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California wildfires leave at least 66 dead with more than 600 still missing: ‘It’s going to get worse’

first_imgMarcus Yam /Los Angeles Times via Getty Images(PARADISE, Calif.) — Search crews have found seven more bodies in the burned-out rubble of Paradise, California, as officials there fear more deaths in the destructive wildfires raging at both ends of the state that has already claimed 66 lives.The deadliest and most destructive of the two massive blazes is the Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County, which has killed at least 63 people.The seven bodies, which were discovered Thursday, were all as a result of the fire, officials said.There were 631 people still missing in the Butte County fire zones on Thursday night, though authorities were working to track them down. Officials asked residents to go to the Butte County Sheriff’s Department’s website to check the missing persons list to make sure they are not on it.Thom Porter, chief of strategic planning for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the death toll from the Camp Fire is expected to climb higher as search crews comb through more than 12,000 structures destroyed by the flames.“It is by far the most deadly single fire in California history and it’s going to get worse, unfortunately,” Porter said of the Camp Fire.California Gov. Jerry Brown toured the devastation caused by the Camp Fire on Wednesday with Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The government leaders visited the firefighters still battling the inferno, which has burned an area of 142,000 acres and obliterated the city of Paradise, ravaging nearly every home in the bucolic community of 30,000 people.“This is one of the worst disasters I’ve ever seen in my career, hands down,” Long said at a news conference Wednesday in Northern California.Brown said the destruction “looks like a war zone.” He said he spoke earlier Wednesday to President Donald Trump, “who pledged the full resources of the federal government” to help in the recovery effort.Trump said he plans to visit the area on Saturday to meet with survivors and firefighters.A public health emergencyU.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday declared a public health emergency in California, where the wildfires have forced the evacuation of at least two hospitals and eight other health facilities.“We are working closely with state health authorities and monitoring the needs of healthcare facilities to provide whatever they may need to save lives and protect health,” Azar said in a statement. “This declaration will help ensure that Americans who are threatened by these dangerous wildfires and who rely on Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program have continuous access to the care they need.”A smoke advisory was issued for portions of Los Angeles County amid concerns that smoke from the fires could present a “significant health threat” for people with asthma and other lung conditions, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.The best time to venture outside will be in the early afternoon, National Weather Service meteorologist Aviva Braun told reporters Wednesday night, blaming the light winds for the continued poor air quality.On Saturday, stronger northeast winds mixing in the valley will help improve the air quality, according to Braun.Lisa Almaguer, public information officer for Butte County Public Health, recommended residents stay indoors as much as possible and to wear properly fitting masks when going outside.In addition, an outbreak of norovirus has occurred at one of the shelters, Almaguer said, describing its presence as “not uncommon,” especially at this time of year and “with hundreds of people living in close quarters.”People who are ill at the shelter have been taken to a separate location, are using separate restroom facilities and are being cared for by public health experts, according to Almaguer.Battle rages onThousands of exhausted firefighters battling the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire in Southern California appeared to be getting a handle on the two massive blazes this week.Chief Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said weather conditions at both fires have improved and the strong winds firefighters were seeing over the past three days have started to dissipate.But Pimlott said “critical fire conditions” still existed with an abundance of dry vegetation in both fire zones that could flare-up with the slightest spark.“We’re not keeping our eye off this ball at all,” Pimlott said Wednesday, adding that 9,000 firefighters were working on the front lines of both blazes.Firefighters, with the help of out-of-state fire crews, were showing progress in their twin battles to subdue the widely destructive blazes that have blackened a combined acreage larger than the size of New York City.The Camp Fire showed “continued activity” on its northeast side, along the Feather River drainage basin, as it pushed toward the community of Big Bar, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced Tuesday night.The lower part of the area continued to be a challenge because of the “extremely steep, extremely rocky” terrain, fire officials said.Dry conditions will continue this week but precipitation is expected next week, Braun said.Camp FireThe Camp Fire ignited Nov. 8 in Northern California’s Butte County and has since burned an area of 142,000 acres. The flames were 45 percent contained on Friday morning.The death toll from the monstrous blaze now stands at 63, making it the deadliest single wildfire in California’s recorded history. Officials have tentative confirmation of the identities of 53 of those found dead but are awaiting DNA confirmation, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters Thursday night.The sheriff warned that the remains of some of the missing may never be recovered due to the severity of the fire.Two prison inmate firefighters were among three injured battling the Camp Fire, fire officials told ABC News.Many of the deaths from the Camp Fire have taken place in Paradise, which has been virtually destroyed by the flames.“The entire community of Paradise is a toxic wasteland right now,” Paradise City Council Member Melissa Schuster, who lost her home in the calamity, told ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast. “In addition to that, and this is the hardest part for me to even talk about, is the number of fatalities is [among] things that we don’t know at this moment and that’s something that has to be determined before people can move back in.”Schuster said teams from the Butte County coroner’s office are combing through thousands of destroyed homes and burned cars in Paradise.“We will rebuild our homes, we will rebuild our town stronger, better, safer and more beautiful than ever,” she told ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast.Woolsey FireThe Woolsey Fire, which also started on Nov. 8, rapidly spread from Southern California’s Ventura County to Los Angeles County, jumping the 101 Freeway before sweeping through the celebrity enclaves of Malibu and Calabasas.Authorities had warned the flames could potentially spread all the way to the Pacific Ocean.It has burned 98,362 acres and was 69 percent contained on Friday morning, as firefighters successfully stretched containment lines. But the blaze has already damaged or destroyed nearly 800 structures, including many homes and a legendary Hollywood film set.The fire burned down a portion of Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills known as “Western Town,” where hundreds of movies and television shows, including HBO’s “Westworld,” have been filmed, dating back to the 1920s.The blaze has been blamed for the deaths of at least three people, and three firefighters sustained injuries while battling the flames, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.On Tuesday, fire crews quickly smothered a flare-up in the Lake Sherwood and Hidden Valley areas of Ventura County that was threatening to take off in the gusty weather.“We are not out of the woods yet. We still have tough conditions,” Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen told reporters at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said the Woolsey Fire, which has spread to an area larger than the size of Denver, was the biggest his department has battled in 100 years.Despite Tuesday’s flare-up, Osby said, “We are getting the upper hand” on the blaze.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dunkin’ Donuts worker arrested after cop finds ‘large, thick piece of mucus’ in coffee

first_imgIllinois State PoliceBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News (CHICAGO) — A Dunkin’ Donuts employee has been arrested after a police officer found a “large, thick piece of mucus which was later confirmed to be saliva” in his coffee.The incident occurred at approximately 10:20 p.m. on July 30 when an Illinois State Police (ISP) District Chicago Trooper bought a large black coffee from a Dunkin’ Donuts establishment located on Archer Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.“Due to the coffee being extremely hot, the Trooper removed the lid from the top of the cup to cool it down,” the Illinois State Police said in a statement.It was then that the officer noticed the mucus and saliva floating inside his coffee cup.The ISP immediately began an investigation into the incident which culminated just a couple of hours later with the arrest of 25-year-old Dunkin’ Donuts employee Vincent J. Sessler.Sessler was taken into custody without incident by the ISP District Chicago Troopers and has been charged with Disorderly Conduct and Battery to a Peace Officer.ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly issued a stern statement about the incident.“This is outrageous and disgusting,” said Kelly. “The men and women of the Illinois State Police put their heart and soul into protecting the lives and rights of all people in this state every day. They deserve better than this insulting and dangerous treatment.”Kelly also said that ISP officers and employees will now be prohibited from patronizing that Dunkin’ Donuts location for their own safety.Sessler currently remains in custody at the Chicago Police Department’s 8th District while the investigation continues. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

USU Athletics Names New Strength and Conditioning Coach

first_img Written by June 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Athletics Names New Strength and Conditioning Coach Tags: Augustana College/John Hartwell/Logan Ogden/Nebraska-Omaha/Northwestern College/South Dakota State/strength and conditioning/Utah State Athletics Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Friday, Utah State director of athletics/vice president John Hartwell announced the hiring of Logan Ogden as the director of Olympic sport strength and conditioning for Aggie athletics, replacing the outgoing David Land.Ogden stated he is “excited” to join the athletic department and he comes to Logan after spending the past three years at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. While there, he assisted the Mavericks’ athletic teams as the assistant strength and conditioning coach before being elevated as the director of strength and conditioning.While at UNO, his primary responsibilities were training the Mavericks’ men and women’s basketball, as well as track and field and cross country programs.Before working at UNO, he spent two years as an assistant strength and conditioning coordinator at Augustana College of Sioux Falls, S.D., assisting with football for the Vikings while taking primary responsibilities for the softball, volleyball, soccer and track and field teams at the Division II power.Before commencing his career, he was a graduate assistant at South Dakota State from 2011-2013. During this time, he assisted the Jackrabbits’ men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball and football programs and took primary responsibility for the track and field, cross country, equestrian and cheer-leading squads.Ogden was a two-sport athlete at NAIA-Northwestern College of Orange City, Iowa, competing in both track and field and football for the Red Raiders before commencing his post-playing career.last_img read more

Utah State closes on 8-0 run, beats Boise State 70-61

first_img Tags: Mountain West/Utah State Aggies Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNeemias Queta scored 21 points and Utah State closed on a 8-0 run to beat Boise State 70-61.Sam Merrill added 17 points for Utah State. Justin Bean had seven points and 16 rebounds. Diogo Brito scored four of his 11 points to help the Aggies pull away.Justinian Jessup scored 20 points and Alex Hobbs had 15 for Boise State.Utah State led the entire way after the opening minutes. Boise State pulled to 62-61 with a minute left. Associated Press Written by February 8, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah State closes on 8-0 run, beats Boise State 70-61last_img read more

Big Oil’s near-term clean energy spending plans fail to impress

first_img Clean energy investments are set to be dwarfed by those planned for new oil and gas projects Despite a series of recent pledges by major oil companies to pursue net-zero agendas, analysis shows near-term spending on renewables will “pale in comparison” to capex plans for greenfield fossil fuel projects.During the next five years, Big Oil is expected to pump $166bn into new oil and gas ventures, while the currently-specified outlay for solar and wind energy projects will total just $18bn.Notably, more than half of this figure will be accounted for by just a single company – Norway’s Equinor, which plans to invest $10bn into clean energy by 2025, largely through its offshore wind portfolio. Analysis shows renewables spending among major oil companies will total just $18bn in the next five years, with one firm accounting for more than half that amount Royal Dutch Shell will accelerate renewables investment later in the decadeWhile the analysis from research group Rystad Energy does not take into account Total’s recent acquisition of a majority stake in the UK’s Seagreen 1 offshore wind project – into which it could pay up to £130 ($165m) – it nevertheless reveals an eye-catching lack of activity in renewables investment by an industry that is increasingly trumpeting green ambitions.In fact, if Equinor is removed from the equation, Big Oil’s renewable investments are actually seen to decline over the next three years – a forecast that does not even factor in the industry-wide spending cutbacks that have been triggered by coronavirus.“Recent suggestions of ‘resilient green strategies’ or ‘business as usual’ simply do not carry much weight, with the exception of Equinor,” said Rystad renewables project manager Gero Farruggio. “Not until later in the decade do we see an increase in renewable spending from other companies.”Looking beyond 2025, Royal Dutch Shell, which has announced plans to accelerate its transition to net zero, is expected to begin significantly ramping up investment in clean energy.center_img Coronavirus has curtailed oil companies’ spending plans, but renewables don’t need to be the victimThe oil and gas industry has been hit hard by the effects of the pandemic on energy demand and commodity prices, forcing firms into a major re-think of their capital spending plans as they seek to protect their balance sheets where possible.The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently predicted an industry-wide investment reduction of almost a third this year compared to 2019, with Big Oil having already announced a series of capex cutbacks averaging 25% of pre-crisis planning.However Rystad suggests these cuts could be achieved while “easily avoiding” spending revisions to renewable energy projects, conversely identifying an opportunity for oil majors to use the crisis as a catalyst to hasten the shift to clean energy.Farruggio added: “The pandemic is creating a number of distressed sellers and reducing acquisition costs for assets and companies, thereby creating opportunities for Big Oil to accelerate its energy transition through acquisitions.“And with exploration and production (E&P) companies announcing deep spending cuts, we may yet see a ramp up in renewable investments as recent headlines suggest, facilitated by new mergers and acquisitions.”A study last month published by the Transition Pathway Initiative investor group called into question the progress of Big Oil’s climate actions, saying that despite the recent commitments of many European majors to meeting net zero, none of them are currently aligned with the emissions goals set out in the Paris Agreement.last_img read more

Estate agents ‘failing to cater for disabled’

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Estate agents ‘failing to cater for disabled’ previous nextProducts & ServicesEstate agents ‘failing to cater for disabled’Estate agents are losing valuable business to the private sales market because they fail to cater for disabled home-hunters, it is claimed.PROPERTYdrum17th June 20150643 Views Many disabled people are being prevented from moving home and living independently because estate agents fail to understand their situation or provide important information about accessible property, it has been claimed.Property website, which was previously known as the Little House Company, but rebranded after switching from a private property-only sales portal to one that now also incorporates estate agency listings, has accused agents of being unmindful of the practical issues around disabled living, leaving many people, such as those who are wheelchair-users, ‘struggling to find suitable property.’Nick Marr (left) of The House Shop believes that estate agents are losing business to the private sales market because they typically lack the specialist or niche marketing capability to properly advertise accessible homes.He said, “Disabled homeowners are increasingly turning to direct sales or peer-to-peer selling to market their homes after failing to find suitable buyers through estate agents. Over the years we have had a number of disabled homeowners approach us after being advised by their agent to rip out or downplay accessible improvements so that their property appeals to the broadest possible market. For homeowners who have spent, in some cases, tens of thousands of pounds improving and adapting their homes, this is the last thing they want to hear.”Conrad Hodgkinson, of, has been running a dedicated accessible property listing service for almost a decade and has shared The House Shop’s concerns over this sector of the market.He commented, “Around 10 per cent of the population describe themselves as disabled and an ageing and less mobile population will only add to the pressure for greater supply, identification, and marketing of accessible and adapted property. Unfortunately, many estate agents are failing to recognise this.”Determined to help agents connect disabled people with accessible properties, is now on a mission to provide greater means and resources to enable agents to properly advertise disabled-access properties by releasing their ‘Accessible Property Search’ which allows disabled home-hunters to filter results by accessibility.Marr added, “We have been promoting accessible homes for many years and our site attracts an audience that seek these types of homes. Agents will benefit from using services such as ours, and other niche property sites like that at, to target an audience in desperate need of suitable accommodation.”Nick Marr accessible properties The House Shop disabled disabled home-hunters disabled homeowners disabled people June 17, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Raytheon to complete first phase of anti-ship Tomahawk work

first_img View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Raytheon gets $349m to complete first phase of anti-ship Tomahawk development Share this article navaltoday August 29, 2019, by The US Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Raytheon a $349 million contract to complete the first phase of work on the Maritime Strike Tomahawk program.The project is being undertaken to allow the US Navy to field an anti-ship variant of the Block IV Tactical Tomahawk.The project started in 2016 with the navy announcing it would equip over 200 Tomahawks with the ability to engage surface targets at ranges of 1000 nautical miles.According to a Pentagon contract announcement, Raytheon is expected to complete phase 1 design and integration efforts as well as test and evaluation by February 2023.Part of the work will include integrating a new multi-mode seeker into the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile, enabling the weapon to engage moving maritime targets. Recertification on the first Tomahawk Block IVs is set to begin in 2019.The Navy is conducting the new seeker development as a Rapid Deployment Capability program to meet urgent fleet requirements. The upgraded missile is expected to achieve an initial operational capability in 2021 after live-fire tests before being introduced to the fleet.The introduction of MST to the fleet would equip US Navy submarines with an anti-surface capability for the first time since the Harpoon anti-ship missile was retired in the 1990s.The office of Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) assessed in 2016 that the Maritime Strike Tomahawk would need to perform 36 test flights for an adequate assessment of the capability. Authorities View post tag: Maritime Strike Tomahawk View post tag: Raytheon View post tag: Tomahawk Raytheon gets $349m to complete first phase of anti-ship Tomahawk developmentlast_img read more

Halloween Parade Proves “Spook-tacular”

first_imgBy Lesley GrahamIt was a boo-tiful night for the 71st annual Ocean City Halloween Parade filled with floats, ghosts and goblins, oh my!The parade route, from Sixth to 11th streets on Asbury Avenue, delighted spectators young and old with all the spooky fanfare of Halloween. Participants in the parade handed out candy to little ones who watched in wonder as all the sights and sounds of Halloween filled the streets.The Marine Corps Color Guard started off the parade and was followed by local celebrities, including Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan, Little Miss Ocean City Stevie Wright and a crowd favorite, Mr. Mature America Bill Quain. Ocean City’s very own mascot, Martin Z. Mollusk, waved his claw at the crowd while perched in his very own Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguard boat.The Marine Corps Color Guard leads the procession down Asbury Avenue.Dance groups of all ages performed Halloween-themed routines to the likes of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash.”Some of the floats and city trucks were decked out in full Halloween garb, complete with flashing lights, scary music and fog to set the mood of a spook-tacular night.Gillian’s Wonderland Pier float celebrated the iconic Boardwalk amusement’s 90th year with a skull-themed barrel ride.All the entries kept the thousands of visitors to the parade enthralled as it rolled down Asbury Avenue.Sebastian Judge, of Ocean City, Avalon, Rush and Crew Rendfrey, of Linwood, and Rocky Simpson of Ocean City, enjoy the parade.“My favorite part was the fire trucks,” said Crew Rendfrey, 4, of Linwood.His little sister, Avalon, enjoyed the princess float the most. “Belle blew me a kiss,” exclaimed Avalon.Their mom, Jackie Rendfrey, was excited to take in the city’s parade for the first time.“We recently moved to Linwood and the kids love Halloween, so we figured this would be a great chance for them to take in all the sights and sounds,” she said. “It was a charming parade. All three of my kids loved it — especially the candy.”The Original Hobo Band of Pitman, N.J., serenades the spectators with lively music.The Ocean City Halloween Parade is hosted by the Exchange Club. It is one of the longest-running parades in the tri-state area.Parade staples such as decorated fire trucks, antique cars, local sports teams and the Original Hobo Band of Pitman, N.J., were on full display for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. The Exchange Club judges parade participants in a variety of categories and announces the winners later in the evening.Despite the chilly temperatures, Asbury Avenue was crowded with families enjoying the evening.Stephanie and Brad Judge, of Ocean City, along with their sons, Sebastian and Archer, enjoyed the family atmosphere the event provided.“It was magical,” said Stephanie Judge. “What a great parade to highlight local businesses and provide the town with a fun, family event.”Colorfully decorated floats always prove to be a parade highlight. Boy Scout Troop 32 will be collecting food for the Community Food Cupboard during the Halloween Parade.last_img read more

In Brief

first_imgCSM plans to close down its production facility in Illinois by the second quarter of 2007 as part of an optimisation process of the supply chain at CSM Bakery Supplies North America. The production facility employs 146 staff, making frozen dough, fillings and icings under the Karp’s brand.THE European Commission has approved Cargill’s E540 million acquisition of Degussa’s food ingredients business, which makes colourings and sweeteners. It was investigating competition issues as both firms are leading suppliers of emulisfier lecithin.last_img read more

Press release: Kathryn Cearns OBE appointed as Non-Executive Director

first_img I warmly welcome Kathryn to the Board of Highways England. Her strong financial skills and experience will be extremely valuable as we work to achieve the best possible value for taxpayers’ money from the government’s £15bn investment in England’s strategic road network. Highways England is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving more than 4,300 miles of motorways and main trunk roads throughout England and is delivering the government’s £15billion Road Investment Strategy.A chartered accountant, Kathryn will join the Board from today (Tuesday 17 April) for three years.Highways England chairman Colin Matthews said: Kathryn has extensive senior level experience in both the public and private sectors. Her career has included roles as independent chairman of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board to HM Treasury and as a project director at the UK Accounting Standards Board (now the Financial Reporting Council), as well as working for many years for an international law firm providing finance, audit and corporate governance advice and expertise to leading FTSE companies.Kathryn holds other non-executive, trustee and advisory appointments, most notably as a member of the External Audit Committee for the International Monetary Fund, a non-executive director for the UK Supreme Court, a non-executive board member and member of the Audit Committee for Companies House and as a trustee for Royal British Legion Industries.Kathryn will be paid £25,000 for a minimum of 27 days’ work per annum, with an additional £3,000 for chairing a board committee. The remuneration for non-executive and senior executive posts is published in Highways England’s annual report each year.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more