Earth Slips Wreak Havoc On Village In Kekunadura (April 12 2007)

Earth slips have caused havoc at Bantitwatte village in Kekunadura, Matara due to heavy rains experienced during the past week. Around one and a half acres of land, 40 meters in length have been subject to severe earth slips causing damage to roads, disrupting traffic movements and destroying paddy cultivation. The Ellakanda reservoir and irrigation canal which were constructed in 1870 situated in the village, bring 1,200 acres of land under paddy cultivation.

The earth slips wrought havoc to paddy cultivation and transport but no danger to lives of the villagers. The lower lake area was cracked indicating further earth slips to occur

Philippine volcano spews ash as tourists applaud; residents worry [April 8 2007]

A restive Philippine volcano shot ash and thick gray smoke four kilometers into the sky, drawing applause from tourists but renewing villagers’concerns. Breaking 3 months of silence 1,560 meter Mount Bulusan, one of the country’s active volcanoes, belched ash and smoke for more than 20 minutes.

The latest activity may signal another bout of ash expulsions in the coming weeks. Villagers were warned against venturing into a four kilometer around the volcano.
In December, typhoon-triggered mud slides along this slopes of near by Mayon volcano buried entire villagers, killing more than 1,000 people.

Mini cyclone in Sri Lanka [April 5 2007]

This happened in Amour Street, also grandpass and many other cities were affected. This happened in the evening and lasted for 45 seconds. There were reports of 11 injuries and 3 were serious out of them. Many vehicles were also affected.
About 5 houses were severely destroyed, and about 50 houses were damaged.

Another one in Solomon [April 4 2007]

An earthquake packing a magnitude of 6.0 hit off the Solomon Islands two days after an 8.0 quake rocked the area and spawned a tsunami that has killed at least 30 people. The latest quake was shallow and hit 139km [86 miles] northwest of Gizo, which was shattered by 8.0 killer tsunami, at 11:39a.m [0039 gmt], according to the US geological survey. The quake was just 10km [6 miles] below the seabed, but no tsunami warning was generated.
The region has been rock by continuing aftershocks measuring up to 6.7 in strength since the big quake and tsunami hit two days ago.

Tsunami destroys 13 villages [April 3 2007]

Thirteen villages were destroyed when tsunami spawned by a huge earthquake slammed into Solomon islands, killing 28 people and leaving many more missing.
The government declared a state of emergency following 8.0 magnitude quake off the islands’ west cost, as officials warned the death toll would rise further as extent of the devastation emerged.

Rescues raced to the remote disaster area by plane and boat to help victims and assess the loss of life and poverty. Witness reported bodies floating in the sea after waves up to five meters. [16.5feet] high smashed the islands.

As many as 4,000 terrified survivors huddled on hill over looking the shattered resort town of Gizo as repeated aftershocks with magnitude of up to 6.7 shook the area violently throughout the night. As the day broke, the level of destruction began to emerge from the western province and Gizo, just 40km away from the quake’s epicenter

Culture Village Dubai

As Dubai continues to grow and entertain its tourists, this large city has set its sights on indulging in the cultural ground from that of which it developed. In Culture Village, a project designed by Dubai Properties, Dubai surpasses its attributes by showing a premier art arena for everyone in the world to experience. Dubai has excelled its name unto the top travelers’ destinations and a place of foreign residence for those that love the land.

In Culture Village, you can experience the sights and sounds of Art Island. Appealing your ears with native music and catching your eyes by the sculptures and art, Culture Village is a stand out among the hotels and market places of Dubai. In the Souk, you can walk for hours visiting the people of Dubai as they show you magnificence at its finest.

Clothing, jewelry and home furnishings are just a few of the items that are on display for you to marvel at and enjoy while in Culture Village. The aromas will carry you through the streets as you get a taste of Arabian life. The Mosque is a wonderful learning center of Culture Village, as it illustrates the history and importance of Islamic life. Islam, the backbone for the area, is a leading religion that holds its roots right here in the area of Dubai. The essential pieces of art and culture, showing sculptures and paintings alongside plants and animals in nature are being shown by The Gardens of Goodwill. It is a garden meant to bring together all the cultures of the world and unite them in peace and harmony.

After finding out the different benefits of visiting Culture Village, imagine you being able to live everyday in this diverse land of art and life. You will have access to shopping, pharmacies and many career opportunities. The growth potential of Dubai is phenomenal because of the amazing projects that the city creates. Culture Village is one of the prime living places for those who love life and wish to experience the world of art and entertainment in one celebrated spot.

The Villages of the New Forest

Winchester is the administrative capital of the county of Hampshire. It is without doubt one of the most beautiful towns in all of England. However, if you tire of town life, you could take a short drive to the New Forest and visit some of the most beautiful villages England has to offer.

The New Forest was set aside as a Royal hunting ground at around 1079 by William the Conqueror. It is now the biggest area of largely unspoilt countryside in the lowlands of southern Britain and one of the few medieval forests remaining in Europe. Against all the odds, an ancient landscape of majestic woodlands, gorse-covered heathland and boggy valleys has survived into the twenty-first century. But the forest is not a desolate place. People have been living in the forest well before its creation as a Royal hunting ground. Indeed, the original inhabitants were allowed to remain in the forest. Today, the Forest is home to a collection of some of the most quintessential of English villages; quaint Norman churches, small, cosy pubs, greens and idyllic thatched cottages.

Although a village, Lyndhurst has always been considered the ‘capital of the New Forest’. It is in this village that you can find the New Forest Museum. It tells the story of the New Forest through a seventeen minute audio-visual show and a series of well-arranged displays and dioramas. Visiting the museum is recommended as the first stop for the visitor, in order to gain an oversight of the history of the Forest and what it has to offer. The village church, St Michael and All Angels, is a modern building, built in the 1860s. The fine east window contains a superb stained glass window, designed by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. Near the parish church is Queen’s House – always known as King’s House when a king is on the throne. This was formerly the residence of the Lord Warden of the Forest, but now houses the offices of the Forestry Commission. Lyndhurst has two cricket pitches. Near the Beaulieu road, Bolton’s Bench cricket pitch has a thatched pavilion. It is overlooked by Bolton’s Bench, a hillock crowned with a distinctive yew, with seats beneath. The other pitch is called Swan Green and gets its name from the Swan Inn which overlooks it. This green is considered to be one of the most picturesque village scenes in Hampshire.

Lyndhurst may be the ‘capital’ but Brokenhurst is the largest of the New Forest villages. The name comes from old English, meaning ‘broken wooded hill’. The village has a mainline railway station and it is possible to catch a train from London – and Winchester – to the village. The local parish church is called St Nicholas’s and has a fine Norman doorway in the south porch. Beside the church the visitor may be surprised to find the ‘New Zealand war cemetery’. Neat rows of tombstones commemorate over one hundred soldiers who died in a nearby hospital during World War I. The village also has many fine old pubs and it is not unusual to see forest ponies meandering down the villages roads. The village is also the starting point of the New Forest Cycle Experience.

As the name suggests, Fordingbridge gets its name from the fact that the village has a bridge that spans a river, the river Avon. In fact, the most photographed aspect of the town is the ancient seven-arch Great Bridge, best seen from the recreation ground. Just outside the village you can visit the Rockbourne Roman Villa. Excavated in the 1950s by a local enthusiast, A T Morley-Hewitt; over fifty rooms were discovered. The museum displays some of the artefacts found in the digs and shows many aspects of life in a Romano-British villa of the second to fourth centuries. The village of Rockbourne is considered by many to be one of Hampshire’s prettiest villages. Thatched cottages line both sides of the village street, with a clear chalk stream running along one side.

Beaulieu is one of the most visited villages in the New Forest. The village is extremely picturesque, with thatched cottages and the scenic backdrop of the tidal estuary of the Beaulieu River. It is not unusual to see a group of donkeys walking down the main street, where several of the Georgian red-brick cottages are tastefully adapted as souvenir shops or tea-rooms. The Palace House and its grounds form one of the most popular sites in the south of England. A single entrance fee covers not only the House but also the remains of Beaulieu Abbey and the National Motor Museum. If Beautiful cars of the past are your thing, then the Motor Museum is a must see.

There are many more pretty, smaller villages in the New Forest. Each has its own charms and is worth exploring. Once a visitor enters the Forest he or she is hard pressed to leave. Its gentle, beguiling beauty has been appreciated by visitors for hundreds of years.