IAAF World Under 20 | Anderson, Brown look to continue sprint hurdles success after advancing to semis

first_imgThe Jamaican pair of Britany Anderson and Amoi Brown both comfortably qualified to the women’s 100m hurdles semi-final, after easy wins at the IAAF World Under 20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on Friday.  Anderson led her heat from start to finish, clocking a relaxed 13.37, to win ahead of Canada’s Kendra Leger, 13.59 and Italy’s Desola Oki, 13.94.  National champion Amoi Brown, was just as easy, taking control of her race from the early stages and easing through to win in 13.49 ahead of Brazil’s Micaela De Mello, 13.68 and China’s Yuwei Lin, 13.92.  The Jamaicans will be looking to emulate their compatriots Damion Thomas and Orlando Bennett, who finished first and second in the men’s 110m hurdles final on Thursday.last_img

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Essequibo Coast pensioner hangs self

first_img… 3 suicides recorded in 10 daysPolice investigations are currently ongoing following the recent discovery of a 63-year-old labourer hanging from the ceiling of a dwelling house at La Belle Alliance on the Essequibo Coast.Based on reports reaching this publication, the incident occurred on May 1, 2017 at about 19:00 hours, and the dead man has been identified as Govin Narine.Narine’s neighbour, Geeta Ramesh, related that she used to cook for the deceased, and she had not been aware that he was battling problems of any kind.The woman said she called for the deceased when heading home at about 19:00 hrs. She went to the backyard after she did not receive a response, and then she saw the ghastly sight of Narine hanging from the roof of the shed. Shaken, she then raised an alarm and alerted the police.The body is presently at the Suddie Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem.This episode follows two other incidents of suicide occurring within a short span of 10 days. Chovindra Lall of Pomona Housing Scheme succumbed reportedly from injecting poison to his hands, while Shalini Danpat ingested a carbon tablet. Both victims were 22 years old.A security guard attached to the Caricom Rice Mill shot herself to the throat only a few days ago.The body of Special Constable #15117 Shendal George of Lima, Essequibo was discovered on May 4 in the washroom of the business entity.last_img read more

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Historian, archaeologist rebuke indigenous history misconceptions

first_imgBy Paula GomesA renown local historian and an archaeologist have rebuked the misconceptions surrounding the history of Guyana’s indigenous peoples during the inaugural indigenous educational lecture series hosted by the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs (MoIPA) at the Umana Yana on Thursday evening, as part of the Amerindian heritage month celebrations.According to Project Manager of the Amerindian Development Fund, Omar Bispat, the ministry decided to embark on such a lecture in light of constant complaints received from visits to various indigenous communities to the effect that “their story is not being told”.From left: Ovid Williams, Historian Anna Benjamin and Archaeologist Lousia DaggersA section of the gatheringThe lecture focused primarily on the origins of indigenous culture researched through archaeology and the interactions with early European settlers, through comprehensive presentations by renowned historian, Anna Benjamin and local archaeologist, Louisa Daggers.Benjamin made her points by highlighting common misconceptions that which is taught in school by teachers of the day bracketing Guyana with the rest of those colonised in the Americas as well, hence distorting indigenous history.The first presenter took the audience back in time to when it is reported in history that indigenous populace of the Americas and Caribbean suffered mass genocide and exploitation in wake of Columbus’ “discovery” of this side of the globe.According to the speaker, “there was no genocide here”; Guyana did not suffer like the rest of the other countries during the time of the Dutch (who were the first official settlers of the country), rather it was not until the arrival of the British who infiltrated deep into the interior of the country that the indigenous peoples’ suffered deaths from diseases like measles and small pox.Contrary to common belief that the indigenous populace relocated to the interior away from the plantations upon the arrival of the Dutch, Benjamin posited that the people in fact did not, as the group came in small numbers and could’ve been rid of by the indigenous, had they wished to do so. Moreover, these Europeans enjoyed extensive trading with the lands’ first peoples and developed a preference to them as opposed to the Spanish and other succeeding groups to the extent that they even formed alliances against the other groups who attempted to infiltrate the colonies. The Caribs were specifically involved in geo-political games upon observations of conflict between the Dutch, Spanish and the English, and were extremely adapt with firearm weaponry of the metropole and it was in their best interest to side with the Dutch to defend their lands from those who became to be known to them as threats; to ensure that the Dutch remained where they were for their own welfare and survival.Referring to the Dutch as “hypocrites”, Benjamin alluded to letters which were sent from the local governor to the mother country of Holland indicating that they felt saddened when the Caribs brought back religious articles evidencing destruction of nearby Spanish settlements. However they did nothing to stop such invasions as it was in their best interest to maintain a stronghold on the colony.The second point established by the historian alluded to the fact that the indigenous people had an economic role to play in the colonial days (again contrary to common perception of non-input/contribution) in supplementing the diet of the Dutch and slaves on the plantation including the market abroad through the local production of “anato” which came to be used in food production processes.In a final point, Benjamin firmly contended that indigenous peoples were not the first to be enslaved by the Dutch, simply owing to the fact that when they first landed in the land now known as Guyana, they brought at least six African slaves, as such it would only be factual to say that African slavery co-existed indigenous slavery.Second presenter, archaeologist Daggers, used her area of expertise in the study of archaeology as a tool to bring these stories to life, that which is not known to the public. She made a brief address via a slide share presentation on history covering the paleo, meso and neo-indian period, on how the indigenous peoples evolved overtime in adapting to the ever-changing environment and climate for mere survival purposes.According to the speaker, extensive “indigenous knowledge” allowed these people to survive the harsh conditions of climate change and it is they who hold the keys to issues surrounding the present day issue of climate change and ethno medicine among others. She also spoke on the importance of preserving petroglyphs found in various indigenous communities across Guyana, in preserving that part of history which was the first known primitive means of (written) communication among the aboriginal peoples.The gathering was entertained by the local indigenous cultural group dubbed the “riverside angels” and the floor was opened to discussions on the subject at hand following the presentations.last_img read more

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New Liverpool keeper Karius will muscle Mignolet out of No.1 spot – Hamann

first_imgLiverpool hero Dietmar Hamann has told talkSPORT new Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius could replace Simon Mignolet as the club’s number one next season.Germany under-21 international Karius joined the Merseyside club from Mainz on Tuesday in a £4.7million deal, which could prove a bargain fee for the highly-rated youngster.The 22-year-old, who has penned a five-year contract at Anfield, was voted the second best goalkeeper in the Bundesliga by fellow top flight players last season – only beaten in the poll by Bayern Munich and Germany star Manuel Neuer.And ex-Germany and Liverpool midfielder Hamann believes Karius will be a bit hit at Anfield.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, Der Kaiser said: “Germany has a history of outstanding goalkeepers, and Karius is clearly very talented, but playing for Mainz and playing for Liverpool are two different things.“His task now is to make that step up to the next level.“I was a bit surprised when I saw the photos that he has been given the number one shirt…but I think he will start the season as Liverpool’s number one goalkeeper.“Klopp said in a press conference that he wants someone to challenge Mignolet, and the fact he has the number one shirt makes me believes he will start the season in goal.“Something could happen, he might not hit the ground running. But I think something extraordinary has to happen in pre-season for Mignolet to keep goal in the first game.”last_img read more

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FISHERMEN LAND MASSIVE 143LB BLUE SHARK

first_imgTHEY love their shark fishing in Downings.But they’ve never seen one quite like this.John Joe Mc Fadden and Paul O’Doherty are pictured on board the Misty Dawn with the record sized female blue shark…weighing a whopping 143lbs. The shark was landed during the annual shark fishing festival.It was tagged and returned to the ocean unharmed. FISHERMEN LAND MASSIVE 143LB BLUE SHARK was last modified: September 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDowningsshark fishinglast_img read more

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Arctic sea ice melts at alarming rate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsA second NASA study by other researchers found the winter sea ice melt in one region of the eastern Arctic has shrunk about 40percent in just the past two years. This is partly because of local weather but also partly because of global warming, Comiso said. The loss of winter ice is bad news for the ocean because this type of ice, when it melts in summer, provides a crucial breeding ground for plankton, Comiso said. Plankton are the bottom rung of the ocean’s food chain. “If the winter ice melt continues, the effect would be very profound especially for marine mammals,” Comiso said in a NASA news conference. The ice is melting even in subfreezing winter temperatures because the water is warmer and summer ice covers less area and is shorter-lived, Comiso said. Thus, the winter ice season shortens every year, and warmer water melts at the edges of the winter ice more every year. Scientists and climate models have long predicted a drop in winter sea ice, but it has been slow to happen. Global warming skeptics have pointed to the lack of ice melt as a flaw in global-warming theory. Arctic sea ice in winter is melting far faster than before, two NASA studies reported Wednesday, a new and alarming trend that researchers say threatens the ocean’s delicate ecosystem. Scientists point to the sudden and rapid melting as a sure sign of man-made global warming. “It has never occurred before in the past,” NASA senior research scientist Josefino Comiso said in a phone interview. “It is alarming … This winter ice provides the kind of evidence that it is indeed associated with the greenhouse effect.” Scientists have long worried about melting Arctic sea ice in the summer, but they had not seen a big winter drop in sea ice, although they expected it. For more than 25 years, Arctic sea ice has slowly diminished in winter by about 1.5percent per decade. But in the past two years, the melting has occurred at rates 10 to 15 times faster. From 2004 to 2005, the amount of ice dropped 2.3percent; and the past year, it declined another 1.9percent. The latest findings are “coming more in line with what we expected to find,” said Mark Serreze, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. “We’re starting to see a much more coherent and firm picture occurring.”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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How to watch Alexis Sanchez take on Real Madrid’s ‘Japanese Messi’

first_imgJapan vs Chile: Date and kick-off timeThis Copa America clash will take place at 12am UK time on Tuesday, June 18.The match will be held at Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paulo, the ground where Brazil opened up the tournament with a 3-0 success over Bolivia, though they were booed by their own fans.REVEALED: Why Japan and Qatar are playing at the Copa AmericaJapan vs Chile: TV channel and live streamPremier Sports will be showing live UK coverage of all the matches in the Copa America across its two channels.The channels can be purchased to add to Virgin and Sky packages from £9.99 a month.You can also live stream for the same cost via Premier Player. getty Chile begin the defence of their Copa America title tonight against Japan.The South American side won the tournament in 2015 and 2016 with back-to-back penalty shoot-out wins over Argentina in the finals. Alexis Sanchez’s Chile face Japan in the Copa America Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REAL DEAL Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January JIBE punished Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder 2 deals whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? IN DEMAND latest Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa 2 Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Japan vs Chile: SquadsJapanEiji Kawashima, Ryosuke Kojima, Keisuke Osako, Naomichi Ueda, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Tomoki Iwata, Ko Itakura, Daiki Sugioka, Teruki Hara, Daiki Suga, Yugo Tatsuta, Yuta Nakayama, Gaku Shibasaki, Shoya Nakajima, Takefusa Kubo, Tatsuya Ito, Koji Miyoshi, Kota Watanabe, Hiroki Abe, Taishi Matsumoto, Shinji Okazaki, Daizen Maeda, Ayase UedaChileGabriel Arias, Brayan Cortes, Yerko Urra, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Mauricio Isla, Jean Beausejour, Paulo Diaz, Guillermo Maripan, Igor Lichnovsky, Oscar Opazo, Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz, Pedro Pablo Hernandez, Erick Pulgar, Diego Valdes, Esteban Pavez, Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas, Jose Pedro Fuenzalida, Nicolas Castillo, Junior Fernandes, Angelo Sagal Now Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez will lead his side against Japan who boast new Real Madrid ace Takefusa Kubo.Uruguay smashed Ecuador 4-0 in the Group C opener meaning Chile and Japan will both be eager to get off to fast starts, too. Japan ace Takefusa Kubo joined Real Madrid this summer Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star LATEST boost last_img read more

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Clifford K. Webster age 74

first_imgMr. Clifford K. Webster age 74 passed away Friday, May 1 at Scott Memorial Hospital.Mr. Webster was born November 10, 1940 in Paoli the son of Thomas and Mildred Denton Webster.  He was a retired contractor. He was a member of Mt. Hebron Church of Christ, Salem Lions Club, Moose Lodge and Western Hills Country Club.  He was a Korean War Marine veteran.He is survived by his wife:  Jan Donovan Zimmer Webster, his children:  Deb Zimmer of Scottsburg, Jim Zimmer of Elma, New York, Sue Mitchell of Salem, Ron Zimmer and Ken Zimmer both of Salem, Wendy Eaton of Portville, New York and Tim Webster of Concord, North Carolina, a brother:  Michael Webster of Salem, two sisters:  Tammy Moon of Paoli and Debbie Baker of Valeene, 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister:  Barbara Souder. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8PM and Monday from 9AM-time of service.Expressions of sympathy may be made to:  Salem Lions Club or Phi Beta Psi Sorority, Theta Kappa Chapter.last_img read more

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DD Motoring: The electrifying Nissan Leaf

first_imgAt the weekend I had the pleasure of driving the Leaf, an all electric car from Nissan. The last time I tested an electric vehicle I wasn’t that impressed with it because of its very small range of around 60 miles. I came away thinking it would be grand in a city where the journey distance were short and access to recharging outlets would be plentiful. Advertisement With Nissan and their “all electric car” they have addressed the range issue and in the right conditions this car will achieve over twice the range of earlier electric cars with its state of the art powerful batteries.The sales executive at Inishowen motors Joe, a man from Meath gave me a very well informed pre-test drive talk on the Leaf. Me being a typical male, I wasn’t really listening to him. Thinking I knew all about these cars, sure it just would be like any other automatic car. Wrong.As I headed off in the Nissan, I was trying to think on what kind of people would buy an electric car? Are they really interested in the environment? Or do they think they will save loads of money on the ever increasing price of fuel?83% left of a full tank on the Nissan Leaf at the end of our Test Drive this week in Co. Donegal. Photo Brian McDaidMy leaf was 94% full to the brim. There wasn’t a sound of the electric motor in the car, all I could hear was the sound of the fan on the air conditioner so I switched it off as well just to see what’s it like to travel in complete silence. Advertisement It reminds me of a story told about the residents at the bottom of Convent Rd in Letterkenny years ago, who lived beside the towns old power generator. When the ESB arrived in Letterkenny as part of the rural electrification they took over the premises in Letterkenny as they connected Letterkenny up to the national power grid and removed the old generator at the site on the Convent Rd.One would think that the locals welcomed the silence when the big generators were turned off. It was the complete opposite and were unable to sleep at night because it was too quiet without the noise of the generator rumbling through the night.My journey down through the Bullock Park reminds me of flying, with every bump in the road feeling like a small pocket of turbulence in the air.I thought to look at the two headlight units sticking up on the front of the car that Nissan didn’t make a good job of them in the wind tunnel. I was to learn that their shape mimics the two wing mirrors further down the cars body, so the airflow is shaped like them before it hits them so to keep the aerodynamics at its most efficient.Even underneath the Nissan Leaf because it doesn’t have an exhaust system the floor panels of the car are also aerodynamic friendly.It’s not only the feeling of silence that makes you think you’re gliding above the ground, also the way you start to reconsider your journeys make you very similar to that of a captain of your flight. Onboard the Nissan Leaf the Sat Nav has relative information of your surrounding area of things you need to know.The four public power outlets in Letterkeny on the sat nav of our Nissan Leaf which also indicate if the points are in use by another customer or not. Photo Brian McDaidHeading into Letterkenny, the map on the dash shows you not only where the public refueling power supplies are located but also will show you if someone is using them so you can plan which one to go to.Our Nissan Leaf pictured at one of the E car Charge Points in Letterkenny which is supplied by the ESB. Photo Brian Mc DaidTry as I might on the day that I had the car out I couldn’t flatten the batteries quick enough to take it to one of the power points and fill it up. I used only 14% of the battery in three hours running around Letterkenny in the heaviest of Friday evening traffic jams.I suppose what’s confusing about an electric car compared to its petrol or diesel cousins is that the bigger the traffic jam the more it’s benefit you will have in the leaf, because it’s not sitting idling burning up fuel when the traffic is stopped, so it’s ideal for Letterkenny in its present state. Home Comforts Once you realise that the Nissan Leaf is far better than you ever imagined it to be as far as the range of the battery which will be exactly what it says on the tin, not like some petrol or diesel cars that I have drove which will give you a very high end of range fuel tank reading one minute the to turn to a flashing orange petrol light the next minute.The Leaf is looking at the bigger picture all the time.From the comfort of your phone in your home or at your desk at work you could charge , your car , plan your journey , even on a cold frosty morning you could defrost and heat your car from the comfort of your phone. On ordinary cars the engine has to heat up before the heating system in your car has a source to heat and clear the interior of a family car.In the Leaf this is all done electrically. If you add to that the comfort of heated seats and heated steering wheel on the Leaf that we drove, the sheer comfort in this car on a frozen day in February was not a worry. On a warm sunny day that car also can be cooled from the comfort of the phone, through the car climate control system,The Electric Motor on the Nissan Leaf which is both powerful and efficient to suit the needs of every driver. Photo Brian McDaidNissan LEAF is the first mass-produced vehicle in the world to employ a heat-pump cabin heater.Petrol vehicles re-use engine exhaust heat to provide the warm air for the functions of the heater. An Electric Vehicle however, does not have this heat source to recycle and so uses its general power for cabin heating.Don’t ask me how this works bacause i haven’t a clue, but it does and work so well on the Nissan Leaf to heat the cabin of the car in no timeConventional air-conditioning systems used an electrical heater, but since the use of the heater directly relates to power consumption, actual driving range was significantly reduced.A heat-pump system, meanwhile, heats the cabin using the temperature difference between a refrigerant and the outside air, obtaining a heating effect other than consuming electricity, and making it possible to heat the car cabin with less power than conventionally.The Nissan Leaf has a couple of different driving modes all of which will cater for the different types of driver of this electric car. The powerful electric motor can match the best of the rest away from the traffic lights because the power is there right away, but full power on tap will use your supply up quicker.The car also has a ECO mode which will restrict the power and give your power supply more miles on the road. The car also can be set in a drive mode that can extract a recharge when the car is going down a hill , all in all Nissan have produced a great car to move away from burning fuel to get from A to B using the cleaner electricity of the future in the process.Happy motoring folks.DD Motoring: The electrifying Nissan Leaf was last modified: February 15th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:brian mc daidelectric carmotoringnissan leaflast_img read more

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I hold the world non-stop record for a passenger jet

first_imgPassengers and crew of the record breaking Boeing 777-200LR While Qantas’ 19 plus hour test flight from New York to Sydney is impressive, in 2005 I flew a record-breaking 22.40 hours nonstop from Hong Kong to London – the wrong way.It was, and still is, the world’s longest nonstop flight for a commercial jet aircraft and was a night and a day and a night to remember.I was aboard the 777‑200LR for its record-breaking flight on November 9‑10, 2005.Boeing wanted to prove the long-range capabilities of its 777‑200LR.See dramatic video of Asiana A380 engine fireHelping the 35 passengers, made up of flight and technical crew, Boeing executives and a handful of media, to create history was a fuel load of 164 tonnes.The special cabin of the 777-200LRBoeing had fitted out its 777‑ 200LR demonstrator with a luxury interior, complete with a reception area for presentations and a large business class seating zone. A couple of dozen economy seats and some test equipment completed the fit‑out.It was our personal VIP jet.Boeing had also provided a corporate flight attendant, Maureen Walker of Walker Aviation in Seattle. Helping her, two Boeing executives who donned black‑ties to supply a first-class service.Boeing executives in black tie serving VIPS.To save weight passengers were restricted to just 18kg of baggage including laptops and cameras, a situation that provided most of us with serious challenges – and revelations of how achievable travelling light actually is.In Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Airways engineering staff tended the 777‑200LR as if it was their own, while operational staff provided endless flight plan support – mostly in their own time.Flying the 777‑200LR were nine pilots: Pilot in command Captain Suzanna Darcy‑Hennemann, Frank Santoni, John Cashman, Randy Austin and Rodney Scaar from Boeing, with Captains Reza and Malik from PIA, Captain Mathew from Singapore Airlines and Phil Schultz from GE.Pilot in command Captain Suzanna Darcy‑HennemannBut setting a world record is not as simple as just flying from one place to another.Onboard was Arthur Greenfield from the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) to certify that Boeing followed the complex rules to the letter. The night before the flight, the NAA had weighed all passengers and baggage; in fact, every item on board had been weighed.The NAA has plenty of experience in such things having monitored the Wright Brothers’ distance‑record flight in 1905 – and every record flight since.Under the NAA rules, Boeing selected three waypoints three hours before takeoff.Setting a distance record is like a yacht race, with the aircraft having to fly over rather than around a marker, but what it does to get to that mark is up to the crew.Like a smart yachting skipper, the 777 pilots could fly out of the way to pick up stronger tailwinds.Our first marker was on the International Dateline north of Midway Island. The second was over Los Angeles International Airport and the third over New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.Just eighteen minutes after leaving Hong Kong, the 777‑200LR reached its initial cruising altitude of 29,000ft and Captain Darcy‑Hennemann eased right back on the throttles – and what a difference to the fuel burn! At takeoff, the two GE90‑110b engines consumed 22,700kg of fuel per hour but now they were quite happy with just 6810kg and, later in the flight that would drop to just 4086kg an hour.That’s a miserly 2.6ltrs per 100km per passenger for a typical load.CNN’s Richard Quest asks “Are we there yet”.The 777‑200LR tracked northeast over Taipei and the southern island of Japan, before turning due east to the mid‑Pacific. About one hour before the aircraft reached the international dateline, and its first waypoint, passengers witnessed their first sunrise.First sunrise over the PacificAt the first waypoint, the NAA’s Greenfield sat with the pilots to confirm that we had indeed passed over the waypoint.The pilots then turned the 777 northeast to find a promised jet stream that would give us a kick. And kick it did. A 132kt (244k/h) tailwind had us at 614kt (1137km/h) and speeding towards Los Angeles.A light snack!As the 777 approached the city of freeways, passengers had cameras clicking to record the sunset. Then it was happy hour. As we approached the halfway point, out came special Silverlake sparkling wine from Washington State, which was consumed enthusiastically by the guests as we sped over Los Angeles at 03.02UTC.Break out the Champagne…we are making history.Then Boeing Commercial Airplane President, Alan Mulally, symbolically phoned the aircraft, which was fitted with a picocell for mobile phone use. “Congratulations! You are changing the world,” he said excitedly to a beaming Lars Andersen, then 777 VP and program manager.Further words of encouragement were transmitted from other aircraft, although some aircraft traffic controllers were confused as to why we were flying the long way from Hong Kong to London.Very few could sleep. It was way too exciting as we were creating history. Sleep and you might miss something!Exercise time.We were soon over Denver to pick up more fair winds. We then turned east towards New York, which slipped under us at 07.06UTC. Newfoundland was next and as the lights passed below, the first hint of our second sunrise had BBC and CNN cameras in the cockpit to record the historic event.Boeing’s Rodney Scaar at the controls as the second sunrise appears.When the 777‑200LR touched down in London a few hours later, it had flown 22,520km, although Boeing could only claim 21,601km, which was the shortest distance between the waypoints.Touchdown at Heathrow.Charles Lindbergh and Sir Charles Kingsford Smith would have been impressed as the Boeing 777‑200LR, had just conquered the three greatest challenges in early commercial aviation – non‑stop air travel over the continental US, Atlantic, and the Pacific – in one flight.Boeing advert celebrating the flight. Credit Billy GloverLindbergh was the first to conquer the Atlantic solo in May 1927 taking 33 hours, while Kingsford Smith and his three crew took 10 days with three stops to cross the Pacific in June 1928.For commercial aviation, it was not until 1953, with the four‑engine DC‑7, that commercial aircraft could cross the US non‑stop in both directions.Two years later, a more powerful version of the Douglas aircraft – the DC‑7C – enabled airlines to cross the Atlantic non‑stop in both directions.But the Pacific was not conquered non‑stop until Pan American introduced the 747SP in the 1980s.Qantas 787 ChicagoQantas is operating three ultra-long-haul 787 research flights to gather new data about inflight passenger and crew health and wellbeing.The flights form part of planning for Project Sunrise – Qantas’ goal to operate regular, non-stop commercial flights from the east coast of Australia (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) to London and New York.last_img read more

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