Archive for 12/07/2011

gCaptain – 

A woman has plunged to her death on the RMS Queen Mary, the legendary (and haunted) ocean liner permanently docked in Long Beach.

The accident happened at approximately 8:00 pm last night as the woman was leaving a bar located onboard the ship with her husband.

The woman was reportedly seen climbing on a railing prior to the fall and initial reports have indicated that the she was likely intoxicated at the time of the accident.

Reuters has reported that the woman’s husband and a crewmember jumped in after her and were found swimming in the water when officers arrived.

Besides once being a former troopship during WWII, and at one time the flagship of one of the cruise industry’s most legendary companies, Cunard Line, the Queen Mary is said be teaming with paranormal activity.

Stories of hearing children crying and splashing in the pool areas are frequent.

In 1966, an engineer was crushed by a watertight door in the engine room during a fire drill, and his ghost still haunts the ship to today.

So, was this just an unfortunate accident or does the legend of the Queen Mary hauntings continue to grow ?

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The Jakarta Post – 

Authorities say piranhas attacked and killed a young man who leaped into a river infested with the flesh-eating fish in northeastern Bolivia.

Daniel Cayaya is a police official in the small city of Guayaramerin.

He tells The Associated Press that the 18-year-old man was drunk when he mped out of a canoe in the nearby town of Rosario del Yata, 400 miles (640 kilometers) north of the capital of La Paz.

Cayaya says the man bled to death after the attack, which occurred last Thursday.

First word of the incident emerged Tuesday, when it was reported by the Erbol radio station.

Cayaya says the police suspect suicide because the man was a fisherman in the region who knew the Yata river well.

Robert Monroe –

The oceans between Japan and the Horn of Africa include disputed territorial waters, pirate-infested regions where insurers refuse to cover Scripps Institution of Oceanography research vessels, and coastlines experiencing the world’s most tangible effects of climate change.

These conditions put our nation’s security at risk. And in these troubled waters, Scripps and the U.S. Navy are finding an ever-growing number of reasons to help each other navigate through difficult passages.

An Oct. 24 meeting between Adm. Robert Willard, the Hawaii-based commander of the United States Pacific Command (a joint command overseeing efforts of all branches of the U.S. military), and scientists at the Scripps campus revealed several areas of common interest.

With its size and Pacific coast location, the Scripps research fleet operates in an area with boundaries that neatly overlap with the Pacific Command’s region.

The potential for Scripps to collect vital ocean data through Navy-directed projects is possibly greater than ever before, even though the two entities share a long history.

It dates back to before World War II, when Scripps research vessel E.W. Scripps was pressed into service for naval operations.

Scripps researchers helped the Navy make tide and wave predictions prior to amphibious assaults in World War II theaters spreading from Africa to Normandy. During the Cold War, Scripps marine acoustics experts helped develop technologies to enable detection of enemy submarines and ships.

Recently, Office of Naval Research funding led to the creation of portable meteorological stations designed at Scripps and deployed in Afghanistan. In total last year, Scripps performed $30 million worth of research for the Navy.

Much of the work was directly supported by the Department of Defense to meet future naval needs. Scripps Director Tony Haymet hopes the institution can contribute more to Navy research needs that are specific to the Pacific region.

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