UK Navy’s Vintage Sea Fury Needs Funds to Fly

first_imgThe vintage Sea Fury skidded to a halt on the grass after pilot Lt Cdr Chris ‘Goaty’ Götke brought her down rapidly after the aircraft began developing engine trouble mid-display.His skill in bringing down the 60-year-old fighter earned praise from the Navy’s greatest pilot, Capt Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, and drew applause from the 22,000-strong audience at Culdrose Air Day.The fighter’s undercarriage collapsed on landing, providing some dramatic images as sparks flew off the runway before the Sea Fury careered over the grass and finally came to a stop.Although the landing gear was damaged, it’s the Sea Fury’s Bristol Centaurus engine which requires the most work.Around 2,500 Centaurus engines were produced in the second half of World War 2 for more than 20 different aircraft types, including the Tempest fighter and the gigantic Bristol Brabazon prototype airliner.Replacing the Centaurus will be tricky as production stopped nearly 70 years ago and there’s only a small number of working models left. Alternatively, experts face the painstaking task of restoring the damaged engine.Either way, the Fly Navy Heritage Trust is resolved to restore the veteran fighter to flying order.“We have the specialists and the spares to rebuild her and get her back in the air again as soon as possible,” said Tim Manna. “The offers of help from Fly Navy Heritage ambassadors and supporters have been incredible.“A beautiful historic aircraft like the Sea Fury needs to be flying.”The Sea Fury has not just become a mainstay of air displays around the UK, but has also regularly put in an appearance at key Royal Navy occasions, such as HMS Illustrious’ final entry into Portsmouth.[mappress]Press Release, August 21, 2014; Image: UK Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval August 21, 2014 View post tag: funds UK Navy’s Vintage Sea Fury Needs Funds to Fly View post tag: Fly View post tag: europe View post tag: needs View post tag: Sea Fury Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Navy’s Vintage Sea Fury Needs Funds to Fly Fleet Air Arm historians are asking for donations to get the UK Navy’s last propeller-driven fighter in the skies again following its emergency landing at Culdrose last month. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: UK Navy Authorities Share this article View post tag: Vintagelast_img read more

Cricket News Inzamam-ul-Haq steps down as Pakistan chief selector

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq stepped down as the chief selector on Wednesday but was open to take up any new assignment from the Cricket Board.The under-fire chief selector told a press conference in Lahore that he would not seek an extension or renewal of his contract, which expires on July 31.“After more than three years as chief selector, I have decided not to seek a renewal of my contract,” the former skipper said.“With the ICC World Test Championship due to get underway in September, the ICC T20 World Cup in 2020 and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, I believe it is the right time for the Pakistan Cricket Board to appoint a new chief selector who can bring in new ideas and fresh thinking.“I spoke to PCB chairman Ehsan Mani and Managing Director Wasim Khan on Monday and conveyed my decision to them separately. I also thanked them for backing and supporting the selection committee since taking over the reins of Pakistan cricket,” Inzamam, the most capped Test player, said.A veteran of 120 Tests came under severe criticism as the chief selector for being uncertain about some selection decisions and poor planning ahead of the World Cup, where Pakistan failed to qualify for the knockouts.Chief selector since mid-2016, Inzamam headed the selection committee that also included Wasim Haider, Tauseef Ahmed and Wajahatullah Wasti.His decision to rest captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and five other players for the one-day series against Australia in UAE before the World Cup was slammed by former stalwarts, critics and fans alike.Inzamam claimed that the national team had come a long way since the retirements of stalwarts like Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan in May 2017 and now the youngsters have grown in experience and stature.“They are now ready to excel and perform consistently across the three formats. It has been a pleasure to see these players grow and make names for themselves in international cricket.“I will follow their progress with interest because I firmly believe these players have all the ingredients to take the Pakistan cricket team to greater heights,” he said.Inzamam did admit that the team could have done better during his tenure and the players have more potential than their results reflected.“The team could have performed better during my time than the results reflect and I may have inadvertently overlooked some potentially deserving players, but I have always had the best interests of Pakistan cricket foremost in my heart. I hope the passionate Pakistan cricket fans will understand and can see this in my decisions.”Inzamam insisted that he, along with captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur had worked well as a group, stayed together in difficult times and continued to collectively move in the same direction. Inzamam, meanwhile, made it clear that he was ready to take up any new job that the PCB offered him.The 4192nd ODI witnessed was one of the greatest clashes in the history of the One Day International Game. In 11 World Cup editions, the closest victory margin was seven runs by Australia against England in 1987 at Kolkata. Now, England, with the pain of three World Cup final losses and New Zealand, the 2015 final losers, clashed against each other. It was already 6:45 AM in New Zealand.100 overs later, a New Zealand-born cricketer playing for England almost hurt the Kiwis. Ben Stokes blasted 83 but the match ended in a tie and for the first time in World Cup history, the title would be decided on the super over.Trent Boult leaked 15 runs and New Zealand needed 16 runs. James Neesham blasted a six off Jofra Archer, who came into the England side as a man of destiny having just qualified to play for the national side. Two runs were needed off one ball. Martin Guptill, who had endured a nightmare World Cup, had a chance for glory.However, when he turned for a second, Guptill was run-out. The super over was tied. England had won the World Cup due to a bigger boundary count. Read that again: England won the World Cup because the boundary count was higher. 22 by England as compared to 16 by New Zealand.(With inputs from PTI)  last_img read more

Carter’s Positive Dope Test Ruins Bolt’s ‘Triple Triple’

first_img*World’s fastest man loses one Olympic gold medalUsain Bolt will have to hand back one of his nine Olympic gold medals after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008.His was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.Bolt, 30, completed an unprecedented ‘triple triple’ in Rio last summer.He won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay to add to his successes in the same events in 2008 and 2012. Carter, 31, was also part of the squad that won the event in London five years ago and helped Jamaica win at the World Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2015.He ran the first leg for Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team in Beijing, which also included Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Bolt.The team won in a then-world record of 37.10 seconds, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and Japan, who could have their medals upgraded. Brazil would then receive bronze.Carter was tested on the evening of the Beijing final in 2008 but that was found at the time to contain no “adverse analytical finding”.More than 4,500 tests were carried out at those Games, with nine athletes caught cheating.An anomaly was discovered in Carter’s submission following the IOC’s decision to retest 454 samples from Beijing using the latest scientific analysis methods.Carter and the Jamaican National Olympic Committee were told of the adverse finding in May – before the Rio Games – and told his B sample would be tested.It was reported by Reuters in June that Carter’s A sample had been found to contain methylhexanamine, which has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) prohibited list since 2004.It was reclassified in 2011 as a “specified substance”, meaning one that is more susceptible to a “credible, non-doping explanation”.Sold as a nasal decongestant in the United States until 1983, methylhexanamine has been used more recently as an ingredient in dietary supplements.Speaking in June, Bolt said the prospect of having to return the gold was “heartbreaking”.He told the Jamaica Gleaner: “For years you’ve worked hard to accumulate gold medals and you work hard to be a champion, but it’s one of those things.“I’m more concerned about the athlete and I hope he gets through it.”“There you go, I’m the greatest,” said Bolt after winning what was his ninth Olympic gold as Jamaica triumphed in the 4x100m relay in RioMarlon Devonish, 40, was part of the British 4x100m relay team which lost the silver medal at the World Championships in 2003 following Dwain Chambers’ failed drugs test. He went on to win Olympic relay gold with Britain at Athens 2004.Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, he said: “With relays you work together, you build a relationship, but you never know what goes on behind closed doors and clearly Carter was taking drugs.“Carter has tarnished the team. It’s a massively selfish act and I’m sure Bolt and the rest of the team are bitterly disappointed.“The relationship between me and Dwain, we get on, we are cool. He apologised to me I and accepted it. Dwain has to live with it for the rest of his life, it was a sincere apology.“I was devastated when I found out, but you have to move on.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kenyan punter hits jackpot with countryman’s goal

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | A lucky Kenyan gambler won a record-breaking 230 million shilling ($2.2 million) sports betting jackpot, thanks to an English Premier League goal from fellow countryman Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur.Gordon Opiyo, a 31-year-old shopkeeper in Nairobi’s sprawling, poor Kibera neighbourhood, took home the biggest jackpot in Kenyan history after correctly guessing the outcome of 17 matches in different European leagues. “I was happy when the Kenyan national football team captain Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane scored the two equalising goals for Tottenham in the dying minutes of the second half. I had stopped watching the game when Liverpool went one up,” said Opiyo.The giant jackpot was paid out by Kenyan betting firm SportPesa. Last May the company paid another jackpot worth 221 million shillings.Smartphones have brought sports betting to a new generation of Kenyans, with SportPesa leading the charge.center_img The final prediction that sealed his good fortune was Sunday’s 2-2 draw between Spurs and Liverpool, in which midfielder and Kenyan captain Wanyama scored the first equaliser at Anfield to keep Tottenham — and Opiyo — in contention.last_img read more

Nelson’s Sawyer Hunt basking in the glory of Nitros’ KIJHL title run

first_imgKimberley finished the regular season second in the Eddie Mountain behind division-winning Fernie Ghostriders with a 32-14-2-1-3 record.Kimberley started the playoff quest by ousting the Creston Valley Thunder Cats in five games, then knocking off division rival Fernie in six.Next stop was the Kootenay Conference Final where Kimberley dethroned defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks in five games.Kimberley did the unthinkable, taking the first three games of the series — two on the road in the Hawks’ Nest — before winning the series, once again, with a series-clinching win on the road in Fruitvale.In the final, Kimberley’s overtime win in game five may have been the difference as the win appeared to deflate Kamloops as the Okanagan/Shuswap champs came out flat in the final.Or possibly the difference in the playoff run may have been the play of net minder Tyson Brouwer, winner of 16 of 20 games during Kimberley’s playoff run of 2015.“(Tyson) is an amazing goalie,” exclaimed Hunt, who totaled six goals and 11 assists in 39 regular-season games for Kimberley.“He is so consistent and always plays his best in clutch situations.”“(Tyson) is a huge key to our success,” Hunt added, speaking highly of the 19-year-old Lethbridge native who finished the KIJHL playoffs with a 1.78 goals against average and a .949 save percentage.Kimberley meets hosts Mission City Outlaws to open the Cyclone Taylor Tournament Friday.Saturday, Kimberley faces Campbell River Storm before concluding the four-team event Sunday against North Vancouver Wolf Pack.The top two teams meet for the title while the third and fourth best squads face off in the Bronze medal contest.Hunt doesn’t believe the Dynamiters should change anything no matter who the KIJHL champs face.“We’re pretty fast and physical team sow we need to be throwing the body around, moving our feet and just keep playing our game,” Hunt said.“I think that will lead to success.”Along with another “amazing” feeling when the final buzzer sounds for the Nelson Minor Hockey grad. Sawyer Hunt could have been playing for the Nelson Leafs this past season.The Nelson Minor Hockey product had been a mainstay in the system representing the Heritage City association on rep teams throughout his career  — his final season in the Heritage City playing in the BC Hockey Major Midget for a Kootenay Ice squad based out of the NDCC Arena.But the 5’10” 165-pound forward lived part of his life in Kimberley.So when the Dynamiters called Hunt didn’t think twice before suiting up for the Bavarian City franchise.The decision paid off in spades as Hunt was part of a Nitros squad that won the 2015 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship last week by taking out the Kamloops Storm in six games.Hunt & Company now begin quest on the second leg of the Junior B Hockey Championship tour Friday in Mission when Kimberley meets host Outlaws.“It was amazing,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily when asked about the celebration in Kamloops when Kimberley defeated the host Storm in the deciding game 5-1.“I was on the ice when the buzzer went so that was really special . . . and it felt so good just to know you accomplished so much and now we’re champions now.”Hunt’s Junior B career started in Beaver Valley in 2013 as an affiliate player.Last season the Nitros called up Hunt for five games before the younger brother of Dryden Hunt, who plays in the Western Hockey League for Medicine Hat Tigers, landed a roster spot as a 17-year-old this campaign.“I was originally from Kimberley so I had some connections over here,” Hunt explained as to why it was so easy to hook up with the Dynamiters.“The coaching is really good and I also played some AP games for them last season and really enjoyed it so I decided to go.”last_img read more

A guide for homeowners who want to save energy

first_imgIt’s one of two worthwhile books on the topicNEWTOWN, CT — Energy expert Bruce Harley has written an excellent new book, Cut Your Energy Bills Now, which provides advice to homeowners interested in lowering their energy bills. Harley is the technical director for residential energy services for the Conservation Services Group headquartered in Westborough, Mass., and he’s an experienced weatherization hand.It’s clear from reading Harley’s book that the author has spent hours lying on his back in narrow crawl spaces and stepping from joist to joist in dusty attics. He explains not only what work needs to be done, but how to do it — detailing what clothes to wear, what tools you’ll need, and what to do if you make a mistake. He also informs readers when it’s best to hire a contractor.Harley correctly emphasizes the importance of air sealing. He writes, “In most homes, the biggest and most costly leaks — which mean the biggest opportunities for savings — are in the attic or basement. … These two areas are typically riddled with holes from pipes, wiring, ductwork, and even interior wall cavities that are open to the attic and basement. You don’t see these holes from inside your house, but they’re there, and they are sometimes big enough to stick your arm into. I’ve even crawled through some.”Other topics covered by Harley include lighting, appliances, hot water, space heating and cooling, insulation, and windows.Harley’s book is available from Taunton Press (http://store.taunton.com/onlinestore/item/cut-your-energy-bills-bruce-harley-071230.html). The book is a worthy companion to another weatherization book written for homeowners — The Homeowner’s Handbook to Energy Efficiency by John Krigger and Chris Dorsi. Both books can be recommended to any homeowner contemplating energy retrofit work. The book by Krigger and Dorsi is available from Saturn Resource Management (www.homeownershandbook.biz).last_img read more

A Practical Approach to Passive House

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members I began my career in architecture nearly 17 years ago after spending many years as a contractor. My background has given me a strong appreciation for and understanding of people who design and build homes. I’ve designed more than 30 zero-energy homes, six deep-energy retrofits, and numerous high-performance houses. In truth, the path to optimum performance and durability hasn’t always been easy.In many ways, the knowledge that I’ve gained over the years has culminated in the design and building of this home — my first certified Passive House, in the coastal community of Falmouth, Mass. — which I confidently consider my best work to date. Not only am I proud of what we accomplished in this project, but I’m also proud of how we did it. My informed, organized team and I were able to build a comfortable and exceptionally durable Passive House with standard building materials and practical construction techniques — an approach that’s replicable for any homeowner, builder, or architect looking to build a cutting-edge house of comparable performance. Chasing the plaque Passive House standards are the strictest residential-building parameters we have in this country, and hitting their performance target is a challenge.Passive House isn’t for everyone, and there are some caveats worth considering. Passive House standards are performance-based, with no relevance to cost or aesthetics. Because of this, material and product options can be limited when compared to, say, an Energy Star home. For example, we wanted to use insulated, triple-glazed wood windows on this house because of the way they looked, but when we modeled them with the Passive House software, we realized that they wouldn’t perform well enough. We opted instead for fiberglass Thermotech windows that met Passive House standard but were different from what… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Rajya Sabha bypoll: Nitish Kumar seeks Lalu Prasad’s support for JD-U candidates

first_imgOnce sworn enemies following a bitter parting of ways, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad are making news for a different reason in the changed political scenario in Bihar.Former chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday sought RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s support for two JD-U candidates in the Rajya Sabha by-election.”I have appealed to the RJD, Congress and CPI to support the two JD-U candidates in the Rajya Sabha by-election to defeat the BJP. I have also talked to Lalu Prasad over this matter,” Nitish Kumar said in a press conference at the party’s office.It is probably the first time in last two decades that Nitish Kumar has publicly admitted that he sought support from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief after he and Lalu Prasad parted ways in 1994.Nitish Kumar said he has requested Lalu to support the Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) candidates as the RJD extended its support last month to the government of Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.”I am hopeful that the RJD, the Congress and the CPI would understand the BJP’s design and support the JD-U candidates in the by-election,” he said.The former chief minister also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of conspiring to destabilize Manjhi’s government in the state. “The BJP has been trying hard to destabilize Manjhi’s government for the mid-term assembly election because it is over-upbeat after its victory in the Lok Sabha polls,” he said.Nitish Kumar said the BJP was behind fielding two Independent candidates to ensure the defeat of the JD-U candidates. “Name of the two Independent candidates was finalized at the house of a senior BJP leader here.”advertisementEarlier this week, state JD-U president Vashsisht Narain Singh said the RJD should support the party to defeat the game plan of anti-secular forces. “The RJD has been constantly fighting against communal forces and trying to stop the BJP. If it supports the JD-U in the by-election, we will welcome it,” he said.Senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddqui said only Lalu Prasad can take a final decision on this issue.The JD-U faces tough task to ensure that its candidates – Pavan Verma and Ghulam Rasool Balyavi – win the by-election amid some of its rebel legislators announced to support two Independent candidates, Sabir Ali and Anil Sharma.A group of rebel JD-U legislators, who claimed to have the support of over two dozen party legislators, is giving sleepless nights to the JD-U leaders.BJP has yet to announce its official stand to support the two Independent candidates fielded by rebel JD-U legislators. It is likely to make its stand clear only next week.last_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs playing politics with funding minister sitting on proposals worth millions

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe federal Aboriginal Affairs department is playing politics with millions of dollars’ worth of project funding for First Nation organizations, according to chiefs on the Assembly of First Nations executive who are planning a national counter-attack to Ottawa’s tactics.Aboriginal Affairs has approved only $888,720 out of $7.1 million worth of projects submitted by the Assembly of First Nations this year, APTN National News has learned. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt is also still sitting on 14 proposals from the AFN, months after the department’s own notification deadline passed for responding to proposals from First Nations organizations.The same scenario is playing out in other First Nation organizations and the AFN is preparing to launch a national strategy to counter the department, according to a widely distributed email from the AFN to officials with First Nation organizations.Chiefs on the AFN executive decided to develop the strategy during a meeting on Oct. 3. The executive came up with a draft of three “key messages” forming the core of the strategy. The messages focus on the department’s own words and timeline around project funding.The department told First Nation organizations they would all be informed of the status of their projects by April 1 if they submitted their proposals by Feb. 21. The project funding was supposed to offset part of the department’s deep cuts to the core funding of First Nations organizations. The department blew its deadline by several months.“The federal government’s promise that project funding would be available to off-set core funding cuts has not been kept,” says one of the AFN’s draft key messages, according to the Oct. 10 email, obtained by APTN National News. “The federal government has not kept its promise to respond to all funding proposals by April 1 and has politicized approval process, despite their assurances of transparency and accountability.”The AFN said in the email that the department has already rejected 16 proposals out of a total of 34 submissions. The department has only approved four proposals and the AFN is still waiting on responses to 14 proposals.The department rejected the AFN’s proposals on murdered and missing Indigenous women, treaties, comprehensive claims, specific claims, housing, trade, energy, emergency management and infrastructure. The department has only approved projects on economic development, connectivity, additions to reserves and social-assisted living. Valcourt has the final sign-off on all the project proposals, according to an Aug. 21 letter from the AFN’s CEO Peter Dinsdale to deputy minister Coleen Swords, previously obtained by APTN National News.The department said last November it set aside $20 million for project funding. Former deputy minister Michael Wernick said at the time that the department would only fund projects that “align with department priorities and yield concrete results.”Wernick is now deputy clerk of the Office of the Privy Council, which is essentially the nerve centre of the federal bureaucracy and the prime minister’s department.Valcourt’s office did not return a request for comment.The AFN is trying to compile the status of project proposals from other organizations to press their case with Valcourt and the public, the email said.“It will be through solidarity with Aboriginal representative organizations that we will be stronger,” said the email.There is a widespread belief the department is playing hardball on project funding as a result of the AFN’s rejection of the Harper government’s proposed bill for First Nation [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more