« Il était une fois la girafe, le guépard et le rhinocéros noir… »

Il était une fois la girafe, le guépard et le rhinocéros noir.
Et tout semblait débuter comme un conte d’enfant.
Nos trois protagonistes prêts à l’aventure
Afin d’émerveiller petits et grands.

La girafe s’y serait rappelée
Qu’elle fut nommée « chameau-léopard »,
Toujours présent en langue grecque :
καμηλοπάρδαλη
(kamilopárdhali)

De son exceptionnelle prestance,
Elle nous aurait emmenés
Sur les terres orientales,
À la rencontre du fabuleux qílín
(suite…)


Un million d’abeilles tuées… dans un accident de la route

Dans la série
« Sommes-nous devenus fous ? »
L’accident qui suit
Occupe une place de choix

Nous sommes à bord d’un camion
Au nord de Sacramento
Interstate 80
La nuit

Soudain, tentant d’éviter une collision
Le véhicule se retourne
Ainsi que sa cargaison

Sa cargaison ?
1 million d’abeilles
Destinées à polliniser
Les étendues industrielles des amandiers californiens

Ce million-là n’y parviendra pas
N’y parviendra jamais
Ce million d’êtres vivants
Disparaîtra sous une déferlante… d’eau savonneuse

Les commentateurs avisés
Évaluent la cargaison
À 1 million de dollars…

One million bees killed after Northern California truck crash

About one million bees have been killed after a truck carrying their hives crashed in Northern California.

 

Authorities say the big rig swerved off Interstate 80 Thursday night in Auburn, north of Sacramento, as the driver tried to avoid hitting slowed cars.

 

The truck crashed into an embankment. The driver escaped with minor injuries. However, authorities were forced to kill the bees by spraying them with soapy water after beekeepers determined that the hives couldn’t be salvaged and rain was expected.

 

Beekeeper Nathan Smith tells KTXL-TV that the bees were being transported from Montana to California’s Central Valley to pollinate almond trees and were valued at $1 million or more.

http://indianexpress.com - By: AP | Auburn | Published:November 4, 2017 11:16 am

Lien : http://bit.ly/2yu59KV


Une crise démographique en Arménie ?

Tandis que l’Arménie peine à développer
une activité économique suffisante,
Sa population serait-elle en train de décroître inexorablement ?

Exode de la population active,
principalement masculine,
vers la Russie voisine,
Baisse du nombre des enfants en âge scolaire,
De quoi attirer l’attention sur un mouvement
Qui fait l’objet de vives discussions.

D’un côté le discours officiel
Qui reste positif
Et encourage à penser
Que le mouvement est aujourd’hui interrompu
Que la population va se stabiliser
Et même croître de nouveau.

D’un autre, des observateurs
Inquiets de voir le vieillissement d’une grande part du territoire
Tout particulièrement des villages reculés.

Un enjeu à la hauteur d’une survie…

Armenia suffers from demographic crisis

It is a well-known fact that Armenia has been going through a dreadful socio-economic crisis for many years and today this process continues in the country. Naturally, this causes many problems for the life of Armenia’s citizens, and as a result, many of them decide to leave the country.

The problem of exodus from Armenia is regularly highlighted in the country’s media. Recently, Lragir agency wrote about the dire demographic consequences caused by the wrong policy of the Armenian government.

It was noted in the article that today there are villages in Armenia where only women live. Their husbands and sons had to leave for Russia to feed their family, as they cannot find a job in Armenia because of terrible unemployment that plagues the whole country.

Thus, the population of Armenia is declining at a rapid pace and the Armenian government is unable to stop the process. The official Armenian statistics show that some 3,226,000 people lived in the country in 2000, but this figure fell to 2,981,000 million by early 2017.

That is, 245,000 people have left Armenia during this period, and these are only official figures. Most likely, the real situation is even worse. Independent experts say that more than 40,000 people annually emigrate from Armenia.

It is also noteworthy that the number of schoolchildren leaving Armenia also grows steadily. The data of the National Center of Educational Technologies under Armenia’s Education and Science Ministry show that 6,562 students left the country in 2015-2016 and this figure became 7,117 next year.

Thus, Armenia loses its younger generation. Therefore, the demographic situation in the country is going to be even more dreadful in some years – Armenia will be mostly populated with the elderly, there will be almost no economically active population, and as a result, the economy of Armenia will completely collapse.

Against this backdrop, last month’s statement of the Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan seems too positive and even goofy. He promised Armenians that the number of country’s population will allegedly reach 4 million in 2040 “thanks to a sharp improvement of the demographic situation.” Obviously, he has no idea about the current demographic trends of Armenia. The country is at risk to become a complete desert in the foreseeable future, and the Armenian government takes no needed actions to halt the process.

Rashid Shirinov - AzerNews - 21 July 2017 17:42

Lien : http://bit.ly/2vls6LA