Philippines Typhoon Guiuan, Four people from Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood are missing in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the island nation in Southeast Asia.
Sisters Cristita Magno and Virginia Magno Garcia, along with their husbands Amancio Allana and Valdomar Garcia, have not been heard from since Thursday.
The Magno sisters and Allana are in their 60s, while Garcia is 75 years old.
The group travelled there in September to build a chapel in Bungtod, the village where the sisters were born and where hundreds of the Magno family’s relatives live. Cristita’s daughter says building the chapel was her mother’s 60th birthday wish.
Bungtod is a village within the township of Guiuan, in the province of Eastern Samar.
Recorded as the fourth most intense tropical cyclone ever observed, Haiyan first made landfall in Guiuan. With winds whipping at 315 km/h, the typhoon was travelling at a speed equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane.
Aerial shots of Guiuan show a city completely devastated by the typhoon, with houses flattened, roofs torn off and debris littering streets and yards.
In Montreal, sister Zenaida Magno has desperately been trying to find out information about her loved ones.
“All of us are talking and talking, calling every minute; ‘Did you get the news?’” Magno says. “I call to my other sister, friends, call in Toronto to our relatives.”
She says no one has any information as of yet.
Louisiana Cousin Kills Kidnapper, A man looking for his abducted cousin kicked in the back door of an abandoned house and shot and killed her kidnapper, authorities in Louisiana said.
The shooting Friday has been ruled justified by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Department.
The cousin, whose name was withheld by the sheriff’s department, said he heard screams from the house, said Sheriff’s Capt. Kip Judice.
The cousin said he saw a man start stabbing 29-year-old Bethany Arceneaux when he broke through the door. The cousin fired several shots with a handgun, but he told police he wasn’t sure if he hit the kidnapper in the dark house, Judice said.
Inside, officers found the body of Scott Thomas, who had a child with Arceneaux and had previously violated a restraining order protecting her, Judice said.
Arceneaux was hospitalized with wounds but is expected to recover, the sheriff’s captain said.
Arceneaux disappeared Wednesday night. Thomas’ car was found that night abandoned behind a cane field about a mile from a road.
Police and bloodhounds had searched the area without success on Thursday. On Friday morning, police were met by about 20 relatives who had organized their own search party, Judice said.
Officers and relatives searched until about noon, when the cousin found the house.
“The cousin was at the right spot when he heard the screams,” Judice said.
Texas Shooting, Two people have been killed and at least 22 others injured when gunfire rang out at a large house party in a Houston suburb, sending partygoers fleeing in panic, authorities said.
The shots erupted late Saturday night at the party where more than 100 mostly young adults had gathered at a home in the Cypress area of Houston’s suburbs, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. A statement from that office said two suspects were being sought early Sunday, but it did not elaborate.
The office said a man and woman were dead and those hurt had injuries ranging from minor to critical.
Alan Bernstein, director of public affairs for the sheriff’s office, emailed a copy of the statement to The Associated Press but didn’t give further details in response to questions emailed to him.
None of the victims were identified by name and the extent of their injuries were not immediately apparent.
Earlier, Thomas Gilliland, a spokesman with the sheriff’s office, told the Houston Chronicle in its online edition Sunday that some of the wounded suffered shots to the foot, ankle and hip. He also told the paper that others fleeing the home had injuries such as twisted ankles.
“It was a pretty chaotic scene,” Gilliland told the Houston Chronicle, adding that deputies arriving at the scene saw some people lying on the ground and others running.
The newspaper quoted witnesses as saying some people banged on doors for help afterward urging neighbors to call 911 amid scenes of crying and screaming.
There was no immediate word on how many shots were fired or a possible motive.
The sheriff’s statement said those hurt were taken to at least five area medical centers or hospitals, some by paramedics and some in private vehicles.
Satellite Falling, A one-tonne satellite is falling out of control and is likely to crash into the Earth sometime during the weekend, scientists have warned.
The Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer was launched in March 2009, to study changes in sea level, ocean circulation and the planet’s gravitational field.
It has now run out of fuel and is spiralling back to Earth.
The European Space Agency says it cannot predict exactly where, or when, but that it is highly unlikely to cause any casualties.
Justin Bieber was carried by his bodyguards up the Great Wall of China on Monday in Beijing. The photos were posted to the singer’s Believe Tour update Twitter page.
Canada’s apparent crowned prince of pop Justin Bieber showed just how posh he can be on Monday.
The 19-year-old “Baby” singer couldn’t be bothered to walk during a trip to the Great Wall of China; instead he was carried up the historic trail by his fleet of footmen bodyguards.
Project Noah, From NOAH came Moses—at least for the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The DOST unveiled on Tuesday the Monitoring and Operating System for Emergency Services (Moses) tablet made for faster and more efficient communication during calamities and natural disasters.
The Moses tablet is the latest technology developed under Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), which harnesses technologies and management services for disaster risk reduction activities.
Project NOAH head Dr. Mahar A. Lagmay gave a Moses tablet to Department of the Interior and Local Government NCR Regional Director Renato Brion at DOST’s Expo Science 2013.
A Moses tablet will be given to each barang*y in Metro Manila, and then the whole country.
The locally developed Moses tablet is protected by a black case and allows its user to take pictures of calamities and its effects such as flooded areas, fires, and landslides. The pictures are then uploaded and sent to the command center via 3G or Wifi.
Photos of specific locations such as schools, houses, and hospitals can also be taken and sent immediately for reporting.
The photos will help pinpoint the location of search-and-rescue facilities, as well as blocked access routes and emergency access routes, giving visually accurate information on the situation in each barang*y.