That's Maldives, not Malvinas.
Maybe you've already heard: The Maldives is sinking or being covered up by man-made republican global warming polar ice cap melting. So what do you do when your tourist-dependent country is slowly disappearing into the sea? If you're the Maldivian government, you create a series of floating islands that include a hotel and convention center, private villas, yacht club and 18-hole golf course. If you can find somebody to sponsor it, of course!
The Maldives is the epitome of paradise with its bone-white sand, towering palms and crystal-clear waters, but the low-lying chain of 1,190 islands in the Indian Ocean will not be around forever. Sitting at an average of just five feet above sea level (with 80 percent of the Maldives less than three feet above the encroaching waves), many scientists predict that rising water levels could submerge the chain by the turn of the century. The only real question being - which century?
The $500 million joint venture with architectural firm Dutch Docklands International will create the largest series of artificial floating islands in the world. The islands will be anchored to the seabed using cables or telescopic mooring piles to keep the structures stable throughout the worst of the Indian Ocean's storms, while simultaneously minimizing the environmental impact. And when Mother Nature proves the inadequacy of the design, there'll be plenty of UN disaster funding.
At least 48 people were killed on Tuesday night during battles between members of the Pokomo and Orma communities in eastern Kenya's Tana River region.
The attacks happened when militiamen from the Pokomo side made raids in the Reketa area and slashed villagers to death before setting their houses on fire.
Joseph Kitur, deputy police chief for Mombasa, said, "In total 48 people died; they include 31 women, 11 children and six men."
"It is a very bad incident, 34 were hacked to death and we have 14 others who were burnt to death in their houses," he added, "Our investigations have shown that it is the Pokomos who attacked the Orma people who live at an island."
60 cows were also slashed to death by the attackers during the fierce fighting.
The two communities have been fighting over land, pasture and water during the past month, but Wednesday's attack was the worst in their history.
It the old ACLU gambit, defend the neo-Nazis in Skokie, get cred for being 'even handed' in defending civil rights [because everyone has been conned into believe the Nazis were 'right wringers' rather than the National Socialist they were].
A commissionaire who allegedly posted anti-Muslim comments on Facebook suggesting a mosque should be blasted with a rocket launcher has been suspended with pay, the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires said Monday.
The controversial comments, posted Thursday by Dan Speed on the I Love Downtown Victoria Facebook page, have now been removed. Speed's profile, which said he provided security for the Canadian Coast Guard and worked for the Department of National Defence, appears to have been deleted.
John Dewar, the corps' chief executive officer for Victoria, the Islands and Yukon division, said, "The Commissionaires is an organization that values diversity in our community and we have commissionaires from all backgrounds, so any expression of intolerance like this is unacceptable within our values and probably contrary to specific policies we have for conduct of commissionaires."
He said the commissionaire has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the corps' investigation. "If it is determined there was inappropriate behaviour, then corrective action will be taken, up to and including dismissal," he added.
Victoria police spokesman Mike Tucker said investigators interviewed a suspect, but he was not arrested or charged. Tucker said, "It's an ongoing investigation. We have been talking to people at the mosque and in the Muslim community to see what they want to have addressed and to bring them up to speed on the investigation."
He said police are looking into whether the alleged incident meets the threshold for a hate crime. Tucker added that the challenge for police officers is to determine what's an offhand comment and what's a direct threat.
He said, "Are the comments made in jest? Are they just stupid comments? Even if they are distasteful and inappropriate, does it constitute a criminal act? It's a tough balance to determine if it is a crime."
Police say they are taking the comments seriously. Tucker said, "I don't think there's any social appetite for something like this."
Muslims who gathered for prayer to celebrate the end of Ramadan in a city park found bacon scattered on the ground
How do they know it was done intentionally and a hate crime? People eat and have picnics in parks. Why not celebrate Eid al-Fitr in a mosque or hall? I suppose if someone didn't clean up after their dog, this would become a hate crime.
[Dawn] La Belle France on Tuesday added its voice to mounting international concern over the arrest on blasphemy charges of a young Christian girl in Pakistain.
The girl, Rimsha, is reported to have Down's syndrome. She faces the death penalty for allegedly burning pages with verses from the Koran.
French foreign ministry front man Vincent Floreani said Gay Paree welcomed an announcement by Pak President Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari ... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ... that he would look into the case.
"La Belle France calls on the Pak authorities to free this young girl," he added.
"We would also recall that the very existence of a crime of blasphemy is in breach of fundamental liberties, the freedom of religion or of conviction as well as the freedom of speech.
"We call on Pakistain to respect its international commitments in this respect."Zardari has asked the interior ministry to submit a report on the case, the details of which remain unclear.
Reports in Pakistain have suggested the allegations against her were triggered after she burnt papers collected from a garbage pile for cooking.
WTO only makes sense when you buy into Obama's perspective of ending American stature in the world. We fund other countries to sue us to cripple trade while they play bureaucratic games protecting their own. Even if we happen to even win a case, the State Department will throw it away.