‘Davos man’ versus ‘Camp Igloo’; 42nd World Economic Forum convenes in Swiss alps

August 27, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel gave yesterday’s opening address to the 42nd meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is facing a distinctly different geo-political landscape from twelve months ago. Outside the WEF security cordon, in the sub-zero temperatures of Davos’ train station car park, the local incarnation of the Occupy movement are setting up ‘Camp Igloo’; but, with little hope of the archetypes of the 1%, ‘Davos Man’, arriving by public transport and seeing their sub-zero protest.

David Roth, heading the Swiss centre-left’s youth wing — and an organiser of ‘Camp Igloo’, echoes much of the sentiment from ‘Occupy’ protests around the world; “[a]t meetings the rest of society is excluded from, this powerful ‘1 percent’ negotiates and decides about the fate of the other 99 percent of this world, […] economic and financial concentration of power in a small, privileged minority leads to a dictatorship over the rest of us. The motto ‘one person, one vote’ is no longer valid, but ‘one dollar, one vote’.”

Roth’s characterisation of ‘Davos Man’, a term coined by the Professor Samuel Huntington of Harvard University, is more emotive than that of the late professor who saw ‘Davos man’ as “[having…] little need for national loyalty, view[ing] national boundaries as obstacles that thankfully are vanishing, and see[ing] national governments as residues from the past whose only useful function is to facilitate the elite’s global operations”.

As Reuters highlights, many attendees will opt to make their way from Zurich to Davos by private jet, or helicopter, and the WEF itself provides handouts indicating the cost of such is 5,100 Swiss francs (approx. 5,500 USD, 3,500 GBP, 4,200 EUR). In contrast: travelling by rail, even when opting for first class — without an advance booking, is 145 Swiss francs (approx. 155 USD, 100 GBP).

Shifting fortunes see several past attendees missing this year’s exclusive get-together in the alpine resort; for a second year running — and now caught up in the UK phone hacking scandal being scrutinised by Lord Leveson’s inquiry — media mogul Rupert Murdoch will not be attending. Nor will the former head of financial services company UBS Oswald Gruebel, who resigned in the wake of US$2.3 billion losses incurred through unauthorised trading; likewise, Philipp Hildebrand, the ex-head of the Swiss National Bank, is absent following scandal associated with his wife’s currency trading activities; and, although the sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn were dropped, having stepped down as managing director of the International Monetary Fund Strauss-Kahn will also be absent.

As the #OccupyWEF protesters were building igloos last weekend, an anti-WEF protest in the Swiss capital Berne was broken up by police, who stated their intent to prosecute participants in the illegal protest. Allegations of calls for violent protest action led to a high number of officers being involved. In the aftermath, charges of breach of the peace are to be brought against 153 people, with some targeted for more serious offences. At least one group involved in the protest described the police response as “disproportionate”.

At ‘Camp Igloo’ Roth says he is seeking discussions with the WEF’s expected 2,000 attendees; but his voice, and that of others in the worldwide ‘Occupy’ movement, is unlikely to be given a platform in the opening debate, “Is 20th-century capitalism failing 21st-century society?” He, and others taking part in this Swiss incarnation of the ‘Occupy’ movement, are still considering an invite to a side-session issued by the World Economic Forum’s founder, Klaus Schwab; commenting on the invite Roth told the Associated Press they would prefer a debate at a more neutral venue.

As has been the case for several years now, the annual Forum meeting in Davos was preceded with the release of a special report by the World Economic Forum into risks seen as likely to have an impact the in the coming decade. The 2012 Global Risks Report is a hefty document; the 64-page report is backed with a variety of visualisation tools designed to allow the interrelations between risks to be viewed, how risks interact modelled, and their potential impacts considered — as assessed by the WEF’s panel of nearly 500 experts.

As one would expect, economic risks top both the 2012 impact and likelihood charts. Climate change is pushed somewhat further down the list of concerns likely to drive discussions in Davos. “Major systemic financial failure” — the collapse of a globally important financial institution, or world currency, is selected as the risk which carries the most potential impact.

However, “Chronic fiscal imbalances” — failing to address excessive government debt, and “Severe income disparity” — a widening of the the gulf between rich and poor, top the list of most likely risks.

At the other end of the tables, disagreeing respectively with the weight last year’s Wikinews report gave to orbital debris, and the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) fight with the Internet over copyright legislation, the 2012 Global Risks Report places “Proliferation of Orbital Debris” and “Failure of intellectual property regime” bottom of the league in terms of potential impact.

In 2011, with the current global economic crisis well under-way, “Fiscal crises” topped the WEF risks with the largest potential impact in the next ten years. However, perceived as most likely a year ago, “Storms and cyclones”, “Flooding”, and “Biodiversity loss” — all climate-change related points — were placed ahead of “Economic disparity” and “Fiscal crises”.

More mundane risks overtake the spectre of terrorism when contrasting this year’s report with the 2011 one; volatility in the prices of commodities, consumer goods, and energy, and the security of water supplies are all now ranked as more likely risks than terrorism — though the 2011 report did rank some of these concerns as having a higher potential impact. A significant shift in perception sees the 2012 report highlight food shortages almost as likely a risk the world will face over the next decade; and, one with a far more significant impact.

Attending the World Economic Forum at Davos is more than just an opportunity to discuss the current state of the global economy, and review the risks which face countries around the world. With such a high number of political and business leaders in attendance, it is an ideal opportunity to pursue new trade deals.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is, in addition to being a keynote speaker, expected to pursue improved relations with European and Asian trade partners at private meetings on the Forum sidelines. The Toronto Star reports Harper is likely to push forward an under-negotiation Canadian-European free-trade agreement, and hold closed-door discussions prior to next month’s planned trip to China.

Similarly, Canadian trade minister Ed Fast is expected to meet South Korean counterparts to discuss an equivalent deal to the preferential ones between the Asian nation and the US and Europe. Fast’s deal does, however, face opposition at home; the Canadian Auto Workers union asserts that such a deal would put 33,0000 jobs at-risk.

Do you believe discussions in Davos can make a difference globally?
Add or view comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne are expected to discuss a possible increase of UK funding to the International Monetary Fund (IMF); however, with the UK responsible for 4.5% of the US$400 billion in the IMF’s lending fund, backbench MPs have warned that committing any additional funds could provoke a Conservative revolt in parliament. Tuesday’s IMF cut of predicted global growth from 4% to 3.3%, warnings of a likely Eurozone recession in 2012, and ongoing problems with Greek financial restructuring, are likely discussion topics at Davos — as well as amongst UK backbench MPs who see adding to the IMF war-chest as bailing out failed European economies.

South Africa, less centre-stage during the 2011 Forum, will be looking to improve relationships and take advantage of their higher profile. President Jacob Zuma and several cabinet members are attending sessions and discussions; whilst former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to moderate a session, “Africa — From Transition to Transformation“, with Nigeria, Guinea, and South Sudan’s presidents on the panel. Wal-mart’s CEO Doug McMillon is to lead a dinner session, “Shared Opportunities for Africa’s Future” — highlighting larger multinationals looking towards the continent for new opportunities.

Davos may also serve as a place to progress disputes out of the public eye; a high-profile dispute between Chile’s state-owned copper mining business, Codelco, and Anglo American plc over the 5.39 billion USD sale of a near-quarter stake in their Chilean operations to Japan’s Mitsubishi, prompted the Financial Times to speculate that, as the respective company chiefs — Diego Hernández and Cynthia Carroll — are expected to attend, they could privately discuss the spat during the Forum.

Girl killed by falling tree

August 27, 2017

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Sydney, Australia –A 16 year old Sydney student was killed when a 10 metre gum tree fell on the tent in which she was sleeping.

Another girl sleeping beside her was unharmed.

The accident occurred at 1:30am AEDT at a campsite near Wombeyan Caves. The girl was participating in an overnight leadership camp with Sydney’s private Queenwood School for Girls.

Severe storms have lashed the east coast of Australia for the past few days.

9 Perfect Getaways To Cool Down In Jacksonville

August 26, 2017

By Danica Reynes

Jacksonville is a unique place. You can cool down by taking a dip at one of the beaches, pools, or at one of the Parks. The kids will enjoy the Jacksonville Zoo. You can unwind at the Metropolitan Park, or relax at the Friendship Park and Fountain. Your family will love to fish at Captain Dave Sipler Sportfishing charters.

Relaxation is what everyone needs. Whether you are traveling alone or with your family, Jacksonville can surely offer you a perfect place to go and things to do even though it may not offer the largest theme parks and the grandest places to relax. When you visit Jacksonville, be sure to cool down in one of these great spots:

Jacksonville beaches are fine places for a dip

If you’re looking for a cool, windy beach to help you to escape the summer heat, you’ll find nothing quite like the ones in Jacksonville. When you visit Neptune, Atlantic, or Jacksonville beaches you can rent all the equipment you need to have a fun, and relaxing time. You can explore and take dips at all of the Jacksonville beaches, and have a great time with your family. Not only will you have a chance to relax in the Jacksonville beach waters, but you will also have fun eating at restaurants on the ocean front as well as other night clubs. Jacksonville coupons [keyword/URL] Jacksonville coupons provide savings on dining out and other attractions.

Check out Jacksonville’s public swimming pools.

You can also check out some of Jacksonville’s 34 public indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Some of the pools are only open on the weekend, so you will want to be sure to verify the hours. You can inquire about swimming activities for your family, too.

Discover and have fun at Adventure Landing

YouTube Preview Image

Adventure Landing, which is located on Jacksonville’s famous Blanding Boulevard, is a theme park that offers rides, attractions and activities to visitors of all ages including an arcade, go-carts and batting cages, just to name a few. On Sundays to Thursdays from 10 AM until 10 PM, Fridays from 10 AM until 12 AM, and Saturdays from 9 AM until 12 AM, the park is open.

Shipwreck Island Water Park is similar to Adventure Landing and is worth checking out

You will find Adventure Landing’s sister park named Adventure Landing and Shipwreck Island Water Park at the Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach. In summer, it is one of the more popular spots for people to visit. You will find a lot of great things here: Adventure Golf, Laser Tag, a wave pool, water coasters, squirters, and waterslides for people of all sizes. In addition to the regular features, they also host special events and festivities during the holidays. Here are the park hours: M-Th: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. & Saturday/Sunday: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.

One place you might enjoy visiting is Hannah Park

The Kathryn Abbey Hannah Park, more popularly known as Hannah Park, offers the wonders of breezy sandy beaches, a freshwater lake, a water play area, and camp sites. These amenities are perfect to help you unwind and cool down. You have the option of bringing a tent or leasing one. If you can stay for at least two nights you will be able to lease a cabin. Hannah Park has, for your convenience and comfort, a general store, shower rooms, and offers laundry service as well.

Visit the water park and play center at Jacksonville Zoo with your kids

At the epicenter of the Jacksonville Zoo there is a fabulous water park for children to play. There are mazes, a tree house, swinging vines, and rocks to climb. You will also find an area where kids can learn to take care of animals.

Unwind at the Metropolitan Park.

The Metropolitan, otherwise known as the Metro Park, is located along one of Jacksonville’s main thoroughfares by the St. John’s River. John’s River. It is not only a place for many popular events, such as Jazz and other music festivals, but it is also a place to unwind with its picnic shelters, children’s play area, and Kid’s campus with two themes. Reservations can be made two months in advance if there is enough space inside the park. Admission is free.

A good place to kick back and relax a bit in Jacksonville is the Friendship Park and Fountain

Cooling down isn’t just getting wet, it is also winding down and relaxing your senses. A perfect place to gaze at the beautiful view of the St. John’s River and unwind is the Friend Park and Fountain, located next to the Museum of Science and History. Johns River. One of the best attractions is a large fountain that can spew water up to 120 feet. At night, the park showcases its fountain with changing lights, dramatically and vividly playing with the shooting water.

Go fishing at Captain Dave Sipler Sportfishing charters.

Captain Dave has been a fishing instructor for over twenty years, and you can simply cool down and go fishing with him. Six hours is the average length of time for a fishing trip. Mayport Jetties offers some fine fishing which is where the St. John’s River joins the Atlantic Ocean. John’s river meets the Atlantic Ocean. Also, try an exploration of the reefs of Jacksonville Beach and Amelia Island.

No matter whether you’re alone or with your friends, family or that special person in your life, there’s always something to do in Jacksonville. Before you plan your next weekend break, be sure to look into the wonderful tourist attractions in Jacksonville: you may find just what you are looking for.

About the Author: Try printing out

jacksonville coupons

through Money Pages if you are on a tight budget. You can find them at





Permanent Link:


Media Jobs In The Government Sector}

August 23, 2017

Media jobs in the government sector



Finding a suitable and a respectable job for himself, is the aim of every being, whether it’s a student or a professional already working. There are very less, people, who are actually comfortable with their current job, every one is constantly looking for change. This change can be in the form of the salary package, type of work or the work environment.

There are a number of reasons, which contribute to the change in the mindset of employees for their Job change, out of which the above mentioned reasons contribute the most. Moving ahead and achieving more are also the prime reasons in the mind of the employees, which makes them look for a change in the job. One thing more, which every one aims to accomplish these days, is a permanent job, in which do not have any tension and have the guarantee of being employed there, for there whole life, till the time of retirement. Such kind of facilitation, in today’s date is provided by the Government jobs only.

Government Jobs are highly in demand and at the same time, are believed to be the toughest arena in the job world. Cracking a government job in India, is actually not less than taking admission into the top most colleges of India. There are even many entrances also, for the jobs related to banking, teaching, software or jobs in the civil services. Almost all the government sectors in the country have respective tests, clearing after which a student or a candidate can make him eligible for these jobs. Media jobs, is another sectors, which is gaining the attention of a large number of people across the country. Many students, these days can be seen opting for courses in the different fields of media, which again increases the demand of media jobs in the country.

Also, with the increasing awareness of the need for proper communication, the demand for the highly qualified and talented work force is required in the media world today. To have a safe and a secured career growth, most of the students, prefer going for media jobs in government sector only, from the very starting of their career. There are entrances at all India levels, like ones conducted by UPSC, which allows the candidates to find a place for themselves in one of the prestigious government organisations. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is the department, which handles the functioning of all the media related work of the government sector. Few of the most important media organisations in the country, under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in which the candidate can aim for a job, after clearing entrances at all India level, are mentioned below:

1.) Press Information Bureau

2.) All India Radio

3.) National Film Development Cooperation

4.) Prasar Bharati

5.) Publications Division

6.) Directorate of Film Festivals

7.) Registrar of Newspapers of India

8.) Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity

9.) Press Council of India

10.) Directorate of Field Publicity

11.) Internet Protocol Division

12.) National Film Archive of India

13.) Children’s Film Society

All these government media organisations can prove to be a great platform for the students to take their career in the right direction. Though, getting jobs in these government organisations is a real tough nut to crack, but once cleared, it can form as the best decisions of the student’s life. Also the pay packages in these government groups are very fascinating and attractive. One can look forward to a healthy professional growth, once he gets to enter in any of these government organisations. Public relations and advertising is also another department, which forms a part of almost all the government organisations these days. A candidate, with respective degrees and calibre, can also apply for jobs in these departments to be a part of the government job sector.

Gurleen kour writes on behalf of


, a leading job portal for jobs in India. She writes on topics like

Government Jobs

in India,

Media Jobs

and increasing work concentration. Naukri.com is a recruitment platform & provides products and services like resume writing services, Salary Tool, Resume Database Access & Response Management tools to corporate world, placement agencies and job seekers in India and overseas.

Article Source:



Canada’s Don Valley West (Ward 25) city council candidates speak

August 23, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Don Valley West (Ward 25). Three candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include John Blair, Robertson Boyle, Tony Dickins, Cliff Jenkins (incumbent), and Peter Kapsalis.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Libertarian candidate Zork Hun, Parkdale-High Park

August 22, 2017

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Zork Hun is running for the Libertarian party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Parkdale-High Park riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

Canadian Green Party leader set to challenge MacKay for seat

August 22, 2017

Monday, March 19, 2007

Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May announced Sunday that she will seek the party’s nomination for the seat of Central Nova in the next federal election.

The riding is represented currently by Conservative Party MP Peter MacKay, who has held the seat since 1997. MacKay is Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. MacKay was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and completed an Arts degree and Law degree in the province.

His father, Elmer MacKay, who was with the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, had been re-elected six times in the riding. Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney also held the riding in 1983. Elmer resigned in order to give Mulroney a seat in Parliament.

As a teenager, May moved from the United States to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. In her press release of March 18, 2007, May explained that she began her vocation as an activist and political campaigner in Nova Scotia. “It is entirely fitting that I now come back here to launch my first full campaign as leader of the Green Party of Canada”, May stated.

May ran recently in a federal by-election, held on November 26, 2006, in the Ontario riding of London North Centre. Although May came in second behind Liberal Party candidate Glen Pearson, the Green Party had increased their vote by 20% over the previous election. If May won the seat of Central Nova in the next election, she would be the first ever Green MP in the Canadian House of Commons.

On her choice of Central Nova, May suggested in her press release that she had to “follow [her] heart” and felt compelled to “run in Nova Scotia and that challenging a prominent member of the government will enable [her] to keep a strong focus on why Nova Scotia and Canada cannot afford another government led by Stephen Harper.”

In the latest federal election of January 23, 2006, MacKay took the seat of Central Nova with 41% of the vote. In that election, the Green Party candidate, David Orton, came in fourth with under 2% of the vote.

In the latest national Strategic Counsel poll, conducted for CTV News and the Globe and Mail, the Conservatives are at 36%, the Liberals 31%, the NDP at 15%, and the Green Party at 10%. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Evaluating Potential Baltimore Car Service}

August 19, 2017

Read More About:

Submitted by: Friee David

When searching for Baltimore Car Service, the first option may not be the best. Evaluating different companies can make sure that you dont make a mistake and end up with a disaster on your hands. Seeking answers to the following questions will guide you toward the right decision for car service.

How Long has the Business Been Established?

A quality Baltimore Sedan Service will have a lengthy history of business operations. Our company, for example, has been in operation for many years and has used that experience to develop a high quality procedure for the entire service. If a company doesnt have a long history, take it into account and look a little deeper into other aspects of the service.

What kind of vetting and training process does the company require of its chauffeurs?

Your chauffeur is critical to your service, so make sure that the company has high standards. We require every driver to pass background checks and drug screens. In addition, we train and evaluate to make sure that they have familiarity with the area, prioritize safety and courtesy, and put customers first.

YouTube Preview Image

Are the Vehicles licensed, Bonded, and Insured?

This question is critical. Never use a Baltimore Airport Limo without full insurance coverage, licenses, and bonds to do business. Without this important documentation, you really cant know much about the company or its practices. Our company has full documentation and works diligently to maintain its impressive fleet.

How Responsive is the Customer Service Department?

Customer service is the life force of any company in the service industry. A company which lacks an available and responsive representative force will not be focused on you, the consumer. Our representatives arent just available; theyre available around the clock. At any time of the day or night you can come with problems, requests, or questions, and you can expect immediate, courteous, and obliging responses.

What Kind and Quality of Vehicles are Available?

A company without a large fleet is more prone to cancellation, late arrival, and mechanical problems. Our fleet is large and varied. No matter how large or small your party, no matter the preferences of style, we can accommodate all sizes and preferences. We also ensure that all members of the fleet are road ready at a moments notice and absolutely immaculate at all times.

When searching for Baltimore Car Service, the first option may not be the best. Evaluating different companies can make sure that you dont make a mistake and end up with a disaster on your hands. Seeking answers to the following questions will guide you toward the right decision for car service.

How Long has the Business Been Established?

A quality Baltimore Sedan Service will have a lengthy history of business operations. Our company, for example, has been in operation for many years and has used that experience to develop a high quality procedure for the entire service. If a company doesnt have a long history, take it into account and look a little deeper into other aspects of the service.

What kind of vetting and training process does the company require of its chauffeurs?

Your chauffeur is critical to your service, so make sure that the company has high standards. We require every driver to pass background checks and drug screens. In addition, we train and evaluate to make sure that they have familiarity with the area, prioritize safety and courtesy, and put customers first.

About the Author: If you have to get a large group to a particular destination in Baltimore than,


is a great option for your Travels.



Permanent Link:

isnare.com/?aid=1956786&ca=Business }

Europe hit by storms, 45 deaths reported

August 18, 2017

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Europe has been hit by fierce wind and storms, with gusts over 150 kilometers per hour reported from the UK to Southern Germany. Most major motorways are blocked/shut due to lorries being overturned by the wind.

Most European Airports, Train and Motorways have been affected. Amsterdam has been cut off, with planes grounded, and the train system from Amsterdam city halted.


  • 1 Casualties and fatalities
    • 1.1 Western Europe
      • 1.1.1 United Kingdom
      • 1.1.2 Germany
      • 1.1.3 The Netherlands
      • 1.1.4 France
      • 1.1.5 Belgium
    • 1.2 Central and Eastern Europe
  • 2 Sources

According to the BBC, at least 45 people have been killed so far, with more deaths expected. Reports of numbers currently vary as the damage is assessed.

The casualties were distributed as follows:

  • United Kingdom: 13 (8 in North West England)
  • Germany: 13
  • Ireland: 7 – lost at sea
  • The Netherlands: 7
  • Poland: 6
  • Czech Republic: 4
  • Belgium: 2
  • France: 2
  • Austria: 1

The UK saw a total of eleven casualties, most of them in England. All incidents took place on January 18.

  • The first casualty of the storm was the chief of Birmingham International Airport who was killed around 05:45 GMT when his car windscreen was smashed by a falling branch in Shropshire.
  • In the London district of Kentish Town, a two-year-old boy died in hospital after receiving severe head injuries. These were caused by a wall collapsing onto the boy whilst he was walking with his childminder in the afternoon of January 18.
  • A female lorry driver was killed on the A269 in Yorkshire when her vehicle overturned and was blown into a canal.
  • A male lorry driver, who was a German national, was killed on the A55 in Chester in a similar incident.
  • The front-seat male passenger of a car on the A329 was killed when a branch hit the car near Streatley, Berkshire, the driver was injured.
  • A man was blown into metal shutters at an industrial estate in Manchester and died.
  • In Byley, Cheshire, a man was hit by a tree whilst working on a construction site.
  • An elderly man was killed at Humberside by a collapsing shed.
  • A woman in Stockport was killed when a wall she tried to shelter behind collapsed onto her.
  • In Lancashire, a man was hit by a falling canopy at a petrol station whilst refuelling and later died in hospital.
  • In Woofferton, Shropshire, a lorry driver collided with another vehicle and died on the scene.

Germany was the country most severely hit by the storm, with 13 casualties as of January 21, 2007. Most deaths occurred on the 18th and 19th of January, though some victims were only injured at first and later died in hospital.

  • In the Munich bourough Milbertshofen, an 18-month old child was severely injured by a patio door that had broken out of its hinges. The child later died in hospital.
  • Near Kirrlach in the state of Baden-Württemberg, a motorist tried to avoid a tree that had fallen onto the road and crashed into an oncoming vehicle. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
  • A 73-year old man was crushed by a barn door in Gersthofen in the district of Augsburg.
  • A fireman was killed in Tönisvorst in North Rhine-Westphalia whilst performing storm cleanup work.
  • A 36-year motorist was killed in Hildesheim by a fallen tree.
  • A motorcycle driver slid under a tree in Essen, dying in hospital on January 21.
  • On the B 55 near Lippstadt, a 23-year woman was killed when her car was hit by a falling birch tree.
  • A man was killed when the gable of a nearby building collapsed in Groß Rodensleben in the state of Saxony-Anhalt.
  • In Strausberg in Brandenburg, a 25-year man crashed into a fallen tree with his car.
  • Near Finnentrop, a man died after not noticing a tree that had fallen onto the road and crashing into it.

Seven people in the Netherlands were killed as a result of the weather. Two people died when a falling tree hit their car between Arnhem and Ede. A man near Oosterhout was killed in a collision with a truck. A motorcyclist died near Leersum after a collision with a tree, as well as a 17-year old boy on a moped in Sint Oedenrode. An 11-year old boy in Riel was blown in front of a car, which drove over him. The boy died on the scene. A 59-year old man in Staphorst was blown off of the roof of his barn, as he was repairing the damage caused by the storm. Six people were injured when a crane fell through the roof of a Utrecht University building. The National Crisis Centre has advised people to stay indoors, the first time such a warning has been issued.

In France, a driving instructor in Roubaix was killed when an electricity pole fell on top of her car. The student was severely injured. A 30-year old man died near Abbeville, when a swerving truck crashed into his car. A woman in Lille is missing after the roof of a store collapsed. There was significant damage to the cathedral at Saint-Omer.

Two people in Belgium fell victim to the storm; a 16-year old girl in Halle died when a wall she was standing by collapsed and a man died in the province of Liège after a tree fell on top of his car.

In Poland, a crane operator was killed in Katowice when a 25-metre-high (82ft) crane broke in half. By January 19 a total of 6 casualties and 19 people wounded have been reported, nearly 800 thousand households lack electricity due to the damage done by the storm, about 500 were damaged.

In the Czech Republic, a fireman died in Slune?ná (Liberec Region) when the wind threw a tree trunk on him while he was clearing the road with his colleagues. Two young men died in Vestec near Prague when a tree fell on their car.

Borneo bridge collapse: death toll reaches four, many remain missing

August 18, 2017

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The death toll from yesterday’s suspension bridge collapse on the Indonesian island of Borneo has risen from three to four, with a six-month-old baby among the dead. Search and rescue teams continue to look for survivors in the Mahakam River.

The initial death toll was raised at first to five, but was revised back down to four. The number of wounded rose from at least seventeen to at least nineteen, but Monsters and Critics offers a figure as high as 39 injured; Indonesia Today yesterday suggested the actual figure was 100 hospitalised. Roughly 40 people remain missing at the scene in East Kalimantan’s Kutai Kartanegara district, where “Kalimantan’s Golden Gate Bridge” linked the towns of Tenggarong and Samarinda.

At least three cars, several motorbikes, and at least one public bus all fell into the Mahakam River. Another car was left overturned and balanced upon wreckage over the water. State-owned builders PT Hutama Karya completed the bridge about a decade ago in the image of California’s Golden Gate Bridge, and it is now reported it was under repair at the time of the failure. New information suggests a cable on the 720-metre structure failed as workers dealt with it; six of the repair crew are among the missing.

National police representative Boy Rafly Amar said “It is believed that some victims are still in the river. There are two buses in the river and efforts are under way to lift them.” He said 39 were rescued with 20 still in hospital. Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih visited survivors in Parikesit Hospital and promised them medical treatment at government expense.

“It happened so fast, only about 30 seconds,” according to National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Nugoroho. National search and rescue head Daryatmo said Monday will see cranes attempt to move debris.

The president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has sent three ministers to the site to investigate the accident, while Bambang Widaryatmo, head of East Kalimantan’s police, promised “parties found to be negligent will be prosecuted”. The government has promised a replacement ferry service. The river is closed to boats as rescue operations continue, and a 22-strong team has been dispatched from the national police, comprising six forensics experts, five disaster victim identification specialists, and eleven investigators. They are there to augment the East Kalimantan Police.

Some people swam ashore after falling, with the aftermath filled with screams. 40-year-old Adam Nur describes breaking free from a car and swimming 300 metres with one arm after his other arm was injured in the fall. Syakrani, 24, says he survived by clinging to empty plastic containers when he fell from the bridge after leaving his truck to investigate a traffic jam. “The authorities should have closed the bridge if it was under repair,” he said.

 This story has updates See Death toll from Borneo bridge collapse reaches eleven, November 28, 2011