Daily Archives: January 8, 2017

Giant iceberg set to calve from Larsen C Ice Shelf

A huge iceberg, roughly the size of the county of Norfolk in the United Kingdom or the state of Delaware in the United States, looks set to break away from the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. Larsen C is more than twice the size of Wales. Satellite observations from December 2016 show a growing crack in the ice shelf which suggests that an iceberg with an area of up to 5,000 square kilometers is likely to calve soon.

France | Louvre attendance falls as tourists stay away from Paris

The Louvre has announced that its total attendance in 2016 fell to 7.3 million. This compares to its record attendance of around 9.3 million only two years ago, when the museum projected visitor numbers could rise to 12 million by 2025. The Louvre attributed the decline to the fall in foreign tourists visiting Paris in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in 2015 and 2016. It is likely to remain the world’s most visited art museum in The Art Newspaper’s annual survey: the British Museum in London attracted 6.8 million visitors in 2015, placing it second to the Paris museum.

Malaysia | Myanmar asks Malaysia to stop food flotilla for Rohingya Muslims

KUALA LUMPUR: Myanmar has confirmed that it had asked Malaysia to stop the latter’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from sending an aid flotilla to assist “a specific community” in the Rakhine State.

USA | Crimeans back Russian takeover: If they try to take it back, ‘I will fight’

 by Kim Hjelmgaard

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea — Nearly three years after Russia reclaimed Crimea from Ukraine, many in this rugged Black Sea peninsula seem pleased to be back in Russian arms.

The airport in the capital of Simferopol, about 60 miles north of here, was given a face lift, and a passenger terminal will be added by the end of 2018.

USA | When Public Goes Private, as Trump Wants: What Happens?

by Diane Ravitch

The New York Times recently published a series of articles about the dangers of privatizing public services, the first of which was called “When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers.” Over the years, the Times has published other exposés of privatized services, like hospitals, health care, prisons, ambulances, and preschools for children with disabilities. In some cities and states, even libraries and water have been privatized. No public service is immune from takeover by corporations that say they can provide comparable or better quality at a lower cost. The New York Times said that since the 2008 financial crisis, private equity firms “have increasingly taken over a wide array of civic and financial services that are central to American life.”