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Ships escape Baltimore port after bridge collapse



In the wake of last week’s bridge collapse in Baltimore, efforts to restore normalcy to the city’s port operations have seen some progress.

  • Following a bridge collapse in Baltimore, the Port of Baltimore opened a temporary channel, allowing some trapped tugs and barges to escape.

  • Cruise lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean have adjusted their sailings, with ships rerouting to Norfolk, Virginia, instead of Baltimore due to the bridge closure.

  • Affected passengers are being provided compensation and assistance, including shuttle transportation, Wi-Fi, and phone calls, to accommodate changes in travel plans.

The Port of Baltimore initiated the opening of a temporary channel on Monday, allowing for the liberation of several tugs and barges that had been ensnared following the bridge collapse.

However, officials caution that broader restoration of commercial shipping remains hampered by persistent obstacles.

The collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge has had significant ramifications for maritime activities, particularly impacting cruise lines operating in the area.

Both Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International, which utilize the Maryland Cruise Terminal in Baltimore’s Locust Point, have had to adjust their sailings in response to the incident.

Royal Caribbean announced that its 2,514-passenger ship, the Vision of the Seas, originally slated to arrive in Baltimore on April 4, will now conclude its current cruise in Norfolk, Virginia.

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The ship’s next two cruises, scheduled for April 4 and 12, will depart from Norfolk instead of Baltimore.

Similarly, Carnival Cruise Line’s 2,124-passenger vessel, the Carnival Legend, which was due to arrive in Baltimore on March 31, will now disembark passengers in Norfolk, offering bus services back to Baltimore.

The journey from Norfolk to Baltimore typically takes between four to five hours, contingent on traffic conditions.

Carnival further stated that the Legend will temporarily relocate its homeport from Baltimore to Norfolk, with the cruise initially planned to depart from Baltimore on March 31 now departing from Norfolk.

Passengers affected by these changes are being promptly informed, Carnival assured.

In response to the disruption, Royal Caribbean has pledged compensation for passengers currently aboard the Vision of the Seas, including complimentary shuttle transportation from Norfolk to Baltimore, along with free Wi-Fi and phone calls to facilitate adjustments to travel arrangements.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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AI tracks enigmatic cancers back to origins in new study



In a groundbreaking development, scientists have unveiled a remarkable AI tool that promises to revolutionise the detection and treatment of metastatic cancers.

These elusive cancers often evade detection until they have already spread to distant organs, posing a significant challenge for diagnosis and treatment. Published in Nature Medicine, the study showcases an AI model developed by researchers at Tianjin Medical University (TMU) in China, led by Tian Fei and Li Xiangchun. Trained on a vast dataset of 30,000 images from 21,000 individuals, the AI model demonstrated an unprecedented accuracy rate of 83% in identifying the origins of metastatic cancer cells found in fluid samples from abdominal or lung regions.

Impressively, the model’s top three predictions included the tumour’s source with a staggering 99% accuracy.

This breakthrough not only surpasses the capabilities of human pathologists but also offers a beacon of hope for the 300,000 people annually diagnosed with cancer at TMU-affiliated hospitals, where approximately 4,000 cases rely on such image-based diagnoses.

By significantly reducing the need for invasive tests and providing timely and accurate predictions, this AI tool could potentially extend the lives of late-stage cancer patients. Faisal Mahmood of Harvard Medical School praises the study’s findings, highlighting the potential of AI as an indispensable assistive tool in healthcare.

Looking ahead, the integration of AI with tissue samples and genomic data holds the promise of further enhancing outcomes for individuals battling metastatic cancers of unknown origins, ushering in a new era of precision medicine and personalised care.

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Surprising Netflix subscriber surge despite price hikes



Netflix Surpasses Expectations with 9.33 Million New Subscribers in Q1 2024

Netflix stunned analysts and the industry alike with its first-quarter 2024 earnings report, revealing a remarkable surge of 9.33 million paid subscribers, soaring past the anticipated 3.93 million additions and bringing its total subscriber count to an impressive 269.60 million.

This surge follows a record-breaking fourth quarter of 2023, where Netflix added 13.1 million subscribers. Despite this remarkable growth streak, Netflix announced it would cease reporting quarterly subscriber totals from 2025 onward, signalling a significant shift in industry dynamics. Notable contributors to this growth included high-profile releases like the live-action adaptation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “3 Body Problem” by the show-runners behind “Game of Thrones.”

Regionally, the U.S. and Canada saw a growth of 2.53 million paid subscribers, while Europe, the Middle East, and Africa added 2.92 million, Latin America saw an increase of 1.72 million, and the Asia-Pacific market experienced a rise of 2.16 million.

Alongside surpassing subscriber expectations, Netflix exceeded financial projections, reporting a 15% increase in revenue from Q1 2023, with diluted earnings per share of $5.28 on $9.37 billion in revenue.

Looking ahead, Netflix forecasts robust financial performance for Q2, with expectations of $9.49 billion in revenue and diluted EPS of $4.68, aiming for revenue growth of 13% to 15% for the full year 2024, reflecting a bullish outlook on its operational margin.


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Why are Americans moving abroad?



Inflation and the rising cost of living in the United States is motivating Americans to consider moving to other countries.

Have you ever dreamed of working or retiring abroad?

Well, more and more Americans are discovering that their income can stretch much further in other countries, allowing them to save more, pay off debts, and even get ahead financially.

Kelli Maria Korduck a contributor with Business Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss why Americans are deciding that the only way to get ahead is to leave.

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