Indonesians are shaken by a devastating earthquake
A powerful earthquake struck near the city of Cianjur on Indonesia’s main island, Java, yesterday, killing at least 162 people and injuring hundreds more. Many people were still believed to be trapped below the rubble. This raised fears about an increase in the death toll. In Jakarta, 60 miles away from the capital, the earthquake shook tall buildings and furniture. Check out photos taken during the disaster.
Emergency workers and other emergency personnel rushed to help trapped people overnight, dealing with blocked roads and landslides as well as hundreds of collapsed buildings. An official stated that rescue efforts were hindered by the fact that the main hospital had suffered damage and lost electricity. Many people couldn’t get medical care and were being treated in the areas where they were injured.
The Official records show that the earthquake was extremely shallow and occurred at only six miles below sea level. Because the seismic waves travel shorter distances to the surface and lose less energy, shallow quakes are often more destructive than deep ones.
Context: The The vast Indonesian archipelago is located on the “Ring of Fire,” A ring of faultlines and volcanoes runs around the Pacific Basin. Every day, large and small earthquakes are common.
Damage: Early reports state that 343 buildings were destroyed and many more were damaged by the earthquake, including government offices, schools, and religious sites.
Somalia’s Famine Pushes it to the Edge
Somalia is heading towards a catastrophic humanitarian disaster. More than a million Somalians have been affected by drought. 5.8 million Somalians have been affected by five seasons of insufficient rainfall. 300,000 are also suffering severe starvation. Al Shabab militants also prevent aid groups from reaching the hardest hit areas.-Hit areas
Somalians are waiting to see whether aid experts will officially declare a famine within the next weeks. Many already fear that history is repeating: Somalia’s last two great famines, in 1992 and 2011, killed half a million people between them. They were also caused by droughts that had been exacerbated by war.
Somalia’s government declared the drought a national emergency a year ago, but aid workers say the crisis is now critical. On average, one child suffering from severe malnutrition is admitted to a hospital every minute. The hospitals are overflowing with children who have been severely malnourished from measles, pneumonia, and other diseases.
The numbers: At least 1 million people have left their homes in search of crowded, unsanitary camps. The U.N. calls for an additional $1 billion to provide emergency food, shelter and water. By mid-2015, at least 500,000 children could die if they don’t take immediate action.-2023.
Front line with Ukrainian fighters
From the beginning of a conflict defined by heavy aerial and artillery bombardment and grinding trench warfare, the Bratstvo battalion, a group of volunteer Ukrainian special forces fighters, has undertaken some of the conflict’s most difficult missions, in situations including early battles around the cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv.
The Reporters were granted access by the group The Times to report on the recent riverine operations which occurred before Kherson was recaptured. One mission was abandoned. The Other was a partial failure.
Since the beginning of October, the fighters have carried out secret raids and performed other special operations in support of the Ukrainian counteroffensive against Russian occupier forces. Their mission was to slip onto Russia’s eastern bank of Dnipro River and lay mines along a road used by Russian soldiers.
Quotable: “All the work along the southern front increases the stress on the Russians and increases their understanding that they will have to lose some resources on this front line,” One commander of a battalion. “So our actions are also some tiny input in this overall result that Russians need to accept some compromises here.”
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RealReal keeps it real
Online marketplaces that allow customers to sell and buy used clothing and accessories, are flourishing, especially in the luxury segment. It has never been easier to shop another woman’s closet. But how can you be sure that her Comme des Garçons shoes or her Maison Margiela handbag are the real deal?
RealReal is a leading provider of high-quality real estate.-end resale marketplace that went public in 2019, an army of authenticators sift through piles of Helmut Lang and Jean Paul Gaultier to determine whether the luxury labels are legitimate — and how much they might sell for.
Dominik Halás, 29, is one of the RealReal’s master authenticators. He is a specialist in vintage clothing and can even identify items that are more than his age. When he was a teenager, he founded a fashion club and worked at a Montclair vintage boutique. He then began buying and selling secondhand clothes online. Along the way, Halás has amassed his own fashion archive of 500 pieces.
He comes across pieces that are not authenticated at least once per day. Sometimes, he’ll look at the typeface on a given tag or even the brand of a zipper to identify whether it is what it says it is, and when it dates from. Sometimes it comes down to experience.
“The quality of the material is throwing me off,” He said this while he was wearing a light blue nylon jacket that had a Prada logo. “I feel authentic Prada ready-to-wear every day, and the best way I can say it is this doesn’t feel expensive enough.”