UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashes at Texas A&M, kills one, injures four

Sunday, January 18, 2009

A United States Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed Monday (before 3:00 pm CST) after takeoff at Duncan Field at Campus of Texas A&M University, during a routine mission flight shuttling cadets from the university to Camp Swift. Two active-duty soldiers were killed in the crash, and four Army National Guard soldiers were injured.

Second Lt. Zachary Cook, 22, a native of Lufkin, Texas and a December 2008 graduate of Texas A&M University, was killed in the incident. Cook was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps cadre at Texas A&M University and also graduated from Lufkin High School. U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards on Wednesday paid tribute to Cook on the floor of the U.S. Congress. “His loss brings a great sadness to his family and friends, the extended Texas A&M family, and the Army, all of us deprived of this patriotic citizen who was dedicated to serving our great nation in uniform,” he said. Edwards is a Democratic Party member of the United States House of Representatives from the 17th District of Texas, based about Waco.

The crash also killed Sgt. Charles C. Mitts, 42, of Spring, Texas. He died about 9 p.m. Wednesday night at Memorial Hermann Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Ann Brimberry. Mitts was the oldest of five men on board the ill-fated helicopter. He was assigned to Iraq from September 2006 to September 2007 with Company C of the 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, based in Topeka, Kansas. Mitts was posthumously promoted from his present rank, Chief Master Sgt. Gonda Moncada announced.

The three others on board the UH-60 Black Hawk were injured in the accident. The pilot, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Matthew J. Smith, 41, of Leander, and 1st Lt. Ellis W. Taylor, 31, of Buda, were in stable condition Thursday at Brooke Army Medical Center. Sgt. Richard D. Ravenscraft, 24, of Austin, also was initially listed as critical but upgraded to stable in College Station.

The accident is under investigation by the Combat Readiness/Safety Center in Fort Rucker, Alabama, home of the U.S. Army Aviation Center. “They have a reputation for extreme thoroughness and quickness,” said Texas Guard Capt. Adam Collett. The probe team will review the wrecked helicopter and debris scattered on Duncan Field next to Duncan Dining Hall, near the Corps of Cadets field on the school’s College Station campus, about 100 miles northwest of Houston, Texas. “Every piece the way it landed is still in place,” said Texas Army National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Gonda Moncada, adding that investigators began the expert examination of evidence Wednesday morning.

As part of a five-ship training exercise, the Blackhawk helicopter was performing a training demonstration for about 190 Corps of Cadets in the ROTC Rudder’s Rangers Annual Winter Field Training Exercises. It was also used to transfer the students to Duncan Field just off George Bush Drive. When the helicopter was attempting to take off, a rudder reportedly malfunctioned. “At first, it looked like he was hot-dogging and then very quickly it was obvious he was in trouble and not messing around. All of a sudden he dropped straight back down into the ground,” Scott Walker Walker, publications manager for the A&M Association of Former Students said. “There was a bunch of people on Duncan Field and everyone went running and diving for cover,” he added. The aircraft entered a rotational spin upon take off and plummeted down on its tail boom, with its cabin section largely intact.

The chopper will be transferred to the Austin Aviation Support Facility, where it is was based. Some parts of the Blackhawk will also be sent to the Corpus Christi Army Depot for testing, Officials with Texas Military Forces officials said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go to the crew members involved in this tragedy, and especially to the family and friends of the crew member who reportedly died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash,” A&M President Elsa Murano stated.

The UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft. It is a utility tactical transport helicopter that replaces the UH-1 “Huey” and has been in use since 1979.It was based at the Austin Army Aviation Support Facility at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The aircraft’s soldiers came from Austin and San Antonio. They were part of the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, at Austin’s Camp Mabry.

The Campus of Texas A&M University, also known as ‘Aggieland’, is located in College Station, Texas, USA. College Station is a city in Brazos County, Texas, situated in Central Texas. It is located in the heart of the Brazos Valley. Aggieland is centrally located within of three of the 10 largest cities in the United States and 75% of the Texas and Louisiana populations. Southside of the campus contains halls both for the Corps of Cadets members and “non-regs”. Facilities for the Corps of Cadets are located in the Quadrangle, or “The Quad”, an area consisting of dormitories, Duncan Dining Hall, and the Corps training fields.

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West Indies cricket team in England 2007-1st Twenty20

Thursday, June 28, 2007

West Indies have beaten England by 15 runs in the first Twenty20 international of their tour of England at The Oval, London, England.

The West Indian innings started off badly by losing Gayle early, however they turned their fortunes around with some attacking and aggressive cricket and posted a huge total of 208. A bigger total could have been posted if it had not been for a late innings batting collapse. England started their reply by getting off to a flyer, but lost some early wickets that slowed down the run-rate. Leading the charge was Paul Collingwood with a fast 79 with 5 4’s and 4 6’s. In the end, England fell short by 15 runs. Had they not have lost the early wickets, England would have probably won the match to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Instead, it is West Indies that have taken a 1-0 lead in the series.

Toss: West Indies won, and chose to bat first.

West Indies innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
CH Gayle b Anderson 5 8 1 0 62.50
DS Smith c Yardy b Mascarenhas 61 34 7 3 179.41
Shivnarine Chanderpaul c Cook b Mascarenhas 41 26 6 0 157.69
MN Samuels c Mascarenhas b Sidebottom 51 26 3 4 196.15
DJ Bravo st Prior b Yardy 1 2 0 0 50.00
Denesh Ramdin c Mascarenhas b Broad 24 13 2 1 184.61
DR Smith run out(Sidebottom) 6 5 1 0 120.00
RS Morton not out 2 4 0 0 50.00
DJG Sammy b Anderson 1 2 0 0 50.00
Ravi Rampaul not out 0 1 0 0.00
Extras (b 1; lb 5; w 9; nb 1) 16
Total (8 Wickets; 20 overs) 208 20 8

Did not bat: DBL Powell

Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Gayle, 1.4 ov), 2-97 (Chanderpaul, 10.1 ov), 3-115 (DS Smith, 12.1 ov), 4-131 (Bravo, 13.2 ov), 5-190 (Ramdin, 17.3 ov), 6-199 (Samuels, 18.2 ov), 7-204 (DR Smith, 18.6 ov), 8-206 (Sammy, 19.3 ov)

England bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
RJ Sidebottom 4 0 42 1 10.50
JM Anderson 4 0 37 2 9.25
SCJ Broad 3 0 32 1 8.75
MH Yardy 4 0 35 1 8.75
AD Mascarenhas 4 0 39 2 9.75
PD Collingwood 1 0 17 0 17.00
England innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
AN Cook c Bravo b DR Smith 15 16 2 0 93.75
MJ Prior c Powell b DR Smith 25 14 2 2 178.57
IJL Trott b Sammy 9 9 0 0 100.00
KP Pietersen run out(DR Smith/Samuels) 16 11 2 0 145.45
PD Collingwood run out(DR Smith/Ramdin) 79 41 5 4 192.68
OA Shah lbw b DR Smith 7 6 1 0 116.66
AD Mascarenhas c Morton b Sammy 2 4 0 0 50.00
MH Yardy not out 23 18 2 0 127.77
SCJ Broad not out 1 1 0 0 100.00
Extras (b 1; lb 8; w 7) 27
Total (7 Wickets; 20 overs) 193 14 6

Did not bat: RJ Sidebottom, JM Anderson

Fall of wickets: 1-40 (Cook, 4.2 ov), 2-48 (Prior, 4.6 ov), 3-69 (Trott, 7.5 ov), 4-78 (Pietersen, 9.1 ov), 5-90 (Shah, 10.5 ov), 6-101 (Mascarenhas, 12.2 ov), 7-192 (Collingwood, 19.5 ov)

West Indies bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
DBL Powell 3 0 39 0 13.00
Ravi Rampaul 4 0 26 0 6.50
DR Smith 4 0 24 3 6.00
DJG Sammy 4 0 37 2 9.25
MN Samuels 4 0 52 0 13.00
DJ Bravo 1 0 6 0 6.00

England: A N Cook, M J Prior(wkt), I J L , K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood(capt), O A Shah, A D Mascarenhas , M H Yardy, S C J Broad, R J Sidebottom, J M Anderson

West Indies: C H Gayle(capt), D S Smith, S Chanderpaul , M N Samuels, D J Bravo, D Ramdin(wkt), D R Smith, R S Morton, D J G Sammy, Ravi Rampaul, D B L Powell

Result: West Indies won by 15 runs

Twenty20 Debutants:AN Cook, AD Mascarenhas, MJ Prior, OA Shah, RJ Sidebottom and IJL Trott (England); DBL Powell, R Rampaul, DJG Sammy, MN Samuels and DS Smith (West Indies)

Player of the match: P D Collingwood

Umpires: P J Hartley and N J LlongTV umpire: I J GouldMatch referee: M J Procter (South Africa)Reserve umpire: RT Robinson

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Obama cabinet nominees withdraw over tax issues

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

On Tuesday, United States President Barack Obama saw two of his cabinet nominations withdraw from consideration after issues with their taxes became public knowledge.

I think I screwed up.

Former Senator Tom Daschle from South Dakota withdrew after it was revealed he failed to pay US$128,203 in taxes. He has since made the payment including a $11,964 interest payment. Obama had nominated him as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Nancy Killefer, whom Obama had appointed to the newly created position of Chief Performance Officer, withdrew her nomination because she had failed to pay payroll taxes on a household employee.

“I think I screwed up,” Obama said in an interview with CNN. “And, I take responsibility for it and we’re going to make sure we fix it so it doesn’t happen again.”

Last week, Timothy F. Geithner survived his nomination and was confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury, even though it was revealed that he had failed to pay $34,000 in taxes on income earned while working for the International Monetary Fund.

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Characteristics Of A Successful Real Estate Broker


Education, work experience, and knowledge can help real estate brokers land a job, but their personality characteristics are what will help them stand out from the competition and succeed. As you work toward obtaining your Utah real estate broker license, consider this list of qualities that may prove invaluable to helping your business grow once you pass the broker’s exam.


The ability to communicate is essential because the very nature of the real estate business centers on clients trusting you to understand what they want and need in a home. Furthermore, knowing preferences of the buyer or seller and keeping them informed on the details of your hard work is critical to your relationship. It is the connection you develop with each client that may keep referrals coming in year after year.

As you strive to get your Utah real estate broker license, learn to listen. Listening is crucial in two-way communication because it allows you to know when to offer advice to potential and previous clients. A successful real estate broker will be able to calm troubled minds with just a few words. Such open conversation also develops trust, and trust provides life-long customers.


Creating a special relationship with people is difficult, but developing a caring nature allows each person to be unique and therefore a possible lead. It can open business opportunities often missed by real estate brokers and agents constantly looking for the next big sale. You can keep clients coming back to you by caring about who they are and why they came to you in the first place.


More than anything else, patience will be your friend in the ever-changing world of real estate as you reach for the Utah real estate broker license. Patience with people, the market, and other brokers can help you further your career and meet potential new clients every day.

Interview with Jimbo Wales

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

While this wasn’t Interview with the Vampire, getting a live interview with Jimmy Wales of the Wikimedia Foundation is requiring more work and planning than ever. Four contributors to four different Wikinews language editions (with Swedish, Netherlands, and Polish) arranged to interview “Jimbo” in the Wikinews IRC channel, squeezed in before interviews with a periodical and a cable news source.

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Children For Modeling And Models Young}

Children for modeling and models young


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Online modeling can help models young begin a career in the world of modeling. Children for modeling are used for various purposes online, mostly to sell products for children as well as parents. In order to get started in a career in modeling, children must first have parents who are willing to help them along the way.

The first thing that a parent has to do to get their child started in a modeling career is to see if their child is suited for this type of job. Children who do not like to take photos or who are very shy with strangers may have a difficult time. Children for modeling should be energetic and like the camera. They should also be able to take direction when posing for pictures and not put up a fuss. Models young just have to be photogenic and also able to pose happily for photographs. If a parent feels that their child is able to do this, then they should take the next step towards helping them with their career. The next step is to build a modeling portfolio. Children for modeling must have professional photos taken of them the same as adults. These portfolios are looked at by clients who will decide whether or not the child is right for the product that they are advertising. A good photographer will be able to work with models young and get the best poses and photographs of the child. After the portfolio is completed, the parent must then sign their child up with an online modeling agency that accepts models young. They can post the portfolio on the agency site and then hope to get some offers for their child from those who are looking for children for modeling. But this is not all that they can do when they join an online modeling agency. There are also job boards at good agencies that the parents can take a look at to see if their child meets the requirements of the clients posting these jobs. If so, the parent can apply for the job on behalf of their child and send the portfolio. They can also mention any other modeling that the child has done. The way it works for models young is the same as it works for older models. Clients choose children for modeling based upon how they photograph and whether they are right for their product advertising. Parents should not get upset if their child is not chosen, they need to be persistent and keep looking for jobs. When a child does get a job, those photos should be included in the modeling portfolio.Children for modeling

are sought by many online companies looking to sell products as well as off line companies.

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need to go through the same process as their older counterparts to find jobs. For more information, go to Online Model World.

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Rapper Obie Trice shot on Detroit freeway

Saturday, December 31, 2005

The popular rapper Obie Trice was shot while driving on a Detroit Freeway. Trice exited into a nearby suburb, where his girlfriend, uninjured in the incident, waved down police. Trice has now been released from Providence Hospital, where a speedy recovery is expected. There are currently no suspects in the shooting.

Obie was first signed after Eminem introduced him to D12 member Bizarre, and appeared briefly in the movie 8 Mile. He is currently working on his second album.

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Three FIFA officials suspended for ninety days

Friday, October 9, 2015

Enough is enough

Three top FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) officials have been suspended from their jobs yesterday for a period of ninety days pending an internal inquiry into alleged corruption. The three are FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Vice President Michel Platini and Secretary General Jérôme Valcke. They aren’t allowed to participate in football-related activities during their suspensions.

Blatter was going to serve as president until February 2016, although he was elected to a five year term on May 29 this year.

The suspensions have been issued by FIFA’s Independent Ethics Committee, in the wake of the decision of Swiss authorities to investigate possible criminal charges against Blatter. The authorities are looking into an “unfavourable” contract signed by Blatter and a “disloyal payment” involving Platini. Valcke was already suspended from his job, allegedly involved in a controversy about FIFA World Cup tickets. These followed a US investigation in May 2015, which implicated fourteen FIFA employees in bribery and racketeering, and a Swiss inquiry about the conduct of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process.

The ethics committee has the power to increase the length of the suspensions by a further forty five days if it deems this necessary. The suspensions would then end just days before FIFA holds elections for a new president, for which Platini is a possible candidate. However, there have been calls for the reform of FIFA, by major sponsors and the International Olympic Committee, whose president, Thomas Bach, said “enough is enough”.

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Coulthard says Piquet should have been punished for F1 cheating

Friday, October 9, 2009

David Coulthard, a former driver for the McLaren and Red Bull Formula One teams, has said the sport’s governing body should have punished a Renault driver for cheating. Nelson Piquet Jr. was granted immunity as a whistleblower.

Renault ordered Piquet to crash his car during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, which he did. This benefited team-mate Fernando Alonso‘s race strategy, and he went on to win the event. After being fired midway through the current season, Piquet told the FIA, who oversee F1, that the team had been cheating.

Renault were banned for life, suspended by two years, just before this year’s Singapore Grand Prix. At the same hearing, head engineer Pat Symonds was banned for five years and manager Flavio Briatore for life. Alonso is not thought to have been aware of the scheme. Coulthard expressed dissatisfaction at that result today during a Red Bull event in Mumbai.

The Times of India has revealed that Coulthard said today, “I think FIA should have punished Piquet too. He was equally guilty as any other.” Coulthard, who drives an F1 car across a new sea bridge in Mumbai on Sunday, said, “I will be surprised if he gets an F1 drive again,” and that the scandal had shaken him.

Another F1 driver in the news is Felipe Massa. Massa was seriously injured at the Hungaroring in Hungary when a spring came off a car ahead of him and struck his helmet at 160 mph. He spent ten days in intensive care at a military hospital and has a metal plate in his head to mend his fractured skull.

Now, on Monday he intends to drive a 2007 Ferrari F1 car in Italy, just over 11 weeks after the accident. Massa has already driven a cart in his homeland of Brazil and recently underwent simulator testing. He is set to wave the flag at the finish line of this year’s race in Brazil.

Massa, whose injuries were considered life threatening, spoke out earlier this month about the fact that Alonso’s Singapore win cost him points that would have meant victory in the drivers’ championship had he topped the podium. “All of what happened was robbery… It changed the championship. I lost by one point.”

He also said the sentences should have been tougher. He compared the case to a cheating football team. “The team responsible were relegated. Here they just sent Briatore home. I don’t understand it and I don’t think it was right.”

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How To Choose An Animal Hospital

February, 2017 byadmin

Just about all pet owners have one thing in common: they want their companion animals to get the best possible care. That’s why it’s important to find an Animal Hospital that can provide for any possible future needs before an emergency comes up. Below are a few tips to help pet owners get started finding the office that is right for their pet.

Specialized Services

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Just about any veterinarian, clinic or hospital can provide basic services like well-pet exams and giving routine shots. Some, however, specialize only in providing care for one type of animal. Dog and cat owners should have no trouble finding someplace to take their furry friends, but for owners of birds, reptiles, and other less conventional pets it may be substantially harder to find a qualified team. Be sure to do some research in advance and ensure that the facility is capable of providing adequate care for more exotic pets.

Convenience and Location

Some pet owners simply look up the Animal Hospital or veterinary clinic that has the best reviews and assume that they will be able to provide the best service. Of course, it’s worth taking a look at the reviews and choosing a facility that has good ones. That should not, however, be the only determining factor. The location is also key. If the best veterinarian in the world is located over an hour’s drive away in another town, chances are he or she will not be able to do much to save a pet who has been severely injured several towns away by the time the pet’s owner gets to the hospital. Choosing an office that is closer to home also comes with the advantage of making regular visits easier to make and keep. Attending well-pet exams and services are just as important as knowing where to go in an emergency

Tour the Facility

If an office or a particular vet seems like a good fit, call and ask for a tour of the facility. This will allow pet owners to get a feel for how it operates and meet some of the staff that will be providing care prior to making a final decision.

Want to learn more about one highly-acclaimed local facility that will treat all pets with compassion and care? Visit Ahnfc.com for more information.