The mayor of Washington shares a duplex wall with Colombian refugees
On a recent evening, as the heavy aroma of a simmering pot of meat and beans wafted through an open doorway toward the mayor's side, Flor readied to leave for a graveyard shift cleaning office cubicles. She chuckled For now, in the District, the ...
August 8, 2015
National Geographic Archives: Up From Hiroshima
By the end of the year the city's death count had reached 140,000, as radiation, burns, and infection took their toll. The population then stood at 137,000, down from a wartime high of 419,000. Seventy thousand buildings—hospitals, police stations ...
August 6, 2015
The Soviet Military's Eerily Detailed Guide to San Diego
It includes information about the terrain and climate: During the dry season (June to September), almost all rivers dry up, and in spring, during rainfalls, they turn into impetuous impassable torrents. There is . Here, the municipality building ...
July 19, 2015
How China's Government Controls the News: A Primer
When Banqiao Dam on the Ru River finally burst, it unleashed a wall of water that rushed downstream, claiming an estimated 230,000 lives. . China News Service coverage hewed closely to the central narrative — that leaders were working actively and ...
July 22, 2015
Somerset County Freeholders To Honor Veterans Who Served In Southwest Asia
The AVTT is a large-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The wall will be open to visitors at the park from 3 p.m. on Oct. 1 through 1 p.m. on Oct. 4. Visitors will be welcome around the clock. The AVTT's appearance in ...
Taming the Flood
In August 1975, Typhoon Nina, one of the most powerful tropical storms on record, surged inland from the Taiwan Strait, causing floods so catastrophic they overwhelmed dam networks around the city of Zhumadian in China's Henan province. When Banqiao ...
July 20, 2015
US State Dept. Bars Christians from Testifying about Persecution
1) On May 28, in the city of Chakwal, south of Lahore, Muslim men destroyed a Protestant church and beat six Christians, including the pastor. It was 8 o'clock in the evening when we left to return to Lahore. Behind the church, graffiti with ...
July 29, 2015
When the black Lincoln Navigator rolls up outside and the security detail fans out in the darkened front yard, the 13-year-old Colombian girl who shares a wall with Muriel E. Bowser knows to turn down the telenovela before her father asks. In a city where proximity to power is an obsession, the residential shoulder-rubbing under this shared roof may take it to another level. And it begins with the fact that a city defined by the official residence for the U. S. president does not offer one to the mayor. Hober, 52, his wife, Flor, 50, and their two children — Carlos, 22, and Karen, 13 — are a family of Colombian refugees who moved in next to Bowser in April. They do not have enough money to buy living room furniture — let alone the around-the-clock security bubble surrounding their home. The Washington Post is withholding the family’s surname because they fear for the safety of relatives in Colombia, which they fled as political refugees more than three years ago. On a recent evening, as the heavy aroma of a simmering pot of meat and beans wafted through an open doorway toward the mayor’s side, Flor readied to leave for a graveyard shift cleaning office cubicles.
In August 1975, Typhoon Nina , one of the most powerful tropical storms on record, surged inland from the Taiwan Strait, causing floods so catastrophic they overwhelmed dam networks in China’s Henan province. When Banqiao Dam on the Ru River finally burst, it unleashed a wall of water that rushed downstream, claiming an estimated 230,000 lives. And they help explain why, even today, in an era when the ubiquity of the mobile Internet makes cover-up impossible, the party strives to control coverage of tragedies like the recent capsizing of the Oriental Star cruise ship on the Yangtze River. Packed with 454 tourists and crewmembers, the Oriental Star capsized in rough weather on June 1, along a once-popular scenic route that has fallen on harder times since the downstream completion of the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest... For China’s leaders, tragedy is threatening because it summons raw human emotion — and when that emotion fixes purposefully on the human causes of calamity it becomes its own destructive wave, with the potential to undermine political legitimacy. “Stopping the mouths of the people is more perilous than stopping a river,” goes an oft-quoted saying from Discourses of the States , a text dating back to around the fifth century B. C. While controlling public opinion is a political imperative,...
Somerset County Freeholder Director Mark Caliguire has announced that the Freeholder board will present medals this fall to past and current Somerset County residents who served in the U. S. military in Southwest Asia between 1990 and 1995. The... The presentations will be made as part of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) exhibit at the Somerset County Park Commission’s North Branch Park on Milltown Road in Bridgewater. The AVTT is a large-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D. C. The wall will be open to visitors at the park from 3 p. m. on Oct. Visitors will be welcome around the clock. The AVTT’s appearance in Somerset County is sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 452, which sponsored a similar event here in 2011. “Somerset County is honored to be able to host the Traveling Tribute for a second time,” Freeholder... It will be our privilege to present medals to county residents who served in Southwest Asia as part of the opening ceremony on October 1. ”. Eligible veterans are asked to complete a registration form by Sept. To be eligible, a person must be a current or former Somerset County resident who served in the U. S. Armed Forces in support of Operation Desert Shield or Desert Storm between Aug. 30, 1995, in one or more of the following areas: Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies.
A city's rebirth
"The group business has come back, too," Berman said, adding that the city's challenges were not limited to rebuilding post-Katrina ... And the Viking River Cruises company is opening its first U.S. offices in New Orleans in 2017 with two ships for ...
August 16, 2015
Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace
When they “hit the wall” from the unrelenting pace ... like sending an email or walking into a manager’s office. Most comments, he said, are positive. However, many workers called it a river of intrigue and scheming. They described making quiet ...
August 15, 2015
Regent Seven Seas Cruise of New Zealand
New Zealand has the to-and-fro trade of island nations, and towns of comforting old-fashioned slowness that make you think of slippered pensioners and portraits of a youthful Queen Elizabeth hanging in post offices ... At 6 o'clock the ship's bell ...
August 15, 2015
Ghost Queen: Story of the forgotten River Queen
For more than 30 years, both in Oregon City and on the waterfront in ... Jonak says he immediately went to Beardsley's office and bought the boat for $2, cash. What he found, though, was disheartening. The River Queen was in far worse condition than ...
August 14, 2015
Galt building is an eye-catching landmark
It still stands on Water Street South, impressive-looking from either side of the river, but facing an ... the existing towers on the old post office and the 1858 city hall. Today, downtown Galt can boast three historic clock towers while most other ...
August 14, 2015
Five things you need to know today!
Council officers recommend that the application is refused as it will ‘damage the city’s skyline ... the Balmoral clock tower. The meeting convenes at 10am and can be viewed on the council website. Drawing for Graphic Novels, Wall Building ...
August 11, 2015
Make flower bed and musical foundation along both banks of Gomti, instructs CS
The chief secretary has directed to further expedite the construction of diaphragm wall ... post located between the Gandhi Setu and NR bridge on left embankment of Gomti river would have to be shifted elsewhere in compliance of orders issued to office ...
August 13, 2015