In 2014, a Princess Cruises’ ship was being held by dynamic positioning (a system that avoids anchoring) off Santorini in Greece, when a sunny day with calm seas turned in seconds into lashing rain, high winds and stormy water. I was on board and watched in horror from my cabin as we were blown at speed towards another vessel. In the nick of time the captain halted the drift. Over the ship’s tannoy, he reassured us that he was under control and said he was leaving the caldera, a lagoon created when a volcano erupted on the island some 3,500 years ago. As an aside, once the squall had passed the ship was able to return to the caldera to pick up passengers who had watched in alarm – and in the pouring rain – as their vessel sailed away. The captain, who was at the helm of a brand new Regal Princess, later confided that he had never experienced anything like it before. It was a scary moment but we were lucky. The two ships did not collide. Others have not been … [Read more...] about What happens when cruise ships collide?
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MICHAEL Schumacher lived a secret life away from the glare of Formula One, his manager and close pal has revealed. The stricken F1 legend, currently being cared for at home in Switzerland following a skiing tragedy in 2014, was known for his cold and analytical approach to winning. But behind close doors, Schuey, who turned 50 earlier this month, was much more relaxed. In a rare insight, Michael's manager and family friend Sabine Kehm has told how the ruthless racing ace cut a far more laid-back figure among pals. She said he was known for his infectious smile and jokey nature - and would often be seen with a rum and coke in his hands while playing football with friends. Speaking to Beyond The Grid, Forumla One's official podcast, Sabine said Michael was "privately completely different" to his colder and more calculated public persona. In his private sphere, he was much slower in everything he didSabine Kehm She said Michael was “very relaxed” and “not so … [Read more...] about Michael Schumacher is ‘COMPLETELY different’ behind closed doors, manager reveals
Marco della Cava USA TODAY Published 3:23 PM EST Dec 13, 2018 MOJAVE, Calif. – Deep inside The Spaceship Company’s secretive Building 79, a man points to a rigid but lightweight panel made from carbon fiber that is the thickness of two decks of cards. The absurdity of what he’s about to say makes him smile. “There’s just about 1 inch between you and space,” says Enrico Palermo, president of Virgin's The Spaceship Company, which is tasked with building the plane-like crafts that Virgin Galactic plans to use to take paying customers on a joy ride into the cosmos next year. “That’s it, 1 inch,” says Palermo, pointing at the thin hull material and shaking his head during a tour of the facility in November. “Amazing what humans can do.” Especially when it comes to space. Venturing into the cosmos has always packed a thrill, a risk, an adventure and a cost in both dollars and lives. It was … [Read more...] about Virgin Galactic’s space tourism plan demands courage and $250K
THE Sun Military Awards are back to salute the finest Armed Forces in the world, who have again performed jaw-dropping heroics at home and around the globe. Today we showcase the elite, shortlisted by judges from hundreds of readers’ nominations. The winners, revealed tonight at Banqueting House in London, were picked by a judging panel of former top brass, Forces’ supporters and celebs. One extra award, selected by the panel, will be unveiled at tonight’s ceremony.Hero at home: unit RAF Mountain Rescue Service: This year, the RAF Mountain Rescue Service celebrated 75 years of life-saving heroics. It was created during World War Two to save downed aircrew in remote and inhospitable corners of the UK. Top brass were learning to their dismay that pilots were surviving the crash, then falling victim to the harsh environment – so the service was born. During this year, the team of volunteers has responded to 66 call-outs. They have come to the rescue of injured … [Read more...] about Here are the selfless heroes nominated for The Sun Military Awards as we salute the finest Armed Forces in the world
It's bad enough that Russia’s only aircraft carrier was damaged in a mishap involving the country’s largest floating repair dock -- the only one big enough to maintain the flagship of the Russian Navy. What's worse is that the decades-old dock is now sitting on the bottom of Kola Bay, not far from the major Arctic Circle city of Murmansk. But even that may not be the extent of the bad news. The dock, even if it is raised to the surface, may be beyond repair, meaning Russia’s only aircraft carrier, several of its largest naval ships, and at least one ballistic-missile submarine may not be able to be serviced for months, if not years. That’s a not-insignificant setback for Kremlin efforts to upgrade the country’s fleet, experts say, an effort that parallels a larger ongoing modernization of Russia's armed forces. “That is a very serious problem for the Russian Navy because they don’t have another thing like that,” says Pavel Felgenhauer, a … [Read more...] about For Russia’s Navy, A Damaged Aircraft Carrier Is Bad Enough. A Sunken Dry Dock Is Even Worse.