Air Force confirms death of pilot after plane skids off runway

first_imgThe Air Force has confirmed that 38-year-old pilot Lt. Col. Luluk, who was promoted from the rank of major posthumously, has died from injuries sustained during a training accident at the  Iswahjudi Air Force Base in Madiun, East Java, on Monday.“Lt. Col. Luluk passed away after being treated at the Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital [in Central Jakarta],” the Air Force information center said in a statement released on Wednesday.According to his eulogy, Luluk was born in Madiun on April 23, 1982, and graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2003. He is survived by his wife and two children.  Topics : The Air Force further confirmed that First. Lt. Muhammad Zaky, a student who had trained with Luluk, had survived the accident.The incident occurred at around 1 p.m. on Monday during a routine training exercise, when the T-50i Golden Eagle fighter jet skid off the runway during takeoff. Zaky was seated in the front of the cockpit while Luluk was in the back. Both managed to get out of the aircraft after the crash and were rushed to a hospital.last_img read more

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ANALYSIS: What Man City and Man United must do to progress in Europe

first_imgFresh from another night of disappointment for the Manchester clubs in Europe, Jim White looks at what they must do to progress in the Champions League.–The noise when Juventus took the lead at the Etihad Stadium in last night’s Champions League game was more than a little instructive.Though to call it noise would have been to glorify what sounded a lot more like silence. Those watching on television, or listening on the radio must have been twiddling their dials and prodding at their remote, assuming there was a transmission issue. But there was no problem with reception.City had gone behind in their opening European game and suddenly all sound had been sucked from the broadcast. The response from the locals was silence, a thick, sullen, disappointed quiet.If that had been a fixture in the Premier League and the away side had sprung advantage, the sky blue denizens would have been in full voice, vocally seeking some sort of response from their team, urging them to retain their glorious start to the domestic season, to keep the winning run intact. But this was a European tie.And at City, such games come with a hefty weight of inferiority ladled on to the collective shoulders. No-one seems to expect, so no-one appears too surprised when it doesn’t happen.Five years of unkind draws, of unfair weighting, of relentless under achievement have led the City faithful to assume there is no point getting excited by the big European nights. They will only end up disappointed.Not that things were any better for their ever quieter neighbours. United fumbled and stuttered in Eindhoven, losing to a side which the swashbuckling Ferguson teams of yore would have brushed aside without demur. And what was more worrying for United followers – beyond the awful injury to Luke Shaw, one of the few to emerge from the start to the season as an unequivocal success – was that this was about as carefree and attacking a team as Louis Van Gaal could select.Lambasted for his lack of ambition, for the robotic methodology of his attacking systems, for the dispiriting deficit of oomph, the United manager selected as gung-ho a team as is available to him.Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Memphis, Ashley Young and Antony Martial all started.Yet, beyond a sweet Memphis strike against his old club, there was precious little spark, little suggestion that the Dutchman has the resources to illuminate European football. But then, in a sense, that was no surprise. No-one who has observed United this season would reckon them a Champions League winner in waiting.Efficient rather than exciting, they look like a side who would do well to end up in fourth place again. Though the way English teams are rapidly undermining their co-efficient through serial under-achievement in the Champions League, it won’t be long before coming fourth is not enough. For those who have seen City this season, though, it was a shock. Or at least it should have been.Never mind the grumbly silence that greeted their Groundhog Day defeat, this was widely reckoned as the year when surely the club threw off its shackles and actually transferred its domestic form on to the European stage.Manuel Pellegrini has his team playing brilliantly in local competition, from the evisceration of Chelsea to the ground-out victory over Crystal Palace, they seem capable of adapting to every circumstance and triumphing in all of them.Yet, the moment the Champions League anthem sounds, this team of neighbourhood bullies seems to shrivel and wilt. The way they diminish every season must be close to making their manager tear out his hefty busby of hair. Of course it is not too late for either Manchester club to qualify. Five games remain, more than enough to accrue sufficient points: many a former champion club have lost their first fixture in the competition. But both will need a substantial change in gear to progress.United need to put an immediate stop to the growing habit of taking a lead and then losing.They did it at Swansea and now they have done it in Eindhoven. Protecting leads is critical. And while the loss of Shaw cannot have helped defensive coherence, it is worth bearing in mind that he was injured before they had taken the lead.For City, the change of mindset needs to be more substantial. A complete overhaul in assumption is required. Somehow Pellegrini has to persuade his players that Europe’s elite are no more substantial opponents than West Brom, Palace and Everton.Certainly they are no better than Chelsea. And he wouldn’t have to make a huge leap in imagination to do so. It is true. Whatever an opportunity Tuesday’s double defeat of the Manchester clubs provides to assail the claims of the Premier League to be the best in the world, City, without question, have the wherewithal to do better than this.While not on a par with Messi, Suarez and Neymar, that front three of Aguero, Sterling and Silva is as good as most in Europe.Even with Aguero temporarily on the bench, they have enough to scare. And the midfield power provided by Toure and Fernandinho is surely on a par with any. All that appears to be missing is belief.Though belief, as any coach knows, is the hardest commodity of all to acquire. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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LDEA Arrests over L$6M Illegal Drugs

first_imgLinks foreign nationals to the tradeAuthorities of Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) said it has arrested several individuals in Monrovia at different locations with a variety of illegal substances, including home-grown marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. The exercise, LDEA director-general Marcus Soko said, is part of efforts the agency has instituted to restrict importation of illicit drugs.At a news conference on Monday, August 27, 2018, Soko said that two suspects, Sahr David Sessie and Abu Kamara, both Sierra Leoneans residing in the Caldwell Community, outside Monrovia, were apprehended on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at the home of one Solomon Freeman, a Nigerian, and Robertson B. Bai, alias Bone, a Liberian national, in the Point Four Community on Bushrod Island.LDEA agents reportedly caught the four suspects red-handed with a huge quantity of the illegal substances. The agency puts the street value at over L$6,450,000.“Those individuals have been charged for being in possession of illegal substances and forwarded to court for prosecution,” Soko said.As for the two Sierra Leoneans, Mr. Soko informed journalists that they were arrested with two kilograms of home-grown marijuana valued at over US$300 or its equivalent of L$45,000.Soko said based upon the entity’s investigation, both suspects have been charged for “unlicensed possession and sale of harmful drugs and substances as defined in section 14.107 of Liberia’s penal law.”The two Sierra Leoneans were accordingly arrested by an elite team of LDEA agents commanded by Abdullah Kromah in West Point Community.Soko said during a thorough search conducted on suspect Bai, “our agents seized 51 carefully wrapped packages of heroin, which weighed about 20.0 grams and had a street value of  between US$102 and US$200 or its equivalent of L$15,300, and 1.1 grams of cocaine, with a street value of US$44 or its equivalent of L$6,600.“We also have a Nigerian national, Solomon Freeman, a notorious drug dealer in the Point Four community. He was also arrested with 58.4 grams of heroin,” Mr. Soko said.Mr. Soko put Freeman’s drug value at US$21,500 and L$3,225,000.“Our fight against drug abuse and trafficking will remain strong, because we are committed to penalizing anyone in accordance with the penal law of Liberia,” Soko said.He added, “We would like to reassure you that the process of informing the public about what we do will not stop, in as much as those criminal-minded people continue to disturb the peace of ordinary people.”Soko used the occasion to call on all Liberians and foreign residents to report any information regarding illegal drug activities within the territorial confines of the country as the LDEA will do its utmost in bringing perpetrators to justice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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