Archive for 03/09/2012

gCaptain –

The captain of a cargo ship has been arrested in Northern Ireland after authorities found him to be drunk when his ship collided with a much larger passenger ferry.

The collision occurred near the mouth of Belfast Lough at about 7:45 pm local time between the 1,543 gross ton M/V Union Moon and the 21,856 gross ton Stena Feronia passenger ferry.

Lifeboats from the Bangor and Donaghadee Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), who were on a training exercise nearby, quickly rushed to the scene to assess the damage.

The Stena Feronia escaped with relatively minor damage above the water line and a bit of scare for the 51 passengers that were inbound from Liverpool to Belfast. Luckily no injuries were reported.

The M/V Union Moon on the other hand did not fare so well. Not only did the vessel sustain extensive damage to its bow in the collision, but the captain was arrested after failing a breathalyzer test.

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Nat Bromhead –

The Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is embroiled in a brutal custody battle.

Gloving up in one corner are the resource giants, billion-dollar corporations who employ thousands and insist upon their solid stewardship of the living treasure.

Opposing them are grassroots green groups, adamant the reef’s survival is in the balance.

The referee is a team of UNESCO delegates, who fly into Mackay today to continue their investigation into the state of the reef.

The “reactive monitoring mission” comes after the organisation expressed concerns over the environmental impact of coal and gas ports.

At risk is the reef’s World Heritage listing, with green groups worried it may be re-classified as “in danger”.

Patricia Julian, of the Mackay Conservation Group, said a change in status would be “a national embarrassment”.

“The concern is it could be put on the danger list as a high-watch zone,” she said. Conservation groups will gather at Louisa Creek this morning in a show of support.

The Greens candidate for Mirani Christine Carlisle said the group would be erecting protest signs that could be seen from the air as the UNESCO delegates flew over the area.

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Courier Mail – 

Gabe Watson says he keeps a photo of his deceased wife next to that of his new wife.

Mr Watson, acquitted last week in sensational circumstances at his Alabama murder trial, opened up in two separate interviews in the US yesterday after keeping silent since his first wife, Tina Thomas Watson, was found dead on their 2003 Queensland honeymoon scuba dive.

In 2006, Mr Watson began dating Alabama school teacher Kim Lewis and they married in 2008, with some media reports describing her as a “lookalike” to Ms Thomas.

In an interview with his local newspaper, the Birmingham News, Mr Watson said he “never saw” Ms Lewis as a lookalike and revealed he keeps photos of Ms Thomas and Ms Lewis in his home office.

“Kim’s been very accepting of my past,” Mr Watson said.

“She knows that Tina and I were crazy in love and she doesn’t make me have to forget that.

“In the other interview, aired on America’s ABC TV network, Mr Watson attempted to explain some of the unanswered questions about how Ms Thomas, his wife of just 11 days, ended up dead at the bottom of the Coral Sea.

Mr Watson and Ms Thomas boarded the luxury dive vessel Spoilsport at Townsville on October 21, 2003 for a seven-day honeymoon cruise of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, with the first stop the SS Yongala shipwreck.

The murder trial, held in Birmingham, Alabama, heard Ms Thomas was inexperienced, with just 11 dives in a flooded Alabama quarry, while the Yongala dive, with a strong current, was for experienced divers.

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