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September 3, 1996 | From Reuters
The Panama Canal has served east-west shipping through the Americas for more than 80 years, but now a growing list of other countries from the region want in on the act. Four countries--Mexico, Colombia, Honduras and Nicaragua--all say they have plans to compete alongside the historic Panama Canal, each jockeying to be first or risk losing out on the potentially lucrative sweepstakes.
February 7, 1990 | From United Press International
U.S. high school seniors have such a weak understanding of geography that most are unable to find Southeast Asia on a map and many do not know which parts of the world are hot and which are cold, the government reported today.
January 24, 2010 | By Karl Zimmermann
The rising sun peeked under red-orange clouds splayed over the Caribbean port of Cristóbal and backlighted the small armada of ships anchored there, waiting their turn at the Panama Canal. Cups of cappuccino in hand, my wife, Laurel, and I stepped out on the veranda of our cabin aboard Cunard Line's Queen Victoria, two weeks into its 2009 world cruise from Southampton, England. FOR THE RECORD: Queen Victoria: A Jan. 24 article about crossing the Panama Canal on the cruise ship Queen Victoria identified a ship in the Port of Los Angeles as the Jeremiah O'Brien.
October 23, 2006 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
Panamanian voters on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a $5.2-billion proposal to expand the country's national treasure, the Panama Canal. With 94% of the votes counted, ballots in favor of the project led those that were opposed, 78% to 22%, prompting Panama's electoral tribunal to declare the yes vote victorious. That gave the green light to the first major modification to the storied 50-mile waterway since it opened in 1914.
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September 18, 1994 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, Times Travel Writer
The Atlantic begins here, the Pacific over there, and between them lie 51 miles of deep ditch, aged machinery, steamy jungle, epic engineering, malarial history and murky politics. Every 45 minutes or so, another big boat floats past in the humidity, bearing oil or bananas or lumber or tourists through a 110-foot-wide passage of concrete and steel. This is the jewel that so many cruise-lovers are so eager to wear in their crowns.
Capt. Myeong Lee paces the bridge in blue-rubber sandals. Normally, he is the master of this South Korean cargo ship bound for New Orleans. But on the Panama Canal, Lee is only a spectator. This is the only place in the world he must turn control of his ship over to someone else. "Dead slow ahead," barks canal pilot Capt. Fred Mastin, who's been threading this maritime needle for 12 years.
President Clinton expressed confidence Tuesday that the government of Panama will keep the Panama Canal open to all shipping when it assumes control of the waterway at the end of the month. But he decided to skip the formal hand-over ceremony and send former President Carter in his place. Talking to reporters before embarking on a trip to California, Clinton sought to finesse the end of U.S. ownership of a canal that American engineers completed 85 years ago.
As the sun rises over the Caribbean, the multinational crew loads one last container of cargo from the port of Colon and steers this ship toward the Gatun Locks for its first voyage through the Panama Canal. Capt. Karsten Jepsen sits on the bridge, binoculars in hand, barely containing his excitement. In his 19 years at sea, the blond, round-faced sailor has seen much of the world, but, like his ship, he has yet to pass through this legendary man-made waterway.
September 20, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Chris Kraul
MEXICO CITY - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is making an expanded push for more territory in the Caribbean Sea, appealing to international jurisprudence and rankling many of his neighbors. Colombia was especially vocal, calling Nicaragua's new claims "excessive" and reiterating that it would defend itself against "unfounded pretensions" of the Central American country. Ortega's government formally petitioned the International Court of Justice on Monday to define the maritime border between Nicaragua and Colombia and to include an eastward extension of what Nicaragua claims as its continental shelf deep into the Caribbean.
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