Storm Over Parenting – Do Infants Belong At Sea?

By Jennifer Medina, New York Times — As her family began what was supposed to be a monthslong journey in a 36-foot sailboat from Mexico to New Zealand, Charlotte Kaufman wrote openly of her misgivings about taking her two daughters — ages 1 and 3 — to sail the South Pacific, with her husband as captain and herself as the crew. “I think this may be the stupidest thing we have … [Read more...]

An Industry Under Scrutiny – Are Cruise Ships Too Big?

By JAD MOUAWAD, New York Times One of the largest cruise ships in 1985 was the 46,000-ton Carnival Holiday. Ten years ago, the biggest, the Queen Mary 2, was three times as large. Today’s record holders are two 225,000-ton ships whose displacement, a measure of a ship’s weight, is about the same as that of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Cruise ships keep … [Read more...]

For Cyprus, Gaslight at the End of Tunnel?

By STANLEY REED LONDON — If there are any bright spots in the gloom surrounding the economy of Cyprus, one place to look would be about 170 kilometers south of the coastal city of Limassol. There, about 1,700 meters below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea, is a potentially lucrative natural gas field called Aphrodite. A gas rig in the Mediterranean, which … [Read more...]