By Andréa Barretto/Diálogo January 23, 2018 In 2017, structural changes shaped the Brazilian Air Force. General Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, commander of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese), takes stock of the main operations conducted in 2017 and shares his plans for 2018. Diálogo: What key aspects guide FAB’s current restructuring, initiated in 2016 under your command? General Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, commander of the Brazilian Air Force: The restructuring we planned is in line with the most modern developments, from the standpoint of information technology and simulation resources, as well as the administrative management process and governance procedures. We understand that by concentrating on air units and reducing the size of our bases, we will obtain operational benefits while also reducing operating costs. As for FAB personnel, we also reduced the number of career staff and instead took on more temporary personnel, leveraging professionals from the labor market, such as engineers, doctors, and reporters, as well as technical staff. These changes do not imply dismissal of individuals. We simply stop hiring new people for FAB, replacing them with temporary professionals. We estimate that in 20 years, we will achieve a troop reduction of 20,000 to 25,000 people. Diálogo: Which of the changes marked as priorities already started? Gen. Rossato: The restructuring was set to roll out over a 25-year period to 2041, when FAB will turn 100 years old. The presidential decree that regulates changes in the Air Force’s organizations was signed in June 2017; but before that, we had started many steps and some have already been completed. For example, we already decommissioned and transferred units that operate normally. As for our priorities, one of the issues we identified as necessary has to do with the culture of our personnel within FAB. If we change the structure, we also have to change the mindset. Therefore, we are improving training for our officers and commanders. We also extended the duration of our General Staff training course and provide opportunities for our service members to study at universities in Brazil and abroad. We have to convince all our officers and graduates to adapt to the new times, new technologies, new management processes, as any company does in the marketplace. Diálogo: In 2017, you visited the United States 12th Air Force [at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona]. Among other topics, the discussion with officers from that military organization dealt with their management processes. What can FAB learn from the U.S. Air Force about this? Gen. Rossato: When I was there, we attended a presentation on their force’s operations, and saw the similarities to what we did here at FAB. But they have been working for many years with this structure we are only building now. On that occasion, it became clear how military personnel in each field dominate information about their area of responsibility. In FAB, we want it to be like that: for our officers, upon reaching the rank of captain or major, to define his position and master the knowledge of that chosen field, be it logistics, control of airspace, or an administrative or operational area. Diálogo: In mid-2017, FAB held the Multinational Exercise Amazon 1 (Amazonas I), an unprecedented mission that involved three neighboring countries at once. What are the prospects for doing an exchange with the air forces of South America? Gen. Rossato: We already have airspace control transfer agreements with Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Colombia. These exist for more than 15 years. Amazon 1 was the first exercise to involve three countries, but we do that kind of training regularly with the United States and another nation. Our next step is to ensure automatic transfer of air traffic control and not be restricted only to exercises—meaning that it becomes a practice among air forces. Diálogo: Among FAB’s achievements that marked 2017, Operation Ostium remains one of the largest defense initiatives implemented on Brazil’s borders. How do you evaluate the performance of this operation? Gen. Rossato: The defense of the nation’s airspace is the Brazilian Air Force’s main constitutional mission. This monitoring, including border areas, has been carried out 24 hours a day for more than 40 years. With Operation Ostium, initiated in March 2017, we strengthened our border patrol operations to curtail the transport of illegal goods by air. The numbers from Operation Ostium allow us to make a very positive assessment. Through this operation, we were able to reduce unidentified air traffic in the border region by nearly 80 percent. For example, from March to August, more than 150 interceptions were made. In addition to the seizures released to the media, it is important to highlight the intelligence work, the mapping of air routes, and the coordination with other security agencies. Fighting illegal activities on the border requires a joint effort. Diálogo: What does FAB plan or expect for 2018? Gen. Rossato: Despite what many people think, the restructuring of the Brazilian Air Force is not recent. It was thought up for many years now, and started being put into practice in 2016. Among our main objectives for these changes, which seek to ensure FAB’s existence and evolution in perpetuity, are the administrative and operational reorganization of the force. We seek continuous improvement in our processes and increasing effectiveness in the resources—whether human or material—available to the force for its end purpose. This year , that became more evident due to the transfers of some air squadrons and the segmentation of some areas of our training and operations. We will still have more changes that will occur in the first quarter of 2018, such as new shipments of air squadrons. The objectives will be achieved gradually, and adjustments will be ongoing, since the restructuring process is somewhat dynamic and we make corrections throughout its implementation. Our major goal is for our institution to be better prepared by 2041, when it turns 100 years old.
Panic buying hit supermarkets and drugstores across Jakarta on March 2 following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s announcement on the country’s first two confirmed cases of COVID-19.Many Jakartans shared their experience at crowded supermarkets where customers were buying goods and supplies in bulk for stockpiling, amid concerns over the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak in the capital city.Sandra, a 60-year-old woman from West Jakarta, said she was surprised to find long lines at the local supermarket where she shopped regularly.”I went there to buy my usual monthly groceries, like rice and other foods. But I was very surprised to find ten counters at the supermarket with unusually long queues,” she told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Sandra said she saw people emptying the shelves as they bought cartons of instant noodles and bags of frozen foods. The store’s stock of items like sugar, hand sanitizers and antiseptic cleaners were depleted immediately, she noted.”My in-laws also saw a similar scene at a supermarket near their house. Seeing a sight like that made me panicky, too. I ended up buying more than usual,” she said.Sandra added that the customers in the store looked anxious and many in the queues were wearing face masks.Read also: House calls for stronger measures following confirmed COVID-19 cases in IndonesiaEtty, a 58-year-old woman from South Jakarta, had a similar experience when she visited a nearby supermarket in Radio Dalam on Monday afternoon. She was there to buy disposable diapers for a grandchild, but was unable to find a parking spot.”The car behind me was not allowed to enter the parking lot because it was full. I saw people coming out of the supermarket pushing three trolleys [each] and long queues at the cash registers. So I just decided to go home,” Etty told the Post.Aside from supermarkets, Jakartans also descended on drugstores to buy hand sanitizers, multivitamins and face masks.Dea, a 25-year-old office worker, said she discovered that many items had already sold out at a drugstore in a Central Jakarta mall.”After hearing the President’s announcement [on the COVID-19 cases], five of my coworkers and I went to a drugstore near our office after work. However, we could only buy multivitamins and wet wipes. The other items like rubbing alcohol and face masks were sold out,” she said on Monday.Afterwards, Dea went to a mall supermarket to buy groceries, but it was extremely crowded.”I literally took the last trolley at the supermarket. I could see people buying things in large quantities, like several sacks of rice, several boxes of instant noodles. It surprised me, because the supermarket I went to is a high-end supermarket. Such scenes are uncommon [there],” she said.Videos and pictures of shoppers emptying supermarket shelves have been making the rounds on social media. A picture of a middle-aged man standing next to a trolley full of dozens of boxes of instant noodles at a supermarket in South Tangerang, Banten, went viral on Twitter on Monday.However, a member of the man’s family clarified later that the man was buying stock for his shop and was not panic buying.Topics : read more
Topics : Among other recommendations, the report urges the Education Ministry and Culture Ministry and local education agencies to make interventions to support teachers and to prevent inequalities in education from widening.A similar survey by the education ministry found that most schools in Indonesia, or 97.6 percent of schools surveyed, have moved to remote learning during the pandemic. The survey, however, also found that distance learning has reduced teacher-student interactions significantly.“During the pandemic, interaction between teachers and students has decreased. Students are only engaged in learning activities around two to four days a week, and for less than two hours a day,” Iwan Syahri, the ministry’s director general for teachers and educational staff, said.Iwan said the COVID-19 outbreak had challenged every teacher in Indonesia to adapt and find new ways to teach their students. The ministry, he said, had launched a website called Guru Berbagi to provide a space for teachers to share teaching methods and learning materials they have used during pandemic – either for online classes or in combination with online and offline classes. “There are many ways to improve the learning process […] because we cannot wait until we reach the ideal internet connectivity rate [nationwide],” he said.A 2018 Indonesian Internet Providers Association (APJII) survey showed that although 64.8 percent of the Indonesian population was connected to the internet, these numbers were centralized in Java.Read also: Teachers go extra mile to teach students as schools remain closedIwan said the ministry would soon launch an “adaptive curriculum”, which will be tailored to the needs of teaching and learning activities during pandemic.“We have to adjust our expectations [toward education]. This [health] emergency is not only about how we shift to using new tools for learning,” he said.Several community groups across the country, meanwhile, have taken the initiative to help students from economically disadvantaged families access online classes.One such group is Wartawan Lintas Media (Journalists Across Media), which was established by journalists from various media outlets in Jakarta. The group’s latest project encourages people to donate old but still functioning smartphones to help students with no access to technology during the pandemic. The group is also collecting donations for mobile data plans.Group member Agnes Theodora Wolkh Wagunu said the idea came when the group members were distributing aid, mostly food supplies, to low-income families in Jakarta in the early days of the pandemic. They often found that children from these families could not access online classes because their parents did not have devices for their children to use.The group is also raising funds on crowdfunding platform Kitabisa.Agnes said some people from other provinces had also reached out to the group for input on how to start similar campaigns in their regions.“It will take a long time if we rely on the government – because of its bureaucracy. Not to mention that [intervention] also requires political will; and the government probably already has too much on its plate as well. So, now we are doing what we can to help others,” Agnes said.Read also: Teacher recruitment needs better quality, equality: IGIIn Yogyakarta, an initiative called BisaBelajar has been collecting donations for mobile data plans for students from low-income families.The group found that the parents of many students who struggled to participate in online classes were low-skilled subcontract workers or tourism workers, a sector that has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic.Hasnaa Naila, the initiator of the movement, said it started collecting its first batch of donations in April to help elementary and secondary school students in Yogyakarta who required internet access to prepare for the semester’s final exams.In the first round of fundraising from May to June, BisaBelajar collected around Rp 5.2 million ($354), which it used to pay for mobile data plans for 160 students in Yogyakarta. The group will continue raising funds until students return to school.“We understand that internet connectivity is not the only problem […]. We continue looking for what else we can do to help,” said Naila, who graduated from a university in Yogyakarta in February. “At the end of the day, we are doing the best we can to help.”Editor’s note: Updated to correct details of fundraising efforts For the past four months, more than 60 million students across the nation have been forced to study from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. But online learning presents new obstacles, particularly with uneven access to technology and inadequate online teaching methods, and concern is now growing that remote learning could worsen inequalities in education.A survey launched on Thursday by the SMERU Research Institute showed that while teachers in major cities in Java had proper facilities to teach their students online, teachers in villages, especially outside Java, have needed to visit their students’ homes to give and collect homework because of a lack of access to the internet and digital devices.“Students [without access to technology] are mostly state school students in villages, especially outside Java. They are prone to experiencing losses in education,” Florischa Ayu Tresnatri, a researcher at SMERU, said in a public discussion Thursday. read more
Gov. Wolf Announces Statewide Remembrance Day, Flag Lowering to Honor Tree of Life Victims Flag Order, Press Release, Proclamations Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed a proclamation declaring Sunday, October 27, 2019, a day of remembrance and ordered state flags to half-staff on the one-year mark of an anti-Semitic attack on the Dor Hadash, New Light, and Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha congregations in their synagogue in Pittsburgh. The proclamation extends the City of Pittsburgh’s resolution declaring the day “Remember Repair Together Day” statewide to include all Pennsylvanians.“A year has passed, but I continue to carry sorrow for the victims and their families of this heinous attack,” said Gov. Wolf. “We must honor them by remembering, and through our thoughts, prayers and actions. I ask all Pennsylvanians to spend Oct. 27 doing the same in their honor.“Pittsburgh is a city of bridges, and so it is a fitting tribute to commemorate this occasion with a day of building bridges of understanding, welcome and friendship.”In addition to signing the proclamation, Gov. Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag at all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. The United States flag is to remain at full-staff. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.Gov. Wolf reflected on the shooting throughout the year, most notably during his trip to Lithuania and Poland. The governor carried a mezuzah from inside the synagogue with him as he visited Paneriai and Auschwitz-Birkenau, two prominent locations of atrocities against the Jewish people during the Holocaust. He wrote the names of the eleven victims in the guestbooks at both locations with the intent of memorializing them in perpetuity. He recently returned the mezuzah to Rabbi Jeffery Myers, who had lent it to the governor to bring on his trip.“My visits to Holocaust sites reaffirmed my belief that we need to work every day to stop anti-Semitism and hate from growing in Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf. “By reaching out to cultivate bonds of friendship and understanding, we observe the one-year mark of the attack at Tree of Life with action that helps strengthen our commonwealth and prevent hate from growing.”Read the full proclamation below.PROCLAMATIONREMEMBER REPAIR TOGETHER DAYOctober 27, 2019WHEREAS, on October 27, 2018, violence struck the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. In an act of bigotry and hatred, a gunman attacked the Dor Hadash, New Light, and Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha congregations worshipping at the Tree of Life synagogue; andWHEREAS, all of Pennsylvania stands in solidarity with the Tree of Life community, their families, the Jewish community, and all those who continue to mourn in Pittsburgh and across the commonwealth. Horrific acts of violence like this remind us of the fragile nature of human life, and of just how much we depend upon one another; andWHEREAS, though events such as these leave sorrow, heartache, and fear in their wake, we can also find hope in the outpouring of love and compassion evident in the Pittsburgh community and across the commonwealth. In the aftermath of this act of violent extremism, Pennsylvanians reached out to comfort and support one another, to reject bigotry and anti-Semitism, and to affirm the bonds of kindness, acceptance, and love that define our commonwealth; andWHEREAS, William Penn founded our commonwealth on the principles of inclusion and tolerance, and today Pennsylvanians continue to demonstrate that true strength comes not from uniformity, but from diversity. The bonds we build between individuals and communities strengthen our commonwealth and our world; andWHEREAS, as we commemorate the events of October 27, 2018, we remember those killed and honor the wounded by building bridges between individuals and between communities. To combat hatred, we must cultivate bonds of friendship and understanding and celebrate the diversity of our commonwealth.THEREFORE, in memory of the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, and in honor of the wounded congregants, wounded law enforcement officials, and the entire Jewish community, as well as those in the Pittsburgh community and across our commonwealth who fight hatred and bigotry with love, inclusion, and kindness, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim October 27, 2019, as REMEMBER REPAIR TOGETHER DAY. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to build bridges of understanding, welcome, and friendship. This is a day for action in the name of love and inclusion.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this eighteenth day of October two thousand nineteen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-fourth.TOM WOLFGovernor October 18, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter read more
Increased competition, greater transparency on fees and higher investment in the local economy were the themes at a roundtable on Estonia’s mandatory second-pillar pension funds convened by finance minister Sven Sester at the end of May.The event included representatives from the pension industry, FinanceEstonia, the Financial Supervision Authority, central bank and employer and business organisations.Sester expressed concern about increasing concentration in the pensions market – the number of providers is shrinking to four following LHV Varahaldus’s acquisition of Danske Capital’s Estonian operation last month – adding that the ministry was looking at ways to help new funds enter.Krisjan Tamla, chief executive at Swedbank Investment Funds, told IPE: “Very low competition is in nobody’s interest, as such situations often tend to be accompanied by more legal restrictions, so we welcome all new market participants – provided they are allowed to enter on ‘non-subsidised’ terms.” At the same time, he emphasised that, in a market of Estonia’s size, with less than €3bn in assets under management, it was unreasonable to expect a large number of service providers, adding that the number of retail banks also remained small.At the roundtable, Sester linked the issue of increasing fee transparency with competition.Citing OECD data that shows Estonian pension fees are relatively high, he announced that, since the rules on charges changed, the average management fee was down to 1.25% at the end of 2015, and set to fall to below 1% by 2019.Increasing pension fund investments in the local economy will prove a challenge for a sector that has always invested most of its assets abroad.One of the distinguishing features of the Estonian economy is that the sovereign bond market is negligible, as the state has issued very little debt.Local investment opportunities have expanded since mid-2015 after pension funds were allowed to increase holdings in unlisted companies and real estate, and acquire controlling stakes in companies.According to Estonia’s Financial Supervision Authority, the mandatory and voluntary pension funds had 27% and 21% of their respective investments in Estonian assets as of the end of this March.Trade and industry representatives have long wanted to see a higher share; in April, the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry called for statutory minimum limits, of 35% by 2019 and 45% the following year.Meanwhile, Sester called for pension fund investment into state-owned companies.Tamla told IPE his company’s pension funds had over the past two years consistently increased the allocation to local assets, to around 25% of last year’s annual net flow.“Investments in the local economy could be facilitated in three main ways: partial privatisation of state-owned enterprises, a larger diversification of debt capital by state-owned companies, which currently rely largely on bank financing, and more activity in setting up local private equity funds,” he said. read more
NewsSports Results of the LIME DABA 2011 League Finals by: – October 1, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share Share 26 Views no discussions Tweet Domlec Premier Division FinalsIn game 4 of the best of 5 series between the Gatorade Blazers and No Look, the Blazers were looking to close out the series and be crowned the 2011 National Champs while No Look were hoping they could extend the series to a 5th and final game.Both teams came out focused on the task at hand, but it was the Blazers who were able to gain the upper hand early in the game and they ended the 1st quarter with a 25 – 20 lead.The 2nd quarter continued to be an intense battle, but this time it was No Look who were able to assert themselves and outscore the Blazers by 3 points to cut the lead to 41 – 39 at the half. After a seesaw battle for the first 6 minutes of the 3rd quarter, The Blazers ended the quarter strong and seemed to take control of the game with 3 back to back 3 pointers by their 3 guard combo of Ricky Toussaint, Lester Langlais and Thomas Felix to take a 7 point lead heading in the final quarter. Just when all the momentum seemed to be in the Blazers favour, the veteran player Donnie Robinson started to play like the Donnie Robinson of old and willed his team back into the game, scoring 10 points on a series of pivot moves in a crucial 3 minute stretch, which cut the Blazers lead to 1 point with just under a minute to play. The Blazers team were clearly flustered and turned over the ball on their next possession, which resulted in a well taken fast break basket by Levi Barron to give No Look a 1 point lead, 87 – 86. After failing to convert on their next possession, the Blazers were forced to foul National Point Guard Bernard Mills, who made 1 of 2 free throws to give his team a narrow 2 point lead with 3 seconds left in regulation. After taking a timeout, the Blazers couldn’t get a clear pass close to the basket and were forced to throw up a half court shot which fell well short of the basket and it was No Look who stood victorious on an exciting and thrilling night of basketball, winning by the final score of 88 – 86. Top scorers for No Look were National Center Garth Joseph who scored a game high 31 points, Donnie Robinson with 17 points, Bernard Mills with 16 points, and Levi Barron supporting with 8 points while Thomas Felix scored 22 points, Lester Langlais scored 17 points, Javeed Joseph scored 14 points, Rickey Toussaint scored 13 points, and Linson Lynch chipped in with 8 points in a losing effort for the Blazers.So basketball fans, its winner take all in the 5th and final Game of the Domlec Premier League Finals, which will take place at the Lindo Park Hard court tonight (Saturday) at 7:30pm sharp. Damien SorhaindoDominica Amateur Basketball Association read more
“If I want to be sentimental [as an Evertonian], I could have said I don’t want them to win it,” Yobo told Goal. “But I love football and for the interest of global football, and the way Liverpool have played, they deserve to win the Premier League title – 25 points is not a joke. read also:Lampard: We won’t copy Liverpool or Man City “From the way they played last season, winning the Champions League and losing the league to Manchester City by one point – on that note, it would be unfair if they are not crowned as champions.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Former Everton defender, Joseph Yobo, would be happy to see Liverpool crowned Premier League champions. Liverpool celebration party in corona limbo The Reds are 25 points clear at the top of the table, with games currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. There have been calls for the season to be ended prematurely, and a former rival thinks Jurgen Klopp’s men deserve to win the title.Advertisement Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made read more
Pounding rain since late Friday in Japan’s southern region of Kyushu has triggered widespread flooding. More rain was predicted in Kyushu and the western half of Japan’s main island as the rain front moved east. A man walks on heavily damaged road following a heavy rain in Kumamura, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan Monday, July 6, 2020. KOJI HARADA/KYODO NEWS VIA AP TOKYO – Soldiers rescued residents on boats as floodwaters flowed down streets in southern Japanese towns hit by deadly rains that were expanding across the region Tuesday. At least 50 people have died and a dozen are missing. In Fukuoka, on the northern part of the island, three soldiers waded through knee-high water pulling a boat carrying a mother, her 2-month-old baby and two other residents. (AP)
“It was great for Katie to win the race on Monday and hopefully Nina can do the same at the weekend. “We’ll try and keep the women happy!” Dr Richard Newland believes last year’s National hero Pineau De Re has become the “forgotten horse” heading into the weekend. The 12-year-old has endured a largely disappointing campaign over hurdles since his moment of glory 12 months ago, but his trainer believes his charge may be peaking at exactly the right time. “Pineau is fine. Daryl (Jacob) came to do his last piece of work on him on Monday and everything went really well,” said Newland. “If you asked Christopher Ward, who is Pineau De Re’s regular work rider, he’d tell you he feels exactly the same as he did this time last year. “I think he’s become the forgotten horse in the race. There are a number of horses much shorter than him in the betting that were 300 yards behind him 12 months ago. “It certainly wouldn’t surprise me if he went there and ran a big race again.” Peter Bowen has booked Denis O’Regan to ride last year’s Scottish Grand National winner Al Co, after his intended jockey Jamie Moore suffered a broken leg last week. O’Regan’s agent, Sam Stronge, said: “It’s unfortunate that Jamie Moore got hurt but this is a great spare ride to pick up and Denis is very much looking forward to it. “Peter Bowen’s horses are in good form which counts for a lot going into a race like this. “With Al Co winning the Scottish National last season you know that the horse stays well so it is an exciting ride for Denis.” After claiming Irish Grand National glory with Thunder And Roses on Easter Monday, trainer Sandra Hughes is keeping her fingers crossed Raz De Maree gets a run. The Midlands National runner-up is currently 43rd on the list. Hughes said: “I’m just hoping we get in at the moment and if he does, I wouldn’t want the ground to be too good as he’s a soft-ground horse. “If he does run I’ve provisionally booked Johnny Burke to ride him, assuming the horse that beat him at Uttoxeter, Goonyella, doesn’t get a run. He is below us in the list.” Reporting the ground officially good to soft from good to soft, soft in places, clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch said: “We started watering selectively on the Mildmay and hurdle courses this morning, and will have put five millimetres on by 6pm this evening to maintain the going description. “No watering has taken place on the Grand National course. We will look at all the courses later on today and tomorrow to see if we need to do any more watering.” Mouse Morris is increasingly confident First Lieutenant will give Nina Carberry a “great ride” in the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday. Walsh’s third-placed finish on Seabass in the 2012 Grand National is the best ever result for a lady rider in the world’s most famous steeplechase. Carberry, whose father Tommy steered L’Escargot to victory in 1975 and also combined with his son Paul to win the race with Bobbyjo in 1999, has completed the National on a number of occasions, finishing fifth on Forest Gunner a decade ago. First Lieutenant has found life tough competing in top-level conditions chases this season, but after saddling the second and third in the Irish Grand National, Morris is hopeful his dual Grade One winner is primed to bounce back on Merseyside this weekend. He said: “The horse couldn’t be better, we just want a bit of luck now. “We can take a lot of positives out of Monday, even if it was a bit frustrating. “Everything we’ve run of late has run well, so fingers crossed. “Nina has been and popped the horse over some Aintree fences and they seemed to get on fine. “She’s a brilliant jockey for Aintree. Hopefully he’ll give her a great ride. I think he will. Female jockeys were thrust into the spotlight at Fairyhouse on Monday as Carberry’s great friend and sister-in-law Katie Walsh became only third woman in history to ride the winner of the Irish Grand National aboard the Sandra Hughes-trained Thunder And Roses. Carberry also won the Easter highlight aboard Organisedconfusion four years ago. Press Association read more
Prosecutors say a friend of Dayton shooter Connor Betts bought the man who killed nine people the body armor and gun accessories used in the mass shooting and lied on the Federal gun form when purchasing his own gun. Authorities don’t believe Ethan Kollie knew anything in advance of the August 4th shooting.Among the items Kollie bought Betts was the 100-round drum magazine and body armor used in the massacre.Kollie reportedly bought the items to hide them from Betts’ parents.The charges Kollie is facing charges are not connected to the shooting.He’s charged with lying about drug use when he bought a gun in May and with possessing a gun while using drugs.Kollie was allegedly growing psychedelic mushrooms in his home and was allegedly a regular pot user.