Sharing is caring! Share 41 Views no discussions LifestyleTravel Watching movie on duty gets two air traffic officials suspended by: – April 19, 2011 Tweet Share Share Atlanta (CNN) — The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced the suspension of a Cleveland air traffic controller and a front line manager after the controller was discovered watching a movie on a portable DVD player while on the job.The announcement coincides with the Monday launch in Atlanta of a nationwide tour by top FAA officials and union representatives, to discuss professionalism and safety at air traffic control centers.It also comes after the agency suspended a Miami controller on Saturday for falling asleep while directing air traffic.The Cleveland incident occurred early Sunday morning, according to an FAA statement. The agency stated that the controller was watching a DVD while working a radar position at the Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center.“For a little more than three minutes, the controller’s microphone was inadvertently activated, transmitting the soundtrack of the movie over the radio frequency for that airspace,” the statement read. “The problem was brought to air traffic control’s attention by the pilot of a military aircraft using an alternate frequency.”The FAA forbids the use of video players and other devices on the radar room floor, according to the statement.FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has not commented on the Cleveland DVD incident, though he has repeatedly voiced outrage over the problem of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job.“None of us in this business can tolerate any of this,” Babbitt said of the sleeping controllers. “It absolutely has to stop. … One mistake is one too many.”This “will not be tolerated,” said Babbit in Atlanta on Monday.Federal officials have announced a series of new regulations aimed at preventing air traffic controllers from falling asleep while on duty.Among other things, controllers now must have a minimum of nine hours off between shifts, instead of the current minimum of eight hours. In addition, controllers can no longer be put on an unscheduled midnight shift following a day off.If the shift from eight to nine hours isn’t enough, “then obviously we’ll take that into consideration,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. But it’s up to the controllers “to take personal responsibility” and get adequate rest during their down time, he said.FAA managers will also schedule their own shifts in a way to ensure greater coverage in the early morning and late night hours, the secretary noted over the weekend.To date, the FAA has suspended seven controllers for failing to stay awake at work.LaHood called the fatigue experienced by overworked controllers “a very big concern.”He vowed, “We will do better.”Aside from Miami, cases of sleeping controllers have been reported in Washington; Knoxville, Tennessee; Seattle and Reno, Nevada. There have been two suspected cases in Lubbock, Texas.All of the incidents occurred during controllers’ midnight shifts. Most of the lapses occurred at local control towers.In at least one incident, the FAA has said, the controller deliberately went to sleep, while some of the others appear to have been accidental.
Published on October 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Scoop Jardine can understand the expectations placed on the Syracuse basketball team heading into the new season. He gets why the experts are so high on the Orange in spite of a disappointing second-round NCAA Tournament exit last year.And while the fifth-year senior and his fellow upperclassmen, Kris Joseph and Brandon Triche, are major factors in the preseason hype, Jardine pointed out a different group that could be the key for SU this season.‘We’ve only lost one guy,’ Jardine said at SU men’s basketball media day Oct. 14. ‘That’s why a lot of people are saying we’re Final Four caliber. We’ve got everybody back. We’ve got our freshmen, now sophomores, knowing what it takes to win in the Big East and knowing what it takes to finish games. It’s going to be huge for those guys.’The one player SU lost was senior big man Rick Jackson, who averaged a double-double and was arguably the best inside presence in the Big East. And the sophomore class features four players who shined at times last year, but served more as role players during their freshman seasons.Entering the 2011-12 season, though, Syracuse will look to rely heavily on sophomore centers Fab Melo and Baye Moussa Keita to fill the void created by Jackson’s graduation. Their classmates, forward C.J. Fair and guard Dion Waiters, will also look to build on solid freshman seasons and increase their roles with a year under their belts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I think the key with these four guys is they all got to play last year,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said Oct. 14. ‘They all contributed. Obviously, Ricky Jackson is the biggest hole we have to replace, and that’s where the two big guys come in. They have to step up and do what Ricky did for us last year. C.J. and Dion played well last year, and you’d expect them to build on that.’After entering Syracuse as one of the top centers in his class and being named the Preseason Big East Rookie of the Year, Melo failed to meet expectations in his first season. He started 24 games but only scored 2.3 points and pulled in 1.9 rebounds per contest.Keita, on the other hand, largely surpassed expectations in his freshman season, even without major contributions on the offensive end of the floor. He averaged more minutes per game than Melo, grabbed 3.7 rebounds per game and finished second on the team with 43 blocks.The job of replacing Jackson appears likely to fall directly on the shoulders of the two sophomore centers. Rakeem Christmas, a 6-foot-9 freshman, could provide some help on the inside, but Boeheim expects his two sophomores to carry the load.Especially considering Jackson played a lot of minutes at center last year, with Melo and Keita adjusting to play at the collegiate level.‘In my experience, centers from freshman to sophomore years take big jumps,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think our centers will take big jumps this year and be much more effective. I think last year was a good learning experience, the fact that they got to play so much as freshmen.’For the Orange, the biggest question could be whether one of those two centers develops into a low-post scoring option. Jackson was a go-to scorer down low and ranked second on the team with 13.1 points per contest. He showed a knack for being able to create his own shot with moves on the inside.Neither Keita nor Melo showed much of an offensive skill set in the post last season. With Jardine, Joseph and Triche running the perimeter offense for Syracuse, adding a scoring option on the blocks would add another dimension for the Orange.‘I’ve been working on my offense and my defense,’ Keita said. ‘Everybody thinks I’m a defensive player. Yeah, I love playing defense but offense, too. Whatever coach (Boeheim) needs me to do, I will do it.’As for Fair and Waiters, their roles are expected to increase since their freshman year. Both served as a spark off the bench last year, with Fair primarily bringing a defensive presence and Waiters showing the ability to score the ball.Fair ranked third on the team with 3.8 rebounds per game, and he averaged the most playing time aside from the Orange’s top four options of Triche, Jardine, Joseph and Jackson. Fair also had a huge game with 16 points and nine rebounds against Pittsburgh, and he scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a standout performance against Rutgers.Waiters, on the other hand, scored double figures in seven different games off the bench, including a career-best 18 points in SU’s NCAA Tournament loss to Marquette. His ability to slash to the basket added an element that complemented the outside shooting of Triche and Jardine.In all, the four sophomores must provide reliable backup to the three-headed attack of Joseph, Jardine and Triche that will lead Syracuse this season. With their support, the team could be ‘Final Four caliber,’ as Jardine said. But without them, another short postseason run is certainly possible.But they seem confident and ready for the challenge in 2011-12. And Waiters’ attitude entering this season summed up the expectations for himself and the rest of his classmates.‘I got a year under my belt,’ Waiters said. ‘I matured more. I still have maturing to do, but at the end of the day, I just feel like I could have gotten out there and done more. I feel like my opportunities were shorter than what I expected, but this year, it’s a different me, it’s a different team. And we’re just trying to do it.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Hammed Shittu in IlorinThe management of Ilorin Golf Club has finalised arrangement to partner the Kwara State government in the setting up of a golf academy in Ilorin.The newly re-elected Captain of the club, Alhaji Mustapha Malik, disclosed this in Ilorin over the weekend while speaking with journalists.Malik said that the golf academy which will be almost cost free to its students would be for future professional golfers after enrolling at the academy from the age of seven. The captain also disclosed that during his tenure, he and his management team would introduce the young children to join the game of golf and register with just a token of N10,000 membership fee as against the current N150.000 now being charged to at the club.He explained that the club will also purchase about ten golf kits and hire them out to the young kids at a cost of just N100 per game which is meant for those between the age of 17 and 30.Malik also announced plans by his leadership to revive the Kwara Open Tournament as the management of the club is already in talking terms with the Kwara state government which will be the major sponsor of the tournament.The captain revealed that the Kwara Open Tournament will attract over one thousand golfers to Ilorin the state capital for the anticipated four day event which will in turn not only boost the economy of the state but will further open Kwara to the international community.He described the game of golf as the game that is meant to exercise the entire body including the brain, eyes, arms and the legs to be at alert while it is always difficult for a golfer to be hypertensive since his/her major focus is on how to put the ball into the hole.Malik however corrected the misconception that golf is meant for only the elites or the rich in the society, adding that what the game entails is interest.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram