Posted by: Idioma Extra | July 6, 2010

Tuesday´s News

Opponents plan 200-kilometer march to protest gold mine


Anti-mining activists plan a 200-kilometer hike from Casa Presidencial in Zapote to the site of an open-pit mining project in Cutris de San Carlos starting July 12.

The activists said they are copying the idea from Bolivian peasants who marched 460 kilometers in 1996 to push a political point of view.

The 125-mile march is part of an effort by the groups to urge President Laura Chinchilla to revoke a decree by former President Óscar Arias Sanchez that declared the mine project to be in the national interest. The project has run into other trouble because of the need to cut down some trees and because operators plan to use cyanide to leach out the gold from the rock.

The mining project is fully permitted, although there is another case in a lower court despite a Sala IV constitutional court rejection of challenges. The project is operated by Infinito Gold Ltd., a Costa Rican subsidiary of a Canadian firm.

The protesting groups include Preserve Planet and an organization that identifies itself as Ni Una Sola Mina and another called Juventud Progresista de Cartago.  The organizations said that their hikers would be accompanied by a caravan that would distribute written materials and show videos to stress their point of view.

Word of the Day

Main Entry: car·a·van
Function: noun
Etymology: Italian caravana, from Persian kārvān
Date: 1588
1 a : a company of travelers on a journey through desert or hostile regions; also : a train of pack animals b : a group of vehicles traveling together (as in a file)
2 a : a covered wagon or motor vehicle equipped as traveling living quarters b British :trailer 3b

More Vocabulary

Activist: n. an especially active, vigorous advocate of a cause, esp. apolitical cause
Leach: v. to dissolve out by the action of a percolating liquid

Open pit: adj. noting or pertaining to a type of surface mining in which massive, usually metallic mineral deposits are removed by cutting benches into the walls of a broad deep funnel-shaped excavation
Point of view: n. a position or perspective from which something is considered or evaluated
Revoke: v. to take back or withdraw; annul, cancel, or reverse; rescind or repeal

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Cut down: to destroy, kill, or disable

The hurricane cut down everything in its path.

Run into: to experience; encounter

The company will run into financial debt, because of his poor accounting.

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At last…
Last but not least…

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