Hot start needed for Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas versus Chinese Taipei the last time was a close shave for the Filipinos.And with their return bout in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers on Friday to happen in Taipei, the Filipinos cannot afford to start the way they did last November when they barely scraped through.ADVERTISEMENT Blatche came in more than two weeks ago to reorient himself with coach Chot Reyes’ dribble-drive offense.If he is in better shape, the Filipinos should have little trouble dispatching the Taiwanese anew.Tickets have already been sold out, according to a report by Fiba.com while Taiwanese superstar Huang Tsung-Han has already declared victory.“This is my house,” the 23-year-old Huang told Fiba.com. “In home games, the whole country will cheer for the players, and it will stimulate the players more.”Terrence Romeo also returns to National team duty after sitting out the November game because of a leg injury.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Meanwhile, Ricky Dandan resigned as coach of Columbian in the PBA, saying that he will now concentrate with University of the Philippines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Young Asiad-bound athletes feted Home court will undoubtedly make the Taiwanese a better team in their third window clash at Taipei Heping Gym, where the enemy is embraced like gods and where the Filipinos are expected to encounter hostility.Gilas started out on a limp last November, trailing by 13 early and needing the heroics of Jayson Castro and reigning four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo to get the job done.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAndray Blatche was a virtual non-entity offensively for Gilas, finishing with just six points.It was also one of the reasons why the game was close as Chinese Taipei got three players scoring in twin digits, with naturalized player Quincy Davis III shooting 20 points—12 in the first period. LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View commentslast_img read more

BFF Calls for Prompt Exhibition of FRR for Validation

first_imgBFF’s Augustine Arkoi: “Liberians have been victims of ‘deliberate politics and policies’ of socioeconomic marginalization…’…Says exclusion of registered voters from runoff polls ‘breeds constitutional conflict’ The Better Future Foundation (BFF), a civil society organization, has expressed serious concerns with respect to the new date set by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the conduct of the presidential runoff election without first publishing and/or exhibiting the Final Registration Roll (FRR) for its verification and validation by electorates and other stakeholders.In a press release issued in Monrovia over the weekend, BFF said to erase any iota of suspicion and to guarantee a free, fair, transparent and credible runoff election on December 26, which outcome would be free of protests and other demonstrations contrary to what the nation experienced in the first round of the presidential and legislative elections on October 10, the NEC must immediately exhibit the FRR at polling places and magisterial centers across the country.The release quoted BFF President Augustine Arkoi as saying that the exhibition of the FRR by the National Elections Commission (NEC) would not only increase public confidence in the operations of the NEC but also enable eligible voters who obtained valid voter cards without their names and other key elements of identity reflected in the FRR during the first round of the presidential and legislative elections to be included for their smooth participation in the scheduled presidential runoff.According to BFF, it would be a gross violation of the constitutional right of any Liberian of voting age with a valid voting card who participated in the October 10 polls to be denied casting his/her ballot in the pending runoff elections on grounds that said voter’s name could not be traced in the FRR and under the pretext of “cleaning up the Final Voter Roll.”The civil society group stressed that the rejection of such eligible Liberians who have demonstrated their desire and determination to participate in the choosing of Liberia’s new political leadership through the democratic process would not only undermine the credibility and integrity of the pending runoff but also serve as an incentive for other unintended constitutional conflicts with potential to threaten the nation’s already fragile peace.Additionally, the BFF release indicated that the exclusion or marginalization of officially registered voters from the pending runoff elections after their participation in the first round of the polls as evidenced by their possession of valid NEC voter ID cards, and not based on their negligence or faults, would be a gross infringement on their basic rights to political participation, as provided for in Article 3 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, which states that: “A Liberian citizen who has attained the age of 18 years or older may register as a voter except one who has been judicially declared to be incompetent, or of unsound mind, or who have been disenfranchised as a result of a conviction of an infamous crime and has not been restored to citizenship.”Meanwhile, BFF called on all Liberians, including the governing Unity Party (UP) and the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) to engage in regular face-to-face dialogues before, during and after the runoff polls in the supreme interest of all Liberians and for sustainable peace and stability of the country, “and to ensure smooth transition of political power within the framework of the nation’s constitution.”BFF is the proponent of the “Liberia Democracy Sustainability Platform” (DSP), which primarily seeks to inspire national consensus building to accelerate improved human security relations, human rights and respect for the rule of law, and promote infrastructural development for sustainable peace and democratic governance in Liberia and the sub-region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP raps Govt over oil sector failings

first_img– urges prioritisation of national oil spill policyOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is urging Government to make issues such as formulating a national oil spill policy a priority, lest Guyana ends up repeating the mistakes of other oil producers.With just two years to go before first oil, Jagdeo on Thursday turned on the pressure on this issue. According to the former President, not treating a national oil spill strategy as a priority is to risk Guyana retrogressing over the next few years.“I’m saying to you, if we don’t address these critical issues, if we don’t address the rest of the economy, Guyana will be worst off in the next decade than we are now. You read the experience of many of those countries. Check the assessment of Chad and Nigeria and Venezuela and all those places. And just hear where they are today,” Jagdeo urged.Jagdeo likened the delay in the oil policy to other faux pas’ in the industry; such asOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeothe renegotiated Production Sharing Agreement with Exxon’s subsidiary. The Government was heavily criticised for this agreement.“This is not unique in the sector, in that all the things our Government was supposed to do to protect us, as a people and our interests, they have failed on. They have failed to negotiate a contract, after we established 3.2 million barrels of oil reserves, a contract that was better than the one given to ExxonMobil when we were trying to get them to explore. They did not. In fact Exxon came out ahead in those negotiations and that’s putting it mildly.”“They were supposed to get the Sovereign Wealth Fund to protect our interest and they failed on that. They failed on the Petroleum Commission. They failed on local content. It’s the same pattern. They’re failing to address this issue in a manner that this is an environmental issue and the potential to tackle an oil spill.”According to Jagdeo, Government has instead addressed the issue in a haphazard manner. He noted that Government seemed focused on one thing and that is oil but warned against this approach.It is understood that development of the oil spill plan is being spearheaded by the Civil Defence Commission. In March, a stakeholder session was held to gain input for the draft. CDC’s partners in the process include the Guyana Energy Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency.When it comes to deadlines, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has said that a national oil spill and contingency plan will be established by 2020. Even before Jagdeo’s press conference, there have been criticisms about the slow pace of the plan’s development.To its credit, however, Exxon has organised oil spill management training. This training has including providing information on dispersants, tools used and structure of response strategies among other exercises.Protecting the environmentLast year, it was announced that the Audit Office of Guyana (AOG) would commence – a number of environmental audits in 2018. These audits, Auditor General Deodat Sharma had said, would analyse the capacity of the country’s relevant agencies to protect the environment and endangered species of animals in case of a disaster.Guyana had a taste of such disasters during the 1995 cyanide spill. In gold mining, cyanide is used as an extracting agent for the ore. In the case of Guyana’s cyanide spill, the highly poisonous material spilled out of a reservoir into the Essequibo River.Guyana does not have to look far to see examples of the long-term effects of oil spills. Effects from an Exxon oil tanker spilling millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Alaska in 1989 are still felt today on the environment. And cleaning up oil spills can costs billions of US dollars.For instance, British Petroleum’s (BP) expended approximately $14 billion in clean-up costs after its Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in 2010. The disaster killed 11 persons on board and nearly five million barrels of oil were released underwater before the well was capped.In 2016, President David Granger commissioned Guyana’s first oil spill response operation service at the Gaico Wharf at Nismes, West Bank Demerara. Gaico Oil Spill Response Operation Services, a name coined by Komal Singh, was set up as a pre-emptive measure against probable spillage once production commence in the future. The company has previous experience in construction.At the commissioning, Singh had stated that he had noticed that there are a number of near misses of oil spills and decided to pursue the avenue of preparing for one in Guyana. He had said that the company has invested in a supply boat to work alongside rigs and supply them with fuel and cargo, while preparing for any occurrence of an oil spill. Its response time to an oil spill, Singh had said, would be within 24 hours.last_img read more

Teacher douses husband, sets home on fire as son sleeps

first_imgThe community of Cummings Park, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was in the wee hours of Tuesday morning swept in an uproar as the house of a seemingly happy family went up in flames.This is after the wife, Bursene Walters, a primary school teacher, allegedly doused her husband, Richard Walters with kerosene and subsequently threw a lit match at the sleeping man while their teenaged son was asleep in an adjoining room.Awaken by the commotion, the father of two rushed to save his 16-year-old son after which the duo escaped the burning building. At that time, his wife was said to have already fled the scene, leaving the two behind to perish.Guyana Times visited the scene of the now entirely gutted one storey home, during which neighbours recapped the horror that struck their village just after 01:00h Tuesday morning.Neighbours recalled hearing the man shouting, “Murder! Murder!” and ran out to see the building engulfed in flames. While rushing to the scene, they (neighbours) alerted the Fire Service but upon the tender’s arrival some 15 minutes later, it was too late.Even though neighbours are unaware of the circumstances which led to the incident, they relayed their understanding of what transpired.“From what I hear is that he went sleeping and he wake up and find she throwing the kero on he and she just scratch the match and throw it pon the bed and run out the house. Then the man go wake up he son and loose the dogs and so and run out, but by then the whole house deh done engulfed,” the neighbour explained.Moreover, Guyana Times understands the couple had been living at their Lot 1419 Cummings Park, Sophia residence for about 15 years and share two sons; the older one being 18 years old.However, according to reports, the teacher had accused her husband of having an affair, which he denied. As such, it is believed that this was the reason behind the woman’s actions.“They don’t come out and associate a lot so if they have domestic problems it would be indoors. Nobody don’t hear like they fight and stuff like that,” a neighbour stated.Nevertheless, this incident comes as a shock to those living within the area as they are not aware of the couple having marital issues. In fact, they indicated that the woman always appeared to be respectable and stable.Richard Walters sustained minor burn injuries about his body and subsequently received treatment at the Sophia Health Centre. After suffering the loss of all of their belongings, man and his two children are now seeking refuge at family members living nearby.Meanwhile, his wife is reportedly still on the run and is said to be hiding at relatives in Berbice. As such, Police are on the search for the woman accused of arson as investigations into the incident continue. (Ashraf Dabie)last_img read more

Edghill plans to return to Parliament with more questions

first_img– says Govt MPs “ain’t off the hook”By Samuel SukhnandanA seemingly fired up Bishop Juan Edghill has told the media on Thursday that after his four-day suspension ends, he plans to return to the National Assembly with more questions for Government.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament (MP) has said the Order Paper for each parliamentary sitting makes provision for members to ask up to five questions at every sitting.“…and if they believe that suspending me for four days is the end of Bishop Edghill, whenever I get back into Parliament, they will be answering in writing; because all the questions I couldn’t ask in the Committee of Supply, once they were not asked, I will seek (for) an oral or written response,” he said.Edghill has said, concerning MPs on the Government benches, “They ain’t off the hook!”The Opposition MP maintains that his suspension was intended to muzzle him from asking pertinent questions in relation to the estimates of expenditure for the 2018 National Budget. He said there are many unanswered questions he wishes to have addressed, and Government will, at some point, have to provide answers or clarity on each one of these questions.Declaring that, had he the chance to continue his scrutiny of the estimates, he would have questioned why the Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP) had budgeted for vacancies when this is strictly prohibited, he also disclosed that there is no Integrity Commission in place, yet $21million have been budgeted for that agency.“So the Prime Minister (Moses Nagamootoo) would have had to name the officers of that Commission, the dates of their appointment, and the date when (the commission) was established,” Edghill declared.Shifting his attention to another issue, Edghill noted that the Department of Public Information (DPI) — formerly the Government Information Agency (GINA) — has been allocated $35 million more this year than what it had been allocated as GINA last year. GINA had been allocated $215 million in 2017, but the DPI is getting $250 million in 2018.“So there is a slush fund of $35 million more to DPI,” he disclosed. “And by the way, why (is Government) resourcing the DPI with that extra money when every minister has their own public relations outfit? So public relations in the Government (has) grown significantly. Some ministers have four staff (members) in their media outfit, and so you have a public relations’ outfit that was swollen, which should have shrunk,” he posited.The Opposition MP also pointed to the $68 million that had been budget for 2018 to an unknown entity or organization, and the $218 million ‘slush fund’ provided to the Ministry of Citizenship.“You have a situation where 80 people are already paid top-ups of more than 100 per cent of their salaries to carry out the digitization of birth certificates. (Does) this (have) anything to do with padding the voters’ list for 2020? (Does) This (have) anything to do with the Haitians arriving in Guyana and being received by Government officials on the air site? Why is the same treatment not meted to others?” the Bishop questioned.Reference was also made to allegations of corruption taking place in the wildlife trade. Edghill has said that while this has been away from the public’s eyes, the Opposition, on behalf of some people, has had to make representation to the relevant authorities to bring some fairness to the system. He said only special people were allowed to trade, and there were exorbitant sums paid to be licensed.Another important issue raised by MP Juan Edghill is the enormous increase in staffing at the MoTP. According to him, that agency staff complement has now been swollen by an addition 168 persons.“We wanted to know where these people will be housed. Which building you putting them in? We believe these are political operatives in the region, but they (Government) have added them to the payroll,” he added.Edghill has said he also had questions in relation to how much was spent to build the fence at the MoTP.“How much money (did they pay) for the fence? Where it came from? How the contract was awarded? Was it sole sourced? Nobody knew where it came from… Those were all the issues in the capital budget that the Speaker avoided Edghill being allowed to ask. So, sit down and you’re out of order!” he added.Acting on instructions from the Speaker of the National Assembly, Police on Tuesday barred Edghill from entering the Public Building, and he was subsequently arrested.This development flowed from Edghill’s refusal to remove himself from the Parliamentary Chambers after he was ordered to so do by House Speaker Dr Barton Scotland, who on Monday accused this Opposition Member of Parliament of being out of order.last_img read more

Bravo!

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…Brutal TKR keep Stars winless in runs festAn outrageous 94 not out off 36 balls from Darren Bravo, ably supported by Brendon McCullum (68 from 42), propelled Trinbago Knight Riders to an extraordinary victory over St Lucia Stars as the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) produced another miracle match in which a world-record 34 sixes sailed into the stands at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground on Thursday night.Man of the Match Darren Bravo took the game away from the Stars with a classy 94 not outThe Knight Riders had been on the receiving end when Andre Russell brought Jamaica Tallawahs back from the dead back in game three, but produced their own resurrection in St Lucia.Kieron Pollard, Rahkeem Cornwall and David Warner all made half-centuries to lift the Stars to 212/2, and they appeared to have the game in the bag when the Knight Riders went into the last five overs of the run-chase needing another 85 runs for victory.But Darren Bravo smashed five sixes from Pollard’s final over, with McCullum taking up the charge in the next over as four more balls went to or over the boundary. Suddenly, 53 of the 85 required had come from just 12 deliveries.Cornwall, who for most of the night looked like being the hero after blasting a 25-ball half-century and then dismissing both Knight Riders openers with the new ball, suddenly had to try and win the match all over again in the 18th over.He couldn’t do it. Two wides to start the over betrayed his nerves, before Bravo thrashed three of the next four deliveries for six. Miraculously, from the Knight Riders needing 85 off 30 balls, the required rate was now below a run a ball. Bravo launched a fourth Hero Maximum of the over and his 10th of the night to leave the Knight Riders needing just five runs from the last 12 deliveries. In just three overs, the Bravo-inspired Knight Riders had plundered 80 runs and turned certain defeat into certain victory.Brendon McCullum and Darren Bravo put on 137 runs for the fourth wicket that swung the game TKR’s wayMcCullum was unable to see the job through, edging behind off Mitchell McClenaghan with Javon Searles falling the same way three balls later, but Darren Bravo was there at the end to see his side cross the unlikeliest of finish lines when Denesh Ramdin smashed the fifth ball of the final over for the 34th and final six of the night.Things had all seemed so very different in the first half of the night. Records were sent tumbling as the Stars became the first Hero CPL side to produce three half-centurions in the same innings and recorded their own highest Hero CPL total for good measure. That was due in no small part to a blistering unbeaten 65 from 23 balls by Kieron Pollard; the Stars’ skipper reached his half-century in a Hero CPL record-equalling 18 balls, with seven balls sent over the ropes.Pollard himself was merely continuing the good work of Cornwall, whose promotion to number three in the order at the fall of Andre Fletcher’s wicket for 17 proved an inspired decision from the Stars brains trust as the big all-rounder helped himself to a half-century.There was also a welcome return to form for David Warner, who batted through the innings for his 72 not out from 55 balls.Warner and Fletcher took 50 from the PowerPlay before Cornwall arrived to really get things going. After a couple of sighters he smoked Fawad Ahmed’s leg-spin over the ropes. The next over from Shannon Gabriel brought two more Hero Maximums and a one-bounce four over midwicket.In all Cornwall smashed five sixes in his 29-ball 50, dominating a 79-run partnership with Warner before edging Searles to Ramdin.There was no respite for the Knight Riders, though, as Cornwall’s demise only brought Pollard to the crease. His 18-ball 50 matched Sohail Tanvir’s Hero CPL record for St Lucia against Barbados Tridents back in 2014.Pollard dominated the strike in the latter stages, facing 17 of the last 18 balls as Warner frequently scampered second runs to get his captain back on strike. Those last three overs added 61 runs to the total – a scarcely believable amount at the time, but one put firmly in the shade just a couple of hours later.Having had such success promoting Cornwall up the batting order, the Stars repeated the trick with the ball. Handed the responsibility of bowling the second over of the innings, Cornwall promptly had the dangerous Sunil Narine caught – by Pollard, naturally – for nine. In his next over he won an lbw verdict against Chris Lynn as wickets continued to fall.McCullum and Colin Munro kept things moving, but when Munro was smartly held by debutant Chandrapaul Hemraj at deep square-leg off Pollard the required rate had ballooned to 14 an over and the game appeared to be over.Darren Bravo walked to the middle with other ideas. Initially he kept the ball along the carpet, with three fours off Hemraj in over 11 an early indicator that he wasn’t giving up, and two more fours to follow off Pollard in the 12th. In truth, he was only warming up.The first of Bravo’s 10 sixes didn’t come until the penultimate ball of the 15th over, and even then it seemed like little more than an exercise in damage limitation. It was the 16th over that would really change everything. The first four balls were all struck clean and pure over the ropes as Pollard found himself unable to serve up anything but length and full-tosses. Thoughts of six sixes in the over were shelved when a miscue off ball five brought only two runs, but it was a temporary reprieve before normal service was resumed with another huge six to finish the over.The Knight Riders suddenly had belief. The Stars, who must wonder just what they have to do to end what is now a 15-match run without victory, suddenly had none.last_img read more

BOGDAN MURDER: SUSPECT STILL BEING QUIZZED AT LETTERKENNY GARDA STATION

first_imgMurdered: Bogdan MichalkiewiczGARDAI investigating the tragic the brutal murder of Bogdan Michalkiawicz, stabbed to death at his Letterkenny apartment last month, are still quizzing a suspect.The 41-year-old was found dead by his brother on Wednesday May 15 at Riverside apartments, two days after he was last seen alive.A 37-year-old man was arrested on Thursday night. He is still being held at Letterkenny Garda Station. BOGDAN MURDER: SUSPECT STILL BEING QUIZZED AT LETTERKENNY GARDA STATION was last modified: June 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BOGDAN MURDER: SUSPECT STILL BEING QUIZZED AT LETTERKENNY GARDA STATIONlast_img read more

New words coming out of pop culture

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Dent’s new book also discusses the tendency to “big up” our language. Nothing is ever good or even great anymore – instead, we opt for “ova-wicked” and “uberbuff.” Government appointees are tsars, and experts are meisters. Job titles also reflect this kind of inflation. The head of verbal communications is really just a receptionist, while stock boys have been promoted to stock replenishment executives, she said. As for the “fanboys” in the book’s title, Dent said they’re guys who are absorbed by a passion for comic books or computer games. The book also looks at vocabulary shifts from the past century. The year 1905 saw the introduction of “peace economy.” With the next year came “tyrannosaurus.” Many words on the list are related to events – 1940 introduced “Jim Crow” and 1980 brought “Reaganomics.” “Podcasting” was last year’s word. The front-runner for the 2005 word of the year is “sudoku,” the logic puzzle that has replaced crosswords as a favorite way to kill time over lunch break. “Fanboys” is Dent’s third annual language review book, publicist Sarah Kidd said. Dent is a resident word expert on London’s Channel 4’s “Countdown” program. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – “Crunk” is good? Among the hot new words, it’s “ova-wicked,” even “uberbuff.” They’re just some of the entries in a book published today that lists newly coined words as well as jargon used in technology, politics and the media. “Crunk” – the American hybrid for crazy and drunk – is an example of how words evolve from popular culture, according to Susie Dent, author of “Fanboys and Overdogs: The Language Report.” “Crunk is generating all sorts of offshoot terms in the U.S. – crunk ‘n’ b, crunk rock, crunkster – and looks set to catch on in Britain, too,” Dent said. “New words travel from one variety of English to another and at a rapidly increasing rate, thanks to the way language is exchanged today over e-mail, chat rooms, TV, etc.” last_img read more

Former Raiders coach Del Rio talks Khalil Mack

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.) ALAMEDA — Former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has kept his thoughts to himself regarding the 2018 trade of defensive end Khalil Mack.Until Monday.Del Rio, who is still due two years on a three-year, $15 million contract extension that was signed before the 2017 season, appeared on the NFL Network’s “Up to the Minute” and conceded his former team got good value from the trade although it was tough for him to see …last_img

Delta racks up remarkable reliability record

first_imgNeat seats, fine food, innovative in-flight entertainment—all things airlines tend to tout when they talk about service. But precious little of that matters if your flight’s cancelled and you’re left to stew at the gate. That cancellation is especially galling if it’s maintenance-related.That’s why Delta Air Lines’ announcement that it just racked up a record 185 days of zero mainline (non-regional jet) maintenance cancellations so far this year is so significant. Consider for a moment that the airline operates some 3,500 mainline departures daily and you put the number in perspective.How did Delta do it? “Aviation is the ultimate team sport,” says Senior Vice President of Technical Operations Don Mitacek. To successfully compete at the megacarrier level, and compete consistently, TechOps has boosted infrastructure by making sure the right aircraft parts are in the right place at the right time. Delta uses sophisticated analytic tools to do this. In addition, since 2012, the airline has opened several new “line” maintenance stations throughout its route network.Maintenance plays an important role when it comes to reliability. But Delta as a whole has established “D0”—zero delays—as the one clear goal across all its working groups. D0 doesn’t take into account the weather. Rather it’s focused on controllable factors: maintenance, crew scheduling and the like. Coordinating the drive for D0 is the airline’s Operations Control Center at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, the planet’s busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic.From the surprisingly hushed, muted floor of the Star Wars-like OCC at any one time 350 to 400 people go about their jobs: flight dispatchers, maintenance personnel, pilots, and meteorologists. In all, representatives from some 30 of the airline’s departments are present.The end product—they hope—is to better that 185-day tally of no maintenance cancellations, and keep up the pressure in pursuit of zero delays.last_img read more