first_imgBeechcraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has delivered two Beechcraft T-6C+ military trainers ordered earlier this year to the Mexican Navy Secretaría de Marina (SEMAR), as well as one King Air 350ER, the second of four on order, as part of the Mexican Navy’s ongoing fixed-wing aircraft modernization program. View post tag: Mexican Navy Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Beechcraft: Mexican Navy Receives Three New Aircraft View post tag: receives View post tag: Naval August 22, 2014 View post tag: three View post tag: Beechcraftcenter_img Share this article “Being chosen by the Mexican Navy for this modernization program shows a superior level of confidence not only in Beechcraft products to fill its mission requirements, but in the product support we’ll provide as part of the agreement,” said Russ Bartlett, president, Beechcraft Defense Company. “This is a great example of how militaries around the globe can take advantage of the broad product range and support that Textron Aviation can provide to meet different requirements.”Bartlett also lauded the cooperation between SEMAR officials and the company in moving so swiftly from the T-6C+ contract award in March to delivery this month.The newly delivered King Air is part of a four-aircraft contract signed earlier this year. The first King Air 350ER was delivered just a few months ago, and the remaining aircraft are expected to be delivered by early 2015. In addition to the aircraft, both contracts with SEMAR include parts support as well as training for pilots and mechanics.The T-6C+ features a hard-point wing, Heads-Up Display, Up-Front Control Panel, an integrated glass cockpit and an advanced Esterline CMC Cockpit 4000 avionics suite that greatly expands advanced training opportunities. The systems are integrated with a Hands-On Throttle and Stick (HOTAS), providing the student pilot and instructor with a simpler interface to the digital cockpit. The open architecture design of the Cockpit 4000 provides the flexibility to expand capabilities and continuously meet current and future training needs.[mappress]Press Release, August 22, 2014; Image: Beechcraft View post tag: Aircraft View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Beechcraft: Mexican Navy Receives Three New Aircraft View post tag: americaslast_img read more

first_imgBritish Baker has moved the date of National Cupcake Week to the week commencing 14 September, in order to give bakery retailers more time to prepare. The remit for the week has also been expanded to include everyone from craft bakeries to cafés and supermarkets – so make sure you get involved.The event, to be held from 14-19 September 2009, will be highlighted via special merchandising materials and window stickers, urging customers to come in and treat themselves. Bakers up and down the country are encouraged to capitalise on the ever-popular cupcake trend by heightening customers’ awareness of the huge number of recipes and exotic toppings available for cupcakes, and tempting them to buy at least one during the week.last_img read more

first_imgHandmade slices up marketHandmade Cake Co has launched a few new products for Christmas. Tiffin slices with cranberry, white chocolate tiffin slices with cranberries, cherries and nuts, and apple & mincemeat slices will all be available for the winter. A new whole fruit cake has also been launched, and is pre-sliced into 12 portions.The firm also told BB that it is currently developing a range of whoopie pies, which it hopes to launch in January.Pie firm emphasises MINI linePieminister unveiled its pieMINIster range. The trio of smaller 180g pies, aimed at smaller tummies, are available in three varieties: cheeky chick chicken, ham, peas and cheddar cheese; moo moo steak, gravy, herbs and vegetables; and mini amigo butternut squash, tomatoes, coriander, mixed beans and a hint of chilli.Daily Bread ramps up rangeDaily Bread will be bringing out a new range this month, which will incorporate a provenance and seasonality range of sandwiches, four new classic flavours and three new hot options. A total of 41 products will be added to the menu this month including paninis, wraps and croissants. The firm has also made the move from plastic to cardboard packaging on its classics range.Butt Foods tackles tigersButt Foods has launched a three-strong range of tiger panini breads: plain, chilli & paprika, and Italian-style cheese & herb. They are available pre-sliced and packed in resealable bags. The firm also hinted at a move into sweet treats in the future.Heavenly move to free-fromHeavenly Cakes displayed its new gluten-free range. The firm relaunched its website earlier in the year to give it a 1950s British look. It has expanded to 28 lines, including its new free-from products and a Christmas range. Additions include lemon meringue and very berry meringue shortbread.Impress wraps it upImpress Sandwiches introduced a range of grab-and-go pizza wraps, available in three flavours: breakfast; mozzarella and roasted pepper; and hot pepperoni and ham.Natural poise for Ashbourne Ashbourne Foods has launched a range of cereal bars, muffins and bites called Naturally Nutritious. They contain ingredients such as wholegrain and flaked oats, dried fruits, seeds and fruit juices. The firm also told BB its Sugar ’n’ Spice brand, a premium food-to-go range that features biscuits, slices, cake and cookies, will be launching nationwide in Welcome Break service stations at the end of the month.last_img read more

first_imgVia timhortonsus / Instagram.JAMESTOWN – Tim Hortons is welcoming back its Pumpkin Spice product line-up.Starting September 9, Tim Hortons is celebrating Fall with Pumpkin Spice beverages, Timbits, and a new Pumpkin Spice Dream Donut for a limited time only.This will be at participating U.S. restaurants.The full Fall line-up includes: Pumpkin Spice Latte is a creamy espresso-based beverage served either hot or cold with pumpkin spice syrup, topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice syrup drizzle.Pumpkin Spice Iced Cap is a sweet and cold beverage with pumpkin spice syrup, topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice syrup drizzle.Pumpkin Spice Muffin features a pumpkin spice muffin with cream cheese filling.Pumpkin Spice Timbits® is a sweet pumpkin spice cake donut hole, with a glazed exterior.Pumpkin Spice Glaze Donut is a pumpkin spice flavored cake ring donut coated with a sugary glaze.Pumpkin Spice Dream Donut is a pumpkin spice ring donut covered with sweet frosting, topped with vanilla buttercream, graham cracker toppings, and pumpkin spice syrup drizzle. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 Related Shows London will have to wait a little while longer to stick it to the man. School of Rock has pushed back its West End premiere; the show now aims to headbang across the pond in spring 2017. It was initially reported that the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical was to begin at the London Palladium this fall.”This is a big fishing expedition,” Lloyd Webber said in a statement regarding the casting process. “We need brilliantly talented children who can act, sing and play rock instruments…Our show depends on it. If we do [find them], we will open in the West End in spring 2017. So kids, get the metal out, strut the stuff and help us stick it to the man!”The tuner, directed by Laurence Connor, features music from the hit 2003 movie, as well as new music written by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes. The film was penned by Mike White, directed by Richard Linklater and starred Jack Black as wannabe rock star Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.The Broadway production opened in December 2015 and currently stars Alex Brightman and Sierra Boggess. In addition to the upcoming London bow, a U.S. tour is in the works and aiming for a fall 2017 launch. View Commentscenter_img Alex Brightman in ‘School of Rock'(Photo: Joan Marcus) School of Rock – The Musicallast_img read more

first_img75-foot wave recorded off of the coast of California At least six people are dead and eight missing after a volcano on New Zealand’s White Island erupted on Monday afternoon. At the time of the eruption 47 people, most of them tourists, were visiting the island. This despite the fact that volcanologists monitoring the volcano had recently increased the volcanic alert to Level 2, meaning that “eruptions of steam, gas, mud and rocks” were a possibility.  Morril says she plans to head back to Georgia in March to start the Appalachian Trail over again. “I always wanted to do the whole trail from end to end, and I didn’t get to do it,” she told Canada’s CTV News.  Kirby Morril, the hiker who was attacked by a man with a knife while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail earlier this year, has announced that she plans to return to the trail next year. In May, Morril was camping with three other thru-hikers when she and another hiker, Ron Sanchez, were beaten and stabbed by James Jordan, a hiker with known mental health issues.  Hikers and tourists dead after New Zealand volcano erupts Hiker attacked on Appalachian Trail plans to finish her thru-hikecenter_img The buoys measure wave height every half hour. The average wave height for the buoy that picked up the 75-foot wave is just ten feet. Experts say that while waves of that size happen regularly in the open ocean, this wave was exceptional because of its proximity to California’s Lost Coast. If you’re planning on sailing or surfing off of the coast of California anytime soon, take note. A giant 75-foot wave was recorded just 20 miles off of the coast of California on November 26 and scientists say it’s the largest wave ever recorded by the Scripps Institute for Oceanography’s buoys, which monitor wave height in the area. At the time of the eruption there were nine people from the U.S. on the island as well as 24 from Australia and others from China, Malaysia, Germany, the U.K. and New Zealand. In addition to the dead and missing, over 30 people were injured, at least two dozen of them suffering “very severe injuries” to their skin and lungs. Sanchez died from his injuries. Morril managed to escape the attacker, hiking three hours to safety. She suffered 9 stab wounds and 40 lacerations and has been recovering at her home in New Brunswick, Canada since the attack. last_img read more

first_imgCoastal Federal Credit Union changed branch strategy and format to boost revenue, streamline operations and better serve membersby: Bill PrichardThe management team at Raleigh, N.C.-based Coastal Federal Credit Union recently decided that changes in its branch structure were imperative for its future success.According to CUES member Willard Ross, Coastal FCU’s SVP/chief retail officer, “We had a solid foundation for delivering services, great products and sizeable market share. But our expenses were too high, and our sales were too low for products such as loans and new accounts.”To boost revenue, streamline operations and better serve members, Coastal FCU set out to transform its branches with a comprehensive five-year plan designed to increase automation, elevate employees into higher-level sales and service roles, and bring innovative new products into the portfolio.For Coastal FCU, transforming branches started with the elimination of eight underperforming and out-of-market locations. Today, its 17 branches are staffed by highly trained associates focused exclusively on consultative member services. Teller transactional services are provided by a centralized team of tellers via video through personal teller machines located in each branch.“In total, the branch closings reduced our operating expenses by $5 million annually,” says Ross. “Thanks to PTMs, we now operate with 40 percent fewer tellers, we have increased our teller hours of operation by 86 percent and now serve members from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. At the same time, our sales have almost doubled, going from 1.58 sales per day per branch associate to more than three sales per day per associate.” continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgSoldiers erected sandbag flood barriers in a city near China’s largest freshwater lake after the heaviest rainfall in nearly six decades drenched the swollen Yangtze River basin.The vast Yangtze drainage area has been lashed by torrential rains since last month, leaving 141 people dead or missing and forcing the evacuation of millions more across several provinces.Flooding along the river — the world’s third longest — has been an annual summer scourge since ancient times, but this year’s inundation has been especially severe. Record rainfall Concern was now shifting downstream to Poyang Lake, which drains into the Yangtze in hard-hit Jiangxi province and is the largest freshwater lake fully within China’s borders.State-run Xinhua news agency said water levels at a key hydrological station on the lake broke a record set in 1998, when more than 4,000 people were killed in China’s worst flooding in recent decades.State media reported that more than 100,000 people — including rescue personnel, soldiers, and ordinary citizens — had been thrown into flood-control efforts in Jiangxi.Around half of those were deployed at Poyang Lake, where many dikes and levees had collapsed, state television reported.In the city of Jiujiang, near where the lake drains into the Yangtze, soldiers wearing orange life vests fortified the river bank with a wall of sandbags piled as high as a man.The Yangtze’s length is exceeded only by the Nile and the Amazon, and its drainage basin is home to around 400 million people.Summer rains and seasonal glacial melt in the river’s Tibetan plateau headwaters cause routine annual flooding.But environmentalists say the threat has worsened over the decades due in part to rampant construction of dams and levees that have cut connections between the river and adjacent lakes and floodplains that for centuries had helped absorb the summer surge.Conservationists also warn that the rapid melting of Himalayan glaciers due to climate change may lead to more dangerous summer flooding. The downpours have intensified since last week, causing dozens of Yangtze-basin waterways to post record-high water levels, while more than 400 had exceeded warning levels, Vice Minister of Emergency Management Zheng Guoguang said on Monday.”Since June, average precipitation in the Yangtze river basin has been the highest since 1961,” he told a news briefing in Beijing.Authorities had been monitoring a flood crest as it neared Wuhan, the metropolis of 11 million that the Yangtze winds through and which had already suffered the vast number of China’s deaths and cases in the coronavirus pandemic, which first emerged in the city.They said river levels were decreasing after the crest passed Wuhan on Monday with no reports of major new flooding there.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe Bank of England on Thursday said it had voted to keep its main interest rate at a record-low 0.1 percent, while predicting a less severe recession for the UK. The BoE added that its huge cash stimulus programme used to prop up the British economy during the coronavirus pandemic would remain at £745 billion (US$967 billion, 813 billion euros).Britain’s economy was expected to contract by 9.5 percent this year, the BoE said, downgrading its prior estimate of minus 14 percent. “Upwardly revised growth forecasts, a more rapid recovery than initially feared and no tilting towards negative rates at this time has sent the pound surging towards $1.32.”  The BoE also forecast that Britain’s unemployment rate would shoot higher to around 7.5 percent by the end of the year.”Employment appears to have fallen since the COVID-19 outbreak, although this has been very significantly mitigated by the extensive take-up of support from temporary government schemes,” the minutes said. “Surveys indicate that many workers have already returned to work from furlough, but considerable uncertainty remains about the prospects for employment after those support schemes unwind.”UK companies, from major retailers to airlines, are axing thousands of jobs despite government efforts to safeguard employment during the pandemic.The government is paying up to 80 percent of workers’ wages under the state’s furlough scheme, which finance minister Rishi Sunak has said must end in October.Replacing the scheme is a stimulus package worth £30 billion, including bonuses for companies retaining furloughed staff and offering apprenticeships amid fears of mass youth unemployment resulting from COVID-19 fallout.Topics : “Nonetheless, the recovery in demand takes time as health concerns drag on activity,” the BoE said in minutes of its latest regular meeting that took place Tuesday.”GDP is not projected to exceed its level in 2019 Q4 until the end of 2021, in part reflecting persistently weaker supply capacity,” it added.The pound meanwhile rallied against the dollar on the revision.”The BoE was considerably more upbeat about the recovery than had been expected,” noted City Index analyst Fiona Cincotta. last_img read more

first_imgProgress, the €4.6bn Dutch pension fund of Unilever, saw its net return for 2013 fall below 2%, following a considerable setback due to its interest and inflation hedges.As a result of both rising interest rates and falling inflation, the scheme saw a 6.8 percentage point decline in returns despite investments otherwise returning 8.7%.Over the course of 2013, the scheme managed to outperform its benchmark by 1.4 percentage points, citing returns of 24.1% from listed equity and 15% from private equity.According to Rob Kragten, the scheme’s director, the yield on its fixed income holdings was “slightly negative”. Despite the disappointment, Progress’s board said it was not dissatisfied, as the increased interest rates also caused its liabilities to drop by €174m.“As a result, the nominal funding improved from 133% to 139%,” it said.The scheme’s real funding increased to 106%, making Progress one of the most financially sound pension funds in the Netherlands.Kragten said that the fund had hedged around 60% of its interest rate and inflation risk during 2013.He pointed out that under the pension fund’s risk policy, the level of both hedges rose in line with the scheme’s coverage ratio.Progress said it had also covered 80% of the currency risk of its equity portfolio, but added that it had not yet measured the outcome over 2013. The scheme’s interest and inflation derivatives contributed 4.3 percentage points to its overall result of 18.1% for 2012.The Unilever scheme has 3,420 active participants, 6,940 deferred members and 12,435 pensioners.last_img read more