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The circle below shows the gross external, or foreign, debt of some of the main players in the eurozone as well as other big world economies. The arrows show how much money is owed by each country to banks in other nations. The arrows point from the debtor to the creditor and are proportional to the money owed as of the end of June 2011. The colours attributed to countries are a rough guide to how much trouble each economy is in.
What do the Rolling Stones have in common with sustainable forestry ? While this might sound like the beginning of a riddle, the answer is Chuck Leavell. As keyboard player for one of the most renowned rock bands of all time, Leavell also happens to be the co-founder of Mother Nature Network and is considered one of the most dedicated conservationists in the world. In this video, Leavell shares his passion for sustainable forestry, an interest that started when his wife inherited a plot of land. Following the motto of “leave the land in better shape than when you found it,” Leavell knows that the resources we get from wood have a tremendous impact on our lives.
Not that long after the fall of the Soviet Union, I, along with others in my law firm, had to spend considerable amounts of time in fairly remote places in Russia like Vladivostok, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Things were very uncertain in that part of Russia back then and we developed certain rules to protect ourselves. For instance, we always made sure that each person had at least enough cash to buy a last minute flight to Moscow and then from there back to the United States. Before leaving, we also would contact our Russian friends (including the spouse of a Russian Federal Marshall and a couple of Vice-Governors) to ascertain where they would be while our people were there (most did not have cell phones or email) and to confirm that we could contact them if anything would happen. In other words, we planned our escape route before we even went. A few years back, I went to Papua New Guinea to recover helicopters for a Russian client.
Mar 21, 2012 5:16:36 AM However stunning the pictures, they just can’t do justice to these must-see destinations – our pick of the world’s top 10 parks and preserves. 1. Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia The steaming sands of Namib Naukluft National Park are the most perfect stretch of desolate desert – even photographs of the windswept ridges elicit thirst. The dunes at Sossusvlei, commonly believed to be the oldest in the world, are the preserve’s biggest draw.