Austal USA, GD BIW Finalize LCS Deal

first_img Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today Austal USA, GD BIW Finalize LCS Deal View post tag: Navy Austal USA and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works have executed a sub-contract for Littoral Combat Ship Planning Yard Design Services. This was previously announced as a teaming arrangement in August 2014.The work, scheduled to begin in June 2015, includes requirements for hull, mechanical, and electrical services, including; engineering, planning, ship configuration, material, and logistics support to maintain and modernize the Independence variant of the LCS class.Austal will perform the majority of these tasks for the Independence-variant LCS at its Mobile, Alabama shipyard. A portion of these tasks will also be performed at the Austal Service Centre in San Diego, California.[mappress mapid=”16117″]Image: Austal View post tag: deal View post tag: Austal USAcenter_img View post tag: GD BIW June 1, 2015 Austal USA, GD BIW Finalize LCS Deal View post tag: LCS View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

Be your member’s favorite stalk…ahem, tracker!

first_imgI know what you did last summer.It’s funny to think how just a few years back, this was a terrifying proposition. “Oh no, our stalker knows!” Now, your stalker is any given friend who checked your Facebook profile. Or, more true to our topic…Facebook’s algorithms showed me your activities proactively. That hiking trip you took triggered markers that are similar between us. Facebook knew I would enjoy seeing your vacation photos.This is one direct application of Big Data. It’s a topic so complicated that I could spend an entire year of posts delving into the principles. But I won’t (you’re welcome!). Instead, I’m going to try to offer some examples so you can understand the opportunities it presents.By keeping a digital eye on everything I post, share, like, and comment upon, Facebook’s “Big Data” engine learns my preferences. Maybe I tend to Like many things one friend shares. That’s an easy conclusion; show me everything from that friend, because I’ll probably enjoy seeing it. What about that friend I haven’t spoken to in years, yet shares photos from Machu Picchu? Facebook knows I was there last year, so it’s likely I’ll be interested in seeing their adventure in the same place. More so, I always seem to share/comment on posts regarding ocean conservation. From what I say, Facebook knows I’m interested in environmental responsibility, so I’m going to see more of what friends say regarding this topic.These examples are rather pedestrian. See a pattern, follow to result. Yet Big Data gets interesting when it starts drawing conclusions. Facebook can determine your political stance, religious beliefs (intensity or lack thereof), income level, and other character traits with stunning accuracy. It can figure out your emotional state, both short and long-term. This is why you get those anti-depressant/counseling ads when you’re feeling your worst and wedding planning ads after you’ve been in a rewarding relationship. A popular example of this predictive capability was when a department store sent a woman a baby catalog before she even knew she was pregnant.Big Data isn’t just about having thousands of lines in a spreadsheet. It’s the ability to take all this data and gain valuable insights which can be put towards a better product/service offering. Like your member programs.Too many credit unions I speak to have little to no tracking, no matter the program. I’m not talking Artificial Intelligence level analysis, just a few numbers to know what’s happening. Are your initiatives successful with the members you had hoped? What percentage of website visits results in a loan application? How do you compare to other institutions in performance metrics? And so on.I’m a huge fan of data analysis because there is just so much information hidden within even the smallest datasets. Here’s an example from my business, starting with these data points:# of member prospects# unique visitors to website# of sales/loans# of members at credit unionFrom these four values, I can determine the following (with comparisons to all other credit unions for each):Sales ratioUnique visitors per 1,000 membersProspects per 1,000 membersProspect close rate on a rolling 60-day period (along with average close rate among all credit unions)Sales per 1,000 membersAnd I can generate even more on demandWith access to your basic member information, you can easily determine dozens of behaviors and trends. Take your auto loans. Do members living in a certain ZIP code prefer Toyotas? Or do some ZIP codes have higher used car purchase ratios? You may even find that members with last names shorter than 5 letters, who also have your credit card and a CD, buy vehicles with a 10% higher down payment average than other groups. How can your marketing team take advantage of this new information? Sure, that’s a silly dataset, but it shows how much you can dig into what you already have.Do all of your services meet the Big Data Test? Take the average member referral program. If you’re like the vast majority of credit unions, it requires a member and friend print out a PDF, fill it out by hand, then fax or bring it into a branch. Test results: Fail.At the end of the day, embracing the ideas of Big Data helps to maximize the connection with your members, thus, delivering a higher standard of service at the lowest effort and cost. And isn’t that the goal of your credit union? 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Detailslast_img read more

1 dead after small plane crashes into Florida home

first_imgThe National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating after a small plane crashed into a home, killing one person.The incident was reported Thursday around 5pm at a home on 76th Street in the Florida Keys.Authorities say the home was vacant at the time, and that there have so far been no reported injuries or fatalities on the ground.Officials also reported that they found a parachute near the scene of the crash.The identity of the victim has not been released at this time and authorities say they are still unsure how many people were onboard.The incident is still under investigation.last_img read more

Gattuso AC Milan need to step up their game

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso admits they will have to be back to their best ahead of Saturday’s game against FiorentinaThe Rossoneri haven’t won their last three games and were knocked out of the Europa League following a surprise 3-1 defeat to Olympiacos.Despite the struggles though, Milan remain in fourth-place in the Serie A and Gattuso hopes his players are ready to step up their efforts to consolidate a Champions League qualification spot.“The club wants to reach the Champions League, it will not be easy but we will do our best,” said Gattuso on the club website.“Now we are in fourth place though we have to do more, but I am calm. We have to make fewer mistakes.“We do not look for excuses, we have to keep working and improving. We lost some important points but our opponents also slowed down.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We have some strengths and weaknesses and we have to be careful. I enjoy training people with passion and flair in their eyes, who have the spirit of football within them, whether they are young or old”.Facing Milan at the San Siro are Fiorentina, who sit 10th in the standings and just five points behind.“Tomorrow we will play against a strong opponent, who can hurt us in attack. Fiorentina are a team with very good players technically, playing within 60-70 meters,” said Gattuso.“We will have to be good at imposing our game, not giving an inch on the pitch. I want to see a team that plays well and with vehemence: only in this way will we be able to win.“Bologna has taught us that making a sterile ball possession leads to nothing”The Milan-Fiorentina game will begin at 15:00 (CET).last_img read more

Meteor 18 addresses technical debt of 17 with delayed legacy builds upgraded

first_imgAfter the release of Meteor 1.7 in June this year, the Meteor community released Meteor 1.8 yesterday. This version eliminates many of the performance problems in Meteor 1.7. They have addressed the technical debt of compiling an additional client bundle which had led to slow build times in Meteor 1.7. Here’s what all has been added and improved in this latest release. Improved build time In addition to the web.browser and web.cordova bundles, Meteor 1.7 introduced a new client bundle called web.browser.legacy. This addition of an extra bundle resulted in increased client build and rebuild times. Usually, developers spend most of their time testing the bundle in development and the legacy bundle provides a safe fallback in production. Meteor 1.8 takes advantage of this fact and cleverly postpones building the legacy bundle until just after the development server restarts. Development can continue as soon as the modern bundle has finished building. As the legacy build happens during a time when the build process would otherwise be completely idle, the impact of the legacy build on server performance is minimal. Still, the legacy bundle gets rebuilt regularly, so any legacy build errors will be surfaced in a timely fashion. A new mechanism for compiling unused files Meteor’s compiler plugins compile every file they receive, regardless of whether the file will ever actually be imported. To avoid this unnecessary compilation of unused files Meteor 1.8 has finally introduced a simple mechanism. Expensive compilation work will now be delayed by the compiler plugins that call inputFile.addJavaScript or inputFile.addStylesheet. This will be done by passing partial options ({ path, hash }) as the first argument, followed by a callback function as the second argument. This callback function will be called by the build system once it knows the module will be included in the bundle. Though the compiler plugin will process every possible file, any unused files will now be ignored by the build system, and their uncalled callbacks will be discarded after the bundle is built. Create Meteor apps with a simple command You can now easily create new Meteor apps with React instead of Blaze using the following command: meteor create –react new-react-app Overriding problematic version constraints from packages A new syntax is introduced for the .meteor/packages file for overriding problematic version constraints from packages you do not control. If a top-level package version constraint in .meteor/packages ends with a  ‘!’ character, any other (non-!) constraints on that package elsewhere in the application will be weakened. Which means, any version of the package that is not less than the constraint will be accepted, regardless of whether the major/minor versions actually match. For instance, using both CoffeeScript 2 and practicalmeteor:mocha used to be difficult because of the api.versionsFrom(“1.3”) statement. This statement constrained the coffeescript package to version 1.x. In Meteor 1.8, if you want to update coffeescript to 2.x, you can relax the practicalmeteor:mocha constraint by putting [email protected]_1! in the .meteor/packages file. Dependency upgrades Upgraded to Babel 7 You can get the benefits of non-beta Babel 7 by updating to Meteor 1.8. Install the latest version of @babel/runtime by running the following command: meteor npm install @babel/[email protected] Upgraded to Mongo 4 Meteor 1.8 comes with MongoDB 4.0.2, a major upgrade from version 3.6.4 in Meteor 1.7. Your local development database will now use version 4.0, though the [email protected] driver will connect to production databases going all the way back to Mongo 2.6. The major advantage of MongoDB 4.0 is its support for multi-document transactions, which are now supported by Meteor’s oplog tailing system. Node.js 8.11.4 for now Although Node 8.12.0 has been released, Meteor 1.8 still supports Node 8.11.4, due to concerns about excessive garbage collection and CPU usage in production. If you want to start using Node.js 8.12.0, you can contribute to the Meteor 1.8.1 pre-release process. In order to update to Meteor 1.8.1, run the following command: meteor update –release 1.8.1-beta.n Read the full change list on Meteor’s GitHub repository and also read the release announcement on Medium. Read Next Meteor 1.7 released with modern and legacy browser support Building a real-time dashboard with Meteor and Vue.js The Ember project announces version 3.4 of Ember.js, Ember Data, and Ember CLIlast_img read more

12 days of Christmas Not at this yearround hotel

first_img Travelweek Group Share Posted by 12 days of Christmas? Not at this year-round hotel Tuesday, October 30, 2018 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Tennessee PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE — With Halloween festivities winding down, holiday enthusiasts will soon be starting the countdown to the next big date of the year – Christmas.But for die-hard fans who absolutely cannot wait for the seven some-odd weeks to pass, there’s a little known hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee that celebrates Christmas every day of the year.That’s right, not just 12 days of Christmas – all 365!The Inn at Christmas Place, located just 10 minutes from Dollywood, keeps itself decked out for the holidays. This includes having a full-size Christmas tree in the lobby, entryways lined with festive garlands and lights, and a Glockenspiel that plays carols twice a day.Even Santa pays regular visits – on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights – to sing to guests. On Mondays and Fridays, he reads stories to little ones.The Christmas theme is carried out in every room and suite, too. Guests wake up to festive decorations that include wreaths, reindeer sculptures and Santa-red velvet bedding.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthBut the most festive room in the house has got to be the Santa Suite, which comes complete with a six-foot Christmas tree, a life-size Santa statue, pillows adorned with Santa’s likeness, stockings hung with care, and even a Santa jacket for guests to use and cozy up in.The Inn at Christmas Place, which opened its doors in 2007, also offers a hot breakfast buffet, indoor and outdoor pools, a waterslide and a hot tub. And if you’re worried about falling behind on your Christmas shopping while you’re there, not to worry – right next door is The Incredible Christmas Place, a Christmas-themed shopping centre.last_img read more