Historic flooding strikes Heartland as water levels creep higher

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The Arkansas River continued cresting at record levels on Wednesday morning as 57 flood gauges remained at major or record flood stages. Major to historic flooding is expected throughout the week, with concerns again focused on the Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Tropical moisture is delivering heavy rain throughout Gulf Coast states Wednesday morning, and Houston could see flash flooding later in the day. Flash flood watches have been issued for parts of Texas and Louisiana.Over the next few days, some areas could see half a foot of rain, with flash flooding stretching from Texas into the Carolinas.Elsewhere, two tornadoes were seen Tuesday in New Mexico. Minor damage and baseball-sized hail were reported.Severe weather also was reported in Minnesota, where the southern part of the state saw winds of 85 mph. Areas near the Twin Cities saw street flooding with 3 to 4 inches of rain.An estimated 31 million people over 10 states could see severe weather, including damaging wind, hail or tornadoes, throughout Wednesday. Thunderstorms are forecast later in the day for parts of the mid-Atlantic region into New England.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mandela bridge project under way

first_img24 April 2012 Construction of the 140-metre Nelson Mandela Legacy Bridge over the Mbhashe river in the Eastern Cape is progressing well, with the Mvezo and Dondolo villages in particular set to reap major benefits from the R123-million infrastructure project. The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform said this week that the project was part of the government’s Comprehensive Rural Development Programme, as well as the countrywide infrastructure drive announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address earlier this year. Fast-tracking rural development According to the department, the Mveso bridge project includes the building of a new 10-kilometre tar road linking Mvezo – the birthplace of former president Nelson Mandela – with the N2 national road, reducing the distance to East London, Mthatha and Idutywa by at least 50 kilometres. Currently, when travelling to Idutywa, the people of Mvezo have to go via Qunu Village – a 86-kilometre journey. This trip, on completion of the bridge, will be considerably shortened. The project will fast-track economic development by making travelling and transporting goods easier for about 20 000 people living in 21 villages in the surrounding area. “The bridge will improve the lives of people living in and around Madiba’s village and is one of the key contributions to keeping alive the Mandela legacy of a better life for all,” President Jacob Zuma said on 18 July last year, when he presented Mandela with an architect’s model of the bridge as a gift for his 93rd birthday.Heritage potential re-assessed Environmental impact assessments were conducted in the area, the department said, with ecological specialists making sure that any endangered animal and plant species were not affected by the development. Aquatic specialists have been monitoring the quality of the water in the Mbhashe river, while heritage experts have assessed the potential impact of the bridge on the heritage value of the area. According to the department, Mvezo has been earmarked as a future tourist attraction. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Rattray signs on for MX World Champs

first_img9 September 2013 At the time, the teenage Rattray was relatively unknown in international motocross circles. He joined fellow South Africa Gareth Swanepoel on the international circuit, and the two of them made waves until Rattray finally picked up a ride with the KTM factory team. He went on to be crowned world champion in 2008. Now 28, he first relocated from South Africa to Germany in 2000 to compete internationally and qualified for his first GP races in 2001 at the age of just 15. Waters, who team up with Rattray in the MX1 line-up for Husqvarna, is currently racing for the Motorex KTM Racing Team in Australia. He has overcome injury in the current season to be in second position in the 2013 National Championship after nine of 10 rounds. Langston got his break in 1998 when he moved to the Netherlands, followed two years later by his victory in the 125cc World Championships. South Africa’s Tyla Rattray has been signed by the Husqvarna Factory Racing team for the 2014 FIM Motorcross World Championships. Rattray is a former world champion, having won the MX2 (250cc) title in 2008. ManagerFinnish Motocross legend Antti Pyrhonen, presently of F1 star Kimi Raikkonen’s Ice One Racing, will manage the Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna Factory Racing MX1 team and brings with him a wealth of first-hand experience in motocross and personal association with the Husqvarna brand. “The new Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna factory team is aiming for the top. We believe it can be reached by our dedication to the sport, and by the commitment of our riders and their determined will to win.” Husqvarna, which is based in Austria after a 2013 takeover by Pierer Industrie AG, recently made clear its intention to be a major player in next year’s Championship series by entering a full factory team for both MX1 and MX2 classes. AMA competitionRattray, who won the MX2 World Championship with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team in 2008, has spent recent seasons competing in the AMA Supercross (SX) and Motocross (MX) competitions in the USA, and ended the 2011 season as runner-up in the AMA 250 MX class. SA’s first world championTwo decades ago Albertyn became South Africa’s first MX world champion when he won the 125cc (two-stroke) Championship in 1992. He later won two 250cc World Championships – in 1993 and 1994 – before relocating to the USA. In the MX1 (450cc) class it will be Rattray and Australian Todd Waters wearing the Husqvarna colours, while in the MX2 (250cc) class Romain Febvre of France and Alexandr Tonkov of Russia will represent the new team. “Ice One Racing is pleased to welcome Tyla Rattray and Todd Waters, both from outside Europe, to the World Championship series,’ said Raikkonen. SAinfo reporter Five years ago, Rattray became only the third South African to win a FIM Motocross World Championship, following in the footsteps of Grant Langston and Greg Albertyn, when he became the MX2 world champion after the Italian Grand Prix in September 2008. last_img read more

Some Olympic leaders impatient with onslaught of scandals

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a debate in Seoul, South Korea. Former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has been elected chair of the International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission. In his acceptance speech Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, Ban called his new task “a serious responsibility.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)LIMA, Peru — As soon as he got the job, the new ethics chair of the International Olympic Committee received an earful, as well.Former U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon was elected to his new position Thursday — handed the task of restoring credibility to an organization that, according to its own members, is getting “hammered” by an onslaught of unsavory scandals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary In his acceptance speech, Ban called his new task “a serious responsibility.” After he was done, and the floor was opened for questions, IOC members took turns accentuating the challenge he faces.“Quite frankly, we’re getting hammered every day … to the point where there’s a perception out there, not just from the media, but from average people who feel almost betrayed by what they see as continual acts of corruption by high people in international sports,” said Richard Peterkin, the IOC member from Saint Lucia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis week’s IOC session was highlighted by the dual award of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics to Paris and Los Angeles. Sharing those headlines have been almost-daily developments about Brazilian IOC member Carlos Nuzman , who is under investigation for his alleged role in a $2 million vote-buying scheme to bring the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.Earlier this week, IOC president Thomas Bach said the committee was awaiting word from Brazilian authorities before determining next steps. There are IOC members, however, who think the committee should act more decisively. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “The trouble is, presuming innocence is fine, but how long does it take?” New Zealand IOC member Barry Maister said in an interview with The Associated Press shortly after he, too, expressed his frustration during the Q&A with Ban. “It takes an age, and in that time, we just get hammered. It makes it look like we’re pushing the issue under the carpet.”Nuzman isn’t the only IOC member in trouble.—Last month, Patrick Hickey resigned his spot on the IOC executive board, a year after being arrested in Brazil in a ticket-scalping investigation.—Absent from this week’s meetings is IOC member Frankie Fredericks, who was previously removed from the committee’s inspection team for Paris and Los Angeles in the wake of allegations he was caught up in the vote scandal involving Nuzman.—The former head of track and field’s governing body, Lamine Diack, is also involved in the vote-buying scandal; he resigned his IOC position in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Benilde runs Perpetual aground for third win WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  —Another IOC member, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah of Kuwait, did not show this week. He has been implicated in a FIFA bribery case in the United States, and resigned from FIFA in April, but has not left his IOC post.The IOC is seeking improvements in its ethics operation as part of Bach’s “Agenda 2020” reforms. Among the measures: establishing a new chief ethics and compliance officer’s position and creating a new ethics hotline that anyone can use to report violations both on and off the field of play.“I think we’ve made it clear that credibility for us is extremely important,” Bach said. “Because credibility in sports doesn’t only apply to sports competition, but to sports organizations, as well. This is what we addressed expressly with Olympic Agenda 2020.”But the changes take time, and meanwhile, the critical headlines keep coming.“There comes a certain point when you’re taking all this (crap), and you have to come out of the bunker and say, ‘What are we not doing that’s affecting the credibility of the IOC?’” Canadian member Dick Pound said.Maister said the combination of IOC members’ problems, along with the steady stream of medals being reallocated in an ongoing doping crisis, undermine fans’ confidence in sports.“Where are we on a crisis scale? We’re not off the scale. I wouldn’t put a figure on it,” Maister said. “But these are issues that need to be addressed, for sure.”last_img read more

Garcia heats up late as EAC caps off season with a win

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA: LeBron thinks Kyrie won’t get booed as much in Cleveland return PERPETUAL 81 – Eze 21, Ylagan 17, Yuhico 13, Coronel 10, Dagangon 7, Lucente 4, Pido 4, Tamayo 3, Sadiwa 2.Quarters: 25-19, 37-39, 64-59, 83-81. Sidney Onwubere also got a fitting farewell as he nabbed 15 points, nine rebounds, four dimes, a steal, and a block in his final collegiate game.“I’m happy because everyone contributed and did their roles,” said the senior forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEAC held a six-point lead, 78-72, courtesy of a Sean Neri undergoal stab with 3:34 remaining, but Perpetual fought back behind Prince Eze down the stretch.Altas got a chance to inch closer when Garcia fouled AJ Coronel on his three-point attempt with 1.6 ticks remaining. Coronel made his first two attempts to cut the deficit down to two, 83-81, and intentionally missed his third to allow Eze to grab the rebound. Unfortunately, the Nigerian big man botched his putback as the Generals escaped with the victory. Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “At least, we could hold our heads up high,” said coach Ariel Sison whose side snapped its five-game losing streak to wind up with a 7-11 record.Eze fired 21 points and nine rebounds for Perpetual, which stumbled to its seventh straight loss to fall down to 4-13.GJ Ylagan got 17 markers, five boards, and four assists, while Jonathan Yuhico had 13 in the loss.The Scores:EAC 83 – Garcia 22, J. Mendoza 17, Onwubere 15, Bugarin 12, Bautista 6, Diego 6, Neri 3, Tampoc 2, Corilla 0, I. Mendoza 0.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College did just enough to hold off Perpetual, 83-81, and finish off its NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament campaign with a victory Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jerome Garcia unfurled 12 of his 22 points in the payoff period, and added four rebounds, while Jethro Mendoza had 17 markers, three assists, two boards, and two steals.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

4 days agoBianchi hails ex-Man City powerbrokers Shinawatra, Eriksson

first_imgBianchi hails ex-Man City powerbrokers Shinawatra, Erikssonby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City striker Rolando Bianchi says he values his spell in England.The former Torino centre-forward played for City during the Thaksin Shinawatra era.He told TMW: “Shinawatra wanted to win, he didn’t want to waste time. Then he had his problems at home and was forced to sell. I knew City would grow.”I always liked him, he was always present with us when he was in Manchester, he didn’t miss anything, he treated us like a god. We were envied, the player had a single room in retreat, difficult to see in football. So the athletes can self-manage, can rest, they are small but fundamental things.”On playing for Sven-Goran Eriksson, he added: “Very great coach, able to manage the players, he made you have fun. He had an important elegance, he was old-fashioned.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Football The story of Ohio States season hangs on the Big Ten

On Tuesday, it became official that Ohio State is ranked No. 6 in the College Football Playoff, one spot behind Oklahoma, and two spots away from the team’s ultimate goal: a chance to compete for a national championship.But after the season Ohio State has had, is this another playoff or bust season?To offensive coordinator Ryan Day, it is not.“This is all about winning this championship,” Day said. “I’m so proud of the way these guys came out and played last week, after everything that we’ve been through this year, and nothing would be better than to go win this thing here.”The championship Day is talking about is not a national one. Instead, it is the Big Ten Championship against No. 21 Northwestern on Saturday.It can be said that Ohio State is expected to come in every season, make the playoff and compete for a national title. But what about in a season as rocky for the Buckeyes as any in the Urban Meyer era?Ohio State’s head coach didn’t even start the season as head coach, with Day taking the interim duties for the first three games while Meyer sat at home following allegations of covering up the domestic abuse history of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.When Meyer returned, the Buckeyes were 3-0, but nothing became easier.After a hard-fought victory on the road against Penn State, Ohio State went through the “easy” part of its schedule and suffered a 29-point loss to Purdue.Even in the weeks following the supposed “wake-up call,” the Buckeyes defeated two teams with sub-.500 records by less than one score.It took a matchup against rival Michigan, one defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said takes 364 days of preparation, for Ohio State to look like a team ready to live up to the standards of a playoff team.“Every week you pour 100 hours into preparation for the game,” Schiano said. “We always try to go out and play our best game, so we’re gonna do that regardless [what] experts think or committees think.”After a 62-39 statement win against the then-No. 4 Wolverines, people again have their expectations at an Ohio State top-four finish.But Schiano is focused on Saturday, and so is Day. Meyer said after the win that he isn’t focused on any committee, he isn’t interested in anything other than a win, regardless of how he gets it.“It’s really hard to win a college football game,” Meyer said. “There’s never a bad win.”The Buckeyes might be a dominant win against the Wildcats away from taking another shot at the national championship, and the momentum taken from Ohio State playing its best game against the best defense in the country could play a big factor.The 23-point win against Michigan isn’t enough to call a typical Ohio State season successful, but there is something to be said about this Ohio State team.After spending the first quarter of the season without their head coach, and after showing week in and week out why they should not be in the playoff conversation, here the Buckeyes are, right in the thick of playoff conversation.Ohio State still doesn’t control its own destiny. The No. 5 Sooners are more firmly in control, and are a big win against No. 14 Texas away from cementing themself over the Buckeyes, assuming No. 1 Alabama takes care of No. 4 Georgia.On Sunday after the Big Ten Championship, the decision made by the College Football Playoff committee on Ohio State’s fate could make or break what is considered a successful season for fans of the team.But to Day, who started the season as the acting head coach, who has seen the difficulties this team has faced on this bumpy road to being one of six teams with a legitimate shot at a national title, he just wants to see Ohio State at its best once again.“Everything that’s happened this year hasn’t been easy, these games haven’t been easy, you know we’ve been kind of working through it and the kids have been kind of working through it and then we put it all together in the game last week,” Day said. “Now, if we can just play our best football at the end of the season, I think it’ll be a great story about what these kids have been through.”It remains to be seen if Ohio State fans will get the storybook ending to the story they want. But for now, maybe the fact that the Buckeyes are even in this position after a season like this is a story in its own right. read more

Hazards move to Madrid not inevitable Murphy

first_imgFormer Liverpool player Danny Murphy insists that Eden Hazard’s potential move from Chelsea to Real Madrid.The former England midfielder believes that Hazard is enjoying life in London and doesn’t see him leaving the club anytime soon.The Belgium captain has gone on to become one of the finest attacking players on the planet during his time at Stamford Bridge.He has been linked with a move to Real Madrid all summer to replace the already departed Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved to Italy to sign for Juventus earlier this summer.Murphy isn’t convinced the 27-year-old swapping west London for Madrid, with a transfer possible until August 31, is a sure-fire thing though.“I don’t think it’s inevitable that Hazard will end up at Real Madrid,” Murphy told bwin.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“I think he’s very comfortable in London and he has handled the situation very professionally this summer.”“Hazard always speaks highly of Chelsea and I think he has the potential to get even better, to score more goals and to provide more assists.”“He is Chelsea’s world-class player in an attacking sense and the club will need him firing if they’re to get back into the top four this season.”Reports in the Spanish press say Real Madrid will make one last move for Hazard before the transfer window closes on August 31.Los Blancos have already seen their initial approach for the player rejected this summer by Chelsea.last_img read more

AlexanderArnold believes in Liverpool improvement

first_imgThe Reds’ footballer is confident his club will continue to grow in the 2018-2019 English Premier League seasonLiverpool is tied in third place in the English Premier League with 20 points.These are the same quantity of points first-place Manchester City has, but the Reds have six goals less than the Citizens.And for footballer Trent Alexander-Arnold, this is just the start of what can be a great year for Liverpool.“There’s a lot of room for improvement,” the 20-year-old said to ESPN.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We’ve got a lot more to give and a lot more to improve on.”“We know that we’re not a perfect team. That’s something we want to achieve — to be as close to perfection as possible. That’s what we’re working towards every day. We want to win as many games as possible. It doesn’t matter how we do it, we’re not fussed as long as we get the three points,” he explained.“That’s something we’ve shown this season — even when we haven’t been at our best, we’re still grinding out results and getting results on the board. That’s something that’s important to us and important for any team that wants to be successful.”“There have only been eight games, so we’ve still got another 30 to go. It’s a long season. We know it’s going to be very difficult, but it’s an aim of ours and we want to be around the top of the league come May,” Alexander-Arnold commented.last_img read more