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Watching this group of young people should make your day!

Their joy, youth and diversity gave me a huge lift this morning as they see their years of work as a team pay off even though the results are nearly 40 million miles away.

Hope you get a boost from their exuberance as well!.....

Officer killed after attack near US Capitol: Capitol Police News Conference

Officer killed after attack near US Capitol
•Apr 2, 2021

One US Capitol Police officer has died and another is injured after a suspect rammed a vehicle into a police barricade outside the Capitol building Friday afternoon, acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters.
Pittman said the suspect in the attack has also died. The suspect was not on the radar of the US Capitol Police before the attack, but the attack does not appear to be terrorism-related, police said in an afternoon briefing.
A senior congressional aide and a US Capitol Police source told CNN that after the driver of the vehicle rammed his car into a barricade on Constitution Avenue, the driver exited the vehicle brandishing a knife. USCP responded, shooting the suspect and taking him into custody.
An email from the US Capitol Police, obtained by CNN, confirmed that sequence of events. The email stated Capitol Police officers shot the suspect after he rammed the barricade and exited holding a knife.

So sad to see officers injured or killed protecting our Capitol. Let's find ways to let these public servants know we support them.

KY...... ........
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Fri Apr 2, 2021, 03:48 PM (6 replies)

Suez Canal: Why is freeing the stranded ship so complicated? An expert speaks.

Suez Canal: Why is freeing the stranded ship so complicated?
•Mar 27, 2021
DW News

Experts are warning it could take weeks to dislodge a huge container ship blocking Egypt's Suez canal. A fresh attempt today to refloat the vessel was not successful. Around 30 percent of the world’s shipping container volume transits through the canal DAILY. More than a hundred and fifty ships are now backed up, waiting to enter the waterway. The Suez Canal opens up a seven thousand kilometer route from Asia to Europe. The only alternative route - around the Horn of Africa - is much longer, but many ships are now opting for that detour. A prolonged closure of the Suez will almost certainly impact global trade, which has already been hit hard by the pandemic.The ship plugging the chokepoint that funnels 30 percent of the global seaborne trade.400 meters long and weighing more than 200,000 tons, the "Ever Given" has become an immovable barrier shutting down Egypt's Suez Canal. With around 10 billion dollars in trade at stake every day, diggers, tugboats, dredgers and a team of Dutch ship salvagers are working day and night to dislodge the vessel. More than 200 ships are caught in the world's longest maritime traffic jam. Some of them are now rerouting their journey around the Cape of Good Hope, a trip almost three times as long. The fear is that consumers will be noticing the delays before long.With the clock ticking, the US is among a growing list of countries offering help to refloat the Ever Given.DW spoke with maritime expert Dr. Sal Mercogliano about how the ship became lodged and what makes freeing it so complicated.

Good to find this interview with a maritime expert. I was not aware it's grounded on both ends with the middle of the vessel floating and clear, a situation which presents extreme dangers while trying to free the ship.

Hat tip to DW........

Ways we can help folks suffering from Monday's shooting in Boulder, CO:

How you can help those impacted by the King Soopers shooting
By Lindsey Grewe
Published: Mar. 23, 2021 at 4:33 PM EDT

Source: https://www.kktv.com/2021/03/23/how-you-can-help-those-impacted-by-the-king-soopers-shooting/

Complete Text:
BOULDER, Colo. (KKTV) - The Boulder Office of Emergency Management has released the following verified ways to donate to those impacted by the senseless massacre at a Boulder King Soopers grocery store.

Donations for @boulderpolice Officer Talley can be made through the Colorado State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=JWE54STEJ4FTJ

The Colorado Healing Fund is collecting donations to support the needs of victims, families and the community affected by the Boulder tragedy.

See: https://www.coloradohealingfund.org/

The Community Foundation Boulder County has announced a fund to support those impacted by the shooting. Donations can be made to support the needs of the victims, families and the larger impacted community.

See: https://www.commfound.org/


Officials: Gun in supermarket shooting bought 6 days earlier

Officials: Gun in supermarket shooting bought 6 days earlier
AP News

Link: https://apnews.com/article/colorado-supermarket-shooting-10-dead-3da92f0d3db65afdb373cc6bb534a711

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Police on Tuesday identified a 21-year-old man as the suspect who opened fire inside a crowded Colorado supermarket, and court documents showed that he purchased an assault rifle less than a week before the attack that killed 10 people, including a police officer.

Supermarket employees told investigators that Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa shot an elderly man multiple times Monday outside the Boulder grocery store before going inside, according to the documents. Another person was found shot in a vehicle next to a car registered to suspect’s brother.

The shooting came 10 days after a judge blocked a ban on assault rifles passed by the city of Boulder in 2018. That ordinance and another banning large-capacity magazines came after the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.

A lawsuit challenging the bans was filed quickly, backed by the National Rifle Association. The judge struck down the ordinance under a Colorado law that blocks cities from making their own rules about guns.

A law enforcement official briefed on the shooting said the suspect’s family told investigators they believed Alissa was suffering some type of mental illness, including delusions. Relatives described times when Alissa told them people were following or chasing him, which they said may have contributed to the violence, the official said.

One caller said the suspect opened fire out the window of his vehicle. He continued firing in the parking lot and then entered the store, as if in a state of insane rage.


Caesar's Legendary Salad and Restaurant

Caesar's Legendary Salad and Restaurant
•May 4, 2020

Caesar's Hotel and Restaurant are located on Avenida de Revolución in Tijuana, Mexico. It is a high-end 5-star restaurant where Caesar's salad was invented. Have Beef Wellington and a tableside prepared original salad.
Truly a culinary memorable experience.

So cool watching the server prepare this salad using the original technique. Shown on their menu, it's $135 prepared at your table.


60 Minutes/AU goes for a walk in the Scottish Highlands with Mabel, Olive and Andrew.

Relax with this great 4-min. video by 60 Minutes Australia. Love where Andrew says one of their best fan letters said the puppers makes an elderly woman with dementia smile each time she sees their YouTube series.

A walk through the Scottish Highlands with Mabel, Olive and Andrew Cotter
60 Minutes Australia

•Nov 2, 2020

Olive and Mabel are the best friends of Andrew Cotter, a famous Scottish sports commentator. He was forced off air when the pandemic hit but refused to take unemployment lying down. Andrew saw magic in the mundane lives of his mutts and in doing so turned them into worldwide internet sensations, with his videos reaching millions of people and making them all smile.


BBC: Hillary Clinton to publish State of Terror novel

Hillary Clinton to publish State of Terror novel
BBC World News

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-56174654

Hillary Clinton has written her first novel, a thriller featuring a US government "dangerously out of touch" amid a series of terror attacks.

State of Terror, which follows a novice secretary of state, will be released on 12 October 2021. Mrs Clinton, a former presidential hopeful, secretary of state and first lady, penned the book in partnership with author Louise Penny.

It explores a world of "high stakes diplomacy and treachery" she said.
Canadian crime author Penny, known for the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, said it was "an incredible experience to get inside the State Department, inside the White House, inside the mind of the secretary of state as high stake crises explode".

Credit: Joe McNally and Jean Francois-Berube

Anyone else feel those two could pass for sisters?

This book should make for an interesting read and I wish Sec. Clinton well with its promotion.


UPDATE Fan Blade Failure B777-200 Denver UAL 328

UAL 328 UPDATE Fan Blade Failure B777-200 22 Feb 2021
Feb 22, 2021
blancolirio YouTube Channel

This is a follow-up to my post on the original incident last Saturday....

Discussion on today's Boeing 777 airline incident by a 777 pilot

See: https://www.democraticunderground.com/1017642005

In this video, pilot Juan Browne reviews what appears to have happened to this engine and what UAL's pilots went through during the emergency landing. It's comforting to those who fly regularly to hear an experienced pilot describe their safety procedures used for these events.


Discussion on today's Boeing 777 airline incident by a 777 pilot.

I follow this guy's YouTube channel for specifics on any aircraft incident large or small. Very knowledgeable and thorough.

See: https://www.youtube.com/user/blancolirio/videos

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