The BAS ice shelf hot water drill: design, methods and tools

first_imgThe 2011/12 Antarctic field season saw the first use of a new British Antarctic Survey (BAS) ice-shelf hot-water drill system on the Larsen C and George VI ice shelves. Delivering 90 L min–1 at 80°C, a total of five holes >30cm in diameter at three locations were successfully drilled through almost 400m of ice to provide access to the underlying ocean, including the first access beneath the Larsen C ice shelf. These access holes enabled the deployment of instruments to measure sea-water conductivity, temperature, depth and microstructure, the collection of water samples and up to 2.9m long sediment cores, before long-term oceanographic moorings were deployed. The simple modular design allowed for Twin Otter aircraft deployment, rapid assembly and commissioning of the system, which proved highly reliable with minimal supervision. A number of novel solutions to various operational sub-ice-shelf profiling and mooring deployment issues were successfully employed through the hot-water drilled access holes to aid the positioning, recovery and deployment of instruments. With future activities now focusing on the Filchner–Ronne Ice Shelf, the drill has been upgraded from its current 500m capability to 1000m with additional drill hose and further generator, pumping and heating modules.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger hits out at Arsenal’s Europa League final ‘nightmare’

first_imgArsene Wenger hits out at Arsenal’s Europa League final ‘nightmare’ Comment Advertisement The veteran Frenchman has hinted he may not return to football in a coaching capacity (Getty)Wenger has been linked with a host of top jobs since leaving Arsenal a year ago and says he is now ready to return to football, though not necessarily as a manager.He added: ‘I thought I would come back into management very quickly, but I enjoyed taking a little distance. Now I’m at a crossroads. You will see me again in football. As a manager? I don’t know.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 24 May 2019 1:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Mkhitaryan made the decision not to travel to Azerbaijan (Picture: Getty)‘It’s a little bit of a nightmare [for the fans],’ the 69-year-old – who will not be travelling to Baku to see the game either – told reporters on Thursday.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The teams have no problem. They live in ideal conditions – they have their private jet, nice business seats. But it’s the fans.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘That [Mkhitaryan’s situation] is something that should not happen in football.‘I feel it’s not normal that in 2019 – inside Europe, with very sophisticated democracies – that you cannot play for political reasons.’ The former Arsenal boss has voiced his displeasure with the situation in Baku (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit out at the decision to stage the Europa League final in Azerbaijan following a series of controversies.The Gunners will travel to Baku at the end of May to take on Chelsea, though the stadium is expected to be well under capacity after both teams failed to fill their allocations due to the difficulty in getting to the city.Arsenal will also be without Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan due to political tensions between his nation and the host country, and Wenger is saddened by the situation.last_img read more

The Renegades Band set for Sunman return Saturday

first_imgSunman, In. —The Kenneth L. Diver American Legion Post #337 in Sunman will host the band “The Renegades Band” Saturday, April 20 at 9 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages “Live at the Dive” show are $5, alcohol is available for those 21-years and older.The Sunman American Legion has a memorial brick program for veterans and non-veterans to recognize the service of a friend or family member. The bricks are $40 and can be purchased by calling 812-623-2055.last_img

Terry backs Chelsea stadium proposal Captain John Terry has come out in support of the Chelsea hierarchy’s bid to repurchase the Stamford Bridge freehold – a move the club hope will convince fans to support the proposal.With opposition to the mooted buy-back seemingly growing, supporters’ favourite Terry told Chelsea’s website: “For us to go further, we might need to move, and we have to trust our owner.”Terry is president of Chelsea Pitch Owners, the company which bought the Bridge freehold in 1993 after being set up to safeguard the club’s financial security and avoid ownership of the ground falling into the hands of property developers.AdChoices广告 “I wouldn’t be coming out, speaking publicly and backing the club, if I didn’t believe in it.”Should CPO’s shareholders sell their 15,000 shares to the club for the £10m they collectively paid for them, Blues owner Roman Abramovich would own a highly valuable piece of land, the sale of which would provide a significant amount towards the building of a new stadium elsewhere.Many fans are sceptical and Trizia Fiorellino, chair of the Chelsea Supporters Group, recently told West London Sport she believed CPO’s 12,000 shareholders would almost exclusively vote ‘no’ to selling their ownership of the ground – and are going as far as to seek legal action to stop the Russian billionaire getting his way.But Terry has called for CPO’s shareholders to trust Abramovich – and appeared to confirm what many already suspected: that Chelsea have reacted to QPR’s sudden determination to build a new stadium in the west London area, where potential sites are at a premium.Terry said: “Obviously, I have great memories of Stamford Bridge. But what excites me is the thought of my kids, who are Chelsea through and through, being able to grow up watching the team play in a big stadium.“We’re talking about the next generation of kids beyond that as well. It excites me because I know for sure that we can grow.“It’s not hidden that other clubs throughout Europe have gone out and bought sites for big stadiums. And we are not the only club with a rich owner. There are others, including QPR locally, who are going to look to expand in west London as well.“For us to go further, we might need to move, and we have to trust our owner. He has been amazing since he bought the club, along with our fans as well. No-one is saying it is going to be an immediate change but we need to be looking.“We have to remember that London is a hotspot, west London especially, and big development companies can build substantial flats and penthouses here, and if we’re not putting our name in the hat for these sites, then without a doubt they’ll be snapped up by developers.”Several supporters’ groups have united to try to convince shareholders of CPO to vote against the proposal.The ‘Say No CPO’ campaign are planning to distribute 10,000 leaflets before this weekend’s match against Everton.In return for the shares, Abramovich has offered incentives at any new stadium including exclusivity on season tickets, plus a guarantee that Chelsea would only relocate within a three-mile radius of the Bridge if they move before 2020.It is rumoured that the club have sought information on a number of possible sites, including Earls Court and Battersea Nine Elms.They have also been linked with a potentially viable plot of land in White City near the Loftus Road home of QPR, whose wealthy owners are also interested in the site.Terry added: “I wouldn’t be coming out, speaking publicly and backing the club, if I didn’t believe in it. I could quite easily say nothing and let the club do their thing but I’ve been here for so long and I’ve spoken to the owner on numerous occasions.“He is Chelsea mad and wants us to be in with the Barcelonas, the Man Uniteds, and we know that doesn’t happen overnight.“All the fans who bought shares in Chelsea Pitch Owners have played a very important part in the history of the club. I am the president of CPO so I understand what it is about.“If the club does decide to move then there are some sites in west London that spring to mind that are not too far and I don’t believe Roman ever wants to take us too far away.”last_img read more


first_imgFUTURE PROMISING FOR BOLO; DE TREVILLE MAKES U.S. DEBUTBolo’s neck victory in the Arcadia Stakes on Feb. 13 could be a precursor of bigger and better things, says Mike Smith, who rides the four-year-old Temple City colt in Saturday’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf.The Grade II Arcadia was Bolo’s first race in seven months.“He went really well,” Smith said of Bolo’s three furlong blowout Tuesday in 36.40. “He’s happy and galloped out real good. He’s a nice horse.“I don’t think you’ve seen the best of him yet. He’s had his ups and downs but if how he ran first back this year is an indication of how he’s improved, that was about as good as it gets.”De Treville makes his U.S. debut in the Kilroe. The four-year-old English-bred colt has not raced since last Aug. 4, but has been training forwardly for John Shirreffs.“He has very nice European form,” Shirreffs said. “It looks like he wants to be close, from what his form shows overseas.”The Kilroe: Om, Gary Stevens, 3-1; What a View, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 7-2; Bolo, Mike Smith, 2-1; Kenjisstorm, Edwin Maldonado, 50-1; Midnight Storm, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; and De Treville, Tyler Baze, 8-1. Mike Smith77971312%38%$1,053,545 Mike Puype63711411%35%$330,725 DONWORTH COULD BE THE ONE TO CATCH IN BIG ‘CAP IT’S SMITH’S CALL ON DANZING CANDY IN SAN FELIPEBEST IS YET TO COME FOR BOLO IN GRADE I KILROE COASTLINE RETURNS TO DIRT IN GRADE II SAN CARLOSDRYSDALE ENTERS FOUR IN SUNDAY’S SAN LUIS REY DRYSDALE HAS FOUR FOR THE MONEY SUNDAYNeil Drysdale entered four horses in Sunday’s Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at a mile and a half on turf, two of them females: Energia Fribby and Gaga A.“There is nowhere else to run them,” the Hall of Fame trainer answered when asked why he has four of the 12 horses entered in a race he has won six times. “What am I going to do? I’ve got to run the horses.“We’ve run against males before.”And he’s won the San Luis Rey before, in 2014 with Fire With Fire (he also saddled runner-up Lucayan); Bourbon Bay (2012 and 2010); Fourty Niners Son (2007); Single Empire (1999); and Prized (1990).The lineup: Southern Freedom, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Power Foot, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Going Somewhere, Mike Smith, 5-1; Life’s Journey, Jose Verenzuela, 50-1; Energia Fribby, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Havanna Belle, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Highball, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Generosidade, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Gaga A, Mario Gutierrez, 4-1; Big John B, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; and Patentar, Alonso Quinonez, 20-1. Doug O’Neill14822212115%43%$1,172,483 David Lopez1302191716%36%$633,671 Martin Pedroza79119614%33%$307,865 Martin Garcia1031691116%35%$923,919 Fernando Perez1421315199%33%$690,444 Steven Miyadi54912917%56%$327,117 Kent Desormeaux9113231614%57%$1,068,485 Mark Glatt7398512%30%$402,865 Abel Lezcano6172411%21%$294,964 Richard Baltas9115131316%45%$1,034,714 Drayden Van Dyke12313141711%36%$774,464 BARRY ABRAMS HAS SUCCESSFUL OUT-PATIENT PROCEDURE            You can’t keep a good man down. So goes the adage and it more than applies to trainer Barry Abrams, who has battled the effects of cancer with quiet resolve and steely tenacity for more than 10 years now.Abrams, who has limited use of his esophagus due to radiation therapy, underwent an out-patient procedure yesterday morning at Arcadia Methodist Hospital and returned home early last evening.“Everything went good,” said Abrams by telephone this morning. “They had to do a procedure on my prostate and there’s no cancer. I should be okay to come back to the track in a couple days, but I’ve got a little fever and I don’t want to risk getting an infection with rain coming. I’ll stay here and keep dry and hopefully I’ll be feeling strong enough in a couple days.”Best known for claiming perennial California leading sire Unusual Heat for an $80,000 tag on June 10, 1996, Abrams has won three races from 27 starts at the current Winter Meet.Born in Minsk, Russia, Abrams turned 62 on March 4.FINISH LINES: Three-time champion Beholder worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday in 49.20. “She couldn’t look better,” trainer Richard Mandella said of the daughter of Henny Hughes who is about to embark on her campaign as a six-year-old. “Everything’s just perfect.” . . . San Gabriel and San Marcos winner Flamboyant worked six furlongs for Paddy Gallagher in 1:14.20 under Brice Blanc, who rides the French-bred gelding in the $6 million Dubai Turf on March 26. Blanc departs for the Middle East on March 23 . . . Santa Maria winner Tara’s Tango went six furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer in 1:11.80 with Martin Garcia aboard . . . Trainer Simon Callaghan said Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line “is just about ready to start galloping” after being on the shelf since last year’s Preakness Stakes . . . The main track closed for training at 9 a.m. due to impending rain, but not before 243 workouts were recorded after 201 were on the tab Thursday . . . Apprentice Brayan Pena has been suspended three days (March 17, 18 and 19) for an infraction aboard One Bye Two in Thursday’s eighth race . . .Illuminant, impressive allowance winner of yesterday’s seventh race, is headed back to graded stakes competition, according to her trainer, Michael McCarthy . . . The Medication and Track Safety Committee will conduct a public meeting March 16 in Santa Anita’s Baldwin Terrace Room at 10 a.m. The agenda and package of materials, which are for discussion only, focus on horse welfare and expanded out-of-competition testing, including a ban on anabolic steroids. The horse welfare items would mandate the transfer of records pertaining to joint injections for claimed horses, require trainers to maintain records of veterinary treatments, and insure that all treatments are justified by a medical condition and based on advice from a veterinarian . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. Rafael Bejarano21349392323%52%$2,100,027 Peter Miller1071291511%34%$514,830 BIG ‘CAP LEAD COULD BELONG TO DONWORTH            On paper, there appears to be no clear cut pacesetter in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.But Doug O’Neill says if the lead is there for the taking, Donworth and his jockey, Mario Gutierrez, will be glad to accommodate his rivals.“The great thing with him breaking from the three hole is at a mile and a quarter you’ve got plenty of run to the first turn,” O’Neill said of owner Paul and Zillah Reddam’s recent acquisition, who was third, beaten only a half-length, in the Feb. 6 San Antonio Stakes, Donworth’s first race in more than seven months.“Hopefully he breaks well. Mario will put him in a good spot. If he’s the only one who wants the lead, so be it. Another horse would have to go out of his established running style to challenge us on the lead, the way it looks on paper.”Richard Baltas, meanwhile, doesn’t expect Imperative to be too far back.“”We think we got an OK draw (eight) and we’ve got a whole quarter mile to get to the first turn, so it’s plenty of time to find a spot and sit off the pace,” the trainer said. “Santiago (Gonzalez) is just going to have to make the right decisions on when to move.“The horse is doing great. Obviously, I hope the pace isn’t too slow.”The field for the Santa Anita Handicap, the 10th of 11 races: Point Piper, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Melatonin, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; General a Rod, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Effinex, Mike Smith, 2-1; Cyrus Alexander, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Hard Aces, Abel Lezcano, 12-1; Imperative, Santiago Gonzalez, 3-1; and Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1.Fans at Santa Anita tomorrow will receive a free Santa Anita Fleece Blanket presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino with paid admission while supplies last.            First post time Saturday is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Mario Gutierrez16020292113%44%$1,210,729 Tyler Baze21423313111%40%$1,144,171 Jerry Hollendorfer10917101516%39%$1,109,996 SANTA ANITA STATISTICScenter_img JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Santiago Gonzalez23042302718%43%$1,620,961 John Sadler69128617%38%$553,999 (Current Through Thursday, March 10) Flavien Prat20535353017%49%$2,102,821 Edwin Maldonado14226141518%39%$905,660 William Spawr3485324%47%$224,977 D’AMATO DECIDES ON SAN CARLOS FOR COASTLINETrainer Phil D’Amato had been considering either the Kilroe Mile on turf or the San Carlos on dirt for Coastline before deciding on the Grade II sprint at seven furlongs for the gray son of 2004 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Speightstown.Seven of Coastline’s 19 career races have been on grass, including a victory last out in the Clockers’ Corner at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside course on Jan. 24.“We know he likes the hill, but when we claimed him, he won on the dirt that day pretty impressively at Keeneland,” D’Amato said of a victory in a $62,000 claiming race Coastline won in the mud last Oct. 3.“The sprint division isn’t the strongest here, so we’re taking a shot on the dirt and seeing if he likes it. If he doesn’t, we can always run him back in the San Simeon three weeks later (a Grade III race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf April 2).”The San Carlos: Calculator, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; San Onofre, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Cautious Giant, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Mystery Train, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Outside Nashville, Martin Garcia, 20-1; and Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens, 2-1. Agapito Delgadillo811110714%35%$316,962 Carla Gaines4072218%28%$469,560 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SISE LEAVES STRATEGY UP TO SMITH; CUPID SCRATCHEDWith ample speed in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes for the West Coast’s leading Triple Crown candidates, it might seem foolhardy to make firm pre-race strategy commitments on the 1 1/16-mile race, a major steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.That was the mindset Friday of Cliff Sise Jr., trainer of promising Danzing Candy, winner of his last two starts virtually wire-to-wire by a combined margin of nine lengths under Mike Smith, who retains the mount in the San Felipe.“I’ve looked at the race on paper,” Sise said, “but when the gates open, it will be Mike’s decision.”Unless Cupid was trained by Barry Fitzgerald, Mickey Rooney or the Marx Brothers, or others who have made whimsical racing films that have little to do with reality, he won’t be running in the San Felipe, which is precisely the case.The $900,000 gray son of Tapit trained by Bob Baffert was scratched after working six furlongs Friday in a bullet 1:11.60 under Mike Smith.Baffert said Cupid’s next race would be “somewhere out of town.”The San Felipe: Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez, 8-1; Danzing Candy, Mike Smith, 7-2; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens, 2-1; I Will Score, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; and Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux, 5-2. Joseph Talamo19021232511%36%$1,138,864 Philip D’Amato10822191920%56%$1,172,735 Kristin Mulhall4196322%44%$346,265 Gary Stevens53117821%49%$1,169,603 Vladimir Cerin3794524%49%$316,699 Bob Baffert8418121321%51%$1,306,915 Peter Eurton7712201116%56%$767,057 George Papaprodromou4274617%40%$222,335 Jeff Bonde3473521%44%$177,710 Victor Espinoza6999613%35%$728,265last_img read more

Chelsea chief pleased with draw

first_imgChief executive Ron Gourlay welcomed the news that Chelsea will face Benfica in the quarter-finals of the Champions League but insisted they will not underestimate the Portuguese side.Chelsea will be at home in the second leg and the winners of the tie will face AC Milan or Barcelona for a place in the final.“It’s a good draw for us. It doesn’t matter who you get at this stage, it will be a difficult game, but it was important for us to get the away game first, so we’re pleased,” Gourlay told Sky.“We’ll worry about that game and focus on that. Then if we get through – and show spirit as we did on Wednesday evening [against Napoli] – then we can look beyond that.“We know quite a lot about Benfica because they topped Manchester United’s group. Let’s just worry about them and give them the credit they deserve.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Focus on Los Angeles: Will Rivers ruin Raiders in Oakland one more time?

first_imgRaiders fans may not want to hear this, but Philip Rivers is actually a lot like them: He also hates to see the team leaving Oakland.And why wouldn’t he? The 37-year-old has enjoyed more success at the Coliseum than any quarterback in NFL history.Rivers gets one final shot to deliver more pain to the Raiders and their fans when the Chargers visit Thursday night, looking for their fifth straight victory over Oakland.In a stadium where Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Joe Namath and Bob Griese …last_img read more

AVC: PH yields to unbeaten Kazakhstan, still moves on to QF

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Host Philippines absorbed a 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 beating in the hands of Kazakhstan, which remained undefeated in the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Kazakhs topped Pool A with a 2-0 record while the Filipinos settled for 1-1, but both teams will advance to the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were once again the Philippines’ leading scorers putting up 14 and 13 points respectively, the same marks they had in the Hong Kong win.Katerina Tatko had a game-high 20 points to lead Kazakhstan. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jaja Santiago had the unfortunate mishap of ending the match when her final hoorah straight went to the net awarding the Kazakhs an unblemished slate.Despite the loss, Philippine head coach Francis Vicente was still pleased with the fight his squad brought against the Kazakhs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I can say that I’m still proud of them and they really played with heart,” said Vicente in Filipino. “Of course there were lapses but that can’t be helped. The Kazakhs are really tall players, what we could’ve done was just to keep moving.”The Kazakhs have an average height of 181 centimeters, seven more than the Filipinos’ mean standing of 174 cm., and that distinct disparity worked wonders in the blocking department as the visitors scored on 17 of its blocks.center_img K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next View comments Korea Open gold confidence-booster for Lopez ahead of SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

3-time major champ Wawrinka needs coach after Norman leaves

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Read Next FILE – In this May 24, 2014, file photo, Stanislas Wawrinka, right, listening to his coach Magnus Norman during a training session for the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris. Wawrinka needs a new coach, because Magnus Norman is moving on. Norman announced Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, that he would be quitting the job after 4 and a half years as Wawrinka’s coach, saying he wants to spend more time with his two young children. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)Three-time Grand Slam title winner Stan Wawrinka needs a new coach, because Magnus Norman is moving on.Norman announced Wednesday that he was quitting after 4½ years as Wawrinka’s coach, saying he wants to spend more time with his two young children.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Cavs’ Dwyane Wade sidelined with bruised knee Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Wawrinka had never been past the quarterfinals at a major tournament before hiring Norman, a former player, in 2013.During their time together, Wawrinka won the 2014 Australian Open, 2015 French Open and 2016 U.S. Open. He was runner-up at this year’s French Open. He also reached a career-best ranking of No. 3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWawrinka ended his 2017 season in August because of an injured left knee that needed surgery. He did not defend his U.S. Open title.last_img read more

Somali Pirates Release Naham 3 Crew after Four Years

first_imgzoom The remaining crew members of the fishing vessel Naham 3, which were hijacked by Somali pirates in 2012, were released from captivity on October 22, according to Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP).“They are currently in the safe hands of the Galmudug authorities and will be repatriated using a UN Humanitarian flight shortly and then on to their home countries. They are reported to be in reasonable condition considering their ordeal. They are all malnourished,” John Steed the Coordinator of the Hostage Support Partners (HSP) for Oceans Beyond Piracy, said.The crewmembers of the Oman-flagged fishing vessel were hijacked in March 2012 some 65 nautical miles south of the Seychelles.Of the original 29-member crew, one person died during the hijacking and two more succumbed to illness during their captivity. The remaining 26 crewmembers spent much of their captivity on land in Somalia.Consisting of members from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam, the crew was held for 1672 days.OBP said that they are the second longest held hostages by Somali pirates after the 4 hostages of the FV Prantalay 12, released last year by the HSP.The Naham 3 was originally tethered to another hijacked vessel, the MV Albedo, which was taken in November 2010 and released by the HSP in 2013. When the MV Albedo began to sink with its crew onboard, the crew of the Naham 3 assisted in their rescue.Over a year after its capture, the Naham 3 sank and the crew was brought ashore.“The release of the Naham 3 crew represents the end of captivity for the last remaining seafarers taken hostage during the height of Somali piracy,” according to OBP.last_img read more