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  • Rescued migrants hijack ship, Europe officials say

    03/28/2019 12:11:33 AM PDT · by blueplum · 44 replies
    AP via msn ^ | 27 Mar 2019 | uncredited
    Migrants hijacked a cargo ship that rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea and forced the crew to put the Libya-bound vessel on a course north toward Europe, authorities in two European countries said. Italy's interior minister, Matteo Salvini, identified the ship as the Turkish oil tanker El Hiblu 1. He said the tanker had rescued about 120 people and described what was happening as "the first act of piracy on the high seas with migrants" as alleged hijackers. The new route put the ship on a route to Italy's Lampedusa island and the island nation of Malta. The governments of...
  • As Migrants Risk Crossing the English Channel, French Fishing Boats Pay a Price

    01/14/2019 3:41:16 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 13, 2019 | Adam Nossiter
    BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, France — There is disquiet along the cold, foggy quays of this major French fishing port facing Britain. Captain after captain, returning to Boulogne-sur-Mer in squat fishing boats with the day’s haul of crab and sole, has the same story: Their boats are being broken into. The suspected culprits, according to the fishermen and local officials? Smugglers, and their migrant clients, who are intent on reaching Britain and are looking for vessels to cross the forbidding waters of the English Channel. A few of the stolen boats have even been taken to sea. Since the start of Europe’s migration...
  • Piracy returns to Caribbean as Venezuela turmoil spurs rise in attacks on yachts

    12/29/2018 9:12:20 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 23 MAY 2018 | Colin Freeman
    Luxury yacht owners have been warned of a surge in piracy in the southern Caribbean, as Venezuela's economic collapse spurs its penniless fishermen into banditry. According to a new global survey of global maritime security, 71 piracy incidents took place in the region last year, compared to just 21 the year before.
  • migrants in the thames: hijacking ended as special forces storm ship

    12/22/2018 10:17:15 AM PST · by robowombat · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 21, 2018 | Jack Montgomery
    The twelve-hour hijacking of a cargo ship in the Thames Estuary by illegal migrants was brought to a dramatic end by a Special Boat Service (SBS) boarding, according to reports. Commandos from the elite Royal Navy unit, regarded as something of a sister unit to the British Army’s Special Air Service (SAS), abseiled onto the Grande Tema some time between 11 p.m. and midnight on Friday, The Sun reports The 236-metre Grimaldi shipping line vessel had been circling in the iconic Thames Estuary north-east of Margate, Kent, for hours, after a group of would-be illegal migrant stowaways who had been...
  • Actress ‘panicked’ by panting tongue emoji from Geoffrey Rush

    10/30/2018 2:09:12 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | October 30, 2018 12:29am | Matthew Benns and Lucy Hughes Jones
    A TEXT message with a panting tongue emoji sent from Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush “panicked” a young actress who said she felt the actor was “unsafe”. Eryn Jean Norvill said she felt “bewildered” by the message from Mr Rush in which he also wrote: “I was thinking of you as I do more than is socially appropriate”. Ms Norvill told the Federal Court she “probably panicked” when she received the message “because I believed Geoffrey to be unsafe”. Mr Rush, 67, is suing The Daily Telegraph over a series of articles late in 2017 which reported that a young actress...
  • Johnny Depp Dropped From ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ as Disney Plans Reboot for Franchise

    10/29/2018 1:29:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 121 replies ^ | October 29, 2018 Updated: October 29, 2018 | By Mimi Nguyen Ly
    Johnny Depp has been dropped from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” according to the film franchise’s original scriptwriter Stuart Beattie. Disney Studios plans to reboot the billion-dollar franchise and will be axing Depp, Beattie told DailyMail TV at a recent red carpet event in Hollywood. The 55-year-old Depp had played Captain Jack Sparrow—a major role in the five “Pirates” movies over the past 15 years. “I think he’s had a great run. Obviously, he’s made that character his own and it’s become the character he’s most famous for now,” Beattie said. “And kids all over the world love him as that...
  • Disney Talking ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Reboot With ‘Deadpool’ Scribes Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick

    10/23/2018 5:29:29 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 20 replies
    Deadline ^ | october 23, 2018 | Mike Fleming Jr.
    Disney is exploring a reboot of its billion dollar Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The studio has met with the writing team of Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and they are in early talks to write the script. Reese & Wernick are the writers behind the first two Deadpool blockbusters, and before that wrote Zombieland and its sequel, and 6 Underground, the action film that Michael Bay is directing for Netflix with Ryan Reynolds starring. Jerry Bruckheimer will continue to captain the ship as producer on Pirates of the Caribbean, but at this point it is too early to say...
  • 'Leave immediately': US Navy plane warned over South China Sea

    08/10/2018 7:48:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 81 replies
    CNN ^ | August 10, 2018 | Brad Lendon, Ivan Watson and Ben Westcott
    igh above one of the most hotly contested regions in the world, CNN was given a rare look Friday at the Chinese government's rapidly expanding militarization of the South China Sea Aboard a US Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane, CNN got a view from 16,500 feet of low-lying coral reefs turned into garrisons with five-story buildings, large radar installations, power plants and runways sturdy enough to carry large military aircraft. During the flight the crew received six separate warnings from the Chinese military, telling them they were inside Chinese territory and urging them to leave. "Leave immediately and keep out...
  • Detroit home opener on now 11th inning

    03/30/2018 2:44:49 PM PDT · by cgbg · 27 replies
    MLB Network | March 30, 2018 | self
    Baseball has been struggling to speed up the game. The poor fans are freezing (44 degrees) in Detroit and the game is now more than four and a half hours old. A replay just overturned the winning run in the tenth inning.
  • What Roberto Clemente’s Death Still Says To Us 45 Years Later

    01/02/2018 6:18:31 AM PST · by DFG · 31 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 01/01/2018 | David Marcus
    Forty-five years ago today, baseball fans woke up to the news that the Pittsburgh Pirates’ star outfielder Roberto Clemente had been killed in an airplane crash on December 31 on his way to Nicaragua to deliver disaster relief after an earthquake. A few months earlier, on September 30, 1972, Clemente had pulled a curveball from New York Met and Rookie of the Year Jon Matlack into the gap for a double. It was his 3,000th hit, and he had become only the 11th player in nearly a century of Major League Baseball to reach that milestone. It was also the...
  • October 13, 1960 Pirates Win on Mazeroski Homer

    10/13/2017 12:43:33 PM PDT · by doosee · 48 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1960 | Bing Crosby
    Perhaps the greatest World Series game of all time. No DH, no batting gloves, no helmets. Just pure baseball. Today marks the anniversary. David vs Goliath is a valid comparison. Worth watching as this is the only recorded film. Bing Crosby, who was part owner of the Bucs, had this recorded privately and it was found after his death in storage.
  • Prince Charles praises jihadi pirates for scaring off fishermen (TR)

    10/08/2017 2:52:51 PM PDT · by DFG · 83 replies
    jihadwatch ^ | 10/08/2017 | Robert Spencer
    This is like praising the 9/11 hijackers for increasing visibility in Manhattan. “Prince Charles hails PIRATES for an ’explosion’ in marine life due to scared fisherman,” by Joseph Carey, Express, October 6, 2017: PRINCE CHARLES has praised ocean pirates for scaring off fishermen that has led to a “fantastic explosion for bigger and better fish”. Speaking at an ocean conservation conference in Malta, the Prince of Wales stirred up controversy by praising Somalian pirates for scaring off trawler crews to create a greater wealth of marine life.
  • Why Americans can blame pirates for not using the metric system

    09/19/2017 4:01:46 PM PDT · by BBell · 157 replies
    The proposal, conceived by a bunch of pointy-headed Parisian philosophes, sounded brilliant: A universal system of measurement, derived from decimal-based units and identified by a shared set of prefixes. It would end the era of merchants buying goods according to one unit, selling in another, and pocketing the ill-gotten profit. It would simplify scientific calculations and enable the free exchange of ideas around the world. It was an enlightened system for an enlightened time. If only the French scientists could persuade other countries to adopt it. But pirates have a way of ruining even the best-laid plans. In 1793, botanist...
  • Why did one of the U.S. Navy’s most advanced subs return to port with a pirate flag?

    09/18/2017 9:31:40 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 121 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9/13/17 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    [snip] An image posted to a Pentagon media site and tweeted by Scottish journalist Ian Keddie shows the USS Jimmy Carter, a Seawolf-class nuclear-powered submarine, returning to her home port in Washington Tuesday flying the American flag alongside the unmistakable pirate skull and crossed bones, known as the Jolly Roger.The 450-foot-long vessel is one of three in its class and is specially modified to conduct some of America’s most covert underwater operations. That fact alone — as Keddie points out — makes the appearance of the black and white flag significant. The Carter, according to photos posted in April, also...
  • Sea Princess cruise passengers spend 10 days in blackout for fear of pirates

    08/11/2017 9:38:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    1,900 passengers aboard a 104 day cruise around the world got an unsettling surprise after they departed from Sydney, Australia toward Dubai. For ten days, the passengers had to endure a mandatory dusk-to-dawn blackout for fear of pirate attacks. “No deck parties, no movies under the stars, no late-night outdoor bar hopping or pool dipping” were just some of the bans included in the blackout ordered by Captain Gennaro Arma, recalls Carolyn Jasinski, a passenger on the ship. The ship essentially become a ghost – all curtains were drawn, all lights were dimmed or turned off. Arma wanted to remind...
  • Disney to Remove ‘Wench’ Auction from Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

    07/01/2017 10:41:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    KFOR ^ | JUNE 30, 2017
    Disney will remove the infamous “bride auction” scene from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland next year, the company announced on Thursday. During the planned ride refurbishment, Disney will alter the roles of the auctioneer, the redhead woman and other characters participating in the “Auction: Take a Wench for a Bride” scene. In the current scene, the redhead character is the prize of the auction. According to Disney, the redhead is holding a rifle and will be a “plundering pirate” in the new scene. In the official announcement, Disney wrote: “…the redhead is...
  • isney to Overhaul Classic Pirates of the Caribbean Ride to Appease PC Crow

    06/30/2017 4:46:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June ,30,2017 | Tom Ciccotta
    The famous auctioneer scene that takes place on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland and Disney World is set to be overhauled, according to a press release from the Disney Parks blog. As of 2017, the attraction — which opened in 1967 in Disneyland and 1973 in the Magic Kingdom of Disney World — will no longer feature the famous auctioneer scene, in which a red-headed “wench” is auctioned off to a crowd of raucous and dirty pirates who wish to make her their bride. An artist’s rendering of the new scenes reveals that the pirates will now...
  • Disneyland Takes Wives Off Auction Block For ‘Pirates’ Ride

    06/30/2017 12:22:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    Disneyland’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride is losing a scene where a bound and tearful woman is on the auction block for pirates to buy as a wife. A banner that now says “Auction, take a wench for a bride” currently hangs over a scene showing women tied by ropes around their waists as a pot-bellied pirate grins at the audience. When the ride reopens, the banner will say “Auction, Surrender yer loot,” and the red-haired woman at the center of the scene will be a pirate herself. A drawing of released by Disneyland shows men and women carrying food...
  • Chinese Navy Hands Over Notorious Pirate Leader

    05/09/2017 11:18:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    VOA ^ | May 05, 2017 | Harun Maruf
    The Chinese navy on Friday handed over a notorious pirate leader captured last month after a failed hijack attempt. Abdikarim Salah "Aw Koombe" and two other pirates are now in the custody of Puntland security officials at the Red Sea port of Bosaso. The three, who were in handcuffs and wearing flotation jackets, were brought to the port in small rubber boats. Colonel Yasin Ali Nur, commander of security forces at Bosaso port, told VOA Somali reporter Fadumo Yasin Jama, the three will be tried on piracy-related charges. "These three prisoners, their weapons, will be kept here at the prison...
  • Pirates honor 99-year-old usher who's been with them for 81 years

    04/28/2017 5:37:54 AM PDT · by DFG · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 04/27/2017 | Mark Townsend
    “It’s not the years in your life, but the life in your years,” was among president Abraham Lincoln’s most profound quotes. It immediately comes to mind when thinking about Phil Coyne. Not because Coyne’s life has been short on years, but because he’s fit so much life, so much passion and so many experiences that would make any baseball fan jealous into his now 99 years on earth. For 81 years, Coyne has led fans to their seats at baseball games in Pittsburgh. He started at Forbes Field as an 18-year-old back in 1936. He moved with the team to...