first_img Written by Beau Lund February 10, 2021 /Sports News – National Pilot disorientation, flight rule violations blamed for crash that killed Kobe Bryant: NTSBcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDavid McNew/Getty ImagesBy AMANDA MAILE, MINA KAJI and ALEX STONE, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Federal investigators on Tuesday said the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others, including the pilot, crashed last January when the pilot became disoriented after flying in thick fog.The pilot did not follow training, violated visual flight rules and was unable to differentiate between up and down, investigators found.The pilot, Ara Zobayan, was flying under Visual Flight Rules, meaning he needed full visibility. Instead of diverting the Jan. 26, 2020, flight to a nearby airport, Zobayan continued the flight into dense clouds, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said. The investigators said he tried to climb out of the cloud cover but instead turned left and descended, slamming the helicopter into nearby hills.Bryant and their close family friends were headed to a basketball game at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy on the day of the crash.Zobayan had been employed by Island Express Helicopters since 2011, logging about 8,500 hours of pilot-flying time. He had been flying in the area of the crash for a decade and often flew Kobe Bryant.Zobayan reportedly told air traffic control they were “climbing” to 4,000 feet, when in reality the aircraft was falling, according to the NTSB.“The scenario we believe happened is that he is flying along, he realizes he’s getting boxed in with visibility, and he must have made the decision that I’m going to punch up through these clouds and get on top,” NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt said.Board members said the crash could have been prevented and the pilot “went contrary to his training.”The Los Angeles Police Department had grounded its own fleet of helicopters the morning of the crash due to poor visibility. One eyewitness described the fog as “like jumping into a pool of milk.”Zobayan sent a text message the morning of the crash, saying, “Weather looking ok” after expressing concerns the day before that the flight may not take off due to poor conditions. Zobayan frequently piloted flights for Bryant and “likely did not want to disappoint him” the NTSB said. Despite this, the agency said Zobayan was not pressured to conduct the flight by neither Island Express nor his client.The helicopter involved in the crash was a Sikorsky S-76B owned and operated by Island Express. It was not equipped with a flight-data recorder nor a cockpit voice recorder, both of which were not required.The agency disclosed that the engines were working at the time of impact and there appeared to be no mechanical issues with the chopper.There were 184 aircraft crashes from 2010 to 2019 from spatial disorientation — 20 of them were fatal helicopter crashes, the NTSB said.The crash has led to a slew of lawsuits including one from Vanessa Bryant in February 2020 against the pilot and the company that owned the helicopter for negligence and wrongful deaths. Families of the other victims have sued the helicopter company.Island Express did not immediately respond to request for comment.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgLegendary Harvard Business School (HBS) Professor Walter J. Salmon, M.B.A. ’54, D.B.A. ’60, long one of the world’s leading experts on retailing, retail distribution, and marketing, died on March 8 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston from complications of a stroke. He was 84. At the time of his death, he was the School’s Stanley Roth Sr. Professor of Retailing Emeritus.For more than 40 years Salmon influenced thousands of students, executives, and other academics through his broad-based research, exceptional teaching, and unsurpassed knowledge of retail stores and consumers’ relationship with them.“Walter was a legend in our field. His knowledge was extensive, and his intuition was precise and always on the mark. It was not surprising that he served on the boards of many retail companies, and that his advice was much sought-after. I do not know of any academic who was revered as much by the retail industry,” observed HBS Professor Rajiv Lal, an authority on retailing who now holds the Roth chair.“For me personally, he was a mentor, colleague, and dear friend, without whose presence my career at HBS would not be as fulfilling. All that having been said, what I admired most about Walter was that he was the most wonderful human being I have known. He was a man of great compassion and kindness, who took great joy in helping whoever he could, however he could. We will all miss him greatly.”Read the full obituary.last_img read more


first_img The joint partnerships of all these nations is remarkable. Well done. A good exercise for building up coexistence in the region. By Dialogo April 25, 2014 With the goal of strengthening Western Hemisphere security cooperation and providing a forum for nations to discuss Information Operations (IO) strategies, doctrines, organizations, planning requirements, legal constraints, and integration into operations, U.S. Northern and U.S. Southern Commands co-sponsored an exchange between military personnel from the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the United States met at the SOUTHCOM headquarters in Miami. Other participants included representatives from NORTHCOM and SOUTHCOM Public Affairs, Strategic Communications and Civil Affairs. The Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) – the third of its kind – took place from 22-25 April. In his opening remarks, Major General Mark Nowland, SOUTHCOM Chief of Staff, said: “The most important thing [for the participants] is to establish relationships and networks, and act on them while the iron is hot. The value of sharing is fantastic,” while Colonel Miguel Hobbs, Chief of SOUTHCOM’s IO division (J39), added: “Information Operations should always be coordinated, synchronized and integrated with other actions and messages. This SMEE helped to foster partner nations’ collaboration in building a synergistic IO capability in order to combat common threats in the region.” Each country had 30 minutes to make their presentations and answer questions during the first couple of days of the conference. Then, representatives were separated into workshops to review scenarios and put together a combined presentation, which they later shared with the other nations. Honduran Army LTC Norman Ayax Medrano Sandoval pointed out that, “many of the ideas that have been shared this week can be brought back to each of our home countries. It was the first time I participated in this SMEE and I was pleasantly surprised with everything that was discussed here.” The conference offered a venue for each participating country to learn the way other partner nations respond to and confront common threats. Participants from various nations highlighted the share threat of transnational organized crime, and illegal trafficking of weapons and persons as a major national security challenge. Representatives from all the participating partner nations said they anticipate continuing to strengthen their relationships and improve interoperability with SOUTHCOM, NORTHCOM and amongst themselves. “The knowledge we gained during this SMEE is phenomenal. I believe we will all be able to go back to our countries and educate our units on what we learned and what was said here. I am sure we are all looking forward to other events like this with our counterparts. This offered unique lessons learned and experiences from each participant nation,” concluded Colombian Army COL Oscar Lopez Barreto. last_img read more


first_imgSuper Eagles and Udinese defender Williams Troost-Ekong is thrilled with his club’s 1-0 away win against Leece in Monday night’s Serie A clash.Advertisement The two sides couldn’t break the deadlock until Rolando Mandragora threaded a pass for Argentine attacker, Rodrigo De Paul, who powered home a fine strike two minutes from regulation time for Udinese’s winner.Troost-Ekong, who was handed his 16th league appearance on the night, took to social media moments after the match to express his excitement.“+3 Dai Ragazzi #ForzaUdinese,” he tweeted after the game. Troost-Ekong played for 90 minutes as The Friulians claimed their sixth win of Serie A campaign at the Stadio Comunale Via del Mare. Loading… center_img Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right NowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World Read Also:CAF award: Ex-Falcons coach drums support for OshoalaThe performance on the night saw Udinese move to the 13th spot on Serie A log with 21 points from 18 games.Troost-Ekong will look forward to replicate the same form when the Luca Gotti’s men play host to Sassuolo in their next Serie A fixture on Sunday, January 12.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


first_imgJulia Poe | Daily TrojanI saw the greatest game of my life unfold at StubHub Center on Saturday, and it was all thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.The Swedish superstar was jetlagged and maladjusted to the LA Galaxy, which had announced his addition only three days before. When he jogged onto the pitch to a ferocious roar in the 71st minute, Ibrahimovic’s new team was trailing 3-1 to LAFC and struggling to find momentum. He fixed that quickly by helping to set up Chris Pontius for a goal only a minute later.Then, Zlatan did what he does best — in a one-touch stunner he slammed from 40 yards away to tie up the game, then drove in a vicious header in stoppage time to seal a breathless comeback win.“They wanted Zlatan,” he said, with a grin in his postgame press conference, delivered to a packed room of reporters shoved close together to get a glimpse of the star. “So I gave them Zlatan.”With his dazzling tricks and larger-than-life personality, Ibrahimovic was a sensation from the start when the MLS announced that he would be relocating to America to join the Galaxy. As the all-time leading scorer for the Swedish national team, his stardom is up there with greats like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and the excitement surrounding his arrival was palpable at StubHub Center on his debut day.But as he acclimates to America, Zlatan will have to avoid the trap that many international stars in the MLS fall into — a bogged, boring descent into retirement.The MLS, and the Galaxy in particular, have long cemented the idea that this league is an ideal place for international superstars. After all, spending a few seasons with the Galaxy does seem like a nice way to go out. Who could pass up easy access to the beach, a short drive to Disneyland and warm weather year-round?But the added barb of this moniker of “retirement league” is that the MLS is an ideal place for worn out, washed up players to go revive their glory by playing against softer competition for a few years. What it means when fans of the European or Mexican leagues call the MLS a “retirement league” is that American soccer still isn’t being taken quite as seriously.On one hand, it makes sense. I mean, this country can put together the finest women’s team in the world one year, but can’t even scrape together a World Cup qualifier for its men’s side a few years later. This is the country where FC Dallas struggles to top 20,000 at a home game even when the Mexican national team can sell out the same stadium on a weekday in the pouring rain. Soccer isn’t the first, second or even third biggest sport of America today. We don’t take our soccer all that seriously — why should anyone else?The MLS has been struggling to answer these questions since it was first founded in 1993. Carving out a niche for fans in a country obsessed with football, basketball and baseball, while simultaneously attempting to drag the focus of established soccer fans away from Europe, is no small task. The obvious solution seemed to be to get a name big enough to force fans of the sport to watch the game.It started with David Beckham, then Robbie Keane, then Kaka and Steven Gerrard, and now, finally Ibrahimovic. About half of these stars (Beckham, Keane, Gerrard, Ibrahimovic) signed contracts with the Galaxy, while Kaka chose an East Coast’s tropical locale in Orlando. They stirred up fan excitement and helped to string along the success of the Galaxy and sell a lot of jerseys with international names on an American kit.But all of these big names came at a price — they were heroes of the past, former world players of the year who were well past their prime when they arrived stateside. Their time in the MLS was neither the peak nor even an extremely noticeable period of their international careers.This is the biggest challenge that Ibrahimovic will be forced to face as he digs into his role in his new club. Zlatan is an incredible player, but he suffered a devastating knee injury last year — the first major physical setback of his career. In the moments after surgery, lying motionless on his hospital bed, the international sensation thought his career was over.That injury is what prompted his move to the U.S., a decision he said he should have made “years ago” during the postgame press conference at StubHub Center on Saturday. His trademark confidence was back after the debut performance, and he jokingly likened himself to Benjamin Button when asked how he felt, saying, “I was born old and I will die young.”But he also showed signs of his changing physicality — or, perhaps, just the jet lag — when admitting that he had been exhausted in the late March heat, running out of gas after playing only 20 minutes. Maybe this is just another side of Ibrahimovic’s brash honesty, an expected symptom of injury recovery and acclimation to a new climate. Only time will tell how much Zlatan has left in the tank, but it’s a guarantee that he’ll give all of us a show, no matter what. And if his greatest legacy on the league is Saturday, which many have been described as the greatest regular season MLS game of all time? Well, that’s still not that bad of a way to go out.Julia Poe is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There were some good reasons to grow wheat again this year. Many farmers I spoke with said 2016 was there best crop ever. Cool conditions and adequate moisture early May and a dry late May and June helped. What else goes into making the farm more profit?Crop rotation — wheat adds a third crop to our rotation. Generally we get a 10% yield bump to the next crop in the rotation. And with a three-crop rotation we reduce disease and insect pressure for all crops.Wheat can be a good cover crop. We can plant it after soybean harvest, unlike other cover crops. It can even be planted after corn, but be aware that Fusarium head blight will likely be worse if you are planning on grain harvest. Wheat, like oats and cereal rye will help hold onto nitrates. If we want we can graze wheat, or if we get a good stand and have good prospects we can keep it to harvest as grain — this may be our perfect cover crop.BMPs for wheat productionPlanting date — fly free date in Ohio is also our agronomic trigger for the best planting dates. From recent experience we probably want to plant within the week to 10 days after the date. Long-term data says we should get about the same yield if we plant in the 14-day window following Fly free. Fly free dates in Ohio range from Sept. 22 in northern Oho to Oct. 5 at Southpoint.Application of phosphorus — we can reduce the chance of nutrient movement by applying the fertilizer in the spring into the growing crop. If for example we need 90 pounds of P2O5, we also get 20 to 35 pounds of N along with that (assuming MAP 11-52-0 or DAP 18-46-0). This puts on the N when we need it in the spring and gives us a growing crop to apply phosphorus to.Variety selection – get good genetics with excellent disease resistance. Pierce Paul, our OSU Wheat and Corn Pathologist, says that to reduce the threat of Fusarium head blight and to get good yields, choose a variety with high resistance to head blight and plan to apply a fungicide if conditions require.Row width — we have possibilities. Using a drill we can plant at six to 10 inches. And many of us have our split row soybean planters on 15-inch rows. It gets a cover out there and doesn’t take too large of a yield hit.Some Ohio wheat producers are interested in growing soft red winter wheat in 15-inch rows to utilize a more precise planting implement to reduce equipment inventory, reduce wheat seed costs, sow a cover crop, establish a forage crop, or to modify relay intercrop soybeans into wheat.Regarding relay intercropping, long term data from Steve Prochaska and Jason Hartschuh at OSU’s Crawford County farm show an average yield of 75-bushel per acre wheat and 31-bushel per acre soybeans in their relay intercropping work — not bad for two crops in one year.A field day to learn more about relay intercropping wheat and soybeans will be held Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. on the Unger Farm in Crawford County: http://agcrops.osu.edu/events/modified-relay-intercrop-field-day-crawford-county.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many corn growers in the Eastern Corn Belt produce NON-GMO corn in an attempt to capture an additional premium. Depending on the contracting elevator, standard GMO contamination allowances are typically from 0% to 1%. Producing NON-GMO corn within the acceptable tolerances of GMO contamination is possible; however, there are several challenges and potential pitfalls that make production of 100% pure NON-GMO corn a tremendous undertaking and can keep growers from capturing a premium for their corn. Planting NON-GMO seed does not necessarily mean the harvested shelled corn will be NON-GMO free. Tests used by elevators to determine if GMO’s are present may not be 100% accurate, but they are a determining factor as to whether a load will be accepted.If a grower plants NON-GMO corn, what could cause GMO contamination? • Contaminated planting equipment and seed tenders • Contaminated seed • Mistakes made in record keeping where hybrids were not correctly identified at planting and/or harvest, leading to contamination • Adventitious pollen from GMO corn fields can cause cross-pollination of NON-GMO corn • Contaminated combines at harvest • Contaminated grain carts, wagons, trucks, augers, grain legs, and grain binsWhat steps can be taken in an attempt to produce grain that meets GMO tolerances? • Discuss plans for NON-GMO corn with a seed sales rep, select the right hybrid together • Make sure planting equipment is completely and thoroughly cleaned before planting a NON-GMO hybrid • Make sure NON-GMO fields are adequately isolated from neighboring GMO fields to prevent cross-pollination • Vary planting dates and/or hybrid maturities to vary pollination timing between GMO and NON-GMO fields • When harvesting NON-GMO fields, completely clean combines, grain carts, wagons, trucks, dump pits, augers, grain legs, and grain bins of all corn that could be a source of contamination • When hauling corn to the elevator from on-farm storage, make sure all handling equipment (augers, grain legs, trucks, etc.) are completely cleaned to avoid contaminationSeed Consultants does not guarantee or warrantee 100% purity of NON-GMO grain delivered to the elevator. As discussed above, there are many potential sources of contamination and it can be a challenge to eliminate them all. Seed Consultants works diligently to provide customers the purest seed that is produced with every precaution possible, in adherence to industry standards. Although the process of producing grain that is within allowed tolerances is difficult, Seed Consultants’ sales staff and agronomists are available to help growers understand and plan for the many challenges that may arise. Through careful planning and attention to detail, growers can ensure they have minimized the chance of contamination and provide the best possible conditions for capturing a NON-GMO premium. For additional information, check out this article written by Purdue’s Bob Nielsen.last_img read more


first_imgEarlier this year, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at promoting the advancement of American AI technology. This announcement came as a surprise to many in the tech industry, but a welcome one. Some say the U.S. is falling behind the curve when it comes to investing in AI research and development. But we’ll find out about Trump’s AI initiatives and the future of AI and governments.With the Chinese government hailing AI development as a priority for the country, and many small but wealthy countries like the UAE creating ministries for AI  the U.S. may find that its place as the leader of the AI field is threatened. Steps should be taken to ensure that there is a plan to promote American research into AI development. This new executive order may be the necessary push to keep the U.S. at the forefront of the AI field.Accelerating America’s Leadership in Artificial IntelligenceThe executive order, entitled Accelerating America’s Leadership in Artificial Intelligence, contains five core pillars regarding the expansion of  U.S. AI research efforts. These pillars are: AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Related Posts AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them International engagement, which addresses multi-national collaboration without sacrificing the competitive technological edge the U.S. is seeking. Research and development, which requests that federal research organizations devote funding to and report upon advancements in AI research. What the executive order doesn’t include, however, is any information on how these initiatives will be funded. The Trump administration reportedly has stated that it is up to Congress to allocate funding for the new changes.In addition to a lack of information on how these initiatives will be funded, many industry experts warn that the current executive order is light on critical details. Kate Crawford, the co-director of the New York University-based AI Now Institute raises concerns over the passing mentions of privacy and civil liberties. She is concerned that the administration’s controversial track record when it comes to these essential issues may lead to an abuse of AI technology without proper limitations put in place by ethics committees.What Does the New AI Initiative Mean for Researchers?The move to push for more significant research and reporting on AI, as well as more training and educational opportunities to increase the AI-knowledgeable workforce, is applauded as a long overdue change. After the Obama administration’s 2016 report on artificial intelligence and automation, little has been done to advance the U.S.’s knowledge and understanding of AI. Meanwhile, the Chinese government has made a 200 percent increase in AI research and development funding since 2000, which is putting China on track to match U.S. spending in the field by the end of the year.While it is crucial to develop a national strategy regarding AI development, the executive order is merely the first step in the right direction. Jason Furman, a Harvard professor who served on the Obama administration’s Council of Economic Advisors, points out that the new AI executive order is aspirational, but lacks a detailed plan to reach the stated objectives. If the Trump administration follows through on the executive order, it is possible that the hoped-for changes can occur.If the executive order is to make a tangible difference for American AI researchers, it is clear that a more formal plan must be developed and goals must be set to remain competitive in the world of AI.Advancing Artificial Intelligence for Governmental UseAI has nearly limitless applications, including national security and warfare. In the past few decades, we’ve seen how the use of artificial intelligence has dramatically changed the face of war and the ability to maintain national security. It is, of course, one of the goals in advancing U.S. power in the field of AI to continue security and surveillance developments.These advancements, however, cannot be pursued without close attention to the civil liberties and personal privacy of citizens. While artificial intelligence and facial recognition software have immense power to assist government surveillance efforts, it also has been demonstrated that AI is not free from racial bias and prejudice. It is critical that policymakers not only think about the advancement of AI but the inclusion of our values while implementing this technology.Erik Brynjolfsson, a management professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, states, “China in many ways has very different values than we have in the West about things like surveillance, privacy, democracy, property rights. If we want Western values to thrive, we need to play a role in maintaining and even extending the technological strength we’ve long had.”The U.S. has the power to shape the face of artificial intelligence in incredible ways, primarily through international collaboration.This collaboration, however, cannot be entirely successful with the current “arms race” view many countries hold about AI research and development. There is no one path to progress in the field of artificial intelligence, and the advancement of AI isn’t a winner-takes-all situation.It is an important consideration that our ethical standards and policy guidelines keep pace with the rapid development of artificial intelligence. The field isn’t free from controversy, which is why it is especially important to address the concerns of automation-cause job loss, personal data privacy, and civil liberties proactively and frequently as the research and development of AI continues to evolve.Whether the Accelerating America’s Leadership in Artificial Intelligence executive order will bring about tangible change in the artificial intelligence field is yet to be seen, but this order is hopefully the beginning of a new age of research and technological advancement for America. We are excited to discover how this policy will impact the world of artificial intelligence and continue to watch the advancement of American AI. Workforce, which will support ongoing training and education in AI-focused fields. Rana Gujral A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#artificial intellgence#emotion#Entrepreneur#technology Infrastructure, which encourages the sharing of data between organizations. Governance, which will lay out ethical and safety standards for the use of AI. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Rana Gujral is an entrepreneur, speaker, investor and the CEO of Behavioral Signals, an enterprise software company that delivers a robust and fast evolving emotion AI engine that introduces emotional intelligence into speech recognition technology. Rana has been awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Month’ by CIO Magazine and the ‘US China Pioneer’ Award by IEIE, he has been listed among Top 10 Entrepreneurs to follow in 2017 by Huffington Post. last_img read more


first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ignored Shoaib Malik and Danish Kaneria while announcing the 2011 World Cup preliminary squad on Tuesday.However, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal’s name figures in the 30-member probable list.The PCB released the initial squad for the World Cup after a nearly three-hour meeting of the national selection committee. “Apparently these two players were not able to satisfy the cricket board’s integrity committee about their recent activities but Kamran managed to win the confidence of the Board back by submitting all relevant documents the integrity committee asked for,” one PCB source said.As expected the squad does not include players who were involved in the spot-fixing scandal – Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt. The trio are being examined by an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal formed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).Kamran, Malik, Kaneira and Rana Naved too are under the ICC scanner and the PCB had sought a deadline of January 5 from the ICC to finalise their preliminary squad because of the ongoing inquiry.Rana was also apparently found not guilty of any links with bookmakers and has been included in the preliminary squad. The squad also includes some new faces.The probables: Shahid Afridi, Muhammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Ali, Umar Akmal, Younis Khan, Muhammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Sohail Tanvir, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Tanvir Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Abdul Rehman, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Salman Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Taufiq Umar, Zulfiqar Babar, Rana Naved, Yasir Arafat, Yasir Shah, Aizaz Cheema and Naved Yasin.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more