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  • With contract deadline expired, ILWU and PMA are expected to keep talking (West Coast port strike?)

    07/01/2014 7:10:26 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman
    Logistics Management ^ | 1 July 2014 | Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
    As the calendar turns to July today, summer is fully intact, but the West Coast ports labor situation is still apparently chilly. With the deadline for labor contract negotiations between ILWU (the International Longshore Warehouse Union) and the Pacific Maritime Association arriving aft midnight last night, the current status remains in flux as neither party is publicly commenting on their talks, which have been ongoing since May 12. The ILWU represents nearly 14,000 port workers in California, Oregon, and Washington, with more than 40 percent of U.S. incoming container traffic moving through West Coast ports at the Ports of Los...
  • Op-Ed: Obama Fallout: Saudis Broker Port Said to Putin's Navy (Egypt)

    11/11/2013 12:03:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    inn ^ | 11/11/13 | staff
    Since the beginning of the 19th century, Egypt's Port Said, because of its location near the Suez Canal, has acted as a global city located on the very hub of world commerce. In fact, Rudyard Kipling once said of Port Said "If you truly wish to find someone you have known and who travels, there are two points on the globe you have but to sit and wait, sooner or later your man will come there: the docks of London and Port Said." Using the Suez Canal, it is 7200 miles (11,600 km) from London to Mumbai. Without using the...
  • Tunisia: Man blows himself up while making a bomb

    08/03/2013 9:06:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 3, 2013 9:27 AM EDT
    Tunisian authorities say a suspected religious extremist blew himself up while making a bomb in a home he was renting near the capital. … Separately, the interior ministry says an “extremist” was arrested on Friday after he blew off his hand while handling explosives in Menzel Bourguiba, 43 miles from Tunis. …
  • US arrests man 'with uranium for Iran in shoes'

    08/24/2013 10:14:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/24/13 | AFP
    A man was arrested in New York City's international airport with uranium destined for Iran hidden in the soles of his shoes, the US Justice Department said. Patrick Campbell, 33, who was arrested Wednesday as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris, is accused of trying to act as an intermediary to sell Iran 1,000 tons of purified uranium, in violation of US law. The Sierra Leone-based Campbell had been under surveillance since May 2012, when he responded to an ad on the site Alibaba.com by someone looking to buy uranium 308, or yellow cake. The buyer...
  • Menendez Backed Donor on Port Security Plan

    02/11/2013 2:48:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/10/13 | ERIC LIPTON, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    WASHINGTON — Senator Robert Menendez sought to discourage any plan by the United States government to donate port security equipment to the Dominican Republic, citing concern that the advanced screening gear might undermine efforts by a private company — run by a major campaign contributor and friend of his — to do the work. **SNIP** But the questions about the port security contract are potentially more troubling for Mr. Menendez, who is already facing questions over his fitness for the Foreign Relations Committee chairmanship, because the contract involved a foreign policy concern: curbing the flow of cocaine to the United...
  • The real Robert Menendez scandal emerging

    02/11/2013 10:11:36 AM PST · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Posted by William A. Jacobson Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:30am
    It’s not just about Dominican prostitutes (which he still denies). It’s about questionable business connections, as reported by Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart.com, The Corrupt Origins of the Melgen-Menendez Dominican Port Security Deal:
  • Port official blows $4,500 at strip club

    10/16/2012 1:17:10 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 20 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 10/16/12 | Matier and Ross
    A high-ranking Port of Oakland official is in hot water for throwing down $4,500 in public funds for a party at a Houston strip club. "Port commissioners take this matter very seriously," board President Gilda Gonzales said in a statement after their meeting. Kwon's strip-club spending spree didn't come to port officials' attention until just recently. The timing is especially terrible for the port, which is in the midst of a protracted labor fight with maintenance and other workers over terms of a new contract. Now, officials are scrambling to get a handle on the strip-club visit and to determine...
  • Under Chinese Control, Greek Port Thrives

    10/11/2012 9:28:04 AM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 10, 2012 | The New York Times
    The cargo volume here is three times the level it was two years ago, before Fu Cheng Qiu was put in charge by his employer, Cosco, a global shipping giant owned by the Chinese government. In a 2010 deal that put 500 million euros ($647 million) into the coffers of Greece’s cash-starved government, Cosco leased half of the port of Piraeus and quickly converted a business that had languished as a Greek state-run enterprise into a hotbed of productivity. The other half of the port is still run by Greece. And the fact that its business lags behind Cosco’s is...
  • Port of LA ship gas leak cause still unknown

    05/19/2012 4:43:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    KABC) ^ | Saturday, May 19, 2012
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Firefighters are still trying to figure out what caused a gas leak that prompted a ship to be evacuated at the Port of Los Angeles. The incident began Friday afternoon in the 700 block of East New Dock Street at Henry Ford Avenue. Fire officials said an unknown gas was leaking from a large container in the cargo ship. Fire crews unloaded several containers one by one before stopping the spill. Officials still don't know what kind of gas was leaking. The ship was leaving Los Angeles when the leak was reported. Officials have not said...
  • Chinese national indicted in Colorado for trying to illegally export to China...

    02/07/2012 3:07:36 AM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | February 6, 2012 | n/a
    NOTE The following news release is a quote: www.ice.gov/news/releases/1202/120206denver.htm FEBRUARY 6, 2012 DENVER, CO Chinese national indicted in Colorado for trying to illegally export to China radiation-hardened computer circuits used in satellite communications DENVER – Philip Chaohui He, aka Philip Hope, a Chinese national, made his initial appearance in U.S. district court on Thursday after he was named in a three-count indictment charging him with attempting to export defense articles without U.S. State Department authorization. The indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney John Walsh, District of Colorado and Michael A. Holt, special agent in charge of the Denver office of...
  • In Pakistan’s Gwadar port, Chinese whispers grow

    05/26/2011 9:40:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters Blogs ^ | May 26, 2011
    In Pakistan’s Gwadar port, Chinese whispers grow May 26, 2011 19:16 IST First, China helped develop Pakistan’s Gwadar port from scratch on the Baluchistan coast to take the pressure off the country’s main port of Karachi, a few hundred miles to the east. Now Pakistan’s defence minister has said that it would like its long-time ally to build a naval base at Gwadar, which sits on the doorstep of Gulf shipping lanes, less than 200 kms from the mouth of the Straits of Hormuz. China, which provided more than 80 percent of the port’s $248 million development cost, has moved...
  • Libya'S Eastern Port Tobruk Opens For Oil Exports

    02/28/2011 5:45:22 AM PST · by DGHoodini · 4 replies
    AP via WSLS 10 TV ^ | Monday, Feb 28th, 2011 | TAREK EL-TABLAWY
    CAIRO -- CAIRO (AP) Libya's eastern port of Tobruk reopened Monday and one tanker bound for China was being loaded, officials said, as the chief executive of Saudi Arabia's state-run oil giant announced his company had stepped in to compensate for an export shortfall stemming from the unrest in the North African nations. The news offered a glimmer of hope that the disruption to exports from Libya may ease, at least slightly. The country, where Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is embroiled in a violent struggle to stay in power, is the only member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting...
  • Obama budget does not include Port of Miami project funding

    02/15/2011 3:33:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/14/11 | Lesley Clark
    President Barack Obama’s budget plan on Monday was a mix of good and bad news for South Florida. The bad news: An aggressive effort to secure federal funding to dredge the Port of Miami suffered a significant setback when Obama declined to put aside money for it. Local officials and the state’s South Florida congressional delegation had hoped to secure $75 million in the president’s 2012 budget proposal... More bad news: The budget plan cuts by $300 million – or 7.5 percent -- the popular Community Development Block grants that many cities, including Miami, use for helping the poor.
  • Videos Show Disney Dream Coming Within Feet Of Another Ship

    01/27/2011 8:15:54 AM PST · by greatdefender · 29 replies
    WFTV 9 Orlando ^ | January 27, 2011
    PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Disney’s newest cruise liner, the Disney Dream, came within feet of striking another ship in Port Canaveral last week. But, on Wednesday the cruise line insisted that there was never a safety concern. A YouTube video captured by a passenger shows the the Dream drifting close to the Royal Caribbean ship the Monarch of the Seas just two days before the Dream was christened on January 17. In the video, a Royal Caribbean worker is heard saying, “Close!” Witnesses said the dream came within feet of the Monarch. At one point, a Royal Caribbean worker told...
  • Texas Man Indicted for Attempting to Provide Material Support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

    06/03/2010 4:32:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 251+ views
    FBI Houston ^ | June 3, 2010
    HOUSTON—A federal grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas returned an indictment today charging Barry Walter Bujol, Jr., with attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno and FBI Houston Special Agent in Charge Richard C. Powers announced today. “Protecting the American public from the threat of terrorism, both international and home-grown, is the highest priority of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas,” said U.S. Attorney Moreno. “Proactive investigative efforts and cooperation between the...
  • Bright Future on Horizon for Port Umm Qasr

    12/05/2009 2:19:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 423+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Master Sgt. David Bennett, USA
    UMM QASR, Iraq, Dec. 4, 2009 – When the city of Basra was particular unstable between 2006 and 2008, the port of Umm Qasr was left to tread water as a contributor to Iraq’s economic development. Workers at Port of Umm Qsar load bags of grain from a cargo vessel that entered the port Nov. 23, 2009. The Joint Interagency Task Force-Iraq and Iraqi partners are working to gain International Ship and Port Facility Code certification to entice more maritime business to Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. David Bennett   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Now, however,...
  • DeMint to Force Vote to End Taxpayer Subsidies for Murtha ‘Air-Pork’

    09/16/2009 12:50:29 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 58 replies · 1,651+ views
    Senator Jim DeMint ^ | 9-16-09 | Press Release
    DeMint to Force Vote to End Taxpayer Subsidies for Murtha ‘Air-Pork’Airport received $200 million in tax dollars, averages only 20 passengers and 3 flights dailySeptember 16, 2009 - Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), chairman of the Senate Steering Committee and Ranking Member of the Aviation Subcommittee, announced he will offer an amendment to end taxpayer subsidies for the John Murtha Airport, a little used 650-acre facility in Johnstown, Pennsylvania that has received at least $200 million in taxpayer funding. U.S. Congressman John Murtha (D-Pennsylvania), who the airport was named after, has personally directed $150 million...
  • Explosives Stolen in Walla Walla

    08/03/2009 10:53:12 PM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 983+ views
    KEPRTV.com ^ | Story Published: Jul 31, 2009 at 6:42 PM PDT | By Holly Zuluaga
    Note: Video included. SNIPPET: "WALLA WALLA--Hundreds of pounds of explosives were stolen from the Port of Walla Walla." SNIPPET: "It’s enough explosives to do serious damage." SNIPPET: "No one knows the intent; the goods were locked up at a storage unit somewhere at the Port of Walla Walla." SNIPPET: "“They took a lot of time to do what they were doing, it was secure,” Jessie Summers said." SNIPPET: "Investigators call this a "significant safety threat."" SNIPPET: "There is a reward if you know anything about this crime. Call 1888-ATF-BOMB if you can help."
  • MONEY DOWN THE TOILET: STIMULUS MILLIONS GO TO POTS

    07/27/2009 5:04:36 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 8 replies · 408+ views
    WASHINGTON -- The feds are spending tens of millions of stimulus dollars to repair and build toilets across the nation, in an outflow of taxpayer funds that critics have branded "potty pork." From humble sylvan outhouses to "historic" restrooms, cash from the $787 billion stimulus is going to spruce up or completely replace aging toilets, government releases show. In New Mexico alone, the feds are spending $2.8 million for toilets in national forests.
  • Iranian Navy Gets Three Locally Made Submarines

    06/02/2009 4:03:07 PM PDT · by Cindy · 20 replies · 846+ views
    Blog: Note: The following blog entry is a quote: Blog Details Iranian Navy Gets Three Locally Made Submarines The Iranian army has received three light locally made Ghadir-class submarines. The submarines were handed over at a ceremony at Bandar Abbas port in southern Iran, which was attended by Iranian security officials. Source: Mehr, Iran, June 1, 2009 Posted at: 2009-06-02
  • Venezuela military 'seizes ports'

    03/21/2009 3:46:08 PM PDT · by frankiep · 82 replies · 5,201+ views
    Venezuela's military has taken control of key airports and sea ports under the terms of a move rubber-stamped by parliament a week ago, reports say. The move centralises the running of the country's main transport hubs. President Hugo Chavez has pushed for the move, describing it as "reunifying the motherland, which was in pieces". Critics of Mr Chavez says the plans are unconstitutional, but the National Assembly backed them a week ago, saying they would improve essential services. State-level governments in Venezuela have controlled the country's most important airports, sea ports and major highways since a move towards decentralisation began...
  • Terror From the Sea: Warning From the Indian Naval Chief

    02/26/2009 1:21:40 AM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 519+ views
    http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/papers31/paper3068.html ^ | 24-Feb-2009 | Guest Column By Commodore R. S. Vasan
    Paper no. 3068 Admiral Sureesh Mehta, the Chief of the Naval Staff sounded a stern warning on 18th February 2009, about the possibility of nuclear weapons being smuggled in to the country through the ever increasing container traffic. The warning was issued at a seminar to discuss Port Development and related security issues. At one level, there is nothing new in the warning. Similar warnings were issued post 9/11 by US and other maritime analysts who expected the seas to be the next medium for transportation and manifestation of terror. It is this fear that prompted the US to examine...
  • Port of Los Angeles prepares to cancel its controversial Chinese X-ray contract

    02/04/2009 6:55:07 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 943+ views
    Nearly seven months after taking delivery of a mobile X-ray system manufactured in the People's Republic of China, the Port of Los Angeles is on the verge of canceling the controversial contract. The staff at the port has recommended that the Board of Harbor Commissioners find DULY Research, Inc., the California-based broker who represents the Chinese manufacturer, in default of the terms of the contract, when it next meets on Feb. 5. "Cancellation of the purchase contract is recommended because after delivery of the mobile scanning unit to the Port of Los Angeles on July 8, 2008, field tests and...
  • "No Stimulus Rally" at Richmond Capitol Tomorrow

    02/09/2009 1:56:18 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies · 411+ views
    Per email from Americans for Prosperity: We’re coming down to the wire on this Pelosi/Reid/Obama trillion dollar spending bill and I'm asking you to join me at a rally in Richmond tomorrow to put pressure on our two Virginia senators -- Mark Warner and Jim Webb. And beyond just putting pressure on these two senators to vote NO, by attending the rally you'll send a message to the media in attendance that there is a strong, energized grassroots movement rallying against the big government, pork barrel politics in Washington, DC. Here are the details on the NoStimulus event: When: Tomorrow,...
  • (Vanity?) Houston Channel only minimal damage.

    09/13/2008 7:08:02 PM PDT · by DGHoodini · 12 replies · 170+ views
    FNC | Sept 13, 2008 | Geraldo
    Geraldo just reported on his show, that the Houston Channel, a major waterway and port facility, weathered Hurricane Ike suffering only minimal damage. this is very good news, and relates directly to how fast things can be returned to a new normal down there. :-)
  • Port City is Open for Business

    04/13/2008 4:00:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 71+ views
    Commodities are offloaded from ships at the UMM Qasr Port, from all over the world to be distributed throughout Iraq April 11. These goods will be transported to different provinces through out the country. The Port of Um Qasr, is a small port city southeast of Basra. DoD photo. UMQASR — UmQasr, a port city southeast of Basra, is filled with daily activities, as Iraqi workers load export and unload imports last week.“The estimated flow of goods into Iraq is 60,000 tons with 15,000 passing through UmQsar,” said Todd Stratton, Task Force to Support Business and Stability Operations in Iraq.“The...
  • Baja port proposed to rival Los Angeles, Long Beach

    03/27/2008 3:38:39 AM PDT · by Man50D · 10 replies · 451+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | March 26, 2008 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Plans have been finalized by Mexico to develop Punta Colonet as a West Coast Mexican alternative to the U.S. ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The proposal includes a deep-water Pacific Ocean port on Mexico's Baja California peninsula about 150 miles south of Tijuana that could serve as a destination for the 30 million containers headed to North America from China and the Far East each year, according to a report published Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times. The on-again, off-again plan to develop Punta Colonet has been discussed before as the number of containers from China grows and...
  • Discovery: Oldest Lighthouse At Ancient Port

    02/06/2008 6:20:24 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 538+ views
    New Anatolian ^ | 2-6-2008
    DISCOVERY: Oldest lighthouse at ancient Roman port The New Anatolian / Ankara 06 February 2008 Turkish archaeologists unearthed a 2000-year-old lighthouse at the ancient Roman port of Patara, near southern town of Kas, Antalya, discovering probably the oldest such structure that managed to remain intact. The 12-meter-high lighthouse was built under the reign of Emperor Nero who ruled from 54 to 68, Professor Havva Iskan Isik, head of the excavation team reported. "The oldest known lighthouse is the one in Alexandria but there is nothing left of it. So, the lighthouse at the Patara port is the oldest one that...
  • Dubai to Build $600M Hub in US "Corridor of Shame"

    01/13/2008 8:08:25 AM PST · by Clemenza · 197 replies · 283+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 1/13/08 | Harvey Morris
    Dubai is investing $600m in one of the poorest counties in the US to set up a manufacturing and distribution complex that would serve as a major logistical hub for North America. The long-term aim, according to people familiar with the deal, is to take advantage of a new generation of larger merchant ships passing from Asia through the soon to be widened Panama Canal and docking at ports such as Charleston and Savannah, seen as future primary gateways to the US. The project is being handled by Jafza, a unit of the government-owned Dubai World group, which has bought...
  • Arrogance at port reflects ex-CEO [corrupt liberal Seattle]

    12/28/2007 9:26:38 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 7 replies · 305+ views
    Seattle -I ^ | 12/27/2007 | Robert L. Jamieson, Jr.
    Institutions take on the worst characteristics of the people who head them. In the case of the Port of Seattle, this means sickening arrogance. Faced with a damning state audit showing the port to be rife with sloppiness, waste and the potential for rampant fraud, the man long responsible for shaping port culture -- its former chief executive, Mic Dinsmore -- replied with haughty grandeur. "I have no doubt that there is nothing of substance in anything that has been alluded to," Dinsmore huffed to the Seattle P-I after the audit blast came last week. "Let the process show what...
  • Arnold backs port container fee

    12/20/2007 12:02:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 206+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 12/21/07 | Kristopher Hanson
    LONG BEACH - Days after port authorities approved a $35 environmental fee on containers shipped through Southern California's harbors, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that he would support a similar fee at the state level. Schwarzenegger, who previously said container fees would hurt the economy, now considers them an option to help fund trade-related infrastructure and environmental programs. "I think fees are good; we just have to work it out with the various stakeholders," Schwarzenegger said during a visit with U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. "It's extremely important that we find a way to create economic development and increase...
  • New Berth Increases Umm Qasr Port Capacity

    09/28/2007 7:35:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 149+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Mohammed Aliwi
    New Berth Increases Umm Qasr Port Capacity Army engineers oversee berth project that was designed and built by Iraqis. By Mohammed AliwiU.S. Army Corps of EngineersGulf Region South District BASRAH, Iraq, Sept. 28, 2007 — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has turned control over the newly completed “roll-on/roll-off” berth at Umm Qasr Port to the Iraqi Port Authority. "The Iraqi people can be proud of this project because it is theirs alone."Rebecca Wingfield, project engineer Known as a RoRo because it serves “roll-on/roll-off” ships that share the acronym, the $2.7 million berth project doubles the number of the...
  • Mexico yanks a roadblock to developing port-rail plan

    08/16/2007 11:45:30 PM PDT · by RS · 4 replies · 475+ views
    San Diego U/T ^ | 08/16/07 | Dianne Lindquist
    Mexico has canceled the disputed mineral concession at Punta Colonet that has held up development of a massive port-rail project geared to create a trade route from Asia into the American heartland through Baja California.
  • U.S. Port Contractor Has Terrorist Ties

    05/14/2007 3:09:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies · 717+ views
    Corruption Chronicles - A Judicial Watch Blog ^ | May 11, 2007 | Corruption Chronicles
    May 11, 2007 U.S. Port Contractor Has Terrorist Ties A foreign company set to build a massive tunnel project at a major U.S. seaport has close ties to the government of a country that has long appeared on the State Department’s list of nations that sponsor terrorism. The French construction giant (Bouygues Travaux Publics) is the preferred contractor to build a $1 billion tunnel at the South Florida Port of Miami, the world’s top cruise ship terminal with nearly 4 million passengers annually and one of the country’s busiest cargo ports with about one million containers a year. It turns...
  • Mexico To Get "Sovereign Territory" in Kansas City; America's Heartland[Phyllis Schlafly]

    04/09/2007 3:30:46 AM PDT · by Dacb · 46 replies · 7,400+ views
    Christian World view Network ^ | 04 April 2007 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Grassroots Americans of all parties and economic classes rose up out of their political apathy a few months ago and forced President Bush to reverse his administration's decision to allow a Middle East government to own America's major ports. But the push for foreign ownership continues: the next port scheduled to be taken over is Kansas City, Missouri. Even though public schools stopped teaching geography a couple of decades ago, most Americans (especially residents of the Show Me state) are surprised to learn that Kansas City (where the only waves are "amber waves of grain") is a port. We are...
  • TV ad implies threat to security from unlikely source: Wal-Mart

    03/25/2007 6:18:30 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 24 replies · 1,301+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | March 25, 2007 | JOE MALINCONICO
    The television advertisement starts with an ominous warning about 9/11. Then it shows a nuclear explosion, followed by a photo of Osama bin Laden and a ship loaded with cargo containers. "Since 9/11, it is one of the greatest threats we face, a nuclear weapon in the hands of Osama bin Laden shipped through an American port," says the voice-over. Finally, the ad reveals its villain: an outfit based in Arkansas that has a network of 1.8 million workers around the world who operate at 3,900 locations in the United States. Its corporate name is Wal-Mart Stores Inc. What's the...
  • Three Arabs Detained Trying to Sneak Into Port of Miami

    01/07/2007 7:17:21 PM PST · by PRePublic · 24 replies · 1,613+ views
    TruthNews ^ | 01-07-07
    Three Arabs Detained Trying to Sneak Into Port of Miami http://www.truthnews.net/daily/2006100455.htm Webcast News Service, 7 January 2007 Three Arab men have been detained as they tried to sneak past a security checkpoint at the Port of Miami. The incident occurred around 8:00 a.m. According to local authorities, a security office became suspicious when the driver of a truck attempting to enter the port area did not have the required paperwork. Officers searched the truck and found two other men in the cab trying to hide, Williams said. The three men were two Iraqis and one Lebanese national who are legal...
  • Three [Middle Eastern] men detained at Port of Miami after giving suspicious statement

    01/07/2007 2:58:42 PM PST · by RightOnTheLeftCoast · 59 replies · 2,068+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | 7 Jan 07 | Vanessa Blum
    Three men detained at Port of Miami after giving suspicious statements By Vanessa Blum South Florida Sun-Sentinel Posted January 7 2007, 4:22 PM EST MIAMI -- Three men were detained Sunday after trying to gain access to the Port of Miami, according to a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The driver drew suspicion at the port's delivery entrance around 8 a.m. after making inconsistent statements, said Judy Orihuela. The driver could not produce the requested paperwork to identify himself and his cargo. The vehicle was subsequently searched and two additional men were found in the truck's cab, Orihuela...
  • SOMALIA: Opening Mogadishu port-(closed for 11 yrs)

    10/30/2006 6:21:59 AM PST · by Flavius · 1 replies · 239+ views
    alertnet ^ | 30 Oct 2006 07:50:22 | IRIN
    MOGADISHU, 30 October (IRIN) - Sacks of sorghum from the United States swing out from the docked ship in a large rope net, are winched slowly to the port jetty, and loaded by chanting porters on to rusting trucks in Mogadishu port. The food is destined for southern Somalia – which means it must arrive at the port, be loaded on convoys of trucks, and driven out of the city, protected and intact. Until a few months ago, Mogadishu port had been a no-go area for more than 11 years while heavily armed faction leaders fought over resources – particularly...
  • Osama Soprano?

    10/05/2006 4:45:19 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 12 replies · 552+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5 October 2006 | Staff
    Homeland Security: The FBI is concerned about potential links between al-Qaida and the mob. So why do Democrats and labor unions want felons working our docks? Port security, according to the Democrats, is one of the gaping holes in the defense against terror, evidence of how the Bush administration’s war in Iraq is a “distraction” from the things we should be doing.... ...So it was interesting to see that when Congress passed the Port Security Act on Saturday, it did not include a provision pushed by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., that would have barred the hiring of felons for dock...
  • Islamists At Gates Of Somali Port

    09/24/2006 4:52:14 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 380+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-24-2006 | David Bamford
    Islamists at gates of Somali port Fighters seized control of the capital Mogadishu in June Islamist fighters have reportedly advanced to the outskirts of Kismayo, the only port outside their control in central and southern Somalia. Residents say the local militia withdrew in 40 trucks without a shot being fired as fighters loyal to the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) arrived. Thousands of people are reported to have fled the city in recent days. The UIC had said it will occupy Kismayo to stop a foreign peacekeeping force using it as a bridgehead. Earlier this month, the African Union supported...
  • Port Authority formally approves WTC rebuilding (Olbermann is an ass...)

    09/21/2006 12:05:52 PM PDT · by Triggerhippie · 20 replies · 1,190+ views
    Al Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 9/21/06 | Al Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Thursday formally approved rebuilding plans for the site of the World Trade Center destroyed in the September 11, 2001, attacks. The deal with developer Larry Silverstein, approved at the authority's monthly board meeting, gave the developer four and a half years and an additional one-year grace period to complete the building of Towers 2, 3 and 4 on the site, or lose his lease. In addition, the Port Authority agreed to pay Silverstein $300,00O a day if it failed to prepare the site for rebuilding by...
  • Terror Fears As (Islamic) Radicals Reopen Vital Port (Mogadishu)

    08/24/2006 7:45:09 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 597+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-25-2006 | Mike Pflanz
    Terror fears as radicals reopen vital port By Mike Pflanz in Nairobi (Filed: 25/08/2006) Islamic radicals who have seized most of southern Somalia yesterday celebrated the reopening of Mogadishu's main seaport, a key gateway between the Horn of Africa and the Arab world. The strategically crucial harbour had been largely unused for 11 years. A Kenyan registered cargo ship, Ronja, is the the first ship to dock in Mogadishu's seaport Now it is in the hands of radical clerics whose leader, Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, appears on an American "watchlist" for suspected terrorists. His alliance, the Supreme Council of Islamic...
  • Ancient Indian port linked to Roman Empire faces extinction(India)

    08/22/2006 2:26:29 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 20 replies · 786+ views
    AFP ^ | 21 Aug 2006 | Jeemon Jacob
    PATTANAM, India -- Pottery shards, beads, Roman copper coins, and ancient wine bottles litter the strata beneath this small seaside village in India's southern Kerala state. The 250 families, mostly agricultural laborers, who live in Pattanam, 260 kilometers (161 miles) north of Kerala's capital Thiruvananthapuram, find the objects pretty, but would rather dig up the ground and build larger homes. But according to archaeologists K.P. Shajan and V. Selvakumar, they may be destroying the remnants of Muziris, a well-documented trading port where Rome and India met almost 3,000 years ago. They say that, based on remote sensing data, a river...
  • Patriot Arrives in Brunei for Port Visit

    06/29/2006 8:13:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam R. Cole
    PORT MAURA, Brunei (NNS) -- Sasebo, Japan-based USS Patriot (MCM 7) arrived in Brunei for a scheduled port visit June 25, meant to enhance the relationship between the U.S. and Brunei. The visit will be highlighted by a number of social and goodwill opportunities between Patriot Sailors and the people of Brunei, including top dignitaries, members of the Royal Brunei Navy and special-needs kids. “Our primary mission here is to interact with the people of Brunei so that we can work to create a stronger mutual relationship between the United States and Brunei,” said Lt. Cmdr. Richard D. Brawley, Patriot...
  • ESG 3 Hands Over CTF 158 Mission in North Arabian Gulf

    06/26/2006 9:18:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 411+ views
    USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73), North Arabian Gulf – Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Carl Jensen, turned over command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 158 to Royal Australian Navy Commodore Peter Lockwood June 23. CTF 158 is responsible for Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the North Arabian Gulf (NAG). This coalition force works with the Iraqi navy to protect key oil producing assets. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the NAG and protect Iraq 's sea-based infrastructure which provides the Iraqi people the opportunity for self-determination. “These are some tough...
  • Thank You, Dubai Ports

    06/20/2006 1:05:25 PM PDT · by Valin · 128 replies · 2,570+ views
    Publiuspundit.com ^ | 6/20/06 | A.M. Mora y Leon
    Remember Dubai Ports International? The first-rate Emirates-based firm that, fair and square, tried to buy the operations of several U.S. ports? They were reviled as terrorists, a public outcry followed and then U.S. Congress stuck its nose into the whole business, baselessly condemning the company for no good reason until they were ignominously forced to withdraw from those plans. It was totally unfair to them, they didn’t deserve that kind of treatment, and it sent an incredibly bad message to the rest of the world that the U.S. was flamingly hypocritical. That whole debacle made me ill. Anyway, this setback...
  • CONGRESSIONAL RECOIL FROM LATEST DUBAI TAKEOVER

    05/04/2006 8:06:30 AM PDT · by FerdieMurphy · 59 replies · 1,140+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 5/4/2006 | Diane Grassi
    The silence on Capitol Hill has been deafening. On April 28, 2006 the White House announced the approval by President George Bush regarding the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) of its recommendation that Dubai International Capital LLC (DIC), a subsidiary of Dubai Holding and a Dubai government owned conglomerate, to assume the U.S. operations of Doncasters Group Ltd. Just seven weeks prior, there was political posturing, grandstanding and outrage expressed by both political parties in the U.S. Congress when it was revealed, through the U.S. media, that Dubai Ports World, also of Dubai Holding, would takeover...
  • Bush expected to approve Dubai defense purchase

    04/28/2006 6:47:16 AM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 21 replies · 594+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | Thursday April 27, 2006 | Reuters via Yahoo! News
    President George W. Bush was expected on Friday to approve Dubai's $1.24 billion takeover of Doncasters, a British engineering company with U.S. plants that supply the Pentagon, an administration official said. "It's in the pipeline to be approved," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Bush was expected to attach conditions to the deal to keep military technology in the United States, the official said. Bush's expected decision followed a congressional uproar over security fears that scuttled another Dubai state-owned company's plan to acquire operations at major U.S. ports. The administration has attempted to head off that kind...
  • Port Workers to Undergo Background Checks

    04/25/2006 2:10:46 PM PDT · by rocksblues · 15 replies · 391+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | Apr 25 1:51 PM | LARA JAKES JORDAN
    WASHINGTON Answering criticism about security gaps at U.S. seaports, the Bush administration said Tuesday it will conduct background checks on an estimated 400,000 port workers to ensure they do not pose a terrorist threat. Names of employees who work in the most sensitive areas of ports will be matched against government terror watch lists and immigration databases, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said. Additionally, the Homeland Security Department will issue tamper-free identification cards to roughly 750,000 workers _ including truckers and rail employees _ who have unrestricted assess to ports.