Colonia continues to train despite three positives in its ranks

first_imgYes, Colonia will not stop training despite the positives of the three assets, whose names were not published by the entity. They will be subject, as provided in the protocol, to a quarantine of 14 days. According to the German newspaper Bild, it is about two players and a physiotherapist from the first team. While they isolate themselves, the rest of the Colonia team will continue preparing in groups, following “the hygiene and prevention guidelines exercised since April 6,” explained sports director Horst Heldt.“The health and privacy of our players and employees takes precedence over all kinds of reflections,” continued the head of the FC sports area. “The measures that we have been carrying out to date and the strategy based on routine tests have proven effective so that we can now react by implementing individual solutions” The Colony, therefore, will try to maintain normality. It remains to be seen how Merkel and her cabinet interpret the events. The restart of the Bundesliga seemed a matter of time, but what happened in Cologne on Friday afternoon could alter the decision on the resumption of the German competition. The Cologne, tenth ranked in the Bundesliga, announced in a statement that a total of three members of its staff had tested positive for coronavirus. The news will surely influence the government’s final decision regarding Chancellor Angela Merkel, which is expected with concern for next week.last_img read more

Valencia test for Real’s Benitez

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Rafa BenÌtez held on to his job last year but faces another tough test of his coaching credentials tomorrow when Real Madrid visit Valencia for their first Spanish league game of 2016.BenÌtez has been the focus of criticism from disgruntled fans for Madrid’s unpredictable campaign, which has included a lopsided loss to fierce rivals Barcelona and their embarrassing disqualification from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player.Madrid travel to Mestalla Stadium after two easy victories at their own Santiago BernabÈu home that failed to win over their most sceptical supporters, some of whom jeered BenÌtez.Madrid defender Pepe has called for calm.”We have to let our coach continue to improve,” Pepe said. “If a new manager came, we’d have to adapt to new systems and that isn’t good. We should save the evaluations for the end of the season.”Madrid have struggled on the road this season, dropping points on four of eight of their outings. Their last away game ended in a 1-0 loss at Villarreal.Madrid are in third place, two points behind Barcelona and AtlÈtico Madrid. Defending champions Barcelona have played one less game than their rivals.BenÌtez’s counterpart tomorrow is also in need of a victory.Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville’s coaching debut has got off to an uninspiring start.Valencia have only beaten a third-division side in the Copa del Rey since he took over. Otherwise, the team has recorded a pair of draws and two losses, including a poor showing in a 1-0 league defeat at regional rivals Villarreal on Thursday. That loss left Valencia 10th and 11 points from the Champions League spots.”The team is united and we are trying to get a win as soon as possible,” said Valencia striker ·lvaro Negredo. “January will be a key month.”BARCELONA DERBYBarcelona make the short trip across the Catalan capital to play the first of three derbies against Espanyol today.The two clubs will also meet in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey over the next two weeks.Barcelona will be heavily favoured to continue their record form of 2015, when Luis Enrique’s team won five titles and set a new record 180 for goals scored.The strike trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Su·rez combined for 137 of those goals. Su·rez is leading the league this campaign with 15, followed by Neymar and Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo with 14 each.Espanyol’s defence is the fourth-worst in the competition with 28 goals conceded. Only the three teams in the relegation zone have conceded more.last_img read more

Routine win

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Apologies to all,” said the 72-year-old chair emeritus of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.Pangilinan and the SBP came up with the decision simply because the country did not have the players that could form the best squad possible.This after the world governing Fiba suspended 10 Gilas players in the aftermath of an on-court brawl with Australia in a World Qualifying game on July 2 at Philippine Arena in Bulacan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs CSB, 3 others eye 1st wins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ “I wasn’t expecting this to happen because this is a championship game,” Austria said after a 132-94 annihilation of Barangay Ginebra that gave San Miguel a 2-1 lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven title series at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.It wasn’t hard to figure out why, for the way San Miguel played the last two games, it seemed that only an entire selection of the league could have taken the Beermen down.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Or not.“No one expected three (straight) blowouts,” said point guard Chris Ross, who spearheaded a third quarter breakaway after busting his forehead from an accidental elbow from teammate Renaldo Balkman. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEven Leo Austria is baffled by what’s happening.But with the talent that he has at San Miguel Beer, the six-time champion coach shouldn’t be as there really is no team in the Philippine Basketball Association that can touch his Beermen with a 10-foot pole once they are on their game.ADVERTISEMENT “Luckily for us [the last two games] are in our favor,” added Ross, who finished with 23 points built on a career-high seven triples.According to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, the 38-point winning margin equaled the highest ever in the league, which was established by Alaska—then handled by Ginebra’s Tim Cone—over San Miguel in Game 6 of the 1998 All-Filipino.San Miguel highlighted the dominance by leading by as much as 40 with 7:17 left in the game, 107-77.SBP says sorryMeanwhile, basketball patron Manny V. Pangilinan offered his apologies on Tuesday after the pullout of Gilas Pilipinas five from the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games in Indonesia slated Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Arsenal set for drop into Europe’s second tier

first_imgThe Arsenal boss said his team would take the competition seriously despite the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League after 19 consecutive seasons in Europe’s premier competition.“We will take it seriously but the priority is to focus on the Premier League and combining the two,” he said in comments reported by Britain’s Daily Telegraph.“Then, in December, we will see, but at least we want to qualify for the next round. Thursday to Sunday morning is short so I have to think about that. But we have to win at home and you know how it is when you don’t win at home.”Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, who won the 2012/13 Europa League with Chelsea, said the competition was a worthwhile target.AC Milan, looking to win the only major European trophy that has so far eluded them, Europa League, appear to be on the road to recovery under Chinese ownership after a number of lean years © AFP/File“We decided that it was the first time and hopefully the last time we played the Europa League and we wanted to win it,” he said.Arsenal’s domestic rivals Manchester United won the trophy last year, giving them a route into this year’s Champions League.Wenger, whose Arsenal side lost the club’s previous match in the competition to Galatasary in the 2000 final, when it was branded the UEFA Cup, is likely to rotate his squad, giving some of his fringe players game time as he negotiates a tricky Group H that also includes Red Star Belgrade and Belarusian outfit BATE Borisov.Seven-time European champions AC Milan have an easier task, with ties against Austria Vienna, AEK Athens and Rijeka of Croatia in Group D as they continue their return to European competition for the first time since 2013-14.The Italians, looking to win the only major European trophy that has so far eluded them, appear to be on the road to recovery under Chinese ownership after a number of lean years.Smarting after a 4-1 Serie A defeat at Lazio at the weekend, they open their group-stage campaign at Austria Vienna after coming through two qualifying rounds.“We are a new squad. It’s my responsibility and the one of the boss and the management to lead this group to success,” said captain Leonardo Bonucci, who joined the club from Juventus in the close season.“We must stick together also when playing in Europa League,” he told Milan TV. “It’s a competition that many in the team have never played in before.”Wayne Rooney’s Everton will have a stern test in Group E, which also includes French club Lyon, whose Groupama Stadium will host the final on May 16.Other notable names in this year’s group stage are Spanish sides Villarreal and Real Sociedad as well as Italy’s Lazio.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (R) says his team would take the Europa League competition seriously despite the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League © AFP/File / Greg BAKERLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – Premier League giants Arsenal make their Europa League bow this week, slipping into the continent’s second-string competition after nearly two decades in the Champions League, with AC Milan also injecting star quality.Arsene Wenger’s men, fifth in the Premier League last season — their first finish outside the top four since 1995-96 — take on German side Cologne on Thursday at the Emirates Stadium in London.last_img read more

GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA CLUB NEWS

first_imgNaomh Columba 22/05/2012Well done to Kevin Mc Nern and David Gillespie on their success with the Donegal minors at the weekend, and best of luck in the forthcoming quarter final with Derry, set for this Sunday evening in Omagh. Our third team enjoyed a good home victory over Ard a Rátha on Saturday evening last, and are now due to welcome St Michaels to Páirc na nGael this Saturday evening, 7.30pm throw in. Our seniors are in action twice this weekend, with a home game v Carndonagh on Friday evening, 8pm throw-in, followed by both teams travelling to Clonmany on Sunday for a league meeting with Urris: 1.30pm reserve throw-in, 3pm senior. Underage news: well done to our under 10s, who won the blitz in Ardara last Friday evening. At the time of going to press our u14 girls were due to play host to Glenswilly on Tuesday evening, and our u14 lads were due to travel to Kilcar on Wednesday evening, for a 7.30pm throw-in. Our u12s will travel to Glenties next Monday night, to take on Naomh Conaill in the Go Games, set for a 6.30pm throw-in. At the time of going to press we were awaiting further confirmation of the u16 county final fixture. The game was initially set for Sunday evening at 6pm in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, but this may change due to the County minors game. Please check locally for further details, and best of luck to Brendan, Terence, and the lads. Go n-éirí libh!Cúrsaí Lotto: Ní raibh buaiteoir ar bith ar lotto na seachtaine seo caite, agus tá duaischiste de €3900 anois againn. Ba iad na huimhreacha a tháinig amach ná 5. 13. 16. 26. Bronnadh duaiseanna aitheantais ar na daoine seo a leanas: Frank Mc Brearty, Cappagh, Teileann. Ciaran Carr, An Caiseal. Ciaran Breslin, An Charraig. Niamh & Colin Doherty, An Charraig. Vera Carr, Mín an Draighin.GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Super Computer predicts where every Scottish Premiership team will finish

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News BEST OF possible standings 4. Hibernian (Europa League first qualifying round) Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 2. Hearts (Europa League second qualifying round) silverware 6. Kilmarnock 7 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 1. Celtic (champions and Champions League first qualifying round) Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more RANKED ADVICE 7 MONEY REVEALED center_img smart causal 3. Rangers (Europa League first qualifying round) Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Who will win the Scottish Premiership? 12. Dundee (relegated)11. St Mirren (Premiership play-off final)10. Hamilton Academicals9. Motherwell8. St Johnstone7. Livingston highlights The Scottish Premiership is already shaping up to be a brilliant league to watch this season.Celtic have already lost, Hearts are currently top, while Steven Gerrard has visibly improved Rangers, although he suffered defeat in the Old Firm derby. 7 5. Aberdeen 7 7 impact 7 7 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, Dundee are struggling with no win, and St Mirren have already conceded nine goals.But how does the campaign look like panning out?With a week off from Scottish top-flight action due to the international break, we have fired up the famous talkSPORT.com super computer to predict the final league standings.Here’s the predicted final 2018/19 Scottish Premiership table which should, of course, be taken with a pinch of salt…*And if you think you’re better at predictions than the super computer, then give the talkSPORT predictor game a go! Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img read more

DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

first_imgJIMMY SWEENEY (CORK/GAOTH DOBHAIR)The death has occurred of James ‘Jimmy Sweeney’ of Ballincollig, Co Cork and Gaoth Dobhair. Peacefully, at his daughter’s residence. James (Jimmy), beloved husband of Rena (née Byrne) and loving father of Marian, Noirin, Edel, Eoghan and Catherena and fond grandfather of Laura, Damian, Emily, James, Rebecca, Oscar and Dylan. Sadly missed by his loving wife, family, daughter- in-law Teresa, sons-in-law Bernard and Andrew, grandchildren, sisters Máire, Teresa and Nellie, brothers-in-law, sisters- in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Lying in repose at Crowley’s Funeral Home, Ballincollig. Rosary this Tuesday evening at 8pm. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am in St. Mary’s Church, Derrybeg, Co. Donegal. Funeral afterwards to Maheragallan Cemetery.SARAH MCGETTIGAN (GLASGOW/BRINALACK) The death has occurred in Scotland of Sarah McGettigan, nee Gallagher formally of Brinalack, Gaoth Dobhair. Remains will travel from Larne via Letterkenny to the home of her nephew Gerard Thomas, Clogher, Donegal for 8pm tonight, Tuesday. Removal from there tomorrow, Wednesday at 10.30am for Funeral Mass in St Agatha’s Church, Clar for Funeral Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.DAN MCKINNEY (GLASGOW/GLENEELY)The death has taken place in St Francis’s Nursing Home, Glasgow, of Dan McKinney, formerly Glenshinney, Moneydarragh, Gleneely. Remains will repose at his daughter’s home from 1.30pm on Thursday, with removal to St Fergus’s Church, Paisley to arrive at 6pm. Funeral Mass on Friday at 9.30am with interment afterwards in St Conval’s Cemetery, Barrhead.BREEGE MCGRATH The death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Breege McGrath, nee McNulty, 122 Ard O’Donnell, Letterkenny and formally of Curragh, Killygordan.Remains reposing at her home. Removal from there on Thursday  at 10.30am to St Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny for 11am Requiem Mass at 11. Interment afterwards in Conwal Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice and the Oncology Ward, Letterkenny General Hospital – c/o Frank Bradley, Funeral Director, Ard O’Donnell, Letterkenny.MARY MCGEEThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of Mary McGee, Millfield Buncrana. Reposing at her late residence. Funeral from there on Thursday at 9.30am going to St Mary Oratory, Buncrana for Requiem Mass at 10am. Interment afterwards in Cockhill Cemetery. House private please from 11pm to 11am. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o McKinney Funeral Directors Buncrana.HUGHIE GALLAGHERThe death has taken place of Hughie Gallagher, 22 Muckish Avenue, Letterkenny. His remains are reposing at his home. Removal from there tomorrow Wednesday at 12.20pm for Requiem Mass at 1pm in St Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny, followed by interment in Conwal cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice, c/o Frank Bradley Funeral Director, Ard O’Donnell, Letterkenny. JAMES MCGLOIN (WATERFORD/RATHMULLAN)The sudden death has taken place in Waterford of James Mc Gloin, Main Street, Rathmullan. His remains are reposing at his home. Requiem Mass tomorrow, Wednesday, at 2pm in St Joseph’s Church, Rathmullan, followed by internment in the adjoining cemetery. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife Peg,son and daughters,brothers and sisters,relatives and friends.OLIVER MCFARLANDThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of Oliver Mc Farland, Mondooey, Manorcunningham. Remains reposing at his late residence. Funeral from there tomorrow, Wed, at 1pm, for service in Raymochy Parish Church, Manorcunningham, followed by burial in the family plot. Family time please from 10pm to 10am. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice, or the Oncology Ward, Letterkenny General Hospital, c/o Mc Clintock and Dioherty Funeral Directors, Townparks, Convoy. ROGER DOOHANThe death has taken place of Roger Doohan, Glassan, Creeslough. Remains reposing at his late residence. Funeral Mass at 11am in St Michael’s Church, Creeslough tomorrow, Wed, followed by burial in Doe cemetery. Family time from 11pm to 10am.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012 was last modified: May 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TUESDAYMAY 15last_img read more

Corning High boys basketball captures third straight shootout title

first_imgCorning >> The Corning High boys basketball team has an extremely deep and balanced rotation. On Saturday night the Cardinals utilized a lot of their parts as a way to win their own tournament for a third straight year with a 66-51 win over Durham at the 17th annual Corning Shootout. Corey Busta dropped in a game-high 19 points, earning tournament MVP honors, while fellow seniors Brendan Hoag and Noah Zoppi were selected all-tournament with 17 and 13 points respectively for Corning (13-2).Hoa …last_img

What’s in store for 2016 corn and soybeans?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This “spring,” the weather has gone from snow and 24 degrees to sunny and 80 degrees within one week. This unusual weather leaves many of us wondering what’s in store for the remainder of the growing season.In general, unfavorable weather conditions tend to affect soybean yield much less compared to corn yield. In 2012, when we experienced a hot, dry summer, corn yield was reduced by 23% while soybean yield was only reduced by 8% (see the table below). However, under more optimum weather conditions, corn yield gains are much greater compared to soybean. With more ideal weather in 2013 and 2014, corn yield increased 12-14% while soybean yield only increased 2-8%.Table 1. Corn and soybean grain yield averages for Ohio compared to the 5-year average (data from USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service).Corn (bu/acre)Soybean (bu/acre)2015153 (-1%)50 (+2%)2014176 (+14%)53 (+8%)2013174 (+12%)50 (+2%)2012120 (-23%)45 (-8%)2011153 (-1%)48 (-2%)5-Year Ave.15549SoybeansDespite the weather, the state soybean yield does not tend to fluctuate much. Soybean vegetative and reproductive stages overlap allowing the soybean plant to compensate for short periods of stress (see the figure). In 2012, while plants were stunted and there was an increased number of flower abortion due to hot/dry weather conditions, soybean yield was “saved” in many areas of the state due to rainfall in August and September promoting seed fill.  (This was especially true of our later maturing varieties.)CornWith the weather forecast calling for “slightly-above” normal temperatures and “slightly below precipitation” for the remainder of April and similar conditions for May, this year offers an opportunity to plant corn at optimum calendar dates for yield. The recommended time for planting corns across Ohio is mid-April through about the first week of May. Grain yield and test weight are increased by early plantings, whereas grain moisture is reduced, thereby allowing earlier harvest and reducing drying costs. In central Ohio, yields decline approximately 1 to 1.5 bushels per day for planting delayed beyond the first week of May. Early planting generally produces shorter plants with better standability. Delayed planting increases the risk of frost damage to corn and may subject the crop to greater injury from various late insect and disease pest problems, such as European corn borer and gray leaf spot. With earlier planting, vegetative growth is usually complete and pollination initiated prior to the period of greatest moisture stress in July and grain filling occurs during the periods when solar radiation is high which promotes greater accumulation of dry matter in the grain.No-tillage corn can be planted at the same time as conventional, if soil conditions permit. In reality, however, planting may often need to be delayed several days to permit extra soil drying. Corn should be planted only when soils are dry enough to support traffic without causing soil compaction. The yield reductions resulting from “mudding the seed in” may be much greater than those resulting from a slight planting delay. Moreover, given the weather projections for drier and warmer conditions than normal, even with such delays, the crop may be planted before the optimum plant date window ends.There have been occurrences in past years when early to mid-April planting were adversely affected by an abrupt transition from warm, dry conditions to freezing rains and snow. When dry corn seed absorbs cold water as a result of a cold rain or melting snow, “imbibitional chilling injury” may result. Such injury in corn seed can lead to delayed seedling growth and reduced stands so planting right before such large temperature swings should be avoided.Appropriate planting depths for corn vary with soil and weather conditions. There is a perception that shallow planting depths (less than 1.5 inches) are appropriate for early plantings — when soil conditions are usually cool and moist — because seed will emerge more rapidly due to warmer soil temperatures closer to the surface. However, planting shallower than 1.5 inches is generally not recommended at any planting date or in any soil type. Recent Ohio studies that evaluated corn response to seeding depth provide no evidence to support shallow plantings. For normal conditions plant corn at 1.5 to 2-inches deep to provide frost protection and allow for adequate root development. When corn is planted 1.5 to 2 inches deep, the nodal roots develop about 0.5 to 0.75 inches below the soil surface. At planting depths less than 1 inch, the nodal roots develop at or just below the soil surface. Excessively shallow planting can cause slow, uneven emergence due to soil moisture variation, and rootless corn (“floppy corn syndrome”) when hot, dry weather inhibits nodal root development. Shallow plantings increase stress and result in less developed roots, smaller ears and reduced yields.last_img read more

NF Railway gears up for monsoon

first_imgThe Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) had placed ‘boulder wagons’ strategically near 32 vulnerable stretches ahead of monsoon.Officials said 184 wagon loads of boulders, or ‘on-wheel’ boulder reserves, had been kept ready to be rolled out at the slightest hint of danger such as abnormal rise of water level and breaches under the tracks.In addition, 80,000 cubic metres of boulders had also beeb stocked at approaches of major rivers and at locations that were traditionally known for being vulnerable. About 5,000 pre-fabricated had also kept handy for erecting temporary supports in water for bridging gaps caused by washouts.Apart from eight north-eastern states, NFR serviced parts of Bihar and West Bengal. Much of the zone, with tracks criss-crossing many rivers, was flood-prone.Sections not known to be vulnerable to floods had been affected too. Two breaches near Telta and Sudhani stations (between Kishanganj in Bihar and Malda in West Bengal) on August 13 hadt cut off railway link to the North east for almost a month in 2017.Lessons from Bihar floods“The damage caused by Bihar floods was unexpected. We have learnt to be prepared for the worst this time, at least in stretches we know that are prone to flood-induced track damage,” a senior officer of NFR’s construction wing said.Boulders, NFR officials said, were generally the first line of defence when flood waters hit a railway embankment or caused abnormal scour around bridge pillars.“Of 32 locations under NFR designated as vulnerable, 14 are in Lumding Division, nine in Rangiya, eight in Tinsukia (all in Assam) and one in Alipurduar, West Bengal. These sites are being monitored 24×7 for any signs of distress,” Pranav Jyoti Sharma, NFR Spokesperson, said.Watchmen posted on these vulnerable sections were armed with walkie-talkie sets and high-power torches besides GPS sets for better real-time planning and quick response.“The railway has also stock piled 271 rolled steel joists for construction of temporary bridges for quick restoration of track connectivity during breaches,” Mr. Sharma said.last_img read more