1. China is accused of misleading everyone about the self-immolations

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    Examiner, October 30, 2012

     

    A young Buddhist monk carries tea for elder monks during morning prayers at the Thikse Monastery near Leh in Ladakh, India. Credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

    The situation in Tibet has been becoming increasingly distressing with fears the rising wave of self-immolations by protesting Tibetans will continue for a long time. The Tibetans have accused China of misleading everyone about the self-immolations. YC. Dhardhowa has reported for The Tibet Post International on October 30, 2012: “China Misleads the World and Its Own People On Self-immolations.”

    The Tibetan Parliament in exile has said that the Chinese government must address the world and its own people about the causes of the increasing self-immolations by Tibetans in Tibet. The Tibetan Parliament released a statement on Monday stating: “The situation would aggravate if the Chinese leadership does not address the underlying causes of the current crisis.” Last week alone 7 Tibetans set themselves on fire in Tibet.

    A portrait of His Holiness The Dalai Lama is seen during morning prayers at the Thikse Monastery near Leh in Ladakh, India. Credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

    The Tibetan Parliament has also said, “the Chinese government’s pursuit of hardline policies against the Tibetans and levelling of baseless allegations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama will exacerbate resentments among the Tibetan people.” It has also been highlighted that the Chinese government has been trying to mislead the international community, especially its own people, by making baseless allegations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration over the problem in Tibet.

  2. Myanmar police kill one in crackdown on Buddhist mob

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    National, October 31, 2012

     

    A long line of Myanmar soldiers, arriving back from the unrest area in Rakhine state, march in Sittwe city, capital of Rakhine State, Myanmar, on Oct 31. EPA

     

    Yangon – Myanmar police on Tuesday killed at least one Rakhine Buddhist in an attempt to quell a mob seeking to expel Muslims from a village in the troubled Rakhine state.

    The killing happened Tuesday morning after thousands of RakhineBuddhists tried to force a Muslim community in Kyauk-ni-maw village, Ramree township of the Rakhine state, to leave their homes, prompting police to intervene.

    In an effort to quell the mob, a policeman shot dead Kyaw HanShay, 56, a Rakhine Buddhist and injured another man identified asThan Tin, who was hospitalized, Rakhine member of parliament Tin Pe said.

    “The police should have tried to solve the situation peacefully, without resorting to shooting,” Tin Pe said.

    It was the latest outbreak of sectarian-related violence to hitthe Rakhine state in western Myanmar where more than 170 people havedied since June as a result of fighting between local Buddhist and Rohingya-Muslim communities.

    The spate of killings was sparked by the rape and murder of a Rakhine Buddhist woman, allegedly by three Muslims, in Kyauk-ni-mawvillage, on the western coast, the scene of Tuesday’s incident.

    An estimated 90 people were killed and 75,000 displaced by the June fighting. Another 84 people died and 28,000 were displaced by afresh outbreak of communal strife last week, which included the burning of some 4,400 houses.

    Behind last week’s violence appears to be an effort by Buddhist communities to push Rohingya-Muslims out of their homes and force them to relocate to refugee camps.

    There are currently about nine camps in Sittwe township, 500kilometres north-west of Yangon, that have been receiving limited aidfrom the United Nations and French aid organisation Medicins Sans Frontieres since June.

    Myanmar is predominantly Buddhist. The Rohingya, most of whom havelived in Rakhine for generations, are mainly descendents of labourers brought in from neighbouring Bangladesh during the British colonial era.

    An estimated 800,000 Rohingya live in the state’s three northern townships. They have been denied citizenship under the 1982 Citizens Law.

    The Rakhine violence is a major embarrassment for the government of President Thein Sein, a reformer who came to power in March, last year, who has called on Myanmar Buddhists to show restraint in the Rakhine, so far without much avail

  3. Hurricane Sandy gains strength on East Coast path

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    CBS/AP, October 29, 2012

    A superstorm threatening 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation gained strength Monday, packing winds of 90 mph just hours before it is expected to make landfall, forecasters said.

     

    The New York City skyline and Hudson River are seen from Hoboken, N.J. as Hurricane Sandy approaches on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. / AP

     

    The National Hurricane Center said Monday morning that the Category 1 hurricane is moving north-northwest at 18 mph, and will soon turn northwestward. At 11:00 a.m. ET the storm was centered about 260 miles south-southeast of New York City. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 175 miles from the storm’s center, with tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 485 miles.

    Maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, with gusts of up to 115 mph, were measured.

    Gale force winds were reported over coastal North Carolina, southeastern Virginia, the Delmarva Peninsula and coastal New Jersey.

    Hours before the storm made landfall, high winds had already knocked out power to more than 100,000 customers in several states by mid-day Monday.

    Sandy is expected to hook inland Monday, colliding with a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic. Forecasters say the storm’s center will make landfall along or just south of the Southern New Jersey coast Monday evening.

    CBS News hurricane consultant David Bernard reports that wind gusts of 38 mph and 41 mph have already been reported in New York City and Boston, respectively.

     

    A truck drove through water in Southampton, N.Y. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

     

    Sandy is likely going to strengthen even more as it approaches the East Coast, Bernard reports, with hurricane-force winds reaching land by Monday afternoon. The storm’s pressure is dropping, which means it’s growing in strength.

    Flooding will be a huge threat, with many areas potentially seeing rainfall amounts between 5 and 8 inches over a 48-hour period.

    The full moon will make storm surges worse, as high tides along the Eastern Seaboard will rise about 20 percent higher than normal. Correspondent Chip Reid reports from Ocean City, Md., that sea levels could rise 8 feet above normal – enough to flood much of the city.

     

    An abandoned home was inundated in Southampton. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

     

    In addition to rains and flooding, about 2 to 3 feet of snow is forecast for mountainous parts of West Virginia.

    The tempest could endanger up to 50 million people for days. “This is the worst-case scenario,” said Louis Uccellini, environmental prediction chief for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    From Washington to Boston, big cities and small towns were buttoned up against the onslaught of Sandy, with forecasters warning that the New York area could get the worst of it — an 11-foot wall of water.

    “There’s a lot of people that are going to be under the impacts of this,” Federal Emergency Management Administrator Craig Fugate said on “CBS This Morning” Monday. “You know, we’ve got blizzard warnings as far west as West Virginia, Appalachian Mountains, but I think the biggest concern right now are the people in the evacuation areas. They’re going to face the most immediate threats with the storm surge.”

    “The biggest challenge is going to be not knowing exactly where the heaviest-hit areas are going to be,” said Fugate, “and the fact the storm’s going to take several days to move through the area with heavy rain and wind, so that’s going to slow down recovery activities like utility crews getting out and putting power back up.”

    The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 14 members of a crew forced to abandon a tall ship about 90 miles off the North Carolina coast and continued to search for two other crew members. The storm lashed barrier islands and rendered several homes and businesses nearly inaccessible.

     

    A stranded car near downtown Norfolk, Va. Steve Helber/Associated Press

     

    Forecasters said the hurricane could blow ashore Monday night along the New Jersey coast, then cut across into Pennsylvania and travel up through New York State on Wednesday.

    Forecasters said the combination of Sandy with the storm from the west and the cold air from the Arctic could bring close to a foot of rain in places, a potentially lethal storm surge of 4 to 11 feet across much of the region, and punishing winds that could cause widespread power outages that last for days. The storm could also dump up to 2 feet of snow in Kentucky, North Carolina and West Virginia.

  4. Just returned home from a funeral service

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    I just got back home from a funeral service of a 95-year-old lady…
    The weather is awful right now. Very few cars on the road, kind of scary…

    Hurricane Sandy will be here at any time. If you don't hear from me,
    you know why.  

    The Governor has already declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts as Hurricane Sandy approached New England, threatening heavy rains and damaging winds that could bring massive power outages. 

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  5. Hurricane Sandy lashes Cuba after cutting deadly path through Jamaica

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    Seems like Sandy will visit my place this weekend

    MANZANILLO, Cuba –  Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba on Thursday as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean.

    The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sandy had emerged of Cuba's northeast coast around dawn and was moving north at 18 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. It was expected to remain a hurricane as it moves through the Bahamas.

    The 18th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season passed well west of the U.S. naval base at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay, where pretrial hearings were being held for a suspect in the deadly 2000 attack on the destroyer USS Cole off Yemen. But it intermittently knocked out power to some of the 5,500 people living on the base. Officials said there was no threat to the 166 prisoners.

    The hurricane center said that Sandy would likely still be a hurricane as it passes over the Bahamas later in the day. It also might bring tropical storm conditions along the southeastern Florida coast, the Upper Keys and Florida Bay by Friday morning.

    A tropical storm warning was extended northward as far as Flagler Beach and a tropical storm watch was issued for the northeastern Florida coast.

    Cuba's communist government, known for its quick response to natural disasters, announced the evacuation of about 450 tourists from beach resorts near the eastern city of Santiago, according to Cuban state media, though hotel workers told The Associated Press they were not expecting any major problems.

    Sandy "is a complex of strong rains, very intense," said civil defense Col. Miguel Angel Puig, adding that the rains could affect 200,000 people in Cuba.

    The U.S. hurricane center had said Sandy is expected to produce total rainfall of 6 to 12 inches across Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic and eastern Cuba.

    "These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain," the center said.

    Eastern Cuba is mountainous and home to independent and state farms growing yucca, sugar, corn, coffee and fruit, among other crops.

    Fishermen on the Gulf of Guaranayabo, where Manzanillo is located, moved their boats to safer ground.

    In Santiago, Cuba's second-largest city, tourist hotels prepared by getting generators ready and closing off some outdoor spaces and pools, though there were no evacuations other than from the beach resorts.

    "We're well prepared for the storm," said Mayte Cuesta, an employee of the Hotel Melia Santiago. "It will affect us, but we don't think there is any danger."

    As Sandy crossed over Jamaica on Wednesday an elderly man was killed by a boulder that crashed into his clapboard house, police said. In southwestern Haiti, a woman died in the town of Camp Perrin after she was swept away by a river she was trying to cross, said Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, head of the country's civil protection office.

    Jamaican authorities closed the island's international airports and police ordered 48-hour curfews in major towns to keep people off the streets and deter looting. Cruise ships changed their itineraries to avoid the storm, which made landfall Wednesday afternoon near the capital, Kingston.

    In some southern towns on Jamaica, rushing floodwaters carried crocodiles out of their habitat in mangrove thickets. One big croc took up temporary residence in a family's front yard in the city of Portmore.

    Stranded business travelers and a smattering of locals rode out the hurricane in hotels clustered along a strip in Kingston's financial district. Some read prayer books or novels, while others watched movies or communicated with loved ones on computers.

    Far out in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Tony was weakening and posed no threat to land. The storm had maximum sustained winds of about 45 mph and was moving east-northeast at 23 mph. Its center was 835 miles west-southwest of the Azores. 

    Oct. 24, 2012: People remove a boat from the water ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy in Manzanillo, Cuba. (AP)

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  6. Please think before believing in Nonsense

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    Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.
    ~George Santayana

    Many Cambodian said they saw a face of the former Khmer King (Norodom Sihanouk) who just passed a way on the 15 of October 2012, on the moon several days ago. Rumors are spreading like fire. #wp  

    everyday.com.kh

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  7. Soaked Jamaica braces for Hurricane Sandy

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    Hope Sandy won't come this way

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Hurricane Sandy pounded Jamaica with heavy rain as it headed for landfall Wednesday near the country's most populous city on a track that would carry it across the Caribbean island to Cuba, and a possible threat to Florida.

    The island's international airports closed, cruise ships changed their itineraries and police ordered 48-hour curfews in major towns to keep people off the streets and deter looting as the late-season storm neared Jamaica's south coast. Police slowly drove through drenched communities in the capital of Kingston with their cruisers' lights flashing.

    The 18th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season was forecast to make landfall in the vicinity of Kingston Wednesday afternoon and then spin on into eastern Cuba overnight. It was expected to pass west of the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, where pretrial hearings were being held for a suspect in the deadly 2000 attack on the destroyer USS Cole off Yemen. #wp  

    (Photo: Jamaica Tropical Weather)

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  8. I am home again

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    I just got back. Still have so many things to get done. I will visit all of you tomorrow. Missed you so much my dearest friends. 

    A very sad day for us: A 95-year-old elderly we just visited at the nursing home, passed a way last night…At 95, she still had an amazing memory. She was able to communicate with us so well on the day we visited her. So sad that she had to leave us. Nothing is permanent…

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