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first_imgARSENAL (4-2-3-1)CECH,BELLERIN, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,FLAMINI, RAMSEY,CAMPBELL, OZIL, WALCOTT,GIROUDAGUERO,STERLING, SILVA, NAVAS,TOURE, FERNANDINHO,CLICHY, KOMPANY, OTAMENDI, SAGNA,HARTMAN CITY (4-2-3-1)This is the first clash of the season that may give a pointer to the potential winners of the Barclays Premier League. Arsenal are second, two points behind leaders Leicester City, while Manchester City are a point behind, in third place.Having won 2-0 at Aston Villa, Arsenal return to the Emirates where they have scored just 11 goals, but they have conceded only five there.Manchester City have three wins from their last seven games in the Premier League and they were fortunate to beat Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium.Arsenal will hope that Olivier Giroud can maintain his impressive run of goals. The Frenchman became the seventh Arsenal player to score 50 Premier League goals with the first in the 2-0 win over Villa last Sunday. Giroud scored his 50th goal in his 113th game.City have not got a great Premier League record at Arsenal. In 18 visits they have won just once, in April 2012, while drawing six, including four of the last six.last_img read more

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first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Olympic star Keshorn Walcott and sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye have been voted Trinidad and Tobago’s top sportspersons of the year.The 23-year-old Walcott was rewarded for his bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, where he threw 83.45 metres to reach the podium for the second successive Olympiad.As a teenager, he shocked the world to capture gold at the London 2012 showpiece.Walcott also won the national title, finished second at the London Anniversary Games in July with a throw of 83.60m, and third at the Bislett Games in June, with a measurement of 86.35m.Ahye, meanwhile, was good enough to reach the final of both the 100 and 200 metres sprint at the Rio Olympics.In the 100m, she finished sixth in 10.92 seconds and followed up with another sixth-place finish in the 200m, where she was timed at 22.34 seconds.The 24-year-old pulled off the sprint double at the National Championships, won the 100m at the Chris Brown Invitational in April, and was second at the London Anniversary Games.Eighteen-year-old sprinter Khalifa St Fort, a member of the sprint relay women’s team that reached the final in Rio, was voted junior athlete of the year.St Fort also finished third at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.Cycling star Nicholas Paul, meanwhile, won the men’s junior athlete of the year award, a just reward for his exploits at the Junior Pan American Track Cycling Championships in August, where he won gold in the sprint and silver in the keirin.last_img read more

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first_imgGinebra had a blistering start in the fourth quarter going on an 18-6 run to take an 81-66 lead after Greg Slaughter’s three-point play with 6:26 left in the game.“The opening game is always tough, you can often times start lethargic and we’re not in great shape,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “We’ve got really good talent, we know what we want to do, but sometimes we get tired.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCone added that it was his team’s versatility that pushed them to the victory especially in the fourth quarter when he didn’t have a legitimate center in the final four minutes of the game and instead relied on wingmen that surrounded Scottie Thompson and LA Tenorio.“In the fourth quarter we went small and matched up with the, the versatility of our team is a weapon for our coaching staff,” said Cone. “It’s a long day and we’re glad we got through it.” Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Barangay Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar goes to the basket against TNT in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBULACAN, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra got off to a good start in its 2019 campaign after rolling past TNT, 90-79, in the PBA Philippine Cup opener Sunday night at Philippine Arena.This wasn’t the first time the two teams opened a PBA season in the same venue as they also played in the first game of the 2014-15 Philippine Cup with the Gin Kings taking the 101-81 win over the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Family-oriented’ June Mar Fajardo taught by mom to always stay away from trouble Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The KaTropa tried to fight back in the latter part of the fourth quarter with Jayson Castro’s 3-pointer cutting the deficit to 11, 82-71.Thompson, however, had a couple of pretty plays down the stretch first with bail-out bank shot right before a brilliant assist to the trailing Kevin Ferrer for the 88-71 lead with 4:26 left in the game.Japeth Aguilar led Ginebra’s offense with 21 points while getting four rebounds and swatting three shots.Greg Slaughter added 15 points and seven boards while Sol Mercado finished with 11 points, six rebounds, and four assists for the Gin Kings.Roger Pogoy had 21 points and 16 rebounds for the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between against Newcastle United January 20, 2018 © AFP / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 20 – Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City restored their 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win at home to Newcastle United on Saturday.City’s 30-match unbeaten run in the league, which spanned two seasons, came to a dramatic end with a 4-3 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield last week. But their return to winning ways here had manager Pep Guardiola proclaiming his side needed 10 more victories to be crowned champions.Their advantage at the top of the table had been cut to single figures, for a few hours at least, when second-placed Manchester United beat Burnley 1-0 earlier on Saturday.Normal service resumed in the day’s late kick-off, though, with Aguero glancing in Kevin De Bruyne’s cross in the 34th minute to open the scoring at the Etihad.The Argentina striker then converted a 63rd-minute penalty awarded after Raheem Sterling tumbled in the box following a tug by Javier Manquillo.But struggling Newcastle scored against the run of play four minutes later when a rare lapse saw Jacob Murphy sprint through and finish in composed fashion.Arsenal’s defender Nacho Monreal (R) celebrates after scoring with midfielder Granit Xhaka during the English Premier League football match against Crystal Palace January 20, 2018 © AFP / Ben STANSALLAguero, however, put the result beyond doubt when City’s all-time leading goalscorer completed his 11th hat-trick for the club seven minutes from time following a superb run and pass from Leroy Sane.“We needed it (this win) after last week,” Aguero told BT Sport. “It’s a long season though and we’ve not won anything yet.”– ‘Didn’t panic’ –Guardiola added: “We need 10 more wins to be champions…It was important how we reacted at 2-1, we didn’t panic.”Meanwhile, Arsenal showed there was plenty of life after Alexis Sanchez as they beat Crystal Palace 4-1 without the United-bound Chilean forward.With Sanchez inching towards a £35 million transfer to United rather than City, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger left him out of his matchday squad.Manchester United’s striker Anthony Martial (R) vies with Burnley’s defender Phil Bardsley (L) during the English Premier League football match January 20, 2018 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYAny fears Arsenal might falter up front without him proved groundless as they surged into a 4-0 lead inside 22 minutes at the Emirates Stadium thanks to goals from Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny, Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette before Luka Milivojevic pulled one back for Palace late on.Arsenal remain outside the top four but heartened manager Wenger said: “We played our real game in the first half, real pace and real combination.”– United ‘so close’ to Sanchez –At Turf Moor, United striker Anthony Martial scored a 54th-minute winner with his third league goal in as many matches.Jose Mourinho left midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the proposed makeweight in the Sanchez deal, out of his matchday squad and afterwards the United manager indicated the transfer saga was nearing an end.“Expect soon or never,” he said. “So close, so close, so close…I know my people are doing absolutely everything they can.”But Wenger warned: “Sanchez will only happen if Mkhitaryan comes here, that will be decided in the next 48 hours.”Chelsea won 4-0 away to Brighton as the reigning English champions leapfrogged Liverpool, who play Swansea on Monday, into third place.The Blues’ first win of 2018 saw Eden Hazard score twice with a goal in each half, while Willian and Victor Moses were also on target.Chelsea’s midfielder Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match against Brighton and Hove Albion January 20, 2018 © AFP / Glyn KIRKOn a day when all Premier League fixtures were preceded by a minute’s applause honouring former West Bromwich Albion and England forward Cyrille Regis, a trailblazer for black players who died aged 59 last week, the Baggies drew 1-1 with Everton.Jay Rodriguez gave West Brom an early lead before Theo Walcott, on his Everton debut following a midweek move from Arsenal, laid on an equaliser for Oumar Niasse in the 70th minute.But the sight of Toffees midfielder James McCarthy going off with a broken leg cast a shadow over Everton boss Sam Allardyce’s 1,000th game as a manager.New Stoke manager Paul Lambert won his first game in charge of the Potters as they beat Huddersfield 2-0 with second-half goals from Joe Allen and Mame Biram Diouf to climb out of the relegation zone.Leicester beat Watford 2-0 while West Ham and Bournemouth drew 1-1.Tottenham Hotspur continue their quest for a Champions League place on Sunday against Southampton.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgThe new United Conservative government in Alberta proclaimed it into force shortly after Kenney was sworn in.Kenney has said he doesn’t intend to use the law right now, but he will if B.C. throws up roadblocks to the pipeline.The project, first approved in 2016, would triple the amount of oil flowing from the oilsands to B.C.’s Lower Mainland and from there to lucrative new markets across the Pacific.The federal government bought the existing pipeline last year for $4.5 billion after its original builder, Texas-based Kinder Morgan, threatened to walk away from its expansion because of B.C.’s resistance.The Federal Court of Appeal quashed the approval months later on the grounds that there hadn’t been enough consultation with First Nations or consideration of the pipeline’s potential impact on marine wildlife.Advertisement “We’re here because British Columbia’s vital interests are at stake,” Morley told the court Friday.Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall interrupted Dixon frequently to challenge him on his points. He said it’s clear from Premier Jason Kenney’s comments in the legislature that the law is meant to squeeze Alberta’s western neighbour.“It’s to lay some hurt on B.C. and so the government of B.C. says, ‘I’m going to stand up for my people,”’ Hall said.The legislation was passed _ but never used _ by Alberta’s former NDP government as a way to put pressure on B.C. to drop its fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Advertisement The project was approved for a second time by the federal cabinet last week.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – A lawyer for the Alberta government has argued that the province’s turn-off-the taps legislation is not meant to hurt British Columbia despite political rhetoric that suggests otherwise.A Calgary judge is hearing B.C.’s request for an injunction against the law.The province filed a statement of claim in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench last month calling the law unconstitutional and has made a similar filing in Federal Court.- Advertisement -Evan Dixon, a lawyer for the Alberta government, says the legislation is neutral on its face and there have been no orders to restrict the flow of oil to B.C.He also argued B.C.’s attorney general does not have standing to fight the law in court because there are parties that would be more directly affected.Gareth Morley, a lawyer for the B.C. government, said it’s the attorney general’s job to stick up for the public interest.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Manchester manager Jose Mourinho is thought to be willing to offer midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal for the Chile international.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 11 – Manchester United want to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal and have made contact with his representatives, according to reports.It is understood United boss Jose Mourinho also wants rid of Henrikh Mkhitaryan this month. Sky in Italy are reporting that United are willing to consider involving the Armenia international midfielder in a swap deal for Sanchez, whose representatives have been contacted by those of United.Sky in Italy also understand United are ready to pay more than Manchester City for the Chile star, and would give him a higher wage.Sky Sports News – who have contacted United for their reaction – have received no information to suggest Arsenal have received a formal offer for the player at this stage.According to Sky in Italy, City already have a financial package in place for Sanchez, should he leave Arsenal in the summer when his contract expires.The potential deal would earn Sanchez £13m a year in wages, with the 29-year-old receiving a £30m signing-on-fee.Sky Sports News understands City are still keen on signing Sanchez, but may wait until the summer to avoid upsetting the balance of the squad which boasts a 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League.Pep Guardiola’s side made a £60m Deadline Day approach for Sanchez, however, the deal collapsed when Arsenal were unable to sign Thomas Lemar as a replacement from Monaco.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgIf you happen to see a bunch of rugby players pushing a Toyota today – don’t worry.They haven’t broken down on their way to some vital fixture. Instead members of Letterkenny Rugby Club are pushing the car from Mountcharles to Letterkenny to raise much-needed funds for the club.According to those on the great car push, things are moving nicely.The lads are due in Letterkenny after 7pm – as long as they don’t get a puncture of break down!Fair play to all involved. LETTERKENNY RFC ‘TRY’ A DIFFERENT KIND OF FUNDRAISING ‘DRIVE’ was last modified: April 12th, 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:donegalKelly’s ToyotaLETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBpushlast_img read more

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first_imgWHITTIER – Determination and perseverance are hallmarks of the typical graduate at Rio Hondo College, said President Rose Marie Joyce. Take, for instance, students like Gloria Esparza, Joyce said while addressing hundreds of friends and family who gathered on the soccer field Thursday for the college’s 43rd annual commencement ceremony. When Esparza began at Rio Hondo, she was a widow with eight children. She managed to earn a 3.3 grade-point average and a degree in child development while working and also taking care of a disabled grandson. Then there’s Amelia Perez, Joyce said, who was born addicted to crack cocaine. Hyperactivity and lack of focus made school difficult, but she “found her academic home at Rio Hondo College.” “My father was in the gang and drug thing, I grew up with that,” said Romero, who lived in several homes in Whittier, Pico Rivera and Montebello. “But I knew there had to be something more out there, some place in life. “So I said to myself that I wanted to do more, and that’s what I did,” he added. That message came through loud and clear for graduate Perla Granados, 21, of South El Monte. On Thursday, she became the first to graduate from college in her family after spending five years at Rio Hondo. She received her associate’s degree in education and plans to earn a four-year degree at Cal Poly Pomona. “At first, being in college was fine but then about halfway through it got really hard,” Granados said. “But right now I’m so happy and excited, all of the above. This feels so great.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We’re proud of you and your accomplishments,” Joyce told Esparza, Perez and the other 900 graduates who earned degrees at the college between last summer and this summer. “Maybe the road to your degree was long and challenging, but you have since arrived and we salute you,” she added. At Rio Hondo, officials honored Whittier police Chief David Singer with its Fellow of the College award. Longtime Rio Hondo music teacher Jimmy Quiroz also received the honor posthumously. Valedictorian honors went to Yudith Cuevas. Rio Hondo alumnus and ABC7 Eyewitness News weekend weather forecaster Danny Romero gave the commencement speech and talked openly about his family and struggles. last_img read more

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first_imgJohn O’Donnell celebrates after being elected in the Letterkenny electoral area in MayINDEPENENT county councillor John O’Donnell today hit back at ‘lies’ being spread online about him since someone tried to maim him and members of his family in a cowardly attempted bomb attack.Gardai are investigating an attempted pipe bomb attack at his home in Downings last Friday.The Gardai have established an incident room at their Milford Headquarters. “I don’t have any idea why someone might want to attack my home or my good name. But it is unfortunate that three months after my election, this kind of incident would happen,” he tells today’s Tirconaill Tribune in an extensive interview.“I have no enemies and I’m shocked and dismayed to think that somebody out there has an agenda that saw this device planted near my home. I am not a criminal: I have no known enemies and I want to plead with those on social media sites to stop sending out lying messages and claims that are not substantiated.”He went on: “I believe there are many begrudgers out there and they are trying to blacken my good name. However I will continue to go about my work representing the community and carrying on with my business interests.“I am concerned that people might read this stuff and start believing it. It just is not true. I want to leave this matter in the hands of the Gardai who have been brilliant in helping my get over the shock. I am confident that the Gardai will get to the bottom of this crime and bring those responsible to justice,” he added. He says he has been the subject of a campaign of misinformation and lies that went on at the election with the most outrageous claims that he spent vast sums of money.“This is totally untrue,” he says.A Garda spokeswoman said: “There was a serious incident involving the placement of a suspicious device at a house in Larganreagh, Downings, Co. Donegal on Thursday night 14th/15th of August 2014.“The Gardai at Milford Garda Station are currently investigating the matter and are again appealing to the public for their assistance in solving this crime. The Gardai would like to speak to anyone who was in the town-land of Larganreagh, Downings or surrounding town-lands between 11pm and 1.30am on the night of the 14th/15th of August 2014 and noticed anything suspicious in the area. This house is in close proximity to the caravan park and Leisure Centre in Downings.“The Gardai would also like to speak to any member of the public that has any information that would assist in solving this crime. “The Gardai are therefore requesting your assistance in bringing this investigation to a speedy conclusion. You can contact the Gardai at Milford Garda Station on 074 91 53060 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 and all matters will be dealt with confidentially.”The full interview by John McAteer is in today’s Tirconaill Tribune.BOMB THREAT COUNCILLOR: ‘PEOPLE ARE SPREADING LIES ABOUT ME’ was last modified: August 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:bombCouncillorDowningsJohn O’Donnellkilmacrennanpipe bomblast_img read more

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first_imgThe painful search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could have been shortened as a result of recommendations stemming from another tragedy five years ago. The point is debatable. What’s not as debatable is that if recommendations from the June 1, 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447 had been fully implemented chances are by now that we would have a better picture of what the mechanics of the Malaysian mystery are – even absent finding of the Digital Flight Data (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR).In the case of Air France 447, in which all 228 souls on board died, from the time the debris was spotted in the South Atlantic till the locating of the critical Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder consumed an agonizing two years.“We may not have thought it would happen again, but when it happens twice in five years…it’s unacceptable,” says Mark Rosenker, former chairman of the US National Transportation Safety Board. Now president of McLean, Virginia-based Transportation Safety Group, LLC, he says, “We may never know what happened to [the 777-200]…That’s absolutely unacceptable with the quality of airplanes we’re running, and their incredible efficiency and safety. When extraordinary things [like MH370] do happen we must understand so that we can potentially prevent the next one.”That’s why in the aftermath of AF447 the French BEA, the Bureau of Inquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation, recommended, among other measures, that the life of Underwater Locator Beacons (ULBs) be extended to 90 days rather than the current 30 and “installed on airplanes performing public transport flights over maritime areas.”Both the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency are moving to triple the life of ULB transmissions. In a prepared statement, FAA says, “An FAA standard will phase out devices that transmitted for 30 days and replace them with devices that transmit for 90 days,” this change comes as the result of a Technical Standard Order, or TSO. FAA goes on to say, “30-day ULDs cannot be manufactured under the TSO program after February 28, 2015. All 30-day devices must be replaced with 90-day devices by 2020.”The net effect? Things are getting better, but it’s going to take a while.BEA also recommended the International Civil Aviation Organization Flight Recorder Panel group come up with proposals “for implementing deployable recorders.” That means in the event of an accident the recorder would be automatically ejected from the airplane. It would also float. Attached to an emergency locator beacon, this could give searchers a better shot at actually getting to the so-called “black boxes,” rather than having to plumb the oft-times daunting depths of the sea floor.But the recommendation that’s received the most buzz, the one which can be technologically implemented if not exactly instantly then in the near future, is BEA’s call to “study the possibility of making it mandatory for airplanes performing public transport flights to regularly transmit basic flight parameters” covering such essentials as position, altitude, speed and heading.” The wording here is important. BEA stopped short of actually advocating “streaming” DFDR data.The Technology Already Exists, or Soon Will“The reality is there are technological solutions which are here now,” says Rosenker, “or [will be] in the relatively near future.” One candidate ready to go is an Automatic Flight Information Reporting System, or AFIRS, manufactured by the Canadian firm FLYHT. In a written statement, FLYHT says, “AFIRS is normally installed on aircraft to support communication and operations during routine operations.” While not fitted on flying machines solely for emergency uses, the company claims the system is “capable of automatically switching to emergency mode streaming when the aircraft is in an unusual state or upon request from the crew or ground.”FLYHT’s statement goes on to maintain were MH370 so equipped, “We would know where the aircraft was when it last had electrical power.” Moreover, the company contends, “We would know the behavior of the aircraft at all times leading up that point.” That includes its altitude, airspeed, heading, engine state and such.The cost? US$100,000 per airplane.As for connectivity, the current crop of satellites is limited in terms of being able to continuously stream DFDR data—even Inmarsat’s advanced I-4 . “The I-4 uses the L Band spectrum, which “has only a limited megahertz capability,” says Chris McLaughlin, the company’s senior vice president for external affairs. Right now, streaming data is confined to information derived from ACARS (the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System), such as engine operations. It doesn’t transmit critical information from the Digital Flight Data Recorder.ACARS information is delivered in bursts. McLaughlin says, “You only get to the level of being able to constantly stream when you get to [Boeing’s new] Global Xpress” satellite, which is set to debut in 2015.Here’s the point: a lot of knowledgeable people believe the technological foundation has been laid for the streaming of potentially life-saving information. “Clearly, the data points from the [Digital] Flight Data Recorder shouldn’t be too difficult [to stream],” says former NTSB chief Mark Rosenker. But the Cockpit Voice Recorder may be another matter. There are privacy issues, specifically concerning pilots. Rosenker thinks they can be addressed. “We don’t have to re-invent the wheel” as to privacy law.Nor do you have to transmit all the data. Some DFDRs can record 256 parameters, giving aircraft accident investigators a fine-grain, contextually-textured picture of just what happened to an accident aircraft. In a streaming scenario, Rosenker says “we might me looking at 15 to 20 [parameters].” Basic stuff, essential information, enough to work with till the black boxes themselves are retrieved.He says, “Accident investigators would sit in conference and try to come up with what they believe to be best…recognizing that they would be limited” as to what could be streamed from the DFDR.Rosenker is not advocating the whole civilian airline fleet be fitted with the gear. “I’m not suggesting that every single airplane in the world have this kind of capability. This would be for long-hauls, [where] most of their routes are going over ocean. That’s where we’re having our problems, finding aircraft when they fall into the ocean.”With the globalization of the world’s economy, over-ocean flying is growing fast, much faster than, say, domestic flying in countries such as the United States.Industry ReactionTrade groups representing the airlines are cautious about proceeding full force down the path to DFDR data streaming. “Modern aircraft systems record a vast amount of information,” says Perry Flint, the International Air Transport Association’s head of corporate communications for the Americas. While saying “It would be possible to select a subset of the data and program the systems to transmit the data either continuously or repeatedly (in bursts)…given the fact that there are almost 100,000 flight sectors [flown] in a day, we’re talking about an enormous amount of data.” Asserting that all that information makes it tough to ferret out “critical information or trends,” Flint nonetheless holds open the door industry players could work together to define a “useful subset” of data and criteria that could trigger transmission of the most essential DFDR information.In the wide wake of MH370, Katie Connell, Airlines for America’s managing director for airline industry PR and communications, says, “It’s premature for us to speculate about potential changes to safety and security procedures.”How Many Times Does This Have To Happen?Airline accidents are rarely one-of-a-kind occurrences. There’s almost always a precedent as to what might lie ahead. The theory is that lessons learned will be translated into action taken – even if it takes a while. Take wind shear accidents. Between 1975 and 1985 there were three high-profile accidents triggered by vicious, divergent winds. Two happened on landing, one on take off:– June 24, 1975. Eastern Airlines Flight 66 hits a microburst on approach to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. 113 perish.– July 9, 1982, Pan Am Flight 759 is done in by a microburst on takeoff from New Orleans International. 153 dead. – August 2, 1985, Delta Air Lines Flight 191 crashes short of the runway at Dallas/Fort Worth International. 137 people die.Delta 191 was the tipping point. Ten years and 403 deaths later the industry finally moved to take concerted action, developing and deploying ground-based Terminal Doppler Radar systems near a slew of major airports. Airborne wind shear detectors were also mandated for many aircraft.Now, five years after Air France Flight 447 people like Mark Rosenker are renewing the call for a higher-tech, real-time way of delivering potentially life-saving Digital Flight Data Recorder information. He says, “[MH370] may well be the seminal accident,” in this regard, “the one that attracts the concern of both policy-makers and industry.”The one that says, ‘enough is enough.’ MH370 Tributes Pagelast_img read more

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