Iraq’s “Garden of Eden” Wetlands Has Finally Been Restored After Saddam’s Destruction

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore1986 – USGSAt the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, considered by some to be the original Garden of Eden, almost half of Iraq’s fabled marshlands of Mesopotamia have once again been restored with water and wildlife, 15 years after nearly being annihilated by Saddam Hussein.The progress is thanks to a multi-million dollar effort managed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).Satellite images released this week showed that almost 50 percent of the total area, one of the world’s largest wetland ecosystems, had been re-flooded, in sharp contrast to agency images in 2001 revealing 90 percent of the marshlands had already been lost. They were ravaged by a vast drainage operation carried out by Hussein’s government after the 1991 Persian Gulf War intending to punish and displace the area’s indigenous Shiite people who made their living entirely from the free-flowing water.He ordered that a large dam be built. The result was the desertification of the Tigres and Euphrates rivers’ millennia-old wetlands, and the near destruction of a unique cultural heritage.Once an area totaling almost 9,000 square km (7,700 square miles), only 9 percent of the marshlands remained in 2002.As the regime fell in 2003, people began to open dams and break down the embankments that had been built in an operation led by the local community, funded by Japan and Italy, and managed by UNEP.Up to 22,000 people living in the region are now getting access to safe drinking water, UNEP said. The program aims eventually to provide clean water for up to 100,000.300 Iraqis have been trained in marshland management techniques.By mid 2006, 23 kilometers of water distribution pipes and 86 distribution taps had been installed. A sanitation system pilot project is also being implemented in the community of Al-Chibayish.The area is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.WATCH the short story with satellite images from the US Geological Survey…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

UN Congratulates Sierra Leone on Peaceful Elections

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe United Nations yesterday congratulated the people of Sierra Leone on the peaceful conduct of their presidential and parliamentary elections — the first held there since UN peacekeepers departed two years ago — and appealed for continued calm. “Wait patiently for the results and keep the same spirit of tolerance you have shown during the campaigns,” said Victor Angelo, the Executive Representative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a message to the electorate. The UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and other international partners have provided technical assistance to the country’s National Electoral Commission to ensure that the elections meet international standards, including by training 37,000 polling staff. The vote was Sierra Leone’s second since the end of the decade-long civil war in 2002, and the first since the withdrawal of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) in December 2005.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Loss of Leg Doesn’t Stop Police Cadet from Achieving Dream (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAdam Griggel says even after he lost his leg, he was determined to become a Wisconsin police officer. Now as a police cadet he is top in his class. He has achieved his dream with determination and a great attitude. (MSNBC Video) Also see the WEAU-TV News report here .  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

It May Be a Good Time to Start a Business

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Believe it or not, an economic downturn is a good time to start a business. There are openings in competitive markets and breaks on start-up costs and overhead. Rents, supplies and other costs can be lower, and it’s easier to find qualified and affordable help. This makes it easier to offer a lower price for goods and services than larger, more established companies at precisely the time customers are looking for any way to spend less. (Read the full article on Kiplinger.com) Not only is it a good time to start a business, but the Obama Administer has plans to beef up the Small Business Administration to rebuild the programs — particularly the loan program — which suffered under Bush Administration budget cuts. (Read that report also at Kiplinger.com) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Slumdog Makers Pledge Mumbai Cash

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The makers of Slumdog Millionaire have announced they are to donate £500,000 to a charity which will help children living in the slums of Mumbai. Director Danny Boyle said: “It is only right that some of the success of the movie be ploughed back into the city (where it was shot).”  (Read full details at BBC) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

White Roofs to Fight Global Warming

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAmerica should attack global warming by … painting rooftops and road surfaces white. Seriously. No kidding. Among those promoting the idea is Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a big-thinking physicist who has a bully pulpit and influence over billions in research and stimulus funds. Whitening the world’s roofs and roads would have the same effect on global warming as removing all the world’s cars for 11 years, he said. So for new buildings, highways and retrofits, choose white! (Read the story at CNN/Money) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Unemployment Drops to 8.6% as US Adds 120,000 Jobs

first_img(READ the story at Reuters)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEmployment growth picked up speed in November and the jobless rate dropped to a 2-1/2 year low of 8.6 percent, further evidence the economic recovery was gaining momentum.The gains reflected in the report  — 120,000 net new jobs — was also bolstered by revisions to the employment counts for September and October to show 72,000 more jobs created than previously reported.last_img

Synagogue, Mosque and Temple Rise Side by Side Near Church in Suburban Paris

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore20 miles east of Paris, a local mayor is breaking new ground by placing a synagogue, a mosque and two Buddhist temples side by side in an effort to harbor harmony between faiths. The traditionally Catholic town of Bussy-Saint-Georges, has long had a church.France is home to Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish minorities, estimated at about 5 million and half a million respectively. They rub shoulders with about one million Buddhists, many of them immigrants from France’s former east Asian colonies. (READ the Reuters story from CNBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

After Saving 2 Girls But Losing Snout, Hero Dog Flies to US for Surgery

first_img(WATCH the video from ITN below Advertisement-Free, or read the story in the Examiner)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Philippine dog became a national hero after he sacrificed himself for two girls who were about to be run over.His snout took the brunt of the force and horrific injuries have left him without a top jaw.“Kabang” arrived in the US to receive groundbreaking surgery after a website raised the $20,000 needed for her flight and care.last_img

Tallest Man Gets Life-Changing Size 24 Custom Shoes from Reebok

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhat would your life be like if your feet were literally too big to ever buy shoes?For Igor Vovkovinskiy, who stands 7ft-8in tall, it resulted in six painful foot surgeries and the inability to walk further than your own yard.On Thursday, America’s tallest man received what could be a life-changing gift: several pairs of custom-made sneakers, molded specifically for his size-24 10E feet. The shoes, which took five months to make, reportedly cost $25,000 per pair and were designed, produced and delivered by Reebok, which covered the whole bill.(WATCH the video below and READ more in USA Today)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more