PennWell Corporation, a diversified global media and information company, announced today that it has acquired Tunbridge, Vermont-based Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment magazine and the website FireMagazine.com. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, founded in 1996 in Tunbridge, Vermont by C. Peter and Kathryn Jorgensen under the company name Fire Apparatus, LLC, is widely recognized as the leading source of information about fire apparatus-related products. Published monthly for a North American readership of 35,000, Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment caters to fire chiefs, purchasing and finance committees, trustees, commissioners and other fire professionals who buy trucks, tools, turnout gear and firefighting equipment. They read Fire Apparatus and the monthly Fire Apparatus eNewsletter for news and insight to make well-informed buying decisions.Noting that PennWell is the undisputed leader in providing information for the fire service as publisher of Fire Engineering magazine and owner of the FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference) trade show, PennWell President and Chief Executive Officer Robert F. Biolchini said, “PennWell is pleased to expand our fire portfolio with this outstanding publication and website, which provides us a vertical extension focused on equipment and apparatus. Since 1996 Kathryn Jorgensen and her late husband Peter Jorgensen have built their company based on editorial excellence and a strong industry reputation. Fire Apparatus offers a perfect fit with PennWell as we celebrate our own centennial anniversary this year.”Fire Apparatus, LLC President Kathryn Jorgensen will assist with the transition and expressed her confidence in PennWell as the best home for the future growth of the publication and website. “My goal in selling Fire Apparatus was to find a publisher who would continue and strengthen the magazine that my husband founded. I am very pleased that PennWell, which has an excellent reputation in the fire service and in providing information to multiple global markets, will do that,” she said.PennWell will manage the business from its headquarters in Tulsa under Lyle Hoyt, senior vice president responsible for PennWell’s Dental and Fire Groups. Current Fire Apparatus publisher and sales manager Bob Kelly and editor-in-chief Lyn Bixby will continue in those roles under PennWell.In addition to Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment magazine and website, PennWell’s fire-related businesses include Fire Engineering, which has published continuously since 1877 as the leading training magazine for the fire service, along with the more recently launched FireEngineering.com and Fire Engineering University. Founded in 1928, PennWell’s FDIC is the oldest and largest firefighter training show in the world and is held annually for 26,000 attendees and 817 exhibitors occupying 352,000 net square feet at the Indianapolis Convention Center. PennWell is launching a new event, TAK-Response Conference and Exhibition, which will be held September 14’16, 2010 in San Jose, California to provide real-time, threat-based training for law enforcement, fire service, EMS/medical, emergency nursing, homeland security and other disaster professionals. As part of its international expansion, PennWell will hold its first Fire Engineering India Conference & Exhibition in May 2011 in New Delhi, India.PennWell’s dedication to the fire service led to the creation of the Fire Engineering Courage and Valor Foundation following the tragic terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001. This independent, tax-free foundation will exist in perpetuity to annually bestow the Courage and Valor medal and a cash award to the firefighter (or his family, if deceased) who has most exemplified Courage and Valor in a fire rescue. Since 2002 the Courage and Valor award has been presented annually at FDIC in Indianapolis.About PennWellCelebrating its centennial in 2010, PennWell Corporation is a privately held and highly diversified business-to-business media and information company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the following industries in addition to fire and emergency services: Oil and gas, electric power generation and delivery, hydropower, renewable energy, water and wastewater treatment, waste management, electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, optoelectronics, fiberoptics, nanotechnology, aerospace and avionics, LEDS and lighting, and dental.Founded in 1910, PennWell publishes over 130 print and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, websites, research and database services. In addition to PennWell’s headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Company has major offices in Nashua, New Hampshire; Houston, Texas; London, England; Mountain View, California; Fairlawn, New Jersey; Moscow, Russia, and Hong Kong, China. Source: PennWell Corporation On Friday August 20, 2010, 3:40 pmTULSA, Okla., Aug. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —
Jack McGrath will be free to start Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations campaign after Leinster chose not to appeal against his three-week ban for stamping. Leinster said in a statement: “After considering all the options and taking considerable advice, including legal, Leinster Rugby have confirmed that they will not be appealing the decision by the Guinness Pro12 disciplinary committee to suspend Jack McGrath for three weeks, effectively ruling him out of the two Champions Cup Pool Two games this weekend and next. “The matter is now at an end and Leinster Rugby will be making no further comment.” McGrath was banned for three weeks for stamping in Leinster’s 24-11 Pro12 victory over Ulster on January 3. Leinster could have jeopardised McGrath’s early Six Nations participation with an appeal: had the case been thrown out, the 12-cap prop’s ban could have been increased. Any extension of the existing sanction could have left McGrath unavailable for the start of the Six Nations as Ireland aim to defend their 2014 crown. Leinster sit second in Pool Two of the Champions Cup with two fixtures left to play. The Dublin province host Castres this weekend before facing Wasps in Coventry in round six. Harlequins top the group, and Leinster will feel McGrath’s absence, especially with fellow loosehead Healy still fighting his way back to fitness. McGrath will miss Leinster’s crucial European Champions Cup Pool Two matches in the next fortnight, but will then return in time for Ireland’s Six Nations opener in Italy. The 25-year-old should retain his starting berth for Ireland’s first Six Nations clash in Rome on February 7, with Cian Healy still battling back from long-term injury. Press Association
Press Association There has been a sharp contrast between the Toffees’ domestic results and those in the Europa League, but perhaps even more so in their performances. They have struggled to find the pace and potency that made them such an exciting prospect in Martinez’s debut season in charge last term and have scored just once in their last four league games. But in Europe they have again looked free-flowing, and never more so than in Thursday night’s 4-1 victory over Young Boys in Switzerland. Manager Martinez said: “I think it shows in Europe this season we’ve been perfect. And when I say perfect, we’ve been enjoying our football. “I think we’ve produced some exciting, attacking play. We’ve been brave. I think we’ve showed an incredible character and it’s helped young players to learn a lot very quickly, and it’s helped the experienced players to show us the direction. “It highlights that we need to take that into our domestic form. This season, because of very small margins, we haven’t been able to get a real momentum, which allows you to have a real enjoyment in the games you go into. “That’s what we’re going to use. I do feel we’ve been very confident in our play in the last few games. Probably Thursday’s result will be the final push to really enjoy our football in every game in the league from now until the end of the season, and that’s a really important target of ours.” The one black mark from Thursday’s game was a red card for defender John Stones, who was penalised for pulling back Guillaume Hoarau in front of goal. Everton were 4-1 up at the time and Young Boys could not punish Stones’ error, with Hoarau missing the penalty. Martinez refused to see the 20-year-old’s dismissal as a negative, saying: ” It has affected him, but in a positive manner. I think he’ll become a better player because of that. “When you talk about the experiences in Europe, in big games, the young players benefit from it. Clearly John will do that. In a game where you’re going to be in a hostile environment, you need to be very clear in your decisions. “The reaction from the team was phenomenal with 10 men and the sending off didn’t affect the scoreline. Obviously John has got a lot to thank his team-mates for, but in the same manner John has become a better player because of that.” Pictures in The Sun showed stewards using an umbrella to shield Stones as he made his way off the pitch, with the newspaper reporting this was due to objects being hurled from the stands in his direction. Everton declined to comment on whether they would be complaining to UEFA about the matter. Martinez said of Stones: “He didn’t mention it. He was quite down because of the football action, nothing else. “It was an incredible environment at the ground. I heard it was a quite hostile way that he left the pitch but I think everyone helped him through and it’s not an issue from our point of view. “Clearly what we want is phenomenal environments to play our games. But always well controlled and healthy.” Martinez expects to have left-back Leighton Baines available for Sunday’s clash with Leicester after three games out with a minor knee problem. He is likely to replace Bryan Oviedo, who felt his hamstring against Young Boys, but Steven Naismith should recover from a knock. Aaron Lennon, cup-tied in the Europa League, returns but Gareth Barry is suspended and Aiden McGeady, Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar are all set to miss out. Roberto Martinez wants Everton to use their “perfect” form in Europe to ensure they finish the Premier League season strongly.