US Senate to Discuss Arleigh Burke Destroyers’ Funding

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: discuss View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Burke View post tag: usa View post tag: Appropriations Bill The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill to provide $594.4 billion in funds for the Department of Defense (DoD). The bill includes an additional $100 million and report language for the Arleigh Burke destroyer program to fund a tenth ship in the DDG-51 multiyear procurement-a ship Bath Iron Works would build.The bill also included funding for many other investments in Maine. “The funding of another DDG-51 ship as provided in this measure and report language would result in additional savings for the taxpayers which have totaled more than $1.5 billion to date through the multi-year procurement contract. It would also allow the Navy to send another DDG-51 to sea that is capable of performing many roles and missions in support of our national defense,” said Senator Collins, who is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. “I am grateful to Chairman Durbin and Vice Chairman Cochran that the Defense Appropriations bill illustrates the importance the Senate places on this program and our nation’s Navy as a whole.”Senator Collins was able to successfully appropriate funding for, among others, the following defense programs:• $2.4 billion for the Navy’s DDG-51 program, including an additional $100 million to allow the Navy to put the tenth DDG-51 destroyer under contract with the funding included in this bill.• $231 million for the DDG-1000 ships, which are built at Bath Iron Works.The Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.[mappress]Press release, August 2, 2013 Authorities View post tag: Arleigh View post tag: Senate View post tag: US Share this article View post tag: naval defence View post tag: funding US Senate to Discuss Arleigh Burke Destroyers’ Funding View post tag: Destroyer’s View post tag: Defense August 2, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Senate to Discuss Arleigh Burke Destroyers’ Funding last_img read more

MSG Sphere Vegas Shares Updates On State-Of-The-Art Audio Capabilities For New Venue

first_img157,000 speakers, bass waves blasting up from the floor, and maybe the biggest video screen on earth. No, this isn’t some far out concert design pulled from the diary of “Wall Of Sound” creator/genius Owsley Stanley. These futuristic production elements are actually going into The Madison Square Garden Company’s newest concert venue, the MSG Sphere at The Venetian in Las Vegas.Ever since billionaire and MSG Company owner James Dolan announced the company’s plans back in February for creating a new, state-of-the-art concert arena in Las Vegas, fans, artists, and industry personnel have pondered over some of the really cool initial designs for what the venue could include. The company plans to officially open the MSG Sphere at The Venetian by 2021, but have more recently shared some of the technical details going into the development of the arena.The 157,000 ultra-directional speakers will surround the audience, but they will only be heard and not seen, since they’ll be hidden inside the venue walls and behind the video display. As for the low end and really deep bass, those powerful sound waves will be coming from right beneath everyone’s feet. Instead of sending the bass waves through the air, they’ll be transmitted up through the floor, where attendees will feel the incredible vibrations through their feet and in their chairs. The speaker system comes from a Germany company named Holoplot, who specialize in targeted sound with the hopes of giving each seating section its own unique sound.According to the report, Dolan’s plan with the futuristic new venue was to let the technology lead the way on the project, as the venue’s design should complement the tech, not the other way around.“We’re gonna do tech from the beginning. It’s gonna be a technology-driven design,” Dolan reportedly told MSG Ventures CEO David Dibble on his real vision for the Sphere. From audio to video, Dolan is really wanting fans to get there complete money’s worth when experiencing a show or event at the venue, which broke ground on development back in September.Speaking of video, the screen which has been impressively displayed in the venue’s design images will come into existence as a three-and-a-half-acre spherical ultra-high-res video screen comprised of LED panels, which will arc over the audience similar to “a planetarium times ten,” according to Dibble. The team is hoping to build it into what he’s also calling “the largest display ever imagined on Earth.” Like “VR without the goggles”, he continued.Fans of jam bands and artists with deep career song catalogs should be licking their lips and prepping their ears, considering the venue apparently seems more geared toward hosting residencies and long-term projects rather than one-off concerts. Artists who spend more time playing in the new venue will have a better opportunity to “fully exploit its capabilities” as the report states. One can only imagine what kind of residency and visual/audio experience bands like Phish or Steve Aoki could provide fans with a week’s worth (or more) of shows.Meanwhile, across the pond, the MSG Company is also planning to develop a second 18,000-capacity Sphere Concert Arena on a five-acre plot of land in Stratford, East London. If the city approves of the company’s design and proposal, developers for a second state-of-the-art venue in London are hoping to finish the project approximately one year after the completion and opening of the one in Vegas.[Photo: Madison Square Garden Company][H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Jonathan Lucroy has bounced back offensively with Angels

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros MINNEAPOLIS — Jonathan Lucroy has rediscovered at least part of what made him one of baseball’s best-hitting catchers a few years ago.And the Angels would like to keep it that way.Lucroy had a second straight day off on Monday, as the Angels attempt to keep him fresh for the entire season.“One of the things they told me here in spring training is ‘You are not going to catch as much as you have in the past because we think you can be more effective if you have more days rest,’ ” Lucroy said. “Catching is difficult. It takes a lot out of your legs. And hitting is all legs. Getting the proper amount of rest is very important as a catcher. We’ll see.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lucroy, who has started behind the plate for 28 of the Angels’ 41 games, also had a day off on May 2. The next day the Angels were off, and after that he was the designated hitter.Immediately after having three straight days without catching, Lucroy hit two homers against Justin Verlander. Lucroy hit another homer a few days later in Detroit, giving him five as this season hits the quarter-pole.“My power is already a lot higher than it’s been in the past couple years,” Lucroy said. “Consistency is what I strive for. I’m not going to hit three or four homers a week, but I want to hit the ball hard consistently.”It’s been a marked improvement for Lucroy after he hit 10 homers over the previous two years combined. Last season he hit .241 with a .617 OPS for the Oakland A’s. Lucroy has a .734 OPS now, just a little below his career OPS of .758. The major league average OPS for catchers is .710.“It’s a lot better,” Lucroy said. “I know what the issue has been. Now being consistent is another thing. There is some mechanical stuff. When you have two and a half years of bad habits, that rears its ugly head here and there.”center_img While Lucroy has improved offensively, he admits that his defense has not been up to his expectations. Lucroy has four passed balls and he’s let 18 wild pitches get past him, the latter being the most in the majors. While wild pitches are, by definition, charged to the pitcher, Lucroy admits he could have done a better job blocking them.“Early on in the season I did not feel good at all,” he said, “but I’ve made some adjustments in the past four or five days, since Mexico, and I feel a lot better defensively.”GARCIA TO ILLuís García was placed on the injured list because of lower back tightness, which he said was bothering him for four or five days and got worse on Sunday.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter García said he’s never had back trouble before, and this is “nothing serious.” He is expecting to miss the minimum 10 days.The Angels recalled Taylor Cole to take García’s spot on the roster. Cole had allowed one run in five innings in the majors previously this season, along with seven runs in 13 innings at Triple-A.ALSOShohei Ohtani resumed his throwing program after having a scheduled week off last week. Ohtani made 70 throws, increasing his distance to 110 feet. Ohtani will continue throwing three times a week. His throwing regimen will not reach the point that it might impact his availability as a hitter until September, if at all…The Angels will again use an opener, with Cam Bedrosian pitching in front of Félix Peña on Tuesday. Peña worked seven scoreless innings following Luke Bard’s scoreless first in his last outing. The Angels are 3-2 when using an opener this season.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Cam Bedrosian, 1-1, 2.79) vs Twins (RHP Kyle Gibson, 3-1, 4.19), Tuesday, 4:40 p.m., Fox Sports Westlast_img read more