First ‘shout’ of the year for St Agnes inshore lifeboat


Date: 30/01/2009

Author: Claire Sabey St Agnes Lifeboat Press Officer

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St Agnes D class inshore lifeboat in action
The volunteer crew of the St Agnes inshore lifeboat Blue Peter IV have had their first emergency launch of 2009. It followed the sighting of what was believed to be a person in the water off Perranporth. They were stood down when it was decided the informant might have been mistaken having seen a wave buoy.

The volunteer crew of Andy Northcote, Bruce Baker and Rory Bushe launched into lively conditions, with 3 to 4ft of surf and strong south-easterly winds. They conducted an extensive search of the area but only found a wave buoy.

High-level meeting in Djibouti adopts a Code of Conduct to repress acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships


A high-level meeting of 17 States from the Western Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and Red Sea areas, convened by IMO in Djibouti to help address the problem of piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, has adopted a Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden (the Code of Conduct).

The meeting, which was opened on 26 January 2009 by IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos and the Prime Minister of Djibouti, H.E. Mr. Dileita Mohamed Dileita (see IMO Briefing 02/2009), was attended by Ministers, Ambassadors, senior officials and legal experts from Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania and Yemen, as well as observers from other IMO Member States; United Nations specialized agencies and bodies; and international and regional inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Luciad presents innovative surveillance technologies at SurTech 2009


Leuven, Belgium, January 30th 2009 –[ASDWire]–Luciad, the leading software provider for distribution and high performance visualization of geospatial information, will be participating at the SurTech 2009 Conference on air traffic surveillance, to be held on February 3-4 in London, UK. Luciad will be presenting and demonstrating on how the seamless integration of the next generation environmental and aeronautical surveillance data results in improved situational awareness and operational performance.

Round 2 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series on Channel 7 this Sunday!


Eckstein powered home to take a convincing win at Round 1 of the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series at Kurrawa.

Catch all the action from round two of the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series this Sunday on the Seven Network from 12noon – 2pm (check local guides for more details).

Australia’s elite Ironmen and Ironwomen battle the tough Kurrawa conditions at round two as they bid to take their slice of the prize pool on offer.

Gusty, Shifty Conditions Test Crew Skills


AUCKLAND, NZ – The hint of upsets to come were in the air today off Auckland’s North Head as contestants in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series completed four races in building gusty, shifty conditions that tested the skills of crews.

The French team Pataugas K-Challenge won the opening match, defeating China Team by 1m 2s in a shifty and gusty 14-16 knot southwesterly breeze. Under gray skies K-Challenge made a strong start on port at the pin end of the line. China Team made a late start on starboard at the committee boat end but skipper Ian Williams made big gains up the first weather leg. A gybe early on the spinnaker run resulted in a broken spinnaker pole on the Chinese boat, a situation compounded by a penalty after a leeward mark incident. The Chinese did well to finish just over one minute astern after taking their penalty.

First SBIRS Satellite With New Flight Software Completes Key Test At Lockheed Martin


SUNNYVALE, Calif., , January 29, 2009 — The first Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous orbit (GEO-1) satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team for the U.S. Air Force, has successfully completed a major test utilizing new flight software that will enable highly reliable spacecraft command and control operations. The SBIRS program is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness.

The successful test of the GEO-1 spacecraft, known as Baseline Integrated System Test (BIST), was conducted from Jan. 2, to Jan 27, 2009 at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif. The test characterized the performance of the integrated satellite and established a performance baseline prior to entering thermal vacuum testing.

115 days to the start of the OSTAR….. – 29 January 2009


It is the end of January, and suddenly I find myself with only 115 days until the start of the OSTAR!

I think we are in a fairly controlled and prepared state. This definitely has something to do with the fact that we have officially signed a title sponsor! In the current economic climate this is something of a miracle, and a massive boost to my campaign. As is always the case in sponsorship, or so it seems, it’s the people that you meet who end up helping you and rarely the people who receive your carefully planned out sponsorship proposal! More to follow on the title sponsor soon.

Boeing Chief Financial Officer Speaking at Cowen Conference

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CHICAGO, Jan. 29, 2009 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] Corporate President and Chief Financial Officer James Bell will speak at Cowen and Co.’s 30th Annual Aerospace/Defense Conference on Thursday, Feb. 5, at approximately 11:10 a.m. Eastern Time.

Bell’s remarks will be webcast live. Individuals should check the website prior to the event to ensure their computers are configured for the audio stream.