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BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT apologises for delays and cancellations by: Caribbean Media Corporation – January 8, 2016 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 228 Views no discussions Share ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Regional carrier LIAT, has apologised to customers for flight delays and cancellations in recent days.“I would like to extend my personal apology for the inconvenience many of you have been experiencing as a result of flight delays and or cancellations over the past few days,” said the airline’s CEO, David Evans.He said while LIAT has been addressing several operational and crewing issues the management has not been notified of any sickout or industrial action by any Union.Evans said the airline is seeking to resolve “all matters and restore stability to our flight schedule”.Earlier this week several passengers returning home after the Christmas holidays experienced flight delays.In response, LIAT’s head of Corporate Communications Desmond Brown issued a statement on Monday in which he also said the company had not been notified of any sick-out or industrial action by cabin crew members.“However we have observed that a higher number of our cabin crew have reported sick but our Operations Control Centre is making adjustments to manage this and any other operational issues arising as is their function and role,” he then said.Brown added that LIAT had been in communication with the cabin crews’ union and was “naturally concerned” for the health and welfare of its workers.
Cambridge, Ma. — A mysterious cigar-shaped object spotted tumbling through our solar system last year may have been an alien spacecraft sent to investigate Earth, astronomers from Harvard University have suggested.The object, nicknamed ‘Oumuamua, meaning “a messenger that reaches out from the distant past” in Hawaiian, was first discovered in October 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii.Since its discovery, scientists have been at odds to explain its unusual features and precise origins, with researchers first calling it a comet and then an asteroid, before finally deeming it the first of its kind: a new class of “interstellar objects.”Now, a new paper by researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics raises the possibility that the elongated dark-red object, which is 10 times as long as it is wide and traveling at speeds of 196,000 mph, might have an “artificial origin.”“‘Oumuamua may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization,” they wrote in the paper, which has been submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters.The theory is based on the object’s “excess acceleration,” or its unexpected boost in speed as it traveled through and ultimately out of our solar system in January 2018.“Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that ‘Oumuamua is a light sail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment,” wrote the paper’s authors, suggesting that the object could be propelled by solar radiation.The paper, written by Abraham Loeb, professor and chair of astronomy, and Shmuel Bialy, a postdoctoral scholar, at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, points out that comparable light-sails already exist on earth.“Light-sails with similar dimensions have been designed and constructed by our own civilization, including the IKAROS project and the Starshot Initiative. The light-sail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargos between planets or between stars.”In the paper, the pair theorize that the object’s high speed and its unusual trajectory could be the result of it no longer being operational.“This would account for the various anomalies of ‘Oumuamua, such as the unusual geometry inferred from its light-curve, its low thermal emission, suggesting high reflectivity, and its deviation from a Keplerian orbit without any sign of a cometary tail or spin-up torques.”‘Oumuamua is the first object ever seen in our solar system that is known to have originated elsewhere.At first, astronomers thought the rapidly moving faint light was a regular comet or an asteroid that had originated in our solar system.Comets, in particular, are known to speed-up due to a process known as “outgassing,” in which the sun heats up the surface of the icy comet, releasing melted gas. But ‘Oumuamua didn’t have a “coma,” the atmosphere and dust that surrounds comets as they melt.Multiple telescopes focused on the object for three nights to determine what it was before it moved out of sight.“We are fortunate that our sky survey telescope was looking in the right place at the right time to capture this historic moment,” NASA Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson said in a statement last year.“This serendipitous discovery is bonus science enabled by NASA’s efforts to find, track and characterize near-Earth objects that could potentially pose a threat to our planet.” CNN Wire Report
New Delhi: After years of defiance, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). This is a massive development when it comes to doping and sports administration in the country. The BCCI has now become a National Sports Federation in the process despite being financially autonomous. Sports Secretary Radheshyam Jhulaniya, who along with NADA DG Navin Agarwal met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri along with the Board’s GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim here on Friday, said that the Board has given in writing that it would adhere to the anti-doping policy of NADA.The BCCI was vehemently opposed to signing up with NADA, claiming that it is an autonomous body, not a National Sports Federation as it does not rely on government funding. BCCI’s primary concern was the contentious ‘Whereabouts Clause’ with regards to Out of Competition Testing, something that all star India players have been wary of as they considered it an invasion of their privacy.However, Sports secretary Radheshyam Jhulaniya said, “All cricketers will now be tested by NADA. The BCCI raised three issues before us about the quality of the dope testing kits, competence of pathologists and sample collection. We assured them that whatever facilities they want, we will provide but there will be some charge for it. But that higher facility will be equal for all NSFs. BCCI is no different from others. They have to follow the law of the land,” Jhulaniya said.After the meeting, Johri said they had to follow the law of the land. “We have raised a lot of concerns, we have listed them out and they have agreed to address all these. Whoever is in existence the law of the land is there. So, you and I can’t choose at what time to follow the law of the land,” Johri said.With the BCCI officially coming under the NADA ambit, the possibility of agreeing to RTI is becoming more and more real. The Indian Board will now face more pressure to come under RTI Act as per government norms. However, Johri side-stepped the issue, saying RTI was not in the meeting and it will be discussed at a later meeting. BCCI had raised concerns about whereabouts clause.BCCI has finally come under NADA.All cricketers will now be tested by NADA. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.