Amtrak hits big rig; four in vehicles are injured

first_img Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “He just couldn’t get it over the tracks fast enough,” Kovak said. “When the train hit, the trailer flew and dragged the cab behind. It look like it exploded.” Newbury Park-bound Glen Krapff, 36, was asleep in his seat on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner when the collision occurred. “I hit the seat in front of me and my hat flew off,” he said, during a brief stop at the Chatsworth Metrolink Station. The Amtrak train was heading from San Diego to Santa Barbara and was delayed about 90 minutes by the collision. CHATSWORTH – Four people were hurt, one critically, Monday when an Amtrak train hit a big rig stuck on the railroad tracks, pushing it into a motorcycle and two cars waiting at the Lassen Street crossing. The 1:16 p.m. crash knocked the motorcyclist off his bike and smashed the front of two cars that had stopped, waiting for the train to pass. The motorcyclist was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center in critical condition, and three people in the two cars suffered minor injuries, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. One passenger on the train suffered an anxiety attack after the collision, but she was evaluated and stayed on the Santa Barbara-bound train, Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said. Chatsworth resident Mike Kovak said he was driving on Lassen when he saw the driver of the tractor-trailer rig trying to reverse back into a parking lot near the tracks. The gates came down, he said, trapping the big rig on the tracks. last_img read more

Sho’t Left targets Moz, Botswana

first_img29 August 2008South African Tourism has broadened the focus of its Sho’t Left campaign, which encourages South Africans to travel more within the country, to target up-and-coming youngsters from Botswana and Mozambique.“Thousands of Mozambicans visit South Africa every year to trade and so business,” South African Tourism CEO Moeketsi Mosola told BuaNews in Johannesburg this week.“We have broadened our focus to emphasise tourism and leisure to the people of Mozambique.”He said that travellers from Botswana were among the biggest spenders in South Africa, adding that the new campaign would help refocus visitor spending toward the local tourism and hospitality industry.South Africa is visited by 4.5-million travellers from the Southern African Development Community a year, injecting massive amounts of capital into the economy, creating thousands of employment opportunities.Tourism, meanwhile, is one of the biggest growing sectors of the South African economy and is set to grow massively in the build up to the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup.Increasing affordabilityMosola said that one of the fundamental aims of the campaign was to make was to make travel and tourism affordable to ordinary South Africans, pointing out, for example, that the high cost of visiting areas like the Eastern Cape or Mpumalanga provinces discouraged South Africans from travelling within their own country.It was important for South Africans to visit various attractions around the country because travelling had the ability to break down barriers, Mosola said, adding that it allowed a person to learn something about themselves, their friends, and family.“That is why we emphasise travelling must not be done alone, but must be done with friends.”Packages put together by South African Tourism go from as cheap as R180 to whatever a person’s pocket can afford, Mosola said.Travel experiencesAs part of the campaign, television advertisements featuring the travel experiences of groups of friends from South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique in South Africa, are being broadcast on South African Broadcasting Corporation’s SABC 2 channel.Brad Harrison, 26, from Johannesburg, featured on one the TV advertisements. He told BuaNews that he was a nutritionist who was roped into being an ambassador for the campaign by one of his friends.Harrison, who travelled to Mpumalanga with two of his friends, embarked on a series of blood-pumping activities including quad biking, bungee jumping and gorge swinging, game drives and canopy tours.“It was one of those experiences which opened up my eyes to the experiences available out there,” he said, adding that by being a nutritionist, he was able to identify the problem with a lot of South African kids.He said they were watching too much TV or playing electronic games and not getting out enough. “Youngsters out there need to get off the couch and travel this country of ours.”Harrison further said it was important that this campaign spread Botswana and Mozambique as “we are all part of Africa and we need to unite”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Overseas voting goes off smoothly

first_img2 May 2014 Overseas voting in South Africa’s fifth democratic election went off smoothly and without any major hitches at 116 voting stations across the world, according to initial reports from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and Department of International Relations and Cooperation. The last voting station to close its doors, at 6am South African time on Thursday, was in Los Angeles in the US. The IEC said in a statement that the ballot papers were being couriered in secure bags back to Election House in Centurion outside Pretoria, where they would be reconciled against the list of approximately 27 000 voters who had notified the Chief Electoral Officer of their intention to vote outside the country. The ballot papers would then be securely stored until local voting stations closed and the counting of all ballot papers started after election day on 7 May. The final number of votes cast abroad will therefore only be known once counting of the overall vote is completed. “The votes from all international voting stations will be combined into a single international voting district,” the IEC said. Turnout was reported to be high at the two largest overseas voting stations, in London, where over 9 000 voters were registered, and in Dubai, with 1 539 voters. The next round of special votes will take place on Monday and Tuesday, when election officials will visit 295 731 special voters in their homes, retirement centres, hospitals and health care facilities and other places of residence throughout the country to allow them to cast their ballots. In addition, 90 698 voters also successfully applied to cast a special ballot at the voting station where they are registered. This brings to 386 429 the total number of voters who have been approved to cast a special vote. Of the 22 263 voting stations, 3 593 have no special vote applications and will therefore not open on Monday and Tuesday. The voting station with the largest number of special votes is in Keimoes, Northern Cape, where 454 voters have successfully applied for special votes, 328 of them through home visits. A total 1 285 voting stations have just one approved application for a special vote. Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Get your fertilizer certification…Before planting begins

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio is now seeing full implementation of Ohio’s Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification regulation. The regulation was result of Senate Bill 150, which can be found at and The 2014 regulation required farmers to complete a fertilizer certification program if they applied fertilizer to more than 50 acres of land in agricultural production primarily for sale. Exemptions included fertilizer applied through a planter, individuals whose crops remained on the farm for their livestock and not sold, or fertilizer applied by a commercial applicator.Farmers were given three years to complete the certification training. Training included a two-hour program if a farmer already had a Private Pesticide Applicator License, otherwise, a farmer had to complete a three-hour program. Key components of the training were to know the potential causes for algal blooms and management practices to reduce phosphorus losses from farm fields. Training was provided primarily by County Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Educators of the Ohio State University.In three years, 17,493 Ohioans completed the Fertilizer Certification program. The three-year window to complete the initial certification program ended September 30, 2017. Any farmer applying fertilizer that has more than 50 acres of cropland without an Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator certificate after September can be fined and/or charged with a misdemeanor offense. Farmers that still need certification have two options: complete a three-hour training program or pass a state test.If you do not have the Fertilizer Certification and wish to test for it, you can visit the Ohio Department of Agriculture webpage to get more information about when and where to test.If you would prefer to attend an approximately 3 hour training session in lieu of taking the test, you can attend one of the following upcoming Fertilizer Certification programs listed below. Most cost $35. Please make the appropriate contacts as registration process and fees vary by location.Putnam County – March 19th 6 to 9pm; contact Beth Scheckelhoff, or call 419-523-6294Auglaize County – March 26th 2 to 5 pm and 6:15 to 9:15 pm; contact Jeff Stachler, or by calling 419-739-6580 by March 20th.Van Wert County – April 4th 6 to 9pm; contact Curtis Young, or call 419-238-1214last_img read more

How Do I Deal with This? Helping Children Deal with Tough Stuff-Part 2: Applying what I know

first_imgSay, “That must be very hard for you. You are really brave to talk about it.”Say; “I know how you feel. That happened to me when I was a kid, too.” Below is a chart with examples of do’s and don’ts when trying to help your child through tough times. Say, “I am so glad that you came to me and talked to me about how you feel.”Say, “Try not to think about it and it will go away.” Some of the examples above come from a wonderful children’s book titled A Terrible Thing Happened.  While this book’s main focus is on children who have experienced trauma, many of the suggestions can be applied to children who experience difficult life changes and circumstances. While paying close attention to the suggestions above, it is always important to keep in mind that YOU are the expert on your child. So, try to think of ways to tailor conversations or activities to their particular needs. Also, don’t ever try to take all of this on alone. Remember your support system and that of your children and enlist their help to implement your strategies. Creating a safe space within your support system is key. The next blog will focus on resources that can assist you in implementing the suggestions provided in both blog one and two.Reference: Holmes, M.M. (2000). A Terrible Thing Happened. Franklin, Tenessee: Dalmation Press. This post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration area on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Follow their leadDiscourage them from having negative emotions and steer them towards only positive ones.  Use words and phrases based on their developmental ability to understand and make sense of what is happeningSubstitute real words or phrases with ones that are considered less harsh or blunt when the child is developmentally able to understand the real word Continue maintaining routine, rules, and expectationsTake away their rules and expectations so that they feel less stress and pressure Ask, “Are you okay?”Say, “Don’t worry about any of this. Everything will be fine and so will you. “ Utilize books, art, writing, etc to promote safe expression of feelings and emotions associated with their circumstancesSingle them out, giving them special privileges that could make them feel even more different from their peers than they already do. D0DON’T By: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT & Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFTPixabay[Drawing Girl by Vargazs, January 31, 2016, CCO]In part one of this blog, we discussed the fact that it is not your role as a caregiver to take away the negative feelings that can be associated with difficult situations like parental deployment. So, that should have taken some pressure off of you on that front. But, are you curious about how you can facilitate the expression of emotions as a result of the tough stuff?Here are some pointers:Allow children to naturally express themselves, being careful to validate where they are. It may be helpful to view big life changes such as parental deployment as a loss which causes grief.Understand this:This may be the child’s first experience of this particular situation, so their sense of security and safety may feel threatened.You may see ways in which the child has been physically impacted by their experience- for example, loss of appetite, complaints of stomach and head pain, sleeping problems, etc.last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract release

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract releaseby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePepe is leaving Besiktas after terminating his contract by mutual consent.Marca says an official announcement has not yet been made but the Portugal international, whose deal was due to expire in June, is now free to sign for another club.Reports in Turkey indicate that Besiktas are going through economic issues and have been unable to pay the high salaries of many of their players, including Pepe.The 35-year-old played 17 league game this season and managed an impressive five goals, with three coming in domestic action and two in Europe.Pepe moved to Besiktas from Real Madrid. last_img read more

Erosion at Site C Dam said to be stable

first_imgConway goes on to share, localized erosion is typical during excavation activities of that size and nature, and it’s something they have been monitoring since the start of construction.With work continuing on the drainage channels that will manage future water runoff on the north bank slope. Conway said, “We anticipate this work will be completed in the coming months.”Photo by Laila Yuile FB photo FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Recent images posted to FB show surface erosion and a crack line down the north bank.Photo by Laila Yuile FB ImageDavid Conway, Community Relations Manager of the Site C Project shares with the recent rain in the region some surface erosion has occurred on the north bank of the dam site. There are no stability or safety concerns as a result of this surface erosion.last_img read more

Ex-Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Friday joined the BJP in the presence of Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. On the occasion, Gambhir, 37, thanked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for giving him an opportunity to serve the country. “I am joining this party (BJP) after getting influenced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision. I am honoured to get the opportunity. I will work to take this country forward and make it a better place to live in,” Gambhir told the media after joining the BJP. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Gambhir, a resident of Rajinder Nagar in Delhi, was a high-profile campaigner for Jaitley’s 2014 contest in Punjab’s Amritsar seat which the BJP lost. The BJP did not declare the constituency from where Gambhir will contest but informed sources said he may contest from the New Delhi constituency currently held by BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi. Jaitley said the BJP had expanded in the last decade and that “we were called a cadre-based party and now we are cadre mass party”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Gambhir met BJP President Amit Shah after joining the party. Gambhir officially announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on December 4, 2018. He played 58 Tests, scoring 4,154 runs at an average of 41.95, including nine centuries and 22 fifties. He played 147 ODIs, scoring 5,238 runs at an average of 39.68 and a strike-rate of 85.25. Gambhir made his last appearance in the India jersey in the first Test against England (2016) in the home series. He played a pivotal role in India’s historic victories in the inaugural edition of ICC World T20. In the ICC World Cup 2011, he played match-winning knocks of 75 (against Pakistan) and 97 (against Sri Lanka) which helped the men in blue to lift the world title.last_img read more

Hope to beat KKR at their own den, says Delhi Capitals’ Morris

first_imgNew Delhi: Their campaign back on track after the win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals are ready to upset table toppers Kolkata Knight Riders in their own den, said the team’s all-rounder Chris Morris. By virtue of the four-wicket win over struggling RCB in Bengaluru on Sunday, Delhi Capitals have moved up to the fifth position in the eight-team standings with six points from as many games. KKR are currently leading the chart with eight points out of four wins from five matches. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhAsked Morris about their next match, the South African said playing at the iconic Eden Gardens against the hosts would be a tough challenge. “KKR are playing some amazing cricket at the moment. They have some great match winners in their team, players with X-factor. We’ve got a few days in between to rest and recover, and to get our bodies strong and fresh,” he said. “Eden Gardens is a tough place to play for the visiting side, but as a team and as a unit, we look forward to the challenge Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterand hopefully we can pull off a win on Friday.” But it would be easier said than done as in their last outing against KKR at the Feroze Shah Kotla here, Delhi huffed and puffed to register victory in the Super Over. “We will of course go back to the drawing board and see what went wrong in the last match against them in Delhi which went to the Super Over. We will look to improve on those areas and make sure we are ready,” Morris said. Morris was happy with Delhi Capitals’ performance against RCB and said the victory on Sunday instilled confidence among the players. “It was a very pleasing performance from the boys yesterday. To go out and win against RCB was something the boys were preparing well towards. The performance throughout the whole game was great, and even though there was a slight hiccup towards the end of the game in our batting, it was very pleasing to register the win. “I feel that our bowlers have been executing their plans pretty well and this win has surely brought back the confidence among the group.” Morris has taken six wickets with an economy rate of 7.93 in the four matches he played for Delhi Capitals so far in this tournament. Besides, he has also bowled a total of 36 dot balls, which has only been bettered by four other overseas players — Rashid Khan, Jofra Archer, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir. “I think all the bowlers have been doing their respective jobs very well. I know that I have the responsibility of delivering for the team, especially in the middle overs and towards the end,” Morris said. “You will always face tough times during a long tournament like this, but having confidence in your own abilities is something that helps you get through that phase and come out on top.”last_img read more

Air pax growth slows to whimper in March… ends 4-year record

first_imgMumbai: Domestic air passenger traffic growth managed to remain in the green in March growing falt or 0.14 percent, largely due to the huge capacity reduction following the troubles at Jet Airways in the month, show the monthly data released by the DGCA Monday. The cumulative traffic of 11 domestic airlines stood at 11.59 million in March compared to 11.58 million passengers a year ago, as per the data. The March numbers are a big setback to the industry which had been clipping at over 20 percent for more than four years in a row. After a record run-rate in high double digits, traffic has been on a lower altitude in January when it grew 9.1 percent, first single digit growth in four years, and lost the momentum further in February when the incremental growth was capped at a low 5.62 percent. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe disappointing March numbers can most be attributed to the troubles that Jet had been facing and the resultant spike in ticket prices across other airlines. The airline was finally grounded last week. Jet Airways, once the second largest airline after no-frills IndiGo, lost as much as nearly half of the market share to 5.37 percent during the month under review as against 10 percent in the same period of last fiscal. Together with subsidiary JetLite, the consolidated traffic of the now non-functional carrier was 6.71 lakh passengers in month, whereas in the same period last year it had flown 15 lakh passengers on its own. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBudget carrier IndiGo continued to be the largest player with a market share of 46.9 percent ferrying 54 lakh passengers during the month, while its closest rival SpiceJet was a distant second with 13.6 percent of the total traffic pie carrying 15.81 million in March. Significantly, the national carrier Air India, which has a number of aircraft on ground for quite some time now, had the dubious distinction of cancelling the maximum number of flights or 8.94 percent of its scheduled departures, followed by JetLite and new entrant Star Air. The passenger load factor in March has shown falling trend compared to February due to end of the vacation period. SpiceJet continued its spree of highest average seat occupancy across its planes at 91.4 percent while GoAir topped the on-time performance chart for the sixth consecutive month at 95.2 percent.last_img read more