Team New Zealand blames inside job for America’s Cup allegations

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Team New Zealand have blamed “informants” for spreading “highly defamatory and inaccurate” allegations about the body organising their America’s Cup defence, triggering government questions over “financial and structural matters”. FILE PHOTO: Sailing – America’s Cup finals – Hamilton, Bermuda – June 26, 2017 – Emirates Team New Zealand celebrates with the America’s…

‘Feels very unfair’: Families say cruise lines are using a ‘technicality’ to refuse refunds

Thousands of cruisers’ plans were dashed earlier this year when coronavirus shut down the cruise industry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued – and later extended – a no-sail order, which is now set to expire on July 24, though many lines have extended their sailing suspensions past that date. In fact, on Friday, Cruise Lines…

Ohio state senator asked if “the colored population” gets Covid-19 more often since they “do not clean their hands in addition to other groups”

At a Senate Health Committee in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, state senator Steve Huffman said: “My point is I understand African Americans have a higher incidence of chronic conditions and it makes them more susceptible to death from COVID. But why it doesn’t make them more susceptible to just get COVID. Could it just be…

Sculptor creates the world’s smallest chess set, the size of a thumbtack

Turkish sculpture Necati Korkmaz makes tiny works of art, most of which can only be fully appreciated with a magnifying glass. His latest effort is a chess set smaller than a thumbtack. The board is 9 millimeters square and the pieces, around 1.5-3 millimeters in size, are moved with tiny sticks. Korkmaz hopes to be…

Family of Grand Princess passenger who passed away of coronavirus files suit versus Carnival

Curtis Tate, USA TODAY Published 3:39 p.m. ET May 31, 2020 CLOSE The Grand Princess cruise ship, once carrying some 3,000 passengers some stricken with coronavirus, returned to port in the San Francisco Bay Area Tuesday with nearly 650 crew members aboard after they had completed their 14-day quarantine. (April 7) AP DomesticThe family of…

These emus have apparently discovered dark magic rituals.

I once wrote a children’s book (that I never actually published or did anything with) about the origin story of the emu, which I hypothesized as being the offspring of two ostriches who were each so heartbroken that they just became very emo — hence, emus. But never in my wildest imagination did I fathom…

Encode Your Information With Emoji

Ecoji is like Base64 encoding, but it’s Base1024 and uses emojis instead of the alphabet. [via @codinghorror] For example: $ echo “Base64 is so 1999, isn’t there something better?” | ecoji🏗📩🎦🐇🎛📘🔯🚜💞😽🆖🐊🎱🥁🚄🌱💞😭💮🇵💢🕥🐭🔸🍉🚲🦑🐶💢🕥🔮🔺🍉📸🐮🌼👦🚟🥴📑 New Vermont bill introduced to permit emoji on license plates Vermont State Rep. Rebecca White (D-Windsor) introduced legislation in the Vermont House of Representatives…

Carnival Cruise Line extends sailing suspension, won’t resume cruising until October

Carnival Cruise Line will extend its sailing suspension in North America through the end of September, the cruise line announced Monday. “During this unprecedented pause in our business, we have continued to assess the operating environment and confer with public health, government and industry officials,” Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy told cruisers and travel agents in a letter sent Monday announcing…

Exclusive: Cruise industry announces US sailing suspension extended until Sept. 15

Cruise Lines International Association, the leading trade organization for the global ocean-going cruise industry, says its member cruise lines have voluntarily extended the suspension of U.S. cruise operations until Sept. 15 amid coronavirus concerns.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “no-sail order” is scheduled to expire on July 24, but no extension has yet been announced.…