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An invasion of false widow spiders at Dean Academy in Lydney, Gloucestershire has forced a school to shut. The news comes as concern continues in South West Wales about the plague of potentially deadly spiders marching their way northwards. There have been a large number of pictures of suspected false widows sent to this website since reports first emerged about the spider’s spread. The venemous spiders, which can cause a severe allergic reaction in some people and painful sting-like bites in others, were first discovered in the Information Computer Technology block at the academy on Monday afternoon. The entire ICT block was shut down all day yesterday so fumigation could take place, before pupils were bitten. As more spiders were discovered elsewhere in the school, it was left with no option but for a full closure so further pest control could be completed.rnrnThe decision was made on advice from the health and safety unit at Gloucestershire Local Authority and pest control experts drafted in from Chepstow. A letter was sent out to all parents from Vice Principle Craig Burns who said the advice had been taken in the best interests of the students’ health and safety. In his letter, Mr Burns said: “The Health and Safety unit and pest control feel that we have dealt with the matter quickly and efficiently and taken appropriate early action. “There have been no reports of anyone being bitten by the ‘false widow’ spiders at the academy but if you have any concerns please seek medical advice. “Any pre-planned meetings, sports fixtures or extra-curricular activities will not take place. The academy will be open as normal on Thursday, October 24. “rnrnThere are reports from across the country of people suffering painful sores as a result of being bitten by a false widow. Steve Harris, a player with Elmore Football Club in Tiverton, Devon, has been sidelined since he was apparently bitten. But adventurer Bear Grylls, who is no stranger to dangerous creatures, said last week people had nothing to fear from the spider. The 39-year-old was reported as saying: “You always have to be respectful of wild animals and never be complacent but these spiders are made out to be more than they are. “There are bigger dangers out there and if you come across them you should just be sensible. ” This week it was reported that the false widow’s far more deadly cousin, the black widow, had been found in the UK.
offering some huge Historic Meteorites.
The Robert Elliott Collection of Meteorites is renowned for Rare and very Historic Meteorites with excellent provence.
2,240g individual priced at $12,000
Provenance: ex-Monnig Meteorite Collection, Texas Christian University.
Historic Barwell (Leicestershire, England, UK) L6 (stone) – fell 24th December 1965
93.54g fusion crusted fragment priced at $4,500
This is the actual piece being inspected by the authorities in the the image.
Belle Plaine (Sumner County, Kansas, USA) L6 (stone) – found 1960
93.15g polished full slice priced at $750
Provenance: ex-Lucy Cullen Collection
Many more on offer including the Historic Hambleton Pallasite which Rob found whilst walking with his wife 2005
Hambleton (Hambleton, North Yorkshire, England) Pallasite (stony-iron) – found 2005
2,900g crusted slab from the centre of the Hambleton main mass. Priced at $16,000
Hambleton 425g crusted part slice priced at $4,000
NWA 2737 (Northwest Africa) Chassignite (stone) – found 2000
NWA 2737 is a sample of the sub-surface of the planet Mars, ejected from the Martian surface during a cosmic collision with a giant asteroid.
Known as a Chassignite, after the first of its group, Chassigny – a meteorite fall in France in 1815.
While several Mars rovers have explored the surface of Mars in recent years, these Martian meteorites remain the only samples of the Red Planet available to scientists and collectors alike.
This specimen has been cut paper thin for maximum surface area to weight ratio, and expertly polished. The approximate dimensions are 45 x 30mm
1.5g part slice priced at $2,500
Provenance: ex-Bruno Fectay Collection, ex-Lucy Cullen Collection
Seibert (b) (Kit Carson County, Colorado, USA) L6 (stone) – found 1991
45.4g full slice priced at $650
Provenance: ex-Blaine Reed Collection, ex-Lucy Cullen Collection
HUGE Zag (Morocco) H3-6 regolith breccia (stone) – fell 4th/5th March 1998
1,320g individual priced at $2,750
Provenance: ex-Bruno Fectay Collection
and many more at http://fernlea.tripod.com/sale1.html
The Robert Elliott Meteorite Collection
Auction PartIII 2013
Published on 09/08/2013 09:47
A large chunk of Yorkshire’s “Hambleton Meteorite” is going to auction at Lyon and Turnbull auctioneers on 20 August.
Discovered near Thirsk in 2005 by Rob and Irene Elliott, the Hambleton meteorite is a one-off, and the UK’s only pallasite – a combination of iron and semi-precious gem stones.
More than 80 different meteorites from around the world will be sold when The Robert Elliott Meteorite Collection, the UK’s largest privately owned meteorite collection, goes under the hammer.
A previous auction saw another chunk of Hambleton meteorite sell for more than £11,000
Fife based Rob has hunted for meteorites and chased meteorite falls around the world for the last 20 years. He has exchanged and traded meteorites with many of the world’s top museums of natural history, and sold meteorites to collectors in all corners of the Earth.
Often worth many times their weight in gold, meteorites have become highly collectible. Rob lists many well known celebrities amongst his customers, including the late Michael Jackson, Queen guitarist Brian may, Hollywood stars, and many other celebrities from television, stage and screen.
Other highlights in this sale include a chunk of the Russian meteorite which caused mayhem in Chelyabinsk, Russia last February, injuring thousands of people, a slice of the incredibly rare High Possil meteorite which fell near Glasgow in 1804, and two chunks of the Barwell meteorite from Leicestershire, which fell on Christmas Eve 1965, now affectionately known as “The Christmas Meteorite”. Also up for auction is the famous Limerick Meteorite (County Limerick, Ireland) H5 (stone) - which fell 10th September 1813.
Plus a whole bunch of other old…..very, very old space rocks.
Posted:2013-08-08, 08:15:48 [UTC]
Situation Update No. 3
On 2013-08-09 at 03:21:21 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire Location: Banning regions State of California USA
Number of Deads: 0 person(s)
Number of Injured: 5 person(s)
Number of Evacuated: 1800 person(s)
Number of Infected: 0 person(s)
A fast-moving wildfire roared through Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains on Thursday, burning homes, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,800 residents and injuring five people. The fire 20 miles west of Palm Springs had burned an estimated 14,000 acres – nearly 22 square miles – by Thursday evening, the Riverside County Fire Department said. The fire is 20% contained, county and state fire officials said, and gusty winds threatened to keep the fire growing in size. Smoke from the fire could be seen in Palm Springs and other desert resort communities. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said she awoke Thursday morning at her home in Rancho Mirage, about 35 miles east of the fire, to find the air thick with smoke. “The smell of smoke was so thick we thought we had a fire in our community,” she said after receiving a tour with fire officials of the large and growing burn area. “The fires are impacting a broad swath of people, particularly people with respiratory issues.” Fanned by strong desert gusts, the fire grew kept firefighters busy through the night trying to establish containment lines. They lit backfires to clear out unburned fuel that remained a threat.rnrnFive people have been reported injured by the wildfire, which fire officials have named the Silver Fire. One civilian was seriously burned and airlifted to a hospital, U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller said. Four firefighters were also injured, but details were unavailable, he said. About 1,860 people and as many as 600 homes were evacuated. Evacuation orders covered the Silent Valley Club, a private RV resort, the rural communities of Poppet Flats, Twin Pines, Edna Valley and Vista Grande, and portions of Cabazon, a city along Interstate 10 at the base of the mountain range. Evacuation centers were established at high schools in the towns of Hemet and Banning. Jasmine Hunt said she and her 2-year-old daughter were given 20 minutes to leave their home late Wednesday. She said she could see the flames from her front door. “The whole sky was just orange,” Hunt said. “The flames looked like you could touch them.” More than 1,000 firefighters were involved in the battle, along with six air tankers and at least 13 helicopters, according to Cal Fire, the state’s department of forestry and fire prevention. Cal Fire Riverside Chief John R. Hawkins said at least 10 homes had been destroyed.
Posted:2013-08-04, 04:51:12 [UTC]
On 2013-08-09 at 03:32:45 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Location: Burnham-On-Sea England United Kingdom
Number of Deads: 0 person(s) Number of Injured: 0 person(s) Number of Evacuated: 0 person(s) Number of Infected: 0 person(s)
Paddlers and swimmers using beaches in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have been given a fresh warning to watch out for jellyfish in the sea after hundreds of the creatures have been seen in the water this week. Large numbers of Moon Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting, have been seen this week, as pictured here, just days after a safety warning from the Marine Conservation Society. The recent heatwave and warm summer weather have caused an increase in the numbers of jellyfish around the UK coastline. Beach warden Dave Furber told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We’ve had hundreds of Moon Jellyfish washed up this week on each high tide. It’s the most I’ve seen here in a long time.” “We are recommending that paddlers keep an eye out for the creatures as a precaution and avoid touching them.” Dr Peter Richardson, the Marine Conservation Society Biodiversity Programme Manager and jellyfish expert, said: “While some jellyfish are harmless or have a very mild sting, others have a more painful sting.” “We recommend that, for their own safety, beach users do not touch them.” “As our waters have warmed, sightings of jellyfish have increased, with Moon Jellyfish reported in large numbers around the UK, including reports of compass and blue jellyfish in the south west.”
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Posted:2013-08-08, 08:15:48 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire Location: Banning regions State of California USA
Number of Deads: 0 person(s) Number of Injured: 3 person(s) Number of Evacuated: 1500 person(s) Number of Infected: 0 person(s)
A raging wildfire in California and torrential stormy downpours in Missouri have forced hundreds to be evacuated, wrecking homes and taking lives across the U.S. An aggressive wildfire that broke out yesterday in the arid San Jacinto Mountains near Banning, east of Los Angeles, has injured three people as 1,500 residents fled their homes. Meanwhile, a child has died and a woman believed to be the mother is missing after heavy thunderstorms hit already saturated areas of south-central Missouri yesterday, forcing major interstate roads to be closed and several hundred homes to be abandoned. The fire near Banning, which has devoured nine square miles, injured two firefighters yesterday who both needed hospital treatment. One civilian was airlifted to hospital with burns. Lucas Spelman, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said about a dozen buildings were damaged or destroyed, but could not say how many were homes. Footage from TV news helicopters and photos from the scene showed several houses in flames. They include the Twin Pines home of Dave Clark, who was pictured talking on his cellphone with the home fully engulfed in flames behind him. ‘He said he lost everything, he couldn’t talk,’ brother Jeff Clark told the the Riverside Press-Enterprise.rnrnMr Clark’s parents were killed in a house fire, in Riverside, in April 2012, the Press-Enterprise reported. About 800 people evacuated the Silent Valley Club, a private RV resort, state fire spokesman Mr Spelman said. About 700 more were under evacuation order in the rural communities of Poppet Flats, Twin Pines, Edna Valley and Vista Grande, and evacuation centers were set up at high schools in Hemet and Banning. The communities are in the San Jacinto Mountains along Interstate 10 some 80 miles east of Los Angeles. Margaret Runnels of Poppet Flats was at work when her house came under an evacuation order. She was in Banning waiting for her husband to collect pets and valuables from their house. ‘I was hoping they would let me back up to get some personal items I knew my husband would forget like a jewelry box and stuff that means stuff,’ a crying Runnels told the Desert Sun. ‘You always tell yourself to prepare everything but you never take the stupid time to do it.’ More than 500 firefighters, helped by five helicopters and five air tankers, were working to protect homes and get ahead of the flames. All but three helicopters were grounded after night fall but were set to return to the air this morning.rnrnAcross the country in mid Missouri, another natural disaster has wreaked havoc for many families. The region has already seen rainfall saturate the land, so when heavy thunderstorms hit early yesterday, the already saturated areas flooded. The Missouri Department of Transportation closed Interstate 44 south of Rolla along the Gasconade River, and U.S. 63 in Maries County after about six inches of rain fell in the area. Traffic was being rerouted several miles around the flooded sections of the highways, said Sgt. Dan Crain, spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Rolla. The National Weather Service said the Gasconade River at Rich Fountain was about four feet below flood stage, the point at which water is high enough to cause flooding, early yesterday.
4 & A Half Billion Years In The Making
THE ROBERT ELLIOTT METEORITE COLLECTION
Many meteorites from The Robert Elliott Meteorite Collection will be auctioned at
Lyon & Turnbull Auctioneers in Edinburgh on 20th August 2013 at 2pm local time.
To request a catalogue, please contact Lyon & Turnbull or download a copy via their website.
Bid live online, by phone, in writing or in the sale room itself.
Click here to visit the
Lyon & Turnbull website and view all of the meteorite lots in the auction. You can also bid
live via Artfact.com
Press and media: tel: 01592-751563 ~ mobile: 07880-888660
for more information and meteorite images.
Press call – 11am on 16th August at Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh
Posted:2013-08-06, 14:32:38 [UTC]
Situation Update No. 1
On 2013-08-07 at 03:34:31 [UTC]
Location: Rosario Province of Santa Fe Argentina
Number of Deads: 8 person(s)
Number of Injured: 51 person(s)
Number of Evacuated: 0 person(s)
Number of Infected: 0 person(s)
At least eight people were killed on Tuesday by a natural gas explosion that destroyed a tall apartment building in the Argentine city of Rosario. More than 50 others were injured, and the explosion caused an evacuation of much of the downtown. Dozens of people were trapped in the upper floors of the burning building as a huge plume of smoke went up over the country’s third-largest city. The building’s front and back facades were ripped open, exposing the shattered remains of apartments inside. Firefighters worked from above and below to pull people to safety as the bottom floors burned. The blast damaged other buildings for blocks around, and fearing a collapse, police closed buildings and schools in a five-block radius. The Litoral Gas company also cut off the gas flow to much of the downtown. Municipal Health Secretary Leonardo Caruana told Argentina’s Todo Noticias channel that a young man and woman were among the five dead, but released no other information about the victims. “The 51 injured are in public and private hospitals across the city,” he said, adding that three of them had critical injuries. Rosario’s Civil Defense director, Raul Rainones, told the local Diarios y Noticias agency that the explosion appeared to have been caused by a gas leak. The fire took three hours to extinguish, and left the building in serious danger of collapse, firefighters said. Buildings were damaged for several blocks surrounding the blast, which sent bricks and glass and cement crashing down to the street. A total of 11 schools were evacuated, and several shops and other apartment buildings were damaged. Security Secretary Sergio Berni offered the services of the border police and coast guard to help local authorities.
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Thunderstorms & Full Super Moon (the July full moon also known as the Thundermoon) set to cause mayhem over next 72 hrs
Thunderstorms rumbling on across parts of the South. This will continue overnight as we see further development pushing through from France. Already we can see further storms developing on our radar/lightning radar. I am sorry if these regular updates are hampering your news feed. During the next 48-72 hours there is a general risk of severe storms for much of England and Wales.
I am posting regular updates on the forum, feel free to come on over and join in with the discussion. Stay safe! I’ll be doing the night shift tonight and Kris will be taking over from 8am tomorrow morning. I’ll get a few hours sleep if I can so I can continue regular updates throughout tomorrow.