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Safety Concerns Surround Avicii Concert

Popular Swedish DJ Avicii played at Mohegan Sun on Friday night, just two days after at least 30 people attending his concert in Boston were hospitalized, suspected of drinking too much and/or ingesting illegal drugs.

The news didn t stop many, if any, Connecticut concert-goers . Thousands flocked to Uncasville for the show.

Emily Carpenter said she bought tickets two or three months ago.

I ve been really excited about it actually, she said, laughing. I ve really looked forward to it.

David Otero Jr.

received Avicii tickets as a high school graduation present. I m very excited, he said.

His father, David Otero Sr., worried a bit after hearing what happened in Boston.

I m like, I hope that s not happening here. And if it is happening, I hope he s responsible enough to know what to do what s right and what s wrong, said the older Otero.

Mohegan Sun representative Cody Chapman said public safety officials weren t anticipating any problems so they didn t make any changes to security.

Chapman told Fox CT he is confident in the department s procedures and staffing levels.

Carpenter said she had a plan if anything went wrong at the performance.

I m in nursing school, so if anyone has too bad of problems, I would offer to help them out, but definitely grab a security guard, she said.

Michael Lello said drugs and alcohol at performances like these are the norm.

I was at an Avicii concert about two years ago, my sophomore year at Harbor Yard, and about 22 people were hospitalized, he said.

Lello added that his parents heard about the Boston hospitalizations and told him to be careful before he left for the show. He said he didn t plan to indulge in any illegal activities.

Otero s son said he planned to stay above the influence and away from those under it.

Just try to avoid them and move to another spot if I see anybody doing that, Otero Jr. said.

A nurse at Backus hospital said no Avicii fans were admitted to the E.R.

as of 10:45 p.m.

Who Are Four of Massachusetts' 'Most Wanted' Criminals?

These four people are wanted by police for various recent crimes.

Every day, police solve crimes in all our communities. But when suspects get away, Massachusetts law enforcement officers turn to the public for help.

And that s where the Mass Most Wanted network1 comes in. Here are four of the state s recent Most Wanted “fugitives” within the network: Date: Tuesday, June 24

Crime: A male suspect allegedly robbed the Eastern Bank at 301 Harvard St. with a firearm. The teller recognized the robber as the same person who allegedly robbed the same bank on May 9.

The suspect showed a note and said he had a gun, and demanded cash before banging a black handgun against the counter and pointing it in the teller’s direction. As he left, the suspect reportedly apologized and thanked the tellers. He is described as being a white man in his 30s.

Call with information: 617-730-2222 x2710 Date: Saturday, June 21 Crime: A male suspect described as a white male aged 25-30 years entered the Daily Mart at 371 Hollis St.

and threatened the clerk with a knife, demanding money. The suspect was reportedly scared off without receiving anything. Call with information: 508-532-5923 x4214

Date: Tuesday, May 20 Crime: A female suspect entered three Weymouth Bank branches, two in Weymouth and a third in Kingston, and passed forged checks from a local business. The checks were reportedly written out to a Katosha Robinson, and the female suspect reportedly provided a Kentucky driver’s license as identification.

Call with information: 781-335-1212 x43111 Date: Sunday, May 11 Crime: A female suspect allegedly stole various items of clothing and jewelry from H&M at the North Shore Mall.

Loss Prevention stopped the suspect outside the store, and while waiting to escort her back to the store, she threw the stolen items at the security officer and then assaulted the officer by pushing her to the ground.

Call with information: 978-531-1226


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Upgraded Weapon System will give Canadian Navy protection …

By David PuglieseDefence WatchThe Canadian government is looking at joining an international effort to upgrade naval missiles to deal with future threats.The Canadian navy started using the Sea Sparrow missile in the 1970s on its ships, before purchasing the upgraded Evolved Sea Sparrow in 2005. That purchase cost around $500 million, according to figures provided by the Department of National Defence.The new effort, led by the U.S., will focus on improving the Evolved Sea Sparrow so it can operate until 2030.The weapon is now designed to protect ships from incoming missiles as well as attacks by aircraft. The U.S., Canada, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Thailand and Turkey all use the Evolved Sea Sparrow.The proposed upgrade will take into account missile technology being developed by nations not friendly to Canada or its allies.

It s very easy to change anti-ship missiles to manoeuvre differently or to evade our missiles, said Royal Canadian Navy Capt. Wade Carter, director of navy requirements. We have to update our technology so we can deal with the latest threats to our ships.

A U.S. Navy official noted last year that the upgraded weapon will deal with threats such as fast, small attacking boats, unmanned aerial vehicles and short to medium range missiles.Carter labelled the changes as a generational upgrade. Various countries now using the Evolved Sea Sparrow would be required to sign a memorandum of understanding for the upgraded version; although the Canadian government has yet to agree to take part in the project, that approval is expected to come by the end of the year, say military and industry sources.Carter said he had no details on what joining the consortium of nations would cost Canada.

But he added: Even if Canada goes down this road of signing this MOU for the development work it doesn t commit them to a procurement. Industry sources, however, say that it is highly unlikely the Canadian government would join a consortium to develop the new missile and then decline to purchase it. The missiles would be outfitted on the Royal Canadian Navy s Halifax-class frigates.

The Canadian navy conducted test firings of the Evolved Sea Sparrow in 2007.

Photo below is of HMCS Calgary firing an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile under controlled conditions in the Southern California Offshore Range (SCORE) on November 1, 2007.

ESSM1Photo by George Csukly for Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare Centre.

Other photos below of Evolved Sea Sparrow from U.S.


In addition, the folks at DoD Buzz had an article last year with details on the upgraded Evolved Sea Sparrow, which will be called ESSM Block 2.

Here are other details that DoD Buzz discovered, with a link to their article at the end:

-The ESSM Block 2 will be designed to be compatible with existing systems and replace the baseline ESSM weapon on many platforms.

-The Block 2 is engineered with what s called a semi-active, active guidance system, meaning the missile itself can achieve improved flight or guidance to its target by both receiving and actively sending electromagnetic signals.

-The ESSM baseline missile uses radar technology to locate and then intercept a fast-approaching target while in flight using what s called a shipboard illuminator. The illuminator is an RF signal that bounces off the target. The antenna in the nose in the guidance section of the missile sees the reflected energy and then corrects to intercept that reflective energy.

-The ESSM Block 2 s active, semi-active guidance includes illuminator technology built onto the round itself such that it can both receive and send important electromagnetic signals.

ESSM Block 2 can use shipboard illumination or its own active seeker, he added.

-The missile will be designed to intercept threats fired in bad weather as well as what s called the high-diver threat from an enemy aircraft and sea-skimmer threat wherein an incoming projectile flies close to the water.

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