Helge Ingstad’s Crew Members Were Unaware Sola TS Was a Moving Object

first_imgThe crew members of the sunken Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad seem to have been unaware of the inbound Sola TS tanker before it was too late, preliminary marine accident report from Norway’s Accident Investigation Board (AIS) indicates.The two ships collided on November 8, outside of the Sture terminal in Øygarden Municipality in Hordaland County, Norway. The frigate sustained significant damage and sank several days later.According to the report, when the terminal first became visible from KNM Helge Ingstad, Sola TS was alongside at the terminal and the deck of the tanker was well-lit.Furthermore, the report findings show that at a distance it would be difficult to separate the lights on the tanker from the lights at the terminal. Also, the lights did not move as the tanker was still alongside quay.“It is highly probable that both these factors gave the crew on KNM Helge Ingstad the impression early on that the lights belonged to a stationary object,” the report added.“The tanker’s use of deck lights after departure also meant that the crew on Helge Ingstad were unable to spot the navigation lights on Sola TS. When KNM Helge Ingstad at approximately 04:00 stated that they could not turn to starboard, it was based on a continued perception of the lights as being stationary and that a turn to starboard would send them straight into the lit object. “They also believed that they were communicating with one of the three northbound vessels that they were monitoring on the radar. It was not until just after this that the crew on KNM Helge Ingstad became aware that they were on collision course, at which time it was impossible to avoid a collision.”The collisionBefore the incident took place the frigate was on a southerly course in inshore waters north of Bergen conducting navigational training.Vessel Traffic Service Centre on the island of Fedje (Fedje VTS) was notified that during its southbound voyage the navy ship was sailing at a speed of 17-18 knots. The AIS on board the frigate was set only on the receiver mode.At this time, Maltese-flagged tanker Sola TS was getting ready to depart from the terminal loaded with crude oil. The ship was boarded by a pilot and was assisted out of the terminal by two tugs.Around that time, there were three other northbound vessels in the area south of the Sture terminal, the report said.When Sola TS left the quay, its navigation lights and deck lights were lit.At approximately 03:57 the pilot observed the echo of a southbound vessel on the radar, which would cross his course line, but did not have an AIS signal for the vessel.The pilot called Fedje VTS and asked for the name of the vessel that was heading towards the tanker on the port bow. The VTS answered that they had no information about this vessel.The pilot and captain on Sola TS then tried to contact the vessel in other ways. They flashed the Aldis lamp, and the pilot requested a 10-degree course change to 000° from the captain on Sola TS.Once Fedje VTS  informed Sola TS that the vessel was possibly KNM Helge Ingstad, the pilot called the frigate and requested it to turn to starboard immediately.The frigate’s bridge crew replied that they could not turn to starboard before they had passed the object they saw on their starboard side.Just after 04:00, the frigate was approximately 400 m from Sola TS. As the naval vessel did not change course, both the pilot and Fedje VTS called it requesting the vessel to act. Shortly thereafter, KNM Helge Ingstad carried out an avoidance manoeuvre, but it was too late, and the two vessels collided.The frigate lost control of the rudder and propulsion, drifting uncontrollably towards the shore, where it grounded. As the vessel started taking on water, its crew was evacuated.The AIBN plans to continue its investigations focusing on human factors, collaboration on the bridge, training and procedures, traffic control, language and communication, technology, and technical, operational, organisational and strategic choices.last_img read more

Indians SIWC Champs

first_imgMilan High School wrestling won 1st in the SIWC conference on Saturday. Everyone Wrestled to their best ability.5th place winners were Zach Wilburn and Dylan Myers. Matt Mcfarland got 4th place. 3rd place winners were Logan Miles and Karl Hoffrogge. Adam Brinkman got 2nd. 1st place winners were Tyler Wilburn, John Rohrig, and Jake Cavins (6th time in a row). Justin Wickersham got 6th place. James Schmidt and Jacob Wickersham got 7th place.Courtesy of Indian Grappler Chris Hawk.last_img

Sarfaraz Sacked as Pakistan Captain; Azhar and Babar to Take Lead

first_imgLahore: Sarfaraz Ahmed has been sacked as Pakistan captain in Test and T20I format of the game. While Azhar Ali has been appointed Test captain, Babar Azam will lead Pakistan in T20Is until next year’s World T20.Sarfaraz, who has been facing criticism following Pakistan’s dismal performance in the 50-overs World Cup in the UK, has also been dropped for the upcoming tour of Australia, where the Men in Green will play three T20Is and kick-start their World Test Championship campaign with two Tests.Under Sarfaraz’s captaincy, Pakistan won the Champions Trophy in 2017 and rose to the top of the T20I rankings. However, his axing was on the cards after the team’s home series defeat to a severely-depleted Sri Lanka in T20Is.Reacting to his axing, Sarfaraz said: “It has been an honour to lead Pakistan at the highest level. I want to thank all my colleagues, coaches, and selectors who have helped me in this journey. My good wishes are with Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, and the Pakistan cricket team, and I hope they will continue to grow stronger and stronger.”Meanwhile, Azhar said that Sarfaraz has done an excellent job in transforming raw talent into experienced players and he will now look forward to inspiring those players to collectively achieve their World Test Championship objectives and beyond.“I am not only targeting wins but also aim to provide opportunities to players to grow in stature and express themselves so that Pakistan cricket can resume its journey to the top. I have always played my cricket the hard way but in a fair manner, and will ensure I continue to uphold the spirit of cricket and enhance the image of the team and the country,” said Azhar as per a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) media release.Meanwhile, Babar said: “To be named the captain of the No.1 ranked side in the world is the biggest thing that has happened to my career to date. I am ready for this challenge and also willing to learn more in the process.”“Sarfaraz Ahmed has led the side in the shortest format by example and it is my responsibility to take forward his accomplishments so that we remain a consistent, attractive and powerful side,” he added.PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said it was a difficult decision to drop Sarfaraz. But, his loss of form and confidence is visible and, in the best interest of the team, it has been decided to leave him out and provide him the opportunity to reflect and regroup himself and try to reclaim his form away from international cricket.”Pakistan is also scheduled to play three T20Is each against Australia (November 3, 5 and 8) and Bangladesh.Seventh-ranked Pakistan will play fifth-ranked Australia in two Tests in Brisbane (November 21-25) and Adelaide (November 29-December 3(d/n)) before hosting Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for two Tests apiece. IANS Also Read: Azhar Ali likely to replace Sarfaraz Ahmed as Pakistan’s skipperAlso Watch:Gambling Dens sealed at Lumding Railway Quarterslast_img read more

Coe cannot guarantee clean World Athletics championships

first_imgIAAF president Lord Coe says he cannot guarantee next month’s World Athletics Championships will be drug free.Russia’s athletics federation is banned from the event in London, having been suspended by the sport’s global governing body in 2015 amid allegations of state-sponsored doping.“It’s a very utopian view, people will always seek to cheat,” said Coe, speaking on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show.Coe, however, added the system for detecting cheats “is a lot safer”.“We have the technology that allows us to be very much more specific about what we are looking for,” he said.“I would love to tell you that we will have a drug-free sport in future. Everything we are doing is engaged in trying to achieve that but we know a few people will cheat.“What we do have in place now is an independent athlete integrity unit, we have independent sanctioning and discipline and we will be able to be a lot tougher and speed up the process.”Russia was barred from international athletics after last year’s McLaren report claimed more than 1,000 athletes benefited from a state-sponsored doping programme between 2011 and 2015.Coe said in April he was “disappointed” by the lack of progress made by Russia in anti-doping reforms.(BBC Sport).last_img read more

Cream of Guyana’s cyclists on show Sunday in observance of Cancer Awareness Month

first_imgTHE cream of Guyana’s cyclists will be on show on Sunday when telecommunication giant DIGICEL partners with Team Evolution Cycle Club to run off the 6th edition of the Cancer Awareness Month which will be staged around the outer circuit of the National Park.Several races are planned for the day with the first one being for staffers of DIGICEL Guyana. This will be a one-lap race.The feature event on the day’s card is a 35-lap race that is open to seniors, juniors and invitational riders. This event is expected to attract the `big guns’ as they will all be seeking to pocket part of the spoils.DIGICEL will be offering $900 000 in cash prizes for the programme which gets underway at 07:30hrs.While it will be the 6th staging of the event, this will be the third consecutive year that DIGICEL will be partnering with Team Evolution to stage the activity.The second event on the day’s programme is open to novices and mountain bikers with both categories of riders competing over five laps.The veterans’ Under-45 years of age as well as Over-45 years of age will ride together for 20 laps.The race wheels off from Irving Street, proceeds north to Carifesta Avenue, turns west to Camp Road, south to Thomas Road, and east to Irving Street.The defending champion is Jamal John of Team Coco’s .DIGICEL will match the registration fee collected by Team Evolution and will donate the entire sum to the Cancer Institute of Guyana.last_img

Simmons throws support behind Windies captains Holder and Pollard

first_imgRETURNING West Indies coach Phil Simmons has backed his two captains’ ability to get the most of their players, and suggested that Jason Holder will benefit from the decision to hand the white-ball reins to Kieron Pollard.Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Simmons said that Pollard – who was appointed captain of the limited-overs teams in September despite not having played an ODI since 2016 – is capable of “leading from the front” with the bat.“It showed in the T20Is with India,” Simmons said. “He took the reins and led in those. That’s what I expect from him: that responsibility of being captain is going to make him want to always be on top of the runs and leading from the front. He is that kind of a leader – even though he asks you to do something, it is not something he wouldn’t do or he wouldn’t want to do.”Pollard was the leading run-scorer in that series with scores of 58, 8* and 49, and Simmons said that he expected that form to continue.“I expect a lot of runs to come from him. Hopefully he doesn’t get to bat where he’s batting much because the top order should be performing now – they have been around for a while in both those two forms.”And Simmons pointed to Pollard’s career as evidence that he stands up whenever he is under pressure.“A lot of people write him off,” Simmons said. “The pressure always makes him stand up. If you look at his career, every time he’s under pressure he stands up and he shows ‘look, I’ve had a blip, but I’m back’.“His experience in general, and not just the knowledge, but also his ability to involve all the players and his ability to give players challenges but at the same time be on their side – that natural leadership is there. It is something that he will bring a lot to the team.”Pollard takes over as ODI captain after a difficult World Cup, in which Holder’s side won just two matches and finished ninth in the ten-team round-robin group stage. That disappointment led Cricket West Indies to set up a task force to revamp their selection process, which recommended replacing Holder as captain, but Simmons thinks that “relaxing a little bit more” in white-ball cricket will allow him to maintain his impressive Test match form.“It might be [beneficial] but that is something that he has got to answer that question,” he said. “He’s the No. 1 Test allrounder in the world, so he has shown that he has learned a lot in that format, and he is going to continue to lead this team.”Holder was first appointed captain of the Test side back in 2015 at the age of 23, and Simmons said that his experience in the role meant he could now afford to demand performances of his players.“With the experience he has now, he should be putting more pressure on a lot of the players to perform. So his role slightly changes, and he gets to relax in the other two formats because sometimes you could see that mind thinking on the field, and then when it comes to batting, the pressure is on.“Now with him relaxing a little bit more in the other two formats, maybe you’ll see a lot more coming from him in the Test matches.”Pollard’s first assignment as permanent skipper is a three-match ODI series against Afghanistan in India, followed by three T20Is. Holder will then lead the side in a one-off Test against the same opposition in Lucknow, before they play another white-ball series against India, which comprises three T20Is and three ODIs.last_img read more

Pollard’s experience will benefit a ‘very talented’ WI team at T20 WC – Lara

first_imgWEST Indies legend Brian Lara feels that the current team has the quality to be a top player in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia later this year, while stating that the experienced Kieron Pollard will get the best out of the power-packed outfit.Pollard became the first cricketer to play 500 T20 games when he took the field in first of the two T20Is against Sri Lanka recently. Lara marvelled at the West Indies’ limited-overs captain’s achievement, and pinpointed his abilities as a leader which he feels will be crucial to the team’s success in the near future.“It’s a tremendous achievement first of all to play so much T20 games, it’s unbelievable,” Lara told ESPNcricinfo. “Kieron Pollard has been around for quite some time. I remember his first game was 2007 for the World Cup. Obviously, he’s played a lot of franchise cricket around the world and I think the experience he has gained under different captains…he has captained teams in franchise cricket around the world, he brings a lot of experience.“What he also has is cohesiveness in the bunch of players that he is in charge of. I think everyone respects him, which is important and he has a very good head on his shoulder. [He’s a] fair guy as well so I expect him to do very well for West Indies and I expect everyone to rally [around him]. The most important thing is a captain is as good as his team, and if he has support from his team – and a very talented team at that, especially in the T20 version of the game – I think he’s going to get the best out of them.”As for the other established T20 greats in Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, who alongside Pollard are the only players to have played more than 400 games, Lara feels that their performances in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League will play a key role in determining their selection to the West Indies squad for the T20 World Cup. Bravo had recently made a comeback to the West Indies team for the home series against Ireland, while Gayle’s last international appearance dates“I think the IPL is going to be a huge point or signal for who is actually going to carry on,” said Lara, who himself featured in five 50-over World Cups for West Indies. “It’s still going to be five months after the IPL for the World Cup. Fitness levels are very important, but a gruesome tournament like the IPL is going to tell the West Indies selectors who are the players that they really need going into the last four months of preparation for the World Cup.”West Indies are the only team to have won two T20 World Cup titles, in 2012 and 2016, and Lara further stated that Pollard-led side, with the quality of power-packed players in their ranks, will once again be a team to beat in the upcoming edition in Australia.I don’t think we are going to be dark horses in the World Cup. I think everybody is going to look at the West Indies as the team to beat.“Later in the year for the T20 World Cup I feel the kind of squad that we have – Hetmyer, Pooran, Pollard himself, Dwayne Bravo, I see Andre Russell is back, [Evin] Lewis, I think we’ve got a group of players in which anyone or two or three of them can turn things on and beat the best in the world at what they do. I think we’ve got a great chance and my biggest worry is that every other team will be worrying about the West Indies, and they’re going to put their best foot against the West Indies. And I hope that the guys are up for the challenge.“I don’t think we are going to be dark horses in the World Cup. I think everybody is going to look at the West Indies as the team to beat.” (ICC Media Zone).last_img read more

Parents hit with third indictment in college admissions scandal

first_imgZangrillo subpoenaed USC in August for records related to “special interest” applicants, applicants whose families donated more than $500,000, involved University personnel and records of communication involving his daughter. USC asked the judge to quash the subpoena in September. Wilson, McGlashan Jr. and Zangrillo were additionally charged with wire fraud and honest services wire fraud for using bribery and other forms of fraud to obtain falsified standardized test scores and gain their children admission to elite colleges under false pretenses. McGlashan and Zangrillo each allegedly paid $250,000 to facilitate their children’s admittance to USC as a false football recruit and a false crew recruit, respectively.  The parents named in the college admissions case were initially charged on one account of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud in March. Out of the 33 parents named in the first indictment, 16 parents pleaded not guilty and were then additionally charged under a second indictment with conspiracy to commit money laundering in April.  Eleven of 15 parents charged in the college admissions scandal were hit with a third indictment Tuesday in Boston federal court. The parents, who plead not guilty in April, were charged with conspiracy to commit federal program bribery by bribing USC employees to gain their children admittance to USC as false athletic recruits.  Wilson, who is the CEO of a private equity firm and whose son was admitted as a water polo recruit in 2014 but withdrew from the team his first semester, was also charged with two accounts of substantive federal programs bribery because of his efforts to secure admission to Harvard and Stanford for his two daughters. He allegedly paid $220,000 to facilitate his son’s admission to USC and $1.5 million to facilitate his daughters’ admissions to Harvard and Stanford, according to documents from the FBI investigation. Those charged include Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli, Gamal Abdelaziz, Diane and Todd Blake, Elisabeth Kimmell, William McGlashan Jr., Marci Palatella, John Wilson, Homayoun Zadeh and Robert Zangrillo. Zangrillo subpoenaed USC in July for records related to “special interest” applicants, applicants whose families donated more than $500,000, involved University personnel and records of communication involving his daughter. USC asked the judge to quash the subpoena in August. The parents named in the college admissions case were initially charged on one account of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud in March. Out of the 33 parents named in the first indictment, 16 parents did not choose to plead guilty and were then additionally charged under a second indictment with conspiracy to commit money laundering in April.  Those charged include Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli, Gamal Abdelaziz, Diane and Todd Blake, Elisabeth Kimmell, William McGlashan, Jr., Marci Palatella, John Wilson, Homayoun Zadeh and Robert Zangrillo. Former Pimco executive Douglas Hodge and former California food executive Michelle Janavs, who both secured admission to USC for their children as fake athletic recruits, pleaded guilty Monday for fraud and money laundering following warning from federal prosecutors that there would be a third charge. Parents Manuel and Elizabeth Henriquez also pleaded guilty Monday and were not charged. USC did not respond to request for comment in time for publication.center_img Eleven of 15 parents charged in the college admissions scandal were hit with a third indictment Tuesday in Boston federal court. The parents, who pleaded not guilty in April, were charged with conspiracy to commit federal program bribery by bribing USC employees to gain their children admittance to USC as false athletic recruits.  Former USC senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel was also charged with conspiring to commit federal program bribery Tuesday along with two of the seven other athletic officials from other universities named in the college admissions case. She was charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering in March. Former Pimco executive Douglas Hodge and former California food executive Michelle Janavs, who both secured admission to USC for their children as fake athletic recruits, pleaded guilty Monday for fraud and money laundering following warning from federal prosecutors that there would be a third charge. Parents Manuel and Elizabeth Henriquez also pleaded guilty Monday and were not charged. Conspiracy to commit federal program bribery can result in a prison sentence of up to 10 years, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the resulting gain or loss. A person can be accused of federal program bribery for bribing an employee at an organization that receives at least $10,000 in funding from the federal government and receives something of $5,000 in value in return.  Wilson, McGlashan and Zangrillo were additionally charged with wire fraud and honest services wire fraud for using bribery and other forms of fraud to obtain falsified standardized test scores and gain their children admission to elite colleges under false pretenses. McGlashan and Zangrillo each allegedly paid $250,000 to facilitate their childrens’ admittance to USC as a false football recruit and a false crew recruit, respectively. USC did not respond to request for comment in time for publication. Former USC senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel was also charged with conspiring to commit federal program bribery Tuesday along with two of the seven other athletic officials from other universities named in the college admissions case. She was charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering in March. Wilson, who is the CEO of a private equity firm and whose son was admitted as a water polo recruit in 2014 but withdrew from the team his first semester, was also charged with two accounts of substantive federal programs bribery because of his efforts to secure admission to Harvard and Stanford universities for his two daughters. He allegedly paid $220,000 to facilitate his son’s admission to USC and $1.5 million to facilitate his daughters’ admissions to Harvard and Stanford. Conspiracy to commit federal program bribery can result in a prison sentence of up to 10 years, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the resulting gain or loss. A person can be accused of federal program bribery for bribing an employee at an organization that receives at least $10,000 in funding from the federal government and receives something of $5,000 in value in return. last_img read more

Toomevara set sights on Dan Breen Cup

first_imgToomevara will come up against some formidable opponents when they compete for the Dan Breen Cup next year.They defeated Roscrea to be crowned Seamus O Riain champions in Moneygall yesterday – on a scoreline of 2-18 to 0-14.Both themselves, and Roscrea will now compete against the top tier of teams in the county. Photo © Tipp FM Speaking to Tipp FM Sport after yesterday’s victory game, Toomevara’s Tommy Dunne says they’re delighted to be back in Roinn 1…last_img

Report: Liverpool owners approach AVB as club looks to consider options

first_imgAccording to a report in the Sunday Times, Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have “doubts” over the abilities of Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool sinks deeper into uncertainty.Just months after Rodgers completed a second-place finish and narrowly missed out on the Premier League title in what appeared to be the beginning of a long-term plan coming to fruition, Rodgers and Liverpool now sit just ninth in the table and could be eliminated from the Champions League midweek.With the club unsure of the direction it now wishes to take, the Times report states they have contacted former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas and asked him to “outline his coaching philosophy and methods” for the ownership group.Villas-Boas is in his first season with Zenit St. Petersburg in the Russian league, and has the club top of the table by a solid seven point margin over CSKA Moscow.The 37-year-old Portuguese manager was one of many recent victims of the Roman Abramovich axe at Stamford Bridge, pulled in March of 2012 and unable to complete a full two seasons at the helm. That set the stage for Roberto Di Matteo to lead the Blues to Champions League victory at the end of the season, famously unable to win the permanent position despite the run.AVB then went to Spurs, where he never fully gained a foothold and was eventually undone by the loss of Gareth Bale and the injection of a large group of new players that he was unable to juggle, and thus could not achieve consistent results. Liverpool are in a precarious position. Brendan Rodgers is loved by the fans, having taken them from a dark place in 2012 and instituting a plan clearly meant to work long-term rather than provide immediate results. The eventual execution saw them take the Premier League by storm last year, and Rodgers was dubbed a hero. But with the club now consumed by turmoil following the departure of Luis Suarez, their Irish manager has been unable to produce goals in his absence.The club spent furiously this summer to replace Suarez, but much like AVB at Spurs a few years ago, Rodgers has been unable to find his best lineup following the sale of the club’s most impactful player. Liverpool currently sit 15 points off league leaders Chelsea, although they remain just four points back of the final Champions League place.last_img read more