UK Warship Hosts Rugby League Cup Draw

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK Warship Hosts Rugby League Cup Draw February 29, 2012 Helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious was the unique venue for the draw of the next round of Rugby League’s most famous competition. England’s Head Coach Steve McNamara flew aboard Lusty in the North Sea with the precious Carnegie Challenge Cup to pick the clashes in the second round of the contest – the stage at which Forces teams enter the fray.This is the most coveted trophy in Rugby League, the Carnegie Challenge Cup – the sport’s equivalent of the FA Cup – being delivered by an RAF Search and Rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer to HMS Illustrious off the East Coast of England.The reason? The helicopter carrier was the unusual venue for the draw for the second round of the competition – the point at which all three Armed Forces enter the fray alongside 14 National Conference League Premier Division clubs and the 11 teams who have negotiated the preliminary and first rounds of the competition.The draw was carried out in Lusty’s cavernous hangar by England Head Coach Steve McNamara and Captain Martin Connell, Commanding Officer of HMS Illustrious – watched by some eager League fans… and one player who was particularly interested in the outcome.ET Mike Haldenby, 26, from Hull is one of the members of the Royal Navy Rugby League team currently serving in HMS Illustrious.“As a player and fan of rugby league, to be able to watch the second round draw of this famous competition on board my ship and to meet Steve McNamara has been fantastic.  It is an experience I will never forget,” he said.Illustrious is currently conducting flying training in the North Sea with Jungly Sea Kings of 848 Naval Air Squadron operating alongside the fearsome Apache gunships of the Army Air Corps; one of the latter provided an imposing backdrop for the Challenge Cup draw.That draw pitted the RN Seniors – known as the Brothers – against Leigh Miners Rangers with the tie to be played in Portsmouth on the weekend of March 11-12; the Navy bowed out of the competition at this stage last year. The Army were drawn away against Oulton Raiders and the RAF away against East Hull.If any of the Service teams make it through to the third round they could be rewarded with a tie against a national championship side such as Sheffield Eagles. The Super League giants such as St Helens, Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors don’t weigh in until the fourth round.The draw was a brief distraction for Lusty ahead of the winter exercises inside the Arctic Circle alongside HMS Bulwark, Liverpool and numerous NATO allies.“It has been a pleasure to welcome Mr McNamara on board – and a personal privilege to have been involved in drawing the balls for the second round of this prestigious competition,” said Capt Connell.As for the Challenge Cup, it’s actually a replica of the original 1897 trophy which was deemed too fragile to be presented any more. It is treated with as much reverence as the Victorian cup – when not locked in a secure cabinet it must be accompanied by at least one person (two if in a car), and if it’s out of its the current home in the trophy cabinet of Wigan Warriors overnight, someone has to sleep in the same room to guard.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 29, 2012; Image: royalnavy View post tag: Rugby View post tag: Draw View post tag: Warship View post tag: Navy View post tag: hosts UK Warship Hosts Rugby League Cup Drawcenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Cup View post tag: League View post tag: Naval Share this article Training & Education View post tag: UKlast_img read more

Get attached to the Quattro

first_imgApuro (Solihull, West Midlands) has launched the Quattro QPM20 planetary mixer. The company says it is robust, reliable and available through catering equipment distributors nationwide. The 20-litre mixer features a ‘number 12’ hub that is compatible with accessories from well-known suppliers – so bakers needing a new mixer will still be able to use their current attachments. The QPM20 is suitable for high-volume mixing, from heavy doughs to eggs, cream and mayonnaise. The mixer is supplied complete with a dough hook, beater and whisk, and its planetary mixing action ensure a homogenous mix, claims Apuro. A mincer attachment is also available. The mixer is designed as a ‘workhorse’ machine, says the company. A powerful, cooled 0.5hp electric motor drives a heavy-duty heat-treated steel transmission, delivering three speeds (106, 197 and 359rpm), from a standard 13-amp power supply, says the company. The finish is steel and stainless steel, while the bowl and bowl guard are stainless steel. Larger Quattro models are also available.last_img read more

Invicta names Martin Brown as managing director

first_imgSource: InvictaBakery supplier Invicta has appointed Martin Brown as its new managing director.Former operations director Martin Brown will succeed John Waddington as managing director. As a result, Waddington will become group chairman.Brown began working for Invicta as operations manager in 2016. He has over 30 years of experience in the food production industry.He has been responsible for increasing production and efficiency, including the introduction of new machinery to keep the firm at the forefront of changing technology.The move to restructure its management team follows a transfer to employee ownership.Invicta has joined a growing number of firms across the UK that are owned by their employees, it said.“This is undoubtedly a landmark moment in the company’s 108-year history. The staff are all highly skilled and dedicated to providing the best products and services for our customers. Giving them a stake in the company not only recognises this hard work and commitment but also promotes the company’s future development and sustainability,” said Waddington, who joined Invicta in 1978.Brown has overseen the development of an array of new products to ensure that Invicta’s comprehensive metal ware and plastics ranges continue to meet customers’ needs. He has also increased the company’s capacity to undertake bespoke projects.“I will strive to maintain our industry-wide reputation for manufacturing top-quality products at competitive prices, backed by fast, friendly and efficient service. Employee ownership puts the emphasis on the people at the heart of an organisation; involving them in key-decision making and thereby realising their collective potential and input,” added Brown.last_img read more

Lasting Valentine Roses

first_imgHer face lit up at the sight of the beautiful roses you gave her for Valentine’s Day.But how’s she going to make them last?University of Georgia extension horticulturist Paul Thomas said it’s not hard to keep yourroses looking great.”Clean water and vases are important to prolonging the life of cut flowers,”he said. “Wash vases often, because microorganisms remaining in unclean vasesmultiply quickly.”Thomas said changing cut-flower solutions once a day and cutting one-fourth of an inchoff the stems in a bowl of water prevents molds and fungi from clogging up the stem. “It’s important to use sharp scissors,” he said. “Blunt ones will clogup the stem even more.”Treating the water in the vase can prolong your arrangement’s freshness. “Add fouror five tablespoons of sugar per gallon of water, or add floral preservatives availablefrom your florist,” he said. “Use preservatives according to the instructions.Too high a concentration may be harmful to the flowers.”Preventing the flowers from drying out is important, too.”Flowers retain a fresh appearance much longer when the air humidity is relativelyhigh,” he said. “If they’re kept in a room with dry air, they should be mistedwith water once a day or every other day. Putting the arrangement in the refrigerator atnight will prolong its life, too, if the fridge contains 10 percent to 15 percenthumidity.”Thomas said keeping the flowers out of direct sunlight or drafts of warm or cold airkeeps them from being dried out.UGA extension horticulturist Gary Wade saidsagging roses can be perked up.”When cut roses begin to droop or wilt, submerge the entire flower into a flat panof warm water,” he said. “Gently straighten the heads and cut off the stems,while under water, two inches from the ends. Allow the roses to stay two hours in thewater to revive.”Once a flower dies, however, it’s best to remove it from the bunch.”Dead flowers produce ethylene that kills other flowers rapidly,” Thomassaid. “Also, remove unnecessary foliage below the water level, because it decayseasily.”Wade said some of the quality and freshness of roses may be lost in theirtransportation.”Roses sold in Georgia are imported from South America,” he said. “TheGeorgia climate is too hot, and the heat makes for a high incidence of disease.”last_img read more

General Dynamics to Acquire AxleTech International

first_imgGeneral Dynamics to Acquire AxleTech InternationalGlobal manufacturer of heavy duty vehicle components will expand General Dynamics’ productofferings, customer baseFALLS CHURCH, Va. – General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) and The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm,have entered into a definitive agreement for General Dynamics to acquire AxleTech International, a globalmanufacturer and supplier of axles, axle components, planetary axles, independent suspensions, brakes andaftermarket parts for military vehicles, commercial specialty trucks, and off-highway machines used in theconstruction, material handling, forestry, mining and agricultural markets.The effects of the acquistion on the Burlington, VT, plant are not yet known.AxleTech International employs approximately 1,000 workers worldwide. It is based in Troy, Michigan,and has manufacturing facilities in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; St. Etienne,France; and Osasco, Brazil.The proposed acquisition, which has been approved by both companies, would be immediately accretive toGeneral Dynamics earnings. The transaction is subject to normal regulatory approvals and is expected toclose by the end of 2008. AxleTech International will become part of Charlotte, North Carolina-basedGeneral Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.In announcing the acquisition, Charles M. Hall, General Dynamics executive vice president for CombatSystems, said, “AxleTech International is a well-run company with a strong management team and a skilledworkforce that offers a high-value line of quality products to a global customer base. We look forward tomaintaining and strengthening the relationships AxleTech International enjoys with its existing customers,expanding and diversifying the technical products General Dynamics provides to customers around theworld, and pursuing new markets together through collaboration among the product experts at eachcompany.”Mary Petrovich, chief executive officer of AxleTech International, said, “We are very pleased to be joiningGeneral Dynamics. The expertise and competencies that each of our companies brings to this relationshipwill create a stronger, more-competitive provider of quality vehicle components and subsystems tocustomers around the world.”Gregory S. Ledford, Carlyle Managing Director, said, “Carlyle is pleased to have supported AxleTechsworld class management team in its strategic objective of expanding product lines and broadening itscustomer base. We are confident AxleTech will continue to prosper as part of General Dynamics.”AxleTech International is a leading supplier of heavy-duty off-road and high-mobility planetary hubreductionaxles, independent suspensions, electric motorized planetary wheel ends, brakes and transfercases to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) on every continent. The company provides service andsupport to customers around the world through an extensive network of reliable partners in Europe, Asia,Africa, the Middle East, South America and Australia.General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics, is a provensystems integrator of defense products for all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense and theMinistries of Defense of over 30 allied nations.General Dynamics Armament and Technical Productsdesigns, develops and produces high-performance armament systems, a full range of high-performancecomposite products for the aerospace industry, biological and chemical detection systems, advanced sensorand vision-enhancement systems, and mobile shelter systems.General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,200 people worldwide.The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armamentsand munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies.The Carlyle Group is a global private equity firm with $91.5 billion of assets under management committedto 66 funds as of September 30, 2008. Carlyle invests in buyouts, growth capital, real estate and leveragedfinance in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America focusing on aerospace &defense, automotive & transportation, consumer & retail, energy & power, financial services, healthcare,industrial, infrastructure, technology & business services and telecommunications & media. Since 1987, thefirm has invested $52.7 billion of equity in 870 transactions for a total purchase price of approximately$225.8 billion. www.carlyle.com(link is external)Certain statements made in this press release, including any statements as to future results of operationsand financial projections, may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the PrivateSecurities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements are based onmanagement’s current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. These statements are notguarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict.Therefore, actual future results and trends may differ materially from what is forecast in forward-lookingstatements due to a variety of factors. Additional information regarding these factors is contained in thecompany’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, its AnnualReport on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made. The company does not undertakeany obligation to update or publicly release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflectevents, circumstances or changes in expectations after the date of this press release.# # #last_img read more

Ascension Technology teams with CIVCO on new medical procedure

first_imgCIVCO Medical Solutions and Ascension Technology Corporation, based in Burlington, have announced a new biopsy needle localization and guidance system for minimally invasive medical procedures.When integrated with 3D ultrasound visualization tools it enables accurate, percutaneous targeting to lesions without radiation or open surgery.  The companies will show live demonstrations of the system at SIR 2009, San Diego, CA, March 7 – 12, 2009.Ascension developed the world’s smallest six degrees-of-freedom (DOF) sensor, 0.9mm in diameter, for the application.  Key advantages include: inconspicuous guidance of surgical instruments, metallic immunity, and fast, simultaneous tracking of multiple sensors. CIVCO has designed a proprietary tracking needle with a protective reusable housing for the six degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) sensor.  Combined with the Ascension sensor technology, the needle allows simultaneous tracking of the distal tip of the needle and the ultrasound scan planes allowing clinicians to visualize the necessary patient anatomy as well as the position of the needle tip in real-time.Ultrasound imaging alone cannot always guarantee the tip of a needle or the electrodes of an ablation probe will hit the center of a three-dimensional lesion – especially a small one.  The new approach takes the estimation and inconsistencies out of ultrasound-assisted biopsy and RF ablation by instantly tracking both the 3D location of the ultrasound transducer and the tip of the needle.  If pre-operative imaging is indicated for selecting the best interventional path or for comparing the results of different imaging modalities, the sensor aligns the real-time ultrasound image with the pre-operative image in a process called image fusion.Procedurally, the sensor’s real-time spatial data is graphically overlaid on video images of the B-scan plane.  The clinician can then monitor the real-time trajectory of the needle through delicate anatomy of the geometric center of an internal target, such as a tumor, cyst or polyp.  This process clearly visualizes the location of the needle – either “in” or “out” of plane – for either a longitudinal or transverse approach.  Even before the skin is punctured, the system registers the biopsy needle to the center of the target, predicting the path of the needle while avoiding other anatomical structures.  As the needle advances towards the target, the fused images provide real-time feedback as the path to be taken.  Once optimally positioned, the needle can be rotated to a perpendicular plane to provide three-dimensional verification that the tip is on target.  Targets can also be marked and mapped for follow-up. Measurements are unaffected when tracking in close proximity to intravascular ultrasound arrays, composite beds, low frequency noise sources, and common hospital metals, such as 300-series stainless steels, titanium, and aluminum.  When used with Ascension’s flat magnetic field generator, the system can be used on gurneys, hospital beds, and procedural tables without distortion of measurements by the presence of ferromagnetic metals.At SIR, CIVCO will demonstrate the device in Booth #108. Ascension will demonstrate in Booth #1442.  About CIVCOWith over 25 years of experience, CIVCO Medical Solutions is recognized as an industry leader in enabling technology for improved treatment outcomes.  Its products continue to be the benchmarks for quality and design in diagnostic ultrasound imaging, patient positioning and radiation oncology.  CIVCO’s commitment to enhancing patient care is strengthened by the relationships built with clinicians and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the globe.  The company’s ongoing collaborative research and development efforts seek to simplify procedures and improve the quality of care for patients.  Corporate information and product information is available at www.civco.com(link is external)About AscensionAscension Technology Corporation is a world leader in magnetic 3D localization and guidance for medical applications.  Its third generation magnetic sensors represent the key enabling technology for image-guided procedures.  More information about Ascension trackers along with streaming video is available at www.ascension-tech.com(link is external)Biomedical reference and procedures described herein are examples of what can be accomplished with 3D tracking and imaging technology when used in compliance with pertinent FDA/CE/IRB directives.Procedural or Applications Patents Pending.Source: Ascension Technology. March 3, 2009last_img read more

FinCEN’s stats on elder financial abuse

first_imgLast month, FinCEN released a strategic analysis of BSA filings regarding elder financial exploitation and it revealed some pretty concerning trends.In the six-ish years between October 2013 and August 2019, FinCEN tracked a 20% increase in the number of filings reporting elder abuse and a 30% increase in the amount of money involved in the reported activities. This increase in filings could mean a significant uptick in elder financial exploitation activity, but it could also meant that financial institutions are watching more closely and reporting more often than they used to.SAR narratives of a statistically representative sample indicated that 77% of reported elder financial exploitation scams involved money transfer scams conducted through MSBs. 21% involved theft perpetrated through depository institutions.MSB ScamsThe MSB scams most often involved lottery, person-in-need or romance scams and resulted in the elders sending money to someone they did not know. FinCEN provided brief descriptions of these scams: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Oakdale Mall to open July 20

first_imgThe malls says it will announce an opening date once it “has everything in place.” (WBNG) — On Friday, malls are allowed to open in New York State as long as they are in regions that are part of phase four. The malls says it plans to be compliant with the HVAC filtration mandates by Governor Andrew Cuomo. One of the requirements is that malls must have an advanced HVAC filtration system. In a Facebook post, the Oakdale Mall says it is working to meet the requirements to reopen. 12:33 P.M. UPDATE:center_img Destiny USA in Syracuse, N.Y. and the Arnot Mall in Big Flats, N.Y. are reopening Friday. However, the Oakdale Mall remains closed. —– (WBNG) — The Oakdale Mall says it will reopen on July 20. 12 News is working to get more details from the Oakdale Mall. Stay with 12 News for more information.last_img read more

Arsenal flop Unai Emery refuses to rule out Premier League return

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Apr 2020 10:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link367Shares Unai Emery was sacked by Arsenal back in November (Picture: Getty)Arsenal flop Unai Emery insists he has not ruled out the prospect of an imminent return to England and the Premier League.Arsene Wenger’s successor was fired in November following a calamitous run of results which culminated in a shock Europa League defeat against Eintracth Frankfurt, played out in front of a half empty Emirates Stadium.Emery, who led Arsenal to last season Europa League final where they were crushed 4-1 by Chelsea, was subsequently interviewed for the managerial job at Everton but was overlooked with the Toffees’ board opting for Carlo Ancelotti instead. Following his sudden and acrimonious departure from Arsenal, Emery has publicly criticised his former players and argued he inherited a team in something close to disaray upon his arrival in the summer of 2018.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd despite enduring a difficult relationship with Arsenal fans during his time in north London, the Spaniard insists he is ready to have another crack at management and although Spain remains his likeliest destination, England remains a possibility. Comment Advertisement Arsenal flop Unai Emery refuses to rule out Premier League return Arsenal have shown signs of significant improvement under Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Eurosport’s ‘Confinados’ programme about his future, Emery said: ‘I am open to coaching.‘In Spain, in England, in Italy, in France, elsewhere… but if you ask me where I think I will be, I think I will be closer to the Spanish league.‘After four years if I have a good chance to return to Spain and I feel like it, I want to face it.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal“he first objective is to return next season, but if I can’t find anything that fits what I hope for or reaches my heart, I will wait.‘Everton was interested in me and I thought about it. I didn’t say no, we also had a three-hour interview.’MORE: Arsenal and Man Utd target Dayot Upamecano performs transfer U-turnMORE: Lukas Podolski explains his iconic reaction to Arsenal beating Tottenham at White Hart Lanelast_img read more