The Lone Quark

30 November 2010

Somali pirate sentenced to 30 years in prison

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Somali Pirates

One of the pirates who attacked the USS Ashland last April was sentenced to prison for 30 years by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Jama Idle Ibrahim pleaded guilty to charges of attacking to plunder a vessel, committing an act of violence against persons on a vessel and the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

http://jurist.org/paperchase/2010/11/federal-judge-sentences-somali-pirate-to-30-years.php

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23 August 2010

The People of Pakistan Cry for Help

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Pakistani victims of the flooding are seated on the floor of a U.S. Army (CH-47) helicopter during the evacuation of civilians, as part of the disaster relief effort to help the flood victims from the town of Khyber, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (formerly North West Frontier Province), Pakistan, 5 Aug., 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Horace Murray)

Donate to the Flood Relief Fund at the US Department of State.

http://www.state.gov/pakistanrelief/

17 July 2010

Cool fern on a hot Florida summer day

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This fern was on the side of a nature trail in the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State ParkFern.

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7 May 2010

St George Ribbons

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UN’s Chief joins St. George’s ribbon campaign

Tag cloud: St. George’s ribbon , News, Russia, Society, World
7.05.2010, 14:40

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has joined the St. George’s ribbon campaign. He was given a black orange ribbon symbolizing the Victory Day in the Russian representative office in the UN in New York. Ban Ki-moon said he was happy to be among those whose fathers and grandfathers had made the main contribution to the Victory over Nazism. The St. George’s ribbon campaign was initiated in 2005. Then it was timed to the 60th anniversary of the Victory in Europe Day. Every year more and more people join it all over the world.

1 April 2010

Not even a full load of qat makes pirates this crazy

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USS Nicholas

USS Nicholas captures pirates who attacked it

Suspected Somali pirates fired on a U.S. Navy warship off East Africa early Thursday in what appeared to be a ransom-seeking attack on an American guided missile frigate, officials said.

25 March 2010

Commercial ship strikes back in

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Merchant ship strikes back

Private security guards protecting a commercial ship shot dead a Somali pirate Tuesday, the first recorded incident of its kind.


The pirate attack on the Panamanian-flagged MV Almezaan occurred off the coast of Somalia, and comes at a time when increasing numbers of commercial ships are hiring private armed security units to protect them during their passage through the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea.

Commercial ship strikes back in deadly shootout with Somali pirates / The Christian Science Monitor – CSMonitor.com.

6 February 2010

Bringing hope of survival – USNS Comfort

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USNS Comfort off the coast of Haiti after the Earthquake of 12 January 2010. Photo by David L. Ryan of the Boston Globe staff

Where hope floats

Aboard the Comfort, medical workers, many from Massachusetts, fight to bring healing and compassion to desperate Haitians.

The Boston Globe.

26 January 2010

Their Entire World Destroyed – Haiti

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A destroyed building leans over a street Thursday, January 14, in Port-au-Prince.

17 January 2010

Haiti information service – Thomson Reuters Foundation

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PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI, Jan 17 – The Thomson Reuters Foundation has today launched a first-of-its kind, free disaster-information service for the people of Haiti. The service allows survivors of Haiti’s earthquake to receive critical information by text message directly to their phones, free of charge.

Follow this link for directions to use the service.

A promise yet unfulfilled – Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

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In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963

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