Friday Crash Closes I-74 West For Two Hours

first_imgUpdate (6:30 p.m.)Batesville Police have confirmed both westbound lanes of I-74 are back open after an accident involving an overturned red pickup truck.Authorities blocked the entrance ramp at Batesville for nearly two hours Friday.First Report (4:50 p.m.)BATESVILLE — A vehicle accident has shut down Interstate 74 just west of the Batesville exit.Emergency crews were paged out to the scene approximately 4:36 p.m. According to a witness, the accident involves an overturned truck in the westbound lane and at least one person is being flown to the hospital for treatment.WRBI will release updates when information is made available.last_img read more

Monk hopes new habits pay dividends

first_img ” Players know it but you make sure you’re on top and that they’re 100 per cent committed to what we want to do and the game against Burnley. ” The players have managed each other very well, we’ve had a good week’s training. ” You can never tell until you cross the white line but they understand how important it is to perform again.” Monk admits he sees similarities between Swansea and Burnley as Sean Dyche’s Clarets seek to get their first points on the board following a 3-1 home defeat to Chelsea on Monday. “Burnley have set their stall out, Sean’s done a good job and there is a similarity there,” he said. “People were calling for us to rip up the squad and get Premier League experience in but we didn’t. “We kept a nucleus to try to achieve what we wanted and that’s the best thing you can do – and Burnley have done that. “T he levels go up tenfold, but if you have a group that will put it on the line then, while you won’t always succeed, you’ll give yourself a chance.” Swansea are still waiting for Argentina defender Federico Fernandez to be granted international clearance after his £8million move from Napoli on Wednesday. If Fernandez is cleared to play in time, Monk will then have the decision whether to change the side which won at Old Trafford. Garry Monk hopes a new training ground culture will give Swansea the winning habit. Swansea stunned Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season, with a 2-1 victory spoiling Louis van Gaal’s home debut at Old Trafford. Monk’s men have a far different test on Saturday against newly-promoted Burnley but the manager expects a new approach around the training ground to play its part, with no repeat of the dressing-room cliques and spats which marked the end of the Michael Laudrup era. “W e’ve put some responsibilities on those who know the club, more so than ever,” Monk said at his press conference ahead of the Burnley game. “O f course you make everyone welcome, but you go the extra yard now. “There are people you naturally hang around with but it’s about getting the same level. Everything is done together, even from going out on the field together. ” No-one’s on their mobiles over lunch, they’re speaking about football. “It’s a conscious effort to make sure it’s right which all contributes to what we do on the pitch.” Monk, who said media commitments prevented him from speaking to Van Gaal after Swansea’s victory, has been delighted by the players’ reaction since the club’s first-ever league win at Old Trafford. “They’ve been good, I said straight away after the Man United game it was about refocusing,” Monk said. “W e could enjoy the result the day after but we came back in to focus on Burnley. Press Associationlast_img read more

How Brazil Made Something out of Challenges

first_imgVanessa Obioha brings home a vivid account of how the Olympic spectacle became reality for Brazil, while chronicling the controversies leading to the gamesThe odds were cruelly stacked against her. Looking at the prevailing circumstances, nothing was in their favour. From the Zika Virus to economic crises, everything looked so gloomy for the South American country. After a nine-year wait to host the Olympics, her moment of glory arrived. Finally, Brazil became the first South American country to host the Olympics. In place of the usual celebration and excitement accompanying what many countries would consider good news, Brazil struggled with despair and frustration. Staring at her boldly in the face was the mosquito-borne Zika Virus which made Australian top-golfer Jason Day pull out of the sporting event. There was also the pollution of the Guanamara Bay where the sailing sports will hold.Away from health and environmental plagues, the country had to contend with economic and political issues. Early this year, President Dilma Rousseff was forced to vacate the presidential seat following allegations of complicity in a money laundering scandal at the state-controlled oil company Petrobras. Recession was at its peak and terrorism was a present danger.. Just two weeks before the Games, an Islamic jihadist group was busted by the Brrazillian police.Besides its internal problems, other participating countries had their own issues that impacted on the reputation of the games.. Russia, an active participant in the games waited till the eleventh hour to know her fate following the doping crisis. They were initially banned from the games as most of their athletes failed the doping test. Almost one -third of the athletes were not allowed to take part in the games.Perhaps, the biggest hurdle for Brazil was its initial budget of $18 billion for the games. In 2012, London spent $15 billion on Olympics while Sochi spent $21. 9 billion in 2008. Brazil however will be the first country to host the Olympics for a lesser budget of $13.3 billion since1960. With a per-capita income of $8, 802, the country was forced to revise her 2016 budget to $170 billion reais. At the end of the day, the country could only cough out 10 per cent of London’s budget.Yet, hope was kept alive for the South American country. Friday came with a beam of hope despite the protests in some parts of the city that forced the Olympic torch bearers to change course.In Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the XXXI Olympics, a large crowd had assembled, taking in the breathtaking view of the Maracana Stadium. Lights and fireworks were already on display. Behind the stadium stood the magnificent Christ the Redeemer statue, standing like an eternal sentry watching over the city. Situated at the Corcovado Mountain, overlooking the city, the orgnisers found other aesthtetic uses for statue; projecting light in the green and yellow natiionl colours of the country, which illuminated the city at night. The splendour of the 38 metres tall statue seemed to offer redemption to the groanings of the city.At exactly 20:00 Brazilian time (00:00 Nigerian time), the world became a stage for the opening ceremony of the Olympics. For the next couple of hours, Brazil forgot its woes and basked in the glory of its rich culture.Starting with a video of a wave crashing into a beach, the video gave an aerial tour of the city, highlighting its popular sports played on the beach, roof-tops of buildings, including its historical Amazon forest and the streets of the city. It was followed by a countdown. At the count of zero, the whole stadium erupted in a colourful and magical display of fireworks and lights, eliciting thunderous cheers from the thousands of spectators gathered there.Before the spectators could snap out of the reverie of the fireworks, the choreographers marched in, shimmering in their silvery attires. With the map of the country boldly displayed on the floor of the stadium, the metallic paper carried by the performers created an illusion of waves. More fireworks were ignited in the stadium as the drum rolled, for once dimming the various controversies that had riddled the country in the past weeks leading to the event.Brazilian singer Paulinho da Viola performed the Brazil National Anthem while the flagpole seemed as if it sprouted from the ground of the stadium.Portraying the image of a happy people with more athletes and youngsters coming on stage, the organisers took the spectators on a historical journey.The history and development of the South American comany through the years was re-enacted on stage. Themed ‘The Birth of Life’, the journey began in the land of the palm trees.Enveloped by projections of clouds or waves, followed by insect-like puppets and a swarm of yellow butterflies, the choreographers showed the lifestyle of the people who lived in the forest.An indigenous representation of their heritage in the Amazon followed suit with the use of elastic surgery band which at first looks like a spider web but transformed to three pyramidical structures that represents the traditional huts of that time.In came the ships, showing the arrival of the Portuguese and their use of trees to change the landscape. The African slaves were the second to arrive and left great footprints in the sand of the time. The arrival of the Arabs further showed the mixed ethnicity in the country. A major takeaway from the history lesson is the role of the Japanese in Brazil. The Japanese population in Brazil is greater than anywhere else except in Japan.The old Brazil soon gave way to a contemporary ‘Box City’ with the erection of buildings nd structures similar to a modern city. Sprightly gymnasts were seen jumping over the burgeoning metropolis represented by the big thick boxes. The city comprises of 73 stacked boxes which are used as mini-stages. At this juncture, there were more trees on display.Rapidly, the dancers began to stack the boxes to reveal the historical air plane inventor from Brazil, Alberto Santos Dumont ready to take off in his iconic 14 Bis. He is believed by Brazilians to be the original inventor of the flying craft. He was represented by another man and flew further than his 60 metres in 1906 within the stadium. While he was enjoying the scenery of the beautiful city, Uber model Gisele Bundchen catwalked the length of the stage to Daniel, who performs his grandfather’s (Tom Jobim) popular song ‘Garota de Ipanema’ (Girl from Ipanema)More performances followed before the 11,000 athletes representing the participating countries marched in, waving their flags with pride. Ahead of each country was a Brazilian cycling in colourful tricycles. The athletes were also given seeds which they left in a trail, signifying the legacy they will leave behind after the games. The seeds would later form a brilliant green version of the Olympics rings.The organisers also seized the opportunity to campaign against global warming.The Olympic cauldron was finally lit by former marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima. And off went the fireworks igniting the kinetic sculpture of the cauldron in brilliant kaleidoscope of lights. Designed by American artist Anthony Howe, the cauldron is a hybrid that moves itself through the wind and reflects fire. It represents the sun, a major source of renewable energy.What Brazil lacked in funds, they gained in setting. In the words of Leonardo Caetano, Rio 2016 ceremonies director: “We had much less budget than any of the most recent opening ceremonies – we used that to our benefit,” the Brazilians gave the world an unforgettable show.But the implication of this is feared to have an adverse effect on the people. The protests so far were from civil servants who moaned the non-payment of salaries and lack of infrastructure in the city.Will the momentary glory of the opening ceremony override the rising tides of multifarious colossal problems before the end of the games?Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ben Carson compares immigrants to slaves; Faces heavy backlash

first_imgIts Tuesday, March 7. We are looking at some of the top across your Caribbean-American community.President Donald trump has signed a revised executive travel order in Washington on Monday. The new travel ban excludes Iraq from the list of Muslim majority countries that were targeted in a first executive order that was rejected by an Appellate Court. Refugee travel will be suspended for 90 days under the new order and travelers with Green cards and refugees who were already cleared to enter the U.S will be exempt from the travel ban.The Bahamian Government has issued an immediate evacuation order after a massive fire broke out at the city dump in the Capital city Nassau yesterday and continues to burn. Residents living in the affected area have been advised to take all necessary precautions to ensure their safety.Police in Jamaica have arrested a woman who is reportedly the mastermind behind a massive extortion racket that spread across seven parishes in that Caribbean nation. The woman was arrested on Sunday, just days after two men had been nabbed in connection with an extortion letter that had been sent to several businesses in seven Jamaican parishes demanding exorbitant payment for protection.And in sports…The Combined Islands defeated India by 29 runs while The Trinidad red force routed India by 58 runs in the Lauderhill Night cricket T20 tournament at the Lauderhill Sports Park on Saturday.Here’s What’s trendingDr. Ben Carson, US Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has created controversy from a speech to the department’s workers yesterday. In the speech he referred to slaves brought to America forcibly in slave ships as other immigrants, who had dreams that their future generations would have “prosperity and happiness in this land.” He emphasized the point he was trying to make that immigrants find prosperity in America by saying, “That’s what America is about.” For Tomorrow’s weather forecastIt will be partly cloudy with isolated showers in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties with a high of 84 and a low of 62. For more on these and other stories, visit us online at Make sure to pick up your copy of the Caribbean News Weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.last_img read more