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« Reply #225 on: February 24, 2012, 03:59:04 PM »

"The captain of the Costa Concordia slowed the ship down so that he could enjoy dinner with a Moldovan ex-dancer and then speeded up as he approached the island of Giglio in order to make up time, prosecutors alleged today."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9103705/Concordia-captain-changed-ships-speed-for-dinner-with-ex-dancer.html

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« Reply #226 on: February 24, 2012, 04:04:01 PM »

"Discovery’s Costa Concordia documentary has slid past National Geographic Channel’s Concordia disaster doc. The premiere of Discovery’s “Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside the Concordia,” last Sunday averaged 1.83 million viewers.

One week earlier, the premiere of National Geographic’s “Terror at Sea: The Sinking of the Concordia” clocked 1.2 million viewers, according to numbers-crunching Nielsen."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/tv-column/post/and-the-winner-in-the-italian-cruise-ship-disaster-documentary-ratings-race-is/2012/02/23/gIQAbcBXWR_blog.html

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« Reply #227 on: February 24, 2012, 04:06:45 PM »

"On Wednesday, cruise ship owner Costa Crociere said seven other employees including three executives, were also under investigation for their role in the January 13 tragedy, in which 32 people are thought to have died."

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/travel/news/italian-shipwreck-captain-facing-new-charge/story-fn32891l-1226280216589
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« Reply #228 on: February 24, 2012, 04:09:12 PM »

"ROME — Italy Thursday said it was taking legal action against the company of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship to pay for possible environmental damage and the cost of dealing with the wreckage.

The environment ministry said it was taking legal action "in view of a possible claim for damages to the environment" from the luxury liner which ran aground on a reef off a Tuscan island on January 13, killing 32."

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jMrLMJ70CEoVWh1PI1ImUVxDmwYA?docId=CNG.b3f722c965ea81049a39936321bef0c0.3e1
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« Reply #229 on: February 24, 2012, 04:11:30 PM »

Eight more bodies were found Wednesday aboard the shipwrecked Costa Concordia, Italian officials said Wednesday, and seven cruise line employees were being investigated.

The bodies were all found on a part of the ship known as bridge four, which is under water, Italian civil protection officials said. The discoveries raise the number of confirmed dead to 25, with seven people still missing."

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/22/world/europe/italy-cruise-ship/?hpt=ieu_c2
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« Reply #230 on: February 24, 2012, 05:16:22 PM »

"Eight more bodies have been found inside the crippled cruise ship, including that of a five year old girl."



http://world.topnewstoday.org/World/article/1642846/
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« Reply #231 on: February 27, 2012, 05:04:42 PM »

Domnica Cemortan said she was flirting with Captain Francesco Schettino on the bridge before the ship struck rocks Jan. 13, The Mail on Sunday reported.

The newspaper said it was possible that the smitten captain may have been trying to impress the 25 year old when the ship crashed, as early reports had

Cemortan revealed that she shared a passionate kiss with 52-year-old Schettino, but denied that they were lovers.

She said, "They are acting as if I'm some sort of femme fatale, but I don't sleep around. Yes, I was very attracted to Captain Schettino, and he was clearly interested in me. I admit that I had a big crush on him because he was very good-looking and very charming."

Cemortan worked on the ship for three weeks, but when her contract ended, she bought herself a ticket for the remainder of the ill-fated cruise. She claimed that her belongings, found in Schettino's cabin, were being stored there as a temporary measure.

"I admit that I was attracted to him, but honestly, we did not have sex," Cemortan said.

However, she went on, "He was always respectful when I was a member of his staff, but once I was a passenger, then it was different. I think we probably would have ended up in bed, eventually, but I never found out because of the crash."

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/02/26/costa-concordia-blonde-sets-record-straight-on-shipwreck-captain/



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« Reply #232 on: February 27, 2012, 05:11:05 PM »

"According to one report, rescue workers searching the stricken vessel found her dresses, underwear, cosmetics and other effects in his cabin."

"Cemortan first entered the tangled story of the wrecking of the Costa Concordia when a retired Italian couple told their local newspaper they had watched from a nearby table as the captain entertained a young woman at dinner. They claimed Schettino had drunk copious amounts of wine before heading back to the bridge."


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/02/costa-concordia-cruise-ship-rep
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« Reply #233 on: February 27, 2012, 05:20:41 PM »

"Ms Cemortan admits that not only had she been alone with Mr Schettino in his cabin earlier during the evening of the tragedy, but that they had shared a passionate kiss, which she suspects was a prelude to them becoming lovers."

http://www.news.com.au/world/costa-concordia-blonde-tells-about-her-relationship-with-captain/story-e6frfkz9-1226281876749
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« Reply #234 on: February 27, 2012, 05:22:54 PM »

"Ms Cemortan admits that her luggage had been left in the captain's cabin, but says it was only a temporary arrangement while she waited for a cabin to become available."

http://www.news.com.au/world/costa-concordia-blonde-tells-about-her-relationship-with-captain/story-e6frfkz9-1226281876749
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« Reply #235 on: February 27, 2012, 07:35:31 PM »



Guess we are no longer going to hear from the wife of the Captain telling us what a wonderful person, husband & family man the Captain is...?  Quite clearly the Captain was living in two different worlds... 
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« Reply #236 on: February 28, 2012, 07:28:35 PM »

I must admit, after watching both the NATGEO and the DISC shows, the DISC show was the better of the two in that it finally explained the change of course, after hitting the rocks, that Concordia took that saved so many lives.

I first thought the Capt had turned the ship and tried to beach her, but without any power, that wasn't possible. The DISC show, with their track and expert commentary showed that the winds essentially blew the ship into the rocks and saved many lives. Had she been in deeper water she would have capsized and taken a lot of people with her.
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« Reply #237 on: February 28, 2012, 10:58:27 PM »

I must admit, after watching both the NATGEO and the DISC shows, the DISC show was the better of the two in that it finally explained the change of course, after hitting the rocks, that Concordia took that saved so many lives.

I first thought the Capt had turned the ship and tried to beach her, but without any power, that wasn't possible. The DISC show, with their track and expert commentary showed that the winds essentially blew the ship into the rocks and saved many lives. Had she been in deeper water she would have capsized and taken a lot of people with her.

Very interesting; I have not heard any of this.  I know it's not much comfort to those involved in the disaster, but it could have been much worse.
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« Reply #238 on: March 06, 2012, 08:21:11 AM »

"GROSSETO, Italy — The first hearing of the criminal investigation into the Costa Concordia's shipwreck was held in a theater Saturday instead of a courthouse because of high demand, with angry survivors seeking compensation, justice and the truth.

The judge at the hearing assigned four experts to analyze the cruise ship's data recorder and ordered them to report their findings in July, confirming predictions by Prosecutor Francesco Verusio that examination of the data, as well as of conversations involving officers on the ship's bridge, could take months.

Prosecutors must decide whether to seek a trial against the captain, other top officers and officials of Italian cruise company Costa Crociere SpA, which is owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp. Crucial to their decision could be what the experts determine are such details as the Concordia's velocity when it slammed into a reef the night of Jan. 13 off Giglio island, its exact route and what commands were given by whom and when.

Participants acknowledged that the search for truth and justice will be a long one."

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/travel/2017670672_webcosta05.html
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« Reply #239 on: March 06, 2012, 08:25:20 AM »

"GROSSETO - The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner was not wearing his glasses on the evening of the accident and asked his first officer to check the radar for him, the officer's lawyer said on Saturday."

http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=260297

"On the night of the disaster, captain Schettino was on the bridge and said he had forgotten his glasses . . . he'd left his glasses in the cabin," she quoted the officer as saying.

"He also claims that Schettino ordered officials to tell the coast guard that everything was under control," McKenna said, adding the officer insisted the captain deliberately ordered them to lie.

The first officer also said Schettino repeatedly asked him to check the radar for him that night. "

http://m.ctv.ca/topstories/20120303/costa-concordia-captain-schettino-pre-trial-hearing-begins-120303.html
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