Brit set to announce takeover

first_img whatsapp whatsapp Brit set to announce takeover Show Comments ▼ Brit Insurance is expected to announce its £870m sale to private equity pair Apollo and CVC Capital today, at the same time as its third-quarter results. The Lloyd’s of London insurer and sponsor of the England cricket team agreed a deal in principle in September, with the joint buyers paying £10.45 a share. Tags: NULL Sharecenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farm Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Monday 25 October 2010 8:35 pm KCS-content last_img read more

Moody’s downgrades Ireland by two notches

first_img whatsapp Friday 15 April 2011 3:34 am John Dunne Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Moody’s cut Ireland’s sovereign rating by two notches to the verge of junk status and kept its outlook on negative, pushing the euro lower and adding to renewed pressure on the euro zone’s weaker countries.The downgrade cut short a rare spell of good news for debt-ridden Ireland after the government said on Thursday it had passed a review of its economic progress by creditors and ratings agency Fitch upgraded its outlook.The move also followed a soaring of Greek borrowing costs to new highs on Thursday after Germany said for the first time that Athens may have to restructure its huge public debt, turning up the heat on fellow strugglers Ireland and Portugal.Moody’s said Ireland’s growing debt burden was expected to be high by EU standards and that weak economic growth prospects together with the expected decline of the government’s financial strength threatened its ability to manage debt as it has done in the past.“Should the intended fiscal consolidation goals not be met, a further rating downgrade would likely follow,” Moody’s said. “Moreover, a further deterioration in the country’s economic outlook would also exert downward pressure on the rating.”Moody’s said the downgrade to BAA3 from BAA1 – which puts its rating two notches below both Fitch and Standard and Poor’s – was also due to uncertainty around solvency tests required by the European Stabilization Mechanism (ESM).It said the country may need to take further austerity measures to meet its fiscal goals and that its financial position may suffer as a result of rises in European Central Bank interest rates.It added, however, that upward pressures could also develop on the rating and that Ireland’s long-term potential growth prospects remain higher than those of many other advanced nations.The euro fell to a session low against the dollar after the ratings cut, falling as low as $1.4451, down 0.2 per cent on the day, and moving further away from its 15-month high around $1.4521 hit earlier this week. Moody’s downgrades Ireland by two notches Share Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap whatsapplast_img read more

Apopka Burglary Report

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Apopka Burglary Report: Week Ending – 3/24/2018The Apopka Burglary Report for the week ending March 24th shows seven burglaries reported in the City of Apopka.One burglary was reported at a business located in the 600 Block of East Mason Avenue.Three burglaries were reported at residences in the 200 BLOCK of Alabama Avenue, the 1000 BLOCK of DEKLEVA DR, and the 900 BLOCK of E LISA LN.Three vehicle burglaries were reported in the 300 BLOCK of CHANDLER ESTATES DR, the 200 block of South Park Avenue, and the 200 BLOCK of PICKFORD CIR.Chief Michael McKinley of the Apopka Police Department tells us that many vehicle burglaries could have been prevented if everyone remembers to do just two things:Remove all valuables from your vehicleLock your car doorsThe breakdown of the burglaries reported to the Apopka Police Department last week:1 – Business3 – Residential3 – Vehicle Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSApopka Burglary ReportApopka Police DepartmentBusiness Burglary ReportResidential Burglary ReportVehicle Burglary Report Previous articleFEMA reminder: Hurricane season starts June 1stNext articleFlorida Hospital expands program for patients with autism, developmental delays and other special needs Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Jordan Jackson-Hope red carded for dangerous tackle vs New Zealand Barbarians

first_imgMonday Oct 13, 2014 Jordan Jackson-Hope red carded for dangerous tackle vs New Zealand Barbarians A quick look at an awful tackle from the Australian Schools flyhalf Jordan Jackson-Hope against the New Zealand Barbarians two weeks ago. Jackson-Hope was shown a straight red card after he left the referee little choice but to send him from the field for this spear or tip-tackle.The Australian side were made to pay for their one-man disadvantage, going down 39-21. “Losing our flyhalf so early in the match was not ideal for our game plan, so we had to adjust to that,” said coach Steve Philpotts. “We were a bit shell-shocked in those first 10 minutes but we remained patient and put ourselves in good positions to capitalise on the Barbarians’ errors.“I am very proud of the way we tried to play for the full 70 minutes, considering we were a man down for most of the match,” he added when reflecting on the match.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

WW Commentary: Carbon tax NO, green jobs YES!

first_imgDabancheng Power Station, the first large-scale wind power plant in China, is also the largest in Asia, with an annual generated power of 18 million watts.This is a critical time for the world. What happens over the next few decades can determine the health of our planet for centuries to come.Every aware person should certainly know by now that the U.S. government is the biggest obstacle to any meaningful global effort to cut carbon emissions. But it isn’t just Trump, troglodyte that he is. Scientists have been ignored by every administration in Washington since they first began alerting politicians about climate dangers at least 40 years ago.So what can be done about it? This is where the environmental movement needs to differentiate itself from Al Gore and others who have campaigned for a carbon tax as the answer to reducing emissions. That is a totally false position and covers up class truths about the economy.This problem has just been brought into sharp focus by the Yellow Vest rebellion in France, where millions of workers and petit bourgeois have been in the streets fighting the French government over an increased tax on petrol — gas and diesel.The rich, reactionary French president, Emmanuel Macron, has had to pull back from implementing the tax right now. From being fairly popular just a year ago, he is now a hated embodiment of rule by the super-rich. Macron is no great environmentalist, but he thought he could put a new tax over by cloaking it in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.However, French workers had already been pushed to the wall by the cuts in real wages and benefits that is occurring in every capitalist country. For people in France who need to drive cars or vans to work and earn a living, the tax, camouflaged as “green,” was the last straw.What workers needThis is not just a French problem. Workers in the U.S. are facing the same freight train of capitalist austerity, precarious jobs and declining purchasing power.We all know how Trump tricked a lot of workers into voting for him by attacking regulations that he claimed destroyed their jobs. He made a big point of appealing to coal miners and factory workers — particularly white workers who at one time were making a living wage but now fear being pushed out of the job market.Trump’s promises of jobs may be wearing thin, but just seeing him discredited or losing the next election is no answer to this huge problem.What needs to be done is to put forward a program that can win workers to the environmental struggle based on their immediate needs. A carbon tax won’t do it. First of all, no workers should lose their income when a polluting plant or mine is shut down. That’s number one. Workers need a guarantee that they’ll get retraining and an income for as long as it takes to find another job. How can workers put long-term environmental issues first when they’re agonizing over how to pay next week’s rent, buy food and cover medical bills — and afford gas in their cars so they can get to work in the first place?This demand should be at the top of the environmental movement’s agenda.Workers need to know there IS another wayPolls show that “socialism” is no longer a creepy scare word to most people in the U.S., particularly young people. But the movement needs to educate people in this country about what’s actually happening in socialist countries. There are a lot of lies to overcome, but facts are stubborn things and can be brought before the people.All you hear from the capitalist media is that China has become the world’s biggest producer of carbon emissions. Okay, that’s true. But here is what you don’t hear and need to know: Per person, China’s emissions are just one-third of those by people in the U.S.According to (Carbon Offsets to Alleviate Poverty), China’s emissions are 6.2 tons per person. But U.S. emissions are 17.5 tons per person, even after so much U.S. heavy industry has been shut down in recent decades. Meanwhile, China, in just a couple of generations, has become the world’s largest producer of manufactured goods. It has been able to do this while building up a tremendous infrastructure, and that of course takes energy.Yet China has been able to keep per-person emissions much lower than the U.S., even while raising the standard of living. Hundreds of millions of Chinese people have been raised out of deep poverty.Socialism means public ownership and central planningHow can a still-developing country do this? China can make these advances because the basic infrastructure is publicly owned, not in the hands of a profit-seeking, parasitic ruling class. And China’s development is planned — with fighting climate change built into that plan. Even though the Chinese Communist Party decided in the 1980s to allow some private ownership in order to acquire the capital and technology needed for its industrial development, the 90-million-member party, which led a thoroughgoing socialist revolution that triumphed in 1949, is in command and sets the rules.Cuba is another socialist country that shows how a publicly owned and centrally planned economy, even one blockaded by the U.S., can move forward in protecting the environment. Only 4 percent of Cuba’s electric power comes from renewables, but it is implementing plans to raise that to 24 percent by 2030. China has helped Cuba acquire the technology to make solar panels. Many different agencies of the Cuban government are coordinating efforts to derive energy from biomass, wind and solar.In moving away from fossil fuels, these socialist countries did not tax the workers or cast them out of their jobs. In China’s case, it has built up hydroelectric dams, wind farms, solar fields and mass transit, modernized the power grid, and at the same time set aside hundreds of billions of dollars to maintain and retrain coal miners and other workers whose polluting industries were being phased out.It can be done. Let’s fight for it. We can’t let capitalism wreck our planet.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Palestinian movement scores big legal win for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in Britain

first_imgThe Palestine Solidarity Committee won a legal victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in Britain when the country’s highest court issued a landmark ruling that struck a blow against the Whitehall government on April 29. Supreme Court judges repudiated regulations that prohibited local governments from making “ethical” pension fund divestment decisions contrary to official policies. Members of Unite the Union, a British and Irish labor union, show support for the Palestinian people.In this case, the top court ruled that local councils had a right to divest retirement plans from companies that are complicit in Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands — and also divest from Britain’s arms industry. This decision cannot be appealed.The PSC began this legal fight in 2017 to challenge regulations issued by the British government a year earlier. Such regulations barred local councils from divesting pension plans from other countries and from Britain’s arms manufacturers. One provision specifically prohibited divesting from businesses that traded in goods produced in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories. This provision’s intended aim was to criminalize support for the BDS campaign and intimidate Palestinian activists and their allies. British Conservatives allied with Israel promoted the anti-BDS policy. They use every avenue to try to suppress the burgeoning global movement in support of Palestinian rights. But the new ruling shows they can’t stop it!The Israeli government and its allies in Europe and the U.S. have promoted anti-BDS policies and legislation. The court ruling is a significant legal victory against this effort to suppress pro-Palestinian activism and speech. There have been some other gains in Europe. The BDS movement website reported on Jan. 13 that five United Nations rapporteurs criticized the German government in October 2019 for condemning the BDS campaign based on the lie that it is “anti-Semitic.”Spurred on by this criticism, some German courts have ruled that denying Palestinian solidarity groups from public spaces violated free speech and assembly rights. There have been some other legal advances for BDS, but this campaign is still the focus of attack in many countries.There are danger signals ahead in Britain. Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared in December that he would introduce a law banning public bodies from working with anyone involved in the BDS campaign. Israel and its imperialist allies refuse to accept defeat.In the U.S., Israel succeeded in lining up officials in 28 states to enact antiboycott laws to suppress solidarity with Palestine. These laws aim especially at college campuses where support for the besieged peoples of Gaza and the West Bank runs high. Federal courts stopped Arizona, Kansas and Texas from enforcing anti-BDS laws. These rulings are a result of struggles on the ground.The worldwide BDS campaign for freedom, justice and equality is modeled on the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. It aims to pressure Israel to end its 53-year military occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people.Even during the coronavirus pandemic, this compelling movement is growing. U.S.-backed Israeli repression of the Palestinian people will not stop their struggle or quell the sympathy and solidarity of the global multinational working-class and anti-imperialist forces. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Japan Set to Ease Age Restriction on U.S. Beef

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE By Gary Truitt – Oct 10, 2012 Japan Set to Ease Age Restriction on U.S. Beef Previous articleAgriculture Gets Noticed by Presidential CandidatesNext articleWeather Change May Slow Harvest Progress Gary Truittcenter_img Facebook Twitter Source: NAFB News service Home Indiana Agriculture News Japan Set to Ease Age Restriction on U.S. Beef Japan’s health ministry could receive approval for relaxing the age limit on U.S. beef from the nation’s Food Safety Commission as early as this month. Japan intends to move the age limit from 20 months to 30 months next year. A spokesperson at the ministry’s food safety department says the limit could be further relaxed to six years – but didn’t give a timeframe for that change. The Director at the International Animal Health Affairs Office of the Agriculture Ministry says they believe the safety of beef is ensured by eliminating risk materials from the meat rather than limiting the age of cattle.Japan first banned American beef after the first U.S. discovery of BSE in 2003. In 2005 – the country resumed purchases of U.S. beef – but only from cattle 20 months or younger. The U.S. has called the restriction unnecessarily stringent. Susumu Harada – Senior Director at the U.S. Meat Export Federation office in Tokyo – says U.S. exporters see the 30-month limit as helpful for them to restore sales to pre-ban levels. He says the new rule will help normalize beef trade as U.S. products for overseas markets come mostly from cattle 24 months old and younger.last_img read more

PazNaz Prepare-Enrich Certification Training

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Faith Leader Q&A Interview PazNaz Prepare-Enrich Certification Training Article and Photo courtesy of FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Published on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 | 2:38 pm Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuffcenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Top of the News For those who have a passion for mentoring, coaching, and counseling couples, the First Church of the Nazarene (PazNaz) is inviting them to join Counselor, Joe Whitcomb, on Saturday, January 4, for a one-day training event to get their certification with Prepare-Enrich in Room 249, Reed Hall from 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m.The cost is $185 for individuals and $195 for couples. For those who can’t make it on the above date, the course will be offered on the first and third Saturday of every month through June. For more Information, contact Joe Whitcomb, PsyDc, LMFT at [email protected] or (310) 560-0726.First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 East Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 351-9631 or visit EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Make a commentlast_img read more

FIRST IN FLIGHT:Meeks passes with flying colors

first_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Published 3:00 am Saturday, April 2, 2016 Seventeen-year-old Colton Meeks passed the oral examination for a private pilot’s license. He than climbed aboard his granddad, Larry Meeks’ Varga Kachina with Jeff Farmer, a certified examiner, in hopes of passing the flight exam on his way to achieving his dream. Meeks passed the exams on March 24, 2016 and was congratulated by Farmer on a job well done. Meeks’ career dream is to be a commercial airline pilot. Until then, he plans to continue to compete in wakeboard tournaments.Colton Meeks has grown up in the air.That being so, he has 17 years of flying time.“Just about,” Meeks said, with a smile. “I have grown up in a plane.” Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancelcenter_img Next UpMeeks’ dad, Wesley Meeks, is a professional pilot and owns a Beechcraft Bonanza. His granddad, Larry Meeks, is a pilot and owns a Varga Kachina, a military-style plane that he pilots for business and pleasure.Colton can’t remember a time when he wasn’t airborne.He, laughingly, said he wasn’t born on a plane “but close.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Latest Stories He was as comfortable in a plane as he was in his old sneakers but comfort wouldn’t get him where he wanted to go. He had to have a piece of paper giving him the license to fly.The first step was to get the required professional training. Colton signed up for pilot training at Troy Aviation and he was on his way to the career of his dreams.“I could not have had a better pilot to train with than Justin Ewert,” he said. “He’s a great teacher and a great pilot. He was confident in what I could do and that gave me the confidence that I needed when it came time for me to solo.”But there was classroom work to master and many nights of burning the midnight oil in preparation for the written exam in October 2015.“There’s a lot more to flying than you might think,” Colton said. “There’s so much to learn and so much to know to operate a plane and be safe in the air.”Most of Colton’s flight training came in his dad’s Bonanza.“It’s more complex to operate than the Varga Kachina and it has more horsepower, about 100 more,” he said. “I would fly three or four days a week. I loved learning about flying and I loved flying.”When Ewert was confident that Colton was ready, he simply said, “Go solo.”“He was confident that I was ready and I knew that I was but I was still a little nervous,” Colton said. “But, when I got up in the air, all the nervousness went away. I can’t explain it but it was a great feeling.”He flew a traffic pattern and that was what he needed to do to solo. He was then ready for the “real stuff.”“I made destination flights, night flights and then cross-country flights,” Colton said. “I flew from Troy to Selma to Alexander City and back to Troy. It took about an hour and 45-minutes.“Then I flew from Troy to Orlando to Valdosta and back. When I’m flying it’s such a big release. I’m in a zone. I’m focused. I get in the moment and there is nothing like it.”With 40-plus hours of flying time logged, Colton decided he was ready to get his pilot license.“What I was most worried about was the oral exam,” he said. “You are questioned for a couple of hours by a certified examiner and he can ask you anything about the plane or flying. I didn’t sleep for four days while I was studying for the exam. I had studied for several hours a day for four weeks but I wanted to make sure I would pass.”Colton passed with flying colors and then climbed into his granddad’s Varga Kachina for the flight of his young life.“I was nervous at first because I knew I had to do everything right,” Colton said. “But, when I got in the air, I just relied on everything I had been taught. I relaxed and enjoyed the flight.”Colton passed his oral and flight exams on March 24. He now has a private pilot’s license and can fly single-engine planes. And his dream continues.“I want to go the distance. I want to be a commercial pilot,” he said. “It will take several years and a lot time in the air but that’s my goal. That’s my dream.”Colton’s plans could include enrollment at Troy University or perhaps a spot on the Junior Pro Men Wakeboard Tour.Colton began competing in wakeboard tournaments about five years ago. He is a hard-core wake boarder who loves riding the waves but that doesn’t begin to compare with flying high in the sky.“I guess I’m an adventurer,” he said. “I love wakeboarding but the greatest adventure is in the sky.” FIRST IN FLIGHT:Meeks passes with flying colors Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like Piney Woods festival celebrates 42 years Piney Woods has different meanings around the country but around Southeast Alabama it means one thing – the annual Piney… read more “I guess I’ve been flying since I was about two years old,” Colton said. “My mom likes flying and my sister, too, so we fly a lot as a family.”Colton said he’s not sure if his love of flying comes from inherited genes or from an environmental influence or maybe both.“But, I guess I’ve always known that I want to fly,” he said. “I want to be a pilot. I’ve always known that.”Being from a flying family, Colton also knew the sky was the limit for him and that he would have the support he needed to make his dream come true.last_img read more

Botham Jean’s former neighbor, witness in Amber Guyger trial, shot to death: Police

first_imgMattGush/iStock(DALLAS) — A man who used to lived next to Botham Jean, the victim of a wrong-apartment killing by former Dallas Police officer Amber Guyger, and who was a key witness in Guyger’s murder trial was shot to death Friday night, according to Dallas County’s District Attorney’s Office.Joshua Brown, 28, was shot several times around 10:35 p.m. Friday at the Atera apartments in the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Road in Dallas, about six miles from the South Side Flats apartment complex where Guyger killed Jean in September 2018, police said. Brown later died at a local hospital, according to ABC Dallas station WFAA-TV.The Dallas Police Department confirmed in a statement Sunday afternoon that Brown was found in the parking lot of the Altera apartments shot multiple times in the lower body.Police said no arrests have been made in homicide and investigators are trying to identify a suspect in the case.Lee Merritt, an attorney for Botham Jean’s family, wrote on Twitter that he’d spoken with Brown’s mother, who’s “devastated.”“We all are,” Merritt said. Witnesses told police they heard gunshots and saw a silver, four-door sedan speeding out of the parking lot where Brown was shot, police said.Police responded to the incident at approximately 10:37 p.m., according to the police report.“Upon arrival, officers were flagged down by several witnesses directing them to the complainant’s location,” the police report states. “The complainant was found lying on the ground in the apartment parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. Dallas Fire-Rescue responded and transported the complainant to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.”The investigation is ongoing.Brown lived in an apartment across the hall from Jean at the South Side Flats apartment complex in Dallas. He testified at Guyger’s trial on Sept. 24 that he arrived home on Sept. 6, 2018, and heard two voices speaking excitedly just before two gunshots erupted inside Jean’s apartment.He contradicted Guyger’s testimony that she asked Jean to show her his hands before she opened fire, saying on the witness stand that he never heard Guyger say that.Brown’s voice choked up with emotion as he recalled how he’d often hear Jean singing gospel songs inside his apartment most mornings.Guyger testified that she mistakenly entered Jean’s apartment believing it was her own and shot the 26-year-old accountant after wrongly suspecting he was an intruder intent on killing her. A jury convicted her of murder on Wednesday and sentenced her to 10 years in prison the following day.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. I just spoke with Joshua Browns mother. She is devastated. We all are. Joshua Brown was key witness in the murder of Botham Jean that helped put Amber Guyger away. We need answers.— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) October 5, 2019last_img read more