The good news first, the Olympic games
Let us start with the Olympic games
Welcome to our article world News and my Views August 2021
Dear readers, this is my diary in Hub Pages to remember what is happening in the world today, in this article we will talk about the Olympic Games. You know every one of us follows the Olympic games hoping that our country wins many medals. In my case I am following Australia, Italy, the USA, and a few others. Then we will talk about many other things
Anyhow, at the end of the 2021 Olympic games in Tokyo, I believe that Australia has done well, they are in sixth place, and they have won 17 gold medals, 7 silver and 22 bronze, total 46 medals. The Australian girls have done an excellent job, they were better than the boys, but that does not matter.
USA has not done as well as they have done before, since most time they were so far ahead of the rest, but this year, they have overtaken China at the very end of the games. Anyhow, today they have 39 gold medals, 41 silver and 33 bronze, a total of 113 medals overall.
China has 38 gold, 32 silver, and 18 bronze, a total of 88 medals overall.
Japan has 27 gold, 14, silver and 17 bronze, a total of 58 medals overall.
These are the three countries at the top.
Italy ended up in the 10th place with 10 gold medals, 10 silver and 20 bronze, total of 40 medals overall.
Here we could say more, but we have other things to report, even if they are sad things and we do not like to talk about that, but we must because they are happening. So, hereunder we will write about the COVID-19 problems, the fires around the world, and about Afghanistan war that is supposed to be over, but there are a lot of problems that still need to be solved.
The COVID-19 wold pandemic problem.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Anyhow, let us talk about the COVID 19 pandemic. In August 2021. In the world the confirmed positive cases are over 208 million, the world death toll is over 4.4 million people and growing, in some country like USA it has slowed down, highly likely because of the immunization, in other countries it continues, it goes up and down. Today, the highest death tolls are USA 632,000 deaths, Brazil 570,000 deaths, India 432,000 deaths and Mexico 248,000 deaths; this are the four countries with most deaths.
In Australian there is a second or third wave of corona virus variant called delta, and many people are sick, so, they started with some local lock downs, and ended up with several states lock down.
Anyhow, while people blame the politician because they have not organized sooner the vaccine, there are people that do not want to be vaccinated.
Anyhow, in Australia the state of N.S.W. has the worst outbreak and what is happening now, it is the 17th of August 2021, (and I quote)
NSW recorded 452 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said a woman aged in her 70s from Western Sydney had died at Westmead Hospital.
"Tragically, overnight we had the death of a female in her late 70s at Westmead Hospital who was unvaccinated, and we extend our deepest condolences to her loved ones," she said.
"We know what a difficult time they're going through."
Of today's new cases, 129 were linked to a known case or cluster and the source of infection for 323 cases are under investigation.
NSW Health said 30 cases were infectious in the community, 24 were in isolation for part of their infectious period and the isolation status of 297 remain under investigation.
A record 168,000 COVID-19 vaccines were administered in NSW during the reporting period. (End of quote) -------------------
The other states are a bit better, in fact Queensland so far has had only a lockdown lasing a bit more than a week. But we are worried, so we have to wait and see what happens next. Now let us see what else is happening in the world that we believe is important to mention in this article.
Climatic changes are causing more fires.
Extreme temperature cause fires and floods
FIRES IN THE WORLD THESE DAYS.
I believe that today fires in the world are due to climatic change, anyhow, let us see what I found about these fires on the internet, (and I quote).
An intense heat wave is sweeping over Europe, triggering deadly fires across the region. In Greece, a state of emergency was declared on Monday as huge forest fires killed 74 people across several towns and sent thousands running to escape flames devastating entire villages. But Greece isn't the only European country sweltering.
9/8/2021 · Parts of Europe are enduring severe heatwaves, while hot, bone-dry gusty weather has caused devastating wildfires in California. The US state is fighting to contain its largest blaze in its...
12/8/2021 · Fuelled by hot weather, fires have erupted across southern Europe in recent weeks, with huge damage to the landscape on the Italian island of Sardinia. In Greece, many villages on the Peloponnese...
2/8/2021 · This year, 37,803 fires have burned more than 3 million acres across the United States, per NIFC. During the same period in 2020, 32,059 fires burned a total of 2.1 million acres.
(End of quotes). Now, what I have pasted above is only part of the global warming problem because there are also the violent storms that devastate lots of countries, so, if it is not the fire it is the rain that ruins everything. Let us hope that the entire world accepts that these are problems that the global warming produce, and then, altogether find a way how to fix this problem in time.
Climatic change can also cause flooding
An Afghanistan helicopter and crew
The Afghanistan war is over.
The Afghanistan war is over.
They say that the Afghanistan war is over, but what are the consequence of this war, we wonder if we have achieved anything, because there is chaos everywhere in Afghanistan, people are scared and running away, anyhow let us follow what the news on the internet have reported, (and I quote).
US political analyst Joe Siracusa says the American war in Afghanistan may be over but “the war is going on” as it will only be a short time before the Taliban are “all over the place”.
The Biden administration had sent 3000 US troops to Afghanistan to help the partial evacuation of the US Embassy which came after the Taliban took over the Western city of Herat and Ghazni, a provincial capital south of Kabul.
“We’re hearing terrible stories from the provinces, the Taliban are going from door to door, they’re killing the men, they’re taking the wives, forcing them as brides to Taliban soldiers.
(THEN THE 16/08/2021, A FEW DAYS LATER THIS WAS REPORTED.)
The 20-year western mission to Afghanistan collapsed in a single dramatic day as Taliban gunmen poured into the capital, Kabul, on Sunday to seize back control of the country.
Amid scenes of panic, the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani fled the country and the US ambassador was evacuated to Kabul airport, abandoning the American embassy as diplomats frantically sought to destroy sensitive material before being airlifted out to safety.
Even before the Taliban announced plans to proclaim a new Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, it was clear that a second era of its rule had effectively begun. The group started the day so confident of victory that its fighters surrounded the capital, then ordered them to stay outside the city and wait.
“Our forces are not entering Kabul city. We want a peaceful transfer of power,” said spokesman Suhail Shaheen. But with surrender apparently inevitable, Afghan government forces melted away, looting broke out, and hours later the Taliban claimed their men were needed to restore order.
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Now, we hope that the Taliban keep their words and a peaceful transfer of power can be achieved, for the sake of the Afghanistan people. Anyhow the entire world is watching what is going to happen next. Meanwhile we hope and pray for the best outcome.
I believe that we have said enough in this article, perhaps not enough about our views of the consequence and the reasons, which is a mix up of politics and religious beliefs, that we are going to write about in another article.
See you next time.