SEARCHES TITANIC AGAIN
NEW YORK - RMS Titanic Inc., a publicly traded company formed to explore the famous sunken ocean liner, has begun another expedition of the wreck.
The company this week said it was exploring the Titanic jointly with the French Institute for the Research and Exploitation of the Sea.
The RMS Titanic sank about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada, in April 1912 on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York.
Some 1,513 lives were lost in the accident, which occurred when the supposedly unsinkable ship hit an iceberg.
A 1987 expedition of the wreck resulted in the recovery of more than 1,800 objects, including artifacts, coins and jewels valued at more than $50 million.
The exploration company said artifacts recovered from the new expedition will be housed in a permanent museum and exhibited around the world.
CRUISE SHIP REGULATION
PUSHED IN CARIBBEAN
OCHO RIOS, Jamaica - Caribbean governments are being urged to create a licensing authority to regulate cruise ship activity in the region, the Caribbean News Agency said.
It quoted Jamaica's former Prime Minister Michael Manley as telling a hotel industry conference there should also be a commission of environmental experts to study the impact of cruise ship activity.
Some Caribbean hotels have complained that cruise ships siphon business away
them while contributing little to the region's economic development.
Mr. Manley said he hopes to present a draft of a Caribbean licensing authority at the next meeting of the Caribbean Community next month.