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Huge fire breaks out at India gas well blowout

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first_imgThe company called for help from the army after locals allegedly attacked its vehicles after Tuesday’s explosion, spokesman Tridiv Hazarika said.Water was being pumped to the well over the past two weeks to prevent the gas catching fire.Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said firefighters, police and the army were being sent to the site, which is 500 kilometers east of Guwahati, the state’s biggest city.Environmentalists were increasingly worried about the impact of the gas leak. The well was producing 100,000 standard cubic meters per day (SCMD) of gas from a depth of 3,870 meters before the blowout in May, according to Oil India.Just one kilometer from the field is Maguri-Motapung wetlands, an ecotourism site. State-owned sanctuary Dibru Saikhowa National Park — renowned for migratory birds — is about 2.5 kilometers away.Authorities had established an exclusion zone of 1.5 kilometers and about 2,500 people had been evacuated from their homes.Officials Monday ordered a probe into the deaths of five people from the areas surrounding the field, although the district administration said a preliminary investigation suggested they died of natural causes. A huge fire broke out at an oil field near popular ecotourism spots in northeastern India on Tuesday, after gas that had spewed for two weeks from a blown-out well ignited, officials said.The gas well at an oil field managed by state-owned Oil India started leaking in late May in Tinsukia district of Assam state, and the firm said late last week gas was still flowing “uncontrollably”.Tuesday’s explosion sent bright orange flames and huge, black plumes of smoke high into the sky, visible 10 kilometers from the oil field, locals told AFP. Topics :center_img “While the clearing operations were on at the well site, the well caught fire,” Oil India said in a statement, adding that a firefighter suffered “minor injuries”. Around 200 engineers and workers — including a team of experts who arrived from Singapore on Monday — are trying to stem the leak within four weeks, the company added. Villagers fled in fear, and said five of their homes had caught fire.”The situation is very bad. It is spreading. I knew it was going to happen,” local environmentalist Niranta Gohain told AFP over the phone from the site.last_img read more

Too much screen time is giving kids health problems like obesity and poor motor skills

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first_imgStuff co.nz 18 January 2019Family First Comment: Read our 2015 report on this issue https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/research/screen-time-2015/Kiwi children who spend too much time on screens are becoming sicker, more obese, and more likely to be hyperactive, according to a new study.Commissioned by the Ministry of Social Development, the study also showed young children who exceeded the recommended electronic screen time had poorer motor skills than those who were less exposed to the technology.Researchers from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the University of Auckland analysed the development of more than 5000 children in the New Zealand-first study, using data from the longitudinal study Growing Up in New Zealand.The researchers found two-year-olds who exceeded the daily screen time guideline of one hour each day were more likely to experience behavioural and health problems at about 4½ years of age.Ministry of Health guidelines recommend no screen time at all for children under two years, and less than an hour a day for children between two and five years.The study found children under two years spent an average of 1.5 hours a day on screens, increasing to two hours a day for children aged 3¾ years.Report author Associate Professor Scott Duncan said those numbers did not surprise the researchers, but the significant health effects of too much screen time did.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/110028837/too-much-screen-time-is-giving-kids-health-problems-like-obesity-and-poor-motor-skillsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

NCAA Digest

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first_imgStanfordOgwumike selected No. 1 in WNBA DraftThe Los Angeles Sparks took Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike as the top overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft this week.She is the first Pac-12 player to be the top draft pick since 1997. USC’s Tina Thompson was picked first overall that year.Ogwumike, a three-time All-American, is second all-time in Pac-12 scoring (2,491), third all-time in rebounding (1,226) and has a 58.3 shooting percentage. This year the 6-foot-2 power forward was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, an honor she also received in 2010.The Cardinal appeared in the NCAA Final Four during each of Ogwumike’s four seasons. Ogwumike averaged 22.5 points and 10 rebounds  this season.She plans on graduating from Stanford and pursuing a graduate degree in business before she begins playing for the Sparks next season.Three other Pac-12 players were drafted into the WNBA this year, including USC guards Briana Gilbreath and Jacki Gemelos, both of whom went in the third round.Oregon’s Amanda Johnson was drafted in the final round. The Washington Mystics selected Gilbreath, Gemelos went to the Minnesota Lynx and Johnson went to the Phoenix Mercury.OregonESPN exposes Ducks’ marijuana cultureIn an ESPN The Magazine article, writer Sam Alipour reported that widespread marijuana use has been common among student-athletes nationwide, specifically among Oregon football players for the past 15 years.Alipour reported 19 current or past players and officials acknowledged the use of marijuana as a commonality. They estimated between 40 and 60 percent of team members smoke pot.According to Alipour, Oregon coach Chip Kelly is trying to crack down on the team’s usage by enforcing drug tests and attending classes with problem players.“Student-athlete welfare is of the utmost importance to the University of Oregon,” Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens told ESPN. “Similar to many college campuses wrestling with the same issue, the University of Oregon actively works to address potential use of any illegal substance through a combination of education, prevention and enforcement activities.”The Princeton Review ranks the University of Oregon as one of the most pot-friendly schools in the country.In 1998, Oregon became one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana, and the state is one of the nation’s leading producers of the drug. AlabamaCrimson Tide 2011 BCS Trophy ShattersThe Crimson Tide’s 2011 BCS trophy was accidentally knocked from its perch and shattered Saturday, ESPN reported.A football player’s father got his foot caught on a rug resting below the Waterford crystal football’s holding place, and the trophy was knocked to the ground.Valued at $30,000, the trophy was handcrafted in Ireland and put on display at Mal Moore Athletic Facility. Alabama has a second identical 2011 trophy, on display at the Paul W. Bryant Museum.The university said it will attempt to replace the shattered trophy. KentuckyFive starters declare for NBA DraftIn a televised press conference Tuesday, University of Kentucky freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb declared their eligibility for the NBA Draft.The five starters led the school to an SEC title and the Kentucky’s  eighth NCAA title. Seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas also plan on entering the draft. TennesseeRecord-setting coach steps downPat Summitt, who leads NCAA coaches in all-time wins, is stepping down as the women’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, the university announced Wednesday.Summit coached at Tennessee for 38 seasons, racked up a record of 1,098-208 and led the Lady Vols to 18 Final Four appearances, 13 national title games and eight national championships.Summitt, 59, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 but continued on with the team through the end of the 2011-2012 season. Summitt will continue working for the school as head coach emeritus. Her new title allows for more time to focus on her health while also recruiting and mentoring young players.“Coaching is the great passion of my life, and the job to me has always been an opportunity to work with our student-athletes and help them discover what they want,” Summitt said in a statement. “I will continue to make them my passion.”Holly Warlick, who has served as Summitt’s assistant coach for 27 years, will take over the head coaching position next season.The Lady Vols went 27-9 last season and advanced to the Elite 8.Texas A&MSEC T-shirts recalled for map mishapA Texas T-shirt company recalled dozens of Texas A&M shirts after complaints about geographical and factual mistakes, according to the Associated Press.A section of the United States is mapped on the shirt, with the states of the SEC represented. North Carolina was incorrectly included in the design and Missouri was omitted.Missouri and Texas A&M joined the SEC this year after leaving the Big 12 at the end of last season.“Many … have insinuated that Texas A&M made these shirts, and that Texas A&M doesn’t know geography. That’s simply not true. Aggieland Outfitters designed the shirt and simply made a mistake,” Aggieland Outfitters said in a statement to the AP. ToledoNCAA bans school from postseasonThe NCAA banned the University of Toledo’s men’s basketball program from the 2013 postseason tournament, rejecting the university’s appeal.Toledo failed to meet the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rate for several years, resulting in the ban.In its appeal, Toledo asked the NCAA to consider the school’s 2011-2012 academic performance, and not older scores from 2009-2011.“It is simply a question of fairness,” athletic director Mike O’Brien said.last_img read more

94-year-old arrested for attempting to block Chinese First Lady’s car

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first_imgA 94-year-old woman was arrested on Friday after she allegedly tried to block the path  of the car carrying of the wife of Chinese President Xi JinpingThe elderly woman was the sixth person protestor in  two days in connection with the visit of the Chinese President and his wife..The motorcade transporting Madame Peng Liyuan and first lady Melania Trump to Mar-a-Lago after a visit to the Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach was at Southern Boulevard and Lake Avenue when the woman “jumped into the middle of the road” in front of Peng’s car, sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said.Barbera said the obstruction nearly caused a motorcycle deputy to crash while other deputies had to run into the roadway to hustle the woman out of the way of the motorcade. The woman, identified as Chun Yan Wang, was charged with obstructing a roadway.last_img read more