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  • Panama Canal expansion project: Have American fears come true?

    01/14/2014 7:28:00 AM PST · by Theoria · 59 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 Jan 2014 | Thomas Sparrow
    More than four years ago, when Panama awarded the lucrative contract to expand its inter-oceanic canal to a mostly European consortium, the United States was not pleased. An American company whose bid was unsuccessful, Bechtel, thought the winning tender would barely pay for pouring the concrete and that the consortium would probably try to renegotiate the price at some stage during the construction process. Some might argue that those American doubts have been justified, especially in view of the ongoing economic row between the European consortium and the Panamanian government agency that runs the waterway. The spat has threatened to...
  • China and Colombia announce 'alternative Panama Canal'

    02/14/2011 11:26:43 AM PST · by Oakeshott · 59 replies
    BBC ^ | BBC
    Colombia has announced it is negotiating with China to build an alternative to the Panama Canal. The proposed transport route is intended to promote the flow of goods between Asia and Latin America. The plan is to create a "dry canal" where the Pacific port of Buenaventura would be linked by rail, across Colombia, to the Atlantic Coast. Trade between Colombia and China has increased from $10m in 1980 to more than $5bn last year. The announcement came from the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, who told the Financial Times that the project was "a real proposal... and it is...
  • Iran, Venezuela plan to build rival to Panama Canal

    11/13/2010 6:59:02 AM PST · by mandaladon · 56 replies · 3+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | 13 Nov 2010 | Shlomo Papirblat
    The recent border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is a sign of an ambitious plan by Venezuela, Iran and Nicaragua to create a "Nicaragua Canal" linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that would rival the existing Panama Canal. Costa Rica says that last week Nicaraguan troops entered its territory along the San Juan River – the border between the two nations. Nicaragua had been conducting channel deepening work on the river when the incident occurred. Sources in Latin America have told Haaretz that the border incident and the military pressure on Costa Rica, a country without an army, are...
  • Nicaragua waterway to dwarf Panama canal (China Connecting to Atlantic)

    06/13/2013 1:50:09 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 41 replies
    Nicaragua's parliament is due to vote on Thursday on one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Latin America's history – a trans-oceanic canal that is to be built and run by a Chinese company. If it goes ahead, the $40bn (£26bn) scheme, which is twice as expensive as Brazil's Belo Monte dam and likely to be three times longer than the Panama canal, looks set to transform global shipping and jump start the economy of this Central American nation. As well as the waterway, the draft agreement between Nicaragua and a Hong Kong registered firm — Nicaraguan Canal Development Investment...
  • Nicaragua gives Chinese firm contract to build alternative to Panama Canal

    06/07/2013 10:14:17 AM PDT · by BBell · 49 replies
    http://www.guardian.co.uk ^ | 6 June 2013 | Jonathan Watts
    Nicaragua has awarded a Chinese company a 100-year concession to build an alternative to the Panama Canal, in a step that looks set to have profound geopolitical ramifications. The president of the country's national assembly, Rene Nuñez, announced the $40bn (£26bn) project, which will reinforce Beijing's growing influence on global trade and weaken US dominance over the key shipping route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The name of the company and other details have yet to be released, but the opposition congressman Luis Callejas said the government planned to grant a 100-year lease to the Chinese operator. The national...
  • The $40 Bil. Chinese Plan To Build A Panama Canal-Like Waterway Across Nicaragua Sounds Ridiculous

    06/14/2013 8:43:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/14/2013 | Michael Kelley
    Nicaragua has approved plans for a mysterious Hong Kong-based company to build an estimated $40 billion canal across the middle of the country, Luis Manuel Galeano and Michael Weissenstein of The Associated Press report. The waterway, which would have to be roughly three times as long as the 50-mile Panama Canal, would be one of the largest infrastructure projects ever. The plan has some serious detractors: Environmentalists say it would devastate Lake Nicaragua, the country's primary source of fresh water, while shipping experts say that it may be an economically unfeasible power play by China. The company, HK Nicaragua Canal...
  • Texting woman falls into canal [VIDEO]

    01/28/2013 8:59:23 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | January 25, 2013 | GABRIELLE LEVY
    If this isn't the perfect PSA for the dangers of texting and walking, we don't know what is. British radio personality Laura Safe was typing messages to her boyfriend when she walked straight into the icy water of a canal in Birmingham--and it was all caught on CCTV. "I thought the canal was pavement because it looked dark out of the corner of my eye," Safe told the Sun.
  • Iran planned attack on Israeli vessel in Suez

    03/24/2012 11:09:33 PM PDT · by U-238 · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Ynet ^ | 3/24/2012 | Roi Kais
    Egyptian security forces were able to foil a terror attack on Israeli vessels in the Suez Canal, Cairo's Al-Ahram weekly reported Saturday. According to the report, the Egyptian investigation into the matter concluded that the potential attacks were orchestrated by Iran. Egyptian authorities have two suspects in custody – Saliman Rizek abdel Razek and Salame Ahmed Salame. The two deny any involvement, but according to the report authorities have evidence linking them, via the offer of a 50 million Egyptian pounds payment, to a third suspect – Muhammad Zakri – who they allegedly tried to hire to execute the attack....
  • Ancient canals on the Suncoast?[FL]

    02/15/2011 3:54:50 PM PST · by Palter · 54 replies
    WWSB ^ | 15 Feb 2011 | Josh Taylor
    A Central Florida man believes he has discovered what's left of a highly advanced ancient civilization by using some new technology, and says some of the evidence is right here on the Suncoast. "Looking further, I begin to find the real beauty in Cortez."  John Jensen is no archaeologist. He says he's just an amatuer researcher of what's under the water. Well, what he says he's observed from the sky could rewrite the history of the world.  "I recognize some patterns that appear to be man-made, or at least not natural." He's identified more than 60 sites in places like...
  • Eyes on the Prize: Suez Canal

    02/01/2011 9:58:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    american thinker ^ | 2/1/11 | Tony George
    I'm not an Egypt watcher, but it appears the Muslim Brotherhood is continuing plans to isolate the Arabian Peninsula. Iran's move to seal the western approaches didn't pan out thanks to both Bush '41 (Somalia operation) and Bush '43 (US, France, and initially Germany in Djibouti). The MB's real objective, in my opinion, is closing the Suez Canal. This, with Iranian control of the Strait of Hormuz, will effectively put our economy in bottom of the tank thanks to Obama's prior spending sprees. Our capability to militarily act is extremely limited, even if the administration had the will to do...
  • Mubarak orders army to back police against unrest (Tanks open fire @ Suez Canal?)

    01/28/2011 8:58:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/29/11 | Shaimaa Fayed and Yasmine Saleh
    Mubarak orders army to back police against unrestShaimaa Fayed and Yasmine Saleh, Reuters January 29, 2011, 3:16 am CAIRO (Reuters) - President Hosni Mubarak imposed a curfew and ordered troops to back up police as they struggled to control crowds who flooded the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities on Friday to demand that he step down. In unrest never before seen during Mubarak's 30 year-rule, police and demonstrators fought running street battles. Dozens of people were wounded as security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon at the crowds and baton charged them. The protesters hurled...
  • Pushed in: Homeless man’s canal escape recounted by mother

    12/11/2010 8:12:39 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 3 replies
    Auburn Journal ^ | 12/11/10 | Gus Thomson
    The deaths in Auburn’s Wise Canal started in January 2009. Last month, 50-year-old homeless man Richard Hill became the sixth man to turn up dead in the canal in less than two years. Now an Auburn woman has come forward with information that she said points to her son barely surviving becoming a seventh victim. Until this month, she said that neither she nor her son had shared the information with authorities. Betty Starr said her son told her he was pushed into the Wise Canal in November 2008, while walking in the darkness at water’s edge on a path...
  • Costa Rica files case against Nicaragua in international court

    11/20/2010 9:19:05 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies · 1+ views
    cnn ^ | November 19, 2010 -- Updated 1117 GMT (1917 HKT) | CNN Wire Staff
    <p>In a statement Thursday, Costa Rica's foreign ministry said the country had filed a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, to end a situation that "threatens imminent and irreparable harm" to Costa Rica.</p> <p>The suit asks the court to stop "the construction of a canal on Costa Rican soil," according to the statement.</p>
  • Largest Ancient Roman Canal Ever Built Discovered at Site of Italian Sea Port

    08/14/2010 11:58:15 AM PDT · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 15 replies
    Associated Content ^ | August 02, 2010 | Mark Whittington
    Archeologists have discovereed an ancient Roman canal, theme of the Romans, connecting the town of Portus, on the mouth of the Tiber River, to the river town of Ostia. According to the Telegraph: "Scholars discovered the 100-yard-wide (90-metre-wide) canal at Portus, the ancient maritime port through which goods from all over the Empire were shipped to Rome for more than 400 years.
  • 'Biggest canal ever built by Romans' discovered

    07/14/2010 5:43:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Sunday, July 11, 2010 | Nick Squires in Rome
    Scholars discovered the 100-yard-wide (90-metre-wide) canal at Portus, the ancient maritime port through which goods from all over the Empire were shipped to Rome for more than 400 years. The archaeologists... believe the canal connected Portus, on the coast at the mouth of the Tiber, with the nearby river port of Ostia, two miles away. It would have enabled cargo to be transferred from big ocean-going ships to smaller river vessels and taken up the River Tiber to the docks and warehouses of the imperial capital. Until now, it was thought that goods took a more circuitous overland route along...
  • Report: U.S., Israeli warships cross Suez Canal toward Red Sea

    06/19/2010 6:44:15 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 100 replies · 3,655+ views
    Egypt opposition angered at government for allowing the fleet of more than 12 ships to cross Egyptian manned waterway, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reports. By Jack Khoury More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday, British Arabic Language newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday. According to the report, thousands of Egyptian soldiers were deployed along the Suez Canal guarding the ships' passage, which included a U.S. aircraft carrier. The Suez Canal is a strategic Egyptian waterway which connects between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. According to...
  • US, Israel Warships in Suez May Be Prelude to Faceoff with Iran

    06/20/2010 4:03:44 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    Aryta Sheva ^ | 6/20/2010 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Egypt allowed at least one Israeli and 11 American warships to pass through the Suez Canal as an Iranian flotilla approaches Gaza. Egypt closed the canal to protect the ships with thousands of soldiers, according to the British-based Arabic language newspaper Al Quds al-Arabi. One day prior to the report on Saturday, Voice of Israel government radio reported that the Egyptian government denied an Israeli request not to allow the Iranian flotilla to use the Suez Canal to reach Gaza, in violation of the Israeli sea embargo on the Hamas-controlled area. International agreements require Egypt to keep the Suez open...
  • EGYPT ARRESTS TERRORIST CELL OF 25 MEMBERS

    07/09/2009 1:33:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 963+ views
    INTERNET-HAGANAH.com ^ | July 9, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: 09 July 2009 EGYPT ARRESTS TERRORIST CELL OF 25 MEMBERS CAIRO, July 9 (Xinhua) The Egyptian authorities have arrested a terrorist cell of 25 members, 24 Egyptians and one Palestinian, for plotting to carry out terrorist attacks in Suez Canal, Egyptian Interior Ministry said in statement issued on Thursday. According to the statement, the members of the cell who believe in Jihad (Holy War) were located in Cairo, Alexandria and Daqahlia governorates and communicated through internet with other terrorist groups outside Egypt. The cell's members, mostly engineers, were developing high-tech and electronic devices...
  • Mormons and the Illinois and Michigan Canal

    05/28/2009 8:03:12 AM PDT · by restornu · 6 replies · 375+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | 2009-05-28 | By Emily Jensen
    While the Erie Canal in New York may be more famous, the Illinois and Michigan Canal (I&M Canal) was just as significant argued Vickie Speek in her presentation "Mormons and the I&M Canal" last Saturday at the Mormon History Conference. And for some 19th century Mormons, this canal was triply significant as it provided economic, transportation and missionary opportunities. How did the I&M help the Mormons economically? One does not often consider the interim time between leaving Independence/Far West and the settling of Nauvoo. As converts streamed out of Ohio traveling to Missouri in 1838 they encountered those leaving...
  • Reconstruction Team Completes Afghanistan Canal Project

    04/20/2009 4:40:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 238+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Dustin Hart, USAF
    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, April 20, 2009 – Joined by government and local leaders, the provincial reconstruction team here celebrated the completion of the Grand Canal repair project during an April 12 ribbon-cutting ceremony in Jalalabad. Gov. Gul Agha Sherzai of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province and Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team commander Air Force Lt. Col. Steve Cabosky take turns cutting the ribbon for the Grand Canal repair project during a ceremony in Jalalabad, April 12, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Dustin Hart  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The repairs took about nine months to complete and cost $2.8...
  • Project to widen Bawi Canal begins (ESSAYONS)

    01/20/2009 3:12:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 231+ views
    BAGHDAD – Iraqi Security Forces, local leaders and Multi-National Division Baghdad Soldiers participated in a ground breaking ceremony marking the widening of the Bawi Canal Jan.18 in the Salman Pak region, southeast of Baghdad. The ceremony is one of a series of ground breaking projects to improve the infrastructure of the Mada’in and Marquez Qadas to improve the quality of live for the citizens. Maj. Jason Joose, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad executive officer, welcomed Iraqi Army Brig. Gen. Hussein, 45th Brigade Iraqi Army commander, Shaykh Qais, Mada’in tribal...
  • Canal Refurbishment Highlights $50 Million Iraqi Project

    12/02/2008 3:52:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 190+ views
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 2, 2008 – Iraqi civilian and military dignitaries broke ground on the Army Canal Rehabilitation Project in Baghdad’s Sadr City district yesterday. Gen. Abud Kanbar-Hashim, commander of Iraqi Operation Baghdad, shovels the first bits of dirt Dec. 1, 2008, to mark the beginning of a project to dredge and refurbish the Iraqi capital’s Army Canal. U.S. Army photo by Scott Flenner  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The ceremonial groundbreaking marked the beginning of a commitment by the Iraqi government to spend $50 million during the next three years in reconstruction efforts along the al-Kanat Road and...
  • Modern Solution for Ancient Lands

    11/10/2008 12:25:09 PM PST · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 3 replies · 404+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | November 09, 2008 | Leslie J. Sacks
    Regeneration of the Biblical Dead Seaby Leslie J. Sacks Amid the constant turmoil and angst boiling over in Israel and the West Bank, at the center of the Middle East, lies the Dead Sea. [3] This salt-laden desert sea is rapidly diminishing in size as its source, the Jordan River, dries up: the Syrians (via the Yarmuk, a source for the Jordan), Israelis and Jordanians all draw an ever-increasing amount of water from this biblical tributary. [1] We think of the Dead Sea as a tourist haven for spa treatments and beauty products, as a relief for psoriasis sufferers;...
  • Grand Canal Upgrades Ease Traffic Flow

    08/26/2008 4:41:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 127+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 1st Lt. Jane Capra, USA
    CAMP TAJI — Traffic builds while a truck struggles to make it up a sandy on-ramp as the vehicle’s driver navigates an alternate route in an attempt to bypass a damaged bridge. After some time, Iraqi Police and locals give the driver a push. The scene replayed every few minutes, frustrating military and civilian drivers alike near the city of Taji. A steep slope on the on-ramp, coupled with a lack of a hard surface, were making it hard for traffic to travel the road and causing traffic to regularly back up for half a mile. This is where the...
  • Michelle Obama is fair game

    05/25/2008 2:36:43 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 48 replies · 236+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 5/25/08 | Jeff Jacoby
    ON THE website of the Tennessee Republican Party is a short video in which residents of Nashville talk about the pride they feel for their country. One man, for example, mentions his esteem for the First and Second Amendments. A Vanderbilt graduate student says he was proud when Ronald Reagan told Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall - "and I was prouder when it came down." A young professional woman extols the "academic and job opportunities that women have in this country." A police officer named Juan says he is proud of having immigrated to the United States,...
  • California Peripheral Canal Plan Resurrected

    04/30/2008 10:10:29 PM PDT · by PeterFinn · 33 replies · 102+ views
    California Resources Agency ^ | April 30, 2008 | Peter Finn
    I am posting this important and breaking news ahead of Sacramento TV stations and The Sacramento Bee. The California Resources Agency this evening in Clarksburg, California held a meeting in which they presented their plans to "save" the vital agricultural heartland of California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region. Option four of the presentation (which can be found here: http://baydeltaoffice.water.ca.gov/sdb/bdcp/bdcp_draft_scoping_meeting.pdf ) includes a PERIPHERAL CANAL starting south of Freeport in Scribner Bend and following the exact route of the proposed 1982 Peripheral Canal to the pumping stations of Clifton Court Forebay. But that's not all. Option four as presented this evening also...
  • Officials Express Regret Over Death in Suez Canal Incident

    03/26/2008 10:28:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 459+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 26, 2008 – U.S. 5th Fleet officials today expressed regret for the death of an Egyptian citizen who died the night of March 24, an apparent result of warning shots fired at a small boat approaching a ship chartered by the U.S. Navy. “We express our deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased,” Vice Adm. Kevin J. Cosgriff, 5th Fleet commander. “We are greatly saddened by events that apparently resulted in this accidental death. This situation is tragic, and we will do our utmost to help take care of the family of the deceased.” The U.S. Navy’s...
  • Navy Contract Ship Fires Warning Shots Near Suez Canal

    03/25/2008 4:42:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 697+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 25, 2008 – A ship on short-term charter to the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command fired warning shots at a small boat approaching the ship as it was preparing to transit the Suez Canal last night, military officials reported. There were no reports of casualties from the ship, the Global Patriot. Officials said several boats approached the Global Patriot while it was preparing to transit the Suez Canal. The boats were hailed and warned by a native Arabic speaker on the Global Patriot to advise them to turn away. Other warning steps, including a signal flare, were used...
  • Canal Linking Ancient Egypt Quarry To Nile Found

    10/26/2007 11:30:23 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 102+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 10-24-2007 | Steven Stanek
    Canal Linking Ancient Egypt Quarry to Nile Found Steven Stanek in Cairo, Egypt for National Geographic NewsOctober 24, 2007 Experts have discovered a canal at an Aswan rock quarry that they believe was used to help float some of ancient Egypt's largest stone monuments to the Nile River. It has long been suspected that ancient workers moved the massive artifacts directly to their final destinations over waterways. Ancient artwork shows Egyptians using boats or barges to move large monuments like obelisks and statues, and canals have also been discovered at the Giza pyramids and the Luxor Temple. (Related: "Ancient Flowers...
  • Arabian Canal to reshape New Dubai (another Megaproject)

    10/10/2007 1:35:19 PM PDT · by Squidpup · 37 replies · 1,156+ views
    Gulfnews ^ | October 9, 2007 | Robert Ditcham
    Dubai: The city on Tuesday unveiled a 75-km canal that will reshape the southern part of Dubai and transform the massive Jebel Ali landmass into an island. New Dubai's latest mega-project, Arabian Canal, will be one of the world's biggest and most expensive engineering feats, costing $61 billion (about Dh224 billion). The giant project will be built in two parts - an $11 billion, 75km canal which will snake from the Palm Jebel Ali to the Palm Jumeirah and a $50 billion "city within a city" that will cover 20,000 hectares along the canal's southern flank. Developed by Limitless, the...
  • Section Of Ancient Canal Discovered In Northern Iran

    08/27/2007 3:18:08 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 393+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 8-25-2007
    Section of ancient canal discovered northern Iran TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) -- A team of Iranian and British archaeologists have recently discovered a 50 kilometer section of an ancient canal near the Gorgan Great Wall in northern Iran’s Golestan Province. “The canal was used to transfer water from the Gorganrud River to the people who once lived in the vicinity of the wall, moats, castles, and brick kilns,” the team’s Iranian director Hamid Omrani told the Persian service of CHN on Friday. This section of canal was still in use, but for a different purpose, up until the 1979 Islamic...
  • Canal bypass could solve Delta problems

    07/13/2007 10:39:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies · 404+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Friday, July 13, 2007. | ALISHA SEMCHUCK
    Water woes in California awakened some elected officials to the need for a peripheral canal, an alternative to the state's existing water delivery system, where the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta pumps can be shut down at any time for any number of reasons. Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, has become a proponent and has called for construction of an alternate water conveyance system - a peripheral canal - that would transport water supplies from Northern California to the southern regions of the state. Their unified stance intensified after the Department of Water Resources voluntarily shut down the pumps for 10 days...
  • New Boost For Planned Canal Between Red Sea And Dead Sea

    06/27/2007 2:36:05 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 651+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 6-27-2007 | Ian Black
    New boost for planned canal between Red Sea and Dead Sea · Firms commissioned to study feasibility of link· 25-year project would ease region's water shortage Ian Black, Middle East editor Wednesday June 27, 2007 The Guardian (UK) Hopes of building a canal linking the Red Sea to the Dead Sea have been given a fresh boost with 11 firms commissioned to produce feasibility studies. Their work will be submitted to an Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian committee looking at ways to implement the huge engineering scheme, which could take as long as 25 years to complete. As well as reviving the rapidly shrinking...
  • Panama delivers a lesson to isolationists

    12/17/2006 12:20:18 PM PST · by j_accuse · 20 replies · 878+ views
    The Oppenheimer Report on Latin America ^ | 10.29.2006 | Andres Oppenheimer
    PANAMA CANAL'S LESSON: U.S. MUST BUILD BRIDGES, NOT FENCES --- LA LECCION DEL CANAL DE PANAMA Last weekend's decision by Panama to embark on a $5.2 billion expansion of the Panama Canal should teach a lesson to the new crowd of U.S. Latin America bashers -- often disguised as immigration control advocates on cable television networks -- about how wrong their predecessors were in one of Washington's biggest debates over Latin America ever. I'm talking about the 1977 Panama Canal treaties, which turned over full control of the canal to Panama in 2000. Read the full column here, and...
  • Passage To Prosperity

    10/22/2006 7:42:04 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 18 replies · 579+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | 22 Oct 2006 | Editorial
    Free Trade: If there was ever a referendum the whole world could celebrate, it might be Panama's huge canal expansion, expected to pass on Sunday. From Boston to Singapore, rarely have so many stood to gain so much. When Panama's 1.7 million voters hit the "yes" button for the $5.3 billion canal expansion, they'll put their fingers on a pivotal point that changes the course of history. President Martin Torrijos called the canal's biggest upgrade since its 1914 completion "vital" to his nation and energetically persuaded his cost-conscious countrymen to approve it. .... Panamanians were skeptical at first, but now...
  • Return to Love Canal

    10/20/2006 4:15:06 PM PDT · by agooga · 2 replies · 288+ views
    Damn Interesting ^ | October 18th, 2006 | Marisa Brook
    William T. Love came to 1890s Niagara Falls, New York, with hugely ambitious plans. The landowner and entrepreneur envisioned the creation of an enormous utopian metropolis. His city would be home to enviable industry, and housing for more than a million people. Thousands of acres would become "the most extensive and beautiful [park] in the world". He planned to power the city using hydroelectric dams on a new 11-kilometer canal between the upper and lower Niagara Rivers. Within a year, however, Love's plans failed, and would quickly have been forgotten if it weren't for one problem. The one part of...
  • Panama to vote on expanding canal

    10/20/2006 1:10:22 PM PDT · by Republicain · 13 replies · 561+ views
    PANAMA CITY, Oct 20, 2006 (AFP) - The Panama Canal is set for a major overhaul if voters Sunday approve a 5.25-billion-dollar plan to widen the strategic waterway to accommodate modern mega-ships. Proponents say the canal will reach capacity in 2012 and that its expansion is critical in the face of competition from other maritime routes. The government says the work would be financed by a hike in tolls, worth 1.2 billion dollars in 2005. Polls predict a victory of more than 70 percent in favor of the expansion in Sunday's referendum. "We are optimistic," said Rodolfo Sabonge, the director...
  • To Expand or Not to Expand: That's the Canal Question

    10/01/2006 2:45:42 PM PDT · by kellynla · 4 replies · 451+ views
    Inter Press Service News Agency ^ | Sep 30, 2006 | María Mercedes de la Guardia
    PANAMA CITY, Sep 30 (IPS) - On Oct. 22, Panamanians will head to the polls in a referendum to decide the future and possible expansion of the Panama Canal, the main economic driver of this country of three million people. The canal is expected to generate 1.4 billion dollars in the 2006 fiscal year, of which 560 million will go to the state coffers. According to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), the proposed expansion would increase these revenues to 6.23 billion dollars by 2025, boosting treasury contributions to up to 4.19 billion. If to this year's 560 million are added...
  • Panama Canal Referendum in Three Weeks

    10/01/2006 2:41:40 PM PDT · by kellynla · 5 replies · 540+ views
    Trinidad Express ^ | September 28th 2006 | Roxanne Stapleton
    PANAMA will hold a referendum in three weeks to decide whether the Panama Canal will be expanded. However, Enrique Sanchez, manager of the Contracting Division of the Panama Canal Authority said yesterday that polls conducted across the Central American country, have shown overwhelming support for its expansion. If the project gets the green-light, it will be self financed at an estimated cost of US$5.25 billion. Gross revenue generated by the Canal for fiscal 2005/6 (fiscal year ends September 30, 2006), reached US$1.4 billion, with the Panamanian Government netting approximately US$600 million of that figure. "The Panama Canal has turned out...
  • Panama Canal Expansion Could Help US Cargo Flow

    10/01/2006 2:38:15 PM PDT · by kellynla · 30 replies · 761+ views
    Latin Business Chronicle ^ | September 26, 2006 | staff
    This view is expressed in a new study that has forecast North American container port demand nearly double in 10 years with most pressure falling on Pacific Coast ports. UK-based Ocean Shipping Consultants predicts demand to increase by up to 85 per cent to 85.7m TEU over 2005-15, and by a further 31 percent to 112.3m TEU over 2015-20. Even an increased-risk/protectionist scenario, incorporating a significant downturn in GDP expansion over 2011-15, would yield a container port demand increase of 55 percent to 71.8m TEU over 2005-15, with 25 percent growth over 2015-20, to 89.7m TEU In its report Containerport...
  • Nicaragua Plans New Canal to Rival Panama

    10/01/2006 2:32:23 PM PDT · by kellynla · 58 replies · 3,732+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Oct. 1, 2006 | Phil Brennan,
    A late 19th century idea has been resurrected to build a new canal in Nicaragua, at the same time Panama is planning to widen its own canal. Nicaraguan officials say next week they will announce their $20 billion proposal to build a canal linking the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans that would accommodate ships too large to use the Panama Canal, according to the Los Angeles Times. If it meets with the necessary approval by Nicaragua's Congress, the project would be a joint public-private venture financed by unnamed investors, Lindolfo Monjarretz, a spokesman for Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos, told the...
  • Wider Panama Canal Would Aid Chinese

    09/05/2006 1:19:23 PM PDT · by Trupolitik · 70 replies · 1,799+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Sep 05, 2006 | Jerome Corsi
    Panama is planning to build a deeper, wider Panama Canal to allow Communist Chinese super-containerships carrying cheap 21st century slave-labor under-market goods to have direct access to the Gulf of Mexico and key NAFTA/CAFTA ports such as Miami. In the shipping industry, Panamex container ships are defined as those that are able to fit through the 1,000-foot long and 110-foot wide canal. Typically, Panamex containerships were designed to carry 4,500 TEU (“Twenty Foot Units,” the length measurement of the standard ocean steel container). The first generation of post-Panamex container ships was built to carry up to 9,800 TEU. Today, a...
  • Iwo Jima ESG Transits Suez Canal

    08/21/2006 5:39:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 710+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Mike Jones
    USS IWO JIMA , At Sea (NNS) -- USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS Nashville (LPD 13), both assigned to the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), successfully and safely transited the Suez Canal, Aug. 20. As part of Commander, Task Force 59, both ships, and Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) provided crucial departure assistance to American citizens in Lebanon looking to leave the troubled region. USS Cole (DDG 67) and USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) remained on station off Lebanon, ready to provide additional assistance as needed. “Every Sailor and Marine...
  • Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group Transits the Suez Canal

    07/05/2006 5:38:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 341+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | USS Iwo Jima Public Affairs
    USS IWO JIMA, At Sea (NNS) -- The Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) passed through the Suez Canal, July 4, entering the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO). The ESG will conduct maritime security operations (MSO) throughout the region and support further tasking from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). “We're ready to begin our taskings in support of [MSO],” said Capt. Sinclair M. Harris, commodore of Amphibious Squadron 4. “Our months of training will be used to support [U.S. Naval Forces Central Command].” MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment,...
  • Man Near Death After Falling Into Polluted Water (Nasty Story)

    04/05/2006 4:49:53 PM PDT · by Justice · 5 replies · 480+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 5, 2006 | Yahoo News
    Sewage pumping Into canal A Honolulu man is near death after falling into waters contaminated by the massive sewage spill in the Ala Wai Canal. His friends said they are convinced the polluted water in the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor made him sick. How the man went into the dirty Ala Wai Harbor is not clear. It happened last week. There may have been some kind of altercation. However, he is gravely ill now with a flesh-eating bacteria infection, according to his friends. Oliver Johnson, 34, was fit and healthy, a surfer and runner.Thursday night he was walking near...
  • Spiffy new jail too expensive to open

    03/17/2006 7:29:09 AM PST · by george76 · 133 replies · 3,279+ views
    A $59 million jail featuring art and flat screen TVs in Portland, Ore., has been sitting unused for more than a year as the city can't afford to open it. The Wapato Facility took two years to construct and can house 525 inmates at a cost of $20 million per year, .... The county spent more than $600,000 on art for the jail, including a sculpture out front by the circular driveway. There are 30-foot vaulted ceilings and private showers. "I love coming to an empty $59-million jail," Giusto told the Los Angeles Times. "I get tired of telling people...
  • Iranian Islands in the Persian Gulf and the Arabs

    12/27/2005 3:02:17 PM PST · by Khashayar · 8 replies · 1,140+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | Dec 27, 2005 | Bahman Aghai Diba
    The Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu-Musa Islands are situated near the Straight of Hurmuz in the Persian Gulf, south of Iran. The Lesser Tunb is 22 miles from the mainland of Iran. The Lesser Tunb is 17 miles from the Iranian land. Both of them are not able to sustain living and they had never inhabitants. Abu- Musa is the home for a limited number of people (less than 50 households). The Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu-Musa Islands have been part of Iran since the times immemorial. In the Nineteenth Century, they were parts of the "Lengheh Territory"...
  • Canal Projects Deliver Water, Self-sufficiency

    12/05/2005 3:18:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 359+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Dec 5, 2005 | Denise Calabria
    Some of the trucks, front-end loaders, and giant back-hoes provided by the Non-Construction Sector for ongoing maintenance of the Sweet Water Canal in southern Iraq. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division photo. Canal Projects Deliver Water, Self-sufficiency Work to ensure the Sweet Water Canal water quality and reliability also provides local Iraqis the tools necessary to maintain this resource. By Denise CalabriaGulf Region DivisionU.S. Army Corps of Engineers BAGHDAD, Iraq, Dec. 5, 2005 — Due to the desert-like climate and high salinity of water in southern Iraq, two million residents of Basrah have long relied upon the...
  • New Orleans Levee Failure Assessment - Part V

    11/07/2005 8:54:03 PM PST · by jeffers · 48 replies · 26,654+ views
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    New Orleans Levee Failure Analysis - Part V Contents Introduction and Basic Levee Construction, Section and Elevation Details Section 1. Pre-Landfall Flooding in Kenner and Western Metairie of East Jefferson Parish Section 2. Analysis of the 17th Street and London Canal Breaches and Post Katrina Flood Sequence in Downtown New Orleans Section 3. Surge Sequence for the Industrial Canal Basin, Analysis of the Five Major Breaches and east Orleans Parish Flooding Section 4. Flood Sequence for St. Bernard Parish and the Lower Ninth Ward, MRGO Reach Failure Analysis Section 5. Contributory Causality, Political and Funding Issues Leading to Levee Failures...
  • New Orleans Levee Failure Assessment

    09/23/2005 5:02:54 AM PDT · by jeffers · 64 replies · 15,057+ views
    This is part four of a five part series examining the Hurricane Katrina levee failures. Part 1 is a timeline sequence of who reported what flood events, to whom, and when it was reported. It can be found here: Part I: Hurricane Katrina Flood Report Sequence Part 2 is a discussion of the levee system's viability, or lack thereof, prior to Hurricane Katrina. It can be found here: Part II: Pre-Katrina Levee Assessment Part 3 is a discussion of the overall storm surge sequence, levee failure modes, and causal limitations relating to the 17th Street Canal and London Canal seawall...