19 Oct

Mount Merapi erupts, spews 2,000-meter-high ash column

first_imgAn eruption rocked Mount Merapi volcano, which stands on the border of Yogyakarta and Central Java, at 5:16 a.m. on Thursday morning.“The eruption lasted 150 seconds, spewing smoke and 2,000-meter-high ash column,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Agus Wibowo said in a statement on Thursday.He added that during the eruption, the wind was blowing in a northwest direction, according to the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG). In a separate statement, BPPTKG head Hanik Humaida said the eruption spewed volcanic material over a radius of 1 kilometer from Merapi’s peak. It also brought ash rain down on several villages located 10 km south of the volcano.Read also: Mountains rumbling: Five most active volcanoes in the archipelagoThe BPPTKG added that Mount Merapi had erupted four times between September and November 2019, followed by volcanic earthquakes occurring at a depth of more than 1.5 km.“There has been an increase in Merapi’s volcanic activity from mid-December 2019 to mid-January this year, both under and on the ground,” Hanik said in the statement. “Similar eruptions can still happen in the future as an indicator that the magma chamber is still supplying magma.”Mount Merapi is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. An eruption in 2010 left more than 300 people dead and forced almost 400,000 people to take refuge. Authorities have raised Merapi’s alert level to waspada (caution), the second-highest level in the country’s four-tiered alert system.The Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has advised residents and tourists to stay outside a 3-km radius of the peak of Merapi to avoid any possible danger.Topics :last_img read more

6 Oct

Lendlease proves festivals are also for the young at heart

first_imgRhonda Burchmore will be part of the Lendlease Spring Festival line up.Lendlease Retirement Living managing director Tony Randello said Lendlease Retirement Villages were full of vibrant people who knew that age had nothing to do with having fun or getting the most out of life.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago“It’s the perfect place to host an event that celebrates life, celebrates joy and celebrates getting older with all the vibrancy you can muster,” Mr Randello said. “It’s also the perfect opportunity to meet new people and have a laugh — whether or not you’re already a resident,.“The Spring Retirement Festival is a celebration of everything you live for now. It’s the joy of getting older, remaining vital and having the perspective to appreciate it all.” Costa will be part of the Lendlease Spring Festival.For the last four years the festival was contained to Queensland only and was being fully booked out within ten days of ticket release. This year, it’s going national — bigger, better and more exciting than ever. But you can forget about paying thousands of dollars for the privilege. The Spring Retirement Festival is free for over-55s, and conveniently located in Lendlease Retirement Villages around the country. The notion of Retirement Living is clearly evolving and Lendlease said its communities were full of vibrant people and the perfect place to host an event that celebrated life, joy and getting older. This year’s program will contain a mix of headline and local acts, encompassing the idea of creative ageing. There will be everything including entertainment, arts and culture, crafts, comedy, music, cooking and dancing.Bookings are essential and can be made by going online — visit springretirementfestival.com.au or by calling the Spring Retirement Festival hotline 1800 550 550. Lendlease Retirement Villages Spring Retirement Festival is gearing up to run nationally over September and October.FESTIVALS aren’t just for the young, they’re also for the young at heart with Lendlease Retirement Villages holding a Spring Retirement Festival this month and next.Some of Australia’s most celebrated performers, entertainer, musicians, comedians and experts-in-their-fields (including gardening experts and culinary whizzes) are getting ready to provide festival frivolity around the country. last_img read more

27 Sep

The Problems With Surrogacy

first_img* First, commercial surrogacy can be exploitative because the contracting parties are not always free and equal. Some surrogates are poor and uneducated. Many come from developing countries. Often enough, the future parents come from wealthy nations, and are wealthy even by the standards of their home country. An intermediary, or ”baby finder”, who seeks to make a profit from the exchange, completes the recipe for exploitation. A poor woman grows attached to the child during gestation. Then, she is intimidated by a profiteer into selling her infant. A fair society would not support and uphold such a transaction.  (average price for US surrogate is $80,000)* Second, by allowing commercial surrogacy, we step closer to commodifying pregnancy, motherhood and babies, leading to a potential change in how we perceive and treat the people involved. Babies and pregnancy are seen by society as sacrosanct. Through commercial surrogacy, they are given a price, and sold and exchanged much like other goods and services. If we allow babies to be bought, why not a two-year-old child? Should we allow babies to be sold at auction?* Thirdly, what about* the rights of the child to have relationships with surrogate parents and vice versa;* who is responsible for surrogate children born with severe disabilities;* what to do when the surrogate mother has multiple birthsAll these remain largely unsettled in ethics and in law.From Miranda Devine (Aust) in 2011The growing trend of surrogate babies for celebrities severely devalues the role of modern parents and their children alike.When Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban announced the surprise birth of their new baby this week, they made special mention of “our gestational carrier”. To have carried a baby in your womb, shared a blood supply, felt its little feet kick against your abdomen, heard its little heart beat, sensed it growing bigger and stronger, while it changes your metabolism, and the way you sleep, breathe and eat, and then to have given birth to a living, breathing human child you have been longing to cuddle is not a trivial act. So to have it described in such clinical, remote terms is insensitive and thoughtless, to say the least.A few of the recent celebrity womb rentals have included Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick – twin girls; Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka – fraternal twins, a girl and boy; and Kelsey Grammer and estranged wife Camille – a boy and a girl. On Christmas Day, just three days before the latest Urban addition, Elton John and his partner David Furnish became “proud fathers” of a baby boy born to a surrogate mother in California, the product of a donor egg from another anonymous woman fertilised with the sperm of one or other of the men.Then there is the story of the Melbourne couple who aborted twin boys, conceived though IVF, because they already have three sons and wanted a daughter instead. The father told the Herald Sun it was “our right” to decide the gender of their future child.The Wall Street Journal last month ran a story about the new global industry of baby manufacturing, with baby “concierges” co-ordinating the coming together of egg, sperm, womb and parents from all corners of the earth. One of the most affordable packages featured was the “India bundle” from PlanetHospital, which gets you “one egg donor, four embryo transfers into four separate surrogate mothers, room and board for the surrogate, and a car and driver for the parents-to-be when they travel to India to pick up the baby.” Planet Hospital also specialises in “surrogaycy” for same-sex couples but doesn’t really seem to care much who the parents are. Chief executive Rudy Rupak told the Journal: “Our ethics are agnostic . . . How do you prevent a paedophile from having a baby? If they’re a paedophile then I will leave that to the US Government to decide, not me.”Are women easy-bake ovens?http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-marquardt/surrogate-motherhood-_b_2024435.html Women in India are being used as cheap surrogates for western couples, straight or gay, in some cases housed and monitored in dormitories and delivered by caesarean section for the convenience of the “commissioning” couple. In the U.S., many surrogates are military wives, supplementing their husband’s low pay by renting their wombs, with labor and delivery costs paid for by the U.S. taxpayer. Donated eggs are often involved in these cases. In addition to the identity issues such complex forms of parentage force upon the children, egg donation is a risky business, luring mostly college-aged women into rounds of hormone shots and surgical extractions that are a documented risk to their own health.last_img read more

24 Sep

Missing Sunman Man Returns Home Safely

first_imgRescue workers and volunteers at the command post Monday night.Update (June 10 @ 7:57 a.m.)The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Paul Batta safely returned home this morning.Update (June 10 @ 7:20 a.m.)We’re learning this morning that a missing man has returned home safely.Paul Batta, 56, was reported missing after he disappeared from his home in the 10000 block of North Dearborn Road on Saturday.A neighbor called us to say he has in fact made it back home. Authorities are on the scene and have not confirmed the developing information.WRBI will relay any new information as it is received.First Report ( June 10 @ 12:12 a.m.)Emergency workers and volunteers will continue the search Tuesday for a missing Sunman man.Paul Batta, 56, was last seen on Saturday night leaving his North Dearborn Rd. home on a bicycle.Sunman firefighters set up a command post Monday morning on Lawrenceville Rd., near Gutaphel Rd., and actively explored the area until darkness forced officials to suspend search efforts.“We’ve been out here thirteen hours. Our guys did a good job searching unfortunately we didn’t find the individual,” said Sunman Fire Chief Bill Craig.“We’re going to try and regroup this evening at our station. Sit down, look at our resources and see what we can bring back out here tomorrow,” Craig added.Even local residents have volunteered their time during the search. Christina Stoneking is one of many volunteers working alongside emergency crews and family of the missing man on Monday.Paul Batta, 56, was last seen Saturday night leaving his home on North Dearborn Rd.“Everybody is a close knit family out here. When something like this happens everyone pulls together. I don’t know him personally but I know his family and cousins,” Stoneking said.“You got to do something. People got to stick together and do something. And the family is hurting, there is no word out and we definitely need more help,” she continued.Batta is described as a white male, 6’4” tall, weighing approximately 226 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes, and has a beard which is trimmed. He was last seen wearing a gray or brown T-shirt and brown shorts.Anyone with information is urged to contact the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office at (812) 537-3431.We will update this story as soon as there is any information.last_img read more

26 Aug

Dodgers must absorb loss of Justin Turner to hamstring injury

first_img“It actually felt worse this morning than I expected, so the MRI results coming back the way they did was a very positive thing.”Turner was able to return from that 2014 injury after 15 days, the minimum DL stay at the time. He is optimistic he will be ready to return after the shorter DL minimum now.“It’s going to be pretty boring — a lot of lying around in the training room and letting this thing heal up,” Turner said of the next few days.The challenge of moving on without Turner will be more difficult for the Dodgers. Though his power hasn’t shown up yet this year (only one home run in 140 at-bats), Turner goes to the DL with a major-league leading .379 batting average, 13 doubles (tied for second in the National League) and a .946 OPS that leads Dodgers regulars (Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor have topped that).“It’s a big blow. I think we’ve dealt with those in the past and we’ll continue to move forward,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “But the leadership as a position player, the defense he plays, consistent and elite defense, and obviously in the batter’s box what he does consistently putting at-bats together, the baserunning – all the components that help you win baseball games, that’s what JT does for our club. To miss him for any stretch is tough, let alone for two weeks. But we’ll get over it.” Kike’ Hernandez played third Friday against Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino. But the Dodgers will absorb most of Turner’s absence by plugging Logan Forsythe in at third base instead of second base when he returns from the disabled list. Forsythe played third base for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, his third game on a restarted rehab assignment for a hairline fracture in a toe on his right foot. That rehab was interrupted by a hamstring injury of his own.Forsythe is expected to spend the weekend with the Quakes and then be activated when the Dodgers open a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. With Forsythe coming back to play third base, Roberts said second base will continue to belong to Taylor and Chase Utley in “not a strict platoon, but split duties.” Utley could see more time there now that Adrian Gonzalez has returned to first base.MAEDA RETURNIf Turner’s hamstring injury ranked as a Grade 1 strain, Kenta Maeda’s registered a Grade None.Nonetheless, Maeda made a rehab start with Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night, going four innings and throwing 62 pitches. He allowed three runs (only one earned) on six hits (all singles) and two walks.Maeda will rejoin the Dodgers’ overstuffed rotation next week and is scheduled to start the series finale against the Cardinals on Thursday. That will make seven different starters in seven games over eight days – Hyun-Jin Ryu, Alex Wood, Julio Urias and Brandon McCarthy against the Marlins, Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Maeda against the Cardinals.Ryu would seem to be the most likely candidate for another DL sabbatical – he was hit in the arm by a pitch and the foot by a ground ball during his start Thursday. He came out of the game immediately after the ground ball back to the mound but Roberts said Friday “from what I understand, he’s fine” on both counts. But Roberts wouldn’t say when he expects Ryu to pitch again.“Seeing as how we’ve still got seven guys who can start, we’re still figuring out how we can manage it,” Roberts said.Most recently, the Dodgers have managed it by sending Maeda, Ryu and McCarthy to the 10-day DL with minor issues that would probably not have prevented them from pitching if circumstances were more pressing. part of a three-team trade on June 30, 2015, the Atlanta Braves sent Wood, relievers Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson and infielder Jose Peraza to the Dodgers and received outfielder Hector Olivera, reliever Paco Rodriguez and minor-leaguer Zach Bird.None of those players are still with the Braves. Olivera is out of baseball after playing 30 games for the Braves and receiving an 82-game suspension for his involvement in a domestic dispute. Rodriguez was released by the Braves this spring. Wood, meanwhile, was the NL Player of the Week for the Dodgers last week, cementing his spot in their rotation.Braves GM John Coppolella did a question-and-answer session on Twitter on Friday and was asked about that trade.“The Hector Olivera trade was terrible and that’s on me. Alex is a tremendous pitcher & even better person. Rooting for him,” Coppolella responded. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> Not all of the Dodgers’ disabled list moves come with a dollop of convenience.Third baseman Justin Turner was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday after suffering a right hamstring injury during Thursday’s game. Turner said his hamstring “just kind of grabbed me” as he was rounding third base in the seventh inning of the 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. He left the game immediately and underwent an MRI on Friday morning, which revealed a Grade 1 strain – the mildest level of strain and a result that Turner took as “good news.”“It’s a Grade 1 strain which is something I’ve had before and come back from fairly quickly,” said Turner, pointing to a June 2014 hamstring injury.last_img read more