The Warriors (19-9) will look to earn their sixth straight victory Wednesday night when the Raptors (22-7) come to town.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup…When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSBA,ESPN)Raptors’ projected starters: Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard Raptors stock report: Toronto has struggled since the last time these two teams matched up, going 3-3 over its last six games.Over the stretch, all-star guard Kyle …
A possible link to a 2001 landing accident may be the cause of the loss of Metrojet Airbus A321, operating Flight 7K-9268 from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) to St. Petersburg (Russia) killing all 224 on board.However, terrorist action may also be the cause with a group linked to ISIS claiming resposibility, although there has been no official verification of this.The A321 appears to have broken up while climbing through 31,000ft over the Sinai Peninsula, whether this is the result of a decompression or terrorist activity is still to be determined. In 2001 the same A321 (MSN 663) while operating for Middle East Airlines was involved in a severe tail strike on landing according to Aviation-Safety.net. It is possible that the repair to the rear pressure bulkhead was not done correctly causing a weakness and it has failed ripping the tail away rendering the aircraft uncontrollable.According to Aviation Herald, quoting officals, the A321 was located in mountainous terrain near Al-Arish however images of the crash site shows the area to be fairly flat. The plane’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders were recovered from the crash site, which spreads out over 16 square kilometers (over 6 square miles) some 70 kilometers (44 miles) south of the Egyptian city of el-Arish.As a precaution, Lufthansa, Air France, Qatar Airways and Emirates are altering flight paths to avoid the Sinai Peninsula area. Flightradar24 animation of flightpath plus technical data.World’s safest airlines.Taking your bags in an evacuation may kill you.Egyptian officials initially said that the pilot reported technical difficulties and wanted to make an emergency landing before losing contact with air traffic control, however that was later denied.The passengers were: 138 women, 62 men and 17 children BBC News reported, citing Egypt’s cabinet. Aviation tracking website Flight Radar 24 tweeted that the plane was descending at a rate of about 6000 feet a minute just before its signal was lost.A statement carried by the MENA agency said the A321 took off at 5:51 a.m. local time and disappeared from radar screens 23 minutes later.AirlineRatings.com does not safety rate Metrojet.The airline, known as Kogalym Avia, started operations in 1993. It operates five A321s and 2 corporate jets for charters only.The Airbus A321 has an excellent safety record.Initial observations; It is extremely unlikely that the aircraft was lost through an upset from Clear Air Turbulence (CAT). Whatever happened, did so without warning which points to a catastrophic break-up possiby indicating damage from the loss of the tail if the rear pressure bulkhead failed.Good weather was reported in the region making any cockpit instrumentation issue an extremely low probability.Safety observers suggest that the aircraft pluging indicates a “rapidly developing technical problem” leading to a break up. And wreckage is scattered over a wide area suggesting a high altitude breakup.A U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Notice to Airmen, or NOTAM, told pilots in the region to “exercise extreme caution [when flying below a certain altitude]…due to ongoing violence, unrest, security operations and the risk to safety from small-arms, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, anti-aircraft fire and shoulder-fired, man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS).” This sort of shootdown would seem unlikely in this event, however, because the A321 was flying just above 30,000 feet.Still, the crash comes mere weeks after Russia upped the ante in the Syrian civil war, committing troops and warplanes to the defense of the Bashar al-Asad regime. The terrorist group ISIS was one of its targets.In a statement Airbus said:Airbus regrets to confirm that an A321-200 operated by Metrojet was involved in an accident shortly after 6:17 local time (04:17 GMT) over the Sinai Peninsula today. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight 7K-9268 from Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) to St. Petersburg (Russia).The concerns and sympathy of the Airbus employees go to all those affected by this tragic accident of Flight 7K-9268.The aircraft involved in the accident, registered under EI-ETJ was MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 663, was produced in 1997 and since 2012 operated by Metrojet. The aircraft had accumulated some 56000 flight hours in nearly 21000 flights. It was powered by IAE-V2500 engines. At this time no further factual information is available.In line with ICAO annex 13, an Airbus go-team of technical advisors stands-by ready to provide full technical assistance to French Investigation Agency – BEA – and to the Authorities in charge of the investigation. The A321-200 is the largest member of the Airbus twin-engine A320 Family seating up to 240 passengers. The first A321 entered service in January 1994. By the end of September 2015, some 6500 A320 Family aircraft were in service with over 300 operators. To date, the entire fleet has accumulated some 168 million flight hours in some 92.5 million flights.Airbus will make further factual information available as soon as the details have been confirmed and cleared by the authorities for release.Photo credit: Joe Pries
The number of new home buyers who would be influenced by energy or water efficiency has been stable over the last few years, at 80 percent or better, but a new finding shows many of them would actually be willing to pay more for the house providing they could enjoy lower energy costs.That’s the conclusion of the annual “Energy Pulse” study from Builder Online, which published the results late last month.As in past years, the percentage of people planning on building a new house in the next three years hovered around 15 percent. And 80 percent, roughly the same as the last several years, said energy efficiency would have “somewhat/very much impact” on their buying decisions.This year, Builder said, a new question was added: How likely would buyers be to spend more for a house if it were built to higher-than-Energy-Star standards?“We actually framed the question as a value proposition, asking, ‘How likely would you be to pay more for a home that is a high-performance home, built to standards that are higher than Energy Star?” the report said. “Your monthly mortgage payments might be slightly higher, but your ongoing monthly energy costs would be lower.”Seventy-one percent said they would be likely to very likely to pay more, indicating the potential market is sizable. But buyers don’t get the buzz wordsThe findings would seem to be good news for builders who specialize in high-performance designs, but Builder also added a warning: words and phrases common in the business are going right over the heads of many potential buyers.Builder provided the 2,000 respondents with a list of common terms and asked which ones they could explain accurately to a friend.Only 14 percent said they could explain “high-performance home” (oops — we just used that one), and only 38 percent said they could explain what an “efficient home” was. What’s a “green home”? Only 28 percent knew the answer, the same percentage that could explain “indoor air quality” and slightly more than could define “low carbon footprint.”“Your communication materials and sales team talking points are likely riddled with these terms, and they’re obviously not speaking the average consumer’s language,” Builder said. “So stop assuming they know what you’re talking about. “
Mahant Bhaskar Das, the main litigant in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case, passed away in Ayodhya on September 16. He was 89.The seer, head of Nirmohi Akhada, was a petitioner in the case since 1959. He was admitted to a private medical facility on September 12 following breathing problems where he later suffered a brain stroke. The seer will be cremated at the Tulsi ghat in Ayodhya later on September 16, close associates told IANS.Doctors had earlier advised that he be taken to a super-speciality hospital either in Lucknow or Delhi. However, the ageing priest refused to leave the temple town. Faizabad MP Lallu Singh, former UPCC president Nirmal Khatri and several local BJP and RSS leaders besides others paid their homage to the seer. All shops in the Hanumangarhi area in Ayodhya have downed their shutters as a mark of respect. The seer’s disciples recalled that he had cordial relations with Hashim Ansari, the oldest litigant in the case, who passed away in July 2016.
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