first_imgBy Mathuel Browne, U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command February 03, 2017 The Individual Water Purification System Block II (IWPSII) is an upgrade to the current version issued to all Marines. “With IWPS II, Marines are able to quickly purify fresh bodies of water on the go,” said Jonathan York, team lead for Expeditionary Energy Systems at Marine Corps Systems Command. “This allows them to travel farther to do their mission.” Finding ways to make small units more sustainable to allow for distributed operations across the battlefield is a key enabler to the Marine Corps becoming more expeditionary. Developing water purification systems that can be easily carried while still purifying substantial amounts of water is part of that focus. The current system filters bacteria and cysts, but Marines still have to use purification tablets to remove viruses. That takes time – as long as 15 minutes for the chemical process to work before it is safe to drink. IWPS II uses an internal cartridge that effectively filters micro pathogens, providing better protection from bacterial and viral waterborne diseases. “IWPS II will remove all three pathogens, filtering all the way down to the smallest virus that can be found,” said Captain Jeremy Walker, project officer for Water Systems. “We have removed the chemical treatment process, so they can drink directly from the fresh water source.” IWPS II can also connect to Marines’ man-packable hydration packs. “The system is quite simple and easy to use,” said Capt. Walker. “The small filter connects directly with the existing Marine Corps Hydration System/Pouch or can be used like a straw directly from the source water. The system has a means to backflush and clean the filter membrane, extending the service life. The system does not require power, just suction.” The current system was fielded in 2004 and used by small raids and reconnaissance units in remote environments where routine distilled water was unavailable. Since then, the system has been used in combat and disaster relief missions. IWPS II is expected to be fielded to Marines in fiscal year 2018. “IWPS II will be especially helpful for deployed Marines in emergency situations when they are far from their base to ensure they have a source of water without resupply,” said Capt. Walker. IWPS is one of the many water systems fielded by MCSC’s Combat Support Systems. To read more about the capabilities fielded by CSS click here…last_img read more

first_imgABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak on Monday apologized to President Rodrigo Duterte over a 2016 election advertisement that showed the latter cursing and several children asking if his actions were right. ABS-CBN NEWS/PCOO ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbaksaid during a Senate panel inquiry the network has failed to air about P7-millionin local ads ordered by then presidential candidate Duterte. “The critical move is in the House and Itell you, I am not going to interfere. Walatalaga ako,” he added. “Huwagna. Ibigay na lang nila sa any charitable institution of their choice,” theChief Executive said. House of Representatives Speaker AlanPeter Cayetano has said that the ABS-CBN franchise renewal bills are not urgentand may be taken up in May when Congress resumes session after the summerbreak./ PN “But fundamentally, really, ang decision nasa House ngayon, not somuch of the Senate because the Constitution says all of these things mustoriginate from the Lower House,” he said. He also said then that around P4 millionwas refunded and accepted by the Duterte camp, but that the network was“delayed” in giving back the remaining P2.6 million in ad money and the amount“was no longer accepted by the President.” Meanwhile, President Duterte said that,while he accepts the apology of Katigbak, the fate of the network’s franchisewould still depend on Congress. He previously threatened to block the renewalof ABS-CBN’s license to operate which expires in May. Katigbak explained that all of Duterte’snational political ads in the 2016 were aired but some of his local ads worthP7 million could not be accommodated due to a “first-come, first servedpolicy.” MANILA – ABS-CBN will be donating theP2.6-million refund that the network was supposed to pay to President RodrigoDuterte for unaired political advertisements during the 2016 elections. This after Duterte told the broadcastgiant on Wednesday to just give his refund to any charitable institutions.last_img read more

first_imgSAN DIEGO, California (CMC) – Second-half goals from Romario Williams and Darren Mattocks propelled Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz to a comfortable 2-0 victory over fellow Caribbean side Curacao, to make a winning start to their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign here Sunday night.Playing at the Qualcomm Stadium, the 2015 Gold Cup finalists overcame a goalless first half to find the target in the 58th minute through Williams and in the 73rd courtesy Darren Mattocks.Jamaica lie second in Group C on three points behind leaders and defending champions Mexico who brushed aside El Salvador 3-1 in the other game.With the game going nowhere at the half-time whistle, Jamaica asserted their dominance on resumption resulting in Williams’ strike approaching the hour mark.Je-Vaughn Watson, who plays for New England Revolution in the MLS, produced some good work down the right to set up Williams whose volley from a sharp angle gave goalkeeper Eloy Room little chance.Custodian Andre Blake then preserved the Reggae Boyz’ lead, saving well from Gevaro Nepomuceno long range bombshell.The save proved vital as Jamaica doubled their lead 10 minutes later through Mattocks, who collected Kemar Lawrence’s cross in the box before firing a left-footed drive past Room.Jamaica will take on Mexico in their second fixture on Thursday at the Sports Authority Field in Denver, in a re-match of the 2015 Gold Cup final.last_img read more