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Panama Detains NKorea-Flagged Ship; Seizes Weapons.

PANAMA CITY — Panama has detained a North Korean-flagged ship coming from Cuba as it approached the Panama Canal with undeclared weapons, President Ricardo Martinelli said.

The weapons, hidden in containers of brown sugar, were detected after Panamanian authorities stopped the ship, suspecting it was carrying drugs. The vessel was pulled over near the port of Manzanillo on the Atlantic side of the canal.

“We’re going to keep unloading the ship and figure out exactly what was inside,” Martinelli told Panamanian television late on Monday, without giving further details.”You cannot go around shipping undeclared weapons of war through the Panama Canal.”

Martinelli said the captain of the vessel tried to commit suicide after the ship was stopped. Panamanian authorities have detained some 35 crew members.

A spokeswoman for the canal said she did not have any more information and referred questions to the attorney general.

The attorney general’s office did not immediately return requests for comment.

Javier Caraballo, Panama’s top anti-drugs prosecutor, told local television the ship was en route to North Korea.

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While Titanic Sank, John Harper Preached.

While Titanic Sank, John Harper PreachedThe clear April night sky was filled with sparkling stars as the largest and finest steamship in the world sped through the calm seas of the icy North Atlantic. Many of the passengers had gone to bed, but some still could be found in the lounges, enjoying the Titanic’s luxury. No one was alarmed by the slight jar felt around 11:15, but many noticed when they no longer felt the vibrations of the engines.Ignoring iceberg warnings, the Titanic had been steaming full speed ahead. Suddenly she struck a large iceberg which ripped her side. Within fifteen minutes the captain realized the danger of the situation, and the wireless operator put out a call for assistance. Sailors made lifeboats ready and ordered women and children to get into them first (Christian culture had stamped the ideas of chivalry into men, making them willing to give up their lives for women and children as their protectors, something rarely seen in other cultures). There were 12 honeymooning couples on board the ship. Though all of the brides were saved, only one of the grooms survived.

The captain ordered the band to play to keep up the spirits of the passengers. It began playing a rag-time tune, but soon was playing hymns.

There were only twenty lifeboats on the huge ocean liner– barely enough for 1/3 of the passengers and crew. Not all of them could be lowered. All 85 engineers continued to work to keep the ship afloat as long as possible. At the end many people knelt together in prayer until the waters covered them.

Throughout the mournful, evacuation, with loved ones being tearfully separated, the band continued to play. There is some dispute about what was played that night. Several people in the life boats heard “Nearer My God to Thee.”

One of the passengers traveling on the ship was evangelist John Harper. He put his six-year old daughter into a life boat and then ran through the ship warning others of the danger and talking to them about the eternal destiny of their souls. When he was finally forced to jump into the icy water, he clung to a piece of wreckage and asked another man “Are you saved?” When the man answered no, John said to him, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”

When the Titanic sank early in the morning on this day, April 15, 1912, John Harper was among the 1,522 people who died. The band went down with the ship. The last hymn they played was “Autumn,” which concludes with the prayer

Hold me up in mighty waters
Keep my eyes on things above,
Righteousness, divine Atonement,
Peace, and everlasting Love.


    1. Adapted from an earlier Christian History Institute Story.
    2. Adams, Moody. The Titanic’s Last Hero. Moody Press, 1997.

Last updated June, 2007.

Dan Graves, MSL

Obama takes aim at Romney on naval readiness: ‘We also have fewer horses and bayonets’.


President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney clashed in an exchange about the size of the U.S. militaryin what may end up being the signature dialogue of the third and final presidential debate.

“Our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917,” Romney said. “The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission. We’re now at under 285. … We’re headed down to the low 200s if we go through a sequestration. That’s unacceptable to me.”

Romney also said the U.S. Air Force is “older and smaller” than at any time since it first flew in 1947 and that the U.S. has begun to move away from its traditional stance of being able to simultaneously fight wars on two fronts.

“I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works,” Obama said, beginning a sharp assault on Romney’s foreign policy knowledge.

“You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.

“And so the question is not a game of Battleship,” Obama continued, “where we’re counting ships. It’s what are our capabilities.”

As some observers pointed out, the remark may have added insult to injury, considering Romney is the owner of a horse that competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Seaworthy Vessels.

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin when it is accomplished, bringeth forth death. —James 1:14-15

I have seen great ocean liners docked in the ports of Hong Kong, vessels weighing thousands of tons with mammoth engines that propel them across the oceans.

But they will be docked in the bay and a little old tugboat can hook a chain to that boat and draw it away.

It would be a different story if that ocean liner suddenly started its engines and threw its gears in reverse.

The same thing is true of believers.

The devil cannot take you in tow unless your engines are shut down. Second Timothy 2:26 says, “These are they that are taken captive of the devil at his will.”

Don’t allow the devil to dry dock your spirit.

If you shut down your mind to the things of God, you will give in to your own lusts and passions, allowing the enemy to seduce you into watching soap operas or football games.

Ride the waves of adversity fueled by the Holy Ghost.

Let His wind fill your sails and empower you toward His destination.

God, fill my engines with the fuel of Your power.

Ignite me with Your Spirit.

With Your Wind, propel me in the ways You want me to go. Amen.


Titanic discoverer says ship’s wreckage site being destroyed by tourists; how he plans to save it.

The man who first discovered the Titanic wreckage says tourists visiting the site are destroying the remains of the ship’s hull.

“They are loving the Titanic to death,” oceanographer Robert Ballard said during an interview with Stephen Colbert.

Ballard is using the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking to bring attention to what he says is the unnecessary destruction of the historic site.

“They are landing on it, crushing the deck, knocked off the crow’s nest, leaving all sorts of garbage,” he said.

Ballard said one couple was even married in a submarine that landed on the Titanic’s deck, which he called, “a little over-the-top.”

“What we’re trying to do is say, look, visit the Titanic. But you don’t go to Gettysburg with a shovel. You don’t take belt buckles off the Arizona. So, visit, but don’t touch,” he said.

On Monday, Ballard will host Save the Titanic on the National Geographic Channel. Along with keeping tourists at arm’s length, Ballard has another seemingly unusual idea for saving the Titanic from further deterioration: painting it.

“You can actually paint the Titanic. When you build supertankers, they are as big as a football field. They can’t dry dock those suckers anymore,” he told Colbert. “They can actually use robots, very simple, to clean the hull of the ship and they have paint they can apply underwater.”

Ballard said he’s applied for a permit to begin painting the Titanic, which is located about 380 miles off Newfoundland. And if a good faith effort to keep the tourists off the Titanic’s deck doesn’t work, Ballard said “robot sentries” could be deployed to alert authorities to trespassers.

Several events are being held around the world to mark the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. The Luxor Hotel is Las Vegas is showcasing items removed from the wreckage in its “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.” Ballard said he’s opposed to such efforts, noting that the Smithsonian and British Museum rejected his offers to bring up evidence for display.

“There’s nothing to learn,” he said. “I also went to the survivors, there were 24 of them alive when I found it. They said leave it. It’s the graveyard of my parents.”

The Titanic remains a cultural phenomenon to this day. Amongst the assortment of Titanic memorabilia, you can even purchase a 25-foot inflatable slide that recreates the ship’s sinking.


By Eric Pfeiffer | Yahoo! News

Y! Big Story: Titanic 100th anniversary.


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The 100th anniversary of the Titanic expedition is under way. You can choose which moment you want to commemorate: The luxury liner left Belfast on April 2, 1912, sailed on its maiden — and final — voyage April 10, and hit the iceberg on April 15. The centenarian observation has spanned the globe, from memorial cruises to movie rereleases.

Tempting fate? The MS Balmoral‘s Titanic Memorial Cruise follows the same course, sans iceberg. The ship set sail with the same number of passengers (1,309) and planned to rendezvous with the wreckage site on April 15 before heading to New York. Winds up to 45 mph, though, prevented the luxury cruiser from docking in Ireland. Winds aside, the conditions seem promising: A supermoon won’t be causing a hiccup this time … although global warming has been unleashing more rogue icebergs.

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[Related: Titanic Re-enactment Sets Sail on Exact Route a Century Later]

The ship is stocked with the descendants of survivors, including the grandson of the first steward and the only Titanic survivor relative to dive to the wreck.

Titanic shoes”The seabed between the two parts of the ship is scattered with shoes. You begin to think they belonged to somebody. Those shoes were somebody’s possessions. It was very moving,” said [Philip] Littlejohn.

“It was something grandfather never spoke about. It had a tremendous effect on his life — it turned (his hair) completely white with shock,” Littlejohn said. (Montreal Gazette)

Encyclopedia Titanica compiles a list of survivors and links to their biographies.

What Titanic means, 100 years later. The shipwreck has always symbolized tragic glamour, and its 100th anniversary has inspired a ghoulish costume-party atmosphere, like the re-creation of the last meal that a Houston restaurant is offering for $12,000. Ultimately, 1,514 died in freezing waters. “Titanic” director James Cameron, who recently satisfied a seven-year obsession to solo-dive a record 35,576 feet, has become the go-to spokesperson of its cultural meaning: He was featured in the National Geographic documentary, solipsistically titled “Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron.” Cameron zeroed in on the way this tragedy bundles hubris, class, and the mystery that the deep still holds for people.

It’s not about numbers. It’s about the hubris of the shipowners, for example; it’s about society at that time. It was a very optimistic time: Technology was advancing; people built aircrafts; they enjoyed electric light; everything looked like there would be a great future. And the Titanic stood for that. And then, suddenly, the unthinkable happened, as if all of this went down with the Titanic… [S]he is and will remain a metaphor. (April 6 interview with Die Spiegel)

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Obsession and embarrassment in stunning 3D: Among the many events surrounding the anniversary is the “Titanic 3D” release. The retinkered movie scored third in the domestic weekend box office, beaten by “Hunger Games” and — ouch — “American Reunion.” Oddly, the rerelease wins more favorable ratings from critics than from the audience. Then again, the cast’s embarrassment could be dampening the ardor:

No one’s heard a peep out of Leonardo DiCaprio (though Cameron relayed his sentiments after hosting a brief screening; the actor was “practically crawling under the seat”).

And as for Kate Winslet, the film’s heroine, the past 15 years have, apparently, been hell: she was “haunted” by “Titanic” jokes; bristled at her nude scene, “I’m not going to look” — (calling your bluff, Winslet) — and and wanted to vomit upon hearing Celine Dion’s ballad “My Heart Will Go On.” (That last one is fair.)

She also briskly described the pair’s physical transformation: “He’s fatter now — I’m thinner.” Zane put it a bit more delicately: “Kate’s gotten sweeter with age and Leo’s swarthier now.” (Huffington Post)

[Related: ‘Titanic’ re-released: James Cameron made just one change]

Titanic dealsWays to commemorate: An admission ticket: $50,00-$70,000. A letter from the captain of the rescue ship Carpathia, $90,000-$120,000. The first distress message from the signal book, which includes the words “WE HAVE STRUCK AN ICEBERG,” $25,000-$35,000. These items and more will go on sale at the Bonhams auction.

An even bigger sale is going on in Richmond, Virginia, on April 15, hosted by the company that found the Titanic wreck in the 1980s.

The biggest sale ever of Titanic relics is set to take place Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia, where more than 5,000 objects retrieved from the Atlantic Ocean seabed since the wreck’s discovery in 1985 are to be auctioned by Guernsey’s as a single collection — as ordered by a U.S. court — to preserve its historical integrity. (Post Media News)

If all these items prove too expensive for a souvenir, many cities are cashing in on the event by re-creating meals and hosting walking tours. Other ways to see the Titanic:

[Related: Titanic artifacts slideshow]

TV specials

  • “Save the Titanic With Bob Ballard” (April 9, 10 p.m., National Geographic)
  • “The Titanic With Len Goodman” (April 10, 8 p.m., PBS)
  • “Titanic” (April 14, 8 p.m., ABC miniseries written by Julian Fellowes, writer of “Gosford Park” and “Downton Abbey”)
  • “A Night to Remember” (April 14, 10 p.m., Turner Classic Movies)
  • “Why Ships Sink” (April 18, 9 p.m., PBS)


  • Expedition Titanic 2012. (July 1-14, July 13-26, July 26-August 8, August 7 -20). The 13-day RT tour from St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, cost $59,680. (Sorry, the Groupon deal with DVD signed by a Leo DiCaprio impersonator sold out.)

[Related: Titanomania: Museum charts obsession with Titanic]

Exhibits. The RMS Titanic site lists exhibits from Atlanta to Singapore.

  • Titanic: 100-Year Obsession,” National Geographic Museum, Washington D.C. (March 29-July 8)
  • Titanic Belfast” Queen’s Island, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Opening March 31, the museum bills itself as the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience.

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