Proof Atkinson changed his mind on Son red card after horror Gomes injury

first_imgSon breaks down in tears as Gomes screams in agony from broken ankleProof Martin Atkinson changed his mind on Son red card after horror Gomes injuryPrem release statement on why Son was sent off after Gomes leg horrorEverton confirm surgery for Gomes on Monday after breaking right ankleEverton stars including Coleman went into Spurs dressing room to comfort SonSon ‘in Spurs changing room in tears refusing to lift head’ after Gomes woeTosun recalls harrowing moment Andre Gomes lay crying in shock with his eyes wide open after Son tackle  TOTTENHAM could decide to appeal Son Heung-min’s red card against Everton after referee Martin Atkinson changed his mind from booking him to sending him off.The match official could be clearly seen with a yellow card in his hand ready to award the South Korean international who had fouled Everton midfielder Andre Gomes.2 Referee Martin Atkinson can be seen ready to hand Son Heung-min a yellow card before changing his mindBut after seeing the severity of the ex-Barcelona star’s injury, Atkinson instead decided to send Son off.A Premier League statement read: “The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.”The 27-year-old left the pitch in tears after Gomes suffered a broken and dislocated ankle Goodison Park.Dele Alli revealed that the former Bayer Leverkusen man was so distraught in the changing rooms that he couldn’t even pick his head up.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has since insisted Son is feeling better after being consoled by a number of Toffees players in the dressing room after the game. Asked whether he would appeal the red card, he said: “I don’t know. It’s possible, but I don’t know.”Former Spurs striker Gary Lineker tweeted his opinion on whether the player should have been sent off, as he commented: “Son clearly massively upset.”Without the injury he wouldn’t have been shown a red card.”Michael Owen simply stated: “Shocking decision to send Son off but that’s insignificant in the scheme of things.”center_img Asked in his press conference whether Son will get help dealing with what happened, Poch said: “We are the best psychologists, the physios, the doctors, the team-mates and the players from Everton that were fantastic.”I want to say thank you to the captain, Coleman, they came to the dressing room to console Sonny and now he’s very calm.”I want to say thank you to the players and Coleman, who came in on behalf of the players of Everton.”He also spoke of his disbelief that Son was given his marching orders as he told reporters: “It was clear it was never the intention of Son for what happened. It is unbelievable that he saw a red card.”Ex-Premier League ref Mark HalseyI watched Son Heung-Min’s reckless challenge on Andre Gomes and thought the same as Martin Atkinson – yellow card.The Tottenham forward denied a promising attack but I didn’t think it was a serious foul play challenge and a red card.Son’s foul did not endanger the player’s safety and it was so unfortunate that Everton midfielder Gomes’ studs caught in the turf before his sickening collision with Serge Aurier.Initially, Atkinson had a yellow card in his hand but having seen the reaction on the player’s faces and the crowd he gave himself more thinking time by putting it back in his pocket.With emotions running high, Atkinson then issued a red card on the basis of his human response.Atkinson should not receive any criticism because any referee in that horrible position would have done the same.We do not know if VAR official Anthony Taylor got involved but the cold technology could have helped Atkinson.Son has been red carded for the unfortunate consequences of what happened next, not for the foul itself.So I have to ask the question, since when did the laws of the game say the outcome of a foul dictates the appropriate disciplinary action? It’s not in the laws of the game.It’s a wrongful dismissal for Son and if VAR had got involved, I believe the South Korean would not have been sent off.Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says the club will appeal and I believe they will have every chance of the decision being overturned.A Premier League statement last night tried to protect the referee and justify the decision. But, in truth, that didn’t need to be issued so soon because everyone in football will only be thinking about the welfare of Gomes.2 Atkinson showed Son the red card after seeing the severity of Angel Gomes’ injuryMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticSon Heung-min is sent off for a tackle on Andre Gomes, who is stretchered off with a horrifying injury, with both sets of players are visibly distressed.📺 Watch on Sky Sports Premier League📱 Follow #EVETOT here: 📲 Download the @SkySports app— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 3, 2019last_img read more

Another Amputee Lone Star in Training

first_imgIt was an eye-catching but hardly a credible amputee football display as they moved on their crutches with grace on the dusty football field, located at the front of the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex, after 18 months of absence owing to the stay of the national amputee team in the United States.There were flows of sweat, as if it were raining, and as if they were crying, but there was sadness in their eyes as they practiced.The 12 men, each side with six one-leg players and one-arm goalkeeper in the practice were under the direction of the new leadership of Liberia Amputee Football and Sports Association (LAFASA), under new president Richard Duo.Interestingly, before they began the practice – they prayed. A dozen men, all missing a limb, leaned on their crutches and bowed their heads. After a brief silent prayer, newly appointed coach Cooper George muttered an “amen” and the men lifted their heads and began to warm-up.Building a New TeamHead coach George said with most of the topnotch players of the three-time African Nations champions still in the US, he has been directed to build a new team.He said since December he has gathered the players who were not able to go to the United States with some newly recruits.“We are reintroducing the kind of winning tactics that will ably represent the titles – because you know we are the defending football champions and three times winner,” Coach Cooper said.“We practice only on Sundays at the grassy field in front of the SKD Complex – and things are not juicy – water, transportation and practice tools, such as cones and balls are some of our challenges.”He pointed out that though a player like Festus Harrison is “deeply missed,” there are other players who are filling in his shoes, like Matthew Joe, Darlington Saylee, Samuel Tengbeh, Jerome Togba, and Fallah Varney and goalie Moses Blah.Coach George was the manager of the 2011 Amputee Lone Star team which retained the title.Liberia’s Pride & JoySince the creation of the LFA, the Amputee Lone Star has been the only national team to win continental titles.In the 1980s, the national football team was known as the Nation’s Pride and Joy as well as the 1990s and early 2000s which qualified the team for the finals in 1996 and 2001.After the fallout of the George Weah 11, the label – nation’s pride and joy disappeared and the Amputee Lone Star became the “shining star.”In 2007, the Lone Star Amputee Lone Star participated in the inaugural Amputee African Cup of Nations and was amongst the least, but in the following year, Liberia beat the defending champions – Sierra Leone in the final in Monrovia to clinch the title and qualified for the Amputee World Football Championship.In 2011, Liberia retained the title when she defeated host Ghana 4-2 on penalties.ControversyUp to the present, a 15-man delegation of the Amputee Lone Star is still in the United States since August 2015.According to the then President of LAFASA, Cooper Melvin Gotteh, they were invited by the United States Amputee Football Federation to take part in an international friendly match but the tournament was cancelled before they left.Still, they decided to travel to the United States but made improper arrangement for accommodation. Now they are having a tough time meeting their basic daily needs.The Ministry of Youth and Sports said LAFASA hid an email informing Liberia that the tournament was cancelled from the ministry. The ministry’s poor supervision over the process led the team to travel to the United States, when they did not have to.Melvin Gotten maintained that despite the cancelation of the tournament they decided to go to the USA to explain to the world the deplorable conditions under which they lived in Liberia. He said Liberian amputees’ lack decent housing, education, and food and many have turned to beggars.“We knew that actually on the 23rd of June the tournament was canceled but we had other appointments. So that’s why we used the opportunity to come to America. We felt that back home things are difficult, so that’s why we are remaining here to raise some funds for our own organization and for our own purposes,” he said.Meanwhile the Liberian government denied claims by Goteh that the government plans to prosecute them upon their return for using government funds to travel to the United States to participate in a tournament that had already been canceled.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

1 in 10 chance of oil from Exxon spill reaching shore

first_img…EPA studyAn environmental study undertaken by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that the likelihood of an oil spill offshore Guyana as part of the ExxonMobil exploration is considered unlikely to occur because of the extensive preventative measures employed.The Liza-1  drill shipIt has nevertheless found that an oil spill is considered possible, and Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) has conducted oil spill modeLling to evaluate the range of likely spill trajectories and rates of travel.The location of the Project at 190 km (120 miles) offshore, prevailing northwest currents, the light nature of the Liza field crude oil, and the region’s warm waters would all help minimise the severity of a spill.“Accounting for these factors, the modelling indicates only a 5-to-10 per cent probability of any oil reaching the Guyana coast without taking into consideration the effectiveness of any oil spill response, and in the unlikely event that a spill were even to occur,” the study found.EEPGL (45%), Hess Guyana Exploration Limited (30%) and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited (25%) are parties to a petroleum agreement with the Government of Guyana. Under this agreement, and in light of the Liza field discovery, EEPGL has applied for, and has received, a petroleum production licence and has submitted a project development plan to the Minister responsible for Petroleum.A key permit required for EEPGL to develop the Liza field is the Environmental Authorisation from the Guyana Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in accordance with the Guyana Environmental Protection Act of 1996 (EP Act Cap. 20:05).As part of its regulatory role, the EPA, considering recommendations from the Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), is responsible for deciding whether, and under what conditions, to grant EEPGL’s application for Environmental Authorisation (Application), which was filed with the EPA on July 5, 2016.Based on an initial assessment of the project, the EPA determined that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was required.EEPGL has proposed to drill approximately 17 subsea development wells and use a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel to process, store, and offload the recovered oil.The FPSO will be connected to the wells via separate production (oil, gas, and produced water), gas injection, and water injection flowlines and risers, and associated subsea equipment.The project, according to the environmental study, will also involve shore-based facilities and marine/aviation services to support development drilling, FPSO and subsea equipment installation, production operations, and ultimately decommissioning.“EEPGL will utilise proven and industry accepted standards, and has incorporated many embedded controls into the overall project design to minimise environmental and socioeconomic impacts…It could take up to four years to drill the wells, with drilling planned to begin as early as 2018.”The initial production is expected to begin by mid-2020, with operations continuing for at least 20 years.The planned activities of the project, according to the environmental study, are predicted to have minor impacts on physical resources, no impacts on coastal biological resources, minor impacts on marine biological resources, and largely positive impacts on socioeconomics.These predictions are based on the fact that the bulk of the project activity will occur approximately 190 km (120 miles) offshore, and the project will capture and re-inject produced natural gas, which is not used as fuel on the FPSO, back into the Liza reservoir; treat required wastewater streams prior to discharge to the sea; have a very small physical footprint, and use marine mammal observers (MMO) during selected activities to minimise the potential impacts to marine mammals due to auditory injury and ships strikes.last_img read more

My Donegal… with LYIT Student Union President Dylan Mc Gowan

first_imgDylan Mc Gowan is 24 years old and originally from County Leitrim. Dylan has a strong interest in sports and has a Level 8 degree in Sports Coaching and Performance.He sits on many different committees and delegations such as the US Embassy Youth council and the SITT Rural Transport board as well as many other committees that requires student opinion in LYIT.Last year Dylan ran a jobs initiative call “BESS” which helps students and businesses connect with regards to part-time employment. His main ambitions this year is to drive the productivity of the Union to another level and make every student know that if they need help the Student’s Union team are there for them. As spokesperson of LYITSU, he outlines that they will be taking a strong stance this year against the recommendation of a loan scheme as illustrated in the Cassells report.This is Dylan’s Donegal… (1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Quigley’s Point – Inishowen, friendships and McGowan’s bar of course.(2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I would put a railway station in place to make it more accessible(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?Jim McGuinness, I have a fond interest in his line of work as a Sports Psychologist.(4) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Packie Bonner(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Has to be winning the All-Ireland.(6) What was Donegal’s saddest moment?Losing to Tyrone this year?(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Donegal Creamery milk (8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Seamus Coleman at this current moment in time.(9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?McGettigan’s(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Shay Given(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Restaurant Sage in Letterkenny (12) Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Basking Sharks(13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Yes boy”(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Accessibility to different places in Ireland.(15) What is your favourite Donegal food?Donegal Catch(16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?The hills.(17) Do you have a favourite local band?Phat Kidz(18) What’s the most rewarding part of being LYIT SU president?Being able to help students with their problems and achieve positive results.(19) What’s your favourite thing about LYIT ?The community of LYIT as a whole is my favourite thing about LYIT.(20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?The success of the All-Ireland and transforming GAA to another level in the county.You can keep up to date with LYIT SU on their facebook page.My Donegal… with LYIT Student Union President Dylan Mc Gowan was last modified: July 25th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:dylan mc gowanLYITStudent Unionlast_img read more


first_img This week’s ResultsWednesday 06-Janruary-20161st Pauric McGeehan 39pts2nd Hugh Ferry 38ptsGross Micheal Collum3rd Kevin Ward 36pts BOTCSS: NQSaturday 09-Janruary-20161st Derek Willson 36pts BOT2nd Alistair Boreland 36pts BOT Gross: Bryan Margey 30pts BOT3rd Ed Margey 34pts BOTCSS:NQSunday 10-Janruary-2016 1st Jimmy Keenan 43pts2nd Ger Dalton 39ptsGross: Gerry mcGreevy 28pts3rd Willie Wilkin 38pts BOTCSS:NQJunior GolfThere was a terrific display of new golf clubs at our first competition for juniors on Saturday the 9th January. Santa seems to have made a number of successful deliveries despite the flooding and windy conditions.In the competition, Max Roarty was narrowly beaten by an in form Michael Dolan who won by one shot.Junior competitions will continue every Saturday morning at the usual time of 8.30am. All welcome including beginners and newcomers.Notices for the weekGents open Single Stableford on wednesdayopen 4BBB on SaturdayGents club competition SundayDont forget our open seniors competition on monday the 18th Janruary ring Mary for more infoFunction Room for Private parties:We have hosted a number of private functions in the clubhouse recently and these have proved to be a great success. If you, or someone you know, is organising a private function please be aware that the clubhouse is available free of charge, with exclusive use for the occasion. So far, the feedback that we have been getting is that the golf club is the ideal venue for parties of up to one hundred people. Please make contact with Sarah if you are interested in holding a function at the clubhouse (074 91 36335)DUNFANAGHY HOST HUGELY SUCCESSFUL CAPTAIN’S DRIVE-IN FOR 2016 was last modified: January 11th, 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:NoticesSport Dunfanaghy Captains’ Drive In 2016The Dunfanaghy Golf Club Captains’ Drive In took place last Saturday 2nd January 2016 on a day that started not so good weather wise but finished as a super day for golf with no wind and abundant sunshine.While some parkland courses are still suffering the effects of the persistent rain we at Dunfanaghy have the advantage of being a Links sand based course which drains very quickly and well. The greens at the moment are second to none and they are receptive and true. A real pleasure to play on. With the rough very low at present due to the winter growth the course is playing at its most generous.Captain Denis Martin and Lady Captain Mary Lafferty took their first drives of the season to start off the Captains Scramble. Both drives landed just short of the green. With their other team members, President Keith Lapsley and Lady President Margaret Witherow, they managed to secure 3rd prize in the scramble.The team of Andy Murray, Gillian Lapsley and Frank Crumlish took the 2nd prize.The winning team of Jill McCorkell, Joe Toner, Dominic Bogues and James Thomas Sweeney took top honours with a fantastic score of 54 net. This is more like a score from open week rather than a mid-winter score. In his acceptance speech, Joe Toner complimented 10 year old James for his excellent play and his contribution to the team. James is one of a number of very promising juniors making great progress in the club.All competitors were treated to refreshments before the round and a tasty meal afterwards.This was an exceptional day for golf with the course in really superb condition thanks to the hard work of Paul McGinley and his staff. Thanks must also go to Sarah and her staff for looking after everyone so well in the clubhouse.On New Year’s eve there was a dinner dance in the clubhouse again with Sarah ensuring all was presented perfectly. The band (known as – One For The Road) were excellent and catered for every taste in music as was evident in the full dance floor. A great evening enjoyed by all present. last_img read more

A lucky Donegal teen will lead Ireland and Denmark out before World Cup play-off

first_imgA Donegal teenager will help carry the Irish tricolour onto the pitch at the Aviva Stadium before tomorrow night’s World Cup play-off second leg between Ireland and Denmark.17-year-old Bryan Coyle, a student at Mulroy College in Milford, was selected by Young Carers Ireland for the honour.Bryan, whose younger brother Cahir goes to Little Angels in Letterkenny, is an Ireland fanatic and will lead the teams out in front of a heaving Aviva that will be packed to its 51,700 capacity for the winner-takes-all clash that has the glittering prize on offer of a place at next summer’s World Cup. Tomorrow’s game will be among the biggest ever staged at Ballsbridge and the tie is delicately poised following the 0-0 draw in Copenhagen on Saturday night.Bryan – who played underage football for Lagan Harps and Milford United – attends Young Carers Donegal, which is run by the Donegal Youth Service in Letterkenny. Three Ireland sponsored the prize for Young Carers Ireland.He will be accompanied by his mum, Kathleen Coyle, to the game and will meet the players afterwards – they could well be at a big bash if Ireland qualify! “Young Carers Donegal are an amazing group and they do so much,” Kathleen said.“Bryan is a massive Ireland fan and goes to all the games in Dublin with the Ramelton boys on Boyce’s bus.“It will be an amazing experience for Bryan to carry out the flag before such a big game.”Bryan Coyle with his cousin Patrick McFadden, aunt Angela McFadden and mum Kathleen CoyleA lucky Donegal teen will lead Ireland and Denmark out before World Cup play-off was last modified: November 14th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Aviva stadiumBryan CoyleDENMARKDonegal Youth ServiceKathleen CoyleRepublic of IrelandYoung Carers DonegalYoung Carers Irelandlast_img read more

Warriors have tough night against Redding Christian

first_imgRed Bluff >> The Mercy Warriors boys and girls played host Tuesday evening to the Redding Christian Lions and were overpowered by their guests.The Mercy boys lost 68-27 and the girls took a 65-30 loss to the Lions.The Warriors boys played tough and pulled down more than their share of boards, but couldn’t get the ball inside and were cold shooting from the arc.Redding Christian was solid on defense and often appeared to have an extra gear, swarming on whichever player had the ball and making …last_img

A look at the “grain glitch fix”

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A recent signing of a bill by the President prompted us to reach out to our agribusiness and farming clients. As we strive to fulfill our important role as your partner and advocate for tax planning, we want to reach out to you and share that the President signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill.  Among many other things, this Appropriations Act, provides a “grain glitch fix” to the provision in the Tax Bill that was passed in late 2017 that gave an unintended advantage to sell grain to a cooperative. This is a rather complex fix.  We are still getting our minds around it and will have more to share this Spring/Summer.IssueThe provision in Code Sec. 199A that provided farmers with a tax advantage for selling crops to farmer-owned cooperatives, but not for sales to private or investor-owned grain handlers, was, according to lawmakers, a mistake — the so-called “grain glitch.”Glitch fixThe Appropriations Act makes significant changes to Code Sec. 199A(g)Transition rulesThe TCJA had repealed Code Sec. 199 for tax years beginning after 2017. However, the Appropriations Act clarifies that the repeal of Code Sec. 199 for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017, does not apply to a qualified payment received by a patron from a specified agricultural or horticultural cooperative in a tax year beginning after December 31, 2017, to the extent such qualified payment is attributable to QPAI with respect to which a deduction is allowable to the cooperative under former Code Sec. 199 for a tax year of the cooperative beginning before Jan. 1, 2018. Such qualified payment remains subject to former Code Sec. 199, and any former Code Sec. 199 deduction allocated by the cooperative to its patrons related to such qualified payment is allowed to be deducted by such patrons in accordance with former Code Sec. 199. In addition, no deduction is allowed under Code Sec. 199A for such qualified payments. (Appropriations Act Sec. 101(c)(2), Division T)Effective dateThe changes under the Appropriations Act, except for those provided in the transition rules above, are effective for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017. (Appropriations Act Sec. 101(c)(1), Division T).last_img read more

Peugeot 308 GT latest version to be revealed at the upcoming 2014 Paris Motor Show

first_imgPeugeot 308 GTFrench car brand Peugeot has recently unveiled a sportier version of the 308. Known as the 2015 Peugeot 308 GT, it will make its public debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. The vehicle will be available in both petrol and diesel fuel options. Exterior changesThe 2015 Peugeot 308 GT gets some minor visual tweaks and will be available in both hatchback and station wagon body styles. Upgrades to its exterior include new LED headlamps and turning lights at the front, a lacquered black diffuser and stylish twin exhaust pipes at the rear. Additionally, Peugeot’s lion badge has been moved from the bonnet’s leading edge to its front grille.The French car brand has also stated that the 308 GT’s standard suspension has been retuned, and its acceleration pedal will now be more responsive than earlier due to the Driver Sport Pack, standard on every 308 GT.Engines The 2015 Peugeot 308 GT will be available with two engine options: A 1.6-litre four-cylinder THP 205 petrol unit and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder BlueHDI diesel unit. The 1.6-litre petrol unit is capable of delivering 199 bhp of power and 285 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.On the other hand, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel unit is capable of generating 174 bhp of power and 400 Nm of peak torque. This engine will be offered with Automatic Transmission. Performance data for both units and prices of these vehicles will be revealed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.last_img read more

Chinese media highlights landing of its flights in SCS reefs

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, July 14 (PTI) Chinese media today highlighted landing of two civilian Chinese aircraft on disputed reefs of the South China Seathat were awarded to the Philippines by an international tribunal that dismissed Beijings claims over the area.China tested the two new airfields in the disputed islands yesterday flying in two civilian aircraft filled with media personnel to display its defiance to the world over its determination to retain the large tracts of the South China Sea despite the award.With this the number of airfields open to civil aircraft in the archipelago to three, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.Both the television and print media prominently highlighted it today.The flight tests were held as the tribunal formed by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, (PCA) hearing a petition from the Philippines quashed Chinas claims of historic rights over South China Sea.Besides the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan challenged Chinas claims.China which has boycotted the tribunal has rejected the verdict, saying it is null and void.A flight took off from Haikou, capital of south Chinas Hainan Province, landed on Meiji Reef known as Mischief Reef two hours later, while another took off from Haikou and landed on Zhubi Reef.Both were awarded by the tribunal to the Philippines which filed the petition for arbitration questioning Chinas claims.The two flights, an Airbus A319 chartered by China Southern Airlines and a Boeing 737 by Hainan Airlines, returned to Haikou after a short stay on the reefs.advertisementThe round trips came a day after a Cessna CE-680 flew to the two reefs to ensure that both airfields are prepared for civil flights.China now has three functioning airports on the Nansha Islands, which lie under one of the worlds busiest airspaces.In addition to the airports, there are four multi-purpose lighthouses on Huayang, Chigua, Zhubi and Yongshu reefs, while the construction of a fifth on Meiji Reef is nearing completion, the Ministry of Transportation said. PTI KJVUZM ZH UZMlast_img read more