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CAPTION: To raise between A$700m and A$1bn for refurbishing run-down parts of the rail network in New South Wales, State Transport Minister Michael Costa, who also holds the Forestry portfolio, has persuaded his government colleagues to sell off state-owned forestry reserves. Around 230000ha stretching from Lithgow and Oberon to the west of Sydney as far as Tumut and Adelong in the south will be sold to the private sector. The state Treasury is already negotiating with at least one bidder, believed to be an overseas pension fund. Dieter feels that the railways might be able to earn further profits when the time comes to harvest the timber
Lockheed Martin has announced its next generation radar technology: the Digital Array Row Transceiver (DART). Based on Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology, DART results in greater performance within current Lockheed Martin radar products and lowers life-cycle costs due to an increase in energy efficiency. GaN is a low-risk solution whether part of a systems upgrade or in a newly built system.DART improves upon Lockheed Martin’s ground-based radar products that have a proven record of reliability for dozens of customers around the world. This new technology is available in the recently launched TPS-77 Multi Role Radar system and is fully compatible with legacy products (TPS-77, TPS-59, FPS-117) and can help extend a radar’s useful life.Lockheed Martin unveiled DART at its regular radar users’ conference in Orlando, Florida. Representatives from more than 25 countries attended the unique event where they learned from Lockheed Martin experts and shared best practices.They have produced and maintain more than 175 surveillance-range radars, all of which are operational around the world detecting targets at ranges up to 250 miles, 24 hours a day. These radars are capable of operating completely unmanned and many have performed for decades in remote, inhospitable areas and in a wide range of operational environments. No Lockheed Martin FPS-117, TPS-77 or TPS-59 radar has ever been taken out of service and the systems continue to operate well beyond their original 20-year service lives (many planned to operate for more than 40 years). This longevity is a direct result of continuous Lockheed Martin investment in state-of-the-art technology and dedication to customer success.
For the first time in club history, the Orioles won’t air a slate of games on local broadcast television this season.The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will become the exclusive home of Orioles baseball with the exception of select games on national television, which could mean a few games airing on WBFF Fox 45 in Baltimore. It’s no secret that the number of contests shown on WJZ-TV had dwindled in recent years in favor of MASN, but the local CBS affiliate had still aired 20 Orioles games produced by the cable network last year.Washington Nationals games will also now be shown exclusively on MASN and MASN2 after a limited slate of contests had aired on a local broadcast channel in Washington in recent years.The decision is hardly unprecedented as regular-season Red Sox games haven’t aired on local broadcast TV in Boston for more than a decade, but the wealthy New York Yankees haven’t abandoned local broadcast TV and will air 21 games on WPIX this season.It’s an unfortunate development for local Orioles fans who don’t subscribe to cable or satellite TV as more and more people are “cutting the cord” in favor of streaming services. Making matters worse is the Orioles and MASN being so far behind other major league clubs with their archaic restrictions on in-market streaming.This measure is unlikely to move the meter in a dramatic way for the Orioles and MASN as you wouldn’t expect the disappearance of such a limited slate of local broadcasts would move anyone to suddenly subscribe to cable or satellite TV. However, the occasional game airing on WJZ likely served as a decent advertisement for the club in terms of enticing viewers to buy tickets for a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards or giving them a preview of MASN’s product in the same way HBO offers free preview weekends from time to time.When you’re not airing any games on over-the-air TV and — even more concerning — continue to drag your feet over in-market streaming policies, it’s easy to argue that you’re protecting your cable network and rights fees in the present day. However, the long-term danger is being out of sight and eventually out of mind in an age when TV-viewing habits are rapidly evolving.