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May 31 2007

Northern Europes Rescue Boats Rushed To Gothenburg Sweden

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This weekend in Gothenburg, Sweden: Rescue boats from the Northern European Countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and Britain are gathering together in Gothenburg harbor. A lot of us do not think about the rescue boats until there is a ferry accident or a Cruise liner disaster. If you are around Gothenburg Saturday June 2nd between 10am and 6pm you may want to visit the more then 70 different boats from various countries and take a tour and see for yourself the different features and talk to the rescue crews.

Sounds like good family fun!

RäddningsbÃ¥tarna har “öppet hus” pÃ¥ lördag

Alla de 70-talet sjöräddningsbÃ¥tar frÃ¥n nordeuropeiska länder som nu samlats pÃ¥ Eriksberg i Göteborg kommer under lördagen att “öppet hus” för nyfikna som vill gÃ¥ ombord.


– Besättningarna har lovat att visa bÃ¥tarna mellan klockan 10 och 18 pÃ¥ lördagen, säger Ann Jansson, informatör pÃ¥ Svenska Sjöräddningssällskapet som i helgen firar sitt hundraÃ¥rsjubileum i Göteborg.

Längs kajerna och pirarna på Eriksberg ligger nu svenska, danska, norska, finländska, tyska, holländska och brittiska räddningsbåtar.

– I kväll (fredag) har vi vÃ¥r jubileumsmiddag med 500 gäster i Eriksbergshallen, berättar Ann Jansson.
Måndag till fredag håller sedan den internationella sjöräddningsorganisationen sin kongress på Hotell 11 strax intill.




The Finnish Lifeboat Society’s project of defining the lifeboat classes for its future fleet is nearly complete. The large, slow boats will be replaced by faster, smaller units.

The Society has decided on a fleet of boats from five rescue boat classes (PV I – PV V) and a rescue cruiser. The requirements for all lifeboat classes are a minimum speed of 30 knots, a capacity to operate independently and suitability to the Finnish climate conditions. The boats are meant specifically to be used by volunteer crews.

The availability of vessels may not be restricted to one supplier. The new lifeboat classes will be ratified by the Finnish Lifeboat Societys´s Council.

Six-metre PV I

The smallest boat, of the PV I class, is a 6.5-metre RIB (rigid inflatable boat), powered by one 115-horsepower diesel jet or an outboard motor. The maximum speed of the boat is 35 knots and it can be operated as an independent unit or as a support boat for a larger vessel. The PV I class boats take a crew of two.

This class will gradually replace the current Avon 4.0 and 5.4 RIBs and some of the current Atlantic 21 boats. The PV I class will be the largest class in the fleet of the Finnish Lifeboat Society.


The Finnish Lifeboat Society is the umbrella organization for voluntary maritime rescue associations in Finland.

We provide search and rescue services to people in distress at sea and on inland waters.

- 2,000 sea rescue volunteers
- over 140 rescue vessels
- over 13,000 members

- we conduct more than 1000 search and rescue missions annually

- we assist about 2400 people in waters under our watch every year

Finnish Lifeboat Society updates its fleetThe Finnish Lifeboat Society’s project of defining the lifeboat classes for its future fleet is nearly complete. The large, slow boats will be replaced by faster, smaller units.

Larger open boat PV II

PV II boats are approximately 7.5-metre RIBs. They can be operated as the sole vessel of a rescue station. PV II boats are equipped with a 115-hp twin diesel jet drive or outboard motors. The first boat of this class acquired by the Society, the Boomerang C-740, has a 115-hp four-stroke twin outboard motor. The boat reaches nearly 35 knots and is operated by a crew of three.

Boats in both of the smallest classes are fully equipped, from tools to a plotter and helmet intercoms.

Decked PV III

Although open rescue boats are functional and efficient rescue units, the core of the Society’s fleet is formed by decked rescue vessels. The smallest decked boats, PV III class, are approximately 10 metres long and equipped with a 250-hp twin diesel jet drive.

The boat is decked but has no sleeping facilities. PV III boats take a crew of three to four. The boat type can be used as an independent rescue unit for inland waterways or sheltered sea areas.

Sturdier PV IV

The larger size of the decked boats of PV IV class means better seaworthiness. The boats of this class will be used for sea areas and the most heavily trafficked inland stations.

PV IV boats are 12 metres long and powered by two diesel jet drives, with a total of 800 hp. The maximum speed of the boats is 35 knots and they take a crew of four. PV IV boats are intended to be used in medical emergencies, towage and search operations, transportation of stretcher patients, as well as crew and material deliveries under highly demanding conditions.

Offshore class PV V

The PV V class boats are the largest of the PV classes and are approximately 14 metres long. The planning-hull vessels are powered by two 700-hp diesel jet drives and their maximum speed is 30 knots. The PV V boats take a crew of five.

The PV V boats operate throughout the Baltic under all weather conditions. The boats have the best possible facilities and equipment for demanding rescue operations. Particular attention has been paid to the cabin design. The navigation system is based on four 19-inch TFT displays, and the boats have electronic joystick steering.

Boat acquisitions present a challenge

The Finnish Lifeboat Society will be decommissioning some twenty of vessels as outdated in the next few years. The acquisitions of their replacements are planned at the moment, based on the newly defined classes. The new system makes the acquisition and placement of new vessels easier and more efficient.

In 2005, the Society acquired ten new rescue boats representing PV I, PV II and PV III classes. The Society’s goal is to have acquired the first PV IV and PV V vessels by 2007.


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May 30 2007

Swedish Businesses are Serious in Research & Development

This is Great News for Sweden. Businesses are investing serious money in keeping Sweden at the very top in research and development. We look forward to a continued strong Swedish Economy.

Press release from Statistics Sweden2007-05-28 09:30 Nr 2007:144


Research and experimental development (R&D) in Sweden 2005

R&D investments in Sweden high on an international scale

Investments in R&D in relation to GDP in Sweden are high in international comparisons. In spite of the fact that the investments in R&D in Sweden decreased in 2005, only Israel has higher investments in R&D in relation to GDP. Among the Nordic countries, the biggest increases in the R&D to GDP ratio since the beginning of the 1990s occurred in Finland and Sweden.

Total expenditure on R&D amounted to SEK 103.8 billion in 2005, which is an increase from SEK 97.1 billion in 2003. Despite this increase, Sweden’s investments in R&D as a share of GDP have fallen slightly from 3.95 percent in 2003 to 3.88 percent in 2005. This is in spite of the fact that Statistics Sweden surveyed more units in 2005. Small enterprises (10-49 employees) and county councils and municipalities are included in the regular R&D surveys from 2005 onwards and, together, they account for the increase. If these sectors are excluded, R&D expenditures amounted to SEK 95.7 billion or 3.58 percent of GDP in 2005. In comparison, the R&D to GDP ratio in Finland and Israel, which like Sweden have high R&D investments in relation to GDP, increased between 2003 and 2005.

R&D expenditure in relation to GDP per sector, percent

No data on the R&D to GDP ratio for the private non-profit sector is presented by OECD

Intramural R&D in Sweden differs from many of the EU countries, as it is predominantly performed in two sectors, the business enterprise sector and the higher education sector. The expenditure on enterprises´ intramural R&D in Sweden amounted to 74 percent of total expenditure on intramural R&D in Sweden in 2005. Expenditure in the higher education sector on intramural R&D amounted to 21 percent of the total expenditure on intramural R&D in Sweden in 2005. A total of 95 percent of the person-years were performed in these two sectors in 2005.

Person-years performed in different sectors in 2005, percent

The structure of the business enterprise sector R&D

R&D activities in Sweden are to a large extent concentrated to a small number of enterprises and to a few parts of the industry. Companies with more than 500 employees account for 74 percent of the total expenditure on R&D in the business enterprise sector, and the 20 most R&D intensive companies account for 62 percent of the total expenditure on R&D in the business enterprise sector. Small enterprises (10-49 employees) account for 8 percent of the total expenditure on R&D in the business enterprise sector. Small enterprises’ expenditure on R&D, as a share of the total expenditure on R&D in the business enterprise sector, is in a middle position when comparing to the other member countries of the EU.
The big city regions dominate the R&D activities

In Sweden, R&D activities are to a large extent concentrated to the counties where the biggest companies are localized, as well as to regions with universities and university colleges. Stockholm, Västra Götaland county and Skåne county together account for 77 percent of the total expenditure on R&D in the business enterprise sector and 74 percent of the total person-years performed in the business enterprise sector. When regional expenditure in R&D is measured as a share of regional GDP, the big city regions in Sweden are among the top in the EU[1].

The impact of Swedish research

Expenditure on intramural R&D and the number of person-years devoted to R&D can be seen as an input measure of all R&D-related activities. Citation indices for scientific articles can be used as a measurement of the impact of research and its importance. In broad terms, the level of citations is a reflection of how Swedish research is noticed in the rest of the scientific world. Citation indices can thus be used to describe the quality of research. It should however be analysed with caution. Looking at citations of Swedish research, we can see that Swedish research is cited approximately 13 percent above the world average.

Patents are also used an indicator for research. Internationally, Sweden has a high number of patents measured per million inhabitants.

When the share of Swedish companies with innovative activity is compared internationally, Swedish companies are above the average of EU countries.

[1] Regional expenditure in intramural R&D as a share of regional GDP is measured on NUTS2 level (Nomenclature des Unités Territoriales Statistiques) which is a breakdown of a country in regions used by the EU for reporting on statistics on a regional level.

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May 11 2007

Heja Sverige – Hockey, Drag Queens & Marathon

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Sweden: Get patriotic this Saturday!!!

First off on Saturday is the Hockey World Cup semi finals, Sweden meets Canada.

This is when you break out the beer and potato chips and dress up in team colors, rooting and tooting with your best buddies.

Later it is time for the Eurovision Song Contest, Sweden’s “The Ark” has start number 12.

Now it’s time to put on something a bit more glittery, and the fancier finger foods come out on the table, and the discussions go wild about which country has the best song and all the previous years’ songs are remembered.

Earlier in the day, you might have been in Gothenburg to watch the Gothenburg Marathon.

If so, you might have brought a blanket and a picnic basket with you and enjoyed the scenery from one of the many lawns in the area. Every person who lives in the Gothenburg area knows at least ONE person who has ran the marathon, even if they don’t run themselves, SOMEONE they know has done it!

This is really one of those days when we feel patriotic!!!

Well – for those of us who don’t really care about sports or music competitions, there are still other things to watch on TV… And of course, there’s always the OFF button!

May 10 2007

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Radio Sweden 2007-05-10

On the cards: legislation to combat online grooming. Experts go after sexual predators who target youngsters on the Net. Finland`s newly re-elected Prime Minister visits Sweden. A game plan against global warming topped the agenda. And many Swedes pop in a pouch of moist oral snuff instead of lighting up. But a study suggests that the snus honeymoon may be over, as scientists connect it to cancer.



BREAKPOINT with Chuck Colson – 2007-05-10



Blocking the Gateway to Knowledge: Professorial Bias against Evangelicals

Last weekend, the Washington Post reported on a new survey by the Institute for Jewish and Community Research. The survey found that “53 percent of its sample of 1,200 college and university faculty members said they have ‘unfavorable’ feelings toward evangelical Christians.”


Daily Commentary

Daily Commentary – 2007-05-10


Michael Medved: What Was Wrong With the First GOP Debate

The first GOP Presidential debate from the Reagan Library was more notable for the issues the candidates didn’t cover than for the challenges they actually discussed


Charlie Slaughter

Jihad, Danger, World Predictions, and What You Can Do!

Insane News From the Rim, Gay Bears and more!


Kicking Butt

We have them all beat to the punch from Fox News to CNN’s Glenn Beck. Here we have more that you will hear about elsewhere but not for a while! With thanks to: 50 Foot Wave ” Vena Cava” Father Rock “July” Kevin MacLeod Incompetech.com “Chromatic3Fantasia”





Fred Chiaventone

Fred Chiaventone joins us for a special Civil War Saturday event to discuss the importance of historical fiction and his book, A Road We Do Not Know: A Novel of Custer at the Little Bighorn. Originally aired 04/28/07.



James S. Robbins

James S. Robbins joins us for a special Civil War Saturday event to discuss his book, Last in Their Class: Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point. Originally aired 04/28/07.


Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager – 2007-05-01





Tony Blair Steps Down

Prager H1: The British Prime Minister will leave office in June after 10 years on the job. As usual, he was very eloquent as he reviewed his tenure. Dennis deconstructs his comments and finds much to admire and much to be concerned about… Dennis talks to Sasha Issenberg, a journalist who has writes for Slate and Washington Monthly. He has written a new book about Dennis’ favorite food — The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy.


They’re Not Going to Surrender on a Battleship

Prager H2: Our enemies are suicide bombers and guerilla armies. We can’t stop a Saudi sneaking into Iraq and blowing himself up in a market. So, what does it mean that we have won or we have lost? This is a different kind of war, but not less critical because it’s not so easily defined… Dennis talks to Mike Gallagher, nationally syndicated radio talk show, who is in Greensburg, KS, a town of two thousand which was wiped off the map late last week by a horrific tornado.


Do Big Cities Make Us Worse?

Prager H3: Thomas Jefferson thought so. And Dennis tends to agree. Callers, including Allen’s sister, Amy, weigh in with their theories.



Hugh Hewitt – 2007-05-10


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Mark Steyn, Jonathan Regele, Mark Leach, Bill Halle

Hewitt: Hour 1 – Hugh catches up on the week’s news with Columnist to the World, Mark Steyn, and then speaks with Spotlightmothers.com founder Jonathan Regele about how to give Mom a home page for Mother’s Day, and talks alternatives to abortion with Down Syndrome advocate Bill Halle and Mark Leach.



Jon Voight, Part 1

Hewitt: Hour 2 – Hugh speaks with legendary actor Jon Voight about his role in the controversial new movie about the Mountain Meadow Massacre, September Dawn.



Jon Voight, Part 2

Hewitt: Hour 3 – Hugh concludes his two hour interview of legendary actor Jon Voight by discussing his career and his politics, which might surprise you.



Young America’s Foundation – 2007-05-10

The Reagan Ranch Center

Burt Folsom: The Benefits of a Flat Tax

Dr. Burt Folsom returns to the program to explain the case for a flat income tax in America. This presentation occurred during Young America’s Foundation’s National Conservative Student Conference.




Brit Hume‘s Political Grapevine


Special Report




John Gibson’s My Word



War On Christmas




Bill O’Reilly’s latest Talking Points Memo – 2007-05-10



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May 03 2007

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Radio Sweden 2007-05-03

World Press Freedom day is marked in Sweden with a call for the release of journalists taken hostage or in jail, including Sweden`s Dawit Isaak. Turkey`s proposed membership of the EU divides opinion, a veteran Swedish diplomat, now based in Istanbul gives us his view. And sticking together…..we find out whether scratching each other`s backs really is making life easier for residents in the remote far north of Sweden and Finland



BREAKPOINT with Chuck Colson – 2007-05-03



New Book, Old Lie: The Secret

Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret has been on the New York Times bestseller list for months, and a DVD version is also selling out everywhere. Byrne is selling the tempting message that anything you want is possible and easy to get.


Daily Commentary  

Daily Commentary – 2007-05-03


Hugh Hewitt: With Gratitude to God

Today is the annual National Day of Prayer which will be recognized in Washington D.C. and at thousands of gatherings around the country as, in words of President Bush, we “acknowledge God’s grace and ask for His continued guidance in the life of our Nation.”


Dennis Prager  

Dennis Prager – 2007-05-03



It’s Called Stealing

Prager H1: A popular web site publishes a code that unlocks DVD security; then, takes the code off the site when Hollywood threatens to sue. But when their users express outrage, they put the code back on the site. Nowhere in this discussion is the issue of right and wrong raised. It’s only is only a question of the weak (the web site user) versus the strong (Hollywood)… Dennis talks to Michael Young, editor of the Daily Star in Beirut, about America’s moral obligation to Iraq.


What’s in a Name?

Prager H2: Does it matter if a woman gives up her name when she gets married? Or is just a vestige of a patriarchal society? Best of Prager Hour. Originally recorded on July 3, 2006.


Origins of the Future

Prager H3: Dennis talks to John Gribbin, visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex and author of The Origins of the Future: Ten Questions for the Next Ten Years. Best of Prager Hour



Hugh Hewitt – 2007-05-03

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Mark Steyn, Tony Snow, Bay Buchanan, Alex Castellanos

Hewitt: Hour 1 – Hugh begins his broadcast from the Reagan Library, home of the first GOP presidential debate, and talks with Columnist to the World, Mark Steyn, with White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, Tom Tancredo campaign chairwoman Bay Buchanan, and Mitt Romney ad man Alex Castellanos



Jim Talent, Justin Webb, Byron York

Hewitt: Hour 2 – Hugh continues from atop the Spin Room at the Reagan Library, home of the first GOP presidential debate, and is joined by former Missouri Senator Jim Talent, BBC journalist Justin Webb, and National Review’s Byron York



Carl Cameron, Chuck Workman

Hewitt: Hour 3 – As Hugh continues from the GOP presidential debate at the Reagan Library, he is joined by Fox News Channel’s top political reporter, Carl Cameron, and then is ambushed on-air by documentary film maker Chuck Workman. As the hour continued, Hugh turned the tables on Chuck.



Peter Flaherty, Tagg Romney, Kenneth Starr

Hewitt: Hour 4 – Hugh concludes his broadcast from the GOP presidential debate at the Reagan Library with Peter Flaherty and Tagg Romney from the Mitt Romney team after his impressive showing earlier, and gets post-debate analysis from Pepperdine Law School Dean Kenneth Starr.



Mike Gallagher – 2007-05-03



Dr. Michael Shurer

Mike talks to this former CIA analyst-turned-author about George Tenet and the role of intelligence in the War on Terror.



John Hinderaker – 2007-05-02

Northern Alliance Radio Network

Smoking Ban and the Effects on Businesses and Taxes With John Hinderaker

King and Mich


Democrats Desire for Withdrawl With John Hinderaker
Brian and John discuss War in Iraq, and the democrat’s desire to pull U.S. troops.

ael discussing smoking ban. Republican and democratic support for smoking ban. Future effect of the smoking ban on businesses and taxes.


Islam and Terrorists at War With John Hinderaker

Brian and John interview Steven Emerson (Executive Director of Investigative Project on Terrorism) about Islam and terrorists and war in Iraq.


Iraq Withdrawl, Conservative Movement, and the VA Tech Massacre With John Hinderaker

Mitch and Ed discuss the Withdrawal Bill, Interview with special guest Michael Ledeen about George Tenets book and conversation about Iran. Touch up on protests. The conservative movement. Touch up on VA Tech Massacre.


Republican Conference, Income Tax, and Gun Control With John Hinderaker

Mitch and Ed converse about Republican conference, income tax increase. Conservative movement. Criticizing at Toledo Blade-Dan Simpson, and gun control



David Strom – 2007-05-02

The TaxPayers League

Hr 1: Politics and Taxes King discusses tax increase. Income, property, and federal tax increase with Kurt Zellers (Minnesota House of Representatives).


Hr 2: Tax Increases in the House King discusses tax increases with John Kline (House of Representatives). Effects of the tax increases and democrats part in the issue. Conversation with Michelle Buckman about tax increase and issues in the House. Touch up on war in Iraq and the troops being pulled.


Taxpayers League hr 1: Crazy Democratic Tax Proposals Guest Rep. Tom Emmer, Deputy Minority Leader of the MN House, talks about crazy democrat tax proposals.


Taxpayers League hr 2: Left-Wing Bias in the Media Guest Dan Gainor, Director of Business & Media Institute talks about left wing bias in the media.



Young America’s Foundation – 2007-05-02

The Reagan Ranch Center


Charles Murray: The Inequality Taboo

Dr. Charles Murray breaks down basic assumptions that have been adopted by the mainstream media and academia in regards to differences between race and sex.



Brit Hume‘s Political Grapevine


Special Report



Neil’s Common Sense – 2007-05-03

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Bill O’Reilly’s latest Talking Points Memo – 2007-05-03


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