President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated on June 22 the Gempol-Pasuruan Section II toll road, which connects Rembang and Pasuruan. The toll road, which was used for the 2018 Idul Fitri exodus, is expected to more effectively support land transportation across the island of Java in the future. The construction of the Gempol-Pasuruan toll road focused not only on road infrastructure but the environment. A trembesi tree (Albizia saman), also known as a rain tree, is a good tree for shade and was chosen to provide shade along the 34.15-kilometer toll road to benefit road users. The tree-planting drive along the Gempol-Pasuruan toll road is a joint effort between Djarum Foundation, through its Djarum Trees for Life (DTFL) program, and state-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga (Persero) Tbk. “The Gempol-Pasuruan toll road is an important part of the trans-Java toll road, a major and very busy transportation route on Java Island. “It is vital that we have green … [Read more...] about ‘Trembesi’ trees to provide shade along Gempol-Pasuruan toll road
By Jack Lakey The Fixer Fri., June 22, 2018 What’s going on with the young street trees planted as part of the upgrades to Queens Quay, and why are so many dying or already dead? Anybody who’s paying attention has noticed that dozens of trees planted less than two years ago along Queens Quay are withering or deceased, particularly on the south side west of York St. We’ve received notes about it from TTC streetcar driver Terry Manella, who has been watching closely since before they were planted, and from David Crawford, our well-informed friend from the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association. Crawford noted that the trees are planted in special trenches to allow more oxygen and moisture to reach the roots than would otherwise be the case, but far too many are still dying. “Last summer, Waterfront Toronto told me that there were plans to replace all dead and missing trees in spring 2018. Well, spring has now passed with no action that I … [Read more...] about Street trees dying in droves on Queens Quay
BACHOK: A branch of a pine tree snapped and fell during a storm at Pantai Irama here yesterday, hitting two Myanmar nationals and killing them. One of the victims, Ibrahim Budi Alam, was a three-year-old boy and the other, his relative, was a 24-year-old man, Norjim Nurul Amin, said Bachok District Police deputy chief ASP Azmi Mokhtar in a statement today. He said Ibrahim died on the spot in the incident which occurred at 7.23pm while Norjim was confirmed dead after he was brought to the Bachok Health Clinic. "The victims, who had been staying in Kampung Babong, Kedai Lalat, Kota Baru, were on an Aidilfitri holiday at the beach with their families," he said. Their bodies were sent to the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital, he said, adding that police classified the incident as sudden death. Bachok district officer Nik Mohamed Noor Nik Ishak said the fallen branch was from a healthy tree and that a really strong wind had snapped it. "We always monitor the beach and initiate gotong-royong … [Read more...] about Two Myanmar nationals killed by falling pine tree branch
A bow tie is a natty addition to the fashion ensemble of the well-dressed man.But while dressing up a tree stump with a bow tie may add a festive air to seasonal celebrations, it does not hide the fact that the overdressed stump sticks out like a sore thumb, even at a holiday party.Now that the joyous season is thankfully behind us, it’s time to take down decorations and deal with the mid-winter gloom that inevitably overtakes the post-Christmas days of January.In the vicinity of shops and restaurants on Danforth Ave., there seems to be no urgency to shed the Christmas decorations, particularly the bows wrapped around street trees and even lifeless stumps in large concrete planters.Ellen Schwartzel sent us a note saying several dead trees in concrete planters near the Greenwood and Coxwell TTC subway stations were sawed off after they withered and died, but have yet to be removed. … [Read more...] about Bow-tied dead tree stumps are overdressed for Danforth Ave.
MONTECITO, CALIF.—Hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long poles to probe for bodies Thursday as the search dragged on for victims of the mudslides that slammed this wealthy coastal town. Seventeen people were confirmed dead and 16 were missing.Family members anxiously awaited word on loved ones who hadn’t been heard from since the onslaught early Tuesday morning.“It’s just waiting and not knowing, and the more I haven’t heard from them — we have to find them,” said Kelly Weimer, whose elderly parents’ home was wrecked. The couple, Jim and Alice Mitchell, did not heed a voluntary evacuation warning and stayed home to celebrate Jim Mitchell’s 89th birthday.As search dogs clambered on heaps of wood that used to be homes, mud-spattered rescue teams from all over California worked their through the ruins of Montecito, an enclave of 9,000 people northwest of Los Angeles that is home to celebrities such as … [Read more...] about Hundreds search for survivors, digging up bodies after deadly California mudslides