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33 trapped Chilean miners alive after 17 days
Rescue workers say it could take 120 days to dig a new tunnel to reach the miners
SANTIAGO -- Thirty-three miners trapped underground for 17 days in a gold and copper mine in Northern Chile sent up a message tied to a drill on Sunday telling rescuers they were all alive.
President Sebastian Pinera said the paper message was tied to a drill that rescuers used to bore through to the area near an underground shelter where the miners are located. But he said it will take months to get the trapped men out.
"The 33 of us in the shelter are well," read the message written with red paint on the piece of paper that Pinera held up on television, as drivers honked horns in the capital Santiago and diners applauded in restaurants.
"It will take months (to get them out). It will take time, but it doesn't matter how long it takes to have a happy ending," the beaming president said at the minehead.
The miners are 4.5 miles (7 km) inside the winding mine and about 2,300 feet (700 mts) vertically underground. They are inside a mine shaft shelter the size of a small apartment.
Authorities said they had limited amounts of food. No further details were immediately available about conditions deep inside the mine. Relatives hugged, kissed and thanked God as news of the message reverberated outside the entrance to the mine, where they have been camped out since the mine caved in on Aug. 5.
"We never, never lost faith. We knew they were there, and that they would be rescued," said family member Eduardo Hurtado, as other miners' relatives waved red white and blue Chilean flags and cheered.
Rescuers plan to send narrow plastic tubes called "doves" down the narrow borehole with food, hydration gels and communications equipment.
Deep in the small mine, located near the northern city of Copiapo, there are deposits of water and ventilation shafts that helped the miners to survive.
However the mine is unstable, and rescue workers were forced to abandon attempts to dig past the main cave-in and down a ventilation shaft.
The plan is now to dig a new shaft to enable them to escape, which will take months. Rescue workers say it could take around 120 days to dig a new tunnel to reach the miners.
Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said rescue workers would lower a camera and microphones to communicate with the miners.
Pinera sacked top officials of Chile's mining regulator and vowed a major overhaul of the agency in light of the accident.
Serious mining accidents are rare in Chile, but the government says the San Jose mine, owned by local private company Compania Minera San Esteban Primera, has suffered a series of mishaps and 16 workers were killed in recent years.
Not sure how it is in the States, but here in Canada, women have many less opportunities, largely because they take responsibility for their children while men are able to build solid careers after divorce. At the end of legal preceedings , I consistently see that men 'recover' from divorce much more easily financially than women do.
I see men (while in the system) whine about not having their kids often enough, not having a place to live, not having a cent to their name, but once the legalities are said and done they 'amazingly' recover financially. Once nobody is looking, their priorities become financially motivated and all the sudden their career becomes more important again. He needs to work, he doesn't have time, etc etc etc while the woman has no choice but to juggle job and kids as best as she can.
Now please forgive me, I know some committed dad's who realize that money is not the 'end all and be all' in a child's life and will give up the 'good life' to nurture their children, but here in Canada they are few and far between. The cost of daycare alone is inhibitive for women being able to make choices that will move them up the ladder. Very few of them can get jobs that will even cover daycare expenses.
My apologies if this is offensive to anyone. It is not my intention - as I usually admonish people on the board who generalize - and here I am doing it myself. PM me and yell at me if you are offended - but I need to say that there are two sides to every argument - men here are generally not helpless victims and end up buying beautiful homes and many toys and fancy cars after the heat of the legal issues have been alleviated and they have soundly convinced the court that they have no money.
Then they complain because their kids aren't seeing them - that the wife is keeping them from him. The type of men I am speaking of don't realize that in order to see their kids after divorce, they need to give up things just like the woman does. Maybe downgrade that car - for 20 some odd years so that you don't need to be preoccupied with work so that you can supply your children with what they really need - your time - your emotions - your support - your love.
3. Looking for Affirmative Action Representatives
Under New York's affirmative action program, State agencies are encouraged to hire and promote individuals from the protected classes (women, minorities, disabled individuals and Vietnam era veterans). The College is looking to train additional members of our College community to serve as Affirmative Action Representatives assigned to mentor search committees in affirmative action and equal employment opportunity. Serving in this capacity will require you to attend training, counsel assigned search committees and potentially participate as a member of a Tripartite Committee should sensitive discrimination claims arise. If you have an interest in serving in such a capacity, please contact your division Vice President by April 23. A group of those that volunteer will be selected by the President's Cabinet. The group members will be representative of the College community.