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first_imgRead also: Garuda plans to open direct flights to Bali from US, France, India to boost tourismGaruda, meanwhile, is also restructuring its aircraft leasing by seeking a lower leasing price or extending the period, Setiaputra said, adding that it also seeks to terminate “unsuitable” contracts.Twelve of its lessors have agreed to a restructuring, according to Garuda presentation material in parliament, while six have declined to give rent deferral. It is still in negotiations with 13 other lessors.“Today there are a number of lessors who grounded our planes because our incapability to make payments,” Setiaputra said.Topics : Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is in talks with Airbus to delay deliveries of four aircraft this year, its chief executive said on Tuesday, as the coronavirus outbreak restricts travel and dampens demand.“This year we should receive four Airbus planes, but we are negotiating to delay that,” CEO Irfan Setiaputra said in a parliamentary hearing.Read also: Garuda books $120m net loss in Q1 as travel industry hit hard by COVID-19 Garuda has nine A330neos on order with Airbus that have yet to be delivered, according to the Airbus order book, while its low-cost arm Citilink has 25 A320neos on order.An Airbus spokesman decline to comment on the company’s commercial discussion.Garuda faces financial difficulties after the coronavirus outbreak caused major disruption to global travel, resulting in a 90 percent drop in passengers volume at Garuda, the airline said last month.The company was forced to seek maturity extension to its US$500 million Islamic bonds that were due in June and seek new government loans.last_img read more

first_img Published on February 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm Cheers in unison broke out for freshman C.J. Fair. For the niche player who keeps to himself, Wednesday was his Carrier Dome coming-out party.After a road trip during which the mild-mannered freshman amplified his role as a lengthy, heady player for Syracuse, Fair was doing the same in front of the Dome crowd. His name was chanted by the crowd of 26,904. When he was whistled for a foul in the second half, they howled in his defense.And why not? He had perhaps his best game in the Dome: 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks.‘I just try to help the team as best I can,’ Fair said. ‘I know my job. Not to come out here and try to be the leading scorer and all that stuff. On defense, when I get in the game, try to get us going.’Fair sparked the Orange off the bench Wednesday. On a night when Syracuse’s most dependable player — Rick Jackson — wasn’t dependable, Fair stepped up, even if the final result was a 64-56 Syracuse loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut to Fair and SU wing Kris Joseph, it’s no surprise. Joseph said he isn’t a freshman any longer, the same honor the junior bestowed on freshman Baye Moussa Keita after defeating Connecticut last week. Fair hasn’t been a freshman in Joseph’s eyes for a while. He is doing what he has always been able to bring to the table.‘He finds his spot and he executes,’ Joseph said. ‘He takes advantage of his opportunity. If he has the opportunity to score the basketball, he will try to make a play.’Fair was effective for the third straight game Wednesday, but it was the first at home. After missing three games earlier in the season with an ankle injury, Fair excelled on SU’s last road trip. He had seven points, nine rebounds and three blocks against South Florida on Saturday. He registered six points, four rebounds, a block and a steal against Connecticut last Wednesday.The play that yielded the student section’s loudest cheers for Fair was the longest possession in the game. With 57 seconds remaining in the first half, Georgetown worked the shot clock as Chris Wright missed a 3. Julian Vaughn grabbed an offensive board only to have Fair swat it away emphatically.The Hoyas would eventually hit a 3. But in the time it took for the refs to retrieve the ball and for Georgetown to convert, Fair’s name was already ringing through the Dome. Due to his relentlessness.Said Joseph: ‘Even if he misses, he will try to be aggressive.’Syracuse loses to archrival at home for first time in nine yearsJohn Thompson III didn’t start his opening remarks with anything that took place during Wednesday’s 64-56 win over Syracuse. He didn’t begin by talking about his team’s seventh Big East win in a row.Instead, Thompson talked about the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry and how he just won his first game ever inside the Carrier Dome.Thompson referenced the date Feb. 13, 1980, and repeated the words of his father, John Thompson Jr., who on that date said the infamous words, ‘Manley Field House is closed.’ He said it was one of the most significant and talked-about moments in Big East history.And although his father was the one who ‘closed’ Manley Field House with a win in the old arena’s final SU-Georgetown basketball game, the younger Thompson had never won at the Dome in his seven seasons leading the Hoyas.He said coming into this game, he was well aware of that.‘This is my seventh year, and this is my first win up here,’ Thompson said. ‘So I’ve been thinking the last couple years that the man upstairs said, ‘OK, he closed down Manley, but your ancestors, your lineage, none of them are going to win at the new place.’‘Me and the man upstairs had a little talk this week, and I’m glad he lifted whatever dust he sprinkled on top of us.’Syracuse against Georgetown, Thompson said, is what the Big East is all about. It helped foster what is now considered by many to be the best college basketball conference in the country.After six tries, Thompson finally notched a victory inside the Dome. After years of trying, it was this year’s senior-heavy group that broke through and won.‘It feels good,’ Georgetown guard Chris Wright said. ‘It was something we focused on, and not only was it coach’s first time, but it was our first time, too. We just did what we had to do to win the game.’[email protected]@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s cross country teams will begin their 2019 season Friday afternoon at the Badger Classic, where they will take on DePaul and Northwestern. Both teams are coming off of impressive seasons where they finished as two of the best teams in the country.The women’s team ended 2018 with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, led by now-seniors Amy Davis, Alicia Monson and Alissa Niggemann.Davis was an All-American last season, while Monson and Niggemann both won in their events at the Big Ten Championships last fall.Cross Country: Badger men’s, women’s teams impress at Nuttycombe InvitationalThe University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s cross country teams enjoyed successful finishes to Friday’s Nuttycombe Invitational. The event took Read…With that core and a great supporting cast of young athletes including eight freshmen, Wisconsin enters the season ranked No. 7 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ratings — their highest ranking since 2007.The women’s squad will also enter the season with a head coach in Mackenzie Wartenberger, who comes from the University of Utah after 11 years of coaching at the division-one level.The women won the Badger Classic last season and look to repeat that performance this year as they have six of their seven runners returning this year.The men’s team found similar success last season, finishing in eighth place at the NCAA Championships and first in the Big Ten. They will also be returning five of their seven runners this season, so don’t be surprised if they repeat that performance this season.Cross Country: Badgers strive to build upon success this fallThe men’s team had an extremely successful season on the track, capturing both the Big Ten team and individual titles. Read…This year’s bunch will be led by senior Olli Hoare, a four-time All-American and runner-up at the 2018 Big Ten Championships. Senior Olin Hacker also earned All-American honors last season at the 2019 Indoor Track & Field Championships.The men are ranked No. 8 in the preseason USTFCCCA rankings, putting them right where they want to be entering the season, as there is still room for improvement.Like the women, the men won the Badger Classic last year, so they will be looking a repeat performance this year behind their seniors and four new freshmen, including two impressive runners from overseas.The Badger Classic will begin at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 6. The women will be competing first followed by the men. Both meets will take place at the Zimmer Championship Course.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000For a while last year, construction workers played football on the waste ground outside rather than work on building Samara’s World Cup stadium. © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Mar 31 – The grass for Russia’s perpetually delayed World Cup stadium in the provincial city of Samara is still growing in Germany.The monumental structure’s fancy glass roof has been abandoned in favour of a more spartan metal version. And the December 2017 construction deadline has been pushed back for the umpteenth time.The troubles of Samara Arena have come to symbolise the pitfalls of bringing the June 14 to July 15 football showpiece to the sleepiest corners of Russia.“There is a huge amount of work to be done,” FIFA competitions chief Colin Smith said during a March 21 inspection.“Obviously we would expect further progress than this.”– ‘Stairway to the Cosmos’ –Few doubt that Russia can get its act together and have the Volga River stadium up and working by the time its first scheduled match between Costa Rica and Serbia rolls around on June 17.But how Samara ended up without a pitch to play on less than three months before kickoff is a murky business that cost the governor his job.The contract to build a space-themed arena that looked like a flying saucer was awarded to an established regional company a good four years ago.Organisers even came up with a lofty motto for the 45,000 seater: “A Stairway to the Cosmos”.The transparent dome was supposed to stetch down to the ground through an intricate mesh of beams that lit up the city skyline at night.It was a project the likes of which no small Russian city had seen — and one meant to fit the $225 million budget fixed for all stadiums.Samara authorities complicated matters further by packing money-spinning stores and real estate space into the design that made the arena 40 percent larger than needed.Workers had downed their tools by the time it became clear in mid-2016 that all this would cost at least $300 million.Less than half of the stadium was finished and FIFA began taking notice.How much the entire thing has cost now — and who is paying for it — is not entirely clear.The local news site 63.ru put the price at $315 million after the translucent dome was replaced with a metal one and other corners were cut.Delays caused by a new architectural plan and construction approval pushed back the completion date from December to March and then the end of April.The first test game is now scheduled for April 28 — if the pitch arrives in time.– ‘We need to wait’ –Russia’s agriculture ministry gave Samara special permission to buy the German grass to avoid the problems plaguing other Russian arenas.The pitch is ready but there is nowhere to lay it. The surface on which it is meant to be rolled out is not completed.Problems were only compounded when a massive flat hothouse designed to keep the soil warm collapsed in February under the weight of snow.The ground froze over for nearly a month.“We don’t yet have a pitch and obviously we need to wait for some warmer weather conditions in order to get this pitch installed,” FIFA’s Smith said.He was wearing a parka and standing in a field of snow outside the frozen stadium at the time.Temperatures are due to nudge a degree to two above freezing next week as one of Russia’s coldest winters in years begins to let up.Organisers want to stage two or three matches at each new stadium before the World Cup to see how it all holds up.“A lot depends on the weather,” Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday.“We want to hold our first test match on April 28. For the time being, we have no plans to postpone it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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