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Are These The Top Five Worst Wedding Proposals Ever?

EYEWITNESS NEWS (United States)

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A small plane towing a "Will You Marry Me?" banner crashed into Rhode Island's Block Island Sound on Monday afternoon, US website Eyewitness News reports.

Coast Guard officials were able to speak to the pilot's 8 year old son who gave them a general idea of where his father was. The "wanna be married" pilot was finally pulled from the water by a man from a boat nearby.

Authorities say the pilot was not seriously injured. Meanwhile, the answer to his proposal remains unrevealed.

Was this a bad omen for the pilot's future personal plans, or could it happen to anyone?

Here's our countdown to the five worst scenarios for a wedding proposal:

Number five: Last June in Indiana, a woman was surprised by her boyfriend's proposal during a hot air balloon ride. Just minutes after she said "yes," the basket the couple was riding in made contact with power lines, knocking their pilot unconscious.


Number four: : A man invited his friends for a small party on a rooftop. As he prepares to make his dramatic proposal, his friend throws him the engagement ring.... he jumps to catch the ring and falls off the roof....



Number three: If you're going to propose during a football match (on a dreary day), make sure the supporters will be supportive.... Whistles and hisses, and boohs are not the ideal background sound for a proposal. The bride-to-be looks like a deer caught in the headlights.



Number two: Ok, so maybe sports events are not the ideal place for a proposal… especially if it's the ugly mascot that's proposing.



Number one: If you're going to propose in front of everyone, make sure your future fiancee actually likes you a little bit and is not going to run away with a horrified look on her face!

Bonus round: And who could forget this piece of television history: French soccer coach Raymond Domenech loses the Euro 2008 and decides his post-match interview is the perfect moment to propose to his girlfriend. "Awkward" does not even begin to describe it.


Raymond Domenech demande Estelle Denis en mariage by Chronofoot
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In Argentina, A Visit To World's Highest Solar Energy Park

With loans and solar panels from China, the massive solar park has been opened a year and is already powering the surrounding areas. Now the Chinese supplier is pushing for an expansion.

960,000 solar panels have been installed at the Cauchari park

Silvia Naishtat

CAUCHARI — Driving across the border with Chile into the northwest Argentine department of Susques, you may spot what looks like a black mass in the distance. Arriving at a 4,000-meter altitude in the municipality of Cauchari, what comes into view instead is an assembly of 960,000 solar panels. It is the world's highest photovoltaic (PV) park, which is also the second biggest solar energy facility in Latin America, after Mexico's Aguascalientes plant.

Spread over 800 hectares in an arid landscape, the Cauchari park has been operating for a year, and has so far turned sunshine into 315 megawatts of electricity, enough to power the local provincial capital of Jujuy through the national grid.


It has also generated some $50 million for the province, which Governor Gerardo Morales has allocated to building 239 schools.

Abundant sunshine, low temperatures

The physicist Martín Albornoz says Cauchari, which means "link to the sun," is exposed to the best solar radiation anywhere. The area has 260 days of sunshine, with no smog and relatively low temperatures, which helps keep the panels in optimal conditions.

Its construction began with a loan of more than $331 million from China's Eximbank, which allowed the purchase of panels made in Shanghai. They arrived in Buenos Aires in 2,500 containers and were later trucked a considerable distance to the site in Cauchari . This was a titanic project that required 1,200 builders and 10-ton cranes, but will save some 780,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year.

It is now run by 60 technicians. Its panels, with a 25-year guarantee, follow the sun's path and are cleaned twice a year. The plant is expected to have a service life of 40 years. Its choice of location was based on power lines traced in the 1990s to export power to Chile, now fed by the park.

Chinese engineers working in an office at the Cauchari park

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Chinese want to expand

The plant belongs to the public-sector firm Jemse (Jujuy Energía y Minería), created in 2011 by the province's then governor Eduardo Fellner. Jemse's president, Felipe Albornoz, says that once Chinese credits are repaid in 20 years, Cauchari will earn the province $600 million.

The Argentine Energy ministry must now decide on the park's proposed expansion. The Chinese would pay in $200 million, which will help install 400,000 additional panels and generate enough power for the entire province of Jujuy.

The park's CEO, Guillermo Hoerth, observes that state policies are key to turning Jujuy into a green province. "We must change the production model. The world is rapidly cutting fossil fuel emissions. This is a great opportunity," Hoerth says.

The province's energy chief, Mario Pizarro, says in turn that Susques and three other provincial districts are already self-sufficient with clean energy, and three other districts would soon follow.

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