VANCOUVER – The 2017 wildfire season in British Columbia set records as the most destructive in the province’s recorded history. Here is a look at the season by the numbers:12,164 square kilometres: Area burned, equivalent to more than a third of Vancouver Island. The worst level of destruction since 1958 when 8,560 square kilometres burned.$562.7 million: Estimated cost of fire suppression. The previous record was $382 million in 2009.45,000: Approximate number of people displaced at the peak of the fires.65,000: Total number of people displaced over the entire wildfire season. The previous record was in 2003 when about 45,000 people were forced from their homes.70 days: Duration of the state of emergency that was declared on July 7. The last time wildfires prompted the province to announce a state of emergency was in 2003, which lasted 43 days.1,351: Total number of wildfires.176: Number of fires that started over a single 48-hour period on July 7 and 8.4,700: Approximate number of personnel deployed at the height of the wildfires, including firefighters and support staff. The tally encompasses the more than 1,200 personnel from outside the province or Canada and the more than 2,000 contractors who helped out.300: Approximate number of Canadian Armed Forces personnel who assisted.236: Aircraft deployed, including planes and helicopters.Zero: People who died in the fires.Source: BC Wildfire Service
FORT MCMURRAY – It was May 8, 2016, and the Fort McMurray wildfire was in full blaze.Municipal and provincial leaders had gathered to discuss a response when Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation walked in wanting to know how their plans would affect Indigenous communities.“All these heads started looking at each other and they had no answers for me,” he recalls. “It was clearly evident they had no plans for emergency procedures for First Nations in the surrounding area.”That’s also the main conclusion of a lengthy report by 11 Indigenous communities in and around Fort McMurray. It was funded by the Red Cross and is the result of two years of surveys, meetings and focus groups.“You had this breakdown in understanding,” said Tim Clark, the consultant who wrote the report.READ MORE: Report reveals shortcomings when dealing with Fort McMurray wildfireThe Fort McMurray wildfire became one of Canada’s worst natural disasters.More than 88,000 residents fled their homes and more than 2,400 structures were damaged or destroyed. The estimated cost was pegged at about $10 billion and nearly 6,000 square kilometres in northern Alberta were scorched.There were no deaths directly caused by the fire, but the report suggests that wasn’t because things went smoothly.Nobody knew who was in charge, it says. Between municipalities, the province and Ottawa, responsibility for Indigenous communities was up in the air.There were few relationships and less trust between government and First Nations groups, says the report. Indigenous leaders weren’t included in the Regional Emergency Operations Centre.“You had Fort McMurray First Nation, just east of Fort McMurray, and they didn’t even know there was an emergency operations centre,” Clark said. “(The municipality) did not reach out to First Nations because it assumed they were being dealt with by the federal government.”Most residents from the nearby hamlet of Janvier left for safety in Lac La Biche, 175 kilometres away. But when a few Janvier kids acted up, everyone, including elders, was rousted and moved again — some back to Janvier, which was still under threat.Re-entry after the fire was similarly tone-deaf, the report says.Registration centres were held in schools, institutions many Indigenous people are reluctant to enter.“The moment you opened up the Friendship Centre re-entry centre, it was immediately filled with people,” said Clark. “There were a lot of people who weren’t going to those (schools).”There was also initial doubt about whether residents would be allowed to rebuild in the Waterways neighbourhood — one of the oldest parts of Fort McMurray and settled by Indigenous people generations ago.“The municipality understood it in financial terms,” Clark said. “The Indigenous people understood it in more of a cultural, historical perspective.”Governments also failed to consider the circumstances of Indigenous communities, he said. Many houses damaged in the fire started off in bad shape. Fewer Indigenous homeowners were insured.READ MORE: Mental issues from Fort McMurray fire linger but human contact helps: studyAbout one-quarter of Indigenous people in the survey lost their homes — a far higher percentage than in Fort McMurray as a whole. About one-third of those who lost homes had no insurance.It wasn’t until March 2017 — months into the recovery effort — that Indigenous representatives joined a recovery task force. Clark also found First Nations and the provincial agency managing federal relief funds worked poorly together. Metis communities weren’t eligible at all.Clark writes that the Willow Lake Métis spent more than $100,000 supporting members during the wildfire. The Fort McMurray Métis spent their reserves to the point where they could not get a bank loan.The survey found that 70 per cent of respondents would prefer disaster management services from Indigenous groups if there were a similar disaster.And there will be a next time, said Clark.“There are still a lot of areas in northeast Alberta that are at high risk for disaster events.“We can’t just say we had a big wildfire so it won’t happen again. We need to start repairing these relationships now.”Adams said it can’t happen soon enough.“What happens now? What’s the plan for us? If the (municipality) doesn’t have a plan for us, who does? Aren’t we all supposed to be working together?”— Follow Bob Weber @row1960 on Twitter
Rabat – American Airlines will launch a new seasonal air route, linking Philadelphia with Casablanca. The flight will be the first of its kind for the US carrier in Africa. The flight route will also make the American Airlines the only US carrier operating a direct flight to Casablanca. According to Air Journal, American Airlines will launch the seasonal flight on June 4, 2020.The flight linking Philadelphia with Casablanca will serve passengers with three flights a week on a Boeing 757, until September 8. “Our customers and team members have been asking when we’re going to start service to Africa, and I couldn’t be more pleased to make this announcement for service beginning in 2020,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning.He also expressed the company’s determination to work with Morocco’s flag carrier Royal Air Maroc.“We look forward to working with Royal Air Maroc when they join the Oneworld alliance in January,” Raja added.In 2018, RAM announced its decision to join the Oneworld alliance.RAM’s membership is expected to take effect in mid-2020, announced Oneworld Wednesday, December 5, in a statement.“Its regional subsidiary Royal Air Maroc Express will join as a Oneworld affiliate member at the same time.”The vice president said that the alliance will “create even more connections in Africa to cities like Marrakech, Lagos, and Accra.”American Airlines, according to Air Journal, will open four other air routes, including Dallas-Tel Aviv, and Chicago-Karkow flights.The airline offers 6,8000 flights a day to more than 365 destinations in 61 countries.Launched in February 1999, Oneworld is an alliance of some of the world’s leading airlines such as American Airlines, British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, and Qatar Airways.
Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena are in remand prison after being arrested over the Central Band treasury bond scam. (Colombo Gazette) The Colombo Fort Magistrate today refused to grant bail to Perpetual Treasuries head Arjun Aloysius and Chief Executive Officer Kasun Palisena.The Colombo Fort Magistrate ordered that Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena be further remanded till March 2.
Many Mennonites came into the county to help with cleanup. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO) The Lions Club set up optional tolls along the roads to collect money from anyone that was able to donate to the cleanup efforts. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO) WATERFORD — Forty years ago on Aug. 7 multiple tornadoes touched down in southwestern Ontario.The biggest began near Woodstock and plowed south-east on a trajectory that took it through Kelvin, Vanessa and Waterford. Schools, churches, homes and businesses in Oxford, Brant, and Norfolk counties were damaged or worse.“We all remember where we were that day, a tornado tore our town away,” Waterford resident Tom Swiech sings in his song A Tornado, which was written about the event.Betty Black, of 36 Main Street North in Waterford, remembers exactly where she was when disaster struck.Black sped north across the CN bridge and into her driveway as the tornado arrived in the north end of town.Black hustled her family into the house and slammed the door behind her as trees and large limbs came crashing to the ground. The tornado was so strong that it blew entire trees onto the bridge she had just driven over.“I’m glad we weren’t on the road,” Black said Tuesday. “Because we could’ve been. We crossed the bridge, pulled into the driveway and ran into the house. I’ve always thought how glad I was that I wasn’t on that bridge when the storm hit.”The Black family was luckier than most. Not only did they cross the bridge under the wire, they suffered minor damage compared to their neighbours.Many homes in the north end of Waterford suffered serious damage. In many cases, roofs and rafters were torn away. Many of the large trees in this part of town were damaged or uprooted.The Thompson-Mott Funeral Home is a long-serving institution in this part of town.The rear of the old mansion took a hit that required an expensive repair and remodeling. Peter Thompson was home with his family watching TV when the storm blew through. Tuesday, Thompson said it happened so fast there was no time to react.“It was quite an event – something we’d never seen before,” Thompson said. “If you live down south in the United States, you expect it. But until then you didn’t expect it in Waterford.”The funeral home was out of commission for a time but Thompson is proud that he turned no families away. Thompson stayed in business and continued serving the community because Waterford churches provided alternative venues, as needed, for visitations, services and the like.To mark the 40th anniversary of the event, the Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum has mounted an exhibit called “Tornado of ’79.”The museum is playing Swiech’s song for the duration and is showing photos to convey the human stories behind the disaster. WHAM’s curator James Christison and assistant curator Catherine Caughell have heard stories as local residents shared their photos.“It’s been interesting,” Christison said. “People coming into the museum remember what they were doing and where they were.”One resident was in a Waterford bank watching the window blowing in and out as cars were lifted and carried down the road. Another recalled playing baseball in Simcoe when the sky turned a yellowish-grey.While the tornado tore the community apart, it also brought people closer together. “The response from people that weren’t affected to help the people that were was almost instantaneous. The help that came from outside, people driving from surrounding communities, from Woodstock to Waterford, was really fast,” said Caughell. The former City of Nanticoke declared a state of emergency and help began pouring in immediately. The Waterford Lions set up optional tolls on Main Street asking people to give whatever they could to those in need. Caughell said no one went homeless that night because people unaffected offered whatever they could to those who were. One Waterford resident told Caughell she was married shortly before the tornado hit. Her neighbour’s house was hit and the wedding gift that they were still holding onto — a set of glasses — survived when parts of the house did not. The damage from the tornadoes was estimated at over $100 million. This does not included damaged crops and injured livestock. There were two deaths outside Norfolk and another 150 hospitalized with injuries. More information regarding the WHAM exhibit is available on the museum’s firstname.lastname@example.org Ontario Premier Bill Davis, centre, travelled to Waterford to look at the damage done from a devastating tornado that hit the community on August 7, 1979. Simcoe Reformer photo/Norfolk County Archives
Secretary-General António Guterres is greeted by Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, at the conference. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard VIDEO: Addressing reporters during a meeting break, Secretary-General António Guterres underscores that the conference was seeking “a solid and sustainable solution,” not “a quick fix” for the Republic of Cyprus. Credit: UN News “We are not looking for a quick fix. We are looking for a solid and sustainable solution,” he said, noting that the conference will continue for “the amount of time necessary.” He stressed that the role of the United Nations is to support the parties so that they can come to the necessary agreement.At the end of today’s discussions, the UN commended Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akinci for the remarkable progress made over the past 20 months in the Cyprus talks and for their dedicated work that had made it possible to Conference, which, for the first time, had brought all together to discuss the chapter of security and guarantees, the sixth and last chapter of the negotiations.The world body said that the participants recognized that this is the time to bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion. “This is a historic opportunity that should not be missed, said the UN adding that the participants therefore committed to supporting the process towards a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus.Noting that those common objectives will require concerted efforts by all concerned over the course of the next days, they decided to continue the Conference, in line with established precedent, with the following steps: Establish a working group at the level of deputies. This group will commence its work on 18 January. Its task will be to identify specific questions and the instruments needed to address them;In parallel, the negotiations on outstanding issues in the other chapters will continue between the two sides in Cyprus; and that The Conference will continue at political level immediately thereafter to review the outcome of the working group’s discussions. Secretary-General António Guterres (right) with Nicos Anastasiades (centre right) and Mustafa Akinci (left). Also pictured is Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland. UN Photo/Violaine Martin AUDIO: Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Secretary-General António Guterres says that “enormous progress” had been made on all of the contentious subjects that divide Turkish and Greek Cypriots. Credit: UN News Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) briefs journalists during a recess between meetings held during a United Nations-supported conference on Cyprus. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) at the opening of the conference flanked by Jeffrey Feltman (left) Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Espen Barth Eide UN Special Adviser on Cyprus. Also pictured are Mustafa Akinci (2nd left) and Nicos Anastasiades (2nd right). UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Speaking at a press conference during a recess, the UN chief said “it is my hope that there will be a breakthrough” that the people of Cyprus deserve and the world needs. “We are facing so many situations of disasters. We badly need a symbol of hope. I strongly believe Cyprus can be the symbol of hope at the beginning of 2017,” he added. The conference brought together not only the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, but also the so-called guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom for the first time. Mr. Guterres paid tribute to the statesmanship displayed by Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci for about 20 months of negotiations toward a united Cyprus. The Secretary-General described the opening session of today’s talks as “extremely constructive,” adding that during lunchtime, the participants had open debate and brainstorming, in which “it was possible to identify, not only the very important progress that was made in the negotiations, as taken in the last few days on the first five chapters, but also to identify the complexity of the problems related to security and guarantees that need to be addressed and resolved.” In that lunch, he continued, “it was possible to clearly come to the conclusion that we need to find instruments, instruments that allow for the implementation of the settlement that would be achieved in a way that guarantees simultaneously the response to the security concerns of the Turkish Cypriot community and the security concerns of the Greek Cypriot community.” Mr. Guterres said the goal is neither a calendar nor a vanity fair, but to get the necessary results.VideoAudioPhotos ‹ ›
After a tough weekend away that saw the Buckeyes lose all three contests to No. 12 Michigan, the Ohio State softball team (23-14, 3-6) looks to continue a two-game win streak from playing against Ohio University this week with a three-game series against Penn State beginning Friday. OSU needs a series win against the Nittany Lions if it wants to continue to stay in the race for the Big Ten conference championship as conference play nears the halfway point. “Our major goal is to place in the top (of the conference),” said sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico. “We just gotta still keep fighting it out, after the Michigan series I think our team is still focused on what we gotta do, get our program to the top again and keep attacking teams.” OSU’s process of righting the ship after the Michigan defeats began the following Tuesday when OSU dominated a double header in Athens, Ohio, against the Ohio Bobcats. Winning 4-2 and 6-1, the day was highlighted by DiDomenico’s masterful 17-strikeout effort in the second victory. “(17 strikeouts) was insane,” said first-year coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “(DiDomenico) has that in her, and she had a little bit of a ‘spitfire’ attitude on Tuesday and I really think that she is an emotional player, and when she gets her emotions targeted toward something she really wants, it’s going to happen. I was thrilled for her.” In preparation for Penn State, the Buckeyes have been focusing on the little things in practice all week. Schoenly emphasized her desire to have the team “outwork” their opponents, and OSU spent a good portion of Thursday’s practice focusing on conditioning. Schoenly also said she has stressed the importance of hitting in practice as well, especially adjusting to the pitching styles of the Penn State pitchers early in the game instead of waiting until the third at-bat. This season has been junior first baseman Leesa Gresham’s breakout year as she has helped bolster the Buckeyes’ offense. After playing sparingly as a freshman and sophomore, Gresham has busted out this year, leading the team in home runs (9), RBIs (34) and doubles (11), and third on the team in batting average (.348). She credited her improvement to the new coaching staff, led by Schoenly. “I haven’t really changed my work ethic from the first two years,” Gresham said. “But I think the big difference is having coaches that actually care and really push you to be the best. They have faith in all of us, which is something we were missing for a while. I think with coaches that have confidence in you, it makes it a lot easier to play, and less stressful.” OSU and Penn State are scheduled to begin the weekend tilt Friday at Buckeye Field in Columbus at 6 p.m.
“I thought to myself some time ago, ‘Who’s Cheryl Tweedy?’ I suddenly realised I knew the Cheryl bit but missed out on the Tweedy,” he said at a charity event earlier this year.For administrative purposes, the singer has reverted to her original name of Tweedy, but her reluctance to use it publicly is understandable. It was under that name that she was found guilty of assault in 2003 for punching a nightclub lavatory attendant in the face.At the time she was a newly minted pop star, chosen by viewers to be part of the manufactured television talent show group Girls Aloud. There was perhaps a time when a conviction for battering a stranger could sully a star’s reputation, but in the world of modern celebrity, it was merely a blip. Tweedy reportedly turned down the chance to become Cheryl Payne, fearing that her third marriage would go the way of her other two.Bear was born in March 2017, soon followed by rumours that all was not well in the relationship. Asked what his partner was called, Payne explained: “Her name is officially Cheryl Tweedy now, but to be honest it doesn’t really bother me. We have a kid together. There’s a lot more in our life.”As a sign of true devotion, Payne had a rose tattoo on his hand to match the one covering Cheryl’s bottom. When you are Cheryl Tweedy née Fernandez-Versini née Cole née Tweedy, perhaps a surname is more trouble than it’s worth.Or perhaps observers are not quite sure what to call the former X Factor judge and Girls Aloud singer, who has announced her split from the former X Factor contestant and One Direction singer, Liam Payne.Both the BBC and the Press Association solemnly reported that “Cheryl” and Payne were going their separate ways after a two-year relationship, elevating her to the ranks of stars who are known by just one name: Madonna, Cher, Prince, Pele, Liberace. Via her Twitter account, where she bills herself by first name only as @cherylofficial, came a statement in language familiar to connoisseurs of the celebrity break-up. “We are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. It’s been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.” Bear is the couple’s one-year-old son.The statement was coordinated with a front page tabloid story in which sources close to the couple said the separation was a “mutual, loving decision” made with “no animosity” whatsoever. Cheryl and Ashley Cole advertising the National Lottery in 2006 Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe She moved on to her first marriage, becoming Cheryl Cole in 2006 when she married the Chelsea footballer, Ashley Cole. He proposed during a camel ride in Dubai. The couple received £1 million for selling the picture rights to a celebrity magazine, became the faces of the National Lottery, and the bride had “Mrs C” tattooed on her neck.They divorced in 2009 but she hung on to the name until 2014, when she married the French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini after a whirlwind romance. She announced the marriage by posting a picture of her wedding ring on Instagram. It lasted two years. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The question of what to call the twice-divorced star has even troubled the Prince of Wales, when he was told of her work supporting the Prince’s Trust. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on the red carpet in 2016, displaying her ‘Mrs C’ tattoo Credit:Mike Marsland/WireImage The idea of adopting a single moniker took shape during the marriage, when she realised that her latest name was proving problematic. “It’s just ‘Cheryl’ because everyone seems to be having a hard time saying it,” she said.In 2016, she began a relationship with Payne, having first met him in 2008 when she was 25 and he was a 14-year-old hopeful auditioning for The X Factor. Cheryl with her second husband, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, in happier times in 2015Credit:Marc Piasecki/GC Images
Leagold Mining Corp has completed the Bermejal underground drill program at Los Filos mine in Mexico. The program totalled 56,191 m in 111 holes. Highlights of 10 new holes include 7.0 g/t over 16.0 m, 11.0 g/t over 8.6 m and 8.4 g/t over 10.6 m (all capped grades and true widths). These results follow 86 holes previously reported. The remaining 15 holes are in the process of being sampled and assayed. Leagold CEO Neil Woodyer stated: “The large-scale drill program commenced in April and has been completed on schedule. The program delineated several new areas of high-grade mineralization and has greatly increased the Measured and Indicated resources, based on data available as of August 31, 2017. A further update of the Bermejal Underground mineral resource estimate is in progress and is expected before year end. In addition, the Bermejal Underground ramp development has advanced 175 m to date and is on track to reach the test mining area in Q2 of next year. “Operations continue to benefit from improvements made earlier this year. The agglomerator and new overland conveyor will come on line in early 2018. With mine production of 173,551 oz of gold up to November 30, we remain well positioned to achieve our full year production guidance of 185,000 to 200,000 oz.” The Bermejal underground drill program included 62 drill holes in the high-grade Central zone, 38 holes in the East zone, and 11 holes in the West zone. All holes intersected mineralization, and a total of 210 intervals of more than 3 g/t gold over a minimum of 3 m true width have been reported to date. The multiple intercepts are due to development of oxide skarn mineralization along the intrusive contact, and also at the upper and lower contacts of a shallowly dipping sill that created the opportunity for the high-grade and wide zone of “sub-sill” mineralization.The Bermejal underground deposit is at the northern end of a large intrusive body which has a total circumference of at least 15 km, providing extensive additional areas for further exploration. The Bermejal underground mineralization extends approximately 1,600 m along strike of the intrusive contact and has a vertical depth extent of over 800 m. The Bermejal underground ramp has advanced 175 m and the portal has been completed with steel arches and a concrete floor. Although this is an exploration ramp, the development is fully dimensioned for production and permits for production are in place.
THE HEALTH SERVICE Executive is to be asked to appear before the Public Accounts Committee next week in the wake of controversy about top-up payments for some voluntary hospital CEOs.The committee agreed this morning that there was an “urgency” to bring officials from the HSE and potentially the CEOs and chairman of the voluntary hospitals before them.It follows the revelation that that one-in-four of the 43 State funded hospitals and health agencies are breaching official pay caps in the case of some senior executives, with some receiving top-ups payments to their salary.TDs agreed to arrange for the HSE to appear before the Dáil committee next Tuesday or Wednesday.Labour TD Gerald Nash said that the “general public are appalled” at the details that have emerged in recent days and said it is “appropriate that we hold special meetings in relation to this issue”.Shane Ross said that there was an “urgency about it” that required immediate action.Committee chairman John McGuinness raised concerns that the HSE internal audit report on the issue was only presented to the committee when the HSE appeared before it earlier this month about the medical cards issue.“[The] report was given to clerk and it was then too late for us to mention it or to flag it [at the last meeting],” McGuinness said.The Committee also agreed to write to the Department of Public Expenditure of Reform to see if similar payments are being made in other government departments or State agencies.McGuinness said there is a “need to raise it will all government departments to see what their understanding is of these payments”.In a statement issued after today’s meeting, Nash said: “It is clear to me that some have been engaged in a game of cat and mouse with the relevant government department.“This is not on and shows that the ‘because I’m worth it’ culture is still alive and well in some areas.”Read: Government ‘attempting to weed out’ top-up payments to health executives – KennyRead: HSE will report on hospital executive pay breaches ‘in a couple of days’
L’iPad dans le collimateur des Amis de la Terre États-Unis – Si la firme de Cupertino affirme que “l’iPad incarne l’engagement durable d’Apple en faveur de la protection de l’environnement”, Les Amis de la Terre se montrent très critiques vis-à-vis de la démarche d’Apple. L’association écologiste dénonce en effet les conditions environnementales désastreuses dans lesquelles sont produites les matières premières utilisées dans la fabrication de la tablette Internet.Apple présente son dernier-né comme la preuve de son engagement en faveur de l’environnement. Doté d’un écran en verre sans arsenic ni mercure et d’un boîtier en aluminium et verre recyclable, l’iPad ne contient pas de PVC, se félicite la firme de Cupertino.Mais Les Amis de la Terre ne se satisfont pas de ces efforts : ils assurent au contraire que la tablette d’Apple, “outre une utilité discutable, n’a rien d’inoffensif”. Dans un communiqué publié le jour de la sortie de l’iPad, l’association dénonce la trop grande quantité de “terres rares”, un groupe d’éléments métalliques nécessaires à la fabrication des produits high-tech, qui doit être utilisée dans la conception de la tablette. “Plus de 95% de la production mondiale de ces éléments est extraite des mines chinoises, dans des conditions environnementales et sociales désastreuses” s’insurgent Les Amis de la Terre.Comme l’explique Aloys Ligault, chargé de campagne sur la responsabilité sociale et environnementale au sein de l’association, des déchets radioactifs de roches s’accumulent autour des usines chinoises, “les vapeurs de soufre, de fluor imprègnent l’air et les rejets de métaux lourds polluent les rivières”. Et de déplorer : “Les populations locales payent un lourd tribut à notre croissance prétendument “verte” et à notre frénésie de nouvelles technologies”. Les Amis de la Terre dénoncent un second point qui les fait douter de l’engagement vert d’Apple. Il s’agit de la batterie qui, comme le souligne Annelaure Wittmann, est soudée à l’iPad, réduisant donc la durée de vie de la tablette à celle de la batterie. Pour l’iPhone, cette durée de vie est de seulement deux ans, et “malgré leur petite taille apparente, ces objets accumulés encombreront vite décharges et incinérateurs”.Il reste visiblement du chemin à parcourir avant que nouvelle technologie puisse réellement rimer avec écologie.Le 3 juin 2010 à 17:34 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend It’s well-known that humans are royally messing up the planet. Even the staunchest of global warming deniers will generally accept that we’ve lost a lot of species, that there’s pollution and trash all over, and that most life on Earth that isn’t humans or their pets is… well… struggling. But, with such a big planet, packed with so many species that some are bound to do pretty well. And it turns out that sea turtles, of all creatures, are thriving.A new paper published in Science Advances says that the adorable amphibians’ populations are recovering after decades of declines. The study is a meta-analysis, or a study of studies, and collates data from across the world. Antonios Mazaris of Aristotle University in Greece and lead ecologist on the study looked at data going back as far as 47 years. And, shocking as it may be, there’s been some big gains for some turtles over the past few years. Others, like the leatherback turtles of the Pacific are still struggling. Some, even, are facing critical danger.Despite that, there’s still plenty of good news. There was one population of turtles in Hawaii that has increased its population more than tenfold from 1973, when the Endangered Species Act was enacted to now. It’s proof positive that many endangered populations can rebound if the right protections are put in place. Sea turtles, it’s thought, are doing so well because they face direct threats like irresponsible fishing and poaching. With even basic protection, however, the turtles do amazingly well.It is worth noting that conservation efforts for sea turtles began more than 60 years ago. These gains are remarkable, but they didn’t happen overnight. That’s one of a billion reasons that it’s important for us to start protecting our planet now, instead of waiting for the effects of global climate change to get really bad later.Mazaris also warns that long-term conservation is still vital to securing sea turtle populations. Complacency will only lead to a relapse, which would squander decades of concerted effort to help revive these endangered creatures.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Liverpool’s midfielder Adam Lallana believes Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United in Michigan will be like a match between the fierce rivals.The 107,000-capacity Michigan Stadium, known as The Big House, is set to host the Premier League foes for their International Champions Cup tie as the Reds take another step in their preparations for the upcoming season.With all the factors ready for the match Lallana expects an event to savour in Ann Arbor.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Never, no,” the midfielder told the club’s website after Friday’s training session when asked if matches against United can ever be considered friendlies.“None of these games are, especially when you’ve got the atmosphere and the fans here. It just feels like a normal game and I’m sure that will be the same tonight.“Obviously the opponents have been a lot tougher since we came out to the States. It’s a magnificent stadium. Hopefully, it will be full and we’ll have another good run-out.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 18, 2017 – Providenciales – His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, and the Hon. Premier, Mrs Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, co-chaired a meeting of the TCI National Security Council (NSC) on Monday, 14 August, at the Hon. Hilly Ewing Building in Providenciales.In attendance as members of the NSC were the Hon. Deputy Premier, Mr Sean Astwood; the Commissioner of Police, Mr James Smith; and the Hon. Acting Attorney-General, Mr Michael Dillon. The Hon. Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Vaden Williams, attended the meeting to cover matters concerning his Ministry. The Superintendent of HM Prison, Mr Steve Barrett, also attended the meeting to up-date the NSC on the Strategic Development Plan 2017-2025 for HM Prison.At this meeting the NSC:Discussed further the recommendations in the Security Needs Assessment Report for TCI sponsored by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office following initial consideration of the report at its meeting on 28 July. The NSC discussed implementation of the recommendations and agreed to draw on the report in the context of formulating a National Security Strategy. Subject to security constraints, the NSC would provide a briefing on the report in due course; Received an up-date by the Deputy Premier on the government’s enforcement drive to deal with illegal migrants in TCI which came into effect on 14 August including on engagement with the public, community groups and the media to explain the measures being implemented; Related Items: Discussed in detail the key security issues facing the nation identified by the Commissioner of Police in the RTCIPF Strategic Plan together with proposed mitigations to address the challenges. The NSC agreed that tackling crime and the causes of crime in TCI was a cross government responsibility which also needed to involve wider society. The NSC agreed that a Sub-Committee of the NSC should be formed to bring together relevant government departments and agencies to oversee work on the four pillars in the Strategic Plan of prevention, intervention, enforcement and rehabilitation. The Sub-Committee would report regularly to the NSC on progress; Received a briefing by the Deputy Premier on recent engagement with business leaders on contributory efforts with government to tackle crime in TCI.Press Release: TCIG Received a presentation by the Superintendent of HM Prison on the Strategic Development Plan for HM Prison for the period 2017-2025. The Superintendent explained the different phases of the plan and drew attention to works that needed to be undertaken in the short-term under Phase I of the plan to improve security and living and working conditions at the prison. The NSC agreed that Public Works Department should be tasked to cost the proposed works under Phase I as a matter of priority. The NSC also noted and welcomed measures proposed in the plan to improve the rehabilitation of offenders which were in line with the government’s priorities; Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
For lease: Unique historic house in the heart of Vancouver. Located in parklike setting. Walking distance to farmers market, local shops and restaurants, downtown and library. Moments from freeway. Rent to be negotiated. Possibly haunted.The Slocum House located in Esther Short Park is available for lease, and the city is looking for a suitable tenant or tenants to occupy one of Vancouver’s iconic structures.The city’s sales pitch isn’t as punchy as the imaginary advertisement listed above, and its news release says nothing about the persistent myth that the old house is haunted. But commercial brokers recognize the Slocum House, which is about 140 years old, as a potential jewel for the right tenant.“Opportunities like this don’t come along very often,” said Bob Bernhardt of Coldwell Banker Commercial Jenkins-Bernhardt Associates. He sees the house, containing 6,100 square feet in its two floors and basement, as a possible home for a creative technology firm, professional offices, or a gift shop.Request for proposalsCity officials are trying to avoid preconceived ideas for the future of a building that for many years was occupied by the Slocum House Theatre Company. It has issued a request for proposals to solicit a new tenant for the structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It can be found at City of Vancouver or by calling 360-487-8430. The city’s deadline for proposals is June 27.
Tata Group still derives 80% of its profits from only 20% of the companies in the group even as its chairman Cyrus Mistry tries to build more profitable units to trim down reliance on some companies for earning profits.India’s largest business house still earns a major chunk of its profits from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Tata Steel and Tata Motors, even though it owns about 100 companies. TCS and Tata Motors contribute to more than 90% of the profit earned by the group. While the standalone profit of Tata Sons trebled to Rs 9,062 crore in the last fiscal year ending March 2015, its consolidated profit rose 5% to Rs 19,180 crore. A sharp rise in the standalone profit was due to higher dividend from TCS, which posted 3.6% increase in profit for FY15.The Mumbai-based software major TCS handed out a dividend of Rs 15,474 crore to its shareholders last fiscal year, replacing state-owned miner Coal India as the highest dividend payer in the country.Tata Sons, which has a stake of 74% in TCS, was given a dividend Rs 11,450 crore, more than twice it earned in the previous fiscal year, 2013-14. The dividend was also slightly more than revenues earned by pharma giant Cipla in FY15.However, its consolidated profit in the last fiscal year was weighed down by stagnant growth of Tata Motors and Rs 3,925 crore loss incurred by Tata Steel.”Some of the Tata group companies have been under pressure owing to industry issues such as steel,” The Economic Times quoted AS Thiyagarajan, Singapore-based senior managing director at Aquarius Investment Advisors, as saying.”So, while there may not be overnight changes visible in terms of performance of other companies, the fact that Mistry is focused on consolidating and strengthening the performance of other group companies will help in the long term,” he said.Meanwhile, the market capitalisation of the 26 listed companies of Tata group has seen an increase of 46% to Rs 7.21 lakh crore since Mistry became the chairman of Tata Sons in December 2012.At an internal meeting held recently, Mistry reportedly stated that the group will focus on “building strength” over the next five years apart from “reconfiguring and reconstructing group businesses to be more resilient.””There are concerns that more companies in the group ought to be stronger and leaders in their respective sectors and the focus is to commit investments and focus towards that,” a senior Tata group executive said.
Undeterred by the recent turmoil in the stock markets, at least half a dozen companies are planning to issue Initial Public Offers (IPOs) over the next few weeks.The equity markets have been facing heavy selling pressure since the beginning of January on the back of concerns over China’s slowdown and falling commodity prices. The sell-off has led the indices to hit 20-month lows.Despite this, some companies remain optimistic and plan to roll out IPOs. Automobile ancillary company Precision Camshafts is expected to come out with a Rs 450-crore IPO next week. L&T Infotech, the IT arm of Larsen & Toubro, and dairy company Parag Milk Foods are planning to go for public issues before mid-February, sources told Business Standard.Volatile market conditions are not a big worry for reasonably priced IPOs by good-quality companies, say experts.”For a flood of IPOs, we need a stable secondary market. But, for IPOs by credible companies with a good track record, market conditions don’t matter so much. Even now, there is enough liquidity and investor appetite in the market. This was reflected in the recent IPOs and their post-listing performance. However, this is definitely not the market for IPOs with expensive valuations,” said Prithvi Haldea, chairman of IPO tracking entity Prime Database.With the last five IPOs issued in the past few months generating decent returns after their listing on the bourses, the upcoming issues will be received well by the investors, according experts.IPOs such as Narayana Hrudayalaya, Alkem Laboratories and Dr Lal PathLabs, which got listed last month, have gained more than 30% each on their listing day. The gains in these stocks extended after the debut despite a slump in the broader market.”Investors who have made money in recent IPOs would be willing to bet on future ones. Mutual funds (MFs) are flush with money and are keen on IPOs as mid-cap valuations have turned expensive. Liquidity is available with retail (small) investors as well. Whether or not there will be strong FII demand remains to be seen, but small-sized IPOs can do without them,” said an investment banker, who did not wish to be named.Even as foreign institutional investors (FIIs) aggressively offload their holdings in the stock markets, domestic investors, particularly mutual funds, continued to buy shares, bringing relief to issuers and bankers for IPOs.In 2015, mutual funds had invested Rs 72,200 crore in stocks.”FIIs aren’t big investors today. We, as domestic investors, have to find issues attractive for them to come,” said S Naren, chief investment officer, ICICI Prudential AMC.Activity in the Indian IPO market is set to hit a six-year high in 2016 as companies looking to go public, supported by a growing appetite for equities led by rising corporate profit and uptick in economic growth, are estimated to raise over $5 billion in the year.
Kolkata: Eastern Railway will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of its most prestigious Kolkata Rajdhani Express on Sunday in a befitting manner. Harindra Rao, General Manager, Eastern Railway, will first convey his best wishes and greetings of this epoch-making occasion to all the passengers of the train and then will release a greetings stamp to mark this special event memorable. To mark the occasion, brand new linen and disposable napkins with the greetings of the 50 years of the Express train will be distributed among the passengers. Greetings messages will be sent through SMS by CRIS to all the passengers of the Kolkata Rajdhani Express on Sunday who have registered their mobile numbers in the requisition slip. Standees communicating the greetings messages on the occasion of celebration of 50 years of this historic train will be installed at five different locations. Special cake-cutting ceremony will also be arranged to commemorate it. Greetings of this historic occasion will be telecast in the video wall of the station and in the destination boards of the train as well as will be communicated through public address system.
TravelManagers’ PTMs can take their office anywhere – in this case, for PTM Ian Long it’s breakfast at historic Thirroul Beach Pavilion, NSWBurning the Midnight Oil at TravelManagersFor many business owners there is an ongoing challenge to balance the demands of work with the pleasures of life outside the office. For personal travel manager (PTM), Ian Long, who is based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, becoming a home-based consultant with TravelManagers has given him the freedom and flexibility to pursue his interests and passions, most recently flying by corporate jet to Wollongong in order to attend a surprise Midnight Oil gig.Long, who joined TravelManagers in 2014, says the TravelManagers model makes it easy to take his work with him wherever he goes, so that he is free to seize upon opportunities when they arise such as the Midnight Oil gig, which was billed as a warm-up show prior to their current European tour.“It was easy to arrange my work commitments around the trip,” he explains. “A laptop, cell reception and a phone are all I need to keep in touch with my clients and manage their needs, wherever in the world I happen to be.”Long’s wife, Shani, is also a PTM with TravelManagers, and together they have just had their first baby, a little boy called Hudson. They agree that the systems and support provided by TravelManagers have made it possible to juggle the demands of a young family with those of building a successful business together.“The flexibility of being a personal travel manager on top of the TravelManagers’ remuneration and all-encompassing support package has been the key to a great work-life balance,” Long says. “It gives me the power to commit to these types of opportunities.”TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says Long’s experience demonstrates the opportunities that are available to PTMs thanks to the technology and support provided by the National Partnership Office (NPO).“Building a business that is financially and professionally rewarding is obviously an important part of the equation, but we want our PTMs to develop their businesses in a way that is personally satisfying as well.”Long agrees, noting that this was a priority when he decided to join TravelManagers nearly five years ago.“I feel very fortunate to have the freedom to catch up on work at a beachfront café, having flown by corporate jet to attend a music gig, more than 1,000 kilometres from my regular office location. That’s the beauty of not being tied to an office location because my office can travel wherever I do.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599About TravelManagersTravelManagers is Australia’s market leader and biggest home-based travel business operating in all States & Territories. A wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $2 billion for 2019, TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel. TravelManagers is solely dedicated to providing the best possible support to its network of more than 570 personal travel managers throughout Australia, through a dedicated team at the company’s National Partnership Office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer funds in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases. This is supported by a Trust Account Fidelity Risk insurance policy to protect all clients’ funds in the unlikely event they are missing from, or not paid into the Insured Trust Account.Source = TravelManagers
Go back to the e-newsletter >This week, Disney began sales of Four Seasons Private Residences Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, the most recent phase of development in the luxury resort-residential community of Golden Oak. Offering private entry to Four Seasons Resort Orlando, these single-family custom homes include access to a full-service spa, five pool areas, tennis courts and six onsite restaurants.The Resort will also offer these home-owners in-home á la carte services such as spa treatments, residential cleaning and in residence dining and catering for parties. Residents will also have á la carte access to the Kids for All Seasons program for an additional fee. All services and amenities available through Four Seasons Resort Orlando will be overseen by a dedicated Residence Manager.“Homeowners at Golden Oak have the rare opportunity to create unforgettable memories with family and friends for generations to come,” said Page Pierce, vice president of Disney Resort Real Estate Development. “Located within the community of Golden Oak, Four Seasons Private Residences Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort combines two brands renowned for impeccable service, outstanding amenities and exceptional experiences: Walt Disney World Resort and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.”Four Seasons Private Residences Orlando will include three collections of approximately one-half acre home sites. These custom residences, ranging in size from 6,000 to over 10,000 square feet, will feature three European-inspired styles embodying Venetian, Italianate and Spanish Revival architectural precedents. Home owners will also have the option to include a Four Seasons butler pantry allowing in-home deliveries of everything from groceries to linens, while not permitting staff access to the primary residence.Owners of Four Seasons Private Residences will be members of the Golden Oak Club. As members of the Club owners will have access to other amenities including Summerhouse, the private community clubhouse featuring the full-service Markham’s dining room and Tyler’s Lounge and concierge-style Resident Services which organizes a variety of engaging activities and events throughout the year, including seasonal parties and private theme park events, as well as, park transportation, golf services, and more.The Golden Oak community offers the only current opportunity for families to own homes at Walt Disney World Resort. The community welcomed its first residents in 2012 and Four Seasons Resort Orlando opened in August 2014. Four Seasons Private Residences* prices start at $5 million and construction is anticipated to begin later this summer. For more information about Four Seasons Private Residences Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, visit www.orlandoprivateresidences.com or call Golden Oak Realty at (407) 939-5577.Go back to the e-newsletter >