Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said: The winners provided innovative solutions to key strategic future demands for UK defence in autonomy and big data. The companies and their ground-breaking technologies will receive combined investment and support worth over £4-million from the MOD and £6-million from industry partners to see their full development.The winning solutions announced at the Institute of Engineering and Technology today are: The winners of the DGP’s Innovation Challenge Final Phase have proven that their products are fundamentally important to the growth and prosperity of their companies. This final funding for the winners will enable them to complete their development and ultimately provide essential solutions in a dynamic, international and competitive market. Their success will benefit the defence sector in the UK and help us win more business in export markets. From shrewd navigation software, A.I. driven autonomous vehicles, laser radar to mixed reality training systems, today’s winners are a clear demonstration of industry rising to meet the complex challenges of modern warfare. The MOD, working with commercial partners, will see these pioneering technologies go from the drawing board to the battlefield. Close Air Solutions with Project Hyper Real Immersion QinetiQ’s Software Defined Multifunction LIDAR Horiba Mira’s UGV Localisation and Perception using Deep Learning Neural Networks Polaris’ Ants on Deck. Defence Minister Stuart Andrew meets winners of the Innovation Challenge. MOD Crown Copyright.The Defence and Security Accelerator, in tandem with the Defence Solutions Centre, established the competition in 2012 to explore and develop solutions to ensure the UK armed forces stay ahead of adversaries by finding more efficient methods of communication, logistics, protection, intelligence and training. The initial investment of £10-million for the competition has been matched pound for pound with industry partners and since then, the competition has received an additional £4 million. This is part of the wider £800-million Defence Innovation Fund.Today’s event brought together leading industry and military figures from the defence equipment community. This joint approach aims to create high quality UK jobs, boost defence exports and encourage collaboration between large industry, SMEs and academia. The innovative solutions developed by our own defence companies over the course of the Innovation Challenge is amazing. Using autonomy and big data these winning companies have found unique solutions to the ongoing challenges we face in the defence sector. Defence Minister Stuart Andrew meets winners of the Innovation Challenge. MOD Crown Copyright.Training is at the core of military capabilities and Project Hyper Real Immersion is designed to provide cutting-edge realistic air combat training. This revolutionary technology from Close Air Solutions aims to enable fully networked live training exercises with NATO and Coalition partners. This will reduce costs and increase safety for service personnel.QinetiQ’s Software Defined Multifunction LIDAR (laser radar) system will provide a range of high-tech capabilities including 3D imaging, optical communication and covert targeting. Conventional 3D mapping can discover a vehicle under camouflage netting but LIDAR could also determine whether the engine is on and the type of vehicle using vibration sensors. The system could be adopted onto small satellites and unmanned and manned platformsHoriba Mira is developing a super-intelligent navigation system which uses Artificial Intelligence algorithms to identify landmarks around a military vehicle to provide a greater situational awareness. This technology will be key in developing the effective operation of unmanned autonomous vehicles in dangerous areas which will remove soldiers from dangerous situations and task them to more valuable roles. This is a crucial aim of the Last Mile logistics that UK armed forces are developing.Continuing with the autonomy theme, Polaris are developing a pioneering software system that autonomously generates the best routes for Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs). AntsOnDeck increases fuel efficiency which allows extended operations, provides real-time awareness of conditions and environment and can be extended to platforms across the air, land and sea domains.Co-chair of the Defence Growth Partnership, Allan Cook CBE, said:
Photo © Wikipedia Their Backs coach Ray Moloney spoke to Tipp FM Sport after the game… It was heartbreak for Roscrea’s Cistertian College as lost out on a place in the semi final of the Leinster Senior Schools Rugby Cup, following defeat at the quarter final stages yesterday.Dublin’s St Mary’s looked to be well ahead heading into the second half of the encounter – but Roscrea clawed back two tries in the closing stages.However, it wasn’t to be for the North Tipp School, who lost out on a scoreline of 32 points to 29.
Mekonnen edged Kiprotich (in background) in the final kilometre of the Hamburg marathon. PHOTO HASPAHAMBURGMARATHON MEDIAUganda’s former World and Olympic Champion Stephen Kiprotich put up his best showing in three years when he finished second at the Haspa Hamburg International Marathon Sunday morning.Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen won the sprint to the tape (2:07:26 ), edging out Kiprotich who clocked 2:07:31. Kenya’s Jacob Kendagor was third in 2:08:50.Kiprotich said the difficult weather conditions with wind, rain and even some hail held him back. He earned sh58 million for his effort.“I tried but my legs could not carry me,” he said, but promised his fans “I will not let you down next time.” Stephen Kiprotich seeks Hamburg high on NN Running Team debut #nnrunningteam, read the full story here: https://t.co/SDezF8ZDN0 pic.twitter.com/jAb09UqHQu— NN Running Team (@NNRunningTeam) April 12, 2017 Portugal’s Jessica Augusto came from behind to win the women’s race in 2:25:30.Big City win steal eludes KiprotichWhile Kiprotich was the first Olympic champion to compete in Hamburg’s elite field, 21-year-old Tsegaye Mekonnen was the fastest runner ever entered into the race and was favourite.The youngster has a Personal Best of 2:04:32 from winning the Dubai Marathon in January 2014, while Kiprotich’s personal best is from the Tokyo Marathon in 2015, 2:06:33. He finished 4th in Tokyo last year before 14th place in the Olympics 2:13:32.Kiprotich,28, has won two major global titles but victory in a big city marathon is still missing so far in his running portfolio. He however did win the Enschede marathon in 2011 with 2:07:20, before his 2012 Olympic and 2013 World Championship victories.In the build up, Kiprotich had sounded very confident – and nearly did it, but was outdone in the final 100 metres.The elite runners, including Kiprotich, will share 300,000 Euros (Sh1.16 billion). Marathons are long-distance running races with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres, usually run as a road race.Leading Men’s and Women’s Results and Prize Money:(Men sub 2:09 and Women sub 2:25 to receive bonus)Men:1 Tsegaye Mekonnen (ETH) – 2:07:26 25k Euro2 Stephen Kiprotich (UGA) – 2:07:31 15k Euro3 Jacob Kandagor (KEN) – 2:08:50 10k Euro4 Robert Chemosin (KEN) – 2:09:51 5k Euro5 Japhet Kosgei (KEN) – 2:11:12 3k6 Tsegaye Kebede (ETH) – 2:12:31 1k Tsegaye Mekonnen con 02:07:26 se impone @HaspaMarathonHH por delante del campeón olímpico Stephen Kiprotich (02:07:31) pic.twitter.com/9T7e7XraHs— LBDC • WebRun SPORT (@BolsaCorredor) April 23, 2017 Share on: WhatsApp Congrats to #TsegayeMekonnen for an incredible race #HaspaMarathonHamburg #hamburgmarathon @HaspaMarathonHH @Marathon_HH pic.twitter.com/cDB6QryyEU— DMC in Sports (@DMCInSports) April 23, 2017 Women:1 Jessica Augusto (PORT) – 2:25:30 12.5k2 Ifa Megertu (ETH) – 2:29:47 7.5k3 Viola Kibiwot (KEN) – 2:30:33 debut 5k4 Marisa Casananueva (ESP) – 2:32:22 pb 2.5k5 Magdalena Shauri (TAN0 – 2:33:28 pb 1.5k6 Adriana da Silva (BRA) – 2:35:44 500
By Marion Lynch RED BANK – It’s back to the drawing board for the Borough Council’s efforts to restore the area of Marine Park where the clay tennis courts are located. Supporters of the courts won a battle this week in their years-long fight to preserve them when Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer announced at Monday’s Borough Council meeting that they would reject all three proposals for projects in the area of Marine Park where the storm-damaged courts are located.The three members of the council’s parks and recreation committee – Schwabenbauer, Kathy Horgan and Edward Zipprich – reviewed three proposals, and the plan that scored the highest was the one least favored by residents.“The Jetsun proposal came out on top numerically,” Schwabenbauer said, “but the preponderance of public opinion was not in favor.”The committee’s only option, she said is to reject all three proposals. A formal resolution will be on the agenda for the Nov. 23 meeting.The proposal submitted by Jetsun Enterprises, a group of private investors, was the most ambitious of the three submitted to the council’s request for proposals (RFP) back in April.That plan called for the construction of an 18-hole miniature golf course, synthetic, year-round ice rink, a food concession stand, a boathouse offering canoe and kayak rentals; there would also be driven golf carts to take patrons to and from offsite parking.The other plans call for rebuilding the tennis courts and operating them independently from the borough, providing the borough with a portion of the proceeds; and a boathouse and catering hall that would offer boat rentals and recreational and educational program sponsored by the Navesink River Rowing Club and Navesink Maritime Heritage Association.When evaluating the three plans the parks and rec committee relied on quantifiable criteria in making its determination. Using that matrix, the Jetsun proposal was the clear winner, “by a head and shoulders,” Schwabenbauer told the Two River Times last week. Mayor Pasquale Menna said Monday that it would be “back to the drawing board” in the borough’s efforts to restore the area of the park surrounding the courts. The red clay tennis courts, constructed in the 1930s, were severely damaged in Super Storm Sandy in 2012 and have been unusable for the past three years.In response to a question from Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, Schwabenbauer the council’s “hands were tied” and could not select the second best proposal.“We’re just following the law and public opinion. Now we’re going to start over from scratch,” said Horgan.Burnham stressed that “RFPs cost money,” and said that state law allows municipalities to lease municipal property to a nonprofit if they meet certain criteria. “Which, I do believe the tennis courts meet. So you could accept a nonprofit without going out to an RFP.”To Burnham’s charges that the RFP process was “not transparent” and that residents “did not know what was going on,” Schwabenbauer responded, “I think 83 people knew the process well enough to send some letters. The committee received 83 letters, 12 emails and “lots of phone calls” from residents, she reported.Supporters of the courts formed a non-profit organization, Red Bank Clay Tennis Courts Association, represented by attorney Donald Pepe.“We don’t need another RFP,” Pepe told the council. The group recommends a public-private partnership to repair and maintain the courts. “The money is there to fix these courts.”More than a dozen people in attendance held up “Save the Courts” signs at one point in the discussion.“If the borough doesn’t have the funding, there is private money available,” Pepe later told The Two River Times.John Burton contributed to this story.
Aaron Abrosimoff poured in 17 points and teammate Brandon Soukeroff added 15 to lead the Mount Sentinel Wildcats to a 71-55 victory over Nakusp Cougars in the Consolation Final of the Kootenay High School A Boy’s Basketball Championships Saturday at the Mount Sentinel Gymnasium.A 9-0 run in the fourth period sealed the deal for the Wildcats.Braden McLean scored 23 points to lead the Cougars while Ben Gardener added added 18 points, including five three point conversions.Sparwood defeated Fernie Falcons 73-41 to capture the zone title and a berth in the BC High School A Boy’s Basketball Championship next month in Langley.Sparwood put 27 points in the second quarter to grab a 41-26 lead en route to the zone title.Cale Hughes led the victors with 18 points, including a pair of baskets from downtown in the fourth period.Austin Molley added 16 points for Sparwood.Sparwood advanced to the final by stopping the host school 88-67 in Friday’s Semi Final round.Fernie bounced Nakusp 89-45 in the other Semi Final contest. Cats coach Kris Hryniw was pleased with this team’s showing against the zone champs, despite losing by double digits.“I was so impressed with my Grade 10 point guard, Kie Miller, who really didn’t make any mistakes, and was the team’s high scorer with 17 points,” Hryniw said.Abrosimoff with 15 points and Soukeroff with 14 also were high scorers for Mount Sentinel against Sparwood.Hryniw said finishing third in the zone was a major accomplishment for a Cats team without any senior leadership.“We did not have one Grade 12 player step on the court for us,” Hryniw said.“Our team consists of 6 Grade 11 boys, 3 Grade 10 boys and even one boy who’s in Grade 9.”“All of the younger boys stepped up and made great contributions off the bench in both games,” Hryniw added.This tournament concludes the season for the Wildcats varsity team.However, the Junior Wildcats travel to Castlegar this weekend to compete in the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Basketball Championships host by the Rockers at Stanley Humphries.Top seeded Grand Forks Wolves meet Boundary Central of Midway in one Semi Final while host Stanley Humphries meets J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail in the other Semi.The two winners meet for the West Kootenay crown Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.Other teams entered include the L.V. Rogers Bombers and Salmo Falcons.