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first_imgJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Severe weather has swept across the South, killing at least 19 people and damaging hundreds of homes from Louisiana into the Appalachian Mountains. Many people spent part of the night early Monday sheltering in basements, closets and bathroom tubs as sirens wailed to warn of possible tornadoes.Eleven people were killed in Mississippi, and six more died in northwest Georgia. Two other bodies were pulled from damaged homes in Arkansas and South Carolina.The storms blew onward through the night, causing flooding and mudslides in mountainous areas, and knocking out electricity for about 750,000 customers in a 10-state swath ranging from Texas to Georgia up to West Virginia, according to poweroutages.us.The National Weather Service tallied hundreds of reports of trees down across the region, including many that punctured roofs and downed power lines. Meteorologists warned the mid-Atlantic states to prepare for potential tornadoes, wind and hail on Monday.In Georgia, Murray County Fire Chief Dewayne Bain told WAGA-TV that two mobile home parks were severely damaged, with five people killed and five others hospitalized after a line of narrow line of storms left a five mile long path of destruction. Another person was killed when a tree fell on a home in Cartersville, the station reported.Mississippi’s death toll rose to 11 early Monday, the state’s emergency management agency tweeted, promising details later in the morning.In Arkansas, one person was killed when a tree fell on a home in White Hall, about 35 miles southeast of Little Rock, the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management said. In South Carolina, a person was found dead in a collapsed building near Seneca as the apparent tornado struck the city around 3:30 a.m. Monday, Oconee County Emergency Management Director Scott Krein said.Several apparent tornadoes spun up in South Carolina, where dozens of homes appeared damaged in a line from Seneca to Clemson. Emergency officials were working to open shelters in the North Carolina mountains, where up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain fell in a few hours.In Chattanooga, Tennessee, at least 150 homes and commercial buildings were damaged and more than a dozen people treated, but none of their injuries appeared to be life-threatening, Chattanooga Fire Chief Phil Hyman said Monday morning.“It’s widespread damage that happened extremely fast, ” he said. I advise people to stay in their homes at this point. As far as safety is concerned, we still have active power lines that are down.”The deaths in Mississippi included a married couple — Lawrence County sheriff’s deputy, Robert Ainsworth, and a Walthall County Justice Court deputy clerk, Paula We, a Facebook post from the county sheriff’s office said.Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency Sunday night after he said several tornadoes had struck the state.“This is not how anyone wants to celebrate Easter,” Reeves said on Twitter. “As we reflect on the death and resurrection on this Easter Sunday, we have faith that we will all rise together.”Strong winds late Sunday toppled power lines and blew trees onto several houses in Clarksdale, Mississippi, trapping some people inside, Mayor Chuck Espy said.“I know these are some tough times and I’m just asking everyone to stay prayed up,” Espy said.There were no immediate reports of serious injuries in Louisiana, even though the storm damaged between 200 and 300 homes in and around the city of Monroe, Mayor Jamie Mayo, told KNOE-TV. Flights were canceled at Monroe Regional Airport, where airport director Ron Phillips told the News-Star the storm caused up to $30 million in damage to planes inside a hangar.In Alabama, lightning struck the Shoals Creek Baptist Church in Priceville, damaging the roof and steeple, Morgan County Emergency Management Agency Eddie Hicks told AL.com.last_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES — After a short and somber debate, a Senate committee Friday night advanced a priority from what Governor Kim Reynolds has called her “Second Chance” agenda — a proposed constitutional amendment to automatically restore a released felon’s voting rights.Senator Amy Sinclair, a Republican from Allerton, said she believes in second chances, but she urged her colleagues to vote against the proposal.“While forgiveness is admirable, can the debt to our society ever truly be repaid by a prison sentence when a life has been taken, or a child’s innocence be stolen, when sexual brutality is allowed?” Sinclair asked.Sinclair’s passionate speech began with a reference to her “personal experiences” as a crime victim.“Consider the victims who can never be fully repaid,” Sinclair said, “the families of those who people whose lives were snuffed out by violent felons.”Senator Tony Bisignano, a Democrat from Des Moines, began speaking a few moments later and started with condolences to Sinclair, followed by an argument for giving paroled felons the right to vote.“What we’re trying to do is not create outliers where they’re not connected back to the community,” Bisignano said.Bisignano emphasized that the proposal will be of benefit to a group of felons sent to prison for drug and property crimes.“We need to do this for a lot of innocent young people who just screwed up from 18 to 25,” he said.Bisignano and the other Democrats on the committee supported the governor’s plan. Four Republicans, including Sinclair, opposed it. The proposed constitutional amendment is now eligible for debate in the full senate this week.last_img read more

first_imgParis, France | AFP |Portugal won their first European Championship title on Sunday after a low drive from striker Eder in extra-time gave them a 1-0 victory over France despite the absence of injured superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.Eder’s goal came after Andre-Pierre Gignac almost gave France victory in added time at the end of 90 minutes when he hit the post with a scuffed shot.GOAL! Portugal 1-0 France (Eder 109)#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/H89vlsNMkl— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016 ***** Host nation France and Portugal were goalless at half-time of the Euro 2016 final on Sunday after Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off injured in tears just 25 minutes into the match. Portugal 0 France 0 at half-time of Euro 2016 finalscenter_img The #EURO2016 final is going to extra time!#PORFRA pic.twitter.com/iBTzLvuugS— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016 Defences on top at the break. Who’ll break the deadlock?#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/sSuE3ARJZn— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016The Real Madrid forward had attempted to play on with a heavily bandaged knee after hurting his left knee in a heavy challenge from France’s Dimitri Payet.But after one acceleration midway through the first half Ronaldo signalled to the bench that he could not carry on and could not hide his despair as he was replaced by Ricardo Quaresma.Even before Ronaldo departed, France had the majority of possession and almost took the lead with a header from Antoine Griezmann that Rui Patricio brilliantly pushed away.Moussa Sissoko blasted over the crossbar in France’s other main chance of the half.Tweets about @UEFAEURO Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgChelsea back in groovePummelled by the critics after their shock season-opening loss to Burnley, champions Chelsea have steadied the ship impressively and Saturday’s 2-1 win at Leicester maintained their momentum.Goals from Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante, against his former club, put Chelsea in control and they held their nerve despite a late Leicester flurry featuring Jamie Vardy’s penalty.Blues boss Antonio Conte believes his team’s hectic run of seven games in 21 days in September will go a long way to define their season. On this evidence they are up to the task. Everton’s title ambitions exposedHarry Kane’s double in the surprisingly easy 3-0 win for Tottenham over Everton provided reassurance for Mauricio Pochettino that his point man is as sharp as ever now that August and his traditional goal drought is over. Now Pochettino will hope his side get another monkey off their backs and begin winning at their adopted temporary ‘home’ of Wembley.For his Everton counterpart Ronald Koeman, however, things are looking gloomy despite the millions he persuaded the board to invest in the transfer market.Two successive defeats and no goals scored against Chelsea and Spurs illustrates how much he needs a striker and also painfully exposed the gap that remains between his team and those of genuine title contenders. Man City celebratesLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Manchester City crushed 10-man Liverpool, while Manchester United lost their 100 percent record.Chelsea maintained their revival and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez endured a difficult return to action.Here are five things we learned from this weekend’s Premier League action:Bloodied Ederson is Guardiola’s kind of keeperEderson ended Manchester City’s 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool unsteady on his feet and with a white dressing concealing a large gash on the left side of his face, but having enhanced his reputation in the eyes of manager Pep Guardiola.The 24-year-old Brazilian sustained the injury as he raced out to head clear Joel Matip’s through ball, his speed of thought and foot allowing him to beat Sadio Mane to the ball, only to then take the full force of the Liverpool forward’s foot in his face.Mane was sent off, Ederson stretchered off, but tests revealed no serious damage and Guardiola heralded his bravery. Guardiola’s playing philosophy demands a goalkeeper able to sweep up behind his defence and although it came at a cost, Ederson’s intervention to thwart Mane was a perfect example of that. After last season’s tribulations with Joe Hart and Claudio Bravo, Guardiola has found his number one. Defensive slips trouble UnitedMuch will be made of Manchester United’s failure to end the winless run at Stoke since Alex Ferguson retired but the more glaring factor and one that will warm the hearts of the likes of Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte were chinks in the centre of defence.United arrived without having conceded a goal in their three games but errors by Ivorian Eric Bailly and Phil Jones allowed Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to pounce and score on both occasions.They were the most costly errors but there were several others throughout the encounter and it was only a blinding save by David de Gea from Jese, after he had lost his marker, that prevented Stoke from taking all three points.center_img Sanchez jeered on returnAfter a turbulent close-season, Alexis Sanchez was finally back in action for Arsenal on Saturday, but the Chile forward’s failed attempts to engineer a transfer to Manchester City had clearly left some scars. Sanchez has refused to sign a new contract, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had decided to sell his prized asset on the condition he could land Monaco prodigy Thomas Lemar.But that deal fell through, prompting Wenger to call off the Sanchez sale and put his player in a difficult position.Fed up of seeing their stars leave in recent years, Arsenal fans let their frustrations show in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth as they jeered Sanchez when he came on as a second-half substitute for his first appearance this season. Tellingly, Wenger had only limited sympathy and challenged Sanchez to win over the haters with his performances. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgJose Mourinho was returning to Lisbon to face the club he coached briefly in 2000 but it was Benfica’s teenage goalkeeper Mile Svilar who stole the headlines.The 18-year-old Belgian was handed a start to become the youngest ever goalkeeper in the Champions League and was at fault for the only goal of a flat game.Svilar was caught out when Marcus Rashford delivered a free-kick from wide on the left on 64 minutes and he could only carry the ball over the line.Benfica’s misery was completed when captain Luisao was sent off in stoppage time.“I never felt that we could concede a goal. Sometimes I feel to be good defensively is a crime but it is not a crime,” said Mourinho.Basel, who beat pointless Benfica 5-0 last month, followed that with a 2-0 win at CSKA Moscow, Taulant Xhaka and Dimitri Oberlin scoring. PSG continued their superb start in Europe this season as their ‘MCN’ attack all scored in a 4-0 victory at Anderlecht.Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring inside two minutes and Edinson Cavani headed in the second before the interval.Neymar’s free-kick made it three in the second half, with substitute Angel di Maria completing the rout.PSG are top of Group B with nine points, three more than Bayern Munich, who eased to a 3-0 victory over Celtic.The 72-year-old Jupp Heynckes was back in the Bayern dugout and he saw Thomas Mueller, Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels all score. Share on: WhatsApp – Pique off in Barca win –Barcelona still have a perfect record in Group D as they beat Olympiakos 3-1 despite having Gerard Pique sent off in the first half.Driving rain meant the mostly uncovered 99,000-capacity Camp Nou was largely empty as it opened to fans for the first time since a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia on October 1.Those who did turn out saw Pique stupidly collect a second yellow card for handling the ball into the net late in the first half.Barca were already ahead at that point from a Dimitrios Nikolaou own goal and they added further goals in the second half with Lionel Messi netting a free-kick — his 100th European goal — and setting up Lucas Digne to score.Nikolaou pulled one back for the Greeks, who are still pointless.Juventus are second in the group after coming from behind to beat Sporting Lisbon 2-1 in Turin, with Miralem Pjanic curling in a free-kick to cancel out Alex Sandro’s own goal and Mario Mandzukic heading in a late winner. Paris, France | AFP |  Chelsea were grateful to Eden Hazard for grabbing a 3-3 draw in a Champions League thriller against Roma on Wednesday, while Manchester United, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus all won.Hazard headed in his second goal of the night from a Pedro Rodriguez cross with quarter of an hour left at Stamford Bridge to rescue Chelsea after they had earlier blown a two-goal lead against the Italians.With Carlo Ancelotti, former Chelsea coach and Roma player, watching from the stands, David Luiz curled the English champions into an early lead and Hazard increased their advantage.But Aleksandar Kolarov pulled one back for Roma before the interval and Edin Dzeko equalised with a stunning volley on 64 minutes before his header put the visitors ahead to the disbelief of the home fans in west London.Hazard’s leveller allowed Chelsea to hold onto top spot in Group C with seven points, two points clear of Roma and five better off than Atletico Madrid.“It was a difficult game against a good team. We suffered in possession and it wasn’t easy in the first half, despite scoring two goals,” said Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.Beaten finalists in 2014 and 2016, Atletico could only draw 0-0 in Azerbaijan against Qarabag, who claimed their first ever Champions League point despite having South African striker Dino Ndlovu sent off late on.Chelsea’s draw also ensured that the five English clubs in the competition all picked up points this midweek, with United grinding out a 1-0 victory at Benfica to maintain their perfect record in Group A.last_img read more

first_img“The men, women and families who are recognised as needing protection in Australia are allowed to remain only after a complex and difficult process.”The athletes’ visas were due to expire at midnight on Tuesday and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton warned anyone who overstayed would be forcibly removed from the country.“If people have claims to make, or they have submissions to put to the department, then we’ll consider all of that in due course,” Dutton told reporters Tuesday.“But if people have breached their visa conditions — like anyone else, they’re expected to operate within the law, and enforcement action will take place to identify those people and to deport them if they don’t self-declare.”Those seeking to stay in Australia can apply for bridging visas to remain in the country while their claim for asylum is being heard.Share on: WhatsApp Sydney, Australia | AFP | A number of African athletes who went missing from the Commonwealth Games last month have resurfaced seeking advice on gaining asylum in Australia, refugee advocates said Tuesday.More than a dozen were suspected of fleeing during the showpiece event on the Gold Coast.Among them were competitors from Rwanda, Uganda and Sierra Leone, while authorities have also been seeking to verify the whereabouts of eight athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon — one third of the central African country’s 24-strong team.The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) group in Sydney said it had received enquiries from several of them but declined to reveal the exact number or the countries of origin.“Every person who seeks asylum in Australia should be subject to the same thorough investigation of their claims, be they students, visitors, workers or athletes,” RACS solicitor Sarah Dale said in a statement.last_img read more

first_imgThe only and winning goal. PHOTO MANCITY MEDIAManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City moved to within one win of retaining the Premier League title as captain Vincent Kompany’s thunderous strike earned a nervy 1-0 win over Leicester City on Monday.The English champions were not as their fluent best, but got the one moment of real quality they needed from an unlikely source as centre-back Kompany unleashed a long-range shot into the top corner 20 minutes from time.City move back one point clear of Liverpool and will become the first side in a decade to retain the title at Brighton on Sunday as long as they match or better the Reds’ result at home to Wolves.After edging past Newcastle 3-2 on Saturday night, Liverpool, who have not won the league since 1990, were left praying that former manager Brendan Rodgers could do them a favour at the Etihad.Leicester’s marked improvement since Rodgers took charge in February was on show in an impressive display from the visitors as City were made to sweat but just got over the line for a vital three points.Ricardo Pereira scored the winning goal for the Foxes when the sides last met in December and was first to threaten again with a purposeful break into the box before his shot was blocked by Kompany.City took time to settle, but the hosts began to impose themselves as the first half wore on.Sergio Aguero came closest to opening the scoring with a header that clipped the inside of the post and was palmed clear by Kasper Schmeichel.David Silva also flashed a shot across goal and Schmeichel forced into another comfortable save by Bernardo Silva before the break.Yet, it was not until after the break that City upped the tempo to lay siege on the Leicester goal. Raheem Sterling headed a glorious chance over then skewed wide as the pressure built.Leroy Sane was soon thrown on as an extra attacking weapon and Ilkay Gundogan sent another warning shot across the bows of Schmeichel’s goal.Sterling then saw huge shouts for a penalty waived away for a shove by Ben Chilwell, but Leicester had the chance to provoke panic inside the Etihad when Harry Maguire drove forward and fed James Maddison, who curled inches wide.City thought their moment had come when the ball fell kindly for Aguero inside the area, only for Schmeichel to make a miraculous stop.Guardiola’s men have now scored 157 goals this season but there will not be a more spectacular or unexpected one than that which may deliver the title.Kompany looked short of options as he strode forward before unleashing a rocket of a shot that arrowed into the top corner.Leicester still had a huge chance to answer Liverpool’s prayers three minutes from time, but against his former club Kelechi Iheanacho shot wide with just Ederson to beat and a titanic tussle for the title remains in City’s hands heading into the final day. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgThe Stretford End love watching FernandesFernandes lifts Man Utd as Wolves, Arsenal winLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United moved onto the shoulder of fourth-placed Chelsea on Sunday after brushing aside lowly Watford as Wolves and Arsenal also staked their claims for Champions League football next season.With runaway leaders Liverpool looking certain to win the Premier League, attention has switched to the race for European places, with just 10 points separating fourth-placed Chelsea from Southampton, in 12th spot.New signing Bruno Fernandes opened his goalscoring account for United at Old Trafford from the penalty spot before impressive second-half goals from Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood sealed a 3-0 win.It means United, who have struggled to find consistency all season, are now in fifth place on 41 points, just three adrift of Chelsea.United paid tribute to the late Harry Gregg, hero of the 1958 Munich air disaster, before kick-off at Old Trafford, where Fernandes calmed the nerves in a superb individual display.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised his new signing, who picked up the man-of-the-match award for his display against Watford, languishing second from bottom of the table.“He has done fantastic,” said the Norwegian boss. “He has given everyone a boost. He wants the ball all the time, he wants to conduct the play.“I am very pleased for him. He has done something to the crowd. He shows the attributes of a Manchester United player. He is a great addition to the squad.”Portugal midfielder Fernandes is under no illusions over his task as United look to return to the lucrative Champions League after a season away.“Everyone knows we want to get into the Champions League places. I am here to help the team conquer this place and keep winning games,” he told the BBC.Wolves, in eighth place, are just two points behind United after a convincing 3-0 win against bottom-club Norwich at Molineux.Diogo Jota scored twice and Raul Jimenez poached his 21st of the campaign early in the second period to leave Norwich seven points adrift of safety and looking doomed.Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said his side had managed the game well. When asked about challenging for a Champions League spot, he said: “We’re going to stay focused because the difficulty is to sustain your performances through the season.“After that, we’ll see, but it’s about building your team and getting them ready to compete whenever, wherever.”– Arsenal comeback –In the day’s late kick-off, Arsenal recovered from a terrible start to hand Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton their first Premier League defeat since New Year’s Day.Dominic Calvert-Lewin finished acrobatically after Arsenal failed to deal with a free-kick in the first minute.Arsenal were level in the 27th minute when Eddie Nketiah finished expertly past Jordan Pickford from Bukayo Saka’s cross and six minutes later they were ahead when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang raced clear and finished coolly.Everton equalised in first-half stoppage time when Richarlison got the faintest of touches to a header from Yerry Mina to poke past Bernd Leno but Arsenal retook the lead when Aubameyang scored his second moments after the re-start.Arsenal survived a late scare to climb to ninth in the table, two points behind Wolves.As it stands, fifth place could be enough to earn a Champions League spot because second-placed Manchester City have been banned from Europe’s elite competition for two seasons, pending an appeal.On Saturday, Chelsea strengthened their grip on a top-four place by beating London rivals Tottenham 2-1 on a day overshadowed by controversial VAR decisions.Officials ruled that Spurs midfielder Giovani Lo Celso did not deserve to be sent off for a stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard called a “leg breaker”.There were also incidents involving the technology in Bournemouth’s defeat at Burnley and Manchester City’s win at Leicester.Elsewhere, there were wins for Crystal Palace and Southampton while high-flying Sheffield United drew 1-1 with Brighton.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgIn addition, Tropic Ocean Airways says it has rescued 80 people and delivered 12 tons of cargo and supplies via 60 flights since the storm struck the island Sunday. According to authorities, 43 people have been declared dead as a result of the hurricane, and more than 6,600 are still missing.The refugees are allowed to stay here under asylum for 30 days before they are required to apply for visas. However, lawmakers are currently working on legislation that would allow Bahamian refugees to stay without visas. More than 1,400 Bahamian refugees arrived at the Port of Palm Beach over the weekend, after being evacuated by a cruise ship from the destruction of Hurricane Dorian.The Bahamas Paradise “Grand Celebration,” which brought the group to safety, also delivered more than 112 tons of supplies and nearly 300 first responders to the storm-ravaged island.last_img read more