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STSluggers all hot after ravaging (mod edit)

Postby StlSluggers » Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:40 pm

As I understand it, editors generally choose the headline for an article. I think there needs to be an award to the best sensationalist headline that still had some remote connection to what the article is actually about, to which, I offer up this selection.

First, the headline: Key U.S. Navy port ravaged by fire

Sure sounds serious, doesn't it? wrote: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Reuters) -- Fire broke out early Monday in a warehouse containing hazardous chemicals at Dubai's Jebel Ali port, sending plumes of thick black smoke into the sky before firefighters brought it under control three hours later.

The fire, which broke out at 4 a.m. local time (1800ET), engulfed parts of Dubai in black smoke.

A police officer at port said no one was injured in the fire, which broke out around 4 a.m.

A port official said the fire, which was under investigation, did not affect shipping and handling at the busy port.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Ahmed Abdul Hussain, the director Dubai's Environment, Health and Safety Regulatory Authority said there was no noticeable environmental damage.

"The air quality and toxicity levels are being monitored. There is no cause for alarm," Hussain said.

The company Chemstore, which rents the warehouse at the entrance to the Jebel Ali port where the fire erupted, estimated the damage at $4 million. Its representatives said the chemicals were for commercial use, but would not disclose the types of chemicals stored in the warehouse.

The Jebel Ali port is the world's largest manmade port and the region's largest commercial and industrial hub, encompassing an area of 52 square miles. The port was carved out of the desert in the 1970s and serves as a symbol of this Persian Gulf city-state's rapid economic development.

Former Dubai ruler Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al-Maktoum declared the emirate tax free on imports and exports in the 1980's, making the Jebel Ali port the largest duty free zone in the Middle East.

Today 5,500 companies from 120 countries have their regional headquarters, manufacturing units and warehouses in the port and its free zone.

The United Arab Emirates is one of the world's largest oil exporters and the Jebel Ali port houses the second largest oil refinery in the UAE. It is equipped to handle large container ships with gantry cranes and other state-of-the-art technology.

It is also one of the region's largest ports offering facilities to the U.S. Navy.

To summarize, no one was hurt, the environment is fine, and business proceeded unhindered. That's "ravaged" according to this editor.

Oh, and the U.S. Navy happens to have some tie to this place apparently. Hmm... "offering facilities..." That could be a locker in the company gym, right?

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Re: STSluggers all hot after ravaging (mod edit)

Postby Pogotheostrich » Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:51 pm

I work in International shipping and I can tell you that Jebel Ali is a huge commercial port. The U.S. Navy probably accounts for less than 5% of the goods that go through there.
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