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Experience of a Lifetime

first_imgThe Port Arthur Junior Bees were invited to the NFL Experience on Friday and Saturday. The event on Friday was only open for Pop Warner kids. The Pop Warner league has a partnership with the NFL. On Saturday, 30 youths from Port Arthur and 35 from Beaumont went on a trip to the Experience at the George R. Brown Center. (Courtesy photo)last_img

ALE adds crane trio in the Caspian

first_imgThe cranes, which have lift capacities of 100 tonnes, 130 tonnes, and 220 tonnes respectively, are based at ALE’s facility in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. The cranes will be utilised on upcoming oil, gas and petrochemical expansion projects that are due to start in 2018. www.ale-heavylift.comlast_img

Vigil held for 34 killed in California dive boat fire

first_img Published: September 7, 2019 10:02 AM EDT Updated: September 7, 2019 10:03 AM EDT Recommended 2 Florida firefighters help fight fires out west, say more help needed The 34 people who died in a diving boat fire off Southern California are being remembered by those who shared their love of the sea.Hundreds turned out Friday evening for a vigil at a Santa Barbara park.The dead were “our friends and our family members. Our common love of diving binds us together for eternity,” said Don Barthelmess, a local dive instructor.Thirty-four scuba tanks lined the stage.Mourners wept, embraced and placed white carnations in baskets. The flowers and a wreath were destined for an existing waterside memorial to those lost at sea.The dive boat Conception was gutted by fire and went down in about 65 feet of water before dawn Monday while anchored off Santa Cruz Island.Those who died were in a bunkroom below deck and probably were trapped as flames blocked a stairway and an escape hatch, authorities have said.Preliminary findings on the causes of death, announced by Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, raise the possibility the victims inhaled highly toxic smoke and died in their sleep before being scorched by flames that burned their bodies beyond recognition.“The indicators are from the preliminary examination of the bodies that the victims died prior to being burned,” Brown said.The revelation came as investigators searched for the cause of the deadly blaze and divers looked for the body of the one missing victim. The Coast Guard said safety concerns over gusty winds halted efforts to salvage the boat Friday afternoon.Gusts of up to 40 mph were expected through the weekend.The Conception’s captain and four other crew members jumped overboard and were the only survivors. They told investigators a harrowing tale of trying to get below decks to help the 33 guests and one crew member but finding themselves driven away by flames, heat and smoke.“Within minutes, they would’ve been consumed,” Glen Fritzler, co-owner of boat owner Truth Aquatics, Inc., told KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara. “So they did their best. They did re-enter the vessel from the back of the boat after they swam around it. They could not get to firefighting equipment because everything was engulfed.”Twenty-three of the 33 bodies recovered have been positively identified through DNA, and their family members around the world are being notified, the county sheriff said. Relatives have been tracked down as far away as Singapore, Japan and India.While local, state and federal agencies try to solve the mystery of what doomed the dive boat, the investigation has not turned criminal, although that is a possibility, Brown said.Under a federal law known as the seaman’s manslaughter statute, a captain or crew member can be charged with a crime if their negligence or misconduct results in death.Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who is a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said it’s too early to discuss charges.“There are lots questions to answer, including what even constitutes negligence. In other words, do you have to have somebody on watch, enough fire extinguishers or ways to, you know, get out — enough exits?” Levenson said. “Certainly, if they find out there was negligence or misconduct this is a possibility, but it’s too soon.”Brown said the cause and manner of death were being determined through external exams and not traditional autopsies. Final results will depend on toxicology tests.Dr. Howard Robin, an expert in forensic pathology, said lack of autopsies could present a challenge during any lawsuits brought by family members because those results are typically used to support damages for pain and suffering.Truth Aquatics pre-emptively filed a lawsuit Thursday under a pre-Civil War provision of maritime law that could protect it from potentially costly payouts to families of the dead, a move condemned by some observers as disrespectful and callous.The company said in a statement posted Friday on Instagram that the lawsuit is an “unfortunate side of these tragedies” and pinned the action on insurance companies and other so-called stakeholders.“This wouldn’t be something that we as a family would even consider,” Truth Aquatics said. “The timing is on them. Our hearts and minds are on the tragedy and finding answers.”___Melley reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writer John Antczak in Los Angeles contributed to this story. Related Articles:At least 8 killed in deadly boat fire off Southern California coastCrew member fulfilled dream before death in scuba boat fire Author: STEFANIE DAZIO and BRIAN MELLEY/APWriter:WINK News Seeping under doors, bad air from West’s fires won’t ease up center_img SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) Vigil held for 34 killed in California dive boat fire Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

‘Like I’m flying,’ Yap says of Asiad stint

first_img“Special ito para sa akin na makabalik uli sa national team after nine years kaya’t ibibigay ko talaga ang best ko.”“Mas controlled na ako ngayon. Kasi dati para akong kiti-kiti maglaro sa national team,” Yap added. “Mas matured na ako, mas experienced kaya mas maganda na iyong nilalaro ko sa international game.”Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao reminded Yap and Asi Taulava, 45, to give their best in what might be their final time to wear the national colors.“Parang bata nga gumalaw si James (against Kazakhstan) e,” said Guiao. “But I told him and Asi na hindi ko alam kung magna-national team pa kayo ulit, so make sure you give your best, make sure it will make a positive mark in your careers.”“It’s possible that they will be defined in the Asian Games with respect to their career by playing in the national team,” Guiao added. “Ang huling mare-remember ng tao iyong huling stint nila e.”After securing a slot in the knockout playoffs with the 96-59 rout of Kazakhstan last Thursday, the Philippines is gearing up for a tough battle with powerhouse China at 5 p.m. on Tuesday./PN The 36-year-old James Yap, a Rain or Shine Elasto Painters guard, is just in his second Philippine team appearance. MANILA – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters guard James Yap knows his stint in this year’s Asian Games in Jakarta could be his last.So he is giving his best.“Para akong lumilipad e. Ang sarap ng feeling,” said the native of Escalante City, Negros Occidental.Now 36, the two-time PBA Most Valuable Player awardee is just in his second Philippine team appearance.last_img read more