BRISTOL, Tenn. — Add close friend Kyle Larson to the list of people surprised by Kasey Kahne’s Thursday announcement that 2018 would mark his last season in NASCAR.Larson and Kahne both split time last weekend between Michigan International Speedway and the Knoxville Nationals, the premier event for sprint-car racing. But Larson says that the notion of Kahne leaving the stock-car circuit never came up.RELATED: Larson primed for Bristol| Drivers react to Kahne’s announcementKahne, 38, said he’s opting to spend more time with his 2 1/2-year-old son, Tanner, and to continue as a hands-on driver/owner for his sprint-car operation.“None. I was kind of caught off guard by it,” Larson said Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway. “I spent a whole week with him in Knoxville and he never mentioned anything about that. So yeah, a little surprising but I think in his situation with having Tanner and wanting to spend more time with him, it’s going to be a lot of fun for him — as well as he’ll get to race a sprint car a bunch. He loves doing that and loves trying to figure out how to make his car go faster and being his own crew chief over there is a lot of fun for him.“I’m excited for him because I know it’s going to be a fun change for him. He’s just going to enjoy life a lot more than he already does.”Kahne, an 18-time winner in his 15th Monster Energy Series season, sits 28th in the drivers’ standings.
Starting in Vietnam, six of the tugs, each of which weighed 500 tonnes and measured 28.6 m x 14.4 m x 15.8 m, were loaded onboard Svenja in Haiphong and another two in Dan Nang.Two of the Damen tugs were secured in the hatch of the SAL vessel, while the remaining six were fastened on deck leaving room for the 1,250-tonne E-house, which was loaded onboard in Batam, Indonesia.SAL explained that a perfect lifting arrangement had to be designed in order to execute the safe loading and unloading of the E-house, which measured 22 m x 28 m x 23 m, amidst the already lashed tugs.Once the cargo was successfully loaded in Indonesia, Svenja sailed first to Rio Grande in Brazil, where the E-house was unloaded ready for work on an FPSO unit. The E-house is a custom-engineered, walk-in metal enclosure specifically built to protect critical equipment in the power distribution network.The vessel then delivered some of the tugs to Lagos, Nigeria, before finally transporting the remaining cargo to the port of Rotterdam.Watch a video of the project below: www.sal-heavylift.com
The Scorpions’ suffocating defense forced the opposition to commit 35 turnovers, which they turned to 45 points and also held the Unicorns to just 26-percent clip. MANILA – Centro Escolar University Scorpions handed Nailtalk-Savio Unicorns a 107-46 beating in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Normel Delos Reyes was the lone bright spot for the Unicorns with 13 points and six rebounds as it fell to 0-2. In the first game, the Technological Institute of the Philippines Engineers got back on the winning track with a 35-point decimation of Italiano’s Homme, 133-98. The Scorpions waxed hot with 32 points in the first quarter while limiting the Unicorns to just two points – the lowest output in a quarter in the developmental league’s history. “I was worried that my players might take this game for granted dahil blowout ‘yung first game nii Nailtalk. But they came to play and did not take it for granted,” said Scorpions head coach Derrick Pumaren. Rich Guinitaran paces the Centro Escolar University Scorpions’ bombardment – with 19 points and six rebounds – of the Nailtalk-Savio Unicorns in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup. PBA PHOTO Rich Guinitaran paced the Scorpions’ (2-0) bombardment with 19 points and six rebounds on Thursday while Senegalese big man Malick Diouf supplied 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks. Senegalese big man Papa Ndiaye led the Engineers’ ruthless rout with 29 points. He accounted for 15 of his side’s 44-point second quarter explosion that turned a slim 22-21 lead to a 66-50 halftime advantage./PN
MMA’s Viscount “Quininup” at Perth Airport. Credit Merv Prime Quininup, a 48-seat Vickers Viscount, gleamed like near new in its MacRobertson Miller Airlines color scheme of blue and green, a stark contrast to the burning red earth she flew over as she took miners north to make their fortunes as Western Australia’s first iron ore boom gathered momentum.But she carried deep in her wing a deadly flaw that had started some five years earlier during a botched modification performed at Essendon Airport.Quininup was a Vickers Viscount 720C and had started life in 1954 as the second of a new fleet for Trans Australian Airlines. A series of leases then purchase saw her owned by Ansett-ANA, which transferred her to its WA subsidiary MMA as VH-RMQ a few months prior to the crash.Read: World’s Best Airlines for 2019For her five crew, she was the darling of the fleet and with a passenger capacity of 48 passengers almost twice the size of her stablemate the Fokker F27 Friendship.Tuesday, December 31, 1968, dawned a typical summer day in Perth: warm with wind out of the north-east.Being New Year’s Eve, the passenger load was light – just 22 including Kelmscott man Keith Dyke, 67, who was flying for the first time.VH-RMQ’s captain, was Brian Bayly, a WW11 bomber pilot who had the right stuff in spades and was the fourth most senior pilot at MMA with over 19,000 hours.Captain Brian Bayly. Photo colorized by Benoit VienneCaptain Bayly was a legend, suave, engaging, and humorous and always smiling.His crew for Flight 1750 to Port Hedland was First Officer Michael Nelson 31, senior training hostess Georgette Bradshaw, 24, Gail Sweetman 23, who had been WA’s entrant in the 1965, Miss Australia Quest. With them was 23-year-old trainee hostess Kay Aubery, who had joined the airline only a month earlier and was making her fourth flight.According to researcher Anthony James, Miss Aubery, an only child, was originally rostered on a flight to Kalgoorlie and was a last-minute inclusion.The boarding call came at 8.10am and one passenger Gordon Collins, a 34-year-old father of eight, was heard to tell his wife: “I don’t want to go”.The Viscount took off at 8.36am.According to Mr. James, “moments later, Dorothy Weir, whose husband, Gordon, was a passenger, had a strange sensation.”Mrs. Weir said “my legs suddenly buckled under me and I could not walk. I just sat there and watched the plane until it disappeared.”Aside from some turbulence early in the flight, the flying conditions were fine.The flight route was north-east over Mount Magnet with a turn due north at Meekatharra, abeam Wittenoom Gorge at 11.14amAt 11.20am, FO Nelson advised that they would be commencing their descent from FL190 (19,000ft) in three minutes.And precisely three minutes later Captain Bayly eased back the throttles on the four Rolls Royce Dart turboprops and Quininup left the cruise level of FL190 and commenced the descent into Port Hedland — a procedure he had done hundreds of timesAt 11.34am, FO Nelson reported that Quininup was 30 miles (48km) south of Port Hedland and had left 7,000 ft.This was the final transmission.Just four seconds later the starboard (right) wing outboard of the inner or No. 3 engine – and including the No. 4 engine – snapped off and hit the tail as it separated sending Quininup into uncontrollable dive, impacting the ground 26 seconds later.But the impact of this disaster is still painful 50 years on.On the huge Indee station, owner Colin Brierly heard two big explosions and observed a huge, black smoke cloud rise in the distance.In Port Hedland, air traffic controller Pat Seymour saw the same ominous smoke.Mr. Seymour told Mr. James: “When I didn’t get a response from the crew, I knew something had gone terribly wrong with the aircraft. Crews always respond promptly during this stage of flight.”Search and rescue efforts were launched immediately.Mr. Brierly was first to the sickening crash site but there were no survivors.All that was left were twisted pieces of metal, scattered over a wide area blackened by the inferno that engulfed the wreckage.The tragedy started the most comprehensive investigation in Australian aviation history at the time.The wing that separated was sent to Melbourne for forensic examination and it was discovered after nine months of forensic investigation that shoddy maintenance work was to blame.Engineers in Melbourne at Ansett performing an upgrade to the wing in 1964 “butchered” pre-drilled holes in a metal plate that was being bolted to the underside of a wing spar so that they lined up with holes in the spar.Incredibly, none of the three involved were ever brought to account and thus the relatives were denied proper compensation.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) financial committee headed by Jyotiraditya Scindia slammed Chennai Super Kings’ valuation of Rs 5 lakh and said that the franchise has cheated the board.During the meeting, CSK’s valuation was discussed and the panel has promised of action by early next week. It has also been learnt that the BCCI expenditure on legal matters in the last two years went up to Rs 56 crore, which was disclosed during the meeting on Thursday.Due to the legal expenses skyrocketing in the past two years, the finance committee decided that infrastructure subsidy to tune of Rs 50 crore granted to the affiliated state associations will not be increased to Rs 75 crore as was proposed for the year.”In the last two financial years, the BCCI’s legal expenses have Rs 31 crore and Rs 25 crore respectively. It comes to the tune of Rs 56 crore and secretary Anurag Thakur and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary rightly said that we can’t right away increase the subsidies. It was also agreed that a guideline will be prepared to check how the funds are being utilised,” a member of the finance committee told PTI on Thursday.It was also learnt reliably that Justice Mukul Mudgal committee probing the IPL spot fixing scam were paid Rs 1.5 crore while the BCCI has already spent Rs 3.90 crore for the Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha committee.The finance committee also took note of the fact that women cricketers have been ignored and the committee decided to start the gradation payment system for them.advertisement”The likes of Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami will be brought under gradation ambit. By next finance committee meeting, we will be able to chalk out a programme as to how this gradation payment would work.”Also the junior and A team cricketers playing domestic cricket will be given more money.”Earlier, U-16 boys would get a meagre amount of Rs 500 per match day which the finance committee plans to increase it to Rs 1000 and similarly for the U-23, it would Rs 2500 per match day,” the source informed.(with PTI inputs)
In celebration of the service and sacrifice of today’s troops and military families, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures treated service members with an advance USO Screening of “The Magnificent Seven” at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst last month.Antoine Fuqua, Chris Pratt and Haley BennettCredit/Copyright: USO/Mike TheilerHosted on the U.S. Air Force’s 69th birthday (Sept. 18th), the USO event also included a visit with director Antoine Fuqua as well as actors Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett.Complete with a tour of the flight line, a series of USO meet & greets, an intimate Q&A with military families in the base theater as well as free movie apparel and souvenirs, the USO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures pulled out all the stops to make the experience memorable for all attendees.
WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate Wednesday in a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy’s durability while signalling that it plans to continue a gradual approach to rate hikes for 2018 under its new chairman, Jerome Powell.The Fed said it expects to raise rates twice more this year. And it increased its estimate for rate hikes in 2019 from two to three, reflecting more optimistic expectations for growth and low unemployment.In a statement after its latest policy meeting, the Fed said it boosted its key short-term rate by a modest quarter-point to a still-low range of 1.5 per cent to 1.75 per cent. It also said it will keep shrinking its bond portfolio. The two moves mean that many consumers and businesses will face higher loan rates over time.Taken together, the Fed’s actions and forecasts suggest a belief that the economy remains sturdy even nearly nine years after the Great Recession ended.The Fed’s latest rate hike marks its sixth since it began tightening credit in December 2015, after having kept its benchmark rate at a record low near zero for seven years to help nurture the economy’s recovery from the recession. Wednesday’s action was approved 8-0, with the Fed avoiding any dissents at the first meeting Powell has presided over as chairman since succeeding Janet Yellen last month.Bond yields and stocks initially rose after the Fed’s announcement. But after wobbling for much of the afternoon, both ended modestly lower.The Dow, having initially jumped as much as 250 points, ended down 44. The 10-year Treasury yield, a benchmark for mortgages and other loans, wound up at 2.88 per cent, down from 2.90 per cent a day earlier. It had traded as high as 2.93 per cent after the Fed’s statement came out.Economists said the decision to raise rates despite some recent sluggish data in areas like consumer spending showed that the Powell-led Fed has faith in the economy’s resilience.“The Fed has more confidence in the economy’s underlying momentum and appears to be more determined to normalize interest rates,” said Mark Vitner, senior economist at Wells Fargo.Vitner predicted that the central bank will end up raising rates four times this year despite its forecast for three.Some investors had speculated that Powell might move to impose his mark on the Fed by signalling a faster pace of rate hikes for 2018. But the Fed’s new economic forecasts, which include a median projection for the path of future increases, made no change to its December projection for three hikes this year.If the Fed does stick with its forecast for three rate increases this year and three in 2019, its key policy rate would stand at 3.4 per cent after five years of credit tightening. Wednesday’s forecast put the Fed long-term rate — the point at which its policies are neither boosting the economy nor holding it back — at 2.9 per cent.At a news conference after the meeting, Powell said the Fed hasn’t lowered its forecasts for growth because of the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. But he said the Fed’s regional bank presidents have heard concerns from businesses about the consequences of the tariffs.“Trade policy has become a concern going forward for that group,” the chairman said, referring to business leaders.But among the Fed officials who met in Washington this week, Powell said, “there’s no thought that changes in trade policy should have any effect on the current outlook.”Powell’s first news conference ended 15 minutes earlier than the roughly hour-long sessions Yellen typically held, primarily because he kept his answers shorter. Powell said he might choose to hold a news conference after each of the Fed’s eight meetings each year, up from four now, but that he hadn’t yet decided.Wednesday’s statement showed only minor changes from the text the Fed had issued in January after Yellen’s final meeting. The statement described economic activity as rising at a “moderate rate,” a slight downgrade from January, when the Fed described the economy as rising at a “solid rate.”The statement did not mention the extra government stimulus that has been added since the Fed’s most recent economic forecast in the form of a $1.5 trillion tax cut and a budget agreement that will add $300 billion in government spending over two years.But the Fed’s new forecast does envision somewhat stronger economic growth compared with its previous estimate: It raises the estimate to 2.7 per cent growth this year, up from 2.5 per cent in the December projection, and 2.4 per cent in 2019, up from 2.1 per cent.Those higher estimates may reflect the expected impact of the additional government spending. But they fall far short of the 3 per cent annual growth that the Trump administration has argued will be achieved with the implementation of its economic program.The U.S. unemployment rate, now at a 17-year low of 4.1 per cent, is expected to keep falling to 3.8 per cent at the end of this year and 3.6 per cent at the end of 2019, which would be the lowest rate in a half-century. The Fed expects inflation, which has run below its 2 per cent target for six years, to stay at 1.9 per cent this year and reach 2 per cent in 2019.A healthy job market and a steady if unspectacular economy have given the Fed the confidence to think the economy can withstand further increases within a still historically low range of borrowing rates.___AP Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber contributed to this report.
TORONTO — DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. says light vehicle sales fell eight per cent in December compared with last year for a tenth straight month of declines.The auto consultant says 114,289 vehicles sold in December, compared with 124,247 in the same month last year, for a 12.1 per cent decline in passenger car sales and a 6.5 per cent decline in light truck sales.Total light vehicles sales for 2018 came in at 1.985 million, down 2.6 per cent from the record 2.039 million vehicles sold a year earlier.Light truck sales, which include pickup trucks and various types of SUVs, rose 0.6 per cent in 2018, while generally more fuel efficient passenger car sales dropped 9.7 per cent year over year.General Motors, which has faced criticism for plans to close its Oshawa Assembly Plant, saw sales drop 30 per cent in December from a year earlier.Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also saw a steep drop at 32.5 per cent, while Ford Motor Co. was down 8.4 per cent. Toyota sales were up 28 per cent and Honda sales were up 11.2 per cent. The Canadian Press
London: Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United all failed to muster a win for the second consecutive Premier League weekend as the contenders for a place in next season’s Champions League stumble towards the finish line. Spurs, in third place behind runaway pacesetters Manchester City and Liverpool, are best-placed to secure a fourth straight season of Champions League football. Their 1-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday is the only time in the past 10 games involving the four sides that one of them has won. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuChelsea are in pole position for fourth, two points ahead of Arsenal, with United’s chances now looking slim — they are a point behind Arsenal with a significantly inferior goal difference. For Tottenham, a first defeat at the club’s new stadium, against West Ham on Saturday, means Spurs have now lost 12 times in the league this season. Yet it has still been a campaign of overachievement by Mauricio Pochettino’s men. Despite not signing a single player, spending most of the season at their temporary home of Wembley, and losing talismanic striker Harry Kane for two prolonged spells through injury, Spurs are still the best of the rest in the Premier League behind City and Liverpool and have reached the Champions League semi-finals. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”The stress and the fatigue arrived, We are competing with circumstances that are not the best,” admitted Pochettino after a sixth defeat in 10 league games. Spurs’ skeleton squad have understandably ran out of gas, but thanks to the profligacy of their rivals, one more win from their final two games against Bournemouth and Everton will guarantee much-needed Champions League cash again next season. Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri launched an uncharacteristically staunch defence of his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge after a 1-1 draw away to United on Sunday consolidated his side’s place in the top four. “We played the final in the League Cup, we are fighting for the top four, we are in the semi-finals of the Europa League. I think we have done a good season.” Sarri has had his troubles this season. He publicly criticised his players’ mentality followed capitulations on the road at Arsenal, Bournemouth and Everton, while his demand for the loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain in January has reaped precious little reward. Worse could come, with Eden Hazard reportedly closing in on a summer move to Real Madrid and the club currently banned from signing any new players to replace the Belgian for the next two transfer windows. Therefore, it is all the more imperative that Chelsea get back in the Champions League next season. Much of the good work done by Unai Emery over nine months to rebuild the Gunners in the first season since Arsene Wenger’s departure has come undone over three defeats to Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester in eight days. The defensive issues that dogged Wenger’s final years in charge still need to be resolved, while Emery constantly chops and changes his formation and personnel in midfield and attack. A three-time Europa League winner with Sevilla, that competition may now prove Arsenal’s best route back to the Champions League but a tough tie against Emery’s old side Valencia awaits in the semi-finals. Despite a run of seven defeats in nine games, United remarkably still had a good chance of hauling themselves into the top four had they held onto an early lead against Chelsea on Sunday. However, United’s current malaise is personified by a dramatic dip in form for goalkeeper David de Gea, who has so often been his side’s saviour in recent seasons.
Mumbai: Saif Ali Khan’s upcoming film backed by Aanand L Rai’s Colour Yellow Productions is set for a September release. According to a statement issued by the makers, the team will soon announce the title of the film. The project was earlier named “Hunter”. As per reports, the film which is set in 1780, shows Saif as a failed sadhu (Hindu ascetic). The movie, directed by Navdeep Singh, also features “Mukkabaaz” actor Zoya Hussain and Manav Vij.