Nicole Walker Loses Appeal with Court of Arbitration for Sport

first_img Email* Horse Sport Enews Canada’s jumping team has lost its appeal to regain a place in the Tokyo Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) gave an urgent ruling last night, dismissing appeals by Nicole Walker and Equestrian Canada against her disqualification from the 2019 Pan American Games team jumping competition in Lima, after failing a dope test.Walker tested positive for metabolites of cocaine which she believed to have come from drinking a local coca tea, popular in South America.Without Walker’s scores in Lima, Canada slipped out of the final Olympic qualification place, which instead went to Argentina.The CAS judges instead upheld the Pan American Sports Organization’s request to disqualify Canada entirely for the single positive test.The decision was fast-tracked following CAS hearings on December 21 and 23 and a full written verdict “will be notified to the parties in the coming weeks,” the court said.Canada now has one place in the individual jumping at Tokyo.Walker has always stressed her innocence and that she does not take illicit drugs. However, in both human and equine anti-doping, the principle of “strict liability” applies, which means the rider takes responsibility even when the positive sample can be explained by something unintentional. Where the rider can prove they bore “no fault or negligence” or “no significant fault or negligence” the punishment by suspension and fines can be waived, but disqualification from the contest is non-negotiable.“We are extremely disappointed with the CAS conclusion,” said Walker’s lawyer, Tim Danson. “Until it releases the reasons for the decision, we cannot comment further at this time.“Once the reasons are released and we have had an opportunity to review them, we will have more to say at that time. Nikki has always been fighting for her team-mates and their place in the Tokyo Olympics.”In a brief statement , EC said: “Equestrian Canada (EC) was disappointed to learn of the rulings by the Court of Arbitration for Sport outlined in the operative part of the Arbitral Award concerning Nicole Walker, EC and The Pan American Sports Organization. EC will await the reasoned Arbitral Award, which is due in the coming weeks, before commenting further at this time.”Walker tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the compound tested for in most substantive cocaine drug urinalyses, in a sample taken the day of the team final. The coca plant contains alkaloids that can be chemically extracted to concoct cocaine. Coca tea is considered an altitude sickness remedy in Peru. Tags: Nicole Walker, Court of Arbitration for Sport, benzoylecgonine, Tokyo Olympics, coca tea, Pan Am Games Peru, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.last_img read more

USS Chung-Hoon Renders Honors

first_img June 7, 2011 View post tag: Chung-Hoon Training & Education View post tag: Honors The crew of the USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) rendered honors to the fallen in the Battle of Midway during a ceremony June 3, in the waters near Midway Atoll. The ceremony, commemorated the U.S. Navy’s victory over the Imperial Japanese Navy in the three-day battle June 4-7, 1942.“Today we are here to remember those Sailors whose gallantry and unshakeable determination decisively won the day against a superior foe,” said Chung-Hoon Commanding Officer Cmdr. Scott Erb. “Countless Sailors performed feats that seem impossible today.”Regarded as the turning point of the war in the Pacific during World War II, U.S. Navy carrier strike forces, in conjunction with shore-based bombers and torpedo planes, defeated the numerically superior Japanese fleet.“Our victory was not without cost,” said Erb. “An aircraft carrier, a destroyer and 145 planes lay on the ocean floor, and 307 of our shipmates with them.”During the battle, the Japanese lost four aircraft carriers, a heavy cruiser, three destroyers and 256 planes. The defeat delayed Japanese plans for assaults on Samoa, New Caledonia and Fiji.“The ceremony meant a lot to the crew, it helped the Sailors recognize our history,” said Command Master Chief Chris Detje, “It opened their eyes to the realization that this is how we got here. If it wasn’t for the great men and women who came before us, and did wonderful and amazing things during World War II, we wouldn’t be here today.”Admiral Yamamoto’s battle plans for a surprise attack on Midway Atoll was thwarted by Navy cryptologists working out of the basement of Building 1 on board the Navy base in Pearl Harbor. This information allowed Admiral Chester Nimitz to strategically position our fleets to destroy the Japanese carriers.Facing Japan’s eleven battleships and four aircraft carriers, the U.S. Navy fought with no battleships and just three aircraft carriers including USS Yorktown that had been badly damaged in the Battle of Coral Sea and only made available through speedy repair efforts at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.“We fought in these epic battles, against foes we could never beat, with odds that were insurmountable,” said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Lauren Boulay after the ceremony. “Those Sailors fought and did what ever they could to win. It makes me want to be a better sailor.”By the evening of June 7th, 1942, with the crippled Imperial Japanese Navy in retreat, the need for carrier aviation power became a prominent security necessity to defending our interest as a maritime nation.“As time marches forward, these Sailors, a part of what we call the Greatest Generation, are rapidly leaving us,” said Erb. “They leave behind a legacy of honor, courage and commitment. We must strive to uphold their legacy.”Chung-Hoon’s honor guard fired a 21-gun salute followed by the playing of taps to remember those who lost their lives sixty-nine years ago in the waters of Midway Atoll.The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) is underway for an independent deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Source: navy, June 7, 2011; View post tag: Renders Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Chung-Hoon Renders Honors Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic USS Chung-Hoon Renders Honors View post tag: Naval View post tag: USSlast_img read more

Russia Postpones Delivery of SSN Nerpa to India

first_img View post tag: postpones Share this article View post tag: SSN January 17, 2012 Russia will hand over SSN Nerpa to India for lease on Jan 23, said an informed Indian military source on Jan 14.“The parties have signed all appropriate documents, and acceptance panel has finished its work. The date of flag-hoisting ceremony to be held in the Far East is set on Jan 23. When the blanket hiding the sub’s new name – INS Chakra – is pulled off, the submarine will head for Indian coast. The journey will take at least 20 days. Indian crew is already working in the sub backed up by ten Russian submariners”, said the source of Interfax.Earlier on, an informed source told that Russia would lease SSN Nerpa to Indian Navy on Jan 19. According to the $650-mln contract, Russia leases nuclear-powered submarine Nerpa to India for 10 years.SSN Nerpa was supposed to join Indian Navy in 2008. However, during sea trials in Nov 2008 an accident happened to the sub due to unauthorized operation of automatic firefighting system; the tragedy claimed 20 lives. Delivery date was revised and then postponed many times because of non-availability of onboard combat systems.In Indian Navy, the submarine will obtain the name of Chakra – that was the first nuclear-powered submarine leased by the Soviet Union to India in 1988 for 3 years.Project 971I Schuka-B (known in NATO as Akula) SSN Nerpa is a third-generation submarine armed with torpedoes, rocket torpedoes, and Granat cruise missiles with flight range of 3,200 km. Due to restrictions provided by international agreements on missile technology non-proliferation, a submarine leased to India must not be armed with long-range missiles. For this reason, the sub has 300-km Club-S missile system instead of Granat.Displacement is 8,140/12,770 tons; max speed is 30 knots; test depth is 600 meters; endurance is 100 days; crew is 73 men. In total, 15 subs of this project have been built since 1984.In 1988 India took on lease Soviet SSN K-43 Chakra (Project 670 Skat) for 3 years. In 1991 the lease term was over and Soviet government declined to prolong the leasing contract, allegedly, under coercion of the US Administration.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 17, 2012; Image: RusNavy View post tag: India View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Russia Postpones Delivery of SSN Nerpa to India View post tag: ‘Nerpa’ Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia Postpones Delivery of SSN Nerpa to India View post tag: Navy View post tag: Russia Industry news View post tag: DELIVERYlast_img read more

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Returns USS Harry S Truman to Fleet

first_img View post tag: fleet View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy July 20, 2012 Industry news Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) completed its largest Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) July 15, returning USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) to the fleet after 470,000 man-days of maintenance.Nimitz-class aircraft carriers have a set maintenance plan which must be adhered to in order for these ships to last the 50 years they’re designed for.Part of the maintenance plan includes periodic dry docking to perform work below the waterline, which isn’t possible while the ship is in water.“Truman has easily been the most challenging project of my career,” said Matt Durkin, NNSY project superintendent. “We learned a lot along the way, and we’re proud of the cohesive team we’ve developed.”As a Naval Sea Systems Command field activity, the shipyard’s focus on technical rigor and discipline in ship maintenance procedures ensures quality work and results in higher fleet readiness.Truman entered dry-dock in March 2011, for extensive overhaul of the hull, tanks, seawater systems, and propulsion shafting as well as complex replacements of reactor control systems and the main combat system mast. Following undocking in late January 2012, Truman spent six months pierside completing production work and an in-depth equipment testing and crew certification phase. “The entire shipyard family is proud to have returned such a vital asset to the fleet,” said Capt. Mark Bridenstine, NNSY shipyard commander. “Our goal, as always, is to deliver world-wide first-time quality material readiness to the ships of the United States Navy and to the men and women who serve on them.”Following the availability, Truman will begin preparations for its sixth full deployment since being commissioned in 1998.Norfolk Naval Shipyard is a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, and the oldest industrial facility belonging to the U.S. Navy. The shipyard specializes in repairing, overhauling and modernizing ships and submarines.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 20, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Returns Back to overview,Home naval-today Norfolk Naval Shipyard Returns USS Harry S Truman to Fleet View post tag: USS View post tag: S Norfolk Naval Shipyard Returns USS Harry S Truman to Fleet View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Harry View post tag: shipyard View post tag: Truman View post tag: Norfolk Share this articlelast_img read more

UK MoD Confirms Order of Cox Powertrain Advanced Engine Concept

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: concept Industry news View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: Order View post tag: Engine February 1, 2013 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed its order for the next prototype stage of development of a revolutionary high performance, lightweight diesel engine intended for marine outboard applications on the fast, rigid inflatable boats used by the Royal Navy.The Cox Powertrain engine concept – with many patents pending – is based on a supercharged, two-stroke diesel opposed piston architecture with Scotch Yoke crankshaft and a central injector position. This engine topology promises a power to weight ratio comparable with high performance gasoline engines, whilst delivering diesel fuel consumption and a package volume around half that of a state-of-the-art diesel engine. The engine is being developed towards the demanding operating conditions of a military application in which extreme diesel performance, light weight and small package size are critical to mission performance, and must be delivered alongside robustness and high reliability of operation.Cox Powertrain approached Ricardo at an early stage to provide assistance both in developing the Cox engine concept and in supporting the growth and development of the Cox Powertrain business from a small start-up operation to one capable of taking the fully developed product to market. Cox Powertrain re-located to secure premises at the Ricardo Shoreham Technical Centre site in 2011 and with Ricardo support, has now successfully completed the detailed design phase. This has included an intensive computer aided engineering (CAE) programme using both commercial and proprietary Ricardo software tools, in order to optimize and validate the design to an extremely high level prior to prototype manufacture. Having concluded the design phase the new MoD contract announced on January 28 that they will support Cox Powertrain and Ricardo as they pursue preparation and further development of the engine in prototype form. It is anticipated that the first fire of the engine will be carried out at Ricardo in February of this year, marking the start of the prototype development phase.“We believe that the Cox opposed piston engine has game changing potential for military and civil applications requiring weight and package size as low as 50 percent of current conventional diesel engines, combined with extreme diesel power, whilst also addressing important changes demanded by the single fuel policy,” said Cox Powertrain executive chairman Charles Good. “The order from the Ministry of Defence is a clear vote of confidence in the potential of the Cox engine to meet this requirement for future fast outboards. Beyond this, we are confident of being able to provide versions of this engine concept for other defence roles as well as potentially numerous civilian applications on land, sea and in the air. We’re extremely pleased to have the support of the MoD and to be partnering with Ricardo on this project.”“Ricardo is proud to be assisting with the development of the Cox Powertrain engine and with the development of the company in terms of best practice engineering processes and design and development capabilities,” said Ricardo UK managing director Martin Fausset. “While Ricardo’s reputation in the field of high performance, lightweight engine design is globally renowned, the company also has an extremely strong track record in the successful delivery of advanced defence programmes and in assisting small, high technology start-up partners to achieve their full potential.”The Cox opposed piston engine concept – the original invention of the company’s founder, former F1 designer David Cox – has been the subject of fully subscribed private investment rounds raising development capital of £6.7 million, and has already attracted previous external funding from the MoD to support the accelerated development of its detailed design.The need for lightweight power from heavy fuelThe armed forces of NATO countries are increasingly mandating the use of a single heavy fuel across multiple defence applications, through initiatives such as the US Army’s “One Fuel Forward” policy, and the Royal Navy’s desire to reduce the use of gasoline engines at sea. This strategy is being followed in order to reduce the logistical challenges of supporting multiple fuels in theatre, as well as avoiding the safety risks to personnel associated with use of gasoline in hostile situations. There is a pressing need therefore to develop ultra-reliable, high power-to-weight ratio militarized diesel (a.k.a. heavy fuel) engines for applications ranging from marine outboards to UAVs. Similar market drivers are also expected to increasingly influence the markets for future civilian applications – particularly in the leisure marine sector.The Cox engine concept is specifically designed for its intended purpose as an outboard power unit, but further variants are already under consideration for military inboard power, civilian marine applications and UAVs.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 1, 2013; Image: Ricardo Share this article View post tag: Advanced View post tag: MoD View post tag: development View post tag: Powertrain View post tag: Cox View post tag: UK UK MoD Confirms Order of Cox Powertrain Advanced Engine Concept Back to overview,Home naval-today UK MoD Confirms Order of Cox Powertrain Advanced Engine Concept View post tag: confirmslast_img read more

US, Chinese Ships Arrive Jointly in Brunei

first_img View post tag: Jointly View post tag: Brunei View post tag: Perry View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS View post tag: Arrive View post tag: Chinese View post tag: Ark View post tag: Matthew June 18, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today US, Chinese Ships Arrive Jointly in Brunei US, Chinese Ships Arrive Jointly in Brunei Share this article View post tag: Defence View post tag: ships View post tag: Naval Ships from the United States of America, T-AKE 9 U5N5 USS Matthew Perry and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), PEACE ARK arrived on June 16 to partake in the ASEAN Defense Minister’s Meeting Plus Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief & Military Medicine Exercise that started the following day, June 17 and will last until 20 June 2013.USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the United States Navy, named in honor of Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794–1858), who led the effort to open Japan to trade with the West. The 689-foot-long supply ship serves under the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. The ship is capable of delivering almost 10,000 tons of dry cargo and petroleum products at one time to U.S. Navy and allied ships underway at sea.This ship was one of several participating units in disaster relief after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. During the 21 days of operations, Matthew Perry completed 17 separate replenishment events, delivering more than 1.5 million gallons (5,700 m³) of fuel.Both USNS Matthew Perry and PEACE ARK’s visit to Brunei Darussalam aims at contributing to the regional cooperation in non-traditional security, and also at promoting friendship among the ADMM-Plus nations. The PEACE ARK will be open to the public from 9-12 am on June 18th, which will include a guided tour.[mappress]Press Release, June 18, 2013; Image: Brunei MoD View post tag: Peace View post tag: US View post tag: in View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Canary Islands: Rayo Returns Home after Busy Deployment

first_img View post tag: piracy Authorities View post tag: africa View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence View post tag: busy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Returns View post tag: Exercises Spanish maritime action ship ‘Rayo’ arrived at her home port in Las Palmas (Canary Islands) on June 28th after a six-month deployment. During this period, the ship participated in operation ‘Atalanta’ aimed against pirate activities in the Indian Ocean and in a cruise around the African coast visiting ten countries.The welcoming ceremony was presided over by Las Palmas Naval Commander, Captain Félix Díaz Espinar.On February 3rd, the offshore patrol boat departed Las Palmas towards Cartagena and on the 15th set sail towards the operations zone off the coast of Somalia.The ship integrated into the EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) for a period of 85 days participating in shipping control missions in the IRTC (International Recommended Transit Corridor) and escorting World Food Program ships.The deployment of the ‘Rayo’, the second ship of her class in operation ‘Atalanta’, is part of Spain’s commitment to participate in the EU mission to uphold maritime security in the Gulf of Aden and Somalia, protecting merchant shipping and trawlers fishing in those waters.Subsequently, and as part of the collaboration between the Spanish Navy, the Defense Policy Secretariat and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ‘Rayo’ participated in a series of activities in West African countries –an area of growing interest for Spain– to contribute to the Defense Diplomacy Plan.The ship visited the following nations: Mozambique, the Republic of South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Gabon, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Senegal and Cape Verde. Different activities were carried out with those nations: briefings, information and expertise exchanges, and drills to enhance interoperability and common procedures.The ‘Rayo’, under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Rafael Hernández Rodríguez, is the second ‘Meteoro’-class ship. These offshore patrol boats were designed as state-of-the-art ships with reduced procurement and maintenance costs for multi-purpose missions: military, SAR (search and rescue), humanitarian aid, evacuations and fight against sea pollution.[mappress]Press Release, July 31, 2013; Image: Spanish Navy View post tag: Warship Back to overview,Home naval-today Canary Islands: Rayo Returns Home after Busy Deployment Canary Islands: Rayo Returns Home after Busy Deploymentcenter_img View post tag: ATALANTA Share this article View post tag: Defense View post tag: home View post tag: Navy View post tag: Rayo View post tag: Maritime View post tag: Security View post tag: Spain July 31, 2013 View post tag: Deploymentlast_img read more

INS Vikramaditya Completes Sea Trials

first_img Share this article View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today INS Vikramaditya Completes Sea Trials View post tag: INS View post tag: Defense View post tag: completes View post tag: Defence Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (former Russian carrier Gorshkov) has completed its sea trials with flying colours and managed to achieve a top speed of 32 knots, reports The Hindu.Last year, the aircraft carrier was subjected to extensive trials for the first time. While a substantial scope of the ship’s equipment and aviation trials were completed by Sevmash shipyard during this period, the main propulsion plant trials to full power could not be completed due to defects encountered on boiler section. It was a major setback as the delivery of the ship was pushed by a year.Now, the ship will set sail for the White Sea where further speed and aviation trials will be performed.The contract for modernization of aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov (renamed into INS Vikramaditya) for Indian Navy was tied in 2004. It became the largest export contract in Russian-Indian military technical cooperation. Initially, modernization was evaluated as $616 mln, and the ship was planned to join the Indian Navy in 2008. However, due to increased scope of works, the ship’s delivery date was again postponed for late 2013.More than 400 subcontractors were involved in the project, including 10 Indian companies which supplied communication systems, protective coating, a telephone exchange, life rafts, pumps, hygiene and galley equipment, and many more.The 284 metre-long and 60-metre-high INS Vikramaditya has a displacement of 45,000 tons, and an endurance of 13,500 nautical miles (25,000 km) at a cruising speed of 18 knots. When delivered, the INS Vikramaditya will be a 90-per cent new ship and will remain in service for 40 years.[mappress]NavalToday Staff, July 30, 2013 View post tag: trialscenter_img Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic July 30, 2013 View post tag: sea View post tag: Vikramaditya INS Vikramaditya Completes Sea Trialslast_img read more

Raytheon Lands Ship Self Defense System Contract

first_img View post tag: self December 24, 2013 Equipment & technology View post tag: Naval RAYTHEON LOGORaytheon Company will continue Platform Systems Engineering Agent support of the Ship Self Defense System MK2 as it landed a USD 41.58 million contract with the Naval Sea Systems Command from Washington, D.C.Within the contract, Raytheon will complete development of CVN/Amphibious Modernization Advanced Capability Build 12/Technical Insertion 12.The Ship Self-Defense System is designed to expedite the detect-to-engage sequence to defend against anti-ship cruise missiles.The work will be performed in San Diego, Ca., and Middletown, R.I. The work will be completed, as expected, by September 2017.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 24, 2013; Image: Raytheon Raytheon Lands Ship Self Defense System Contract View post tag: ship Back to overview,Home naval-today Raytheon Lands Ship Self Defense System Contract center_img View post tag: system View post tag: Defense View post tag: Raytheon View post tag: lands View post tag: contract Share this articlelast_img read more

HMS Dragon Visits Simon’s Town, South Africa

first_img HMS Dragon Visits Simon’s Town, South Africa View post tag: HMS Dragon View post tag: Navy View post tag: visits Royal Navy’s destroyer HMS Dragon arrived in Simon’s Town, South Africa, on Friday, February 6, 2015.The vessel was accompanied by HMS Gold Rover.HMS Dragon announced her arrival with a traditional naval 21-gun-salute which was returned by Lower North Battery in Simon’s Town. The ships are currently deployed on operation Atlantic Patrol Tasking (South) and will conduct necessary maintenance in Simon’s Town. The ships will remain in Simon’s Town until February 27, 2015, followed by a visit to Cape Town in March 2015.The Royal Navy ships and units on Atlantic Patrol Tasking (South) are there to provide on-going protection reassurance to British interests in the South Atlantic, maintaining the continuous Royal Naval presence in the Atlantic.[mappress mapid=”15108″]Image: SA Navy February 12, 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: south africa Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Dragon Visits Simon’s Town, South Africa View post tag: africa View post tag: News by topic View post tag: maintenance View post tag: Simon’s Town Share this articlelast_img read more