Be a Force of Nature during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

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National Severe Storm Preparedness Week: March 3-9, 2013

Two years ago during this time, storms raked the central and southern United States, spawning more than 300 tornadoes, claiming hundreds of lives and ranking as one of the largest tornado outbreaks in US history.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agenda (FEMA) are continuing their partnership to increase public awareness of the hazards posed by severe weather and the common-sense steps we can all take to be better prepared. March 3 marks the start of the first-ever National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

As part of NOAA’s campaign to Build a Weather-Ready Nation, this week is all about what you can do to take a stand against severe weather. Being a force of nature means never bowing to extreme weather. It means taking appropriate…

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HMS Illustrious seaman rescued by RAF Valley helicopter

Wales Air Forum

Royal Air Force Sea King (1)An injured seaman has been rescued by helicopter from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier in the Irish Sea off Anglesey.

The Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley was scrambled at 10:00 GMT on Wednesday and headed for the light aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious around 18 miles (30km) south west of South Stack.

The crew picked up the casualty and flew him to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.

The condition of the seaman or how he came to be injured is not known.

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Father and son rescued on Snowdon by RAF helicopter

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Royal Air Force Sea King (1)A father and his teenage son have been rescued high on Snowdon by an RAF helicopter.

The rescue took place at 2,200ft (671m) near Crib Goch after they had gone off a path onto a snowy ledge.

Rescuers said it was extremely cold on the peak and the pair were not dressed for the conditions.

They were winched aboard unharmed and flown down to Llanberis at the foot of the mountain.

Footprints in the snow had helped to guide the helicopter, based at Valley on Anglesey, to the pair.

A mountain rescue team had been on standby at Llanberis.

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‘Kill the Gays’ bill is harming LGBTs in Uganda already


Uganda's location in Africa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Thrown out of work.
  • Rejected by his family.
  • Evicted from his village.
  • Excommunicated.

That’s what life is like for a gay young man in Uganda, as explained in a letter from Alan (not his real name).

He sent the letter to members of the Ugandan parliament, urging them to reject the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which has already made life worse for LGBT people there.

Alan is currently undergoing therapy and seeking work in Kampala after being evicted from his home in western Uganda by officials who were inspired by the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, nicknamed the “Kill the Gays” bill, even though it has not yet been passed.

Here are excerpts from Alan’s letter:

I got married to a woman, had a baby boy and lived my life as a heterosexual man because society demanded it. I went to church like a good Christian, I worked hard, set up a school at…

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Zimbabwe activists are back in business


The battle continues to assure basic human rights for LGBT people in Zimbabwe despite government harassment.

The group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) reopened its Harare office last month.  The GALZ office had been closed after a police raid last August.

Based on an interview with a Zimbabwean LGBT activist, the Washington Blade reported that GALZ, which has close to 2,000 members across the country, also continues to host HIV/AIDS workshops in Bulawayo.

“When they raid our offices they think they are going to find pornographic materials,” the activist told the Blade. “When they come in there, they find it is a resource center. People are busy working.”

The Blade article reported:

A Zimbabwean LGBT rights advocate told the Washington Blade during an exclusive interview in D.C. earlier this month he expects his country’s government to once again crack down on gay rights groups ahead of July’s presidential…

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