igorkov/iStock(KETCHIKAN, Alaska) — A pilot and a passenger were killed in southeastern Alaska on Monday when a floatplane crashed into a harbor, officials said.The victims were the only occupants on the Taquan Air floatplane when it crashed near Ketchikan at around 4 p.m., marking the Alaska-based airline’s second fatal incident in a week. Federal transportation authorities said the flight was a commuter flight, but didn’t offer any other details on the crash.Ketchikan officials declined to release the circumstances of the crash.“The names of the deceased will not be released until next of kin have been notified,” Ketchikan Gateway authorities said in a statement Monday. “Both individuals were brought to the Annette Island Service Unit. Good Samaritans have the aircraft in tow and are bringing the Beaver to the beach until it can be secured.”Taquan Air directed all inquiries about the incident to the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash along with the Federal Aviation Administration.The crash came exactly one week after a Taquan Air sightseeing plane collided with another aircraft over Alaska on May 13, killing six people. The FAA is investigating the cause of that crash as well.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
…despite 2 years of study in T&T-based institutionWhen it was announced that the Legal Affairs Ministry would be making full scholarships to the Hugh Wooding Law School (HWLS) available, there was much celebration. It turns out, however, that prospective awardees have been informed that they would have to give five years of service to the State.The Hugh Wooding Law SchoolGuyana Times has been reliably informed by sources that at an interview with the Ministry, the University of Guyana’s top law students were informed that once they acquired fully-funded scholarships for two years of study in Trinidad, they had to stay in the State’s service for five years.It is understood that this five-year service clause causing some discomfort among the students. This is particularly so since in other fields of study such as medicine, students only have to serve back their years of study.Last month, a delegation of law students had met with Attorney General Basil Williams. At the AG’s chambers, Vice President of the Guyanese Jurisdiction Committee, Olivia Bess, laid out the conditions under which aspiring lawyers have to study in Trinidad.According to Bess, these students still have to find money for food; costs she estimates to be close to $100,000 in Guyana currency. In addition, there are also the costs of accommodation.“We requested a meeting with the Attorney General, because we as Guyanese students in Trinidad suffer a lot of financial difficulties in relation to our tuition fees, living expenses, food, etc. For example, the tuition fee has increased for the first years. It is no longer TT$98,366. It is now TT$101,066. When you exchange that to Guyana dollars, that would be G$3 million.”“That’s just the first-year tuition fee. Added to that, you also have living expenses. The average Guyana student in Trinidad would pay around TT$3000. When you convert that, that would be around G$90,000 a month. And you still have to send it through the bank or Western Union and these places will add on their own rates.”In terms of food, Bess noted that the average student would spend between TT$1500 and TT$2000 on a monthly basis. She explained that this translated to them spending between G$45,000 and G$60,000.“So when you total all the expenses for one year, it is nothing less than $5 million. That is just per year. It is two years so you have $10 million. So, it’s not easy for the Guyanese students in Trinidad to function properly or study properly, even though we do perform well. But it’s not an easy task.“We have to think about our parents, our guardians, how are they going to find that money? I know countless students who cried because they could not find that money to pay for Hugh Wooding Law School. It’s not an easy task.”Bess was accompanied by students holding their Bachelor in Laws from the University of Guyana, as well as students already enrolled at the Hugh Wooding Law School. The Legal Affairs Ministry had announced that full scholarships to study law for the 2019/2020 year at Hugh Wooding were available.This came after reports that the Ministry’s Finance Secretary failed to cover expenses for students. AG Williams criticised the staff who was responsible for sending money for the students in Trinidad, but didn’t.The requirements for eligibility for the limited scholarships being offered by the Department of Public Service include: being the holder of the Bachelor of Laws Degree, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3, obtained within the last five years.Applicants must be 35 years old or under; and must have an offer of acceptance from the Hugh Wooding Law School for the 2019-2020 academic year. Present students at the Hugh Wooding Law School must have passes for the first year of studies, with at least three courses passed with Grade A.Over the years, the need for a local law school has been excessively highlighted and as such, Government has undertaken to set up such an institution here in a joint venture with Jamaican partners.
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — It was just six months ago when the Giants’ dreams were consumed with the thought of Bryce Harper blasting home runs to a territory only Barry Bonds regularly explored.It happened twice at Oracle Park on Friday, but no dreams came true in the process. Instead, they were dashed.As a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, Harper slammed a pair of home runs including a go-ahead three-run shot in the …
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Far from its sharpest form, Ateneo still figured out how to sustain its winning ways last Wednesday, while sending University of Santo Tomas reeling to one of its worst starts in recent memory.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda targets Final 4 bonus Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Earlier, Arvin Tolentino dished out his best performance of the season so far as Far Eastern U picked up a second straight win after turning back National U, 90-83.The transferee from Ateneo scattered 23 points, including a bank shot with 1:24 remaining that extended the Tamaraws’ lead, 86-81, on their way to a third win in five games.“I like the way the boys continued to put in the effort in practice despite our bad start in the first three games,” head coach Olsen Racela said.UST’s fifth loss of the season was aided by a spate of turnovers and missed free throws in the final period, where the Tigers were held to just 13 points.For a change, the Eagles encountered stiffer resistance as the Tigers clawed their way back from a 22-point deficit with a strong third quarter performance that allowed them to pull within 81-80.ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Blue Eagles came away with a 94-84 victory over the Tigers Wednesday night for their fifth straight win that solidified their hold of the top spot in UAAP Season 80 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Matt Nieto fired a season- high 22 points, Isaac Go finished with 13 points, and Thirdy Ravena added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles, who weathered a third quarter barrage from the Tigers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAteneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said the Eagles were fortunate to come away with a win.“I don’t know if anyone noticed with our mood, but we weren’t happy with the game, we weren’t happy with the way that we went up and down in our energy, we weren’t happy with the consistency of the calls,” said Arespacochaga. “We’re happy that we won the game, but at the same time we’re not happy with our performance.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments
TFA are pleased to announce that people can now purchase copies of the 2006 NTL Open Finals package that was shown on Fox Sports, including the commentary and skills sections.With commentary from Australian Mens Open Coach Tony Trad and also Fox Sports commentator Steve Hart and then 3 fantastic finals, the DVD is a must-have!Credit must be given to each of the players involved in the matches, who all displayed excellent skill, agility, speed, teamwork and sportsmanship to help produce an extremely successful package.This DVD is available for just $20 (inc GST), with postage another $5.In addition, TFA are selling a DVD which contains the raw footage of each of the 3 Open Finals in full. This DVD does not contain any replays, close-ups, interviews or commentary…it is simply the raw footage taken from the tower camera during each of the 3 Open Finals, with the referees microphone in the background.While this DVD may not be professionally packaged, it will no doubt be an extremely useful resource for coaches, referees and players involved with the sport. It is also extremely good value, with all 3 finals on the one DVD!This DVD is available for $30 (inc GST), with postage another $5. To purchase either the package that appeared on Fox Sports or the raw footage package, contact Rachel at TFA on (02) 6285 2703 or [email protected]
Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel cannot stay out of the headlines. Friday night, according to TMZ, Manziel was involved in a fight at Jewel Nightclub in Las Vegas just before a Drake performance was scheduled. Manziel was later kicked out of the club for the incident.Here’s more, via TMZ.Witnesses inside Jewel Nightclub at the Aria tell TMZ Johnny was in a VIP booth near the stage Friday night. Drake showed up for a surprise performance and club goers started to push and shove to get up front. Our sources say Johnny got pushed and turned and slugged the club goer.TMZ also obtained video of a small portion of the incident.Manziel appears to be struggling big time right now. Let’s hope he straightens his life out sooner rather than later.
DOVER, Del. — There’s no guarantee that four former executives of the only financial institution to be criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program will be sentenced to prison for fraud.But even if a judge orders prison time for the former Wilmington Trust officials later this month, they won’t be led away in handcuffs.In a court filing Thursday, prosecutors say they won’t oppose the defendants’ requests to be allowed at least two months, possibly more, to “self-surrender” to prison.The defendants also are asking that any prison sentences be put on hold until their appeals are resolved, a process that could take a year or more.The defendants were convicted in May of misleading regulators and investors about the bank’s massive amount of past-due commercial real estate loans.Randall Chase, The Associated Press
When US President Donald Trump tweeted their full recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights, “a current of surprise and expectation sizzled through the state department press corps”, as a BBC correspondent on a Jerusalem tour following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put it. It is said that the welcome surprise to Netanyahu was more in the timing than in substance. The intention that came to highlight through the tweet had been under consideration for quite some time, only the Israelis now pushed it with greater vigour. Of critical security and strategic importance, the Golan Heights is pivotal to stability in the region. For decades, most of the world (and previous US establishments) have rejected Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights which was seized from Syria in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. According to the UN charter, essentially, you can’t keep land that you capture, you have to negotiate its fate. Trump’s tweeted announcement has overturned this convention. This very grave move has implications that go beyond the bilateral dynamics of USA and Israel. Endorsing capture of a territory is potentially setting a dangerous trend to exercise military arbitration by a more powerful state. The regions that promptly come to mind at this are: on the global stage, Russia’s annexation of Crimea; in the Asian context, Tibet; and regarding India, PoK, given that Pakistan was USA’s baby not too long ago. Trump’s special mention of strategic and security reasons point out only too clearly to Iran, coming in the wake of the understanding that Iran is using Syria as a base to target Israel and the Golan Heights being the front line. Also, given that Israel already has a tight grip on the region militarily, the articulation of the status and a formal declaration of it make little difference on the ground. Hence, the next most obvious reason for this move has to be the election in Israel due on April 9, and something to count for Netanyahu, who will be making a visit to White House in the coming week. The situation is such that Israel strikes routinely at Iranian targets in Syria, carefully negotiating the situation with Russia, which provides crucial military backing to the Syrian state, a delicate balance indeed. With a civil war-wrecked Syria and a US sanctions-crippled Iran, Israel is in a position to assert claims over the region additionally with the support from White House. This is clearly a mechanism to violate territorial integrity and institutionalise regional instability. European leaders have not taken very kindly to this bilateral bonhomie at the cost of a suffering region. And rightly so. If recognition was so easy to give away, such arbitration raises very pertinent questions about Tibet, Kashmir, and Crimea. All it takes is the whim of a powerful nation.
Beijing: China is weighing options to buy Russia’s new Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter jet as Moscow has identified China and India as potential customers to acquire its advanced warplane, according to a media report. Described by Russian President Vladimir Putin as “the world’s best military plane”, the Su-57 is a fifth-generation multi-role fighter jet capable of both aerial combat and hitting ground and naval targets. Viktor Kladov, director of international cooperation and regional policy at Russia’s Rostec defence industrial holding company at a briefing at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia identified India and China as potential buyers, state-run Global Times reported on Monday. The Chinese air force, which currently has a range of home grown new aircraft including the stealth fighter J-20, besides Russia’s Su 35s, is keeping a close eye on India’s acquisition of France’s Rafale plane adding a new strategic dimension to its air assets. While China has been developing its own new generation military aircraft, it is still heavily reliant on Russian engines for the planes as it is yet to produce a reliant engine of its own. Both China and Pakistan rely on Russian engines for their jointly produced JF-17 Thunder. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USChinese defence analyst Wang Ya’nan, the chief editor of Aerospace Knowledge, said the Russia’s offer to sell SU-57 is more attractive to India as China has its stealth fighter. Unlike China, India does not have a fifth-generation fighter, so the Su-57 is an attractive warplane to India, he told Global Times. Wang said although he is convinced of the Su-57’s capabilities, he is less keen to see China buy it because China has already developed its own fifth-generation fighter jet J-20. Kladov said Su-57E, an export version of the Su-57, is expected to receive export approval from Putin in a few weeks. Naming China as a potential customer, he said, “China has recently taken delivery of 24 Su-35 aircraft, and in the next two years will make a decision to either procure additional Su-35s, build the Su-35 in China, or buy a fifth-generation fighter aircraft, which could be another opportunity for the Su-57E.”
Chennai: The DMK on Saturday complained to the Election Commission that Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK was allegedly distributing money to voters in one of the four Assembly constituency where bypolls will be held on Sunday. In a complaint to the Chief Electoral Officer, the DMK said: “AIADMK party-men are illegally distributing money to the voters of Ottapidaram Assembly constituency, in a full-fledged manner, from AIADMK’s Thoothukudi district Office, situated outside the territorial limit of Ottapidaram constituency. According to the DMK, as the flying squad and surveillance teams deputed by the EC are not searching outside the constituency, AIADMK party office bearers are freely distributing money to the voters from their own office situated at Thoothukudi. The DMK urged the poll body to immediately search the AIADMK office at Thoothukudi to prevent further distribution of cash for votes and ensure that the bypoll in Ottapidaram constituency is held in a free and fair manner.