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PolyPhaser | Transtector observing National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

PolyPhaser | Transtector observing National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Hayden, ID (PRWEB) June 28, 2012

In observance of National Lightning Safety Awareness week, June 24-30, 2012, PolyPhaser Inc. and Transtector Systems, part of Smiths Interconnect’s Power Business Unit, are emphasizing the importance of surge protection for personal safety and protection of assets.

Lightning Safety Week, promoted by the National Weather Service, attempts to raise awareness for one of the deadliest weather phenomena peaking during the summer season. According to the National Fire Protection Association, annually an estimated 24,600 fires are started by lightning, causing on average 12 civilian deaths, 47 injuries and $ 407 million in direct property damage.

PolyPhaser Inc., global manufacturer of proprietary radio frequency (RF) surge protection solutions and Transtector Systems, specialist in fast-acting, non-degrading silicon avalanche diode technology are globally recognized lightning and surge protection experts. Engineers from both companies are members of and regularly contribute to surge protection standards within IEEE, IEC, ANSI, AREMA and UL.

“Lightning is a naturally occurring event that we cannot influence. However, a proper surge protection and grounding system can divert or absorb the damaging energy of a lightning strike, making it an essential part of any effective facility safety design”, reminds Andrew Dawson, VP of Engineering.

About PolyPhaser | Transtector

PolyPhaser Inc. and Transtector Systems lead the industry with a comprehensive product portfolio and specialized expertise in consulting, design and manufacturing of RF, AC, DC, data and signal surge protection, communications power cabinets, EMP protection and power quality engineering services. PolyPhaser | Transtector provide valuable end-to-end power and signal integrity solutions for markets that include telecommunications, medical imaging, transportation, energy, security and the military.

About Smiths Interconnect

Smiths Interconnect http://www.smithsinterconnect.com is a leader in technically differentiated electronic and radio frequency products that connect, protect and control critical systems for the wireless telecommunications, aerospace, defense, space, medical, rail, test and industrial markets. It is part of Smiths Group http://www.smiths.com, a world leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.

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One Month to Go Until the London 2012 Olympic Games

One Month to Go Until the London 2012 Olympic Games

One month to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games

(PRWEB) June 27, 2012

With only a month to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has today officially opened the Main Press Centre (MPC) which will host up to 6,000 accredited press and photographic media during Games time.

London 2012’s first venue on the Olympic Park open for business
Plan to entertain and educate spectators revealed
‘Rock The Games’ programme will see release of new Muse track ‘Survival’ and four other official songs inspired by the Games
Scissor Sisters and Rizzle Kicks are among artists to play surprise gigs at London 2012 venues

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The MPC will provide 31,000 square metres of office space across four floors of workspace for journalists, photographers, accredited non-rights holding broadcasters, as well as IOC and LOCOG staff during the Games. Across the Games it will be open for 52 days with the Catering Village serving an estimated 480,000 meals and 1.6 million cups of tea over 24 hours a day.

The MPC will become a ‘home from home’ for the world’s media with state-of-the-art media facilities to ensure media can report on the Games. A 200 metre-long High Street will feature a range of shops and services including a post office and dry cleaners, pharmacy and general store.

LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe said: ‘Like the athletes competing at London 2012, the world’s writers and photographers who will be based in the MPC are at the top of their profession. We will offer them state of the art facilities so they can tell the extraordinary stories that will come out of the Games. This is our first venue on the Olympic Park to open for business and we are ready to welcome the world’s media as they come and set up their office.’

With the sporting action a mere month away, LOCOG has also announced today that spectators attending the Games will be treated to a programme of comprehensive and innovative sport presentation for the Games, including in-ear commentary, music, presenters for different sports – and a few other surprises.

The sports presentation experience for spectators is set to entertain and educate, reflecting the London 2012 vision of connecting more young people with sport. Each venue will have a tailored sports presentation programme offering different experiences best suited to sports – ensuring the spectator experience is as good as possible.

A music library of 2012 songs with five music themes – energy, primetime, extreme, heritage and world stage – has been compiled. Each theme will be tailored for specific sports, for example heritage for Tennis at Wimbledon or extreme for BMX.

A unique music programme for the Olympic Games, ‘Rock the Games’ is being created which features live performances and exclusive new recorded tracks from various artists.

Five official songs have been composed for ‘Rock The Games’, led by chart-topping band Muse whose track ‘Survival’ has been written for the Games and will be played at various sport sessions. The track is available for download from Thursday 28th June. The other four official songs are by Elton John vs Pnau (released July 16th) Delphic (released July 23rd), Chemical Brothers (released July 30th) and Dizzee Rascal (released August 6th).

In addition, Scissor Sisters and Rizzle Kicks are just two of the artists that are set to play surprise gigs at some of the Olympic venues.

Other London 2012 venues will see exciting performances from leading dancers including the English National Ballet and street crews choreographed by Peridot. Acrobatics, cheerleading from Newham’s Ascension Eagles, sport demonstrations and sport skills’ shows including jump rope from Get Tricky. Music will also be provided by military bands from the Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force and DJs providing a lively entertainment programme for spectators.

Films, including ‘Sport A-Z’ for Olympic and Paralympic sports, will be shown before each session allowing spectators to get an overview of the sport in a dynamic and engaging way. The films will use actions shots of former and current athletes as well as graphical animations and motion capture avatars demonstrating the sports.

All venues will have presenters who will act as anchors in venues, appearing on the big screens. They will host each session and guide the spectators through all the key sporting elements, interacting with the crowd, interviewing attending athletes and celebrities and keeping everyone informed of key timings. There will be a mixture of established presenters including Ben Shephard and Gethin Jones as well as up and coming talent such as Aissetou N’gom. Other young presenters were also recruited through universities, sports clubs, drama and performing arts groups throughout the UK – over 750 budding presenters applied to work at the Games and 13 were selected to be part of the London 2012 presenting team.

As well as announcers and commentators, a number of venues will have in-ear commentary radios available for purchase by spectators, giving access to live expert analysis of the competition. The radio will be available for sports where a number of elements are happening simultaneously on the field of play or where there are judged elements which may not be easily understandable for those new to the sport. All commentators will complete a workshop with the RNIB to make sure that the commentary will also be useful for sight impaired visitors.

Debbie Jevans, Director of Sport said: ‘Inspiring people to engage with sport has always been central to our vision. There are 26 Olympic sports and many people will be seeing these for the first time so we will explain some of the intricacies in an innovative and informative way. We also want to ensure the way we present sport adds to the experience of the spectators in the venues and builds the atmosphere. This will be a special summer and we are grateful to everyone who has given their time and expertise over the past years.’

An entertainment programme will also run throughout the day from locations around the Olympic Park. Roaming performers will entertain the crowds while they explore the Park. A bandstand will also offer up-and-coming performers the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people in the Park during the Games.

In addition to the entertainment around the Park there will be chances to take a photo with a mascot, visit sponsor showcases, pin trading and a chance to watch the action on the Park Live Site.

LOCOG today has also issued ‘5 top tips’ for ticket holders coming to the Games. These are:

1. Be prepared for security checks when you arrive: this will be like taking an international flight at an airport. It will be busy and you will have to queue, so get there early – check http://www.london2012.com for your recommended arrival time.

2. Bring as little as possible with you: the more you bring, the longer it will take to go through security. One small soft-sided rucksack or handbag is allowed per person – this must fit under your seat. If you have a ticket for Football, we strongly suggest you do not bring a bag – if you do, your entry will be delayed and you may miss your event.

3. Read the lists of prohibited and restricted items before you leave: You cannot bring in liquids over 100ml*, including water – but you can bring an empty plastic water bottle and fill it up at water points inside venues. There is a wide range of food available to buy, but if you need to bring your own food, it must fit inside your bag.

4. Leave plenty of time to travel to your venue: London and the UK will be extremely busy and very different to what you’re used to. Use the spectator journey planner to find the best route and, where necessary, book your travel to make sure you get to your event on time. Ticket holders for events in and around London can use their Games Travelcard for travel in London zones 1-9.    

5. Please remember the only way to pay is by Visa (debit, credit or prepaid card) or cash.

Notes to editors:

Footage from the briefing will be available later in the day via http://footagelibrary.london2012.com/

For further information please contact the London 2012 Press Office.

The Official London 2012 Join In app is a free mobile guide to help you plan, enjoy and share your Games experience. From the Olympic Torch Relay to the Olympics and Paralympics, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, plus all the cultural, city and community celebrations happening across the UK, the Official London 2012 Join In App is your essential companion. It is available now at app stores and at http://www.london2012.com/mobileapps/


Muse have five studio albums, a plethora of awards (including five MTV Europe Music awards, five Q awards, eight NME Awards, two Brit Awards, four Kerrang! Awards, a Grammy and a Mercury Prize nomination) and an extensive list of top 10 singles which has resulted in Muse being one of the biggest bands in the UK/Europe.

Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme celebrated the release of their 5th album ‘The Resistance’ with two open air homecoming shows in Teignmouth, Devon, back in 2009. No.1 in the UK, the album also topped that charts in 19 countries worldwide. A European tour followed with a lavish new production which saw them play in front of 300,000 fans in just two months. A short trip home during the tour saw them bestowed as the 2011 recipients of the Silver Clef Award from music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins before heading out for a string of sold out stadium shows in UK, France, Italy, Holland, Spain and Switzerland.

Muse will release their 6th studio album ‘The 2ND Law’ this September. A European arena tour will follow the release from October onwards.

London 2012 Games partners

The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners – adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.

There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games-only Partner, Sainsbury’s and two domestic Tier Three Paralympic Games-only Suppliers, Otto Bock and Panasonic. The London 2012 Paralympic Games also acknowledges the support of the National Selection method.

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SLDN Announces Mullen to Headline Military Tribute Marking One Year Anniversary of ?Don?t Ask, Don?t Tell? Repeal

SLDN Announces Mullen to Headline Military Tribute Marking One Year Anniversary of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal

Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 26, 2012

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) today announced UBS, Verizon, and BNY Mellon as the inaugural sponsors of a tribute to former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, who will headline the celebration aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City to mark the one-year anniversary of the repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. The event – “Celebrating Our Heroes” – will take place on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, and will be the first in a series of high profile events hosted by SLDN across the country during the week to commemorate the first year of open service by America’s gay and lesbian service members. The anniversary of repeal is September 20.

“This historic and emotional event presents a unique – indeed, a once in a lifetime – opportunity to reinforce the meaningful part that Admiral Mullen played in the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal process. No one played a more pivotal role than Admiral Mullen in securing the support of Congress and the military for repeal,” said Army Veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis.

Members of Congress and observers alike sat transfixed as he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 2, 2010, at the height of the repeal fight, saying:

“No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me, it comes down to integrity – theirs as individuals and ours as an institution.”

“We thank our inaugural sponsors – UBS, Verizon, and BNY Mellon – for their strong commitment to equality in our nation’s military and for their generous support for all service members and veterans. Admiral Mullen represents the very best American values – integrity, commitment, and service. We are proud to see these employers aligned with him today and demonstrating a deep commitment to full LGBT equality in this country,” said Sarvis.

The New York City tribute on September 18 will begin with a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. The general admission event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will conclude at 9:30 p.m. For more information, to sponsor the event, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.sldn.org/intrepid2012.

ABOUT SLDN: Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is a non-partisan, non-profit, legal services and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America’s military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. Since 1993, our in-house legal team has responded to more than 11,500 requests for assistance. To learn more, visit http://www.sldn.org. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members with questions are urged to contact the SLDN hotline to speak with a staff attorney: Call 1-800-538-7418 or 202-328-3244 x100.

ABOUT UBS: UBS draws on its 150-year heritage to serve private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. We combine our wealth management, investment banking and asset management businesses with our Swiss operations to deliver superior financial solutions. UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in over 50 countries, with about 37% of its employees working in the Americas, 37% in Switzerland, 16% in the rest of Europe and 10% in Asia Pacific. UBS employs about 65,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). For more information, visit http://www.UBS.com and follow on Twitter at http://www.ubs.com/twitteramericas.

ABOUT BNY MELLON: BNY Mellon is a leading global provider of financial services for institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals, offering superior investment management and investment services. In addition, the company responds to the needs of communities by supporting organizations that advance diversity and inclusion and improve the quality of life where its employees work, live and do business through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. CSR at BNY Mellon reflects the company’s global business priorities, which emphasize ethics, transparency, operational reliability, stakeholder engagement and talent management. To learn more, visit http://www.bnymellon.com/csr or http://www.bnymellon.com/diversity.


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Should we worry that General James Jones National security advisor is stepping down?

Question by : Should we worry that General James Jones National security advisor is stepping down?
This is the 3rd General either fired or let go by President Obama, Are we safe with Obama at the helm? Who will be next? Is Obama worried about our military leaders leaving? Should we be worried or should we just have “faith” that Obama will take care of the National security issues and protect our Country better then our Military can? The liberals and Obama must think so…….

Best answer:

Answer by wonderlich
Yes we should. Worried and afraid.

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Cool National Security images

Some cool National Security images:

providing security from a concealed position for Afghan National Security Forces
National Security
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Pvt. Nicholas C. Berman of Asbury, N.J., an infantryman assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Storm, provides security from a concealed position for Afghan National Security Forces in Kharwar District Jan. 10. Soldiers of Co. D and ANSF recovered two caches and detained four people during the two-day operation. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)

4. Keynote Speech from Stepehn J. Hadley, Former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush
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Image by CSIS: Center for Strategic & International Studies
Stephen Hadley, former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, delivers keynote speech.

The President’s authority to suppress information that he deems to be of national security importance is calle?

Question by m21: The President’s authority to suppress information that he deems to be of national security importance is calle?
The President’s authority to suppress information that he deems to be of national security importance is called?

Best answer:

Answer by Ryker
If there is a word,calle, it is new to me. I would call the President’s decision on such important matters to be prudent and in the National interest.

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Resistance is Victory: The Tide Is Turning

When The People take the battlefield in the Infowar, they begin to have victories. Here’s just a few examples of recent victories– both partial and whole– from the campaign to Stop SOPA, to Ron Paul’s 2012 campaign, the movement to remove dangerous chemicals from our food, water and vaccines, to the battle to stop the police state– with many more victories to come in 2012. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton herself admitted that the big brother state was losing the Infowar. Ideas are bulletproof. Remember what Victor Hugo said: ‘No army can stop an idea whose time has come.’
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blogs should be censored because it is a threat to national security?

Question by PixeL DuSt: blogs should be censored because it is a threat to national security?
our debate motion is “blogs should be censored because it is a threat to national security”. i am the opposition, therefore i am against this motion. help me find the points and tell me your point of view. thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by JeX
Censorship is the actual threat to national security.

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Q&A: National Security question – for an online business ethics class?

Question by Michelle: National Security question – for an online business ethics class?
I’m in an online class for business ethics and am having trouble finding any references to this question we have. We are having an online debate via a discussion board and have been assigned roles. My role is a Republican Senator and this is the question posed:

Should national security issues be outside the realm of ethics and differentiated from the issues that arise concerning privacy in a commercial setting such as your place of employment?

If anyone can help me out that is Republican, I would appreciate it. I would also appreciate serious answers only. This debate will start in just over 2 weeks. Thanks in advance!

Best answer:

Answer by JAMES H
No National Security issues should not be outside the realm of ethics nor should it be differentiated from the issues of privacy. First let start by stating I am a Republican and know many Republicans. They including myself are not fearful of a Republican taking away our right of privacy. We are afraid of the Government infrenging upon our rights to be secure in our property and person. First I must answer this question by stating nowhere in the Constitution is stated there is a right to privacy. You have a right to secure in your person, property and papers. This right can only be taken away by a writ or warrant issued by a court and of course with the proper probable cause.
Second if you are an employee in a business this right does not apply. The Constitution only applies to the Government not to an individual or business. You must understand that as an employee you are using company phones, computers, space and equiptment. Therefore all that is done, stored or view via those mediums can be subjected to scruitny by the Company.
The same applies to a Business which is doing business to a Country which is contuary to the National Security of this Country. Using the Home Land Security means of investigation even a wire tap must be approved by a Judge.
If I were you I would first start with the US Constitution pertaining to the search and seizure docturne. Next I would check out the Home Land Security Bill ending with Court Rulings, and the issues concerning international commerce.

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Q&A: What do you think are the MAIN issues that qualify as National Security concerns?

Question by Serenity08: What do you think are the MAIN issues that qualify as National Security concerns?
Someone has said (as an answer to a prev question) that only terrorist threat is a National Security concern.

How about dependence on foreign oil? How about China and India’s fast growing demand for oil, putting pressure on supply…and leading to rapid price increases? Isn’t that a National Security concern?

How about our debt to China?

How about border security?

How about the outsorucing of certain jobs that deal with our safety and security?

Please add to the list…

How much attention should we give to these issues and others?

Best answer:

Answer by Gig Al Bore
An outstanding list, add the Iranian situation and you have a very full baske indeed.

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