At least 2 dead as severe weather hits the Plains; storms next headed to East Coast

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) —  At least two people are dead — one in Oklahoma and one in Iowa — after severe weather hit the Plains this week.Sixty tornadoes were reported across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska within two days.The Southern Plains were hit hard over the past two days with 56 reported tornadoes, 230 damaging storm reports and almost 9 inches of rain in Oklahoma.Flash flood alerts stretch from Montana to Missouri on Wednesday morning with flood warnings mostly in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.The storm system that brought all the severe weather and flooding to the Plains on Tuesday will not move much, so it could bring more severe weather, including tornadoes, from Oklahoma to Missouri.Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Wichita, Kansas; and Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri, are all at risk Wednesday for damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes.On Thursday, part of the storm system moves into the Northeast and brings a chance for severe weather for New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.The biggest threat will be damaging winds, but we can’t rule out a few tornadoes.At the same time, yet another storm system will move into the Plains from the west with more severe weather from Texas to Missouri, including damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes.More rain is expected in the Plains and parts of the Midwest over the next couple days, with some areas in Kansas and Missouri getting an additional 4 to 6 inches of rain and possible flooding.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Put down those cold cuts

first_img Related What we eat and why we eat it The dietary factor People who increased their daily servings of red meat over an eight-year period were more likely to die during the subsequent eight years than those who did not increase their red meat consumption, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study also found that decreasing red meat and simultaneously increasing healthy alternative food choices over time was associated with lower mortality.A large body of evidence has shown that greater consumption of red meat, especially processed red meat, is associated with higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancers, including those of the colon and rectum, and premature death. This is the first longitudinal study to examine how changes in red meat consumption over time may influence that risk.For this study, researchers used health data from 53,553 women in the Nurses’ Health Study and 27,916 men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study who were free of cardiovascular disease and cancer at baseline. They looked at whether changes in red meat consumption from 1986 to 1994 predicted mortality in 1994 to 2002, and whether changes from 1994 to 2002 predicted mortality in 2002 to 2010.Increasing total processed meat intake by half a daily serving or more was associated with a 13 percent higher risk of mortality from all causes. The same amount of unprocessed meat increased mortality risk by 9 percent. The researchers also found significant associations between increased red meat consumption and increased deaths due to cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and neurodegenerative disease.The association of increases in red meat consumption with increased relative risk of premature mortality was consistent across participants irrespective of age, physical activity level, dietary quality, smoking status, or alcohol consumption, according to the researchers.Study results also showed that, overall, a decrease in red meat together with an increase in nuts, fish, poultry without skin, dairy, eggs, whole grains, or vegetables over eight years was associated with a lower risk of death in the subsequent eight years.The researchers suggest that the association may be due to a combination of components that promote cardiometabolic disturbances, including saturated fat, cholesterol, heme iron, preservatives, and carcinogenic compounds produced by high-temperature cooking. Red meat consumption also was linked recently to gut microbiota-derived metabolite trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), which might promote atherosclerosis.“This long-term study provides further evidence that reducing red meat intake while eating other protein foods or more whole grains and vegetables may reduce risk of premature death,” said senior author Frank Hu, Fredrick J. Stare Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology and chair, Department of Nutrition. “To improve both human health and environmental sustainability, it is important to adopt a Mediterranean-style or other diet that emphasizes healthy plant foods.”The first author of the study is Yan Zheng, a former postdoctoral associate in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard Chan School and now a professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Other Harvard Chan School authors include Yanping Li, Ambika Satija, Mercedes Sotos-Prieto, Eric Rimm, and Walter Willett. The study cohorts were supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, and the current study was supported by grants from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the Boston Obesity Nutrition Research Center.“Association of Changes in Red Meat Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality Among U.S. Women and Men: Two Prospective Cohort Studies,” Yan Zheng, Yanping Li, Ambika Satija, An Pan, Mercedes Sotos-Prieto, Eric Rimm, Walter C. Willett, Frank B. Hu, BMJ, online June 12, 2019, doi: 10.1136/bmj.l2110. Could a popular food ingredient raise the risk for diabetes and obesity? The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. ‘There they are, on our dinner plates’ Ph.D. students explore the culture and science of food in the Veritalk podcast Philosophy professor’s book asks humans to rethink their relationships with animals last_img read more

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New Task Force Supports Hurricane Irma Victims

first_imgBy Diálogo September 19, 2017 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) established Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands (JTF-LI) to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts. The Leeward Islands comprise more than 10 islands located between the northeastern Caribbean Sea and the western Atlantic Ocean. “The goal of our efforts in St. Martin is straightforward,” said U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Michael Samarov, the commander of JTF-LI. The governments of France and the Netherlands, who share the island of Saint Martin, requested the U.S. support to help the disaster relief operation led by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). Hurricane Irma was the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands in decades. “We want to save lives and ease human suffering and also augment civilian emergency response capabilities until our efforts are no longer necessary,” said Col. Samarov. JTF-LI is equipped with several disaster relief capabilities, including command and control, humanitarian assessment, water production, and helicopter transportation. The U.S. National Hurricane Center described Hurricane Irma as the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic. The hurricane reached the eastern Caribbean in early September. It made landfall on the island of Barbuda on September 6th before passing near the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti and making a secondary landfall in Cuba on September 9th. Irma brought destructive winds, heavy rainfall, and dangerous storm surge, resulting in at least 25 fatalities and causing significant infrastructure damage across the Caribbean region. Task force capabilities JTF-LI comprises about 300 U.S. military personnel and includes the support of eight helicopters, four C-130 Hercules aircraft, and the USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1). Its personnel stem from the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command, Joint Task Force-Bravo, and other SOUTHCOM elements. The task force is just one element of the U.S. response to Hurricane Irma and will remain in the affected area to support ongoing USAID/OFDA-led relief operations as long as the U.S. government deems necessary. “Hurricane Irma dealt a terrible blow to St. Martin,” said U.S. Navy Captain Steven Stacy, the mission commander of Southern Partnership Station-Expeditionary Fast Transport 2017, a SOUTHCOM-directed operation that was deployed in June by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command /U.S. 4th Fleet. Capt. Stacy was onboard of the Spearhead supporting Navy humanitarian relief support in Saint Martin. “There have been fatalities, and much of the island’s infrastructure has been destroyed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities that were affected by this storm. We are providing the heavy lift to support USAID and the French and Dutch governments’ humanitarian responses.” The USNS Spearhead first loaded humanitarian relief supplies at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay before reaching the port of the Franco-Dutch island, Saint Martin. While in port at Guantanamo Bay, the Spearhead loaded 50,000 gallons of fuel, 81,000 bottles of water and 1,000 ready-to-eat meals. The fuel is to be used for reverse osmosis water purification systems being sent to St. Martin. “We are doing humanitarian support for the hurricane affecting the Caribbean,” said U.S. Air Force Captain Scott Szalejko, a C-17 Globemaster III pilot with the 437th Airlift Wing/15th Airlift Squadron. The 437th Airlift Wing´s crew members traveled to Mountain Home in Idaho to transport a mobile air traffic control tower to support the Caribbean islands affected by the hurricane. The tower was provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, and was requested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide relief to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered a loss during this time… We are honored to help in any way we can,” said Col. Samarov.last_img read more

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Steph Curry’s spark, Warriors superior bench and habit of winning make the difference against Clippers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PHOTOS: See Warriors-Clippers galleryGranted, there were more than a few Warriors aficionados at Staples Center, but you don’t have to be from the Bay Area, or even be a fan of Evan Hunter’s books about fearsome herds of cats, to appreciate Stephen Curry and the Flying W’s. The crowd would have erupted at any point in the final minutes if the Clippers had made open shots or failed to commit cataclsymic fouls, like when Matt Barnes decked Andre Igoudala during a 3-point shot in front of the Clippers bench.Igoudala made all three tries, and Golden State led by four points with a minute left.Griffin, as irresistible as he was, had a layup blocked by Golden State’s Andrew Bogut with 3:31 left and the Warriors leading by two. But the really troublesome part was the beginning of the fourth quarter, with Paul and Griffin on the bench, and Golden State punching its way to a 9-0 run behind reserve forward Mareese Speights.“I still like our chances in a 7-game series against anybody,” Griffin said. “There was no championships won tonight. We won seven in a row and lost this one, so I don’t think that’s terrible. “When you play Golden State you can’t make defensive mistakes. The key is taking away their easy shots, the open 3-pointer they get. They always make you pay when you let down on defense. I felt good physically, but I still need to work on my rotations, the places for me to be.”It took the Warriors a while to figure out why they were here. They have already clinched the top record in the West and are now 61-13. They also have the fifth best point-differential of any team in NBA history. Three of the four teams ahead of them won NBA championships — the ‘72 Lakers, ‘96 Bulls, and ‘71 Bucks. The other one, the ‘72 Bucks, had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson.So winning is pretty much a habit with them. “We were sleepwalking early,” Klay Thompson said, “but then we finally got into a rhythm.” The play that visibly charged up the Warriors’ bench was a solo performance by Stephen Curry, in which he drove the lane, dribbled back out, and pivoted so quickly that Chris Paul — the all-defense Chris Paul — sprawled on his back, as if in need of chiropractic help. Curry then faded back to hit a baseline shot, and cyberspace crackled with the image of Curry toying with Paul.“That play might have kicked us into gear,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.“You get a little adrenalin rush,” Curry said, “so those are cool moments, but I’m just glad I hit the shot. I didn’t see it, but I heard the bench reaction was really crazy.”“He’s got a great handle,” Paul said, with a slight laugh, “as you saw tonight. He uses his screens really well. About three times, I was right in his chest and he made the shots anyway.”That said, Curry and Paul basically had the same game, each scoring 27. Although Bogut was brilliant with his outlet passing and his rim defense, helping hold DeAndre Jordan to one field goal, the game was really won by the Golden State bench, which outscored the Clipper reserves 34-12.This is a function of Jamal Crawford’s injury, and he will be back soon, in some capacity. “It really wasn’t fair tonight,” Rivers said, “because I probably played our starters too long and they got tired.”Every L.A. starter, in fact, played at least 38 minutes, and that’s coming off an Eastern trip, with a tester at Portland tonight.“If you stay tuned, I’ve got Damien Lillard next,” Paul said. “It’s a point guard-driven league. Like my college coach (Wake Forest’s Skip Prosser) said, it’s a team game played by individuals.”And Rivers noted that Sunday night turned into Monday morning as the Clipppers were flying home from Boston.“They (Warriors) were out here for two days waiting on us,” Rivers said. “That’s what I love about the playoffs. Same amount of preparation, same amount of rest.”“We know we will run into Golden State down the line,” DeAndre Jordan said, momentarily forgetting the Clipppers will have to win at least one series first.Three facts:1. The Clipppers sold out their 181st consecutive home game Tuesday, the fifth-longest streak in the NBA.2. DeAndre Jordan hit two free throws with 1:26 to cut Golden State’s lead to one point.3. The Clippers shot 3 for 13 from the field in the fourth quarter and committed six turnovers.center_img [email protected] ANGELES >> The Clippers are being pulled by the league’s puppet strings, chasing the homecourt advantage from Boston to Portland. As Blake Griffin noted late Tuesday night, it might not be worth catching.“The homecourt advantage is not looking good for us,” Griffin said flatly after his 40 points could not avert a 110-106 loss to a nemesis they share with the rest of the league, the Golden State Warriors.“If this is how it’s going to be in the playoffs, it’s not looking good.”last_img read more

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Irish Water unveil new traffic plans as Letterkenny gridlock continues

first_imgIrish Water has announced a number of minor changes to the current upgrade projects that have caused gridlock in Letterkenny in recent months.There have been calls for the disruptive works on Pearse Road to stop this week as local businesses suffer loses of up to 30%.Irish Water revealed new traffic management plans at a meeting with Letterkenny municipal district councillors this morning. The authority said that the left hand turn from Paddy Harte Road into the Pearse Road will not be reinstated until mid—July.Works on the sewer upgrade will also be extended to Saturdays.They confirmed that the project will cease for the Donegal International Rally and the weekend of July 12.Irish Water has apologised for the inconvenience of works and thanked the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, traders and elected officials for the ongoing engagement throughout the project. They said they will also continue to work with An Garda Siochána to facilitate the free movement of traffic around the town.Letterkenny businesses call for roadworks to stop as jobs threatened     Irish Water unveil new traffic plans as Letterkenny gridlock continues was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Irish Waterletterkennyroadworkslast_img read more

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Milind Deora ignores Sanjay Nirupam’s jibes, says party bigger than individual

first_imgFaced with a barrage of criticism from his predecessor Sanjay Nirupam, former Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora turned the other cheek on Monday. ‘Unpleasant and unwarranted commentary’, he said, should be ignored. “A party and its ideals are bigger than an individual. Some unpleasant and unwarranted commentary from certain quarters should be ignored,” said Mr. Deora in a statement issued on Monday evening.Unpleasant scenes have accompanied Mr. Deora’s appointment as well as departure, with Mr. Nirupam criticising him over his idea to appoint a three-member committee to run the Mumbai Congress till the Assembly elections. “The idea to appoint a three-member committee to run Mumbai Congress in place of (a party) president is not at all appropriate. It will ruin the party further,” tweeted Mr Nirupam.He ridiculed Mr. Deora over his hints at undertaking an important responsibility at the national level. “Resignation (usually) comes with sacrifice. But here, a national-level position is being demanded. Is this a resignation or a ladder to climb? The party should be wary of such ‘devoted’ leaders,” he said.Mr. Deora, however, said he was humbled by the affection and support he received after his resignation, and asked party workers to keep up the good work. The Congress’s vote share in Mumbai rose by 5%, he said. It was proved in the Lok Sabha elections that party workers can work unitedly for all Mumbaikars and earnestly pursue their support to build an inclusive Mumbai, he said. “We have re-established Mumbai Congress as a party for all Mumbaikars and this is a great beginning to build on,” said the statement.last_img read more

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Damian Lillard Hit A SeriesEnding GameWinner For The Ages

With how lopsided many of these first-round NBA playoff series have been, it would have been understandable to want the Thunder-Blazers matchup to continue beyond Tuesday, both because of its star power and because of the sheer back-and-forth competitiveness it displayed.But if the series had to end quickly, at least it went out with a bang: with Damian Lillard finishing not only with 50 points, but also with one of the greatest, most cold-blooded buzzer-beaters in NBA history — perhaps the most difficult one to ever end a playoff series, all things considered.This wasn’t Lillard’s first game-winner to end a series. He hit a more conventional one, coming off a screen for a lightning-quick catch-and-shoot opportunity, to knock out the Houston Rockets in 2014.But with Tuesday’s dagger, the Portland star finished off former MVP Russell Westbrook and his Oklahoma City club, literally waving goodbye to the visiting Thunder after nailing a shot just to the right of the Blazers’ half-court logo, a full 37 feet away from the basket. A shot from that distance would be difficult enough to knock down wide-open, let alone with an All-NBA defender like 6-foot-9 Paul George contesting it.“That’s a bad shot, I don’t care what anybody says. That’s a bad shot,” a defiant George told reporters after Oklahoma City fell, 118-115, putting an end to the five-game gentleman’s sweep.But in a way, that’s what made it such a spectacular one. Lillard wanted to take that shot. He had more than 10 seconds to make something else happen — to drive to the hoop for a closer look, or to potentially call a teammate over for a screen to get more space — and chose not to. Instead, he opted to let the clock run down to the final two seconds, took a side-step to his right and let it fly from 37. Ballgame.And despite George’s proclamation, that Lillard’s game-winner was a “bad shot” that went down anyway, consider this: Lillard had been doing stuff like this all series long. In fact, the buzzer-beater made Lillard an unthinkable 9-of-15 for the series from 30 feet and beyond, according to Second Spectrum. It’s part of the reason Lillard has been the most valuable player this postseason thus far.We’ve been critical of the Blazers and their roster construction at times in the past. A team built mostly around Lillard and CJ McCollum seems flawed, both because of the tough shots the guards rely on (especially when playing longer-wing defenders like Jrue Holiday last year) and because of the duo’s shortcomings on D. There have been some redeeming qualities present in their teamwide defense — the Blazers have been elite for years at limiting quality looks on that end of the floor. Still, the club’s calculus figured to get a lot tougher without starting center Jusuf Nurkic, who somehow had avoided serious injury in the past but then succumbed to a season-ending one just weeks before the playoffs began. And it didn’t help that the club entered this postseason having lost 10 playoff games in a row.Yet if Lillard can play anywhere close to this level going forward, it requires at least a brief reevaluation of everything. He had 34 points in the first half alone on Tuesday and hit three of his four attempts from 30-plus feet, including the one that sent the Thunder packing.Lillard’s ability to sink those shots — paired with Oklahoma City’s surprise that he’d even have the audacity to try them in some cases — was one of the key reasons Portland ran away with the series 4-1. The Thunder allowed him too much cushion, largely because defenders haven’t adjusted to the realization that Lillard, with nearly limitless range on his off-dribble jumpers, has arguably become the closest thing we have to Golden State’s Stephen Curry.Curry, Lillard and Atlanta rookie Trae Young were the only three players in the NBA to take more than 40 3-point attempts from 30 feet and beyond this past regular season, according to Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index. Curry shot an impressive 31.1 percent, while Lillard hit 30.6 percent of his tries from that distance. (Young, promisingly, made 34.6 percent of his.)After the game, Lillard told reporters that his trainer, Phil Beckner, had him work on longer-than-usual 3-point attempts — closer to half-court — while working out in Oklahoma City earlier in the series. “I’m telling you, you’re gonna hit one of these,” he recalled Beckner saying.And unfortunately for the Thunder, that one — which might have been a bad shot for just about anybody other than Lillard — was enough to end their season in the most brutal way possible. read more

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One killed after vehicle strikes concrete barrier on I15 in Mira Mesa

first_img Posted: February 4, 2018 One killed after vehicle strikes concrete barrier on I-15 in Mira Mesa Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — One person died after a car struck a concrete barrier on Interstate 15 near Mira Mesa Sunday.It happened in the southbound High Occupancy Vehicle lanes of I-15 just north of Mira Mesa Boulevard at about 3 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said.The driver reportedly was out of the vehicle, lying in lanes of traffic, and was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital.It’s unclear if the victim died at the scene or at the hospital. There is no information so far if other vehicles were involved or if there were other people injured.The southbound HOV lanes were closed for the investigation. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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