KHENJ DISTRICT, Afghanistan: As the ground shook and a sound like a "jet engine" rumbled through the valley, villagers in remote northeastern Afghanistan ran for their lives, minutes before a landslide buried their homes under tonnes of mud and water. At least 10 people were killed when the landslide struck several villages in Panjshir, a mountainous province north of Kabul, in the early hours of Thursday, destroying hundreds of houses, shops, mosques and cars. Most people appear to have had enough time to escape to higher ground after they were roused from their sleep by warning gunshots fired into the air after the landslide triggered quake-like tremors as it roared down the mountain. Melting snow in the surrounding mountains had flooded a lake, sending water and mud cascading over villages below, the disaster management ministry and local officials said. AFP went to the site of three villages that were largely buried under mud and boulders. "I was sitting in my mosque ... and then I … [Read more...] about ‘Jet engine’ sound, tremors send Afghan villagers fleeing deadly landslide
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Wasn’t Vic in the list of nominees? On the heels of the announcement of the FAMAS as a “reinvented” (for want of a better term) award-giving body, it is already hounded by controversy, particularly in the Dolphy Lifetime Achievement Award which is citing, yes of course, outstanding comedians. The maiden awardee is Vice Ganda (left) whose selection has generated some noise from some quarters. The common practice is that the family the special award is named after (you know, “in memory of”) is given the privilege of choosing to whom the award is bestowed, such as the Vera-Perez Family for the Dr. Jose R. Perez Memorial Award or Susan Roces for the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award (this year’s choice is Coco Martin who more than deserves it). According to Funfare sources, the Quizon Family (with Eric Quizon as virtual head) was left out in the selection of the recipient. FAMAS reportedly conducted a survey, but could it be true that Vic … [Read more...] about Raising Scarlet Snow, Little Superstar!
After striking it rich, a Chinese tycoon decided to give back to his hometown by building hundreds of luxury houses for its residents, but was left disturbed by their response afterwards. Founder of beverage company Tiandi No. 1 Beverage, Mr Chen Sheng, donated 200 million yuan (S$41.7 million) to construct 258 luxury homes in Guanhu village, Guangdong province, five years ago, reported Southern Metropolis Daily on Monday (March 26). Each home, which covers 280 sq m, has five bedrooms, two living rooms, a garage and a small garden. The grounds also feature leisure amenities such as a basketball court, a badminton court,and a stage for hosting traditional operas. The houses are meant to be free for each villager, and were ready since the end of last year, according to the Chinese media report. However, the villas remain unoccupied as the villagers cannot seem to agree on how many homes each family should get. According to the report, some families have asked for more than one villa for … [Read more...] about Chinese tycoon builds luxury houses for hometown; villagers squabble over ownership
By Allyson Chiu The Washington Post Mon., March 26, 2018 The photos and videos haven’t been edited by the latest Instagram filter or otherwise digitally manipulated. Orange-tinted snow did blanket parts of Eastern Europe on Friday and over the weekend, creating eerie post-Apocalyptic scenes and baffling people from countries like Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania and Moldova, the BBC reported. Documentation of the strange snow appeared all over social media, with some making jokes about “skiing on Mars,” according to CNN. While orange snow seems unearthly, meteorologists said the phenomenon actually occurs about every five years and that this instance was caused by sand from storms in the Sahara Desert mixing with snow and rain, according to the BBC. Unlike past occurrences, however, the concentrations of sand are much higher this time, with people even complaining of getting it in their mouths, the BBC reported. In a satellite image from NASA taken … [Read more...] about Orange snow creates eerie post-Apocalyptic scenes in eastern Europe