January 24th, 2018 | Yanul 24id, 2018
MINE COLLAPSE KILLS 12 | MEINÄDASUKUBAM DEIDON 12
Largentinöp, Alzi Autonomous Region
On Monday, a silver mine located within the small town of Largentinöp in the Alzi Autonomous Region was the site of a devastating and deadly cave-in.
Shortly after the end of the mineworkers' lunch break at noon, as miners made their way back to new sections of the mine being dug out, the newly dug area of mine suddenly and without warning collapsed, leaving some trapped whilst others were feared to be dead. Immediately after the mine section's collapse, miners and local authorities were quick to launch a digging rescue operation in order to save the trapped miners. Despite their quick response to the collapse, it was unfortunately not enough for all miners. 6 miners were rescued owing to the town's hasty but organised response, though 12 deceased miners have so far been dug up, and 3 more are missing; it is presumed by local authorities that the 3 missing men are likely also dead.
The town's mayor, Francua d'Alĉi, has officially declared a period of 3 days mourning in response to the catastrophe and the Alzi Autonomous Region's parliament has officially passed a motion declaring tomorrow to be a day of mourning for those lost in the collapse. Those confirmed dead so far in the collapse are predominantly young Alzi men. Families of those deceased highlight the enormous new financial burden that has been placed upon them, as miners within Largentinöp are the primary breadwinners within their families, as the town's women either do not work or paid too little to survive. So far, the local response to the government's response to the disaster have been generally unfavorable, with many claiming that the government has not guaranteed any support to affected workers, and that this disaster only highlight the poor living and working conditions of Alzi's miners.
Opposition leaders and civil rights activists have slammed the government's response, declaring their response to be completely inadequate. Talvon Malsäg of the Veitacedikapartet has claimed that the government's failure to act show the real priorities of the NPLS.
Alzi politicians have also cited that the disaster shows what they claim to be increasing neglect of the Alzi people by the federal government, which they claim has been increasing substantially in recent years.
The Federal government and NPLS have pushed back against these claims though, citing that they have announced planned legislation for emergency cash payments to the families of deceased miners, and have promised to enact future legislation that would stipulate more stringent safety inspections of mines at more recent intervals.
Stedoria's mines have long been criticized by safety activists and workers' rights activists for what they claim are poor working conditions and poor pay, and have long been fighting for improvements to made to Stedoria's mining industry. Although many are relieved with the government's promise to improve working and safety conditions, many are also critical with the government, stating their disappointment in the government for waiting until such a disaster would occur until making any significant changes to how Stedoria's mines are operated. Rumors of a miners' strike is quickly spreading across Stedoria's mining towns, cities, and villages, though experts state that the likelihood of such strikes occurring is low due to the general disorganisation of Stedoria's mining unions, though expert believe that many mines are planning to increase safety checks themselves in order to prevent localised strikes from forming.
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National Elections Delayed a month, and are Incumbents escaping?
Today President Goldschmeding announced that the National Elections would be delayed until the 20th of April. The elections, which would determine the future president, were expected to take place on the 19th of March, the same day as the legislative elections, however due to recent threats against polling places, the National Election Commission has decided that they will be delayed until voting booths can be considered safe.
This comes only days after Presidential candidate Henri Kafi, the first black Westzeelander to run with popular voter support, said that the “colonists must pay”. This has lead to confusion and panic among the Europan minority, who fear that violence against them may increase if Kafi wins. The real estate market in majority white cities such as Retoria and Charlestown has crashed after mass sales of houses, belonging to people known as “escapees”.
President Goldschmeding has said that he will not allow violence against the white minority under any circumstance, and is confident that his party will continue its rule, though since it was stated that the majority would be able to vote without restriction, the Democratic Nationalist Party has only 17.9% of support from newly registered voters. Goldschmeding himself has sold his private residence, and is supposedly looking for a home in Argis.
In other news the immigration rate has dropped 54% since last year, leading to economic problems across the nation, with less capital arriving in the country, and many rich citizens leaving, government revenue on a national and local level is decreasing, leading to the government cutting parks and educational programs.
Also Yesterday the national natural survey announced that they have detected lithium deposits in the northern regions, though no one has yet to show interest in this, it is sure to creat thousands of jobs in the future should adequate investment be applied. This happens only weeks after offshore oil deposits were found to be much larger than before anticipated.