September 24, 2012 |
BEIJING - In its heyday, the largest island was home to several hundred workers who caught fish and collected albatross feathers to adorn women's hats in Europe. Nowadays, the only inhabitants are a hardy band of feral, inbred goats descended from a fecund pair left behind in 1978 by Japanese ultranationalists who wanted to establish a living presence on the otherwise deserted shards of land. Rarely in geopolitics have the stakes been so large over someplace so small. PHOTOS: Anti-Japan protests in China Political scientists have compared the islands so vociferously contested between China and Japan to the Falklands, which sparked the 1982 war between Argentina and Britain.
March 3, 2005 |
Actor and director Mel Gibson has purchased a Pacific island hideaway in northern Fiji, but the sale faces a legal challenge from villagers who claim their ancestors were forced off the island, an official and news reports said Wednesday. The director of "The Passion of the Christ" and star of the "Mad Max" films purchased the 5,411-acre Mago Island from Japan's Tokyu Corp. for about $15 million.
February 8, 1987
The U.S. Virgin islands of St Thomas, St. John and St Croix were visited by 678,94676 cruise ship passengers in 1986, an increase of 7.6% over the previous year. Part of the reason for the increase is the new Crown Bay Dock at St. Thomas, which greatly expanded the harbor's capacity. At least 100 cruise ships are expected to dock at Crown Bay during the spring season. In addition, an anticipated 569 cruise ships will dock at Charlotte Amalie this winter, and 100 more will stop at St. Croix, St.
September 17, 1988
With the recent heat wave driving thousands to Southern California's beaches, parks and mountains, the urge to get away--really away--becomes overpowering. Two trips scheduled in the next eight days, both to unoccupied islands, might fill the need and then some. The trips are to two offshore islands, mere specks on the map, in the Channel Island National Park system. They are visited only by permission.
April 30, 1989 |
Dorothy Berkoff walked with a pack of neighborhood dogs onto wind-swept Eagle Point on San Juan Island and shook her head. "I don't like it," she said. "We didn't think about the fact that someone owns this land. Lots of people have utilized this as public for years. I guess we shouldn't have taken it for granted." The tip of Eagle Point, 7 acres of rock outcroppings and grassy knolls without a tree in sight, now exhibits survey markers for a 4,000-square-foot house, and there's a new road cutting through trails made by generations of visitors.
August 1, 1999 |
"Parakalo! Parakalo!" a voice boomed over the loudspeakers. "Attention, please! All visitors are kindly requested to leave. The ship is departing imminently." Like dozens of other vessels that sail to the many islands of Greece from the busy mainland harbor of Piraeus, the Sappho, named after the ancient lyric poetess, was a car ferry leaving for Lesbos in the northeastern Aegean, only a few miles off the coast of Asia Minor. Sailing time: 14 hours.
October 23, 1990 |
President Bush on Monday halted the bombing of Kahoolawe, a Hawaiian island that has been used for target practice since World War II. "This is great news for the people of Hawaii," Gov. John Waihee said. "We have waited a long time for this day." The island, named on the National Register of Historic Places for its cultural and archeological features, has become an important symbol to the Hawaiian people.
July 16, 2003 |
President Bush has chosen Sea Island, an island resort community on the Georgia coast to host next year's meeting of leaders from the world's major industrial countries. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue described the location as "a great venue for security." The island, 60 miles south of Savannah, is close to major military bases and a federal law enforcement training center.
August 8, 1988 |
Twelve islands, complete with a country house and 9,000-acre sheep farm, have just gone on sale for $67,600. But the buyer will have to like solitude. The Swan Islands are in the remote South Atlantic British colony of the Falkland Islands, off southern Argentina, and are about 100 miles from the colonial capital of Stanley. Included in the price are the three-bedroom farmhouse and 2,900 sheep. The name of the seller was not made public.
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April 27, 1992 |
Peter Kawiak arrives at work like a man taking a Caribbean cruise. He steps off a boat onto an island graced by swaying palm trees. A roaring waterfall, visible from the mainland, is lighted every night here, like the jewel of some exotic lagoon. This is no tourist play land, however. Toiling through a 12-hour shift, Kawiak is soon a graphic reminder of that. His clothes, his helmet, even his eyeglasses are spattered tobacco-brown with mud.