British Army tanks to be fitted with 'telescope cannons' after MoD …

The British Army is fitting out its tanks with 515 ‘telescope’ cannons at the cost of 150m ($242m). The UK has been working on the weapon with France since 2009 and expects to fit the new cannons to its Scout SV and Warrior tanks. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced the new contract on 1 July. “Signing the Cased Telescope Cannon production contract is a major milestone for the UK’s Armed Forces,” said Lieutenant General Sir Chris Deverell, chief of materiel at the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Deverell believes that the new compact ammunition for the cannon will reduce a “logistic burden” on the army by allowing the tanks to carry more ammunition.

Special “airburst ammunition” rounds have also been developed for the weapon and it can use a variety of other rounds.

The MoD said that despite the ‘telescope’ name, the cannon takes up less space than a conventional 40mm gun while packing the same firepower.

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The Monstrous Regiment of Women: Hedvig Sophia of Sweden …

Hedvig Sophia Augusta of Sweden, duchess of Holstein-Gottorp (born 25 June 1681) Hedvig Sophia was the oldest child of Charles XI of Sweden and his queen, Ulrika Eleanor of Denmark. After her mother’s death in 1693, Hedvia Sophia was raised by her influential grandmother, the dowager queen Hedvig Eleanora of Holstein-Gottorp, who had been regent of Sweden for her son, Charles XI, between 1660 and 1672, and who would again be regent of Sweden, this time for her grandson, Charles XII, in 1697. On 12 May 1698 Hedvig Sophia married her cousin, Frederick IV, duke of Holstein-Gottorp.

This was not a marriage she had desired, and although she lived with her husband for a year, Hedvig Sophia returned to Sweden in 1699. Her brother and her husband were famous friends and fought together in “The Great Northern War”–Frederick was in Sweden in late 1699 and spent enough time with his wife that the two managed to have a child, a son, Charles Frederick, born on 30 April 1700. After her husband’s death in July 1702, the duchess Hedvig Sophia became regent of Holstein-Gottorp on 18 October of that year.

Even then, she did not return to Holstein-Gottorp. She stayed in Sweden and left the day-to-day running of affairs to her late husband’s uncle, but as regent she reserved the right to make the final decision on important matters. She continued as regent of Holstein-Gottorp until her death, as a result of smallpox, in 1708.

By the way, Hedvig Sophia’s younger sister, Ulrika Eleanora, was regent of Sweden from 1713 to 1718 while her brother, Charles XII, was at war in Norway.

On his death in November 1718, Ulrika Eleanora became queen regnant of Sweden.

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Tailgating, Parking, Security: 10 Things Deadheads Should Know …

Soldier Field will have strict security rules as Grateful Dead fans flock for the band’s 50 anniversary performances. (Published Thursday, Jul 2, 2015) If you re planning to say fare thee well to the Grateful Dead at Soldier Field this weekend, there are some things you should know. The band s 50th anniversary performance, set to be their last-ever performance together, kicks off Friday as thousands of fans make their way to Chicago during the July 4th holiday weekend. The Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead performance will see Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir reunite at Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the band s final performance, which took place at the venue roughly one month before Jerry Garcia s death in August 1995.

The band will also be joined by Phish’s Trey Anastasio on guitar, Jeff Chimenti on keyboard and Bruce Hornsby on piano. The event has made Chicago one of the top destinations for the holiday weekend, so fans will likely need to plan ahead. Here are some things Deadheads should know before the highly-anticipated event: 1.

Tailgating Tailgating will be allowed in the parking lots of Soldier Field during the weekend, even for fans who don t have tickets to the fest. The special event parking lots open at 3 p.m. and the North Parking Garage opens at 6 a.m.

Tailgating will end once the shows begin at 7 p.m. and there will be no tailgating allowed after the shows.

2. Transportation The CTA announced Wednesday that it would provide extra buses to routes that serve Soldier field throughout the weekend.

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130 and no.

146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express buses will have extra service running until one hour after the concerts end. Fans can also travel to Soldier Field via Red, Orange and Green line trains. The Roosevelt station is located at Roosevelt and State streets, a few blocks west of the stadium.

Metra will also offer extra service on several lines over the weekend. CTA buses, cabs and Uber rides can pick up riders on Columbus between Roosevelt and Balbo. A drop-off location will be set at the 18th Street turnaround just west off the 18th Street exit from Lake Shore Drive.

For more on how to get around Chicago during the holiday weekend, click here 1 .

3. Tickets Most tickets are commemorative tickets but a select amount of Ticketmaster tickets are not. Fans are encouraged to be very suspect of counterfeit tickets.

Those getting tickets at Will Call can pick them up across from Gate 10 on the Southeast corner. You will need a valid proof of purchase to enter the enclosed festival grounds. Tickets are still available on third-party sites like Stubhub.

Last month, ticket prices were reportedly dropping. A three-day pass on StubHub, once priced as high as $116,000, could be purchased for less than $500. Single day passes were as low as $195.

The lowest priced tickets won’t give fans a full view of the show, and all of the cheaper seats are located behind the stage, however. Click here 2 for more.

4. Parking Special Event Parking lots open at 3 p.m.

and parking will be first-come, first-served. The North Parking Garage opens at 6 a.m. Shuttles will also from the Millennium and Grant Park garages from 2 p.m.

to 2 a.m. Parking rates are $49 for cars and $121 for RVs. Lots close one hour after the show.

No overnight parking will be allowed.

5. General Admission Those with field-level general-admission tickets can begin lining up at 7 a.m. in the Stadium Green outside the southeast corner of the stadium.

6. Soldier Field Security All concert-goers will undergo electronic wand screening and have all approved bags checked. Soldier Field will not allow backpacks bigger than 12x12x12, glow sticks, food, selfie sticks, strollers, camelbacks or companion pets.

For a complete list of prohibited items click here 3 .

7. The Stadium The festival area opens at 10 a.m. at Soldier Field.

Only ticketed fans will be allowed on the grounds surrounding Soldier Field. Fans can enter the stadium in three spots — one on the North side along McFetridge Drive, and two entry points on the South. Sidewalk areas from parking lots are the designated entry points to the festival grounds.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

8. Refunds Partial refunds are available for those who ordered tickets via the band s mail-order system.

More than 500,000 tickets were requested via mail order. Due to the overwhelming number of these requests, the promoters changed the seating plans to accommodate more guests. As a result, some fans were moved to seats with a lower ticket value than what they paid.

Fans who wanted a full refund needed to submit the request by June 22. But those who still want to go to the concert can receive partial refunds to make up for the difference in ticket prices. Those fans need to mail in a request by July 20.

Click here 4 for more details.

9. Streaming There are several options for streaming the performances at home. A Youtube stream and webcast are available for purchase each night and the shows will also be streamed live on Pay-Per-View and satellite radio.

Click here 5 for more detail on ways to stream.

10. Other GD Events, Places to Watch in Chicago For a complete list of Grateful Dead celebrations in the city offering a live stream of the shows, click here 6 . Published at 7:42 AM CDT on Jul 2, 2015 News breaks at inconvenient times.

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