When Mohammed Riasat, a government forest service officer, peers up at the majestic ridges around him, he sees small miracles others might miss: a few dozen pine seedlings that have sprouted in rocky, near-vertical cliffs or a grove of healthy young eucalyptus trees, planted on a patch of terrain that had been eroding after years of illegal use. "When I see a grown tree cut down, I feel like a close relative has died," said Mr Riasat, who has spent three decades working with limited funds and staff to protect Pakistan's beleaguered forests here in the verdant hills of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. "When I see a new one appear, I feel attached to it." Two years ago, that struggling effort got a huge boost. Imran Khan, then a politician whose party governed the province, launched a programme dubbed the "Billion Tree Tsunami". Eventually, hundreds of thousands of trees were planted across the region, timber smuggling was virtually wiped out and a cottage industry of backyard nurseries … [Read more...] about Pakistan to plant 10 billion trees to combat decades of deforestation
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The helicopter pilot held hostage and forced to help heavily armed men snatch a notorious French gangster from prison has spoken for the first time of his terrifying ordeal. Stéphane Buy told how he was expecting to give a flying lesson to two men; instead, he was beaten, knocked briefly unconscious and ordered to take a group of masked men to break Rédoine Faïd from jail. A massive manhunt for Faïd, 46, a serial criminal serving 25 years for his part in a failed robbery in 2010 in which a police officer died, is ongoing. Buy said he had been approached by two men, one aged around 50 and the second in his twenties, seeking flying lessons. “It was the second or third time I’d seen them. They’d already done an initiation flight with me and it had gone very well. I thought it was a father who wanted to treat his son,” Buy, an experienced pilot with 3,000 flying hours, told RTL radio. “It was a flying lesson like any other.” He said … [Read more...] about ‘Gun to head’: French prison break helicopter pilot describes ordeal
On this Memorial Day weekend, with 15,000 U.S troops still deployed to Afghanistan, we bring you a cautionary tale of how five U.S. soldiers, including two Green Berets, died there on the night of June 9, 2014. As we first reported this past November, the Pentagon concluded the deaths were an "avoidable" accident, known by the contradictory phrase "friendly fire." It was the deadliest such incident involving U.S. fatalities in 17 long years of ongoing war in Afghanistan. It wasn't gunfire that killed the U.S. soldiers, it was a pair of 500-pound bombs dropped right on top of them by a U.S. warplane. You're about to hear what happened that day from three of the soldiers who were there, including the Green Beret commander. They dispute the official version of events and warn it's going to happen again. It started just after sundown on a sweltering night with a fierce firefight. Brandon Branch: Bullets whizzing by, kickin up all around you. Henry "Hank" Montalbano: At certain … [Read more...] about Why were five U.S. soldiers killed by an American bomber in Afghanistan?
0 Post a comment Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - Local People by Contributed Item - Contributed Item @twitter.com/gem_news [email protected] Original 6th Barry (All Saints) Sea Scout member John Vernon Wilkins died recently in the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. John was an original Troop member when the 6th Barry BP Scouts changed to became Sea Scouts in 1947 under the leadership of Jack Evans.John had been in Cubs, Scouts and Senior Scouts sections before becoming an assistant leader with the scouting name of ‘Buffer’.He will long be remembered as the initiator of an expedition in 1957 rowing from Barry across the Bristol Channel, along the Bristol Canal, the Kennet and Avon Canal and the Thames to Windsor. In the grounds of Windsor Castle, with Her Majesty The Queen there, the three-man expedition presented the Chief Scout Lord Rowallan with a plaque from the Sea Scouts of South Wales congratulating the Scout Association on the diamond … [Read more...] about John Wilkins: a full life that included rowing to Windsor from Barry
This is part two of The Winter Ring Road: our five-day ring of Route One—and the people we met, and places we saw—in Iceland’s dark season. You can start at the beginning and read part one here. Day Three217 km, Fáskrúðsfjörður to Mývatn When morning comes, we start out northwards under a glowering sky. The eastern fjords are held under blankets of deep snow, creating a relief effect on the steep, eroded slopes of the mountains. The road cuts inland over the Vatternes peninsula, passing the unexpected factories and apartment blocks of Reyðarfjörður before traversing the notoriously windswept Fagridalur valley all the way to Egilsstaðir. The capital of the east is mostly closed down on this cold, grey Sunday. The streets are empty as we cruise around, taking in the rows of houses and copses of skinny, shivering trees between jutting outcrops of rock. We fill the car’s petrol tank on an icy automated forecourt … [Read more...] about The Winter Ring Road Pt. 2: Driving Route One In Iceland’s Stormy Season