Maj. Marc Catalano’s AC-130 gunship was one of America’s most efficient aircraft for taking enemy lives.Bristling with machine guns, 40 mm cannon and 105 mm howitzer, it’s a flying battleship that can devastate troops on the ground. But on Oct. 21, 2016, Catalano used the big plane and its guns to save lives, freeing more than 200 hostages held in Iraq by Islamic State insurgents.“You get back home and that’s when it sinks in,” Catalano said Thursday after he accepted the Air Force Academy’s Jabara Award, the school’s highest honor for airmanship.Now a commercial pilot, Catalano in 2016 was leading a crew of 14 airmen toward a busy night of work. The AC-130, called “Spooky” by ground troops, is one of the Air Force’s top planes for supporting troops in combat. It can linger over the battlefield for hours, and when it opens up with its weapons, it is devastating. Military West Point apologizes for falcon's injuries; … [Read more...] about Air Force Academy graduate receives Jabara Award for saving Iraqi hostages from the air
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PUBLISHED: 17:07 08 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:42 08 November 2018 Amy Gibbons Felixstowe Academy Picture: PETER A COOK/FELIXSTOWE ACADEMY Peter A Cook/Felixstowe Academy Academy leaders have come under fire as new figures reveal seven trusts with schools in Suffolk pay salaries in excess of £150,000. Langer Primary School Picture: SIMON PARKERThe data from the Department for Education (DfE) shows four of the trusts paid one employee over £200,000 in 2016/17, while the highest recorded pay packet was roughly 10 times the typical salary of a young teacher – at between £240,000 and £250,000.Meanwhile, nearly half of academies managed by the trusts have Ofsted ratings of ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ – suggesting they are struggling to meet demands.While the DfE data does not distinguish between salaries in 2016 and 2017, financial records published by the trusts themselves indicate the number … [Read more...] about Revealed – the Suffolk academy trusts paying salaries over £150,000
How Anglia Square could look once the redevelopment is complete. Photo: Weston Homes Archant More than 200 comments have been lodged over controversial proposals to revamp Norwich’s Anglia Square, with the clock ticking on the final deadline for views to be submitted. A CGI image showing what Anglia Square could look like. Picture: Weston Homes The latest submissions include: • Concerns from Natural England over the impact an anticipated increase in dog walkers would have on the area around the River Wensum • Broadland District Council and the Friends of Catton Park are worried about how the 25-storey tower could affect views from Catton Park • The NHS is seeking contributions from the developer to relocate and refit Magdalen Street’s Gurney Surgery. A CGI image showing what Anglia Square could look like at night. Picture: Weston Homes • Norfolk County Council wants the developers to include a new library or to pay for extra books for other … [Read more...] about Concerns over dog walkers, tower, library books and views: More than 200 have had say over Anglia Square revamp
When producer and former studio executive Bill Mechanic resigned last week from the motion picture academy’s board of governors, issuing a scorched-earth laundry list of gripes about its handling of some of the most thorny and sensitive issues it faces, it confirmed one of Hollywood’s worst-kept secrets: Behind the gilded facade of Hollywood’s most venerable organization lies a range of grudges and grievances.The tradition-bound 90-year-old group recently took dramatic steps to remake itself from the inside out. In answer to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, it has begun diversifying (and growing) its historically white male-dominated membership ranks; after the Harvey Weinstein and other sexual harassment scandals broke, it ejected Weinstein and instituted new standards of conduct.But not everyone has been on the same page. As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has struggled to navigate seismic changes in the film business, a shrinking audience for its … [Read more...] about Does Bill Mechanic’s angry resignation reflect a deeper schism in the film academy?
In resigning from the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bill Mechanic, the former Fox studio chief, has penned a long list of serious problems that he charges the organization has failed to address. "We have failed," he wrote in an April 12 letter to Academy president John Bailey in which he formally resigned. Mechanic, who had been one of three representatives of the Academy's executives branch on the 54-person board, emphasized, "I feel I have failed the organization. I feel we have failed the organization." He went on to share his view that the Academy has not addressed a range of issues — from inclusion ("this is the Industry's problem far, far more than it is the Academy's") to the Oscars telecast ("a long and boring show"). He also charges that the still-under-construction Academy Museum is "ridiculously over its initial budget and way past its original opening date," and — in a thinly veiled barb directed at the … [Read more...] about Producer Bill Mechanic’s Academy Board Kiss-Off: “We Have Failed” (Exclusive)