Thursday, February 24, 2011
The world's largest floating bookfair making its maiden voyage to the region has cancelled its trip to Bahrain. The Logos Hope visited Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and was due to arrive in Bahrain from Qatar next week. It had planned to dock at Khalifa Bin Salman Port and open to the public from March 3 to March 8. A cultural music and dance concert, Melodies of Manama, had also been planned on board the ship in collaboration with the Bahrain Music Institute on March 5. Organisers said it was a difficult decision to make but due to the situation in the country and following advisories given by embassies they felt it was best not to visit Bahrain at this time. However, they said they planned to visit Bahrain again at a later date. Logos Hope was expecting to attract up to 50,000 people from Bahrain, including schools and the public.The Bahrain trip was to follow those by its sister ships Logos and Doulos, which have come to the country six times since 1971. Logos Hope, a much larger vessel, houses more than 7,000 titles and has around 400 people from 40 countries, including a school living on the ship. The book fair on board Logos Hope offers titles covering a range of subjects, including science, sports, hobbies, cookery, the arts, medicine, dictionaries, languages, and philosophy. Logos Hope is operated by GBA Ships, an international, charitable organisation registered in Germany. In almost 40 years of service, the organisation has welcomed 40 million visitors up the gangways in more than 160 countries and territories around the world.
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Greenpeace Terrorists Who Boarded Ship Arrested
The Greenpeace terrorists who boarded a ship in a bid to prevent it from unloading 10,000 tonnes of palm kernel at Port Taranaki have all been arrested. Five Greenpeace terrorists boarded the MV Great Motion at about 9am on Saturday in an attempt to stop it from unloading 10,000 tonnes of palm kernel. Palm kernel is used as supplementary feed for cows. Greenpeace claims it is linked to deforestation and destruction of peatland. Greenpeace says it wants the Government to put a stop to Fonterra's increasing use of palm kernel.The terrorists tied themselves to the vessel's anchor chain or locked themselves inside crane houses. Police say all five terrorists were arrested at about 8pm and they have been charged with unlawfully being on a boat. They will appear in court next week. Agriculture Minister David Carter said he respects the Greenpeace stance on deforestation, but accusations that New Zealand farmers are contributing to deforestation by using palm kernel are false.