Category: mdrdieww


At Least 6 Killed as Flash Floods Ravage North Carolina

first_imgOne of the hardest-hit areas was Alexander County, about an hour north of Charlotte, where emergency responders said they found the bodies of three people and evacuated 31 others from a campground.As of 4 p.m., an adult and a child were still missing from the Hiddenite Family Campground, said the authorities, who reported that a fourth person in Alexander County had been killed in a car when floodwaters destroyed a bridge. At 5:45 a.m., the driver and passenger in a Ford Ranger pickup were killed when their vehicle hydroplaned on Highway 115 (the Wilkesboro Highway), crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming Jeep Wrangler, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said. Officials said that the pickup was traveling too fast for the conditions and that both men were not wearing seatbelts.The flooding was a result of a cold front in the area mixing with “deep tropical moisture” as a result of Tropical Storm Eta, which battered both coasts of Florida for days as it moved north, according to a meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center.“This is a direct association with Eta,” the meteorologist, Dennis Feltgen of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said. “It is hard on the rescuers, especially when you have to break the news to the family,” Chris Bowman, the county’s sheriff, said during a news conference on Thursday afternoon.- Advertisement – In another part of the city, a man riding a bike with his wife spotted a man trapped by rising water, before firefighters came to the rescue.“He was up to his neck, holding onto a tree,” the witness told television station Fox 46. “So we realized he was in trouble and I called 911.”By Thursday afternoon, Eta was about 115 miles south-southwest of Charleston, S.C., though its impact reached far beyond.“Remember this is not a dot on a map,” Mr. Feltgen said. “These are large storms with impacts over a large area. Eta is a classic example.”When Eta passed over the Florida Keys late on Sunday, Mr. Feltgen, who lives 175 miles north in Broward County, said he personally saw the storm’s impact.“I got 18 inches of rain” and “I’ve never seen my neighborhood flood,” he said. “This was a first.” – Advertisement – The other two fatalities in the state occurred in Iredell County, which is also north of Charlotte and borders Alexander County.center_img At least six people were killed and two others were missing in North Carolina on Thursday as flash floodwaters swept away roads and bridges, the authorities said.The state bore a heavy brunt from the same weather system as Tropical Storm Eta, with some areas receiving about 10 inches of rain.- Advertisement – The cold front normally “would trigger some rain,” Mr. Feltgen said. “We’re all used to that. But unfortunately Eta is in the position where all that deep tropical moisture” from the storm “is getting pulled in ahead of the front and it’s going right across the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia.”In Charlotte, rescuers evacuated 143 students from the Charlotte Corvian Community School after floodwaters overwhelmed the building on Thursday, the Charlotte Fire Department said on Twitter. There were no injuries. Alexander County was one of five counties in North Carolina that declared a state of emergency on Thursday, according to Steve Powers, the state’s deputy director of emergency management. The others were Burke, Catawba, Iredell and Yadkin.At least four bridges and 50 roadways in Alexander County were breached by the floodwaters, the authorities said. Amber Roberts, a television reporter for Fox 46 Charlotte, was live on the air when one of the bridges collapsed in front of her. A video of the journalist’s close call drew widespread attention on social media.“This is incredibly — ” Ms. Roberts said, screaming as the bridge gave way, “scary. OK, we’re backing up. We’re backing up. So thank God that we are backing up.” – Advertisement –last_img read more


ECB pushes for regulatory, ratings changes to revive ABS market

first_imgBut Mersch said: “There is a growing consensus that an instrument once seen as part of the problem could in fact be part of the solution.”Over the last year, he said ABS had become a major focus of discussion in European policymaking circles.The main reason the ECB wanted to revive the ABS market was that the securities were a means to an end – achieving the central bank’s primary goal of price stability, he said. “ABS provide a channel for the funds of liquidity-rich bank or non-bank investors to reach the real economy, in particular its more opaque segments,” said Mersch.“By stimulating further credit creation, which in turn feeds into consumer prices, this supports the transmission of monetary policy and the fulfilment of our mandate.”However, he said the ECB also took a keen interest in the securities because they made up such a large proportion of the euro system’s own balance sheet, he said. At the end of March, €307bn of ABS collateral was pledged, which amounted to 15% of total pledged collateral for euro-system operations.“If a counterparty were to default on its obligations, the euro system would gain ownership of this ABS collateral and then seek to liquidate it in secondary ABS markets without incurring a loss,” he said.His first proposal to revive the EU ABS markets was for their regulatory treatment to become more holistic. “There is still a sense that the regulatory agenda is proceeding in an uncoordinated manner,” said Mersch.His second proposal was to introduce more stringent transparency and standardisation for ABS products, which would give market participants greater means to verify data that issuers gave and exert market discipline.Third, rating agencies should be more transparent in how they come up with their ratings on such securities, and should publish the ratings without the cap that related to the sovereign debt rating of the issuer’s country.Mersch questioned whether that cap was appropriate, since data suggested that many of the systemic risks used to justify the country ceiling approach were distant. The European Central Bank (ECB) wants to revive the market for asset-backed securities (ABS), and a holistic approach from EU policymakers, as well as more clarity from rating agencies, could help this happen, one of its board members has said.Yves Mersch, a member of the ECB’s executive board, said: “A holistic and coordinated approach among EU policymakers, as well as greater standardisation and more methodological transparency by rating agencies, could help encourage the revival of the ABS market we all want to see.”Speaking at the IMN Global ABS Conference in Barcelona, he said much work was already going on to improve the environment for ABS issuance, and he was trying to outline practical steps to take that work forward.Despite their growing use, ABS – interest-bearing securities based on pools of a wide variety of illiquid assets such as credit-card or car loans – still attract controversy because of the role their sudden demise played in the credit crunch and resulting global financial crisis of 2007-08.last_img read more


Rosie M. Keck

first_imgThe Osgood Community lost another very familiar face on Sunday May 15, 2016. Rosella M. (Greenwood) Keck passed away at Ripley Crossing in Milan, IN. Rosie was born December 1, 1923 in Cross Plains, IN, the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Ella Oliver Greenwood. She grew up with her four brothers, who all preceded her in death. Rosie married Eugene Keck on April 29, 1939, and to their union two sons were born, Jerry E and Ronald L Keck. Eugene preceded her in death in 2004, and son Jerry also passed away in 2003. Ronald survives and resides in Colorado. Other survivors include 5 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving is a very special friend and her caregiver, Carrie Noble of Versailles, IN .Early in her work career, Rosie worked as a server at the Evergreen Restaurant and then at the Dunbar & Bultman Dairy which had both been located in Osgood. She then became the owner and operator of a clothing store known as the “Little Folks Shop” from 1960-1964, in downtown Osgood. She and her husband also owned and operated their school buses and drove for the Osgood school , which then became Jac-Cen-Del from the late 1950’s thru the 70’s, and after doing this for 27 years she then retired.Rosie was truly a workaholic throughout her career, but was also a mother who gave selflessly and endlessly to her children. She was always extremely supportive and fair in raising her family.Rosie was a past member of the Osgood Eastern Stars and the Osgood Methodist Church. She enjoyed bowling and watching sports, and especially rooting for the Cincinnati Reds. Memorials can be given to the Ripley County Humane Society or American Diabetes Association in care of Neal’s Funeral Home. www.nealsfuneralhome.netServices:Visitation:  Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m./ Neal’s Funeral HomeFuneral:  Friday, May 20, 2015/ 11:00 a.m./Funeral HomeBurial:  Cliff Hill Cemetery, Versailles, INlast_img read more


Coming Off The Bench

first_imgThis is a follow-up to yesterday’s blog, “Alarming Trends”.  Two of my most valuable players when I was a varsity coach were Melvin Siefert and Scott Clawson.  Both of these young men were upperclassmen but played much better when they had a few minutes of bench time before they entered the game.  Both of them were able to analyze what was going on.  That way when they went on the floor they knew what they needed to do.Melvin Siefert played more minutes his senior year than any other player on my roster even though he never started a game!  That same analytical mind made Melvin one of the best coaches to ever coach in this area.  Scott Clawson did not follow into the coaching field, but he is an extremely successful businessman in his own right.  These two individuals along with several other upperclassmen that played for me were valuable assets and allowed our team to win almost 80% of our games.I am so glad they agreed to be on the bench!!!last_img read more


PSG join race to sign Bayern Munich star

first_imgRead Also: UEFA Champions League ready to restart, at long lastReports from French outlet Le10Sport claim PSG sporting director Leonardo has contacted Bayern Munich to express an interest in making an offer, with Liverpool’s interest appearing to stall in recent weeks.Alcantara was previously linked with a return to Barcelona, seven years after he left the Camp Nou for Germany.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Alcantara’s current deal expires at the end of the 2020-21 season, and the Bundesliga superpower could accept an offer in the region of €30m, to avoid losing him on a free transfer next year. Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalFans Don’t Know What She Looks Like NowThere’s Only 1 Such A Coin In The World Left In Private Hands6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least OnceWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?center_img Spanish international Alcantara has been heavily linked with a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side, after failing to agree terms on a contract extension in Bavaria. Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly set to challenge Liverpool in their pursuit of Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara.Advertisementlast_img read more


Mother’s kidnapp: Siasia shops for N75m

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Embattled former Super Eagles handler, Samson Siasia, has intensified moves to facilitate release of his mother, Madam Ogere, from the kidnappers den. Madam Siasia, 76, was abducted mid-July at about 2am in Odoni, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The former national team gaffer revealed that he has re-opened negotiations  with the men of the underworld to ensure his mother’s release. His words: “It’s a difficult time for me and the family. Mama has since been with the kidnappers and it appears I have been left to carry the cross alone. “I need help and I hope Nigerians rally round us in this regard. We had re-opened negotiations with them (kidnappers) and we hope we succeed in our quest for Mama to return home soon. “She had spent over one month with them and I’m presently sourcing for funds for the ransom as demanded. “A few guys have been of tremendous support to us and we hope we succeed in bringing her back soon.” Madam Siasia was also kidnapped in 2015 and the family parted with millions in ransom to free her.Tags: Madam OgereOdoniSagbama LGASamson SiasiaSuper Eagleslast_img read more


Bruce wary of wounded City

first_imgHull boss Steve Bruce has warned his side to beware a Manchester City backlash as the Tigers head into Saturday’s KC Stadium showdown looking to take a giant stride towards Barclays Premier League survival. Bruce believes two more wins will see Hull safe and knows many believe now is a fine chance to get one of them against Manuel Pellegrini’s men, who head into the game on the back of successive defeats to Wigan and Barcelona. But with City facing a sudden readjustment from dreams of a quadruple to needing a win to sustain realistic hopes of keeping up with league leaders Chelsea, Bruce has cautioned that they could be at their most dangerous. Bruce said: “A week ago everybody was saying can they make it four, and two months ago they were unbeatable. It’s coming down to that part of the season where you get cup shocks and different results. “But we have got to make sure we’re aware there could be a backlash, because of the talent they’ve got and they players they’ve got and the expectation that goes with being Manchester City. “They’ve had a difficult week and as always with these big teams, when they have had a difficult week they will want to come out fighting. They still have the league to play for so they will want to come here and turn us over.” The Tigers have been in buoyant mood all week after the FA Cup quarter-final win over Sunderland and will be able to recall cup-tied strikers Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long to their squad. City manager Pellegrini hopes top scorer Sergio Aguero will be out of action for no longer than a fortnight. Aguero was withdrawn at half-time after feeling a twinge in his hamstring during the midweek Champions League loss in Barcelona. City are still waiting to learn the full extent of the injury but an absence of two weeks would put the Argentinian out of the derby against Manchester United on March 25. Aguero underwent a scan on his return to Manchester and results are expected at the weekend. The 25-year-old missed five games with a hamstring injury in February but Pellegrini is hopeful the problem is not as serious this time. Pellegrini said: “Sergio will know on Saturday what he has. It is 48 hours after the exam when they will know exactly what he has. “I really don’t know, but I don’t think it is really very serious. I am hopeful he will (only) be injured for a couple of weeks.” Aguero’s latest problem is a blow to City as they bid to recover from FA Cup and Champions League elimination to gain ground in the title race. City have fallen nine points behind leaders Chelsea, but have three games in hand, while focusing on other competitions in the past three weeks. Pellegrini said: “We need to work hard with everyone, with the staff, with all the players. Now we must try to fight for the title in the Premier League.” City are also still without striker Stevan Jovetic and defender Matija Nastasic but Pellegrini was hopeful that “maybe next week they can be fit”. Right-back Micah Richards is also out with an unspecified knock. Press Associationlast_img read more


Ronaldo’s Portugal look to continue momentum against lowly Morocco

first_imgMoscow, June 19: Smarting after a last-gasp defeat to Iran, Morocco will have to deal with the peerless might of Portugal, spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo, who will attempt to follow up his World Cup opening game heroics when the two sides meet for a Group B clash here on Wednesday.Five-time World Player of the Year Ronaldo grabbed a hat-rick as European champions Portugal snatched a 3-3 draw against Spain in a heavyweight showdown in Sochi.It was Ronaldo’s 51st career treble, and the 51st in the tournament’s history, as the Real Madrid superstar became just the fourth player to score in four World Cups.In hot form, Ronaldo will once again look to continue his magic at the Luzhniki Stadium and haul Portugal into the last 16.“I am very happy, it’s a nice personal record to have, one more in my career,” Ronaldo was quoted as saying. “For me the most important thing is to emphasise what the team did against one of the favourites to win this World Cup.”Portugal are not widely regarded as one of the contenders despite their unlikely European success two years back.Portugal were less than impressive against Spain in the first game save Ronaldo who was the difference between the two sides.A world class free kick two minutes from full time sparked wild celebrations from the former Manchester United marksman and his team.Coming to Morocco, they did not concede a single goal in the final qualifying round as they sealed a return to the World Cup for the first time in 20 years.Not expected to make the knockouts, their slim hopes were dented when a 95th-minute own goal by Aziz Bouhaddouz gifted Iran three points.Herve Renard’s men face a monumental challenge, with games to come against Portugal and Spain.In defence, they have Medhi Benatia and Achraf Hakimi who will be wary of the threat Ronaldo possesses.Further forward, winger Nordin Amrabat has been ruled out of the clash after a clash of heads with Iran’s Vahid Amiri in St Petersburg on Friday. IANSlast_img read more


FIFA Conference on Development starts tomorrow

first_imgDELEGATES for the 2019 FIFA FIFA Conference on Development will begin arriving today for the two-day event (May 14 – 15) at the Marriott Hotel.The Government of Guyana, through the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) will partner with the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) to host the conference which president Wayne Forde said will have the participation of every affiliated member of the Caribbean Football Union.Forde, in explaining the importance of the conference, said the full body of the FIFA Development Committee will be in Guyana, where one of the key areas of focus will be the implementation of a comprehensive regional schools football programme.The GFF president noted that during the visit of FIFA president Gianni Infantino to Guyana in 2017, there was an extensive discussion on a Regional Schools football programme with CARICOM Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque, and the extent it could contribute on the overall development on the game in the Caribbean.The Development Committee, according to FIFA, shall deal with the Federation’s development programmes and shall devise and propose appropriate strategies, check these strategies periodically and analyse the support provided to member associations, confederations and zonal/regional associations in this regard.The FIFA Forward Development Programme was first adopted by the FIFA Congress on May 9, 2016 and it was to become not only a “step change” for global football development and the way we share the success of the FIFA World Cup with our member associations, but also one of the most prominent sports’ development programmes.FIFA Forward is built to provide 360-degree, tailor-made support for football development in each of our member associations and the six confederations and is based on three principles – more investment, more impact, and more oversight.last_img read more


LAPD to crack down on traffic laws, again

first_imgThe Department of Public Safety and LAPD will be conducting a second bike traffic enforcement effort today, despite sentiment from many students that the first crackdown was ineffective and unfair.The crackdown on bike traffic will focus on the intersections on Jefferson Boulevard at Hoover Street and at McClintock Avenue. It will mirror the enforcement effort on Sept. 18, when LAPD gave out about 120 traffic citations, according to DPS Assistant Chief John Thomas.Ticket to ride · An LAPD officer issues a traffic citation to at student by the intersection of McClintock Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard during LAPD’s Sept. 18 traffic enforcement crackdown. LAPD will again be ticketing in droves on Wednesday. – Nathaniel Gonzalez | Daily TrojanSince then, Thomas said, LAPD officers have sporadically come to campus and ticketed students, but Wednesday’s enforcement will be the first concentrated effort since September. Still, Thomas said he hopes the periodic citations have helped decrease the number of offenders.“We’re expecting them to write fewer tickets this time, meaning the behavior is changing and students are at least more mindful,” Thomas said. “If we write more of the same number we’re not having the impact we need to see.”Despite Thomas’ optimism, many students said they have not noticed a difference in biking habits.“People still ride against the traffic and in the intersections and they just hope they don’t get caught,” said Jeremiah Forkkio, a junior majoring in business administration.DPS Capt. David Carlisle, however, said the occasional citation efforts, even if they don’t make a noticeable change, help prevent collisions and other bike safety issues.“If we don’t occasionally take action to impound bikes or give tickets the problems get worse and worse,” Carlisle said. “When the resources allow it, we need to keep some control and order with the traffic flow.”Some students said they do not think it is worthwhile for LAPD to dedicate time and resources to patrolling the intersections.“It seems like LAPD has a lot more problems it could be dealing with than if USC students are walking their bikes in the crosswalks,” said Alicia Johnson, a junior majoring in French and neuroscience.But Thomas noted that it is LAPD’s South Traffic Division that enforces these traffic laws, and one of its primary tasks is ensuring traffic safety.“Students say the officers can be doing something more important, but traffic safety is one of the most important quality of life issues in the city of Los Angeles,” Thomas said. “We have two of the most problematic intersections in our division, so it’s a good use of South Traffic Division’s resources.”Other students argued that the cost of the citations is too steep given the magnitude of the violation.Rachel Fuhrman, a sophomore majoring in international relations, was given a $212 ticket in September for failing to obey posted traffic control signals. But Fuhrman argued the signs were not clear enough.“There was a sign that said, ‘Walk bike in crosswalk,’ which is pretty much illegible because the ‘bike’ part is graffitied out,” Fuhrman said. “It just says, ‘Walk in the crosswalk.’”Fuhrman said she thinks tickets should be given just to students who are bikingdangerously. She does not think students should be ticketed for coming to a near stop and then slowly entering the crosswalk.Still, Thomas said, officials must consider pedestrian safety when deciding whether or not to ticket.“The crosswalk is an extension of the sidewalk,” Thomas said. “But with the number of bikers causing the people walking to get out of the bicyclists’ way, we consider that disregard for the safety of others.”Thomas noted, however, that most of the citations issued were not for biking through the crosswalks, but for riding in the wrong direction.Geoff Montgomery, a sophomore majoring in business administration, said he received a $174 ticket for biking against the flow of traffic. Montgomery plans to appeal the ticket in court, however.“I think the city realizes that by making students jump through hoops, a lot of kids will just pay for it to avoid the hassle,” Montgomery said. “It would be one thing if it were a $30 bike ticket but it’s more than some speeding tickets that my parents have gotten.”Despite students’ wariness of the enforcement efforts, Carlisle said they are worthwhile if they make even a small difference — and he thinks they have.“We have noticed students walking their bikes in the crosswalk at Jefferson and McClintock and that may not have been the case in recent years,” Carlisle said. “It may be a small incremental increase in compliance but if that makes fewer accidents then we’re happy.”last_img read more