ICO Response to OfCom Announcement Regarding International Telecommunications Union Registration

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Reston, VA., (Business Wire) February 27, 2009 – ICO Global Communications (Holdings) Limited (ICO) (NASDAQ: ICOG) today announced that it takes strong exception to the press statement by the UK Office of Communications (OfCom) regarding OfCom’s intent to write to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on March 17, 2009 to “instruct that the ICO-P assignments currently recorded in the ITU Master Register be cancelled.” “ICO-P” refers to ICO’s medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite constellation. ICO F2, the first orbiting satellite in the MEO constellation, was launched in June, 2001 and continues to provide services.

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QinetiQ supports quality and future sustainability of fuel for UK armed forces

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Photograph by: Kevin Capon ©Crown Copyright/MOD

The Defence Fuels Group (DFG), part of the MOD’s Joint supply Chain is responsible for the efficient and effective provision of aviation, marine and ground fuels, lubricants and industrial gases to the UK’s armed forces worldwide.
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Supporting front line commands in all three services, the DFG plays a crucial defence role, annually
supplying 660 million litres of aviation fuel, 265 million litres of marine diesel, 40 million litres of road diesel
and five litres and five million litres of petrol, plus oils and lubricants.

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Is there anything good about the European Parliament?

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A growing number of people have been asking if there is anything good about the European Parliament. This hugely expensive talking shop leads its itinerant live with its caravan traveling back and forth between Brussels and Strasbourg but its main function appears to be to rubber stamp edicts from the Eurocrats in Brussels to provide a thin and cracked veneer of democracy. Its secondary objective appears to be the spreading of corruption across the States that make up the European Union by providing an environment that encourages MEPs to dig deeply and dishonestly into a lavish culture of ‘expenses’ for their personal enrichment.

An interesting debate was broadcast recently by the BBC:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/politics_show/7892173.stm

 

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Will “Bottler” bottle it again?

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The big question is whether “Bottler” Brown will bottle it again.

Time is fast running out for the Blair Brown Regime. In little more than a year, “Bottler” will either have to suspend democracy completely, or accept a General Election. Every Prime Minister in Britain is free to call an election at almost any point, from winning a General Election, until the end of a maximum five year term. All that is required is a visit to HM The Queen who, as Head of State, is able to dissolve Parliament. In reality, the Monarch will accept the resignation of the Prime Minister and his or her recommendation that a General Election be called – although HM Queen Elizabeth II has great experience and a well established reputation for telling Prime Ministers in private exactly what she thinks, often influencing their subsequent actions.

There are some practical limitations over the exact date for a General Election in any year and there are some general accepted conventions that most Prime Ministers avoid peak holiday periods when many voters might be out of the country on holiday, and avoid combining a General Election with a series of other elections at local or European level. These conventions are not mandatory and it looks increasingly like “Bottler” is preparing to call a General Election on the same date as Local Government Elections and European Parliamentary Elections.

The signs that this is increasingly probable is that “Bottler” has just announced that Britain will bounce out of depression in months. To create the illusion that this is happening, he is dithering on the point of following fellow national socialist leader Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and ordering the printing of money to expand the economy, creating another bubble. The hope is that this will be sufficient to fool British electors and win a further term in power. The consequences could be that Britain follows Zimbabwe into hyper inflation, bankruptcy and civil turmoil.

“Bottler” has past form as a ditherer, unable to reach hard decisions, and reluctant to face the electorate. On that past form, he will demonstrate further election cowardice and cling to power until the last possible moment BUT he is getting desperate, developing a bunker mentality and demonstrating a tenuous grasp on reality – so anything could happen.

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Northrop Grumman-Built Laser Demonstrates Long-Duration, Lethal Lasing Onboard Airborne Laser Aircraft

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Lab testing of laser

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Feb. 19, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The high-energy laser built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) successfully fired multiple long-duration blasts onboard the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Airborne Laser (ABL) during intensive ground tests concluded Feb. 12.

Lasting up to three seconds each, the lethal-power firings were conducted to ‘tune’ the megawatt-class laser by adjusting and balancing the mixture of chemicals that fuel its engine for peak operating efficiency. These settings can now be used for future testing, including the planned shoot down of a ballistic missile later this year.

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Hawker Beechcraft Fires Back at Media and Politicians on Business Jets

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WICHITA, Kan. (Feb. 18, 2009) – Many of America’s most successful companies are under fire for owning business aircraft. They still need to fly and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) is here to help. In its latest advertising campaign, HBC reaches out to corporations who are under intense pressure to divest their business aircraft.

“Many in the media and some politicians have misrepresented business aircraft as a symbol of excess instead of an increasingly necessary business tool,” said Charles Mayer, vice president of Marketing at HBC. “This negative stereotype is damaging the ability of American corporations to compete globally and, at the same time, jeopardizing thousands of American aviation jobs.”

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Boeing Achieves Major Environmental Certification Goal

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CHICAGO, Feb. 18, 2009 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that all of its major manufacturing facilities received the internationally recognized ISO 14001 environmental certification by the end of 2008, marking achievement of one of the company’s most significant environmental goals. Certification is a global benchmark of an organization’s commitment to understand and continually improve its environmental performance.

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The Noose Tightens?

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Scottish Prime Minister Unelected, Gordon “Bottler” Brown

During eleven years of power, the Blair Brown Regime has appeared to be above the law – any law. It started in 1997 with the Formula One scandal and then raced through a series of scandals that avoided prosecution.

Ministers resigned, reluctantly and after a long drawn out period of emerging scandal, but always claiming that they had resigned BECAUSE THEY HAD DONE NOTHING WRONG, leaving us to conclude that the most damming thing any Blair Brown Regime functionary could be guilty of was the failure to do something wrong.

The scandals have covered a rich range of offences from fiddling expenses, mortgage frauds, petty crimes, major crimes and war crimes. Even at the height of the Rotten Boroughs era of early 19th Century British politics, no Government has appeared so comprehensively greedy, mendacious, crooked, corrupt, corrupting, reprehensible.

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Mr David Mills

Now come the first signs of accountability. David Mills, husband of Blair Brown Regime Minister Tessa Jowells, and minor functionary has been sentenced by an Italian court to four years in jail having been found guilty of lying to an Italian court in a plot to help crony Berlusconi to escape jail, during Berlusconi’s first period in power as Italian Prime Minister.

It may be that the Italian legal system will allow Mills to escape jail, but first blood has been drawn.

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Mrs Tessa Mills

Mrs Mills, AKA Tessa “Hedgefund” Jowells escaped censure originally by pleading that she was too thick to understand legal documents that she signed at home for her husband. That admission of incompetence appears to have secured her a place in Government where she is responsible for wasting billions on the 2012 Olympics in what might prove to be one of the largest slush funds of the Blair Brown era. Mrs Mills also claimed to have separated from her husband on the instructions of spin doctors, although journalists claimed to have uncovered evidence that she was still living with her husband.

The current scorched earth policy of the Blair Brown Regime is intended to make the British voters so terrified that they will blindly vote Brown back in at the next election. That may or may not work. If it doesn’t we can expect to see more prosecutions as Blair Brown Regime functionaries and fellow travelers are force to account for their malefactions.

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Article and comments in the Daily Mail at tinyurl.com/cfr7rk

Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. – (NYSE: NAT) Delivery of Vessel no. 15

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Hamilton, Bermuda, February 18, 2009

Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. (the “Company”) today took delivery of the suezmax vessel that the Company recently agreed to acquire. The double hull suezmax vessel has been named Nordic Sprite. Including the Nordic Sprite, the fleet of the Company consists of 15 suezmax vessels of which two are newbuildings expected to be delivered in December 2009 and April 2010, respectively. The Nordic Sprite will be employed in the spot market.

This acquisition represents an important step in the further development of the Company. The transaction is in line with the Company’s growth strategy with focus on dividend and earning capacity of the Company.

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