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AÇÕES DO GOVERNO PROMOVEM IGUALDADE RACIAL (Brasil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 25, 2008

24 de Novembro de 2008

Com a sétima edição, encerra-se hoje a série “Promovendo a Igualdade”. Ao longo do mês de O Ministro da Secretaria Especial de Politicas de Promoção da Igualdade Racial (Seppir), Edson Santosnovembro, em homenagem ao Dia da Consciência Negra, celebrado no último dia 20, o Em Questão publicou temas abordando as políticas públicas para promover a igualdade racial. Nesta segunda-feira (24), o boletim apresenta um balanço das ações afirmativas do governo no campo do combate à discriminação racial e no avanço nas eqüidades raciais.

Dentre estas ações, as principais são aquelas voltadas à redução das desigualdades no sistema educacional. A política de cotas raciais e o ProUni tornaram possível o acesso de milhares de jovens negros e carentes às universidades públicas e privadas. “Em breve esta nova geração de profissionais terá a oportunidade de alcançar posições de destaque no mercado de trabalho”, afirmou o ministro da Secretaria Especial de Políticas de Promoção da Igualdade Racial (Seppir), Edson Santos.

História e cultura – Para o ministro, também haverá avanços com a gradual implantação, em todas as escolas de nível fundamental e médio do País, do ensino de História e Cultura da África e a inserção histórica dos negros na formação do estado brasileiro. “Precisamos referendar os alunos de outras matrizes raciais, para combater o racismo, fazer com que haja respeito à diversidade e tornar a escola mais identificada com os alunos negros”, afirmou.

Outro grande programa é a Agenda Social Quilombola, que atende quase duas mil comunidades remanescentes de quilombos em todo o Brasil. A maior parte delas está localizada em regiões muito isoladas, que não tinham acesso a serviços essenciais como saneamento e energia elétrica. Hoje o governo federal garante estes serviços e ainda promove ações para desenvolver economicamente as comunidades, de forma sustentável e adequada.

Houve também avanço na proteção contra a intolerância que atinge as religiões de matrizes africanas, como a Umbanda e o Candomblé. Todas estas medidas estão sendo aplicadas a partir do diálogo entre os governos, o poder legislativo, a sociedade civil organizada e a iniciativa privada.

Consciência Negra – O Dia da Consciência Negra, comemorado no último dia 20 de novembro, é uma data para a reflexão de todos os brasileiros. Durante o período da escravidão, os negros resistiram de diversas formas, nas muitas revoltas, fugas e com a formação de quilombos em várias partes do País. Assim surgiu o Quilombo dos Palmares, que teve Zumbi como principal líder. Zumbi foi morto em 20 de novembro de 1695 e teve o corpo exibido em praça pública. A intenção era semear o medo entre os escravos, mas acabou despertando em muitos negros a consciência de que era preciso lutar contra a escravidão.

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OCDE ESPERA RECESSÃO PARA EUA E EUROPA EM 2009

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 25, 2008

Plantão – Publicada em 25/11/2008 às 13h01m

por Juliana Cardoso – Valor Online

SÃO PAULO – A Organização para a Cooperação e Desenvolvimento Econômico (OCDE) espera recessão em vários países no próximo ano, como Estados Unidos e Japão. Acredita que a desaceleração econômica deverá ser mais severa em economias mais vulneráveis a crises financeiras ou às fortes quedas de preços das casas, como Hungria, Islândia, Irlanda, Luxemburgo, Turquia e Reino Unido. Também avalia que o desaquecimento global afetará as principais economias emergentes, como Brasil, China, Rússia e Índia, mas o efeito será mais limitado.

Nos Estados Unidos, conforme o relatório da OCDE, o Produto Interno Bruto (PIB) deve declinar 0,9% em 2009 antes de apresentar crescimento de 1,6% em 2010. Na zona do euro, o PIB deve ter contração de 0,6% no próximo calendário e expandir-se 1,2% um ano depois. A economia japonesa declinará 0,1% em 2009, mas deverá registrar avanço de 0,6% em 2010.

No levantamento Perspectivas Econômicas, a organização prevê que o números de desempregados nos países pertencentes à OCDE deve crescer em cerca de 8 milhões de pessoas nos próximos dois anos uma vez que a recessão mais séria desde o início dos anos de 1980 afeta a atividade econômica.

O contingente de desempregados pode alcançar 42 milhões de pessoas em 2010 em comparação aos 34 milhões registrados atualmente. A atividade econômica nos integrantes da OCDE deve ceder 0,4% em média em 2009 antes de crescer 1,5% no ano seguinte.

“As incertezas envolvendo as projeções são excepcionalmente altas”, declarou o economista-chefe da OCDE, Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel. “Muito depende de de como ocorrerá a superação da crise financeira, o principal motor da desaceleração”, acrescentou.

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JORNALISTAS TENTAM SE AGREDIR DENTRO DA ASSEMBLÉIA, NO PIAUÍ (Brasil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 25, 2008

25/11/2008 – 12h29min

Os jornalistas HA HA HA HA AH AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA AH AHA HA ...Carlos Augusto, da TV Meio Norte, e Francisco Magalhães, da TV Cidade Verde, por pouco não saíram nos tapas dentro da Assembléia Legislativa. Um xingou o outro e só não foram as vias de fato porque o secretário de Segurança Robert Rios não deixou.

Tudo começou quando Carlos Augusto entrevistava Robert Rios sobre o caso do major Wagner Torres, acusado de envolvimento em tortura de presos em Picos, quando interrompeu Francisco Magalhães. “Bandido tem é que apanhar”, comentou Carlos Augusto. “Que história é essa”, repreendeu Magalhães. “Cale a boca vagabundo”, rebateu Augusto. “Me respeite. Vai tomar no c*”, irritou-se. Quando se preparavam pra ir às vias de fato, Robert interviu: “Calma, calma”.

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POR INFIDELIDADE PARTIDÁRIA TRE DO PIAUÍ CASSA MAIS TRÊS VEREADORES – AGORA JÁ SÃO 260 – APÓS ELEIÇÕES: o Tribunal Regional Eleitoral do Piauí continua com seu trabalho árduo

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 25, 2008

10/11/2008 – 12h38min

Mesmo após as eleições municipais 2008, o Tribunal Regional Eleitoral do Piauí continua com seu trabalho árduo no que diz respeito à realização de julgamentos dos processos de infidelidade partidária. No entanto, com um ritmo menor de trabalho, realizando sessões apenas às segundas-feiras e às terças-feiras, sendo duas sessões por dia.

Ao todo, depois que a resolução do Tribunal Superior Eleitoral de número 22.610 foi criada, 992 processos contra os vereadores de vários municípios piauienses, eleitos em 2004, que foram acusados por infidelidade partidária – troca de partido sem justa causa – foram ajuizados.

Desses, 842 foram pedidos pelo Ministério Público e os demais foram pedidos por suplentes e pelos partidos políticos. Até a última sessão da semana passada, 636 processos foram apreciados e 257 vereadores foram cassados.

A resolução do TSE determina que, a partir do dia 27 de março de 2007, todo vereador que deixar o seu partido, pelo qual foi eleito em 2004, para se transferir para outro partido, sem justa causa, deve ter o seu mandato cassado.

No pleito eleitoral de 2004, no Estado do Piauí, 2.024 vereadores foram eleitos pelo regime democrático brasileiro. Desses, a maioria sem a devida informação, pelo menos 992 foram acusados de cometerem infidelidade partidária.

Nas sessões desta segunda-feira (10), 20 processos foram apreciados, sendo 2 extintos (sem julgamento do mérito), 15 absolvidos e 3 cassados: o vereador Antônio Francisco Rodrigues da Silva, de Nova Santa Rita (migrou do PMDB para o PCdoB); o vereador Francisco das Chagas Silva, de Caraúbas (migrou do PP para o PSB) e o vereador Sebastião José de Sousa (migrou do PPS para o PMDB).

Os dados atualizados desta segunda-feira (10) são os seguintes: 656 processos apreciados e 260 vereadores cassados.

Segundo informações do TRE Piauí, a expectativa dos membros da Corte é que todos os processos sejam apreciados até o final deste mês.

REPORTAGEM: Flávio Moura – Direto do TRE Piauí

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SOBE PARA 207 O NÚMERO DE VEREADORES CASSADOS EM MATO GROSSO (Brasil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 25, 2008

18 de novembro de 2008 – 20h26

Em decisão unânime, o pleno do Tribunal Regional Eleitoral de Mato Grosso cassou o mandato do vereador Marcos Aurélio da Silva, de Alto Araguaia, que se desfiliou do Partido Progressista em 28 de agosto de 2008 para ingressar no Partido da República. O pedido de perda de mandato foi protocolado pela 1ª suplente, Luciene de Souza Freitas.

A relatora do processo, juíza Adverci Rates de Abreu, entendeu que não ficou comprovada a grave discriminação pessoal alegada na defesa do vereador. Segundo Adverci, o fato do diretório estadual do PP ter desconstituído o diretório regional não configura a grave discriminação pessoal. Em seu voto, a relatora ainda citou os depoimentos das testemunhas que demonstraram tão somente o descontentamento do vereador com os rumos políticos da legenda partidária.

Com a decretação da perda do mandato do vereador de Alto Araguaia, sobe para 207 o número de cassações por infidelidade partidária em Mato Grosso.

Recursos Rejeitados – Em decisão também unânime, o pleno do TRE negou provimento ao recurso impetrado pelo Ministério Público Eleitoral contra a decisão do juiz da 3ª zona eleitoral de Rosário Oeste. O ministério público pleiteou a aplicação de uma multa por propaganda antecipada à Edson Joel Meira, que não chegou a ser candidato. O processo estava sob a relatoria da Juíza Adverci Rates de Abreu.

O TRE também rejeitou o recurso eleitoral interposto pela coligação “esperança, fé e liberdade”, de Jauru, contra a decisão do juiz eleitoral da 25ª zona de Pontes e Lacerda. A coligação pretendia reverter a decisão que homologou a candidatura de Gilson de Souza Araújo, o Gilson do Indea. A tese de que o candidato teria praticado uma conduta vedada ao utilizar o nome do órgão público na urna eletrônica não foi aceita pelo relator, Renato Vianna, e pelos membros do colegiado.

Adiamento – Em virtude da ausência justificada dos membros titulares Alexandre Elias, José Zuquim e do vice-presidente e corregedor Manoel Ornellas, todos os demais processos que estavam na pauta desta terça-feira (18/11) foram adiados para quarta-feira (19/11).

Fonte: Assessoria

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PEDIDO DE CASSAÇÃO DE FABIANO LUCENA (PSDB) VOLTA À PAUTA HOJE (Brasil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 25, 2008

10/11/2008 às 10:00

Adiado na última quinta-feira, 6, deve ser retomado hoje o julgamento da Ação de Impugnação de Fabiano Carvalho de Lucena - Deputado Estadual do PSDB da Paraiba - especialista em formação de quadrilha - um verdadeiro liderMandato Eletivo (AIME) contra o deputado estadual Fabiano Lucena (PSDB). A matéria teve sua apreciação interrompida pela ausência do advogado de defesa do parlamentar, Abelardo Jurema Neto.

A falta de Jurema Neto, aliás, gerou uma polêmica entre ele e o procurador regional eleitoral, José Guilherme Ferraz, uma vez que o representante do MPE informou que a viagem do advogado teria se dado às custas da Assembléia Legislativa. Por causa disso, Jurema Neto prometeu acionar Ferraz, já que o advogado diz ter comprovantes emitidos pela Classic Turismo de que comprou os tickets aéreos com recursos próprios.

Ainda na sessão de hoje também deve ser retomada a análise da denúncia contra Fabiano, o vereador João Almeida (PMDB) e outras 33 pessoas acusadas, na ação penal nº 2 de terem integrado uma quadrilha especializada na compra de votos. Segundo o Ministério Público Federal, Fabiano e João seriam os mentores do esquema.

Os denunciados pelo Ministério Público Eleitoral são: Fabiano Carvalho de Lucena, João Almeida de Carvalho Júnior, Luiz Eduardo de Menezes Soares, Eduardo Bezerra (Dudu Gelinho), Leila Luahnda Gomes de Almeida, Cláudio Roberto Toledo de Santana, Raniery César Menezes da Silva, Maria Aparecida Santos de Queiroz, Alan Saulo de Oliveira Ribeiro, Viviane Fernandes Gomes de Araújo, Júlio Carreira Bisneto, James da Costa Barros, Eliana Lopes Neves, Eurídes de Oliveira Santiago, Gilvanici Oliveira do Nascimento, Ângela Maria de Sousa, Marinalda Dornelas, Almir de Lima Silva, João Almeida de Carvalho Júnior - Vereador do PMDB da Paraiba, na cidade de João Pessoa, capital do estadoLindemberg Dantas da Silva, José Everaldo da Silva, Ariosvaldo (mais conhecido por Vavá), Alba Maria Brandão Calaça, Gervanda Mendes da Silva, Rita de Cássia dos Santos, Diocélio Bezerra Barbosa, Joselma Leite da Silva, Ana Emília Pereira, Maria de Lourdes de Oliveira Gouveia, Henrique (esposo de Nadja Batista da Silva), Nadja Batista da Silva, Manoel Antônio de Santana, Adalberto Ferreira Avelar Filho, Júlia Maria Souza do Nascimento, Igor Barbosa da Silva, Maria do Socorro Batista da Silva (Socorro Bala).

Todos vão responder pela prática de corrupção eleitoral (artigo 299 do Código Eleitoral) e por formação de quadrilha (artigo 288 do Código Penal), podendo ser condenados ao cumprimento de penas privativas de liberdade que, somadas, podem alcançar até 16 anos e quatro meses de reclusão, além de multa, suspensão dos direitos políticos durante o cumprimento da pena e, ainda, inelegibilidade pelos três anos subseqüentes.

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TSE CASSA MANDATO DO VEREADOR JOSÉ FERREIRA (PSDB) POR COMPRA DE VOTOS – O presidente da Câmara foi cassado por volta das 21h desta terça. A decisão não fala de inelegibilidade do candidato (PI – Brasil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 25, 2008

27/8/2008

Por unanimidade, o pleno do Tribunal Superior Eleitoral (TSE) cassou na noite de hoje (26), às 21 O ex-vereador José Ferreira de Sousa, do PSDB cassado por compra de votos em agosto de 2008horas, o mandato do vereador José Ferreira de Sousa, do PSDB, presidente da Câmara de Teresina. A decisão foi por unanimidade.

Em sessão plenária, o ministro relator Ari Peargendler determinou a execução imediata da decisão anterior, que impugnou o mandato do vereador. José Ferreira é acusado de compra de voto nas eleições de 2004. A ação foi impetrada pela Procuradoria Eleitoral. As provas apresentadas pelo Ministério Público foram acolhidas pelo Tribunal como uma lista do eleitores supostamente comprados.

A decisão será comunicada ao Tribunal Regional Eleitoral (TRE) no Piauí para que o vereador seja afastado do cargo e assuma o suplente, no caso o ex-secretário de esportes e lazer, Renato Berger. O julgamento no TSE não fala de inelegibilidade e por isso o vereador poderá disputar as eleições deste ano. Ferreira tenta a reeleição pela quinta vez.

Na Câmara, Ferreira deixará a cadeira de presidente. Paulo Dantas ficará no seu lugar.

Em 3 de outubro de 2004, a Polícia Federal parou um veículo que transportava eleitores ilegalmente. Foi constatado que, depois de votar, eles iriam fazer “boca de urna” para Ferreira, que pagaria R$ 10 por voto. O relator entendeu que o número superior a 1.200 eleitores cadastrados é expressivo e pode refletir no resultado do pleito.

PTB TEM CONTAS REPROVADAS

Hoje à noite, o TSE reprovou também as contas do PTB. As despesas do Partido Trabalhista do Brasil (PT do B) referentes a 2007 foram rejeitas em decisão unânime pelo Tribunal Superior Eleitoral (TSE). Com a decisão, fica suspenso pelo prazo de um ano o repasse das cotas do fundo partidário a que o partido teria direito de acordo com a Lei dos Partidos Políticos (Lei 9.096/95).

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DESÁGIO EM LEILÃO DE LINHAS DE TRANSMISSÃO GARANTE TARIFAS MAIS BAIXAS AO CONSUMIDOR (Brasil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 25, 2008

24 de Novembro de 2008

Com deságio médio de 16,15%, o governo federal garantiu nesta segunda-feira (24), por meio do leilão de linhas de transmissão realizado pela Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica (Aneel), o acesso de 27 novas usinas dos estado de Goiás e Mato Grosso do Sul ao Sistema Interligado Nacional. O conjunto de usinas engloba termelétricas à biomassa e pequenas centrais hidrelétricas (PCHs). Os deságios registrados resultarão em benefícios ao consumidor, uma vez que a tarifa de uso dos sistemas de transmissão é um dos componentes de custo da tarifa paga pelo consumidor final às distribuidoras, além de contribuírem para maior competitividade do setor produtivo nacional.

Todas as 36 linhas e 22 subestações ofertadas foram arrematadas por empresas e consórcio do Brasil e da Espanha. As propostas apresentadas tiveram deságios que variaram de 10% a 19,15%. As concessões destinam-se à construção, operação e manutenção de aproximadamente dois mil quilômetros de novas linhas de transmissão e 22 subestações. Os empreendimentos vão gerar nove mil empregos diretos e deverão entrar em operação em 18 meses após a assinatura dos contratos de concessão. Os investimentos totais para a construção das linhas estão estimados em R$ 1 bilhão.

Vencedores – No leilão, foram declarados vencedores os consórcios e empresas que ofereceram a menor tarifa para prestação do serviço. A empresa espanhola Cobra Instalaciones Y Servicios arrematou o lote A, composta por 14 linhas de transmissão e sete subestações, com deságio de 18,01%. O segundo lote (B), com nove linhas e sete subestações, foi arrematado pela empresa brasileira Elecnor Transmissão de Energia, com deságio de 10% em relação ao preço inicial. O lote C, integrado por 13 linhas e oito subestações, recebeu a oferta de 19,15% de deságio do consórcio Transenergia Renovável.

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BOLSAS DO PROUNI SERÃO AMPLIADAS NO PRIMEIRO SEMESTRE DE 2009 (Brasil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 25, 2008

24 de Novembro de 2008

O Ministério da Educação anunciou nesta segunda-feira (24), a oferta de 156.416 bolsas de estudos São Paulo - Leandro, José, Hussein, Filipe, Ronaldo e Artur foram os seis representantes dos estudantes do Programa Universidade para Todos (ProUni) em São Paulo que entregaram uma carta ao ministro da Educação, Fernando Haddad, em 24 de novembro de 2007, no 1º Encontro dos Estudantes do ProUni de São Paulo. O documento contém sugestões de aperfeiçoamento do programado Programa Universidade para Todos (ProUni) para o primeiro semestre de 2009. São 95.694 bolsas integrais e 60.722 parciais, de 50% da mensalidade. As inscrições podem ser feitas até 12 de dezembro.

Podem se candidatar às bolsas do ProUni os estudantes que concluírem o ensino médio este ano ou que o completaram em anos anteriores; que tenham feito o Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio (Enem) em 2008 e obtido no mínimo 45 pontos de média entre a prova objetiva e a de redação. Os candidatos devem, ainda, atender uma série de critérios. Entre eles, ter feito todo o ensino médio em escola pública ou, na condição de bolsista integral, em escola particular.

As bolsas integrais destinam-se a estudantes com renda familiar, por pessoa, de até um salário mínimo e meio (R$ 622,15); as parciais, aos com renda familiar, por pessoa, de até três salários mínimos (R$ 1.245).

De acordo com a coordenadora-geral de projetos especiais para a graduação da Secretaria de Educação Superior (Sesu), Paula Branco Melo, a oferta de bolsas de estudos do ProUni cresceu 47% em relação ao primeiro semestre de 2007. No ano passado, o MEC ofereceu 106 mil; agora, são mais 156 mil. No caso das bolsas integrais, o índice de aumento, segundo Paula, foi ainda maior com relação ao mesmo período — subiu de 53 mil para 95 mil.

Na avaliação de Paula, os dados demonstram que o programa está consolidado e em expansão. Do início de 2005, quando foi realizada a primeira seleção de bolsistas, até hoje, o ProUni atendeu 430 mil cidadãos em todos os estados e no Distrito Federal.

Na página do ProUni, o estudante encontra a ficha de inscrição, informações detalhadas do Programa, tais como critérios e renda, e o número de vagas por estado e por instituição de educação superior, os cursos, os turnos das aulas e os tipos de bolsas.

Enem – Para saber a nota do Enem 2008, o estudante deve consultar a página eletrônica do Programa. Ali ele pode obter a nota usando um entre três caminhos: com o número do CPF (Cadastro da Pessoa Física), com o número de inscrição no exame ou escrevendo o nome completo, data de nascimento e o estado da federação onde reside. Pode, ainda, aguardar o boletim de desempenho que chegará à casa do aluno pelos Correios. Fizeram as provas do Enem este ano, 2,9 milhões de pessoas, das quais, 1,1 milhão concluem o ensino médio em 2008.

Editado pela Secretaria de Comunicação Social da Presidência da República
Nº731 – Brasília

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MANTEGA AVALIA A SITUAÇÃO DA CRISE E PREVÊ UM CRESCIMENTO ECONÔMICO DE 4% (Brasil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 25, 2008

24/11/2008

O ministro da Fazenda, Guido Mantega, concedeu na manhã desta segunda-feira (24/11) uma rápida GUIDO MANTEGAentrevista à imprensa sobre os assuntos discutidos na primeira parte da reunião ministerial. O encontro tem o objetivo de fazer uma avaliação da situação econômica do Brasil que, para Mantega, não deverá entrar em recessão. “O Brasil está em situação mais favorável do que a dos países ricos e também em relação aos demais emergentes. Hoje, o Brasil é credor externo e, além disso, a crise chegou em um momento e que a economia brasileira vivia um forte dinamismo”, afirmou.

Apesar de afirmar que hoje não serão anunciadas medidas contra a crise internacional, o ministro voltou a defender um aumento no PIB de 4% em 2009

Assessoria de Comunicação do Ministério da Fazenda

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WINE, WOMEN AND ROSES by Billy Rose – Illustrations by Salvador Dali

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 25, 2008

 

 


 

First published in 1946

Chapter 11

Iron Butterflies

Mr. Louis B. Mayer Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Culver City, California.

Dear L. B., The last time I saw you in New York, you offered me a job. I explained that I was working on a big popcorn deal and asked for a raincheck. You told me that if I ever hit on a good movie idea to get in touch with you. Hence this letter.

I have a notion which ought to keep the M-G-M lion in tender-loins for a long time to come. It’s a plan for a cycle of movies called “Iron Butterflies.”

I don’t have to tell you, L. B., that cycles make plenty of shekels. When the Brothers Warner were producing biographies of doctors and inventors, they had money in all six shoes. And when the same brothers arranged for Alexis Smith to marry every composer from Gershwin to Gounod, they needed hip boots to hold the dough. But before I blueprint the “Iron Butterflies” cycle, I think it only fair to say that it’s going to cost you a pretty penny—or rather, a pretty painting.

Some years ago, I saw a picture by Rembrandt at the Knoedler Galleries on 57th Street. It was called “Aristotle,” and the catalogue said it was owned by a Mrs. Erickson. Since that time I haven’t been able to get the painting out of my head. I want it like Caesar wanted Gaul, like Stalin wants Oak Ridge, like boy wants girl.

So here’s my proposition: Get me the picture that doesn’t move and I’ll present you with four pictures that will.

The flickers I have in mind are made to order for your dream factory. They’re full of maids, music, madness and malarkey— the four M’s that Hollywood would do well to rediscover. I think you’ll agree, L. B., that it’s about time your writers stopped looking into the crystal hail and shifted their gaze to the navel. An occasional political picture is fine, but it will never replace the fluttering eyelash and the half-minute clinch.

The cycle I have in mind concerns itself with the lives of four talented, tough, and tetched babes who did all right for themselves in the four big branches of show business—opera, circus, theatre, and dance. The opera singer was as dizzy as the heights she scaled. The circus performer was a mixture of sugar and dynamite. The actress—the only member of the quartet still functioning—can do more with an audience than Georgie Jessel can with a date. And as for the dancer, the lady may have said “yes” too often, but she never took “no” for an answer.

I call this cycle “Iron Butterflies” because the gossamer wings of these ladies are made of spun steel and the ends of their feelers are tipped with molybdenum. (Incidentally, the phrase “Iron Butterflies” isn’t mine. Some syllable-happy guy once bestowed it on your old artiste of the aria-ways, Jeanette MacDonald.)

Getting these four scripts in shape shouldn’t be much of a problem. You have a building full of writers who are kept in sterile compartments and forced-fed on the hour. Though these script- writers are shy on plots, they’re long on pencils, and when given something to write about, they turn out many a pretty participle.

In this cycle, they won’t even have to dream up those torrid touches which sell tickets. Their only problem will be to get the scripts down to shooting size. In fact, you may have to caution them not to dip into their adjective bags at all, for gilding the lives of these four dillies would be like adding salt to the Atlantic.

The heroine of the first picture is Mary Garden, the opera singer. If Lana Turner has stopped making like a B movie, she should be ideal for the role. And don’t tell me she can’t sing. They said the same thing about Larry Parks, and look how he sang in The Jolson Story.

We pick up Mary Garden in Scotland where she was born in 1877. (Business of bagpipes and heather on the hill.) When she was six, her family moved to Chicopee, Massachusetts. (Snow-storms and her first plate of baked beans.) Next Chicago, where she gave a violin concert at 12. Then Paris and the Left Bank. (Students, sidewalk cafés, and talk about an upstart named Debussy.)

The next sequence is pretty corny but surefire. The date— April 13, 1900. Scene—the Opéra Comique. Mademoiselle Rio-ton, the star, collapses during the second act of Louise. Without an orchestra rehearsal, Mary Garden is rushed onstage. Sensation! Flowers, diamonds, supper at N’Iaxirn’s. Mary continues in role for a record two hundred performances.

Our heroine becomes “The Toast of the Continent.” She is tall, bosomy, and beautiful. Kings sit in boxes and applaud, and queens give them a good talking-to when they get home. (Fadeout on this sequence with King George of Greece giving Mary a necklace worth $100,000.)

1907. (Establish by fluttering pages of calendar.) Oscar Hammerstein’s grandpappy engages Mary for season of opera in New York at $1,800 a night. Mary opens in Thais. Critics not overly kind, but audiences go mad about opera singer with only one derriere. (Better check on this with Eric Johnston office.)

Miss Garden’s antics in the next couple of reels will have to be played down to make them believable. Especially her flair for publicity. In Louise she introduces the twenty-five-second kiss. When a steampipe bursts backstage of the Manhattan Opera House, she continues singing and averts a panic. In Boston, she announces she will appear in Salome without benefit of veils. Beantown bans the show, but it sells out in sixty-one other cities. The following year, she climbs Mont Blanc, and on her first day back in New York, poses with Andrew Carnegie.

That evening she meets the press and says, “American women don’t worship their men. They merely skin them.”

For the next twenty years, our heroine is seldom off the front page. (Suggest you let Vorkapich montage this.) Show Mary Garden giving out statements about caring more for art than men. Then letting it leak out that she’s going to get married. Then announcing she’s going to become a nun. Show her introducing the hobble skirt, kissing seventy Shriners at a banquet, carrying a cane full of liquid dog food for her pooch, paying $7,600 for eight hats, and telling reporters she yearns to meet a cold-blooded murderer.

During World War I, there’s another socko sequence. When the shooting starts, Mary disguises herself in Zouave garb and tries to enlist in the French Army as a boy. When her curves give her away, she turns her Versailles home into a hospital for wounded soldiers. And now for the wow finish, which is worth a million domestic, L. B., because it’s got a moral.

When Mary gets into the big dough, her father insists on his share of the loot. Says it’s coming to him for the piano lessons he once staked her to. Mary is a good girl, and rather than bite the hand which once walloped her with a hairbrush, she kicks in regularly. At one time she’s making as much as $200,000 a year. But the more she makes, the more her old man demands as his cut. (If Bela Lugosi will work without makeup, he’d be dandy for the father.)

Whatever money Mary Garden manages to hold out, she invests in the stock market. Then comes the crash of ‘29. She’s wiped out. And by this time, her voice has developed some rough edges and good paying jobs are none and far between.

Mary writes her father and asks him to come to see her. She’s almost glad of the chance to tell the old buzzard the well has dried up. But before the postman can deliver the letter, her father ups and dies. A few days later, his lawyers notify Mary she is his only heir and he has left her well over a million dollars!

It’s the same money, of course, that her father had whined and wheedled out of her over the years. The old man had always been haunted by the story of the star who ends up broke.

Mary Garden is still living. In 1942, the papers said something about her writing an autobiography. Your Paris office can check on where to contact her. You might open the picture with a shot of the Mediterranean, the sun sinking in the sea, and the old opera singer signing a contract to let M-G-M make a picture of her life.

The second picture in our cycle is about a queen—the only one I ever knew. Her name was Josie De Mott Robinson and she was the greatest equestrian star in the history of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. I think Judy Garland could play Josie beautifully. You can use a double for the bareback riding and get around the thrill sequences with long shots. (There are quite a few horses in this movie, L. B., and what you haven’t got in your stable you can always borrow from Harry Warner.)

I first met Josie in 1934 when I was lining up a cast for Jumbo. The Hecht-MacArthur script called for some old-time circus stars, and Nagafy the Fire-eater suggested I look up Josie De Mott.

“She’s past seventy,” said the diavolo, “but don’t let that throw you. She can still do more tricks on a horse than I can on a sidewalk.”

I dropped Josie a note and she showed up a few days later at the Hippodrome—a gray-haired kewpie doll about five feet tall.

“Can you still ride?” I asked.

Josie smiled a sweet-old-lady smile. “Try me,” she said.

We went down to the basement where the horses were stabled and she selected a dappled percheron. Rehearsals stopped in the arena as the old girl went into her auditic-n. I looked and blinked. The three- score-and-tenner was performing with the same limp, kittenish speed that had been hers as a girl. I got the feeling she was doing more than ride the horse—she seemed to inhale the darned thing through the soles of her feet.

When Josie dismounted, the performers and roustabouts addressed her the way I imagine Elizabeth’s husband addresses the Queen Mother. I got an even better idea of what Josie meant to circus tradition when Dick Maney, my press agent, brought me the Jumbo program copy to okay. This flinty Broadway broadsider had devoted as much space to the has-been as he had to Durante and Whiteman, and he had written about her with a degree of feeling and respect I never knew was in his typewriter.

Josie De Mott was born a sawdust princess, and no Bourbon or Hapsburg had a better background. Her ancestors were doing horseback high-jinks when the center box was reserved for Napoleon I.

Josie made her debut at three in her father’s horse-drawn caravan. According to the yellowed clips on my desk, the audience at first thought the tot was a mechanical doll. By the time she had galloped into her teens, she was a headliner with Barnum & Bailey. Swedes toasted her in glogg, and Mexicans in tequila. She was as well-known in Paris as she was in Paterson.

In 1890, Josie fell in love with Charles Robinson, part owner of the Robinson Brothers’ Circus. Everyone thought it was a fine match—the impresario and the star. But it didn’t turn out that way. The impresario got interested in politics and became a gillie (a gilhie is a person who thinks there is something in the world more important than the circus). For fifteen years, Josie did her best to be a gillie too, but she never quite made it.

One day she got stuck on a cream-colored gelding pulling a milk- wagon, bought him, and went back into training. Robinson divorced her. Nobody had ever come back to bareback riding after a fifteen- year lay-off, but Bailey, who owned 90 percent of the Barnum Circus, gave her a contract.

A month before the circus was to open at the old Garden, Josie missed a somersault and broke two ribs. The doctors taped her up, and the morning after opening night she was again the biggest five feet in Circusdom.

That is the saga of the sawdust sweetie who performed for me at the Hippodrome and went along with the troupe to Fort Worth when I presented Jumbo at the Centennial. And now, L. B., for one of those vignettes which explains why we’re both in show business.

One spring evening a few years back, I went to the opening of the circus at Madison Square Garden. As Merle Evans picked up his baton for the preliminary fanfare, he turned, faced a center box and bowed. Then, as the performers trotted out for the opening spec, I noticed their eyes were on the same box.

The riders saluted with whips as they pranced by. The aerialists signaled a jaunty two-fingered hello, and the clowns did an extra flip. Prodded by their trainers, even the elephants waved their trunks. “What gives?” I asked myself. “Is the President in the house?”

I followed a Crackerjack salesman down the aisle to the box. Seated in it was you-know-who. Her white hair had been primped and curled until it looked like a platinum tiara.

After the finale, I went backstage and looked up Pat Valdo, who has been major-domoing the Greatest Show on Earth for a quarter of a century. “Who arranged the big fuss for Josie?” I asked him.

“Nobody arranged it,” said Valdo. “It’s been happening like this for years.

“You mean Josie attends every circus opening?”

“Yes,” said Pat, “and all the other performances too. You see, the old lady lives in a hotel down on 23rd Street. Not much of a place—one of those bed, dresser and chair jobs. The walls are covered with her old circus posters, and on the mantel are the decorations she won—the medal from the President of Mexico, the miniature horse presented by Edward of England.

“Every year when the Big Show plays New York, Josie puts on her best dress and hires a limousine. She doesn’t have any trouble getting into the Garden—she still has the gold lifetime pass that Barnum himself gave her. The management reserves the center box for her, and every afternoon and night for six weeks, Josie is in that box. And if she wasn’t, I guess the performers would get worried and figure something was wrong . . . .”

When the Barnum show opened at the Garden this year, L. B., I was there as usual with peanuts, popcorn, and pennant. But Josie De Mott Robinson wasn’t. She had died a few weeks before.

And what happened at the Garden that night would make a fine closing sequence for your movie. Throughout the show, the performers played to the center box as usual, and at the finish, nodded their heads in memory of a lady whose life was a little sad, a little gallant and a little remarkable.

You won’t have to go off the lot, L. B., to cast the heroine of the third picture in our cycle. Greer Garson should be able to do a fine job as Gertrude Lawrence. And if you don’t think Greer can handle the songs, you can always use Gertie’s voice on a sound track—that is, if you want to get documentary all of a sudden.

Gertie was born on July 4, 189— none of your business. Before the braces were off her teeth, she was doing pirouettes on the sidewalks of Clapham (wherever that is) and turning a pretty ha’penny at it. Between semesters at the Convent of the Sacré Coeur, she was a child dancer in a pantomime called Babes in the Wood.

But this babe didn’t stay in the woods long. At the age of 15, she played a white-robed, gilt-winged angel in a Gerhart Hauptmann opus. The angel next to her was a lisping adolescent named Noel Coward. A few years later she was featured in Max Reinhardt’s London production of The Miracle.

New York fell in love with her in 1924 when she sang “Limehouse Blues” in Chariot’s Revue. In 1926, she played Kay in Gershwin’s Oh Kay. Two years later she was the star of Icebound, which won the Pulitzer Prize. In 1931 she played opposite Noel Coward in Private Lives and teamed up with him again five years later in To-Night at Eight-Thirty.

Some of her other successes include Susan and God, Liza Elliott in Lady in the Dark, and the street girl in Pygmalion. She’s been married twice and, according to her autobiography, has had several stylish sweeties.

Recently I caught Gertie in a revival of To-Night at Eight-Thirty. As I watched her take charge of the audience, I asked myself:

“What makes this babe worth five thousand a week? Is she funny? Yes, quite funny, but Nancy Walker is funnier. Can she act? Sure, but not any better than a little gal named Barbara Bel Geddes. Is she a great singer? Well, it’s a matter of taste, but personally I prefer Pearl Bailey. Is she an outstanding hoofer? Heck, no. Any of my chorus kids dance better.”

What, then, makes Gertie Lawrence? What kind of light and heat does this star give out that makes her a bigger draw at the box office than all the other girls I’ve mentioned put together?

Well, that’s a question more easily faced than fathomed. Ask any five producers why one person is a wow and another a walk-on, and you’re a cinch to get five different answers. Ask me and I’ll mumble about some mysterious quantity I call “X”—the ability to turn it on when you need it.

Remember that World Series game in Chicago when Babe Ruth turned to the booing fans, pointed to a spot in the bleachers and smacked the next pitch right where he had pointed? That was “X.” Remember that day at Forest Hills when a fairish tennis player named Jones banged four successive aces past Fred Perry? The fabulous Fred was never noted for his serve, but he saluted Jones and then aced him right back with four of the fastest serves of his life. Another example of X-appeal.

Let me tell you, L. B., about one of the times Gertie Lawrence turned it on. In Lady in the Dark, she played the boss lady of a slick fashion magazine. The plot of this musical concerned itself with her neuroses which were sprouting neuroses. Moss Hart fashioned the libretto with the English star in mind, and the sainted Sam Harris, who produced the show, had to guarantee Gertie $5,000 a week against a double helping of the gross. Like Cornell and Hayes, she was the show, and was in a position to call all the shots. And from what I heard around Broadway, Gertie frequently called them at the top of her voice.

During the last week of rehearsals, Moss got worried. Gertie had some cute ditties, but no slam-bang comic song had been written for her. On the other hand, a kid out of the Borscht Circuit named Danny Kaye had been handed a clever lyric called “Tschaikowsky.”

The script called for Danny to sing this song in Act Two while Gertie relaxed in a swing upstage. Well, Moss knew his show business well enough to know that the star wasn’t going to sit by happily while a newcomer took the theatre over. “Tschaikowsky” was a cinch to be yanked after the opening performance out of town.

The worried Moss cornered composer Kurt Weill and lyricist Ira Gershwin, locked them in a room, and stood guard. At 6:30 next morning, the boys emerged with a little number called “Jennie.” Hart didn’t think much of it, and neither did Gertie. The star pointed out that it was only moderately funny and not her style. It might do for a shouting songstress like Sophie Tucker, but after all, Gertie was a lady.

“Look, my pet,” Moss pleaded, “we’re going to Boston to try things out. Learn the song and see how it goes. If it doesn’t click, Kurt and Ira will write another for you.”

“Okay,” agreed the star, “but it’s a waste of time.”

Miss Lawrence memorized the lyric, but during the dress rehearsal in Boston made no secret of her belief that “Jennie” would be jettisoned before the New York premiere.

And then came opening night at the Colonial Theatre. In Act One, Danny Kaye gave a good account of himself, but Gertie was the star and the audience was given no chance to forget it. But down in Act Two, Danny stepped to the footlights and let go with “Tschaikowsky.” As Moss Hart tells it, Danny was scared—scared he was going to stop the show with this murderously good piece of lyric writing. And then have it cut out by order of the star.

But the lyrics of “Tschaikowsky” were too hot to be cooled down, and Kaye had too much of what it takes not to give. When he finished the funny tongue-twister, the crowd applauded for two solid minutes—practically a lifetime in the theatre. The distressed Danny tried to shush the audience, but this was mistaken by the customers for modesty and they clapped all the louder.

In the back of the house, Hart, Weill, and Gershwin gave each other the old “that-does-it” look. Moss was already speculating on what he could substitute for Danny’s show-stopping specialty. And then “X” took over.

When the applause finally tapered off, Miss Lawrence slipped off the swing, saluted Danny with a deft gesture, took stage center and went into “Jennie.”

Now remember, L. B., she was singing a song that wasn’t her style and which she didn’t especially like. But the crowd had cheered somebody else—some smart Alec had whipped four.r service aces past the champ.

Suddenly Gertie stopped being Miss Lawrence and became Sophie Tucker, Fanny Brice and Gypsy Rose Lee. As she reached the end of the first couplet of “Jennie,” Gertie let go with a Beale Street bump. During stanzas two and three, she did things with her aristocratic Sitzfleisch that had the audience in a wall-eyed trance. And down near the end of the song, the star went into the most magnificent mock strip-tease ever seen inside a theatre or out.

When Gertie finished, they had to do everything but turn on the sprinkler system to quiet the crowd. And “Jennie,” the song nobody liked, went skyrocketing into theatrical history.

Miss Lawrence cashes a pretty big check on payday, but as far as I’m concerned, she doesn’t have to blush when she hands it to the bank teller. If I were the teller, L. B., she wouldn’t even have to sign her name. Her “X” would be sufficient.

The last picture in our cycle is based on the career of the hottest hunk of woman who ever stepped out of a slip-on—Lola Montez. When I say that a movie about her might outgross Gone with the Wind, I’m not kidding.

Lola should be played by Joan Crawford, and, even if the Warner Brothers want Clark Gable in return, I think the swap will pay off. Hecht and MacArthur would be my choices to put this one on paper. As you’ll see in a minute, getting Lola ready for Technicolor is not a job for kids.

Hold on to your seat, L. B., here we go!

Lola Montez was born in Ireland in 1818. Her square moniker was Marie Gilbert. When she was two, her father took her to India, and I guess the curry powder got in her blood. When she was seventeen, her mother arranged for her to marry a rich man. But Lola decided to do her own arranging, and eloped with a subaltern named James. I don’t know what happened to James, but a year later she turned up in England with a six-footer named Lennox.

In London, she bought a mantilla and a pair of castanets in a pawnshop and changed her name to Lola Montez. Then she sweet- talked the manager of His Majesty’s Theatre into giving her a job. Halfway through her Spanish dance on opening night, a young nobleman she had cold-shouldered got up and hollered, “Swindle! She’s from Ireland!” The British audience hooted the hockshop señorita out of the theatre.

Lola went to Brussels and sang in the streets for pennies. A young student sold his books to pay her fare to Warsaw. There she wangled an engagement at the Opera House. Prince Paskievich, a sixty-year- old dwarf who had conquered Poland, saw her dance and offered her a palace. She told him to go take a flying jump in the Baltic.

Next night the Prince sent a claque to hiss her off the stage. Lola stopped the music, stepped to the footlights and told the audience the story. The Poles pitched the hecklers into the alley and carried her on their shoulders through the streets, singing songs of independence.

Paskievich ordered her arrest. Lola barricaded her door and threatened to shoot the first soldier who entered. They were about to burn down her house when the French Consul came along, claimed her as a French subject, and whisked her out of Warsaw.

We next meet up with her in St. Petersburg. The fellow who kept her in caviar that season was the Czar of All the Russias.

In Dresden, Franz Liszt walked out on his wife and children for Lola. In Paris, she bewitched Alexandre Dumas. Then for the first time, Lola fell in love. Her boy friend was a radical journalist named Dujaurier. Her story might have ended here, but the young radical talked out of turn and was killed in a duel.

Henry, Prince of Reuss, offered to make her a Princess, but she patted him on the cheek and kept moving.

Lola was twenty-seven when she turned up in Munich. They told her she wasn’t important enough to dance at King Ludwig’s favorite theatre. She scratched her way past the palace guards to the King’s room and—get this, L. B.—without music, went into her dance. Ludwig of Bavaria was enchanted. She took over his heart and, with it, his kingdom.

Under her influence, Ludwig liberalized schools, canceled censorship, and kicked out his reactionary cabinet. When his sister, the Empress of Austria, tried to bribe Lola to leave him, she showed Ludwig the letter and tossed it in the fire. He made her a Baroness.

An organized mob appeared under her window, jeered and threw stones. Lola stepped out on the balcony and poured champagne on their heads. Finally, the generals told Ludwig to choose between Lola and his kingdom. The old King reluctantly ordered her arrest.

When a mob came to get her, she put on her jewels and walked proudly through her enemies to a waiting barouche. No one could bring himself to molest her. When she had driven off, the hooligans made a shambles of her boudoir. Ludwig, watching, was knocked over and trampled.

In Switzerland, she married an Army officer and was arrested for bigamy. She jumped bail and came to America. Here she danced and married her way right across the continent. During the Gold Rush, Lola was the Texas Guinan of the Barbary Coast. On a sidetrip to Australia, she horsewhipped an editor and clawed a prima donna who had snubbed her.

In 1861, she returned to New York, got religion, and died. She did all this living in forty-three years. And unless I’m daft, hers was the wildest ride on the romantic merry-go-round in the history of this planet Earth.

That’s the package, L. B. And if your hirelings use the sense that God gave geese, they can’t go wrong when they make these pictures. It’s my hunch that there’s nothing but gold in these Iron Butterflies, and that their shenanigans on celluloid should have the movie houses using ice packs on their cash registers.

Of course I know I’m offering you a lot for one little Rembrandt. But if this cycle grosses more than two hundred million, I know you’ll do the decent thing and throw in a frame.

Cordially, Billy Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MILITARY CONTRACTS OF $5 MILLION OR MORE – U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE – Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) – Contract

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 25, 2008

November 24, 2008

FOR RELEASE AT 5 p.m. ET No. 978-08

CONTRACTS

NAVY

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a $98,894,306 modification to a previously awarded cost plus incentive fee contract (N00019-07-C-0098) to exercise an option for the procurement of one Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) propulsion system, one STOVL initial spare module, initial spare parts, and associated sustainment efforts for the U.S. Navy. In addition, this modification provides for special tooling and test equipment and a low rate initial production proposal and planning effort for the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (70 percent); Bristol, United Kingdom (19 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (11 percent) and is expected to be completed in February 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.

Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., being awarded a $52,328,604 modification (#P00124) to previously awarded cost plus award fee contract (M67004-99-C-0002) to incorporate funds for the exercise of an option for the Maritime Prepositioning Ships Program, the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway, and other logistics support which includes logistics services that cover maintenance, supply support, inventory management, IT support, preservation, packing and packaging, organic support, and shipping and receiving, both in CONUS and OCONUS. This modification increases the basic value of the contract to a new total of $810,234,260. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Fla. (75 percent); various locations in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan (17 percent); aboard 16 MPS ships (7 percent); in six locations in Norway (1 percent); and work is expected to be completed by July 13, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The United States Marine Corps, Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $15,977,851 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-05-C-4403 for the USS Nassau (LHA-4) FY09 planned maintenance availability. There are 30+ work items that are repair, replace, preserve, install, clean in nature. In addition, the contractor will perform support services for several alteration installation teams and Norfolk Naval Shipyard work. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by February 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $15,905,566 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Services, Inc., Greenville, S.C., is being awarded an $11,822,675 not-to-exceed modification to a previously awarded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for Special Structural Inspection Kit (SSIK) Revision 7 inspection/ installation on five P-3 aircraft. Work will be performed in Greenville, S.C., and is expected to be completed in June 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-05-D-0013).

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded an $11,276,395 modification to previously awarded contract to exercise an option for technical engineering support for the ESSM. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz. (45 percent); Camden, Ark. (2 percent); Andover, Mass. (10 percent); Australia (11 percent); Canada (7 percent); Denmark (1 percent); Greece (1 percent); Germany (8 percent); The Netherlands (6 percent); Norway (5 percent); Spain (3 percent); and Turkey (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by November 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $349,968 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-07-C-5432).

AIR FORCE

The Air Force is modifying a firm fixed price and cost plus fixed fee contract with Thales-Raytheon Systems, Fullerton, Calif. for $6,604,990. This contract will provide sector/systems sustainment, engineering support, and materials to support sustainment of the Battle Control System-fixed system, which provides NORAD and PACOM commanders with a viable, interoperable, open architecture air defense and control platform in support of NORAD’s Homeland Defense. At this time, all the money has been obligated. HQ Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. is the contracting activity. (FA8722-06-C-001, Modification P00017).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Foster-Caviness Company, Inc., Colfax, N.C.* is being awarded a maximum $14,100,000 fixed price with economic price adjustment, total set aside contract for fresh fruit and vegetable support. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and USDA School Lunch Participants. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 2 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is exercising first option period. The date of performance completion is May 29, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM300-08-D-P002).

Produce Source Partners, Newport News, Va.* is being awarded a maximum $10,350,000 fixed price with economic price adjustment, total set aside contract for fresh fruit and vegetable support. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy and Marine Corps. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 3 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is exercising first option period. The date of performance completion is May 29, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM300-08-D-P001).

ARMY

Summa Technology Inc, Huntsville, Ala., was awarded on Nov 21, 2008 a, $39,999,694 five-year firm fixed price contract for a container Roll In/Out Platform. The estimated Five Year total was 3,270. Work will be performed in Cullman, Ala., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2012. Bids solicited were via the Web and six bids were received. US Army TACOM, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-06-D-0269).

Thales-Raytheon Systems Co., LLC, Fullerton, Calif., was awarded on Sept 25, 2008, a modification for $22,316,182.00 with the total of %75,510,390.00 firm fixed price contract for 264 Radar Processors and 47 Radar Processors Spare Kits in support of the Firefinder AN/TPQ-36 Radar Processors replacement program. Work will be performed in Fullerton, Calif., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2010. This was a sole source contract. Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-06-C-M207 P00020).

Rolls-Royce Corporation, Indianapolis, Ind., was awarded on Nov 20, 2008 a, $11,050,725 firm fixed price contract, to analyze, test, repair and overhaul of 117 each T63-A-720 Gas Turbine Engines applicable to the OH-58 Kiowa Helicopters. Work will be performed in Neosho, Mo., and Oakland, Calif., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2010. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. US Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-09-C-0001).

Mississippi Limestone Corp, Friars Point, Miss., was awarded on Nov 20, 2008 a, $9,802,332 firm fixed price contract for flood control, Mississippi River & Tributaries, Articulated Concrete Matter Castings, Delta, La. Work will be performed in Vidalia, La., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 10, 2009. Bids solicited were via the FedBizOpps and two bids were received. Corp of Engineers, Vicksburg Contracting Office, Vicksburg, Miss., is the contracting activity (W912EE-09-C-0001).

BAE Systems, Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Nashua, NH was awarded on Sept 25, 2008, a fixed price contract for $11,221,000.00 with a not to exceed total of $22,900,000.00 firm for 73 Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasure/Common Missile Warning Systems A-Kits for the CH-47 aircraft. Work will be performed in Nashua, N.H., with an estimated completion date of July 25, 2009. This was a sole source contract. Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-08-C-T213).

T.W. LaQuay Dredging, Inc, Port Lavaca, Texas, was awarded on Nov 20, 2008 a, $10,796,000 firm fixed price contract. Gulf Intercostals Waterways, Texas in Nueces, Kleberg, Kennedy, Willacy, and Cameron Counties, Texas, Corpus Christi Bay to Port Isabel, Pipeline Dredging. Work will be performed in Nueces County, Texas, Kleberg County, Texas, Kennedy, Texas, Willacy County, Texas and Cameron County, Texas, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2009. Eighteen bids were solicited and two bids were received. US Army Engineer District, Galveston, Texas, is the contracting activity (W912HY-09-C-0005).

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