Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ugandan Military Helicopters Missing

An unknown number of Ugandan military helicopters have apparently disappeared.

The helicopters were on their way to reinforce African Union peacekeepers in Somalia, and were scheduled to stop in Wajir, Kenya for refueling.

Only one of the flight made it to Wajir.

Somewhere between Entebbe, Uganda and Wajir the rest of them disappeared.

Kenyan forces have not commented yet, but are searching for the missing helicopters.

One source said that the flight was made up of four helicopters, but that is unconfirmed.

Preview: Expendables 2

The Expendables return this Friday in the sequel, of which no expense was put into creating a name for, The Expendables 2.

This time they go off on what is supposed to be an easy mission, only to find themselves betrayed, as one of their number is murdered.

For the rest of the movie they're working on getting revenge, and not getting themselves killed.

Whilst on their search for vengeance they might just accidentally save the world from terrorists, who have gained access to plutonium.

The combined efforts of the first team are added to by action legends Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme, and newcomer Liam Hemsworth and Nan Yu.

Movie goers can expect lots of shooting, explosions, and lines such as Schwarzenegger being told he's going to be "terminated".

Expendables 2, is basically just an end of summer action film, that might entertain, but mostly will be a good way to spend that last summer evening with friends.


Collision at Sea

Early Sunday morning, the USS Porter collided with M/V Otowasan, a Japanese and Panamanian oil tanker.

The two ships were just outside of the Strait of Hormuz when the crash occurred.

No one was injured when the two ships struck each other, but a ten by ten foot section of the Porter was severely damaged on her starboard side.

Neither tank nor guided missile destroyer are leaking oil or any other substances.

The US Navy is investigating the cause of the collision, but no word as to how it occurred has been released.

Olympic Medal Totals

The 2012 London Olympics have concluded, and the medal totals are in.

Team USA dominated, winning seventeen more medals than any other nation, including eight more golds than anyone else.

All together they brought in one hundred and four medals consisting of forty-six gold, twenty-nine silver, and twenty-nine bronze.

China, Russia, Great Britain, and Germany finish out the top five countries with Japan, Australia, France, South Korea, and Italy closing out the top ten.

For a comprehensive listing of all of the medals, check out the Wall Street Journal's interactive page.

Morsi Shakes up Egypt's Military Command

Egypt's President Morsi is shaking up the country, once again.

On Sunday, he announced the dismissal of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who was the head of the army and the country's defense minister.

Abdul-Fatah al-Sessi will be replacing Tantawi in both of those posts.

It is yet unclear if there will be a replacement for Tantawi as head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which had been ruling the country since President Honsi Mubarak was knocked from power in February of 2011.

Morsi was voted into power on June 30, 2012 but has still had to struggle with the military over some political powers.

Tantawi and the army's chief of staff Sami Anan, who is also being forced to retire, will both become presidential advisers.

Various other military leaders were removed from their posts, as well, and given other posts that allow them some influence, but nowhere near as much.

President Morsi also took the time to appoint Mahmoud Mekki, a senior judge who had been outspoken against Mubarak, as vice president.

Various amendments that were placed by the military council, which limited presidential authority and power, were also struck down by Morsi.

The military has yet to respond, but the appointments of ousted leaders to other positions at least suggests that they had foreknowledge and agreed to some degree.