Westbrook triple-double keys OKC in 3OT thriller vs 76ers

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, right, looks to make his move on Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, left, of Australia, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists, and Oklahoma City and the Philadelphia 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller before the Thunder pulled out a 119-117 victory on Friday night.Andre Roberson scored the winner with 10 seconds left for the Thunder. But one of the early contenders for NBA game of the year belonged to Joel Embiid and Westbrook as they drove, blocked and rebounded their way toward one big play after another.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid scored 34 points in 48 minutes with an achy back and rallied the Sixers from a 17-point hole.Embiid, Philly’s franchise center and social media star, grabbed his lower back when he took a hard foul on a drive to the basket in the fourth quarter. Embiid grimaced during timeouts on the bench and trudged into position a few times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkEmbiid sucked it up and carried the Sixers in the fourth and the first overtime. His feed to a charging Ben Simmons on the baseline for a two-handed dunk tied the score at 94-all with 53 seconds left in the quarter. The Sixers closed the fourth on an 11-0 run.Embiid scored the first bucket of OT and the Sixers led for the first time in the game. The Sixers’ five-point lead with 1:20 left in overtime was wiped out on Paul George’s 3-pointer and a Westbrook bucket that made it 102-all. The Sixers blew their final possession on an ill-conceived 3 for Dario Saric. 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Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson UP NEXTThunder: It’s Melo vs. the Knicks at MSG on Saturday.76ers: Play Monday at Chicago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m not a fan,” coach Brett Brown said. “I like living behind closed doors.”But Brown understood the exposure would help build the brand and serve as a recruiting pitch of sorts to any free agents intrigued about becoming part of The Process. The Sixers put on a show in the fourth until Embiid gave them a scare.Embiid’s health woes have dogged him since his college career at Kansas and every slip, ache or bump throws Sixers fans into a panic. Embiid has been banged-up lately but he calmly went to the line and made both free throws. He fell again when he tripped over Adams, who earned a foul, and sank two more free throws to make it 78-72.TIP-INSThunder: Roberson had missed two games with a sprained left ankle. … Coach Billy Donovan was drilled in the face on an errant no-look pass — as in, Donovan wasn’t looking — by Sixers forward Richaun Holmes. … Embiid’s trash-talking was in perfect health. He jawed with Carmelo Anthony after a late foul.76ers: F Robert Covington shot three airballs in the first half.MELO BACKCarmelo Anthony warmed-up for his New York homecoming with 24 points. Anthony cracked the 20-point mark for only the second time in his last 10 games and perhaps gave Knicks fans a glimpse of what’s ahead when he returns to Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Anthony had struggled headed into Friday’s game, averaging just 17.7 points on 40 percent shooting. He made 11 of 17 shotsMO STATUESThe 76ers unveiled a statue for former point guard Maurice Cheeks outside their complex in New Jersey. Cheeks helped lead the Sixers to the 1983 championship and the team retired his No. 10 in 1995. Cheeks joined Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham and Wilt Chamberlain as Sixers with statues. The Sixers aired a video tribute for Cheeks and fans and players on both teams gave a standing ovation to the Thunder assistant coach. Round 2 was just as fun.Westbrook and Robert Covington exchanged 3s and George tied it at 109 on a driving layup. Westbrook and Embiid swapped buckets that kept it even and the Sixers had one more chance to win it with 1.2 seconds to go in the second OT.Embiid and Westbrook combined to score eight straight points in the third overtime, and Embiid even waved goodbye as the crowd went wild when Steve Adams fouled out of the game.But Embiid seemed gassed at the end and there’s no telling how the heavy workload may affect his availability the rest of the week.The Sixers were featured on ESPN on Friday as part of Philadelphia All Access, and Sixers’ related content was aired throughout the day on all platforms.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

North Korea offers talk on art troupe’s visit to Olympics

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Officials from the rival Koreas met earlier this week in the border village of Panmunjom, their first talks in more than two years. At that meeting they agreed to hold military talks and send a North Korean delegation of officials, athletes, cheerleaders, journalists and others to the Olympics.The Unification Ministry said North Korea wanted to send a delegation headed by the director of the arts and performance bureau of the North’s culture ministry to next Monday’s talks. A conductor and two other officials from a North Korean orchestra will also be part of the delegation, the ministry said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSeparately, the International Olympic Committee has proposed a meeting on Jan. 20 at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, involving the rival Koreas to discuss North Korea’s participation in Pyeongchang. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, file photo, South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, right, shakes hands with the head of North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon during their meeting at the Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea. South Korea said Saturday that North Korea proposed that their talks next week address a North Korean art troupe’s visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation’s athletes. (Korea Pool via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said Saturday that North Korea proposed that their talks next week address a North Korean art troupe’s visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation’s athletes.Pyongyang wants talks on sending its athletes and other officials to the February Olympics to be held at a later date so that next Monday’s talks can focus primarily on the North Korean art troupe’s participation in the Games, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 2018 Jr. NBA Philippines targets 250,000 participants Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Pelosi, Syrian president talk despite White House gripes

first_imgDAMASCUS, Syria – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her delegation said they had frank words with President Bashar Assad and other senior Syrian officials here on Wednesday, pressing the president over Syria’s support for militant groups and insisting that his government block militants seeking to cross into Iraq and join insurgents there. Delegation members said they sought to persuade Assad to distance himself from Iran, Syria’s ally in the growing confrontation with the so-called quartet of moderate Arab states – Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. They also said Tom Lantos, the head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he asked Assad how someone “of his intelligence and knowledge of the world could have common cause with President Ahmadinejad of Iran, who has denied the Holocaust and calls for the elimination of Israel.” Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Pelosi announced that she had conveyed a message to Assad from Israel’s prime minister, Ehud Olmert, that he was ready to negotiate for peace. Shortly afterwards, however, Olmert’s office issued a clarification of his message, insisting that, “although Israel is interested in peace with Syria, that country continues to be part of the axis of evil and a force that encourages terror in the entire Middle East.” To launch serious peace negotiations, the statement said, Syria must cease its support of terror, cease its sponsoring of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad organizations, refrain from providing weapons to Hezbollah and bringing about the destabilizing of Lebanon, cease its support of terror in Iraq, and relinquish the strategic ties it is building with the extremist regime in Iran. Members of the delegation said that among the issues they discussed was the case of the three Israeli soldiers being held by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is supported by Iran, and the Palestinian group Hamas. In addition to Lantos, the delegation includes Reps. Henry A. Waxman of Los Angeles, Louise M. Slaughter of New York, Nick J. Rahall II of West Virginia, and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, all Democrats, as well as David L. Hobson, Republican of Ohio. The lawmakers said they also sought to emphasize Syria’s importance in bringing peace to Lebanon, Iraq, and the Palestinian territories. “We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace,” Pelosi told reporters after her meetings. Her visit has been strongly criticized by the Bush administration and dismissed by some in the Middle East as a play for domestic politics. At the White House on Tuesday, President George W. Bush told reporters that he saw little point in talking to Syria now.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

Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto

first_imgToronto, who endured a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat to the Sounders in the title match in Toronto last season, became the first Canadian club to win the MLS Cup.They added the league’s ultimate prize to the Supporters’ Shield they won as the team with the best record in the league. With their Canadian Championship they completed a historic MLS treble.“This has been the dream for four years, since the day I got here,” said Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley. “And for the last year, the dream has become an obsession.“For this group of guys to work every single day having to remember last year, to get back here, to play that game in this atmosphere with that on the line — it’s unbelievable.”Sebastian Giovinco (C) of Toronto FC celebrates victory over the Seattle Sounders in the 2017 MLS Cup Final © GETTY/AFP / Vaughn RidleySeattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei, the hero for the Sounders in last year’s triumph, again threatened to derail Toronto’s challenge with save after save.But Frei, who hadn’t surrendered a goal in this season’s MLS Cup playoffs, finally succumbed in the 67th as Sebastian Giovinco’s pass found Altidore, who eluded Roman Torres and fired over Frei.“Steph had to come up very, very big in the first half,” Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said. “I thought that once we were able to get into halftime, make some adjustments, I thought we would give ourselves a chance.“The adjustments we made didn’t work, and at some point if you’re going to rely on your goalkeeper that often in so many critical moments, one of them was going to get through.”– Altidore MVP –The eighth post-season goal of Altidore’s career saw him named MLS Cup Most Valuable Player.Cristian Roldan of the Seattle Sounders clears a high ball in front of Drew Moor of Toronto FC during the 2017 MLS Cup Final © GETTY/AFP / Vaughn RidleyVazquez converted from close range in the waning moments after a shot from Armando Cooper bounced off the right post.Toronto were on fire early, and only Frei’s heroics kept them at bay.He dived right to deny Jonathan Osorio before closing down Giovinco, who had seized upon a ball from Vazquez but couldn’t get the ball over the Sounders keeper.Before halftime Frei pushed another effort from Giovinco over the crossbar and denied long-range efforts from Marco Delgado and Vazquez.After the break he denied Bradley’s long-range effort and turned away a blistering shot by Giovinco toward the bottom left corner.Toronto had brought back much of the same team that reached last year’s final, with Vazquez and goalkeeper Alex Bono notable additions.A crowd of 30,584 turned out Saturday at BMO field, where it was the third time in league history that the same two teams faced each other in back-to-back MLS Cup finals.The Houston Dynamo beat New England in both 2006 and 2007, while the Los Angels Galaxy beat Houston in 2011 and 2012.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jozy Altidore of Toronto FC celebrates a goal during the second half of the MLS Cup Final © GETTY/AFP / Vaughn RidleyMONTREAL, Canada, Dec 10 – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time.last_img read more

Burnley bid for ex-Arsenal midfielder rejected

first_img1 Nottingham Forest have rejected a £3million offer from Burnley for Henri Lansbury and told the Premier League side they have no intention of selling the 24-year-old.Sean Dyche has been desperate to sign former Arsenal midfielder Lansbury since the summer and believed he could take advantage of the turmoil at the City Ground to make his move.Stuart Pearce was sacked and replaced by Dougie Freedman on Sunday and Burnley were confident that uncertainty could help them sign the midfielder.But Forest have rejected two bids – the second of which would have reached £3m with add-ons – as they believe Lansbury will be vital to their lingering hopes of making the play-offs.And it is thought unlikely Burnley will return with another offer after being given a stern hands-off warning by the Championship side. Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury last_img

Everton transfer news: Toffees plan STUNNING move for Dutch ace

first_img1 Everton are lining up a stunning deal to sign Dutch maestro Wesley Sneijder, according to reports in Turkey.The 32-year-old is currently at Galatasaray, where he scored five goals in 25 top-flight outings last term.But now sources in Turkey have claimed that new Toffees boss Ronald Koeman wants to make his fellow countryman one of his first signings since being appointed at Goodison Park.Koeman is said to have money to spend this summer, and former Real Madrid and Inter ace Sneijder has a release clause said to be as low as £5m – although his wages are likely to be high.But the 53-year-old, who worked with the Holland international during his time at Ajax, believes he could fit into his new-look Everton side.Some reports in Turkey have even suggested that the Merseyside club have already held early talks with Gala about a doing a deal this summer. Wesley Sneijder has scored 40 goals in 142 games for Galatasaray last_img

Disposal of used tires slated

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Individuals can get rid of old tires at a Waste Tire Amnesty Day sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. People can bring tires from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 to several locations around the Antelope Valley. The locations include the parking lot of the Palmdale Youth Library at 38510 Sierra Highway, the Quartz Hill county yard at 4859 W. Ave. L-12, the Littlerock county yard at 8505 E. Ave. T, or the Lancaster county yard at 46008 7th St. W. The tires will be ground up and recycled as rubberized asphalt and other products. People who drop off tires will receive a coupon good for 15 percent off Firestone or Bridgestone tires. In addition, people will receive a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts coupon for an extra dozen glazed doughnuts after buying one dozen. Disposal is open to Los Angeles County residents only. No tires will be accepted from businesses. No oversize tires, foam-filled tires or tractor tires will be accepted. Tires with rims will be accepted. People who bring in more than nine tires per trip must obtain a tire transport form a week in advance by calling the county Department of Health Services at (626) 430-5540. The event is funded by a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board. For more information, visit www.888CleanLA.com or call (888) CLEAN LA.last_img read more

Catalogs are coming to town

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – ‘Tis the season when mailboxes start overflowing with holiday catalogs. That’s because in-home shopping has become increasingly important to the nation’s retailers, especially ahead of Christmas and Hanukkah. Seven in 10 Americans shop from home via catalogs, on the Internet, by mail or over the phone, according to surveys by the New York-based Direct Marketing Association trade group. But while many consumers may welcome the opportunity to browse for gifts from the comfort of their living rooms, others see the avalanche of paper as a signal that it’s time – again – to try to get off those pesky mailing lists. Among them is Sean Sheehan, outreach director at the Center for a New American Dream, a consumer group in Takoma Park, Md., that advocates controlled, environmentally sound spending. “To begin with, it’s a quality-of-life issue,” Sheehan said. “People are already harried, and they don’t find coming home to a giant pile of junk mail to be calming.” Sheehan added that people who want to be careful consumers also don’t appreciate being bombarded with pitches to buy, buy, buy. The biggest problem, he said, is that it’s extremely hard to stay off mailing lists. “Anytime you make any purchase with your credit card or with your address attached, the company can add your name to its mailing list,” he said. “That would be OK, but then many sell it to every other company on the planet and you start getting things from companies you’ve never heard of, or have no interest in.” So Sheehan sees the preholiday season as a good time for consumers to launch a personal campaign to get off mailing lists. The Direct Marketing Association operates a “mail preference service” consumers can use to opt out of mailed solicitations. “The DMA for 30 years has offered this service,” said Amy Blankenship, director of the DMA’s home shopping information center. “From the merchants’ point of view, if there are truly people who don’t want to hear from you, why waste the time and money sending them things?” People can opt out of mail solicitations by writing the Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, N.Y., 10512. Consumers must include their names, home addresses and signatures, and there’s no fee for the service. Consumers also can go to the DMA-run Web site www.dmaconsumers.org and opt out of future solicitations for a $5 fee. Another way to avoid future deluges of catalogs is to contact The Abacus Alliance, an international company that maintains databases used by mail order and catalog companies. Consumers can have their names removed by writing Abacus, P.O. Box 1478, Broomfield, Colo., 80038 or by e-mailing their name and address to optout@abacus-us.com. Sheehan recommends consumers also call the toll-free numbers listed in most catalogs and ask each company to remove their names from future mailings. The New American Dream group has other suggestions on its site at www.newdream.org/junkmail, including an appeal for consumers to lobby for a federal “Do Not Mail” list similar to the “Do Not Call” registry kept by the Federal Trade Commission. There are, of course, consumers who like catalogs but feel overwhelmed by the volume ahead of the holidays. Linda Rothschild, a professional organizer who operates the Cross It Off Your List company in New York, suggests people quickly dispose of the catalogs they’re not interested in. “Have a place set aside where the ones you’re keeping go, perhaps a basket or a box or a shelf,” she said. Regardless of the system, you have to get in the habit of throwing a company’s old catalog out when the new one comes in “or you’re going to have a 3-foot pile in no time,” she added. Another way to control the volume is to tear out the pages you want and get rid of the rest of the catalog, Rothschild said. “I ran into that situation myself last weekend,” she said. “In one of the catalogs, I found three or four things I thought would be appropriate for specific people. I ended up saving three pieces of paper instead of the whole catalog.” Another alternative, she added, is to keep just the page that has the catalog’s toll-free number and Web address and get rid of the rest.last_img read more

SA-Uganda science agreement

first_imgSouth Africa and Uganda have signeda bilateral agreement to advance scienceand technology on the continent.(Image: stock.xchng)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa and Uganda have signed a bilateral agreement which will allow the two countries to work together for greater scientific and technological development. South Africa’s minister of science and technology Mosibudi Mangena hosted his Ugandan colleague Ephraim Kamuntu in April 2009 for the occasion.Kamuntu, an economics professor, is the current Ugandan minister of state in charge of planning. He was accompanied by a top-level delegation that included the chair of the parliamentary science and technology committee Charles Ngabirano, chair of the parliamentary information technology committee Edward Baliddawa, science and technology commissioner Michael Olupot-Tukei, and other administrative personnel.The Ugandan delegation spent four days in South Africa. The highlight of their visit was the signing of the bilateral agreement, which has taken three years to come to fruition since an initial exploratory visit by Uganda in 2006.While in the country the delegation visited a number of leading scientific research institutions, among them the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the Innovation Hub, the Agricultural Research Council, the Tshwane University of Technology, and the National Research Foundation.These institutions all fall under the South African National System of Innovation, which is a network of interacting public and private organisations that work together to nurture and develop science and technology.Enthusiastic pursuit of scienceSpeaking at the signing ceremony, Mangena praised Uganda for the country’s enthusiastic pursuit of its national science agenda.Moving on to South Africa’s progress in the field of science, the minister named a few key government strategies that have already been implemented, such as the 1996 White Paper on Science and Technology and the current Ten Year Innovation Plan, which is in force until 2018. He added that he is convinced that the department of science and technology is on the right course with regard to policy-making and development in the sector.The newly signed agreement adds to other initiatives already in place to position science and technology as a driving force behind growth and development across the continent.The identification of key areas of focus and the consolidation of resources will play an important role in the agreement, said Mangena. The next step is to draft a plan of action, which has been scheduled for July.Modernising the economyKamuntu commented that science and technology will help modernise his country’s subsistence economy, adding that there was a need to discover better energy sources and find lasting solutions to diseases like Aids and malaria.To this end, bilateral scientific and technological seminars and workshops would be conducted by the two countries to identify problems and carry out joint research.“The agreement intensifies the existing collaboration between Ugandan and South African scientists and technologists,” said Kamuntu. “It creates new opportunities for cooperation in ICT and health.”Both countries will now be looking forward to embarking on joint ventures in mutually advantageous areas such as biosciences, especially with regard to food production and health; indigenous knowledge systems; information and communication technology; energy and environmental research; and space science.Besides the key areas of interest, South Africa and Uganda will also jointly discuss the formulation of effective policies for science and technology, and will not discount the possibility of forming trilateral partnerships on the continent and abroad.Another issue of high importance is the continuing campaign in both countries to broaden public awareness and understanding of science and technology, as well as the related matter of more effective human capital development programmes to boost available skills.A close working relationshipMangena described a number of existing programmes where South Africa and Uganda have already worked together closely. One of them is the Network for the Co-ordination and Advancement of sub-Saharan Africa-EU Science and Technology Co-operation, a four-year European Union-funded project to promote regional collaboration, integration and capacity building.Another is the Regional Impact of Information Society Technologies in Africa initiative, which aims to bridge the digital divide across the continent through training, skills transfer and community building.Since 2005 the programme has seen the graduation of over 1 000 government officials and researchers in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Tanzania in the areas of eGovernment, eHealth, and eLearning. The organisation has also hosted three conferences in South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique, and the next annual conference takes place in Uganda during May 2009.South Africa and Uganda are also involved in the Group on Earth Observation, which is a global initiative to build what is known as Geoss, or the Global Earth Observation System of Systems.This initiative, once in place, is expected to have many beneficial consequences, such as the reduction of loss of life from natural and human-induced disasters; better management of water and energy resources; and improved protection and management of marine, terrestrial and coastal ecosystems.South Africa and Uganda currently represent the African continent on the 12-member executive committee of the Group of Earth Observation, which also includes three countries each from the Americas, Asia and Europe, and one from the Commonwealth of Independent States.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesScience and technology in South AfricaInnovation at technology awardsSouth African inventionsScience in the spotlightUseful linksDepartment of Science and TechnologyUgandan National Council for Science and TechnologyNational Advisory Council on Innovationlast_img read more

MH370: Searchers confident it will be found!

first_imgThe Australian led international team looking for MH370 is confident that it will be found within the next year.Yesterday Martin Dolan Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau told the UK’s Express that he is confident the wreckage will be found soon.MH370 went missing on March 8 last year with 239 passengers and crew aboard on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 last year.However despite the most expensive and comprehensive search in aviation history no trace has been found of the Boeing 777.“Once we started looking and defining the search area, it became quite clear it could take up to two years,” Mr Dolan told Express.“We still remain confident it will be found in the next year and all the analysis we have puts the aircraft somewhere in that large search area.”Mr Dolan said that there is “no more information that would allow us to calculate a different area and governments accept that.”Almost half of the 120,000sq km area has been searched so far with the expectation that it will take another 12 months to complete the task.Mr Dolan rejects all the rumours saying that “all the information we have puts the aircraft in this defined search area.”“The crews and equipment being used are excellent and the data we’re receiving is of a quality beyond the specifications yet.“If we have to search the entire area, it will be completed this time next year but we expect to find the aircraft before then.”The primary countries involved and or funding the search are Australia, Malaysia and China, although the UK, USA, France and The Netherlands are technical contributors.MH370: Pilot knows where it isMH370: Only human inputlast_img read more