Videos posted on Twitter and YouTube shows two Carnival Cruise Line ships colliding in Cozumel, Mexico.
A video published on YouTube on Friday shows the back end of the Carnival Glory approaching the front end of the Carnival Legend, which cuts through the Glory’s rear windows.
According to Matthew Bruin, who uploaded a video of the incident on Twitter, the Carnival Glory nearly hit Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas ship as well.
Bruin uploaded the video on Friday and indicated the incident happened shortly before the video was published.
“We are assessing the damage but there are no issues that impact the seaworthiness of either ship,” a Carnival representative said. “We have advised guests from both ships to enjoy their day ashore in Cozumel.”
One passenger received a minor injury while evacuating one of the ship’s dining rooms, the representative added.
Members of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) fighting its takeover by an American investment firm say the hiring of an executive from a U.S. company that makes footwear for the military and police clashes with the company’s values.
Jay Taylor, who is currently listed as the CEO of LALO Tactical on its web page, is in line to be MEC’s president and chief operating officer if the sale goes through to Kingswood Capital Management, the Los Angeles-based firm confirmed to CBC News in an email.
So far, 2,400 MEC supporters have raised more than $100,000 for a legal fund to fight the takeover, but the deal could be approved as soon as Monday at a court hearing in Vancouver.
Word of the potential hire was buzzing on social media over the weekend, infuriating members of Save MEC, a group trying to stop the sale of the Vancouver-based retailer and organize a counter-offer.
“It’s shocking to me,” said Jackie Pierre, an MEC customer from Vancouver for 10 years and a Save MEC member. “This is so far from what [MEC] is known for originally.”
MEC’s values include democratic collaboration, social and environmental accountability, stewardship and more recently, diversity and inclusion. Those who want to stop the sale of MEC — the largest co-operative in Canada — are concerned that bringing in a leader with military roots is a bad match for the brand and could endanger the company’s culture.
But Pierre and other Save MEC members, including Kevin Harding, say the potential hiring of Taylor sends a different message.
“If this is how Kingswood plans to honour MEC’s values, I’m deeply disappointed,” Harding, of Vancouver, said.
An old social media post by Taylor is also being cited as proof of the mismatch.
Save MEC members aren’t the only ones concerned that the company’s values are in jeopardy. An advertising expert is warning Kingswood that it could be doing damage to the iconic company it wants to buy.
A culture clash seen through the lens of social media
Kingswood confirmed to CBC on Saturday that Taylor attended meetings in Vancouver last week as part of “introductory discussions” with “key suppliers and incoming MEC leadership.”
Taylor’s history with LALO is alarming to some MEC members.
The company, which counts a former U.S. soldier among its founders, says LALO is an acronym for “Light Assault Lo-Vis Operator, a nimble, quick, tactical Special Forces Operator.”
Many company Instagram posts show its boots being worn by heavily armed men in combat-like settings, or by men in police uniforms with guns drawn.
Reactions on Save MEC’s Facebook page were strong.
One member described LALO’s instagram feed as “particularly jarring for those familiar with MEC’s ethos.”
Another, who claimed to be part of the hunting and gun community, called Taylor a name and said the executive and LALO were “totally the wrong fit.”
There’s also a strong reaction to a post coming from Taylor’s own little-used Instagram account in 2016.
In it, Taylor responds to the killing of a group of police officers known as the “Dallas 5.” The shooter was an army veteran who said he wanted to kill white officers to demonstrate his anger over police shootings of Black men.
Taylor’s message suggests people should buy a T-shirt to support the families of the officers who died.
The post includes the hashtags #livesmatter, #policelivesmatter and #bluelivesmatter.
While it mentions a more inclusive hashtag, #oneteamonefight, it does not mention #blacklivesmatter.
At the time, the Black Lives Matter movement was already three years old, and police shootings of Black people were a growing part of public discourse.
For Jackie Pierre, it’s an upsetting picture.
“You know, this guy to me resonates guns, All Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter,” she said. “Whoever’s making these decisions is obviously not in solidarity with people of colour.”
MEC supporters pressuring creditors
Pierre said if the Kingswood offer goes through and Taylor is hired, not only will she stop shopping at MEC, but she’ll quit banking with RBC, which is one of MEC’s leading creditors.
MEC lost $11 million in its last fiscal year of operation. COVID-19 has further weakened the company this year, and its management agreed to the sale.
WATCH | Why MEC might perish, regardless of sale to U.S. investment firm:
Members of Canada’s largest consumer co-operative say the deal goes against its businesses principles. 5:26
The group’s hope is that drawing attention to the legacy values of the brand and the direction the company would be taken under new owners will encourage RBC to include public perception as part of its evaluation.
Almost 50 years old, MEC has 5.4 million members and 22 stores in Canada. More than 135,000 people have signed an online petition to stop its privatization.
An accomplished executive
In response to the concerns of Pierre and other Save MEC members, Kingswood said in an email to CBC that it has a “deep appreciation for what MEC stands for” and will operate within MEC values.
It also said that Taylor is a “longtime Vancouver resident and MEC member” and an “accomplished executive in the outdoor industry.”
In addition to expertise in “product innovation, development and manufacturing, as well as sales and marketing,” the statement noted his past experience as an owner of ski shops in British Columbia.
Taylor’s LinkedIn profile also describes his leadership role at the running shoe company Hoka One One over nearly three years.
While applauding recently announced stricter COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants and bars by the Ontario Government, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown says banquet halls and weddings in Brampton are a bigger concern.
“There continues to be a number of large events at banquet halls, and I think we need some tougher rules when it comes to banquet halls,” Brown told reporters during a Sept. 23 news conference.
“Interesting is that we’re hearing from public health that there’s not significant transmission among restaurants. They’ve handled the Stage 3 quite well, but where there’s an area of concern, we all have to keep an eye out is with banquet halls and weddings,” the mayor added during a committee of city council meeting later the same day.
The province’s decision comes in the wake of a surge in COVID-19 cases in Ontario, with Peel Region — especially Brampton — contributing a significant portion of daily lab-confirmed infections in recent weeks. There were 130 new cases confirmed in Peel on Friday (Sept. 26) — the highest single-day total since May 25 — with Brampton accounting for 89 of them.
The recent spike in cases also prompted the provincial government to reduce the permitted size of residential social gatherings in homes, backyards and parks from 50 indoors and 100 outdoors to 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. However, those changes to social gatherings did not include weddings and banquet halls.
Peel’s medical officer of health, Dr. Lawrence Loh, confirmed that a significant number of recent cases have been traced back to weddings and similar events at banquet halls, adding regional health authorities are monitoring the situation and may eventually recommend scaling back the current 50-person limit.
“Social gatherings are a start,” he said during the City of Brampton’s latest COVID-19 update. “We’ve had a number of wedding exposures and that’s been seen throughout the Greater Toronto Area. So, certainly, revisiting wedding and celebrations of that nature are things that we would look at.
A possible COVID-19 vaccine relies on shark livers, and conservationists are warning it could decimate the shark population.
A British pharmaceutical company called GlaxoSmithKline currently manufactures a flu vaccine, which includes shark squalene, which is a natural oil produced in the liver. It’s known to create a strong response from the recipient’s immune system.
The company plans to produce A BILLION DOSES of a coronavirus vaccine, which would include shark squalene.
An environmental group called Shark Allies, claims a quarter-of-a-million sharks would have to be killed to produce the necessary amount of squalene for one dose per person. If 2 doses are required — which may well be the case — we’re talking half a million sharks that would be killed.
Stefanie Brendl, who runs Shark Allies, says, “Harvesting something from a wild animal is never going to be sustainable, especially if it’s a top predator that doesn’t reproduce in huge numbers.”
Squalene is a coveted ingredient in cosmetics and machine oil. Estimates are that 3 million sharks are killed every year for squalene. BTW … Orca whales prey on shark livers and can almost surgically remove them. Some shark livers weigh as much as 180 lbs.
Privacy & Cookies Policy
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.