Chicago Ambulance Struck by Gunfire

first_imgA bullet shattered the window of an ambulance as paramedics were working on a patient Sunday evening in the West Englewood neighborhood.The ambulance, operated by the Chicago Fire Department, was shot about 5:40 p.m. in the 5600 block of South Bishop, according to fire department spokesman Will Knight.The bullet shattered the driver’s-side window, and a large caliber slug was found in the cab portion of the ambulance, the statement said. Two paramedics were treating a patient in the back at the time of the shooting, the statement said. No one was shot.Chicago Police said they are investigating.last_img

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EB13: Ritchey Shows Vector Evo Rail Saddles, More Trail, New Tires, Road and MTB…

first_imgInitially offered in the Contrail and Streem models, the saddles weigh in at 220 and 175g respectively. The mono rail designs allow for incredibly light weight designs, while keeping the saddle stronger with more fore-aft adjustability. Ritchey tuned the nylon + carbon fiber rail along with the Vector Wing system to properly distribute the load and claims the reverse hammock shape resists the sag other saddle show from long term use. On the tire side, the Race Slick is back as a 120 TPI clincher and tubular in WCS 23 and 25mm sizes. the tire features a 60A durometer tread for a good balance between grip and durability, and the 23mm size weighs in at 189g with an aramid bead.  The Z-Max Evolution makes an appearance in 650b x 2.1 which is the tire based on the original Z-Max tread. The dual compound tubeless ready tire weighs 586g and is available in 26 and 29″ as well. The Ritchey trail group gets a number of additions, including a new aluminum version of the Trail Seat Post. We’re currently using the carbon Trail post on our Turner Burner Project, but the 6061 alloy post will drop the price to a lower level. Offered in 27.2/30.9/31.6, the post weighs in at 340g for a 400mm 27.2. The Trail saddle offers a durable saddle for long days on the trail with steel rails at 330g, and is a perfect compliment to the Trail post.Of course, no Trail line up these days would be complete without 27.5″ wheels, so the WCS Trail wheels are introduced in the middle size.  The wheels feature a lightweight alloy rim, cold forged WCS Trail hub with sealed bearings and Centerlock disc mounts, and a 28h drilling with 142/qr and 20/115/QR  compatible hubs. Trail 650b wheels weigh in at 858g rr/751g ft and are offered in 29ers as well.The WCS Rizer Bar is new with a 710mm width with 20mm rise and triple butted aluminum construction for a bar that weighs 265g. Ritchey also introduced their carbon Apex road wheel line which includes both tubulars and clinchers. Tubulars are offered in 88, 50, and 36mm depths and all feature the fully serviceable Phantom Flange hub in 20/24h drilling. The hubs include a patented 6 pawl, 12 point micro-clutch system and DT aero spokes. Weights for the 88mm wheels are 945g/819g, and the 50mm wheels are 793g/624g..The Apex line will also be available in clincher models like this 46mm version. The full carbon rim is also laced to the Phantom Flange hubs with the same 24/20h lacing pattern and engagement system. 46mm clinchers weigh in at 851g/675g. The clamp is narrower than a traditional rail model which allows for increased pedaling clearance, and like most single rail designs, it allows for a narrower nose to the saddle. The clamp heads are compatible with the Ritchey Link system so you can change back and forth between the Vector and traditional rails if need be. Road bikes get a few new bars as well with the WCS Neoclassic above and new Streem II below. The Neoclassic is a traditional bend, short reach bar in 40, 42, and 44cm sizes and comes in at 260g. The Steem II is reinvented and built for speed with short reach, shallow drops and an anatomical bend. The Streem II offers a wide flat perch for your hands up top, and an extended center section that is clip on compatible. Continuing their march to total component domination, Ritchey unveiled a number of new products from the industry trending 27.5″ category to tubular road wheels. Initially teased back during the Taichung Bike Week, Ritchey unveiled their new Vector Evo saddle rail system which is their take on a mono rail clamp. It uses a different design than SDG or Selle Italia’s versions, and claims to offer a number of benefits.Get more details on the Vector saddle and more after the break.last_img read more

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Despite a tough loss to No. 8 Florida a week ago, men looking strong heading into season

first_imgDespite a tough loss to No. 8 Florida a week ago, men looking strong heading into seasonJohn Roberts was Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for his showing against the Gators. Nick GerhardtOctober 19, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWith the season having just started, Minnesota looks to have nearly everything in order despite a loss to a top ranked Florida team last weekend.The men’s team lost 158-142 to the No. 8 Gators in a match that went down to the wire.“We had to win the freestyle relay to win the match. We performed very well,” coach Dennis Dale said.After graduating a number of important contributors from last season the team will look for the underclassmen and transfers to fill that void.Junior Jon Roberts, a transfer from Auburn, and freshman Curt Carlson answered the call with strong performances in their first meet as Gophers.Roberts made a distinct impression quickly with a win in the 100-yard breaststroke and helped guide No. 10 Minnesota to a victory in the 200-yard medley relay. As a result of his efforts Roberts earned the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors.Carlson took home the 100-yard freestyle event and showed he can contribute to the defending Big Ten championship team.“I’m hoping they come along gradually. Hopefully the freshmen get their chance to shine. Curt was the first of the freshmen to step to the plate,” Dale said.The team still has some nagging concerns they will address against the Hawkeyes.“The butterfly is what we struggle with. We don’t have a lot of strength there yet, but guys are stepping into that role,” senior captain Tyler Schmidt said.Last season Minnesota defeated Iowa 175-125 and Dale believes this meet will give the freshmen a chance to make more of an impact and perhaps fill some important roles for the team.“We’re moving some people around and this weekend will give us an opportunity to see where we’re at,” Dale said. Women battle HawkeyesThe women’s team suffered a 168-132 loss to No. 6 Florida last weekend, but the meet yielded many positives for the No. 21 Gophers.Freshman Jillian Tyler earned Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors for her efforts in the loss.Tyler registered wins in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events and helped Minnesota to victory in the 200 medley relay.Molly Belk, another freshman, won the 200-yard butterfly event against the Gators and junior Jenny Shaughnessy delivered a first-place finish in the 400 individual medley.Depth will help the team this year as coach Terry Nieszner guides a strong cast of swimmers.“We’re pretty deep at every stroke and distance.” Nieszner said. “We’ve got people competing for four spots and that competition will make us better.”The immediate impact of freshmen like Tyler has the team in good spirits and that mindset has the team meshing together well.“Sometimes chemistry takes time, but our team chemistry couldn’t be better,” Nieszner said.Nieszner said that Iowa will have the home pool advantage this weekend and her team needs to adjust to those conditions to ensure more success, but the way things look now, Minnesota will perform well in any waters.“The freshmen are performing and that is contagious,” Nieszner said.last_img read more

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Daily Breakdown: Minnesota to gain third consecutive Big Ten win against Illinois

first_imgThe redshirt senior has only thrown one touchdown in his past four games, and has five interceptions in the same span. As long as Minnesota is winning, this won’t be a problem for the Gophers but Leidner hasn’t had a strong game through the air since his four-touchdown performance against Indiana State.Illinois’ passing defense isn’t elite – 51st in yards allowed per game in the FBS – but they are good enough to make sure Leidner doesn’t have one of his better games of the year. If the Fighting Illini can completely stop the Gophers’ passing attack – which they are capable of – it could be a very long day for Minnesota.Matchup to watch: WR Drew Wolitarsky vs. CB Darius MoselyAdvantage: IllinoisWhen Illinois passes the ball:For the third-straight week, Minnesota will be facing an inexperienced quarterback. Jeff George Jr. will likely be making his second career start against the Gophers Saturday, so it’s hard to know what to expect from him.His only career pass attempts came against Michigan this year, and he completed 26.7 percent of them for only 95 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Illinois’ first and second-string quarterbacks have dealt with injuries this year, and it’s unlikely Illinois’ offense will find any success here on Saturday.It’s hard to evaluate Minnesota’s passing defense as the group has had good games and really bad games. They had strong performances against Iowa and Maryland but put up weak performances against Rutgers and Penn State. Minnesota will get back two of their cornerbacks – KiAnte Hardin and Ray Buford – this game, which will likely lead to a stronger game overall for Minnesota’s passing defense.Matchup to watch: WR Malik Turner vs. CB KiAnte HardinAdvantage: MinnesotaPrediction: Minnesota 23, Illinois 21.Minnesota’s running backs will be the saviors again as the Gophers spoil Illinois’ Homecoming game with a close win.Prediction record: 5-2 Daily Breakdown: Minnesota to gain third consecutive Big Ten win against IllinoisChris DangRunning back Rodney Smith runs the ball up the field on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers played against Rutgers University Scarlet Knights at the Gopher’s Homecoming game. Mike HendricksonOctober 29, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers (5-2, 2-2) travel to Champaign, Ill. in search of their third straight Big Ten win at Illinois (2-5, 1-3). A full breakdown, prediction, and other notes can be found below.When Minnesota runs the ball:Gophers’ running backs Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks have both excelled this season and Minnesota’s ground game has flourished. The group has rushed for over 200 yards in five of their seven games and has at least one touchdown in each of them. Smith is still third in the Big Ten for rushing yards a game, as he had another strong week against Rutgers, earning him Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors.Illinois has a very strong defensive line – totaling 8.3 tackles for loss per game, 8th in the FBS – but opponents have still had an easy time running against them. The Fighting Illini’s rushing defense is 11th in the Big Ten and has allowed over 195 yards every game except their first game of the season. Gophers clearly ahead here and could win the game based on how well their two running backs do.Matchup to watch: RB Rodney Smith vs. DL Carroll PhillipsAdvantage: MinnesotaWhen Illinois runs the ball:While Minnesota has two running backs that have seen significant playing time this season, Illinois has three running backs that have performed well.Running backs Kendrick Foster, Reggie Corbin, and Ke’Shawn Vaughn all have 39 or more carries this season, combining for 145.9 yards a game on the ground. Illinois’ rushing offense had back-to-back 225-yard performances against Rutgers and Purdue.The Gophers rushing defense has been a bit up and down this year, but have still haven’t let any opponents break out against them. Illinois has a strong rushing attack, but won’t win the game for itself here. Matchup to watch: RB Kendrick Foster vs. LB Jonathan CelestinAdvantage: MinnesotaWhen Minnesota passes the ball:Quarterback Mitch Leidner returned to action last week for the Gophers and didn’t do great. He completed 61.1 percent of his passes but didn’t throw a touchdown and had one interception.last_img read more

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Emotional Healing: Resiliency In The Midst Of Crisis

first_imgBy Dr. Ted WiardGolden Willow RetreatEditors Note: This is part of a series of columns by grief specialist Dr. Ted Wiard, dedicated to helping educate the community about emotional healing.The focus of this series of columns has been on grief, which is the process of redefining one’s self after loss into their new situation and definition of who that person is now.As COVID-19 has become the focus around the world, this column is an attempt to give emotional support for individuals, families and communities during this time of radical change, to everybody, in some way.Shopping, socializing, communicating, family dynamics, school, work, religious gatherings, financial behaviors and a perception of safety (just to name some of the many changes), have all radically changed everyday living and functioning.This is grief and everybody in the world is in a grief process independently, familiarly and as a worldly collective.Part of our brain wants instant gratification, and as that is not happening, it is causing a magnified level of most emotions. This is a normal process as emotions arise radically when the normalcy of a person’s everyday life has been disrupted. Historical emotional experiences as well as present emotions, collide and increase the magnitude of emotional distress.As months pass and this pandemic continues, resiliency becomes more prominent. Resiliency is the ability to adapt in times of emotionally escalated change, to rebuild a foundation, to bring a new norm back into one’s life.Resiliency does not mean avoiding the experience of emotional distress, but how to navigate behaviors, thoughts and actions during and after a change in life.The skill of navigating difficult times is something that has been taught throughout your history in life from family dynamics, religious/spiritual beliefs and habitual ways of dealing with change, cultural influences, and many more life-long factors. Like any other skill, everyone can always improve skills by being resilient. I think of sustaining a level of emotional balance is similar to a marathon with no clear finish line.In order to survive and grow within that marathon takes many supports, from leaders and leadership, nutrition, self-monitoring, realigning plans as circumstances change, collaborating, resting and working, all while being aware of how the environment can help support thru the entirety of the marathon. Having only one support will make it almost impossible to finish the race. Having many supports is what allows success, growth and community.When there is a radical change, most people will first retract and isolate, as time goes forward and the need to sustain the change becomes a longer period of time, the need for self-care increases. Resource multiple supports so as new changes happen, the supports can hold up against the pressure, as the person is not dependent only on one certain support. I picture this as a pier, which has many pillars or girders to give structure that can sustain the storms and pressures, and if there were only one pillar, that platform would not hold up.Finding supports that allow a person to help sustain a long-term and adaptable foundation is imperative during challenging times. Remembering that supports are not only people, but also include a path of multiple types of emotional supports, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and physically that can allow you to be resilient in the midst of an emotional marathon, as well as build a stronger internal resilient emotional foundation. Until the next article, take care and be well.Golden Willow Retreat is a nonprofit organization focused on emotional healing and recovery from any type of loss. Direct any questions to Dr. Ted Wiard, EdD, LPCC, CGC, founder of Golden Willow Retreat at GWR@newmex.com or call 575.776.2024.last_img read more

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CCA: Canadian construction sites should remain open

first_imgCanadian constructions could remain openThe CCA reaffirms the industry’s top priority is a commitment to the health, safety and well-being of its workers, families and friends, and the communities they operate in.“Our position is that compliant sites should be open and those that cannot consistently comply with measures and guidelines of public health authorities should shut down,” says Mary Van Buren, CCA president.The CCA released its first version of the COVID-19 Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites and encourages all construction firms to implement them in their entirety.According to the CCA, the document “provides best practices and a consistent national approach for employers and employees to follow in order to protect themselves and the public at large and help minimise the spread of the coronavirus so that work can be continued safely. These protocols include measures on prevention, detection, and rapid response based on information and recommendations from respected public health authorities.”As the situation continues to evolve and new best practices emerge, CCA states it will keep the document up to date, and publish new versions as required. CCA states it also plans to keep an open dialogue with stakeholders to ensure the industry remains proactive to any emerging risks.Meanwhile, CCA issued letters to Canada’s minister of public services and procurement (PSPC), Anita Anand, and the minister of small business, export promotion and international trade, Mary Ng, calling on the federal government for action and information in support of the construction industry and its workers due to the coronavirus pandemic.The letter sent to Minister Anand detailed the challenges facing the industry’s workforce and identified the important role infrastructure will play in the recovery of the Canadian economy.The letter sent to Minister Ng expressed CCA’s request that the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) offered through Export Development Canada (EDC) be available to all Canadian construction companies for all domestic business and without the export criteria. The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) on 26 March issue a statement that compliant construction sites should remain open during the health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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Projects roll in for BNSF

first_imgThe transformers were transported by rail to the nearest rail siding, before being offloaded onto a Goldhofer 15-axle hydraulic platform trailer and transported to the jobsite.At the jobsite, the transformers were placed on their foundations using the ‘jack and slide’ method, explained BNSF.Elsewhere, BNSF’s Houston based Global Project Center (GPC) teamed up with Istanbul’s Smart Logistics to handle the transport of 2,500 cu m of cement-making machinery from the Germany and Turkey to Canada.The consignment included one OOG cargo weighing 68 tonnes. Cargo was collected from the Port of Hamburg and the Port of Izmir and delivered to the final site in Exshaw in Alberta via Halifax, Houston and Tacoma.BNSF Logistics is a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) for the USA, while Smart Logistics is also a member of the network for Turkey.  www.bnsflogistics.comwww.smartlog.com.trwww.wwpc.eu.comlast_img read more

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Death sentences for men denied access to UK police report

first_imgTwo Burmese men whose defence team unsuccessfully sought access to a UK police report into their murder trial earlier this year have been sentenced to death by a Thai court. Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were found guilty today of the murder of British tourists David Miller and Hannah Witheridge on the island of Koh Tao in 2014. Three judges returned guilty verdicts after more than a year of proceedings which involved allegations of torture and missing evidence. In August this year the case was the subject to a controversial High Court ruling in London when defence lawyers sought access to a Metropolitan Police report on the case commissioned by the prime minister on behalf of the victims’ families. A precondition for Thai cooperation was that the report be kept confidential. Expressing ‘very considerable unease’, Mr Justice Green last summer denied an application under the Data Protection Act 1998 for access to the report. Ruling that the public interest arguments of the police were ‘strong’, the judge said: ‘The disclosure of even a small portion of the report would have a serious chilling effect because even a minor release could be seen by foreign counterparties as reflecting a more systemic risk that the ability to enter into confidentiality arrangements would be subject to override by the courts.’As there was nothing in the data which would be of any real value to the claimants, he said the police arguments for confidentiality sufficed to outweigh the claimants’ otherwise strong interest in access.Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo announced their intention to appeal. Press reports quoted defence lawyer Nakhon Chomphuchat as saying the case against the two was unjustified.’The investigation and charges were conducted improperly, without any lawyers or witnesses present. There was also no translator for the defendants and the gathering of DNA samples was done unwillingly.’last_img read more

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More than just a trade fair

first_imgINTRO: A high-quality supporting programme awaits specialist visitorsOne of the major factors behind the success of InnoTrans in Berlin is the convincing way it combines a trade fair with a high-quality supporting programme and static track displays. In 2004, as in previous years, this successful mix will be appreciated by tens of thousands of specialist visitors from all over the globe. At InnoTrans 2004, a whole series of high-quality events will be taking place within the framework of the InnoTrans Convention (RG 4.04 p232). Spotlight on electronicsAmongst the electronics specialists participating in InnoTrans 2004 will be Atron Electronic GmbH of München. According to head of marketing Jlast_img

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Fruit, meat and sweets could take the Trans-Caspian route to China

first_imgINTERNATIONAL: Polish broad gauge operator PKP LHS and Far East Land Bridge have organised a trial container shipment from the Euroterminal Sławków to Urumqi using the Trans-Caspian route via Ukraine, the Black Sea, Georgia, Azerbaijan, the Caspian Sea and Kazkhstan.This route ‘fits into the needs of freight forwarders and cargo handlers who want to avoid long-distance sea transport, skip queues for loading in Asian ports, efficiently cross the border with the European Union and ensure the delivery of just-in-time cargo’, said PKP LHS Chief Executive Zbigniew Tracichleb on July 3.’Together with PKP LHS, we have big plans for using the westernmost 1 520 mm broad line’, said FELB Chief Executive Wilhelm Patzner ‘We are proud to open a new route, especially as the Trans-Caspian corridor responds to the growing demand for food exports from Europe to China. Italian kiwis or Polish apples, meat or sweets from all over Europe, will be able to be transported to China in less than 20 days.’last_img read more

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