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8 travel disasters that left passengers stranded

Wow Air announced Thursday that it has ceased operations and cancelled all flights. Stranded passengers described “pandemonium” at airport gates,Planes were stuck on the tarmac for seven hours.Inside the dark airport, people used their phone flashlights. The Federal Aviation Administration declared a ground stop, bringing all Atlanta-bound flights to a halt.

About 30,000 people were affected by the outage. 6/An engine fire on a Carnival cruise ship left passengers and crew stranded off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for nearly a week in 2013.Passengers spell out the word “HELP” aboard the disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph.The ship’s fire extinguishing system put out the fire and prevented a deadly disaster, but 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members were left adrift for almost a week.CNN reported that the ship lost power and that toilets, elevators, and air conditioning stopped working, resulting in “sewage running down the walls and floors.” Tugboats towed the cruise ship to Mobile, Alabama, for rescue.

 

7/One month later, another Carnival cruise lost power.Passengers of the Carnival Dream cruise ship wait at the international airport to check in for flights back to the US in March 2013.In March 2013, toilets and elevators stopped working halfway through a seven-day cruise on the Carnival Dream, leaving 4,300 passengers and 1,300 crew members stuck on the ship in the Caribbean, CNN reported. “There’s human waste all over the floor in some of the bathrooms and they’re overflowing and in the staterooms,” passenger Gregg Stark told CNN of the incident.Carnival cruise lines had to fly passengers back to Florida. They received a three-day refund and a half-price cruise in the future.

8/Zoom Airlines left around 4,500 British passengers stranded when it ceased operations in 2008.A Zoom Airlines plane.Martin J.Galloway/Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons The Guardian reported that in total, 40,000 customers in the UK and Canada were affected.Zoom cited rising oil prices as the source of the company’s financial difficulties. Stranded passengers said they were told flight delays were due to “mechanical failures” until they were eventually instructed to get off the plane and found police waiting at the gate.

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How Hamilton, The Tonight Show, and the arts are helping Puerto Rico bring in tourists

The apps, books, movies, music, TV shows, and art are inspiring our some of the most creative people in business this month,Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton say goodbye to the audience at the end of the performance during the closing night of Hamilton By Melissa Locker 6 minute.In January of this year, Lin-Manuel Miranda returned to Puerto Rico, where his parents grew up, and brought the entire stage production of Hamilton with him.
The idea was to use the Broadway smashas a fundraiser to help the island and its struggling arts scene to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. To sweeten the deal, Miranda would return to the role he created, playing Alexander Hamilton for a three-week-long fundraiser in San Juan.The ploy worked: Hamilton fans jumped at the chance to see Miranda reprise the role and were willing to fork over up to $5,000 for tickets.It was all to help Puerto Ricos arts community, which had very little funding even before the hurricane.
In fact, Miranda was planning on doing the fundraiser even before the hurricane struck.The Mirandas wanted to invest in a key, key, key fundamental piece of the island, which is its arts and culture, says Kristin Ehrgood, the CEO and board chair of the Flamboyan Foundation, which worked with the Miranda family to launch the Flamboyan Arts Fund.Flamboyan Arts is a limited-term fund created to funnel Hamilton proceeds to support institutions, arts groups, and independent artists in Puerto Rico, particularly helping them rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Early beneficiaries of the arts fund include, among others, thePuerto Rico Art Museum, puppet theater companyY No Habia Luz, and Andanza, a dance troupe.Recipients of the funds grants are selected by a board, which the Miranda family sits on.While some people may scoff that the arts are a poor investment, the arts can play an important role in building hope, restoring the heart and soul of the islands inhabitants, and, as it turns out, dramatically stimulating the economy.
Since day one, our administration has focused on promoting the growth of Puerto Ricos economy and identified tourism as one of the segments with the most potential for development, Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossell Nevares told Fast Company. Thats why one of his first acts as governor was to set up Puerto Ricos destination marketing organization, Discover Puerto Rico, which is tasked with drawing visitors to the Caribbean island.While the governments priorities shifted a bit in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, as the island works to rebuild, tourism, particularly arts-fueled tourism, is playing a significant role. For proof that it works, look to the fact that Hamilton helped raise $14 million forthe arts fund, and brought visitors to the island who stayed at hotels, ate local food, and otherwise helped bring money to the island.
This is much, much bigger than the production onstage for three weeks, says Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico. We view this as a launching pad for the repositioning of the brand of Puerto Rico as a destination for the arts.We believe that the real strength of Puerto Rico as a tourism destination is in the rich vibrant culture.It was Discover Puerto Rico that told Marriottwhich owns several hotels across the islandthat Hamilton with Miranda at the helm was coming to the island.
We knew we wanted to get involved, said Diana Plazas, a Marriott International marketing executive for the Caribbean and Latin America. We wanted to make sure we were doing our part to support the island, doing our part to support the recovery, but also the community of the island.In addition to being a corporate sponsor, Marriott also provided hotel rooms for the shows cast and crew.Marriott hotels has guaranteed a minimum donation of $300,000 to the arts fund.To help them meet that donation goal, Marriott donated $1 for every room booked at some of its properties. Its not alone in wanting to be involved in Hamiltonsvisit to the island and the goodwill it invoked.
Other corporate sponsors like JetBlue, Banco Popular, Churchs Chicken, Airbnb, and Warner Bros. all donated funds of more than $200,000 to the Arts Fund.More work to be doneIts not just the money, though. While bringing Hamilton to Puerto Rico certainly raised plenty of that, it also drew attention the islands ongoing struggles.People are going to come to Puerto Rico because ofHamilton, and hopefully spend a lot of money here,Miranda toldthe New YorkTimesin an interview. But theyre also going to see blue tarps and theyre also going to see how much work there is to be done.Every show has felt like opening night, Donald Webber Jr. who played Aaron Burr during the Hamilton run in Puerto Rico, told Fast Company.A lot of it has to do with Lin being here, being back in this place where he spent just about every summer.Even though this crazy unbelievable thing happened that destroyed his town, he, just like the Puerto Rican people, persevered.He didnt let the hurricane define him. He came out stronger and better.
It is unbelievable to watch every night, seeing Lin actively fighting back those emotions to perform.Gracias, Puerto Rico.Siempre recordaremos esta experiencia.January 28, 2019 Open for business Mirandas bold decision to uproot his entire Broadway show and take it to the island already inspired other performers to follow suitspecifically, Jimmy Fallon, who was inspired by Miranda to bring The Tonight Show to the island to help boost tourism, and let viewers know about other ways to help in the rebuilding process.I gotta say, we had Lin-Manuel Miranda announce he was taking (Hamilton) to Puerto Rico, Fallon told NBC News. I was just inspired because thats so hard to do.I dont think people understand how hard it is to take a Broadway show outside of Broadway. They went to Puerto Rico in January to tape an episode and, of course, see Hamilton.
The resulting episode was a celebration of Puerto Rico, complete with Fallon and musicians Questlove and Bad Bunny leading a carnival parade through the streets of Old San Juan, chef Jose Andres taking Fallon on a tour of beachside food kiosks in Piones, and musicians Jose Feliciano and Ozuna singing En Mi Viejo San Juan at La Fortaleza.Its a love song about a Puerto Rican who has left the island but dreams about going home, explains Jennifer Long, a consulting producer for this episode of The Tonight Show, who grew up in San Juan.There is no song more special to Puerto Ricans and no song more appropriate for this moment in time.While the episode was fun to watch, it carried with it a very important message: Puerto Rico is open for business.
Without a doubt, the best thing we could hope forand I know this is so important to Jimmyis go visit! Puerto Rico is up and running for business and they want your business and, quite frankly, they need it.That echoes what Manuel Laboy, secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce for Puerto Rico,told Fast Company a year ago:You want to help Puerto Rico? Go on vacation there.It remains true.While Hamilton has ended its run, the island has an ongoing rich cultural scene, spurred on by the influx of cash to the grantees of the Flamboyan Arts Fund.
Puerto Rico has the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and has unique cultural offerings such as museums, year-round cultural festivals, theater opportunities, musical concerts, and historic zones that appeal to all types of visitors, Governor Rossellsaid. We want the world to know that Puerto Rico is Open for Business, that as we recover and rebuild, our island stands as the most exciting place in the United States for people to come visit.(Disclosure: This story was reported in part from Puerto Rico; the writers travel and hotel costs were reimbursed by Marriott.)About the authorMelissa Locker is a writer and world renowned fish telepathist.

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Rashid, Buttler take England to victory despite Gayle fireworks

ST. GEORGE S (AFP) – Adil Rashid snared four wickets in five balls as England resisted a determined West Indies effort to claim a 29-run victory in a high-scoring fourth One-Day International at the National Stadium in Grenada on Wednesday.
Responding to the tourists mammoth total of 418 for six, the highest ever in an ODI in the Caribbean, the home side were set on course by a rampaging 162 off 97 balls by veteran opener Chris Gayle.They remained in the hunt until the 48th over when leg-spinner Rashid, who had taken a fearful hammering in his first four overs, broke an 88-run seventh-wicket partnership between Carlos Brathwaite and Ashley Nurse.He then scythed through the tail — taking the last three wickets in the next four balls — to finish with figures of five for 85 off his allotted ten overs.
Despite Rashid finishing as the match-winner with the last five wickets of the innings, it was fast bowler Mark Wood who prevented the home side from running away with the game as he completed his ten-over spell with excellent figures of four for 60 on a pitch tailormade for batting.West Indies total of 389 was their highest-ever in ODIs but it will be of little consolation given the final capitulation which saw the last four wickets falling at the same score to leave England with an unbeatable 2-1 lead going into the final fixture of the five-match series on Saturday in St Lucia.
Persistent rain prevented a ball being bowled in the scheduled third match, also in Grenada, on Monday.Setting a target for the first time in the series after West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss, England underscored the reputation acquired by their batting line-up since the disappointments of the 2015 World Cup in racing to what looked an unassailable total.
Jos Buttler led the way with a rampaging innings of 150 off just 77 balls with 12 sixes and 13 fours while his captain, Eoin Morgan, suffered only by comparison to the wicketkeeper-batsman s astonishing innings as he reached 103 off 88 deliveries with six sixes and eight fours decorating his innings.Their fourth-wicket partnership of 204 came in less than 21 overs and followed an excellent comeback innings of 82 by Alex Hales at the top of the order.
Having been selected to bat in the middle-order for the abandoned third match, he replaced the injured Jason Roy as opener and made full use of the opportunity in ideal batting conditions, putting on exactly 100 with Jonny Bairstow for the first wicket.Just a week after the West Indies posted a new record tally of 23 sixes for an ODI innings, England surpassed that number by one, Buttler thrashing Brathwaite for another huge hit over deep midwicket before the big all-rounder bowled him with the next delivery in the final over of the innings.
England bludgeoned 154 runs off the final ten overs with Buttler accounting for 105 of those in a withering display of power-hitting.Gayle s effort in response, which included 14 sixes and 11 fours, was remarkable given the 39-year-old left-hander s relative lack of mobility.Supported by 61 from Darren Bravo in a 176-run third-wicket partnership, the former captain looked in the mood to take the home side to a sensational victory until he was bowled heaving at Ben Stokes in the 35th over.When Holder departed at 301 for six, West Indies chances appeared extinguished.
However Brathwaite, who registered a maiden ODI fifty, and Nurse (43) kept up with the required rate in an entertaining stand.It appeared to be a huge gamble for Morgan to persist with Rashid against the two big-hitters but his faith in the spinner paid rich dividends, Nurse miscuing a swing at the bowler at the start of his final over to trigger the final slide.

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Islamabad United survive Pollard blitz in 12-run win over Peshawar Zalmi

SHARJAH (Dunya News/Agencies) – Muhammad Sami’s last-over hat-trick over-shadowed Kieron Pollard 51 in just 22 balls and Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi by 12 runs in the 11th match of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL-4).
As has been the case every year, Islamabad United started this season slowly, winning just one of three games.However, this season has begun to emulate the others just as closely as the tournament progresses, with the defending champions putting in a vastly improved performance, holding their nerve to seal a 12-run win. The game ended with their captain Mohammad Sami knocking off the final three Peshawar batsmen off successive balls, claiming his maiden PSL hat-trick and ensuring his side finished with a flourish.
All of their best efforts looked like they might be derailed during a brief four-over spell of monstrous hitting by Kieron Pollard. With 92 required off 39 balls and the match meandering to its inevitable conclusion, Pollard roused the dispirited ranks of Peshawar fans in Sharjah with a blistering 22-ball 51.
But crucially, support from the other end was lacking, and once he holed out to deep cover, the valiant efforts of Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz couldn t quite make up for a first ten overs where their side had fallen well behind the pace.They had been chasing 159, a total Islamabad were only able to put up thanks to Ian Bell, playing his first PSL match of the season.As much of the rest of the order fell away, he remained at the crease until the penultimate delivery, his 54 playing a large part in knitting the innings together, and ensuring Islamabad had just enough runs in the end.By 13 overs, Islamabad were shuffling along at 88 for three, not quite able to get in the big hits in the face of tight Peshawar bowling.
But a loose over from Umaid Asif saw Cameron Delport smite a six back over the bowler and Bell a boundary, fetching 16. From there, Peshawar lost their discipline somewhat; it was the start of a spell in which Islamabad plundered 56 off five overs.It was ground ceded they wouldn t be able to make up.Mohammad Sami may have come away with a hat-trick, but his wickets had been set up by the efforts earlier on of Islamabad s emerging player Mohammad Musa.
Less than half Sami s age at 18, the fresh faced Musa was entrusted with the third over, with Imam-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal batting in the Powerplay. Pace, accuracy, composure and lethality combined, culminating in the wicket of Kamran Akmal – another man twice his age.He would add the wickets of Dawid Malan and Darren Sammy to a collection that may very soon begin to burgeon.At some point, you may risk blasphemy and begin to wonder about Darren Sammy s role in the Peshawar line-up.
He doesn t bowl anymore, and for some reason, comes in to bat at number seven. He still strikes at over 150, so he might as well bat higher up, but today, the bigger issue was he failed to give his Caribbean teammate much support in terms of run rate reduction.He never could find the middle of the bat as Pollard, and later even Wahab Riaz, took on the senior role in the partnership. When Sammy did hole out, it was to a waist-high full shot he has buttered his bread with by smashing for six.
It cost his side today, but as the tournament progresses, the specific role Sammy takes on may begin to come under wider scrutiny; there is no hiding place in this format.The narrow defeat means Peshawar have split their four games, winning and losing two apiece.The same applies to Islamabad United, with the two sides placed third and fourth on the table respectively

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Richards desires to watch more matches in Pakistan

SHARJAH: Perhaps the biggest catch in the history of the HBL PSL tournament was by Quetta Gladiators, who brought West Indian great Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards as the motivator, says a PCB release.
Richards believes the fight Pakistan cricket has had to do since international cricket was suspended at home in 2009 will get over with more and more matches in the country and before the cricket-mad people.
What I think is quite encouraging is that I saw the West Indies women’s team toured Pakistan, said Richards of the West Indies’ Eves touring Karachi for a three T20I series against Pakistan women.Before that, the West Indies men’s team came (in March last year).
Some of the PSL matches were taken to Pakistan and, to me, that had more volume and the more I think that’s done, the better. I think it would be for Pakistan cricket.
Since March 2009, Pakistan have hosted Zimbabwe, an ICC World XI, Sri Lanka and the West Indies (men’s and women’s teams). The final of the PSL in March 2017 was played in Lahore, while three matches were held in 2018, including the final in Karachi.In the fourth edition, eight matches are scheduled for Pakistan.Richards, adored in the cricketing world in general and in Caribbean in particular for his bashing of the bowlers at will, feels there is no substitute of playing before your own people.
To be honest, no one wants to be playing in exile all their lives, said Richards referring to Pakistan playing at the neutral venues of United Arab Emirates.Every team wants to be playing in front of their home fans and getting the support from the home crowds and that, to me, is always essential.Richards reckons PSL is one of the top leagues, for its ability to throw more and more talented players every year.It’s been great, remarked Richards, who played 121 Tests and 187 One-Day Internationals during his glorious career including two World Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1979.
To me it (PSL) is one of the most important T20 tournaments that is played and why I say this is that the players that come to play in this tournament are some of the best players in my opinion and that makes it one of the biggest events.Richards praised the fast bowling talent that comes to the fore from every edition of the PSL since its inception in 2016.Ever since my arrival here, I have seen the potential in terms of, not just basically the magnificent batsmen that the PSLs have produced, but what I know for sure, especially in the fast bowling department.Some of the fast bowlers could be loaned out to many teams around the world and that makes the PSL and good tournament, a talent producing factory.
This tournament is particularly good in finding some of these young talented players and that serves the purpose of a league.Richards singled out former Quetta spinner Hassan Khan as a player for the future.
There are so many young individuals but I could only speak for the young players who are from the Gladiators. Mohammad Nawaz is one.
Then Hassan Khan, I like his energy and especially when he hit the winning runs in one of the matches last year.He is not with us anymore but I always liked his attitude, his energy and particularly at this young age, said Richards of Hassan who is now playing for Lahore Qalandars in PSL 4.
When the master blaster of the past sits in the dug-out of the Gladiators, the players get induced to fight till the last ball, a trait the Antiguan great had in him to the core.Richards believes the fight Pakistan cricket has had to do since international cricket was suspended at home in 2009 will get over with more and more matches in the country and before the cricket-mad people.“What I think is quite encouraging is that I saw the West Indies women’s team toured Pakistan,” said Richards of the West Indies’ Eves touring Karachi for a three T20I series against Pakistan women.“Before that, the West Indies men’s team came (in March last year).
Some of the PSL matches were taken to Pakistan and, to me, that had more volume and the more I think that’s done, the better. I think it would be for Pakistan cricket.”Since March 2009, Pakistan have hosted Zimbabwe, an ICC World XI, Sri Lanka and the West Indies (men’s and women’s teams). The final of the PSL in March 2017 was played in Lahore, while three matches were held in 2018, including the final in Karachi.
In the fourth edition, eight matches are scheduled for Pakistan.Richards, adored in the cricketing world in general and in Caribbean in particular for his bashing of the bowlers at will, feels there is no substitute of playing before your own people.“To be honest, no one wants to be playing in exile all their lives,” said Richards referring to Pakistan playing at the neutral venues of United Arab Emirates.“Every team wants to be playing in front of their home fans and getting the support from the home crowds and that, to me, is always essential.”Richards reckons PSL is one of the top leagues, for its ability to throw more and more talented players every year.“It’s been great,” remarked Richards, who played 121 Tests and 187 One-Day Internationals during his glorious career including two World Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1979.
“To me it (PSL) is one of the most important T20 tournaments that is played and why I say this is that the players that come to play in this tournament are some of the best players in my opinion and that makes it one of the biggest events.”Richards praised the fast bowling talent that comes to the fore from every edition of the PSL since its inception in 2016.“Ever since my arrival here, I have seen the potential in terms of, not just basically the magnificent batsmen that the PSLs have produced, but what I know for sure, especially in the fast bowling department.“Some of the fast bowlers could be loaned out to many teams around the world and that makes the PSL and good tournament, a talent producing factory.“This tournament is particularly good in finding some of these young talented players and that serves the purpose of a league.”Richards singled out former Quetta spinner Hassan Khan as a player for the future.“There are so many young individuals but I could only speak for the young players who are from the Gladiators. Mohammad Nawaz is one.
Then Hassan Khan, I like his energy and especially when he hit the winning runs in one of the matches last year.“He is not with us anymore but I always liked his attitude, his energy and particularly at this young age,” said Richards of Hassan who is now playing for Lahore Qalandars in PSL 4.

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