My Current Events Project: Current Event # 6 : Struggles continue for Brazil ahead of World Cup deadline Stadiums might not make it in time for the event in 2014

Struggles continue for Brazil ahead of World Cup deadline

Stadiums might not make it in time for the event in 2014

The Associated Press Posted: Nov 30, 2013 9:49 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 30, 2013 12:22 PM ET

A crane collapsed during construction at Itaquerao Stadium on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.A crane collapsed during construction at Itaquerao Stadium on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Ricardo Bufolin/Getty Images)

From the moment a crane dramatically collapsed at the Sao Paulo stadium, it was clear World Cup organizers would have their hands full trying to deliver all 12 venues by FIFA’s end-of-December deadline.

The giant crane buckled when hoisting a 500-ton metal structure that came crushing on top of the stadium, clipping part of the roof and cutting through a huge LED panel that runs across the venue’s outer facade.

The ravaged crane was seen resting on the ground outside the stadium, while the enormous metal roofing piece stayed atop part of the stands.

Clearly it wasn’t just a minor setback for the venue that will host the 2014 World Cup opener on June 12.

Two workers died in Wednesday’s accident, which immediately raised doubts about Brazil’s preparedness to host football’s showcase event. The timing could not have been worse, putting the country under even more pressure just days before the international footballing community begins arriving for a high-profile World Cup draw.

But as bad as the tragedy was at the Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo is not the only problem for World Cup organizers just weeks before all stadiums must be delivered.

Actually, work in Sao Paulo was almost finished when the accident happened. It was one of the most advanced venues among the six that must be delivered this year.

The story is different in Curitiba, Cuiaba and the jungle city of Manaus, where there are signs they might not make it in time despite claims by local organizers that all three venues will be ready as expected.

FIFA says it will have a better idea of what will be delivered next week, just ahead of Friday’s World Cup draw in Costa do Sauipe.

“Next week the preliminary updates on the operations of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be provided for all operational and infrastructural areas,” football’s governing body said. “Following these assessments and presentations FIFA will provide an update.”

Skepticism about Brazil’s ability to deliver the stadiums intensified after organizers failed to keep their promise ahead of the Confederations Cup, when only two of the six venues were completed by the original FIFA deadline. FIFA made it clear it would not tolerate the same delays that plagued the warm-up tournament and, with about 1 million tickets already sold, football’s governing body says there is no Plan B for the World Cup.

“Further inspections and assessments will occur in December and January to assess the stadiums, along with the months leading up to the FIFA World Cup,” FIFA said.

Workers are running against time in venues across the country.

In the wetlands city of Cuiaba, there is an ongoing court battle over the supplier of seats for the Arena Pantanal, meaning at any moment a judge can stop construction. The initial bidding process for the seats was suspended just a few months ago over prosecutors’ claims they were overpriced. Local organizers said the seats must start being installed by Dec. 20 at the latest.

In addition, a recent visit to the construction site showed there was a lot of work still left for the final few weeks. Just until recently, the roof was still not finished and the pitch was yet to be installed at the stadium, which was 90 per cent completed in the end of November, according to local officials.

The situation was similar in Manaus, where authorities said the Arena Amazonia was 91 per cent completed by the end of November. Organizers are expecting to deliver the venue on Dec. 20.

Manaus is one of the host cities that had to make changes to the original project to stand a chance of making the FIFA deadline. Some of the stadium’s features will only be added after the World Cup.

Organizers in southern Curitiba gave up on installing a retractable roof that was in the original design. FIFA made the request to remove the roof from the World Cup project because it would not be finished in time and would delay the overall construction.

The stadium was only 85 per cent completed by October, according to the latest numbers released by organizers.

Work at the Arena das Dunas in the northeastern city of Natal was nearly 95 per cent completed, while construction at the Beira-Rio Stadium in southern Porto Alegre was just behind that pace. The stadiums in Salvador, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia were ready for the Confederations Cup in June.

Nearly all of the stadiums came over budget, though, another reason for widespread criticism in Brazil. The latest numbers by the government show that all 12 venues will cost a total of $3.4 billion, significantly higher than the $2.2 billion estimated in late 2010. Last year, the cost for the stadiums was estimated at $3 billion.

The most recent estimate still doesn’t account for the increase that will likely happen in the cost of the Arena Corinthians because of the accident. The venue was estimated at $350 million before the crane collapsed.

© The Associated Press, 2013 

The Canadian Press

My reflection on Current Event # 6:

S.  I see a photograph of the crane collapsed  during construction at Itaquerao Stadium on November 27, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

H.   What is happening to my feelings as I read the article are rage and anger at FIFA officials because  how could  FIFA  be so inconsiderate by not having a   few FIFA supervisors on hand at all times therefore if FIFA could have spared the expense for a  couple of FIFA supervisors this accident, could have been avoided at all costs.

O. I can relate this to my own life because I follow each and every FIFA World Cup  and the accident in Brazil saddens me because I know have learned that  an international organization like FIFA  cannot seem or does not want to spare the expenses or the labour make sure that preparations  for the World Cup  are  in a safe environment for the workers who are constructing the stadium. But as we can see this not the case with FIFA as they didn’t even bother to check like the weather forecast and besides they set an unreasonable deadline for the stadiums of the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be done by, therefore causing the workers to rush through their tasks.

W.  We face these problems because an international organization like FIFA isn’t going to be questioned when they say ” Oh, we have a lot of supervisors on site.” But I say that’s a load of rubbish, if they had supervisors on site, could this disaster have been avoided and the death of 2 people as well could have been avoided if proper measures were taken as well as if there was actually a FIFA supervisor on hand to supervise the building of the stadium, they could have seen the signs that maybe they should have postponed construction.

E. The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be hosted in Brazil in 12 different venues. 32 teams have qualified for the event. The draw for the groups that the teams will play in for the group stage will be decided in Brazil on December 5, 2013.

D.  What we as a nation can do about this issue is that we can attempt to boycott the reconstruction process of the Itaquerao Stadium  in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and  tell  the public that FIFA didn’t have any sort of personal on site so that they could see if they had to halt construction due to any conditions  such as weather etc. and thus could have prevented this horrible disaster from ever happening in the 1st place.   If we can tell the Canadian federal gov’t about this maybe we can get some change for standards at which  FIFA operates by not providing any   supervisors that could have foreseen that given the weather in Brazil in November  it might have  been a smart idea to have stopped construction before something that could have gone wrong did go wrong. If we band together maybe just maybe we can we get actual FIFA supervisors on site to actually see what negligence  they had not to stop the construction, they might have actually saved a couple of million dollars in repairs and two lives as well. If FIFA didn’t need to have such a ridiculous deadline for all the stadiums for 2014 FIFA World Cup to completed by it would have been great because it would have put pressure on the workers to overlook errors that they would not have overlooked if they had not been rushed and on a tight schedule.


My Current Events Project: Current Event # 5: Olympic torch takes plunge in world’s deepest lake 65,000 km torch relay is longest in history

The Associated Press – Saturday Nov. 23, 2013 12:14 ET

Olympic torch takes plunge in world’s deepest lake

65,000 km torch relay is longest in history

Olympic torch bearer Mikahil Chuyev carries an Olympic torch from a boat to the shore during the Olympic torch relay on Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia, Saturday.
 First outer space, now this: The Olympic torch has plunged into Russia’s Lake Baikal in the run-up to the Sochi Winter Games.

Video footage from the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee showed local lifeguard Nikolai Rybachenko in scuba gear on Saturday, lighting what the committee said was a water-resistant flare atop the torch and submerging himself in the world’s biggest lake.

The 65,000-kilometre Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history.

The torch has travelled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space.

The torch will be used to light the Olympic flame in Sochi on Feb. 7, marking the start of the 2014 Games that run until Feb. 23.

My Reflection on Current Event # 5

S. I see a picture of a Russian  local lifeguard Nikolai Rybachenko in scuba gear on Saturday, lighting what the committee said was a water-resistant flare atop the torch and submerging himself in the world’s biggest lake.

H. What is happening  to my feelings is elation at what the Sochi Olympic Games torch relay has done with their creativity on the torch relay. I mean 1st outer space now this and I guess this shows that may be no end to torch relay organizers creativity in the future.

0.  I can relate this event to my own life because I follow each Olympic Games torch relay  as if it is the NHL and I like seeing the creativity that is being put into each torch relay and I like seeing creativeness behind each logo for each individual Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

W.   I think why we face these problems is because of the cost the Olympic games can bring to the individual cities and countries. The cost is enormous for these cities and countries and especially if these cities and countries do not have the money or the budget, this can quickly led to these countries and cities going into debt and requiring bailouts from international agencies such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund.

E. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world with a max depth of   1,642 m or 5,387 ft.

D.  What we as a nation can do about the issue , is we ask the CIDA ( Canadian International Development Agency ) to provide aid to those countries and cities. For example the CIDA can start by providing aid to Greece , because 9 years after hosting the Summer Olympics , there is still issues in Greece and provided that Greece spent 1 % of its GDP to host the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, is that best thing that could happen to Greece right now, is for the Western world to wake up and realize that hosting the Olympic Games cause issues and debt in countries and rush in the aid to get these countries that have hosted the Winter or Summer Olympics, who are in debt to get back on their feet.

My Current Events Project: Event # 4 : Olympic torch begins spacewalk ahead of Sochi Games

Torch goes on historic spacewalk ahead of 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi

The Associated Press Posted: Nov 09, 2013 11:08 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 09, 2013 12:22 PM ET


An Olympic torch took a first-ever spacewalk Saturday, carefully held by two Russian cosmonauts outside the International Space Station as it orbited some 420 kilometres above Earth.

Video streamed by NASA showed Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazanskiy carrying the unlit torch of the Sochi games, which bobbed weightlessly at the end of a tether in a darkness dotted by stars.

The two gingerly maneuvered to take photos of the torch against the background of the planet, the orb’s edge glowing with sunrise.

They then returned it to the space station before continuing with other tasks on a spacewalk that was to last about six hours, including attaching a footrest and a camera platform to the exterior of the orbiting laboratory.

The torch was launched into space from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday morning. It will return to Earth with a three-man crew on Monday.

The torch will not burn aboard the space outpost because lighting it would consume precious oxygen and pose a threat to the crew.

The Olympic torch was taken aboard the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis in 1996 for the Atlanta Summer Olympics, but this is the first it time it has been taken outside a spacecraft.

The Sochi Olympic flame started its relay on Oct. 7, four months ahead of the Winter Games, and it is to cover some 65,000 kilometers (39,000 miles). Most of the time the flame will be safely encased in a lantern.

On Saturday, the flame was somewhere nearly as cold and remote as the torch’s temporary residence in outer space — the Siberian city of Yakutsk.

My Reflection on Current Event # 4 :

S.  I see  a picture of a Russian cosmonaut doing a spacewalk with the Sochi Winter Olympic Games torch and  being outside of the International Space station with a hint of the sunrise peeking over the rim of the Earth.

H.  What is happening to my feelings as I read the article is like that this is an amazing thing that has never been done with an Olympic torch before( well technically that is not true as the Olympic torch  was taken aboard the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis in 1996 for the Atlanta Summer Olympics, but this is the first it time it has been taken outside a spacecraft.) but still it is quite an amazing feat for a torch relay to do something like that it’s quite amazing.

O.  I can relate this article to my  own life because I am a huge follower of the Olympic Games and the torch relays and seeing how the different countries do the Olympic torch relay  and seeing the different logos of the Olympic games designed by each of the respective host countries of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

W.   The problems we face because of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games is the massive debt placed on the host city and country because think of it, if your country wins the right to host  the Summer or Winter Olympic Games if you do not have an existing infrastructure, you have to build or upgrade your current one, if you do not have the facilities or the facilities  that you have already need upgrading to deal with the Olympic sized crowds and also if you do not have the facilities you have to build the facilities and if you don’t have the resources to do so you will have to withdraw from hosting the Summer or Winter Olympic Games and you’ll be embarrassed at the international level as well at your own country’s level.

E.  Greece spent lavishly on the 2004 Athens Games, with final budgets landing billions of dollars in the red. According to a working paper by researchers at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, the project went over budget by an incredible 796%.Greece also built too many hotel rooms and fell victim to hopes that the Olympics would lead to longer-term gains thanks to tourism. (Source:

D. What we can do about this issue is that we can petition international organizations  to help provide money and aid to help those cities and countries who have hosted the  Summer and Winter Olympic Games in the past and to the present day who have fallen into debt because of the mismanagement of money,time and resources  by those countries and cities that have hosted the  Summer and Winter Olympic Games because I mean look 9 years later in Greece after they  hosted the 2004 Summer Olympic Games they have major issues because Greece spent lavishly on the 2004 Athens Games, with final budgets landing billions of dollars in the red. According to a working paper by researchers at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, the project went over budget by an incredible 796%. The United Nations and other international organizations should be able to provide aid, to those countries and cities who have gone into debt because of hosting the  Summer and Winter Olympic Games and actually send the money and the aid to help the country and city out, rather than making promise after promise, actually act on those promises that the United Nations  and other international organizations that they have made  to numerous countries even countries that have not hosted the  Summer and Winter Olympic Games it is just showing why so many countries have issues, ones that have hosted the Summer and Winter Olympic Games and countries that have not hosted the Summer and Winter Olympic Games alike have to get money and aid from the United Nations and other international organizations.

My Current Events Project: Event # 3: India’s Mars mission blasts off Tuesday

India’s Mars mission blasts off Tuesday

(Source from the Associated Press)

Mangalyaan spacecraft scheduled to enter orbit around Red Planet on Sept. 24, 2014

India is aiming to join the world’s deep-space pioneers with a journey to Mars that it hopes will showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while seeking solutions for everyday problems on Earth.

With a Tuesday launch planned for Mangalyaan, which means “Mars craft” in Hindi, India will attempt to become only the fourth country or group of countries to reach the Red Planet, after the Soviet Union, United States and Europe.

“We have a lot to understand about the universe, the solar system where we live in, and it has been humankind’s quest from the beginning,” said K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space and Research Organization.

India sees its Martian mission primarily as a “technology demonstration,” Radhakrishnan said. “We want to use the first opportunity to put a spacecraft and orbit it around Mars and, once it is there safely, then conduct a few meaningful experiments and energize the scientific community.”

23 of 40 Mars missions have failed

pslv-c25-on-launch-padIndia Mars Mission

Radhakrishnan admits the aim is high. This is India’s first Mars mission, and no country has been fully successful on its first try. More than half the world’s attempts to reach Mars — 23 out of 40 missions — have failed, including missions by Japan in 1999 and China in 2011.

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard at the control station for the mission to Mars at the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. (The Associated Press)

If India can pull it off, it will demonstrate a highly capable space program that belongs within an elite club of governments exploring the universe.

Mangalyaan is scheduled to blast off Tuesday from the Indian space centre on the southeastern island of Shriharikota, the start of a 300-day, 780 million-kilometre journey to orbit Mars and survey its geology and atmosphere.

Five solar-powered instruments aboard Mangalyaan will gather data to help determine how Martian weather systems work and what happened to the water that is believed to have once existed on Mars in large quantities. It also will search Mars for methane, a key chemical in life processes on Earth that could also come from geological processes. None of the instruments will send back enough data to answer these questions definitively, but experts say the data are key to better understanding how planets develop geologically, what conditions might make life possible and where else in the universe it might exist.

Some of the data will complement research expected to be conducted with a probe NASA will launch later this month, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission, nicknamed Maven.

“We’re pulling for India,” said Bruce Jakosky, project leader for the U.S. spacecraft. “The more players we have in space exploration the better.”

‘We are doing this for ourselves’

Radhakrishnan said that although sending a spacecraft to Mars would bring India immense prestige, “we are doing this for ourselves. The main thrust of space science in India has always been people-centric, to benefit the common man and society.”

India, as well known for its endemic poverty and hunger as for its technological prowess, has used research in space and elsewhere to help solve problems at home, from gauging water levels in underground aquifers to predicting cataclysmic storms and floods.

India’s $1 billion-a-year space program has helped develop satellite, communication and remote sensing technologies that are being used to measure coastal soil erosion, assess the extent of remote flooding and manage forest cover for wildlife sanctuaries. They are giving fishermen real-time data on where to find fish and helping to predict natural disasters such as a cyclone that barreled into India’s eastern coast last month. Early warning information allowed Indian officials to evacuate nearly a million people from the massive storm’s path.

Indian scientists also have led at least 30 research missions to Antarctica, despite being nearly 12,000 kilometres from the icy continent. They are working to expand mineral mining in the deep sea, designating that as a priority area for scientific research. And in 2008-09 the Indian Space and Research Organization successfully launched a lunar orbiter, Chandrayaan-1, which discovered evidence of water on the Moon.

Its advances have helped raise the international profile of the world’s largest democracy of 1.2 billion people. India is lobbying for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, a move it says would better reflect new realities in a fast-changing world needing more technological solutions.

Technology tested on moon mission

Mangalyaan was developed from technology tested during the recent lunar orbiter mission. An evolved version of India’s domestically developed Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, with extended rockets, will take Mangalyaan into an elliptical arc around the Earth.

The satellite’s thrusters will then begin a series of six small fuel burns, moving it into higher orbit before it slingshots toward the Red Planet.

The 1,350-kilogram orbiter is expected to reach its designated orbit Sept. 24, 2014, and will be joined above Mars by Maven.

“I know I’m an absolute wreck with ours coming up in two weeks,” Jakosky said. “… There are 10,000 things that need to go right in order for it to succeed, and it can take only one thing going wrong for it to fail.”

Mangalyaan is expected to have at least six months to investigate the planet’s landscape and atmosphere. At its closest point it will be 365 kilometres from the planet’s surface, and at its furthest — 80,000 kilometres.

India’s space enthusiasts say the $73 million Martian mission will be a step toward understanding the natural world, inspiring children to go into research science and advancing science and technology in ways that help common people cope with a changing environment. Learning more about alien weather systems, for example, might reveal more about our own. Finding evidence for life on other planets might help scientists discover new life forms in places on Earth previously thought inhospitable.

“To visit another planet is a fantastic thing, the biggest thing,” said space scientist Yash Pal, a former chairman of the country’s University Grants Commission who was not involved in developing the Mars mission. “If you can afford airplanes and war machines you can certainly spend something to fulfill the dreams of young people.”

My Reflection on Current Event #3:

S.  I see a picture of  the India Mars probe on it’s launch pad and the Indian military guarding at the control station for the mission to Mars at the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. . This not an article by the CBC but rather an article that is written by  the Associated Press which the CBC used on their Science & Technology page.

H.    What is happening to my feelings as I read the article is that I am supporting their endeavour  to make their first mission to Mars a success for their country’s space program and the technology that they have developed for this mission could be of use to us on Earth, because it will us to connect with other people halfway across the world possibly.

O.   I can relate this article to my own life because I am a huge user of the Internet so, if the technology that India has developed for this mission can make the Internet move at a faster clip therefore I am in full support of this mission to succeed on India’s behalf and also how they can continue their space program into the future.  Allow those countries  who are not allowing space programs to actually allow a space program to formulate in their own country so therefore they can develop technology that can be use to all of the human race and therefore benefit all of the humanity and their individual society.

W.  I believe why we face these problems is because of  how some countries are not allowing to have their own space programs denying the chance for their country to have a shot at developing new technology could be of use to of us on earth in the future.

E.  That 23 of the last 40 Mars missions have failed.

D.  What we can do about this issue  is that we can start petitioning to allow those countries  who are not allowing space programs to actually allow a space program to formulate in their own country so therefore they can develop technology that can be use to all of the human race and therefore benefit all of the humanity and their individual society and potentially stop all the conflict between different cultures of the human race.

Check out this video form YouTube to see the India Mars mission launch:

My Current Events Project : Event # 2: UEFA probes handling of CSKA Moscow -Man City incident

UEFA probes handling of CSKA Moscow-Man City incident

Yaya Toure, Kirill Nababkin


AP Sports Writer

GENEVA  (AP)   UEFA President Michel Platini has ordered an investigation after a Champions League referee failed to follow guidelines and stop a match to warn Russian fans about racist abuse.

UEFA said on Friday its protocol for match officials to handle racism incidents “was not applied” during the CSKA Moscow-Manchester City match on Wednesday.

“This protocol empowers the referee to stop the match and ask for a public address system announcement to be made urging spectators to stop such racist conduct,” UEFA said in a statement.

Platini’s request puts 33-year-old Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan under scrutiny as well as the Russian club.

UEFA has opened a disciplinary case against CSKA, prompted by complaints by City and midfielder Yaya Toure, who is black.

Toure said he told Hategan during play about monkey noises being targeted at City’s black players by home fans.

“UEFA must take their decision about that,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Friday of Platini’s request. “We did all that we can do here, we can’t do any more.”

Hategan, who has been a FIFA international list referee since 2008, did not stop play and ask stadium officials to broadcast a warning. It is the first step of UEFA’s guidelines to deal with racist abuse in stadiums.

If abuse continues, the second step in UEFA’s protocol empowers referees to suspend a match and take teams off the pitch. The third is abandoning the match.

UEFA said it will publish its investigation findings after the disciplinary case next Wednesday.

Russian football authorities on Friday declined to condemn CSKA, the defending champion.

The Russian Football Union said “CSKA fans have always been known for their loyalty to the club and proper behavior at arenas,” in a statement which expressed support for FIFA and UEFA efforts to tackle racism.

Russian league chief executive Sergey Cheban, who attended the match at Khimki Arena, told The Associated Press “there was not an incident.”

“Maybe a misunderstanding. The stadium is relatively small. The acoustics are very special in there as well. So maybe just a misunderstanding,” Cheban said through an interpreter at a meeting of European leagues in Paris.

The incident has directed attention at Russian football’s issues with racism ahead of the country hosting the 2018 World Cup.

The 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine raised the profile of UEFA’s guidelines for referees, who have had authority since 2009 to halt matches and deal with racist abuse.

UEFA insisted ahead of Euro 2012 there was a clear protocol in place after Italy forward Mario Balotelli, who is black, suggested he would walk off the pitch if targeted for abuse.

CSKA has questioned whether any racially motivated abuse was used, even as it issued a statement on Thursday regretting the incident.

“Having carefully studied the video of the game, we found no racist insults from CSKA supporters to the guests,” the club said.

CSKA has increasing influence in European football through its director Evgeni Giner.

Giner sits on the Platini-chaired UEFA strategy council, as one of four delegates representing European clubs. Giner also sits on UEFA’s club competitions committee which makes key recommendations about running the Champions League.

AP Sports Writer John Leicester in Paris and Associated Press writer Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report.

My Reflection on Current Event # 2:

S.  I see a picture of Yaya Toure(from Manchester City) and a CSKA Moscow player arguing. This not an article by the CBC but rather an article that is written by AP Sports and the Associated Press which the CBC used on their European Soccer page.

H.   What is happening to my feelings as I read the article my feelings are ones of outrage and anger because how could the CSKA Moscow fans be so inhuman to a person from Africa and being so racist it makes me mad to the core because  racism it just does not make any sense to me because how could a human being behave like that towards another human being.

O.  I can relate this article to my own life because I am a huge soccer fan and it upsets me to see fans of the same sport as I am behaving in a irrational and unacceptable behavior. The article I can relate to my own life because I am very familiar with Manchester City as they are in the Barclays Premier League( the top division for soccer in England) which is the league Liverpool F.C. is in also and I am a huge supporter of Liverpool.

W.  I believe why we face these problems is because of  how white people have treated black & indigenous peoples in the past so it leads to tension between this 2 races of people. I believe why we face these problems is because I don’t think that black people haven’t forgiven the white people for the treatment of their ancestors  so I can understand  why Yaya Toure who is from the Ivory Coast would be upset by these racist actions and comments from white people that can be racist at times  and also his older brother Kolo Toure who plays for Liverpool FC I think he will definitely be upset by how the fans treated his younger brother.

E. The Champions League is the top club competition  in European soccer being in it’s current format since 1992.

D.  What we can do about this issue  is that we can start petitioning to have racism outlawed and banned but also we can remove racist sayings and attitudes from our everyday language . What we can do about this issue  is that we can ask black people how they feel about the racism they possibly face on a day to day basis, so therefore, we know how it inconsiderate we are and we can right the wrongs of the past starting with the current generation and working with the people who have been affected by racism in their lives.

My Current Events Project: Event # 1: CN fuel cars derail, explode west of Edmonton

CN fuel cars derail, explode west of Edmonton

Dozens flee homes as train containing liquefied petroleum gas catches fire

CBC NewsPosted: Oct 19, 2013 7:08 AM MTLast Updated: Oct 19, 2013 11:56 PM MT

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A CN Rail train carrying liquefied petroleum gas and crude oil has derailed and exploded about 80 kilometres west of Edmonton, prompting an evacuation in the tiny community of Gainford. Parkland County Emergency Services says it received a call about the accident involving a westbound train around 1 a.m. MT Saturday. The 134-car, mixed freight train left Edmonton Friday night bound for Vancouver. The Transportation Safety Board says 13 cars — four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine pressurized containers carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) — left the tracks along Highway 16 and Range Road 61. There was one “significant explosion” at the time of the derailment, followed by a “smaller one,” said Carson Mills, a spokesman for Parkland County. Nearby resident Elaine Hughes told CBC’s Laura Osman she woke to her entire trailer shaking and looked out her window to see the entire sky lit up by the flames. After witnessing a fireball burst in the sky, however, she said the explosion quickly died down and she returned to bed. It wasn’t until 9 a.m. local time that officials arrived to tell her to leave her home.
Gainford derailFlames were still burning on the derailed CN rail cars Saturday night. Fire officials said they have little option but to the let the fire burn itself out. (Courtesy: Transportation Safety Board)

Others, like Denise Anderson, said they received notice to leave closer to 3 a.m. “Two fire and rescue guys came and banged on the door and [they] tell me I had to evacuate because there was a train derailment,” she said. “They told me to get dressed and I had to go.” Many residents CBC spoke to said they were worried about pets and other animals left behind. As of Saturday evening, most residents said they were told they would not be able to return home until at least Monday. No injuries are reported and all CN employees have been accounted for.

Fire is still burning

RCMP officers and emergency personnel are on hand and are working with CN and the TSB staff to manage the situation. Fire crews from Parkland County and Yellowhead County, as well as a HAZMAT crew from Edmonton, were also on scene throughout Saturday. According to early reports by Mills, two of the pressurized cars containing liquefied petroleum gas caught fire at first. CBC was told that one car also exploded. Early on, firefighters said the intense heat from the rail cars prevented them from getting close. By mid-day Saturday, Evansburg RCMP reported three cars were on fire while Parkland County Fire Chief Jim Phalen said a fourth had been compromised. Fire officials say they have little choice but to let the fuel burn itself off, resulting in a dark, billowing cloud of smoke that remained hanging over Gainford throughout the day. “As long as we have the fire burning the gas that is being expelled from the pressure vessels, we know where that gas is — and it’s safer just to let it flare until the product is consumed,” said Phalen, estimating the time required for burn-off to be between 24 and 72 hours. Despite the ongoing flames, CN spokesperson Louis-Antoine Paquin said the four crude oil tankers involved are still intact. “CN has deployed a team of emergency responders from our safety and environment risk management operations and other forces,” he said, adding that safety executives are also on site and have reached out to municipal leaders. Paquin said CN will cooperate fully with the TSB’s investigation into the cause of the derailment. Traffic along Highway 16, a major route connecting Edmonton and Jasper, has been rerouted north along Secondary Highway 765, westbound along Secondary Highway 633 and returning southbound on Secondary Highway 757. It is unknown when the highway will re-open, but will likely not be until Monday. Paquin said it is still unknown when the tracks, which also run a VIA rail service, will reopen.

CN apologizes to residents of Gainford

Gainford derailmentSpeaking Saturday night, CN Chief Operating Officer Jim Vena apologized to the residents of Gainford and commended the swift actions of emergency response crews. (CBC)

Speaking at a briefing held Saturday night, Jim Vena, the Chief Operating Officer of CN, apologized to the displaced residents of Gainford, and commended the efforts of emergency responders. “All of us at CN are very much aware of how this incident has disrupted your lives. I regret this very much and again apologize for the inconvenience you are experiencing,” he said. “Within minutes of the derailment, we have had outstanding cooperation and support from the county, its emergency management, staff, the fire department, police, provincial responders and everyone else we have dealt with.” Vena said the cause of the crash is still unknown as TSB investigators have been unable to get close to the wreckage to investigate the cause of the derailment. Electronic records show the train travelling at 35 kilometres per hour at the time it derailed. The track had been recently inspected, said Vena, as was the train prior to leaving Edmonton. When asked about the company’s safety record, Vena said CN was committed to running a safe railroad, and would be conducting its own investigation into the derailment in addition to supporting the TSB’s independent investigation. “All I can say is we operate in a safe manner, day in and day out,” he said. “We move thousands of rail cars and hundreds of trains and we do it in a safe manner — and we need to find out what happened here.” “CN will clean this up, remedy any damage, remediate the location and apply lessons learned as part of our continued efforts to improve safety,” he added. Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Diana McQueen also addressed the media Saturday night. “We are here, first of all, to ensure the incident is contained and to work to make sure the cleanup happens,” she said. She said provincial officials are monitoring the environmental impacts of the derailment, including air quality and water contamination — both of which had been deemed to be not at risk.

State of emergency declared

Speaking Saturday morning, Parkland County Mayor Rod Shaigec said public safety is his utmost concern. “Certainly this could have been worse, given the recent incident in Lac-Mégantic — that certainly does illustrate the threats to residents living along rail tracks. So we’re thankful it wasn’t of that magnitude.”

However, Shaigec said there was still a concern that another explosion may happen. While emergency crews remain on the scene, the entire area is under a state of emergency.

Gainford DerailA CN Rail train carrying liquefied petroleum gas and crude oil derailed and exploded early Saturday morning about 80 kilometres west of Edmonton.  (Courtesy: RCMP Air 1 helicopter)

The entire community of Gainford — roughly 100 people — has been evacuated, in addition to all residences within about two kilometres of the derailment site. Evacuees were sent to the Entwistle Community Centre, about 20 kilometres from the derailment. Suzanne Merrills, the community development coordinator for the county, said everyone has now been lined up with food, accommodations and other necessities, which are being paid for by the county and CN. “Right now, our priority is to make sure the needs of the residents are met,” said Merrills, who added that many evacuees were able to move in with family or friends. “It’s a nice, rural small community that really bonds together in times of need and really helps to support each other.”

Greenpeace slams Harper over derailment

While it is still unclear what kind of damage the derailment has caused, a spokesperson for Greenpeace Canada has already slammed Harper’s government, alleging it has put Canadians at risk.

“This kind of disaster will become the new normal unless the federal government takes much more effective measures to improve oil transportation safety,” said Mike Hudema, speaking for Greenpeace. “The truth is that the Harper government has become such a cheerleader for the petroleum industry that it is failing in its duty to protect our communities and the environment. “This is the third major derailment in Alberta in the last few months. How many more will it take before Ottawa implements transportation safety regulations that were recommended more than a decade ago?”

My Reflection on Current Event # 1:
S. I see pictures of the derailment and emergency crews and the time range  from 1:26 am to late Saturday to see how long the fires had been burning from 1:26 am. onwards and from what I have read or watched on CBC  they really do not show bias for most of the time but try to report everything fairly and impartially and mainly are they are there to report and not to take a side most of the time on a issue sure. The CBC leaves their feelings about the issue at the door and they are there to do a job not to do a biased commentary and report of the event or issue.
H.  The things that are happening to my feelings are disbelief  and outrage because  my family has a cabin right near the derailment site and how could a  multi-million dollar company not spend enough on making sure that they have enough safety measures and consistently upgrading their railway systems to make sure that these sort of accidents  cannot happen. I am feeling disbelief because of  how could a company not spend enough on making sure that they have enough safety measures in place to make sure that this sort of accident  cannot happen it just does not make any sense how they cannot spend lots of money on improving their railway systems and on their safety systems  so if it is not possible for them to spend a lot of money on their railway systems why can they not spend the money from their profits to upgrade their railway systems and also modernize their safety standards not just to satisfy modern day people but also not to operate at the bare minimum. I guess it does not really surprise me that a multi- million dollar corporation does not really care about safety  because these multi-million dollar corporations are really and truly in the game for THE PROFIT !  I’m sorry but if these corporations gave as much thought about safety as they did about profit, these corporations could still be at the top of their game while also giving a lot of thought to maintaining the safety of the work undertaken by these corporations employees.
O.  As I have stated my family owns a recreation property near the derailment site so this event is directly related to my life because me and my family did not go to our family’s cabin  on  the weekend not because of the derailment but because our family has a severe cold rough us like flies right now but after the derailment that meant we were definitely not going to the cabin and not that would not have been an enjoyable weekend anyways because the emergency crews were  directing the Yellowhead traffic right behind our cabin and when we go to our cabin it is to escape the mania of the city but it just wouldn’t be worth it to come to our cabin only to have the mania of the city roaring right behind our cabin and also because my parents had feared that there might have been noxious gases and I do not think my family would have appreciated being woken up at 3 in the morning to be told “You have to leave the house immediately.”  I mean for one thing now because of this issue we might not even be going up to our family’s recreation property  this coming weekend because we are not sure of what the situation is like up there.
W. I believe why we face these problems is due to these multi-million dollar companies not doing enough to spend that  2 million dollars to upgrade their safety measures and their systems to fit modern day standards. I also believe why we face these problems  is because  these multi-million dollar companies not providing the funding for what I have stated in the above sentence because if the company does not provide the funding for these upgrades and safety measures to be put in place how many accidents like this one will we have to endure before the company opens their eyes to the fact that, yeah maybe spending some of the money out of your profit pocket is a good idea to improve the quality of safety and upgrades even though it may cut down on your profits.
E.  In the span of January to May of this year there have been 242 train derailments  (Non main-track train derailments and main track derailments combined)  this year and out of those 242 train derailments 63 of those derailments have occurred in Alberta and of those 63, 16 derailments (Non main-track train derailments and main track derailments combined)  involved dangerous goods( e.g. liquefied petroleum). So these accidents should be definitely a wake up a call to CN and CPR, especially the derailment that I am covering in this post because it shows that these two multi-million dollar companies do not / want to spend the money on safety and upgrading all sections of both of their railway systems as it will take a slice of their profits to do so.
D.  What can we do about the issue is that we can have stricter safety regulations to ensure that if an accident like this ever happens again we can combat it to allow these companies to take full responsibility for their negligence to pay attention to safety before but if I were them I would treat this like a wake-up call so they do not have to deal with an issue like this ever again companies do not / want to spend the money on safety and upgrading all sections of both of their railway systems as it will take a slice of their profits to do so and so what if they lose a bit of the profits it is going to the greater good for the company and their employees as well so it is ,in my opinion a fair trade because the company gets to keep some of the profits while also benefiting their employees because they now know their job is now secure from harm.