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Speed generally is being given as the cause of a train crash that killed at least 77 in Spain yesterday.   The train derailed on a curve, and reports are out that the driver admits he was going faster than conditions should allow.

The crash happened a day before Santiago’s main festival, focused on St James. The apostle’s shrine is the destination of the famous El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, followed by Christians since the middle ages. The traditional fiesta de Santiago was cancelled and the archbishop of Santiago, Julián Barrio, sent his condolences. Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister, who was born in Santiago, was due at the scene on Thursday.

In Syria, the International Red Cross reports it is being blocked in efforts to bring aid to Homs.

“We have been trying, for close to 20 days now, to bring medical supplies and other aid to the old city of Homs,” Magne Barth, head of the ICRC delegation in Syria, said in a statement issued in Geneva.

“Despite lengthy negotiations with both sides, and three trips back and forth between Damascus and Homs, we have still not received the go-ahead from the Syrian authorities,” he said.

Great Britain celebrated the birth of a prince although for the first time sex didn’t matter.  Recently the monarchy had changed its rule of primogeniture, that puts boys ahead of girls in the line of succession.

 The third in line to the throne, who was born on Monday, will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

Release of methane gas threatening to hit earth’s atmosphere has been declared an economic time bomb.

Using the same computer models employed by the 2006 Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, the researchers found that the effects on the global climate of a relatively sudden release of methane over a period of a decade or so could be catastrophic in terms of drought effects on crops, rising sea levels, coastal flooding and extreme weather….Methane is about 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 100 year period and its sudden release could change the global climate significantly faster than current predictions, the scientists say.


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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.