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July 22 2014


Banning Bpa In Food Packaging -- A Benefit Or A Bust?

Food Online Original Banning BPA In Food Packaging: A Benefit Or A Bust? By Sam Lewis, Associate Editor Members of Congress have introduced legislation called The Ban Poisonous Additives Act to eliminate bisphenol A from food packaging and protect consumers. But, members of the North American Metal Packaging Alliance feel the move could push America backward in public health. FDA Gives Chobani The OK After Inspection By Sam Lewis, Associate Editor Following 409 complaints of a fungal contaminant in the yogurt makers product, federal agents inspected the companys Idaho plant. Small flaws were found in GMPs, however, none necessitated a warning letter. Most Popular News
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July 19 2014


Class Of 2014 Honaker High School - Tricities.com: News

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:11 pm | Updated: 12:18 pm, Fri Jul 18, 2014. Honaker High School Graduation CLASS PHOTO Graduation ceremonies for Honaker High School class of 2014 were held June 8 at 1 p.m. in AP Baldwin Gymnasium. Candidates for graduation are: Angel Marie Artrip, Jamie Kyla Renay Ashby, Erin Michelle Baldwin, Vanessa Gail Ball, Emily Ferrell Barton, Austin Blake Benfield, Jacob Elliot Brown, Kimberly Dawn Brown, Micheal Shey Bunn, Jeremiah Charles Campbell, Aaron Jessee Caudill, Kaitlyn Brooke Caudill, Courtney Marie Clifton, Larry James Coleman, Randi Nicole Compton, Ronald Deaton Compton, Eric Tyler Cook, Jarred Keath Corns, Joshua Michael Cruey, Megan Nicole Cruey, Amber Brooke Dye, Ashleigh Ann Dye, Jeremy Carson Dye, Josselynn Danyel Dye, Kanisha Leigh Ann Dye, Lindsey Marie Dye, Draxie Leah Elswick, Katelyn Nicole Fields, Cameron Ashby Hale, Katelyn Alexandra Hale, Patricia Danielle Hale, Shadow Blane Hale, Tyler Clifton Hale, Joseph Lee Ryan Harris, Taylor Nicole Harris, Travis Gene Harris, Derrick Michael Hart, Donavin Fay Hess, Leah Danielle Hill, Aaron Dalton Honaker, Austin Ryan Honaker, Brandon Shane Honaker, Brittany Nicole Honaker, Kierra Danielle Honaker, Randy Dean Horton, Cassondra Brooke Howard, Marisa Brooke Hughes, Eddie Aaron Hutchinson, Kayley Elizabeth Jessie, Devan Danielle Johnson, Keith Robert Keen, Kerry Edward Keen, Michael Shane Kilgore, Whitney Evelyn Marrs, Haley Brienne McGlothlin, Morgan Kyle McGlothlin, Jessica Nicole McGraw, William Shane McIntyre, Alexa Faith Messer, Chandler Isaiah Miller, Justin Lee Miller, Hope Alexis Mitchell, Jacob Allen Mitchell, Logan Blake Musick, Timothy Hunter Newton-Meade, Adrienne Anna Elizabeth Oliver, Shawn David Owens, Dyzera Michelle Parrott, Elizabeth Shantel Parsons, Brandon Skylar Peck, Kimberly Nicole Peck, Amanda Danielle Perkins, Devon Mark Perkins, Aaron Makenzie Phillips, Ashlie Clerissa Pineda, Braydon Shaye Plaster, Corey Jefferson Ray, Emaleigh Elizabeth Richardson, Autumn Cheyanne Rife, Sierra Santana Kay Rife, Joseph William David Robinson, Katelyn Paige Rose, Zachary Dale Shepard, Kristian Faith Shortt, Larissa Margaret Sigmon, Logan William Sigmon, Jordon Ryan Sluss, Jerry Allen Smith, Kaitlin Marie Steffey, Cassandra Marie Stevens, Dakota Ryan Stevens, Braxton Nicole Stiltner, Monica Denisha Street, Breann Magalina Cae Strouth, Kathryn Lee Taylor, Steven Jacob Taylor, Dallas Neil Thomas, Zachary Bruce Tuggle, Keisha Sierra Wallace, William Tyler White, Andron Jerome Williams, Devin Lee Williams.
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July 18 2014


Macarthur Student Gets Head Start On Teaching Career

While a student at Garfield Montessori School, she volunteered to be a mentor to the primary students. Two summers ago, with not enough to do to keep her busy, she readily agreed when her mom, Judge Lisa Holder White, suggested she volunteer with SMASH Camp Jr., one of Decatur schools' summer programs. Myah, 15, had attended the camp herself and enjoyed it. I knew I liked kids a lot, said Myah, whose grandmother Corinne Holder is a retired principal and aunt Marla Robinson was a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent in Decatur before moving to Ohio a few years ago, where she is an assistant superintendent. They influenced me, too, because I look up to them, and they're very successful and very good at what they do. They give me a ton of insight. Julie Fane, who supervised the camp when Myah first volunteered, calls the teen a role model for the young campers. She provides an example of what a young woman that's doing positive things should be doing, Fane said. She's just a natural leader. She sees a situation and jumps right in, and they get the best experience (at camp) they could get. Because Myah is young, said Devon Logue, the counselor whose room Myah served this year, the children relate to her.
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July 11 2014


Preseason Position Review: Special Teams - Acc Blog - Espn

But don't count out the junior, as he was the only player in 2012 to rank in the top 10 nationally in both punt returns (14.6) and kick returns (28.4). His time away has given way to more film study, and if fully healthy, Golden's numbers figure to be right up there with the rest of the talented specialists returning in the ACC this season. Harrison Butker impressed as a true freshman last season, hitting 10 of 14 field goal attempts and missing just one extra point. Punter Ryan Rodwell , meanwhile, figures to be the main guy after redshirting in 2013. Problem for a contender: Virginia Tech Beamer Ball has undoubtedly taken a hit, most notably with the team's kicking woes (VT missed 11 field goals last season) and the dismissal of Cody Journell. Freshman Michael Santamaria may be the answer at starter, for better or worse.
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July 07 2014


Update 2-devon Sells Gas Assets To Focus On Oil Production | Reuters

They contributed about 7 percent to Devon's total oil and gas output in the first quarter. Devon and many other North American oil and gas producers have been selling off their natural gas holdings to focus on more profitable crude oil assets. Prices of natural have slumped after a shale boom in the United States. Encana Corp, Canada's largest natural gas producer , said last week it would sell its Bighorn gas properties in Alberta, properties in Wyoming's Jonah natural gas field and about 90,000 net acres in east Texas. Devon itself has raised more than $5 billion from the sale of non-core assets over the past few quarters. It sold off some natural gas assets in Canada late last year and bought oil-producing assets in the Eagle Ford shale region of south Texas. The company said on Monday it expects to have reduced its net debt by more than $4 billion this year after the completion of the deal, likely by the end of the third quarter. "With this sale, we now see a new Devon emerging with fourth quarter as the first clean quarter for the clean, go forward portfolio that is expected to deliver on peer leading growth," Global Hunter Securities analysts wrote in a note.
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July 04 2014


Stokes Recalled To England Squad For India Test | Reuters

Whitaker said it was natural that it would take time for the captain to trust new players, and that they had the balance of the attack right for the English pitches. "Ever since Graeme Swann stood down, everybody had been used to the success that he brought English cricket over the last three or four years, he was remarkable," he said. "So to get a like-for-like we knew we were going to have to rebalance the team, look at different options of how we went forward into the summer and beyond. "We think we've got a good balance now on the attacking wickets we can play on in England.
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June 30 2014


Red Card: President Obama Mistaken For England Soccer Player Chris Smalling On Souvenir Mug - Ny Daily News

They turned to Dorset-based expert clearance resellers Wholesale Clearance UK to try and shift the stock that could have easily appeared in an Only Fools and Horses episode. The FA/The FA via Getty Images Chris Smalling is a player on England's national soccer team. Enlarge Karl Baxter MD for Wholesale Clearance says the company contacted him with the hope of off-loading the stock. He now believes a junior member of staff could be facing demotion after being trusted with picture research.
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June 27 2014


Sri Lanka Clinches Test Series Win In England - Yahoo News

. LEEDS, England (AP) Shaminda Eranga ended Jimmy Anderson's stubborn resistance with the penultimate ball Tuesday as Sri Lanka won the second test at Headingley by 100 runs to clinch its first ever test series win in England. Anderson faced 55 balls without scoring in a desperate last-wicket stand with Moeen Ali (108 not out) before he fended an Eranga bouncer to Rangana Herath at leg gully, giving Sri Lanka a victory of 1-0 series victory with one delivery to spare. The Sri Lanka players piled on each other in celebration, while Anderson slumped over his bat. He was in tears as he accepted England's player of the series award.
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June 22 2014


Neville: England Management More Than Happy With Rooney | Fox Sports On Msn

Carragher suggested Sterlings pace would prove key down the flank against a Uruguay squad one defender short after Maxi Pereira was sent off late on in their defeat to Costa Rica,while hethinks Rooney will suit a role through the middle. I would put himRooney atnumber 10 [on Thursday], he added. The only reason I wouldnt have played him there against Italy was because of Pirlo I think he would have spent most of his time worrying about him rather than getting into the box and causing problems. I dont think Uruguay have that type of player in midfield theyre more protective of their back four.
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June 19 2014


Floods Hit World Cup Host City Of Curitiba In Southern Brazil | Fox News

The state's civil defense department says in a statement that floods have hit 132 cities, including the state capital of Curitiba, a World Cup host city. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It was unclear if the floods affected Arena da Baixada stadium, which will host the first of four games on Monday. The World Cup Organizing Committee did not immediately respond to a request for information. At least nine people have been killed by the floods and 30 injured, the civil defense department said.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/06/10/floods-hit-world-cup-host-city-curitiba-in-southern-brazil/

June 16 2014


Flash Floods Kill At Least 80 In Northern Afghanistan - los Angeles Times

Afghan villagers carry the body of a flood victim in the Guzargah-e-Nur district of Baghlan province. (Zekria Nasirestr / AFP / Getty Images) Hashmat Baktash At least 80 killed and 100 missing after two days of flash flooding in Afghanistan Governor of Baghlan province says remote location complicates flood relief efforts Deadly floods the latest major natural disaster to strike northern Afghanistan At least 80 people have been killed and more than 100 are missing in two days of severe flooding in northern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday. Families were searching desperately for loved ones amid the wreckage of waterlogged villages after flash floods that began Friday in Baghlan province swallowed up houses made of mud. About 5,000 families are homeless following the disaster, according to the provincial governor, Sultan Mohammad Ebadi.
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June 12 2014


Death Toll From Flash Floods In Northern Afghanistan Rises Above 70 | Globalpost

The governor of the province, Sultan Mohammad Ebadi, said the death toll stood at 74, warning that the extent of the disaster was "massive" and that the toll was expected to rise further. "People have lost everything they had houses, property, villages, agricultural fields, cattle," Baghlan police spokesman Jawed Basharat said about the floods. "There's nothing left for them to survive. People don't even having drinking water," he added. "They urgently need water, food items, blankets and tents." "Heavy torrential rains followed by flash floods have killed more than 50 people in Guzargah-e-Nur district of Baghlan province," Mahmood Haqmal, spokesman for the provincial governor, told AFP earlier. Afghan villagers transport the body of a victim after a flash flood landslide in the Guzargah-e-Nur district of Baghlan province on June 7, 2014.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/140607/flash-floods-kill-over-50-north-afghanistan

June 11 2014


Some Uses For An Adiabatic Calorimeter Within The Laboratory

Heat is one of numerous specifications determined in the calorimetry laboratory; or any lab for that matter. Among the instruments utilized in the measurement of heat in these labs is an adiabatic calorimeter.

Throughout a chemical reaction, reactants are converted into products. The reaction is called endothermic if the reaction needs heat to create these items. Heat flows into the system, causing the reactants to transform to products. If the reaction creates heat it is thought about to be an exothermic reaction. It is typically preferable to identify the magnitude and instructions of the heat flow for a particular reaction.

The process used to determine this heat flow is called calorimetry - this is the science of measuring the heat of chain reaction or physical changes as well as heat ability and is the focus of work carried out in a calorimetry lab. The next link takes you to a web site specialising in thermal analysis and the laboratory instruments used to obtain these measurements thornta.com.

Differential scanning calorimeters, isothermal microcalorimeters, titration calorimeters and increased rate calorimeters are some of the other usual types of calorimeters. A basic calorimeter includes a thermometer connected to a metal container that is complete of water and suspended above a combustion chamber. Determining the heat flow in a response needs a closed system, particularly a calorimeter or depending upon the application, an adiabatic calorimeter.

This kind of calorimeter is utilized to examine a response that is out of control. In most systems that are without special precautions, the system not just exchanges enthalpy with its environments, however also experiences a change in its temperature. To avoid the problems this can develop, thermochemists make use of these well insulated instruments in the calorimetry lab, keeping the transfer of energy (and enthalpy) as heat across the boundary between the calorimeter and its environments effectively no during the experiment.

Considering that the calorimeter runs in an adiabatic environment, any heat produced by the sample being tested causes an increase in temperature level, which then fuels the response. The adiabatic calorimeter is never entirely adiabatic, given that some of the sample heat will constantly be lost to the sample holder.

Ultra-sensitive calorimetry is a crucial technique for molecular-level study and item screening. It is critical in the analysis and development of pharmaceutical and polymer items in the modern calorimetry laboratory. Despite the fact that it saves researchers, chemists and engineers a significant length of time and cash, it is most likely among the best kept product development tricks.

Calorimetry likewise plays a vital duty in biotechnology applications by offering analysts with important data on the thermodynamics, structure, stability and functionality of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and various other biomolecules. It is also an important research device in the pharmaceutical, hereditary, energy and material fields. Calorimetry in basic and the adiabatic calorimeter in specific can be made use of in any location that requires the measurement and regulated manipulation of compounds and interactions at the molecular level.

A calorimetry lab makes it possible for researchers and product developers to gather thermodynamic info that was challenging or impossible to get making use of previous generations of instruments strategies. These calorimeters are particularly beneficial because of the quantity and accuracy of the data they extract, along with their capability to get information making use of very little samples.

June 10 2014


If You're Involved In Medicine Development Then Polymorphism Could Be Of Interest

The effects of Abbott Laboratories' antiretroviral medicine Ritonavir, utilized to treat HIV infection and AIDS and issues with polymorphism has yet to be globally comprehended. Avoiding action has not yet widely been studied on polymorphism by the international pharmaceutical market, so it is worth retelling the story.

In 1996 Abbott launched onto the marketplace a reliable protease inhibitor Norvir ® that had actually cost the business in excess of $200 million to establish. The medicine was formulated as an encapsulated ethanol/water solution. In the summer season of 1998, the supply of the medicine was disrupted by the appearance of a brand-new crystal type (polymorphism) at a plant in the USA then later on at a plant in Italy. This brand-new, more thermodynamically stable polymorphic form had really different physical properties than the earlier material and Abbott was required to withdraw the medicine from sale. The brand-new kind failed dissolution tests and precipitated out within the pills. The business lost an approximated $250 million in sales along with hundreds of millions of dollars attempting to recover the original polymorph while the product was off the market. No doubt numerous AIDS victims were not assisted by the item's absence. What appeared to have actually happened was that a degradation item gotten throughout manufacturing had started the look of a 2nd crystalline kind, a second polymorph.

So what is polymorphism? It is simply an alternative plan a molecule may take on in a crystal. Many drug molecules are crystalline. That is, the molecules pack together in a particular routine way. Some molecules, possibly a lot of, have the ability to pack together in even more than one method and thus generate various polymorphs. A pair of polymorphs could have really different physical properties. Over 50 % of all Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) exist in at least 2 polymorphic types.

During medicine development, an initial hunting polymorphism screen is developed to find a steady non-solvated form with excellent characteristics. A later thorough polymorphism display is to find as numerous types as possible in order to extensively cover the Intellectual Property space. Continuous monitoring is required throughout development in order to make sure ongoing control of polymorphism.

Exactly what can trigger polymorphism modifications? Crystallisation from different solvents may generate various crystal types or solvates. Extremes of humidity or heat are among the more obvious aspects impacting polymorphism. Changes in polymorphism can also be caused as a repercussion of numerous usual stages of API processing such as granulation, melting, spray drying, compression and milling that are required to produce the final dose form.

X-Ray Powder diffraction and Raman spectroscopy are the two workhorse techniques utilized to assess the presence and quantity of different polymorphic types discovered during screening. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), Dynamic Vapour Sorption (DVS) and hot phase microscopy are extra specialised techniques used to characterise various polymorphic kinds.

All is not doom and gloom as the polymorphism characteristics of a chemical substance are patentable. A brand-new polymorphic form therefore may be utilized to extend the patent life of a drug. A counter to this is that a brand-new polymorphic type with helpful characteristics might have the ability to supersede a current drug and efficiently 'bust' the initial patent.

It's not unexpected to discover that makers & designers of generic medicines actively pursue brand-new polymorphic types of trademarked medicine elements. This can be an extremely litigious location.

National regulatory authorities require that all business register the exact polymorph of any brand-new drug. Moreover, producers have to show that each polymorph is steady and can be reliably recreated

Many little pharmaceutical business do not mean taking their drug prospects all the means to commercialisation themselves but to look for to certify at an earlier stage. This develops due to the fact that of the substantial boost in costs as a medicine moves through the center. Then the package is certainly more powerful and the licensor can anticipate a further premium, if a polymorph display is likewise consisted of.

Throughout pre-clinical development the quantity of an API that is readily available for studies is typically extremely low. Screening a variety of solvents and conditions requires to be conducted for that reason on a very small scale. Systems that can handle numerous experiments at the milligram scale are best. At some labs automated systems can handle around 96 well plate formats and carry out experiments at 0.5-2mg scale. Therefore the total length of API made use of for a preliminary screen can be a modest 50-200mg.

Usually, a salt option job will precede a polymorphism research: when a salt is found that has the most promising properties, it will be more established, characterised and might be the topic of a more polymorphism display during the regular course of pre-clinical development.

Polymorphism, in addition to complexing drug development likewise aids drug efficacy and can guarantee that any difficult made work is justifiably rewarded.

June 09 2014


Led Lighting - Cool In More Ways Than One

The appeal of using LEDs in lighting applications is proliferating. The numerous and significant benefits of making use of modules that integrate a matrix of LEDs are being acknowledged by design engineers in a number of crucial industry sectors, including aerospace, architectural lighting, and the "golden egg" automotive market.

Characteristics such as design versatility, low power usage, even and dependable light, and long lifetime distinguish LED modules from designs based on traditional filament lights and fluorescent tubes. LEDs can likewise have knock-on benefits, such as greatly minimizing the size and complexity of the module and simplifying the lens design.

An example of some various other advantages of LED lighting is demonstrated by an application in the cabin of a guest aircraft. A retrofit LED unit that replaced a fluorescent-tube lighting module enabled finely regulated dimming and also supplied state of mind lighting through the use of differently colored LEDs.

Thermal management

When realizing a module design that utilizes LEDs is to handle the temperature of individual gadget junctions during typical operation, perhaps the most tough issue. If the significant quantity of heat produced by all the gadgets in a module is not handled correctly then the junction temperatures may reach a level where the LEDs' anticipated life is reduced and reliability is jeopardized Clicking the following link takes you to a web site specialists in thermal analysis and the instruments used to obtain these measurements This Web Site.

LED modules generally comprise a matrix of many surface mount devices. These LEDs are soldered to an etched copper layer that offers the interconnects between the specific LEDs as well as various other passive and active components that are needed to finish the circuit. The small size of the LEDs and the close distance with which they can be mounted methods that designers have a huge amount of design flexibility and can attain intricate lighting patterns with high levels of brightness.

The etched copper circuit is separated from a base plate - normally made from aluminum - by a thermally effective, electrically isolating dielectric material. The features and abilities of the dielectric layer are key to the design versatility and efficiency of the overall module.

Dielectric materials are made by mixing thermally effective products such as alumina and boron nitride with other components, to supply a durable yet versatile finish on the base plate. An important feature of the dielectric layer is the amount of electrical isolation it supplies between the copper on the topside and the metallic base plate on the underside. This is called its dielectric strength. A typical dielectric product could have a dielectric strength of around 800 V/mil and be covered onto the base plate to a density of 8-12 mils (1 mil = 1 inch-3 = 25.4 µm).

Dielectric products utilized on insulated metal motherboard generally have a thermal conductivity figure in the region of 3W/mK. This is around 10 times the efficiency attained by FR4 (flame retardant woven glass strengthened epoxy resin) PCB product.

A more main requirement of the dielectric layer is to be able to make up for the different coefficients of thermal expansion of the copper track on the topside of the aluminum and the assembly base plate/heat spreader on the bottom side.

Going three-dimensional

Flat sheets of insulated metal circuit board comprising copper foil, a dielectric layer and an aluminum base plate have been offered for several years. In the eyes of the forward-thinking LED module designer, the major trouble has been that flat sheets of insulated metal motherboard limit them to 2D shapes.

To address this limitation, brand-new dielectric materials are ending up being available that have a reduced modulus, implying that they are certified with mechanical stress and pressure. These products not just accommodate the coefficient of expansion of the metal aspects of the building, but also allow parts to be formed into right angles, as well as through 360 Ë?. This allows designers to recognize complex-shaped designs and ones that form a complete circle with either external or internal copper traces.

When making with new, formable insulated metal circuit board products it is possible to path the tracks around corners, which relieves the should utilize connectors and tough wiring. There are numerous benefits to this, consisting of enhanced dependability arising from having fewer interconnects and junctions. Regardless of the slightly higher expense of the brand-new products, the general cost is reduced because less components are required, and assembly time is minimized.

Strength and toughness

LEDs themselves are inherently resilient. Mounting them on metal based motherboard only serves to boost their effectiveness and that of the finished module, offering excellent resistance to vibration and mechanical shock.

Automotive lighting clusters provide an example of how LED modules can provide remarkable performance compared to conventional filament lights. On-vehicle applications experience high levels of vibration and wide operating temperature level varies that can trigger early failure of filament lamps. In some operating conditions LEDs can last up to 100,000 hours, meanings that they ought to not need any attention for the life of the car.

The long life of LEDs also streamlines the designers' task because it is less important to make the lighting module easily accessible for servicing in the finished item. This can result in a neater, even more incorporated setup as well as in possible cost savings.

Temperature modelling

Thermal analysis software are offered to assist verify LED based module designs before they are dedicated to manufacture.
These software gather data from an incorporated data source about LED performance and specifications together with those of various other gadgets that are mounted on the insulated metal circuit board. This information is integrated with various other info about elements of the design, including the copper traces, power and ground aircrafts, and vias. The looked at information is then processed to produce an exact representation of the thermal performance of the design.

User-friendly graphical representations of the results allow the design engineer to rapidly determine areas that may need attention, right to component and track level.

Thermal analysis software application can bring considerable industrial and design benefits by assisting speed the time to market and lowering the variety of versions required to reach a production-ready option.

June 08 2014


Flash Floods Kill At Least 80 In Northern Afghanistan - los Angeles Times

Afghan villagers carry the body of a flood victim in the Guzargah-e-Nur district of Baghlan province. (Zekria Nasirestr / AFP / Getty Images) Hashmat Baktash At least 80 killed and 100 missing after two days of flash flooding in Afghanistan Governor of Baghlan province says remote location complicates flood relief efforts Deadly floods the latest major natural disaster to strike northern Afghanistan At least 80 people have been killed and more than 100 are missing in two days of severe flooding in northern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday. Families were searching desperately for loved ones amid the wreckage of waterlogged villages after flash floods that began Friday in Baghlan province swallowed up houses made of mud. About 5,000 families are homeless following the disaster, according to the provincial governor, Sultan Mohammad Ebadi.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.latimes.com/world/afghanistan-pakistan/la-fg-flash-floods-afghanistan-20140608-story.html

June 05 2014


World Bank: Floods Could Disrupt Balkans' Power Supplies For At Least Six Months - Yahoo News

Done World Bank: Floods could disrupt Balkans' power supplies for at least six months By Daria Sito-Sucic May 26, 2014 9:38 AM 0 shares . View photo A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary By Daria Sito-Sucic SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Devastating floods in the Balkans this month mean economic growth in the region will be lower than forecast this year and power supplies could be disrupted for at least six months, the World Bank said on Monday. More than 50 people were killed by flooding and landslides in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia after the heaviest rainfall in more than a century caused rivers to burst their banks, sweeping away roads, bridges and homes. Serbia and Bosnia were worst hit and say the damage inflicted runs to hundreds of millions of euros each, a huge blow to their cash-strapped economies. Serbia's electricity production has been cut by 40 percent as a result of power outages caused by the floods and power supplies have been disrupted in Bosnia and to a smaller extent in Croatia as well. "I believe that in the short run, within 2014, the floods will have a downward impact on growth," Ellen Goldstein, the World Bank's country director for southeast Europe, told Reuters. "The larger problem will be in supplying the power plants with necessary fuel in the longer run ... because of flooding of the mines," Goldstein said. Power supplies knocked out by the waters, including mines supplying Serbia's biggest power plant, Nikola Tesla, were a particular problem, she said. Goldstein was speaking after the bank presented its bi-annual economic report for the western Balkan region, projecting average growth of 1.9 percent in 2014 and 2.6 percent in 2015.
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June 01 2014


Devastating Floods In Siberia | Inserbia News

Illustration Photo: mod.gov.rs A state of emergency has been imposed on the Altai territory and the republics of Altai and Khakassia, and [the republics of] Tyva and Buryatia have been put on high alert, Russian Emergency Situations Ministry head Vladimir Puchkov said at a meeting of a governmental commission dealing with the crisis on Saturday. There is a threat that the floods could spread to the neighboring regions, he said. Virtually all of southern Siberia is in the emergency situation area now. There is a threat of [the flood's] spread to Yakutia and partially the Amur region, he said. The number of houses affected by floods in the Siberian part of Russia has nearly reached 4,000, and over 7,600 people have been evacuated from dangerous areas, says Oleg Voronov, a deputy chief of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministrys National Crisis Center.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://inserbia.info/today/2014/05/devastating-floods-in-siberia/

May 29 2014


Floods In Serbia: Ngo To Monitor Use Of Donor Funds | Inserbia News

AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski/Tanjug The crisis headquarters is currently communicating with and coordinating the activities of over 150 civil society organisations active in collection and distribution of aid for the most vulnerable, states the release issued by the Civic Initiatives. The headquarters began operation on Saturday and announced that aid will be raised in the same way as was the case so far for as long as the flood-hit areas have urgent needs for bare necessities such as clothes, food, toiletries and bottled water. The Civic Initiatives noted that assistance has already been delivered to thousands of people whose homes were hit by floods and landslides around Serbia thanks to the volunteers accommodated on their premises and the team of the Foundation Dokukino which coordinates the campaign on the internet and social networks. The organisation announced that the preparations for the next stage of the assistance provision have already begun and specified that 150 civic society organisations from their database have offered various modes of assistance, from financial and logistic help to volunteer work.
For the original article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://inserbia.info/today/2014/05/floods-in-serbia-ngo-to-monitor-use-of-donor-funds/

May 25 2014


Powerful Winds And Floods Plague Much Of Nation

(May 23) Post to Facebook Powerful winds and floods plague much of nation Areas including the Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern New York State, Southern Ohio and Colorado are cleaning up from severe weather, including powerful winds, heaving rain, flooding and tornadoes. (May 23) Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1gW4kwd CancelSend A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation
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