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Japan: Anti-Whaling Activist to be Questioned in Japan for Boarding Ship

Feb 16, 2010 — Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano told a news conference Tuesday that Japan is going to bring Sea Shepherd Conservation Society activist Peter Bethune to Japan for questioning over his secret boarding of the Japanese security vessel Shonan Maru No. 2. Bethune boarded the Shonan Maru No. 2 Sunday and demanded that Japan repay him for the loss of the anti-whaling vessel Ady Gil, which Bethune claims the Shonan Maru No. 2 rammed and sank last month.

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Georgia Port Authority Chooses CIBER for Security Contract

Feb 16, 2010 — CIBER Federal announced today (2/16) that it has been selected to provide the Georgia Port Authority (GPA) with various security systems and services, including integrated and comprehensive video surveillance, wireless communications, radar, TWIC compliant access control, and a Command & Control solution for the port.

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Haiti: U.S. on Alert for Increased Illegal Migration from Haiti

Feb 13, 2010 — According to this U.S. Coast Guard news release, in light of last month's earthquake in Haiti, the U.S. Government is on alert to the possibility of increased illegal migration from the devastated island nation. This statement was made in conjunction with news that the Coast Guard repatriated 78 Haitian nationals to Cap Haitien on Thursday (2/11). These illegal migrants had come from a "grossly overloaded" vessel discovered by the Royal Bahamian Defense Force last Saturday.

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Antarctica: Another Violent Conflict Between Whalers and Activists

Feb 12, 2010 — Japanese whalers and militant anti-whaling activist from Sea Shepherd clashed again last night in the Southern Ocean. It is not clear who attacked first, but by all accounts the skirmish was very intense and multiple boats on both sides were involved. On its side, Sea Shepherd describes the incident as a "five-hour battle" that involved water canons and rotten butter bombs. The Japanese whalers on the other hand say the Sea Shepherd boats attacked with lasers and "butyric-acid projectiles" that injured three sailors.

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Tug Boat Sinks in Houston Ship Channel, One Missing

Feb 11, 2010 — The J.R. Nichols, a 54-foot tug boat owned by Kinder Morgan, sank with five people on board Wednesday night near the Sims Bayou turning basin in the Houston Ship Channel. Four crewmembers were rescued and one is still missing. The U.S. Coast Guard, in conjunction with a Houston Police Department Dive Team and the Texas General Land Office, continue to respond to the accident Thursday (2/11).

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