May 28th, 2010
09:10 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil spill, volcano, iPad going global

Gulf oil spill - President Obama is scheduled to visit Louisiana on Friday for the second time since an oil rig explosion sent a historic amount of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. He is set to arrive around 11 a.m. ET and make remarks around 1:30 p.m. ET. BP on Thursday attempted to cap the spill using the "top kill" method. But it was unclear how effective the procedure had been. On Friday, BP's top official, who previously had said the Gulf oil spill's environmental impact would be modest, upgraded his assessment to an "environmental catastrophe."

CNN reporters are digging deeper into the story and taking a look at the impact the oil spill is having on Memorial Day travel.'s John Sutter traveled to the Gulf to see the impact the oil spill is having environmentally. The impact on marshland and wildlife appears obvious, but the great unknown of this environmental disaster lies far below the water’s surface: How much oil is there, and what will its impact be?

Guatemala volcano - Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom called for calm as a volcanic eruption spread ash over the capital, prompting evacuations and shutting down the city's international airport. At least three people are dead, and four are missing.

iPad goes global - Lines swelled outside Apple stores Friday in Japan, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom and Canada as international fans seized their chance to buy the hottest new gadget on the market: the iPad.

Sunburns scorch and sizzle - Whether a person is light- or dark-skinned, whether it's cloudy or sunny outside, dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen - globs of it. In time for Don't Fry Day, declared by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, here are five tips to avoid joining these iReporters, with their stories of the worst sunburns ever (ouch).

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Danielle

    This is the time to unite and act as a collaborative people! Let's go and protect the Planet, the Gulf, beaches, under water life, people's environment and work, forget about politics! Collaboration! CommunicACTION!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Smith in Oregon

    It seems rather twisted and very heavy handed that Israeli Warships have now been dispatched to stop or sink a flotilla of aid vessels containing food supplies for the Gaza bank people that have been embargoed by Israel since January 2009. Badly needed food, medicine and supplies on those aid vessels are sorely needed.

    This is the ninth time that the Free Gaza Movement, the pro-Palestinian organization behind the effort, has sent a flotilla of supplies to Gaza. Israel permitted five deliveries to reach Gaza, but has not allowed any ships through since its military offensive, which ended in January 2009.

    Among the passengers are Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, a Holocaust survivor in her 80s, a retired U.S. army colonel and lawmakers from a dozen European countries.

    Israel is promising to jail those on board these vessels and apparently take the food and supplies for themselves which seems like a act of piracy doesn't it?

    As this high seas encounter unfolds with a Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, a Holocaust survivor in her 80s, a retired U.S. army colonel and lawmakers from a dozen European countries on board, I hope CNN and other Media News agency's give coverage to this unfolding tragedy.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gabriel

    Hi, I have been following the crisis of the oil spill and the seemingly uncertain plan to block the flow of oil from the bottom of the water. Well, I have thought of a way that might help. The experts in this field have most likely thought of it too. But just in case this proposed way has not been considered, here it is:-
    To get a strong tube to put through into the opening at the bottom, in order to force the outflow of oil to go into the tube the end of which would be over the surface of the sea water. The outflowing oil would then go straight to the surface where it would be dealt with by either blocking the tube or diverting the outflow of oil to oil tankers or other means.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. what happened?

    The web cam from BP is not recording

    May 28, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David Foster

    Simplicity – Set two huge ankors on either side of the leak, attach chains with a winch from one ankor to the other, have the chains go right over the leak, weld a curved steel plate to the chains right over the leak, attach a thick flexible fabric material to the steel plate – winch the assembly down pulling the fabric down over the leak.

    May 29, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matthew Anderson

    iPad is way too cool to own, i wanna buy one next month.*'`

    June 17, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rhys Phillips

    my girlfriend is going to give me an ipad on my birthday this month.,";

    July 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin Mitchell

    i gave my girlfriend an ipad and she was very very happy`-,

    September 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hemorrhoid Treatment :

    i am really dying to buy an iPad but it is so damn exepnsive in my opnion-."

    October 24, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. Can Crusher

    my ipad have some display problems and i cannot fix the damn thing :,:

    December 16, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |