Home tornado drills

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaTornado drills are common in schools and offices, but they aren’t very common at home. To be prepared for one of nature’s most violent storms, families should conduct drills, too, says a University of Georgia meteorologist.“Families should practice their emergency plan well before the impending threat of a tornado,” said Pam Knox, Georgia’s assistant state climatologist. Parked car better than outdoorsKnox says seeking shelter outdoors should be a last resort. “People should not be out in the open during a tornado,” she said. “If a tornado can blow a board into a tree, just imagine what it can do to a human.”If your home isn’t structurally safe and no other shelter is available, Knox says seek shelter in a parked car.“Get in your car and buckle up,” she said. “Try to protect your head from breaking glass and debris. The seat belts and air bags will help keep you safe should the car be lifted up. And, the car will also protect your family from lightning and hail.”Once in your car, resist the urge to drive away. You are much safer in one spot than you are on the road.“And, don’t try to seek shelter under an overpass like the people you see in video tapes,” she said. “The wind can be even stronger under these structures due to the wind tunnel effect. If the bridge falls, your risk of injury is significantly higher.” Basement, interior room bestIf you live in a traditional frame home, Knox says the safest place to seek shelter during a tornado is the basement. If you don’t have a basement, use an interior room on the lowest level. The room shouldn’t have windows and should be the home’s smallest interior room.“Typically, this will be either a bathroom or a closet,” she said. “A bathroom is best because the plumbing will provide extra structural integrity should the tornado hit.”When time allows, Knox recommends bringing a mattress and/or pillows into the room to use as protection from flying debris.Residents who live in mobile homes or trailers are often told they’re safer outside than in their homes. “Some mobile home parks have storm shelters available for severe weather conditions. If they have them, use them,” she said. “If not, have an alternate plan in place before severe weather occurs.”center_img In churches, auditoriums, stand by wallsPeople may feel safer in numbers, but that’s not always true. Don’t plan to meet friends and family in a church sanctuary or an auditorium, she said. “These are open areas where the structure is much weaker by design,” Knox said. “If you are already there and cannot get to a hallway or smaller room, stand along the walls and not in the center of the open space.”If staying outside is your only option, Knox says move to the lowest possible location. If your safe haven is a ravine, she warns to be aware of possible flooding.“Buy a battery operated weather radio and keep it with you,” she said. “Most tornadoes only last about 15 minutes, but it will seem much longer if you aren’t aware of what to expect.”last_img read more

Udom Emmanuel Okays Brand New Stadium for Eket

first_imgAccording to Ukoh the new sports facility which would have a tartan track for athletics, a football practice pitch in addition to the main-bowl, would be a boost to the state’s sports policy.Likely to be commissioned as part of the May 2018 Democracy Day event, the commissioner said the facility when completed would help decongest state sponsored football teams from Uyo as well as offer the residents of the area opportunity to watch topflight football matches.“We are not going to inherit anything from the old stadium. Every thing here will give way for a brand new stadium which by the grace of God will be completed before the end of May 2018.“We are going to construct a stadium that will take at least 10,000 spectators and going by the enthusiasm that the governor attaches to his projects the stadium should be able to attract international matches.“It will also help the sports ministry to decongest the state sponsored football teams mostly based in Uyo and provide yet another training facility for international teams that are playing at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo,” he declared.The commissioner hinted that athletes, who excelled at the last state youth games, would represent the state in the forthcoming national youth games at Ilorin as a strategy to continue with their development.The sports commissioner maintained that the state government would continue to intensify efforts to sustain the gains made in the last Youth Games in the state.Representatives of Eket community at the inspection commended the timely intervention of the governor on the stadium and assured the state government of adequate maintenance and security of the facility when completed.Eket stadium was constructed by the Eket Local Council in 1994 and played host to topflight clubs like Mobil Pegasus FC but has since been in a state of disrepair after organisers of the Mobil Secondary School Athletics Competition decided to move the competition to the prestigious Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Okon Bassey in UyoIn furtherance of his commitment to the development and expansion of sports infrastructures across the state, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has approved the construction of a 10,000-seating capacity stadium in Eket Local Government Area.The state’s Commissioner for Sports, Mr Monday Ukoh, who disclosed this wednesday while inspecting the old Eket Town Stadium, said the new facility would be completed before the end of May 2018.last_img read more

What’s up with all the jugs of water Angels players have now?

first_imgLuis Valbuena started drinking water with branched chain amino acids last year. This year during spring training, his hydration tested for what is essentially a perfect score, Fiocchi said.That achievement made an impression on the other players.“They were pretty blown away,” Fiocchi said, “and that pretty much started the jugs and the Luis Juice. It’s been something that’s contagious.”Mike Trout bought the jugs for everyone. Now most of the position players and a few pitchers carry around the jugs regularly. They contain mostly water, with some of the amino acid hydration supplement and various other flavorings and colors, to taste.The players are regularly tested, and they are all shooting for the perfect score. Previous SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsA water bottle, part of a hydration contest among some Angels, sits on the bench during their game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani drinks from a water bottle, part of a hydration contest among some players, during their game against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsA water bottle, part of a hydration contest among some Angels, sits on the bench during their game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 2A water bottle, part of a hydration contest among some Angels, sits on the bench during their game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandANAHEIM — Athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches are always trying to impress upon their athletes the importance of hydration.Around the Angels, they might have hit on something. They made it a competition.“Anytime you’re doing something that’s tedious, if you can turn it into a game, then the sustainability is much better,” said Lee Fiocchi, the team’s strength and conditioning coach.That is why most of the Angels players can now be seen, even in the dugout, with their own 64-ounce jug. The players each came up with their own nickname for the concoctions within, starting with “Luis Juice.” For an organization that in recent years has been beset by injuries – mostly arm injuries to pitchers – the hydration competition is a welcome sight for the training staff.“There’s more of an emphasis here on hydration than any other team I’ve been on,” third baseman Zack Cozart said.Added outfielder Chris Young: “I think a lot of teams talk about it, but actually implementing it into a daily routine is something they do a really good job of, for sure.”The science behind hydration is relatively simple, Fiocchi said. Muscles that are better hydrated will be better able to react to the quick bursts of movement. It helps to avoid muscle strains and pulls. Players can also expect to have more energy.Fiocchi is happy that he’s got a team full of players trying to out-hydrate each other. There is another side effect: “They’re going to the bathroom a lot more than they’re used to.”SHOEMAKER UPDATEMatt Shoemaker, who is out with a forearm strain, said Tuesday that he’s made significant progress recently.“The first week and a half, the symptoms were pretty steady, but the last four or five days it’s noticeably gotten better,” he said. “It’s starting to feel really good.”Shoemaker said he doesn’t know when he’ll be cleared to throw, but he’s been starting to push the training staff to give him a throwing schedule.Last week Shoemaker underwent a battery of tests, and no new structural or nerve injuries were detected.MOVING UPRight-hander Griffin Canning, one of the Angels’ top pitching prospects, was promoted from Class-A to Double-A after just two professional starts. He gave up three runs in 3-2/3 innings in his Double-A debut. Canning, a UCLA and Santa Margarita High product picked by the Angels in the second round of last year’s draft, did not allow a run in either of his two starts at Class-A.UP NEXTAngels (Tyler Skaggs, 2-0, 1.69) vs. Red Sox (Rick Porcello, 3-0, 1.83), Wednesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Former Clippers team up to claim BIG3 championship

first_imgA group of Clippers alumni messed around and won a championship.Corey Maggette, Cuttino Mobley, Quentin Richardson, Glen Davis and Ryan Gomes teamed up to power the Power to the BIG3 championship on Friday at Barclays Center in New York.In the second season of the 3-on-3 league featuring former NBA players and co-founded by entertainer Ice Cube, the Power — whose seven-member squad included those five former Clippers — defeated 3’s Company 51-43 in the title game. Maggette, the league MVP a season after suffering a torn Achilles in the opening game last summer, scored 27 points to lead the Power. Mobley’s jumper pushed the Power to the 50-point mark needed for victory.The Power finished 9-1, including the playoffs. By league rule, they’re expected to return their roster (which also includes Xavier Silas, Chris Andersen and Coach Nancy Lieberman) intact next season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Coleman returns as Accrington Stanley manager

first_imgJohn Coleman has been appointed Accrington Stanley manager for a second time.The 51-year-old was at the helm between 1999 and 2012, during which time he took the Lancashire club from the Northern Premier League First Division to the Football League following a 44-year absence.Coleman and assistant Jimmy Bell, who both moved on to Rochdale in 2012, have left their roles with League of Ireland Premier Division side Sligo Rovers to return to Accrington on rolling contracts.Stanley had been without a manager since former England striker James Beattie left by mutual consent last week.“We hope this is going to be an exciting time for the players, staff and supporters,” said Coleman. “It’s certainly an exciting time for me and Jimmy. We’ve never really stopped supporting the club since we left, we’ve seen a lot of games and we can’t wait to work with this group of players.“It’s no secret that I’ve wanted to manage in the Football League again and when a job comes up at a club as close to your heart as Accrington then that ticks two boxes.” 1 John Coleman last_img read more