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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Waar laat Odfjell de opslag...?

   Vraag me toch wel af waar het chemische opslagbedrijf Odfjell in de Botlek zijn voorraad van zo'n 1,6 miljoen cuub zwaar gevaarlijk spul in een paar dagen tijd zo snel heeft gelaten..Het afsluiten en leegpompen van zo'n 50 tanks was al aan de orde toen dit weekeinde de zaak in zijn geheel werd gesloten. Op het terrein staan ca 300 tanks van diverse afmetingen.

  Na een gesprek vrijdagmiddag met DCMR Milieudienst Rijnmond en de Veiligheidsregio Rotterdam-Rijnmond kwam de directie van Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam (OTR) met de mededeling dat het bedrijf binnen 24 uur werd stilgelegd en er gewerkt gaat worden aan een herstelplan..(?). De maatregel kwam na een reeks van incidenten met betrekking tot de veiligheid op en rond de terminal. Ruim 30 jaar lang blijken de veiligheidscontroles/ aanpassingen niet te zijn uitgevoerd. Leidingen en blusmaterialen zijn verouderd en inefficiënt, zo niet gevaarlijk.

  De kwestie Odfjell komt zeker aan de orde op de eerstvolgende vergadering van de Statencommissie verkeer en milieu op 22 augustus...De ligging van het bedrijf in het hart van de Rotterdamse haven is al meer dan 50 jaar een stinkende buur van oa: Pernis, Vlaardingen, Rozenburg, Schiedam en Hoogvliet. Terwijl met noordelijke winden de ZH-eilanden onaangename geurtjes te verwerken krijgen.  Niet zelden zijn er ook gezondheidsrisico's verbonden aan het inademen van de vrijgekomen stoffen. Het gevaar voor calamiteiten is bij dit bedrijf wel extreem te noemen gezien de aard van de opgeslagen chemicaliën...en dat in een zeer drukbevolkt gebied. Het stilleggen door DCMR is een goed initiatief maar het zou waarschijnlijk verstandiger zijn om het gehele complex uit de Botlek te bannen dan de boel op te laten kalefateren. Misschien dat de 2e Maasvlakte een optie voor die jongens is...

Ca 5 bij 10 km tussen A4 en A15 met naast Odfjell ook grote raffinaderijen van Esso/Exxon en Shell in dit kleine gebied.



--"Odfjell Terminals (Rotterdam) BV – OTR – is one of the largest independent tank storage terminals in Europe. The large site is centrally located in the heart of the Rotterdam Port, the gateway to Europe. The terminal has been operational since 1957.

The geographical location is a major advantage to meet diverse transportation demands: the North Sea, the main European inland waterways, highways and rail networks are all nearby. The site is also linked to local, regional and international pipeline networks. All this provides commercial access for bulk movements to and from the European markets.

The tank farm consists of nearly 300 tanks, ranging in size from 735 to 40 000 cbm. The total capacity of the terminal encompasses more than 1.63 million cbm....very dangerous stuff..

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Healing power of: Bananas

.Don’t store your bananas in a bunch or in a fruit bowl with other fruits. Separate your bananas and place each in a different location. Bananas release gasses which cause fruits (including other bananas) to ripen quickly. Separating them will keep them fresh longer.

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!.. Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help 
overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making
it a must to add to our daily diet.

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering 
from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because
bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into 
serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make 
you feel happier.

Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood 
glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood
and so helps in cases of anemia.

This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt,
making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug 
Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for
the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped 
through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and 
lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the 
potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel 
action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake,
sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of 
the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and 
re-hydrates your system.

Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from 
heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and
avoid morning sickness.

Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with 
the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at 
reducing swelling and irritation.

Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria 
found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and 
chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese 
were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to 
avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels 
by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because 
of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten 
without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and 
reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the 
physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for 
example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a 
cool temperature.

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to
an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE 
TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other 
vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best 
value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so 

that we say, 'A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!'

 You can lightly write a message with a tooth pick in the banana peel and 
later it will turn brown and appear. (great for school lunches!)
 You can rub the inside of a banana peel on a bug bite, scratch, or burn to 
relieve the pain and itch.
 You can throw the peels in your compost or garden. The potassium helps the 
plants grow. 
You can shine your shoes and house plants with the peel.

 You can put the peels in the blender until creamy and use the cream to polish

 your silver.

 You can remove splinters and warts by taping a piece of banana peel ove the 

wart/splinters. Let those enzymes go to work!

 You can tenderize your meats by adding a banana to the pan as you cook 

them or wrapping them in the peel.

 You can make a hair conditioner with overripe bananas (blend half one up 

with an egg and a tablespoon of olive oil. Put it on your hair and wrap a 
plastic bag around it. Them maybe a warm towel. Leave on for 20 minutes)
 You can peel the banana from the bottom and then you don't have to deal
 with the stringy things.

 You can make a face mask by mashing the banana and mixing it with honey.

  You can use it to help with high blood pressure, depression, PMS, anemia, 

brain fuel, stress, fevers, strokes, to stop smoking, seasonal affective 
disorder, (SAD), ulcers, weight loss, heartburn, constipation, hang overs, energy, IBS, kidneys,bones eyesight and morning sickness.

 You can use bananas to help maintain blood sugar

Whiten your teeth with the inside of a banana peel!

Always take fruit before your meals...Why...???
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