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  • A Failed Celebr-Ambassador Returns to Washington

    07/26/2013 4:35:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | July 26, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Welcome to another installment of No Obama Bundler Left Behind. This chapter stars an elite Hollywood fundraiser who scored a plum diplomatic appointment, slacked off on the job and left her public office in disgrace, and then rebounded from failure as a new Obamacare promoter. Nice crony "work" if you can get it. This failed celebr-ambassador is Nicole Avant. Her father, Clarence Avant, is a prominent Democratic activist and music executive. Her husband, Ted Sarandos, is the chief content officer at Netflix. Her godfather is music legend Quincy Jones. On Monday, Avant turned up at an Obama administration confab with...
  • Saturation[Charismatic Caucus]

    12/09/2015 7:25:40 AM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles, Bible ^ | 12-9-15 | Holy Spirit,Bible
    Saturate yourself in me my children for truly it is as you drip from my presence change occurs and as The oil of Unity dripped off Aaron's beard down his robe saturating the Tassels of My Word, truly you My Bride must fill your lamps with this Oil of Intimacy for Me to complete you in Me . . . Leviticus 6:13 Fire shall be kept burning continually on the altar; it is not to go out Matthew 14:36 36 They were begging Him that they might only touch the tassel on His robe. And as many as touched it...
  • The Joy of The Lord[charismatic Caucus]

    10/27/2015 12:35:15 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The "JOY" of The LORD is much more than just a depth or width for truly its Harmony has a frequency all its own . My Joy IN YOU is as a ( ((Gusher)) ) rising up into the eternity that you ARE in Me and Hallelujahs are the piercing arrows of righteousness that not only penetrate darkness with light but overtake it and explodes a Chorus of worship from Your heart that IS The WellSpring of life I have placed in you. So "rise up WellSpring for The Voice of Many Waters is calling to you for His Glory....
  • U.S. Navy Tug to Begin Search for Sunken El Faro Near the Bahamas

    10/20/2015 1:33:20 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 19 replies ^ | 10/19/2015 | Mike Schuler
    A search and salvage team from the U.S. Navy is expected to kick off its search for the American cargo ship El Faro this week which is believed to have sunk in some 15,000 feet of water near the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin.
  • Devastated: Crooked Island Residents Describe Battle Against Floods

    IN THE aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin, residents of Crooked Island have been describing having to rip through sheetrock with their children in their hands, fighting to reach the ceiling of their home to escape chest high floods.
  • Three of Obama’s ambassadorial nominees put on hold after Secret Service leak

    10/05/2015 10:39:01 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/05/2015 | Carol D. Leonnig
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Monday morning that he is putting a hold on three of President Obama’s ambassadorial nominees until the administration shows it is taking steps to punish Secret Service staff involved in leaking unflattering information about a lawmaker. “This was apparently a violation of law, and absolutely shocking conduct,” Cotton said in an interview. “The executive branch all the way up to the West Wing needs to treat this with the seriousness it requires.” Cotton called on Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to “personally attend” to disciplining top Secret Service leaders — specifically including new Director Joseph...
  • Jacksonville cargo ship missing in hurricane Coast Guard in Miami searching for ship with 33 crew

    MIAMI - Coast Guard search and rescue crews are searching for a container ship with 33 crew members that sailed out of Jacksonville and was reported to be caught in Hurricane Joaquin, near Crooked Island, Bahamas. The El Faro, a 735-foot ro-ro cargo ship, was en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville. About 7:30 a.m. Thursday, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Atlantic Area command center in Portsmouth, Virginia, received an Inmarsat satellite notification stating the El Faro was beset by Hurricane Joaquin, had lost propulsion and had a 15-degree list. The crew reported the ship had previously taken...
  • Who Really Discovered America?

    07/14/2002 2:08:47 PM PDT · by blam · 182 replies · 18,652+ views
    Who Really Discovered America? Did ancient Hebrews reach the shores of the North and South American continents thousands of years before Christopher Columbus? What evidence is there for Hebrew and Israelite occupation of the Western Hemisphere even a thousand years before Christ? Was trans-Atlantic commerce and travel fairly routine in the days of king Solomon of Israel? Read here the intriguing, fascinating saga of the TRUE DISCOVERERS OF AMERICA! William F. Dankenbring A stone in a dry creek bed in New Mexico, discovered by early settlers in the region, is one of the most amazing archaeological discoveries in the Western...
  • Bahamas fends off critics over new migrant rules (illegal aliens)

    11/27/2014 10:20:27 AM PST · by RightGeek · 12 replies
    Fresno Bee/AP ^ | 11/27/2014 | Ava Turnquest, Ben Fox
    NASSAU, Bahamas — On the first day new immigration rules took effect this month in the Bahamas, officers in green fatigues swept through poor sections of the capital filling two yellow school buses with dozens of people who couldn't document their right to be in the island chain. The government, amid fierce criticism of the raid, later insisted the timing of the operation was coincidence. Still, the message of the surprise morning raid, in which the officers were accompanied by local media, couldn't be clearer: The Bahamas aims to become less hospitable to its swelling population of migrants lacking legal...
  • Breaking: Unresponsive Aircraft flying over atlantice

    unresponsive aircraft over atlantic, USAF in pursuit
  • Teen Goes Into Coma After Eating Toxic Fish

    07/23/2014 5:35:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    CBS ^ | July 22, 2014
    Austin Goncalves, 15, is recovering after going into a coma. He went into the coma after he got fish poisoning from a snapper in the Bahamas. Austin is finally eating food for the first time in week. “I’m on anti-seizure medication,” he told WTSP. Earlier this month, Austin caught a mutton snapper that his mom cooked for dinner. “I couldn’t eat, couldn’t breath,” Austin told the station. “This was very serious,” his mom, Karen Goncalves added. “It could have ended our lives.” Austin, his friend, Karen, and her boyfriend were all suffering from Ciguatera, which is a potentially fatal illness...
  • The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas

    05/19/2014 7:29:24 PM PDT · by Moseley · 10 replies
    The Intercept ^ | May 19, 2014 | Ryan Devereaux, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras
    The National Security Agency is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the Bahamas. According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the surveillance is part of a top-secret system – code-named SOMALGET – that was implemented without the knowledge or consent of the Bahamian government. Instead, the agency appears to have used access legally obtained in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to open a backdoor to the country’s cellular telephone network, enabling it to covertly record and store the “full-take audio” of every mobile call...
  • What Would Happen If A Giant Tsunami Hit Florida?

    03/29/2014 5:56:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 109 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | March 29, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    Can you imagine the devastation that would be caused if a massive wall of water several hundred feet high slammed into Florida at more than 100 miles an hour? To many people such a scenario is impossible, but that is what people living along the Indian Ocean thought before the 2004 tsunami and that is what people living in Japan thought before the 2011 tsunami. Throughout history, giant tsunamis have been relatively rare events, but they do happen. Scientists tell us that a mega-tsunami can race across the open ocean at up to 500 miles an hour, and when they...
  • Sharks with Lasers?!? NOT. This Tiger Shark STEALS a SCUBA Diver's $18,000 Camera Rig

    09/17/2013 6:59:01 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | Tuesday, September 17, 2013, | Lizzie Edmonds
    Someone's snappy: Jaws-dropping moment deadly Tiger shark tears £11,000 camera from the grasp of a petrified photographer • Diver Miguel Lasa, 49, was swimming without a cage when the Tiger shark approached • Deadly shark grabbed the specialist, £11,000 camera and swam off • Luckily, it dropped the equipment 100 metres away on the sea floor in the Bahamas • Tiger sharks are the world's second most dangerous breed - just behind the great white • 'It was a great experience but I wouldn't do it again as it was too dangerous,' says Lasa This snappy shark was clearly not...
  • Exclusive: Sasha, Malia Obama vacation at Bahamas' 'Atlantis' Resort

    03/25/2013 8:15:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 162 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/25/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Sasha and Malia Obama are quietly vacationing at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Breitbart News has learned. A source tipped Breitbart News off to the First Daughters’ spring vacation, which was not publicly announced or reported. Breitbart subsequently confirmed President Barack Obama’s daughters’ trip with other sources. Both the White House and the Atlantis resort declined to confirm the report or comment, but another guest provided a photograph of Sasha and Malia at the resort. Social media, including Twitter and Facebook, have also carried reports of the First Daughters' presence at Atlantis. One person who is...
  • Another Obama fundraiser turns out to be a bad ambassador

    02/24/2012 1:36:08 PM PST · by Theoria · 10 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 23 Feb 2012 | Josh Rogin
    Candidate Barack Obama promised to end the time-honored American practice of appointing ambassadors who have no experience in foreign policy, but President Obama has completely ignored that promise, appointing fundraisers to dozens of ambassadorships all over the world. Today, the State Department revealed that another fundraiser turned ambassador ran her embassy into the ground ... only to return to fundraising and leave the State Department to pick up the pieces. According to a new State Department inspector general's reporton the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas, Ambassador Nicole Avant presided over "an extended period of dysfunctional leadership and mismanagement, which...
  • South Korea on alert for possible Al Qaeda ship

    10/30/2003 11:45:39 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 441+ views
    Khaleej Times via Al Jazeera ^ | Oct. 30, 2003 | Agence France Presse
    SEOUL - South Korean security authorities were ready to carry out on-board inspections of a Bahama-registered freighter after being tipped off that the ship might carry some members of Al-Qaeda, police said on Thursday. The 17,000-tonne freighter, the Athenia, which was suspected of carrying members of Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda group, was due to arrive at the southwestern port of Kunsan late Thursday, the police said. “We have been informed that Al Qaeda members might be hiding in the ship,” a police officer in charge of foreign affairs in Kunsan Police station told AFP. “When the ship reaches the...
  • Search of ship finds nothing abnormal

    12/07/2003 7:25:27 PM PST · by Oorang · 37 replies · 852+ views
    The Daily News Longview Washington ^ | Dec 07, 2003 | Hope Anderson
    A Coast Guard inspection of a freighter docked at the Port of Longview "didn't uncover or reveal anything," a Coast Guard spokesman said Saturday, but the crew members are not allowed off the ship and security will be maintained until the ship leaves. "We were not expecting to find anything," Lt. Cmdr. Glynn Smith, the Coast Guard's public affairs officer for the Pacific area, said Saturday by telephone from his office in Alameda, Calif. The search was routine, according to the Coast Guard, but Longview officials said the security crackdown is the most port activity since the Sept. 11, 2001,...
  • 'Barefoot Bandit' gets more than 7 years for spree

    12/17/2011 6:45:27 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | Saturday, 17 Dec 2011 | GENE JOHNSON
    COUPEVILLE, Wash. (AP) — At times, Colton Harris-Moore's two years on the run were euphoric — the nights of beatific solitude in the woods, the soaring adrenalin rush of his first moments airborne in the cockpit of a stolen plane. But most other times were far less glamorous: sleeping in portable toilets or culverts as he sought shelter from the elements and the police. The youthful thief who rocketed to international notoriety as the "Barefoot Bandit" is done with both extremes for the moment. He was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in a Washington state prison after pleading...
  • Two men are charged with smuggling Middle Easterners for $20,000 each

    09/15/2002 8:24:29 AM PDT · by browardchad · 37 replies · 311+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 9/14/02 | Associated Press
    Two men from Pakistan and Sri Lanka were held without bail Friday on charges that they smuggled Middle Easterners into the United States through third countries for $20,000 each. Iqbal Munawar and Chelliah Sri Kajamukam were arrested late Thursday at Miami International Airport on charges filed in New York, federal authorities said.They made federal court appearances Friday and were ordered to return to court for bond hearings Thursday.An Indian businessman led the smuggling ring, which illegally flew people to Miami and New York and carried them to the United States by boat, FBI agent Timothy Ryan wrote in a court...
  • Body Parts Found in Shark Tentatively Identified (Disappeared From Near 'Jaws Beach')

    09/15/2010 1:16:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CBS4 ^ | Sep 15, 2010
    Bahamian authorities believe they have identified the body parts that were found in the belly of a tiger shark. Assistant police commissioner Hulan Hanna said the body appears to be that of Judson Newton, who disappeared off Jaws Beach in the Bahamas. The beach got its name after one of the "Jaws" movies was filmed there. Authorities are still waiting on DNA results to positively identify the parts belong to Newton. The shark was caught on September 4 by three friends out fishing at sea. Investment banker Humphrey Simmons said his friend shot the shark and it regurgitated something. "Out...
  • Armed Bahamas resident shoots violent home invader in self defense (Bahamas)

    03/22/2010 6:21:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies · 428+ views
    Self Defense Examiner ^ | 21 March, 2010 | Eric Puryear
    As I've previously noted, I primarily write about self defense cases in the United States. This is because I’m an American, who focuses first and foremost on American gun and self defense rights. However, as the case below from the Bahamas shows, armed self defense saves crime victims all around the world: Police say that a two armed men, who were wanted in connection with a string of burglaries and robberies, began breaking into a home at Assembly Estates around 2:00pm on Saturday. A resident and the intruders saw each other, at which point one of the intruders fired two...
  • Ahmadinejad and JFK

    06/05/2007 4:42:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 699+ views
    New York Sun ^ | June 5, 2007 | Staff Editorial
    The thing that caught our eye in the plot to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport and its oil lines concerns a detail in respect of the arrest of one of the key Guyanese suspects. It was the fact that the former member of the Guyanese legislature who was fingered in the plot, Abdul Kadir, was arrested in Trinidad on his way to Caracas, Venezuela. According to Mr. Kadir's wife, who was quoted in the Guyanese press, he was there to pick up an Iranian visa that would enable him to attend an Islamic conference in Tehran. No doubt...
  • 4 feared dead in Bahamas crash of plane registered to Naples business

    01/19/2010 8:26:25 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 398+ views
    Naples News ^ | 1-19-10
    NASSAU, Bahamas — Authorities say three to five people were aboard a small plane, registered to a Naples business, that crashed into the sea after taking off from the Bahamas en route to Florida. Petty officer Jennifer Johnson says the U.S. Coast Guard assisted the Royal Bahamas Police Force after the Sunday night crash. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the plane was a Piper aircraft, and directed questions to authorities in the Bahamas. Bahamian police have identified three of those on board as David Howell, Andrew Peterson and J.P. Antonmattei, all of the Naples area. J.P. Antonmattei is...
  • Drug violence sends Caribbean murder rates soaring

    01/04/2010 6:36:38 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 22 replies · 959+ views ^ | January 1, 2010 | Associated Press
    (AP) — SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Caribbean islands battling drug-fueled crime had one of their bloodiest years on record in 2009, with Jamaica, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico hitting or coming close to all-time highs for homicides. The violence reflects the drug trade's deep entrenchment in the region, with high murder rates becoming a fact of life at tourist havens that traffickers use as transit points for South American drugs bound for Europe and the United States. In countries including the Bahamas, which set a record with more than 82 slayings, officials say they are contending with turf battles...
  • Latest on Possible Tropical Development off U.S. Southeastern Coast

    07/22/2009 2:31:47 PM PDT · by dopplerdale · 6 replies · 646+ views
    Doppler Dale's Weather Posts ^ | 7/22/09 | Dale Bader
    Monitoring a disturbance in the northern Bahamas for possible further development into possible depression.
  • Disturbances in Caribbean May Be of Concern for East Coast

    07/21/2009 2:12:10 PM PDT · by dopplerdale · 7 replies · 1,340+ views
    Doppler Dale's Weather Blogs ^ | 7/21/09 | Dale Bader
    There are two waves moving across the Caribbean with one being in the Bahamas and the second moving through Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Could they become a concern for the U.S.? Find out by reading the full post at
  • Exploration of the Bimini Underwater Rectangles Yields Stunning Finds (Art Bell history)

    05/16/2009 3:44:17 PM PDT · by decimon · 29 replies · 1,918+ views
    Alternate Perceptions Magazine ^ | May 2009 | Dr. Lora Little with Dr. Greg Little
    Greg and I have just returned from our most recent expedition to Bimini in the Bahamas where we were filmed by the History Channel for a show about the search for Atlantis (tentatively scheduled to air in August 2009). They had filmed some footage for the Atlantis show during a trip with us back in January of 2009 while also filming with us for an upcoming Bermuda Triangle show.
  • Coast Guard Trains Partner Nations in Exercise Tradewinds (Know TONK is watching from above)

    03/10/2009 5:04:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 142+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sheila Brooks, USMC and Lance Cpl. Randall Little, USMC
    NASSAU, Bahamas, March 10, 2009 – Coast Guardsmen from District 7, Tactical Law Enforcement Detachment, are taking part in Tradewinds 2009, a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise designed to increase maritime security. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Gustavo Tirado demonstrates defensive techniques during compliant boarding training for servicemembers from the Dominican Republic Defence Forces at Royal Bahamas Defence Force Base in Coral Harbour, Bahamas, March 6, 2009. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sheila M. Brooks  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Coast Guardsmen trained servicemembers from partner nations in compliant and noncompliant boarding March 6 to 8 at...
  • Bahamas Police Detain Lawmaker, Tourism Minister, Paramedic in Alleged Plot Against Travolta

    01/24/2009 11:42:39 PM PST · by GVnana · 9 replies · 702+ views
    AP via Fox News ^ | 1/23/2009
    NASSAU, Bahamas — Authorities in the Bahamas have charged an island lawmaker and detained two other people in an alleged plot to extort money from actor John Travolta after the death of his son, police said Friday. Two of the suspects — ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne and former tourism minister Obie Wilchcombe —were detained on Friday. Earlier, several tabloids quoted Lightbourne describing efforts to revive the celebrity's chronically ill son, Jett, who died of a seizure this month at their family vacation home on Grand Bahama. Authorities said Travolta filed a complaint of attempted extortion but they did not reveal...
  • $20 Million Extortion Attempt Against Travolta

    01/22/2009 10:16:46 AM PST · by outlawjake · 60 replies · 1,415+ views
    TMZ ^ | Jan 22nd 2009 | TMZ Staff
    TMZ has confirmed Bahamian police indeed are investigating an alleged extortion plot against John Travolta, but it does not involve pictures of his dying son. We're told several people allegedly have demanded $20 million from John and cops are on the hunt. We now have confirmed that the alleged extortion attempt does not involve pictures of Jett as he was dying. As for what the extortion attempt is one will say. UPDATE: We've confirmed the alleged extortion is over the circumstances surrounding Jett's death, but we have no more specifics. And, we've learned, it was Travolta's reps who contacted...
  • Attempt was made to extort Travolta family

    01/20/2009 7:33:23 PM PST · by outlawjake · 51 replies · 1,281+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 1/20/2009 | Access Hollywood
    -------------- OCALA, FL - While John Travolta and Kelly Preston grieve the loss of their teenage son, Jett, reports have surfaced that at least two individuals in the Bahamas are being investigated by Bahamian police over an attempt to extort money from the family. Details of the extortion plot have not been revealed, but a Bahamian newspaper, The Tribune, reported on Monday that police are questioning two people, “one believed to be a politician.” --------------------
  • Bahamas ratifies nuclear test ban treaty

    11/27/2007 1:57:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 81+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/27/07 | AP
    VIENNA, Austria - The Bahamas has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, bringing to 141 the number of nations that have done so, the Vienna-based organization that administers the accord said Tuesday. Brent Symonette, acting prime minister of the Bahamas, announced Monday that he had signed the instrument of ratification and sent it to U.N. headquarters, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization said. The treaty, which bans all nuclear explosions, will not enter into force until it has been ratified by all 44 states — listed in an annex — that participated in a...
  • Election Update, Eleuthera, Bahamas

    04/21/2007 1:10:39 PM PDT · by n.y.muggs · 8 replies · 550+ views
    self | 4/20/07 | N.Y. Muggs
    On May 2, a national election will be held in the Bahamas. The stakes are very high in this Island Nation. The Progresive Liberal Party (PLP) led by Prime Minister Perry Christie is up for re-election. Former PM Hubert Ingraham of the conservative FNM wants his old job back. Ingraham is still a member of Parlimnent, but chose not to run for PM in 2002, after 2 terms as Prime Minister. The PLP main slogan is NO Turning Back. A race baiting slogan that's purpose is to remind voters of the white minority rule. The whites last ruled in 1967...
  • Minister Quits In Anna Nicole Row (Bahamas)

    02/19/2007 3:23:00 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 644+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-19-2007
    Minister quits in Anna Nicole row News of the pictures sparked protests in the Bahamas The immigration minister of the Bahamas has resigned over a row about his involvement with the late Playboy model and actress Anna Nicole Smith. Newspaper pictures of Shane Gibson and Anna Nicole Smith embracing each other had sparked calls for him to leave. It was claimed that Mr Gibson had fast-tracked Smith's application for residency on the island. Mr Gibson apologised for any embarrassment he may have caused the country but denied any wrong-doing. 'Sorry' "I want to apologise to all persons who may in...
  • Bahamas orders man lashed with cat-o'-nine-tails

    10/11/2006 5:32:07 PM PDT · by verum ago · 4 replies · 288+ views
    AP ^ | 10/11/06 | ohn Marquis
    NASSAU, Bahamas, Oct 10 (Reuters Life!) - A man convicted of trying to rape an 83-year-old woman was sentenced to eight lashes with a cat-o'-nine-tails, a punishment used by the British Navy in the 18th century and reinstated in the Bahamas 15 years ago. Altulus Newbold, 34, was sentenced on Friday to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of burglary, attempted rape and causing harm. Justice Jon Isaacs ordered that he receive four lashes of the whip at the start of his sentence and four upon his release, but suspended the punishment for three weeks pending a possible...
  • Bahamas orders man lashed with cat-o'-nine-tails

    10/11/2006 11:00:55 AM PDT · by af_vet_rr · 36 replies · 1,122+ views (Reuters) ^ | 10 Oct 2006 | John Marquis
    NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) - A man convicted of trying to rape an 83-year-old woman was sentenced to eight lashes with a cat-o'-nine-tails, a punishment used by the British Navy in the 18th century and reinstated in the Bahamas 15 years ago. Click to learn more... Altulus Newbold, 34, was sentenced on Friday to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of burglary, attempted rape and causing harm. Justice Jon Isaacs ordered that he receive four lashes of the whip at the start of his sentence and four upon his release, but suspended the punishment for three weeks pending a...
  • How Saddam hid his dirty money - Billions in oil sales stashed overseas

    05/04/2003 2:04:49 AM PDT · by kattracks · 41 replies · 1,150+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/04/03 | WILLIAM SHERMAN
    In the hunt for Saddam Hussein's billions, investigators have identified five networks of more than 100 companies used to launder money skimmed from Iraqi oil sales. Saddam's gangster regime set up shell companies in Switzerland, Jordan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg and Panama, according to investigators. Those company networks and their banking affiliations were used to enrich the former Iraqi strongman, his sons Uday and Qusay, and other family members. "Ultimately, the money was stolen from the Iraqi people," said Taylor Griffin, spokesman for the Treasury Department, which is heading the government's laundering probe along with U.S. Customs, the Secret Service and various...
  • Tape Shows Man Fell Overboard From Cruise

    05/17/2006 8:24:01 PM PDT · by beezdotcom · 65 replies · 2,752+ views
    Breitbart.Com (via Drudge) ^ | 17 May 2006 | Jennifer Kay
    MIAMI A passenger reported missing on a cruise to the Bahamas fell overboard after a night of heavy drinking with friends, authorities said Wednesday as Coast Guard crews suspended their search for the man. Friends of Daniel DiPiero, 21, of Canfield, Ohio, last saw him on the Mariner of the Seas around midnight Sunday, Petty Officer Dana Warr said. About two hours later, shipboard security cameras show DiPiero falling overboard from a rail near the front of the ship, investigators said. He was reported missing Monday morning when his friends realized he had not slept in the cabin they shared....
  • Bahamas 'Brokeback Mountain' ban draws ire

    03/31/2006 2:41:58 PM PST · by twippo · 19 replies · 620+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 31, 2006 | PACO NUNEZ
    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - A Bahamian government board's decision to ban the movie "Brokeback Mountain" has prompted charges of discrimination and censorship in the island chain. Gay rights groups and others have called on the Plays and Films Control Board to reverse its decision prohibiting theaters from showing the award-winning movie about a troubled love affair between two cowboys. "You have a group of people who are telling grown men and women what they can and cannot watch," said Philip Burrows, a theater director in the island chain. "I cannot understand denying people the right to make their own choices."...
  • This is just a drill: Thanks to John McCain, Free Republic will shut down tomorrow at high noon for

    03/23/2006 8:03:45 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 1,256 replies · 40,000+ views
    <p>Thanks to John McCain, Free Republic will shut down tomorrow at high noon for 30 days. No non government approved electioneering messages may be transmitted over the internet for the 30 days immediately preceding a primary election.</p> <p>That is all.</p>
  • U.S. Hiring Hong Kong Co. To Scan Nukes

    03/23/2006 2:49:54 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 152 replies · 3,835+ views
    AP ^ | 3-23-06 | TED BRIDIS
    U.S. Hiring Chinese Co. to Scan Nukes By TED BRIDIS and JOHN SOLOMON, Associated Press Writers 27 minutes ago WASHINGTON - In the aftermath of the Dubai ports dispute, the Bush administration is hiring a Hong Kong conglomerate to help detect nuclear materials inside cargo passing through the Bahamas to the United States and elsewhere. ADVERTISEMENT The administration acknowledges the no-bid contract with Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. represents the first time a foreign company will be involved in running a sophisticated U.S. radiation detector at an overseas port without American customs agents present. Freeport in the Bahamas is 65 miles from...
  • Cuban protest targets cruises

    03/08/2006 9:36:33 AM PST · by twippo · 7 replies · 318+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Mar. 05, 2006 | LAURA MORALES
    Members of Cuban exile groups gathered for a protest Saturday on Watson Island to flash signs and blare earsplitting trailer truck horns. They had unlikely targets: rows of cruise ships. They wanted passengers on Bahamas-bound cruise ships to know they say the island mistreats Cubans who land -- and are detained -- on the island chain.
  • Germans panic and dump their cats as Serbia joins the bird flu list

    03/04/2006 10:05:38 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 53 replies · 1,249+ views
    Germans panic and dump their cats as Serbia joins the bird flu list Disease/Infection News Published: Sunday, 5-Mar-2006 Printer Friendly Email to a Friend According to an animal welfare society in Germany, hundreds of cats are being left at animal shelters following the disclosure earlier in the week that a cat on the island of Ruegen had died from the deadly bird flu. The charity says they are examining the abandoned cats for any sign of illness including bird flu. German veterinary authorities confirmed last week that a dead cat found on the Baltic island of Ruegen had been infected...
  • Bahamas guards accused of hitting Miami reporter, detaining cameraman

    02/08/2006 8:51:19 PM PST · by twippo · 3 replies · 229+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | February 8 2006 | Associated Press
    NASSAU, Bahamas -- A Florida television station said Wednesday that one of its reporters was struck by a prison guard in the Bahamas as he covered the detention of seven Cuban migrants held in the Caribbean nation after being stranded on a remote island. Reporter Mario Vallejo of Spanish-language WLTV Channel 23 in Miami was slammed into a car and hit above the eye Tuesday outside the detention center where the Cubans were detained on immigration violations, according to the station's news director, Emilio Marrero.
  • Group protests treatment of migrants at Bahamas consulate in Miami

    02/08/2006 7:01:44 PM PST · by The Bronze Titan · 2 replies · 182+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Wed, Feb. 08, 2006 | LUISA YANEZ
    The Democracy Movement plans picketing in front of the Bahamas Consulate General in downtown Miami today at noon to protest the treatment of Cuban migrants detained in the Bahamas. The protest comes after news that four Miami TV journalists were injured and briefly jailed while covering the detention of Cuban migrants on the island. Mario Vallejo, a reporter with WLTV-Univisión 23, sustained a cut to the left side of his head Tuesday. He was treated at a local hospital, received seven stitches and was released. He is back in Miami today. Cameraman Osvaldo Duarte, also of Channel 23, was deatined,...
  • Qatar Offers $100 Million in Hurricane Aid

    09/04/2005 9:26:52 AM PDT · by billorites · 9 replies · 703+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | September 4, 2005
    Qatar pledged $100 million in humanitarian assistance Saturday to help Americans recover from Hurricane Katrina, heading a list of more than a dozen countries joining an outpouring of support. They added to the more than 50 countries who had made pledges by the end of the day Friday. ``In these difficult circumstances, the people and the government of the state of Qatar would like to assure the people of the United States of its support and desire to assist the people in the affected area along the United States Gulf Coast,'' said a statement from the oil-rich Persian Gulf state's...
  • Countries Pledge Hurricane Aid to U.S.

    09/03/2005 7:24:48 AM PDT · by kozachka · 18 replies · 1,141+ views
    AP ^ | Fri Sep 2 | BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer
    In an accelerating drive, more than 50 countries have pledged money or other assistance to help Americans recover from Hurricane Katrina. Cuba and Venezuela have offered to help despite differences with Washington. Oil giant Saudi Arabia and small countries like Sri Lanka and Dominica are among the nations making pledges. "I hope that will remind Americans that we are all part of the same community," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday as offers kept pouring in. None has been turned down, Rice said at a news conference, disputing a report from Moscow that a Russian offer had been rejected....
  • Tropical Depression Rapidly forms off the FL coast

    07/21/2005 2:08:32 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 94 replies · 3,064+ views
    NHC | July 21, 2005
  • Two busted in Al Qaeda plot in U.S.

    05/30/2005 2:06:07 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 72 replies · 2,918+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | May 30 2005 | ROBERT F. MOORE and BILL HUTCHINSON
    Scouted L.I. for camp - feds The son of a former Malcolm X aide was nabbed yesterday, along with a Florida doctor, in a plot to start an Al Qaeda training camp in the U.S. - even scouting out a Long Island warehouse for a terror school, officials said last night. Tarik Shah, 38, a self-proclaimed martial arts expert from the Bronx, and Dr. Rafiq Sabir, 50, presented themselves as a "package deal" to help Muslim "brothers" wage jihad here and in the Middle East, said Manhattan U.S. Attorney David Kelley. Kelley said Shah - son of Lieutenant X, one...