Boeing Expands Investment in Future Workforce through FIRSTTM

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CHICAGO, Feb. 27, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced a four-year national partnership with FIRSTTM (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), valued at $4 million, to encourage students to explore careers in math and science. This expanded relationship builds upon an ongoing commitment by Boeing employees to help shape the future of technology innovation in the United States.

ICO Response to OfCom Announcement Regarding International Telecommunications Union Registration


Reston, VA., (Business Wire) February 27, 2009 – ICO Global Communications (Holdings) Limited (ICO) (NASDAQ: ICOG) today announced that it takes strong exception to the press statement by the UK Office of Communications (OfCom) regarding OfCom’s intent to write to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on March 17, 2009 to “instruct that the ICO-P assignments currently recorded in the ITU Master Register be cancelled.” “ICO-P” refers to ICO’s medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite constellation. ICO F2, the first orbiting satellite in the MEO constellation, was launched in June, 2001 and continues to provide services.

Nacre AS – Silynx Communications Settlement Press Release


Trondheim, NORWAY and Rockville, MARYLAND (February 27th, 2009) –[ASDWire]– Nacre AS (“Nacre”) and Silynx Communications, Inc. (“Silynx”) today jointly announced that they have entered into a confidential Settlement and License Agreement ending all legal dispute between the two companies. The settlement provides for dismissal with prejudice of all claims and counterclaims filed by the parties and without any finding or admission of liability or wrongdoing by any party and grants to Silynx a license to certain Nacre intellectual property, including the two Nacre patents-at-issue in the litigation.

Bouwe Bekking explains how they made magic in the first two weeks of Leg 5


Leg 5 is the longest in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race: 12,300 nautical miles from Qingdao, China, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including the third equator crossing of this Volvo Ocean Race, a visit to the Southern Ocean and a turning of Cape Horn. Bouwe Bekking’s TELEFONICA BLUE began this leg as one of the favourite teams after two offshore wins in a row -Leg 3 and Leg 4-, but only a couple of minutes prior to the start, a crash against a rock in the exclusion zone of the start in Qingdao switched on all the alarms. After almost 19 hours of repairs and checking the Spanish VO70 skippered by Bouwe Bekking finally started Leg 5, 150 miles behind the leaders.



Tony Mutter drives Ericsson 4 past rain clouds.

Photo: Guy Salter/ Ericsson Racing Team

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Feb. 27, 2009) – The first two weeks of Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race have been both thrilling (the initial days out of China) and monotonous (blast reaching through the trade winds).

Today, intrigue enters the lexicon because the fleet has split as it navigates past Fiji, the island nation archipelago that consists of about 322 islands.

Ericsson Racing Team’s two yachts, which two days ago held first and second on the leaderboard, have relinquished the top spots due to their decision to sail east of the archipelago and, in particular, Vanua Levu, which lies to the north/northeast of Fiji.

Burnham-on-Crouch lifeboats called to help stranded sheep


Date: 26/02/2009

Author: Mandi Tickner, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

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Both RNLI lifeboats from Burnham-on-Crouch were called out today (Thursday 26th February) just after midday after receiving a report of sheep having entered the RiverCrouch at Clementsgreen Creek, near South Woodham Ferrers.The 25 sheep, including pregnant ewes, had been grazing on the marshes in the Creek before becoming cut off by an unusually high tide.

When the lifeboats arrived at the scene, around 15 of the sheep had managed to get back onto dry land but there were still several stranded on an area of marsh surrounded by deep water.

New lifeboat means a new ally to help Hayling Island RNLI save lives at sea


Date: 23/02/2009

Author: Carol Carter, Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer

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Betty Battle pictured with lifeboats Betty Battle and Amanda, James & Ben

The latest ally in the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s quest to save lives at sea will arrive at Hayling Island Lifeboat Station this week, in the form of a brand new inshore lifeboat.

The volunteer crew at the station welcomed the replacement Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to their station on Tuesday (February 24th), for a training period before she is officially placed on operation later the same week. However, soon after her first launch on Tuesday the new lifeboat was on service, tasked by Solent Coastguard to standby a yacht that had broken down off Selsey, which eventually made its own way into Chichester Harbour.

AMIL Takes Delivery Of One AW119 Ke And One AW109 Power


AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Synergy Aerospace are pleased to announce that AMIL (Assistência Médica Internacional Ltda) of Brazil has taken delivery of one AW119 Ke single engine and one AW109 Power light twin engine helicopter. The aircraft will be used to perform emergency medical service (EMS) and executive transport missions respectively. AMIL is a leading medical service provider in Brazil and the two AgustaWestland helicopters will be operated by Aeromil, a benchmark in aero-medical transportation in Latin America. This Brazilian company specializes in the transportation of critical patients and has dedicated medical units and teams prepared to carry out the most complex procedures in emergency cases. The company draws on over 13 years of experience, attending an average of 350 cases with ground transportation and 80 by air each month, amounting to approximately 5,200 responses per year. AgustaWestland has experienced rapid success and increasing market share in Brazil in recent years with its commercial product range. Orders for over 100 AgustaWestland helicopters, from the entire commercial helicopter range, have been placed by customers in Brazil so far, particularly for VIP/corporate transport and offshore transport applications.