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

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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.

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Jangmi (South China Sea)

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NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of Tropical Storm Jangmi over the central and southern Philippines on Dec. 29 at 5:05 UTC.
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NASA Spots Tropical Storm Jangmi Moving into Sulu Sea

NASA’s Aqua satellite saw Tropical Storm Jangmi as it moved through the central and southern Philippines on Dec. 29. Jangmi is known locally in the Philippines as Tropical Storm Seniang.

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As ferry death toll rises, prosecutors start investigation; Appeals court reinstates U.S. case against Bollinger

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As ferry death toll rises, prosecutors start investigation

December 29, 2014—News agency ANSA reports Italian Premier Matteo Renzi as saying that the death toll in the Norman Atlantic ferry disaster has risen to five. Subsequently, the Italian Coast Guard said two more bodies had been found aboard the ship, bringing the total to seven. A fire broke out on a car deck before dawn Sunday as the Italian-flagged RoPax, owned by Vizemar di Navigazione, headed for Ancona, Italy, from Patras, Greece.

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Kate (Southern Indian Ocean)

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NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of Kate on Dec. 29 at 8:15 UTC and showed bands of thunderstorms were spiraling into the center of the storm, despite having weakened slightly from the previous day.
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Tropical Cyclone Kate peaked in strength on Dec. 28, and NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the storm on Dec. 29 as it began weakening over the open waters of the Southern Indian Ocean.

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