It was a tough night in the pool for Pini, who finished outside the top 16 to qualify.Pini took the pool at 3am (PNG Time) today, clocking in at 53.24 sec in heat two of the Men’s 100m butterfly event behind Canadian swimmer Condorelli Santo, who qualified at 51.99 sec.Pini thanked everyone for the support via his official Facebook page.“Thank you everyone for the support, unfortunately it didn’t go as planned. All that build up and energy into the one race.“Thank you to our Oceania supporters cheering us on and to those that got up at 3am to watch back home on TV.“Now I can take time to enjoy and cheer on our Pacific athletes on their journey,” he said.Pini is now ranked 30 in the world in the Men’s 100m butterfly with his current time of 53.24 sec.Picture courtesy of the PNG Olympic Committee
Air Arabia received its first Airbus (A321neo Long Range) which flew nonstop from the Airbus’s facility in Hamburg to Sharjah International Airport.Air Arabia is the first Middle Eastern airline to operate the A321neo LR and this delivery is the first of six aircrafts that will join Air Arabia’s fleet that comprises 53 A320 family aircraft serving more than 155 routes across the globe from four hubs in the UAE (Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah), Morocco and Egypt. The addition of the A321neo LR will enable Air Arabia to expand to new medium-haul markets in addition to strengthening the existing routes with increased seat capacity.Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia said, “We are glad to welcome the first A321neo LR to our fleet, which marks another milestone in Air Arabia’s journey. The addition of this new aircraft allows us to expand our service to farther and newer destinations while remaining loyal to our low-cost business model. We look forward to receiving the remaining aircrafts in 2019 as we continue to offer our customers an excellent product with more destinations to discover.”Air Arabia’s new A321neoLR, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, accommodates 215 passengers and is equipped with Air Arabia’s new state-of-the-art cabin interior that was launched as a part of Air Arabia’s new brand identity unveiled in October last year. The new cabin interior includes a new generation of seats providing extra comfort onboard while maintaining Air Arabia’s known generous seat pitch.The A321neo LR builds on the success of the A321neo and provides additional flexibility as it has the longest range of any single-aisle airliner, enabling airlines to tap into new markets previously not accessible.
Fishermen are harvesting more than half of the world’s oceans No one really knows how many of the world’s seas are being fished by commercial vessels—some scientists say nearly all of them. But a new study, which uses satellite tracking data from more than 70,000 ships to create one of the most detailed global pictures to date, has come up with a much smaller range: between half and three-quarters of the world’s seas. Researchers decided to tap the vast amount of data generated by anticollision beacons on ships—some 22 billion messages from 2012 to 2016. In 2016 alone, these ships traveled more than 460 million kilometers—about five times the distance from Earth to the sun. By Erik StokstadFeb. 22, 2018 , 3:00 PM Imagine China/Newscom Kroodsma et al./Science There were several obvious fishing hot spots—the South China Sea, and the coastal areas of Europe, East Asia, and South America. Together with activity on the high seas, they covered some 55% of the ocean surface, the researchers report today in Science. But because of poor satellite coverage, some areas of the ocean appeared to be virtually unfished. When researchers extrapolated fishing activity to those areas, they came up with a new number: up to 73%. That’s far less than a previous estimate of 95% of the oceans, suggesting that large areas could become marine reserves without much economic cost to fishing.