SWIMMING: Papua New Guinea female swimmer Judith Meauri who is currently in Phuket, Thailand that trains athletes under the FINA scholarship program is still happening with some changes for the safety of the athletes. In the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, PNG Swimming Inc president Elizabeth Wells said: “She is still in Thailand in a safe and secured environment.” Meauri is among participants from the Solomon Islands, Tonga, the Federated States of Micronesia and Cook Islands under a FINA training scholarship. In the PNG Swimming Inc’s last quarter news bulletin 2019 released yesterday, it said that the training program and is held at Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort that trains athletes under the FINA scholarship program is still happening with some changes to the program for the safety of all athletes and staff. During this time of the coronavirus, Thanyapura coaches and staff are complying with directives issued by the Royal Thai government in response to Covid-19. New policies and procedures in response to Covid-19 are in place at the Resort. Thanyapura sports facilities are implementing health and safety measures to ensure FINA swimmers are healthy and safe, which include temperature checks at random places and times for constant monitoring, vitamins and immune boosters to ensure the FINA swimmers immune systems are optimised and must practise social distancing. With a ‘focus on the athlete’, the FINA training program is run under head coach Miquel Lopez originally from the Spanish Canary Islands. He brings with him over 20 years of experience as an elite swim coach specialising in fine tuning the skills of competitive athletes. Ably assisting coach Lopez are Alexander Tikhonov, assistant elite coach, Jess Gregory, head of development and dryland and Jay Perera the Yoga instructor.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsSANTA FE SPRINGS – Michael J. Kouri, a renowned psychic and medium, will be sharing his insights into the ghosts of Santa Fe Springs and Los Angeles County during a presentation at 6p.m. Saturday at the Santa Fe Springs Library, 11700 Telegraph Road. Admission is free. Kouri has appeared on dozens of television shows, including “20/20,” The History Channel’s “Haunted Alcatraz,” the Travel Channel’s “America’s Most Haunted Places,” and “Unsolved Mysteries.” For more information, call (562) 868-7738. Workshop to hold sugar skull-making PICO RIVERA – Celebrating Dia de los Muertos, the Centre for the Arts, 9200 Mines Ave., will hold a sugar skull-making workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. WHITTIER – The Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association will put on its 2006 Home Tour from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Those interested must first buy tickets and pick up maps at 6318 Washington Ave. Tickets are $18 on the day of the tour, or $16 if purchased earlier. The tour will include five historic homes, a vintage clothing exhibit, refreshments, a raffle and a classic automobile display. For more information, call (562) 464-9543. Psychic to share insights on ghosts The workshop, for ages 8 and up, costs $15 per person and includes all supplies. Sugar skulls are colorful mementos traditionally crafted to celebrate the memory of deceased loved ones. They are customarily decorated with icing, foil and colored sugar and placed on the altars of loved ones on Dia de los Muertos, Nov. 1. For more information, call (562) 801-4300. Dia de los Muertos festival to kick off WHITTIER – The Cultural Arts Foundation and Whittier Uptown Association will present a Dia de los Muertos Art and Music Festival from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday along Greenleaf Avenue, between Philadelphia and Bailey. It will feature art exhibits, vendors’ booths, altar-building contests and entertainment. It is free and open to the public. A children’s art area will also be available for a minimal fee. For more information, call (562) 693-2844, or (562) 696-2662. Donations to be collected for needy PICO RIVERA – Local volunteers will again trek through Pico Rivera neighborhoods to collect donations of non-perishable foods as part of the 10th annual Trick-or-Treat for Hunger campaign, from 9a.m. to noon Saturday. Acceptable items include cereal, peanut butter, pasta and canned food items, as well as unopened toys and can openers. If you will not be home on collection day but wish to donate, place your items in a bag or box and leave it by your front door no later than 8:30 a.m. Saturday to ensure pick-up. The donated items will later be distributed during the holidays to eligible Pico Rivera families. For information or to volunteer, call (562)948-4844. Antique street fair to come to Uptown WHITTIER – The Whittier Uptown Association will present its annual Antique Street Faire from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 along Philadelphia Street, between Greenleaf and Painter avenues. Items for sale will include furniture, art, pottery, jewelry, glassware, quilts, toys, books and memorabilia. Visitors can have items appraised from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. for $3 an item. For more information, call (562) 696-2662. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The investigation into the loss the Lion Air 737 MAX on October 29 has developed into complex scrutiny of the latest model of the Boeing 737, not all of which is flattering with only a few facts and a little fiction creeping in.Like so many crash investigations a lack of information is fueling speculation and it appears that a secondary issue relating to the 737 MAX design software may be leading the focus away from the central issue of what caused the crash and why the aircraft wasn’t grounded.Boeing is correctly silent on the issue of the Lion Air crash as under ICAO rules the Indonesians are leading the investigation. Boeing and the US NTSB are parties to the investigation but their ability to comment publicly must wait to when the reports are issued.READ: Best airlines for 2019What we know, and central to the investigation, is that the Lion Air accident aircraft suffered three prior upsets caused by erroneous speed and Angle of Attack (AOA) data, which appears to fault the Pitot Tube and Static Port system and the AOA vane.On three occasions the pilots of the flights managed to fly the aircraft to its destination and apparently write up the problems to be attended to by maintenance engineers. Lion Air confirms this.The first question is however what did they write up and was it detailed enough? Sometimes pilots will jot brief notes and the engineers are left wondering.Secondly after TWO upsets why wasn’t the aircraft pulled from service? And after THREE upsets surely someone must have said we have a serious problem and this aircraft must be grounded.To the fatal flight, we still do not have the Cockpit Voice Recorder and that will be critical to understanding exactly what the pilots were thinking and why.We know they encountered the same speed and AOA issues as earlier flights but then lost control of the aircraft.Enter Boeing’s new Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (M-CAS) to assist pilots flying the 737 MAX manually.According to an engineer who spoke to Airlineratings.com the system was added to the MAX to compensate for the higher thrust engines which are also positioned differently on the wing which leads to a nose-up tendency in manual control.The system aids the pilots but acts more like a background monitoring program on a computer like an anti-virus program. Its major function is to trim the stabilizer nose down – to prevent a stall- and activates when the Angle of Attack exceeds a limit based on airspeed and altitude data feed.It can be simply deactivated when the STAB TRIM CUTOUT switches are moved to CUTOUT and then the pilot trims the aircraft manually.This problem – Runaway Stabilizer – is covered in the Flight Crew Operations Manual Bulletin alert – sent out after the crash – which simply reminds pilots of actions to take if there is a Runaway Stabilizer Trim. These memory items are in the manual, as is the M-CAS system.Erroneous AOA data – which can impact any aircraft – can cause a host of problems and the solutions are covered in the Boeing manuals. Also, the pilots can visually see the stabilizer trim wheels in the cockpit and would know that it was pushing the nose down.According to one former Australian crash investigator Boeing didn’t alert pilots to the background M-CAS as its complex and can be easily disconnected by following existing actions for Runaway Stabilizer.He maintains that accusations that Boeing hid the system are simply not true. “Why would they?” “Why would they “hide” a system that helps a pilot?However, the Allied Pilots Association is not happy. They told CNN that they rejected Boeing’s assertion that a safety bulletin issued last week was meant to reinforce procedures already in the 737 MAX flight manual.“They (Boeing) didn’t provide us all the info we rely on when we fly an aircraft,” Captain Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the group told CNN. “The bulletin is not re-affirming, it’s enlightening and adding new info.”But the Australia crash investigator counters that saying “this is all about not overloading the pilot with too much information or alarms. Besides the US pilot union also says there is not a safety issue with the MAX and it has been flying for over 2 1/2 years and 219 have been delivered.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhüttl: Spurs defeat an opportunity missedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl was disappointed losing 2-1 at ten-man Tottenham on Saturday.Spurs went down to ten men after the dismissal of Serge Aurier in the 31st minute, shortly after taking the lead through Tanguy Ndombele, but Saints fought back to level things up through Danny Ings’s bizarre equaliser.The boss felt it was important his side got in at half time at 1-1, but instead Harry Kane struck the winning goal for the depleted hosts just before the interval.“It’s an opportunity missed – a big chance,” Hasenhüttl said. “We came back into the game but didn’t do enough to make Tottenham struggle.“After the equaliser, 1-1 and one more on the pitch, you must go in at half time and think about what you can change, but we missed this chance to go in with a good feeling, because we gave it away in a very easy way. We can defend it much better, and that kills you.“In the first 25 minutes of the second half, I think it was ok. We really played flexible and created scenes in the box, but the last 20 minutes after the subs was not what I expected it to be.