Cranes will squeak past bridge today

first_imgTwo gantry cranes should barely pass beneath the Vincent Thomas Bridge when they’re delivered this afternoon at the Port of Los Angeles, according to the Coast Guard. The cranes, built in Japan, will make their way from the Long Beach Harbor to the TraPac terminal at the Port of Los Angeles beginning at 4 p.m., according to Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Andrew Munoz. The cranes and their delivery ship, the Dock Express 10, are expected to reach the Vincent Thomas Bridge by 5 p.m., when port and Coast Guard officials will decide whether it’s safe to continue the journey. The maximum clearance for going under the Vincent Thomas Bridge is 219 feet. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“The ship and cranes will be about 3 feet below that limit, plus it will be low tide, so we think it will be safe,” Munoz said. “You only see something this extraordinary maybe a couple of times ever.” Once the ship receives clearance, the bridge will be closed to traffic for five to 10 minutes as a security precaution, Munoz said. Additionally, the Coast Guard and Los Angeles port police officers will establish a 100-yard “safety zone” around the ship as it travels to Berth 136. [email protected]last_img read more

Chase begins for Stewart, Busch

first_img Stewart has to be considered a favorite to win the New Hampshire race this time around. Busch won both New Hampshire races last year. And the year before that, Jimmie Johnson won both New Hampshire races. Stewart’s New Hampshire victory in July was part of his summer surge, when he won five races between June 26 and Aug. 14 and took over the points lead. He remembers having a car at New Hampshire that needed time to get traction on long runs, but also was able to pass cars early in the race. “But in the middle and latter stages of the race, the guys got their cars better and it got to where our car really wasn’t that strong,” Stewart said. “And for six or seven laps, it would take that long for it to get a lot of grip and lock down. But early in the race we could get by guys until they got their cars better. As the day went on, we had a lot of good track position and that helped us.” Those gaps in performance allowed the Busch boys to catch Stewart at New Hampshire. “So it was in that six- or seven-lap window where we just didn’t have as much grip as we needed,” Stewart said. “But once our tires came in, we were able to track Kurt down after that last restart and get by.” Kurt Busch actually is in better position in this Chase than he was last year. Not only is Busch fifth in points – opposed to seventh last year – he also has his four Roush Racing teammates in the Chase. Penske Racing South teammates Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman are the only other drivers who can say that. Not that Wallace and Newman have acted much like teammates at all this year. The other three Chase contenders are racing solo. Stewart’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Bobby Labonte missed the Chase. Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammates, including four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon, missed the Chase. Jeremy Mayfield, in. His Evernham Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne, out. Still, one is better than none. Just ask Teresa Earnhardt, Richard Childress and Robert Yates. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, Mayfield sits seventh in the Chase, the same spot from which Kurt Busch started his championship run. Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. His column appears on Thursdays. He can be reached at (818) 713-2715 or [email protected] NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES Sylvania 300 Site: Loudon, N.H. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 9:10 a.m.); Sunday, race (TNT, 9:30 a.m.). Track: New Hampshire International Speedway (oval, 1.058 miles, 12 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 317.4 miles, 300 laps. Next race: MBNA 400, Sept. 25, Dover, Del. On the Net: www.nascar.com NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCKS SERIES Sylvania 200 Site: Loudon, N.H. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 7:05 a.m., race (Speed Channel, noon). Track: New Hampshire International Speedway (oval, 1.058 miles, 12 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 211.6 miles, 200 laps. Next race: Las Vegas 350, Sept. 24. NHRA NHRA Nationals Site: Reading, Pa. Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 11 a.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 8 a.m (ESPN2, 1 p.m.); Sunday, eliminations, 8 a.m. (ESPN2, 1 p.m.) Track: Maple Grove Raceway. Next event: O’Reilly Fall Nationals, Sept. 25, Ennis, Texas. On the Net: www.nhra.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If Tony Stewart can repeat his performance in the July race at New Hampshire International Speedway, he may be able to see the forest through the Busches. The forest in this case being the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship. And the Busches being the brothers, Kurt and Kyle, who seemed to be Stewart’s biggest challengers when the Cup drivers visited New Hampshire during the summer. “It seemed like Kyle Busch was able to stay with us longer on every restart,” said Stewart, who won the July race at New Hampshire. “Then at the end of the day, both of the Busch (brothers) – the shrub and the bigger Busch (Kurt) – were both good enough to stay with us. Kyle was almost good enough to get by, and Kurt actually got by.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Stewart enters Sunday’s race at New Hampshire, the start of the 10-race Chase for the Championship, as the Chase leader. He has a five-point lead over Greg Biffle and a 45-point leader over Ryan Newman, the 10th-place driver in the Chase. If history is any indication, the winner of the New Hampshire race will have a marked advantage in the Chase. Last year, Kurt Busch won the New Hampshire race, vaulted from seventh to first, and went on to win his first Cup championship. The New Hampshire race was Busch’s only win in the Chase for the Championship. Busch compared taking the early lead in the Chase to a golf tournament. “If you start off and you’re 4-under or 5-under, the other guys are waffling around with a bogey and a par, they’re not going to catch you,” said Busch. “It’s up to the leader to make those mistakes. We did have a big mistake, though, at Atlanta with the motor blowing up. That took away our solid advantage. So when you have a bad race early on. it’s just that much more difficult to overcome later.” Without Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Jeff Gordon in the Chase, Stewart and Kurt Busch may be the biggest stars in the NASCAR 10-race playoff. last_img read more

Air quality dipping rapidly, Delhi govt issues health advisory

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 27 (PTI) Air quality in Delhi, which remained very poor for the fourth straight day today, is set to nosedive further, leading to the Delhi government advising people to stay indoors as much as possible.High moisture content and lack of winds have triggered the spike, the city government said. The Centre said it will take “harsh measures”, if needed, to prevent any repeat of the recent smog episode.The Central Pollution Control Board registered the days air quality index (AQI) at 362, 10 units more than yesterday, on a scale of 500. The AQI takes into account levels of suspended particulate matter and gases like nitrogen dioxide.An AQI between 301-400 is classified as very poor, which can trigger respiratory illness on prolonged exposure.The 24-hour average concentration (rolling) of PM2.5 and PM10 were 291 and 171 microgrammes per cubic metre (ug/m3) respectively at 8pm, multiple times above the prescribed standards 60 and 100, as per readings of SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research).During the day, levels of these ultrafine particulates were even higher. CPCB monitors, essentially 17 of its stations located across the city, recorded the maximum levels of PM2.5 and PM10 at 224 and 353 ug/m3.Emergency measures will kick in if PM2.5 and PM10 concentration cross 300 and 500 ug/m3 and stay there for 48 hours at a stretch.According to SAFAR, an agency under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, PM2.5 and PM10 levels will rise further over the next three days.CPCBs air lab chief Dipankar Saha said winter is not taking root in the city due to fluctuating wind directions, northwest and west. Saha said wind direction from the north will soon stabilise and surface winds will gain momentum, leading to dispersion of pollutants.advertisementHowever, pollution will not turn severe plus, like it had on November 8 and persisted for nearly a week, Saha said.The city government issued a health advisory urging people to avoid smoking and stepping out during the early morning and late evening hours.It also appealed the city residents to carpool and use public transport, and not to burn dry leaves, crop residue, wood, coal, etc.The government asked schools to avoid outdoor assemblies, sports and other physical activities in the early morning hours.Union environment secretary CK Mishra said: “As government, we are determined to not let this (smog episode) happen again, which may mean taking harsh measures, and there will be (such measures). Because, we care for lives and we cannot ignore that aspect,” he said. PTI SBR ABHlast_img read more