African champ Chatthe defends Safari Rally

first_imgChatthe navigated by Gugu Panesar extended their overnight lead to the final day at the last stages in Elementaita.“It’s a great moment for us, I won the Safari Rally last year and we are back with a resounding victory,” Chatthe stated.Rai finished 10 seconds behind, while Finland’s ace Laukannen overtook Ian Duncan by one minute to take the third position.“Yesterday was quite challenging for us and today we had to fight for second best position,” Rai underscored.Team Kibos Jaspreet Chatthe navigated by Gurdeep Panesar in their Mitsubishi Evolution 10 tackle the Lake Elementaita lodge section.Car ‘Flash’ Tundo, who was looking forward to equaling Shehktar record, finished fifth.“It was a great outing for us, but we had several mechanical problems, we are glad to have finished the rally. To all my rally fans another round is at the corner,” Tundo stated.Baldev Chager, who retired on Day 2 after his car hit a stone spoiling the radiator, says he will be aiming to shine in the next round.“It’s rallying and at times there isn’t much one can do with such mechanical problems. I had envisaged winning after the Jamhuri stage and we kept on pushing even after the radiator had issues but too bad, it wasn’t our time,” Chager said.After the Safari Rally, Rajbir Rai leads the overall Kenya National Rally Championship standings on 60.5 points ahead of Jaspreet Chatthe who has 57.5 while Tapio Laukkanen comes in third on 56 points.Ian Duncan follows fourth on 43.5 points, Baldev Chager is fifth on 37 points while Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo is placed sixth on 33 points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Team Kibos Jaspreet Chatthe navigated by Gurdeep Panesar in their Mitsubishi Evolution 10 tackle the Lake Elementaita lodge section.NAIVASHA, Kenya, June 12 – Jaspreet Chatthe successfully defended the KCB Safari Rally title after winning the 64th edition run at a dusty lake Elementaita terrain that culminated on Sunday at Kenyatta International Convention Center.Chatthe the African Champion, who accumulated the fastest time in 10 competitive stages, was followed by Rajbir Rai while Finnish Tapio Laukannen closed the podium ahead of veteran Ian Duncan.last_img read more

EPA must get serious about ship pollution

first_imgMaybe it won’t take an international conference after all to clean up the gross polluters of the sea. That’s been the excuse for many years. Nobody could do anything about oceangoing ships that belch the world’s foulest exhaust because this was a worldwide problem. Not the local ports’ problem. Not the shippers’ problem. Not the problem of anybody who could actually do something about it. Now somebody has. California’s attorney general, Jerry Brown, last week filed a legal petition asking federal regulators to act against greenhouse gas emissions from cargo ships, cruise ships and other large vessels. What this amounts to is an invitation to do the right thing before the state takes the federal Environmental Protection Agency to court. Such a lawsuit could do some good. Ships cause horrendous pollution to regions adjacent to shipping centers – and those downwind. The real subject here, however, is money. Ships burn bunker because it is cheap. But it’s also the dirtiest of fuels. Switching to low-sulphur diesel fuel will cost the consumers of imported goods more. But first the EPA, target of Brown’s lawsuit, will have to stir itself. If it does, any new regulations would affect about 6,000 ships calling on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The port complex and its many diesel-powered parts are the single biggest source of diesel pollution in the L.A. Basin. Will the EPA have to wait until, say, Singapore agrees to a ban on bunker? Not necessarily. Nations can legally limit environmentally harmful activity within their territories, which can extend seaward for 200 miles. Bunker fuel has sulfur content of up to 27,000 parts per million, compared with 15 parts per million in diesel burned by cars and trucks in the United States. The ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, mandated last year, results in lower emissions of nitrous oxides, an ingredient of smog, and particulates, which are known to cause cancer. Californians now are looking forward to the favor of a reply from the EPA to our invitation. There is more than enough reason to accept. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more