Marching On Together

Marching On Together I have had a romance with a lady since my childhood just like thousands of other people around the world who are also in love with her. I have remained in love with her through the many bad times and the few good times, my love for her has never faltered and never will. My lady's name is Leeds United and she is just five games away from returning to the English Football Premiership, after sixteen years in the football wilderness. In the sixties, seventies and early nineties my lady was known as "Super Leeds," however in 2003, my love was relegated from the English Football Premiership due to financial miss-handling by her owners. "Super Leeds," dropped down to the third tier of English football. If Leeds United can grab ten points from their last five games my lady will be back where she belongs in the higher echelons of English football and I can once more embrace my love with happiness.

Leeds 5 v 0 Stoke, 7 points needed from 4 games... Swansea City 0 v 1 Leeds United, 4 points needed from 3 games...

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

An environmental disaster unfolds as oil spill led to the death of hundreds of turtles and fish that washed up on the shore in Kamarajar Port India

Photo India Times
An oil spill due to the collision between two petroleum product carriers off the Kamarajar Port in Chennai spread to 25km on Monday from the site of the accident.
On Saturday morning, the fuel tank of an oil tanker burst following the collision with an LPG-carrying vessel that led to a marine disaster.
The oil spill led to the death of hundreds of turtles and fish that washed up on the shore even as the slush reached beyond the Marina beach as ill-equipped pollution-response teams of the Coast Guard grappled to contain the crisis.
About 2 tonnes of heavy furnace oil is suspected to have leaked into the sea from the fuel tank of MT Dawn Kanchipuram as BW Maple collided with it on Saturday morning.
MT Dawn Kanchipuram, which was carrying nearly 45,000 tonnes of petroleum products, was entering the port.
The two ships have been anchored about 2.5 nautical miles from the north breakwater of Kamarajar port.
An inquiry officer quoted by a news agency attributed the accident to human error and lack of communication on the part of the crews.
Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board officials said the clean-up could take some days as the oil slick had spread far.
Many local fishermen kept away from the sea, citing the possibility of a mid-sea fire.
Coast Guard personnel used 25-litre buckets to scoop out the spilled oil.
But when they stopped work at dawn on Monday , only a fraction of the oil had been removed. Reinforcements are expected to arrive from Delhi on Tuesday to expedite the clean-up process.
Coast Guard staff faced setbacks as two submersible pumps used to remove the sludge broke down. With no other equipment at hand, they used buckets to scoop out the oil.
A long line of workers and locals passed around oilfilled buckets from the shore to 1,000litre tankers waiting by the roadside.
The smell of oil, which had concentrated on the shore, wafted through the neighbourhood.
Rocks on the coast were coated in sludge.
Oil drifted on the surface of the sea at the rate of eight to 10cm per second as strong northeasterly winds and southerly longshore currents pushed the slick kilometres away from the site of the collision.


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