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Slashing through: Rory Underwood breaks against Ireland in 1996 (pic courtesy of Action Images) Credit: Action Images France were the pre-tournament favourites, as they so often are after a Lions year, and they went to Murrayfield first up on the back of seven successive wins over Scotland. Coach Frank Hadden, a PE teacher who had done good things with Edinburgh, was starting his first Six Nations and his decision to select Mike Blair over Chris Cusiter at scrum-half proved inspired. Blair ran the show, Sean Lamont bagged two tries, and France left with a bloody nose.Les Bleus made amends a week later as they made short work of Ireland, running in six tries to open up a 43-3 lead. It was crazy stuff, David Marty and Cedric Heymans each collecting doubles. Incredibly, however, Ireland rallied with four tries of their own, and the boos that greeted the erratic Frederic Michalak led coach Bernard Laporte to say of the fly-half’s detractors: “I’d have them thrown out of the stadium.”Yet victory was achieved, as it was in round three, when France trailed at home to Pierre Berbizier’s Italy, 12-8. The jeers around the Stade de France had the desired effect as France, for whom the recalled Thomas Castaignede was at his creative best, ran in four second-half tries to emerge easy winners.France saved their best for round four, crushing a feeble England side 31-6 to equal their record win in the fixture. Andy Robinson’s side never recovered from a high-ball mix-up in the early moments, Josh Lewsey’s hesitancy gifting Florian Fritz a try after 43 seconds. Damien Traille and Christophe Dominici also went on to cross the whitewash, Dimitri Yachvili kicked a heap of points, and Lewsey later called England’s performance a “shambles”.And so to Cardiff, where Fritz’s late converted try, sliding over the line after catching Michalak’s dink over the top, was just enough against the reigning champions. Ireland, kicking off later, could have nicked the title with a landslide win at Twickenham but it didn’t happen and France had completed the perfect fightback after their eggy faces in Edinburgh.Despite scoring a hefty 18 tries in the championship, France’s success was founded on a rock-steady scrum locked by props Sylvain Marconnet and Pieter de Villiers, with skipper Fabien Pelous a rallying leader and engine-room force. “I’m very proud of my players,” he said.2006 resultsScotland 20-16 FranceFrance 43-31 IrelandFrance 37-12 ItalyFrance 31-6 EnglandWales 16-21 FrancePlenty to chear about: Jonathan Davies celebrates in 2013. Credit: InphoFightback 3 – Wales in 2013Surely the pick of the three Six Nations fightbacks because, having committed the cardinal sin of losing at home, Wales faced three successive away games.Has any title campaign ever begun so disastrously? With Brian O’Driscoll at his imperious best, Ireland steamrollered Wales at the Millennium Stadium, going 30-3 up after the Irish centre’s converted try early in the second half. Given Wales were on an eight-match losing streak, you wondered at the repercussions.But the introduction of Justin Tipuric helped turn the tide and Wales lay siege to the visitors’ line thereafter. They scored three tries – through Alex Cuthbert, Leigh Halfpenny and Craig Mitchell – and Ireland, who lost Rory Best and Conor Murray to the sin-bin, were grateful to scramble home.Wales lost 30-22 – suffering a fifth successive home defeat for the first time – but the mood had changed.The away trips were to lack the drama of the two Cardiff matches. Wales went to Paris the next week and, in a poor spectacle, carved out a narrow win courtesy of George North’s late try as he pounced on Dan Biggar’s chip kick. North’s dad was so excited he ran onto the pitch.Second-half tries by Jonathan Davies and Cuthbert helped see off Italy in Rome, then Scotland succumbed at Murrayfield in a woeful match that did more than anything else to bring about a change in the scrum laws. Amid a procession of collapsed scrums, we saw a world-record 18 penalty kicks at goal. Halfpenny kicked seven to Greig Laidlaw’s six and Richard Hibbard scored the only try.Which set up a championship decider against England that has been revisited at length in recent days. Wales needed to win by eight points to take the title and deny England a Slam, and, in a caldron of bubbling fury, they stormed home on the back of a dominant scrum and Cuthbert’s blistering double. It is Wales’ record win in the fixture, although the 25-0 win in 1905 – which would be 39-0 with today’s points values – remains the high-water mark.“It’s an even better feeling than winning the Grand Slam last year,” said Sam Warburton afterwards. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Momentum. It’s a buzzword of this and any other Six Nations championship. Win your opening game and you’re set fair for the tournament, with every prize within your grasp. Lose and your hopes are dashed – no history-making Grand Slam this year, lads.But a first-round defeat isn’t terminal. The losers of tonight’s Wales–England match in Cardiff may find solace in the following championship tales – three occasions when a team tripped at the first hurdle yet still went on to become European champions…Fightback 1 – England in 1996Jack Rowell was England’s coach for the first Five Nations of the pro era and his side for the opening match at Parc des Princes included two of this year’s coaching team, Mike Catt and Graham Rowntree.Unfortunately for the reigning champions, they fell foul of a 20-year-old impish novice. Thomas Castaignede, making his championship debut, dropped a match-winning goal and then stuck out his tongue in salute. “My drop wasn’t beautiful but we won and it changed the beginning of my international career,” he said.England bounced back as Jerry Guscott’s charge-down score and Rory Underwood’s 50th Test try toppled Wales at Twickenham.Then Dean Richards, recalled because of injuries, gave one of the great No 8 performances to frustrate the Scots at Murrayfield. “They kicked the ball to me all afternoon and I wouldn’t let them have it back,” says the now Newcastle DoR. Amusingly, Richards had asked for a favour in return for answering England’s SOS – the RFU had requested he return a rowing machine and pager, and he asked Rowell to ensure the matter was dropped!Paul Grayson’s six goals carried the day in Edinburgh but France’s earlier trouncing of Ireland meant the title was theirs to lose.And lose it they did as Wales, without a championship win for two seasons, edged the French 16-15 at Cardiff in a triumphant return for fly-half Neil Jenkins.For perhaps the first time in history, a Welsh win was greeted with a roar at Twickenham, where England were able to retain the title – pipping Scotland on points difference as France slipped to third – after a 28-15 victory over Ireland. Young flanker Lawrence Dallaglio was outstanding, and Jon Sleightholme’s try and Grayson’s boot did the damage on the scoreboard.The trophy had to be rushed from Cardiff to Twickenham via train and taxi so that it could be presented to England captain Will Carling.“It’s absolutely amazing to end as champions,” said Carling, who watched the second half from the stands after tearing ankle ligaments. “We wanted the Triple Crown but the Five Nations trophy didn’t seem a viable option.”It was Carling’s last game as captain. He felt he was no longer doing justice to the role and resigned. Within a year his illustrious career, and a golden era, was over.1996 resultsFrance 15-12 EnglandEngland 21-15 WalesScotland 9-18 EnglandEngland 28-15 IrelandIn the clear: David Marty for France in 2006. Credit: InphoFightback 2 – France in 2006 2013 resultsWales 22-30 IrelandFrance 6-16 WalesItaly 9-26 WalesScotland 18-28 WalesWales 30-3 England
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Detroit, Oct. 1 — According to the United Auto Workers, 65 percent of Fiat Chrysler’s 36,000 hourly workers voted against the tentative contract agreement the leaders had approved. Union President Dennis Williams said the UAW would resume negotiations with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).Starting on Sept. 22, UAW members had been voting on a new, four-year contract with FCA. Only one plant local passed the contract, and with over half the membership votes counted, some plants showed a “no” vote higher than 80 percent.The biggest objection members have to the tentative agreement is that it institutionalizes the divisive two-tier pay system, which created a wide gap between the wages of workers hired after October 2007 and those with more seniority. Rejecting the contract is a sign of strong membership solidarity among the different tiers of workers.Two-tier, introduced when Ford, General Motors and Chrysler were having cash flow issues in 2007, has come under increasing fire now that the companies are making billions in profits. CEO Sergio Marchionne — who once said UAW members had to get used to “a culture of poverty” — earned $72 million in compensation last year. While the new contract would give second-tier workers a raise, it takes eight years of service to reach the top pay, and even then there is a $5-per-hour gap between the highest- and lowest-paid workers. The contract creates new, lower-paid tiers in some facilities as well as for temporary workers.There is widespread outrage over the company’s refusal to implement a 25 percent cap on the number of second-tier workers. When the previous four-year contract was presented in 2011, workers were told that at the end of the four years, a percentage of workers would move up to top pay. Now that the rug has been pulled out from under them, these workers — 22 percent of production workers — are furious. UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is justifying this betrayal by claiming that the union had to let FCA eliminate the cap to raise pay for all second-tier workers and give “traditional” workers, whose pay has been frozen for nine years, a raise. In fact the cost of the entire contract package, including the pay raises, comes to about $300 million a year — a fraction of the company’s $3.8 billion in profit last year.Organizing opposition to the contract has united first- and second-tier workers. A “Contract Lowlights” leaflet, produced by the rank-and-file group Autoworker Caravan, circulated via social media and made its way into plants where AWC has no contacts. After walking out on an “informational” meeting, members of UAW Local 7 at Jefferson North Assembly Plant drove to the UAW’s Detroit headquarters and picketed. Toledo Jeep workers held a rally outside a contract “roll-out” meeting. One of the signs read, “Vote no to a culture of poverty.” More than 80 percent of the 5,000 workers at this plant rejected the contract. At a parts depot in California, where the contract went down 2-to-1, both first- and second-tier workers wore shirts with a unifying slogan, “Solidarity, No More Tiers, Vote No.”Besides attacking the union standard of equal work for equal pay, the contract would undermine the eight-hour day. On multiple pages the contract reinforces the despised “Alternative Work Schedule,” which has allowed the company to pay straight time for 10-hour days and Saturdays. AWS puts workers on one of three crews, A, B or C, with B and C working every Saturday as a regular workday. In addition, the C crew rotates back and forth from the evening shift to days every week. The company gets 120 hours of production every week on the cheap, but the schedule wreaks havoc on a worker’s health and family life. The new contract would give AWS workers time-and-a-quarter on Saturdays, but no reprieve from the schedule.Job worries add to contract objectionsIn the contract summary and at meetings, the UAW leadership has boasted of FCA’s plans to make a $5.3 billion investment in U.S. plants. The details involve a massive retooling and relocating of products. Car production — the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200, currently built in Belvidere, Ill., and Sterling Heights, Mich. — is exiting the U.S., leaving UAW members with a promise that expanded production of trucks and SUVs alone will be enough to secure jobs. This business plan is environmentally irresponsible and, by gambling that gas prices will stay low, puts jobs at risks. Thus job worries also put the contract’s passage in jeopardy.During the 2009 bankruptcy in which six plants were closed, many workers accepted buyout packages, shrinking the Chrysler workforce to 26,000. The sales rebound that followed led to a hiring spurt, bringing many African-American youth into the plants. The union, which brags about its civil rights tradition, should be upholding the basic principle of equal pay for equal work for these new members. The UAW must fight to make sure none of these new workers is laid off because of the latest restructuring. That is another message the “no” vote is sending to the leadership.When UAW International President Dennis Williams said of the contract, “They will ratify it,” he underestimated the rank and file. Now two-thirds of the 40,000 UAW-represented hourly and salaried workers at FCA rejected the contract, a triumph for union solidarity.Grevatt is a 28-year UAW Chrysler worker. 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to go further Help by sharing this information RSF_en Follow the news on Tajikistan TajikistanEurope – Central Asia November 6, 2020 Find out more August 25, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has joined the Union of Journalists in Tajikistan (TUJ) and the National Association of Independent Media in Tajikistan (NANSMIT) in condemning the prosecution of the independent weekly Asia-Plus, undertaken by the head of the Organized Crime Control Department (UBOP), Anvar Tagaimurodov, in violation of international and Tajik law covering free speech.He is claiming a million somoni (165,625 euros) in damages from the magazine Asia-Plus for publishing “defamatory and offensive news, damaging to his honor, dignity, and reputation”. He filed his complaint at the regional court in Dushanbe after the appearance of an article headed “Investigation or Inquisition?” in the 21 December 2010 edition of the weekly. Reporter Ramzii Mirzobekov told of the use of torture on some suspects by UBOP agents in the Sogdysk district.Tagaimurodov said that “the correspondent had given in to his emotions and shown a lack of attention and undue haste in his relations with the authorities. The interior ministry and the UBOP, basing their case on the statements of those concerned, have agreed that his declarations have a defamatory and offensive nature.”He also alleged that Mirzobekov and other journalists who had covered the terrorist attack at Khujand knew those who had perpetrated it, “were informed of their evil intentions and perhaps had ties to them.” On 19 September fighters, possibly from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, attacked a convoy of Tajik troops in the valley of Rasht in the east of the country, killing 25 people.The defense ministry accused 17 Tajik media organizations that reported the event of complicity with the terrorists. A large scale campaign of repression and censorship followed: inquiries into tax affairs involving independent media and their publishing houses, blocking of news sites and so on. TajikistanEurope – Central Asia The editor of Asia-Plus, Marat Mamadchoyev, regards Tagaimurodov’s statement as deeply disgusting. His correspondent Mirzobekov had already been questioned by the prosecutor about his articles, allegedly to clarify the information but in fact to find out his sources. The prosecutor had accused him of a serious offense and refused him the services of a lawyer, breaching the legal ban on divulging journalists’ sources. May 14, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation News News News Tajikistan imposes total control over independent broadcast media Article 19 of the international agreement relating to civil and political rights, (PIDCP) (LINK) signed in 1999 by Tajikistan guarantees that “everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice”. Furthermore Article 30 of the country’s constitution guarantees every citizen freedom of speech, the press, the right to enjoy all mass news resources and bans government censorship and prosecution for criticism.The growing number of prosecutions of journalists and the legal procedures related to them show that the final aim is to not to remedy mistakes and see justice triumph but to reduce critical or opposition media to silence. The pressures on the independent press risk bringing with them major restrictions on free speech and the growth of self-censorship in Tajikistan. Its international image could suffer seriously, News #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks eight sites censored during pandemic “Reporters Without Borders calls on the legal authorities to find Asia-Plus not guilty by virtue of the Tajik constitution and international legal norms,” the press freedom body says.“In association with NANSMIT and the TUJ, it calls on them to put an end to all violations of the constitutional right of citizens to freedom of speech and access to information.” February 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tajik weekly faces huge fine Journalist loses accreditation over report about Tajikistan’s president
Google+ Apology to Omagh bomb victims as private papers go online Twitter Facebook Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Previous articleO’Domhnaill criticises closure of Community Welfare ClinicsNext articleFinn Valley protest against school transport changes on Saturday afternoon News Highland Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – March 22, 2012 WhatsApp Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week London-based human rights law firm H20 has apologised to Omagh bomb victims after hundreds of pages of confidential information were placed online, including psychological reports relating to victims.Other documents placed online include references to senior Garda witnesses, many of whom are due to give evidence against two of the alleged bombers next October.Michael Gallagher, a spokesman for the Omagh Support and Self Help Group, told today’s Shaun Doherty Show that he hoped the authorities could determine how long the material was online and who accessed it:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/mgall.mp3[/podcast]
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Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Matthew Whitman Lazenby, Grant Cardone, Phil Collins, Orianne Bates, Russell Galbut, Natalie Brabner, Craig Studnicky and Masoud Shojaee (Lazenby by Sonya Revell; Getty, iStock)The pandemic did not stop top real estate players from seeking relief through the courts or from becoming legal targets, themselves. So, there was no shortage of juicy lawsuits featuring the top names in the industry. Here are the top 10 lawsuits reported by The Real Deal in 2020:Bal Harbour Shops vs. Saks Fifth AvenueThe economic fallout of the pandemic is endangering one of the longest running tenant-landlord relationships in luxury retail. In early September, Bal Harbour Shops sued to evict Saks Fifth Avenue for allegedly failing to pay more than $1.8 million in rent. Saks Fifth Avenue, claiming government shutdowns associated with Covid-19 mitigation measures impacted its ability to operate and produce sales, countersued Bal Harbour Shops and Whitman Family Development’s CEO Matthew Whitman Lazenby for defamation, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. The pending litigation threatens to end Sak’s nearly half-a-century run as Bal Harbour Shops’ anchor tenant.Phil Collins vs. Orianne BatesEven though his hurt didn’t show, the pain still grew for 1980s pop icon Phil Collins after his four year reunion with his ex-wife Orianne Bates fell apart in August when she eloped with her current husband Thomas Bates. The newlyweds then allegedly refused to vacate his Miami Beach mansion, prompting Collins to sue the Bates and force them out by accusing them of unlawful detainer and forcible entry. The lawsuit, filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, accused Orianne of dissuading entry from outsiders by changing the alarm codes and hiring armed guards to patrol the property at 5800 North Bay Road. Collins listed the home for $40 million and hired Jill Hertzberg, of the Jills Zeder Group at Coldwell Banker to present it. Orianne and her husband were not allowing Hertzberg entry to the home, according to the lawsuit. Although the case is ongoing, the Bates recently purchased a waterfront Fort Lauderdale mansion for $5.5 million.Craig Studnicky vs. Natalie BrabnerTwo years after divorcing Natalie Brabner, Craig Studnicky ramped up his legal counteroffensive against his ex-wife. In August, Studnicky, the principal of prominent real estate brokerage International Sales Group, sued Brabner in Miami-Dade Circuit Court amid her still pending 2018 legal case against him. He accuses his former spouse of orchestrating a personal vendetta, engaging in fraudulent acts, secretly spying on him while they were married, stealing trade secrets and then sharing them with a rival brokerage, among other accusations. Studnicky and ISG are also seeking that Brabner repay advances on commissions for condo deals that fell apart. Brabner, through her attorney, called Studnicky’s lawsuit a desperate attempt to discredit her and retaliate against her.Lilibet and Anelise Shojaee vs. Masoud ShojaeeDeveloper Masoud Shojaee finds himself estranged and entangled in a legal battle with his daughters, Lilibet and Anelise. In May, M&M Life Insurance Trust, created for the benefit of Shoajee’s daughters, sued him in Miami-Dade Circuit Court for allegedly misappropriating corporate funds from Santa Fe Hacienda, a rock mining land rental company Shojaee owns. The lawsuit accuses Shojaee, founder and CEO of Coral Gables-based Shoma Group, of secretly siphoning Santa Fe’s available cash to pay and support his lavish personal lifestyle since 2015. Through his attorney, Shojaee denied the allegations and said the complaint had no merit. Recently, another trust benefitting Lilibet and Anelise sued a company managed by Shojaee to force him to show their trustee annual financial statements and other corporate records.Harding Realty vs. Douglas EllimanThe pandemic hasn’t gotten in the way of luxury brokers clawing at each other over alleged unpaid commissions. In late October, Harding Realty sued Douglas Elliman in an attempt to collect about $600,000 the small luxury brokerage claims it earned in connection with the $24 million sale of a Bal Harbour waterfront mansion. In filing the lawsuit, Harding Realty disclosed it represented a pair of high-profile buyers: Ryan Cohen, founder of online pet retailer Chewy, and his wife Candice Cohen. The five-percent commission, representing $1.2 million, was to be split evenly between the two brokerages, Harding Realty claims. On Nov. 30, Douglas Elliman filed a motion to compel an arbitration hearing before the Miami Association of Realtors.Eric the Jeweler vs. Russell Galbut et al.A famous jeweler’s Super Bowl weekend stay at the Mondrian South Beach quickly escalated into a lawsuit against the posh condo-hotel’s owners. Eric Mavachev, who’s outfitted a formidable roster of A-list celebrity clientele with high end jewelry, flew from New York City to Miami Beach in February for Super Bowl LIV festivities and to meet with some of his clients. The couple allege unknown burglars were able to easily break into their room at the Mondrian due to a lack of cameras in an unsupervised loading dock, stairwells and hallways. The alleged thieves stole nearly $2 million in jewelry, according to a lawsuit they filed against Mondrian owner Crescent Heights, company co-founder Russell Galbut, his new Mondrian partner Michael Liebowitz, Mondrian hotel manager Eddie Rodriguez, Mondrian front desk manager Alex Carnot and High Class Security, the firm that handles the hotel’s security. Earlier this month, a judge denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the complaint.EB-5 investors vs. Nick MastroianiJupiter Florida-based EB-5 developer Nick Mastroiani can’t seem to escape legal troubles surrounding Harbourside Place, a $170 million retail, restaurant and hotel project completed in 2014. More than a year after nearly 80 Chinese investors sued Mastroianni for allegedly defrauding them, another pair of Chinese nationals are accusing him of more fraudulent acts. In January, Ting Peng and Lin Fu sued Mastroianni II, Richard Yellen, Florida Regional Center LLC, and other Harbourside entities in West Palm Beach federal court. They are seeking class action status. Ping and Fu, among 199 EB-5 investors who contributed a combined $99.5 million to develop Harbourside Place, claim Mastrioanni and Yellen had no intention of keeping a promise to repay a construction loan financed with EB-5 funds. Harbourside Place “vehemently” denied the allegations and Mastrioanni told TRD the complaint is a “sham lawsuit.”Clark Construction vs. Miami BeachMiami Beach has a shiny, renovated convention center that cost half a billion dollars to spruce up. But, the city is still about $90 million short from closing out the project, according to a lawsuit filed by Clark Construction against Miami Beach. The Bethesda, Maryland-based construction company oversaw the renovation project and is now attempting to collect payment for itself and more than 30 subcontractors. Clark claims the city owes $70 million in unpaid work and $20 million in contract balance owed. When the lawsuit was filed in January, then-City Manager Jimmy Morales told TRD that Clark delayed the project for more than a year and the city is entitled to damages. The lawsuit is still pending in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.Muyad “Mo” Abbas and Michael Bedner vs. Aperion at the Jockey Club partnersAfter squashing legal challenges from Jockey Club residents, Aperion at the Jockey Club developers Muyad “Mo” Abbas and Michael Bedner found themselves waging a new battle against their own partners. In February, a court receiver was appointed to take over Aperion Miami, the company managing the project, as the development partners sort out a slate of legal disputes involving ownership of the project. Apeiron Holdings Miami and Apeiron Miami are suing partners Asaf Horesh, Zeev Segal and their company Jockey Segal Upland. The complaint also names Doron Arad and his company Pledger Trust Series 28 LLC as defendants. The lawsuit is pending.Lincoln Road landlord vs. WeWorkAs WeWork shrinks its shared-office space portfolio around the world, one of the company’s South Florida landlords is seeking to collect more than $19.5 million in unpaid rent, attorney fees and more. In July, SML 350 Lincoln Inc., managed by Shaul Levy and Meir Levy, sued the co-working giant for allegedly breaching its commercial lease for a 40,000-square-foot space at 350 Lincoln Road. A WeWork spokesperson said in a statement that “the lawsuit lacks merit for a variety of reasons,” and that it continues to work with its landlords to meet its obligations and “reach mutually beneficial solutions.” The company also worked out an agreement with another Miami Beach landlord to remain at another location at 429 Lenox Avenue. 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This is the first large-scale modeling study of iceberg trajectories and melt rates in the Southern Ocean. An iceberg model was seeded with climatological iceberg calving rates based on a calculation of the net surface accumulation from each snow catchment area on the Antarctic continent. In most areas, modeled trajectories show good agreement with observed patterns of iceberg motion, though discrepencies in the Weddell Sea have highlighted problems in the ocean general circulation model output used to force the iceberg model. The Coriolis force is found to be important in keeping bergs entrained in the coastal current around Antarctica, and topographic features are important in causing bergs to depart from the coastal regions. The modeled geographic distribution of iceberg meltwater joining the ocean has been calculated and is found in many near-coastal regions to be comparable in magnitude to the excess of precipitation over evaporation (P-E).