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  [HAM] Daily Squdger; 17 February 2017
Posted by: General Eliphas - 02-17-2017, 10:20 PM - Forum: Caputian Broadcasting Corporation - No Replies

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17 February 2017

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Deadly Heat Waves, Flooding Rains, Crop Failures Plague Hamland
Worse plagues expected in future according to new National Climate Assessment[/size]

NEW KIRRIE, HAMLAND - When it rains, it pours. When it's dry, it's parched. When it's all too hot, it stays around for a while.

These are some of the changes that have brought large parts of the country to its knees. The National Climate Assessment report released yesterday says that the worst is yet to come.

With no end in sight to the vicious civil war in Hamland, the national ability to recover from national crop failures and extreme weather alerts continues to drop as key infrastructure in many parts of the country is heavily damaged or under control of enemy hands.

Weather trends that are directly attributable to global climate change and effects of the fallout from the many detonations of atomic bombs in the last two decades on Micras. Other trends cannot be directly attributed to global climate change , but to the effects of the civil war.

The assessment projects a future of wet and dry extremes, although it cites many national trends with water resources, as well. For example, the length of dry spells is expected to increase in most locations. Short-term droughts lasting a few months also are expected to intensify in most Hammish regions, while long-term droughts are more of an issue in specific hot spots, like Haifa and central Hamland.

Across many watersheds in Hamland, runoff reductions of roughly 15 percent could occur in the next 50 years, according to the assessment.

Very heavy precipitation events—during which rain falls in massive daily spurts—have increased nationally and are projected to increase in all Hammish regions. "Heavy precipitation events that historically occurred once in 20 years are projected to occur as frequently as every 5 to 15 years by late this century," the assessment says.

This dynamic will create ongoing challenges with runoff contamination and with stormwater, sewage and drainage infrastructure, which is already overwhelmed in many older cities. Sea-level rise and storm surges further could threaten coastal freshwater aquifers and wetlands.

The report documented other regional differences such as an increase in flooding magnitude while central Hamland has followed an opposite trend.

For this reason, the report calls for a national framework for groundwater monitoring and better scientific analysis of the groundwater-climate link.

"Nearly all monitoring is focused in areas and aquifers where variations are dominated by groundwater pumping, which largely masks climatic influences," the report states.

The report also outlines dire impacts for agriculture, quoting the current high rates of crop failures threatening key food supplies in Hamland. Not only will weather affect crop growth, but it will encourage invasive species and pests, lower the quality of forage for livestock and lead to changing land uses across the country, the report says.

"The rising incidence of weather extremes will have increasingly negative impacts on crop and livestock productivity because critical thresholds are already being exceeded," states the assessment.

The National Provisional Authority has implemented government programs to help develop ways to chemically manipulate plants to withstand the lack of chill, said Dr. Nicomedes Luke, a lead author of the chapter and a laboratory director for the National Provisional Authority's Agricultural Research Service. Rezoning growing areas is another possibility.

"Being prepared for these things and understanding this is extremely critical," he said.

It's also the first time that soil erosion has been discussed in a government report. Soil erosion from heavy precipitation can remove dirt from fields, taking it to waterways or roads. Not only does erosion harm crop potential, but soil loses its ability to hold carbon and act as a CO2 sink. Maintaining soil organic carbon by tilling the ground less and planting cover crops can both help boost crop yields and store carbon underground. Subsurface drainage can prevent soil from washing away in heavy rains.

Soil helps food and fiber grow, but also helps with flood mitigation and the biological control of pests, and provides physical support for roads and buildings, said the assessment.

"What it really says is that we need to be adopting conservation practices to help us protect our soil resources ... in the very short term," said Luke. "How do we get conservation practices that are very aggressive in protecting our soil and water in place, and with producers, to make sure we are not increasing our soil erosion?"

The report also notes that warmer temperatures will deplete soil moisture, possibly making drought worse. In the long term, said Luke, farmers will need to look at how to adapt cropping systems to variable weather.

In presenting the report to the media and the public, the group of 177 Hamish scientists and climatologists stressed the consequences but also the fact that adaptation is possible, particularly if measures to reduce emissions, end the civil war, repair infrastructure and enact more reforms to safeguard Hamland's environment are taken.

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  The Hamland Report (from the Hammish Humanitarian Council)
Posted by: General Eliphas - 02-01-2017, 09:43 PM - Forum: Caputian Broadcasting Corporation - Replies (2)

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The Hammish Humanitarian Council is a Hammish humanitarian movement that counts on hundreds of thousands of volunteers, members and staff around the country, founded to protect human life and health, to ensure respect for all human beings, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering in Hamland.

Their support extends to the national armed forces, civilians and the armed opposition. They regularly visit detainees under the custody of the National Provisional Authority, but have also occasionally had access to people detained by the National Salvation Front, the Hammish Republican Army and the Ravaillac Loyalists. They have provided basic first aid training and aid kits to both the Hammish security forces and other faction members because the organization stipulates that all parties harmed by warfare will be treated as fairly as possible.

The Hamland Report provides information on the humanitarian crises regarding the Hammish Civil War.

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  Daily Squidger [Jan. 27, 2017]
Posted by: Top News - 01-27-2017, 09:26 PM - Forum: Caputian Broadcasting Corporation - Replies (2)

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Welcome to the Daily Squidger's Top News of the day - the #1 news program in the Commonwealth of Hamland!

The Top News will give you fresh news from Hamland, and only give you the most basic facts so you can stay informed quickly.

January 27, 2017


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RAVAILLAC ASSASINATED, COUNTRY DESCENDS INTO CIVIL WAR

  • Interim Prime Minister Donat Ravaillac was shot by anarchist radicals in New Kirrie. He was addressing soldiers at a military review when shot.

  • Ravaillac was rushed to New Kirrie Military Hospital. He was dead on arrival, at age 48. He is survived by his wife, Celia, and three children.

  • The Council of State for the Salvation of Hamland (CSSH) has named General Augustus Eliphas as Ravaillac's successor. He takes office immediately and has ordered a massive crackdown against resistance to the Council.

  • New Kirrie is among several Hammish cities that have seen a huge military crackdown. Military police are now patrolling some major cities, but across the country fighting between CSSH forces and a emboldened resistance has broken the country and threaten to descend into a massive civil war.

  • Ravaillac was a unifying figure across Hamland who aimed to transition the nation back to democracy. Plans were rumored to include a new Constitution and economic reforms aimed at creating jobs and rebuilding national infrastructure.

  • Responsibility for the Ravaillac assassination is disputed. Those loyal to Ravaillac insist that the assassination and rise of General Eliphus were planned by the military to wrestle control away from Ravaillac. Others believe that Ravaillac was killed by orders of the National Salvation Front.

  • Explosions rocked New Kirrie soon after Ravaillac's assassination. The Prime Minister's Residence was attacked by a car bomb inside a large truck. Some bridges and roads were also blown up, allegedly by anarchist radicals.

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  Daily Squidger [Dec. 6th 2016]
Posted by: Top News - 12-06-2016, 10:17 PM - Forum: Caputian Broadcasting Corporation - No Replies

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Welcome to the Daily Squidger's Top News of the day - the #1 news program in the Commonwealth of Hamland!

The Top News will give you fresh news from Hamland, and only give you the most basic facts so you can stay informed quickly.

December 6th, 2016


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Ravaillac to lead Hamland

  • Minister of the Homeland Donat Ravaillac has declared a national state of emergency today. The absence of key government leaders for more than four months paralyzed the country. Ravaillac has assumed the title of Interim Prime Minister.

  • Months of attempts to communicate with the Seneschal and Prime Minister Lewis failed. Prime Minister Lewis has not logged into Hamland since January, 2016. The Seneschal has not logged into Hamland since August, 2016.

  • Their absence was evident during recent government negotiations over the status of Passas. Ravaillac negotiated for Hamland after its heads of state and government failed to show up. They didn't register for a lengthy government census.

  • Ravaillac has concentrated power on the Council of State for the Salvation of Hamland (CSSH). Two provisional constitutional orders issued are starting to shape the nascent Interim Government. [Provisional Constitutional Order 001, Provisional Constitutional Order 002]

  • The Hammish Parliament will continue to operate as usual. Parliamentary forums were archived to motivate participation in the nascent Interim Government first. Ravaillac has promised to restore Parliament if more Hammish return to fill its seats.

  • Inactive forums archived under similar premises by the Interim Government will be restored as needed, according to the Interim Prime Minister.

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Passas ceded to Passio-Corum - if the MCS says yes.

  • The Pallisican Trade Association and the Commonwealth of Hamland reached an agreement on the status of Passas. Weeks of negotiations ended with the Treaty of Bel-Air. The treaty was heralded by Passio-Corum as "a great new era in relations" between the countries.

  • The Treaty of Bel-Air cedes Passas, the Overseas Colonies and Villa Levi to Passio-Corum. Hamland will get the Region of the Northern Anterran Isles and the Isle of Eastern Rey.

  • The process began as an effort to close Hamland and split the nation between Alexandria, Stormark and Passio-Corum. Donat Ravaillac later said that Hamland would continue. This was in hopes to see the return of the Seneschal and Lord Lewis.

  • The claim for the land swap was submitted to the MCS after the treaty signing. The expansion faced resistance from MCS Council Members due to Passio-Corum's size. Passio-Corum has agreed to submit a separate reduction to receive Passas.

  • Interim Prime Minister Ravaillac has stated his commitment to return Passas to Passio-Corum. Passas is the ancestral home of Passio-Corum. It has been part of the Hammish Commonwealth for years. Ravaillac invoked Article IV of the Treaty of Bel-Air today, placing Passas under joint administration.

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