Monthly Archives: January 2016

Snow disrupts China’s pre-holiday travel rush

WUHAN, Jan.

31 (Xinhua) — Rare heavy snow hit several central and eastern Chinese provinces Sunday, disrupting a pre-Discount Holidays © holiday travel rush that involves millions of people. Heavy snow blanketed central China’s Hubei Province early Sunday, closing down a pivotal airport in its capital Wuhan, delaying trains and causing standstill on expressways, the local government said. The Tianhe Airport in Wuhan was closed at midday. Sixteen departing flights were canceled, while 18 incoming flights were forced to land in the neighboring cities of Nanchang or Changsha. At least 2,000 passengers were stranded at the airport.

The railway network was also under heavy pressure, as large crowds of passengers, frustrated by flight cancellations and road blocks, flocked into train stations.

“We put four additional trains in service for passengers traveling within Hubei Province,” said an official with the Wuhan Railway Bureau. “But the snowy weather slowed down most trains, causing an average delay of 30 to 50 minutes.”

The weather bureau in Wuhan said the snow would last in most parts of the province until Tuesday. In east China’s Jiangxi Province, snowy weather caused serious congestions on interprovincial expressways. On one of the most congested sections of an expressway linking Jiangxi and Hubei Provinces, motor vehicles piled up 3 km in a standstill.

The provincial weather bureau has forecast snow in six cities and a temperature drop of 3 to 5 degrees Celsius. Snow hit at least 12 cities in east China’s Jiangsu Province Sunday. Local authorities have closed down four interprovincial expressways for safety considerations. Snow or sleet also hit the provinces of Henan and Anhui, while rain soaked Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi and Yunnan provinces as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, according to the National Meteorological Center.

This round of rain and snow will last for three days, according to the center. The bad weather is a nuisance for the early birds who have embarked on their once-a-year Spring Festival travel for home. The 40-day travel rush, which began a week ago, was a major event in China. Students, migrant workers and other passengers take trains, buses and planes to head home for the Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb.

8 this year.

Child Revived After Swimming Pool Accident at Pocatello Hotel

Pocatello police officers responded to the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express on Saturday night around 7 p.m. after receiving a call that a six year old boy drowned in the swimming pool.

Upon the officers arrival, the child had been given CPR by people that were present at the time of the incident. According to Lt.

Cliff Kelley with Pocatello Police Department, the child was breathing on his own and he was transported to the hospital and admitted for observation.

Those things happen and thankfully there were people on scene that could help and give CPR to the child in order to revive him and I would just caution parents to keep an eye on children, especially when they are in the area of pools, says Lt.

Cliff Kelley, Pocatello Police Department.

Officers say they don t know the child s condition at this time.

British riders react with anger to motorised cyclo-cross bike scandal

Great Britain riders Liam Killeen, Helen Wyman and Ian Field give their reaction to the news that a motor was found in a Belgian rider’s bike at the cyclo-cross world championships
– By Ben Goddard / Snowdon Sports

British Riders React With Anger To Motorised Cyclo-cross Bike Scandal

Helen Wyman at the 2016 cyclo-cross world championships

Members of the Great Britain cyclo-cross team who were competing at the World Championships in Zolder1 have reacted with anger to the news that a motor was found in a Belgian competitor s bike2 with some questioning the whole Belgium team. European Under-23 champion Femke Van den Driessche s bike was taken away by UCI officials for investigation of technological fraud .

I heard they had a scanner in the pits. I doubt it is her choice, said Liam Killeen after finishing 37th in the elite men s race. I d question the whole team because I don t think an under-23 lady would have the means to put a motor into her bottom bracket. It s not good for the sport.

Helen Wyman has competed against Van den Driessche this season and finished sixth at the Koppenberg cross where the 19-year-old finish second.

>>> Great Britain team manager slams electric motor cheating3

She said: It s extraordinary and I can t understand why you would do it. Women s cyclo-cross is at such an accessible level I don t understand why you would have to do it.

I just think it s crazy personally because I can win races, Sanne Cant can win races and Nikki Harris can too because we train hard and race to the best of our ability.

This year has been the most open year there has ever been and it s so accessible to get to that top level. Yet she feels that she still wants to cheat I just don t understand.

>>> Motor found in Belgian cyclo-cross bike a disgrace says national cycling coach4

Their comments were reiterated by Ian Field, who was the highest place Brit in the senior men s race in 28th position some four minutes behind winner Wout Van Aert. He said: It s outrageous that someone thinks that is okay to do in their head. It s obviously not the idea of a 19-year-old girl but the people around her and the fact she didn t say no.

It s getting to the point where nothing surprises you anymore.

It s sad for the sport and for this weekend that it s going to be remembered for that first motor in a cycling event.

It s just pathetic.

References

  1. ^ World Championships in Zolder (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ motor was found in a Belgian competitor s bike (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ >>> Great Britain team manager slams electric motor cheating (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Motor found in Belgian cyclo-cross bike a disgrace says national cycling coach (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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