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2006-02-22 01:55:00

By Roli Ng and Bobby Ranoco GUINSAUGON, Philippines -- Rescue workers kept digging on Wednesday for survivors from a deadly Philippine mudslide, but some officials said the time to call off the search was fast approaching as hopes faded of finding anyone alive. "It is torturous for the survivors. We need to concentrate on preparing them for the future," a senior politician, who declined to be named, told Reuters. Around 1,000 people remain missing after Friday's landslide obliterated the...

2006-02-13 05:24:40

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court ordered on Monday a new expert panel be set up to look into whether a former French warship should be scrapped in the country after an earlier committee had been unable to make a decision. The top court also imposed a ban on demonstrations and the publishing of opinions on whether the decommissioned aircraft carrier, Clemenceau, should be broken down in India. "We are shocked to find demonstrations are held and articles written, and if any...

2006-02-10 10:50:00

By Sybille de La Hamaide PARIS -- France is proposing a new law that would effectively absolve the government of financial responsibility for contamination caused by genetically modified (GMO) crops, a move condemned by environmental groups. In legislation put forward this week, France's research ministry suggested that farmers growing GMO crops would have to contribute to a fund to compensate for any contamination claims from neighboring growers of traditional varieties. "It is intolerable...

2006-02-08 09:20:00

ALANG SHIPYARD, India (Reuters) - France would be ready to take back toxic waste removed from a decommissioned carrier if India's top court allowed the ship to be scrapped in an Indian shipyard, the French envoy said on Wednesday. Environmental groups like Greenpeace have opposed the entry of the French carrier, Clemenceau, to the Alang scrapping yard in the western state of Gujarat, saying it contains hundreds of tonnes of toxic materials which pose a risk to workers. The French government...

2006-02-07 05:02:55

By Kamil Zaheer NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian environmental panel is divided on whether to allow a decommissioned French warship to be scrapped in India, and has not made a firm recommendation to the nation's Supreme Court, a member said on Tuesday. The Supreme Court's Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Wastes had been asked to prepare a report for the top court, which will take a decision on February 13 on whether to allow the decommissioned aircraft carrier, Clemenceau, to be...

2006-02-01 11:25:00

By Gordon Bell CAPE TOWN -- Greenpeace activists will shift their focus to protest against pirate fishing off Africa's west coast following two months battling Japanese whalers, the group said on Wednesday. The activist group's two ships limped into Cape Town on Wednesday, the crew exhausted and starving, after spending 73 days in the icy, gray Southern Ocean to protest against whale hunting when they say the whales suffer a gruesome death. Greenpeace said it now planned to expose illegal...

2006-01-20 12:45:00

JOHANNESBURG - Greenpeace said on Friday that its two vessels shadowing the Japanese whaling fleet in the icy Southern Ocean were ending their protests because their fuel and food were running short. "The bottom line is food, fuel and they're knackered. They are expected back in Cape Town around February 4," said Mike Townsley, communications director for the environmental group. Expedition leader Shane Rattenbury said in an interview on Thursday by satellite phone that the ships would...

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2006-01-19 06:00:00

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG -- Greenpeace said on Thursday it believes Japanese hunters have killed at least 123 whales in the icy seas off the coast of Antarctica since the start of the whaling season this year. The leader of a two-ship Greenpeace expedition stalking the Japanese whalers told Reuters by satellite phone that the environmental activist group had disrupted several hunts, but would not be able to carry on until the hunt ends in March. "Their hunting season goes until the middle...

2006-01-15 21:35:30

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia urged Japanese whalers and environmental group Greenpeace to calm down on Monday following life-threatening confrontations between them in the Southern Ocean. In the latest incident on Saturday, a harpoon fired at a minke whale narrowly missed a protest boat. "I don't think people are going to have respect for tactics that are going to put human life at risk," Australian Environment Minister Ian Campbell told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio. "They...

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...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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