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Landing Craft Air Cushion

The Landing Craft Air Cushion is a class of air-cushion vehicle used as landing craft by the United States Navy's Assault Craft Units and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. They transport weapons systems, equipment and personnel of the assault elements of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force both from ship to shore and across the beach. Concept design of the present day LCAC began in the early 1970s with the full-scale Amphibious Assault Landing Craft test vehicle. During the advanced development stage, two prototypes were built. JEFF A was designed and built by Aerojet General in California, with four rotating ducted propellers. JEFF B was built by Bell Aerospace in New Orleans, Louisiana. JEFF B had two ducted rear propellers similar to the proposed SK-10, derived from the previous Bell SK-5 / SR. N5 hovercraft tested in Vietnam; these two craft confirmed the technical feasibility and operational capability that led to the production of LCAC. JEFF B was selected as the design basis for today's LCAC.

The JEFF A was modified for Arctic use and deployed in Prudhoe Bay to support offshore oil drilling. The first 33 were included in the FY82-86 defense budgets, 15 in FY89, 12 each in FY90, FY91 and FY92, while seven were included in FY93; the first LCAC was delivered to the Navy in 1984 and Initial Operational Capability was achieved in 1986. Approval for full production was granted in 1987. After an initial 15-craft competitive production contract was awarded to each of two companies, Textron Marine & Land Systems of New Orleans, La, Avondale Gulfport Marine, TMLS was selected to build the remaining craft. A total of ninety-one LCAC have now been built; the final craft, LCAC 91, was delivered to the U. S. Navy in 2001. On June 29, 1987, LCAC was granted approval for full production. Forty-eight air-cushion landing craft were authorized and appropriated through FY 89. Lockheed Shipbuilding Company was competitively selected as a second source; the FY 1990 budget request included $219.3 million for nine craft.

The FY 1991 request included full funding for 12 LCACs and advance procurement in support of the FY 1992 program. The remaining 24 were funded in FY92; the LCAC first deployed in 1987 aboard USS Germantown. LCACs are transported in and operate from all the U. S. Navy's amphibious-well deck ships including LHA, LHD, LSD and LPD. Ships capable of carrying the LCAC include the Wasp, Anchorage, Whidbey Island, Harpers Ferry, San Antonio classes. All of the planned 91 craft have been delivered to the Navy. Of these 91 LCACs, seventeen have been disassembled for Government-Furnished Equipment or otherwise terminated for cost reasons, two are held for R&D, 36 are in use on each coast at Little Creek and Camp Pendleton, California. Eight minesweeping kits were acquired in 1994–1995. A service-life extension program to extend service life from 20 to 30 years for the remaining 72 active LCACs was begun in 2000 and is scheduled to be completed by 2018; the craft operates with a crew of five. In addition to beach landing, LCAC provides personnel transport, evacuation support, lane breaching, mine countermeasure operations, Marine and Special Warfare equipment delivery.

The four main engines are all used for all used for main propulsion. The craft can continue to operate, with two engines inoperable, they are interchangeable for redundancy. A transport model can seat 180 equipped troops. Cargo capacity is 1,809 sq ft; the LCAC is capable of carrying a 60-ton payload, including one M-1 Abrams tank, at speeds over 40 knots. Fuel capacity is 5000 gallons; the LCAC uses an average of 1000 gallons per hour. Maneuvering considerations include requiring 500 yards or more to stop and 2000 yards or more turning radius; the bow ramp is 28.8 ft wide. Noise and dust levels are high with this craft. If disabled the craft is difficult to tow. In recent years spray suppression has been added to the craft's skirt to reduce interference with driver's vision; the LCAC is a dramatic innovation in modern amphibious warfare technology. It provides the capability to launch amphibious assaults from points over the horizon from up to 50 nautical miles offshore, thereby decreasing risk to ships and personnel and generating greater uncertainty in the enemy's mind as to the location and timing of an assault, thereby maximizing its prospects of success.

The LCAC propulsion system makes it less susceptible to mines than vehicles. Due to its tremendous over-the-beach capability, the LCAC can access more than 80% of the world's coastlines. Landing craft had a top speed of eight knots and could cross only 17% of the world's beach area. Assaults were made from a few miles off-shore, its high speed complements a joint assault with helicopters, so personnel and equipment can be unloaded beyond the beach in secure landing areas. For 20 years, helicopters have provided the partial capability to launch OTH amphibious assaults. Now, with LCAC, landing craft complement helos in speed, tactical surprise and without exposing ships to enemy fire; the similarities between a Navy LCAC and an airplane are substantial. The craftmaster sits in command module with a headset radio on, he talks to air traffic control which for LCAC's is well-deck control located near a ship's sterngate. The ride feels like a plane in high turbulence; the craftmaster steers with a yoke, his feet are on rudder controls.

The LCAC is similar to a helicopter. Operating the L

The Majestic Majesty

The Majestic Majesty is the acoustic accompaniment to Portugal. The Man's fourth full-length album The Satanic Satanist and features all of the album's songs performed acoustically, except the track "Let You Down." This release marks the first official release of any acoustic Portugal. The Man songs requested by fans and something for which the band had been renowned; the album's artwork is a contour line drawing of the artwork for The Satanic Satanist, itself a watercolor by the band's lead singer, John Gourley The album was released digitally, made available to purchase through the band's merchnow store, the iTunes and Amazon music stores in the deluxe version of The Satanic Satanist. It was given away to those who pre-ordered The Satanic Satanist, it received a vinyl release courtesy of Suburban Home Records. The titles "The Satanic Satanist" and "The Majestic Majesty" are references to The Rolling Stones' album "Their Satanic Majesties Request". All tracks are written by John Baldwin Gourley.

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Embassy GolfLinks Business Park

Embassy GolfLinks Business Park is a software centric commercial park in Bangalore, India. The park has been jointly developed by the Kelachandra Group, one of India's oldest business house, along with the Embassy Group, or Embassy Property Developments Private Limited, a residential and commercial real estate group in India. Located off the Intermediate Ring Road, Embassy GolfLinks spreads across 65 acres, is one of Bangalore's first office parks, with 4.5 million Sq. Ft. of developed office space. Bounded by a golf course and open parkland, the office park has 21 office buildings and two retail blocks, is home to Bangalore’s first Hilton Bangalore Embassy GolfLinks. A number of facilities are available on site, such as a food court, chapel, bank, ATM, print shop and fitness centre; the Embassy GolfLinks Business Park is located on Bangalore. It has the Karnataka Golf Association Course on one side, Indian Defence land, Ejipura on the other; the EGL office complex has two retail blocks. It houses Hilton Bangalore Embassy GolfLinks.

Energize is a community at Embassy GolfLinks Business Park campus dedicated to conducting cultural, community empowering initiatives or popular sporting events. The Embassy GolfLinks Business Park houses some of the top blue chip companies of the world and cater to a 45,000 strong workforce; some of the tenants are Yahoo, IBM, Tivo Corporation, Fidelity Investments, Akamai Technologies, McAfee, PWC, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase & Co,citrix R&Damong others. CNBC Awaaz Real Estate Awards 2010 - Best Commercial Property In Southern Region — Embassy GolfLinks Vestian FM Zone India Leadership Awards 2012 – Embassy GolfLinks Realty Plus Excellence Awards 2104 Best Hospitality Project – Hilton Bangalore Embassy GolfLinks Flipkart signs real estate lease deal with Embassy Office Parks Flipkart leases office space from Embassy in largest deal

Rick Stein

Christopher Richard "Rick" Stein, is an English celebrity chef and television presenter. Along with business partner Jill Stein he has run the Stein hotel and restaurant business in the UK for over forty years; the business has a number of renowned restaurants and hotels in Padstow along with other restaurants in Marlborough and Barnes. He is the head chef and a co-owner of "Rick Stein at Bannisters" at Mollymook and Port Stephens in Australia, with his second wife Sarah, he presented television programmes. Of German descent, Christopher Richard Stein was born on 4 January 1947 in Churchill, Oxfordshire, to Eric and Dorothy Stein. Stein was educated at Wells Court, a preparatory school just outside Tewkesbury Wells House, the Court's bigger sister-school at Malvern Wells, Uppingham School, he took A-levels in English and geography, but failed all of them. He moved to a cram school in Brighton, gaining E grades in history. Stein completed a hotel management traineeship with British Transport Hotels at its Great Western Royal Hotel in Paddington.

He worked there as a chef for six months. Distraught by his father's suicide, at age 19 he went to Australia, where he worked as a labourer in an abattoir and as a clerk in a naval dockyard, he travelled to New Zealand and Mexico around that time to "take some time out". Being on his own, he read reflected on his attitude to education, applied to New College, where he earned an English degree in 1971. Shortly after that, he moved to Padstow. After graduating, he converted a mobile disco in Padstow, which he had run as a student, into a quayside nightclub with his friend, Johnny, it became known for its freeze-dried curries. However, the nightclub lost its licence and was closed down by the police due to frequent brawls with local fishermen; the pair still had a licence for a restaurant in another part of the building, so they continued with that to avert bankruptcy. Stein ran the kitchen using the experience, he converted it into a small harbour-side bistro, "The Seafood Restaurant", with his wife Jill in 1975.

As of 2015, his business operates four restaurants, a bistro, a café, a seafood delicatessen, a pâtisserie shop, a gift shop and a cookery school. In 2007 threats against Stein's businesses were made by Cornish nationalists, his impact on the economy of Padstow is such that it has been nicknamed "Padstein". In 2009 Stein made his first acquisition in the nearby village of St Merryn, 3½ miles from Padstow, taking over the Cornish Arms public house on the village's outskirts, intending to keep it as a traditional Cornish pub. In October 2009, Stein and his fiancée, the publicist Sarah Burns, opened "Rick Stein at Bannisters" in Mollymook, Australia. Stein said at the time of opening, "Ever since a memorable weekend eating Pambula oysters and flathead in Merimbula in the sixties, I've had the image of the clean blue sea and sweet seafood of the South Coast fixed in my head so when I was introduced to Mollymook about six years ago I knew that one day I would open up a restaurant celebrating local fish and shellfish but keeping it simple."In 2018 Rick Stein opened up a second “Rick Stein at Bannisters” in Salamander Bay, Port Stephens with his wife Sarah Stein.

Stein has become a popular television presenter on food programmes. After appearing once as guest chef in Keith Floyd's 1985 series Floyd on Fish and in his 1986 series Floyd on Food, he was offered the chance to present his own series – like the "travelogue" style of cookery show pioneered by Floyd – on BBC television, using Floyd's producer and director David Pritchard; this was to cause some rivalry feud, only resolved shortly before Floyd's death. His shows have included Rick Stein's Taste of the Sea, Fruits of the Sea, Seafood Odyssey, Fresh Food, Seafood Lovers' Guide, Food Heroes, French Odyssey, Mediterranean Escapes, Far Eastern Odyssey, Rick Stein's Spain and Rick Stein's India. In the last five series, he set out in search of the best in the region's foods; until 2007, Stein was accompanied by his Jack Russell terrier, Chalky. Much of Stein's television work has been released on VHS tape or DVD, but the BBC have yet to release some of the early pioneering series. Since late 2018, much has been licensed to the Good Food cable TV channel, where it has been broadcast with some heavy editing to allow for the inclusion of adverts.

A book has accompanied each series, his book English Seafood Cookery won the Glenfiddich Award for Food Book of the Year in 1989. Stein was awarded the OBE in the 2003 New Year Honours for services to tourism in Cornwall and the CBE in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to the economy. Stein met his first wife Jill Newstead in Padstow, they set up their restaurant and hotel business. They have three sons with Jill: Edward and Charles who are involved in the family business, he met Sarah Burns, 20 years his junior, in Australia in 1997, when she was a publicity manager for Australia Gourmet Traveller magazine. He and Sarah had a five-year affair before Jill found out and divorced Rick in 2007, but agreed to continue to run the business together. Rick and Sarah married on 7 October 2011; when Stein was 18 his father committed suicide by jumping off a Cornish cliff, after suffering from bipolar disorder. Stein has a brother, a sister, Henrietta, he has a half-brother, his mother's son from her first marriage.

He is the uncle of DJ and music producer Judge Jules. Stein is Patron of the charities Padstow Youth Project, South West PESCA, the National Mission for Deep Sea

Wissotzky Tea

Wissotzky Tea is an international, family-owned tea company based in Israel with offices in London and the United States. It is the leading tea distributor in Israel. Founded in 1849 in Moscow, Russia, it became the largest tea firm in the Russian Empire. By the early 20th century, it was the largest tea manufacturer in the world, it is one of the oldest tea companies in the world. The Wissotzky Tea Company is headed by a descendant of Shimon Zeidler; the company's headquarters are located in Tel Aviv while production takes place at a factory located in the Galilee. The company exports its products worldwide. Wissotzky Tea is distributed worldwide in Canada, UK, Australia and South Korea, Hungary, Russia and the US kosher market, entering the United States mass market with its launch of The Signature Collection. Kalman Zev Wissotzky was born to an Orthodox Jewish family. Following "a traditional Jewish education," Wissotsky, whose personal name became known by various Anglicizations married at age 18, at which point, with support from his in-laws, he studied at the Volozhin Yeshiva.

He was a student of Yisrael Salanter. After moving to Moscow for economic reasons and "trading in tea" Wissotzky founded what became his signature tea company. Using his wealth he funded a Jewish school in Jaffa helped found "the Hebrew-language journal Hashiloah" left 100,000 rubles to what is today the Technion-Israel Institute of TechnologyWissotzky's wife was Keila Tzvia. In 1885, Kalonymus Zev Wissotzky visited the Holy Land, about which he wrote a book. In that year, who founded the tea company carrying his name in 1849, was a wealthy and influential man, was called "the Russian king of tea", he had become a prominent figure in the proto-Zionist Hovevei Zion movement and was part of the leadership of the Bilu movement, founded in 1882. In 1885 the movement sent him to what is now Israel following an argument with the heads of the Jewish Yishuv, regarding the use of funds sent to the Holy Land from the Jewish diaspora. Hovevei Zion thought the money should be spent on founding new Jewish colonies, while the heads of the Yishuv disagreed.

Wissotzky was given the role of touring the land in order to find a way of solving the debate, while keeping everyone happy. Wissotzky Tea soon gained devoted customers all over the Russian Empire. By 1904 the company extended its activities to Germany, New York and Canada. In 1907 Wissotzky established the Anglo-Asiatic company with its head offices in London, managed by Ahad Ha'am, a renowned Jewish writer and philosopher, he had joined the company in 1903 on his resignation as editor of a Zionist journal. The company acquired plantations in both Ceylon. From the early 1900s through 1917, Wissotzky Tea Company was the largest tea company in the world. Following the Bolshevik Revolution, in 1917 all private businesses in the Russian empire were nationalized by the government, yet it took two more years to complete the takeover of Wissotzky Tea; this is due to the social benefits provided by the company to their many employees. In 1917 the company ceased its operations in Russia, the Wissotzky family emigrated to the U.

S and Europe, opening branches in Italy, Danzig and additional European countries. During the Russian Revolution, an anti-Semitic ditty mentioning Wissotzky tea made the rounds of Russian society, spreading the idea that Russia was the victim of Jewish domination: "Tea of Wissotzky, Sugar of Brodsky, Russia of Trotsky." In the years following the Russian Revolution, Wissotzky Tea Company activities centered in London as its headquarters where it was managed by Boris Lourie and in Danzig, Poland. The operation in Danzig was run by Alexander Chmerling and Solomon Seidler, a tea specialist and scion of the Wissotzky family. Due to the vast emigration from Russia, the Polish facility catered to the demand for the tea they were accustomed to back home. In 1936 Simon Seidler, the son of Solomon Seidler, sensed the impending danger of the war and left Poland for Palestine. In the following years, many of the family perished in the Holocaust and the company lost its holdings in Europe. In 1936 Simon Seidler established a Wissotzky hub in the Middle East.

Seidler began selling tea to British soldiers stationed in Mandatory Palestine, thereby promoting the brand name. Simon built a packing facility and expanded the company's range of products. In 1957 Simon Seidler died and his wife Ida Seidler took over the family's tea business. Ida introduced a modern approach to manufacturing and marketing of the brand. In 1945, Boris Lourie married Anna Wissotzky, they had two sons, Serge Lourie and Michael Lourie; the family holding company, Anglo-Asiatic Ltd, ceased to exist after the death of Boris Lourie, in a car crash, in 1950. Wissotzky Tea Company acquired Zeta Olive Oil, a leading olive oil company in the Galilee and Lahmi, a leading home baked goods company in Israel with an international brand named Elsastory. In December 2012 the three companies formed the Wissotzky Group, a gourmet and delicacies conglomerate. "Visotskis Tey" is the title of a klezmer song by Josh Waletzky, based on a Sholem Aleichem story about a mother who peddles Wissotzky's tea to

Monistrol de Montserrat

Monistrol de Montserrat is a municipality in the comarca of the Bages in Catalonia, Spain. The municipality includes the southern two-thirds of the massif of Montserrat and the famous Benedictine monastery of the same name; the town, known as Montserrat-Vila, is situated on the eastern flank of the massif above the valley of the Llobregat river: it is connected with the monastery and with the railway station in the valley by a rack railway. The C-1411 road links the town with Manresa; the bridge over the Llobregat river dates from the fourteenth century. The municipality includes a small exclave to the north-west. Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria. Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona: Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-01-3. ISBN 84-87135-02-1. Official website Government data pages