Archive for November, 2010

The Potent ‘Water Bombs’

Posted by on Nov-27-2010

On a fine day, I was surfing on the net and I came across an interesting fact. But it would be shocking for many in United States that they are living under the threat of a potential water bomb.

Yes I am saying about the dams in United States. There are 47,000 large dams across the world of which 6,375 are in USA. The construction of dams dramatically grew in USA during the post world war period, and over 150 dams were commissioned every year. But approximately one third of these dams are considered high or significant hazard to life and property as they have already passed its useful lifespan. These dams are expensive to maintain and the government consider it as an economic burden on the country. Many people living in these regions are not even aware of the issues relating the dams.

The dams are not only to threat to life but they also cause impact on the environment. In a latest research it has been found that dams have caused fragmentation of 60% of World Rivers and disruption of movement of around 75% species and an estimate of about 40 to 80 million people have been physically displaced due to construction of dams. In USA, a number of agencies are looking forward to upgrade the spillway capacity of dams. In a recent survey by EPRI/FERC showed that the reservoir sedimentation is becoming an issue in medium-sized dams.

Protests against building of dams are not new they have been seen all across the world. Though several environmentalists have stood against the construction of the dams their protests have never been fruitful. In USA, decommissioning of the dams has become a central part of policy debate, driven by environmental and social concerns and recently the decommissioning has been limited to smaller dams and older dams. There are several dams in USA which have the potential to cause a massive disaster.

Dams are deadlier than a nuclear bomb and if the necessary actions are not taken on time, the dams in USA can turn out to be gigantic water bombs.

Storm in the Sea

Posted by on Nov-20-2010

Sea is a place where we can’t predict what’s gonna happen next. Today, it was just like any other day. As usual we are all busy with busy routine jobs, everything was normal till we got an emergency message from the port. We were asked to be careful, it was the warning message for a sea storm.

A storm is the worst thing that can happen to you while in the sea. Storms are created when a center of low pressure develops, with a system of high pressure surrounding it. An Ocean storm can even sink the vessels and ships of all types and sizes.

Being the Captain of the ship it was my responsibility to safe guard each and every member on the ship. I called the emergency meeting and warned everyone on the ship to use a life jacket and take the all the necessary measures. It’s really a very critical situation. You have to fight the waves if you have to survive. Our life is filled with so much of adventure.

Soon, the sky turned dark and the wind started to blow. Meanwhile, we were ready to fight. The wind then began to blow strongly. The sea which was so calm in the morning soon took its most terrorizing face. Our ship was swinging in the sea. The storm almost lasted for over 2 hours. Slowly the weather started to change and it turned calm as if nothing happened.

A Journey to the ‘Lion City’

Posted by on Nov-13-2010

Today, the journey to my new destination has begun. I said ‘Khuda Hafiz’ to the Dubai Port. I was standing on the deck, the ship slowly moved. Soon slashing the waves our ship moved forward.
Though it was too hot in Dubai, we had a good time there. While the ship was in for some maintenance Raziya and I went to explore the Dubai City. We went for the most popular Desert Safari, we stopped to watch the beautiful sunset and then we also went for camel ride and sand boarding. Those cheerful moments would remain as sweet memories.
Our next stop over is the Singapore port. It is one of the busiest ports in the world. If everything goes on well we will reach the Singapore port in 13 days. Raziya is so eager to reach there. She is surfing for the best restaurants and shopping centers.
Singapore is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The name Singapore has derived from the Malay word Singapura, which means ‘Lion City’. Singapore is in fact one of the most enjoyable cities in Southeast Asia.
A number Asians of various descents like China, Malaysia and India immigrate to Singapore. About 42 percent of populations in Singapore are foreigners who work and study there. Due to the immigration, enormous array of Asian dishes is one of the iconic Singaporean experiences. It has created one of the world’s great eating capitals.
If there’s one thing more stylish than the bars and restaurants, it’s the boutiques that have made Singapore a byword in Asia for extravagant shopping. But Singapore is not all about shopping and eating but you can also have some adventure, which include sharks at Underwater World on Sentosa, mountain biking around Bukit Timah, wakeboarding on the Kallang River and many more.
Raziya would definitely love Singapore. So do me, as my happiness is in her smile.

The Big Eyes…

Posted by on Nov-6-2010

The sun was rising, spreading its light, wiping the darkness out. The ship began sailing….

I was on the deck, gazing at the port.

We were moving away from it… The sights were becoming smaller… I could only see the light house… it was just the size of my finger. Then I saw the ship’s binocular…

I zoomed in…. then zoomed out…… tried to adjust the knob….. I was able to see, but it wasn’t clear. I tried to focus … everything was crystal clear now.

I could see them in there normal size.

Binocular is really very amazing…bringing things closer from a distance

While gazing through the binocular I felt like a private detective, trying to prove a case as in all formula movies…

I slowly turned around……. Nothing……. but I could see the sky and the blue ocean… Like in the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge I chanted

“water water everywhere but no drop of water to drink”.

I could only say that as I could see only the water and blue sky touching the ocean at a distance.

I focused through the binocular again…I could see the dolphins at a distance… fizzing out… jumping and enjoying… it looked like they were taking a sun bath….

Binoculars are very much amazing… “The big eyes…..”

The origin of big observation binoculars was with the military which used them for the early spotting of enemy ships and for artillery spotting but much of this duty is now carried out with the use of satellites and electronics.

Ship’s binoculars have a magnification of 20-power, with an apparent field view of approximately 70 degrees. They are mounted on a weight adjustable carriage. Ship’s binoculars consist of the binocular assembly, carriage assembly, and the pedestal.

Binoculars in general are a pair of identical or mirror-symmetrical telescopes mounted side-by-side and aligned to point accurately in the same direction allowing us to view with both eyes.

We can see what ever we want to see with those “big eyes” ………….