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The Beautiful 2021 Genesis G80 Drops The V8 Option But Just Look At It

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We have already laid eyes on the drop-dead gorgeous 2021 Genesis G80. But now there are engine specs to pore over as well as some new press photos of the car in a beautiful green paint to examine. Unfortunately, it seems like the V8 options is going away for this generation.

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Superyacht Owners Escape For Open Waters With Hospital Rooms And Private Nurses

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The sun was setting off the coast of Panama this week as the 285-foot superyacht Lonian sat securely anchored next to its spectacular 216-foot support catamaran yacht, Hodor. Among Hodor’s cargo is five tenders, including a 55-foot chase boat, Jet Skis, and quad bikes. The support yacht also prominently features its own custom hospital with a private nurse and 20-person crew for its billionaire owners.

Most yachts over 300 feet contain mini-hospitals, or secure medical rooms, and yacht nurse staffing agencies can barely keep up with the increase in demand following the coronavirus outbreak. As yacht owners find themselves virtually isolated in their foreign locations, the need for onboard medical protection is an urgent necessity.

I spoke with several experts in the industry, and they say that numerous superyachts are currently traveling to or already in secure locations near private islands far from the maddening crowds of possible infection.

“COVID-19 has impacted the yachting industry heavily,” says Alex Haubrich of Yachtie World. “Many crew members have lost their jobs and are stranded away from home and family. Some owners are using their vessels for social distancing, which is understandable, but some are running with half the crew or less, which means the demand for the remaining crew members is increasing. A lot of employed yacht crew are panicking as they don’t know whether or not their jobs or health are in jeopardy.”

And with maritime movement now increasingly restricted, many yachts are stuck in their destinations while territorial waters, including the French Mediterranean Sea is prohibited for docking. Antigua and Barbuda have banned inbound traffic from North America and Europe. The Bahamas and U.S. Virgin Islands have restricted activity to only essential services, and St. Maarten has closed its waters to all foreign vessels, including superyachts. Nobody is allowed to disembark for any reason.

One superyacht nurse staffing agency Wilson Halligan currently advertises the nursing position as less glamorous than it may sound, since it often means nurses also act as stewardesses: “A nurse/stewardess is expected to maintain the onboard medical ward and nursing stations. This would include stock take, ordering supplies and recording inventories. Depending on the yacht owners’ health, they may be required for certain medical duties; otherwise, they are on standby awaiting the need for medical attention. There are often two nurses working together and sometimes even an onboard doctor on some of the much larger vessels.”

While the yacht nurse is part of the interior team, they often perform double duty and assist in housekeeping and service, and the gig usually lasts five months on and one month off. One yacht nurse aboard a megayacht (who wishes to remain anonymous) tells me she had to deal with an owner with a sudden traumatic injury, and they were too far from any land to helicopter them out.

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The yacht she works on has an x-ray machine and a Hyperbaric chamber. She ended up taking care of the client with medication and an IV as the yacht continued its course closer to shore for surgery and medevac. All yacht nurses need an ENG1 Medical Certificate, and most have at least two years of experience working as a registered nurse.

The editor behind Superyacht Fan notes that “a vast number of vessels that are fully equipped with medical rooms and hospitals include: Al Salamah, the 456-foot megayacht built for the late Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz al has two hospitals, one of the owner and one for quests. Al Raya (ex Dilbar) has a hospital with a separate office. Jubilee, owned by the Walton family, has its own hospital. Al Riyadh was built for an Arab royal and it has a hospital, and the superyacht Turama has a two-bed hospital on board.”

Some of the most famous superyachts, including Eclipse, owned by billionaire Roman Abramovich, and Rising Sun, owned by billionaire David Geffen all have fully staffed medical rooms with private nurses.

And now these superyachts are using support vessels for overflow equipment, and guests, as well as SOLAS-approved hospital rooms. Among them: Game Changer, McCarthur Explorer Yacht, Alexander, and Intrepid (built for billionaire Eric Schmidt to accompany his Infinity superyacht).

A few months ago, I took a private tour of the spectacular superyacht Flying Fox, and they have a medical room with a decompression chamber as well as extensive emergency equipment. The superyacht is currently moored with its owners deep in the Indian Ocean off a private island.

I have been aboard countless yachts where spas and treatment rooms also double as medical rooms. Many are equipped with oxygen tanks, defibrillators, specialized medications and intravenous fluids, while a few offer rehabilitation machines for injuries. According to a report by Chris Caswell in Boat International, “many yachts are required by maritime law to have basic training in first aid while most members of the crew have the equivalent of paramedic training as well.”

“Most superyachts also use telemedical services where they can monitor a medical crisis with an emergency room doctor directly,” according to Caswell. “Many yachts also are equipped with monitoring devices so the doctor can read any vital signs thousands of miles from the yacht. Since the doctors are often based in a hospital emergency room, specialists can also be called upon if required.”

With the world in a critical state, nurses are among our greatest heroes, and regardless of where they are commissioned, whether it be off a Caribbean island or in an emergency room, we owe them our prayers, appreciation, and support.

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The Car Sales Catastrophe Is Here

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The terrible sales reports are here, including Hyundai, Fiat Chrysler, Porsche, and Europe, and the UAW is trying to shape up. That and more in The Morning Shift for Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

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GM Retooled A Closed Plant To Make Face Masks In Just 11 Days

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On March 20, General Motors brought in an initial team to turn an empty 2.7 million-square-foot factory into a mask making facility. Work started Monday and, by April 8, some 20,000 masks will be produced at the formally shuttered Warren Transmission plant in Metro Detroit. Once all the kinks have been worked out, the…

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Coronavirus NYC: New guidelines for EMS in New York City show grim reality of COVID-19 pandemic

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New guidance for EMS in New York City and Long Island says that patients in cardiac arrest should not be transported to the hospital if they cannot be saved in the field.

The hospitals in New York are overrun with coronavirus infections and emergency rooms are trying to minimize the number of difficult arrivals.

"It almost seems like it's never stopping, people keep coming and coming and coming and there's just no space to put them," said ER Dr. Darien Sutton.

City officials have released stark new guidance to equally overworked ambulance crews, effective immediately, if they can't resuscitate a patient in the field, they must withhold CPR and declare the person dead.

They can no longer continue to the hospital.

"These orders are binding and the FDNY will devise a plan for implementation," said Deputy Fire Commissioner Frank Dwyer.

The new approach shows how stretched thin EMS and hospitals are.

"When you're doing the CPR, you're pushing really hard on the patient's chest and they're expelling some air in the process as well, so if they are COVID patients, they'll be spreading it all around," said Dr. Vinayak Kumar with the Mayo Clinic. "This is the risk-benefit math you have to take into account."

The orders to stop CPR in the field is shocking to veteran doctors who are used to doing whatever it takes to save a life.

"As a doctor in New York and as a New Yorker, I have family that live here, and when I hear things like that I obviously get afraid, fearful for the livelihood of my family," Sutton said. "It is terrifying, it is really terrifying."


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The Average New Car Loan Is Now Over 70 Months Because You People Have Gone Mad

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No one is buying new cars anymore, but many of those that did in March financed a scarily large amount of their purchase, in addition to stretching repayment over an average of nearly six years. This isn’t great!

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