Konstantin (aka Leon Brookhill) was born in Moscow's Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (VDNKh) district on 23 February 1961 the second son of a School master. Educated at Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982. He was recruited to the Soviet 40th Army serving as a Сержант in Aghanistan,later transferring to 1008th Flak Artillery Regiment, before being struck in the shoulder by a stray shell fragment. Konstantin invalided out of the Army, became a guard for a Moscow ballet company and it was there accompanying them in the West, that he had his first taste of the 'High Life'. Failing to return to Russia he resided first in Reutlingen, where he became a correspondent for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung...later he moved to London to write for the Telegraph,where he now resides with his wife and 2 children.
At least five people have been killed in Mallorca when a helicopter and an ultralight plane collided in mid-air.
The crash took place near Inca, in the north of the popular tourist island off the coast of mainland Spain.
At least one of the victims is understood to have been under 18.
Spanish media report that at least three passengers – a couple and the minor – were travelling together in the helicopter.
The other two deceased are believed to have been flying in the ultralight – a type of small aircraft with a maximum of two seats.
The government of the Balearic islands, to which Mallorca belongs, confirmed at least five deaths.
Regional President Francina Armengol said emergency teams were working on the scene and one of the regional government’s ministers had been dispatched.
Local newspaper Diario De Mallorca said the collision happened in the air over the Inca Hospital at about 13:36 local time (12:36 GMT). Emergency teams were trying to determine if two other potential victims were on board at the time, it said.
Photos made available from the local fire service showed wreckage from the aircraft in the town. The tail section of one landed in the road, while another photo showed twisted and blackened metal on fire in a garden.
Spanish media outlet La Sexta said the wreckage had landed in a nearby farm.
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez expressed “solidarity and sympathies” with the victims.
Officers also used water cannon against activists for the first time in this summer’s wave of demonstrations in the former British colony.
There were skirmishes between officers and brick-throwing activists following a pro-democracy march in Kwai Fong in the New Territories, where tens of thousands of people took to the streets.Advertisement
A large crowd then attended a rally in a park but a separate group of protesters took over a main road nearby, putting up barricades with traffic barriers and cones.
Police tried to disperse them by firing tear gas but protesters reacted by hurling bricks and other objects towards the officers.
At least one petrol bomb was thrown by protesters, some of whom then moved down narrow side streets where the water cannon could not follow.
Police said: “Some radical protesters have removed railings… and set up barricades with water-filled barriers, bamboo sticks, traffic cones and other objects.
“Such acts neglect the safety of citizens and road users, paralysing traffic in the vicinity.”
The violence came a day after similar clashes in the Kowloon Bay district, where authorities arrested 29 people for offences including unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons and assaulting police officers.
Two crowd-control vehicles fitted with water cannons were deployed on the streets on Sunday.
The South China Morning Post reported the custom-built French trucks have 15 high-pressure cannons each.
Two cannons on the roof can fire more than 1,200 litres of water a minute over a distance of 50 metres. The water can be mixed with tear gas or liquid dye as well.
The cannons should only be aimed at the lower limbs of the protesters, according to guidelines.
An assistant commissioner of police overseeing operations is allowed to authorise deployment of the water cannon after assessing threats.
The trucks arrived in the city in May last year.
The latest wave of demonstrations began almost three months ago over a now-suspended bill which would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China.
The protests are also fuelled by concerns about the erosion of freedoms guaranteed under the “one country, two systems” formula that was put in place after the territory returned from UK to Chinese rule in 1997.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has unveiled new footage of a 6-ton unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), capable of flying long-duration missions for 24-hours.
Dubbed the Altius-U drone, it can conduct a wide variety of reconnaissance missions for 24-hours at a time.
The Defense Ministry said all systems functioned properly during the test flight, including optical sensors, communication systems, and radar equipment.
Earlier this month, we reported on another test flight, this time it was Russia’s new combat stealth drone, the Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik, or Hunter-B, which has been described as a stealth heavy unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) being developed by Sukhoi as a sixth-generation aircraft.
Israeli warplanes reportedly carried out mock bombing raids over the Lebanese city of Sidon following Israeli Defense Forces attacks on “Iranian targets” in neighboring Syria.
Lebanon’s National News Agency is reporting that Israeli jets flew at a low altitude over the country’s third largest city, which is approximately 40km south of the capital Beirut.
The reported raids follow a flurry of Israeli activity in Lebanon and neighboring Syria. In the early hours of Sunday morning, an explosion hit a southern suburb of Beirut in what Hezbollah labeled an “Israeli drone attack.”
Prince William, his wife Catherine and their three children took a budget airline flight on Thursday — just days after his brother Prince Harry and wife Meghan faced criticism for their use of private jets.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took their family on economy airline FlyBe for a flight from Norwich in eastern England to Aberdeen on Scotland’s east coast.
They were travelling to Queen Elizabeth’s summer residence of Balmoral Castle, Reuters news agency reported.”We were delighted to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family on board one of our flights again, this time when they flew from Norwich to Aberdeen with our franchise partner, Eastern Airways,” a FlyBe spokesman told CNN in a statement.
FlyBe declined to tell CNN how much the flight had cost. Prices for that route start at £73 ($89), with a fully flexible fare costing £249 ($303).Kensington Palace told CNN that it had no comment on the matter.Earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex faced criticism after using private jets to fly to the south of France and Ibiza in two trips just days apart.
Environmental campaigners accused the pair of hypocrisy, saying that Harry and Meghan’s actions contradict their public stance on climate change, given aviation is one of the world’s major polluters and is responsible for more than 2% of global emissions.The environmental footprint of a private jet is also much greater than that of a commercial plane.
Singer Elton John defended the royal couple, however, and said media reports of their trips were “distorted and malicious.” The star said he and his husband David Furnish had paid for the private jet to Nice for security reasons, and had made a donation to an environmental charity.
“After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquility of our home. To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight,” he posted on Twitter.
A friend of Meghan defended her in a post on Instagram, calling out the “racist bullies” who criticize her, following years of “undeserved hate and abuse.”