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  • Panama Canal expansion seen to open by July

    03/23/2016 8:09:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Manila Bulletin | March 23, 2016 | NAUREEN S. MALIK
    The expansion of the Panama Canal, a $5.3 billion project almost two years behind schedule and plagued by cost overruns and contractor disputes, is expected to open by the end of June, according to the agency that operates the waterway. The Panama Canal Authority has resolved problems associated with contractors and seepage from the new locks discovered during testing, said Jose Ramon Arango, senior international trade specialist at the agency that operates the 50-mile (77- kilometer) waterway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The authority is planning a test of the new locks with a tanker in May...
  • Concrete Sample from the New Panama Canal Locks Does Not Look Good (trunc)

    08/28/2015 2:10:05 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 87 replies ^ | 08/27/15 | Mike Schuler
    A core sample pulled from the concrete of the Cocoli Locks where cracks and leaks have appeared does not bode well for the Panama Canal expansion project, which is on a strict deadline for completion in April 2016.
  • $50 billion canal in Nicaragua could allow Chinese submarines to cross from the Atlantic to…

    06/20/2015 9:27:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:15 EST, 19 June 2015 | James Dunn
    A $50 billion canal to be built by a Chinese tycoon in Nicaragua would be deep enough to allow submarines to pass through undetected. Billionaire Wang Jing has spearheaded what is one of the biggest engineering projects in the world and is three times the size of any other canal, yet shipping forecasters don’t anticipate a need for such a route in terms of trading. Many believe that Wang, who has not disclosed who his investors are, may be backed by the Chinese Government who hope to get a foothold in the continent where business has traditionally been dominated by...
  • Panama officials at OTC say expanded canal could be a gateway to LNG business

    05/06/2015 5:17:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 5, 2015 | Robert Grattan
    HOUSTON — Panama is well positioned to serve as a distribution hub for the liquefied natural gas that will power Central America in the future, the country’s officials told attendees at Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference on Tuesday morning. The biggest advantage the country has is its namesake canal, an overseas shortcut linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, panelists said at the breakfast talk. The canal is currently too small to handle LNG tankers, but a multi-billion dollar expansion is in the works that will allow all but the largest gas-carrying ships to pass. The massive construction project was interrupted by...
  • Japan's WW II super-submarine found scuttled off Hawaii

    12/03/2013 8:27:28 PM PST · by Utilizer · 65 replies
    cbcnews ^ | Posted: Dec 03, 2013 10:29 AM ET | Thomson Reuters
    Scientists plumbing the Pacific Ocean off the Hawaii coast have discovered a Second World War era Japanese submarine, a technological marvel that had been preparing to attack the Panama Canal before being scuttled by U.S. forces. The 122-metre "Sen-Toku" class vessel — among the largest pre-nuclear submarines ever built — was found in August off the southwest coast of Oahu and had been missing since 1946, scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa said. The I-400 and its sister ship, the I-401, which was found off Oahu in 2005, were able to travel one and a half times around...
  • Mystery of the lost WWII Japanese mega submarine that could travel around the world 1.5 times before

    12/04/2013 11:47:20 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    A Japanese submarine that was preparing to attack the Panama Canal during World War Two has been discovered off the coast of Hawaii. The 400-foot (122-meter) ‘Sen-Toku’ class vessel - among the largest pre-nuclear submarines ever built - was found by chance in August off the southwest coast of Oahu. It has been missing since 1946 according to scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The I-400 and its sister ship, the I-401, which was found off Oahu in 2005, were able to travel one and a half times around the world without refuelling.
  • Panama Canal claims $737 million in cost overruns

    12/26/2014 3:41:58 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | 27 December 2014
    The consortium building the third set of locks for the Panama Canal is making fresh claims for cost overruns totaling $737 million ... Work began in 2007 to expand the canal with a third set of locks to enable it to handle the modern mega-freighters that global shipping companies prefer. But the $5.25 billion project has been plagued by delays, strikes and a bitter dispute over $1.6 billion in cost overruns with the consortium carrying out the upgrade, led by Spanish construction firm Sacyr. Initially scheduled for completion in 2014, the project's due date has been pushed back to early...
  • China To Build Nicaragua Canal, "World's Largest Infrastructure Project Ever"

    08/06/2014 9:14:07 PM PDT · by blam · 50 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-6-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 08/06/2014 A month ago, a Nicaraguan committee approved Chinese billionaire Wang Jing's project to create The Nicaraguan Canal. With a planned capacity to accommodate ships with loaded displacement of 400,000 tons (notably bigger than The Panama Canal), the proposed 278-kilometer-long canal that will run across the Nicaragua isthmus would probably change the landscape of the world's maritime trade. "The project is the largest infrastructure project ever in the history of man in terms of engineering difficulty, investment scale, workload and its global impact," Wang told reporters, adding that with regard the project's financing, which is around $50 billion,...
  • That scraping sound you hear is California being dragged to her death by insane liberals

    07/25/2014 8:49:41 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/25/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    After almost 100 years the owners of the Panama Canal realized they had to widen its lanes to accommodate larger cargo ships. Once the decision was made they opted to make a huge leap and configure their capabilities to allow ships carrying up to 2 ˝ times the containers that have been in use for the past several years. The nation of Panama did not make this move in secret. The idea was unveiled in early 2006 and finally voted on in a referendum held on Oct 22, 2006. The idea of widening the shipping lanes passed 77% to 22%....
  • California Economy Threatened by Texas from Panama Canal Expansion

    05/05/2014 8:45:05 PM PDT · by Moseley · 35 replies
    American Uncensored News Network ^ | June 5, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    California will take another hit right in the struggling economy starting April 2015. Instead of loading and unloading at California ports, many international cargo ships and oil tankers will start accessing the booming Texas economy. Texas is flourishing under Rick Perry’s Republican policies. A dramatic expansion of the Panama Canal will give more choices to massive, new cargo ships. The Panama Canal has been at maximum capacity, with more ships transiting the Isthmus of Panama than the canal was designed to handle. But more importantly, changes in the shipping industry are in play. Massive new megaships are transforming the industry....
  • Remember the Panama Canal?

    01/31/2014 10:20:42 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 50 replies
    AEI ^ | Jan. 28, 2014 | Mark J. Perry
    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the canal’s opening, and you would be forgiven if you were unaware that billions of dollars in U.S. business is riding on its expansion.Control of the canal was turned over to the Panamanians under a 1979 treaty signed by President Jimmy Carter, and until recently, nobody seemed to care very much about what was going on there.  Now, however, there is good reason to pay attention. The canal holds the key to the export of U.S. natural gas – and possibly crude oil -- to markets in Asia.  This is a big...
  • 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's plan to build Ł25bn rival to the Panama Canal across Nicaragua

    12/14/2013 6:02:25 AM PST · by mandaladon · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 Dec 2013
    Six months after the Sandinista government granted a Chinese businessman a 100-year concession to build a vast canal across Nicaragua, most of the nation is in the thrall of the imagined waterway. In the capital, Nicaraguans snap photographs of the plaster Virgin Mary perched on an altar against the backdrop of a supertanker traversing the country's biggest lake. 'Virgin Mary, bless the great trans-ocean canal!' declares the government-sponsored invocation behind her. From boardrooms in the capital to hamlets where goods move by horse cart, Nicaraguans say they are confident the Ł25billion ($40billion) canal will become reality, lifting their country from...
  • China's Largest Conglomerate Buys Building Housing JPMorgan's Gold Vault

    10/18/2013 2:20:09 PM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10-18-13 | Tyler Durden
    In what is the most remarkable news of the day, which has so far passed very quietly under the radar, Fosun International, China's largest private-owned conglomerate which invests in commodities, properties and pharmaceuticals also known as "Shanghai's Hutchison Whampoa", announced in a statement filed just as quietly with the Hong Kong stock exchange, that it had purchased JPM's iconic former headquarters, the tower built by none other than David Rockefeller, at 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza for a measly $725 million.
  • 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...
  • 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 (Ł26bn) 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...
  • 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...
  • Nicaragua gives Chinese firm contract to build alternative to Panama Canal

    06/07/2013 10:14:17 AM PDT · by BBell · 49 replies ^ | 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 Nuńez, announced the $40bn (Ł26bn) 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...
  • Declassified Memo Hinted of 1941 Hawaii Attack

    11/29/2011 6:45:45 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 66 replies ^ | Nov.13, 2011 | Paul Bedard
    Three days before the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt was warned in a memo from naval intelligence that Tokyo's military and spy network was focused on Hawaii, a new and eerie reminder of FDR's failure to act on a basket load of tips that war was near. In the newly revealed 20-page memo from FDR's declassified FBI file, the Office of Naval Intelligence on December 4 warned, "In anticipation of open conflict with this country, Japan is vigorously utilizing every available agency to secure military, naval and commercial information, paying particular attention to the West...
  • Chris Matthews Says Panama Canal in Egypt

    01/31/2011 5:44:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    The Urban Grind ^ | 01/31/2011
    CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: You know, the great thing about Egypt is it’s its own country. It was always there before there was an America or Britain or anything, there has been an Egypt. It’s like China. It’s a real country. It wasn’t just carved off the map or out of the map by the Europeans, like so many African and third world countries have. It’s got a real rooted history. It’s not just an Arab country. It was a country long before it was an Arab country — long before Islam, there was an Egypt. Will it see itself in...
  • AP Exclusive: New al-Qaida leader knows US well

    08/06/2010 8:16:09 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 6, 2010 | Curt Anderson
    MIAMI – A suspected al-Qaida operative who lived for more than 15 years in the U.S. has become chief of the terror network's global operations, the FBI says, marking the first time a leader so intimately familiar with American society has been placed in charge of planning attacks. Adnan Shukrijumah, 35, has taken over a position once held by 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Miami-based FBI counterterrorism agent Brian LeBlanc (said). That puts him in regular contact with al-Qaida's senior leadership, including Osama bin Laden... Shukrijumah and two others were part of an "external operations council" that designed and approved...
  • Why Did Sen. James Inhofe Propose an End-Run Around the Constitutional Eligibility Requirement...

    01/16/2011 12:35:36 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 35 replies
    The Post & Email ^ | January 15, 2011 | Miki Booth
  • Iran, Venezuela plan to build rival to Panama Canal

    11/13/2010 6:59:02 AM PST · by mandaladon · 56 replies · 3+ views ^ | 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...
  • Rebuilding At Ground Zero Will Take Longer Than Construction Of Panama Canal

    09/12/2010 7:02:27 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies ^ | September 12, 2010 | Steve McGough
    So how far along are we towards completing the Freedom Tower? Not far along as far as we can tell. Michelle Malkin asks the same question I’ve been wondering about for the last four or five years. Why is the Freedom Tower not done yet? Malkin points to quite a few major construction projects here in the United States that took between 66 days and three years, the latter being Chicago’s Sears Tower, re-branded the Willis Tower. More perspective…
  • NY Times Reviews Book on Panama Canal - White racism

    03/29/2009 8:33:49 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 19 replies · 795+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 3/27/09 | DAVID OSHINSKY
    While running for the Republican presidential nomination in 1976, Ronald Reagan stumbled onto an issue that energized his upstart campaign. In stop after stop, he recalled, people expressed “utter disbelief” that an American president — the Republican incumbent, Gerald R. Ford — would even think of relinquishing control over the Panama Canal. Knowing next to nothing about its history, but quite a lot about the politics of flag-waving, Reagan quickly turned the canal into a symbol of American resolve in an increasingly dangerous and disrespectful world. “We bought it, we paid for it, it’s ours,” he told the cheering crowds,...
  • A New Cold War? - Western-hemispheric maneuvers.

    12/08/2008 6:54:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 530+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 08, 2008 | An NRO Symposium
    December 08, 2008, 4:00 a.m. A New Cold War?Western-hemispheric maneuvers. An NRO Symposium What does Russia docking in the Panama Canal this weekend mean? What should the Obama administration be thinking about it? National Review Online asked a group of Russian experts. David Satter The visits of Russian ships to Venezuela and the Panama Canal are part of a campaign of escalating Russian pressure — a campaign designed to prevent Ukraine and Georgia from being admitted into NATO. The inclusion of these two former Soviet republics in NATO does not threaten Russia militarily, but in the eyes of Russian...
  • Russian warship to pass through Panama Canal: embassy

    12/05/2008 10:08:34 AM PST · by TaraP · 10 replies · 1,345+ views
    A Russian warship was set Friday to sail through the Panama Canal for the first time since World War II in a symbolic challenge to US influence in the region. The large anti-submarine ship Admiral Chabanenko is scheduled to traverse the waterway from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, the Russian embassy in Panama said. "The only time such an event took place was in 1944 during the Second World War, when four Russian submarines passed through" the canal, said the embassy in a statement. At that time, when the waterway was under...
  • Expanding the French Connection

    11/04/2005 11:36:55 AM PST · by paperjam · 22 replies · 3,194+ views
    Self ^ | Friday, November 04, 2005 | Paperjam
    <p>Fox news ran stories last night based on some of the things we were tracking right here in this post. Here is their on line story.</p> <p>As unfinished as my research is, I feel compelled to release what I've found so far as the story cannot wait any longer.  I am not looking for a scoop on anyone or anything, but at the same time I don't want anyone thinking I made this stuff up after the fact either.</p>
  • Judge tosses suit against McCain over citizenship

    07/24/2008 9:51:38 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies · 109+ views
    The Nashua Telegraph, Nashua, NH ^ | 2008-07-25 | Kevin Landrigan
    CONCORD – A federal judge dismissed Thursday a Nashua man's legal challenge that Republican presidential nominee-to-be Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was ineligible because he was born in the Panama Canal Zone.
  • Nacogdoches County will fight TTC as new member of regional planning commission

    05/01/2008 5:34:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 372+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | April 29, 2008 | Michael Rodden
    County commissioners reaffirmed their stance against the Trans-Texas Corridor, and they took another step toward keeping county government transparent when they met Tuesday. First up on the court's agenda, commissioners heard a presentation by Connie Fogle on behalf of the newly formed Pineywoods Sub-Regional Planning Commission. According to Fogle, the Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 391, requires state agencies to coordinate with local commissions to "ensure effective and orderly implementation of state programs at the regional level." "Critical in the code is the word 'coordinate,'" she said. "This does not mean the commission has to cooperate. The intent is to...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor

    04/29/2008 5:29:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 459+ views
    Quarter Horse News ^ | April 29, 2008 | Sonny Williams
    Each day, I make the dreaded drive down Interstate 35 to go to work in Fort Worth. Each day, I slug through the snarl and sludge of ceaseless traffic, which intensifies my growing desire to commit hari-kari, or at least incites a vehement curse of the highway gods. Certainly, we in Texas need more lanes, more roads, more rails, more something to deal with the ever-expanding urban population and growing international commerce. Yet how do we solve our transportation needs without carving up the countryside like some congratulatory cake? Or should the construction of a superhighway-rail-utility corridor even concern us?...
  • Jimmy Carter meets Nepal's Maoists despite US terror tag

    04/08/2008 11:24:46 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies · 121+ views
    AFP ^ | 04/08/08
    KATHMANDU (AFP) — Former US president Jimmy Carter met the leaders of Nepal's former Maoist rebels Tuesday, even though the group remains classified by Washington as a foreign "terrorist" organisation. Carter, whose democracy and human rights organisation is monitoring this Thursday's landmark elections in the Himalayan nation, was given assurances by the Maoists that the polls would be peaceful. "President Carter wanted to know about the election situation and expressed his concern over whether it will be free and fair," Baburam Bhattarai, the Maoists' second-in-command, told reporters after the meeting. "We assured him that the elections will be held in...
  • Residents rally against Trans-Texas Corridor

    02/16/2008 3:10:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 645+ views
    Galveston County Daily News ^ | February 16, 2008 | Sara McDonald
    TEXAS CITY — A massive superhighway that Texans have protested at public hearings statewide drew heated opposition among Galveston County residents, who said they feared the toll road would cripple the local shipping industry and do nothing to improve insufficient hurricane evacuation routes. The Trans-Texas Corridor would wind from Laredo to Corpus Christi, wrap around the western edge of Greater Houston, parallel Interstate 59 through East Texas and leave the state in Texarkana. But residents at a public hearing Thursday night in Texas City questioned the real purpose for the road, which would also be part of a national Interstate...
  • No public support for corridor

    01/25/2008 6:00:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 2,368+ views
    Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | January 25, 2008 | Stephen Palkot
    Leaders with the Texas Department of Transportation sought to allay fears about the Trans-Texas Corridor Thursday night in Rosenberg with a “town hall” meeting. The meeting proceeded fairly smoothly, but hardly seemed to put a dent in the large crowd's seemingly uniform opposition to the proposal of a massive transportation corridor. Hank Gilbert, a regular speaker at TTC events and leader of an anti-TTC non-profit group, drew cheers for suggesting TxDOT officials have failed to make the case for a large, privately owned transportation cluster. “No good argument has been made for the TTC that would allow farmers to be...
  • Four consortiums compete to build new Panama Canal ship locks

    12/14/2007 8:40:26 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies · 483+ views
    yahoo...afp ^ | 12-14-07
    Panama will take bids from four international consortiums seeking to build new, larger ship locks for the Panama Canal... The locks are a key part of the 5.25 billion-dollar canal expansion project begun in September, aimed at doubling the capacity of the 50-mile (80-kilometer) canal connecting two oceans. Panamanian officials hope the project will be finished by 2014. The four consortiums now have until August 2008 to present final proposals and price tags to compete for the contract... The largest ships that now use the canal carry up to 5,000 containers, but after the expansion supertankers and ships carrying as...
  • China Calling Shots in Central, South America Now!

    12/08/2007 9:35:54 PM PST · by kellynla · 12 replies · 360+ views ^ | December 8, 2007 | staff
    China's influence in North America has reached the point that Canada, the United States and Mexico all are proposing new super-ports to accept mega-ships loaded with thousands of containers of goods from the exporting nation. Now it's reaching into Central and South America as well. The BBC is reporting that the Panamanian National Assembly has approved a plan to make teaching Mandarin obligatory, "in recognition of China's growing importance in the world economy." The report said the bill's supporters believe boosting the number of people who speak Chinese will help boost the economic competitiveness Panama offers the global economy. At...
  • Going Protectionist Over a Fantasy Highway [Reason libertarians on TranTexas Corridor]

    09/24/2007 7:30:30 AM PDT · by lonewacko_dot_com · 42 replies · 717+ views
    Reason Magazine ("libertarians") ^ | September 24, 2007 | Shikha Dalmia and Leonard Gilroy/Reason Foundation
    ...[The building of the Trans-Texas Corridor] is all too sinister for Jerome Corsi, the Vietnam War veteran who helped lead the Swift Boat charge against John Kerry. Corsi has knitted disparate strands of each of these separate road projects to help convince fellow xenophobes such as Pat Buchanan, Phyllis Schlafly, Lou Dobbs and the John Birch Society that the corridor is the first leg of a secret federal project called the NAFTA Superhighway, a four-football-field wide monstrosity that would run from Mexico's Yucatan to Canada's Yukon... Yet even Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian Republican candidate for president, has fallen...
  • Panama Canal begins historic expansion (start of construction on two wider sets of locks both ends)

    09/03/2007 4:06:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,000+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/3/07 | Kathia Martinez - ap
    PANAMA CITY, Panama - Panama blasted away part of a hillside next to the canal on Monday, marking the start of the waterway's biggest expansion since it opened 93 years ago. In the presence of former President Carter, who signed the 1977 treaty that gave Panama control of the waterway, Panamanian President Martin Torrijos celebrated the start of construction on two wider sets of locks being added to both sides of the canal. "We are witnesses to an exceptional and unique act," Torrijos said moments after the explosion sent up a curtain of smoke and water. The $5.25 billion expansion...
  • Warships from Canada, other countries, join U.S. navy in manoeuvres off Panama

    09/02/2007 1:08:01 PM PDT · by Clive · 30 replies · 678+ views
    AP via Sun Media ^ | 2007-09-02 | (wire service)
    MIAMI (AP) - Warships from Canada and more than a dozen other countries joined the U.S. navy for ongoing manoeuvres Sunday near the Panama Canal in an exercise being billed as one of the largest multinational military training events of the year. More than 30 ships began the exercises Wednesday in the waters near the canal, to practise defending the economically and strategically crucial waterway. The exercise is scheduled to continue through Friday in the Caribbean and Pacific approaches to the canal. Thousands of ships pass through the Panama Canal every year, shuttling more than 200 million tons of exports...
  • Editor's Report (Texas Transportation Get-Togethers)

    06/06/2007 3:50:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 341+ views
    Associated Construction Publications ^ | June 18, 2007 (Yes, that's what it really said) | Liz Moucka
    We are exactly one month away from the second annual Texas Transportation Forum to be held July 18–20 in Austin at the Hilton Austin located at 500 East 4th Street, one block north of the Austin Convention Center. Local, regional and state leaders will join national experts in exploring the solutions to "Keep Texas Moving." The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Associated General Contractors of Texas, the Texas Good Roads Transportation Association, and the Texas Transportation Institute are co-hosts for the event. The keynote speaker for the opening session on July 19 will be Alan E. Pisarski, author of...
  • Defanged private tollway ban passes

    04/05/2007 1:47:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 481+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | April 5, 2007 | Ben Wear
    A two-year ban on long-term toll road leases with private companies, pockmarked with exceptions and thus largely symbolic, cleared a Texas Senate committee Wednesday on a unanimous vote. However, the more meaningful action on toll roads should begin in the next two weeks, when a large bill addressing a wide range of concerns over tollways will be introduced in the Senate. The much-publicized moratorium bill by Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, Senate Bill 1267, has an excellent chance of passing the Senate, given that 29 of 31 senators have either signed on as co-sponsors or voted for it in committee. But despite...
  • Perry Speaks Out Against Moratorium On Private Toll Road Projects

    04/04/2007 2:46:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 704+ views
    KWTX ^ | April 3, 2007 | KWTX
    (April 3, 2007)—Gov. Rick Perry spoke out Tuesday against proposed legislation that would put a two-year moratorium on private toll road projects including the Trans-Texas Corridor and urged lawmakers to “ensure vital transportation projects continue as planned.” Several bills are pending in Austin aimed at putting the brakes on the massive highway project. State Representative Lois W. Kolkhorst of Brenham has filed a bill that would kill the project altogether and a second measure that calls for a two-year moratorium on allowing private entities from buying the rights to build and operate toll roads. During a visit with US Transportation...
  • Trans Texas Corridor Special Series Part 2

    02/11/2007 9:29:17 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies · 877+ views
    KCEN-TV ^ | February 10, 2007 | KCEN-TV
    With a major interstate running right through our area traffic is a common topic for Central Texans. How do we solve the problem of more traffic on i-35? Is the Trans Texas Corridor a realistic solution and do we even need it? In part two of our Trans Texas Corridor series we look at the project from a needs angle. There are basically two sides to the Trans Texas Corridor project, those for it and those against. One thing both sides gree on is that something needs to be done. There are twenty one million Texas residents. 45 percent of...
  • China knows our next Treasury secretary well

    06/28/2006 12:00:55 PM PDT · by Trupolitik · 31 replies · 921+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 28, 2006 | Frank Gaffney
    As the Senate Finance Committee considers President Bush’s nomination of Henry Paulson to be the next secretary of the Treasury, the question is not whether he will be confirmed. That seems assured, as senators in both parties behave like star-struck groupies in the presence of a Wall Street “master of the universe,” whose net worth, from his time as a senior executive of Goldman Sachs, is estimated to be on the order of $600 million. Rather, the question is: Will any of his Senate interlocutors even bother to explore the nominee’s troubling fifteen-year ties to Communist China and the potential...
  • The Job is Not Finished Until the Red Chinese are out of Long Beach

    04/26/2006 6:22:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 769+ views
    American Policy Center ^ | April 3, 2006 | Tom DeWeese
    Americans were rightly outraged over the possibility of an Arab nation with ties to terrorists taking control of six major American ports. Protests from across the nation helped to squelch the deal. However, the job’s not finished. The Communist Chinese still control ports at Long Beach. Congressman Charlie Norwood, (R-GA) made a strong case for getting the Chinese out of the port of Long Beach when he noted that while Dubai has been a reliable partner for America in the War on Terror, Red Chinese officials have threatened invasion of America’s ally on Taiwan and nuclear war against the United...
  • BBC: Panama Canal set for $7.5bn revamp

    04/05/2006 12:00:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 656+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 4 April 2006, 23:00 GMT 00:00 UK | Jane Monahan in Panama City
    Panama Canal set for $7.5bn revamp By Jane Monahan in Panama City The Panama Canal was opened in 1914 For nearly 100 years the Panama Canal has been a key link in international shipping routes, handling an estimated 5% of world trade each year. The recent rapid growth of Asian economies like China and India has led to a surge in shipping worldwide and the canal is now operating at near full capacity. The body that runs it has now decided that it is about time the waterway had a major refit. It has approved plans for a $7.5bn...
  • Hillary Clinton Rips Bill's (Bubba's) Panama Ports Deal

    02/28/2006 7:28:23 AM PST · by Daytyn71 · 18 replies · 766+ views
    NewsMax ^ | February 28, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    2008 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is expanding her complaint about foreign companies owning U.S. ports - and now says a 1999 deal to let a Chinese company takeover the ports at each end of the Panama Canal was a mistake. Speaking at the 92nd Street YMCA in Manhattan yesterday, Clinton told the Jewish Community Relations Council: "There are those who say we can't [prevent foreign governments from operating U.S. ports] because look what happened in the last 20 years ... You know, we have the Chinese running the Panama Canal. We have other government-controlled entities controlling our ports." According to...
  • Hillary Clinton Rips Bill's Panama Ports Deal

    02/27/2006 5:08:19 PM PST · by wagglebee · 76 replies · 2,670+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2/27/06 | NewsMax
    2008 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is expanding her complaint about foreign companies owning U.S. ports - and now says a 1999 deal to let a Chinese company takeover the ports at each end of the Panama Canal was a mistake. Speaking at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan yesterday, Clinton told the Jewish Community Relations Council: "There are those who say we can't [prevent foreign governments from operating U.S. ports] because look what happened in the last 20 years . . . You know, we have the Chinese running the Panama Canal. We have other government-controlled entities controlling our ports."...
  • Jimmy Carter: At Least Hamas Isn't Corrupt [ Barf Alert ]

    01/29/2006 9:43:24 PM PST · by george76 · 140 replies · 5,438+ views
    The New Media Journal ^ | January 28, 2006 | Jim Kouri
    When asked by the media for his thoughts on the Hamas triumph in the Palestinian parliamentary elections, former President Jimmy Carter replied that while they have a terrorist past, at least they're not corrupt. One of the complaints by many in the Middle East was the corruption within the Palestinian Authority and Yasser Arafat's Fatah Party. Arafat himself squirreled away millions of dollars from aid packages that were intended to help the Palestinian people. However, Carter's comment appears to dismiss the years of death and destruction perpetrated by Hamas on the Jewish State. One of the first statements made by...
  • Jimmy Carter: At Least Hamas Is Not Corrupt

    01/30/2006 6:11:23 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 62 replies · 1,575+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 1/27/2006 | Jim Kouri, CPP
    When asked by the media for his thoughts on the Hamas triumph in the Palestinian parliamentary elections, former President Jimmy Carter replied that while they have a terrorist past, at least they're not corrupt. One of the complaints by many in the Middle East was the corruption within the Palestinian Authority and Yasser Arafat's Fatah Party. Arafat himself squirreled away millions of dollars from aid packages that were intended to help the Palestinian people. However, Carter's comment appears to dismiss the years of death and destruction perpetrated by Hamas on the Jewish State. And now the fundamental-Islamic group Hamas triumphed...