Fourth former ST Marine exec charged with corruption; Norman Atlantic tow claims lives of two salvors

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Fourth former ST Marine exec charged with corruption

December 30, 2014—Another former executive of shipbuilder Singapore Technologies (ST) Marine has been charged with corruption. See Leong Teck, 64, who was President of ST Marine from December 1997 to February 2008, is the fourth executive to face charges after allegedly conspiring with others to pay bribes in exchange for ship repair contracts.

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Jangmi (South China Sea)

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When NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Jangmi on Dec. 30 at 12:50 a.m. EST the center of the storm had moved into the Sulu Sea, located to the west of the Philippines. Credit:
Image Credit: NASA/NRL

NASA Sees a Weaker Tropical Depression Jangmi Slide into Sulu Sea

Tropical storm Jangmi, known in the Philippines as “Seniang” weakened to a tropical depression as it moved into the Sulu Sea and NASA’s Aqua satellite captured an image of the storm that showed its eastern side was still affecting the central and northern Philippines on Dec. 30.

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Kate (Southern Indian Ocean)

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The TRMM satellite flew over Kate on Dec. 30, 2015 at 0542 UTC. Kate was generating heavy rain (1.2 inches per hour) north of the center (in red). TRMM data was overlaid on cloud images from Europe’s METEO-7 satellite.
Image Credit: NASA/JAXA/NRL

NASA Sees Heaviest Rainfall North of Tropical Cyclone Kate’s Eye

As Tropical Cyclone Kate continues moving southwest through the Southern Indian Ocean, NASA/JAXA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite passed overhead on Dec. 30 and measured the rainfall rates happening throughout the storm. Kate had strengthened since Dec. 29 and developed an eye.

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Operation SIRONA Task Force commences operations in fighting Ebola outbreak


Canadian Armed Forces personnel working with British forces in Sierra Leone

December 30, 2014

OTTAWA — In support of the Government of Canada’s response to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and following an acclimatization period, 37 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) health care and support staff commenced operations today in Kerry Town, Sierra Leone.

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Space Simulation Chamber Prepared for Testing Webb Telescope

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This photo was captured from outside the enormous mouth of NASA’s giant thermal vacuum chamber, called Chamber A, at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Previously used for manned spaceflight missions, this historic chamber is now filled with engineers and technicians preparing a lift system that will be used to hold the James Webb Space Telescope during testing.

The James Webb Space Telescope is the scientific successor to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. It will be the most powerful space telescope ever built. Webb is an international project led by NASA with its partners, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

> Related: Amazing View of Engineers Preparing NASA’s Gigantic Space Simulation Chamber for Massive Test

Image Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

HMCS Fredericton Deploys on Op REASSURANCE

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December 30, 2014

OTTAWA — The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence, today attended the deployment ceremony for Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Fredericton as it joins NATO measures to promote security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe in response to the Putin regime’s military aggression in Ukraine.The ship will replace HMCS Toronto, which has been part of Standing NATO Maritime Forces since August 2014.

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Book Review – The Roman Empire and the Indian Ocean, The Ancient World Economy & the Kingdoms of Africa, Arabia & India



This book will contain many surprises for most readers. The established wisdom of historians has concentrated on the Roman Navy operating in the Mediterranean and to a very limited extent between the British Isles and the European mainland. As with most civilizations of the Ancient World, the need for trade, and the advantage of rivers, lakes and oceans as highways, meant that travel by sea was far more common and extensive than most have been taught. Even far into history, true ocean voyages were undertaken, many being involuntary voyages resulting from violent storms, but many also being deliberate voyages of trade and exploration. Read this book and change your view of the importance and scope of maritime activity in Ancient Rome.