Argentine Navy confirms explosion near missing submarine

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Argentine Navy confirms explosion near missing submarine View post tag: Argentine Navy November 24, 2017 Share this article The Argentine Navy confirmed that an explosion occurred near the position from which the missing submarine ARA San Juan last sent her position.The confirmation follows reports from November 22 which said several agencies had been investigating a so-called “hydroacoustic anomaly” which took place on November 15, around the time ARA San Juan last communicated.The navy has now confirmed that the sound in question was indeed an explosion but has not confirmed the deaths of 44 crew aboard the submarine as it is yet to be found. While the navy could not provide details about the fate of the submarine’s crew, fears are widespread that there would be no survivors. It is feared that, even if an explosion did not occur on the submarine, the submariners are likely to have run out of air after nine days under water.An international search party composed of a number of specialized aircraft and ships equipped with unmanned and remotely operated underwater vehicles continues. Search and rescue units are currently focused on a swath of ocean 250 kilometers in radius, near the continental shelf off the coast of Puerto Madryn.Meanwhile, Russia has deployed a team of experts from St. Petersburg to Argentina to aid the search efforts. The Russian Navy special purpose ship Yantar has also been sent to the region after being rerouted from west Africa shores. Argentine Navy confirms explosion near missing submarine Authorities View post tag: ARA San Juan View post tag: submarinelast_img read more

Dave Roberts, Dodgers don’t sound eager to part, but manager’s contract status is uncertain

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PHOENIX — The Dodgers won 195 games in Dave Roberts’ first two seasons as manager – the most for any manager since Earl Weaver started his Hall of Fame career by winning 217 games in his first two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles (1969-70).Roberts led the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series in his first year, the World Series (the franchise’s first in 29 years) in his second year.And despite a season filled with stretches of underachievement and disappointment, another 90-win season, a postseason berth and potential return trips to the NLCS and World Series are all still in play as the Dodgers enter the final weekend of the regular season.So why doesn’t Dave Roberts have a contract for next season? The idea that Roberts does not have autonomy is “not accurate despite a couple guys asking it over and over,” Friedman said. But he hesitates to shoot it down because “any time you have to answer that question you come off as defensive – even when it’s not true.”“There’s definitely stuff that plays out that I would have done differently – just as I’m sure there’s stuff I do in my job that he would have done differently,” Friedman said. “But we have a good relationship, open lines of communication and talk through things.“For me and Farhan, who are so mired in personnel decisions, we’ll bounce things off of him and oftentimes he’ll have a thought that is real helpful because of how mired we are. And conversely, he’ll talk to us about some things that are going on with lineups or pecking order of bullpen guys and we’ll have thoughts that are helpful because we’re not as mired in it.“I think that’s how a healthy, strong organization operates. I feel strongly that’s the dynamic in play. And that is the dynamic in play.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “We have a really good working relationship,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said this week. “I think both sides expect to work together for a long time. We’ve had conversations and I think it’s one of those things where all of our focus is on winning a championship and picking that up when we get to the offseason.“I think because the relationship is so strong and the communication – I get it being a question. But it’s not really a concern for any of us because of the relationship in place.”Roberts acknowledged that there were some contract discussions early in the season but “right now it’s just best to focus on winning baseball games” and his ‘lame-duck’ status does not weigh on his mind.“I think we’ve done a really good job here in the past three years,” Roberts said. “I love it here. I love everything about it. I’m hopeful something will get done. The truth of the matter is there’s an option on me for next year. It’s not my choice anyway.”The contract Roberts signed with the Dodgers in November 2015 was for three years with a club option for the 2019 season.center_img Friedman declined to answer when asked why the Dodgers haven’t simply exercised that option already. The fact that he and Roberts say there were “conversations” about his contract earlier this year implies the Dodgers would like to sign Roberts to a multi-year extension. Friedman declined to confirm that.If the Dodgers do want Roberts, the 2016 NL Manager of the Year, to remain manager for 2019 and beyond, the question might be how much value they place on a manager.Financial terms of manager’s contracts are not released. But Roberts is believed to be making $1 million in the third year of his contract, a salary that places him in the bottom third of MLB managers – in company with rookie managers like Mickey Callaway (Mets), Dave Martinez (Nationals) and Gabe Kapler (Phillies) and a long way from the Angels’ Mike Scioscia, the Giants’ Bruce Bochy and the Cubs’ Joe Maddon, who are believed to be making $6 million as the highest-salaried managers in baseball.Of the 12 managers who are making $1 million or less this season (including interim managers), only three have led a team into the playoffs – Jeff Banister in Texas (fired last week), Torey Lovullo in Arizona and Roberts. Only Roberts has a postseason series win on his resume.Roberts’ World Series counterpart, Astros manager A.J. Hinch, entered 2018 in the same situation. His contract was set to expire following this season and the club held an option for 2019. He received a multi-year extension last month. Financial terms were not disclosed.“This season has played out in a little bit of a strange way,” Friedman said when asked to evaluate Roberts’ job performance this season. “But through it all, Doc has been incredibly positive and steady at the helm.”He has also accepted the new job description for his position – one that requires the manager to accept constant input and direction from the front office and serve as a conduit for the information generated by that front office to reach the players.Perhaps most difficult, the new job dynamic also requires the manager to be the public face of decisions that aren’t always completely his – particularly for Roberts whose pre- and post-game press availability is televised fare while decision-makers like Friedman and GM Farhan Zaidi are only occasionally visible. That dynamic has also created a public perception of managers like Roberts as merely button-pushers, more middle manager than classic baseball manager.“It’s not the truth at all. I don’t know where this narrative came from,” Roberts said of the notion that the front office dictates lineup and in-game decisions. “If you had that, then you have no credibility in the clubhouse. Our guys are smart enough to understand that.“Are there things we discuss? Absolutely. I welcome it. I ask for help. I don’t have all the answers nor do the coaches. So if you can have somebody look at it from a different lens, I think that’s helpful and healthy. But ultimately, I make the decisions and that’s the way it should be.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more