Canadian warship seizes $100-million of heroin in ‘massive’ high seas bust

31 Mar

Originally posted on National Post | News:

OTTAWA — A Canadian warship has made a major drug bust at sea.

The Department of National Defence says the HMCS Toronto has seized around 500 kilograms of heroin from a boat in the Indian Ocean.

The drugs were found after a naval boarding party searched the vessel as part of a security operation this past Friday.

“During this inspection, the boarding team recovered approximately 500 kilograms of heroin with an estimated street value of more than $100 million,” the defence department said in a release Sunday. “The narcotics were confiscated without incident and will be destroyed.”

Corporal Malcolm Byers / CF Operations

Corporal Malcolm Byers / CF Operations

“HMCS Toronto has recovered one of the largest heroin seizures on the high seas,” Defence Minister Peter MacKay said in the release. “This massive narcotics seizure is one example of how our Canadian Armed Forces members deployed in Canada and around the world are making a difference…

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The Theft of “Black Gold” on the High Seas

29 Mar

Originally posted on Lori Ann LaRocco's Blog:

After the news of  Pirates attacking an American-flagged oil industry vessel off the Nigerian coast early Thursday and then abducted two US citizens–the  captain and the chief engineer, I wanted to repost a piece on piracy I wrote back in March.

In the news industry we have a term “evergreen” pieces, meaning these stories can be done at any time and can be held and used whenever. They are timeless. Unfortunately, my piracy blog below can be considered an “evergreen” piece because the problem of pirates attacking vessels and kidnapping crew members is on going problem.

The reason behind the terror on the water can range from money the pirates would get for ransom to the cargo itself. My piece below is about the theft of crude oil.  I urge you all to take a moment and really look at the pictures of the crew members who were freed. No…

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$277M USS Guardian is a complete loss: Navy plans to dismantle ship that ran aground in Pacific

31 Jan

Originally posted on National Post | News:

HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy plans to dismantle a minesweeper that ran aground on a coral reef off the Philippines because the ship is a complete loss and because removing it intact would cause more damage to the reef and the ship’s hull, a spokesman said Wednesday.

There’s also a chance the USS Guardian might break up or sink if crews tried to remove it without taking it apart first, U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt. Darryn James said.

Limiting damage to the coral, which is part of a national marine park, is important to the Navy, James said.

“We really do care about being good stewards of the environment,” he said by telephone from Pacific Fleet headquarters in Pearl Harbor.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command / The Associated Press

Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command / The Associated Press

The Navy has presented the ship removal plan to the Philippines, which is reviewing it.

“We’re working very closely…

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Why the world’s biggest hedge fund missed big in 2012

25 Jan

Study Finds That We Still Believe Untruths Even After Instant Online Corrections

24 Jan

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

If you’ve ever wondered why birthers, inside jobbers, and other conspiracy theorists won’t simply take the truth at face value, two researchers at OSU have found that we tend to ignore – and reject – instant corrections to data.

The study, performed by R. Kelly Garrett and Brian Weeks, examined what happens when untruthful information is immediately corrected in a news story. While some programs claim to call out false information automatically, such systems make users “more resistant to factual information.” That’s right: the more truth we read, the more we tend to believe strongly-held lies.

“Humans aren’t vessels into which you can just pour accurate information,” said Garrett. “Correcting misperceptions is really a persuasion task. You have to convince people that, while there are competing claims, one claim is clearly more accurate.”

The scientists gave participants one of three pages of information about electronic health records (EHRs), a…

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Japan Confirms Dock on Washington Coast Is Tsunami Marine Debris

19 Jan

Originally posted on NOAA's Response and Restoration Blog:

A worker uses a 30% bleach spray to decontaminate the Japanese dock which made landfall on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula in December 2012.

January 3, 2013 — A worker uses a 30% bleach spray to decontaminate and reduce the spread of possible marine invasive species on the Japanese dock which made landfall on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula in December 2012. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife/Allen Pleus)

The Japanese Consulate has confirmed that a 65-foot, concrete-and-foam dock that washed ashore in Washington’s Olympic National Park in late December 2012 is in fact one of three* docks from the fishing port of Misawa, Japan. These docks were swept out to sea during the earthquake and tsunami off of Japan in March 2011, and this is the second dock to be located. The first dock appeared on Agate Beach near Newport, Ore., in June 2012.

Using our trajectory forecast model, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration helped predict the approximate location of the dock after an initial sighting reported it to be floating somewhere…

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Graphic: Out of Africa – Did the Colonial Powers ever Really Leave?

18 Jan

Originally posted on National Post | News:

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