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Welsh steam train forced to used Siberian coal
A steam train in south Wales is using coal transported
from Siberia, rather than from its local mine three miles away, due to regulations about how the coal can be transported.
Coal from the Ffos-y-Fran opencast mine in Merthyr Tydfil has to be
transported by rail rather than road thanks to planning conditions. Because there is no rail link from the mine to the Brecon
Mountain Railway, it cannot be used. Therefore coal from Siberia 3000 miles away, which is brought to the ports, then in container
ships to Hull, then by road to Merthyr, is being used.
Jayne Hills, the tourist railway's owner said the regulations were
particularly annoying as the local coal would be ideal for use in the newly converted steam locomotive.
"It seems ludicrous that we could get coal from three miles away but
instead are being forced to import it from 3000 miles away. I dread to think what the carbon footprint must be like of moving
that coal but we have no choice," she said.
"Being from Merthyr, where everyone has a relative who was a coal
miner, or knew somebody who was a miner, this seems just crazy."
The mine's planning permission had stipulated coal could only be moved
by rail after residents fought the development following concerns about noise and dust coming from the mine.
Global Cargo: A Ship Stuck at Sea
To understand how global economy is really doing, look at global
and most secretive gathering of ships in maritime history lies at anchor east of Singapore. Never before photographed, it
is bigger than the U.S. and British navies combined but has no crew, no cargo and no destination..."
stunning image of the world's cargo shipping industry in the doldrums. The world's cargo navy with no cargo to carry...
underground' emerges in Indiana
cities allow urban chicken farming, including Indianapolis, St. Louis, San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Madison, Wis.
are placed on the chicken lovers in most of those cases, though. For example, in most cases, hens are allowed but not roosters,
only three or four chickens are permitted at each household, and chickens must be kept from leaving the property.
urban chicken movement has businesses that sell equipment and offer tips for raising the birds.
even 'stealth' chicken coops that look like trash cans...
China State Construction Engineering Corp.
is the state-owned construction arm of the Chinese government. It said in a filing Tuesday with the Shanghai Stock Exchange
that it will provide $1.7 billion to Revel Entertainment and Tishman Construction to complete what is likely to be Atlantic
City's last new casino for some time.
The recession slowed the project's pace
last year. All but exterior work on the $2 billion ocean-themed Boardwalk casino was halted and hundreds of construction workers
were laid off.
The Chinese company will own 51 percent
of the project, which could open by 2011.
JUDGE SENTENCES OBSERVER
TO JAIL FOR YAWNING AS GUILTY FELON ON TRIAL GOES FREE
Clifton Williams, 33, attended his cousin's July hearing at
Will County Courthouse in Joliet. His cousin, Jason Mayfield, pled guilty to a felony drug charge. As the judge sentenced
Mayfield to two years probation, Williams let out a yawn, an involuntary faux
pas in such a formal setting.
Circuit Judge Daniel Rozak thought
the yawn was criminal and sentenced Williams to six months in jail, the maximum penalty for contempt
of court without a jury trial. Rozak's order said that Williams "raised his hands while at the same time making a loud
yawning sound," causing a disrespectful interruption in court...Of
the 30 judges in the 12th Judicial Circuit, Rozak has brought more than a third of all the contempt charges
in the last 10 years.
So in a strange turn of events Mayfield, the
felon, will be able to walk freely, while
Williams, the yawner, will have to spend
at least three weeks behind bars for his
POLICE PROFILING GEESE AND THER FRIENDS
GOOSE RIGHTS DENIED
Man Helps Geese Cross Highway, Faces Charge
FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- "They're
living things. They walk across the road because it's there," says Martha Powers, a self-described "cat nut" and animal-lover.
Powers came to the Fairfax County
courthouse today to meet Jozef Vamosi who she describes as "a hero."
Vamosi was charged with jaywalking
on June 18th after a Fairfax County Police saw him stopping traffic on the Fairfax County Parkway to let a flock of geese
"If those animals continued
as they were, with the cars going 50 to 60 miles per hour, the result would have been terrible," said Vamosi.
He pulled his car over the side,
got out and held up his hands, getting traffic to stop. The geese made it across safety.
"If we don't protect animals,
who is going to?" Vamosi said.
He said he grew in the countryside
of Hungary, where he developed a love and respect for animals.
"We try to help each other,
and we don't want to see anyone hurt," says Vamosi.
Including animals, but the officer
saw it a different way. He said Vamosi almost caused car pile up in the middle of the highway. The officer says Vamosi put
himself and others in danger, but Vamosi argues the traffic was stopped.
Judge Thomas Gallahue saw both
sides. He told a story about a woman who swerved to miss a squirrel, only to hit and kill a pedestrian. He also understood
Vamosi's good intentions. The judge continued the case for six months telling Vamosi he will dismiss the case if he has no
Vamosi says he doesn't plan
to quit helping geese, or any animal, cross the road.
Viagra ice cream to go on sale in London
A new Pop-up boutique
The Icecreamists will serve The Sex Pistol - an ice cream cocktail packed with libido-boosting ingredients and served with
La Fee Absinthe
Premature baby declared dead by doctors found to be alive
The baby's father, Jose Alvarenga, was told by doctors that his son had died shortly after birth.
Staff from the state-run hospital in
Asuncion, the Paraguayan capital, delivered the infant's body to Mr Alvarenga's home fours hours later.
Alien Census: How Much Life Is Out There?
In a recent paper published online by
the International Journal of Astrobiology, graduate
student Duncan Forgan of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, in
Scotland set up a numerical model of the universe under different scenarios of biogenesis. His model relies on current observational
knowledge of stars and planetary systems, as well as some assumptions about the viability of life and its ability to evolve
into an advanced, intelligent form. If life can only arise under a narrow set of initial conditions, Forgan estimates there should be 361 advanced, stable civilizations in the Milky Way. If life can spread from one
planet to another through biological molecules embedded in asteroids, though, the number jumps to nearly 38,000. (Even given
a densely populated galaxy, Forgan notes, there is no guarantee of immediate mutual contact.)
Shark jumps onto fisherman's boat
BEACH, Fla. -- After a day of spear fishing and lobster diving, a group of boaters got the scare of a lifetime when
a shark jumped into their boat.
Powers and his friends were on-board a 21 foot boat Saturday, when a shark decided to pay them an unannounced visit. "One
minute it was in the air, the next minute it was in the boat just beating everything in God's creation," Micheal recalled.
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