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first_imgBornas added a volcanic tsunami is among the possible hazards of Taal’sactivity, while fissuring, landslides and ground liquefaction are alsopossible. “It could be short, it could be long. Hopefully, short lang kasi malaking dagok po ‘yan sa mgakababayan natin sa Batangas,” she said. Mariton Bornas, chief of Volcano Monitoring and Eruption PredictionDivision of the PHIVOLCS, said a prolonged eruption would be the “worst-casescenario” for Taal Volcano’s intense unrest. Residents use plastic bags to cover themselves from ash spewed from Taal Volcano’s unrest. Mariton Bornas, personnel of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said a prolonged eruption could pose a serious challenge for the locals. EZRA ACAYAN/GETTY IMAGES/CNN.COM “Kung titingnan po natin ang historicaleruptions ng Taal, puwede po ‘yang kasing-ikli ng threedays katulad ng 1911 eruption o puwede ‘yang tumagal ng pitong buwanlike the 1754 eruption,” Bornas added. Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered government agencies toensure that the people affected by the eruption will be given assistance. “Pinapasigurado niya salahat ng ahensya ng executive, saDOH na dapat tutukan agad ‘yung sakalusugan, ‘yung mga mask dapat ma-distributeagad. Sa DSWD para magbigay ngtulong lalo na sa evacuation centers, ‘YungArmed Forces nag-deploy na ng lahat ng air assets ng Philippine Air Force. ‘Yung DOE dapat ma-restore ang power,” Sen. Christopher “Bong” Gosaid.  Duterte has given instructions to the Department of Health (DOH),Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Armed Forces of thePhilippines, and the Department of Energy (DOE), among others.center_img “Kapag pumuputok po nangmalakas, explosive eruption, maystudies na ginawa diyan, eitherdriven by explosion or may grounddeformation o pag-alsa ng lupa nasumisipa sa tubig,” she said. Very fine particles from volcanic ash would take about three daysbefore they settle from the atmosphere, Bornas added. “Siguro ang closest na puwede ihalintulad sa malakas na pagputokng Taal ay atomic bomb explosion– ‘yung itsura niya, hindi ‘yungenergy,” she said. “Mayroon kang matayogna eruption column tapos mayroong ‘ringkumakalat mula doon sa base ngeruption column.” MANILA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology(PHIVOLCS) is bracing for the possibility of a prolonged activity of the TaalVolcano, which it said could reach up to seven months. “Ang local governmentunits naman ang on top dito, supporting ang national government agencies. Dapat gumalaw kaagad ang lahat ng ahensya,” Go added./PN “Medyo mas malalaki ang mgailog diyan eh. Sa ibang parte ng bulkan, masyado matarik ang dalisdis so mahirap mag-accumulate ng deposits. Pero dito sa side ngLaurel mayroong plain diyan at may malaking drainage ng mga ilog, so puwede kang mag-generate ngmga lahar diyan,” she added.last_img read more

first_img— gunmen escape with millions as rampage continuesBandits on Sunday morning brutalised yet another Corentyne family, carting off millions of dollars in cash and jewellery.According to reports the incident occurred at around 02:00h at Number 43 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice- Corentyne).The house where the robbery took placeGuyana Times was told four armed bandits broke into the premises of Nakool Manohar and terrorised the family while demanding cash and valuables. Manohar was not at home at the time.His wife Sattie Etwaru said she, her two daughters, another teenager and her father-in-law were at home when the bandits attacked them.According to the traumatised woman, the men broke a window to gain access inside. She explained that after hearing that someone was breaking the window they tried to secure themselves in another room.“When them come in the house and did not see us in the bedroom, them take a post and break into the room that we ran into. After they get to us, they asked for our money and jewellery. I told them that they can take what they want to but just don’t hurt us,” the distraught woman related.Etwaru said the gunmen threatened to rape her eldest daughter if she did not give up the cash and jewellery.The woman explained that while the men continued their search for valuables they were hitting her 74-year-old father-in-law to his head with a bottle and beating their teenaged family friend with a piece of wood.Etwaru explained that the ordeal lasted for about 20 minutes and after the men found the money and some jewellery they left but immediately returned after the bandit who was on lookout told them that they did not get all of the family’s jewellery.She said that she heard someone telling them “you didn’t collect all of the jewellery that they have.” Etwaru relayed that the gunmen then returned and was given additional jewellery after which they left. She said the bandits escaped with US$4000, $1 million and about $1.5 million in jewellery.Speaking with this publication, Bhagwattie Mangar, Manohar’s mother who lives a short distance away explained that she heard screams coming from her son’s house. She said she opened her window and saw a man who told her to close her window and stay inside, explaining that he is a Police Officer.“They fired one round so I closed back my window and started to shout for help so that the neighbours could hear.No one came out because the bandits started to fire gunshots into the air,” the woman explained.The men subsequently escaped in the direction of the seashore. Police have since launched a manhunt.last_img read more

first_imgData scandal– following disavowals from political partiesWhile it is understood that Guyana is home to a branch of the SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica (CA), the National Youth Council (NYC), has become the latest organisation to distance itself from the company, after the main political parties did so.Storage crates being wheeled from CA’s office in LondonCA, a political consulting firm from the United Kingdom, has been making headlines around the world for its alleged use of data gleaned from millions of Facebook accounts during the 2016 United States presidential elections to send targeted advertisements. There are even reports that the firm had a hand in the BREXIT campaign.Soon after an investigation was launched in the United Kingdom, the former General Secretaries of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the Alliance for Change (AFC), Donald Ramotar and David Patterson respectively, were quoted in sections of the media denying ever contracting the company.Current General Secretary of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Joseph Harmon, also made a similar denial.In 2015, at the time of the General and Regional Elections in Guyana, Jamal Goodluck was part of the steering committee of the NYC, which did work to improve voter turnout. In an interview with this publication on Tuesday, Goodluck, now the council’s chairman, also denied that his organisation had links with the firm.The SCL group office is located on Charlotte Street, Lacytown. However, the extent of its work in Guyana is unclear at this point. Requests from this publication for a comment and information from SCL authorities have so far not been answered.Since the expose, neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) has joined the list of countries that have launched probes into the work of the British political consultants. According to a report from the T&T Guardian, a local probe is targeting the organisation’s alleged link with the past People’s Partnership administration for the 2015 general election.The Guardian has stated that the country’s Attorney General, Faris Al Rawi, announced the moves in Parliament after Christopher Wylie, a former CA employee – now whistleblower – said the firm worked for the T&T Government in 2013 during his testimony before the House of Commons in the UK.According to the Guardian, Wylie referenced a former national security minister and CA’s monitoring of internet browsing in T&T.“The alleged acts committed by Cambridge Analytica and its affiliates potentially constitute breaches of T&T law,” Al Rawi was quoted by the Guardian as saying when he announced the action.The Attorney General also said his office would audit all Government ministries, statutory authorities, state enterprises, and the National Security Council to ascertain the truth behind whether any contracts were established, any payments made, or any services rendered by CA or its affiliates.last_img read more