The Bellatrix container ship, registered in Liberia, parked outside a grain factory in Tacoma last week. (Jeff Engels)
The Bellatrix container ship, registered in Liberia, parked outside a grain factory in Tacoma last week. (Jeff Engels)
International Trade

‘They’d just given up’ — an inside look at seafarers trapped aboard ships amid COVID-19 restrictions

Governments have been slow in reacting to the plight of workers trapped on ships months longer than agreed-to contracts, as have some ship owners unwilling to foot the considerable cost of repatriating them until their vessels are much closer to their home countries.

Local News

‘Substantial’ pier shift closes Seattle’s Waterfront Park Updated

A couple walks through an empty Waterfront Park towards Pier 57 on a nice summer day on the Seattle waterfront Tuesday, June 16, 2020.  Ordinarily the park would be very crowded around noontime on a summer day, but not this year.

The complete shut down of cruise tourism this year has really affected the waterfront and downtown businesses that are majorly dependent on cruise tourism. These businesses have effectively lost a whole season’s worth of profit because they depend so heavily on the cruise traffic to tide them through the year.

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Tim Takaro, 63, is living in a tent 82 feet up in the air, slung between two trees slated to be cut to build the TransMountain Pipeline Expansion. He said on day five up in the trees that he will remain right where he is, to save the trees and the planet from the pipeline. Takaro is a professor at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC.

Professor in a tree over TransMountain Pipeline vows not to come down  WATCH

FILE – This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors about a rare but serious condition in children linked with the coronavirus. In an alert issued Thursday, the CDC called the condition multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. (NIAID-RML via AP, File) NYDB353

Eleven kids in Washington have been diagnosed with rare coronavirus syndrome

KNKX takes meteorologist Cliff Mass off the air after he likens recent Seattle protests to Nazi pogrom in Germany

Washington state Supreme Court rules against schools chief in lawsuit challenging election voter guide statement

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