Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers — Nepal’s earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families’ needs. In much of the countryside, it was worse, though how much worse was only beginning to become apparent.
The official overall death toll soared past 4,000, even without a full accounting from vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster.
Udav Prashad Timalsina, the top official for the Gorkha district, where Saturday’s magnitude-7.8 quake was centered, said he was in desperate need of help.
When I was in high school, we had a bi-yearly tradition which involved the taking of the famous panoramic photo. A special camera crew would come out to our small town–and very small high school—and cram us all in together on two or three sets of bleachers as we smoothed out our hair and donned what we thought were cool shades.
We were told to stand very still (although there was usually someone who waited until the camera had moved past them and then they ran behind everybody to the other side so they were actually in the shot twice) while the camera moved slowly to get one long image of several hundred kids.
Many weeks later we were all presented with our own very long, horizontal, rolled up photo featuring the whole school. Still enjoyed many years later—and still posted on Facebook with mirth and memories—I was reminded of the process upon hearing of Grupo Sicnova’s announcement today. They have come to the end of one large mission in showing off some major 3D printing chops, as well as bringing some futuristic technology to a rural area—something that’s happening more and more.
Entire Spanish Village of 318 People are Turned into 3D Printed Statues
On April 24, 1915, Ottoman Turkish authorities hauled off Daniel Varoujan, a leading Armenian poet of the time, along with over 200 other intellectuals in the capital Constantinople. To the crumbling Ottoman Empire, the poets, painters, writers, booksellers and politicians at the beating heart of the Armenian community posed too much of a threat.
Soon, much of the empire’s Christian Armenian population would be targeted and nearly wiped out, accused of conspiring against the empire with the Russians. Many Armenians say the genocide was collective punishment for the actions of a few.
In August, after a wave of deportations began that would force hundreds of thousands of Armenians on brutal death marches toward the Syrian desert, Varoujan was tortured to death, according to eyewitnesses at the time. Varoujan was just one of many men, women and children who lost their lives.
Armenians killed by Ottoman Turks during the Armenian Genocide in 1915.
A man found guilty of killing four people in Nebraska allegedly attempted to carve the number “666” into his forehead, but ended up botching the job.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, 28-year-old Nikko Jenkins told Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon during a recent telephone hearing that he “self-mutilated” by trying to carve the symbolic number — known as the “number of the beast” in the Biblical book of Revelation — into his forehead.
Jenkins did this “because he is not receiving treatment for his purported mental illness.”
Nikko Jenkins is led by deputies at the Douglas County Courthouse in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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