A FREAK skydiving accident left two divers injured, with one paralysed from the waist down. Sebastian Leal’s GoPro camera was attached to his wingsuit and captured the frightening collision 4300 metres (14,000 feet) above the city of Zephyrhills, Florida, on March 22.“I remember leaving the aeroplane, and then approximately five seconds later, we collided,” 23-year-old Leal told FOX 13.The other jumper’s chute deployed and he was also flown to the hospital after landing. He survived.
Video caught on Leal’s GoPro shows the collision almost immediately, which dislodged the GoPro, followed by video of an out of control spiral for several minutes before the camera hits the ground.
Leal, who was on his 402nd jump, was knocked unconscious immediately, though his reserve chute deployed. “I hit some powerlines before I hit the ground,” he said. “My next memory is lying on the ground in pain,” said Leal.
Sebastian Leal, 23, goes spinning around and around as he descends quickly. He hit power lines on the way down, fracturing his back. Picture: Sebastian LealSource:SuppliedHe was flown to Tampa General Hospital and has four fractured vertebrae and is paralysed from the waist down, but says he believes that’s temporary and he says he has no regrets. “What happened to me is very unlikely. It’s a freak accident,” he said. “I am optimistic that one day I will fly wingsuit again.”
Leal also wrote on his Facebook page that he is confident that he will make a full recovery.“I feel very fortunate to be alive,” Leal told ABC Action News.Leal fractured four vertebrae when he hit power lines on the way down and he on the side of a road.
“I am very thankful to the person who reacted as quickly as they did and called the police. They saved my life,” said Leal, who lives in Mexico and was holidaying in Florida.He will arrive in Atlanta today for many weeks of rehabilitation. He has no intention of quitting his love of skydiving.
“There are other skydivers who have been handicapped and who have been able to get back on their wing suits, which is inspiring to me. And I hope that I serve as an inspiration for others as well,” he said.
A powerful spring snowstorm barreled east on Thursday, threatening the Plains states and the Midwest with heavy snow and strong winds just in time for Easter.
As a result, Easter weekend may be filled with soaking thunderstorms and snow for some, said The Weather Channel, or just a nuisance rain in parts of the Midwest, South and West. In other areas, plenty of sunshine may induce a case of spring fever.
Denver International Airport was closed around midday Wednesday because wind-whipped snow made it unsafe for planes to land or take off. The airport reopened about seven hours later, but more than 1,300 of Wednesday\\\'s 1,500 scheduled flights were canceled, reported The Associated Press.
The storm, which is moving to the northeast across the Plains and into Michigan, was bringing strong wind gusts to southeast South Dakota, creating hazardous driving conditions and reducing visibility to a quarter of a mile in some areas Wednesday evening.Forecasters with the National Weather Service said snow accumulations in South Dakota ranged from fewer than 2 inches in Sioux Falls to up to 7 inches north of Humboldt, while gusts reached between 40 mph to 45 mph.\\\"It\\\'s pretty common that we see a couple of big storms in March, certainly not unheard of in this neck of the woods, but it is a high amount,\\\" said weather service meteorologist Kerry Hanko.
The fast-moving storm had already moved into Minnesota by Wednesday evening, dropping up to a foot of snow and setting the stage for a treacherous commute in parts of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.The State Patrol is advising drivers in south-central Minnesota to stay at home because of expected heavy snow and blustery winds.Meanwhile, in neighboring Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency as the storm approached his state.
Walker called members of the Wisconsin National Guard to active duty to help local authorities as necessary, and forecasters say up to a foot of snow could bury central Wisconsin from River Falls to the Green Bay area.Earlier, in Colorado and Wyoming, the wind and the heavy, wet snow typical for a spring storm weighed down power lines and snapped them into one another, causing outages and flickering lights.
The storm mainly hit the eastern, flat halves of those states and shut down long stretches of highways before moving east, said the AP.This weekend, most of the precipitation in the Midwest should be in the form of rain from the Lower Missouri Valley to parts of the Ohio Valley and southern Great Lakes.
However, some wet snow is possible from parts of the central Plains into the southern Great Lakes, said The Weather Channel.
The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states should remain dry with fairly seasonable temperatures, except a little chillier conditions near the coast thanks to onshore winds, said The Weather Channel. Plenty of sunshine can be expected in the Southwest and Southern California, though some stronger afternoon winds are possible in parts of Arizona and New Mexico.The AP said hundreds of people with suitcases and duffel bags stood or lay around the Denver air terminals, and airport employees handed out blankets and sleeping mats to people who were still stranded Wednesday night.
Alicia Bailey was headed back to Atlanta after a business trip in Colorado Springs. She had a treacherous, white-knuckle, four-hour drive to the airport only to learn her flight was delayed several times and then finally canceled.\\\"I had a nice little cocktail, and that calmed the nerves down because I was frazzled,\\\" she said. \\\"The way I look at it is, it\\\'s all God\\\'s work. You have to look at the glass half full. I can\\\'t change it so I\\\'m just going to tell my boss, \\\'I\\\'ll see you on Friday.\\\'\\\"
New York billionaire Donald Trump expects Republican primary voters who cast ballots on Tuesday in Indiana to make him unstoppable in his march toward the party’s presidential nomination.“If we win Indiana, it’s over,” Trump told a cheering crowd in Terre Haute, Indiana, on the eve of the vote.The blunt-spoken real estate mogul holds a double-digit polling lead over U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who has been campaigning in the Midwestern state almost nonstop since mid-April. Cruz has trumpeted Indiana, one of the last big states left in the fight to get onto the Nov. 8 presidential ballot, as his golden moment to stop Trump and force a brokered nomination at the party’s July convention. But it appears to be shaping up as his Waterloo.
Fresh off a sweep of five Northeastern states last week, Trump wants a win in Indiana to put him within reach of the 1,237 delegates required to lock up the Republican nomination before the convention.Trump now has 996 delegates, compared with 565 for Cruz and 153 for Ohio Governor John Kasich, according to The Associated Press. Another 57 delegates are up for grabs in Indiana, a state that has voted Republican in nine of the last 10 presidential elections.
Top Trump aide Corey Lewandowski told CNN on Tuesday the campaign expected to win more than required number of delegates – 1,300 to 1,400.Cruz vowed on Monday to “compete to the end” but a loss in Indiana would be particularly crushing for the senator, who has argued that his brand of religious conservatism is a natural draw for heartland Republicans. He won the endorsement of conservative Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
Cruz had hoped for smoother sailing in Indiana after he and John Kasich reached a “stop-Trump” deal in which Kasich would steer clear of the state while Cruz would do likewise in Oregon and New Mexico.But the waters are looking choppier for Cruz, with the senator losing considerable ground against Trump in opinion polls as voting has neared.Cruz last week also announced his choice for a prospective vice president, the former presidential contender and Hewlett Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina, during an event in Indiana that some criticized as premature.Trump has drawn both passionate support and vitriolic condemnation with his stands on immigration and national security – including a call to build a 1,000-mile wall along the Mexican border that he says Mexico would pay for and a bid to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country.
Julie Blackwell Chase, a clerk treasurer in the town of Bedford in southern Indiana, said she voted early for Trump in part because she appreciated his willingness to break with conventional politics. “We need new blood,” she said.The outcome in Indiana may ride on the votes of evangelical Christians after Trump offered praise for Planned Parenthood family clinics and signaled support for gay and transgender rights – views that rankled some Christian conservatives.
Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel, chair of the county’s Republican Party, said he is voting for Cruz.“Traditional Republicans and Republicans who understand how we elect our president, or pretty much everyone who’s conservative, likes Cruz,” he said.Jeff Cardwell, chairman of the state’s Republican Party, said Tuesday’s primary marked an exciting day in Indiana politics, mainly because White House nominations are usually locked up by this late in the election cycle.“This is the first time in my lifetime where Indiana has really had an opportunity to make a difference,” said.Indiana has the second-largest delegate haul of the 10 states remaining in the 2016 Republican nominating contest, behind California, which holds its primary June 7.On the Democratic side, front-runner Hillary Clinton holds a more than 6 percentage point lead over challenger Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, according to an average of recent polls compiled by Real Clear Politics.
A group of Indian lenders is set to reject businessman Vijay Mallya’s offer to repay 40 billion rupees ($600 million), less than half of what his defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes them, sources with knowledge of the matter said.
The lenders, led by State Bank of India (SBI) <SBI.NS>, are due to inform the Supreme Court of their decision on the offer at a hearing on Thursday.A senior SBI executive overseeing its stressed-assets management unit declined comment when asked about the banks’ decision. A spokesman for Mallya’s UB Group also said he would not comment.
Kingfisher, which ceased operations in October 2012, owed the banks, mostly state-run, 90.91 billion rupees including interest and fees as of last November, the government has said.A lawyer for Mallya told the Supreme Court last week that the former billionaire planned to repay 40 billion rupees to the banks by September, and 20 billion more if Kingfisher wins a lawsuit seeking damages from a plane engine-maker.
The court had sought the response of the banks on Mallya’s offer within a week.Mallya, once known as the “King of Good Times”, left India on March 2 as Kingfisher’s creditor banks stepped up pressure on him. His whereabouts since then have not been disclosed.
The first global code of conduct for currency trading has banned dealers from lying and starting false rumors as part of new guidelines aimed at rebuilding trust in a foreign exchange market plagued by scandals and accusations of manipulation.The document, released on Thursday after evolving from a handful of regional codes used previously, focuses largely on the detail of how banks deal with clients’ orders and what market participants can and cannot say to one another.On those issues alone, it includes dozens of individual directives organized under 11 broader “principles” as well as an extended annex of specific examples of appropriate and inappropriate formulas for discussing market moves.“The foreign exchange industry has suffered from a lack of trust,” Reserve Bank of Australia Assistant Governor Guy Debelle, who chaired the panel of 21 central banks working on the document since last July, told reporters on a conference call. “The market needs to rebuild that trust.”
The code is part of the industry’s response to charges of market manipulation and misuse of confidential customer order information which saw seven of the world’s top banks fined around $10 billion at the end of a huge global inquiry last year.The second phase of the code will be completed in 12 months, Debelle said, and will cover further aspects of execution, trading and platforms, prime brokerage and governance, as well as risk management and compliance.Thursday’s FX guidelines, however, raised questions about enforcement and how the code will be policed.
“The code is not regulation. We are establishing principles,” Debelle said in a question-and-answer session. “I think as adherence mechanisms are developed over the next year or so, we’ll provide greater guidance.”
The issue of high-speed electronic trading, which has changed the face of the industry in the past decade, also is left for later.
Sharing of confidential client order information via FX traders’ electronic chat rooms with names such as “The Cartel” and “The Bandits’ Club”, particularly around the benchmark currency rates known as the 4 o’clock London fix, was central to the scandal.But traders said the resulting fear of talking freely about the market has increased the risk of trading and discouraged some of the speculation which made the market able to swallow large orders easily without volatile moves in prices.The code specifies, for example, that information contained in banks’ research can only be shared after it is published, and client order information can only be shared “sensitively” and if there is a “valid reason” for doing so.
Perhaps the most nebulous area of communication surrounds “market color”, which traders have said in the past led to banks and clients revealing details of particular orders which were moving currencies at a given time.According to the FX Code, the seeking and sharing of market color is appropriate as long as it is “properly aggregated or anonymized and restricted to seeking information on market liquidity and sharing market views and opinions without disclosing specific trading positions or intention to trade.”
Discussion of broad types of clients is appropriate, but use of language that would allow the listener to deduce the identity of the client concerned is not.Among other things, participants are also expressly banned from lying to others or starting rumors about reasons for market moves that they know to be untrue, in aid of moving the broader market.David Puth, head of global settlement bank CLS and chair of the panel of 35 banks and other participants who contributed to the work, told Reuters he hoped the code would allow the $5 trillion a day market to grow again after a static three years hampered by doubts over what is allowed and what isn’t.