Coronavirus scare leaves San Diego couple stuck at sea

Benjamin Capon and Nadine Bialostozky, Torrey Pines High School sweethearts who grew up in Carmel Valley, have been living in Israel for the last six years and boarded Holland America’s Westerdam on Feb. 1 to start a long journey home. With their wedding in five weeks, the couple has found that the global coronavirus outbreak has turned what was expected to be a relaxing prelude to starting a life together into a confusing float in the South China Sea. After an initial port call scheduled for Manila on Feb. 3…

Florida restaurateur meets man who rescued him from sea more than 40 years ago – News – Washington County News/Holmes County Times-Advertiser

A Florida restaurateur crossed paths with a chief mate aboard cargo ship, Gateway City, when the ship rescued him amid the Vietnam War. SEATTLE — For Minh Nguyen, then 12 years old, the events of July 1978 were the stuff of adventure. First, there was leaving his home in Vietnam under cover of darkness, then boarding a small fishing boat with 50 other people, and finally setting out into the South China Sea. But for Georg Pedersen, those events were bittersweet. Serving then as the 44-year-old chief mate aboard the…

Coronavirus scare leaves S.D. couple stuck at sea on cruise ship

Ben Capon and Nadine Bialostozky, Torrey Pines High School sweethearts who grew up in Carmel Valley, have been living in Israel for the past six years and boarded Holland America’s Westerdam on Feb. 1 to start a long journey home. With their wedding in five weeks, the couple has found that the global coronavirus outbreak has turned what was expected to be a relaxing prelude to starting a life together into a confusing float in the South China Sea. After an initial port call scheduled for Manila on Feb. 3…

Berlin wants to evacuate more Germans from virus-hit Wuhan: magazine

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government wants to evacuate another group of Germans from the Wuhan area in China due to the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 630 people, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday. Germany evacuated more than 100 Germans and family members from Wuhan – where the outbreak originated – last weekend but the magazine said there were still around 20 Germans in the region. It said they could be flown back on a plane due to evacuate British citizens at the weekend and discussions were…

Carrots and sticks and the amorality of politics » Manila Bulletin News

Published February 8, 2020, 12:47 AM THINKING PINOY By RJ NIETO RJ Nieto I was mostly apolitical for most of my life, but I, like millions of other voters, caught the 2016 Election Fever. That’s why the erstwhile politically apathetic RJ started a personal (mostly political) blog called “Thinking Pinoy (TP)” . I was extremely idealistic at first, seeing issues with a black-and-white, good-vs-evil, right-vs-wrong lens. I guess it worked after the public saw a spunky political commentator who stood in stark contrast to the generally vanilla, play-it-safe opinions of…

Married British TV presenter Schofield comes out as gay

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – British television presenter Phillip Schofield on Friday revealed that he was gay as he paid tribute to his wife of nearly 27 years. “I am gay,” Schofield, one of broadcaster ITV’s biggest stars, said in a post on Instagram. “This is something that has caused many heart-breaking conversations at home.” Schofield, who hosts the long-running popular daytime show “This Morning”, later told ITV : “This decision is essential for me and essential for my head. Every person I tell, it gets a little lighter and…

WW3: George Soros’ chilling ‘global disorder’ prediction revealed over US-China tensions | World | News

He made the chilling statement in his 2015 column for The New York Review of Books, as he urged the US and China to form a partnership to avoid escalating hostility. Mr Soros said: “In all areas, national, sectarian, business, and other special interests take precedence over the common interest. “This trend has now reached a point where instead of a global order we have to speak of global disorder. “In the political sphere local conflicts fester and multiply. Taken individually these conflicts could possibly be solved but they tend…

CORRECTED-Trump says will keep Mulvaney as chief of staff, will decide on Vindman

(Corrects to inquiry from trial in first paragraph) WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Friday said he is keeping Mick Mulvaney as his acting chief of staff, but there will be a decision in the future on what to do with Alexander Vindman, the aide who testified in Trump’s impeachment inquiry. In the days since the U.S. Senate voted to acquit Trump and not remove him from office, rumors and reports have swirled through Washington of the president’s plans to oust those he believes worked against him…