Harden lifts Rockets in victory over Grizzlies

Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In their previous two meetings, Memphis held the Rockets to 90 and 89 points, the only two times the Rockets have been held under 100 points this season, and Houston’s lowest two scoring efforts ever under head coach Mike D’Antoni.On Saturday night, however, Houston jumped out to a 9-0 lead by draining three 3s and never let Memphis go ahead, leading by as many as 25 points. The Rockets outdid their previous scoring against Memphis by the end of the third quarter, entering the fourth with a 93-70 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHouston hit 16 of 45 (35.6 percent) from beyond the arc, including 6 of 14 from Harden, who added eight assists and four rebounds. Eric Gordon added 26 points on 6 of 11 3-point shooting for Houston.Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 22 points in 29 minutes off the bench. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley struggled from the floor, scoring 15 and 12, respectively. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Beal, defense lead Wizards to win over Hawks Ben McLemore made his season debut and Grizzlies debut, returning from an Aug. 8 surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. McLemore had four points and two rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench in his first game since joining the Grizzlies after four seasons in Sacramento.The Rockets led 62-50 at halftime behind 22 first-half points from Harden.Houston won its fifth straight game and improved to 10-3, the team’s best 13-game start since opening the 1996-97 season at 12-1.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Memphis’ bench outscored Houston’s bench 50-19, led by Evans’ 22 points and Chandler Parsons, who had 10. Memphis’ bench entered Saturday outscoring opposing second units 483-281. The Grizzlies reserves have outscored their opposing counterparts in every game but one this season.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) regains control of the ball under pressure from Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24). APHOUSTON — James Harden scored 38 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 111-96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).After suffering two losses to Memphis in the first two weeks of the season, the Rockets finally solved their shooting woes against the Grizzlies.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Rockets: Nene played seven minutes but sat out in the second half with ankle soreness. . Luc Mbah a Moute, who entered the game questionable with a left knee contusion, played 28 minutes. . Clint Capela had seven points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments read more

GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS EARN FANTASTIC VICTORY OVER URRIS IN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgRed Hughs GAA NotesSenior MenThe seniors had a fantastic victory over Urris in the first game of the championship. The lads knew exactly what they were up against having played them last week in the league and winning that one by a single point.Colm Melaugh opened the scoring with a fine effort from long range.Damien Brown added another two before Urris got on the scoreboard.Paul Byrne slotted another one after a great move from defence into attack. Damien was having a great game and added another three to his tally before Urris got another before the break.Half Time score was Red Hughs 0-7 Urris 0-2The Clonmany men came out strong after the break and piled on the pressure and pegging the Reds back they scored three unanswered points to close the gap to two points.It was veteran PJ Gallagher who settled the nerves getting the Reds first score of the second half after ten minutes.The Urris lads were not giving up and were applying pressure all over the pitch. They once again cut the deficit to two points before Damien added another to the Reds score.Marty Bonner struck two fine points to settle the lads nerves. Another late rally from Urris seen them close the gap to two points but in truth the Cross lads never looked like losing this one.If they had taken all their chances the victory would have been a lot easier. But a win is a win no matter what the margin. Well done lads.The reserves also had a great win in their game against Urris. It was never going to be easy having lost to Urris in the league last time out by 6 points. The first half was a very tight affair with both teams taking their chances well.There was only two points between them at the break Red Hughs 0-7 Urris 0-5The Reds were a different team in the second half although it took the a while to settle.The youthfulness of the team was the driving force behind what was happening on the pitch with the young lads running at speed directly at the Urris defence.Marty Wilson got on the end of long ball and shot to the net. They Cross lads never looked back after that and ran out convincing winner.In fact the Clonmany failed to register a single score in the second half .A great display from the youthful defence. The final score was Red Hughs 1-12 Urris 0-5Minor BoardThe under 10 boys and girls held their home blitz on Saturday morning. It was a fantastic occasion with some great football on display.Well done to all the boys and girls who took part in the blitz.The club want to thank everyone who helped out with tea and sandwiches on the day and parents for providing the sandwiches etc.The under 12 boys lost out to Convoy in their last game of their go games campaign.They now await their next opponents in their finals match to be confirmed this week.Good luck to the lads and management in the final.Under 12 girls all county blitz will take place this Saturday in Convoy 10.30am. Goo. Luck to the girls and management team.Under 13 boys training continues this Friday at 6.30pmUnder 16 boys are involved in a three way playoff in their league to decide their fate.They play Letterkenny Gaels on Wednesday in Letterkenny and Glenfin at home on Friday evening both games throw in at 7.30 top two teams go into division two league playoffs and the third team goes into division three playoff.Good luck lads.The minors played Milford in their second game of the championship away in Milford on Monday evening.The lads played very well and showed great team spirit to see off a strong Milford challenge. The final score was Red Hugh’s 3-13 Milford 2-9Local league continues this Wednesday at 7pm everyone is asked to be there by 6.45 so we can get started on time.Kelloggs Cul Camp will be run at the club from 14th – 18th of July. The camp is for boys and girls between the ages of 6 to13 years old.The cost off the camp is €55 for 1st child €45 for 2nd child €40 for 3rd and subsequent children .Reg. forms are now available. Contact number 0861635726.The Registration evening for the Kelloggs Cul Camp will be on Thursday 10th of July from 7-8pm in the Clubhouse.The cost off the camp is €55 for 1st child €45 for 2nd child €40 for 3rd and subsequent childrenGAA NEWS: RED HUGHS EARN FANTASTIC VICTORY OVER URRIS IN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesRED HUGHS.Sportlast_img read more

DDTV: Sky Sports hilarious announcement on Given’s retirement

first_imgDonegal legend Shay Given announced his retirement from international duty yesterday and social media went into meltdown.When Sky Sports came about to read out the news about the Lifford’s man retirement, it proved more difficult than expected for the sport broadcaster.Shay Given published a heartfelt retirement thanking everyone who helped him become Ireland’s number one. Irish wouldn’t be Sky Sports’s strongest language and this is evident in this hilarious video captured by Adrian McGeown.At the end of Given’s statement it read ”Go raibh maith agat”, but have a listen to how Sky Sports pronounce a cúpla focal in the Irish language.@paddypower Sky Sports News presenter giving Shay Given a proper irish spoken tribute. 😅😅😂 pic.twitter.com/GcejA3Yqbj— Adrian McGeown (@AdrianMcGeown) July 28, 2016“That’s in Gaelic at the end there, apologies – I can’t read that out.” Perhaps a bean an tí should help the Sky Sports presenter brush up on his gaeilge.DDTV: Sky Sports hilarious announcement on Given’s retirement was last modified: July 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:gaeilgeShay Givensky sportslast_img read more

CORONER ORDERS ARREST WARRANTS FOR NON-SHOW JURY MEMBERS

first_imgA Donegal coroner has asked Gardai to issue arrest warrants to more than 20 people who failed to turn up for jury service.Coroner John Cannon was forced to delay an inquest into the deaths of two young men for more than an hour because not gather a jury.The families of tragic Seamus McBride, 25, and PJ Crerand were forced to wait along with a number of Gardai and other witnesses while a jury was found. Coroner Cannon, who was sitting at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court yesterday, was finally able to start the double-inquest when he mustered six jury members.He revealed that a total of 30 possible jury members had been contacted but just two had come forward to Gardai to say they could not attend.Coroner Cannon said this was simply not acceptable.He said people seemed to think that it was their decision if they decided to turn up but it was not.He reminded the court that people had an obligation under law to appear when summoned for jury duty.He reminded the court that the penalty for non-attendance by a jury member was a fine of €500.He instructed Garda Sgt Brigid McGowan, who was conducting the inquest for the State, to arrange to have the arrest warrants issued to the members of the public who did not appear for jury service.CORONER ORDERS ARREST WARRANTS FOR NON-SHOW JURY MEMBERS was last modified: September 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrest warrantscoronerinquestJohn Cannonjurylast_img read more

THE LITTLE BIG CLASS OF 2014 IS READY TO GRADUATE!

first_imgFront row from left to right: Tyus Gibbons, Shannon Kerr, Maria Cunningham, Lauren McDevitt, Jack McLaughlin, Kyran KreevyMiddle row from left to right: Sarah Black, Kayla Singaroyan, Tate Beddy, Ben Diver , Erin Diver, Amelia Reynolds, Olivia Mulhern, Umar Abdul.Back Row from left to right: Grainne Hone, Jessica Byrne, Kristian Cinquemani, Martin Buchanan, Odhran Catherson, Ava Marie Boyce, Conor CallanNot in photo Muireann KennedPromoted postThe House of Fun in Letterkenny is holding its annual Graduation Ceremony this week.“We are very proud to see all our young Montessori students graduate. Our curriculum is wide and varied and we believe all our students are very well prepared for Big School,” said owner Ms Bernie Moran. Due to its accessible location they cater for children from Letterkenny, Ramelton, Milford and as far as Rathmullan.“Our young graduates will attend National Schools including Woodland NS, St Mary’s NS Ramelton, Drumhalla NS, Ballyraine NS, Illistrin NS, Drummond NS, Educate Together NS, Cashelshannaghan NS and Brownknowe NS.”The wide and varied curriculum is offered to all children under the free scheme with no hidden extras or additional costs to parents.Located near the Silver Tassie Hotel, less than 10 minutes from Letterkenny, this professional facility first opened its doors 10 years ago. Proprietor Ms Bernie Moran and her staff are committed to the provision of high quality early childhood education in a relaxed fun environment.You can visit their website on www.houseoffun.ie or check us out them Facebook. THE LITTLE BIG CLASS OF 2014 IS READY TO GRADUATE! was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalgraduationMs Bernie MoranThe House of Funlast_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEDNESDAY Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call John Taylor at (661) 259-9444, Ext. 125. AHA! (Artists Helping Artists) will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Trish Lester at (661) 254-1242 or e-mail AHA@TrishLester.com. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Animal show, 1 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 259-7721. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Because of the Christmas holiday, readers are advised to check with organizations in case events are canceled. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY Lunchtime Torah discussion, noon at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Rabbi Steve Conn at (661) 254-2411. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.last_img read more

Drake Softball Drops Pair of Games At SIU

first_imgDrake fell behind 2-0 in the first inning of the second game. The Bulldogs then cut the lead in half at 2-1 in the top of the second inning as they scored on a Salukis error. However, Drake couldn’t capitalize for more runs leaving runners stranded at second and third base.   Full Schedule Roster The Valley on ESPN3 In the opening game, Drake (16-16, 0-6 MVC), which trailed 2-0 after a first inning home run by SIU (17-14, 5-1 MVC), was led by freshman Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) who drove in both of the Bulldogs’ runs. Buie’s two-run single in the fourth inning briefly tied the game at 2-2 before the Salukis took the lead back with a RBI double in the bottom of the frame. Watch Live  Print Friendly Version Next Game: Live Stats The game remained 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth inning when SIU broke open the game with four runs and chased Bulldog freshman pitcher Aryka Knoche (Little Canada, Minn.) from the game. Knoche pitched four innings and allowed five runs on three hits with six walks and two strikeouts. Buie came on in relief again and allowed one run on one hit in two innings with two walks and one hit batter. CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois completed a three-game sweep of the Drake University softball team Sunday afternoon by winning both Missouri Valley Conference games. SIU took game one by a score of 6-2 and then completed the sweep with a 6-1 victory in game two. Drake travels home for its season opener at Ron Buel Field with a three-game series against Indiana State on April 1 and 2. The series starts with a doubleheader on Saturday with games scheduled for 12 and 2 p.m. before concluding Sunday at 11 a.m. All three games will be streamed on The Valley on ESPN3. Drake, which had just three hits in the game, failed to get a hit in the sixth or seventh inning as the team dropped its seventh game in a row. Junior Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) had two hits while Knoche had the other hit for the Bulldogs. Indiana State 4/1/2017 – 2 PM Preview Freshman Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) led Drake with two hits. Junior pitcher Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) took the loss in the circle to fall to 7-11 on the season. Smith allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings with one walk and one strikeout. Buie made her pitching debut as she tossed the sixth inning and allowed just one hit. SIU added three more insurance runs in the fifth inning as Drake had runners in scoring position in the fifth and seventh inning but couldn’t push any more runs across.last_img read more

DDTV: DONEGAL COMPANY’S VIDEO ON HOW TO OPEN A BOTTLE OF WINE GOES VIRAL ONLINE

first_imgDDTV: Simply click play on the video above to watch owner of The Counter Deli & Wine Richard Finney show you a quirky way to open a bottle of wine.If you don’t have a bottle opener, then getting a bottle of wine open was obviously not an easy task, until now. We’ve all tried and failed miserably with all sorts of different objects to attempt to prise open the cork in a bottle of wine and made a mess of it.Now we all have shoes, so if you happen to find yourself with a bottle of wine and no bottle opener don’t panic.As Richard displays in the video simply place the wine in the shoe and batter the shoe off the wall.It doesn’t sound easy, nor would you think that practise would be effective, but as Richard shows it is very effective. Richard’s quirky and fun video has gone viral online with well over 100,000 views on YouTube.The video also appeared on the Science Channel in the USA and also was viewed by over 100,000 people.It’s so simple, it’s brilliant.DDTV: DONEGAL COMPANY’S VIDEO ON HOW TO OPEN A BOTTLE OF WINE GOES VIRAL ONLINE was last modified: November 21st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVFeaturesnewsOPENRichard FinneyShoeThe Counter Deli and WineViralwineYouTubelast_img read more

Urgent action needed at dangerous bend, warns Cllr

first_imgA Donegal County Councillor says he fears that a serious accident will occur if nothing is done to improve safety at a road bend in St Johnston. Cllr Gerry Crawford is calling on the council to take whatever action possible to slow traffic at the corner opposite the village church.“There has been numerous accidents at this location recently and I fear worse will happen. Measures must be taken to slow traffic,” Cllr Crawford said. “I also appeal to drivers to slow down and exercise caution over the Easter Holiday,” he added.Urgent action needed at dangerous bend, warns Cllr was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Gerry Crawfordroad safetySt Johnstonlast_img read more

Government reports on pilot shortage

first_imgThere’s a building pilot shortage among regional airlines in the United States. The issue: just how significant is it? The government’s Government Accountability Office concludes in a just-released report there’s “mixed evidence regarding the extent of [the] shortage.”This much is sure: according to the report, “Pilot schools that GAO interviewed reported fewer students entering their programs resulting from concerns over the high cost of education and low entry-level pay at the regional airlines.”The report says it can cost more than US$100,000 to get a degree from a four-year aviation program. According to the U.S. Air Line Pilots Association the average staring pay for regional airlines first officers is US$22,400. In contrast, the average pay for an assistant manager at fast-food McDonalds is $28,622 according to Glassdoor.com.There’s a dramatic disconnect here, one underscored in red when you consider the assistant manager of the fast-food restaurant isn’t responsible for the lives of a cabin full of passengers hurtling through the heavens at 35,000 feet.How’s this potentially affect you? GAO says, “Some mainline airlines (from those majors often recruit pilots) expressed concerns that entry-level hiring problems could affect their regional airline partners’ ability to provide service to some locations.” In recent years, legacy airlines like American, Delta and United have contracted with regionals to take over an ever-increasing share of the flying, even on some routes formerly the province of large jets.The good news is those new first officers in the right-hand seat of regional aircraft now have to have at least 1,500 hours as a pilot. It used to be 250. The rule was changed in the wake of the infamous crash of Colgan Air (Continental Connection) Flight 3407 back in 2009. The accident was the result of pilot error. Fifty people died.GAO indicates regional airlines are responding to the pilot shortage by partnering with aviation schools. Some regionals have even “offered new first officers signing bonuses or tuition reimbursements to recruit new pilots” says the reportIt might take precisely that sort of approach to avoid what could be a nasty surprise looming just over the horizon: plenty of regional airline passengers, but not enough pilots to fly them.See comprehensive report here; https://www.airlineratings.com/news/243/pilot-shortage-loomslast_img read more