Helicopter company suspends operations following Kobe Bryant crash

first_imgNational Transportation Board(LOS ANGELES) — Island Express, the company listed as the owner in the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others said it is canceling all flights until further notice.The California company had regularly provided private helicopter flights for Bryant, and others, in addition to sightseeing flights for tourists.“All services (regular and charter) were immediately suspended following the tragic accident on Sunday, January 26,” the company said in a statement on Thursday. “The shock of the accident affected all staff, and management decided that service would be suspended until such time as it was deemed appropriate for staff and customers.”Bryant had chartered the flight on Sunday morning to fly to Mamba Sports Academy for a girls basketball tournament featuring his daughter’s team. Two other children, Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli, as well as a coach, Christina Mauser, were on the flight. Chester’s mother, Sarah, and Altobelli’s mother and father, Keri and John, were also killed in the accident.Pilot Ara Zobayan, who had worked for the company for over 10 years, was the ninth victim.Island Express said in a statement on Monday that it owned the Sikorsky S76 helicopter and promised to cooperate with the National Transportation Safety Board in investigating the accident.“One of our helicopters, N72EX, Sikorsky S76, was involved in an accident on Sunday, January 26th in the Calabasas area of LA County,” the company said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our top priority is providing assistance to the families of the passengers and the pilot. We hope that you will respect their privacy at this extremely difficult time.”“We are working closely with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate the cause of the accident and we are grateful to the first responders and local authorities for their response to this unimaginable accident,” it added.The helicopter took off from John Wayne Airport and was headed toward Thousand Oaks.NTSB member Jennifer Homendy said Tuesday the helicopter was not equipped with a Terrain Awareness Warning System, or TAWS, which could have alerted the pilot that he was flying too close to the mountain. The NTSB recommended to the Federal Aviation Administration following a 2004 crash that all helicopters should be equipped with the system, but it was not implemented.It’s unclear whether the system would’ve prevented the accident, which took place in heavy enough fog that the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said it kept its choppers grounded.The NTSB investigation continues, with a preliminary report expected next week. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sneak peek: Boomin reveals TV ads it will run for next THREE years

first_imgBoomin has revealed the TV ads to be featured within its debut consumer advertising onslaught, which will be a wry campaign that does its best to explain the myriad ways the public can use the platform.This is the start of the huge media spend that co-founder Michael Bruce has been promising for many months. After debuting this weekend, the ads will run almost daily over the next three years nationally.The ad, which comes in several versions, features an array of characters including a nun, fisherman, office worker and a sodden camping couple to get the key message over – ‘when you use Boomin, good things happen’ ahead of its official launch on Good Friday.The first TV ad will air on Channel 4 in a prime time Friday night slot at 9pm during Gogglebox and will run the following night on ITV during Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.The ads are wry and entertaining and work hard to explain to a public unaware of Boomin what it does.Different iterations of the ads focus on its services for both buyers and sellers but has a lot of ground to cover.MatchmakerThis includes arranging house viewings direct via the platform, its matchmaker service to alert buyers when properties come up for sale on their dream street and for vendors to gauge interest before they hit the market, and sneak peaks of homes before they come to market.All while describing itself as the ‘next generation property site’ and a ‘game changer’.“I would like to thank the entire team for their tireless dedication and commitment working remotely but collectively during unprecedented times and also a big thank you should go to the Founder Agents that have placed their trust in us,” says Bruce.“ We will not let you down. The real hard work is just beginning as we progress our journey. Our platform will never stand still. We will continue to test, learn and innovate to drive the customer/agent experience ever forward.”Watch the adBoomin TV ads Boomin Michael Bruce March 31, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » Sneak peek: Boomin reveals TV ads it will run for next THREE years previous nextMarketingSneak peek: Boomin reveals TV ads it will run for next THREE yearsAds are part of consumer marketing onslaught due to kick off on Good Friday at 9pm on Channel 4.Nigel Lewis31st March 202101,369 Viewslast_img read more

HMAS Ballarat Celebrates Tenth Birthday

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Birthday View post tag: HMAS July 29, 2014 The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Ballarat proudly celebrated her tenth birthday recently, on a characteristically windy day at Fleet Base West. It was a busy time for the ship’s crew as they were preparing Ballarat to enter the Anti Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade program, whilst simultaneously bringing Ballarat’s sister ship, HMAS Anzac, back into service after completing the upgrade.As Ballarat was being readied for the upgrade that will see a major increase in her capabilitiies, the ship’s company took time out to celebrate the significant milestone marking a decade of service to the Navy.To celebrate the event, the members of Ballarat’s crew mustered in the hangar to wish her a happy birthday including cutting a cake made by her own Chefs. The cake was cut by the ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Matt Doornbos, assisted by crew members Seaman Rylan Painter (the ship’s youngest crew member) and Chief Petty Officer Tony ‘Angry’ Anderson, a member of Ballarat’s commissioning crew.“It is a very proud moment to see the ‘Ole Girl’ turn 10, and I wish her all the best through the Anti Ship Missile Defence Upgrade.“I trust that future crews enjoy as many good times as I have in my postings to Ballarat,” Chief Petty Officer Anderson said.HMAS Ballarat is the second RAN ship to bear the name and is the eighth Anzac Class Guided Missile Frigate to be built by the then Tenix Defence Systems in Williamstown, Australia.She was laid down in August 2000, launched in May 2002 and commissioned on 26 June 2004.Over the past ten years Ballarat has steamed in excess of 27,000 hours for a distance greater than of 324,000 nautical miles.[mappress]Press Release, July 29, 2014; Image: Australian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Ballarat Celebrates Tenth Birthday View post tag: Naval View post tag: celebrates View post tag: Navy HMAS Ballarat Celebrates Tenth Birthday View post tag: Ballarat Training & Education View post tag: Tenth Share this articlelast_img read more

USS Blue Ridge back in the water

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Blue Ridge back in the water View post tag: USS Blue Ridge February 16, 2016 Share this article View post tag: US 7th Fleetcenter_img Authorities USS Blue Ridge back in the water U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan to conduct sea trials after spending six months dry-docked in the harbor.During sea trials, Blue Ridge will execute a series of exercises, testing every aspect of the ship and crew, from full power runs and boilers flexes to seamanship training including man overboard and abandon ship drills.Blue Ridge spent the last six months in selected restricted availability (SRA), making repairs and improvements throughout the ship, ranging from major systems upgrades in information systems department and engineering department to habitability upgrades.Blue Ridge Operations Officer, Lt. Daniel Kohlbeck: “Sea trials is an opportunity to test the crew in all areas of the ship. We just spent the last six months tied to the pier for renovations and repairs and now, we need to switch our mindset to being at sea.”“Sea trials will give us the opportunity to adjust to the high-tempo daily routine that being underway demands.”Blue Ridge chief engineer, Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Hartley, added: “Sea trials is our opportunity to fully test the ship in a safe environment. Throughout dock trials and since the light off assessment, the engineers are already fully engaged and ready to deploy. We will be doing a full power run to check that all of our systems work in tandem.”“The crew’s focus will be key in determining if there are any outstanding issues that need to be addressed prior to our deployment in support of 7th Fleet operations.”Blue Ridge, a U.S. Navy command ship which has been commissioned in November 1970, has been forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, for 36 years.[mappress mapid=”17708″]last_img read more

4-H Kids Contest Kicks Off At The Vanderburgh County Fair

first_imgThe Vanderburgh County Fair is holding it’s 98th fair starting Monday.Students had their projects judged for the chance to have their innovations showcased in the fair this week.Audrey Gumbel, 4-H participant, signed up for the second year in a row.“I made an apron with donuts and sprinkles and I made a pillow and I made, I decorated a cake,” says Gumbel.She is one of the hundreds of kids who showed up at the 4-H auditorium to exhibit their projects. The program has nearly 80 exhibits open to kids from Kindergarten to twelfth grade.Categories included sewing, gift wrapping, Lego building, cake decorating, and much more.Meagan Brothers, County Extension Director, says 4-H offers a lot to the participants.“4-H is a great way for kids to learn new skills. It gives them the chance to say I learned something new and here’s what I can do with it,” says Brothers.Judges met with the participants to discuss their projects with them.“Seeing these kids come in and you know they’re in third grade making things I have never made before and I’m just like oh this is the future of sewing,” says Rebekah Cage, volunteer judge. “This is really cool. And I hope these kids to stay with it and do something with it because they are doing very, very good work and it’s really cool to see.”The winners of each category will receive a ribbon and have their projects displayed.“Being able to see the kids bring in their projects with these big smiles on their faces, sit and talk with the judges, and share how excited they are about what they did, is a really cool experience.” 4-H Kids Contest Kicks Off At The Vanderburgh County FairJULY 21ST, 2018 MEGAN DIVENTI INDIANA CommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Glovers to hold bread open day

first_imgLancashire’s Glovers Bakery is to showcase its new range of speciality and healthy breads by holding its first open day on Saturday.The firm has linked up with ingredients supplier Zeelandia for the event. It hopes to inspire and educate shoppers about artisan breads, with demonstrations, tastings and displays on 19 May, at its Leyland shop.The range of breads includes Fiesta Corn, Exakt Ciabatta, O’mega – enriched with Omega 3 fatty acids, and Prokorn – a multigrain bread.last_img

Dead Feat Announces Dead & Co Alpine Valley Pre-Party, First Show Outside NOLA

first_imgDead Feat has become a highly anticipated event in New Orleans during the evenings and weekends bound by New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The all-star collaboration pairs members of Little Feat with a cast of musicians well-versed in the music of the Grateful Dead for a performance that mixes material from both band’s songbooks and beyond. Now, CEG & T-Presents have announced that they are bringing Dead Feat to Alpine Valley Resort in Elkhorn, WI on Saturday, June 23. The show will serve as a pre-party ahead of Dead & Company‘s second of two performances at East Troy’s fabled Alpine Valley Music Theatre later that evening. It also marks Dead Feat’s first-ever performance outside the Big Easy.Dead Feat’s Alpine Valley performance will feature original and longtime Little Feat members Paul Barrere, Fred Tackett, and Kenny Gradney along with frequent Phil & Friends player Jackie Greene, longtime Grateful Dead offshoot project veteran Jason Crosby, and percussionist Wally Ingram, who served as the rhythmic backbone for the first ever Bobby & Phil Duo tour earlier this year.The best part–Dead Feat’s two-set, 2pm performance takes place a mere 300 yards from Alpine Valley Music Theatre, giving fans ample time to enjoy the pre-party festivities and make their way to Dead & Co before showtime.A will be a limited number of $45 Early Bird Pre-Sale tickets are available now. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 4th at 11 AM CST / 12 PM EST. Tickets are available online through Ticketweb and Nolafunk‘s website as well as via phone at (866) 777-8932.last_img read more

Camp Bisco Announces 2019 Lineup: Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, Bassnectar, More

first_imgToday, Camp Bisco has announced the lineup for their 2019 event, set to take place on July 18th, 19th, and 20th at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA.In addition to six sets from host band The Disco Biscuits, Camp Bisco 2019 will feature performances by a mix of fan-favorite electronic and jam artists including Bassnectar, Odesza, Tipper, STS9, Umphrey’s McGee, Ganja White Night, Liquid Snails, Space Jesus + Friends, 1 7 8 8 – L, Anomalie, Aqueous, Bleep Bloop, Ekali, Ghost-Note, Herobust, Jack Harlow, Jade Cicada, Kalya Scintilla & Eve Olution, Kasbo, Louis Futon, Manic Focus, Minnesota, Mr. Bill, Mr.Bill.Gates, Octave Cat, PNUMA (Live), Rusko, Spafford, The Soul Rebels ft. GZA, SunSquabi, TAUK, Twiddle, Walker & Royce, Whipped Cream, Yheti, Yultron, Yung Bae, Eminence Ensemble, Evanoff, The Fritz, and many more.Below, you can get excited for 2019 with the official recap film from last year’s event:Camp Bisco 2018 Recap VideoA limited number of advance passes will go on sale this Friday, March 8th, at noon. Payment plan options are also available. For more information and ticketing details for Camp Bisco 2019, head over to the festival website.last_img read more

Three keys to better branding in 2021

first_img This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img Branding in 2021 is not going to look massively different than branding in previous years…it will just be about a thousand times more critical that you get it right.In the current market environment, financial institutions need a lot to succeed. Dedicated staff, amped-up employee wellness and thoughtful leadership are a given. However, credit unions and community banks cannot afford to lose sight of the important role branding will play in their success next year.Your brand is the rock upon which your financial institution is built and the system to which it can always turn, even in the most challenging times (looking at you, 2020). With that in mind, consider the following keys to better branding in 2021.Reinforce your brand positioning and messageIf there was ever a time to double-down on your key brand identity, this is it. Your answer to the consumer question, “Why should I choose you?” is critical. You must continue to answer this question and honestly define why you exist and what you do best for consumers. They are looking for solutions and connection; these things come from your brand positioning and message (which we help you find in Phase Three of the CU Growth Accelerator™).last_img read more