Historic Wisconsin Building Condemned After Floor Collapse

first_imgLA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – City inspectors have condemned a historic building in downtown La Crosse where three people were hurt when a second-story floor collapsed. Dispatchers received reports that as many as 50 people might have been inside a large apartment when the floor gave way about 11 p.m. Saturday. Three people were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. The rest of the people in the apartment had left the building by the time firefighters arrived. The La Crosse Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/9j79tsw ) says the upper apartment spans two storefronts in the 1913 building, designated as a historic site because it’s the original location of the Trane Co. Fire officials say a 30-foot by 30-foot section of the floor gave way. ___ Information from: La Crosse Tribune, http://www.lacrossetribune.com Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.last_img read more

Brazilian high speed rail tendering postponed

first_imgBRAZIL: A one-year postponement of tendering to supply railway systems for the 510 km Rio de Janeiro – São Paulo – Campinas high speed line was announced by Transport Minister César Borges on August 12.Bids for the Trem de Alta Velocidade contract were due to be submitted this month with the winner to be announced in September. However, an extension had been requested by potential bidders from Germany and Spain, and Borges said the government had agreed as ‘we want the largest number of participants in the bidding process’. Designing a high speed railway was ‘a complex process, one that has never happened quickly on similar projects around the world’, said Borges. ‘It requires defining details and forming consortia for the bidding. There aren’t many in the world. If all consortia on high speed trains came to Brazil, we wouldn’t have more than five’. Borges emphasised that the project was not being cancelled, and tendering for the civil works element is still planned for 2015 with the aim of opening the route in 2020.last_img read more

Merger of Hohenzollerische Landesbahn and SWEG approved

first_imgGERMANY: Plans to merge local transport operators Hohenzollerische Landesbahn and Südwestdeutsche Verkehrs with effect from January 1 2018 were approved on July 24 by the Sigmaringen and Zollernalbkreis district authorities which hold 14% stakes in HzL. Approval had already been granted by the Land of Baden-Württemberg which owns 100% of SWEG and 72% of HzL.The merger is intended to create a regional transport company with the strength and scale needed to bid for public transport operating contracts, said Land Transport Minister Winfried Hermann. SWEG has more than 80 rail vehicles, 350 buses and 800 employees, and carries 61 million passengers/year. HzL has 300 staff, 60 rail vehicles and 50 buses, and carries 14 million passengers/year. The two companies are to operate as a consortium until the merger is completed. SWEG will be overall group brand, with the SWEG and HzL names used locally. The legally required separation of rail infrastructure and operations will be retained, and the group’s bus and rail activities will be restructured as new subsidiaries. Maintenance may be restructured around centres of competence for different activities.last_img read more

Nick Foles injury update: Jaguars QB (collarbone) to be placed on IR/to return, report says

first_img“I knew right when I hit the ground that something was wrong,” Foles told reporters after the game. “I felt it. … All I saw was two red jerseys in my face, I hit the ground and heard a crack. Going into the sidelines and getting checked … I just saw the play for the first time before I came in here. It’s unfortunate, but at the same time I’m trusting the good Lord.”He wasn’t the only quarterback to get hurt in the chippy game, as Chiefs third-year signal-caller Patrick Mahomes played through an ankle sprain. Kansas City receiver Tyreek Hill also suffered a shoulder injury and had to be taken to a local hosptial.The Jaguars are slated to visit the Texans in Week 2 action. While Minshew played very well in his NFL debut, the Jaguars on Monday reportedly acquired QB Josh Dobbs from the Steelers for a 2020 fifth-round draft pick. Dak Prescott contract: Jerry Jones says extension for Cowboys QB ‘imminent,’ but did price just go up? It’s becoming clear that Nick Foles will likely sit out the first half of this season.According to NFL Media, the Jaguars quarterback is expected to be placed on the injured reserve/return list after undergoing surgery scheduled for Monday morning. Jonathan Allen injury update: Redskins defensive lineman (knee) week to week While the team has yet to confirm the injury or provide an official update, it was reported that Foles suffered a broken left collarbone in Sunday’s 40-26 loss to the Chiefs.Should Foles in fact be placed on IR, he would be eligible to return in Week 10 following Jacksonville’s bye when the Jaguars visit the Colts on Nov. 17. Related News Eric Weddle injury update: Rams safety enters concussion protocol Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken right collarbone in October 2017 and ended up missing eight weeks with the injury.Foles was hit by Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones during a 36-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DJ Chark in the first quarter. The Jaguars medical staff tended to Foles and took him to the locker room, but he was ruled out for the game just minutes later.FOLES JUST DROPPED IT RIGHT IN THE BUCKET 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/A4YKGAwnCg— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 8, 2019⁦@ProFootballDoc⁩ Nick Foles pic.twitter.com/75OLb2UTe9— aprilshowers (@aprilclev19) September 8, 2019Foles finished the day having completed 5 of 8 passes for 75 yards and one touchdown before being replaced by rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, who was selected in the sixth round of April’s draft.last_img read more

Black women battle obesity with dialogue, action

first_imgWASHINGTON | Nicole Ari Parker was motivated by frustration. For Star Jones, it was a matter of life or death. Toni Carey wanted a fresh start after a bad breakup.All three have launched individual campaigns that reflect an emerging priority for African-American women: finding creative ways to combat the obesity epidemic that threatens their longevity.This combo image made of file photos from Feb. 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, left, and Feb. 15, 2012 in New York, right, shows TV personality Star Jones. Jones, who underwent open heart surgery three years ago at age 47 and now urges awareness about heart disease among black women, was met by an overflow crowd earlier this year when she convened a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation panel on black women and obesity. (AP Photos, File)African-American women have the highest obesity rate of any group of Americans. Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By comparison, nearly two-thirds of Americans overall are in this category, the CDC said.Many black women seem to be unaffected by being generally heavier than other Americans.Calorie-rich, traditional soul food is a staple in the diets of many African-Americans, and curvy black women are embraced positively through slang praising them as “thick” with a “little meat on their bones,” or through songs like the Commodore’s “Brick House” or “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child. A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Washington Post earlier this year found that 66 percent of overweight black women had high self-esteem, while 41 percent of average-sized or thin white women had high self-esteem.Still, that doesn’t mean black women reject the need to become healthier.Historically black, all-female Spelman College in Atlanta is disbanding its NCAA teams and devoting those resources to a campus-wide wellness program. In an open letter announcing Spelman’s “wellness revolution,” president Beverly Daniel Tatum cited a campus analysis that found many of Spelman’s 2,100 students already have high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or other chronic ailments.“Spelman has an opportunity to change the health trajectory of our students and, through their influence, the communities from which they come,” Tatum’s letter said.Jones, who underwent open heart surgery in 2010 at age 47 and now urges awareness about heart disease among black women, was met by an overflow crowd earlier this year when she convened a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation panel on black women and obesity.“We have to get ourselves out of being conditioned to think that using soft words so we don’t hurt peoples’ feelings is doing them any favor,” Jones said. “Curvy, big-boned, hefty, full-figured, fluffy, chubby. Those are all words designed to make people feel better about themselves. That wasn’t helpful to me.”Jones once embraced being large and fabulous, at 5 feet 5 inches tall and 300 pounds. But under that exterior, she said, she was morbidly obese, suffering from extreme fatigue, nausea, lightheadedness, heart palpitations and blurred vision. Now, she advises women to make simple changes such as reducing salt intake, exercising 30 minutes a day, quitting smoking, controlling portion sizes and making nutritious dietary choices.Nutritionist and author Rovenia M. Brock, known professionally as Dr. Ro, agrees with Jones. She said getting active is only about 20 percent of the fight against obesity. The rest revolves around how much people eat. “Our plates are killing us,” she said.Brock said “food deserts,” or urban areas that lack quality supermarkets, are a real obstacle. She suggested getting around that by carpooling with neighbors to stores in areas with higher-quality grocery options or buying food in bulk. She also suggested growing herbs and vegetables in window-box gardens.“Stop focusing on what’s not there, or what you think is not there,” Brock said. “We have to get out of this wimpy, ‘woe is me’ mentality.”While first lady Michelle Obama has encouraged exercise through her “Let’s Move” campaign targeting childhood obesity, the spark for this current interest among black women may have been comments last year by Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, who observed publicly that women must stop allowing concern about their hair to prevent them from exercising.Some black women visit salons as often as every two weeks, investing several hours and anywhere from $50 to several hundreds of dollars each visit — activity that, according to the Black Owned Beauty Supply Association, helps fuel a $9 billion black hair care and cosmetics industry.In an interview during a health conference in Washington last week, Benjamin said the damage sweat can inflict on costly hairstyles can affect women’s willingness to work out, and she hopes to change that. She goes to beauty industry conferences to encourage stylists to create exercise-friendly hairdos.“I wouldn’t say we use it as an excuse, we use it as a barrier,” Benjamin said. “And that’s not one of the barriers anymore. We’re always going to have problems with balancing our lives, but we could take that one out.”Parker, an actress, understands this dilemma well. Out of personal frustration over maintaining both her workout and her hair, she created “Save Your Do” Gymwrap — a headband that can be wrapped around the hair in a way that minimizes sweat and preserves hairstyles.“Not just as a black woman, but as a woman, since the beginning of time, beauty has been our responsibility,” Parker said in an interview. Because of that, she said, exercise has become linked with vanity instead of health.“We’ve turned exercise into a weight-loss regimen,” Parker said. “No. Exercise is about being grateful for the body you have and sustaining the life you have. … Take all the hype out of the exercise and think of it as brushing your teeth.”With their mutual family histories of diabetes and high blood pressure in mind, Carey, 28, and her sorority sister Ashley Hicks, 29, co-founded the running club Black Girls Run. Carey also considered it a new beginning after a bad breakup and a move across country. Since 2009, Black Girls Run has amassed 52,000 members who serve as a support system for runners.Black Girls Run has about 60 groups nationwide that coordinate local races in Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C, Houston and Greensboro, N.C. Most groups run at least five times a week. Next month, the running club will take its first “Black Girls Run — Preserve the Sexy” tour to cities with high obesity rates. The tour includes health and fitness clinics with information on nutrition, hair maintenance and running gear.“We found that when you want to get healthy and when you want to be active, it’s intimidating,” Carey said. “You don’t know where to start. There’s a little coaxing that has to go along with that.”Parker said once African-American women place value on their bodies and longevity, everything else will follow. It costs her nothing, she said, to walk around an outdoor track with her husband, actor Boris Kodjoe, or run up and down stairs with her headphones.“One good step breeds another one,” Parker said. “You’re going to have one less margarita, one less scoop of Thanksgiving macaroni … and yet you’re not doing anything fanatical or dramatic.”last_img read more

Pool cans an ‘ace’ at Pattavia

first_imgWednesday, Feb. 22, Silky Oaks – StablefordThere were a few discussions on the first tee about which tees to use and eventually we decided on the yellows 6270 yards.  We had another three divisions out with an almost identical cut as of Monday.Steve Richardson, playing off 14, returned the highest score of the day to win division 1 with 37 points.  Ian Speirs was second with 34 and the Khao Yai boy Tim Hake took third place with 33.Jerry McCarthy’s 34 points topped the scores in the second division, with Mike Fitzgerald finishing second on 32 and Mike Lewis third on 31.Rod Howett was the winner in division 3 with 33 points and then there were three 31-pointers fighting for second place.  In the end, Fred Temminick beat David Phillips and Jim Connelly 19/17/17 on a back nine count back and David edged Jim 13/11 on a back six.Steve Richardson and Dennis Scougall both birdied the 16th to split the premier flight ‘2’s pot and in division 2 Jim Connelly on the 14th and David Phillips the 8th and 14th did likewise.Near pins were claimed by (Div 1) Tim Hake, Chris Slota, Ian Speirs and Jerry Sweetnam, and (Div 2) Theo Bahrt, Alan Bissell and David Phillips (2). Jomtien Golf with the IPGCMonday, Feb. 20, Pattavia – StablefordAnother ten groups out today and we teed off 20 minutes ahead of our scheduled 9.30 booking.  We had an almost equal cut of 8-15, 16-20 and 21+ in the 3 divisions and the best score of the day was 42 points from Terry Madsen to win division 1.  Pete Sumner came in second behind Terry on 33 points and Dave Horne was third with 32.Peter Davies topped division 3standings with 38 points, one ahead of Josef Kemplfe in second and Fred temminick took third with 32.The Irish boy Jerry McCarthy won out in division 2 with 37 points, Paul Butler was second on 36 and Bob Poole beat Ger Lodge on a 16/14 count back for third after they both came in with 33 points each. Near pins went to (Div 1) Paul Butler (2), Tim Hake and Bob Poole, and (Div 2) Alan Bissell (2), Mike Fitzgerald and Jerry McCarthy.There were no ‘2’s winners today after Bob Pool scooped the pool with a remarkable hole in one on the 13th hole.  From 138 yards out with a seven-iron the ball just cleared the front bunker, checked slightly on the green and rolled right into the hole.  Well done Bob!Bob Poole (centre) holds his certificate after his hole in one at Pattavia on Monday.center_img Friday, Feb. 24, Eastern Star – StablefordWith forty players out we had an intricate cut today with division 1 set at 8-16.0 (13), division 2 at 16.1-20.0 (14) and division 3coming in at 21+ (13).Brian Green recorded the best score of the day, winning division 1 with 39 points, eight ahead of second placed Gerald Dooley and in third spot with 28 points was Ian Speirs who beat Pete Sumner 12/10 on a back-six count back.Per Forsberg topped division 2 with 38 points, with Harry Vincenzi taking second on 36 and always in the frame Jerry McCarthy rolling in third with 35.Magne Gunnarson, now 83 and playing off the silvers, won division 3 with 34 points, John McGarry was second one point behind and John Kelly claimed third with 31.Near pins went to (Div1) John Hughes, Dennis Scougall (2) and Pete Sumner, and (Div 2) Ger Lodge and Tony Thorne.David Phillips birdied the signature 13th hole for the only ‘2’ in dvision 2 while in division 1 a hefty rollover goes to Eastern Star next Friday.last_img read more

Juan Mata signs UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin for Common Goal

first_imgUEFA president Aleksander Ceferin joined several players in pledging one percent of his salary to Juan Mata’s Common Goal project on Wednesday. Upd. on 30/11/2017 at 07:48 CET Spain and Manchester United midfielder Mata launched the programme in August alongside streetfootballworld, a group of 120 charities from 80 countries, with the donated wages helping to fund the football charities. AFP IN SPORT.ES Mata ficha al presidente de la UEFA “It’s great to see a player leading this movement because footballers have benefitted greatly from football and this way they can give something back.” Ceferin, 50, who took over from the disgraced Michel Platini as the boss of European football’s governing body last year, followed more than 30 players by supporting the initiative. “I firmly believe that football has the power to change the world and I was inspired by Juan Mata to join the Common Goal project,” the Slovenian told uefa.com. 29/11/2017 “I deeply thank Aleksander for the trust he puts in Common Goal and I can only applaud his gesture and agree with his strong conviction that football can help shape a better world,” said Mata. La iniciativa de Mata crece imparable The project has been well-backed in recent weeks, with Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels, Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, US women’s star Alex Morgan and Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann all announcing their support.last_img read more

Split means all face finals

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER FINALS footy will be played by twice as many Youth Girls footballers under a revised structure set…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img