The United States’ Only Heavy Icebreaker Catches Fire off Antarctica

first_imgA fire broke out on board the US Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Polar Star off Antarctica on February 10, 2019. As informed, the fire started in the ship’s incinerator room about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound.After initial response efforts using four fire extinguishers failed, fire crews spent almost two hours extinguishing the fire.Fire damage was contained inside the incinerator housing, while firefighting water used to cool exhaust pipe in the surrounding area damaged several electrical systems and insulation in the room, according to the USCG.Repairs are already being planned for the Polar Star’s upcoming maintenance period.No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.“It’s always a serious matter whenever a shipboard fire breaks out at sea, and it’s even more concerning when that ship is in one of the most remote places on Earth,” Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander of the US Coast Guard’s Pacific Area, said.Commissioned in 1976, the 43-year old ship is operating beyond its expected 30-year service life. The Polar Star crew recently completed Operation Deep Freeze, an annual joint military service mission in support of the National Science Foundation, the lead agency for the United States Antarctic Program.The Feb. 10 fire was not the first engineering casualty faced by the Polar Star crew this deployment. While en route to Antarctica, one of the ship’s electrical systems began to smoke, causing damage to wiring in an electrical switchboard, and one of the ship’s two evaporators.The ship also experienced a leak from the shaft that drives the ship’s propeller, which halted icebreaking operations to send scuba divers into the water to repair the seal around the shaft.In addition, the Polar Star also suffered ship-wide power outages while breaking ice. Crew members spent nine hours shutting down the ship’s power plant and rebooting the electrical system in order to remedy the outages.Presently, the USCG maintains two icebreakers – the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, which is a medium icebreaker, and the Polar Star, the United States’ only heavy icebreaker. If a catastrophic event, such as getting stuck in the ice, were to happen to the Healy in the Arctic or to the Polar Star near Antarctica, the USCG is left without a self-rescue capability.The Coast Guard has been the sole provider of the nation’s polar icebreaking capability since 1965 and is seeking to increase its icebreaking fleet with six new polar security cutters in order to ensure continued national presence and access to the Polar Regions.After leaving Antarctica, the Polar Star crew arrived in New Zealand for a port call, and they are presently en route to their homeport of Seattle.last_img read more

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LIAPA awaits LIAT action on ECCA report & LIAT investigation

first_imgBusinessLifestyleTravel LIAPA awaits LIAT action on ECCA report & LIAT investigation by: – March 18, 2014 Share Share 79 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img The Leeward Islands Airline Pilot Association (LIAPA) is awaiting the recommendations of an investigation commissioned by LIAT’s board of management to investigate the breach of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation (ECCA) regulations on November 2, 2013 by its executive management.A statement from LIAPA indicates that LIAT and senior union officials are already in possession of an Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCA) report “which vindicated the stance taken by the pilots union and ruled that as a direct result of the companies actions, LIAT had in fact committed three (3) regulatory breaches of safety regulations, resulting in a possible fine of up to EC $150,000”. “LIAT offered no defence in regard to the three (3) offences and having accepted liability has already paid the fines associated with the incident,” the statement notes. It also notes that the ECCA is reportedly still investigating the “possibility of tampering with documents” surrounding the same indecent which may result in additional fines being levied.This incident represents the first time in its history that the airline has been fined by the authority for breaches of safety regulations. LIAPA anticipates that that a report based on an internal company investigation commissioned by LIAT’s board of directors and conducted by Justice Leroy Innis due to be released shortly, will address directly the matter of accountability and any institutional failings or corporate culture which may have contributed to the breaches in question.Additionally, LIAPA anticipates that where appropriate, ECCA will facilitate any corrective or disciplinary action that may be required to ensure the ongoing institutional integrity of the departments involved and the airline as a whole.Senior union leadership have been quoted as saying “While we are happy that the ECCA has vindicated the stance taken by the professionals of LIALPA on this matter of safety, there is still the outstanding issue of transparency and the matter of accountability of those involved in this serious matter, individuals cannot be allowed to corrupt the entire system. “Additionally, in the context of a reality where the airline is grappling with cash flow issues and asking staff to accept late payment of salaries to not address accountability for an action that directly incurred substantial financial liability to the company is unacceptable and borders on ridiculous”.Sources indicate the Justice Innis report is scheduled to be released shortly and is expected to largely mirror the findings of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority on the matter. While only ECCA can rule on matters of law and regulatory compliance as it is the final authority on civil aviation matters within the eastern Caribbean jurisdiction, Justice Innis’ report is expected to expand on that and examine internal processes, compliance with company regulations and examine the outstanding accountability issue.LIAPA represents approximately 130 pilots employed by L.I.A.T (1974) Ltd.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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CARICOM cholera-response project underway in Haiti

first_img Share NewsRegional CARICOM cholera-response project underway in Haiti by: – December 16, 2011 Share Share CARICOM flag. Photo credit: flags.netPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is executing a project to improve sanitation infrastructure and to sensitize residents of a Cite Soleil community in Haiti in the practice of safe personal and community hygiene. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project is being undertaken in support of Haiti’s national strategy to combat the cholera outbreak. The project will improve access to 25 toilet blocks and hand-washing stations for approximately 15,000 residents or 3000 families in the neighbourhood of Brooklyn, a section of Cite Soleil in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. Additionally, an effective strategy for promoting proper hygiene practices is being developed as part of the cholera response activities. CARICOM is also providing medical supplies as part of its assistance to the government of Haiti in combating the cholera epidemic. The WASH Project is a response to the request by the government of Haiti for CARICOM’s assistance in the area of sanitation and hygiene, as part of the National Strategy to combat the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti. The area of Cite Soleil was recommended by the designated National Water and Sanitation Agency (DINEPA) for assistance in this regard. The project is being carried out with funding support from the Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID) and in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) as the implementing agency. Director of the CARICOM Representation Office in Haiti, Ambassador Earl Huntley; senior project officer, CARICOM Haiti Support Unit, Lyndell Danzie-Black; CARICOM public relations consultant, Carlton James; IOM WASH project manager, Nicole Klaesener; and IOM community workers, participated in a ceremony on the premises of Radio Boukman, a community-based radio station, on 8 December, where details of the project were presented to the community. A highlight of the presentation was a short video feature of a Cite Soleil community renamed “La Difference” due to its pristine environment, a transformation brought about and sustained by the youth of that community. It is hoped that the CARICOM WASH project, which will also assist in maintaining the cleanliness of the neighbourhood through a plastic bottle recycling project, will contribute to a similar transformation in the Brooklyn community. The WASH Project is part of CARICOM’s continuing efforts to assist Haiti’s recovery efforts since the earthquake and the cholera outbreak. In addition to earlier and ongoing relief efforts, CARICOM, in collaboration with CARDI, has also provided approximately 40,000 kilos of seeds to the Government of Haiti. The seeds for corn, red and black beans were distributed to farmers in the region of Petit Goave. The Community’s continued assistance includes advocacy on behalf of Haiti, in particular through the good offices of the CARICOM Special Representative, P. J. Patterson, with regard to the reconstruction of Haiti, but also by CARICOM heads of government and foreign ministers in their interface with external partners.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img 15 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Eagles Battle Pacers In Middle School Soccer

first_imgJCD Jr. High Soccer hosted the Rising Sun Pacers. The final score SC winning 3-2.Scoring for the Eagles:  Ryan Wilson 2 goals, 5 shots; Kameron Darnold 4 shots; Luke Meyer 1 shot; Levi Stratton 1 shot , 3 stops; Caleb White 3 shots; Evan Rinear 6 stops; Clark Dwenger 2 stops; Gage Cain 1 sto; Nathan Hoffman 6 saves.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img

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NWS: Tropical Wave to Bring Rain, Possible Flooding to South FL

first_imgA statement from the National Weather Service reads, “We’ll need to keep an eye on this given the possibility of rotating storms producing a tornado or waterspout. That said, the primary hazard associated with the tropical wave still appears to be heavy rainfall with attending risk for localized flooding.”In addition, a new moon is increasing the threat of flooding, due to a gravitational pull that could create above average tides. High tides, when combined with rain, could flood coastal streets. High tides are expected on Friday at 9:34 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.Meanwhile, a tropical wave building in the far Atlantic now has a 70 percent chance of developing over the next five days, as it continues to move west-northwest at around 15 mph. It was located about 1,000 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands on Thursday, with disorganized showers and thunderstorms. It is expected to form into a tropical depression over the weekend, as it moves into a more favorable environment. If that happens, the system would be named Chantal. A tropical wave that is approaching Florida from the southeast is forecast to bring gusty winds, widespread rainfall of six to eight inches in many areas of our region, and potential flooding beginning Friday and lasting through the weekend.Meteorologists do not expect the system to develop into a tropical depression or storm.Still, South Florida Water Management District officials announced on Wednesday that they were lowering canals in anticipation of the heavy rain. They also asked residents to make sure storm drains are cleared of any debris.Rain chances for Friday are up to 70 percent, with thunderstorms likely. There is an 80 percent chance of rain during Saturday, diminishing to 50 percent in the evening. Lightning will also be a concern through the weekend, according to forecasters.The disturbance the NHC has been tracking for the past few days is moving across the NW Bahamas, producing disorganized showers & t’storms. While development is not expected, it may bring heavy rains to the #FloridaKeys and South Florida today and tomorrow. #flwx #KeyWest pic.twitter.com/HjgPkRpKjC— NWS Key West (@NWSKeyWest) August 1, 2019last_img read more

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Falz, Saka Thrill Fans at MTN/Arsenal Viewing Centres Â

first_img Football enthusiasts were entertained at viewing centres yesterday in Lagos and Ibadan, while watching the English Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC.The MTN, Arsenal partnership afforded excited fans an opportunity to interact with MTN Ambassadors, Falzthebahdguy and Saka.They were at O’jez Restaurant, Lagos and the WaterShed Centre, Ibadan respectively, and raffle draws were held and a number of gifts given to lucky winners. General Manager, Brand & Communications, MTN Nigeria, Richard Iweanoge, gave a sneak peek into what to expect going forward.“This is set to be an exhilarating season. In addition to surprising fans like this, we have planned a number of offers to keep our customers thrilled. Football lovers will be given the chance to participate in a fantasy football league, be granted access to exclusive Arsenal match chants, wallpapers and caller tunes, and some lucky fans will also win all expense paid trips!’“Football is like air to many Nigerians. Through this initiative, we will continue to reward their passion for the game,’ concludes the MTN executive. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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NCAA Report Analysis: Violations committed by Syracuse (I–L)

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In the fourth section of the NCAA’s report on Syracuse University, titled “Analysis,” the NCAA details the exact violations committed by the university.The NCAA began by detailing how athletes received impermissible extra benefits, both academic and monetary. In addition, the NCAA wrote that the university failed to follow its self-written drug-testing policy, showed a lack of institutional control and that the men’s basketball head coach failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance in the program, among other violations.These violations were not limited to one particular program in the athletics department, or limited to one particular university or non-university employee. Rather, these problems were widespread and occurred over a long period of time, according to the report.The report classifies each violation as a Level I, II or III violation. The NCAA report defines the levels of violation this way:Level I – Severe breaches of conduct that seriously undermine or threaten the integrity of the NCAA Collegiate Model.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLevel II – Significant breaches of conduct that may compromise the integrity of the Collegiate Model.Level III – Less serious breaches of conduct that are isolated or limited and provide no more than minimal benefit or advantage.Below is a breakdown of the exact infractions detailed in subheads I-L of the Analysis section (click here for sections A-D, and click here for sections E-H), including the violated NCAA Bylaws, level of violation, whether the NCAA and Syracuse agreed on the infraction and abridged explanations.I. Institutional employees providing non-local transportationExplanation: The report details how in early 2005 and the spring of 2006, two SU Athletics employees provided two SU student-athletes with impermissible transportation.The employees gave the student-athletes rides in a car, determined by SU as exceeding “local” transportation, on five different occasions, according to the report. On one of the five occasions, an SU assistant men’s basketball coach drove a men’s basketball player 45 miles. On four occasions, a member of SU’s academic support staff drove an SU football player a total of 128 miles.Bylaws violated: NCAA Bylaw 16, which prohibits a school’s employees from providing student-athletes with transportation outside of, on an occasional basis, reasonable local transportation.Level of violation: Level IIIConsensus: SU and the NCAA enforcement staff “substantially agreed” that violations of the bylaws occurred in regards to providing non-local transportation to student-athletes, according to the report.J. Failure to cooperateExplanation: A former SU academic coordinator failed to cooperate with the NCAA’s enforcement staff for seven months during 2013-2014, according to the report.The former academic coordinator eventually took part in an interview and in SU’s hearing. But by not cooperating for seven months, she failed to uphold her NCAA membership obligation, the report says. The NCAA enforcement staff wanted to speak with the former academic coordinator because, the report says, she was “an individual who potentially had knowledge of student-athlete support provided to the men’s basketball student-athletes.” The report says the former academic coordinator declined the interview requests after seeking “advice from institutional representatives unfamiliar with NCAA process” and personal discomfort. After a change of heart, she fully cooperated, the report says. “Although untimely, her eventual cooperation reduces what would otherwise have been considered a Level I violation,” the report says.Bylaws violated: NCAA Bylaws 10 and 19, which require all individuals of a member school of the NCAA to provide relevant information to an investigation of potential violations to the NCAA enforcement staff when requested to do so.Level of violation: Level IIConsensus: The former academic coordinator later submitted to an interview and took part in SU’s hearing and admitted that she did not originally participate.K. Head coach responsibilityExplanation: The report cites various past NCAA rulings that established that any head coach has to “promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program and monitor the activities of those who reported directly and indirectly to him.”Under the subheads “Student-athlete academics” and “The representative” — referring to who The Post-Standard has identified as Jeff Cornish — the NCAA details a handful of instances in which Boeheim failed to fulfill these responsibilities.Bylaws violated: NCAA Bylaw 11 and section 2 of the NCAA ConstitutionLevel of violation: Level I, “because many of the underlying violations were Level I”Consensus: As written in the report, “Neither the institution nor the head basketball coach agreed with the enforcement staff that the head coach failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance and monitor his staff.”L. Lack of institutional controlExplanation: Over the course of 10 years, the university failed to control and monitor the conduct and administration of its athletics programs, according to the report. It employed deficient monitoring systems, which allowed violations to occur on and off campus in the following three areas:Student-athlete academicsThe university’s compliance with its own drug policyStaff and student-athlete relationships and engagement with the community and a representativeAccording to the report, student-athletes and university staff “committed violations freely or did not know that their conduct violated NCAA legislation.” Many violations went undiscovered for years, and university staff members failed to ensure that relationships and activities met NCAA requirements. The report reads that, in at least one instance, a staff member failed to report potential academic violations “mindful of potential retaliation.”The report adds that “the institution permitted athletics success to supersede NCAA standards of conduct and in doing so allowed its athletics programs to operate contrary to the integrity expected by the Division I membership.”Bylaws violated: NCAA Bylaws 2 and 6 require each member institution monitor its programs to ensure compliance with all rules and regulations of the NCAA.Level of violation: Level IConsensus: The university did not agree with the NCAA enforcement staff that it lacked control and monitoring over its athletics programs, according to the report. Comments Published on March 9, 2015 at 1:57 am Contact Justin: jmatting@syr.edu | @jmattingly306last_img read more

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Waite pleased with freshmen in Big Ten play

first_imgAfter a weekend road trip that concluded with the Wisconsin volleyball team falling to Michigan State and upsetting No. 18 Michigan, head coach Pete Waite said he was pleased about the way his team battled throughout the weekend.Waite met with the media in his weekly Monday press conference, assessing the Badgers’ performance as October play heats up.“I thought we battled well but just couldn’t quite get that win (against MSU) there,” Waite said. “But then we came back and responded well the next day and got a nice road win over another ranked team. That was two in one week after beating (No. 24) Ohio State the week before on Sunday.“So I’m pleased with the progress, and we’re seeing more and more of the team that we’ve been looking for, and the youth is growing up pretty quickly.”Waite also described the challenges that have been rooted in the Badgers’ youth throughout the season.“These freshmen are seeing these teams for the first time ever in their lives,” Waite said. “You can show them videotape, you can show them scouting reports, but until they see them live and in person, they can’t get the real impact of the power of some of the players and the size and the schemes that they’re running at them.”One of the freshmen that thrived over the weekend was Courtney Thomas. Thomas became the fourth player in Wisconsin history to record a triple-double, as the freshman totaled 16 kills, 15 digs and 26 assists in the Badgers’ loss to the Spartans.Waite acknowledged that the freshman’s task was no easy accomplishment.“Just the fact that the balls would have to be coming your way to get the double-digit digs, but then Courtney is doing a great job,” Waite said. “She’s setting for us, she’s attacking well, one of our top hitters and she’s an excellent defender. She’s just a great competitor. She’s made a huge difference out there for us this weekend.”The Badgers will need Thomas’ play going into the upcoming matches, as the Badgers take on the No. 5 Nebraska Cornhuskers this weekend. This will be the Badgers’ first encounter with their new conference foe.“Well, I think a lot of volleyball fans are thrilled with the addition [of Nebraska],” Waite said. “It’s a great program. (John) Cook has done a great job since he left here, and it just makes our conference stronger and stronger.”Wisconsin won’t go into the match completely unaware of its new opponent, as the two programs have clashed recently.“We’re very familiar with them having seen them here and there,” Waite said. “We played them last spring in a competition in Chicago. For us, it’s a great challenge. Again, we’re the underdog, we’re going after it and trying to see if we can put back-to-back matches together from Saturday night until this Friday.”The Badgers have also garnered national attention for their performances during the conference season. In the most recent American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 coaches poll, the Badgers received four votes.Waite said it was just a matter of how early the team would begin to click as to when the attention would come.“Well, I think they’ve been watching us,” Waite said. “They knew we had a good freshman class coming in. It was just a matter of when they would catch fire and get a spark going. I think both in the conference and nationally, people are saying, `Oh, here they come. They’re doing some things now and they’re getting their team together.’”last_img
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Cyber.bet tackles esports corruption joining ESIC

first_img bet365 enhances esports offering with SIS Competitive Gaming May 14, 2020 Cyber.bet has become the latest to secure a partnership with the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) to focus on tackling match fixing and corruption within the esports betting domain.Cyber.bet will work alongside ESIC to provide information needed for initiating and conducting investigations on match fixing and betting fraud.Ian Smith, Commissioner of the Esports Integrity Commission said: “It is an honour to welcome Cyber.bet as an Anti-Corruption Supporter of ESIC. By joining ESIC as an Anti-Corruption Supporter, Cyber.bet has displayed its commitment to playing its part in maintaining the integrity of esports.“Cyber.bet joins a long list of Anti-Corruption Supporters who together make it easier for ESIC to investigate suspicious betting activity, assisting in our mission to fight cheating and betting fraud in the esports industry. We look forward to working with Cyber.bet to continue to protect the integrity of esports.”Established in 2019, Cyber.bet offers betting services while also separately hosting their own esports tournaments in Europe, Asia and Latin America.A spokesperson for Cyber.bet said: “Joining the Esports Integrity Commission is another big step for Cyber.Bet to become one of the most reliable and respectful esports bookmakers. For us, it is not only an honor but also a very important collaboration with such an experienced and reputable organization.“Since we are not just a bookmaker but a part of the big esports community and also tournament organizers, we are deeply interested in keeping our events and the esports industry clean from match fixing and other undesirable factors”. StumbleUpon Share Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Submit SIS doubles esports output with Competitive Gaming expansion July 16, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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Guardiola adamant City are England’s ‘team of the decade’ despite slump

first_imgPep Guardiola thinks high in decade rankingsManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola has insisted Manchester City are English football’s team of the decade, despite his side heading into 2020 some 14 points behind runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.Statistics appear to prove him right given City have won 13 domestic trophies since 2010, with only Chelsea (nine) within touching distance of that mark.City have clearly benefitted from the financial clout they have enjoyed since being taken over by Abu Dhabi ownership in August 2008.City manager Guardiola reached the peak of his powers when he oversaw an unprecedented treble in the 2018/19 season that saw the club win all three major English trophies — Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup — in the one campaign as well as the Community Shield.Even though their league form has been a disappointment in the first half of the current season, Guardiola is in no doubt City are “the” team of the decade in England.“I think this in the last decade was the best team in terms of points, in terms of goals, in terms of everything, titles even. So congratulate Manchester City for that,” he said.“When we analyse every single day here, what happened day-by-day gives us perspective in what happened in the last 10 seasons, especially when people from Abu Dhabi took over the club and bought good players, interesting managers.”– ‘Huge elephants’ –The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager, who joined City in 2016, added: “I think we did it incredibly well.“People say ‘how was 2019?’ Now people are saying it is a disaster. We won four titles in 2019, so it was an incredible year for us, we enjoyed it a lot.“In some games in this last part of the year we have struggled a bit but it was an incredible year for us. Congratulations for all the people working here.“They were fighting with huge elephants here in England, big, big clubs with the biggest history. For the past decade we were part of them. That is amazing.” Despite their current ‘troubles’, City could still win any, or all, of the three cup competitions in which they are involved and Guardiola expects the club to remain a major player in the English game in the decade ahead.“The big clubs here in England are always looking forward, we are going to try and analyse not just in terms of the squad but as a club how we can do better,” he added.“Hopefully in the next decade this club can be here for more time.”In the short term, Guardiola has long since conceded the race for this season’s Premier League title to Liverpool and admitted they had to “pray” if they were to win a third successive domestic championship.But the Catalan manager, who again ruled out being active in the January transfer window, believes his current squad could still have competed for the title had injuries and, he hinted, VAR not sidelined their bid.“Work harder, play better, and pray,” said Guardiola when asked how City can close the gap to Liverpool.“Liverpool have been incredible, European champions and they have dropped just two points (so far this season), we have to congratulate them.“But there are things we cannot control, we cannot control what a fantastic team like Liverpool have done so far and there are other issues you cannot control. When everyone is fit we can do it.“You (the media) know what they are. You know that.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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