Heart-stopping Grand Prix crash highlights life-and-death dangers of race car driving

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(MACAU, China) — Sophia Floersch’s race car was blazing down the Macau Grand Prix track at 170 mph on Monday when she struck another race car, went airborne and smashed into the photographers’ pit.It took doctors 11 hours to repair the 17-year-old Formula Three driver’s fractured spine.The heart-stopping crash shocked racing fans across the globe. Yet Floersch was one of the lucky ones — she dodged paralysis and will be back behind the wheel “after some time,” Van Amersfoort Racing owner Frits van Amersfoort told the BBC. The implementation of new safety protocols in recent years has driven down the number of motorsports fatalities. But Floersch’s perilous accident was a stark reminder of the risks to drivers competing in the fastest sport in the world — where death and glory race neck-and-neck around every curve.The glamour of champagne showers after a podium win and lucrative paychecks come with the risk of losing it all with one wrong move. Wannabe race car drivers start as young as 8 years old, facing off against their school peers in go-karts. The talented will train for years, spending thousands of dollars to race and get noticed by wealthy teams for Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar. Competing in the world’s most prestigious races requires extraordinary levels of commitment and patience. Race car drivers Jack Hawksworth and Dominik Baumann talked to ABC News about the mind-boggling number of split-second decisions a driver makes in a race and the long, hard road each traveled to reach the upper ranks of their sport.Hawksworth, 27, and Baumann, 25, recently finished the 2018 season with 3GT Racing, which partnered with luxury automaker Lexus in 2016 to race the Lexus RC F GT3 in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship’s GTD class. Hawksworth, a native of Bradford, England, started racing go-karts in 2004 at the age of 13. He spent three seasons racing in the IndyCar series before signing with 3GT Racing.Every week, he’s on a plane, flying to the next track: Daytona. Watkins Glen, New York. Road Atlanta in Georgia.“It’s your life. It’s what I spend all my time doing,” he said. “You want to have to do it.” Routine tasks like shopping and laundry have become “boring,” he admitted — especially so after racing at speeds close to 240 mph.When he’s behind the wheel, strapped in tight and laser focused on the track, Hawksworth is managing real-time data coming from the team’s manager and engineers.“I am constantly bombarded with info,” he said. “They can see a lot more of the race than I can. There’s a very limited view in the car.” The crew tells him when to pull over for a pit stop or to save fuel. He might be instructed to try a new anti-lock braking system. The gap between him and his nearest competitor is calculated and relayed instantly.“It can be very distracting,” Hawksworth said. “I have to be able to use that information and still maintain a high level of performance.”There can be zero distractions on the track for Baumann.“There’s nothing going through my mind during the race,” he said. “I am focusing on my turning and braking points.” This year marks Baumann’s first time competing in the U.S. His parents, who live in Austria, closely follow the team’s demanding schedule, live-streaming the races at home.“My mom watches everything,” he said with a laugh. “Even the practice sessions. They’ll stay awake to watch.”Baumann rarely sees his parents during the season, but he’s had no regrets about joining the team.“It has always been a dream to race in the U.S.,” he said.And it certainly hasn’t been easy for him. Racetracks in the U.S. “have more natural elevation changes, more blind corners and the walls are really close to the tracks,” he explained. “In Europe, the tracks are more flat.” With a different race every weekend, neither Baumann nor Hawksworth get extensive time to practice beforehand. Baumann spends his evenings learning a course from simulations. Hawksworth screens video of past races, taking notes on when to accelerate or how hard to press on the brake. But watching how other drivers have successfully tackled a difficult course only helps so much.“It’s hard to actually replicate what they’re doing,” Hawksworth said. “You look at the data and try to dissect it so you can get faster and better.”Baumann had one serious crash 15 years ago. He broke his collarbone when his go-kart flipped and slammed into a wall. Hawksworth has been involved in a number of crashes, though none were serious. For him, the qualifying laps and actual start of the race are the most intense.“I do a lot of mental preparation to get in the right mindset,” he said. “Before every single race, I visualize all of the laps. I try to visualize all the different situations and potential things that can happen.”Both drivers acknowledge the inherent risks and danger of the sport, yet neither could imagine doing anything else.“It’s an emotional roller coaster,” said Hawksworth. “One million things go into the performance of the driver. I love what I am doing.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. November 23, 2018 /Sports News – National Heart-stopping Grand Prix crash highlights life-and-death dangers of race car driving Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

BHGE, Ocean Installer win subsea contract for Balder X project

first_imgVår Energi’s Balder X project involves the redevelopment of Balder and Ringhorne field area on the Norwegian Continental Shelf Vår Energi awards subsea contract for Balder X project to BHGE and Ocean Installer (Credit: Vår Energi) A consortium made up of Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) and Ocean Installer, has won a subsea contract from Vår Energi for the Balder X project in the Norwegian North Sea.The contract covers engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of subsea systems (SPS/SURF) needed for the redevelopment of the Balder and Ringhorne field area as part of the Balder X project.The project is being undertaken to extend the life of the Jotun A FPSO up to 2045 by refurbishing it and relocating it to the Balder license PL 001.As per current estimates, the Balder X Project will enable a total lifespan of over 80 years to the PL 001 license.Vår Energi CEO Kristin Kragseth said: “We are pleased to award this important contract to the BHGE and Ocean Installer consortium. It will provide new activity to the world-class oil service industry we have in the Stavanger region.“Both consortium companies a have strong local presence, and large portions of the construction and engineering work will come from local suppliers, securing employment in the region.”Details of the subsea contract for the Balder X projectBHGE and Ocean Installer will carry out engineering, procurement, construction and installation of new subsea production systems (SPS), umbilicals, risers, and flowlines to the Jotun A FPSO. The consortium will also take up decommissioning and cleaning up the seabed by removing subsea systems and equipment that are no longer required at the Jotun field.BHGE Norway and Denmark director Tom Huuse said: “Through our Subsea Connect approach, leveraging early engagement with our customer, we were able to optimise the development cost of this significant award. BHGE will bring a deep sense of history and experience to the region while delivering challenging projects with field proven technology through local execution to support on time delivery.”The redevelopment of the Balder and Ringhorne fields will also involve major project activities in the future, said Vår Energi. As part of that, the life of the Balder FPSO will be extended up to 2030 along with drilling of 15 new production wells in the Balder field area and 11 such wells in the Ringhorne field area.The Norwegian oil and gas company also intends to carry out exploration drilling campaigns apart from the production drilling campaign.Last week, Vår Energi signed an agreement to acquire ExxonMobil’s non-operated interests across more than 20 producing fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf for $4.5bn (£3.65bn).last_img read more

Russia: SSBN Yekaterinburg Will Be Recovered in Time, Says Vice Premier

first_img View post tag: will Russia: SSBN Yekaterinburg Will Be Recovered in Time, Says Vice Premier Nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Yekaterinburg damaged during repair works late 2011 will be recovered and recommissioned into Russian Navy, said vice premier Dmitry Rogozin.On Dec 29, a fire occurred on SSBN Yekaterinburg staying in floating dock of 82-nd Ship Repair Plant in Roslyakovo, Murmansk region. Supposedly, the fire was caused by hot works; wooden scaffold around the sub ignited. Then flames moved to outer hull and damaged special rubber anti-sonar coating. The fire area was 150 sq meters. Firefighters managed to neutralize the fire on Dec 30. According to EMERCOM, nine persons suffered from the fire on the submarine, i.e. seven crewmen and two firefighters.“Now I am more optimistic than in December. We have thoroughly examined the whole sub, only first section is damaged. Experts have found technical solutions to recover the submarine and recommission her into the Navy in due time”, told Rogozin reporters on Jan 10. Also, “those solutions will help to compensate descending might of SSBN Yekaterinburg”, pointed out Rogozin.He added that guilty persons would be named when the investigation was over.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 12, 2012 View post tag: SSBN Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: SSBN Yekaterinburg Will Be Recovered in Time, Says Vice Premier View post tag: Recovered View post tag: be View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: premier Share this article View post tag: says View post tag: Russia Authorities View post tag: Yekaterinburg View post tag: Vice January 12, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: timelast_img read more

Greggs adds to meal deals

first_imgGreggs said it had received lots of customer requests for more sandwiches to be included in its Meal Deal offer, so has extended its range. Consumers can now purchase selected sandwiches with any crisps and any cold drink for £2.99.Varieties in Greggs’ new sandwich range include: limited-edition chargrilled chicken with spicy arrabbiata sauce; a new recipe classic chicken salad; classic BLT with sweetcure bacon; tuna mayonnaise and cucumber; and free-range egg mayonnaise with cracked black pepper.last_img read more

Full Audio From Prophets Of Rage’s Debut Concert Has Emerged

first_imgNewly formed supergroup Prophets of Rage has created quite the buzz since the project’s mysterious announcement two weeks ago. The group (made up of three of the four members of Rage Against Machine as well as Public Enemy‘s Chuck D, Cypress Hill‘s B-Real, and DJ Lord) launched a website featuring the new project’s mission statement as well as a countdown clock pointing to their official launch party, a show at L.A.’s Whisky-A-Go-Go this past Tuesday night.After Cypress Hill shared crowd-shot video of POR’s debut performance yesterday, full audio of the show has now emerged via YouTube user Ted Weitzman. Give it a spin!Check out the full setlist from the Whisky-A-Go-Go show below:Setlist: Prophets of Rage at Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles, CA – 5/31/16Prophets of Rage (Public Enemy)Guerilla Radio (Rage Against The Machine)Bombtrack (RATM)Miuzi Weighs A Ton (PE)People of the Sun (RATM)Rock Superstar (Cypress Hill)Testify (RATM)CH/PE Medley (“Shoot Em Up” > “Can’t Trust It” > “Insane In the Membrane” > “Bring The Noise” > “I Ain’t Going Out Like That” > “Welcome To The Terrordome”)Sleep Now In The Fire (RATM)New Song (probably called “Shut Them Down”)Know Your Enemy (RATM)The Party’s Over (Prophets of Rage)No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn/Fight The Power (Beastie Boys/Public Enemy)Bulls On Parade (RATM)Killing in The Name (RATM)The Prophets of Rage website now has two new countdown clocks running–one counting down to their next show at The Hollywood Palladium in L.A. this Friday, June 3rd, and one pointing to a new update on Monday at 1pm. Excitement is high for this new collaboration, and we’ll be sure to keep you up to date with the latest on Prophets of Rage as new updates unfold.last_img read more

Finnish Arctic town bids for 2032 Olympics in climate move

first_imgHELSINKI (AP) — A tiny town in Finland’s Arctic Lapland region is bidding to host the 2032 Summer Olympics in a tongue-in-cheek awareness-building campaign with serious undertones to draw attention to the effects of global warming. Salla, the self-proclaimed coldest place in Lapland located just north of the Arctic Circle, launched the international “Salla 2032 Summer Games Candidate City” campaign earlier this week complete with a news conference and a promotional video on YouTube. Salla Mayor Erkki Parkkinen told Finnish media that the campaign aims to draw attention to the consequences of climate change, describing 2032 as a turning point after which Salla and other Arctic places will “cease to exist as we know them” with the melting of ice and snow amid ever-warmer winters.last_img read more

Canola Genome

first_imgGlobal canola production has grown rapidly over the past 40 years, rising from the sixth largest oil crop to the second largest, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Canola is grown across much of Canada and its native Europe, but the winter crop is increasingly cultivated in Georgia. Canola oil used for cooking is prized for its naturally low levels of saturated fat and rich supply of omega-3 fatty acids, but the plant is also used to produce feed for farm animals and as an efficient source for biodiesel. “Understanding the genomes of B. rapa and B. oleracea was key to piecing together the canola genome,” said Paterson, a member of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ faculty. “It’s like a genetic love triangle between the three species, with canola sometimes favoring genes from B. rapa or B. oleracea or sometimes both.” Much of the production in America is concentrated along the northern plains, but the recent construction of a canola processing plant near the South Carolina-Georgia border has spurred interest for growers in the Southeast. The Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory played prominent roles in the sequencing both B. rapa and B. oleracea in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Additional UGA researchers for the project include Xiyin Wang, assistant research scientist and co-first author for the paper; Tae-ho Lee and Yupeng Wang, former postdoctoral researchers; and current and former graduate students Hui Guo, Huizhe Jin, Jingping Li, Xu Tan, Haibao Tang, and Yupeng Wang. The growing interest in carbon reduction and more environmentally friendly fuel alternatives is also good news for canola growers, as this genome sequence may ultimately help researchers develop feedstocks that are suited to more sustainable biofuel production. While much the world’s canola is used to make cooking oil and protein-rich animal feed, it is also used in the production of lipstick, lip gloss, soap, lotion, printing ink and de-icing agents. An international team of scientists including researchers from the University of Georgia recently published the genome of Brassica napus—commonly known as canola—in the journal Science. Their discovery paves the way for improved versions of the plant, which is used widely in farming and industry. Canola has one of the most complex genomes among flowering plants, forming thousands of years ago during the Neolithic Era when two plant species—Brassica rapa and Brassica oleracea—combined in the wild. Plants in the B. rapa family include turnips and cabbages, while B. oleracea encompasses cauliflower, cabbage, collards, broccoli, kale and other common vegetables. “This genome sequence opens new doors to accelerating the improvement of canola,” said Andrew Paterson, Regents Professor, director of UGA’s Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory and co-corresponding author for the study. “We can use this knowledge to tailor the plant’s flowering time, make it more resistant to disease and improve a myriad of other traits that will make it more profitable for production in Georgia and across the country.”last_img read more

Cutting the Cord

first_imgMy kids are eight, barely 60 pounds and still have a baby tooth or two to lose, but I’ve decided that it’s time to let them loose in the world. Give them each a pocket knife, eight ounces of water and wish them luck in their endeavors. We spend a lot of time in the woods, but the key word there is “we.” As in, my kids and me. The munchkins are rarely out in the great big world on their own and it’s become increasingly clear that I’ve been stunting their growth as human beings by constantly monitoring their behavior and batting away any potential dangers with my mighty dad fists.Here’s how it hit me that it’s time to let the kids explore the world on their own: they’ve never whittled a stick. I learned recently that several of their friends have been whittling sharp poking devices basically since birth, and I’ve never once given my kids a pocket knife and let them loose in the world to carve mini bear figures out of broken red wood limbs. I probably should’ve cut the cord a while ago, but I’m a firm believer in the micro-managing style of parenting. If I’m not standing over them at all times, how will they know when they’re doing something wrong? What if a creepy clown comes out of the woods and tries to give my kids some candy? What if the salamander they’re chasing is actually a copperhead? These are the scenarios that run through my head when my kids are out of my line of sight, but I have to take a step back at some point and let them make their own mistakes. I have to let them play chase with poisonous snakes and cut off their fingertips while carving their initials into old growth hardwoods. I have to let them try candy from strangers. If my kids are going to grow into capable, confident individuals I have to let them go at some point. And apparently, that some point is now. While they still have fragile baby teeth. At least, that’s what everyone keeps telling me. That’s what all of the parenting articles say. The experts. Let your children play. On their own. In the woods. Close to that homeless camp. Alone. With no supervision. Alone. And these experts are probably right. My kids probably are ready to explore the vast frontier that is the neighborhood woods on their own. They’re smart kids who stick together and look out for each other. They’ll probably be just fine. Probably. An hour or two alone in the woods will probably do wonders for their character. They’re ready. I’m definitely not ready, but they are.last_img read more

Anniversary ad for Rivers Casino was over the top

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWith regard to your Rivers Casino ad/wrap, a word of guidance.If you are looking for the line, turn around. You just crossed it. Phil SheehanScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

COVID-19: People will feel calm if govt is credible, SBY says

first_imgThe former Democratic Party chairman said he was worried that the currently small number of detected COVID-19 cases in Indonesia would increase when other countries saw declines, adding that a late policy response could make Indonesia a “new epicenter” of the pandemic, which has now shifted to Europe from China.He said some countries and cities had been put themselves under lockdown to save their people, in which the administrations prohibited people from leaving their homes and restricted activities in crowded places, such as restaurants and malls.“Some people may be uncomfortable by this policy, which also has risks, including economic losses, but such policies and actions must be taken. Public health and safety should be prioritized above all else,” he saidSBY also warned that the global economic turmoil caused by the pandemic was also serious, especially a series of trading halts as stock markets swung, as well as oil prices and exchange rates plummeting in the past week. “This has reminded me of the 2008 [economic crisis],”He went on to say that at the time, policy responses carried out collectively by the world, both monetary and fiscal, were unable to necessarily calm the market, as it required each country to come up with national policies and actions.”Indonesia should not be late in carrying out policy responses and concrete actions. Don’t be ‘too little and too late.’ Save our economy, save the people.”As of Wednesday morning, Indonesia has reported 172 confirmed cases of COVID-19.Topics : Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration to take the novel coronavirus more seriously by correcting their existing policies, saying that the government seemed have underestimated the virus at the beginning.”The people will feel calm and not panic, like the government wants, if they believe that the government is taking the right, credible steps,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “The people will also feel calm if they are given the information they need, together with what the government expects of them.”last_img read more