July 31, 2005
The World Monuments Fund, a nonprofit that works to rescue and preserve imperiled places, recently released its global watch list of its 100 most endangered sites. Places were selected by a panel of 10 experts in architecture, archeology, history, anthropology and other fields. Five highlights from the list are below. See www.wmf.org for a complete list. What's at risk: Iraq, the whole country.
November 30, 1999 |
More than half the world's major rivers are going dry or are polluted, a panel studying global water problems reported Monday. The World Commission on Water for the 21st Century said that among the most stressed are the Colorado River in the United States, China's Yellow River, the Nile River in Africa, Russia's Volga River Basin and the Ganges River in South Asia.
July 22, 2006 |
A 3,200-year interlude of tropical rains once transformed the eastern Sahara into a verdant savanna where seminomadic people thrived amid elephants, cattle and more than 30 species of fish, according to German researchers. After collecting more than 500 radiocarbon dates at 150 sites in an area larger than Western Europe, University of Cologne researchers found that the sudden climate change 10,500 years ago coaxed thousands of people to move into the now desolate expanse.
August 21, 2013 |
The latest political unrest in Egypt has resulted in the theft and destruction of more than 1,000 artifacts in a museum south of Cairo, according to multiple published reports. The looting is believed to have taken place over several days starting last week. The Malawi National Museum, located in the Nile River city of Minya, contained numerous archaeological specimens and antiquities dating back thousands of years. Reports claim that the recent attacks at the museum represent the largest instance of cultural looting in the country's history. Among the casualties is a missing 3,500-year-old statue of the daughter of Pharaoh Akhenaten, according to the Associated Press.
June 1, 2013
Re "Giving a bad name to Chinese tourists," May 29 Just like the Chinese boy who scratched his name on an ancient Egyptian temple wall, people have been leaving graffiti on Egyptian monuments for quite some time now. In the early 6th century BC, some Greek and Carian mercenaries traveling up the Nile River in the service of the Pharaoh Psammetichus II left a long "Kilroy Was Here" memo scratched on one of the legs of the statue of Ramses...
September 23, 2007 |
Millions of Egyptians could be forced permanently from their homes, the country's ability to feed itself devastated. That's what probably awaits this already impoverished nation by the end of the century, if predictions about climate change hold true. The World Bank describes Egypt as particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming, saying the country faces potentially "catastrophic" consequences. "The situation is serious and requires immediate attention.
February 3, 2011 |
Mohamed Sami Fahmi started out on the other side of the barricades. When protesters first went into the streets last week to demand changes from Egypt's entrenched, authoritarian leaders, the clean-cut 26-year-old travel guide was with them. But frustrated as he was by high-level corruption, he was more inclined to view President Hosni Mubarak as a fellow victim of officials he had appointed. So when the 82-year-old Mubarak told the nation Tuesday that he would step down this fall at the end of his term, Fahmi thought that was enough.
February 26, 2013 |
CAIRO -- A hot-air balloon exploded over the ancient city of Luxor on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people and adding fresh turmoil to Egypt's beleaguered tourism industry, which has been struggling since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak two years ago. Authorities said the balloon was drifting at about 1,000 feet when it caught fire and the basket plummeted into sugar cane fields outside a village shortly after dawn. Officials said the dead included nine passengers from Hong Kong, four from Japan, two from France, two from Britain and one from Belgium.
January 7, 1996 |
Fresno-based SST has announced its spring and fall tours for 1996. SST, which has been in business for 10 years, caters to the senior market. Tours include complimentary shuttle transportation to and from nearby airports, round-trip air transportation from West Coast cities, an orientation party, all transfers and luggage handling. Some of the offerings: * Tulip Time in Holland--14 days departing April 23. Includes all breakfasts and dinners.