Video PlayerClose WELLINGTON, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- One person was dead in a volcanic eruption in New Zealand's White Island in the Eastern Bay of Plenty of the North Island on Monday about 2:11 p.m. local time (0111 GMT), with more casualties likely, according to the police. The rescue operation is too dangerous to carry out now, the police said. Previously, police said one person was left in critical condition. "We are aware that people were on the island immediately before the eruption and we express our concern for their safety," GeoNet, the country's geological hazard information center, said on its website. Media reports quoted New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as saying that around 100 people, including foreigners, were on or around the island at the time of the eruption, and some of those are "unaccounted for." "A number of people are reportedly injured and are being transported to shore," she was quoted as saying. According to videos released by local media, a group of … [Read more...] about 1 dead in New Zealand volcanic eruption, with more casualties likely: police
In August, M+ museum hosted an event to look back on the works presented by Hong Kong artists in recent editions of Art Biennale in Venice. During the questions and answers session, a man in the audience asked the panel - comprising artists and curators who have represented Hong Kong in various biennales - if Hong Kong might get round to hosting an art biennale of its own at some point. It’s an ambitious proposition, if not somewhat inappropriate, given the timing. Surely Hong Kong has more pressing issues to deal with at the moment than trying to put together an art biennale on a scale comparable to that of Venice. Venice’s Art Biennale is at least 10 times the size of Hong Kong Art Basel - the city’s flagship annual art event. While Hong Kong Art Basel covers 14,000 square meters of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and attracted 93,000 visitors in its last edition, Arsenale, one of the two main venues of Art Biennale in Venice, alone measures 50,000 … [Read more...] about Can our city pull off what Venice did and host its own art biennale?
The United States recently raised the tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent, while targeting another $300 billion worth of Chinese imports for potential punitive tariffs. As was to be expected, the yuan depreciated from 6.7 toward 6.9 against the US dollar, mainly on renewed trade tensions. China responded by imposing duties on $60 billion of US goods, starting June 1. In other words, instead of retaliating hard, China chose a mild response that highlights the importance of talks. The US administration may still be gloating over its misguided tariff stance. Yet the movement of the yuan may not be to the liking of the White House since it is likely to offset the tariff impact. Tariffs' impact on Chinese and Asian currencies Until the US' tariff escalation, China's currency was around 6.80 against the US dollar. That, however, was predicated on the expectation that cooler heads would prevail in the White House and a broad-scale trade war was avoidable. … [Read more...] about US’ futile quest for a yuan Plaza Accord
Email ABC South East NSW By Adriane Reardon and Claire Wheaton Updated December 09, 2019 15:40:17 Photo: Sea urchin roe is so expensive and the markets so valuable, that Rachel Theodore is considering air-freight from fire ravaged NSW south coast to Sydney. (ABC South East NSW: Adriane Reardon) Related Story: 'The roads are empty': Tourists cancel holiday plans amid NSW's bushfires Map: Batemans Bay 2536 Tomatoes, strawberries and fresh seafood will start to spoil in sheds, unable to travel on the Kings and Princes Highways, which are closed by the Currowan fire. Key points:Fresh produce cannot reach Sydney because of the Currowan fire, which has burnt 78,000 hectaresConditions expected to deteriorate on Tuesday for the fire which on the NSW South Coast between Batemans Bay and Braidwood Road closures affect the Princes Highway between Burrill Lake and Kings Highway turnoff, and the Kings Highway between Nelligen and Forest River Road, Monga Fires north of … [Read more...] about Currowan fires shut Kings and Princes Highways causing havoc for fresh produce
Wellington: At least one person was killed, several injured and others reported missing in New Zealand after a volcano erupted off the east coast of its North Island on Monday, spewing a plume of ash thousands of feet into the air. Twenty-three people, some of them believed to be tourists from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, were rescued from White Island, where the volcano erupted at about 2:11 p.m. (0111 GMT), police said. Earlier, about 100 people were feared to have been nearby. Michael Schade, an engineering manager from San Francisco, was one of the tourists who made it off the island minutes before the eruption. He posted dramatic footage of the eruption from the boat he was on, with smoke first engulfing the top of the crater and then the entire island. "This is so hard to believe," Schade said. "Our whole tour group were literally standing at the edge of the main crater not 30 minutes before." The White Island is about 50 km (30 miles) from the east coast of North Island … [Read more...] about One Killed, Several Injured and Reported Missing After Volcano Erupts in New Zealand