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Oct 14th 2012 9:54AM No, all one need do is take the registration information from the desk and enter the site that way. If he did have someone with an axe to grind against him, that could easily be accomplished, especially if it was someone at the front desk!
Jan 25th 2012 11:00AM Ellen - common sense. NEVER go back into a sinking ship!! If someone is not wearing a life jacket and is outside during an abandon ship situation, then stay with the lifeboat, there should be extra life jackets in the muster area for just that occasion. If proper presailing drills are done, then that would be addressed in the lecture. Some vessels even have all life jackets stored strategically near the life boats to prevent that sort of wrong panic reaction, and hand them out to passengers arriving at the muster station. Read my other post on the dangers of life jackets. It should enlighten any and all non professional cruisers.
Jan 25th 2012 10:43AM All these comments by veteran cruise passengers are well and good, but you all are not exactly familiar with the actual laws and practices of the sea. As a licensed ship Master ( my license covers any ship, any where ), there are certain things that I would insist be made policy / law. First would be the pre-sailing Abandon Ship Drill, in which not only would passengers be instructed on their lifeboat station and how to don a life jacket, but also made aware that under NO circumstances shall a life jacket be donned inside the confines of the ship. That, in itself, is a death warrant, as it will do what it was made to do - float. lnside the vessel, you will float to the top of a cabin and not be able to access the escape route through a single door with a pressure latch on it. Many have died that way, and many more will in similar accidents. I would also insist this be posted in each cabin at the storage spot for the life jackets.
Also I would have a mandated procedure for relieving the Officer in Command due to dangerous maneuvers. This is rarely done due to fear of charges of mutiny. If you take command from a superior, then you better have all your ducks in a row for the inquiry on YOUR actions being brought up by the person you have reileved due to incompetence.
Feb 23rd 2011 6:40PM Nowhere do I see any mention of Merchant Seamen. It is still possible to get a license without going to the maritime academies, and those jobs can net well over 100K annually. Even an Able Bodied seaman can get $250+ a day, and on an even rotation, figure 182 days' pay comes to $45500 a year at the 250, and if they work more, can earn more. Plus, they are away half the time, and the rest of the time is home free. It can be dangerous at times, but nowadays it is fairly safe on most jobs. I happen to hold an Unlimited Master Ocean license, and did not spend one day in a maritime academy to get it, so it CAN be done.
Feb 23rd 2011 1:57PM I read these comments on the various articles to get reader feedback and see how I fare with the rest of the world that is interested in a story, including this one. I DO NOT APPRECIATE comments that are no more than ads spamming for various dating sites. You are a disgrace to the intelligent reading public, and offend those of us who are looking to have a meaningful experience of debate on something that is relevant, which, naturally, ads for various dating sites are not. Kindly keep your posts to chat rooms if you are going to prostitute yourself for these scam sites, and leave the entelligent people alone so they can have an unfettered and uncluttered meeting of minds.
As for the article itself, sounds to me like a mistake is a mistake, but will they make the "mistake" of offering some kind of consolation to those offended, like a discount or a free flight? I doubt it.
Feb 7th 2011 12:29AM Besides, she sang it at the last game of the 2010 NBA playoffs between the Celtics and the Lakers, and got the words right there. She just didn't do the same performance this time.
Feb 7th 2011 12:27AM US History 101. Francis Scott Key was a "prisoner" on board a British warship during the siege of the American fort. He wrote the S.S.B. as a poem, NOT a song. Music was added around 1820. Also, people talk about us having the only anthem which ends in a question. We only know by heart the first stanza; the final one ends with a STATEMENT of pride in the Flag of the United States of America. And, on a personal note, I agree with those people who say that this, the vocal embodiment of all that is great about our Nation, should be sung by the tune as originally adapted to music ( allowing only for constraints on the vocal range of the performer for the high notes ), NOT as a clean slate for the most outrageous "interpretation" one can can imagine, depending on the amount of the "singer's" fame in the music world. KATE SMITH, PLEASE REINCARNATE YOURSELF!!!
Jan 6th 2011 10:31PM I have 4 cats that are both indoor/outdoor cats, courtesy of a kitty door in the back door of the house. For the indoor times, our litter box is merely the red Walmart brand, but we enhance it with a sprinkling of Baking Soda - generic works just as well. Our son and his fiancee got an indoor grown cat, and tried using plain litter, and their apartment smelled of litter box in no time with one cat. She still says she can't smell the used cat litter box even when she stands next to it, thanks to the baking soda. That is the important thing for smells.
Dec 27th 2010 11:07AM "Right of Way" in this case means that the bus driver was not in a position to be expecting to see someone in front of him. We don't know enough of the incident to condemn him outright; if the man was standing on a sidewalk and darted into the street in front of the bus, or fell, or was pushed, or if the bus were found later to have veered on to the sidewalk and hit him. It does not say if the man was jaywalking; only that he was not in a crosswalk. I agree that the pedestrian has the right of way all the time, but there are rules to protect the pedestrian in the form of prohibited zones and acts to allow traffic to flow freely. Condemning the bus driver without the facts is really foolhardy on your part. Get the facts, and then decide. In any case, it should never have happened, and my condollences to his family back on Cape Cod.
Dec 22nd 2010 10:36PM What do you mean, start them at the beginning? GIVE THEM THE MONEY; they are not responsible for the stupidity of game show judges. They should have what they won, and then be allowed to walk away - just walk, man - and chew on an Apple while you get out POST-IT haste!!!