Cece United Football Academy Duo Join BYC II

first_img(L-R) Edwin Pato Davis, Nathaniel Sherman and Tony Shilley.Two players from the Cece United Football Academy, Tony Shilley and Edwin Davies, have joined the junior club of Barrack Young Controllers (BYC II) on a two-year deal for undisclosed fees.Forward Shilley and midfielder Davies formerly of the academy’s U-17 team official penned the two year deal with the second division champions last Wednesday following a long time negotiation between the club and the academy.Davies, 16, played 15 games for the U-17 side of the academy last season after the team finished fourth in the Montserrado Community league third division playoffs. Out of the 15 appearances last season, the 16-year-old scored two goals and provided four assists.His teammate Shilley, who captained the U-17 side for last season, was one of the key players in the squad after helping the team to qualify for the third division playoffs, having scored six goals and provided eight assists. Noted for his speed and goal scoring accuracy, former skipper Shilley and teammate Davies were spotted by BYC during a practice match between the two teams and were since then being closely monitored by the ‘Go Blue Boys’ and other top clubs, including LISCR FC and Nimba United.Despite the two former starting players leaving the team, the chief executive officer of the academy, Pawala Janyan, has welcomed the move by the two players and boasted of better replacements for the two players. He said moving players to other teams is part of the academy’s goal of bringing up players who will subsequently become players of top clubs in the Liberia Football Association league.“We are delighted to complete such deals with Barrack Young Controllers that add more value to our academy as we continue to prepare the next generation of players. We remain convinced our former players have the potential to become important players for BYC II during their stay at the club,” he said.The academy, established in 2012, strives to use football as a tool to ensure that young and talented footballers acquire formal education and become useful to society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hotelier gets High Court bail, alleged accomplice remains in confinement

first_imgMurder of Lethem businessmanJust one day after being further remanded to prison on an indictable charge, 57-year-old Mark Grimmond, the owner of Rockies Hotel, was granted bail by the Demerara High Court. His attorney, Bernard Da Silva was successful in a bail application at the court last week.Still on remand: Chatterpaul SinghGrimmond was released on $500,000 bail, which was granted by Justice Navindra Singh, however, his alleged “hit man” Chatterpaul Singh remains on remand for the allegations they jointly faced.The matter is currently being dealt with at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and the trial is set to commence on June 24, 2019, which was announced by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan last Thursday when the case was called.When the duo reappeared before the Chief Magistrate on the last occasion, attorneys for Grimmond, Da Silva and Mark Waldron, made new bail applications on behalf of their client but was again unsuccessful due to lack of special reasons presented. Meanwhile, Singh, who was unrepresented, was also further remanded.Bailed: Mark GrimmondGrimmond of Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), and his co-accused, Singh, of Cummingsburg, Georgetown, were slapped with a joint charge alleging that they both conspired with each other and persons unknown to kill Dwayne Grant, a businessman of Lethem, Region Nine.Police reports indicate that Grant received information that the accused were plotting to kill him. After reporting the matter, Police arrested Singh, who was found with a firearm in his possession. After intense questioning, Singh reportedly confessed to the police that he was contracted by the hotelier to carry out the execution. Grimmond was then subsequently apprehended and placed in custody.last_img read more


first_imgBUSINESS: The hugely popular Centra Convenience store in Glencar has launched a MASSIVE three-day sale!Their massive three-day sales incudes sensational offers on the following products. Nestle Cheerios 800g ONLY €1, Centra Whole Chicken 1.4kg HALF PRICE ONLY €2.75 Available Thursday 27 till Saturday 29th August (Files related Cheerios & Centra Whole Chicken)Deal of the Week Offers Now Available: – Centra Fresh Irish Pork Loin Chops Half Price ONLY €5.44/kg, Centra Fresh Irish Handmade Burgers 4pk ONLY €4.00 (File Related PA512PG12)Our Better Than Half Price Sale is Still Running for all your Back to School Needs. Many Great Offers are available in store. (Files related all the Better Than Half Price Sale 1-4)All Day Deli Deal – Chicken Fillet Baguette ONLY €1.99 (File Related Chicken Fillet Baguette €1.99) Deli Dinner plus a Free Centra 500ml Still or Sparkling Water ONLY €4.99 (File Related Deli Dinner €4.99)Also Download the Centra App, Available from the Apple or Play Store to avail of many great special offers. Now on Centra Tea or Coffee 1cent. (File Related Centra App)MASSIVE THREE-DAY SALE NOW ON AT CENTRA GLENCAR was last modified: August 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more


first_imgQuiz:Congratulations to Scoil Chróine, Dungloe on winning the county quiz last week in Ballybofey. They go forward to the Ulster quiz final along with Kilmacrennan NS (2nd); Gaelscoil Leitir Ceanainn (3rd) and Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana (4th). Rounders:The draws for the rounders competition has been made and has been emailed to schools. The first round of fixtures must be played by 23rd March. The competiton is split into three divisions:Large Schools- 8 plus mainstream teachers Medium Schools- 4-7 mainstream teachersSmall Schools- 2-3 mainstream teachersFootball Championship:Fixtures for the 2012/13 season are now on the website. Teachers are encouraged to play as many blitzes as possible in their section in order to give the pupils as much game time as possible. Results should be recorded and the school with the most wins will qualify for the knockout stages in April.Mouth Guards:Teachers please note that from Jan. 1st 2013, it is compulsory for all players to wear mouthguards during Cumann na mBunscol football competitions. Players will not be allowed on to the field of play without one after this date. This is a directive from the National Committee of the GAA and will also be implemented at club level.Indoor Football: The following dates, times and venues have been arranged for the indoor football competitions. Teachers please note that all children must be U-12 on 1st July 2013 to be eligible for these competitions. It is a 5-a-side competition with a panel of 8 players.Inishowen – Tooban NS (boys) Whitecastle (girls)Letterkenny Area – (Game On) Mon. 11th March @ 11amFinn Valley Area- (Finn Valley Centre) Mon. 11th March @ 11am Northwest- (Game On) Tues. 12th March @ 11amSouthwest- (Ardara Community Centre) Wed. 13th March @ 11amCo. Finals (Game On, Kiltoy, Letterkenny) Fri. 15th March @ 11amGAA NEWS: SCHOOLS NOTES was last modified: March 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Schools GAA noteslast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal community is winning a battle with crime-gangs after an astonishing 300 people signed up to become the eyes and ears for law and order.Some of the huge crowd which turned out to discuss break-ins across Donegal recently.Concerned residents in the Manorcunningham, St Johnston, Raphoe, Carrigans, Convoy and surrounding areas came together to launch a fight-back against burglars in recent weeks.The move followed nightly raids on the homes of pensioners. A meeting called almost a month ago was attended by more than 1,500 people looking at ways of beating the crime gangs terrorising pensioners.Now a follow-up meeting saw an incredible 300 people sign up to run an early warning Text Alert system.Businessman Tony Morning, who initially called the meeting to combat the crime-gangs, said the community has pulled together and shown great local spirit.“I never thought there would be this level of community co-operation. It has been fantastic,” he said. “We had 300 people here signing up to take part in and run the Text Alert system. We will have people in every town land and it is spreading to other parts of the county.“I honestly believe that local people realised that Enda Kenny and his Government were not going to help us so we had to help ourselves and our elderly.“We had more than 1,500 people at our first meeting. That’s 3,000 eyes on the look-out for people acting suspiciously.“People are being much more vigilant now and ensuring that these elderly people can rest safer in their beds at night,” he said.At present the group are continuing to sign people up for the text alert scheme and continuing to fit and install alarms and sensor lights for elderly people at cost price thanks to help from local security companies. Local people are also checking on elderly neighbours at all hours to reassure them of their support.REVEALED: 300 PEOPLE VOLUNTEER TO TAKE ON CRIME GANGS was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Yeak pegged back as Park moves joint top

first_img Tags: DreamIddi BabuParkShaffik AvemahtopYeak Kabowa Muyingo (right) scored one of Dream’s goals in the 3-3 draw with Yeak on Thursday (Photos by Futsal Media)Futsal Super LeagueInternational Futsal Courts, MengoThursday, 14-03-2019-Equator 1-6 Park-Mengo City 4-2 Yap Stars-Elephants 3-5 Parakeets-Typhoon 6-6 Bajim-Aidenal 4-0 Kabowa United-Yeak Kabowa 3-3 Dream-Crown 2-1 NomadMENGO – With 10 rounds to play in the Futsal Super League, the top two are separated by just goal difference.Such a scenario was unimaginable two weeks ago as Yeak Kabowa looked on course to running away with the title, blowing away opponents with ease.However, the last two games have seen them add only a point to their tally, losing to their closest challengers in the process.On Thursday, the Kabowa based side failed to win for the second game running as they played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with defending champions Dream.After a pulsating first half, the two heavy weights were locked at 2-2 with Yeak striking through Emma Magembe and Enock Ssebagala while Dream’s goals were scored by Jamal Muyingo and John Ssegawa.In the second, either side struck once as Ssegawa scored his second and third for Dream on the day before Innocent Kiwanuka ensured a share of the spoils in the end.Yeak who have now lost to Park and drawn with Dream in the last two games, still lead the standings with 36 points from 16 games.For Dream, they drop into 4th having accumulated 30 points so far.For second placed Park, they did their title bid a whole lot of favour as they crashed Equator 6-1 in the day’s opening game.Inspirational Captain and top scorer Iddi Babu continued his fine scoring form, grabbing a treble on the day.Park Captain Babu (right) questions an official’s call in the 6-1 win over equator on ThursdayAziku Joshua *2 and Shafick Mulangira scored the other three goals for Park while Davis Arinda grabbed Equator’s consolation.The win for Park sees them remain second in the standings, level on points (36) with leaders Yeak but with an inferior goal difference (-5).Equator on the other end remain 9th with 20 points from 16 games so far.In the day’s most entertaining game, Bajim and Typhoon played out to a mouth-watering 6-6 draw.Typhoon started the game strongly, leading 4-2 by halftime thanks to Umar Ssebuliba *2, Rogers Mugisha and Abdallah Maawiya while Jophesi Njuki and Isaac Mubiru scored for Bajim.In the second, it was Bajim who took the initiative, winning it 4-2 to ensure the game ends 6-6 at the sound of the final whistle.Bajim’s four goals in the second period were scored by Mubiru Derrick and Franco Sunday, each striking a brace. A Kiberu own goal and another Ssebuliba strike were the two occasions on which Typhoon rattled the back of the net in the final 15 minutes.Typhoon now maintain 7th spot on the standings, one point and position ahead of Bajim who now have 23 (Points).The only side not to find the back of the net on the day was struggling Kabowa United who lost 4-0 to resurgent Aidenal.Michael Kasozi struck early in the game to hand Aidenal the lead, one they held until the end of the first period.In the second, Aidenal added three more through Christopher Sserugo and Joseph Ssonko *2 to win the encounter comfortably.This is Aidenal’s second win on the trot and it sees them move up into 11th on the standings with 18 points.The loss for Kabowa is their 11th of the season and it leaves them with just 9 points accumulated with 16 games played. They are separated from bottom side, Yap Stars by just three points.In the other games played on the day, Crown defeated Nomad 2-1, Parakeets were 5-3 winners over Elephants while Mengo City overcame Yap Stars 4-2.Yeak’s Shafik Avemah still tops the scoring charts with 26 points, only one ahead of Park’s Iddi Babu (25).The next round of fixtures will be played next Thursday, 21-03-2019 with all the 14 teams once again in action.Comments last_img read more

Looking to change your career?

first_imgIf you’re looking for a fulfilling new career that can work around your lifestyle have you considered training as a Reflexology Practitioner? Whether you are new to the health industry or wish to add to your range of professional skills, then The Irish School of Reflexology has what you’re looking for.Our courses are: Easy to fit into your work schedule and run at weekendsBased in an easily accessible locationFully accredited with the NRRIDesigned to train professionals to start their own Reflexology business upon certificationThe Diploma consists of 150 Hours of tutoring in the classroom and the 60 hours of practical work that the students must do at home.The Diploma is part-time (one weekend per month) and will cover A&P, the theory of Reflexology, holistic approach, practical work and much more. The sequence we teach is the Eunice Ingham’s sequence and it has proven to be very effective as we use it all the time in our practices. In our classes, we don’t teach a foot massage, but Traditional Reflexology! It is our treatment what makes us stand out from the crowd.At the end of the year, students will be awarded a Diploma in Traditional Foot Reflexology (recognised by all the major health insurance companies) and will be able to start their own practice.Enrolling now for the new term stating on the 2nd and 3rd of September at the Base Enterprise Centre- Stranorlar, Co. Donegal.For more information, visit the website www.irishschoolofreflexology.comOr call Tatiana NOW on 0862071065Looking to change your career? was last modified: June 29th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CareereducationjobsReflexologySCHOOLlast_img read more

Evander Kane says hockey “far behind” other sports on awareness of racism

first_imgSharks forward Evander Kane said the sport of hockey badly needs to catch up to other sports in bringing awareness to racism if it ever hopes to become more diverse and grow acceptance and interest.Two days after he called out a poster for telling him on Instagram to “Stick to basketball,” Kane, whose father is black and whose mother is white, told TSN Radio in Vancouver on Friday that attitudes in hockey have to change if it wants to draw more interest across a wider cross-section of fans. …last_img read more

Misuse of Term ‘Natural Selection’ Continues

first_imgIf humans guide a process, that is not natural selection. Darwin’s idea had nothing to do with intention or morality.Is it the reporters or the scientists at the University of Colorado who don’t get Darwin? A press release titled “‘‘Natural selection’ could lead to amazing new materials” gets evolutionary theory all wrong.The researchers propose a setup that uses a well-known ion-conducting material, silver iodide, as a test case to prove their principle. And what better way than to take cues from nature? They’re calling their method “natural selection” for materials. Instead of starting with a known compound and trying to optimize its properties, they will use fundamental physical properties required for a specific application to guide and select for the synthetic conditions, and the resulting materials. That way, only those materials that behave in the desired way will form.Natural selection knows nothing about methods, optimization, or guidance. In essence, the researchers rigged the process. It doesn’t matter if there is some randomness thrown in; if the team guided and selected the outcome in any way, it is not “natural selection,” but rather artificial selection – a synonym for intelligent design. The misuse of the term has the effect of giving Darwinism credit for something it didn’t do.A less obvious misuse of “natural selection” can be found in this article at the BBC News, “Are humans driving evolution in animals?” The only way to make sense of the hypothesis that humans are “driving” evolution in keeping with Darwin’s hypothesis is to treat humans like unguided, mindless products of evolution themselves. If said humans are exercising their minds and making choices, natural selection has nothing to do with it. It becomes a matter of morality or poor stewardship of nature.Are humans inadvertently driving evolution in other species? Mounting evidence suggests activities such as commercial fishing, angling and hunting, along with the use of pesticides and antibiotics, are leading to dramatic evolutionary changes.Even if there are unintended consequences to human actions, this is still not ‘natural’ selection in the Darwinian sense. Otherwise, nobody could complain about what humans are doing. Yet the article is worried about human activity. This article also flagrantly confuses natural and artificial selection:The intentional selection of the qualities we like (such as flavour and size) in domesticated livestock and cultivated crops has led to descendent animals and plants that differ genetically from their ancestors. This change in gene frequency is evolution, and in this case has come about by a process called artificial selection.Natural selection is basically the same process. The difference is that instead of humans selecting individuals to breed, natural selection pressures such as predation, or the reluctance of females to mate with lower quality males, cause some individuals in a population to prosper and produce offspring while others fare poorly, leaving fewer offspring.But artificial selection is the polar opposite of natural selection. Artificial selection involves choice, goals, and intelligent design. Natural selection is not “basically the same process.” Nor is there any “logic” to natural selection:Not all human selection pressures are as intentional as those imposed by plant and animal breeders. Recent research is revealing that many of our activities exert significant unintentional selection on organisms. Such “unnatural selection”, as it has been termed, is causing evolution in those populations as the inevitable logic of Darwinian selection kicks in.Ascribing logic to Darwinian selection is like calling “stuff happens” a scientific explanation, because a “change in gene frequency” is simply that. It could be a change up or down or sideways. Stuff happens. Nor is natural selection a “pressure.” It’s a mindless nub in a pinball game that cares nothing about what happens, nor can it make anything happen. (See 10/03/15 about the vacuous nature of ‘natural selection’ as a scientific explanation.)You can’t pay a debt to Darwin if he never gave you something:It seems that virtually everything we do can have an accidental evolutionary consequence and scientists are already devising evolutionarily sustainable management plans for harvested resources.This is just as well, because if we aren’t prudent in managing our unnatural selection pressures we will be paying a “Darwinian debt” for generations to come.“Evolutionarily sustainable managment plan” is symptomatic of acute sophoxymoronia. Clearly the authors of this piece are worried about human choices, and think we need to “manage” and “plan” our activities to prevent “imprudent” consequences. Consistent Darwinian thinking would call all of that worry nonsense. Evolution is what evolution does. Whether things end up living or dying, that’s the way of evolution. No amount of Darwinese can change that.There can only be progress in the creation-evolution debate if there is clarity on the meanings of terms. When the advocates of evolution don’t even understand their own theory, valuable time is wasted getting the semantics right before anyone can have a rational discussion about the merits of the case. It’s like trying to have an argument with Lewis Carroll about the jabberwock. To what is the speaker referring? Evolutionists sneak in intelligent design and morality terms where they don’t belong. Their equivocation confuses the debate, throwing fogma into the arena and letting them get away with sleight of mind in the Darwin theater.We call this trick jargonwocky. Our demonstration from 1/26/10 bears repeating:In the land of Jargonwocky, a scientist named Niwrad came up with a theory of everything he called Galumph. With frabjous joy, he investigated all the creatures of the borogoves with his apprentice, Ecallaw. He found that the Jubjub birds had round eyes and the mome raths, though similar, have square eyes. That’s because of Galumph, he explained. The Bandersnatch and Jabberwock, though looking very different, both have round eyes. “Galumph triumphs again!” Niwrad chortled. “But how can that be?” burbled Ecallaw with uffish look. “They are so very different in other respects.” “Callooh! Callay!” exclaimed Niwrad frumiously. “’Tis only to demonstrate the power of Galumph. The former is a case of Parallel Galumph. This one, a case of Convergent Galumph. Do you see? Galumph explains all. We must away and tell Yelxuh, our mimsy publicist, to announce our scientific triumph to the townspeople! We have slain the mystery of Jabberwock with Galumph. Galumph has wiped the brillig from our slithy toves, and given us Enlightenment!”If you are thoroughly confused by that paragraph, you got the point.(Visited 231 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Did he get away?

first_imgIt was a dark and stormy night on Wednesday, November 24, 1971. Thousands of air travelers throughout the Pacific Northwest were heading home for the Thanksgiving Holiday and all was routine until the news bulletin hit the airwaves like a bombshell. A Northwest Airlines Boeing 727 had been hijacked on a flight from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. A lone hijacker with a bomb in his briefcase demanded $200,000 and four parachutes in exchange for allowing all 36 passengers to leave the aircraft before it was flown to Mexico. The airplane sat sequestered on a distant ramp at Seattle-Tacoma Airport for nearly five hours surrounded by a veritable sea of law enforcement vehicles and personnel, plus ground support equipment and two fuel trucks pumping 36,000 pounds of JP-4 into the 727’s fuel tanks. So how did all this happen?On the afternoon of that Thanksgiving Eve, a mysterious middle-age man described as approximately six feet tall with dark hair and brown eyes, wearing a dark suit and carrying only a briefcase, walked up to the Northwest Airlines ticket counter at Portland International Airport and purchased a one-way ticket to Seattle on Flight 305. He paid the $20 fare in cash with a single $20 bill, proceeded to Gate 52, boarded the Boeing 727-100 and belted himself into seat 18E for the short 45-minute flight which departed on time at 2:50pm. The man used the name Dan Cooper to purchase his ticket – the name of a daring fictitious cartoon character of that time period. The last time Dan Cooper was ever seen alive was at 8:00pm that same evening, alone in the darkened rear cabin of the 727 preparing to bail out of the jetliner with two of the four parachutes and a canvas bag filled with 10,000 $20 bills.It was obvious from his conversations and explicit hand-written notes passed to the crewmembers that Mr. Cooper had a thorough knowledge of the Boeing 727. He requested a full load of fuel in Seattle to complete the clever reuse of making a flight to Mexico City, and even knew how long it would take to pump that much fuel into the tanks. Cooper requested the jet fly at 10,000 feet enabling the cabin to remain unpressurized and allow the opening of the rear airstair inflight. He asked for an initial flap setting of 15 degrees, then 30 degrees as well as having the landing gear remain extended inflight. This was to allow a safe bailout speed below the gear door limit on the 727-100, and thwart any attempts of alert-scrambled U.S. Air Force Convair F-106 Delta Darts from nearby McChord AFB to chase the errant airliner and track Cooper’s escape. (Two jets tried to remain three miles behind the 727, but never saw a thing.)He specifically demanded $200,000 in $20 bills to be placed in a canvas bag along with four non-military parachutes – two main backpacks and two smaller chest-pack reserve chutes. State Police, Northwest officials, and FBI personnel could only surmise that Cooper intended to take a hostage with him. Therefore anyone tampering with the chutes would be guilty of attempted murder of a hapless passenger or crewmember. When the flight crew informed Cooper that the 727 had a limited range of only 1,000 miles with gear and flaps extended, a mutually agreed-on fuel stop at Reno, Nevada was chosen. This was yet another clever reuse placing the route-of-flight on FAA Victor Airway 23 over an area midway between Seattle and Portland, using minimum enroute altitudes for terrain clearance, and ensuring a planned arrival over a predetermined point where perhaps assistance and a getaway vehicle lay waiting.It was also obvious that Cooper possessed either extensive paratrooper experience, or knowledge thereof. His estimated age would have placed him in the Korean War, or possibly as a paratroop instructor during the Vietnam War, and this is where an odd connection with the CIA first emerged. Night insertion airdrops from DC-4s and then 727s were routinely flown by that agency out of Takhli Air Base in Thailand during the conflict. By using an indicated airspeed of 160 knots with gear extended and flaps set at 30 degrees, agents could successfully jump from the aircraft rear stairs at an altitude of 10,000 feet. The stunning similarity in Cooper’s requested flight parameters – even using the cover of darkness to avoid detection – could not be ignored, and every crewmember of those Air America 727s was given a lie-detector test the very next day after the hijacking. All 15 crewmembers passed with flying colors, however, no pun intended.The JumpIt was apparent that Cooper knew what he was doing. The estimated wind chill factor at altitude that night was minus-50 degrees F, so how could he have survived in that temperature? During post-flight passenger interviews at SeaTac, a 20-year-old college student from the University of Oregon named Bill Mitchell reported seeing something rather unusual. Seated across the aisle from Cooper in seat 18A, Mitchell noticed what appeared to be thick cream-colored thermal underwear visible below the cuffs of Cooper’s trousers and overlapping his socks. The estimated ten-second free fall from 10,000 feet would have been survivable with the limited protection that underwear provided.Another issue was the physical risk to a jumper without heavy boots or a helmet landing with an extra 25 pounds of money strapped to his body. Upon examination of the remaining two parachutes after the jet landed in Reno, it was discovered that Cooper had ingeniously torn a length of parachute riser from one of the unused chutes to make a tether for securing the canvas money bag to his waist. Like tethered military survival kits used by military pilots ejecting from stricken aircraft, that heavy bag would have struck the ground seconds before Cooper did, providing ample warning of impact and time to execute the energy-absorbing PLF, or parachute landing fall.Why did Cooper ask for his ransom in $20 bills? Because cashiers do not check serial numbers on a $20 bill at a grocery or convenience store. All basic needs such as food, gas, clothing, and even medicine can be easily purchased with $20 bills. Another question is where the name D. B. Cooper originated. As mentioned, a Dan Cooper purchased the ticket, but when the FBI ran a search of people with former paratrooper experience living in the Portland or Seattle area with that last name, a D. B. Cooper indeed came up on the list. That individual was proven to be out of the state that fateful night, but a UPI reporter named Clyde Jabin called a local detective who informed him of the FBI checking out a D. B. Cooper. Jabin sent that information out on the wire service, and when it hit the local headlines the next morning, a legend was born.Northwest Flight 305 was operated with a six-year-old Boeing 727-100 registered as N467US, originating from Washington National Airport that morning and landing at Minneapolis-St. Paul. A fresh crew took the aircraft to Missoula, Montana and Spokane, Washington before landing in Portland for the final leg to Seattle. Captain William A. Scott was in command of the aircraft assisted by First Officer William J. Rataczak and Flight Engineer Harold E. Anderson. Flight Attendant Alice Hancock tended to First Class passengers, while Florence Schaffner and Tina Mucklow handled the main cabin. The entire cockpit crew flew the hijacked flight to Reno, but Hancock and Schaffner (who took the first cryptic bomb note from Cooper) deplaned with the 36 passengers released as promised when Cooper got his money and parachutes. Only Tina Mucklow remained in the cabin on that flight. She watched him calmly smoke a cigarette before the jump, and was the last person to ever see Cooper alive.Twenty minutes after departing Seattle, with the aircraft flying at 160 knots at 10,000 feet, trimmed and configured exactly as Cooper demanded, F/O Rataczak who was hand-flying the airplane, felt a subtle but unmistakable jolt as Cooper egressed the rear airstair which then bounced up and hit the fuselage due to air loads. The jetliner was somewhere over the small town of Ariel, Washington near the Washington-Oregon border, and Cooper simply vanished without a trace as the mystery began to unfold.The Rest of the StoryFollowing the hijacking, a massive three-week manhunt was mobilized that included state and local law enforcement, the Air Force, and more than 400 members of the Washington National Guard. Collectively, they covered every square inch of two large counties with a search so thorough that two missing bodies were discovered – a lost hiker and a murder victim, both of whom had been listed as missing persons for many years.Those bodies were just the first of many seemingly promising clues that led to dead ends for the FBI. Another was a large swatch of fabric found high up in a tree with a parachute strap lying nearby. It turned out that the material was from a weather balloon and the strap was identified as being part of a drag chute jettisoned from an F-4 Phantom jet fighter years earlier. With the exception of a small data plate ripped from the open airstair door of the 727 during the bail out, not one shred of physical evidence – or any sign of Cooper himself – was ever found.Then, on Sunday, February 10, 1980, the ultimate fake-out clue of this case took place on the banks of the Columbia River. The Ingram family was spending a holiday weekend in Vancouver, Washington, and was about to enjoy a picnic lunch on the river bank. Their eight-year-old son Brian stumbled upon several packs of wet, rotted, and decomposing $20 bills mired in the sand. Two-hundred and twenty $20 bills to be exact. Authorities were alerted and the FBI quickly matched all the serial numbers to the D. B. Cooper money. Finally, physical evidence of the hijacking had been located at last, although there were still 9,780 bills still missing.Immediate speculation swirled around three distinct possibilities. First was that the money had somehow ripped away from Cooper when his body hit the jet slipstream and then fluttered to earth. (How would three packets wind-up touching each other in the sand?) Second theory was that Cooper had landed safely and then planted the money as a decoy before making his getaway. Third was that Cooper died in the attempted bail out, or had been killed on landing, possibly even drowning in the river, and the money floated downstream by itself.None of those theories were valid, however. What happened was a result of the Columbia River serving as a major regional shipping channel that must be constantly dredged to maintain ships draft clearances. The sand in which the money was found had been dredged-up from the bottom of the river several months before Brian Ingram discovered the packets. It had taken eight years for that $4,400-worth of evidence to turn up, but no one will ever know the origins of its deceptive and circuitous journey.As might be expected, copy-cat hijackings began three months later, although none were successful. Two parajackers were quickly captured and eventually imprisoned, and one was ambushed and shot dead after he landed. In February 1972, a United 727 was taken over by a man named R. LaPoint in Denver, Colorado. The following April, Army veteran R. F. McCoy hijacked yet another United 727 in Provo, Utah. Finally, an M. J. Hanley jumped from an American Airlines 727 near Peru, Indiana in June.Following this last attempt, the rear stairs on all Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s, and Sud Caravelles flown in the U.S. were fitted with an ingenious spring-loaded weather vane-type device that remained open on the ground, but turned 90 degrees from air loads in flight, physically locking the door shut from the outside. This simple yet effective mechanism is still in use today. It is named, most appropriately, the Cooper Vane.last_img read more