TYPHOON HAIYAN

Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan

On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines,made landfall in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that resulted in flooding, landslides, and widespread damage. Typhoon Haiyan, was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that caused catastrophic destruction and extensive devastation and it is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing over 6,000 people in that country alone. According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless.
Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and unofficially the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed. Tacloban, the Philippine city that suffered the worst devastation from the super typhoon, is tentatively trying to regain its Christmas cheer. Most survivors are still dependent on aid and will be celebrating in the halls and classrooms operating as evacuation centres.
In a city where bodies are still being recovered at an average of 25 a day and survivors are busy rebuilding their lives, it’s hard to muster that spirit. The majority of survivors are at the rebuilding stage, and so Christmas will be very different.
However, Government Organizations have made an effort to boost Christmas spirit. Lanterns set up by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) around the St. Niño Parish and Tacloban Airport will light up the city, which is still mostly reliant on generators. A 17-metre Christmas Tree has also been erected on the grounds of Tacloban City Hall by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). Prisoners created decorations out of used water bottles and galvanised iron pipes left behind by the storm.
It will be an improvised Christmas this year in Tacloban but for those who survived Haiyan, it is a chance to be thankful for what they still have. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on donor nations to ramp up aid to the typhoon-battered Philippines as it grapples with a funding shortfall on the long road to recovery. “We must not allow this to be another forgotten crisis,” Mr Ban told reporters a day after touring the storm-ravaged city of Tacloban.

How Can You Help? www.unocha.org/crisis/typhoonhaiyan

 

– culled from Wikipedia, BBC News, The Guardian and the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

CONSTRAD 2013

CONSTRAD 2013

CONSTRAD 2013

The International Trade Show and Expo held from Thursday 31st October – Saturday 2nd November 2013 at the prestigious Expo Centre of Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos, Nigeria. The 3-day event provided all participants and partners excellent opportunities to meet and interact with various key players and stakeholders in the Construction Industry.

The annual event, second in its series, was organized by Constrad Multi Concepts, a team of experienced professionals with a track record in organizing and facilitating Trade Shows, Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, and Construction related Expos and events in Nigeria. CONSTRAD is simply dedicated to providing world class service to the industry creating several platforms and major activities where the various sectors of the industry can interact and rub minds on very many global issues particularly those that threaten the industry as well as those that promote the industry from sustainability to energy, the impacts of technology, metals and mining, oil and gas, security to buildings, etc. all on the Environment, and as they impact the daily lives of Nigerians now and in the future.

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CHAIRMAN’S AWARD TO ERIC NOIR

CHAIRMAN'S AWARD TO ERIC NOIR

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD TO ERIC NOIR

The Green Building Council of South Africa acknowledges and sincerely thanks Eric Noir for his tireless passion and enthusiasm in promoting green building practices. Special credit is given to recognize the guidance and encouragement he has provided in the establishment of Green Building Councils throughout Africa. These initiatives have been instrumental in the adoption of the Green Star South Africa rating system by 5 African Countries.

Eric Noir said in his mail to AUA President:

“you are welcome to use these as material for a next edition of the AUA news as it recognizes the great work we did in Africa since the soft mandate given to me by the AUA in Abuja a couple of years ago”.