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Huge explosion and fire rocks Texas chemical plant; one person missing

first_img(KTRK) A chemical plant explosion in Crosby, Texas on April 2, 2019.(CROSBY, Texas) — A massive explosion tore through a chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, Tuesday, injuring at least two people and prompting a shelter-in-place order for the surrounding community as firefighters worked to extinguish an apparently out-of-control fire there, officials said.The explosion occurred at the sprawling KMCO plant just after 11 a.m., sending a large plume of smoke over the area, about 9 miles east of Houston.Two people believed to be workers at the chemical plant were taken by emergency helicopter to local hospitals. Their conditions were not immediately released.The Harris County Fire Marshals Office said one person is unaccounted for.The blast shook homes in the neighboring area and a woman a mile from the plant was knocked to the ground, according to ABC station KRTK. People 20 miles away reported feeling the explosion, the station reported.There was no immediate word on what chemicals were burning, but the plant primarily manufactures antifreeze products, according to KTRK.This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Runaway athletes

first_imgAthletes run during the Men’s Marathon athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISUganda’s top athletes; Kipsiro, Acon, reveal why they never vanished Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | How do you keep a young, ambitious, and poor athlete at an international event in a rich country that promises hope of a better life from vanishing? Ugandan officials in charge of athletes confront this dilemma often and are expected to devise ways around it.A common tactic is to withdraw and keep the athletes’ passports as soon as they are presented to the competition area to have them verified. Then they mount very tight guard duty around the athletes at all times.But, as the escape from camp of six of the 69 athletes that represented Uganda at the recent Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia confirmed, the holding net sometimes either breaks or is punctured. The athletes vanished – three of them without their passports.Months before the athletes set off for Australia, the president of the Uganda Olympic Committee; William Blick, in January issued some threats.“We are not going to tolerate such incidents where athletes disappear when they go for international events,” Blick told Xinhua, a Chinese news agency, “We shall act tough and start stopping associations whose athletes vanish from taking teams for international events.”He also spoke about a code of conduct that athletes would have to sign. Federations also said they are coming up with stringent sanctions to punish officials who might be conniving to help athletes disappear. But it was all bark and no bite and failed to deter the vanishing athletes. Weeks after going through the nightmare of losing the athletes, Beatrice Ayikoru, who led Uganda’s team to the Gold Coast Games, still attempts to put a brave face on it.“No Ugandan athlete has vanished yet,”she told The Independent on April 26, “Their visas are still valid until May 15.”Ayikoru is right, technically speaking. But for many observers, including Nicholas Muramagi, the General Secretary of the Uganda National Council of Sports (NCS), it is obvious the athletes are not returning home soon.Muramagi is perturbed because he thinks the 69 sports men and women that were flagged off last month to compete in the XXI Commonwealth Games got what many athletes who vanish always claim to lack – money. Muramagi says this contingent was probably the best facilitated in Uganda’s recent history. They each got a relatively hefty upkeep of Shs7 million.Muramagi blames the disappearance of the athletes on laxity of one technical official who dropped his guard. He failed to retain the passports of three athletes. But what about the other three athletes who ran off with their passports? Muramagi appears to have no answer.“That is now beyond the control of those officials,” he says, “All this is brought about by a lack of career guidance.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 3 4 5last_img read more

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Alisson absence raises concern for Liverpool defence

first_imgLiverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson Becker, right, waves to the fans as he leaves the pitch after an injurySouthampton, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Adrian enjoyed a memorable full debut in winning the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul, but Southampton will hope his penalty shootout heroics against Chelsea simply masked a broader problem ahead of Saturday’s clash at St Mary’s.A Liverpool defence that kept 20 clean sheets in the Premier League alone last season has looked strangely vulnerable in the first two competitive games of the new campaign.Premier League newcomers Norwich enjoyed a number of chances in the opening game of the season at Anfield, but could only score once and were punished by Jurgen Klopp’s high-octane attack in a 4-1 defeat.Chelsea also cut through the Liverpool defence too easily for Klopp’s liking in a 2-2 draw after extra-time in Turkey before Adrian stole the headlines with his save from Tammy Abraham after nine successful spot-kicks in the shootout.The 32-year-old Spaniard was starting his first game for the European champions, just nine days after signing for Liverpool as cover for first choice Alisson Becker.The Brazilian picked up a calf injury in the first-half against Norwich, a problem which could sideline him for up to eight weeks and which will see Adrian, who spent the summer as a free agent following his departure from West Ham, thrown into the spotlight.“Obviously it was a bit hard summer for me, a different one, because I didn’t know when I was going to a start with a team or another team, the Spanish league or not,” said Adrian, who had been training in his native Seville until two weeks ago.“I didn’t know in that moment that Liverpool would come to me and call me saying ‘Adrian, come on, come to us because (Simon) Mignolet has an offer’ and they let him go.“At the end of the day, it was a great decision to come here, to give that title, the first one (of the season) to Liverpool.” Adrian’s stock had fallen in his final year with West Ham in which he was limited to just five appearances in cup competitions, the last in a shock FA Cup defeat to AFC Wimbledon in January.Prior to saving Abraham’s penalty in the shootout, he conceded a spot-kick for bringing down the England international to hand Chelsea an equaliser in extra-time after Sadio Mane’s double put Liverpool in front.And questions persist over how he will cope stepping into the shoes of Alisson, who made a monumental difference to Liverpool’s Champions and Premier League challenge after a £67 million ($81 million) move from Roma in July 2018.The loss of Alisson is also unsettling for a defence now having to adjust to a new goalkeeper behind them.Even more responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Virgil van Dijk to organise the back line, but Klopp must decide whether the Dutchman is partnered by Joe Gomez or Joel Matip.Gomez formed a strong partnership alongside Van Dijk at the start of last season before a lengthy injury lay-off allowed Matip to take over in the second half of the campaign.“We have a lot of centre backs working at the moment, everyone is fit so the manager has to make decisions,” said Van Dijk, who is pleased to see Gomez back healthy.“I’m just happy for him that he’s fit, he’s playing again, he’s playing at a high level and we just keep improving.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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MINISTER ASKED TO REVERSE HER DECISION ON DONEGAL HOSPITALS

first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher has called on Minister of State Kathleen Lynch to reverse her decision to downgrade and close services at three Donegal Community Hospitals.His call comes following a major march at the weekend when over 2,000 people took to the streets to save Lifford Hospital, Ramelton Hospital and St Joseph’s Hospital, Stranolar.Pat the Cope who was first to break the story on the closure of the community hospitals, when uncovered the announcement buried in a Department of Health press release, has demanded that the Minister to reverse her political decision to close these vital facilities. The decision to close these hospitals “ is a Ministerial function alone, and despite the dissolution of the Dáil, the functions and authority of the Ministers still remain with the Ministers in situ, therefore Minister Lynch still retains the authority to reverse her earlier decision “ stated the Cope.Pat the Cope has assured the public that if Fianna Fail is returned to Government, that they will immediately reverse the decision made by Minister Lynch,This comes following a visit to all three hospital by Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin T.D., who also met with the Hospital Action Committee, during that meeting Deputy Martin conveyed full support for the retention of the Hospitals.In addition both Deputy Martin and Pat the Cope assured the committee “that priority would be given to put in place the necessary funding to bring all three hospitals up to the necessary standards for long term stay patients”. Pat the Cope who also took part in this weekends march and spoke at the public meeting afterwards in Jacksons Hotel concluded by stating if these closures go ahead: “community care and hospital care for our sick, elderly and aging population right throughout Donegal will be seriously eroded and many families will have their lives very negatively impacted on by the removal of these services”MINISTER ASKED TO REVERSE HER DECISION ON DONEGAL HOSPITALS was last modified: February 16th, 2016 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) Tags:donegalhospitalsPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

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