Britain orders nine maritime patrol aircraft from Boeing

first_img View post tag: Boeing The British Ministry of Defence has confirmed that it signed a deal to purchase nine P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) for the Royal Air Force (RAF).Boeing’s P-8A MPA are being purchased from the US Government via a Foreign Military Sale.According to the MoD, the cost of developing and delivering the UK’s MPA capability, including paying for the people, their training, the infrastructure and necessary support at RAF Lossiemouth will be around £3 billion over the next decade.Speaking at the start of the Farnborough Airshow, Prime Minister David Cameron said that Boeing would commit about £100 million to the Lossiemouth base.Tony Douglas, Chief Executive Officer of the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, said: “The P-8A aircraft was the best solution to fill our maritime patrol aircraft capability gap; it is tried, tested and can be delivered in the timeline we need.”The new aircraft, which will be based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, will play a vital role in protecting the UK’s nuclear deterrent and the UK’s two new aircraft carriers. They will also be able to locate and track hostile submarines, and will enhance the UK’s maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) capability. This capability will also bring economic benefits to Scotland and the wider UK, with an additional 400 personnel based at RAF Lossiemouth, the ministry said.The P-8A can operate at long range from its operating base without refuelling and has the endurance to carry out high and low-level airborne maritime and overland surveillance for extended periods. This aircraft will also be able to conduct wide-area search of open ocean to locate small boats and drop rescue life-rafts and equipment to vessels and people in distress.The P-8A is based on the Boeing 737, which is already supplied by UK industry. UK manufacturers already provide specialist sub-systems for the P-8 itself. Companies include Marshall for the auxiliary fuel tanks, Martin Baker for the crew seats and General Electric for weapon pylons. The new order of P-8As is also set to create opportunities for the UK to bid for training and support contracts.First aircraft are expected to arrive in the UK in 2019/2020. Back to overview,Home naval-today Britain orders nine maritime patrol aircraft from Boeing View post tag: Britain View post tag: MPA Share this article Authorities July 11, 2016 Britain orders nine maritime patrol aircraft from Boeinglast_img read more

Bill would create new DCA

first_imgThe bill also calls for the creation of 29 new circuit judges, 18 new county judges, and four new DCA judges.The bill authorizes 14 new circuit judges, effective January 4, 2005, including one in the 14th Circuit; two each in the 17th and 20th circuits; and three each in the 11th, 13th, and 19th circuits. Fifteen new circuit judges would be authorized effective April 15, 2005, including one each in the First, Third, Fourth, Seventh, Eighth, 10th, and 15th circuits; two in the Sixth Circuit; and three each in the Fifth and Ninth circuits.The bill provides for nine new county court judges, effective January 4, 2005, including one each in Bay, Brevard, Broward, Collier, Martin, Dade, and St. Lucie counties, and two in Hillsborough County. Nine new county court judges would come on line April 1, including one each in Columbia, Duval, Marion, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, and Volusia counties, and two in Palm Beach County.The fiscal impact of creating the additional judgeships in FY 2004-05 is $4.7 million, according to the bill. Bill would create new DCA Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The House passed a bill that would create a Sixth District Court of Appeal based in Polk County and redefine a number of the existing appellate districts.The House voted 72-45 April 1 to create the first new DCA in the state since 1979, as part of HB 1849 introduced by Appropriations Committee Chair Bruce Kyle, R-Ft. Myers. The proposed legislation also calls for the creation of 51 new judgeships, including 29 at the circuit level, 18 on the county benches, and four new DCA judges.Kyle said he made his decision to propose the new DCA based on a 1999 report of the Judicial Management Council’s Committee to Study the Need for Additional District Courts of Appeal, which at the time said within the next five years Florida would need two more DCAs. That committee based its findings on a workload standard of 385 filings per judge per year, which should yield 225 case dispositions. The panel also recommended each DCA should be staffed with 10 judges and allowed for growth to 12.The Supreme Court’s annual certification opinion this year called for the creation of 88 new judgeships, including four new appellate judges — two for the Second DCA and one each in the Fourth and Fifth DCAs — but did not request the creation of a new appellate district.Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead said he recently appointed a com-mittee to look into the need for any additional appellate districts and is awaiting that report before commenting on the bill. First DCA Chief Judge James Wolf chairs that study group, which is composed, essentially, of the members of the DCA Budget Commission, and is expected to complete that report soon, Chief Justice Anstead said.Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Dania, said while he supports the creation of the new judgeships, he could not support the bill as written and questioned its constitutionality, because he said the Supreme Court did not specifically certify to the legislature the need for a new DCA.But Kyle characterized the JMC committee’s report as “tantamount to a certification” from the court.“This issue has been studied and studied and studied for the last 25 years, since the creation of the last DCA, and what has been current throughout all those studies is that collegiality is important and even in the most recent study it said DCAs should not breach 12 [judges] per DCA,” Kyle said.“Well, [the court] has certified two new judges for the Second DCA, which brings that DCA up to 16 judges. So breaching their own report, I argue they have certified the need for at least one new DCA at this point — if not two.”Ryan, however, argued the Florida Constitution contains a specific procedure for increasing the number of judicial districts, and since the Supreme Court has not undertaken those steps, the legislature would be overstepping its bounds by creating the new district itself. Ryan also said the JMC tabled the report by its Committee to Study the Need for Additional District Courts of Appeal, “so the report of the committee never even came to the Supreme Court.”Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, commended Kyle and Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, for funding 51 of 88 judges the court asked for, “but we are also in this same bill creating a Sixth District Court of Appeal in direct violation of the Florida Constitution.”Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, also decried the fact the bill was taken up only by the House Appropriations Committee before it made its way to the floor and was not referred to the Judiciary or Judicial Appropriations committees.“All we have done is thrust it though Appropriations and onto the floor and said, ‘Just do it, let’s do it,’ [even though it’s] likely in violation of the constitution, and without any of the serious thought or reflection that we should take with all of our tasks,” Gelber said.Kyle also offered an amendment — which he ultimately withdrew — which would have reverted the state’s Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) back to the way it was two years ago for judges and justices, meaning they would lose their accrued retirement benefits if they did not retire five years after enrolling in the program.Gelber said in effect that amendment would require 60 or 70 judges in the state — including the chief justice — to resign their positions or lose the lump sum they had earned through the DROP program. Gelber said the amendment was offered “to subtly intimidate and abuse our judiciary.”Gelber and Seiler then proposed a tongue-in-cheek amendment to Kyle’s amendment, which read: “That statute shall not apply to justices and judges unless their published opinions and judicial philosophy has been expressly approved by the House.”Sixth DCA Bill would create new DCA The bill envisions the new Sixth DCA comprised of the 10th, 12th, and 20th circuits. The Second DCA would be headquartered in Hillsborough County and would hear cases from the Fifth, Sixth, and 13th circuits. The Fourth DCA would be comprised of the 15th and 17th circuits, and the Fifth DCA would hear cases from the Seventh, Ninth, 18th, and 19th circuits. The First and Third DCAs would remain the same.The number of judges certified for the First and Third DCAs remains the same at 15 and 11, respectively. The bill calls for the number of judges in the Second DCA to go from 14 to 11; in the Fourth DCA from 12 to 11; and in the Fifth DCA from 10 to 11. The bill certifies seven judges for the new Sixth DCA.The bill makes clear that its terms will not affect any currently sitting Supreme Court justice, and only when there is a vacancy on the court must it be filled to ensure that at least one justice is appointed to the court from each appellate district, as required by the constitution.A clause is included in the bill that specifies that the entire act becomes invalid if any of the provisions relating to the creation of the Sixth DCA are held to be invalid.The operating costs associated with a new DCA are estimated to be $2.5 million per year, according to Kyle.New Judges April 15, 2004 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

FOOD SAFETY NEWS SCAN: Dough sample positive for E coli , beef recall after illnesses, dairy ingredients and Salmonella

first_img FDA investigators find E coli in Nestle cookie dough sampleNestle USA, based in Solon, Ohio, said it received word from US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigators that they have identified and confirmed Escherichia coli O157:H7 in a retained production sample from a 16-ounce Nestle Toll House refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough bar. The company said the product has a day code of 9041 and “best before Jun 10 2009” printed on the package. Nestle recalled all varieties of its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough on Jun 19 after federal and state health officials reported 66 E coli illnesses in 28 states that were strongly linked in case control studies to eating the dough raw. Salmonella investigation prompts dairy ingredient recallPlainview Milk Products Cooperative, in Plainview, Minn., announced yesterday it is recalling the past 2 years of its food ingredient products—including nonfat dried milk, whey protein, fruit stabilizers, and thickeners—because they might be contaminated with Salmonella, the FDA said in a press release. None of the products were sold to the public. The USDA had previously found Salmonella in dairy shake product that contained a key ingredient made by the company. The findings prompted an FDA investigation of the plant that revealed some of the equipment was contaminated with the pathogen. The FDA said it is coordinating its investigation with the USDA, CDC, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and state and local health departments.[Jun 28 FDA press release] Jun 29, 2009center_img Multistate E coli illness investigation leads to beef recallsJBS Swift Beef Company, based in Greeley, Colo., yesterday expanded its Jun 24 beef recall to include 380,000 pounds of primal cuts because they may be contaminated with E coli O157:H7, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The expanded recall is the result of a traceback investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into 24 illnesses in multiple states, of which 18 appear to be linked. The initial recall involved 41,280 pounds of beef products, most of it boneless beef bottom sirloin and butt ball tip. The recalled items were produced on Apr 21 and 22 and were shipped to distributors and retail outlets in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. The primal cuts that are the subject of the expanded recall were produced on Apr 21 and distributed nationally and internationally. Though most of the cuts were used for steaks and roasts, the FSIS said some were processed into ground beef by other companies.[Jun 28 FSIS news release][Jun 24 FSIS news release]last_img read more

Inner City: John Waples

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