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USGS Earthquake Hazards Program: Earthquake Location: OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE ( via @L_I_Sound )

Posted in Environment, Natural Disasters, World, World News with tags , on February 27, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program: Earthquake Location: OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE.

Earthquake Location

Magnitude 8.8 OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 06:34:14 UTC

Earthquake Location World Location
Earthquake Location
Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green

Earthquake Location
Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green

Map of CHILE
Map of CHILE

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver


#YouTube – #Westlife I’ll see you again performance #LeavesMeBreathless

Posted in lyrics, Music with tags on February 23, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

YouTube – westlife I’ll see you again performance.wmv.

WHEW!!!!!!!!! #LeavesMeBreathless <- Some things just keep getting better!!!

I’ll See You Again lyrics
Always you will be part of me
And I will forever feel your strength
When I need it most

You’re gone now, gone but not forgotten
I can’t say this to your face
But I know you hear

Chorus:
I’ll see you again
You never really left
I feel you walk beside me
I know I’ll see you again

When I’m lost, when I’’m missing you like crazy
I tell myself I’’m so blessed
To have had you in my life, my life

Chorus:
I’’ll see you again
You never really left
I feel you walk beside me
I know I’ll see you again

When I had the time to tell you
Never thought I’’d live to see the day

When the words I should have said
Would come to haunt me
In my darkest hour I tell myself
I’’ll see you again

Chorus:
I’’ll see you again
You never really left
I feel you walk beside me
I know I’’ll see you again

Someday I’ll see you again

I’’ll see you again
You never really left
I feel you walk beside me
I know I’’ll see you again

I’ll see you again
I’’ll see you again

I miss you like crazy

You’’re gone but not forgotten
I’’ll never forget you

Someday I’ll see you again

I feel you walk beside me
Never leave you, yeah

Gone but not forgotten

I feel you by my side
No this is not goodbye x 3
[ I’ll See You Again

“Lots of” Protesters block Main Joburg traffic: News24: SouthAfrica:Duh! Do they need a reason??

Posted in donnette e davis with tags on February 23, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

Protesters block Joburg traffic: News24: SouthAfrica: News.

Duh! Do they need a reason?????

NOT SUCH GOOD NEWS FOR WORLD CUP VISITORS

Johannesburg – Protesting Orange Farm residents disrupted traffic on the Golden highway in Johannesburg on Monday morning, metro police said.

“We are not sure how many residents are protesting, but it’s a lot,” said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

He said it was not clear what the protest was about.

Traffic flow between Palm Springs and the railway bridge was disrupted and Minnaar urged motorists to use the N1 freeway as an alternative route.

Further details were not immediately available.

#JacobZuma a ‘confident liar’: News24: SouthAfrica: Politics <- He has GOT TO GO TEND HIS GOATS!

Posted in donnette e davis on February 23, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

Zuma a ‘confident liar’: News24: SouthAfrica: Politics.

Let me state upfront here that NONE of the “official stats” you see on unemployment/employment that are Govt-based are factually correct….. Unemployment is as high as up to 60%+ – and yet we have politicians in our Cash-Strapped and Corrupt (practically insolvent) Health Department earning R140Mill a year but I CANNOT GET HEALTH CARE FOR MY CHILDREN….” Go figure

Johannesburg – Cope Youth Movement has branded President Jacob Zuma a “confident liar” after he announced in his State of the Nation address that 480 000 jobs had been created last year.

“This we know is devoid of any truth and we believe the president can only be categorised as a confident liar who does it with a smile,” the Congress of the People youth wing said on Friday.

“He presented an unbalanced, shameful speech with concocted facts.”

It said the president’s “shocking distortion” of his own 2009 State of the Nation address on the promise of 500 000 jobs was not a mistake.

“He said government planned to create about 500 000 job opportunities and this made no reference to the expanded public works programme as Zuma said yesterday.

“We view this as no mistake but rather a sign of confusion and the president’s lack of understanding of the economic downturn and its impact in the global world.”

Zuma’s failure to account for the ineffectiveness of the National Youth Development Agency which had been in office for nine months demonstrated again that the youth would remain secondary to the agenda of government, the movement said.

Speech ‘shallow, vague and uninspiring’

Cope youth was dismayed and disappointed at the “shallow, vague and uninspiring speech which lacked substance on pertinent issues affecting the people” in Zuma’s address.

“His inability to articulate in detail how he intends to have a paradigm shift to deal with improving people’s lives was a concern for us,” it said.

The movement reiterated its call for Zuma to relinquish his position as president.

“He has too many blemishes which compromise the office. More worrying is [his] arrogant attitude or lack of understanding of HIV/Aids and its consequences.

“He continues making the nation funders of his personal irresponsible actions of his child-making spree while his government is still unable to ensure that all children are cared for like his.”

– SAPA

South Africa – Protests turn violent – ” It’s like violence is the only thing the government listens to”

Posted in south africa, south african crime, South African Politics with tags on February 23, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

IRIN Africa | SOUTH AFRICA: Violent protests “worrying but not surprising” | Southern Africa | South Africa | Economy Governance Conflict Urban Risk | News Item.

SOUTH AFRICA: Violent protests “worrying but not surprising”

Photo: Tebogo Letsie/IRIN
Protesters demanding improved services turned their anger to foreigners in 2008

JOHANNESBURG, 23 July 2009 (IRIN) – Protesters have again brought violence to township streets throughout South Africa over state failure to deliver on longstanding promises of housing and social services for all, but the discontent and frustration run much deeper.

In the depths of an unusually cold winter, the poor, feeling increasingly marginalized economically, socially and politically, and the government seemingly unwilling to listen, let alone act, are seeing protest as the only viable alternative.

“It’s like violence is the only thing the government listens to,” Adele Kirsten, executive director of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), told IRIN.

“This is worrying but not surprising,” Kirsten said. Service delivery backlogs and related protests had long been common in South Africa, but the sudden surge since the beginning of July and the high levels of violence had been exceptional.

By 23 July the media had reported widespread violent protests in the provinces of Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North West and Western Cape over poor access to housing, electricity, water and health care.

Although the country has made some progress in improving housing and access to utilities like clean water, hundreds of thousands of people still live in abject poverty in vast shantytowns, and many expressed their anger and disappointment in clashes with police, burning tyres and throwing stones at passing vehicles.

An inherited problem is still a problem

The election in April of President Jacob Zuma – hailed as ‘a man of the people’ – brought “high levels of expectation and excitement”, and the popular hope was that Zuma and the African National Congress (ANC), which has held power since 1994, would now “translate rhetoric into practice”, so the poor would find representation and sympathy for their plight, Kirsten said.

''It’s like violence is the only thing the government listens to''

But many voters, like Vusi Mthembe, who lives in Thokoza, a dusty township about 50km east of Johannesburg and the site of recent violent protests, have run out of patience. “We vote for this and then nothing – no toilet, no running water. It seems as if they are cheating us,” he told IRIN.

Community-level government officials, often viewed as self-serving and inherently corrupt, have left much undone; people have felt excluded from political decision-making, their predicament unheard, their needs unmet.

“Before the election you see the councillors; after the election they just vanish. They promise us something and thereafter disappear; there is no one to talk to about what is going on here [where we live],” Mthembe said.

Loren Landau, Director of the Forced Migration Studies Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand, commented: “Where councillors are afraid to visit the communities they represent, and members of parliament (MPs) are chosen by the ANC’s executive committee with little popular consultation, it is little wonder that people resort to violence to draw attention to their concerns.”

A vicious circle

In Landau’s view, “What’s going on now reflects two governance challenges that have gone unaddressed for too long: the first is less about service delivery than about managing expectations, and encouraging people to express their grievances (legitimate or otherwise) peacefully through community or political institutions.”

The second concerned the treatment of non-nationals in contentious communities, and a growing fear that violent protesters would increasingly target foreigners, often blamed for “stealing” jobs, women and houses.

The xenophobic violence that swept through South Africa in 2008 – killing at least 62 people and displacing 100,000 others – would return if nothing was done to address its root causes.

“Many people will say we learned no lessons from last year’s violence. I would disagree. What we have learned is that you can assault, extort, rob, or murder non-nationals without facing any consequences,” Landau warned. Xenophobic incidents occurred during July 2009 in the town of Balfour, Mpumalanga Province.

Official reaction to the latest violence has been disappointing, raising fears that protesting South Africans would become further alienated from their government: “So far there has been no clear political response to this,” said CSVR’s Kirsten.

Instead of real engagement, police fired rubber bullets and teargas in a crackdown on protesters, while politicians expressed scant tolerance for their grievances, perceived by many as legitimate.

“We cannot allow anybody to use illegal means to achieve their objectives. Anything that is done must be done within the law and constitution,” the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sicelo Shiceka, said on Talk Radio 702, a local radio station.

This does not offer much hope to the cold and desperate people in Thokoza. Dudu Ntomo, who has spent most of her life in the shantytown, told IRIN: “It just goes round and round here, nothing changes – there’s no toilet, no tap, no houses – this place is just not right.”

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Pietermaritzburg – Capital of KZN, South Africa “City of Choice” Power Chaos as Electrical SubStations Blow Up

Posted in pietermaritzburg with tags , on February 21, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

The Witness.

<img src='https://donnette.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/chaos.jpg' alt='one of the 3 transformers that blew up in the Centre of Pietermaritzburg, causing outage in the city for 3 days

PARTS of the city ground to a halt yesterday following a spate of power outages that were caused by exploding power controllers.

Yet another transformer caught alight on Prince Alfred Street yesterday afternoon, adding to the electricity woes that gripped certain areas on Tuesday after three sub-stations were knocked out.

Frustrated ratepayers contacted The Witness in droves to vent their anger, demanding to know why the municipality claimed power had been restored yesterday as they still had no electricity.

Said Burger Street resident Phiwe Sithole yesterday: “They said it’s been restored already, but I’m sitting here without electricity. Why are they making fools of us?”

Prince Alfred Street resident Nokuthula Sithole complained that they had been without electricity since Tuesday afternoon.

“We could not cook [Tuesday] night and [yesterday] morning we had to bath in cold water,” she said.

Sithole, who lives in a block of flats, said her next door neighbour’s flat almost went up in flames when a gas stove exploded.

“Had it not been [for] the Rural Emergency staff who [live] next to our flat, we [would] be talking [about] something else,” said Sithole, adding that her neighbour was severely traumatised after the incident.

She said she was not happy with the way the municipality had treated them because they did not even have the courtesy to give them notices regarding how long they would be without electricity.

Lee Bezuidenhout who runs a butchery in the CBD said he was in a dire situation as his business deals with perishable food items.

“We’re losing stock because the cold rooms are losing temperature. I don’t know what we’re going to do and every hour that goes past is troubling,” he said.

Bezuidenhout said one freezer held R100 000 worth of stock while another contained R40 000 worth of beef that was starting to go black. He made numerous calls to the electricity department to no avail and was at his wits’ end.

“How are we supposed to run a business? We’ve already had to throw out all the ice cream and our polony, chicken and pork is thawing,” he said.

Reports that St Anne’s Hospital and Medi-Clinic had to cancel all surgeries yesterday as a result of the power failure were disputed by both hospitals.

Medi-Clinic’s client services manager Reshnee Beekrum said everything was running as normal.

“We did not cancel any cases [yesterday], rather accommodated additional cases from other hospitals  … we have generators that are constantly maintained … in anticipation of further power cuts,” she said.

St Anne’s marketing officer Shubnum Ismail issued a statement on behalf of general manager Louis Joubert, stating that they were fortunate to have two generators at their disposal.

“As a precautionary measure we have nevertheless, for the time being, suspended elective surgical procedures to ensure patients’ safety … However, despite this, the hospital continues to run smoothly and efficiently without compromising medical care,” said Joubert.

Msunduzi Municipality’s process manager for electricity Maxwell Mthembu apologised to affected residents and said their team was working tirelessly on the burnt out substations.

Meanwhile, traffic officers had to direct traffic for the second consecutive day yesterday after the burnt out substations caused the robots to black out.

Well up to 2 weeks ago less than 50% of total Tickets had been sold – FINALLY South Africans have been given the go ahead to buy WC2010 tickets

Posted in World Cup 2010 with tags on February 21, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

The Witness.

Before going into this post I must just state that recently it was reported that international ticket sales were horribly disappointing, due to a number of factors… In fact less than 50% of tickets were sold, with people from the Uninted Kingdom having to fork out well over R105000 for a 2 week trip – and that didn’t include the major games…. That R105000 is roughtly what an average person would earn in about 5 years!!!!

Other facts besides the overt and very public threats of violence, theft and robbery of the very tourists we are trying to attract are:

1. The pre-fixed escalation of accommodation and airfares/travelling 2. the ridiculous prices of the tickets and 3. the fact that S Africans were not allowed to purchase tickets – they had to wait until 2 weeks ago to be allowed to make an APPLICATION for the purchase of tickets…. Now tell me this country is run by intelligent people… Now they cannot sell tickets and expect S Africans to fill the stadiums – which they will… or at least purchase the $20 tickets for onsale to desperate overseas tourists…

JOHANNESBURG — Fédération Internationale de Football Association general secretary Jérôme Valcke has revealed that ticket prices for South African residents will be slashed to ensure that all matches at the 2010 World Cup finals are sold out.

Following disappointing sales to overseas supporters, category two and three tickets will be changed to category four, which can be sold only to South African residents for about $20.

Quoted in The Telegraph, Valcke said: “We will increase the number of category four tickets because we cannot have a situation where the World Cup is in South Africa and people cannot see matches.

“This will bring less income to Fifa, but we have already brought in the income we need to match the organising committee budget, which is $423 million.”

Valcke believes airline and travel companies are partly to blame for the number of unsold tickets.

“I think that we are facing a peak time, where companies feel that they can apply the highest level of pricing,” he said.

“We want to ensure that football fans can afford to travel to South Africa.

“It is clear that people have decided that because it is the World Cup, they will ask the highest amount possible to maximise income, but it doesn’t work today.

“They forget that it is a long distance to travel to South Africa. You need to stay for more than a few days, so they have to make offers that the fans can afford.”

Valcke also admitted that mistakes have been made in granting agency Match exclusive rights to sell travel and ticket packages for South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014.

“We have good lessons to learn from 2010, and they will help us in 2014,” he said.

“We will have to sell the tickets to fans direct. We will think about setting up Fifa ticketing centres around the world.”

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