Monthly Archive: February 2016

Drivers are being warned to expect lengthy delays as a major route into Huntingdon is closed to traffic

08:24 20 January 2016 Sophie Day [1] The Iron Bridge, Stukeley Road, Huntingdon, Archant Drivers are being warned that there will be short term pain for long term gain as a main route into Huntingdon is closed to traffic for six weeks. $element.shareHTML.html.value $element.shareHTML.html.value $element.shareHTML.html.value Email this article to a friend To send a link to this page you must be logged in. “It is highly possible that there will be very severe delays at peak hours.” Cllr Mike Shellens The warning comes after it was announced that the route under the railway bridge in Ermine Street will be blocked 24 hours a day from 5am on Monday, February 1, until Monday, March 14. The closure is to allow Network Rail to carry out a second phase of work to strengthen the bridge. A spokesman for Network Rail said: The reason it is going to be six weeks is because it is short term pain for long term gain. Workers will need to work on it 24 hours a day otherwise if they were stopping and starting it would go on for months. They will be going in and hitting it hard and hopefully won t have to come back for another 30 to 40 years. The closure will mean that drivers looking to travel to and from the town centre will face a three-mile diversion via St Peter s Road to be able to get to Stukeley Road. Concerned district and county councillor Mike Shellens said: Originally Network Rail requested a full closure for six months. This has been cut back to just six weeks, but will still have a major impact. It is highly possible that there will be very severe delays at peak hours. The road under the bridge will be closed to vehicles but pedestrians, cyclists and emergency service vehicles will still be able to continue under the bridge. Councillor Tom Sanderson said: The impact of this is going to be quite big for the people who use this route but it is something that needs to be done because if it is not, and something happens down the line, questions are going to be asked. The first phase of work saw the road closed during the evening and at weekends but many drivers experienced tailbacks around the ring road and onto George Street. Rob McIntosh, route managing director at Network Rail, added: Improvements like the work we re doing to Ermine Street bridge keeps passenger and freight services running, which ultimately benefits the economies of the towns and cities served by the railway. References ^ Sophie Day (

Driver held after cyclist dies following collision with lorry

A lorry driver is being questioned by police following a fatal collision involving a cyclist in her 70s. The woman died at the scene in the village of Teynham, Kent, at around 10.15am on Saturday. The driver, a 58-year-old man from Essex, has been arrested in connection with the incident on the A2 London Road, Kent Police said. He remains in custody and officers have appealed for witnesses to come forward. Sergeant Hannah Brown said: “The HGV and the cyclist were both heading towards Sittingbourne when the collision occurred opposite the Swan pub. Share article “We have already spoken to a number of witnesses but are keen to speak to anyone else who saw the incident and has yet to speak to us, or who saw the cyclist or the HGV prior to the collision.” The woman’s next of kin have been informed, police said.

Volvo-led research team develops autonomous trash-collecting system using drones and robots

Swedish vehicle maker Volvo, three universities and waste management firm Renova have developed an autonomous trash-collection system that combines trucks, robots and drones, a Volvo press release [1] explained. Dubbed the Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling, or ROAR, project, drones and robots work together with an operator/driver to collect refuse. This drone application has potential for other commercial applications, such as package delivery. The trash collection process seems relatively simple on the surface. The drone and robot operator is also the driver of the garbage truck. Once at a location, the driver deploys the drone from the roof of the truck to scan the area and locate trash bins. The drone scans the area to locate trash bins, and sends data to the robot to map it’s journey from the truck | Source: Volvo via YouTube [2] The drone sends the information back to the robot, which then maps out its journey from its home on the back of the truck to the trash can for collection. Along the way, a series of sensors keeps the robot from colliding with obstacles. The full process can be seen in a video [3] on the VolvoGroupVideos YouTube channel. Currently, garbage trucks are generally manned by two to three individuals who are responsible for driving the truck, locating and collecting trash. The robot waits on the back of the garbage truck, while the drone calls the top of the truck home | Source: Volvo via YouTube [4] The drone/robot team could replace one or two of those workers and make the job easier in general. Volvo worked with Swedish universities Chalmers University of Technology and M lardalen University and U.S.-based Penn State University on the project. M lardalen developed the robot, Chalmers worked on the task management system for the drone and the robot, and Penn State developed the graphics for the driver to monitor and control the drone and robot. The short flight path of the drone coupled with the short distance the robot travels make this combination a perfect place to start using drones on a day-to-day basis. Danger is low, and potential saving is high. If we’re talking about use in the U.S., current regulations seem to allow this sort of use. The drone would stay low and within the line of sight of the operator. Still, there is a robot-sized bump in the road here. Robots haven’t been used on streets in the open before, and this could bring about a push for new regulations. It will be interesting to see if common sense technology like this will take hold in the U.S., and what kind of changes it would drive. For more: – read the Volvo press release [5] Related Articles: FAA considers easing restrictions of small commercial drones flying over cities Drones make strides in oil and gas infrastructure inspection and repair [6] [7] References ^ press release ( ^ Volvo via YouTube ( ^ in a video ( ^ Volvo via YouTube ( ^ press release ( ^ FAA considers easing restrictions of small commercial drones flying over cities ( ^ Drones make strides in oil and gas infrastructure inspection and repair (

Don't Jail Woman for Giving Water to Pigs

Posted by Alex Guay 1 Target: Madeleine Meilleur, Attorney General of Ontario Goal: Drop charges against Anita Krajnc for giving water to pigs in a transport truck. A Van Boekel Hog Farm transport truck was parked and packed with pigs. Anita Krajnc, an animal activist, approached the truck and gave the thirsty pigs water before they started their way to the slaughterhouse.

Now, Krajnc is facing criminal mischief for interference with the use, enjoyment of and operation of property. As Krajnc was giving water to the pigs, the truck driver yelled, you know what, these are not humans, you dumb frickin broad. Krajnc ignored the truck driver and showed the pigs as much compassion as she could in such a short amount of time.

Compassion is not a crime. People are praised when they give stray cats and dogs water, so why should she go to jail for giving it to a pig? Sign this petition and demand that the charges be dropped against Anita Kranjnc.

PETITION LETTER: Dear Ms. Meilleur, Anita Kranjnc is an animal activist that has recently been charged with criminal mischief for interference with the use, enjoyment of and operation of property. Kranjnc saw a Van Boekel Hog Farm transport truck parked and filled with pigs.

The pigs were crammed, scared and on their way to slaughter. She approached the truck and gave the pigs water, although the truck driver told her not to. This is what brought about the charges.

Compassion is not a crime. People are praised when they give stray cats and dogs water, so why it is a crime to give pigs water? Please consider dropping the charges against Anita Kranjnc.

Sincerely, Your Name Here Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary References ^ Posts by Alex Guay (

The results are IN: ‘Brexit’ would be bad for green business, MPs and NGOs warn

Energy and environment ministers, green NGOs and sustainable businesses groups have revealed their stance on Britain’s European Union (EU) membership, with the overwhelming majority agreeing that remaining IN the EU is crucial for our transition to a low-carbon future. Sustainability professionals and green business groups must wait patiently on the sidelines as MPs debate the pros and cons of ‘Brexit’ Prime Minister David Cameron recently confirmed that an ‘IN’/’OUT’ referendum on whether Britain should remain in the EU will take place on 23 June, 2016. But if votes go in favour on an exit, Cameron himself believes it would be “the gamble of the century”. The Conservative Party’s energy and environment departments are equally cautious about an ‘OUT’ vote – particularly in relation to Britain s part of the EU s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the Paris climate deal [1] , and our role in the newly-drafted circular economy package [2] . Last week, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) revealed that working with the EU to support decarbonisation efforts would play a signficant part in its new five-year plan [3] . The Department is also fully aware that departing the EU would see Britain s stake in billions of pounds of green investment [4] through the European Investment Bank removed. Energy Secretary Amber Rudd and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock have both given their support for remaining in a ‘reformed’ EU, with Rudd claiming it would “make use stronger, safer and better off”, and Hancock stating that “in a turbulent and uncertain world, we should not add to those risks to our economic security with years of uncertainty”. Within the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), Environment Secretary Liz Truss has also repeated Cameron s desire to remain in the EU, citing global market uncertainty especially for farmers as a reason why Britain shouldn t “leap into the dark”. But not all green ministers are in agreement. While Cameron can lean on the support of Truss, Rudd and Hancock in his battle to keep Britain in the EU, the ‘IN’ camp is facing pressure from the likes of Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom , who stand firmly in the ‘OUT’ camp. In a letter [5] to her constituents in South Northamptonshire, Leadsom made it ” absolutely clear [6] ” that she wants to leave the EU, citing the share of global economic activity; issues relating to the Euro currency; and the migration crisis as key reasons for her decisions. With MPs squabbling over the pros and cons of ‘Brexit’, sustainability professionals, green business groups and NGOs wait patiently on the sidelines. While many are refusing to represent their organisation by stepping into either camp, edie has heard from those that want their voices to be heard and initial results suggests that, despite its potential flaws, remaining IN the EU provides unparalleled benefits for the green economy. James Goodman, director of futures, Forum for the Future A British exit from the EU would be a mistake for sustainability in the UK. The EU is far from perfect but the regulation coming from the EU in myriad areas – around water and air quality to name a few – has helped to steer the UK out of a polluted post-industrial era and into broadly speaking one at least a little more on track towards sustainability. After Brexit, a government like the one we have now one that seeks to frack for gas beneath national parks, privatise our forests, cull our wildlife would be likely to drive a huge diesel-powered truck through much of the complex and beneficial legislation that has built up over the years. And we know through our board level relationships with some of the UK s most progressive companies, that a Brexit would probably mean the sustainability leadership position they have been able to carve out on a global scale would be under threat. That would be bad for our economy and bad for the long-term future of British business. To add to all of that, the sustainable future will be based on people choosing to work together to common goals, beyond the boundaries of sector, age group or nation, recognising our fundamental interdependence. A Brexit would be a massive lurch away from our common future. Sam Lowe, campaigner, Friends of the Earth “The EU has been good for UK environment and has given a boost to green business. The EU Renewable Energy Directive has spurred rapid growth in the renewable energy across the UK. In the past five years, we have witnessed the fundamental position of renewable energy shift, with lower costs and increased investment pushing it into the mainstream. What with the current government s seeming hostility to elements of the green sector, it seems highly unlikely that renewable energy would remain a priority without EU enforcement. Greater energy trading and interconnectedness are essential if we are to ever see renewable energy solutions and smart grid technologies reach their peak potential. This vision of the future is almost in our grasp. And it is far more readily realised working alongside our European neighbours than against. Many of the existential threats we face are global in nature be it climate change or conflict. Now, perhaps more than ever, is not the time to pull up the drawbridge and take them on alone. Jacob Hayler, executive director, Environmental Services Association (ESA) To date, the net impact of EU legislation has been positive for the waste and recycling industry, which has undergone radical change in response to the drivers implemented to meet our European obligations. Whether the UK should remain in the EU from our sector s perspective will largely depend upon what would replace the long-term policy framework established in Brussels. Industry investment critically depends on certainty, a degree of which at least is provided by EU legislation. If the UK chooses to go it alone then it will be vital for the UK Government to put in place a long-term strategic vision for waste and resources that supports jobs and investment whilst boosting recycling and recovery. Martin Harper, director of conservation, RSPB The outcome of the referendum on EU membership could have significant implications for the RSPB’s ability to fulfil its charitable objectives. Given that nature knows no boundaries – for example, birds migrate – the RSPB has always believed we need to act internationally especially as the threats – such as pollution – are often diffuse. Comprehensive international agreements for nature conservation and the environment are therefore essential. Evidence suggests that the EU has had a positive impact through some of its environment policies. However, there are also areas where we have concerns or feel more needs to be done. We recognise that very few issues are entirely clear-cut. However, we all want to see clean air and water for future generations, as well as an attractive countryside rich in wildlife. As both sides seek to clarify and present their respective visions for the future, the RSPB will challenge both the IN and OUT campaigns to explain how their stance will help protect and enhance the environment. Through this referendum challenge process, we hope to help RSPB supporters and the wider public to gain greater clarity about the environmental implications of the UK remaining in or leaving the EU and to ensure that nature features in the public debate. Ben Stafford, head of public affairs, WWF As the debate ahead of the EU referendum kicks off in earnest, WWF is urging both the IN and OUT camps to set out how they would ensure continued strong protections for the UK s environment and thriving markets for sustainable business whatever the outcome of the vote. Research commissioned by WWF and others suggests that, on balance, Britain s membership of the EU has delivered benefits for our environment that would be hard to replicate in the event of the UK leaving. So whatever decision is made, it is vital that it doesn t come at the expense of thriving wildlife, clean air and water, strong action on climate change and growing green businesses. Nick Molho, executive director, Aldersgate Group EU environmental legislation has provided to date important benefits for UK businesses and the environment. Many environmental issues such as climate change and air quality are transnational in nature and other environmental issues, whilst not always or necessarily transboundary (e.g. water pollution), are common to many member states. Whilst some improvements must be made, EU legislation has helped tackle some of these challenges in a more environmentally and economically effective manner by pooling the resources of different member states to address a particular environmental concern and driving environmental / business innovation across the EU. Membership of the EU has also strengthened UK diplomatic efforts in international negotiations such as recently at the climate change summit in Paris. Should the UK leave the EU, the government should ensure that the UK continues to abide by environmental standards of at least a similar threshold to those contained in existing European legislation and applied across the Single Market. This is particularly the case in key areas such as product efficiency, fuel efficiency, industrial pollution and climate change. However, no clarity has been provided to date as to how this would be done and how the future development of these standards and legislation could still be influenced by the UK in the event that it was no longer part of the EU. David Palmer-Jones, chief executive, SUEZ Leaving the EU would be detrimental to the environmental services sector because the EU is the driving force behind much of the environmental policy and legislation which enables companies like SUEZ to invest in new services and infrastructure. We anticipate that a Brexit would also trigger a re-evaluation of major infrastructure investments across the industry, from waste and recycling to resource management and energy recovery projects. In total there is the potential to create thousands of new jobs should we move the UK more fully from a throw-away society to a recycle, re-use and recovery based economy in a way that is currently envisaged under the latest EU-led policy drivers. We are concerned that a Brexit may disengage the UK from an EU-led vision towards an even greater amount of recycling and our move towards a fully circular economy. It is largely thanks to UK membership of the EU that SUEZ is so transformed in the UK. So… What do you think? Is the EU willing and able to accommodate our interests on the transition to the green economy? Does the UK’s future look “brighter” outside of the EU, as Andrea Leadsom claims? Or would a British exit from the European Union be a “mistake for sustainability”, as Forum for the Future’s James Goodman puts it? Cast your vote in our readers’ poll and let us know your thoughts about this in the comments section below. Matt Mace & Luke Nicholls References ^ Paris climate deal ( ^ circular economy package ( ^ part in its new five-year plan ( ^ green investment ( ^ letter ( ^ absolutely clear (

Cowboys, sheriffs and country music: Only in the Philippines

CORDILLERAS, Philippines I ve always thought this island nation was a bit out of step in this part of the world. Oh, the Filipinos get along just fine with their neighbors Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. But they really are quite different from all of them in custom, creed and character. A better fit, I think, would be if these 7,000-plus islands were splashed across the South Pacific, the Mediterranean or even off the Pacific coasts of North, Central or South America. They might feel more at home there. (Actually, Filipinos feel at home anywhere as there are more of them living outside the country than in.) On this visit, I traveled to two Philippine provinces far from the usual tourist trails and beach resorts the Cordilleras mountain range at the northern tip of the island chain and the sprawling Mindanao region at the southern tip. They could have been on different planets. The Cordilleras area, a 12-hour drive from Manila over serpentine and bumpy roads, is one of two provinces throughout the Philippines that is landlocked by a series of mountains. (By contrast, Mindanao is surrounded by four seas.) But on those Cordilleras mountains, the Ifugao farmers of centuries past have constructed a series of rice terraces that follow the contours of the mountain like giant winding staircases leading to the sky. It creates a spectacular view, so much so that that UNESCO has added it to the World Heritage list. It was worth the drive, no? asked our driver, Cecile, beneath his Stetson cowboy hat. This is God s country. Between his cowboy hat and the pure country music coming from his tapes, this also seemed like the Tennessee Smokies leading to Nashville. Country music is king in the Cordilleras. You hear it everywhere, nonstop. Life is slow and easy here, Cecile explained. We like our music the same way. Rap and rock n roll is for Manila. While the rice terraces are the showstopper in the Cordilleras, this region is literally a breath of fresh air from many other parts of the Philippines. Roaring fireplaces can be found in the simple, but comfortable, hotels and hostels, and residents bundle up in leather coats and tuques at early morning and after dark, although the temperature rarely dips below 50 degrees. The air is crisp and pure, crime is practically nonexistent, and views are magnificent around every turn. Few North Americans set foot here, the bulk of the tourists are Asians and Europeans who hike these rice-filled mountains and explore the many caves in the valleys. There are villages surrounded by rice paddies where Shamans are still revered as both spiritual healers and witch doctors. The Shamans can cure you or curse you, Cecile claimed. I saw one heal a man s paralyzed leg by rubbing leaves and oil on it. Another man, who was stealing from the village, had his head turned permanently in one direction by a Shaman. Other spiritual attractions along this mountain range are hanging coffins on some of the hills, small caves where mummified remains of the local ancestors can be found. The higher the coffin on the hill, the loftier the position the deceased had in his tribe. The tiny villages on the hillsides are also an attraction in themselves, the houses scattered every which way as though they were dropped from the sky. The homes were constructed before the roads, which now snake through the hamlets, weaving in and out to get to the other side. We stayed at the Banaue Hotel smack in the middle of 2,000-year-old rice terraces, and visited the nearby village and open market. At one point, we had to clear the tiny sidewalk to make way for a man parading his pet pig on a leash on the main street! When s the last time you saw that in your town? He wasn t dressed in his Sunday finest, and the huge pig could also have used a little touch-up, but the man seemed as proud as an aristocrat walking his prize poodle on Fifth Avenue during the Easter parade. That was our final unscheduled surprise in the Cordilleras. Now we go back to the noise, the pollution and the traffic, Cecile said as he cranked on his never-ending country music tapes and began the long drive to Manila. We spent three nights in Manila before heading south to Mindanao. There was an international travel show taking place called the Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) that we attended along with show-connected festivals centered in the historic section of the city called Intramuros. Meanwhile, Cecile met another group of tourists from Belgium for transport to the Cordilleras (I hope they liked country music) while we flew to the sprawling city of Davao on the southeast coast of Mindanao. Like the Cordilleras, Mindanao is off the usual tourist trail, not because it is difficult to get to, but because many travel advisories recommend not going there. Terrorist groups have flared up from time to time on the western coast near Zamboanga city. As it turned out, Davao on the east coast could well have been one of the safest cities in the nation as the man-in-charge, Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, operates more like a Wild West sheriff than a politician. To put it mildly, the colorful and controversial Duterte runs a no-nonsense, tight ship. For example, he routinely announces the names of suspected drug dealers, sex offenders and other violent criminals and gives them until sundown to get out of town. Those who ignore the warning often end up as victims of mysterious accidents like getting run over by a truck and charges are rarely, if ever, made. Right or wrong, Duterte has an almost guru-like following from his constituents, many of whom are encouraging him to run for the Philippine presidency. Actually, I felt quite safe in Davao as security was everywhere and highly visible. Armed police and camouflaged militia routinely patrol the city on foot, and guards inspect your bags and frisk you at all public places, including small convenience shops. While Davao is not your picture-postcard city, it has an exotic charm and represents typical Philippine life with prices often one-third those of major tourist centers like Cebu and Palawan. It is spread over 244,000 hectares, making it one of the largest cities in land area in the world. (To drive the city limits from north to south would take more than two hours.) A mere 30-minute drive from Davao is an exotic rainforest where there are giant eagles known as Haring Ibon. A full- grown eagle can be as large as 5 feet in height with a wing span of 7 feet. They have been known to swoop down and whisk away full-grown monkeys by clutching their shoulders. Nearby in the woods are plants that actually eat meat! Called pitcher plants, they are about the size and shape of a coffee cup and have a tarry substance in the base. When a tiny rodent or bird enters, it becomes stuck and entombed. Ironically, monkeys like to eat pitcher plants, with birds, rodents and anything else inside. And those giant eagles like to feast on the monkeys who ate the plant that ate the bird etc. Sort of like a revolving-door food chain. In the distance, serving as a backdrop for this magnificent rainforest, is the impressive Mount Apo, the grandfather of Philippine mountains at almost 3,000 meters (9,842 feet) high. Ancestral tribes still live on the mountain and carry on life today as their forefathers did centuries ago. They shy away from visitors, we were told. Maybe if I introduced them to country music ?

Waste not, want not – Irish Trucker Magazine

Waste not, want not 29 February 2016 Concrete and asphalt recycling specialist Cullen Excavations Ltd provides an important service within the construction industry. Managing director Niall Cullen explains more. The recycling of concrete and asphalt is becoming an increasingly popular way to utilise debris left behind when structures or roadways are demolished. In the past, this rubble was disposed of in landfills but with more attention being paid to environmental concerns, concrete and asphalt recycling allows reuse of the rubble, while also reducing construction costs. Since 2001, Niall Cullen has been recycling concrete and asphalt at his licensed facility in Co. Wicklow. While Niall s address is Kilcoole, the recycling facility is located a few miles away in Newtownmountkennedy. He also specialises in site clearance, demolition and the supply of crushed stone and topsoil. The facility takes in rubble from demolished structures and roadways in the South Dublin and Wicklow areas and recycles it into crushed stone and other aggregates, which are used in the making of roads, driveways, laneways and footpaths. We offer a competitive, green solution to the construction industry. Everything that comes in, goes back out, Niall explains Most of the rubble comes from demolition sites in Dublin. If there s a building being demolished anywhere between here and Dublin City Centre, it s of interest to us. We re always on the lookout for new business. If something comes to our attention, we will contact the demolition contractor to see if they re interested in doing business. Cullen Excavations deals with many of the leading demolition contractors, including Hegarty Demolition, Tinnelly Demolition and McCallan Bros. The company has also worked with Balfour Beatty CLG which provides services to Bord Gais Networks. Two of the biggest demolition projects Cullen Excavations was involved in recently were St. Teresa s Gardens in Dublin 8 and Canada House on the corner of St. Stephen s Green. Niall has a wide range of machinery and equipment to carry out the recycling process, which involves stripping away steel / plastic / timber from the concrete before it is crushed. At his facility, you ll find a Pegson crusher, various screeners, a Komatsu bulldozer, three excavators (Hitachi, Komatsu and Case) and a Volvo loading shovel. He also runs Scania and Volvo tipper trucks, while enlisting the services of local hauliers for collections and deliveries too. Cullen Excavations produces three different aggregate sizes from the recycled concrete, some of which is to NRA specification. The sizes available are Clause 803, 4 Down and 4 Clean and this recycled product is a competitive alternative to quarried material. Two types of pipe grit are also available. The asphalt, meanwhile, is crushed to 804 specification which is ideal for making laneways. The crushed material is supplied to a wide range of customers, from the private householder who fills his car trailer and drives away, to the builder who can take 50 truckloads or more. In addition, Niall offers site clearance and demolition services and also supplies top quality screened topsoil, which may be purchased in bags if required. Every five years, Niall must apply to Wicklow County Council to review the waste facility permit. Mindful that he operates within a community, Niall is very focused on ensuring that there is minimal potential for noise, dust or nuisance of any sort arising out of plant activities. We are extremely conscious of our neighbours and the environment. I m pleased to say that we enjoy a very good relationship with our neighbours, the affable managing director says. Of farming stock, Niall provided a digger hire service before deciding to set up Cullen Excavations 14 years ago. He recalls: The economy was booming at the time and that led me into site clearance work. From there, I expanded into the recycling. I had to make a large investment in machinery for this move. Things were going great until about 2008 when the construction sector collapsed. A lot of companies went out of business at that time, but we managed to survive. With a bit more regeneration work taking place in the city now, things are finally starting to look up again. Niall is joined in the business by his wife Helen, who runs the office, plus four staff. So if you re a demolition contractor working in the South Dublin / Wicklow area and want your rubble turned into something useful, you know who to call. Cullen Excavations Ltd/Niall Cullen Ballygannon, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow. Telephone: 01 2873818 Mobile: 086 2537916 Email: [email protected] [1] Taken from Irish Trucker & Light Commercials magazine, Vol 18 No 5, July 2015 References ^ [email protected] (

Police Clash With Migrants in Calais, Macedonia as Anger Boils Over

Migrants run after Macedonian police fired tear gas near the northern Greek village of Idomeni Monday. Petros Giannakouris / AP About 6,500 Syrian and Iraqi refugees are camped out around Idomeni, with another 500 moved to a hastily erected camp on a small concrete landing strip 20 kilometers (13 miles) away. Syrian refugee Nidal Jojack, 45, said she has been camped out with her family at Idomeni for three days and nights. “Very many people were forced to sleep in the open, without tents, wrapped in blankets,” she said. “It was very cold.

The borders are effectively closed, it’s a huge problem. To get food, we have to wait in very long queues.” Jojack hopes to reach Germany, where her 18-year-old son has already arrived. The Idomeni crossing is a key point on the mass migration route that has prompted a major Europe-wide crisis.

More than a million people have entered the continent since January 2015 most arriving in small smugglers’ boats from Turkey on Greece’s eastern Aegean Sea islands.

After first sending welcoming messages, European authorities are now struggling to handle the situation.

Hungary has fenced off its borders, refusing to accept any migrants, and other eastern European countries say they will not take in anyone under an EU refugee-sharing deal.