Revision of Vermont wins UK defense contract for eyewear

first_imgRevision Military Ltd,Based on soldier trials, technical compliance and best value pricing, Revision, leading developer of protective eyewear for militaries worldwide, has secured a  UK Ministry of Defence contract for Protective Combat Eyewear. Following tender evaluation and user trials, Revision was selected for providing the best value and for being the most technically compliant bidder. The estimated contract value is £3.4 million to provide the UK MoD with Revision’s Sawfly Military Eyewear System and Bullet Ant goggles. ‘Revision is extremely proud to receive the UK MoD contract for Protective Combat Eyewear,’ said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision. ‘The focus behind all Revision eyewear is to meet and exceed the stringent requirements set forth by our military customers. It’s an honor to be supplying UK troops with what we believe to be the best performance-enhancing eye protection products.’ Colonel Peter Rafferty, Team Leader for Defence, Equipment and Support’s Personal Combat Equipment Team added: ‘All troops currently in Afghanistan are issued with protective eyewear as standard and these new additions are an enhancement over what is already out there. In addition to the ballistic protection these items offer, IED’s are a significant threat to our troops in theatre and the debris and dirt thrown up from a blast can be just as harmful to troops as the initial blast or fragmentation itself. This protective eyewear is the best chance they have of minimizing injuries to the eyes while still maintaining situational awareness and thus the ability to do their jobs.” The Revision Sawfly Military Eyewear System is an all-purpose spectacle designed to provide protection on a 24-hour, all-weather continuum. Maximizing fit, function and comfort, the Sawfly Military Eyewear System exceeds the rigorous optical and ballistic testing standards in use today; it is the most widely used military spectacle in service. The Bullet Ant Goggle System provides powerful ballistic protection against medium-energy fragmentation while protecting against the environment: sand, wind and dust. The goggle system features interchangeable OcuMax® coated lenses for high-performance anti-fog and anti-scratch capabilities and provides flawless optics for unprecedented visual clarity. The Bullet Ant Goggle also exceeds the rigorous testing standards in use today. Both products are prescription capable with a single insert’the Revision Rx Carrier. The Combat Protective Eyewear Tender (number DC4/4055) is the UK MoD’s first competition for protective eyewear since 2005. In addition to securing this procurement, Revision is the major supplier of protective eyewear for numerous NATO countries including the USA, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium; Revision also fulfills the protective eyewear needs of 40 other countries around the world. Essex Junction, VT, USA (February 8, 2010) ABOUT REVISIONRevision develops and delivers purpose-built protective soldier equipment for military use worldwide. The company, which began with eyewear, has expanded to face and head protection and continues to develop their capabilities for integrated, performance-enhancing soldier systems. To that end, Revision brings the most advanced expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and finest technical minds. Clients include the U.S. Department of Defense, the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organization, the Swiss Federal Department of Defence and the UK Ministry of Defence. Privately owned and ISO 9001:2008 certified, Revision’s operational headquarters is located in Essex Junction, Vermont, USA, with additional offices in the Netherlands and Canada. For more information, visit www.revisionmilitary.com(link is external)last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo’s ban lifted after appeal

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s one-match ban has been rescinded following a successful appeal by Real Madrid.Initial reports suggested that the club would not bother appealing the card for simulation during the game against Rayo Vallecano, despite manager Carlo Ancelotti calling it “unbelievable”.However, Real did eventually decide to appeal, and the LFP Competition Committee has rescinded the card – and with it, the one-match ban the Portuguese had picked up for collecting his fifth yellow card. Ronaldo will now be available to face Eibar this weekend.OPINIONOur initial response to this was “why did Real bother appealing”? Ronaldo could have served out his suspension against one of La Liga’s poorest teams on current form, with 14th-placed Eibar having collected just one win in their last 12 matches.Then, with a clean slate, Ronaldo could have played without fear of triggering a suspension for upcoming clashes against the likes of Sevilla, Valencia and Espanyol. Yet Real Madrid can’t afford to take chances. Eibar’s one victory in those 12 games happened to come in their last match, a huge boost for a side that hadn’t won since 10th January – and with Real four points behind in the title race, they must keep up the pressure.The huge win over Granada last week will have sent a message to Barcelona, and if they can produce the same sort of scoreline again then the pressure will increase on Luis Enrique’s men.–last_img read more

Spotlight on Mourinho once more as Liverpool, Man City seek winning return

first_imgEmery has managed to find the right balance to get club record signings Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into the same side with the two combining for 11 goals in all competitions.Questions remain over how far Arsenal can go this season, particularly as they lost to City and Chelsea in the opening weeks of the season and haven’t beaten any side in the top eight on their winning run.But the visit of Leicester to the Emirates on Monday night offers another perfect opportunity to keep their momentum going.City, Liverpool expected to bounce backNeither side were too disheartened when Liverpool and City played out a 0-0 draw at Anfield just before the international break to preserve their unbeaten starts to the league season.After that anticipated thriller fell flat, though, both will be expected get back among the goals this weekend when Burnley visit the Etihad and winless Huddersfield host Liverpool.Fixtures (all times GMT)SaturdayChelsea v Manchester United (1130), Bournemouth v Southampton, Cardiff v Fulham, Manchester City v Burnley, Newcastle v Brighton, West Ham v Tottenham, Wolves v Watford (all 1400), Huddersfield v Liverpool (1630)SundayEverton v Crystal Palace (1500)MondayArsenal v Leicester (1900)Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho remains the centre of attention when the former Chelsea boss returns to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.A dramatic fightback from 2-0 down to beat Newcastle 3-2 before a two-week international break offered Mourinho a stay of execution, but the pressure is still on the Portuguese to close a seven-point gap on Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the table.Here, AFP Sports looks at what to look out for in the Premier League this weekend.Can Mourinho stop the rot?Mourinho has been quick to remind Chelsea fans on his previous returns to Stamford Bridge he delivered three Premier League titles in two spells in charge.However, he has lost without even scoring a goal in three visits as United manager.Another defeat wouldn’t just realistically end United’s chances of winning the title in mid-October, but leave a mountain to climb just to make it back into the top four.With Juventus to come twice in quick succession in the Champions League and a visit to City also to come before the next international break in three weeks’ time, Mourinho needs a good start to a difficult spell to avoid more speculation over his future.Testing times for TottenhamSpurs start a demanding seven-game stretch in 21 days against a West Ham side on Saturday that have already proven to be at their best on the big occasion this season.Of the Hammers seven Premier League points from eight games, four came from home games against Chelsea and United.Spurs have equalled their best ever start to a Premier League season despite already appearing at times to be running on fumes with a series of injuries to players who went deep into the World Cup.Mauricio Pochettino will again be without Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose and could be distracted by a must-win Champions League tie at PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.Arsenal under the radarAmid the three-way battle at the top and the circus surrounding Mourinho, Arsenal’s resurgence under Unai Emery has gone under the radar.The Gunners have won nine games in a row in all competitions, six of them in the Premier League, to close to within two points of the leaders.last_img read more

Mental Health Support in Schools Gets $3.4 Million Boost

first_imgFacebook256Tweet0Pin0Submitted by North Thurston Public SchoolsToday students need a variety of supports to address growing mental health challenges, and schools increasingly recognize that they can’t do it alone — it takes an integrated model connecting schools, families, and community resources to give kids the best chance.Addressing mental health needs through a systematic approach so students, staff, and teachers can thrive is at the heart of the $3.4 million in grants Kaiser Permanente in Washington recently awarded 6 school districts.Highline Public Schools and Northwest Educational Service District (supporting Sedro Wooley and Mount Vernon school districts with these funds) are building out multi-tiered systems of supports, referred to as MTSS, for mental health in schools with the help of 2 $1.5 million, 3-year grants. Bellingham, Kent, Tenino, and North Thurston districts are establishing the framework for this model, thanks to another $400,000 in grants from the Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools program.MTSS is a service delivery framework that focuses on prevention and problem-solving through academic and nonacademic interventions, supports, and services available in schools and communities to eliminate barriers to learning and teaching. (See graphic below.)“Connecting with children and adolescents in safe spaces, like schools, enables earlier detection, intervention, and support in addressing mental health issues,” said Ashok Shimoji-Krishnan, MD, Kaiser Permanente child psychiatrist. “This approach also creates awareness and decreases stigma around getting help for mental health concerns.”Early detection is only as powerful as the support that’s available when concerns are identified. “Establishing a clear process for varying levels of support that connect students, families, teachers, and staff with community resources will be powerful,” said Clint Carlton, director, Special Programs and Services, for the Mount Vernon School District.Photo courtesy: North Thurston Public SchoolThe tiers of support in MTSS increase in intensity from one level to the next. For example, some kids receiving small-group interventions may need to move up to one-on-one help. The goal is to be responsive to changing needs and keep students in school as they work through issues.“There is a lot of great work happening in our schools to support student mental health. This grant will allow us to bring it all together so we can serve students even better,” said Doug Judge, director of social-emotional learning at Highline Public Schools. “It will also support the emotional health and well-being of our staff.”Jill Patnode, Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools program manager, said, “A recent environmental scan of schools across the region clearly identified mental health needs as a top priority and deep interest in this model.” Shared during the MTSS Fest hosted by the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the scan served as the basis for the design of these grants.last_img read more