‘Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat’ Gets US Court Rebuke

first_img‘Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat’ Gets US Court RebukeIL for www.theindianalawyer.comAviation regulators were ordered by a federal appeals court on Friday to consider setting minimum standards for the space airlines give passengers as carriers have steadily shrunk the width of seats and the distance between rows.The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., found in favor of Flyers Rights, a nonprofit advocacy group, which had argued that steadily shrinking legroom and seat size created a safety hazard and the Federal Aviation Administration should impose new restrictions.“This is the Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat,” Judge Patricia Ann Millett wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel. “As many have no doubt noticed, aircraft seats and the spacing between them have been getting smaller and smaller, while American passengershave been growing in size.”The issue of airline passenger legroom has boiled over this year as some carriers said they plan to add more seats to planes.  American Airlines in May announced it would shrink the space between rows to 30 inches on its newest Boeing Co. 737 jetliners.The court said the FAA had used “off-point” studies and “undisclosed tests using unknown parameters” to justify its initial refusal to review the rules. “That type of vaporous record will not do,” the court said.Flyers Rights had argued that the average seat width has narrowed from approximately 18.5 inches in the early-2000s to 17 inches in the early-to-mid-2010s. In recent decades, the distance between seat rows, known as “seat pitch,” has gone from an average of 35 inches to 31 inches, and as low as 28 inches at some airlines, the group said in the suit.At the same time, the average American flier has grown steadily larger in both height and girth, the group said.That combination created a safety hazard, it argued, making it more difficult to exit a plane in an emergency and also heightening the risk of deep vein thrombosis, a potentially fatal condition of blood clots in the legs that has been associated with longer flights.“We’re really gratified,” Paul Hudson, president of Flyers Rights, said in an interview. “We hope the FAA will now take it up as a proper rulemaking.”The FAA said in an emailed statement that the agency “does consider seat pitch in testing and assessing the safe evacuation of commercial, passenger aircraft. We are studying the ruling carefully and any potential actions we may take to address the Court’s findings.”U.S. lawmakers have grilled members of the administration and airline executives on the issue at several hearings this year and several have drafted legislation to address the issue.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Why Dodgers SS Corey Seager will ace his sophomore year

first_imgCheck out the Rookies of the Year who became MVPs: Don Newcombe, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Pete Rose, Dick Allen, Rod Carew, Johnny Bench, Fred Lynn, Jose Canseco, Cal Ripken, Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, Justin Verlander, Buster Posey, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant.You can add Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Billy Williams, Tom Seaver, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda and Eddie Murray. Like several on the MVP list, they became Hall of Famers.Corey Seager, the N.L. Rookie of the Year in 2016 and a finalist for Most Valuable Player, went home to Kannapolis, N.C., and was back in the gym within a couple of weeks.But he also hit the golf course, which often hit him back.“I started playing a couple of years ago. And the golf game needs a lot of work,” Seager said the other morning at Camelback Ranch. GLENDALE, Ariz. — There used to be a thing called the “sophomore jinx.” It was waiting, with tentacles, for all high-flying rookies.The theory was that a first-year player sailed through his indoctrination year with no one else in baseball taking him seriously. By the second year, his flaws would be studied and exposed.Examples, among those who won Rookie of the Year Awards, included pitchers Harry Byrd (1952), Carl Morton (1970), Butch Metzger (1979), Pat Zachry (1979) and Jason Jennings (2002) and hitters John Castino (1979), Joe Charboneau (1980), Jerome Walton (1989), Pat Listach (1992) and Marty Cordova (1995).In truth, the sophomore jinx was more a symptom than a disease. Seager reached a milestone this winter when he actually broke 100, at Rocky River Golf Course. Yes, he still has the scorecard.. No, he didn’t break 100 the next time.“I had four putts on the last hole to break 100,” he said. “I wound up in the 97 range. But, yeah, I was nervous. I just went tap-tap-tap until I got it in. “We go to a lot of different courses. It’s usually me and one of my buddies against Justin, the middle brother, and one of his buddies. Justin’s way better than I am and it’s annoying, to be honest with you. But it’s a good way to relax and still have some of the competitiveness.”Justin plays in the Seattle organization. The oldest brother, Kyle, is an accomplished third baseman with the Mariners, and he kept touting Corey to whomever would listen.Kyle and Justin inoculated Seager from all viruses, including sophomore flu. In his rookie season, Seager had 40 doubles, 26 home runs and an .877 OPS, which led all National League shortstops. Seager had more at-bats than any National League player except former Angels infielder Jean Segura. He thrived, on the outside, but the peace of Kannapolis loomed like an oasis.“It was nice to have that under my belt, to know what the grind of 162 games was like,” he said. “I was able to figure out a routine that worked for me.“But I’d never experienced anything like the mental grind. I had never been locked in for that long. When the season was over, it took a while to get out of that mode. I’d wake up and start wondering where I had to be that day before I realized it was over.”“I ran Corey out there a lot last year,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He was surrounded by guys like Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner, Chase Utley. He’s got a good head. All we ask is that he continues to grow as a major league player. I’m glad he’s on our side.”In 2013, the Dodgers quietly packed their belongings in St. Louis and headed into winter oblivion. The brilliant arm of rookie Michael Wacha had bounced them out of the playoffs.Sixteen months beforehand, the Dodgers had passed up Wacha, from Texas A&M, to take a shortstop from Northwest Cabarrus High with the 18th pick in the first round. As Wacha muffled the Dodgers, Seager was coming out of Double-A.Last year, Wacha was 7-7 with a 5.09 ERA. Seager did things before his 23rd birthday April 27 that will remain beyond the imagination of most of the Class of 2012.On Sunday, Cody Bellinger ripped a home run in the Dodgers’ second exhibition game. He is a 21-year-old who can pick outs from the dirt at first base. He will get here when his performance merits it, and if Gonzalez is still at first base, he’ll play the outfield. Dodgers scouts say Bellinger reminds them of another youthful fellow. Both make you want to keep all scorecards.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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DeMarcus Cousins Just Epically Trolled Fox Sports’ Clay Travis

first_imgJohn Calipari gives instructions to DeMarcus Cousins.LEXINGTON, KY – FEBRUARY 13: John Calipari the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wilcats talks with DeMarcus Cousins #15 during the SEC game against the Tennessee Volunteers on February 13, 2010 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Update: Giving credit where credit is due. Travis had a fantastic response to Cousins’ post – he’s going to donate $5,000 to the charity of the NBA star’s choice. Good on him for turning this into a positive [email protected] Funny and well played. $5k to your charity of choice. Let me know where to send it.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) January 30, 2015Earlier: Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best players in the NBA, can certainly lose his cool from time to time on the court. But off the court, his record is as clean as it gets. That comes as a surprise to at least one reporter – Fox Sports’ Clay Travis – who predicted five years ago that Cousins was going to be arrested at least once by now. Friday, Cousins took to Instagram to post a screenshot of Travis’ 2010 claim – which came after Kentucky beat Vanderbilt back during Cousins’ only year in Lexington. Cousins wants his followers to let Travis know how wrong he wound up being.Well played, DeMarcus. We have a feeling that a lot of people in both Lexington and Sacramento are going to let Travis know what they think about his prediction.last_img read more

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New CBB Polls: Kentucky Is Nation’s Lone Undefeated Team, Gonzaga Receives First Place Vote

first_imgKentucky cheerleaders holding up signs that say We Are UK.LEXINGTON, KY – FEBRUARY 28: Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Rupp Arena on February 28, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) The 'Zags are starting to get some No. 1 love. (Twitter/@TrueToRecruits)The ‘Zags are starting to get some No. 1 love. (Twitter/@TrueToRecruits)With Virginia’s loss to Duke, Kentucky is now the only undefeated team remaining in college basketball. However, the Wildcats aren’t quite the unanimous top team. One voter in the USA Today Coaches Poll selected the 22-1 Gonzaga Bulldogs as the nation’s No. 1 team. Kentucky received the other 31 votes in that poll, and all 65 first place votes in the AP Poll. After Kentucky and Gonzaga, Virginia hangs in at No. 3 despite its loss to Duke, which remains at No. 4, with Wisconsin at No. 5.Here are both the AP and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls.RankAP PollCoaches Poll1.KentuckyKentucky2.GonzagaGonzaga3.VirginiaVirginia4.DukeWisconsin5.WisconsinDuke6.ArizonaArizona7.VillanovaVillanova8.KansasLouisville9.LouisvilleKansas10.Notre DameNotre Dame11.Iowa StateUtah12.North CarolinaWest Virginia13.UtahNorth Carolina14.Northern IowaIowa State15.West VirginiaNorthern Iowa16.Wichita StateMaryland17.MarylandWichita State18.VCUVCU19.BaylorBaylor20.Ohio StateOhio State21.OklahomaOklahoma22.ButlerButler23.SMUSMU24.GeorgetownGeorgetown25.TexasIndianalast_img read more

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New Study Confirms Forest Industrys Economic Impact

first_img“Forestry provides jobs to people all around the province and helps drive our provincial economy,” said Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson.  “This government is committed to working with communities and industry to support jobs in this important sector.”“While this study demonstrates once again that the forest industry continues to be an economic engine for our province, we are also an industry that is facing significant challenges, including rising fibre costs, ongoing trade headwinds and strong global competition,” added Yurkovich. “These challenges are complex and require the collective effort of governments, industry and communities working together to ensure that we find our way past them in a way that ensures the industry can continue to support the good family-supporting jobs and economic activity across B.C.”To view the report; CLICK HERE The study provides a region-by-region overview of jobs, economic activity, and forestry activities, highlighting how the jobs are distributed, and how they contribute to the health and economic prosperity of communities throughout British Columbia.The study notes that forestry is highly interdependent across B.C. with partially processed or finished goods flowing between regions, generating economic impact across the province.5,315 Indigenous workers are directly employed in the forest industry in B.C. found the study. Making up about 9% of the workforce, or 1 in 11 direct jobs. This level of employment is more than in any other resource sector in B.C. In addition to working directly in forestry and manufacturing jobs, Indigenous participation in the forest sector is strong in the contracting sector, including activities such as logging, construction, silviculture, firefighting and professional services.B.C.’s forest industry is a leading supplier of high-quality, environmentally responsible forest products to countries around the world.The PwC report also includes a series of case studies highlighting the integrated nature of the industry, sustainability, mitigating climate change, the diversity of products produced from both family-owned to global forest product companies, and more.“B.C.’s forest industry has long been the cornerstone of the provincial economy and one of the largest employers in the province,” said Susan Yurkovich, President & CEO of the BC Council of Forest Industries. “This new study confirms that not only does the forest industry generate significant jobs and economic activity for the province overall, but these benefits can be found in every corner of the province – from Vancouver Island to the Interior, Lower Mainland to the Kootenays, and North Coast, Okanagan and Northeast regions of the province.” VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) released a new economic study that finds the B.C. forest industry generates significant economic activity and employment in every region of the province.British Columbians from urban and rural communities are employed with 140,000 forestry and forestry-related jobs.PwC conducted the report and assessed the economic impact of the forest industry in seven regions of B.C. finding 20 percent of jobs in the Northeast are generated by the forest industry.last_img read more

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RCMP continue to investigate disappearance of Grande Prairie man

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP say they are continuing to investigate the disappearance of 33-year-old Patrick Decque.According to RCMP, they believe that the circumstances surrounding Decque’s disappearance are suspicious and that he may have been the victim of foul play.Police say Decque was last seen on May 23 in the Pinnacle Ridge neighbourhood of Grande Prairie. Decque is described as:CaucasianBlack hairBrown eyes6’0” / 230 lbsLast seen wearing a grey suitAnyone with information regarding Decque’s disappearance is being asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

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KMC mulls sprinklers for entire Eliot Park

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has installed some sprinklers for watering the plants at Eliot Park in Maidan area and plans to have similar facilities for the entire park that spans around 1.2 km. The entire area will require around 40 such sprinklers. KMC has carried out a pilot project with a single sprinkler at Eliot Park, which has yielded good results.Southern Avenue in South Kolkata is the only other place in the city, where the civic body is using sprinklers for watering plants. Around 14 boulevards in Southern Avenue have sprinklers and each of them is capable of watering seven to eight trees on an average. The installation of such facilities entail an investment of Rs 40,000 per sprinkler. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe sprinklers are used twice a day for watering the plants. They are controlled in such a manner that the entire process of watering is carried out scientifically. A person has to simply press a button to switch them on and off. Apart from this, the civic body has 12 vehicles that water plants on a daily basis in the city. The gardeners working under the Parks and Gardens department of KMC carry out trimming of the trees from time to time, to ensure that the weight of the trees are adequate to remain rooted to the ground. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Trimming is necessary to ensure that the trees do not become too heavy and become susceptible to uprooting,” a senior official of the department said. The civic body uses hydraulic ladders for trimming big trees. For Borough 1 to 10 of KMC, there is a hydraulic ladder each for carrying out trimming whereas in Borough 10 to 16, KMC uses two such ladders for the purpose. “We have already initiated the process of procuring some more ladders for trimming,” the official added. It may be mentioned that soon after taking over as the Mayor of Kolkata a few months ago, Firhad Hakim has formed a separate department titled Urban Forestry and has laid a lot of emphasis on preserving and augmenting the green cover in the city. An expert committee has already been formed with Kumar as chairman, which will soon come out with a comprehensive plan on how to move forward with urban forestry in the city. Apart from botanists of KMC, the committee has environment experts from Calcutta University and Jadavpur University as well.last_img read more

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Financial misconduct Japan Supreme Court rejects Carlos Ghosns appeal

first_imgTokyo: Japan’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by lawyers for Carlos Ghosn against his detention, local media said on Saturday, dashing the former Nissan boss’s hopes for an early release. The 65-year-old former auto tycoon had appealed to Japan’s highest court after lower court judges ruled he could be questioned for a 10-day period until Sunday over allegations of financial misconduct. But the court dismissed the appeal without explaining the ruling, Jiji Press and Kyodo News reported. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOn Friday, the Tokyo District Court had already further extended his detention until April 22 as prosecutors continue grilling him. Authorities must then either press formal charges, release him or re-arrest him if they believe he has additional allegations to answer. Prosecutors are looking into allegations that Ghosn siphoned off some 5 million from funds transferred from Nissan to a dealership in Oman, and spent the money on a luxury superyacht. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostGhosn has not been formally charged over these allegations. But the tycoon does already face three separate charges. Two of these relate to millions of dollars in salary believed to have been concealed from shareholders. The third charge is that he sought to shift personal investment losses to company books. Ghosn denies all allegations and lashed out in a video message — shown on April 9 — at what he termed a “plot” by “backstabbing” Nissan executives scared of closer integration with French partner firm Renault. The case has bewitched Japan and the business world since the tycoon was arrested out of the blue at a Tokyo airport on November 19 and whisked off to the detention centre. He spent 108 days in an initial period of custody, in conditions he said he would not wish on his “worst enemy”, forced to sleep with the light on and forbidden from contact with his loved ones. He then won bail, stumping up 9 million for his freedom and submitting to strict bail conditions including not using the internet or contacting anyone connected to the case. But in another twist, he was then re-arrested in a dawn raid on April 4 for more questioning.last_img read more

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Adityanath bats for Parvesh Verma Gautam Gambhir

first_imgNew Delhi: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath arrived in Delhi on Tuesday to campaign for BJP candidates Parvesh Verma (West Delhi) and Gautam Gambhir (East Delhi), as just few days are left before the Capital goes to polls on May 12. Banking on Gambhir’s popularity as a cricketer, Adityanath appealed to the masses, saying that the former Indian batsman had played a great inning for the nation and he would repeat that when it came to politics. Earlier in the day, Adityanath also showed his support for Verma in West Delhi, saying that while the incumbent MP rode on the Modi wave in 2014, this year he has his work to show for it. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAdityanath, of course, took the chance to attack opposition members at both rallies, which went along the same lines. He said that both Congress and AAP have failed miserably and that this time Congress is set to secure less than 44 seats in Lok Sabha. The BJP heavyweight also referred to the recent video circulating on social media, showing children shouting vulgar slogans at an election event by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Adityanath said, “The princess of Congress does not seem interested in teaching children of good work.” He said the Congress will lose because of its negative politics and that his prediction will be proved on May 23 when the results are announced. The BJP also attacked AAP for targetting its North West Delhi candidate Hansraj Hans. By alleging Hans to be Muslim, “AAP has insulted the entire Valmiki community”, a party leader said.last_img read more

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Commentary Opposing coaches paint picture of uncertain Ohio State mens basketball

In college basketball, and, perhaps, college sports in general, it’s the coaches from the smaller and less-known schools that are the most candid, and maybe the most truthful, too. It can be interesting and fun to hear a re-telling of the team you pay attention to through the mouth of opposing coaches. For Ohio State men’s basketball, the two coaches to most recently oppose the Buckeyes on the hardwood are the only two that have gotten it correct in their recounting of OSU hoops. The next two coaches after them could complete the picture of Buckeyes basketball in 2012. OSU’s season began with an 82-60 win against the Albany Great Danes. Albany coach Will Brown provided a season’s worth of lavish praise and hyperbole in the game by lauding OSU’s depth as well as starting junior guard Aaron Craft. “My guys go to McDonald’s to eat, they (OSU) have McDonald’s All-Americans coming off the bench,” Brown said of OSU’s depth before moving discussing Craft. “He’s (Craft) going to be in the NBA for 10 years, I’m sure,” Brown said. As the season has gone along, OSU has continued to receive acclaim for its convincing wins. The University of Kansas City-Missouri came to the Schottenstein Center on Nov. 23 and was sent packing with a 91-45 loss. Afterward, UMKC coach Matt Brown simply said that OSU is “a terrific team.” It would be fair to say that OSU was at least a somewhat unknown commodity prior to its first true non-conference test of the year at Duke on Nov. 28. The 73-68 loss at a rowdy Cameron Indoor Stadium was a kind of reassurance that the Buckeyes could hold their own against top competition. Upon returning home, OSU greeted more mediocre teams. The first was Northern Kentucky, another inferior out-of-conference foe that the Buckeyes throttled and in turn had more praise heaped upon them. Following his team’s 70-43 loss, Northern Kentucky coach Dave Bezold said it was a “great experience” for his players to just be on the same floor with the Buckeyes. “It is an absolutely tremendous opportunity for us to play with one of the most historical teams in the country,” Bezold said. “It is a special moment for our kids to be on this floor and play against such a great program.” Relative to other coaches that came to The Schott and were dealt a swift defeat, Savannah State coach Horace Broadnax was calculated in his post game remarks after the Buckeyes beat his Tigers, 85-45 on Wednesday. Broadnax had plenty to say about the game, but what stuck out was that he stopped at saying OSU was decent. That was it, nothing more. In OSU’s next game, all visiting UNC-Asheville did in its 90-72 loss on Saturday was end the Buckeyes’ streak of 14 consecutive non-conference home wins by at least 20 points. By comparison, Duke lost by 22 points last season at The Schott. Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach also had measured praise for OSU, stating that he thinks fellow Big Ten team Indiana still plays harder than the Buckeyes. “I think Ohio State is one of the top 6 teams in the country, it’s a little early talent wise,” Biedenbach said. “Indiana… I don’t think they’re more talented than Ohio State – I think they play harder.” After seven games, and a flatbed truck’s worth of homage paid to OSU coach Thad Matta’s program by opposing coaches, Broadnax and Biedenbach finally arrived at the accurate depiction of Buckeyes basketball – the jury’s still out about this team. If there is such a thing as a decent, or “blah” No. 7-ranked squad, OSU has to be that, as Broadnax said. And like Biedenbach said, OSU is a top team in the country and in the Big Ten, but, unlike last season’s Final Four team, there appears to be a gulf between America’s very best squads and the Buckeyes. The 2012 Buckeyes haven’t been tested with the frequency of the 2011 team, which played Florida in the second game of the season before hosting Duke in game No. 7. It certainly hasn’t been as successful either: The 2011 Buckeyes won both of those games whereas the 2012 Buckeyes came close at Duke and the team is now receiving only lukewarm praise from coaches of the mid-majors it beats soundly.  Next up is Winthrop, which upset Ohio University this past weekend, and Saturday is OSU’s marquee non-conference home match against Kansas. A win against Kansas changes the trajectory for the Buckeyes, or at least the outside perception of that trajectory.  Two losses in the big non-conference games doesn’t necessarily condemn OSU to a failed season, and certainly doesn’t rule the team out from a deep NCAA Tournament run. However, there was something about the way OSU fought for a win in a tight game against Florida last season, and then the way it cruised past Duke, that seemed to announce its intentions and demand recognition.  Two losses against Duke and Kansas this year? That only seems to demand recognition as a team that isn’t quite ready. So, listen to what Kansas coach Bill Self has to say after Saturday’s game – depending on the outcome and how the game goes down, you’ll likely hear comments that complete the picture of the 2012 Buckeyes. read more

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