One person has been confirmed dead and seven others were taken to area hospitals after a tornado ripped through a stretch of homes in Palmetto during severe weather early Saturday, St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard said. The parish received the first 911 call about the damage at Bolden Road and La. 359 at 2:20 a.m. Eight homes and five or six vehicles were destroyed as they were blown apart by the winds, while a large grain hopper trailer was tossed into the roadway and a home was picked off its pillars and settled back down on the street, Bellard said. “It’s just devastation for probably a quarter mile to a half mile...There’s nothing left of the houses,” he said. Bellard said debris from the homes was strewn throughout neighboring fields Saturday morning as an excavator was used to move remnants of homes so residents could search for salvageable belongings. Five of the homes destroyed were mobile homes, while one was a brick home and two were wood frame houses, he … [Read more...] about One killed, multiple injured after tornado decimates homes in Palmetto: ‘There’s nothing left’
Nobody would have blamed you if you looked at the divisional alignment for the 2020-21 season and penciled three teams at the top of the West Division standings: Colorado, Vegas, and St. Louis. Those three rosters looked to be the best on paper, have been the most successful over the past couple of years, and just seemed like locks to make the playoffs. That would have meant the fourth spot was going to come down to one of the other flawed or rebuilding rosters in the division, with Minnesota appearing to have the inside track. The season has not exactly played out that way. Entering Saturday it is actually Minnesota that has jumped to the top of the standings alongside Vegas and Colorado, while the Blues find themselves in a surprising three-team race for the fourth spot with Arizona and San Jose. After Friday’s results, where the Coyotes were 7-4 losers to Vegas and the Blues and Sharks were winners, the standings look like this: Minnesota has a solid cushion in the … [Read more...] about Who has the edge in Blues, Coyotes, Sharks playoff race?
NEED a shot of sunshine? Give your meals a tropical vibe by eating a rainbow of fruit and veg, starting with these tasty recipes. The bright, colourful dishes, courtesy of Morrisons.com , are just what we need to chase away the winter blues. What’s more they are bursting with goodness and tick the box for all those healthy new year resolutions. Jewelled rice salad Makes 6 servings - 94p each Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 2 minutes Additional time: 60 minutes chilling YOU NEED: 500g long grain rice, microwavable for speed 6 tbsp mixed fresh herbs, finely chopped 1 tbsp lemon juice 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 4 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped 1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped ½ mango, peeled, stone removed and flesh diced 75g dried apricots, finely chopped 75g dried cranberries 100g pomegranate seeds METHOD: Mix the oil, lemon juice and fresh herbs together in a large serving bowl. Season … [Read more...] about Chase away the winter blues with Mrs Crunch’s colourful and tropical recipes
The man killed when a tornado ripped through a stretch of homes in Palmetto early Saturday has been identified as 28-year-old Jose Antonio Higareda of Opelousas, St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard confirmed. Higareda was identified by family members and has been released to Williams Funeral Home, Bellard said. His family plans to take him back to Mexico for a funeral, he said. Higareda worked at a farm only blocks from his home in Palmetto. His home was lifted off its foundation by winds and Higareda was thrown from the home. He was breathing when first-responders arrived on the scene, but died en route to the hospital, authorities said. The winds that tore through the small St. Landry Parish community were about 130-140 miles per hour, according to Roger Erickson of the National Weather Service. He estimated it was an EF2 or EF3 tornado. The parish received the first 911 call about the damage at Bolden Road and La. 359 from a SLEMCO crew at 2:20 a.m. Fifteen homes … [Read more...] about 28-year-old man killed when tornado, 130-140 mph winds rip through St. Landry Parish
There are two ways to approach winter. There's the hibernation technique, which often seems to make the cold months last longer. Alternatively, you can get out there and find the brightest lights, the most delicious food, and the best entertainment on offer, seeing winter as a season to celebrate, not just tolerate. That's the philosophy behind Auckland's new winter festival Elemental AKL, which promises to make Tāmaki Makaurau come alive this July with an impressive line-up of events that shows the city can do winter just as well as it does summer. Big cities all over the world hold impressive festivals over the winter months and with its burgeoning food and cultural scene, it's the perfect time for Auckland to follow suit. While the northern hemisphere may centre its festivals on Christmas, Kiwis are increasingly embracing Matariki, which along with Elemental AKL is one of the many reasons to celebrate during the middle of the year. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic … [Read more...] about Auckland festival line-up banishes the winter blues
When I was 16, I spent a summer studying Spanish in Spain. Armed with a pocket-sized Spanish-English electronic dictionary—high-tech at the time— I stumbled through the country. Now language translation apps for smartphones can do much, much more than that old plastic device with the rubbery buttons and one-line display. Many of them let you speak or type a question in English and have that instantly translated into a foreign tongue, which the app can speak out loud or display on the phone’s screen. A response from a local can be translated right back into English for you. A single app may include the ability to translate dozens of languages—more than a backpack full of dictionaries. I put these promising features to the test by heading into Korean, Chinese, and Japanese neighborhoods in San Francisco with three translation apps—two on the iPhone and one that works on the iPhone or Android phones. The results were mixed. It’s quicker to use these apps than to look up words in a … [Read more...] about Apps That Keep You From Getting Lost in Translation