Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sports Olivia Grange describes the West Indies men’s team as “true and worthy champions” after they became the first team to win the ICC T20 World Cup twice.Grange also congratulated the women’s team for winning their first-ever ICC T20 Women’s World Cup, calling it “a giant step forward for women in sport”.”It is really a historic occasion and I’m really happy that I’m the minister at this time. We won the Under-19 World Cup and now added the men’s and women’s ICC T20 World titles,” said Grange.The Caribbean men edged a pulsating four-wicket win over England in the grand showdown at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India, with Carlos Brathwaite smashing four mighty sixes in the final over.IMMENSE PRESSURE”Like every West Indian, I was nervous, too, with 19 runs required from the final over. But Carlos Brathwaite showed that he has a big, big heart. He believes in himself, and his calmness under such immense pressure is indicative of his quality and sheer class. Marlon Samuels was outstanding as well. It was his innings that was pivotal in making this victory possible.But overall, this team has proven throughout the tournament that they are true and worthy champions and it’s a victory most deserving for the entire region and all West Indians around the world,” said Grange.West Indies Women defeated their Australian counterparts by eight wickets in the earlier final.”Today is another giant step forward and a great moment for women in sports, especially for those of us from the Caribbean,” the minister said.”I must reserve special praise, though, for women’s team captain Stafanie Taylor, who I know personally as a little girl growing up in Gordon Pen in my constituency.”As the first woman to lead the West Indies ladies to their first-ever world title, she’s now a part of history that can never be eclipsed.”Grange added: “I am also pleased to tell the country that I will be resuscitating and fast-tracking plans for the Stafanie Taylor Oval at Eltham High School.”Continuing, she said: “We must not overlook the contributions of the West Indies Cricket Board, the coaching and management staff, the sponsors and ardent fans. They have all played their part in this momentous occasion for West Indies cricket, which, undoubtedly, remains an emblem of regional integration, pride and joy.”
“Stop right there,” the controller ordered the small plane as a siren sounded in the control tower, warning of a potential collision. Another controller told the jumbo jet to abort its landing and circle around, but it was too late. The small plane was moving away from the runway when the jet whipped past. Nonetheless, the Federal Aviation Administration estimated that the two planes may have come within 50 feet of crashing. The incident is under further review. “It was pretty close,” said Michael Foote, the local president of the controllers’ union. The SkyWest plane was carrying only its crew, on a repositioning flight from Redding. The Virgin Atlantic plane, though, an Airbus A340-600, could have been carrying up to 372 passengers, based on its seating configuration. Its pilot called the control tower after the near-collision to compliment the controller’s handling of the fast-developing situation, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said. The incident Sunday evening marked the third time this year that planes have come dangerously close to each other on the runways of LAX. The other two happened within the span of little more than 24 hours in February, and neither was as serious. Sunday’s close call appears to have been the most dire at the airport since last September. In that case, the pilot of a SkyWest plane speeding toward takeoff had to slam on the brakes when another plane rolled into his path. He avoided a crash by a mere 100 feet. Historically, most runway safety violations at LAX have happened on the southern pair of runways, which are undergoing a $333 million reconfiguration to make them safer. But two of the three close calls this year have happened on the northern runways. The airport’s neighbors to the north have mobilized to fight any reconfiguration of that side of the airfield that would push a runway significantly closer to their homes. They have found allies in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other local politicians, who have demanded proof of a safety problem on those runways. The city has commissioned a study of the safety of those runways, which should be completed within several weeks. [email protected] (310) 543-6649160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The SkyWest plane was fighting a hard wind as it drove down the runway after its landing. With the jumbo jet fast approaching, a controller told the SkyWest pilot, “Keep it rolling, please, turn left off the runway.” The controller directed the small plane toward an airfield intersection, where two taxiways meet the runway like two roads meeting a highway. One requires a slight swerve to the left; the other requires a hard left turn. The controller instructed the plane to take the easy turn onto a taxiway called Zulu, to keep it moving and get it out of the way of the landing jetliner. Instead, the SkyWest plane veered hard and started down the wrong taxiway. “I said Zulu, sir, turn left off the runway,” the controller said. The SkyWest plane stopped. Then it turned around, headed back toward the intersection, and turned onto the correct taxiway – even as the jumbo jet raced toward the runway. A small airplane narrowly missed colliding with a speeding jumbo jet at Los Angeles International Airport this week after a series of blunders took it dangerously close to an active runway. The jumbo jet roared past at an estimated 100 mph, the tip of one wing coming as close as 50 feet to striking the smaller plane. It appears to have been the most dangerous near-collision at LAX since last year. It began with a wrong turn. The smaller plane, a SkyWest turboprop arriving from Redding, landed Sunday evening on the northern-most runway at LAX. Behind it, a Virgin Atlantic jumbo jet was lining up to land on the same runway after a flight from London.
State Rep. Gail Haines yesterday hosted Michigan’s first Clinical Trial Awareness Day at the Capitol. Twenty-eight different medical institutions from around the state attended to present information on 44 different clinical trials.“I am so pleased we were able to bring awareness to the great medical research that is taking place across our state,” said Haines, R-Waterford. “Many of these clinical trials focus on some of the most debilitating diseases a person can suffer from such as cancer, diabetes and mental illness. Clinical trials are a way for patients to find hope and therapeutic comfort.”William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Sparrow Medical Center in Lansing, and the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit were some of the organizations present. They were able to give the public a glimpse of the more than 3,400 clinical trials that are taking place in Michigan. These trials have provided 95,000 jobs and brought $12 million to Michigan’s healthcare industry.“The medical research and devices that are being worked on here in Michigan can provide so much for our economy,” Haines said. “I think as we continue to look at ways to improve our financial infrastructure and road infrastructure, that it is important for us to include our medical infrastructure in that conversation.”For those interested in discovering more about the clinical trials in Michigan visit www.clinicaltrials.gov, where there is a searchable database that shows all current and past clinical trials in the state of Michigan.“Clinical Trials in Michigan provide new hope for patients,” Haines said. “However, many people do not know how to find about them. My hope is that this day was an opportunity to learn more about what trials are offered in our state, and it is my goal to make Michigan even more research friendly for the future.”##### Categories: News 31Jan Clinical Trial Awareness Day great success