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Pilot thanks kayakers who rescued him from small plane crash

first_imgBrett Easter(KENT, Washington) — A bright yellow ultralight plane made an incredible crash water landing and two nearby kayakers were in the right place at the right time to save the pilot’s day.Brett Easter took off from Norman Grier Field in Kent, Washington, on Monday unaware that he would have to make a quick maneuver to save his life.The propellers stopped moving shortly after takeoff and Easter told ABC News affiliate KOMO that he looked for a clear place to land setting his sights on Lake Morton.“At that point, you don’t know where the airplane is going,” he said. “I mean there are houses over here and no one deserves to pay for my engine failureSo Easter said he made a quick decision to land his plane on a lake and executed a perfect water landing.But upon landing in the water, he got tangled in his jacket and became trapped in the 47-degree water.Easter kicked ferociously for 10 minutes in an attempt to stay above water.“I was totally expecting not to wake up from it,” he said.Just as it seemed like all hope was lost, two good Samaritans appeared on a kayak and came to his aid.“Robert was yelling at him, ‘Stay up, you’re going to be okay, this isn’t your day. Not today,’” Lori Jurek told ABC News.Robert Thomas said that they watched the plane go down and paddled over to the scene. They helped Easter keep his head above water while a canoe brought them back to shore.“I just jumped in and was paddling as fast as I could and I’m turning 60 this month, so it wasn’t as easy as it used to be,” Lori said.“Everything worked perfectly for him to survive this,” Thomas added. “The day, the time, everything.”The young pilot spent a night at the hospital, according to KOMO, but still had water in his lungs when he was released.Despite the turbulent start with his new aircraft, Easter said it won’t keep him down.“I’m definitely not done flying. It’s not gonna keep me out of the sky. One engine failure’s not gonna do it for me,” he said.The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Employers not ready for Net, managers say

first_imgAquarter of business managers believe they do not have the necessary skills andexperience to work in the dotcom sector, according to a report by AshridgeCollege released this week.E-researchfound that 60 per cent of the 500 Ashridge alumni who responded to the surveybelieve employers are not properly prepared for the Internet. Only 17 per centof business managers have adequate leadership skills.Recruitmentand retention of talented staff is also a key consideration the respondentsfeel companies have to address to be successful. Half of the respondentsclaimed that working for a dotcom is too risky.Reportauthor Helen Wildsmith said, “After the tech-stock bubble burst lastApril, several commentators decided the Internet was merely a fad that has hadits day. But only 1 per cent of the managers believe the Internet is notimportant to the organisation they work for.”Thereport also reveals that e-learning is under-used, with only 25 per cent ofrespondents claiming they have used the Internet to learn new skills, although85 per cent of those feel it is effective.Morethan 75 per cent of the respondents occupy senior positions in theirorganisations. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Employers not ready for Net, managers sayOn 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

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JMU rolls into FCS title game, 30-14 over Weber St.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBen DiNucci threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and James Madison routed Weber State 30-14 to reach the Championship Subdivision national championship game.The Dukes led 24-7 at halftime, added two second-half field goals and let their defense take care of the rest. They will face North Dakota State for the FCS national title in Frisco, Texas, on January 11th.Weber State saw its playoff run end at Bridgeforth Stadium for the second time in three seasons.DiNucci hit Riley Stapleton with scoring throws of 18 and 34 yards and also scored on a 1-yard run. Written by Tags: FCS Playoffs/James Madison Dukes/Weber State Wildcats Football December 21, 2019 /Sports News – Local JMU rolls into FCS title game, 30-14 over Weber St. Associated Presslast_img read more

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USS Fort McHenry Hosts Change of Command Ceremony

first_img USS Fort McHenry Hosts Change of Command Ceremony View post tag: hosts View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Fort Cmdr. Ray Hartman was relieved as commanding officer of the amphibious dock-landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) by Cmdr. Eric Kellum, Nov. 19.Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, directed the accelerated change of command, which was originally scheduled for Dec. 12, due to an investigation into allegations of misconduct by Cmdr. Hartman.Cmdr. Hartman, who took command of Fort McHenry in May 2011, has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of Destroyer Squadron 60 pending the results of the investigation.Cmdr. Kellum has served as the ship’s executive officer since April 2011. The new executive officer, Cmdr. Thomas Ulmer has checked aboard the ship.Fort McHenry, homeported out of Little Creek, Va., is currently deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 20, 2012 November 20, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Ceremonycenter_img View post tag: Command Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Fort McHenry Hosts Change of Command Ceremony View post tag: change View post tag: McHenry View post tag: USS Share this articlelast_img read more

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Sons of the American Legion Holds Veterans Day Fundraiser

first_imgOcean City’s Squadron 524 Sons of the American Legion will hold an all-you-can eat Veterans Day buffet with beverages at DiOrio’s Circle Café on Saturday November 11th between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM.Proceeds from this open-to-the-public event will benefit the building fund of the new American Legion Post 524 property at 46th Street and West Avenue.Tickets are available for pre-purchase at $25 each, while        at-the- door tickets will cost $30 each. Contact Dave Garbutt (609) 602-2694 or Mike Hyson (609) 938-1157 for more information or to purchase tickets.last_img read more

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Ulma Packaging

first_imgUlma Packaging offers a range of flowrapping packaging equipment. For small to medium-sized bakery operations the recently updated Florida E flowrapper is suitable for a wide range of bakery applications. Dependent on product, it can operate at up to 150 packs per minute.Another Ulma machine, the Atlanta, has been used in bakeries with medium to high-volume production levels. This machine can easily incorporate a wide range of automatic and semi-automatic feeders and its three independent motors are synchronised by means of an electronic control.last_img read more

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News story: Lift-off: F-35 take-off technology site opens ahead of historic flight trials

first_img Rolls-Royce has pioneered STOVL technology through our development of the Pegasus engine for the Harrier and has now taken that capability to new levels in the shape of the LiftSystem for the F-35B. This new facility enables us to continue produce cutting edge technology to our customer while also ensuring that we are reducing their costs. As we build up to the iconic first F-35 take-offs from our brand-new aircraft carrier, it is timely to open this Bristol site which is making it all possible. The incredibly powerful systems made at this high-tech facility mean our jets will be able to operate from British sovereign territory anywhere across the world’s seas to fight any adversaries which threaten us. The F-35 programme is the biggest in the history of defence, and is supporting a hundred jobs here at LiftWorks – as well as thousands more right across the country. The LiftSystem, which has a thrust strong enough to lift 17 Mini cars and a clutch that provides enough torque to turn the London Eye, was designed and developed by teams of engineers at Rolls Royce engineers in Bristol and Indianapolis.The Bristol site is not only making the LiftFan for UK jets, but for all F-35B jets on order across the world.Production at the site has been building up since 2009, with the official opening now marking the fact that the facility is heading towards peak manufacturing levels.British companies are building 15% by value of all 3,000 F-35s planned for production. It is projected that around £35 billion will be contributed to the UK economy through the programme, with around 25,000 British jobs also being supported.The ‘Liftworks’ facility is one of many cutting-edge manufacturing sites across the UK contributing to the wider Rolls Royce LiftSystem contract for the F35 programme. 40% of the work under this contract takes place in the UK, supporting 900 jobs across the supply chain.During the visit, the Minister unveiled a plaque marking the official opening of the Filton site before embarking on a tour of the facility where he met employees, apprentices and graduates. The F-35B Lightning multi-role fighter jet is the first to combine radar evading stealth technology with supersonic speeds and short take-off and vertical landing capability.During his opening speech, the Minister also announced that the UK has accepted its 16th jet, which is now set to fly into Beaufort, South Carolina. There are around 200 British personnel at the American site testing the aircraft.The fighter jets will be jointly manned by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy and can operate from land and sea, forming a vital part of Carrier Strike when operating from the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.It has been a monumental year for Britain’s F-35 jets, after the first aircraft touched down on home soil in RAF Marham in June, two months ahead of schedule. They are on track to be operational by the end of the year. There are now nine of the jets at the Norfolk base, whilst more British jets continue to undergo flight trials in the United States.Last month saw a British F-35 jet carry out its first trials armed with UK-built weapons, showcasing the major role that the UK plays in the supersonic aircraft. The ASRAAM missiles are built by MBDA, and the Defence Minister also paid a visit to their Bristol factory while he was in the region.The site is benefitting from contracts worth over half a billion-pounds for Royal Navy missile systems which will go on to protect the new Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers and the extended fleet from current and future threats.Both sites form a key part of defence’s huge footprint in the South West, where it spends £5.1-billion with industry, more than in any other part of the country, supporting 33,500 jobs. A state-of-the-art new facility making unique vertical lift technology for fighter jets has been opened by Defence Minister Stuart Andrew in Bristol. Crown copyright.Chief of Materiel (Air) for the MOD’s procurement agency, Defence Equipment and Support Air Marshal Julian Young said:center_img Rolls-Royce Director of Customer Business Defence Alex Zino said: The STOVL system on the UK’s F-35B Lightning II fleet has been performing exceptionally well for the Lightning Force. We saw this earlier this Summer when F-35s used the Vertical Landing Pads at RAF Marham for the first time. The opening of the new LiftWorks facility at Rolls-Royce promises even greater enhancements to this pioneering technology. The ‘LiftWorks’ facility, which has opened at Rolls-Royce in Bristol, makes the ‘LiftSystem’ to provide F-35 fighter jets with a fan propulsion system that allows them to take off over short distances, hover, swivel mid-air and land vertically.It is vital to the jets being able to operate from aircraft carriers, and comes ahead of the stealth jets completing their historic first trials off the flight deck of Britain’s largest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth.The site will support more than 100 jobs in the area after more than £20-million was injected into transforming the former Defence Manufacturing building into an advanced facility dedicated to developing the unique technology.Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said:last_img read more

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News story: Standards Coaching Team making strides in 10 prisons

first_imgPrisons Minister Rory Stewart has met specially-trained prison staff to congratulate them on their efforts to support officers in some of the country’s most challenging jails.The Minister spoke to members of the Standards Coaching Team (SCT) and the officers they are supporting about their work in the jails which are the focus of the 10 Prisons Project.The project was launched last year to bring down violence in some of the most challenging jails, and as part of this SCT was created to provide advice and encouragement to officers in the 10 prisons.At the event in Parliament he thanked members of SCT and the officers they are supporting for their energy and commitment to the 10 Prisons Project.Following a two-week training course at the prison service training college at Newbold Revel, the teams have been working on a rotation around the 10 prisons.Seven weeks in, the first group of prisons to be visited have seen encouraging results. With prison officers feeling more confident, relationships with offenders have improved and staff feel the environment on the wings is calmer and more stable.There have also been physical improvements, with damaged furniture being replaced and cells equipped to a decent standard.Prisons Minister Rory Stewart said: Prison Officer Craig said: It’s been an important step in building the skills and confidence of both our new staff and those who have been in service for some time. They’ve helped drive up standards across all the wings to increase consistency. positive impact already felt across prisons hosting the teams part of wider £10 million strategy to reduce violence and drug use while improving decency at 10 of the most challenging prisons The Standards Coaching Team is a fantastic innovation – putting training of the highest standard at the heart of healthy prisons. I am really impressed by these officers – drawn from across the country – and they are making a rapid visible difference in all the prisons they visit.center_img Governor Sara Pennington said: The two-week package at Newbold Revel has emphasised the importance of pointing staff in the right direction and being a presence to support them. It’s been a really positive experience with a massive impact, staff now have the confidence to challenge and positively engage with the prisoner population. The 10 Prisons Project has seen £10 million investment in some of the most challenging prisons to curb the flow of drugs and phones, while also improving conditions and leadership at those jails. The prisons will serve as models of excellence, with good practice to be spread across the prison estate.The project is part of a multi-million-pound drive to improve security and safety. This includes £16 million to improve conditions for prisoners and staff and £7 million on new security measures, such as security scanners, improved searching techniques, phone-blocking technology and a financial crime unit to target the criminal kingpins operating in prisons.This has come against a backdrop of rising prison officer numbers, with more than 4,700 additional officers now recruited since October 2016 and staffing levels at their highest since 2012.last_img read more

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Irwin’s Bakery creates new look

first_imgIrwin’s Bakery has pumped £250,000 into the rebrand of its Rankin Selection range of traditional Irish breads.The independent Northern Irish bakery has completely redesigned its packaging, and is aiming to capitalise on the success of its Rankin brand in Irwin’s key export markets – Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland – with the new look.A spokesperson for the bakery told British Baker the new packaging was a development of the previous look and maintained its link back to traditional baking. The new packs aim to command more attention, with a shot of colour to draw in the shopper.“The on-pack description and the increased use of see-through plastic also gives newcomers to the range a better idea of what to expect from the products,” he added.The range was created in conjunction with chef Paul Rankin, and was first introduced to Great Britain in 2002. The firm said the range now leads Irwin’s sales strategy and is estimated to be worth more than £16m in annual retail sales.Brian Irwin, executive chairman of Irwin’s Bakery, said: “The aim of the rebrand has been to create a stronger brand platform to further enhance our position within the highly competitive bread market – we want to remind our customers of our products’ quality, taste, versatility and availability.”Sales of Rankin Selection breads have increased by around 30% in Great Britain since 2008, and have more than doubled in the Republic of Ireland.The range includes soda farls, wheaten bannock, wholewheat soda bread, barmbrack, potato farls, sliced fruit soda, fruit loaf, and cinnamon and raisin loaf.last_img read more

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Thorntons stays upbeat despite fall in sales

first_imgThorntons has seen total sales plummet 10.3% in its commercial division to £41.9m.Sales also fell in its retail division to £44.9m, down 2.4% in its second quarter trading figures for the 14 weeks up to and including 10 January 2015.Despite this, the chocolate business saw a 5% increase in like-for-like sales in the retail sector.Thorntons warned on its sales performance on 23 December, when it said it suffered challenges with a number of grocers, as well as short-term difficulties at its centralised warehouse.It saw a 7.8% increase in like-for-like sales during the Christmas period from 1-24 December.The high street chocolate business said there had been high demand for boxed chocolates, seasonal specialities and advent calendars this festive season.Jonathan Hart, chief executive, said: “Alongside very positive results from our retail division for the second year running, we were disappointed that the continued growth we anticipated in the UK commercial channel of our FMCG division had not been delivered. The challenges we experienced within specific grocers accounted for the majority of the share decline.”Good growth in many of our grocery, convenience and high street accounts and a strong performance from our retail division gives us confidence in shopper demand for our brand and products. We continue with our transformation towards an FMCG business and the investment in our people, systems and factory is ongoing. We have good plans for the spring season and the board remains confident in its multi-channel strategy and ongoing transformation.”Interim results for the company will be announced on Monday 2 March.last_img read more

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