ChignectoCentral Regional School Board Review Underway

first_imgThe province has appointed an experienced civil servant to review budget options for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board that will put kids and learning first. Doug Stewart, a senior Treasury Board advisor, begins his review today, April 12. “Over the past 18 months, Doug worked in my department and with school board staff, including Chignecto-Central, on the new funding formula and other issues,” Education Minister Ramona Jennex said. “He understands school board budgets well, and he understands the province’s commitment to putting students first in funding decisions.” Mr. Stewart, who has 28 years of experience in the civil service, will report to the province within the next two weeks. The province will discuss the report with school board officials by the end of the month before final budget decisions are made. “The board will still have difficult decisions to make, given the reality of declining enrolments,” said Ms. Jennex. “But having more options on the table that protect critical services for kids is imperative.” Since 2008-09, the province increased per-student funding in Chignecto-Central Regional School Board by 12 per cent, to its highest point ever this year. Over the same time period, enrolment dropped by 7.5 per cent, or more than 1,700 students. In 2012-13, the school board will receive $177 million, including $3.8 million for libraries, to educate its students.last_img read more

Basu says Kohli hasnt had a cheat day in 2 yrs

first_imgNew Delhi: He came in when the Indian cricket team was “looking for a fitness culture” and former strength and conditioning coach Shankar Basu says his stint has ended with the satisfaction that none of the players would be able to “leave the regimen even if they wanted to”. The 50-year-old’s four-year tenure ended with the World Cup. While Kohli was always a “freak” who has not taken a cheat day in the last two years, the Chennai-based professional is most satisfied about the transformation he has brought in the fitness levels of speedsters Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”When I started it was a challenge to transform the culture, now 90 per cent of the team trains very professionally. There will always be one or two in every team who require the extra push,” Basu, whose contract with the Indian team ended on July 30, said. He also worked extensively with the others including KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ishant, Dinesh Karthik and Ravichandran Ashwin. The list goes on. Ravindra Jadeja, according to him, is a natural athlete who knows his body well and probably the best fielder in the world. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBasu decided against continuing with the Indian team due to family reasons and says it time for him to move on to the next phase in his life. “Looking back, I came at the right juncture (in 2015). The Indian team was looking for changes and that was one of the responsibilities thrust on me, to bring about the culture. To be very honest I was very blessed with a set of boys who were looking for this change. “When I joined I made a pact with myself that I will tirelessly work to bring in the much needed improvisations and culture to augment the team’s needs. I was very fortunate to work with a coaching and support team which allowed me to make independent decisions with regards to training. “Most of the boys had already worked with me during their Under-19 days and it was easy to sell the concepts.” And having a leader like Kohli in the side helped him in being more effective in his job. “When you see someone like him, it is difficult not to be inspired,” said Basu.last_img read more

Meeting at UN tropical rainforest countries urge action on climate change

24 September 2007Meeting at the United Nations, a group of countries which share about half of the world’s tropical rainforests today urged measures to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Meeting at the United Nations, a group of countries which share about half of the world’s tropical rainforests today urged measures to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The leaders from Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gabon, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Peru were attending the high-level meeting on climate change convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and adopted a joint statement on their shared concerns.They resolved “to enhance cooperation among countries blessed with a wealth of tropical rainforests.”The countries pledged to promote sustained economic growth, sustainable development and eradication of poverty while intensifying collective efforts for the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.The statement emphasized the “primary responsibility of industrialized nations for the current atmospheric interference leading to global warming.”Forests “play a crucial role in maintaining ecological balance as sinks, sources and reservoirs of greenhouse gases,” the coalition of countries pointed out. “We are committed to cooperating among our nations to slow, stop and reverse the loss of forest cover and to promote the rehabilitation of degraded forest lands, forest management and conservation.” They called for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and “for protected areas to be given special consideration by the international community.”Looking ahead to the 2012 expiration of the Kyoto Protocol, the legally binding pact for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the countries pledged to ensure that forest issues are addressed at planned talks in Bali, Indonesia aimed at producing a successor agreement.“Fully cognizant of the value of intensified and sustained dialogue and cooperation, we commit ourselves to strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation among the Governments and peoples of the tropical rainforest countries and invite other tropical rainforest countries to actively participate in this cooperative endeavour,” the statement said. read more

Freedom of speech misused to attack religions Egypt warns General Assembly

Ahmed Aboul Gheit told the high-level segment of the Assembly’s annual debate, taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York, that speech was being used to incite hatred based on religion. “I emphasize here – with the utmost respect to the importance of the freedom of expression – that we reject any depiction of the repeated affronts to religions and sanctities as a legitimate exercise of the freedom of expression, for there are many glaring slogans in the name of which crimes have been committed against thousands and millions of people through offending them and their beliefs and faiths,” he said. “Egypt calls upon all to consider this matter sagely and objectively with a view to reaching the desired balance that protects the freedom of expression of some, and respects the rights and sentiments of others.” Mr. Aboul Gheit said the attacks against religion were part of a broader problem that had led to increased cultural tensions, causing “severe digressions of both opinions and actions that inflame public emotions and increases the temperament and severity of the polarization between the followers of different cultures and creeds.” He called for further action from “the creators of public opinion in all societies to promote moderation and to dissociate them from opinions and policies that only nourish tension and violence.” In his address the Foreign Minister also turned to the question of human rights, saying it was unfortunate that economic, social and cultural rights were not “accorded the commensurate attention” that civil and political rights receive. “This negatively affects on the public perception in many of our societies, particularly those which fare dire, and occasionally abrasive, economic and living conditions. To those people, it is believed that continuous talk about human rights represents a luxury they cannot afford and neglects their basic requirements for sustenance. “Therefore, the promotion of economic and social rights must be seen as a vital reinforcement of the human rights regime that is indispensable for strengthening the implementation and awareness of other components of this regime.” 27 September 2008Freedom of expression is misused too often to insult the faiths and beliefs held dearly by millions of people, Egypt’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, voicing concern at the “unconstructive state of cultural tension” in the world today. read more

President Sirisena calls on the SLFP to unite

President Sirisena, as chairman of the SLFP, thanked Rajapaksa for attending the event and also noted the role he played to defeat terrorism. President Maithripala Sirisena today urged the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to unite to rebuild the country and also prepare to face the next election.Speaking at the 64th Anniversary of the SLFP held in Pollonaruwa, Sirisena said that he will not go back on the journey which he started following the January 8 Parliamentary election. Several senior SLFP members including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended the anniversary event. The President said that while the country had seen progress under SLFP and United National Party (UNP) Governments, the public had lost faith in politicians owing to a poor political culture.

Mitch Garver Wasnt Catching Strikes So He Changed His Catching Stance

“A lot of times with those big-depth breaking balls, those sliders that sweep across the front of the zone, they go in and out of the zone,” Garver said. “They are very hard to catch. You have to learn how to catch them properly. I wanted to get underneath the ball when I’m receiving it.”The most conspicuous change Swanson suggested Garver make was employing a variety of one-knee, Tony Peña-style stances, which had gone out of fashion in the professional game. Going lower, Swanson reasoned, would help a catcher get more favorable calls on lower pitches. “We didn’t invent the one-knee setup,” he said. “But those were traditionally done with nobody on base and less than two strikes.”When runners are on base, catchers are taught to go to what Swanson calls a “secondary” stance, sitting higher to position themselves better for throwing out a runner or blocking a ball in the dirt. What Swanson proposed was going to a knee on all counts, even if it adversely affected the ability to throw or block balls.“Only a fraction of the time does the ball actually land in the dirt. Only a fraction of the time does a runner actually try to steal,” Swanson said. “Catchers across the league perform worse … with runners on base. We’ve tried to flip it upside-down.”Since the value of framing is tied to compelling borderline pitches to be called as strikes, FiveThirtyEight examined available Statcast data on called strikes and balls on the edge of the strike zone and the zones just off the plate. The data shows that catchers do receive less favorable calls when runners are on base. That was true of the Twins, too, until this year, when the one-knee stance came to Minnesota.The Twins rank 12th in the majors in pitch framing this season, and Garver is up to 23rd out of 110 catchers. He has used his new stance to better “absorb” borderline pitches, and his frequency of called strikes caught has become more concentrated in the lower zone. As he returned home to New Mexico last winter, Mitch Garver knew he had to be better. In 2018, Garver ranked 110th out of 117 qualifying catchers in fielding runs above average. As a catcher, that meant he struggled mightily with pitch framing18.6 runs saved below average. As measured by Baseball Prospectus, framing is a component of fielding runs above average for catchers. — the skill of a catcher to receive borderline pitches in a way that allows them to get favorable called strikes.Garver turned 28 in January. He had been only a league-average hitter at the plate and a liability behind it. He knew that if he couldn’t receive the ball better, his career would be in jeopardy. He had heard that a coach hired the previous season was working miracles with the Twins’ minor league catchers. So Garver called Tanner Swanson and invited him to Albuquerque.“It’s the only reason I’m still catching,” Garver told FiveThirtyEight. “Really.”The Twins have surprised MLB with their offense this year, with a record five batters — including Garver — hitting 30 home runs as the team broke the single-season home run record in August.2Though the Yankees have overtaken the home run lead. Minnesota is the only major league team with four position players among the top 35 qualifiers in year-to-year gains of wins above replacement. Among those Twins, Garver is the most improved, and he’s the seventh-most-improved player in all of baseball.But Garver’s improvement with his glove has been just as dramatic as his work with his bat. This season, Garver has been worth 4.4 fielding runs above average, achieving the fifth-greatest improvement in the metric.3Among catchers with at least 200 plate appearances in both 2018 and 2019. Per plate appearance, his performance in wins above replacement, which includes framing value, ranks as the eighth-best mark in baseball.The growth with his glove is where Swanson comes in. Swanson never played catcher in college, nor had he coached professionally when he joined the Twins organization in late 2017. But he spent six years working with college catchers at the University of Washington and Santa Clara University, and he attracted the attention of Jeremy Zoll, the Twins’ director of minor league operations, after a presentation Swanson gave at a catching coaching clinic.“I kind of had a clean slate to look at it objectively. I didn’t carry all these biases — ‘Well, this is how I used to do it. This is how I was taught,’” Swanson said. “I think a lot of times as coaches, we have these drill packages that we’ve compiled and we don’t truly understand the ‘why’ or question whether a particular drill leads to improvement.”Since the late 2000s, when analysts first quantified the value of pitch framing, more teams have started to prize catchers who can get more favorable calls for their pitchers. After all, every pitch matters: The difference in batting average on a 2-1 count and a 1-2 count is 178 points this season. Teams began paying for the skill. In 2016, the Twins were graded as the fifth-worst framing team in baseball. One of Derek Falvey’s first acquisitions after being hired as GM late in 2016 was signing pitch-framer extraordinaire Jason Castro. But Swanson believed that framing was not only an innate gift — it could be taught.Swanson employed drills using weighted balls, implements typically reserved for pitchers, to help Twins catchers improve their hand speed and movement patterns. “You’re dealing with timing and getting the ball from point A to B. The faster we can do that the more deceptive we are,” Swanson said. “I don’t want to say fool umpires but [rather] to influence them to call borderline pitches as strikes. That’s their primary job.”Going into this season, Garver graded as a poor receiver on balls in the lower part of the strike zone and below. Swanson said that’s a problem in today’s game, with record rates of breaking balls and changeups — pitches that typically either cross low in the zone or below it. “[Garver] deserves the credit. His desire to improve didn’t stop once he got to the big leagues,” Swanson said. After all, Swanson notes, “He called me.”Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Kristen Gudsnuk Talks Inspirations and What Brought Henchgirl To Life

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Hands-On: Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft DrinksCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 center_img I love hidden gems in comics. Henchgirl by Kristen Gudsnuk was a hidden gem that was acquired by Dark Horse earlier this year and has since taken the world by storm. We sat down with the creator of Henchgirl Kristen Gudsnuk at New York Comic Con to discuss Henchgirl, her inspiration for the comic and giggle galore.Insha Fitzpatrick: Thank you for sitting down and talking with me! For our Geek readers, can you tell us a little bit about Henchgirl and how she came to be?Kristen Gudsnuk: Yeah! Sure. So, Henchgirl is kind of a comedy series that was collected in graphic novel form by Dark Horse earlier this year. It’s about a girl who works for a supervillain, just because she can’t get a real job. That’s my tagline. Cause it’s exactly what happens. She’s unemployed, living in a superhero world. It started out as a webcomic, but I’d also print up copies and sell them at local shows here in New York. It kept kind of growing and getting bigger then I got picked up by Dark Horse, and they put out my trade.via Dark HorseInsha: There are a lot of different themes in Henchgirl. Some of them kind of arrange from dealing with parents to her dealing with friendship issues. For example when Henchgirl steals her friend’s card to break into her job because the gang told her to. Did you mean it to be a common (but unusual) coming of age story in the superhero world as well?Kristen: When I was writing it, I think I was putting some of my own feelings into it. I think that’s kind of what comes out automatically. My parents aren’t disappointed in me, but the fear that your parents are disappointed in you is something that really motivates a lot of people. Especially when you’re like in your twenties. So, I tried to heighten that by having her parents be superheroes who are disapproving of the fact that their daughter works for a villain and she’s got a sister whose a hero and stuff. It’s a universal feeling and story that I thought would be fun to explore without there superhero tropes.Insha: What were some of your inspirations? Any movies, music, tv, stuff like that?Kristen: Oh yeah! There are tons…Insha: You can just give me some! [Laughs]via Dark HorseKristen: [Laughs] Okay, like Batman: The Animated Series was a big one, and I had just… I didn’t watch that when I was little. I just… it looked too serious! I like funny cartoons. My boyfriend made me watch it as a grown woman, and I was so, so up for it. But then when I was watching it I was picking up on sort of the main tropes of western superhero comics and superheroes [in general]. I wanted to do my own spin on that, either making fun of that or just playing with how those things would really work out. My whole thing is not having things work out for people. [Laughs] Cause I think its funny!Insha: And it’s more realistic!Kristen: Yeah! In real life you don’t, like, DO THE THING. In movies, the world is going to explode, except someone saves it in the last second. Just like in real life, that wouldn’t have happened, and everyone would die. I like having a more realistic spin on things. With a darkly cynical bend.Insha: I think that’s the best thing! That’s what me and a lot of people like Henchgirl more. All of this stuff does happen to her. It’s so bad but ultimately realistic!Kristen: A lot of fiction lies to you, ya know? They give you anything you want, and obviously, that’s why sometimes we crave fiction so we can live out that version of life where everything is great. At the same time, I always connect with stuff that I feel like “Right! That is how things are!” So, I try to go in the opposite direction from the wish-fulfillment.via Dark HorseInsha: Do you have any other inspirations [for Henchgirl] or is Batman: The Animated the MAIN one?Kristen: Oh there’s like a bajillion! [Laughs] I was watching New Girl, which is totally underrated, very funny show. I was like, yeah! Well, the mashup is like this roommate, sitcom-ey vibe and these ridiculously low-stakes plots happening with them. Artistically a lot of people say my stuff looks like Scott Pilgrim. I see it too probably because I kept those books all the time. Bryan O’Malley draws so simply, but really really well. Almost as if he’s distilling things down to their essence.Insha: Both of you have the same writing style too cause the main focus is always on the characters and their situations. There’s so much happening, but you build on character, and each is important. It’s engaging. That’s something you and Bryan do well too.Kristen: Oh! Well, thank you! [Laughs]Insha: You’re very welcome! [Laughs] Is there anything else you’re doing right now?Kristen: I have some stuff coming out sometime next year. I’ve got some projects that haven’t been announced yet, but I’m working on something with Dark Horse, and I also have something with Graphix. It’s going to be so cool! They’re both going to be really awesome so next year more stuff!Insha: That’s AMAZING. Can you tell our readers where they can find you? Social media, website, etc.?Kristen: I usually just use Instagram and Twitter. I’m @henchgirl_comic on both of them.Henchgirl is out now in trade paperback. You grab your copy here.last_img read more

Youth Week culminates with Peace concert

first_img Stop the Violence Speaker from NY Inner City; on Tonight Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:ball park, etana, library tennis court, peace, youth day Defense Force Captain calls Islanders to Peace in honor of Lucayan Indians Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Sept 2015 – Youth week brings the focus to combatting the surge of gun violence in the nation with its anti violence campaign. Continuing with the day of activities on National youth day holiday, the evening is set to be filled with local entertainment including songs and poetry all encompassing the “Stop the Violence” theme.Joining the anti violence campaign in the form of a Peace Concert are international artists Romain Virgo who will be performing at the Down Town Ball Park, Providenciales as well as international artist ETANA, performing in Grand Turk at the Library Tennis Court. Recommended for you Youth to March in anti-violence parades to celebrate Youth Daylast_img read more

Pochettino admits Spurs are keen on signing players

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has revealed that Tottenham Hotspurs are only interested to bring in the right players despite their recent injury crisis.Spurs are yet to sign a player since they last secured the services of Lucas Moura a year ago.However, Pochettino believes they would only do business if they identify the right talent irrespective of the loss of key duo Alli and Kane.He told Sky: “I always say I am more than open to add players to the squad. That is so clear. A different thing is if we can find the right player that is going to help us improve.“We are working on a few options. We will see if we are able to deliver. We have one space now Mousa Dembele has gone.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“There’s two different things. One thing is to try to improve our squad with the right profile. Another thing is if you have some problems with players who are injured, and you try to replace them.“We are going to sign if we identify the player that can improve us. We are not going to sign because we have some injuries. We have enough players to cover injuries.“Of course, if you win, OK. But if you don’t win, maybe you need a different way to operate.”Tottenham will face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Sunday, just three days after their Carabao Cup hopes were ended in the semi-finals by bitter rivals Chelsea.last_img read more

Woodland mulls teaming up on fire services

first_imgThe city of Woodland is considering contracting with Clark County Fire and Rescue in hopes of streamlining costs and providing more efficient services, city officials said.But before the two sides can come to an agreement, Woodland officials will have to decide whether the city has the available money in its budget to pay for a public safety upgrade.As Woodland’s call volume increased 20 percent in the past three years, the city’s financing of its fire department has remained “somewhat underfunded,” Fire Chief Michael Jackson said.A paid arrangement with Clark County Fire and Rescue would improve staffing, ambulatory services and training, but it remains uncertain whether the city can afford spending between $120,000 to $140,000 in 2012 on such a contract. The city would have to decide between the need to repair roads and the need for better fire and ambulatory services, for instance, said Benjamin Fredricks, chairman of the city’s finance committee.Should the paid arrangement happen it would be the first step toward a regional fire authority in north Clark County that would consolidate fire operations and costs for all involved, Woodland officials said.last_img read more

Teen confesses to shooting killing 19yearold in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A 19-year-old accused of shooting and killing a South Florida teen has turned himself in.Nineteen-year-old Khevani Francois is behind bars. He was charged with second-degree murder, Tuesday, for the death of 19-year-old Marlin Goodluck.Related: Mother makes plea with public after son gunned down in SW Miami-DadeAccording to police, Francois confessed to killing Goodluck along Southwest 205th Street and 122nd Avenue, around 6 p.m., on May 23.The victim was walking with a friend who police believe was the intended target.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

One Stop Reentry Fair

first_imgHelp is available for those who have been incarcerated and are in need of services for themselves or their family. The One Stop Reentry Fair event will be at the War Memorial Hall on June 28th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. With over 50 local service providers attending, returning citizens and those with a criminal record, will have the opportunity to come to one location to receive information and services. Call 410-209-4811, for more information.last_img

Ronnie James Dio is the New Hatsune Miku

first_img We like metal here at Geek. Well, I like metal. I don’t actually care what the rest of you think. And Ronnie James Dio is one of the godfathers of metal. He’s up there with Lemmy and Ozzy and Rob Halford. Dio died seven years ago, but he’s still going to be touring this fall. Because holograms are now a viable live entertainment technology.Ronnie’s hologram will be headlining a tour starting this fall. Like Tupac and Hatsune Miku before him, he will be performing in digital ghost form on-stage in front of live crowds. He’ll be a dead glowing recording running around on-stage alongside the live members of his band, which consists of Craig Goldy (guitar), Simon Wright (drummer), Scott Warren (keyboard), and Bjorn Englen (bass).Yes, they’ll probably play “Rainbow in the Dark. ” and I’m at least hoping they’ll play “Eat Your Heart Out.”  Shut up about “Holy Diver,” surface metalheads. It’s a good song, but Dio had others. The man freaking replaced Ozzy in Sabbath for two albums.The tour starts November 30 in Helsinki, then moves through the rest of Scandinavia, down through Poland, with two shows in Spain before looping around Romania, Belgium, and the Netherlands. After Europe, Dio’s screaming light projection will hit the United States, though tour dates in North America haven’t been announced yet.This isn’t the first time the late Dio has digitally come back from the dead. His hologram was first shown off last year at Wacken, when Metal Sucks tried to warn us about this. There’s also the time he became a vampire thanks to an ancient stone mask and reattached his severed head to the body of his own worst enemy to torment his grandson. Actually, that might be a different Dio. Still cool.This also isn’t the first time a hologram has gone on tour. I’m not talking about Tupac at Coachella. I’m talking about Japan’s Vocaloid sensation Hatsune Miku, the completely fictitious singing synthesizer who’s performed (un)live in front of sold-out crowds over the world. Miku’s been doing live shows for longer than Dio’s been dead!Here’s Hatsune Miku performing “in front of” a hilariously baffled David Letterman. Watch his face as he wonders how he went from highlighting Warren Zevon to this.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Japanese Man Happily ‘Married’ to 16-Year-Old Hologram SingerShare HoloLens Holograms With Microsoft Spectator View Cam Stay on targetlast_img read more

Pakistan mourns ambassadors others killed in chopper crash

first_imgISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani army helicopter crashed Friday on its way to an inauguration at a resort in the country’s north, killing four foreigners — ambassadors to Islamabad from the Philippines and Norway, as well as the wives of the ambassadors from Malaysia and Indonesia — and a three-member crew in what was one of the worst such incident in the country involving a high number of foreign dignitaries. Top holiday drink recipes Top Stories Sponsored Stories The air force said a technical failure had caused the crash but did not elaborate on the nature of the glitch. Air force spokesman Syed Muhammad Ali said the fire, which engulfed the aircraft shortly after the crash, caused the high number of fatalities.Pakistani army spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, tweeted that the MI-17 helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing. He said the surviving passengers, including the Dutch and Polish ambassadors to Pakistan, received “varying degree of injuries.”The helicopter with the diplomats was on route to Naltar, where Sharif was also to attend a public ceremony to inaugurate a newly installed chair-lift at a ski resort.A statement from his office said Sharif was flying on a special government plane to Naltar when the “tragic news” was conveyed to him. It said Sharif returned to Islamabad after hearing of the crash.Earlier, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said the heads of diplomatic missions from more than 30 countries, along with their family members and some Pakistani dignitaries, had been flown to the city of Gilgit by a C-130 aircraft.“From there, they were being taken to Naltar in four helicopters for a three-day excursion trip,” the ministry said. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The air force said a technical failure caused the crash while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was flying to the same event on a separate aircraft, declared Saturday a day of national mourning. Twelve passengers, many of them diplomats, who were injured in the crash were being treated at a local hospital, officials said.Hussain Khan, a police officer at the crash site Naltar, said he saw the helicopter stall in midair, then come down in an erratic manner as if the pilot had no control over it — then plunge to the ground.“The helicopter was preparing to land at a helipad near a school, when it suddenly …. crashed and caught fire,” Khan told The Associated Press over the phone from Naltar.Security forces scrambled to rescue survivors and transport the dead and injured to a nearby hospital, Khan added.Hours after the crash, the Pakistani Talban issued a statement claiming they had shot down the helicopter with an anti-aircraft missile. The claim, though impossible to independently verify, appeared to be an opportunistic attempt to take responsibility for such a high-profile incident.Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry dismissed the claim as “bogus.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said it was “deeply saddened” by the death of Ambassador Domingo Lucenario Jr., and that his colleagues in Manila observed a two-minute period of silence in commemoration. Lucenario, 54, also served as non-resident ambassador to Afghanistan, Kyrgystan and Tajikistan. He is survived by his wife and three children.Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende confirmed the death of Ambassador Leif H. Larsen, describing him in a statement as, “a well-liked and highly respected colleague. His friends and colleagues in the Foreign Ministry and across our foreign stations are today in sorrow.” Larsen, 61, is survived by a wife and a son.Malaysia’s foreign ministry confirmed that the wife of its high commissioner to Pakistan perished in the crash. The high commissioner Hasrul Sani Mujtabar survived the incident and currently being treated at the Gilgit hospital, it said.Romania’s ambassador to Pakistan, Emilian Ion, was on the same helicopter and survived, the Romanian Foreign Ministry said. Pope Thrower, assistant spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, said that “no American Embassy personnel participated in this trip.”center_img Hours after the crash, Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi confirmed in Jakarta that Heri Listyawati, the wife of Indonesia’s ambassador, was killed while her husband, Burhan Muhammad, survived with injuries.In Poland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the Polish Ambassador Andrzej Ananicz and his wife, Zofia, were on board the helicopter and that “both suffered injuries, which were not life threatening.”The prime minister’s statement expressed “deep grief and sorrow over the tragic incident” and said he “extended heartfelt condolences to those who lost their lives in this incident.”Sharif declared Saturday a national day of mourning, according to his office, which also said that helicopters were evacuating the injured diplomats and that the bodies of those killed will be transported to Islamabad.“We are making arrangements to send the bodies of the diplomats to their countries with full honor,” Chaudhry told state-run Pakistan Television.Later, Chaudhry told reporters in Islamabad that taking the diplomats to Naltar was meant to promote tourism in the scenic region. He ruled out the possibility of sabotage. He added that the bodies of those killed could not immediately be brought to Islamabad due to bad weather. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Check your body, save your life Pakistani security forces have been fighting militants in the country’s northwestern tribal regions bordering Afghanistan for the past several years. Pakistan launched a massive operation in the North Waziristan tribal region last year. Since then, the army says it has killed more than 1,200 militants there.The crash area in Naltar is several hundred kilometers (miles) from North Waziristan.Although aircraft and helicopter crashes are not uncommon in Pakistan, Friday’s incident was the worst since 2010, when a Pakistani air plane crashed near Islamabad, killing 146 passengers. Another Pakistani passenger plane crashed near Islamabad in 2012, killing 121 passengers and six crew members.____Associated Press writers Riaz Khan in Peshawar, Pakistan; Alison Mutler in Bucharest, Romania; Teresa Cerojano in Manila, Philippines; Karl Ritter in Stockholm; Ali Kotarumalos in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Vanessa Gera in Warsaw, Poland, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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