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RedCross Newsthink! Myanmar Cyclone, Sichuan Earthquake and Gordon Ramsay

Posted by LibeRaCe on May 15, 2008

News think! brings you a look at the stories behind recent headlines. Use them as “thought for the day”, to trigger tutor time discussion, or to plan more developed citizenship projects.

Issue 15th May 2008

– High Death Toll in Two Disasters: Two devastating natural disasters have caused enormous loss of life and suffering in southern and eastern Asia.In both countries a major task for the aid effort is to reach people in remote areas. In Myanmar many people have access only to unclean water, contaminated by dead bodies, animals, human waste and industrial debris.

– Caring About Care: The expected rapid growth in the number of elderly and disabled people will put “tremendous pressure” on social services and the benefits system, according to the government. It may include services like cooking, shopping, washing, dressing and helping with going to the toilet and other personal needs. The total spend on such care for older people in England is forecast to rise from £12.7 billion to £24.1 billion in 2026.

– Lebanon Fears: Fierce fighting in the Lebanese capital Beirut has spread to other parts of the country, increasing concern for the safety of civilians.Clashes involving machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades are thought to be the worst fighting in Lebanon since 1990 when the 15-year civil war ended.

– Season’s Greetings: Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay says British restaurants should be fined if they serve imported fruit and vegetables. The celebrity chef wants to see “stringent” licensing laws and fines to make sure that fresh produce is used only in season.Critics have pointed out that many livelihoods in developing countries depend on growing and exporting fruit and vegetables.



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