Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique on midnight local time on
Thursday, March 14, with 175 kph (109 mph) winds,
It wasn’t the strongest storm to have hit Mozambique, but the region had
recently been deluged by heavy rains. After lingering off the coast for days, gatherin
g strength, Idai finally dumped a huge amount of water on Beira — a city of
500,000 people — destroying “90%” of the area, according to aid agencies.
One week later, thousands of people remain missing across Mozambique,
Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Millions of others acr
oss have been left destitute without food or basic services, according to reports.
he high commissioner for Mozambique in the UK, Filipe Chidumo, said
Wednesday that the country needs “a sustained effort on part of the
Mozambican government as well as the inter
national community” to help rescue stranded people, and provide, food,
sanitation and water for those at risk.
”This is a big tragedy of biblical proportions,” he said, adding that major
ation of electricity, water and sanitation to prevent the emergence of waterborne
diseases, as well as repairs to public infrastructure.
mental illness and not go back to work until he recovered.”The utmost goal is like Zhuge Liang (of the Three Kingd
oms), who became a senior official to serve the country,” Shen said. “What comes second is to be like Du Fu (a reno
wned poet in Tang Dynasty known for his patriotism), who always puts the country’s and the people’s interests first.”
“Over the past 26 years, no one from the office has ever asked about me,” Shen told Red
Star News. The auditing office of Xuhui district hasn’t responded to comment as of press time.
Shen also denied online rumors that he graduated from Fudan University and once lost a daughter to a car crash.
“I have never been married, so how could I have a daughter,” he retorted. “Me, a Fudan graduate? Fudan was far out of my league.”
After days of being bombarded with visits and interviews from curious citizens or online streamers, who
are tapping into his sudden popularity for public exposure, Shen said he hopes he can be left alone so as to read more books.
A constant temperature of 27 degrees, a water bowl that never freezes, a comfy mat, and no dogs allowed.
Those are the amenities for felines in a neighborhood in Beijing’s Sh
unyi district, where stray cats can loll around contentedly all winter, nibbling food and sipp
ing water, safe from the weather and provided with love through an artificial intelligence platform. It is purrfection.
Wan Xi, an engineer at Baidu Brain－the open AI platform of Baidu－had the idea of build
ing a smart shelter for strays when he found a kitten huddled on his car tire in the winter of 2017.
Winter is rough for stray animals, as they require extra calories to stay warm. Only around 40 perc
ent of stray cats find enough food and shelter to make it through the harsh temperatures.
Although volunteers offer water, food and even heating pads to stray animals, Beijing’s freezin
g winters can turn a bowl of water into ice before a cat can drink. Many stray cats don’t live more than two ye
ars. Those that are not neutered or spayed face more health problems and spawn more homeless cats.
Christchurch, New Zealand (CNN)Zaid Mustafa should have been at school on Wednesday.
Instead, he was being pushed in a wheelchair to the graves of his father and brother,
surrounded by mourning strangers in a country he had only recently made home.
The 13-year-old was shot in the leg last Friday when a gunman opened fire on worshipers at two mosques in the New Zeala
nd city of Christchurch, killing 50 people and shocking a nation that thought it could never happen there.
The Mustafas didn’t think it could happen there, either.Zaid Mustafa, 13, whose father and brother were killed in the Chri
stchurch terrorist attack, attends a funeral at Memorial Park Cemetery on March 20, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Khaled, 44, and Hamza, 15, were at Al Noor Mosque on Deans Ave
nue when they were gunned down, leaving behind Zaid, his mother, Salwa, and younger sister, Zaina.