Ready to grow! Vanderpump Rules stars have been very vocal over the years about their plans to conceive.Stassi Schroeder told Andy Cohen in January 2019 that she was ready to have kids with Beau Clark, six months before the commercial casting director proposed.- Advertisement – “Everything’s in the cards and I don’t even care about the order,” the Next Level Basic author said on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen at the time. “I don’t know when the moment was [I knew he was The One]. I can’t even remember when the moment was. There was something that just, like, switched.”Clark proposed to Schroeder in July 2019, and Us Weekly broke the news the following year that she was pregnant with their first child. When the couple tied the knot in September 2020 in a secret backyard ceremony, the former “Straight Up With Stassi” podcast host showed off her baby bump in a white gown. After kissing the bride, Clark knelt down to kiss his wife’s stomach.- Advertisement – The Florida native exclusively told Us in December 2018 that she was too busy for children, explaining, “I feel like I have way too much stuff I’ve got to do, you know? I’ve got to travel the world, I’ve got to be a successful businesswoman, I’ve got to put out a series of cocktail books. I gotta go to outer space. I want to go to outer space so bad.”Keep scrolling to see the reality stars’ quotes about their future family plans. Brittany Cartwright and Lala Kent both announced pregnancies that same month with Jax Taylor and Randall Emmett, respectively. Scheana Shay shared her pregnancy news in October 2020.The “One More Time” singer had frozen her eggs multiple times before conceiving naturally. “I honestly don’t even know if I do want kids,” the California native exclusively told Us of her decision in January 2019. “I would only have kids if I found the right person who wanted to have some with me, and where my life’s at right now, I don’t see it going in that direction. But things can change, you never know! I just wanted to do this as a backup option because my AMH levels were extremely low, like almost zero. … I’m not getting any younger. My numbers aren’t getting any higher.”While Katie Maloney has been vocal about trying to conceive with Tom Schwartz, Ariana Maddix and Tom Sandoval aren’t planning to start a family anytime soon.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Calling Duci “gritty” was a complimentIn Steven Cook’s April 29 Daily Gazette article (City’s longest-serving mayor dies), I was quoted as using the adjective “gritty” to describe Frank and the people of Schenectady. Some readers might be unfamiliar with the definition of “gritty,” so please let me explain. The word sounds much different than what it means.“Gritty” is defined as “showing courage and resolve” or “tough and uncompromising.” Like John Wayne’s character, Rooster Cogburn, in the movie “True Grit,” Frank Duci also showed “true grit.” Frank grew up in the Depression and had to be tough and determined to get through those hard times, as his father died when Frank was just 12 years old. Frank often told me of the odd jobs he took to help his widowed mother, Nancy. Whether it was working those odd jobs, getting through school, serving in the U.S. Navy or representing the city he loved as a county legislator, city councilman or mayor, Frank demonstrated “courage and resolve,” the likes of which we rarely see. Later in life, on the political battlefields, Frank could appear “tough and uncompromising” as he fought for what he believed was best for the citizens of Schenectady, who, like him, worked hard to make a living and fought for our nation and its ideals. Frank’s determination and resolve, often against all odds, was a most admirable trait of members of our “Greatest Generation” who won a world war and transformed our nation. I hope readers understand that my use of the term “gritty” was meant as the highest form of compliment.Michael CuevasSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCuomo sides against New Yorkers in NRAI’m embarrassed to say I’m from New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo welcomes illegal immigrants, but thinks I (a lifelong resident) don’t belong here because I’m an NRA member.David DenisonGalway Give Lyme disease attention it deservesThere seems to be an inordinate amount of attention lately in the media over the recent “outbreaks” or “epidemics” of measles in the United States.According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just over 700 cases of measles have been reported in the United States so far. Why is there such a created panic over measles, which is over in a couple days, and almost no concern over Lyme, which has expanded to all 50 states and is truly a real epidemic?James ShearGlenville Blame is being placed on unvaccinated Jewish Orthodox communities, and schools in many of these communities have been closed.When I look up the CDC statistics on fatalities for measles, I found that about one in 10,000 cases of measles results in a death, usually from complications from additional factors.That’s a fatality rate of 0.01 percent, one-hundredth of 1 percent. Compare that to the rampant spread of Lyme disease, which is getting virtually no media coverage.The CDC estimates about 300,000 cases of Lyme annually, numbers which actually may be greatly underreported.Lyme, once established in a patient, can have debilitating consequences for years. Treatment for Lyme is still almost non-existent. Try and find a doctor who will aggressively treat an embedded tick bite with 10 to 14 days of an antibiotic. They are very difficult to find, as most adhere to the CDC guidelines of one dose of doxycycline for a tick bite. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
The weekend all high school basketball fans have been waiting for is here! The sectionals move into the semi-final rounds tonight. Go out and root for your favorite team. It is the best entertainment in town. Here are the area teams.In 4A East Central will be playing Bloomington South at Columbus East the first game.In 3A Batesville is battling Greensburg in the first game of the Greensburg sectional, while Lawrenceburg will battle Franklin County.In 2A Switzerland County takes on North Decatur, and South Decatur plays Southwestern of Hanover on their home court.In 1A Oldenburg Academy plays Jac-Cen-Del, and Hauser takes on Morristown at Southwestern of Shelby.According to the experts, the 4 teams expected to win are: Bloomington South, Greensburg, Southwestern of Hanover, and Morristown. I wouldn’t bet the house that all of 4 of these will be the champions.
Mr. Edward Jacob “Ed” Dodd, Jr., age 75, of Crane Hill, Alabama, lost his battle to cancer at 9:45 a.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at his residence. He was born to Edward J. Dodd, Sr. and Florence Charlotte (Wagner) Dodd in Neptune, New Jersey, on July 11, 1943. He was raised in Manasquan, New Jersey and graduated from Manasquan High School in 1961. He graduated from Monmouth College, New Jersey in 1965 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration. Ed was united in marriage to Paula Ann Harris on March 15, 1969 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Madison, Indiana with 49 memorable years together. Ed’s construction and engineering career include: Babcock & Wilcox Construction Company, Global Power Company, Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation, Rust Engineering, Eichleay Corporation, Williams Power Corporation, BE&K, and W.G. Yates Construction Company. Ed was proficient at creating winning strategies, aligning personnel, re-engineering business practices, improving operating efficiency, and productivity. He knew how to get a job done, also how to take time to unwind. Ed found pleasure in hunting, boating, and traveling. He was a member of Navesink Masonic Lodge No. 9 of Redbank, New Jersey, Scottish Rite of Evansville, Indiana, and was a Kentucky Colonel.Ed will be deeply missed by his beautiful wife, Paula Harris Dodd of Crane Hill, AL; his daughters, Kimberly Newlin and her husband, Michael of Birmingham, AL and Jennifer Wester and her husband, Derek of Birmingham, AL; his son, Brian Dodd of Madison, IN; his grandchildren, Cole Jacob Wester, Lily Payne Wester, Ella Harris Newlin, Whitten Edward Dodd, and Sutton Elizabeth Dodd; his brother-in-law, Alan Harris of Vevay, IN; his nephews, Travis, Christopher and Danny Harris all of Vevay, IN; his godson, Richard Ryan Risk of Madison, IN and his loyal Lab, TilleyHe was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Jacob “Jake” Dodd, Sr., died November 30, 2002 and Florence Charlotte (Wagner) Dodd, died September 18, 2011 and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lloyd Sheldon and Burnetta G. (Gullion) HarrisFriends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 17, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Funeral services will be conducted Friday, August 17, 2018, at 1:00 pm, by Roger D. Nay, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Guy S. Harris scholarship fund or Keeping Pace Cancer Fund % CFSCI or charity of the donor’s choice. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com
For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Xavier faces tough test vs No. 12 Nova Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 12 Villanova (20-6, 9-4) vs. Xavier (17-9, 6-7)Cintas Center, Cincinnati; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 12 Villanova presents a tough challenge for Xavier. Xavier has won one of its three games against ranked opponents this season. Villanova easily beat DePaul by 20 on the road on Wednesday. February 20, 2020 STEPPING UP: The Wildcats are led by Collin Gillespie and Saddiq Bey. Gillespie has averaged 16.2 points and 4.5 assists while Bey has recorded 15.6 points and five rebounds per game. The Musketeers have been led by Tyrique Jones and Naji Marshall, who are scoring 13.8 and 15.5 per game, respectively.KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Gillespie has made or assisted on 43 percent of all Villanova field goals over the last five games. Gillespie has accounted for 35 field goals and 22 assists in those games.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Wildcats have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Musketeers. Xavier has 47 assists on 79 field goals (59.5 percent) across its previous three outings while Villanova has assists on 52 of 84 field goals (61.9 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Villanova offense has recorded a turnover on only 16 percent of its possessions, which is the 19th-lowest rate in the nation. The Xavier defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 18.1 percent of all possessions (ranked 253rd among Division I teams).___ Associated Press
Back in late November, Minnesota-Duluth stormed the Kohl Center and stole a game from the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, handing the Badgers their second loss of the season.In an unusually low scoring game for Wisconsin, Kim Martin, Duluth’s star goaltender, stopped the Badgers’ high-powered offense in its tracks, giving up just one goal on 26 shots.Up in Duluth, the two teams will match up again this weekend in about the same position they found themselves back in November: The Badgers still own the No. 1 ranking and the Bulldogs still possess Martin, one of the nation’s top net minders with an average of 1.57 goals allowed per game.This time around, Wisconsin must do more on the offensive end in order to score, as Martin, like most WCHA goaltenders, can shut any team down on any given night.“Their goaltender is good,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “You have to try and create opportunities, tip-ins, rebounds, screen shots. It’s no different than when you are playing Minnesota with [Noora] Raty. She’s the same way, she is a very good goalie and can make 50 good saves and beat you.”There are other factors working against the Badgers as they enter the highly anticipated series. Last weekend, Duluth went to Minnesota and left without earning a victory.No team wants to go two weekends in a row, against its two biggest rivals in the conference, without a win.“They lost to Minnesota last weekend, so they are going to be coming out pretty fired up,” sophomore winger Brianna Decker said. “If we come out hard and take the sweep this weekend, it’s going to be a turning point even more in our season and get us prepared for the last five weeks.”The other issue for Wisconsin is that Duluth opens the doors to its brand new hockey arena this weekend. The Badgers are to take part in the first ever women’s hockey game in the AMSOIL Arena.If the No. 1 ranked team in the county coming to town – coupled with the desire to avenge last weekend’s misfortunate in Minnesota – wasn’t enough motivation for the Bulldogs, hoping to open up the new stadium with a bang probably is.“I don’t know if they’re going to hoist up a banner or what they’re going to do, but I’m sure that team’s going to be very excited and they’ll probably be a little bit angry after the way things went in Minnesota,” Johnson said. “It’ll be a real big test Friday night to see if we’re ready to match that intensity that we’re going to be up against.”The rink within the arena presents a unique situation for the Badgers, as well. The ice sheet is as small as they will ever encounter, with nets that sit only about three feet away from the boards.The only other rinks that have ice sheets similar to that size are in North Dakota and Ohio State. But even those rinks are not as small as the one Wisconsin will play on this weekend.The Badgers, however, feel that they can use the small ice to play to their strengths.“I think we can use it to our advantage because we can spin out of the corners really quick and then you’re right in the scoring area where you want to be,” Decker said.Wisconsin’s offense was held down by Duluth’s tough defense and strong goaltending play last time out, which is a pretty incredible feat considering the type of numbers the Badgers are able to put up.However, it’s the work on the defensive end that is most integral to Wisconsin’s success this weekend.“I think we just have to continue to get shots and just make sure we’re taking care of our defensive zone so we can go up into the offensive zone and do our work in there,” senior defenseman Geena Prough said.Hard work is definitely the key to success for UW, because with everything pushing against the Badgers this weekend, they are going to have to work very hard to earn a pair of victories.
The MTN FA Cup competition for the 2013/2014 season will be formally launched at the conference room of the Ghana Football Association on Thursday at 11am.According to a release by the FA Cup Committee, the event will also see the live draw for the preliminary round of the competition.Below are the teams that are qualified for the draw.QUALIFIED CLUBS FROM DIVISION ONEGoes into the draw for Preliminary RoundZONE 1A TEAMS 1. GUAN UNITED2. BOLGA ALL STARS3. WA AFRICAN UNITED4. DYNAMOS5. RTU 6. GALAZY7. UTRECHT8. BAZOOKAZONE 1B TEAMS1. B.A UNITED 2. U.WEST CHAMPS3. UNITY FC4. BERLIN FC5. ARSENAL FC6. TECHIMAN CITY 7. BOFOAKWA8. ESPERANCE ZONE 2A TEAMS1. TARKWA UNITED 2. DUNKWA UNITED3. RAINBOW FC4. KFC SAMOSA5. GOLD STARS6. STARKE FC 7. ASOKWA DEPORTIVO8. RED LIONS FCZONE 2B TEAMS1. METRO SC2. AJAX FC3. SAMIN FC4. ELIMINA SHARKS5. ELEVEN WISE6. WASSAMAN FC7. WINDY PROFESSIONALS8. FEYENOORD ACADEMY ZONE 3A TEAMS1. ISTANBUL FC2. SPORTING MIRREN3. PRESTIGE FC4. GT.OLYMPICS5. NANIA FC6. GREAT WARRIORS7. D’INTERNATIONAL8. REAL ATHLETICOZONE 3B TEAMS1. DANBORT2. OKWAWU UNITED3. PURE JOY4. MIGHTY JETS5. TEMA YOUTH6. KING SOLOMON7. ZAYTUNA8. KPONE FAIRPOINT QUALIFIED CLUBS FROM DIVISION TWOGREATER ACCRA1. BUBIASHIE CHARITY STARS2. DREAM FC3. NIMA FC4. DAWENYA FC5. NEW TOWN YOUTH6. TEMA UNITEDASHANTI24. KAASE YOUNG CHELSEA FC25. FIRST KLASS FC26. ACHIKAN FC27. FUTURE STARS FC28. FC PORTO/SUBRI ROYAL FCUPPER WEST7. WA UNITY FC8. TUMU HAPPY STARS9. 3RD TEAM (YET TO BE DECIDED) *EASTERN29 SCORE FC30 BELIEVERS FC31 BIRIM DC FC32 KOTOKU ROYALS FC33 RIGHT TO DREAM FCVOLTA10. ROYAL FAITH CLUB11. MEPE UNITED12. HOT STEEL FC13. VICTORY STARS FC14. DYNAMO FCWESTERN34 IRON BREAKERS FC35 BENSOMAN FC36 MPOHORMAN FC37 KESSEWA INTERNATIONAL FC38 DOLPHINES FC39 ROSPACK FCNORTHERN15. TAMALE LIBERTY FC16. TAMALE ALL STARS FC17. GMANTANBU NATIONALS FCUPPER EAST40 BOLGA MAN CITY41 BINDURI UNITED42 WIAGA UNITEDCENTRAL18. OGUA UNITED19. CAPE COAST STRIKERS20. UCC YOUNGSTARS21. BAGOTEC FC22. DANSO UNITED FC23. FETTEH YOUNGSTERS FCBA REGION43 SAMPA UNITED44 TUOBODOM SANTOS45 DORMAA UNITY SC46 WENCHI UNITED47 DEBISCO ROYALS48 DC UNITED Premier League clubs will be entered into the draw from the Round of 64.
“Life’s not fair, but I think I’ve been on the good side of fair for most of my life,” Walton said. “I’m still fine with the record being what it is and sitting in front of you guys today. It worked out fine.” Will things work out fine for the Lakers? They finished the past two years under Byron Scott with the word record in franchise history in consecutive seasons. The Lakers have an intriguing albeit undeveloped young core in D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, a far cry from Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green guiding the Warriors to an NBA-best 73-9 regular-season record. The Lakers will also no longer have Kobe Bryant to guide them.“He’s obviously going to be missed. But his departure also opens up this opportunity for the next generation of Lakers and the next movement that I think will be exciting,” Walton said. “Not only to the young players, but to free agents.”Hence, Walton maintained that “everything excites me,” ranging from the Lakers’ young roster, their No. 2 draft pick and nearly $60 million to spend on free agents. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO >> The raw frustration over recently losing in the NBA Finals could not dilute Luke Walton’s enthusiasm. Nor could the potentially long rebuilding process that awaits him as the Lakers’ head coach. After all, that has represented Walton’s “dream job” ever since he spent the majority of his 10-year NBA career donning the purple and gold. So even if he admittedly has “no idea” how long it will take to erase the stench from the Lakers finishing last year with their worst record in franchise history, Walton refused to listen to his father’s advice on passing up on the Lakers’ coaching job.“I love my father. Sometimes he has great advice. Sometimes he doesn’t,” Walton said on Tuesday at the Lakers’ introductory press conference at their practice facility in El Segundo. “He also told me never to get into coaching in the first place because the lifestyle is too crazy. I love coaching. I didn’t listen to him on that.”It’s a good thing Walton did not listen. He became the Warriors’ assistant coach the past two years that entailed one thrilling NBA championship (2015) and a frustrating NBA Finals series loss (2016). But even if Walton’s time with the Warriors ended with a Game 7 defeat to Cleveland on Sunday, it also coincided with Walton guiding Golden State to a 39-4 record while Steve Kerr recovered from back surgery. The record may not have counted, but Walton mused “0-0 still helped me get my dream job.” “If you focus on the process of getting better individually and as a team and you don’t worry about the wins, that’s when the wins start happening,” Walton said. “That’s when you have playoff runs. It’s those little things that are the difference between winning and losing games.”Walton also argued that often spelled the difference between the Warriors winning and losing games. Though the talent level between the Lakers and Warriors are currently incomparable, Walton planed to embrace a similar “up-tempo style” based on ball movement, floor spacing, outside shooting and openness toward analytics. Walton also planned to adopt the democratic and loose atmosphere Warriors coach Steve Kerr adopted, which included music playing during practice and impromptu bowling events. “You have to make it fun for them,” Walton said. “Basketball is meant to be a game of joy. If you can provide that environment and make guys bust their tail everyday in practice and work harder because they’re enjoying it, they look forward toward coming into the gym everyday.”Those words seemed more encouraging than Scott’s old-school rhetoric. Russell, Larry Nance Jr. and Anthony Brown attended Walton’s press conference and often nodded at several of Walton’s answers. “He got me excited right now,” Russell said. “I’m ready for summer league. I’m ready for preseason. I’m ready for the first practice. I’m ready for all of that.”Walton also sounded ready to work. During the Warriors’ playoff run, Walton communicated informally with Kupchak and executive Jim Buss and received reports from their pre-draft workouts. He has plenty to catch up on beyond preparing for Thursday’s NBA draft. Walton said he will be “heavily involved in practice” when the Lakers begin summer league play on July 8 in Las Vegas. He plans to fill out his coaching staff “before summer league starts,” which currently features Brian Shaw as his lead assistant. “These are all things that normally would’ve been taken care of by now,” Walton said. “But because of the circumstances and the Lakers being so great about not pressing me, I had work to do. We’re still slowly working on it.”That might describe the Lakers’ rebuilding process as well, though Walton said four words the organization could hardly say in recent seasons.Said Walton: “The future looks bright.”
Oh No Dr. Fauci pic.twitter.com/CiLQMPmCzX— gifdsports (@gifdsports) July 23, 2020MORE: MLB’s expanded playoff format, explainedFauci is a die-hard Nationals fan who has regularly donned a Washington-themed mask during the pandemic.While his throw was off target, the ensuing humor on social media hit the mark:Anthony Fauci, First Pitch (with tail). pic.twitter.com/PEKiLzCnN2— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 23, 2020Fauci finally flattened the curve pic.twitter.com/I0zUwbl6OH— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) July 23, 2020Dr Fauci’s #OpeningDay first pitch is a metaphor for 2020 pic.twitter.com/on8zSip91L— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 23, 2020I’m not cracking any Dr. Fauci jokes because he could probably crack the Mets rotation right now— Clem (@TheClemReport) July 23, 2020Staying on brand, six feet from home plate https://t.co/bMmDQkKXo6— Joe (@JoeRiveraSN) July 23, 2020It’s all good Dr Fauci…you’ve been busy. No time for practice ⚾️— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) July 23, 2020Dr. Fauci’s fastball could use a little work.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 23, 2020 Dr. Anthony Fauci is one of the top U.S. minds dedicated to controlling the spread of disease, not the direction of a fastball.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases showed why he never made it as a pitcher with his terrible first pitch before MLB’s season opener between the Nationals and Yankees. In what was supposed to be an honor for his work during the COVID-19 pandemic, he instead became the butt of jokes.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A jetliner carrying 98 people crashed Friday in a crowded neighborhood near the airport in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi after an apparent engine failure during landing. Officials said there were at least two survivors from the plane, and it was unknown how many people on the ground were hurt, with at least five houses destroyed.The pilot of Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 was heard transmitting a mayday to the tower shortly before the crash of the Airbus A320, which was flying from Lahore to Karachi and carrying many traveling for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Video on social media appeared to show the jet flying low with flames shooting from one of its engines.The plane crashed about 2:39 p.m. northeast of Jinnah International Airport in the poor and congested residential area known as Model Colony between houses that were smashed by its wings. Police in protective masks struggled to clear away crowds amid the smoke and dust so ambulances and firetrucks could reach the crash site.As darkness fell, crews worked under floodlights, and a portable morgue was set up. At least 57 bodies were recovered, health department officials said, and PIA chairman Arshad Malik said finding all the dead could take two to three days.Pakistan’s civil aviation authority said the plane had 91 passengers and a crew of seven. The A320 can carry up to 180 passengers, depending on how its cabin is configured.At least two people aboard survived, according to the Sindh provincial health department, revising an earlier statement that three were alive.Local TV stations showed video of a man on a stretcher they identified as Zafar Masood, the head of the Bank of Punjab. Malik later confirmed that Masood survived the crash.At least three people on the ground were injured.Malik announced an investigation into the crash, adding that the aircraft was in good working order.Pakistan had resumed domestic flights earlier this week ahead of Eid-al Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Pakistan has been in a countrywide lockdown since mid-March because of the coronavirus, and the airline has been using social distancing guidelines on its flights by leaving every other seat vacant.Southern Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital, is the epicenter of the virus infections in Pakistan. The province has nearly 20,000 of the country’s more than 50,000 cases.A transmission of the pilot’s final exchange with air traffic control, posted on the website LiveATC.net, indicated he had failed to land and was circling to make another attempt.“We are proceeding direct, sir — we have lost engine,” a pilot said.“Confirm your attempt on belly,” the air traffic controller said, offering a runway.“Sir, mayday, mayday, mayday, mayday Pakistan 8303,” the pilot said before the transmission ended.In one of the radio communications, at least one exchange from the flight sounded like a warning alarm was sounding in the cockpit.A resident, Abdul Rahman, said he saw the jet circle at least three times, appearing to try to land before it crashed.Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted: “Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash… Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.”Science Minister Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry said this year has been a “catastrophe — just survival is so difficult,” with the pandemic and now the tragedy of the plane crash.Most of the passengers were heading home to celebrate Eid-al Fitr, he said.“What is most unfortunate and sad is whole families have died, whole families who were travelling together for the Eid holiday,” he said in a telephone interview in the capital of Islamabad.The flight from the northeastern city of Lahore typically lasts about an hour and a half.Airworthiness documents showed the plane last received a government check on Nov. 1, 2019. PIA’s chief engineer signed a separate certificate April 28 saying all maintenance had been conducted. It said “the aircraft is fully airworthy and meets all the safety” standards.Ownership records for the Airbus A320 showed China Eastern Airlines flew the plane from 2004 until 2014. The plane then entered PIA’s fleet, leased from GE Capital Aviation Services.Perry Bradley, a spokesman for GE, said the firm was “aware of reports of the accident and is closely monitoring the situation.”Airbus said the plane had logged 47,100 flight hours and 25,860 flights as of Friday. The plane had two CFM56-5B4 engines.Airbus said it would provide technical assistance to investigators in France and Pakistan, as well as the airline and engine manufacturers.“We at Airbus are deeply saddened by the tragic news of flight #PK8303,” tweeted Executive Director Guillaume Faury. “My thoughts and those of my Airbus colleagues, go to the families and loved ones affected. In aviation, we all work hard to prevent this. Airbus will provide full assistance to the investigating authorities.”