The Irish RNLI lifeboat community gather to celebrate the retirement of a long serving lifeboat mechanic

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On Saturday night, 29 January, a retirement party was held for Michael Lane Walsh in the Schooner Bar, Ballycotton. Michael was a member of the Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat for 37 years, joining when his father, Mikey Lane Walsh, was Coxswain. In 1977 Michael became second mechanic of the RNLI all weather lifeboat and in 1978 he took up the full time position of station mechanic. This is a role he carried out with exceptional diligence until his retirement on Tuesday last, 25 January 2011.

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Enjoyable night at Ballymaloe House in aid of Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat

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Friday night, 28 January, the annual gala dinner in aid of Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat was held at Ballymaloe House. This is the first fundraising event of the year for the Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat fundraising committee. Over 100 guests arrived to support this charitable cause. For some it is the high light of their year. The evening started with a sumptuous meal, followed by music in the drawing room and in the conservatory. In her speech Fiona Flynn, chairman of the Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat fundraising committee, welcomed the RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, Eileen Kearney, and all the guests. She thanked the management and staff at Balllymaloe House for the care they had taken to ensure an enjoyable evening was had by all. Ms. Flynn informed the guests that in 2010 Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat had launched 22 times and helped to save 40 persons at sea. She reminded those present that without their support for events such as this it would not be possible to run this free service and asked them for their continued support. Ms. Flynn finished her speech by announcing that for the energetic guests music was provided in the conservatory by Scruffy and for those who enjoyed a more relaxed end to their evening Rory Allen was providing entertainment in the drawing room. The evening finished with guests wandering from one area to another, enjoying all that was on offer, and glad to be able to support the RNLI lifeboat service.

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Hawker Beechcraft Selects Salina Airport Authority for Light Attack Training Package

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WICHITA, Kan. (Jan. 28, 2011) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Salina Airport Authority to use Salina’s airport, airspace and vast array of civilian and military resources for training associated with HBC’s Light Attack aircraft. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) plans to competitively award a Light Air Support contract within the next six months. If HBC’s Light Attack aircraft is selected, pilot and maintenance training at Salina could begin in late 2012.

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Northrop Grumman Highlights Industry Leading ISR Capabilities at Aero India 2011

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LONDON, Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is highlighting its industry-leading range of capabilities in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) including airborne early warning and control systems for maritime reconnaissance, fire control radars and unmanned aerial vehicles, at the Aero India 2011 exhibition and air show.

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Supply-chain security on the agenda as Mitropoulos meets top US Official

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IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos today met Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, to discuss issues surrounding security in the global supply chain. Mr. Mitropoulos and Ms. Napolitano discussed partnership arrangements involving IMO, the World Customs Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization to improve security in the transport system.

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G4S included in the Ethibel EXCELLENCE Investment Register

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G4S has been selected for inclusion in the Ethibel EXCELLENCE Investment Register

G4S has been selected for inclusion in the Ethibel EXCELLENCE Investment Register (see www.ethibel.org ) since 10/12/2010.

Forum ETHIBEL supports investors in their search for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) products that offer a fair balance between economic progress, environmental protection, and social justice.

Mark Elliott, non-executive director and chairman of the CSR committee, G4S plc commented “we are very pleased to be included in the Ethibel EXCELLENCE Investment Register which recognises G4S is showing a better than average performance in terms of corporate sustainability and responsibility in our sector on a worldwide basis.”

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Koçoglu Aviation Takes Delivery of Another AW109 Power

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AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Koçoglu Aviation of Turkey has taken delivery of another emergency medical service (EMS) configured AW109 Power light twin engine helicopter. The handover was performed during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant today in the presence of Turkish Ministry of Health dignitaries as well as representatives from the operator and AgustaWestland.

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IMO Secretary-General in ship-recycling talks with Bangladesh leader

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IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos met the Honourable Sheik Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, in London today, as a follow-up to his visit to Bangladesh earlier this month. The Secretary-General sought to enlist support and action for the early ratification of the Hong Kong International Convention on the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 and the implementation and enforcement of the technical standards contained therein; and offered technical co-operation assistance for capacity building in Bangladesh.

 

Bangladesh, along with India, China, Pakistan and Turkey, is among the world’s leading ship recycling countries, but there are long-standing concerns over the safety and environmental aspects of the industry – concerns which the Hong Kong Convention seeks to address.

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