105 FAMILIES FLEE BUNKER OIL FUMES: PCG mulls raps vs barge owner for oil…

first_imgAn oil spill-displaced family occupies a classroom at Bo. Obrero Elementary School in Iloilo City. Over 300 village residents have left their houses to avoid the unpleasant smell of bunker oil that spilled out of a power barge after an explosion on July 3, 2020 in Bo. Obrero, Lapuz, Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “The containment stage was completed last night (July 3) through the use of multilayered spill booms and additional layers from the PCG and Petron,” according to the company. An estimated 40,000 liters of bunker fuel spilled out into the waters off Zone 3, Barrio Obrero following the explosion, PCG’s initial investigation showed. In a statement issued on July 4, AC Energy stated it immediately undertook containment procedures after the explosion “but high ocean waves in the afternoon caused some of the oil to spill out of our confinement area.” Commander Joe Luviz Mercurio of PCG Iloilo station said they already recovered 188 liters of bunker fuel. Five additional segments of oil spill boom were laid out to protect the mangrove area nearby. “As of this time, we are conducting an investigation of the incident and a reputable third-party firm will be engaged to conduct a thorough investigation as to the root cause of the explosion that ignited the fuel gases inside the sealed tank, in order to avoid similar situations from happening in the future,” read part of the company’s statement. Skimming operations were also started on July 3 and the following day additional oil skimmer equipment arrived from Shell Philippines, it added. According to the CDRRMO, the spilled bunker fuel already reached the coastlines of Molo and Arevalo districts and even as far as the coastal town of Dumangas, Iloilo north of this city. An explosion in one of the four tanks of AC Energy’s Power Barge No. 102 triggered an oil spill on July 3 at around 3 p.m. The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is not discounting the possibility of filing criminal charges against the owner of the barge for Friday last week’s oil spill. “Immediately, the PCG and Power Barge No. 102 laid several segments of oil spill boom to contain the spilled oil,” according to Balilo. “Oil skimmers were then deployed for the recovery operation.” “The PCG will file criminal charges against the owner of Power Barge No. 102, if warranted,” Balilo said in a statement sent to Panay News. BY RUBY P. SILUBRICO and ADRIAN STEWART CO The Bureau of Fire Protection and private oil companies also assisted in terms of manpower and equipment in the containment and recovery operations, PCG added. The coastal municipalities of Leganes and Zarraga were on alert, too. Shoreline residents reported traces of bunker fuel in their waters.  ILOILO City – Harsh fumes from the bunker fuel that spilled from a power barge in Barangay Bo. Obrero, Lapuz district here drove 105 families or 378 persons away from their houses, according to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO). Right after the explosion and the oil spill that followed, according to AC Energy, an estimated 63 households were displaced due to the fumes. They were evacuated to the barangay elementary school. Another set was scheduled to arrive yesterday. PCG spokesperson Armand Balilo said on Sunday their Legal Affairs Team was set to fly to Iloilo City to assist in the investigation. As of 5 p.m. on Saturday, the displaced families huddled at Bo. Obrero Elementary School. According to AC Energy, it formed a team to closely coordinate with the barangay for the needs assessment of the affected people. It added: “We are committed to exerting all means to clean up the oil spill as soon as possible and support the affected communities.”/PNlast_img read more

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Chelsea’s youngsters thrash Fulham

first_imgChelsea’s youngsters strolled to a resounding 3-0 victory over Fulham in the Under-21 Premier League on Monday evening.Nathan Ake, Islam Feruz and Adam Phillip scored in a rain-swept game at the Blues’ Cobham training ground which was watched by manager Rafael Benitez and club owner Roman Abramovich.Despite being without some of their most influential players – striker Patrick Bamford and captain Todd Kane recently went out on loan and Lucas Piazon was not involved – Chelsea were on top from the start and all the goals came in the first half.They went ahead in the 17th minute when Ake sent a glorious left-footed effort into the corner from 25 yards.Blues midfielder Rohan Ince had a header cleared off the line before Feruz fired in the second goal after being set up by George Saville.And once Phillip finished off a great team move to make it three, there was no way back for Fulham.Click here for Monday’s Chelsea 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Stephen Piscotty on MLB award: “It’s a little bittersweet.”

first_img​CLEVELAND — Stephen Piscotty is humbled and appreciative to be recognized for his character and efforts to help others.He admits, though, there would have been a better way.“It’s nice, but it’s a little bittersweet,” the A’s outfielder said Tuesday after learning he has been named the recipient of the 54th annual Hutch Award. “If Mom doesn’t get ALS, you don’t have to go through this.“I would rather take that route, but it’s not the cards we were dealt. It is very meaningful, to bring some …last_img read more

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SA wine set for futures trading

first_img25 July 2007A leading South African wine may soon be listed on the Chicago Futures Exchange, with local wine estate Cloof appointing an asset manager to register their signature shiraz wine, Crucible, for futures trading.Cloof’s wine marketer Oscar Foulkes told Business Day this week that the estate had appointed Flagship Private Asset Management to handle the registration of Crucible futures on the exchange.“Last week we began distributing Crucible Futures to buyers of the 2006 The Very Sexy Shiraz, as a way of guaranteeing access to the rarest of our wines,” Cloof said on its website.A Crucible future will give its holder the right, but not the obligation, to buy one bottle of 2006 Crucible at R295, the cellar-door price of a 2004 vintage.“This instrument not only guarantees access to this singular wine, but does so at a discounted price,” said the estate, which is situated on the outskirts of Atlantis in the Western Cape.“When the wine is released in October, holders will have until 15 November to redeem their futures, after which they expire. Futures can only be redeemed at Cloof.”The Crucible shiraz is a fairly rare wine, having only been produced in 2003, 2004 and 2006, while the estate is hoping for a 2008 vintage. The 2003 and 2004 vintages were nominated for five stars in the John Platter guide, topping a long list of local and international awards and medals.According to the estate, the combination of demand and extremely limited supply, against the backdrop of rising fine wine prices, is having an impact on Crucible’s selling price.“The Live-ex 100 index, which tracks the auction prices of the world’s 100 most investable wines, is up by 42% this year as global affluence chases a limited supply of top-end wines,” Cloof said.Foulkes told Business Day he believed that, should the futures gain value, they could at some point start to determine the price of the wines.He said that unlike top French wines, that could command any price, South African wines seemed to have hit a “glass ceiling” as far as price was concerned.“Up to now Crucible has been available to buy on a first come, first served basis, even to Pick ‘n Pay, which is unusual for a wine of this nature,” Foulkes said.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Manure and the law

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers who apply fertilizer to their fields, particularly manure, need to be aware that if the fertilizer winds up in a waterway, they could be facing fines as farmers in northwestern Ohio did last summer.Applying manure can be particularly tricky because it’s often in liquid form and typically applied to the surface of fields, unlike most commercial fertilizers. So, if manure is spread and not fully incorporated into the soil before a heavy rainfall, the manure could run off a farm field and into a nearby body of water.In August 2017, three fish kills occurred in separate incidents in Williams, Allen and Hardin counties. Farmers had treated their fields with manure, then a major rainstorm came through.Given the risks associated with spreading manure, it’s important for farmers to have written plans specifying how often, when and where they’re going to place manure or commercial fertilizer and to keep records on each spreading, said Peggy Hall, agricultural and resource law field specialist for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.Hall will address potential liability that farmers have when applying manure to their fields at the upcoming Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference March 6-7. She is among a slate of speakers for the event, which is sponsored in part by OSU Extension, and will take place at Ohio Northern University in Ada.Among the sponsors for the event are OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. The annual conference offers the latest research and techniques on conservation tillage, which involves leaving the remains of a harvested crop on a field to reduce erosion, as well as topics including soil quality, managing fertilizer application and precision agriculture.Farmers planning to spread manure also need to keep watch on the weather, Hall pointed out.In northwestern Ohio, farmers are barred from applying manure within 24 hours of predicted heavy rainfall, a law that went into effect in 2015 to reduce algal blooms in Lake Erie.“It could be an unanticipated weather change that causes the problem,” Hall said.A heavy rainfall can carry manure far from the field where it was applied, and Ohio is getting more downpours. There’s been a 25% increase in intense rainfall events in Ohio since the late 1990s, according to state climate records.Crops need nitrogen and phosphorous, key ingredients in manure and commercial fertilizers. But when more nutrients are applied to soil than a crop can take up, some can flow with rainwater off the field. Phosphorous can promote the growth of algae in waterways; algae, when they die and decompose, take up oxygen in the water, reducing what’s available for fish and other aquatic life. Also manure contains a lot of ammonia, which binds with oxygen in waterways, leaving less for fish and putting them at risk of suffocating.Most of the complaints that the state’s regulatory agencies receive about fertilizer application involve residents who report on someone who applied manure, Hall said.“They see it. They smell it. They don’t trust it. And so they call in,” Hall said.Insurance providers for farms that include livestock facilities where manure is collected and spread sometimes refuse to cover any harm, such as a fish kill, that occurs after manure is spread, Hall pointed out.“They’re defining it as pollution,” she said.Then farmers have to foot the entire bill. “It can be costly. That’s a concern I have for the farmers,” she said.The price tag hinges in part on the amount and type of fish killed as well as the cost of the investigation into the incident.Hall’s advice to farmers: “Have a good nutrient management plan, follow that plan, document everything and have good insurance.”If applied correctly, manure can offer rich nutrients to the soil, said Glen Arnold, a manure management specialist with OSU Extension. Arnold will address applying manure to the side of corn plants at the upcoming tillage conference. Arnold helped design technology that enables farmers to apply manure on a growing crop without crushing the crop.Since manure is more likely to cause a fish kill than commercial fertilizers, it’s important for farmers that do apply manure to incorporate it into the ground immediately or within 24 hours, so it’s not left on the surface long, Arnold said.“Most farmers mean to do well,” he said. “We are getting better every year, but there’s still room for improvement.”last_img read more

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More Tips for Improving Mileage

first_imgLast week, I touched on some of the strategies coming out of the “hypermiling” movement to boost automobile fuel economy. Here are a few more:1. Lighten the load. The more weight we haul around in our cars or trucks, the more energy we use. If you keep sandbags in the bed of your pick-up for winter traction, remove them in the summer. Empty your trunk of those unneeded items you’ve been hauling around.2. Use air conditioning only when absolutely necessary. In some cars, running the A/C on max reduces mileage by as much as 25%. Around town, open a window. At highway speeds, it’s usually better to keep windows closed to reduce aerodynamic drag. If the fan alone doesn’t provide enough cooling, this is when the A/C makes sense.3. Keep your vehicle tuned up. A smoother-running car or truck usually operates more efficiently–and lasts longer. If your owner’s manual provides a range of engine oil that can be used in your car, opt for the lower-viscosity grades (lower SAE number) to improve fuel economy.4. Keep tires inflated. The higher the tire pressure, the lower the rolling resistance and the better the mileage. For most tires, manufacturers list a recommended pressure range (for example 32 to 40 psi when the tires are cool). To improve fuel economy, keep tire pressure closer to the top end of that range. Don’t overinflate tires, though, as this may compromise safety.5. Avoid idling. If the engine is running and you’re standing still, your fuel economy is zero–and an idling engine usually spews out more pollution than an engine that’s running at higher speeds. Several towns in our area now have no-idling resolutions in an effort to discourage the practice.6. Practice “rabbit timing.” Wayne Gerdes, who coined the term “hypermiling” and who maintains the CleanMPG website, explains this as a strategy that works for roadways with traffic lights that are tripped by sensors in the pavement. If you’re approaching a traffic light that’s red, ease off on your accelerator and let the cars around you (the “rabbits”) speed ahead and stop at the light, tripping the sensor–so that it turns green by the time you roll up.7. Turn off cruise control on hilly terrain. Cruise control is designed to maintain constant speed, but in hilly terrain a lot of extra fuel is used in accelerating up hills. A more fuel-efficient approach is to hold the accelerator pedal in approximately the same position approaching and going over a hill; your speed will drop but fuel economy will be better. On the downhill, allow your speed to increase (within the speed limit), using gravity to boost your fuel economy.8. Choose your route carefully. If you have two choices in getting from point A to point B, with one route being up-and-over while the other is around, the option with less hill-climbing will improve fuel economy. This is a place where I may part ways with the hypermilers. If the goal is highest fuel economy (miles per gallon), driving extra miles is okay. But my priority is lowest total fuel use. If you have two route options, and one is 100 miles over hilly terrain that results in 30 mpg while the other is 150 miles but on flatter roads resulting in 40 mpg, the first option will use less total fuel (3.3 gallons vs. 3.75), but the fuel economy with the second option would be a lot better. I’d rather take a more direct route and decrease my total fuel use, while the hypermiler would take the longer route to improve his or her fuel economy.There are lots of other fuel-efficient driving tips on the CleanMPG website. But the best choice of all is to drive less. Consider walking or carpooling. If you bike to work in good weather, as I do, keep track of your commuting miles with a bike odometer, set some goals, and calculate your savings. I’ve biked over 500 commuting miles so far this year–which is already more than my total for last year!In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog on BuildingGreen.com: Alex’s Cool Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, LLC and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

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Gab Banal savors chance to play for dad Joel, uncle Koy in Marinerong Pilipino

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In his first game for Marinerong Pilipino, the 6-foot-3 forward was everywhere as he racked 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals in the 94-92 victory over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum back in opening day.Unfortunately, it’s not all roses for Banal as he also committed 10 turnovers and expected to get an earful from his coaches.Luckily, he was spared, but he knows that he has to perform better in the Skippers’ coming games, starting on Thursday against Akari-Adamson.“I have to keep my composure and I have to stick to the system, run our offense, and not be in a hurry,” he said.Banal’s adjustment will be a huge factor as Marinerong Pilipino  seeks to compete against far more cohesive school-based teams.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Tennys Sandgren blasts media in final shot at Aussie Open Banal admitted that it felt weird when he first joined the team with his father serving as the consultant and his uncle as the head coach.“I don’t know how I’ll act. You treat them as a coach inside the court, but when we go home, we’re back to being family members,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the 27-year-old said that the pros outweighed the cons as he thrives playing under mentors who have watched him play the game growing up.“It’s fun because they know how I play and I know how they coach. We’re familiar with each other and it really helps,” said Banal, who is coming off a confidence-boosting run with Flying V in the 2017 Foundation Cup. “I was able to bring the confidence I gained there and I think I can really help this team reach heights this conference.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESHe may be in a unique situation, but Gab Banal is enjoying the chance to work with his father Joel and uncle Koy in Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“This is my first time to be on the same team as them,” said a smiling Banal.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “Eleven out of the 13 teams this conference are school-based, so their advantage is that they’re playing with each other everyday, and some of whom are even dormmates,” he said. “So that’s what we have to adjust to, to quickly become solid and jell as a team.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

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