Monday 29 August 2011

August 29, 1583 - deaths and drownings

In 1583, the Delight, one of Sir Humphrey Gilbert's ships, ran aground and was lost at Sable Island, drowning 85 people, in one of Canada's first marine disasters. Gilbert was an early advocate for the search of a Northwest Passage. He was experienced in colonizing Ireland and received letters patent in June, 1578 from Queen Elizabeth authorizing him to colonize the coast of North America.

His first attempt was frustrated by poor organization, desertion and bad weather. He set out again in June, 1583 with five vessels. One ship turned back but the other four, including "Delight," arrived in St. John's, Nfld. in August. Gilbert took possession of Newfoundland after arriving -- the first English possession in the New World. On Sept. 9th, Gilbert went down with the "Squirrel," another of the ships on the expedition.

In the light of hurricane Irene, we have come a long way in surviving hardship.

Prepared hospitals cope well with Irene

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, hospitals are assessing how they fared from the hurricane.
Still stinging from the lessons learned after Katrina, public officials took precautions in anticipation of Hurricane Irene, particularly in New York, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered hospitals, senior centers and nursing homes located in low-lying coastal areas to evacuate patients.

After Irene: Little damage seen in many places, flooding still a ...
Statesman Journal
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Tropical storm Irene: Downed wires, fire and blocked road in Eastman Quebec

Route 112 was blocked around 2 pm Sunday afternoon during the severe weather warning due to tropical storm Irene in Eastman Quebec in the eastern ...
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And then there are the tea party advocates...

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann’s press secretary told reporters that she was “saying it in jest” to prove a point.

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