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Money is behind Las Vegas becoming NASCAR’s busiest market

first_imgFilipinos 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 In this file photo, odds are displayed on a screen at a sports book owned and operated by CG Technology in Las Vegas. Las Vegas betting oddsmakers thought they might be headed for a big payday Sunday in Super Bowl LI, but the New England Patriots and a two-point conversion that led to the first ever Super Bowl overtime left them with mixed results. Caesars Palace sportsbook director Frank Kunovic says his casino raked in a decent amount of money from bettors. But he says the take would have been much more if the Patriots missed their key conversion that tied the game. The score exceeded the total points most bettors predicted. APLAS VEGAS — The signature event remains in Florida and most race teams call North Carolina home, but the nation’s gambling mecca is about to become NASCAR’s busiest market.This week’s announcement that Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host six races yearly in NASCAR’s top three circuits starting in 2018 suits Daytona 500 champion Kurt Busch just fine. He’s watching his hometown go through a sports boom.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES While Las Vegas hasn’t been immune to NASCAR’s dwindling attendance, the visitors bureau said 115,000 attended last March’s NASCAR Cup race, with an estimated 96,000 coming from out of town.“The experience is unique to any other in our sport.” NASCAR executive Steve O’Donnell said.So it wasn’t a difficult call for track owner SMI to move the dates. Neither race at New Hampshire this year has a title sponsor and it was tough to draw crowds for a single Xfinity race at Kentucky.But a more saturated sports market will also test NASCAR’s second date, which will likely occur during an NFL Sunday and in the September heat of the desert.“I love Vegas. I think it’s a great atmosphere and it would be good,” driver Kevin Harvick said last week at Atlanta. “But sometimes you can turn one great (race) into two mediocres.”Busch believes his hometown and two NASCAR dates are a great fit.“There’s so much to do. Restaurants, entertainment, gambling, this is a huge destination worldwide,” Busch said. “And now they have two NASCAR dates.” And Busch, in town for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup race, was excited about Wednesday’s announcement that the 1.5-mile oval north of the Strip will host a second Cup race beginning in 2018, during the 10-race playoff.The addition of the two lower tier races will make Las Vegas the only NASCAR track to host two tripleheader weekends each year.“Las Vegas is a destination,” said Busch, who won NASCAR’s premier race at Daytona last month. “Our schedule changes. Tracks gain dates, tracks lose dates. This is nothing new. But when you talk about Las Vegas, I believe it’s 90 percent of the ticket sales are from out of town. And so the tourism bureau is really the ones in charge and they do a fantastic job to advertise Las Vegas in general.”Indeed, money is driving the sports growth in town. The Raiders are in play because the state of Nevada has pledged $750 toward a $1.9 billion domed stadium. Golden Knights owner Bill Foley agreed to pay a $500 million expansion fee. Money draws numerous UFC and boxing fights to town.And Speedway Motorsports Inc. decided to move its fall Cup and Truck Series dates from New Hampshire and an Xfinity race from Kentucky to the desert because the Las Vegas track will receive $2.5 million a year for seven years from the city’s convention and visitors authority. The bureau is funded mostly through hotel taxes.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing MOST READcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident “As a kid I went to a lot of UNLV basketball games, early ’90s, we were the real deal. We were on a national stage,” the 38-year-old Busch said Thursday during a visit back to his old school, Durango High. “Then it seemed to fizzle out for a while.”While the Runnin’ Rebels have fallen on hard times in hoops, the Las Vegas sports scene has never been more crowded as the city’s population grows and the city recovers from the 2008 recession.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAs Busch was finishing last in a Big Wheel race against students and making a $5,000 donation to his former school, the Las Vegas Stadium Authority was meeting down the street to discuss lease details of the proposed NFL stadium that would lure the Raiders from Oakland.There were also three college basketball conference tournaments going on, with Busch having tickets to the evening Pac-12 session. That’s being played for the first time at the new T-Mobile Arena, where the NHL expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights begin play in the fall. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Seaba stint for Blatche? Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View commentslast_img read more

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Pascua replaces delos Santos as FEU women’s volleyball coach

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Legendary Lady Tamaraw Rachel Daquis and last year’s skipper Remy Palma have been contacted to be part of Pascua’s coaching staff joining Tamaraws head coach Rey Diaz.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shaq delos Santos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGeorge Pascua is back at his old stomping grounds at Far Eastern University as he replaces Shaq delos Santos as the head coach of the Lady Tamaraws.FEU athletics director Mark Molina said Sunday delos Santos expressed his desire to focus on his job as the head coach of Petron in the Philippine Super Liga, paving the way for Pascua’s return to FEU.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s one of the things that came up during the exit interviews,” Molina said after FEU’s 72-53 win over Adamson University in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup.Molina added that delos Santos, who became the Lady Tamaraws head coach in 2013, will “still be with FEU in some capacity.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“He’s been very professional about it and he will hopefully still be part of the program. He will always be part of FEU.Pascua was a former player for FEU’s men’s volleyball team and he also coached the Tamaraws to four UAAP titles with the last one coming in 2012. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Terror in Turin as stampede leaves 1,500 injuredcenter_img 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadlast_img read more

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Mount Pleasant grab second scalp

first_img Sophia Smith, who journeyed from Montego Bay to watch the game, said she was very happy that Mount Pleasant got the victory. “I am glad that we won because the team played well,” Smith said. “I have been a Mount Pleasant supporter for a year now, and I will continue to support the club because, I know that we can win the Premier League.” Mount Pleasant dominated the early proceedings but their spectators had to wait until minute 23 when Beckford arrived at the back post to head home a cross from another former Waterhouse player, Cardel Benbow. Devon Hodges came close to doubling Mount Pleasant’s lead five minutes later, but his close range effort was saved by goalkeeper Diego Haughton. In fact, Hodges squandered a number of clear-cut chances in the first half for his team. Duckie said he was pleased with his team’s performance because they have been moving from strength to strength. “The guys have been working hard and it was difficult to motivate them after last week’s win against Portmore United, because they are on a high and I have never seen that,” said Duckie. “We were very wary of us faltering at home because when a team goes on a high it is very difficult to keep them motivated, but we worked well in training, so I am pleased with the outcome of this game.” Duckie’s opposite, Marcel Gayle, said his team played well despite the defeat. “It was a contrasting game because both teams played well,” said Gayle. “I think they were the better in the first half, but in the second half we got some chances, but faulty shooting let us down.” It was a carnival like atmosphere inside the Drax Hall Stadium as hundreds of spectators turned out to cheer on big spenders and newcomers Mount Pleasant Academy in their first home game of the season against Waterhouse FC in the Red Stripe Premier League competition yesterday. In fact, the venue was filled to capacity almost two hours before the 3:35 p.m. kickoff, as supporters of Mount Pleasant, decked out in their blue and white cramped inside the stadium, waving their flags and blowing horns, as Bob Marley’s song One Love echoed from a sound system inside the venue. The Donovan Duckie-coached Mount Pleasant chocked up their second straight win in the competition as they defeated his former club Waterhouse 1-0. Former Waterhouse player Kemar Beckford netted the lone goal of match in the 23rd minute. PLEASED FANlast_img read more

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Local batsmen need more patience – Samuels

first_imgRobert Samuels, head coach of the Jamaica Scorpions team which competed in the recent Regional Super50 tournament, said local batsmen are finding it very difficult to make the transition from T20 cricket to the one-day game. The Scorpions, who last won the Regional Super50 title in 2011, were knocked out at the semi-final stage of this year’s competition by the Guyana Jaguars. Samuels, who took over as head coach of the team in 2016, said local players need to spend a lot more time at the wicket and once they do that, they will become successful in the 50-over version of the game. “I think Jamaica has always had an issue playing limited overs cricket and the reason why we have an issue, is that we have players who like to hit boundaries; and in cricket, there is a time when you have to set boundaries aside and spend some time out in the middle and just bat, and I think that players have to recognise that,” said Samuels. “But with the advent of T20 cricket, it is very difficult to get players to go out there and just bat in the middle overs rather than just trying to hit boundaries,” he added. The Scorpions, who were highly favoured to win this year’s Super50 competition, went down by one wicket to the Jaguars in the semi-final, which was played in Barbados last month. Reflecting on the Scorpions’ defeat, Samuels said poor fielding cost them the match. “I think that our fielding let us down because in the semi-final, we dropped about three chances … we should have caught Leon Johnson about three times and (Raymon) Reifer, we should have caught him on the boundary and if we had taken those catches – and they were fairly easy catches – then the game would have been different,” said Samuels, while adding that the bowlers were excellent throughout the tournament. “The bowling has held its own because it has been good and it has been consistent, but the batting is too high and low,” he said.last_img read more

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Ukraine’s press blast refereeing ‘mistake’

first_img0Shares0000KIEV, Ukraine, June 20- Ukraine’s press on Wednesday blasted a refereeing error that prevented the national side equalising against England in their final Euro 2012 qualifier.“The officials stole (Marko) Devic’s goal and Ukraine’s chances of beating the English,” said the news site sport.ua, accusing Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai “clearly not wanting to see” Ukraine’s goal. With England 1-0 up, Devic forced a save from Joe Hart in the 62nd minute of the Tuesday’s game that was cleared off the line by John Terry. Television replays suggested the ball had crossed for a goal but Kassai waved play on.“The result of the match turned on a gross error by the officials who didn’t give the Ukrainian goal,” added the newspaper Sport-Express on its website.“And it all happened with five officials, two of whom were in charge of seeing whether a ball crosses the line,” the daily added.The Segodnia daily for its part claimed Kassai was “blind”, adding: “What’s the point of having all these extra officials? Well done UEFA. Great organisation for the competition.”Sport-Express added some perspective later on, saying that if the Group D match had finished 1-1, Ukraine still would not have gone through but “whichever way, it (the disallowed ‘goal’) leaves a bad taste”.In its analysis of the match, the website champion.com.ua said Oleg Blokhin’s side showed fighting spirit but said weaknesses showed through.“The central defenders played poorly but you can’t beat a team like England like that,” it added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man killed in neighborhood dispute

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD A 76-year-old man was shot to death this morning by his 78-year-old property caretaker during a dispute, authorities said. Chamras Thara, who owned a house at 13031 Burton St. and a rear house at 13037 Burton St., was shot once in the head in the garage of the rear house, police said. Hual Sripetch was arrested on suspicion of murder. Police believe the two were arguing in the garage. As the argument escalated, Sripetch pulled out a handgun and shot his landlord, police said. Police responded to a shots fired call at 13031 Burton St. about 10:45 a.m. When they arrived, Sripetch was still in the house. Thara’s wife directed officers to Sripetch, who surrendered immediately. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals Paramedics and officers also went to the garage, where they found Thara’s body. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Thara, a retired electrical engineer, has lived on Burton Street for more than 20 years. When his next-door neighbor moved out, he bought the adjacent house and hired Sripetch to live there and serve as property caretaker, said Larry Smith, a neighbor. The two houses are connected by a gate with a sign that reads ”Welcome friends.” Thara was active at the local Buddhist temple, Wat Thai of Los Angeles, and flew to his native Thailand for several weeks each year, Smith said. He’d always smile and wave at neighbors and was never too busy for small talk. ”He was a good neighbor,” Smith said. ”He always referred to (Sripetch) as old man.’ The whole thing sounds crazy.” Sripetch is being held at the jail at the Foothill Division, where LAPD Officer Pete Phermsngngam works. The two men spoke at the station this afternoon. After their conversation, Phermsngngam visited Wat Thai of Los Angeles this evening. ”He asked me to ask the abbot to pray for him,” Phermsngngam said. ”I’m a police officer and a man of my word. Out of compassion, I did that.” Officers were still investigating the nature of the dispute that led to the shooting, LAPD Lt. Geoff Taylor said. Sripetch is Thai and does not speak English. Police were waiting for a Thai translator early this afternoon so they could interview him. ”It’s a very permanent way of solving a neighbor dispute,” Taylor said. ”It’s unfortunate.” josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com (818) 713-3669160Want 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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Antonio Conte targets Man United star, believes he’ll shine in his 3-4-3 system

first_imgChelsea will go head-to-head with Arsenal over Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard in the summer transfer window.The Sun report that Antonio Conte, the Blues manager, believes Lingard is the ideal player for his system, confident he could shine in a wing-back role, and is prepared to battle the Gunners for his signature.The England international thrived under Louis van Gaal, but is struggling for a place in the starting line-up with Jose Mourinho in charge.With one year remaining on his Old Trafford contract, United face losing the 24-year-old on a free transfer at the end of the 2017/18 campaign. 1 Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring in the League Cup final with Zlatan Ibrahimovic last_img read more

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Where does business end, NAACP begin?

first_imgNO one was covered with a hood or white sheet, but years later I found out that many of them were from the Ku Klux Klan. I had been with the head of the Florida NAACP and an NAACP lobbyist. We had driven about 30 miles south of Tallahassee to a dark, backwoods location for a secret meeting in 1978 where the NAACP was brokering a deal with the Klan to shore up support for a union for both black and white citrus workers. That was my first introduction to marriages of convenience and their political power. But clearly Alice Huffman – president of the California National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and a political consultant – is a master at such marriages. Campaign payments of $160,000 from Philip Morris were made to Huffman’s political company, A.C. Public Affairs, to oppose the Proposition 86 cigarette tax. Huffman called Proposition 86 a regressive tax that would disproportionately impact the black community. And the California NAACP also opposed the measure. It has also been reported that in addition to the smoking money, Huffman was on retainer with AT&T for $12,000 per month. She never disclosed this to the NAACP, even as she testified on behalf of the organization in support of legislation to ease access for the phone company into the lucrative cable industry. Huffman said AT&T top executives had assured her that they would provide service to poorer black neighborhoods. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Only a little over a year ago, Huffman drew attention when it was disclosed that she received payments from pharmaceutical companies – which the NAACP had sided with against a labor-backed initiative aimed at reducing drug costs. The drug companies spent more than $800,000 through Huffman’s political organization, including $400,000 for a mailer and $330,000 for her consulting fees. Now some activists in the black community are wondering where Huffman’s consulting operation ends and the NAACP begins. Huffman, who is also on the board of directors for the national NAACP, denies any link between her private payments and the public stances of the organization she heads. But critics point out that her consulting firm lists the exact same address as the state NAACP. According to Sacramento’s Capitol Weekly, James Sweeney, a legislative advocate for the California NAACP, said that Huffman agreed to detail all her relevant corporate contracts to the state executive committee before endorsement votes were taken. Huffman also offered to resign from her post if the committee believed there was a conflict of interest. But Huffman is considered a lightning rod with legendary credentials as a social activist. A player in California politics for three decades, she was the first woman to head the California NAACP and was co-chair of the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Since her election to the state NAACP post, Huffman transformed the group – largely on the strength of corporate money – from an officeless association to an organization with a nearly half-million-dollar annual budget. But critics worry about corporations and industries trying to buy influence and black votes. The NAACP endorsement is not only political cover, but a seal of approval for black legislators and voters. What Huffman’s private consulting business does is up to her, but some believe it crosses the line when she gets the NAACP involved. Sharon Woodson-Bryant is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. Write to her by e-mail at woodson-bryant@hotmail.com.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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Celebrating South Africa’s strong and independent judiciary

first_imgOne of the triumphs of 20 years of democracy is that ordinary South Africans – of all races, irrespective of wealth, class or social standing – can now stand before an independent and transformed judiciary, writes former Constitutional Court judge Yvonne Mokgoro.• Constitutional Court of South Africa+27 11 359 7400info@concourt.org.za• South Africa’s Constitution• Twenty years of constitutional freedom • Gallery: Constitutional Court • Government in South Africa• Launch of the 20 Year Review: the full textYvonne Mokgoro As a nation, we are currently united in our reflection on the past two decades as we prepare to commemorate our journey towards achieving freedom from oppression.When we look back to April 1994, our inspiration concluded its first phase with the general elections of that year which enabled the second phase of a Government of National Unity and a Constitutional Assembly.This marked the formal beginning of the country’s democratisation. Though the transition in the 1990s concentrated on the constitutional aspects with a strong institutional, legal and political focus, the elections of 1994 served as a catalyst for far-ranging social change and an opportunity for South Africa to take its place among nations of the world.Today, South Africa is still a young democracy and, as such, significant challenges still remain. For example, the issue of judicial transformation is likely to remain a challenging and at times controversial issue.However, in all democratic societies in which the judiciary is empowered to review and independently pronounce upon government conduct, policies and laws, the judiciary sometimes shares a tense relationship with the other branches of government.The past two decades have witnessed an impressive transformation of the judicial system in terms of increased diversity and progressive legislation. Today, the judiciary values its institutional independence and uses its power to review legislation to test governmental conduct and legislation against the highest law in the land, our Constitution.There is, however, an appreciation that efforts must continue so that the judiciary can be positively transformed while ensuring its separation and independence from the other branches of government.‘A powerful voice on matters of principle’As South Africa embarks upon the next 20 years of its constitutional dispensation, the issue of judicial transformation is likely to remain a crucially important topic in the country.The independence of the Constitutional Court and its judges is a key building block of a constitutional democracy. At the same time, while acknowledging the considerable socioeconomic challenges that still exist in South Africa, judges need to be sensitive to the overall transformation goals of the country in terms of equality, poverty alleviation and the enhancement of dignity for its citizens.Although the role of speaking out on controversial issues of public policy is left to politicians and public commentators, judges have a powerful voice through their judgments, exercising the right to speak on key issues on jurisprudential grounds, not policy grounds, and on matters of principle, not policy.The courts have an important role to play in determining whether important public decisions by government relating to key service delivery areas such as education, health, water and food security are reasonable, thereby further capacitating government to improve in those delivery areas where necessary.A practical, workable ConstitutionSouth Africa’s Constitution may still be in its infancy, but it lays the foundation for an open society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights. Around the world, our Constitution is hailed as progressive, providing not simply a document of high aspiration and idealism, but instead a practicable, workable charter.Over the past 20 years, it has proved itself modestly but practically effective as a basis for the democratic exercise of power – and, it has been significantly tested along the way. There have been conflicts between civil society and the state, between provinces and central government, between dispossessed land claimants and urban tenants, on the one side, and landholders and property owners, on the other – these have all been adjudicated within the Constitution’s framework of values.Overhauling government housingAnother area of success for the Constitution has been its effective separation of powers between the legislature, executive and judiciary, and the court’s ability to hold government strictly to account on its social delivery programmes.A good example of this over the past two decades was the Constitutional Court’s decision, 13 years ago, in the Grootboom case. On that occasion, the court declared government’s housing programme constitutionally invalid because it failed to make provision for the most desperately poor and vulnerable. Although the government responded by saying it was doing all it could to build bricks and mortar houses for those in the housing queue, the Constitutional Court felt this was not enough.The result of the decision was a radical overhaul of government’s entire housing programme, the results of which are being seen today. As a result of the judicially enforceable promise of access to housing as set out in the Constitution, subsequent action was taken resulting in housing delivery becoming one of government’s better success stories.Holding government to account on HIV/AidsAnother high-profile example of the courts’ ability to hold government strictly to account on its social delivery programmes over the last 20 years, focused on HIV/Aids and a period of time when Aids denialism was an issue in the government of President Mbeki.A court order to the government at the time focused on making antiretroviral drugs available to poor people at public health clinics. As a result of the Constitution’s judicially enforceable promise of access to health, today South Africa is reaping the benefits and now administers the biggest publicly provided ARV treatment programme anywhere in the world. More than 2-million people living with HIV and Aids are now on life-saving treatment in our country.Today, our Constitution is one of the most powerful forces in our country, underpinning our politics and national debate on the most important issues that affect us all as citizens of South Africa. As such, it requires a strong and honest judiciary, capable of playing a pivotal role in sustaining the rule of law – today, this exists in our country.After 20 years, our country still has a number of major challenges to deal with, but there is also much we can be proud of. We have the most active and engaged citizenry on our continent, a vibrant and engaged media, and a functioning judiciary and constitutional democracy, all of which provides us with a strong framework on which to build a better future for all our citizens.As we consider events that are unfolding in our courts, we need to remember that the fact that men and women – of all races, irrespective of wealth, class or social standing – can now stand before an independent and transformed judiciary is a triumph of our democracy.This must be celebrated.Yvonne Mokgoro is a former justice of the Constitutional Court. In 1994 she became the first black woman to be join the bench when she was appointed by Nelson Mandela. Mokgoro is a board member of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and is the current chair of the South African Law Reform Commission.last_img read more

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Air Niugini crew ignored alerts prior to ditching

first_imgThe Air Niugini 737-800. Credit makereta komai@burebasgal via Twitter The crew of an Air Niugini Boeing 737 that ditched into a lagoon in Micronesia did not follow the airline’s standard operating procedures and ignored a string of ground proximity alerts.A report by the PNG Air Accident Commission found the crew did not comply with the approach and pre-landing checklists and the approach procedure was not adequately briefed.It found the pilots heard but disregarded at least 13 aural alerts from the enhanced ground proximity warning system as the aircraft landed in heavy rain at an excessive rate of descent.The aural alerts were among 16 alerts about the sink rate and the glideslope received during the descent in addition to a visual warning to “pull up”.The Boeing 737-800  was operating a scheduled passenger flight Pohnpei to Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia with 37 people on board on September 28, 2018, when it plunged into the lagoon about 1500ft short of the runway threshold.Six people were seriously injured in the crash and one died.READ: Air Niugini undershoots runway and ends up in the ocean.Investigators had access to additional information because an engineer was in the cockpit during the crash and recorded the landing on his phone from about 3000ft for recreational purposes.The report found the approach selected by the pilot in command required a flight path descent angle of 3 degrees but the aircraft was flown at a steep rate of descent averaging 4.5 degrees during the approach with lateral over-controlling that meant it was unstabilized.The Flight data recorder recorded a total of 17 enhanced ground proximity warnings, eight “sink rate” and nine “glideslope” , with 14 aural alerts after passing the minimum descent altitude.A “100ft” advisory overrode one of the glideslope aural alerts.Both pilots failed to recognize the danger, and the co-pilot was ineffective as the support/monitoring pilot, investigators said.“The crew of P2-PXE were fixated on the task of landing the aircraft and did not notice the visual PULL UP caution alert at the bottom of their PFD,’’ the report said.“Therefore, they (crew) did not take any positive action to arrest the high rate of descent and avoid landing in the lagoon.“ In fact, neither of the pilots were aware of the rapidly unfolding unsafe situation.“The investigation found that the crew had received similar aural alerts on previous approaches in visual conditions where the aircraft was safely landed.“This would have contributed to the perception that the alerts during the accident approach were nuisance alerts, and therefore disregarded them.”The pilot in command did not conduct a go-around after passing the minimum approach altitude and subsequent minimum descent altitude despite reasons to do so.These included the weather, an unstable approach, the rate of descent, glideslope indicator cues, the EGPWS aural alerts and visual “pull up” warning message on the flight display.“Both pilots were fixated on cues associated with control inputs for the landing approach, and subsequently, were not situationally aware and did not recognize the developing significant unsafe condition of an increasingly unstable final approach,’’ PNG Air Accident Commission Hubert Numani said in a media release.“The Air Niugini Standard Operating Procedures Manual (SOPM) instructs a non-flying support pilot to take control of the aircraft from the flying pilot and restore a safe flight condition when an unsafe condition continues to be uncorrected, in particular an unstable approach when the aircraft is in IMC and below 1,000ft.“However, the copilot as the non-flying support pilot did not do so.“The pilot in command did not carry out the required go-around at the Minimum Descent Altitude.”A contested recommendation in the report was that a continuous “whoop whoop pull up” hard aural warning in conjunction with the visual alert could have been effective in alerting the crew to the imminent danger and may have prevented the accident.The  US National Transportation Safety Board, which was a party to the investigation,  disagreed the additional warning would have been effective in alerting the crew.“NTSB staff believes that the actions of the pilots to disregard the 16 EGPWS alerts and to not comply with Air Niugini policy clearly demonstrate that the crew was unresponsive to guidance that should have prompted a clear and decisive action to initiate a missed approach,’’“ NTSB staff believes the disregard of the alerts, disregard of the PFD display guidance, and the continuation of an unstable approach demonstrate that any additional guidance, alert, or warning would be similarly disregarded by the flight crew and ineffective in preventing the accident.”EGPWS manufacturer Honeywell also noted that if made the change it would be unable to certify the system with the US Federal Aviation Administration.A slew of other recommendations related to flight crew training and testing, standard operating procedures and manuals, safety cards and aircraft evacuations.“It is important to note that none of the safety concerns brought to the attention of Air Niugini caused the accident,’’ Namani said.“However, in accordance with International Standards, identified safety deficiencies and concerns must be raised with the persons or organizations best placed to take safety action so as to impede recurrence of similar events.“Air Niugini Limited took prompt action to address all the AIC’s identified safety concerns in an average time of 23 days from the date of issue by the AIC.”As a result of the access to the engineer’s video, the AIC also recommended that the PNG regulator conduct a Notice of Proposed Rule Making to require “cockpit imagery in aircraft for safety enhancement”.last_img read more

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