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Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Ligori family, from Hamilton, Ontario, was looking forward to a seven day cruise aboard one of the world’s largest cruise ships, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.

Michelle Ligori had recently discovered she was pregnant using a home pregnancy test but had not even had it confirmed by her local doctor as it was in the very early stages.

Royal Caribbean discusses pregnancy on its website, saying that it cannot take guests on board who are more than 24 weeks pregnant and a physician’s note is required confirming fitness to travel, how many weeks pregnant and that the pregnancy is not high risk.

However prior to Ligori, her husband and two young sons boarding, she was asked if she was pregnant and when she said yes she was not allowed to board the ship.

Royal Caribbean refused to let the ship’s doctor provide the note, and the Ligori family had to obtain a physician’s letter from Florida and fly at their own expense to join the ship in the Bahamas.

Ligori said she had never been asked the question on seven previous cruises and that Royal Caribbean only offered them $250 credit towards a future cruise.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

There has been concern for a long time over the damage cruise ships might be doing to historic Venice and the city has already made moves to restrict the movements of cruise ships in its waters.

In January this year, the number of ships weighing more than 40,000 tonnes which were authorized to enter the Giudecca Canal, which separates Venice from the island of Giudecca, were reduced by 20 percent, but further regulations have been put back from this November to January 2015.

They propose that the biggest cruise ships, those over 96,000 tonnes would be totally banned from the Giudecca Canal, and were hailed as a triumph by Giogio Orsini, mayor of Venice.

Now a group of high profile celebrities has written to the Italian prime minister and the Italian minister of culture and tourism, saying that cruise liners must be banned from the historic city. The letter calling for the total ban has been signed by actors, writers, fashion designers and others including Princess Firyal of Jordan.

Other luminaries who have signed the letter are film stars Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Michael Douglas, Sir Michael Caine, Susan Sarandon and Julie Christie; fashion designers Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Hubert de Givenchy and Calvin Klein; architect Sir Norman Foster and Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday, witnesses recounted horror stories of their experiences and called for better protection of passengers.

Committee members said that the cruises need to clarify to passengers what rights they have onboard, and what rights they are giving up, before they actually buy their tickets. They also need to clarify exactly how safe cruises actually are.

Last August, following pressure from Congress and victims of cruise ship incidents, major cruise liners began voluntarily posting crime data online. However, the panelists and committee members said it wasn't enough.

During the hearing, chaired by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., several witnesses spoke of what happened to them including Laurie Dishman, from Sacramento, California who was raped by an employee and Kim Ware of Houston who recounted what happened when the ship she was on lost power in the Gulf of Mexico, and the water and sewage systems failed.

Senator Rockefeller said that Dishman's experience and other horror stories recounted at the hearing point to a lack of oversight and accountability for passenger safety in the cruise industry and despite the fact that incidents occurred regularly, the industry continued to deny that it has a problem. 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, chaired by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.,  in which there was a call for more protection of passengers on cruise liners, Laurie Dishman, resident of Sacremento California described how she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Mexico by an employee and said that cruise customers have virtually no rights nor protection.

She explained how staff members were both slow to help her, and discourteous, not taking her to the infirmary straightaway, nor giving her another cabin.

Her rapist was never arrested, and Senator Rockefeller, said that the horror stories which they were hearing about showed that there was a lack of accountability for passenger safety in the cruise industry.

What is worse, is that despite evidence showing that crimes, fires, drowning, mishandled medical emergencies do occur regularly, the cruise industry continues to fail to address the issue.

He did however go on to say that most people who go on a cruise do have a good time with no safety issues, but that did not mean that more protective measures should not be put in place.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Damon Szatkowski, a 20 year old Dallas man and his mother, Karen, have filed a civil lawsuit against General Motors and the dealership where he purchased his vehicle, which subsequently crashed due to a supposed faulty ignition switch.

When he was 17, in 2011, Szatkowski was driving his 2006 Pontiac Solstice, bought for him by his uncle, Jeffrey Pyros at Rick Weaver Buick and Pontiac in Erie.

Unfortunately that particular make and model had a dangerous defect with the ignition switch which would turn itself off, losing the steering, brake and airbags. 

The car suddenly ran into a wall in North Street, Luzerne, and the airbag did not deploy, leaving Szatlowski with severe and permanent brain injuries, as well as physical injuries. According to the law suit, General Motors knew about this problem well before the crash and had sent out an information service bulletin to its dealers in 2005, warning about a stalling problem due to the faulty ignition switch.

More than two years later, in 2014, General Motors began to recall some of its vehicles, including the same Pontiac Solstice because of the defective switch.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

More than two years since the 290 meter Costa Concordia luxury cruise liner ran aground near the island of Giglio in Tuscany, resulting in the deaths of 32 people, it has been refloated and will be towed away and scrapped.

The captain of the ship at the time it sank, Francesco Schettino is on trial for manslaughter and causing the shipwreck, as he was sailing too close to the shore. He is also charged with abandoning ship, but is fighting all charges.

It was one of the biggest salvage operations ever carried out and the engineer in charge, Franco Porcellachia said that it took seven hours to raise the 114,500 ton vessel some two meters out of the water and that the sixth deck of the ship had started to emerge, which would shortly be followed by the rest of the decks and then the ship would be ready to leave for Genoa where it would be scrapped.

Following its departure, work would continue to search for the final missing body which has never been accounted for.
Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said at a news conference, that the salvage and departure of the Concordia would close a dramaticchapter for the country.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

A massive salvage operation has been taking place to enable the Costa Concordia cruise liner to be refloated and travel to Genoa where she will be scrapped by a consortium of companies. Once the ship has been refloated, in Giglio, Tuscany, where she sank, she will be stabilized with cables and then towed to Genoa, northern Italy on July 21.

The 114,500 ton Costa Concordia ran aground off the cost of Giglio, more than two years ago when the captain, Francesco Schettino apparently sailed too close to the shore, causing the deaths of 32 people. Schettino is currently denying further charges of manslaughter and abandoning ship.

The cost of the salvage operation, damage to Giglio and the disaster itself is thought to be costing the ship’s owner, Costa Crociere, part of Carnival Corp., more than $2.05 billion.

Once she has left en route for Genoa the search will continue for the body of the final missing passenger which has never been found.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Late on Friday night, Fourth of July, near the Dinner Key Marina in Biscayne Bay and following a fireworks display, a crowd of boaters were making their way back to the shore. Celebration turned into tragedy when one vessel crashed into another which then collided with yet another and five people were thrown into the water. Up to 12 were taken to local hospitals where two of the victims died the same night. Two more bodies were pulled out of the water on Saturday morning. The victims included several children with minor injuries and one person is still critical in hospital. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is currently investigating the incident and declined to comment further, although one theory is they were all racing back to the boat ramp to get out of the water. The names and ages of the victims have not yet been released.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A civil suit has been issued against General Motors by a 20 year old Dallas man, Damon Szatkowski, and his mother, Karen, alleging that they knew about a faulty ignition switch in a 2006 Pontiac Solstice, driven by Szatkowski in 2011, which crashed into a wall causing him severe and permanent brain and physical injuries.


The defective switch meant that the power steering and brakes ceased to function and the airbag did not deploy.

The lawsuit states that GM had known about the problem prior to the accident, and in fact they did begin to recall vehicles, including the 2006 Pontiac Solstice, at the beginning of this year.

Szatkowski and his mother, Karen, filed the suit in Luzerne County Court through Philadelphia-based lawyers Ross Feller Casey.

Their lawyer Matt Casey who is from Scranton, said that General Motors should take a lesson from the suffering and struggle of Szatlowski and impart the values he was displaying such as commitment, diligence and fortitude and apply them to the way they ran their company

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Compensation Plan for Car Crash Victims announced by GM

This past week, General Motors has announced that it is recalling 8.4 million vehicles around the world due to the continued problems with the ignition switch. The same problem has led to recalls in the past five months.

At the same time as the new recall was announced, GM has appointed lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, an independent compensation expert, who announced details of the plan to issue compensation to the victims and families injured in car accidents as a result of the faulty ignition switch.

Feinberg outlined the plan, which will pay more than $1 million to each of the families of the victims of the crashes, and those who were injured will also receive a substantial sum. No one knows exactly how much the total compensation package will be, although it is thought that it could run into billions of dollars. Feinberg believes that the independent operation of the compensation plan will go some way to restoring the faith of the public in GM and will also save the company and the victims and families of victims from having to be involved in protracted legal battles.