Sunday, September 20, 2020

March 15, 2020  PORT ST. MAARTEN – Celebrity Edge cruise ship, described as the new home of modern luxury cruising, last week Thursday March 12, on its scheduled port call, Port St. Maarten was part of Celebrity Edge’s making history cruise of an all-female bridge and on-board leadership team.

Master of the Ship is Captain Kate McCue, the first American female cruise ship captain, was accompanied by 26 other women representing 16 different countries.

Port St. Maarten Management and the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau as part of this historic moment provided the all-female bridge and on-board leadership on behalf of the country with ‘welcome to the destination’ packages.

It was the first time in maritime history with respect to the all-female bridge and on-board leadership team setting sail on Sunday, March 8, commemorating International Women’s Day.

Celebrity Edge sailed out of Port Everglades, Florida on a seven-day Caribbean sailing last week. 

Back in 1988, few maritime training institutes opened their doors to female students. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) was in the vanguard of United Nations specialized agencies that forged a global programme known as the Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector.

The programme put in place an institutional framework to incorporate a gender dimension into IMO's policies and procedures, with resolutions adopted to ensure access to maritime training and employment opportunities for women in the maritime sector. Today, IMO's Women in Maritime programme is still going strong after 30 years of activities.

The revolutionary Celebrity Edge has a passenger capacity of 2,900+ (double occupancy) or total guests of 3,373; and carry’s a crew complement of 1,377 from 72 different countries. 

Celebrity Edge is the first of the Edge-class cruise ship from Celebrity Cruises.  The vessel was delivered in October 2018 and made her maiden voyage on December 9, 2018 during a 15-day transatlantic crossing to Port Everglades Terminal in Florida.

Celebrity Edge has a gross tonnage of 130,818; is 1,004 feet long; beam of 128 feet and a draft of 28 feet; 15 decks.

Additional Edge-class vessels will join the sister ship in 2020, the Celebrity Apex, and two additional ships in the Edge Series will follow in 2021 and 2022.

Celebrity is one of five cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL).

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper and actor T.I. has settled civil charges with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he helped promote a fraudulent cryptocurrency. T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, agreed to a civil settlement with the SEC that was announced Friday. He is paying a $75,000 fine and agreeing not to sell or market similar securities for at least five years. Harris got into trouble, the SEC said, because he used his social media accounts to promote FLiK, falsely claiming to be a co-owner, and asked an unnamed actor and comedian to also promote FLiK, providing language calling it T.I.’s “new venture.” The SEC says both of those moves broke federal laws against selling securities without registering with the SEC. The charges against Harris were part of a larger enforcement action against others including film producer Ryan Felton, who faces wire fraud and other charges in a 28-count indictment unsealed Wednesday.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Legal advocates are lining up on both sides of actor Bill Cosby’s appeal as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to review his 2018 sex assault conviction. Cosby was the first celebrity to go on trial in the #MeToo era, and his appeal could resolve lingering questions about how the cases should be tried. For starters, the high court will try to clarify when other accusers can testify against a defendant — and when the additional testimony amounts to character assassination. Public defenders in Philadelphia, in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in Cosby’s appeal, noted that courts have given conflicting guidance on the issue.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Council of Fashion Designers of America gave its top fashion awards on Monday to Gabriela Hearst for womenswear and Kerby Jean-Raymond for menswear. The two designers led a group of winners that the CFDA said was the most diverse in the 39-year history of the awards. It was the second honor in two days for Jean-Raymond, the prominent Black founder of the Pyer Moss label, who was also named Designer of the Year by Harlem’s Fashion Row in a virtual ceremony on Sunday. The CFDA winners also included Telfar Clemens, who won the accessories award, and Christopher John Rogers, who won for American emerging designer. All four were first-time winners.

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a scene in a new documentary about Paris Hilton, where the so-called socialite is speaking with former classmates from a Utah boarding school. They joke about how on her reality series “The Simple Life,” Hilton pretended to be clueless over many things— including how to perform any sort of manual labor. One bluntly described it as “some straight-up (expletive),” as they all laughed. “I don’t think you had like a high-pitch voice back then,” was another observation. None of this is a surprise to Hilton. What’s revealed in “This is Paris,” which debuted for free Monday on Hilton’s YouTube channel, is that the ultra-glam, baby-talking young woman whose standard line was “that’s hot,” was a manufactured caricature not just for fame but self-protection, too.