Airlines call for global consistency with crash investigations.

first_imgThe IATA boss used the forum to take another swipe at the lack of consultation in a decision by the US to ban large electronic devices from the cabins of some flight from the Middle east and North Africa.He said the measure “challenged public confidence with inconsistencies” and failed to adequately address safety concerns about concentrations of lithium ion batteries in aircraft holds.He also called for more attention to be paid to the rising problem of drones around airports and their increasing hazard to aviation.“The great majority of drone owners operate their devices responsibly, but it is also the case that the number of incidents is rising,’’ he said. “There is significant work being developed at ICAO to produce standards for the larger drones that are equipped to share the airspace with manned aircraft.“However, we need to ensure that the smaller drones, whether intended for recreational or commercial use, are kept out of airspace used for approach and landing operations of air transport. “ International airlines have issued a call for a global standard for air accident investigations after a study revealed reports were available for just 30 per cent of about 1000 crashes over the past decade.The study by the International Air Transport Association’s Accident Classification Task Force found that reports were available for only about 300 of the crashes and many of those had room for improvement.Air accident investigations are covered under rules defined by the UN-backed International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).ICAO’s Accident Investigation Section is responsible for developing and updating Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) under a set of rules known Annex 13.These require member states to investigate accidents taking place in their territory and, for international flights,  set out rules on issues such as notification, investigation and reporting.But adherence to those requirements can differ between jurisdictions.Speaking at a safety and flight operations conference in Korea on April 24, IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac called for greater cooperation on global standards for air accident investigations.“Global standards exist, but they are not being applied universally,’’ de Juniac said, pointing to the IATA finding on accident reports.  “The investigation process is one of our most important learning tools when building global standards.“To learn from an accident, we need reports that are complete, accessible and timely. We also need states to fully respect the standards and processes enshrined in global agreements for participation in the investigation by all specified parties.’’As air traffic grows, so does the number of accidents — even if the accident rate remains stable.The aviation industry has worked hard to improve safety over the past two decades through improved auditing, better technology and enhanced procedures.This has allowed aviation to remain by far the safest form of long-distance travel with a commercial aviation accident rate in 2016 of 2.56 major jet hull losses per million flights.IATA says this is the equivalent to a person taking one flight every day of their life for about 1800 years before being involved in an accident.But the big drops in the global accident rates made at the end of the 20th century have flattened out in recent years.Theis has prompted the industry to focus on key areas such as loss of control-Inflight (LOC-I), controlled flight Into terrain (CFIT) and runway safety.It also looking increasingly at data analysis as a way of generating improvements through an IATA initiative called the Global  Aviation Data Management Program, which brings together information from more than 470 organisations.De Juniac said information provided through this initiative was already helping to identify potential hazards through the analysis of de-identified aircraft flight recorder data.”“The data generated from the 100,000 safe flights each day can help us understand where the next threat or challenge may arise,’’ de Juniac said. “We need to move ahead in this area with speed.’’last_img read more

‘Strike balance between development, environment’

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar urged green activists to strike a balance between development and environment during the inauguration of the 5th Goa Environmental Festival on Friday.Mr. Parrikar told environmentalists to give up travelling in cars if they wanted mining to be stopped in Goa. “I will stop mining from tomorrow provided activists start using bicycles. When you use a car, you too are consuming steel that comes from mines,” said Mr. Parrikar. The Chief Minister said he did his bit to save electricity and ensured lights and the AC in his office were switched off before leaving his chamber.Mr. Parrikar said pollution and not coal import should be curbed as the fossil fuel was essential for power generation. He was alluding to the growing opposition against the import of coal through the port town of Mormugao. He said, “We should stop pollution, but not import of coal. How else would you get electricity?”Earlier, wildlife filmmaker Shekar Dattatri said development had to take place with minimum destruction. ‘Heal wounded planet’ Mr. Dattatri said the government must work with mutual trust and respect to heal the wounded planet. The festival is being organised by NGO Kalakruti in association with State-owned Goa Kala Academy.last_img read more

The Texas Rangers Got Better But Their Record Got Way Worse

Just about everything that could go right for the 2016 Texas Rangers did. Flying in the face of preseason projections that called for them to finish around .500, the Rangers rode stellar seasons from Adrian Beltre, Cole Hamels and Elvis Andrus (among others) all the way to 95 wins, the AL West crown and the league’s best record. At the same time, however, they relied on a combination of metrics that confounded sabermetricians all season long: a 36-11 record in one-run games — the best mark in MLB history — and on top of that, a better run differential than we’d expect from their underlying stats, too.In other words, number-crunchers suspected the Rangers had been massively, historically lucky last season — and were probably due for a downturn in 2017. But even the statheads didn’t see Texas’s fortunes reversing quite as much as they have. After that record-setting mark in close games a year ago, the Rangers somehow have the league’s second-worst winning percentage in one-run contests this year, and they’ve also scored fewer runs (and allowed more) than their statistics would predict. All the things that went right last season are now going wrong; as a result, Texas is in fourth place with little chance of making the playoffs.Here’s the funny thing, though: Deep down, the Rangers’ 2017 squad is probably every bit as good as its 2016 iteration, and possibly a little better, despite the huge decline in winning percentage. According to wins above replacement (WAR),1Averaging together the Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com versions of WAR. Texas had the 16th-best team in baseball last season with 32.4 total WAR. (For a sense of scale, the average team has about 33 WAR,2A .500 record in 162 games is 81-81, and WAR sets the replacement level at about 48 wins for an entire season. 81 minus 48 equals 33 WAR for the average team. meaning the 95-win Rangers were basically a middle-of-the-road ballclub after stripping away their good fortune in high-leverage situations.) This season, the Rangers are on pace for 32.8 total WAR over 162 games — ever so slightly more than they posted a year ago, and good for 13th-most in MLB.Some Texas players have been even better than last year (Andrus) and some disappointingly worse (Rougned Odor), but on the whole they’ve played basically the same at an individual level. The only real difference between the two versions of the Rangers has been in sequencing — that is, scoring more (and/or allowing fewer) runs than the underlying stats would predict, because events were timed right within an inning — and performance in close games. As Texas is learning, those categories can be extremely fluky, and teams who overachieve in them one year tend to see their records dramatically regress to the mean in the following season.We can measure how much a team benefited from each kind of good fortune with a couple of metrics: Base runs, which estimate how many runs a team “should have” scored and allowed based on its underlying stats, and the Pythagorean expectation, which estimates how many games a team “should have” won based on its run differential. Deviations from each estimate come, respectively, from fortunate sequencing and good luck in close games. And by those standards, last year’s Rangers — who beat their estimated record by a staggering 13 wins — were one of the luckiest teams in baseball history. According to TheBaseballGauge.com, they tied for the third-biggest difference between a team’s actual and expected records during the expansion era.3Since 1961. 2008Angels10062+5+12+17-3 ACTUAL RECORDWINS OF LUCK 2007D-backs9072+2+11+13-8 1969Mets10062+6+8+14-17 1962Reds9864+6+5+11-12 1973Reds9963+7+5+12-1 1987Cardinals9567+10+3+13-19 2006Athletics9369+6+8+13-17 1982Red Sox8973+7+4+11-11 2013Yankees8577+6+6+12-1 1977Orioles9764+2+9+11-7 YEARTEAMWINSLOSSESSEQUENCINGCLOSE GAMESTOTALCHG. IN WINS NEXT SEASON 1985White Sox8577+8+2+11-13 1985Angels9072+5+6+11+2 1987Twins8577+5+6+11+6 1984Mets9072-1+12+11+8 Change in wins is the difference in wins between this season and the next. In cases where an uneven number of games were played, the change is derived by pro-rating the team’s change in winning percentage over the number of games they played during the “lucky” season.Source: The Baseball Gauge 1963Dodgers9963+6+7+13-19 1972Mets83730+11+11-4 2012Orioles93690+11+12-8 1961Reds9361+1+10+110 2016Rangers95670+13+13-15 After the luck has goneMLB teams with the most extra wins of luck from sequencing and close games, 1961-2017 1989Astros8676+3+7+11-11 Even among those lucky teams, the Rangers’ fall this season has been especially steep. They’re on pace for a 15-win decline from 2016, in part because their luck has actually turned in the opposite direction. So far this season, they’ve managed to win one fewer game than they would have with neutral sequencing and normal luck in close games. And this fickle twist of fate is basically the difference between Texas comfortably returning to the playoffs and being on the outside looking in: The Rangers are currently two games out of the American League’s second wild-card spot, with five teams ahead of them to leapfrog as well. If they had last year’s luck again, they’d be five games clear of the New York Yankees for the first wild-card.Instead, the Rangers serve as yet another reminder of just how unpredictable baseball can be. A team can boast practically identical talent in consecutive seasons,4According to The Baseball Gauge’s meta-metric that mixes the various types of WAR available online, here were Texas’ 2016 ranks in batting, fielding, starting pitching and relief pitching value: 16th, 9th, 13th and 21st. Those same ranks in 2017: 14th, 13th, 9th and 22nd. and still see their record fluctuate wildly from one year to the next. In the face of such a cruel and random universe, the best a team and its fans can do is to relish the breaks when they go their way, and enjoy the small blessings of a season when they don’t.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Haitian Migrants Apprehended

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, Bahamas, December 24, 2016 –  A total of 99 Haitian migrants were taken to the Carmichael Road Detention Center after they were apprehended in the central Bahamas by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Saturday afternoon.  Patrol craft HMBS P- 49, under the command of Acting Sub Lieutenant Owen Sands, apprehended a 40-ft wooden sloop at 3:00 pm approximately 4 miles west of Hawksbill Rock, in the southern Exuma chain.   Defence Force Marines discovered the migrants –77 males and 22 females– onboard the sloop.   They arrived at the Coral Harbour Base early Christmas morning.The migrants were turned over to Immigration officials upon their arrival for further processing.  The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to protecting the territorial borders of The Bahamas. #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Assemblymember Todd Gloria announces 2020 run for Mayor of San Diego

first_img January 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, More information about Gloria’s campaign for Mayor can be found on his campaign website at www.toddgloria.com.Todd Gloria is the second person to formally enter the 2020 Mayoral race. Councilmember Barbara Bry announced her candidacy January 2nd. Assemblymember Todd Gloria announces 2020 run for Mayor of San Diego 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO, (KUSI)  – California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria announced his candidacy Wednesday to be the next Mayor of San Diego.Gloria is a former city councilman and served as council president in 2013 and 2014. During that time, he briefly served as interim mayor between former Mayor Bob Filner’s August 2013 resignation and the March 2014 swearing-in of Mayor Kevin Faulconer.In his time as interim mayor, Gloria oversaw the drafting of the city’s Climate Action Plan. He also helped to author the city’s Minimum Wage and Earned Sick Leave ordinance while on the council.Since leaving the council due to term limits in 2016, Gloria has represented the 78th Assembly District, which includes most of San Diego proper and coastal communities like Imperial Beach and Del Mar. He is currently the Assembly’s majority whip.Should he win, Gloria would become the first person of color and the first member of the LGBTQ community to be elected to the office of mayor in San Diego’s history.“It’s clear that San Diego needs strong, experienced, and progressive leadership in the Mayor’s Office – leadership that has the courage to take our city beyond business as usual and solve the long-standing problems that have faced our city. That’s why I’m running for Mayor,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “San Diego may be America’s Finest City, but we should strive to be more than just fine. We should dare to be great.”Gloria made his announcement official in a video. Updated: 5:25 PM Posted: January 9, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Ashoke Dinda infuriated by RCBs reference to Dinda Academy lashes out on

first_imgDinda isn’t happy about his name being used with a negative connotationTwitter/Ashoke DindaAshoke Dinda has been a successful medium pace bowler for Bengal in domestic cricket. His international career, unfortunately, never flourished. For most ardent followers of Indian cricket, the most enduring memory of him might be getting hit for a six on the last ball of a T20I match at Wankhede Stadium by Eoin Morgan when his team needed 5 to win.This seems to have left a rather negative image of the right-arm pacer as a profligate and incompetent bowler. In these days of social media, a stereotype can become popular very quickly and that’s what has happened to Dinda also. During the ongoing season of IPL, every time a bowler has proven to be expensive or failed to deliver at crucial times, he has been declared a member of ‘Dinda Academy’ by the Twitterati.ControversyThis was the original tweet from RCB which set off the stormTwitter/Royal Challengers BangaloreFor a long time, these kinds of references were limited to fans. But on April 24, after Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kings XI Punjab with Umesh Yadav picking up three wickets and bowling well in the final over, even the official Twitter handle of RCB put out a tweet which read: ‘Dinda Academy? What’s that?’ with a picture of Umesh below. This followed the reaction of fans to an earlier match where the RCB bowler almost failed to defend 26 runs in the last over against a rampaging Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Yadav had been announced as a member of ‘Dinda Academy’ on social media at that time.This provocation from an official Twitter handle proved too much for the Bengal seamer and he vented his spleen on Instagram. His post had a very clear message for those who decided to have a chuckle at his expense: “Haters, helping you get you statistics right. Stop and stare well your opinion is not my reality. So shut your hating selves and keep me out of your mouth.” This text was attached to a picture showing his IPL record: 78 matches, 75 innings, 69 wickets, economy of 8.20 and average of 30.04.Dinda responded on InstagramInstagram/Ashoke DindaThe RCB twitter page had removed the tweet well before this outburst from Dinda. The reactions from the fans to Dinda’s rebuke are, as would be expected, of a mixed nature. Some have backed the bowler while some feel he has been too sensitive. Some, meanwhile, continue to poke fun at him.But it is undeniable that judging Dinda on the basis of a few performances is wrong. The 35-year old has played 115 first-class matches and picked 417 wickets. In 92 List A games, he grabbed 141 scalps while his overall T20 record features 146 wickets in 144 games. He was able to represent India in 13 ODIs and 9 T20Is without any ground-shaking performance.last_img read more

Tamanna Simhadri reigniting fight between Mahesh Vitta Varun Sandesh in Bigg Boss

first_imgTransgender Tamanna Simhadri with Mahesh Vitta and other housemates on Bigg Boss Telugu 3Screenshot of hotstar video Have your say in the pollVote: Who among these 8 contestants should be eliminated from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in week 2? 1. Vithika Sheru 18.4% 2. Sreemukhi 17.89% 3. Mahesh Vitta 15.59% 4. Jaffar Babu 12.21% 5. Himaja Reddy 10% 6. Varun Sandesh 9.46% 7. Punarnavi Bhupalam 8.78% 8. Rahul Sipligunj 7.67% Shwetha @shwetha0811 Vila. @vileDudette #TamannaSimhadri is bang on abt #MaheshVitta n #VarunSandesh ‘s spat Thr was no need for Mahesh to apologise again n again n this WILD card started playing the game already W.I.L.D card in true sense  #BiggBossTelugu3 . @psychosid_ Really impreased with varun’s maturity even after the big fight i thought he will nominate mahesh but he didn’t do yet on other hand mahesh slowly getting into the trap of tamanna as she provocated him, he nominated both vithika and varun even after clarification #BiggBossTelugu3 బాడిశ గోపినాథ్ @GBadisha Sri teja @ksriteja1 Tamanna started the game! She’s against Varun & Vithika  #BiggBossTelugu3 Røwdy Lîkhìth sãí @LikhithKaturi Tamanna cleverly playing in accord with audience pulse she know mahesh holds support over varun so targeting varun & get support from viewers she also manipulated and brought hatred towards varun & vithika in house, its the reason i say trans shouldn’t be brought #BiggBossTelugu3 Chanu @Chanu84134260 Yes..I agree with you brother.. #MaheshVitta influenced by #TamannaSimhadri @StarMaa and @iamnagarjuna Seems #mahesh got influenced by #TamannaSimhadri  Nominating #VithikaSheru is ok, but he shouldn’t have nominated #VarunSandesh Sunny Kesh @Sunnykesh Mona Reddy @MonaMunny7 DeepthiReddy @DeepRK94 SatyaNarayana Perapu @Satya_perapu #BiggBossTelugu3 wild card entry contestant #TamannaSimhadri is influenced #MaheshVitta and targets #VarunSandesh ana #VithikaSheru I think #NagarjunaAkkineni sir to warn #TamannaSimhadri not to do like that on Saturday night in @bigbossTelugu What #TamannaSimhadri has said on the issue of #MaheshVitta is  correct #VarunSandesh has no right to call a person as cheap character none of the HM has talked about this even the host #BiggBossTelugu3 #BiggBoss3Telugu @StarMaa Diyoo Saidulu @Diyo_Saidulu Tamanna simhadri may be biggest threat for mahesh rather than varun her provocative speeches made to mahesh and jaffar proved that srireddy matter hahaha what a contestant biggboss superb.. #BiggBossTelugu3 Kavya @Kavyareddy92 #MaheshVitta before #TamannaSimhadri entry…. Thappu chesanemo! After TS entry… Nannu evaru ardham chesukoledhu!! Ali Reza before TS entry… Repu udayam exercise cheyyali After TS entry… Varun Sandesh is wrong Reyiiii….. What da weak mind!!! #BiggBossTelugu3 Santo! @softwareudyogi #BiggBossTelugu3 #TamannaSimhadri the worst character. Watch her so called YouTube videos. Craves for publicity & milage. Targeting #varunsandesh purelyNow everyone saying Vithika was wrong. Wow Transgender Tamanna Simhadri, who made a wildcard entry on Bigg Boss Telugu 3, seems to be influencing Mahesh Vitta and creating rift between him and couple Varun Sandesh and Vithika Sheru.The makers of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 surprised 14 contestants, by sending Tamanna Simhadri inside the house on Monday. The transgender, who watched the show for a week, realized that Mahesh Vitta, Baba Bhaskar and Jaffar Babu are popular contestants. She started playing her game within no time after she entered the house.It is known that Mahesh Vitta and Varun Sandesh were seen having heated argument with each other last week. But both of them put the fight behind and are back as friends. Mahesh apologized to the couple. Even Varun forgave Mahesh and he stayed away from nominating the latter for the elimination.But Tamanna Simhadri seemed to be reigniting the fight between the two contestants, as she spoke to Mahesh. She said that he should not to apologize Vithika and Varun Sandesh, as the couple was at fault. Her words definitely brought change in Mahesh, who went on nominate Varun’s wife Vithika for eviction. Her influence is likely to create more trouble inside the house.Many viewers also feel that Mahesh Vitta has come the influence of Tamanna Simhadri after talking to her. Hence, he nominated Vithika for elimination from Bigg Boss Telugu 3. Here is how they reacted.UTTAM KRISHNA @UTTAMKRISHNA Meanwhile Tamanna’s poke made Mahesh Vitta think that there was nothing wrong with his behaviour & he apologized for no reason. Hence nominated Varun and Vithika out of grudge. #BiggBossTelugu3  @uknit I’m Damm sure #TamannaSimhadri going influence housemates with unwanted points #BiggBossTelugu3 #satyaperapu #MaheshVitta unfit for #BiggBossTelugu3 Can u influence by #TamannaSimhadri Issue got settled and everyone was fine Once again #TamannaSimhadri made comments #MaheshVitta and #jaffar nominated #VarunSandesh #VithikaSheru #BiggBoss How fool your #MaheshVitta He told sorry and concluded in front of @iamnagarjuna after wildcard #TamannaSimhadri provoked #MaheshVitta Today he nominated couples Looks #TamannaSimhadri going to disturb house #BiggBossTelugu3 #BiggBossTelugu I saw many seasons irrespective of languages… transgender and gay contestants are always loyal and very good at heart and they always wanted people to be happy. But this Telugu Trans Tamanna snake is very dangerous. #BiggBossTelugu3 #maheshvitta topic is discussed by #TamannaSimhadri yes she got a point.. it shuld discussed by @iamnagarjuna bt he is busy with their romanace topic #BiggBossTelugu3 People thought it’s unfair that @iamnagarjuna garu didn’t discuss about #vithika #mahesh #varun issue. #BiggBossTelugu3 has their own reasons and conveyed intelligently through #TamannaSimhadrilast_img read more

Take Rohingya issue to UN BNP asks govt

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirAccusing the government of having failed to take any step to resolve the Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday urged it to raise the issue at the United Nations.”Foreign ministers from Indonesia and Turkey are arriving here over the Rohingya crisis. The United Nations has issued a statement to stop persecution on them immediately. But, our government didn’t send any envoy anywhere and it still didn’t take any step to take the issue to the United Nations,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He further said, “From this meeting, I strongly demand the government immediately raise the issue at the United Nations and take proper steps to resolve the problem.”The BNP leader came up with the comments while speaking at a discussion programme arranged by Dhaka North city unit BNP at the National Press Club, marking the 10th ‘jail release’ day of BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.Fakhrul said the government has failed to give shelter to thousands of Muslim and Hindu Rohingyas who are fleeing their country in the face of mass killing and persecution by the Myanmar army.”The current government has also failed to force the Myanmar authorities to take back the Rohingya refugees ensuring their rights and dignity through diplomatic efforts,” he observed.The BNP secretary general alleged that the current government is again trying to hold a lopsided election like 5-January 2014 one.He warned that the country’s people will not allow the ruling party to hold any lopsided election. “The 11th parliamentary elections must be held under a neutral election-time supportive government conducted by an impartial Election Commission.”Fakhrul said the government is killing people and making them disappeared as it has no accountability.He called upon BNP leaders and activists to get united to get rid of the ‘misrule’ of the current regime through putting up a strong resistance at every locality.last_img read more

Rohingya aid truck crash kills 9

first_img.At least nine people were killed and 13 others injured after a relief-laden truck for Rohingya people had fallen into a roadside ditch near Chhadkhola BGB border post in Naikhyangchhari upazila on Thursday.The deceased are day laborers, said district superintendant of police Sanjit Kumar Roy.Bandarban Red Crescent Society secretary AKN Jahangir said driver of a relief truck for the Rohingya refugees of Shonkhola temporary Rohingya camp lost his control over the streering and the truck veered off the road.The truck fell into a roadside ditch in the area around 7:45am, leaving six people killed on the spot and eight others injured, he added.Local upazila health complex resident physician Salman Karim Kahn said some 16 injured were admitted in the hospital and three of them succumbed to their injuries. Another injured was sent to Cox’s Bazaar Sadar hospital as his condition deteriorated.Bandarban deputy Commissioner (DC) Dilip Kumar Banik confirmed the incident.last_img read more