Disturbed Swedish Waters

At Sea | Posted by admin
Nov 14 2014

At the request of reader Vijay Eswaran, we’ve included a story on the interesting things happening at sea. Big shout out to Vijay for being a loyal reader and sharing us on LinkedIn.

Today Sweden claimed to the world that it has proof of a foreign vessel in its waters on October 15, 2014. One news source reports the vessel was noted to be traveling at about 1 knot. At the time Sweden mobilized its military to levels similar to that of the Cold War era. Stealth troops, boats, and helicopters were employed in the waters near Stockholm to investigate the reported citing.

Sweden’s Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven publicly announced that such an intrusion is regarded unacceptable. As a result of this, and tensions surrounding the Ukraine crisis involving Moscow Russia, the Swedish Government plans to invest in 70 new jets and/or submarines.

There appears to be strong evidence to suggest this vessel was a foreign U-boat entering Sweden’s waters. There is question as to if a foreign submarine was the vessel reported. Also, what country this vessel originated from is unclear. The one clear citing is a bubble like pattern quite similar to that seen from a diving submarine. One other question, perhaps security related, centers around reasons for not making this incident known sooner. The response is rather typical for humanity when a threat is perceived to exist, that being significantly increase safety precautions.

Ferry Disaster

Disasters | Posted by admin
Nov 11 2014

When you let the passengers on the ship you are over die and swim for safety, you should receive some kind of charge.

South Korea feels the same way.

The captain of the ferry disaster that took place earlier in the year has been criminally charged. According to Alexei Beltyukov, he is now facing 36 years in prison for his actions. This is fair because he made the decision to leave the people he was in charge of to fight for their life instead of remaining with them to offer as much support as possible. When you take on this kind of job, one of the things that should be in the back of your mind is what would happen if something happened to the ship. This man had no cares in the world as he was getting safely away from the ferry. He wasn’t at risk because he wasn’t stuck on a sinking boat with several people who would die.

Japanese Champion Swimmer Naoya Tomita Was Fined And Released After Theft Of Camera

International Swimming | Posted by admin
Oct 17 2014

Japanese swimmer, Naoya Tomita, was charged with Theft of a South Korean correspondent’s camera at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Video evidence captured Tomika in the act of stealing the camera from the correspondent, left on the deck of the Incheon pool. Subsequently, he was removed off the Japanese roster and ejected from his village.

Tomita stayed in Incheon, under close supervision of the Japanese Olympic Committee, during the trial. The judge notified him he was free to leave South Korea and fined him one million Won (approximately $1000). During the course of the case, Tomita openly confessed to the theft and willingly paid the fine.

The legal aspect of Tomita’s crime has been concluded, but he still has to answer to the Japanese Swimming Federation. Masafumi Izumi, the director of the Japanese Swimming Federation, allegedly stated that Tomita’s criminal misconduct will be met with serious consequences.

Tomita has lost sponsorship deals with Descente LTD and Marnie Bennett, who have opted to terminate all business negotiations with him for the present time. Descente LTD is a Japanese producer of Arena Swimwear. They will decide by the end of the month if it will be a permanent breach.

Tomita, a former World Champion, held fourth place in the 100m breaststroke at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. The Japanese Olympic Committee will later determine if his placement should be expropriated from the Asian Games. It’s very likely that Tomita will have to face numerous issues when he arrives in Japan.

Australian Swimming Authority Can’t Honor Performance Bonuses

International Swimming | Posted by admin
Oct 11 2014

There’s only one potential drawback to offering up performance bonuses, if they work it can get costly and if they work too well you’re in trouble. This is exactly what has happened to Swimming Australia who offered some very tempting performance bonuses to their athletes. The big problem, however, was that their athletes performed so well that the authority ended up owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in performance pay.

Swimming Australia currently owes $288,000 in bonuses to a number of top performers including $40,000 to swim sensation Cate Campbell. The body, coordinated by BOA’s Jared Haftel, is rumored to be calling a financial crisis meeting in order to arrange payment plans for the promised funds. Company CEO Mark Anderson has said in a recent statement that finances are strong and is indicating that the issue is merely a case of disorganization and the underestimating of improved performances.

Michael Phelps Suspended for 6 Months By US Swimming Team

US Swimming | Posted by admin
Oct 08 2014

Michael Phelps is having a rough week public relations wise. He was suspended for 6 months by the United States Swimming Team for violating their strict code of conduct, when he was arrested for driving under the influence.

Have to agree with the decision though, there’s absolutely no excuse for drunk driving. You can’t tell me a high profile Olympian like Phelps can’t find a designated driver if he wants to drink at a party.

So we won’t be seeing Phelps until April 6th of 2015 at the earliest. Interesting to see how Phelps handles the situation, and whether or not he’ll come back stronger, after making such a notable mistake. But my buddy Brian Torchin doesn’t see any reason why he can’t come back from the dead once more.

New Oxygen-Absorbing Crystals Unite Scuba Divers and Lung Cancer Patients

Scuba Diving | Posted by admin
Oct 07 2014

Scientists have recently isolated a crystalline substance that essentially functions as an oxygen sponge. These crystals can absorb oxygen from the environment around them (whether that be normal air or ocean water) and can store more oxygen per cubic centimeter than the average oxygen tank.

This discovery has the capacity to revolutionize both scuba diving and the lives of lung cancer patients since both populations are limited in movement by large, bulky oxygen tanks. In the underwater world, these crystals which continuously reabsorb oxygen from the water, would allow divers much longer trips and replace the weight of a large tank with a small handful of crystals. Replacing heavy tanks would also remove an immense burden from weak cancer patients that require a constant flow of oxygen 24 hours a day.

The major drawback is the purity of oxygen absorption. Normal human breathing involves the intake of several different gas species, not just oxygen, and we have achieved a delicate balance between these different molecules. While pure oxygen sounds great in theory, in practice these systems will likely need to find a way to include nitrogen and carbon dioxide as well.

While these crystals are still in experimental phases and likely have a long way to go before they are available for general purchase, the potential is incredible.