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Cruise ships from Norwegian and Royal Caribbean are bringing supplies to the Bahamas to help victims of Hurricane Dorian

Cruise ships from Norwegian and Royal Caribbean are bringing supplies to the Bahamas to help victims of Hurricane DorianRoyal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Bahamas Paradise cruise lines are bringing supplies and volunteers to the Bahamas, where the airports are damaged.



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'Bring on Brexit' says French mayor in row over Royal Marines veteran who left rowing machine up Mont Blanc

'Bring on Brexit' says French mayor in row over Royal Marines veteran who left rowing machine up Mont BlancARoyal Marines veteran who attempted to climb Mont Blanc with a rowing machine on his back for charity was forced to abandon the device less than 1,500 feet from the summit, prompting a row with the local French mayor. Matthew Paul Disney attempted to scale Western Europe's highest mountain, which stands at 4,809m (15,780ft) but had to turn back on Saturday morning at 4,362m due to bad weather. The charity stunt was in aid of raising funds for Rock 2 Recovery and RMA – The Royal Marines Charity. The fitness enthusiast and global adventurer from Lancashire, left the 26-kilogramme, 2.5-metre long unbalanced Concept2 rowing machine in an emergency hut near the top. Mr Disney, 36, said he was very disappointed not to have completed the ascent with the machine, saying the the main reason was poor visibility due to bad weather. He did, however, go on to reach the top without it. Shortly after descending, he said on Facebook he intended to go back up between September 12 and 30 to retrieve the rowing machine, reach the summit and return with the equipment.  However, his unfinished bid prompted a furious response from Jean-Marc Peillex, mayor of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, which encompasses the French side of Europe’s highest Alp. Matthew Paul Disney had intended to retrieve the rowing machine he left near the top of Mont Blanc but the mayor banned him Credit: Telegraph In an angry Facebook missive to Mr Disney, he wrote: "Can't wait for Brexit that you stay on your island [sic]." “I have received no apologies and even if it is for charity, it’s an aberration, even more so for a soldier of her Majesty. Shameful”, he later told The Daily Telegraph. The mayor said he had banned Mr Disney from going back up Mont Blanc to recover the rowing machine and would be sending a bill of €1,800 (£1,640) plus VAT to the British Embassy in Paris for the costs of his men bringing it down. Mr Disney said the mayor's Brexit comments were "very unprofessional, undiplomatic and could be seen as a mild form of racism". Jean-Marc Peillex, mayor of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, sent an angry message to RM Disney welcoming Brexit "I wouldn't litter anywhere let alone a mountain. This is my 13th country’s highest mountain with a rowing machine and 21st without a rowing machine, so I have a lot of love and passion for mountains. I would never dream of littering or making a mockery of a mountain," he told the Telegraph. Earlier this summer, Mr Disney successfully climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon and the distance in-between with the Concept2 Rowing Machine on his back. Mr Disney posted a photo showing the rower neatly stored inside the hut. "As you can see in the photo, it is not litter, it is not on the top of the mountain. It is not taking up vital space," he said. Safety hut near the top of Mont Blanc where Royal Marines vet Matthew Paul Disney stored his rowing machine Credit: Telegraph He said could "understand the mayor's concern because there are a lot of foolish people". But he said, he had his climb rubber-stamped by gendarmes after showing them his "experience, skillset, my fitness level and my intention to raise awareness for two military charities, good causes for active and veterans on the brink of suicide." He questioned the decision by the gendarmes to bar him going back up to get the rowing machine as "they had allowed me to go up with it" beforehand after he showed them his plans. Mr Peillex responded: “He’s not in his own home and he doesn’t decide.” This was just one of a string of cases of “disrespect” for the mountain, the mayor said, adding that a German climber forced his dog to the top at night this weekend after being ordered not to by police. The dog came back down alive but with "bloodied paws”. The outspoken official has written to Emmanuel Macron, the French president, calling for him to pass new a new law next year to “punish all the loonies who break the rules” on the overcrowded peak, often leaving rubbish along the way. Earlier this year, two Swiss mountaineers landed a small plane less than 400 metres from the top of the famed mountain before heading for the summit with police in pursuit. The two climbers were equipped with ropes and crampons and had already started climbing towards the summit when they were intercepted by police and asked to turn back. Already threatened by global warming, such people were turning Mont Blanc into an "amusement park" where people expect to see “sea lions juggling with balls and pretty fireworks", the mayor warned. Local authorities tightened rules on ascending the “normal route” to the summit without booking at a refuge earlier this year saying overcrowding was increasing the risk of mortality.



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Some Royal Caribbean, Disney, and Norwegian Cruise ship passengers are stuck at sea as Hurricane Dorian creeps dangerously close to Florida (RCL, CCL)

Some Royal Caribbean, Disney, and Norwegian Cruise ship passengers are stuck at sea as Hurricane Dorian creeps dangerously close to Florida (RCL, CCL)Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line have extended the itineraries for some ships as Hurricane Dorian nears Florida.



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Danish royal family ‘surprised’ after Trump calls off meeting over Greenland

Danish royal family ‘surprised’ after Trump calls off meeting over GreenlandDonald Trump’s decision to abruptly cancel his Denmark trip came as “a surprise” to the country’s royal family, a spokesperson has said.The royal household had formally invited the US president to visit Denmark on 2-3 September.



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Iran was able to capture a British oil tanker because it only gave the Royal Navy 1 hour's notice to escort it, rather than 24, former UK Defence Secretary says

Iran was able to capture a British oil tanker because it only gave the Royal Navy 1 hour's notice to escort it, rather than 24, former UK Defence Secretary saysPenny Mordaunt has offered insight into how Iran's Revolutionary Guard corps managed to seize the Stena Impero oil tanker in July.



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Parents blame Royal Caribbean for toddler's death after 11-story fall

Parents blame Royal Caribbean for toddler's death after 11-story fall"I never want another mother to see what I had to see, or to scream how I had to scream," Kimberly Wiegand said in a TV interview Monday.



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Iran Loves This: The Royal Navy Doesn’t Have Enough Ships to Patrol Persian Gulf

Iran Loves This: The Royal Navy Doesn’t Have Enough Ships to Patrol Persian GulfThe Royal Navy plans briefly to double its number of warships in the Persian Gulf following an attempted attack by Iranian forces on a British oil tanker on June 20, 2019.But the temporary increase in British warships in the region, from one to two, underscores just how few ships the Royal Navy can deploy even in an emergency.Iranian boats tried to “impede” the British oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz, the BBC reported. HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, “was forced to move between the three boats and the tanker,” according to the BBC.The British government claimed the attacking boats belonged to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps militia. The IRGC also allegedly was behind several recent bomb attacks targeting oil tankers in the Gulf and surrounding waters.Tensions have escalated in the Middle East following U.S. president Donald Trump decision unilaterally to withdraw the United States from the 2015 deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program. After Trump restored economic sanctions, Tehran resumed stockpiling uranium.The July 2019 tanker incident compelled the Royal Navy to accelerate by several weeks a planned deployment to the Gulf by the Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan. Montrose and Duncan together will patrol the Persian Gulf before Montrose returns to U.K. waters for maintenance.Duncan sailed south through the Bosphorus on July 13, 2019. The destroyer had been in the Black Sea region for NATO exercises.



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Family speaks out following toddler's Royal Caribbean cruise ship death

Family speaks out following toddler's Royal Caribbean cruise ship deathThe grieving family of a 1-year-old girl who fell to her death Sunday from the11th floor of a docked cruise ship in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is searching foranswers following the tragic incident



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Cruise ship rescues and mishaps: 6 times emergency struck on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, more

Cruise ship rescues and mishaps: 6 times emergency struck on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, moreHere's what happens when emergency strikes on the high seas, from norovirus on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Coast Guard airlifts from Carnival Pride.



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Royal family introduces social media rules following online abuse of Meghan and Kate

Royal family introduces social media rules following online abuse of Meghan and KateIn an unprecedented move, the Royal Family has introduced a set of social media rules in order to create a "safe environment". Under the new rules, users posting abusive comments will be blocked or reported to police, and comments in breach of the guidelines will be hidden or deleted.  The move comes after reports that royal staff are inundated with abusive comments aimed at Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. The guidelines will apply to comments posted on channels run by the Royal Family, Kensington Palace, and Clarence House. SEE ALSO: Why the royal statement on trolling is unprecedentedComments must not "promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.""Comments must not: contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence," the guidelines read. Image: www.royal.uk/"We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities," the guidelines continue. Per these rules, anyone engaging with any of the royal family's social media channels will be subject to these requirements. Anyone in breach of these rules will be blocked or even reported to the authorities. "We reserve the right to hide or delete comments made on our channels, as well as block users who do not follow these guidelines," reads the guidelines. "We also reserve the right to send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation as we feel necessary or is required by law." WATCH: Lifetime just released a movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in honor of their upcoming wedding



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