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.”
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.
Couple Who Won £148million To Divorce, Adrian and Gillian Bayford won the second biggest Lottery prize ever last year, but are splitting up., £148m jackpot winners to divorce, A couple who won a £148 million EuroMillions jackpot are to divorce.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Haverhill, Suffolk, scooped the second biggest ever lottery prize in August last year.
Jardine Michelson Public Relations issued a statement on Mrs Bayford’s behalf confirming the split.
It said: ” Gillian Bayford confirms that her marriage to Adrian has broken down irretrievably and they have separated.
“Gillian requests that the media respect her and her children’s privacy and that of their wider family at this time.
“Gillian will be giving no further comment about this matter either now or in the future.”
Mr Bayford, 43, told the Sun that he had left the couple’s £6 million Georgian mansion and moved a 10-minute drive away to a £500,000 four-bedroom house in Suffolk.
At a press conference organised by lottery organiser Camelot after their win, mother-of-two Mrs Bayford, 41, said she hoped the windfall would allow the family to spend more time together.
At the time she was working nights as a healthcare assistant on the children’s ward at the Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge while Mr Bayford ran a record shop in Haverhill, which has since closed.
New Underwater Hotel For Your Bucket List, This room takes dramatic ocean views to a whole new level, but you’ll have to dive into the sea to access it., A new underwater hotel room has opened off the coast of Tanzania for intrepid and adventurous ocean-loving travelers.
At The Manta Resort’s underwater room, set off Pemba Island (also known as “the Green Island” in Arabic), guests are dropped off at a self-contained hotel that literally drifts at sea.
They can sunbathe on the top deck of their private island accommodations by day and dine on a water-level lounge deck. By night, they’ll dive into the sea to access their hotel room, where they nod off among the fishes and their marine surroundings.
For an ethereal effect, the suite – built four meters (about 13 feet) below the surface – is lit by underwater spotlights that provide a backlit projection of the Indian Ocean’s tropical sanctuary.
Part of the experience also lies in Pemba Island’s isolation and lack of development as a tourist destination. The most reliable way to access the island is by chartered flights from Zanzibar. And while interest in the region is growing among divers for its unspoiled reefs, the area has yet to be paved by large-scale resorts and tourist crowds.
The suite was designed by Swedish outfit Genberg Underwater Hotels, which opened its first underwater property in a Swedish lake near Stockholm in 2000. The Utter Inn is a single room that lies three meters below the surface and contains twin beds and a table.
Lax Shootings Suspect, The last remaining patient from the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport was released from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood on Monday, Roxanne Moster said in a statement.
Ciancia, who has been in critical condition after the shooting, was the last patient from the incident taken to UCLA Medical Center.
Ciancia had been taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service, according to Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.
No court appearance for Ciancia had been scheduled and no details about his “custody status” or the location where he was held were being released, Mrozek said.