Archive for the ‘deaths’ Category

U.S. Always Pays Top Damages; Ever Notice That? Does That Do Any Good?

January 27, 2009

The government of China is heartbroken that so many Chinese lost children and relatives in the earthquake last year.  Heach famy got $15.00 to help celebrate the Lunar new Year which started yesterday.

When children were sickened and some killed by poisoned milk, China paid compensation:  about $300.00 per family; a little more for the families of the dead.

In Afghanistan today, U.S commanders paid out $40,000 to relatives of 15 people killed; “including a known militant commander.”

That’s more than $2,600 for every person killed.  In Afghanistan.

I wonder, why do we pay so much while other people pay so little?  And do out parments matter?  Do they do any good?  Or do Americans pay to remove American guilt?  I just wonder….

And it isn’t like China is broke.  They “own” much of the U.S. including over $1 Trillion in bonds….

Related:
China Discovers Compensation for Pain, Agony; But Don’t Expect Much

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By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer

U.S. commanders on Tuesday traveled to a poor Afghan village and distributed $40,000 to relatives of 15 people killed in a U.S. raid, including a known militant commander. The Americans also apologized for any civilians killed in the operation.

The issue of civilian deaths is increasingly sensitive in Afghanistan, with President Hamid Karzai accusing the U.S. of killing civilians in three separate cases over the last month. Karzai has repeatedly warned the U.S. and NATO, saying such deaths undermine his government and the international mission.

In Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates echoed Karzai’s concerns, telling a Senate committee that “civilian casualties are doing us enormous harm in Afghanistan.”

As U.S. commanders paid villagers near 15 newly dug graves, Karzai met Tuesday in the capital with relatives of some of those killed. He told the villagers he has given the U.S. and NATO one month to respond to a draft agreement calling for increased Afghan participation in military operations.

Karzai said if he does not receive a response within that time, he would ask Afghans what he should do about international military operations. The statement from the presidential palace describing the meeting did not elaborate.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090127/ap_
on_re_as/as_afghan_civilian_deaths

Bangkok Club Fire On New Year’s Reveals “Host Of Safety Violations” in “Shady Entertainment World”

January 27, 2009

The lead singer of a band called Burn has been charged with starting a Bangkok nightclub fire that killed 65 partygoers on new year’s eve by launching fireworks from the stage.

By Thomas Bell in Bangkok
Telegraph (UK)

The tragedy in the crowded Santika nightclub exposed the dismal safety standards of Bangkok’s shady entertainment scene. An official inquiry into the incident found a catalogue of safety failures and that the nightclub was part-owned by a senior police officer who allegedly protected it from official scrutiny.

Shortly after midnight a blaze engulfed the crowded building with around 1000 people trapped inside and only one marked exit. The fire killed 65 people and injured more than 200 others, including 4 Britons.

“Eyewitnesses and evidence points to fireworks as the cause of the fire at Santika pub, because the fireworks hit the club ceiling and the fire broke out 30 seconds after the fireworks were lit,” said General Jongrak Jutanont, deputy national police chief on Tuesday.

He said police had arrested Saravuth Ariya, 28, the lead singer of Burn.

“He was seen carrying fireworks into the pub and lighting them during the countdown,” said Gen Jongrak.

Mr Saravuth is the sixth person to be charged in connection with the fire. The others – all owners and managers of the club – have been charged with causing death by negligence and admitting under age drinkers.

Read the rest:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/435
7374/Lead-singer-accused-of-Bangkok-nightclub-fire-whic
h-killed-65-people.html

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Band, Nightclub In Rhode Island Kills 100 With Pyrotechnics

From the Boston Globe in 2003….
http://www.boston.com/news/packages/nightclu
b_fire/Series_of_errors_sealed_crowd_s_fate+.shtml

Biden: Expect More U.S. Combat Deaths in Afghanistan

January 25, 2009

Vice President Joe Biden says the nation should expect more U.S. military casualties as the Obama administration plans to send additional troops to Afghanistan.

Pentagon officials say they plan to send up to 30,000 additional troops to the Afghan war, where the Taliban is resurgent and violence has been on the rise. The request for more troops from military commanders was endorsed by the Bush administration and has been favored by the Obama government, too.

Associated Press

In this photo provided by CBS, Vice President Joe Biden appears ... 
In this photo provided by CBS, Vice President Joe Biden appears on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ in Wilmington, Del., Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009.(AP Photo/CBS Face the Nation, Karin Cooper)

Biden said Sunday that additional U.S. forces will be engaging the enemy more. Asked if that means the U.S. public should expect more American casualties, the vice president said: “I hate to say it, but yes, I think there will be. There will be an uptick.”

Biden spoke on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Al-Qaeda Unleashes “Plague” Upon Itself, Kills 40 in Test? Accident?

January 20, 2009

Al-Qaeda has apprently unleashed a deadly agent upon itself, killing about 40 terrorists. The Daily Mail in the UK first reported, “Al Qaeda terrorists have been left fearing the Black Death plague after it wiped out at least 40 insurgents at an Algerian training camp.”  It sounded at first too much like a tabloid report: and then other sources added merit to the news.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1121
842/Al-Qaeda-hit-Black-Death-fear-medieval-plague-kill
s-40-terrorists-training-camp.html?ITO=1490

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By Eli Lake
The Washington Times

An al Qaeda affiliate in Algeria closed a base earlier this month after an experiment with unconventional weapons went awry, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Monday.

The official, who spoke on the condition he not be named because of the sensitive nature of the issue, said he could not confirm press reports that the accident killed at least 40 al Qaeda operatives, but he said the mishap led the militant group to shut down a base in the mountains of Tizi Ouzou province in eastern Algeria.

He said authorities in the first week of January intercepted an urgent communication between the leadership of al Qaeda in the Land of the Maghreb (AQIM) and al Qaeda’s leadership in the tribal region of Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan. The communication suggested that an area sealed to prevent leakage of a biological or chemical substance had been breached, according to the official.

“We don’t know if this is biological or chemical,” the official said.

The story was first reported by the British tabloid the Sun, which said the al Qaeda operatives died after being infected with a strain of bubonic plague, the disease that killed a third of Europe’s population in the 14th century. But the intelligence official dismissed that claim.

AQIM, according to U.S. intelligence estimates, maintains about a dozen bases in Algeria, where the group has waged a terrorist campaign against government forces and civilians. In 2006, the group claimed responsibility for an attack on foreign contractors. In 2007, the group said it bombed U.N. headquarters in Algiers, an attack that killed 41 people.

Al Qaeda is believed by U.S. and Western experts to have been pursuing biological weapons since at least the late 1990s. A 2005 report on unconventional weapons drafted by a commission….

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/20
09/jan/19/al-qaeda-bungles-arms-experiment/

Vietnam: Traffic Deaths Down

December 15, 2008

“There is no simpler message — helmets save lives.”

The World Health Organization said Monday that Vietnam‘s mandatory helmet law helped save more than 1,000 lives since it was introduced a year ago but that more loopholes need to be fixed.

Monday marked exactly one year since the government required all motorcyclists to wear helmets.

There were 1,400 fewer road traffic fatalities and 2,200 fewer serious injuries in the year ending October 2008 compared to the same period a year previous, the WHO said, citing a report by the National Traffic Safety Committee.

Nearly 13,000 road deaths were recorded last year, one of the world’s highest rates per 100,000 with the majority of accidents involving the ubiquitous motorbike, which is the country’s main mode of transportation.

“Thanks to the introduction of mandatory helmet laws there are more people alive today to enjoy time with their family and look forward to Tet celebrations,” Jean-Marc Olive, WHO representative in Vietnam said in a statement. Tet is the Lunar New Year festival which starts on Jan. 26.

“The alternative does not bear thinking about. There is no simpler message — helmets save lives,” he said.

WHO praised the Vietnamese government for its recent decision to give the police power to fine motorcycle riders and passengers who do not correctly fasten their helmets.

If a helmet is not fastened, police will consider this “non-wearing” and the rider and passenger can be fined up to 200,000 dong ($12).

From the Associated Press

 
Above: Before the helmet law

WHO said it is also working with the government to develop a law that penalizes adults who allow children to ride motorcycles without proper helmet protection.

Currently, children under 16 years of age, or the adults that are responsible for them, cannot be financially penalized for not wearing a helmet.