RNLI lifeguard wins New Zealand’s Rescue of the Month for team rescue


Date: 17/03/2009

Author: Amy Caldwell

Reference: LG South 008 2009
RNLI lifeguard Luke Yabsley in New Zealand

An RNLI lifeguard from north Devon is part of a team of eight professional and volunteer lifeguards who have been awarded Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s Rescue of the Month for a coordinated rescue off Pauanui beach in the North Island’s Bay of Plenty.

Each month throughout the season, the nine districts in New Zealand recognise the best local rescue and enters it into the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Rescue of the Month award. There are six awards each season and the winners will become finalists for the BP Surf Rescue of the Year presented in September.




Spacewalk Complete at 7:23 p.m. EDT

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The S6 truss (lower left) rests at the end of Canadarm2, the International Space Station’s robotic arm. Photo credit: NASA

Astronauts today installed the International Space Station’s final truss segment, Starboard 6, containing the fourth pair of solar arrays. Once the solar array wings are unfurled, the segment will provide the final complement of power to the station.

After station robotic arm drivers John Phillips and Koichi Wakata guided the truss into position, spacewalkers Steve Swanson and Richard Arnold connected bolts to permanently attach S6 to S5. The spacewalkers plugged in power and data connectors to the truss, prepared a radiator to cool it, opened boxes containing the new solar arrays and deployed the Beta Gimbal Assemblies containing masts that support the solar arrays. Mission Control in Houston deployed the radiator, and the stage is set for solar array wing deploy on Friday at 10:58 a.m. EDT.



New Rig for Tall Ship Loth Loriën


The Dutch tall ship Loth Loriën will be sporting a new sail rig when she arrives in Portsmouth in May 2009. This beautiful ship has undergone a transformation over the winter to convert what was a three-mast schooner into a three-mast barquentine.

The ship’s owner, Jaap van der Rest, has spent the last few months working hard to replace the foremast and adding four new yard arms and square sails in time for the summer season. The change in rig will give the ship a totally different appearance and will also change her dynamics under sail. “The changes have made a lot of work for the team” says Van der Rest “but the transformation is astonishing – she looks fantastic!” The work was carried out in a ship yard in the north of Holland where the foremast was removed and shortened and the new fittings for the yards secured in place. The new steel yard arms were built off-site and the new sails attached before they were hoisted into position on the mast. The new rope work has now to be completed before the first sail tests can be carried out.



Northstar Network Ltd. Receives a $2.6m Contract to Manufacture Consoles for the Canadian Navy’s 12 Halifax Class Frigates

HMCS Regina (FFH 334)

March 17, 2009 –[ASDWire]– St. John’s NL – Northstar Network Ltd. (Northstar) a wholly owned subsidiary of Northstar Electronics Inc. (OTCBB: NEIK) announced today that it has been awarded a $2.6 million contract by L-3 Communications MAPPS Inc. (L-3 MAPPS) to manufacture 66 Standard Marine Consoles and 60 Local Operating Panels as part of its Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS). This upgrade will modernize the Canadian Navy’s 12 Halifax Class Frigates and improve their operational effectiveness.



Week 10: Back into the Northern Hemisphere for Musandam, Mohsin and crew


In Brief:

Through the Doldrums and finally back into the Northern Hemisphere for the first time in 63 days?.
Spirits are high onboard but the wind remains light, boat speed averages have been low and no significant breeze is forecast before the finish.?
The temperature is now rising, but the crew get a brief respite from the heat as tropical rain showers offer them a chance to rinse off?.
Anticipation of Musandam’s arrival is reaching fever pitch as a ‘Go Mohsin!’ roadshow tours the capital city of Muscat. A grand welcome in front of the local, regional and global press is planned for the evening of Musandam’s arrival.

Mohsin Al Busaidi is set to become the first Arab to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and his accomplishment to date is already inspiring school kids to take up sailing and young Omani adults to apply for the next Race Team selection process in April.



Premier Shipping & Packing Limited appointed as Official Logistics Partner for the Clipper 09-10 Race


Frank Dixie (left) and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (right) in front of one of the Clipper 68-foot ocean racing yachts

Premier Shipping and Packing Ltd, PSP, has come onboard as the Official Logistics Partner for the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. As one of the leading freight forwarders in southern England, PSP will provide logistical support for the seventh edition of the race which starts from the Humber on 13 September.



Spacewalkers Prepare for S6 Truss Installation

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The International Space Station’s robotic arm grasps the S6 truss while space shuttle Discovery is docked to the orbital outpost. Photo credit: NASA TV

Thu, 19 Mar 2009 03:23:43 PM GMT

Space station robotic arm operator John Phillips is moving the S6 truss segment to its pre-installation position at the end of the S5 truss. Astronauts Steve Swanson and Richard Arnold are donning their spacesuits in preparation for today’s 1:13 p.m. EDT spacewalk. Timeliners have updated a few of today’s activities, including adding a task to repair space shuttle Discovery’s bicycle ergometer at 5:23 p.m. The updated highlights are below.



The Story of Albion

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The newly restored wherry Albion, the oldest surviving’ black sailed trader’ on the Norfolk Broads ,was rescued by a group of enthusiasts in 1949, and has been lovingly restored and maintained by a charity, the Norfolk Wherry Trust.

At 111 years old, she has just emerged from an extensive £100,000 re-fit, which has included new heavy timbers and keel. The only trading wherry available for charter hire, she is ready to earn her keep this summer by taking parties out for a unique experience.