Submarine Captains Play Key Roles In Mine Rescue

first_imgBy Dialogo November 04, 2010 So many Americans contributed to the success of this rescue. Good to hear one more story. I guess the USNA knows about their grad that helped to accomplish this miracle? Read Dialogo’s exclusive interview with Capt. Renato Navarro Genta here. They met in the high Chilean desert — an unlikely backdrop for two accomplished submarine captains. But that encounter at the San José copper-gold mine in the Atacama Desert near Copiapó played a major role in events that were about to unfold before a worldwide audience. Clint Cragg, a NASA engineer and the former captain of the USS Ohio, accompanied a team of doctors to the mine where 33 workers were trapped underground. The team traveled to Chile to provide advice on keeping the men physically and mentally healthy. Navarro and Cragg hit it off, and their relationship became the informal conduit that accelerated communication between NASA and the Chilean Navy. “It was through him that I met the Chilean Navy engineers on the site who were designing the capsule,” Cragg said. That’s the famous Fenix capsule that eventually brought all 33 miners to the surface. The Chileans initially asked NASA for medical and psychological assistance due to the agency’s experience in harsh environments. But Cragg’s bosses sent him along to see how else NASA might be able to help. Cragg found a perfect opportunity to share NASA’s engineering expertise after meeting Navarro and the Chilean engineering team. He briefed the Chilean Minister of Health on ways NASA could help with designing the capsule, and the Chileans accepted his proposal soon after he returned to his office at Langley. “I put together a team of engineers from almost every center around the agency,” Cragg said in an agency newsletter. “Over the course of three days we hammered out a 12- to 13-page list of requirements for the capsule and sent that to the Chilean Minister of Health.” He also sent a copy to his new friend Navarro. The NASA team offered about 50 suggested design features, Cragg said. One was that the capsule be built so a single miner could easily enter and secure himself. Another was that the cage be equipped with an oxygen tank. The team also suggested that the capsule design include technology to cut down on friction it might encounter while moving through the tunnel. The capsule performed almost flawlessly in front of a worldwide television audience last month. Cragg said he was thrilled to learn from one of the Chilean Navy commanders that they had incorporated most of the NASA suggestions into the design. Capt. Renato Navarro of the Chilean Navy, head of its submarine school, worked with another team to support the miners. The Chileans realized early on that submariners were naturally suited to offer guidance on long-term survival in confined spaces. At that early stage, plans to extricate the miners were in their infancy and the site was awash with people eager to help. That’s when the submariners met. “It was fortuitous, it wasn’t planned that way,” Cragg said. Cragg accompanied the health team, but his expertise as an engineer and sub commander soon came to the forefront. “It helped a lot because I had some credibility right from the beginning,” Cragg said. Cragg graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and entered the submarine and naval nuclear power training program. He served aboard the USS Sand Lance, USS Trepang, USS Alabama, USS Tunny and, finally, as commanding officer of the USS Ohio. He also earned M.A. degrees in Strategic Studies and International Relations from the Naval War College. After completing four strategic deterrent patrols as commander of the Ohio, Cragg was assigned as the Chief of Current Operations, US European Command. While in Europe he participated in a number of operations, which included the wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Cragg had a chance encounter with an admiral as he was pondering his post-Navy career while stationed in Europe. “I had this two-star admiral I had to talk to every day. One day there was this one-star admiral out in the hall and we were shooting the breeze and he said, ‘try NASA, they do similar things to what we do now.’” It was a perfect fit. “The organization I am part of is the NASA Engineering and Safety Center, which was set up after the Columbia disaster,” Cragg said. “I like the job, it’s like the Navy in that every day is different.” Cragg has been thrust into the media spotlight since his role in the rescue came to light. “You know there are certain people who see a microphone and they fall in love it,” Cragg said. “I certainly am not. But I am certainly glad to highlight our strengths. I don’t mind doing it for NASA.” Cragg said his wife, Agatha, has been supportive and has “gone along with the flow” in recent weeks. He has three children, one in college, one in high school and one in elementary school. Submarine experience Engineering the capsule The submariners’ experience with confined space and isolation proved invaluable even though the San José mine is more than 100 miles from their deep blue home. “One of the things our psychologists pointed out was those miners needed some meaningful work,” Cragg said. “That’s the same thing we do on submarines. Everybody has to stand watch on a ship, you have training and drills.” Cragg said Navarro took a leadership role in making sure the miners had meaningful work. The miners ended up helping with their own rescue, moving the tons and tons of rock that fell into the mine while the rescue shaft was being drilled. Cragg said he was moved by all the naval references used during the rescue. “Even the Chilean president told the last miner out: ‘You are the captain of the ship.’ ” Clint Cragglast_img read more

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NCC Student Nabbed in Swastika Cases

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jasskirat Saini, 20 of Plainview, was arrested for a spate of bias crimes at Nassau Community College.A Nassau Community College student dubbed a “miscreant” and a “bigot” by Nassau police’s top cop was arrested for a string of anti-Semitic graffiti at the college over the last two months.Police on Tuesday charged 20-year-old Jasskirat Saini of Plainview with multiple counts of aggravated harassment. He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.Saini, according to police, was responsible for drawing swastikas inside various bathrooms at the college and tagging one such room with the words “Germany” and “Heil Hitler.”Anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered at the college on at least six different occasions from Oct. 15 until Dec. 16, police said.Saini allegedly told police the graffiti was in response to his feeling slighted by the Jewish community in Plainview.Acting-Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said at a press conference Tuesday evening that hate crimes directed at any community won’t be tolerated by the department.NCC President W. Hubert Keen in a statement said the college is “deeply saddened” the alleged perpetrator is a student, adding, “it reminds us that a zero-tolerance policy and a rigorous program of on-campus anti-bias programs must be reaffirmed every day.”Police continue to investigate two recent bias crimes in Mineola, including the discovery of swastikas etched in the snow outside one residence and the words “Make America White Again” and anti-Semitic imagery spray painted outside another.last_img read more

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Mueller shines as Bayern squeeze into German Cup quarter-finals

first_imgHowever, Hoffenheim’s Israeli forward Munas Dabbur caused Bayern a few nervous moments with two late goals as the visitors threatened a fightback from 4-1 down.”In the second half, we gave too much ball away and let them come back into the game,” admitted Bayern winger Serge Gnabry.”We have to look at that, however we had a lot of fun going forward in attack.”It was Mueller who had calmed Bayern’s early nerves, forcing an own goal from Benjamin Huebner to equalise after Bayern defender Jerome Boateng had turned the ball into his own net. Mueller then gave Bayern a 2-1 lead before Lewandowski netted either side of half-time to extend their lead before Hoffenheim’s late fightback.Bayern are the biggest name into the last eight after RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund both crashed out on Tuesday to Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen respectively.After Lewandowski had an early goal disallowed for offside, Hoffenheim threatened an upset when Boateng turned a shot by Hoffenheim winger Ihlas Bebou into his own net on eight minutes.However, the lead lasted just five minutes.Canadian winger Alphonso Davies crossed to Mueller in the middle, but the ball clipped the knee of Huebner and looped into the net.Bayern were 2-1 up on 20 minutes when David Alaba’s cross found Mueller and the Germany star fired home from close range.Lewandowski then pounced when Hoffenheim goalkeeper Philipp Pentke failed to claim a high ball under pressure from Mueller.The Poland striker was on hand to head the stray ball into an empty net on 36 minutes and appeared to have settled the matter with a well-taken fourth goal after the break.Lewandowski has scored in all four of Bayern’s matches so far in 2020 and boasts a season tally of 35 goals in 29 games in all competitions.Union Berlin are also through after seeing off fourth-tier minnows Verl with a 1-0 win thanks to a late goal by midfielder Robert Andrich.A goal by Argentinian striker Lucas Alario helped Bayer Leverkusen to a 2-1 win at second-division side VfB Stuttgart.Topics : Thomas Mueller weighed in with a goal and an assist as holders Bayern Munich edged a 4-3 thriller with Hoffenheim on Wednesday to reach the German Cup quarter-finals.Mueller’s golden run continued at the Allianz Arena to leave him with seven goals and nine assists in the 14 games since Hansi Flick replaced Niko Kovac as coach last November.Not to be outdone, Mueller’s strike partner Robert Lewandowski claimed two goals in the third-round tie.last_img read more

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Trump signs law backing HK protesters

first_imgAn anti-government protester holds a tear gas canister during a protest in Hong Kong, China on Oct. 20. REUTERS/TYRONE SIU/FILE PHOTO Trump also signed a second bill, whichbans the export of crowd-control munitions to the police in the Chinese-ruledcity.   “(The bills) are being enacted in thehope that leaders and representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able toamicably settle their differences, leading to long-term peace and prosperityfor all,” Trump said.(BBC) The Human Rights and Democracy Actmandates an annual review, to check if Hong Kong has enough autonomy to justifyits special status with the US.center_img China’s foreign ministry said it wouldtake “firm counter measures.” HONG KONG – United States (US)President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill on Wednesday that supportspro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.  last_img read more

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Bilic backs Payet to improve squad

first_imgSlaven Bilic has backed new recruit Dimitri Payet to “make every player better than they actually are” at West Ham. Hammers boss Bilic hailed the £11million summer capture from Marseille as his “number one target” but admitted he will chase two more Upton Park additions. France playmaker Payet is set for his full competitive debut as West Ham host Astra Giurgui in Thursday night’s Europa League third qualifying round. Press Association Former Arsenal star Song spent last season on loan at West Ham but faces three months on the sidelines with ankle trouble. The 27-year-old is locked in negotiations over the length of a potential Hammers contract, with Barcelona ready to let him leave on a free transfer. West Ham have also been linked with a £12million bid for Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow – with Bilic refusing to bide his time as he seeks further squad improvements. “That is very tricky because you can’t wait that long,” said Bilic when asked if securing Europa League football would boost West Ham bargaining power. “So we will have to risk one way or another. “Like any other manager you put your players on the sheet and you go ‘we are ok, we are ok’. “But considering that this is the Premier League and we might play in Europe and the Premier League is very tough and very long then of course I would like to have one or two. “But we are not talking about five, six, seven or whatever. “I am happy with my team and squad, we might need one or two. “You have to spend. You have to be clever of course but even Einstein would have to spend money. “So of course there is a budget and fair play so you have to calculate and do it. “I have done it with big help from the chairman and the board and the scouts and my staff. “We bought really good players. We didn’t buy players to just add numbers.” The former Croatia manager conceded West Ham cannot hang fire on transfer plans while they fight to secure European football for the season ahead. “It’s still early days but Dimitri it’s not only my opinion but I know so far he’s not only a great player, he’s a great professional, he’s a good lad,” said Bilic. “He has mixed already. He’s the kind of player I thought we really needed, that’s going to make every player better than they actually are. “He’s got everything. He likes to take responsibility. “He was my number one target and I am grateful to chairman that we got him. And it was done like that – not in four weeks. “He’s doing really well at the moment. Not only him but all the guys but you ask about him. “It may go a bit up and down. But we’re going to help him and he’s going to help us.” Bilic remains confident West Ham can yet complete a permanent deal to bring Barcelona midfielder Alex Song back to Upton Park for the season ahead. last_img read more

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Football adds depth during Early Signing Period

first_imgUSC football entered Wednesday’s Early National Signing Day in an unfamiliar position. The Trojans have been struggling to attract the best high school seniors, coming in at 25th in ESPN’s 2019 football class rankings. Wednesday’s events certainly didn’t shoot the Trojans up the rankings, but USC did leave with a few key victories as they welcomed 18 signees.USC needed to shore up an offensive line that allowed 27 sacks in 2018, and succeeded with the signing of tackle Jason Rodriguez from Oak Hills High School in Hesperia, California. The four-star Rodriguez is USC’s highest-rated signee of the early period and boasts a monstrous 6-foot-6, 326-pound frame. The Trojans also added three-star offensive guard Tilini Livai from Narbonne in Harbor City.“We were really excited to get this young man and what he brings to the table with size,” head coach Clay Helton said about Rodriguez. “He’s one that could step in and help us with depth immediately.”The leading signee early in the day was four-star cornerback Max Williams from Junipero Serra High School in nearby Gardena. The second signee after three-star quarterback Kedon Slovis, Williams was not the only defensive back who signed with the Trojans. Three-star safety Briton Allen from IMG Academy in Florida will provide greater depth for a safety position that was depleted due to injuries in 2018, while three-star cornerback Trey Davis will come down from Washington to battle for playing time.“One of the more special athletes, we thought, out of the city,” Helton said of Williams. “[He has] the ability to play corner or nickel and is very quick-twitch.”The Trojans gained a pair of four-star tight ends in Jude Wolfe from St. John Bosco and Ethan Rae from Orange Lutheran. Both standing at least 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, the duo present new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury with a greater number of red zone options moving forward. Helton said that he thought of both as among the best in the country at their position and that the team planned on using them as in-line tight ends because of their athleticism and ball skills.USC also added to its strongest position: wide receiver. Four-star Drake London out of Moorpark should become a familiar face on campus as a two-sport recruit for both the football and basketball teams. Munir McClain, a three-star receiver from JSerra Catholic in San Juan Capistrano, will join his brother Abdul-Malik, who served as a freshman linebacker for the Trojans this season. Three-star running back Kenan Christon out of Madison High School in San Diego will join the talented group of running backs.The Trojans added three linebackers to an already solid group. The highlight is four-star Maninoa Tufonu, who joins fellow Hawaiian freshman Palaie Gaoteote at inside linebacker. In addition, the Trojans secured three-star recruits Ralen Goforth from Bosco and Stanley Ta’ufo’ou from Grace Brethren in Simi Valley.Four-star Centennial defensive end Drake Jackson’s announcement that he would be committing to USC rather than Pac-12 South rival Arizona State marked a huge win for a Trojan defensive line that sought to replace departing senior linebacker Porter Gustin. Three-stars Nick Figueroa out of Riverside C.C. and Gino Quinones out of Hawaii join Jackson at the defensive end.“[He has] one of the unique body types that is out there, kind of a hybrid outside linebacker and defensive end,” Helton said about Jackson. “He can stand up or put his hand on the ground, he’s a really unique pass rusher.” Four-star running back Jordan Wilmore from Lawndale and three-star defensive tackle Dejon Benton from Pittsburg round out the Trojans’ early class, although Wilmore has not signed his letter of intent yet, according to 247 Sports.ESPN now ranks USC’s 2019 class 23rd in the nation, still a far cry from the top-ten finishes of the last couple of years. Still without a five-star recruit, the Trojans are the favorites to secure a pair of top wide receivers in Mater Dei’s Bru McCoy and Orange Lutheran’s Kyle Ford.last_img read more

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Rafa Benitez ‘to be sacked today’ claim Spanish press as Real Madrid board hold meeting

first_imgReal Madrid’s board of directors are holding a meeting on Monday, with the future of manager Rafa Benitez said to be in the balance.Spain’s Radio Marca have been reporting rumours that the former Liverpool, Inter Milan and Chelsea manager will be fired this afternoon, with an official announcement expected at 4.30pm GMT (5.30pm local time in Madrid).Those rumours have now been either reinforced or repeated by the rest of the Spanish media, with Marca and AS both claiming that Benitez has gone.Zinedine Zidane is reportedly to replace him, with Santiago Sori apparently to be the assistant manager.Benitez has been under fire for months, with Real’s poor form and patchy results leading fans to boo his side repeatedly.On Sunday, Real were held to a 2-2 draw by Gary Neville’s Valencia side, Benitez’s men having a man sent off as they let slip a 2-1 lead late in the second half. Radio Marca’s own Tweet simply read that the board of directors “is meeting this afternoon. The future of Benitez is up in the air more than ever.”However, the station also retweeted a claim by Spanish journalist Carlos Sanchez Blas that, “Benitez is out of Real Madrid. The club will communicate the news this afternoon, everything is ready for it to be announced at 17:30.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Lakers’ Luol Deng understands being placed on inactive list

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> The move marked the latest sign on how Lakers coach Luke Walton has accelerated his shift toward developing his young players. It also marked the latest sign of the Lakers’ stock plummeting on reserve forward Luol Deng, whose four-year, $72 million deal has yielded only a 7.6 points per game average on a career-low 38.6 percent shooting in his 13th NBA season.Walton put Deng on the inactive list during the Lakers’ 115-95 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday at Staples Center for a simple reason. As Walton put it, “We’re trying to get looks at all the young guys that we can.”“I totally understand what we’re doing,” Deng told Southern California News Group. “He wants the guys to be in situations where they learn and play minutes. It’s always about what we’re trying to do. Why am I going to be on the bench if I’m not playing?”Deng originally lost his starting spot on Feb. 6 against New York in favor of rookie forward Brandon Ingram. After averaging 4.1 points on 27.8 percent shooting in 21.3 minutes in seven games off the bench, Deng sat out Tuesday’s game against Charlotte because of a coach’s decision. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWalton cited the need to play Ingram, third-year guard Jordan Clarkson, newly acquired guard Tyler Ennis (from Houston) and newly acquired guard/forward David Nwaba (signed to 10-day contract). It is not clear what Deng’s status will be when the Lakers (19-43) host the New Orleans Pelicans (24-38) on Sunday at Staples Center, or if either Walton or Deng would be open toward him playing on even more reduced minutes. “He wants to play the young guys, so I’m not going to play,” Deng said. “So there’s no point of being on the active roster and sit on the bench. He’s got to keep all the guys he’s going to play and evaluate.” Different viewpointsThe words sounded puzzling, both for the substance and in how Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell delivered them. Of all the factors that led to the Lakers’ double-digit loss on Friday to the Boston Celtics, Russell refused to chalk it up to the team’s youth. Instead, he cited something indicting for any professional sports team. “I feel like we stopped playing,” Russell said, “stopped competing.”center_img Walton and his players have occasionally lamented the team’s effort this season. But not against the Lakers’ heated rival. “I don’t agree with that,” Walton said of Russell’s assessment. “I thought our team did show up to play. I think Boston is a very good team and was executing and making their shots. When we hit adversity, that’s when we crumbled.”Walton pulled his starters three minutes into the second half after becoming frustrated with the team’s stagnant offense. Later, the Lakers’ reserves helped chip away a 31-point deficit down to 15 entering the fourth quarter. While the Lakers have occasionally lamented their effort this season, they frequently admit they have struggled with handling adversity. “When people go on runs, we can’t put our head down and start losing our minds and try to do it on our own,” said Clarkson, who scored all of his 20 points in the second half. “We have to come together and push through that. This league and these games, it’ll go up and down. You have to fight through those runs. That’s how you build yourself up.” last_img read more

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BiH names squad for a friendly Match with USA and Mexico

first_imgHead coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) national soccer team Robert Prosinecki announced Tuesday a 28-man squad for a friendly match against the national team of the United States of America (USA) and Mexico.The match against the USA will be played on Jan.28 in Los Angeles and the one against Mexico on Jan.31 in San Antonio.National teams of BiH and the USA met only once on August 14. 2013, in Sarajevo, when the visiting team won 4:3 at the friendly match. BiH and the USA did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. So far, BiH and Mexico have met three times, twice Mexico won and BiH once.Full Squad:Kenan Piric, Ibrahim Sehic, Nemanja Trkulja, Darko Todorovic, Srdan Stanic, Daniel Graovac, Marko Mihojevic, Almir Bekic, Muhamed Besic, Besim Serbecic, Elvis Saric, Dino Besirevic, Zoran Kvrzic, Stjepan Loncar, Marijan Cavar, Goran Zakaric, Ognjen Todorovic, Nemanja Bilbija, Luka Menalo, Amer Ordagic, Elvir Koljic, Armin Hodzic, Jasmin Mesanovic, Mersudin Ahmetovic, Adnan Secerovic, Haris Medunjanin, Tomislav Tomic and Toni Sunjic.last_img read more

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