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  • Bill Gates launches effort to help the world adapt to climate change

    10/16/2018 11:05:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    National Geographic ^ | October 16, 2018 | BY LAURA PARKER
    ... Until recently, the consequences of climate change were thought to be so far into the future that many average people, including those who live in coastal zones, declared they needn’t bother; they’d be long dead by the time catastrophe struck. No more. Climate change is here, costing billions of dollars every year to recover from destructive events. Without adapting to that new reality, the world will confront rising costs of disasters that put economic growth, health, and in some places, even survival at risk. To spur action, a coalition led by billionaire Bill Gates, former United Nations Secretary General...
  • Ex-UN leader helps launch climate ‘adaptation’ initiative

    10/16/2018 8:46:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associatied Press ^ | Oct. 16, 2018 11:35 AM EDT | Mike Corder
    Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for a sense of urgency Tuesday as he launched a new commission that aims to accelerate and expand ways the world can prepare for climate change. “Without urgent adaptation action, we risk undermining food, energy and water security for decades to come,” Ban told guests as the Global Commission on Adaptation got underway in The Hague. The commission’s mandate is to encourage the development of measures to manage the effects of climate change through technology, planning and investment. Ban is leading the group with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and World Bank CEO Kristalina...
  • U.S. Navy Commences Oil Removal from Capsized German Cruiser ‘Prinz Eugen’ in South Pacific

    09/20/2018 7:51:29 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    gCaptain ^ | September 20, 2018 | Mike Schuler
    The U.S. Navy, in partnership with the Army and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, have started the recovery of oil from the overturned World War II German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen in the Kwajalein Atoll.
  • The United Nations Condemns Israel in Lopsided Resolution

    06/14/2018 8:38:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/14/2018 | Cortney Obrien
    For the umpteenth time, the United Nations General Assembly has voted to condemn Israel for defending itself. By a tally of 120 to 8, the members declared that Israel was guilty of “excessive use of force” against Palestinians who were protesting the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. The resolution also requested recommendations to protect Palestinians. For 10 weeks now, the two sides have clashed at the border, resulting in 120 Palestinian deaths. Israeli Defense Forces warned protesters not to approach the Israeli-Gaza border on May 14, the day of the embassy opening. They did anyway - some armed...
  • A $2M check, Harry Reid and one frustrated prosecutor

    12/11/2016 1:33:09 PM PST · by LiberalismDestroys · 25 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 12/11/2016 | TOM HARVEY AND JENNIFER DOBNER
    The $2 million cashier's check was drawn at a St. George bank Nov. 5, 2010. From there, it was sent by FedEx to a Los Angeles attorney who represented Ireland-based Full Tilt Poker. Made out to "Mail Media LTD" — a Full Tilt-owned entity used to launder online-gambling funds — the millions then were deposited at Basler Kantonalbank in Switzerland, where Mail Media had an account. And from there, Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings is investigating whether it went into a Marshall Islands account in the name of Searchlight Holding Inc. to benefit, or even bribe, Harry Reid, the once-powerful...
  • Underwater graveyard of hundreds of World War Two planes revealed

    05/08/2015 12:36:52 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5-8-2015 | Lydia Wilgress
    A series of incredible photographs showing more than 150 lost World War Two aircraft 130-feet under the Pacific Ocean has been released. The stunning images show the planes surrounded by coral and fish as they lie - sometimes vertically - on the seabed more than seven decades after they were dumped there. The find includes historic American aircraft including Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers, F4U Corsair and TBF/TBM Avengers.Amazingly, many of the planes have remained intact, with only a few broken tails and wings littering the floor. Brandi Mueller, from Cameron, Wisconsin, discovered the planes while scuba diving around five...
  • Maersk Tigris: Iran 'releases' seized cargo ship

    05/07/2015 1:40:54 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 2015-05-07 | BBC
    Iran has released a container ship it seized in the Strait of Hormuz last week, state media report. A source at Iran's Ports and Maritime Organisation was quoted by the official Iran news agency as saying that the Maersk Tigris "was free to leave". The Marshall Islands-flagged ship and its crew of 24 were intercepted by Iranian patrol boats on the 28 April.
  • The Marshall Island's Cautionary Tale

    05/01/2015 3:01:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    On Tuesday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps forcibly commandeered the Maersk Tigris as navigated its way through the Straits of Hormuz. Iran controls the strategic waterway through which 40 percent of seaborne oil and a quarter of seaborne gas transits to global markets. The Maersk Tigris is flagged to the Marshall Islands. The South Pacific archipelago gained its independence from the US in 1986 after signing a treaty conceding its right to self-defense in exchange for US protection. According to the treaty, the US has “full authority and responsibility for security and defense of the Marshall Islands.” Given the US’s...
  • Iran Literally Fired a Shot Across America’s Bow, But Obama Won’t Dump His Disastrous Deal

    04/29/2015 8:58:05 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 39 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 2015-04-29 | Benjamin Weingarten
    What, if anything, would cause President Barack Obama to step away from the negotiating table with Iran? This is the question I find myself pondering in light of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy Patrol’s unchecked act of aggression on Tuesday against America’s interests in the Straits of Hormuz – an act that in a sane world would in and of itself put an end to the president's disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. As of this writing, reports indicate that the Iranian Navy Patrol fired shots at and ultimately seized a commercial cargo ship, the M/V Maersk Tigris, which flies under...
  • What Really Happened in the Persian Gulf on April 28, 2015? (meaty article)

    04/29/2015 6:07:57 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    thediplomat.com ^ | Ankit Panda
    The shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz have long been highlighted as a potential flashpoint amid the simmering geopolitical tensions between the United States and Iran. Its waters are of particular geostrategic significance given that over a third of the world’s petroleum traded by sea passes through the region. Iran has repeatedly emphasized its dominance over the waters, threatening to blockade the strait in a time of crisis. Today, we saw an acute manifestation of Iran’s audacity when the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) seized and escorted the Marshall Islands-flagged MV Maersk Tigris, a shipping vessel belonging to...
  • Pentagon lawyers discover we don’t have to defend our allies if threatened by Iran

    04/29/2015 7:35:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/29/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Since the conclusion of the final round of nuclear negotiations, Iran has been engaging in conspicuous displays of aggression. The U.S. Navy revealed on Tuesday that four Iranian Revolutionary Guards ships intercepted a Maersk cargo vessel in the Strait of Hormuz that was flying a U.S. flag. The episode happened last week and ended without incident, but it was only revealed to the press after Iranian naval vessels performed a similar act of belligerence on Tuesday. Yesterday, another Maersk container ship, the Tigris, was intercepted by Iranian vessels in international waters, according to the firm. Iranian ships fired over...
  • Army of One: Only one survivor of WWII's Kwajalein battle fit enough to return for 71st anniversary

    01/26/2015 10:18:51 AM PST · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    syracuse.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Michelle Breidenbach
    Don Fida, of Syracuse, visits the small boomerang-shaped Pacific island in his sleep. He remembers the way 22,000 soldiers of the 7th Infantry Division emptied a ship onto Kwajalein and worked their way across the 2.5-mile island, killing close to 5,000 Japanese and losing 177 of their own. He can picture the way a Japanese soldier crawled out of a bunker waving the underwear of a young American nurse who had been held, "worse than hostage," as he puts it. Fida said his unit rescued the woman, draped her with the clothes of a dead soldier and escorted her onto...
  • UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $856 million for oil spill [from defensive war against Hizb'allah]

    12/21/2014 1:55:52 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Israel was asked by the UN General Assembly on Friday to compensate Lebanon for $856.4 million in oil spill damages it caused during its 2006 war with Hezbollah. The non-binding vote, which passed 170-6, asks Israel to offer "prompt and adequate compensation" to Lebanon and other countries affected by the oil spill's pollution. In a statement, Israel condemned the resolution as biased against the nation, Israeli media reported. The oil spill was caused by Israel's air force when it bombed oil tanks near a coastal Lebanese power plant during the fierce month-long war with...
  • Man washes up in Marshall Islands 'after 16 months adrift'

    01/31/2014 12:54:58 AM PST · by Justice · 33 replies
    afp ^ | 1/30/14 | afp
    Majuro (Marshall Islands) (AFP) - An emaciated man whose boat washed up on a remote Pacific atoll this week claims he survived 16 months adrift on the Pacific, floating more than 12,500 kilometres (8,000 miles) from Mexico, a researcher said Friday.
  • British have invaded nine out of ten countries -- so look out Luxembourg

    11/10/2012 10:41:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Sunday, November 4, 2012 | Jasper Copping
    Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found. Every schoolboy used to know that at the height of the empire, almost a quarter of the atlas was coloured pink, showing the extent of British rule. But that oft recited fact dramatically understates the remarkable global reach achieved by this country. A new study has found that at various times the British have invaded almost 90 per cent of the countries around the globe. The analysis of the histories of the almost 200 countries in the world found only...
  • US signs anti-ICC immunity pact with Bhutan

    05/21/2003 2:58:18 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 230+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 21 2003 | AFP
    The United States has signed a deal with Bhutan giving US citizens in the country immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the State Department said Tuesday. The deal with Bhutan brings to 34 the number of countries with which the United States has signed so-called "Article 98" agreements exempting US citizens from the court's jurisdiction, said Lynn Cassel, a department spokesman. Bhutan and Bosnia-Herzegovina both agreed to the pacts on May 16 but the deal with Thimphu was not announced until Tuesday. Washington refuses to support the ICC, arguing that it could become a forum for politically...
  • Foreign Flagging of Offshore Rigs Skirts U.S. Safety Rules [Inspections Outsourced]

    06/15/2010 8:37:11 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 26 replies · 536+ views
    LATimes ^ | June 14, 2010 | 7:28 p.m. | By Tom Hamburger and Kim Geiger
    The Marshall Islands, not the U.S., had the main responsibility for safety inspections on the Deepwater Horizon. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico was built in South Korea. It was operated by a Swiss company under contract to a British oil firm. Primary responsibility for safety and other inspections rested not with the U.S. government but with the Republic of the Marshall Islands — a tiny, impoverished nation in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Leprosy outbreak causes concerns in Northwest Arkansas (illegal immigrant connection)

    02/08/2008 12:44:53 PM PST · by ddtorquee · 39 replies · 911+ views
    KFSM ^ | Feb 7, 2008
    The medical community is warning the public: a leprosy outbreak in Springdale could blossom into an epidemic, if something isn't done soon. Doctors say at least nine cases of leprosy have been confirmed in Springdale. Local doctors say they would be shocked by even one case of leprosy in their entire career, so they say something must be done soon, in order to stop leprosy's spread. Springdale MD Jennifer Bingham says, "my initial response was: I am shocked. I am shocked we are seeing this. It's a true reason to be very worried." Medical specialists say the Marshall Islands have...
  • AR Dept of Health debunks leprosy fears (Arkansas Leprosy Coverup)

    02/09/2008 7:24:27 AM PST · by Scythian · 24 replies · 815+ views
    KFSM News ^ | February 8, 2008
    SPRINGDALE - The Arkansas Department of Health in Little Rock says some Northwest Arkansas doctors have wrong information that's leading them to fears of leprosy cases
  • (December 2007) Marshallese in Arkansas unhealthy, ineligible for health care programs

    02/07/2008 8:36:10 PM PST · by navysealdad · 69 replies · 1,181+ views
    The Morning News NWA Online ^ | December 10, 2007 | By John Lyon
    LITTLE ROCK -- The people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands are among the unhealthiest people in the world. An estimated 6,000-8,000 Marshallese immigrants live in Springdale, AR. and the surrounding areas, of whom 867 are children enrolled in the Springdale School District, Pritchard told the House and Senate Interim Committees on Public Health, Welfare and Labor.Deputy State Health Officer Dr. Joe Bates testified that between 2000 and 2005, Northwest Arkansas had nine cases of congenital syphilis, six of which involved Marshallese; 38 people with infectious syphilis, 21 of whom were Marshallese; and nine cases of leprosy, all Marshallese....