Combination of depressants may have led to Fort St. John in-custody death

first_imgOn Monday, RCMP officers and guards testified that Lohouse only seemed “modestly” intoxicated when booking him, with one guard saying it was the most sober she’d seen him in custody. Coroner Merrill Flewelling explains that “experienced” drinkers, like the deceased, are able to mask the symptoms of their intoxication much better than a novice might, and has since provided training at the detachment on acute alcohol and drug intoxication. He argues the best thing for officers to do is ask more questions about a prisoner’s medical history, monitor their snoring, and ensure they are able to wake them up periodically. In preparation for their deliberations, the jury had several questions for the witnesses, many of which revolved around how to better detect the level of a prisoner’s intoxication when putting them into a cell. New Westminster Police Department Staff Sergeant Chris Mullin, who helped in the external investigation of the in-custody death, admitted that better quality cameras for monitoring would get destroyed by prisoners, and that doing breathalyzer checks on criminal suspects poses logistical problems. He mentioned that at his detachment the Watch Commander is able to monitor a cell from a screen at their desk should there be a higher risk prisoner, but added that there is “no better check than a physical check”.The jury is scheduled to present its findings Wednesday. The jury and Presiding Coroner Donita Kuzma heard more about the circumstances of the death from the Fire Department and B.C. Ambulance members who attended the scene, as well as from a forensic pathologist and toxicologist and the coroner.Lohouse, who also went by the nickname Henry, was found unresponsive in his cell on September 9, 2011, after being in police custody for just over three hours. He was booked at 5:35 p.m. under suspicion of robbery, and placed in what’s referred to as a “drunk tank” cell to sober up as he was intoxicated. RCMP Toxicologist Ronald Pon testified that in addition to alcohol, he also found “therapeutic” amounts of other drugs in his system, including Amitriptyline, an anti-depressant, and the sedative Lorazepam. He also found a small amount of THC, or marijuana, and Lidocaine, which he couldn’t explain as was not used when attempting to revive him. Lohouse did not have a prescription for any of those drugs, and Pon says, as they are central nervous system depressants like alcohol, when combined and self-medicated they are potentially lethal.- Advertisement -At the time of his death, Lohouse had a blood alcohol level of 339 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, or .339 per cent, which is over four times more than the legal limit for driving. As he hadn’t had a drink for at least three hours before, Pon says based on an average elimination rate of 15 milligrams an hour, his peak could have been .384 per cent or higher, which he calls “exceedingly high” and “consistent with a close to fatal level”. Lohouse’s autopsy showed major blockages in two of the arteries in his heart, but Pon argued the mixture of the drugs and alcohol could also have caused his death. When compounded, they could have slowed down his brain activity to the point that his brain stopped sending signals to keep him breathing, leading to respiratory arrest. Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgIrish Water has reassured fed-up residents in the Churchill area that it is working towards fixing their water issues.The bottled water on the right and the tapster on the left as shown in the baby’s bottles.Residents contacted Donegal Daily to say they simply cannot use the water in the area because it is unfit for human consumption.The local water supply, which is run off a Private Water Scheme, has resulted in the water regularly turning brown. Locals say they simply cannot bath children or give them water to drink.Instead hundreds of householders are being forced to spend an average of €1,000 on bottled water.But now Irish Water say there is light at the end of the tunnel for the residents.A spokesman told us that they are now working to take over the local water scheme. “The Churchill Group Water Scheme is a collection of private water schemes.“At the request of the Churchill Group Water Scheme Committee, Irish Water is working through a process with the Committee to enable the take over of the scheme by Irish Water.“Engagement is ongoing with both parties working to have the Scheme taken over as soon as possible,” said a spokesman.IRISH WATER SAYS IT WILL MEET WITH CHURCHILL RESIDENTS OVER ‘BROWN WATER’ was last modified: September 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Churchilldonegalgroup schemesIrish Waterlast_img read more

The Fossils that Didn’t Evolve

first_img(Visited 664 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Here’s an assortment of newly-discovered fossils that challenge Darwinian evolution.Bad Boy beetle: “He’s Australian, around half a centimetre long, fairly nondescript, 300 million years old, and he’s currently causing astonishment among both entomologists and palaeontologists,” says Science Daily. Why the astonishment?…[T]he species that has now been discovered, assigned to the newly introduced family Ponomarenkiidae, can be identified as a modern beetle, in spite of its remarkable age. Modern characteristics are the antennae resembling a string of beads, antennal grooves, and the unusually narrow abdomen, tapering to a point. What is more, unlike previously known Permian beetles, the wing cases are completely hardened, the body’s surface is largely smooth, and the thoracic segments responsible for locomotion show modern features, notes insect palaeontologist Yan. In addition, it appears that this little beetle had stopped living under tree bark, the habitat favoured by its contemporaries, and had adopted a much more exposed lifestyle on plants. A significant fact is that, due to its unorthodox combination of ancestral and modern characteristics, this genus does not fit in any of the four suborders of beetles that still exist, which is why Yan and Beutel have given it the nickname Bad Boy.Think about that phrase, “ancestral and modern characteristics.” Does it not make sense that ‘modern’ trumps ‘ancestral’? If you found an Oldsmobile Cutlass with a Sirius XM radio and GPS navigation system in its dashboard, when would you say it was made? Wouldn’t the modern parts answer the question? Would you believe someone claiming that the entire car (modern parts and all) was manufactured in 1961? Humans might install modern parts in classic cars, but evolution cannot. The only way to claim “modern” traits existed is to force the abrupt appearance of those traits earlier in Darwin Years than expected, like claiming Sirius XM radio evolved in 1961, 28 years before XM radio was even introduced.Trippy elephant: Last November in Las Cruces, New Mexico, a nine-year-old boy stumbled on a rock that turned out to be a fossil, National Geographic says. The family gathered and noticed it looked like a jaw with teeth. Thinking it was a big fat rotten cow, they decided to call New Mexico State University Professor Peter Houde, who identified it as a stegomastodon, an extinct relative of elephants Houde claims is a million years old. Reporter Joseph Kolb at Fox News Science must have noticed “stegomastodon” and thought “stegosaur” because he wrongly calls it a dinosaur! Kolb did record this interesting admission by Houde about the creature: “Ours would look pretty much just like modern elephants if they were alive today although the Cuvieronius had spiral tusks.” Historical note: Georges Cuvier, after whom the creature is named, was a staunch anti-evolutionist.Desert jellyfish: Death Valley—the hottest place on earth—is a long way today from the nearest California beach. But in a remote part of this desert national park, a mass kill of jellyfish has been found embedded in the rocks. New Scientist reports the discovery of 13 jellyfish by UC Riverside scientists. “The discovery suggests the marine animals behaved in a comparable way to their modern counterparts,” the article states. But here’s the kicker: they date from the Cambrian Explosion, 540 million Darwin Years ago!The jellyfish in the Cambrian seas seemed to have looked and behaved a lot like they do today. Sappenfield and his colleagues believe that the ancient jellyfish also lived near the shore, until tides or waves pushed them closer to the beach. When the tide receded the animals got stranded, just as modern jellyfish do.But jellyfish washing up on today’s beaches have a poor chance of becoming fossils. Most are quickly torn to pieces by scavengers or curious children.The rest of the article quickly turns to rescue devices to save the millions of years. But it’s difficult; “Because sand on today’s beaches shifts about so much, any evidence of something as delicate as a jellyfish would be destroyed very quickly.”Instant Ediacarans: Another fossil story from Science Daily talks about “Big, shape-shifting animals from the dawn of time.” What are they? Well, nobody is sure they are even animals. They are fern-shaped multicellular organisms called Rangeomorphs from the Ediacaran period, some 50 million Darwin Years before the Cambrian explosion. But they exploded onto the scene themselves. After some preliminary Darwin fluff in the opening paragraphs comes this admission: “They show up in the fossil record with a bang, at very large size.” Attributing this to changes in ocean chemistry is like attributing dogs to the appearance of fire hydrants. David Klinghoffer debunks the ocean-chemistry theory on Evolution News & Science Today.Convergent reptiles: An extinct diapsid reptile known as Eusaurosphargis [“true-lizard-turtle”] has been found in Switzerland, reports Science Daily. Previously known only from badly-scattered bones, Eusaurosphargis is now better understood from this “excellently preserved” specimen, allowing paleontologists to infer its environment. Since it was found in marine sediments despite being a scaly reptile, the discoverers assume “that it was washed off a nearby island into the sea basin and became embedded in the finely layered marine sediments after death.” Storytellers took their cue:Grisons [Switzerland], 241 million years ago — Instead of amidst high mountains, a small reptile suns itself on an island beach in a warm shallow sea, where many fish and marine reptiles frolic. This is the story told by an excellently preserved new discovery of the reptile Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi studied by paleontologists from the University of Zurich.”Further down, though, evolutionary problems set in, rescued by “convergent evolution” —In the process, they discovered something astonishing: Externally, Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi looks very similar to girdled lizards (Cordylidae), a group of small, scaled reptiles (Lepidosauria) that usually live in the dry regions of southern Africa. Some of the more strongly armored girdled lizard species could have served as the basis of mythical dragon legends due to their appearance. “This is a case of convergent development as the extinct species is not closely related to today’s African lizards”, Scheyer explains.Evolutionists are trying to fit this fossil in with marine reptiles like ichthyosaurs, but they have a problem: “The skeleton of Eusaurosphargis, however, shows neither a streamlined body structure, nor arms and legs that have transformed into flippers, as well as no tail fin, which would indicate a life at sea.”Did you catch how many times the evolutionists were “astonished” at these fossils? Creationists are not astonished to find modern-looking animals appearing abruptly and failing to evolve. They are not surprised by mosaics of traits in fully-functioning, well-designed animals. They are not astonished to find land animals in marine sediments.Readers, please notice three no-no’s in scientific explanations. (1) You can’t use circular reasoning, embedding your assumptions in your explanation. This is like the bad syllogism, “I believe everything evolved without God. I found a fossil. Therefore, it evolved without a Creator.” (2) You can’t mask a bad explanation with jargon. Terms like convergent evolution, ancestral, ancient, primitive, etc. embed Darwinism into the answers, sidestepping the issues that need explanation. (3) You can’t exclude alternative explanations by arbitrary rules. To say in advance that ‘We will only accept materialistic answers’ doesn’t help understanding; it prevents it. Darwin himself said that “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.” Let the evidence drive the explanation, not the ideology.Darwinists are frequently guilty of all three no-no’s, as shown above. So say No! No! to Darwin and his storytelling disciples.last_img read more

R700m for better service delivery

first_img26 October 2006The government has budgeted more than R700-million over the next three years for improving service delivery in South Africa, particularly at the local level.“The 2007 budget proposes to allocate more than R700-million over the next three years to Siyenza Manje,” Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said while tabling the 2006 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday.Siyenza Manje is a government initiative, primarily driven by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), which provides hands-on technical expertise to municipalities in a range of disciplines, including financial management and planning.This helps develop skills which are essential for the effective delivery of services.In the year to March 2006, South Africa’s municipalities received R120-million from the DBSA’s capacity building grant, up from R74-million in 2004/05 and R41-million in 2003/04.Manuel told Parliament that while there were many components of the civil service that worked well, there were also clear inadequacies. Municipalities had to deal with severe capacity challenges, negatively affecting the delivery of basic services and the achievement of water and sanitation targets.He said the government had become concerned that, in many cases, increased resources resulting accelerated public spending over the past five years had not been translated into increased outputs.“And so the public has not always seen the benefit of the significant rise in public spending.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SAA launches mobile portal

first_imgSAA plans to increase the functionality of the mobile portal with the launch of a secon, more interactive phase later this year. Customers will be able to request their frequent flyer mileage status, get notifications of irregular flight operations such as flight delays, and check flight itineraries. “This convenient tool means no more clicking away to find the rest of the page not in your view because of the limited size of your cellphone screen,” said Re. Increasing functionality The portal is currently available in English, German, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, and is accessible by logging on to or The new initiative is in partnership with Star Alliance, the international airline network to which SAA belongs. Star Alliance developed the Common IT Mobile Platform which SAA used to launch its own portal for customers. The portal is a universal feed able to access information on any airline and destination in the world. Airline customers can also access World Tracer information, which tracks requests made about baggage, through the mobile portal. “This tool allows you track where your baggage request is with an airline and how close it is in the process to being resolved,” said Re. “Forget about making unnecessary phone calls or logging on to countless websites to get the information you need while you are on the go. Anywhere, anytime, information about your travels is at your fingertips.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materialcenter_img Single information source The mobile portal allows travellers to access airline flight schedules, directions to airline lounges at airports around the world, flight arrival and departure information, destination information such as weather forecasts for any city in the world, and a currency converter. “It’s a single source of information for the traveller,” SAA chief information officer Mike Re said in a statement earlier this month. In phase three, also scheduled to be introduced towards the end of the year, customers will be able to check-in for a flight and board a flight by scanning their cellphone at a boarding gate using 2D barcode technology to be implemented at airports. 31 August 2009 The first phase of the initiative is not controlled by usernames and passwords – once you enter the address, the information needed is readily available with a few clicks and entries. And once you enter the site, the application automatically scales to the size of your handset. South African Airways (SAA) has become the first airline in Africa to launch a mobile portal that allows travellers to access comprehensive travel and airline information from one point of reference, anywhere, anytime, using their mobile phones.last_img read more

Sport and recreational flying in SA

first_imgAfrica is known for the blueness of its skies. And here on the southern tip of Africa, in South Africa, those skies offer an ideal opportunity to learn how to fly from world-class instructors in a wide range of awesome locations.ParaglidingIf you’re into paragliding or hang gliding, the sky’s the limit in South Africa! Visitors from overseas are well catered for, and a good number of air schools offer training in other languages besides English, such as German and Portuguese.If you’re visiting South Africa to obtain a licence, it’s a great opportunity to choose a location where you can mix in flying with exploration of a beautiful, diverse country.SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION LINKSMicrolighting links: see further below43 Air School. Located at Port Alfred on the Eastern Cape coast. Offers a wide variety of courses to airline, military, corporate and self-sponsored students from around the world.Aero Sport Western Cape Flight School offers training on all types of three axes, two axes, weight shift and gyrocopters. It is located as Fisantekraal Airfield, on the outskirts of Cape Town, and outside controlled airspace.Airborne Aviation was founded in 1972 and is based at Benoni Brakpan Airfield, 18 kilometres south of Johannesburg International Airport. They have a fleet of eight aircraft and offer a variety of licences, including multi-engine.Aircraft Fractional Ownership Services operates a flight training school on all levels of fixed-wing licences, using five different types of aircraft. The school is located at the Rand Airport in Germiston.Aero Club of South Africa. South Africa’s national federation for sport and recreational aviation covers all sectors of the sport, from power flight to gliding, ballooning and modelling.Aeronav Academy was established in 1974 and offers a comprehensive list of training courses, including for foreign students. It is based at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg.Aircraft Homebuilders Association of South Africa. Founded in 1992 by people interested in building their own airplanes using locally available material.Air Safety Pilot Academy operates from the Rand Airport in Germiston. They present a variety of courses and also have a pilot shop with useful aids for pilots.Air Show South Africa. Everything you need to know about organising and attending air shows in SA.Algoa Flight Centre. Located at Port Elizabeth Airport. Has decades of experience in training pilots, with standards on a par with the best in the world.Alpine Aviation operates from Grand Central Airport in Midrand presents a comprehensive list of training, including PPL, CPL, and ATPL for helicopters. It is also available for charters and hangarage.Aptrac Aviation offers private and commercial pilots’ training and operates out of Port Elizabeth airport. The fleet consists of Cessna and Piper Aircraft and a Beech Duchess.Association of Virtual Aviation of South Africa. Deals with flight simulation and the worlds that can be created through local area networks or the internet. Participants fly in virtual airspace, for virtual airlines, and learn proper communications. To join a virtual airline, visit the Independent Airlines website.AV8 Helicopters is based at the East London Airport and offers flying lessons covering a wide range of licences, private charters, and flights along the Wild Coast.Aviation towards Success is based at Grand Central Airport in Midrand and offers training on three different types of helicopter. Charters are also available, as well as surveillance and vehicle tracking.Babcock Central Flying Academy operates from the Grand Central Airport in Midrand, Gauteng. It offers all levels of pilots’ licences – SPL, PPL, CPL, ATPL – as well as simulator and helicopter training.BAC Helicopters is based in Durban and offers training for Private Pilots and Commercial Pilots licences. Charters are also available, as well as tours, trips and rides, among other services.Balloon and Airship Federation of South Africa. Controlling body for recreational and sport ballooning in SA, and a section of the Aero Club of SA. Organises the annual South African Hot Air Balloon Championships, and offers a calendar of events.Base 4 Aviation offers a helicopter commercial licence course on four different types of choppers. All training takes place from rom the General Aviation Area at Cape Town International Airport. Charters are also available.Bevrick Air is situated at Kimberley Airport and offers seven-day-a-week training, from PPL to ATPL, and is also available for hire and fly, as well as charter, including cross-border flights.Blue Chip Flight School offers a vareity of licences, for both single engine and multi- engine aircraft, and boasts a fleet of one Cessna 150 Skylark aerobatic and eight Cessna 172 Skylarks. They’re based at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria and also have aircraft available for hire and fly.Border Aviation Club & Flight School has been around since the 1940s and is based at the East London Airport. It offers student pilot’s, private pilot’s and commercial pilot’s licence training, among others, and has a fleet of four different aircraft, as well as an AS 98 simulator.Cape Flying Services operates out of George in the southern Cape. Twelve private pilot’s license courses are presented each year, while the professional pilot’s license (CPL) is also on offer. The fleet includes Piper, Cessna and Jabiru aircraft.The Cape Town Flight Training Centre is based at Fisantekraal Airfield, near Cape Town. It has five full-time instructors and a fleet of eight aircraft, including a Yak-52 aerobatic trainer. The Centre offers a comprehensive list of courses for various licences.Cape Town Flying Club was established in 2006 after the amalgamation of the Good Hope Flying Club and Cape Aero Club. It provides all forms of flying training, as well as self-fly hire. It is based at Cape Town International Airport.Civair is based as Cape Town International Airpor and offers both helicopter and fixed wing training. In addition, charters around the Cape Town and the Peninsula are available.Comefly Pilot Centre. Located at Virginia Airport in Durban. Offers recreational and professional pilot training, microlighting licences, as well as scenic flights for unforgettable views of the KwaZulu-Natal coast.Disabled Aviation Association of South Africa. Empowering people to overcome their limitations through aviation. Affiliated to the Aero Club of SA.Experimental Aircraft Association. Promotes the building, restoration and flying of home-built aircraft.The Flight Training College, in George in the picturesque southern Cape, offers alls levels of fixed-wing and helicopter training. It also features a Piper Seneca III simulator. There are 12 personal pilot’s licences courses held each year and it is even possible to do courses part-time, although building up flying hours is difficult using this method.Flight Training Services operates out of Grand Central Airport, in Midrand, Gauteng and offers training from private pilot’s licence to airline transport licence. They boast an impressive fleet of over 20 aircraft.Freedom Flight School is based at the Bapsfontein Aerodrome in Ekhuruleni. It offers lessons in microlighting from instructors with over 50 years of cumulative experience.G4 Helicopters presents helicopter training for the private pilot’s and commercial licences and operates from Margate Airport on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. It utilises six different types of helicopter.Helicopter and Aeroplane Training and Charters operates from the V & A Waterfront and features training for helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft, as well as charters to some exciting Cape destinations, including, among others, whale watching, shark cage diving, and sightseeing over the Mother City.Helicopter Charter and Training has been in operation since 1993 and operates from Port Elizabeth Airport. They offer training for various helicopter licences, as well as charters.Henley Air , which is based at Rand Airport in Germiston, is a family-owned helicopter charter and flight training business. They have training for private pilot’s and commercial licences and also offer charters.Hover Dynamics is based at Grand Central Airport in Midrand, Gauteng, and at the Kimberley International Airport. They boast a big fleet of 15 helicopters and offer training for the private pilot’s licence, as well as hire and fly, and charters too.Hover Dynamics Mpumalanga is based at the Grand Central Airport in Midrand, Johannesburg, and at the Nelspruit Airfield in Mpumalanga. They have a helicopter training school, charter services, are a registered aircraft maintenance organisation, also sell helicopters, and offer comprehensive services and advice for anything related to helicopters.The Johannesburg School of Flying, at the Rand Airport, offers training for the private pilot’s and commercial pilot’s licences, in a fleet of Cessna 152s and 172s, while there is a Piper PA-28-181 for multi-engine conversions.JNC Helicopters operates from Virginia Airport in Durban, and has training courses for the private pilot’s and commercial pilot’s licences. Also on offer are charters to an enticing variety of pictureque destinations, along with some other specialised services.The Krugersdorp Flying Club is based at the Jack Taylor Airfield, two kilometres west of Krugersdorp, now known as Mogale City. The airfield has a host of fine facilities and is home to three flying schools.Lanseria Flight Centre is based at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg and offers private pilot’s, commercial, and the airline transport pilot’s licence, as well as helicopter training on a wide variety of aircraft, 22 in total. Foreign students are also specifically catered for.Leading Edge Flight School offers lessons in microlights or scenic trips in them in the Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa area, including over the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world. Loutzavia is located at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria. It features a flight training division, with courses from PPL (private pilot license) to ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot License) with experienced pilots. It has 20 aircraft and 15 full-time instructors.The Lowveld Aero Club is the oldest flying club in South Africa and based at the Nelspruit Airport. Private pilot’s licence training is available, as is self-catering accommodation.The Marula Gyro Flight School is located at the Marula Lodge in the Limpopo province and presents training in a Sycamore Gyro Plane. The flight training is a minimum of 25 hours in length, while a further operational training course of 20 hours is also available.Madiba Bay School of Flight is based at Port Elizabeth Airport. It offers training for private pilot’s, commercial, and multi-engine licences in three Cessna 150s, a Cessna 182RG, a Piper Cherokee, and a Beechcraft Baron-58.Majestic Air Charters and Travel operates throughout South Africa and into neighbouring countries. It provides flying safaris, including six- and nine-day packages. National Airways Corporation carries out airline training at 43 Air School in Port Alfred. It also has an Air School at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg, while NAC Flight School at the Rand Airport specialises in advanced heilcopter training. Pilot training is also offered a Rand Airport.The Outeniqua Flight Academy, in Plettenberg Bay, offers training for all levels of pilot’s licences on fixed-wing aircraft, with helicopter courses set to be added before the end of 2011. Accommodation facilities are available at the airfield. Phoebus Apollo has been training pilots for over 20 years, from private pilots to airline pilots. It is based at the Rand Airport in Germiston and has a fleet consisting of a Cessna C152, three Cessna C172s, a Cessna C172RG, used for advanced training, and a Piper Aztec, used for multi-engine training.The Pietermaritzburg Aero Club is based as Oribi Airport in Pietermaritzburg and offers training for the private pilot’s licence, utilising three different aircraft. The club describes itself as “an independent, non-profit organisation aimed at fostering aviation in general and at providing flying to its members at the lowest possible rates.”Powered Flight , based at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria, offers flight training under experienced instructors. They have a simulator for a less expensive means of learning and also offer charter services.Precision Aviation Services (PAS) operates from Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria and has a training school for helicopters, including for game capture pilots. They also undertake the maintenance, repair and sale of helicopters.Pretoria Flying School operates from the Wonderbook Airport. They offer a wide variety of courses, including private pilot’s licence, commercial licence, and airline transport pilot’s licence. The school also features the prototype of the WX-400 Flight Navigational Procedural Trainer (FNPT II) flight simulator, which was designed by South Africans for South African flying training under South African flying conditions.Progress Flight Academy, flying out of the Progress Aerodrome, near Port Elizabeth, utilises late model Piper Warrior and Piper Seminole aeroplanes for training for the commercial pilot’s license and the commercial pilot’s license.Sky Raiders, located at the Rand Airport in Germiston, offers a host of licence training options, as well as plane rental. Their fleet consists of various Piper Cherokees, two Piper Arrows, a Barron 55, and, for aerobatic training, two Extra 300 Ls.The South African Flight Training Academy is based 40 kilometres from Johannesburg, in Heidelberg. It offers all levels of pilot training and utilises a fleet of Cessna C152s and C172s as primary trainers, a Mooney for advanced single engine training, and Piper Senecas as multi-engine trainers. There is also a Simuflight full visual three-channel simulator certified to FNPT II for advanced training and instrument rating and CPL and ATP renewals.The South African Gyroplane Society represents gyroplane pilots and enthusiasts in Southern Africa. Their website features sections on the Association, instructors, articles, events, a gallery, videos, classifieds, links, and archive and frequently asked questions.The South African Model Aircraft Association overseas model aircraft activities in South Africa, including the safeguarding of airspace and radio frequencies. It also provides legal frequencies in South Africa, advice, guidance, dealer’s web pages, a diary of events, and much more. In addition, it offers links to a good number of websites focusing on various aspects of model aircraft.South African Power Flying Assocation. Oversees the President’s Trophy Air Race, first held in 1937 and one of the most prestigious events on today’s aviation calendar. Affiliated to the Aero Club of SA.Sport Aerobatic Club of South Africa. Overseas sport aerobatics in the country. Affiliated to the Aero Club of SA.Springbok Aviation Academy, in Mossel Bay, opened in 1987 and offers a wide variety of training courses. International students are catered for. Other offerings include a scenic introductory flight, hire and fly, flying safaris, and foreign crew licence validation.Starlite Aviation offers helicopter training for commercial pilots, as well as an extensive list of other helicopter-based services. They operate out of Durban and Johannesburg.Stellenbosch Flying Club. Flight training in the Cape Winelands, with the Hottentots Holland Mountain Range overlooking the airfield.TH Aviation ConneXions offers aeroplane, helicopter and microlight training. They’re based between the Kruger National Park and the Drakensberg, in Mpumalanga. They also offer charters and air safaris to other southern Africa countries.Unitas Flying school is based at the Vereeniging Airport in Gauteng. Private pilot’s and commercial licence training is on offer.Virginia Flight School has been operating since 1989 and is the largest fixed-wing flight training organisation in KwaZulu-Natal. It is based at the Virginia Airport in Durban and offers training for the private pilot’s licence, the commercial pilots’ licence, and also for the airline transport pilot’s licence.The Western Transvaal Flying School is based at the PC Pelser Airport in Klerksdorp and offers a full range of training courses. Hire and fly is available, as is accommodation on site.Wings over Africa is based at Delta 200 Airfield, about half-an-hour from Cape Town. They offer National Pilots license and Private Pilots License training and have three aircraft available. Instruction is given in English, Afrikaans, German or Portuguese.Zero Four Flight School is located in Margate, on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. It offers the private pilot’s licence and commercial licence.SOUTH AFRICAN MICROLIGHTING LINKSAquila Microlight Safaris offers the Microlight Pilot’s Licence, as well as scenic flights. In addition, Aquila specialises in aerial photography, providing some remarkable pictures of the world as seen from above. Aquila Microlight Safaris is based at Wintervogel Airfield on a privately owned farm near Malmsbury in the Western Cape.Ballito Microlight School is less than a 30 minute drive from Durban on the KwaZulu- Natal north coast. It offers flight training, not only for individuals, but also for companies.Fun flights along the beautiful coastline are also available.Eagles’ Wings Microlight School is based at the Graaff-Reinet Airport in the Eastern Cape. Conditions in that part of South Africa are ideal for microlights and other aviation sports. The School offers South African Civil Aviation Authority approved training and courses are tailor-made for students, including for overseas visitors. Eagle’s Wings also offers early morning flights over the Karoo with experienced instructors. Emoyeni Aviation Park, Guest Lodge, and Conference Centre is located near Camperdown, not far from Pietermaritzburg and easily accessible from Durban. They offer an interesting variety of adrenaline-pumping adventure activities, including micro-lighting, white-water rafting, off-road motorcycle riding, skydiving, hang-gliding, abseiling and water-skiing. Emoyeni is ideally positioned for fantastic aerial viewing of the Valley of a Thousand Hills.Flight Schools South Africa shows you where you can undergo training throughout South Africa. From airplanes to helicopters to microlights, they can steer you in the right direction.Light Flight is conveniently based at Cato Ridge, almost midway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. On offer is microlight training in a variety of microlights with experienced instructors.The Microlight and Light Sport Aircraft Association of South Africa is the national flying club representing all microlight pilots in South Africa. Its objectives include encouraging, developing, and promoting private and sporting microlighting. The website provides news, an events’ calendar, and categories dealing with various aspects of is a popular forum where microlighters can get together and discuss a wide variety of things, including technical, training, gyro, and accident and incident reports. There are also sections for events and destinations; classifieds; and commercial, clubs, and official sections.The Pyramid Flight School is located at the Pyramid Airfield in Barberton, Mpumalanga and offers microlight training. Either part-time or full-time courses available.Rosslyn Microflyers has a microlight flight training school at Kroon, with four instructors, to the north west of Pretoria. They offer introductory flights to get a feel for the freedom of a microlight.Sky Riders Flight School is one of the largest microlight training schools in South Africa and many of the instructors have earned their nationals colours in the sport. They operate the biggest microlighting airport in South Africa, called Microland, at Bapsfontein, a short distance north east of Kempton Park, where one finds the Johannesburg International Airport.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Attend the Last Geocaching Block Party

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – June 6, 2012June 6, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Attend the World’s Mega-EventMay 14, 2013In “Community”Nimm an der letzten stattfindenden Block-Party teil!February 13, 2015In “Deutsch” Geocaching Block Party 2015: The Final EpisodeAfter years of celebrating all things Geocaching at HQ in Seattle, it’s time for a change. Join us this August to celebrate 15 Years of Geocaching at the last Block Party event.Mark your ‘Will Attend’ now on the Geocaching Block Party 2015 geocache page. And while you’re there, make sure to mark your ‘Will Attend’ for the 2015 Geocaching International Film Festival, too.And don’t forget: CITO weekend is April 25 and 26, so get ready to join thousands of geocachers as they clean up, plant trees or remove invasive species in local geocaching hot spots. Earn a special digital CITO souvenir for your Geocaching profile for attending a CITO Event April 25 or 26.(Hier kannst Du den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen)Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

J&K police raise alarm over ‘reprisal attacks’ on non-locals

first_imgThe J&K police has raised an alarm over the ‘reprisal attacks’ on non-locals living in Kashmir, after the reports of intimidation of non-local workers in Srinagar’s Kara Nagar and Bandipora areas.A senior police officer at the police headquarters said the situation was “being monitored closely as a few incidents of intimation has started pouring in.” “There were two minor incidents of intimidation at a sweets shop in Srinagar and workers in Bandipora. Some bike-borne youth tried to intimidate non-local workers. However, locals intervened and doused the situation,” said the police officer. The police said it fears that viral videos of alleged violence emerging from across the country against Kashmiri students and traders are “fuelling tension and anxiety in Kashmir Valley.” The administration is mulling to extend winter vacations of schools and colleges in Kashmir to avoid any law and order situation. Meanwhile, posters were pasted by a few doctors at Srinagar’s premiere health institute Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHS) barring representatives of pharmaceutical companies Zydus, Macleods, Intas and Sun Pharma following the move by the Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited “to suspend” three Kashmiri sales executives, Rounak Bashir Bhat, Arif Bashir and Sheikh Shabir Ahmad, “for their Facebook posts”.“It has been reported that you started posting hateful messages on your Twitter handle in the wake of Pulwama attack. Your tweet is insensitive in nature and has brought disrepute to the image of our organisation,” reads the notice issued to one of the sales representative.Non-locals hold protest Meanwhile, scores of non-locals staying in Kashmir held a demonstration in Srinagar and demanded “an end to the attacks on Kashmiris outside the State.” “It is unfortunate that people from Kashmir were at the receiving end in the country after the Pulwama attack. This demonstration is to demand an end to such attacks,” one of the traders said.said a non-local goldsmith in Srinagar, who has been living in the J&K’s capital for the past 25 years.The protesters said that non-locals working were “feeling secure in Kashmir but the treatment meted out to Kashmiris is not a positive development.” According to an official figure, around six lakh non-Kashmiri workers travel to the State every year to work in different sectors, especially the construction business. Attacks in Kashmiris a collective shame: separatists Separatist amalgam Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik Wednesday said the unrelenting attacks in Kashmiri businessmen, students, tourists “was distressing”.“The videos and photographs of Kashmiris being beaten, humiliated, looted, vandalized and oppressed in various Indian states will only push more Kashmiri youth to the wall and the path of rebellion,” they said.The Mirwaiz said such attacks “is a collective shame for India”. The separatist leaders said Kashmiris throughout the history “safeguarded religious harmony and protected all outsiders living or working here and we will stand firm and provide safety, relief and other assistance to every Former chief minister and National Conference vice president asked the Prime Minister to condemn the attacks. “Dear PM Narendra Modi sahib, can we please have a few words of condemnation for the systematic attacks directed against Kashmiri students and others or does your concern not extend as far north as Kashmir?” he said.last_img read more

Madhya Pradesh: Five cops suspended for chatting on WhatsApp during duty

first_imgFive policemen were suspended after they were found chatting on WhatsApp while on duty in sensitive areas of Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur city on the day of the Supreme Court’s verdict in Ayodhya case, an official said on Sunday. The five personnel, all sepoys, were deployed in some sensitive city areas on Saturday in view of the apex court’s judgment in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya. Jabalpur’s Superintendent of Police Amit Singh said when he conducted a surprise inspection in those areas, he found five policemen busy chatting on social media platform WhatsApp.“All the five were suspended late Saturday night,” the official said. In view of the apex court’s order in the Ayodhya case, over 2,500 police personnel were deployed in various parts of the city, he said. Several police pickets and 25 temporary police outposts were set up for continuous surveillance across Jabalpur, he added.last_img read more