Nepal Steps Up Rescue Effort Amid Global Aid Rush (VIDEO)

Tons of aid material reaches Kathmandu airport as relief and rescue operation under way as death toll crosses 3,700 Rescue efforts have intensified in Nepal amid a stream of foreign aid reaching the capital Kathmandu in the wake of the devastating earthquake that has claimed more than 3,700 lives and injured up to 6,500 others. Police said on Monday that the death toll may go further up as rescuers struggle to reach remote regions in the mountainous country of 28 million people and as bodies buried under rubble are recovered. Aid effort is being stepped up, Al Jazeera’s Sohail Rahman reported from Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, one of the worst affected areas in the capital. The first nations to respond were Nepal’s neighbours – India, China, and Pakistan, all of which have been jockeying for influence over the landlocked nation. Nepal remains closest to India, with which it shares deep political, cultural...

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Wealthy Couple Spends $400,000 a Month Rescuing People Adrift In The Mediterranean Sea

By ESTHER YU-HSI LEE, ThinkProgress – Up to 700 migrants are feared missing or dead after a 66-foot smuggler’s wooden fishing boat capsized off the coast of Libya over the weekend. Twenty-eight survivors were evacuated to Catania, Sicily by helicopter late Monday night. The tragedy comes less than a week after 400 migrants died unsuccessfully attempting to reach Europe after fleeing violence and poverty in North Africa and the Middle East. According to an International Organization for Migration (IOM) press release, the latest death toll this year is 1,727 migrants. By Monday night, there were reports of two or more boats in distress, though the whereabouts of those migrants are unclear. A Portuguese cargo vessel was the first to arrive at what has been characterized as the “worst tragedy in living memory” the IOM stated. The Italian Coast Guard, the Italian Navy, the Italian Guardia di Finanza, the Maltese Coast...

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Sikorsky Reveals First S-97 Raider Helicopter Prototype

By David Szondy, Gizmag – Sikorsky’s record-breaking X2 Demonstrator helicopter may be a museum piece these days, but the technology that went into it is still alive and kicking as the United Technologies subsidiary takes the wraps off the first of its two S-97 Raider helicopter prototypes. According to Sikorsky, this event marks the beginning of the armed reconnaissance ‘copter’s flight tests aimed at providing the US Army with its next generation of combat rotorcraft. Unlike many military aircraft programs, the S-97 Raider is wholly funded by private investment with Sikorsky funding 75 percent of the costs and 53 principal suppliers providing the rest. It’s based on Sikorsky’s X2 technology, which features a pair of fixed coaxial rotors made of rigid, counter-rotating blades along with a six-blade pusher propeller for propulsion. According to Sikorsky, this arrangement, along with fly-by-wire flight controls and active vibration control, provides not only a...

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