Shelby County, Ala.—One worker was killed and several more were injured when an Alabama pipeline ruptured sometime during the evening of Monday, October 31.According to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, the failing pipeline caused an explosion that sent flames high above the surrounding tree line.One eye witness, who said he helped an injured worker remove gas from himself before calling an ambulance, said the central Alabama explosion resembled an airplane crash and resulted in towering flames that extended some 300 feet into the air.The epicenter was approximately one mile west of a leak that occurred back in September, releasing thousands of gallons of gasoline and causing shortages and price hikes throughout the entire Southeast.The failed pipeline belongs to the same company behind the previous leak—the Colonial Pipeline Company of Alpharetta, Georgia—and marks the sixth leak its operations have endured this year in Alabama alone.Officials are not certain wether the explosion emanated from the same pipeline that failed in September, and workers have not yet been able to get close enough to the accident site to determine if the initial explosion has damaged any other nearby pipelines.“Three miles around the area of the fire has been evacuated,” Bentley said in a video which his office posted to Vimeo and later tweeted out through his official Twitter account. “We have state resources in place through our forestry association, and we have people there to contain the fire.”The state of Alabama has been suffering from a severe drought. According to the governor, there have been over one thousand fires recorded since the beginning of October.“Our resources have been stretched thin,” Bentley said. “But we will have enough resources in place, we will put enough resources in place, to protect the people in that area.”Coleen Vansant with the Alabama Forestry Commission says that the explosion has sparked several wildfires, one around 10 acres in size and another near 7 acres.According to a brief statement issued by the Colonial Pipeline Company, the main pipeline in the area has been shut down for the time being. The explosion occurred near the Cahaba River, the longest free-flowing river in Alabama known for its scenic value and biological diversity.It comes at a time when pipelines all over the country are being hotly contested by environmentalists. A major protest is taking place near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation because of a proposed pipeline that the Dakota Sioux say is threatening the quality of drinking water drawn from the Missouri River and decimating many of their important cultural heritage sites.The Dakota Access Pipeline is being maintained and constructed by a company called Energy Transfer which, according to its website, operates three major crude oil pipelines, including approximately 500 miles of pipeline that run through Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.Energy Transfer claims that the $3.7 billion project will lessen U.S. dependance on foreign oil and create thousands of jobs.Stayed tuned to BlueRidgeOutdoors.com for pipeline updates and learn more about the Shelby County, Alabama pipeline explosion here.
A yak named Meteor escaped its owner on the way to the butcher this week and is on the loose somewhere in central Virginia. Meteor’s owner told Nelson County animal control that the yak had kicked off the back door of a livestock trailer about 10 a.m. Tuesday at a stop sign in Lovingston, Va., about 40 miles southwest of Charlottesville. Some of the readings show that the dragonflies are around 10,000ft in the air. Sally Entrekin, an aquatic entomologist at Virginia Tech said that they are migrating when they are up that high. While it’s impossible to say if the dragonflies picked up on local radar are indeed local or just passing through, they’re all heading south ahead of winter, taking advantage of lofty winds that have recently shifted to blow that way. Charlottesville Youth Climate Strike Find a march near you HERE: https://globalclimatestrike.net/ A yak named Meteor escaped on the way to the butcher in Virginia “This is how we make our living,” he said. “Unfortunately, for me, it’s not the cute animal story everyone thinks.” Join in the global climate strike movement on Friday, September 20 at noon on the Downtown Mall. Charlottesville area youth and their allies will be speaking out and marching to demand a local response to the global climate emergency. The Charlottesville march is being led by 11-year-old Gudrun Campbell. Join Campbell on today’s march for the environment and sign up with the link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/charlottesville-youth-climate-strike-2 Lovely weather we’re having- blue skies, crisp air, and massive clusters of dragonflies! So much so that experts believe they are to blame for strange radar readings at the National Weather Service office in Wakefield. Have you noticed a lot of dragonflies this week? There are marches happening across the globe from September 20th-27th. Find one near you and join the fight! “If they’re up that high, they’re on the move,” Entrekin said, searching for warmer places to lay eggs. Nelson County Animal Control Officer Kevin Wright said Friday that the search for Meteor continues. The animal initially retreated to the mountains but has since been seen on both sides of Route 29 near Lovingston. Meteor’s owner Robert Cissell said yaks are able to survive for long periods without human supervision and that Meteor is worth more than $1,000 at the market. As Wakefield meteorologist Mike Montefusco explained to The Virginian Pilot: “Obviously we’re not bug experts on our end, but there was a case like this in the Cleveland office last week where they did determine it was dragonflies. So that’s our running theory at this point.”
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Willian scored a fourth free-kick goal in four games to open the scoring, but Chelsea afterwards scarcely tested Maarten Stekelenburg as they fell to a first home loss to Saints since January 2002. A rare Steven Davis goal levelled matters and Mane put the visitors ahead after mistakes by Gary Cahill and John Terry, before Pelle got Southampton’s third. Southampton might have had a penalty before the equaliser when Mane was tripped by Ramires. The forward was soon after booked for diving, while Radamel Falcao received a yellow card for the same offence as Chelsea desperately sought something in attack. Loic Remy was sent on after Pelle’s goal, Nemanja Matic making way just 28 minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute. But this was not a performance for one scapegoat as Chelsea disintegrated against an excellent Southampton. Mourinho insisted there were no prima donnas or ostriches at Chelsea and his players accepted criticism, but Terry – making his second start in six games, the other at Walsall – might as well have had his head in the sand when a Tadic corner was floated over towards Jose Fonte. Had the ball been a foot lower, it would have been 1-0 to Southampton as Fonte had lost Terry six yards out. Captain John Terry was restored but Saints exposed the now familiar failings in the defence which just five months ago formed the foundation for winning the title. Chelsea have conceded at least two goals in seven of their eight Premier League games this season – the exception the 2-0 defeat of Arsenal – and time and again Sadio Mane, Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic found holes in a 3-1 win. Oriol Romeu and Ryan Bertrand seemed keen to impress after being discarded by Mourinho, but both Southampton players were booked, the former for tripping Hazard’s heels. Willian curled the resulting free-kick into the far corner, but Saints – bar two tame Oscar shots – then went on the attack. Ivanovic was unspotted in tugging back Virgil van Dijk before Davis sliced a good chance wide, and Ramires was fortunate not to concede a penalty for a trip on Mane. The theatrical fall did not help Mane, who was moments later booked for diving after a tussle with Ivanovic outside of the box. Fabregas was yellow-carded for diving in last December’s fixture at St Mary’s and Mourinho was furious there was no penalty award then. Ronald Koeman had reason to feel aggrieved, but Saints continued to test Chelsea and Asmir Begovic had to be alert to claw away Victor Wanyama’s cross and save from Bertrand. Southampton equalised after Ramires was booked for a foul on Mane, and Fonte played the ball long to Pelle, with his back to goal. Pelle held off Cahill, chested it and, one bounce later, Davis hit it sweetly to score. Mourinho almost fell off his seat when Falcao was booked for diving and might have done so again when Cahill lost the ball and Terry failed to intercept Pelle’s pass to Mane, who snuck in behind to slot in. Mane ran at Chelsea and then played in Pelle for the third. Chelsea tried in vain to find a response, but none was forthcoming in a second Premier League home loss in three games. Mourinho had lost one of his previous 99. TWEET OF THE MATCH “@graemelesaux14: I’ve just turned on the TV against the advice of many of you. Even if I hadn’t lost my voice, I’d be lost for words! #cfcvsou” – Former England and Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux was one of many fans stunned by Chelsea’s continued fall from grace. PLAYER RATINGS Chelsea Asmir Begovic: 6 (out of 10) Branislav Ivanovic: 4 Cesar Azpilicueta: 5 John Terry: 4 Gary Cahill: 4 Oscar: 5 Cesc Fabregas: 5 Eden Hazard: 6 Willian: 7 Ramires: 6 Radamel Falcao: 5 Subs Matic: 5 Pedro: 6 Remy: 6 Southampton Maarten Stekelenburg: 7 Cedric Soares: 6 Ryan Bertrand: 6 Jose Fonte: 7 Virgil van Dijk: 7 Oriol Romeu: 5 Victor Wanyama: 7 Steven Davis: 7 Dusan Tadic: 8 Sadio Mane: 9 Graziano Pelle: 8 Subs Ward-Prowse: 6 Rodriguez: 6 STAR PLAYER Sadio Mane: The Senegal forward continually troubled Chelsea’s fragile defence with his pace and movement and scored a deserved goal. MOMENT OF THE MATCH There was one foot between Tadic’s early corner and the free head of Fonte, who had totally lost marker Terry. Had the ball been a fraction lower, Southampton’s captain would have scored, Terry’s restoration would have been questioned. It was questioned anyway as Saints stunned Chelsea. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Captain Terry was back, along with Eden Hazard. Oscar and Falcao also started despite not travelling to Porto in midweek, the latter more as a result of Diego Costa completing his suspension. Nemanja Matic remained on the substitutes’ bench and returned there after a brief appearance in the second half which clearly annoyed Jose Mourinho. Ronald Koeman replaced ex-Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu with James Ward-Prowse at half-time and his players repeatedly exposed the Blues’ creaking defence. MOAN OF THE MATCH Odd coloured boots: If Falcao really needs help identifying his left foot from his right, he really has lost his reputation as a prolific goalscorer. WHO’S UP NEXT Chelsea v Aston Villa (Barclays Premier League, Saturday, October 17) Southampton v Leicester (Barclays Premier League, Saturday, October 17) After the game, Jose Mourinho suggested his side should have had a penalty when Radamel Falcao went to ground inside the area when the sides were level. The Chelsea boss suggested the referees were to blame for a slow start to the season which has sparked a confidence crisis within the club. Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Mourinho said: “When you are so down it is time to be honest and to say clearly the referees are afraid to give decisions to Chelsea. “The result (score) 1-1 is a huge penalty and once more we don’t get and I repeat, if the FA wants to punish me they punish me, it is not a problem for me.” He went on: “We have a penalty, and the penalty is a giant penalty and he was afraid to give – like everyone is afraid to give – a penalty. “And after that the team lost even more confidence. “Psychologically the team is unbelievably down, it looks like good players are bad players. “The first half was again where we didn’t show our quality but we were more than in control and one mistake, lack of concentration and one goal and and you are in a tough time. “In normal circumstances you come into the second half you do your game, no panic. “This team need to finish the first half winning two or three nil, with the fear disappearing into the second half to play with a free spirit. “That’s what the team needs but it is not happening.” “The second goal is an individual mistake, the third goal is an individual mistake and the team mentally tried, but they collapsed because they are in such a low moment,” he added. Press Association Chelsea capitulated and were booed off as Southampton won at Stamford Bridge for the first time in almost 14 years to leave Jose Mourinho contemplating a fourth loss from eight Premier League games this season.
…but residents say no work done… drainage works reek of corruption – CouncillorsCouncillors at the Soesdyke/Tu Huiste/Coverden Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) are accusing the Chairman and Overseer of collusion when it comes to drainage works in the community, since many of the drains have not been cleared but monies paid.According to the Financial Report circulated at the last statutory meeting on Thursday, the NDC would have expended over $6 million, with some $1.6 million for drainage works. The report explained that the Baksh, Nig-a-Kein, Meertins, Policeman, and Leacock and Jandoo Outfall trenches were cleared for the month of September but upon inspection, it was discovered that very little or no work has been done.The Policeman Outfall trench that was supposedly cleaned in SeptemberCouncillors Dave Singh, Udairam Baijnauth and Vice Chairman Aaron Grant-Stuart all raised objections to the expenditure, but the Chairman refused to entertain their objections. They related that the Chairman informed that all payments were made and that the works were satisfactorily completed.Vice Chairman Grant-Stuart, who also heads the NDC’s Works Committee said he was forced to resign after repeatedly expressing dissatisfaction with the drainage works but being forced to approve them after the Chairman would demand that he sign off.When Guyana Times visited the Soesdyke area on Saturday, residents expressed dissatisfaction with the overall performance of the NDC since they feel very little work is being done despite them paying their rates and taxes.Councillor Dave SinghOne woman living along the Policeman Outfall trench said she moved to that area some 15 years ago and is constantly being forced to endure flooding, due to overgrowth in the trench. She said she would have to clear the section behind her house because the water would become stagnant, resulting in the breeding of a whole host of bugs, as well as carrying a foul smell.“The last time them clean this trench was early part last year (2017) and even before then they does barely clean it. The can never say that them clean this trench here last month because they would be lying. The next thing is that the road is another story. If you know how long [Leslie] Glasgow (NDC chair) said that he will send the man them to weed the road [parapets] and we still waiting here. I tell them already that elections coming up and them won’t come here and expect to get a vote. Them really not doing anything,” the resident lamented.The woman explained that she used to collect $500 from every resident in her neighbourhood so that they could have paid to have the sides of the road weeded but the NDC even refused to aid them in disposing the cut grass, so the residents stopped paying to have it cleaned.“The records are showing that all of the outfalls including the Policeman trench which is the conservancy has already being cleared and paid for and that is not the case. Literally no cleaning was done and we asked and the Chairman insisted that the work has been completed and paid for,” Councillor Singh said.Singh explained that the Policeman Trench serves as the conservancy for the residents of Soesdyke Back area since the water from the highland would roll off into the trench to be drained. He further related when the trenches are clogged, it means the water has nowhere to go which results in flooding.“Now is dry season but wait until December and you will see how high this trench does raise. The water does run on the people land and then it does cause flooding. We are really in a bad position because the Chairman and Overseer just doing what them want to do and even though I have no evidence of them getting a kickback, I want to believe that they are,” he said.The Councillor said the contractors who are being hired to do the work are not from the area, despite them calling for otherwise.“We does pay $347,000 to clean outfall and none is being cleaned. We are paying out money without getting any service. The Chairman and overseer are dictatorial and we are paying money to clean a trench where not even a blade of grass is being touched. I had a talk with the contractor who was supposed to clean the Policeman trench and he does not know where the trench is. He signed for the money and he don’t know,” Singh related.The Councillors said they are at their wits’ end when it comes with dealing with the Chairman and Overseer (Fazila Manna) since they are both unprofessional. They reported that if they raise too many objections, they are banned from speaking at meetings unless they apologise.Vice Chairman Grant-Stuart told Guyana Times that the NDC’s spending is very exorbitant, identifying that they would have spent over $1 million to just lay some stones on the Grant Sand Road and over $270,000 for a galvanised pipe barricade.
2. N’Golo Kante targeted as alternative to Radja Nainggolan? – With Chelsea struggling in their pursuit of Radja Nainggolan, they have, the London Evening Standard report, turned their attention to the Leicester City midfielder. The Blues have allegedly had two bids rejected for Nainggolan, and could now be considering activating Kantes £20m release clause. 6 6 6. Nathan Ake joins Bournemouth on season-long loan – Ake will spend the 2016/17 campaign on loan at Dean Court, its been confirmed. The 21-year-old was named Watfords young player of the year having become a regular under Quique Sánchez Flores last season, but those hoping he might be given a chance at Chelsea will have to wait a little longer. 5. Chelsea and two other Premier League clubs to meet with Ligue 1 midfielder’s agent? – Chelsea could be joined by Arsenal and Southampton in their interest for Lille midfielder Sofiane Boufal. Guardian journalist Ed Aarons claims the Premier League trio will meet with the 22-year-olds representatives to discuss his availability this summer. Chelsea will be busy strengthening their squad over the summer.Antonio Conte might be focused on Italy’s quarter-final against Germany, but he still has one eye on business with the Blues.And reports claim the Italian is close to agreeing his first signing for the club, in the shape of a new centre forward.CHELSEA’S WORLD CLASS 3-5-2 LINE UP WITH £33M STRIKER AND NEW-LOOK MIDFIELDBut who else is said to be on his radar?Check out the latest transfer reports on Chelsea by viewing the slideshow above. 6 4. Alexandre Pato’s agent reveals striker could yet agree permanent Chelsea deal – Patos agent Gilmar Veloz has been asked what this summer holds for his client, and discussed the possibility of a four-year contract with the Blues. “He has a document there with a four-year contract that Chelsea will exercise if they want, said Veloz. “I don’t know if they will do that; I’m not Roman Abramovich. If they don’t buy him, it will be up to Corinthians to decide what to do. Pato is on holiday, waiting to find out his future.” 3. Real Madrid playmaker considering Premier League move? – James Rodriguez, who has struggled to settle at the Santiago Bernabeu since his £63m transfer in July 2014, is reportedly considering a move to the Premier League. The Colombia international has failed to establish himself in Reals starting line-up and, according to El Confidencial, Chelsea and Manchester City could battle for his signature this summer. 6 1. Chelsea close in on £33m deal for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi? – Batshuayi is reportedly poised to reject offers from West Ham and Crystal Palace to become Antonio Contes debut signing at Chelsea. Various reports claim the fee will be around £33m, and he could have his medical in Bordeaux with Belgium preparing for a quarter-final with Wales at the Euro 2016 finals. The 22-year-old scored 17 goals and registered nine assists in Ligue 1 last season. 6 6