Raininduced landslide wall collapse claim 3 lives

first_imgFire service men recover body of a person killed in Chattogram landslide. Photo: Sourav DasAt least three people including a woman and her daughter were killed and another woman missing in two separate incidents of landslide and wall collapse in Chattogram early Sunday following incessant rainfall for several days due to the influence of cyclonic storm Titli.The deceased are Nurjahan Begum, 43, wife of a certain Nur Mohammad from Firoz Shah Colony in Akbar Shaha thana of the port city and the couple’s 3-year-old daughter Fajr-un-Nesa and Nurun Nabi, 45, from Rahman Nagar area of Panchlaish thana.Fire service men conduct rescue work to recover the bodies. Photo: Sourav DasNurjahan Begum and her daughter Fajr-un-Nesa were killed and a woman, Zohra Bibi, remained missing after a section of a hill collapsed in Jhil area of Firoz Shah Colony around 2:30am, said Chattogram fire service and civil defence deputy assistant director Jasim Uddin.UNB reported that a rescue operation was underway in the area.Relative of a deceased killed in Chattogram landslide seen crying. Photo: Sourav DasIn an incident of wall collapse, Nurun Nabi was killed in Rahman Nagar area of Panchlaish around 1:30am, said Enamul Haque, in-charge of Bayezid fire station and civil defence station.On information, two fire fighting units rushed in and rescued three people including a child as critically injured.The injured were rushed to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where physicians declared Nurun Nabi dead around 2:40am, he added.last_img read more

China looks to combustible ice as a fuel source

first_img(Left) Methane hydrate consists of a cage of water molecules trapping a methane molecule within. Credit: Slim Films for Suess et al., Scientific American, Nov. 1999, pp. 76-83. (Right) When methane hydrate is brought to the surface, the methane can be burnt off. Credit: Gary Klinkhammer, OSU-COAS. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Buried below the tundra of China’s Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is a type of frozen natural gas containing methane and ice crystals that could supply energy to China for 90 years. China discovered the large reserve of methane hydrate last September, and last week the Qinghai Province announced that it plans to allow researchers and energy companies to tap the energy source. Although methane hydrate is plentiful throughout the world, the key challenge for China and other nations will be to develop technologies to excavate the fuel without damaging the environment. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Methane hydrate is an ice-like substance that is sometimes called “combustible ice” since it can literally be lit on fire and burned as fuel. But rather than dig up the substance, excavators would likely melt the ice underground first, and then extract the methane gas. However, researchers are still investigating the most appropriate way to extract the fuel for commercialization.Methane hydrate is an attractive energy source due to its high energy density: one cubic meter of combustible ice contains about 164 cubic meters of regular natural gas. This high energy density is due to the fact that methane is trapped within the hydrate crystal structure and greatly compressed. According to the DOE, the immense energy content of methane occurring in hydrate form may possibly exceed the combined energy content of all other known fossil fuels. In addition, the frozen hydrate has few impurities, meaning it can burn cleaner with fewer pollutants than oil and possibly regular natural gas, as well.Combustible ice has already been discovered in more than 100 countries, buried in both the Arctic permafrost and beneath the ocean floor. Besides China, countries including the US, Japan, and the Republic of Korea have plans to tap the natural gas hydrate buried in their territories. Last summer, US scientists on a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico discovered pockets of highly concentrated methane hydrate estimated to contain 6,700 trillion cubic feet of gas. The DOE has estimated that the total amount of methane hydrate worldwide could be as high as 400 million trillion cubic feet, including 85.4 trillion cubic feet buried in Alaska.Because methane is a potent greenhouse gas, researchers are also concerned about the environmental effects of extracting methane hydrate. However, if handled carefully, using methane hydrate as a fuel could be safer than simply letting it melt on its own. As the earth continues to warm, methane released into the atmosphere could cause even more damage than if it were burned for fuel. On the other hand, if large amounts of methane were accidentally released during extraction, the results could further aggravate global warming. Another risk from mining the combustible ice is geological slumping. For these reasons, developing a safe technology to excavate the fuel is a priority. With these challenges in mind, China’s Ministry of Land and Resources estimated last week that the country could begin using its combustible ice within 10 to 15 years, joining other countries in methane hydrate exploration. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: via: Xinhuannet and the US Dept. of Energy Citation: China looks to ‘combustible ice’ as a fuel source (2010, March 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-china-combustible-ice-fuel-source.html Alaskan drilling will assess gas hydratelast_img read more

Google It Anatomy of a Tech Giant Infographic

first_img Register Now » 1 min read Google has become so ingrained in our lives that it’s changed the lexicon of our daily communications. Can you remember a time that you didn’t think to yourself “I’ll just Google it”? As the tech behemoth marks its 16th anniversary, we take a look back at some of its milestones and accomplishments.From the launch of Google Adwords in 2000 to the introduction of Gmail in 2006, and the first Android phone in 2008, this infographic from Wishpond, a maker of social-media marketing applications, maps the progress of the tech company.For more stats on Google, check out the infographic below.Click to Enlarge+ Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals September 15, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img Video will play in  Video Loading Video Unavailable The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Click to playTap to play We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday June 1. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . Key Events 10:2222:52End of live reportingAnd this concludes tonight’s live blog brought to you by the StokeonTrentLive team. Goodnight.22:18Highways England22:15M6 southbound in StaffordshireOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J13, Stafford South, and J12, Gailey. Lane one, of four, is closed but traffic is coping well.21:11Fire stationsThe city’s major fire stations have reported zero call-outs since changing shifts at 7pm. 20:44Euromillions Results: Winning numbers for tonight’s jackpotAre you feeling lucky tonight? Could you be a winner on tonight’s Euromillions draw? For a chance at the jackpot players must match all five of the main numbers drawn, plus the two lucky stars. Check your numbers here.20:39ThunderballTonight’s Thunderball results are available here with the Euromillions coming soon.20:13Delays expected as abnormal load travels through the region (Image: Staffs Police TST)Motorists are being warned they will face delays this weekend as an abnormal load travels through Staffordshire and Cheshire. The load, an electrical transformer, will leave Staffordat 8am tomorrow (June 2) before travelling along the A34 through Stafford and Stone. It will then go through Newcastle and Talke before reaching the border with Cheshire. Read more.19:28M6 southboundTraffic easing, earlier accident on M6 Southbound between J15, Stoke-On-Trent and Stafford Services. Lane three (of three) was closed. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 19:27Hundreds back calls for traffic lights at ‘lethal junction’ (Image: Google Street View)Hundreds of residents have signed a petition calling for traffic lights to be installed at a ‘dangerous’ junction. Families in Alsager have called for Cheshire East Council to put the lights at the junction of Linley Road and Linley Lane after claiming possible crashes there could leave more motorists seriously and even fatally injured. So far 325 residents have signed an online petition calling on the local authority to carry out improvements at the ‘lethal junction’. It states: “In 2001 Graham Lownes died at the age of 36 in a collision at the junction. His family asked for traffic lights to make the junction safer back then. They are still waiting 17 years later.“Crashes happen regularly at this dangerous junction. We demand traffic lights be installed without further delay.”Read more.18:55Slow trafficTraffic is very slow on the M6 in both directions between junction 16, Crewe, and junction 17, Sandbach, in the roadworks area.18:34M6 reopensAll lanes have now reopened due to an earlier accident on the M6 southbound between junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford Services.18:04M6 accidentOne lane is closed and traffic is queuing because of an accident on the M6 southbound between junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent and the Stafford Services. Lane one, of three, is closed. 18:02A500Reports of queuing traffic due to broken down vehicle on A500 D Road Northbound before Reginald Mitchell Way. 17:36M6 CheshireSlow traffic on the M6 in Cheshire in both directions between junction 19, Knutsford, and junction 18, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel.17:07Widespread Visa outage leaves of customers unable to use cards (Image: PA)One of the largest card payment networks has experienced a widespread outage today (June 1) with many Staffordshire customers unable to make contactless payments.Shoppers using Visa have been having problems with customers in Hanley’s Primary, as well as the Halfords and Primark stores in Stafford reportedly unable to use their cards.One shopper in Stafford said: “We have been trying to pay by card in different places and staff told us various places were having problems.”Read more.16:24M6 northboundVery slow traffic on the M6 northbound between junction 17, Sandbach, and junction 18, Middlewich. 16:16Cheshire trafficHeavy traffic on A534 Crewe Green Road before the roadworks at the roundabout. 16:14Severe weather15:44M6 CheshireHeavy traffic on M6 in both directions between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.13:29Very slow traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). All lanes have been re-opened. In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) was blocked until around 13:20 within the smart motorway works. 12:41One lane blocked, long delays and queueing traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 40 minutes.Lane one (of three) is blocked within the smart motorway works. 11:42Usual congestion on A534 Haslington Bypass before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). 11:34Get your cat or dog microchipped today…for freeA free microchipping event is well underway. Police officers covering the Mill Hill area have teamed up with the RSPCA for the event todayPCSO Kirsty Lovatt with a dog at the eventThe session is taking place at 106 Sunnyside Avenue in Mill Hill until 1.30pm.PCSO Kirsty Lovatt, who covers the Mill Hill area, said: “Donations are also welcome.”10:32A534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound busy but moving before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). 10:22KEY EVENTWest Midlands Ambulance Service A young boy has been killed in a crash between a car and a lorry on the M6.Emergency services were called to the southbound carriageway, between junctions six and five, at 7.37pm last night.Read more here.09:30Traffic returned to normal, earlier broken down car on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North).Cameras showed traffic officers are at the scene, just after end of the exit slip road from Stafford South services. All traffic was held briefly at 09:10 while the car was moved to the hard shoulder. 08:55One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North).Lane three (of three) is closed. 08:44A34 to be closed again tonight…A major North Staffordshire road will continue to be closed overnight for the next two evenings as roadworks continue.The A34 Stone Road will be shut in both directions between the A5035 Longton Road (Trentham Roundabout/Trentham) and the A51 (Dalraston Island/Meaford).The road is shut between 9pm and 5am on Thursday night (May 31) and Friday night (June 1), according to traffic data company INRIX, having previously been closed on Wednesday night.Read more here.08:19Traffic easing on A5020 University Way Northbound at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). 08:18Queueing traffic on A34 Newcastle Road in both directions at Child’s Lane. 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Facebook takes an initiative against discriminative ads on its platform

first_imgYesterday, the team at Facebook announced changes in how the platform manages ads related to housing, employment, and credit on the platform. According to the team at Facebook, “These changes are the result of historic settlement agreements with leading civil rights organizations and ongoing input from civil rights experts.” This announcement comes when the report related to the investigation on Facebook by The New York Times got published. The announcement reads, “One of our top priorities is protecting people from discrimination on Facebook.” One of the US’ top housing civil rights organizations, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA),  the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and other private parties, had filed litigation against Facebook. These parties wanted to have stronger action towards protection against abuse. According to Facebook’s blog post, civil rights leaders and experts who oversee the Facebook civil rights audit have also raised their concerns regarding this issue. Facebook has taken the concerns of civil rights leaders and have started working towards reviewing their ad tool. Facebook’s blog post reads, “We take their concerns seriously and, as part of our civil rights audit, engaged the noted civil rights law firm Relman, Dane & Colfax to review our ads tools and help us understand what more we could do to guard against misuse.” Though Facebook’s policies prohibit advertisers from using their tools to discriminate, the platform has removed targeting ads related to protected classes such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion. As there is a history of discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, and credit but according to Facebook, this harmful behavior should not happen through their ads. Facebook has announced certain changes as part of their settlements with the NFHA, ACLU, CWA and other groups to protect people on Facebook. Changes announced by Facebook The ones who want to run housing, employment or credit ads now won’t be allowed to target by age, gender or zip code. The advertisers who are offering housing, employment and credit opportunities will now have a smaller set of targeted categories for using in their campaigns. Multicultural affinity targeting won’t be available for these ads. Any detailed targeting option that describes or appears to be related to protected classes won’t available. Facebook is working on a tool which will help users to search and view all current housing ads in the US that are targeted to different places across the country. Facebook’s blog post reads, “Housing, employment and credit ads are crucial to helping people buy new homes, start great careers, and gain access to credit. They should never be used to exclude or harm people. Getting this right is deeply important to me and all of us at Facebook because inclusivity is a core value for our company.” To know more about this news, check out Facebook’s blog post. Read Next Two top executives leave Facebook soon after the pivot to privacy announcement Facebook tweet explains ‘server config change’ for 14-hour outage on all its platforms Facebook under criminal investigations for data sharing deals: NYT reportlast_img read more