WARNING FOR EU TOURIST DESTINATIONS: Major Caribbean Earthquakes and Tsunamis a Real Risk to Caribbean and Florida
The Caribbean and Florida, one of the most popular vacation locations for US, Canadian, Europeans and other tourists is considered a real risk area for another major tsunami by scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the American Geophysical Union.
With nearly twenty million people now living in this tourist region and a major earthquake occurring on average every 50 years, scientists say it is not a question of if it will happen but when.
In the past 500 years a dozen major earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater have occurred in the Caribbean near Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and several have generated tsunamis. The most recent major earthquake, a magnitude 8.1 in 1946, resulted in a tsunami that killed a reported 1,600 people.
Scientists are calling for the establishment of tsunami early warning systems in the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, and better public education about the real tsunami threats in these regions. Also see recent report in Sun Sentinel at: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/editorial/sfl-edittdtsunamijan31,0,5039898.story?coll=sfla-news-editorial
Defying suicide bombers and mortar fire that killed at least 31 people, Iraqis voted Sunday in their first free election in more than 50 years. Turnout estimated at 52 percent of registered voters, with most Sunni's boycotting the elections. Results could take a week to tally. Voters selected candidates from 111 different party and coalition slates to fill a 275-member National Assembly that will form a new government and draft a constitution.
At least 11 U.S. and 15 British soldiers died in Baghdad between Friday and Sunday, including two pilots killed Friday when their Kiowa helicopter flew into power lines, crashed and burned. Two other GIs died Saturday night in a rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in the heavily guarded Green Zone. The 15 British servicemen died when their transport plane crashed after takeoff from Bagdad airport.
Regardless of the problems, critique, and the PR objectives of the US Administration behind this Iraqi election, democracy was the real winner today. The true legacy for the US will come when it now sets a time-table for the withdrawal of its occupation forces from the region.
In December, a New York-based human rights group, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a complaint with the Federal German Prosecutor's Office against Rumsfeld, accusing him of war crimes and torture due to his involvement in the war in Iraq.
With Germany implementing tough labor market reforms to reduce unemployment, many other EU countries are watching closely. Can Germany succeed and become a model for the rest of Europe? Jacob Kirkegaard argues that all European countries with high unemployment should heed the lessons of Denmark.
Mr. Hurley said the biggest external risk was 'a disorderly unwinding of global imbalances' such as the US current account and trade deficits. Mr Hurley said this could lead to a rapid fall in the dollar and a sharp rise in the euro, which would affect competitiveness. He also cited energy prices and political uncertainties as external risks to the economy. On the European economy, Mr Hurley said the long-term trend was worrying, and that Europe was losing ground on the US in terms of improving living standards. He added that progress on implementing the Lisbon Agenda on economic reform had been 'very poor'.
The Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry represents 43 national associations of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, a European network of 2000 regional and local Chambers with over 18 million member enterprises in Europe.
Could Europe become a superpower by 2020? According to the CIA's "Mapping the Future Program model", an enlarged EU will enjoy increased clout in the world, but it will be hampered by the costs associated with supporting new members, by its aging population, and by the inefficient nature of its governing structures and decision-making processes. The Report sees Europe's major strength as being a model to the rest of the world for regional harmonization and governance. Defense spending is not expected to keep up with that of China, although the potential emergence of an EU army could create a replacement for NATO. The 2020 forecast touches upon Turkey's membership as the key to a united Europe's prospects: if Turkey successfully joins, Europe will be a strategic crossroads capable of forging stronger bonds with the Muslim world, Africa, and to the East, with Russia and Central Eurasia. New immigration will be the key to offsetting Europe's low birth rate, if more legal immigration and better integration of workers from other countries occurs over the next 15 years.
Work on the report began in late 2003, and brought together more than two dozen leading outside experts from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds to engage in a broad-gauged discussion with U.S. intelligence community analysts. Initial meetings were convened with experts in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and in an unprecedented expansion of the consultative process, regional conferences were held in countries on four continents-- in the UK, South Africa, Singapore, Chile, and Hungary -- in order to receive input from academics, policymakers, and representatives of NGOs. As well, the MGF's four custom-tooled scenarios were honed by contributions from three leading "futurists"-- Ted Gordon of the UN's Millennium Project, Jim Dewar, director of the RAND Corporation's Center for Longer Range Global Policy & Future of the Human Condition; and Ged Davis, former head of Shell International's scenarios project.
A copy is available for downloading on: http://www.foia.cia.gov/2020/2020.pdf
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Eu funding € 2.6 million to respond to strong demand for the EU-US and EU-Canada cooperation programmes in higher education and vocational training
Dr. Benita Ferrero-Walder announces new EU initiative, the "European Neighbourhood policy," to engage with our neighbours to the east and south. In return for their taking meaningful steps to strengthen the rule of law, good governance, and human rights and democracy, we offer our neighbours new opportunities to share in the EU's Single Market, closer co-operation on energy and transport links and a chance to participate in EU programmes."
The 1,700-strong Iraq Survey Group, responsible for the hunt, last month wrapped up physical searches for weapons of mass destruction, and it will now gather information to help U.S. forces in Iraq win a bloody guerrilla war, officials said.
"I felt like we would find weapons of mass destruction ... like many -- many here in the United States, many around the world," Bush told ABC's Barbara Walters, according to excerpts from an interview airing on Friday.
Bush said "we need to find out what went wrong in the intelligence gathering," and that the invasion was "absolutely" worth it even if there were no weapons of mass destruction.
House of Representatives Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California retorted, "Citing the continuing search by the Iraq Survey Group, President Bush has refused to concede what has been obvious for months: the primary justification for the invasion of Iraq was not supported by fact."
"Now that the search is finished, President Bush needs to explain to the American people why he was so wrong, for so long, about the reasons for war."
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Well think again.
Dawn has broken over this new Gamer Generation as the Baby Boomers fade away.
Right now there are people in their twenties and early thirties who have never known a time without digital games.
They grew up in a world where Playstation was the biggest success in Sony's profits, and where Nintendo sold 1.4 billion video games. Even if the Game generation is different - will that matter to the rest of us? Absolutely. The Gamer Generation is already far greater in numbers than the Baby Boom Generation ever was. Right now, there are far more people who "speak" the language of games than there are Baby Boomers who don't.
Important to all of us is that the Gamer Generation is changing the way we do business today. Gamers believe winning matters - that much isn't surprising. But Gamers are actually savvier in many ways than their non-gamer counterparts, and may surprise the business world with their performance and skills.
Do any of these Gamer traits sound familiar to you?
• If you get there first, you win.
• Trial and error is the best strategy, and the fastest way to learn.
• Elders and their received wisdom can’t help, they don’t understand even the basics of this new world.
• There’s a limited set of tools, but some combinations will work.
Maybe some of these traits frustrated or surprised you, or maybe you’re seeing your own Gamer traits or those of your kids. Unlike Baby Boomers, Gamers want to be heroes. In their world, heroism is what it is all about. The question now is how to best harness this incredible new generation to help them achieve professional excellence and understand that after winning you should also show compassion for those who did not win.
John C. Beck, President of North Star Leadership Group, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, and a Senior Advisor at the Monitor Group, will keynote the international G.A.M.E.S. Synergy Summit to be held Wednesday-Friday, January 26th-28th, 2005 in Orlando. Dr. Beck researched and co-authored "Got Game: How the Gamer Generation is Reshaping Business Forever" (Harvard Business School Press, Fall 2004). He will share insights about the strengths, abilities, attitudes and learning styles of the under-34 gamer generation, distinctly different from the Baby Boomers, and how enterprises across all disciplines can adapt to encourage their best performance. An acronym for Government, Academic, Military, Entertainment and Simulation, the G.A.M.E.S. Synergy Summit brings together leaders from each of these convergent sectors to discover new ways that interactive game-based technologies can address a broad range of beneficial, non-entertainment applications.
In a 24 hour marathon fundraising effort the Dutch public donated around 112.144.000 euros (about 152 million US dollars) to the relief effort following the tsunami in the Indian Ocean. The figure is still on the rise, especially after numerous appeals were broadcast on Dutch radio stations, television, and in newspapers on Thursday.
The day-long event to secure funds for the victims of the Southeast Asian tsunami went through midnight and was watched by just about every Dutch household.
In addition, six million Dutch families will receive a direct debit card in the mail, with which they can transfer money to account number 555, a special national bank account for all disaster relief donations. In an open letter published Thursday in Dutch newspapers, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and opposition leader Wouter Bos called on the Dutch population to make generous donations to the relief fund. The Netherlands, a member of the European Union, has a population of aproximately 16 million people. Total amount of funds collected so far in the European Union have now reached approximately € 1 billion ( about 1.35 billion US dollars) .
Most of us rely on our national newspapers, television and radio news to find out about what is going on in the EU. Unfortunately, amongst the clear and informative reports lie a large number of stories based on twisted facts or even lies. The stories can make entertaining reading, but many people believe them and often come away with a picture of the EU as a bunch of mad 'eurocrats'. These pages take some of those stories and set the record straight – sadly, we cannot keep track of them all.