London, Apr 3 (PTI) Students who participate in sports during their academic years earn grade point averages that are nearly 9 per cent higher than those who finish their degrees without having participated in such activities, a new study has found.Researchers analysed the influence of regular, official physical-sports activity on the academic results of university students.”Although there are previous studies that have indicated that taking part in sports activities has negative effects on academic performance, the most commonly accepted belief is that the impact of sports is far from being negative and is, in fact, remarkably positive,” said Maria Jose Sanchez Bueno from Charles III University of Madrid (UC3M) in Spain.Researchers selected a sample of 3,671 students who started undergraduate degree programmes beginning in 2008 and finished their degrees before 2015.”Our final results show that participation in regular, official physical-sports activity positively affects the academic performance of UC3M students,” researchers said.Specifically, those students who participated in sporting activities earned grade point averages that were 9.3 per cent higher than those of students who completed their undergraduate degrees but did not take part in any sporting activities, they said. PTI SAN AKJ SAR
Glenn Hoddle has been taken to hospital after having fallen seriously ill on Saturday and, while his condition is classified as serious, the former England manager is responding well to treatment.Hoddle, who turned 61 on Saturday, was preparing for work in his role as a television pundit for BT Sport when he was taken to hospital.The UK-based broadcaster’s main presenter Jake Humphrey later confirmed the news on Twitter, announcing BT’s usual afternoon schedule had been cancelled ahead of the Premier League game between Leicester City and West Ham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Our friend and colleague Glenn Hoddle was taken seriously ill at the BT Sport studio this morning,” the tweet read.”For that reason there will be no @btsportscore – but we will be live as usual for the 5.30 ko at Leicester.”Everyone of us is right with you Glenn, sending love & strength.”Our friend & colleague Glenn Hoddle was taken seriously ill at the BT Sport studio this morning.For that reason there will be no @btsportscore – but we will be live as usual for the 5.30 ko at Leicester.Everyone of us is right with you Glenn, sending love & strength— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) October 27, 2018Several hours later, BT Sport provided an update on Hoddle’s situation.”The condition is serious but Glenn is currently receiving specialist treatment and responding well,” the statement read.“Glenn’s family are with him and would like to thank everyone that has sent their support.”We have received an update on Glenn Hoddle’s condition this evening:”The condition is serious but Glenn is currently receiving specialist treatment and responding well.”“Glenn’s family are with him and would like to thank everyone that has sent their support.” pic.twitter.com/P0YcYFXOZp— BT Sport (@btsport) October 27, 2018A club hero at Tottenham, where he played for the majority of a celebrated playing career before later becoming manager in 2001, Hoddle was capped 53 times by England and scored eight international goals.Spurs also wished their former player well, writing on Twitter: “Everybody at the Club sends their best wishes to Glenn Hoddle for a full and speedy recovery after he was taken ill this morning.”The stylish midfielder also represented Monaco under Arsene Wenger before operating as player/manager at Swindon Town and Chelsea.Hoddle’s work at Stamford Bridge saw him appointed as Terry Venables’ successor with England and he led a Three Lions side featuring David Beckham and Michael Owen to the last 16 of the 1998 World Cup.His former employers expressed their concern at the information, posting on the official England Twitter account: “Worrying news. Get well soon, Glenn Hoddle – we’re all behind you.”Chelsea also sent their well-wishes, tweeting: “Our thoughts are with former Blues boss Glenn Hoddle, who has been taken seriously ill on his 61st birthday. We’re right with you, Glenn.”Hoddle played alongside Chris Waddle at club and international level and he tweeted: “Get well soon Glenn our thoughts are with you.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ben Stokes has gone on trial over a fight outside a nightclub in Bristol in September last year in which he is has been charged with affray. Stokes has been accused knocking two men unconscious.Stokes is accused of fighting with two men in the street in the southwest English city: Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali, who are also on trial at Bristol Crown Court.”Stokes lost his control and started to attack with revenge, retaliation or punishment in mind,” Prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis told the court.Corsellis says Stokes “knocked Mr. Hale unconscious and then – after time to pause for thought, to calm – he did exactly the same to Mr. Ali.”Ali required hospital treatment for a broken eye socket.Bayliss banking on others to step up in Ben Stokes’s absenceStokes was arrested in Bristol on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after getting into a fight but was released late in the night without charges.However, the ECB suspended Stokes and Alex Hales, who was with the English all-rounder at the time of the incident. The dashing all-rounder was also dropped from the Ashes squad after the incident.Stokes had claimed to both the police and to the ECB in their internal investigation that he was coming to the aid of two men who had been subjected to homophobic abuse prior to the incident.”During the incident Mr. Stokes lost his control and started to attack with revenge, retaliation or punishment in mind. Well beyond acting in self-defense or defense of another,” Corsellis said. “He knocked Mr. Hale unconscious and then – after time to pause for thought, to calm – he did exactly the same to Mr. Ali.”advertisementStokes had been partying with England teammates at the Mbargo nightclub after a one-day international against the West Indies. Stokes left the club at 12:46 a.m. but the pair returned at 2:08 a.m. and was refused entry because the club was closed. Stokes allegedly hurled insulting comments at the door supervisor.Stokes then spoke to two men — Kai Barry and William O’Connor — who were described by the prosecutor as “flamboyant, extrovert and openly gay.” Security camera footage, which had no audio recording, showed Stokes flicking the end of a cigarette toward one of the men.Citing testimony from the doorman, Corsellis said Stokes was “mimicking their voices and mannerisms…making fun of their camp behavior” before leaving the area in an “angry state of mind.”Stokes then encountered Barry, O’Connor, Hale and Ali further down the road where the fighting began.”We know Mr. Ali had a bottle and he was using it. No one else was armed,” Corsellis said. “Mr. Stokes became involved and punched out and grappled with Mr. Ali on the ground.”Stokes was arrested at the scene and footage from one of the police officers’ body cameras captured him saying he intervened because a man was “abusing my two friends for being gay.”The gay couple had praised Stokes for saving them from homophobic bullies on the night of the pub brawl in Bristol.Kai Barry and William O’Connor said they were “grateful” to Stokes, who stepped up to help them from getting beaten up, and also called the England all-rounder a “real hero”.Stokes, who was dropped from England’s Ashes squad, made a comeback to England Test squad for home series against Pakistan. The all-rounder also played a key role in England’s 31-run victory over India in the first Test at Edgbaston.The Durham star all-rounder will miss the second Test at Lord’s starting August 9.(With inputs from AP)
Updated 1:10pm 7/18/18 by Woody GottburgA grain bin accident Tuesday night has claimed the life of a Plymouth County farmer.Fire and rescue units were dispatched to 44787 230th Street, about six miles south of Remsen at 7:21 p.m.The Plymouth County Sheriff says 65-year-old Lee Grage of rural Remsen died in the accident.Emergency responders spent more than three hours recovering the victim’s body from the 40 foot grain bin that was filled with corn.One of the responding firefighters was transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion.–
Kansas’ 2014-15 men’s basketball season came to an end on Sunday, when the No. 2-seeded Jayhawks fell to No. 7 seed Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament’s Third Round. Bill Self is already working on setting up his 2015-16 squad. According to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, the Kansas coach is meeting with Charlotte graduate transfer Mike Thorne today. Thorne, who has one year of eligibility remaining, averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds a game this past season. Kansas’ Bill Self is visiting graduate transfer Mike Thorne in Charlotte today, per a source. Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon will be in tomorrow.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 26, 2015Kansas is likely to lose forward Kelly Oubre and, potentially, Cliff Alexander and Perry Ellis, but the Jayhawks should be contenders to win the Big 12 once again. Adding Thorne, one of the most-sought after graduate transfers in the country, would be a big boost for Kansas’ potential in 2015-16.
Press Trust of India KarachiOctober 14, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 14:30 IST Pakistan hosted Sri Lanka for a 3-match T20I and 3-match ODI series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe PCB is very disappointed and hurt over such comments: PCB sourceSLC presidential level security was provided to the visiting team on the insistence of their boardSri Lanka played 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is in PakistanThe PCB has expressed its disappointment at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief, Shammi Silva’s remark that his team felt stifled by the strict security arrangements during their recently-concluded tour of Pakistan.The Sri Lankan team played a three-match ODI series in Karachi followed by a three-match T20 series in Lahore, where they registered a historic 3-0 win over the top-ranked hosts.On returning to Colombo, Silva had reportedly told the media that the Sri Lankan players were fed up of being confined to their hotel for three to four days in Pakistan.A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) source said top officials had communicated their displeasure with SLC after learning about Silva’s comments.”The PCB is very disappointed and hurt over such comments as presidential level security was provided to the visiting team on the insistence of their board. We wanted to make their stay as comfortable as possible,” the source said.The visitors were without 10 of their main players who opted out of the tour due to security concerns but the squad was accompanied by SLC President and Secretary and the Sri Lankan Sports Minister.The source said the PCB has reminded Lankan board officials that the players were given the option of going out to play golf and do some shopping while they were also entertained at official dinners and functions.Silva’s remarks have come as a surprise for the PCB which is keen to build on the recent tour and have the full Sri Lankan team play two Tests of the ICC World Championship in Pakistan in December.advertisementThe PCB is also trying to host the entire edition of the fifth Pakistan Super League in the country besides inviting Bangladesh to play its Test series in Pakistan.The source added that although some strong security measures were in place for the visiting players but remarks such as they were “fed-up” after being confined to their hotel were not fair.Also Read | Matter of great pride that Sourav Ganguly is set to lead BCCI: Interim chief CK KhannaAlso Read | First priority will be to look after first-class cricketers, says BCCI presidential candidate Sourav GangulyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow Sri Lanka cricket boardFollow Pakistan vs Sri Lanka PCB disappointed and hurt over SLC chief’s comments on security arrangements in PakistanSri Lanka Cricket Shammi Silva had reportedly said the visiting team felt stifled by th4e strict security arrangements during their tour to Pakistan. advertisement Next
School children in Halifax Regional Municipality will soon get to spend their recesses and lunch hours on new playground equipment thanks to $192,000 worth of investments announced today, May 27, by the province. Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet announced the investments at Smokey Drive Elementary School in Lower Sackville. The projects range from playground improvements to the construction of new playgrounds. “Research tells us that active children are more likely to grow up to be active adults. It is important that we provide our young people with safe and accessible places to play,” said Mr. Barnet. The investments were made from the province’s $3-million recreation facility development program. The program supports community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations to develop facilities, such as playgrounds, to increase physical activity opportunities for Nova Scotians. “We have worked very hard all year and this announcement, this commitment from the province, is extremely exciting and once again demonstrates how much they value our students being physically active and healthy,” said Beth Moser, principal of Smokey Drive School. Through the recreation facility development program and the Building Facilities and Infrastructure Together program, the province has committed to invest $98 million in sport and recreation facilities, and infrastructure by 2017. “One of our priorities is to make communities across Nova Scotia healthier and safer,” said Mr. Barnet. “With these investments we have taken another positive step in reaching that goal.”
17 July 2008In light of developments since Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in February, the United Nations mission there is unable to perform its usual functions and must adjust to the new reality on the ground, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The ability of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) to carry out its tasks has been “fundamentally challenged owing to actions taken by both the authorities in Pristina and the Kosovo Serbs,” Mr. Ban writes in his latest report to the Security Council. “In Pristina, Kosovo’s authorities have instituted measures that have sought to effectively assume the Mission’s powers. Most significantly, Kosovo adopted a Constitution on 15 June that does not envisage a real role for UNMIK, although Kosovo’s leaders have welcomed the continued presence of the United Nations in Kosovo for some time,” he states. In addition, Kosovo has passed legislation in a number of areas, with the intention of assuming legal control and responsibility over areas that were previously reserved for the Secretary-General’s Special Representative. Mr. Ban says that Kosovo Serbs, for their part, have rejected the Constitution and connected legislation and, with the support of Belgrade, have expanded their boycott of Kosovo’s institutions and widened and deepened their parallel structures, particularly in northern Kosovo. At times their protests against Kosovo’s authorities have turned violent. “These events have contributed to creating a profoundly new reality in which UNMIK can no longer perform as effectively as in the past the vast majority of its tasks as an interim administration,” says the Secretary-General. Therefore, Mr. Ban says he has decided to move forward with the reconfiguration of the structure and profile of UNMIK, as proposed in the plan he presented to the Council last month. Accordingly, he has instructed the Mission to cooperate with the European Union, so it can assume an enhanced operational role in the rule of law area under a UN “umbrella” headed by his Special Representative, in line with the original 1999 resolution that established the mission. He adds that UNMIK will continue to support Kosovo in its effort to consolidate democratic governance institutions, advance economic growth and move towards a future in Europe as part of the western Balkans. Noting that the building of a society in which all communities can coexist in peace remains a difficult and long-term challenge in Kosovo, he calls on the authorities in Pristina and Belgrade and representatives of all of Kosovo’s communities to continue to work together with UNMIK.
Mr. Ban told a high-level event this evening in New York, held on the margins of the United Nations summit on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), that universal energy access must be a priority item on the agenda of global leaders.At least 1.6 billion people worldwide are currently estimated to live without access to electricity, while even more people have either intermittent or inadequate access.Stressing that a lack of access slows economic growth, hampers poverty eradicates and affects education, health care and other vital services, Mr. Ban said it obstructs progress towards all the MDGs.While better technology and more money for research and development would help, the Secretary-General said, he added that “by and large we already have the means to meet the needs of the poor. The real barriers stem from a lack of broad-based political will and commitment.”Mr. Ban’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change has set a target of universal energy access and a doubling of the rate of increase of energy efficiency, all by 2030.“I urge countries to work together – along with the UN-Energy programme – to create energy access initiatives,” the UN chief said in his address.“We need dedicated funding sources… technology-sharing… mechanisms for sharing lessons and best practices at a global level. And we need a wider range of stakeholders to get involved – broad-based partnerships between the UN, governments, the private sector and the scientific community.“In particular, governments need to create a stable and predictable policy platform for the private sector to invest in low-carbon technologies and providing affordable energy to the rural poor. Let us build on promising new partnerships.” 21 September 2010A lack of political will is the real obstacle to ensuring all people have access to affordable and reliable sources of energy for their daily lives, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on countries to work together to provide the necessary funding, technology and partnerships.
OSU then-junior catcher Jalen Washington (2) swings at a ball during a game against Bethune-Cookman at Bill Davis Stadium on April 1. Lantern file photoOn Friday, Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals announced his team had voted for senior catcher/infielder Jalen Washington and redshirt junior starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer to serve as co-captains for the upcoming 2017 season. This will be the second year Washington will lead as co-captain for the Buckeyes. He served in the role last year alongside third baseman Nick Sergakis.The process of selecting the captains was done by voting amongst the players, leaving the coaches outside of the decision process. Despite this, Beals felt his team made the right decisions in selecting their captains.“We have great leadership throughout our clubhouse, but these two have more than proven themselves as leaders on the field, in the locker room, classroom and on our campus,” Beals said in a press release. “I have absolute confidence in Jalen and Adam to captain the 2017 Buckeyes.”Last season, leading the Buckeye pitching staff behind the dish, Washington was able to help drive the team to a 44-20-1 record in 2016, a Big Ten Tournament championship and a berth into the NCAA Louisville Regional. Washington started in 62 of OSU’s 65 regular season games and slashed .249/.352/.343 with three home runs and 14 steals in 19 attempts.Washington held opposing base stealers to a .730 success rate with 14 passed balls. He also led the Big Ten in runners caught stealing, successfully throwing out 17 would-be base stealers.For Washington, it was a “tremendous honor” to be recognized as one of the team’s captains for a second year.“This means a great deal to me, to know that my teammates saw me fit to lead this team again,” Washington said in the press release. “I’m going to do my best to help push this team to play championship ball.”OSU then-redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer (43) pitches during a game on April 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn his second season in the Ohio State rotation, Niemeyer amassed 71.0 innings across 14 starts while spending time as both the Saturday and Sunday night starter, though he missed several starts towards the end of the season with a lingering hamstring injury. The right-handed finished the season with a 4.31 ERA, 70 strikeouts, only 12 walks (fewest of any starter in the rotation) and a .270 opponent’s batting average.Now faced with stepping up in the rotation following the graduation of John Havird and Cleveland Indians draft pick, former ace Tanner Tully, Niemeyer will be counted on to step up in the role as the Friday-night starter.“I am honored to be named a captain,” Niemeyer said. “It makes it even more special that it was voted on by my teammates. We have numerous leaders on our team and I cannot wait to get the season started.”The 2017 season starts on Feb. 17 for OSU in Osceola, Florida, when the Buckeyes take on the Kansas State Wildcats.
← Previous Story EHF rejects Kosovo’s bid for full membership Next Story → Argentina beats Brazil, wins Pan-American games! BundesligaHSV HamburgTahirovic Enid Tahirovic already spoke of the “immoral offer” from HSV Hamburg regarding the upcoming season. HSV Hamburg was in search of experienced goalkeeper, as Jogi Bitter will miss part of the opening season due to injury. This prompted them to look to acquire Tahirovic, who already announced to finish his career at the end of this past season, but the HSV offer made him change his mind, and he decided to play one more year, and probably then finish his playing career. Delights of the contract signing were expressed from both sides, the club and the player.
Pointless (and annoying) (3014) Pretty (and necessary) (725) Pretty (and necessary)Pointless (and annoying)Pretty and pointless (so can’t we all just get along)VoteGot a burning question that has divided your household/work colleagues/friends? Let us know in the comments section or email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.See previous entries in The Burning Question > Pretty and pointless (so can’t we all just get along) (2811) WE KNOW HOW you feel.It’s Monday, you have the whole week looming ahead, and you have a lot on you plate.So do like we do here in TheJournal.ie HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.Possibly.This week: We’ve debated the importance of a made bed before. But just how made does it have to be? Does the tower of cushions of varying sizes and patterns really need to be there?“Yes, it’s pretty,” say some, as they carefully place each tier lovingly down the side of the bed before sleep. (Obviously, the good cushions are not for your drooling head).Cushions on Bed/Shutterstock“No, they are pointless and annoying,” says the other, ripping the cushions from the mattress and flinging them on the floor.EnglishPointers/Flickr/Creative CommonsWho do you agree with? Are extra cushions on the bed pretty – or pointless? Poll Results:
Voiture hybride : Strasbourg lance une expérimentation à grande échelleFrance – Pendant trois ans, la ville de Strasbourg va tester à grande échelle une centaine de véhicules hybrides construits par Toyota. Cette expérimentation, la première en Europe, a été lancée le lundi 26 avril.C’est un modèle de Prius du constructeur japonais Toyota qui sera testé pendant trois ans à Strasbourg. Cette voiture associe propulsion à essence et moteur électrique rechargeable sur une simple prise de courant. Elle sera expérimentée par les agents de la municipalité, les employés de La Poste et par plusieurs entreprises privées de l’agglomération.Près de 150 points de recharge ont déjà été installés sur la voie publique, dans des parkings souterrains, mais aussi et surtout dans les sociétés qui ont fait l’acquisition de voitures hybrides dont la commercialisation est prévue dès 2012.La nouvelle Prius électrique peut se recharger en 1h30 sur une borne dédiée ou une simple prise de courant, pour une autonomie en mode électrique de 20 kilomètres environ. Si cela semble peu, “on estime que 55% des trajets quotidiens font moins de 10 kmet 75% moins de 20 km” souligne Gerald Killmann de Toyota Europe. Quand la batterie est déchargée, mais aussi lorsque la voiture dépasse les 100 km/h, le moteur à essence prend le relais.À lire aussiPollution : les voitures émettraient encore plus de CO2 qu’on ne penseLe véhicule hybride de Toyota émet en moyenne 59 grammes de CO2 au kilomètre, soit moitié moins que la moyenne des voitures neuves vendues en France en 2009.En plus d’offrir une réduction sensible des émissions de gaz à effet de serre, “ce système va ouvrir une nouvelle ère dans le domaine de la mobilité : aujourd’hui, nous avons l’habitude de faire le plein à la station-service, demain on fera le plein chez soi ou sur son lieu de travail”, assure Emmanuel Rouède, de la Communauté urbaine de Strasbourg. Le 1 mai 2010 à 10:24 • Emmanuel Perrin
What makes the annual PC Gaming Show so cool then is that without a major first-party publisher skewing the agenda and focus, this scrappy little event can pretty much purely focus on intriguing indie games, games that remind you that PC gaming’s legacy isn’t just shooters but also niche strategy games and sims, weird and small games you’ve never heard of but you definitely should know about. And we saw a lovely amount of those games at this year’s show.That’s not to say there weren’t any big games on display. We got new looks at Borderlands 3, Shenmue 3, Baldur’s Gate 3, Warframe updates, Vampires: The Masquerades Bloodlines 2, Vermintide 2, and Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey from the original creator of Assassin’s Creed. But even these big games have a kind of quirky humility that fit with open-source platform spirit of the show.And some powers behind the scenes definitely had an agenda. While not every game shown is coming to the Epic Games Store (a sponsor for the event) a lot of them are, showing you just how quickly the new store is gobbling into the competition. Beyond games we got also ads for PC gaming gear like premium gamer chairs and Samsung’s curved 240Hz G-Sync gaming monitor.But the heart of the show was just the tons of cool little games revealed for the first time that are now instantly on my radar. Maneater is an open-world RPG about playing as a shark. Griftlands (great name) is a new deckbuilding roguelike from Klei. That chibi Conan Chop Chop April Fools joke is a real game now. Planet Zoo has you caring from animals in the stars. Telling Lies is shaping up to be an excellent Her Story follow-up. Auto Chess is the hot new mod of Dota, itself already a mod. Starmancer is sci-fi Dwarf Fortress, which should excite anyone who already knows what that all means.Per Aspera has you terraforming Mars for humanity. Chivalry 2 has more medieval melee combat. Evil Genius 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the super villain simulator. Zombie Army 4: Dear War is pretty self-explanatory. Cris Tales, Valfaris, Genesis Noir, and Mosaic are gorgeous-looking JRPG homages, 2D shoot ‘em ups, stylish adventures, and contemporary social thrillers, respectively. And those are only the games we can remember!So throw out your consoles. If the PC Gaming Show is anything to go by, a good rig is all you need for nonstop fun and varied gaming experiences. Although let’s be real a lot of these games will also randomly show up on Nintendo Switch. For more on E3 2019 watch these trailers. Stay on target With so many video games being announced all at once, at E3 most folks paying attention tend to gravitate toward the heavy hitters, the known qualities, the big franchises. Microsoft may have technically showcased 60 games at its press conference, but pretty much everyone walked away talking about the same small handful of hits like Halo Infinite, Gears of War 5, the next gen Xbox Project Scarlett, and Cyberpunk 2077 now featuring Keanu Reeves. Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutPlay These E3 2019 Video Games Right Now
An Amtrak train carrying 164 people plowed through a trailer carrying foam blocks bound for the docks at Felida Moorage on Wednesday afternoon. No injuries were reported.Clark County Fire District 6 spokesman David Shmitke said the tractor-trailer driver hauling the foam blocks had stopped before the crossing, close to the end of Northwest 122nd Street, to make sure his two-trailer payload could make it over the crossing without bottoming out.Still, Shmitke said, the driver bottomed out, leaving one of the trailers stuck on the tracks while a train was coming, at around 2:45 p.m.The train did not derail, and did not appear to be heavily damaged, he said, although it remained on the tracks for a time as officials assessed the damage.The truck driver, and all 164 aboard the train, were unharmed, Shmitke said.The sheriff’s office was investigating what happened, and BNSF Railway employees were out assessing the state of the track, he said.BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said the Amtrak was delayed 1 hour and 10 minutes, and no freight traffic was held up. The collision did not damage the tracks.
PORTO SANTO STEFANO, Italy — Divers searched the submerged part of a luxury cruise liner that went aground off Italy’s coast in case any of 70 people unaccounted for might be trapped inside, a coast guard official said Saturday, as passengers described a delayed and terrifying evacuation.Three bodies were recovered from the sea after the Costa Concordia ran aground off the tiny island of Giglio near the coast of Tuscany late Friday, tearing a 160-foot (50-meter) gash in its hull and sending in a rush of water.One of the victims was a Peruvian crew member, a diplomat from the South American country said, adding that a Peruvian woman was also missing. The ANSA new agency identified the other two fatalities as French passengers, but didn’t cite a source.Passengers described a scene reminiscent of “Titanic”, saying they escaped the ship by crawling along upended hallways, desperately trying to reach safety as the lights went out and plates and glasses crashed. Helicopters whisked some survivors to safety, others were rescued by private boats in the area, and witnesses said some people jumped from the ship into the dark, cold sea.The ship was lying virtually flat off Giglio’s coast, its starboard side submerged in the water and the huge gash showing clearly on its upturned hull.
The Senate on Thursday passed a two-bill appropriations package that includes $7.9 billion for military construction and family housing programs in fiscal 2017, along with $1.1 billion in emergency funding to respond to the Zika virus.The milcon spending portion of the package, which also included the FY 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development spending measure, closely matches the total funding level for military construction and family housing programs in the corresponding bill passed the same day by the House.The Senate measure represents a $241 million drop from current year funding for milcon programs, but a $486 million increase over DOD’s request. The bill would provide $205 million for past base closure rounds — including cleanup and ongoing operations and maintenance — matching the department’s request. The House version would allocate $230 million for the account next year. Congress allocated $266 million in the current year to clean up installations closed during past base closure rounds.Earlier last week, the White House threatened to veto the legislation over “problematic ideological provisions that are beyond the scope of funding legislation,” according to a statement from the Office of Management and Budget. The statement was critical of a provision blocking the president from closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay or using funding to build alternative locations within the United States to house detainees, reported the Hill.Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), a critic of Obama’s plan to close the facility in Cuba, praised those restrictions. “Although the clock may have run out on the president, I will continue to oppose his ongoing attempts to transfer the detainees at every opportunity,” Roberts said in a statement. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Karimnagar: Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary Chada Venkat Reddy on Wednesday demanded the TRS government clear the doubts of the people about Kaleshwaram project.Speaking at a press meet at the party office here on Wednesday, Chada Venkat Reddy came heavily on the ruling TRS. Saying that the Telangana people have several doubts on the Kaleshwaram project, he pointed out that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao inaugurated the project before the construction is completed, only to get extra loans from banks and other sources. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Leaving the ruling aside, the CM is behaving like a monarch and behaving stubbornly in solving various people’s issues and suppressing the voice of people’s organisations and opposition parties, he alleged. The Central government itself had declared that the Telangana State is debt-ridden due to the huge amounts of loans taken by the TRS government in the name of useless developmental works and irrigation projects,he stated. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Chada questioned when the State is in debt-ridden, what is the need to construct a separate building for Assembly by demolishing the existing one. Is it essential to construct new buildings for MLAs and party? Is this called the new Telangana? he questioned.The CPI leader alleged that the CM didn’t allotted even an inch of land to journalists, who played a key role in achieving separate statehood of Telangana. But allotted one acre of valuable land for just Rs one for Sarada Pitadhipathi. Is this democracy in the Telangana? he questioned.
Share NASAHurricane Ike as seen in 2008 from NASA’s Earth ObservatoryHouston just missed Tropical Storm Cindy. As the storm made its way inland, many Houstonians heeded warnings and stocked up on emergency supplies and prepared themselves. Still, many others shrugged off the warnings and carried on business as usual.It’s the latter group that Houston officials have said they worry about most, because they want everyone to be on alert when there’s the threat of hurricanes or tropical storm warnings.Does this apathy stem from carelessness, or because for every handful of storm warnings that are issued, only a few actually happen? What else are we apathetic to — traffic, humidity? How should Houstonians reengage themselves to care again? And, what’s really worth caring about, and what should we let go for a healthier, stress-free life?We discuss it all with Dr. Michael Winters, a Houston behavioral psychologist.This segment originally aired on Houston Matters on June 28, 2017.