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US Navy, Air Force in first-ever P-8A refueling

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy, Air Force in first-ever P-8A refueling View post tag: US Navy US Navy, Air Force in first-ever P-8A refueling April 26, 2017 The U.S. Navy and Air Force achieved a historic milestone last week when an Air Force KC-135 tanker refueled the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.A Naval Air Station Patuxent River P-8A Poseidon was refueled by a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135.“The 459th and the Air Force Reserve Command is honored and delighted to support the Navy on the P-8A project,” said Lt. Col. David Williams, 459th Operations Group deputy group commander. “We have a longstanding relationship with NAVAIR and we were excited to play a role in assisting the engineers with the development of the boom refueling capabilities of the P-8A.”As the Navy’s newest aircraft for maritime patrol and reconnaissance, it is important the P-8A is able to sustain flight for lengthy periods of time.“The team has completed operational tests on the integration of the AGM-84 Harpoon [missile system] for surface warfare and [multi-static active acoustic search systems] integration used in anti-submarine warfare,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Shannon Hoover, Naval Air Forces Atlantic VX-1 Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron P-8A operational test director.Prior to contacting the 459th for tanker support, pilots with NAVAIR underwent training toward in-flight refueling certification.“We are coming from a community that has never had an organic tanking capability, so we are learning how to get this done,” said Hoover. “The pilots completed ground school, as well as a simulator training course, both in the E-6B Mercury and the P-8A Operational Flight Trainers. When it came time to start scheduling a tanker to take us to the next phase of training. We reached out to the 459th.”The P-8A is only the second Navy aircraft to be equipped to receive fuel mid-flight from a USAF tanker; the first being the E-6B Mercury nearly 30 years ago. View post tag: P-8A View post tag: US Air Force Share this article Authoritieslast_img read more


May 4, 2021 0

UEFA’s curtain raiser crowned ‘Super’ match on bettingexpert

first_img The UEFA Super Cup, labelled in some sporting quarters as a ‘glorified friendly’, surprisingly came out as August’s top match on bettingexpert.Held in Macedonia on 8 August, European football’s traditional curtain raiser beat off competition from Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Leicester City at the Emirates and Tottenham Hotspur’s Wembley bow against reigning champions Chelsea.15% of tips on Real Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United were placed on Unibet, with 11% on Matchbook and 8% on bet365. In fact, only 188BET was able to break the dominance of those three bookmakers across the top five matches on bettingexpert, with a 5% share for Everton’s 1-1 draw against 10-man Manchester City.Unsurprisingly, the English top flight accounted for five of the month’s top 10 matches; the other non-Premier League matches to make the list were Hoffenheim vs Liverpool, Metz vs Monaco, Napoli vs Nice and a 4-0 World Cup qualifying victory for France over Netherlands.Given the resumption of top level football across Europe, football’s status as the top sport on bettingexpert was to be expected (75% of the total percentage), while the only change in the top five list from August’s data roundup saw ice hockey replace MMA in fifth spot. Share Share StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more


August 30, 2020 0

Olympia Photographer, Doug Walker, Wins Prestigious Award

first_imgFacebook20Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Doug Walker PhotographyIn January 2013, Doug Walker of Walker Photography in Olympia, Washington, will be honored as a ‘Photographer of the Year’ Bronze Level, for images he had entered in the Professional Photographers (PPA) of America International Photographic Competition in 2012.Walker was named a Bronze Medalist by earning a merit, a mark of quality and honor. for each of the four images included in his entry case to the International Photographic Competition. This is the most prestigious competition of its kind, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence, not against each other.  In 2012, he was one of only 60 Bronze Medalists from this international competition.To read more about Doug Walker’s successful career, click here.last_img read more


August 6, 2020 0

Granite Pointe’s Taylor continues to shine in Big Sky Golf

first_imgCan this season get any better for Granite Pointe golfer Lauren Taylor?Already on top of the Big Sky Conference Women’s Golf world the L.V. Rogers Bomber grad continues to turn heads.Taylor currently tops the leader board after two rounds of the Anteater Invitational Big Sky Conference Women’s Golf Tournament at the Dove Canyon Country Club in Dove Canyon, CA.Taylor put together two solid rounds Monday of even par 71 and 1-over-par 72 to lead the field by two shots.Taylor’s 143, 36-hole total, is two shots ahead of Reina Rogers of Long Beach State. Portland State Viks teammate Britney Yada is third at 146.During the two rounds Taylor recorded five birdies, including three during round two, on the par 71, 5890-yard Dove Canyon course.Portland State trails Long Beach State in the team standings by two strokes. U.C. Irvine is third in the 12-team field, 12 shots behind Long Beach State.The final round of the 54-hole tournament goes Tuesday.Taylor made headlines last week becoming the first freshman in Portland State University history to win a tournament — the Folino Invitational Women’s Golf Tourney hosted by Cal State Fullerton at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irving, California.The victory earned Taylor conference player of the week honours.Taylor, 19, attends Portland State on a golf scholarship. The Nelson native is enrolled in first year studies. [email protected]last_img read more


August 3, 2020 0

Bombers host annual High School Baseball Tourney in Trail

first_imgOkay Bombers, let’s . . . play . . . ball.Unfortunately, the first home game for the L.V. Rogers High School Baseball team will not be at the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Park in Nelson.Bomber fans need to travel 80 kilometers to the west to Trail for the 2015 LVR High School Tournament.“Unfortunately for accommodations and such we had to make a decision about two weeks ago,” said Bomber manager Ron Mace when asked why the move to Trail.Mace also said Queen Elizabeth Park does not have a pitching mound installed, which also posed a problem. “With that in mind and the fact we now have five teams in our tournament we moved to Butler Park in Trail for this year.”The Bombers are off to an amazing start to the season, going 10-0 against American opposition to begin the2015 campaign.“We have had strong games from our pitchers and hitters so far, but this weekend will be the big test for us, as we play all the Canadian teams which will all be varsity teams,” Mace explained.“The teams we play in the USA are not always varsity teams, due to their schedule restrictions.”The Bombers consist mostly of LVR players with a handful from Trail and Castlegar.The pitching staff is bolstered by Braeden Zarikoff, Hanno Southam and Austin Tambellini, all Grade 12’s players who pitch and play important defensive positions for us Mace said.LVR opens the tournament Friday with a pair of games against Mount Baker of Cranbrook (10 a.m.) and Kimberley Selkirk Storm 12:15 p.m..The Bombers face Mount Boucherie of Kelowna (2:30 p.m.) and Vulcan, Alta. (12:15 p.m.) Saturday.All Games are being played at Butler Park and Pople Park in Trail.last_img read more


August 3, 2020 0

Hasselbaink ‘working hard’ to turn things around at QPR – Fernandes

first_imgCo-chairman Tony Fernandes posted on Twitter after QPR’s 1-1 draw at Burton to express sympathy for Jake Bidwell and declare that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is “working hard” to turn things around.Left-back Bidwell could be out for up to four months after suffering a suspected dislocated shoulder in the game against Rangers manager Hasselbaink’s former club.Jimmy working hard. The boys working hard. Lots of commitment. See you all at Fulham. Many players back from injury. Real shame on Jake.— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) September 27, 2016My thoughts to Jake Bidwell. Lots of work to do but patience is what is needed. Team is picking up points . Thought we deserved the win— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) September 27, 2016Rangers have won only one of their last eight league matches but at least salvaged a point courtesy of an equaliser by substitute Sebastian Polter.We have to take the point & need to get back to winning ways… Glad I could help with my goal!🔵⚪ #BURQPR @QPRFC pic.twitter.com/Eu2s5YpG1Y— Sebastian Polter (@polti1991) September 27, 2016Battled hard for a point. Vital goal from the big man @polti1991 thanks to all the travelling fans #BURQPR 👏🏽 🍒 pic.twitter.com/5YhFb6aq8V— Tjaronn Chery (@tjaronnchery) September 27, 2016 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


December 21, 2019 0

Live updates: 49ers vs. Broncos in preseason, Monday night

first_imgJoin us to get in-game insights and analysis Monday when the 49ers take on the Broncos in Denver at 5 p.m. as they play their second of four preseason games.The 49ers lost all of their road games a year ago and would certainly like to reverse that trend, even if it’s first road game is just a practice game.Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to make his preseason debut after sitting out the 49ers’ victory over the Cowboys last week. However, the 49ers quarterback won’t see much action as he …last_img read more


December 20, 2019 0

Theism Is Healthy

first_imgEvolutionists are at a loss to explain why belief in God makes people happy.Secular scientists typically relegate religion to natural selection, making up stories about how it provided survival value somehow. Live Science, for instance, reproduced an op-ed from The Conversation, “Did angry gods drive humanity’s expansion?” The expected answer to the rhetorical question is, well yes. “Our team of anthropologists and psychologists decided to experimentally investigate how beliefs in gods – specifically those who care about how we treat each other and punish us for immoral behavior – may have contributed to more widespread cooperation.” It goes without saying that “beliefs in gods” are just that—beliefs, according to the worldview of author Benjamin Purzycki, a human evolutionist at the University of British Columbia.Well, if Purzycki really believes that, maybe he should get right with God so that he can see more cooperation. The fact is, psychologists continue to find that theism is healthy, as long as it is the kind of theism that sees a just God who watches our actions. Watch what Science Daily says about Purcycki’s research. Who wouldn’t want the fruits of a theistic outlook?“Certain kinds of beliefs — involving gods who are aware of human interactions and punish for moral transgressions — can indeed contribute to the evolution of human co-operation,” said lead author Benjamin Purzycki, a postdoctoral research fellow at UBC’s Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture.“If you think you’re being watched, and expect to be divinely punished for being too greedy or thieving, you might be less inclined to engage in anti-social behavior towards a wider range of people who share those beliefs.”Notice the criteria there; not just any god will do. It needs to be one who dislikes greed and theft. There are “gods” who reward that kind of unrighteousness. That won’t do. The deity must not only be omniscient, but good. He must care about how we treat one another.Results show that believers in all-knowing gods who punish for wrongdoing are more likely to behave fairly towards anonymous, distant “co-religionists” — those who share beliefs about gods and rituals, but may not belong to the same religious organization.Now we see that fairness is another moral quality that the deity must reward. And fairness must extend to those of other groups. The Parable of the Good Samaritan comes to mind.When people act this way, the study suggests, they are engaging in behaviour that can support key features of modern-day societies — such as large, co-operative institutions, trade, markets and partnerships.“Religious beliefs may have been one of the major contributing factors in the development and stability of highly complex social organizations, such as states,” said Purzycki.Without doubt, Purzycki ascribes this to natural selection. He is, after all, a research fellow on human evolution. But since the fruit is so good – social stability, cooperation, trade, markets, partnerships, and a just society that looks down on theft and greed – why wouldn’t every evolutionist wish to promote theism? That would seem to promote the evolutionary fitness of the community.But wait—there’s more. PhysOrg reports that “Americans who see God as ‘a secure base’ tend to be more committed, satisfied on the job.” Someone like Purzycki might describe this belief as a comforting myth, an opiate for the masses as Karl Marx put it. The point is that it works. Not only do you get a stable, cooperative society with theism; you get job satisfaction, too! What evolutionary anthropologist wouldn’t crave that? There’s a hidden subtext that the converse is also true. Disbelieving in God might produce the opposite results.What is it that he wants, anyway? The truth? Better an inconvenient truth than a comfortable myth, he might respond. People need to know about natural selection! Then they can rise above their myths, and enjoy the fruits of an enlightened, scientific worldview.And what might those fruits be? We can find the fruits of evolutionary non-theism in the 20th century, Darwin’s century: eugenics, wars for survival of the fittest, communism, fascism, gulags, genocide. For his own safety, Purzycki should rush to promote theism for all his fellow organisms, even if he doesn’t believe it himself. Better a comfortable myth than death in prison camps!If Purzycki takes that approach, it’s likely he will have a twinge of conscience. He would be promoting something he doesn’t believe is true. This could cause a severe moral conflict in his inner being, one in which he might feel punishment would be just. Is he being greedy? Is he stealing someone else’s goodness? Is he a liar?One solution would be to repent and believe in theism himself. Then, he could enjoy all the benefits honestly. It would have to be the right theism, one that believes in God’s omniscience and righteousness. That would rule out religions that think their “god” is OK with rape, genocide and bombings. It would rule out religions that say the world is just an illusion, and that a man’s duty is to drop out mentally (that would end his scientific pursuits). It would rule out religions that keep a man in the dark about whether he is good enough or has done enough to avoid punishment. That would eliminate all the ritualistic religions or systems of salvation by works.By this time, his guilt might be so strong he would cry out for a merciful God. Searching hard through the options, he might find one theistic system that offers a unique concept that would satisfy everything he’s looking for: a five-letter word spelled G-R-A-C-E.Evolutionists, accept Christ for your own good. Your own theory’s assumptions demand it. Just don’t be a hypocrite about it. 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December 19, 2019 0

Five arrested for BJP leaders murder

first_imgGhaziabad: Ghaziabad police have arrested five persons, including two women, in connection with the murder case of a BJP leader which happened in Dasna area of Ghaziabad on Saturday night. Cops said that the murder was committed in order to take revenge.50-years-old BJP’s zonal head Dr Balbir Singh Tomar, who ran a nursing home in Dasna area, was shot dead by four assailants when he was returning home. Police have earlier arrested two persons Shahrukh (22) and Tehseem, both natives of Dasna area after a gun battle on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. Both the accused carried a reward of Rs 25, 000 each on their head. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderCops said that among the five arrested persons identified as Abdul Rahman, Aabid, Samman, natives of Masuri area in Ghaziabad have been arrested for providing a shelter to the accused when they were trying to evade arrest. Two other accused identified as Sultana and Ruksana, were found to have been involved in plotting the crime. “During sustained interrogations, it came to light that the murder was planned after the deceased supported the boy along with whom a girl from accused’s family went missing on July 4. Girl’s father Harun, who is in jail had come on parole, a few days before incident and the family together plotted conspiracy to murder Tomar,” a senior police officer said. “Harun had directed his son Aman to commit the crime in order to take revenge. Aman involved his cousin Salman and two other friends to do a recee before committing the crime. The four accused murdered Tomar while he was going home after closing his nursing home on Saturday night” the police officer said. Meanwhile, police are yet to arrest the main accused persons Aman and Salman in the incident.last_img read more


October 18, 2019 0

Its a tragic situation Police searching for mother after body of baby

first_imgCALGARY – A deceased baby girl may have been alive when she was abandoned in a northwest Calgary parking lot on Christmas Eve, police said.“Early findings show the baby may have been alive when she was left first at the scene. The cause of death is undetermined but no trauma was detected,” said Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta of the Calgary Police homicide unit at a news conference Tuesday.“There is serious concern for the well-being of the child’s mother as evidence at the scene suggests that she may be in medical distress.”Calgary police received a call at 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve from a member of the public in the northwest community of Bowness. The individual found the body of the newborn in a parking lot behind a grocery store.Schiavetta said investigators believe the body could have been placed at the scene between 3 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. They are going door-to-door canvassing area residents looking for information and attempting to obtain surveillance footage from local businesses. He said police have not received a single tip from the public.“That’s why we’re here on Boxing Day. It is very unusual that we have not had a tip and, to be honest, it’s almost 48 hours to the hour that this child may have been left in the parking lot,” Schiavetta said.Schiavetta said an autopsy was conducted Tuesday, but further medical tests are being done on the little girl who he described as having a light complexion with dark hair.The death of an infant is difficult he said especially at Christmas, he added.“I think it’s tragic for everyone involved. … The gravity of the situation certainly has a toll on the people investigating as well as the person who discovered the baby,” Schiavetta said.At this point, he said, police don’t know whether the death is suspicious.Schiavetta said he is hoping that someone comes forward to help solve the mystery.“Also we have to be open to the idea that the mother is not from Calgary as well.”Police want to check on the well-being of the mother and to find out the circumstances of the death. Schiavetta wouldn’t speculate on what charges, if any, could be laid against her.“Investigators need to speak to her immediately to ensure that her well-being is being looked after.”Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more


October 17, 2019 0