In 2017? If it goes through it will be the first in East Africa.
A consortium of Kenyan and Chinese companies is proposing to construct a 1,050 MW coal-fire power plant, only 13 miles from Lamu town. A mega-port now under construction is bad enough but nowhere as degrading to the environment and livelihoods as a coal fired power plant. If it materializes Lamu town risks losing its UNESCO world heritage status.
I asked a former county commissioner to tell me something positive about the coal-power fire plant. He said Kenyans and tourists from abroad will come far and wide to marvel at the 400 meter high chimney, the tallest structure in East Africa.
(Obviously, the scale of my superimposed chimney is off but hope you get the point) #paradiselost #unesco #lamu #paradise #stopcoal #coal #kenya #china @unescoworldheritage @unescoworldheritagesites
This 2012 translocation of 23 rhino from a private ranch in Laikipia to a national park out west went without a hitch. [Footage of KWS sharpshooter darting a rhino with a tranquilizer] Translocations are fairly routine these days, though not without risks. So how did 11 highly endangered black rhino basically starve to death at a WWF-funded sanctuary in Tsavo NP, the receiving end of a KWS-managed translocation a few weeks ago?
LONDON, England – On June 14th a 24-story public housing apartment building caught fire killing at least 80. A faulty freezer-fridge in an apartment sparked the blaze, but police say flammable insulation and exposed gas pipes along the building’s only staircase fueled it. The death toll is expected to rise, so it’s no wonder police say they are considering filing manslaughter charges against one or several dozens of companies, firms and council officials involved in a 2014 renovation in which design trumped safety. The 70s built tower dominates a neighborhood that’s since gentrified.#grenfelltower #london #westlondon #portobello #gentrification #uk #kensington
I spent the last several weeks in Tucson helping my mother transition to “independent living” after she’d suffered a mild heart attack and stroke.
The first takeway – in Tucson (and probably in most retirement communities) elder care is not a service, it’s an industry.
Before her discharge from the hospital a case manager told me my mother needed after care. Without hesitation she recommended a company. Let’s call it Total Geriatric Solutions. (Looking back I realize the case worker didn’t offer me a choice). I’d viewed Total Geriatric Solutions (TGS) as a temporary solution until I found a more professional one. These caregivers spent most of the time at my mother’s playing with their smart phones. As time went on one in particular began triangulating my mother and me. When I announced we’d found another company, she said,” You ain’t gotta speak to your daughter. You’re not incapacitated, and you have your rights.” The owners threatened to sue. As to my role as Power of Attorney they said they’d first need to scrutinize the “verbiage” of the legal document before deciding.
I looked up the owners of TGS on LinkedIn — they appeared all of 30 years-old. Their last jobs were listed as store managers of Best Buy and T-Mobile. They were strictly business. #moms #eldercare #tucson #arizona
Photo: with my step-brother, mother, and sales lady at the senior living community