U.S. Coast Guard & Hurricane Katrina, Historical Index Historical Index Overview Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters to ever strike the United States. The U.S. us-watson1-2010 01/13/2010 FM AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY SIPDIS TREASURY FOR SMART AND WINN, NSC FOR HOVENIER, DOD FOR FENTON E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/13/2020 TAGS: ECON, EFIN, IC, PGOV, PREL SUBJECT: LOOKING FOR ALTERNATIVES TO AN ICESAVE REFERENDUM REF: REYKJAVIK 9 Classified By: CDA SAM WATSON FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D) 1. (C) Summary. CDA met with Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Einar Gunnarsson and Political Advisor Kristjan Guy Burgess January 12 to discuss Icesave. After presenting a gloomy picture of Iceland's future, the two officials asked for U.S. support.
2010 Haiti earthquake The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne (Ouest Department), approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time (21:53 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010. By 24 January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake. Death toll estimates range from 100,000 to 159,000 to Haitian government figures from 220,000 to 316,000 that have been widely characterized as deliberately inflated by the Haitian government. The government of Haiti estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged.
U.S. warns Ottawa about fallout from pending WikiLeaks release The U.S. government has notified Ottawa that the WikiLeaks website is preparing to release sensitive U.S. diplomatic files that could damage American relations with allies around the world. U.S. officials say the documents may contain accounts of compromising conversations with political dissidents and friendly politicians as well as activities that could result in the expulsion of U.S. diplomats from foreign postings. U.S. knoxnews Storms scenes from downtown Knoxville A series of intense storm cells brought multiple tornadoes and damaging hail and lightning across much of East Tennessee on Wednesday, prompting repeated tornado warnings being issued for Knox and surrounding counties throughout the evening. The National Weather Service confirmed two tornados struck near Cleveland, Tenn., including an EF-2 with winds up to 120 mph that injured one person and destroyed three mobile homes along Mt. Zion Road about five miles northwest of town Wednesday morning. An EF-1, with 90 mph winds, also landed about a mile west of Cleveland at 3:36 p.m., although no injuries or serious property damage was reported.
Like It or Not, WikiLeaks is a Media Entity: Tech News « The past week has seen plenty of ink spilled — virtual and otherwise — about WikiLeaks and its mercurial front-man, Julian Assange, and the pressure they have come under from the U.S. government and companies such as Amazon and PayPal, both of which have blocked WikiLeaks from using their services. Why should we care about any of this? Because more than anything else, WikiLeaks is a publisher — a new kind of publisher, but a publisher nonetheless — and that makes this a freedom of the press issue. Like it or not, WikiLeaks is fundamentally a journalistic entity, and as such it deserves our protection. Not everyone agrees with this point of view, of course.
Massachusetts tornado survivors grieve losses Tina Susman AP Photo/Elise AmendolaJoe Yarbrough, 12, right, tosses a jacket to his mom, Laura, as they salvage belongings from their home in Monson, Mass. Thursday, June 2, 2011, one day after it was leveled by a tornado. The Simple Idea behind This Mind-Blowing 3D Interactive Sandbox Playing in the sandbox used to be my favorite activity as a small child. I remember making pretend volcanos, rivers, lakes, and tunnels in the sand. Well, researchers at UC Davis have come up with a way to bring those imaginary landscapes to life with interactive 3D projection technology.