Russia hopes for swift end to doping exile

first_imgMOSCOW (AP):More than a year into Russia’s exclusion from international track and field, high jump world champion Maria Kuchina feels like she’s stagnating.”I need emotion, I need competition, I need rivals,” Kuchina said.That’s all missing because Russian track and field exists in limbo, banned since November 2015, as a series of investigations revealed widespread doping, which alleged government officials helped to cover up.Yesterday saw Russia’s biggest meet of the year so far, though it featured only Russians, with very mixed quality in many events. Kuchina easily won her event in Moscow, but her result of 1.91m was far below her best.However, after a string of false starts, Russia is inching closer to a return.Today, track’s world governing body, the IAAF, will hold a council meeting with the stated aim of drawing up a road map for Russia’s return, though, in some ways, the process has quietly begun.Over the winter, the IAAF has been accepting applications from top Russian athletes who want to compete in international events as neutral athletes, rather than representatives of Russia’s still-suspended track federation.As of Wednesday, 33 Russians had applied, sending off forms listing their drug-test history under newly relaxed IAAF rules, which no longer insist on Russian athletes training outside their home country. If the IAAF accepts all of them, Russia will have close to a full team at next month’s European Indoor Championships in Serbia, just without a flag.GOOD NEWSThat’s good news for Daria Klishina, the long jumper who was allowed to be Russia’s only representative in track and field at last year’s Rio Olympics because she has long trained in Florida, rather than in the Russian system.”I don’t want to be in that situation again. Never!” Klishina said yesterday, recalling how she found it tough to be on her own at the Olympics, where she finished ninth. If more Russians get permission to compete this season, “I’ll feel a lot better because I didn’t like competing alone with that huge responsibility.”Competing as neutrals, not Russians, is a sensitive issue.last_img read more

Vigilante beating of truck driver unacceptable

first_img– those responsible will face the law – Police– parents, relatives of dead child traumatised, inconsolableThe persons who severely beat the driver of the truck following the death of seven-year-old Ciara Benjamin on Saturday at Agricola, Greater Georgetown, will face the full brunt of the law.Seven-year-old Ciara Benjamin, who lost her life on the Agricola roadwayThis is according to A Division Commander, Marlon Chapman, who related that thus far, no arrests have been made.“Yes, once they are identified we will have them arrested. Everyone who is identified for assaulting the man, we will have them arrested. Despite the circumstances, they cannot beat someone, that is against the law”, Chapman told Guyana Times.Videos on social media showed that the truck driver was dripping blood as a result of the beating he received. After the beating, he was handed over to the police who took him to the Georgetown Public Hospital to seek medical attention.However, Crime Chief Lyndon Alves also told this publication on Sunday that it is too early to determine who is responsible for the fatal accident while adding that investigations are ongoing.“I will not want to pronounce on that until that investigation by the Traffic Department is completed. That is the confusion because we pronounce without getting the facts and when the facts are revealed then persons would want to say that the police are covering up.”The aunt with whom the child was waiting to cross the roadRelatives struggling to cope with child’s untimely deathHowever, the relatives of the dead child are still struggling to come to grips with reality.An uncle, Elijah, told Guyana Times that he met the child for the first time on Saturday when she visited them at their Agricola home.“It was [the] first time I ever had any encounter with her, the first time I saw her, first and the last time. She came yesterday (Saturday) around 12:00h and spent the afternoon with us and then she left with her aunt. I can say her parents are not coping pretty well with this, that is their only child, they are not coping well.”According to the devastated uncle, the child’s aunt was taking her back to her parents’ home in Kitty, Georgetown, when the accident took place.The aunt with whom she was with, Samantha Barry, is said to be in a very traumatised state.“She is blaming herself, you know how human beings operate. You will blame yourself. You will say if you didn’t do this, if you could have done this differently? Definitely, we are going to look into counselling for her and the parents.”Need for overhead pass for pedestriansThe man further stated that the area where the accident occurred is prone to accidents.In fact, he told this newspaper that approximately six years ago, his grandmother met her demise after she was struck down in the same area.“There needs to be an overhead pass like they have at the Harbour Bridge and such because this is a busy area and accidents keep happening. It would be better to have one constructed right there…such things could be prevented, we need one at Agricola,” he noted.The build-up of trafficThe child’s mother, Chrisan Thegg, on Sunday stated that she was at work on Saturday when she received the message that her daughter was involved in an accident.As she was being confronted by Minister Simona Broomes, she related that she immediately picked up her keys and rushed out but one of her friends held onto her and offered to take her to the scene.“When I got there I just got out of the car and started running and I just saw her lying there…”She recalled that her sister-in-law told her that she was going to visit her sister and requested to take her daughter.“I said ok, I did not know is where, which area, so I said ok you can take her because it is Saturday, you can take her for the walk and then I get the call in the afternoon and that was it. Last thing she tell me was mommy love you and she kissed me”, the woman cried.According to Thegg, every Sunday she would take her now dead daughter to plait her hair. She was also supposed to assist her with her school assignments.“I told her yesterday (Saturday)…I said I am going to the mall and we are going to buy the stuff to do your assignment, she was going to make a traffic light so I said we are going to go there and do that today (Sunday). Now this.” The child attended the Canadian School of Arts.“She was a bright child, very child, she did not deserve that, she didn’t deserve that,” the mother sobbed.Ciara’s father, Orlando Benjamin, was inconsolable. The only words he could muster as he broke down in tears about his now dead daughter were “She does run and jump on me. I want to see she. I would give her my place”.Based on reports received, the child was attempting to cross the road with her aunt, Samantha Barry, at about 16:45h in the vicinity of the Independence Arch at Agricola.During that time, a truck bearing registration number GWW 962 was heading to Georgetown when he allegedly swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle and ended up in the path of the pedestrians.Upon impact, the woman was flung some distance away while the truck remained fixed on the median with the child pinned underneath. A light pole was unearthed as a result of the impact and subsequently collapsed on the roadway.About one hour later, a forklift and crane were used to lift the vehicle and remove the child’s remains. Her body was completely severed in two.Benjamin’s aunt recalled that she had just picked up the child and held her hand as they were crossing the road to go home. However, she claimed that the truck “came from nowhere” and slammed into the child.FireAfter the scene was cleared, there was a sigh of relief but another unexpected tragedy arose when the lorry was set alight at about 18:10h, creating a towering inferno in the middle of the roadway.Laden with fuel, it burned for hours, blockading the flow of traffic. At one instance, there was a string of vehicles from Diamond on the EBD, to Mandela Avenue.Pedestrians stood in disbelief as small explosions erupted from the fire. At 18:43h, the Guyana Fire Service was yet to arrive at the scene as fuel leaked onto the roadway, burning uncontrollably and threatening nearby buildings.Nevertheless, commuters took the risk of crossing the burning truck, in what was described as one of the “most dangerous” situations.Police presence was observed at strategic points to maintain order on two of the four lanes which were operational. One driver related that he was waiting for three hours to access the Demerara Harbour Bridge.At 19:28h, firefighters arrived at the scene to douse the burning truck, which was completely burnt. Investigations into the tragedy continue. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

North Peace River Rats 2019 raffle ticket sales close this Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace River Rats 2019 raffle ticket sales close Friday, July 19th, 2019 for their annual raffle with the main cash prize of $10,000.00.The 2019 raffle costs $20.00 per ticket and has a one in 2500 chance to win one of three prizes;First prize $10,000Second prize $3,000Third prize $2,000The date for the draw will be Sunday, July, 21st, 2019 at 9 pm at the World Jet Boat Races Banquet and winners will be contacted by phone.- Advertisement -To purchase a ticket contact a member or message the FB Page; CLICK HERE Cash or Etransfer availablelast_img

CWI appoints Phil Simmons as new men’s head coach

first_imgꟷ new selection panels also announcedST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) announces the appointment of former West Indies player, Phil Simmons as the Head Coach of the West Indies Senior Men’s Team for a period of four years, as well as the appointment of three new selection panels.Coach Phil Simmons (left) said chief selector Clive Lloyd (right) was “irritated” by the board’s interference after the selection committee decided to drop Shivnarine Chanderpaul from the Test squad earlier this yearPhil Simmons was confirmed as the Head Coach during a meeting of the CWI Board of Directors today, following the conclusion of a short but intensive recruitment process. The Board had made it clear prior to the start of the recruitment process in September that “persons without West Indian heritage need not apply.”Simmons served previously for a short period as Head Coach of the West Indies Senior Men’s team, during which he coached the team to the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup title, following which he was controversially dismissed.He served since as the Head Coach of Afghanistan, who he helped qualify for the first time for the 2019 ICC ODI CWC.His tenure as head coach of Ireland, saw them improve their ICC rankings and qualify for all major ICC events. Simmons’ latest coaching success came just two days ago when he coached the Barbados Tridents to the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League title with an impressive victory over the Guyana Amazon Warriors in Saturday’s Final.CWI President, Ricky Skerritt, shared his thoughts on the confirmation of Phil Simmons, “Bringing Phil Simmons back is not just righting a past wrong, but I am confident that CWI has chosen the right man for the job at the right time. I want to also thank the very talented Floyd Reifer for the hard work he put in while he was the interim coach.”CWI’s Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams, “I am happy, after a very robust recruitment process at the appointment of Phil to the role of Head Coach. I have no doubt that Phil brings the requisite leadership skills and experience needed to drive improvement across our international squads and I look forward to supporting him in the role.”CWI also announces the appointment of three new Men’s, Women’s and Girls’ Panel, and Boys’ Selection Panel following a recruitment process that ran parallel to the selection of the new coach. The recommendation of a new CWI selection structure and policy were the main outputs of the report of the Selection System Review Task Force, presented by Vice President Shallow at the September Board meeting in Tobago. Eighteen (18) candidates were considered and evaluated for the five positions across the three Selection Panels.Selection Panels selectedCWI Vice President Kishore Shallow commented, “We have been delighted at the interest and quality of candidates who participated in the recruitment process to fill the roles for the Selection Panels. These roles are vital to execute the new selection policy to select squads for the West Indies teams at every level. We wish the selectors every success as they commence work immediately.”Commenting on the Selection Panels, Jimmy Adams said, “After a comprehensive revamp of our selection system including the introduction of separate panels, I am confident that our ability to identify and manage talent will be enhanced. I have all confidence that the new system, along with the selectors chosen to the various panels will continue to help drive our game in this critical area. “The Selection Panels set to work immediately with the West Indies Men’s team preparing to play Afghanistan, in India, in November in three (3) T20 Internationals (T20Is), three (3) One Day Internationals (ODIs) and one (1) Test match. The Men’s team then stay in India to play three (3) T20Is and three (3) ODIs before returning home before Christmas.The West Indies Women will host India Women for three (3) ODIs and five (5) T20Is starting on November 1. And the West Indies Under-19 team will host a triangular series with Sri Lanka and England Under-19s in December as they prepare for the ICC Under-19 World in January in South Africa.The Men’s Teams squads will be announced in a press conference at 11am at Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad on Tuesday 16 November.The CWI recruitment panel unanimously selected the following candidates who have now been confirmed:WI Men’s Panel includes Lead Selector, Roger Harper and Selector, Miles Bascombe while the WI Women’s & Girls’ Panel has Ann Browne-John as the Lead Selector while Travis Dowlin is the selector. WI Boys’ Panel has the Talent ID Manager booked by Robert Haynes.The Head Coach of each team will complete the makeup of each of the respective panels.last_img read more

Immigrants boost pay for natives, study says

first_imgThe important question when considering the impact of immigration on wages and jobs is not how many foreign workers come in, Peri found, but what kinds of jobs they’re taking. His research showed the tasks performed by immigrants are largely different, and can complement rather than compete with the work done by native workers. For example, at the bottom of the education ladder immigrants might compete most directly with native-born workers in farm fields and construction sites. But newcomers are more likely to take positions that are more physically demanding and require less knowledge of English or of local business practices, Peri said. So while immigrants might work as field hands or masons, a California-born worker with a similar education might work as a foreman, manager, driver or trainer, taking advantage of skills newcomers lack, he said. This symbiotic relationship leads to Americans being able to take more specialized jobs, and to improved output, translating into a 4 percent real wage increase for American workers in California between 1990- 2004, according to the study. The wage gain varies by education level – from virtually nonexistent for U.S.-born workers with less than a high school degree, to nearly 7 percent for those with some college education. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – The flow of immigrants into California has helped increase wages and job opportunities for native-born workers, according to a study released Tuesday that challenges the long-held belief that newcomers take jobs from Americans. Immigrants don’t compete directly with native workers for jobs, but tend to bring different skills to the workplace, said the Public Policy Institute of California report. This allows native workers with the same education level take more specialized, better paying jobs. “The labor market is not a market of identical people,” said UC Davis economics professor Giovanni Peri, the study’s author. “Workers have different skills, perform different tasks, have different experiences, fill different positions.” Advocates for greater curbs on immigration criticized the study, saying the arrival of immigrants can push American-born workers of similar age and education to other states, or out of the work force altogether. “There’s no such thing as an immigrant-only occupation,” said Steve Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies. The PPIC study, titled “How Immigrants Affect California Employment and Wages,” analyzed 40 years of Census data and the 2004 American Community Survey, a national survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report comes as lawmakers continue to debate immigration reform. Looking at California is particularly insightful because the state has a higher percentage of immigrants than any other, Peri said. In 2004, workers born outside the U.S. constituted one-third of the its labor force, and the sheer numbers make any positive or negative impact even more pronounced, he said. Still, critics questioned the statistical relevance of focusing on one state, when the economy works on a national scale. “If you have a factory in California that employs a lot of immigrants, it might be in direct competition with a factory in Pittsburgh that employs a lot of natives,” Camarota said. “Looking at just one state is not effective.” last_img read more

Alberta’s economic slowdown steering more people to B.C.: Business Council of B.C.

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — We now have data confirming that more people are moving to B.C. while there’s a dramatic reduction in the number headed to Alberta.In this area, despite the increase in northeast regional unemployment resulting from the downturn in oil and gas industry activity, the situation is still better than it is in many areas across the border.- Advertisement -However, the situation would improve considerably in both provinces if the opponents could be silenced, and pipeline and other mega projects cleared to go forward.Ironically, while not totally on opposite pages, two of the biggest unions in the country are now caught up in this controversy, thanks to the proposed Kinder Morgan expansion of the TransMountain Pipeline.The BC Government and Service Employees Union, which opposes the project, is at odds with the United Steel Workers Union, which supports it.Steve Hunt is the Western Region Director of the Steel Workers and Paul Finch the Treasurer of the BCGEU and in that order here’s how they briefly addressed, what is arguably the key premise at issue: “It’s the mandate of organized labor to promote employment.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Sony, Chemelil set to dish out KPL walkovers

first_img0Shares0000Happier days. Sony Sugar players celebrate after scoring during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Sony Sugar/TwitterNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct – Sugar belt sides Sony and Chemelil are on the brink of dishing out walk overs for this weekend’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) matches due to the current financial crisis witnessed in the country’s top-flight league.While Sony have categorically stated they will not travel to Machakos for their early Saturday morning tie against Tusker FC, Chemelil are yet to leave their base in Awasi for Mombasa where they will take on Bandari FC in a 3pm kick off. “We cannot bury our heads in the sand and pretend everything is okay. We just simply requested for our fixtures to be shelved as we look for a sponsor but they could not listen to us. The truth of the matter is that we don’t have money and we will not travel to Machakos,” Sony chairman Gabriel Otieno told Capital Sport.Sony players have also not trained since handing AFC Leopards walkover a fortnight ago with head coach James Nandwa still in Nairobi.“We cannot train and we are unable to honor matches. We will not be able to play until we are financially able to do so. At this moment, we don’t have money,” the chairman further stated.Sony gave AFC Leopards a walkover in Awendo two weeks ago and it is highly doubtful they will honor their away trip to face Tusker in Machakos.-Relegated to NSLAccording to KPL rules, if they hand out a third walkover, they will be relegated to the National Super League, with Otiende stating they are not afraid of the axe.Chemelil meanwhile are yet to leave their base in Awasi, as at 4pm Friday evening to Mombasa, a distance of 784km which might take up to a maximum of 12-13 hours.“The company boss was not around and has just returned. We are waiting to hear whether or not finances will be availed for us to travelled. Everyone is on standby if all goes well we might travel at night,” a source at the club told Capital Sport.If Chemelil travel on Friday night, they will arrive in Mombasa on Saturday morning and will have only a few hours to rest and recover from the long journey before facing the on-form Bandari.Chemelil sit bottom of the KPL having lost all their opening four games, shipping in 13 goals and scoring only once. Sony on the other end are 16th having won only once, lost thrice and handed out one walkover.0Shares0000(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

High-speed rail called transit fix

first_imgLANCASTER – California is the 12th largest source of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet, and 41 percent of the state’s emissions come from the transportation sector. The state also has three of the five most congested urban areas, and the congestion costs the state $20 billion annually in fuel and lost time. One solution, according to an official with the California High-Speed Rail Authority, is to build a system that would connect the state’s major metropolitan areas and get people out of their cars and onto mass transit. “The solution is high-speed trains,” said Carrie Pourvahidi, a deputy director with the authority, who spoke recently at an Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce luncheon. The first segment would start in Anaheim, then stop in downtown Los Angeles, Burbank, Sylmar and Palmdale before heading up through the Central Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. The initial phase would cost $30 billion. Stops in San Diego, Irvine, the Inland Empire and Sacramento would be added later. The authority has forecast ridership of 100 million by 2030 and annual revenue of $3 billion, but critics have said its projections are overly optimistic. High-speed rail has a history of stops and starts after an initial private effort in the early 1980s was abandoned for lack of funding. After riding high-speed rails overseas, former state Sen. Quentin Kopp in 1994 introduced a bill to establish a commission to study the state’s need for the supercharged rail system. That gave birth to the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The state agency has struggled for political support ever since.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champConstructing a $40 billion, 700-mile high-speed rail line would help alleviate freeway gridlock and whisk passengers at speeds of up to 220 mph from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 21/2 hours, supporters say. The ride from Palmdale to Los Angeles would take about 27 minutes, compared with the one hour and 44 minutes it now takes on Metrolink. One major hurdle is the cost, but the alternative of building 3,000 miles of freeway, 90 new airport gates and five more runways – the equivalent of building two more airports – to meet future transportation needs would cost $82 billion, Pourvahidi said. A $9.95 billion bond measure to fund the system is set for the November 2008 ballot, but that measure had originally been scheduled for a vote in 2004, and has twice been postponed by the state Legislature. Of that bond amount, $950 million would be earmarked for improvements to commuter rail systems like Metrolink and BART that would feed into the high-speed rail program, Pourvahidi said. The authority also is looking to the federal government and the private sector for additional funding. last_img read more

Seaplane goes down

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Everything looked normal Monday as the 1940s-era seaplane lifted off for a flight to the Bahamas, speeding across calm ocean waters within sight of the city’s skyline. But moments later, dozens of surfers on a crowded beach looked up to see the aircraft explode in flames in midair, so close to them that one man felt the heat on his face. The Chalk’s Ocean Airways plane went down just east of the beach in this tourist city, killing all 20 people on board. “It exploded in the air, and one of the wings flew out of there. The other part of the plane was on fire, and it just went straight down,” said Maurice D’Giovianni, 42, a surfer who was in the water at the time. Amateur video obtained by CNN showed the main part of the aircraft slamming into the water followed by a flaming object trailing thick black smoke. The twin-engine Grumman G-73T Turbine Mallard crashed around 2:30 p.m. after taking off from Miami for the island of Bimini in the Bahamas. It hit the water within sight of the beach. The Coast Guard said 19 bodies were found. The plane was carrying two crew members and 18 passengers, including three infants, authorities said. Because of the witness reports of an explosion, the FBI sent agents to assist in the investigation, but there was no immediate indication of terrorism or sabotage, said Judy Orihuela, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Miami field office. “It’s too soon to say whether we are going to get involved,” Orihuela said. “We’re just going to check it out.” Chalk’s is a small carrier that is not required to conduct federal security screening of passengers and their luggage, said Dale Karlen, federal security director at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The crash occurred just east of Miami Beach, within sight of the shore and high-rise buildings lining the coast. With many schools already closed in advance of the holidays and Christmas week traditionally one of the biggest times of the year tourism, the beach was relatively busy, and dozens of beachgoers saw the plane go down. Dozens more gathered to watch the rescue. As Coast Guard helicopters hovered over the crash site, some surfers remained in the water, only a few hundred feet away. Some surfers used their boards to rush toward the spot where the plane tumbled into the water. Sandy Rodriguez, 14, said he saw the plane flying low with white smoke trailing from it and flames coming from the bottom. The right wing then fell off as the plane went down, he said. Coast Guard spokesman Dana Warr also saw the crash from the Coast Guard office on an island in a channel known as Government Cut that cruise ships and freighters take past South Beach into the Port of Miami. “Everything looked normal, I saw the aircraft take off like it does every other time. I didn’t think anything of it when I saw the black smoke from the pier, until I then heard the Coast Guard alarms go off,” he said. Coast Guard Capt. James Maes said the main part of the fuselage was submerged in about 35 feet of water that is subject to strong tidal currents because of the narrow ship channel. Divers continued to search after dark for the final victim. Ship traffic in and out of the port will be suspended indefinitely, Maes added, including three large cruise ships that had been scheduled to depart Monday afternoon. Mark Rosenker, acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the initial investigation would focus on locating the plane’s cockpit voice recorder and examining aircraft records. He said much of the wreckage, including the main fuselage, would likely be raised Tuesday. The skies were cloudy, but there was no rain or lightning in the area at the time of the crash. Garred Gadaon, 34, said his sister-in-law and her 13-year-old daughter were on the plane. “We had a tragic death today with many of our family members and our friends. It doesn’t seem real. Chalk’s has always been a safe plane for us,” he said while standing outside the Miami Beach Police Department. Bahamian Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchombe, who is also a member of parliament for Bimini, said on local television that 11 people aboard the plane were from Bimini, about 50 miles east of Miami. The country’s consul general in Miami had already met some family members at the scene of the accident. “The nation wishes to express its deepest condolences to the people of Bimini on their apparent loss,” Bahamian Prime Minister Perry G. Christie said in a statement. Coast Guardsmen and emergency workers wearing protective suits hauled bodies up from rescue boats, rushing to find victims before darkness fell. Law enforcement speedboats, divers and helicopters took part in the search and were joined by others in private boats, on personal watercraft and on surfboards. The aircraft that went down was built in 1947 and is registered to Seaplane Adventures LLC in Greenwich, Conn., according to FAA records. The plane had a relatively clean safety record with few major problems, according to FAA records. In September 2002, the plane skidded on a runway in Fort Lauderdale after its landing gear failed at touchdown. In February 1984, the elevator trim tab, which controls pitch, failed and caused the steering column to shake. In April of that year, the landing gear failed to retract, and investigators found the nose gear assembly was overstressed. No passengers or crew were injured in those incidents, according to FAA records. The plane had a clean safety record with no reported incidents for more than 21 years. In February 1984, the elevator trim tab, which controls pitch, failed and caused the steering column to shake. In April of that year, the landing gear failed to retract, and investigators found the nose gear assembly was overstressed. No passengers or crew were injured in either incident, according to the records. Chalk’s Ocean Airways flies between Miami and the Bahamas, using planes that take off and land on the water. Chalk’s aircraft have been featured in TV shows such as “Miami Vice.” Its seaplanes take off in view of the port and the multimillion-dollar homes that dot islands in the bay. Founded by Arthur “Pappy” Chalk in 1919, the airline thrived during Prohibition, taking bootleggers, their customers and customs agents to Bimini. According to the airline, its most famous regular passenger was Ernest Hemingway, who flew to Bimini to go big-game fishing. One of its planes was hijacked to Cuba in 1974 and the company has since had a policy of not carrying enough fuel to get to Havana. Two years later, the airline was sold to Resorts International, which owned properties on Paradise Island. Donald Trump bought it in 1988 and sold it a few months later to Merv Griffin. The owner as of 1995 was Seth Atwood of United Capital Corporation of Illinois/Atwood Enterprises. Chalk’s was bought by Florida businessman Jim Confalone in 1999 and renamed Chalk’s Ocean Airways. According to its Web site, the carrier flies 17-passenger Turbine Mallards, which can operate from land or water. Chalk’s was in the midst of an “extensive refurbishment” of its airline fleet, according to the Web site. The company’s aircraft had engines converted from older piston-driven models to turboprops, as well as upgrades in avionics and improvements to the plane’s interior, the company said. Chalk’s general manager Roger Nair said it was the airline’s first accident with a passenger fatality. The National Transportation Safety Board database indicates no fatal accidents involving passengers for Chalk’s since 1982, when the database began. Chalk’s only crash involving fatalities happened in 1994, when two pilots died in a crash of their seaplane near Key West. Associated Press writers Jessica Gresko and Denise Kalette in Miami Beach and John Pain and Curt Anderson in Miami contributed to this report.last_img read more

Cotlar Honored With Spirit of the Valley Award

first_imgPrint Friendly Version During the first half of the Jan. 5 men’s basketball game, Larry Cotlar’s memory was honored with the presentation of the Missouri Valley Conference John Sander Spirit of the Valley Award.MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin was on hand to present the honor to Cotlar’s wife, Deb Brewer-Cotlar.A veteran broadcaster and media personality, Cotlar served as the voice of Drake men’s basketball from 2006 until his sudden and tragic death in a flash flood July 1, 2018 in Des Moines.The award is presented to honor a student-athlete, coach or university administrator who exemplifies the spirit of John Sanders, former MVC assistant commissioner for operations.  Criteria includes, but is not limited to, passion for the Conference, strong work ethic and sense of humor. Beyond broadcasting more than a decade of Drake men’s basketball games, Cotlar was a tireless ambassador and supporter of the Missouri Valley Conference, its programs, coaches and student-athletes.Having spent the majority of his professional life around athletics, Cotlar was a vocal advocate for college athletics and the student-athlete experience. Once a broadcast was done, Cotlar sought additional avenues to promote Drake and the Valley by making himself available to media and speaking appearances or booking national media as guests on his various broadcasting endeavors to support the strength and national reputation of the Valley.Cotlar maintained a constant presence at all Drake athletic events and forged countless relationships with student-athletes that extended well beyond their athletic careers as he sought ways to enrich their experience as a student-athlete and a person in a truly selfless fashion that existed to serve others, especially those in his Valley family.Cotlar was named Iowa Broadcaster of the Year by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters in 2007 and was inducted into the media wing of the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame the same year.However, especially to those in the Valley, it was Cotlar’s ability to interact with people and make them feel welcome. Through his efforts he made everyone feel comfortable by engaging them in friendly conversation.The impact Cotlar had on others in his service as a broadcaster and a one-of-a-kind man was felt deeply during the days following his tragic death as he ushered his family to safety during the sudden and deadly flash floods experienced in Des Moines.Earlier this season, Drake honored Cotlar by renaming the Knapp Center Media Room after Cotlar. last_img read more