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PHOTOS: First Ship Passes Through Panama Canal’s New Locks

June 9, 2016 by Mike Schuler

The first trial run with a Post-Panamax cargo ship in the new sets of locks on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal, in Panama City, Panama June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

A post-panamax bulk carrier became the first ship to pass through the Panama Canal’s new locks on Thursday, kicking off a series of trial runs ahead of the expanded canal’s grand opening later this month. 

The $5.3 billion expansion project involves the construction of a new set of locks on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides and multiple dredging projects to create a second lane of traffic along the canal. The new locks are much wider and deeper than the current locks.

The first run was meant to simulate a southbound transit through the new Agua Clara locks on Atlantic side of the 255-meter-long, 43m wide MV Boroque, which was chartered by the Panama Canal Authority specifically for this purpose. 

The trial runs will help Panama Canal workers prepare for the start of commercial operation…

China: Growing Defiance Within And Without

June 9, 2016: 

While the rest of the world is mesmerized by Chinese military threats the Chinese leadership is focused on dealing with the internal threats.

 The national leadership considers internal economic problems the ones most likely to trigger another round of civil war and thus the biggest security threat to China. 

Historically, anger over unemployment and bad treatment by government and non-government officials has always been the primary cause of civil wars and large-scale rebellions. 

The Chinese Communist Party considers their 1970s decision to allow a market economy the main reason China did not suffer the same fate as the Russian East European communist governments did between 1989 and 1991. But that decision remains a work in progress and only works if the economy continues to provide enough jobs to prevent large-scale unemployment. Jobs alone are not enough. 

Increasingly prosperous Chinese are less tolerant of corruption and abuse by government officials or their employer…

75% of world's fish have been wiped out by mankind ... Collapse of marine ecosystems now imminent

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 

by: Jennifer Lea Reynolds

(NaturalNews) Many people point their fingers at climate change, underwater weapons testing, ocean quakes and biodiversity, as reasons behind the collapse of the marine ecosystem. While there's something to be said for these issues as contributing factors in the decline of marine life, the fact remains that the ongoing after-effects of Fukushima's radiation plays a significant role too.

Consider this: in 2006 – years before the nuclear disaster in Japan – a paper was published in the journal Science, which warned of the fate of marine life. 

Lead author Boris Worm, assistant professor of marine conservation biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, noted that "... all fish and seafood species are projected to collapse within my lifetime -- by 2048." An abstract of that paper, entitled, Impact of Biodiversity Loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services, states that, "We conclude that marine biodiversity loss is incr…