Pilot dies in plane crash while spreading father’s ashes

first_imgWCVB(HANSON, Mass.) — One of two brothers on a flight to spread their father’s ashes died on Saturday after their small plane crashed in a pond in Massachusetts.Scott Landis, 34, was killed in the accident, which took place Friday at Cranland Airport in Hanson, Massachusetts, about a half hour south of Boston, according to the manager of the small airport.Patrick remains in the hospital at Tufts Medical Center.Scott Landis was piloting the plane authorities said, while his younger brother, 29-year-old Patrick, was a passenger. The plane crashed into a pond near the runway just after takeoff.“He was on takeoff and the engine lost power, and he tried to turn and come back and it went in [the pond],” airport manager Peter Oakley told Boston ABC affiliate WCVB.The two brothers’ uncle, Don Conway, confirmed to WCVB the men were spreading their fathers’ ashes.Their father had died just a few weeks ago, Conway said.“It sounded like they both really cherished and loved their father and looked up to him and wanted to celebrate him in the best way possible,” first selectman Matthew Dyer told WCVB.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the crash.Scott Landis was a member of the Army National Guard and he was on leave from his base in Kosovo. Scott was a helicopter pilot in the Army.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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College student in Baltimore hit with additional charges over racist graffiti

first_imgBaltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office(BALTIMORE) — A college student in Baltimore accused of defacing campus property with racist graffiti last month was hit with additional charges on Tuesday.Fynn Arthur, 21, allegedly drew swastikas and wrote racially motivated threats targeting black students on the Goucher College campus in November, the Baltimore County Police department said.Arthur initially was charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property on Nov. 30, but he now faces four additional charges: two counts of bias-instigated destruction of property and two counts of animosity-instigated harassment/destruction of property, officials said in a statement.Campus officials notified police on Nov. 14, when racially charged graffiti was round written in permanent black marker in a bathroom stall and in three dorm rooms occupied by black students, according to the statement.“The students in those rooms were interviewed at the time, and none could provide any suspect information or motive for the graffiti. One of those students was Arthur,” police said in a statement.The day after the interviews, another student reported seeing more racist graffiti in another bathroom stall along with the names of four black students, the statement said.Arthur has since been banned from the campus.“Let us be clear — we view these incidents as hate crimes,” the school said last week. “These acts of hate have consumed our community, and we feel strongly that the suspect should receive the strongest charges, which reflect the seriousness of these crimes.”It’s unclear whether Arthur has an attorney. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Pentagon extends southern border mission through September

first_imgSherry Smith/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon has extended the U.S. military’s support mission along the southwestern border through the end of September.Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan also approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security that officials have said will place 116 miles of concertina wire between ports of entry along the border.“In response to the December 27, 2018 request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan approved Department of Defense assistance to DHS through Sept. 30, 2019,” said a Pentagon statement issued late Monday.“DoD is transitioning its support at the southwestern border from hardening ports of entry to mobile surveillance and detection, as well as concertina wire emplacement between ports of entry,” it added. “DoD will continue to provide aviation support.”The original 45-day border support mission approved by then-Defense Secretary James Mattis last fall was supposed to end on Dec. 15 ahead of the arrival of migrant caravans from Central America.Mattis later extended the original mission through the end of January, as migrants in caravans arrived in Tijuana, Mexico seeking to make asylum requests at ports of entry south of San Diego.At its height as many as 5,900 active duty troops were sent to the border to “harden” ports of entry by placing security barriers and concertina wire. The mission also included aviation units to transport Customs and Border Protection agents along the border and military police units to provide them protection.Since then, the number of troops has been reduced to 2,350 after engineering units finished those duties and were sent home.Defense officials have said that those numbers could temporarily increase as additional troops would be needed to put up the 116 miles of requested concertina wire.Officials have said the wire would be placed along existing structures already along the border.This mission is different from President Donald Trump’s plans to build a border wall. Trump’s standoff with Democrats in Congress to fund the construction of the wall has resulted in an ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government.The Pentagon statement said that through the end of September the remaining active duty military troops would transition to “mobile surveillance and detection.”News of the extension and the concertina wire mission comes as a new migrant caravan is slated to depart Honduras and head to the border with Mexico this week.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Howard volleyball player skips final conference tournament to make lifesaving donation to a stranger

first_img Beau Lund December 2, 2019 /Sports News – National Howard volleyball player skips final conference tournament to make lifesaving donation to a stranger Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — A senior volleyball player at Howard University spent her final conference tournament in recovery after making a lifesaving blood stem cell donation to a stranger.Jurnee Farrell, 21, has played volleyball for Howard University throughout her four years at the school. During sophomore year her coach, Shaun Kupferberg, encouraged the women on his team to register with Be The Match, an organization that works to save lives through marrow donation, through a registration table they had on campus.“Growing up my dad worked at a children’s hospital in Chicago. I grew up in that type of environment and saw what an organ donation or a tissue donation can do for a family,” Kupferberg said. “If somebody’s life can be saved by a simple donation it’s obviously an easy thing to do and we should be helping.”Farrell got her cheek swabbed and registered as a potential donor with Be The Match. Two years later she received a call letting her know that she was a match for a 57-year-old woman with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.The organization informed her that becoming a donor would involve several months of physicals and blood tests — but that Farrell’s donation could also save this woman’s life.“It wasn’t registering to me that I would be saving someone’s life. I was just like, okay, I registered for this thing and I’m going to go through with it,” Farrell said. “It took me a lot of time to realize what I was doing.”According to Be The Match’s website, African Americans have just a 23% chance of finding a matched adult donor through its registry.Farrell’s donation date was Nov. 19. Recovery from the procedure, doctors informed her, would take 7 to 10 days.Donating that day also meant that she would miss playing in the final conference tournament with her teammates, taking place that weekend.“It was bittersweet, but it was definitely a no-brainer,” Farrell said. “If somebody gets the opportunity to save someone’s life, whether it be a stranger or a family member, I would hope that it’s a no-brainer for everybody.”Kupferberg encouraged her to go through with the donation. “You’re doing something bigger than volleyball,” he told her.“I talk to our team all the time about priorities. Obviously, contributing something of this magnitude is a priority,” Kupferberg said. “It was a pretty easy decision. If you want to talk about what you contribute to the world in twenty years and you can tell anybody that you had the chance to save someone’s life — that’s a major accomplishment.”Farrell went through the donation procedure and a few days later was sitting on a bench cheering while her teammates won the conference title. They advance to the NCAA volleyball tournament, in which Farrell will take part.“It’s one of those things that everything always works out the way it’s supposed to,” Kupferberg said. “You want to see her rewarded for making the right decision. Getting to play in the NCAA tournament is a blessing after all of that.”Farrell will find out in one year through Be The Match if her donation was successful. If so, she has the option to anonymously reach out to the donor.“I really want to meet her and put a face to such a big part of my life now,” Farrell said. “I think it becomes real when you’re donating but that feeling would be elevated even more if I were able to meet this person.”For anyone looking to become a donor, Farrell has a message.“You’re saving someone’s life and it’s super, super easy,” Farrell said. “For you to be in pain for four or five days is nothing compared to someone who’s been in pain for months. If you get the opportunity to save someone’s life with such an easy process — you shouldn’t hesitate.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Countrywide break-up now a possibility, claims former chairman

first_imgFormer Countrywide chairman Harry Hill has said that he believes an aggressive break-up of the company could now “be a possibility”.The comments came as he hit out at the Alison Platt years, suggesting that the company’s habit of replacing “seasoned professionals” with retail-background management was a mistake.Harry (pictured, left) is also critical of the current non-exec chairman of Countrywide for his lack of property experience. This is Peter Long, who gained much of his track record in the travel industry and who has stepped in to run the company until a replacement is found for Platt.“City reaction has been very muted and most people close to the company appear to think that recruiting a high calibre person will be difficult, and any recovery process will probably [also] be slow and difficult,” he told website Dealmakerz.Although the Countrywide share price has bombed since the New Year falling from £1.35 a share in January to a low of £0.78p earlier this month, its share price has begun a mild recovery.Crunch time?Following early morning trading today it now stands at £0.90p a share. But crunch time for Countrywide is likely to arrive on the 27th April when the company reveals its latest trading update.City investors will be looking for signs that Countrywide is beginning to turn the corner after its profits warning in mid-January that precipitated Platt’s departure, and hopefully the unveiling of a new CEO.“The natural next step would be to appoint a safe pair of hands for the CEO role, but they need to ensure they have a strong technology mandate and team around them that can help plan for the future and come up with a better strategy,” proptech consultant James Dearsley (pictured, right) told Dealmakerz. James Dearsley harry hill Peter Long Countrywide February 27, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide break-up now a possibility, claims former chairman previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide break-up now a possibility, claims former chairmanInterview with Harry Hill reveals he blames the plummeting share price on the Platt years during which he says it concentrated too much on retail, not property.Nigel Lewis27th February 201803,551 Viewslast_img read more

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Gillian Updates Business Leaders on Beach, Boardwalk, Bay and Road Projects

first_imgOcean City Mayor Jay Gillian addresses the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, June 11, 2015.For the fifth time since taking office, Mayor Jay Gillian addressed members of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce in advance of the busy summer season.More than 100 gathered at a luncheon Thursday (June 11) at the Ocean City Yacht Club to hear the mayor give his mid-year report.“Early indications are that this will be a very solid summer if the weather cooperates,” Gillian said. “Memorial Day Weekend was jammed. Our preseason beach tag sales were up over 4 percent compared to last year, and that’s always a good sign. And finally, our friends in the real estate community tell us rentals look very good.”Gillian said the city’s ratable base (combined value of taxable real estate) is up, and tax appeals were down to just 50 last year (after some recent years that exceeded 800), an indication that tax assessments are accurate.Low interest rates and Ocean City’s “excellent bond rating” allowed the city to sell a recent note at an interest rate of just 0.46 percent, he said.“This combination of positive signs I’ve mentioned allows me to report to you today that the state of the City of Ocean City is strong and improving,” Gillian said.The mayor said the city will continue “to implement an aggressive but responsible capital plan.” Among the elements he outlined were:A new section of boardwalk reconstruction between Plaza Place and Eighth Street (scheduled to start in the fall). The plan includes several new boardwalk pavilions.Gillian said the city is disappointed that the south end beach replenishment work has been delayed by mechanical problems, and he said the federal Army Corps of Engineers is completing plans for the next phase of replenishment in the north end, which is scheduled for some time in the 2015-16 off-season.Gillian said he plans a town hall meeting for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Howard. S. Stainton Senior Center inside the Ocean City Community Center to talk about bayside dredging and the city’s actions to date, frustrations, plans and potential costs.The maze of road construction projects in Ocean City is due in part to utility companies updating their infrastructure in advance of planned road and drainage improvements.The city is obtaining permits and entering the final design phase for the north end pumping station, which will improve drainage of roadways in an area between First Street and Eighth Street, West Avenue and the bay. Gillian called the $8.7 million job the largest drainage project in the city’s history. It will be funded by the “largest grant Ocean City has ever received”: $5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).Outfall pipes with a greater capacity are expected to improve street flooding on the boardwalk blocks at Sixth, Ninth, 12th, 13th and 15th streets.The city’s capital plan includes $25.8 million in road and drainage improvements over the next three years. “Yes, we have a plan,” Gillian said.An engineering report by an outside contractor for road and drainage improvements between 26th and 34th streets in the area surrounding Haven and Simpson avenues is near complete, he said. The city will discuss the report and concepts with the neighborhood shortly, he said.Two major recreation projects expected to be complete soon include the installation of a new track at Carey Stadium and the construction of a new skate park.The mayor said he hoped to continue to work with City Council to get things done and “move this great community forward.”last_img read more

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Judges reveal finalists for anniversary BIA

first_imgBritish Baker can today reveal the finalists for its 25th Baking Industry Awards.The glitzy awards ceremony, to be held on Wednesday 12 September at the Park Lane Hilton, will be hosted by 1980s pop legend Jason Donovan, with live music and other entertainment throughout the night.Pauline Ferrol, national sales controller of British Bakels sponsor of the Speciality Bread Product of the Year award and a judge on the panel said this year the category had received its highest-ever number of entries. “The sheer diversity of entries and the high quality clearly proves bakers are seeing the profit potential offered by speciality breads,” she said.Jean Grieves, of The Bakery School, and judge in the Baker of the Year and Rising Star Award categories, said: “This year our finalists for Baker of the Year cover the whole spectrum of the industry. With the Rising Star entrants, many have set up their businesses from home, and we need to look at how the industry can capture this passion.”Martyn Leek, editor, British Baker, said: “All our finalists should feel rightly proud of their achievement. Our 25th anniversary Awards night promises to be a spectacular celebration.”On the night VIPs will enjoy a champagne reception, courtesy of associated sponsor Tesco, which is also sponsoring the bread rolls with dinner.Kluman & Balter will again sponsor the cracker raffle, while Bako is donating a magnum of champagne on each table to be won in a prize draw, while raising money for the Bakers’ Benevolent Society. The dessert has been designed to incorporate culinary alcohol supplied by Thomas Lowndes, while the AB Mauri- sponsored casino will offer guests the chance to gamble with funny money to win a three-night stay in Antwerp.To book your place, please call Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593 or email [email protected] finalistsIn-store Bakery Retailer of the Year:AsdaSainsbury’sTescoMorrisonsProduct Innovation of the Year:Greenhalgh’s Craft BakeryFinsbury Food Group PuratosThe Rising Star Award: Justin Clapham, Bettys BakeryStacey Anderson, Cake UKSuzi Witt, Pretty Witty CakesConfectioner of the Year: Greg Cadoni, BachmannsGemma Pickup, Bettys & Taylors of HarrogateLisa Boyles, Cooplands (Doncaster)Retail Innovation of the Year:Ashers Baking CompanyGreggsWenzels The BakersBakery Food Manufacturer of the Year: GreggsFinsbury Food Group Rich ProductsBaker of the Year: Chris Bachmann, BachmannsRobert Burns, Burns the BreadDavid Smart, Greenhalgh’s Craft BakeryCelebration Cake Maker of the Year:Jules Smith, Cake UKSandra Monger, Sandra Monger Exquisite Wedding & Occasion CakesLeanne Tang, Terry Tang Designer CakesThe Customer Focus Award: BF Done & SonBells Of Lazonby Dunn’s BakeryThe Craft Business Award: Cinnamon SquareDumouchel PatisseriePaul UK Speciality Bread Product of the Year:A W ScottBarbakan DelicatessenHobbs House Bakerylast_img read more

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RedBlack rebrands food compliance system

first_imgRedBlack Software has rebranded its food information compliance system, which helps companies meet the new EU Food Information to Consumers Regulations (FIR). Launched last September as Cybake Fi and used by more than 30 bakeries, the system has been enhanced and rebranded as Infood to meet demand from a wider range of customers, including restaurants, delis and wholesalers.It is available in four packages – Infood Allergen Tracker, Infood Retail, Infood Wholesale and Infood Premium – so users only pay for what they need.Jane Tyler, managing director of RedBlack Software, said: “Infood is our fastest selling product right now. Its new name reflects the demand that we are seeing across all food sectors.”New Infood distributors include: The Food Safety System, Hertfordshire; Scottish Packaging Solutions, Aberdeenshire; Gaining Food Training, Newcastle upon Tyne; and Abbey Labels and Packaging, Belfast.last_img read more

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Inklings of suicide

first_imgTwo powerful new tests developed by psychologists at Harvard University show great promise in predicting patients’ risk of attempting suicide, researchers say.The work may help clinicians to overcome their reliance on self-reporting by at-risk individuals, information that often proves misleading when suicidal patients wish to hide their intentions. Both tests are easily administered within minutes on a computer, giving quick insight into how patients think about suicide, as well as their propensity to attempt it soon.“Experts have long sought a clear behavioral marker of suicide risk,” said Matthew K. Nock, a professor of psychology at Harvard and author of two papers describing the new assessments of suicidal behavior. “The current approach, based on self-reporting, leads to predictions that are scarcely better than chance, since suicidal patients are often motivated to conceal or misrepresent their mental state. We sought to develop more sophisticated, objective measures of how psychiatric patients are thinking about suicide. Our work provides two important new tools clinicians can use in deciding how to treat potentially suicidal patients.”Nock and his colleagues report on the tests in two papers, one in the current Journal of Abnormal Psychology and the other in Psychological Science. Unlike many previous efforts focused on biological markers of suicidal behavior, their work identifies two behavioral markers: subjects’ attention to suicide-related stimuli, and the extent to which they associate death or suicide with themselves.In one study by Nock’s group, 124 patients in a psychiatric emergency department were administered a modified Stroop test measuring speed in articulating the color of words on a computer screen. Suicidal individuals were found to pay more attention to suicide-related words than to neutral words.“Suicide Stroop scores predicted six-month follow-up suicide attempts above and beyond well-known risk factors such as a history of suicide attempts, patients’ reported likelihood of attempt, and clinicians’ predictions regarding patients’ likelihood of attempt,” said co-author Christine B. Cha, a doctoral student in psychology at Harvard.A second study adapted the Implicit Association Test developed by Harvard psychologist Mahzarin R. Banaji, the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, using reaction times to semantic stimuli to measure 157 subjects’ automatic mental associations — in this case the strength of associations between words related to “self” and words related to either “life” or “death/suicide.” Participants were shown pairs of words on a screen, with response speed revealing unconscious associations between the terms. For instance, a rapid response to stimuli associating self with death/suicide suggests a strong unconscious association between the two.Nock and his colleagues found that participants with strong associations between self and death/suicide were six times more likely to attempt suicide in the next six months as those holding stronger associations between self and life.“These findings suggest that a person’s implicit cognition may guide which behavior he or she chooses to cope with extreme distress,” Nock said. “More specifically, an implicit association with death/suicide may represent one of the final steps in the pathway to suicide.”Nock and Cha were joined on the two recent papers by co-authors Jennifer M. Park and Christine T. Finn of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and Sadia Najmi, Tara L. Deliberto, Halina J. Dour, and Mahzarin R. Banaji, of Harvard’s Department of Psychology. The work was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Norlien Foundation.last_img read more

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On Your Feet! Stars Ana Villafane & Josh Segarra Are Taking Your Questions!

first_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017 On Your Feet! Josh Segarra & Ana Villefane in ‘On Your Feet!'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Ana Villafañe and Josh Segarra, the stars of Broadway’s On Your Feet!, are taking a breather from doing the conga to answer your questions. That’s right; we’re letting them take a break from being on their feet to plop down on the Broadway.com couch for a round of Ask a Star. What did the real Gloria and Emilio say when they auditioned in front of them? How do you say “I love you” five-six-seven times without it getting repetitive? Exactly how much (or how little) fabric is used in those Emilio shorts? Ask away below, and tune in later as the caliente couple interview each other!<a data-cke-saved-href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/mjz1h4d1obz8d8/" href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/mjz1h4d1obz8d8/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>center_img Related Shows View Comments Ana Villafañelast_img read more

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