Flooding, winds from weekend storms cause damage in NEJC, but no injuries

first_imgRising waters on State Park Road in Fairway stranded this car Saturday.The powerful storms that swept through northeast Johnson County Saturday night felled trees and stranded vehicles in quickly rising waters, but didn’t cause any serious injuries, emergency responders reported.Battalion Chief Bruce Randall said firefighters received two calls about cars trapped in rising waters, one at the entrance to Kansas City Country Club and another near 5400 Mission Drive.A Leawood family also reported that their car stalled out in rising water on State Park Road in Fairway after they’d dropped off some friends. They put the car in neutral and tried to push it out of the dip in the road where the water was deepest, but with the current gaining force, they recognized they were in danger. A passing police officer ordered them out of the water. They put the car in park and abandoned it. Sunday morning the car still wouldn’t start.Gusts of wind associated with the intense storm front also felled trees in the area. Reader Christie Green sent in this picture of a damaged tree blocking the road at 69th Street and Roe Avenue:last_img read more

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Combat Squads to Secure New Canal Inauguration

first_imgThe Ministry of Interior is gearing up to secure the historic celebrations of the New Suez Canal, set for tomorrow, in the presence of a host of political leaders and world figures.The ministry said that as many as 10,000 police troops and 230 combat squads and central security forces are taking part in the security plan of the New Suez Canal.This plan has already been into effect since the beginning of July. It includes large-scale security campaigns in the canal governorates of Suez, Port Said and Ismailia as well as all along the Suez Canal navigation route.The outlined plan also provided imposing security measures, taken in coordination with the Armed Forces, in the surroundings of the vital installations all over the country, including the compound of the parliament, electricity and water stations, the Central Bank of Egypt, the Media Production City and all police and security facilities.last_img read more

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Good Employer Guide 2016: Keeping the wheels turning

first_imgThe need for the construction sector to recruit more skilled workers is an issue that has been placed under an ever-intensifying spotlight in recent months.Consultant Mark Farmer’s recently published hard-hitting review of the industry’s labour market, Modernise or Die, forecast that 700,000 new workers will be needed within five years to replace those due to retire, exacerbating existing shortages. Meanwhile, the UK’s vote for Brexit, likely to lead to tightened rules over labour movement, has thrown doubt over how much the industry can continue to rely on foreign workers to plug skills gaps.Against this backdrop, it is clear that the construction sector needs to both increase its appeal to potential workers, and widen the pool of talent from which it has traditionally recruited. The 50 firms in this year’s Building Good Employer Guide are leading the way in both of these respects.One of the most striking trends to emerge from this year’s guide is the increasing effort employers are making to appeal to a more diverse group of workersOne of the most striking trends to emerge from this year’s guide is the increasing effort employers are making to appeal to a more diverse group of workers. The number of our top employers offering enhanced maternity benefits – often a key factor in recruiting and retaining younger female staff – has leapt by nearly a third over the past year. This is particularly encouraging given the significant proportion of SME firms included in the guide, which are likely to face more of a challenge in resourcing such measures. And although the industry remains male-dominated, there are clear signs that the balance is starting to shift – in two of our top five employers, Architype and JTP, women make up at least half of staff.Meanwhile, the guide provides clear evidence that construction’s top employers are taking active steps to address the industry’s traditional culture of long hours and often inflexible working; in a move that stands to dramatically increase the appeal of the sector to recruits of all backgrounds.Holiday terms have become more generous over the past year, representing a laudable effort to improve work-life balance despite pressure on companies to deliver with often tight resource. A growing number of companies are also introducing a more flexible approach to time off, with measures such as turning overtime worked into paid leave, and the option to take a set number of holiday days at short notice.Trends such as these are a powerful illustration that, among the industry’s top employers, the wellbeing of staff is being seen as integral to business success. So the companies in this year’s guide deserve to be heartily congratulated for the efforts they are making to set a new standard for working conditions in the industry.It is one which, with competition for staff only set to increase, other companies will surely seek to emulate, in order to attract and keep the talent that will shape the future of both their businesses, and the sector as a whole.Sarah Richardson, editorlast_img read more

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Five-star Ohio State commit Jack Sawyer makes switch to QB look easy

first_imgPICKERINGTON, Ohio — Five-star defensive end Jack Sawyer is one of the best high school football players in the nation at his position.  For the rest of this season, however, he might be just a part-time defensive player. That’s because he has stepped into the starting role at quarterback for Pickerington North High School (Pickerington, Ohio). The 6-5, 240-pound Ohio State commit — the No. 3 overall player in the class of 2021, per 247Sports’ Composite rankings — finished 6 of 11 passing for 60 yards and a touchdown on Friday, adding 16 carries for 134 yards and three scores in his first start at quarterback. He also registered a sack and a tipped pass that led to an interception. His play helped Pickerington North to its first win of the season, a 38-17 victory against Olentangy Orange.  Not bad for being pressed into action after starting quarterback Dom Myers suffered a knee injury. That will only add to the hype around the five-star prospect.PICKTOWN: Inside a modern NFL factory”He can throw the ball 70 yards,” Pickerington North coach Nate Hillerich told Sporting News. “If he wanted to be a quarterback, he would probably be a four- or five-star quarterback.” Hillerich and Sawyer talked about the position switch, which was made a little easier knowing the Panthers already had a Wildcat package installed for the star player. They expanded on that over just two practices.  “I had one practice and a walkthrough to prepare for it and was kind of thrown into the fire that Friday night,” Sawyer told SN. “I wasn’t nervous. I thought of it just like playing on the playground with the ball in my hand like I always did when I was younger. I was just throwing it around and having fun.”  Hillerich said the coaching staff adjusted the offense to fit Sawyer’s skill set, and it worked. Pickerington North scored on its first three possessions against Olentangy Orange.  “He’s a really bright kid, so we simplified the offense and we knew we get into some formations and have an extra blocker with him running the ball at quarterback,” Hillerich said.Sawyer made the game-changing play in the second half. He picked up a dropped snap, stiff-armed two defenders and raced for a touchdown.Dropped snap goes for a TD ⁦@mr_ulbrich⁩ ⁦@pnfootball⁩ #TrueNorth pic.twitter.com/O7MIIaS9Q7— Pickerington North (@PNAthletics) September 14, 2019″I went to go take off with the ball before I had it,” Sawyer said. “I had to pick it up, and read my blockers, made a cut, saw green grass and kept running.” MORE: Ohio State won’t suffer inexplicable loss with this defense, run gameSawyer played a dozen snaps on defense during the game. He has nine sacks this season — including a five-sack performance in the opener against Olentangy Liberty. But Hillerich said the plan is to keep Sawyer at quarterback.”He’s going to be our guy,” Hillerich said. “We’ve looked at the film, evaluated it, and that’s the plan. He’ll still come in on third-down situations and pass-rushing situations (on defense), too.”Hillerich and Sawyer agreed they had more confidence in the decision after visiting Ohio State for the Cincinnati game on Sept. 7 and talking with coach Ryan Day.  “He told me to do whatever I needed to do to get a win,” Sawyer said. “They understood how serious it was that I had to play quarterback.”With one start in the books, Sawyer is already looking ahead — and starting to sound like a quarterback. He spoke about how he can improve his game after leading the Panthers to their first win. “I’d say probably working on my short game and reading defenses a little better,” Sawyer said. “Getting back in my drops and working into the pocket a little better so I can go through the progressions.”Does that mean Ohio State’s next big defensive recruit might become its next big quarterback instead?”No, that’s not going to be in the future I promise,” Sawyer said, laughing. “I’ll do whatever it takes to get wins in high school, but I’m a defensive end.” (Pickerington North Athletics) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/61/bf/jack-sawyer-091919-pn-ftrjpg_1vhs5rd27sr451a50n0ca72hw3.jpg?t=981492117&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

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Canadian Men fail in bid to qualify for 2018 World Cup

first_imgDespite scoring a 3-1 victory over El Salvador Tuesday night in Vancouver, Canada finished third in its semifinal qualifying group for the CONCACAF region, behind Mexico and Honduras, and ahead of El Salvador.The top two teams in the group advance to the final round of the qualifiers in CONCACAF.Cyle Larin gave Canada a 1-0 lead, scoring in the 11th minute. Nik Ledgerwood made it 2-0 at the 54th minute before El Salvador’s Nelson Bonilla scored in the 78th minute. David Edgar added a goal for Canada in injury time.Canada, which in its only World Cup — 1986 in Mexico — now looks in from the sidelines as the rest of the world attempts to qualify for Russia.Next up is qualifying for 2022. There’s no joy in Canadaville as the Men’s National Team struck out in their bid to reach the next stage of qualifying for 2018 World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

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Nelson’s Tula Sherkat climbs her way to Italy

first_imgIt’s not one of the more traditional sports catching the eyes of Nelson youth, but for Tula Sherkat climbing has been a passion just months after learning to walk.And now the 14-year-old Nelson climber is going to use that knowledge for Team Canada next month as she compete for her country at the Youth World Climbing Championships in Arco Italy.“Being in Arco (Italy) will be very interesting and to be there for Worlds is still mind-blowing for me,” Sherkat told The Nelson Daily from Vancouver as she trains for the upcoming World Championships.It’s not like Sherkat is new to climbing. The Grade 10 L.V. Rogers student has been climbing since she was two years old and entered her first competition at eight.“I was first attracted to climbing through my family and love of the outdoors,” the five-foot tall Sherkat said.“When I first got exposed to competition climbing, I was a gymnast watching my brother compete. I remember thinking that it looked interesting and tried my first competition when I was eight.”The Youth World Climbing Championships are expected to attract more than 1,000 competitors from 50 countries.Sherkat, who will compete for Canada in the Boulder event, qualified for Worlds at the recent Team Canada Selection Camp in June. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing where competitors use small rock formations or artificial rock walls, known as boulders, without the use of ropes or harnesses.The five-day selection camp allowed athletes to build National ranking points that would be used by coaches to select the team.“Days one and two were qualification for bouldering, and day three was qualification for lead and speed climbing,” Sherkat explained.“On these days, how you did in the selection competitions gave you a certain number of points that would be added to your National ranking.” Day three focused on Speed Climbing before the camp turned to bouldering, Sherkat’s specialty.“This is when there are four or five bouldering problems on the wall and the results are based on how many tops and zones you get and in how many attempts,” Sherkat said.“Zones are a hold that are typically in the middle of a boulder problem.”The love of training and working out are drivers that keep Sherkat wanting to improve in the sport.“Climbing is also a very mental sport,” she said. “You have to only focus on what’s in front of you and have to think about every single possibility of how you can put the ‘puzzle’ (climb) together.”Sherkat said she’s agrees with the notionthat 85% of the challenge is how you are mentally. Example: If you’re positive, feelings towards the climb, how you hold yourself physically and mentally at a competition.“For me, this is one of the aspects of climbing that I find the most challenging but one of my favourite parts,” Sherkat explains.“Another part of climbing that keeps me in the sport is the camaraderie. I’ve met so many amazing people across the world through this sport as well as some of my best friends.”The Youth World Climbing Championships in Italy are set for August 22-31.To prepare, the five-foot Sherkat will train up to six days a week for at least three hours each session in Calgary.“I love to train and work out,” Sherkat said.“Climbing is also a very mental sport. You have to only focus on what’s in front of you and have to think about every single possibility of how you can put the ‘puzzle’ (climb) together.”Tula  Sherkat  scales the climbing wall during a competition at the Project Climbing Centre in Abbotsford. — Photo courtesy Wayne Takashibalast_img read more

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Another great weekend for Galway Athletics

first_imgThe U14girls 4x200m relay team of Sarah Agboola, Emma Moore, Sinead Duggan, Eimear Rowe, Hannah King and Joanna Healy won the first gold of the day for the city club. They were soon followed by the all conquering U18 and U19 squads who have won multiple medals over the past 7 years. The U18 Boys team of Darren Costello , Jack Dempsey, Luke O’Shaughnessy, and Sean Kilmartin were National Relay Champions over 4x200m for 2016, while their U19 counterparts, Eoghan Dobey, Sean Kilmartin, Luke O’Shaughnessy, Jack Dempsey and Cillian Greene also followed suit with a strong run in a time of 91.12 to claim gold.The U17 and U18 girls 4x200m teams both took bronze medals – at U17 Aoife Sheehy, Eadaoin Langan, Lydia Doyle, Laura Nally and Rachael Hughes comprised the squad, while Lydia Doyle, Sallyanne O’Malley, Roisin Flynn, Laura Nally, Clodagh O Hanlon, and Aoife Sheehy were the 18’s selection.The Ballinasloe and District AC U13 Boys team had a fantastic victory in their 4x100m relay event, while the Craughwell U17 Boys 4x200m squad of Jerry Keary, Daniel Callanan-Forde, Louis Molloy, Oisin Lyons won bronze medals.Matthew McKiernan and Aisling Keady of Craughwell AC were both in flying form in the U19 Boys and U18 Girls Triple Jump events also held Saturday. Matthew had a marvelous series of jumps either side of the 12m mark with a best of 12.20m to take the silver medal against elite opposition where the championship best was broken by the winner, and Aisling Keady placed a fine fourth in the U18s. The third and final day of the National Juvenile Indoor Championships took place last weekend at Athlone IT with the relays taking centre stage. It was a hugely successful day for Galway City Harriers relay squads, with medals in five events for the city club, including three golds. Craughwell 10 mile raceThe 2016 Galway AAI 10 Mile Road Race Championships were held Sunday with the Craughwell 10 Mile road race on Sunday, 20 March. Entry is available still on active.comMatt Bidwell and Sarah Collins of GCH took the County titles. Bidwell stormed to victory in a great time of 52.56, well clear of Liam Feely of North Leitrim second in 53.50and Brian Furey of Rathfarnham third. Collins took the ladies honours, claiming her first major championship victory in a time of 64.51, after a good battle with Siobhan Egan also of GCH, who ran 65.31, with new Athenry AC signing Yvonne Fehily third home in 65.53.GCH won both men’s and women’s county team titles also in a successful day for the city team.National Masters IndoorsMany of Ireland’s top masters’ athletes attended a hugely competitive National Masters indoors held in Athlone IT at the weekend. Galway athletes secured a large medal haul, with Mary Barrett of Loughrea AC winning an incredible three golds in the Long Jump, High Jump and Shot Putt as well as a bronze in the 60m, at Over55 level, Margaret Higgins of Corofin AC O60, winning double gold in the Jumps and silver in the Shot, and Martin McEvilly of GCH taking double gold and a silver over the 3k, 1500 and 800m track events at Over65 level, among the highlights. Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers) was one of the star performers of the day in winning the men’s O35 shot put with a best of 16.90m.Richard O’Hanlon of GCH secured Over 60 gold in the Shot Putt with a throw of 11.84 m. Donie Duggan of GCH took silver in the O50 Long Jump. Cliff Jennings also GCH won O50 bronze in the shot, while his clubmate Eamon Hornibrook secured a hard earned bronze in the very competitive 3000m O45. Seamus Lynch took Bronze in the O45 High Jump competition for Craughwell AC.Schools InternationalEanna Folan of GCH and Colaiste na Coiribe had a great run Saturday last in Scotland, running on the Irish squad in the Schools International Cross Country in the Inter Boys race. Eanna was third Irish home and 17th place overall in his international debut.FixturesThis Easter weekend sees two major road races take place, with the Colemanstown 10km on Saturday next at 12 noon, and  Loughrea AC are hosting a 5km on Easter Monday at 11 am .print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Regal Cristiano Ronaldo puts Real Madrid C.F. on verge of Champions League final

first_imgA ruthless Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dazzling hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a crushing 3-0 victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.The Portuguese forward put his team on the verge of their third final in four years and took his tally to 103 goals in the competition as he helped Madrid vanquish their neighbours at the Santiago Bernabeu.It was another demoralising European defeat for Atletico at the hands of Real, who had beaten Diego Simeone’s side in two of the competition’s last three finals.The plaudits, however, belonged once again to the extraordinary Ronaldo, who followed up his hat-trick against Bayern Munich in the quarter-final second leg at the Bernabeu with another superb treble, his 42nd in all for Madrid.”It is great to have a player like Ronaldo. You need someone to score to get the result and he is unbelievable,” Real midfielder Toni Kroos said, praising his team mate on BT Sport.Ronaldo headed home in the 10th minute after Casemiro’s bouncing cross caught out Atletico’s defence, before putting his team on the verge of another final appearance after the break.Karim Benzema set him up to smash home his second on the half-volley in the 73rd minute and he finished from close range with four minutes remaining as Atletico offered little resistance.”We are very happy with the game, with the three goals and above all keeping a clean sheet at home,” said Real’s coach Zinedine Zidane, after taking a huge step closer to guiding his side towards becoming the first to successfully defend the European Cup since AC Milan in 1990.advertisementYet the prospect of a La Liga-Champions League double was also on his mind with his side currently lying in second place in the Spanish title race on the same number of points as Barcelona but with a game in hand.”I’m very proud of everyone. We are going to enjoy it, rest, and then tomorrow start thinking about our game in La Liga (at Granada on Saturday),” Zidane added.The visitors’ best chance came during an intense first half, when Kevin Gameiro broke through after 17 minutes but was foiled by Keylor Navas as he tried to round the Madrid goalkeeper.Diego Godin lunged in to divert an Antoine Griezmann free kick inches over the crossbar as Atletico sought an equaliser but after that it was one-way traffic as Madrid imposed their dominance on their neighbours once more in European competition.Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was lucky to escape punishment after crashing his forearm into the back of Lucas Hernandez’s head shortly before halftime, but Atletico’s headache after this defeat will last longer than the Frenchman’s bruise.last_img read more

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Mangala ready to grasp opportunity

first_imgManchester City Mangala ready to pounce, but realistic on Man City playing time Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 23:45 11/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) eliaquimmangala - Cropped Getty Images Manchester City Manchester City v Feyenoord Leicester City v Manchester City Feyenoord UEFA Champions League Premier League With John Stones injured against Leicester, the French defender is determined to take his chance should it arrive Eliaquim Mangala insists his latest first-team opportunity at Manchester City is not complicated by recently being the unwanted man at the Etihad Stadium.Mangala became one of the most expensive defenders in football history when he joined City for a reported £32 million in August 2014 from Porto.City v Feyenoord BTTS 19/20 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, the France international undermined his progress with frequently erratic displays and was loaned to Valencia last season as Pep Guardiola took the reins in east Manchester.A purported deadline-day move to Crystal Palace collapsed, leaving the 26-year-old to fight for a place in Guardiola’s first-team squad this term.A pair of EFL Cup starts amounted to his most significant action until John Stones suffered a hamstring injury on Saturday, thrusting Mangala into the fray for the final hour of a 2-0 win at Leicester City.Guardiola confirmed in-form England centre-back Stones is set to miss four to six weeks with his complaint and, speaking alongside his manager ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League Group F match with Feyenoord, Mangala stated he was ready to take his opportunity for possible game time but accepted there were no guarantees.”Football is like that. You have to try and take your opportunity,” he said. “We know in all the competitions we are involved in that we need more than 11 players.”It is not just about me. Every player has to be ready when they have the opportunity to play.”It’s not so complicated because I am very realistic. I know in football anything can happen.”I’m here today but maybe in two months, the summer, one year, I won’t be. You never know.”I am in the squad and in this club. I am going to work to help my team-mates, even when I am not playing.”We have a common objective and that is to win titles. I want to win titles, even if I am going to play less.”The established pecking order at City means Guardiola is likely to select Nicolas Otamendi alongside club captain Vincent Kompany in Stones’ absence but the latter’s injury woes over recent seasons means he is unlikely to be over-exerted in 12 matches between now and the end of 2017 for the Premier League leaders.Mangala’s sometimes ungainly contributions in possession make him an uneasy fit for Guardiola’s style in the eyes of many observers but he completed 84.2 per cent of his 57 passes at the King Power Stadium and is enjoying developing his game under the former Barcelona boss – for however long such an opportunity might remain.”I learn so many things every day because it is a different way to play,” he added. “You have to be really focused on the pass, make a strong pass and control well because our game is to be quick on the ball. You have to win time.”last_img read more

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10 months agoArsenal move for Juventus defender Medhi Benatia

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal move for Juventus defender Medhi Benatiaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have made a move for Juventus defender Medhi Benatia.Gazzetta dello Sport says the Gunners are keen to land the Juventus defender during the January transfer window.The 31-year-old has fallen down the pecking order with the Serie A champions.And with the Morocco international’s future uncertain in Turin, Arsenal have enquired about his availability.Unai Emery is open to bolstering his backline this month due to a spate of injuries.Benatia could potentially be used as part of the deal to take midfielder Aaron Ramsey to Turin. last_img read more

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