Southwest Iowa hit hard by massive flooding

first_imgHAMBURG — “Catastrophic devastation” is how Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds describes the carnage from the second major flood along the Missouri River within a decade.“We’ve got towns that are shut down. We’ve got businesses that have been impacted. We’ve got individuals that are moving. We’ve got hospitals that are being shut down and the water supply,” Reynolds said. “Iowans are hearty and we’re tough and we know how to take care of ourselves, but after several times of this happening, it’s just ‘enough is enough.’”Reynolds toured flood-impacted areas of southwest Iowa Monday, with stops in Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Pacific Junction and Hamburg. While in Hamburg, Mayor Cathy Crain told Reynolds citizens fought valiantly, but water seeped through barriers and swamped all but the northern portion of the community.“We had to give up the fight. We’ve never done it before,” Crain said. “We go back from us to our father’s generation to our grandfather’s generation and we never gave it up, but had to today.”Flooding not only knocked out the city’s water plant, but also Hamburg’s City Hall, fire station and almost all the businesses in the community. The mayor said virtually all the equipment the city owned is gone.“We lost everything. We have no equipment…We don’t even have a lawnmower, but look like leather. O.K.? We’re tough. We’re going to be able to do this,” she said. “We have two pickups left and a skid loader.”Governor Reynolds met with officials from Hamburg and Fremont County inside an elementary school that’s now serving as a temporary city hall. Reynolds also got updates on other communities such as Percival, where floodwaters entered the community this afternoon. She also heard concerns about how this latest flooding incident will impact the local farming community. Fremont County Supervisor Dustin Sheldon said many residents were still recovering from the floods of 2011.“You’re going to lose a lot of farmers financially because they can’t recover from this. They’ve mortgaged farms, just now kind of getting back to where you can make a living again and here it happens again,” Sheldon said. “…What do we do?”Sheldon and other officials say it’s time for federal flood control policies to change. Others expressed anger that federal officials forced the city to remove fortifications to a levee which helped protect Hamburg during the 2011 flooding. The governor indicated she intends to review that levee issue.“To build something and then have them tell you, ‘You have to tear it down’ — I mean just the frustration. There seems to be no common sense,” Reynolds said. “There seems to be bureaucracy and red tape.”Reynolds said the state will come up with a plan to rebuild and recover.“We’ve got farmland that’s been impacted. We’ve got bridges that we have to replace. We’ve got secondary road system all across this state that’s being impacted by the flooding,” Reynolds said. “…We’ve got a long road ahead.”Interstate 29 has been closed in southwest Iowa due to flooding. Rivers in other parts of the state are elevated and ice jams have been reported in places like the Cedar Rivers in Cedar Falls and the Iowa River in Iowa Falls. There were sandbagging efforts in Iowa Falls Monday to protect the city’s water supply.last_img read more

Rain spoils Ferrari’s 70th birthday party preparations

first_imgMonza, Italy | AFP | The fans flocked to the party, the team wore celebratory uniforms and the boss admitted emotions were running high.Only the weather failed to oblige on Saturday when Ferrari hoped to mark their 70th anniversary at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix with a memorable tribute to team founder Enzo Ferrari.Torrential rain, overnight and throughout the day, reduced final practice and qualifying to near-farcical washouts.The decisive afternoon session was curtailed after only five minutes when Frenchman Romain Grosjean aquaplaned and crashed his Haas car on the straight, leaving thousands of the devoted ‘tifosi’, sitting behind their Ferrari banners and flags in the grandstands, to wait for the rain to clear.Like team chief Maurizio Arrivabene, they were in thrall to the passion generated by the scarlet scuderia and their prancing horse symbol — and the prospect of seeing championship leader Sebastian Vettel winning for Ferrari.“It’s unbelievable,” explained Arrivabene. “The atmosphere, the tradition, the history… Even Enzo Ferrari was talking always about the Italian Grand Prix as the Grand Prix.“This is the emotional part. The public is fantastic. We can feel the vibe. I think even on Thursday we were feeling it, all of us, the team, the drivers – they could feel the vibe of the tifosi and they were pushing us…“The expectation is very, very high. Despite that, we need to be humble because we know the nature of this year’s and we know that Monza is not really the best track for us.“Having said so, our attitude will be humble, but not surrendering.” For Vettel, the storms that lashed Monza on Saturday would have brought back vivid memories of his maiden F1 victory in similar conditions on the famous old track in 2008.Not only was it his first triumph, but he also registered Toro Rosso’s first pole and victory in the process, inspiring an affinity with the Italian fans that has stayed with him and only intensified as a Ferrari driver.After weeks of speculation, Ferrari confirmed in Belgium that Vettel had agreed a new three-year contract – a signal that he remained intent on ending their 10-year wait for a drivers’ title.The last Ferrari drivers’ champion, by an ironic quirk of history, was Vettel’s current team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who produced a late surge of results to take the crown in 2007.Vettel arrived in Monza with a seven-point lead over nearest rival, Briton Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, knowing that another win by the Englishman would enable him to take over as championship leader for the first time this year.“It’s not extra pressure to be at Monza,” said Vettel. “It’s special, yes, but it is enjoyable. It is our favourite race, of course, and the support helps to push us on, but the season will go on.”Vettel has won twice before at Monza, but never in a Ferrari and knows that a victory on Sunday would not only confirm his place as championship leader, but also deliver a blow to Hamilton’s hopes of mounting a late-season surge.And, in front of Ferrari’s chairman and chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne, it would also give the tifosi a good excuse to enjoy a 70th anniversary party on Sunday.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Hundreds Loot FL Walmart, Stealing More Than $100,000 in Merchandise

first_imgThe Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has released video of hundreds of looters breaking into a Tampa Walmart last month.Deputies are asking for the public’s help to find some of the suspects who allegedly stole more than $100,000 in merchandise.It happened on May 30 at 9:10 p.m.Authorities explain that a crowd gathered in front of the Walmart, which was closed due to protests occurring outside following the police-related killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.People holding blunt objects such as hammers broke the glass entrance doors and ran into the store. After reviewing surveillance video, detectives believe that about 200 people entered the store, and most of them began looting the electronics section.An estimated $116,000 in merchandise and damages was reported.“Not only is this violence completely unacceptable, it was disrespectful to the protesters who were out there that night trying to express their message in an impactful way,” says Sheriff Chad Chronister.He adds, “We are actively working to identify each and every one of these suspects and ask the public to provide any information they may have.”Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.last_img read more

AH Tree Planting Honors Memory of Paul Boyd

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — The borough honored the memory of environmentalist-historian Paul Boyd on Saturday, Oct. 22 with the planting of a tree in the Municipal Yacht Harbor.Shade Tree Commission Chairman Louise I. Donoghue presided over the ceremony that drew over 50 residents atthe base of the Colorado Blue Spruce planted at the entrance of the marina. A plaque in Boyd’s honor will installed at a later date.Among those speaking during the ceremony were formerMayor Peter E. Donoghue, borough Historical Society PresidentJoann Dellosso, Richard and Carolyn Campo Marcolus, Boyd’sfriend Victor Zak and Benson Chiles, representing the FrontPorch Club, who presented a check for $500 toward the purchase of the tree.The tree purchase was financed jointly by the Shade Tree Commission and the Front Porch Club, which applied funds from its annual Chilifest to the project.The planting is part of a commission program to honor local residents, past or present, for their efforts on behalf of the community.Boyd, who died earlier this year, was a long-time activist in the Historical Society, helping secure funding to refurbish the society’s museum, the Strauss Mansion, and he was society president at the time of his death.He was a founder and long-time chairman of the borough’s Environmental Commission and played a major role in the establishment of the town’s Lenape Woods Preserve and Monmouth County’s Popomora Park. Boyd also worked to acquire the financing to complete the Bayshore Trail. He also repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to a greener borough by orchestrating Earth Day observations and beach cleanups.Boyd also successfully documented the borough’s historic past, as author of his 2004 the book “Atlantic Highlands: From Lenape Camps to Bayshore Towns.”last_img read more

Mallard’s Source for Sports Team of the Week — Trafalgar Totems

first_imgRemember when the weather was warm and sunny? For those readers Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to take a trip down memory lane to the green grass fields to spotlight the Trafalgar Totems Fieldhockey squad as Team of the Week. The Totems, coached by none other than Jesse Anast, finished the junior season with great results. The team includes, back row, L-R, coach Jesse Anast, Emma Gregorich, Ali Zondervan, Kyra Burkart, Noelle Wang, Jacqueline Van Horne, Naiomi Perkins, Alyssa Hill and Caitlyn Maida. Front, Marley Reynolds, Taylor Zimmer, McKenna Bennet, Emma Wheeldon, Ashley Zarikoff, Anna Milde, Julia Burkart, Hanna Quinn and Olivia ReRevillia. The goalie is, Noa Butterfield.last_img read more

PNGFA to introduce FIFA Club Licensing System

first_imgThis came about after FIFA, in collaboration with Oceania Football Association this week held a workshop on club licensing in Port Moresby.The purpose of the workshop was to inform NSL Club’s franchise owners about the introduction of the FIFA Club Licensing System in PNGFA that will introduce a set of minimum criteria into regional and domestic competitions from 2016 and 2017, respectively.Nineteen members of the current and interested National Soccer League (NSL) clubs attended the workshop.FIFA’s Senior Manager of Member Associations, James Johnson said FIFA’s Club Licensing System is based on five key points: sporting, personnel and administrative, financial, infrastructure and legal.“These aim to safeguard the credibility and integrity of club competitions while improving the level of professionalism within the football family and promoting transparency in the finances, ownership and control of clubs,” said Johnson.He said at the end of this process, the benefits for clubs, leagues and member associations are numerous which include higher level of club management, better level of home-grown players, and ultimately better level of the national team.last_img read more

Eriksen brand and Conte continues to pull his ears

first_imgEuropa League* Data updated as of February 21, 2020 He played the whole game, being the first time since he signed for Inter that he was more than an hour on the grass. And despite his goal, his coach, Antonio Conte, still demanding “much more”. If a few days ago he said he was not going to hit him between the headlines arguing that they got the leadership of the A series “Without him”, at a press conference yesterday he explained that despite his good performance he needs to improve a lot: “He did well tonight, but he has a lot of work to do and can do much, much better.” Apparently the coach thinks that he is still lacking in rhythm when distributing the ball and considers that it is far from the best level shown in the Tottenham: “I am happy for the goal, which always helps me to have more confidence, but I need to rediscover the tempo and intensity so strong I had in the games in previous years.”The Italian coach thinks that the Danish midfielder is not one hundred percent, but is aware that it is a football player who makes a difference and that can bring interesting things to his team, either as part of the initial eleven or leaving from the bench: “He is still not totally fit, but we are not in a hurry and we are not anxious about it. We know that we hire a player who can increase the quality level from the first minute or from the bench. I think the best for Inter and for integrating a player in the best possible way, wherever it is, you have to think about other things. Undoubtedly, he can do much better, as well as the rest of the team. I think it is the best for Inter. It is different from others ” .He regretted having been in tow during the first half, allowing his opponent to dominate the game, although he did like what he saw in the second half: “The tempo was too slow in the first part and we adapted to the way Ludogorets wanted to play. After the resumption we changed the pace and intensity, moved the ball faster, scored two goals and created other opportunities.”Finally, he explained that the Europa League will serve many players who do not usually enter the rotations to have minutes, since they play a lot in the Italian championship and can not get the same eleven both during the week and on weekends: “Our trip in the Europa League will have rotations and we will use this tournament to give game time to those who have not had much place. We will not forget that it is a competition that can take you to affect you physically and mentally and if you think about playing with the same team on Thursday and Sunday. “ Inter Milan won their corresponding Europa League match yesterday against Ludogorets 2-0. Romelu Lukaku closed the meeting for his own, but minutes before it had been Christian Eriksen who, with a shot from the front of the area, managed to open the can by signing his first as much as an interist. 24last_img read more

Alas, Road Warriors know they have a long way to go after opening win

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend NLEX was the first team to get eliminated from playoff contention and the Road Warriors used their early exit to their advantage as they were able to prepare early for the season-ending conference.“It’s important for us that we’re able to prepare as early as June 7. The other teams were going on vacation but we were already practicing and building our chemistry.”The locals were able to familiarize themselves with Fuller, who, at the same time, had an early grasp of his role and coach Yeng Guiao’s system.The result was a 112-104 win with Fuller dropping 30 points and 20 rebounds. “We just really need to be consistent. It’s okay to be happy with one win but we cannot enjoy ourselves too much. It’s just the start,” Alas stressed.ADVERTISEMENT Lady Maroons out to prove they can compete even sans Bersola, Tiamzon LATEST STORIES Kevin Alas stood out with 20 points and eight rebounds off the bench, acting as the spark plug for NLEX, which won only two games out of the possible 11 in the Commissioner’s Cup. “We’re happy we got the win but it’s just one game and we need to be consistent,” said Alas, who played inspired basketball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Road Warriors also started the Philippine Cup with a victory but went on to drop 9 of their next 10 games.“We shouldn’t be confident that we won tonight. We need to continue to improve.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX had the kind of start it was looking for after a big victory over Alaska to open the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night.Import Aaron Fuller made quite a first impression in his PBA debut, but it wasn’t just him who delivered for the Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade View commentslast_img read more

Muslims End Ramadan

first_imgLiberian Muslims, like their counterparts around world, yesterday ended the annual fast of their Holy Month of Ramadan, by offering prayers for peace and solidarity among Liberians. They gathered at their various mosques and centers in and around the country early Wednesday to offer prayers to Allah.Speaking to reporters, the Chairman of the Muslim Council of Liberia, Sheikh Omaru Kamara, called on Liberian Muslims to aid the government in protecting its citizens from violent extremism that is threatening peace and security around the world.Sheikh Kamara called on Liberian Muslims to resist violence as a means to solving problems, but rather promote peace, in order to move the country forward.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in an Executive Mansion release, thanked Liberian Muslims for fasting for peace during the Ramadan. She called on Liberian Muslims to join other Liberians in praying for peace in Liberia.The President further stated that all religions practiced in Liberia have major roles to play in promoting peace and unity, especially following the drawdown of the United Nation’s Mission in Liberia.Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim Lunar Calendar. During the month long fast, Muslims are required to show kindness to others, including non-Muslims, and other living creatures. They abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs (including sex and smoking). Meanwhile, several non-Muslim Liberians identified with the Muslim community celebrating the end of Ramadan. Bong County District #3 Representative, George S. Mulbah, presented several bags of rice to the Muslim Community in Bong County. Former lawmaker Kuku Y. Dorbor also presented several bags of rice to the Muslim community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 plead in MySpace extortion attempt

first_imgDeputy District Attorney Jeffrey A. McGrath of the high-tech-crimes unit said the system could have been used by stalkers trying to locate MySpace users. The men sold access to several codes to computer users, who could then apply it to their own MySpace sites. The codes enabled the users to see how many people had accessed their MySpace site, as well the visitors’ e-mail or IP addresses, McGrath said. Employing that kind of Web site traffic monitoring violates MySpace’s rules. The men boasted they had about 85,000 registered users of their tracking program, but investigators have not determined how many e-mails and other data the users were able to cull, McGrath said. The plea bargain, also agreed to by Paul L. Gabbert, attorney for the young men, severely restricts their access to computers, limits them to one e-mail address each, and requires that they do 160 hours of community service and pay MySpace $13,500 in restitution. Two young New York men who were accused of trying to extort by developing code to track users pleaded no contest Monday in Los Angeles to illegal computer access in a bargain with the prosecution. Two counts of attempted extortion and another illegal-computer-access count were dropped in the deal, which gave the defendants three-year probationary terms. Each had faced up to nearly four years in prison. Shaun Harrison, 19, and Saverio Mondelli, 20, of Suffolk County, N.Y., were accused of demanding $150,000 as a “consulting fee” from MySpace. The pair were offering the code as a service on their own Web site for $29.95 and claimed to be developing an unbreakable version. The popular MySpace social-networking site is supposed to provide anonymity, but Harrison and Mondelli were offering a means to acquire e-mail addresses and Internet Protocol addresses of users, the prosecution said. Superior Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau told the defendants that if they violate their agreement, they could go to prison. She said they will be subject to search of their computer systems at any time, and they may not access directly or indirectly. The defendants stood before the commissioner and acknowledged the terms of the agreement, but neither spoke other than to answer “yes.” Outside court, Gabbert said the agreement came from “the recognition that they are young and made a mistake and to give them a second chance.” He said they set up their business right out of high school and are now going to college. “They will continue to be creative and not transgress the law,” he said. McGrath said the young men, who were extremely proficient in Macromedia Flash technology, were discovered by the operators of MySpace and were sent a “cease and desist” order by e-mail. Macromedia is now part of Adobe Systems Inc. The pair sent a reply saying, “We will neither cease nor desist” and announced on their Web site that they were developing an even more sophisticated system that would soon be for sale, prosecutors said.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