first_imgBig Lake is about 95 miles northwest of Kansas City and has a permanent population of 150 and another 150 summer residents. Nearby, the communities of Craig and Fortescue also were threatened, Sitherwood said. In Agency, a town of about 100 surrounded on three sides by the Platte River, most had already evacuated. The town was hit hard in 1993 in one of the most costly and devastating floods in U.S. history. That flood claimed 48 lives in the Midwest and caused $18 billion in damage. By midday Tuesday, a few homes were partially submerged, as were nearby roads and a cemetery. “It isn’t as bad as 1993,” said Pauline Gibson, 71. “But it’s working on it. We don’t want it like ’93, but they say more rain is coming and that’s not good.” Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt declared a state of emergency and mobilized National Guard troops to help. At least 19 Kansas counties declared local disaster emergencies. AGENCY, Mo. – Five burst levees along the Missouri River sent a deluge of water that submerged the tiny town of Big Lake on Tuesday, as thousands in the region fled their homes amid warnings that the flooding could approach the devastation of 1993. The levees broke Monday south of Big Lake, along with four smaller levees along the Tarkio River and the Tarkio Creek, and the rush of river water immersed the town on Tuesday, said Mark Sitherwood, presiding commissioner of Holt County. Many of the buildings in town had several feet of water inside, said Holt County Clerk Kathy Kunkel. “The town is a loss. At this time, we don’t know, but it looks like that’s what’s going to happen,” Sitherwood said. No injuries were reported. Most Big Lake residents evacuated Monday but a handful had to be rescued by boat Tuesday, Sitherwood said. “Once we’ve dealt with the entire flood across the state, we’ll begin to evaluate the damage and find out what kind of assistance might be available,” Blunt said Tuesday. River towns across much of Missouri were evacuating low-lying areas Tuesday or seeking help filling and stacking sandbags. “We’re scrambling around here,” said Steve Mellis, who was volunteering near the central Missouri town of Easley as residents moved boats and equipment to higher ground. Two-thirds of the town of Mosby, 20 miles northeast of Kansas City, was already under 2 to 4 feet of water from the overflowing Fishing River, said D.C. Rogers, Clay County director of emergency services. He said the town’s 242 residents began evacuating Monday morning. By evening, only one route into the community remained open. Evacuations were voluntary in several western Missouri counties, but a mandatory evacuation was imposed in Parkville, just across the Missouri River from Kansas City, said Jessica Robinson, a spokeswoman for the governor. Parts of Missouri, Iowa and Kansas received 4 to 8 inches of rain in a 24-hour period, the National Weather Service said. Since the 1993 floods in the Mississippi and Missouri river basins, only two or three other flooding episodes have been comparable to what forecasters are predicting in the next several days, weather service meteorologist Andy Bailey said. The 1993 flood was caused by melting snow combined with heavy rain over two months. After that, state buyouts of property on flood plains left fewer residences in danger of future floods. “But make no mistake,” Bailey added, “this is a major flood.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – The search for three missing American soldiers abducted after an attack south of Baghdad continued Monday as the al-Qaida group that claimed responsibility for the ambush said the soldiers would never be found. “What you are doing searching for your soldiers will be in vain and lead to nothing but fatigue and unrest,” said a statement posted on jihadist Web sites by the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella insurgent group that includes al-Qaida in Mesopotamia. “Your soldiers are in our hands. If you desire safety do not look for them.” The statement suggested the group was reveling in a manhunt that required a hefty deployment of resources at a time when Congress has pressed the American military to show progress here by September. About 4,000 American soldiers have been scouring the orchards and villages near Mahmudiya, a predominantly Sunni Arab farming town where the attack occurred early Saturday. A similar search involving 8,000 soldiers last June for two American soldiers captured in a town nearby forced commanders to cancel or delay operations in other parts of Iraq until after they were found dead four days later. On Monday, the American military reported the deaths of four American soldiers, a Marine and an airman throughout Iraq. Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, the top military spokesman in Baghdad, said the search effort would continue. Of the four American soldiers and one Iraqi soldier who died in the ambush, he said in a statement, one American was still unidentified. “We are using every asset and resource available to the United States and our Iraqi allies in these efforts,” he said. He confirmed American officials believe “al-Qaida or an affiliate group” engineered the abduction. He said it took 56 minutes for reinforcements to arrive at the scene of the ambush because the first and second units sent to assist discovered roadside bombs along the way. He also said that “elements of the same unit” that was attacked heard the initial explosion at 4:44 a.m., suggesting the two Humvees burned at the scene had not been traveling alone. Typically, American convoys include at least three vehicles. Two Iraqi security officials in the area, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters, said that five Humvees were on a rural road in predawn darkness when a roadside bomb exploded near the fourth, setting it ablaze. As gunmen stormed the fifth Humvee, abducting the three soldiers, the first three vehicles continued on. American military officials did not confirm the account. Procedures for handling attacks vary; some commanders tell units to drive through ambushes and call for backup. The statement from the Islamic State of Iraq was its second regarding Saturday’s attack, and it called the war in Iraq “a competition,” according to a translation by the Site Institute, which tracks jihadist Web sites. The abduction, it suggested, was an effort to even the score after Caldwell’s announcement earlier this month that American troops had killed Muharib Abdul Latif al-Jubouri, a senior leader of al-Qaida in Mesopotamia. It went on to cite the rape last year of a teenage girl by American troops near where the abduction occurred. A similar statement was issued during the search for the two American soldiers captured in June. It came from the Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella insurgent group that was a precursor to the Islamic State of Iraq and included al-Qaida in Mesopotamia. It was released roughly a month after a four-day search led to the discovery of the soldiers’ bodies on a booby-trapped road a few miles from where they had been abducted. In a sign of what might be to come, that statement accompanied a video that showed the soldiers’ mutilated bodies wearing tattered green army uniforms. One of the soldiers in the video had been decapitated. The area south of Baghdad where both abductions of soldiers occurred, known as the “triangle of death,” has been perpetually difficult for the American military to control. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola © AFP/File / Denis LOVROVICMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 13 – Pep Guardiola has denied reports that he has a break clause in his Manchester City contract that would allow him to leave the Premier League champions at the end of the season.The Catalan signed a deal last year keeping him at the Etihad Stadium until 2021, but reports had suggested that it included an option allowing Guardiola to depart 12 months early. Speculation about his future has surfaced with City trailing leaders Liverpool by 14 points.“No,” It is not true,” Guardiola said at Friday’s pre-match press conference when asked about whether the break clause exists. “I spoke about that a few weeks ago, about my intentions for the club.”Last month the City boss, whose side face Arsenal on Sunday, underlined his commitment to the club.“I want to stay. I don’t have any reasons to move,” he said at the time. “I am incredibly satisfied to work with this club, with these players, and if the people think I am going to resign for these results… the people do not know me.“I like to have this challenge, I love to be in this position. If the club wants (me) next season I want to be here 100 percent. I want to live in this city because I know lovely people here and I want to work and live with them and I want to be here.”– Man City struggles –Guardiola’s curt denial aside, there is no doubt that City are negotiating their most difficult period in his three-and-a-half years in charge at the Etihad, to the extent that the manager and players cancelled their own Christmas party this week.Having returned from a Champions League game in Zagreb in the early hours of Thursday, and facing a trip to Arsenal on Sunday, City personnel took a collective decision not to join the club staff’s Christmas festivities.“We played Wednesday and we got back late to Manchester and, with regeneration, people were tired,” the City manager said on Friday.“We had a game in two or three days. Myself and the payers preferred to be at home with the families.”Guardiola insisted that teenage midfielder Phil Foden is still in his thoughts, saying he faced stiff competition from Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Bernardo Silva.The local academy product has only started four games all season — none in the Premier League — and has just three league starts to his name in his career.But Guardiola, not for the first time, said Foden had a bright future under his leadership.“He has played 50 games and he’s 19 years old, in one of the top teams in Europe,” he said.“I don’t know if there’s anyone of his age who’s played that many. We’re delighted with him and he’ll make incredible games in the future. So happy with the way he’s played, an incredible experience for him, help every training session.”“Every season he’s playing more minutes and one day he’ll be a player who will play every weekend, we’ll see when.”Sergio Aguero and John Stones are unlikely to feature at the Emirates and David Silva is also a doubt.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgMeath players train at O’Donnell Park last nightMEATH’S senior footballers were helped out at a local GAA club last night – ahead of their All-Ireland qualifier against Derry later today.The Leinster side booked into the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny yesterday and sent out an SOS looking for somewhere to do a pre-match training session.Local club St Eunan’s stepped in and Meath’s management and team were welcomed at the club. The senior county men were given the training pitch at O’Donnell Park for the evening – the club’s U14s were playing on the main pitch in a 5-09 to 1-12 win over Gaoth Dobhair in the county northern championship semi-final.Said Eunan’s Vincent McGlynn: “We’re all part of the GAA family and when Meath asked for help, we were happy to oblige.”Meath are being widely tipped to end Derry’s season in Owenbeg today (2.30pm TI).  ST EUNAN’S TO THE RESCUE AS MEATH TRAIN IN DONEGAL AHEAD OF DERRY CLASH was last modified: July 9th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DerryGAAMeathO’Donnell ParkSt Eunanslast_img read more

first_imgMartin McHugh.GAA: Martin McHugh has criticised the style of play adopted by both Tyrone and Donegal in yesterday’s Ulster SFC final, describing it as ‘poor’ match. Yesterday’s final had a gripping finale, with some breathtaking scores from Peter Harte and Sean Cavanagh eventually winning it for Donegal.However, many were unimpressed by the majority of what was served up by both sides. Donegal had been in a commanding position at half-time, but a poor second-half, ensured Tyrone would take the Ulster SFC back to the county for the first time since 2010.In his column with The Irish Daily Star, McHugh wrote, “Donegal invented this style of football and we are probably going to suffer by it.“We were lucky enough that we got an All-Ireland out of it, but it was a triumph that came at a cost.“The minute teams copped on to what we were doing, they all started doing it against us. “It’s terrible to watch when two teams set-up like Donegal and Tyrone and play the exact same way.“And it’s plain to see it’s the only way Donegal can play now.”McHugh feels Tyrone will have to play much better if they want to progress further in the All-Ireland series, and said only two Donegal players played to their potential.Outside of MacNiallais and McHugh no Donegal player played anywhere near close to what they are capable of, and yet they were still a point up in the 69th minute.“That has to worrying from a Tyrone point of view, they’ll need to do produce much more if they are to compete for an All-Ireland.” “WHEN TEAMS SET UP LIKE THAT AND PLAY THE SAME WAY, IT’S HORRIBLE TO WATCH” – MARTIN MCHUGH was last modified: July 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAAMartin McHughnewsSportTyroneUlster SFClast_img read more

first_imgDDTV: Come along to the Balor Theatre in Ballybofey this Saturday and enjoy a lunchtime concert to celebrate Fête de la Musique as part of the 5th Cello Meeting Ireland.The concert will feature participants of the Cello Master classes in solo and cello ensemble playing as well as the Donegal Junior String Orchestra. The programme will include music by Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and many more.Teas, coffees and refreshments will be available at the venue and you are welcome to bring your own lunch.The event is organised by the Donegal Music Education Partnership with the Donegal Chamber Music Society.Balor Theatre, Saturday June 21st at 1.15pm Our video features a young Donegal Chamber Music String Quartet. Click play to watch. DDTV: YOUNG DONEGAL MUSICIANS TO CELEBRATE EUROPEAN DAY OF MUSIC was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5th Cello Meeting IrelandDonegal Chamber MusicDonegal Music Education PartnershipFête de la Musiquelast_img read more

first_imgGardai are investigating the cause of a fire at a house on Main Street in Carrigans.The incident happened just after 5am this morning.It is not believed that anybody was in the house at the time. Main Street remains closed and motorists travelling to Derry from St Johnston should divert through Killea.GARDAI INVESTIGATE CAUSE OF FIRE AT HOUSE was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarrigansfireGardailast_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa’s Department of Education is set to launch a Teacher Laptop Initiative that will make teachers permanently employed by the state eligible for a monthly allowance to buy a laptop computer from 1 July. Software loaded on the laptop will include Windows XP or higher, Microsoft Office 2007, anti-virus software, school administration and national curriculum software, and teacher development materials. A monthly allowance will be paid to qualifying teachers – selected by provincial education departments based on their seniority – for a period of five years, renewable every five years, upon proof of acquiring the computer. ICT in teaching, learning SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Minimum specifications According to minimum specifications set by the department, available in the Government Gazette of 8 May, the laptops must have a 160 GB hard drive, 1 GB of memory, a DVD reader/writer, wired and wireless LAN and a voice-fax modem for internet connectivity. 1 June 2009 In return, teachers will have to make the laptop available for inspection by education department officials, e-mail the department each month, and allow the principal to verify that the laptop is being used and take a register. The department says in a statement that the initiative is part of its strategy to improve information communication technologies (ICTs) in teaching and learning in South Africa. The allowance prices a laptop with the minimum required specifications at about R11 750, comprising R4 000 for the hardware, discounted software at R350, insurance at R1 200 and internet connectivity at R6 000 per annum, which equates to a stipend of about R195 per month.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Corn Marketing Program (OCMP) is pleased to announce Speedway LLC (Speedway) as the first recipient of The Ethanol Infrastructure Grant Program. Speedway, based in Enon, Ohio, will use the grant to increase ethanol availability in Franklin, Hancock, Lake, Cuyahoga, Warren and Clark counties.The grant program creates the opportunity for fuel retailers to significantly expand the reach of ethanol in Ohio through financial support for the purchase and installation of dispensing equipment that is compatible with ethanol-blended fuels.“Over 722,000 Ohio motorists are driving flex fuel vehicles, and they deserve access to efficient and clean burning ethanol,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of Ohio Corn Marketing Program. “We are proud of our farmers’ dedication to ethanol demand expansion, as they continue to invest significant corn checkoff dollars to improving ethanol availability.”OCMP is working in partnership with Guardian Energy to financially support the program. Guardian Energy operates an ethanol plant in Lima, Ohio. The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and the American Lung Association of the Midland States assist in administering the grants. Additional grants for fuel retailers are still available for a limited time.The Ethanol Infrastructure Grant Program details include:•           Funding structure to aid in the purchase of ethanol compatible fuel dispensing equipment and site work (i.e. tanks) to accommodate installation•           Priority given to fuel retailers looking to install in multiple locations•           Simple application process with assistance available for completing appropriate paperwork•           Quick reimbursement when projects are completed.Please contact Brad Moffitt at 740.201.8088 or bmoffitt@ohiocornandwheat.org of OCMP for detailed participation information. For questions about the grant application process, contact John DeRosa, environmental programs director for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest at 217.787.5864 or John.DeRosa@lung.org. Information is also available at www.CleanAirChoice.org.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2016 Ohio State Fair Commercial Cattle Show participants exhibited 25 pens of three for a total of 75 head of commercial steers and heifers on July 31, 2016 during the fair. This year’s event featured a newly added Junior Division. Judging the event were Dick and Bob Jurgens, from Illinois. The show was managed by United Producers, Inc. and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association served as a sponsor.Prosser Brothers of Urbana, Ohio, exhibited the Overall Grand Champion Lot of 3 in both the Junior and Open Divisions, both of which were also named the Champion Lot of 3 Steers. The Prosser’s Junior Division champions had an average weight of 1,335 pounds and their Champion Open Division entry averaged 1,361 pounds. Austin Wiseman from Malta, Ohio took home the Reserve Champion Lot of 3 honors in the Junior Division with his Pen of 3 Steers, recording an average weight of 1,347 pounds. Winning the Reserve Champion Overall in the Open Division with their Reserve Lot of 3 Steers, weighing an average of 1,272 pounds was Phelps/O’Connor Farms Limousin of Belle Center, Ohio.In the Open Division, Fred Voge, West Alexandria, Ohio hung the banner for the Champion Lot of 3 with his pen of heifers weighing in with an average of 1,280 pounds. The Reserve Champion Lot of 3 Heifers also went to Fred Voge, weighing in at an average weight of 1,179 pounds.Winners of the live show received premiums of more than $5,000 from the Ohio State Fair.JBS Moyer harvested the cattle and supplied the carcass data for the 2016 Ohio State Fair Commercial Cattle Carcass Contest. Hot carcass weights ranging from 597 pounds to 929 pounds. Yield grades ranged from 1 to 4. Over seventy percent of the contest entries fell into the Choice category, and 18 percent graded Prime. This year’s show had zero dark cutting carcasses.In the Junior Division, Grand Champion Carcass honors went to Austin Wiseman from Malta, Ohio with Pen 9. Reserve Champion went to Cameron Young, Huntsville, Ohio with Pen 13.In the Open Division, Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Carcass honors went to Fred Voge with Pen 24 winning the carcass contest and Pen 23 coming in with Reserve Champion honors. Two carcasses from both the Grand and Reserve Champion graded Prime.last_img read more