January 12th, 2012
In today’s top news, Haiti marks the somber two-year anniversary of its history-making earthquake, a lawsuit pops the top on racial discrimination at Pepsi, Co., and Jay-Z’s and Beyoncé’s new baby girl is already making history.
Haiti marks two years since a devastating earthquake shook the nation. [BET]
Pepsi shells out $3.1 million in racial bias case. [AP]
Michelle Obama says she has tried to ignore attempts to portray her as an “angry Black woman.” [Sun-Times]
President Obama took in $68 million in campaign funds at the end of 2011. [AP]
Jay-Z’s and Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy, sets a billboard record just days after birth. [WSJ]
Survey: Conflict between rich and poor is strongest in years. [AP]
J-Cole’s “Work Out” goes platinum. [BET]
Director George Lucas says he found out how hard Black Hollywood has it through making Red Tails. [BBC]
Uncle Snoop plans to intervene in Waka Flocka, Wiz Khalifa beef. [BET]
Fuel protests in Nigeria intensify as oil union workers join the fray. [Bloomberg]
November 19th, 2008
Six-year-old girl killed for her body parts. In East Africa’s Burundi, a 6-year-old albino girl was found brutally murdered, with her head and limbs cut off, reports the BBC. The day of the killing, attackers broke into her home, tied up her parents and shot her in the head, said local officials. Killing albinos for their body parts has become a disturbing trend in the country as well as in neighboring Tanzania because witchdoctors have claimed their limbs can be for magic potions. But this was not always the case in Burundi. According to Kasim Kazungu, who heads Burundi Albinos’ Association, albinos were not a target until word got out about the money they could make from selling body parts in Tanzania. And, recently, a man in Tanzania was arrested for trying to sell his albino wife to traders from Congo. This is the sixth albino person in Burundi killed since September.
Powerful quake hits Panama overnight. An earthquake measuring 6.2 in magnitude shook Panama overnight, reports Reuters. It hit at 1:11 a.m. local time about 35 miles from David, Panama. While tremors were felt in the capital of neighboring Costa Rica, there are no immediate reports of damage there, according to the nation’s emergency commission. People in Panama, who called into a local radio station, said they felt the quake intensely along with several aftershocks. Another caller, who said he was a Red Cross worker, reported that there wasn’t any signs of major structural damage or landslides near the quake’s epicenter, reports Reuters.
November 10th, 2008
Family members continue search for survivors in Haiti. Days after a deadly school collapse in Haiti, the search for survivors continues. Family members of the students and teachers believed to be still under rubble brought shovels and hammers to the site Sunday to dig through the ruin, reports CNN. However, because of safety concerns surrounding the possibility of falling concrete, police had to intervene and keep them away. The school, College La Promesse Evangelique in Petionville, collapsed Friday morning during a school celebration reportedly killing at least 84 people and injuring 150. When the school collapsed, students (from 10 to 20 years old) were either playing outside or inside the building. It isn’t known exactly how many people remain trapped in the debris. At the time the three-story building collapsed, there were 700 people on school grounds, according to a Haitian official. However, a United Nations spokesman believes there were only 250 people inside the school when it collapsed, which would drop the number of people missing. Rescue workers were able to pull out several children alive from the wreckage on Saturday but also found the bodies of 20 students and their teachers. No one has been found alive since then. Some are still keeping hope alive, though. “Throughout history, there’re been people found … 48, 72 hours later – still alive, in good shape,” Michael Istvan, from the U.S. Agency for International Development (a group who is in Haiti helping with rescue efforts) told CNN. As worried parents, holding pictures of their children watched anxiously, rescue crews (from the U.S. and France) continue their effort, sending down cameras into the rubble to look for signs of life and using cranes to lift concrete. Haitian authorities questioned the school’s owner, Fortin Augustin, Sunday, according to Haiti’s Civil Protection Bureau. Augustin has not been charged with a crime. Haiti’s president, Rene Preval, called the building’s structure “really weak” and ordered that construction guidelines be reviewed.
Strong earthquake hits China. A powerful earthquake hit northwest China Monday, reports The Associated Press. The 6.5-magnitude quake hit a remote area in the nation’s Qinghai province, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was 35 miles east of the Da Qaidam district, and tremors from the quake were felt in Golmud (100 miles from the quake’s epicenter), which has a population of 270,000, is the second largest city in the province. A local official said authorities sent 180 people to investigate damage from the quake, but there have been no deaths yet reported. The western part of the nation is no stranger to earthquakes; just in May, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit the region (the Sichuan province), killing 70,000 people and displacing 5 million.
November 3rd, 2008
Earthquake shakes up Puerto Rico. A small earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean has shaken up the northern coast of Puerto Rico, The Associated Press is reporting. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 magnitude was centered 56 miles northwest of the island’s capital, San Juan, the U.S. Geological Survey says. It struck at 3:42 p.m. EDT, and caused tall apartment buildings to sway, AP reports, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
July 9th, 2008
Earthquake rumbles in Peru
Early Tuesday morning, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook southern Peru, reports Reuters. While quakes of that magnitude are able to cause great damage, the nation’s police and civil defense agency said there were no reported injuries or damage. The quake’s epicenter was in an unpopulated area, said the district chief of Peru’s civil defense agency. Still, many residents of Arequipa, ran out into the streets and refused to return to their homes for fear they would collapse in an aftershock. The nation’s third largest copper mine also reported there was no damage as a result of the quake. “We have had no impact, no injuries, everything is fine,” a spokeswoman said.
Gunmen snatched the brother of a Nigerian soccer player
The gunman of younger brother of Nigerian soccer star Joseph Yobo was abducted by gunman last weekend as he was coming back from a party, reports the BBC. No one has made a ransom yet, and no militant group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, said Rivers State police spokeswoman Rita Inoma-Abbey. Yobo plays for Nigeria’s national team and also played in the English Premier League last season. Kidnapping and ransoms are not unusual in Nigeria, the highest oil producer in the continent of Africa. And militants are constantly fighting to get a piece of the nation’s oil profits. Just in the past two years, attacks against the nation’s oil industry has cut oil output by almost 25 percent, which has helped crude prices skyrocket worldwide. After a ransom has been paid, the kidnappings usually end without anyone getting hurt.