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Giant statue of Jesus Christ opened in Peru

June 30, 2011 Comments off

 

Giant statue of Jesus Christ opened in Peru

The statue, which was built in Brazil and shipped to Lima, is 37 metres (122ft) tall when its 15 metre (49ft) pedestal is taken into account Photo: AFP/GETTY

President Alan Garcia formally opened the monument, known as Cristo del Pacifico or Christ of the Pacific, on a hill in the capital Lima.

He personally helped fund the cost of the statue to the tune of around 100,000 Peruvian soles (£22,000) and has said it will “bless and protect Lima”.

But he has faced strong criticism from several quarters, with many seeing it as a vanity project he chose to pursue before leaving office at the end of July.

Susana Villaran, the Mayor of Lima, condemned the lack of consultation over Read more…

Wildfire creeps closer to N.M. nuclear weapons laboratory

June 30, 2011 1 comment

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A helicopter flies over the Los Alamos Laboratory on Wednesday as smoke rises from the Las Conchas fire in Los Alamos, N.M. Scientists are sampling the air, looking for chemicals and radiological materials.

 A helicopter flies over the Los Alamos Laboratory on Wednesday as smoke rises from the Las Conchas fire in Los Alamos, N.M. Scientists are sampling the air, looking for chemicals and radiological materials. / JAE C. HONG/Associated Press

 

BY P. SOLOMON BANDA AND SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — The U.S. government sent a plane equipped with radiation monitors over the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory Wednesday as a 110-square-mile wildfire burned at its doorstep, putting thousands of scientific experiments on hold for days.

Lab authorities described the monitoring as a precaution, and they, along with outside experts on nuclear engineering, expressed confidence that the blaze would Read more…