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Thursday has proved another dramatic day in the story of the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race. While yesterday (Wednesday) was a day of seamanship and survival as yachts battled storm force winds, it was also a day of arrivals as the same winds pushed competitors to the finish. However, it will be Thursday that is remembered most in years to come. In the early hours of this morning, Lee Satariano’s Artie was the first Maltese yacht to finish, a proud moment in itself. A few hours later, with part of the fleet still on the course but unable to better Artie’s time, the J122 was announced as the overall winner.

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GD Protected Samsung KNOX Smartphones by General Dynamics Connect Mobile Government Workers to Classified DoD Networks

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics C4 Systems recently received the Defense Mobile Classified Capability (DMCC) contract from the National Security Agency (NSA). As part of the contract, General Dynamics will deliver up to 1,000 Samsung KNOXTM-enabled Galaxy S® 4 smartphones provisioned with added GD Protected® software for the U.S. government. With these new smartphones, authorized government personnel will be able to make secure phone calls and access classified email. The GD Protected Samsung KNOX smartphones represent an important step toward the government’s Commercial Solutions for Classified initiative.

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Summit Air Ambulance Takes Delivery of Its First AW119Kx

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William Hunt, CEO, AgustaWestland Philadelphia, (seated right) congratulates Monty Gallegos, CEO, Summit Air Ambulance, (seated left) on taking delivery of their first AW119Kx during a ceremony held at AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia facility.

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Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland announced that it has delivered to Summit Air Ambulance of Idaho their first AW119Kx, an EMS equipped helicopter that will support their operations in the Northwest United States. The delivery of a second AW119Kx will soon follow, and both helicopters will join several AW109 Power helicopters already in service with Summit, in addition to a fleet of fixed-wing aircraft.

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NEW Air New Zealand Hobbit Safety Video is Here*


The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made takes flight on Air NZ

Dwarves, Orcs and Elves take flight once again as Air New Zealand unveils The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made ahead of the December release of the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).

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Ana (Central Pacific)


NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of Tropical Storm Ana moving past Hawaii on Oct. 21 at 21:30 UTC (5:30 p.m. EDT).
Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Tropical Storm Ana was being battered by wind shear when NASA’s Terra satellite passed overhead and saw the bulk of showers and thunderstorms pushed north and east of the center.

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TD9 (Atlantic Ocean)

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NOAA’s GOES-East Satellite captured the birth of Tropical Depression 9 on Oct. 22 at 1600 UTC (12 p.m. EDT) in the western Bay of Campeche.
Image Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

Tropical Depression 9 Forms in Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Depression Nine formed over the western Bay of Campeche, Gulf of Mexico and is forecast to make a quick landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. NOAA’s GOES-East Satellite captured the birth of the depression.

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Fay (Atlantic Ocean)

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This rainfall analysis showed that Gonzalo generated several areas over the Atlantic Ocean where rainfall totals topped 12 inches (red). Fay’s maximum rainfall appeared between 4 and 8 inches (green).
Image Credit: NASA/SSAI, Hal Pierce

The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite can estimate rainfall rates from its orbit in space and that data is used to create a rainfall analysis and calculate total rainfall for weather events in the tropics. NASA used TRMM and other satellite data to calculate rainfall from Atlantic hurricanes Fay and Gonzalo.

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