Third Death Confirmed after Chemical Plant Blast in Spain

first_imgMorlanes said the company was investigating the causes of the explosion but its inspectors could not approach the site while firefighters were still working. Regional firefighters for Catalonia said 30 crews worked through the night to combat a fire the explosion caused at the plant. Fire chief Albert Ventosa said the blaze was under control Wednesday. According to the company’s website, Iqoxe is Spain’s sole producer of ethylene oxide, a chemical compound used for making detergents, solvents and other products, as well as glycol, one of the main raw materials in the production of plastics. “I thought that the door at the front of the building had collapsed. I looked out to the window and I saw the flames. I went to the door and left right away,” she said. “My sons called me. I though I was going to have a heart attack.” Earlier Wednesday, emergency workers found a body buried under debris inside the plant, where a worker had been missing since the explosion, Miquel Buch, the regional head of Catalonia’s interior department, said. Since 2015, the city has housed a 1,200-hectare (2,965-acre) “chemical hub,” ChemMed, that was described as the largest of its kind in southern Europe. Smoke rise following a big explosion at an industrial hub near the port city of Tarragona, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. A chemical emergency alert has been activated in northeastern Spain following a big explosion in an industrial zone near the port city of Tarragona, regional emergency services said Tuesday. (AP Photo/David Oliete) Authorities are investigating the cause of what they described as a “chemical accident” on the premises of chemical maker Iqoxe. The seven people injured all worked there, officials said. Tarragona is located 115 kilometers (71 miles) southwest of Barcelona, the regional capital of Spain’s Catalonia region. The fire could been seen for miles, and local residents posted videos showing the aftermath of the blast with flames and a big column of black smoke emerging from an area dotted with big industrial tanks. Another seven people were injured in the blast near a northeastern city late Tuesday. Smoke rise following a big explosion at an industrial hub near the port city of Tarragona, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. A chemical emergency alert has been activated in northeastern Spain following a big explosion in an industrial zone near the port city of Tarragona, regional emergency services said Tuesday. (AP Photo/David Oliete) The third victim, a man who had suffered severe burns, died in a Barcelona hospital almost 24 hours after the blast, Spanish private news agency Europa Press reported. TARRAGONA, Spain (AP) – The death toll climbed to three Wednesday from a massive explosion and fire at a petrochemical plant in Spain as one person died in hospital and another body was found in the wreckage, authorities said. Iqoxe CEO José Luis Morlanes said the explosion occurred in a 20-ton tank of ethylene oxide in a part of the plant that had not had any problems since it was built in 2017. Antonia Caballero, 65, was cleaning her house when the explosion occurred. A preliminary investigation indicated the force of the factory explosion near the coastal city of Tarragona killed another person in a nearby neighborhood when a piece of flying metal from the plant struck his apartment, regional authorities said.last_img read more

Nashville Is Being Made into a Broadway Musical

first_img View Comments Entertainment producer Lionsgate has announced that the beloved TV series Nashville is being adapted as a Broadway musical. Production dates and the complete creative team will be announced soon.”Nashville, with its complex, relatable characters and sweeping emotional gestures, has all of the narrative elements that I look for in great theatrical source material,” said lead producer Scott Delman. “From that rich DNA, we will be building an original story with entirely original music, written by major Nashville and Broadway songwriters. We are particularly excited to deliver Broadway’s first score of true contemporary country music—a genre that has exploded with mainstream audiences in recent years.”For six seasons, Nashville was set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and followed the lives of country music superstars as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Created by Callie Khouri, the series centered on musicians and songwriters driven by their own ambitions—some by creativity and some by a passion for fame.Broadway stars seen on the TV series include Tony nominee Will Chase (Kiss Me, Kate), Tony winner Laura Benanti (My Fair Lady) and Kyle Dean Massey (Wicked). Casting for a premiere production of the musical is forthcoming. Will Chase on “Nashville”(Photo: ABC)last_img read more

LCC hosts training sessions for cyanobacteria monitors

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) is recruiting citizens interested in water quality to serve as cyanobacteria monitors for Lake Champlain and select inland Vermont lakes. LCC will host training sessions starting June 6 for new and returning monitors. The program provides critical data on where and when blooms are happening and is relied on by health, environmental and recreation agencies to keep people informed about lake conditions.LCC initiated the citizen-based near-shore monitoring program in 2003 and has steadily expanded the network of trained volunteers and monitoring sites every year. During the 2016 season LCC monitors submit nearly 1,200 reports from over 100 sites on Lake Champlain and several inland lakes. The focus of the cyanobacteria monitoring program is to raise awareness of the issue, build a database of information on bloom frequency, and identify and publicize potential health hazards.”Our family enjoys spending time in and around Lake Champlain. Being a part of the LCC monitoring program has enabled us to know when the lake water is safe to swim in and has increased our awareness of the changes in the lake,” said Sheila Chairvolotti. She and her three children have monitored three Lake Champlain shoreline locations since 2013. “Monitoring our three locations is an easy way for our family to help others in our community be able to use the lake safely.”Citizen monitoring reports are vetted by LCC and environmental partners and then relayed to local, regional, state and provincial environmental, health and recreation staff. Weekly results from locations around Lake Champlain and select inland lakes are posted on a cyanobacteria data tracker map hosted by the Vermont Department of Health and accessible to anyone with internet access. The data tracker will go live the first week of the 2017 monitoring season.The Lake Champlain Committee will host training sessions in New York and Vermont for citizens interested in serving as monitors or wanting to learn more about water quality. The presentations will last about an hour and a half and provide background about cyanobacteria (aka blue-green algae), guidance on how to differentiate it from other lake phenomena, instructions for assessing water conditions, and actions to take to reduce blooms. The training sessions are free and open to the public but pre-registration is requested via this online form. LCC Public Cyanobacteria Monitor Training SessionsTuesday, June 6 at 9:00 AMShelburne Town Offices(link is external)5420 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VTTuesday, June 6 at 1:00 PMLake Champlain Basin Program(link is external)54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VTTuesday, June 6 at 4:00 PMLake Champlain Committee Office(link is external)208 Flynn Avenue, Building 3, Studio 3F, Burlington, VTWednesday, June 7 at 9:00 AMKingsland Bay State Park(link is external)Holly House Stone House787 Kingsland Bay, St Park Rd, Ferrisburgh, VTWednesday, June 7 at 12:30 PMNoblewood Park(link is external)96 Noblewood Park, Willsboro, NY Wednesday, June 7 at 3:00 PMPlattsburgh Public Library (link is external)19 Oak Street, Plattsburgh, NYThursday, June 8 at 10:00 AMMissisquoi National Wildlife Refuge(link is external)29 Tabor Road, Swanton, VTThursday, June 8 at 1:00 PMLake Champlain Basin Program(link is external)54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VTThursday, June 8 at 6:00 PMLake Champlain Committee Office(link is external)208 Flynn Avenue, Building 3, Studio 3F, Burlington, VTTuesday, June 13 at 10:00 AMLake Champlain Committee Office(link is external)208 Flynn Avenue, Building 3, Studio 3F, Burlington, VTThe 2017 cyanobacteria monitoring season begins the week of June 18 and runs through at least Labor Day with as many monitors as possible continuing to collect data until the end of September. Once trained, the actual monitoring takes about 15 minutes plus the time to get to and from the site and file an online report.Participants must attend a training session(link is external), have weekly access to the same shoreline location (either public or private) and be able to file timely online reports. Swift reporting is critical, especially if a bloom is observed in order to get information out to the public. Individuals who are interested in staying informed about water conditions but can’t commit to monitoring can sign up to receive a weekly email compiling results from all LCC monitoring locations(link is external).For more information about the cyanobacteria monitoring program, contact the Lake Champlain Committee (LCC), 208 Flynn Avenue, Building 3, Studio 3F, Burlington, VT 05401 at (802) 658-1414 or [email protected](link is external).last_img read more

Woman’s body found at Foulis foreshore identified as Enmore resident

first_imgMore than one week after the discovery of a body of an unidentified woman at Foulis Foresore, East Coast Demerara, it was positively identified as a domestic worker of Enmore, ECD.The body was reportedly identified as Indroutie ‘Indra’ Dass of Logwood, Enmore, ECD. At the time of the discovery, the woman’s blouse was pulled to her chest and her pants and undergarment were below her knees thus leaving investigators to believe that she was sexually assaulted.Dead domestic worker, Indroutie ‘Indra’ DassThere was also a yellow metal chain wrapped around the woman’s neck. In addition, a pair of slippers and a hammock was found in close proximity of the body. She was lying face up and her arm sustained a gaping wound. The body was discovered by a man whom had gone to the foreshore to dispose of garbage.Loretta Narine, the cousin who identified the body told the Guyana Times that the woman went missing 10 days ago after she left home for work. She reportedly worked in the area for several people.However, after days passed and she did not return home, Narine went to the woman’s house which she shared with her common law husband to enquire. While there, the woman claimed that he had not seen the woman but failed to lodge a missing person’s report at the police station.Nevertheless, after days passed and she did not show up at one of her employer’s house, the businessman and his wife went to the now dead woman’s house to enquire the reason for not turning up to work but it was at that time, the couple learnt of the woman’s disappearance.The cousin noted that she recalled listening to the news about a woman’s body being found. “I remember but after they say that the woman was ‘dougla’, we didn’t pay much attention but after we search all ova for Indra, we decided to go to the police station”.Narine explained that she took the woman’s identification card to the Cove and John Police Station on Wednesday last where they related their story. They were accompanied to the mortuary where they positively identified her cousin’s body.The woman further stated that after they made the report, the reputed husband and another man were taken into custody to be questioned in connection with the woman’s disappearance and subsequent death. They were nevertheless, released from custody.A post mortem is expected to be performed today (Friday). The woman leaves to mourn her six children – two of whom are minors and presently cared for by an aunt. Investigations into the woman’s death are on-going.last_img read more