First victims of the Hawaii helicopter crash identified, one body still missing

first_imgiStock/Lifeguard(NEW YORK) — Authorities have preliminary identifications for the pilot and two passengers that were aboard a helicopter that crashed this week during a tour of the Kauai’s Nā Pali Coast in Hawaii.Officials said the pilot was 69-year-old Paul Matero, of Wailua and two of the tourists, were 47-year-old Amy Gannon and 13-year-old Jocelyn Gannon, both of Wisconsin.“Four other passengers are believed to be a family from Switzerland, however, their identities have not yet been released at this time,” according to the press release issued on Saturday by the Kauai Police Department.The body of one of the victims from Switzerland has not been recovered, officials said.All seven were on a Safari Helicopter Tour on Thursday and last seen around 4:30 p.m. leaving the Waimea Canyon area. The wreckage was found on Friday afternoon in Kōke’e “near steep, remote terrain between Miloli‘i Ridge Road and Nu‘alolo Trail,” officials said.“The Safari Helicopter family, along with the broader community, mourn the loss of seven lives that were on Thursday’s sightseeing flights,” Safari Helicopter Tours said in a statement on Saturday. “We mourn with the family members of those who were lost in the tragic accident. Among those lost, is our Chief Pilot, Paul Matero.”The company, which said Matero had 12 years of experience on Kauai, said it is fully cooperating with the NTSB and the FAA to determine the cause of this week’s crash.“We would like to express our appreciation to members of the U.S. Coast guard, Hawaii Fire Department and many of our colleagues in the helicopter community who volunteer their assistance in the search operations,” the company said in a statement. “Our prayers and love go out to all that are affected by the tragedy.”Recovery efforts continued on Saturday.Autopsies to positively confirm all identities are still pending.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Govt, election organizers agree to restrict mass gatherings during regional elections

first_img“Having a Perppu will give us more legal certainty,” Bawaslu head Abhan said during the hearing.KPU commissioner Ilham Saputra said the KPU had prepared a draft of the KPU regulation revision. However, the commission expressed concern that the would-be revised regulation would overlap with existing laws.Read also: No rallies, no concerts: Govt plans to restrict crowds during regional races“Not having the [needed] Perppu will make us vulnerable when facing legal challenges but we are ready to change the PKPU,” he said.Commission II chairman Ahmad Doli Kurnia said the House would continue to evaluate the regulations regarding regional elections amid the pandemic and would be open to any possible new regulation or revisions.”The important thing to change is the PKPU now. We can follow up later if we need other legal instruments. There is still a possibility,” the Golkar Party politician said.Topics : The Home Ministry and election organizers have agreed to revise a General Elections Commission (KPU) regulation (PKPU) to ensure COVID-19 health protocols are followed during this year’s regional elections. In Monday’s hearing, Home Minister Tito Karnavian and House of Representatives Commission II overseeing home affairs urged the KPU to immediately change a regulation that allows candidates to hold rallies and concerts on the campaign trail, as it was counterproductive to the country’s efforts to curb COVID-19 transmission.”Therefore, there are things that need to be changed in the PKPU, such as the article allowing for mass gatherings and concerts,” Tito said. Previously, Tito said he would propose either a revision to the existing KPU regulation or create a specific government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on the matter. Read also: Religious, political leaders call for poll postponementHowever, during the hearing, Tito argued that making a specific Perppu would take quite a long time, which was not ideal in these pressing times. He also said the KPU should increase the number of voting booths and polling stations for December’s regional elections.Nevertheless, several lawmakers and the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) demanded the government to issue a Perppu on the matter instead of revising the KPU regulation.last_img read more

Perry demolishes Allderdice 40-0

first_imgTO THE HOUSE—Perry’s Chinelo Oparanozie rushed for three touchdowns in Perry’s 40-0 demolition of Westinghouse. (Photo by William McBride) Allderdice has made vast improvements this season, but with the kind of season Perry is having this year, their fortunes ran out Friday night. They were the victims of a 40-0 blowout by the Commodores at Cupples Stadium. “Our theme is to go one rung at a time,” Perry’s coach Bill Gallagher said. “We had a good week in practice. The kids were focused. We worked on some of the things that we were having problems with like penalties—offsides and stuff.”Greg McGhee led his troops with another fabulous game in which he completed 11 of 18 passes for 197 yards and an interception. He also threw two touchdowns to Eric Frye for 11 and 39 yards.“It felt great,” McGhee explained. “We wanted to come out here and show that we’re really number one in the city.”Perry’s sophomore running back Chinelo Oparanozie scored on rushes of 19 and 13 yards.Allderdice’s Mike Pfleger only completed one of six passes for eight yards. His favorite target, Dominic Gardner, was carried off the field on a stretcher in the second quarter. Head coach Jerry Hazlett described it as “complications with the neck and spinal area.”“They beat us up,” Haslett said. “They did whatever they wanted to us. It’s not that difficult to describe. We didn’t do what we needed to do on many of those plays. Yes, it obviously hurt us to lose (Gardner) but we had a mistake made by somebody on every single play.”Allderdice’s Patrick Ferguson came into the game as the league’s leading rusher but was held to 16 rushes for a season-low 32 yards.Schenley 16, Peabody 12DeAndre Black was Schenley’s hero. He scored on 79-yard pass from Calvin Beck to bring the Spartans back from four down to knock off Peabody, 16-12, on Saturday at Cupples Stadium.“Ultimately, we played as a team.” Black said. “When I had to go out because of cramps, the younger guys stepped up. I wanted to be a role model for them.”The Highlanders didn’t make it easy for Schenley to put the game away. They drove the ball nearly 80 yards to almost stun the Spartans in their final drive.“We almost shocked them,” Peabody’s coach Leonard Carter said. “But we made many mistakes throughout the game. I’m very proud of the efforts of the players. We took it down to the wire.”Black finished with six catches for 102 yards. Beck completed 13 of 28 passes for 191 yards and an interception. Rennie Holoman had the other score for Schenley, on a 10-yard reception in the third quarter. Schenley’s defense also recorded a safety in the first half.Peabody’s Jaylen Coleman scored from seven yards out in the first quarter. Also, Donte Forte hooked up with Jamaal Know for an 18-yard score in the second quarter.Langley 30, Westinghouse 8The Westinghouse Bulldogs hung in there and were only losing 14-8 at halftime. But an offensive explosion from Langley in the second half prevented them from picking up their first win of the season. Jaquan Green led Langley by completing 10 of 18 passes for 179 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Westinghouse’s Charles “Truck” Williams scored the Bulldogs only touchdown.Brashear 25, Carrick 12Despite a nice individual showing from Carrick’s Henry Myers, Brashear was able to pick up the win. He finished 14 for 22 passing for 239 yards with two touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Adam Lynch led Brashear with four of eight passing for 142 yards and two touchdowns.last_img read more

Fans on Twitter criticise Holloway after another QPR defeat

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesMany QPR fans on Twitter reacted with dismay to the 4-0 defeat at Norwich – and questioned whether Ian Holloway is the right man to take the club forward.The defeat was Rangers’ seventh in their last eight matches and their 18th in 30 since Holloway’s return to the club for a second spell as manager.And while some supporters are keen for him to be given the summer to revamp the squad, others are not convinced he can turn things around.Holloway supporters need to articulate reasons for him staying apart from we can’t sack another manager so quickly. Where’s the vision? #qpr— Abiola (@AbiolaHP) May 7, 2017Holloway is clueless please just admit the mistake so we can all move on and plan for next season #QPR— Ancel Alexander ™ (@ancelbailey) May 7, 2017As much as its painful to say it we need to get Holloway out now!!! Otherwise were gonna be involved in a relegation scrap again! #Qpr— Jamie McCourt (@JamieMcCourt96) May 7, 2017I’ve realised that #QPR “this is our cave” season ticket marketing drive is actually referring to Holloway’s Stone Age football @QPRFC— Michael (@Mike_H92) May 7, 2017Trying not to get wound up by Holloway,his tombola selections, lack of tactical nouse & terrible post match interviews.Difficult tho #QPR— D J (@ThaGreat1) May 7, 2017Todays result sums up our entire season , personally holloway isnt the answer should cut our losses and get some1 else in 4 preseason #QPR— Duncan Mccreadie#QPR (@duncanmccreadie) May 7, 2017Holloway OUT right NOW. #QPR— Yousef Marafi® (@Yousef_QPR) May 7, 2017Why keep Holloway in charge only to inevitably have to sack him in October after managing 2 wins in 14 games of the new season? #QPR— Darren Pickard (@darrenpickard) May 7, 201730 games, 18 losses. TBH I’d happily accept Ian Holloway’s resignation because I don’t want to see another sacking in November. #QPR— James Evans (@Jimeevans) May 7, 2017Holloway if u love the club that much hold your hands up and admit it hasn’t worked out #qpr— Gareth kiss (@Gkiss100) May 7, 2017Seriously though Holloway needs to look if he can do this job. Has passion yh but everything else has been poor, nostalgia over #QPR— seaAny (@Sean_FootyMad) May 7, 2017Can’t see what Holloway has done to justify not getting sacked…either sack him in the summer or he’ll be gone by October #QPR— Russell Maynard (@MrRussellmyn) May 7, 2017What a surprise, losing again ! Please just go Holloway and give someone who actually has a clue a chance next season , anyone !!#QPR— Tony R (@rizzb64) May 7, 2017If Ian Holloway loves this football club he will leave. Get this season over and start again from scratch #QPR— kieran (@smiffdaaaa) May 7, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South African web use surges

first_imgThe report – “South Africa’s Exploding Internet” – states that the number of South African internet browsers increased by 121% in the last two years, from 1.8-million in May 2005 to 3.8-million in May 2007.Over the same period, the number of South African web page “views” grew by 129%, from 91-million to 207-million.Affordable internet connectivity has been boosted recently, with state-owned telecoms company Telkom offering ADSL and broadband, cellular operators like Vodacom and MTN offering 3G and HSDPA access, and other companies like Sentech and iBurst offering wireless broadband.South Africa’s second fixed-line network operator, Neotel, is expected to offer similar services once it becomes fully operational.“In terms of the number of people using the internet, the most developed markets in the Northern Hemisphere have seen a plateauing of growth over the last year or so,” says Nielsen/NetRatings analyst Alex Burmaster.“In contrast, South Africa has seen phenomenal expansion – growing by around 50% in each of the last two years.“This type of growth is, of course, something we have seen across all markets as the internet has taken hold and moves away from being a niche activity to a very mainstream form of media and an integral part of life.”African language potentialThe majority of South Africa’s internet population speaks English, and the vast majority of South African online content is English.However, while the South African internet is experiencing huge growth in this area, Burmaster believes the opportunity for future “hyper-audience” growth lies in targeting African language speakers.English is generally understood across South Africa, being the language of business, politics and the media, and the country’s lingua franca. But it only ranks joint fifth out of 11 as a home language.According to the 2001 census, isiZulu is the mother tongue of 23.8% of South Africa’s population, followed by isiXhosa at 17.6%, Afrikaans at 13.3%, Sepedi at 9.4%, and English and Setswana each at 8.2%.Nielsen/NetRatings’ research report made the following findings on the demographics of South African internet surfers:SA’s internet population is split 54% male (2.15-million people), 45% female (1.79-million people)At 1.42-million people, South Africa’s 25- to 34-year-olds are the most dominant age group, accounting for 36% of the country’s online population – closely followed by 35- to 49-year-olds (1.37 -million: 35%).English is the dominant language – being the home language of around 2.10-million online South Africans (52% of SA’s internet population). Afrikaans follows at 1.11-million (28% of SA’s internet population).Burmaster says South Africa’s internet population is more concentrated around 25- to 49-year-olds than is the case in other English-speaking internet countries.“In South Africa this group makes up around 70% of the internet population, compared to less than 50% in the UK, around 45% in Australia and 40% in the US,” he said.last_img read more

Vodacom invests in leadership skills

first_img20 June 2011Twenty-four of Vodacom’s employees from across the continent recently graduated from the Vodacom Advanced Executive Programme (VAEP), which was developed in partnership with Wits Business School to improve talented employees’ leadership, business and innovation skills.The programme has been running since 2003, and is designed to reward talented employees by offering them the opportunity to improve their skills. The 2010 intake included representatives from four of Vodacom’s African offices, entrenching the company’s commitment to grow leaders across the continent.Cross-boundary collaborationThe programme is seen as an important development tool, as it gives the company’s top employees the opportunity to visit Vodafone operations around the world to observe global innovative thinking.“They return to South Africa and develop business case proposals which could be applied to our African operations,” said Vodacom chief human resources officer Mpho Nkeli in a statement last week. “This makes the programme exciting not only for their own development, but the cross-boundary collaboration also carries enormous benefits for Vodacom.“The aim of the programme is to contribute towards strengthening our business, to actively create an environment for our people to excel beyond our innovation borders and to grow Vodacom leaders across the continent.”Reputable leadership programmesAccording to Vodacom, the VAEP is aligned with a high calibre of reputable leadership programmes and global standards, and has also been enhanced with a Telecoms Mini-MBA, whilst providing a desirably diverse learning approach.Employees who are invited to join the programme are expected to attend lectures on multiple modules covering everything from finance, accounting and economics. The course offers both theoretical and practical experience.“One of the most important elements of the course is the Janus Project, where participants analyse an international organisation in an integrated case study and extract learning points of global solutions while remaining locally relevant for future consideration by Vodacom,” said Nkeli.Identifying and building future leadersThe programme allows Vodacom to always be a step ahead of its competitors by promoting strategic thinking and innovation amongst its employees. The suggestions, research and findings that are developed from this programme are carefully analysed and considered by Vodacom’s executive team.“The VAEP programme ensures that our employees always strive for excellence and are always looking for ways to be creative, dynamic and innovative,” said Nkeli. “VAEP allows us to retain and attract the best employees in the market.“The programme also offers us the opportunity to identify and build future leaders of Vodacom.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Six Andhra women hospitalised after unauthorised drug trial

first_imgThey are poor, illiterate and gullible – in other words, perfect guinea pigs for unauthorised drug trials. A Hyderabad-based drug research laboratory thought as much. Axis Clinicals Limited allegedly administered trial drugs to a group of poor women from the Piduguralla town of Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district by promising them to pay a pittance but did not take their informed consent.Axis Labs, which conducted the illegal trials.Many of the women – mostly daily wage labourers – have developed complications after taking the drugs. On Friday, six of the affected women were hospitalised in Guntur. The Andhra Pradesh health department on Friday raided Hyderabad premises of Axis Laboratories and sealed it.The police also arrested two women, Kommu Karunamma and Shaik Jameela, in Guntur. They were brokers who provided ‘testers’ to Axis Labs for the clinical trials. The episode came to light on Thursday when at least nine women from Piduguralla complained of severe body ache, joint pain, chest pain and extreme weakness. A few of them even had difficulty walking.The women, all of whom were part of the trials, consulted a local doctor who told them they could have been tested for breast cancer drugs without their knowledge. The women claimed they were not told which drug was being tested on them. Soon, they filed a complaint with the state health department, whose officials then raided Axis Laboratories at Miyapur, on the outskirts of Hyderabad.On questioning, laboratory officials admitted to have conducted the trials on one P. Dhanalakshmi of Adarsh Colony in Piduguralla town, but feigned ignorance on giving the experimental medicines to a large group.advertisementThe officials asked the lab authorities to stop further drug trials until they completed their investigation.Click here to EnlargeState health minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy said the government has ordered an inquiry into the incident and asked the officials to take stern action against those who conducted illegal clinical trials. He said the authorities will focus on finding out the names of the drug companies for which Axis Labs was conducting the trials.The victims said they were taken to the laboratory several times. There, they were administered “some unknown tablets and injections” and a day later, their blood samples were taken. The women claimed the laboratory authorities told them that they would get about `10,000 each at the end of the trial.However, only those women who did not develop any complication were retained for the trials. The rest were sent back without being paid the promised amount. “I was told I would get Rs 9,000 for undergoing the tests, but I was not paid even half the amount,” 55-year old Shaik Bibi, who ekes out her livelihood by working in a lime kiln, said. She developed severe pain in her knees and chest after taking the drug thrice.Dhanalakshmi said she is no longer able to walk properly. “I have severe pain in the knees. I used to be healthy earlier. The problems started only after I underwent medical tests in Hyderabad,” she said. Dhanalakshmi was sent back within three weeks after being paid Rs 7,000. At least 40-50 people from Adarsh Colony, Chandrapalem and Indiramma Colony in Piduguralla have been visiting the lab for the past few months. Everything went off so secretly that the victims did not even know that they were being paid to be part of a drug trial.”We were also forced to sign on a bond paper before taking the medicine and injection,” another victim J. Kumari said. SUCH clinical trials are called bioavailability tests. “They are conducted on healthy persons aged 18-55 years to find out whether the drug being tested has side-effects and whether a healthy human body has the capacity to absorb the drug,” a GVK Bio Laboratory scientist said.”If everything goes well after taking the drug, the person is asked to revisit the lab after 10 days and another dose of drug is given. It is repeated after another 10 days. Only after that the efficacy of the drug is certified.” Guntur district health and medical officer Dr M. Gopi Naik said: “We will conduct a comprehensive survey to find out if there are any more victims of such illegal clinical trials in other parts of the district. We will conduct special medical camps to treat the affected women,” he said.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

Baseball season preview Nohitter hurler anchors OSU staff

Pitching. It’s a common denominator in baseball. Everyone from high school coaches around the country to major league managers often claim pitching as the No. 1 reason why they’re succeeding or failing.The Ohio State baseball team is no exception. While the Buckeyes appear to have a strong, balanced lineup and an athletic team in the field, questions surround the pitching staff. OSU returns its top two starters and top setup man, but doubts remain regarding the rest the Buckeye pitchers. Of course, OSU has one pitcher they can rely upon.The numbers junior right-hander Alex Wimmers put up last season were quite remarkable. The 2009 first-team All-American and Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Year went 9-2 and led the Big Ten with 136 strikeouts last season. Wimmers held batters to a .211 batting average and opposing batters hit a measly .193 against him with two outs.Furthermore, on May 2 against Michigan, Wimmers fanned 14 Wolverines and threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in the 125-year history of OSU baseball. Wimmers worked hard in the offseason to prepare to shoulder the load again for the Buckeyes.“Conditioning-wise, I improved my stamina, I worked hard in the weight room,” said Wimmers, a projected first-round pick in June’s MLB draft. “What I like to do is to put a lot of pressure on myself in carrying this team. I do the best I can and try to stay in there as long as I can on Friday nights to set the pitching for the rest of the weekend.”The 2010 preseason All-American and undisputed staff ace has some lofty goals for the upcoming season.“I want to repeat as [Big Ten] Pitcher of Year. I’d like to lead the country in strikeouts if I can,” Wimmers said. “I want to limit my walks and have an ERA under three.”Coach Bob Todd, in his 22nd year coaching the Buckeyes, admits he might have to rely a bit more on Wimmers this season given the pitching staff’s uncertainty.“We’ve talked about that. We’re never going to do anything to hurt him. He’s got too much of a bright future,” Todd said. “If we can nurse an extra inning or so out of him, we’re certainly going to do it. It’s all going to depend on pitch counts, especially earlier in the season.”Anchoring the No. 2 spot in the rotation is junior Dean Wolosiansky. The 6-foot-5-inch, 225 pound right-hander went 11-2 last season with an ERA of 6.04. However, Wolosiansky is 12-2 in his career in conference play and has shown a knack for escaping trouble, as he induced 14 double plays last year.The Buckeyes lost a big piece of their bullpen from last season with the departure of senior closer Jake Hale. A first-team All-American who was drafted in the 27th round of last June’s draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Hale saved 18 games last year for OSU. Hale also had an ERA of 1.31 and struck out 67 in 55 innings pitched.For now, Hale’s replacement will be right-hander Drew Rucinski. Last season, the junior led OSU with 12 wins and was second in the Big Ten in appearances. Todd thinks Rucinski could contribute in a number of roles.“For the first couple of weeks he is going to be our closer, [however] at some point in time he might be our No.3 starter.” Todd said. “We used him as our setup guy last year, so he’s really been flexible. We feel comfortable wherever we put him.”The team might also have to rely on younger players to eat up innings during the season. Brett McKinney, a freshman right-hander from Hamilton, Ohio, who impressed coaches during last fall’s Scarlet and Gray World Series, might see substantial action early in the season.“McKinney is going to be the key.” Todd said. “You never know what you’re going to get out of freshmen, but what he showed us in the fall is that he is going to have a chance to contribute and contribute quickly.” read more

Gear Hour Restrictions For Upper Cook Inlet Set Gillnet

first_imgThe announcement also restricts set gillnet  gear in the Kenai and Kasilof sections only. In a release on Wednesday, DF&G have modified the weekly fishing periods with set gillnets in the Kenai and Kasilof sections of the Upper Subdistrict, effective at 12:01 a.m. on July 1. With regularly scheduled fishing periods on Mondays and Thursdays no longer in effect in the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery, except for the East Foreland Section, any and all fishing time provided to this set gillnet fishery may occur only via EO beginning July 1. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Fish and Game announced both hour and gear restrictions for Upper Cook Inlet set gillnet in both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.  Commercial fishing periods in the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery, excluding the East Foreland Section, are open for no more than 48 hours per week, with a 36-hour continuous closure per week beginning between 7:00 p.m. Thursday and 7:00 a.m. Friday.last_img read more