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Prince Edward Island National Park

Prince Edward Island National Park is a National Park of Canada located in the province of Prince Edward Island. Situated along the island's north shore, fronting the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the park measures 60 km in length and ranges from several hundred metres to several kilometres in width. Established in 1937, the park's mandate includes the protection of many broad sand beaches, sand dunes and both freshwater wetlands and saltmarshes; the park's protected beaches provide nesting habitat for the endangered piping plover. An extension was added to the park in 1998 when an extensive sand dune system in Greenwich was transferred from the provincial government to Parks Canada; the Prince Edward Island National Park includes Green Gables, the childhood inspiration for the Anne of Green Gables novels by author Lucy Maud Montgomery, as well as Dalvay-by-the-Sea, a Victorian era mansion operated as an inn. In 1999, the Canadian Nature Federation identified Prince Edward Island National Park as being the most endangered in the national park system, based on human impact.

The park experiences severe coastal erosion as a result of winter storms and its vulnerable shoreline. The park was the subject of a short film in 2011's National Parks Project, directed by John Walker and scored by Chad Ross, Sophie Trudeau and Dale Morningstar. Animals that inhabit this national park are coyotes, red foxes, beavers and weasels. Numerous birds roam in this park including species of various herons, owls, plovers, jays, geese, hawks and eagles. National Parks of Canada List of National Parks of Canada List of parks in Prince Edward Island Official site at Parks Canada

Segambut

Segambut is a sub-district and a parliamentary constituency in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From the high-end condominiums of Mont Kiara and Sri Kiara to the middle-class areas of Taman Sri Segambut and Bandar Manjalara, the rural areas of Segambut Dalam and Kampung Sungai Penchala, the Segambut constituency has a diverse population base. Segambut once belonged to the mukim of Batu Caves before 1974, when Kuala Lumpur was still part of Selangor. Segambut is served by the train station of the same name, on the KTM Komuter line, that runs from Tanjong Malim to Port Klang, via KL Sentral and other city-centre stations; the new Istana Negara is located along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim. Kampung Pasir Segambut Segambut Dalam Segambut Luar Segambut Tengah Segambut Bahagia Segambut Damai Segambut Permai Segambut Tambahan Taman Sri Segambut Taman Segambut Segambut Garden Bukit Segambut Taman Bukit Maluri Kampung Sungai Udang Kampung Concrene Taman Kok Doh Taman City Kanan Taman Sri Sinar Kampung Kasipillay Taman Bunga Kampung Sungai Pencala Medan Damansara Bukit Kiara Sri Hartamas Taman Tun Dr Ismail Utara TTDI Selatan Bandar Manjalara Bukit Damansara The French School of Kuala Lumpur is located in Segambut.

Its current campus opened in 2005. The constituency was created in 1994 and has been considered to be a Barisan Nasional safe seat until the 2008 General Elections. Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia had won the seat the last three terms. However, in the 2008 General Elections, Lim Lip Eng from the Democratic Action Party won the seat; the current MP for Segambut is Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan from Pakatan Harapan-DAP, former ADUN Subang Jaya. Segambut is one of Kuala Lumpur's eleven districts serve as administrative subdivisions under the Kuala Lumpur City Hall authority. Tan, Karr Wei. "The two faces of Segambut". The Star, 23 February 2008

1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

The 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race was the 54th annual running of the "blue water classic" Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. It was hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia based in New South Wales, it was the most disastrous in the race's history, with the loss of five yachts. 55 sailors were rescued in the largest peacetime search and rescue effort seen in Australia. The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is an annual event hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, starting in Sydney, New South Wales on Boxing Day heading south through the Tasman Sea, past Bass Strait, into Storm Bay and up the Derwent River, to cross the finish line in Hobart, Tasmania; the race distance is 630 nautical miles. The race is run in co-operation with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, is considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world; the 1998 race, like every other edition, began on Sydney Harbour, at noon on Boxing Day, with 115 starters heading south. The yachts ranged in size from the 24.1 metres Sayonara to the 10.1 metres Berrimilla.

A favourable current running south at 4 knots with strengthening north to north-easterly winds of 25-35 knots prevailing off the NSW southern coast allowed a record-breaking dash south down the Australian East Coast. By early morning on 27 December, the lead yachts entered Bass Strait and began to encounter winds in excess of 40 knots. Of the 115 boats which started, 71 retired and 44 yachts completed the race. On the 2nd day of the race severe weather conditions struck the fleet off the south-eastern Australian coast. An unusually strong low pressure depression developed which resulted in unseasonal mid-summer snow across parts of south-east Australia; the weather system built into an exceptionally strong storm with winds in excess of 65 knots and gusts to 80 knots. The rising storm caused the sinking of five boats, seven were abandoned and 55 other sailors had to be rescued from their yachts by ships and helicopters. Overall, the rescue efforts involved 35 military and civilian aircraft and 27 Royal Australian Navy vessels, proved to be Australia's largest peacetime rescue operation.

The six sailors who died were: Phillip Charles Skeggs. On 1 June 1999 the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia released the Report and Recommendations of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race Review Committee; the report listed a multitude of recommendations and resulted in changes both for future Sydney to Hobart races and yachting events worldwide. A coroner's inquest into the deaths was critical of both the race management at the time and the Bureau of Meteorology; the results of the inquest were released on 12 December 2000, NSW coroner John Abernethy finding that the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia had "abdicated its responsibility to manage the race". He wrote: "From what I have read and heard, it is clear to me that during this crucial time the race management team played the role of observers rather than managers and, not good enough." But he acknowledged the club's actions to upgrade safety precautions and sailor qualifications. Abernethy criticised the Bureau for making insufficient efforts to inform race officials of a upgraded weather forecast about the severe storm developing south of Eden, when it was common public knowledge the race was scheduled to begin.

As a remedial measure, he required the Bureau to add maximum wind gust speed and wave height to its forecasts. The day after the coroner's findings, the club's race director, Phil Thompson, resigned his position. According to the coroner's report, "Mr Thompson's inability to appreciate the problems when they arose and his inability to appreciate them at the time of giving his evidence causes me concern that may not appreciate such problems as they arise in the future." 115 yachts registered to begin the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. They were: 1979 Fastnet race A Yacht race affected by a deepening extratropical cyclone, near Ireland. Turtling UFO 34 ABERNETHY, John. "NSW State Coroner's Inquest 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race". Equipped to Survive. Kennedy, Alan. "Race storm ends for maligned skipper". Sydney Morning Herald. Lamont, Leonie. "Families vindicated as yacht club settles race case". Sydney Morning Herald. Turner, Chris. "Report To The Coroner: 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Yachting Harnesses and Lines".

WorkCover New South Wales. Van Kretschmar, Hugo. "Report of the 1998 Sydney Hobard Race Review Committee". Cruising Yacht Club of Australia