Crews save 11 people in 2 separate rescues on same river

first_imgNEAR FALL CITY — Nearly a dozen people are safe after two separate water rescues on the same river within hours of each other in Washington state.KOMO-TV reports that four people were rescued on the Snoqualmie River near Fall City around 6 p.m. Wednesday after they were seen clinging to a tree in the water.Firefighters helped three people from the shore, using a system of ropes.The fourth person was plucked off a log by a rescue boat and brought to shore.About four hours later, a group of seven people were rescued after they got stuck on a sand bar.Firefighters used their swift water rescue boat to help that group to shore.No word yet if anyone was injured or how they ended up in the water.last_img

Bigfoot belongs and its habitat needs protection

first_imgBefore Bigfoot became a supermarket celebrity, a TV star, a freak-show prisoner and an overall joke, it was a creature of traditional mythology. An endless mystery.Robert Michael Pyle once asked a tabloid editor why he traffics in Bigfoot trash — like “I Was Bigfoot’s Love Slave!” and “Hillary Names Bigfoot as Running Mate!” — and the frank reply was, the real world is boring. People wouldn’t buy that stuff otherwise.“That was the saddest thing of all, to me,” Pyle said. “To one whose eyes are open, the world is never boring.”Pyle, an author and ecologist based in Gray’s River, will visit Vintage Books in Vancouver on Sunday afternoon to speak and sign copies of a new edition of his classic exploration of the facts, myths and cultural meaning of Southwest Washington’s resident legend.“Where Bigfoot Walks,” first published in 1995, has a new afterword in which Pyle considers the latest clues, discoveries and hints that keep pointing toward the genuine presence of a species of extremely shy humanoid giants — perhaps an evolutionary dead-end — in and around the Dark Divide, a triangle of remote, roadless land east of Mount St. Helens.Pyle, a Yale-trained ecologist and the author of 20 books, is plenty wary of fraud and skeptical of ignorance, flimsy claims, fanciful theories. He prefers what’s simple, logical, provable.last_img read more

Americans owe three times as much for student loans as they did

first_imgAmericans owe nearly three times as much in student loan debt today as they did a decade ago. A new national report sheds light on how much the residents of every county in the U.S. owes, and it also hints at what might be driving the numbers.Compared to the rest of the nation, Washington does fairly well in terms of student debt, according to ” Debt in America,” a study by The Urban Institute. Its median debt of $16,211 is below the national median of nearly $17,000.About 14 percent of Washington residents owe debt on college loans; the share of the national population with student-loan debt is 16 percent.That matched other findings that the study revealed about states in the West. Western states — especially New Mexico, Wyoming and California — have the lowest median student debt, which correlates to low public-college tuition rates.Washington has done a good job of keeping public tuition fairly low, said Sandy Baum, who co-authored the report. Baum, a nonresident fellow in the Education Policy Program at the Urban Institute, noted that Washington also puts a substantial amount of money toward student financial aid that goes to the lowest-income students through the State Need Grant.“But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a significant number of people who are struggling to repay their debts,” she said.The report shows that in Washington, 14 percent of people with student-loan debt have defaulted on their loans and are now in collections, said Caroline Ratcliffe, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, and Baum’s co-author. That’s slightly higher than the national average of 13 percent. “Clearly, there are people who are struggling to pay off that debt,” she said.last_img read more

Washougal summer event will move to be called Pirates in the Park

first_imgAfter three years of commandeering Reflection Plaza, pirates will take their yearly summer celebration in Washougal closer to the high seas in August.Pirates in the Park — formerly known as Pirates in the Plaza — will take place a new location in its fourth year. The event will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 on Cottonwood Beach at Captain William Clark Park, 3333 Index St.“We decided to change things with a new location,” AJ Bogue, Washougal Business Association president, said in a release from the organization. “We love the idea of a natural park setting with the beautiful Columbia River close by. It is the perfect spot to host pirate fun.”The event asks for a $5 donation to enter, which goes to the Washougal Business Association.Pirates in the Park will feature live music, performances by Bilge Rats & Pyrettes and Circus Luminescence, dog agility activities, games, a beer garden, food vendors and a pirate costume contest.Food and craft vendors will be open when the event starts, along with games, coloring and painting for kids. Leashed pets are welcome, and pet activities finish at 4 p.m. The beer garden opens at 2 p.m., featuring local breweries, and it will be open until the event is over. Food vendors include Washougal restaurants Alex Smokehouse, Smeads Pub and Peggy’s Place.“The WBA is working to ‘put Washougal first’ and provide our local businesses the opportunity to serve customers at events such as this,” Bogue said in the release.last_img read more


first_imgBy SaikouSuwarehJabai The newly appointed Principal of the Gambia College, Mr. Jallow, has said that quality education lies on the top of his institution’s priority. Mr. Jallow, who since 2005, respectively rose through the ranks of lecturer, senior lecturer, deputy registrar, actingregistrar, and registrar, expressed his delight over his appointment to this prestigious position. As the then registrar, he said he has a smooth and gradual transition to his new office as he was virtually running the affairs of the college even though there was a general overseer. He unveiled plans of motivating his hardworking staff and improving the college’s infrastructural condition as some parts are dilapidated due to the intensive use as a result of rise in population. He said he is currently working with the Work Supervisor in trying to get some of the toilet systems changed from the flush nature to pit latrines which will later be emptied into septic tanks. This, he said, will be more effective and durable. Speaking on quality education, the principal said the college has now raised the entry requirement bar so as to enroll better students who will be well equipped teachers to serve the country. “If you improve on the quality of intakes, then you are likely to get better students and if you provide them with resources, they will use the resources better and eventually come out as qualitative graduates,” he noted. Asked to shed light on the late payment of stipends, Principal Jallow said it depends on when and how much money they have to share. He said the college is not financially strong enough to pay the stipends and as a result, it waits for subventions in order to settle the students. He said that money comes from the tax payer’s money and noted that the college is the only institution where one gets quality education for free and still gets paid during their course. The principal finally thanked the entire college community for the understanding and cooperation they have shown to his administration in their quest to make the Gambia College an internationally recommended center of academic excellence. Speaking to the Gambia College year 3 students recently during their passing out ceremony at the school, the Deputy Permanent Secretary for Programs at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Momodou S. Jallow, seized the opportunity to congratulate the principal on his new appointment. He said this development is as a result of the selfless national service Principal Jallow continues to render to the Gambia College and hoped that his new post will help him to accelerate the development of the institution in achieving its desired goals. He reiterated the principal’s take on quality education, saying the decision to raise the entry requirement bar is a clear manifestation of the college’s commitment to quality education.last_img read more

Fabianski happy with positive first week at West Ham

first_imgWest Ham’s new signing Lukasz Fabianski says his first week of pre-season training with the Hammers has been ‘intense’ but the goalkeeper insists he wouldn’t have it any other way.The 33-year-old started work within hours of meeting the squad, relishing his new challenge. “It’s been cool,” the shot-stopper told the official club’s website.“It’s been my first week of pre-season and I think I’ve had to jump straight in with my new team-mates. “It’s been really intense to be honest, but that has been really useful for me as it’s given me a chance to get to know the other players and people around the Club, and how they work. It’s been a really positive week.”What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….Fabianski was full of praise for the Chilean boss, citing his precision and attention to detail in every session. He continued:“He’s a very well organised manager when it comes to preparing everything. When you walk into training you know exactly how your day and the session is going to look. “His training methods are spot-on as well. You can see what he wants from the team and what he demands from us in every training session. That’s what you expect from a top manager, and he’s certainly a top manager.”last_img read more

Van Aanholt flattered by Juventus link

first_imgCrystal Palace defender Partick van Aanholt revealed he was flattered by the rumours linking him with Juventus.The 27-year-old admitted he is “in a good way” ahead of the Premier League season, after impressing in his first full season at Selhurst Park.The former Chelsea player joined Palace from Sunderland for £9m in January 2017, he has made 43 appearances in all competitions for the Eagles and insists he is “happy” with the squad ahead of the new campaign.He told Sky Sports News: “It is always good to be linked with big clubs like Juventus. It is a sign that I am in a good way.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I am feeling good and I want to keep doing that, but I am a Palace player and I am looking forward to the season.“I am happy. We have got a great squad, my family lives in London, my kids go to school here.“It is just a rumour and unless there is really people coming in then I will never worry about it.”The Eagles begin their Premier League campaign away at newly-promoted Fulham on Saturday and will arrive in high spirits after an unbeaten pre-season.last_img read more

Juventus investigators home almost set ablaze

first_imgFederico Ruffo, the journalist who led an investigation by Rai 3 programme Report said he has been receiving an immense hate campaign ever since he led that investigation and has just been subject to arson attempt.Football Italia explains the Rai 3 programme Report as an investigation into attempts by the Ndrangheta organized crime syndicates to infiltrate Juventus ultras which resulted in the death of Juve fan Raffaello Bucci.Ruffo’s house would’ve been set ablaze at 4.30am on Tuesday as his home had petrol poured on the doorway as well as a red cross painted on his wall but his dog’s barking scared the arsonists.“Whoever did this was clearly not very experienced, because they tripped up on the dog’s bowl and made a noise…” Ruffo told Radio Kiss Kiss and the TG1 as quoted by Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“There is a sense of bitterness here, because nobody, apart from those working at RAI, realized the situation had become so grim.”“There has been an immense hate campaign against us from the very first ads stating Report were investigating the Juventus situation. We received threats of all kinds.”“Every morning, I wake up to find threatening messages on social media by people asking why I am still breathing, all because I looked into their beloved club.”“They are so accustomed to this sort of dynamic that they feel legitimized to do anything. Obviously, I don’t just give up.”last_img read more

Gullit thinks Sarris criticism against players was too risky

first_imgDutch legend Ruud Gullit is convinced that Maurizio Sarri’s tactic of criticizing his players is destined to fail miserably if he continues to do it.Maybe it’s because Maurizio Sarri didn’t get the memo when both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte were sacked by Manchester United and Chelsea, but Dutch legend Ruud Gullit doesn’t get why the Italian manager decided to criticize his player out of left field.Both Jose and Antonio began their own demise right after they started coming after the players because they thought it was a good way to “wake them up”, they started to come after them in a very public manner and many of them didn’t take it very well.A football manager in one of the biggest clubs in the world needs to understand one thing, professional players have giant egos and they don’t take criticism very well in private, let alone in public.So when both of these managers decided it was a good idea to throw their players under the bus in front of the cameras, it was pretty obvious that the rest of the players in the squad would take the side of their teammates rather than the manager.Mourinho came after several of his players and we all know what happened, Conte went after a few and everybody at Chelsea turned against him.Sarri playing with fire, warns Gullit— Sola (@Sollynatey) January 26, 2019Maurizio Sarri doesn’t seem to understand that doing this is a big “no-no” in any major club, coming after Eden Hazard might end up as a huge mistake on his part.The situation might end up a bit different than with the other two managers we mentioned, as the Belgian forward’s reaction could just be to leave the Blues and finally make his decision to play for Real Madrid and the Chelsea players might resent the coach because they will think his criticism pushed him away from the club.An expert on knowing how dressing rooms work is Dutch midfielder Ruud Gullit, a former AC Milan star who was part of that mythical Rossoneri squad that won two consecutive European Championships before the format became known as the UEFA Champions League.During his time as a Milan player, Gullit was able to know the insides of the dressing room in detail and knows exactly how a star-studded squad would react to criticism like the one Sarri is handing out at the moment.Sarri warned against ‘risky’ criticism of @ChelseaFC stars by Blues legend Gullit— Premier League News (@BarclaysLeague) January 26, 2019Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It is very, very risky to criticize your players in public like Sarri did this week – even if you know you are right,” Gullit wrote in a BBC Match of the Day column.“Sometimes as a manager you really want to be open about what you are thinking, good or bad, and for the right reasons. You are hoping your players respond in the right way.”“But if that openness is misinterpreted by them, then you have more problems.”“What you really don’t want is a situation that plays out in the media like the one we have just seen at Chelsea. The only people who benefit when that happens are the newspapers.”“Sarri spoke about Hazard, calling him an individual and not a leader, and then Hazard responded by basically saying he does not care what his manager thinks, he is still going to do his thing – so shut up,” he added.“That is already a sign of what can go wrong when you call your players out.”“I have never really felt like Sarri’s job was at risk through all this but, if they keep talking about each other then, as a manager, he is in trouble.”“That has nothing to do with the power of the player involved, either.”“Yes, Hazard is Chelsea’s best player, and they rely on him too much, but it is the whole dressing room that Sarri has to handle here and keep happy, not just an individual.””It is very, very risky to criticise your players in public like Sarri did this week, even if you know you are right.”Ruud Gullit says Maurizio Sarri should avoid saying anything negative about his Chelsea players.👉 #Chelsea— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 26, 2019What do you think about managers who publicly come after their players as a manner of improving their game? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more


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