Ontario fire marshal to conduct tests after flamejetting injuries and death

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario fire marshal’s office says it will conduct tests this fall to better understand how hand-held fuel containers could ignite and inadvertently become flame-throwers when used around products like ethanol-fuelled lamps and recreational fire pits.The analysis comes as the office said it has noted four incidents in the last six years where the phenomenon — known as flame jetting — has occurred, leaving people with horrific injuries and, in one case, killing a woman.“The impact of the injuries and fatalities are extreme on the people who are directly involved or in the area when it happens,” said Jeff Tebby, a supervisor with the quality assurance and risk management unit at the Office of Ontario’s Fire Marshal, which conducts fire investigations and provides fire safety guidelines in the province.The office’s testing will look at the factors behind flame jetting, and will eventually result in a report to Health Canada, Tebby said, noting it would be up to the federal agency to decide what to do with the findings.The results of the testing will also help the fire marshal office’s staff if they are called to testify about flame jetting in court, he said.Flame jetting occurs when fuel is poured on products like lamps and fire pits that appear to be extinguished but aren’t, Tebby explained. Flames follow fuel fumes back to the fuel container, travel inside and combust. That propels liquid fuel out, turning the container into a flame-thrower, Tebby said.“The person who is doing the pouring is usually not the one hurt, it’s the victim in the direct path of the flame jet,” he said.One way to guard against the phenomenon is by having a flame arrester — plastic or wire mesh that absorbs heat from a container and prevents fire from travelling inside — on fuel containers, said Tebby, noting that it’s up to the product’s manufacturer to install one.The four incidents of flame jetting the office is aware of all involved ethanol-fuelled appliances, Tebby said, adding that Health Canada was notified of the one that involved a fatality.Hana Engel, an Ottawa woman who suffered severe injuries after a flame-jetting incident this spring, welcomed news of the testing.Engel said she was in a friend’s backyard when a guest poured fuel on an outdoor fire pit, thinking the flames had died out. The container carrying the fuel ignited and was thrown, hitting Engel, she said.The 24-year-old said she was left with second-and third-degree burns on a third of her body and underwent extensive surgery. She has since called for firmer regulations around fire-related products.“You can’t be scared of (fire), but you can use it properly and have safety measures around it,” she said. “It’s never too late.”The fatal incident involving flame jetting that the fire marshal’s office is aware of took place in August 2016, when a Peterborough, Ont., dentist was killed after an ethanol-fuelled lamp exploded.Dr. Judith Buys was sitting near the lamp at a cottage when a friend, who thought the lamp’s flame had gone out, tried to re-fuel it, Buys’ family said.Flames that flew out of the open refuelling container hit Buys, who died of severe injuries days later, said her husband, who is currently suing the maker of the lamp, alleging its product was unsafe.James McGorman said it’s time for rules around fuel containers to change and called for flame arresters to be required on all containers with volatile substances.“It’s time we had some action,” he said.Health Canada said ethanol bottles are subjected to regulation under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, which requires the products to be labelled correctly with warnings of possible hazard. The rules contain no information about flame arresters.One company that makes products like fire pits and lamps, and also sells bottles that contain fuel, said it puts instructions on its products warning users not to pour fuel directly onto a fire.“It’s kind of a common-sense product,” said Justin Orr, sales director of Bio Flame, which does not make the fuel containers it sells. “You’d never pour fuel on a fire.”Orr said Bio Flame recommends other companies in the industry put warnings on their products too.last_img read more

Report Apps send sensitive user data to Facebook

NEW YORK — The Wall Street Journal is reporting that several phone apps are sending sensitive user data to Facebook, including health information, without users’ consent.The report says an analytics tool called “App Events” allows app developers to record user activity and report it back to Facebook, even if the user isn’t on Facebook.The story comes as Facebook is dealing with increased scrutiny over user data. Last week British lawmakers issued a scathing report calling for tougher privacy rules for Facebook and other tech firms.Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Journal report. It told the Journal that some of the data-sharing appears to violate its business terms. The company says it requires app developers to be clear with users about what they share.Mae Anderson, The Associated Press read more

Addressing alma mater Ban urges Koreans to do more to tackle global

Addressing students and faculty at his alma mater Seoul National University, where he received an honorary doctorate today, Mr. Ban set out what he said would be the central message of his visit – that the Republic of Korea has more to contribute to the world. He recalled his childhood of war, poverty and famine, and the amazing transformation of the country which was unimaginable when he was a young boy.“No country has worked harder for or benefited more from change than the Republic of Korea. Now it is our duty to help others follow our path to prosperity, democracy, and respect for human rights,” Mr. Ban told those gathered in an overflowing auditorium. “By serving others, we serve ourselves, as Korea’s future is tied to the world’s future. Our fates are inseparable. We Koreans can, and must, play a larger role in addressing the pressing challenges on the global agenda,” he added.He told the future leaders that “the ties that bind our common humanity together are fraying,” and are being severely tested by four challenges – uncontrolled climate change; food, water and energy shortages; the struggle for human rights; and security threats, including weapons proliferation, organized crime and terrorism.“We cannot let these threats define our future, shape our lives, or compromise our values,” he stated. “We must prevail, even as we preserve our laws, our principles, and our respect for diversity and for other cultures and religions.”Mr. Ban arrived in Seoul from China, which was the second stop on a three-nation tour that also took him to Japan. He was welcomed home with a 21-gun salute and marching band and was greeted at the airport by Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo and other officials.On his first day in Seoul, the Secretary-General also met a group of Korean peacekeepers who are about to join the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. He told the soldiers that during the Korean War, the country received help from the UN and the international community, and it is time for the Koreans to give back. Mr. Ban also met Yi So-yeon, the female Korean astronaut who recently carried the UN flag into outer space. She presented him with that flag as well as photos from her trip. The Secretary-General praised the important role that women are playing in all fields of work in the Republic of Korea and throughout the world.He then met with UN staff, noting the sacrifices they make to serve the international community, and addressed the UN Association of the Republic of Korea.Following his visit to his home country, Mr. Ban will return to Japan next week to attend the Group of Eight (G-8) summit of industrialized nations in Hokkaido.Later next week, the Secretary-General will be travelling to France, at the invitation of President Nicolas Sarkozy, to participate in the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean which will take place on 13 July. While in Paris, Mr. Ban will also attend the French National Day Military Parade on 14 July, which will for the first time include UN peacekeepers from different parts of the world.The Secretary-General then heads to Germany for a two-day visit beginning on 15 July, during which he will meet the Chancellor, the Foreign Minister and other officials in Berlin. He will also address a conference organised by the Bertelsmann Foundation, as well as meet with UN staff in Bonn, before returning to New York. 3 July 2008On his first visit to the Republic of Korea since becoming United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today called on his fellow countrymen to play a larger role in addressing pressing global challenges such as climate change, rising food and energy prices and terrorism. read more

TSX down as falling gold prices limits gains

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was slightly lower Friday morning, pressured by gold stocks as bullion prices fell sharply amid further easing of tensions in the Ukraine-Russia standoff.The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 4.38 points to 15,286.8, as traders also digested jobs data that blew past expectations.The Canadian dollar was up 0.28 of a cent to 92 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that the economy added 42,000 positions last month. Economists had generally expected that about 20,000 jobs were created during July.The federal agency had said earlier this week that it had discovered an error in its jobs data originally released last Friday, showing the economy added a meagre 200 jobs.U.S. indexes also advanced with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 43.99 points to 16,757.57, the Nasdaq gained 27 points to 4,480 and the S&P 500 index rose 6.53 points at 1,961.71.Russia let Ukrainian officials inspect an aid convoy on Friday and agreed to let the Red Cross distribute the aid around the rebel-held city of Luhansk. The move dispelled Ukrainian fears that the aid operation was a ruse to get military help to separatist rebels. read more

SecretaryGeneral urges Kyrgyz President to stop forcing Uzbek asylumseekers home

Mr. Annan reminded President Kurmanbek Bakiev of Kyrgyzstan of his country’s international obligations with respect to the asylum-seekers, a UN spokesman said in a statement released in New York.The Secretary-General also pledged the UN’s assistance in resolving the problem and asked the President to fully support the work of Assistant UN High Commissioner for Refugees Kamel Morjane, who will arrive in Kyrgyzstan this weekend, according to the statement.

Labrador company asks top court to review lopsided hydro deal with Quebec

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Canada’s top court has been asked to review the 1969 Churchill Falls deal that has given Hydro-Quebec many times more in profits than Newfoundland and Labrador.The case was launched in 2010 after Hydro-Quebec rebuffed calls from Newfoundland and Labrador to reopen the contentious deal.The original agreement did not reflect rising energy values and has caused friction between the two provinces for decades.The Churchill Falls dam in Labrador has generated more than $26 billion for Hydro-Quebec versus about $2 billion for Newfoundland and Labrador.Hydro-Quebec has successfully argued in court that it took on costs and risks for the project when the original contract was signed.The Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation argues the 1969 deal was automatically renewed on Sept. 1 for another 25 years –raising new questions for the Supreme Court of Canada. Labrador company asks top court to review lopsided hydro deal with Quebec by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 3, 2016 8:50 am MDT Last Updated Oct 3, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Black Hornet Nano UAV helping keep soldiers safe in Afghanistan

first_imgUnmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are becoming an ever more common site in the skies, but they are seen in their greatest numbers over combat zones. It makes sense to use them there as they can remain airborne for many hours monitoring, and even attacking a target without putting a soldier’s life in danger.Drone technology is always improving though, and a new unit is helping to keep UK soldiers safe by its ability to quickly check what’s around the next corner while at the same time being small enough to fit in a pocket.It’s called the Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicle and measures just 10 x 2.5cm and weighs a mere 16 grams. It looks very similar to a miniature helicopter, but inside you’ll find a tiny camera alongside the motor and battery that allow it to fly.The Black Hornet has been developed by Norwegian company Prox Dynamics AS, with 160 of them being entrusted to UK soldiers through a contract with Marlborough Communications Ltd. Each one can be deployed while soldiers are on patrol to check out an area before the troops expose themselves to any danger. Control can either be directly through an accompanying control pad and display, or pre-programmed to follow GPS coordinates.Each Black Hornet can fly for 30 minutes on a full charge and has a range of roughly half a mile. It’s too small to be taken out by a weapon even when stationary, but the nano drone flies at up to 22mph making it an impossible target. I also imagine it wouldn’t take long to recharge the battery inside the Hornet, and having a backup or two isn’t going to add much weight to a soldier’s pack.The Black Hornet has been used in Afghanistan since last year, and is helping to stop soldiers being pinned down by enemy fire. They aren’t cheap though, as the Marlborough contract delivered 160 of them for £20 million (US$31.4 million).via BBC News. All images © Crown copyright 2013last_img read more

Caribbean fruits star in Chef Niks Sauces

first_img New TCI Ambassador is Chef Nik Recommended for you ‘Sex’ a main subject tonight at Point Grace sponsored event Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CONCH-E-TITION 2014 Related Items:caribbean flavored bbq sauce, Chef Nik, Crackpot Kitchen Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 May 2015 – TCI Celebrity Chef Nik has unveiled a new line of sauces. “Crack Pot Kitchen tropical barbeque sauces has been a brain child of mine for quite some time. I had this brewing for a while and finally made the initial steps to bring it out, have it in a bottle, pretty label and processed for people around the Caribbean and worldwide.”The famous flavors of Chef Nik at Crackpot Kitchen can now be yours at home.“The whole plan for these barbeque sauces is to bring out a wide range of tropical barbeque sauces; you hear about Texas barbeque sauce smoked, hickory smoked, Memphis BBQ sauces which are some of the most popular in the world, but no one has ever heard of Caribbean flavored BBQ sauces such as Tamarind which is an exotic fruit of the Caribbean; Guava, soon I will be coming out with the Tropical Mango BBQ sauce, Tropical Pineapple BBQ Sauce and the Tropical Ginger Beer BBQ Sauce.”We recently featured Chek Nik and his line of tropical BBQ sauces which are flavored with island fruits like Tamarind and Guava on Turquoise Morning.last_img read more

World Eskimo Indian Olympics to be first without beloved Big Bob

first_imgOpening ceremonies for the World Eskimo Indian Olympics are tonight at 6 o’clock. Competitive events will begin at the Carlson Center this morning at 11. For 56 years, Fairbanks has hosted the event that draws Native athletes and dancers from across the state and even across the circumpolar north. This is the first year without a beloved champion for whom this year’s games are dedicated.Listen nowThe traditional call to the pullers of the blanket toss was often punctuated by the deep voice of Robert Aiken. In recent years, “Big Bob” as he was known, was an announcer at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. But because he was also an athlete, and a mentor, coach and ambassador for the games, this year’s World Eskimo Indian Olympics are dedicated to his memory. Sam Strange, the Chair of WEIO’s board of governors, remembers Aiken as a champion.“Big Bob was involved not just in WEIO, but also in the NYO, or Native Youth Olympics, which is our elementary and high school level as a coach, mentor,” Strange said. “He was involved in Arctic Winter games which was in Greenland just a few months ago as a coach, official and WEIO as a board chair and still to this day has the most wins in Eskimo stick pull that no one’s beat.”In fact, Aiken won six gold medals in the Eskimo Stick Pull, in the 1980s, and still holds the world record for that and Indian Stick Pull with seven gold medals and the Arm Pull, with the most wins. Aiken was born and raised in Barrow, and died last November at age 62. He was called “Big Bob” because he was tall, he was fat and he was muscular. At six foot four, and anywhere upwards of 300 pounds, he might have intimidated other participants. But Nicole Johnston, this year’s head official, said Aiken valued sportsmanship because it was part of his Inupiaq culture.“He was very passionate about the honor these games brought to our people,” Johnston said. “He reminded us it’s or responsibility to make sure the tradition of these games stays with the participants, with the athletes. That they understand why these games were played. You had to rely on each other to survive.”Other elders that have died in the past year will also be honored at this year’s events: James Lampie a long-time competitor in the Ear Weight event, in which participants endure the pain of carrying a heavy weight by one ear, and Claudia Tazroyluke, who was a long-time tender of the WEIO version of the Olympic torch – a seal oil lamp. She will be honored during tonight’s opening ceremony.last_img read more