Category Archives: Disasters

HISTORY: Buried for 50 years: Britain’s shameful role in the Biafran war – By Frederick Forsyth

A million children starved to death. I’m haunted by the images I saw there – and by the complicity of the Wilson government

Starving children in a refugee camp near Aba in 1968.
Photo:  Starving children in a refugee camp near Aba in 1968. Photograph: AFP

It is a good thing to be proud of one’s country, and I am – most of the time. But it would be impossible to scan the centuries of Britain’s history without coming across a few incidents that evoke not pride but shame.

Among those I would list are the creation by British officialdom in South Africa of the concentration camp, to persecute the families of Boers. Add to that the Amritsar massacre of 1919 and the Hola camps set up and run during the struggle against Mau Mau.

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SPORTS: Kobe’s death reminds us once again  of our Earthly transience – By Yvonne Sam + Video

  – By Yvonne Sam

 It was snowing heavily in Montreal when I got the call.  …. Kobe is died?  Died in a helicopter crash.  No word was mentioned of his daughter also meeting her demise.  the caller hung up, leaving me bereft of the opportunity to inquire whether or not I should give credence to my  receptive functioning of my auditory canal.  My jaw dropped . Was the caller serious?. Thereupon, I decided that I was not going to call him back, but instead engage less humourous humans instead.            Continue reading

Major quake shakes Miami and the Caribbean, tsunami threat passes

 (Reuters) – A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the western Caribbean today, triggering evacuations as buildings shook across the Cayman Islands, in Jamaica, and in downtown Miami, but with no initial reports of significant damage.

The epicenter of the quake was in the sea between Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba, at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 km).    Continue reading

China is imposing tough measures to contain the Wuhan coronavirus – The Economist

A city in lockdown  —–  Almost all Chinese provinces now have confirmed cases

Editor’s note (January 27th): Some numbers in this article have been updated since publication.

IT IS THE third day of the Chinese new year, a time when families would normally still be celebrating. But Zhang Fang (not her real name) is keeping herself isolated in her bedroom. She probably has a mild infection typical of the season, but is not taking risks. Ms Zhang, a marketing manager in her 20s, lives with her husband and her in-laws in a central district of Wuhan, the Chinese city first affected by a newly identified coronavirus that has been causing global alarm.

Wuhan, a city of 11m people, has been in lockdown since January 23rd.        Continue reading

Boeing’s Tough Challenges as Civilian Aircraft Maker – Marshall Auerback | Asia Times

— Marshall Auerback | Asia Times

The dismissal of Dennis Muilenburg as chief executive of Boeing might have looked like an early Christmas present to the employees and shareholders of Boeing, but the company’s disease has gone way past the point where any single corporate surgeon can save the patient. For those who bothered to look – and this evidently did not include the US Federal Aviation Administration – Boeing’s increasing degeneration has been evident for decades, even as the stock price continued to rise, as a consequence of quirky accounting practices that masked the company’s deteriorating cash flow position.

If the 737 Max 8 is killed off for good, it will create a huge existential risk for Boeing’s future as a viable civilian aviation manufacturer, as the company had projected revenues from its 737-related sales into its business plans for many years to come – it goes without saying that the Pentagon will keep the company afloat, with Boeing effectively operating as a military subdivision of the Department of Defense.          Continue reading

Caribbean Warned As 6.4 Magnitude Quake Hits Puerto Rico

— At Least One Killed… Triggering State of Emergency

One of the collapsed homes following this morning’s earthquake. (Credit: Reuters TV)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Tuesday January 7, 2020 – At least one person is said to have been killed when a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Puerto Rico this morning, following a 5.8 magnitude quake yesterday.

And the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the West Indies’ St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago says the region must be prepared.

The 6.4 quake struck at 4:24 a.m., with its centre located about 8 km south of the southern town of Indios, and was followed by several aftershocks, including two of magnitude 5.6.          Continue reading

Guyana: Five die in Fairfield Mahaicony as Minibus Crashes into Truck

  • tyre blow-out seen as cause

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GUYANA: Sea defence needs G$14b in urgent repairs over next three years – Patterson

November 28, 2019- DPI Guyana.
Patterson said that the significance of the financial undertaking required must be considered in light of the fact that  ministry’s usual yearly allocation for sea defence work is G$2 billion.    Continue reading

UN: Plan Launched to Support Millions of Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants

CARACAS, Venezuela, Tuesday November 19, 2019 – A US$1.35 billion appeal has been launched to meet the increasing humanitarian needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean and to support the communities hosting them.

The ongoing political and economic crisis in the South American country has forced more than 4.6 million citizens to flee, nearly 80 per cent of whom are sheltering in the region.

If current trends continue, numbers could reach 6.5 million by next year, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which launched the plan.          Continue reading

Is Urgency over the need to curb Global Warming finally taking hold? – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Urgency over the need to curb global warming seems to be finally taking hold

– By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Republicans have unique perspectives on global warming, the accelerated overheating of the planet by carbon dioxide emissions which poses an existential threat to the human race.

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe once held up a snowball in the Senate in 2015 as proof that the planet is not getting hotter. Illinois Congressman John Shimkus, an evangelical Christian, cited God’s promise to Noah in Genesis 8:21 never again to destroy the world by flooding. Utah Senator Mike Lee said the answer is to have more babies. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson said “civilization thrives” in warmer climate. William Harper, senior National Security Council director, said, “The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.” And Florida Senator Rick Scott, while governor, banned all state agencies from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming.”            Continue reading

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