Across the Atlantic, thousands of travelers including Americans are in a race against the clock to get home for the holidays only to be told to get ready to camp out a long wait. NICK WATT reports from London tonight.
The busiest international airport on earth, the busiest travel week of the year. Thousands of passengers are now trapped in what they are calling HOTEL HEATHROW. They won’t make it home for the holidays.
My son and I come home, it’s like a present to my parents. and I was even going to surprise them a little bit.
With London’s worst snow in twenty five years and the coldest in December in hundred years, Heathrow is just not equipped to deal with it.
“I’m truly sorry for every spoiled Christmas holiday, every disrupted travel plan.
In Germany today, a thousand flights were cancelled. In Paris a third of all flights grounded.
“Our flight coming in was Air France ? ” The guy on the left is a French transport minister. “Our flight was cancelled, we weren’t told the the flight was cancelled.” In Brussels, they just ran out of de-icer “They are closing the airport now, right?” Right. Closed until Wednesday, at the earliest.
Many roads across Europe are also a mess, and the railways, well that is a five hour line snaking around London’s international Train Station. Some passengers are angry, but most are sanguine “I’ve just stayed in the cold for three hours. I’ve got no blood left actuallly getting excited. So we just sit there and wait.” “If I have to take a boat, I will.” “Good. Determination. Good luck. I hope you make it.” Sadly the news isn’t great tonight. The temperature is gonna plummet again and a lot more snow is forecast.
No longer the stuff of child’s play, the Nintendo™ Wiihas become an exciting tool used by physical and occupational therapists in rehabilitation settings. This new treatment approach is often called “Wii-hab.”
At CareOne centers, both our therapists and patients say that one of the best things about Wii-hab is that it’s fun, which means people are more motivated and engaged during their rehab.This motivation is important from a therapy perspective, but there’s another benefit. The Wii enables patients to integrate skills while allowing therapists to see how the person is progressing in a more natural environment.For example, a traditional exercise routine might build muscle strength through a specific strengthening routine. An activity using the Wii not only uses that new strength but also integrates it with balance—it provides a way to practice using strength, balance and weight shifting all within a virtual environment.For some of our older patients, learning to use the Wii as part of therapy has given them a new link to their children or grandchildren. Once patients return home, they’re motivated to practice newly learned skills with the Wii because it’s something they can do with the entire family.
Improving function is an important goal for our therapists, and the Wii aids in achieving this goal by helping our patients get moving again.
There are an awful lot of dead leaves seen this winter, probably because we have less snowfall than usual.
Many of them , blown from here and there, gather around my house. I wonder if this is done by wind-related factos.
The recent heavy storm was so terrible that it left me drifts of such leaves, styrene foam particles, and empty PET bottles – in front of my garage far from the road, as well as my fence and my entrance.
I had to put those leaves in a several bags and place them out for collection service.
Of course it costs me money. But there’s no point in blaming the wind.