Science 

Hundreds of People Fell Sick on a Royal Caribbean Cruise

Some passengers told local media they were happy to get off the ship More Hundreds of passengers fell sick aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise this week due to a gastrointestinal illness — a common issue that plagues cruise lines due to close living quarters, among other factors. The five-night cruise docked in Florida on Saturday as 332 passengers contracted a stomach-related illness, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean told CNN. Owen Torres, the spokesperson, noted that was a small percentage of the 5,547 passengers on board, and that cruise ship doctors…

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500 people aboard 2 Royal Caribbean cruises fell sick

Two recent Royal Caribbean cruises saw more than 500 on board become sick after outbreaks of stomach-related illnesses, leading five people to be hospitalized in one of the cases. After departing Dec. 11 from Port Everglades in Florida, 332 of the 5,547 guests aboard the Independence of the Seas became sick with gastrointestinal illness, a spokesperson told NBC News. The outbreak came less than a month after 209 of the 5,796 people aboard Ovation of the Seas ship reported symptoms, said Cynthia Martinez, a Royal Caribbean International cruise line spokeswoman….

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200 people aboard Royal Caribbean cruise fell sick

More than 200 people became sick, and five were hospitalized in Australia after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness aboard a cruise ship earlier this month. Symptoms were reported by 209 guests among the 5,796 people aboard Ovation of the Seas ship, according to Royal Caribbean International cruise line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. The ship returned to Sydney on Dec. 7 at the end of a 14-night cruise that departed Singapore on Nov. 23. “Those affected by the short-lived illness were treated by our ship’s doctors with over-the-counter medication,” Martinez told The…

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Entertainment 

PUBG Xbox One update: New Battlegrounds reveal is bad news for Microsoft

PUBG’s Xbox One release hasn’t been smooth sailing, as performance issues plague Battlegrounds. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has drawn criticism for being rough around the edges on Xbox One. That’s according to Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry team, which calls PUBG a disappointment. “PUBG on Xbox One starts up promisingly enough with a decent, attractive front-end,” the post reads. “But once you’ve moved on from character creation to your first in-game lobby, you’re instantly besieged by low resolution textures that seem to be failing to stream in properly, combined with performance just above or…

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Lifestyle 

Richard Hammond net worth: How does The Grand Tour presenter’s compare to his co-hosts’?

Richard Hammond, 47, is best known for co-hosting the BBC Two car programme Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson, 57, and James May, 54.  While the presenters and his co-hosts left the show in 2015, after 13 years, they moved on to Amazon’s The Grand Tour.  Much of Richard’s fortune comes from the two car shows but he has also had a number of other endeavours along the way.  So what is his net worth and how does it compare to Jeremy’s and James’? According to reports, he has an estimated…

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10 Facts 

William Bligh: Top 10 Ten facts about the HMS Bounty lieutenant

1. William Bligh was born in 1754 and served as cabin boy and captain’s servant on HMS Monmouth from 1761, when he was still only six. 2. His father worked as a customs officer. 3. In 1776, he was chosen by James Cook to be sailing master on the Resolution on Cook’s third and final voyage to the Pacific. 4. At the time of the mutiny in 1789, HMS Bounty was on a mission to find breadfruit plants in Tahiti and transport them to the West Indies. 5. Bligh was…

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North Korea sends fishing boats of secret agents ‘to SPY on Japan’ – as dead bodies found

The communist regime led by Kim Jong-un could be sending spies to Japan on fishing boats, Japan’s Cabinet Secretary warned today but added the situation needed to be clarified. The alarm has been raised as an increasing number of fishing boats from North Korea have been appearing off the coast of Japan – some in distress, some abandoned and some with dead bodies on board – which has caused concern as tensions in the region continue to escalate as North Korea continues to develop its missile and nuclear capabilities. The…

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Sport 

Rafael Nadal reveals frustration with knee injuries when trying water sports

Nadal has suffered from knee problems for much of his professional tennis career. His most recent blow came when he had to pull out of the ATP World Tour Finals in London. The Spaniard is a keen swimmer, having grown up on the island of Majorca. He owns a yacht in his hometown and recently told sailing magazine Nauta360 that he would love to take up water sports. Asked if he swims while on the ATP Tour, Nadal said: “Whenever I can I try to swim and snorkel, to do…

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‘North Korea GHOST ship’ packed with ‘defectors bodies’ washes up on the shore of Japan

The wooden vessel was discovered by the Japan Coast Guard on the western shore of Sado – the island in the Sea of Japan is 450miles from North Korea. Cigarettes and life jackets appear to feature Korean lettering, suggesting the ship set sail from the hermit kingdom. Harsh weather is suspected as playing a part in the incident with Professor Yoshihiko Yamada from Japan’s Tokai University stating that sailing becomes “dangerous” when strong winds are prevalent. He said: “During the summer, the Sea of Japan is quite calm. But it…

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North Korea crisis: Horror as ‘skeleton ship’ washes up on Japanese beach

Officials from the Japanese Coast Guard (JCG) are working to confirm the nationality of the bodies after making the grim discovery. But they said dozens of boats and bodies discovered drifting in Japanese waters so far this year are believed to have set sail from North Korea. Experts say food shortages in the secretive state could be behind the string of wrecked or lost boats as Kim Jong-un’s regime imposes harsher quotas and desperate fishermen risk sailing their rickety vessels into more dangerous waters.  The latest ship came ashore 44…

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