Monthly Archives: September 2016

SHORELINE CLEANUP on VANCOUVER ISLAND

VANCOUVER ISLAND MARINE DEBRIS WORKING GROUP The Government of Japan provided $1m for cleanup of Tsunami driftage. The Ministry of Environment made the Japanese money available to First Nations, municipalities and non-profit groups working to remove marine debris from the … Continue reading

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MARINE DEBRIS – Sources and Impact

SOURCES OF MARINE DEBRIS People and their actions, whether intentional or accidental, are the source of most marine debris. For this reason, it is important to identify and target the specific locations or types of activities that generate and convey … Continue reading

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2011 JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI

THE GREAT EASTERN JAPAN EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI OF MARCH 11, 2011 (Tohoku or 3.11 Earthquake) Its epicenter was 70km east of the mainland at a depth of 30km below the surface of the water. It was the most powerful earthquake … Continue reading

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NAMIBIA -Travel Facts

WHY GO? A journey through Southern Africa reveals its otherworldly nature when you cross the border into the vast reaches of Namibia. The combination of space and landscape ensures that a trip through this country is one of the great … Continue reading

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MALI – Mali Today

TERRORISM in MALI The Radisson Blu siege – After a hotel massacre, some encouraging signs Nov 28th 2015 Economist After armed groups occupied the northern half of Mali and officers in the capital staged a coup in 2012, the country … Continue reading

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MALI – Travel Facts

WHY GO? Rugged Land of Sahelian Sands & Lush Forests – Like an exquisite sandcastle formed in a harsh desert landscape, Mali is blessed by an extraordinary amount of beauty, wonders, talents and knowledge. Yet for now, it’s landscapes, monuments, … Continue reading

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ANGOLA – Travel Facts

WHY GO? Oil, Diamonds & Unspoilt Coastline — Angola is an eye-opener in many ways. Scarred painfully by years of debilitating warfare and practically untouched by foreign visitors since the early 1970s, the country remains remote, with few observers privy … Continue reading

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TODAY in the DRC

POLITICS Moïse Katumbi takes on President Joseph Kabila May 14th 2016 Ecoomist President Joseph Kabila is doing everything to have a third term in office (the constitution only allows two terms). He refuses to fund the election board and demands … Continue reading

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC of CONGO

WHY GO? As much a geographical concept as a fully fledged nation, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC; formerly Zaïre) has one of the saddest chapters in modern history: from the brazen political folly of King Leopold of Belgium to … Continue reading

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SAO TOME and PRINCIPE

WHY GO? Beaches, Whales & Faded Colonial Splendour. If you adore quietude, take a trip to São Tomé & Príncipe, Africa’s second-smallest country. These two tiny volcanic bumps anchored off the Gabonese coast easily win the hearts of foreigners with … Continue reading

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