The warning follows a finding that the water, contaminated by used oil, contained high levels of styrene, a substance that is probably carcinogenic. People can use the water for other purposes like washing clothes and bathing, but should not drink or use it for cooking, authorities said Tuesday. Nguyen Van Ton, director of the Vinaconex Water Supply Joint Stock Company (Viwasupco), had said Monday that the water it supplies to Hanoi "meets standards" and "contains no toxin" despite oil contamination warnings. He said they detected the contamination last Wednesday and immediately hired people to clean it up and informed local authorities, including the police of northern Hoa Binh Province, about the situation. A test performed by the company revealed that the contaminated water’s quality was within safety standards set by the Ministry of Health, he added. The company hired about 50 people to take the oil out of the canals that divert water into its factory, but one of them … [Read more...] about Don’t consume Da River water, authorities warn Hanoi residents
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Officials say a Florida police officer has been suspended after a video of him in uniform pretending to arrest three scantily clad models went viral.The Miami Herald reports that Miami Beach police Officer William Beeker was placed on administrative duty Monday and suspended Tuesday.Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales released a statement saying that it was disgusting that a representative of the Miami Beach Police Department would choose to participate in the distasteful video.The video posted Monday of the models’ Instagram accounts received more than 2 million total views. The video shows Beeker accompanying the handcuffed women toward the police headquarters building. A second video shows the women thanking Beeker for letting them go as he sits on an ATV.A message seeking comment from Beeker’s union wasn’t immediately returned.___Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com … [Read more...] about Miami officer suspended after video with models in lingerie
Even before a big winter storm looms into the forecast, you should be aware of your travel rights for winter storm flight cancellations—which can come in sudden, widespread waves, causing airport panic that makes it hard to think clearly. Because passengers actually do have an array of rights in winter weather cancellations. The first fact you need to know is that, in recent years, airlines have adopted a policy of making widespread, preemptive cancellations in advance of an actual storm. They rely on weather reports in order to manage their planes and flight personnel more efficiently, to make sure planes and crews are in a position to re-start operations most readily, and to avoid the huge fines they have to pay if they strand you on the tarmac for more than three hours. While this approach occasionally means cancelling flights that could really have operated, for the most part, preemptive cancellations seem to work better. Related:5 Insurance Tips for Avoiding Winter Flight … [Read more...] about What Are My Rights in a Winter Storm Flight Cancellation?
Dana LeVangie – who’s been a member of the Red Sox organization for 29 years, including the last seven on the coaching staff – was reassigned from pitching coach to a role in the pro scouting department. Steve Langone, the advance scouting manager, likewise will move to pro scouting. Brian Bannister, who’d served an in-uniform role as assistant pitching coach on top of his duties as VP of pitching development, will no longer be part of the big league coaching staff. Instead, he’ll focus on pitcher development programs, particularly in the minors. Change felt inevitable as the year progressed not necessarily because of the results but perhaps more because of the tension that existed between LeVangie’s traditional approach to game-planning – he drew upon his advance scouting background by consuming video tirelessly in search of holes in opposing hitters’ swings – and the team’s desire to embrace the data-driven model used by … [Read more...] about Why the Red Sox felt their pitching infrastructure needed change
“No idea,” we’d say. “He’s a mutt.” The first canine genome was decoded in 2005 — led by researchers at the Broad Institute in Cambridge. (They read the DNA strands of a female boxer named Tasha.) In 2009, Wisdom Health, part of the food and pet care giant Mars Inc., launched the first dog DNA tests for consumers. A descendant of that product, the Wisdom Panel 4.0, was the one my wife bought, for $85. You collect a saliva sample from the pet’s mouth, ship it to Wisdom, and wait two to three weeks to get the results by e-mail. The verdict on Louie, according to Wisdom? 62.5 percent Chihuahua. The remaining 37.5 percent was an even split between miniature poodle, cocker spaniel, and English springer spaniel, Wisdom’s website informed us. After that, when the dog was getting a bath, we might squint a bit and say, “Yeah, his eyes are kind of bulge-y, like a Chihuahua’s.” The Wisdom test predicted that … [Read more...] about I used my mutt as a DNA-test guinea pig