Verlyn Klinkenborg wrote: “Think of the millions of acres of unnatural rooftops around the globe. And now imagine returning some of that enormous human footprint to nature—creating green spaces where there was once only asphalt and gravel. If a certain sum of human happiness is the by-product, who’s to complain?”
A few links to green roof cities development: 1. Singapore shouts out to Beijing. 2. US, Japan – guidelines. 3. northern scandinavia started it: 8 incredible green rooves. 4. Penrith, UK (in summer). 5. 115% growth USA in one year. 6. A view. 7. rather than grass (that uses lots of expensive water) grow food, give it away.
Photo: Diane Cook and Len Jenshel.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.1.13~
CH.AIRY AUST.ABRIANS – “CHINA’S” DAIRY NEEDS + SOUTH CANTERBURY “FARM CO-OPS” PROCESSING PLANTS + AUSSIE BANK CLIENTS + SINGAPORES MARKET
a few buzz words for dairy types:
safe milk-sourced foods. Chinese companies [should] live up to the powerful New Zealand brand image. Chinese using the attributes of the New Zealand brand in China. false fronts impersonating “New Zealand” brand attributes. falsifying prophet levels with counterfeit ingredients. South Canterbury’s joint ventures with China. Land buys. Water share. Protein share acquisition. GFC designed solvencies and NZ hit companies. Don Brash. O.I.O. Appoint NZ directors. Taupo China joint land-ventures. Zong Qinghou. Kelly Zong. Australian focused Chinese company supply chain venture. New Zealand is the second largest offshore provider of dairy protein for China’s kids for the Chinese market with an 18% market share. Singapore has 37% market share. Australia has 15% market share.
What we’re talking about is “the price of distribution” of NZ whenua, water, sun, minerals flows via agriculture. The reason given is China’s growing markets. Yet there’s nothing stopping a Chinese company distributing NZ’s water benefits (via protein sales) anywhere they want to in the world, thus undercutting in time, NZ’s supply chain.
So, how high is that cost really? [Photo - South Canterbury South Island].
–Fran Sullivan talks last year’s hot topic, this year’s fleece… when discussing “the face of protein” superimposed on NZ’s water supply chain propensity in the world – and who gets the bulk of those flows… and who doesn’t. Read her article here. Very informative. Thanks Fran.
[recap: Aussie banks. China investors. Singapore's market... and South Canterbury taking a chunk].
General summary: The top 1% in the world… are surrounding NZ’s water, land, farming flows in these deals and discussion. Is 99% of NZ happy? Included? Involved? Getting the best value? (more…)
Lucky to have had “a cool job.”
–Alan Bollard CNZM, director of the Apec Secretariat in Singapore 2013.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.12.12~
Wildlife watch: Giant Pandas Jia Jia & Kai Kai
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.12.12~
USA’s KURT CAMPBELL TALKS KAITIAKITANGA RELATIONSHIPS (GUARDIANSHIP) & TRADE WITH NEW ZEALAND & HOW CHINA, JAPAN & ASIAN NATIONS REGARD NEW ZEALAND AS A GOOD COUNTRY TO TRADE WITH
Political journalist Audrey Young zooms in to where the USA sees New Zealand in relationship to trading concurrently with China as the USA itself is heavily involved in doing economically too. Young’s new report is a very different tune to what much of NZ’s media tone has been reporting (in-the-main) up until this point. To support Audrey’s sponsor read direct here.
Or read a paraphrased version that has cultural sensibilities nuances added to it as a 360 on what the US is proposing:
Although the USA doesn’t have much choice on the matter of who New Zealand chooses to trade with per se, Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, says The U.S both “approves of” and is “counting on” New Zealand’s building relationship with China.
New Zealand’s location being so far away from both nations, means that the realities of freight from NZ of NZ goods can be logistically met (or shared by China and the US) if both China and the USA build strong trade ties with NZ.
In today’s world too, there are many Chinese-Americans and on a business front China-US business co-ventures are common in today’s world, so what Campbell says reflects that reality. There are lots of American millionaires who have set up shop in China now.
“We do not want countries to feel that they need to choose,” Young reports Kurt saying. More members of the Communist Party central committee members had visited New Zealand in the past decade than almost any other country, Campbell says. “It’s very substantial and important.” (more…)
We have always known in NZ that teachers are pretty dedicated and good at what they do. Travel reminds you of the fact. If anything physics, chemistry, math, science should be uplayed in NZ so teachers can apply their dedication to these topics more to keep NZ aligned with a strong future as producers of new innovative products from NZ.
In a new survey from education firm Pearson, NZ has one of the top education systems in the world. Out of 40 countries, New Zealand came eighth in The Learning Curve global education report. The ten top nations are listed as being: 1 Finland 2 South Korea 3 Hong Kong 4 Japan 5 Singapore 6 United Kingdom 7 Netherlands 8 New Zealand 9 Switzerland 10 Canada.
Reading, writing and maths teaching figures were looked at using existing data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The ”education superpowers” nations were identified as being Finland and South Korea who value developing high-quality teachers. (more…)
Singapores brightest celebrities: Jia Jia & Kai Kai have online heat.
Blogging about pandas is kind of cheating on an Asia-Pacific Hollywood blog. It’s like blogging about cats in Britain and the USA. You’re always going to get a following doing that. For media outlets and advertisers, pandas are like money for jam.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.10.12~
Singapore news: One for my panda peoples of Singapore: Jia Jia & Kai Kai have online fans.
Shhhhhh. But they do.
3D CHAORI ACTION MOVIE CINEMA – GETTING A $1 BILLION A YEAR EARNING, MAORI & CHINESE ACTION FUSION INDUSTRY MOVING
He was a Maori Prince, a Viking of The Sun. She, a Chinese Princess from the Ming Dynasty. In a new horizon, in a mythical land on a new frontier, they were cast in an epic war to fight for their love.
What the world needs to see is 3D mythological cinema of this nature in New Zealand.
3D Chaori Cinema (Asian-friendly Maori action movie cinema) is a $1 billion a year generating industry waiting to happen in NZ. In my mind’s eye I see it growing in New Zealand. It supports the already well established 3D cinema of NZ. It just makes movies a lot quicker for the growing Asian movie market of the world.
It needs a development fund to get started. Russell Crowe the first person in the world of Maori descent to win an Oscar and Hollywood’s Lucy Liu are giving a similar concept a go in the film, Man with Iron Fists. We need to move more into 3D with Chaori cinema texts in and from New Zealand. Cliff Curtis, a Maori actor has also been a success starring in Asian nations in an Asian action star mythological film.
We have enough trial models on display in aspects of this genre to really go for it and develop it further. Chaori cinema is another strand of cinema to be developed in New Zealand to sit alongside what Sir Peter Jackson, John Barnett and newcomers like James Cameron have already achieved from New Zealand.
It is a brand new cinema strand though, that can only make the overall package more attractive when perceiving New Zealand as a stand out filmmaking nation location. It makes sense to develop Chaori cinema and Maori cinema that is Asian-markets friendly, more.
It’s an authentic visual expression of New Zealand for the wider world’s markets.
[Photos: Spin Off and Business Insider online].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific 8.10.12~
A new breed: A good test as to whether countries are democratic is looking at if their economies have created new millionaires.
In Asia-Pacific, the next generation is showing signs of economic prosperity & new strength. Look at link to see what nations are doing the best in creating new wealth leaders to ensure robust economic wealth distribution.
As economic wealth is as simple as tracking flows, here’s a story of that principle too.
In other Asia-Pacific news, P.R Venkat writes: Singapore -Shareholders of Fraser & Neave Ltd. (F99.SG) Friday agreed to sell their stake in a beer joint venture to Heineken N.V. (HINKY, HEIA.AE) for about $4.6 billion, ending a two-month saga in which the Dutch brewer’s bid to strengthen its foothold in the lucrative Asian beer market looked to be threatened by a reclusive Thai billionaire.
A royal touch down in Singapore: People Magazine reports, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Singapore, the first stop on their official tour to Southeast Asia to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II‘s Diamond Jubilee.
In a nod to her hosts, Kate, 30, wore a pink kimono-style Jenny Packham dress with an orchid pattern as Will and Kate hit the tarmac in Singapore, Tuesday.
On the schedule was a quick jaunt to a tropical garden. The young royals viewed the 3-ft. tall, white Dendrobium Memoria Princess Diana orchid during a moment of reflection.
“It’s a shame,” William said of the fact his mother, who vowed to visit the gardens before her death in 1997, was never able to make a planned trip to Singapore. “It’s beautiful,” he added of the flower. “Nice, very nice.” The flight from the UK was long. More@TheTropicalRoyalStrut.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.9.12~
Sia has always rocked as an Aussie music talent. Just so cleva a lyrcist, vocal arranger and seguer of different mish-mashed musical styles.
She makes American pop star talent look smart. So, she’s the best mate to have visit in LA for most. (more…)
Will and Kate are set to experience coco-licious culture on a travel excursion.
“A nine-day itinerary, which takes in Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and the remote Tuvalu has been personally selected by the Queen for the young Royals to visit.”
How tropical fun! More news@TheSolomonIslandsTimes.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.9.12~
I ate avocados so much in California with corn chips and the most delicious salsa recipes ever, I swear I was an honorary martian of avoca-enhanced-health at one point.
Avocado’s nutritional benefits are green sunshine in a deep purple shell. Back here in the paradise Isles of New Zealand, Kiwi chefs latest offering is: The Art of Making Avocado Taste Like Tuna.–ScoopIt. Eugene Hamilton of Euro’s latest creationz kinda rock!
HealthTip: Apparently, the Guinness Book of World Records states an avocado is the most nutritionally complete fruit in the world. Avocado is all about good fats to help keep the heart healthy. Avocados are chocca with essential vitamins and minerals like iron, folate and vitamin C.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.9.12~
In cargo containers, two giant pandas from mainland China, Jia Jia 4, and Kai Kai 5, arrive at Changi International Airport in Singapore, Sept 6th 2012. The pandas are on a 10-year loan from China. River Safari in the Singapore Zoo is where Jia Jia and Kai Kai will be exhibited. Photo: Agencies. China Daily.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.9.12~
Outgoing New Zealand Reserve Bank Governor, Dr Alan Bollard has been appointed to lead the secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Singapore from next year, the Pacific Rim trade group said.
Russia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Morgulov, who is the chair of the APEC 2012 Senior Officials, appreciates Bollards’ economic expertise that Alan understandably brings to the role.
Mr Bollard’s focus will be on the operational and institutional side of the APEC Secretariat job. Bollard’s goal is to help drive forward APEC member economies’ initiatives for growth. Unity on the best ideas put forward is the goal of APEC. January 1, 2013 is when Dr Bollard settles into a 3 year tenure.
Graeme Wheeler (R) is replacing Alan in NZ’s Reserve Bank Governor position. Wheeler was previously working for the World Bank.
[News sources: TVNZ and Otago Daily Times. Photo: APEC HQ Singapore. APEC photo].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.9.12~
Asia-Pacific Geeks news: Singapore is home for innovative and quirky inventions.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.9.12~
Darryl Gardiner offers sound parenting wisdom for parents of a nation on New Zealand’s TV some days. For the first time, Mr Gardiner’s eyes were missing their trademark mischievous twinkle.
Gardiner has understated Kiwi humility. Heart always in the right place for others. It’s nice Gardiner cares so much to make NZ a safer place for young people and parents of youth to want to live in while growing NZ up. Thanks Darryl.
As a Kiwi – Darryl is also well regarded in Singapore, Austraila, Britain, Europe, America, Fiji, and South America.
He has always had Maori friends whose work similar to Darryl’s at community level is the stuff that real Kiwi legends are made of. They are the unsung unrelenting heroes of stronger NZ communities, in their role as coaches to youth and their parents. For that, we say “thank you”, Mauri Ola! and rock on!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.7.12~
My goal this year is to stay at the top of the field in the single sculls and bring home the elusive Olympic Gold from London in August 2012.– Mahé Drysdale.
87 nations are reading today. Readers include:Colombia, Estonia, Dominican Republic, Bosnia, Armenia, Trinidad & Tobago, Paruguay, Albania, El Salvador, Maldives, Ghana, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Nigeria and Senegal.
Reading too are:
Cyprus, Luxemborg, Bangladesh, Latvia, Slovenia, Nepal, Denmark, Myanmar, Syria, Jamaica, Tunisia, Peru and Mauritius.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.7.12~
At a young 25, New Zealand athlete Emma Twigg can scull. Watch sports video.
Our global eyes:
Main Readers are reading today from: United States, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Brazil, Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, Malaysia, Poland, Philippines, Russia, Argentina and Mexico.
At Olympics 2012 New Zealand’s Chances to reach 100 medals looks good: In Paul Hobbs story some of New Zealand’s finest athletes are featured. People like: Yvette Williams, Sir Peter Snell, Sir John Walker, Harry Kirk, Mark Todd, Tom Ashley, Valerie Adams, Hamish Carter.
Sir Murray Halberg shares:
For an athlete mastering the mental pressures and not being numbed to be in control of your destiny, are traits that define high performance athletes competing in the highest levels of sport. You have to make the most of life, grasp the moment and don’t look back later with regrets.
Second Tier Audience are reading from: Romania, Ireland, Indonesia, Hungary, Singapore, Turkey, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Thailand, Pakistan, Austria, South Africa, Denmark, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic, Norway and Finland.
In rugby football news: The Crusaders 38. The Force 24. (Israel Dagg, Sean Maitland, Andrew Ellis, Matt Todd tries; Daniel Carter 3 cons 2 pens, Taylor 2) 0 pens. For the Force: 24 (Kyle Godwin, Holmes, Alfi Mafi tries; Brett Sheehan 2 cons, Godwin con, Ben Seymour pen)
Third Tier Audience are reading from: Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emriates, Bulgaria, Peru, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Republic of Korea, Qatar, Taiwan, Lebanon, Greece, Tunisia, Iraq, Chile, Puerto Rico, Estonia and Georgia.
In soccer news: Canada beat New Zealand’s Football Ferns 2-0. Photo: Football Ferns player, Betsy Hassett in white and Fara Williams England in red. Photo: AP.
Fourth Tier of Readers are reading from: Vietnam, Egypt, Croatia, Hong Kong, Belarus, Slovakia, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Bonsia, Bangladesh, Trinidad & Tobago, Yemen, British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar, Brunei, Azerbaijan and Palestinian Territories.
In New Zeland rugby league news: Although The Warriors are set to slip out of the leading eight teams; the Warriors have achieved a huge coup by securing centre Konrad Hurrell – one of the NRL’s hottest properties – until the end of the 2015 season. The 20-year-old Tongan, halfway through only his second season in rugby league, has been one of the NRL’s top rookies, his blitzing form netting 12 tries in just 12 appearances, including 11 in his last seven games.
To watch the Warriors last football match action: Broncos v Warriors highlights (1:45). Photo: News Limited.
Readers are also reading from: Syria, Namibia, Jordan, Fiji, Algeria and El Salvador.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.7.12~
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS WORLD NEWS 13th JUNE 2012 – SIMON DALLOW, HILARY BARRY, WENDY PETRIE & MIKE McROBERTS – TOP GUNS NEW ZEALAND
However when I do really focus on you the audience – it’s a joy to share world views of us all. That’s what a blog should be about too.
Here we go
New Zealand News – It’s all about the gift of water and Maori tribes role in its regenerating life’s flow. New campaign for Women’s Refuge (added). In sports news: Garth Bray: Goes Inside the Games. Te Karere News does too with Trevor Shailer and a leading artist Rangi Kipa – both on Kaitiaki spiritually aware duties – Maori Cultural Advisor Trevor Shailer says a Maori figure will be brought in to back the team feel at home. Magic confident ahead of biggest derby. Sensible Kiwi Celebrity News: Jacko Gill happy to miss Olympics after title defence
So, in news rheel video above, here’s four of our top guns in the Kiwi artform of New Zealand’s fine broadcasting traditions of our top broadcasters serving it up down the gunnel in the sexy Kiwi accent. In a rare treat for those outside of New Zealand’s paradise isles, here’s news from Simon Dallow, Hilary Barry, Wendy Petrie and Mike McRoberts.
This is the world that was, Friday Night from New Zealand.
United States: Blending: Mitt Romney fancies military pianist Condoleeza Rice as a frontrunner. Obama: my biggest mistake was ‘not telling a story.’ Steven Tyler leaves American Idol. A story with ‘oil’ & ‘gold’ will always get the USA’s attention. Here’s one:Turkey gave Iran 60 tons of gold in return for oil. In sports shake ups news: Debbie Dunn has a doping cheater tale fueling a culture of BigPharma excess culture from the USA. Anthony Davis joins basketball team for Olympics. Puerto Rico and The Bronx’s Jennifer Lopez says goodbye to Idol.
United Kingdom: The Hindu goes for: United Kingdom of surveillance. M16 chief Sir John Sawers does military pr that proves he’s worth his weekly intake of pita chips and hummus. On ‘ya. Plane meddles news of air show displays sports. Two British brothers of Olympics triathlons: Meet The Brownlee Bros. End in sight for Terry’s racism claims. Brit casualties in the alpine avalanche news. Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger are on evidence of night life marketing duties pre-Olympics in London. Click below.
India: Media turn to Dara Singh for He-Man standards comparisons. In New York an Indian businessman admits to ‘illegal ivory sales.’ Guwahati deals with child molestation gang. Girija Vyas claims women have a right to party.
Italy: Moody’s makes Italy moodier.
Germany: Germany’s circumcision law is out there. Raises issues of Abrahamic ties between Muslim nations and Jews.
Japan: Record rainfall in Japan forces 50000 to flee, 19 dead.
Ecuador: Newsweek fancy Ecuador as a photovoltaic research center.
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia’s princess independance program improves: First female athletes are Olympics bound.
Peru: Peru and Iraq renew diplomatic ties. Volleyball: Peru 3. Argentina 1 -Women’s Pan American Cup match. US returns stolen artefacts to Peru. Bank holds benchmark rate. Peru fights to preserve whale cemetary.
Swaziland: Infrastructure improves.
Saint Kitts and Nevis: Netball news: St. Vincent Defeats St. Kitts for OECS – ECCB Netball Championship.
Poland: Inflation accelerating.
Argentina: Venezuela is no longer highest inflation nation in Latin America – Argentina is.
Colombia: Juan Manuel Santos & co.
Bangladesh: Economic indicators - July 13.
Guadeloupe: Twitter feed
[In a tough rugby match between The Hurricanes of Wellington and The Chiefs of Hamilton: It was a result that did neither the Hurricanes nor the Chiefs any favours. Watch above the highlights footage of one of New Zealand's national football codes].
Venezuela: Opposition candidate to address Venezuela military, role of soldiers in presidential election.
Portugal: Soccer’s Sunil Chetri arrives in Portugal.
Finland: Finland may get bank shares as collateral, Urpilainen says.
Brunei: Qatar and Brunei’s women Olympians make history.
Puerto Rico: Solving socioeconomic crisis – a call to thought and action.
Nepal: Nepal Maoist chief’s son accused of Everest affair. Sex trafficking offender jailed for 170 years.
Spain: Economy challenged.
Jordan: Jordan Local Daily News
Costa Rica: Growing agriculture sharing knowledge.
Serbia: Coalition government talks occur. Price pressures forces rates rise.
[Jessica Mutch brings the latest story of where Maori water rights sits at The Waitangi Tribunal. Crown lawyers say asset sales should not be delayed because of questions over Maori water rights. Though it's unusual to sell a 3/4's full bottle of wine at market - before suring up the product is a priority of solid due diligence management of business, take a look at the marae where the court is sitting. Mutch highlights lawyer Paul Raddich for The Crown and Donna Hall and veteran activist and mother of a New Zealand politician, Titewhai Harwira. Priceless].
[Gene Rodenberry's star tribute (the Maori version), Hollywood Boulevard Grauman's Chinese Theater. Photo: Author's own].
Music pick: The mood: Janet Jackson‘s Rhythm Nation live concert – no prejudice, no racism, just dance with Peace always to the fore.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.7.12~
Zooming in around the world on Horiwoodblog. How are we looking?
Main Audience are reading from: United States, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, France, United Kingdom, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Germany, Philippines, Chile, Thailand and Belgium.
Second Tier Audience are reading from: Russia, Japan, Ecuador, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Peru, Swaziland, Vietnam, South Africa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Poland, Argentina, Singapore, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, Guam, Bangladesh, Guadeloupe, Austria and Kuwait.
Kia Ora. Welcome. Nice to see you reading. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.7.12~
ASIA-PACIFIC OVERTAKES NORTH AMERICA AS THE REGION FOR GROWING THE MOST MILLIONAIRES WITH INVESTABLE MILLIONS TO INVEST
CNN News reports the changing face of Asia-Pacific’s millionaire populations.
Focus, dedication and working at a business can help grow economies quicker if people opt to be less distracted.
For the first time in the World’s history, Asia-Pacific is home to the highest number of millionaires in the world. The news was announced in the form of an annual global wealth report by Capgemini and Royal Bank of Canada Wealth Management.
Asia-Pacific has over-taken North America in 2011 on the growing millionaire citizens front. Asia Pacific now has 3.37 million high-net-worth individuals (HNWI). A millionaire in the report is defined as anyone who has a lazy US$ 1 million available for investment. This excludes personal assets such as primary homes, collectibles, and consumer durables. (more…)
Free to view from Around the World – Who is reading today?
We’re reading from: New Zealand, United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Nicaragua, Malaysia, Republic of Korea and Singapore.
So, what’s up?
In Chile: After a documentary of propraganda screened, Chilean police clashed with anti-Pinochet demonstrators.
In the South American Cup Group of the soccer, Chile trounced Venezuela to get to the top.
In Indonesia: From Jarkarta, the Indonesian government will study the possibility of building a 300,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Sumatra.
In Bali, going green means building schools with bamboo, instead of concrete.
In Singapore: The stock market rose today with Olan news. Singapore’s Air Scoot, says to the US & Europe, fly to us. And, Bloomberg news is slow to pick up on the fact that Aussie millionaire, Nathan Tinkler is immigrating from Australia to Singapore.
Finally, In Nicaragua: Nicaragua is pressing ahead with plans for a new $30-billion Panama-style canal linking the Atlantic to the Pacific, with China, Japan and South Korea backing President Daniel Ortega‘s draft bill. Japan, Russia, Venezuela and Brazil also are showing approval signs. The proposed freight waterway may include a part of Costa Rica.
Project director Eden Pastora says feasibility studies are expected to cost $350 million while actual construction could hit $30 billion. Eden said the project would be carried out by a joint venture in which the government would own 51 percent of shares and tenders would be issued for the remainder.
[Photo caption: A cargo ship is seen passing through the Miraflores Locks in the Panama Canal in April - AFP File, Juan Jose Rodriguez]