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2006-04-24 21:57:30

By Mike Power PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama unveiled an ambitious $5.25 billion plan on Monday to expand its famous canal to handle a new generation of mammoth cargo ships and oil tankers. Opened in 1914 at a cost of 25,000 lives, the Panama canal was considered a masterpiece of engineering. It makes a shortcut between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, saving ships the long trip around South America and the treacherous Cape Horn. While much of the canal is made up of roomy lakes,...

2006-04-25 00:50:00

By Mike Power PANAMA CITY -- Panama unveiled an ambitious $5.25 billion plan on Monday to expand its famous canal to handle a new generation of mammoth cargo ships and oil tankers. Opened in 1914 at a cost of 25,000 lives, the Panama canal was considered a masterpiece of engineering. It makes a shortcut between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, saving ships the long trip around South America and the treacherous Cape Horn. While much of the canal is made up of roomy lakes, modern large-bulk...

2006-03-15 12:50:00

By Tim Gaynor MEXICALI, Mexico -- Nelida Botello just wants to grow oranges and grapefruits on her small farm in northern Mexico, a patch of green in the parched desert near the border with California. But to keep doing so, she and several thousand other Mexican farmers have had to appeal to a U.S. federal court, to stop a massive canal project in the United States threatening to deny them access to the droplets of water that keep their crops alive. From the fate of those family farms to...

2006-01-15 09:18:13

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt said on Sunday a decommissioned French warship posed no environmental threat to Egypt, clearing the way for it to enter the Suez Canal after a delay prompted by possible hazardous materials aboard. The aircraft carrier Clemenceau left France in December for a ship-breaking yard in Gujarat, India, amid protests from environmental group Greenpeace, which says the ship contains tonnes of toxic waste that could harm the scrap workers. The Environment Ministry said...

2006-01-04 07:33:51

LIMA, Peru -- In the Peru's Andean foothills, a group of archaeologists say they have found remnants of the oldest known irrigation canals in South America, which they hope will provide clues to the origin of the region's agriculturally based societies. "There are four sites in the area that have canals that date minimally 5,300 years ago, maybe a little earlier," team leader Tom D. Dillehay, an archaeologist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, told The Associated Press....

2005-07-26 11:14:35

ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - The chairman of Egypt's Suez Canal Authority objected Tuesday to a project to link the Dead Sea and the Red Sea, saying it would increase the risk of earthquakes in the Middle East. "The two seas canal would lead to strong seismic activity in the region because of the rush of water," Ahmed Ali Fadel told a news conference at the canal headquarters. The canal, designed to generate electricity for a desalination plant and to prevent the Dead Sea from drying up,...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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