Diplomatic incident endangers Global Ocean Race team lives

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“Clubby the seal”, the mascotte on board “Financial Crisis”, last night
went off on a violent rampage after reading a media report calling him a
“soft toy”. The Global Ocean Race team of Marco Nannini and Paul Peggs
feared for their lives as they were held hostages for hours on their racing
yacht after the seemingly innocent looking seal lost its temper over the
media slander.

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China prepares to launch first space lab module this week

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The module will conduct docking experiments after entering orbit, which is the first step in China’s space station program.

Jiuquan, China (XNA) Sep 27, 2011

Engineers are conducting the final preparations before launching China’s first space laboratory module at the end of this week at a launch center in northwest China.

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UK’s first long-distance rail transport of salt moved from the Port of Southampton

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DB Schenker’s salt train is loaded at ABP’s aggregate rail terminal at the Port of Southampton

As the weather turns colder and transport operators once again begin preparations for another ‘big freeze’ this winter, Associated British Ports (ABP) has celebrated a double first in its bulk operations at the Port of Southampton. In a coup for both the port and rail industry, and working closely with customer Nationwide Gritting Services (NGS), rail operator DB Schenker Rail, and Southampton bulk terminal operator, Solent Stevedores, ABP Southampton has overseen the first long-distance rail shipments of salt from its newly-created aggregate rail terminal.

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Boeing Partners with Emirates Airlines and Non-Profits to Deliver Relief Supplies to Somalia

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) partnered with Emirates Airlines and non-profit organizations to transport relief supplies on board its newly delivered 777-300ER (Extended Range) to victims of the civil war in Somalia.

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Saudi Arabia gives boost to IMO Djibouti Code Trust Fund to combat piracy

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Saudi Arabia has made a significant contribution to the IMO Djibouti Code Trust Fund, giving a welcome boost to the IMO-led project to implement the Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden signed in Djibouti in January 2009 (Djibouti Code of Conduct).

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LINUX, Everything you need to get started with Ubuntu Linux

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This book is well written and illustrated, benefiting from the high production standard achieved by the publisher, and a very welcome coverage of the Linux operating system and associated topics. The book claims to offer everything necessary to getting started with Ubuntu Linux and this is a reasonable claim. The great feature of Ubuntu Linux is that most users will be able to do everything they ever wanted, without writing a line of code. This book, a computer and a copy of Ubuntu will open a new world without requiring any deep technical knowledge. In several respects it will require less time and energy than computers running Microsoft or Mac operating systems. All of that and its free of charge!!

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More Bad News for Italy and Greece

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More bad economic news for Italy and Greece. Satellite crop certification could lead to the EU cracking down on the widespread Common Agricultural Policy, CAP, fraud. It has long been common practice , particularly in Italy and Greece, to claim subsidies for crops that are never grown. The European Commission has turned a blind eye to this criminality but new satellite scanning facilities will provide the ammunition for MEPs who want to see the EU stamp out its widespread corruption.

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