December 27, 2005
A year ago, images of the destruction in Asia and Africa from two consecutive earthquakes and the Indian Ocean tsunami were beaming into our living rooms and tearing into our hearts. The year since has been marked by the scale and number of natural disasters that occurred, and the world's struggle to help those harmed by calamity. The tsunami was one of the worst natural disasters on record, killing at least 216,000 people. People, communities and fishing economies vanished in an instant.
November 22, 2000 |
Here's something to be thankful for: The United States has had almost no major natural disasters this year. The year 2000 dawned with apocalyptic fears - biblical, technological, meteorological - but so far has turned out to be downright benign. First, the Y2K computer bug was a no-show. Now, with only about six weeks to go, 2000 is shaping up as the least dramatic year in terms of natural disasters that the United States has experienced in more than a decade. Usually the Federal Emergency Management Agency pays about $2.3 billion a year in aid to disaster victims.
December 16, 2008 |
With Congress balking at a bailout, General Motors soon could be driven into the dustbin of history. How did an icon of American business reach such a disastrous state? For an answer, it's instructive to consider natural disasters - which, like corporate calamities, have been particularly devastating to the country in recent years. Hurricane Katrina killed 1,300 people and forced 1.5 million from their homes. If GM declares bankruptcy, hundreds of thousands will lose their jobs, and many of them could lose their homes, too. Whether the risk at hand is a natural calamity or a corporate disaster, we see parallel lessons for those most responsible for avoiding the worst.
October 27, 2004 |
Ace Ltd. reported a small loss yesterday in its third quarter after taking a $406 million after-tax charge on losses from hurricanes and typhoons. Evan Greenberg, chief executive officer of the Bermuda insurer, said that the series of large natural disasters "overshadowed an otherwise strong quarter in terms of revenues, earnings, and book-value growth. " Ace, which bases its U.S. operations in Philadelphia, reported a loss of $3 million, or 5 cents a share, compared with profit for the same quarter last year of $355 million, or $1.22 a share.
March 19, 1995 |
Floods ravage the Midwest. Hurricanes sweep Florida. Earthquakes and mud slides wreck California. Across America, the 1990s seem to be turning into a frightening and expensive preview of the apocalypse. More trouble came last week to California, where winter storms swept away bridges, flooded out crops, and left 10,000 homeless. President Clinton declared 48 of the state's 58 counties as disaster areas. It would be easy to blame nature for this widespread pain and suffering.
October 9, 1993 |
Known for helping during natural disasters, the National Guard worked in Philadelphia yesterday on the urban calamity of abandoned houses. Magnets for the drug trade, some of the houses provide havens for junkies, dealers and prostitutes. City officials and neighborhood groups have worked for two years to bring in the troops. The Guard also has sealed houses in York and Chester.
August 23, 2012
Siemens Healthcare agreed to buy the assets of Penrith Corp., a Plymouth Meeting manufacturer of ultrasound imaging systems, with an emphasis on smaller systems that can used in emergency departments, mobile hospitals used in the military, or triage centers used for natural disasters. The price was not disclosed, but Siemens said that all of Penrith's roughly 20 employees would be offered jobs at Siemens. Penrith was founded in 2005. The company has raised $4.63 million in equity and debt since 2007, according to FormsD.com, an investment-tracking site.
June 7, 1990 |
NBC's "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" is gradually moving toward a new format that will permit Brokaw to spend more time covering news in the field and give Jane Pauley an enhanced role as anchor in New York. Pauley has not been named co-anchor of the broadcast, and NBC officials did not say how often she will appear on the program. But fundamental changes seem to be on the horizon for the "Nightly News. " Steve Friedman, the new executive producer of the show, this week told NBC affiliates meeting in Washington: "We want to be a show of interest, not the show of record.
September 14, 1986 |
Denmark is the best place in the world to live, Angola the worst and the United States ranks 27th out of 124 nations, according to a new University of Pennsylvania report on the quality of social progress. The study, announced Friday at the Global Development Conference in College Park, Md., was prepared by Richard Estes, a professor at Penn's School of Social Work. It is an update of a continuing study that he began in 1974 for the period beginning in 1970. Estes measured economic development, social and political conditions and the ability of nations to provide for their citizens during the period from 1980 to 1983.
March 25, 2009
WHEN LOUISIANA Gov. Bobby Jindal mocked President Obama's budget for "$140 million for something called 'volcano monitoring,' " nearly everyone who wasn't already drinking Conservative Kool-Aid recognized that there might be a need for such government action . . . and that Louisiana's governor of all people should recognize the importance of monitoring the environment in order to be ready for natural disasters. On Sunday, we saw why: Alaska's Mount Redoubt, a volcano about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, erupted.