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Why are domestic violence victims overlooked in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic?

Why are domestic violence victims overlooked in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic?

Breaking News, Explainers, Natural Disaster, Uncategorized
The World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 as a worldwide pandemic on March 11, 2020. Since then, a lot has happened: borders have been closed, global leaders have tested positive for the virus, many people have lost their jobs or changed how they used to do it, supermarkets have been emptied by panicked shoppers, people have been dissuaded from hugging and kissing their loved ones until further notice, and many countries have declared a state of emergency. Now people are being asked to stay at home and only leave it to buy groceries or medicine.  Pandemics exacerbate inequalities, including gender issues which have been present for a very long time. But in the middle of this 'new normal' that we are trying to get used to, there is one specific group of people who is now ...
Heaviest storm in Icelandic history

Heaviest storm in Icelandic history

Breaking News, Climate, Environment, Natural Disaster, News, Science, Travel, Worldnews
A bombogenisis (fast evolving) cyclone hit Iceland last night, causing damage throughout the country and cutting off the island. Up to 118 mph was the predicted wind speed by forecasts along with heavy snowfall. The air pressure dropped from 1005 hPa to 980 in only 19 hours before the storm hit the country. The weather alert was set to yellow, orange and even red. It was the first time in Icelandic history that a weather warning of the highest level was released since the new weather alert system had been introduced several years ago. The red alert affected the region of the Westfjords, a very exposed area in the northwest of Iceland, where the storm was suspected to be the worst. People in the whole country were advised to stay home. Forecasters especially recommended to avoi...
‘No sign of Life’ – White Island volcano erupts in New Zealand

‘No sign of Life’ – White Island volcano erupts in New Zealand

Breaking News, Environment, International, Natural Disaster
A volcano eruption took place on White Island, New Zealand on Monday morning, killing five people. The eruption happened at 2:14 pm local time and was categorized as a level four volcanic eruption. According to Reuters, around 50 people were believed to be on site, when the eruption took place. Around 18 survivors who were rescued have been severely injured with burns and are now being treated at a hospital. A number of British travellers and passengers from the Ovation of the Seas, a cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean along with some local tourist have appeared to be on the missing peoples list. A large number of people still remain unaccounted for following the disaster, but officials have said they do not believe any of them survived, as aerial reconnaissance flights have not id
Volcano victims on island believed dead by New Zealand police

Volcano victims on island believed dead by New Zealand police

Breaking News, International, Natural Disaster, tragedy
White Island, New Zealand | Picture credit: pixabay.com According to a New Zealand Police update, reconnaissance flights conducted over White Island volcano have not revealed any survivors. Police believe that anyone who could have been found alive has already been evacuated. This news comes shortly after it was reported that the White Island volcano had been showing signs of “increased activity” in the weeks before its eruption. According to the science agency GeoNet, an alert indicating the possibility of a “moderate volcanic eruption” was issued for the volcano in the weeks leading up to the eruption which has killed five people so far. The alert was a level four on a scale that runs from zero to five, five signifying a severe eruption. Brad Scott, a volcanologist at GeoNet,