Jaiz Bank Plc (JAIZBANK.ng) HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgJaiz Bank Plc (JAIZBANK.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Jaiz Bank Plc (JAIZBANK.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Jaiz Bank Plc (JAIZBANK.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Jaiz Bank Plc (JAIZBANK.ng)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileJaiz Bank Plc is a financial services institution providing Islamic non-interest banking services for retail, commercial and corporate sectors. Its full service product offering ranges from transactional accounts and term savings to working capital, real estate, personal, medical, education and project finance. Jaiz Bank provides online banking, leasing, banking cards and bonds and guarantees. The company has a national footprint with 27 branches located in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Jaiz Bank Plc was founded in 2003. The company’s head office is in Abuja, Nigeria. Jaiz Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Priceless reaction from referee after ball hits him straight in the nose

first_imgSaturday Apr 18, 2015 Priceless reaction from referee after ball hits him straight in the nose Referee Nick Briant found himself a little closer to the action than he would have liked when the Crusaders hosted the Chiefs in their Super Rugby derby. Chiefs scrumhalf Brad Weber fired the ball to switch play, so Briant could do nothing but take the full brunt of it in the face.ADVERTISEMENTWe’ve seen some bad ref knocks in time, some being tackled, and others getting hit in the head, but this one was square in the nose, with possible comparisons to when Wayne Barnes and Andrew Small both got hit in recent years.Briant’s immediate reaction though, was priceless.Through teary eyes, cool as you like Briant quipped “Falconned, right in the nose.” Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Bank staff giving likely to decline

first_img Howard Lake | 16 February 2011 | News Ireland’s biggest banks, Bank of Ireland and AIB, will continue to support charity and community groups despite their well documented problems. However, schemes that depend on staff contributions will probably decline if staff numbers reduce in the years ahead.Staff reductions seem inevitable. Irish Bank Officials Association (IBOA) general secretary Larry Broderick said he anticipated ”significant job losses at AIB” and feared ”up to 2,000 job losses between AIB and Bank of Ireland restructuring and a merger of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide.”Bank of Ireland, for instance, has two significant staff giving programmes. To date, over 7,500 employees have taken part in Give Together, whether through volunteering or fundraising. Over 2,300 volunteer days have been given and employees have been involved in raising more than €13.5 million for the benefit of over 1,200 different causes.Bank of Ireland also has a Third World Fund which has enjoyed substantial support from staff and its annual income is close to €750,000. Funding is typically €3,000 to €30,000 per project, with occasional larger projects approved. Almost 600 individual projects have been supported since 1982.AIB’s main charitable vehicle is the Better Ireland Programme which has given out nearly €18 million since it was set up in 2001. Last year Better Ireland gave €10,000 to 182 local branches to be shared among three shortlisted groups.Both banks have received very signifcant support from the Irish government to stay afloat and AIB has recently been delisted from the stock market. Media speculation is that as well as a reduction in staff numbers, branches will close.Financial institutions were amongst the biggest contributors to charity over the years of Ireland’s economic boom, including high profile support for particular campaigns.www.bankofireland.com  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate recession About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Bank staff giving likely to decline AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Boston groups protest activist’s deportation

first_imgSiham Tinhinan Byah, an asylum-seeking single mother and well-known Boston-area community organizer, was taken in the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 26 from a Bristol County, Mass., Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center and deported to Morocco.In early November Byah reported to ICE for a routine check-in, part of her asylum petition legal process. She was detained that day, taken into custody by ICE and held in intermittent solitary confinement for over six weeks with sporadic access to food and no medical attention at all.ICE officials and corrections officers repeatedly lied to Byah about her deportation status. Despite having received multiple U.S. Department of Homeland Security communications stating that her petition for asylum was pending, Byah was forced back to Morocco by DHS in the middle of winter, without a chance to say a word to her children and with nothing but the thin clothing on her back.  Her own lawyer, family and loved ones were not made aware of her transfer and deportation until hours later.As an organizer, Byah was vocal in her solidarity with all immigrants, especially undocumented migrant workers and asylum seekers. She voiced unwavering solidarity with the Palestinian people. She spoke openly about the heavy repression against women and workers in her home country of Morocco.Boston-area and nationwide organizations are rallying to demand Byah’s return to her family in the U.S. and the protection of her children. They are also demanding protection of other children of deported parents from the devastating collaboration between child protection agencies and ICE that harms so many families and communities in this situation. These organizations include Boston Feminists For Liberation, Boston Democratic Socialists of America, International Socialist Organization, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Boston May Day Coalition, Workers World Party, Green Rainbow Party and Cosecha.A demonstration to oppose the deportation of children is set for 1 p.m. on Jan. 9 in front of the U.S. Immigration Court at the JFK Federal Building in Boston. (See the Facebook event page at tinyurl.com/y95dxbr6.)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pasadena Community Access Corp. Executive Director Keri Stokstad Honored by Business Life Magazine

first_imgPeople Pasadena Community Access Corp. Executive Director Keri Stokstad Honored by Business Life Magazine From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, October 20, 2014 | 2:13 pm 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News More Cool Stuff Ms. Keri Stokstad, Executive Director for the Pasadena Community Access Corp. (Pasadena Media), www.pasadenamedia.tv, recently was named as one of the San Gabriel Valley’s top Women Achievers for 2014 by Business Life magazine. Ms. Stokstad was among six Pasadena women included among 27 women selected for the prestigious award featured as part of the magazine’s historic 25th anniversary issue.The awards were presented Sept. 29, 2014 during a sold-out luncheon at the Glendale Hilton Hotel attended by more than 400 community leaders, elected officials, business and industry representatives from throughout Southern California. Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard attended the luncheon in recognition of Ms. Stokstad’s achievement.“The City is grateful to have Keri Stokstad at the helm of PCAC. During the past three years, she has consistently demonstrated her professional strengths and capabilities, especially with the significant accomplishment of building and opening a new television production studio here in Pasadena. Her work has ensured our community will have a network hub for our public, education and government cable channels that will enable our collective voices to be heard for years to come through local television programming,” Mayor Bogaard said.Stokstad has been the chief executive director for Pasadena Media since December 2011. She is responsible for 16 employees, a $1.2 million budget and working with dozens of regional TV producers, community partners, and civic leaders to generate original local broadcast and online programming content for Pasadena and other San Gabriel Valley communities.“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized as part of a truly amazing group of women who have all made such a big impact in their communities during their successful careers,” Ms. Stokstad said. “I could not have achieved this honor without the support of my family, the PCAC Board of Directors and the hardworking staff at Pasadena Media; they are the ones who deserve recognition and I am grateful for all they do to help serve our community every day.”Award winners received special certificates from California Senator Carol Lui; Assembly member Mike Gatto; U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Greg Krikorian, Publisher of Business Life, www.businesslife.com, presented all award winners with plaques featuring the magazine’s front cover featuring a group photograph of the 2014 Women Achievers. The magazine published profiles of winner, noting their achievements and thoughts on a wide range of topics facing today’s women and their advice to tomorrow’s women achievers.Other Pasadena honorees were: Melinda Carmichael, Treasurer, Women at Work; Betty McWilliams, Executive Director, Foothill Unity Center, Inc.; Sona Paparian, Marketing Professional, Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial; Jennifer McLain, Business Development Manager, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, and Mary Ann Bennett, Treasurer, Soroptimist International, Altadena/Pasadena.About Pasadena MediaPasadena Community Access Corporation (PCAC) dba Pasadena Media is a component unit, nonprofit 501(c)3 public benefit corporation recognized under Nonprofit Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes. PCAC’s purpose is to promote, coordinate, facilitate, produce and assist public service community programming on behalf of all residents of the City of Pasadena, Calif. for all public and community access channels of Pasadena’s cable telecommunications system and to inform residents of the potential services and benefits of the cable systems. Stay connected to Pasadena Media! 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Michael Sheahan is the first metropolitan district Mayor of Limerick

Twitter Families and workers must be supported through public health emergency O’Connell Street revitalisation plans lack ambition Advertisement NewsLocal NewsMichael Sheahan is the first metropolitan district Mayor of LimerickBy Alan Jacques – June 19, 2014 1396 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FORMER Fine Gael county councillor Michael Sheahan is the first Mayor of Limerick’s new Metropolitan District.A native of Castletroy, he secured 11 votes from Fine Gael and Fianna Fail councillors in City Hall this Monday. He was nominated as mayor by party colleague Cllr Michael Hourigan and seconded by Cllr James Collins (FF).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan, who secured the highest number of votes in the recent local elections, was also nominated for mayor, and received seven votes from Sinn Fein, The Labour Party and independent councillor John Gilligan.First-time councillor Cian Prendiville of the Anti-Austerity Alliance was also nominated by his party and received three votes.After his election, the new Mayor said it was the most nervous and exhilarating morning of his life.The retired schoolteacher vowed to facilitate and encourage all creative and positive ideas from individuals and community groups, and promised he would be “working for the betterment of all”.He described the merger of Limerick City and Council as a “second chance to get it right”, and offered a better way to do business. He also called on his fellow 20 Metropolitan District councillors to feel free to offer him any advice or criticism during his term in office.Fianna Fail councillor James Collins was quick to point out that Cllr Sheahan’s role as mayor was mostly ceremonial, and that his main duty was to chair meetings.“We were democratically elected and every voice is equal. Our statutory function is to set policy and it’s the executive’s job to implement it,” said Cllr Collins.“You have no special powers,” he told Mayor Sheahan.Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon (FF) predicted that the new mayor would do a very good job and described him as “well capable”.Cllr John Gilligan, the only independent in the three city wards, congratulated Mayor Sheahan and said he could fill any office with distinction. The City North councillor went on to say he had great personal time for the new mayor before pointing out that his chains were not those of the mayor but a sheriff’s“I’m not going to go all John Wayne and call you sheriff but they are a sheriff’s chains and not the mayor’s. Unfortunately we’re more concerned about who’s going to spend the rates at the Crescent Shopping Centre,” he claimed.Former Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne (FG) was elected deputy mayor after securing 11 votes from Fine Gael and Fianna Fail colleagues. Mayor Sheahan described Cllr Byrne as a “formidable woman”, and said they would work well together. Linkedin 900 homes with go-ahead still on drawing board Print Previous articleSpecial Olympics bring special vibe to LimerickNext articleTributes to former Limerick mayor at City Hall Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceCllr Cian PrendivilleCllr James CollinsCllr John GilliganCllr Maurice QuinlivanFine GaellimerickLimerick City and County CouncilMayor Michael SheahanSinn Fein Facebook TV producers filming at Troy Studios urged to employ Limerick people New category in this year’s Limerick Going for Gold Email WhatsApp Limerick responding to its FDI potential read more

Tribunal reforms are not enough, think-tank claims

first_img Comments are closed. Tribunal reforms are not enough, think-tank claimsOn 16 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The Government has to dramatically rethink its strategy on disputeresolution if the burden on the tribunal system is to be eased, claims a reportby a leading think-tank. The Institute for Public Policy Research believes the proposed reforms tothe system do not go far enough, and the only way to significantly cutlitigation is by improving staff and employer understanding of rights andduties. While the report, called Worker’s Rights and Wrongs, acknowledges that theGovernment already provides help and information on employment rights, itclaims that it is fragmented and uncoordinated. The centre-left think-tank is calling for the Government to create a singlesource of information on staff rights and employers’ responsibilities.Consultation on the Government’s proposals to tackle spiralling employmenttribunals numbers closed on 8 October (see box). Report author Nick Burkitt is also calling for the Government to set up astronger enforcement agency of the employee rights. He believes the Inland Revenue’s National Minimum Wage Enforcement Agencyshould be developed to investigate a wider range of workplace rights relatingto pay and hours. Burkitt also wants a new task force to be set up to consider how employmentlaw can be better understood and applied. He said, “The Government needs a new approach. It needs to targetnon-compliance, alongside a wider push for better employment practice based onimproved information and support for employers as well as employees.” www.ippr.org.ukBy Mike Broad Government steps to shake up tribunal system– All organisations are to havedispute resolution procedures in place– Claimants will be charged for use of the employment tribunalsystem– Awards will be increased against employers and reduced forstaff if either party has not used internal grievance procedures– All employers to provide a written statement of terms to staff– A fixed period of conciliation will ensure both parties makeevery effort to come to a settlement– A fast-track system will be introduced for certainjurisdictions (such as unlawful pay deductions and breach of contract)www.dti.gov.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Mars Rover lands this weekend at Liberty Science Center

first_imgJERSEY CITY – The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is bringing its 5,500-pound, nearly 11-foot-tall Mars rover concept vehicle to the Liberty Science Center on July 29-30.The “Summer of Mars Experience Tour” will be open to the public on July 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The tour’s centerpiece Mars Rover was commissioned by Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as a traveling exhibit to inspire and educate the public about space exploration and interplanetary travel.The vehicle was built by Cape Canaveral-based Parker Brothers Concepts, with input from NASA-engineer science and based on NASA-engineer specifications.Currently on its East Coast “Summer of Mars Experience Tour,” the rover was previously in Atlanta and in Washington, D.C. Its final stop will be the Intrepid Air Sea & Space Museum in New York City Aug. 3-6. ×last_img read more


first_imgAlberte Bernier’s “Spin,” an acrylic painting on canvas, is one of the works on display at the hob’art Gallery for Black History Month. ×Alberte Bernier’s “Spin,” an acrylic painting on canvas, is one of the works on display at the hob’art Gallery for Black History Month. Hoboken Police Department warns residents of check scamAccording to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, a recent fraud took place in Hoboken this month after the victim was contacted through LinkedIn, the social networking website.The victim told police that they received a LinkedIn message from someone they knew, saying the victim would receive a payment after completing a survey about eBay gift cards.After following the instructions, the victim received a check in the mail from an unknown person in the amount of $2,900, mailed from an address in Tennessee. The victim was instructed to deposit the check, and the deposit was posted on the account. Following instructions given from the survey, the victim then purchased over $2,000 in eBay gift cards and sent the card numbers to an unknown person.Several days later, all the cards had been used, but the victim noticed that she hadn’t been credited for the amount of the original check and the cost of the eBay cards had been deducted from her personal funds. The bank then contacted the victim and advised her that the check she deposited was fraudulent.“This type of scam has changed over the years. It has been used on Craigslist, LinkedIn, and Classified Ads websites,” states the police department’s press release. “Anyone receiving a check through the mail should not deposit the check into their personal bank account. The check will not clear, leaving the victim without the funds in their account. It is best to not contact anyone related to the scam and report the matter to the police.”Standard & Poor’s affirms Hoboken’s AA+ credit ratingStandard & Poor’s Global Ratings has assigned its AA+ long-term rating to the city of Hoboken, the rating agency’s second-highest rating. S&P cited Hoboken’s “very strong economy,” “strong budgetary performance,” “very strong budgetary flexibility,” and “very strong liquidity.”“A strong credit rating and sound financials form the foundation of a healthy government that can be responsive to the needs of the community,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla in a press release from the city. “I’m committed to being Hoboken’s infrastructure mayor, and our high credit rating will allow us to make the investments we need while being responsible with taxpayers’ money. I thank everyone that worked hard to ensure we have a fiscally responsible budget.”This rating indicates Hoboken’s economic turnaround since 2008, when Moody’s issued a Baa3 rating (the S&P equivalent of BBB-), one notch above junk bond status, to hospital bonds guaranteed by the city. Moody’s cited the city’s “significant deferred charges, annual cash flow borrowing, and a history of financial mismanagement.” That same year, the state of New Jersey appointed a fiscal monitor to manage much of the city’s finances.Prieto to become Sports Authority presidentAssemblyman Vincent Prieto, who was replaced as Assembly speaker earlier this year, will resign his Assembly seat to become president and CEO of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, the state agency that oversees the Meadowlands.Recommended for the post by Gov. Phil Murphy, Prieto will assume his new duties at the NJSEA on Feb. 25, and will receive an annual salary of $225,000.Prieto under law must step down from his assembly seat in the 32nd district that includes all of Secaucus, North Bergen and other towns outside Hudson County. It has not yet been determined who will be named to replace him in the interim, before a special election can be held later this year.Author Elif Batuman and New Yorker Editor Carla Blumenkrantz at Little City BooksElif Batuman, New Yorker staff writer and novelist, reads “The Idiot,” her best-selling autobiographical novel about her freshman year at Harvard in 1995. She will be in conversation with the New Yorker non-fiction editor Carla Blumenkrantz on Thursday Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.Online Tickets: http://www.littlecitybooks.com/event/elif-batuman-idiot. Tickets are also available in the store so stop by or call.Little City Books is at 100 Bloomfield Street and they can be reached at (201) 626-READ. Free ferry rides for kids this weekendKids under the age of 12 ride free on NY Waterway ferries between New Jersey and Manhattan from Feb. 17 through President’s Day, Feb. 19.Ferries travel to Midtown West 39th Street from Port Imperial and Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken and from Fourteenth Street in Hoboken.Parking is available at the Port Imperial ferry terminal with NJ TRANSIT rail and bus connections available. For more information, call 1-800-53-FERRY or click on http://www.nywaterway.com/KidsRideFreePresDay for more information.Get free income tax preparation helpUnited Way of Hudson County is teaming with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and HOPES to prepare and file federal and state income taxes for locals. The service runs through April 13.To be eligible, participants must have been New Jersey residents for all of last year. They must also have a Social Security number, work in New Jersey or New York (or have taxable income like pensions, IRA distributions, interest, or stock trades.), and not have an income from a rental property or a business with employees, inventory, a loss, or over $25,000 in total expenses.The AARP Foundation will be offering walk-in filings Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.The Foundation is located at 855 Bergen Ave. in Jersey CityHOPES will be offering filings Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only.HOPES has locations in the Hoboken area, including 532 Jackson St., Unit 1B and 300 Bloomfield St.Call (201) 468-8805 for more assistance and information.Hoboken police investigate intruder at City HallThe Hoboken Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred at the Mayor’s Office on Thursday night according to a press release from the city.A man entered City Hall through the Newark Street entrance just before 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb 15 and went through the metal detectors and told security officers that he was going to use the restroom.At the time, the only person in the Mayor’s Office was Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Freeman.Mayor Bhalla was on his way to the office following a community meeting. From his office, Mr. Freeman observed that a bag with an object had been thrown in the direction of the administrative assistant’s desk and made eye contact with the individual.The individual then ran out of the Mayor’s Office. Mr. Freeman called the police, which is currently investigating the incident.“This incident, along with death threats to me and my family, is an unfortunate reminder that we need to take security seriously,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla in the press release. “The Joint Terrorism Task Force has evaluated City Hall, and we have been working to implement their recommendations for physical and procedural changes to improve security for all employees in the building.”“We take incidents like these incredibly seriously and will continue working to ensure the security of the mayor and everyone who visits City Hall,” said Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante.center_img More kindergarteners for Hoboken schoolsAccording to Superintendent of Schools Christine Johnson, kindergarten enrollment has climbed from 288 students last year to about 331 this year.Of the 441 Pre-k4 families in the district, 331 families said they would definitely be coming back for kindergarten and 48 families said they were unsure.According to Johnson, the district placed all 379 families just in case, and placement letters were scheduled to go out at the end of last week to Prek-4 families. This is about four months ahead of schedule, she said. Placement letters typically go out in June.According to Johnson, the district placed the students using specific parameters. First, the district plotted every student into a Google analytics program, which showed how geographically close they were to the district’s four elementary schools. Then they placed siblings together in the same school. Next, they looked at the children who needed specialized programs and placed them in the schools that would best serve them. The district has expanded their specialized education programs to all elementary schools but Wallace Elementary School will still predominantly help, as it houses the ADA program and therapeutic sessions. Last, the district looked at the remaining families and placed the students in the closest schools and all students have been placed within 0.08 of a mile from their home.She added that the schools will be more similar in terms of diversity in the coming year. Last month the district released a report that showed the socioeconomic and racial footprints of each school which showed similarities between Wallace and Calabro and differences between Brandt and Connors.“All schools of the initial placement have between a 25 to 30 percent minority footprint range and a 70 to 75 percent non minority footprint range,” said Johnson at the Board of Education meeting. “And all schools upon initial placement have a 19 to 25 percent economically disadvantaged footprint. So we were able to keep everything within a five to six percent range and variation upon placement.”The district has been striving to ensure diversity and inclusion in each of its elementary schools and is scheduled to launch subcommittees comprised of parents and administrators this month. last_img read more

News story: Dstl: Supporting innovation for MOD’s next generation air defence systems

first_img The DE&S Weapons project team has working closely with Dstl colleagues to develop Sea Ceptor and Land Ceptor; vital air defence systems which will protect our Armed Forces personnel on operations against current and future threats. Together with industry we will continue to support the front line commands as this world-beating equipment enters service in defence of our national security and interests. Since its conception, Dstl and its predecessors have been involved throughout the development and procurement of both the Sea and Land Ceptor. Initial studies were conducted to define future capability needs, followed by a series of technology demonstrator projects, with Dstl providing technical direction to help ensure the end product was exploitable into the Ceptor projects. As these moved into their Demonstration and Manufacture phases Dstl continued to provide independent technical advice to Defence Equipment and Support and the front line commands in order to ensure that the solutions met their performance requirements. Richard Smart, Director Weapons at Defence Equipment and Support, said: The innovation for the new air defence missile system is supported by experts from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), who have been at the heart of its development since conception.The 20-year project resulted in a multi-million pound contract awarded to MBDA to build the next-generation Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM), which has the capability to defend against anti-ship cruise missiles, aircraft and other highly sophisticated threats.In May, the Royal Navy completed its acceptance firing trials, resulting in an initial operating capability for HMS Argyll, with the Army land system also recently completing a successful firing from a pre-production launch vehicle. Sea Ceptor will provide local-area air defence to the Type 23 and Type 26 frigates, replacing Sea Wolf; Land Ceptor will replace the Rapier missile to deliver a state-of-the-art ground-based air defence capability.A representative from Dstl’s Air Defence Weapons team, said: Sea Ceptor and Land Ceptor use innovative seeker and datalink technology to achieve a high degree of accuracy. The associated radar systems track the threat and the datalink is then used to update the missile with the location of the threat. The CAMM’s own active radar seeker can then take over the missile guidance. The missiles are designed to provide 360-degree coverage with a high degree of manoeuvrability.By employing innovative technologies to enable a common solution across land and maritime domains, CAMM/Ceptor delivers approximately £1-billion worth of through-life savings within the complex weapons pipeline. Further savings are expected through export, for which two customers have already been confirmed.last_img read more