Image source: MotoGPMotoGP: Maverick Vinales gets pole position in America–Ads– Despite receiving a three-place grid penalty which saw Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez starting the race from the fourth position, the defending champion and the Circuit of the Americas records holder showed everyone why he’s still the man to beat this year.After an intense race, Marquez came up on top but it wasn’t as easy as previous years. This time around, it was Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) who benefitted from the race start and took the holeshot lead into turn 1. Marquez wasn’t far behind and quickly made his move to take the lead.Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) kept his head down for the entire race before and after making his move on Iannone. He finished second behind Marquez followed by Iannone which happens to be their first podium finishes of the season.Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) put the pressure on his teammate on the earlier part of the race but maintained his position in fourth upon crossing the chequered flag. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was the top Ducati rider in fifth followed by Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in sixth.Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) impressively finished in seventh place even after a surgery for a broken wrist just last week. Two Ducati battles followed suit between Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing) and Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing). Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) completed the top 10 finishers in COTA.Our hometown hero, Hafizh Syahrin (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) unfortunately suffered a massive highside on Lap 9. He was in P11 at the time fighting in between Jack Miller and Aleix Espargaro. The good news is that Hafizh is okay and uninjured from the incident.With the results at the Grand Prix of the Americas, Andrea Dovizioso is now the new 2018 championship leader with 46 points. He is followed by Marquez with 45 points and Vinales in third with 41 points. Only eight points are separating the top five and it’ll get even more intense once they reach Jerez, Spain for the Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) took home his sixth consecutive MotoGP win yesterday at the Circuit of the Americas.Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) got his groove back and finished strong in second place.Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) gave Suzuki their first back-to-back podium finishes by finishing the race in third.
“Trafik kendaraan roda empat secara total mencapai sebanyak 19.670 unit pada H+2, dan 18.067 unit pada H+3. Tren ini lebih tinggi dibandingkan dari Pelabuhan Merak saat arus mudik kemarin.Dapat dikatakan, akhir pekan kemarin menjadi puncak arus balik untuk kendaraan roda empat dari Bakauheni menuju Merak,” kata Corporate Secretary PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry Imelda Alini dalam catatan tertulis yang diterima KabarPenumpang.com.Diinformasikan bahwa pada akhir pekan kemarin terjadi kepadatan di Pelabuhan Bakauheni mengingat volume penumpang dan kendaraan pada arus balik mencapai puncaknya. “Dengan periode arus balik yang lebih pendek dibandingkan arus mudik, pergerakan penumpang dan kendaraan dengan volume tinggi dan waktu yang bersamaan memicu kepadatan. Tentu, kami bersama dengan stakeholder melakukan upaya maksimal untuk mengurai kepadatan tersebut” kata Imelda.Selain itu, pemberlakuan diferensiasi tarif penyeberangan selama arus mudik dan balik Lebaran juga membuat pengguna jasa antusias untuk melakukan penyeberangan di siang hari.“Memasuki H+4 ini, volume kendaraan dan penumpang kami prediksikan akan terdistribusi hingga akhir pekan ini mengingat masih ada sebagian pemudik yang mengambil cuti Lebaran maupun libur sekolah anak,” katanya lagi.Baca juga: Susah Top Up E-Money Buat Pemudik yang Lewat Tol? Ini Solusinya ASDP tetap mengimbau kepada seluruh pengguna jasa agar mempersiapkan dengan baik jadwal perjalanan kembali pada arus balik Lebaran ini. “Untuk mempercepat proses pembelian tiket di tollgate, pemudik diminta menyiapkan e-Ktp dan kartu elektronik dengan saldo yang cukup. Harga tiket telah kembali normal, seiring berakhirnya diferensiasi tarif pada 9 Juni 2019 kemarin,” tutur Imelda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTerus Alami Peningkatan, Pemudik Belum Sepenuhnya Menyeberang dari Kampung Halaman20/06/2018In “Angkutan Ferry”ASDP: Ada Pergeseran Tren, Baru 21% Pemudik Yang Kembali ke Pulau Jawa30/06/2017In “Angkutan Ferry”Perantau Asal Jawa Mulai Serbu Pelabuhan Bakauheni Pasca Libur Lebaran20/06/2018In “Angkutan Ferry” KMP Port Link Sekitar 509.644 orang pemudik telah kembali menyeberang ke Pulau Jawa hingga Senin (10/6) pukul 15.00 WIB atau H+4 arus balik Angkutan Lebaran 2019. Diikuti 50.492 unit kendaraan roda dua, dan 61.380 unit roda empat ke atas/lebih. Untuk penumpang pejalan kaki pada arus balik dari hari kedua Lebaran Kamis (6/9) hingga H+4 atau Senin (10/6) sore sudah mencapai 62 persen, dan penumpang di dalam kendaraan mencapai 56 persen atau sebanyak 430.827 orang. Diikuti roda dua sebanyak 61 persen, sedangkan roda empat ke atas/lebih telah mencapai 56 persen.Baca juga: Stasiun Merak, Pilihan Integrasi Lintas Moda Penumpang Kapal Ferry Dari data Posko Bakauheni, trafik penumpang dan kendaraan terlihat kenaikan yang signifikan pada Sabtu (8/6) dan Minggu (9/6), yang diprediksikan sebagai masa puncak arus balik Lebaran dari Bakauheni menuju Merak. Adapun trafik penumpang mengalami kenaikan signifikan pada H+3 sebanyak 165.260 orang, dan pada H+2 sebanyak 156.934 orang. Khusus penumpang pejalan kaki saja mencapai 24.415 orang pada H+3.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The Brave Blossoms’ fortunes improved early in the second half when substitute Wimpie Van Der Walt crashed over for a try, but Australia touched down four more times before Amanaki Lelei Mafi and Kazuki Himeno scored late consolation tries for the home side.“I felt the game was a game of two halves,” said Japan head coach Jamie Joseph. “In the first half our discipline was poor, we gave penalties away, we couldn’t really get our game going and we paid the price. That was a real disappointing start to the game for us. In the second half we showed what we can do when we can create some pressure on the opposition and play our type of rugby.“The big area where we struggled was defending the big players,” he continued. “The Australia players are clearly bigger than us. That’s obviously our biggest challenge going forward when we play tier-one teams.”A Japan test match-record crowd of 43,621 turned up to the Yokohama venue, which will host both semifinals and the final in 2019 as well as four first-round matches, but the Brave Blossoms’ chances of beating the Wallabies for the first time in five attempts looked slim from the opening kickoff.“We’re still growing,” said Japan captain Michael Leitch. “Playing against a top-four team like Australia shows us the level that we are currently at. It’s just like I said when we played Ireland — it’s all good experience for us.“We practiced defense a lot over the past three weeks, and although we have gotten better we are still not good enough to reach the World Cup quarterfinals yet. Our discipline isn’t there yet. We’re disappointed but I want us to use this as a base going forward.”Japan handed the visitors the initiative when an illegal Shota Horie tackle gave Australia the ball and Samu Kerevi ran in the first try of the afternoon in the sixth minute.Henry Speight added another five minutes later, crashing through the Japanese defense after Australia had won the ball at a lineout.“Their first two tries came as a result of penalties, and that hurt us,” said Japan flanker Shunsuke Nunomaki. “We were trying to keep our discipline but that’s what happens when you’re under pressure. We have to get better at dealing with the pressure.”The Brave Blossoms tried to build some momentum but the size of their task was brutally underlined when hulking winger Marika Koroibete halted fullback Kotaro Matsushima with a crunching tackle.Rikiya Matsuda kicked a penalty to get Japan onto the scoreboard, but Australia replied with a try from Tatafu Polota-Nau and two from Tevita Kuridrani to head into halftime with a commanding 35-3 lead.“We made a lot of needless mistakes,” said Japan scrum-half Fumiaki Tanaka. “Just small things and miscommunications that we need to watch again on video and fix.”Japan made the perfect start to the second half when video replays confirmed that Van Der Walt had touched down for a try amid a pile of bodies.“We cleared our heads and focused again on what we had to do, and managed to score a try,” said Matsuda. “We started the second half well and cut out the mistakes.”Matsuda then kicked the conversion before adding another penalty, but Kerevi and Kuridrani scored further tries to take the wind out of Japan’s sails.A bad Matsuda mistake handed Australia another try through Nick Phipps before Rob Simmons added another, but Mafi and Himeno gave Japan something to cheer before the final whistle when they scrambled over for late tries.“It was a fantastic atmosphere from the crowd,” said Australia head coach Michael Cheika. “You look from the stands and it was a great atmosphere, a very respectful crowd and a great place to play rugby.“We’ve had a big week. We played a match against the Barbarians on Saturday and then traveled on Tuesday night to come to Japan. Between the last game and this game we lost five or six players from our starting team. But I thought our mindset and attitude were very good from the start. I think we dropped off a bit toward the end but I also think Japan played very well.” YOKOHAMA – Two-time Rugby World Cup winner Australia handed 2019 host Japan a harsh lesson two years ahead of the tournament with a 63-30 win in Yokohama on Saturday.Australia, which beat the world champion All Blacks in Brisbane on Oct. 21, ran in five first-half tries at Nissan Stadium — the venue for the 2019 final — with Japan managing only a penalty kick in reply. KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOS Australia’s Scott Sio runs with the ball during Saturday’s test match against Japan in Yokohama. | AP Australia, Brave Blossoms, Japan, Michael Leitch, Wallabies, Michael Cheika, Jamie Joseph IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
THE initiative was birthed under former Technical Director of the GFF, Claude Bolton, in 2015, but was rolled out under current GFF Technical Director Ian Greenwood in January of 2017 with sponsorship from Scotiabank.By now you are aware that we are talking about the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Scotiabank Academy Training Centres which is a nationwide initiative aimed at setting a solid technical and tactical foundation for the next generation of national players, Golden Jaguars and Lady Jags.Bolton, in his wisdom to have these centres going, facilitated a ‘D’ Licensed Coaches Course to equip coaches with the relevant knowledge to empower the main and most important resources, our young players.Former player, president and founder of the Herstelling Raiders Football Club, now GFF Technical Development Officer of the East Bank Football Association, Devnon Winter, was successful in the Bolton-ran course which was the beginning of what is turning out to be an exciting coaching journey.So it was no surprise that the current GFF and TD Greenwood chose Winter as the leader of the Scotiabank/EBFA Academy Training Centre, which caters for players from age 6 to 17 from all clubs affiliated to the association and which are held primarily on Saturdays and Sundays due to the fact that these kids have to attend school during the week which makes it challenging for during-the-week sessions.Coach Winter: “It has been one year now that the academy is actually up and running. We have been able to get our grassroots sessions running every Saturday targeting players from age five (5) to eleven (11).“We try to make it a fun thing for these kids as we try to get them to like the game. You must note that these are players who have never been exposed to the game these sessions go for one hour, 09:00hrs to 10:00hrs.”Following the grassroots segment of the academy; attention turns to the U-13 players.“This session kicks off at 10:30hrs to last for one hour and it is at this age we teach the basics of the game, like coordination and control of the ball with your feet and head. We do not do any tactical work as yet; we expose them to lots of technical work as laid out in the framework, set out by the GFF’s Technical Department.”Winter informed that the Youth Technical Development Officer of the GFF, Bryan Joseph, circulates on a weekly basis, the framework that should be used by all the academy training centres as all the sessions are run in a uniform manner.“Every academy across Guyana does the same session on a weekly basis, for e.g, if our U-13s are doing passes this Saturday, that is mirrored across Guyana and it also includes the warm-up session. This is repeated for two weeks before we go to something else. So this is the plan that we follow, as set out by the Youth Development Coach and the TD of the GFF.”The U-15 sessions are almost similar to the U-13s but Winter shared that the sessions are a bit more intense where a bit more is applied to the players when they are on the ball. This is where more tactics are introduced and will flow right into the U-17s. Winter also noted that by this stage, the players would have come through the mill from the grassroots level all the way up and would be model players.The academies are made up of the best players in the associations: “Yes, we have the best players at the various levels mentioned before, the 16 best inclusive of two goalkeepers each. We work to take them to the next level of technical and tactical soundness.“We also focus on ensuring that these players are good ambassadors all-round, meaning they are responsible and display the right attitude on and off the field.“We try to teach them basic life skills and apart from that, we encourage them to be positive in their thinking and general outlook.”Winter also pointed out that weekly reports are sent to the GFF of the past week which would include any incidents as well as suggestions on how they (coaches) feel about the sessions along with suggestions.“Basically, these academy players have to be at their best in terms of their behaviour and mannerisms as long as they are part of this set-up. This is not just about talent and being technically good, there are other attributes that come along with being an academy player.”The multiplicity of youth tournaments played on the East Bank affords coaches the opportunity to scout the best available players at the U-13, U-15 and U-17 levels which prompted coach Winter to say emphatically, that he has the best teams at these levels in Guyana.Another strategy, Winter shared, that is encouraged is that players must know the names of one another, including their call names, as they strive to build a solid chemistry and relationships among the players.The job is by no means an easy task but Winter boasted that he and his team of seven coaches love what they do.“I have an excited team of coaches working along with me, on shaping the next generation of players in our association and by extension, Guyana. Two joined the fold recently, Dillion Roberts and Cordel Johnson. We are all on the same page before starting every session and everyone has the chance to run sessions.”The other five coaches on board are Winter, Levi Braithwaite, Orien Angoy and junior coaches Walter Scott and Amanda Angoy. In relation to club support, Winter noted that many clubs would have been somewhat hesitant initially. Winter and Braithwaite are full time employees of the GFF.“There is a kind of culture that came from way back where clubs were hesitant to send their players thinking that this is something where a coach just wants to see the players and if they have good talent we take them to a particular club but that is not what we are about.“Our ultimate goal is to get the players technically and tactically sound to make it at the national or professional levels and to be the best possible players they can be.”Winter is happy that the response now is great, to the extent that more coaches and club administrators are getting on board week in and week out.“I would like to say that the support of the EBFA has been tremendous in terms of support for the ATC. Clubs are responding in a huge way. Sessions are held every week, rain or shine. The GFF also needs to be commended for the vision it has shown in ensuring that the ATC is supported.”Many of the players would have already made the national team. Tyrell Khan made the Under-17 team even as a 15-year-old and is now one of the leading players in the academy. Khan and Shannon Samnauth were part of the historic U-15 team that won the Squaglia Cup in St Martin last year.Other players called at the U-14 level are Shoran James, Devon Padmore, Solomon Austin and Devon Scott. On the radar is Neron Barrow. Winter noted that the player would have been scouted by coaches outside of the EBFA pool.“The work has just started and we are committed to doing our best to ensure that the next generation of national players will be sound, solid and able to represent their nation with pride.”Looking ahead, Winter said that based on an increased pool of coaches, he plans to launch grassroots programmes at Agricola and Kuru Kururu – a strategic move to assist players from that area..“When this is achieved, there would be three grassroots programmes, run in tandem which would further increase the talent pool on the East Bank..“I think in time to come, the standard of football from U-15 would be impacted in a positive way at the national level based on the level of work we are doing. The process would be gradual and once we are consistent, we will reap the rewards.”
Nigerian-born ex-Polish international forward Emmanuel Olisadebe has revealed that he’s looking forward to the high profile friendly game between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Poland.The game is scheduled for the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw on Friday night.Olisadebe, who scored 11 goals in 25 appearances for Poland, was speaking about the game in a chat with AFP.In his words, he said: “This will be a good test for both teams before the World Cup and the result does not really matter.”“Poland will face Senegal at the World Cup and so Nigeria will be a good African test for them.“Nigeria, on the other hand, will from this game know their level of readiness for the World Cup. I believe the better team on the day will win.” he added.On Poland’s current FIFA Ranking (6th), Olisadebe, who also featured for the European nation at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, said: “They have some very good players, who play for good teams in good leagues around Europe.”“They deserve their rating because they have won some important games.” he concluded.He thereafter pinpointed Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski as the main man.Olisadebe said: “He is their best player by many miles… The Nigeria defenders also play in Europe but it is not often that they come up against such a top striker like him.”“They will need to stay fully concentrated and be focused for them to have a good game tomorrow.” he stated further.RelatedIdeye To Earn Eagles Recall Ahead Of Poland, Serbia FriendliesFebruary 27, 2018In “National Team”FIFA U20 WC: I Can’t Wait to Make Coach Aigbogun Proud in Poland – MakanjuolaMay 14, 2019In “FIFA”FIFA U20 WC: Pinnick Charges Flying Eagles to go for Gold in PolandMay 17, 2019In “FIFA”
Liverpool and Everton face an FA Cup fourth round replay after their second draw inside a week at Anfield.Joleon Lescott put Everton ahead after 27 minutes, turning in a Tim Cahill header from Steven Pienaar’s corner.Liverpool drew level nine minutes after the break when Everton keeper Tim Howard allowed Steven Gerrard’s shot to squirm in after 54 minutes.Howard redeemed himself with a stunning save from Gerrard, with Everton’s defensive power earning a draw.Liverpool attacked constantly throughout, but Everton were magnificently marshalled at the back by Lescott and Phil Jagielka, both impressing under the watchful eye of England coach Fabio Capello.Everton will be happier to take the tie back to Goodison Park, whereas Liverpool now have another vital game in a packed fixture list and it remains to be seen how boss Rafael Benitez treats the replay. David Moyes’s side suffered a blow prior to kick-off when influential midfield man Mikel Arteta was ruled out with a rib injury sustained in training.And there was a setback of a different kind for Liverpool’s £20m striker Robbie Keane, who did not even make the substitutes’ bench.This is sure to cast further doubts over his long-term Liverpool future.Liverpool, predictably, started at pace but it was Everton who posed the questions as Pienaar went down under challenge from Alvaro Arbeloa.Everton appealed for a penalty, but referee Steve Bennett ignored their claims, with replays suggesting there had been minimal contact. Liverpool’s first moment of danger came in the 11th minute, courtesy of a moment of fancy footwork in the penalty area from the unlikely figure of Jamie Carragher, but his shot could only find the side-netting.Everton had probed Liverpool’s weakness at defending set pieces in the draw at Anfield on Monday – and they did it to great effect again to take the lead after 27 minutes.Cahill once again showed his uncanny knack of escaping his marker to head Pienaar’s corner towards goal, with Lescott applying the finishing touch from six yards out.Liverpool had enjoyed huge supremacy in both possession and territory, but had found themselves frustrated by Everton’s committed defensive organisation.A dreadful error by Everton keeper Howard gifted Liverpool an equaliser after 54 minutes. Fernando Torres set Gerrard up with a superb flick, but Howard allowed a relatively tame shot from the Liverpool captain through his grasp at the near post.Howard redeemed himself two minutes later with a stunning save from Gerrard, turning his effort from 12 yards over the bar.Everton’s attacking options were desperately limited, especially with Victor Anichebe carrying a knee injury from early in the second half, which forced him to be replaced by teenager Dan Gosling with 20 minutes left.Liverpool responded with a substitution of their own four minutes later when the subdued Ryan Babel was replaced by Albert Riera.The stretched nature of Everton’s squad was demonstrated when 17-year-old Jack Rodwell then came on as replacement for the tiring Segundo Castillo. Everton’s attacking forays had been rare, but they were caught on the break as Liverpool wasted a glorious chance to take the lead after 80 minutes.Gerrard set up Dirk Kuyt, but he shot straight at Howard in front of The Kop – a wasted opportunity.Everton were on the back foot and Howard had to show safe handling to save well from Andrea Dossena’s angled 30-yard drive.It was the last moment of danger for Everton – and now the sides must meet again at Goodison Park on Wednesday 4 February (2000 GMT).________________________________________Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Dossena, Kuyt, Alonso, Mascherano, Babel (Riera 75), Gerrard, Torres. Subs Not Used: Cavalieri, Hyypia, Aurelio, Benayoun, Leiva Lucas, Ngog. Booked: Alonso, Carragher. Goals: Gerrard 54. Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Anichebe (Gosling 71), Castillo (Rodwell 76), Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Cahill. Subs Not Used: Nash, Yobo, Van der Meyde, Jacobsen, Jutkiewicz. Booked: Cahill, Pienaar. Goals: Lescott 27. Att: 43,524 Ref: Steve Bennett (Kent).Source: BBC
ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Taraji P. Henson is setting the record straight after she seemed to throw shade at Ryan Seacrest during an Oscars red-carpet interview on Sunday night.“The universe has a way of taking care of good people,” Henson had said to the E! host, while maintaining firm eye contact and then chucking him under the chin. “Know what I mean?”Although the interaction had many fans believing that Henson was chin-checking Ryan, who is currently battling sexual harassment and assault allegations, Taraji tells People her comments were “misconstrued” and that she “absolutely” supports the E! host.“I did it to keep his chin up. It’s an awkward position to be in. He’s been cleared, but anyone can say anything,” she told the magazine.Seacrest also confirmed there was no beef between him and Henson.“Nothing but love for my friend @TherealTaraji,” he tweeted. “Thanks for hanging out with us on the #ERedCarpet! #Oscars.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Disney has released a new trailer for Artemis Fowl, the adventure based on the beloved books by Eoin Colfer. Like the books, the film, which was directed by Kenneth Branagh, centers on the titular 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, who sets off on a fantastical adventure to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared.Colin Farrell plays his enigmatic dad, who Artemis learns is one of the world’s most skilled thieves — and whose disappearance is linked to a reclusive world of fairies, leprechauns, trolls, and other creatures. Newcomer Ferdia Shaw plays Artemis, in a film that also stars Josh Gad and Judi Dench.In a statement, Branagh says, “Eoin Colfer created a landmark series of books and a totally original world of characters. We hope that fans familiar with this charismatic anti-hero, will also join a first-time cinema audience in enjoying a sea of surprises – cunning twists and turns in a typical Artemis Fowl style.”Artemis Fowl opens in U.S. theaters on May 29, 2020, from Disney, the parent company of ABC News. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Nothing like being in #Texas and seeing a post on your mom’s Facebook like this: cc: @Met_mdclark #holyballs #thatsmyfarm #WTF pic.twitter.com/tFaFnEV0dH— Meghan GrebnerConant (@mkg81) February 28, 2017 ABC News(NEW YORK) — Parts of the Midwest were hit with severe weather Tuesday evening, including tornadoes and thunderstorms that claimed at least two fatalities.As of early Wednesday morning, there were at least 21 tornadoes reported across the Midwest, with more than half of those occurring in Illinois. At least two people killed, one in Illinois and one in Missouri, as tornadoes reported across parts of the Midwest. https://t.co/Bh5rptyQPO pic.twitter.com/zAw3Rg2k0F— ABC News (@ABC) March 1, 2017 Some of the most widespread damage was found in Ottawa, Illinois, southwest of Chicago. The warning for this area described the tornado responsible for the damage as particularly dangerous.At its peak, the Ameren Utility website showed that about 7,500 people were left without power in the Ottawa area, and just over 10,000 without power statewide.The deputy chief of the Ottawa Fire Department told ABC News that the city has sustained one fatality.OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa said it received about 14 patients who sustained injuries as a result of the storm. Most of the injuries were caused by falling tree limbs or traffic accidents, the hospital said.According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an apparent tornado picked up at least 15 cars from a junkyard near I-55, and dumped them on the interstate. One of the junk cars hit an occupied vehicle on the interstate, killing its occupant, a resident of nearby Perryville. Flash flooding will also be a concern across the Ohio Valley, where Flash Flood Watches are in effect. From Arkansas to Indiana, there were more than 70 reports of hail, some up to the size of baseballs.ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico UPDATE: Tornado Watch extended until 4am for counties shaded in red including Chicago. pic.twitter.com/TDUDePPBPB— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) March 1, 2017 Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Tuesday evening that the State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield has been activated.A photo out of central Illinois shows a large tornado forming over farmland. Dramatic video shows tornado that touched down in Washburn, Illinois, as severe storms move across parts of Midwest. https://t.co/i0ilDbQ7dT pic.twitter.com/ug6WzZcLRx— ABC News (@ABC) March 1, 2017 Related
After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers are roaming free.Mondelez International, the parent company of Nabisco, has redesigned the packaging of its Barnum’s Animals crackers in response to pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.PETA, which has been protesting the use of animals in circuses for more than 30 years, wrote a letter to Mondelez in the spring of 2016 calling for a redesign. “Given the egregious cruelty inherent in circuses that use animals and the public’s swelling opposition to the exploitation of animals used for entertainment, we urge Nabisco to update its packaging in order to show animals who are free to roam in their natural habitats,” PETA said in its letter.Mondelez agreed and started working on a redesign. In the meantime, the crackers’ namesake circus — Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey — folded for good. The 146-year-old circus, which had removed elephants from its shows in 2016 because of pressure from PETA and others, closed down in May 2017 due to slow ticket sales.The redesign of the boxes, now on U.S. store shelves, retains the familiar red and yellow coloring and prominent “Barnum’s Animals” lettering. But instead of showing the animals in cages — implying that they’re traveling in boxcars for the circus — the new boxes feature a zebra, elephant, lion, giraffe and gorilla wandering side-by-side in a grassland. The outline of acacia trees can be seen in the distance.“When PETA reached out about Barnum’s, we saw this as another great opportunity to continue to keep this brand modern and contemporary,” said Jason Levine, Mondelez’s chief marketing officer for North America, in a statement.Mondelez is based in Illinois, which passed a statewide ban on circuses with elephants that went into effect in January. More than 80 U.S. cities have fully or partially banned circuses with wild animals, according to Animal Defenders International.PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman says she’s celebrating the box redesign for the cultural change it represents.“The new box for Barnum’s Animals crackers perfectly reflects that our society no longer tolerates the caging and chaining of wild animals for circus shows,” she said.Nabisco has been making Barnum’s Animals crackers since 1902. It has redesigned its boxes before, but only for limited-time special editions. In 1995, it offered an endangered species collection that raised money for the World Wildlife Fund. In 1997, it offered a zoo collection that raised money for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. And in 2010, it worked with designer Lilly Pulitzer on a pastel-colored box that raised money for tiger conservation.The company won’t say how many boxes it sells each year. Canadian boxes already had a different design and aren’t affected. This Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, photo shows a multi-pack box of Nabisco Barnum’s Animals crackers on the shelf of a local grocery store in Des Moines, Iowa. After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers are roaming free. The new boxes retain their familiar red and yellow coloring and prominent “Barnum’s Animals” lettering. But instead of showing the animals in cages, implying that they’re traveling in boxcars for the circus, the new boxes feature a zebra, elephant, lion, giraffe and gorilla wandering side-by-side in a grassland. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) 1 of 3 This Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, photo shows a box of Nabisco Barnum’s Animals crackers on the shelf of a local grocery store in Des Moines, Iowa. Mondelez International says it has redesigned the packaging of its Barnum’s Animals crackers after relenting to pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) This Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, photo shows boxes of Nabisco’s Barnum’s Animals crackers in Chicago. After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers are roaming free. The new boxes retain their familiar red and yellow coloring and prominent “Barnum’s Animals” lettering. But instead of showing the animals in cages, implying that they’re traveling in boxcars for the circus, the new boxes feature a zebra, elephant, lion, giraffe and gorilla wandering side-by-side in a grassland. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)