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





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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List of Tourist Attractions Open Now in Ottawa





With Ontario now in Step 3 of 2021 three-step plan for reopening, museums and other indoor attractions are allowed to reopen with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors.

Here is a list of Ottawa attractions you can visit starting July 16th.

Do remember to wear masks and buy tickets in advance.

Parliament Hill

Parliament’s Centre Block and Peace Tower are closed for renovation.

You can join for tours of the Senate of Canada Building (2 Rideau Street), House of Commons at West Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill, and East Block at East Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill.

When: Grounds open; guided tours of Parliament are suspended through the summer of 2021.
Where: 111 Wellington Street, Downtown Ottawa

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Ottawa performer leapfrogs from gymnastics to Broadway to TV





A new AppleTV+ series set in a magical town that’s stuck in a neverending 1940s musical includes a pair of Ottawa siblings in the cast. 

Warren Yang and his sister, Ericka Hunter, play two of the singing, dancing residents of the village portrayed in Schmigadoon!, a small-screen series that takes its cues from classic musicals like Brigadoon, Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music, and skewers them with the offbeat comedic mastery of Saturday Night Live. 

In fact, you’ll recognize many of the names from SNL, starting with executive producer Lorne Michaels, creator of the late-night, live-comedy sketch show. Schmigadoon! also stars SNL cast member Cecily Strong and comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who hosted SNL in May. They play a New York couple who get lost on a hike and stumble into a strange town where everyone sings and dances. 

For Yang, a relative newcomer to show-biz, the series marks his television debut. For Hunter, the younger of his two older sisters, it’s the latest in a career path that began with dance lessons as a child more than 30 years ago. She attended Canterbury High School, Ottawa’s arts-focused secondary school. 

“Her dream was always to perform,” said Yang, 34, in an interview. “But that was never the path I thought was an option for me.” 

While his sister studied dance, Yang did gymnastics. He was an elite gymnast throughout his youth, ultimately leaving Merivale High School at 16 to train in Montreal, finishing high school through correspondence courses. He was a member of the Canadian National Team and received a scholarship to study at Penn State, majoring in marketing. 

A few years after graduation, Yang was working at an advertising agency in Toronto when he got a call from a Manhattan number. To his astonishment, they asked if he would be interested in auditioning for a Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.

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COVID-19: uOttawa to require vaccination for students living in residence





Vaccination will be mandatory for students who want to live in residence at the University of Ottawa this year, with proof of vaccination and at least one dose required before move-in, or within two weeks of doing so if they can’t secure a shot before arriving.

Those who can’t receive a vaccine for “health-related reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code” will be able to submit a request for accommodation through the university’s housing portal, according to information on the university’s website.

Students with one dose living in residence will also have to receive their second dose “within the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health.”

People who haven’t been granted an exemption and don’t get vaccinated or submit proof of having done so by the deadlines set out by the school will have their residence agreements terminated, uOttawa warns.

“Medical and health professionals are clear that vaccination is the most (effective) means of protecting people and those around them,” reads a statement provided to this newspaper by uOttawa’s director of strategic communications, Patrick Charette.

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“It is precisely for this reason that the University of Ottawa is requiring all students living in residence for the 2021-2022 academic year to be fully vaccinated. The University recognizes that some students may require accommodations for a variety of reasons and will be treating exceptions appropriately.”

Faculty, staff and students are also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, the statement notes.

“Ensuring a high vaccine coverage in all communities is critical to ensuring an ongoing decline in cases and ending the pandemic. This will be especially important with the return of students to post-secondary institutions in our region in the fall of 2021.”

Neither Carleton University nor Algonquin College is currently mandating vaccination for students living in residence, according to the websites for both schools. But uOttawa isn’t alone in its policy – Western University, Trent University, Durham College and Fanshawe College have all implemented similar requirements. Seneca College, in the GTA, is going even further, making vaccination mandatory for students and staff to come to campus, in-person, for the fall term.

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