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  1. The land of disasters

    Posted Mar 09th 2007, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer There was a time, not so long ago, when the slang term 'basket case' was ever so applicable to the Philippines. Amid the natural disasters- typhoons, volcanoes and earthquakes, about which nothing could be done- were a plethora of human-made disasters: military plots to overthrow the government, a flailing economy, communist and Muslim insurgencies, rabid ...

  2. Training vital for disaster prevention

    Posted Sep 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... especially so regarding natural disasters that are infrequent or, in the case of a tsunami like that of three years ago, usually a once-a-century occurrence. While the region is still rebuilding, ... warnings. No tsunami eventuated on Wednesday, and while the alert system prompted a swift response, such may not be the case if such a process happens regularly over a short period. Nature is fickle ...

  3. First mention of human factors in coal mine disaster

    Posted Aug 31st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... as a natural disaster, a description criticised by relatives of those trapped and the public as an attempt to shift the blame away from regulators and the local government. While the tragedy could be termed a natural disaster, the fact that loopholes in safety regulations had facilitated it could not be ignored, the Guangzhou-based Southern Weekly quoted State Administration of Work Safety ...

  4. Mine safety officials warned of flooding risk on eve of disaster

    Posted Aug 21st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... must take preventive measures,' a safety official warned. The document was in stark contrast to the comments of rescue organisers, who insisted the flooding was the result of a natural disaster, not human error. Shandong government spokesman Zhang Dekuan said on Sunday that a flood level seen only once in 70 years was to blame. Rescuers sent flood expert Pu Changsen to speak ...

  5. Maturity brings best out of Natural

    Posted Mar 06th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell While two Group One races stole the headlines at Sha Tin, Natural Nine confirmed his status as a promising horse in the lower grades with a comprehensive win in the Super Kid Handicap. The remarkable thing about Natural Nine is not so much his progress, which was fairly easy to project after his promising early form in the first quarter of 2006, highlighted by a solid ...

  6. Land deals that safeguard nature sites are welcome

    Posted Jan 28th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the measures by which a society is judged nowadays is how it conserves its natural heritage. Our city stands out among developed nations where there is still time to prevent ecological disaster ... of fires and use by off-road-vehicle enthusiasts. For the sake of preserving our natural heritage, the chief executive may need to broker agreement within the government over the way forward. ...

  7. Dredging in wetland a recipe for disaster

    Posted Sep 27th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... droughts, and sandstorms in recent years are closely related to the shrinking of natural wetlands. ...

  8. War on feral cats triggers even worse disaster for Antarctic island

    Posted Jan 10th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... bounce back. But in a chain of events that demonstrates the complexity of restoring nature's balance, the removal of the cats had an unforeseen consequence- an explosion in the number ...

  9. India stares a nuclear disaster in the face

    Posted Oct 29th 2007, 12:00am by Richard Halloran

    ... century is a natural partner of the United States.' Mr Bush repeated many of these points last December when he signed the legislation that Congress passed with strong bipartisan support to authorise the US to provide nuclear help to India. Against this backdrop, Jha said that India's retreat from the agreement bordered on disaster. 'It may not be the end of the world, ...

  10. Emergency shake-up to the rescue

    Posted Jan 12th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... operations by deploying more modern equipment such as helicopters from this year as the death toll from natural disasters hit an eight-year high last year. Officials said 3,186 people were killed in natural disasters last year, the highest number since the massive floods of 1998. About 13.8 million people were displaced, 1.93 million houses devastated and direct economic losses amounted ...




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