Body of US student reported missing in Rome found in Tiber River

ROME – The body of a teenage Wisconsin student who went missing shortly after he arrived for an exchange program was found in the Tiber River on Monday.

John Cabot University confirmed that the body was that of 19-year-old Beau Solomon, who was last seen by his friends in the early hours of Friday morning.

“We express our most heartfelt condolences to the Solomon family and to all those who loved Beau,” said a statement from the Rome-based English-language university.

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Solomon had just completed his first year as a personal finance major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

READ MORE: University of Wisconsin-Madison student goes missing in Italy

An earlier statement from the university said it was “alerted by his roommate, who reported that he had lost contact with Beau around 1 a.m. … and was worried when he did not see Beau at orientation” Friday morning.

Solomon’s family said his credit cards had been used after he disappeared.

WATCH: Body of American college student visiting Rome has been found

Solomon’s family and John Cabot University were in contact with Italian authorities, the U.S. Embassy and his U.S. college’s President Franco Pavoncello told The Associated Press.

Without citing sources or names, the Italian news agency ANSA said two people claimed to have seen a man throw a person into the Tiber the night Solomon disappeared.

An older brother, Jake Solomon, described his brother as an athlete who successfully battled cancer for years as a child. He said his parents, Nick and Jodi Solomon, had travelled to Rome.

READ MORE: Mother has tearful reunion with son 20 years after he was abducted

While the cause of Solomon’s death is unclear, there have been several recent cases of American students in Rome running into trouble, especially during a night out drinking. Many American students are surprised to find that alcohol can be easily acquired in Italian supermarkets, bars or restaurants.

In 2012, a U.S. student was allegedly stabbed by his roommate, a fellow student at John Cabot University, after what police said was a night of alcohol and possible drug use. The stabbed student survived.

Also in recent years, a young American man recently arrived in Rome for studies and died after falling off a low wall where people sit at nighttime, landing on the cement banks of the Tiber River. Another young American male student, who had been reported missing after leaving a bar, was found dead near train tracks in a Rome tunnel, apparently hit by a train in the early morning hours.


Joey Chestnut regains championship after downing 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes

NEW YORK – Joey “Jaws” Chestnut regained the Mustard Yellow International Belt Monday, ousting Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie of the championship title at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island on Monday.

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Chestnut, 32, downed 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes – the most hot dogs and buns ever eaten at the competition – polishing off 17 more dogs than Stonie. Chestnut’s eight straight victories ended last year when he lost the championship title in an upset to Stonie. Both men are from San Jose, California.

In 2013, Chestnut set a world record by eating 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Contest officials said Chestnut set a new record last month when he ate 73 1/2 hot dogs and buns during a qualifying event.

As he gripped the mustard-colored belt after his win Monday afternoon, Chestunt said Stonie had “woke up the sleeping giant” when he beat him out last year.

“Last year was rough,” Chestnut told the crowd. “This year was the best ever.”

Matt Stonie, left, and Joey Chestnut compete in Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest men’s competition, Monday, July 4, 2016, in New York.

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Stonie said there were “no excuses” for his loss. He said Chestnut did an amazing job.

With thousands of people – many wearing Nathan’s Famous hats – watching the eaters on an elevated stage along the famed Coney Island boardwalk, the next closest competitor ate 41 hot dogs.

The men’s contest came more than an hour after the women competed, with defending champion Miki Sudo capturing first place.

WATCH: Defending champion Miki Sudo ate 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the coveted title.

The Las Vegas woman scarfed down 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to claim the championship title for the third straight year. Both she and Chestnut leave with $10,000 each.

Sudo, 30, downed 4 1/2 more wieners than prior champion Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas, 48, of Alexandria, Virginia, who devoured 34 hot dogs. Thomas had held the championship title from 2011 until she lost in an upset to Sudo in 2014.

The colorful holiday tradition draws its share of characters. Many in the crowd Monday wore foam hats shaped like hot dogs. One man held a sign that read: “Make America Eat Again,” a play on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”


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Winnipeg Transit’s reloadable Peggo cards ready for seniors to purchase

WINNIPEG —; Reloadable smart cards for Winnipeg Transit users are now on sale, a decade after former mayor Sam Katz first promised the new microchip-enabled payment system.

As of Monday, the Peggo card will be available for seniors. All other passengers will have to wait until Aug. 8 to get their hands on the plastic.

The $17 million system was originally supposed to be in place in June 2013, but technology issues kept pushing the date back.

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Seniors can purchase the smart cards at locations across the city, including all 7-Eleven and Shoppers Drug Mart locations, the city said in a media release Monday.

Cards can also be purchased at WinnipegTranist长沙桑拿 or by calling 311.

During the launch period, riders can continue using paper passes and tickets and are encouraged to use these items, as they will no longer be sold in the new year. Cash fares will still be accepted.

Peggo: everything you need to know

To use the smart card, tap it against the card reader on the farebox and wait for it to beep. There are two types of fares that can be loaded onto Peggo cards: e-passes and e-cash.E-passes will replace paper passes and are valid for an unlimited number of trips during a set number of consecutive days. Transit will offer passes that range from 24 hours, all the way up to an annual pass.E-cash will replace paper tickets, and is deducted from the card when it is tapped on the farebox. When paying with e-cash, a 75 minute transfer is automatically loaded onto the card, eliminating the need for paper transfers.Peggo cards can be purchased for $5. However, for a limited time when riders purchase their card and use it within 90 days of purchase, the $5 will be refunded to the card as e-cash.


What to do when severe summer weather hits

In the summer, severe weather can hit at any time and when it does do you know what to do to keep yourself and your family safe?

In the past four days alone, there have been four confirmed tornadoes or probable tornadoes in Alberta. No injuries were reported, but if you were put in a situation where severe weather was approaching, would you know what to do?

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    From hail and flooding, to thunderstorms and tornadoes, here’s a look at what you should do in each situation to stay safe.

    Thunder and lightning

    Every year in Canada, lightning kills approximately 10 Canadians and injures 100 to 150 others. The most important thing to remember, according to Environment Canada, is there is no safe place outdoors during a thunderstorm.

    “Lightning is the most deadly single weather event in Canada, leading to more fatalities and injuries than any other weather event other than the cold,” Global Edmonton chief meteorologist Jesse Beyer said.

    “With over two million lightning strikes recorded annually – nearly one strike every three seconds in the summer – this should be top of mind while taking part in outdoor activities.”

    READ MORE: Lightning: Know how to stay safe

    If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Whether you’re in the garden or on the golf course, it’s important to take shelter immediately.

    If you cannot find an enclosed building, get into a metal-roofed vehicle and stay inside for 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunderIf you are in a car, do not park under tall objects that could toppleIf you are stuck outside, do not stand near tall objects, under trees or anything made of metal. Take shelter in a low lying areaIf you are on the water get to shore as quickly as possible

    READ MORE: 5 severe weather myths debunked

    Tornado

    Peak tornado season is June through August. Two of the top four deadliest tornadoes in Canadian history have occurred in Alberta. In Edmonton in 1987, 27 people were killed on what’s now known as Black Friday. In Pine Lake in 2000, 12 people were killed when a tornado ripped through Green Acres Campground.

    Watch below: Pine Lake marks 15 years since devastating tornado – July 2015

    When it comes to tornadoes, it’s important to keep an eye on the sky and monitor Environment Canada weather watches and warnings. When a tornado threatens, take shelter immediately.

    Head to the lowest level of a sturdy building and stick to the middle of the structureStay away from exterior walls and windowsClose all doors and windowsIf you are in a multi-storey building get towards the centre of the building and to the lower floors if possibleIf you are in a mobile home, head to the nearest sturdy shelterIf you are outside without shelter, lie flat in a ditch, ravine or low-lying area and shield you head and neck with your arms

    Watch below: Global’s coverage of the tornado activity near Ponoka Thursday, June 30, 2016

    Ponoka residents clean up after storm packs serious punch

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    Ponoka residents clean up after storm packs serious punch

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Frightening funnel cloud forms in central Alberta

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Funnel cloud spotted in central Alberta

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Global’s Brienne Glass from Ponoka

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Videos and photos of funnel cloud in Ponoka

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Central Alberta residents clean up after vicious storm rips through



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Wind

Strong winds can damage property and turn loose items into dangerous projectiles. Environment Canada recommends staying inside until it is safe but urges people to stay away from outside walls and windows.

READ MORE: 4 things Canada needs to do to prepare for extreme weather events

Heavy rain and flooding

On average, the Prairies sees about 20 short-lived severe thunderstorm rain events per year. It’s important for people to know the potential risks for flooding in their area.

Avoid roadway underpasses, drainage ditches, low lying areas and water collection areas as they can unexpectedly flood or overflowDo not try to drive across a flooded road because you may not know the condition of the road underneathStay away from power lines or electrical wires

READ MORE: Thunderstorms 101: Derechoes, supercells, multi-cells…what it all means

Hail

While it may be tempting to go to the window and snap a picture when hail begins to fall, hail can be dangerous and cause extensive damage.

Seek shelter in a solid building and stay away from windows, glass doors or skylights as the glass can shatterIf you are in a vehicle, pull over and protect yourself from possible shattered glassIf you are outside with no shelter, crouch down, face away from the wind and protect your head and neck with your armsIf lightning is also present, stay away from tall objects such as trees, towers, metal fences or posts

READ MORE: Tips for staying safe during severe weather

For more information on severe weather, head to Environment Canada’s website.

Want your weather on the go? Download Global News’ Skytracker weather app for iPhone, iPad and Android.

Watch below: Alberta has been hit by some wild weather over the past few days. Severe storms have been popping up in virtually every corner of the province and have ranged from heavy rain to tornado warnings. With every warning comes a rush of adrenaline for storm chasers. But as Sarah Kraus reports, doing so is incredibly dangerous.

Watch below: A massive storm cell blew through the Killam/ Hardisty region Sunday afternoon. A tornado warning was issued for the region at 4:24 p.m. The warning was dropped at 4:46 p.m. Here’s a look at a funnel cloud spotted in the Killam area Sunday. 

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