Study Abroad Acid
Attack Victim Forgives Attacker
September 18, 2017
Hours after a shocking acid assault on four American college students in Marseille, one of the victims showed extraordinary strength and compassion by taking to Facebook to say she is praying for her attacker.
Boston College student Courtney Siverling, 20, posted on Sunday that she and her friends are all safe and said she did not sustain any injuries. Siverling, Charlotte Kaufman, Michelle Krug and Kelsey Kosten were all named by the university.
The four students were treated at a Marseille hospital but released mid-afternoon. The worst injured had suffered impaired vision.
The 41-year-old attacker used a cleaning substance containing hydrochloric acid that she is thought to have picked up from a local DIY store.
Four emergency services vehicles arrived at the station, which was packed on a Sunday morning at the tail-end of the holiday season. French prosecutors are not investigating the acid attack as an act of terror.
How You Can Help The
Victims Of Hurricane Harvey?
September 08, 2017
Rescuers continue to pull people from rising floodwaters. The traumatized and weary evacuees often have nothing but the soaked clothes on their backs. Aid groups are working valiantly to provide shelter, emergency services and hope.
There are several ways you can help.
The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.
AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.
Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services to those from all religious backgrounds.
Direct Relief is shipping medicine and medical supplies to Texas, and has made its entire medical inventory of more than $100 million available for the Harvey relief effort.
Matthew 25: Ministries is distributing personal care kits, cleaning products, first aid and safety kits, diapers, paper products and tarps.
Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555.
Save the Children is delivering baby supplies, including cribs and strollers, and setting up child-friendly spaces in shelters.
Airbnb is waiving service fees for those affected by the disaster and checking in between Aug. 23 and Sept. 25, and can guide users in creating a listing where their home is offered to victims free.
GoFundMe has created a page with all of its Harvey-related campaigns.
GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund supports local organizations by helping to “meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products and shelter.”
Florida Watches Hurricane Irma Nervously
September 07, 2017
Hurricane Irma claimed the lives of at least 10 people across the Caribbean as the powerful Category 5 storm's 180-mph winds swept past Puerto Rico toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday. It could be on a collision course with South Florida over the weekend.
"It is an enormous disaster ... I am in shock," Daniel Gibbs, chairman of a local council on St. Martin, told Radio Caribbean International. On Thursday morning, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said officials were beginning the arduous task of assessing damage to the island and bringing back electricity to its hardest hit areas. Ricardo Ramos, chief executive of the island's electric utility, said about two-thirds of the island's electric customers — more than 1 million — were without power late Wednesday. More than 56,000 people were without potable water.
President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies to remove debris and give other services that will largely be paid for by the U.S. government.
And the next targets are lined up — the National Hurricane Center said that while fluctuation was likely, Irma was forecast to remain a Category 4 or 5 powerhouse hurricane at least into Friday as it marches through the Turks & Caicos Islands, Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and eventually, Florida.
Texas Recovery Could Cost $180 Billion
September 06, 2017
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said the bill for reconstruction after Hurricane Harvey could be as high as $180bn.
He said the damage was worse than that caused by Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005. Meanwhile, the head of the government's disaster management agency has warned that flood-hit states should not rely on Washington to pick up the bill.
Brock Long said Harvey should be a wake-up call for local officials.
Recovery operations are under way across Texas, and in neighbouring Louisiana, although many areas are still battling floodwater. The devastating hurricane has been blamed for at least 47 deaths. About 43,000 people are being housed in shelters.
Florida Shooting: 'Multiple Fatalities'
June 05, 2017
A week before the first anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in the city - the deadliest mass shooting in US history - in which 49 people died, the shooting happened early on Monday morning, June 5, in the east of the city, the Orlando Sentinel newspaper reports.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, Forsyth Road has been shut down between University and State Road 50. Some Orange County Fire and Rescue units were seen leaving the scene, but more than a dozen police vehicles remained. A deputy was also seen taking a police dog past cars in the parking lot to investigate them.
Further details have yet to be released.
Washington Nuclear Tunnel Collapse
May 11, 2017
Hundreds of workers have been forced to "take cover" after a tunnel in a nuclear finishing plant collapsed in Washington state. Officials detected no release of radiation and no workers were injured, said Randy Bradbury, a spokesman for the Washington state Department of Ecology.
There were no workers inside the tunnel when it collapsed. But nearby Hanford workers were evacuated and others who were farther away were told to remain indoors, the U.S. Department of Energy said. The tunnel reportedly contained highly contaminated materials including nuclear waste trains that are used to transport radioactive fuel rods. A spokesperson said that there was no evidence to suggest that radioactive materials had been released and that all of the workers in the area were accounted for.
The closed PUREX plant was part of the nation’s nuclear weapons production complex.
Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons and is now the largest depository of radioactive defense waste that must be cleaned.
It contains about 56 million gallons of radioactive waste, most of it in 177 underground tanks. The site was built during World War II and made the plutonium for most of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, including the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, at the end of the war.
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