After reports of the fire were received late Sunday morning, firefighters, a police helicopter and paramedics rushed to the scene. Several people were pulled from the water, and the blaze was eventually extinguished. Police said all 28 passengers and two crew members on board the vessel were safe. No one was seriously injured, and three people treated at a London hospital for “minor smoke inhalation ailments” have all been discharged, London Duck Tours said. Most of the people on board the boat were foreign tourists, ITV reported. The company and the London Fire Brigade both said the cause of the blaze, which damaged one third of the vessel, was so far unknown. River tours suspended Borough Cmdr. Alison Newcomb of London’s Metropolitan Police said that the maritime coast guard is investigating. “At the conclusion of that investigation, I anticipate they will make a decision with regards to future tours,” she told ITV. London Duck Tours said it has stopped operating tours on the river until the reason for the fire has been established. “Should technical or safety modifications be required to our fleet, these will be introduced prior to the service recommencing,” Duck Tours said, stressing that it “operates to the highest safety standards.” “London Duck Tours operates a fully modernized fleet of nine vehicles that have been completely rebuilt and refurbished between 2002 and 2012,” it said. “This includes new, purpose built hulls, new engines, computerized systems and steering equipment.” The company said it was fully cooperating with investigators and regulatory authorities.
Fire sweeps boat on London Duck Tours; passengers leap into the Thames
Five-year-old Sumatran tiger Melati gave birth to the cub on September 22 after a six-minute labour. The pregnancy had lasted approximately 105 days. It was kept a secret by zookeepers who were nervous about the pregnancy and kept a close eye on the first-time mother via special cameras in a bid not to disturb her. The Sumatran tiger, a subspecies whose natural habitat is the jungles of Sumatra, Indonesia, is now classified as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. The current wild population is estimated at just 300, down from around 1,000 in the 1970s, and the remaining animals are threatened by poachers, habitat loss and human conflict. “We are simply over the moon about the birth of the tiger cub,” zookeeper Paul Kybett said. “It’s a momentous occasion for everyone at ZSL London Zoo and a real cause for celebration. “We were nervous about the pregnancy, as it was Melati’s first cub and we didn’t know how she’d react. When it came to her due date, we were all watching our monitors with bated breath. “The actual birth happened very quickly and Melati’s maternal instincts kicked in immediately as she started licking the cub all over and it soon began wriggling around — we couldn???t have asked for a smoother birth!” The newborn tiger is a direct descendant of the zoo’s last cub, Hari, who is the father of the mother Melati. The cub, whose sex has yet to be determined, will stay out of the public eye “for a few more weeks” in a special cubbing den before visitors are allowed to see it.
London Drugs Wins Canadian Stewardship Award
Markets close in 3 hrs 52 mins London Drugs Wins Canadian Stewardship Award Retailer Receives National Award for Exemplary Efforts in Recycling, Education, Advocacy and Environmental Leadership Through Its ‘What’s the Green Deal’ Program Press Release: London Drugs Ltd. 19 hours ago Print VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – Oct 1, 2013) – London Drugs took top honours in the ‘Business’ category for their ‘ What’s the Green Deal ‘ program at the 2013 Conference on Canadian Stewardship. The Canadian Stewardship Award recognizes exceptional achievements of a business that has made a significant contribution, through leadership or advocacy, towards environmental stewardship and producer responsibility. Since its launch in 2008, London Drugs’ ‘What’s the Green Deal’ program now tallies more than 42 million pounds of materials recycled including : Styrofoam, batteries, computers, televisions, cell phones, paper, plastic, cardboard, and metals. “London Drugs perfectly fit the purpose of the Canadian Stewardship Award,” said Mark McKenney, President of the Canadian Product Stewardship Council, the sponsor of the award. “By taking a leadership position in managing materials sold from their retail stores, London Drugs offers their customers in-store recycling that goes beyond what is mandated by regulations. They work with their buyers and suppliers to improve their product stewardship responsibilities by communicating with customers in-store and online with a dedicated website , blogs , videos and social media.” London Drugs’ Administrator of Retail Operations, Maury McCausland, accepted the award from McKenney, on behalf of the thousands of London Drugs employees and customers that have helped make ‘What’s the Green Deal’ a stewardship success story. “Being recognized at the national level is a testament to the enthusiastic support of our employees and customers who continue to help London Drugs succeed with our innovative recycling and waste diversion efforts,” says McCausland. We are proud of the achievements of our employees and customers in reducing waste, but we realize the journey to sustainability is one that never ends. That’s why ‘What’s the Green Deal?’ is a question we will continue to ask ourselves, even as we endeavor to answer it.” London Drugs recently celebrated a milestone achievement across its western Canadian chain with the removal of a waste disposal bin at the St. Albert , Alberta store which has achieved a near 100 per cent waste diversion rate. The chain’s overall waste diversion rate rose from 67% in 2011 to 74% in 2012. Individual stores have advanced even further with a chain-wide goal for all stores to achieve 95% waste diversion by 2015. To see what products can be recycled through London Drugs, or to learn more about these eco-friendly services and products visit the website at www.greendeal.ca . About London Drugs Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 78 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including its online store www.londondrugs.com .