Four presumed dead in emergency flight crash.

first_img Share Share Tweet NewsRegional Four presumed dead in emergency flight crash. by: – May 8, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Share 60 Views   no discussions plane_news.caribseek.comMARIGOT, St Martin – A medical emergency flight crashed shortly after departing L’Éspérance Airport in Grand Case early Saturday morning, presumably killing all four aboard: a honeymooning cruise ship passenger from Cyprus who suffered heart trouble, a nurse, a doctor and the pilot.The plane was carrying the patient identified as Panagiotis Vryonides of Nicosia, Cyprus, around 30 years old, to Martinique for specialised cardiac care.The doctor was identified as Jean-Michel Dudouit and the nurse as Gerard Omere, both of Pierre Zobda Quitman University Hospital Centre in Fort-de-France. The pilot of the ill-fated air ambulance has been identified as Bruno Le Jeune.According to the Associated Press (AP), a diplomat from Cyprus’ embassy in Washington D.C. will travel to Martinique, where Vryonides’ wife is located, to offer support.The Piper Cheyenne III, owned by Transports Aériens Intercaraïbes (TAI), crashed four minutes after takeoff from L’Éspérance Airport. The AP reported that Martinique officials had said they originally had sent another plane that experienced mechanical problems on arriving at Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten and it had been replaced by the plane that crashed.Préfet Délégué Phillipe Chopin said French Civil Aviation representatives had arrived in St. Martin on Sunday to begin the investigation into the cause of the accident. He also has issued orders preventing travel to Tintamarre to safeguard debris/evidence from trophy seekers.The Préfet also is dealing with reports that the aircraft was not suitable to execute medivacs, considering a decision taken by his predecessor to disallow the transport of patients from Louis Constant Fleming Hospital using the aircraft in question. Reportedly TAI only transports patients who pay for private air evacuation.Emergency search operations are being executed by Dutch and French authorities. According to St. Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation, which took part in the search operations, debris found consisted not only of material debris from the airplane, but also what appeared to be human remains were taken aboard the rescue vessels and later handed over to the French authorities.The two Sea Rescue Foundation vessels, Rescue 01 and Rescue 02, were accompanied by the French rescue boat SNS 129 and quickly determined a search pattern that led them toward St. Barths.The two-man crew on Recue 01 talked to some local fishermen who were out as well, but they reportedly did not see anything that could help in finding the direction in which the plane was going.“At daybreak a French authority’s rescue helicopter found some debris between St. Maarten and Tintamarre Island,” a release from the Sea Rescue Foundation read. “The rescue crew then knew what direction the debris was going in and went there to assist the French Gendarmes and Customs that were also looking for survivors. A Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard airplane also joined the search and went on looking for survivors or any other leads to the fate of the airplane.“Most of the small debris particles were found in a trail of seaweed floating close to Tintamarre Island and the rescue vessels had to proceed with caution to try and pick up the debris without causing more damage for research purposes. Quickly it was learned that the debris found did not only consist of material debris from the airplane, but remains that appeared to be human were also taken aboard the Rescue vessels and later handed to the French authorities.”The Sea Rescue Foundation added that a French military helicopter that also joined the search operation had found large debris on the ocean floor around 8:00am Saturday and the French authorities had gone to the location with divers, assisted by the three rescue vessels.“The search continued for some time, hoping to still find survivors, but was eventually called off by the Rescue Coordination centre,” the Sea Rescue Foundation said.Carib Seek Newslast_img read more

Three Area Runners-State Finals Bound-Cross Country Semi-State Results

first_imgArea Cross Country Semi-State ResultsSaturday  (10-26) @ Shelbyville Girls: Brenner Hannah-Greensburg finishes 6th and Lily Pinckley-Batesville 23rd and qualifies for The State Finals. Zionsville won the team Semi-State title. Batesville was 11th and Greensburg 16th.Boys: Adam Moster-Batesville places 20th and qualifies for The State Finals. Carmel won the team Semi-State crown. Batesville was 12th.16528The Semi-State consists of 20 teams and 40 individuals from 4 other Regionals that make up the field of approximately 180 runners. This is a non-class tournament and the competition was tough.  I cannot remember more miserable running conditions for a cross country tournament than Saturday morning was.  What a wet, cold and windy morning it was. But, the race must go on!  The Batesville Bulldog XC teams put on their mental toughness and ran through it with a lot of toughness and grit. In fact, we had 1 make the All-Semi State team, 2 advance to the state meet and 2 run a personal best!  First congratulations to senior, Adam Moster for placing 20th and being named to the All-Semi State team and running a personal best time of 16:11.  The first 10 individuals not on one of the top 6 teams advancing get to move on as an individual and Adam was 9th.  On the girls side, sophomore, Lily Pinckley placed 23rd overall, just missing the top 20th spot, but was the 10th individual not on an advancing team show she will advance to state next weekend!  Congratulations Adam and Lily!Overall the boys placed 12th, one spot better than they were seeded. Led by Adam Moster.  Senior Joshua Myers came in next at 43rd and running a personal best time of 16:36. He was closely followed by Ean Loichinger in 50th (16:40).  Also running for the dogs were Benjamin Moster, 94th, Daren Smith 157th, Dillon Murray 164th, and Nathan Villani 167th.The girls finished 11th overall, right where they were seeded. They were led by Lily Pinckley. Ava Hanson came in next at 70th (20:27), followed by Maria Lopez in 80th (20:44), senior Liz Loichinger, right at 100th (20:58). The final 3 came in one right after another, Madison Rahschulte, Sophie Myers and Trysta Vierling (111, 113, 114).  Congratulations to all! For the team on an incredible season…lots to be proud of…and to Adam and Lily another week of training to compete at the big dance…the State Meet.  This will be next Saturday at the LaVerne Gibson Course in Terre Haute.  Adam will run at 1:00 pm and Lily at 1:45 pm.  Good Luck!Batesville would also like to congratulate and wish Brenner Hannah from Greensburg as she was 6th overall and will also advance in the state meet.The Cross Country State Finals will be taking place on Saturday Afternoon, November 2nd at The LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute with The Boys starting at 1 followed by The Girls at 1:45.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

Carroll dreaming of Euro 2016 spot

first_img The Northern Ireland goalkeeper, 37, has been a key figure in his side’s perfect start to Euro 2016 qualifying, conceding just one goal to date in three successive victories. Friday night’s clash in Romania offers the chance to extend the country’s best ever start to a campaign and hopes are high that a first appearance on the big stage since the 1986 World Cup could become a reality. Press Association And for Carroll, who played with one of the greatest players never to grace the finals of an international competition, that represents a huge incentive. “To qualify for a major tournament would be a dream come true for me,” said the Notts County stopper. “I look at the likes of Ryan Giggs, who was one of the best players in the world and never played in a major tournament. “It would be nice when I retire and I look back on my career in 20 or 30 years time to reflect on playing at the Euro finals. “It would be great to say I played in a major tournament. That’s every footballer’s dream. “I don’t want to look too far ahead, but it’s fair to say it’s a big motivation for me. I’d love to reach the finals with Northern Ireland. The only way you can achieve that is to continue picking up points in the group. That’s our aim on Friday night. Take points in every game and you’re a little bit closer.” Carroll is enjoying every moment of his Northern Ireland career now, having previously slipped into exile due to personal problems and previous manager Nigel Worthington’s indifference towards him. Roy Carroll admits it would be a dream to go one better than former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs by appearing in a major international tournament. An ideal scenario could now see him celebrate a half-century of caps at France 2016, but he is not doing those sums just yet. “I haven’t allowed myself to dream that I’d win my 50th cap in France,” he said. “Three or four years ago I never thought I’d be back playing for Northern Ireland. That’s how desperate things were for me outside football,” he said. “For me to be back just playing for Northern Ireland is fantastic. Michael O’Neill and the coaching staff gave me great belief to come back into the squad and I’m loving it. “They have shown great belief in me and I want to give them 100 per cent back. The supporters too. They travel all over the world to support us and I want to give them 100 per cent.” last_img read more

Pearson won’t get carried away

first_img Press Association The Foxes are only in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone on goal difference after their deserved 2-0 win over Swansea. Leonardo Ulloa and Andy King struck to clinch a third straight win for the Foxes – the first time they have won three in a row in the top flight for 15 years. A three-goal victory would have seen them escape the drop zone but they climbed off the foot of the table and are level on points with 17th-placed Hull. Pearson said: “We’ve given ourselves a more realistic chance, we have six games left, four at home and we have to perform well in those games to retain our status. “The danger is people get carried away. We are still in a difficult situation and we have to make sure our fate remains in our own hands as long as possible. “The Premier League is a really big ask, mentally and physically, and we have performed well for the most part, we’ve had to to win three games on the trot. Ultimately the performance warranted the result.” Ulloa, who was initially named on the bench, was a late replacement for David Nugent after the former England striker injured his calf in the warm-up. It was his first league strike since Boxing Day and Pearson praised the 10-goal forward after his swift impact. He added: “The situation we’re in demands everyone is switched on and tuned in to what we’re trying to do. The players have to put to one side their own personal world for the good of the group. “Leo has had a really good season for us, I’d like him to score goals but as long as he achieves what we set out to achieve I’m not too bothered. “We can’t afford for players to pace themselves, we need them playing flat out.” Swansea were poor and rarely looked like recovering from Ulloa’s 15th-minute opener aside from a brief period after the break. Nelson Oliveira was denied by Kasper Schmeichel and Jonjo Shelvey tested the keeper but defeat kept them eighth after Lukasz Fabianski spilled Esteban Cambiasso’s free-kick for King to score in the final minute. Boss Garry Monk felt Oliveira was too honest when he stayed on his feet after a challenge from Robert Huth before being thwarted by Schmeichel. “The defender made a rash challenge and had he gone down it would have been a penalty and a red card which would have changed the game,” he said. “He stayed on his feet but I’m more disappointed we didn’t finish the chance. It would have changed the atmosphere but credit to Leicester, they fought hard.” Swansea are aiming to set a record points total in the Premier League by beating their current total of 47 but Monk felt his men were out-battled as they struggled to match Leicester’s intensity. He said: “I felt the first half was where we really lost the game, especially in the first 20 minutes. “We probably got outfought. We explained to the players that first 20 minutes was always going to be crucial. “The players’ effort and commitment is fantastic but we weren’t quite at our best. This one defeat won’t define our season.” Boss Nigel Pearson insisted Leicester will remain grounded despite moving off the bottom for the first time since November.last_img read more

Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia out for three months after foot surgery

first_imgAntonio Valencia will be out for at least three months with a foot injury, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed. Valencia suffered the injury to his left foot in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last month. Valencia underwent surgery last week and Van Gaal confirmed the Ecuadorian would not be back until the end of February at the earliest. Press Associationcenter_img The United manager told MUTV: “Valencia is longer term and very long. “It is not within three months or something. It is a very heavy injury.” The 30-year-old utility man has only started two league games for United this season, but his absence will still be felt by Van Gaal. The United manager only has one specialist right-back in his squad – Matteo Darmian, who signed from Torino in the summer. Phil Jones and Ashley Young have also deputised in the position when Darmian and Valencia have been unavailable this season. As well as Valencia, Van Gaal has another five players out for Saturday’s trip to Watford. Wayne Rooney (illness), Anthony Martial (foot), Marouane Fellaini (calf), Luke Shaw (leg) and Michael Carrick (ankle) are unavailable while James Wilson is short of match fitness so cannot play for 90 minutes. last_img read more

Rafael Nadal made to sweat, Novak Djokovic has it easy

first_imgPERTH: World number one Rafael Nadal won a battle of attrition against fellow left-hander Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 7-6(4), 6-4 to seal Spain’s spot in the final eight of the inaugural ATP Cup in Perth on Wednesday.Meanwhile his long-time rival, world number two Novak Djokovic, had an easier outing in Brisbane, strolling past Chile’s Cristian Garin 6-3, 6-3 to stay undefeated in the new year and to ensure Serbia will travel to Sydney for the knockouts having won all three of their ties.Nadal had to twice fight back from a break down against the Japanese world number 72 in the opening set before winning the tiebreaker while the Spaniard broke his opponent’s serve to go up 5-4 in the second before holding serve for victory.”It’s the first day I was playing under such heavy conditions, two previous days I had played in the night. The feeling on court was completely different,” Nadal said in an on-court interview.”I played against an opponent who started the season on fire, winning two matches against two great players with very comfortable results. Today was a very, very tough one.”It was Nadal’s third singles win in the $15 million ATP Cup, which features 24 nations competing in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney over 10 days.All six group winners and the two best second-placed teams will advance to the final eight stage in Sydney. Besides hosts Australia, Serbia, Britain, Russia and Spain have qualified.Garin broke Djokovic in the second set to go up 3-1 but it seemed to bruise the seven-times Australian Open winner’s ego as he won the next five games to complete victory.”Sydney’s got a big Serbian community, hopefully the support can be as good as it was here, even better,” Djokovic said.Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz also picked up his third singles win of the tournament with an upset 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) win over world number four Dominic Thiem of Austria in Sydney.It was the second loss in the new season for Thiem, who also lost to Croatia’s Borna Coric in his opening match. AgenciesAlso Read: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal calls for the merger of ATP Cup, Davis Cup Also Watch: United Workmen Union at Guwahati Refinery stage protest against BJP-Govt over CAA 2019last_img read more

Three NFF Officials Granted Bail in $10.8m Fraud

first_imgThe officials have been charged by EFCC on a five-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and misappropriation of funds.The prosecutor, Steve Odiase told the court that the three defendants conspired between January 8 and 26, 2015 to commit the offences, contrary to Section 97 of Penal Code.Odiase also alleged that Andekin was entrusted with a grant from the world body, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), which he said was money meant for development of football in Nigeria.He alleged that Andekin diverted $1.3 million from NFF’s domiciliary account with Zenith Bank, contrary to section 311 of the Penal Code.The prosecutor further alleged that Zaka diverted a $7.2 million grant from FIFA that was also meant for development of football in Nigeria, while also stating that Mamza did same to $2.3 millionThe defendants all pleaded not guilty to the charges, and their counsel, Arinze Egbo applied for their bail.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A FCT High Court in Maitama, Abuja has adjourned hearing in the case of three Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials dragged before the court on allegation of fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to November 27.The court presided by Justice Peter Affen upheld the administrative bail granted to the three NFF officials, Christopher Andekin (Director of Administration and Finance), Reagan Zaka (Cashier) and Fadanari Mamza (Head, Finance and Account Department) who are accused of mishandling $9.5 million and $1.3 million by the EFCC.Before adjourning the case, the judge ordered that the defendants’ sureties should sign bond with registrar of the court, and also deposit their international passports with the court.last_img read more

USC loses tough battle against UCLA

first_imgThe USC men’s tennis team suffered its second defeat of the season Friday in a thrilling match against visiting rival UCLA. Friday was the second matchup in five days between the two teams, who met the previous Sunday in the semifinal round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s team indoor championships. The Trojans won their match last Sunday, but the Bruins evened the season series at one apiece with a close win on Friday.There was plenty of excitement surrounding the match, the rivalry between the schools notwithstanding; USC and UCLA are ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the nation, respectively, and both schools have renowned tennis programs. The atmosphere at Marks Stadium carried a fervent intensity from the beginning, as evidenced by the large multitudes of spectators from both schools cheering on their respective squads. Many supporters stood in the walkways and stairs at one point, as the seats were filled to capacity.The drama of the matches didn’t disappoint, as things got contentious right from the start with the doubles point. With the teams tied 1-1, junior Emilio Gomez and sophomore Eric Johnson fought back from being down 4-1 in their set to force a tiebreak at 8-8. After a hard-fought set, Gomez and Johnson would eventually concede the tiebreak, and subsequently the doubles point, to the UCLA tandem of senior Alex Brigham and sophomore Dennis Mkrtchian.Most of Friday’s singles play served as a continuation from Sunday’s matches; UCLA rolled out a slightly different order from their meeting on Sunday and pitted Mkrtchian against USC freshman Max de Vroome and junior Clay Thompson against sophomore Yannick Hanfmann, to mixed results. Hanfmann started slow out of the gate and dropped the first set but came back to dominate Thompson 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.Such success was not the case for de Vroome, who began his match by cruising to a 6-2 first set but faltered in the second and third set en route to his second defeat at the No. 5 position this season, 6-2, 4-6, 4-6. The true freshman, who relied on his screaming forehand winners and powerful serves to overwhelm his opponent, employed sound tactics in the first set forcing Mkrtchian to his backhand and kept the Bruin sophomore on his heels. Midway through the second set, however, unforced errors from de Vroome allowed Mkrtchian back into the match.“I gave him [Mkrtchian] a chance to get in the match and he is good enough to understand when he has to step up, so he did that very well,” de Vroome said. “He began to hit the balls more with his backhand and, unfortunately, it took me too long to get back in my own game. I don’t think he changed a whole lot, [though] I made it difficult for myself.”De Vroome’s teammate and captain junior Ray Sarmiento fared better, securing his rematch against UCLA sophomore Dennis Novikov in a workmanlike straight-sets victory, 6-4, 6-3. Sarmiento neutralized Novikov’s powerful forehands and high-velocity serves with expertly employed slice shots and some dazzling, ankle-breaking footwork. Sarmiento’s court-coverage allowed him to take control of points as he punished the less-mobile Novikov and forced the Bruin to his backhand.“It wasn’t the greatest tennis, but you have to find ways to win,” Sarmiento said. “[Novikov] likes pace, so the strategy against him is to mix it up a lot and utilize all my shots. The slice worked well, and I looked to get him moving.”In their previous meeting at the ITA Indoor Championships, USC defeated UCLA by a hair’s breadth, clinching the final deciding match in a tiebreak. For the first three and a half hours on Friday, it appeared that history would repeat itself as USC saw itself tied 3-3 with only the match at the No. 2 position between junior Emilio Gomez and Bruin sophomore Marcos Giron remaining.Gomez began the match strong, clinching the first set, 6-4. He looked to be en route to a well-fought victory up 4-3 in the second set, when Giron called an out for a Gomez lob at a crucial point in the game. The controversial call was missed by the line judge and the momentum seemed to shift in Giron’s favor thereupon. Giron mixed up his approach, employing deep ground strokes and surgically precise drop shots, which ultimately wore Gomez down in the final set as he clinched the victory and the overall match, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(3). Gomez and Giron have played twice this season and now split their matches at one apiece.USC coach Peter Smith expressed displeasure with his team’s overall performance.“Bad execution out there, bad tactics. In the end, [UCLA] seized the opportunity and we didn’t,” Smith said. “We have to be experienced enough to take the momentum. Things happen, mistakes are made, calls are made. You have to just keep going [but] we didn’t do a very good job.”Coming mere moments after suffering such a tough loss to crosstown rivals, Smith, echoing the sentiments of his team, put it best.“That’s life. You have to learn from it and get better, and we certainly have a lot to learn.”For more photos visit our gallery here.last_img read more

Mr Green’s Jesper Kärrbrink: Analysing responsible gaming

first_img Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Related Articles Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Responsible gaming is very much a hot topic, and at the heart of many an organisation worldwide.Jesper KärrbrinkOne such example is Mr Green, whose ‘green gaming’ applications resulted in a triumph at the recent SBC Awards.An achievement the firms CEO Jesper Kärrbrink addressed by saying: “Looking at our efforts in this area we are of course thrilled and very proud to be awarded the title SBC Social Responsible Bookmaker of the Year 2017 and can honestly say we have worked hard to get to this point.”To gain a clear idea of what sparked such efforts within the responsible gambling arena, Kärrbrink details that you first have to trace steps back approximately one year.A message from the board contained a very clear distinct mission statement of ‘Make sure our customers have control over their gambling. Make sure we understand and do the right thing.’Upon assuming the challenge three key areas were quickly highlighted, why, to offer a more entertaining and responsible experience, how, to help understand customers and what, building tools to encourage low risk behaviour.Elaborating on his firm’s efforts within this area, Kärrbrink stated: “Green Gaming was born, this new infrastructure is a technical platform that delivers knowledge to all parts of the company, from company management to marketing and customer support.“We want to gain longevity from our customers, we want them to put on their seat belt and set their own cruise control. Today, we are working on analyzing customer data and combining it with the players own perception of their gaming based on risk, intensity, change and volume. Our customers now have the opportunity to understand their individual level of risk in order to keep it under control. Adding: “New knowledge creates new needs. It quickly became clear that Green Gaming must be part of the entire business chain, not just a stand-alone security app or self test. The knowledge we collect about our players is the basis for how and to who we send sales communication, develop new features and games, define content within their individual customer journey as well as create the player’s individual risk level dashboard including recommendations for a low risk gaming behaviour. “It was early clear everyone working at Mr Green needed to be onboard and trained within Green Gaming in order to deliver on the full potential of the insights gained. The training program is built in collaboration with the same company behind the GG predictive tool algorithm, Sustainable Interaction, who are industry leading in delivering responsible gaming tools for the past 20 years.“Understanding a customer in several dimensions rather than just the financial is not new. A few have tried, others have taken the first steps. But few gaming companies, if anything, are as deeply integrating the knowledge into business decisions. We look forward to continuing our investments and and development within Green Gaming and sharing our learnings of how to best support low risk behaviour with the industry. The ambition is for Mr Green to be the brand you associate with Green Gaming.”It isn’t just with the development of tools that Mr Green seeks to further enhance its responsible gaming efforts, with several aspects of assistance also on offer.Additional training for staff is one such example, whilst specialised support staff to deal with responsible and problem gambling cases are also available.In addition, a microsite detailing appropriate information and support organisations tailored for each country ensures that players in need can get the right help.Speaking of the Mr Green advancement of research into gambling, Kärrbrink finalised: “In the creation of our Green Gaming Analytical tool, we looked for experts in the field of responsible gaming, problem gambling and predictive modelling to ensure that we built not only a best in class product but also one which would break new boundaries.“Mr Green’s Tournament feature – Reel Thrill – has been tested and certified by Dr Richard Wood of GamRes Limited using Gamgard 3.0, a tool designed to aid responsible game design.We have initiated the aid of Richard Wood to help us in determining the success metrics for our Green Gaming Analytical Tool.”Mr Green collected the Socially Responsible Bookmaker of the Year award at the SBC Awards 2017, held at the HAC Artillery Garden in London. Kärrbrink was on hand to collect the award, and spoke to SBC in the video below.Jesper Kärrbrink is set to be a panellist at SBC’s Betting on Football conference, held at Stamford Bridge, home of reigning Premier League Champions Chelsea FC, from March 20-23. On day one, Wednesday 21 March, he is set to discuss Scandinavia in a panel entitled ‘Survival of the Fittest,’ which is set to feature in the Harris Suite from 12.05-12.50. For more information click HERE. Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020last_img read more

Local family put on surprise parade

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA,Mich.— The Sim’s family wanted to surprise Roger Sims Sr. with a drive by parade. The Alpena veteran is a father, grandfather and recent widower who’s wife passed away of natural causes.Since the recent events surrounding COVID–19, Sims has been isolated from family and friends and going through the grieving process alone. Family and friends decorated their cars, cooked homemade meals and crafted signs.Sim’s daughter says, “The family wanted him to know he wasn’t alone and they will spend time together soon.” Roger Sims Sr. says, “This was a surprise of a lifetime.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Daily COVID-19 update April 22, 2020Next Quarantine boxes available to seniorslast_img read more