A POWERFUL tropical storm has forced Bangkok Airways to cancel all flights to and from Samui Airport as Thailand braces for flash floods, mudslides and heavy rain. Authorities have suspended ferry services and begun evacuations ahead of Storm Pabuk, as they fear it will be the worst since Typhoon Gay hit Thailand in 1989, when more than 400 people died. Where is Storm Pabuk? The storm was passing about 300km (180 miles) south-southwest of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City at midday on January 3. Pabuk, which means giant catfish in Lao, was expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the Mekong Delta, the country's major area for rice and aquaculture production. According to Vietnamese state television VTV, authorities ordered people to take precautions and sent radio alerts to thousands of fishing boats to take shelter or return to shore. They had forbidden new boat departures in five southern coastal provinces since Tuesday. Rain has already been falling around the Gulf of Thailand, and … [Read more...] about Where is Storm Pabuk, which Thailand islands will it hit and what’s its path?
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A CHINESE study has revealed a huge tsunami hit its coasts 1,000 years ago - and there's a threat another could strike again at any time. Scientists uncovered evidence to prove a giant wave nearly wiped out civilisations on the south coast, raising questions about the vulnerability of the area today. The study found an area including what is now the Guangdong and Hainan provinces in China and parts of Thailand were hit 1,000 years ago by a tsunami so large it took 500 years for civilisation to recover. Academics who carried out the study have called for the government to up its future tsunami planning, as there's nothing stopping the natural disaster from reoccurring. In the January issue of Chinese Science Bulletin, researchers wrote: “This study confirms the risk of tsunamis in the South China Sea. "Such risks should be considered in future planning and construction of nuclear power plants, harbours and petroleum reserve structures on the coastlines of China." The study, … [Read more...] about Mega tsunami that almost wiped out life in southern China 1,000 years ago could strike again at any time, researchers say
NEW YORK (AP) — The mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school — which killed 17 students and staff, and sparked nationwide student-led marches for gun control — was the top news story of 2018, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. The No. 2 story was the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into whether Donald Trump’s election campaign coordinated with Russia. It was one of several major stories — in a year jam-packed with dramatic developments — in which the U.S. president played a role. A year ago, the surge of #MeToo sexual misconduct allegations that toppled many powerful men was voted the top news story of 2017. The continuing momentum of #MeToo in 2018 was this year’s No. 3 story. The first AP top-stories poll was conducted in 1936, when editors chose the abdication of Britain’s King Edward VIII. Here are 2018′s top 10 stories, in … [Read more...] about A look back at 2018
(CNN)Here is a look back at the events of 2018. Notable US Events:January 4 - The Dow closes at 25,075.13, the first ever close above 25,000. January 11 - During a White House meeting on immigration reform, US President Donald Trump reportedly refers to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries." He reportedly says that the United States should get more people from countries like Norway. January 12 - The Wall Street Journal reports that US President Donald Trump had an alleged affair with a porn star named Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels. The newspaper states that Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, arranged a $130,000 payment for a nondisclosure agreement weeks before Election Day in 2016. Cohen denies that Trump had a relationship with Clifford. 2018: Year in Review & Look Ahead January 13 - In Hawaii, a state emergency management worker pushes the wrong button in the emergency operation center, sending out a false warning during a ballistic missile … [Read more...] about 2018 In Review Fast Facts
DURING the past year there have been various worldwide events which have affected local people across the district - whether they live at home or abroad. Here is a summary of the global news that affected local people. A Dromore native and a woman formerly from Donaghcloney are among those whose harrowing tales have helped bring home the devastation of the New Zealand earthquake.Lynda Patterson, who hails from Dromore, had been working in the collapsed Christchurch cathedral where she had been theologian-in-residence since moving to there six years ago. She said she was convinced she would die in the quake - which killed 20 people.Lynda said, “When the building stopped shaking, we made for the back door, checking that all the staff were accounted for.”Describing the “apocalyptic” scenes in the aftermath of the quake, she said, “Looking up and down the main street, we could see buildings down and vehicles crushed.“To the south of us we saw people … [Read more...] about World events hit home