleased to have come across such an experienced team in these specialist trades, who will bring much knowledge of the Scandinavian region and the customer requirements, and will help deliver further anticipated network growth together,” says Tristan Howitt CEO X-Press Feeders.The sale of the company’s ship management operations, TransAtlantic Ship Management, to AtoB@C Shipping AB is expected to be closed in the beginning of December 2015.The operation will remain in Gothenburg and be renamed GoTa Ship Management AB.AtoB@C Shipping AB is a privately owned ship owning, ship operator / logistic company founded in 2000. The company operates a fleet of 30 well maintained, ice classed, multipurpose vessels. The trading area is the Baltic Sea, Continent, North Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean Sea.
A draft British bill of rights prepared by the former justice secretary Michael Gove has been rejected by the prime minister, a newspaper reported this morning – prompting speculation that the long-promised reform could be abandoned.According to The Times, Theresa May (pictured) has asked Gove’s successor Liz Truss to look again at the plans.The Gazette understands that the draft bill, which was promised in the 2015 Conservative manifesto, had been due for publication following the EU referendum. But the paper reports today that May is unhappy with some of the draft bill’s proposals, in particular that the UK should remain signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights.In a speech in April, May questioned the value of remaining a signatory, saying that: ‘The ECHR can bind the hands of parliament, adds nothing to our prosperity, makes us less secure by preventing the deportation of dangerous foreign nationals – and does nothing to change the attitudes of governments like Russia’s when it comes to human rights.’The newspaper quotes a Whitehall source as saying: ‘The bill is ready but my hunch is that she [the prime minister] might junk it. I think the priority for the justice department will be prison reform and she won’t want another fight with the Scottish government.’I don’t think the will is there to drive it through.’A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: ‘We will set out our proposals for a bill of rights in due course. We will consult fully on our proposals.’
Old Dominion are without a doubt one of the favourite Country bands in the genre for UK Country music fans.The five-piece – Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi, Geoff Sprung and Whit Sellers – made their first trip to the UK as part of C2C: Country to Country in 2016 and they’ve made the UK a regular part of their touring schedule. Ahead of the release of their self-titled third studio album, the band returned to the UK for another headline tour.I caught up with them on their tour bus in London ahead of their Eventim Apollo show to talk about the new record, discuss the story behind the album cover, and to find out how they cope with such a gruelling tour schedule.Welcome back to the UK guys! You can’t stay away from us. Every time you tour here the venues and the crowds get bigger and bigger…Matthew: That’s what keeps us coming back! (laughs) If the crowds were getting smaller, we’d be like, ‘see ya!’ (laughs)The UK seems to have really fallen in love with you guys. Things have just exploded since you made your first trip over here to play C2C back in 2016. What is it about UK fans that you love so much?Matthew: Our music is resonating with them so that would be what we did anywhere. In the States there are cities that our music resonates in a stronger way so we go back to those. In the UK it’s the same thing, we came over here and discovered that there were untapped fans here and they loved our music so why wouldn’t we want to bring them our music? It’s been a unique opportunity to come over here and see first hand how our music is becoming global.As soon as you guys play here, everyone wants to know when you’re coming back. Fans are hoping you’ll be part of C2C next year or that you’ve got another headline tour planned. That must be a great feeling?Matthew: Yeah absolutely. I mean. People are talking about ya, it’s a good thing. We’ve spent many years with no one coming to see us play (laughs).Credit: Sony MusicThat seems so hard to believe now…Matthew: It’s not hard for us to believe it. (the whole band bursts into laughter).The new record is a little looser and more soulful than your previous two. It pushes boundaries in some places too. What did you want to achieve with this record?Matthew: There was never a written down goal to shoot for except for just an overall feeling that we wanted to capture, which was who we are as a group of musicians in this point in time. Not necessarily what’s on the radio and what we think’s gonna work on the radio. Just really what is the music that we can make. That’s we we did with the first session. We went in with no songs and we wrote music together. Make It Sweet is the first thing we wrote that day. It was all about just going as a group of five friends and seeing what we could create.The release strategy for albums these days is a bit of a love and hate thing for me. It’s the trend now to put out a bunch of tracks ahead of the album, which I love but at the same time I can’t help but feel it ruins the mystique of the album a little bit. How do you guys feel about it?Trevor: Yeah, I’m kind of with you. It’s a double-edged sword but we’ve had the album done and turned into label since the beginning in the year. As musicians we write a lot of songs and we were so ready to get the music out that it was nice to be able to get something out and not have to wait until October 25th to get it out.The thing that surprises me most with this record is that you’re actually on the cover. You’ve avoided doing that for so long. Why now?(the band breaks out into laughter).Geoff: Because we took the perfect picture that describes us in one picture!Matthew: Yeah that that photograph was an accident really. It was a spur of the moment thing. It looks so planned but it was literally a dressing room and we were backstage and we had to film something and we all crammed on that couch to film this little thing. It was so ridiculous that Trevor was like, ‘snap a picture real quick’ and he just went click, click, click and it was so funny that we were like, ‘oh just put that on the cover’.I presume you’ve heard that some of your fans think it’s an ode to The Simpsons?(a mixed reaction of surprise and nodding from the band).Matthew: I’ve seen people tweet.Brad: I have obviously not heard that one.Trevor: I hadn’t heard that either. Maybe we should superimpose Maggie in there?(laughter).This feels like it would have been great social media content. You should have filmed a number of scenarios of you all running to the sofa and different things happen once you got there…Matthew: We bought the sofa. It was in a dressing room so we bought it along with the painting that hangs alongside it. As soon as left and realised that was going to be the album cover we called the venue and said, ‘can we buy this?’ and they were like, ‘sure but it’s going to cost ya!’ (laughs)So you can recreate it then? This is great news. People will be so happy!Matthew: As ridiculous as it sounds, we walked into our production office the other day and our production manager is designing a road case for the couch (laughs).Credit: Sony MusicYou’ve been playing songs from the new record on the road this year and actually you played some of them when you were here last year but we didn’t know they’d end up on the record at the time. How has the reaction been?Matthew: It’s been amazing. I think that goes to what you said about the way we release the music. It’s giving it time to be out there a little bit more and allows us to play them in the set without it being a completely unknown song. A lot of these can be heard already. We were in Sweden and people were singing Midnight Mess Around. People already know the words.Your tour schedule is pretty punishing and I see you’re on the road until August 2020…Matthew: It’ll keep on going. That’s just the dates that have been released.(the band laughs).You’ve all got your lives outside the band so how do you cope with such a gruelling schedule:Matthew: We complain to our management company a lot! (laughs).It must be quite mentally gruelling as well as physically gruelling. What do you do to prepare to tour for the next year?Trevor: I don’t know what you do to prepare.Geoff: We’re just sort of in it man!Trevor: I think it’s not about preparing. It’s just about trying to find balance, trying to weather the storm, trying to find one you do have that time off or it breaks, you rest and maximise that. That’s really all you can do.Geoff: There was a point a couple of years ago when I started to realise that I had become a passenger, meaning when you’re out here you realise that you kind of hand off control of 75% to 90% of the schedule and your life. Once you relinquish that control and then focus on the things that you’re out to do like perform and meet the people that are interested your music, it’s freeing.Trevor: Also never forget that a relatively short time ago nobody want to come see us. Nobody wanted to book us. It maybe tough and gruelling but it’s also very rewarding.I’ve heard some artists say that they just don’t look at their schedule…Matthew: Yeah it can be very stressful to look at the schedule (laughs).Trevor: You know you have to be there so what’s the point of looking at it?(laughter).Is there anything else you’re hoping to fit in before Christmas or is it just all on this record and touring now?Matthew: I think it’s pretty much going to be focused on that. We’re always writing but I think through to the end of the year it will be focused on getting this album out and keeping it successful, and touring to support it.Old Dominion release their self-titled third album through Sony Music on 25th October 2019. You can pre-order now. Watch the lyric video for Midnight Mess Around below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
The U.S. military on Saturday said it had carried out its deadliest airstrike in Somalia in months, killing 52 al-Shabab extremists after a “large group” mounted an attack on Somali forces.The U.S. Africa Command said the airstrike occurred near Jilib in Middle Juba region. There were no reports of Americans killed or wounded.The U.S. statement did not say whether any Somali forces were killed or wounded by the al-Qaida-linked extremists. Al-Shabab via its Shahada news agency asserted that its attack on two Somali army bases killed at least 41 soldiers. It described the location as the Bar Sanjuni area near the port city of Kismayo.There was no immediate comment from Somalia’s government.In neighboring Ethiopia, state television cited the defense ministry as saying more than 60 al-Shabab fighters had been killed and that four vehicles loaded with explosives had been “destroyed.” Ethiopia contributes troops to a multinational African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia and has troops there independently under Ethiopian army command.A Somali intelligence officer said al-Shabab had been amassing fighters for more than a week to launch a major attack against Somali and Kenyan forces in order to disrupt a planned offensive against the extremists. The officer said some 400 extremists, including foreign ones, had been prepared, including two suicide car bombers. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.Al-Shabab controls large parts of rural southern and central Somalia and continues to carry out high-profile suicide bombings and other attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere.The Islamic extremist group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a luxury hotel complex in the capital of neighboring Kenya on Tuesday, the latest high-toll assault inside that county in retaliation for Kenya sending troops to Somalia to fight al-Shabab.The extremist group finds itself under pressure at home on a number of fronts, including from a small presence of rival fighters linked to the Islamic State organization, which has begun challenging al-Shabab in recent months.The United States has dramatically stepped up airstrikes against al-Shabab in Somalia since President Donald Trump took office, carrying out at least 47 such strikes last year. Some have targeted top al-Shabab leaders or key financial officials; the extremist group funds its attacks with an extensive network of “taxation” and extortion.In October, the U.S. said an airstrike killed about 60 fighters near the al-Shabab-controlled community of Harardere in Mudug province in the central part of the country.The airstrikes hamper the extremist group but have not “seriously degraded al-Shabab’s capability to mount strikes either inside or outside Somalia,” Matt Bryden of Sahan Research, an expert on the extremists, told The Associated Press after the Nairobi hotel attack.Airstrikes alone cannot defeat the extremists, Bryden said, and must be combined with more ground-based attacks as well as a non-military campaign to win over residents of extremist-held areas.The U.S. on Saturday said it is committed to “preventing al-Shabab from taking advantage of safe havens from which they can build capacity and attack the people of Somalia.”Related US airstrike in Somalia kills 9 al-Shabab extremists US airstrike in Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabab fighters US airstrike in Somalia kills 9 al-Shabaab extremists
High measurement speeds are crucial for production testing of wireless communications components and base station test systems. Rohde & Schwarz has developed the new R&S FPS signal and spectrum analyzer series specifically for these types of automated measurement applications. With a height of two height units (2 HU), the compact R&S FPS takes up only half as much rack space as a conventional spectrum analyzer. It is available in five models for frequency ranges up to 4, 7, 13, 30 and 40 GHz and offers measurement applications for all key mobile and wireless standards and can demodulate IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi signals thanks to its 160 MHz analysis bandwidth. The higher frequency models are ideal for satellite monitoring applications and for the production of components for the aerospace and defense industry. The R&S FPS with state-of-the-art processor technology, enabling it to perform CPU-intensive tasks especially fast. For WCDMA signals, for example, it calculates the adjacent channel leakage ratio of four adjacent channels (two on each side) in less than 10 ms while maintaining a standard deviation for the power reading of less than 0.05 dB – unmatched performance among instruments in this class. The R&S FPS also analyzes the modulation of wireless communications signals during component production faster than any other instrument on the market while maintaining consistent precision over the entire frequency range. It also offers functions for efficient test sequence programming. The R&S FPS is optimally complemented by a signal generator such as the R&S SGS100A. The two instruments together can be used as a mini system for T&M applications requiring fast interaction between a signal generator and signal analyzer, such as when testing mobile phone power amplifiers. Space requirements play a significant role in large test systems with multiple instruments. This is why Rohde & Schwarz developed the R&S FPS as a compact screenless 2 HU instrument. The user operates the R&S FPS via the test system computer or remotely over the network. A small display on the front of the instrument shows relevant status information such as the IP address being used.
On December 15, SRI International launched the Ionospheric Scintillation Explorer (ISX) – a miniature satellite on a space-weather mission.The mission, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), aims to investigate regions of natural ionospheric turbulence. These patches of disturbed ions and electrons corrupt radio transmissions and wreak havoc on essential Earth and space-based communication and navigation channels.According to Hasan Bahcivan, Ph.D, research physicist and SRI principal investigator for the ISX mission – The understanding for the life cycle of these turbulent patches is quite limited, as we lack means to regularly probe their 3D structure. To date, we have little insight into how far the disturbed patches extend along Earth’s geomagnetic field and have limited options to adapt the communication systems to operate within these regions.Dr. Bahcivan’s novel approach for the ISX investigation is to examine thousands of digital terrestrial television (DTT) channels known to penetrate the patch regions for evidence of signal corruption. Because the powerful ground-based DTT transmitters have fixed locations and stable operating frequencies, they form a global network of signals ideally suited for imaging the internal structure of the disturbed ionospheric patches. As the ISX orbits, it will receive signals from multiple DTT transmitters to form a 3D image of emergent disturbances, an observational technique similar to a medical CAT scan.The DTT scan technique relies on a multi-channel digital radio receiver developed at SRI International specifically for the ISX space weather mission. The design and operation of this receiver is based on two prior NSF space weather missions, the Radio Auroral Explorers (RAX-1 and RAX-2), which discovered similar ionospheric turbulence patches driven by the aurora in Earth’s polar regions. SRI researchers have also designed, assembled, and successfully flown radio and ultraviolet sensors on space-weather research missions for NASA, NSF, and the U.S. Air Force.The SRI International ISX receiver is installed in a 3-liter miniature satellite (CubeSat) designed by students at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The CubeSat is the eleventh spacecraft designed at Cal Poly and is the eleventh space research mission launched since 2008 with support from the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences division at NSF.
Topan Mangkhut. Sumber: istimewa Setelah sukses memporak-porandakan Filipina dan Kawasan Hong Kong beberapa waktu yang lalu, Topan Mangkhut terus bergerak menuju Cina Bagian Selatan. Topan Mangkhut yang turut membawa hujan deras dan angin berkecepatan 162 km per jam ini tiba di pesisir Cina, dekat kota Jiangmen pada Minggu (16/9/2018) sore waktu setempat. Setidaknya, sudah ada dua warga Cina dan 64 warga Filipina yang meninggal akibat ganasnya topan ini.Baca Juga: Hendak Landing Saat Topan Cimarron Menerpa, Pesawat Asal Jepang Ini Menukik Tajam!Sebagaimana yang dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari berbagai laman sumber, kebanyakan korban tewas disebabkan oleh tanah longsor – kota Ucab di Filipina menjadi salah satu lokasi yang terdampak paling parah, dimana menurut pemerintah setempat, 26 orang penambang meninggal dunia. Kini topan yang dikategorikan oleh pemerintah Cina sebagai yang terkuat yang menyentuh kota Guangdong sepanjang tahun 2018 ini menjadi momok menakutkan bagi warga Cina dan sekitarnya. Siaga tertinggi dikerahkan di segala sektor – membuat lebih dari 2,45 juta warga Cina dievakuasi menuju tempat yang aman. Tidak hanya itu, penghentian sejumlah jadwal kereta api dan penerbangan pun turut diberlakukan. Salah satu maskapai yang terdampak topan ini adalah Flag Carrier Garuda Indonesia.Dikutip dari laman kompas.com (16/9/2018), sejumlah penerbangan maskapai plat merah ini membatalkan penerbangan menuju Hong Kong pada tanggal 15 dan 16 September kemarin. Hal ini dibenarkan oleh VP Corporate Secretary Garuda Indonesia, Hengki Heriandono. Dirinya mengatakan bahwa para penumpang yang penerbangannya tertunda bisa mengubah jadwal penerbangan mereka.“Dengan situasi force majeure ini, maka seluruh penumpang Garuda Indonesia terdampak pembatalan jadwal penerbangan Garuda Indonesia dari dan ke Hong Kong tersebut dapat melakukan reschedule jadwal penerbangannya,” ujar Hengki dalam sebuah keterangan tertulis, Sabtu (15/9/2018).Pembatalan penerbangan ini ditempuh Garuda menyusul peringatan dari otoritas bandara Hong Kong terkait potensi serangan topan yang dinyatakan oleh World Meteorological Organization (WMO) sebagai siklon tropis terkuat di tahun 2018. Menurut laporan yang diterima otoritas Cina, Topan Mangkhut akan bergerak melintasi Laut Cina Selatan dan menyasar Hong Kong dan beberapa wilayah Cina di bagian Selatan.Baca Juga: Meski Penerbangan Langsung Jakarta-London Tutup, Garuda Indonesia Masih Layani via CodeshareSaking kuatnya, topan ini sampai-sampai menumbangkan pohon dan menghancurkan kaca di gedung kantor dan perumahan – beberapa diantaranya sampai bergoyang bak gempa. “Ini bergoyang cukup lama, setidaknya dua jam. Itu membuat saya merasa sangat pusing,” ujar salah satu warga yang di Kowloon yang terdampak Topan Mangkhut, dikutip dari sumber lain.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related
VSU scored three in the 6th to give the final 7-4 score. Next Game: Taylor Rolison suffered her first loss of the season, falling to 2-1. She struck out five over 4.2 innings. Taylor was back at it again in UWF’s two-run 5th inning, bringing in Toney with a single to right to tie it up. Taylor then came around herself on a Tiona Hill triple that gave UWF a 4-3 lead after five innings. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Sassman scored twice, after having been hit by a pitch and scoring on a rare four-base error. The error came when VSU center fielder Taylor Hartenbach camped out in deep center field, briefly caught a high fly ball from Sassman and saw the ball bounce out of her glove and over the fence. Full Schedule Roster Listen Live at Valdosta State 2/25/2017 – 4:00 pm ET Toney now has a 10-game hitting streak, and Rhiannon Sassman has still reached base in every game this year. Preview Game 2: UWF 3, VSU 11Toney, Smiley, Taylor and Hill each added a hit in the Game 2 loss, while Taylor and Hill had an RBI apiece. Hill, a junior from Clearwater, Florida, has gone 8-for-19 with four doubles and a triple since Sunday, February 12 at the Cougar Classic, and she has raised her batting average 59 points in that time. Game 1: UWF 4, VSU 7It was an up-and-down game to start the series, and West Florida started the scoring on Saturday afternoon, as Smiley singled up the middle to score Toney and give UWF a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning. VSU then scored three unanswered runs before Taylor lined a single into center field and cut the deficit to 2-3 after three frames. Toney, Smiley and Taylor each had two-hit games, and Taylor’s two RBI in the contest marked the second multi-RBI game of her career. Toney’s was the eighth multi-hit game of the year for the junior, a mark that leads the team. UWF is now 9-5 on the year with a 1-4 Gulf South Conference record. West Florida was unable to hold onto the lead after the fifth inning for the first time this year, when Hayley Cruthers brought in the first of her three RBI on the afternoon with a single up the middle to tie things at 4-4 in the bottom of the 5th. Becca Taylor’s record on the year fell to 5-3 despite a strong performance from the senior. She allowed just three earned runs across six innings and struck out seven batters. The second-inning error from VSU let UWF cut the deficit to 4-1, after the Lady Blazers started with a grand slam in the first inning to take a 4-0 lead. Taylor and Hill each singled to right field to bring in a run in the 4th inning, but VSU scored seven unanswered runs, including five in the bottom of the 4th, to take the win. UWF wraps up the series with a 1 pm ET game at Steel’s Diamond at Blazer Park on Sunday. Live Stats VALDOSTA, Ga. – The University of West Florida softball team fell in a doubleheader sweep to No. 6 Valdosta State on the road on Saturday. The Argonauts tallied 13 total hits in the two games, and were led by Meghan Toney, Callan Taylor and Kathleen Smiley, who had three each.