UK WW1 Battlefield Soil, A ceremony has taken place in London to mark the arrival of “sacred soil” from 70 World War 1 battlefields in Belgium.
The soil is going to be laid at a memorial garden marking the 100th anniversary of WW1 in 2014.
The soil, collected by British and Belgian schoolchildren and put into 70 sandbags, arrived on the Belgian Navy frigate Louisa Marie on Friday.
It went on a ceremonial procession through London before reaching its last resting place at Wellington Barracks.
On arrival in London, the Louisa Marie moored alongside HMS Belfast and the soil was transferred to the British light cruiser.
The bags were loaded onto the gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery along with a crucible of soil from all the battlefields.
It was escorted by mounted members of the Household Cavalry from the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals, and mounted officers from the Metropolitan Police.
Wyoming Explosion, Five workers were injured after a fire and tank explosion at an Encana Corp natural gas field in western Wyoming on Friday, officials said.
Police said they received multiple calls about a blast at about 10:18 a.m. local time at Encana’s Antelope 91-29H facility in the Jonah Field near Pinedale, about 230 miles west of Casper in the western U.S. state.
One of the injured workers was airlifted to hospital in critical condition and the others were taken by ambulance to a local clinic and hospital, said Bridget Ford, a spokeswoman for Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc, without giving further details.
“We know that some welding work was being conducted on the condensate tanks on location, however the exact reason for the explosion is not known at this time,” she said.
Firefighters contained the blaze, which burned out by 1 p.m., Ford added.
Bad News For Some California Smokers, San Rafael officials pass an ordinance making it illegal for some residents to smoke in their own homes., California Town Bans Smoking in Condos and Apartments That Share Walls, The town of San Rafael, Calif., has passed a ban on smoking that city officials have called the most stringent in the nation. The new ordinance makes it illegal for residents to smoke in their own homes if they share a wall with another dwelling.
The ban applies to owners and renters alike, and it covers condominiums, co-ops, apartments and any multi-family residence containing three or more units.
Rebecca Woodbury, an analyst at the San Rafael City Manager’s office, helped craft the ban, which took effect Nov.14. “We based it on a county ordinance,” she told ABC News, “but we modified it, and ended up making it the strictest. I’m not aware of any ordinance that’s stronger.”
Why ‘Friends’ Characters Ended Up Together, Chandler and Monica’s love story wasn’t planned, but a producer says something had changed by Season 3., Of all the memorable moments on “Friends,” one of the most shocking, OMG, did-not-see-that-coming scenes was during the Season 4 finale, when Monica popped out from under the covers of Chandler’s bed in London.
That hook-up began their long romance, which ended with the two of them married, adoptive parents of twin babies, and set to move to suburbia.
But just how did Monica and Chandler get together? Was their pairing the intention of “Friends” producers from the beginning?
As former executive producer Scott Silvestri (who co-wrote that London episode) tells Vulture, discussion about a potential Monica/Chandler pairing didn’t heat up until he and writer Shana Goldberg-Meehan (Silvestri’s future wife) came on board in Season 3.
French TV Star Presents Weather In The Nude, Weathergirl Doria Tillier said she would present naked if France beat the odds and qualified for the World Cup., French TV star Doria Tillier said she would present the weather in the nude if her country qualified for the World Cup – and she is a woman of her word (sort of).
Tillier, a weather girl for the Canal+ TV network in France, had made the promise to call the weather ‘à poil’ (in the buff) after Les Blues lost the first leg of their World Cup play-off 2-0 in Ukraine.
No European national team had ever overhauled a two-goal play-off deficit before, so it seemed a safe-ish bet for former model Tillier, 27.
But a rip-roaring second leg in Paris saw France win 3-0, sealing their place at the finals in Brazil, and ensuring that her fans would get an extra perk to qualification.
Doria obviously didn’t want to go starkers – when France made it 2-0 on the night, equalising on aggregate, she Tweeted: “F***. 2-0 to France. I’m starting to get stressed…”
Putain.. 2-0 pour la France. Je commence a stresser.
- doria tillier (@doriatillier) November 19, 2013
Taking her defeat with Gallic humour, Doria elected to perform the stunt in the village of Poil, hence doubly fulfilling her obligation to go ‘à poil’. Phnaar phnaar.
It’s not all good news for her admirers though.
Massive ‘Door To Hell’ Crater Keeps Burning, Scientists thought the flames in this Turkmenistan crater would die out – but they’ve been burning for over 40 years., Fiery 230ft crater nicknamed the ‘Door to Hell’ baffles scientists after burning endlessly for 40 YEARS, With fiery embers glowing deep underground, it looks like a scene from an apocalyptic sci-fi blockbuster.
But this huge crater is amazingly a real-life phenomenon which has been flaming away for more than four decades.
The 230ft-wide crater, known by locals in Turkmenistan as the ‘Door to Hell’, has baffled scientists since it first appeared more than 40 years ago.
Originally a level surface, the site was identified by Soviet scientists in 1971 as an area that was believed to house a substantial oil field.
However, the ground beneath the drilling rig soon collapsed, creating a wide crater that was believed to be releasing large quantities of methane gas, a potential danger to the nearby villages in Derweze, Turkmenistan.
Scientists decided that the most efficient way to solve the problem would be to burn off the poisonous gases — by doing so, it was expected that all of the gas in the crater would be burnt off within days.
More than four decades later, though, the crater is still ablaze with endless flames and boiling mud – and hundreds of tourists flock to visit it every year.
Board Member-Elect Apologizes For Newtown Comment, A newly elected school board member in a Connecticut town neighboring the one where 26 people were killed at an elementary school has apologized for saying on Facebook that he’ll observe the anniversary of the Newtown shooting by distributing ammunition.
Gregory Beck of Brookfield was referring to a tribute known as “26 Days of Kindness,” which began Tuesday and runs through Dec. 14, the anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The social media campaign asks participants to donate to charity or give of themselves in other ways to remember the 20 children and six educators who were killed. Beck wrote on Facebook that his acts of kindness would be to distribute ammunition to friends who are gun enthusiasts on each of the 26 days.
Beck said Wednesday his comment was not intended to be malicious and that he recognizes it was insensitive and indefensible.
“It is said that hindsight is 20/20 and looking back I should never have even conceived of making the comment,” he said. “For this reason, I unequivocally apologize to the citizens of Brookfield, Newtown and all others who I have offended or hurt. I am sorry for my mistake and ask for your forgiveness, which I hope to earn over time.”
Obama’s ‘Success Story’ Tells Different Tale Now, Single mom Jessica Sanford says she can’t afford the president’s health plan and will go uninsured.,
A single mom from Washington State who was cited by President Obama as an Affordable Care Act success story now says she’ll go uninsured and calls the program a “treadmill of bureaucracy.”
Washington State Wire reports that Jessica Sanford, 48, discovered that she is no longer eligible for a large subsidy that would have lowered her monthly premium to $169 per month. Instead, Sanford would now be forced to pay nearly four times as much, $621, for coverage.
Sanford told the paper she believes the government should shut down the entire healthcare.gov site until the site’s issues are resolved. “In my opinion they ought to shut it down and just get all of it straightened out.”