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‘Alarming’ 7% increase in road deaths in 2019

first_imgThere are fears that progress on road safety has stalled as the number of fatalities rose by 7% in the first half of 2019. A review by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána reports that 89 people died on Irish roads in 80 collisions between 1 January and 28 July 2019.This represents 3% more collisions and 7% more deaths compared to provisional Garda data for the same period in 2018. Five people lost their lives in Donegal collisions in the past six months.The highest number of fatalities among all road users occurred in Dublin (9) followed by Tipperary (8) and Cork (7).Ms. Moyagh Murdock, CEO, RSA said: “The figures released today are alarming. Clearly, the progress we have made in road safety over the last two years is at risk of stalling. The vast majority of deaths and injuries on our roads are preventable.“If we want to prevent any more tragedies on our roads we need to focus our attention on where the greatest risk is. The review presented today shows that this is at weekends and particularly on a Sunday. We are asking road users take greater care at these times and we want to see more targeted enforcement by An Garda Siochána at weekends if we are to reverse this worrying increase in 2019,” Ms Murdock said. Gardaí have also launched a new app today to improve road safety enforcement .The app, which is expected to be rolled out across the country this year, will give Gardaí at the roadside access to critical information such as driver disqualifications, insurance and NCT compliance. ‘Alarming’ 7% increase in road deaths in 2019 was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Relay for Life celebrates amazing €125,000 total for 2019 – Picture Special

first_imgThe Relay for Life committee has announced that an incredible €125,196.54 was raised for the Irish Cancer Society at this year’s event.The charity group presented a cheque to Mark Mellett of The Irish Cancer Society at a team celebration evening in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Monday.Relay for Life Donegal’s successful summer event brought the community together again to fundraise for vital research and services of the Irish Cancer Society. Money raised is spent locally, including support and care for cancer patients and their families and a clinical research programme at Letterkenny University Hospital. The Relay for Life team has thanked every person who was involved in the 2019 event and made it a success, including team members, entertainers, volunteers and many more individuals and businesses.The 2020 Relay for Life Donegal date has now been set for Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of May 2020 and planning is already underway for next year.See all the photos by Clive Wasson from the cheque presentation here:Optum’s Super Heroes Amanda McFadden and Anne Marie Gallagher with Seamus Murphy, Drew Corry and Robert O’Connor at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Clive WassonKelly’s Centra, Letterkenny presenting their cheque at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonRelay for Life Committee members with the €125,196.54 raised at this year’s Relay For Life at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel from left are Seamus Devine, Eimear Kavanagh, Seamus Quinn, Ena Barrett, Seamus McBride, Seamus Murphy, Donal Kavanagh and Drew Corry.Photo Clive WassonRobert O’Connor speaking at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonMembers of the Kernans Team who raised €10,000 at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonPrancers Agains Cancer present their cheque at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Clive WassonCathy’s Team Members with Robert O’Connor and Charlie Quinn at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Clive WassonThis years figure of €125,196.54 is revealed at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonMark Mellett, Head of Fundraising receives the cheque for €125,196.54 from Drew Corry, Relay for Life Donegal Treasurer at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonMark Mellett, Head of Fundraising Irish Cancer Society receives the cheque for €125,196.54 from Drew Corry, Relay for Life Donegal Treasurer with Teams at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Clive WassonEntertainers from the Relay For Life at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Front from left are Andrew McBrearty, Denis Curran, Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising Irish Cancer Society Paddy Bradley and Oisin Bradley. Back from left are Paul McCahal, Caolin, Aidan Murphy, Conor McLaughlin, Hilary Anne Heatherington, Amy Meehan and Charlie Collins. Photo Clive WassonUlster Tyres group at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Clive WassonEna Barrett with Aoife Gallagher and Anita Gallagher who donted hair to the princess trust for the last three years at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Clive WassonBrenda Curran and Harry Curran from the Curran Dason Gallagher Team with Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising, Irish Cancer Society at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonAnne Marie McGrath and Eunan Walsh with Seamus Murphy, Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising, Irish Cancer Society and Charlie Quinn at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonEileen Tourish from Team Andies Stranorlar with Charlie Quinn, Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising Irish Cancer Society and Eimear Kavanagh at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonTeam Donegal ETB members Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising Irish Cancer Society at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Clive WassonEileen Tourish from Representing Team Conkers Stranorlar with Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising Irish Cancer Society and Robert O’Connor at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonRelay for Life celebrates amazing €125,000 total for 2019 – Picture Special was last modified: September 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Irish Cancer SocietyRelay for Lifelast_img read more

The right time for fertilizer application pays (because the wrong time is so costly)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When it comes to understanding the right time to apply nutrients, it is important to know when it is the wrong time.Several years ago it had been a wet and frustrating fall for getting any field work done in the Lost Creek Watershed in northwest Ohio. It was followed by a fairly cold winter and there was an extended period of frozen conditions in February that provided a great opportunity to catch up for lost time.“We got a nice window and pretty much every dealer in the area was working on spreading fertilizer on frozen ground. There was about four inches of snow cover. Less than a week later we received a three-plus-inch rain event that melted the snow and allowed for major surface runoff on the frozen ground. There was rain/snow in the forecast, but no one was forecasting a three-inch rain. So the farmers and dealers that were spreading weren’t really in the wrong. However, those conditions create a high risk for nutrients to leave the field and in this case that happened. It warmed up and we got a big rain and the toilet flushed,” said Clint Nester, with Nester Ag, LLC in Williams County. “It was the one of the biggest phosphorus levels Heidelberg University has ever recorded in the water monitoring of the watershed. Those applications were made at the wrong time — everything else was right — and we lost nutrients big time.”In many ways, the right time is the easiest of the 4Rs to understand, but one of the hardest to actually do. Hindsight can make the wrong times to apply fertilizer seem very obvious, but the process of determining the right time can be quickly convoluted by weather uncertainties, changing soil conditions, farm work logistics, and just plain old bad luck.“If you are a really good weatherman you can avoid a lot of those spikes you see with phosphorus loss from fields, but we know how well that works. That big rain event in the Lost Creek Watershed really opened some eyes in the area, including for our business,” Nester said. “Until that time we still had customers that took that opportunity to spread on frozen ground because it worked well for the logistics of getting things done. After that, guys backed off of doing that. Farmers don’t want their money floating down the river. And when that happens you never know what you really lost and don’t know how much to re-apply. In many cases, you have to assume you lost it all and you end up re-applying the whole rate. That gets expensive.”Senate Bill 1 sets some fairly clear, common sense guidelines for applying nutrients at the right time in the Western Lake Erie Basin watershed. Specifically, for applications of granular fertilizer (defined as nitrogen or phosphorous) in the Western Lake Erie Basin, a person may not apply:1. On snow-covered or frozen soil;2. When the top two inches of soil are saturated from precipitation;3. When the local weather forecast prediction for the application area contains greater than a 50% chance of precipitation exceeding: one inch in a 12-hour period for granular fertilizer or one-half inch in a 24-hour period for manure.These requirements can be exempted if the fertilizer/nutrient is injected into the ground, incorporated within 24 hours of surface application or applied to a growing crop. This is the law for all or part of 24 counties in northwest Ohio.For businesses certified through Ohio’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, these SB 1 rules are a good common-sense start to avoiding costly nutrient loss by applying at the right time, said Chris Horning, the North Data Operational Lead for Sunrise Cooperative. Sunrise was among the first 4R Certified businesses.Chris Horning“We have a yearly applicator training that covers the 4Rs and usually the auditors will be out talking to the nutrient applicators when they are doing the audit. They incorporate a lot of the 4Rs into the two-day training session,” Horning said. “The applicators know that if they are in the field, 95% of the time the weather forecast is not going to tell you about a three- or four-inch gully washer. If they are sitting there and the sky is black, they know they need to check back with the office and make sure they are still on track with the operation manager and the grower as far as the timing goes. If there are any questions on field conditions or the way the weather looks, they need to check back in. We do a lot of things ahead of time to try and not get in that position sitting in the fields in the spring waiting to putting fertilizer on, but rainfall is one of the biggest issues that creates challenges. Most guys don’t want you out there in saturated soils anyway and the frozen ground we know to avoid.”Sunrise has seen a big shift to spring application away from putting on nutrients in the fall. The cooperative also works on more applications of smaller amounts of nutrients.“We are geared up with equipment to split those applications up with in-crop dry applications and we are working with farmers with Y-Drops, using different nitrogen models to determine the right rate for the growing season. And for the fall applications, we are putting down just a one-year supply of nutrients and not two or three,” Horning said. “We have been working closely with the 4R guidelines and if we are spreading in the fall, it is incorporated within 24 hours and that takes a lot of pressure off.”Horning said another very useful tool for nutrient applicators is the Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper (ONMRK) app. The app was developed with input from Ohio State University Extension in Knox County, Ohio Farm Bureau, and Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District to meet the new state recordkeeping requirements for both SB 1 and Senate Bill 150. ONMRK helps farmers comply with state laws by recording their fertilizer or manure application as well as the current weather conditions and forecast for the next 24 hours.“That is really handy. It gives you the 12-hour and 24-hour forecast for the spot you are sitting and really helps you meet the guidelines. It also helps with documenting it as well. You can get that app for free on your phone. It will even tell you if an application is recommended or not,” Horning said. “It really helps us to be compliant.”The requirements of SB1 create a base to further refine nutrient application recommendations from Nester Ag that has also been certified through 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program.“Guys are paying big dollars to put those nutrients out on the land and when we make recommendations we don’t put a fudge factor on there for what is going to the ditch. We want the nutrients they apply to the field to stay in the field. Those laws are in place but it also makes sense with economics to keep those nutrients in the field,” Nester said. “Those laws are only for nitrogen and phosphorus, so if you wanted to spread potash when a rain is coming there is no law to say you can’t do that, but we tell guys it is a high risk time to apply those and that they need to avoid any potential for the nutrients to leave the field. That just makes sense economically and environmentally.”Beyond those basics outlined in SB 1, there are still many right (and wrong) times to apply nutrients to fields. There are clear advantages to minimizing nutrient loss by applying the right rates of nutrients as close to the time when the plants need them as possible during the growing season.“If a guy can apply in the spring I would say that probably reduces the risk of losing those nutrients because you don’t have them out there during the winter months when you can get those two- or three-inch rains on frozen ground and soil is moving,” Nester said. “But, on the acres that some guys cover, they just can’t do it all in the spring. In some cases, they will do some of their acres in the fall and leave their leakier fields — the fields that are more prone to leaching — to get to in the spring. With nitrogen we still tell our guys to break that total nitrogen up if possible so maybe they’ll be putting a little on with their broadcast fertilizer, maybe some ammonium sulfate. Then they could come in with some starter on the planter and then come back with some weed and feed either before or after the planter, based on their program. Then we can come back with sidedress and some guys are now coming back with the Y-Drops for a fifth trip.”But even with the extensive effort to put nitrogen on at the right time for the plant, loss is still possible.“Nitrogen loss is very weather dependent. This year there was not much loss in this area. In 2015, though, we saw an example of too much rain and definite nitrogen loss in the corn crop,” Nester said. “We have seen instances when you get early spring rains and if you have put everything out up front, you get problems. Having it split up reduces the risk of losing huge amounts of nitrogen. If you lose 10% of 10% it is a big difference compared to losing 10% of your total nitrogen.”The right time for phosphorous applications involves considering an entirely different set of factors. There are plenty of wrong times to apply phosphorous, but there are some things that can be done to expand the windows of “right time” opportunities.“Phosphorus is a whole different animal and it is hard to pinpoint because we have such a large pool of phosphorus available in the soil that is not available to the plant. It is always cycling. We have tried to put out phosphorus plots to learn more. You can not spread phosphorus one year and you won’t see a yield decrease unless you have critically low P levels. We can’t show much data about timing of phosphorus applications making a difference one way or another,” Nester said. “We do know if we can avoid putting it on the surface in the fall it reduces the chance to lose that dissolved reactive phosphorus over the surface or though the tile.  Incorporating it can be a viable solution to try and keep it in the field.“No-till situations can lead to bigger pores and more pathways for it to get to the tile. Strip-tilling phosphorus in the fall can work too as a pretty safe way to apply. You put it right in the soil at the root zone where the crop will need it. We work with guys who strip-till and we have been able to reduce rates by about 20% and we checked it with strips in the field and we are not taking any yield hit with that 20% reduction. Strip-tilling it in in the fall is very efficient. You are getting it incorporated in the soil and we can apply less fertilizer and keep yields up. It saves money and doesn’t allow for much runoff to the streams.”Cover crops are also a great tool for making more opportunities to apply at the right time.“We preach cover crops to our customers for a multitude of reasons. Hopefully they get a yield gain, they reduce erosion and they help keep nutrients in the field,” he said. “The ideal situation in the fall is to apply to a cover crop — something that is going to overwinter. Some guys plant radishes or oats and as soon as we get the first freeze they are done. There was some research that showed radishes alone as a cover crop were bringing nutrients to the surface and really concentrating them there to the point that it was more of a detriment to planting radishes only than getting a benefit. If you are going to run one cover crop it should be something that will stay green all winter. And, if you are going to apply when conditions are a little iffy, a cover crop definitely reduces that risk factor.”Ultimately, the right rate of the right product at the right place does little good if applied at the wrong time.“You can do three things right with the 4Rs and still be wrong,” Nester said. “You have to do them all and follow those four key principles. You can’t just do one.”For more, visit 4rcertified.org.last_img read more

One mother’s struggle to care for her wounded warrior

first_img“He was home and told me, “Mom, I have a bad feeling about this one, I don’t think I’m going to be coming home.” I held his face in my hands and said, “I don’t care how you do it, what you have to do, but you will be coming home to me and I will be by your side every step of the way.””Evan was released from Bethesda National Naval Medical but his road to recovery is a never ending battle in and out of medical treatment facilities and rehabilitation centers. As a veteran caregiver, Denise has spent months living in areas across the nation with Evan to make sure he gets the best treatment possible. What helped her get through was her continuous determination and unfailing support from family and friends. The most positive aspect of caregiving is that Evan is home with us.”If you are a military family caregiver and would like to hear more about Denise’s story or would like advice on caring for wounded warriors, please contact Denise Mettie at ([email protected]).For information on tips for caring for wounded, ill and injured service members check out our Military Caregiving homepage.Also, if you are a caring for a veteran or wounded service member, we would like to hear from you. Please share your experiences, heartaches and advice for others in caregiving situations with us today. Comments can be made below. Mettie FamilyBackground–January 1, 2006January 1, 2006 will always be remembered as the day that Denise Mettie’s son, U.S. Army Specialist, Evan Mettie was almost taken from her. During Army Specialist Mettie’s second deployment to Iraq his team was involved in a suicide car bomb, leaving him with a severe traumatic brain injury due to shrapnel from the improvised explosive device (IED).Evan was in the “gunners” position of the Humvee when they stopped to investigate a parked car on the side of the road. When his team challenged the car’s driver, the driver blew himself and the car up. The effects from the IED inevitably affected Evan and his team nearby.Evan received a shrapnel wound (fragments from bomb or ammunition) to the left side of his brain. Some members of his unit said it looked as if the left side of his head had been blown off. When a medic arrived to Evan’s aid, she quickly got him out of the Humvee, bandaged his head and intubated him. The Air Mission Commander requested an emergency landing at which time Evan was flown to the nearest medical treatment facility in Baghadad.Once Evan was stabilized at the medical treatment facility in Baghdad from shrapnel that remain lodged in the left side of his brain, he was then evacuated to Landstuhl, Germany to undergo surgery for bleeding behind his left eye. Denise and her family were on orders by the Department of the Army’s Wounded in Action Branch (DA WIA) to head to Germany. However, because they had neither passports, nor birth certificates readily available the family was flown to Washington, D.C. where the DA WIA was making arrangements for the paperwork. Meanwhile in Germany, Evan was stabilizing miraculously from the injury, so much so that the U.S. Army medevac’d him to Bethesda National Naval Medical Center in Washington, D.C.Denise and her family were to learn later on that the rush to get to Germany was so that she and her family could say their last goodbyes; Evan was not expected to live.Coming to his side at the hospitalUpon arrival to the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center, Denise and her family were warned by healthcare professionals that Evan looked horrible and to expect tubes and life support equipment.“When we walked into his room, my immediate reaction was “he looks beautiful, thank you God!”” In reality, Evan’s head was a maze of staples, he suffered fractures to all of his facial bones, his eyes and nose were swollen and he had respirator tubes hooked up through his mouth. The biggest concern at that moment though for doctors was that Evan had bleeding at the brain stem.Through weeks of trials and tribulations, Evan continued to fight. Denise and her husband stayed by his side continually. After about a month Denise’s husband needed to return home to Washington state for work and to take care of their two teenage daughters. Denise had to take a leave of absence from her job at the U.S. Bank, a position she never returned to. Her new position–full-time military family caregiver to her son Evan.Military Family CaregiverWhen Evan deployed for the last time in 2005, Denise will always remember her last conversation with her son and the promise she made to him…center_img “I thought I was strong enough to handle it alone, I was wrong. For the first time in my life this was something completely out of my control. I thought I had faith before but this was profound, I now knew what it was like to surrender complete control.”Denise learned the importance of communicating with family and friends–the need to ask for help. Financially Denise and her family struggled to make ends meet with traveling from medical treatment facilities and rehabilitation centers and Evans medical bills. But with support from neighbors and their local community they were able to raise enough funds to offset some of the expenses. Family also helped in alleviating the overwhelming emotions and daily needs that Denise was responsible for as Evan’s caregiver.Evan’s current schedule at home consists of one hour on the Quadriciser (a machine that restores strength, balance, circulation, range of motion and overall wellness). Monday, Wednesday, and Friday he stands for 40 minutes with a “sit-to-stand” chair that works to hold his head and move his arms up and down. Tuesday and Thursday, Evan has mat therapy, the practice of leaning forward, backward and stabilizing himself. While each day consists of small movements, it is a small step that his body must do to relearn body movement.To date, Evan has been diagnosed as being in a “Locked-In” state. He understands his surroundings and responds with yes/no eye blinks; he does not speak; his vision has improved from the nerve damage in his left eye; and he is deaf in his right ear. Through the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Evan is able to smile, hold his head up and even laugh. Evan still requires 24/7 care from Denise and their home-healthcare practitioners because he is unable to purposefully move his body.Denise’s caregiving journey is filled with hope; she continues to be amazed by Evan’s determination and strength of will.“We did lose our “old” Evan, but God did give us a “new” Evan, and we are eternally grateful for that.”Caregiving advice from DeniseThrough the years of caring for her son, Denise has had to learn about Evan’s specific medical condition, research new advances in spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury and advocate for proper treatment and care. Her advice and guidance as a military caregiver would be admired by any mother, father or military spouses in any wounded warrior situation.“In retrospect what has helped us the most throughout this journey is an unfailing faith, researching and learning everything we can about our son’s injury and continuous advocacy for our wounded warrior. There will be times when you feel like you are doing this alone–you are not. Become active in groups pertaining to your wounded service member’s injury–online, in person, by phone. Cultivate a network of friends to chat with, ask questions and just be there for each other. And remember to never give up!” “Alive Day,” a term used in the military to describe the moment a service member almost lost their life while in combat.last_img read more

Your Price Is Higher Than We Pay Now

first_img“We really like you, but your price is higher than what we are paying now.”If your prospective client is dissatisfied enough to move, they are dissatisfied enough to pay more for the better result that you are selling.The difference between your price and their incumbent supplier’s price is the value of eliminating the dissatisfaction that is compelling your prospect to change.Matching the PriceIf you are simply matching the price, you aren’t selling. You are allowing your prospect to gamble, to make a bet that what they are doing is working for them, that only their lousy supplier needs to change. This is why so many buyers change from one supplier to the next supplier to the next, never getting the result that they really need. The salespeople that call on them don’t sell them on change. They just replace the current supplier, leaving the dissatisfaction right where they found it.Reducing the PriceIf you are actually reducing the price, then “price” is what you are really selling. You aren’t selling the greater value that you create. Instead, you are removing the resistance to buying by eliminating price as an obstacle. You are trying to make selling easy. This lets the customer off the hook when it comes to change. They aren’t paying for new value, and they have no skin in the game. This is what weak salespeople and weak sales organizations do.Increasing the PriceWhen you ask for more money, your prospective client has to get serious about change. They are now paying more, and they are going to expect more. If you are really selling, you’ve helped your client understand what is going to need to change on their end, in addition to them paying more for the results they need. You will have told them about the time, the energy, and the leadership that is going to be required. And you will have sold them on the value that you are going to create and why it is worth paying more to obtain. If your prospective client is dissatisfied enough to move, they are dissatisfied enough to pay more for the better result that you are selling. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Four Hydro One employees killed in helicopter crash in eastern Ontario

first_imgTWEED, Ont. – With little daylight at their disposal and a deep freeze setting in late Thursday, investigators quickly scoured the wreckage of a deadly helicopter crash in eastern Ontario.None of the four Hydro One employees on board the Aerospatiale AS350-B2 chopper survived the crash, which happened shortly before noon, police said.Parts of the aircraft were scattered over a snow-covered field outside Tweed, north of Kingston.While provincial police confirmed the four deaths, and said that next of kin had been notified, the names of the victims were not released.Darkness and a cold front that saw wind chill temperatures drop to near minus 30 eventually forced investigators to wait until first light on Friday to continue their probe into why the helicopter went down.“We will document the scene, photograph the scene, gather as much information at the scene as we can,” Transportation Safety Board investigator Peter Rowntree said as Ontario Provincial Police cordoned off the crash site for the night.“At some point the wreckage will be removed to another facility so we can examine it in a warmer climate.”Crews had been ferried by helicopter in and out of the area for weeks as they worked on hydro lines strung on the towers that cross the property, said Kim Clayton, who lives near the crash site and grew used to hearing choppers fly back and forth.Clayton said there was no indication of any trouble until a loud crash shook the house. She scrambled to a window, where she said she saw part of the chopper in the trees that surround an open field. Other hydro crew members were running around, yelling that a helicopter had crashed and to call 911, she said.“My heart started pounding in my chest,” said Clayton, 45, who moved onto the property just six weeks ago. “I was in panic mode.”Initially Clayton didn’t think the situation was that bad but then she said she feared for the worst when she saw ambulances turn away without transporting any of the chopper’s crew.“I then said to myself, ‘They’re not coming out of this’.”The helicopter was apparently heading for a landing, Clayton said, adding she was relieved it didn’t hit anyone on the ground or her horses, which were on the other side of the field.Clayton, whose husband was away and children in school, said she choked up when the orange tape started going up and she realized just how bad it was.“They have families, it’s almost Christmas time,” Clayton said. “I still can’t believe four guys died on this property today and it’s sad.”The Tweed fire department and several provincial police cruisers responded to the crash but there was little they could do. Ontario’s air ambulance service was also called to the scene but left without loading any casualties.In a statement, Hydro One expressed its condolences to the victims’ families.“We are deeply saddened to confirm that an incident involving one of our helicopter aircraft occurred in the Tweed area and has resulted in four fatalities,” Hydro One said in a statement.The utility also said it would do what it could to help employees and their families affected by the tragedy.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed his sympathies.“Tragic news from eastern Ontario today,” Trudeau tweeted. “My deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed in the helicopter crash near Tweed.”Rowntree said investigators would be looking at a wide range of factors to determine a possible cause of the crash, including photographic evidence of the wreckage.“We’ll also be looking at pilot records, training records for the pilot, aircraft maintenance records, aircraft history,” he said.“All that stuff we’ll be looking at including weather at the time, and just looking at all the environmental factors to see if anything played a factor in what we’re seeing here.”The single-engine AS350 is a utility helicopter often used for corporate purposes and by police.In July 2007, the same model clipped a guy wire in northern Ontario and crashed, seriously injuring a Hydro One worker and the pilot. And in January 2015, an AS350 crashed in Saskatchewan during hydro cable stringing, seriously injuring the pilot. In both cases, pilot error was to blame.last_img read more

Kanchelskis Martial could replace Ronaldo at Real Madrid

first_imgFormer Manchester United midfielder Andrei Kanchelskis doubts that Anthony Martial will be at the club next seasonThe French striker has had a drastic turn around in fortunes at Old Trafford this season in light of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez’s struggles.Martial has scored seven times in 12 Premier League outings and appears to have rediscovered the form that led United to fork out £36m to sign him from AS Monaco in 2015.Martial’s existing deal at United will expire at the end of the season, but the club does still retain the option to extend it for another year and hope to agree on a renewal.But talks between Martial’s representatives and United have been ongoing for a long time now with the Frenchman’s agent, Philippe Lamboley, announcing his client wanted to leave in June.And Kanchelskis can’t see Martial hanging around and instead he believes Martial could end up emulating Cristiano Ronaldo by moving to Real and, potentially, becoming their star man.“Martial won’t be playing for Man Utd next season and I think he could follow the same route that [Cristiano] Ronaldo did by moving to Real Madrid,” Kanchelskis told Bwin.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Martial is young and has started to show what he can do. If he can reach his potential, he has the chance to go and replace Ronaldo as Madrid’s next Galactico.“He obviously still has a lot to learn, but there’s a chance for him to make it happen.”The Russian also predicts another exit from United in goalkeeper David de Gea, who is yet to agree on a new long-term contract.United recently activated an option to extend the Spaniard’s current deal by another 12 months.“De Gea won’t sign a new contract so the club have to decide whether they cash in on him in the summer,” said Kanchelskis.“With [Thibaut] Courtois going to Real Madrid, Juventus and PSG could be two destinations for him. I think Juventus are building a very strong team and he may want to be a part of that.”last_img read more