Thales Group

Thales Group is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defence and security markets. The company is headquartered in Paris' business district, La Défense and its stock is listed on the Euronext Paris; the company changed its name to Thales from Thomson-CSF in December 2000 shortly after the acquisition of Racal Electronics plc, a UK defence electronics group. It is state-owned by the French government, has operations in more than 56 countries, it has 80,000 employees and generated €18.4 billion in revenues in 2019. As of 2017, it is the 8th largest defence contractor in the world and 55% of its total sales are military sales; the CEO of Thales Group is Patrice Caine since December 2014. Thales' predecessor, Thomson-CSF, evolved from Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston, established in 1893; however Thomson-CSF itself was established in 1968 when Thomson-Brandt merged its electronics arm with that of Compagnie générale de la télégraphie sans fil.

Thales formed a joint venture with Raytheon in June 2001 to combine their radar and communications systems divisions. Named ThalesRaytheonSystems, the firm is 50% owned by both parent companies; the joint venture was restructured in 2016 to switch focus on NATO agencies and NATO member states. In 2002 Thales set up the joint venture company Armaris with the French shipbuilder DCN to offer a total "bottom up" shipbuilding capability. In 2002, Thales Broadcast Multimedia, a former subsidiary of Thales, provided China with standard short-wave radio-broadcasting equipment designed for general public radio broadcasting. Although the contract was not at all for the purpose of jamming foreign radio stations broadcasting to China, it now appears that this is what the ALLISS antennas are being used for. In 2003 Thales UK's design won the competition for the Royal Navy Future Carrier and the company now participates in an alliance company with BAE Systems and the UK Ministry of Defence. Thales Navigation, a division that produced GPS units, was sold to private equity group Shah Capital Partners in 2006 for $170 million and renamed Magellan.

In 2006 Thales acquired Australian Defence Industries, a major manufacturer of military equipment such as smokeless gunpowder and the Bushmaster IMV. In April 2006, Thales announced it would be acquiring Alcatel's space business, Alcatel's Rail Signalling Solutions division in a deal which raised Alcatel's ownership of Thales to 21.66 percent. The French government would decrease its ownership in Thales to 27.1 percent from 31.3 percent as part of the acquisition. The deal would include the Systems Integration activities. In January 2007, the 1.7 billion deal Euro was approved. In 2008, Thales acquired. In December 2008, Alcatel agreed to sell a 20.8% stake in French engineering group Thales SA to Dassault Aviation SA for €1.57 billion. In 2014, Alcatel-Lucent initiated talks to sell its cybersecurity unit to Thales; the deal was signed in October that year. In 2016, Thales acquired Vormetric, a data security company, for $400M. In 2017 it acquired Guavus and bid €4.76B for digital security company Gemalto.

In 2018 Thales committed to divesting nCipher as condition for its acquisition of Gemalto. As of 31 December 2014, Thales Group was owned 26.4% by the Government of France, 25.3% by Dassault Aviation, 48.3% float, including employee share ownership of 2%. Thales Group supplies electronic devices and equipment used by the French Armed Forces from its past as Thomson-CSF, including the SPECTRA helmet for the army and the gendarmerie, it made its SPECTRA defensive aids. Thales worked with DCNS and designed the electronics used on French ships, it is involved in the construction of both the Horizon and FREMM programs. Thales, as Thomson-CSF, was involved in the Taiwan frigates scandal, relating to the sale of La Fayette class frigates to Taiwan, it is present in Eurosam as Thomson-CSF was a founder of the consortium along Aérospatiale and Alenia Aeronautica. In February 2004, Thales was awarded a contract for a new command and control system for the French Navy, the SIC 21, that will be fitted on the Charles de Gaulle, many vessels and shore locations.

Additionally, the planned French aircraft carrier PA2 involved Thales as the main designer of the ship. However, the project was cancelled in 2013. Thales is working on X-ray imaging, finances and operating commercial satellites. By 2012 the company is composed of five branches: Defense, Space and Ground transportation. Among the EU supported projects Thales participates in are: Galileo - the European system establishing GNSS, like GPS/Glonass/Compass/Beidou SESAR - both as aircraft equipment manufacturer and as ATM system vendor The company's design won the competition for the Royal Navy Future Carrier, it is part of the AirTanker consortium, the winning bid for the RAF's Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft. Thales UK won the contract for Watchkeeper, it produces the SWARM remote weapon station. Thales simulators include full motion devices as well as flat panel and other training facilities. Thales Air Defence produces a range of short-range missile systems such as the Starstreak surface-to-air missile.

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Mary Anne Hobbs

Mary Anne Hobbs is an English DJ and music journalist from Lancashire, England. She hosts the BBC Radio 6 Music weekday mid-morning show, Monday to Friday, 10:30 am – 1 pm, her 6 Music Recommends show, Wednesday night into Thursday morning, midnight – 1 am, she is a curator of live events. In 2019 she created a radical live show Queens Of The Electronic Underground for Manchester International Festival and assisted David Lynch with his musical presentation at the festival, following her series of shows, "Dark Matter" at MIF 2017, she staged a BBC Prom with Nils Frahm and A Winged Victory for the Sullen in 2015. She performs as a live DJ internationally, at events such as the opening of Switch House at TATE Modern. Hobbs grew up in Garstang, a small town 10 miles to the north. In the 1980s, Hobbs lived on a bus in a carpark in Hayes, with the hard rock band Heretic before becoming a journalist for Sounds magazine at age 19, she went to work for the NME before going on to help found Loaded magazine.

While with the NME she served as UK correspondent in Canada on CBC Radio, filing a weekly music report. This contributed to her big break in radio with BBC GLR. Hobbs worked at XFM before being headhunted by BBC Radio 1 after a confrontational interview on XFM with Radio 1's Trevor Dann, she shot a TV series about global biker culture, Mary Anne's Bikes, in Japan, Russia and Europe for BBC Choice & BBC World in 2003, presented the World Superbikes series 2005 for British Eurosport. She compèred the Leeds Festival between 1999 and 2003. In the early 2000s she narrated the CBBC science series Why 5. Hobbs first joined Radio 1 in January 1996, as co-presenter of the weekly Clingfilm movie review show with Mark Kermode. A fan of punk and rock from an early age, she fronted the Radio 1 Rock Show 1999–2005, but her best loved show on BBC Radio 1 was the experimental / electronic show The Breezeblock she created during her fourteen years at the network. In September 2006 The Breezeblock name was dropped for the title Experimental.

Hobbs was an early champion of the dubstep and grime genres and hosted the legendary'Dubstep Warz' special on BBC Radio 1 in January 2006. On 23 July 2010 Hobbs announced on her MySpace page that she was leaving BBC Radio 1, she spent a year mentoring students at University of Sheffield Union of Students. Hobbs returned to radio in the primetime slot she always coveted for electronic music on 9 July 2011, broadcasting from XFM in Manchester. In September 2011 she began hosting the relaunched "Music:Response" evening show across the XFM network. On Wednesday 31 October 2012, she announced live on-air and on her Facebook page that she was leaving XFM the following day. On Monday 3 December 2012 the BBC announced that Hobbs was to become the new Weekend Breakfast presenter for BBC Radio 6 Music, she now hosts a specialist show for BBC Radio 6 Music, 6 Music Recommends, broadcast Wednesday night into Thursday morning, midnight – 1 am. In 2013 and 2014 she made documentaries for BBC Radio 4, hosted Saturday Classics programmes for BBC Radio 3 making the connections between contemporary and classical music.

On 9 August 2018 the BBC announced that Hobbs was moving to weekday mid-mornings, replacing Lauren Laverne. Hobbs first show in this slot was on 7 January 2019. Hobbs has toured as a live DJ and curated events internationally since 2006. In June 2007, Hobbs curated the UK Dubstep showcase at the Sónar festival with Skream, Oris Jay and Kode9, taking the sound out of club environments and onto an international festival stage in front of 8,500 people, her second Sonar showcase featured Flying Lotus and Mala from Digital Mystikz. In 2009 she returned to the festival with Joker, The Gaslamp Killer and Martyn, in 2010 again with Flying Lotus and with new British producers/DJs Roska and Joy Orbison. In 2011 she played solo to her biggest audience of 15,000 people at Sonar, in 2012 she created a one-off collaborative Descent into Darkness performance with techno producer Blawan, she returned solo in 2013 for the festival's 20th anniversary. Hobbs released a dark electronic compilation album on Planet Mu records entitled Warrior Dubz in October 2006, drawing the sonic parallels between dubstep, dark dancefloor, techno, d&b and hip hop.

She followed this with two more compilations: Evangeline in June 2008 and Wild Angels in September 2009. Darren Aronofsky and Clint Mansell invited Hobbs to work with them on the soundtrack for the Oscar-winning film Black Swan, she worked with young electronic producers to create original music for the pivotal club scenes. The soundtrack was Grammy Award nominated. Hobbs is mentioned in the Half Man Half Biscuit song "Nove on the Sly" from the album Trouble Over Bridgwater. Mary Anne Hobbs Mary Anne Hobbs Hit Reset Mix Mary Anne Hobbs discography at Discogs Mary Anne Hobbs on IMDb Mary Anne Hobbs's channel on YouTube


Can! Jani: Kanjani Eight's Great Plan to Save the Planet Earth was a Japanese TV variety that aired every Saturday on TV Asahi; the show ran from October 2008 to September 26, 2009 for a total of 49 episodes. It had suffered from frequent time changes before settling for the 3:00pm time slot; the show was created after the high success of their two previous television specials that aired on TV Asahi and Dadaiyaman Z. Its slogan first was, " For the world's sake, for the people's sake! " but it changed to " Can We Do It? Yes We Can! ", a play on the show's title as well as on Barack Obama's campaign slogan after he had won the U. S. presidential election. Can! Jani, as it is referred to, is a show in which Kanjani Eight were given assignments from Command Can to help better assist and save the planet earth; each assignment, given to the show by its viewers, ranged from hiking in the woods to downtown Tokyo apartment guides. At the end of each episode Command Can would give his score to the unit he sent out to complete the task, which depending on the circumstances, always was a decent score.

The majority of the episodes opened up with a conversation between Command Can and Kanjani8. Command Can was an animated puppet on the show designed to look like a yellow can wearing a blue hat, he was sarcastic, always taking the opportunity to berate the members of Kanjani8 and embarrass them on TV. During the first half of the show, You Yokoyama would bicker with the character every week—Usually trying to one up the can which would always backfire on him. Kanjani8 as themselves Keiji Hirai as Narrator Hagino Shihoko as Narrator EX TV Asahi HTB - Hokkaido TV: On November 8, 2008, a Hokkaido TV Television Special caused it to air at 4:55 ~ 5:25pm; this happened again on December 25, 26, the 28th and on January 4 that following year. These television specials caused Can! Jani to have an irregular broadcasting schedule in this region. ABA - Aoimori Asahi TV - Started on December 15 @ 4:30pm AAB - Akita Asahi TV - Started on April 10, 2009 @ 12:45am YTS - Yamagata TV - Started on April 4, 2009 at 1pm with a two-week delay abn - Nagano Asahi TV - Started on January 8, 2009 at 1:15am SATV - Shizuoka Asahi TV - Started April 18 at 1:55am with a four-week delay NCC - Nagasaki Bunka TV - Started October 21, 2008 at 1:20am BSS - Saiin Broadcasting - Started April 3, 2009 at 11:55pm Can!

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