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2010-02-17 06:51:44

Officials said Tuesday that an anti-whaling activist from New Zealand is in custody on a Japanese vessel and will be taken to Japan to face charges after secretly boarding the ship as part of a protest. U.S. activist Peter Bethune jumped aboard the Shonan Maru 2 from a Jet Ski on Monday with the stated goal of making a citizen's arrest of the ship's captain and presenting him with a $3 million bill for the destruction of a protest ship last month. According to Fisheries Agency official...

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2010-02-11 07:45:56

A fisheries official announced Wednesday that Japan will propose scaling down its troubled annual whale hunt in Antarctica, on conditions that it is allowed to whale commercially in its own coastal waters. The official said that Tokyo plans to present its proposal to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Morocco in June, even though a similar plan was rejected last year by the 85-body nation. "We have been studying ways to reach a packaged agreement and to normalize the IWC...

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2010-02-07 10:55:00

Anti-whaling activists accused Japanese harpooners on Saturday of purposely ramming one of their ships and piercing its hull to further escalate the hostilities in Antarctic waters. According to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the harpoon ship Yushin Maru No. 3 collided with the Bob Barker during a clash off Cape Denley in Australian Antarctic waters, creating a three-foot four-inch deep hole above the waterline.  No one was injured. The head of the Sea Shepherd mission Paul...

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2010-01-20 07:45:00

As an ongoing whaling dispute between Japan and Australia heats up, lawmakers of Japan's ruling party are rethinking a possible defense logistics accord between the two nations, the AFP news agency reported.  The lawmakers' concerns follow harassment early this month by anti-whaling activists of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society of a Japanese whaling fleet on its annual hunt for hundreds of whales in Antarctic waters. Australia opposes the hunts, and has threatened international...

2010-01-08 18:17:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's attention was drawn this week to the shocking action of a Japanese whaling vessel, which rammed the Ady Gil, a sleek and speedy trimaran owned and operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, putting its crew members in danger of drowning and ultimately causing the craft to sink. The incident, which occurred January 5th in the Antarctic Marine Whale Sanctuary, brought up the subject of international agreements to limit the slaughter of...

2010-01-06 14:40:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, January 6, 2010 in the Southern Ocean, an ancillary vessel from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the Ady Gil, and the Japanese security ship, the Shonan Maru No. 2, physically collided, leaving the much smaller Ady Gil sinking and unsalvageable. According to the Sea Shepherds, the Japanese vessel rammed the Ady Gil while the Ady Gil was motionless. However, Japan's Institute for Cetacean Research reports that the Ady Gil collided with...

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2010-01-06 09:30:00

A technologically advanced powerboat whose goal was to distract and irritate Japanese whalers sustained heavy damage in its first swim Wednesday, severely raising hostilities between the warring groups. The Ady Gil trimaran was recruited by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society activists for this whaling season, and was inflicted with "catastrophic damage." The crew, who was launching stink bombs at the whalers, was not harmed and was picked up by Sea Shepherd's Bob Barker ship. Activists...

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2009-12-08 13:17:13

A futuristic powerboat left Australia on Tuesday en route to Antarctic seas on a mission to harass Japanese whalers. The vessel, named the "Ady Gil" is a futuristic looking boat that resembles something from a Batman film. It was named for the ships benefactor, Ady Gil, who helped acquire the vessel. On October 17, The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society unveiled the Ady Gil as its newest "ocean defense vessel." The boat was previously known as the Earthrace, after setting the world record for...

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2009-10-27 07:42:35

On Monday the Japanese head of state made a diplomatic but earnest plea for Netherlands' authorities to take punitive measures against a Dutch-registered sea vessel used by the radical environmentalist group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to harass Japanese whaling ships in the waters of the Antarctic. Shortly into his four-day trip to the country, newly-elected Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama met with Dutch premier Jan Peter Balkenende and made a direct request that his government...

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2009-08-04 12:25:19

A Modest Mouse music video Australian actor Heath Ledger directed before he died is to be released on the Internet. Ledger died last year of an accidental prescription drug overdose, leaving unfinished the animated King Rat video, which is intended to raise awareness about commercial whaling off the coast of Australia, the BBC said. A video company, in which the actor had been a partner, completed the clip in his honor and is set to debut it on iTunes Wednesday, with the first month's...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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