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Gamers help the Red Cross

‘Collaborating with the Red Cross is a small way for EA to help others through our creative work,’ said Patrick Buechner, GM of the Maxis Emeryville studio. ‘The content we created alongside the Red Cross not only gives aid to the Sims within our players’ cities, it also enables players to help real people who have suffered from disasters in the real world. After recouping our development costs, the remaining proceeds will go to the Red Cross to help support their work across the globe.’…

 

Blue Mts residents praised for resilience

The mayor of the Blue Mountains has praised the resilience of residents who lost their homes in Thursday’s bushfires. Mark Greenhill says he and other local councillors spent the evening comforting residents affected by the “unprecedented” fires that tore through the area. “The Blue Mountains has experienced bushfire before, but nothing like this,” Mr Greenhill told the Seven Network. “We lost scores of homes; there are a lot of families without homes right through the area…

 

Brooklynites’ wireless mesh network will provide internet access to Red Hook locals in case of natural disasters.

A young group of Brooklynites has been charged with an unusual mission: build a neighborhood-wide wi-fi network. The idea is that a community wireless network in Red Hook, Brooklyn, can help bridge the digital divide in a neighborhood where internet is primarily accessed via smartphone and provide a communications lifeline in case of natural disaster, such as last year’s Hurricane Sandy. Red Hook is at a particular disadvantage when it comes to hurricanes, being in close proximity to the water. The wi-fi crew is all between the ages of 18 to 25. They call themselves The Digital Stewards, and are trained and funded as part of The Red Hook Initiative, a nonprofit organization providing education and volunteer opportunities for area youths, in partnership with Brooklyn Fiber and the Open Technology Institute…

 

Global Outlook: Cost of Natural Disasters (video)

In today’s “Global Outlook,” Bloomberg’s Mia Saini takes a look at the cost of natural disasters on Bloomberg Television’s “On The Move Asia.” (Source: Bloomberg)

http://www.psfk.com/2013/10/grassroots-wifi-network-brooklyn.html

 

India copes with grand natural disasters better than local man-made ones

India is a land of dramatic contrasts where epic achievements and Himalayan blunders exist side by side. This incongruity was in evidence on Sunday, when India was able to hold off the super cyclone Phailin that affected 9 million people, and minimized the death toll to only 23. But on the same day it could not prevent a man-made disaster when at least 115 people were killed in a stampede near a shrine in Madhya Pradesh, Central India. About 14 years ago, a weaker and less dangerous cyclone killed over 10 thousand people in the state of Odisha, which was in the eye of the storm on Sunday…

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