Quick Hits: Mountain Valley Pipeline halted + Plastic In Your Poop?

first_imgNew study finds plastic in our poopA new study out of Austria recently found plastic in human feces. Researchers recruited eight people from nations across the globe and instructed them to keep a food journal for a week before a stool sample was taken. All of the subjects ate some food wrapped or packaged in plastic and six of them ate seafood. The Environment Agency Austria then tested the samples using newly developed analytical procedures to test for 10 different types of plastic. They found that the participant’s poop contained nine of the 10 types of plastic. Critics of the study point out that the study’s sample size is very small and the research has not gone through the peer-review process yet. There’s also the possibility that, considering how many flecks of plastic are around us, the plastic could have been contaminated from the lab or another source. Microplastics have been found in our salt, beer and seafood, and a study earlier this year found that 114 plastic fibers fall onto the average dinner plate during a 20-minute meal.State board to reconsider key permit for Mountain Valley PipelineLast Thursday the Mountain Valley Pipeline was dealt a serious setback when Virginia’s State Water Control Board decided in a vote of 4-3 to hold a hearing to consider revoking Mountain Valley Pipeline’s water quality certification. The board issued the certification one year ago, which allowed construction of the pipeline to move forward. The certification was based on the board’s finding that there was “reasonable assurance” that streams and rivers would not be contaminated. Since then, Mountain Valley has been cited more than 300 times for violating regulations limiting runoff and washing harmful sediment into nearby streams. Mountain Valley announced last week that construction of the 303-mile pipeline is 70 percent complete through Virginia and West Virginia. No date has been scheduled for the hearing.WNC man to bike 5 states in support of hunger reliefIn 2019, Gabriel Whitlock of Fairview, NC will bike 1,480 miles round-trip from Asheville, NC to Little Rock, AR in support of hunger awareness and sustainable agriculture. A former intern at The Lord’s Acre, a non-profit giving farm in Fairview, NC that donated nearly 170,000 servings of fresh organic produce to people in need in 2018, Whitlock is hoping to raise awareness about hunger, solutions to hunger through fresh food production, and issues of racial equity in the food system. Along the way, Whitlock will pass through the Carolinas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Arkansas, stopping for farm stays and giving small group presentations. His destination is an agriculture conference in Arkansas. “I thought a bike tour would be a way to build community and awareness about giving gardens,” said Whitlock. “These farms can quite literally transform the food system.” Every mile Whitlock clocks is a fundraiser for The Lord’s Acre. To launch his ride and the fundraising campaign, Whitlock will appear at the Fairview library on January 7, 2019.last_img read more

GALLERY: Semi-sub Bluewhale II on sea trials

first_imgChinese shipbuilder CIMC Raffles has started sea trials for the ultra-deepwater drilling rig Bluewhale II, following the completion of equipment testing.CIMC started sea trials of the rig over the weekend and they are expected to last for three weeks, the builder reported on Monday.Designed to operate in water depths of 3658 meters and drill to depths of up to 15,240 meters, the rig accommodates a dual activity drilling package.The Frigstad D90 design unit is equipped with a dynamic positioning 3 system. It is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of this year.According to CIMC, the sister rig Bluewhale I has just finished drilling its first successful deep-water well for methane hydrate in the South China Sea. This rig was named and delivered in February.The two 7th generation ultra deepwater drilling units were initially ordered by Frigstad Deepwater Ltd, a company that was jointly owned by Frigstad Offshore Group and CIMC, until late last year Frigstad Offshore decided to exit from its investment in Frigstad Deepwater’s ordered newbuilds to position itself for the industry recovery.As a consequence of the exit, Frigstad Deepwater Ltd became a wholly owned subsidiary of CIMC and was renamed CIMC Bluewhale Rig Ltd, while the operational management of the rigs was taken over by Bluewhale Offshore, another subsidiary of CIMC.The two semi-submersible units ordered by Frigstad Deepwater, Frigstad Shekou and Frigstad Kristiansand, were then renamed Bluewhale I and Bluewhale II.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Football News Real Madrid beat Valencia, win sixth game out of seven to close gap on Barcelona in La Liga

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Madrid: Real Madrid’s revival under Santiago Solari appears to be back on track after they moved up to fifth in La Liga with a 2-0 win over Valencia. An own-goal from Valencia’s Daniel Wass gave Madrid an early lead before Lucas Vazquez added a late second to wrap up their sixth win in seven games under their new coach on Saturday. The 3-0 thrashing by Eibar last weekend, in Solari’s first official game in charge, had placed the depth of the recovery in doubt but this was another assured display to back up an impressive Champions League win over Roma in midweek.Read More | Manchester City extend lead, Manchester United held to a draw”We did not play well against Eibar but we were good in Rome, and we were really good today,” Solari said. Madrid move two points behind Barcelona and only three adrift of leaders Sevilla, albeit with both still to play on Sunday. Valencia stay 13th.Read More |  Cristiano Ronaldo extends Juventus’ domination in Serie AMarcelino’s side, attempting a comeback of sorts themselves after a poor start to the season, offered disappointingly little, save for a 20-minute spell at the start of the second half.     “We deserved to equalise,” Marcelino said. “For a long time in the second half we were better than Real Madrid.”      Otherwise, their opponents controlled the contest and while Gareth Bale’s league drought stretched to 10 games, his longest ever, the Welshman played a lead role in an energetic performance before coming off in the second half. He appeared to signal some discomfort with his right thigh when sitting on the bench, with Solari confirming afterwards that Bale had “felt a problem”.     The Santiago Bernabeu was almost packed out, eight days before Boca Juniors and River Plate are due to play here in the postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final.     With La Liga still pushing for Barcelona’s game against Girona to be staged in Miami, there was perhaps something to be savoured in two Spanish teams, in a Spanish competition, playing in a Spanish stadium.     Isco is one of Spain’s primary talents but is still to be picked in a starting line-up by Solari.     This was the midfielder’s seventh consecutive game out of the side and while he came on to cheers, 10 minutes with Madrid already ahead were only crumbs for comfort.     Bale seemed more pinned to the left wing than he has been for a long time and he rolled back the years with a straight run down the line before whipping in an early cross. Karim Benzema’s ambitious volley sailed just wide.     Madrid had made much the better start and in the eighth minute, took the lead.     Wass headed into his own net but Dani Carvajal led the celebrations. He kept the ball alive before rummaging past Gabriel Paulista and Jose Gaya. The flicked cross gave Wass too little time to react.     Valencia made hardly any impact on the half, pressed and harried into submission. Neto skewed a clearance under pressure but then made up for his error by denying Bale from close range.     Fortunate only to be one behind, Valencia improved after the break. Santi Mina blazed over with only Thibaut Courtois to beat. Gaya’s cutback was slightly misplaced. Paulista volleyed over on the stretch from three yards.     Bale was replaced by Marco Asensio, who should have given Madrid breathing space but his finish was blocked by Ezequiel Garay.     Isco came off the bench in the 80th minute and played a part in the second goal. The excellent Carvajal was again the instigator, setting off on a barnstorming break forward before exchanging with Isco and crossing.     In the rush, Benzema did well to pick out Vazquez, who poked home to complete a convincing win. last_img read more

Mukangula late strike lifts Thika over Wazito

first_img0Shares0000Thika United forward Eugene Mukangula vies for the ball against Wazito FC’s Mark Odhiambo during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo on May 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 6- Eugene Mukangula struck two minutes from time as Thika United picked a massive result beating Wazito FC 1-0 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Sunday afternoon to ease their relegation fears barely five days after their head coach Nicholas Muyoti resigned.Goalkeeper trainer Joseph Rutto picked up on interim basis and he inspired the side as they won only their second match this season. The first half was devoid of chances as the two teams sized each other in midfield. Wazito came close to opening the scoring in the 14th minute, but Thika’s Collins Okumu made a superb goal-line clearance to thwart Piston Mutamba’s effort after the lanky forward had lifted the ball over the keeper.Three minutes later, Thika had their first chance when Dennis Odhiambo’s long ball landed behind the defense, but a chasing Eugene Mukangula had a weak connection with the keeper off his line to easily pick the ball.Two minutes later the visitors tried the same move to plant the ball behind the defense but Hansel Ochieng’s control inside the box from a Michael Mutinda pass was poor, the keeper coming off to pick the ball.Emmanuel Tienan had a great chance with 10 minutes left before halftime when Kennedy Ayacko’s freekick from the right landed on his path unmarked at the edge of the six yard box but his header was wid.Five minutes to the break the hosts thought they should have had a stone wall penalty after Mutamba was hacked into the box but the ref waved play on much to the chagrin of the players and technical bench officials.The pace picked up an inch in the second half and six minutes in but Samson Ndegwa saw his shot from the right one on one with the keeper saved and from the resultant corner, Mutamba headed wide.The hosts had another great opportunity with a free kick in the 57th minute from a good goal scoring range but Mutamba’s curling effort was fisted away by keeper Eliud Emase.On the other Thika had a chance from similar circumstances and Mukangula’s effort evaded the target by a few inches with keeper Peter Odhiambo left rooted to his spot.Wazito continued pressuring for a goal and they almost got it in the 65th minute when Marvin Onyango’s shot from range deflected off Dennis Odhiambo, but the ball came against the crossbar with the keeper beaten.Thika were soaking in the pressure and they had an opportunity 15 minutes from time when Shami Kibwana’s shot from range attracted a full stretched save from Odhiambo.They picked the all important goal in the 88th minute when Mukangula headed home from Shami Kibwana’s cross after his initial effort was saved by the keeper.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more