Crush hour

first_imgThe ramp that connects Interstate 80 to eastbound Interstate 580 collapsed after a speeding tanker truck with 8,600 gallons of gasoline slammed into a guard rail, sparking an explosion and intense fire, according to the California Highway Patrol. Tons of steel, concrete and asphalt blanketed part of the westbound Interstate 80 to Interstate 880 connector ramp that the truck was traveling on when it crashed. The part of the heavily traveled MacArthur Maze where the collapse occurred will be closed for weeks, if not months, causing the worst traffic disruption in the Bay Area for commuters since the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Local commuter rail officials said Sunday they will increase the capacity of their trains by 50 percent today, and the CHP released a list of alternative routes from San Francisco to the East Bay and from the northern part of the East Bay to the South Bay. CHP officer Trent Cross said officers believe the driver of the tanker truck was going faster than the 50 mph speed limit on the connector ramp between I-80 and I-880 when he lost control at about 3:40 a.m. He said officers are examining skid marks, debris and the damaged guardrail as they try to determine how fast the truck was traveling. He said James Mosqueda, 51, of Woodland, Calif., the driver of the tanker truck, crawled out of the passenger window, walked down the ramp to a gas station and took a taxi to a nearby hospital. He was later transferred to a hospital in San Francisco for treatment. Cross said Mosqueda had been licensed to drive the truck for 10 months. He works for the South San Francisco-based Sabek transportation company, and is being treated for second-degree burns to his face and neck. “If this had happened during weekday commute times, we would have had a very ugly incident on our hands,” Cross said, adding that it was fortunate that no one was killed or seriously injured in the accident or subsequent collapse of the ramp. “The bridge is replaceable. A life is not,” he said. It is too early to know what charges, if any, Mosquedo or his company might face, according to California Highway Patrol Commissioner Mike Brown. He said that the driver was coming from Contra Costa County but he would not say at an afternoon news conference where the driver was headed. “He was fresh on his route,” Brown said, adding that there was little information available because the “investigation is only hours old.” By the time CHP officers arrived at the scene, Mosqueda was already gone. Oakland fire crews fought the 2,000-degree blaze until shortly before 6 a.m. The crash sparked a series of explosions on the lower portion of the ramp where Mosqueda was driving from westbound Interstate 80 to southbound Interstate 880. The intense heat melted the steel screws on the upper deck of the ramp, which was built in the 1950s. Although the collapse has closed the ramp, motorists can continue to use Interstate 80 to get to and from San Francisco over the bridge. On an average weekday, about 45,000 vehicles typically drive over the ramp that collapsed, according to Caltrans Director Will Kempton. An estimated 35,000 cars drive over the lower bridge each day. Ordinarily, it isn’t that easy to knock down a freeway. But the fireball apparently erupted precisely at the Achilles’ heel of the skyway – the underside of the pier where all of the supporting steel girders are bare and unprotected by concrete or anything else, according to Berkeley civil engineering professor Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl. “I think this was really the perfect fire, tragically,” he said. The freeway collapsed more or less for the same reasons that the World Trade Center towers did on Sept. 11, 2001. The steel supports were baked at, and probably beyond, 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the point at which steel turns to rubber, said Astaneh, who studied the WTC collapse for the National Science Foundation and also studied the MacArthur Maze after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. “It’s not to say the steel melted. Some portions may have melted, but the steel got soft, like rubber,” he said. “When steel gets that warm, it loses its strength and cannot carry its load anymore.” Caltrans has not yet checked the support columns to make sure they are still viable. Agency spokeswoman Lauren Wonder said the agency has demolition contractors ready to remove the damaged roadway, but that she could not say how long it might take to rebuild the ramps. Kempton said that Caltrans officials are rushing to prepare an emergency proclamation, which he expected the governor to sign early in the week. The declaration would allow the Federal Highway Administration to reimburse Caltrans for the cost of repairing the ramp. “This is not going to be a cheap process,” Kempton said, noting that bridge engineers were already working on the design efforts. Kempton said state contracting rules have already been suspended to speed up the rebuilding. The rules normally require a competitive bidding process for public works projects. While he would not offer any kind of time frame for repairing the ramp, he said that it would be a quicker turnaround than in 1989, when the Cypress Freeway collapsed during the Loma Prieta quake and the Bay Bridge was closed for a month. Unlike then, when several roads were closed, Sunday’s bridge failure is relatively isolated and can be addressed immediately. State transportation officials advised motorists to take public transportation into and out of San Francisco. Oakland and San Francisco police will put extra officers on surface streets to help ease problems and congestion in the days to come. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said Sunday he was in contact with the Schwarzenegger administration and already there are plans to “fast-track” reconstruction of the collapsed portion of the roadway. “We’re all going to do what we can to fast-track reconstruction of the site,” he said. “We also are going to work with the labor parties. They understand the urgency.” Newsom said the Governor’s Office is looking at the model used by then-Gov. Pete Wilson to reconstruct damage caused by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake that closed Interstate 5 north of the San Fernando Valley. “Unquestionably this will be one of the more problematic commutes in recent memory,” he said, speaking about the short-term impact. It is too early to assess the economic impact from the crash, Newsom said, but he noted San Francisco’s population nearly doubles during the workday. And even with fast-track rebuilding, he warned, “These things do not happen overnight. “And so there’s going to be a lot of disruption and a lot of effort to redirect people on a more permanent basis.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VIDEO: Bridge collapse SAN JOSE – As transportation officials braced for massive gridlock during today’s commute after the collapse of a key connector ramp near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge early Sunday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency and authorized free public transit rides to help people get to work. “I have issued an emergency declaration in order to begin immediate repair and replacement of the interchange in Emeryville,” according to a written statement released by the Governor’s Office. “This declaration will streamline public contracting and environmental codes and provide emergency funding to allow repair operations to begin immediately.” last_img read more

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Taylor is getting long-weekend ready with their Annual Gold Panning Event

first_imgThe Gold Panning weekend is packed with activities including, bannok baking, duck races, candy crush kids gold panning, pancake breakfasts, a Saturday steak dinner, movie night and much more.“There are several gold panning events, including the Class A Championship on Sunday, and than we have a lot of family friendly events,” Gold Panning Committee Chair, Sheena Taillerfer said. “You can learn how to pan for real gold and you actually get to keep the gold that you find.”The Gold Panning event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, and is located, as previously mentioned, at the beautiful Peace Island Park.- Advertisement -“There’s also a parade tonight that leaves the arena at 6:30 p.m.,” Taillefer goes on to say. “After the parade, everyone usually heads down Peace Island Park. We usually have like a family campfire.”If you’re interested in camping, camp site fees at Peace Island Park are $15.00 – $20.00 per family each night.It’s recommended to reserve a spot ASAP by calling 250 789 9295 as they become booked quickly during the event.Advertisement “Make sure that you definitely come and check everything out because there is a lot of stuff for the entire family, for all the different ages,” Taillefer concluded. “Parents can participate, kids can participate, and it’s even just fun to watch.”last_img read more

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“Schools are built in areas of need and Peace River North is an area of need,” says MLA Pimm

first_img“At peak construction, there could be as many as 10,000 people in the region, and so certainly that’s going to be a drain on the community as well,” says MLA Pimm. “…This is a big piece the province is going to have to look at; we’re going to have to look at policing, we’re going to have to look for new doctors.”MLA Pimm says these concerns are anything but new, and goes on to explain the progress to date and predictions moving into the near future.“As you know, I’ve struck a committee looking at the doctors right now,” says MLA Pimm “We’ve been meeting every week for the last, I think five – six weeks, and we’re starting to see some progress there.”- Advertisement -MLA Pimm adds, “I work with School District 60, and I work with the communities as well, and so we’re all talking from the same sort of position when we’re talking to ministries, and I think we’re going to see some movement on that in the near future, but I cant comment too much because that’s negotiations that are going on.”“Schools are built in areas of need and Peace River North is an area of need.”MLA Pimm has also recently announced the allocation of $20 million from the province to the Peace region’s agricultural industry – as well as the possibility of forming a Peace Country Liaison Committee – all of which pose the potential of offsetting any negative affects of this anticipated growth for the city, and to a larger extent, the entire Peace.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Stima peg back champions Gor at Kasarani

first_imgThe former Mathare United man took a speculative shot from almost 40 yards out and Odhiambo went down too early, the ball taking an awkward dip right infront of his face and bouncing into the net.On the balance of chances especially in the first half though, the reigning champions should have gone back to the dressing at least three up with the chances they squandered.K’Ogalo got their goal, in the 26th minute, from the unlikeliest of scorers. Wendo raced in to the far post to connect to a Samuel Onyango well weighted freekick from the right.-Shown hunger He had shown his hunger for goal just a few minutes before he shook the net making a decent diagonal run behind the defense to a Lawrence Juma pass, but his lack of pace let him down as the defense quickly shut him down before he could make a decision.Prior to that, Gor had the chances.In the 11th minute, Luke Ochieng almost turned the ball into his own net when he tried to cut off a sharp low cross from Philemon Otieno after Dennis Oliech had missed his initial attempt at a connection.Gor Mahia striker Dennis Oliech attempts to take a shot as Western Stima’s Kevin Akong’o attempts to block during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on February 20, 2019From the resultant corner, former Stima man Geoffrey Ochieng floated in a decent ball from the right finding Oliech at the backpost, but his header was blocked away for another corner.Stima almost shocked Gor in the 21st minute when Henry Onyango broke off the counter, but a fast rushing Joash Onyango managed to throw in a leg in time to cut off his shot inside the box with the Stima forward left sprawling on the ground asking for a penalty.-Oliech effortOn the other end, Oliech tried his luck with a first time shot from the edge of the box, but it was blocked for yet another corner.Gor finally tasted the net in the 26th minute Wendo surprising even himself with a goal.Oliech should have doubled the tally three minutes later when a cheeky chipped ball from Lawrence Juma found him inside the box unmarked, but his attempt at lifting the ball over an advancing Samuel Onyango was too much as the ball went over the bar.Gor were forced into a sub five minutes to the break when Joash Onyango went off injured after coming off the worst from an Onyango challenge. He was replaced by Joachim Oluoch.Gor Mahia players celebrate Ernest Wendo’s goal during their Kenyan Premier League match against Western Stima at the Kasarani Stadium on February 20, 2019The incoming defender almost gifted Stima a way back when he lost possession inside the box, but Philemon threw his body on the ground to block a shot from Maurice Ojwang turning the ball behind for a corner.-Boniface inOktay began the second half with changes, Onyango coming off for Boniface Omondi with Gor needing a fresh pair of legs up the field.But, the holders were stunned just seven minutes into the half when Odongo’s shot evaded keeper Odhiambo. Just a minute before that, Ojwang’s shot from distance missed the target by a whisker, Stima showing the early danger signs.With a goal down, Oktay swung in his final change, bringing Nicholas Kipkurui for George Odhiambo in a bid to refresh the attack and try search for a winner.But, Stima played without fear and the introduction of the former Gor duo of Herbert Kopany and Baron Oketch spiced up things for the Kisumu based side.Within few minutes of coming on, Oketch won a freekick at the edge of the box after being hauled down by Charles Momanyi off a counter attack.However, the former K’Ogalo winger struck his effort straight at the wall.On the other end, Gor threw everything at attack, but could not find a way past the defense. They dodged a bullet on the other end in added time when Kennedy Otieno failed to beat Odhiambo one on one when he raced to a through pass.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Western Stima defender Luke Ochieng vies for the ball with Gor Mahia skipper Dennis Oliech during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 20, 2019NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 20 – Gor Mahia’s hope of scaling to the top of the Kenyan Premier League was halted after being pegged back with a 1-1 draw by visiting Western Stima at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Wednesday evening.Gor were leading 1-0 via a first half goal from Ernest Wendo, but a howler from keeper Fredrick Odhiambo early in the second half saw Stima get back into the game via Vincent Odongo.last_img read more

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Firmino injury casts shadow over Liverpool’s five-goal rout

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s Sadio Mane celebrates scoring in the rout of Huddersfield © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 27 – Jurgen Klopp revealed Roberto Firmino has suffered a torn groin muscle after Liverpool powered back to the top of the Premier League with a 5-0 rout of Huddersfield on Friday.Firmino’s injury, sustained in training this week, is bad news for Liverpool as they battle with Manchester City in the title race and prepare to face Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday. Liverpool boss Klopp remains optimistic about the Brazilian forward’s chances of a quick recovery, but the injury update took some of the gloss off an evening which featured Naby Keita scoring after just 15 seconds for the club’s fastest ever Premier League goal.“He trained normally yesterday but after training he had a small tear in a very small muscle,” Klopp said.“Apart from the word ‘tear’ everything is positive but it is Bobby and he might be ready for Wednesday. We don’t know at the moment. Because it’s him, it’s more likely than not.“Of all the bad news you could get, it is pretty much the best (outcome) but it was still bad enough that he could not play tonight.”Despite the relatively benign diagnosis, Klopp can ill afford to enter such a crucial stage of the season without a full compliment of players.With Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also netting twice, it was a comfortable evening for Liverpool on the pitch as they moved two points above Manchester City, who travel to Burnley on Sunday.The latest victory took Liverpool onto 91 points — enough to have won the league title in 105 of the previous 119 seasons in English football history.Yet with City still having the destiny of the title in their hands, the prospect remains that Liverpool could end the campaign with 97 points and only finish second.“If we can have 97, then let’s go for it, then we will see,” Klopp said.“It’s still history. We said we want to create our own history and these boys are outstanding. That’s the reason we are where we are, now let’s carry on.”– Rampant Reds –Even without Firmino, Liverpool had more than enough to sweep aside relegated Huddersfield, with Salah and Mane becoming the first Premier League strikers this season to reach the 20-goal mark, reaching 21 and 20 goals, respectively.It was Keita who started the rout with the first of those goals as goalkeeper Jonas Lossl played a harmless pass out of the Huddersfield area to Jon Gorenc Stankovic, who was immediately closed down by Keita and robbed of the ball.The midfielder quickly exchanged passes with Salah and advanced into the area before scoring with an accomplished 15-yard finish.On 23 minutes, the lead was predictably doubled as full-back Andy Robertson appeared on the end of a patient move to cross for Mane to split his markers and head in.And, in first-half stoppage-time, Klopp’s side struck again when right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold’s magnificently-weighted pass was met by Salah, who lobbed the ball over the advancing goalkeeper’s head.Mane added a fourth, on 65 minutes, as he headed in impressively, off-balance from six yards, from another excellent cross, this one from Jordan Henderson.A successful evening continued as Klopp was able to bring on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, out for 12 months with knee ligament injury, as a 73rd minute substitute.The England international came close to scoring within minutes and fellow sub Xherdan Shaqiri almost set up a hat-trick for Mane whose header hit the post.Shaqiri also started the move for the 83rd minute fifth goal, finding Robertson whose deadly cross was turned in from point-blank range by Salah.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GAA: DONEGAL NEW YORK LIFT INTERMEDIATE TITLE WITH VICTORY OVER RANGERS

first_imgDONEGAL NY BEAT RANGERS FOR INTERMEDIATE CROWNFROM IRA GOLDMAN: A solid 4-12 to 1-12 victory over Rangers at Gaelic Park today gives Donegal GFC NY both silverware and promotion to the Senior ranks they vacated two years ago to focus on the middle range.Rangers and Donegal have always played entertaining games at a high standard and Sunday was no exception. Indeed, Rangers had beaten Donegal Juniors to gain their promotion to Intermediate, but it took the men of The Hills just two years to clamber back above their foe. Donegal opened the scoring and kept the lead through a tightly played first half that ended with them up by three, 1-7 to 0-7, thanks to a Justin Burke goal. Bainestoir Pat McGill had his lads fired up to show a work rate worthy of champions.The second stanza remained close but Donegal held on until a Rangers goal leveled the sides and a fast point gave them the minimum lead. But it was to stop there.The last 15 minutes featured two goals from James Moynagh and another from Mourne man Mickey Annette put Tir Conaill up by an insurmountable margin. Sparkling defense throughout the match by Niall McMahon and PJ Flanagan continued to frustrate the Rangers attack and the game ended with Donegal claiming the McHugh Cup by a nine point margin.  GAA: DONEGAL NEW YORK LIFT INTERMEDIATE TITLE WITH VICTORY OVER RANGERS was last modified: September 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: DONEGAL NEW YORK LIFT INTERMEDIATE TITLE WITH VICTORY OVER RANGERSlast_img read more

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Man City flop could be Chelsea-bound after agent refuses to rule out switch

first_imgSavic won the Premier League title with Manchester City in 2011/12 but was sent to Fiorentina in a swap deal for Matija Nastasic the following summer, just 12 months after joining from Partizan Belgrade.With Chelsea and Juventus both circling, centre-back’s agent Zarko Pelicic told TuttoJuve: “Stefan is a player who is always very interesting.“He has top quality, he can play for any of the top four teams in the best leagues.“Juventus? I can’t name names, everything goes through the club.“He’s currently an Atletico Madrid player, we’ll evaluate what’s best for the club and the lad.” 1 Savic is Montenegro’s vice-captain, and has 48 caps since his debut for the national team in 2010 center_img Stefan Savic could be on his way to Stamford Bridge this summer after his agent refused to rule out a move away from Atletico Madrid.The Montenegrin centre-back, 27, was linked to Chelsea as he looks to move away from the Wanda Metropolitano, where he finds himself behind Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez in the p-ecking order.last_img read more

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DONEGAL DIRECTOR WINS IFTA GONG

first_imgA TV director from Donegal has won an IFTA awards for one of his documentaries, The Writing in the Sky.He was named Best Director of Television at the ceremony in Dublin last night.Garry Keane, (pictured in centre) a native of The Rock, Ballyshannon said he was “absolutely blown away” with winning the prize, Ireland’s oscars. Garry is a graduate of DLIAD and has worked in television for the last twenty years, first as a lighting cameraman and for the last twelve years as a director of documentaries. He was nominated by IFTA for Best Director in 2009 for the documentary Brief Encounters of a Sporting Mind.Garry was born and raised in Ballyshannon and educated at the De La Salle secondary school. He left Donegal in 1984 and went to UC Galway, then spent a year in New York but has always maintained his contact with home. DONEGAL DIRECTOR WINS IFTA GONG was last modified: February 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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HUNDREDS TURN UP AT DANIEL’S MUM’S REMOVAL IN DUNGLOE

first_imgHundreds of people turned up as Julia O’Donnell was removed from McGlynn’s funeral home this afternoon to be waked at her home in Kincaslagh.Daniel and late mum Julia The removal was delayed by half an hour such was the crowd who came to pay their respects. Julia’s son James sat in the hearse carrying his late mother.His other siblings Daniel, John, Margo and Kathleen followed in cars behind the cortege.Daniel was driven by his loving wife Majella.The cortege was given a Garda escort as people lined the streets of Dungloe. One local Garda remarked “Julia always wanted a trip in a Garda car for the fun of it – she didn’t get one so it was fitting today that we provided an escort.”The Daniel O’Donnell Visitors Centre closed as a mark of respect as staff stood outsideJulia will be waked at her home in Kincasslagh before being taken to St Mary’s Church in Kincasslagh for funeral mass on Tuesday afternoonTraffic restrictions are expected to be put in place in the West Donegal village due to the large number of mourners expected at the wake and funeral.  HUNDREDS TURN UP AT DANIEL’S MUM’S REMOVAL IN DUNGLOE was last modified: May 18th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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Raiders, Carr working to be fluent in Gruden’s language

first_imgNFL Pick ‘Em: It’s you against Smash MouthClick here to make your 49ers-Cardinals & Raiders-Chargers picks***ALAMEDA — At the moment it occurred, it seemed an inexplicable lapse between a quarterback and receiver whose sessions of pitch and catch have been too many to count over the last three years.Fourth-and-8 from the 9-yard line, Derek Carr looks to his right toward Amari Cooper. He’s open in the end zone, yet they’re barely in the same zip code. When the pass falls incomplete, the …last_img

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