3 October 2013European aircraft manufacturer Airbus delivered the first of a batch of 50 A400M military transport planes – complete with critical components manufactured in South Africa, by South Africans – to the French Air Force on Monday.Engineers, artisans and technicians at South African company Denel Aerostructures took time off work to watch the handover celebrations – attended by Crown Prince Felipe of Spain and French Defence Minister Jean Yves le Drian – via live video linkup with Airbus Military’s facility in Seville, Spain.The giant airlifter, the first of 50 ordered by France and one of a total of 174 on order, will be based at France’s Orleans Bricy Air Base, where it will be initially used for training before being deployed on military and humanitarian missions.South Africa is one of seven countries working on the A400M programme. Denel Aerostructures, the only tier 1 supplier of manufactured parts to the A400M outside of Europe, is responsible for the design, engineering and fabrication of the aircraft’s wing-to-fuselage fairing and fuselage top-shells.South African company Aerosud manufactures the A400M’s cockpit lining, cabin lining and the wing-tip, while Cape Town-based Cobham South Africa supplies the aircraft’s satellite communications antennae and underlying systems.According to Denel, the A400M’s wing-to-fuselage fairing, which functions as a protective, aerodynamic shroud over sensitive equipment located in the centre wing part of the A400M, is the largest single aerostructure component yet produced in South Africa.At the Paris Airshow in France in June, Airbus Military placed a third multi-million rand contract with Denel, for the manufacturing of the “ribs, spars and swords” making up the inside structure of the A400M’s distinctive tail section.Denel chairman Zoli Kunene said the R200-million (€15.1-million) work package, contracted to run over the entire life of the A400M programme, “demonstrates Airbus Military’s confidence in Denel and South Africa’s design and manufacturing capabilities, coupled with our ability to deliver on time and within budgets”.Denel describes the A400M as “the most cost-efficient and versatile airlifter ever conceived and absolutely unique in its capabilities”.With a cargo hold designed to carry the outsize equipment needed for both military and humanitarian disaster relief missions, a range of over 3 300 kilometres, and the ability to land on unprepared terrain, the airlifter has been “designed to meet the needs of the world’s armed forces in the 21st century”, the company says.It is also “ideally suited to the typical African peace-support missions which continue to be undertaken by South Africa in support of African Union and United Nations mandates on the continent”.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s official: I am in the wedding season of my life. In the past five months, I’ve been to six weddings. I was talking to Bob, the dad at the August wedding. He asked if I was a wedding crasher or how I came to be invited. With the quick wit I don’t have, I explained my friendship with the mother of the groom. With the slow wit I DO have, it popped into my head 10 minutes later that I should have claimed to be a wedding crasher investigating my next story for OCJ on wedding food. The following week, an obsession grew for finding a recipe for the candied bacon chicken appetizer served at that very wedding. A desperate Pinterest and Google search began. The sweet salty bacon — all I can say is yum!Bacon has taken the food world by craze. The Pork Council reports that 62% of restaurants have something bacon on the menu. Recipes, chef shows, novelties, apparel as well as websites are centered around bacon. Bacon tops sandwiches, salads, veggies and even desserts. And who doesn’t love Jim Gaffigan’s skit about bacon? Be sure to check it out on YouTube if you haven’t seen it.Combos of bacon and ingredients you wouldn’t put together are tantalizing taste buds everywhere. Paul makes liquid nitrogen ice cream with the local chemistry class and the kids bring in the fix-ins for the ice cream. To this day Paul says the best ice cream he has ever tasted was a pancake batter ice cream with maple syrup and bacon. The chemistry teacher, Dr. U, explained to me the two flavors (sweet plus salty) create a yummy chemical reaction on your tongue but no one really knows the reason why we think it is so delicious. Dr. U shared an article with me from Cooksmart.com. In this article, they use a star to illustrate how flavors compliment and enhance each other. Sweet (such as honey/brown sugar/maple syrup) and salty (such as bacon) bring out the flavors of each other. No wonder a tad bit of sweetness makes an unforgettable bacon experience.The National Pork Board stats show that the average American eats nearly 18 servings of bacon a year. The big question is what is a serving? Modern healthy diet preaches moderation and bacon can fit that mold with two slices of bacon providing only 73 calories and 6 grams fat. The problem is not many people can stop with two slices. My son Luke can pound down a pound of bacon himself! I’m guessing he is not alone. The huge shrinkage of weight after bacon crisps up makes it easy to indulge in the crispy, salty treat.Good news to Ohio pork producers is that over 50% of Americans report always having bacon on hand in their fridge. In 2015, Ohio ranked 8th in pork production with a commercial inventory of 2.4 million pigs. Askthemeatman.com states 20 pounds of bacon (13%) comes from a 215-pound live hog. So quick calculating tells me that Ohio producers could produce close to 48 million pounds of bacon a year. That is a lot of bacon!This October celebrate the oink by pigging out on bacon. Start your day like Jim Gaffigan, with the “applause” of frying up some bacon. Enjoy lunch by topping off your salad, baked potato or veggies with Gaffigan’s “fairy dust” of bacon, bacon bits. Wrap up the end of your day in bacon too, just make your day a little bit better than it already was.Eat well and Healthy,Shelly Smokey Bacon Mac and Cheese Molly Yeh todayshow.com“if I’m really feeling decadent, I’ll let the dish of mac and cheese cool overnight in the refrigerator, cut it until squares, and then bread it and deep-fry it.” 8 ounces medium shells12 ounces applewood-smoked bacon1/4 cup flour3 cups whole milk6 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, chopped3 oz. pepper jack cheese, chopped1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated1 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepperKosher salt and black pepper1/2 cup panko breadcrumbsKetchup, for serving 1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease an 8 x 8-inch baking dish.2. Cook pasta according to the package directions, reducing the cooking time by 1 minute. Drain and set aside.3. In a large pan, cook the bacon until crispy. Chop the bacon and set aside. Pour off all but 1/4 cup of the fat in the pan. Heat it over medium-high heat and add the flour, whisking until combined, and then cook for 1 minute. Add half the milk, whisking continuously until thickened, about 5 minutes and then repeat with the other half of the milk. Add the Gouda, pepper jack, and all but 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan and stir until the cheese melts. Stir in the paprika, cayenne, and salt and black pepper to taste.4. Fold in the shells and bacon and transfer to the greased baking dish. Top with the panko, a pinch of salt, a few turns of pepper, and the reserved 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Bake until the top is browned, about 25 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and enjoy with ketchup, if desiredTechnique Tip: This recipe uses the fat from the bacon to make a roux that will thicken the sauce.Swap Option: You can swap out the bacon for turkey bacon, pancetta, another type of salty meat, or simply omit it. If you omit the meat, you can substitute butter for the bacon fat in the roux. Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups Cathy Trochelman lemontreedwelling.com 12 wonton wrappers4 oz. cream cheese, softened½ c. sour cream12 oz. bacon, cooked & crumbled1 c. shredded cheddar cheese (reserve 2 Tbsp.)3-4 jalapeños, seeded and chopped Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray.Place one wonton wrapper in each muffin cup; bake 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool slightly.In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together cream cheese, sour cream, bacon, cheddar cheese, and chopped jalapeños. Save 2 Tbsp. of cheese and bacon.Spoon filling into wonton cups, then sprinkle with reserved bacon and cheese.Return to oven and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, until wontons are golden brown and cheese is melted. Serves 12 Beer, Bacon & Potato Chip Cookie Bars lifeloveandsugar.com Cookie Ingredients:3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 3/4 cup of chocolate chunks or chips 2 pieces of bacon, chopped 2 tbsp. beer Topping:8.5 oz. caramels (about 27 caramels) 1/4 cup cup beer 3/4 cup potato chips, broken into pieces 1/4 cup pretzels, broken into pieces 2 pieces of bacon, chopped 1/2 cup peanut butter chips 1/2 cup chocolate chips Chocolate drizzle 1/4 cup chocolate chips 2 tsp. milk Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil that sticks up above the edges. Grease the paper or foil.Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, add flour and baking soda.Stir in chocolate chips, bacon and beer. Dough will be thick. Press cookie dough evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan.While bars are cooling, melt caramels and beer together in a pan over medium heat. Allow caramel to cook on low for about 5-10 minutes. Pour caramel mixture over cookie bars and spread evenly. Pour potato chips, pretzels, bacon, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips evenly over caramel before it cools and hardens.Microwave chocolate chips for chocolate drizzle and milk in a small bowl in the microwave until the milk begins to boil. Whisk chocolate until smooth Allow chocolate mixture to cool for about 2 minutes, then drizzle over top of bars. Once bars are cool, use parchment paper or foil to lift them out of the pan and cut into squares. Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs realhousemoms.com 12 large eggs, hard-boiled and peeled1 cup mayonnaise1 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar3/4 teaspoon ground mustard1/2 teaspoon sugar6 jalapenos, seeded and diced6 pieces bacon, cooked, crisp, and crumbledPaprika, for garnish Slice the hard boiled eggs in half, lengthwise. Remove the yolks and put them in a mixing bowlMash the egg yolks with a fork. Add the mayonnaise, rice vinegar, ground mustard, and sugar to the mashed egg yolks and stir until well combinedMix in the jalapenos and bacon. Put the mixture in a Ziploc bag and cut a small hole in the corner of the bag. Fill each egg hole with the mixture. Sprinkle with paprika. Chill until ready to serve. Serves: 24 deviled eggs
Transfers Gerrard snaps up Liverpool youngster Ejaria on loan for Rangers Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Rangers Liverpool UEFA Champions League Premier League Championship The Anfield legend has snapped up the 20-year-old midfield, who has also been given new terms by the Reds Liverpool youngster Ovie Ejaria has signed for Rangers on a season-long loan and has penned a “long-term” contract extension with the Anfield club.The 20-year-old midfielder will link up with new Gers boss Steven Gerrard in Scotland.Ejaria has made eight first-team appearances for the Reds and spent the second half of last season on loan with Sunderland in the Championship, where he played 11 times. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The England U21 international is now set to be part of a new-look Rangers, as Gerrard gets to work on closing the gap to Glasgow rivals Celtic in his first job in management.Liverpool have agreed to allow Ejaria to leave earlier than would normally be the case, in order to aid Rangers’ Europa League plans. The first leg of their first qualifying round fixture is due to take place on July 12.Ejaria is the first of a number of young Liverpool stars who face loan moves this summer, with several more deals expected to emerge in the coming weeks.Rangers are also keen on signing 21-year-old winger Ryan Kent, but face competition from Leeds. Gerrard’s side have also been linked heavily with striker Dominic Solanke, though a decision on the former Chelsea man’s future is yet to be taken.Sheyi Ojo is another likely to leave on loan, while midfielder Pedro Chirivella has been attracting interest from Championship clubs – among them Leeds.Marko Grujic, who helped Cardiff to promotion last season, is another being closely monitored, with Fulham among those keen. The Serb will be playing at the World Cup, though, where he could bolster his reputation and catch the eye of other clubs.The likes of Divock Origi and Harry Wilson are likely to get the chance to prove their worth to Jurgen Klopp in pre-season, with the Reds announcing four domestic friendlies between July 7-19 ahead of their three-game tour of the United States later in the month. Daniel Sturridge, meanwhile, is likely to be sold.Elsewhere, Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi is wanted by a selection of Belgian clubs, with Anderlecht, Gent, Standard Liege and Bruges all interested. Awoniyi scored 11 goals on loan at Royal Mouscron in the Jupiler League last season, and will be loaned out again as he bids to secure a UK work permit.Liverpool have, Goal understands, obtained a U.S. visa for the 20-year-old, which would enable him to take part in the club’s pre-season tour if selected.Meanwhile, the Reds have added a new member to their backroom staff.Philipp Jacobsen has joined the club as their new medical rehabilitation and performance manager. The German joins from Qatar-based orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital, Aspetar. He has previously worked at Portsmouth and Panathinaikos, as well as the Qatar national team.
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Agent of departing Arsenal midfielder Ramsey set for mega windfallby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set for a mega windfall from his move to Juventus.The Sun says Ramsey’s agent is set to pocket a massive £7million from the Arsenal star’s move to Juventus in the summer.The Welshman, 28, will rake in a reported £8m signing-on fee while taking home a further £145,000-a-week at the Serie A giants.Ramsey will be out of contract at Arsenal this summer and is said to have signed a pre-contract agreement to join the Old Lady.The Gunners withdrew their offer for a contract extension last summer, with Unai Emery seeing him as surplus to requirements.But despite his impending move, Emery has claimed he will continue to play the Wales international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TERREBONE, Que. – ADF Group Inc. lost $7.2 million in its latest financial year compared with a profit in its previous year as it was hit by one-time tax charges at its U.S. operations.The company, which manufactures large complex steel structures, says the loss amounted to 22 cents per diluted share for the financial year ended Jan. 31 compared with a profit of $1.5 million or a nickel per share in the previous year.ADF noted that if it not been for the change to the U.S. federal tax rates and the write-off of deferred income tax assets, it would have earned $2.0 million or six cents per diluted share for the year.Revenue increased to $180.5 million compared with $102.8 million.At Jan. 31, the company’s order backlog totalled $85.5 million, compared with $194.5 million a year earlier.Last month, ADF temporarily laid off 50 employees after three unsuccessful bids for major projects in the United States.Companies in this story: (TSX:DRX)
Patna: Six additional judges were on Monday sworn in as permanent judges of the Patna High Court. With the six judges becoming permanent, the strength of judges in the Patna High Court has increased to 27 out of 53 sanctioned posts. Patna High Court Chief Justice Justice A P Sahi administered the oath to six additional judges as permanent judges at a function held at marble hall of the high court. The six additional judges who took oath as permanent judges are – Justice Anil Kumar Upadhyay, Justice Rajeev Ranjan Prasad, Justice Sanjay Kumar, Justice Madhuresh Prasad, Justice Mohit Kumar Shah and Justice Prakash Chandra Jaiswal. All the six were appointed as additional judges for two years in May 2017. On April 6, 2019, the Ministry of Law and Justice had issued a notification for their appointment as permanent judges.
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday questioned former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar here in an ongoing probe into the alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in the sanctioning of a Rs 1,875 crore loan by the bank to the Videocon Group. They appeared before the ED headquarters here at around 10.30 a.m. following the agency’s summons. The couple’s questioning began soon after they deposed before the investigators. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The case is related to the alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in the sanction of a Rs 1,875 crore loan disbursed by ICICI Bank to the Videocon Group during 2009 and 2011. The ED got clues about an illegal transaction running to crores of rupees routed to NuPower, a company run by Deepak Kochhar. The Kochhars were questioned on many occasions last month in Mumbai. This is their first appearance before the ED in Delhi. In March, the ED had conducted a series of searches at the residence and office premises of Kochhars as part of its investigations and also questioned them along with Videocon Group promoter Venugopal Dhoot. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Allegedly, Dhoot had invested in NuPower Renewables Ltd through his firm Supreme Energy as quid-pro-quo for loans cleared by the ICICI Bank under Chanda Kochhar. Out of the Rs 40,000 crore loan to the Videocon group, Rs 3,250 crore was given by ICICI Bank and a large portion of the loan by ICICI was unpaid at the end of 2017. The bank proceeded to declare the Rs 2,810 crore of unpaid loan as non-performing asset.