Category Archives: Disasters

World Wars: Indians in the trenches: voices of forgotten army are finally to be heard

1.5 million fought with the British and 34,000 died. Now their sacrifice in the face of prejudice is being recognised

Indian soldiers serving with the British army make camp in 1916.
PHOTO:  Indian soldiers serving with the British army make camp in 1916. Photograph: Getty

They were the forgotten voices of the first world war: 1.5 million men, mostly illiterate villagers from northern India, fighting under the command of colonial masters who repaid their bravery and sacrifices with brutality and prejudice.

More Indians fought with the British from 1914 to 1918 than the combined total of Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and South African troops. Some 34,000 Indian soldiers were killed on battlefields in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. But the part they played in the war has been largely whitewashed from history.

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Guyana: Jonestown tragedy remains a cautionary tale 40 years later – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Jonestown was in the Northwest District of Guyana, located between Port Kaituma and Matthews Ridge.

I don’t believe I ever met the Rev. Jim Jones in person but the story of the man who established the Peoples Temple of Love in Indiana in 1955, relocated his followers to a South American jungle, then led more than 950 men, women and children to their deaths on Saturday, Nov. 18, 1978, continues to haunt me 40 years later.

Claiming political and media persecution, Jones moved his followers — more than three in four African American — from San Francisco to my native Guyana, believing it to be among the safest places for radiation fallout in the supposedly coming nuclear war. The Guyana government, fearing invasion by nearby Venezuela over a border dispute, saw advantage in having an American presence in the disputed territory.       Continue reading

GUYANA: Fly Jamaica Plane crash at CJIA – By Cyril Bryan, Editor. Guyanese Online – passenger …UPDATED

Fly Jamaica Plane crash at CJIA Guyana on November 9, 2018Add Location
– By Cyril Bryan – (Passenger on the plane)
I am the publisher and editor of Guyanese Online, a blog that gives free advertising to Guyanese organizations worldwide.
I was in Guyana reporting on the work of CANGO – see  Regular Reports are on the CANGO FaceBook Page
 
Editor’s Note: I(Cyril Bryan), was on this plane on my way to Toronto from Guyana after spending three weeks with the CANGO Medical Mission to Indigenous Guyanese in the Pomeroon (Region 1) and Moruca (Region 2) areas of Guyana.

 ————- Here it is  my report ———–            

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GUYANA: Fly Jamaica plane crash-lands at Cheddi Jagan International Airport – UPDATED

Fly Jamaica flight to Toronto crash lands at airport in Guyana

Buxton-Friendship Heritage Fund – Autumn Sizzle – Brooklyn NY – October 7, 2018

Why should I care about rising sea levels? – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Price Reduced Waterfront Property

Price Reduced Waterfront Property – East Coast USA
Photo Credit: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) June 2018 Report

On September 14th, Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast. With warmer oceans driven by climate change, the massive, slow-moving storm dumped more than 20 inches of rain on its arrival. The storm surge reached levels of 9 to 13 feet. Hundreds of inundated home owners may never recover from the damages.

Ten years ago, on September 15, 2008, another kind of disaster struck our nation with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the insurance giant AIG. The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression sent rogue waves across our nation and worldwide. The fallout—foreclosures, shrinking home values, and millions of job losses—battered Americans.

With rising sea levels—the result of ongoing heating of our oceans and atmosphere—another massive, slow-moving crisis is brewing. Hundreds of thousands of coastal properties will increasingly face chronic…

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Nuclear Plants, Toxic Waste Sites Under Threat as Hurricane Florence reaches the Carolinas

Florence
by Jon Queally, staff writer
With reports of skyscraper-likes waves out at sea, the potential for historic coastal surges and rainfall, and severe threats to vulnerable nuclear plants and other industrial waste sites—a behemoth Hurricane Florence is fast-approaching the southeastern U.S. coast on Wednesday as weather experts and emergency management officials intensifying their warnings about the dangers the storm poses.

6.8 magnitude earthquakes rocks Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Grenada


6.8 magnitude earthquakes rocks TT, Guyana, Grenada

It was felt across  Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, Guyana,  Grenada.  People from St. Lucia and Barbados, St. Vincent have also reported feeling the quake. Tremors shook Newsday’s offices on Pembroke Street and there are reports of tremors in Port of Spain, San Fernando and Petit Valley.

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More Tremors Recorded After 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Venezuela and other Parts of the Caribbean (INCLUDES VIDEOS)

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QUAKE SHAKES REGION

For days, perhaps weeks, people across the Caribbean will be talking about Tuesday’s earthquake off the coast of Venezuela that was felt in tremor form as far north in the smaller Windward island like St. Lucia and as far south as Guyana and Suriname.

VIDEO of Earthquake damage in Trinidad… Cracks on the land etc

Venezuela hit by 7.3-magnitude earthquake

Venezuela hit by 7.3-magnitude earthquake

August 21. 2018 – The Guardian. UK.

Venezuela – Click to enlarge

Buildings in the capital Caracas have been evacuated and shaking has been felt across the Caribbean

Venezuela’s northern coast has been rocked by a powerful earthquake that was felt across the Caribbean and sent people rushing out into the streets hundreds of kilometres away in the capital, Caracas.

The United States Geological Survey said a 7.3-magnitude earthquake had struck off the South American country’s northern coast at 5.31pm local time on Tuesday, east of the city of Carúpano at a depth of 123km (76 miles). The Colombian Geological Service said it was a 7.0-magnitude quake.

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Report from Trinidad:

No Severe Injuries, Fatalities Or Major Damage After 6.8M Earthquake

Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth – By Chris Hedges

Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth

On the the dawn of the Anthropocene and how humanity has engineered our own march toward collective suicide

“The question is are we smart enough to deal with the effects of our own power?” (Photo: Sanmonku)

The spectacular rise of human civilization—its agrarian societies, cities, states, empires and industrial and technological advances ranging from irrigation and the use of metals to nuclear fusion—took place during the last 10,000 years, after the last ice age. Much of North America was buried, before the ice retreated, under sheets eight times the height of the Empire State Building.

This tiny span of time on a planet that is 4.5 billion years old is known as the Holocene Age. It now appears to be coming to an end with the refusal of our species to significantly curb the carbon emissions and pollutants that might cause human extinction. The human-induced change to the ecosystem, at least for many thousands of years, will probably make the biosphere inhospitable to most forms of life.

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