This week's headlines

Some of the headlines that have caught our attention this week.

As usual, these links may contain views and opinions with which the British Red Cross might not necessarily agree with nor endorse.

138 dead after cholera outbreak in Haiti – CNN

Haitian Health Ministry officials have informed the World Health Organization that 138 deaths are a part of a fast-moving cholera outbreak north of Port-au-Prince, a U.N. official said.

Asylum seekers may have to pay towards cost of appeals - The Scotsman

Asylum seekers and migrants who want to appeal against decisions made against them will be charged under new plans.


David Cameron was last night forced to defend the Government’s massive hike in overseas aid while slashing public spending in Britain.

Typhoon Megi heads for China after striking Philippines – BBC

Typhoon Megi was the strongest to hit the Philippines for several years and caused significant damage, tearing the roofs off houses and cutting power. It has now passed over the main island, Luzon, and is heading towards the southern coast of China.

Big increase in drunken 10-year-olds who need an ambulance - Evening Standard

London Ambulance Service figures today reveal that the number of 10- and 11-year-olds requiring medical treatment for alcohol abuse has more than doubled in the past two years.

In the news this week

Starting today, we’ll be doing a weekly roundup of some of the headlines that have caught our attention over the past 7 days. They all relate to our core areas of work – emergency response, first aid, refugee services, volunteering, and resilience – but they don’t necessarily reflect our own views on the subjects covered.

Feel free to leave your own thoughts on these topics in the comments.

Pakistan flood damage at $9.5 bln

“Pakistan’s recent floods inflicted $9.5 billion in damage to property, crops and infrastructure, according to an Asian Development Bank and World Bank assessment, Finance Ministry officials said on Wednesday.”

Senegal takes in Haitian student refugees

“It is one of Africa’s poorest countries, with simmering discontent over power cuts and unemployment with nearly half the population living in poverty. But Senegal has made good on a promise to give free homes and education to a group of Haitian students who lost everything in January’s devastating earthquake.”

Global hunger index: see how the world compares

“Is global hunger getting worse? According to the 2010 Global Hunger Index (GHI), published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in many countries nothing has changed over the last decade.”

7/7 bombs acts of ‘merciless savagery’, inquests told

“The 52 victims of the 7 July 2005 bombings were “murdered” in acts of “merciless savagery”, the inquests into their deaths has heard.”

Child asylum-seekers targeted in Home Office budget cuts

“Thousands of child asylum-seekers are to be removed from Britain under savage budget cuts being drawn up by the Home Office ahead of this week’s comprehensive spending review.”

We will need ‘2 Earths’ to sustain our lifestyle

“Our take up of food, land, natural minerals and animals has doubled in under 50 years, says new research.”

International Day for Disaster Reduction 2010

“This year a number of major disasters have captivated the attention of the public and media: the January earthquake in Haiti, the massive earthquake in Chile one month later, the summer heatwave and wildfires in Russia and months of continued flooding in Pakistan.”

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How first aid hero helped Gumtree casualty

Casualty-in-roadThere was a horrible story in the news this week – a chap in London went to buy a car from someone he’d contacted through the Gumtree website, but was instead ambushed and stabbed through the heart.

As his attackers fled with the money he’d brought, they left the man dying in the street. The news story goes on to explain:


How to deal with tea-mergencies

FESS volunteers worcester-190I knew I was right. New scientific research claims that a cup of tea really can help reduce stress levels during times of crisis. As a life-long fan of the mighty tea leaf, I’m not in the least surprised.

As explained in an earlier blog, my only really meaningful encounter with alcohol occurred when I drank whisky as a newborn baby so drinking tea really is a big deal in the Cox social calendar (such as it is).

Festival fun with Noah and the Whale

Fest-FAIt’s high holiday season, and doubtless many of you spent last week basking by the pool in Costa Del Packet, a cool drink to hand. But Cox, who is made of much hardier stuff, instead made a bee-line for the Belladrum Music Festival – and all its attendant midge, trustafarian and chemical loo horrors.


Monday Movement update #9

Here’s your weekly update on what different members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement* are doing.

Swine flu: More than one week after the peak of the H1N1 crisis, terraces, squares and public places in Mexico City are once again packed to capacity.

Wounded civilians in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka conflict: As the ICRC stands ready to carry out its humanitarian work hundreds of seriously wounded patients blocked in the conflict area have been waiting in vain for desperately needed medical care.

Pakistan: The latest fighting in Pakistan’s North-Western Frontier Province (NWFP) has caused civilian casualties and massive displacement. The head of ICRC delegation in Pakistan comments on their response. More

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