Italy quake relief enters second phase
Caritas Italiana entered the second phase of its response to the deadly April 6 earthquake near L’Aquila, Italy.
Caritas says that “up to one third of L’Aquila’s houses are thought to be uninhabitable because of damage inflicted by the disaster. Many people are being housed in tents in camps around the city or in tents in their own gardens. Others are in hotels on the nearby coast.” The quake killed about 300 and displaced tens of thousands.
Catholic Relief Services immediately began raising funds for relief efforts as well as supporting Caritas and earthquake survivors in prayer.
“American Catholics are reaching out to our Italian brothers and sisters affected by the earthquake,” says Michael Wiest, CRS’ executive vice president of Charitable Giving.
During the first phase, more than 300 volunteers joined a staff of 15 people to assist displaced families. Caritas said 106 tent centers were set up for 57,000 displaced people.
For the first 10 days following the quake, workers concentrated on managing relief aid such as food, medicines, clothes, hygiene items, beds, sleeping bags and tents.
In its second phase, Caritas is assessing needs in 46 parishes affected by the earthquake. In a process it calls “twinning,” Caritas is collaborating with communities, parishes and local authorities to identify and assist in reconstruction support.
According to Caritas, “approximately 1,400 volunteers will be involved in the work.”
The twinning is a key element that gives “continuity to the work of counseling, to ensure a long-term presence, [and] to define reconstruction plans according to the people’s real needs.”
As part of phase three, Caritas will be involved in building schools, community centers and housing for the elderly, vulnerable families and others.
“Between 10 and 12 percent of funds raised will be used for microcredit projects to help people regain independence in their lives in the post-emergency phase,” Caritas says.
Italy: Bekele’s visit and figures regarding the emergency
During the visit of the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies, Bekele Geleta, to l’Aquila in the areas hit by the earthquake (see the photographs), the National Commissioner Francesco Rocca, for the first time, gave the figures regarding the presence of the Red Cross there.
The Italian Red Cross has been a sound reference point for all those who have wanted to participate in a tangible way in helping the population hit by the earthquake in Abruzzo. This role has enabled us to raise, from the beginning of the emergency up to today, a total of 2.964.453,21 euro.
This sum is certainly bound to increase given that the banks need to update their figures.
From the beginning of the emergency 750 volunteers and staff members have been engaged; 109 vehicles deployed; 33.200 breakfasts, 74.144 lunches and 79.804 suppers have been prepared in the 5 camps run by the Italian Red Cross. 2.519 visits have been carried out in the Advanced Medical Posts.
For these exceptional results and for the donations which will continue to increase we thank everyone, private citizens, companies, volunteers and operators.
GEOLOGISTS CLAIMED to have unearthed prehistoric dwellings in the central Italian Abruzzo regional capital L’Aquila, which was struck by 6.3-magnitude quake on the Richter scale, early this month, on April 6.
According to Italian geologist Gianluca Ferretti, his team has found out some 15,000-year-old vault caves, which are as big as as high as five metres in height.
Ferretti claimed that one of the biggest caves is believed to have been located under the L’Aquila’s bus terminal, in via di Collemaggio. “Some of the caves were hollowed out by the first shepherds to inhabit the area, who would also use them as shelters for their animals,” said Ferretti’s colleague, Antonio Moretti.
The geologists have mixed emotions. They feel that, on one hand this marvellous archaeological discovery fascinates them, while on the other hand it worries them, as it shows the fragility of the sediment on which the area is built.
Last week’s powerful earthquake in the central Italian Abruzzo regional capital L’Aquila has unearthed prehistoric dwellings there, according Italian daily La Stampa. Some of the vaulted caves measure up to five metres in height, according to Italian geologist Gianluca Ferretti, quoted by the daily. “We are exploring them,” said Ferretti, who teaches geology at L’Aquila‘s university….
Italy: Abruzzo quake unearths prehistoric dwellings
Rome, 17 April (AKI) – Last week’s powerful earthquake in the central Italian Abruzzo regional capital L’Aquila has unearthed prehistoric dwellings there, according Italian daily La Stampa. Some of the vaulted caves measure up to five metres in height, according to Italian geologist Gianluca Ferretti, quoted by the daily.
“We are exploring them,” said Ferretti, who teaches geology at L’Aquila’s university.
One the biggest caves is located near L’Aquila’s bus terminal, in via di Collemaggio. The caves date back 15,000 years, according to geologists.
Monday, April 20, 2009
TAC FESTIVAL 2009 PREVIEW
Location: Worldwide Length: 31 min.
The world’s best films and videos on archaeology and indigenous peoples are showcased at The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, to be held 19-23 May 2009 in the Soreng Theater at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, Oregon, USA. The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s leading archaeologist. This preview includes a short clip from each of the 18 competing productions. Film-makers from 25 countries submitted 87 entries for this event, which is one of the world’s few contests for heritage film.
* My Note –
the one above just looked really interesting, too. This link page actually has a whole bunch of great stuff going on all over the world in archaeology.
France, Britain confirm nuke sub collision in Atlantic
It is believed that the accident took place since submarines failed to detect other nearby vessels on its sonar because of their highly efficient anti-sonar devices, which were aimed at hiding submarines from enemies..
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IN WHAT is believed to be the first ever acknowledgment of a highly unusual accident that could have caused a nuclear leakage, a French and a British submarine, carrying nuclear missiles, collided in the middle of the Atlantic sea earlier this month. In the wake of anti-nuclear groups’ concerns over risks posed by nuclear subs powered by radioactive material, both French and British governments have insisted that the low-speed crash neither damaged vessels’ nuclear reactors/missiles nor injured any of their 240 sailors. A retired Commodore Stephen Saunders claimed that the collision must be procedural instead of technical and added that the submarines should not have been in the same place at the same time. However, nuclear engineer John Large turned down Sanders’ suggestion and said that navies commonly use same “nesting grounds”.
“Both navies want quiet areas, deep areas, roughly the same distance from their home ports. So you find these station grounds have got quite a few submarines, not only French and Royal Navy but also from Russia and the United States.”
French media had initially indicated an incident of mishap on February 6, noting that one of its submarines had struck a submerged object – perhaps a shipping container. However, it later confirmed the collision of sub Le Triumphant and the HMS Vanguard, the oldest vessel in Britain’s nuclear-armed submarine fleet, after British media reported it. It is believed that the accident took place since submarines failed to detect other nearby vessels on its sonar because of their highly efficient anti-sonar devices, which were aimed at hiding submarines from enemies. Neither of the two sides mentioned when, where or how the accident occurred, but added that the subs were on routine patrol.
The MOTHERS ACT has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate (S. 324 introduced Jan 26 2009).
This bill quite simply is a feeder line for the psycho-pharmaceutical industry and will result in more mothers and infants being put at risk for being prescribed antidepressant and other dangerous psychiatric drugs. These drugs are documented by the U.S. FDA to cause birth defects, psychosis, mania, worsening depression, suicidal and homicidal ideation.
The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act is a federal bill named after Melanie Stokes, a woman who suffered emotional difficulties after giving birth and was subsequently prescribed a cocktail of intensely controversial psychiatric drugs including anti-psychotic, anti-anxiety, and anti-depressant drugs before being subjected to electroshock treatment.
Melanie Stokes was in the mental health system, was prescribed drugs, was hospitalized, was subjected to the still barbaric practice of electroshock and only after receiving mental health “treatment” did she commit suicide. That is what the mental health industry did for a new mother named Melanie Stokes. It is incredible that a story such as this does not raise alarm bells within Congress on the negligence of prescribing cocktails of psychiatric drugs to new mothers, drugs documented by the US FDA and international drug regulatory agencies to cause not only a host of documented adverse events for adults, but also for the unborn children of pregnant women who incredibly, are being prescribed these drugs even during pregnancy.
Despite the industry’s rhetoric about the need for more mental health treatment of pregnant women and new mothers, the fact remains that the most common treatment for women diagnosed with postpartum depression is drugs. There is absolutely no language in the Mothers Act that will ensure mothers being “screened” for postpartum depression are granted the most fundamental right of “informed consent,” meaning, per the legal definition, they are warned about all the risks of the proposed treatments and all the alternatives. Please stand up for the rights of mothers and don’t let this bill pass.
The opposition to the Mothers Act is simple. It puts the government in a position where they can mandate subjective screening and then determine the fate of a mother and her child –all without any evidence based scientific tests. I urge you to vote NO on this lethal legislation.