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‘Washed out to sea,’ but New Jersey chapel survives

first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The battered Fellowship Hall of St. Elisabeth’s Chapel-by-the-Sea in Ortley Beach, New Jersey, was elevated 42 inches above ground when it was built. Three feet of sand is now piled up underneath it and covers the remains of the chapel in the foreground. St. Elisabeth photo/Lynn Casaleggio[Episcopal News Service] If you were to say, six weeks after Hurricane Sandy blew through, that all that is left of St. Elisabeth’s Chapel-by-the-Sea in Ortley Beach, New Jersey, are some battered brass vases, candlesticks and collection plates; some sodden prayer books and hymnals; part of a sign honoring contributors to the chapel; the back of a pew with a Bible still secure in the rack, the water-stained register of services and, perhaps, the bishop’s chair, you would be right, but only in the physical sense.And the same can be said for many of the other churches and chapels along the shore in the Diocese of New Jersey. (The diocese has a status report of all its congregations here. St. Elisabeth’s is the only complete loss.)Dennis Bellars, who has been the chapel’s senior warden for 16 years, told Episcopal News Service that the congregation is “tucked into the [East Dover] Baptist Church on the mainland.” Diocese of New Jersey Bishop George Councell has been there to worship with the members and “we want to reopen our doors as soon as possible.”Prior to Hurricane Sandy, St. Elisabeth’s Chapel-by-the-Sea in Ortley Beach, New Jersey, sat parallel to the Atlantic Ocean at the end of Third Avenue with just a small parking lot separating it from the beach. The chapel’s Fellowship Hall in the background is still standing. St. Elisabeth photo/Kathy WatsonBellars and his fellow leaders of the 127-year-old congregation have already begun to write “our need list, our want list and our wish list for our next building.” That work began during the month before he could actually visit the spot from which, in Councell’s words, St. Elisabeth’s was “washed out to sea.”When Bellars and others finally gained access to Ortley on Nov. 29, a month after Sandy, “we saw just rubble where the church once was.”The Fellowship Hall, built in 2009, is still standing but its structural integrity is in question. Built on 42-inch pilings but now with barely any daylight between the sand and the underside of the hall, the building took on about 15 inches of water, Bellars estimates. That means Sandy drove at least five feet of water against it and the chapel, which stood in front of it parallel to the ocean and across a small parking lot from the beach.“I had seen pictures but when you see the devastation in reality and when you see chunks of asphalt from the municipal parking lot, which was right next door between us and the water, and the telephone poles on the ground where the chapel was, it just moved me to the point where – I’m kind of an emotional person anyway – the tears just flowed,” he said. “It was very sad, very sad.”There may have been 15 inches of seawater in St. Elisabeth’s Fellowship Hall that floated the piano and refrigerator, but the Christmas gifts were untouched. Diocese of New Jersey photo/Phyllis JonesBut the sadness has been salved in part by members, friends and neighbors in the small community that is part of the town of Toms River, which lost an estimated 20 percent of its taxable base to Sandy. Ever since the storm, people have e-mailed and called Bellars to tell him they have found things they think belong to St. Elisabeth’s. A parishioner on Green Island, across the bay and slightly north on the mainland, found part of a 3 feet by 5 feet commemorative sign that used to hang inside the chapel. Many of its brass plaques were intact.A young man not affiliated with the chapel found an interior door up in Ocean Acres about three miles north of Green Island. Bellars said the door was severely damaged but for the brass plaque on it, which honored Mrs. T. Robinson Warren of New Brunswick, New Jersey, who was instrumental in having the chapel built as a thank offering for the restoration of the health of her daughter, Cornelia.Someone found a pew back with a Bible still in the book rack about three blocks down Third Avenue from the church. Bellars said the person e-mailed him to report the finding and noted that when they checked the Bible, it opened to a passage about rebuilding the temple.“Go figure,” Bellars said.Early on, Toms River Police Sgt. Ralph Stocco, who was married at St. Elisabeth’s nine years ago, contacted Bellars to tell him he had recovered an ornate chair wedged under the rubble of a nearby house and put it in the back of his pickup truck. From his description Bellars was certain it was the bishop’s chair. Stocco later brought the chair to East Dover Baptist where Pastor Michael Mazur vacuumed the needlepoint, cleaned up the wood and set it up near the altar, Bellars said. It’s a little worse for wear, he said, but will be restored.“People have found our prayer books and our hymnals” scattered around the neighborhood, as well as the services register, Bellars said.“It was wet but, they thought that it would be salvageable because you can read it,” he said of the latter.While Bellars was meeting inside the Fellowship Hall Nov. 29 with John Webster of Church Insurance and others, diocesan Chief Operating Officer Phyllis Jones was outside taking pictures when a squad car pulled up. The officer asked if she was part of the church and if he could give her something. Jones said he reached over to the passenger side and lifted out one of the chapel’s brass altar vases.Bellars thinks there’s more to be found, especially on the site, which he estimates is now covered by 3 feet of sand. He’s had offers from a group of Boy Scouts in Tennessee to come and methodically dig through that sand whenever the congregation is ready. Bellars is eager to have that happen.“I think the bell is down there,” he said.Inside the Fellowship Hall, Sandy was capricious. The storm knocked over the refrigerator and the piano. It destroyed one of two filing cabinets into which Bellars had recently organized documents related to the chapel’s history. The other “floated from the back of the hall to the front of the hall on its side,” he said.Yet, in one corner, tables filled with items for a Christmas celebration were “just the way it was left; the gifts were there, the table cloths were there,” according to Bellars.Still, he finds an upside: the congregation has grown to the point where the year-round residents gather during the winter for worship at Faith Lutheran Church in nearby Lavallette. The members met there for two years while the chapel was insulated, got air conditioning and a better heating system. Lately there’d been talk of adding on to the chapel and Bellars said there was a debate about just where the addition would go. “Now we don’t have to face that situation,” he notes.Water from all sidesAs Sandy roared into New Jersey, it flung winds over 1,150 miles around it. Those winds, coupled with a full-moon high tide around the time the storm raked the coast, pushed water ahead of it and forced it far inland. Along New Jersey’s barrier islands, many buildings were damaged or destroyed not by water from the ocean but from the bay side of the islands.Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge clobbered All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Bay Head, New Jersey, from both the ocean and the bay sides. Diocese of New Jersey photo/Phyllis JonesSuch was the case in Bay Head where All Saints’ Episcopal Church sits three blocks from the ocean and a block from the tidal Scow Ditch, and where Sandy caused an estimated $4 million in damage to the church and rectory, according to its rector.“It got hammered on both sides by the ocean and the bay,” said the Rev. Neil Turton in an interview one month after the storm. “But the bay did more damage through all the mud and muck and slime. The foundations literally collapsed. If you would have gone into All Saints’ [just after the storm], you would have seen the pews at a 30 degree angle pointing towards the center of the aisle.”Turton and his wife, Wendy, rode out the storm a bit farther inland in Bay Head, and he first saw the church when friends came with their kayaks to paddle there. The sight “was devastating,” he said, adding that but for the parish’s Bristol Hall and office area “the church would have floated into the ditch.” The rectory was severely damaged and may well have to be razed, according to Turton.“The water damage was so colossal,” he said. “It destroyed my office. We’ve lost so much. I was walking around in borrowed shoes for five days. All our clothes at the rectory – everything – we just lost everything.”“The Church Insurance group has been wonderful; I have the utmost praise for them,” Turton said.An adjustor came within a day or two and arranged for clean-up to begin, he said, as well as an immediate project to raise the ditch’s bulkhead behind the church by two feet. That latter project is being funded by $50,000 from the insurance company and a parishioner’s gift of stock that will add another $30,000, according to Turton.“It’s just amazing how people have risen above this catastrophic nightmare and come together in a most impressive way,” said Turton, who was a priest in the Church of England for 23 years before coming to All Saints’ 10 years ago.The All Saints’ congregation is now worshipping at 12:15 p.m. on Sundays at St. Mary’s by the Sea Episcopal Church in Point Pleasant Beach, about two miles to the north. St. Mary’s has offered refuge to hundreds of storm victims since the morning after Sandy cleared.“We, hopefully, will be celebrating at All Saints’ again at All Saintstide 2013,” Turton said.Life in the six weeks since Sandy “is like living in an alternate universe – all our certainty, our sense of knowing what the day will bring is gone,” he said.“I preached on that first Sunday [All Saints Sunday six days after Sandy struck] that we are a people in exile. This is what exile feels like. We are in a borrowed house. We are in a borrowed church. We’re wearing borrowed clothes.”The Turtons are living in a summer rental home in Point Pleasant which had never been rented in the winter until a parishioner made connections with the owners who agreed to let the couple move in.Some of the All Saints’ members have lost their houses, as well, yet “no one has put the blame on God,” said Turton.“They might say ‘Is God testing us?’ but no one is blaming God, no one has blamed God or asked why God has allowed it.”The Jersey Shore weathered Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 and residents figured Sandy would be bad but “nobody thought it was going to be like this. Because if we had, I don’t know what we would have done and perhaps it was a good thing we didn’t know.”Sandy was a fickle stormFarther north along the shore, Sandy’s storm surge pushed five feet of water into the basements, parish hall and rectory of St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson. Oil tanks tipped over and spilled oil into the water. The members are worshipping at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in nearby Red Bank.For all of its power, Sandy was fickle, or least astoundingly unpredictable. St. John’s Episcopal Church of Litter Silver, about four miles inland from Rumson, also suffered serious flooding, but the 243-year-old building of Christ Church in Shrewsbury, some two miles from Little Silver, lost half of one stained-glass window and some trees in the churchyard. And Trinity Episcopal Church in Asbury Park, nine miles south of Shrewsbury and three blocks from the ocean, had only minor wind damage.“We have been incredibly blessed that things are not as worse as they could have been,” said diocesan CFO Jones.Sandy Diehl, senior warden of the seasonal Episcopal Church of St. Simon’s by-the-Sea in Mantoloking, would no doubt agree. The church, north of Ortley Beach and south of Bay Head, weathered the storm with minimal damage and no water infiltration. This is a small town where 60 homes were destroyed, 137 uninhabitable and 383 damaged, according to information here, and where “the ocean met the bay everywhere,” in the words of Diehl. The church is about equidistant – roughly 300 feet – from the ocean and the bay.“We have been the recipient of a miracle,” he said. “Both properties [church and rectory] have been spared, amazingly … It almost appeared that the waters parted – if I can use that expression – and went around both the church and the rectory, versus under their foundations.”And to the south of Ortley Beach on the northern tip of the next barrier island, Long Beach, St. Peter’s-at-the-Light Episcopal Church in Barnegat Light also survived unscathed. The same is true for Holy Innocents Episcopal Church towards the south end of LBI, as the locals call the island, in Beach Haven. “That just boggles my mind,” said the Rev. Donald Turner, St. Peter’s rector.His congregation returned to the church on Dec. 2 after natural-gas lines were reconnected in town. They had been celebrating Eucharist at noon on Sundays at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on the mainland in Waretown since the storm.The Rev. Frank Crumbaugh III, Holy Innocents’ rector, kept a log of his Sandy experience on the church’s website. “I cried a lot today,” is how the penultimate entry on All Souls Day (Nov. 2) begins.He also posted a status report on the members of the congregation, listing their locations and summarizing the damage to their homes. “Whole house/total loss?” and reports of partial flooding fill the list. One entry reads “First floor flooded/ Bob died 11/14.”“The 2012 holidays may feel subdued,” Crumbaugh wrote on the website’s homepage Dec. 1.“We have one another, and the hopes each has for what life looks like after the storm,” he wrote. “We have the ancient words and the comforting familiar shape of the liturgy and the music we all love so well. Let that be enough, because it is enough. Rest in the ancient familiar of Advent and Christmas – let it give grounding and rest and comfort.”— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Pittsburgh, PA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY Submit a Job Listing Comments are closed. 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UCF nursing students reach out to Apopka Farmworkers

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The VOICE of CompassionOver 100 patients treated at free health clinicThe plight of the migrant farmworker in Apopka is a constant uphill climb.Most of this underserved community live in poverty. Some live in households with multiple generations of family members. Most do not have cars and rely on public transportation or rides from friends to go to work or just get through the day-to-day chores of life. Many of them live their lives in the shadows of society, going from job-to-job.And while Hurricane Irma devastated many regions of Florida, for the migrant farmworker, its effects were profound.“You hear about the damage to the farms. You don’t ever hear about the impact to farm workers,” said Jeannie Economos, the pesticide safety and environmental health project coordinator with the Farmworker Association of Florida. If there are issues at their workplace, migrant farmworkers are unlikely to complain or report them. They will often work through sickness, illness or disease rather than seek adequate healthcare.However Dr. Heather Peralta and her nursing students at the UCF College of Community Nursing Coalition saw this need among the Apopka farmworkers and took action.Students and faculty from the UCF Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Social Workers as well as the University of Florida College of Pharmacy provided an outreach clinic at the Farmworkers Association Building in Apopka. They provided care in internal medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, ob/gyn, occupational health, pediatrics, social work and physical therapy. The students and faculty worked on interdisciplinary teams to make sure all the patients were seen and their questions answered. Students worked to check patients in, to provide education, triage, and then in each of their specialty areas. Currently, the clinic runs about once every three months. This is the sixth time they have served the Apopka farmworking community.On Monday, the clinic served its largest number of patients – 110.  Typically, they see between 70 and 80, and they accept any patient who seeks their care– which is approximately 75% adults and 25% children.“Just by the number of people that come here proves its vital,” said Economos. This is completely free. They can be seen by multiple doctors at one sitting. It’s vitally important to the people in this community, and these students really care for and embrace their patients.”Mary, an Apopka resident who did not want to be identified except by her first name, was in agreement with Economos on the clinic’s importance.“I am grateful to the clinic and its volunteers,” she said. “As an immigrant, I don’t have health insurance. And as a single mom that works as a housekeeper, I don’t have the time or the money to make  medical appointments for me or my children. This clinic has been a miracle for my family.”According to Peralta, there were 92 student volunteers and 13 faculty participants.Earlier in the year,  the UCF College of Community Nursing Coalition (the Apopka Farmworkers Free Clinic) won the Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award. For details, go here.“We have created a real bond with the people in Apopka,” said Peralta. “As a nurse, you have a responsibility to serve the community. Sometimes that means you get a family calling you to ask about a rash, other times it’s helping your neighbor who has multiple medications to understand. At UCF, we give the students the ability to go beyond this and really fill a need within their assigned community.”Volunteers from the Farmworkers Association were also on hand to help with coordination, parking and translation.“It was a beautiful thing to watch all of these students work together seamlessly to serve, understanding that they were filling a great need in Apopka,” said Peralta. “We know there is still more need, but we continue to strive to serve our community and really are working hard to make this clinic sustainable for Apopka.”Photos courtesy of Genesis Martinez. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSApopka FarmworkersFree ClinicUCF School of Nursing Previous articleApopka’s Camp WEWA gets a makeoverNext articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

Haiti: The masses are still in the streets

first_imgA twitter post showed hundreds of students taking to the streets of Delmas, near Port-au-Prince, on the morning of Feb. 13, some carrying pictures of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. They were demanding President Jovenel Moïse, a U.S. puppet, leave office, especially since his term was over Feb. 7. A much larger march calling on Moïse to respect Haiti’s constitution took place in the afternoon. One sign in the later demonstration read, “The United States is the biggest enemy of Haiti.”At a protest against the current government of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, a U.S. puppet, a demonstrator holds a sign: “Moleghaf says arrest Moïse.” Moleghaf is the Mouvement de Liberté, d’Égalité des Haïtiens pour la Fraternité (Movement of Freedom, Equality of Haitians for Fraternity).On Feb. 14, Haitians held a militant march on the U.S. embassy. One protester referring to the U.S. ambassador tweeted: “Sit your ass somewhere and stop interfering in our nation. Haiti is for Jean Jacques Dessalines and his children. It’s not for Lincoln, Bush or Clinton.” Dessalines was a leader of the Haitian Revolution of 1804. (Madame Boukman-Justice 4 Haiti, Twitter)The huge demonstrations which were a major feature of Haitian protests before the pandemic began are not happening right now. Militant, smaller, more focused protests keep popping up to take their place. There were quite a number before Feb. 7, especially around the very effective general strikes on Feb. 1 and 2. Targets included the U.S. embassy, the presidential palace and U.N. offices. And a number involved strenuous interactions with the cops.These protests didn’t stop when Moïse — after receiving full support from the U.S. — refused to leave office Feb. 7. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 900 people — including many young children — to Haiti on Feb. 11.A constitutional crisisThere is a raging constitutional crisis going on in Haiti in the midst of a raging pandemic.On Feb. 7, Moïse had a judge and a commanding officer in Haiti’s national police force arrested on charges of plotting to stage a coup and kill him. On Feb. 8, the opposition declared Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis — a judge on Haiti’s highest court, La Cour de cassation — Haiti’s interim president. So far this declaration has received no international recognition. Even under Biden, the U.S. has firmly supported Moïse’s claim for another year in office. Haitians in the justice system, from judges to lawyers to court officials, have tweeted that they are on strike and won’t be handling any cases — civil or criminal — until Moïse is gone.Beyond the conflict in the streets, which is overtly political, there have been a number of large-scale, so-called “gang” attacks on communities where opposition to Moïse is high. These “gangs” are well-armed and well-financed, and their public leaders are often ex-cops. There is a long-standing tradition of extralegal organizations in Haiti, such as the infamous Tonton Macoutes that support right-wing governments.Mass hungerThe words used by the U.N. and the U.S. Agency for International Development are a little antiseptic. They talk about “food insecurity,” when they really should be talking about hunger.An anecdote reported by CNN at the end of December 2020 shows the impact of hunger on Haiti. Rob Freishtat is the head of emergency medicine at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., and has volunteered at the hospital in Milot since the earthquake 10 years ago. In a single week in December 2020, eight of his patients, all under two years old, died from hunger – more than he’s seen in 10 years.Because food “donations” from the U.S. over the years have destroyed local markets for food, much of the food consumed in Haiti is imported. The decline of the gourde (Haiti’s currency) against the U.S. dollar has meant a sharp rise in food prices. Most people in Haiti live on less than $2 a day, so they have trouble paying more for food.Support from U.S. progressivesThe Black Alliance for Peace, along with Popular Resistance, quickly called a Zoom meeting Feb. 11 with a number of progressive groups including Vets for Peace, Fanm Ayisyen (Haitian Women of South Florida), Workers World Party and Haïti-Liberté to work on plans for joint actions, including coordinated demonstrations and a press conference.The Black Alliance for Peace issued a statement Feb. 12, which concludes: “. . . we understand our commitment to peace and People(s)-Centered Human Rights, social justice, democracy and self-determination cannot be realized without an organized people who are struggling for power.“The people of Haiti are fighting for power, for the ability to determine their own destiny. Stand with them. Stand with us. Fight for freedom and for a new reality in Haiti and the world. No Compromise, No Retreat!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Mega Millions lottery: Where does lottery money go in different states?

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When many people think of how lottery winnings are spent, images of new mansions or lavish yachts and flashy cars zoom through the minds of jackpot hopefuls.Most don’t think of the paths in Colorado parks, or the classrooms of Florida public schools, or senior centers in Pennsylvania, but those are all lottery winners in their own ways too.The specific lottery systems differ in each state, but each state donates a percentage of the revenue generated from ticket sales to their own causes.“Lottery revenues are allocated differently in each state, with determinations made by state legislatures. In many states, the money goes to public education, but some states dedicate it to other good causes,” said Carole Bober Gentry, a spokesperson for the Maryland lottery and Mega Millions.One lucky state could be in for a bigger windfall depending on the results of Tuesday night’s historic Mega Millions drawing, now that the jackpot is set to $1.6 billion.As the exact cause differs by state, so does the percentage that it recieves, but Gentry was able to give a rough breakdown of how the Mega Millions pot will be split.“For Mega Millions (and Powerball) tickets, 50 percent of the sales goes to the prize pool. The remaining 50 percent is used to pay for the states’ retailer commissions, vendor fees, lottery administration, and the state beneficiaries or good causes of that state,” she told ABC News.According to the PA Lottery, since 1972 the lottery has led to $28 billion in funding that supports programs geared towards seniors and older residents.In Colorado, the charitable funds are split among various organizations and trusts dedicated to preserving the state’s wildlife, being spent on parks, pools and trails.“So in a way, every time you play a game from the Colorado Lottery, you’re actually giving someone in our state the chance to play,” the state’s lottery website reads.Florida sends an undisclosed amount of their lottery ticket purchase funds to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund which is then dispersed based on decisions made by the state’s legislature with input from the Florida Department of Education, according to the Florida Lottery website.Texas is another state that counts education as one of the good causes that receives lottery funds. According to the state’s lottery website, they’ve contributed $22 billion to a public education fund since 1997.27.1 percent of the funds the state earns from ticket sales is directed towards the fund, According to the Texas Tribune.Since 2009, the scratch-off ticket sales have benefited veterans’ assistance, contributing more than $101 million in that time.For this latest doozy of a Mega Millions jackpot, there are 44 states and two territories — D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands — that participate, and in a way, they’re all winners, according to Gentry.“Every state’s benefiting from the brisk sale of the tickets,” Gentry said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

After fire erupts at California energy facility, investigators look for answers

first_imgJSABBOTT/iStock(CROCKETT, Calif.) — California officials are investigating the cause of a fire this week at an energy facility that brought a major interstate highway to a halt and forced thousands of residents to shelter in place for hours, including the possibility that it was sparked by the 4.5 magnitude earthquake on Monday.“I’m confident our investigators can work around the structure to determine the cause of the fire,” said Contra Costa County Fire Department Public Information Officer Steve Hill, whose department is leading the investigation. He added: “Anything related to the earthquake would be speculation at this point.”The inferno, which began Tuesday afternoon at the NuStar Energy plant in Crockett, involved two large tanks that held ethanol, an additive used for vehicle fuel. The tanks contained at least 250,000 gallons, according to the Contra Costa Fire Department. NuStar said that that volume makes up only about 1% of the tank capacity.One of the tanks exploded, sending its roof flying into the air and then crashing to the ground. Nearby residents said the explosion was so powerful that they thought it was a second earthquake on the heels of Monday’s 4.5 tremor, which hit around 15 miles from the energy plant.Thick black smoke rose through the air, impeding the work of first responders. A related vegetation fire also broke out in the area, affecting approximately 14 acres.Immediately following the outbreak, NuStar enacted it’s emergency response procedures, which includes cooling adjacent tanks “to minimize the risk of the fire spreading” and contacting all regulatory agencies, the energy facility said in a statement.Contra Costa Fire, which responded to the alarm, used water and foam to fight the blaze and has since been keeping foam blankets to smother the fire and prevent oxygen from getting to the ethanol. These blankets also help to protect flareups so nearby tanks, which hold ethanol and jet fuel, don’t catch fire too. Officials say these tanks are being examined to ensure structural integrity.“We’re examining one in particular,” said Hill.“We believe that it is safe. We want to make absolutely sure and so that assessment team is in there looking at that one tank right now. The rest of the tanks we were concerned about all day yesterday, we determined they maintained their structural integrity. They are safe,” he continued.While there were no employee injuries, one NuStar employee was unable to evacuate and was forced to hid in a culvert until he was rescued by first responders. One firefighter, however, did sustain minor injuries.The fire, which shut down both directions of Interstate 80, caused major delays during the rush hour period and forced frustrated drivers to seek alternate routes. The highway eventually reopened late Tuesday night.Residents in surrounding areas were forced to shelter in place for several hours, including children who were forced to shelter in schools as the air conditions were not safe enough to allow parents to pick up their kids. By Wednesday though, officials say there is no ongoing public health threat and the shelter in place had been lifted.“One of the things that the assessment team that is in the facility right now is doing is they are looking at a solution of mitigating the vapor emissions that are coming off of both of those where the tanks location were,” said Hill.“What’s happened is the two tanks that burned were more or less destroyed in the fires and the secondary containment facilities which are earth and berms around those tanks are now holding the remainders of the materials that were in the tanks,” he added. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Backcountry skier killed in avalanche in Colorado, officials say

first_imgMikhailPankov/iStock(LARIMER COUNTY, Colo.) — A 29-year-old woman died on Sunday afternoon after getting caught in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in Colorado, officials said.The skier was completely buried by snow from the avalanche on Diamond Peak near Cameron Pass in northern Colorado’s Larimer County.The avalanche occurred at 11,400 feet and was described as “2 to 3 feet deep, very wide and running close to 500 feet vertically,” according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.Other skiers dug her out and called for help. But the woman wasn’t breathing, and she was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.It’s the first fatality from an avalanche in the state this season.The woman, whose name has not yet been released, was from the nearby city of Fort Collins. Her body was recovered from the mountainside, the sheriff’s office said.The cause and manner of her death will be determined by the Larimer County Coroner’s Office.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Chlorophyll/nutrient characteristics in the water masses to the north of South Georgia, Southern Ocean

first_imgChlorophyll a and nutrient concentrations along with temperature and salinity values were measured at 22 CTD stations along a 735-km transect running to the northwest of the island of South Georgia, Southern Ocean. Measurements were repeated during five summer surveys (January and February 1994, January 1996, December 1996, January 1998) and one spring survey (October 1997). The transect sampled Sub-Antarctic Zone water in the north, Polar Frontal Zone water and Antarctic Zone water in the south. Chlorophyll a concentrations were lowest to the north of the transect and frequently high (up to 17 mg m−3) in the deep open ocean of the Antarctic Zone. Sub-surface peaks were measured in all zones and chlorophyll a was detectable to a depth of 150 m. There was a clear latitudinal temperature gradient in the near-surface waters (0–50 m), the warmest water occurring in the north (∼12 °C), and the coolest in the Antarctic Zone (∼2 °C). There was also a well-defined latitudinal gradient in summer near-surface silicate concentrations (∼2, 4, and 10 mmol m−3 in the Sub-Antarctic Zone, the Polar Frontal Zone and the Antarctic Zone, respectively), increasing to >20 mmol m−3 near South Georgia. Distinct differences in silicate concentrations were also evident in all three zones to a depth of 500 m. Near-surface nitrate and phosphate concentrations were relatively low to the north of the transect (∼14 and 1 mmol m−3, respectively) and higher in the Polar Frontal Zone and Antarctic Zone (∼18 and 1.4 mmol m−3, respectively). Ammonium and nitrite were restricted to the upper 200 m of the water column, and exhibited sub-surface concentration peaks, the lowest being in the Sub-Antarctic Zone (0.68 and 0.25 mmol m−3, respectively) and the highest in the Antarctic Zone (1.72 and 0.29 mmol m−3, respectively). Surface (∼6 m) spring nutrient measurements provided an indication of pre-bloom conditions; ammonium and nitrite concentrations were low (∼0.27 and 0.28 mmol m−3, respectively), while silicate, nitrate and phosphate concentrations were high and similar to previously measured winter values (e.g. ∼26, 23, 2 mmol m−3, respectively in the Antarctic Zone). Although the values measured were very variable, and there was some evidence of a seasonal growth progression, the chlorophyll a and nutrient distribution patterns were dominated by intercruise (interannual) factors. Approximate nutrient depletions (spring minus summer) appeared similar in the Polar Frontal Zone and Antarctic Zone for nitrate and phosphate, while silicate showed a marked latitudinal increase from north to south throughout the transect. Highest chlorophyll a concentrations coincided with the highest apparent silicate depletions over the deep ocean of the Antarctic Zone. In this area, relatively warm, easterly flowing Antarctic Circumpolar Current water meets cooler, westerly flowing water that is influenced by the Weddell-Scotia Confluence and is rich in nutrients, especially silicate.last_img read more

Costa sees mince tart sales rocket

first_imgCosta Coffee has seen sales of its mince tarts rocket this year, with 200,000 sold in just over three weeks – marking year-on-year growth of 70%.The coffee chain’s total UK sales were up 30% for the 39 weeks to 2 December 2010, with like-for-like growth of 9.4%. Total sales in the third quarter were up 31.1%.Costa plans to further expand its estate during the 2010/11 financial year, with UK store numbers at 1,175 (708 company-owned and 467 franchise outlets) as of 2 December. The firm hopes to increase this by a further 25 shops by the end of its financial year.Globally it plans to increase its store numbers to 3,000 by the end of 2014/15 from its current 1,791 total.• Costa launched its Christmas range last month with a number of new products for this year. The range now includes a Chocolate & Hazelnut cake, Black Forest Cupcake, and Gingerbread George biscuits, alongside its Mince Tarts, Christmas Chocolate Yule Log and Brie and Cranberry Panini.last_img read more

HMRC launches flood helpline

first_imgHM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a flood helpline for individuals affected by the recent storms.In a statement, HMRC said the floodline will enable anyone affected to receive “fast, practical help and advice” on tax problems they may be facing as a result of the weather.Additionally, HMRC said they will agree instalment arrangements where taxpayers are unable to pay as a result of floods, agree a “practical approach” when vital records have been lost and suspend debt collection proceedings for those impacted. It will also cancel penalties when the taxpayer has missed statutory deadlines.The helpline is: 0800 904 7900.Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 8.00pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8.00am to 4.00pm, excluding bank holidays.last_img

Police to examine gameday arrest

first_imgSt. Joseph County Police will conduct an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a Notre Dame student at an on-campus tailgate Saturday, according to a St. Joseph County Police press release issued Monday. St. Joseph County Police Sgt. Randy Kaps, a 19-year veteran of the department, arrested a 21-year-old male student for public intoxication at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday, the release stated. The release referenced a third-party video of the arrest, which a Notre Dame student posted on YouTube Saturday night. The video received more than 10,000 views before it was made private Monday afternoon. “Our department was made aware of the YouTube video early [Monday] morning depicting the arrest,” the press release stated. “Our administration has viewed the video. At this time, we are gathering further information relating to the circumstances leading to the arrest of the suspect in the video.” The release also stated the investigation would look at other evidence and accounts of the arrest. “The information to be considered includes police reports from other police officers at the scene, as well as other video obtained of the incident which may have been captured by security cameras on campus,” the release said. After the student’s arrest, police transported the student to the holding facility at Notre Dame Stadium before booking him into St. Joseph County Jail. He was released from jail on $150 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 2. In a statement Monday, University spokesman Dennis Brown praised past cooperation between Notre Dame Security Police and St. Joseph County Police on football weekends. “The University, local law enforcement agencies and our fans have worked in a spirit of cooperation the past two years to create an environment on football weekends, that, by all accounts has been overwhelmingly positive,” Brown said. Brown said the University is aware of St. Joseph County Police’s investigation of the arrest Saturday. “We know that the incident that occurred Saturday is under review by the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department in order to fully understand all of the circumstances surrounding the confrontation,” Brown said. “University leaders will closely monitor the conclusions of that review, but believe that the positive momentum of the last two seasons will not be derailed by a single incident.” Notre Dame Security Police declined to comment Monday about this and other gameday arrests.last_img read more