GCAA close to implementing advanced plane tracking system – says Director

first_imgAviation sectorBy Jarryl BryanOne of the prevailing criticisms of Guyana’s aviation sector has been its lack of high-tech systems like the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADSB) to keep track of planes. But the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is pushing back against suggestions that it is dragging its feet.Captain Nicholas Persaud, his cargo handler David Bisnauth, and plane went down in 2014 and were never seen againAccording to GCAA Director General Egbert Field, the authority has in fact had this technology in operation since 2015. Field noted, however, that it was limited to tracking planes flying at a certain altitude.“I would like to inform individuals that if they check the AIP (Aeronautical Information Publication) manual, they would see that the ADSB was in operation since 2015,” Field recently expressed.“The use of the ADSB was for flights above flight level 24,000 feet. Below, we had to put in the infrastructure.”Field explained that this infrastructure largely includes four outlying relay stations for the ADSB technology. These stations are located at Kaieteur in Region Eight; Annai in Region Nine; Kamarang in Region Seven, and Port Kaituma in Region One.“Work at them has been completed, and we hope to have testing started by the end of this month. That system would take the place of radar. Provided that the transponder is fitted in the aircraft, Air Traffic Control would be able to identify that aircraft as it flies. And I am told by my air navigation services that with the four stations operational, we should be able to track an aircraft right down to landing,” Field explained.He said that experts are currently checking the stations to ensure that there is proper transmission of data. The retired Lieutenant Colonel also observed that the project would have cost the Government hundreds of millions of dollars.Blind spotIssues related to tracking planes came to the national forefront as early as 2014, when an Air Services Limited (ASL) Britten Norman Islander plane piloted by Captain Nicholas Persaud went down over the jungles of Region Eight. To this day, the plane, pilot and crew have not been found.Since then, however, the aviation sector has faced a flurry of plane crashes. The most recent crash involved Captain Imran Khan, 41, of Essequibo Coast, Region Two, who had been attached to ASL. At the time, he was flying from Chi-Chi to Mahdia (Region Eight) when his Cessna 206 (8R-GFM) aircraft went down late last month, killing the experienced pilot.On August 8, 2017, a single-engine Cessna aircraft piloted by Captain Dominique Waddell was taking off from the Eteringbang airstrip in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) when it crashed. The Wings Aviation plane was on a shuttling mission from Eteringbang to Ekereku when the incident occurred.On July 25, 2017, Captain Collin Martin, a retired Guyana Defence Force Major, was piloting a Roraima Airways aircraft when it crashed, killing him almost instantly. Martin perished after the Britten-Norman Island aircraft he was operating crashed on landing at Eteringbang.In a recent letter to the media, one operator had highlighted some of the deficiencies in the sector. CEO of Roraima Airways, Captain Gerry Gouveia, had zeroed in on problems such as the lack of effective search-and-rescue operations.In his recommendations, Gouveia had also encouraged that aircraft be equipped with the Automatic Dependent Broadcast Surveillance (ADBS) tracking systems. He urged that the ADSB systems be fast tracked to completion and is always operational and functioning.Gouveia recommended that spot trackers be installed on every aircraft operating in Guyana; and that each local airline must have the ability to track and flight follow their aircraft moment by moment.He also urged that the GCAA mandate the use of high-end moving map Global Positioning System (GPS) in every plane. He also recommended pilots be equipped with a secondary back up GPS.“Mandate that local pilots are trained and competent to use the GPS systems,” Gouveia advised. “Mandate that pilots are trained, and must understand the safety accuracy checks of the GPS prior to each flight, using the ground based navigational systems at the CJIA.“Establish flight corridors for every route into the hinterland runways using agreed- on GPS waypoints. Establish procedures using GPS waypoints to assist pilots in maintaining stabilized flight and stabilized approaches to all runways,” Gouveia had added.last_img read more

ST EUNANS STUDENTS TO ROCK IT OUT WITH BEO CONCERT

first_imgThe students of St. Eunan’s College in Letterkenny have organised a BEO concert tomorrow, Friday 7th February in the Regional Cultural Centre. Acts performing at the gig are Apollo 6, Jamaican Vampires and the headline act is In Their Thousands.BEO is a national initiative run by Transition Year students all across the country. The main aim of BEO is to promote the Irish language in a fun and friendly manner through music. There will also be three workshops before the concert.Jason Black, the first Donegal man to climb Mt. Everest, Alcoholics Anonymous, the widely known organisation, and In Their Thousands, the headline band, will all be presenting workshops during the day in the RCC, beginning at 11am.The concert will begin at 7:30pm and end at 9:30pm. The admission fee is only €5 for the whole day and can be paid at the door. Alcohol is strictly forbidden. All welcome.  ST EUNANS STUDENTS TO ROCK IT OUT WITH BEO CONCERT was last modified: February 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BeoSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

Brighton 3-0 QPR: Seagulls move top of the Championship with resounding victory

first_img Chris Hughton has guided Brighton to the top of the Championship table 1 Brighton leapfrogged Newcastle at the top of the Championship with a comfortable 3-0 victory over 10-man QPR at the Amex Stadium.A fine early goal from Sam Baldock put the Seagulls on their way to a fourth successive win before a Glenn Murray penalty and an Anthony Knockaert strike extended Albion’s unbeaten run to 17 games.Struggling Rangers, reduced to 10 men early in the second half when captain Nedum Onuoha received a straight red card, have now lost their last six matches and failed to score in five of them.Albion, now eight points clear of third-placed Reading, made the perfect start before a crowd of 30,176 with Baldock putting the hosts in front after only 11 minutes.The former Bristol City striker finished emphatically with his left foot into the top corner from 20 yards.Skipper Bruno had won possession from a Rangers throw-in and Murray slipped the ball to Dale Stephens who then fed Baldock.Baldock had begun in lively fashion hitting two snap shots wide for Brighton, who had made two changes with Solly March replacing Jiri Skalak and Oliver Norwood coming in for Steve Sidwell.Rangers came close to equalising midway through the half when a goal-bound shot from Massimo Luongo was well saved by David Stockdale after a poor clearance by Norwood.Seagulls striker Murray, with eight goals from his previous eight games, should have hit the target when heading wide at the far post after Shane Duffy headed down a Norwood corner.Brighton had a let-off on 33 minutes when defender Jake Bidwell crossed accurately for Idrissa Sylla who got in between two defenders at the far post but shot wastefully wide.The Seagulls, beaten only twice at home in the league in nearly a year, finished the half on top and Baldock saw a deflected header go wide before Knockaert put a left-footed free-kick narrowly over.Brighton took a firm grip of the game eight minutes after the interval when top scorer Murray doubled their lead from the penalty spot with his 15th goal of the season.Murray, on a season-long loan from Bournemouth, made no mistake by slotting his 13th goal at the Amex after a reckless challenge by Luongo on Stephens.Rangers were reduced to 10 men on 56 minutes when Onuoha received a straight red card from referee Keith Stroud for bringing down the on-rushing Baldock on the edge of the area.French winger Knockaert made it 3-0 in the 69th minute with a low left-footed strike after being set up by Stephens.It was an emotional moment for former Leicester man Knockaert, who celebrated by holding aloft a picture of his late father Patrick who passed away recently.Albion keeper Stockdale, who claimed a 14th clean sheet, saved superbly to deny Sylla after Alex Smithies had kept out efforts from Stephens and substitute Jamie Murphy at the other end.last_img read more

Ice-based technology promises lower energy usage

first_imgThe system has been in place since 2004 at an Anaheim fire station, where an analysis showed a 95 percent drop in peak energy usage and a 5 percent overall reduction, said Mariann Long, assistant general manager of Anaheim Public Utilities. This week, the Anaheim City Council approved a package of incentives hoping to increase commercial use of the system. “By shifting load to off-peak, the power is cheaper, so our costs can be stabilized or go down,” Long said. The incentives include a special rate structure that will benefit businesses by dropping their cost for power during off-peak hours from 11 cents to 3 cents a kilowatt. The city will also issue credits of as much as $21,000. Ice Energy has sold 75 systems since sales began six months ago. The California Energy Commission authorized use of the technology in the state in June. The desert community of Victorville is buying 54 systems and plans to retrofit its municipal buildings with the help of low-interest loans from the commission, Ramirez said. Ice Energy is also negotiating with a few national retail chains to provide systems for their stores, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! City and utility officials throughout Southern California are eyeing a new system that relies on ice to store energy for air conditioners as a possible way to cut peak commercial consumption and reduce the threat of crippling blackouts. “There’s an old saying, a kilowatt saved is more valuable than a kilowatt built,” said Bill Carnahan, executive director of the Southern California Public Power Authority, an organization of municipal power agencies. Cutting power use now could delay the need to build new plants, he said. At least 11 members of the association – including Anaheim, Burbank, Riverside and Azusa – are testing the new technology as a way to weather power shortages during scorching weather. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesState power consumption reached a record 50,270 megawatts on July 24 during the height of a triple-digit heat wave. The system developed by Ice Energy Inc. consists of a large plastic attachment for commercial air conditioning units that is filled with water, frozen overnight, then used to cool refrigerant during the day. “It stores energy at night, when energy is cleaner to produce, cheaper to buy and easier to obtain, and it makes it available for use during the day,” said Frank Ramirez, CEO of Ice Energy, based in Windsor, Colo. The new hardware costs about $10,500 and weighs about 5,000 pounds when filled with water. There can be an additional retrofitting cost of as much as $10,000 for existing buildings and a minimum $750 cost for new construction, the company said. A residential model is currently being tested by the company. last_img read more

Confirmed: Manchester United ‘very interested’ in signing Belgium ace

first_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 “But it is true that when we heard that some clubs were interested in Yannick, it interested us too.“Now, we will see how it will happen, how things will unfold and who knows, we can go back in Europe.”Carrasco has scored seven goals in 25 appearances for Dalian Yifang since moving to the Chinese Super League last February.He and former Atletico team-mate Nicolas Gaitan moved to Dalian Yifang on the same date, but they failed to perform well enough to guide the club any higher than 11th in the 2018 CSL season. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won whoops Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update predicted Manchester United are ‘very interested’ in signing Yannick Carrasco, the player’s wife has revealed.Carrasco, the former Atletico Madrid winger, is reportedly keen on a return to Europe with United, Arsenal and Milan keeping tabs on him. latest How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 1 RANKED Carrasco, 25, left Atletico to join Chinese club Dalian Yifang last February.His wife, Noemie Happart, told Belgian outlet RTBF Sport: “They [Manchester United] are very interested.“I do not hide it but nothing is signed. Yannick and his club leave tomorrow in preparation in Spain.“Yannick feels good in China but it’s a very different culture, it’s far from our families and our friends.center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade gameday cracker scrap SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Latest football news Yannick Carrasco is a regular starter for Belgium’s national team Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED BEST OF Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? revealed last_img read more

Karamoko Dembele ‘chooses’ who he will play for internationally

first_imgDembele is eligible to represent Scotland, England or the Ivory Coast internationally.He has flitted between two of those nations at youth level football as he has played for Scotland Under-16s and Under-17s and also England Under-15s and Under-17s.The Scottish Sun report that the winger has decided his international future lies with England. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 1 rookie error statement Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ latest Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff stalemate Getty Images – Getty Karamoko Dembele made his Celtic debut at 16 Earlier this week, he scored for England Under-17s as they drew 2-2 with Spain and also featured in two other matches during the international break.He reportedly will not play for Scotland youth sides anymore and focus on working his way up the ranks with the Three Lions.That is not the end of the road, though, as he would need to play a competitive appearance for England’s senior team to not be able to go back.The teenager has impressed with Celtic and was handed his debut by Neil Lennon in the final Scottish Premiership game of last season.He was also on the bench for the 2019 Scottish Cup Final win against Hearts.Dembele has been linked with a number of top European clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund. Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future on target update LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son appointed targets Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele has reportedly chosen to play for England rather than Scotland.The 16-year-old is one of the most highly sought after young players in Europe and is destined for big things.He first came to national attention when he made his debut for Celtic Under-20s as a 13-year-old. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

Tighten Those Purse Strings, Scientists Tell NASA

first_imgA committee of the National Research Council warned today that steps recently taken by NASA to contain spiraling costs of future space missions won’t be enough. The committee’s report doesn’t offer any solutions to the perennial problem of scientists and engineers initially underestimating the cost of doing their science in space. But it does strongly recommend that NASA develop “a comprehensive, integrated cost-containment strategy” that early on would rein in overly optimistic cost projections before the agency commits to funding unduly risky missions. The committee found that the bulk of the cost overruns has come in a small proportion of NASA science missions, mostly among the largest missions. Fourteen missions together accounted for 92% of the increased costs among a total of 40 missions, for example. The cost overruns of the 14 missions ran from about 10% to about 160% and amounted to a total of about $1.3 billion. The problem involves “a small number of bad actors and NASA’s lack of a comprehensive approach to control costs,” says planetary scientist and committee member Larry W. Esposito of the University of Colorado, Boulder. 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The shakedown period as well as other key development milestones should include more “parametric” cost estimates that “rely on observations rather than opinion,” according to the report. NASA could then, presumably, weed out competing missions that had unrealistic initial cost estimates. The committee also chided NASA for increasing “the size and number of external project reviews to the point that some reviews are counterproductive and disruptive.” Buying space missions isn’t like buying pencils, notes Esposito. “Each mission is a complicated and difficult activity; there’s always some risk” of underestimating the challenges and resulting costs, he says, but there’s still room for improvement.last_img read more

Biggest fan: The story behind Sachin Tendulkar’s shadow

first_imgSudhir Gautam. Photo By – Mandar DeodharAmong the flurry of people at Bandra station is an equally inconspicuous gentleman looking around trying to hail a rickshaw. He’s dressed in a Team India Practice jersey, carrying a bag which is likely a hand-me-down from the official merchandise of the Indian Cricket team, matching blue shoes and a cap, letting out unkempt scraggly strands of hair.Sudhir Kumar Gautam, the gentleman usually seen layered in saffron, white and green paint from head to waist, waving the flag with pride and blowing his conch in support of Sachin Tendulkar in every match, is en route the legendary cricketer’s Bandra bungalow before he hops on the evening train to Kochi to resume his career as the unofficial mascot for the Indian cricket team.Gautam, who grew up in the Damodar village in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, lived a regular life. He studied in the local school, lived with his mother, father and three siblings and eventually graduated, to be admitted into a college where he studied History Honours. He too, was a promising cricketer, training to be a teacher and a strong hope for financial support from his poverty stricken family. All this changed, when he cycled to Mumbai to meet the man he says is the Ram to his Hanuman.”I’ve left three jobs,” he says. “I could’ve been a teacher in Bihar Shikshamitra, but my training was in February 2006 and in January I cycled to Pakistan to watch Sachin play in the 5 ODI series.” Prior to this, he worked at a Dairy, a job he had to quit in order to gain accessto his Provident Fund to incur the costs involved in getting a passport for his aforementioned jaunt. “I also had an interview to become a TC(ticket collector) in 2005, but there was a match to watch: the 6th one day between India and Pakistan. So I skipped the interview to cycle toDelhi,” he said as he donned a test match jersey to pose for a few pictures on the steps of the Mount Saint Mary Church, a little distance away from Tendulkar’s home.advertisementSudhir Gautam. Photo By – Mandar DeodharHis passion and dedication towards the Indian cricket team is an admirable feat, and a rare spectacle in the world today. It takes courage and resilience to chase a passing revelry with so much fervour and see it through to a point where you’re the talk of the entire nation. And let’s face it, he makes for great television.His family, however, presently lives in resentment and dire conditions. “My brother is married with three kinds and he is a teacher, but he makes around Rs. 7,000-8,000 a month and can’t support my parents,” he said. His old father, who had once dreamed that Gautam, his middle child would take care of him financially, is having to work as a shopkeeper despite his age. “Whenever I visit them I eat a meal with them and leave, they abuse me and get angry, but I just listen and get on my way again,” he says.Gautam who in spite of an education most people in rural India crave and are denied, is now taking up odd jobs handing out cold drinks or ice cream at events to gather up enough money to afford a general train ticket to watch his next match. The debate of whether passion trumps responsibility here is tricky, whether this is a man we as a nation should glorify wholeheartedly is questionable, especially when juxtaposed with the fact of his idol, Tendulkar, being the bastion of humility, achievement and the ability to remarkably, yet sensibly realise his dream.However, Gautam lives on as a vagabond undeterred by what goes on back home. He continues to hand pick a thousand litchees each year to deliver in crates to both Harbhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar, and more recently MS Dhoni and bangles for “Anjali Madam”. He still trades in his education and ambitions to be the super fan of Indian cricket, which is rather an expensive affair as he says.Aside from travel expenditure, Gautam also sees it necessary to pay the painters who spend anywhere between four and six hours to paint his body. “They do it for free, but I feel like I should pay them a little so they don’t refuse me the next time I go to them,” he said.This leads him to arrive at match venues a day prior to scheduled matches. “This way I can hide my conch and the staff of my flag in the stadium so I can use it the following day.”advertisementAs people near the church hand over their phone cameras for a picture with him, tossing aside their prayer candles and explaining to their children who he is, Gautam remembers how the crowds at a stadiums often bother him and lead the security process to go haywire. “In Vadodara, outside the boundary line there is a Neem Tree,” he recalls.”When the spectators bother me I climb that tree and it’s a different feeling. No one disturbs me, I wave the flag and blow the conch in peace.”While Gautam begins to pack his things and get ready to  hopefully stop at a barber shop before proceeding to meet the master blaster, he confirms that he will never get married because he has submitted to his current way of living, in which there is no room for a relationship. “Jab tak suraj chaand rahega, Sahin ji ka naam rahega,” he says as he slings his backpack over one shoulder.”Till I have the privilege of being on this earth, I will support Sachin sir and now that he has retired I will write the words ‘Miss U’ in the empty space above my chest where I write his name.” He smiles and calls out to a rickshaw which rattles along to take him to Tendulkar’s home, leaving those with their newly clicked photos with him, looking on with envy, but also an unassuming sense of admiration.last_img read more

ICC Cricket World Cup: 10 facts you should definitely know

first_imgThe ICC Cricket World Cup is the international championship of One Day International (ODI) cricket.The event is organised by the sport’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), every four years. Here are 10 lesser known facts about the Cricket World Cup:1. The first World Cup was organised in England in June 1975. However, the first ODI cricket match was played only four years prior to this.2. England is the only country that has hosted highest numbers of World Cup tournaments (4 times). From the 1987 tournament onwards, hosting has been shared between countries under an unofficial rotation system, with fourteen ICC members having hosted at least one match in the tournament. India celebrating the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 victory 3. Out of the ten editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments played and concluded till now, Australia has won four times, followed by the West Indies and India (twice each) and then Pakistan and Sri Lanka (once each). 4. Indian player Chetan Sharma is also known as World Cup hat-trick man for his record in the ICC World Cup.In the World Cup 1987, Sharma took the first hat-trick in the history of tournament when he clean bowled Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield of New Zealand off consecutive balls.5. South Africa’s Gary Kirsten has the highest score in a World Cup match, making 188 not-out against UAE in 1996.6. Clive Lloyd of West Indies and Ricky Ponting of Australia are the only captains to win the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy twice.Lloyd won the cup in 1975 and 1979 while the Australian batsman won in 2003 and 2007.advertisement7. The highest score of World Cup matches is 433-5 in India verses Bermuda match in 2007 and the lowest is 36 between Canada and Sri Lanka in 2003.8. Kepler Wessels is the only player to represent two countries in the history of ODI.He played for Australia from 1982 to 1985 and then represented South Africa in 1991.9. In 1996, Nolan Clarke of the Netherlands became the oldest player (47 years, 257 days) to play in a World Cup.10. For the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, two opening ceremonies were held (first time in the history of ODIs) separately in Christchurch, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia, on February 12, 2015, two days before the first two matches.Also, the ICC has declared a total prize money pool of 10 million dollars for the tournament, which is 20 percent more than the 2011 edition. The prize money will be distributed according to the performance of the winning team members.last_img read more

Almost committed suicide: Sreesanth

first_imgHe contemplated “suicide” during his time at Tihar Jail but pacer S Sreesanth is now hoping to sing the redemption song and would approach the BCCI for lifting the life ban imposed on him from playing cricket by the Board.Sreesanth was last week exonerated in the 2013 spot-fixing IPL scandal by a Delhi Court.”I have sought an appointment with BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur. He has told a TV channel that I can file an application requesting to lift the ban.”I am hopeful after indication from the higher-ups of the BCCI that it would consider my request. So I want to file an application. I am waiting for his (General Secretary Anurag Thakur) call. I hope the next meeting of the BCCI would take a favourable decision,” Sreesanth told reporters here.The cricketer, who has played Tests and ODIs for India, spoke about the trauma he went through when he was arrested and put in Tihar jail after being accused of having nexus with a cricket betting racket, allegedly run by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel.”Initially I thought about suicide. I could overcome because of my devotion to Lord Ettumanoorappan (Lord Shiva in Kerala’s famouse Ettumanoor Mahadevar temple) and the support given by my family,” Sreesanth said.Also read:  BCCI could consider lifting ban on Sreesanth: Anurag Thakur Asked if he expects a favourable response from BCCI, in which former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar is Chief advisor to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), the cricketer said, “After all he is also a human being. He has also got a heart.”advertisementSreesanth said that if Kumar, who ordered his arrest, along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan when he headed the Delhi police, recalled the circumstances which led to his arrest in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, he would get a clearer picture.”I don’t think he would put any hindrance on my path.After all, BCCI is a body, not an individual,” he said.The cricketer also said he would not approach the court in case BCCI is reluctant to lift the ban.”I will wait. I don’t want to challenge any one. I want to play cricket,” he said.The cricketer rejected reports that he had a net session at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium yesterday evening. He said he would start practising in the ground only if his life ban is lifted.The stadium at Kaloor, owned by Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA), has been partially leased out to the Kerala Cricket Association, a member of the BCCI, for 30 years for hosting Test matches.last_img read more