Spencer Haywood Finally Gets His Hall of Fame Due

Today’s players, who en masse bolt college for the NBA before completing four years, likely had not ever heard of Spencer Haywood before he was finally added to the Basketball Hall of Fame this week. Not only should they know him, they should thank him.When Haywood was 19 and among the best players in the world, he left the University of Detroit after his sophomore season in 1969 for the ABA Denver Nuggets, the professional league that was an alternative to the NBA. He averaged 30 points and 19.5 rebounds as a rookie, which tells you about the skill set of the 6-foot-9 forward, and then signed with the Seattle Supersonics.But the NBA blocked the contract because the rule was that players had to have four years out of high school before playing in the league. Haywood stood firm with his convictions and sued, taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court in 1971.And he won in a landmark decision that eventually led to college underclassmen (and, later, high schoolers) being able to leave college early to join the NBA.Maybe it would have eventually happened—Spencer Haywood made it happen.He went on to be a celebrated star player, averaging 20.3 points and 10.3 rebounds over his pro career. He had four NBA all-star appearances. He also, at 19, led the U.S. to the gold medal in the 1968.But for 27 years, he was denied entry into the hallowed Hall. One never to shy away from sharing his accomplishments or how good he was, Haywood said before the announcement about the two dozen anonymous voters: “They should view my career in a total package. I have the Olympic career. I was the outstanding college player of the year. I won a high school championship. I went to the ABA, was Rookie of the Year, leading scorer, leading rebounder, player of the year and MVP of the All-Star game. I left the game afterSpencer Haywood was a force as a scorer and rebounder.14 years with 20 and 10. That’s pretty serious stuff there. I had a great career. And also, I went to the Supreme Court to have Haywood vs. the NBA. That rule has ushered in all of these players. The Jordans, the Magics, the Birds. All the way up to LeBron and Kobe and those guys today.”He was right, and the voters finally got it right, ushering him to a place deserving of someone who changed the game.At 65, the former University of Detroit star said he took the courageous step to challenge the NBA when he was not happy with a new coach hired at his college.“That’s when it first came into my mind that I can’t play (there). I said, what about (other talented players) who were lingering out there?’” Haywood said to nba.com. “They could play but couldn’t maintain the college life. George Gervin had just got kicked out of Eastern Michigan. I decided I’d fight it. I thought it would be a short fight.”It turned out to be a long fight, but one that impacted college and pro basketball from that moment forward.“Personally, I thought I was going to be in the Hall 27 years ago,” Haywood said. “But it never happens on Spencer time, and I have to surrender to it being on God’s time, which is really right on time.”It has been a long journey for Haywood, who grew up picking cotton, battled a cocaine addiction and public marriage and breakup with supermodel Iman.“My brothers and I, in between doing farm work, we played basketball in our bare feet with a rubber ball and sometimes with a sock,” he said of his upbringing to the Detroit News. “We’d put cotton in a sock and that was our ball. It wouldn’t bounce. You had to do imaginary bounces.“Basketball was my way out and, sure enough, it has been my way out. I’m just saying, the beauty of the game — that was my reward.” read more

Guide To Publication Printers What They Offer and What You Need

first_imgPrinter selection is one of the most important decisions for a magazine publisher. This is the vendor that handles what is the largest (or second-largest, after events) and most expensive product for most publishers, not to mention one that plays an increasing role in other publishing services, from database management to online content management systems. For a look at select printer services and capabilities, click here: Survey 1 Survey 2 As manufacturing and production staffs decrease at publishers, the printer role becomes even more important. “I used to be a production director, and recently I was at a social gathering with other former production directors and we’re all doing different things because we’ve chosen to leave or been asked to leave,” says Rob Brai, partner and COO at Superior Media Solutions. “Because no one is there anymore, CFOs and others have said, ‘Let the printer handle it, we don’t want to deal with the hassle.’”Vendor Selection: Beyond Price Let’s face it, price is probably the number one factor when evaluating printers. “Like on a job interview, it is something never discussed, as if it does not matter, and then somehow you always wind up going to the vendor with the best price,” says one b-to-b manufacturing and production executive.“The more volume that can be consolidated to one preferred printer, the better the process, and more opportunity to reduce cost,” says Phil Graham, senior vice president of operations at F+W Media. “The printer that currently handles our magazine and book printing is now producing all our subscription, promotional, and ancillary materials. Consolidating all that under one roof simplifies much of the logistics that you encounter when using multiple printers, and again you have the pricing benefit from the volume consolidation.”That workflow efficiency is key to attractive pricing. “Due to the reduction in ad pages, cost control is very important, so competitive pricing is very important,” says Keith Hammerbeck, corporate director of media operations at Advanstar Communications. “But along with this is making sure that printers are ‘efficient’. By this I mean do they have a short cut-off press to save paper, can they deliver large signatures to keep the cost per page down, have their paper spoilage percentages gone down over time, etc.”Scheduling: Are Printers and Publishers On the Same Page?Flexible scheduling is another critical area. “We are also looking for printers to be flexible with their schedules. If we need to hold an ad close open, the printer needs to work with us and still get us out in the number of days we expected,” says Hammerbeck.“I usually want to know their schedule, are they open 24/7, closed on certain holidays?” says another manufacturing and production executive. “At the end of the year, things can get hairy. Printers often close down several days because they are ‘not busy’, but then we still have a lot of things going at the end of the year.”Co-Mailing: Not Always a GivenWhile they may seem obvious, co-mailing and distribution services are not always provided. “Co-mail and other postage reducing services are very important,” says Hammerbeck. “Postage is now by far our largest mechanical expense, so offering postal savings is very important. This also applies to things such as tabloids, polybagged issues, etc. Not every printer can offer postal savings for these type of things.”Different publishers have different rules. “We use a couple different printers and with one, they do not have any major fulfillment, it is always handled by an outside partner in another state,” says a b-to-b manufacturing executive who wishes to remain nameless. “We used another printer for something, and they couldn’t send UPS out of the plant, just FedEx. When it comes to co-mail, we want to know what the discount is, what are the typical pool sizes and how many runs are done weekly?”Training and Customer ServiceStaff turnover at a printer can have a significant impact on relations. “I always ask about the customer service rep, their background and experience, their work volume and who their back-up is,” says a production executive at a major publisher. “I also want to know if the salesperson remains active on the account or do they walk away and leave someone else in charge?”Printers offering training for magazine manufacturing and production staffs is becoming increasingly important, especially with new digital services. “We don’t use our printer for most of these services because we have other suppliers we use, however we do want our printer to be proactive in regards to being able to offer training as needed, and work with us on making sure our instructions are being supplied properly,” says Hammerbeck.“When I worked for a major consumer publisher, informative trips to the printer were regularly offered to production staff,” adds another production executive. “For all I know, major publishing firms still continue this practice and the printers still accommodate such sessions. On the other hand, most of the problems that I’ve seen surfacing within the last 10 years have been directly related to a LACK of printing knowledge and production savvy on the part of the publication’s staff.”last_img read more

Pegi Young Musician And Neil Youngs Former Wife Dies At 66

first_imgNews Email Pegi Young Dies At 66 pegi-young-musician-and-neil-youngs-former-wife-dies-66 Pegi Young, Musician And Neil Young’s Former Wife, Dies At 66 Young died following a yearlong battle with cancerJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 3, 2019 – 1:24 pm Pegi Young, singer/songwriter, activist and musician, whose career includes solo work as well as being frontwoman of Pegi Young & The Survivors, has died following a yearlong battle with cancer. She was 66.Young’s death was confirmed via her official social-media accounts. She died surrounded by family and friends in California, where she was born.center_img Twitter With great sadness, we confirm that on Jan 1st, after a yearlong battle with cancer, Pegi Young- mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, musician, activist and co-founder of the Bridge School- passed away surrounded by her friends and family in her native CA. https://t.co/14bElPjCsI— Pegi Young (@pegiyoung) January 3, 2019Young released five albums both as a solo artist and with Pegi Young & The Survivors. Her last tour was in the fall of 2017. The musician’s last album, Raw, released in 2017, addresses her separation from Neil Young, to whom she was married for 36 years. They share two children. The album is a deeply emotional account of their relationship.”As we were making [Raw], I was encouraging her to write self-affirming songs,” bandmate Phil Jones said. “And I believe she did that.”Pegi and Neil met in 1974 and were married in the late ‘70s. They began to perform together in the 1990s; Pegi was Neil’s backup singer.Neil recalls how they met in “Unknown Legend.”In 1987, Pegi and Neil opened the Bridge School which serves children with physical and speech impairments. They were inspired to do so by their son, Ben, who has cerebral palsy.Years before becoming a musician, Young, who was born in San Mateo, Calif., taught herself folk covers on an acoustic guitar. She wrote poetry in grade school and studied it in college.Young saw herself as a survivor. “Although we named the band The Survivors after Ben Keith died, we didn’t have any idea some 10 years ago, what an apt name it would turn out to be! I’ve gone through a lot of good stuff and scary stuff, and I will keep going forward,” she said on her site.”I’d like to be remembered for the good I tried to do in my life and for the world. I’m just a human being who tried to be a good person, despite my failings,” Pegi Young told Thread MB.Young leaves behind her son, Ben, and daughter, Amber.Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Miley Cyrus & Katy Perry Added To MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Dolly PartonRead more Facebook last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday February 20 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, February 20, 2019:#1) Wilmington Senior Center’s Memory CafeThe Wilmington Senior Center’s “Our Moment Cafe” is holding its monthly meeting from 1pm to 2:30pm at the 4th of July Building (142 Middlesex Avenue). A memory cafe is a special gathering place for those dealing with memory loss and their caregivers. The Cafe gives the person with memory loss, and their caregivers, an opportunity to socialize, participate in an activity, and to make new friends in a welcoming and understanding environment. If you have any questions, contact Terri Marciello or Laura Pickett at the Department of Elderly Services at 978-657-7595.#2) State Senator Bruce Tarr Office HoursA representative from State Senator Bruce Tarr’s Office will be at the Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) from 11am to noon to answer any questions or concerns you may have. No appointment is necessary, just stop by for a quick visit.#3) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.#4) Tech Help At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding its weekly tech help drop-in hours from 2pm to 3pm. Have a tech question that’s been bugging you? Drop in the library to see if Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, can help.#5) Ballroom Dancing Lesson At Windsor PlaceWindsor Place of Wilmington (92 West Street) is opening its door for public dance program at 2:45pm in its Activity Room. Michael Winward, an independent dance artist, will be coming by for another afternoon of ballroom dancing. With influences in American-style ballroom, ballet and contemporary dance practices, his work places a strong focus on building connections. Connection to one’s body, one’s self, one’s audience; connection between dance partners, connection within and across communities. In 2016, Michael founded Steps in Time, a program that brings ballroom dance workshops to senior communities. Ballroom dancing provides incredible benefits to older adults. It encourages good posture and it provides low-impact, cardiovascular exercise. All are welcome, whether you’d like to participate or just spectate!Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, March 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, June 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 14

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 21In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 11In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 28In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.July 14 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmEJ’s Pizza Grab & GoGaouette FarmGrateful TastesHawaiian Jim’s Shaved IceKittredge CandlesMa & Pa PicklesPurple Carrot BreadRed AntlerSeafood ExpressSusan Anton, LMTSwiss BakersTewksbury HoneyAdditional Attractions:Debi’s Dance Studio, Sole Sisters Running Club & Reading Municipal Light Department are at the Community Table.Make a Star Wars Rebels Finger Puppet at the Kids Tablelast_img read more

Star Wars 9 Stranger Things Game of Thrones When will we get

first_img Game of Thrones Disney Star Wars Netflix Share your voice 77 Photos TV and Movies Best Netflix series: There’s no shortage of original Netflix series to binge.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Netflix tricked me on Thursday. The streaming service dropped a new video with the familiar, haunting-looking Stranger Things logo on it, and for a minute I thought: Is it? Could it be? A season 3 trailer?I pushed play and seconds later I felt like Netflix tossed me into the Upside Down. That was no trailer, but instead a two-minute video showing the kid actors from Netflix’s hit wrapping presents. Ho-ho-horribly not funny, Netflix.The Avengers: Endgame trailer is finally here, after impatient fans tweeted about it pretty much every day since Avengers: Infinity War came out in April. But isn’t it time for a Stranger Things trailer? And Star Wars: Episode 9? Maybe Game of Thrones? Here’s a look at the three trailers that have moved to the top of fans’ want lists now that Endgame ended that waiting game.Star Wars: Episode 9Movie release date: December 2019 in theatersWhat we want to know: The title (personally still rooting for this), how Princess Leia’s story will be handled since the death of beloved Carrie Fisher, what role Luke (Mark Hamill) will play after the events of The Last Jedi, are Rey’s parents really “filthy junk traders”… heck, we’re waiting for pretty much everything.How to get caught up: You can watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Netflix streaming if you’re a member, and you can rent or buy Star Wars: The Force Awakens on various online services, from Amazon Prime Video to iTunes. If you’re old-school, you can buy them on DVD or Blu-ray.The fates of Leia (Carrie Fisher) and her brother, Luke, are both up in the air in Episode IX. Lucasfilm No one’s eager to see new footage from a Star Wars movie, right? Naw, can’t imagine anyone caring about that. PSYCHE. Even Mark Hamill snarked on fans’ desire for Episode IX footage by promising an “exclusive Star Wars trailer photo” and then punking them. When? So when will the first Star Wars: Episode IX trailer make the Kessel Run into our browsers? The Last Jedi came out in December 2017, just like Episode IX is scheduled to come out in December 2019. The first Jedi trailer came out in April 2017 at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida. It’s a good bet Episode IX will follow suit. Star Wars Celebration is just over 100 days away — it’ll be held April 11-15 in Chicago. Hey, at least US tax day means something good this time.Game of ThronesSeries release date: April 2019 on HBOWhat we want to know: How will Jon and Daenerys learn that they’re not just lovers, but are related? Will any of our long-lost favorites (Syrio Forel! Khal “Aquaman” Drogo!) make a return for the show’s final six episodes? Will any Starks get a happy ending? How will that 55-day battle we’ve heard about come across onscreen? Cersei’s going to have to pay for her crimes, right, whether by the hand of brother Jaime or brother Tyrion? Oh, and almost as an afterthought: Who will win the Iron Throne?How to get caught up: The easiest way to watch previous seasons is to have HBO NOW or HBO Go. (HBO Go is the one that comes with an HBO cable subscription, but HBO NOW is the standalone service for cord-cutters and the like.) Individual episodes and seasons are also available to buy via services such as iTunes and Amazon Prime Video. Or buy past seasons on DVD or Blu-ray.sansastarkcrop.jpgSansa Stark (Sophie Turner) has come a long way from that idealistic girl who once dreamed only of her prince. HBO How can Game of Thrones possibly wrap up eight seasons of drama and dragons and death in just six episodes, even if they’re super-sized? A trailer would give us a clue. And no, not a plain old tease, like the 39-second goodie dropped earlier this month that was about as generous with details as Cersei is with her wine. When? It’s hard to tell exactly when HBO will provide that real look — but here’s a new clue. Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd, who watched some of the final season being filmed, published an interview with Game of Thrones producer Carolyn Strauss this week. They mostly discussed the Deadwood movie, which she is also producing, and Hibberd flat-out asked where the trailer is. “I gotta believe something is going to come out before too long,” she said. We’ll just cling to that for now, thanks.Stranger ThingsSeries release date: Sometime in 2019What we want to know: How will the kid romances — Eleven-Mike and Max-Lucas — continue in this season, which takes place in the summer of 1985? It’d be too boring if the course of true love ran smooth. What exactly will go down at Starcourt Mall, the new mall hyped in this video from July? Can Will ever shake off what happened to him? Will “Dad Steve” stay cool? Can we ever truly understand what happened to Eleven and the the other numbered kids? And will Joyce and Hopper start sittin’ in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G?How to get caught up: You can watch all the seasons on Netflix, duh, or pick it up on DVD or Blu-ray. Some of the home video packaging is made to look like old VHS tapes you might’ve picked up in the actual 1980s time period of the show. Make it a Blockbuster night!joycenoah1Dammit, kid, where is the trailer? Netflix Stranger Things is the master of releasing videos that look enticing, but leave you empty. Kinda like Eggos. On Dec. 9, a video delivered what are apparently the episode titles for season three, but left fans to do the detective work behind what they mean. Two of the titles, Mall Rats and The Battle of Starcourt, seem to hint there will be a big fight of some kind in the new Starcourt Mall. Class of 1985 grad here to say this rings true, we loved the mall back in the day. I’d even brave the Upside Down for an Orange Julius and a Benetton sweater.When? But when it comes to Stranger Things, Netflix is in love with its own fake-outs. Here are the episode titles! Here’s a trailer promoting the mall! Here are the kid stars wrapping gifts! Here’s a made-up holiday, Stranger Things Day, upon which we will deliver nothing! So stay strong, fans, there could be more feints before we get anything real. If season two is any guide — and it may or may not be — fans might want to get ready for some football. The first trailer for Stranger Things season 2 came out during the 2017 Super Bowl, preceding an October release of the show. The Super Bowl certainly provides a big enough canvas for the Stranger Things trailer. This year’s big game is on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. GEORGIA. Where STRANGER THINGS IS FILMED. Coincidence? Yeah, totally, but still, you might want to mark your calendar for the big game, and try and take bathroom breaks during the gridiron action, not during the ads.center_img Tags 0 2019 movies to geek out over Post a commentlast_img read more

Microsoft could unveil the HoloLens 2 on Feb 24

first_imgThe original HoloLens is almost three years old. It’s time for an update. Bridget Carey/CNET This year’s CES wasn’t big on AR news, but Microsoft may be waiting until Mobile World Congress to spring information on the next expected update to its AR headset, the HoloLens. An invite to a press conference on Feb. 24 at MWC suggests the HoloLens 2 might be big reveal. Sure, the invite itself seems mysterious, with an image of a futuristic Barcelona, where MWC is held. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be giving the keynote, along with CVP Julia White and — most tellingly — Technical Fellow Alex Kipman, the creator of Kinect and HoloLens and head of Microsoft’s mixed reality efforts.image001The invite’s graphic doesn’t suggest much. Microsoft Microsoft hasn’t immediately responded to a request for comment, but the HoloLens 2 was expected to debut sometime in early 2019. Microsoft recently won a $480 million contract to supply the US Army with HoloLens headsets.The original HoloLens AR headset was first released in 2016, layering hologram-like 3D graphics into the real world in a stand-alone package, but has some technical limits including a narrow field of view. The next HoloLens may improve field of view and bring more advanced controls, as well as eye-tracking.Magic Leap’s first-generation AR headset, the Magic Leap One, debuted last year and aims for similar developer and enterprise territory. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s VR efforts for Windows 10, which resulted in a number of affordable “mixed reality” headsets in late 2017 through early 2018, have fallen relatively quiet since. 13:27 Augmented reality (AR) Rumors Microsoft Tags Magic and VR collide at CES 2019 with The Void 2 Share your voice 15 Photos Comments Wearable Tech At CES 2019, VR feels like a dream gathering dust: It’s a promise unfulfilled.Whirlpool’s high-tech oven uses augmented reality to help you cook: The door is a transparent LCD screen. CES 2019: The tech changing the way we play video games Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Shares of Jet Airways SpiceJet Interglobe rise sharply on ATF price cut

first_imgShares of Jet Airways, SpiceJet and InterGlobe Aviation (holding company of IndiGo) rose by up to 12% on the BSE on the first trading day of calendar year 2016 after oil marketing companies (OMCs) cut aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices by about 10%. Jet Airways was trading at Rs 770.80 (up 9.73%), SpiceJet at Rs 84.25 (up 11.96%) and InteGlobe Aviation (up 10.29%) at around 2.30 pm.The shares rose in response to OMCs reducing ATF prices by about 10%, bringing ATF prices to their lowest since 2010. Fuel accounts for about 32% of operating costs for aviation companies and a 10% cut is bound to improve their margins in the fourth quarter.The cut is expected to lift Jet Airways’ operating profit margin from 6.7% currently to 11.3%, according to ICICI Direct, reported moneycontrol.com.The sharp fall in global crude oil prices has enabled OMCs to cut ATF prices. The aviation sector is doing well in India. In November 2015, domestic carriers flew 73.22 lakh passengers, up 24.65% from 58.74 lakh in November 2014 and 70.39 lakh passengers in October 2015.During the January to November 2015 period, domestic carriers flew 733.82 lakh passengers, an increase of 20.41% when compared to 609.43 lakh passengers in the corresponding period last year.In related news, two new carriers, Vistara and AirAsia India have asked the NDA government to dispense with the 5/20 formula for domestic carriers to fly abroad.IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and GoAir, have opposed any move to relax the rule.As per existing norms, an airline with five years of domestic flying experience and 20 aircraft in its fleet is eligible to fly on international routes.”We shared our feedback on the draft civil aviation policy in the meeting. The ministry heard our views on 5/20 rule,” said AirAsia’s CEO and Managing Director Mittu Chandilya, reported The Hindu.India is the ninth-largest civil aviation market in the world, with a market size of around $16 billion.last_img read more

Air India may be sold to Tata Group Singapore Airlines Report

first_imgAir India passenger planes are seen parked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai, India, February 7, 2017.Reuters fileThe Tata Group and Singapore Airlines could be the new owners of state-owned carrier Air India. The news need not come as a surprise, so to speak, since there were rumours of Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran holding talks with the government a few days in this regard.The latest buzz is that Tatas could buy 51 percent while the rest of the stake would be picked up by Singapore Airlines, a company with which the Tata Group runs a full-service carrier Vistara.The news of the two entities eyeing Air India as reported by news channel ET Now is the latest in the series of possible options to rescue the loss-making carrier that was once owned by the Tatas before it was nationalised n 1953.International Business Times, India had reported of such a possibility on June 3.Privatising Air India: Tatas eyeing state-run carrier?The Tatas also run a budget carrier, AirAsia India, along with Malaysia-based AirAsia. Air India holds about 14 percent market share in India’s domestic air traffic, a situation that was seen as not ideal for the government to be in the business for the government. “If 86 percent of flying can be handled by the private sector, so it can also handle 100 percent,” Jaitley told state-run broadcast Doordarshan News last month.JRD Tata with the crew in front of one of the first Jumbo aircraft ordered by Air India in this undated photo.Tata Central Archives.The Niti Aayog had reportedly pitched in for full privatisation of Air India.Indian domestic carriers flew 101.74 lakh (10.17 million) passengers in May, up 17.3 percent from 86.69 lakh flown in the corresponding month last year, according to provisional statistics released by the civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).The biggest carrier in terms of passengers carried is low-cost airline Indigo, followed by Jet Airways, Air India, SpiceJet and GoAir.last_img read more

I saw the plane landing and catching fire

first_imgHolding placards inscribed with the names of the plane crash victims, relatives wait in front of the morgue of the Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital. Photo was taken by Kamrul Hasan on Wednesday.Shocked relatives of US-Bangla plane crash victims are eagerly waiting to receive the dead bodies of their near and dear ones two days into the tragic plane crash in Nepal.A total of 51 passengers including 26 Bangladeshis died in the plane crash of US-Bangla aircraft (BS 211) at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday afternoon.The bodies have now been kept at the morgue of Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital.A number of relatives with placards with names of their near and dear ones were standing in front of the hospital morgue.One of them was grandfather of co-pilot Prithula Rashid, also waiting in front of the morgue.”I do not know when I would receive the dead body of Prithula,” said the grim-faced elderly man.Nepali woman Urmila, mother of Sylhet Rageeb-Rabeya Medical College student Shretha Thapa, was standing with placard of her daughter’s name and wailing continuously.Cap 2: US-Bangla airliner co-pilot Prithula Rashid’s grandfather is seen waiting in front of the morgue of the Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital. Photo was taken by Kamrul Hasan on Wednesday.”I was waiting at the airport for my daughter’s arrival. I saw the plane landing and catching fire… I do not know when I will get the dead body,” she said when this author approached her.Deceased Alimuzzaman’s relative Faruk Ahmed said, “There is no certainty of receiving the dead body. Nobody can tell the exact date.”A total of 26 Bangladeshis, 24 Nepalese and a Chinese citizen died in the accident.The relatives fear it will take time to receive the dead bodies. The authorities said the dead bodies will be handed over after carrying out autopsies, chemical test and DNA test.The DNA test is being conducted to ascertain the citizenship and gender.Bangladesh civil aviation and tourism minister AKM Shajahan Kamal visited the hospital morgue.During the visit, head of the forensic department of the hospital Promoth Sherestha told the minister that autopsies of the dead bodies will be conducted soon. The identities of the bodies will be ascertained and later the bodies will be handed over to the family members, Sherestha added.*This report is rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more