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September 4, 2010

Rodrigo Ortúzar announces plans to dramatize Chilean miners\’ stories

Rodrigo Ortúzar announces plans to dramatize Chilean miners’ stories

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

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Chilean filmmaker Rodrigo Ortúzar, known for his film Mujeres Infieles, announced his plans to make a film about the Chilean miners trapped in the 2010 Copiapó mining accident.

After it was confirmed the miners were alive, Ortúzar started to work on the project. The movie is to be named Los 33 (English: The 33). “I said to one of my previous investors that if there was just one survivor, this would be a great movie, and well it wasn’t one but 33, something that generates the first disgrace or tragedy to have a happy ending,” Ortúzar told to Teletrece.

Ortúzar is already filming in Copiapó. This footage will be mixed with the dramatization. The movie is to be officially filmed in 2011, and will be released in theatres in 2012.



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September 3, 2010

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits New Zealand

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits New Zealand

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Friday, September 3, 2010

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The USGS says an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 occurred in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island at Saturday 04:35:44 AM local time (Friday 16:35:44 UTC). Officials in New Zealand say the magnitude was 7.1. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 10.0 kilometers (6.21 miles). The epicenter was located 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Christchurch; 190 kilometers (115 miles) south-southeast of Westport; 295 kilometers (185 miles) southwest of Wellington; and 320 kilometers (200 miles) north-northeast of Dunedin. New Zealand’s Civil Defence Minister John Carter has declared a state of emergency in Christchurch and Selwyn District.

Widespread damage extending beyond Christchurch has damaged infrastructure, including substantial disruption to the power and water supply. Two people were reported seriously injured, and local residents have also reported that chimneys have fallen in through roofs, ceilings cracked and brick walls collapsed. Several aftershocks were also felt as far north as New Plymouth.

Bob Parker, the mayor of Christchurch, told the New Zealand Herald that he is “thankful there has been no loss of life but there had been considerable damage across the city and outlying areas.” “We are very happy and blessed that no one died,” Prime Minister John Key said; he further pledged that “we are here to support them. We are not going to let Christchurch suffer this great tragedy on their own.”

People in the Christchurch area have been told not to enter the CBD, and a curfew has been established there from 7pm to 7am. Other towns have also had parts closed off to be inspected for safety. The NOAA‘s evaluation of the situation predicts that significant damage will not progress beyond New Zealand: “Based on the earthquake magnitude, location and historic tsunami records, a damaging tsunami is not expected along the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska coasts. At coastal locations which have experienced strong ground shaking, local tsunamis are possible due to underwater landslides.”




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September 2, 2010

Two thousand people use bodies to create message on Pichilemu beach

Two thousand people use bodies to create message on Pichilemu beach

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Official picture of the event. Text reads “Viva Chile[:] Bicentennial [in] Cardenal Caro“.
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More than two thousand people assembled at the Las Terrazas beach in Pichilemu to create the message “Viva Chile: Bicentenario Cardenal Caro” (English: “Viva Chile: Bicentennial [in] Cardenal Caro”) using their bodies.

Julio Ibarra, the governor of Cardenal Caro, organized the event in two days, gathering people from schools, neighborhood councils, Huasos clubs, surfers, and policemen.

People started to arrive at the beach at around 10:00 AM local time (1400 UTC). Ibarra said to Radio Universidad de Chile that “the objective of the activity was to create a post that will be distributed all around the world.”

Pichileminian Huasos created the sentence “Viva Chile,” and other schools created letters of “Bicentenario” and “Cardenal Caro.” Graciela Vargas Urzúa, teacher from Colegio Preciosa Sangre, said that “it was a beautiful experience that [she] had never seen before in Pichilemu.”

The pictures were taken by photographer Philip Muller, in an Army helicopter.

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August 5, 2010

21 sites added to Unesco World Heritage list

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Unesco’s World Heritage Committee inscribed 21 new sites into the World Heritage list on Wednesday, during the 34th session of the committee’s meeting in Brasilia, Brazil under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Culture of Brazil, João Luiz da Silva Ferreira.

Three countries had sites added to the list for the first time: Tajikistan, Kiribati, and Marshall Islands. The Committee added four sites to the World Heritage in Danger list, including the Gelati Monastery and Bagrati Cathedral, both in Georgia. The Galapagos (Ecuador) were removed from this list.

Some of the newly included World Heritages are: Papahānaumokuākea (United States), el Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Mexico), and São Francisco square (Brazil).

Unesco World Heritage sites have special cultural or physical significance as a place or region. Unesco conserves, names, and catalogues these sites for the common heritage of humanity. Italy ranks as the country with the most World Heritage sites, having 45 in total.

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July 27, 2010

Poisoned liquor kills 17 in Kenyan slum

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Poisoned liquor, locally known as changaa, killed seventeen and blinded a dozen in Kenya’s largest slum. Many of the people who died were found in their homes, in Nairobi slum Kibera.

Police said the changaa “may have contained traces of methanol”, BBC News reported.

The woman who distilled the liquor was arrested. Authorities are investigating if the addition of poison was accidental or not.

Changaa is often supplemented with additives that make it more potent. Many Kenyans die from poisoned liquor every year, often sold in the brewer’s home.



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Twin car bomb kills 20 in Iraq

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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Twin car bombs killed 21 in Karbala, southern Iraq yesterday evening. The suicide attacks, on the road from Najaf, occurred at around 7:00 PM (16:00 UTC).

At least 47 people were injured, according to Salid Kadhim, spokesman for Karbala’s health authorities, who went on to tell AFP, “Most of the killed and wounded are policemen and civilians.”

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are expected to travel to Karbala and nearby Najaf to celebrate the anniversary of the birthday of the Mahdi.



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July 24, 2010

Four earthquakes hit the Philippines in quick succession

Four earthquakes hit the Philippines in quick succession

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

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Four earthquakes hit in quick succession the Moro Gulf, Mindanao area in the Philippines according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) early on Saturday. The first one, magnitude 7.3, took place on Friday at 22:08:11 UTC (Saturday 06:08:11 AM local time), at a depth of 604.5 kilometers (375.6 miles). The epicenter of this earthquake was located 102 kilometers southwest of Cotabato, Mindanao; and 915 kilometers south-southeast of the capital city Manila, USGS reported.

The second earthquake reached a magnitude 5.4, and occurred on Friday 22:19:35 UTC (Saturday 06:19:35 AM local time) at a depth of 594.8 kilometers (369.6 miles). The epicenter was located 95 kilometers west-southwest of Cotabato.

The third earthquake, magnitude 7.6, took place on Friday at 22:51:11 UTC (Saturday 06:51:11 AM local time) at a depth of 576.3 kilometers (358.1 miles). Its epicenter was reported to be located 115 kilometers southwest of Cotabato; and 945 kilometers (580 miles) south-southeast of Manila.

The fourth and last earthquake, magnitude 7.4, occurred on Friday at 23:15:08 UTC (Saturday 07:15:08 AM local time) at a depth of 616.7 kilometers (383.2 miles); its epicenter was located 121 kilometers (75 miles) southwest of Cotabato; and 910 kilometers (566 miles) south-southeast of Manila.

No damage has been reported, reported Rona Faeldin of the Philippines Coast Guard to CNN.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has released notices in response to each of the four quakes, stating that no destructive force tsunami has been generated by the deep quakes.

The quake was reported felt in cities such as Zamboanga, and officials “were still determining if there were casualties or damages”, Xinhua reported. A resident in the area, Yolly Andrias told Xinhua that “they were still sleeping when the strong quake awoke them.”

An 8.0 earthquake struck the region in 1976, generating a tsunami which devastated 700 kilometers of coastline in the Sulu Archipelago and southern Mindanao island. The region includes faults in the Sulu Trench in the Sulu Sea and the Cotabato Trench, a subduction zone crossing the Celebes Sea and the Moro Gulf.


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July 8, 2010

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits Southern California

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

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An earthquake occurred on Wednesday evening in Southern California with a magnitude of 5.4. According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time (23:53 UTC). At least two dozen smaller aftershocks, none greater than a magnitude of 3.6, have struck the same area since the quake.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 14 kilometers (8.7 miles), and the epicenter was located 20 kilometers Northwest of Borrego Springs; 23 kilometers Southeast of Anza; 33 kilometers Northeast of Lake Henshaw; and 94 kilometers to the northeast of San Diego.

There were no initial reports of any major damage. San Diego skyscrapers are reported to have swayed as a result of the earthquake.

Wikinews reporter Mike Morales, who was in the area at the time of the tremor, reported: “I remember it happened around five o’clock. It was nothing much, just a little rolling feeling.”

According to Kate Hutton of the California Institute of Technology, this earthquake was caused by an earlier quake in April with a magnitude of 7.2. Hutton says that “changes in the fault line” from April’s quake, caused today’s quake to occur. The April quake was centered in the southern Imperial Valley south of Mexicali, Mexico near the Colorado River.



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June 18, 2010

Portuguese writer José Saramago dies at 87

Portuguese writer José Saramago dies at 87

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Portuguese writer José Saramago, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature, died today at his home in Lanzarote at 87.

As Saramago Foundation reported, “today, June 18, José Saramago has died at 12:30 at his home in Lanzarote, at 87 years old, as the aftermath of a multiorgan failure, after a prolonged illness.” They added that “the writer died with his family, passing out quietly and peacefully.”

Saramago was born in November 16, 1922 in the village of Azinhaga. He was a journalist, writer, designer, editor and translator. He published his first work, Terra do Pecado, in 1947. Some of his most important works are Blindness, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ and Baltasar and Blimunda.

His body will be cremated on Sunday in Lisboa.



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May 30, 2010

Facebook blocked in Bangladesh

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

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Bangladesh temporarily blocked the social networking site Facebook on Saturday, after a man was arrested for uploading content onto it deemed offensive. Other users had reportedly posted other kinds of potentially offensive content, including anti-religious and pornographic materials.

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Mahbub Alam Rodin, aged 30, in charges of uploading cartoons of some political leaders on the website. Rodin’s activity on Facebook was classified as “offensive”, said Commander Mohammad Sohail, director of RAB’s Legal and Media side, as reported by The Daily Star. RAB asked to block all seven accounts of Rodin in Facebook. Rodin used pseudonyms like “Brigadier Mahadi”, “Sepahi Mahadi”, “Imam Hossain”, “Rodin Al”, “Mohammad Al Mahadi” and “Junaida Khandaker Zihan”, Sohail said.

No official comment has been made, but Bangladesh’s Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) blocked it on the government’s request. Private news agency bdnews24 reported that the measure was made on a request by the elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion. Users couldn’t log onto the website since 6:30 pm local time.

The website is to be unblocked on Monday.



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