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Cruise Ship Trying To Dock In Cozumel, Mexico Crashed Into Another Ship

When you take off on a luxurious vacation, the last thing you want is for chaos to ensue. But last Friday morning, two Carnival Cruise Line ships collided at the port of Cozumel, Mexico, resulting in extensive damages and at least six injuries. In spite of these damages, the company affirms that neither ship was compromised enough to impact its ability to sail, and each injury that was incurred was minor in nature.

“Carnival Glory was maneuvering to dock when it made contact with Carnival Legend which was already alongside,” a spokesperson for the company wrote in a statement. “We are assessing the damage but there are no issues that impact the seaworthiness of either ship.”

At first, only one minor injury had been reported by a guest of Carnival Glory, which evidently occurred during a group evacuation from the dining room of one ship’s decks 3 and 4. But the cruise line said that since its preliminary evaluation, six guests with minor injuries “have presented themselves to the Carnival Glory medical center for evaluation.”

Makenna Morris, 21, from Salt Lake City, Utah, said that she was on deck 4 of the Carnival Legend when she noticed the Carnival Glory moving toward her ship. As the Carnival Glory approached, she could hear passengers screaming in preparation for the impact.

“I heard sounds of cracking and glass breaking,” Morris told NBC News. “The whole dining hall caved in and shattered.”

A few days following the allision (the company is referring to the incident as an “allision,” rather than as a “collision,” because one of the ships was not actually moving at the time), Carnival Cruise Line—which is the world’s largest international cruise line—released a public apology for the incident. The captain of the Carnival Glory also confirmed an investigation into the cause of the accident, which the company currently acknowledges as “spontaneous wind gusts and strong currents.”

“A formal investigation is underway to confirm the cause of the accident,” the letter read. “The ship has been inspected by the required authorities and there are no issues that impact our ability to sail safely back to New Orleans.”

The captain also affirmed that the six people injured in the incident had all been treated, and were in healthy condition.

This recent Cozumel crash is not the first time that Carnival Cruise Line has been the subject of controversy.

In 2002, it was reported that the company was paying their staff less than $1 per hour for shifts that lasted 11 hours, 7 days a week. Since 2017, Carnival has been on probation after “illegally dumping oil into the ocean from its Princess Cruise ships and lying about the scheme,” for which they also had to pay a $40 million fine. The court summary states: “Princess was convicted and sentenced in April 2017, after pleading guilty to felony charges stemming from its deliberate dumping of oil-contaminated waste from one of its vessels and intentional acts to cover it up.”

Just this year, Carnival was exposed violating the rules of its probation, with a list of up to 800 allegations emerging over a one-year period. In addition to severe fines that could increase up to ten times, Carnival faces a possible temporary ban from docking in US ports. A settlement was reached this past June, confirming that Carnival’s probation would last another three years.

And while this incident had nothing to do with Carnival Cruise Line’s services (in fact, the folks involved praised Carnival’s support throughout the incident), the company made headlines earlier this year when one half of an American couple fell critically ill aboard the Carnival Dream cruise ship and was rushed to a hospital in Mexico. Tyler Perry heard about their situation and paid the couple’s hospital bill, helping them safely get back home to the States.

Carnival Cruise Line has operated since 1972, and its fleet has undergone several transformations over the past few decades.

Of the two ships involved in this most recent incident, the Carnival Glory is a Miami-based vessel registered in Panama that has been carrying passengers since 2003.  It carries roughly 1,150 crew members and has a maximum guest capacity of 3,756, though the number of people who were on board at the time of the crash is unknown.

The Carnival Legend is significantly smaller, with a capacity for 930 crew members and up to 2,610 guests. It has been in service for the company since 2002. The Legend is based in Tampa but registered in Malta.

Carnival also has plans to expand their current fleet of 27 ships in the next couple of years. The Carnival Mardi Gras is due to set sail in 2020, and it will be the largest ship ever built for Carnival, featuring the first-ever roller coaster at sea. Another ship is due out in 2022, though its name and special features have yet to be announced.

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Ecuadorian Sisters, 3 And 5, Dropped By Smugglers From 14 Ft High Mexico-US Border Wall

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Ecuadorian Sisters, 3 And 5, Dropped By Smugglers From 14 Ft High Mexico-US Border Wall

A recent video shared by a border patrol agent highlighted a shocking moment of smugglers literally dropping two little girls over a 14-foot high fence in the New Mexico desert. Right in the dead of night.

In the disturbing video, the smugglers can be seen climbing the fence and then dropping the two 5-year-old and 3-year-old sisters to the ground.

El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez shared that the incident occurred “miles from the nearest residence.”

The two little girls (Yareli, 3, and Yasmina, 5) were rescued after agents spotted them during a virtual surveillance sweep. The two sisters are from Ecuador and were dumped by human smugglers at the border wall according to an official.

“[US Immigration officials] need to verify the identity of the parents and confirm they are the parents and make sure they are in good condition to receive the girls,” Magdalena Nunez, of the Consulate of Ecuador in Houston, explained to The New York Post on Thursday. “It’s a process … We’re working to make sure it’s an expedited process and the girls spend as minimal time as possible separated from their parents.”

“Hopefully it can happen soon, in a week or two, but  it can take up to six weeks. We are working to make sure sure it happens as quickly as possible,” she explained before noting that the two sisters are “doing very well.”

“We have been in contact with them and confirmed they are in good health,” Nunez shared. “Physically, they are perfect — emotionally, obviously, they went through a hard time, but I guarantee you right now they are in good health and they are conversing. They are very alert, very intelligent.”

In a statement about the incident, the Ecuadorian consulate confirmed that the two girls had been in touch with their parents, who live in New York City.

“The Ecuadorian Consulate in Houston had a dialogue with the minors and found that they are in good health and that they contacted their parents, who currently live in New York City,” explained the consulate.

In a statement from the girls’ parents sent to Telemundo, the girls’ parents had left their daughters behind at their home in Jaboncillo, Ecuador, to travel to the US. The parents of the two girls have been identified as Yolanda Macas Tene and Diego Vacacela Aguilar. According to the New York Post, “The girls’ grandparents have asked President Biden to reunite the children with their parents. Aguilar paid a human smuggler to take his kids to the border — though the grandparents didn’t know how much they paid.”

“[The parents] wanted to be with them, their mother suffered a lot, for that reason they decided to take them,” paternal grandfather Lauro Vacacela explained in an interview with Univision.

It is still uncertain as to whether or not the girls’ parents are in the country legally.

Photos of the girls showed them having snacks with Agent Gloria Chavez.

“When I visited with these little girls, they were so loving and so talkative, some of them were asking the names of all the agents that were there around them, and they even said they were a little hungry,” Chavez told Fox News. “So I helped them peel a banana and open a juice box and just talked to them. You know, children are just so resilient and I’m so grateful that they’re not severely injured or [have] broken limbs or anything like that.”

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She Moved Up The Ranks From Janitor To Nurse Practitioner, Now She’s Viral

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She Moved Up The Ranks From Janitor To Nurse Practitioner, Now She’s Viral

Talk about a dream fulfilled.

For ten years, Jaines Andrades harbored her desire to move up from her custodial position at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts to nurse. Now, ten years later, as an RN she’s excelled well past her drams.

Andrades worked her way through nursing school while working at Baystate Medical in Springfield, Massachusetts, as a janitor.

Ten years ago, Andrades accepted a position as a custodial staff member at Baystate Medical Center with big dreams of being a nurse. Born to Puerto Rican parents Andrades moved from her family home in Springfield, MA in 2005 when she was 14 years old. From there she and enrolled as a student at Putnam Technical-Vocational Academy with hopes of moving up the ranks as a nurse.

“As I got older and approached graduation I just didn’t see how a little girl like me could ever become a lawyer. I didn’t see it as something that was possible for me, so I got discouraged from the idea,” Andrades explained according to Masslive.com.

That all changed after she struck up a conversation with a nurse during a doctor’s visit for her mother. According to Andrades, the nurse tipped her off on the benefits of nursing. “He told me about the program to become a nurse, and, the more he talked, I just thought, ‘Yeah, I can do this.’ It’s a respectable profession, and I could provide for myself financially, so the idea grew from there.”

Soon after she enrolled at Holyoke Community College, ticked off all of her pre-requisites and a handful of introductory nursing classes. Then, in 2010, she transferred to Elms College.

The same year she transferred, Andrades applied for a job in Baystate’s Environmental Services Department and became a custodian at the hospital.

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“It’s tough to be the person that cleans. If I had to go back and do it again, I would. It’s so worth it,” Andrades explained in an interview with WBZ-TV.

In a Facebook post, Andrades wrote about her journey from hospital custodian to nurse practitioner and posted a picture of all three of her IDs.

Andrades’ story went viral after she shared her experience to Facebook.

Speaking about her journey from custodian to nurse practitioner, Andrades shared a picture of all three of her IDs.

“Even if it was cleaning, as long as I was near patient care I’d be able to observe things. I thought it was a good idea,” the RN explained in her interview before sharing that her favorite part of being a nurse has been her ability to provide patients with comfort. “I just really love the intimacy with people.”

“Nurses and providers, we get the credit more often but people in environmental and phlebotomy and dietary all of them have such a huge role. I couldn’t do my job without them,” she went onto explain. “I’m so appreciative and like in awe that my story can inspire people,” Andrades told WBZ-TV. “I’m so glad. If I can inspire anyone, that in itself made the journey worth it.”

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