Parsons Wins Strategic Missile Defense Agency Contract

first_img 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business Districts News Parsons Wins Strategic Missile Defense Agency Contract From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, August 20, 2015 | 12:47 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Parsons has announced that it was awarded the Systems Engineering task order (TO) under the Missile Defense Agency Engineering and Support Services (MiDAESS) contract. This TO provides engineering and integration support to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in developing and deploying a highly integrated and effective Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) capability to defend the homeland, regional interests, allies, and deployed forces against ballistic missile threats of all ranges and in all phases of flight. The contract period of performance is July 29, 2015, to August 27, 2016.Parsons, as prime contractor, will lead a team providing support to the MDA that covers the entire range of systems engineering activities. Services will include supporting the development of the BMDS architecture and its technical baseline; integration, testing, and verification; capability and architecture assessments; and fielding. The primary work will be performed in Colorado Springs, CO; Huntsville, AL; and the National Capital Region.“Parsons is pleased to be awarded the Systems Engineering TO, which enables us to expand our service offering to our long-time customer,” stated Mary Ann Hopkins, Parsons Group President. “Our team of experts will draw on its extensive experience providing operational and systems integration support to the MDA to ensure the success of their mission.”Parsons has more than 30 years of experience supporting the U.S. missile defense program, with an emphasis on the integration of missile defense architectures and network-centric solutions. In addition to providing ongoing support to the MDA, the firm is part of an international team led by Leidos supporting the development of a BMDS capability by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).Parsons, celebrating more than 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on defense/security, industrial, and infrastructure. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com. HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Subscribe More Cool Stuff Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newslast_img read more

Swedish PM tells priests to carry out same-sex marriages ‘or do something else’

first_imgRT.com 24 June 2017Family First Comment: This is a disturbing development for people of ANY faith or personal conviction…Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has suggested that all Church of Sweden priests be compelled to perform gay marriages, despite the Lutheran church’s position that clergy members should have the right to refuse.Same-sex weddings have been legal in Sweden since 2009, although priests can decline to carry out these ceremonies under the country’s marriage code.This could now change, however, given Lofven’s recent comments about the role of priests in Swedish society.The prime minister indicated in an interview with a church magazine that if a priest cannot bless a gay marriage, they should consider another vocation.“We Social Democrats are working to ensure all priests will consecrate everyone, including same-sex couples,” Lofven told Kyrkans Tidning magazine.“I see parallels to the midwife who refuses to perform abortions. If you work as a midwife you must be able to perform abortions, otherwise you have to do something else… It is the same for priests,” he said.Official documents from the church say it “offers” both heterosexual and homosexual marriage ceremonies. Although it is not against gay marriage, the Church of Sweden’s official stance is that “no priest should be obliged to officiate at the wedding of a same-sex couple.”https://www.rt.com/viral/393867-sweden-gay-marriage-priests/last_img read more

Sharks notes: Erik Karlsson’s status for NHL All Star Game in doubt

first_imgSUNRISE, Fla. — With just two games remaining before All Star Weekend, the Sharks are opting to shut Erik Karlsson down for the remainder of the first half, giving him extra time to recover from a lower-body injury for the stretch run.If Karlsson also chooses to skip next weekend’s All Star festivities in San Jose, he’ll receive 16 full days to recover from the injury that kept him out of Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. After the All Star Game, the Sharks will enter their …last_img read more

Celebrate Africa Day with Brand South Africa

first_imgThe world annually observes Africa Day on 25 May, acknowledging the solidarity among African countries. Africa Day was established in 1963, commemorating the formation of the African Union that acknowledges our rich African heritage in the fight against colonialism and apartheid.This significant day gives citizens the opportunity to recommit to government interventions to develop a unified vision and strengthened collaboration.Apart from 25 May, the entire month has been set out to observe the significance of our continent.Brand South Africa will be partnering in a number of activations commemorating Africa Day. The most significant will be the inauguration of South Africa’s 6th democratically-elected President, HE Cyril Ramaphosa. Approximately 32,000 people are expected to attend the Presidential Inauguration taking place at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday 25 May. Follow the conversation on social media – #SAInauguration19 or watch live on ENCA.You could also join us again this year at the Bassline Fest taking place 23 – 25 May 2019, under the theme 25 Years of Democracy. The three-day programme consists of a media tour around Johannesburg, visiting significant destinations, a series of dialogues and the penultimate Bassline Music Concert taking place on Saturday 25 May with artists from across the continent. To find out more, click here.In addition, the Thabo Mbeki Foundation will be hosting their annual Africa Day lecture at UNISA on Friday 24 May, with former President Thabo Mbeki expected to deliver the official lecture that will be broadcasted live on television.Pledge your patriotism by plugging into one of the many Africa Day celebrations taking place across the country.last_img read more

STRAY DOG ACTION PLAN COMING FOR PROVO

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Nov 2014 – The stray dog problem also came up in the House of Assembly, the ministerial statement of the Minister of Environment and Home Affairs explained that this month will see the launch of an emergency action plan. The plan for Provo is awaiting approval explained Minister Amanda Missick and it was confirmed that dog traps are now in country. “…we owe a debt of gratitude to the Grand Turk Cruise Center for their generous assistance toward this project. This will assist the Department of Agriculture in containing the stray dog situation.” During 2013 it was exposed that members of the public were not only being increasingly irresponsible pet owners but destroying the traps. While Grand Turk, the Cruise Port capital of the country is seeing the feral dog problem already being checked, there is an alarming increase in complaints about stray dogs from islands like South Caicos and North Caicos. Once started, the emergency action plan for Provo will run until March next year. PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolution Related Items:amanda missick, grand turk cruise center, Minister of Environment and Home Affairs, stray dog Cruise Ship suspected of Norovirus due to dock in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beacheslast_img read more

Facebook introduces Rosetta a scalable OCR system that understands text on images

first_imgYesterday, researchers at Facebook introduced a machine learning system named, Rosetta for scalable optical character recognition (OCR). This model extracts text from more than a billion public Facebook and Instagram images and video frames. Then, this extracted text is fed into a text recognition model that has been trained on classifiers, which helps it understand the context of the text and the image together. Why Rosetta is introduced? Rosetta will help in the following scenarios: Provide a better user experience by giving users more relevant photo search results. Make Facebook more accessible for the visually impaired by incorporating the texts into screen readers. Help Facebook proactively identify inappropriate or harmful content. Help to improve the accuracy of classification of photos in News Feed to surface more personalized content. How it works? Rosetta consists of the following text extraction model: Source: Facebook Text extraction on an image is done in the following two steps: Text detection In this step, rectangular regions that potentially contain the text are detected. It performs text detection based on Faster R-CNN, a state-of-the-art object detection network. It uses Faster R-CNN but replaces ResNet convolutional body with a ShuffleNet-based architecture for efficiency reasons. The anchors in regional proposal network (RPN) are also modified to generate wider proposals, as text words are typically wider than the objects for which the RPN was designed. The whole detection system is trained jointly in a supervised, end-to-end manner. The model is bootstrapped with an in-house synthetic data set and then fine-tuned with human-annotated data sets so that it learns real-world characteristics. It is trained using the recently open-sourced Detectron framework powered by Caffe2. Text recognition The following image shows the architecture of the text recognition model: Source: Facebook In the second step, for each of the detected regions a convolutional neural network (CNN) is used to recognize and transcribe the word in the region. This model uses CNN based on the ResNet18 architecture, as this architecture is more accurate and computationally efficient. For training the model, finding what the text in an image says is considered as a sequence prediction problem. They input images containing the text to be recognized and the output generated is the sequence of characters in the word image. Treating the model as one of sequence prediction allows the system to recognize words of arbitrary length and to recognize the words that weren’t seen during training. This two-step model provides several benefits, including decoupling the training process of detection and recognition models, recognition of words in parallel, and independently supporting text recognition for different languages. Rosetta has been widely adopted by various products and teams within Facebook and Instagram. It offers a cloud API for text extraction from images and processes a large volume of images uploaded to Facebook every day. In future, the team is planning to extend this system to extract text from videos more efficiently and also support a wide number of languages used on Facebook. To get a more in-depth idea of how Rosetta works, check out the researchers’ post at Facebook code blog and also read this paper: Rosetta: Large Scale System for Text Detection and Recognition in Images. Read Next Why learn machine learning as a non-techie? Is the machine learning process similar to how humans learn? Facebook launches a 6-part Machine Learning video serieslast_img read more

Crossborder shopping Allianz says dont forget the insurance

first_img Posted by TORONTO — With back-to-school season fast approaching, many Canadians are scrambling to squeeze in final one-day trips across the border in search of deals.According to Statistics Canada, from January to the end of May 2018, Canadians made 18.1 million trips to the U.S., an increase of 11.5% compared with the same five months in 2017. In May of this year alone, Canadians made 3.9 million trips across the border, up almost 18% from a year earlier. More than three-quarters of those trips (3.0 million) were made by car.Both same-day (+20.9%) and overnight (+12.3%) car trips were up from May of the previous year, when much of Central and Eastern Canada experienced unusually wet weather.But Allianz Global Assistance Canada is reminding Canadians that while provincial government healthcare programs will cover a small percentage of medical expenses incurred in the U.S., these plans won’t come close to covering the actual cost of treatments, which can be thousands of dollars.More news: Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“Canadians typically have a good awareness of the need for travel insurance, with 78% indicating they were covered by some form of private travel insurance on their last trip, according to the Conference Board of Canada,” said Dan Keon, Vice President, Market Management, Allianz Global Assistance Canada. “However, travel insurance may not be top of mind for Canadians who are only going to be in the U.S. for a few hours or overnight for cross-border shopping, especially when they’re still relatively close to home.”Keon added that just getting a few stitches in an American hospital could cost upwards of $3,000, or a sprained ankle around $2,000.“More serious injuries requiring surgery or hospital stays, such as those resulting from auto collisions, will also increase medical costs considerably and possibly into the tens of thousands of dollars,” he sad. “Too frequently, travellers just don’t consider that something adverse could happen on a simple day trip.”More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongLess than 1.4% of the single trip medical policies purchased through Allianz’ broker and travel agent partners were for one or two day trips, said Keon, which suggests there may be a coverage gap that’s putting Canadians needlessly at risk.“When you consider how common it is for Canadians to cross the border, particularly for shopping, it’s concerning that some travellers may not be considering the financial consequences of a medical emergency during these shorter trips.”Keon recommends that travellers who make several day trips across the border each year consider annual multi-trip medical coverage. This type of plan provides emergency medical coverage for an unlimited number of trips during a one-year period, allowing the customer to “set it and forget it, and stay protected each and every time they leave the country.”For more information go to allianz-assistance.ca. Travelweek Group Cross-border shopping? Allianz says don’t forget the insurance Sharecenter_img Tags: USA & Canada << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, August 23, 2018 last_img read more