29 Aug

Mad Catz files for bankruptcy

first_imgAfter the company was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange last week, Mad Catz has now filed for bankruptcy. The hardware company has had a turbulent time of late, with the lacklustre performance of Rock Band 4 an underlying factor in the firm’s poor financial performance. In February 2016, the company made comprehensive redundancies. On Friday, with the share price falling to just $0.04, the company was officially delisted from the NYSE as a result of “an abnormally low trading price”. Karen McGinnis, Mad Catz president and CEO said in a statement: “Regrettably and notwithstanding that for a significant amount of time the Company has been actively pursuing its strategic alternatives, including various near term financing alternatives such as bank financing and equity infusions, as well as potential sales of certain assets of the Company or a sale of the Company in its entirety, the Company has been unable to find a satisfactory solution to its cash liquidity problems,” The company revealed it was forced into bankruptcy after being told by financial advisors that “no strategic alternatives in respect of a sale of the Company or other corporate sale transaction” was available. Furthermore, the firm’s lenders refused to further increase the company’s credit limits. PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc (“PWC”) has been appointed as the trustee in bankruptcy of the Mad Catz estate. The company has filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 7 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The Mad Catz brand has been historically well established in the FGC community. They not only sponsored tournaments but also once housed some of the finest players including Daigo Umehara, Tokido Kaniguchi and Kenryo Hayashi. Esports Insider says: It’s sad to see a company that historically has done a lot for the FGC esports scene disappear. Alas, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise after last week’s announcement.last_img read more

21 Dec

DD Motoring: Remembering the role of Donegal’s ambulance drivers

first_imgDD Motoring correspondent Brian McDaid looks at the historical and very important role of ambulance drivers in Donegal.A small Donegal crest stitched to a pilgrim’s backpack on the road in the recent Camino Walk was the link that got two strangers talking.The one with the crest had it as a memory of her childhood growing up in Donegal, where her father’s profession brought his family to live in Letterkenny. Advertisement The other walker, Rosaleen, a native of the town tried in vain to remember the family but nothing was coming to mind.Both walkers about to head on their separate ways, the lady with the Donegal crest suggested the maybe they didn’t live that long in Letterkenny and that possibly was why she couldn’t remember her family.James Molloy pictured at the front door of his home at No3 Rosemunt Lane who was Letterkenny’s first Ambulance driver.“Possibly’ Roseleen replied, feeling slightly deflated, Rosaleen asked. ‘So where did you move to then?’, Ah just out as far as Newtown,” was the stranger’s reply, ‘Newtown –Cunnigham’ Rosaleen replied, “Newtowncunnigham,” Rosaleen said quietly to herself. ‘Now, I know you’.It was the key to open a memory that Roseleen forgot she had. Here she was far from home on the Camino de Santiago, sometimes known in English as the “Way of Saint James” and Rosaleen has remembered another James from her childhood memory growing up in Letterkenny, that of her late father, James Molloy. Advertisement James Molloy was an ambulance driver employed by the Donegal County Council to drive the first motorised ambulance to come to Letterkenny way back in the 1920s in the days of the old Fever and District hospitals in the town.When an emergency call came into the old Letterkenny District Hospital in the middle of the night Dr. JP McGinley would be contacted who lived nearby on the New Line Rd. and then someone was sent on foot down to No 3 Rosemount Lane to get James Molloy. He then would rush up to the old District hospital on foot and fired up the engine with a starting handle on the old Ford Model Y Ambulance.On his arrival back to the hospital especially in the middle of the night with staff off duty the late Dr. McGinley would be out waiting for the ambulance at the front door of the Old district hospital (near to where Mac’s Mace is now) to give James a hand to carry the stretcher up the flight of stairs to the front door of the hospital.Patsy Molloy on his day of his retirement as Donegal Ambulance controller pictured with fellow Letterkenny based Ambulance drivers. Photo Brian McDaid.If an emergency operation was required James would then set off in the ambulance to Newtowncunnigham where the hospital’s anaesthetist lived. This was the memory that Rosaleen recall to her new-found friend on the Camino walk of their two fathers working together all them years again Letterkenny District HospitalRosaleen, (now McCool living in Stranorlar) was the youngest of six children in James and Annie Molloy’s family. They both were from Letterkenny Annie was McCafferty from the Port Rd. Both met in Scotland where they went in search of work, they returned to Letterkenny and set up home at No3 on the Majors Lane just off Upper Main Street also known as Rosemount Lane. James worked for a drinks distributor on the Main St up a lane way behind where Nee’s drapers once was, before he got a job driving the Ambulance in Letterkenny. In an interview for Donegal Daily at the weekend, Rosaleen recalled her memories of growing up in Letterkenny and how her father’s life revolved around his devotion to the responsibility that was entrusted to him when he was the only ambulance driver in his home town.Big TopIn the earlier years Rosaleen recalls here father routine of working as an ambulance driver went there was no time off at all, even though he went to work in the morning and came back in the evening, he might not be no sooner in the door than someone landed at their front door looking for him to go back on a call.A new Donegal registered Ambulance ZP 3331 back in the 1950’s which with both James and Patsy Molloy drove.She even remembers him going to the Duffy Circus with them in Callaghan’s Fields just off the Port Rd. and they would be no sooner in the seats when the Circus master would announce ‘Ladies and Gentle Men, Boys and Girls’ if James Molloy is in the audience can he please make himself known to our staff, and that would be her father away on a call. Roseleen recalled that wasn’t unusual to see her father leaving Rosemount to go to a call on a winters night with a shovel over his shoulder which he would take with him in the ambulance in case he would get snowed in on a call out and would have to dig himself out to get his patient to the hospital in Lettekenny.He father would seldom talk about his job and the difficult journey he would make over his life as an ambulance driver in them early years in Donegal. On a lighter note he often shared the story of a young Donegal fellow who lived in a very remote part of the county who was sent to Dublin for treatment. On the road up he ended up sitting in the front with James and looked with amazement at the crowds of people walking up and down O’Connell St. ‘Man be a fair on today sir with that crowd about’ was his assessment to James of his first view of the capital.In 1953 James’ son Patsy, who started his driving career in a bread van and then a bus for the GNR from Pettigo to Lough Derg was appointed as an ambulance driver at the old district hospital in Killybegs.Patsy Molloy on his day of his retirement as Donegal Ambulance controller pictured with fellow Letterkenny based Ambulance drivers. Photo Brian McDaid.Now both father and son were on the road in their respective district hospitals in Donegal and a picture of a brand new V8 ambulance ZP 3331 which went on the road in the early 1950’s that both father and son drove at different times. James was still working as a driver until he was 66 and suffered a heart attack. He retired in May in 1959 with 30 years service and sadly died that same year six months later on the 15th of November.His funeral had a huge attendance in Conwal, and as an Old IRA member his fellow comrades formed a guard of honour and carried his Tricolour covered coffin for the last part of his journey. Military honours were rendered at the graveside when three volleys were fired over his coffin under the command of Hugh McGrath, Captain in command of the Letterkenny company of the Old IRA, and the last post was sounded by bugler Kevin Dillion.1,000,000 miles and no accidentsIt was reported at the time that the Late James Molloy had travelled over 1,000,000 miles in his role as an ambulance driver and over his 30 years never had an accident, He started out driving an old Ford Model Y and had travelled to every county in Ireland in them early days of emergency transport. This most courteous and careful driver with a million miles under his belt had a ‘Golden Rule for the Road’ which now seems so ahead of his time considering that he passed away over 60 years ago. James Molloy’s Golden Rule was simple “IF YOU DRIVE DON’T DRINK”.James Molloy one of the first Ambulance driver based in Letterkenny.Handing on the BatonI’m sure James Molloy in his final years looked on at the progress of work at the building of new Letterkenny General Hospital but sadly never lived long enough to see it up and running. His son patsy did and moved from Killybegs to take up the position of Ambulance Driver at Letterkenny General Hospital, Patsy took up a very unique role as he also was the first and only ambulance to have his family home within the grounds of the hospital. His family lived in a small single storey flat roof house at the entrance to the main entrance to Letterkenny General hospital known as the ‘gatehouse’Early Sat Nav SystemThe wasn’t a road or a lane in Donegal that Patsy didn’t know and over the years many a new doctor on call would call over to Patsy’s house for directions on their way to a call out the country.Like Patsy’s father James, they were all too aware of what an emergency call could throw up and with poor communications because of hills blocking radio receptions in Donegal, Patsy sometimes used a back up system of navigation for ambulance driver going to a difficult to find address, this involved team work with the doctor who would be called out first especially if they were going up unsignposted country lanes, the doctor would tie off a small strip of white bandage to a tree which would be a signal for the ambulance driver to turn off the road at the junction it was placed. Many a patient’s house was located by this simple system when all the other technology didn’t work. Patsy lived in the gate house at the hospital for 16 years before moving to Glencar. In 1980 he was appointed ambulance controller for all of Co Donegal, which was his job for the next 8 years, Then on the 14th of December 1988 her retied from the service after 35 years of service.Jimmy Sweeney pictured receiving the keys of the Ambulance from Co Donegal Ambulance Controller, Patsy Molloy on the occasion of his retirement, Photo Brian McDaid.That day of his retirement with fellow Letterkenny based drivers like Dominic Doherty, Johnny Walsh, Henry Murray, Bill Good ,Paddy Curran and Jimmy Sweeney to name but a few he symbolically handed over the keys of an ambulance, a Ford Transit, a far cry from the original Ford Model Y that his father started out on all those years before the Father and son gave 68 years service to the sick and incapacitated. Not alone did they both serve as ambulance drivers, they were there to lend a sympathetic ear, they were the patients’ friend, their councillor to patients on very difficult journeys.James Molloy’s daughter Rosaleen, and her brother Patsy’s children Michael and Antoinette and nephew Pascal Blake all made it possible for us to recall the memory of what both this father and son did in their dedication to the service over the years they held on to the old photos and the clippings from newspapers which made it possible for us to remember them both this week.A model Y Ford , believed to be one of the first Ambulance in Donegal IH 482 pictured with nursing staff beside it in the 1920’sDD Motoring: Remembering the role of Donegal’s ambulance drivers was last modified: December 5th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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

28 Nov

Stags battle Bombers minus star

first_imgLATEST STORIES The Stags take on the Jose Rizal U Bombers with Calisaan serving a one-game suspension in the 4 p.m. match they’re hosting at San Sebastian Gym in Mendiola, Manila.“The only way we can win without Michael is if we step up as a team—not just one, two or three players,” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCalisaan leads the Stags in scoring and rebounding with averages of 16.5 points—also the fifth best in the league—and nine rebounds.The do-it-all forward got slapped with an automatic suspension after getting ejected during the Stags’ 75-73 escape over the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals last Friday. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ San Sebastian tries to make its way inside the top four but the Stags have to do it minus main man Michael Calisaan in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH beats Malaysia on penalties, takes shot at ice hockey gold Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Both the Bombers (4-3) and the Stags (4-4) are bunched in the middle behind idle Lyceum (8-0), San Beda (7-1) and Letran (5-4).Jose Rizal coach Vergel Meneses hopes his Bombers pounce on the Stags’ disadvantage as visiting teams also hold a winning record in the NCAA on Tour games. —JASMINE W. PAYOSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

18 Nov

Pacers Run Down Knicks, 92-87

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Paul George’s sore left ankle was getting worse, so he finally told his coach he needed to come out of the game.He hoped it was for good, but just in case, he had another message.“Don’t rule me out,” George told Frank Vogel. “So I just kept that in the back of his mind and late in the fourth he put me back in.”George then made the tiebreaking jumper with 23.6 seconds left, and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 92-87 on April 3 to tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.The Pacers blew an 18-point lead in the second half against a Knicks team missing its two best scorers, but recovered to join Detroit at 41-36 and stay two games ahead of ninth-place Chicago.George finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, returning to the game midway through the fourth quarter after the Pacers had said he was questionable to play further because of a sore left ankle.He had scored 12 points in the third quarter before checking out late in the period with the Pacers leading by 13. George grabbed a heat pack and was icing on the bench, hoping his work was done, but Vogel had no choice but to return to his All-Star forward.“Obviously, you want to step on a team’s throat when you’re up 18 and put them away. We failed to do that the last two nights but we got two Ws,” Vogel said, referring to an April 2 victory in Philadelphia. “So we’ve got to continue to work on what we need to do to put a team away, but I’ll be happy with the win.”Sasha Vujacic scored 21 points for the Knicks, who rested Carmelo Anthony and had fellow starters Kristaps Porzingis (sore right shoulder) and Jose Calderon (bruised right quadriceps) already out with injuries. Arron Afflalo added 15 points.Rodney Stuckey had 17 for Indiana, which got a big break when instant replay wiped out Afflalo’s apparent 3-pointer that would’ve cut it to one with 14 seconds left.But officials determined that Afflalo was out of bounds when he caught the pass before launching his shot and restored the Pacers’ 91-87 advantage.A night after a fourth-quarter rally in Philadelphia, the Pacers appeared on their way to an easy victory when they went ahead 68-50 in the third quarter.But the Knicks cut the deficit in half by the end of the period, then came all the way back to go ahead 87-85 on Afflalo’s free throws with 1:18 left.“I really appreciate and admire how hard that they came out and played in the second half,” Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis said. “We really gave ourselves a great chance to win. If we would have played that way to start the ballgame and finished it off in the first half, we probably could have come away with the win.”Ian Mahinmi tied it with two free throws before George knocked in his jumper for an 89-87 edge. Vujacic missed a 3-pointer before Monta Ellis added two from the line for a four-point advantage.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

23 Oct

DSME Clinches Order for Up to Four LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has received a contract to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers for an undisclosed Marshall Islands-based shipowner.According to the company’s stock exchange filing, the order for the two 173,400 cbm LNG carriers is worth KRW 414.4 billion (USD 362.9 million).Under the deal, signed in late February, the shipbuilder is scheduled to deliver the new vessels by the end of August, 2019.DSME said that the deal includes options for two more LNG carriers, which, if exercised, would bring the value of the deal to KRW 830 billion.In late February, John Fredriksen-controlled tanker owner and operator Frontline purchased two very large crude carrier (VLCC) resales from DSME.The 300,000 dwt VLCCs, whcih were canceled in August last year, but are being built by DSME, were bought at a price of USD 77.5 million a piece.The crude carriers are set to join their owner in September and October 2017.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

13 Oct

Analyst says shippers switching to CP Rail as CN Rail service deteriorates

first_imgService on Canadian National Railway Co. has deteriorated to the point that clients are switching their cargoes to rival Canadian Pacific Railway, Walter Spracklin, a financial analyst for RBC Dominion Securities, said Thursday.But a spokesman for the Montreal-based company said many of the short-term service problems are weather related and the company is investing capital to address other longer term concerns.Recent complaints about CN service by the CEO of energy services firm Halliburton, along with service disruptions on CN lines in areas such as the Port of Prince Rupert terminal in British Columbia, have raised questions among CN investors and caused “irreparable damage” to shipper relationships, Spracklin charged in a report.Spracklin said weekly performance numbers show CN’s train speeds are down 17 per cent year-over-year compared with nine per cent for the railway group, and “dwell” — the time trains spend stopped at a terminal — is up a “staggering” 43 per cent compared to the group’s nine per cent.“We highlight that CP has the capacity to handle the higher volume, and that they are negotiating new business away from CN — but on terms that are favourable to CP (to avoid experiencing similar “digestion issues”),” he wrote in the report.“We expect continued negative news flow on disruptions and disclosure of further customer shifts, which in our view will make CN’s premium valuation less appealing and as a result we expect further shifting from CN over to CP.”CN spokesman Patrick Waldron responded that winter weather in Western Canada has been so severe it forced CN to run shorter trains about 75 per cent of the time, which means more trains are needed for the same volumes.“This combined with increased volume levels across our business has resulted in congestion for all commodities and customers along our busy Chicago-to-Edmonton mainline corridor,” he said in an email.“We are working with our customers to manage all traffic and clear backlogs for all of customers in the coming weeks.”He said CN Rail is buying and leasing locomotives and hiring and training hundreds of new employees, adding CN’s $3.2-billion capital program in 2018 will address infrastructure pinch points and add capacity.Waldron didn’t address the question of whether the railway is losing customers to rival railways.Analyst Daniel Sherman of Edward Jones said in a report issued after the railway posted disappointing 2017 results that it appears to have expanded volume on its network beyond its capacity.“We anticipate that management will catch capacity up to demand as we move through 2018,” the report said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story (TSX:CNR, TSX:CP)last_img read more

13 Oct

BCs Horgan defends fight to both retain and restrict Alberta oil imports

first_imgYELLOWKNIFE – B.C. Premier John Horgan says he is fighting to both retain and restrict Alberta energy imports because while the existing shipments are vital to his province, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would see the unrefined oilsands oil go somewhere else.“The proposal to twin the pipeline is not to send more product to the Lower Mainland, but to export to other jurisdictions,” Horgan told reporters after a meeting of western premiers wrapped up Wednesday in Yellowknife.“There’s a distinct difference between those two things. One is diluted bitumen. The other is gasoline or jet fuel to be used by (B.C.) citizens to move around freely.”He made the comments after he was asked to explain why his government is going to court to determine if it has the right to regulate heavy oil imports while at the same time trying to stop Alberta from curtailing existing oil shipments to B.C.Horgan denied a suggestion that his government’s position is selfish.“Not at all,” he said, stressing that they are two separate issues.Horgan joined leaders from other western provinces and territories to discuss a range of shared concerns from cannabis legalization and pharmacare to market access.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley declined to go, saying she’s too busy trying to strike a deal to ensure Trans Mountain is built.She sent deputy premier Sarah Hoffman, who declined to sign off on the meeting’s closing statement. Hoffman said Alberta didn’t endorse the document because there was no statement affirming support for Trans Mountain.She said while she wants to proceed with the issues discussed at the meeting, it is folly to talk about how to spend money while ignoring critical issues on how to raise it.“Talking about market access without talking about Trans Mountain … is irrational” said Hoffman.The line, which would twin an existing pipe and triple the amount of oil heading from Alberta to the coast, was approved by Ottawa in 2016, but has hit permit delays and legal challenges from Horgan’s government.Alberta says pipeline bottlenecks are kneecapping the industry, costing millions of dollars a day.The pipeline builder, Kinder Morgan, has ratcheted back spending on the $7.4-billion project, citing B.C.’s obstruction tactics. The company says it needs assurance by May 31 that the line can get built.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government and Alberta are exploring a range of options including buying the project from Kinder Morgan or making sure whoever builds it is covered for any losses tied to political delays.Horgan’s government has made clear it opposes the expansion over concerns about spills. His government has asked B.C.’s highest court to rule on whether B.C. can cap oil imports.Alberta has passed a bill to allow it to reduce shipments of oil and other fuels to B.C., which could lead to gas price spikes and other fuel-related hardships. B.C. has filed a suit in Alberta to stop Notley from turning down the taps, saying it violates the Constitution.Notley told reporters Tuesday that Horgan’s logic is head-spinning — he wants the fuel on one hand, but is trying to keep it the oil out on the other.Horgan, on a conference call Wednesday with B.C. reporters after the meeting, admitted things have gotten frosty on a personal level with Notley, someone he considers a friend.“They did invite me to the swearing in of their government,” he said. “I went gleefully and enjoyed myself. Maybe I’m just an acquaintance. It does not really matter. It’s not about me.”He said the last time he spoke with Notley was in Ottawa in April.“I think the tone between the two of us is strained,” Horgan said. “This is not personal for me. It’s about my responsibility to make sure that I’m doing my level best to protect our economy, our environment.”last_img read more

13 Oct

Stars Group shares surge on legal victory at the Kentucky Court of

first_imgTORONTO — Shares of The Stars Group Inc. surged in midday trading after it announced that the Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a US$870-million lower court ruling against the online gaming company.It says Kentucky residents had sued PokerStars in 2010, about four years before The Stars Group bought the site, for gambling losses under a centuries-old statue.    The company’s shares gained $1.64 or 7.9 per cent at $22.47 on the Toronto Stock Exchange after news of the successful appeal.The Stars Group says it plans to seek the release of a US$100-million bond posted during the appeals process. About US$300 million continues to be held in an escrow fund established under the merger agreement governing the US$4.9-billion acquisition of PokerStars in 2014 by the company then known as Amaya Gaming.Marlon Goldstein, chief legal officer of the Stars Group, says that it looks forward to putting the matter behind it as “we sharpen our focus on executing on our growth strategy going forward.”Despite the favourable ruling, the company says it expects the state to either seek a rehearing or a review by the Kentucky Supreme Court, both of which it intends to vigorously dispute.Maher Yaghi of Desjardins Capital Markets said the ruling removes an overhang on the stock.“While we had not included the potential downside from a loss in our forecast or valuation, we nonetheless expect this decision to significantly improve investor confidence in the company given its elevated leverage,” he wrote in a note to clients. Companies in this story: (TSX:TSGI)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

12 Oct

IAF inducts four Chinook heavylift helicopters

first_imgChandigarh: Four Chinook heavy-lift helicopters made in the US were inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) here on Monday.After inducting the helicopters, IAF chief B S Dhanoa said induction of Chinook will be a game changer the way the Rafale is going to be in the fighter fleet. The first four of the 15 CH-47F (I) Chinook helicopters, which were ordered from Boeing in September 2015, were commissioned into the IAF’s 126 Helicopter Unit (HU) at a ceremony held here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Chinook, twin-engine, tandem rotor, is multi-role, vertical-lift platform, which is used for transporting troops, artillery, equipment and fuel. The helicopter can carry out military operations not only during the day but at night too. Speaking at the function here, Dhanoa said, “Our country faces a multitude of security challenges, we require vertical lift capability across a very diversified terrain.” “The IAF operates from bases which are from sea level to very high altitude advance landing grounds. The helicopter will give the IAF quantum leap in terms of ability to transport cargo to precarious high altitude locations. The aircraft is one of its best in its category,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe all-weather capable aircraft can also used for humanitarian and disaster relief operations and in missions such as transportation of relief supplies and mass evacuation of refugees. “It is a red-letter day for the Air Force as we are inducting the Chinook helicopters which gives us a tremendous capability, primarily in the inter-valley troop transfer. In inter-valley troop transfer, what is very important is ability to operate from high altitudes to take acclimatized troops from one valley to another valley,” he said while interacting with reporters here. Asked about Pakistan Air Force chief Mujahid Anwar Khan Saturday leading a fly-past at the Pakistan Day joint military parade in Islamabad, Dhanoa quipped, “The Pakistan Air Force chief was flying from rear cockpit, just look from where he was flying.” Citing an example about how Chinooks can be helpful in non-military roles, he said, “After the floods which occurred in Uttarakhand earlier and natural disaster in other hilly areas, there is a requirement to lift heavy loads, especially re-construction equipment so that we can open roads and communication can be re-established.” “The helicopter is not only with the Air Force for the military role, it is a national asset,” he said. Named after the courageous American-Indian tribes, the aircraft outperforms in its mobility, agility, flexibility and endurance, the IAF chief said. He said all the 15 Chinook helicopters will not be stationed at Chandigarh Air Force Station’s 12 Wing as another unit of heavy-lift choppers will be created in Dinjan (Assam). Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command Air Marshal R Nambiar, Major General Robin Fontes from the US, Boeing India head Salil Gupte and Haryana’s Director General of Police Manoj Yadava were among others present on the occasion.last_img read more