Officials with Duke Energy don't believe the dam breach will increase the flood threat to nearby communities, but they say they can't be sure that ash isn't escaping from the flooded dump and going into the lake and river.
Sunday, Sept. 23, inspectors with the state's department of environmental quality headed to the plant by boat to collect water samples.
The ash left over from coal burns contains mercury, lead, and other heavy toxic metals.
The company called the Gray Material seen in the river and lake as "coal combustion byproducts."
Victoria Uni's Empty Theaters kuting.feng 2018-09-2324 views Event organizers suspect the Chinese consulate is behind Victoria University's (VU) inexplicable cancellation of “In the Name of Confucius”—an award-winning documentary that exposes a darker side of the so-called Confucius Institutes.
On the day of the intended screening, The Epoch Times visited VU's City Campus and found no less than four theatres empty—the one booked and three other comparable ones. Investigaters were denied access to another possible theater in the basement.
Photos and videos were taken from as early as 7 p.m., the scheduled time of the event, until 8:30 p.m. By 9 p.m., the lift had already stopped working—all theatres were empty.
Representatives of the University of Victoria could not be reached for comment.
Mwanza District Commissioner John Mongela said rescues were concentrating on finding survivors from the disaster and that two other vessels had been diverted to help in the operation.
Initial estimates showed that the MV Nyerere was carrying more than 300 people onboard. It went down in the afternoon just a few metres from the dock in Ukerewe district, according to national ferry services operator TEMESA.
But it was hard to establish the precise number of passengers on board since the person dispensing tickets had also drowned with the machine recording the data lost.
In 1996, a ferry disaster on Lake Victoria in the same region killed at least 500 people.
In 2012, at least 145 people died in a ferry disaster in Tanzania's semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean, on a vessel that was overcrowded.
Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy praised the military response, saying it is working "seamlessly" with FEMA, as well as state and local efforts. However, he expressed concern about flooding that could continue to claim lives and destroy property over the next few days.
O'Shaughnessy singled out the U.S. Coast Guard for praise as leading the search and rescue effort. But, he also said North and South Carolina have been using their helicopters and rescue teams effectively.
He said the Defense Department's high water vehicles have been used to rescue hundreds of residents, and said they are probably the most used asset in the post-hurricane rescue effort.
North Korea agreed to allow international inspectors to observe a "permanent dismantlement" of its key missile facilities, and will take additional steps such as closing its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if the United States takes reciprocal measures, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday (September 19).
North and South Korea agreed that the Korean Peninsula should turn into a "land of peace without nuclear weapons and nuclear threats," Moon said following the conclusion of his summit talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Moon, Kim said he will visit the South's capital Seoul "in the near future."
NSW Police Warn of 10-Year Jail Term Following Fruit Contamination Across Australia kuting.feng 2018-09-186 views The New South Wales Police Force on Tuesday, September 18 called on the public to exercise caution when buying and consuming fruit after needles were reportedly found in strawberries, bananas and apples across the country. Police said there were no confirmed motivations or reasons for the recent cases of fruit contamination, which could carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for convicted offenders. They also warned of deliberate or copycat acts regarding unverified online photos of needles inserted in fruit.
On Tuesday, a Brisbane school student was reportedly injured after biting into a strawberry but Queensland Police later ruled the incident was a false report of contamination.
Fruit growers were forecast to see their businesses suffer as a result of the incidents. Videos posted on social media showed farmers dumping masses of strawberries in the peak of the season. Supermarket chains Aldi and Coles recalled the fruit from most of their shelves, while New Zealand food distributors Foodstuffs and Countdown said they would stop selling Australian strawberries, The Guardian reported.
First SpaceX moon flight passenger Yusaku Maezawa kuting.feng 2018-09-186 views Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Sept. 17 that he plans to blast off on the first-ever private commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the weeklong journey "to inspire the dreamer in all of us."
The SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023, company founder Elon Musk announced at an event on Sept. 17, at its headquarters near Los Angeles.
Maezawa, 42, said he wants his guests for the lunar orbit "to see the moon up close, and the Earth in full view, and create work to reflect their experience."
Musk said the entrepreneur, founder of Japan's largest retail website and one the country's richest people, will pay "a lot of money" for the trip, but declined to disclose the exact amount. Maezawa came to SpaceX with the idea for the group flight, Musk said.
"I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself," said Maezawa, wearing a blue sports jacket over a white T-shirt with printed with a work by the late painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. He said he often mused about what artists like Basquiat or Andy Warhol might have come up with if they'd traveled into space.
"I wish to create amazing works of art for humankind," Maezawa said.
Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong kuting.feng 2018-09-17214 views Heavy rain and winds lashed Hong Kong as Typhoon Mangkhut continued on its trajectory through Asia. Mangkhut, reported to be the biggest storm in the world of 2018 so far, was forecast to hit Hong Kong and southern China on Sunday afternoon, after wreaking havoc in the Philippines.
The Hong Kong Observatory issued a number ten tropical storm warning on Sunday morning. This video shows strong winds and heavy rain whipped up by the storm in a residential complex. The uploader gave the location as Tsing Yi, an island to the west of the city. “Maybe not the right time to go for a walk,” the uploader wrote, from indoors.
In the Philippines, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said an estimated 5.2 million people were within 77 miles of the projected path of Mangkhut.
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Footage shared with Reuters shows a man stranded in the middle of raging floodwaters, as rescuers stood nearby working out how to rescue him. The man was eventually saved, according to a Facebook post by the person who shot the video on Saturday.
Tropical cyclone Mangkhut potentially killed more than 50 people in the Philippines. Packing winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph), it ripped over the main island of Luzon in the early hours of Saturday, it is considered the strongest to hit the region this year.
Known locally as Ompong, Typhoon Mangkhut at one point hit gusts of 305 kph before it left the Philippines and moved across the South China Sea with reduced wind speeds.
State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of high waves destroying windows as they crashed into a hotel restaurant in Shenzhen, while debris flew across streets and high waves pummeled the coast.
Packing gale force winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph), tropical cyclone Mangkhut is considered the strongest to hit the region this year, equivalent to a maximum Category 5 "intense hurricane" in the Atlantic.
The typhoon dubbed the "King of Storms" by Chinese media, is expected to make landfall in Guangdong between the cities of Taishan and Yangjiang as early as 1700 local time, weather officials say.
China's Shenzhen seeks shelter as 'King of Storms' hovers near kuting.feng 2018-09-162K views Hong Kong and southern China hunkered down under red alert Sept. 16 as strong winds and heavy rain from Typhoon Mangkhut lashed the densely populated coast, a day after the biggest storm of the year left at least 28 dead from landslides and drownings in the northern Philippines.
100-Foot 'Fatberg' Removed From Michigan Sewer kuting.feng 2018-09-14584 views Officials in Macomb County, Michigan, on September 12 reported a 100-foot-long “fatberg,” comprised of oil, grease, wet wipes, and other materials, found blocking up a sewer line and urged the public to be mindful of what they wash down the drain.
County officials said the fatberg weighed up to 19 tons, not including liquids, and was six-feet tall at some points. Around $100,000 was allocated for its removal, though the task of breaking it up proved more difficult than expected, officials said. “Initially high-pressure jets of water were used but failed to break apart the fatberg.
Sewer workers then used hand saws and shovels to break it up,” according to a statement from the Macomb County Office of Public Works. The solid materials were extracted and disposed of in a landfill while the liquids were returned to the sewer, they said.
In recent years, officials in various cities around the world have shared footage of fatbergs in sewers to increase awareness. A fatberg found in Baltimore in 2017 caused the overflow of 1.2 million gallons of sewage into waterways, according to local reports. The same year, London officials reported the discovery of an "820-foot fatberg weighing 130 tons:http://stryfl.com/4113 in Whitechapel, describing it as one of the largest ever found.
On Wednesday, the same day the Macomb County fatberg was reported, a special-edition manhole cover was placed over the site of the Whitechapel fatberg, bearing the words: “The Whitechapel fatberg was defeated here in 2017.” On Thursday, officials in St. Andrews, Scotland, announced a scheme to educated business owners on better ways to dispose of oil and grease.
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Elizabeth Smart On Kidnapper's Release kuting.feng 2018-09-141K views Elizabeth Smart said on Sept. 13 the news that one of her kidnappers will be released from prison next week was "a big shock," and she hopes there is a way the woman can be committed to a treatment facility since there is no legal recourse to keep her behind bars.
Wanda Barzee is expected to be freed next week after 15 years in custody, following a surprise announcement that Utah authorities had miscalculated the amount of time the 72-year-old woman should serve.
Standing on the steps of the Utah state capitol, Smart, now 30, recalled some of the horrors she experienced when she was snatched from her home in 2002.
"She is a woman who had six children yet could co-conspire to kidnap a 14-year-old girl, and not only sit next to her while being raped but encourage her husband to continue to rape me," Smart said. "So do I believe she's dangerous? Yes."
She said Barzee "saw me as her slave. She called me her handmaiden. She never hesitated to let her displeasure with me be known."
Barzee is expected to be freed next Sept. 19.
Attorney Scott Williams has said Barzee has been diagnosed with several mental illnesses, but he's not concerned about her being a danger to the community. Williams did not immediately return a message seeking comment Sept. 13.
Massachusetts State Police said at least 70 explosions were reported across Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence, and said that electricity was being shut down in all three towns to assist with controlling the situation.
Japan embraces Naomi Osaka, a bi-racial "heroine" kuting.feng 2018-09-131K views Naomi Osaka is hogging the headlines for all the right reasons in her native land after she became the first Japanese player to reach a Grand Slam singles final. She's also helping break new ground in Japan due to her multiracial identity: the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother.
Mangkhut, locally known as super typhoon Ompong, has already passed the U.S. territory of Guam, where it caused widespread flooding and power outages. It is currently barreling across the Pacific Ocean with wind gusts of more than 178 mph an hour (287 kph). Category 5 hurricanes, according to the Saffir-Simpson scale, have 157 mph or greater winds.
More than 100 aircraft at Virginia’s Naval Air Station Oceana were relocated to bases in six other states on Wednesday, September 12. The US Navy had earlier this week ordered 30 ships in Hampton Roads to leave port to weather the impact of the Category 3 storm in the Atlantic.
He said he believes that Trump is slandered by legacy media outlets because “he’s effective.” He said there are people in Hollywood that support his pro-Trump stance. He also said that Hollywood and universities have been infiltrated by leftist ideology.
Voight first earned fame as an actor in 1969’s “Midnight Cowboy.” He starred alongside Burt Reynolds in 1972’s “Deliverance.” He has acted in over 90 movies and TV shows. He more recently won a Golden Globe for his role on TV series “Ray Donovan.”
Apple wants users to upgrade to newer, more expensive devices as a way to boost revenue as global demand for smartphones levels off. The strategy has helped Apple become the first publicly-traded U.S. company to hit a market value of more than $1 trillion earlier this year.
The tweet that sparked the ban followed a retweet of a Now This post that showed a segment of Obama’s speech. In the post, Obama did not state explicitly but insinuated that President Trump would not stand up to Nazi sympathizers. The comment seemingly refers back to the Charlottesville, Virginia, “Unite the Right” rally of August 2017.
Twitter suspended Paronto’s account and removed the tweet. When it was restored, he posted a follow up tweet that included a screenshot of the tweet he was forced to delete. Twitter then suspended him a second time, according to Breitbart.
The account for Secret Society Alumnus contains many anti-Trump tweets. Paronto sees his banning as part of a bias towards conservatives on Twitter. His account has since been restored.
Boy survives face-first fall on meat skewer kuting.feng 2018-09-12203 views A Missouri father says his ten-year-old son is lucky to be alive after the child was impaled by a 12-inch metal meat skewer when he fell from a tree house. When you see the x-ray of the boy's head, you can understand why his family says it's a miracle he survived.
343 firefighters lost their lives in the 2001 terror attacks, but there are an additional 182 names that have been added since then. They are firefighters who died from 9/11 illnesses they contracted while working at ground zero.
Vanellope Wilkins was born last November, with medics giving her less than a 10 percent chance of survival.
However, after nine months and three operations for the rare condition, she has now begun spending time at the home of her parents, Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins, in Bulwell in central England, the BBC said.
They have had to recreate the hospital's critical care environment at their house but are hoping she will be able to return home permanently.
Vanellope was due to be delivered on Christmas Eve last year but the condition, ectopia cordis, meant she had to be born prematurely by Caesarean section on Nov. 22. Vanellope is believed to be the first baby born with the condition in Britain to have survived.
The proprietors of Beads & Beans coffee shop in Rodanthe were headed for a home improvement store in Kill Devil Hills for supplies when they encountered water coming over the dunes and onto the road along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Homecoming queen trades tiara for helmet, kicks winning field goal kuting.feng 2018-09-1116 views Kaylee foster is ocean springs high school's 20-18 homecoming queen. Moments after receiving her crown, she was back on the field for a pivotal moment in the homecoming football game as the team's placekicker. After ocean springs scored a touchdown to tie up the game, Kaylee booted through the deciding extra point.
Officer Amber Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County Jail after being taken into custody, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release. The department said the investigation is ongoing and that no additional information was available.
A jail employee said Guyger was released on bond. Online records initially showed Guyger was in custody, but she later was not listed on the jail inmate roster.
Guyger fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on Thursday at Jean's apartment. Lawyers for Jean's family had been calling for Guyger's arrest, saying the fact that she had remained free days after the shooting showed she was receiving favorable treatment. They held a news conference Sunday night, shortly before the arrest was announced, making another plea for the officer to be taken into custody and saying their team had presented new evidence — a witness and video footage — to prosecutors. They didn't provide details.
The family attorneys weren't immediately available for comment after the arrest came.
S. Lee Merritt, one of the attorneys for Jean's family, said Saturday that the man's loved ones weren't calling on the authorities to jump to conclusions or to deny Guyger her right to due process. But Merritt said they wanted Guyger "to be treated like every other citizen, and where there is evidence that they've committed a crime, that there's a warrant to be issued and an arrest to be made."