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2010-06-17 07:00:00

PARIS, June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that CANAL+ Group, the leading pay-TV service provider in France, has signed a contract with IBM to transform the way it processes and delivers its programming and services to distribution channels. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) Working with IBM, CANAL+ will transform its entire digital supply chain for CANAL+ Group premium...

2009-12-10 06:25:00

The "Nemo H2," which can transport up to 87 people, is a unique boat specially designed to run on a fuel cell engine, where hydrogen and oxygen combine to generate electricity and water, without creating carbon monoxide. "That's important in a city like Amsterdam with over 125 canal trips per day," project manager Alexander Overdiep said to Reuters News. A boat trip circling Amsterdam's canals is a tourism moneymaker for the Dutch capital. Tourists can now take a 'CO2 Zero Canal Cruise', for...

2009-11-17 09:15:00

GREENVILLE, S.C., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- After 37 years of service, Charles M. "Chuck" Timmons, Jr., has announced his retirement as President and CEO of Canal Insurance Company. "I am proud to have been a part of the legacy of Canal Insurance Company," said Timmons. "The future of the company is extremely positive. With the outstanding people, technologies and processes that we have put in place over the last few years, Canal is in a great position for increased growth in the future."...

2009-07-28 18:30:00

The mayor of Venice, Italy, says he lectured and called the police on a man he caught urinating into a canal. Mayor Massimo Cacciari said he came upon a Portuguese tourist urinating into the canal Monday night, ANSA reported Tuesday. I saw a gentleman peeing in a canal and took the liberty of telling him that he probably wouldn't do so in his living room, Cacciari said. I then called the city police to clear things up. Police fined the man $70.

2009-06-28 12:10:00

UNESCO has now included a number of European sites in its World Heritage List, such as the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal in Wales, a Spanish lighthouse, and two Swiss watch manufacturing towns. The World Heritage List includes 890 properties forming part of cultural and natural heritage, which its committee considers as having "outstanding universal value." The UN cultural agency's World Heritage Committee meeting in Seville, Spain, said that the 11 mile long Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal...

2008-12-02 07:55:00

A city known for its famous canals is now underwater thanks to heavy rains and high winds that left it almost completely flooded on Monday after nearby sea levels hit their highest mark in 22 years. The mayor urged people to stay indoors; ferry and water taxi services in the lagoon city were suspended. Tourists and residents waded across streets and popular sites like St. Mark's Square in thigh-high water, while chairs of outdoor cafes were fully submerged. More than 99 percent of the city...

2008-10-01 15:00:16

PLANO, Texas, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As the Panama Canal Authority (Autoridad del Canal de Panama, or ACP) proceeds with its $5.25 billion, seven-year canal expansion project, solutions from ViewCast Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: VCST) will play an important role in historical documentation and public information. The ACP has chosen ViewCast's Niagara(R) 7224 video encoding system to enable Web streaming of a wide variety of live and on-demand programming related to the expansion...

2008-09-23 06:00:19

By Elisabeth Rosenthal Before Michele Assunto hauled in his fishing net from the banks of a reed-lined canal here, he used a pole to push the garbage out of the way. "They really need to clean this up," he growled. Where another canal empties into the sea here at the small community of Porto Badino, the only animals that can survive are giant rats, local officials say. Of course, the sea is not fit for swimming for 200 meters on each side of the outlet, they add with a shrug - yet...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot virginia beach An ecological project involving Back Bay and Lake Tecumseh is in jeopardy after its government sponsor pulled out, citing numerous concerns and questions from neighbors, sportsmen and boaters. The $200,000 project was intended to permanently separate the two bodies of water in southern Virginia Beach by building two weirs, or small dikes, which experts at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believe would help...

2006-12-04 12:00:46

By Chris Woodka, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo. Dec. 4--A water developer with plans to pipe Arkansas Valley water to the Denver metro area is playing a waiting game, and it may be years before the company seeks court approval, let alone build a pipeline. "It's a long-term project, no question," said Mark Harding, president of Thornton-based Pure Cycle Corp. Pure Cycle completed its purchase of Fort Lyon Canal farms and water rights from High Plains A&M in late August, but there is no...

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