October 24

Image of the Day: Let There Be Fireworks!

first_imgA huge crowd of local residents and visitors gathered along the harbor in in Bergen, Norway to enjoy the fireworks display celebrating Viking Star’s christening on May 17th.The Viking Star is the first ocean going cruise ship, owned by river cruise company Viking Cruises. The christening ceremony itself was a special treat for the local fans as it coincided with the celebration of Norway’s National Constitution Day.The ship, which is currently sailing the Baltic and Mediterranean, will be operated by Viking’s ocean division, named Viking Ocean Cruises.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Viking Cruiseslast_img read more

October 6

Annan deplores latest Israeli attack in Gaza refugee camp

“He is especially disturbed that the [Israel Defence Forces] IDF fired tank rounds and heavy machine gun fire at two schools,” a statement issued by a UN spokesman said, noting that one of the schools in the Rafah refugee camp is run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).So far in October, more than 50 Palestinians have been killed, including 15 children and three women, and nearly 300 injured, the overwhelming majority of them civilians, as a result of Israeli military actions, the statement noted.”The Secretary-General once again calls on the Government of Israel to halt such military actions in heavily populated areas and live up to its obligations under international humanitarian law to take special care to protect civilians, as well as to ensure the security of United Nations installations,” the statement said. “He reiterates his appeal to both sides to stop all acts of violence and provocation, as called for by the Security Council.” read more