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Archive for February 17th, 2016

Genocide in Canada

Posted by feww on February 17, 2016

4,232 Indigenous women missing and murdered in Canada since 1980

Canada’s minister for the status of women, Patty Hajdu, has told reporters that the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the country is more than 4,000, based on the research from the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), said a report.

Activists working for the Walk 4 Justice initiative started collecting the names of indigenous women who are missing or murdered — they stopped counting when they got to 4,232.

The co-founder of Walk 4 Justice said her team had collected the names while speaking to people during a 2008 trek across Canada. They stopped collecting information in 2011.

Their count is much higher than a figure of about 1,200 previously stated by The Royal Canadian Mounted Beasts (RCMP).

A 2014 report by the RCMP concluded 1,017 aboriginal women had been slain between 1980 and 2012, and that another 164 were considered missing.

Hajdu said the 4,000 number is “more believable” because police had “a history of underreporting homicides, or failing to investigate suspicious deaths.”

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – Feb. 17, 2016

Posted by feww on February 17, 2016

One million children require treatment for severe acute malnutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa: UNICEF

Two years of erratic rain and drought have left about one million children in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEF said today.

Across the region, millions of children are at risk from hunger, water shortages and disease. It is a situation aggravated by rising food prices, forcing families to implement drastic coping mechanisms such as skipping meals and selling off assets.

States of disaster have been declared in Lesotho, Zimbabwe and most provinces in South Africa due to the growing resource shortages.

“In Ethiopia, the number of people in need of food assistance is expected to increase from over 10 million to 18 million.”

UNICEF says:

  • In Ethiopia, two seasons of failed rains mean that near on six million children currently require food assistance, with school absenteeism increasing as children are forced to walk greater distances in search of water;
  • In Somalia, more than two thirds of those in urgent need of assistance are displaced populations;
  • In Kenya, El Niño related heavy rains and floods are aggravating cholera outbreaks;
  • In Lesotho, one quarter of the population are affected. This aggravates grave circumstances for a country in which 34% of children are orphans, 57% of people live below the poverty line, and almost one in four adults live with HIV/Aids;
  • In Zimbabwe, an estimated 2.8 million people are facing food and nutrition insecurity. The drought situation has resulted in reduced water yields from the few functioning boreholes exacerbating the risk to water-borne diseases, especially diarrhea and cholera;
  • Malawi is facing the worst food crisis in nine years, with 2.8 million people (more than 15 per cent of the population) at risk of hunger; cases of severe acute malnutrition have just jumped by 100% in just two months, from December 2015 to January 2016;
  • In Angola, an estimated 1.4 million people are affected by extreme weather conditions and 800,000 people are facing food insecurity, mainly in the semi-arid southern provinces.

Meanwhile, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) said up to 49 million people in southern Africa.

“It is estimated that 40 million rural people and 9 million poor urban people who live in drought-affected areas could be exposed,” the WFP said on Monday.

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Significant Earthquakes Strike California

Posted by feww on February 17, 2016

M4.8 quake strikes near Big Pine, California

Centered at 37.202°N, 118.400°W the event occurred at a depth of 15.8 km (9.8 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 4.8Mw
Location: 37.202°N 118.400°W; depth=15.8 km
Time: 2016-02-16 23:04:26 (UTC)
Nearby Cities:

  • 10km (6mi) WNW of Big Pine, California
  • 114km (71mi) NE of Dinuba, California
  • 115km (71mi) NE of Reedley, California
  • 116km (72mi) ENE of Sanger, California
  • 248km (154mi) SSE of Carson City, Nevada

The quake was followed by at least three aftershocks:

M4.3; 10km WNW of Big Pine, California 2016-02-16 23:27:30 UTC d=15.6 km
M2.8; 11km WNW of Big Pine, California 2016-02-16 23:25:10 UTC d=15.0 km
M2.9; 11km WNW of Big Pine, California 2016-02-16 23:09:27 UTC d=14.8 km

It followed an earlier event, measuring 3.9Mw, which jolted Big Bear City (34.303°N, 116.863°W depth=3.1 km; 2016-02-16 09:24:20UTC), about 44km (27mi) ENE of San Bernardino, California.

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