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Guatemala volcano search called off with nearly 200 unaccounted for

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – Authorities on Sunday, June 17, called off a search for the nearly 200 people missing since Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted earlier this month, devastating the surrounding countryside. Officials have confirmed the deaths of 110 people as a result of the volcanic eruption on June 3, but another ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJun 18th, 2018

Grim task as forensic experts ID Guatemala volcano victims

    ESCUINTLA, Guatemala — Forensic experts worked Friday on the grim task of identifying dozens of bodies charred beyond recognition by the eruption of Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire, a disaster that has left at least 110 confirmed dead and nearly 200 still missing. Even as search and recovery efforts were suspended for a second… link: Grim task as forensic experts ID Guatemala volcano victims.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

At Guatemala volcano, families left on own to keep searching

Guatemala's government suspended the search for the dead Thursday, saying wet weather and still-hot volcanic material were too dangerous for rescuers. The bulldozers and backhoes that Hernandez would need to uncover his parents are at the bottom of the hill, concentrating on re-opening a highway blocked by a mountain of ash and boulders......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Grief and prayers as search for sunken Indonesian ferry ends

Grieving relatives prayed and cast flower petals into the volcanic lake where a ferry sank last month in one of Indonesia's worst maritime accidents, as the search for more than 160 missing passengers was called off Tuesday. The vessel was believed to be operating illegally with no manifest and not enough life jackets when it disappeared into the depths of Lake Toba, a picturesque tourist spot in Sumatra. Just three passengers have been confirmed dead, with 21 survivors. There are 164 others -- including children -- listed as missing. Some people lost whole families when the doomed vessel went down and hundreds of mourners have spent the past two weeks keeping vigil by the s...Keep on reading: Grief and prayers as search for sunken Indonesian ferry ends.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Guatemala asks US for migrant protections due to volcano fallout

GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Monday said he had instructed his Foreign Ministry to petition the United States for temporary protected status for the country’s migrants, he said in a Twitter post. Source link link: Guatemala asks US for migrant protections due to volcano fallout.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano disaster – Al Jazeera

Explosions boomed from Guatemala’s Fuego volcano on Wednesday, unleashing fresh torrents of mud and ash down slopes, as the death […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Pinay missing after Taiwan quake

A Filipina caretaker is among those missing in the 6.4-magnitude quake that shook the east coast of Taiwan, authorities yesterday said. “We have a report that a Filipina caretaker is missing and presumed trapped in one of the damaged (buildings),” said the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (Meco) in Taiwan.The earthquake caused buildings to crumble in the Taiwanese city of Halien, trapping people inside. Taiwan government said the quake had left seven dead and 200 injured.Meco chairman Lito Banayo, in a television interview, said a team led by Philippine Labor Attache Cesar Chavez has reached the site to check on the search operations for the Filipina caretaker.The team, he added, is also checking on possible injured Filipinos in the hospitals damaged by the tremor, but it has seen none so far.According to Banayo, four commercial buildings in the area are either collapsed or tilting following the quake, while two residential buildings were also damaged.“It’s not as bad as it may sound,” he said. In Hualien, rescue workers pulled survivors and bodies from buildings tilting precariously in the Taiwanese city.Emergency responders were focusing on a 12-story apartment block and a nearby hotel, both of which were leaning dangerously with their lower floors pancaked after the 6.4-magnitude quake hit the popular tourist city late Tuesday. There were grave concerns for the badly leaning Yun Tsui residential building, which also housed a restaurant, shops and a hostel. The national fire agency said 88 persons were unaccounted for as of 2 p.m. (0600 GMT) but it was not immediately clear how many of those were trapped inside buildings. Dozens of residents — and a string of pets — were rescued with ropes and ladders overnight. But fire department staff at the site told Agence France Presse at least four bodies had been pulled out of the building in the day. Officials temporarily suspended rescue efforts late afternoon over fears the building might slip further as engineers raced to push large concrete clocks and steel bars against the leaning side.At the Marshal Hotel, which was also leaning and badly damaged, at least two persons were killed when the lower floors collapsed. But most residents got out and authorities said they believed there were no more people trapped inside. Tourists rescued President Tsai Ing-wen visited the apartment block Wednesday morning.“Now is the prime time for our rescue efforts, our first priority is to save people,” she said in a Facebook post.Hualien is one of Taiwan’s most popular tourist hubs as it lies on the picturesque east coast rail line and near the popular Taroko Gorge.The government said 17 foreigners sought medical treatment for minor injuries.Local resident Blue Hsu said some of those carried out of the hotel were foreigners. “The lower floors sunk into the ground and I saw panicked tourists being rescued from the hotel,” eyewitness Blue Hsu told AFP.Officials also said 214 persons had been injured in the quake, with 117 rescued from damaged buildings so far. Some 830 people were in shelters while 1,900 houses were without power. Jason Faustino with AFP.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

At least 99 dead as Guatemala volcano threatens new eruptions

ESCUINTLA, Guatemala – Explosions boomed from Guatemala's fearsome Fuego volcano Wednesday, June 6, unleashing fresh torrents of mud and ash down slopes, as the death toll from a previous eruption rose to at least 99. Fears of a new blowup of the 3,763-meter (12,346-foot) volcano have stalked rescue workers since the eruption on Sunday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Nobody is left : Guatemala volcano ravaged entire families

What was once a collection of verdant canyons, hillsides and farms resembled a moonscape of ash, rock and debris on Tuesday in the aftermath of the fast-moving avalanche of super-heated muck that roared into the tightly knit villages on the mountain's flanks, devastating entire families......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Nobody is left : Guatemala volcano ravaged entire families

What was once a collection of verdant canyons, hillsides and farms resembled a moonscape of ash, rock and debris on Tuesday in the aftermath of the fast-moving avalanche of super-heated muck that roared into the tightly knit villages on the mountain's flanks, devastating entire families......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Nearly 200 missing, 75 dead from Guatemala volcano

ALOTENANGO, Guatemala (UPDATED) – Nearly 200 people are missing and at least 75 have been killed since  Guatemala's Fuego volcano began erupting over the weekend, officials said Tuesday, June 5. Seven communities in already devastated areas were evacuated as the volcano's activity increased, with  rescue operations halted. In the city of Escuintla, near ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Only a few of Guatemala volcano s dead have been identified

People of the villages skirting Guatemala's Volcano of Fire have begun mourning the few dead who could be identified after an eruption killed dozens by engulfing them in floods of searing ash and mud......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Toll rises in Guatemala volcano as more bodies recovered

ALOTENANGO, Guatemala – Rescue workers pulled more bodies Monday, June 4, from under the dust and rubble left by an explosive eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano , bringing the death toll to at least 65. Disaster Relief Agency spokesman David de Leon told a briefing that after hours of searching for survivors, the number of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Dozens die as Fuego volcano erupts – BBC News

Twenty-five people have been killed and hundreds injured in the most violent eruption in decades in Guatemala. The Fuego volcano, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Guatemala volcano death toll rises to 25 – disaster agency

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – At least 25 people were killed when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday, June 3, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close, the country's disaster agency said. "The toll was 25 dead as of 9:00 pm (0300 GMT)," the spokesman for the National ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Japanese Buddhist temples to become more accessible for ‘temple stay’ bookings

A new service will soon make Japanese Buddhist temples easier to access for bookings by tourists and travelers. Starting June 15, a Japanese company called Terahaku will start providing an online search and reservation service to secure lodgings at one of Japan's many Buddhist temples. This became possible through the new Residential Lodging Business Law in Japan which will take effect on the 15th, according to a statement via SoraNews24. The new law allowed Buddhist temples to offer accommodation to tourists through Terahaku in a similar fashion to Airbnb. This will also come with perks such as being able to experience traditional temple life. Such hospitality services are not...Keep on reading: Japanese Buddhist temples to become more accessible for ‘temple stay’ bookings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

Brighter days seem to be in store for Knicks, new coach Fizdale

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst There was only one job that made sense for David Fizdale. Despite all the openings for which he interviewed, his pedigree and background -- and, let’s be honest, ambition -- made one gig stand out above the others. And it’s the one he got, with the New York Knicks. New York agreed to a four-year deal with Fizdale last week, a correct pairing of young coach and franchise that is trying to build back up the right way, with an emphasis on defense and conditioning that is right up Fizdale’s alley. No matter the occasional oddity created by working for Jim Dolan, he is an owner who has been willing to spend money when asked, and his team is in the top media market on earth. When you win there, they have parades for you in the Canyon of Heroes, and you almost always wind up in your particular sport’s Hall of Fame. You can’t not take the shot. The Knicks believe they’re in a place where the things Fizdale did in Miami and what he took to Memphis -- his philosophy of culture-building, team-building, discipline and how he connects to players -- were a good fit for where they are as a franchise. Among the 11 candidates the Knicks interviewed for the job, several had more head coaching experience than Fizdale -- whose tenure in Memphis lasted exactly 101 regular season games and six playoff games. But Fizdale checked the most boxes, and at 43, the Knicks are betting he has a lot of growing and improving to do, just as the team does. The Knicks, of course, looked into just why the Grizzlies fired Fizdale so abruptly last season, after just 19 games. Team president Steve Mills and General Manager Scott Perry didn’t just get started in the league last week; they know a lot of people. The chatter around the league was that Memphis chose star center Marc Gasol over Fizdale after the two clashed during the coach’s season-plus there. As I wrote just after Fizdale was fired, the deterioration in their relationship reached the point of no return when Fizdale went after Gasol hard in a film session, basically dismissing the importance of Gasol’s accomplishments overseas, including as a member of the Spanish national team. That that rankled Gasol to no end should have been no surprise to anyone paying attention. The Spanish team’s international triumphs are a point of considerable and understandable pride for both Marc Gasol and his brother, Pau. They helped lead Spain to the greatest era of basketball accomplishment in that country’s history, including a 2006 gold medal at what was then called the FIBA World Championships. Fizdale tried to fix things with Gasol, even flying to Europe after the season to try and make it right. But Gasol was close with majority owner Robert Pera; Fizdale wasn’t. That closed off a potential area of outreach between the two. Gasol had no interest in rapprochement, a stance that Grizzlies players made clear to Fizdale throughout the season. (Caught most in the middle, per league sources, was Grizzlies veteran point guard Mike Conley, Jr., who did and does have strong relationships with both men.) But, importantly, in his discussions with the Knicks, Fizdale took responsibility for his failures with Gasol. He didn’t blame Gasol or anyone else. As one of his chief calling cards is connecting with players, and not finding common ground with Gasol was an L he has to take. “He knew where he messed up and what he’d try to let it never happen again,” said a source who’s spoken with Fizdale since his firing. But, equally importantly, just because Fizdale couldn’t make it work with Gasol doesn’t mean he’s doomed to a similar outcome with All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis. The 22-year-old’s relationship with the Knicks has been scrutinized within an inch of its life the last couple of years. The toxicity level reached under former president Phil Jackson has abated some, but Porzingis and the team still have some navigation to do -- a trip that is blurred as Porzingis continues rehabbing and recovering from the torn ACL he suffered in February. (Porzingis’s brother, Janis, who serves as his agent, politely declined comment on the Fizdale hire via text Saturday, though the Knicks were in contact with Janis Porzingis during the coaching search.) Porzingis’s injury keeps the Knicks in flux, a position it seems they’ve been in most years since the Nixon administration. He is a potential superstar -- “potential” is used quite deliberately here, as “The Unicorn’s” stans on social media have made a very talented offensive player into something that he is not, at least not yet -- a transcendent player. But, assuming Porzingis ultimately makes a full and healthy return, New York has a terrific building block around which to build. And, they have a chance to really get in the game in the summer of 2019. First, they’ll have to resolve Joakim Noah’s status -- he has two years and roughly $38 million left on his current deal. It’s likely the Knicks will stretch him and the only question is whether that happens before or after next season. If it’s the former, the Knicks can spread the remainder of his salary across five seasons; if the latter, three seasons. Nothing is certain, but it would be surprising to see Noah still in New York by the start of camp. Why saddle a new coach with an old problem? That would leave the Knicks with more flexibility going into ’19, which is when Perry has said he’d like New York to be ready to pounce in free agency -- and when the likes of Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard (player option) and Jimmy Butler (player option) can be free agents. But until that bridge year, Fizdale will have to max out the existing roster. Charitably, there’s not a lot there at present that’s proven and has led to much winning anywhere. The Knicks will need to be lucky in next week’s Lottery -- preferably, getting a high enough pick to land one of the elite big men that should be among the top four or five picks in the Draft. If that doesn’t happen, the hope in New York is that until the roster improves, Fizdale can develop the talents of the Knicks’ trio of guards -- Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Tim Hardaway, Jr. -- in which New York has invested Draft and literal treasure the last couple of seasons. (It will help that Fizdale’s relationship with Hardaway, Jr., goes back to when the latter was a kid and his father, the master of the killer crossover, worked in the Heat organization after Tim Hardaway Sr.’s playing days ended.) The additional hope is that Fizdale will get Ntilikina in elite shape while honing his competitive edge, and that a full season under Fizdale will let the Knicks know once and for all if Mudiay can be a significant contributor. Fizdale will also have to adjust his nomenclature. Last week’s story in the New York Daily News correctly identified Fizdale’s consistent referencing “the Miami Way” as shorthand for how he wanted to do things in Memphis alienated Grizzlies people who were -- again, justifiably -- proud of the “Grit-n’Grind” era that produced seven straight playoff appearances before this season’s 22-60 crater. And, he’ll have to be prepared to be, perhaps, the biggest face of the franchise, in a city whose media is dogged and nonplussed and will often go off cockeyed in a crazy, incorrect direction. But its influence should never be underestimated. Fizdale is from Los Angeles, and he has a great way with most. And it didn’t hurt him to work some for ESPN while he was between jobs. But he’ll have to learn the media landscape in New York quickly -- who to befriend, who to be wary of, who he can trust and who he cannot. (Also: I’m sure the Knicks pointed out to him that while he had several causes which were near and dear to him in Memphis, from advocating the removal of Confederate statues in the city to lending his name to other civic causes, he needs to win games in Gotham first.) At base, the Knicks will want to see players throughout the roster held accountable, and charged to compete on a nightly basis. There was not enough of either last season under coach Jeff Hornacek -- who, in fairness, didn’t have all that much time to put his stamp on what was a poor roster. Fizdale will get more time. The Knicks’ roster will look a lot different in two years than it does now. Fizdale will have to be a lot different coach than he was in Memphis, as well. Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Sereno asks Duterte to explain ‘quo warranto,’ tells SolGen to include high school records as evidence

EMBATTLED Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to explain the “unconstitutional” quo warranto case in the proceedings. At the same time, the Chief Justice called Solicitor General Jose Calida’s gathering of her 30-year-old records to support the impeachment case against her “absurd” and invited him to search for her high [...] The post Sereno asks Duterte to explain ‘quo warranto,’ tells SolGen to include high school records as evidence appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

Police search for NFL’s Aldon Smith in domestic abuse case

SAN FRANCISCO --- Police were searching for suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith, who authorities said Sunday is suspected of domestic violence. Someone called 911 to report a domestic violence incident at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, a San Francisco police spokesman said. He added Smith fled the San Francisco home before officers arrived. Sgt. Michael Andraychak said the victim's injuries were not life-threatening. Andraychak said investigators are asking for the public's help finding him. The troubled linebacker has been arrested several times on charges of drunken driving, vandalism and illegal possession of assault rifles among other charges since the San Francisco 49er...Keep on reading: Police search for NFL’s Aldon Smith in domestic abuse case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 5th, 2018

Alien life in our Solar System? Study hints at Saturn’s moon

PARIS, France --- Humanity may need look no further than our own Solar System in the search for alien life, researchers probing one of Saturn's moons said Tuesday. The icy orb known as Enceladus may boast ideal living conditions for single-celled microorganisms known as archaeans found in some of the most extreme environments on Earth, they reported in the science journal Nature Communications. A methanogenic (methane-producing) archaean called Methanothermococcus okinawensis thrived in laboratory conditions mimicking those thought to exist on Saturn's satellite, the team said. On Earth, this type of archaean is found at very hot temperatures near deep-sea hydrothermal vents...Keep on reading: Alien life in our Solar System? Study hints at Saturn’s moon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

Search for Taiwan quake victims ends as toll rises to 17

Rescuers Sunday ended their search of a Taiwan building partially toppled by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake as the last trapped pair were presumed dead, bringing the final death toll to 17. Thousands of emergency workers had combed through rubble at the foot of the 12-storey Yun Tsui apartment block since the quake struck the eastern city of Hualien late Tuesday. It was left leaning at around a 50-degree angle by the quake, complicating rescue efforts due to fears of an imminent collapse. Hualien mayor Fu Kun-chi said the last two victims were pinned under heavy pillars that could not be removed without risking a total collapse of the building, and the rescue was called off with...Keep on reading: Search for Taiwan quake victims ends as toll rises to 17.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018