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Port Tampa Bay is excited to once again host The World, the largest residential luxury super-yacht in the world, as she visits Tampa and enjoys our beautiful weather.

MS The World
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

(January 2014)

The World in Melbourne, Australia

Name: The World
Operator: ResidenSea in Miramar, Florida
Port of registry: Bahamas
Ordered: 2000
Builder: Fosen Mek. Verksteder A/S in Rissa, Norway
Yard number: N.71
Laid down: 2001
Launched: March 2002
Completed: 2002-03-13
Status: In service

General characteristics

Tonnage: 43,524 GT
Length: 196.35 m (644 ft 2 in)
Beam: 29.8 m (97 ft 9 in)
Draft: 6.7 m (22 ft 0 in)
Decks: 12
Installed power: Marine diesel
Speed: 18.5 knots (34.3 km/h; 21.3 mph)
Capacity: 150-200 passengers average
Crew: 250

The World is a private cruise ship serving as a residential community owned by its residents.[1]

The Residents, from about 40 different countries, live on board as the ship travels the globe—staying in most ports approximately three days.

 Some Residents…


New post on The Devil's Excrement

Random Thoughts About Blogs, Venezuela and a Government Caught in Political Asymptotic Slavery

by moctavio

It has been one of those weeks in Venezuela where nothing happens and that is what worries you: How long can the Government continue without making decisions or making half-assed ones, expecting that nothing will happen? 

But at the same time, Government officials and supporters say the darndest things and you wonder what type of thought process goes through their minds.

And in a country with little significant news to talk about, Quico of Caracas Chronicles, all of a sudden decides to call it quits, sailing into the sunset and deciding that he no longer has the intensity to continue writing about Venezuela. 

And in some sense, I envy him, because the idea of not writing the blog any longer, comes back frequently into my mind like a boomerang, but while I am writing less, I somehow can not cut that cord off. 

I am not ready yet. Kudos to him that co…

Wal-Mart: Food stamp cuts to hit profits

By Chris Isidore


January 31, 2014: 9:33 AM ET

Wal-Mart warned that earnings would be hurt by cuts to food stamp and bad weather.


Wal-Mart Stores warned Friday that cuts to the nation's food stamps program late last year will hurt its bottom line.

The cut in food stamps went into effect November 1, 2013.

 Food stamps had been increased during the height of the recession, but that expansion expired without Congressional action.

The expiration of the program saved the government $5 billion.

More cuts in food stamp funding could be on the way.

 A bipartisan deal on a new farm bill reached earlier this week could trim $90 a month in benefits for 850,000 food stamp recipients, saving the government nearly $1 billion a year.

Related: How food stamp cuts will hurt our family

The nation's largest retailer also said bad weather was affecting its financial performance. 

Additionally, the company said it will also have to take a charge related to previously-announced pla…