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Tuesday 11 June

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  • Nicaragua fast-tracks Chinese plan to build canal to rival Panama guardian.co.uk

    A Nicaraguan congressional committee has approved giving a China-based consortium the concession to build and operate a canal between the Pacific and Caribbean, fast-tracking the huge development project despite objections from the opposition. The infrastructure committee president, Jenny Martínez, said the bill had immediately been sent to the National Assembly, which is expected to approve it on Thursday. President Daniel Ortega's Sandinista Front controls the national legislature with 63 out of 92 politicians. ...

  • Bringing a panoramic treasure of River Thames back to life surreycomet.co.uk

    The story begins in 1829, when Samuel Leigh published his panorama of the Thames from London to Richmond, an astonishing piece of art showing every landmark on both sides of the 15-mile stretch of river from Westminster Bridge to Petersham Meadows. Sixty feet long, composed of 46 prints glued together and folded into a concertina, it was designed for boat users at a time when the river was a prime means of transport....

  • Basingstoke Canal Society's new £160,000 boat christened basingstokegazette.co.uk

    A bottle of Champagne was poured over the bow of a brand new canal boat which was officially named by BBC South Today presenter Sally Taylor. The John Pinkerton II made an impressive entrance at Colt Hill Wharf, in Odiham, where dozens of people lined the tow-path of the Basingstoke Canal to admire the 70ft boat arrive, with Ms Taylor on board. The £160,000 passenger boat replaces the John Pinkerton, and was bought by Basingstoke Canal Society thanks to a generous legacy from Alan Flight, who was a member of the society....

  • Daisy's one-dog mission to clean up canal path worcesternews.co.uk

    She might not be your usual sort of rubbish collector but Daisy the dog certainly has a nose for litter. The four-year-old cockapoo has taken it upon herself to tidy up the unsightly rubbish on her daily walks along Worcester’s canal paths with owner Judy Owens. And the city’s newest unofficial beer can collector has won a vote of thanks from the Canal and River Trust for her efforts....

Thursday 6 June

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  • Cleaning waterways, one paddle at a time in Pittsburgh post-gazette.com

    In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, volunteer group Paddle Without Pollution uses kayaks to clean up its rivers: "Early on a brisk Saturday morning, kayakers paddled along the Allegheny River, loaded down with tires, trash bags and barrels. They come and go from the dock in Tarentum, unloading debris, resting for a minute, then heading back out to search for more. These are volunteers with the nonprofit Paddle Without Pollution, founded two years ago by Melissa and Dave Rohm of Scott. Pittsburgh natives and avid outdoors enthusiasts, they decided to get organized after paddling along the Monongahela River downtown for the first time in summer 2011 and discovering a large amount of debris." ...

Wednesday 5 June

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  • IWA comments on new HS2 Phase 1 proposals waterways.org.uk

    The HS2 High Speed Rail project announced two new consultations on 16th May. The Design Refinement Consultation document proposes 14 design ‘refinements’ to the Phase 1 route between London and Lichfield, and several of these affect the previously announced canal crossings. The IWA has analysed and commented on these documents, and a summary can be found on the Lichfield Branch's section of the IWA website. ...

  • Revamped Lee towpath at Tottenham Hale reopened tottenhamjournal.co.uk

    Cyclists now have even more incentive to saddle up after a towpath in Tottenham Hale was resurfaced as part of a £305,000 Transport for London scheme. The 1.1km stretch of towpath, between Tottenham Locks and Stonebridge Locks on the River Lee Navigation has been rebuilt by the Canal & River Trust....

  • New smartphone app lets you report abandoned supermarket trolleys dailymail.co.uk

    A new smartphone app could finally solve the scourge of abandoned trolleys and the damage they cause to the British countryside. The Trolleywise app - available for Apple and Android devices - lets users send photos of abandoned trolleys along with their GPS locations to a national collection service....

Monday 3 June

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  • Boater’s anger at ‘filthy’ state of Huddersfield Narrow Canal examiner.co.uk

    A novice narrowboater’s month-long waterborne odyssey took him through some fantastic scenery. But after 275 miles of waterways and around 120 locks, the state of Huddersfield Narrow Canal left him disgusted. Bob Watson, 64, steered son Rob’s boat, The Geisha, from London to Slaithwaite. But the rubbish-choked, silted up condition of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal between Ashton and the Standedge Tunnel at Marsden meant the home leg of his trip left a bad taste. ...

  • Etruria Canal Festival celebrates 20th anniversary thisisstaffordshire.co.uk

    The two-day Etruria Canals Festival, one of the largest free events in Stoke-on-Trent, took place over the weekend at Etruria Locks off Lower Bedford Street. Thousands of visitors turned up to watch the colourful boat parade, Visitors enjoyed a flotilla of narrowboats, as well as a enjoy a hog roast and real ale in the while real ale lovers enjoyed a drink in the sun from the beer tent. ...

Friday 17 May

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  • The 'Fan Bridge': Paddington Basin's new canal landmark telegraph.co.uk

    London’s Paddington is set to get a new landmark with the announcement that Westminster planners have approved proposals to construct a kinetic ‘fan bridge’ that will unfurl over the Grand Union Canal at Merchant Square....

Thursday 16 May

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Friday 10 May

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  • Hunt for £40,000 narrowboat stolen from moorings at Kegworth thisisleicestershire.co.uk

    Brazen thieves managed to steal a narrowboat from a marina despite a getaway speed of only five miles per hour. The £40,000 boat, Samshiba, was taken from the marina in London Road, Kegworth, and was last seen heading for Leicester. ​ It is expected the boat is still somewhere in Leicestershire, based on the boat’s top speed and the number of canal locks in the county. The 60ft vessel had been in the care of East Midlands Boat Services when it was taken in the early hours of Tuesday morning....

Thursday 9 May

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  • Pensioner’s dramatic Lancaster canal rescue ordeal lancasterguardian.co.uk

    An 86-year-old great-grandfather had a miraculous escape when he fell from his bicycle into the canal. Jack Earl was rescued by six passers-by as he struggled to get himself free. He lost consciousness and was eventually dragged out after 20 minutes in the freezing water. The pensioner was lucky to escape with hardly a scratch on him to show for his ordeal....

Sunday 5 May

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  • A unique send-off for former seaman mirfieldreporter.co.uk

    A former seaman who dedicated himself to a Mirfield charity was given a uniquely fitting send-off at his funeral. Robert Boothroyd, who died after a battle with cancer, volunteered and fixed boats for the Safe Anchor Trust. More than 200 people who attended his funeral saw his coffin carried down his favourite canal in a floating cortege. Safe Anchor Trust Founder Les Moss said: “It was a very unusual funeral and if you didn’t know Robert and heard about it out of context then it would sound very odd indeed....

Friday 3 May

Former rail executive is new head of Canal & River Trust

Richard Parry, currently a director of the First Group rail operator and for many years a senior executive of London Underground, is to be the new chief executive of the Canal & River Trust, succeeding Robin Evans, who steps down shortly. 

Richard Parry had spent 19 years with the London tube network in various senior roles, including revenue and strategy - culminating as deputy managing director for TfL Rail and Underground. 

He moved to First Group in January last year to take charge of its bid for the West Coast rail franchise, which it won from Virgin last August. However, when this was overturned by the government in October after a legal challenge he was moved to run the much smaller Hull Trains company in December 2012.

He is also a trustee of People 1st – the council which was set up to improve skills in the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries, particularly in the areas of management and leadership, customer service and craft/technical skills.
CRT chairman Tony Hales said Parry’s rail experience had given him “fantastic experience of managing complex  infrastructure – something which is crucial for our network of lock flights, embankments, soaring aqueducts and other engineering feats of the industrial age.” 

Hales praised Parry’s “strong record of leading organisations through change,” and said he was “very pleased that Richard is moving from rail to water, recognising the renaissance that has seen our canals and rivers come to life and the opportunity we have to give them a bright future.”

Parry himself said “I have bags of enthusiasm for the waterways and have seen first-hand the shot in the arm that canals provide to the communities they flow through.” 
Richard Parry is 46 and married with two teenage daughters, and lives in the West Midlands.

Andrew Denny  | 10.30am | add a comment

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  • The art of spending a year on the water birminghampost.net

    When the lease ended on the flat that artist Rob Pointon was sharing with his girlfriend, photographer and animator Karen Sayle, the couple decided to embark on a house hunt. However, they didn’t start trawling through estate agents particulars looking for a des res. The unconventional couple bought a narrowboat, fitted it out as a floating studio, and then spent a year traversing the man-built and natural waterways of the UK, with Rob painting as they went. ...

Tuesday 30 April

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  • Telegraph profiles the 'angel' of the Droitwich Canals telegraph.co.uk

    The Daily Telegraph today profiles Max Sinclair, the veteran canal campaigner who began the Droitwich Canals restoration in 1959 and was lucky enough to see it completed 42 years later. 

    Max is held up as one of the first winners of the English Heritage Angels Awards scheme, aimed at honouring 'volunteers and craftsmen who have distinguished themselves in the rescue of a site or building under threat.'  

    We are used to quick results in this 24/7 age. Max Sinclair understands the value of patience, however. It took him more than 40 years to achieve his goal, overcoming obstacles physical and bureaucratic. Now, at the age of 82, he sits on the bench by the lock at Mildenham Mill and surveys the object of his ambition, the rejuvenated Droitwich Barge Canal.

    “We dredged 300,000 tons of soil and mud out of here,” says Max of the volunteers, many of whom he never knew, responsible for bringing this tranquil waterway back to life. “We laugh at David Cameron and his Big Society, but this really was the Big Society: people making a contribution, playing their part for no reward other than the pleasure of being with other people and doing something worthwhile.” 

    The scheme is sponsored by the Daily Telegraph, hence Max's profile in the newspaper. 

    If you want to nominate someone as an English Heritage 'Angel', you have until 19th May - more details here

  • Sealine goes into administration kidderminstershuttle.co.uk

    Sealine workers are being warned to brace themselves for “significant” job losses after the Kidderminster-based luxury-boat builder entered administration. Administrators from Baker Tilly Restructuring and Recovery were called in to the company, based at Whitehouse Road, off Worcester Road, earlier today. Sealine employs about 300 people....

  • Shropshire Star to make a splash as narrowboat launched shropshirestar.com

    The Shropshire Star will set sail on the region’s waterways this weekend when it gives its name to a new canal boat. The 70ft narrowboat will be used to take passengers on pleasure cruises along the Shropshire Union Canal from its base at Norbury Junction, near Newport. It will be officially launched at a VIP naming ceremony on Saturday, as part of the Norbury and Shrewsbury Canal Trust’s annual bank holiday festival....

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