June 13, 2015 |
When Samir Panthi saw television images of the mass destruction from earthquakes in Nepal, his homeland, he didn't sleep for days. The earthquakes April 25 and May 12 took the lives of more than 8,500 and left more than 19,000 injured. Months later, catastrophes such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons - often in developing nations - have an enormous effect on the labor pool in those countries and their ability to produce asinternational suppliersto customers as far away as Philadelphia, retail experts say. In Nepal's case, handwoven rugs - the country's leading export - and all those involved in the production process were adversely affected.
May 19, 2015 |
Andrew Towne, 33, was eating lunch in a tent at base camp on Mount Everest when the ground beneath him began to sway. He and others scrambled out of the tent, said Towne, a new graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. That's when "we saw this wall of snow descending to the north. " The avalanche that followed would bury large areas of base camp, killing 19 climbers - just a fraction of the devastation in Nepal, where that magnitude-7.8 earthquake on April 25 and a second one on May 12 left more than 8,000 dead and 20,000 injured and destroyed 489,000 homes.
April 30, 2015 |
After Saturday's magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal, the clock was ticking. Thousands were already dead, countless others were trapped in collapsed buildings, and many more needed medical attention. At Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, that meant members of the Sixth Airlift Squadron of the 305th Air Mobility Wing would spring into action. They prepared a cavernous C-17 Globemaster for a long flight that would take them to Kathmandu on Tuesday - with 69 rescue professionals, six sniffer dogs, and 70,000 pounds of equipment and relief supplies.
November 30, 2014 |
Shoppers across the Philadelphia region packed malls and big-box stores on Black Friday, battling for parking spots and discount goods. But in a second-floor space on the south side of Rittenhouse Square, commerce took on a quieter tone. The Tibetan Bazaar is the un-Black Friday, a place to shop for unique silverwork and textiles, to savor salty butter tea and inhale the steamy scent of traditional dumplings, known as momos, to trade the blare of canned holiday music for the hum of chanting monks.
September 24, 2012 |
KATHMANDU, Nepal - An avalanche hit climbers on a high Himalayan peak in Nepal on Sunday, leaving at least nine dead and six others missing, officials said. Many of the climbers were French or German. Police official Basanta Bahadur Kuwar said the bodies of a Nepalese guide and a German man were recovered and that rescue pilots had spotted seven other bodies on the slopes of Mount Manaslu in northern Nepal, the eighth highest mountain in the world. In Madrid, Spain's Foreign Ministry said one of those killed was Spanish, but did not release the person's identity.
July 1, 2012 |
After an hour of steep switchbacks, aching legs, and sweat, I arrived in the small village of Ghyaru and the welcome Yak Ru hotel. But it was the view behind me that took my breath away. Amid the mighty Annapurna Mountains, a thin river slithered through the landscape below. Only three days into my 14-day trek, I was high in the Himalayas of northern Nepal, and a week's climb lay ahead before I crossed Thorung La pass (elevation 17,769 feet) and began the descent back to civilization.
May 29, 2012 |
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Nepal sank into political turmoil Monday after lawmakers failed to agree on a new constitution, leaving the country with no legal government. The premier called new elections, but critics said he lacked the power to do so. Security forces went on high alert and riot police patrolled the streets after several political parties called for rallies to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and protest his unilateral decision to call elections for November.
May 28, 2012 |
KATMANDU, Nepal - Nepal's prime minister called new elections for November after the term of the Constituent Assembly expired at midnight Sunday without political leaders completing the task of writing a new constitution. Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai said the Contituent Assembly had failed to achieve its goal. "We have no other option but to go back to the people and elect a new assembly to write the constitution," Bhattarai said in his announcement broadcast live over television.
May 28, 2012 |
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Political discord has come to Shangri-La. Again. Kathmandu, which normally swarms with business, honking horns, and creaking rickshaws, found itself stuck in a tense quagmire last week as political leaders struggled to finish writing Nepal's new constitution by a May 27 deadline. Even though Nepal proclaimed itself a democratic republic in 2008, two years after a brutal decade of civil war, this mountainous country of almost 30 million is still operating with an interim government.
May 4, 2012
Three journalists slain in Mexico MEXICO CITY - Three men who had worked as news photographers were found slain and dumped in plastic bags in a canal in the eastern Mexico state of Veracruz on Thursday, less than a week after the killing in the same state of a reporter for an investigative newsmagazine, officials and colleagues said. Press advocates called for immediate government action to halt attacks that have killed at least seven current and former reporters and photographers in Veracruz over the last 18 months, most of them among the few journalists still working on crime-related stories in the state.