Madagascar: Animation Meets Reality
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Mia MacDonald
(By Mia MacDonald) In early July, as members of the G-8 met in Scotland and singers convened for the Live 8 concerts seeking to make poverty in Africa history, moviegoers were flocking to see DreamWorks SKG's latest cartoon hit, Madagascar. Despite mixed reviews, the film's U.S. box office is hovering near $200 million and overseas audiences are also entranced. Madagascar may well earn half a billion dollars globally, not counting DVD sales and lucrative product tie-ins. In the context of Africa, these are small fortunes. The irony is that as Hollywood makes a mint from cartoons with African landscapes, the real-life countries struggle to meet basic human needs and fund conservation programs to protect the endangered animals and habitat the films capitalize on.
Golf Course Proposal Hits Bump
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Rinker Buck, The Hartford Courant
In a major setback for one of America's blue-chip developers, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection filed a tentative determination on Monday to deny the water permits needed for the controversial Yale Farm Golf Course in Litchfield County.
South Bronx Is Eyed for New Power Plant in New York
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Egbert, Daily News
The south Bronx may be selected to host yet another power plant now that a call from the state Power Authority for proposals has revived an effort to build a new generation facility on an abandoned dump.
Chevron Issues Corporate Responsibility Report
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN
Chevron Corporation this week issued its comprehensive Corporate Responsibility Report detailing its 2004 socioeconomic and environmental performance.
Three Republican New Jersey Lawmakers Join Call to Protect the Arctic Refuge
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN
New Jersey became a central battleground in the effort to block oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge last week when three members of the New Jersey GOP delegation signed a letter to their leadership urging that language authorizing drilling be kept out of the budget reconciliation bill to be considered this fall.
North Dakota Starts Draining Lake into Canada
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Roberta Rampton, Reuters
Despite Canadian fears of contamination, North Dakota began pumping water Monday from its Devils Lake floodlands into a system that leads eventually into a commercial fishery north of the U.S. border.
Thousands Without Shelter after Heavy Rains Flood Sudan's North Darfur State
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Mohamed Osman, Associated Press
Heavy rains have damaged a dam and caused flooding that has left thousands of people without shelter in the capital of North Darfur state and a nearby camp for displaced people, government officials said Monday.
Malaysian Firemen Help Indonesia To Fight Blazes
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Bazuki Muhammad and Muklis Ali, Reuters
Malaysia sent a team of 100 firemen to neighbouring Indonesia on Monday to help douse forest fires that have blanketed the region in noxious haze.
Mysterious Reptile Evades Capture in L.A. Park
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
A mysterious, alligator-like creature that surfaced in a Los Angeles suburb has eluded capture for nearly a week, shrewdly passing up raw chicken bait and dodging reptile wranglers in pontoon boats.
Powerful Quake Hits Northern Japan; Small Tsunami Reported, Buildings Collapse
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Shizuo Kambayashi, Associated Press
A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck northeastern Japan on Tuesday and injured at least 60 people, triggering a small tsunami, sending debris crashing into a crowded swimming pool and shaking skyscrapers as far away as Tokyo.