Picture by: Craig Fraser, Rotaract Club of Burnaby
Science world is a prominant landmark on the Vancouver skyscape. This giant Geodesic dome was build for the 1986 Expo (World Fair) and current operates as an arts,science and technology centre. Stilted above false creek, this is a focal point for nearby boating activies, cyclist paths, and some of the 2010 Olympic events.
Picture by: Craig Fraser, Rotaract Club of Burnaby
A ride home from the country leaves me stuck in traffic as the sun goes down. I take advantage of the fleeting light by snapping a few with my neck out the window. My home province, British Columbia, has a few dense cities, but much of the population is spread out with vast landscapes and agricultural areas in between. This is true for much of Canada - networks of towns and rural pockets connected to the city with lengthy highways.
Picture by: Poornima Perera, Rotaract Shutterbug Participant
The fisheries sector plays a key role in Sri Lanka’s social and economic life. Fish products are an important source of animal protein for the population and the sector contributes about 2 percent to GDP. The fisheries sector of Sri Lanka consists of three main subsectors, namely coastal; offshore and deep sea; and inland and aquaculture. These three subsectors employ around 250 000 active fishers and another 100,000 in support services. This workforce represents a population of some one million people.
On 26 December 2004, the fisheries sector was severely affected by tsunami tidal waves that hit two-thirds of the coastline of the island. It is estimated that nearly 80 percent of active fishers were affected and more than 75 percent of the fishing fleet was destroyed or damaged by the tsunami. In addition, a large number of small-scale fishing craft and fishing gear were destroyed. Of the 12 fishing harbours, 10 were severely damaged, including breakwaters, shore facilities, buildings, machinery and equipment. In addition, public and private utilities, such as ice plants, landing ports, markets and the homes of the fishing community were destroyed.
Traditionally, fishing has been inshore using simple canoes with outriggers and, despite development efforts spanning over 50 years, this type of boat still makes up nearly half of the fleet. Some 2 percent of fishing boats are canoes powered by outboard motors, and a further 3 percent are beach seine craft without motors. Larger, motorized “day boats” were introduced in the mid-1950s and consist of two types of craft: 18-foot flat-bottomed fibreglass reinforced plastic boats with outboard motors, and FRP motorized boats. In the early 1980s, 59 ft motorized multi-day boats were introduced.
The picture depicts the fisherman resting in the harbor during the day time after the fish has been unloaded and taken away by the merchants.
Picture by: Dylan Seedin, Rotaract Shutterbug Trainee
Despite the fact that the country has been engaged in a 3 decade long conflict that ended only recently, Sri Lanka has made significant economic and social progress over the past 30 years. Economic growth has been rapid. In the past three decades, the country has made significant progress in improving living conditions and access to basic services.
The great majority of the population lives in rural areas, though the country is rapidly urbanizing. Almost a quarter of Sri Lankans live below the poverty line. Four fifths of the country’s poor people live in the rural sector, and almost half of the poor rural population consists of small-scale farmers. They are concentrated in the Central, Uva, Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces, where agricultural growth has been sluggish, as well as in areas affected by the conflict.
Most rural roads have originated and used as footpaths or cart tracks. Hence there is a need to redesign selected rural roads to cater to the developing needs of Sri Lanka and rehabilitate them to provide better connectivity to rural areas. Improved transport infrastructure will enhance communication facilities and improve economic and social standard of the people. The Government started the Maga Neguma program to widen and concrete rural roads which had earlier confined to the main road network.
However, the fundamental question is – with all these developments will the beauty surrounding these rural roads remain the same? This picture taken of a road leading to a rural village in Batticaloa is in the verge of changing in to a concrete road.
Picture by: Nikolous Deutch, Rotaract Club of York
"Once S. Johnson said: "when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life". This city has everything what a man could look for. It has an old and modern architecture, green parks, sights for tourists' eye, pubs, different restaurants, museums, lively night life, calm retreat places and so on. This city never sleeps. It is live 24/7. This picture depicts famous London Eye which is on the banks of the River Thames. It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, from which people could admire London views. "
Picture by: Rafael Ferrarezi, Rotaract Club of Burnaby visitor (Originally from Sao Paolo's Taquaritinga Rotaract)
Imagine living there. Just perfect. It is a place where you can get out of the noise of city and rest. This photo is taken on the way to the City of Victoria. The BC Ferries ferry, pass many amazing places such as the Strait of Georgia where you can see beautiful landscapes on its way to Vancouver Island.
Picture by: Joyce Fan, Rotaract Club of Burnaby
Vancouver skyline with Grouse Mountain as background - Exceeding 1,200 m (4,000 feet) in altitude at its peak, is the site of an alpine ski area in the winter season overlooking Greater Vancouver; In the summer, the mountain features lumberjack shows and a steep hiking trail that climbs 853 m (2,800 ft) over a distance of 2.9 km (1.8 mi) known as the Grouse Grind.