IWA ALARMED AT SEVERITY OF WATERWAYS BUDGET CUTS

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The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) is alarmed at the depth of the
cuts proposed for inland waterways navigation authority budgets following
the announcement of British Waterways grant in aid for next year (2010/11).
Reports indicate that this year's available grant of £57.448m (1.) will be
reduced to just £47.848m, representing an over 16.7% reduction.
British Waterways £57.448m grant this year, fails to address an ongoing
deficit of between £20-30 million each year just to maintain the system in
a steady state of repair. The proposed cuts will exacerbate an already
critical situation.
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Lockheed Martin Aegis BMD Weapon System Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target, Successfully Tests New Capabilities

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MOORESTOWN, N.J., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) Aegis
Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System today destroyed a ballistic missile target in an
at-sea firing under operationally realistic conditions. The event also successfully
demonstrated two new capabilities on other ships. These tests mark the continued
successful engineering development of the next generational upgrade in Aegis
BMD capability.

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9 billion euro contract for 112 Eurofighter Typhoons signed

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The signature of the Eurofighter programme's third tranche by the four
partner nations, reaffirms the strategic choice of investing in high
technology in order to obtain more significant returns in the long period,
from both the industrial and the employment points of view. Today the
Eurofighter, the most effective new-generation air defence aircraft, is
also the main industrial collaboration programme in Europe.  Furthermore,
as compared to its competitors, and in respect of lower development costs,
the Typhoon guarantees the independence of our industry in the development
of innovation sectors and a strongest economic impact at national and also
regional levels, especially in the Piedmont and in the Puglia regions".

Joining this programme for any possible future customer will bring strong
returns in terms of economic impact and a step forward in the technology
skills of the local industry.

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Touchdown for Space Shuttle Endeavour

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Fri, 31 Jul 2009 03:48:51 PM GMT

Space shuttle Endeavour touched down at 10:48: a.m. EDT. at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Commander Mark Polansky is expected to make a brief statement on the runway after the post-landing walk-around of the shuttle. The post-landing news conference is set for approximately 1 p.m. and will air live on NASA Television. The crew’s news conference is set to begin at about 3:15 p.m. The astronauts return to Houston’s Ellington Field is tentatively set for about 5 p.m. Saturday.

STS-127 was the 127th space shuttle mission, the 23rd flight for Endeavour and the 29th shuttle visit to the station.

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Endeavour Closes Payload Bay Doors

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Fri, 31 Jul 2009 11:56:52 AM GMT

Entry Flight Director Bryan Lunney gave a “go” for payload bay door closure. The weather at Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility is currently observed and forecast “go” for the first landing opportunity at 10:48 a.m. EDT. The team will continue to monitor weather before making the decision at approximately 9:22 a.m. whether to press ahead with the deorbit burn. The burn would occur at 9:42 a.m. EDT for that first landing opportunity.

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Wells lifeboat tows rudderless yacht to safety

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Date: 31/07/2009

Author: John Mitchell, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Wells RNLI inshore lifeboat was called to rescue a yacht who had lost her rudder when leaving harbour in the early hours of this morning.

The ten metre yacht, Blue, had been visiting Wells Harbour. She departed on the early morning tide at about 1:00am with a man and a young person on board.

As they negotiated the outer reaches of the channel, the yacht struck bottom. The grounding damaged her rudder and she lost steerage.

Wells lifeboat was paged at 3:23am this morning by Yarmouth Coastguard after they had received a call from Blue’s skipper and the inshore lifeboat launched 15 minutes later.

The lifeboat arrived on the scene at 3:54am and assisted the yacht in anchoring in deep water approximately one mile north of the harbour.

The lifeboat crew stayed with the yacht until they were sure the anchor was holding and its crew were in no immediate danger.

At 4:15am they then returned to the boathouse, where the inshore lifeboat was re-fuelled and ready for service again at 4:30am.

The yacht will remain at anchor until the next tide which will be this afternoon. The intention is that the harbour launch will tow her back into the harbour when there is sufficient water.

The lifeboat will be on hand to assist.

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Calshot RNLI in mayday call to stricken yacht

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Date: 30/07/2009

Author: Tim Woodcock, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

The Calshot all-weather lifeboat Sarah Emily Harrop was called today (Thursday) to aid a Parker 235 24foot yacht called ‘Kinkajou’ that had been blown onto rocks near Gurnard on the Isle of Wight.

The yacht was blown off course and onto the rocks during a short spell of squally weather with driving rain and poor visibility.

The single-handed sailor put out a mayday call and the Calshot RNLI lifeboat launched to his assistance, in the meantime, a passing Army vessel had stood by the stricken yacht to await the arrival of the lifeboat.

A crew member boarded the casualty yacht to assess whether any serious damage had occurred, the vessel was deemed to be seaworthy and she was taken in tow to the Beaulieu River entrance to the waiting Harbourmasters launch.

Duncan Christie lifeboat coxswain said that the Skipper had been well equipped with VHF Radio and other safety kit and that he had done the right thing in putting out a mayday call at the beginning of his ordeal in light of the unknown damage to his vessel.

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Antiques Fair to benefit RNLI at Royal Marine Hotel

Date: 30/07/2009

Author: Sorcha Jowitt, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

library photo of Dun Laoghaire lifeboat demonstration (Credit RNLI/)An Antiques Fair is being held at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire on 16 August 2009 and the entrance fee in is being donated to the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. Tickets are priced at €3.50 and the fair will be open between 11am and 6pm.

The Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, a well-known and popular location boasts panoramic views of Dun Laoghaire harbour. The area is also home to one of the busiest lifeboat stations in the RNLI. The volunteer lifeboat crew in Dun Laoghaire operate an inshore and an all weather lifeboat all year round.

Fifty antiques dealers will take part in the fair, displaying an extensive range of antiques and collectors items from Victorian furniture and military medals to jewellery, books and post cards.

Caroline Mason Area Fundraising Manager with the RNLI said: ‘we are very grateful to Antiques Fairs Ireland and Joan Murray for donating the entrance fee for this popular event to the lifeboats. The funds raised will help us save lives at sea. I know this fair will be a must see for serious collectors or those simply looking for something to fill a Sunday afternoon. It promises to be a charity event with a historical twist’.

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Lockheed Martin and Harris Corporation Deliver Innovative Video, Geospatial Intelligence Tools to USJFCOM’s Empire Challenge 09




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CHINA LAKE, Calif., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Warfighters at
Empire Challenge 09 are test-driving next-generation capabilities for
managing and analyzing full-motion video feeds, thanks to a set of
advanced video and geospatial intelligence technologies delivered by
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an
international communications and information technology company. The
technologies are playing a key role in Empire Challenge 09, an annual
multinational intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
interoperability demonstration run by the U.S. Joint Forces Command.
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