Traffic collision

August 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

A traffic collision, also known as a traffic accident, motor vehicle collision, motor vehicle accident, car accident, automobile accident, Road Traffic Collision (RTC) or car crash, occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other stationary obstruction, such as a tree or utility pole. Traffic collisions may result in injury, death and property damage.

A number of factors contribute to the risk of collision including; vehicle design, speed of operation, road design, road environment, driver skill and/or impairment and driver behaviour. Worldwide motor vehicle collisions lead to death and disability as well as financial costs to both society and the individuals involved.

[An extra feature on the DVD realease of a film adaptation made by director Jonathan Weiss of JG Ballards novel The Atrocity Exhibition, in which author and director discuss the ideas expressed in both the original book and its film counterpart.]

Famine

August 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

 

Ten Somali children under the age of five are dying every day of hunger-related causes in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, according to the UN refugee agency.

guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 16 August 2011 17.06 BST

According to the UN, Somalia faces the most severe humanitarian crisis in the world today and the worst food security crisis in Africa since the early 1990s. After the worst drought in 60 years, an estimated 12.4 million people across the Horn of Africa are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

 

 

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