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2014-10-29 16:31:46

CLARKSBURG, Md., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Winchester Homes is proud to announce a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 and Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 for its new Xavier model townhome at Cabin Branch in Clarksburg. Guests are invited to join the festivities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, beginning at the community sales center at 22828 Broadway Avenue. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20141029/155304 For more information, visit the Community page at...

2014-10-29 16:30:17

JERSEY CITY, N.J. and HOBOKEN, N.J. and BAYONNE, N.J., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CarePoint Health - Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center were each honored with an "A" grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The...

2014-10-29 16:20:54

OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Pacific, in collaboration with The Firefighters Education and Training Foundation, has converted a boxcar into a mobile classroom, expanding its fleet of training equipment used to educate emergency responders. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20141029/155256 "We are excited about using the mobile classroom to support our extensive roster of first-responder training programs," said Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific vice president-Safety,...

2014-10-29 16:20:41

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Maryland Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research (CODER) has announced speakers and panelists for the inaugural 2014 Orbital Debris Workshop. The workshop connects individuals and research from across academe, industry and government to foster collaboration and promote the long-term goal of developing policies, laws and systems leading to the effective remediation and control of orbital debris. The...

2014-10-29 12:33:25

Prevent Predictable Incidents BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year companies spend millions of dollars on safety training and safer equipment, money which is generally well spent. Despite these major investments, we experience accidents due to human error. What happens if the mistakes are made not because of inadequate training, but because we are hard-wired to act in a certain way? Understand People. Reduce Risk. Employees are driven by impulses defined by...

2014-10-29 12:22:21

Leopoldville.org launches a 70th anniversary campaign to remember the victims AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Leopoldville troopship disaster was shrouded in secrecy for half a century. There are still many families who do not know the true circumstances of the disaster that took their loved ones' lives. Even today, there is no mention of the catastrophe in almost all major WWII history books. A recent exception is the best-selling book Killing Patton by Bill...

2014-10-29 12:21:34

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Members of the American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Associaion (AHSAFA) have generally reported greater utilization of fixed wing and helicopter assets, as highly destructive wildland fires raged across much of the Western US this year. "The amount of flying we have done during this year's fire season has already exceeded what we did during the comparable 2013 period," said Dan Snyder, Chief Operating...

2014-10-29 12:21:04

Government of Canada takes meaningful action in response to the Transportation Safety Board's Lac-Mégantic Report OTTAWA, Oct. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced decisive measures to address the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's (TSB) recommendations stemming from its final report on the Lac-Mégantic train derailment. The TSB issued two recommendations and two safety advisories to the department. In response, Transport Canada is:...

2014-10-29 08:32:43

Hospital-Acquired Infections, Accidents and Injuries Remain a Persistent Problem, Despite Signs of Hospital Efforts WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time of unprecedented attention on U.S. hospitals, statistics suggest that more than 1,000 people die each day in the U.S. because of preventable hospital errors. That doesn't include the many others who survive accidents and injuries that take place in a hospital setting, reinforcing the need for hospital vigilance and patient...

2014-10-29 08:30:49

Rave's Guardian App Now Increasing Safety for More Than 18,000 Students, Faculty and Staff in Rhode Island and New York State FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), the trusted software partner for campus and public safety, today announced that Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and State University New York (SUNY) Oswego in Oswego, New York have each deployed the company's acclaimed Rave Guardian to better protect more than 18,000 students,...


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Irazú Volcano
2014-10-04 18:35:23

Irazú Volcano, known as Volcán Irazú in Spanish, is an active stratovolcano that is located in Costa Rica. The origin of the volcano’s name is unknown, but it is thought to be a variant of the word Iztarú, which is the name of a village that was near the volcano, or a mixture of the words ara, meaning point, and tzu, meaning thunder. It is locally known as The Colossus due to large past eruptions. This volcano is located within Irazú Volcano National Park, which holds montane forests...

Rincón de la Vieja
2014-10-04 18:29:11

Rincón de la Vieja is an active complex volcano that is located in northwestern Costa Rica. Its name, meaning The Old Woman's Corner, refers to a legend that says that a woman’s lover was thrown into the volcano by her father, after which she lived on the volcano as a recluse. This volcano reaches 6,286 feet in elevation and is the tallest volcano in Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park. Visitors were once permitted to climb up to the crater, but a recent eruption caused this area to...

Cotopaxi
2014-10-04 18:16:10

Cotopaxi is an active stratovolcano that is located in Ecuador and is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. This volcano, reaching an elevation of 19,347 feet above sea level, is the second tallest volcano in Ecuador and one of the tallest active volcanoes in the world. The origin of its name is unknown, but some sources say that it means Neck of the Moon in the language of the indigenous people and it has been considered sacred in their culture. Cotopaxi is shaped like a cone that is almost...

Mount Hudson
2014-10-04 18:07:58

Mount Hudson, also known as Volcán Hudson, is an active stratovolcano that is located in southern Chile, named after 9th-century Chilean Navy hydrographer Francisco Hudson. Its summit, which is covered in glaciers, holds a caldera that was created from a large eruption that occurred in 4750 BCE or 1890 BCE. Based on evidence found at the Los Toldos archaeological site, it is thought that the early eruption destroyed most settlements in the area at that time. Modern eruptions occurred in...

Karthala
2014-10-04 18:01:05

Karthala, also known  as Mount Karthala, is an active shield volcano that is located in the island nation of Comoros. Along with a smaller shield volcano, this volcano makes up the largest island in the archipelago known as Grande Comore and it reaches an elevation of 7,746 feet. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the area, erupting at least twenty times since the beginning of the nineteenth century. These eruptions have mostly affected the volcano’s caldera, leaving the majority of...

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