Rejuvenated Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson blitzed England with a haul of five for 42 to lead his country to an emphatic 381-run victory in the first Ashes test on Sunday.It was a first win in 10 tests for Australia after losing a series 4-0 in India and another in England 3-0 this year, and a first triumph in eight Ashes contests since the Perth test in 2010.The weather, which delayed play twice for more than two hours, at one stage looked like extending the sometimes fractious contest into a fifth day before Johnson stepped up to polish off the final English batsmen in the Gabba twilight.England’s hopes of any kind of result at Brisbane had been slim at best when they were set a record 561 to win and lost two second innings wickets for only 24 runs on Saturday evening.They were shattered when the dismissal of captain Alastair Cook for 65 triggered a collapse from 142 for four to 160 for eight in the 45 minutes between the two weather disruptions.The victory was a confirmation of a renewed sense of confidence in the Australia team after a miserable year and will strengthen their belief that they can stop England winning a fourth successive Ashes series.“As a team, we’ve copped a fair bit of criticism of late, and our performances have probably deserved that,” said Australia captain Michael Clarke.“The win is very important, very special to us, it’s a great way to start the series.“We’ll enjoy it, no doubt about that, but we’re seven or eight days away from the second test match and we know England will come back harder.”Left-arm quick Johnson, who took 4-61 as the tourists were skittled for 136 in their first innings and contributed 103 runs with the bat, was named Man of the Match after claiming his eighth test five-wicket haul.Cook said England would regroup and come out fighting in the second test in Adelaide but needed to take a long, hard look at how they dealt with Johnson.“We’re going to have to be really honest with ourselves about how we go about trying to play him,” he said.“We can’t brush the issue, he’s hurt us in this game and we’re going to come back and show our ability in the next game.”“It’s just one loss, it’s a five-match test series so there’s plenty of time to fight back. We’ve done it before.”England made a reasonable start to the day but Kevin Pietersen (26) and Ian Bell (32) lost their wickets with shots they need not have played.As in the first innings when England lost six wickets for nine runs in one spell, though, it was spinner Nathan Lyon (2-46) who really got the ball rolling for the hosts.HAILSTORM BEFORE COLLAPSECook, who scored 235 not out in his second innings in the last Ashes test at the Gabba, had played a composed and defiant innings with just three boundaries before a dramatic hailstorm forced the players off the field.Six balls after the resumption, Lyon got a little bit of extra bounce out of the surface and Cook caught a top edge with an attempted cut with Brad Haddin taking the catch behind the wickets.England were only able to add only six runs for the next three wickets with Matt Prior (4), Stuart Broad (4) and Graeme Swann (0) quickly following their captain back to the pavilion.Lyon, who later got his first chance to lead Australia in the victory song despite being given the task last January, had Prior caught at leg slip by David Warner after just eight minutes in the middle.A bullish Broad lasted just three deliveries and five minutes before he got the faintest of touches to a Johnson delivery which again Haddin snaffled up.Swann lasted just two balls before a meek fend at a Johnson snorter saw the ball fly into the hands of a diving Steve Smith in the slips.England regrouped sufficiently to survive until the rain started falling again but the storm passed reasonably quickly and the players were back out with an hour of play remaining.Chris Tremlett blocked for seven runs until a rising Ryan Harris ball came off the splint of his bat into the hands of George Bailey at short leg.That left Joe Root (26 not out) and James Anderson as England’s last two batsmen and fittingly it was Johnson who dealt the coup de grace by dismissing his fellow quick caught and bowled to trigger the celebrations.“To get a five-for in a test match in an Ashes series is unbelievable feeling,” said Johnson, who has been lampooned in song for the last four years by England’s Barmy Army of fans.“All the boys just racing in and getting in a huddle was a great celebration for us. It was just a great moment, something I’ll never forget.“We need to celebrate tonight because it has been a while.”
European football’s governing body UEFA said it was reviewing security for Wednesday’s Champions League matches and would increase it where necessary, a day after explosions hit the Borussia Dortmund team bus.Tuesday’s match was called off after the blasts, which damaged the vehicle en route to the stadium for the German side’s clash with AS Monaco.UEFA said in a statement there had been no specific intelligence regarding any threat to Wednesday’s matches.They include the rescheduled Dortmund/Monaco game, while Bayern Munich are due to host Real Madrid in Germany with Atletico Madrid at home to Leiceister City in Spain.Four ties in the secondary Europa League competition are due to be played Thursday with matches in Lyon, Amsterdam, Brussels and the Spanish city of Vigo.“UEFA – in co-operation with the police, security services, stadium management and the clubs involved – is reviewing the security arrangements for tonight’s matches and security procedures will be enhanced accordingly wherever needed,” it said.Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA’s competitions director, told Reuters television that it was the first such incident the European football body had to deal with.“And no, we have not received any information regarding this type of attack, prior to the match,” he said at UEFA headquarters.“We have already asked the clubs to review, with the police, their security arrangements and measures to guarantee the safety and security of all those involved today and also tomorrow.”He said that there would be “more body searches” at the Dortmund game.“Backpacks will not be admitted into the stadium, there will be restriction for the car parking and of course, more stewards and more policemen around.”
Researchers discovered the brilliantly colored rainbow chameleon, now named Calumma uetzi, during an expedition to the remote Sorata massif in northern Madagascar in 2012.Over surveys between 2015 and 2016, the researchers found another new species of chameleon, now dubbed Calumma juliae, in a 15-square-kilometer patch of forest. The researchers were unable to find any males of this species.They also found only a single male specimen of the third new chameleon species, Calumma lefona, spotted in Andrevorevo in northern Madagascar. Researchers surveying Madagascar’s forests have discovered three new species of chameleons, including one that flashes rainbow colors and one that’s currently known only from a tiny patch of rainforest.A team of German and Malagasy herpetologists found the brilliantly colored rainbow chameleon, now named Calumma uetzi, during an expedition to the remote Sorata massif in northern Madagascar in 2012. The males of this newly described species are usually greenish-beige with a tinge of blue on the sides of their faces, while the females are mostly brownish. But when the two sexes encounter each other, the male, in an attempt to win over the female, displays spectacular coloration, turning his body into a mosaic of yellow, red, blue-green and violet. A female that’s unimpressed changes color too, darkening her skin to nearly black, the researchers report in a new study published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.The team named C. uetzi after Peter Uetz of Virginia Commonwealth University, U.S., who has been voluntarily developing and maintaining the Reptile Database for over 20 years, the authors write.“This database is the most important online resource for information on reptile species, thereby providing a priceless service to herpetology and a model for what should be available for all organism groups,” they add.When a male Calumma uetzi, left, meets an unreceptive female, the mood can quickly get aggressive. While the male puts on a show of color, the female darkens and develops brightly contrasting patterns on her head, threatening the male with open mouth. Image by Frank Glaw (ZSM/LMU).Over surveys between 2015 and 2016, the researchers found another new species of chameleon, which they named Calumma juliae in honor of Julia Forster, who helped collect some of the specimens. The researchers found the new species just a few kilometers east of the city of Moramanga, in a 15-square-kilometer (5.8-square-mile) patch of forest close to a heavily traveled road.So far, the researchers have been unable to spot any male individuals of this species, and have encountered only females.“Probably the males just sit very high in the trees and we just have not met them yet,” David Prötzel, a doctoral student at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and lead author of the study, told Mongabay. “It might also be possible that there are no males in that population and that they are parthenogenetic” — capable of producing babies from unfertilized eggs — “but that is very unlikely and would be the first case in chameleons.”The new chameleon species Calumma juliae from a small forest fragment in eastern Madagascar. Image by David Prötzel (ZSM/LMU).By contrast, only a single male specimen is known of the third new chameleon species, Calumma lefona, which the researchers found in Andrevorevo in northern Madagascar. The species has a distinct spear-shaped nose flap or rostral appendage, the authors write, and gets its name from the Malagasy word lefona, meaning “spear.”All of the three newly described species occur over very small areas, putting them at risk of extinction, the researchers say. Two of the three species, C. lefona and C. juliae, are currently known only from single locations, with the latter known from just a tiny forest fragment that is already threatened by habitat loss.“Recent imagery from Google Earth shows that, since our discovery of this chameleon just two years ago, already a significant area of its little home has been lost to deforestation,” Prötzel said. “We hope that this area can be protected as soon as possible.”“From everything we know about these species, they all have very small distribution ranges,” said study co-author Frank Glaw, head of the herpetology section of the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (known in German as Zoologische Staatssammlung München, or ZSM).“But right now, many new protected areas are being established in Madagascar, which will certainly be important for the future of Madagascar’s unique diversity,” he added.A male of the new species Calumma uetzi in courtship display colors. Image by Frank Glaw (ZSM/LMU).Citation:Prötzel, D., Vences, M., Hawlitschek, O., Scherz, M. D., Ratsoavina, F. M., & Glaw, F. (2018). Endangered beauties: micro-CT cranial osteology, molecular genetics and external morphology reveal three new species of chameleons in the Calumma boettgeri complex (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Herps, New Species, Rainforests, Reptiles, Research, Species Discovery, Tropical Forests, Wildlife
It is too obscene for anyone to miss. The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) has effectively incorporated double standards in its arsenal of weapons to consolidate dictatorship in Guyana. They campaigned in 2015 on an agenda of change.But the May 2015 change of Government allowed dictatorship to return to Guyana. For those who still only see the threat of dictatorship, the bad news is Guyana has already become a dictatorship. The double standards we see being practiced every day are instruments of power perverted. These double standards represent yet another stark demonstration that Guyana has already become enmeshed into the dark days of dictatorship, days reminiscent of the Burnham/Hoyte People’s National Congress (PNC) authoritarian regime.APNU/AFC, similar to the PNC Governments between 1964 and 1992, simply do not care if anyone trusts them or not, they are only interested in maximising the use of any instrument that will reinforce their power. Those who, or those actions which are supportive of the Government, even if laws are broken and even if the actions are absolutely corrupted, are protected by “sovereign immunity”, a powerful weapon the State uses to enforce its dictatorial power. APNU/AFC is determined that it will govern, surpassing the PNC in its enforcement of the principle “the King can do no wrong”. That immunity extends to the “King’s” people.No one denies that high officials linked to APNU/AFC are associated with the ship recently caught with smuggled fuel. The Head of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) conceded that it was a criminal fuel smuggling operation. Yet the owners of the operation are getting away “scotch-free” – no punishment, nada. For this serious crime on the high seas, the owners simply have to pay the taxes owed for the fuel that the ship was caught with. Who believes this was the first ever smuggled fuel this ship was involved in? Was this smuggling operation not an open secret all along? What if the people associated with this ship with smuggled fuel were not linked to the Government? Without double-standards, the minimum would have been seizure of the ship and criminal charges against the owners or the operators.Blatant double standards are evident in the news that three low-level Police officers were transferred after a routine sitting of candidates for a drivers licence examination revealed there were 106 persons who physically took the exams, but there were 207 written exams at the end, 101 extra non-present candidates. How did this happen? To make matters worse, the three Policemen had no official or unofficial role to be present. Assuming, they were involved in the skullduggery all by themselves, why is it they are simply transferred? This is a crime and they should be charged with a crime. The soft-landing “punishment” is merely hiding the crime and allowing a pass.The issue of Government’s response to Rusal versus sugar workers provides a sinister insight into the muddy mind of this Government. We commend the Government for quickly meeting with the Rusal bauxite workers whose jobs are on the line because of the American sanctions against Rusal. The quick response by APNU/AFC to establish a task force that will seek to provide necessary support for the 200 plus Rusal workers, if and when they would have lost their jobs, is the right thing. The question is why no one in this Government thought of a similar task force, why they rejected a task force proposal in December 2016 and why the livelihood of 7000 sugar workers did not elicit a similar urgent response from APNU/AFC. There is a worrying double standard in APNU/AFC’s response in the case of the 200 Rusal workers whose jobs are on the line versus the 7000 sugar workers who have lost their jobs.Frighteningly, these few examples of double standards are just from this past week. If one cares to look, we will see the double standards every day. When Juan Edghill demanded to speak in Parliament, even as the Speaker was denying him his rights, Police was brought in to arrest him and his colleagues who joined him in standing up. The APNU/AFC leaders accused the PPP MPs of being disrespectful and undemocratic. Yet these same leaders smile when their Councillors refuse to allow any civil meeting of the Regional Democratic Councils in Regions Two and Five. Most Guyanese are willing to simply “smh” in disgust. APNU/AFC, however, is “lol” as they wreak havoc with disgusting double standards.
Dear Editor,I refer to Mr Geoffrey Statia, the Commissioner General (CG) of GRA, responding to my letter captioned ‘Why has the GRA’s Annual Report for 2015 not been laid in Parliament?’While I welcome the steps he has outlined and his commitment to correct the inherent malfunction in meeting its fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers, we must recognize that the Revenue Statement is not the published Annual Report. So the fact remains that the 2015 Annual Report of the GRA is still incomplete. So what next, Mr Statia?From Mr Statia’s discourse, it now begs the question: How can the public read the 2016 Annual Report of the Bank of Guyana (BoG) since April 2017, but cannot read the same for the GRA? Only the 2014 Annual Report of the GRA is complete? Isn’t GRA, according to Article 9 of the Revenue Authority Act, (1996), an independent body corporate similar to the BoG? And does it not have the power to trigger its own audit and its own annual report?Even if the GRA is dependent on the Audit Office to complete the laying of its report in Parliament, there is nothing stopping Mr Statia and the GRA from following the culture of public accountability that exists at the Central Bank. The GRA is struggling to adhere to the basics when it comes to transparency and accountability. I am hoping the Minister of Finance — especially Minister Jaipaul Sharma, who is known to be a stickler for following the law — would have a word with the GRA, so that entity can get into financial shape.This is an easy fix; like the Bank of Guyana, GRA should have the ability to publish its annual report on its website. The rule of law provides for it; the Guyanese taxpayers would welcome it; and therefore the only missing link is whether, at the very top of the GRA, there is a firm commitment to transparency, financial accountability and following the rule of law.Regards,Sase Singh
Anthony Jhagroo, who was held in connection with the murder of mechanic Yogeshwar Shivcharran, who was beaten at Belle West, West Bank Demerara, escaped from Police custody on Wednesday morning.Yogeshwar Shivcharran and partner Aresa Persaud in happier timesAccording to reports, the man escaped during the wee hours of Wednesday morning, when there was an extended power outage in Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and Four (Demerara-Mahaica).Reports are that at about 03:30h on Wednesday, the man, said to be in his early 20s, made his way through a gap in the wall of the holding area of the La Grange Police Station, West Bank Demerara.According to reports, there were two Police ranks on duty at the time of the escape. The two officers are being held under close arrest and the Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating.Guyana Times understands that Police reportedly sent out a search team around 10:00h Wednesday morning, but up to late Wednesday evening, the man was not recaptured.Meanwhile, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum when contacted said he was unaware of the escape, but stressed that the officers who were on duty at the time could be charged for failing to report the escape.Police Detectives were awaiting the results of a post mortem-examination performed on Shivcharran before charging the suspect. Those results showed that the man died from blunt force trauma to the head and haemorrhaging.Shivcharran, of Belle West, West Bank Demerara, succumbed to his injuries six days after an alleged beating, reportedly at the hands of drunken neighbours.Relatives noted that Shivcharran suffered seizures and in a mental episode last Monday, July 4, he had removed his clothing and approached his neighbours who were consuming alcohol next door.Information received indicated that the man’s neighbours reportedly pelted the mechanic with beer bottles before beating him to his head and body. Shivcharran was treated at the West Demerara Regional Hospital before he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday night. Before the suspect in custody fled, Police on Monday had questioned and released three women in connection with the crime.The suspect was being held at the La Grange Police Station since Tuesday following the Police investigations. … sneaked through gap in station wall
As the ongoing saga between members of the two political entities of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) continues, the nation’s national pledge has been caught up in the dispute. In an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, Region Five Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal disclosed that last Thursday’s RDC meeting was disrupted once again.A section of the gathering at last Thursday’s disrupted meetingHe told this publication that only the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillors, along with newly appointed Regional Executive Officer, Ovind Morrinson and his staff, stood for the recital of the national pledge.“For the national pledge, all of the Councillors of the PPP were standing there, the recently appointed REO and his staff stood up and they had recited the national pledge while Councillors from the [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change] APNU/AFC remain seated so they disrespected the national pledge,” the Chairman pointed out.“Mr Morrison had attended his first statutory meeting there. I had introduced him, I had welcomed him to the region and I had given him the opportunity to address the Council; however, the Councillors continued with their disrespectful behaviour and did not allow him although he was standing on the floor, and had entered his presentation but because of their disrespectfulness, he had to discontinue,” the Chairman expressed further.Ramphal opined that it is the duty of all citizens to honour the pledge.“They are more disrespectful now because every individual of this land should respect the pledge of this land despite their political affiliation, religion or race… they should have stood at the time when the national pledge was recited,” Ramphal surmised.He also indicated that he then asked to be excused and gave way for the Regional Vice Chairman, Rion Peters, to continue the meeting, but he was also disallowed from presiding.Guyana Times has learnt that the new REO had expected the meeting to move forward as he reportedly stated his intention to work with the RDC to advance the work of the region.Earlier this month, Ramphal had contended that because of the lack of monthly statutory meetings, there was a lack of transparency with regard to the RDC’s financial operations. He had stated that the lack of meetings was also affecting the degree to which there could be effective monitoring of projects that were awarded and he had made calls for former REO, Roderick Edinboro, to be clear on the region’s financial records.The issue that has led to the constant disruption of RDC meetings, stemmed from Councillors of the APNU/AFC demanding an apology from the Chairman, premised on claims that Ramphal had disrespected President David Granger by not showing up for an event on January 15, where the President commissioned two buses under the then Three ‘Bs’ initiative.Ramphal has however argued that he was never invited to the event, and as such, there was no need to apologise.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo late last month expressed that Government should condemn what he described as “thuggery” at the Region Five RDC.“President Granger, who talks a lot about social cohesion and allowing local government organs to work, should look at what his Government is doing,” Jagdeo had pointed out.
Evans says to him, that area will always be the Condill and he will always have the memories. “It had running water and it was heated water and you could go in and for 75 cents have a bath. A lot of people did it.”There were three hotels at the time. The Condill, The Frontier Inn and The Fort.Evans says that due to the age of the building, there isn’t much that can be done in terms of restoration.“Buildings like that have a lifespan unfortunately and it is time for it to go. You couldn’t buy it and drag it into the 21st century, it isn’t practical.”Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Condill Hotel has been purchased by the City of Fort St. John and with plans for demolition, some will still have memories of the historic hotel.The hotel was built in 1942 during the construction of the Alaska Highway. It also turns 75 this year.The original owners Con Hergot and Joe Dill built the hotel.- Advertisement -Larry Evans says the hotel will have memories for many people, including himself.“It was a place to stay at the time because it was a modern hotel. What they did is, Con took his first name and Joe took his last name and they called in the ‘Condill’ and that is how it got its name.”Evans noted that one of the main things about the hotel was the fact that it had hot, running water.Advertisement
1 Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will join MLS side LA Galaxy in the summer, according to coach Bruce Arena.The Reds skipper has agreed a deal with the American franchise, and will complete a switch when his contract expires at the end of the season.Gerrard, who claims he would have signed a new contract at Anfield if it had been offered at the start of this campaign, has been at the Merseyside club for 17 years.And, speaking in an interview with the LA Times, Arena confirmed the former England skipper will move to America.“Steven Gerrard arrives in July and by then we will certainly have a plan available,” he said. “He’s a player of quality. I’m not concerned about how he’s going to fit in with our team.“We have a club now with a proven history of success. All those things go hand in hand in making LA Galaxy a very attractive team for players such as Gerrard.”Galaxy president Chris Klein described the Reds captain as “the perfect fit”.“We just started thinking in the universe of players that are out there, we want to make a decision on what signifies a Galaxy-designated player.“When we look at that, Gerrard is the perfect fit with what he brings to us on the field and the character that he has off it.” Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
Linda Rutherford, a spokeswoman for Southwest Airlines Co., said the airline experienced delays on about 40 percent of its 3,300 daily flights – the majority due to the air-traffic control problems. Bryan Baldwin, a spokesman for JetBlue Airways Corp., said some flights experienced delays as long as four hours, and said the problem is likely to continue into the evening. “The New York metro area is the most congested air space in the country,” Baldwin said. “When there’s any type of interruption to the air traffic system, it’s going to affect the most congested areas the most.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Delays for arriving flights at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport averaged nearly four hours early Friday evening, the FAA said. Doug Church, a spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, said the problem forced controllers to enter flight information manually, which he described as a time-consuming practice. “With some of these East Coast airports, nothing is getting in right now,” Church said Friday afternoon. AMR Corp.’s American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner acknowledged the computer troubles and said the nation’s largest carrier experienced about 50 cancellations on the East Coast, with New York’s LaGuardia departures being hit the hardest. Hundreds of flights in both directions were delayed for two to three hours at New York’s two other major airports, Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International, said Steve Coleman, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Betsy Talton, a spokeswoman for Delta Air Lines Inc., said the Atlanta-based airline was experiencing delays of roughly two hours Friday in the Northeast, but she attributed the backlog to thunderstorms. WASHINGTON – A cascading computer failure in the nation’s air-traffic control system caused severe flight delays and some cancellations Friday along the East Coast. A computer system in Atlanta that processes pilots’ flights plans and sends them to air-traffic controllers failed early Friday, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Diane Spitaliere said. In response, the agency rerouted the system’s functions to another computer in Salt Lake City, which overloaded because of the increased volume of data, magnifying the problem. The FAA could not immediately calculate the number of flight delays caused by the problem, which was made worse by bad weather, Spitaliere said. Airlines experienced thousands of delays, some lasting several hours, in what was shaping up to be one of the country’s worst days this year for air travel. Although the computer malfunctions were fixed shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, their impact lingered on into the late afternoon, especially in New York, where computer systems took two extra hours to connect with the central system in Atlanta, the FAA said. Spitaliere said the flight delays in the rest of the country were not as severe.