Thompson, McPherson impress indoors

first_imgWorld Championships 200-metre silver medallist Elaine Thompson looked at home on her indoor debut, twice clocking 7.14 on a day that saw her finishing second to her Dutch rival Dafne Schippers in the 60m at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena yesterday.Just like she did in the 200m final at the World Championships in Beijing last August, Schippers led Thompson to the line with a time of 7.10, with third place going to Ewa Swoboda (Poland), who clocked 7.15 seconds.Thompson’s run makes her the joint fastest Jamaican in the event so far this year along with Simone Facey, who also ran 7.14 earlier this month.Competing in her first individual indoor 400m race, Stephenie-Ann McPherson became the fastest Jamaican this year after posting 52.05 to win ahead of Seren Bundy-Davies (Great Britain), 52.10 and Lisanne De Witte of The Netherlands, 52.49.In the men’s 60m, Julian Forte ran 6.64 for fourth place in the heats before improving in the final to a personal best 6.63 and a sixth-place finish behind winner Sean Safo-Antwi (Great Britain), 6.56. Another Briton, Richard Kilty, the defending World Indoor champion, finished second in 6.57 with third place going to American Mike Rodgers, 6.60.Rusheen McDonald was sixth in the men’s 400m in 49.38 seconds. The win went to Pavel Maslak, 46.02, of the Czech Republic, who finished ahead of USA’s Calvin Smith, 46.45 and Great Britain’s Jarryd Dunn, 46.67.With the IAAF World Indoor Championships fast approaching and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association set to name their team this week, it’s left to be seen who will be available for the March 17-19 championships which takes place in Portland, USA.last_img read more

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Curry misses cut, still impresses golf’s best

first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Curry opened with a 4-over 74 on the TPC Stonebrae and needed a career round to stay for the weekend. He shot a 74 again on Friday to finish tied for 148th. He missed the cut by 11 shots.READ: NBA MVP Curry fires respectable 74 in pro golf debutFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return The question in some corners was how high his score would be.“I was asked if I thought he was going to break 80, and that’s the hand grenade question,” Paul Casey said. “But 4 over is really good. It’s a lot of pressure, and he exceeded my expectations.”Zach Johnson, a two-time major champion, said he has a friend who knows Curry and said he was a good player. The score in the first round was enough to make a believer out of Johnson.“Clearly, he is,” Johnson said. “I don’t know that golf course. Someone said they shoot pretty low there often, but it doesn’t matter. You’ve still got to put the ball in the hole. First round as an amateur in a professional tournament? That’s pretty good.”Johnson vaguely recalled the time Jerry Rice, the Hall of Fame receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, played in the tournament. Rice shot 90.“He’s a good athlete. They’re both good athletes,” Johnson said. “I’m not going to be playing for the 49ers.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Spurs re-sign Aussie guard Mills Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Golden State Warriors NBA basketball player Stephen Curry follows his drive from the 17th tee during the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Hayward, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)HAYWARD, Calif. — Stephen Curry missed the cut Friday night against professional golfers one notch below the PGA Tour.But not before leaving some of golf’s best players impressed that a two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors could enter their arena and look respectable.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube SPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Curry bogeyed two of the first three holes on Friday and shot a 39 on a 3-hour front nine. He made five straight pars and birdied No. 14 but he played the final three holes at plus-1 with two bogeys and a birdie on 17.No matter. “That was awesome what he did yesterday,” British Open champion Jordan Spieth said Friday at the Bridgestone Invitational. “I think he certainly beat most everybody’s expectations, but I don’t think that really surprised him. It was pretty cool — really cool — to see. You see him fist-pumping out there, and just him talking about how nervous he was when he heard his name called, it just makes us feel a little better when sometimes some of the stuff he does looks like a robot.”Stanford alum Andrew Yun shot a 62 on Friday and finished two rounds at 8-under 127. Fellow American Brandon Harkins is two shots back after rounds of 64 and 65.One of the highlights for Curry in the opening round was a long birdie putt and telling his caddie to “Go get that” from the cup. That was the famous line Spieth said to his caddie at Royal Birkdale two weeks ago after a 50-foot eagle putt to take the lead.“To be honest, I think it’s pretty special for a two-time MVP to be able to shoot 74 at a pro event and beat other pros,” former PGA champion Jason Day said.No one expected very much out of Curry, who last year played in the pro-am at the PGA Tour’s season opener in Napa. The field included players who have competed in majors this year, and seven players who have won on the PGA Tour.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans View commentslast_img read more

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Back to dominant ways as Zark’s-Lyceum sticks to system

first_imgCarpio 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “We were able to control the pace because that’s always been our game,” he said in Filipino. “We thrive in fast-paced games and that’s where we execute our system.”As promising as this breakthrough win is, Perez knows that it’s important for Zark’s Burger-Lyceum to keep the energy going and have no letups as it goes deeper in the ongoing conference.“We bank on our energy so that we can play our game and be at our best. We just have to sustain this in the coming games,” he said.Robinson agreed, noting that his job as a coach is to continually remind his wards to stick to the Jawbreakers’ style of play.“We’re here to remind them to keep on doing what we’ve been doing. We’re just replenishing what we’re used to do so that we can play well in our next games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESZark’s Burger-Lyceum brought back memories of its dominant ways in the NCAA as it ran its foe to the ground Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Playing at a frenetic pace, the Jawbreakers ran roughshod over Batangas-EAC to deliver the 37-point beatdown, 112-75.ADVERTISEMENT Zark’s Burger-Lyceum seeks back-to-back wins when it faces AMA Online Education on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READ PBA: Bolts end 3-game slide, rip Picanto Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Just like in the NCAA, in the middle of it all was CJ Perez, who led with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals in the win.Coach Topex Robinson believes that Zark’s Burger-Lyceum has learned from its mistakes after falling to Marinerong Pilipino, 94-92m back in opening day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We have adjusted on everything, the calls and the teams we’re playing against,” the youthful mentor said.Perez, 23, however, says the Jawbreakers are staying true to their tried and tested system which allowed them to easily dispatch the Generals. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

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UP stuns La Salle, returns to UAAP Final Four after 21 years

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This will be the first Final Four appearance for UP since 1997 during the time of Paolo Mendoza, a year after it last notched the third seed in 1996.The Fighting Maroons ended the eliminations with an 8-6 record to grab the no.3 spot due to their superior quotient over the Green Archers, who dropped to 8-6, and Far Eastern University, which is at no. 5 with a 7-6 card.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 ChrissIf the Tamaraws beat Adamson University, it will force a playoff for the fourth seed against the Green Archers.After trailing 16-11 late in the first, the Fighting Maroons went on a blistering 33-5 run across the first two quarters to take a 34-21 leadon Jun Manzo’s jumper with 6:24 left in the second period and never looked back. Black not surprised by Salva’s impressive night: ‘I’m used to him rising up in big games’ 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ “I painted to them the picture of us not having any accolades in the past decades so for us to get this chance, the opportunity, it just happened,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol.“The players were able to grasp the idea that this was their chance for history.”Juan Gomez De Liaño finished with 27 points to lead the Fighting Maroons’ offense while older brother Javi added 19 points.Bright Akhuetie was a hulking presence in UP’s paint with 16 points and 20 rebounds.Justine Baltazar led the Green Archers with 22 points and seven boards while Aljun Melecio added 19 points and six assists.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal RELATED VIDEO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum University of the Philippines ended a 21-year drought in the Final Four after stunning De La Salle, 97-81, to clinch a spot in the next round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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PPP questions GECOM’s inaction

first_imgThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic on Monday condemned what it said was inertia beingPPP/C General Secretary, Clement Roheedisplayed by Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in the face of the gridlock which obtains in the town of Mabaruma and five Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs).In these local authority areas, the governing A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) and the PPP/C gained equal number of seats, leading to deadlock after attempts were made to elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor in Mabaruma and Chairmen of the five NDCs.In spite of this, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkhan applied Section 13 (4) of the Municipal and District Council’s Act Chapter 28:01 which states, “where at an election two or more Councillors secure an equal number of votes the Minister shall direct which of those Councillors shall perform the functions of the office of Mayor; and that Councillor shall assume and perform those functions until such time as the Mayor or Deputy Mayor as the case may be is able to act.”But, PPP/C executive Zulfikar Mustapha subsequently challenged the decision in the High Court, arguing that the minister ignored Section 13 (6) which provides that the Town Clerk shall appoint a date for the election of a Mayor by the people. This date shall not be later than December 28 of the same year – the next step after the council fails to elect a Mayor and Deputy Mayor.Justice Diana Insanally subsequently quashed the appointment of a Mayor for Mabaruma as well as the appointments of chairmen of the five NDCs.However GECOM is still to make its position known on the issue.The PPP/C is maintaining that the law on this issue is clear and it mandates that an election by the people in each of the local authority area is the next mandatory step prescribed by law.It added it is GECOM that the constitution has vested with the sole and exclusive mandate to conduct these impending elections.“It is equally clear that the Local Government Elections of 2016 are not yet lawfully concluded and will only be concluded when these matters are resolved in the manner provided for by the law. Therefore, GECOM’s inaction in these circumstances constitutes a gross and reprehensible abdication of its constitutional mandate and statutory duty,” the PPP/C said.It also called attention to the International Community, the observers of the 2016 Local Government Elections, and “all those who clamoured for these elections to be held are noting the subversion of the will of the electorate and the derailing of the democratic process that are taking place by the actions of Minister Bulkan and the inaction of GECOM.”The government has already declared that it will be challenging the court decision to quash the appointment of the mayor and the chairpersons of the five NDCs when the matter comes up later this month.last_img read more

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Global Witness Defends Report

first_imgJonathan Gant, senior campaigner on Liberia for Global Witness has told the Voice of America (VOA) radio that his organization stands by the report that US$950,000 in bribes and other suspicious payments were made to top Liberian officials by the United Kingdom-based Sable Mining Company, and its lawyer, Varney Sherman.Gant told the VOA: “We have proof that payments were made; we have proof that the intention of the payments was to first get the law changed in order to, second, get the iron ore deal. And that was the advice given to the company by Sherman, their lawyer, that they should get the law changed in order to get the contract,” he said.Gant said the report is a collection of evidence based upon leaked emails both from the company and from the lawyer himself, which included the attachments listing the bribes and payments.However, at a press conference last Friday in Monrovia, Cllr. Sherman denied Global Witness’ allegations, describing them as “outrageous.”But Gant said such payments were made, noted that prior to publishing the report, Global Witness contacted Sherman on two or three times, but he said Sherman usually refused to comment on the substance of the questions.Sherman also said he and his law firm are prohibited by law and the Liberian Constitution from divulging to anyone what they did for Sable Mining when they served as the company’s lawyers in Liberia in 2010.“Our code of professional ethics and the Liberian Constitution prohibits us from making any such disclosures and we will subscribe to those tenets even if we were to be taken to the gallows to be hanged,” Sherman said.Though Cllr. Sherman and House Speaker Alex Tyler have both refused receiving “any money” as alleged by the Global Witness Report, Gant insisted they know the payments were made.Global Witness said Speaker Tyler received US$75,000 for “consulting fees” and Richard Tolbert, chairman of the National Investment Committee also received US$50,000 for “consulting fees.”Gant said Senator Morris Saytumah, who was then Minister of State for Finance, Economic and Legal Affairs, allegedly received US$50,000 for “consulting fees,” and Willie Belleh, Chairman of Public Procurement and Concessions Commission allegedly received US$10,000 for “consulting fees.”He said two of the biggest payments went to persons identified in the report as ‘Bigboy 01’ and ‘Bigboy 02,’ each receiving US$250,000 with no explanation of why the payments were made.“We didn’t put the names of those two individuals, just the names that were on the payment list that we had which is ‘Bigboy 01,’ ‘Bigboy 02’ because we don’t right now have the evidence to be able to state who those people actually are. But we know the payments were made to 01 and 02,” he said.He said Global Witness is going through its evidence to see if the names are publishable.The report also alleged that President Sirleaf’s son, Fombah Sirleaf, who is director of National Security Agency, also benefited with “US$7,598 hunting trip to South Africa paid for by Sable.”Others mentioned in the report included Senator Sumo Kupee and Cletus Wotorson, both allegedly receiving US$5,000 each for “consulting fees,” but said Tolbert, Belleh, Kupee, and Wotorson all denied taking bribes from Sable.The Liberian government said it has asked Global Witness to make available all evidence connected with this report.Information Minister Eugene Nagbe told a local radio that the allegations reflect badly on the image of Liberia, and the government wants to investigate and prosecute those who would be found culpable.Gant said Global Witness wrote the Liberian government before publishing the report and plans to cooperate fully with the government.He said his organization has confidence the Liberian government will thoroughly investigate Sable, Sherman and the other Liberian officials mentioned in the report.“If it is found that they broke the law, Liberian government officials should be removed from office and prosecuted, while Sherman should be disbarred and also face criminal charges,” Gant said.Meanwhile, Cllr. Fonati Koffa, chairman of a presidential taskforce charged to investigate Global Witness Report on the allegations told a local radio that he will investigate, review, prosecute or exonerate so that the integrity of the country is protected.Speaker Tyler Monday objected to Cllr. Koffa’s appointment on the taskforce, saying he lacks the authority to investigate the president and other elected officials.However, Cllr. Koffa, ignoring Speaker Tyler’s brazen attack on his integrity, said, “The taskforce is determined to work around the clock to gather, review, and compile sufficient evidence that could either prosecute or exonerate those involved in the alleged bribery scandal.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Hope Wind Farm developers eyeing 2019 launch

first_imgRenewable energyThe Hope Wind Farm project may be nearing a final agreement, with the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Foreign Affairs being informed during a sitting on Friday that the developer is eyeing a project launch date in 2019.At the Committee meeting, agencies under the Ministries of Public Infrastructure and the Presidency were grilled on Government policies for renewable energy. Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) economist Shevon Wood, a part of the panel of technocrats, was asked by Member of Parliament, Nigel Dharamlall for an update on the project.“That project required a lot of technical approvals and information. Because of the existence of a grid code, there’re protocols that have to be followed to which the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is engaging the developer to have that done. But it’s a process, stability studies and all that are part of the process. Once that is completed, then we can move (on). So that’s where it is right now,” Wood said.However, Dharamlall further probed the team on what infrastructure has been laidThe Hope Wind Farm modeldown at the site. Initially, Wood affirmed that this would be up to the developer itself. But Energy Advisor to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Kiran Mattai, who sat in at the meeting, revealed that there was indeed a timeframe.“The developer provided a roadmap, if I recall correctly. But I believe the commissioning date for that was by the end of next year. What I can add is that the Ministry is continually engaged with the developer undertaking this project.“This is a generational project. On account of that, there were lots of things that were outstanding at the time. At this point in time, the discussion is actively ongoing. There are a couple of agreements that are being reviewed by development technical parties. But this particular developer has been quite committee to ensuring there is compliance with the grid code.”Months after it took office in 2015, the coalition Government had announced that it would facilitate a US$50 million, 25-megawatt wind farm project at Hope Beach on the East Coast of Demerara.The Alliance For Change (AFC) subsequently identified International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) proprietor Lloyd Singh, an investor in the wind farm, as responsible for the party’s acquisition of its multimillion-dollar headquarters in February of 2016. AFC co-founder Khemraj Ramjattan had identified Singh as the one who provided the party with the advance for the property.While not as stable as hydropower, wind energy generated by turbines is a form of renewable energy. But the Hope Beach Wind Farm project, at 25 MW, is still no match for the proposed 165 MW Amaila Falls Hydro Project initiated under the previous Administration.last_img read more

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Govt reneges on promised NTC headquarters land

first_img…after issuing 50-year leaseThe National Toshaos Council (NTC) will have to wait somewhat longer for a plot of land to construct a Secretariat Complex, after Government on Thursday announced it has scrapped plans to issue a plot of land at Sophia.FLASHBACK: President David Granger and former NTC Chairman Joel Fredericks turning the sod at the Sophia siteThis announcement comes almost one year after President David Granger had turned the sod for construction of the secretariat, and a few days after outgoing NTC Chairman Joel Fredericks had bashed the President for not issuing the NTC with the land.This announcement also debunks the announcement made by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission that a 50-year lease has been made for the Sophia plot of land.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, on Friday told the media at this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing that this decision was taken after it was felt that the land identified in Sophia was insufficient.Newly elected NTC Chairman Nicholas FredericksHe explained that Government is in the process of identifying a larger plot of land, particularly from GuySuCo, so that the NTC could have a larger complex.Harmon related that the President had made the decision after reviewing the Sophia land with Indigenous Peoples Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, who is consulting with the new NTC Executive.“We are looking to allocate a larger tract of land, so that the headquarters of the NTC can be well set up and well organised. Some of the lands that have been freed-up from GuySuCo…are some of the lands His Excellency is looking at, because he would like to see an NTC Headquarters that is representative of the stature and interest that we in Guyana have. So he wants to give them a nice plot of land to ensure that the Headquarters and the subsequent development of that entity takes place,” Harmon explained.NTC responseResponding to this announcement, newly elected NTC Chairman Nicholas Fredericks told Guyana Times the NTC is yet to decide on the way forward, but he noted that Minister Allicock had made a general statement about the larger plot.“We have been in constant contact with the Ministry (MoIPA), but we are yet to decide on anything. We have the two options, and the larger plot would mean that we can have a bigger complex. It means that we can build accommodation for when our leaders come out, and (have) more space for expansion in the future,” Fredericks said.He maintained that the NTC is yet to decide on where it wants its secretariat located, and the final decision would be taken after the new executive meets in the coming weeks.Following a promise made by President Granger, a plot of land was identified for the NTC Secretariat at Sophia, and the sod was turned for construction of the NTC Headquarters in August. However, construction never commenced because the NTC has been awaiting the legal documents. The Council wants title for the plot of land.The Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission had said the 50-year lease has already been prepared and is awaiting pick up by the NTC. This was supposed to be done on Friday. However, with this new announcement, that lease would have to be scrapped.At the opening of the NTC Conference on Monday, outgoing Chairman Joel Fredericks had said the indigenous peoples of Guyana had been promised a number of things, such as the revision of the Amerindian Act of 2006; Constitutional reform; and land to build an NTC Secretariat. He disclosed that, for three years, the NTC had listened carefully to every indigenous people’s policy Government had announced. However, in those three years, trust has been eroded by Government’s failure to effectively act on promises made.The National Toshaos Conference concluded on Friday.last_img read more

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Software problem prompts delay of 100 flights in Southern California

first_img About 30 departing flights at LAX were delayed, said airport spokesman Tom Winfrey. They were cleared to take off at 7:45 a.m., he said. “As soon as the maps came back we started launching aircraft,” said the FAA’s Gregor. “You want to get rid of the backlog as quick as possible.” All flights from Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, Oakland and Salt Lake City coming to Southern California were also delayed, Gregor said. Gregor said he didn’t know how many arriving flights were affected. He said he would have numbers tomorrow. “I’m not aware of this happening before,” Gregor said. “Installing new software is routine. We’ve done it hundreds of times with no problems, whatsoever.” Gregor said that when technicians tested the mapping software last night to make sure it was functional and not corrupted, everything appeared OK. LOS ANGELES – About 100 departing flights across Southern California were delayed this morning while officials worked to fix a software problem that developed at the Terminal Radar Approach Control facility near San Diego, responsible for air traffic at 21 airports in Southern California. The problem came up at 5:34 a.m. as technicians in San Diego were upgrading radar approach control software, said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. “Something happened and the maps disappeared off the air traffic controller’s radar scopes,” said Gregor. “Important to note – they could still see the aircraft and they could communicate with flight crews. This was never a safety issue by any stretch of the imagination.” A radar facility in Palmdale was temporarily pressed into service to take control of the affected airspace. Officials halted all departing aircraft on the ground and kept aircraft that were already in the air out of the affected airspace, about 9,000 square miles over Southern California. Among the airports affected in the Los Angeles County area were Ontario, Burbank, Van Nuys, Long Beach and Santa Monica. About 100 flights were delayed. The problem was fixed by 6:22 a.m. and flights were resumed. “We did this installation deliberately during a slow-traffic period of the day,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Man charged in relation to concert death appears in court

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The Fort St. John man who turned himself in to Dawson Creek RCMP, in relation to a 2012 beating death at a concert, appeared in Dawson Creek Provincial Court yesterday.25-year-old Levi Morris faces a charge of manslaughter, after a search warrant was issued for his arrest on Jan. 12 by Provincial Crown Counsel.On Feb. 14, 2012, 28-year-old Jason Patrick Foster, along with his friend, got involved in a fist fight at the concert with three other men at a Hedley Concert, at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek.- Advertisement -Dawson Creek RCMP was then notified that a man had been found unconscious and in medical distress, and Foster was taken to hospital, where he died of his injuries.Morris’s next appearance is on Feb. 16, 2016.last_img read more

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