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    2020 Corpsmember of the Year Ryan Shelton, Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CA)
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    2020 Corpsmember of the Year Ryan Shelton, Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CA)

    March 13, 2020


    [clapping] How you guys doing today? I’m glad you
    guys are doing well. I’m a little bit nervous, but that’s okay.
    So I’m going to tell you guys a little bit about my story. Basically, my name is Ryan
    Shelton I’m 23 years old. I didn’t have the greatest start in life. I was in a
    foster care group home when I was younger and due to that I kind of was
    propelled into the streets and the negative influences that were in my
    community, and by age 19 I was incarcerated for the second time, but
    this time I was facing six years. Luckily, God had other plans for me and I
    ended up getting sentenced to about a year. The time I spent incarcerated was
    extremely hard. I had to resist my environment every day.The violence, the
    racial riots, the feelings of hopelessness, all I could really do was
    focus on what I was gonna do when I got out. So I remember one day a little bit
    after I got sentenced, I was in my cell and I was just feeling really down and
    another one of the inmates was like, “You know hey what’s going on man, how you
    feeling?” And I didn’t usually open up too much but for some reason that day I
    opened up, and I said you know I’m just kind of feeling lost. I don’t know
    what I’m gonna do when I get out. You know I have all these felonies on my
    record and I just don’t know. You know what kind of job is going to take me?
    What kind of career type job is going to take me? And then you know my fellow
    inmate, he said “Don’t worry so much about the job. Focus on what kind of man you
    want to be when you get out.” And those words really resonated with me because I
    knew I wasn’t a bad person. I knew I had made a mistake and I knew I kind of had
    a rough start, but I knew the kind of man that I wanted to be. So I took those
    words in mind and I began taking some classes while I was still incarcerated.
    And one of those classes that I took was called Back On Track. And that class Back
    On Track basically taught inmates how to navigate the employment field with
    felonies on your record. So basically they told us you know the
    kind of jobs to go for more manual labor type jobs. You know certain programs and
    certain you know jobs who are more felon friendly and things of that nature. So I
    remember that class as really a light in the dark tunnel for me. I remember I would come back from the class. I’ll walk back to my
    cell and I would lay on my steel bunk, and I had this little piece of paper up
    top. And that piece of paper, it was a small piece of paper and it had a bunch of
    goals I had written down on it. And to everybody else you know that was just a
    piece of paper, but to me that was me reminding myself of who I was and the
    man that I wanted to be when I got out. So I stayed focused and I really you
    know listened entailing to the things they had in the class, and I tried my
    best to resist all the negative things going on while I was incarcerated. And it
    was probably about 2 or 3 weeks before I was about to get released, and I remember
    my instructor telling me she was like, “Hey you know these are a couple of
    agencies, temp agencies I think you should check out and you know
    Conservation Corps is something I think you should also check out as well.” And I
    took her advice in mind and I remember got out and the first thing I did was, I
    went to the temp agencies first. And the thing I realized first when I went to
    the temp agencies was for a felon it’s pretty much a vicious cycle. I would go
    to one temp agency, I’ll have about maybe 4 or 6 weeks worth of work and then once
    that work was over they didn’t have anymore contract at work for felons, and
    they didn’t know when they were gonna get more. So I’m off to the next temp
    agency trying to find work and it really affected me as a man because I felt like, part of a man is you know coming home and bringing that paycheck home. And I
    felt like dang I did my time in that I can barely bring that paycheck home.
    I was still on probation, so I still had to make probation payments and one of the
    terms of being on probation is you had to have steady employment. So I just felt
    a constant anxiety and a pressure and I just felt like yeah I’m free but I don’t
    feel all the way free yet. And I remember, one day I was really up to my nose and I was just stressed out. I was about to go cash another small check I had from a
    temp agency, and for some reason I just remembered what my instructor said. She
    said Conservation Corps, so I’m like okay you know I was like I think that’s what
    imma do. So I remember I put my application in and within about two
    weeks I was working and everything. So I was really excited and the thing for me,
    that really changed for me when I got to Conservation Corps was, I was no
    longer in the situation where I had to hide the fact that I had a felony or you know, I couldn’t talk about it or anything.
    I was actually around people who were supportive or like oh hey you got you
    got felonies don’t worry about it you know. This is the stepping stone.
    We’re gonna get you to the job you want to get to, and honestly all that
    positivity within that community broke down the walls that I had within myself.
    I had all these walls that I thought that all you know I have the felonies.
    You know I can’t do that you know I can’t do this. And eventually going to
    work every day and sitting down with my supervisors at lunch, and having those
    conversations about hey you know what what do you think I can do about these
    felonies? And you know what do you think my options are? It really gave me the
    opportunity to break down those walls and then become to open up. So as I
    opened up emotionally and I started realizing these are things that I
    actually could do, I started doing more research. I started doing more research
    about my case, and I realized that hey you know I haven’t been doing anything
    bad at all. If I make all these probation payments I think I can probably get off
    probation. I think this is something I can do. So I got really excited about it
    and that was my primary focus. Hey, I’m going to get all these payments paid down and you know I’m gonna try my best to get off probation. While I was getting ready
    and prep to do all that. They had a solar training program that popped up while I
    was working at Conservation Corps. Didn’t know anything about solar, but I
    knew that I wanted to get into a career. I didn’t know if I was gonna get off
    probation. I didn’t know if they’re gonna expunge my record, but I knew that I had
    to prepare myself anyway. I had to believe it before I saw it. So I started
    doing a solar training program and everything was going perfect. I really
    fell in love with it. I really was doing work that I really loved. I was doing
    construction. I loved being outside, everything was great. More than anything,
    I was doing work for the environment, that I was also doing with Conservation
    Corps, but this was more of a skilled work. I felt like wow this is really
    a career I’m really getting into this. You know I felt like hey I’m in a career
    and I have these felonies right now, but maybe they’ll be off you know when I
    when I go to court. So a couple months later I had my court date coming up, I
    still remember the date, March 27, 2018. I went to court and I remember when I
    went to court, I had a packet about this thick of letters. You know I
    had some letters from my sister saying all the support they have from me. But more than anything, I had letters from our supervisor to Conservation Corps of Long Beach. I had letters from Kedrin. You know I had
    to have support and I remember the Judge looking through the packet reading
    everything and he looked up, he said “You know I’m proud of you. You’ve really turned
    your life around you’ve really did a whole lot.” I remember they expunged my
    record and they let me off probation. [clapping] It was. It was at that point in time
    where I really felt like I can really take a full turnaround with my life.
    It was really when I feel like I can make a complete 360. The walls that I had that
    were that were holding me in, I could really start breaking down. So now I had
    my career, my record was expunged, I wasn’t on probation anymore, and I was
    truly free. So with that in mind, while I was still doing the solar training at
    GRID Alternatives, which was the partner that linked up with Conservation Corps.
    I started to also think about, hey you know maybe maybe I can get in school. You know I think I think that’s something I can do as well. So I also got in school.
    So now I’m in school at La Trade Tech. I’m studying for electrical construction
    and maintenance. I’ll be graduated in 2021 in the Spring, about 68 percent done
    for school. So I’ll be done with that pretty soon. And a really great thing
    that I got to do while I was doing my solar training, was while I’m doing my
    solar training there were still other people from Conservation Corps in Long
    Beach who were still getting our solar training as well. So I was able to be on
    the roof working for GRID Alternatives, but still right there with my people
    from Conservation Corps in Long Beach. I tell them hey, this is the way I went.
    Everything’s going great for me. You can do this too. So honestly you know it was
    the positive community that really fueled me to reach the dreams and
    destinations that I thought were so far. So more than anything it was just coming
    to Conservation Corps and having that positive community that inspired me to
    say hey you know what I can do these things. People have told me no. They told
    me I can’t do that. I’ve told myself no, but these people are telling me yes. So I
    think I can do it and that was the major turnaround for me. So you know I really
    appreciate you guys listening to me and I really appreciate the Corps for
    everything they’ve done. One last thing, I have to say now I am an Electrical
    Apprentice and I work for Zero Solar now I make about $20 an hour, and I’ll be
    done with school. So everything’s great, and I really appreciate everything. [clapping]

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    6 Times Google Maps Saved Lives

    March 11, 2020


    Google Maps and Google Street is an
    amazing and fantastic invention you can look up anywhere you need to go to and
    also get directions if you’re in a new town but sometimes these apps are used
    for more than just finding a local Starbucks these are sometimes Google
    Maps has actually saved people’s life from people who were castaways on an
    island to a boy who found his home after decades lost I’m Charlie and today we’re
    going to look at Times Google Maps saved lives but before we get into it why not
    subscribe and press the notification bell – coming up first we have castaway
    for a lot of people their biggest fear is getting washed up on an abandoned
    Island kind of like the movie castaway well that’s exactly what’s happened to
    three sailors in 2016 one night their boat was having trouble and they had to
    swim to a deserted island this island was called fana deke and it was several
    hundred miles north of Papua New Guinea for three days they were stranded on
    this island the men had no knowledge of how to survive in nature but they did
    use stones to spell out the word help soon someone using a google satellite
    was able to see the word health spelt out in stones then a US Navy plane flew
    above the island and saw the main signal thankfully the US Navy landed and
    rescued the men all of the sailors have now retired from boating and I can see
    why next up is corporate kidnapping we all know that Google can be used for
    solving crimes but what about stopping an ongoing crime that’s what happened to
    sander Co Claire in 2015 sander worked for the British business SME tuk limited
    but one day as he was going to work an ex-employee of the company named John
    Charles kidnapped in John Charles the ex-employee was very bitter apparently
    his boss owed him money which is why he kidnapped sander he wanted to use sander
    to schedule a one-on-one meeting with him and his former boss but when John
    kidnapped sander sandy was able to hide his phone from John sander then waited
    until John had left the room and then he used Google Maps and sent his location
    to his boss when his boss got the Google map linked to his location he drove
    there immediately and thankfully he was able to save his employee sander the
    police were also called and they arrested
    John John was then sentenced to eight years in jail next up is homecoming when
    you’re a kid there’s nothing scarier than getting lost we all know that fear
    of losing our parents in a supermarket well if you think that’s bad then hear
    the story of one kid named Sarah when Sarah was 5 years old he got on board a
    runaway train in India he was then separated from his village and his
    family had no way to get home he had to start a whole new life all by himself
    and for 23 years he searched for his family but because he was so young when
    he was separated from them he could remember where they were or where they
    lived he couldn’t even remember his family’s last name however he did
    remember one thing that was that his home town was closed off by two bridges
    so when he was older and when Google Maps was invented he went on the site
    using the knowledge of the two bridges closing off his town he was able to find
    it on Google Maps he traveled to his town and was able to find his family
    Saru credits Google Maps and Earth with saving his life he says without his
    family he wasn’t really living but now he lives with them reunited all thanks
    to Google Maps next stop is forest escape every year 60 people go missing
    in national parks around the USA some of them are gigantic and people like to go
    off trial which is why they get lost this is what happened to one 15 year old
    boy named Austin Bohannon in 2017 he’s from Tennessee USA in one day went
    hiking off a trail this was in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    he was walking alone and soon lost his way and he realized he had no phone
    signal either for 11 days he walked around the National Park with no food
    and no water he had been reported missing and Rangers had gone out to look
    for him but they didn’t want too many people to go out because they didn’t
    want to destroy any tracks left by Austin on the 11th day he realized that
    while his phone didn’t have signal he may be able to get a GPS signal he
    turned his phone on and sure enough Google Maps led him out of the area he
    was led to an area called tab cat Creek there he was able to get to a local town
    and explain what had happened he was taken to a local hospital and was
    treated for exhaustion and dehydration he said if it wasn’t for Google Maps and
    GPS he would have made it out of the forest alive so guys
    remember never go off trail when you’re walking in a national park next up is
    missing car in October of 2006 a man named David Lee Niles went missing he
    was last seen one night leaving Jake’s spur and Byron Township Michigan for
    years his family surged day and night trying to find him alive somewhere at
    the time of his disappearance he was 67 years old this means he may not have
    fared – well if he got lost somewhere but five years later in 2011 the family
    lost hope even though they prayed every day he was still alive they thought he
    was probably not then six years later in 2017 a car was found and David was
    inside it the car was found because someone was looking at a pond on Google
    Maps from the satellite images they realized a car was submerged in the pond
    inside the car was David’s skeleton which is very sad so while Google Maps
    didn’t save his life it did save his family from having to wonder about what
    happened to him thankfully they now have answers as to what happened to their
    loved relative some family members even said they weren’t really living not
    knowing where David was but now it’s time to make your voice heard vote in
    the poll in the top right corner have you ever used Google Maps to get
    yourself out of a jam if you want some more amazing videos then check out my
    second channel but as always thanks for watching check out some more videos on
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    How We Got Our Ship Basecamp
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    How We Got Our Ship Basecamp

    March 9, 2020


    This story isn’t all about joy, it’s also about pain. It’s how we got our boat Basecamp This story begins when Achim was in Russia for a semester abroad living in a shitty dorm with three guys and a family of cockroaches During that time we were looking for used boats on the Internet Come on they’re really a lot of accessories and the price is amazing Look this is insane This morning. I was about to just study like every day and Now they’re popped up and boat offer on the Internet. And now I’m in the car heading off to the Netherlands looking at a boat. In general it is pretty Okay A lot of boat for the money I Bought this boat. I Bought this boat.
    We have a boat This is ridicoulus This is ridicoulus
    It’s crazy There was one little downside though we had to sail her back from Brest in France all the way through the British channel the North Sea, the Kiel canal and the Baltic Sea to Rostock This journey of about 1,000 nautical miles took about eight weeks of straight sailing Achim: so directly when I came back from Russia Achim: so directly when I came back from Russia, I started this little adventure We experienced heavy winds and high seas Sometimes though it was just boring And then sometimes, sometimes even the same day you find these little places that makes you smile Soon enough we arrived and suddenly it was winter. Not a lot was going on there. Just maintenance and preparing stuff I have no clue how to put it on again A: I have no clue how to put it on again
    M: At some point that’s gonna be my problem too A: Is filiming your definition of helping? M: yeah After winter comes spring and we were really excited to get her out of the water for the first time We wanted to refurbish the entire hull, so a lot of work was scheduled M: I don’t have enough voice to scream M: I don’t have enough voice to scream
    A: And maybe you’re swallowed a little bit of metal? M: Possible A:If you wonder how he can see.. A:If you w-onder how he can see..
    M: well I see enough.. A: So far we haven’t had an accident – so I’m good We were making huge progress and pretty soon we could start to put on the final layer of white antifouling paint to Keep off water plans It’s kind of crazy your boat looks super horrible and you just add a layer of paint and she’s like brand, new she’s just beautiful She was finally ready, just a few fixes, small things, but nothing stopped us been going sailing right now Look this is super awesome. Oh And that’s our lovely boat And then The worst that could possibly happen Suddenly water was coming into the boat. One of the other moment, there was like an emergency situation and I I just grabbed the red The red thing and just stuffed it in, it stopped the water but so right now we have to get her out of the water. M: I came to Rostock overnight, but I had to leave by the end of the week to take exams And do you remember the white paint we put on to keep off water plans It all just came off. All our hard work, all the hours we spent were worthless. And there was still the hole, it was a disaster, Even though we started working right ahead, all our feeling for readiness Was just gone. Vanished. M: When I had to leave it felt like we were almost done but we really weren’t the times just getting worse and worse here So I found another hole. M: And another and . In total Achim found six holes in our ship Marcus, I need you here A:And when I was finally ready, finally was able to paint, there was no feeling of winning. Just exhaustion and pain A scary thought that we might have missed something That there might is another hole, that really freaked me out Finally ready It was an incredible hard week Incredible hard. I’ve worked every day 12 hours 14 hours Yeah, I hope, I hope everything is fixed. I really hope so The story of how we got to our boat Basecamp is a rough one, but in the end, the result is important A: I have two more weeks then we’ll starting. M: two more weeks and we’re starting right A: We could produce some kind of nighttime welding relaxing video series M: sure, I can definitely make like repeating noise of me like pushing the electrode against against the boat not being able to weld, so Yeah A:I think The girls will love it Not doubt

    Storms Ciara Leaves and Storm Dennis Hits with Major Floods & Devastation. Narrowboat living.
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    Storms Ciara Leaves and Storm Dennis Hits with Major Floods & Devastation. Narrowboat living.

    March 7, 2020


    hello everyone this is our little video
    of our trip to stratford-upon-avon. We just
    survived Storm Ciara, and we was fortunate enough to have storm Dennis
    and the worrying thing about this, we was in the canal basin and
    right next to the river, so we’ve got the potential of some serious flooding. This
    is what unfolded Well I’m sitting in the well deck of Musa Maya in Bancroft Basin
    at the end of the stratford-upon-avon canal We’ve had the worst of storm
    Dennis he’s blown over I think but all the rain that he’s deposited is now
    running down the river Avon and it’s gonna peak early hours of the morning
    and it could actually flood over into this basin and thats where we are, in there on
    a floating pontoon and you just the pointy finger working you can just see
    the risers there so we’ve got about another foot that these pontoons will
    float up but as I said early hours of the morning the river levels will peak
    and the river could flood over the lock gates and into the
    basin so I’m now gonna walk down to the river and instructed by Deb to be
    careful and not to fall in the river and see if I can get some footage but iPhone cameras are not the best in the dark, but let’s go down there.
    everybody good news we can still see that the foxes are afloat
    and we’re still afloat.I think this is about the best exposure I’m gonna get with
    this phone but I’m not gonna walk down to the river to see if I can get anymore
    I don’t know whether you can make it out behind me, but there is the river level
    and just there is there the basin so there’s a couple of feet in it at the
    moment, but as I said the levels are gonna rise, so there’s the murky water in
    the basin and then just this side of the lock and there is about a foot in it at
    the moment I’ve been gone way too long Deb will be getting worried so I’m now
    gonna make my way back to the boat without falling in although that probably would
    make good footage, yeah so I don’t think, well I’m not a weather expert but I
    don’t think we’ve got too much to worry about, now I could be wrong, we will
    find out in the morning now we’ve got the river level there,
    inches away from the level of the canal well I don’t think the rivers going to
    breach it’s a little bit higher than it was when we looked yesterday but it’s flowing fast, flowing very fast
    we shall have to wait and see yes the wind is blowing a Hooley so I
    don’t expect this to pick it up very well. well you can see the edge of the bank you can see the extent of the flooding yes so as you can see it didn’t happen
    to us we’re still here we survived yeah but the devastation across the country
    things we’ve seen on the news and we are members of a few Facebook narrowboat
    pages and the pictures that were being posted on there, falling trees, trees
    falling on boats and crushing them which is why I explained in last week’s
    video why we want to try and be moored in an area away from the prevailing
    winds there was incidents where boats were
    being washed from their moorings, This happened more on the rivers and then you get boat sinking on canals and rivers that are moored up but as the river
    water rises and your mooring chains or your mooring ropes pulled
    tight, then tips the boat over, water comes on and sinks the boat and then there’s other cases where they’ve done as they should and left the mooring line
    slack but then the water level has risen that much it’s actually dumped the boat
    up on the tow path or the bank and as levels then come back down it comes
    tumbling in, so it’s been a real real eye-opener for for us, I mean
    you just have to constantly thinking about safety Yes it’s bad enough when you’re
    actually living on the boat in the storm but there’s lots of boats out there that are
    people’s leisure boats or they don’t live on them full-time so then they have
    to get to them and be constantly monitoring River and canal levels.
    The devastation itself to the canals I think on the head not the Calder and Hebble canal that’s now gonna be closed for twelve months. The river near that
    burst its banks and it deposited all the silt and shingle into that canal I mean we’ve even witnessed it here some breaches a little bit away a lot of tow parts at the moment here resemble the muddy field where the cattle would
    plough through going to the milking shed there was an added bonus for me bonus for me, and for me, the water point was under water, because it was just the other side of the lock on the river Avon
    So with the water point under water, water was a commodity, we was
    rationing water, so I don’t have to wash yeah he loved that, and we went
    to the laundrette we found a little laundrette and that that was awesome going into a
    laundrette with all of you washing and I mean everything I just stripped the boat
    washed everything dried everything within two hours it was all done it was
    awesome well we’re in stratford-upon-avon in this spot clean
    laundry and it’s sparkly clean in it and this is the first time I’ve been in one
    of these proper laundrette since I was a kid
    I just remember sitting for hours and hours on a bench as a kid in here while
    that mom was doing the laundry and it’s a brings back some nice memories 9 top loading machines 2 front loaders and then 2 really
    big top loaders should you wish to wash duvets and large items and 8 tumble dryers yes because normally on a wash day what
    I do is I’ll do the washing and Mark will put the engine on, I normally get in
    trouble because Debbie will rummage through the linen bin and realize there’s only
    two pairs of pants of mine from the whole week, I hand wash in between. yes
    so what I normally do is I’ll do a wash when mark puts the engine on I’ll do a
    wash and then I hang it all up on hangers and on the horse and my little
    thing with all the socks and that put it all in the bathroom ready for when we go
    to bed and then hang it about the boat to dry oh no yeah the fire the fires on
    or through night andll dries out all the washing the windows are open with clothes hanging on the
    rails in front of the window we’ve also got a couple of hooks up there and it’s
    always all dry by the morning yeah and because we’ve got the windows open
    decent heat, decent ventilation, we’ve hardly got any condensation but it was
    a treat, actually it was a treat to do the laundry while we’re here we
    might even take in a little show at the Royal Shakespeare Company. show, lol, I think he means a play oh right and I might just add that we
    didn’t actually go and see a show or a play I was hoping Aladdin or
    Pinocchio or something was going to be on So we had the pleasure of being
    invited onto Fox’s afloat with Colin and Shaun for one of Sean’s amazing chicken
    curries. yes Deb does a mean chicken curry but Shaun’s was pretty good
    he was up there with me I must admit that was an awesome chicken curry and
    I think he’s covered it in one of his videos, he has a special thermal
    cooker which is basically a pair of loose-fitting rubber tights that he
    stuffs with food and his body heat cooks the food no no no no it’s not it’s a
    Thermal cooker yeah yeah so yeah I’ll probably put a link in the description
    below to one of his videos where he covers this thermal cooker, brilliant
    idea yeah basically well no watch the vid yeah they’ve spent all night on their phones after inviting us round for dinner wind is blowing like crazy the boat because we’re tied on the
    centerline it’s pulling the boat at a funny angle so what we’ve done has
    got a rope from there to there well Sean and Collin and they’re gonna
    do the same and hopefully one of them is going to fall in and help my video go
    viral as you you saw from the the little clip
    of Shaun and Colin where they had to secure the boat to stop the boat rocking
    in the wind, we done the same on our pontoon or the pontoon next to it.
    We both nearly fell in as Deb walked out onto it with the Rope
    I’m on the boat and as she got out there it started oscillating, I was,
    I’ve never been so scared I quickly ran around and got to the end of the pontoon and it mad it worse yeah to the point where we had to both
    drop to her knees but every time we went to stand up this pontoon would oscillate
    again and poor old Deb had to crawl backwards on her knees much to the
    amusement of an older couple on the tow path the pontoon was covered in duck poo so it was awful it was absolutely awful nobody fell in, no but it was scary it
    really was scary so it was time to move on
    in the summer here its two-day moorings but winter mooring rules meant
    we could be there for two weeks we had 10 to12 days there and time for us to head
    back on back up the Stratford upon Avon canal and we headed to the Premier Inn
    to do a shop and get some water the lock that I showed in last week’s
    video with the the funny balance beam because we was travelling with foxes I
    had a little bit help this time from Colin I’ve only just opened it How are we going to do this Mark I’ll pretend and you do all the pushing yeah then we made the mistake of going
    shopping too Lidl at the same time as Shaun was there, because he just runs
    ahead and buys everything so there wasn’t a lot I’m just pleased to had a
    list Oh the banter between us I was walking past everything that I
    was supposed to be buying, so the good thing is I had a list and I managed to
    take everything off management said we are allowed back but only on our own we
    can’t go in together anymore how’s the diet going Shawn all very well
    off stove yes so I think that covers it to this week’s
    a little bit so if you like the vid yeah press the like button please please
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    love you young men God’s coming it’s absolutely wonderful oh and I need to
    just say hello to Katy and Riley and their mum and dad Matt and Lucy we met
    those in the basin they came along in a narrow boat and moored overnight it was
    absolutely lovely so hello Katie hello Riley and goodbye
    everybody else yeah okay bye you

    Abandoning Ship In the Battle of Midway | Memoirs Of WWII #21
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    Abandoning Ship In the Battle of Midway | Memoirs Of WWII #21

    March 6, 2020


    June the 4th, we wound up in the Battle of
    Midway. How many planes came in on us? I don’t know. There wasn’t a way to keep up with them. In 1941, global war was in full swing throughout much of the world. But for those in the United States, like Roger Spooner of Iron City, Georgia, their focus was not on war, but on recovering
    from the Great Depression. I went in the Navy to earn seventeen dollars
    a month. Of course, no one was making money back in
    1941. That was a hard time. That’s the reason I joined the Navy. I had followed that mule long enough. October the 27th, I went to Norfolk, Virginia
    and was sworn in. And I went through boot camp. I was supposed to come home on the 14th of
    December, and I was in a rest area, waiting to be transferred,
    and I didn’t get home. The Japs bombed Pearl Harbor on the seventh. I said, “Where in the world is Pearl Harbor?” Although the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
    was devastating, it united the American people, and the decision
    to go to war was unanimously settled. Roger quickly went from peacetime sailor,
    to being swept up in the fight to stop Japan’s aggressive conquest across
    the Pacific. They put me aboard the Yorktown. I wound up going through the Panama Canal
    on Christmas Day. We left from there, not knowing where we were
    going. We never knew anything. Everything was secret. We bombed the Marshall and Gilbert Islands. Of course, nobody told us what we were doing. But the planes were going off and bombing
    and coming back. On May the 4th, we were off of Australia. And we were laying up on the deck, sunning. We spotted a four-motor bomber up overhead. We notified the bridge, right quick. And then, they sent two fighter planes up. They were gone just a short time, then over
    the loud speaker, they came back with a message that said, “I
    just shot his tail off.” And here he came down, burning. Receiving word that Japan was to invade another
    two crucial islands in the South Pacific, the US Navy had sent the Yorktown – along
    with two task forces – to oppose the offensive. The Battle of the Coral Sea was underway. We got bombed and torpedoed. The planes coming in, some of them came out
    of the sun. They were dive bombers. The others were torpedo planes. They came right off the water. I was the first loader on a 5/38 gun. And those planes coming in would open up their
    guns, firing, trying to get us to where we couldn’t
    be shooting back. Nothing else could attract your attention. You did just what you had to do. One guy within six or eight feet of me – I
    didn’t know he was dead until after that. The Japs disappeared then. When the battle was over, the US Navy had
    lost a destroyer, an aircraft carrier, scores of planes, and over 650 lives. But for the first time since Pearl Harbor, the United States Armed Forces had proven
    themselves a formidable opponent, capable of stopping Japan’s Pacific conquest. But the road ahead was long, and the Yorktown
    was in need of repairs. We were throwing oil where we had been torpedoed. They pulled in a little island called Tongatabu. We wanted to go ashore, but the Queen wouldn’t
    let us ashore until she had taken all the girls up in the
    mountain. Eventually, the crew was permitted to come
    ashore, and the Yorktown underwent rapid repairs. It wasn’t long before the ship and crew
    were headed back out to sea. In June of 1942, Japan devised a plan to draw
    the United States Navy into an ambush and finish the job they started at Pearl Harbor
    by wiping out the entire Pacific Fleet. But the US had once again received word of
    Japan’s intentions, and came up with a plan of their own. The two opposing fleets were now sailing head-on
    into what would become one of the most significant battles in naval
    history. June the 4th, we wound up in the Battle of
    Midway. They were coming to bomb us, and our planes
    were going to bomb them. Our pilots sunk four of their aircraft carriers. How many planes came in on us? I don’t know. There wasn’t a way to keep up with them. One pilot dove into the bridge. He just gave up life and flew right into the
    bridge. And we got sunk. We were leaning over like that. You couldn’t hardly walk on the flight deck
    at all. The Captain passed the word, “All crews, prepare
    to abandon ship.” We went back to the fan tail. That’s the aft part of the ship. You had to pull all your clothes of, except
    your skivvies and your life jacket, and went down a line, into the water. As the battle continued to rage, Roger and
    the surviving crew of the Yorktown tossed helplessly in the waves, completely
    at the mercy of the sea. After several hours, darkness began to fall. I tell you what, one night out there in that
    Pacific – wondering if a shark or a whale was going
    to reach up and swallow you whole – it’s something that you have nightmares about
    today. It was something that you don’t want to experience. The next morning, just before day, I felt
    a little vibration in the water. And it was a ship, just easing along. I wasn’t going to let that ship get away from
    me. I felt the side of the ship as it was easing
    along, and it had lines hanging down. And I found one of the lines and I hung on
    there until sometime that morning. They had a crew up top that started pulling
    and brought me on up top. I was so tired, I couldn’t even get on my
    knees. I told them to just drag me off to the side
    where I could rest and nobody would be running over me. The Battle of Midway was a major victory for
    the United States and a turning point in the war in the Pacific. Japan would never regain superiority at sea, and the strength of the US Navy would only
    continue to grow. And as for Roger, he was heading back to Hawaii. Nearly two years since his deployment, having endured two major battles and a night
    stranded at sea, Roger was longing to go back home to Iron
    City to see his family. I said, “I gotta go home. I haven’t been home since I joined the Navy.” So I put in for submarine duty. The morning, I was transferred down to Honolulu and boarded a ship down there that was coming
    back to the States. I went through submarine school, and when
    my time was up there they were ready for me to get back out in
    the Pacific. I didn’t get to go back home. I wound up in Australia. I made nine war patrols out of Perth, Australia. After we made those nine war patrols, we wound
    up at Guam. We were sleeping on hammocks up there, resting
    up. All at once, we heard ships blowing their
    horns and firing their guns. We thought, “Heck, we’re under attack here!” I was ready to find a hole. News didn’t get around fast, but after about
    thirty minutes we found out the war was over. After 4 long years, Roger was finally returning
    home. Following the war, Roger would marry, raise
    five boys, and start a trucking company which he still
    runs to this day. But the memories of World War II are still
    with him, and remain as clear as ever. It kind of reruns life again. That’s about the best I can say it. Even today. It’s been over seventy-five years since the
    first battle I was in. You still have nightmares over them. It’s something that sticks with you. I’d like to forget it, but you can’t. You’ll never forget it. It will be with you as long as you live. There aren’t very many of us left. Tomorrow I’ll be ninety-seven years old. I don’t feel like I’ve missed anything. But, If I had known I was going to live this
    long I would’ve taken better care of myself.

    Goa-harassing foreigners. calangute and candolim beaches
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    Goa-harassing foreigners. calangute and candolim beaches

    March 4, 2020


    there was a huge gap in the video upload. not intentionally busy of my work as far as i concerned,the work is really enjoyable and is not tiring for me. so there is no cliche thoughts that the travel is a relaxation from my busy life .travel is my passion,enjoyment and a the experiences that given  different suitations .many friends complain about delaying the travel video all i can say to them is that the trips are important to me not for video shooting or uploading it is true that i am unable to upload videos on youtube with in time limit .i would rather have a traveler than a tourister or vlogger. .so I often miss for sharing my beautiful moments with you .video uploading is memories for me the journey begins with a reminder that this is just a memory album that I dont want to live in on the way to the calangute beach,before enjoying the beauty of beach our attention got captured by a statue .Dayanandh Bandhodkar statue.the first chief minister of modern Goa. Calangute beach–one of the famous beach in North GOA. ITS among the top ten bathing beaches in all over the world it is speciality is crowded during day time with tourists and locals most of the season there is a rush of people. from the june to september,the sea is very rough,so the swimming at the time is prohibited .there are several shops lined up along the way to Calangute beach if you walk a little in front of the shops,you will see the steps opening towards the beach these steps enhance the beauty of the beach. this beach is quite crowded visiting around Calangute and Baga,is mostly domestic people. .visitors to the calangute beach for the first time must pay special attention. especially those who do not know the language properly be found around many locals it is good to be cautious as they come with many traps .without any doubt one can say that ,Calangute beach is one of the best place for Adventure water sports in Goa .water sports like Kayaking,sailing,wind-sufing,water snorkling,water sking,parasailing and many more,are rich I walked with camera freely through the crowd. many of the beautiful moments see cannot be captured on camera due to the crowds in the meantime a policeman came and suggested that the tripod should not be used here .I had a laugh in my mind .I asked if this is the site under the Archaeological survey of India? usually tripods should not be used in places under the Archaeological survey of India.. I have used tripods some Archaeological places when the policeman repeated me not to use the tripod here,I slowly turned the camera on him realizing it,the policeman turned around and walked. .looking to the right from Calangute beach,you can see Baga beach in the distance. .if you wish,you can take a walk from Baga beach to Calangute beach. the most unfortunate experience was witnessed by a crowd in the distance while walking on the beach due to the zoom in power of my camera,I was able to accurately capture what was happening. these are the unfortunate moments where an Indian is harassing two foreign tourists .being away, could not run quickly .he was accompanied by 2 or 3 friends, but he was the only one who made harrassment of fo foreigners foreigners do not hesitate to visit these places,as was mentioned in the previous Baga beach video. domestic people is destroying the domestic tourism while walking to the edge,someone ran from a shack of the calangute beach and grabbed onto his collar when he wentdown to hit him,told him to call police he held him there.by then by then it was time for sunset .the view of parasailing trying to hide the low sun into the sea as a red globe was spectacular when the sun goes down and the city awakes up in the sky .famous pubs,bars,decorative lamps shining shacks,etc doors are open for enjoyment .after a little dark the police jeep arrived .troubled man and his friends were also taken in the jeep. the next day me boarded a bus to Candolim beach got down at the bus stop near the beach. in the early morning the local people were less likely to be present. Goa tourist information center–.beautiful small building with neat along the road beautiful small building with neat along the road along the way to Candolim beach,anyone will be impressed. a small garden before heading down to the beach it is beautiful in appearance. .before the rays of the rising sun rose,me walked towards the beach. Candolim beach–beautiful and quiet beach. the place were the famous sunburn festival takes place(NOWADAYS SUNBURN ON VAGATOR BEACH) sunburn festival are held three days a year in Candolim beach beautiful beach area with lots of enjoyable dishes such as music ,dance,entertainment,shopping etc .walking north to the coast from Candolim ,you can reach Calangute. .curiously me walked with camera .the walk was very fun and exciting. .someone catches the fish with net .many fishes were caught in one trap. most of the fish were Malan species later ,while walking some distance,a snake was caught in eye it was originally thought to be sea snake it seems to be a poisonous snake of the viper. not a seasnake, tries to direct the snake into the sea,but again it crawls back to shore a forest is visible along the beach it is possible that it came out of the forest it was captured on camera for a while .the walk continued violet colored flowers in the sand near the forest.beautifully bloomed as walked a little further,I saw a large butterfly lying in the soil on the wings a portrait of nature reminiscent of two large eyes thought to be dead .butterfly fluttered as it touched her wings with my finger the walk continued again .then a seabird came up to capture the camera. the walk from Candolim to calangute was a bit overwhelming but not disappointing .fishes,snake,butterfly,bird,flower,forest….how active is the beach and nearby areas .we just need to keep an eye out for nature’s heirs. thus stop this walk here .lovingly PRASOON BANARJI

    10 Cruise Ships That Had Unpleasant Endings
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    10 Cruise Ships That Had Unpleasant Endings

    March 4, 2020


    When we first board a cruise ship, many passengers
    hope to have the time of their lives. Passengers are treated with a beautiful view
    of the ocean and islands that most have not witnessed before. Taking a cruise ship is promoted as a week
    of paradise where all your accommodations are taken care of. We’re told that the trip is going to be
    something we’re never going to forget. In some cases, passengers remember the trip
    for the wrong reason. This list chronicles the instances when the
    most basic need of the passengers went unaccounted for: their safety. 10. Carnival Triumph An eight night vacation to the Caribbean sounded
    like a great idea to thousands of passengers on the Carnival Triumph in December of 2013. The Carnival Triumph is the second of the
    five member Destiny-class of cruise ships. The Italian built cruise liner had an estimated
    four day trip to the Caribbean but it soon became an eight day nightmare. An engine fire left the ship floating off
    the Gulf of Mexico without power, air conditioning, or a functional septic system. Passengers began to call the trip the “Poop
    Cruise.” Human waste was piling up to the point where
    it lined the hallways outside of passengers’ cabins. What makes matters worse is that the disaster
    seemed to be preventable as management knew of the problems the ship was having. Documents show that the Triumph set sail with
    only four of the six generators fully operational. Luckily for everyone involved no one was seriously
    hurt, but the smell probably did its fair share of damage. 9. Carnival Splendor In a dramatic case of being stuck at sea,
    passengers of the Carnival Splendor had crab meat and Spam dropped in by helicopters. It all started with the cruise en route to
    the Mexican Riviera when an engine room fire cut power to the 952-foot vessel that was
    carrying more than 4,000 people. The fire took place when the cruise ship was
    just 200 miles south of San Diego. Once the engine cut off, the vessel started
    drifting farther and farther offshore. The fire was put out, but the ship was left
    with without air conditioning, hot water, mobile phone or internet service. Without power the ship’s food went bad,
    which resulted in the coast guard delivering more than 50,000 pounds of food. No one was hurt in the disaster, and to the
    passenger’s delight they were rewarded vouchers for future cruises. 8. Costa Concordia One of the more tragic cases of disaster on
    our list goes to the Costa Concordia, where 32 people died and 64 were reported injured
    of the 4,200 aboard. The Italian cruise ship’s fateful encounter
    with a reef off the coast of Tuscany, Italy set in motion the tragic series of events. The ship, carrying 4,252 people, was on the
    first leg of a cruise around the Mediterranean Sea, when passengers say they heard a loud
    impact which caused a temporary power blackout and the flooding of the engine room. The captain ordered an evacuation which took
    nearly six hours and meant that the Costa Concordia was one of the largest ships ever
    to be abandoned. After an investigation was done, the captain
    was arrested on preliminary charges of manslaughter in connection with causing a shipwreck, failing
    to assist 300 passengers, and failing to be the last to leave the wreck. Captain Schettino was eventually found guilty
    of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison. 7. Seabourn Spirit Probably the most frightening case for passengers
    on our list goes to the Seabourn Spirit’s victimization by Somali Pirates. In 2005, while the vessel was traveling 100
    miles off the coast of Somalia, pirates in speedboats attacked the cruise ship. Passengers described how the pirates attacked
    the ship with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades before the captain changed course
    and got away. According to reports, the ship escaped by
    shifting to high speed while also changing course and utilizing a sonic weapon, which
    blasts earsplitting noise in a directed beam. As a result of their evasive maneuvers, no
    one on the ship was injured and the ship was able to make it to Seychelles where the rocket
    damage was repaired. 6. Celebrity Mercury One of the most unique cases of suffering
    on a cruise ship occurred in 2010 when more than 400 passengers of the Celebrity Mercury
    became violently ill. Later, the Centers for Disease Control deemed
    it a norovirus outbreak. Passengers became extremely sick with many
    experiencing vomiting and other gastrointestinal ills on the ship. What is so interesting about the Celebrity
    Mercury is that the norovirus outbreak occurred on three straight voyages. The cruises became known as the “diarrhea-cruises.” After the investigation by the CDC, they were
    unable to identify a cause for the continued outbreaks. It seems best to say that the Celebrity Mercury
    is not the best of choices when it comes to cruise liners. 5. Norwegian Dawn After a 70-foot wave smashed into the Norwegian
    Dawn, it’s hard to believe the company’s statement that passenger safety “was in
    no way compromised by this incident.” Apparently, many passengers disagreed with
    nearly 300 of the 2,000 passengers disembarking early in Charleston as the liner was getting
    repaired. The encounter with Mother Nature saw 62 cabins
    flooded and many passengers screaming in hysterics, according to firsthand accounts of the incident. Norwegian Dawn, the 965-foot white ocean liner,
    had left New York in April of 2005, and was sailing back to New York from the Bahamas
    when it was pounded by the sea over the weekend. According to reports, the wave reached seven
    stories, as high as deck 10 on the ship. Luckily for all involved, the incident did
    not lead to any loss of life. 4. S.S. Eastland One of the oldest and most tragic incidents
    on our list is the S.S Eastland disaster, which took place in July of 1915. It was supposed to be a day of fun and relaxation
    for the employees, families and friends of the Western Electric, but events soon turned
    dire as the passenger ship rolled over into the river while in port in downtown Chicago. Tragically, more than 840 of the 2,572 passengers
    on the ship died in the accident. Many volunteers and emergency personnel acted
    bravely that day, diving to recover bodies of loved ones and attempting to save the lives
    of others. It is a testament to the spirit of togetherness
    in the face of tragedy that Americans have shown in countless incidents. 3. RMS Titanic The most famous cruise disaster in history,
    other than Speed 2, goes to the Titanic. It also happens to be one of the most harrowing
    because of all the lives lost. More than 1,500 of the 2,200 passengers and
    crew lost their lives in 1912 when the “unsinkable ship” struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. At the time, the RMS Titanic was the largest
    passenger liner in service; it took nearly two hours to fully submerge into the ocean’s
    depths and would become one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. The Titanic sank with more than a 1,000 passengers
    and crew on board. James Cameron re-created the tragic incident
    with his film Titanic, which went on to gross 2 billion dollars. Stars of the film Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate
    Winslet would go on to help pay nursing fees of the last survivor of the disaster. 2. Royal Caribbean A recent case of fear at sea comes to us from
    one of the world’s newest and biggest cruise liners, the Royal Caribbean’s 68,666-ton
    Anthem of the Seas. Fierce winds and weather conditions forced
    the vessel back to its home port. The captain even ordered that passengers be
    confined to their quarters until they were safely back. Passengers still managed to share photos of
    the damage to the ship, including: the overturning of furniture, smashing of glassware, and the
    collapsing part of a ceiling in a public corridor. Some passengers were injured and others described
    the incident as “truly terrifying.” Officials from Royal Caribbean say that the
    weather reports did not forecast such high wind speeds. Thankfully, the Royal Caribbean managed to
    dock without anyone being seriously injured. 1. Carnival Ecstasy A terrifying incident that could have been
    taken from a horror film unfortunately occurred on the Carnival Ecstasy in December of 2015. The cruise liner was on the final leg of its
    journey through the Caribbean when the horrifying event occurred. A worker was killed after being crushed to
    death while carrying out a maintenance related task on the Ecstasy. Jose Opazo was working alongside a colleague
    on the elevator when it crushed him to death. Passengers witnessed the aftermath and recounted
    the elevator having blood running down it like the film The Shining. According to the witness, Matt Davis, he and
    his wife and children were enjoying the festive holidays when they saw, “the elevator with
    just blood coming down like a sheet, and not stopping.” A horrifying thing to see indeed.When we first
    board a cruise ship, many passengers hope to have the time of their lives. Passengers are treated with a beautiful view
    of the ocean and islands that most have not witnessed before. Taking a cruise ship is promoted as a week
    of paradise where all your accommodations are taken care of. We’re told that the trip is going to be
    something we’re never going to forget. In some cases, passengers remember the trip
    for the wrong reason. This list chronicles the instances when the
    most basic need of the passengers went unaccounted for: their safety. 10. Carnival Triumph
    triumph An eight night vacation to the Caribbean sounded
    like a great idea to thousands of passengers on the Carnival Triumph in December of 2013. The Carnival Triumph is the second of the
    five member Destiny-class of cruise ships. The Italian built cruise liner had an estimated
    four day trip to the Caribbean but it soon became an eight day nightmare. An engine fire left the ship floating off
    the Gulf of Mexico without power, air conditioning, or a functional septic system. Passengers began to call the trip the “Poop
    Cruise.” Human waste was piling up to the point where
    it lined the hallways outside of passengers’ cabins. What makes matters worse is that the disaster
    seemed to be preventable as management knew of the problems the ship was having. Documents show that the Triumph set sail with
    only four of the six generators fully operational. Luckily for everyone involved no one was seriously
    hurt, but the smell probably did its fair share of damage. 9. Carnival Splendor
    splendor In a dramatic case of being stuck at sea,
    passengers of the Carnival Splendor had crab meat and Spam dropped in by helicopters. It all started with the cruise en route to
    the Mexican Riviera when an engine room fire cut power to the 952-foot vessel that was
    carrying more than 4,000 people. The fire took place when the cruise ship was
    just 200 miles south of San Diego. Once the engine cut off, the vessel started
    drifting farther and farther offshore. The fire was put out, but the ship was left
    with without air conditioning, hot water, mobile phone or internet service. Without power the ship’s food went bad,
    which resulted in the coast guard delivering more than 50,000 pounds of food. No one was hurt in the disaster, and to the
    passenger’s delight they were rewarded vouchers for future cruises. 8. Costa Concordia
    costaconcordia One of the more tragic cases of disaster on
    our list goes to the Costa Concordia, where 32 people died and 64 were reported injured
    of the 4,200 aboard. The Italian cruise ship’s fateful encounter
    with a reef off the coast of Tuscany, Italy set in motion the tragic series of events. The ship, carrying 4,252 people, was on the
    first leg of a cruise around the Mediterranean Sea, when passengers say they heard a loud
    impact which caused a temporary power blackout and the flooding of the engine room. The captain ordered an evacuation which took
    nearly six hours and meant that the Costa Concordia was one of the largest ships ever
    to be abandoned. After an investigation was done, the captain
    was arrested on preliminary charges of manslaughter in connection with causing a shipwreck, failing
    to assist 300 passengers, and failing to be the last to leave the wreck. Captain Schettino was eventually found guilty
    of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison. 7. Seabourn Spirit
    spirit Probably the most frightening case for passengers
    on our list goes to the Seabourn Spirit’s victimization by Somali Pirates. In 2005, while the vessel was traveling 100
    miles off the coast of Somalia, pirates in speedboats attacked the cruise ship. Passengers described how the pirates attacked
    the ship with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades before the captain changed course
    and got away. According to reports, the ship escaped by
    shifting to high speed while also changing course and utilizing a sonic weapon, which
    blasts earsplitting noise in a directed beam. As a result of their evasive maneuvers, no
    one on the ship was injured and the ship was able to make it to Seychelles where the rocket
    damage was repaired. 6. Celebrity Mercury
    mercury One of the most unique cases of suffering
    on a cruise ship occurred in 2010 when more than 400 passengers of the Celebrity Mercury
    became violently ill. Later, the Centers for Disease Control deemed
    it a norovirus outbreak. Passengers became extremely sick with many
    experiencing vomiting and other gastrointestinal ills on the ship. What is so interesting about the Celebrity
    Mercury is that the norovirus outbreak occurred on three straight voyages. The cruises became known as the “diarrhea-cruises.” After the investigation by the CDC, they were
    unable to identify a cause for the continued outbreaks. It seems best to say that the Celebrity Mercury
    is not the best of choices when it comes to cruise liners. 5. Norwegian Dawn
    norwegiandawn After a 70-foot wave smashed into the Norwegian
    Dawn, it’s hard to believe the company’s statement that passenger safety “was in
    no way compromised by this incident.” Apparently, many passengers disagreed with
    nearly 300 of the 2,000 passengers disembarking early in Charleston as the liner was getting
    repaired. The encounter with Mother Nature saw 62 cabins
    flooded and many passengers screaming in hysterics, according to firsthand accounts of the incident. Norwegian Dawn, the 965-foot white ocean liner,
    had left New York in April of 2005, and was sailing back to New York from the Bahamas
    when it was pounded by the sea over the weekend. According to reports, the wave reached seven
    stories, as high as deck 10 on the ship. Luckily for all involved, the incident did
    not lead to any loss of life. 4. S.S. Eastland
    sseastland One of the oldest and most tragic incidents
    on our list is the S.S Eastland disaster, which took place in July of 1915. It was supposed to be a day of fun and relaxation
    for the employees, families and friends of the Western Electric, but events soon turned
    dire as the passenger ship rolled over into the river while in port in downtown Chicago. Tragically, more than 840 of the 2,572 passengers
    on the ship died in the accident. Many volunteers and emergency personnel acted
    bravely that day, diving to recover bodies of loved ones and attempting to save the lives
    of others. It is a testament to the spirit of togetherness
    in the face of tragedy that Americans have shown in countless incidents. 3. RMS Titanic
    titanic The most famous cruise disaster in history,
    other than Speed 2, goes to the Titanic. It also happens to be one of the most harrowing
    because of all the lives lost. More than 1,500 of the 2,200 passengers and
    crew lost their lives in 1912 when the “unsinkable ship” struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. At the time, the RMS Titanic was the largest
    passenger liner in service; it took nearly two hours to fully submerge into the ocean’s
    depths and would become one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. The Titanic sank with more than a 1,000 passengers
    and crew on board. James Cameron re-created the tragic incident
    with his film Titanic, which went on to gross 2 billion dollars. Stars of the film Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate
    Winslet would go on to help pay nursing fees of the last survivor of the disaster. 2. Royal Caribbean
    anthem A recent case of fear at sea comes to us from
    one of the world’s newest and biggest cruise liners, the Royal Caribbean’s 68,666-ton
    Anthem of the Seas. Fierce winds and weather conditions forced
    the vessel back to its home port. The captain even ordered that passengers be
    confined to their quarters until they were safely back. Passengers still managed to share photos of
    the damage to the ship, including: the overturning of furniture, smashing of glassware, and the
    collapsing part of a ceiling in a public corridor. Some passengers were injured and others described
    the incident as “truly terrifying.” Officials from Royal Caribbean say that the
    weather reports did not forecast such high wind speeds. Thankfully, the Royal Caribbean managed to
    dock without anyone being seriously injured. 1. Carnival Ecstasy
    ecstasy A terrifying incident that could have been
    taken from a horror film unfortunately occurred on the Carnival Ecstasy in December of 2015. The cruise liner was on the final leg of its
    journey through the Caribbean when the horrifying event occurred. A worker was killed after being crushed to
    death while carrying out a maintenance related task on the Ecstasy. Jose Opazo was working alongside a colleague
    on the elevator when it crushed him to death. Passengers witnessed the aftermath and recounted
    the elevator having blood running down it like the film The Shining. According to the witness, Matt Davis, he and
    his wife and children were enjoying the festive holidays when they saw, “the elevator with
    just blood coming down like a sheet, and not stopping.” A horrifying thing to see indeed.

    Carnival Panorama Balcony Cabin Tour & Review
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    Carnival Panorama Balcony Cabin Tour & Review

    March 2, 2020


    Now that we cruise more often, we’ve
    gotten a bit spoiled. While we used to book primarily interior cabins, we tend
    to avoid them recently. So for our first ever Carnival cruise, we booked a balcony
    room on Carnival Panorama If you want to know more about this type of
    accommodation, you are in luck. I’m DB from EatSleepCruise.com, and we
    share our thoughts in this complete Carnival Panorama balcony cabin tour and
    review. Our balcony cabin was room number 8387 which is considered a category BD
    on the ship. This stateroom was on the starboard side. It was a short walk to
    the aft elevators or a bit longer walk to the midship elevators. Unlike some
    cruise ships Carnival Panorama does have three banks of elevators meaning you’re
    never too far from one regardless of your stateroom’s location. Deck 8 is only
    two decks from the Lido deck which is Deck 10 and three decks above the upper
    promenade on Deck 5. For us, we felt this location was ideal as we could
    easily walk to the popular decks. Also, we never heard any noise from either the
    outdoor decks or from the bars and restaurants closer to the promenade.
    Carnival Cruise Line indicates that a standard balcony room is 220 square feet.
    On our first impressions of the cabin, we thought it was on par with similar
    staterooms from other brands like Norwegian Cruise Line or Royal Caribbean.
    The space was certainly adequate for two adults cruising on the 7-night voyage.
    The layout of this room had the bed located closer to the balcony door which
    is actually our preferred layout. Upon entering the room, we passed the
    bathroom on our right. The bathroom was pretty basic. The shower did not have a
    door but rather a shower curtain. Compared to some other larger ships from
    other lines, the bathroom space felt a bit cramped. In terms of bathroom storage,
    there were a few shelves for toiletries on either side of the sink ,though we
    could have used another storage space in the shower
    to store his in her bath products. Continuing into the room, there is a
    closet on the left. The storage space here is maximized for families with a
    few different configurations possible. For those with little ones, there’s an
    option to have two clothes racks so you can hang children’s garments on the
    lower one. We folded up the bottom rack so we could utilize one full-length rack
    to accommodate dresses and our formal outfits. Along with these options, there
    was a standard set of shelves with some drawers for storing additional clothing
    items or shoes. The desk area was a bit smaller than what we’ve come to expect
    from other brands. Typically, there’s enough space for our electronics along
    with space for the Princess to get ready. Unfortunately, this was not the case in
    the Carnival Panorama balcony stateroom. I had to store some of my gear on the
    shelves off to the side and the remainder just stayed on the sofa.
    Further, there is only one drawer on the desk which housed the hairdryer. Across
    from the desk was a sofa and coffee table. This became our dumping grounds
    throughout the trip as it usually does. Later on in the cruise, it also became
    home for our towel animal farm. As furniture goes, the sofa was comfortable
    and was on par with other balcony cabins. Further into the room, there’s a
    flat-screen television mounted to the wall .We never tested out the television,
    but it was positioned so it could be viewed from either the bed or the sofa.
    No matter the cruise, we’re typically going all day, so falling asleep is never an
    issue for us. Still, we found the bed to provide plenty of support and comfort.
    Next to each side of the bed were small nightstands.
    One drawback of the stateroom was lack of outlets or USBs near the bed. In our
    opinion, this was a huge oversight. Being our first Carnival cruise, another
    surprising thing was the balcony. Instead of the standard sliding door, there’s a
    large window and a small door that opened out to the balcony.
    This meant that leaving the door open while in the stateroom was never really an
    option. In terms of the balcony itself, there were two chairs and a small table.
    The size of the balcony felt comparable to other ships. There was just enough
    room to sit outside to enjoy the ocean breezes and the views, but you certainly
    weren’t going to suntan on this balcony. Overall, the balcony stateroom on
    Carnival Panorama provided a convenient and easily accessible layout. We had just
    enough space for our 7-night cruise, though the decor was rather basic and
    did not give the room a luxurious feel. As Carnival Panorama is a brand new ship,
    the cabin was in impeccable shape of course, but the ship did lack the style
    of other newer ships. Still, our cabin was more than functional, and we found it an
    ideal place to rejuvenate before heading out and enjoying all the ship’s amenities.
    And there you have it, that’s our Carnival Panorama balcony tour and
    review, but of course, we’d love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments
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    What is: The Big One – Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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    What is: The Big One – Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    March 1, 2020


    The Big One is a steel roller coaster, located
    at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, in Lancashire, UK. The ride originally opened to the public as
    the world’s tallest roller coaster, standing 213 ft. 64.9 m high. But it’s a lot more than just a record breaker. Join myself and Blackpool Pleasure Beach aficionado Scott of Pleasure Beach experience, as we discuss the complex history of the Big One,
    which all starts with a single man: Geoffrey Thompson became the managing director
    of Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 1976, inheriting the position from his father, Leonard Thompson. Geoffrey was determined to continue his late
    father’s legacy. He, and those before him, had developed the
    park from its opening in 1896 to become a global leader in amusements. From day one, Geoffrey was looking to find
    new and exciting attractions to bring to the pleasure beach. He built Steeplechase, a unique three tracked
    racing roller coaster in 1977; Revolution, Europe’s first modern-day roller coaster
    with a vertical loop, in 1979; and Avalanche, the UK’s first and only bobsled coaster,
    in 1988. But by the early 1990s, Geoffrey was looking
    for something huge. Coincidentally, hundreds of miles from the
    sea-side town of Blackpool, a new record breaking roller coaster was being built. Years prior, Cedar Point, an upcoming amusement
    park in the USA, were also looking for their next big ride. After many proposals, the American park, along
    with famous amusements manufacturer, Arrow Dynamics, constructed Magnum XL-200 – the
    world’s first roller coaster to break the 200ft (61m) height barrier. Dubbed a hyper coaster, the ride was unlike
    most of its time. Magnum emphasized two key characteristics,
    height and speed. It featured steep drops and large hills, giving guests the sensation of weightlessness during the layout. Cedar Point opened Magnum XL-200 in May of
    1989, and just over a year later, Geoffrey Thompson was ready to experience it. After only a single ride, he knew he wanted
    one at the Pleasure Beach. Apparently, the experience was so good he
    called Arrow Dynamics straight after – quite simply he wanted Magnum, but bigger. Geoffrey Thompson craved another record breaking
    roller coaster, another Magnum XL-200. Construction of his newest ride began in 1992
    with initial groundwork and foundations. However, from the beginning, the park’s
    biggest project at that time had issues. Because Blackpool Pleasure Beach is built
    on sand, sturdy foundations had to be created, which sometimes required digging as deep as
    14m (45ft) down. The design of the ride itself was being led
    by Ron Toomer, a well established roller coaster designer at the time. Ron, along with the rest of Arrow Dynamics
    worked with Allott & Lomax to create the ride’s layout and produce working drawings. Normally, Arrow’s track was fabricated at
    the company’s factory in Utah. However, due to the sheer size and scale of
    Blackpool’s new ride, the plans were sent to Watson Steel in Bolton, a company that
    also did steel work for The Revolution at the Pleasure Beach decades earlier. From there, the majority of the steel work
    for both the track and supports took place. Sections of the coaster were also fabricated
    in Southampton and Scotland. Though, doing this proved difficult. Due to the immense scale of the ride, recreating
    Magnum XL-200, without Arrow fabricating their own track, was always going to be a big ask. And Ultimately, this proved to be an impossible
    task. Magnum’s airtime hills were built mostly
    in a straight line, following a tight, but long footprint. This couldn’t be done at the Pleasure Beach. Their new coaster had to weave in and out
    of the existing attractions at the park, which reduced the space for consecutive airtime
    hills. Once the track had been fabricated it was then transported to Blackpool Airport, where it was initially stored. There was little space at the Pleasure Beach,
    so track sections were moved to the Blackpool promenade, opposite the construction site,
    if and when they were required. On top of this, parts of the support structure
    were assembled at the airport, before being transported to the park and lifted into position. Another issue that arose during construction,
    was the fact that the footprint of the new roller coaster was surrounded by a whole host
    of other attractions. This meant that access to the construction
    site was limited whilst other rides were in operation. As a result, the majority of vertical construction
    took place from November of 1993 onwards, whilst the Pleasure Beach was closed to the
    public. Initially set to cost roughly 5 Million Pounds,
    the complexity of the build had inflated the price tag to 12 Million by the time of its
    completion. Shortly before the big debut, the park announced
    a 5 year sponsorship deal with Pepsi, worth £1 Million. It was after this that the ride’s original
    name, The Pepsi Max Big One, was announced. As part of the sponsorship, a tunnel was placed
    on the pre-lift section of the ride, which took the appearance of 2 large Pepsi Max cans. Though the Pepsi branding was dropped from
    the roller coasters name in 2011, being known from then on as ‘The Big One’, the Pepsi
    can has remained present to this day, even being updated by the park to match Pepsi’s
    current branding. After roughly 2 years of construction, 12
    million pounds, and lots of challenges faced; the Pepsi Max Big One opened to guests on
    the 28th of May 1994. Fortunately, it was a massive hit. People traveled from all over the country
    to experience the world’s tallest roller coaster – causing a massive increase in attendance
    compared to the previous year. But the Big One wasn’t the only new roller
    coaster to debut in the UK in 1994. Alton Towers’ B&M inverted coaster, Nemesis,
    opened to guests on the 19th of March, followed by Shockwave at Drayton Manor, a stand-up
    coaster from Intamin, only a week later. All three rides were unique within the United
    Kingdom – the Big One was the country’s first hyper coaster, Nemesis became Europe’s
    first inverted coaster, while Shockwave became the UK’s first stand-up coaster! The new additions were so impressive that
    1994 became known as ‘The Year of the Roller Coaster’ within theme park circles. Even after the Big One’s successful opening
    in 1994, more problems were on the horizon. Following the 1996 season, work began to change
    the profiling and structure. The snappiness of the first drop was altered
    to improve rider comfort and reduce wear and tear on the trains; while the turnaround section
    also saw modifications. The entire turn was modified, allowing for
    riders to pass through it at a greater speed, reducing the likelihood the trains wouldn’t
    make it round the bend. In doing this, the Pleasure Beach also increased
    the wind speed the Big One was able to operate in. With that being said, what is a ride on the
    Big One like today? After passing through the entrance sign, guests
    navigate the rides’ queue line, up towards the station building. A few switchbacks later, riders come face
    to face with one of the attractions three trains. The vehicles feature five cars, each of which
    seats visitors in three rows of two. This leads to a total of 30 riders per train. Once boarded, guests fasten their seat belt
    and pull down the lap bar restraint. At this point, the train slowly rolls out
    of the station building, completing a long downward right hand turn in the process. Riders pass through the Pepsi Max cans and
    engage the lift hill. Here they begin to climb 64.9 m (213 ft.)
    high. Though this is the Big One’s height from
    the ground below, the Pleasure Beach are keen to say their tallest ride measures 72m (235ft)
    high; a measurement made from sea level. After a long steady climb, the trains crest
    the top of the 62.5m (205ft drop), giving visitors fantastic views of the Irish sea. But, you don’t have long to savour the view. The train suddenly whips to the right and
    dives towards the ground. Guests plummet down the curved first drop,
    reaching the maximum vertical angle of 65 degrees in the process. At this point, they reach the top speed of
    119kmh (74mph). The trains then begin their first climb, along
    the front of the park. Guests traverse the apex of the large triangular
    hill, before speeding back towards the ground, and entering the rides large turnaround section. Here, the trains complete a beyond 180 degree
    turn, above the main entrance plaza of the pleasure beach itself. The train then begins its return journey,
    passing underneath previously navigated track, and ascending an off-axis hill. Guests then dive down past Infusion, complete
    another off-axis hill, and pass through the support structure of the lift hill. A third off-axis hill later and the train
    ascends into the mid-course brake run. From this, visitors complete a 360 degree
    downward helix, traverse over a small hill, and punch through the supports of one of the
    parks wooden coasters, Nickelodeon Streak. A left hand dive towards the ground sees riders
    pass through a short tunnel, all before they climb into the final brake run. During the entire 80 second ride experience,
    measured from lift hill to final brake run, the trains complete 1,657 m (5,497 ft.) of
    track. And, as they do so, riders interact with a
    whole host of other attractions at the park. To house the Big One, the Pleasure Beach made
    changes to both the Big Dipper and RollerCoaster, now Nickelodeon Streak, so that it could pass
    through both of their structures. More recently, Icon, the park’s multi-launch
    coaster, was built through a section of its lift hill. Though the Big One did open as the world’s
    tallest complete circuit roller coaster, its record was quickly taken by another ride. In July of 1996, Fujiyama, a steel hyper coaster
    standing 79m (259ft) tall debuted to the public. Fujiyama was not only taller than the Big
    One, but also faster, and longer. From this, the roller coaster wars had truly
    begun. Magnum XL-200, and the Big One in return,
    sparked the beginning of a battle which saw amusement parks fight to construct the world’s
    tallest roller coasters. Cedar Point were determined to hold onto their
    record, creating Millennium Force, a 94m (300ft) tall ride in 2000, followed by Top Thrill
    Dragster, a 130m (420ft) tall coaster in 2003. Even though Blackpool didn’t retain their
    world record breaking status, they did have plans to debut another record breaking roller
    coaster. The so-called Bigger One, a ride which would
    become the world’s tallest, was allegedly meant to open in the mid 2000’s. Sadly, the plans were shelved, allowing for
    the Big One to remain the UK’s tallest roller coaster even after 26 years. Less than a decade after the debut of the
    Big One, Arrow Dynamics went bankrupt. As amusements technology has advanced, more
    of their rides are being removed around the globe. Fortunately, the future of the UK’s tallest
    roller coaster is bright. Recently, the park began to re-track original
    sections of the ride in a process that will continue over the next couple of years. Blackpool Pleasure Beach is keen to sustain
    the life and history of the Big One – a history we’ve barely touched within this video. If you’re interested in learning how the ride sparked the debut of an official Pleasure Beach club, or how it has different wheels
    for different weather; watch our other ‘fact file’ video over on the
    Pleasure Beach Experience channel. Simply click the video on screen now! Thank you for watching, and we’ll see you
    all next time.

    First British patient di es of coronavirus after travelling on cruise ship | 24h news
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    First British patient di es of coronavirus after travelling on cruise ship | 24h news

    February 29, 2020


    First British patient dies of coronavirus
    after travelling on cruise ship The unnamed man was a passenger on the quarantined
    cruise ship the Diamond Princess, which was forced to dock in the Japanese city of Yokohama
    earlier this month A British man has become the first UK national
    to die from coronavirus. The unnamed patient was a passenger on the
    quarantined Japanese cruise ship the Diamond Princess. Japanese media site Asahi reported that the
    man had been travelling on the ship, moored in the Japanese port city of Yokohama. He is the first foreign national aboard the
    virus-ridden ship to die. In a statement, Japan’s Ministry of Health,
    Labour and Welfare confirmed the death He was one of four Brits forced to stay in
    Japan after dozens more, who had tested negative for the COVID-19 disease, were evacuated to
    the UK last week. Two of the group of four were David and Sally
    Abel, from Northamptonshire, who were treated for the virus at a Japanese hospital. Neither of them is the passenger who died
    The man – who has not yet been identified – becomes the sixth passenger on board the
    ship to die of coronavirus so far, after a Japanese woman in her 70s from Tokyo passed
    away earlier today. Almost 700 passengers and crew who were travelling
    on the ship have become sick so far. The Foreign Office says it is investigating
    reports that a British man who was aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship has died
    from coronavirus. Health Minister Jo Churchill said she was
    aware a British man who had been on board the ship was “very poorly”. She told BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme:
    “The Foreign Office are supporting the family of a British man who has been very poorly
    and was a passenger on board the Diamond Princess. “I haven’t had confirmation, because obviously
    I’m on the telephone to you, but I was aware there was a gentleman who was very, very poorly,
    and I’m sure like me your thoughts and sympathies go out to his family at this time.” A total of 19 people have tested positive
    for the disease in the UK so far after one case in Wales and two in England were confirmed
    today. The Welsh patient is the first case in the
    country. Reports say the two new English cases both
    contracted the disease after coming from Iran, which has seen 388 people infected and 34
    deaths. Earlier today, the World Health Organisation
    (WHO) warned that the virus could affect most if not all countries. WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a Geneva
    news briefing: “The outbreak is getting bigger. “The scenario of the coronavirus reaching
    multiple countries, if not all countries around the world, is something we have been looking
    at and warning against since quite a while.”