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NTSB: Pilot Blamed for Houston Ship Channel Collision

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first_imgThe pilot’s difficulty in controlling the bulk carrier Conti Peridot’s heading was identified as the probable cause of the collision between the bulker and the tanker Carla Maersk in the Houston Ship Channel in March 2015, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).Besides the inability of the pilot on the Conti Peridot to respond appropriately to hydrodynamic forces after meeting another vessel during restricted visibility, other factors are believed to have led to the collision, among which is the lack of communication with other vessels about the handling difficulty.Contributing to the circumstances was the inadequate bridge resource management between the master and the pilot on the Conti Peridot, as they did not work together to solve the problem.Furthermore, lack of predetermined ship movement strategies during restricted visibility in the Houston Ship Channel also played a role in the collision.“On the day of the accident, local pilot associations determined that the increasing fog was significant enough to suspend pilot boardings of inbound ships. However, piloted vessels already under way continued the transit in the fog,” NTSB said, adding that the Vessel Traffic Service Houston/Galveston did not effectively monitor vessel traffic to identify the developing risk of collision during restricted visibility.Image Courtesy: USCGAs a result of this accident, the NTSB issued safety recommendations to Bremer Bereederungsgesellschaft mbH & Co., the Conti Peridot’s operating company, the Houston Pilots Association, and the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee.The two vessels collided in restricted visibility on March 9, 2015, near Morgan’s Point, Texas, when the bulker crossed the channel into the path of the Carla Maersk.There were no injuries in the collision, but an estimated 88,200 gallons of methyl tert-butyl ether spilled from the Carla Maersk, and the two vessels sustained about USD 8.2 million in total damage.last_img read more

Graham-Cassidy health-care bill teeters; GOP adds money to woo dissidents

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first_imgWASHINGTON | Top Republicans are adding money to their staggering effort to repeal the Obama health care law and say they’re pushing toward a climactic Senate faceoff this week. Yet their path to succeeding in their last-gasp effort has grown narrower, perhaps impossible.GOP senators’ opposition to their party’s drive to scrap President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act swelled to lethal numbers Sunday. Moderate Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the teetering bill and conservative Sen. Ted Cruz said that “right now” he doesn’t back it.President Donald Trump has pressed for a fresh vote, and White House legislative liaison Marc Short and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of the measure’s sponsors, said Republicans would move toward a vote this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he intends to consider the measure but hasn’t firmly committed to a vote.The Congressional Budget Office was expected to release its analysis of the legislation early this week.But the CBO, which is lawmakers’ nonpartisan fiscal analyst, has said that it doesn’t have time to determine the bill’s impact on coverage and premiums, major factors for some lawmakers deciding their votes. Instead, the office is expected to only detail its estimates of the measure’s effect on federal deficits.A vote must occur this week for Republicans to have any chance of prevailing with their narrow Senate majority. Next Sunday, protections expire against a Democratic filibuster, bill-killing delays that Republicans lack the votes to overcome.Already two GOP senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, have said they oppose the legislation. All Democrats will vote against it. “No” votes from three of the 52 GOP senators would kill the party’s effort to deliver on its perennial vow to repeal “Obamacare” and would reprise the party’s politically jarring failure to accomplish that this summer.In a late stab at attracting votes, Republicans were adding $14.5 billion to the measure including extra funds for states of dissenting GOP senators, according to documents obtained late Sunday by The Associated Press.A chart Republicans circulated said the legislation’s grants would provide 14 percent more money for Arizona than under Obama’s law; 4 percent more for Kentucky; 49 percent more for Texas; 3 percent more for Alaska, home to undecided GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski; and 43 percent more for Maine, home to Collins. Some extra money is specifically directed at sparsely populated states.The numbers are misleading, partly because they omit GOP Medicaid cuts from clamping per-person spending caps on the program, said Matt House, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. In a statement, Schumer said the measure would “throw our health insurance system into chaos.”Collins’ criticisms included the bill’s cuts in the Medicaid program for low-income people and the likelihood that it would result in many losing health coverage and paying higher premiums.“It’s very difficult for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill,” said Collins.The conservative Cruz also voiced opposition, underscoring the bill’s problems with both ends of the GOP spectrum.“Right now, they don’t have my vote,” Cruz said at a festival in Austin, Texas. He suggested the measure doesn’t do enough to reduce premiums by allowing insurers to sell less comprehensive coverage than Obama’s law allows.Paul said even though the bill transforms federal health care dollars into block grants that states would control, the GOP bill left too much of that spending intact.McCain has complained that Republicans should have worked with Democrats in reshaping the country’s $3 trillion-a-year health care system and cited uncertainty over the bill’s impact on consumers.Murkowski has remained uncommitted, saying she’s studying the bill’s impact on Alaska. Her state’s officials released a report Friday citing “unique challenges” and deep cuts the measure would impose on the state. She and Collins were the only Republicans who voted “no” on four pivotal votes on earlier versions of the GOP legislation in July.The bill now in play would repeal much of the 2010 law, including its tax penalties on people who don’t buy insurance and on larger employers not offering coverage to workers. States could loosen coverage requirements under the law’s mandates, including prohibiting insurers from charging seriously ill people higher premiums and letting them sell policies covering fewer services.It would eliminate Obama’s expansion of Medicaid and the subsidies the law provides millions of people to reduce their premiums and out of pocket costs, substituting block grants to states.Collins was on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and CNN’s “State of the Union,” Graham appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and Paul was on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and Short was on CBS, NBC and “Fox News Sunday.”___Associated Press writer Catherine Lucey in Somerset, New Jersey, contributed to this report.last_img read more

Video: The goal that made thousands of Spurs fans smile

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first_imgIn 1999, Argentina great Gabriel Batistuta showed Arsenal why fans had christened him ‘Batigol’ as the striker’s goal elminated Arsenal from the Champions League.Hosting Fiorentina at Wembley, their home for European games in order to accomodate more fans, the game was heading for a draw when midfielder Jorg Heinrich ran at the Gunners defence, laid the ball out for Batistuta who shook off Nigel Winterburn and blasted the ball from a tight angle beyond David Seaman.Arsenal finished third in Group B and eventually finished runners-up to Galatasaray in the 2000 UEFA Cup final.Batistuta spent nine years at Fiorentina and was inducted into the club’s hall of fame in 2014 having scored 168 goals in 269 games. He is also Argentina’s top scorer with 56 goals in 78 games.Tottenham will be glad he has long gone as they prepare to face the Serie A side in the Europa League.last_img read more

Neymar recollects the five-word message Messi gave him upon Barcelona arrival

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first_imgAdvertisementNeymar got emotional as he recollected the welcome Lionel Messi gave him during his first days at Barcelona.“It’s a story I tell everyone. At the time when I needed the most support, the man on the team, the best in the world, came and gave me love,” Neymar told Globo Esporte.Neymar talked about how Messi told him to settle in his new surroundings. “He talked to me and said: ‘When you come here, you must be yourself, you must be happy and the same as in Santos. Do not be shy, do not be afraid of me or anyone in this club. We are here to help you.’”The Brazilian moved to Barcelona in 2013, moving from Santos for a fee of €57.1 million. In 186 appearances for the club, Neymar scored 105 goals. His most successful season in 2014/15 yielded the treble as he formed a deadly trio with Messi and Luis Suarez.In a surprising move in 2017, he left for Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee of €222 million. Despite his move away from Barcelona, he still maintains a good relationship with Messi.Neymar is currently in Brazil, as he is going through rehabilitation from an injury he suffered. PSG expect him to return to France to support the team when they face Manchester United in the Champions League next month.Advertisementlast_img read more