Floods in North Sumatra force hundreds from their homes

first_imgTwo-day torrential rain led to flooding in Merbau district of North Labuhan Batu regency, North Sumatra, on Sunday, causing damage to public facilities and forcing hundreds of residents from their homes.According to the North Labuhan Batu Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), the floods prompted around 600 families to seek shelter.“It was still raining this morning, so the floodwater has yet to recede, and residents are still staying with relatives and in safer places,” North Labuhan Batu BPBD logistics head Sukardi said on Sunday. The villages of Simpang Empat, Marbau Selatan, Belongkut, Lobu Rampah and Tubiran, as well as Marbau subdistrict, were heavily affected by the floods.Sukardi added that at least 80 houses and several vehicles had been damaged. Meanwhile, schools, houses of worship and village maternity wards were also affected by the disaster. The floods also killed some residents’ livestock, such as goats and chickens.“Some emergency kitchens have been established to help residents,” he said, adding that the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police had worked alongside the BPBD in the evacuation process.According to Simpang Empat resident Syahrief, floods happen every year during the rainy season. Syarief expressed his frustration at the government’s lack of prevention measures.“Thank God there were no casualties, but should we wait until someone dies of the disaster for the government to solve the problem?” he said. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Greensburg approves study to analyze railroad crossing opportunities

first_imgGreensburg, In. — A report from the Greensburg Daily News says the redevelopment commission there has approved a $100,000 expenditure for a feasibility study for a railroad overpass in the city.The report says Greensburg Redevelopment Commission member Jody Coffman says, “To me, it’s safety,” Coffman said during an April meeting. “So, No. 1, even though we have a second [fire] station built over the railroad, let’s say that there’s a fire called out on the north end of the county and a train comes through, and a fire gets called out on the south end of the county. Now, they’re all stuck on the north end of the county.”Governor Eric Holcomb recently unveiled a program to provide grants to municipalities safety enhancements and railroad overpasses. Batesville, Greensburg, Seymour, Franklin and Columbus all are searching for solutions to increased railroad traffic.Mayor Manus has expressed support for the plan, “I would like to see something happen as long as it’s feasible and we have the right spot, that’s what the study will tell us.”The study will provide an estimated cost and design options for officials to consider.The study is expected to be complete in July of 2018.“I think it’s good that they (the RDC) have talked about this,” said mayor Manus. “They’ve talked about this before, but when this grant came up it gave us a chance. We need to study this and make sure it’ll work.”The grants will be awarded in September of this year.last_img read more

Batesville Fire & Rescue Responds to House Fire with Fatality, 9 Displaced

first_imgBatesville, IN – Batesville Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a residential structure fire on Park Avenue around 1:15 am on Monday. Fire crews and law enforcement arrived within moments to discover the two-story home was fully engulfed in flames.While on the scene, firefighters were informed that a person was potentially trapped inside the residence. Firefighters immediately began search and rescue efforts which led to the discovery of the victim. As a result, there was one fatality reported from the fire. Batesville Fire and Rescue will not be releasing the name of the deceased at this time.  A total of nine residents of the home were displaced due to the destruction.The fire remains under investigation by the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office. Batesville Fire & Rescue was provided mutual aid by Morris Volunteer Fire Department and Oldenburg Eagle Fire Department and assisted by the Batesville Police Department, Sunman Area Life Squad, and the American Red Cross. Crews were on the scene well into Monday morning.last_img read more

Robben’s wife contracts coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Arjen Robben has revealed that his wife Bernadien contracted coronavirus and struggled to breathe during her battle with the deadly disease. The former Chelsea and Bayern Munich star opened up on the couple’s health fright, and highlighted that Bernadien had struggled to recover from the virus over a sustained period. Robben also hailed the invaluable support from their friends during the crisis, with the pair having been confined to self-isolation. The now-retired ex-winger shed further light on his personal encounter with Covid-19, which continues to reek havoc across the globe as governments struggle to fight back. Robben featured on a Bayern-centred podcast, via Bild, and said: “The worst thing for my wife was that she felt this pressure on her chest and had trouble breathing. That was absolutely not a nice feeling. “You also notice how long it lasts. It’s not as if you feel better after a day or two. I’m very glad that it didn’t get too bad.” And with Robben and his partner restricted to their home, friends of the couple fetched groceries for them and took their dog out for a walk every day. He added: “Fortunately we have very dear friends who helped us then. But that was a strange situation, you can’t go out at all. “There are purchases that are then placed in front of the door. You can bring that in later. “We also have a dog that we are not allowed to go to the forest with. Friends picked up the dog and went for a walk with it.” Bernadien has since fought off coronavirus, and Robben admitted his relief. “Fortunately, everything was still under control, but not nice,” he said. She felt really bad, but fortunately she has been tested negative now and is feeling better.Tags: Arjen RobbenBayern MunichBernadienCoronavirusCOVID-19last_img read more

Football News Atalanta keep UEFA Champions League qualification alive with 1-1 draw vs Juventus

first_img Milan: Departing Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri bid farewell to the Turin fans in the team’s final home game this season on Sunday, a 1-1 stalemate against Atalanta that kept the visitors’ hopes of a first-ever Champions League qualification alive. The Juventus fans paid tribute to Allegri, who the club’s management have decided will not be their coach next season, despite winning 11 trophies in five years, but missing out on winning the Champions League.    Juventus have already wrapped up their record eighth consecutive title, which was Allegri’s fifth. The team were officially presented with this year’s Serie A trophy — the first for Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.    Former World Cup winner Andrea Barzagli played his final home game after eight years in Turin and received a resounding ovation when he came off after an hour. On the pitch, forward Mario Mandzukic struck ten minutes from time to cancel out Josip Ilicic’s 33rd-minute goal for Atalanta.RELATED    The point keeps Atalanta’s hopes of a first Champions League campaign alive, which they can seal if they beat Sassuolo in their final game next weekend.    Atalanta moved third ahead of Inter Milan on head-to-head after Luciano Spalletti’s side lost 4-1 at Napoli. Juventus and second-placed Napoli are already through to the Champions League next season. AC Milan is just one point behind Inter and Atalanta in fifth after Krzysztof Piatek and Suso struck in a 2-0 win over Frosinone.    Inter will play their final match against Empoli, who are trying to avoid relegation. Polish striker Piatek got back scoring on 57 minutes at the San Siro, with Spanish winger Suso adding a second nine minutes later.    Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved a Camillo Ciano penalty before Piatek broke his five-match scoring drought with his 22nd goal of the season. Milan is at least assured of a place in next season’s Europa League, along with Roma, who were held to a goalless draw at Sassuolo on Saturday.    The two teams benefited from seventh-placed Torino’s shock 4-1 defeat at Empoli, which ended the northerners’ European hopes. Lazio, in eighth, is sure of playing in the Europa League group stage thanks to their Coppa Italia victory. Empoli moved out of the relegation zone at the expense of Genoa, who were held 1-1 by Cagliari, and are now 18th ahead of next week’s clash with Fiorentina, themselves just three points off the drop zone. highlights Juventus secured their eighth consecutive Serie A title.Atalanta is aiming to secure a UEFA Champions League spot for the first time.Mario Mandzukic and Josep Ilcic scored for their respective teams.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

GFF pleased with Guyana’s showing at CONCACAF U-15 Championship

first_imgDESPITE winning only one of four games, head coach Bryan Joseph and Technical Director Ian Greenwood have both labelled Guyana’s showing at the CONCACAF U-15 Championship a success and a step in the right direction.Guyana was among 39 countries that participated in the August 13-19 Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under-15 Championship, which was said to be the largest CONCACAF tournament ever, including 39 member associations and over 700 youth players from across the Confederation.The developmental tournament featured 81 matches played entirely at the world-renowned IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, Florida.The Guyanese opened the tournament with a 1-1 draw against St Kitts and Nevis, but were beaten 3-1 by rivals Suriname. Guyana wrapped up Group F with a 1-0 win over St Lucia, but later on had their hearts broken by Puerto Rico, who edged them 6-5 on sudden death after finishing regulation 1-1.Joseph hailed the players’ competitive nature but stated that the team lacked the concentration to focus for 90 minutes. He said this was evident since in every match, Guyana were first to get on the scoreboard.However, Joseph pointed out that they received positive feedbacks from spectators, and forecast that in time and should the players continue along the path set by the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) Technical Director Ian Greenwood, they will have a bright future representing both club and country.Meanwhile, Greenwood, who touted players’ development from the youth level since arriving at the GFF, said the team’s showing is a reflection of the players’ commitment to the ongoing work done at their respective Academy Training Centres (ATC).Greenwood, while hailing their good showing at the CONCACAF tournament, challenged them to keep working hard, since there are both local and overseas players who are just as talented, who are “putting in the work” for a chance to represent Guyana.President of the GFF, Wayne Forde, said his federation was “extremely proud” of the team, calling the ATC and Greenwood’s youth development initiative “a worthwhile investment.”Forde pointed out the GFF’s commitment to not only ensuring that the players are afforded the opportunity to train on a continuous basis and at an enabling environment, but also promising to provide a platform for them to showcase their talent both locally and overseas.last_img read more

National pastime: NFL on Turkey Day

first_imgThanksgiving is only a few days away, and soon UW students everywhere will be returning home to their families to participate in the United States’ oldest tradition. The first official U.S. tradition associates the holiday with a meal held in 1621 by the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrims who settled in Plymouth, Mass. This tradition continues in modern times with a turkey dinner, the key element of the celebration.While many details of the American Thanksgiving story are myths that developed in the early 1900s as part of the effort to restore the national identity following the Civil War, no one disputes the date that the first NFL Thanksgiving Day game was played.In 1876, the Intercollegiate Football Association held its championship on Thanksgiving Day, and by 1893 football had officially become a holiday tradition. The New York Herald went so far as to declare it the official holiday for watching football.The NFL played its first Thanksgiving Day game in 1920, when the Akron Pros defeated the Canton Bulldogs 7-0. Featured in the game were Fritz Pollard, the NFL’s first African-American quarterback and Native American star Jim Thorpe.But it was not until the Green Bay Packers took on the Detroit Lions in 1950 that the NFL Thanksgiving Day game really became a national pastime. The two teams would continue to play each other every year until 1963.Since that famous day in 1920, Thanksgiving has emerged as a national football holiday with a side of turkey and stuffing. Thanksgiving is so intertwined with sports that people get worked up to watch the Cowboys and the Lions (yes, the Lions) each year.So why does it work so well? How has a holiday so far removed from the world of sports been defined by the NFL for the last 86 years?TraditionThanksgiving is a tradition that no one can really seem to explain. There are many conflicting reports of when the first Thanksgiving celebration took place, and how the holiday has emerged a pumpkin-pie eating, beer-drinking family reunion will never be explained.Similarly, try and find out why the Cowboys and Lions play on Thanksgiving each year. Beginning in 1966, Dallas has missed playing on Turkey Day only in 1975 and 1977, while a Detroit team has played in the game every year with the exception of a six-season gap from 1939 to 1944.Despite the Cowboys’ and Lions’ standing as disappointing teams in recent years, they continue to play a different opponent every season on Turkey Day. The reason is tradition. I think most football fans would prefer to watch the best teams each year — the Colts and Bears would certainly be appealing this year — but when the fourth Thursday of November rolls around, you’re going to eat turkey even if you have a shot at the finest piece of steak.StuffingWhen a holiday is predicated on stuffing your face until you physically can’t move, it’s no surprise that football somehow became associated with it. No one can just sit in a Barcalounger and watch a game without some tortilla chips or brats to keep themselves busy, and as long as people are watching sports, there will always be a market for kegs and 30-packs.You probably won’t find turkey being grilled at your average tailgate, but when Thanksgiving rolls around it seems like everyone is doing a Fred Flintstone imitation with a drum stick in one hand and a remote control in the other. No NFL game is complete without some form of fatty meat or alcoholic beverage, and the same goes for Thanksgiving.Family ReunionFor some, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reunite with extended family members who you have been dying to see since last November. For most, however, Thanksgiving is the time of year where you’re forced to tell your family everything that is going on in your life, while you wonder if it’s too early to leave the table and check the score in the game.And that is precisely why NFL games need to be played on Thanksgiving Day. No matter how many times your grandmother tells you your hair is too long or that you don’t call her enough, you can take solace in the fact that soon enough you will be able to watch some football.Who’s playing in the game doesn’t really matter, and neither does the score. All that matters is that for a few hours you can watch football with your wacky uncle instead of being grilled by that annoying aunt.We all love our families, but that doesn’t mean we want to spend an entire day with them.TurduckenJohn Madden has accomplished a lot in his illustrious football career. As coach for the Oakland Raiders, Madden won seven AFC West Titles, as well as Super Bowl XI. As an announcer Madden has won 14 Sports Emmy Awards — but perhaps his greatest contribution to the NFL is turducken.For those of you who are unfamiliar with the unusual poultry dish, turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with breadcrumb mixtures or sausage meat.If that isn’t a meal made for 300-pound linemen, then I don’t know what is.So how has exactly has Madden helped to integrate football and Thanksgiving, you ask? Well, while working the annual Thanksgiving Day games for CBS and later FOX, Madden would award a turducken to players of the winning team, knowing they were unable to attend their families’ feasts.Unfortunately, Madden has moved on to the Sunday night broadcast, leaving the turducken tradition out of football for the last few seasons. Nevertheless, Madden’s turducken remains a long-standing Thanksgiving tradition that will forever be linked to the National Football League.Today, the NFL is the largest and most popular professional sports league in the United States. Super Bowl Sunday has become a national holiday all by itself, with fans holding all-day tailgates as the entire country anxiously awaits the big game.Then there is Thanksgiving — a national holiday where we are supposed to give thanks for everything great in our lives. Health and happiness are always on my list, but Thanksgiving Day football is always on the top.Andrew is a junior majoring in journalism. For more information on NFL Thanksgiving Day games contact him at akluger@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Braun: McGwire striking out with admission

first_imgCarlton Fisk may have had the best quote of 2010. And yes, I am aware that it is still January.With Mark McGwire finally coming out about his steroid use — not that we didn’t already know — Fisk had some “kind” words for the former home run king:“Try having your knees operated on and catching for 30 years,” Fisk said to ESPN reporters. “Do you think you feel good when you go out there? [McGwire] had to stand around and play first base. So excuuuuuse me.”Ha. What are you going to say to that, Mark?In his latest question and answer session following his admission of using performance-enhancing drugs, McGwire attempted to avoid answering pestering journalists who were simply curious about the extent of his steroid use. I mean, are we talking Jose Canseco, or Paul Lo Duca? Is there even a difference?Unlike Alex Rodriguez or Roger Clemens, who have documented steroid use, McGwire never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The “Andro Excuse” was a complete load of garbage and we all know it.So congratulations to McGwire for finally admitting it. He was hurting himself more and more each day by hiding from his past.But there’s something about this admission that just doesn’t seem right. It came almost immediately after he signed on to be the Cardinals’ hitting coach, and he even claimed that it didn’t really help him that much. He claimed it doesn’t help hand-eye coordination, blah blah blah.While no doubt a tremendous player in his time, McGwire, like any other baseball player, would not have been as good without steroids. To say otherwise would be blatantly false.So why, when greeted by Cardinals fans, does McGwire get an ovation? I mean, shouldn’t this player, who was the face of the organization for many years, be shunned for embarrassing one of baseball’s most prized franchises?I’m going to call it “The Andy Pettitte Effect.”Just like Pettitte, McGwire’s confession seemingly gave him the love and admiration he’s been dreaming about. That’s incredibly ironic, seeing that he took steroids in the first place in order to boost his fan base. Chicks dig the long ball, right?Why, if we’re so obsessed with cleaning up baseball and ridding it of steroids, do we laud players for their confessions?Here’s where Fisk comes in.Although somewhat out of line in his criticism of McGwire, Fisk is completely correct that none of McGwire’s achievements can be validated, especially the 70 home runs he hit in 1998. What would that number be without steroids?I don’t get players like Albert Pujols (please, please, please be clean!), who, after years of struggling to make it in the big leagues and working their tails off to be the best, come out and support a cheater like McGwire. Like Fisk said later in the ESPN article, “You see guys who are as productive later on as they were early [in their careers]. It offends guys that stayed clean.”Maybe McGwire was coming to the realization that without coming clean, he’d never get in the Hall of Fame. Well here’s a news flash: It definitely won’t happen now. While I don’t get a vote in the selection committee, I’m willing to bet the writers won’t allow someone who tarnished baseball’s image for more than a decade to receive its highest honor.But nevertheless, the fan response is troubling. What constitutes a great player? Is it someone who puts on a show? Someone who hits over 70 home runs in a season and lies to the baseball world for years?Obviously, the answer is no. Unfortunately, baseball fans — including yours truly — are infatuated with power greatness. There’s a reason Manny Ramirez got such a welcoming response after his 50-game suspension last year; it’s because he, like McGwire, gives something for fans to cheer for. It’s something Juan Pierre’s base stealing can’t achieve, and something David Ortiz can’t do anymore (suspicious much?).Hopefully, the day will soon come that we can appreciate the real great players, the clean ones who, among the cheaters like McGwire and Sammy Sosa, were competing with their talent alone.Unfortunately, they have nothing to admit.Jonah is a junior majoring in journalism and Hebrew and Semitic studies, and is currently studying abroad in Paris, France. Think Mark McGwire deserves respect for his confession? Send your thoughts to jonahcbraun@gmail.com.last_img read more

Keita starts for Syracuse due to apparent miscommunication

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Senior center Baye Moussa Keita will make his first start of the season for Syracuse against Boston College on Monday due to an “apparent miscommunication” between the team and the official scorekeepers, SU Athletics spokesman Pete Moore said.With sophomore center DaJuan Coleman still nursing a left leg contusion, Moore said Jerami Grant was expected to make his fifth straight start. However, the scorekeepers had Keita listed as a starter close to game time, so he had to start. In more than 30 years of work in the sports communications industry, Moore said he’s never seen this happen.Keita started 10 games as a freshman in 2010-11, but he has not started in the last two seasons. Comments Published on January 13, 2014 at 9:08 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

Nenagh Celtic reach FAI Junior Cup last sixteen

first_imgMatt Tuttlebee was at the game for TippFM Sport. Elsewhere, tonight sees the Tipperary Cup quarter final take place when St Michaels host Bansha Celtic. Kick-off for that one is at half seven. With two Tipp clubs already in the last eight draw, the North Tipp club are ‘delighted’ to make their way into the last sixteen of this year’s competition. They were up against Dublin’s Vale View Shankhill in the sixth round of the competition. The full time score in Vale Park in Dublin was Vale View Shankhill 0 Nenagh Celtic 3. last_img read more