Stunning aviation photography

first_imgThere is no doubt that one of the world’s great aviation photographers is Sam Chui. That skill is brought to life in his latest book Air3. And what makes his aviation photography all the more exciting is the lengths that Sam will go to get the perfect picture or more importantly, the most unusual photograph. Unusual?  Well what about a North Korean Air Koryo IL-62 or TU134B? Perhaps it’s the pictures flying around the mountains of Pakistan, an Iranian Saha Air 707 or flying on the last DC-10 passenger flight. But it’s more than stunning pictures of planes. Sam has combined with colleague and writer Charles Kennedy to bring the photographic adventures to life, telling the story of the region they are flying and the crew taking them on the magic carpet ride. And the combination is magic! The 144-page Air3 brings you 11 unique flight experiences with 11 aviation photo galleries  which take you from the North Pole to Mogadishu. Air3 starts off with photo galleries showcasing Sam’s trademark stunning air to air photography. For this book he was able to get permission to position a helicopter very close to Heathrow, the world’s busiest international airport, and the results are breathtaking and truly unique. Air3 is far more than just a superb aircraft photographic book – it’s a spectacular and fascinating travel log of air travel today in all its forms, whether first class on Lufthansa’s latest 747-8I or transporting workers around Africa in 29-year old DC-9s. Sam has travelled to 50 countries, flown on over 1000 flights and logged more than 3.6 million kms to pursue his passion.  The book, which costs just US$26.99 is a must for anyone remotely interested in aviation or travel.To order a copy click here.last_img read more

Asia Cup: Mohammad Shahzad 1st Afghanistan batsman to score hundred against India

first_imgThere is never a dull moment when Mohammad Shahzad is at the crease and on Tuesday, India found that out the hard way.The 31-year-old Afghanistan keeper was on song as he blasted the Indian bowlers all around the Dubai International Stadium in their team’s inconsequential final encounter of the Super Four stage.With nothing to lose and a far weakened Indian side, Shahzad blazed away the inexperienced Indian pacers, so much so he reached his fifty when his opening partner was still struggling at 7.Asia Cup 2018, India vs Afghanistan: LIVE BLOG | LIVE CRICKET SCOREHe was helped though by some lax fielding from the opposition, especially with him being dropped just one run short of his half-century by Ambati Rayudu at mid-off.He reached his fifth one day international hundred from just 88 balls and hit 10 fours and 6 sixes.STANDANDDELIVER!for @MShahzad077An eventful and entertaining century from 88 balls which includes 6 sixes and a successful review on 93!#INDvAFG LIVE https://t.co/QOBmNSz0UL pic.twitter.com/O9V08l9FmkICC (@ICC) September 25, 2018This was his most high profile hundred with his previous centuries coming against Netherlands (110), Canada (118), Scotland (100*) and Zimbabwe (131*).Shahzad is Afghanistan’s highest ever run scorer, having played 76 ODIs. HIs century against Zimbabwe – which he had scored on 5 March, 2014.His five hundred are also the most by an Afghanistan batsman, with his next best being three. But getting to the triple-figure mark against a top-10 side like India would definitely be special.In fact in previous interviews, Shahzad has always professed his love for Indian cricketers and especially Mahendra Singh Dhoni.advertisementFrom fact that he is also a keeper and possessing lightning quick hands, Shahzad has in the past also imitated the Dhoni’s signature shot – ‘helicopter shot’.Shahzad had even claimed that he can hit longer sixes than Virat Kohli, and he doesn’t need to diet like him.”Jitna lamba chakka woh (Kohli) maarte hain, main unse zyadaa maar saktaa hoon, zaroorat kya hain unki tarah itna diet karne ki (I can hit bigger sixes than Kohli so why do I need to follow his diet?),” says the stumper, whose failed attempts at weight-loss had resulted in a one-year doping ban last year,” Shahzad had told PTI earlier this year.READ – I can hit longer sixes than Virat Kohli: Mohammad ShahzadWhen asked about his weight, he clarified that it is not possible for him to have a fitness routine like Kohli.”Dekhiye hum fitness bhi poori karte hain aur khaate bhi poora hain (I work a lot on my fitness but I don’t compromise on food). You want me to have a fitness routine like Kohli, it is not possible, but I am working on it (losing weight),” Shahzad had said.He was let of the hook off by a successful review, when he was given out off of Khaleel Ahmed. He was batting on 93 from 75 balls and took 13 more deliveries as he looked more and more cautious (and albeit a bit huffing and puffing for breath).He was finally dismissed by part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav in the 38th over for 124 (116). He tried to lift the ball into the stands but ended up skying it.last_img read more

GLOBALG.A.P Farmer Certification Being Pursued

first_imgStory Highlights The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is moving to have farmers certified by GLOBALG.A.P, which is an internationally recognised organisation dedicated to good agricultural practices.GLOBALG.A.P is the world’s leading farm assurance programme, translating consumer requirements into good agricultural practices in more than 120 countries.This was disclosed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Donovan Stanberry, during a pesticide survey results presentation ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston recently.“A critical part of that GLOBALG.A.P certification is training in pesticide usage and record keeping. We expect… the agro parks to be so certified very soon, so that from that we can engage the market because we have been to Britain and found good markets, where everybody says, when you get the GLOBALG.A.P, you come back, because those people are very serious about food safety,” he said.In the meantime, Mr. Stanberry said the Government has spent approximately $130 million to provide training to farmers in proper pesticide use.The training falls under the Ministry’s Agricultural Competitiveness Programme (ACP).Components of the ACP include farm-to-market linkages; food-safety and quality management systems; agribusiness value chain development.“Food health and safety is almost a public good, and that is why we spend so much money to ensure that we have the traceability systems. We have a sufficiently robust extension service, but all of that will have little impact if in the end our farmers have not assimilated all these lessons. That is why, in a deliberate way, we have spent the last year or so to train ordinary farmers in the proper use of pesticides,” he said.During the function, 60 farmers from the five agro-park areas received certification. Eighteen farmers were presented with certificates for pest control applicator and 42 for food-safety management systems.The survey, which was conducted by Data Coding and Analysis Consultant, Derrick Wilson, focused on ‘Farmers’ Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Pesticide Safety’.It revealed that while the majority of farmers are responsible in their use of pesticides, some are still engaging in dangerous practices.It also noted that 10 per cent of those surveyed indicated they have experienced the harmful effects of pesticide use.A total of 934 farmers across the island participated in the survey. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is moving to have farmers certified by GLOBALG.A.P, which is an internationally recognised organisation dedicated to good agricultural practices. “A critical part of that GLOBALG.A.P certification is training in pesticide usage and record keeping. We expect… the agro parks to be so certified very soon, so that from that we can engage the market because we have been to Britain and found good markets, where everybody says, when you get the GLOBALG.A.P, you come back, because those people are very serious about food safety,” he said. This was disclosed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Donovan Stanberry, during a pesticide survey results presentation ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston recently. last_img read more