A sulfur miner was killed when volcanic activity at Mount Ijen in East Java released poisonous gas and triggered a 3-meter wave in a natural lake situated within the volcano’s crater on Friday afternoon.The tremor occurred within the mountain at 12:30, resulting in toxic air and an isolated wave from the lake in the crater, kompas.com reported.The wave that was formed in the wake of the volcanic activity recorded on Friday qualified as a tsunami, according to Indonesian tsunami expert Widjo Kongko. He explained that several lakes, such as Lake Toba in North Sumatra and Lake Poso in Central Sulawesi, were formed following a series of volcanic events similar to the one that occurred on Mount Ijen.Widjo called on the East Java Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) to conduct research into volcanic activities in the region and formulate robust mitigation plans, such as setting up early warning systems, to prevent further losses and damage in the event of a seiche.“The development of a tourist destination around any lake must be done in accordance with disaster mitigation principles,” he said.Mount Ijen has been popular among tourists for its turquoise sulfur lake, as well as a natural phenomenon dubbed the ‘blue fire’.According to experts, the blue fire results from the crater’s sulfuric gas igniting as it emerges and comes into contact with the air, without producing smoke. (rfa)Topics : He said a tsunami typically occurred when activities at the bottom of an ocean, gulf or lake disturbed the column of water on the surface.“[A tsunami] may be triggered by an earthquake, landslide or volcanic activity. The phenomenon recorded in the lake within Mount Ijen’s crater is an example of a tsunami,” Widjo said on Monday.He went on to say that the wave that occurred on Friday was known among experts as a seiche.“Water oscillations or waves caused by tremors fall into the seiche category,” Widjo said.
NZ Herald 13 January 2014Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has admitted that he smacks his daughter if they misbehave, despite the law being clear there is no justification for the use of force as part of parental or caregiver discipline.His party is a possible coalition partner for National after this year’s general election and Mr Craig said – were he in the position to – he would want to negotiate repealing the so-called anti-smacking law that came into effect in 2007.The legislation removed the defence of “reasonable force” for parents prosecuted for assault on their children.During an interview on RadioLive today, Mr Craig was asked if he would start to smack his own children if the law was reversed.“I occasionally do it now,” he replied.Mr Craig told APNZ he did not expect any backlash from the admission.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11185451
(REUTERS) – Fresh-faced Germany were made to work harder than expected in their 3-2 victory over Australia in their Confederations Cup Group B debut yesterday with the world champions’ young squad still adjusting to tournament life.With half a dozen key players rested this summer ahead of next year’s World Cup title defence in Russia, Germany coach Joachim Loew brought a young team to Russia eager to prove itself ahead of next year’s World Cup.Loew’s men would have had a far easier afternoon on the Black Sea were it not for their wasted scoring chances.“In the first half we should have made more with our chances,” said captain Julian Draxler, who netted Germany’s second goal with a penalty.“In the second half we made it hard for ourselves. We kind of lost the plot a bit but the important thing is we won. We must improve (and) we will do that.”The Germans were in control from the start and outsprinted their opponents, with Lars Stindl converting a perfectly timed cutback from Julian Brandt to put them ahead in the fifth minute.They squandered a bagful of chances in a one-sided first half with Leon Goretzka, Sandro Wagner and Julian Brandt all coming close.They were punished when Tommy Rogic scored out of nowhere, his first off-target shot bouncing off a defender’s back and his rebound slipping in under keeper Bernd Leno.Their joy lasted only three minutes with the Germans earning a penalty in the 44th and Draxler putting them back in the driving seat.Goretzka grabbed another in the 48th but the Germans dropped the ball with Leno letting a shot slip out of his hands and Tomi Juric tapping in. Germany were left to rue their poor conversion rate as they also hit the post late in the game. The Germans next play Chile on Thursday while Australia face Cameroon.
With senior floor captain Maria Carlini out for the weekend with a foot injury, the No. 14 Wisconsin volleyball team (14-4 Overall, 6-2 Big Ten) was still able to rebound from a pair of losses on the road last weekend and remain in the thick of the Big Ten race with victories over No. 9 Purdue (30-12, 30-20, 31-29) and Indiana (30-9, 30-17, 30-27).”I thought we picked up where we left off on Friday night just as far as our energy, and our quality of play and the high level,” head coach Pete Waite said. “It was a great team effort, a great team win and a great weekend.” With a season-high 7,064 in attendance on Sunday, the Badgers came out and were able to dominate the Hoosiers from the first serve. In game one, with Wisconsin leading 6-2, junior Amanda Berkley was able to put the game out of reach early with her serving as Wisconsin went on a 7-0 run to make the score 12-2.”[Berkley’s serve] doesn’t seem like anything fancy,” Waite said. “She just gets back deep and bombs it. If you are on the receiving end of one of those things, you don’t quite know where it’s going. It’s really hard for the opponent to get in a rhythm with the passers and the setters.”The Badgers were led by freshman outside hitter Brittney Dolgner with 15 kills. Taylor Reineke and Audra Jeffers also had double-digit kills with 12 and 11, respectively. Reineke lead the Badger blocker with eight rejections. “[Our blockers] did a nice job adjusting, especially today,” Waite said. “Our outside setup and our middles got some good hands on the ball. That just makes hitters doubt themselves when they see that wall up there in front of them.”The combination of the Badger’s blocking and defense, which was led by Jocelyn Wack with 18 digs, helped Wisconsin hold Indiana to a .036 hitting percentage.”Their top player, (Erica) Short, averages between four and five kills per game,” Waite said. “For her to hit negative and only have six kills says a lot for the block.”Against the higher-ranked Purdue team Friday night, UW was again able to come out and dominate in games one and two. “It was a great win for our program,” Waite said after the victory on Friday night. “After coming off the two losses on the road last week, the team really worked hard to improve themselves and that’s all we ever ask them to do.”The Badgers were able to outplay the Boilermakers in every aspect of the game — out-blocking, out-digging, out-hitting and out-serving them. “They didn’t bring their A-game,” Waite said. “I know they’ve had much better matches, but that’s the way it is in the Big Ten. You better bring your A-game because it is going to be tough out there every night.”Wisconsin, behind the serving of Berkley, was able to go on 9-0 run in game one and a 7-0 run in game two that put the games out of reach for Purdue.”Sports are great that way. You just never know when you’re going to be the one on the run,” Waite said. “Obviously so far in the last two weekends at home our team has played at a high level.”They have been very focused, very clean game. I think [our serving] put Purdue on its heels and [they] really didn’t quite know what hit them.”Game three was a much more closely fought match as the Badgers had to rally from being down game point at 29-27 to close the match out. Back-to-back kills by Jeffers tied the game at 29 apiece, and junior Megan Mills ended the game two points later with the Badgers’ sixth service ace of the game.”I thought our serve receive was really solid tonight and our serving was tough, and that’s really kept Purdue out of their offense,” Waite said. “For us to out-dig them 48-33, that’s a very good defensive team, so that says a lot for how hard our kids were working.”Even though the Badgers did out-dig the Boilermakers, Wack’s NCAA record for double-digit digs ended at 80 matches as she finished the night with only eight.With Carlini not playing Friday night, Waite turned to his freshmen to lead the team as Dolgner led all Badgers with 20 kills and a career-high five blocks. Caity DuPont, getting her first significant amount of playing time at home, had a career-high nine kills”The composure they showed was fantastic,” Waite said. “The passing gave Jackie (Simpson) a chance to move the offense around and give them an opportunity to swing at a good ball all the time. We couldn’t have asked for more.” With the pair of victories over the weekend, the Badgers showed the conference that they are still a force to be reckoned with.”I think it was [a statement],” Waite said. “It was a big confidence boost for our team. Going into it, they were all kind of wondering how it was going to go. I thought they played with a lot of confidence and maturity. “I think it is going around the rest of the league seeing how we beat Purdue in three and now Indiana today (in three), that we are here, and we’re back, and we are playing good ball.”
As time trickled out on the Syracuse five-on-three power play late in the third period, head coach Paul Flanagan flailed his head away from the ice in disgust.The Orange, in desperate need of an offensive spark, wasted a two-man advantage and gave itself little hope of climbing back into the game.‘A lot of times when you score you take it for granted,’ Flanagan said. ‘When it’s five-on-three we should score every time. And it’s deflating because we tried to be too precise with the puck rather than getting it on net and banging away in front of the net. Those were the types of opportunities we didn’t take advantage of today.’Syracuse (9-18-3, 0-5-3 College Hockey America) squandered plenty of goal-scoring chances against Robert Morris (16-8-2, 5-2-1 CHA) on Saturday and fell 5-2 to the Colonials in front of 341 at Tennity Ice Pavilion in SU’s final home game of the season. The Orange’s frequent inconsistencies left Flanagan scratching his head in disbelief as the players were unable to rally around the emotions of senior day and snag their first conference win. SU also fell Friday to Robert Morris, 4-3.Saturday’s result against the Colonials marked SU’s third straight loss against a conference opponent and fifth overall. At this point in the season, Flanagan said he isn’t as worried about playing the probable No. 1 seed Mercyhurst in the CHA tournament, as he is worried about fixing a handful of mistakes that plagued the Orange this past weekend.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFinishing plays was one of those areas of difficulty. The SU forwards skated deep inside the Colonials zone countless times, made a good one-time pass and then were either smothered by the defensive pressure or denied by goaltender Kristen DiCiocco.And the few times that the Orange forwards did get a clear path to shoot, no one was able to corral the puck for the rebound putback in front of the net.‘The scoring hasn’t been going our way, and it all comes down to a few plays that we should’ve made,’ senior Megan Skelly said. ‘It’s very stressful for us when we hit the post or miss an empty net when we shoot because these are plays that usually make or break games during our season.’Syracuse had a prime chance to extend its slim one-goal lead midway through the first period. Freshman Kaillie Goodnough sliced her way past two Colonial defenders, fired a wrist shot from inside the right circle and saw her shot trickle in front of the net after being deflected by DiCiocco. Then Sam Press was in perfect position to hammer home the rebound, but hesitated slightly and tried to force a weak shot past DiCiocco, who saved it easily.Plain and simple, SU faltered on its scoring chances because of poor puck possession. The Colonials did an excellent job at controlling time of possession throughout the game. RMU used crisp passes to help spread out the Syracuse defense, throwing SU’s 2-3 defensive scheme off-balance.Junior Holly Carrie-Mattimoe said that because defenders were spread out around the ice, the Orange couldn’t execute its aggressive style of defense, called forecheck. As a result, the players couldn’t get any initial pressure on the forwards, which allowed Robert Morris to pick away at the Syracuse zone.Penalties also limited the Orange attack Saturday and left the defense vulnerable. SU combined for only 10 penalty minutes, but each infraction became more costly as players continued struggling to score. The Colonials made Syracuse pay for its lack of discipline, scoring twice on the power play to put the game out of reach.‘We saw a lot of penalty kills, especially in the second period,’ Skelly said. ‘It’s very difficult to get offense going when you’re constantly on the penalty kill and the lines are getting all messed up. Staying out of the box has to be one of our major concerns.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on February 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm