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May 10, 2016

ICIJ reveal online database of 320,000 Panama Papers offshore entities

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ICIJ reveal online database of 320,000 Panama Papers offshore entities

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists ( ICIJ ) have published information on almost 320,00 offshore entities that are a part of the Panama Papers and the Offshore Leaks investigations. According to ICIJ “The data covers nearly 40 years up to the end of 2015 and links to people and companies in more than 200 countries and territories.”

The database became accessible at 18:00 GMT or 4:00am AEST at the website offshoreleaks.icij.org

The documents name assets of politicians as well as national leaders and celebrities. The database reveals more than 200,000 Panamanian shell companies. Although Shell companies aren’t illegal, and can be used for legitimate purposes, they can also be used to hide identities of their owners for illegal uses.

The ICIJ hopes to increase public awareness of the way offshore banking allows wealthier citizens to evade taxes. The ICIJ is a group of reporters and editors based in more than 80 countries.

The Offshore Leaks Database provide a disclaimer that they “do not intend to suggest or imply that any persons, companies or other entities included in the ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database have broken the law or otherwise acted improperly.”

The anonymous whistleblower “John Doe”, behind the leak of the Panama Papers, spoke for the first time in a 1800-word stamens titled “The revolution Will Be Digitized” earlier this month. The anonymous source wrote “ The horrific magnitude of detriment to the world should shock us all awake. But when it takes a whistleblower to sound the alarm, it is cause for even greater concern.”



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April 21, 2014

Wikinews interviews Paúl M. Velazco about new yellow-shouldered bat species

Wikinews interviews Paúl M. Velazco about new yellow-shouldered bat species

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Paul Velazco with a Vampyrum spectrum.
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Distribution range of species formerly ascribed to Sturnira lilium (gray tone) and the type localities (stars) of species in the S. lilium complex.
Image: Paúl M. Velazco.

Scientists at Chicago‘s Field Museum and New York‘s American Museum of Natural History have discovered three new species of yellow-shouldered bats, genus Sturnira, in the Neotropics. On Wednesday open-access journal ZooKeys published their paper on two of the new species, Sturnira bakeri and Sturnira burtonlimi. The two new species were previously confused with S. ludovici, and S. lilium and S. luisi, respectively. With the discovery, genus Sturnira now has the most species of any genus in family Phyllostomidae, the leaf-nosed bats.

Species S. bakeri was named after Dr. Robert J. Baker, who “has made enormous contributions to our [Authors of the ZooKey paper] understanding of bats, particularly to the evolution of Neotropical phyllostomids”; and S. burtonlimi after Dr. Burton K. Lim, who “collected the type series of this species and has made many other important collections throughout the Neotropics and beyond”, the authors noted in the paper.

Within the New World tropics, the distribution range of the genus, the new species’ known living areas are in Costa Rica and Panama for S. burtonlimi, and Western Ecuador for S. bakeri. The researchers identified differences between different specimens, including those in their teeth, skull shapes, and DNA sequences.

Wikinews interviewed one of the chiropterologists, Paúl M. Velazco of the American Museum of Natural History, about the study.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png The Sturnira genus now has 22 species, over 1.5 times larger than it was a year ago (14 species). Who contributed to this change? Did you participate throughout the entire process, or only the discovery of the last 2 species?

Paúl M. Velazco: The last Mammal Species of the World (Simmons, 2005) recognized 14 species for Sturnira. Since then three new species have been described [S. sorianoi Sánchez-Hernández et al., 2005; S. koopmanhilli McCarthy et al., 2006; and S. perla Jarrín-V. and Kunz, 2011] and one subspecies was elevated to the species level (S. hondurensis) by Gardner (2008). This brought the number of species of Sturnira to 18 by 2011. Along with my coauthor Bruce Patterson, we generated the most comprehensive phylogeny of the genus. For this we sequenced two nuclear and three mitochondrial genes from the liver or muscle tissue that had been frozen or preserved from each bat specimen, isolating nearly 5,000 base pairs of DNA. These sequences were obtained from specimens we have collected in the past (38) and from tissues we borrowed from different natural history collections. We published this phylogeny last year in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Results of this study found that two subspecies of Sturnira lilium should be recognized as valid species (S. parvidens and S. paulsoni). Additionally we found three new species, two of them described in the ZooKeys paper. The third one hopefully will be published later this year.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png The genus is called Sturnira Gray in the paper. I’ve not seen extra adjectives in genus names, before. What is the context for such name?

PMV: Usually in papers that deal with taxonomy and nomenclature, the first time that a genus or species is mentioned in text is accompanied by the authority that describes that taxon. In the case of Sturnira, it was Gray in 1842 that named the genus.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What caused your initial interest in the question in the genus? When did you become interested?

PMV: I have been studying bats for the past eighteen years and I am especially interested in the family Phyllostomidae that is endemic to the Neotropics. This family includes more than 160 species. It is the most diverse family of bats in the Neotropics, which together exhibits more variation in morphological features and feeding ecology than any other family-level group of mammals. Phyllostomid bats exploit an unusually diverse array of feeding habits including sanguivory, insectivory, carnivory, omnivory, nectarivory, pollennivory, and frugivory. Because of all mentioned before, phyllostomids are a really interesting group to work with. Sturnira and Platyrrhinus are members of this family.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png The paper mentions that the genus is now the most speciose genus in the Neotropical family Phyllostomidae. What genus did it beat? How many species does it include?

PMV: The other genus with the most species in the family is Platyrrhinus. Currently, it has 20 species, but soon it will increase to 21. Along with another colleague, Burton Lim, we have a paper in press describing a new species based on molecular and morphological data from the Guianan Shield.

Dorsolateral views of the left mandibular toothrows in Sturnira bakeri (A, QCAZ 14635 ♀) and S. burtonlimi (B, ROM 104294 ♂), illustrating taxonomic differences in the shape of the metaconid and entoconid of m1 and m2.
Image: Paúl M. Velazco.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What equipment did you use?

PMV: For the ZooKeys paper, we examined several specimens under the stereoscope. The molecular phylogeny gave us the separation between species, from there our job was to focus on finding morphological differences between these groups.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Did you conduct field study to identify the species’ habits? If so, where and how did you do that?

PMV: I have done fieldwork in Belize and Peru, and my coauthor did field work in Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru, where we collected several specimens of Sturnira (including the third species that has not been described yet). But the two species that were described in the ZooKeys paper are based on specimens collected by our colleagues Dr. Robert Baker from Texas Tech University and Dr. Burton Lim from the Royal Ontario Museum.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How do you isolate of the living area of the new species from the living area of the old species?

PMV: We used the phylogeny of Velazco and Patterson 2013 (Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution) as a framework for this.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How long did the study take? What has been the most time-consuming activity?

PMV: It took almost a year. The most time consuming part was spending several hours behind the stereoscope looking for the diagnostic characters.

Sturnira tildae
Image: Burton K. Lim.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Who participated in the study? What were their roles?

PMV: Dr. Bruce Patterson from the [American] Museum of Natural History and I. I was the one in charge of finding the diagnostic characters and together we both worked on the manuscript.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Who do you collaborate with internationally about your study?

PMV: For this study I collaborated directly with Dr. Bruce Patterson from the Field Museum of Natural History, but studies like this cannot be completed without the contribution of scientific collections. We used specimens from the American Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Louisiana State University, Museum of Southwestern Biology, Museo de Historia Natural de la Universidad Nacional de San Marcos, Museo de Zoología of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley, Royal Ontario Museum, Texas Tech University, and the National Museum of Natural History.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What future research do you plan?

PMV: To keep doing what I love, which is going to the field, working at collections, and collaborating with the wonderful collaborators I have, all of this is an effort to try to understand bat diversity and evolution in the Neotropics, especially why phyllostomid bats are so successful at this. There is still much to discover, and hopefully we could, in time, implement conservation actions for species that have small distributions.



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May 13, 2012

The May 7-13 week in baseball

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

It’s been a busy week for baseball. Wikinews takes a look at some of the sport’s top stories over the last week.

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Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels suspended for five games

In a game last Sunday Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, who intentionally struck Nationals rookie hitter Bryce Harper earned a 5 game suspension from Major League Baseball for his actions following a post-game confession during an interview. Hamels described his HBP as an “old-school” ritual-of-passage to welcome Harper to the MLB, saying “That’s something I grew up watching, that’s kind of what happened. So I’m just trying to continue the old baseball because I think some people are kind of getting away from it. I remember when I was a rookie the strike zone was really, really small and you didn’t say anything because that’s the way baseball is … But I think unfortunately the league’s protecting certain players and making it not that old-school, ‘prestigious’ way of baseball”.

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Carlos Zambrano scores his first Marlins win/shutout

This past Monday at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Venezuelan baseball pitcher Carlos Zambrano earned a win against Houston Astros in a shutout, his first ‘w’ since his off-season trade from the Chicago Cubs to the Miami Marlins. Zambrano dealt with various disciplinary incidents during his Chicago tenure, including some brawls with teammates, which led Chicago to unload him. Since arriving in Miami, he has had no disciplinary problems.

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Josh Hamilton reached the 5-hit club, including record-tying 4 home runs

During Tuesday’s 10-3 road win against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Texas Rangers baseball player Josh Hamilton took the rare feat of hitting 4 home runs in a same MLB game, the hitter first to achieve this feat since 2003 when Toronto Blue Jays Carlos Delgado hitter accomplished it. His quality hitting continued in the game with a double, and finishing the game five hits.

Hamilton struggled with drinking affairs before and during his MLB career (for more, see Wikipedia’s article about the player).

In 2007 Hamilton played with Cincinnati, before being traded to Texas. After the game, the MLB leading home run hitter had hit 14 home runs, accumulated 36 runs batted in and held a .406 hitting average for the season, improving his career record to 128 home runs, 453 runs batted in and a .311 hitting average.

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Wednesday pro Domincan baseball news

Dean Treanor, who manages in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, has signed with the Licey Tigers in the Dominican League as their coach for the upcoming season. This news comes on the back of the league announcing next season’s schedule, with the season including 50 games per team.

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Diagnosis of Mariano Rivera’s season-ending injury

Past Wednesday, Panamanian player Mariano Rivera received his diagnosis: it is a leg coagulum. The Panama City native is the MLB all-time saves leader with 608, apart of having 1,119 strikeouts and a 2.21 ERA.

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Josh Beckett in jeopardy

Boston Red Sox’s Josh Beckett was put in a controversy after playing a golf round during an injury recovering. Last Thursday, Josh Beckett was victim of a first and second innings of a fierce offense from his home game’s rivals (the Cleveland Indians), at Fenway Park.

The perfomance was made after a pre-game tribute to car-crash died Fenway Park PA annoncer Carl Beane.

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May 7-13 baseball week roundup

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

It’s been a busy week for baseball. Wikinews takes a look at some of the sport’s top stories over the last week.

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Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels suspended for five games

In a game last Sunday Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, who intentionally struck Nationals rookie hitter Bryce Harper earned a 5 game suspension from Major League Baseball for his actions following a post-game confession during an interview. Hamels described his HBP as an “old-school” ritual-of-passage to welcome Harper to the MLB, saying “That’s something I grew up watching, that’s kind of what happened. So I’m just trying to continue the old baseball because I think some people are kind of getting away from it. I remember when I was a rookie the strike zone was really, really small and you didn’t say anything because that’s the way baseball is … But I think unfortunately the league’s protecting certain players and making it not that old-school, ‘prestigious’ way of baseball”.

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Carlos Zambrano scores his first Marlins win/shutout

This past Monday at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Venezuelan baseball pitcher Carlos Zambrano earned a win against Houston Astros in a shutout, his first ‘w’ since his off-season trade from the Chicago Cubs to the Miami Marlins. Zambrano dealt with various disciplinary incidents during his Chicago tenure, including some brawls with teammates, which led Chicago to unload him. Since arriving in Miami, he has had no disciplinary problems.

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Josh Hamilton reached the 5-hit club, including record-tying 4 home runs

During Tuesday’s 10-3 road win against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Texas Rangers baseball player Josh Hamilton took the rare feat of hitting 4 home runs in a same MLB game, the hitter first to achieve this feat since 2003 when Toronto Blue Jays Carlos Delgado hitter accomplished it. His quality hitting continued in the game with a double, and finishing the game five hits.

Hamilton struggled with drinking affairs before and during his MLB career (for more, see Wikipedia’s article about the player).

In 2007 Hamilton played with Cincinnati, before being traded to Texas. After the game, the MLB leading home run hitter had hit 14 home runs, accumulated 36 runs batted in and held a .406 hitting average for the season, improving his career record to 128 home runs, 453 runs batted in and a .311 hitting average.

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Wednesday pro Domincan baseball news

Dean Treanor, who manages in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, has signed with the Licey Tigers in the Dominican League as their coach for the upcoming season. This news comes on the back of the league announcing next season’s schedule, with the season including 50 games per team.

Sources

Diagnosis of Mariano Rivera’s season-ending injury

Past Wednesday, Panamanian player Mariano Rivera received his diagnosis: it is a leg coagulum. The Panama City native is the MLB all-time saves leader with 608, apart of having 1,119 strikeouts and a 2.21 ERA.

Sources

Josh Beckett in jeopardy

Boston Red Sox’s Josh Beckett was put in a controversy after playing a golf round during an injury recovering. Last Thursday, Josh Beckett was victim of a first and second innings of a fierce offense from his home game’s rivals (the Cleveland Indians), at Fenway Park.

The perfomance was made after a pre-game tribute to car-crash died Fenway Park PA annoncer Carl Beane.

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November 15, 2010

Somali piracy: Kenyan navy kills three, Chinese ship hijacked, British couple freed

Somali piracy: Kenyan navy kills three, Chinese ship hijacked, British couple freed

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Monday, November 15, 2010

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Three pirates were killed late Friday during a presumed attack in error, while other pirates successfully hijacked the Yuan Xiang, a Panamanian-flagged vessel with an all-Chinese crew, and a media embargo was lifted regarding the release of a British couple whose yacht was seized more than a year ago over the weekend.

At 11 p.m. on Friday a Kenyan patrol vessel was near Kilifi in Kenyan coastal waters “when four suspected Somali pirates on board a speed boat climbed the vessel, mistaking it for a merchant vessel,” according to Kenyan Defence Department spokesman Bogita Ongeri. He said three were shot dead but the fourth “dived into the sea with bullet wounds during the scuffle,” and is thought to have died. The speed boat with more pirates on board fled, the three bodies were taken to Coast General Hospital, Mombassa.

Ongeri promised more details after discussions with the vessel’s captain adding, “[t]he government will not relent in its fight against piracy.” Kenya, along with the Seychelles, performs international prosecutions of pirates, but convictions are rarely secured; 26 suspects were freed last week by Kenya owing to lack of evidence or jurisdiction.

Andrew Mwangura of the Seafarers’ Assistance Program said Saturday, “I can confirm the pirates hijacked Yuan Xiang on Friday at midnight Kenyan time in the Arabian Sea near India. The vessel has 29 Chinese crew.” The Yuan Xiang was sailing outside the zone covered by a multinational task force combating piracy. Reports suggest its captors are heading to Somalia.

Retired British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler were released after their yacht Lynn Rival was captured near the Seychelles en-route to Tanzania 388 days ago, in October 2009. An injunction prevented reporting the release until 56-year-old Rachel and 60-year-old Paul, from Kent, were out of Somalia.

“Men with guns came aboard,” Paul told ITV News over the phone a week after their capture. “Then we were forced to sail … toward Somalia.” The seizure was witnessed by UK refueling ship RFA Wave Knight but they were not helped for fear their lives would be endangered. “This is not piracy and must not be reported as such,” Paul said in custody. “It is kidnapping and extortion and even torture.” It is unclear if money changed hands; US$7 million was originally demanded but UK government policy forbids ransom payments. “We’re fine,” said Paul. “We’re rather skinny and bony but we’re fine.”

New figures show 790 people have been kidnapped by Somali pirates this year, on course to beat last year’s record of 867. Of these, 435 remain hostage. Dr Alex Coutroubis and George Kiourktsoglou of London’s University of Greenwich say crews are repelling more attacks, and attackers have responded with increased violence. “As it gets harder for pirates to capture ships, the Somali gangs are more likely to fire at sailors with automatic weapons in order to force vessels to stop”. Some tankers have had rocket propelled grenades fired at them.

Last year saw 217 hijack attempts. This year, to date, 140, and 40 ships seized – versus 47 for the whole of 2009.



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  • “Somali pirates threaten to kill British hostages in days” — Wikinews, January 23, 2010

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July 2, 2009

Honduras interim government rejects orders to reinstate deposed president

Honduras interim government rejects orders to reinstate deposed president

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

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The interim government of Honduras has rejected calls from the Organization of American States (OAS) and other governments to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya, who was forced out of the country on Sunday in what has been labelled a military coup.

The Organization of American States, which includes all 35 independent states of North and South America, has refused to recognize the legitimacy of the newly-installed Honduran government. On Wednesday, the organization threatened to suspend the country’s membership if Zelaya was not reinstated within 72 hours.

Manuel Zaleya plans to return to Honduras within three days.
Image: Marcello Casal Jr, Agência Brasil.

The Honduran government has defied these threats, saying there is “no chance at all” of Zelaya’s return to the presidency. “We are not negotiating national sovereignty or the presidency,” said Enrique Ortez, interim foreign minister. Roberto Micheletti, president of the interim government, says he “won’t allow for people to call this a coup. This was a constitutional succession that happened after the Supreme Court took action.”

Micheletti vowed to prosecute Zelaya under charges of treason and abuse of power if he returns to Honduras. Zelaya was accused of breaching the constitution by attempting to extend his term limits. He was arrested after the Supreme Court overturned his decision to fire the armed forces commander.

“Zelaya will be met by justice,” Micheletti told reporters on Wednesday. “We would be open to dialogue but there are separate measures in our justice system that will deal with him.”

Zelaya, who was flown to Costa Rica after being ousted and is now in Panama, plans to return to Honduras at the end of the three-day deadline. The Honduran ambassador to Panama, Juan Alfaro Posadas, said that Zelaya is willing to appear in court and cooperate with the interim government. “What he wants is unity … he is willing to negotiate because he doesn’t want a divided country,” Posadas said.

At an emergency session of the OAS, all other member states were in agreement over their refusal to recognize the Honduran government. Although Micheletti counts Israel and Taiwan as his supporters, a United Nations General Assembly resolution called for Zelaya’s reinstatement and asked all countries to refrain from legitimizing Micheletti’s presidency.

The United States has canceled its joint military operations with Honduras, and it plans to decide next week whether to cut off all aid to the country. Although the Obama administration has condemned the new government’s actions, State Department officials say they want the OAS to play a larger role in mediation. “The multi-lateral route is the way to go,” said State Department spokesman Ian Kelly.

Advancing the November 29 general election to an earlier date is an option Micheletti is considering to ease strife.



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March 28, 2009

Somali pirates seize two European tankers, Seychelles yacht

Somali pirates seize two European tankers, Seychelles yacht

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

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Pirates in Somalia have seized two European tankers within twenty-four hours. In the same time frame three other vessels escaped and a yacht which disappeared after departing the Seychelles has been reported as hijacked.

Yesterday MV Nipayia, a 9,000-ton tanker owned by Athens, Greece-based Lotus Shipping and flagged in Panama, was seized. The vessel has eighteen crew members from the Philippines and a captain from Russia. She was hijacked 380 miles from Hobyo.

Early today the MV Bow Asir, a 23,000-ton oil and chemicals tanker, was also seized in the same area, a 750,000 square mile ocean expanse near the Gulf of Aden. The vessel is owned by the Isle of Man’s Star Tankers and is managed by Norwegian firm Salhus Shipping. There are conflicting crew numbers of 23 or 27 crew on board, but it is known that five of these are Polish and the captain is Russian.

Salhus was alerted at 0729GMT by the Bahamas-flagged ship that two small boats were chasing the vessel; at 0745GMT another message said they had boarded and three hours later an email confirmed the ship had been seized. There are sixteen to eighteen pirates on board, armed with machine guns.

The Seychelles’ state broadcaster reported yesterday that a small yacht from the islands is thought to have been seized. The Serenity, with two people from the Seychelles on board, departed the nation on February 28 and headed into the Indian Ocean. The ship never arrived at her destination of Madagascar. Nothing has been heard from the ship since she left port.

Three other ships were also targeted in two separate failed attacks yesterday. At 0907GMT MV Explorer III and MV Ocean Explorer stated that two small boats were chasing them. The ships were able to outrun the pirates. Later, at 2055GMT, the MV FD Gennaro Aurilia increased speed after a fishing boat began to approach. The master radioed nearby warships for help, after which the boat turned off its light and retreated.



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February 15, 2009

Japanese tanker MV Chemstar Venus freed by Somali pirates

Japanese tanker MV Chemstar Venus freed by Somali pirates

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

MV Chemstar Venus, a chemical tanker flagged in Panama and owned by a Japanese firm, has been freed by pirates in Somalia. The vessel has a crew of 23 and a cargo of chemicals that has not been identified.

The ship was seized on November 15 and has a crew of five South Koreans and eighteen Filipinos. She was released Thursday, with the news announced Friday by an anonymous diplomat in Nairobi, Kenya. It is unclear if a ransom was paid.

There has recently been a sharp rise in pirate attacks after a lull in January, thought to be a result of a combination of stormy weather finally subsiding and pirates seeking to replenish their stock of captive vessels after seven recent releases. Six ships were attacked across Wednesday and Thursday.

A Russian battlecruiser named after Peter the Great detained ten suspected pirates who were moving in on a fishing trawler registered in Iran. They seized drugs, rifles and a large amount of cash and military prosecutors are now interviewing the men.



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May 31, 2008

Helicopter crash in Panama kills Chilean police chief and ten others

Helicopter crash in Panama kills Chilean police chief and ten others

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

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  • 15 November 2010: Somali piracy: Kenyan navy kills three, Chinese ship hijacked, British couple freed
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Gen. José Alejandro Bernales

A helicopter named SAN-100 crashed Thursday at 14:00 local time (09:00 UTC) on a roof in Banana Price, Calidonia, Panama City, Panama. The crash was a block from by Q street and Central Avenue. The crash also started a small fire. Of the 12 people aboard, half of whom were Chilean federal police officers and the other half Panamanian police officers, only Hernaldo Carrasco, the co-pilot, survived.

It is feared that civilians on the ground may have died, but as of yet there is no official death toll of non-passengers. Jose Bernales, the commander of IV region, and his wife also died in the crash.

The SAN-100 has been operated for 35 years and belongs to Panama. “It was a flying relic,” said Omar Torrijos Pauzner, the brother of Panama’s president. According to local TV channel Telemetro, the helicopter was used in Vietnam War, and the United States gave it to Panama after the war. Telemetro also reported the chopper had a broken part that was due to be replaced on June 4.

Martin Torrijos, Panama’s President, communicated his sympathies to Chile and paid particular tribute to Bernales for his support of the Panamanian police force.



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May 30, 2008

A helicopter fell in Calidonia, Panama. A Chilenian carabinero\’s Commander and his wife died.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

A helicopter named SAN-100 fell yesterday at 14:00 local time (09:00 UTC) at Panama Price, Calidonia, Panama City. Whenever it crashed it set a fire. The were 12 people within the vehicle, one only survived (Hernaldo Carrasco co-pilot), there is suspected that civilian died, but there is not official death toll of non passangers, becuase there were not identified any other corpse.

Commander of IV region, Jose Bernales and his wife also died in this tragic event. His death causes mourning in Chilean people.

SAN-100 was very old, it belonged to Panama for 35 years: “It was a flying relic”, Torrijos Paunzer (Panamanian president’s brother) said. According telemetro (a local TV channel), it was used in Vietnam war, and US gave it to Panama, also it broadcasts that the chopper needed a broken part that would be placed “urgently” in June,the 4th, 2008.

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  • Writing Commitee “Tragedy in Calidonia (Spanish)”. La Presna, May 30, 2008
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