Monthly Archive: May 2015

Preview: Minehead Harriers & West Somerset

Leading trainer Jack Barber holds the key to Saturday’s Minehead Harriers & West Somerset Mixed Open with Benedictus and consistent mare Posh Totty. Benedictus won his first three races this season, including the Coronation Gold Cup, one of Pointing’s four classic races, before staying on but never threatening What A Laugh in the Lady Dudley Cup. Posh Totty has finished in the frame in her six 2015 outings, including two wins at Badbury Rings.

Potential opposition includes Fiulin, who got the better of the Barber-trained Kostaquarta at Stafford Cross, Laura Claydon’s King’s Bench, winner of two of his five outings last season, 2014 corresponding race winner Rush’N’Roll, Cotley Hunt race winner Steeltown and Level Spirit, who is on a hat-trick after two Flete Park successes. The Jack Barber selected’ runner is the selection. The Kayley Woollacott-trained Jepeck can continue owner Jon Pike’s marvellous season by making it five 2015 wins in the Confined.

The nine entries include Jepeck’s enigmatic stable companion Robin Will, Bathwick Scanno, who brought up Will Biddick’s half-century at the Devon & Somerset (DSSH) here last weekend, and Wadebridge winner Supreme Danehill, but former top hurdler Cockney Trucker, a Charlton Horethorne open race winner in March, looks the danger. Bathwick Scanno and Cockney Trucker are among the 19 entries for the Novice Riders race, along with course specialist Eslin Bridge and the Zoe Hammond-trained The Ferbane Man. Lara Mahon may seek to consolidate her lead in the National Novice Lady Riders table aboard The Magherally Man, a Holnicote winner in 2012 and unbeaten in five 2015 outings for trainer Tim Eades before being overturned at Littlewindsor on Monday.

The Magherally Man gets the vote ahead of Hedley Webb’s Loose Preformer, denied a four-timer when caught on the flat by Maxi Chop in a high class Axe Vale contest, and Brackenwood, who gave the principals a run for their money in the same event. Crackacan is fancied to follow up last weekend’s Maiden race success in the Restricted. On Your Max, pulled up at Stafford Cross, and Steel Brush, second when sent off favourite for the DSSH Hunt race, can bounce back from disappointing efforts by completing the placings.

Swingbridge can follow up his recent Whitfield and Lockinge successes by completing a hat-trick in the Intermediate. Keith Prichard’s Prince Eleanor looks the danger if travelling from Wales. The 2014 winner Took My Eye, who landed a two-horse contest here on Sunday, can follow up in the Hunt race, with Carrickmines the one for the forecast.

San Satiro refused at Stafford Cross but can make amends in the 16-entry Maiden. The afternoon begins with a charity flat race in aid of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance at 1pm, followed by seven point-to-point races from 2pm. The course is just off the A39, 3 miles W of Minehead and 2 miles E of Porlock (TA24 8TE).

Admission: 20 per car; 10 single occupant.

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NEWSLETTERS Receive the latest local updates in your inbox Police say a man drove a truck off the second story of a Leesburg parking garage. Updated at 12:22 PM EDT on Friday, May 29, 2015 An 85-year-old man drove a pickup truck off the second level deck of a Leesburg, Virginia, parking garage Thursday, landing on two empty picnic benches, according to Leesburg police. The man had minor injuries; no one else was injured in the crash, Leesburg police said.

Police charged the driver, Rattan J. Bhatia, of Hillsboro, Virginia, with reckless driving. They said the 1994 Ford Ranger was being driven at a “high rate of speed” in the parking garage.

The crash occurred around 1 p.m. at the Town of Leesburg’s Parking Garage at 25 West Market Street. Leesburg police said the pickup truck drove over a curb before launching through a “metal barricade and brick facade.” Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call 703-771-4500.

Published at 2:54 AM EDT on May 29, 2015

Black ice brought chaos in South Yorkshire

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15:23 Friday 14 December 2012 COMMUTERS slid to work after roads and footpaths were turned into lethal ice rinks by the freezing rain. Police and firefighters warned South Yorkshire residents to take extreme care as black ice covered the county. Motorists struggled to get off estates and many routes into the city were blocked by minor shunts.

Up to 40 collisions have already been reported. Hospital bosses said they had been inundated with casualties who had slipped on the ice. By 11.30am staff at the Northern General Hospital said more than 70 people had been brought in with fall-related injuries.

A hospital spokesman said: All of Sheffield s adult hospitals are running services as normal and patients should still attend for their outpatient appointment, surgery or treatment as planned today unless they are likely to put themselves at risk of a fall by venturing out. If anyone cannot attend their appointment please contact the hospital using the number on their appointment letter and arrangements will be made to reschedule the appointment. We are also aware there is severe disruption to the non-urgent patient ambulance transport which picks up some patients to come to outpatient appointments.

This is due to the increased volume of emergency ambulance calls to which the Ambulance Service needs to give priority. He added: People with non-urgent minor injuries or illnesses are also being asked not to visit the A&E department at the Northern General and instead asked to seek advice or treatment from their local pharmacist, GP or the NHS Walk in Centre on Broad Lane. This will enable A&E staff to concentrate all their efforts on the sickest and most urgent patients who are in need of emergency care today.

Weather experts said the problem was caused by so-called freezing rain – when the rain freezes on impact, covering surfaces with ice. But they say the situation should ease as the ice thaws. Many schools were closed this morning while others were due to open late.

Bus services were also affected. One of the worst incidents was a five-vehicle smash involving a fire engine and paramedic car on Barnsley Road at Sheffield Lane Top. A Vauxhall Vectra skidded into a tree at around 4am and firefighters from Elm Lane station, who were called out to deal with the incident crashed into the Vectra – crushing it into the tree even further.

The tree had to be felled. A paramedic fast response car crashed into the lampost bending it in two, and two vehicles which took evasive action also crashed. Police cordoned off the road and roads around Stubbin Lane were cordoned off following the incident.

A man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after his pick-up truck ran out of control on Brecks Crescent, Listerdale, Rotherham, and ended up crashing through a garden wall. He managed to get out of his vehicle but then a van skidded on the same patch of ice and crashed into the pick-up truck driver. The A628 Woodhead Pass was partially blocked between Glossop turn off in High Peak and Dunford Bridge turn off in Dunford Bridge, because of ice and an accident involving a lorry and three cars.

Meanwhile at 4.45am this morning a lorry skidded on the ice and crashed into Tankersley fire station. A fire service spokeswoman said the lorry driver was shaken but otherwise unharmed. A bus was involved in a smash on Foxhill Road near Foxhill Drive and there were other collisions on Retford Road at Woodhouse Mill, Sheffield; West Close, Kimberworth, Rotherham; Millhouses Street, Hoyland; Stannington Road, Twentywell Road, Bradway and Green Lane, Wath, Stannington Road, Stannington.

Also closed were Westhill Road, Rotherham, Gilbert Hill, Stocksbridge, Woodhead Lane, Blacker Hill, Barnsley, Thrybergh Lane, Rotherham, Police said several cars had slid down Whitehouse Lane, in Walkley, Sheffield. Amey, the contractors in charge of gritting in Sheffield, told The Star they were out gritting roads from 7.30pm last night. But the freak weather conditions still caused treacherous conditions this morning.

Wayne Southall, of Amey, said: Gritters have been out over night and they are out again this morning. We expect the ice to thaw by mid morning, but we are gritting just in case. The problem is this so-called freezing rain.

Some pavements are also very icy and people are walking in the roads, but that brings its own problems. A spokesman from Sheffield Council s Streets Ahead team said: Black ice has formed throughout the night making conditions across the city difficult despite the gritting team of 20 gritters spreading a total of 200 tons of salt on the priority network roads last night. First thing this morning we sent the full fleet of gritters back out and we are doing everything we can to help people get to work this morning.

We are salting city centre key pedestrian routes and pavements around the hospitals. We are encouraging all travellers to take extra care whilst travelling, plan their journeys in advance and as ever exercise caution on all roads and side roads, especially on pavements, and to try to travel on major roads wherever possible. As ever we will keep a close eye on the weather to make sure we respond appropriately, and will use all the equipment at our disposal to ensure safety across the city.

A Barnsley Council spokeswoman said gritters were out across the borough last night and started again at 3.30am this morning. He said: With regards to footpaths, officers have been out since first thing this morning, gritting in accordance with the council s snow plan. The plan covers local shopping areas including Barnsley town centre, outside doctors surgeries and schools, OAP sheltered housing complexes and OAP bungalow estates.

The snow plan is a reflection of local priorities agreed through a consultation process at Ward Panel meetings with local ward councillors and members of the public and covers over 400 sites. Once these have been dealt with the teams will then move onto other locations and specific requests. Freezing rain occurs very rarely in this country.

It falls on already frozen surfaces and the ground appears wet but it is actually covered in a layer of ice up to a centimetre thick. *How have you been affected this morning? How was your journey to work? Tweet us @SheffieldStar, put a message on our Facebook site www.facebook.com/sheffieldstar or email [email protected] Gritting For updates see www.sheffield.gov.uk/winter or follow Streets Ahead on twitter @sccstreetsahead For a list of grit bin locations and for full priority gritting routes visit https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/gritting Schools Open late: Treeton C of E Primary School, Windmill Hill Primary, Chapeltown; Tinsley Nursery and Infant School; Stocksbridge Nursery and Infant School and St Patrick s Catholic Primary School, Shafton ALC, Barlow C of E Primary.

Matlock All Saints CE Infant School – open at noon and kids should bring a packed lunch. Barlow C of E Primary – open at 10.30am Eckington Junior School – open at 10am this morning. Brimmington Junior School open at 10.30am Hady Primary School – open until 10am Gilbert Heathcote Nursery and Infant School – open at 10am Closed: Hasland Hall Community School, Eckington Junior School, Unstone Junior School, Westfield Infant School, Carlton Community College, St Helen s, Hoyland, Cherrydale, Cudworth, Talbot Special School and Woolley Wood School, The Brigg Infant School.

Bin Collections Rotherham residents are being warned that bin collection schedules could be delayed today because of this morning s bad weather. Rotherham Borough Council s 32 tonne waste collection vehicles are experiencing major difficulties on side roads and footpaths and today s collections might have to be completed tomorrow. Outstanding black bins due to be collected today will be collected on Saturday, while any outstanding green bins and blue boxes will be collected next week if they are not picked up today.

The authority apologises for any disruption in service but waste crews have to be mindful of health and safety issues when driving large vehicles in bad weather conditions. /ifeq} #ifeq type value=”image”} /ifeq} #ifeq google_ads.type value=”flash”} /ifeq} /each}

Nebraska State Truck Driving Competitor Terry Durham

Professional Werner driver Terry Durham will be competing in the Five-Axle class at the Nebraska State Trucking Driving Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska, on June 6. Durham, a Werner driver since 2008, is actively working toward his first million accident-free miles. A five-time Nebraska State Truck Driving Champion, Durham has become a seasoned competitor who has won twice in the Straight class, twice in the Sleeper class and once in the Five-axle class.

The Gatesville, Texas, resident enjoys spending his free time with his girlfriend, Teresa, and pursuing their favorite hobby geocaching.

Trucker’s Viral Dashcam Video Of Horrific Crash On The E40 In …

13-8-2014, E40 Gent (Ghent) Brugge(Bruges), exit Aalter. Driver was sent to hospital in critical condition (2 broken cervical vertabraes (neck). She was in a coma for a while but got out of it and is recovering exceptionally well.

In short: she survived. I do not own this video, this video has been shortened. Original full video via link below.

Original video: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v= Newsarticle (up-to-date) about the accident with an interview with driver http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/957/Binnenla Car aftermath (as expected not much left of it) http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/957/Binnenla

Alligator Rips Apart A Man’s Truck: ‘Gator Vs.

Truck’ Gets More Than …

There s a video going viral on YouTube called Gator vs. Truck that shows an alligator ripping apart a truck s front bumper. The Nissan XE truck driver s reaction and interesting accent help to make the video priceless.

In Gator vs Truck, which was uploaded to the YouTube channel called keet246, an alligator proves he is boss when it comes to going up against a truck. The video has received at least 1,566,842 views, 3,472 thumbs up, and 324 thumbs down since it was published to YouTube on May 21. In the video, a man can be heard issuing warnings to the alligator on the left side of his truck as he inches forward in the grass, closer to the gator.

Hey watch my truck! The gator s mouth is wide open in a threatening bite before the man drives forward, but he keeps driving. Watch that Nissan.

Apparently, the gator doesn t watch that Nissan but feels like he wants to take a bite out of the bumper because that s exactly what the gator does. Oh, well that s nice. The Nissan s driver doesn t curse, but viewers can sense his frustration at having his truck mangled.

Son of a gun. The 31-second long video is gaining traction online. The article titled Watch this driver seriously underestimate an alligator on Mashable has been shared more than 2,100 times.

As reported by the publication, the Nissan s driver didn t fully take into account just how strong the alligator s bite could be against his pick-up truck. Considering the gator s strong bite, it s a good thing the driver made it out of there alive in order to publish his video to YouTube. It s obviously not a great video for Nissan and don t expect it to be used in one of their viral ad campaigns any time soon.

Instead of putting his car in reverse and immediately backing away from danger, obviously the driver thought his Nissan XE could battle against a gator. The description of the YouTube video says it all about who won the gator versus truck fight. Messing with a gator and he won!!!

The truck versus alligator YouTube video is so popular as of this writing that it is currently listed in the number 15 spot of the 200 most popular YouTube videos. As reported by the Inquisitr , YouTube videos showing alligators can go quite viral if they have interesting content. Such was the case when a man who wrangled gators for a living got bit by the alligator wearing an ironic T-shirt.

Image via YouTube

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Shake off winter s hibernation. Jump into action with our guide to the UK s best spring adventure sports and activities for adrenalin junkies and outdoor enthusiasts. Now there s a way to kick-start your spring!

1. Bridge Bungee Jump, Perthshire There are a few different bungee jump options to take your pick from around the UK, but this has to be one of the most beautiful. Take in the stunning Scottish outdoors and views of the River Garry before jumping off a platform 132ft high.

The so-called Highland Fling bungee hangs directly over the water for an added injection of adrenalin. Our Perth Travelodge is conveniently close, so you can get some much needed rest after the day s exhilaration.

2. Coasteering, Llandudno Most people aren t familiar with the sport of coasteering, but it s rapidly growing in popularity in the UK and the best place to do it is in Wales.

Make your way along the rocky coastline through a combination of swimming, walking, rock hopping and cliff jumping. Turn up hidden caves and rock pools and come face-to-face with nature at her most dramatic. There are a few different places to get stuck into coasteering along the Welsh coast, but Llandudno offer one of the best.

It s a super activity to take on if you re fit, whether you re in a couple, a family or a stag or hen group. Our Llandudno Clarence Hotel will be ready to welcome you home after an exhausting day.

3. Monster Truck Driving, East Grinstead Ever fancied driving around in an enormous monster truck in the heart of Sussex?

Well, stop imagining and start doing. Offering a variety of unusual vehicles, Leisure Pursuits let you head off-road in trucks that sport impressive 6ft tires. If you re really feeling adventurous you can even opt for the car crush experience which allows you to drive over and crush 2 cars simultaneously.

That s some serious power steering!

4. Ice Climbing, Manchester Whatever the time of year, you can still experience this thrilling variation on indoor climbing at Vertical Chill in Manchester. There are a number of different routes to suit all levels of experience from total newcomer to confident climber.

Go on and test yourself with the thrill of climbing an 8-metre vertical wall of ice.

5. Wakeboarding, Milton Keynes In need of some water time? Head to Milton Keynes WakeMK centre where you can try your hand at wakeboarding, whatever your experience level.

There are special lessons for beginners with professional coaches, or if you re more advanced, try your hand in the cable park. The centre also offers water-ski sessions and paddle boarding for those who are looking for something a little more gentle. Like this article?

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