Monday, March 28, 2016

Rockwell Collins Profile

Rockwell Collins,based in Cedar Rapids,Iowa,designs,produces and supports flight-deck avionics;cabin electronics;mission communications;information management;and simulation and training.The aerospace and defence firm has a global workforce of nearly 20,000 striving to be the most trusted source of aviation and high-integrity solutions in the world.For example,the company points out that nearly 70% of US and allied military airborne communications are transmitted on Rockwell communications systems.*
Kelly Ortberg is the Chairman,President and CEO of NYSE-listed Rockwell Collins.
From Electronic Warfare and Intelligence;Navigation and Guidance;Radar and Surveillance;to Space Components,Rockwell sees itself as a pioneer in the industry it helped create.*
Rockwell Collins Inc (COL)

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Avionics Magazine :: Rockwell Collins to Install Common Avionics Architecture System on Indian CH-47Fs

Avionics Magazine :: Rockwell Collins to Install Common Avionics Architecture System on Indian CH-47Fs

Monday, March 21, 2016

Popular on the Street:Utilities Select Sector SPDR

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF had a 12-month yield of 3.43% as of this morning.To have a good single digit compound rate of return is a very nice thing to have in a portfolio,said David Kotok,founder,chairman and CIO of Cumberland Asset Management.Cumberland has the etf in its managed portfolios.The fund is insulated from central bank moves and other overseas problems,consisting of mostly domestic electric utilities,with some natural gas,Mr.Kotok,who has a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business,pointed out.*
Morningstar Associates gives the Utilities Select etf five stars out of five.It is a strong,appealing option for investors who want broad exposure to defensive,high-yielding US utilities companies,Morningstar says.It also gives the etf a sustainability rating of three for average.This rating judges how well the companies in etf portfolios are managing the environmental,social and governance issues relevant to their industries.
The top five holdings of the Utilities Select etf are:
1.NextEra Energy Inc;
2.Duke Energy Corp;
3.Southern Co;
4.Dominion Resources Inc;
5.Exelon Corp. *
Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Multiple Sclerosis:Managing Complexity

Multiple Sclerosis is a rather enigmatic,chronic disease that damages the nerves in the spinal cord,as well as the brain and optic nerve.Sclerosis means scarring and MS patients develop multiple areas of scar tissue in response to this nerve damage,causing a broad range of potential problems with muscle control,balance,vision and speech,including:
weakness in an arm or leg;
numbness or tingling;
loss of balance;
muscle spasms;
frequent tripping or difficulty walking;
blurred vision,colour blindness,eye pain and usually temporary blindness in one eye;
slurred speech;
trouble swallowing;
decline in mental acuity,meaning difficulty in problem-solving,memory loss and poor concentration;
some loss of bladder control.
Each case is highly individualised as to the exact symptomology and severity,with an episodic rise and subsidence of symptoms being common.*
In MS,the patient's immune system attacks the fatty sheathing of the nerve fibres called myelin.Myelin insulates the nerves and helps them send electrical signals that control movement,speech and other functions.When myelin is destroyed,scar tissue forms and nerve messages are not transmitted properly.The cause of this autoimmune disorder is unknown;but it is more common in northern regions such as Scandinavia and other parts of Northern Europe.These areas get less sunlight,possibly implicating vitamin D deficiency as a factor.Genetics also appear to play a role.MS is twice as common in women as in men,and Caucasians between the ages of 20 and 50 are most at risk of developing it.*
Diagnosis of MS is a sophisticated process that involves considering test results,medical history and a neurological exam.More than 90% of MS patients show scar tissue on an MRI scan.A spinal tap can check for abnormalities in the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord.There are also tests to evaluate the electrical activity of the nerves and lab tests to rule out other autoimmune diseases such as HIV or Lyme disease.*
There is no cure for MS,but a full spectrum approach to treatment can improve the prognosis.Disease-modifying drugs such as Avonex,Betaseron,Copaxone and Rebif can lessen the frequency and severity of attacks and partially shield the brain and spinal cord,slowing the progression to disability.Novantrone and Tysabri are also available for more advanced cases.High dosages of corticosteroids can help shorten the attacks.Other medications can manage symptoms such as muscle spasms,incontinence and pain.Physical therapy can help strengthen muscles,combat stiffness and help patients move around better.Speech therapy can aid with speaking and swallowing.Most patients remain ambulatory with the assistance of orthotic shoe inserts;leg braces;canes;and walkers.Wheel chairs are needed by those who are very unsteady or fatigued.
Though multiple sclerosis is sometimes fatal directly or indirectly through aggravation of exisiting conditions,the outlook for optimally treated MS patients is improving through intensive research,with many remaining active in the community for an extended period through a combination of effective medication,peer support,medical devices and physical therapy.

Most distant galaxy: Hubble breaks cosmic distance record |

Most distant galaxy: Hubble breaks cosmic distance record |

Monday, March 7, 2016

GT217GM W8424 Media Release - Flying Command Post ICBM Launch

F-22 Fighters Fly Over South Korea in Show of Force

Hilton To Become REIT,Two Other Companies

Hilton Hotels has decided to split into three publicly traded companies.The hospitality industry titan will divide itself into:
1.A real estate investment trust;
2.A hotel management firm;and
3.A time share company,Hilton Grand Vacations.
Hilton actually owns only a small selection of its 4600 branded hotels.With this plan,it wants to lower taxes and increase shareholder value.
About seven years ago,the company moved from Beverly Hills,California to Maclean,Virginia near Washington,DC.*
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