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Tired of being mixed up between gallons, imperial or US, barrels of oil and flow rate?

Let’s go metric to help us understand the scale of the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico.

The inner diameter of the pipe (the riser) is 20 inches or 0,508 meters

Which gives us a surface at the mouth of the pipe of 0,203 m2

This means that one meter of pipe carries 203 liters of oil.

The experts and scientists are all falling over each other attempting to calculate the flow rate.  A Federal Team was even created on the 20th May 2010  in order to determine the flow rate !!!

One meter per second of flow, would give us 60 meters per minute and 3,6 km per hour. About the walking speed of a normal man.

That small flow rate of one meter per second gives us 600 metric tons* of oil per hour and 14400 metric tons per 24 hour period.

In a 30 day period: 432 000 metric tons or more than one and a half AMOCO CADIZ Do you want to know more? per month.

At that rate, it has already over-passed the IXTOC more oil spill of 480,000 metric tons on the 23rd of May.

At that rate if will reach the level of the first Gulf War spills of 1,5 MILLION TONS more at the beginning of August 2010.

And this is only based on a rate of flow of 1 meter per second!

It is shocking to find out that BP has refused to allow scientists to perform more accurate, independent measurements of the flow, claiming that it is not relevant to the response and that such efforts might distract from efforts to stem the flow.

But then, everything in the situation is shocking and disgusting.

“A jolly bad job that definitely deserves a slap on the wrist!”

*One tonne (metric ton) of crude oil is roughly equal to 308 US gallons or 7.33 barrels and 1 oil barrel is equal to 42 US gallons approx.

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Scientists say the fish threatened with extinction is back on the menu again

By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent Saturday, 15 May 2010
Although stocks are still low by historic standards, the recovery could prompt British supermarkets to start stocking North Sea cod again.
North Sea cod, once on the brink as a result of decades of over-fishing, has now recovered to an extent that the public should start eating it again with enthusiasm, one of the world’s biggest wildlife charities has said.
In a rare wildlife conservation success story, the charity WWF said the fish renowned for its flaky white chunks was being caught sustainably off the shallow cold waters of north and eastern Britain for the first time in a decade. Stocks of the fish have risen by 52 per cent from their historic low four years ago because of a combination of cuts in landing quotas, and conservation techniques which have reduced the number tossed back dead into the sea.

Scientists say the fish threatened with extinction is back on the menu again
By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs CorrespondentSaturday, 15 May 2010Although stocks are still low by historic standards, the recovery could prompt British supermarkets to start stocking North Sea cod again.North Sea cod, once on the brink as a result of decades of over-fishing, has now recovered to an extent that the public should start eating it again with enthusiasm, one of the world’s biggest wildlife charities has said.In a rare wildlife conservation success story, the charity WWF said the fish renowned for its flaky white chunks was being caught sustainably off the shallow cold waters of north and eastern Britain for the first time in a decade. Stocks of the fish have risen by 52 per cent from their historic low four years ago because of a combination of cuts in landing quotas, and conservation techniques which have reduced the number tossed back dead into the sea.

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Bauer Hockey Inc. is recalling about 67,000 youth and junior hockey sticks, shafts and blades made in China because paint and decals on the products have excessive lead. Another 60,000 products are being recalled in Canada.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall April 1, 2010. The hockey and goalie sticks, shafts and blades come in various shapes, sizes and colors, and are pictured here and on the subsequent slide. The CPSC has a full list of the recalled items.

These items were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide from February 2005 through March 2010 for about $80 to $200 for sticks, $30 for blades, and $40 to $90 for shafts.

The name “Bauer” and the model descriptions are on all of the sticks, shafts and blades. Most of the sticks also have the Nike symbol. Junior player sticks and replacement shafts are each identified by the markings “JUNIOR,” “52 Flex” or “JUNIOR Flex 52.” Youth player sticks are identified by the marking “YOUTH Flex 42” or “YTH Flex 42.”

Parents can arrange for a replacement or refund by calling Bauer at 888-734-0443 between 8 a.m. and midnight ET Sunday through Saturday or by visiting www.bauer.com/recall.

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Chinafish is celebrating twenty years of successful expansion at a time when the worldwide fishing tackle industry is confronting the worst crisis of its recent existence.

Instead of reaping the benefits of their emerging domestic market the Chinese fishing tackle manufacturers are now facing a prolonged and deep worldwide recession that is shaking their base and damaging their outlook for the future.

I have always believed that one point of growth in European GDP created 10 points of growth for the fishing tackle market. With a negative 2% growth in Europe in 2009 it is not surprising to hear that sales of fishing tackle fell in the order of 30% or more in some European countries, a fact that has brought dismay to the manufacturing industry and is still not showing any real signs of long term recovery. (more…)

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The EU must not let Malta destroy the king of fish!
From The Times, January 19, 2010
By Frank Pope
Two weeks ago a single bluefin tuna sold in Japan for a surreal £111,000. The price of this fish, which ends up in the best sushi restaurants, will carry on rocketing so long as the tuna population keeps plummeting.
The Mediterranean tuna industry, which has taken tens of millions of euros in subsidies, has fished the bluefin to the brink — stocks are within three years of total collapse.
Europe could ban trade in the bluefin — but the nationalistic fervour of one man, Joe Borg, the EU Fisheries Commissioner, is a huge obstacle. So why Mr Borg’s opposition to a ban? Could it be that he is from Malta, where the economy earns €100 million a year from the bluefin? Continue reading at TIMES ONLINE

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More than 50 years since it’s establishment in 1958, Daiwa is changing and preparing for the challenges of the next 50 years.

With a desire to exceed expectations, Daiwa is proud to announce its new look: A new logo, a new brand mark and a new slogan.

Vector Daiwa” is the new logo: A straight and angular typeface that represents the precision of Daiwa’s Japanese technology and the company’s forward thinking.

D-VEC“, is the new brand mark:
Developed with the concept of ‘innovative vectors’ in mind. It derives its D from Daiwa and reflects the challenge of pursuing original thinking and innovative design.

Feel Alive” is the new slogan:
Expressing the joy that fishing brings and the harmonious connection anglers feel with nature and an active outdoor lifestyle.

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