Boy found alive after falling through drainage pipe in Los Angeles: Officials


first_imgLAFD(LOS ANGELES) — A 13-year-old boy has been found alive less than 24 hours after falling through a wooden plank and being washed away into a network of drainage pipes that empties into the Los Angeles River, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.The boy, identified as Jesse Hernandez, is talking, the fire department said.The accident happened at about 4:30 p.m. local time on Sunday when the boy and his friends climbed over a chain-link fence near Griffith Park and entered an abandoned maintenance shed, the fire department told Los Angeles ABC station KABC. A wooden plank the boy was standing on gave away and he fell through a drainage pipe which empties into the Los Angeles River. Firefighters said the drainage ditch is about 13 feet wide and 2 feet deep with swift-moving water.Some 100 firefighters were searching for the boy in the maze of sewage pipes for four hours before asking the public for help in locating him, KABC reported.“LAFD is working closely with the Bureau of Engineering, Bureau of Sanitation and Bureau of Contract Administration to bring in specialized ‘closed circuit’ cameras to further the search,” the fire department said Sunday in a statement just after 10 p.m. local time.“All possible City resources are being utilized in the search for Jesse. Our thoughts remain with Jesse and the extended Hernandez family,” the statement added.KABC reported the family was picnicking in Griffith Park as part of its annual Easter tradition before the boy went missing. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Unit bigger than most house blocks hottest property in QLD


first_imgThere is about 200 sqm of balcony space front and back in the property. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoInside the generous bathroom. Burleigh Heads is a popular destination for interstate buyers and tourists.A MASSIVE waterfront apartment bigger than most housing blocks is the hottest Queensland property going under the hammer this weekend.Data released by this morning found that a sprawling beachfront apartment in one of the hottest spots on the coast had generated the most views of all homes set for auction across Saturday and Sunday in the state.The three-bedroom, three-bathroom, double-car space apartment at 1/78 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads, is about 400sq m and had generated strong enquiry levels ahead of Saturday’s 11am auction, according to agent Scott Wagner. “When you buy beachfront Burleigh, you have to accept the heritage-listed Norfolk pines (on the waterfront). It does create a different aspect to being hard up on the beachside.”He said the property appealed to those who wanted volume and proximity to bars and cafes.The property was protected from the extremes of coastal exposure by the heritage trees.It has around 200 sqm of outdoor balcony space across its front and back. Residents also have access to a pool. “It has been unquestionably well above the average number of people in inspections we’d expect,” he said. “Burleigh Heads is a hot spot at the moment so you expect it to be attractive.”“The square metreage is about the same size as the average house block. We’ve had strong interstate enquiry from people who are already beachfront so they understand the value of having greater volume.” FULL TIMETABLE & LINKS TO HOMES FOR AUCTION T HIS WEEKEND FASTEST SELLING COAST SUBURBS REVEALED 71 BRISBANE HOMES UP FOR AUCTION The property is 400 sqm all up.center_img Inside the unit. The home brings outdoor inspiration inside. The sea beyond the pines. The unit boasts around 200 sqm of outdoor balcony space. Mr Wagner said the number of bidders expected on site tomorrow was “still an unknown quantity”.“With how competitive the Burleigh Heads market is a lot of people play it close to the chest. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”Around 156 properties will go under the hammer this weekend across the state, according to REA lists, with 150 on Saturday and 6 on Sunday. Seventy one of those auctions will occur in Brisbane. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK last_img read more

Ghana ‘to cook its way’ to become a food sport nation


first_imgWe’ve all heard the saying “Everything’s bigger in Texas” — and the World Food Championships is here to show you that it’s true. The Lone Star State is home to nearly 26.5 million people, or 8.4% of the total U.S. population. Most of this population is concentrated around cities including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin but don’t be astonished as Go Ghana is excited to make this BIG announcement for GHANA and begin our transition to one of the largest sporting event in the world.The World Food Championships (WFC), also known as the Olympics of Food Competitions, is the largest and highest stakes of varieties of food competitions in the world. This multi-day, live-event culinary competition showcases some of the world’s best cooking masters competing in cooking foods for laurels, fame and fortune in ten categories: Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Chili, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood and Steak. The WFC now is in its 8th year of production and its taking up the top notch event to an extremely exciting level and making it even BIGGER–Texas style. This event will draw in approximately 60,000+ buyers from all over the restaurant, foodservice, sporting and hospitality industries. This year’s Main Event will be held in Dallas, Texas at Reunion Tower Lawn, October 16 – 20. Go Ghana LLC is currently in the process of establishing a partnership with the World Food Championships to organize the International Qualifier for the country  Ghana in West Africa… the Food Championships of Ghana. As such, Go Ghana may establish events to serve as Qualifiers for the WFC. All competitors from the country of Ghana must come through the qualifying system that Go Ghana LLC establishes in cooperation with the World Food Championships. Bringing the Ghanaian Chefs and Home Cooks to WFC for their first ever live appearance will be a very rich historic experience. There will be an African Hospitality Pavilion at this year’s WFC. Located in the heart of the action, the African Pavilion will be THE ultimate foodie experience during the championships and special networking opportunities with influential figures in the world of food, sports, tourism business, and development. Not only is this an opportunity for potential sponsors to promote their products but entities, organizations and councils can effectively leverage our International Qualifiers and our Main Event to promote tourism and the Ghanaian  culture. The WFC platform has given birth to “Food Sport” by providing a level playing field, a fair judging system and panel, innovative and a world class culinary programming, ambassador opportunities, TV visibility and a process that allows talented culinary teams to gain the respect they deserve and above all raise the standards in the cooking field to meet the appreciable international level. Over the course of the event’s history, WFC has awarded more than $2 million in cash and prizes, garnered more than 6.9 billion media impressions and connected 300+ food brands with food fans, food bloggers and food contestants. Last year’s event boasted over 500 competitors (more than 1,450 contestants) from 12 countries around the world and 47 States of America. Those competitors vied for the total prize purse of $250,000. After the main event last November in Orange Beach, Alabama, ten Category Champions faced off for a grand prize of $100,000 at the Final Table in February of 2019. The ultimate food fight is a five days of nonstop, high-paced, tournament-style cooking. This competition is as fierce as any football game. The scoring system levels the judging field so that dishes from different categories can be evaluated against one another, unique in the competitive Food Sport arena. Go Ghana’s partnership (Taste of Ghana) with the World Food Championships will help preserve Ghana’s culinary heritage by actively developing the kind of tourism that will leverage these tastes and experiences. Go Ghana’s partnership will funnel the country’s best chefs and cooks into WFC.—last_img read more