Utter devastation as toll from Beirut monster blast tops 100

first_imgMany people were watching and filming with their phones after an earlier and smaller explosion was heard in the port and ignited a fire. Topics : ‘The Apocalypse’ The resulting footage, which was widely shared on social media, shows a ball of fire and smoke rising above Beirut and a white shockwave engulfing everything around it.The mushroom-shaped explosion – which seismologists said was logged as the equivalent of a 3.3 magnitude quake — and the scope of the damage drew nuclear analogies in many people’s accounts of the tragedy.”The Apocalypse” read the headline of L’Orient-Le Jour, the main French-language daily in Lebanon, a country that has seen its share of explosions in its recent past, but none quite this big.The embattled government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab described the circumstances at the port that led to the explosion as “unacceptable” and vowed to investigate.“Those responsible for this catastrophe will pay the price,” he said.Messages of support poured in from around the world for Lebanon, whose economy was already on its knees after defaulting on sovereign debt earlier this year.A crippling devaluation has sent poverty levels soaring to an estimated 50 percent of the population and for a country so heavily reliant on imports, the obliteration of the main port signaled more hardship ahead.Criticism of the government was already rife on social media, where Lebanese users argued that a disaster of such magnitude could only strike in a state whose institutions are crippled by incompetence and corruption.Late Tuesday, thousands of families drove out of Beirut to take their families to safety, but many others were left stranded without a roof, unable to go anywhere or unwilling to leave their gutted homes open to looters.The rescue effort was slowed at night by the lack of electricity, which was already intermittent at best in much of the city before the explosion.The security forces sealed off a huge area around the blast site, turning away residents trying to reach their homes to assess the damage. Rescuers searched for survivors in Beirut Wednesday after a cataclysmic explosion at the port sowed devastation across entire neighborhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands and plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis.The blast, which appeared to have been caused by a fire igniting 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate left unsecured in a warehouse, was felt as far away as Cyprus, some 150 miles (240 kilometers) to the northwest.The scale of the destruction was such that the Lebanese capital resembled the scene of an earthquake, with thousands of people left homeless and thousands more cramming into overwhelmed hospitals for treatment.center_img ‘I saw the mushroom’ Johnny Assaf, an estate agent whose home and office were destroyed by the blast, said he lost everything except his life.”I saw the mushroom first, then the force of the blast swept through my office. It sent me literally flying halfway across the office until my head hit the printer,” he told AFP, nursing a hastily bandaged arm.”In hospital they stitched me up without anesthesia and then stopped before they were done because too many serious injuries were being rushed in. I saw people die in front of me,” he said.Hospitals that had already been stretched to the brink by a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in recent days were pushed to new limits by the influx of wounded and forced to turn many away.Saint-Georges hospital was badly damaged by the explosion and lost several members of its staff.The Red Cross said on Wednesday morning that more than 100 deaths had been confirmed. It also reported around 4,000 injured, prompting fears that the death toll could rise significantly.In a country where smallholders have been unable to withdraw even limited amounts of cash from banks since the start of the year, there was little hope of compensation for those whose property was destroyed.Crippled by debt and political paralysis, Lebanon, which was due to celebrate its centenary next month, looked ill-equipped to tackle the new crisis.Grassroots solidarity was still alive however, with initiatives swiftly set up on social media to help people locate missing loved ones or assist victims with free accommodation. “We’ve had some dark days in Lebanon over the years but this is something else,” said Rami Rifai, a 38-year-old engineer, speaking to AFP from a hospital where his two daughters were receiving treatment after sustaining cuts despite being half a kilometer from the seat of the blast.”We already had the economic crisis, a government of thieves and coronavirus. I didn’t think it could get worse but now I don’t know if this country can get up again. Everyone is going to try to leave. I will try to leave,” he said, his voice choked by tears.In the areas closest to the port, the amount of destruction caused by the long years of civil war between 1975 and 1990 was achieved in a second by a blast that leveled buildings within a radius of several hundred meters.One resident of Mar Mikhail, one of the most affected neighborhoods, said she saw bodies strewn in the middle of the street, apparently thrown off balconies and rooftops by the blast.last_img read more

Martin Keown predicts Premier League top four and tips Manchester United to miss out on goal difference

first_imgUnited are currently outsiders for the top four (Picture: Getty)And Keown believes that’ll play into the hands of his former side, who he expects to finish fourth behind Tottenham.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think they’re [Manchester United just going to miss out,’ said Keown.‘Arsenal, you may expect me to say that, but I’ve gone through the fixtures and I just think they’re just too tough for Man Utd‘When you look at these games they’ve got play City I think that will be a draw I don’t think they can win that one for me it’s not going to happen’75 points I think they’ll get, same as Arsenal but they’ll finish above on goal difference’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsArsenal take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday but will be without the suspended Sokratis.Unai Emery hinted at changes after his side’s 2-0 win against Napoli on Thursday and they face the Italian giants again three days after their clash with the Hornets.MORE: Barcelona eyeing cut-price deal for Chelsea star Willian Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Apr 2019 9:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link453Shares Advertisement Advertisement Comment Martin Keown’s predicted heartbreak for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Chelsea and Manchester United will miss out on a place in the Premier League’s top four.Tottenham regained third spot from Chelsea with a comfortable 4-0 win against Huddersfield in Saturday’s early kick-off.The Blues face a daunting trip to Anfield on Sunday to play Liverpool, while they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United later this month.The Red Devils are fifth after Saturday’s narrow win over West Ham but have the hardest run-in where they’ll play Chelsea, Everton and Manchester City in the space of seven days.ADVERTISEMENT Martin Keown predicts Premier League top four and tips Manchester United to miss out on goal differencelast_img read more

Greensburg Rotarians earn ‘District Club of the Year’

first_imgPictured are the majority of the members making up Greensburg Rotary Club #3437 in Rotary District #6580, Southern Indiana. The Greensburg Club was recently named medium size Club of the Year for the District. Members present for the photo include: (front row, left to right) Past District Governor Jerry Fox, 2018-19 President –Elect Jeff Emsweller, Sally Koors, Jenni Hanna, Linda Simmons, 2017-18 President Mandy Lohrum, President-Elect for 2019-20 Lora Williams. (Back row, left to right) Dr. Art Turner, Chris Christianson, Bill Robbins, Ron Bauerle, Past Assistant District Governor Larry Moore, Past Assistant District Governor Steve Freeman, Barb Jakad, Jennifer Sturges, Beverly Moore, Courtney Crowe, Diane Hart-Dawson, Daryl Tressler, Tami Wenning.Indianapolis, In. — For the first time in at least 15 years, Greensburg Rotary Club #3437 in District #6580, which comprises the southern half of Indiana, was named the District Club of the Year at the “All IN” Indiana Rotary Club  Conference on Saturday at the Marriot Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.  Greensburg received the award in the medium club division, which consists of clubs having 30-49 members. The Southern Indiana District #6580 consists of 33 Rotary Clubs.The award is based upon club accomplishments over a nine-month period during the current Presidential cycle, from July 1, 2017, through March 30, 2018. The President of the Greensburg Club is Mandy Lohrum, who accepted the award at the Saturday conference. Lohrum will serve as an Assistant District Governor in the 2018-19 Rotary Service year.In order to be considered for the award, Rotary clubs received points based on membership growth, Rotary Foundation support, completed projects/activities, public image and awareness development, District participation, and a brief narrative provided by the current President.The Greensburg Rotary Club, which will celebrate 100 years in existence in the year 2020, is very active in not only providing service to Rotary International projects and efforts, but the club also puts extensive effort into local causes as well.Local projects Greensburg Rotarians are committed to include:Providing three area high school age students with Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), allowing them to attend a 3-day leadership camp at Bradford Woods near Bloomington, INAnnual Euchre Tournament, where funds are raised to support the efforts of Decatur County Special Olympics and other worthy local projectsIndiana Department of Transportation Roadside Clean-up of the area east of Greensburg on State Road 46 at CR 350 E toward Lake McCoyGreensburg Power of the Past parking detailEducator of the Year Award presented to a teacher or administrator of one of the local schools in either Greensburg or Decatur CountyService Above Self Essay contest for scholarship available to local studentsPaul Harris (Founder of Rotary) community award winnersRaising funds for the “This Close” Rotary International Polio eradication effortRinging Bells for the Greensburg Daily News Cheer FundPoinsettia Sales Project for the community“I Like Me” book efforts supplying customized books for young elementary students in city and county schools“The Greensburg Club has strived to become a vibrant community outreaching organization,” President Lohrum said. “We have a vision and a strategic plan to be a thriving club.”The Greensburg Rotary Club meets at 12 p.m. on Mondays, unless there is a special event, at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital Classroom D.In other news from the All IN Indiana Rotary Conference, the Batesville Rotary Club was named the Small Club of the Year while Columbus Rotary Club was named the Large Club of the Year in District #6580.The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:First – The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for serviceSecond – High ethical standards, in business and profession: the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s personal, business and community lifeThird – The application of the ideal of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.The Rotary International creed consists of the Four-Way Test and is recited at each meeting: “Of the things we think, say or do: First, is it the Truth? Second, is it Fair to all concerned? Third, will it build Good Will and Better Friendship? Fourth, will it be beneficial to all concerned?”last_img read more

Jimmie Johnson still wants apology from Ryan Blaney, who says ‘I have nothing to apologize about’

first_imgJimmie Johnson and Ryan Blaney are still feuding over an incident last week at Watkins Glen where contact between the two drivers sent Johnson spinning off course.After the race, Johnson and Blaney exchanged words in a tense scene. Blaney offered his side of the story.“I have nothing to apologize about,” he told NASCAR.com. “He came down on me. I apologized to him right then and there, even though it was his fault. I have a lot of respect for Jimmie — or had a lot of respect — that’s why I kind of let him chew my a– out for a minute, minute-and-a-half or whatever he did and I didn’t go back into him, especially when he put a finger in my face.“Then his comments after we got done talking pretty much threw all that out the window. That respect is very little.”It’s clear Johnson is still frustrated by the event, which contributed to him finishing 19th. The seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion is tied for 16th in the point standings, the last driver in the playoff field with four races remaining until the postseason.After the race, Johnson claimed Blaney’s move was “stupid … he just drove right through me,” and claimed he couldn’t understand what Blaney was saying because “his lips were quivering.”When informed Johnson had said he was scared, Blaney responded, “He said I was scared? … If he wanted to go, we could go.” Friday, Blaney declared “I’m over it” when asked about the racing incident and the postrace discussion.“I was there and he came down across me, then we talked about it after the race,” Blaney said. “You do that to yourself and then expect me to apologize for that? It’s not like I flat ran him over. I told him that. … It’s his doing, but he wants to be mad at me about it.” Johnson told NASCAR.com Friday he’s still waiting for an apology, but Blaney said he apologized after the race — even though he said the incident wasn’t his fault in the first place.“We know what happened on the track … the drivers do,” Johnson said. “There was a window of opportunity there from my standpoint for Ryan to handle it a certain way, to engage in at least the way that I know I have when it wasn’t on purpose and I have yet to see or hear from him. So, that only validates my line of thought and how angry I was in the car.” Related News Jimmie Johnson changes crew chief as clock ticks on Cup Series playoffslast_img read more