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2009-02-19 07:05:00

Nigeria has become a giant dumping ground for TVs, mobile phones and other potentially toxic electronic waste. These goods make their way to the country disguised as second-hand items from developed nations, environmental group Greenpeace reported Wednesday. "Nigeria is just one of many destinations for the developed world's toxic e-waste," Greenpeace said in a statement. The group's findings are based on an undercover operation it conducted in co-operation with Britain's Sky...

2009-02-18 14:56:40

The environmental organization Greenpeace says it has conducted a three-year investigation into illegal electronic waste dumping in Nigeria. Greenpeace officials said e-waste is one of the fastest growing types of hazardous waste, with up to 80 percent of e-waste from Europe failing to be disposed of safely. The non-governmental organization said it took an unfixable television set, fitted it with a tracking device and delivered it to a British recycling station. Instead of being safely...

2008-12-21 14:18:11

Staff at Amazon's warehouse in Bedfordshire, England, say they waved, rather than mooned, when bosses at the giant U.S. Internet retailer demanded a mass photo. Staffers at the Marston Gate warehouse said they rejected pressure to drop their trousers in unison for a mass mooning photo -- an idea reportedly conceived by Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder, The Sunday Times of London reported. The photo was to be Amazon's response to a Times story that last week detailed difficult working conditions...

2008-08-10 00:00:17

By The Associated Press By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Aug. 9, the 222nd day of 2008. There are 144 days left in the year. History Highlight: On Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, the United States exploded a nuclear device over Nagasaki, killing an estimated 74,000 people. On this date: In 1842, the United States and Canada resolved a border dispute by signing the Webster-Ashburton Treaty. In 1848, the Free-Soil Party convened in...

2008-08-07 15:00:44

By KEVIN MILLER; OF THE NEWS STAFF Several health and environmental groups are urging U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine to support federal legislation that the organizations claim will help close a dangerous hole in U.S. anti- terrorism policies. The groups are pushing for Congress to enact legislation that would require facilities that use certain highly toxic chemicals to switch to safer alternatives whenever economically and technically feasible. The bill, titled the "Chemical...

2008-08-06 09:00:06

Western electronic waste dumped in Ghana: Greenpeace BRUSSELS, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Much of the Netherlands' spent electronic equipment ends up in Africa, despite a European ban on exporting these items, environmental group Greenpeace has concluded after investigating a large scrap yard in Ghana. About 79 percent of the electronic equipment dumped in the African country comes from Western Europe, including France, Germany, Britain and the Netherlands, Dutch media reported Tuesday quoting...

2008-08-05 18:00:19

By FIONA PARKER HOW do you know when you're too fat? When you are lying on the beach and a group of Greenpeace activists throw water over you while trying to push you back into the ocean. (c) 2008 Daily Mirror. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-03 15:00:15

I enjoyed Mark Patinkin's observations in his July 26 column ("Wall Street's binge is a national addiction"). Here I'd like to suggest some possible remedies for our cluttered, insecure and confused culture: 1. Read Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. An American classic and the best book ever written on simplicity, self-reliance and individuality. So relevant to our time, it's hard to believe it was written over 150 years ago. 2. Shop no more than once a week. This requires planning but...

2008-07-04 18:00:17

Protest group Plane Stupid played aircraft noise through the letterbox of Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly's London Docklands apartment yesterday morning on a day of protest against the expansion of Heathrow. The group said that after 15 minutes they were interrupted by the Transport Secretary's husband and left him a letter which said: "We do hope that you will keep this early morning wake-up call in mind when you decide the future of Heathrow after the summer recess. All the best, your...

2008-06-27 09:02:38

Denver's selection of a spot for protesters to congregate during the Democratic National Convention has angered another group - the national media. Some of the media tents to be erected on the Pepsi Center parking lot will be within a stone's throw of the area the city has designated for protesters. Members of the media are concerned that loud demonstrations could disrupt broadcasts or that reporters and photographers could be doused with tear gas or pepper spray if there are...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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