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Helicopter in Trump’s Detail Hit With Gunfire Over Virginia – DJHJ Media

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By Kari Donovan

The FBI is investigating an incident involving an Air Force helicopter assigned to President Donald Trump’s support detail that was hit by a bullet, over Virginia, that was shot from the ground.

McClatchy News reported:

“An Air Force helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing at a Virginia airport Monday after someone shot at it, injuring a member of the crew, local and military officials told McClatchy.

The UH-1N Huey helicopter is assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews and had been on a routine training flight, the base said in a statement.”

The FBI “dispatched Special Agents and its Evidence Response Team to the Manassas Airport after receiving reports that a helicopter was shot at from the ground nearby,” the FBI’s Washington Field Office said in a statement.

Officials at Manassas Regional Airport said they received a call at about 12:20 p.m. alerting them that “a military helicopter was inbound and that paramedics were on the way,” said airport operations officer Richard Allabaugh.

The helicopter was about 10 miles northwest of the airport, near Middleburg, and was flying about 1,000 feet above the ground when it was hit, according to officials.

One crew member in the helicopter was injured but has since been treated and released from the hospital, according to authorities. The initial findings of the investigation show that the helicopter was struck by a bullet, causing some damage to the aircraft, though it landed safely, the Air Force said.

The squadron transports senior military and civilian leaders, along with high-ranking dignitaries, and also performs emergency medical evacuations.

There is no word on the motive or the shooter at this time.

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Why Botswana’s elections matter to SCI and SCIF – Safari Club International Foundation

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By Chris Comer, Ph.D., SCIF Director of Conservation

Many readers may have seen in the news reports that the Botswana Democratic Party and President Mokgweetsi Masisi were declared the winners of general elections in Botswana recently.  Some may have even clicked through and read the story but most probably do not realize the significance of this event for sustainable use and community livelihoods in southern Africa.

Prior to 2014, Botswana was among the premier destinations in Africa for both photographic and hunting safaris with healthy populations of elephants, lions, Cape buffalo, and many species of plains game.  In fact, Botswana currently hosts the largest elephant population in the world with over 130,000 elephants (about 30% of the continental elephant population) according to a 2016 IUCN report.  They also had a well-developed system of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) that allowed local communities and rural Batswana to benefit from their abundant wildlife resources.  However, in 2013 then-president Ian Khama placed a moratorium on all hunting on state land, including by Batswana.  Hunting on private game ranches continued because land tenure is privately owned.  Like any such policy, the reasons for and politics surrounding the ban were complex; however, the impacts of the ban on Botswana’s wildlife, habitats, and people are quite clear (Effects of the Safari Hunting Tourism Ban on Rural Livelihoods and Wildlife Conservation in Northern Botswana, Joseph E. Mbaiwa).  While the phototourism industry in the country has grown in key photographic areas (e.g., the Okavango Delta Ramsar Site), these benefits have not reached many rural communities, who live in marginal areas where photographic tourism is either very low, or not commercially viable.  Elevated conflicts with wildlife—especially elephants, lions, and leopards—have profoundly affected those people.  Damage to crops and property is widespread and recent years have seen increases in livestock and even human loss of life.  The recently completed documentary Voices from the Frontline details many of these issues.  Not surprisingly, with no income available from wildlife and few legal means to prevent damage to their livelihoods, illegal and retaliatory killing of wildlife is on the rise.  SCIF conservation staff were fortunate enough to attend a meeting of community leaders in Gaborone in August and hear these concerns first-hand.

President Masisi became president in April 2018 and in May 2019 announced the intention of his government to lift the moratorium on hunting on state land for elephant and buffalo in the country.  Predictably, this elicited condemnation from animal rights groups that urged the president to prioritize Western values over the needs of his country and his people.  These included calls for boycotts of the lucrative phototourism industry in Botswana, potentially putting further pressure on livelihoods in rural areas.  In addition to lifting the hunting ban, efforts are underway to reestablish the CBNRM system and allow rural communities to benefit from their natural resources.  So far, the president has resisted pressure to maintain the hunting ban but his presidency was not certain until the results of the October general election.  With the recently announced results, His Excellency President Masisi will be in office for at least five years, giving him the mandate to continue working to benefit Botswana and rural communities through sustainable use of their wildlife.  Safari Club International and SCI Foundation have met with President Masisi and the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife, and Tourism to express our support for Botswana in these efforts.  We will welcome a delegation from Botswana that includes Ministry representatives, the Botswana Wildlife Management Association, and CBRNM organizations to our upcoming African Wildlife Consultative Forum in November.  Of course, the hunter-conservationists of SCI benefit from increased international hunting opportunities that come with the lifting of the hunting moratorium.  More importantly, the people of Botswana will have a means to manage their wildlife and fully benefit from their abundant natural resources.  Finally, conservation will benefit from sustainable use in Botswana like it does in the other countries of southern and eastern Africa.

https://safariclubfoundation.org/why-botswanas-elections-matter-to-sci-and-scif/

CHICAGO CHAOS

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CHICAGO CHAOS: Looters Attack Ronald McDonald Charity House With Sick Children, Families Inside

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A chilling scenario took place at a Chicago Ronald McDonald House, an organization for families to be able to stay with their ill children while they receive treatment from the nearby Children’s hospital. Unfortunately, the charitable home was not safe from the black hearts of Chicago’s downtown looters and rioters.

Chicago’s local ABC 7 News reported more than 30 families and their sick children were asleep inside when looters began attacking the building. “[We were] very concerned there was a lot of activity right in front of the house, people making choices that could put them at risk and put our families at risk, so the staff was frightened,” said Lisa Mitchell of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Several windows in the front of the building were smashed and the front door needed to be boarded up. Thankfully there were no injuries or damage to the inside of the property. Despite the dangers its location presents, the charity says it will remain open. “We’re here for families at all times – whether there’s a pandemic or civil unrest, we need to make sure that we are here allowing families to get the rest they need while they have a child in the hospital seeking care,” said Mitchell.

CHICAGO CHAOS: 2 Gang Members Allegedly Executed 9-Year-Old Boy as Retribution Against His Father

posted by Hannity Staff – 9.19.19

A chilling scenario took place at a Chicago Ronald McDonald House, an organization for families to be able to stay with their ill children while they receive treatment from the nearby Children’s hospital. Unfortunately, the charitable home was not safe from the black hearts of Chicago’s downtown looters and rioters.

Chicago’s local ABC 7 News reported more than 30 families and their sick children were asleep inside when looters began attacking the building. “[We were] very concerned there was a lot of activity right in front of the house, people making choices that could put them at risk and put our families at risk, so the staff was frightened,” said Lisa Mitchell of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Several windows in the front of the building were smashed and the front door needed to be boarded up. Thankfully there were no injuries or damage to the inside of the property. Despite the dangers its location presents, the charity says it will remain open. “We’re here for families at all times – whether there’s a pandemic or civil unrest, we need to make sure that we are here allowing families to get the rest they need while they have a child in the hospital seeking care,” said Mitchell.

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CHICAGO CHAOS: 2 Mothers Involved in Anti-Gang Movement Shot Dead During Violent Weekend

posted by Hannity Staff – 7.30.19

A chilling scenario took place at a Chicago Ronald McDonald House, an organization for families to be able to stay with their ill children while they receive treatment from the nearby Children’s hospital. Unfortunately, the charitable home was not safe from the black hearts of Chicago’s downtown looters and rioters.

Chicago’s local ABC 7 News reported more than 30 families and their sick children were asleep inside when looters began attacking the building. “[We were] very concerned there was a lot of activity right in front of the house, people making choices that could put them at risk and put our families at risk, so the staff was frightened,” said Lisa Mitchell of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Several windows in the front of the building were smashed and the front door needed to be boarded up. Thankfully there were no injuries or damage to the inside of the property. Despite the dangers its location presents, the charity says it will remain open. “We’re here for families at all times – whether there’s a pandemic or civil unrest, we need to make sure that we are here allowing families to get the rest they need while they have a child in the hospital seeking care,” said Mitchell.

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