Barker Beats Coutts in Waitemata Racing


AUCKLAND, NZ – Russell Coutts was gracious in defeat today after losing a race in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series to Dean Barker, his old crew mate from Emirates Team New Zealand. Sailing the BMW Oracle Racing boat USA 87, Barker beat the Coutts-led American crew in USA 98 by 28 seconds in the first race of the day.

At a press conference in the Race Village afterwards and in front of a big public gallery, Coutts was asked what it felt like when the apprentice beat the master. Coutts answered dryly and with a smile: “It’s happened before!” He added, “We would have been happier with a different result but they won that one pretty convincingly.”

Boeing Delivers 77th 777 to Singapore Airlines


EVERETT, Wash., Jan. 30, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Singapore Airlines reached an historic milestone today with the delivery of the airline’s 77th 777, which also is its 19th 777-300ER.

Singapore Airlines began its relationship with the Boeing 777 in December 1995, when the airline initially ordered 28 of what has become the most popular intermediate twin-aisle airplane in the world, with a market share of more than 60 percent. The airplane delivered today increases Singapore Airlines’ fleet of Boeing airplanes to 91, with an additional 20 787-9 Dreamliners on order.

Production Resumes on Boeing 787 Dreamliners with Fifth Flight-Test Airplane


EVERETT, Wash., Jan. 30, 2009 — Production of Boeing [NYSE: BA] 787 Dreamliners resumed yesterday with the join of the fifth airplane designated for flight test.

This airplane, designated ZA005, is the first to be powered with General Electric GEnx engines. The major assemblies were loaded in final body join over the past several days. The fuselage and wing joins occur simultaneously.

G4S Wins Contract to Support Two Midlands Hospitals

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G4S Integrated Services, which specialises in integrated facilities management and specialist support services in critical environments, has won a multi-million pound contract to provide South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust with a wide range of facilities management services. The five year contract starts on 1 February 2009.

The contract is to deliver services at Warwick Hospital and Stratford-upon-Avon Hospital. G4S will directly employ around 205 employees to provide a comprehensive range of facilities management services such as cleaning, portering, helpdesk and catering for patients, staff and visitors. In addition G4S Security Services, the UK’s leading security company, will be providing security and car parking services.

G4S won the contract following a competitive EU tender process and will replace the existing facilities management providers. Existing staff will be given the opportunity to transfer across to G4S, under TUPE legislation, and additional staff may be hired to strengthen key service areas.

Chris Elliott, Group Managing Director G4S Integrated Services, commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract, which builds on our long track record of working with NHS Hospital Trusts. I am particularly pleased that G4S Security Services are able to work with us to deliver the security requirements of the contract which is an excellent example of the Group’s strategy in action.

We have a strong reputation for facilities and security management in critical environments and we look forward to demonstrating the value of our services to the Trust and its customers in the coming years.”

Glen Burley, Chief Executive, South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust said: “G4S demonstrated the ability to provide us with excellent services and we look forward to working with them to deliver these services for our patients.”



Many of are feeling a bit rudderless at the moment. Uncertainly about your job and life in general is very stressful and knowing so many others are in the same boat, is of little comfort. Life is never plain sailing but these difficult times are perfect for giving you the heads up to have a hard look at your life and figure out what you really want to be doing. It offers an opportunity to stop and take stock of your life. Have you been sailing too close to the wind? Drifting? Maybe life at the sharp end has taken its toll and you feel all at sea.

Children’s Story Hour Hosted Every Weekend at Mystic Seaport


Mystic, Conn. ~ Mystic Seaport invites children ages 4 to 7, along with their families, to step in from the cold this winter and participate in an all-new story hour at the Children’s Museum every Saturday and Sunday from 1-2 p.m.

A new story based upon the cycle of the seasons is shared each week, along with different hands-on objects relating to the story.

The story hour is included in Museum admission. Children 5 and under are free.

Kids can also learn a little more about a sailor’s life in the Children’s Museum by swabbing decks, moving cargo, cooking in the galley, dressing in sailors’ garb and sleeping in ships’ bunks.

Pakistan Navy to acquire submarines, drones, spy planes


The Pakistan Navy is to acquire drones and spy planes, as also submarines as force multipliers to augment its capabilities, a top military commander has said.

Speaking Thursday at a ceremony here to induct a Fokker aircraft and commission the T-56 Engine Test Bench at the Pakistan Navy Aviation Base PNS Mehran, Admiral Noman Bashir described the induction of Z-9 helicopters, airborne early warning systems (AEWs), and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as force multipliers for the navy’s fleet of aircraft.

Bouwe Bekking, happy and relieved


Bouwe Bekking and TELEFONICA BLUE crossed the finish line in Qingdao on Thursday morning, after 2500 horrendous nautical miles from Singapore. The Spanish boat won this Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09, the second win in a row, reducing the gap with Ericsson 4 in the leaderboard. After enjoying the taste of this heroic win, having a good shower, a long desired dinner and a deserved sleep, Bouwe Bekking put himself in front of the computer to tell us about his feelings:

“HAPPY AND RELIEVED. These two words shot first through my head when we passed the finish line. HAPPY – it is a great win for our team and our sponsors. This leg will go in the history books as one of the most extreme ones in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race, so it’s nice to put that one under our belt and, of course, we gain more points on the leaders. RELIEVED – because we came through this leg in one piece; some small repairs have to be done, but! we will be easy ready for the next in-port race. This was the leg I always feared the most, since the day that we learned we had to go to Qingdao.”

Who needs romance when you’ve got chocolate?

ChocolateLovers' Night (c) Judith Hakze

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day with a difference, the Maritime Museum is hosting an evening of chocolate indulgence for singles, groups or couples who don’t really do the slushy Valentine’s thing.

The Museum’s Waterside Café will be serving a seductive selection of chocolate treats, including some things you might not expect – like coffee and cocoa rubbed pork strips; pepper crusted beef with port and chocolate; or chicken in a Mole Poblano sauce, a traditional Mexican dish using dark chocolate and chillies.