News Receive email alerts RSF_en Screenshot from Jobert “Polpog” Bercasio’s last TV broadcast on 9 September 2020 (photo: Balangibog TV – RSF). “Given the modus operandi, which is typical of the murders of journalists in the Philippines, everything indicates that those who gunned down Jobert Bercasio were acting on the orders of someone who was annoyed by his reporting,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. June 1, 2021 Find out more A specialist in covering the mining industry, along with other subjects, Bercasio used to work for Bicol Today, a local news website, before launching his own online video outlet, Balangibog TV. In a programme broadcast every Monday to Thursday, he interviewed viewers by telephone and often denounced deforestation and illegal mining in his region. Impunity News Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa “We urge the Philippine government to shed light on this case by appointing an independent investigation. It is time to end the impunity that characterizes crimes of violence against media personnel in the Philippines.” Help by sharing this information to go further May 3, 2021 Find out more The Philippines is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, two places lower than in 2019. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms EnvironmentViolence Cornelio “Rex” Pepino, a radio journalist who was gunned down in May in Dumaguete City, in the central province of Negros Oriental, was probably targeted because of his coverage of local bribery and corruption related to illegal mining. Organisation News September 14, 2020 Motorcycle hitmen gun down Philippine reporter who covered mining Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago February 16, 2021 Find out more In his last Facebook post before his murder, Bercasio referred to the presence, near a quarry, of suspicious trucks that did not have the necessary permits and were using false licence plates. He had previously posted photos of these trucks five days ago. Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Follow the news on Philippines PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms EnvironmentViolence On the basis of initially gathered information, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) suspects that a journalist gunned down today in Sorsogon province, in the eastern Philippines, was killed because of his coverage of the mining industry and urges the police to work on this hypothesis. News Jobert Bercasio, also known as “Polpog,” was killed instantly at around 8 p.m. today by five shots fired from an F-16 rifle near his home in the Seabreeze Homes district of Sorsogon City. Witnesses told police he was shot by two men on a motorcycle who immediately made their getaway. The F-16 is an assault rifle used by the US army.
Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy has extended off-Broadway for two weeks and will now play through March 22. Directed by Austin Pendleton and starring Stephen McKinley Henderson and more, the Second Stage production is currently in preview at the Tony Kiser Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for February 11. Between Riverside and Crazy premiered at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company this past summer. The cast also includes Liza Colón-Zayas, Ron Cephas Jones, Michael Rispoli, Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan and Rosal Colón. View Comments The play tells the story of Walter “Pops” Washington, an ex-cop and recent widower, who, with his recently paroled son Junior, struggle to hold on to one of the last rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive. The Old Days seem to be dead and gone for the two as old wounds are opened, sketchy new houseguests turn up and a final ultimatum is delivered. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Between Riverside and Crazy
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two alleged drunken drivers crashed into separate Nassau County police cars 25 hours and about a mile apart from one another over the weekend, authorities said.In the first case, 27-year-old Joseph Garcia was speeding in a Hyundai southbound on Nassau Boulevard in his hometown of West Hempstead when he crashed into a police cruiser at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.Then at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, 22-year-old Jose Martinez was driving his Hyundai westbound on Hempstead Turnpike near his Franklin Square home when he crashed into a police car in which an officer had put a handcuffed suspect in the backseat, police said.Officers found Garcia and Martinez both to be under the influence of alcohol, police said. Martinez also allegedly had marijuana in his vehicle.The officers in both cases and the detainee in the second case were all taken to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.Garcia and Martinez were both charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment and traffic violations. Garcia was also charged with assault and Martinez was additionally charged with marijuana possession.Martinez will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead. Bail for Garcia was set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.Police impounded both suspects’ vehicles.
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 7) – Travis Storjohann put his no. 12R machine across the finish line first in scoring the victory in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod 18-lap event Friday at Marshalltown Speedway. He finished just ahead of eighth starting Jake McBirnie. By Joyce Eisele The 20-lap IMCA Late Model contest went to Jeff Aikey. Aikey, piloting the car of Rick Dralle, took the lead from Todd Cooney on lap three, and never gave it up. Travis Storjohann was the Friday night Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod winner at Marshalltown Speedway. (Photo by Chuck Stowe) Shawn Ritter led the 18-lap IMCA Stock Car main event from flag to flag in a race that went caution free. Ritter grabbed the lead immediately from his outside front row starting spot and was never seriously threatened on his way the checkered flag. Rust came from ninth to score his third victory of the year. Ethan Braaksma made his debut in the division, moving up from the SportMods, and took fourth after starting 12th. Randy Havlik charged through the field from starting 18th and was fifth. Joel Rust set his hot rod on the top of the track and sailed to the win in the IMCA Modified 20-lapper. Tim Ward finished in the runner up spot, Cody Laney was a hard charger, coming from the 17th starting spot, to finish in third. The 15-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature saw a familiar face back in victory lane as Shannon Anderson ran down early leader Leah Wroten and never relinquished the top spot.
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Lawrence Krauss (Case Western Reserve U, Ohio) meant to talk about prospects for distinguishing between sources of so-called dark energy, the mysterious force that appears to be accelerating the expansion of the universe. But in the process, he opened his soul and revealed feelings, dreams, and nightmares. First, he states the problem:Dark energy is perplexing. Physical theory currently has no explanation of why the energy of empty space should be precisely zero (quantum-mechanical effects combined with relativity in fact predict quite the opposite). But it also gives no explanation of why that energy should not instead be so huge that it would dwarf all of the energy in anything else (making galaxy formation impossible). (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The measured value for the cosmological constant hovers around exactly -1. That is far from huge, but not zero. Sounds like we a fine-tuning problem here. Krauss would rather find a theory that predicts why the universe has to be the way it is. If dark energy, whatever it is, appears to be due to a finely tuned value for the cosmological constant, we are stuck with explaining how we became so lucky to have another precisely fixed cosmic parameter that, if changed, would rule out life, because it would rule out galaxy formation. He takes some comfort in the work of Kunz et al. who are looking for other sources for the dark energy. If he fails, the thought of this “ big problem in cosmology lurking on the horizon” gives Krauss nightmares:Thus, some of us wake up in the middle of the night worrying that the discovery of dark energy may put cosmology on the same footing as particle physics, with all of the data that have come in over the years pointing consistently to exactly the same set of cosmic parameters, but without revealing any smoking-guns that could direct us to a fundamental theoretical rationale for why the data take these values. I have even made a bet with physicists Stephen Hawking and Frank Wilczek that this will happen (then, even if my worst nightmare turns out to be true, I will at least get a few bottles of wine out of the bargain). On the other hand, perhaps the cross-comparison of present and future cosmological observations, along the lines proposed by Kunz et al., will yield some new handle on this slippery problem. In that case, I might lose my bet, but the ‘golden age’ of cosmology would persist.1Lawrence M. Krauss, “Cosmology: What is dark energy?”, Nature 431, 519 – 520 (30 September 2004); doi:10.1038/431519b.Atheists would rather get drunk than face the prospect that they live in a finely-tuned universe, created on purpose by an all-wise, caring, intelligent Creator. Fear not, Dr. Krauss; the sober life brings more ultimate satisfaction.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Zungu said this was even more so for women who are poor and dependant on males for financial support. “Power dynamics and gender dynamics remain at the core of our epidemic, intergenerational sex and age mixing remains an important social determinant of HIV infection,” she explained. However, the report noted several challenges, including the continued rise in HIV prevalence among adults in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape as a result of a decline in HIV prevention knowledge, and the low reach of the Khomanani campaign as compared to other Aids awareness programmes. Interventions that could have contributed to this include efforts to address HIV in early childhood, and programmes to prevent mother-to-child transmission in areas such as the Western Cape, where the largest decline, of six percent, was recorded. The report recommended a need to target intervention programmes, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape; a need for programmes to help people have children without risking HIV infection and programmes to address high sexual partner turnover and intergenerational sex by changing community norms. South Africa is currently implementing the largest antiretroviral treatment programme in the world. There were an estimated 5.2-million people living with HIV in the country in 2008, according to the survey, which was conducted between June 2008 and March 2009. It is the third in a series of national population-based surveys conducted to help monitor the country’s response to the epidemic. Zungu pointed out that the country had various HIV interventions that were reaching different target groups, and thus one could not attribute the success to one particular intervention. Targeted communication programmes The report attributed this to improved communication and awareness programmes, coupled with and a substantial increase in the availability of voluntary counselling and testing services. “To protect women, we need to spend more time addressing our social values and begin to be vocal about the dangers inherent in multiple sexual relationships. The report also recommended the implementation of anti-multiple and inter-generational sexual partnerships and the implementation of provider-initiated routine HIV testing in all health care facilities. She also noted that there has been an increase in the number of people who report to have multiple partners, especially among 15 to 24-year-old males. Speaking to BuaNews, HSRC research specialist Nompumelelo Zungu said the change in behaviour among the country’s teenagers was encouraging. Zungu said the increase in condom use, especially among the 15- to 24-year group, indicated that young people were beginning to heed the messages of programmes promoting condom use. According to the report, there was a substantial increase in condom use among people aged 25 to 49 years, with condom use by males increasing from 26.7% in 2002 to 56.4% in 2008, while female use increased from 19.7% in 2002 to 58.1% in 2008. Change in behaviour “This is good news, as it says that those campaigns that promote HIV testing are beginning to make progress,” Zungu said. “However, there is room for improvement, in that we still have those that do not know their status, and we recommend that the country implement provider-initiated routine HIV testing in all health care facilities.” HIV prevalence Among people aged 50 years and above, condom use by males increased from 8.2% in 2002 to 39.9% in 2008 and from 5.3% to 25.9% in females. However, HIV prevalence has declined among children aged between 2 and 14, from 5.6% in 2002 to 2.5% in 2008. According to the National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Communication Survey conducted in 2008, the prevalence of HIV/Aids in the country has levelled off at 10.9% for people aged two and older. Recommendations Inter-generational sex “There should be focussed interventions to increase awareness in this age group 50 and above, interventions for the above 50 group should be comprehensive and socio-culturally relevant to ensure that the interventions implemented address the risks faced by this group in a relevant manner. For example, in this age group, one is likely to find widows and divorcees.” “Data shows that having a partner who is much younger than you may expose you to a higher risk for HIV in that the younger person belongs to a different age group and HIV prevalence in that group might be higher. Increased condom usage There was also an increase in the population reached by at least one national HIV communication programme between 2005 and 2008, with 90% of youngsters reporting that they had been reached by at least one programme, as compared to 74% in 2005. The report also found that the proportion of the population who reported using a condom during their last sexual encounter was particularly high among youngsters aged 15 and 24 years, increasing among males from 57% in 2002 to 87% in 2008, and among females from 46% to 73%. The research revealed that HIV prevalence among adults aged 15 to 49 has declined between 2002 and 2008 in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Northern Cape percent and the Free State, with the largest decline being by 7.9% in the Western Cape. The survey also revealed that the percentage of South Africans aged between 15 and 49 who reported awareness of their HIV status has almost doubled, from 21.4% in 2002 to 50.8% in 2008. “Most of the interventions have targeted the youth and because of this many older people believe that they are not at risk of HIV because until recently the statistics suggested that HIV prevalence was high among youth,” she said. She emphasised that it might be important to equip people who have not been dating for a long time with skills to negotiate safe sex using a condom and also address the issue of “sugar daddies” and “sugar mummies” in the younger age group. She noted that an increased number of people reported to have tested for HIV, meaning that up to half of the population was aware of their status. The report also noted inter-generational sex and multi concurrent sexual partners as a challenge, with a persistent high level of HIV prevalence among females, aged 25 and 29, over the period of three surveys and an increase of inter-generational sex among female teenagers aged 15 and 19 increased from 9.6% to 14.5%. The latest survey by the Human Sciences Research Council finds that South Africa’s HIV/Aids epidemic is stabilising, with signs of declining prevalence among the country’s children and teenagers. Zungu suggested a review of the programme to identify strengths and weakness and then come up with a clearer targeting of different population and risk groups using research evidence to support the interventions or communication content and strategy. She noted that ways to protect women from being infected by HIV/Aids because they wanted to have children, needed to be found. According to the report, HIV prevalence in males aged 15 and 49 having more than one sexual partner in the past year increased from 9.4% in 2002 to 19.3% in 2008, while with females the increase was from 1.6% to 3.7%. HIV prevalence by sex and age remains high within the age group 25 to 29, at 15.7% of males and 32.7% of females. The prevalence also remains high within the 35 to 39 age group, at 18.5% of males and 24.8% of females. “It also says that condoms are available to young people and they are using them,” she said. “We need to discourage inter-generational sex or age mixing and especially multiple sexual partnerships,” Zungu said. 15 June 2009 The study also showed a reduction in new infections among teenagers aged 15 to 19 years, with new infections among South Africans under 20 declining from two percent in 2002 to 1.7% in 2008. Increased awareness Source: BuaNews
9 July 2009While it’s not yet clear whether the airport link of South Africa’s Gautrain will be ready in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, work on the rapid rail route is steaming ahead.Floating some 16 metres above the ground is the Rhodesfield Gautrain Station, situated about 200 metres from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.Why 200 metres from the airport? Rhodesfield caters for residents of Johannesburg’s neighbouring Ekurhuleni metro municipality, who will take the Gautrain to and from Joburg, Midrand and Pretoria.The train will have two separate coaches for airport commuters, the doors of which will remain closed when it stops at Rhodesfield.Across at the airport, the station is almost complete, with sparkling tiles, three ticket vending machines, and ticket swipe entrances in place. It is directly linked to the departures level of the new central terminal building.Local commuters will be able to park in the 1 200 parking bays at the Rhodesfield Station, and will be able to link to the Metro Rail passenger service that runs under it. A new Metro station is being built adjacent to the Gautrain station.Or commuters can take the feeder buses that will shuttle passengers within a 10km radius of the station, including to and from the Kempton Park CBD. Provision is also being made for bicycle storage and motorcycle parking.These buses will run every 12 minutes during peak hours, and bus and train schedules will be synchronised. Bus shelters will be placed every 500m in high-density areas.The station entrance, concourse and parking area will be at ground level, and passengers will take an elevator up to the platform.Rhodesfield is the largest viaduct or bridge on the Gautrain route, at 1.5-kilometres. It carries the double track line over the R21 and R24 road networks to the airport.The CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency, Jack van der Merwe, stressed in a briefing last week that it was not yet known whether the Gautrain link between the airport and Sandton would be ready for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “We will make an announcement in the next three months.”TimetablesLike the buses, trains will run every 12 minutes during peak hours, while there’ll be a train every 20 minutes in off-peak periods. Over weekends and on public holidays a train will run every 30 minutes. The first train will set off at 5.30am and the last train will depart after 8.30pm.The ride between Rhodesfield and Sandton, the only station from which commuters will be able to catch the train to the airport, will take 15 minutes. Commuters travelling from other stations to Sandton will have to transfer to the airport coaches, which will have facilities to store luggage.In time, there will be provision for remote airport check-in facilities at Sandton Station.Testing the trainsWork is ongoing at 53 sites between Park Station in the Joburg CBD right through to Hatfield Station in Pretoria. Just over 14 kilometres of the route had been completed, said Van der Merwe.“We are running the trains at 160kph, and have to run each train for 3 000 kilometres before they are ready for use,” he explained.The assembly plant in Nigel delivers two carriages a week. Tracks have been laid from the Marlboro Station through to Modderfontein. Marlboro Station is taking shape, and by the end of July it will begin to look like the final product.So far R17.5-billion of a R25.1-billion budget, has been spent. Factors that might affect the eventual budget include inflation, a possible extension to the route, and a claim against the Gautrain builders.Van der Merwe emphasised that once toll fees, petrol and car depreciation – which would total some R3 500 a month – had been taken into account, it would be “a bargain” to use the Gautrain. Fares for the train will be more expensive than those of taxi and Metro Rail ticketsCommuters will be able to buy smart card electronic tickets, with one ticket working seamlessly for the train, the bus and parking. Tickets will be available at ticket vending machines, where further travel time can be loaded on to the smart card via cash, debit or credit cards.Security and special needsThe Gautrain will have tight security, with over 650 CCTV cameras in place. Security officers will supplement this vigilance. The 80km network will be securely fenced with a 2.4m high concrete fence, which will be regularly patrolled. Only valid ticket holders will have access to stations.Passengers with special needs – those in wheelchairs and those with sight or hearing impairments – will be catered for with level boarding between the train and the platform, and a very small gap between the two.Gautrain buses will have low entrance floors, wide doorways and folding ramps. Ticket vending machines inside stations will be at the height of wheelchair users.Development around the Rhodesfield Station has been given a boost. The council has received applications for commercial developments, including three hotels, in the area. Construction of the first hotel, close to the station, has begun. Another project is a R600-million mixed-use development alongside the station.The Ekurhuleni council is also revisiting its local spatial development plan for the precinct, particularly regarding roads. Land uses will also be reviewed.Source: City of Johannesburg
View comments The Raw General Manager dusted off his wrestling boots once again as he stepped up to the plate after the newly-reformed The Shield lost Roman Reigns due to viral infection.And as always, the Olympic Hero showed that he still got it, unleashing his repertoire to help the trio gain the victory over the team of The Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro, Braun Strowman, and Kane.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was a wild match from the get-go that saw the heel team gain advantage. That was until Kane accidentally swung a steel chair on to Strowman, which threw the Monster Among Men off the rails as he shoved the Big Red Machine to the ground. The other three tried to pacify the situation, but Kane later on attacked Strowman as the former chokeslammed him through the stage and buried him in a pile of steel chair.Enraged, Strowman got back on his feet and attacked his teammates, but the foursome was just too much as they put the behemoth inside a garbage truck as The Miz motioned for the driver to leave the arena. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kiefer Ravena impresses in PBA Draft Combine MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH That gave The Shield the edge they needed as Angle came back and delivered a pair of Angle Slams to Cesaro and Sheamus, before the trio finished off the Intercontinental Champion with a King’s Landing from Rollins, a Dirty Deeds from Ambrose, an Angle Slam, and to cap things off, an Olympic Shield bomb as Angle celebrated his in-ring return.Reigns wasn’t the only one who was taken out of the pay-per-view due to viral infection, as Bray Wyatt has also been pulled off the show.That left “The Demon” Finn Balor without an opponent, before SmackDown Live’s AJ Styles stepped up to the plate in a WrestleMania-worthy duel.The clash delivered, as the former Japanese standouts put on a classic that ended when Styles missed his springboard 450 splash, giving Balor the chance to nail the shotgun dropkick to the corner and set the stage for his Coup de Grace.After the match, both showed tremendous respect for each other and did the “Too Sweet” to the delight of the crowd.ADVERTISEMENT In the other matches, Alexa Bliss retained her Raw Women’s Championship after yanking Mickie James to the turnbuckle before connecting with her DDT.Enzo Amore also became a two-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion as he outsmarted Kalisto, distracting the referee as he went on and poked the champ in the eye and hit the JawdonZo.Asuka made her triumphant debut in the main roster as she dominated Emma, ending the match with her Asuka Lock.Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann also topped The Brian Kendrick and Gentleman Jack Gallagher in a tag team match pitting fierce cruiserweight rivals after Alexander nailed Kendrick with the Lumbar Check.Jason Jordan beat Elias with a small package after interrupting his musical performance for the third time in the night.In the kickoff show, Sasha Banks continued to get the number of Alicia Fox as she scored a submission win via her Bank Statement. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Raw General Manager Kurt Angle marked his triumphant in-ring return as he joined forces with Raw Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose at WWE TLC. Photo by WWE.com.Oh, it’s true. It’s damn true.Kurt Angle returned to action in a WWE ring for the first time in 11 years as he teamed up with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose and came out on top in the 5-on-3 tables, ladders, and chairs match in the main event of WWE TLC Monday (Manila time) in Minneapolis.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA
Ateneo, NU bids still alive Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC According to Price, Halladay had been a licensed pilot since 2013 and logged about 700 hours of flight time before Tuesday’s crash near Tampa. She said a preliminary report on the cause of the incident would likely be issued in seven to 10 days, but the full investigation could take up to two years.Price said it was too early to say whether Halladay’s crash was related to two earlier crashes this 2017 of A5s, one of which killed both the plane’s chief designer and test pilotFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Every accident is different. They are very complex. So as we move forward in the factual finding phase, if we see anything that we believe might connect it to previous accidents, we will certainly look at that. And if we see anything that we think is unsafe, we will make recommendation immediately,” Price said during a news conference in New Port Richey.The 40-year-old former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher had been the proud owner of an ICON A5. He owned the plane for less than a month, and was among the first to fly the model. In one of many enthusiastic tweets about the plane, Halladay said it felt “like flying a fighter jet.” MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Rolled out in 2014, the A5 is an amphibious aircraft meant to be treated like an ATV, a piece of weekend recreational gear with folding wings that can easily be towed on a trailer to a lake where it can take off from the water.“The way that a lot of people described it is a Jet Ski with wings,” Stephen Pope, editor-in-chief of Flying magazine, told The Associated Press. “It’s really a play thing.”The man who led the plane’s design, 55-year-old John Murray Karkow, died while flying an A5 over California’s Lake Berryessa on May 8, a crash the NTSB attributed to pilot error.In other tweets, Halladay said he had dreamed about owning one of the planes. In a video on the company’s website, Halladay said that he had to talk his wife into letting him get one. The son of a corporate pilot, Halladay had been forbidden to take up aviation until the two-time Cy Young Award winner retired from baseball after the 2013 season.According to Pope, “the plane itself is great.” But Pope had concerns about Halladay, a relatively inexperienced pilot, taking the craft out over water at low altitude. The plane, however, was marketed as a craft that could do that.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The remains of an ICON A5 ultralight airplane are moved from a boat ramp in the Gulf Harbors neighborhood of New Port Richey, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. The private plane, which belonged to Roy Halladay, had just been removed from the shallow waters off Ben Pilot Point in New Port Richey where it crashed last Tuesday, November 7, 2017, killing the 40-year-old former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Roy Halladay was flying his tiny sport plane low over the Gulf of Mexico shortly before it slammed into the water and killed the retired star pitcher, witnesses told federal investigators.National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Investigator Noreen Price said on Wednesday that Halladay’s ICON A5 experienced a “high-energy impact” with the water. She said both flight data recorders were recovered and the plane did not have a voice recorder.ADVERTISEMENT “They still think that that’s the way the airplane should be flown, and there are people in aviation who completely disagree with that,” Pope said. “They think you should not have a low-time pilot flying low over water. That’s a recipe for disaster.”Low flying was part of the problem when Karkow, the designer, crashed, according to federal investigators. Karkow was killed along with passenger Cagri Sever, the company’s newly hired director of engineering.The NTSB blamed pilot error for the crash, saying Karkow mistakenly entered the wrong canyon while flying over a California lake and was unable to correct in time, striking the canyon wall.Another A5 crashed in April, making a hard landing in the water off Key Largo, Florida, injuring the pilot and his passenger. The pilot told investigators the plane descended faster than he expected.Halladay’s ICON A5 went down around noon last Tuesday off the coast of Florida, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said. /kga Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments