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2006-03-15 21:24:00

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan chose a German conservationist to head the U.N. Environment Program for a four-year term, a U.N. spokesman announced on Wednesday. Achim Steiner, now director-general of the World Conservation Union, will replace another German, Klaus Toepfer, as head of UNEP, based in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Steiner, 44, is expected to assume his post on June 15 after ratification by the U.N. General Assembly, U.N. spokesman Stephane...

2006-03-01 09:50:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Future Winter Olympic organizers should follow Turin's example and stage as many events as possible in cities to help protect the environment in mountain areas, a U.N. agency said on Wednesday. The U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) also urged better recycling of sports venues, suggesting that the 2010 Games in Canada's Vancouver could re-use a bobsleigh run built for the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, about 670 km (415 miles) to the east....

2006-03-01 09:51:47

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Future Winter Olympic organizers should follow Turin's example and stage as many events as possible in cities to help protect the environment in mountain areas, a U.N. agency said on Wednesday. The U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) also urged better recycling of sports venues, suggesting that the 2010 Games in Canada's Vancouver could re-use a bobsleigh run built for the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, about 670 km (415 miles) to...


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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