Mumbai Girl Is World’s 1st To Cross Atlantic Ocean In Light Sports Aircraft (LSA)

first_imgMumbai: Captain Aarohi Pandit, a 23-year-old pilot from Mumbai became the world’s first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA), thrilling her family, friends and aviation circles here on Tuesday.She achieved the feat around midnight Monday-Tuesday (May 13-14) when she landed her tiny aircraft at Iqaluit Airport in Canada, after a gruelling 3,000 km long flight, under adverse and extreme weather conditions following take-off from Wick, Scotland (United Kingdom), with brief stopovers in Greenland and Iceland.“This is part of her ongoing year-long global circumnavigation flight which was launched wither friend Keithair Misquitta on July 30. Aarohi continued solo from UK to Canada, and they will return to India by July 30, 2019,” said an excited Lynn de Souza, head of Social Access, a not-for-profit communications firm which organised and sponsored the expedition.“En route, she set another world record as the first woman pilot to fly solo above the treacherous Greenland ice-cap in a LSA, and is due for at least half a dozen other records by the time she reaches India,a Lynn told IANS.A commercial pilot and LSA licence holder, Pandit and her best friend Keithair Misquitta left India on the Women Empower (WE) Expedition in the tiny aircraft christened ‘Mahi’.‘Mahi’ is a tiny, single-engine Sinus 912 weighing a little of 400 kg or nearly equivalent to a Bullet motorcycle, manufactured by Pipistrel of Slovenia, and is also the first LSA registered by Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India.Pandit and Misquitta flew over Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, then to Pakistan, where they landed — making it the first civilian LSA flight to land in the neighbouring country since 1947 — and went onto to Iran, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, France and UK.After landing in Iqaluit, Pandit proudly exhibited the Indian Tricolour presented to her by the Indian Ambassador to Canada Vikas Swarup, said Lynn.“I am so honoured and grateful I could do this for my country and for women everywhere… Flying over the Atlantic Ocean is a humbling experience. Its just you and your little plane, the light blue sky above and dark blue see or shining white ice below,” said a tired but cheerful Pandit in her landing remarks to her cheering friends in Mumbai, who stayed awake till early on Tuesday to witness her making history.Though she admitted certain sectors in the long flight were bumpy, the “beauty of the ocean and islands was breathtaking and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat”.Pandit is an ardent fan of the legendary American aviator, Amelia Earheart — who became the world’s first woman to make a solo transatlantic flight in a bigger aircraft, 87 years ago, on May 20, 1932.A resident of Borivali, northwest Mumbai suburb, Pandit underwent an arduous seven-month preparatory training schedule in India, Greenland, Siberia, Italy over oceans, high altitude, snow, extreme weather conditions, different terrains testing her physical and mental capabilities to undertake her circumnavigation feat. After a brief sojourn in Canada, the WE Expedition will continue with Pandit flying westwards to Russia, cross many a longitudes and hurdles, create or break more records, before she finally returns home by July 30, after clocking in around 37,000 km. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Cardinal will be no picnic for USC

first_imgUsually schools schedule a cupcake during Homecoming.Usually they make sure the cupcake is light (healthy is all the rage these days), loaded with creamy frosting and decorated with some celebratory sprinkles.Missing piece · Having tight end Anthony McCoy back from injury lessens USC’s chances of getting upended by Stanford at home again. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanUsually, the cupcake is devoured before the main course is served and by the time dessert rolls around, the alumni are left to feast on the remaining crumbs.But, unless you’ve been stalking Sarah Palin from eastern Russia for the past three months, you know that this season isn’t usual.USC is in the midst of its longest span of mediocre play since the Diamondbacks last won the World Series and has absolutely no chance of appearing in the BCS title game, even with three games left.What’s more is that the opponent coming in Saturday is a raspberry cupcake with mayonnaise frosting and thorns for sprinkles — in other words, it’s not a scrumptious treat.Stanford is coming off a shootout win over Pac-10 leader Oregon, a team that itself was coming off an earth-shattering stomping of the previously unstomp-able Trojans. The Cardinal also won the last time it visited the Coliseum in 2007, when they staged one of the greatest upsets of all-time by beating a 41-point favorite USC.It’s not inconceivable that Stanford will come in Saturday and beat the “struggling” Trojans again.Indeed, much of the blame for USC’s lackluster play over the past month has been attributed to the defense and to superhuman freshman quarterback Matt Barkley getting kicked out of the Justice League.This is rightfully so. The defense, which lost eight starters from last season, has given up 119 points in the last four games and has more holes than the Augusta National Golf Club.Likewise, while Barkley enjoyed success during his first four games, if you’ve watched him over the past month, you’d agree he looks more uncomfortable. In the last game against an inferior Arizona State squad, Barkley went 7-for-22 for 112 yards in a game neither team looked like they wanted to win.However, two areas have killed USC more than the defense and Barkley’s average play. They have slid under the radar and USC needs to fix them this weekend if it doesn’t want to be embarrassed by Gerhart and the Trees.The first area is the running game. Yes, USC has become known as Tailback U for its ability to take a running back and make him into a star. Despite senior Stafon Johnson’s injury, the Trojans still have the talent at the position.Yet, the running game has stalled more than a kid learning to drive stick-shift. USC has averaged only 158.5 yards and 1.25 touchdowns per game on the ground over the past month, while it boasted numbers of 208 and 2.6 in the first five games.It’s the running game that lifted the weight off Barkley’s shoulders. Whenever USC needed a big play, it would turn to Joe McKnight, Johnson, Allen Bradford or Stanley Havili.Barkley could focus on playing within himself. Like it or not, he took the Kyle Orton approach the first half of the season by playing not to lose the game. He was conservative and it worked.Now that the running game has stalled, Barkley has tried to lift the burden onto his shoulders, but they aren’t broad enough yet. This is where the second X-factor for USC comes in: senior tight end Anthony McCoy, who’s scheduled to play Saturday.McCoy has been out virtually since the Notre Dame game (he played, albeit with an injured ankle, against Oregon State), and that’s about when USC started to sputter. His run-blocking and receiving ability have been missed greatly by the Trojans and especially Barkley, who needs McCoy out there. Even though he’s missed almost three games, McCoy is still the third leading receiver on the team, averaging an absurd 23.4 yards per catch.It’s his big-play ability that has opened up passing lanes for Barkley, and without McCoy, the offense has been lost. The running game can’t find any holes to run through and the tight ends have caught just three passes in the last three games.It’s obvious that Barkley needs McCoy and McCoy needs Barkley. The senior tight end has already surpassed his receiving yard total from last season, when he was the starting tight end and had a more experienced quarterback.The Trojans need the running game to get going and get McCoy back on the field if they want to avoid another embarrassing loss.USC has shown it can win when the defense plays poorly (see Notre Dame) and when Barkley isn’t forced to make plays (see Ohio State). Yet, as it’s shown in the past month, it can barely float when the running game stalls and when McCoy is out.Those things need to show up if the Trojans want to have their cake and eat it, too.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article, visit or email Kenny at read more

Jon Jones granted one-fight license for UFC 235

first_imgJon Jones has been granted a one-fight license for UFC 235 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year The UFC light heavyweight champion will have to submit to two drug tests a month before the fight which is scheduled for March 2. He will have to pay for the testing and must be tested rigorously after the fight as well. Official: Nevada has granted Jon Jones a one fight license to compete at UFC 235 on March 2.Jones will be tested at least twice a month and he must pay for testing.And then he will continue to be tested rigorously for the rest of the year.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 29, 2019Jones tested positive for a small amount of the banned substance Turinabol before his fight with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232. Because the test was so close to the fight, and there was no certainty as to whether it was a leftover amount from a previous positive test, the fight was moved to Los Angeles so it could take place.The UFC was not sure if the NSAC would approve of a fight on such short notice with the positive test, so it was relocated.Jones will face Anthony Smith at UFC 235 for the light heavyweight title. Smith has won three fights in a row and six of his last seven.OFFICIAL!🏆 @JonnyBones defends the LHW title against @LionheartASmith in the MAIN EVENT of #UFC235!— UFC (@ufc) January 29, 2019last_img read more

Buffalo Bills cheerleaders suspend operations

first_imgIn this Nov. 17, 2013, photo, Buffalo Bills cheerleaders perform during the Bills’ NFL football game against the New York Jets in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Pack up the pom-poms in Buffalo, because the Bills will be playing without the support of their official cheerleaders this year.Stephanie Mateczun, whose company manages the Buffalo Jills cheerleading squad, said Thursday she has suspended operations through at least the end of the season. The decision was made two days after five former Jills filed a lawsuit complaining they worked hundreds of hours for free, and were subjected to groping and sexual comments.The civil action was filed in state Supreme Court and seeks unspecified back pay and legal fees. It names Mateczun’s company, Stejon Productions Corp., the Bills, and the Jills’ former manager, Citadel Communications Co., as defendants. Stejon took over managing the cheerleaders in 2011.Mateczun is in the process of hiring legal representation, and declined further comment.The Bills have been made aware of the Jills’ decision to suspend operations, but otherwise declined comment.Lawyer Frank Dolce, who represents the five cheerleaders, said the decision to suspend operations won’t affect his case because it addresses past complaints.Dolce, however, did question Mateczun’s motives, saying her decision to suspend the squad was unnecessary.“If they cease operations, they will blame the lawsuit for the destruction of the Jills, when that was not intended at all,” Dolce said, noting there is not much money at stake in the lawsuit.“We love the Bills. We love the Jills,” he said. “We do not love the travesty of its management that has occurred over the last few years.”According to the Buffalo Jills Alumni website, the squad was formed in 1967, eight years after the Bills were established as founding members of the American Football League. In 1986, the Bills relinquished managing the cheerleaders to private companies.Cheerleaders have launched similar suits against the Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals.The case against the Bills claims the Jills are wrongly classified as independent contractors and subjected to policies that violate the state’s $8 per hour minimum wage law and other workplace rules.The Jills aren’t paid for games or practices and have to make 20-35 appearances, most of which are unpaid, at community and charity events each season, the lawsuit said. On top of that, they have to pay $650 for their uniforms and are not reimbursed for travel or other expenses, the cheerleaders said.All five cheerleaders said they had to take a “jiggle test” so that Mateczun, Stejon’s president, could assess their physiques. And Mateczun, they said, controlled everything from their hair and nail polish color to what they could post on Facebook.The time and expense, as well as rules governing their personal lives, far exceeded what they signed on for, the women said.Dolce and his clients hope their legal action leads to policy changes within the Bills’ organization that ensure future cheerleaders are paid and treated better.“A decision to disband the Jills as an entity is a tremendous mistake for community spirit,” Dolce said. “We do not feel bad that Stejon Productions has ceased operations. We think that’s a good thing. We just hope the Bills don’t trivialize the Jills because of the poor management of them.”___Associated Press writer Carolyn Thompson contributed to this report.___AP NFL website: and read more