Shelby County, Ala.—One worker was killed and several more were injured when an Alabama pipeline ruptured sometime during the evening of Monday, October 31.According to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, the failing pipeline caused an explosion that sent flames high above the surrounding tree line.One eye witness, who said he helped an injured worker remove gas from himself before calling an ambulance, said the central Alabama explosion resembled an airplane crash and resulted in towering flames that extended some 300 feet into the air.The epicenter was approximately one mile west of a leak that occurred back in September, releasing thousands of gallons of gasoline and causing shortages and price hikes throughout the entire Southeast.The failed pipeline belongs to the same company behind the previous leak—the Colonial Pipeline Company of Alpharetta, Georgia—and marks the sixth leak its operations have endured this year in Alabama alone.Officials are not certain wether the explosion emanated from the same pipeline that failed in September, and workers have not yet been able to get close enough to the accident site to determine if the initial explosion has damaged any other nearby pipelines.“Three miles around the area of the fire has been evacuated,” Bentley said in a video which his office posted to Vimeo and later tweeted out through his official Twitter account. “We have state resources in place through our forestry association, and we have people there to contain the fire.”The state of Alabama has been suffering from a severe drought. According to the governor, there have been over one thousand fires recorded since the beginning of October.“Our resources have been stretched thin,” Bentley said. “But we will have enough resources in place, we will put enough resources in place, to protect the people in that area.”Coleen Vansant with the Alabama Forestry Commission says that the explosion has sparked several wildfires, one around 10 acres in size and another near 7 acres.According to a brief statement issued by the Colonial Pipeline Company, the main pipeline in the area has been shut down for the time being. The explosion occurred near the Cahaba River, the longest free-flowing river in Alabama known for its scenic value and biological diversity.It comes at a time when pipelines all over the country are being hotly contested by environmentalists. A major protest is taking place near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation because of a proposed pipeline that the Dakota Sioux say is threatening the quality of drinking water drawn from the Missouri River and decimating many of their important cultural heritage sites.The Dakota Access Pipeline is being maintained and constructed by a company called Energy Transfer which, according to its website, operates three major crude oil pipelines, including approximately 500 miles of pipeline that run through Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.Energy Transfer claims that the $3.7 billion project will lessen U.S. dependance on foreign oil and create thousands of jobs.Stayed tuned to BlueRidgeOutdoors.com for pipeline updates and learn more about the Shelby County, Alabama pipeline explosion here.
Syracuse football’s training camp begins July 30. Every day leading up to camp, The Daily Orange’s football beat writers will take a look at some of the upcoming season’s most pressing storylines, players and position battles. Read more on the Countdown to Camp here.For the second straight offseason, the questions surrounding Eric Dungey have nothing to do with his play.The junior quarterback averaged 297.7 passing yards per game and had 293 rushing yards for the season. He accounted for 21 touchdowns. Yet Dungey missed considerable time. For the second straight year, he missed the last three games of the season due to “upper-body injury.”Dungey took a step forward last year as a quarterback despite learning a new system from the year prior. His second year in Dino Babers up-tempo offense should help him solidify his spot in the upper echelon of Atlantic Coast Conference quarterbacks. The one hurdle he’ll have to overcome to get there is his health.Before last season, Dungey pledged to try to stay in the pocket more. In the second game of the season against Louisville, he tried hurdling a defender and got flipped over in the process. After the upset victory over Virginia Tech in mid-October, Babers’ said the offense needed Dungey’s running ability.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“At certain times, we’re willing to put him at risk,” Babers said at the postgame press conference, pausing before saying risk. “I would love to play a game where our quarterback never has to run the ball. I’d love to play a game where our quarterback never gets touched. And I have played games like that. But right now, at this time … we have to be calculated and we need his legs in our offense.”Jessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerThe SU offense was much more dynamic with Dungey running, especially because there wasn’t much production from the running backs. With two big receiving weapons next year, and a still-young offensive line, it appears Dungey’s legs will still need to be a crucial component of the SU attack.There are some positives. For the second straight year, Dungey bulked up in the offseason before spring ball. And last year, he more often slid and ran out of bounds to avoid hits than he did in 2015. He will need to continue to do that consistently.But he missed the end of each of the past two seasons after taking shots to the head. Should the hits keep piling up, Dungey’s career could be in jeopardy.He seems poised to play at a high level this season. Based on his past, though, it’s unclear if he’ll be available for all of it. Comments Published on July 28, 2017 at 10:23 am Contact Tomer: firstname.lastname@example.org | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+
European Judo Cup Top Ranking Sarajevo Open 2013 will be held this weekend in Sarajevo with more than 20 countries and more than 300 competitors participating.Today, a press conference was held and manager of BiH judo team Branislav Crnogorac said that it is an elite competition, because winners will get 100 points for the ranking list. Crnogorac noted that this is the eight tournament in BiH and hopes that this one, like all the previous ones, will be organised at a high level.He added that the best BIH judokas such as Larisa Cerić, Amel Mekić and Mitar Mrdić will participate at this completion and he is certain that BIH team will be successful.All matches will be held in KSC ‘Ilidža’ and the solemn opening ceremony will be held on Saturday (30 March) at 10 a.m. while the final matches will be played on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Lyon, France | AFP |Cristiano Ronaldo made European Championship history as Portugal ended Wales’s extraordinary Euro 2016 journey with a 2-0 semi-final win on Wednesday that sent them into the final. Missing the suspended Aaron Ramsey, they failed to test a Portugal team who had not previously won inside 90 minutes at the tournament.But having reached the last four in their first major competition since the 1958 World Cup, Chris Coleman’s side and their red-shirted fans leave France with their reputation enhanced.West Ham United defender James Collins got the nod for Wales in place of the suspended Ben Davies and he coped manfully with the threat posed by Ronaldo in the first half, although he was perhaps fortunate to escape censure for a penalty-box headlock on the Portugal captain.Ronaldo had to wait until the 44th minute until his first sight of goal, heading over from Adrien Silva’s inswinging left-flank cross, while Joao Mario dragged a shot across goal and wide.With Ramsey absent, there was even more onus than usual on Bale to make things happen for Wales and he was the stand-out player in an otherwise flat first period.– Coleman goes for broke –From Joe Ledley’s training-ground corner he swiped a shot into the stands, while a galloping run down the right wing culminated in a shot that flew straight into Rui Patricio’s gloves.But if the first half was all about Bale, the second was all about Ronaldo.A short corner on Portugal’s left yielded the opening goal five minutes after the restart.Raphael Guerreiro curled a cross to the back post and Ronaldo leapt above James Chester, seeming to hang in the air, before powering a header past Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey’s flailing left hand.Wales had taken control of the game after falling behind to Belgium in the quarter-finals, ultimately winning 3-1, but Portugal gave them no chance of doing that by scoring a second goal within three minutes.Ronaldo was this time the provider, albeit inadvertently, as his mishit shot was prodded into the net by his former Manchester United team-mate Nani.Coleman made three attacking changes, sending on Sam Vokes, Simon Church and Jonathan Williams for Joe Ledley, Hal Robson-Kanu and Collins.Bale twice worked Rui Patricio with swerving efforts from range, but Portugal remained a threat, with Nani, Jose Fonte and Danilo all testing Hennessey.By the end Wales’s fire had burnt itself out, but their fans continued to sing as the seconds ticked away on their unforgettable French adventure. Share on: WhatsApp In what was billed as a shootout between Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale, it was the Portugal captain who prevailed, opening the scoring in Lyon with a majestic 50th-minute header that saw him tie France great Michel Platini’s record of nine goals at Euro finals.He also teed up Nani for Portugal’s second goal and finished the night consoling Bale on the Stade de Lyon pitch.“The team did a marvellous job to reach the final. I hope on Sunday you’ll see me crying with joy,” Ronaldo said.“I always said I wanted to win something with Portugal. I’ve been at the highest level for 13 years. The statistics never lie.”Bale told ITV: “We’re obviously massively disappointed. But we’ve got to be proud of ourselves first and foremost.“We’ve given everything, on the pitch, off the pitch. We’ve tried to enjoy the experience of the tournament. We want to thank the fans for all the support we’ve had — it’s been absolutely incredible.”Fernando Santos’s Portugal now go on to a Sunday showdown at the Stade de France with either Germany or hosts France.It will be only Portugal’s second major final after Euro 2004, when a 19-year-old Ronaldo was left in tears on the Estadio da Luz pitch in Lisbon after the hosts were beaten 1-0 by Greece.– Ramsey missed –While Ronaldo — whose three goals leave him one behind France’s Antoine Griezmann in the tournament rankings — aims for his first international trophy, Bale and Wales’s dreams of emulating Greece ultimately came up short.