Category Archives: Disasters

DRUG SMUGGLING: Crashed plane with cocaine and another at Issano Mazaruni – one dead. 3 arrested

  Sep 16, 2020  News      Crashed cocaine airplane… – seized drugs weighed 390 kilos

The 206 Cessna Aircfaft which was escorted to the city

The unidentified body of a male, seized cocaine and one of the planes along with the three suspects found at Nine Miles, Issano, Middle Mazaruni, Region Seven, have all arrived in Georgetown as investigations continue.

Interpol to assist with probe

This newspaper has also been reliably informed by police sources that the International Police (Interpol) will assist the Guyana Police Force (GPF) with the investigation in identifying the dead male and ascertaining who the detained foreign nationals are.    Continue reading

The Attacks of 9/11: Five Ways September 11 Changed America – History Magazine

The attacks of 9/11 shocked the nation—and led to changes that altered U.S. government, travel and culture.

September 11, 2001 is an inflection point—there was life before the terrorist attacks and there is life after them. Nearly 3,000 Americans were killed on that clear, sunny morning when two hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, another plowed into the Pentagon and a fourth was brought down in a crash on a Pennsylvania field by heroic passengers who fought back against terrorists.

“This was an attack unprecedented in the annals of terrorism in terms of its scale,” says Brian Michael Jenkins, a senior advisor to the president of the RAND Corporation and author of numerous reports and books on terrorism, including Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?. “It was the largest attack by any foreign entity on U.S. soil.”


The September 11, 2001 World Trade Centre Disaster in New York – By Hubert Williams

The 9-11 Tragedy in New York City – By Hubert Williams

(On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, like hundreds of millions  worldwide, I watched in awe at the dramatic scenes unfolding on the television screen. Our anguish was common. The impact of this incredible disaster was to become more personal. My AA flight scheduled for September 12th, out of Barbados to New York’s JFK International Airport, was cancelled, like so many other flights across America and around the Globe.

One of my sisters, Mrs. Walterine  “Wendy” Sears, was halfway bound to New York from London where she resides when the British Airways flight turned around for its return to Heathrow Airport; and another sister, Mrs. Frances “Jean” Griffith, who held a manager’s position with the huge American Insurance Group (AIG) in a neighbouring skycraper, was among the dust-covered, panicked thousands running wildly from the Manhattan disaster zone towards the relative safety of the Brooklyn Bridge.      Continue reading

Guyanese helped build and died in the Twin Towers – by Francis Quamina Farrier

9-11- by Francis Quamina Farrier
The World Trade Center Twin Towers in downtown Manhattan, New York city, were well-known to me. Their construction which commenced in the early 1970s, was shortly after my first visit to ‘The Big Apple’ in 1969. I liked being a tourist in New York city, taking in the sights and sounds. Looking at the locals going by – always in a hurry. I also liked attending plays and musicals on Broadway and Off-Broadway.   
Touring around, not only Brooklyn, but all the five boroughs of the city of New York was what I did. I was impressed with much of what I saw. I was truly impressed and in awe of the Empire State Building which was the tallest building in the world at that time. I had seen it in a few movies including King Kong.      Continue reading

USA: Hurricane Laura live updates: ‘Unsurvivable’ Storm Surge by Category 4 Hurricane

Landfall is expected between 2-5 a.m. ET on August 27 near the Texas-Louisiana border.

“Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes,” the NHC said in a statement. “This surge could penetrate up to 30 miles inland from the immediate coastline.      Continue reading

MEDICAL: The aliens among us…… How viruses shape the world – The Economist

  • They don’t just cause pandemics
Leaders – Aug 22nd 2020 edition – The Economist

COVID-19: What Dr. Fauci says the U.S. really needs to reopen safely – National Geographic

To prevent future surges, Americans need to become more unified about following public health guidance and take sequential steps to return to schools and businesses.

AMERICA’S PANDEMIC CONVERSATION has entered a rut, and it’s easy to understand why. After stay-at-home orders blunted this spring’s first surge, much of the United States moved to reopen in the summer, which only spawned more outbreaks.

Now, as autumn approaches, along with the prospect of spending more time indoors, the nation stands somewhat divided on whether to lockdown again or continue reopening. About 60 percent of Americans support the prospect of new stay-at-home orders, NPR reports, but nearly the same proportion is willing to spend time at malls, churches, and restaurants or send their child back to in-person schooling.


The Unraveling of America  – Anthropologist Wade Davis | Rolling Stone 

How COVID-19 Signals the End of the American Era

Anthropologist Wade Davis | Rolling Stone 

Never in our lives have we experienced such a global phenomenon. For the first time in the history of the world, all of humanity, informed by the unprecedented reach of digital technology, has come together, focused on the same existential threat, consumed by the same fears and uncertainties, eagerly anticipating the same, as yet unrealized, promises of medical science.

In a single season, civilization has been brought low by a microscopic parasite 10,000 times smaller than a grain of salt. COVID-19 attacks our physical bodies, but also the cultural foundations of our lives, the toolbox of community and connectivity that is for the human what claws and teeth represent to the tiger.          Continue reading

DISASTERS: Beirut explosion: satellite images before and after the blast – The Guardian UK

Lebanon — Beirut Explosion

Beirut explosion: satellite images before and after the blast

Explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph: Hussein Malla/AP

Satellite images show the scale of the damage caused by Tuesday’s (August 4, 2020) explosions in the Lebanese capital, with buildings miles from the port lying in ruin. The blast comes at a terrible time for Lebanon, which is on the brink of financial collapse.


BUSINESS: CANADA: Governments and some major companies are promoting “remote work”


[blogTO -August 2, 2020]  Scotiabank and Shopify are among the major Canadian companies asking employees to work from home until at least 2021, presumably prompting many staff members to rush out and stock up on pyjamas.

Canada is experiencing an unprecedented shift to remote work, with about one-third of Canadians now officially working from home throughout the pandemic.

While some jobs require that employees be physically present at work (e.g. mail couriers, healthcare workers, retail assistants, plumbers), many office jobs can transition to remote work with minimal difficulty.          Continue reading