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#RadioChatter #04-30-2012 Comfish News Roundup

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29.04.2012 | 14:00
Google to Monitor Fishing in Icelandic Waters?
A delegation from the internet giant Google is expected to come to Iceland in the next two to three months to learn about an Icelandic IT system used to monitor fishing. The possibility to link it to Google Earth is being looked into....

Super-yacht IT: life as a nautical broadband specialist
By Sean Gallagher | Published about 16 hours ago
Ed Lasher has a simple way to measure how cool his job is—he just counts how many people have offered to carry his bags on a service call. Lasher is the owner of YachtComputing LLC, a small IT business with a very exclusive niche: installing and maintaining networks and Internet connectivity aboard “superyachts,” seagoing mansions owned by wealthy individuals and charter companies. “It’s a distinct category—bigger than yachts, bigger than mega-yachts,” said Lasher. “It’s the very top end of the private yachting industry.” Lasher, a former banker with an MBA in finance, works out of Miami, Florida. He traded in the suit and tie some time ago; his work uniform now is a company polo shirt, jeans, and (usually) bare feet—shoes aren’t yacht-work friendly. But he didn’t originally set out to be an IT gypsy of the high seas. Lasher started doing tech work as a partner in a consulting firm, installing networks for business customers. In 1999, the firm picked up a new customer—a company that specialized in high-tech, high-end audio and video suites for super-yachts. That connection would change his business unexpectedly. In 2001, that customer had trouble with an IT vendor they had recommended for a project in Holland. So they called in Lasher to finish the project: installing a network and satellite Internet access on the Detroit Eagle, a 153-foot long, three-deck motor yacht being built for Roger Penske. (Penske sold the yacht and.....

Kodiak woman grows fleet with island taxi company
Kodiak Daily Mirror
KODIAK, Alaska — When it comes to transportation on Kodiak Island, there are more than a few night riders but only one kit. That's KIT — Kodiak Island Taxi — which turns one year old this week. The service, started by Kodiak resident Bonnie Marie, began as a taxi dispatch service and evolved under changing city codes into a general taxi company....

Japanese prime minister hopes to reaffirm strong alliance with US visit
Published April 30, 2012
Associated Press
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, in his Monday meeting with President Barack Obama, is looking to reaffirm Japan's strong alliance with the U.S. and boost his leadership credentials as his popularity flags at home. Noda, who came to power in September and is Japan's sixth prime minister in six years, faces huge challenges in reviving a long-slumbering economy and helping his nation recover from the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. His Oval Office meeting and working lunch with Obama, to be followed by....

BP shareholders attempt revival of suit against firm after spill
Petroleum News
Published: April 29th, 2012 09:16 PM
Last Modified: April 29th, 2012 09:17 PM
Lawyers for some BP shareholders are trying to revive a stalled lawsuit filed in an Alaska court in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The case is a "shareholder derivative" action, which means the shareholders filed on behalf of the company against current and former BP board members and executives. The shareholders allege breach of fiduciary duties, negligence and gross mismanagement in connection with the Deepwater Horizon blowout, pipeline leaks and other problems in BP's North Slope operations, and the deadly explosion at BP's Texas City refinery in 2005.....

Australia: Clive Palmer plans to build Titanic II
Marissa Calligeros
April 30, 2012 - 2:21PM
Queensland billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer has unveiled his plans to build the Titanic II to add to his tourism portfolio.
Mr Palmer said his new company Blue Star Line Pty Ltd had commissioned the state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build a near replica of the ill-fated Titanic. The cost is unknown....

Burger King scrambles for cage-free eggs
‘Humane’ is new trend
By Tim Devaney-The Washington Times Sunday, April 29, 2012
The nation’s fast-food giants are aggressively touting more humane ways of producing their menu offerings, but whether the kinder, gentler methods of serving up chicken nuggets and cheeseburgers can pay off at the cash register remains an open question. Looking to trump moves by rivals McDonald's Corp. and Wendy's International Inc., industry No. 3 Burger King Corp. last week announced that it would take a more eco-friendly approach. By 2017, the company said, all the eggs and pork served to its customers will come from suppliers that don’t confine animals to cages or crates. It’s the first major fast-food burger chain to make a 100 percent “cage-free” commitment....

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