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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Australia's outback Simpson Desert will be closed for the first time this summer to prevent visitors from dying in the extreme heat, officials said. The Simpson Desert Conservation Park and Regional Reserve in South Australia will be off limits from December 1 to March 15 each year, beginning next month, the South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage said. Temperatures in the Simpson Desert during summer are extreme, with daytime temperatures of between 40 and 50 degrees Celsius common. An official of the department, Trevor Naismith, said: "Most People that cross the desert during summer are from overseas, and many do not have the driving experience for such a crossing, or a properly equipped vehicle with radio communications and recovery gear in case of an emergency." He said that during summer sand dunes were soft and constantly changing shapes, increasing the chance of vehicle becoming bogged down, while there was a greater risk of vehicle breakdown during the hotter months. "At a time when there are very few vehicles in the desert to provide assistance in a timely manner, this is potentially a fatal situation, especially for the inexperienced, ill-prepared visitor", he said.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Barack Obama has launched his official website, which invites users to share their ideas with President-elect. Asking citizens to share their vision for America, Mr.Obama's official website- www.change.gov -went online enabling visitors to post, search and share details related to his remarkable journey to the Oval Office. It states the Obama-Biden combine's plan of "increasing the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill".
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi has congratulated Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate, on his victory in the U.S. presidential election. In a letter to Mr.Obama, the Chief Minister said: "American people have opted for change and chosen a bright future. I am confident that your Presidency will herald a new chapter of ties with India." Noting the historic election of the first African - American Mr. Karunanidhi said Mr Obama's victory, which fulfilled the dream of Abraham Lincoln, marked the dawn, removing darkness on a race that was once enslaved.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) - based power company ETA Start International, a member of the ETA Ascon Star Group, has signed an agreement with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) of India to explore areas of cooperation in sustainable development. As per the agreement, ETA Star and TERI will work together in a number of areas including the assessment of buildings under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system. TERI's work revolves around tackling and dealing with the immense and acute problems that people are likely to face in the coming years particularly in energy resources and pollution.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Despite a strict blockade by Israel, a boat with 27 pro-Palestinian activists docked in the Gaza Strip last Wednesday; the second in three months. Dignity left Cyprus and arrived in Gaza to protest against Israel's blockade after Gaza was seized by Hamas in June last year. The activists in Dignity included Nobel Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire (Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for peace efforts in Northern Ireland); Palestinian parliamentarian Mustafa Barghuti and Israeli activist Gideon Spiro. Barghuti called it "a historic day" as he would normally require a permit to enter Gaza being a resident of Ramallah in West Bank. The first boat docked in August to focus attention on the state of the 1.5 million people who live in the area. Israel warned activists not to enter the military zone around the Gaza Strip but did not move to stop Voyage.
Monday, November 3, 2008
The Titanic disaster, that claimed over 1,500 lives 96 years back, could have been averted if its radio operator had not been rude, a new documentary claims. According to the documentary, the 25-year-old radio operator, Jack Phillips, had a row with his counterpart on the nearest ship who tried to warn him of ice in the area on April 14, 1912. In fact, Phillips, who had a backlog of greeting messages to send for the luxury liner's passengers, told Cyril Evans of the SS California: "Shut up," The Sun reported. An angry Evans reacted by switching off his radio equipment just ten minutes before the Titanic hit an iceberg on her maiden voyage to New York. So SS California, just 20 miles away, didn't get the doomed ship's SOS and 1,523 people, including Phillips, died in the disaster early on 15 April 1912, the documentary to be aired in Channel 4 has claimed. The Titanic hit an iceberg during her maiden voyage on the night of 14 April 1912, and sank two hours and 40 minutes later. At the time of her launching, she was the largest passenger steamship in the world. The sinking of the Titanic, which used some of the most advanced technology available at the time, is considered the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history.