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Cargo Ship Sinks with 2,000 Cars on Board, Including Lots of Luxury Vehicles

Carrying 365 container vans and 2,210 vehicles wherein 1,298 were brand new vehicles from major manufacturers, including 37 Porsche sports cars, the sinking of an Italian cargo ship off the coast of France could be one of the most expensive in history.

Italian merchant ship Grande America was on its way from Hamburg, Germany to Casablanca, Morocco when a fire hit on board as it was near the coast of France. The crew of 27 sailors struggled to put out the fire, but after many hours of trying their best, they had to make the tough decision of abandoning the ship.

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With the seas being rough at the time, the sailors boarded their lifeboat but struggled to keep afloat while being surrounded by waves 16 to 20 feet high! Then, the lifeboat’s engine got damaged, leaving the sailors terrified.

The Grande America was on fire just meters away, yet the sailors could not also move away because their lifeboat’s engine would not turn on. Lucky for the sailors, the HMS Argyll from the Royal Navy came to their rescue, traveling 150 miles in rough sea conditions to rescue the stricken seafarers.

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While the Grande America sank to the bottom of the sea, along with its entire cargo, all the crew were safe and accounted for. All suffered from smoke inhalation and some minor scrapes but were out of danger.

It took the Royal Navy some 8 hours to rescue everyone in the ship but everyone was just so thankful to be alive.

The cause of fire is still unknown but is believed to have started on the car deck, spreading quickly to a container.

A lot of car manufacturers were affected by the incident, with Porsche among the hardest hit with 37 sports car, including four limited edition 911 GT2 RS models. The company had only built a limited number of these exclusive sports cars and has since discontinued building the line; however, due to the unfortunate circumstances, Porsche promised to build four more to replace the ones lost at sea.

Audi has also reported the loss of several brand-new vehicles, including A3, A5, Q7, RS4, and RS5 models.

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But aside from the vehicles, the cargo ship was carrying 365 containers, 45 of which contained materials that are deemed hazardous. There are 70 tons of sulfuric acid and 10 tons of hydrochloric acid – and all that is at the bottom of the sea. With more than 2,200 tons of fuel also dumped into the water, a massive oil spill is feared to hit the coasts of France.

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Teacher Lets Students Watch Their Heroes Fail after She Caught Them Playing ML in Class

“Mobile Legends” (ML) is a popular multiplayer online battle arena mobile game that got a lot of people hooked. Many students are so hooked with the game that they often to try to sneak some time to play even while they are attending their classes.

Lady Majalia Amor Diaz caught several of her students playing ML in her class. At first, she let the matter pass and simply gave them a warning. But the kids were so excited to make their heroes win, perhaps, that they forgot about their teacher and continued playing.

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When she caught them doing this the fourth time, Diaz got so angry with the kids for the blatant disrespect that she confiscated their smartphones. Then, she let the kids watch as their heroes failed in the game.

I caught them playing ML during class, I confiscated their phones and watched their heroes lose in front of them. I don’t know if it is the hero who lose the game (since I am not a fan of online games), but one thing is for sure: NABABAWASAN ANG STAR NILA kapag na defeat sila 😂 Maluhaluha sila e. Ulitin nyo pa ha 😊,” Diaz wrote.

Photo credit: Lady Majalia Amor Diaz / Facebook

The post was met with different reactions from netizens. While there were those who were amused that the teacher responded this way, others were not happy that the teacher confiscated the phones and gloated over what she did.

But the teacher clarified that she actually gave the students their phones back after the class ended. While many netizens were not in favor of what she did, many agreed that this would surely be an effective way to stop the kids from doing this again.

Photo credit: Lady Majalia Amor Diaz / Facebook

What are the Most Popular Mobile Games?

  • PUBG Mobile
  • Clash of Clans
  • Minecraft
  • Clash Royale
  • Fortnite
  • Roblox
  • Pokemon Go
  • Candy Crush Saga
  • League of Legends
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Student Praised for Finding Ways to Earn Extra Money While Also Helping Classmates

Being a student can be a difficult thing, especially when there are lots of things that you need to bring for school. Plus, there are times when your parents just could not buy you the things you needed for school for a particular day or could not buy school supplies when you needed them, often due to monetary constraints.

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A young student found a way to solve that problem a bit, by selling some much-needed items or renting out stuff to earn money.

Sarah Arabella Sanchez Canlas shared photos of her extra business in school, so she could earn some cash as added ‘baon’ (allowance).

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The young girl sells paper for Php1 a piece, even putting clever ‘hugot’ lines on some of her ads.

Mura ang papel na binebenta ko. Ikaw lang ang mahal ko.

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The enterprising student also knows that there are some students who just don’t bring a ballpen to school. So, she rents out ballpens for Php3 an hour, with a charge of Php30 if they lost the pen. LOL.

She also offers baby powder for Php5 per use, perfume for Php3 per spray, a*****l for Php1 per use, and comb for Php2 per use. This girl is really clever with her business, offering things that many students would need.

Photo credit: Sarah Arabella Sanchez Canlas / Facebook

Some netizens commented that her items are quite expensive, considering that you can buy pens for just Php5 and a pad of paper (which has around 80 lbs) is just around Php10 to Php20, depending on the brand and grade level.

Photo credit: Sarah Arabella Sanchez Canlas / Facebook

But, hey! It’s her business! She can price the items any way she wants because her classmates could choose to become more responsible by bringing their own school supplies instead of depending on others.

Photo credit: Sarah Arabella Sanchez Canlas / Facebook

Ways to Earn Extra Income for Students

With their time and energy focused in their studies, students find it a bit difficult to earn extra income; however, there are those who proved this can still be done.

Photo credit: Sarah Arabella Sanchez Canlas / Facebook

Popular options to earn money is to sell stuff. This could include food, school supplies, beauty and care products, and other items that they can easily bring to school and sell while they are in class.

Other students have also ventured into blogging, vlogging, tutorial business, and other options to earn some extra money.

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Post Encouraging People to Clean Up after Eating at Restaurants Goes Viral

Many of us love to eat out at restaurants and fast foods. It’s not that we don’t cook at home, but we just love to enjoy a good meal from these restaurants. But many of us also assume that it’s the restaurant crew’s job to clean up after the meal, right?

Well, technically, it really is the job of the crew to clear the tables and make the area clean again for the next customers. However, as a courtesy to the crew, why not help them do it, too? After all, we clean up the tables at our homes after eating – and the tables at these restaurants are no different.

Recently, someone shared a photo of a clean table, with all the plates, saucers, bowls, and glasses stacked up together in a neat pile. Even the calamansi rinds, spoons, and forks are neatly arranged on the stack, ensuring that the place would only take a few seconds to buss out.

Practice doing this whenever you will eat outside and you will surely bring smile on the crew’s face,” Junery Ace Villa wrote in a Facebook post.

Photo credit: Junery Ace Villa / Facebook

The post quickly went viral, with many people commending Villa for what he did to the table and for the advocacy of sharing this so that other people would also do the same.

It is a good example of discipline, inabot ng maayos yung pagkain kaya dapat iwan din ng maayos yung pinagkainan ❤️,” netizen Sean Kristoffer Ronquillo commented.

Indeed, many are saying this is but a matter of discipline. Others also shared that a lot of diners do the same in foreign countries, but Filipinos simply leave the table in its chaotic order after a meal when dining out.

But many aren’t as keen to the idea, insisting that it is the crew’s job to clean the tables as they might break the dinnerware if they do it. Hmmmm. What do you think?

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