4 dead on cruise ship heading to Fort Lauderdale
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Four passengers have died aboard a Holland America cruise ship that soon may make its way to Port Everglades, the liner announced Friday.Holland America said “four older guests” died on the Zaandam, but didn’t say whether the new coronavirus was the cause.Nearly 140 people on the ship have complained about feeling sick, including some with respiratory symptoms. On Thursday, several were tested for the coronavirus and two people tested positive. The company didn’t say whether the two who tested positive were among the four passengers who died.A Miramar couple aboard the ...
Honda CR-V Hybrid makes geek great
Honda hybrids used to be soooo nerdy.The Japanese automaker’s first hybrid debuted 20 years ago. Costing $28,932 in today’s dollars ($18,800 in 2000), the wee front-wheel drive, three-door hatchback looked like a college science project.Shaped like a doorstop, it was optimized for 647-mile range — assuming a semi-truck didn’t run over it first as its 72 horses struggled to get up to interstate speeds. It came standard with a manual transmission. Its bicycle-thin rear tires were covered by fender slats to increase aerodynamics. It sold like granola in a candy shop. Not well.How far hybrids have...
The Detroit News
America's truckers face increasing challenges on front lines in war against coronavirus
Shantell Pablo heaved a big sigh and shrugged as she headed back to her 18-wheeler during a break at the service plaza along Interstate 70 Wednesday morning between Lawrence and Kansas City.“I’m just ready for everything to be over,” said the 27-year-old trucker from Metairie, Louisiana, who was hauling a load of dry goods from Chicago to Colorado and then on to Texas. “During this time, it has been very difficult for all of us, especially us truckers. It’s put a lot of stress on all of us.”For weeks, America’s 3.5 million truckers have become unsung heroes of sorts, finding themselves on the ...
The Kansas City Star
First known coronavirus deaths from stricken Grand Princess cruise ship, 103 infected
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Two former passengers of the Grand Princess cruise ship have died, as the number of positive coronavirus cases among those who were on board continues to rise. And a San Jose man said a close female relative, also from San Jose, received a positive test result Thursday after being released from quarantine at Travis Air Force Base.The Department of Health and Human Services said two men infected on board died earlier this week “due to complications from the coronavirus.” The victims had been taken, along with nearly 1,000 of the other 3,400 passengers and crew, to quarantine ...
The Mercury News
Two Costa cruise ships plan to dock at PortMiami Thursday with 30 sick on board
MIAMI — Two Costa Cruises ships — the Favolosa and the Magica — plan to dock in PortMiami Thursday with 30 sick people on board, a company spokesperson said.At least six people on the Favolosa and two people on the Magica have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks after disembarking from the ships. Now, only crew remain on board, and at least 30 of them have flulike symptoms, according to a spokesperson for Carnival Corp., which owns Costa Cruises.Both ships were originally based in Guadeloupe, a Caribbean island territory of France, making seven and 14-night Caribbean cruises. The ship...
'I don't feel safe at all.' As cruise ships sail on, crews fear COVID-19 infection
MIAMI — A crew member on the Costa Luminosa knew something was wrong when an ambulance arrived on the pier in Puerto Rico March 8 and left with two passengers. Elderly passengers are routinely evacuated at port stops when they become ill. But in the middle of a global pandemic, this incident felt different.That same day, the U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned all Americans against cruising, citing the increased risk of COVID-19 infection on cruise ships.Over the following 11 days, the situation on board worsened. Three sick passengers were offloaded in ...
Will Bunch: Will a coronavirus mirage of clean air, water inspire climate action — or make things worse?
OK, let’s be clear about one thing: Dolphins aren’t actually frolicking in the canals of a deserted Venice, a city on lockdown like the rest of Italy because of the global pandemic. But — as is sometimes the case — those misleading or faked viral tweets are an exaggerated version of something that is true, and also compelling: The shutdown of scores of tourist-packed gondolas has cleaned the murky waters of the ancient city to the point where fish are now visible.And that’s not the only remarkable vision — practically a mirage, really — as the coronavirus crisis shutters the developed world’s ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Half of Diamond Princess passengers and crew who had coronavirus showed no symptoms, CDC says
Almost half of the coronavirus-stricken people aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship never showed symptoms before they were tested, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.More than 700 passengers and crew members have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the boat docked in Japan on Feb. 3 and was quarantined for 14 days in Yokohama. Of those, about 46.5%, or 331 people, were asymptomatic at the time of testing, the CDC announced.Of the 381 symptomatic patients, 37 (9.7%) required intensive care and nine (1.3%) died.The lack of visible symptoms likely allowed the virus to s...
New York Daily News
More cruise ships headed to San Diego, including some with passengers
SAN DIEGO — Even though the cruise industry is shut down for now, several vessels this week and next are headed for San Diego, including two — the Holland America Maasdam and Celebrity Eclipse — that together will be carrying more than 3,300 passengers.The ships are completing voyages that started before all the major cruise lines decided in mid-March to temporarily halt future sailings amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Still others have docked or will be stopping in San Diego, with only crew members aboard, to fuel up and load the ships with needed supplies, according to the Port of San D...
The San Diego Union-Tribune