Gas pipeline explosion kills two people in Gujarat, India

first_imgThe accident took place at Panchvati society in Kalol town, in Gandhinagar district, where the pipelines of ONGC and Gujarat Gas pass through Gas pipeline exploded in Gujarat. (Credit: David Mark from Pixabay.) A gas pipeline that exploded in the Indian state of Gujarat yesterday morning, killed two people, injured one and destroyed houses.The accident took place at Panchvati society in Kalol town, in Gandhinagar district, where the pipelines of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and Gujarat Gas pass through.As per the residents in the area, the blast occurred around 7.30 am and has completely destroyed two double-storey houses.Gandhinagar Range IG of police Abhay Chudasama told ANI: “Primarily, it appears that two houses collapsed after a pipeline exploded due to gas leakage; experts are verifying it.”Operator of the exploded gas pipeline is  yet to be knownThe owner of the pipeline is not clearly known, as the state-run ONGC denied media reports stating it was the operator.Also, the local oil and gas company Sabarmati Gas, which is partly-owned by Bharat Petroleum, said it is not involved.Gandhinagar Collector Kuldeep Arya was quoted by Reuters as saying: “We still don’t know the cause of the blast. There is an old ONGC pipeline in the area but it has been unused since 2015.”last_img read more

Amphibious Dock Landing Ship USS Germantown Builds Relationship with Thai School

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Amphibious View post tag: with View post tag: Relationship View post tag: school View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: Dock View post tag: Navy February 28, 2012 View post tag: USScenter_img View post tag: Landing View post tag: builds Amphibious Dock Landing Ship USS Germantown Builds Relationship with Thai School View post tag: Germantown View post tag: ship View post tag: Thai Training & Education Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) participated in a community service (COMSERV) project at a local school, Feb. 23, during a scheduled port visit to Laem Chabang.Twenty Sailors visited Ban Ronghip School to interact with local children and deliver school supplies and sporting goods such as soccer balls, volleyballs, and badminton equipment.Germantown Chaplain Lt. j.g. Robert Hecox said the project was a great way for Sailors to lend a helping hand, meet locals, and experience the culture.“In a big way, our COMSERV helped communicate to the Thai people of this area our commitment to their recovery after the flooding that happened last year,” said Hecox. “7th Fleet had committed that we would be back to give help and give resources, and this is just one element of keeping that promise.”The Sailors who participated in the event read books, played soccer, volleyball, and played singing games like “Ring Around the Rosie,” and “London Bridge is Falling Down.”The Thai children and the Sailors equally shared in the enjoyment of the visit. Quartermaster Seaman Aldannuvia Domiguez left no doubt as to whether she would participate in another community service project.“My personal experience at the COMSERV was just breathtaking,” said Dominguez. “I absolutely loved it.”Dominguez worked at a children’s hospital before joining the Navy, and the COMSERV reminded her of being home.“To be able to bring joy to somebody just makes me feel really good, and when you do it purely and from the heart, they see it ten times more,” said Dominguez.Germantown, with embarked elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is currently underway after participating in exercise Cobra Gold 2012, an annual Thai-U.S. co-sponsored joint and multinational exercise designed to advance security throughout the Asia-Pacific region and enhance interoperability with participating nations.Germantown, commanded by Cmdr. Carol McKenzie, was commissioned Feb. 8, 1986 and is capable of carrying more than 721 Sailors and Marines.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 28, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today Amphibious Dock Landing Ship USS Germantown Builds Relationship with Thai School last_img read more

“READERS FORUM” JANUARY 28, 2018

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?We hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Are you glad that the State of Indiana will be allowing alcohol sales on Sunday?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Kids Crawl Their Way to Glory in Pamper Scamper

first_imgThese competitors look like they’re ready for a nap, not a race. (Photos courtesy of City of Ocean City) More than 50 of the youngest and fastest new Ocean City residents and visitors raced in the Pamper Scamper on Tuesday. The annual event is a crawling race for children 15 months old and younger. The races start with the competitors in the center of a parachute. First one to crawl to the perimeter and the waiting arms of mom or dad is the winner.After several heats divided into age categories, the winners of the championship round were as follows: ·  Bryce Pettigrew, Lisle, Ill., 12 months old·  Declan Ralston, Berlin, N.J., 10 months old·  Madison Ripa, 13 months old Pettigrew had the morning’s fastest crawl at a blazing 5 seconds.  Winners of the 2019 Pamper Scamper crawling race included Bryce Pettigrew, 12 months, of Lisle, Illinois,(center), Declan Ralston, 10 months (left) and Madison Ripa, 13 months.Bowfish Kids (956 Asbury Avenue) was the event’s major sponsor. Other sponsors contributing prizes were Air Circus, Crazy Susan’s Cookies, Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, Johnson’s Popcorn, Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream Parlors, Ocean Treasures, Shirt Shack, Stainton’s vendors (Pumpkinbuds, Patches & Lace, Books R Us, Julia Max Designs and Kids Kases), and We Make It Personal. Pamper Scamper is a precursor to the 110th annual Ocean City Baby Parade, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. The parade features children cruising the Boardwalk in themed strollers, wagons and floats. It starts at Sixth Street with children finishing at the Music Pier (Moorlyn Terrace) and all other entries continuing to 14th Street. The parade is free to watch from either side of the Boardwalk. Spectators are welcome to bring beach chairs to watch from the railing along the ocean side of the Boardwalk. On the parade morning, the Boardwalk will close to bicycle traffic at 10 a.m. See video of the Pamper Scamper championship round: https://youtu.be/Eh4z4yWslSQA parachute spread out on the beach serves as the Pamper Scamper’s race course.last_img read more

County Reports More COVID-19 Cases

first_img“Now, more than ever, residents must come together in unity to limit the spread of COVID-19. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or shortness of breath, call your health care provider,” said Cape May County Health Officer Kevin Thomas.He continued, “There is no treatment at this time for COVID-19, which makes prevention even more important. The best way to prevent COVID-19 is by avoiding being exposed, which is why we are urging everyone to practice social distancing.”The virus is spread mainly from person-to person. COVID-19 can spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possible be inhaled into the lungs. It can spread between people who are in close contact with one another, within about 6 feet.The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Since COVID-19 spreads easily from person-to-person it is important to do the following:Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Put distance between yourself and other people.Stay home, unless you need to leave to get essential supplies.Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying health conditions. Stay up to date on the current situation as it evolves. Some reliable sources are the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System hotline at 211 or 1-800-962-1253, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization at www.who.int and the New Jersey Department of Health at COVID19.nj.gov.For additional information, visit https://capemaycountynj.gov/ or the Cape May County Department of Health at www.cmchealth.net WILDWOOD CREST44 MUNICIPALITYACTIVE CASESREPORTED TODAYOFF QUARANTINEDEATHS TOTAL ACTIVE144 DENNIS TOWNSHIP831 CAPE MAY CITY13 LOWER TOWNSHIP431711 TOTAL RECOVERED The Cape May County Department of Health announced Tuesday four new cases of coronavirus and provided an update of recovered cases.In Cape May County, 221 people have tested positive and 15 have died from COVID-19. No new deaths were reported on Tuesday.The people who tested positive are currently being isolated and monitored by the County Health Department.Public Health staff are investigating and identifying close contacts of the confirmed cases and any exposure risks, according to a county press release.Following is a breakdown of the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths for each municipality in Cape May County: SEA ISLE CITY02 1 WILDWOOD1513 NORTH WILDWOOD23 STONE HARBOR0 TOTAL DECEASED WEST WILDWOOD01 UPPER TOWNSHIP19262 WOODBINE1 62 OCEAN CITY1514 TOTAL CASES IN CAPE MAY COUNTY221 CAPE MAY POINT0 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP3510 AVALON06 15 WEST CAPE MAY1 The first phase of vaccinations is getting underway in the county.last_img read more

Speech: UK statement at the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women

first_imgI believe that every child is born with the potential to make a real contribution to society; and that communities and nations can achieve extraordinary things when the whole of society is truly empowered.In our hearts we all know this, and yet we all still have some way to go to achieve true gender equality. In the meantime, all of our communities indeed our nations are being prevented from achieving our full potential.Imagine, for a moment: a world without gender inequality. Imagine: no glass ceilings, no woman or girl cowed by violence or discrimination. Imagine 100% of the population, able to contribute 100% of their talents, 100% of the time. For all governments, this requires us to address the needs of women and girls at home, and to work together collaboratively to spread progress around the globe.The UK Government will soon publish our new strategy on Gender Equality and Economic Empowerment. We will set out plans to dismantle the barriers that thwart women’s progress at each stage of their lives. Our ambition is to ensure that every woman in the United Kingdom has the freedom, has the support, has the skills, and the choice to do what they want to do, and achieve what they are capable of. We are working hard to ensure that women are as likely as men to succeed in the workplace. To tackle the gender pay gap, we introduced legislation last year requiring employers to report their data. We are pleased that 10,000 have done so. This has been a catalyst for a national conversation, and has prompted many employers to take action to close that pay gap. We also remain totally committed to advancing gender equality internationally. It is at the heart of our approach to international development, international diplomacy and defence cooperation.Mr Chairman, the Sustainable Development Goals will not be realised if we do not achieve gender equality and empower women and girls. Which is why the United Kingdom Government has announced landmark funding to support and empower them. We are now spending more than £1.2 billion over the next five years to expand access to sexual and reproductive health services around the world. We have also made the largest ever contribution to support the African-led movement to end female genital mutilation. The United Kingdom funded Girls’ Education Challenge will help almost 1.5 million marginalised girls receive a quality education in some of the most difficult circumstances.But perhaps most importantly, our world-leading research demonstrates that violence against women and girls is not inevitable, and our interventions can prevent it happening. And therefore we are giving support to women-led organisations, particularly women’s rights defenders, to help them transform their own lives.Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict remains an enduring priority for the United Kingdom Government. It is a personal priority for me as our Prime Minister’s Special Representative on the issue. Which is why I am pleased to announce that the UK will host a major international conference on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict from the 18 to the 20 November 2019 – which marks five years since the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. It will be an opportunity to chart progress, address challenges, and secure new commitments for further action.Mr Chairman, achieving gender equality is a universal global challenge, and one for which each of us shares responsibility. We must all do more, because unlocking the potential of half of the world’s population is in everyone’s interests. It will lead to a more just, more stable, and more prosperous world. That, Mr Chairman, is a prize worth fighting for. It is a prize worth fighting for today and every day.Thank you.last_img read more

Bakers stage renewed effort to avert 20% VAT

first_imgThe baking industry is set to meet HM Revenue & Customs’ officials for last-ditch talks about the introduction of 20% VAT on hot pie and pasties.The meeting, with members of the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) and high-ranking officials from Greggs and the Cornish Pasty Association, comes after outraged bakers staged a demo outside Downing Street.Campaigners handed over more than half a million signatures opposing the move and British Baker has learned that Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has asked his Liberal Democrat MPs to keep him appraised on the VAT situation following the demonstration. The bakery delegation will meet with HMRC officials ahead of the 18 May consultation deadline, but no date had been set before British Baker went to press.Mike Holling, chairman of the NAMB, told British Baker: “We must respond to the government’s proposal before the deadline. We do not want to plead with them for our cause; we’re trying to come up with a solution by working with members from the industry. We must keep pressure on them at all times and meeting with the HMRC is one step closer to preventing the tax.”HMRC officials have already visited shops owned by Greggs on a fact-finding mission and now have accepted an invitation by Christopher Beaney, NAMB director and owner of Beaney’s Bakery in Kent, to see how the move will affect smaller-sized craft bakers in the UK.Stephen Gilbert, Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay, attended the demo and tried to overturn the tax in parliament on 19 April, which was narrowly defeated by 35 votes. He said: “I’ve had a wealth of MPs, including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, come to me and ask for more insight. There is an appetite in parliament to find a workable solution and there needs to be a compromise that works for the baking industry and is something customers understand.”The nation isn’t going to let this drop, so what I would say is contact your local constituency and MP, write to the Treasury’s consultation and tell them that there will be a loss of jobs and investment in this country if this 20% VAT goes ahead.”The bakers’ demo saw more than 500 bakers attend outside Downing Street dressed in bakers’ whites holding ’Save our Savouries’ placards. Addressing the crowd, McMeikan said: “My fellow bakers, I wish we were standing here together in happier circumstances. The gravity of the situation that faces our industry must not, and cannot, be underestimated.”We come here today with peaceful intentions, but resolute determination to fight to the bitter end this proposed tax, that will have a devastating impact on ordinary people who simply cannot afford to pay 20% more for everyday food. This government is showing itself to be out of touch: out of touch with ordinary hard-working people; out of touch with the challenges facing high streets; out of touch with the poorest in this country that need higher aspiration and hope, not higher prices.”last_img read more

Alumni Awards

first_imgAgricultural advocates and educators topped this year’s list of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association’s best and brightest alumni.“We are so lucky at CAES to be part of an alumni community with a truly diverse set of interests and areas of impact,” said Van McCall, 2018 president of the CAES Alumni Association. “But whether they’re in the field, in the boardroom or in the classroom, our alumni demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and commitment to making Georgia and the world a better place.”The CAES Alumni Association will present the 2018 awards at a banquet on November 9 at the Grand Hall in Tate Student Center.This year’s Alumni Awards of Excellence will be presented to four CAES alumni who have achieved excellence in their chosen fields or in their communities. This year’s winners include:Donya Lester, executive director of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni AssociationA first-generation college graduate, Lester received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from CAES in 1981. She continued her education at Virginia Tech, receiving a master’s degree in animal breeding and genetics.After graduation, she was hired as the director of Performance Programs International Breeder Association in 1983 and returned to UGA in 1986 to serve as the first CAES development director.After helping to launch the CAES external relations program, Lester joined the Purdue University Agricultural Alumni Association as director and served as director of public engagement for the Purdue University College of Agriculture.Krishna Paudel, professor at Louisiana State University Paudel, who obtained his doctorate in agricultural economics from CAES in 1999, has become an international leader in water quality modeling.After graduation, he joined the faculty of the Louisiana State University Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. He now holds an endowed professorship at LSU and studies the relationship between income and pollution.He has also built a reputation for encouraging international studies and service work among students at LSU and across the country.Calvin Perry, superintendent of the University of Georgia’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research ParkPerry graduated in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering and master’s degree in 1988. His work promoting precision agriculture has made Georgia a leader in water-efficient farming.Perry joined UGA Cooperative Extension in 1989 as a staff research engineer. He worked with a team that developed variable rate irrigation — a technology now prevalent in the industry. Since 2008, he has served as the superintendent of UGA’s C.M. Stripling Research Park in Camilla, Georgia.In 2017, he was asked by UGA Extension’s associate dean to head a project called the Agricultural Water Efficiency Team (AgWET). AgWET trains Extension agents in smart irrigation strategies. The agents then bring their knowledge home to growers in their communities.Jody Strickland, executive vice president of forest operations and real estate services for F&W Forest ServicesStrickland, who graduated from UGA with her bachelor’s in agricultural engineering in 1986, has been a leader in Georgia’s forestry industry for more than 30 years, but she has never forgotten her roots in CAES.She has held forest operations positions with Weyerhaeuser, Proctor and Gamble, and the Georgia Forestry Commission, and she now serves as the executive vice president of forest operations and real estate services for F&W Forest Services.She is a past president of the CAES Alumni Association and currently serves as the chair of the board of directors for Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry.The alumni association will also honor three young alumni with its CAES Young Alumni Achievement Awards. These awards recognize CAES alumni under 40 who have achieved excellence in their chosen fields or in their communities. The 2018 award winners include:Linda Brothers Purvis, poultry science instructor and academic advisor at the University of North GeorgiaSince graduating from CAES with a bachelor’s degree in poultry science in 2002, Purvis has worked tirelessly to bring more poultry science education to northeast Georgia, the poultry capital of the world.Over the last seven years, she started and built the poultry science and agriculture program at the University of North Georgia in Gainesville.The 85-student program started in 2011 with no faculty, no course materials and no scholarship money to support students. Purvis served as a founding instructor and sole academic advisor for the college’s associate degrees in general agriculture, poultry science and avian biology.Nick Chammoun, technical agronomist for MonsantoChammoun graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in crop science and in 2009 with a master’s degree in agricultural engineering.His time at CAES allowed him to explore many leadership opportunities, but the most impactful was the summer that Chammoun spent in Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office as a Congressional Agriculture Fellow.His time in the nation’s capital helped Chammoun decide to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served from 2009 to 2014, attending officer training school and deploying to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.When he returned home, Chammoun took a training position with Monsanto that allowed him to work with UGA Extension weed control expert Stanley Culpepper. Together they created the farmer training regimen required for the company’s Georgia rollout of its dicamba herbicide.Sara Webb Hughes, agricultural education teacher at Oglethorpe County Middle SchoolHughes, who graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and in 2003 with a master’s degree in agricultural education, has a proven track record for growing successful programs from the ground up.She started her career at Madison County Middle School, then taught at Athens Christian School and currently works at Oglethorpe County Middle School. At each of these schools, she started the agricultural education program from scratch.Hughes has won several awards over the years for her accomplishments, but most recently she was selected as the Teacher of the Year, 2017-2018, for Oglethorpe County Middle School.For more information about the CAES Alumni Association, visit www.caes.uga.edu/alumni/get-involved/caes-alumni-association.html.last_img read more

Honduran Police Find Weapons and Jewelry in Armored Vault

first_img The Honduran Police found a large amount of jewelry, weapons, buckles and horse saddles inlaid with gold and silver, valued at approximately one million dollars, and hidden in an armored vault, informed the authorities. “We cannot yet determine the impact of this find. However, there is no question that we have inflicted another blow to organized crime, in addition to the arsenal we found last week, which included a gold-coated assault rifle,” Deputy Commissioner Marco Tulio Cruz said to AFP. The police chief reported that three men were arrested, but he did not identify them. The house raided by the police is located in San Pedro Sula, a city wrecked by the violence of organized crime, mainly from drug trafficking and gangs. According to Cruz, the findings could be linked to the seizure from a farm in Choloma City on January 4, near San Pedro Sula. In that location, police found a significant arsenal of weapons, which included a gold-plated AK-47 rifle, encrusted with emerald and diamond inlays, as well as two silver magazines. The arsenal was hidden in five freight vehicles parked on the farm premises, and the prosecutor’s office suspects that it belonged to the Mexican cartel Los Zetas, which has extended its operations in Central America, especially to Guatemala. By Dialogo January 11, 2013last_img read more

WHO reports progress on H5N1 vaccines

first_imgFeb 16, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported “encouraging progress” on development of H5N1 avian influenza vaccines, while cautioning that global capacity to make the vaccines remains very limited.Following a 2-day meeting of vaccine experts in Geneva, the WHO said new vaccines aimed at various strains of H5N1—considered the likeliest candidate to spark a flu pandemic—look promising.”For the first time, results presented at the meeting have convincingly demonstrated that vaccination with newly developed avian influenza vaccines can bring about a potentially protective immune response against strains of H5N1 virus found in a variety of geographical locations,” the WHO said in a news release.”Some of the vaccines work with low doses of antigen, which means that significantly more vaccine doses can be available in case of a pandemic,” the agency added.However, the statement continues, “WHO stresses that the world still lacks the manufacturing capacity to meet potential global pandemic influenza vaccine demand as current capacity is estimated at less than 400 million doses per year of trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine.” The current world population is more than 6 billion.Sixteen companies from 10 countries are developing prototype pandemic flu vaccines against H5N1, the WHO said. Five of those companies also are developing vaccines against other avian flu strains, including H9N2, H5N2, and H5N3. More than 40 clinical trials have been completed or are under way, most of them involving healthy adults. But some companies have begun clinical trials in children and the elderly.So far, all the vaccines were safe and well tolerated in the groups tested, the agency said. Most of the companies are using vaccine strains corresponding to H5N1 viruses provided by WHO collaborating laboratories.Because pandemic flu viruses are products of constant evolution, no one knows how well any of the prototype vaccines under development would work against a pandemic H5N1 virus, but experts hope that the vaccines would provide some protection. Once a pandemic strain emerges, it is expected to take at least 6 months to produce a vaccine precisely matching it.Today’s statement strikes a different tone from that of a report on flu research released by the WHO last November. That report, based on a meeting of 22 scientists in September, said vaccine developments at that point did not look promising. One problem cited was that H5N1 viruses had branched off into a number of different subgroups, and vaccines that worked well against one subgroup did not work well against others.The November report also said many fundamental questions about H5N1 vaccines remained to be answered. Because of the many unknowns, the report cautioned governments against stockpiling pre-pandemic vaccines. Today’s brief statement does not mention stockpiling.The WHO meeting drew more than 100 flu vaccine experts, who heard and discussed information on more than 20 projects. The aim was to review progress in vaccine development and reach a consensus on future priorities. The meeting was the third of its kind in 2 years, the WHO said.The statement does not give an estimate of how many doses of H5N1 vaccines have been made so far, and further information was not immediately available.In 2006 the WHO launched its global pandemic influenza action plan, a program expected to cost $10 billion over 10 years, the statement noted. One goal of the plan is to enable developing countries to build their own flu vaccine production facilities.In launching the program last October, the WHO called for an urgent effort to boost vaccine production capacity and develop better vaccines, while cautioning that it would take 3 to 5 years for the effort to bear fruit.See also:Feb 16 WHO statement on vaccine developmenthttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2007/np07/en/index.htmlNov 2, 2006, CIDRAP News story “WHO report calls H5N1 vaccine stockpiling premature”Oct 23, 2006, CIDRAP News story “WHO seeks urgent push for pandemic flu vaccines”last_img read more