first_imgTopics : “Nothing is more important than human lives. Please make utmost effort through the night to search for missing people,” Abe said after Japanese television broadcast images of overturned cars, people shoveling mud from their homes and the military rescuing stranded residents in boats.”We had no electricity and no running water,” one rescued woman told the broadcaster. “It was tough.”TV footage also showed a gymnasium-turned-evacuation center equipped with face masks, disinfectants and thermometers to prevent coronavirus infections.The Japan Meteorological Agency urged people to stay vigilant, as more rains are predicted.”From this evening on, extremely heavy rains with thunder are expected in southern as well as northern Kyushu,” an agency official told Reuters.”The rainfall so far has already loosened the ground. There is a high chance of landslides occurring, even without much additional rain.”  The death toll from floods and landslides unleashed by torrential rains on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu rose to 20 on Sunday, with 14 people missing, NHK public TV said.More heavy rain is forecast after Saturday’s deadly deluge in the Kumamoto prefecture, Japan’s worst natural disaster since Typhoon Hagibis in October last year left about 90 people dead.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a meeting of Japan’s disaster response task force to step up the search and rescue operations.last_img read more

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first_imgLifestyleTravel InselAir celebrates 16th destination with inaugural flight by: – November 15, 2011 35 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Image via: airplane-pictures.netWILLEMSTAD, Curacao — On Tuesday, Curacao-based airline InselAir will celebrate its 16th destination – Barquisimeto, Venezuela — with a festive inaugural flight. InselAir will treat invitees and regular passengers to a festive program, which includes a short welcome ceremony at HATO International airport, extra onboard raffles and an invitation-only celebration at Jacinto Lara Aeropuerto in Barquisimeto.“Since announcing Barquisimeto as our 16th destination, we have received many positive reactions from the public. We feel we are complying with the demand for this Venezuelan destination. We also have plans to add destinations Barranquilla, Colombia, and Maracaibo, Venezuela, to our pan-American network,” said chief general and international affairs manager, Edward Heerenveen.InselAir operates 16 international destinations in 11 countries within the pan-American region. In South America, InselAir operates to destinations Caracas, Valencia, Barquisimeto and Las Piedras in Venezuela, Medellin in Colombia, and Suriname. Destinations within the USA include Miami, Charlotte and Puerto Rico. Other destinations in the Caribbean are Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Kingston, St Maarten, Santo Domingo and Haiti. Miami, Charlotte, Curacao and Aruba are used as hubs.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgOldenburg Academy Swim Results.Girls:  OA 79, Lawrenceburg 77.Highlights:   200 Medley Relay – 1st (Meredith Maier, Colleen Dietz, Erica Geers, Caroline Storms); 200 Free – 1st Elaine Welage; 100 Fly – 1st Erica Geers; 500 Free – 1st Caroline Storms; 200 Free Relay – 1st (Madelyn Maier, Huntyr Rose, Meredith Maier, Caroline Storms); 100 Back – 1st Elaine Welage; and 400 Free Relay – 1st (Madelyn Maier, Huntyr Rose, Meredith Maier, Caroline Storms).Boys:   OA 82, Lawrenceburg 70Highlights:  200 Medley Relay – 1st (Chris Nurrenberg, John Pelzel, Ben Wanstrath, Liam Mungcal); 200 Free – 1st Jeremy Kelnhofer; 200 IM – 1st John Pelzel; 200 Free Relay – 1st (Ben Wanstrath, Liam Mungcal, Chris Nurrenberg, John Pelzel); 100 Back – 1st Ben Wanstrath; 100 Breast – 1st Liam Mungcal; 400 Free Relay – 1st (John Pelzel, Chris Nurrenberg, Liam Mungcal, Ben Wanstrath).Submitted by OA Coach Shawwn Storms.last_img read more

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first_imgAs the old saying goes, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. We may have a roar of a weekend as we enter the new month.The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from 1 a.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Monday for the entire listening area. The winter storm could potentially drop six inches of snow and create some unpleasant driving conditions.On Saturday morning, flurries are possible which could potentially turn to rain showers during the afternoon. Forecasters say there is a chance for snow, freezing rain and sleet from Saturday night and into Sunday morning.On Sunday, freezing rain and sleet are forecasted throughout the day with a high of 30 degrees and low of 14. Snow will accompany the storm as we get closer to the work week.The National Weather Service is predicting accumulating snow on Monday morning.WRBI will have continuing up to date information on the winter storm that could result in school closings.In the event of a stranded vehicle or power outage, click here for some safety tips >>last_img read more

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first_img Leigh Roche gets the nod to partner fellow Al Maktoum-owned runner Tahaany, who stepped up to this level last time out when fourth in the Athasi Stakes at the Curragh. Euphrasia, who served up a 33-1 shock when making all in this race last year, is back to defend her crown but she has concede upwards of 3lb to the field. Trainer Joseph Murphy said of the five-year-old: “I’m expecting a big run. It was yielding to soft last year when she won and hopefully it is the same. “She’s a filly who is very good on her day. I’m happy with her since Gowran Park (where she ran last month). Gary Carroll rides Cristal Fashion so we had to go hunting for a jockey so Wayne Lordan rides her.” Mizzava, the highest-rated filly in the race off a mark of 105, represents Mick Halford. The four-year-old was fifth in both the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes last year and she holds an entry in the Pretty Polly Stakes in the Curragh at the end of June. Halford said: “I was happy with her in Gowran. She has come on a lot since then. This looks a good opportunity for her. I’m hoping she will progress as the season goes on. She settles in her races and I’ve no worries about her getting the trip.” Des McDonogh’s Morga is an intriguing contender, having finished fifth in a Group Three at the Curragh in March before winning a maiden hurdle at Cork and then a novice hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. McDonogh said: “She’s in such good form that we have decided to run. There’s nothing to run her in over hurdles now. She’s in good heart and has come on from Punchestown. This is my first ever runner in a Group race. She’s owned by Jim Bolger’s wife and Kevin Manning is on board. It would be great to get some black type with her.” Champion trainer Aidan O’Brien runs Dazzling, who holds engagements in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Irish Oaks and is likely to go off favourite. Cristal Fashion for Ger Lyons and Paul Deegan’s Achnaha also line up. Earlier on the card, O’Brien’s War Envoy goes head to head with the Lyons-trained Cappella Sansevero in the Fishery Lane Race. Both impressed on their debuts, with War Envoy winning at Naas, while Lyons’ runner scored at Dundalk. The Rosewell House trainer relies on three-year-old fillies Tarfasha, who is making her seasonal reappearance, and Tahaany, a winner already during this campaign, in the mile-and-a-quarter heat at Naas. Tarfasha won her juvenile maiden in Galway last July before signing off in September with a third-placed finish to My Titania in a Curragh Group Three. Pat Smullen takes the mount on Hamdan Al Maktoum’s filly. Dermot Weld holds a strong hand in Wednesday’s Group Three Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Blue Wind Stakes.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_imgThis Tuesday, USC Visions and Voices presented “Lost Borders: Water, Climate Change and the West,” a play and multimedia slideshow to exhibit the water scarcity problem in the Western United States.Water woes · Melody Butiu, part of The Chisera, discusses the dangers of the drought afflicting Los Angeles in Doheny Memorial Library. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanAccording to the event’s page, the Western United States has long been plagued by issues due to water, which in turn negatively affect state borders, farming, economics, immigration and most recently climate change.The play, entitled The Chisera, was written by USC playwright Paula Cizmar. Cizmar is an award-winning scriptwriter whose work has been featured in such venues as The Jungle Theatre in Minneapolis and the American Place Theatre in New York. Cizmar has written a number of plays, including, but not limited to, The Death of a Miner, Candy & Shelley Go to the Desert and Pretty Places.The Chisera parallels the lives of two women and displays the effects of corporate greed on the environment. The event’s title, “Lost Borders,” takes its name from the work of nature writer Mary Hunter Austin, whose life work was also the inspiration for one of the main characters. Austin’s work, as well as the play, focused on the fight to keep control of water in the Owens Valley and Austin’s struggle to engage Sacramento and the Valley’s passion for the cause.Following Cizmar’s play, USC Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences Sarah J. Feakins led a discussion on climate change and drought in the Western United States, specifically the recent drought problem that has arisen in Los Angeles.“We have no sense at all that anything is awry in L.A.,” Feakins said. “In Northern California, ironically, much of the water is local, and so the drought is being felt much more there.”According to Feakins, there have been no mandatory water cuts in Los Angeles thus far, but it is recommended to residents to cut water use by 20 percent if possible.As a geologist, Feakins noted that part of her passion arises from on-site visits and seeing the effects of the drought in person. She noted that if L.A. residents were to drive a few hours outside of the city, they certainly would “take shorter showers.”“It’s very good for us to get out [of L.A.],” Feakins said. “We live in this bubble that is isolated.”Feakins encouraged the audience to present on-campus solutions to the drought problem. Many audience members were happy to contribute, presenting ideas such as shutting the fountains off during the day.“Coming back to the idea of awareness, a lot of this is a PR issue more than anything,” said one engaged audience member during the discussion. He later mentioned that he took the initiative to write a letter to the office of President C. L. Max Nikias addressing the drought issue and asking that he do more on campus in a preventative effort.“It’s not a sustainable thing that we have going here,” another audience member said. “If you drive out a few hours, it’s a wasteland.”Nadia Fallahi, a freshman majoring in public relations, stressed the importance of being aware of environmental issues.“Being informed about the environment is very important,” Fallahi said. “I think that more people need to be aware of the drought and what’s going on, and how it can affect all of our lives. We need to be informed about how to act accordingly.”last_img read more

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first_img Published on September 26, 2015 at 6:53 pm Contact Brett: blsamuel@syr.edu | @Brett_Samuels27 Pockets of gold and purple filled the Carrier Dome on Saturday as thousands of Louisiana State University football fans turned out to see No. 8 LSU (3-0, 2-0 Southeastern) defeat Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast), 34-24.One corner of the Dome was solid gold and purple, and there was a smattering of the colors throughout the rest of the crowd. Chants of “Go Tigers” rang through the stadium after each LSU score. When Tigers players waved their arms asking for more noise, fans responded. The school’s marching band even made the trip to central New York.“I haven’t missed a game in 33 years,” said Bobby Durr, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana resident who made the drive to be in attendance Saturday. In front of Durr’s motor home was an inflatable tiger. A large stuffed tiger lay in the front windshield.“I’m actually a little disappointed,” Durr added. “Usually there’s over 100 motor homes.”The drive from Baton Rouge to Syracuse is about 1,434 miles, a 20-plus hour drive without stopping.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe LSU contingent reportedly purchased all of the school’s 5,000-ticket allotment for the game, in addition to fans who live more locally and purchased tickets on their own.The result was a full Carrier Dome, and a Skytop tailgate scene unlike other games.Mobile homes lined the entrance to Skytop on South Campus. Dozens of fans sported No. 7 LSU jerseys for star running back Leonard Fournette. One man stood near his tent wearing purple Crocs and a bright gold polo shirt.Bryan and Kathy Gallant, residents of Bossier City, Louisiana, took a flight from Atlanta to attend the game. The pair said they try to attend at least one road game per year.“We planned this trip about a year ago,” said Kathy, clad in a shimmering gold shirt, fleur-de-lis earrings and tiger ears.Richard Frazier and his friend Don Lively made the approximately 20-hour drive with their wives, caravanning in their respective mobile homes. Frazier said he’s been attending LSU games for 45 years now. His wife is an alumna of the school.“Do you know what a Confederate flag looks like?” Lively asked at one point. “Well we’ve got an LSU Confederate flag.”Logan Reidsma | Photo EditorMoments later, he posed with a gold flag with purple bars, joined by his wife who wore a shirt emblazoned with a large tiger head.Many of the LSU fans at Skytop commented that Syracuse and its fans had been very welcoming.Several LSU fans said Syracuse is close to the farthest they’ve traveled for a road game, second only to Seattle. A few others said they’d already booked hotel rooms in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where the Tigers will play the Wisconsin Badgers in 2016.Around 9:30 in the morning, Keith Donaldson, who lives in Cut Off, Louisiana, tried to recall the last time he’d missed an LSU football game. He couldn’t come up with a date.“It’s kind of my thing,” he said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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first_imgIn its last game before final exams, the University of Wisconsin-Madison men’s basketball team will host UW-Green Bay Wednesday night at the Kohl Center.The 14th-ranked Badgers (9-2) are victors of five straight, and are coming off of a 93-84 win over Marquette. The Phoenix (4-5) have lost three of their last four games.Wisconsin led by as much as 30 against UW-Green Bay last year, but saw that margin dwindle to three before winning 84-79. Turnovers served as the primary reason for the Phoenix’s comeback — UW coughed up the ball 26 times against their full-court press.Senior guard Bronson Koenig turned it over eight times, a career-high. He called it one of the worst games in his career Monday, and added that his roommates still chide him anytime the city of Green Bay is mentioned.Men’s basketball: No. 17 Badgers look to avoid letdown as they ready for Idaho StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will close its four-game home stand Wednesday night against Idaho State at the Read…“They’re going to try to get up into us and pressure us and stuff like that,” Koenig said. “I think we’re much better this year with the emphasis the coaches have put on taking care of the ball, and we’ve done a lot better job of that as of late.”Last year’s game was also UW head coach Greg Gard’s first game at the helm. Bo Ryan retired eight days before the matchup.UW associate head coach Lamont Paris said a long time ago, a wise coach told him that four or five times a season coaches won’t recognize their teams during film studies. Paris hopes three of those instances are because the team is playing so well. But his assessment of the Badgers’ play against the Phoenix last year fell into the opposite category.“We were surprised we didn’t handle the situations,” Paris said. “Some of the decisions we were making were uncharacteristic of how we normally play.”Paris, like Koenig, said last year’s team was better at turning over opponents compared to this year’s, but it’s something UW will prepare for.“I think last year they were probably better,” Paris said. “I think the numbers would bear out better that way. I think they were a little more aggressive at times too. Now, they’re getting more aggressive over the last few games.”Statistically, the discrepancy from year-to-year isn’t drastic. The Phoenix forced 16.9 turnovers per game last season and have opponents turning it over 15.9 times per game this season.So far on the season, UW-Green Bay allows 78.8 points per game, which is close to what UW averages per game offensively (77.4). The difference is that UW’s defense ranks 21st in the nation in terms of points allowed (61.4).Men’s basketball: No. 17 Wisconsin has no problem with lowly Idaho State in 78-44 victoryGames are never over before they start, but the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team hardly belonged on the same Read…Charles Cooper (13.6 points per game) leads the Phoenix offensively, with Trevor Anderson (12.1 ppg) providing scoring support.Tip off is set for 8 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.last_img read more

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first_imgThe baseball team makes its second trek in two weeks to the Pacific Northwest on Friday, as they take on Washington State in a three-game set in Pullman. USC is currently 16-19 overall on the season, but its record in Pac-12 play sits at 5-7 after the team was swept by Oregon last weekend.The Trojans crushed 5 home runs, snapping a four-game skid with an 8-3 victory over Long Beach State on Tuesday. Sophomore Adalberto Carrillo hit his sixth and seventh dingers of the season in a 2-homer effort, junior Corey Dempster and senior David Oppenheim went back-to-back in the third, and junior Jeremy Martinez blasted a pitch over the wall in a straightaway center in the fifth. The 5 home runs were the most USC has hit in one game since 1997.Sophomore Mitch Hart made his fourth start of the season on the mound for the Trojans, and the righty logged a perfect inning before being lifted for freshman CJ Stubbs. Stubbs, freshman Marrick Crouse, senior Marc Huberman and junior Jeff Paschke combined to hold Long Beach State to 3 runs and seven hits over the remaining eight innings and seal a much-needed win.USC entered the year with high expectations following a strong regular season in 2015 and after putting up a tough fight in the postseason against eventual national champions Virginia. The 2016 season may not be going quite so swimmingly, but despite the disappointing current overall record, the Trojans know: Make the NCAA Tournament, and anything could happen from there.“Once we get in [to the tournament], we don’t think there’s going to be anyone who can stop us,” Carrillo said. “We just have to find a way to get in and just keep on winning.”Head coach Dan Hubbs agreed with his third baseman, pointing out that Virginia squeaked into tournament last year before going on to win the College World Series.“Two weeks before the regionals, it didn’t look like [Virginia was] going to get in … and they won the whole thing,” Hubbs said. “This team has that kind of talent. It’s just a matter of putting it together, getting healthy, and playing well enough at the right time.”USC is eighth in the Pac-12, three games behind leaders Utah, who the Trojans took two of three against two weekends ago. The team looks to get its season back on track with a good showing against the cellar-dweller Cougars, who lie at the bottom of the conference standings. Washington State won its first Pac-12 series of the season last weekend in an impressive set against No. 14 Oregon State, and the Cougars will shoot for two in a row against USC.As he has preached throughout the season, Hubbs said as long as his players believe in their ability and don’t press at the plate, on the mound, or in the field, they will get results.“We just have to continue to stay within ourselves,” he said. “Offensively, we can score off of anyone … and on the pitching side, it’s just been inconsistency. If we shore that up, then I think we’ll be fine.”First pitch at Bailey-Brayton Field is slated for 5 p.m. on Friday. After their long road trip to Pullman, the Trojans will enjoy a long stay in Los Angeles, as they begin a seven-game home stand next Tuesday against UC Irvine. USC then welcomes Arizona and Washington to Dedeaux Field on back-to-back weekends before taking on UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium in a three-game series the following week.last_img read more

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first_img Published on April 30, 2018 at 10:25 pm In her first season at SU, Ella Simkins played only five of Syracuse’s 22 games. At that point, she was still a midfielder. A year later, and after the graduation of four defenders, Simkins has filled a void.“It was an opportunity for her to contribute on the defensive end this year,” SU assistant coach Regy Thorpe said of Simkins’ move to defense. “I think for our needs this year, we really needed to crank up our athleticism on the D end and clearing.”Simkins has started all 18 games for No. 19 Syracuse (9-9, 1-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) and leads the team with 16 caused turnovers. The Long Island native ranks second on the team in ground balls, with 30.“I really enjoy playing defense,” Simkins said, “and I was interested in learning the position because I kinda only knew the backstory.”Simkins had always played offensive midfield, and didn’t understand the intricacies of the defense behind her. During her transition, she was exposed to a completely new understanding of the offense and of the team’s communication. Her position change has increased her knowledge of the game, she said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Playing behind the crease, I get to see the field differently,” Simkins said. “It’s just a different mindset.”A game that stands out for Simkins is not one that highlighted her own personal success. It’s a game in which her team played well together. When Syracuse took on then-No. 4 Florida in early March, the defense held off a late run to win 17-15.“This year, a really good game for us was against Florida,” the sophomore said. “We had a lot of good stops, which really hyped us up. All of our defense came together and we were definitely really excited about how we played.”Digital Design Editor | Kevin CameloThorpe helped recruit Simkins out of high school, and in that process, her athleticism and power stood out. Now as a defender, Simkins’ speed shows as she sprints down the field to clear the ball.“I definitely take a big part in the clear,” Simkins said. “I run the ball down the field, dodging defenders and looking for that pass to get over the restraining line to get the ball into the offensive end.”Beyond the clear, her strongest attribute is getting the first bump on the person she’s defending, and using her strength to manipulate the opposition, she said.A bump is one method defenders can use to make early contact with an attacker to slow them down. When Simkins reflected on the importance of getting the bump, she emphasized how vital it is for defenders to be able to control the pace of the game.Simkins’ close friend and teammate, Asa Goldstock, complimented the defender.“She has a couple roles on our team,” Goldstock said. “She’s a great defender, she’s really coming together as a leader … and she does a really good job at getting everyone on our team to come together prior to games.”Simkins has her whole team’s goal in mind.“Every day I come in with the same mindset: do whatever I have to do to better my team and get us to our end result,” Simkins said, “which is a national championship.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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