A star-studded line-up has been named for this year’s Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix, which takes place at the National Stadium on June 10.The meet, which is in its second staging has been themed ‘Salute to a Legend’ to honour iconic sprinter Usain Bolt, who will be competing in his last event on local soil at the event.Some of the international names already confirmed for the meet are Olympic 400m gold medallist and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa, 800m double Olympic gold medal winner and world record holder David Rudisha of Kenya, and Britain’s ‘double double’ Olympic 5,000 and 10,000m gold medallist Mo Farah.Bolt, who was the highlight of yesterday’s launch event, which took place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, said that he is pleased with how the meet has grown from last year, given that the 2016 edition set high standards to live up to.”The fact that the coach (Glen Mills) is close to a lot of athletes really helps the meet, and I know a few athletes also,” the world’s fastest man said.DREAM COME TRUE”We have always had good relationships with athletes overall. But, for me, I’m very happy. I’m very proud of my coach and the way he has built this meet. It has always been one of his dreams to really have an international meet, so this is his dream come true and he’s building it.”We at Racers are trying to make it bigger and better and any way I possibly can, I’ll also help,” Bolt added.Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said that “this year, not even the great Boys and Girls’ Champs will be as highly anticipated as the Racers Grand Prix”.Grange also announced that the Government, through the Sports Development Fund, will be contributing US$200,000 ($26 million) to the meet.- R.P.
The Rex Saab after it had landed safely. Australian safety investigators have issued an international advisory after fatigue cracking was found in the engine of Regional Express aircraft which lost a propeller while on approach to Sydney Airport last month.The propeller flew off the right engine of the Saab 340B turboprop aircraft as the crew shut it down about 55 nautical miles southwest of Sydney Airport on March 17. The crew calmly continued on to land safely at Sydney after declaring a PAN-PAN, an alert a step below declaring an emergencyThe propeller was recovered a few days later in bush about 8nm south-west of the airport.Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators found the propeller shaft had fractured after a fatigue crack had started in a mounting flange connected to the gear box.The crack originated in a dowel hole which was corroded in parts and corrosion pitting was found near the fracture. “Further work is ongoing to ascertain whether the corrosion or other factors contributed to the fracture initiation,’’ investigators said.This was the first known critical failure of this type in this part of GE Aviation CT7-9B engine and investigators noted there are currently no maintenance requirements for routine inspection of the dowel pin holes.“Any corrosion or cracking within the bore may go undetected until it progresses to the surface of the flange,’’ they said “Other than a visual inspection of the flange during propeller removal, inspection for surface defects (via magnetic particle inspection or dye penetrant inspection) only occurs when the (propeller gearbox) is disassembled for maintenance at a workshop specifically approved by the engine manufacturer.’’Engine-maker GE Aviation has been actively involved in the investigation and the broken flange has been taken to the company’s laboratories in Cincinnati in the US for further metallurgical analysis.GE is inspecting other propeller gear boxes and is expected to release additional maintenance and inspection procedures if they are deemed necessary.Regional Express also quarantined all propeller gearboxes with propeller shafts of the same series and the ATSB has issued a safety advisory notice alerting other operators to the incident.The report said the pilots noticed a problem with the engine on approach to Sydney and began to go through a checklist.They noticed minor vibrations which worsened as the checklist progressed and started shutdown procedures.It was while they were doing this that the propeller separated.Fatigue cracking is often difficult to detect and can be due to corrosion or defects in the part. The only other instance of a propeller flying off a Saab aircraft occurred in 1991 on a plane operated by US carrier Comair.In that case, the aircraft also landed safely after experiencing similar problems to the Australian crew. The failure was eventually traced to a sub-surface flaw introduced when an ingot was melted to make the part. The ATSB investigation is continuing and will look at areas such as the way in which the failed assembly was manufactured, what corrosion protection was on the part’s surface and propeller gearbox maintenance procedures.It will also look for “opportunities” for crack detection.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After the first round of planting and heavy rains and colder weather shortly thereafter, farmers around Ohio have had to make some tough decisions about what to do with fields that didn’t do so well in the early going. Now that the calendar is getting ready to turn, the choices on what to do in those fields are becoming more limited. Account Manager Brad Ott talks about the replant decision process as June approaches in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
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Japanese automotive manufacturer Mitsubishi has recently launched a limited edition of the Pajero Sport at Rs 23.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Changes in the limited edition Pajero Sport include some equipment additions and some cosmetic touches.The most prominent change on the new limited edition is the use of dual-tone paint shade, reminiscent of the Pajero. Buyers have been given the option of red and white or yellow and white paint shades. In addition, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport limited edition also gets indicator-integrated wing mirrors as well as limited edition badging.On the inside, equipment includes a DVD system with two screens for rear-passengers and a chiller in the boot.Power in the Pajero Sport limited edition SUV is derived from the same 2.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel motor. This motor churns out a maximum power of 175bhp and is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, same as the regular Pajero Sport.