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Dec
30

Exclusive! Joey Barton reveals he SNUBBED new West Ham offer to join Burnley

first_imgJoey Barton has told talkSPORT he rejected renewed interest from West Ham to play under Sean Dyche at Burnley.Barton had been on the verge of moving to Upton Park earlier this month before club chiefs scrapped the deal for the free agent in the wake of a fans’ backlash.He claims the Hammers tried to revive the deal over the weekend after suffering two straight defeats, but the 32-year-old didn’t feel wanted by them following their initial snub and instead opted to sign a one-year deal with Championship side Burnley.Speaking on Drivetime on Friday when he co-hosted the show, Barton explained: “West Ham decided two weeks ago they were going to go down a different route and all of a sudden after they lost to Bournemouth they decided they wanted to revive it, or their owner did – but it was instantly uncomfortable for me.“If they didn’t want me at the club or certain players at the club didn’t want me and they have been beaten twice and all of a sudden they need me… that is not me. I am an all or nothing person and if you want to get behind me, get behind me.”Barton also claims he had a big-money offer from a leading club in Switzerland but he says the draw of working under Dyche at Turf Moor was too strong – despite the big hit the former QPR man has taken in wages.He added: “There was a club in Switzerland who play in the Europa League who financially were the best deal out there for me. But I went to meet Sean and sat down and it was just a no-brainer. I walked out of the room thinking I have got to do this for many, many reasons.“It was just too good of an opportunity to turn down. I thought this is a place where I could go and enjoy my football, progress as a player, and be part of a good group. There is a real good spirit at the club.“I honestly couldn’t have missed the opportunity and I’m really, really humbled to be given the opportunity to play there.“When I signed for QPR, I did make a financial decision. After that went wrong, I swore to myself I would never make a financial decision again in my life because it really affected me.“That was the great thing about Burnley. The money bandied about in Switzerland was tax-free, it was a longer contract. Financially it was the best package out there, but I thought I have made that decision once, I am not doing that again.“I have had to go into Burnley and buy into their wage structure. I just want to be a part of it. The financial part is what it is. I have made a great football decision and I think time will justify it.”last_img read more

Dec
30

Everton boss Martinez plots beat the deadline loan move

first_imgEverton boss Roberto Martinez might be tempted into the loan market to supplement his squad.The Goodison boss appears to have kept John Stones out of Chelsea’s grasp but he lost Tom Cleverley for the foreseeable future to a serious looking knee injury on Saturday.Everton fans are keen for their club to spend more money to chase down the Premier League’s biggest sides, but pragmatic Martinez admits he is more likely to wheel and deal in the loan market. 1 When asked if he could be tempted into making a temporary signing, hez said: “Yes, maybe. We want to use the time and see if we can do something.”last_img read more

Dec
30

SACKED! Leeds United ditch Uwe Rosler and line up Steve Evans to replace him

first_img Uwe Rosler 1 Uwe Rosler has been sacked as manager of Leeds United.The German was only appointed in the summer, replacing Neil Redfearn, but has been shown the door by the club’s owner Massimo Cellino just 11 games into the Championship season.Rosler oversaw just two wins from his 11 league matches and Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton has proved to be his final game in charge.A brief statement posted by the club on Twitter read: “#lufc can confirm that Uwe Rosler has parted company with the club. A full statement will be released later today.”Former Rotherham boss Steve Evans is understood to be Cellino’s top target to replace Rosler and could be installed by Monday afternoon.Evans will become the sixth manager appointed by Cellino since his takeover of the club in April 2014.As well as Rosler and Redfearn, the controversial Italian businessman has also dispensed with the services of Brian McDermott, Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic during his Elland Road tenure.Evans will be a hugely controversial appointment by the Leeds chief.The 52-year-old has enjoyed success with Crawley and Rotherham, but is not a popular figure with many football fans.He has courted controversy throughout his career and was found guilty of tax fraud for disguising wages and bonuses as expenses during his time as Boston manager between 1997-2002.last_img read more

Dec
30

All 20 Premier League clubs power ranked from worst to first based on expectation v results

first_img 13. Manchester United – The Red Devils are still very much in the hunt for the top four, having finished fourth last season under Louis van Gaal, but in truth it’s been a poor season so far for a club used to title challenges. United had the third highest net spend in the Premier League last summer, having spent a fortune over the previous 12 months, so to find themselves in sixth place behind West Ham, nine points off top spot and playing some turgid football, is simply not good enough. For those reasons, they place a poor 13th in our power ranking after 21 games. 5. Tottenham Hotspur – Fifth is the position Tottenham dread and, while they are fourth in the Premier League, it’s fifth place for them in our power ranking at this stage of the season. Spurs have undoubtedly made progress under Mauricio Pochettino, going on a 14-match unbeaten run in the Premier League this campaign, but too many draws have put them off the title pace set by rivals Arsenal. Still, a Champions League place would be a grand return for a relatively small net spend of £5.27m last summer. 20. Chelsea – yes, in last place in our Premier League power ranking table, it’s the defending champions. Read why we’ve put the Blues bottom, below, then click the arrow above to see how the rest rank – To go from runaway Premier League champions to 14th after 21 games is unprecedented, which is largely why Chelsea are placed 20th in our Premier League power ranking at this stage of the season. Before the campaign began, it would have taken a brave person to predict Chelsea would finish outside the top four, but now it would take an even braver person to predict them finishing fourth. One of the most successful football managers ever, and a Chelsea hero, Jose Mourinho was sacked, while the controversy surrounding Dr Eva Carneiro’s departure from the club sums up a nightmare season at Stamford Bridge. And the less said about last summer’s signings, the better. 2. Watford – The Hornets have been in the Premier League twice before, and on both occasions went straight back down, but this time round they look like staying up with relative ease. Sat in 10th after 21 games, they are just two points behind Liverpool and 11 clear of the relegation zone, having managed to win just one game less than Tottenham and Man United. Not bad for a team coming up from the Championship. 19. Newcastle United – The Magpies finally showed some ambition in the transfer market last summer, splashing out over £46m net, making them the second biggest spenders in the Premier League behind Man City. And what have they had to show for it? Newcastle are second from bottom and face a big fight to save their top flight status. The fightback against Manchester United showed they are capable of showing some stomach, but after 21 games they are in big trouble. 20 18. Aston Villa – Rock bottom of the Premier League table, Villa at least lift themselves up to 18th in our power ranking. Why? Because they were always going to struggle this season, after years of poor management and lack of investment in the team, and so are arguably punching at their weight, unlike Chelsea and Newcastle. But that is where the hint of positivity ends. Last summer, the Villans sold top scorer Christian Benteke and key midfielder Fabian Delph, and their replacements just haven’t been up to scratch. It will take a minor miracle for the club to avoid relegation now and no one can say it hasn’t been coming, after progressively worse showings in recent years. 14. Southampton – Like Swansea, Saints have punched above their weight in recent seasons, despite selling over £130m-worth of talent in just over a year. Last summer, Southampton were the only Premier League club to make a profit in the transfer market, but ultimately it is results on the pitch that matter and, after finishing eighth and seventh in the past two campaigns, the club are now in danger of sliding down the table. After 21 matches, Southampton are 12th and will settle for a comfortable mid-table finish. 10. Liverpool – The Reds dream of a top four finish, but they have been too inconsistent to trouble the Champions League places so far this season. Weakened by the sale of Raheem Sterling last summer, former boss Brendan Rodgers oversaw a net spend that was only 13th highest in the division and after 21 games they are sat in ninth place, five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham. Jurgen Klopp’s appointment has undoubtedly offered hope for the future, although with the current squad he has overseen fluctuating performances, from the sublime (4-1 at Manchester City) to the abysmal (3-0 at Watford). 20 20 8. Stoke City – Perhaps Stoke’s biggest achievement this season has been to completely shed their tag as the Premier League’s anti-football side, and become known for their stylish play. Just four points off the top four, in seventh place, at the moment they are on track to beat their ninth place finishes in the past two seasons. 4. Arsenal 12. West Brom – After a few yo-yo years, this is West Bromwich Albion’s sixth successive season in the Premier League and all concerned at the Hawthorns will be happy to finish mid-table again, as they enjoy a stability that is the envy of other West Midlands clubs. After 21 games, the Baggies sit 13th in the table following a hard fought draw away to Chelsea. It’s a satisfactory return so far on last summer’s net spend of £27.5m. 20 20 20 16. Swansea City – For the past few years Swansea have been the poster boys for clubs aspiring to gain promotion to the Premier League, as solid top half finishers since coming up in 2011. Last season under Garry Monk’s management, the Swans finished eighth, but have struggled this time round and sacked their young manager before Christmas. The club were frugal with their recruitment last summer and sit just above the relegation zone after 21 games, having been thrashed 4-2 at home by struggling Sunderland, in their most recent fixture. It’s not looking good at this moment in time. With 21 games gone in a fascinating Premier League season, the table looks a little different than you would usually expect.We’ve got Leicester City battling for the title, Chelsea trying to get themselves away from the relegation zone, and several other teams either playing above or below expectation.But, lets forget about points for a minute and think about performances relative to expectation and spending. Some sides, like the fantastic Foxes and Watford, have stunned observers, while the likes of Southampton and Swansea appear to have gone off the boil.So here at talkSPORT we’ve ranked the 20 Premier League clubs on their displays compared to expectation.Click the right arrow above to see our Power Ranking of the English top-flight… 20 20 1. Leicester City – In top spot, who else could it be than the Foxes? Seemingly doomed to relegation this time last year, Leicester carried over their remarkable end of season form into this campaign and, after 21 games, are level on points with leaders Arsenal. When Claudio Ranieri was appointed as Nigel Pearson’s replacement last summer, many seasoned pundits predicted a year of struggle for the club, but the Italian and his team have confounded pretty much everyone to become the story of the season so far. So, well done Leicester City and let’s see if they can keep surprising us all. 20 20 20 11. Everton – The Toffees are 11th in the Premier League table after 21 games, and we have placed them 11th in our power ranking. In one of the most open Premier League seasons ever, it’s been something of a disappointment for Everton fans to see their side stuck in mid-table, while the likes of Crystal Palace, West Ham, Leicester and Stoke contend for the European places. Nevertheless, it could be worse for the Toffees, who finished 11th last season and whose biggest piece of summer business was keeping John Stones out of Chelsea’s clutches. 20 20 7. Manchester City – The bare minimum requirement for City is to challenge for the title, considering the amount of money they have spent in recent times. Indeed, the club’s net spend of nearly £125m in the summer means they should be crowned champions at the end of the season. That remains a distinct possibility, but for now being third behind Leicester and Arsenal is a poor return. City remain well capable of taking top spot, but are ranked just seventh in our power rankings for so far failing to take charge of the division. 15. Norwich City – The Canaries bounced back into the Premier League, via the play-offs, at the first time of asking last season. The club’s goal this season is simply to remain in the top flight and after 21 games they are five points clear of the relegation zone, so they are on track at the moment. Last summer’s investment was modest, with a net spend of just under £10m, so it could be argued Norwich deserve to be higher in our power ranking, but the jury is very much out on their season so far. A couple of good results and they could fly up the table, but a poor run and they will be slap, bang in the thick of the relegation fight. 9. Bournemouth – The Cherries are 16th in the table after 21 games, but we’ve placed them ninth in our power ranking on account of the fact it is their first ever season in the English top flight. It’s true that they weren’t shy in the transfer market last summer, with a net spend of £21.5m the ninth highest in the Premier League, but for novices at this level they have managed to stay out of the bottom three so far and picked up the notable scalp of Man United before Christmas. Things could turn very quickly, but survival is all that counts for Bournemouth this season. 6. Crystal Palace – Not since the early 1990s have Palace rode so high in the table, and despite slipping to eighth after a shock loss at struggling Villa, the Eagles remain in the hunt for a European place. For now at least, gone are the days when Palace braced themselves for a relegation battle and they are looking up the table, rather than down. Remember when people questioned Alan Pardew going from Newcastle to Selhurst Park? 20 20 17. Sunderland – The Black Cats will be delighted if they finish the season 17th in the Premier League table, and that is the position they find themselves in our power ranking. At the back end of last season they managed to escape relegation by the skin of their teeth, with Dick Advocaat at the helm. The Dutchman surprisingly stayed on and, after a summer of uninspiring recruitment, quickly realised he’d made a mistake as Sunderland struggled to get going. Sam Allardyce was duly brought in as an expert firefighter and things are slowly looking up… but the club remain in a perilous, relegation zone position. 20 20 20 20 3. West Ham United – Up to fifth in the Premier League table, West Ham have proved the doubters wrong since appointing Slaven Bilic in place of Sam Allardyce last summer. The Hammers have beaten Arsenal and Man City away, Liverpool home and away, and seen off Chelsea at Upton Park, in their final season at the ground before moving to the Olympic Stadium. Those results are impressive enough, but West Ham have done it playing an attractive brand of football and maintained good form despite suffering key injuries. 20last_img read more

Dec
30

Celebration of animals set for Sunday

first_imgVAN NUYS – He’s the size of a cougar and he bays at any emergency vehicle siren, but when Mary Brintnall looks into his big eyes her heart melts and her mood is uplifted. Sherman, Brintnall’s 7-year old golden retriever, will be among the many pet friends receiving a blessing on Sunday at the 10th annual Blessing of the Animals service at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. “The pets we have bless our lives every day. They help people heal. They are companions. For all the things they bless us with, I think they need a little blessing in return. They deserve it,” said Brintnall, who will usher at the service. The program has become a tradition on the Sunday closest to the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, ecology and peace. Hull said that supporting this service from the beginning was easy because, even though there isn’t a huge emphasis on saints in the Episcopal Church, St. Francis of Assisi is revered for his empathy with nature. One prayer attributed to the saint who tradition says preached to birds, calls for animals to be seen as gifts from God and therefore should be treated with respect. This prayer also asks for prayers for animals who are suffering from neglect. “The world was given to us by God but we must be good stewards. There is a huge amount of animal abuse and neglect as we all hear,” said Hull, whose family loves Meghan, a golden retriever, and Maddie, a Welsh corgi. “This service is a chance to show that we value animals and also to celebrate our connection to the world of animals.” Water bowls are placed around the courtyard where the service will be held. A variety of household and farm animals have been blessed at St. Mark’s in past years. The congregation doesn’t know ahead of time what will show up but they wouldn’t be surprised to see a chicken, turtle or a snake. A photo of a pet will be blessed for animals who can’t attend. A representative from Pet Orphans in Van Nuys will answer questions about pet adoptions following the service. Donations of toys for a dog or cat and clean towels will be collected. “We live in a chaotic and crazy world. It’s nice to come home to relax and find a dog who’s happy to see you and looks at you with those eyes of love,” said Brintnall, who also cares for two Maine Coon cats, O’Mally and Amy. “People love this simple service. It always seems a little excitable but it runs pretty smoothly. People who don’t normally come to church come to this service. It’s a fun tradition.” Blessing of the Animals service, 10 a.m. Sunday, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 14646 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Call (818) 785-4251. Pet Orphans (818) 901-0190. holly.andres@dailynews.com (818) 713-3708160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe feast of St. Francis of Assisi is Oct. 4. St. Francis of Assisi was the founder of the Franciscan Order and died in 1226. Diana Berrones, a longtime member at St. Mark’s and an advocate of pet therapy, is credited with the original suggestion and years of organizing this service at the Van Nuys congregation. “Holding this service reminds us of all of God’s creation. Animals are part of that creation. They are an important part of people’s lives,” said the Rev. Norman Hull from St. Mark’s. “Pets are an incredible source of comfort to people. They play a healing role to many. It is right that we recognize and celebrate them.” The outdoor service uses the regular Sunday worship format but includes prayers and songs with an animal focus. Each animal will be blessed by name. Holy Eucharist will follow the blessing. last_img read more

Dec
30

Young workers seek meaningful jobs

first_imgSome of my co-workers were born after 1980 and share traits that differentiate them from Boomers, Jonesers and Gen-Xers. Among those traits is a reputation for job hopping, much to the frustration of human resources professionals. Does this mean they lack commitment? Quite the contrary. “A number of studies trying to explain this job-hopping behavior have come up with similar findings. Most agree that today’s young employees value meaning over money, work-life balance over corporate climbing, and a workplace culture that meshes with their personal values,” says Karlin Sloan, author of Smarter, Faster, Better: Strategies for Effective, Enduring, and Fulfilling Leadership. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Young workers want their job to feel worthwhile,” Sloan adds. “They want their employers to practice green, sustainable policies, and they want to work for a company that makes their world a better place to live.” The 2007 Volunteer Impact Study found that two of three workers between 18 and 26 prefer employers who support unpaid community service, and 97 percent believe companies should offer employees opportunities to volunteer work-related skills to nonprofit organizations. A study by the Council on Foundations reveals that these young employees are four times more likely to remain committed to their organization when their company is rated high on the “community involvement scale.” “The significance of this to employers is clear,” Sloan says. “Young people are looking for ways to make their mark and find their causes.” Here are Sloan’s recommendations for employers who want to attract and retain young workers: Mention your company’s community volunteer programs in the job interview. According to the 2007 Volunteer Impact Survey, only 26 percent of employed respondents said their company’s community efforts were mentioned when they were recruited. A study by Cone Research said that 87percent will decide whether or not to work for a company based on its community involvement. Investing time and resources in a compelling program that engages young workers is an efficient way to improve retention. For more information Books: Smarter, Faster, Better: Strategies for Effective, Enduring, and Fulfilling Leadership by Karlin Sloan; Corporate Social Responsibility: Doing the Most Good for Your Company and Your Cause by Philip Kotler. Web sites: www.usatoday.com/money/ workplace/2005-11-06-gen-y_x.htm www.ere.net/blogs/Generational_Recruiting/ 28F0A4C8FCAB484FA9877B8EFC24009D.asp Dawn Anfuso is a South Bay-based business writer and former managing editor of Workforce magazine. If you have workplace or job-search questions, write to Dawn Anfuso, c/o Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077, e-mail Dawn at dawnanfuso@yahoo.com.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

Dec
30

Klineman helps propel Stanford past UCLA again

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. No. 6 USC 3, No. 9 California 2: Asia Kaczor racked up 24 kills and 17 digs to lead the host Trojans to a 30-21, 37-39, 30-26, 33-35, 15-10 victory. Taylor Carico (Mira Costa) added 65 assists and 10 kills for USC (18-3, 7-3 Pac-10). Angie Pressey had a match-high 29 kills and 13 digs for the Bears (16-5, 6-4). Long Beach State 3, UC Irvine 0: Alexis Crimes had 13 kills as the visiting 49ers won, 30-24, 34-32, 31-29. Ashley Lee added 12 kills for Long Beach (14-6, 8-2 Big West), while Nicole Spicer posted 42 assists and 10 digs. Kari Pestolesi had a match-high 18 kills for the Anteaters (16-8, 6-3). Chico State 3, Cal State Dominguez Hills 1: Sophia Lopes had a match-high 22 kills, but it wasn’t enough as the host Toros (2-23, 1-13 CCAA) lost, 27-30, 30-26, 30-27, 30-22. Women’s soccer UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson had five saves as the top-ranked Bruins shut out No. 9 USC, 2-0. Lauren Cheney scored in the 50th minute for UCLA (12-1-2, 5-0-0 Pac-10) following a scoreless first half. Kara Lang added an insurance goal in the 64th minute. The Trojans fell to 11-2-2, 3-1-1. From news services Former Mira Costa High standout Alix Klineman racked up a team-leading 16 kills as to lead the third-ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team to a 30-20, 28-30, 30-22, 30-27 victory over No. 7 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Friday. Kaitlin Sather posted a match-high 20 kills to go with 18 digs for the Bruins (16-5, 6-4 Pacific-10), who trailed the entire first game and only led at one point in each of the third and fourth games. Cynthia Barboza added 14 kills and 18 digs for the Cardinal (20-1, 9-1), who remained tied atop the conference standings with No. 4 Washington (20-1, 9-1). Loyola Marymount 2, Saint Mary’s 1: Freshman Lily Sorentino scored in the seventh minute of overtime to lead the host Lions. Allie Weiner scored in the 20th minute to give the Gaels (6-8-2, 0-4-0 WCC) the lead, only to see Jamie Bell tie things up for LMU (10-5-1, 2-2-0) less than eight minutes later. Long Beach State at UC Irvine, postponed: The game was called due to poor air quality from the fires. It will be made up on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Cal State Dominguez Hills 2, Cal Poly Pomona 2: Kelly Matosian scored just 15 seconds into the game, but the host Toros (12-3-4, 7-3-3 CCAA) were unable to hold off the Broncos (9-6-2, 6-6-1). Men’s soccer Goalkeeper Brian Perk had six saves as UCLA held off a late rally by visiting Oregon State for a 2-1 victory. Maxwell Griffin scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 43rd minute for the Bruins (8-5-2, 4-1-1 Pac-10). Mason Webb scored in the 83rd minute for the Beavers (5-9-0, 2-4-0). San Diego 2, Loyola Marymount 1: Rafael Baca (Animo High) scored in the 10th minute, but the host Lions (2-10-1, 0-6-0 WCC) were unable to hang on. J.T. Howlan tied the game in the 47th minute before Colin Jennings scored the go-ahead goal in the 57th minute for the Toreros (7-6-1, 4-1-1). No. 16 Cal State Dominguez Hills 3, Cal Poly Pomona 1: Kris Clark and Ricky Figueroa scored their first goals of the season as the host Toros cruised. Sammy Rivas also scored for CSDH (15-3, 11-2 CCAA). Men’s water polo Tommy Kelly scored the game-winner in overtime as No. 16 Santa Clara upset No. 10 Loyola Marymount, 8-7, at LMU. Shaun Flood scored three goals for the Lions (7-14, 3-4 WWPA).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

Dec
30

Governor OKs bills on water and electricity

first_imgThe toilet bill, by Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, will phase in requirements by 2014 that will limit all new toilets to 1.3 gallons per flush instead of 1.6 gallons and require that new urinals use no more than a half gallon instead of the current limit of one gallon per flush. Laird said conserving water is the “quickest, cheapest way to manage our water supply and address the impact of population growth and global warming.” When the bill was approved by the Assembly, opponents suggested the tougher efficiency requirements would only result in more clogged toilets and more flushing. But Laird said manufacturers believe they can produce lower-flowing toilets that are “more efficient both in water use and water power.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LEGISLATION: The measures will limit new toilets to 1.3 gallons per flush and attempt to cut energy for lighting by 50 percent in 10 years. By Steve Lawrence THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Friday bills that will save water and electricity by requiring more efficient lights and toilets. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Republican governor also announced he had approved a measure by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, that creates a 10-year, $250 million subsidy program to help consumers buy solar water heaters. The program would be financed by a surcharge on natural gas in an attempt to install 200,000 solar water heaters in California by 2017. Schwarzenegger said the bills would help keep California at the “forefront of energy and water efficiency.” The lighting bill, also by Huffman, requires the state Energy Commission to adopt regulations that will cut electricity use from lighting by 50percent in 10 years. It also will phase out lead in incandescent lights and limit mercury in fluorescent lights. “This is pushing the big lighting companies to really come up with new technology that they think is right around the corner,” said Joshua Townsend, a spokesman for Huffman. last_img read more

Dec
30

`Catastrophic’ runway collision likely

first_imgWASHINGTON – Air travelers face a high risk of a catastrophic collision on U.S. airport runways because of faltering federal leadership, malfunctioning technology and overworked controllers, congressional investigators said Wednesday. The investigators gave the Federal Aviation Administration credit for reducing runway safety incidents from a peak in 2001. But they said the agency’s “runway safety efforts subsequently waned” as the number of incidents settled at a lower level. Then, in the 2007 budget year that ended Sept. 30, the incidents spiked to 370 – 6.05 incidents per 1 million air traffic control operations. That approached the level in 2001, when there were 407 runway incursions and 6.1 rate. An incursion is any aircraft, vehicle or person that goes where it should not be in space reserved for takeoff or landing. At this time, “no single office is taking charge of assessing the causes of runway safety problems and taking the steps needed to address those problems,” the Government Accountability Office said in a report requested by Rep. Jerry F. Costello, D-Ill., and Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThen-Federal Aviation Administrator Marion Blakey stepped into that leadership void in August by calling an industrywide conference to produce ideas for quick action. In October, the FAA reported progress on recommendations from the conference, including speeding improved runway markings and pilot training. The GAO report approved of those moves but also recommended more leadership from the FAA, better data collection and less overtime required of controllers. “This report makes clear that the Bush administration is cutting corners and failing to put passenger safety first,” Lautenberg said. “The FAA is taking too many chances and ignoring too many red flags.” Serious incursions, where a collision was narrowly averted, declined to a record low 24 in 2007, compared with 31 the year before. But the report said they have stayed high enough to pose “a high risk of a catastrophic runway collision.” In response to the report, the FAA said it had reached its goal of reducing the most serious incursions by almost 25 percent in 2007. The agency said the overtime was a short-term issue that could be resolved through stepped-up hiring. Hiring is focusing on two dozen facilities with high overtime or six-day work weeks, according to the FAA, and a working group is studying whether scheduling changes could minimize fatigue. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said runway safety is a priority and the agency “is safely staffing all of its air traffic facilities.” To Costello, “When there is great public attention and attention by the Congress, then the FAA acts. As soon as the attention goes away, the FAA reduces their attention.” He is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on aviation. Costello and Democratic Rep. James Oberstar of Minnesota, the full committee chairman, urged quick approval of a House-passed FAA bill that would provide $42 million for incursion reduction and $72 million for runway lighting; require an FAA runway safety and technology plan; and force the FAA to reopen contract negotiations with controllers. The Bush administration opposes that provision. Since 1990, 63 people have died in six U.S. runway collisions. The FAA’s previous definition did not classify some serious runway errors as incursions, including an Aug. 27, 2006, crash in Lexington, Ky., of a Comair jet that took off from a too-short runway, killing 49. This year has seen dramatic near-misses: On Aug. 16, two commercial jets carrying 296 people came within 37 feet of colliding at Los Angeles International. A Delta Boeing 757 touched down in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on July 11 and had to take off immediately to avoid hitting a United Airbus A320 mistakenly on its runway. A Delta Boeing 737 landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on July 5 narrowly missed a commuter jet mistakenly cleared to cross its runway. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating those incidents, two others in Denver and one in San Francisco. The GAO endorsed a board recommendation that the FAA reduce mandatory overtime for controllers. Since the FAA imposed a contract on the controllers’ union in 2006, experienced controllers have retired much faster than the agency predicted. The FAA also cut controller staff to respond to traffic pattern changes from airline mergers and bankruptcies. The union says the cuts are too deep and reduce safety; the FAA says air travel has never been safer. The GAO said 52 percent of controllers at the nation’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, regularly work six-day weeks. Overall, between 20 percent and 52 percent of controllers at 25 FAA facilities, including seven of the 50 busiest towers, are on six-day weeks. Nevertheless, “agency officials indicated that they had no plan to mitigate the effects of air traffic controller fatigue,” according to the report. The president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Patrick Forrey, noted the concerns by the safety board and the GAO about fatigue. “How much more do we have to hear before the FAA is held accountable for the blatant disregard for safety it is showing by understaffing its facilities, working controllers past their breaking points and refusing to work with us to settle an ongoing contract negotiating impasse that has created the largest mass exodus of both veteran controllers and trainees we have seen since 1981?” he asked. The GAO found that radar the FAA installed at 34 of the busiest airports to monitor aircraft on the ground does not work well when needed most – during heavy rain or snow. FAA’s more advanced ground-control radar, operational at only eight airports, issues false alerts of impending collisions – 41 from June 7, 2006, to May 16, 2007, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International. The FAA’s Office of Runway Safety has not produced a national runway safety plan since 2002, went two years without a permanent director and had a 45 percent staff cut over the past four years, the GAO found.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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DONEGAL LECTURER BATTLES TO SAVE DERRY AIR LINK

first_imgA Donegal lecturer, who is based in Dublin, has launched a campaign to save the Derry to Dublin air route.The route is set to be axed on July 21st when Aer Arann pull out of the route after claiming it is simply not profitable.However business lecturer Patricia Doherty has now launched a campaign looking for another airline to take over the route. Ms Doherty, who now lives in Derry, commutes to Dublin using the airline to work at Blanchardstown Institute of Technology where she is head of business.She said “We cannot allow the route to be pulled. A lot of people depend on it on a weekly basis. Surely there is an alternative to simply pulling the route.”DONEGAL LECTURER BATTLES TO SAVE DERRY AIR LINK was last modified: May 21st, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Aer Aranndonegallast_img read more