October 10, 2010 |
When the drill finally broke through to the miners Saturday, sounds erupted in a symphony of relief: the cheers of family members, the blowing of horns throughout the mine, and the shouts of the men 2,300 feet below. For more than two months, the 33 miners have been trapped in their pitch-dark claustrophobic refuge after a cave-in at the mine in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. At one point, they were even left for dead. But at 8 a.m., the whine of the rescuers' powerful drill as it punched through the rock to reach a tunnel used by the men signaled that the end of their ordeal could be near.
March 5, 2010 |
Barely a building remains standing in this once-pleasant beach resort that slopes up from Dichato Bay, a scenic cove largely shielded from the open Pacific. The row of eateries and bars that once lined the shore are smashed to pieces. The central plaza is a pile of debris: splintered wood beams, bent metal roofs, dented gas tanks, fences, broken trees and kitchen appliances, among other objects. Fishing boats have been tossed a mile into town and beyond. The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile last week clearly caused a lot of damage, but here and in other coastal communities it was the ensuing tsunami that proved most destructive.
June 21, 2011 |
Virgin Australia , JetStar and Qantas airlines Tuesday canceled hundreds of flights in and out of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra due to the volcanic ash cloud from Chile, which has circled the globe and swirled into airspace in southeastern Australia. Thousands of passengers were stranded. But airlines planned to resume service Wednesday as the plume appears to be heading toward the Tasman Sea and away from Australian air space. Carriers were shooting for 2 p.m. Wednesday for resuming domestic and international flights in and out of Sydney.
March 5, 2010
A just judge Re "The judge and the addict," Feb. 28 and March 1 Judge Spencer Letts' common-sense approach to justice -- and his devotion to Michael Banyard's rehabilitation after prison -- is worthy of Olympic gold. How refreshing to find a judge who combines wisdom with empathy, instead of being just another "robot judge" rubber-stamping mandated and often discriminatory sentences where the penalties don't fit the crime. Letts' style is a striking example of how smart justice can replace the trite and simplistic "tough on crime" approach -- which serves primarily to keep jails overcrowded, justice be damned.
January 19, 2010
The election of conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera as president of Chile is a democratic milestone for that country, just as the election of leftist President Mauricio Funes was for El Salvador last year. Like Funes, Pinera is more moderate than the parties that supported him and, therefore, was able to move the country beyond its violent past and deep divisions. He will take office after two decades of rule by a center-left coalition, in yet another sign that Chile has emerged from the shadow of the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
March 15, 1989 |
About 40 whales grounded on a beach in the Strait of Magellan in the third similar incident in a week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1998
Your Dec. 30 editorial asserts that the United States is losing business in Chile because of Congress' failure to extend fast-track negotiating authority. In fact, U.S. exports to Chile are growing at a healthy pace, as is our trade surplus. In the first eight months of 1997, U.S. exports to Chile grew by 7%, and our trade surplus grew 14%. You claim that American firms lost out to Northern Telecom, a Canadian company, in a Chilean telecommunications deal because of the Canada-Chile trade agreement.
December 10, 1986 |
The military government of Chile has extended its state of emergency for another 90 days, beginning today. The emergency legislation has been renewed every three months since the military seized power in a coup in 1973. It empowers the government to restrict freedom of the press and assembly, curb political and trade union activities and ban people from entering or leaving the country.
July 7, 2007 |
Scientists said Tuesday that a lake in southern Chile that mysteriously disappeared last month had developed a crack that allowed the water to drain away. A buildup of water opened a crack in an ice wall along one side of the lake. Water flowed through the crack into a nearby fjord and from there into the sea, leaving behind a dry lakebed littered with icebergs. The lake is in the Magallanes region in Patagonia and is fed by meltwater from glaciers.
March 17, 2010 |
Chile's rainy day has come. The South American nation prudently set aside billions of dollars in excess profit from state-owned mining in the event of economic crises. Now newly inaugurated President Sebastian Pinera has served notice he plans to dip into the piggy bank to finance reconstruction after last month's magnitude 8.8 earthquake. Pinera, who was inaugurated Thursday, told members of the nation's Congress this week that he would funnel some of the money into a new reconstruction fund to help repair the estimated $30 billion in damage caused by the Feb. 27 quake.