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South Sudan celebrates independence, but old conflicts threaten world’s 196th nation

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
South Sudan celebrates independence, but old conflicts threaten world’s 196th nation

On July 9, the Republic of South Sudan celebrates its first day as a national entity — the world’s 196th nation and Africa’s 51st. The celebration comes after decades of war and ethnic conflict with the North. Parades and prayers, speeches, a soccer game, and party time after dark will mark the day. It’s all […]

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Nuclear power: When morality melts down

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Nuclear power: When morality melts down

“One of the characteristics of the nuclear industry is stringent regulation. In 2002, the Japanese regulator severely penalized its largest nuclear operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, for falsifying certain documentation. All 17 of its reactors will shut down in 2003 for inspection, while one unit will be removed from service for one year as a […]

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Greening the Right of Way: Increasing public safety and air quality across Ontario

| June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Greening the Right of Way: Increasing public safety and air quality across Ontario

Thank you to Diplomat magazine for raising the important issue of tree planting in Ontario. Urgently needed: billions of trees, Lost Legacy, Winter 2011 issue). Protecting our environment is a key priority of the McGuinty Liberal government and, since being elected in 2003, we have put in place strong environmental legislation to make Ontario a […]

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Unique, romantic and affordable, Portugal beckons

| June 1, 2011 | 0 Comments
Unique, romantic and affordable, Portugal beckons

One of the best reasons to visit Europe’s west coast is that Portugal offers some of the best value in Europe even in the midst of a challenging economy. My country is attracting visitors at a brisk pace not only because they get more for their money but mainly because they get a fresh and […]

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Envoy’s Album

| December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album

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The Journey Of Pearl S. Buck

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
The Journey Of Pearl S. Buck

In 1938, Pearl S. Buck, the author of The Good Earth, became the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature. This simple statement, however, obscures what’s probably a more important one in terms of explaining her career. If you agree that T.S. Eliot, though born in the United States, was actually British, […]

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Lessons in leadership Lessons in leadership

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
Lessons in leadership Lessons in leadership

Large organizations are interested in identifying men and women with leadership abilities. They spend a lot of time and money hiring outside experts to deliver leadership training. Such training can range from one-hour inspirational sessions to off-site retreats lasting several days. The presiding leadership guru may have written a book, which is distributed to one […]

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Transparency International’s global report on corruption

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
Transparency International’s global report on corruption

Transparency International, based in Berlin, publishes a global index each year that measures government corruption. Here, along with its 2010 index, the organization warns that the economic crises of the moment have put even wealthy governments in danger of increased corruption. With governments committing huge sums to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, fromv the […]

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Things are looking up – a bit

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
Things are looking up – a bit

The UN General Assembly has designated 2011 as International Year of Forests. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), based in Rome, has conducted an assessment of the world’s forest resources every five years since 1946. Its most recent assessment, published in October, covers forests — or lack of forests — in 233 countries. Here, […]

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The oil sands: ‘The risks will endure’

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
The oil sands: ‘The risks will endure’

For more than 40 years, the Alberta oil sands mining industry has produced bitumen — a mixture of heavy hydrocarbons that can be upgraded and refined into petroleum products. With each barrel of product, the industry also produces more than 1.5 barrels of a persistent waste with the consistency of yogurt. Mature Fine Tailings (MFT), […]

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