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Latest update : 2010-01-08

It's cold outside: Britain is covered in ice

Britain's roads are frozen over and there is no more salt to keep them clear. But the recent cold weather doesn't mean global warming is history.

"The Independence” has a very impressive photograph on their front page: The UK covered in snow. The headline reads “Ice Land”, and that’s really what it looks like.
And now Britain has a problem: It’s running out of salt to keep its roads open. The government will meet to discuss emergency measure later today and how they can supply areas running low on salt with extra rations.
Mines have warned that at this point, they’re almost operating at a “hand-to-mouth” level.
The also means that fuel supply has been temporarily suspended. With some of the areas seeing temperatures as low as -17 degrees according to the article, the pipelines pumping gas are blocked…
So the roads are blocked, it’s too cold to stay home, but people can’t leave either. Public transport is quasi null. Trains are seriously delayed and close to 100 flights have been cancelled out of the Gatwick Airport.

But the “Bangkok Post” warns: the cold Snap doesn’t mean global warming is no longer a problem. Though when you look outside, you’d really think the planet is cooling down, not heating up.
But experts say, it’s just a short break in the long term heating trend. They actually say that, what they call “man-made weather” causes more extremes. So record cold temperature just like heat spills are all a part of it.

Egypt’s Christians celebrated Christmas on Wednesday, and following the Christmas mass, 7 people were gunned down in the south of the country. The article says the event again highlights growing tensions between Christians and Muslims.
There are about 8 million Christians in Egypt…so about 8 percent of the population. The paper says that there are no cultural differences between Muslims and Christians living in the country, but Christians are saying that they are being targeted.
“The New York Times” says Christians always had a strong national identity which allowed them to peacefully live alongside the Muslim majority. But experts say, the because of a rise in religious fervor, the two groups are now dealing with each other as Muslims and Christians, and not as Egyptians.

Sunday is the kick-off for the 27th African Coup, or CAN. This article on the Burkina Faso site “L’Observateur” says the crème de la crème of African football will be there.
The coup is being held in Angola.
The article keeps using the word “professionalism” a lot, really pressing the issue that African football has what it take to compete with European football.

They say that the Ivory Coast is the big favorite, but describe themselves, Burkina Faso, as “Cinderella,” so they still believe they can transform into the big winner.
We’ll just have to wait till the 31st of January to find out.
 

By Carla WESTERHEIDE

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