A Unique Sonoma County Wine Draws High Honors

(DGIwire)   “Wine,” wrote Benjamin Franklin, “is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” Three centuries later, wine still fills us with joy. And with the popularity of barrel auctions, the drink is gladdening the hearts not only of wine drinkers but also of winemakers—when their vintages win notable honors. On […]

Giving the U.S. Navy More Than a GHOST of a Chance to Stamp Out Piracy

(DGIwire) – It’s clear that the lethal and costly reality of maritime piracy must be addressed. A report by Intercargo, an industry group representing global owners of dry cargo vessels, calculates that since 2008, gangs of Somali pirates on the eastern coast of Africa have carried out more than 800 attacks on ships, from private yachts […]

No Time for Complacency: a GHOST of a Solution to Maritime Piracy

(DGIwire) — Last year saw a significant drop in international piracy threats, due to the falloff in Somali-related attacks on Africa’s east coast. Unfortunately, the slack has been taken up on the other side of the continent. In January 2014, 55 miles off the coast of Gabon, five pirates boarded a liquefied natural gas carrier—only […]

Reducing the Threat of Maritime Piracy via GHOST-ly Technology

(DGIwire) – When envisioning life in the 21st century, pirates don’t usually come to mind. However, maritime piracy is still a very real threat, with potentially devastating consequences. In the North Carolina Bar Association Newsletter, attorney and maritime expert Anthony S. Ketron recently outlined the extensive reach of the phenomenon. Modern piracy, he wrote, now plagues extensive areas […]

A GHOST Worth Believing In

(DGIwire) — Drug smuggling operations still have the gritty feel of an Elmore Leonard novel, but the routes traffickers use are constantly shifting. Currently, for example, the majority of cocaine smuggled into the U.S. arrives by boat directly from South America to Puerto Rico. This is a clever route, because the packages concealing the drugs do […]

‘Ghost’ Ship Could Offer Unique Platform for Navy’s Unmanned Surface Vehicle Autonomous Swarm Technology, CARACaS

(DGIwire) — In May 2014, the naval chief of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard voiced a warning to the United States: Iran would target American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf if a war between the two countries ever broke out. Admiral Ali Fadawi, who heads the hardline Guard’s naval forces, said that the immense size […]

Pirates Beware: This GHOST Will Guard the Open Seas

  (DGIwire) — Pirates of the Caribbean might be a fairy tale created in a Hollywood studio, but maritime piracy is a frightening reality and a serious and growing threat to the maritime community. Modern-day pirate attacks are steadily on the rise and not only cause economic losses, but can be deadly. In fact, the […]

A Breakthrough for Kidney Cancer, Brought to Us by a Caring Investor

 (DGIwire) — Most of us don’t think about our kidneys until something goes wrong. Since each of us has two but can survive with one, kidney transplants have become one of the more popular transplant procedures. According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than 14,000 kidney transplants took place in 2013 alone. According to the American […]

‘GHOST-ly’ Solutions for a Host of Modern Military Needs

(DGIwire) — In the wildly successful Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, Johnny Depp plays Captain Jack Sparrow, a wily pirate looking to commandeer the infamous Black Pearl, a cursed sunken ship brought back to the ocean’s surface, manned with an army of gnarly ghost sailors. Although the movie clearly strays far from reality, the […]

GHOST: An Anti-Terrorism Vessel Built to Outperform Stealth Aircraft

(DGIwire) — Like all branches of the military, the U.S. Navy is undergoing revolutionary change, where time-tested military tactics and cutting-edge technological advances can potentially meet formidable challenges. One of the greatest threats on the high seas is low-tech vessel attacks with conventional explosives; for example, the October 12, 2000 attack on the USS Cole […]

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