Indonesia’s Lion Air removed from European Union blacklist

first_imgSending a big message about improvements in Indonesian airlines safety, the European Union (EU) has removed Indonesia’s largest domestic airline, Lion Air from their EU Blacklist. Lion Air now joins the likes of Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia Indonesia, Batik Air (Lion Air’s full service subsidiary) and Citilink (Garuda’s low cost subsidiary)in that it could operate flights in to the EU if it wished as safety is no longer of concern.  What is the EU Blacklist?A list of airlines banned from flying into European airspace due to safety concerns arising from alleged poor aircraft maintenance and/or regulatory oversight. Airlines banned by the EU may have a flawless safety record however the potential risk towards passenger safety is deemed by the EU as too high and a ban is put in place. All the world’s major airlines are assessed by the EU whether they opertate flights to Europe or not making it an exceptional resource when lokoing at airline safety. Lion Air’s sister company, Thai Lion Air was never on the EU blacklist and it has also passed the very important IOSA audit (see below) to get its IOSA certification.  Lion Air Indonesia and subsidiary Batik Air are in the process of doing this audit and if all goes well should have their IOSA certification by September 2016.   What is IOSA Certification?The IATA* Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification audit is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA uses internationally recognised audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner. Airlines are re evaluated every two years. Registering for IOSA certification and auditing is not mandatory therefore an airline that does not have IOSA certification may have either failed the IOSA audit or alternatively chosen not to participate. *IATA (International Air Transport Association)Using the seven star safety rating system, if Lion Air complete and pass their IOSA safety audit, it will make them, along with Garuda, the safest airline in Indonesia.Lion Air, along with the majority of Indonesian Airlines have had a string of incidents and crashes over the last decade which has put Indonesian aviation under scrutiny for quite some time.  Lion Air however, whilst having had 6 incidents over the past 10 years, last had an accident involving the loss of lives back in 2004. Flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia have had only thee incidents in the past 10 years but the incident in 2007 resulted in the death of 21 people. AirAsia has only had one incident in 2014 but tragically that resulted in the death of all 162 passengers and crew on board. Lion AIr ExpansionThe Lion Group is preparing to build up its presence in the international market after focusing almost entirely on domestic operations in its initial 15 years. According to CAPA, Lion is the largest domestic airline group outside China and the US, but has a small international operation that is only about the size of Poland’s national carrier LOT. The group has been working hard to raise its safety standards and public image and the announcement from the EU is a big step towards this.IOSA certification and European Union approval should make it easier for the airlines under the Lion Group to secure approval from civil aviation authorities in several countries which will enable it to expand at a rapid rate into international markets.  Lion Air has previously hinted at flights between Indonesia and Australia to compete with rival AirAsia and if things continue on the up for the Lion group, this may soon become a reality as their safety standards will better meet Australian standards.last_img read more

Will the wisdom of the Sixth Circuit prevail in clean water case?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and attorney near CelinaOn Feb. 19, 2019, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a Clean Water Act (CWA) case, Hawaii Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui, during the 2019-2020 term that agriculture needs to watch closely. The Court likely took this case because the Ninth Circuit (where Hawaii Wildlife Fund originated) and the Fourth Circuit Appellate Courts have differing views from the Sixth Circuit regarding when a NPDES permit is required.The Ninth Circuit is the appellate court for the states of California, Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The Fourth Circuit encompasses Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. And the Sixth Circuit is located at the Stewart Potter Courthouse in Cincinnati and includes Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.The question the Supreme Court will ultimaely answer is: Does the CWA require a permit when pollutants originate from a point source but are conveyed to navigable waters by a nonpoint source, such as groundwater?The CWA requires a permit for a point source, defined as “a discernible, confined and discreet conveyance” such as a pipe, ditch or tunnel. The CWA further states that the term point source does not include agricultural stormwater discharges and return flows from irrigated agriculture. There is no permit required for nonpoint sources, nor is there a definition in the CWA. Pollutants commonly associated with nonpoint sources are nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen, clean sediments and pesticides.In the case before the Supreme Court, the County of Maui has operated a wastewater reclamation facility and four disposal wells since 1985 where 3 million to 5 million gallons of treated wastewater per day are discharged into groundwater. The county claimed that by discharging treated wastewater into groundwater, the wells only indirectly discharged pollutants into the Pacific Ocean, so no permit was required under the CWA.The Ninth District disagreed with the County of Maui and held that the discharge of pollutants from a point source to navigable waters is prohibited under the CWA, regardless of whether the pollutant enters navigable waters directly or whether it is conveyed to navigable waters through some other source, like groundwater. Further, the Court found that (1) the County discharged pollutants from a point source, (2) the pollutants are fairly traceable from the point source to a navigable water such that the discharge is the functional equivalent of a discharge into the navigable water, and (3) the pollutant levels reaching navigable water are more than de minimis. The court prohibited the County from doing indirectly which it cannot do directly.This decision creates as many questions as it does answers. For instance, the language used in the decision “fairly traceable from the point source to a navigable water” is not precise and open for much debate.Hawaii Wildlife Fund would have been decided much differently if the Sixth Circuit had jurisdiction. The Sixth Circuit has held in two recent cases that the CWA cannot regulate pollutants from point sources if they reach navigable waters through groundwater. In both cases, the plaintiffs claimed that the defendants Kentucky Utility Co. and Tennessee Valley Authority had violated the CWA where pollutants from their coal ash ponds had traveled through groundwater and polluted navigable waters. In reaching their decisions, the Sixth Circuit created a bright line rule: For a point source to discharge into navigable waters, it must dump directly into those navigable waters—the phrase ‘into’ leaves no room for intermediary mediums to carry the pollutants.So now the question is before the Supreme Court. Does the CWA require a permit when pollutants originate from a point source but are conveyed to navigable waters by a nonpoint source, such as groundwater? Here’s hoping the wisdom of the Sixth Circuit is appreciated by the highest court.last_img read more

Stink bug management in non-uniform crop stages

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kelley Tilmon and Andy Michel, Ohio State University ExtensionWith all the planting difficulties in 2019 there are soybeans in a much greater variety of growth stages than usual this summer. What does this mean for stink bug management? First, it means that different fields will be in the danger zone at different times. Stink bugs feed on developing pods and seeds, with the potential for damage beginning in R3 and R4-R5 being prime damage time, with damage potential still lingering in early R6. This year peak damage potential may be spread over a larger window of time. Second, the latest soybeans to mature will be at extra risk at the end of the season. Stink bug adults are quite mobile and able to move into new fields. As earlier fields mature they will naturally be attracted to fields that are still green. If only a few fields are still green at the tail end of the season the immigration will be magnified. The same is true for bean leaf beetle and pod feeding. Our monitoring shows that this process can continue into October. Late-maturing fields should receive extra scouting attention.To sample for stink bugs, take multiple 10-sweep samples with a sweep net in multiple locations throughout the field. Average the number of stink bugs in the 10-sweep samples. The threshold to treat is 4 or more stink bugs (adults and nymphs combined). If soybeans are being grown for seed or food, the threshold can be dropped to 2 or more stink bugs. When scouting time is tight (and when isn’t it) scout first at the field edges where stink bugs tend to accumulate first. If they are found in the edges move the scouting effort further into the field to assess the extent of infestation. If populations are still mainly on the edge, sometimes an edge treatment can do the job.For more information about stink bugs and bean leaf beetles in soybeans visit our publications at: read more

Arellano ousts JRU, returns to NCAA volleyball Finals

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Cavs revamp roster at trading deadline hoping LeBron stays Arellano University took the easy route to return to the championship round, taking down Jose Rizal University, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17,in the Final Four of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The only hurdle the Lady Chiefs had to overcome in the third set was the 3-0 deficit but the defending champions proved to the Lady Heavy Bombers they were in a class of their own.“I told my players that we still don’t have the right to celebrate because we only won two sets,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier in Filipino. “I told them to not let JRU go up to 4-0.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAndrea Marzan gave Arellano a 16-10 lead heading into the final third of the last set and the Lady Chiefs just had to keep the Lady Heavy Bombers at bay.After JRU trimmed the deficit to two, 17-15, the Lady Chiefs retaliated with three straight points with Sarah Verutiao denying Grace Verzosa with a well-timed block for Arellano’s 20-16 lead. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Regine Arocha then put Arellano at the 24-17 match point with a swift crosscourt kill before Annie Sibangan hit net in what became Arellano’s final point, and JRU’s last error, in the match.Arocha led Arellano with 15 points while Marzan and Jovielyn Prado combined for 16 points.Verzosa led JRU with 12 points while skipper Shola Alvarez added seven.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

Bindra fourth Indian shooter to carry tri-colour

first_imgOlympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra became the fourth Indian shooter to carry the tri-colour during the opening ceremony of a multi-discipline sporting event on Sunday when he led the Indian contingent out during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.Bindra was, on Thursday, nominated as the country’s flag-bearer for the ceremony. The ace shooter led a 619-member strong contingent at the refurbished Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.”It’s a great honour and a dream come true,” Bindra had said after being named the flag bearer of the Indian contingent.Dr. Karni Singh (1982 Asian Games), Jaspal Rana (1998 Commonwealth Games) and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (CWG 2006) are the other Indian shooters to have carried the tri-colour.Incidentally, Bindra was just 15 when he made his maiden appearance in a multi-sport event, in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.–with PTI inputslast_img read more

Joel Embiid returns, leads 76ers past Nets for 3-1 lead

first_imgView comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “Just look at the magnitude of what the numbers say, the influence that the numbers say that he must have had on the game,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “To have 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, six blocked shots and you win, well it’s hard to sort of say it any better than that. He was dominant.”Caris LeVert scored 25 points after being inserted into the Nets’ starting lineup. D’Angelo Russell and Allen each added 21.Dudley also was inserted into the starting lineup for the Nets and had been agitating the 76ers with his defense and his talking, but was gone midway through the third quarter as one of the central figures in the scuffle that spilled into the stands.Embiid swung his arm forcefully while fouling Allen, and Dudley quickly moved in and bumped Embiid. Butler then ran in and pushed Dudley to start the shoving. Dudley, Simmons and referee Ed Malloy all got knocked into the seats, and after a lengthy video review, Butler and Dudley were given technical fouls and ejected, and Embiid’s foul was ruled a flagrant 1.Dudley said he was trying to send a message. The Nets have been upset over an elbow Embiid hit Allen with in Game 2 that they felt should have been an ejection, and were further angered after when Embiid laughed as he apologized in his press conference.“When you have a guy giving flagrant fouls, I mean Joel Embiid is second in the league in flagrant fouls,” Dudley said. “So for that elbow he had before just to have a flagrant 1, no fine, no nothing, laughing in the media, if you think that a team that I play on is going to have (to accept) that, that’s another thing coming, especially on this young team.”Embiid would later make the biggest mark with his offense. The 76ers were trying to get the ball to him trailing by one after Joe Harris’ layup, but Embiid couldn’t control the pass under the rim. But he regained the ball and found Scott in the corner for a 3 and a 110-108 lead.Allen then turned the ball over after three Sixers surrounded him and Harris closed out the scoring with two free throws. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson was angry afterward, feeling Allen was wrapped up by Harris as he tried to roll to the basket.Dudley and Simmons jawed at each other after Dudley gave him a long stare with his arms up after hitting a 3-pointer during a 9-0 run that gave Brooklyn a 63-53 lead shortly before halftime. The Nets led 63-57 at the break.TIP-INS “Today I could have reacted but I felt like my team needed me more than they needed Jared Dudley, so I’ve just got to stay cool and mature and do my job.”Tobias Harris had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the 76ers. They can advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight season with a victory at home Tuesday night.They got a big boost from the return of Embiid, who scored eight straight points in the fourth quarter after the Nets led by seven. He helped the 76ers overcome the loss of Jimmy Butler, who was ejected in the third quarter after Embiid’s hard foul on Jarrett Allen.Even that ended up working out for the 76ers. Scott took what probably would have been Butler’s position on the floor in the final seconds and turned Embiid’s seventh assist into the go-ahead basket.Embiid also had six blocked shots.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 76ers: The 76ers are 5-0 on the road against the Nets in the playoffs. … Greg Monroe, who started Game 3 and had nine points and 13 rebounds in place of Embiid, played just one minute.Nets: Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 points. … Joe Harris went 0 for 6 from behind the arc and the NBA’s leading 3-point shooter hasn’t made one in the two games in Brooklyn. … Backup F/C Ed Davis missed the game with a sprained right ankle.UP NEXTGame 5 is Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Stop the rise Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell (1)and forward Jared Dudley during the first half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Joel Embiid scored and rebounded. He blocked shots and even threw the most important pass of the game.The only thing he didn’t do is lose his cool after his hard foul triggered a scuffle.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss After having to sit out the last game, there was no way Embiid was going to risk an ejection and miss his chance to help the Philadelphia 76ers seize control of the series.Embiid had 31 points and 16 rebounds, and passed to Mike Scott for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18 seconds left as the 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-108 on Saturday to take a 3-1 series lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEmbiid also had a flagrant foul that led to a scuffle and two ejections during an eventful return to the lineup after missing Game 3 with a sore left knee. “I know these guys are going to go at me because they want me to retaliate, so I’ve got to be mature when I’m on the court and just stay cool and not react,” Embiid said. 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