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A bus became stuck on Dunedin’s Bucceleugh Street. The bus that became wedged on a Dunedin road on Monday is just the latest in a long tradition of vehicles that were too big getting into trouble on roads that were too small. In the Dunedin incident, the driver of a Ritchies bus was on his way to pick students from a school when he turned up Buccleugh[1] St. New to town, he drove past a sign that said: “No heavy vehicles beyond this point”, and eventually he could go no further – either forward or back.

The bus was freed and able to back down the hill after a tow truck dragged the back of it sideways away from a crash barrier.

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Mt Pleasant St, Highbury, Wellington, is narrow with plenty of twists and turns a regular vehicle trap. A truck that ventured along Mt Pleasant Rd in the Wellington suburb of Highbury on a Monday in June 2015 was unable to get round a hairpin bend[2].

READ MORE: Bus wedged in corner on steep Dunedin street[3]

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Stuck at the intersection of Paekakariki Hill Rd and SH 1. The blockage was not finally cleared until late the next morning, after a crane was brought in.

Nearby residents said grease and brute force were used to push the truck around the corner. Some cars also had to be moved so the truck could pass. On the northern outskirts of Wellington the driver of a truck from Nelson followed the instructions from his GPS that told him the narrow and winding Paekakariki Hill Rd[4] was the shortest route heading north from the Hutt Valley.

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A bus became stuck after it failed to get round the corner from Paekakariki Hill Rd onto State Highway 1. When the 17-tonne 10-metre vehicle reached the road’s intersection with State Highway 1, in April 2013, it had no option but to turn south. That turned out to be one manoeuvre too far and the truck, carrying about five tonnes of glass, became wedged across the southbound lane of the highway.

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Police noted the driver had ignored warning signs for long vehicles not to use the road, which had become “very difficult for long vehicles” after the configuration of the intersection was changed to force drivers to make a left turn. It happened again, a year later, when a Tauranga-based bus was unable to make the southbound turn[6] at the bottom of the same intersection.

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Wedged on a bend in Devon St in Aro Valley, Wellington. The bus couldn’t make the turn and became jammed when it went straight onto the traffic island separating the northbound and southbound lanes of SH 1.

Traffic on both sides of the island were held up for two hours until a tow truck was finally extricated. Another of Wellington’s notoriously narrow and winding streets undid a truck driver in October 2012.

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A truck and digger it was carrying went over on Governors Bay Rd, near Lyttelton. That time it was a furniture delivery truck that couldn’t get round a hairpin bend in Devon St[7], a little outside the downtown area,

The vehicle’s GPS directed the driver along the road, and he was confident he would have made it round the bend if his tyres hadn’t slipped slightly.

After a key route between Lyttelton and Sumner was closed by the 2011 earthquake, oversized vehicles have had to make the trip along a steep and windy alternative.

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Over the edge on the Pahiatua Track. One day in January 2014 the route proved too much for a truck carrying a 65-tonne digger[8], closing the road for around 11 hours. While the truck didn’t become stuck, it did become unstuck on a difficult road. Two cranes were needed to remove the truck and digger. The driver said he was travelling about 15kmh when the steep camber of the road toppled his trailer, which he watched disappear from view.

The closure of another key route – SH 3 through the Manawatu Gorge – also made life difficult for drivers of large vehicles.

Driving over the Pahiatua Track[9], between Manawatu and Wairarapa, in December 2011 a truck’s trailer slipped over a steep bank.

A witness said the truck was going downhill when its refrigerated unit appeared to slip over the edge. It ended up hanging down the bank and pulled the rest of the vehicle over.

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Truck traffic begins at Anzalduas bridge

McALLEN As a mariachi band played, the first trucks officially crossed the Anzalduas International Bridge on Monday afternoon. After a prop truck was driven for show by McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and Superintendent of Bridges Rigo Villarreal, two actual crossing trucks drove across the bridge. Baudelio Perez, from Allende, Nuevo Leon, drove the first empty truck southbound over the Anzalduas bridge. He normally drives both north and south across the Pharr International Bridge, which is the only bridge in the area with a variety of truck traffic flowing both ways.

This will take, maybe, five minutes, Perez said in Spanish of the Anzalduas crossing. It s much faster than Pharr. Because there are full trucks and empty trucks going south at Pharr, it can take 20 minutes or more.

Darrel Renfrow, vice president of Index Reynosa, acts as sort of a liaison between McAllen and the maquiladoras, which are located close to the Anzalduas bridge.

Now, drivers could potentially make two trips per day, Renfrow said. They cross the Pharr bridge in the morning, drop off their load. They go back over the Anzalduas, which will take much less time than before. Then if they have the right situation where they can load back up in Reynosa, they cross back over at Pharr, unload, then cross back over and they can sleep in their same beds.

And more money for the drivers, Darling said. Drivers are typically paid per trip. Villarreal said he s already getting plenty of calls from truck drivers and trucking companies. The Anzalduas bridge is only open for truck traffic from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., whereas Pharr is open all day. Of course, Pharr is well advanced at handling a large volume of truck traffic, as it has full and empty trucks crossing both north and southbound. Handling northbound empties is the next goal for the Anzalduas bridge. Villarreal expects northbound empty trucks to be crossing the Anzalduas in 2017.

Other politicians and partners at every level who helped make the southbound empties traffic happen were on hand Monday, including U.S. Rep. Rub n Hinojosa and representatives of Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Henry Cuellar. The representatives read letters Cornyn and Cuellar both wrote. The Mexican and U.S. Consulates were both in attendance, as well as state Rep. Sergio Mu oz. The mayors from Mission, Hidalgo and Granjeno were there, as was McAllen City Manager Roel Roy Rodriguez and Commissioners Richard Cortez and Veronica Whitacre.


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Rescue underway for car submerged in Russian River, trapping occupants

JENNER The tiny coastal village of Jenner lost its two children Tuesday morning. Sisters Kaitlyn, 6, and Hailey, 4, had just left their hillside Jenner home with their mother, Sarah Markus, for the second day of school in Monte Rio, where big sister, just a month shy of her seventh birthday, was in second grade, little sister in preschool and mom in her week-old teacher s aide job. Roads were wet with drizzle from heavy fog. Within a minute of leaving home about 8:30 a.m. Markus lost control of the family pickup on Highway 1 and veered off, plunging about 40 feet down a steep embankment into the murky Russian River.

Markus, 32, reached back for her children buckled in the back seat. As the truck quickly sank, she kicked out her side window and swam to the surface, screaming for help. Within minutes a state parks lifeguard, a truck driver, a Jenner man and three sheriff s deputies were in the water, diving repeatedly, frantically, to reach the girls as their hysterical mother called their names from the highway above. It was too late.

About 30 minutes later, the girls bodies were found inside the submerged pickup, about 15 to 20 feet below the surface. A state parks lifeguard in diving gear pulled them from the truck s cab. Jenner s population sign says it has 107 residents, but some suspect it s more like 85. In the picturesque community of longtime residents and retirees, the two little girls were bright spots of vibrancy. Later Tuesday morning someone in town made copies of a photo of the sisters and distributed the happy, smiling picture around Jenner, where businesses displayed it prominently. Handwritten in red above the photo was: Always in our Hearts!!! Angels.

Really, they were our only children in town, said Cal Ares, president of the Jenner Community Center.

Two little blondies who loved to run around and play, said Ares wife, Char Ares.

Stunned at the news, the couple and others gathered at Jenner Sea Gifts and Wines shop, within view of where CHP officers and emergency responders worked in the crash s aftermath. Residents consoled each other, alternating from grief to shock to a desire for action. There was talk of fundraising, perhaps a candlelight vigil and a push for a guardrail to separate that stretch of highway from the river below.

We re going to make a circle around the family, Cal Ares said. When Mary Cabot arrived, the group went outside to hug her, knowing she lives next door to the Markus family and is a longtime friend of the girls grandmother.

They were swinging on the swing yesterday, said a disbelieving Cabot. Something like this should never happen. They were just beautiful little children. It happened as the family was starting its school day.

Ross Bickford, superintendent of the Monte Rio Union School District, said it has one school with about 100 students, and classes through the eighth grade. He was driving to Santa Rosa when he received a phone call from Principal Nathan Meyers and was informed of the crash. Earlier Tuesday, Markus already had driven her stepson to El Molino High School in Forestville and returned home to drive her daughters the nine miles to Monte Rio for school, according to the CHP.

13 Reasons To Start Wearing Lipgloss Again

A poet by the name of Lil Mama once sang, “My lipgloss is hot, my lipgloss be poppin.” And while that verse may be nine years old, her words arguably have more significance now than they ever have. That’s right, folks, wearing lipgloss[1] is more doable than it’s been since the ’90s. More and more beauty brands are seemingly improving their formulas, maximizing their shine, and creating tubes of gloss that are more irresistible than most pout products on the market. If you haven’t started already, there are plenty of reasons to begin wearing lipgloss again. As your average Millennial, I graduated to thick, goopy lip glosses after I grew tired of my basic pink Bonne Bell shade[2], and I never really turned back. Even though gloss formulas in the late ’90s and early ’00s were stickier than honey, I loved the way they plumped my lips and reflected shine from every direction. In case you’re wondering, lipgloss is still fun to wear, easy to apply, and offers great added texture to any beauty look. With the added benefits of formulas that aren’t as sticky, a never-ending range of hues, and an even glossier look, I’m all about that life.

So here are 13 reasons to start wearing lipgloss again. From its incredible shine to its new and improved formulas, gloss is making a serious comeback. Lil Mama should be so pleased.

1. It’s Just So Glossy

13 Reasons To Start Wearing Lipgloss Again

From my experience, there’s no lip or makeup product out there that gets as shiny, reflective, and glossy as, well, gloss. There’s a reason why it’s called gloss, after all. It’s effortlessly glamorous and chic.

2. There’s No Other Product Like It

13 Reasons To Start Wearing Lipgloss Again

Can lipstick do this? Can lip pencils do this? Can matte lip products do this? The answer is obviously no, because lipgloss is totally unique. Take my word for it. There’s no other product that can boast as much shine, moisture, and volume all-in-one as lipgloss. That includes you, chubby lip pencil[3].

3. It’s Long-Lasting

13 Reasons To Start Wearing Lipgloss Again

I will admit that most of my memories before the lipgloss renaissance of 2016 consisted of applying the product, getting my hair stuck in it, and then it disappearing within a few hours. If this is one of your hesitations when it comes to revisiting the gloss, let me assure you that you have nothing to worry about anymore. Gloss formulas are no longer always thin with minimal wear time. In fact, most glosses I’ve worn these days can last hours, even after eating and drinking. Yeah, it’s pretty fantastic.

4. It’s Not As Sticky Now

13 Reasons To Start Wearing Lipgloss Again

I have horrible memories from middle school[4] whereby I used to smear my beloved sparkly pink lipgloss all over my mouth, and just a few minutes later, learn that hair, lint, and a various assortment of food had attached themselves to my lips. Lipgloss used to be stickier than glue, but thankfully time and modern formulations have proved that it can exist without the pasty element, making it better than ever.

5. It Goes With Lots Of Looks

13 Reasons To Start Wearing Lipgloss Again

It only takes a simple YouTube search for “lipgloss makeup look” to realize that the possibilities are endless when it comes to working the product into your beauty routine. Lipgloss is versatile, unique, and totally gorgeous for any style of visage. So if you have yet to get glossy in your own routine, please step out of your comfort zone and try some product. Whether it’s in a crimson red shade with a smoky eye[5] or a flirty nude tone with a flawless base, it shouldn’t take you long to realize how adaptable gloss can really be.

6. It Comes In So Many Pigments

13 Reasons To Start Wearing Lipgloss Again

The color selection for lipgloss goes way beyond the classic (yet often boring) nude and light pink hues. In fact, name a shade and I bet there’s a brand that has it in a gloss form. Green[6]? Yellow[7]? Gold[8]? Check, check, and check. These days, there are no limits to what colors you can experiment with. So whether you prefer something neutral or something bold, there’s a gloss for everyone.

7. And Textures

13 Reasons To Start Wearing Lipgloss Again

The same goes for textures, too. The gloss world is no longer plain. There are tubes repping creme, sheer, ultra-glossy, and even metallic finishes now. If you thought you were limited when it came to lipgloss finishes[9], then think again.

8. It’s The Perfect ’00s Throwback

13 Reasons To Start Wearing Lipgloss Again

The fashion and beauty worlds are currently having a major ’90s moment, which can only mean one thing: We’re on the verge of a serious ’00s comeback. While I can’t say I see myself wearing tracksuits and Von Dutch trucker hats anytime soon, I would certainly be into the ultra-glossy lipgloss of the decade[10]. Do I want my pout oozing and dripping with thick, pigmented gloss formula? Of course.

9. It Gives Your Lips Volume

13 Reasons To Start Wearing Lipgloss Again

The Kylie Jenner lip challenge of 2014 has nothing on the lip plumping powers of gloss[11]. Because of the way gloss reflects and absorbs light, it can often make one’s lips appear fuller than they actually are. Lipsticks and liquid lippies can sometimes make lips look flat. So if you’re looking for a voluminous touch, just opt for a gloss to get you there.

10. It’s Sparkly

13 Reasons To Start Wearing Lipgloss Again

Who needs body glitter or glitter eyeliner when you can have a sparkling, ultra-reflective, and ber-sparkly gloss? Sure, super sparkly lips[12] might not be everyone’s forte, but there’s no denying there’s something super glamorous about a good gloss.

11. It’s Moisturizing

13 Reasons To Start Wearing Lipgloss Again

Liquid lipsticks, particularly mattes, are easily drying, and don’t even get me started on stains. One lip product you’ll never have to worry about when it comes to dryness and cracks? Lipgloss. Many modern formulas are super-hydrating and moisturizing, leaving your pout with a soft, supple quality hours after wear.

12. It’s Easy To Reapply

13 Reasons To Start Wearing Lipgloss Again

Unlike lipstick and pencils, lipgloss is a cinch to reapply. If you don’t believe me, just grab your favorite one, pop out that applicator, and get to work. It’s as easy as that. I dare you to tell me that you don’t have flawless lip game even without a glimpse in the mirror. Gloss’ creamier formula and typical sheer base don’t often require a compact or even a tissue to touch up.

13. It Highlights Your Features

13 Reasons To Start Wearing Lipgloss Again

There’s no doubt, IMO, that a glossy lip product reflects light and highlights one’s facial features. Notice how the gloss defines your lips and gives them volume? Or how the shiny, reflective qualities bounce light off your unique facial structure[13]? Can you say that about a liquid lippie? Nope, didn’t think so. So if you haven’t tried some gloss out recently, now is the time. With the new non-sticky, easy-to-apply, and moisturizing formulas out there, these babies are just what Lil Mama promised: poppin’.

Images: Melodi Erdogan


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Tales of heroism emerge from horror of France terror attacks

Terrorist attacks in France[1] come often enough that they can seem to be variations on a painful pattern: carnage followed by disbelief, then condemnations, condolences, and shrines of flowers, candles and letters for the dead. Yet to see the attacks only that way is to miss the one element that might buoy the national spirit: In nearly every terrorist episode here, ordinary individuals risked their own safety to try to halt the attack or to lend a hand to the wounded rather than running away. Some of these local heroes are recognised right away, though others never receive recognition, and some receive it only belatedly.

What I saw was horrible, people crushed it had to be stopped, said a 48-year old man named Franck who would not give his surname even after he was decorated by the city of Nice[2] for his effort to stop the driver of a cargo truck that ran over scores of people July 14th at a Bastille Day celebration. A worker at the Nice airport, Franck, who was on a motor scooter, decided in a split second to chase the truck and, when he caught up, rammed it to no avail and was knocked off. He got up and ran after the truck, managed to climb on to the running boards and began hitting the driver through the open window. As the driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel[3], tried to shoot Franck, his gun failed and, at the same time, Franck tried to open the door of the truck, then tried climbing through the window, but the driver struck him on the head with the gun and he fell, breaking a rib and badly bruising his back.

Franck said he was satisfied that when the driver was fighting with him, he was not running over more people. He was concentrating on me; in that moment he could not kill people, he said. At least two other men made similar, if less prolonged, efforts and also received medals from the city: Alexander Migues[4], pursued the truck on a bicycle, and Gwenael Leriche, a 26-year-old delivery man, ran after the truck armed with nothing but a penknife and tried to jump onto the running boards as the truck came to a halt.


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Charlie Hebdo

They were not unique. Almost every attack or attempted attack in France since the assault on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo[5] on January 7th, 2015, produced local heroes. There was Lassana Bathily[6], a Muslim immigrant from Mali[7], who hid shoppers in the basement of a kosher grocery store outside Paris two days after the Charlie Hebdo attack, then smuggled them out as terrorist Amedy Coulibaly held people hostage upstairs.

In Villejuif in April last year, a fitness instructor and mother, Aur lie Ch telain (32) refused to hand over her car to Sid Ahmed Ghlam, who authorities say planned to gun down a crowd at a suburban church. Her refusal ended with both of them being shot in a tussle, and she died. When Ghlam called the police for help, he was arrested. He remains in prison and contends he did not shoot her. Ch telain received the Legion d Honneur posthumously after her family and friends pointed out that if those who stopped a gunman presumed to be on the verge of an attack on the high-speed Thalys train running from Amsterdam to Paris deserved France s highest award, so did she. The attempted attack on the train occurred almost exactly a year ago, when a shirtless man emerged from a train bathroom with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a Luger pistol. Three Americans who stopped him have been decorated by France s president; along with a Briton and a French-American man, Mark Moogalian[8], who was the first to grab the gunman, Ayoub El Khazzani[9]; Moogalian was shot in the process, but survived. The intervention of the men stopped what could have become a slaughter.

Paris attacks

On November 13th, when extremists tied to the Islamic State attacked a concert hall, a stadium and restaurants in and near Paris, a number of people made extraordinary efforts to help each other. One was Ludovic Boumbas[10] (40) of Congolese descent who lived in Lille and was celebrating the birthday of a waitress at the bar-cafe La Belle Equipe when armed men began firing on them. He jumped in front of a young woman who was at the party and was fatally shot; she was wounded but survived.

Most recently, in July, Sister Danielle Delafosse overcame her fear after terrorists entered a small church at St- tienne-Du-Rouvray in Rouen[11], with the intent to kill people. She ran out of the church, found someone with a phone and had the person call the police, who arrived too late to save the Rev Jacques Hamel[12] (85), who was killed, but perhaps in time to prevent more bloodshed. While the heroism that gains attention is often the sort that risks the hero s own life or limb, many who acted in less visible ways nonetheless transcended the moment. They responded with an extraordinary commitment to assist the wounded in circumstances that many would find overwhelming. In Nice, they include doctors, X-ray technicians, nurses and firefighters who worked hours upon hours treating the injured or trying to match lost children with their families.

Disco as triage centre

There was also Gilles Th venet, the owner of the High Club, a popular discoth que in Nice that faces the Promenade des Anglais, who swiftly turned his nightclub into a triage centre for emergency workers. Th venet was sitting in his office in the back of the building, oblivious to the bloody chaos as the cargo truck careened by, until his security guards rushed in and he ran to the front door. We heard the weeping, the cries, we saw the crowds, he said.

I understood I had to choose. I could not open the door to the crowds of people and to those giving first aid, I decided the first priority was the wounded, to do as much as we could for the emergency responders who were trying to save whomever they could, he said.


Tales Of Heroism Emerge From Horror Of France Terror Attacks

In minutes, the firefighters and first-aid workers began carrying the injured and the dead into the club to get them off the promenade, which was thick with running, stumbling, screaming people. Soon, two medical helicopters landed just in front of the disco, where the aid workers performed triage, with the most badly hurt airlifted to hospitals nearby. Some of Th venet s security staff, who were trained in first aid, worked alongside the firefighters and emergency responders; a room in the club was set aside for the dead.

Th venet is not sure when or even if business will return, especially because many in Nice know that the dead and wounded lay in rows on the same floor where they would be dancing. But he believes it will. We will have to find again the party atmosphere, that has been our protein for 11 years, he said. It is out of the question to cede it to the terrorists.

Injured children

A few blocks farther west on the promenade, in sight of the sea, stands the ultramodern Lenval Foundation Hospital, one of only two major paediatric centres in southern France and the place where Dr Virginie Rampal, a paediatric orthopaedist, who was born and raised in Nice, works day in and day out to mend the bones of children.

She was on-call the night of the attack, but at home after a relatively quiet day. She had considered going with her daughters to the promenade to see the fireworks, but her plans changed when a friend stopped by. When Rampal s pager went off, like everyone else, she did not know of the attack, but rushed to the emergency room. The wounded were already filling the chairs, lying on the floor, some with open fractures most of them children. More were coming in, some carried in their parents arms. She helped with triage, went into surgery, back to triage, working without stopping as 30 young patients, many younger than 10, were stabilised and sent into surgery. Of the 30 children, 28 survived two died from head injuries and crushed pelvises, she said. At 7am she went home to shower. I came in and took my daughter in my arms and held her close to me she has two girls, a two-year-old and a nine-month old. She was back at the hospital 90 minutes later.

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