PATONG: Two tour boats being towed from Phuket to Ranong ended up on the rocks on Saturday afternoon after the line connecting them to their tugboat snapped in rough seas. A call came in to Marine Police from a friend on shore who had received a distress call from four crewmen on the “Salten 2”, caught on the rocks near Koh Mayom Ding in Patong Bay. Upon investigation, Marine Police discovered that two boats were actually in trouble. They said that the tugboat, the “Bangkok Orient”, began towing a freighter, the Salten 2 and another tour boat, the “Ofoten 2”, from the Phuket Deep Sea Port to Ranong on Saturday afternoon. At around 3 pm, the boats reached Patong Bay and met rough seas. The cable connecting the Salten 2 to the freighter broke, and the waves hurled the Salten 2 and the Ofoten 2 away from the tugboat. Then the cable connecting the two tour boats also broke, sending them off in different directions. The crewmen on Salten 2 managed to swim back to the beach in front of … [Read more...] about Rough seas hurl two boats onto the rocks
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Getty Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a trailblazer -- so says the Hollywood Critics Association that labeled him as such -- but D.J. says the real trailblazer was his pops. Johnson accepted the HCA's Trailblazer Award Friday night via Zoom, of course, and he got pretty emotional. Dwayne says he felt super lucky to be in a position of privilege where he could make people feel good. He's done that in a big way, working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a long, long time. He was also honored for the donations he's made to frontline workers and first responders. The former wrestling champ dedicated the award to his dad, WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, who passed away a year ago at age 75. Dwayne called his dad a real trailblazer, and then went on to describe their relationship as "complicated" -- "Father and son, tough love, tough love." Dwayne says his dad did all he could do to make people go home feeling happy. Congrats on the award!!! … [Read more...] about Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Dedicates Trailblazer Award to Dad
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Chamoli region from February 4-6 and an overall rise in temperature in Uttarakhand in last four decades could have led to the rock collapse which triggered the deadly flash floods in the state last month, according to a study by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. The report by Kathmandu-based ICIMOD, which was released on Friday, found that a crack had formed prior to the incident at the site where the rock detachment led to a rockslide from the Raunti peak. The rockslide brought along with it mounds of earth and snow which could have triggered the flash floods. With a straight slide line of 1.6 km (5500 to 3900 masl), the kinetic energy during the fall generated enough heat to melt the ice. As the debris moved downstream in the Rishiganga river, it pushed running river water ahead of it, including water from small ponding structures along the river path. So far 72 bodies and 30 human body parts have been recovered from different places in … [Read more...] about Uttarakhand tragedy: Heavy rains, rise in overall temp in 4 decades could have led to rock collapse
WHEN I was knee high to a grasshopper, the expression ”between the devil and the deep blue sea” meant you were stuck in a hopeless, no-win situation. Nowadays the American adage “between a rock and a hard place” is more likely to be used to convey the same dilemma. But rocks are not always linked to intractable situations: gardeners for example, have always used large stones as an attractive foil for plants: their presence enables them to devise imaginative designs for spaces that might otherwise be neglected. Christine, a reader of these columns, is planning such an enterprise. She asks: “Can you please give me some advice on plants for a rock garden ? It’s a very sunny position outside my kitchen window with a nice palm in the center. Will cactus plants be ok outside?” She adds that “the plants need to be quite small” Christine has planted rock gardens before, but clearly creating one in a sunny tropical location means that floral staples of a temperate rock garden such as … [Read more...] about Between a rock and a hard place: planning a rockery.