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Le bilan du tsunami en Indonésie s’alourdit à 373 morts

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Des équipes de secouristes munis d’excavatrices et d’autres équipements lourds tentaient de dégager les débris, tandis que des milliers de personnes ont été évacuées sur les hauteurs. Certains sauveteurs travaillaient à mains nues.

Oxfam et d’autres organisations internationales ont annoncé leur aide.

Les conditions météorologiques actuelles rendent toutefois difficiles les opérations de secours, qui devraient durer une semaine.

« Il pleut énormément, les vents sont forts, nous n’avons qu’une petite fenêtre pour évacuer les gens et nettoyer », a indiqué le ministre indonésien des Travaux publics Basuki Hadimuljono.

Le tsunami, qui a frappé soudainement samedi soir les rives du détroit de la Sonde, qui sépare les îles de Sumatra et de Java, a donc laissé derrière lui un paysage de désolation, même s’il « était relativement petit », selon Richard Teeuw, de l’Université de Portsmouth, en Angleterre.

La Croix-Rouge estime que les « puissantes vagues » ont atteint entre 30 et 90 centimètres de haut.

L’Anak Krakatoa en cause

Plusieurs maisons ont été détruites sur la plage. Des bateaux ont été repoussés sur la terre.Une vue aérienne de la côte de Pandeglang, frappée par le tsunami. Photo : Reuters / Antara Foto Agency/HO-Susi Air

Selon les autorités, le tsunami est dû à l’effondrement sous-marin d’une partie du volcan Anak Krakatoa, en éruption.

Les vagues ont été exacerbées par l’amplitude des marées anormalement élevées en raison de la pleine lune.

Les experts soulignent que ce phénomène rare pourrait se reproduire maintenant que le volcan est déstabilisé, et que le risque de nouvelles vagues mortelles existe.

« Le risque de tsunami dans le détroit de la Sonde restera élevé tant que le volcan sera dans sa phase d’activité actuelle, parce qu’il est susceptible de déclencher d’autres glissements de terrain sous-marins », prévient ainsi Richard Teeuw, de l’Université de Portsmouth.

Les autorités ont aussi averti de ne pas s’approcher des plages et que l’alerte de fortes marées restait en vigueur jusqu’à mardi.

À la différence des tsunamis provoqués par les tremblements de terre et qui enclenchent les systèmes d’alerte, les vagues « volcaniques » ne laissent que très peu de temps aux autorités pour prévenir les gens.

Tremblements de terre et tsunamis

Le président indonésien Joko Widodo s’est rendu lundi sur place, moins de trois mois après qu’un tsunami consécutif à un séisme eut fait des milliers de morts à Palu et sa région, dans l’île indonésienne des Célèbes.

En juillet et en août, l’île de Lombok avait déjà essuyé de puissants tremblements de terre.

L’Indonésie, archipel de 17 000 îles et îlots qui s’est formé par la convergence de trois grandes plaques tectoniques, se trouve sur la ceinture de feu du Pacifique, une zone de forte activité sismique et d’éruptions volcaniques. Elle compte 127 volcans actifs.

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Ottawa unveils funding for poultry and egg farmers hurt by free-trade deals

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Canadian egg and poultry farmers who’ve lost domestic market share due to two recent free-trade agreements will soon have access to $691 million in federal cash, Canada’s agriculture minister announced Saturday.

Marie-Claude Bibeau shared details of the long-awaited funds in a virtual news conference.

“Today we position our young farmers for growth and success tomorrow,” she said.

The money follows a previously announced $1.75 billion for the dairy sector linked to free-trade deals with Europe and countries on the Pacific Rim, one that came into effect in 2017 and the other in 2018.

The dairy sector funds were to flow over eight years, and the first $345 million payment was sent out last year.

But on Saturday, Bibeau announced a schedule for the remaining payments that will see the money flow over three years — beginning with $468 million in 2020-21, $469 million in 2021-22 and $468 million in 2022-23.

Bibeau said the most recently announced funds for dairy farmers amount to an average farm of 80 cows receiving a direct payment of $38,000 in the first year.

Payments based on formulas

David Wiens, vice-president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, said the money will help farms make investments for the future.

“I think particularly for the younger farmers who have really struggled since these agreements have been ratified, they can actually now see opportunities, how they can continue to make those investments on the farm so that they can continue on,” he said.

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Employee of Ottawa Metro store tests positive for COVID-19

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Metro says an employee of its grocery store on Beechwood Avenue in Ottawa has tested positive for COVID-19.

The company says the employee’s positive test result was reported on Nov. 25. The employee had last been at work at the Metro at 50 Beechwood Ave. on Nov. 19.

Earlier this month, Metro reported several cases of COVID-19 at its warehouse on Old Innes Road.

Positive test results were reported on Nov. 2, Nov. 6, Nov. 11, and Nov. 19. The first two employees worked at the produce warehouse at 1184 Old Innes Rd. The other two worked at the distribution centre at the same address.

Metro lists cases of COVID-19 in employees of its stores and warehouses on its website

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Tinseltown: Where 50-year-old ‘tough guys’ become youngsters again

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Audy Czigler wears glitter like a Pennsylvania miner wears coal dust. It’s on his face and hands, in his hair and on his clothing. It’s an occupational hazard that he says he just can’t get rid of.

And when he’s sifting through job applications from people wanting to work at his Tinseltown Christmas Emporium on Somerset Street W. in Hintonburg, the glitter is a consideration. For he’s not looking for people who can simply endure it; no, he’s screening for people who revel and carouse in glitter, for those for whom the 10,000th playing of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus is as refreshing as the first, for those who believe that the 12 days of Christmas last 365 days a year. The believers.

Sure, he has heard the voices of skeptical passersby on the sidewalk outside his shop, especially in the summer months when visions of sugarplums have receded from many people’s minds.

“I hear them out there a few times a day,” he says, “wondering how a Christmas store can possibly survive year-round.

“I want to go out and tell them,” he adds, but his voice trails off as a customer approaches and asks about an ornament she saw there recently, of a red cardinal in a white heart. Where is it?

There’s scant room for sidewalk skeptics now, crowded out by the dozens of shoppers who, since October, have regularly lined up outside the store, patiently biding their time (and flocks) as pandemic-induced regulations limit the shop to 18 customers at a time.

Once inside, visitors will be forgiven for not first noticing the glitter, or even the rendition of Baby, It’s Cold Outside playing on the speakers. For there’s no specific “first thing” you notice. The first thing you notice is EVERYTHING — a floor-to-ceiling cornucopia of festivity, reminiscent perhaps of how the blind man in the Gospel of John may have felt when Jesus rubbed spit and mud in his eyes and gave him sight for the first time.

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/tinseltown-where-50-year-old-tough-guys-become-youngsters-again

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