Costa Concordia: cruise ship embarks on final voyage

Cheering wildly and spraying bottles of prosecco over each other, jubilant salvage workers celebrated on the harbour front of Giglio as the Costa Concordia was finally towed away from the island, two-and-a-half years after it capsized with the loss of 32 lives.

Sporting heavy stubble and wearing battered helmets, divers from half a dozen countries congratulated each other on the success of one of the greatest wreck removal projects in maritime history, as the great white cruise ship was hauled away from the island’s granite shores by two powerful tug boats.

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Shell Oil Comments – A MUST READ!

Safety Alert!

Here’s some reasons why we don’t allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and diesel refueling areas.

The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations.

In the first case, the phone was placed on the car’s trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.

In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car!

And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car. Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition

Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat, etc.

Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (I.e., solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc…)

TO sum it up, here are the Four Rules for Safe Refueling:

1) Turn off engine

2) Don’t smoke

3) Don’t use your cell phone – leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off

4) Don’t re-enter your vehicle during fueling.

Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people aware of fires as a result of ‘static electricity’ at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires. His results were very surprising:

1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.

2) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started, as a result of static.

3) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.

4) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.

5) Don’t ever use cell phones when pumping gas

6) It is the vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when connected with static charges.

7) There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.

8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.

Mr. Renkes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas. If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the nozzle out. This way the static from your body will be discharged before you ever remove the nozzle. As I mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this danger.

I ask you to please send this information to ALL your family and friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen to them, they may not be able to get the children out in time.

Thanks for passing this along.

Origami Brought to a Whole New Level

Stunning Origami Creations.

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form.

The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami. But in the right hands, Origami can be no less a work of art than any painting. The gentle precision of the folds, the creativity and the beauty of it make it a well respected art form.

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The Doctrine of Proportionality

Proportionality in international law is not about equality of death or civilian suffering, or even about [equality of] firepower. Proportionality weighs the necessity of a military action against suffering that the action might cause to enemy civilians in the vicinity.

“Under international humanitarian law and the Rome Statute, the death of civilians during an armed conflict, no matter how grave and regrettable does not constitute a war crime…. even when it is known that some civilian deaths or injuries will occur. A crime occurs if there is an intentional attack directed against civilians principle of distinction or an attack is launched on a military objective in the knowledge that the incidental civilian injuries would be clearly excessive in relation to the anticipated military advantage principle of proportionality.” — Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court.

“The greater the military advantage anticipated, the larger the amount of collateral damage — often civilian casualties — which will be “justified” and “necessary.” — Dr. Françoise Hampton, University of Essex, UK.

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Tunisia, a Muslim Nation, Does What US Doesn’t Have the Guts To But Should Or We’ll Die

Tunisian authorities say all mosques and media calling for jihad are to be immediately closed in a bid to end a radical movement they fear will derail the nation’s move to democracy. A statement early Sunday announced the closing of mosques operating outside control of the Religious Affairs Ministry and places of worship that celebrated the killings last week of 15 Tunisian soldiers near the Algerian border. The government also announced the closing of unlicensed TV and radio stations that call for jihad and declare some people infidels.

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The British people want out of Europe. Thank goodness our new Foreign Secretary realises that

They wont like it at the Foreign Office. Not only has the new Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, given a straight answer to a straight question. He’s said that he would be prepared to vote to leave the EU if things dont change.

Hammond is not just the first Foreign Secretary to say that exit is an option. He has also made it clear that the current terms of our EU membership are not in our interest.

There could be some interesting conversations with the Sir Humphreys in his department this morning. It will be interesting to see if Hammond remains resolute, or if he begins to buckle to the views to the big Whitehall bureaucracy.

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MH17: Relatives of British victims criticise treatment by Malaysia Airlines

Relatives of the British victims of Flight MH17 have attacked Malaysia Airlines for the “terrible” way they dealt with bereaved families following the tragedy.

Jordan Withers, whose uncle Glenn Thomas died when the passenger jet was downed over Ukraine on Thursday, said he was “disgusted” with how they had been treated.

He said despite repeated calls to the company, the family was only contacted on Sunday evening, some three days after the incident.

He said even on the day it took him “hours” just to clarify whether his uncle was on board the plane.

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