• Novocastrians Ladies – Team of the Month (May 2011 issue)

    first_imgWe’re after a March Team of the Month, an award for junior clubs in Europe. To enter, email alan_pearey out April 2011’s Team of the MonthThis article appeared in the May 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine. To find a newsagent which sells Rugby World in UK visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS BEING A women’s rugby team in Newcastle’s football hotbed requires a special resilience. And when Novocastrians Ladies lost several key figures in pre-season – some to the baby boom, others, like England A’s Emily Braund, to a distant job – that roll-your-sleeves-up doggedness was needed to save the club.Fears that they’d be unable to field a side were allayed by a recruitment drive that included new links with Newcastle University. With new coaches Chris Fife and David Addison at her side, skipper Janette Shaw – the England Women team manager – vowed not only to find fresh talent but to power the ‘Panthers’ towards a third promotion in four years.It is, almost, mission accomplished. They ended February with seven straight wins in RFUW Championship North Two, their chief rivals, Morpeth, having yielded 34-0 when the sides met in October. A points tally of 157-3 emphasises the impact made by a dominant pack and veteran back-line (average age mid-30s) that features the discovery of the season in ex-footballer Helen Kane, an impenetrable last line of defence. “She’s a police officer so isn’t scared of anyone,” says lock and club nominator Andrea Lee. Kate Disley, an eight/nine, has also been a revelation.And what of those three leaked points, a penalty v Fleetwood? “That was our prop, Alice Workman. She wanted a breather and lay all over the ball. We fine her every week for it!”Training attracts turnouts of 30-plus, match days bring an expectant buzz, and there have been car washes and home-made cupcakes galore as people pitch in to raise funds for the finale at Isle of Man side Vagabonds.Canterbury KitbagsA keener bunch we can’t imagine. The Panthers are our Team of the Month and win 22 Canterbury kitbags.center_img For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.last_img read more

  • Exeter v London Irish live stream: How to watch from anywhere

    first_img Exeter v London Irish live stream: How to watch the Premiership match online from anywhereTop spot is guaranteed for Exeter and they’ve qualified for their first ever European Champions Cup final. Things are going well, eh?So Don Armand leads a home side that has rung the changes, with London Irish in town. Stu Townsend makes his first appearance since February at nine and Phil Dollman gets a run out – he will be saying goodbye at the end of the season. For Irish, Harry Elrington, Matt Cornish and Ollie Hoskins make up the front-row, and academy products Ollie Hassell-Collins, Ben Loader and Tom Homer make up the back three.Exeter Chiefs: Phil Dollman; Facundo Cordero, Tom Hendrickson, Ollie Devoto, Olly Woodburn; Harvey Skinner, Stu Townsend, Billy Keast, Jack Innard, Marcus Street, Will Witty, Tom Price, Richard Capstick, Don Armand (captain), Aaron Hinkley.Replacements: Elvis Taione, James Kenny, Alfie Petch, Dave Dennis, Charlie Wright, Sam Maunder, Jack Walsh, Corey Baldwin.London Irish: Tom Homer; Ben Loader, Curtis Rona, Phil Cokanasiga, Ollie Hassell-Collins; Paddy Jackson, Ben Meehan, Harry Elrington, Matt Cornish, Ollie Hoskins, George Nott, Sebastian de Chaves, Matt Rogerson (captain), Ben Donnell, Albert Tuisue.Replacements: Agustin Creevy, Will Goodrick-Clarke, Lovejoy Chawatama, Chunya Munga, Jack Cooke, Nick Phipps, Theo Brophy Clews, James Stokes.How to watch Exeter v London Irish from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like Exeter v London Irish, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPNExeter v London Irish live stream: How to watch from the UKExeter v London Irish, which kicks off at 5.30 on Wednesday 30 September, will be shown live on BT Sport Extra 2 in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online. Reliable man: Ollie Devoto starts for Chiefs (Getty Images) Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.That’s great value given they are showing every Premiership match played behind closed doors live and will also be covering the European Champions and Challenge Cup knockout stages in September and October. Plus, you can cancel at any time because there’s no contract.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Exeter v London Irish takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Exeter v London Irish live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.Exeter v London Irish will kick off at 11.30am EST and 8.30am on the West Coast.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Champions and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six Nations.Exeter v London Irish live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIt’s little wonder that Sky Sport NZ, with ten sports channels, including one dedicated to rugby, is the rights-holder for Premiership matches in New Zealand.If you want to tune in to Exeter v London Irish from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 4.30am on Thursday on Sky Sport NZ Select.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 September 2020 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offerWe recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

  • Wrap Up London launches 2016 campaign for coats

    first_imgWrap Up London launches 2016 campaign for coats The sixth annual Wrap Up London takes place this week, asking Londoners to donate their unwanted coats to help people in need.Organised by Hands On London, in partnership with William Blair, this year’s target is 15,000 coats and jackets, which will be sorted and graded, and then given to 110 organisations, which help a range of people including the homeless, elderly, refugees, women who have fled domestic violence and children in poverty.Coats can be donated at 15 locations across the capital including London Underground stations and Safestores. Coat collections begin on 7th, 8th and 9th November from 7am-11am, at Kings Cross, Victoria, Waterloo, Canary Wharf, London Bridge, Highbury & Islington, Euston, Liverpool Street, and the Broadgate Centre near Liverpool Street station, as well as Safestores on Pentonville Road, Clapham North, Notting Hill, and Clarendon Road. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via CollectPlus is also involved in the Wrap Up London campaign for a second year, and, working with wnDirect, is offering over 5,800 drop off locations enabling people to donate coats from across the UK.Last year, more than 10,000 were collected at London Underground stations, with Victoria station collecting the most, followed by Canary Wharf.  87 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 7 November 2016 | Newscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis51  88 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis51 Tagged with: Donated goods Londonlast_img read more

  • Organizing health care for patients, not profits

    first_imgThis is a slightly edited version of a talk given during the “What Road To Socialism?” webinar held by Workers World Party on May 16. I appreciate being given the chance to speak on such a critical topic as health care in the so-called United States. Many comrades have already spoken of the current conditions within the health care sector, so I’ll save us from rehashing what we all know: Capitalists are using the pandemic as an opportunity to monopolize and undermine what few rights we have and bleed workers dry.For the most part, current efforts to organize health care workers around the capitalist response to COVID-19 have been limited to trade unionism, with the bulk of attention and organizational efforts being placed on doctors and nurses. Within the party, we support these organizational efforts, while recognizing that they are not enough. The formation of a health care workers’ caucus that includes people not typically regarded as health care workers — hospital laundry workers, massage therapists, patient technicians, workers in assisted living facilities and more — represents only a launching point for us. There is a dire need to create a health care system that cares more about patient health than profits. This not only needs a socialist economic revolution, but a cultural one. The U.S. medical system was born of white supremacist and eugenics ideology, the ideology and culture of capitalism and settler-colonialism. In order to join our Cuban comrades on the path toward a communist economic and health care system, we must begin the process of divorcing medical care from its capitalist base. Medical professionals must immerse themselves in their communities and organize health clinics that are controlled by the people — and completely reject capitalist nonprofit methods.I’ll refrain from going into specifics, but this must also include taking actions that subvert the capitalist system for the benefit of our patients. Our medical theories also need to be rooted in dialectical materialism. If the living, environmental and cultural conditions that our patients experience are negatively impacting their health, then it is our duty to fight to change them, just as we would a bacterial infection. We also need to struggle with our co-workers who hold backward positions and combat all instances of racism, sexism, xenophobia, transphobia and other forms of bigotry in medicine. If we organize the people and take the necessary steps to eliminate capitalist ideology and culture, then the natural empathy and desire to help others — which so many of us health care workers have — will overcome this murderous system of capitalist health care.Taegan (she/her) is a transwoman, Emergency Medical Technician and member of the Central Texas branch of WWP. She is a veteran of the U.S. Navy who hopes to live in service to workers and the oppressed against the empire.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Students discuss unhealthy relationships in Escalation Workshop

    first_imgTwitter A guide to designing your graduation cap Linkedin ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Previous articleEquestrian finishes on top in out-of-state dual meetNext articleThe Face of Hunger in North Texas Riley Knight RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Riley Knight Facebook Facebook printStudents explored the signs of unhealthy relationships in a film-based discussion workshop Tuesday night in the BLUU Auditorium.Hosted by TCU Title IX Advocacy and Education, the Escalation Workshop aimed to help students identify and prevent relationship abuse and violence.“It is a universal problem, and I think we get wrapped up sometimes in the fact that this is TCU and how great TCU is,” said Leah Carnahan, assistant director of Title IX Advocacy & Education. “Yes, this is TCU, but we have real-world problems too and it impacts everyone, even students here on our campus.”Dr. Kristin McDonald, a psychologist at the TCU Counseling and Mental Health Center, said that she and others at the center have worked with people who’ve experienced intimate partner violence and relationship abuse.“This is a step towards bringing awareness to an issue that’s so often hidden and ashamed,” McDonald said. “Hopefully, this will help normalize it for students.”The night consisted of a film, “Escalation,” followed by a guided discussion led by trained facilitators. The film features a college-aged couple’s relationship that depicts how unhealthy behaviors can escalate into relationship abuse.“I think that college students don’t have a model for what dating looks like and it’s easy to find yourself in situations that are unhealthy or abusive without necessarily realizing that,” said senior child development major Emily Hopkins.The workshop was in partnership with the One Love Foundation, a national relationship abuse awareness and education campaign, and the TCU Healthy Relationships Campaign. Hopkins founded the TCU Healthy Relationships Campaign, as part of her senior legacy project for the Chancellor’s Leadership Program.“I had several friends who were in unhealthy and abusive relationships, and I tried to help and support my friends as best as I could,” Hopkins said. “But, I think I could have supported them a lot better knowing then what I know now.”She said the timing of the workshop was important because October is domestic violence awareness month.10 Signs of an unhealthy relationshipVenngage InfographicsHopkins said although the film is powerful on its own, it was the group discussions following the viewing that held the most impact.“The video was hard to watch but I think that’s the point,” said senior strategic communication major Sophia Sesto. “It brought up issues that we might see every day and dismiss; it was really eye-opening.”Senior nursing major Katie Wells agreed, saying that it was a great opportunity to address issues that are often overlooked or underestimated.The TCU Healthy Relationships Campaign has several other events coming up throughout the year, with the earliest being “Let’s Talk About Sex…and Healthy Relationships: A Workshop for Men,” which will be held Oct. 24.Students who feel that they or a friend are stuck in an unhealthy situation are encouraged to contact the TCU Counseling and Mental Health Center at 817-257-7863.Domestic Violence FactsVenngage Infographics The Leap: Staying on campus during Easter? We’ve got you covered Linkedin Riley Knight World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Riley Knight Record number of participants in this year’s Dance Marathon ReddIt Riley Knight Riley Knight The Leap: Why 13 students spent spring break in the concrete jungle Twitterlast_img read more

  • Bluebonnet Hills Neighborhood Association responds to parking permit plan

    first_imgGrains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature TCU 360 Staff TCU 360 Staff Behind the runway: One TCU student’s experiences at Fashion Week Twitter TCU 360 Staff + posts Linkedin Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices Facebookcenter_img TCU 360 is an official, student-produced product of the School of Journalism at Texas Christian University. Facebook TCU 360 Staff ReddIt TCU 360 Staff Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s ReddIt printThe Bluebonnet Hills Neighborhood Association voted against taking a united stance on the City of Fort Worth’s proposed parking permit plan at its October meeting. Instead, each block will provide its own input to the city about the plan. The plan, which was presented by the City of Fort Worth, would require residents to purchase a parking permit to park on the streets of certain blocks. Residents would not need a permit to park in their driveway or garage. The plan is meant to help congestion on neighborhood streets, but residents disagreed over the need for the permit requirement on every block.Gregg Bradshaw, a resident of Bluebonnet Hills, said his block experiences constant traffic congestion but he recognizes that there are “different stakeholders on each block.”“I want to be really careful about presenting this to the city as a neighborhood decision. I think it needs to be a block by block decision,” Bradshaw said. “I would hate for some people who don’t have as much stake to make the decision on my behalf.” Other residents said they thought it would be more effective for the neighborhood association to give its input as a whole. “If we could get our ideas together in some kind of cohesive manner, we need to make the consensus of the association known,” John Davis, resident of Bluebonnet Hills. “We must agree sometime.” Members of the association also discussed the possibility of taking measures to slow down traffic on Benbrook Boulevard, which is often used as a main thoroughfare through the neighborhood. Numerous members voiced their concern about the safety of children playing at the nearby Worth Hills park. “The speed limit is about 30 or 35, but people go down it so fast,” Alexandra Lovett, a resident of Bluebonnet Hills, said. “I was recently walking my dog and nearly was hit because someone wasn’t paying attention and they were going so fast.” Lovett suggested the addition of a stop sign at the intersection of Benbrook Boulevard, Lamesa and Odessa to help slow down drivers. “We have roughly 25 children under the age of ten years old living within a three block radius of Worth Hills park,” she said. “I care about the safety of the children in that park.”Alexandra Lovett said she worries about the safety of the children who live near and play in Worth Hills park. (Photo by Abbey Block)The neighborhood should look into other options besides a stop sign, such as well-marked crosswalks or additional speed limit signs throughout the neighborhood, the president of the Bluebonnet Hills Neighborhood Association, Brian Jolin said. “I love kids and I want them to be safe but there has to be a balance,” Jolin said. “We’re not a gated community. People are going to cut through and we can’t have stop signs everywhere.” Lovett said she plans to conduct a traffic study of the intersection to determine what the neighborhood should do. “I think a crosswalk is a definite great place to start,” Lovett said. “However at the same time I’ve seen people who don’t pay attention to the crosswalks either which is why I’m all for a stop sign.”Members did not vote to take any action about traffic safety or the installation of a stop sign, but decided to discuss the issue at the next meeting.The next Bluebonnet Hills Neighborhood Association meeting will be held on Jan. 8, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church.  Linkedin Pantone: Color of the year 2020 Previous articleMexico native and TCU tennis player sheds light on the transition to the USNext articleSizzle Reel special edition TCU 360 Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

  • International Women’s Day Adare Manor Resort fund-raising lunch for Children’s Grief…

    first_imgFacebook Danica Farran, Norma Sheahan, Nicola Sheahan, Ciara McCullough, Aileen Wallace, Olive Foley, Karina Morgan, Karen Maher, Joanne Skelly, Rachel Reddan, Cllr Sarah Kiely and Noreen Stokes attending the Launch of International Women Day on the 8th of March, which takes place in Adare ManorPicture brendan GleesonTHE MID-WEST will roll out a red carpet for International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8 as it celebrates inspirational females from the region at a special charity lunch at Adare Manor Resort.Female leaders such as designer Louise Kennedy, writer academic and broadcaster Sinéad Burke, and women’s health advocate and author Vicky Phelan will offer an insight into aspects of their own lives and professions which has made them such achievers.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The event will aim to raise funds for the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick. Founded by Sr Helen Culhane in 2009, the Children’s Grief Centre offers support to children and young people affected by loss through bereavement, separation or divorce.Organiser and ambassador for the Children’s Grief Centre Olive Foley said that the event will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from top female role models while at the same time raising much-needed funds for a brilliant organisation.“The work that Sr Helen and all at the Children’s Grief Centre does is incredible,” said Olive, adding, “We as a family are indebted to her for the support we got following Anthony’s passing.”She described Sr Helen as “an inspirational woman who has done so much for so many”.This fundraiser gives an opportunity to support her great work while at the same time hear from other inspirational women on a very important day, International Women’s Day.“Sadly, there are so many children out there who need the type of service the Children’s Grief Centre delivers.  This fundraiser, therefore, is an opportunity for us to thank Sr. Helen and her team in the best possible way by helping to ensure they have the funds to continue doing this great work.”The event will involve a drinks reception at 1.30 p.m followed by lunch in Adare Manor’s Grand Ballroom.  Musical entertainment from Kathleen Turner, Boris Hunka and UL Strings, directed by Diane Daly.Tickets are €125 per person and are available from Children’s Grief Centre. Contact Katrina on (087) 4578030 or email [email protected]  Alternatively, contact Noreen Stokes O’Mara on (087) 7779748. Tickets are also available on Eventbrite. Email NewsInternational Women’s Day Adare Manor Resort fund-raising lunch for Children’s Grief Centre to hear from inspirational female leadersBy Meghann Scully – February 11, 2020 1702 Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Print WhatsApp Previous articleGreen Party take the final seat in Limerick CityNext articleThe Breakdown EP128 Ireland Slay Dragons to Set Up Triple Crown Decider in Twickenham Meghann Scully Linkedinlast_img read more

  • 34 Covid-19 cases confirmed in Donegal

    first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews There has been a further 2,121 new Covid-19 cases and 8 additional deaths.34 cases have been confirmed in Donegal where the 14 day incidence rate currently stands at 1373.8 cases per 100,000 people.There are now 1,975 people in hospital with the virus and 200 people in ICU.Meanwhile NPHET says there has been 81 reports of suspected side effects associated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.Chief Executive of the Health Products Regulatory Authority, Dr. Lorraine Nolan, says many were mild reactions:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Twitter By News Highland – January 18, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp 34 Covid-19 cases confirmed in Donegal Google+ Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday January 18thNext articleFurther calls for change to cross-border tax legislation News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme last_img read more

  • 24-year-old Wisconsin man Manuel Franco is winner of $768 million Powerball jackpot: ‘It feels like a dream’

    first_imgLPETTET/iStock (NEW BERLIN, Wis.) — Wisconsin resident Manuel Franco is the winner of last month’s $768.4 million Powerball jackpot — the third-largest lottery amount in U.S. history.“It feels like a dream,” Franco, 24, said at a press conference Tuesday.“It was amazing, my heart started racing, blood pumping,” he said. “I screamed for about 5 or 10 minutes.”“My dad cried lot,” he added.The winning ticket was sold on March 27 at a Speedway in New Berlin, about 15 miles west of Milwaukee.“I walked into the Speedway and I purchased $10 worth of individual Powerball tickets,” Franco said. “I honestly felt so lucky that I did look up at the camera and I wanted to wink at it cause I just had that lucky feeling.”He went to work the day after he won but was anxious and sweating. He said he never showed up to work again after that day.Before the big win, Franco said his biggest concern was getting his bank account up to $1,000.Franco, who was born in Milwaukee, has been playing Powerball since he turned 18. He said he bought his first ticket on his 18th birthday.The jackpot has a lump sum cash value of $477 million, according to Powerball.Franco said he is accepting the lump sum. He will receive just over $326 million after taxes, said lottery officials.“I’m sure you’ll never see me as like one of the people who went bankrupt or broke or anything like that. I plan to live my life normal as much as possible,” he said.Franco said he doesn’t know what his future holds but that he wants to “help out the world.”State law does not allow the winner to stay anonymous, said Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin.Franco had 180 days to claim the ticket.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Passengers sue Celebrity over ‘heightened risk’ of COVID-19 exposure

    first_imgNAN104/iStockBy MINA KAJI, AMANDA MAILE and GIO BENITEZ, ABC News(NEW YORK) — When Fred and Marlene Kantrow of Long Island, New York, boarded the Celebrity Eclipse on Feb. 29 in South America “getting sick was the furthest thing from (their) minds.”However, Fred Kantrow was hospitalized with the novel coronavirus just a few days after disembarking. Now, the once self-proclaimed “big Celebrity cruise fans” are now suing the cruise line for “negligently expos(ing)” them and “thousands of passengers aboard the Eclipse to COVID-19.”The lawsuit claims that Celebrity became aware that someone aboard the vessel was displaying symptoms “consistent with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis” at the beginning of the voyage, but that Celebrity still allowed a “full schedule of entertainment activities and dining options,” including buffet-style meals.During their trip, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a no-sail order because “the CDC Director (had) reason to believe that cruise ship travel may continue to introduce, transmit, or spread COVID-19.”The Kantrows said they didn’t know something was wrong until a day after the no-sail order was issued, when their ship was forced to head to San Diego after being denied the ability to dock in Chile on March 15.“We hit all the stops that we were supposed to hit along the way,” Marlene Kantrow told ABC News. “It was a beautiful cruise, until we got back to Santiago.”Guests were still encouraged by Celebrity to enjoy free alcohol, internet and free bar service, according to the Kantrows.“Our joke was it’s Groundhog’s Day,” Fred Kantrow said. “You’d wake up, you’d look outside and there was just water.”Celebrity shipboard management personnel even allegedly held a gathering of passengers and crew members to honor health care workers responding to the pandemic.“Everybody on the ship was right next to each other,” Marlene Kantrow said. “The crew was out, everybody was applauding.”On their second-to-last day on the Eclipse, the Kantrows said Celebrity threw a “Mexican Fiesta.”“They crammed the buffet area with everybody,” Marlene Kantrow said. “Everybody was touching each other.”At the time of the cruise, Celebrity was barring individuals from cruising who had had traveled in China, Hong Kong or Macau within 15 days of departure. The cruise line also said anyone who held a passport from China, Hong Kong or Macau would undergo “extra screenings” at the cruise terminal. In mid-February, the Department of Homeland Security had announced they would conduct enhanced entry screening at 11 major airports and at other airport and land port locations. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers would “remain alert” and notify the CDC and other public health officials when encountering passengers exhibiting signs of overt illness.After spending a month at sea, the Kantrows were finally able to disembark in San Diego on March 30.According to the Kantrows, Celebrity did not inform them of any positive COVID-19 cases until about one or two days after they got off the ship.Fred then started running a fever and “just didn’t feel right” so he decided to go to the hospital.The lawsuit claims Celebrity’s “egregious failure to protect its passengers” has already resulted in at least 45 passengers and crew who tested positive, and at least two COVID-19 related deaths.In late March, the CDC said outbreaks on three cruise voyages had caused more than 800 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States among passengers and crew, including 10 deaths.The CDC confirmed they were notified about COVID-19-positive travelers on the Celebrity Eclipse who had symptoms while on board these ships. The agency also has extended its no-sail order until late July.Last month, another lawsuit was filed against Celebrity, but on behalf of employees, alleging the company failed to protect its crew members working aboard ships amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. At the time, Celebrity said, it “does not comment on pending litigation.”Even though there are no passengers, there are still a a significant number of crew members stuck onboard cruise ships around the globe.In U.S. waters alone there are still 85 cruise ships with over 54,000 crew members on board.Celebrity did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment about the Kantrows’ lawsuit. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more