Two soldiers killed in helicopter crash identified

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(HOPKINSVILLE, Ky.) — Two soldiers were killed in a training flight of an Apache attack helicopter at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.The soldiers, who were killed in an AH-64E Apache helicopter, were assigned to the 101st Combat Aviation “Destiny” Brigade, according to the U.S. Army. The chopper crashed in a local training area at Fort Campbell Friday night, the Army said.An Army statement on the most recent crash said, “At approximately 9:50 p.m. Friday, two soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) were killed in an AH-64E Apache helicopter crash in the local training area on Fort Campbell.”The soldiers were identified as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly, 37, who was an instructor pilot in the brigade, and Warrant Officer James Casadona, 28, a pilot in the brigade.Connolly joined the Army in 2001 and had been in Fort Campbell since 2016. He had received the followings honors: two Air medals; three Army Commendation medals; an Army Achievement medal; a Meritorious Unit Commendation; an Army Superior Unit award; two Army Good Conduct medals; a National Defense Service medal; an Afghanistan Campaign medal; an Iraq Campaign medal; a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal; a Global War on Terrorism Service medal; two Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development ribbons; an Army Service ribbon; and an Overseas Service ribbon.Casadona joined the Army in 2012 and had arrived in Fort Campbell this year, according to the Army. He received the following honors: a National Defense Service medal; a Global War on Terrorism Service medal; and an Army Service ribbon.“The Destiny Brigade has suffered a great tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the deceased,” said Col. Craig Alia, commander, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, in a statement released by the Army. “This is an unfortunate event, and we are saddened by the loss of our fellow soldiers. We ask that everyone respect the privacy of the families as they grieve the loss of their loved ones.”The two deaths in the crash Friday night brings to seven the number of service members who have died just this week in three military aviation crashes in the United States. Two other aviation mishaps in the east African nation of Djibouti resulted in no casualties.The fatal mishap follows two other deadly military aviation crashes in the last five days.On Thursday, an F-16 crashed near Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, killing Major Stephen Del Bagno, a member of the Air Force’s elite Thunderbirds flight-demonstration team.Two days earlier, on Tuesday, a Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed near El Centro, California, during a training flight. Four Marines died — Capt. Samuel A. Schultz, 28; First Lt. Samuel D. Phillips, 27; Gunnery Sgt. Derik R. Holley, 33; and Lance Cpl. Taylor J. Conrad, 24.Two other nonfatal aviation mishaps also occurred on Tuesday. A Marine AV-8B Harrier jet crashed on takeoff from the airport in Djibouti City. The pilot suffered no injuries after ejecting from the aircraft. Later that day, a Marine CH-53E helicopter carried out a “hard landing” at a beach near the capital city. There were no injuries.A senior military official was asked Thursday if this week’s string of crashes might be a sign of systemic problems in military aviation.“I don’t have anything … for you right now that should say those are necessarily linked,” Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, said at a Pentagon news conference. “But [we] always look at linkages. We always look at multiple causalities. We always look at that very hard.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Legend Lara hoping to make a difference in mental approach

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Batting legend Brian Lara has identified the mental aspect as a critical area of focus for West Indies, and believes he can play a significant role in strengthening the Caribbean side in this regard, as they prepare to face India in a two-Test series starting here tomorrow.The former West Indies captain is part of the ongoing preparation camp which started last Friday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, where he has been lending his vast experience to the cadre of young batsmen.Lara said while the technical skills and work ethics were present in the squad, a key area to address was the mental approach.“What I’ve seen in the camp is intense practice which is good. I think the intensity I’ve seen in this camp is very good. The young players are working hard, Floyd Reifer and his team are actually putting things together pretty good,” the 50-year-old Lara said.“Where I feel I can make an impact is their mental approach to the game. I feel as if I was to strike on one thing that I was decent at was mentally where I prepared myself strongly and I think something might be missing.“The practical side is there for the young players but I feel, mentally, they can grow a little bit and learn a little bit more.”West Indies face India in the opening Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, hoping their wretched record against the visitors which has seen them without a single Test win in nearly two decades.However, they will be hoping to build on their success in their only Test series this year when they stunned world number one England 2-1 in a three-Test series in the Caribbean.Lara, who plundered 11 953 runs from 131 Tests during an illustrious career, said that a series win was an excellent foundation on which a turnaround could begin.“I decided to join the camp simply because I feel this present crop of West Indies players, especially in the Test arena, is the right group of players,” said Lara, who remains the record-holder for the highest Test and first class scores.“The talent that’s within is there. The performance against England to win a series at home, I think is the start of something really good for us. We must lay the foundation at home first before we travel abroad in foreign conditions to sort of take command of situations.”Lara has been joined in the camp by another West Indies captain and stroke-maker, Ramnaresh Sarwan, who also worked with the Windies side ahead of the Ireland Tri-Nations Series in April.Together, it is hoped they can inspire the current Windies batting group in what will be a difficult series against a world class bowling attack.Lara, a formidable opponent during his playing career, said it was important to see the young batsmen develop their obvious potential.“I’m hoping that I can impart some type of knowledge, some of my experiences in the past to the young batsmen we have in the team, to see if we can get a little bit more out of them because it’s necessary,” he said.“It’s a good group of young players, we just have to get them thinking in the right way.”last_img read more

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Alcona Community Schools Closed Due to Student Illness

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAfter talks with AHC and the local health department on Friday, Alcona Community Schools will now be closed Monday, February 13th and Tuesday, February 14th due to student illness.WBKB News will keep parents and students updated when we learn more details.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alcona, Alcona Community Schools, Illness, School Closing, Students IllnessContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Township Committee SplitNext Thunder Bay Trails Association in Conjunction with DNR Host Annual Candle Light Cross Country Skiinglast_img

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McCutchen wonders what might have been for Pirates

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen puts on a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey with his number on it on the sideline before an NFL football game Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)by John PerrottoAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen might be the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he’s not their chief recruiter.The All-Star center fielder doesn’t plan to make any calls to right-hander A.J. Burnett, right fielder Marlon Byrd or any of Pittsburgh’s other free agents in an attempt to talk them into staying.“That’s out of my jurisdiction,” McCutchen said Thursday before hosting a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. “Those guys have to make their own decisions. I hope they stay but I also know that other free agents will come here. Pittsburgh isn’t a place for players to come when they (don’t) have anywhere to go anymore.”That’s what happens when a team wins.The Pirates ended their streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons, the longest in the history of the four major professional sports, by going 94-68 this year. They also reached the playoffs for the first time since winning a third straight division title in 1992.Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds in the NL wild-card game before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in a division series that went the full five games.McCutchen acknowledged wondering what might have been as he watched the NL champion Cardinals lose to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.“We took the Cardinals to the limit, gave them everything we had, so it was hard not to think that it could have been us playing the Red Sox,” McCutchen said. “I think we proved in the playoffs that we could play with anyone.“It was a great experience for us and a great experience personally because it was my first time in the playoffs. I tried to savor every minute.”The Pirates’ mission next season will be to prove they were not one-year wonders. Since the day after Pittsburgh clinched its playoff berth in September, general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle have been preaching the importance of sustaining the organization’s success.“We’re not going to rest on what we’ve done,” McCutchen said. “We’re only going to get better as a team and the people upstairs are going to do everything they can to give us the best chance possible.”McCutchen is one of three finalists for the NL MVP award, along with Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. The winner will be announced next Thursday.McCutchen hit .317 with 21 home runs, 84 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in 158 games.“It’ll be interesting because Goldschmidt and Yadi had really good years,” McCutchen said. “There’s nothing more I can do now but wait and see what happens. Obviously, I’d love to win it. I’d definitely find some room in my office for it.”last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister absolutely steamrollers ‘dear Virgil’ on social media after Liverpool star’s Ballon…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Instagram(@katiaaveirooficial)/GettyAdvertisement b7l2hyNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs715yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E380pib( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 37pkya5Would you ever consider trying this?😱1mCan your students do this? 🌚6wiziuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Cristiano Ronaldo did not attend last night’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris. Coming in third, the one footballer separating him with the winner Lionel Messi is Virgil van Dijk, who’s cocky remarks towards the Juventus talisman has cut him alot of slack from Ronaldo’s fans. However, the one person who has basically called upon a war on the Liverpool FC defender is Ronaldo’s own sister, Katia Aveiro.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram(@katiaaveirooficial)/GettyAs reporters asked him about Ronaldo’s whereabouts from the event, the Dutch defender said with a light poke at the Portuguese: “Why? Was he a candidate?”Now this has fired up Katia, who has used the power of social media to form a befitting reply to the 2018-19 UEFA champions League winner.Advertisement Katia, who is a singer by profession, wrote on her official Instagram @katiaaveirooficial on van Dijk’s remark on her beloved brother, reminding the Anfield star about Ronaldo’s monumental career achievements.The 43 year old wrote:Advertisement “Now, dear Virgil, where you are going, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone and has come a thousand times. ““You see, my dear Virgil, that Cristiano Ronaldo was a tri-champion in the country where you have been playing for years and you still haven’t got your hand on the trophy.” Ronaldo won three Premier League titles under Sir Alex before departing for the Spanish capital in 2009, six years before van Dijk set foot on England.“Cristiano Ronaldo was even the best player and best scorer in the country where you play Virgil. By the way, he was even younger than you.”“Then, dear Virgil, Cristiano Ronaldo went to other places and became the greatest player in the history of a club, Real Madrid. Tell you something Virgil? Maybe so, because this club, with this Cristiano guy, even beat you in the Champions League final.”She mentioned the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League final, when Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Celebrate the Fourth with Fairs, Fireworks and Fun

first_imgBy Anastasia MillickerWhile the skies over Red Bank, Rumson and Sea Bright will be quiet this Fourth of July holiday, towns around the Two River area will host a variety of events – including fireworks – that will be sure to light up the holiday week.From fairs to fireworks, Monmouth County is celebrating the country’s 236th birthday. Only a few towns have scheduled fireworks shows for Wednesday, July 4 but several others are planning brilliant displays on Tuesday, July 3 or later in the week.Asbury Park will celebrate the Fourth with a fireworks display on the 5th Avenue Beach from 9 to9:30 p.m. July 4. On-street, metered parking is available throughout the city.Festivities in West Long Branch are set to begin at 7 p.m. July 4 with a performance from Greaseband in Franklin Lake Park on Locust Avenue. Fireworks will follow the concert.Bradley Beach will hold its Independence Day celebration on July 7 with music from local bands and fireworks beginning at dusk. The rain date for the event is Saturday, July 14.Union Beach fireworks are set to explode around 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 on the beach. A rain date of Thursday, July 5, has been planned, if needed.Keansburg will hold a fireworks display on both July 3 and July 4, beginning at dusk at the Keansburg Amusement Park, 275 Beachway Ave. On-street, metered parking is available by the theme park.Hazlet will celebrate with a fireworks display on July 3 at Veterans Park on Union Avenue. The rain date for the event is planned for Friday, July 6.Those looking for an early start or to extend their Independence Day celebration can head to Colts Neck, Manasquan, Atlantic High­lands or Wall for holiday celebrations and fairs before and after the Fourth.The Colts Neck Country Fair will take place June 29-30 at Bucks Mill Park, 105 Bucks Mill Road. The fair will feature rodeo attractions, food, rides and fireworks each night.Long Branch will hold its 22nd annual Oceanfest on July 4. Vendors and local bands will line up along the beachfront during the event sponsored by the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce and the City of Long Branch. Oceanfest will end with a fireworks display.Manasquan will hold an Independence Day celebration a day early on Tuesday, July 3 with multiple events around town. In keeping with an annual tradition, the borough will host a bicycle decorating contest at the Little League Field beginning at 5 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., an Independence Day parade will begin at the Manasquan Coast Guard Station. After the parade, at 7:30 p.m., people can head to the beach to hear local musical acts. Fireworks will close the day with a display beginning at dusk. If necessary, a rain date for the fireworks will be July 7. The Manasquan Tourism Commis­sion is sponsoring the holiday festivities.Atlantic Highlands Fire Department will host its annual Fireman’s Fair Tuesday, July 3 through Saturday, July 7. The fair will feature rides, games, food and a fireworks display scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 6. The fair is located on Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor at Simon Lake Drive and begins at 6 p.m. each night.Wall will kick off the holiday early with its annual Wall Township Fair. The fair, will open with a 5 p.m. parade Thursday June 28, will close with a 9:30 p.m. fireworks display Sunday, July 1. Hours for the fair, located at 2700 Allaire Road, 5-10 p.m. each night.last_img read more

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WATCH: Imelda May sings The Voyage in Donegal pub

first_imgDonegal Town’s McCaffrey’s Bar had a special guest this week as famous Irish singer and songwriter, Imelda May went on stage for a special rendition of “The Voyage’. The Dublin native was filmed singing the song in the pub alongside Donegal men Fearghal, Éamonn and Georgie singing the Johnny Duhan and Christy Moore song. The Chandpur Indian Restaurant in Donegal Town also welcomed the VIP guest this week when the star singer called in for dinner.Imelda was happy to take a photo with Chandpur co-owner Rana Miah after her meal on Tuesday night.WATCH: Imelda May sings The Voyage in Donegal pub was last modified: August 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Top SA police officers train in the US

first_img28 September 2010A group of police officers from South Africa’s elite Special Task Force are currently on a five-week course in the United States aimed at honing their skills in handling high-risk confrontations and possible terror situations.According to the US Embassy, the course teaches officers how to use a number of means to deal with such situations, while focusing on minimum force and the protection of human life.The police officers will take part in hands-on outdoor firearms seminars and raid and assault simulations, and receive training in crisis response skills for urban environments.The training is part of the US State Department’s Anti-terrorism Assistance Programme, which has trained more than 100 000 foreign law enforcement officers from 160 countries since its launch in 1983.“This training recognises the calibre of our elite Special Task Force officers, and also the solid relationship law enforcement in South Africa has with the United States,” said the commander of the South African Police Service’s Special Task Force, Brigadier Lucky Mkhwanazi.US Charge d’Affaires Helen La Lime described the United States’ partnership with the SA Police Service as “robust”, adding: “We look forward to pursuing more partnership opportunities.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Maggots: a sustainable animal feed

first_imgThe common housefly could be a bigfactor in easing the strain on natural marine resources, if the Drew brothers have their way. (Image: Shadowness)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Jason Drew  AgriProtein  + 27 21 422 1887 or +27 83 700 5255 RELATED ARTICLES • New bug leaps into history books • Malaria-proof mosquito a reality • Tanzania’s ‘butterfly effect’ • Pick n Pay greens seafood operationsEmily van RijswijckAn enterprising duo has developed a sustainable alternative to fishmeal and soya livestock feeds, in the process helping to ease the pressure on precious natural resources which are constantly under strain from the growing human population.Originally from the UK, brothers David and Jason Drew are now based in South Africa.For the last three years the two entrepreneurs have been researching the potential of protein-rich fly larvae or maggots as a natural replacement for soya and fishmeal, the two most commonly used sources of protein animal feed used by industrial farmers.Their Cape-based company AgriProtein produces maggot meal, a completely natural protein feed for animals. Maggot meal is obtained by harvesting fly larvae fed on organic waste just before the insects turn into pupae. To make one ton of the meal, about five tons of maggots are required.The larvae are dried and then processed into a fine rich brown powder, to be sold to farmers in 50-kilogramme bags.In terms of nutrient value the product matches that of fishmeal and is superior to soya.Research and developmentThe fly farm and production plant is based in Stellenbosch and for the moment is producing only for research and development purposes, confirms Jason Drew.The facility produces two tons of meal a week. Research is conducted with the help of the University of Stellenbosch‘s Animal Nutritional Department.“We plan to start up a full scale production plant in 2013, which will produce 28 tons per day of the dry product,” says Drew.The company intends to open plants in South Africa and Germany, the latter country because it is one of the world’s leading green nations.According to Drew, the demand for protein feed is almost limitless, and one of the biggest chicken producers in Germany is already showing keen interest.His only concern is whether AgriProtein will be able to keep up with the projected demand of over 2 000 tons per month.Should other countries show interest, the Drew brothers will consider rolling out the technology to them as well.So far, AgriProtein’s research has shown that larvae protein produces better weight gain and lower gizzard erosion scores than fishmeal. Gizzard erosion is a dietary deficiency disease affecting younger birds.Nutrient recyclingAt the heart of AgriProtein’s approach is a relatively new concept: nutrient recycling.Increases in global food demand and pressing environmental challenges have caused prices of both fishmeal and soya feeds to soar in recent years. Fishmeal, for example, has on average almost tripled in price since 2002, according to the IndexMundi data portal.Using organic waste to create a new source of protein – such as animal protein feed – is one way in which we can save the world’s declining fish resources, believes Drew.At the AgriProtein plant the flies are fed waste from abattoirs. This natural way of disposing of the waste also helps the suppliers to cut down on their costs. To ensure success of the venture, the company runs two programmes, for breeding and production.Under natural conditions one female fly can lay about 750 eggs a week and the larva increases in weight by over 400 times in just a few days.Maggots are harvested just before the pupal stage, or after about 72 hours. They are then dried, milled and packed. Because birds and fish eat larvae in the wild, the magmeal is easily digested.AgriProtein uses three types of flies: the common housefly (Musca domestica); the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) and the blow fly (Calliphoridae family), each of which prefers to break down a specific type of organic waste.The end product contains nine essential amino acids, according to the AgriProtein website.And that hint of fishmeal which is sometimes so detectable in battery-reared chickens will also be a thing of the past as maggot meal has a completely neutral taste and odour, Drew confirms.Amazing creaturesLike other insects the fly goes through three phases to reach adulthood: egg, larva, pupa and then adult.One of the most fascinating aspects of these creatures is the ammonia which is produced by fly larvae, a natural secretion used by the creatures to kill bacteria.In the AgriProtein plant the strong smell of ammonia is a by-product of the production process but one which the Drew brothers still plan to tap into as well.“We are looking at ways in which to harvest the ammoniated air to make a natural bleach,” says Drew.last_img read more

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Frankfurt commuters may soon jump aboard self-driving shuttles

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Continental, a German auto manufacturer, has announced plans to test a “robo-taxi” in Frankfurt. The CuBe (Continental Urban mobility Experience) will be a blueprint for the future development of autonomous shared transport in urban areas.The CuBe will be fitted with driver assistance programs and sensors already embedded into Level 2 cars found on the road today, like the Tesla Model S. Continental is adding a laser sensor to the car, and will build self-driving software that is personalized for a shared experience.See Also: Continental rolls into BMW’s self-driving consortium“The future of individual mobility in cities is autonomous and electric, and it will become part of the shared economy,” said Continental Executive Board member, Frank Jourdan. “This is why we’re developing cross-divisional solutions for driverless robo-taxis… we will be starting with practical testing this year.”Continental in a perfect positon?Jourdan thinks Continental is in a perfect position to be the leader in driverless pods, as it already supplies sensors, actuators, control units, and networking technology to automakers. Delphi, a rival parts supplier, is also working on its own self-driving system.“The trials will be used to identify all the essential technical requirements that enable safe, driverless passenger transport in urban areas,” said head of the self-driving project, Dr. Andree Hohm. “This helps us to find answers to questions about our product strategy and to deliver leading technology for individual mobility in the future – including driverless systems.”Continental has not mentioned any tests outside of Frankfurt, although the company does cite the congestion in cities like Berlin and London as major issues, which could be fixed through robo-taxis. Related Posts center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#Autonomous#Continental#driverless#Frankfurt#Germany#Self-Driving#shuttle#taxi David Currylast_img read more

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