AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. “We’re due for a change and the weather forecast is going to become warmer and drier,” said Chris Caswell with the Orange County Fire Authority. “We’re still cautiously optimistic.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Saturday visited a command post near Orange County’s Santiago Canyon fire to announce assistance for people with losses, warn of contracting scams, and pledge to find whoever set the nearby blaze that continued to threaten homes after destroying 14. Addressing controversy over state rules that caused delay in getting military aircraft into use against the fires, Schwarzenegger said it sometimes takes disaster “to really wake everyone up.” “There are things that we could improve on and I think this is what we are going to do because a disaster like this … in the end is a good vehicle, a motivator for everyone to come together,” he said. The number of deaths directly attributed to the fires officially rose to seven with the addition of four suspected illegal immigrants whose charred bodies were found east of San Diego on Thursday. LAKE ARROWHEAD – Cooler weather helped firefighters make strong gains on many of the wildfires burning across Southern California on Saturday, but officials remained guarded about what the rest of the weekend might bring. Tropical moisture flowing from the south replaced the hot, dry, skin-cracking Santa Ana winds that roared in a week earlier and spread fires over more than a half-million acres, destroying more than 2,300 structures, including 1,790 homes. By late Saturday more than a dozen blazes were surrounded and containment of nine other blazes ranged from 40 to 97 percent. Fire officials in San Bernadino County said they expected the Grass Valley Fire to be fully contained on Sunday. Sunday’s weather forecast, however, predicted another shift. The four deaths were confirmed as caused by the Harris Fire near the U.S.-Mexico border, said Jose Alvarez, a public information officer for San Diego County emergency services. Identification of the victims was continuing. The Mexican government said that 11 Mexicans were being treated at a San Diego hospital for burns suffered in Southern California’s wildfires after crossing the border illegally, and four were in critical condition. Active fires burned in the Lake Arrowhead resort region of the towering San Bernardino Mountains 100 miles east of Los Angeles, and in rugged wilderness above isolated canyon communities of Orange County, southeast of Los Angeles. A big blaze 60 miles northeast of San Diego stopped its advance toward the mountain town of Julian. The nearby Slide Fire was about a mile from thousands of homes in Arrowbear, Green Valley Lake and Running Springs. Rain began falling in the mountain range during the late afternoon. In Southern California fire areas, about 4,400 people remained in 28 shelter sites, but others waited out the fires in makeshift encampments. In Highland, at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, about 20 people were in their sixth day of living in a Wal-Mart parking lot, getting daily visits from sheriff’s officials who reported their 17 homes were still intact. “What are the chances of that? The hundreds of people staying at the shelters, I still don’t think they have the comfort of knowing that kind of information,” said Robert Newbourgh, 44. Hundreds of evacuees flooded back into Crestline, Valley of Enchantment and Lake Gregory, small mountain communities tucked in canyons and alongside lakes in the San Bernardino mountains. Light rain also fell on the Rancho Bernardo section of San Diego, where more than 360 homes were lost. National Guard troops patrolled and postal trucks delivered mail to homes that were still standing. “Everybody is really happy for me and I’m sad for them,” said Helena Hyman, a retired school administrator whose cul-de-sac home survived with five ruined homes on each side. She credited her good fortune to replacing wood shingles with a fiberglass roof and chopping down a eucalyptus tree within the last five years. Another resident, Bruce Heinemann, 48, spoke with an insurance adjuster as friends sifted through his ruined home, looking for his wife’s wedding ring, photos and other mementos. Meanwhile, his daughter was at a newly rented home making lists of what they lost, and his wife was visiting department stores to get prices for the insurers. The Heinemanns had about 10 minutes to evacuate Monday morning, just enough time to escape with some clothes and three of their four cars. Heinemann, a self-employed loan officer, said it makes financial sense to rebuild, but they may never return to live on the street where the fire left hopscotch destruction – some of the Spanish-style, tile-roofed homes left standing, while others were turned to ash, leaving burned-out cars, chimneys and remnants of refrigerators and washing machines. “It sounds terrible, but I’m glad it’s gone. How would you like to sit in your house when one third of your neighbors are gone?” he said. Elsewhere in the community, mortgage broker Mike Bartholemew, 37, removed rotten food from his refrigerator as he waited for cleaners to vacuum soot from inside his home, which survived the flames. Bartholemew said returning home stirred memories of the frightening experience as flames advanced toward his home at 4 a.m. Monday. He said he opened his front door to “a bellowing furnace, smoke and embers” as a palm tree across the street burned and neighbors screamed. Bartholemew said his wife and two children fled in an SUV and he left in another car, but fell unconscious for unknown reasons and crashed into a utility box. He said a police officer rescued him. “I have never in my life been that scared. I kept repeating to myself, ‘Don’t panic, don’t panic, don’t panic.’ The fact that no one died in this neighborhood is a miracle,” he said. Bartholemew said it was eerie to be surrounded by ruined homes but he was anxious to come back home as soon as electricity was restored. “I don’t know where I would move in San Diego with these dry Santa Ana conditions we get,” he said. “I could move to Indiana, but they have tornados and floods. Everywhere you go in the country you get something. Here we have earthquakes and fires.” — California wildfire overall statistics: Acreage: 505,279. Homes destroyed: 1,790. Deaths: Seven directly due to fire; seven involving evacuees, including infirmity, age, accident. Injuries: 71 firefighters, 27 civilians. Evacuees: 4,403 people in 28 shelters. Active Wildfires: San Diego County: Witch Fire: About 197,990 acres from Witch Creek to Rancho Santa Fe. 75 percent contained. 911 homes, 30 commercial properties, 175 outbuildings, 239 autos destroyed. Two killed. Two civilians, 34 firefighters injured. Firefighting cost: $9 million. Harris Fire: 86,500 acres 70 miles southeast of San Diego. 65 percent contained. 188 homes, 222 outbuildings, 120 autos, one commercial building destroyed. Five killed. 21 civilians, 16 firefighters injured. 1,500 homes threatened. Firefighting cost: $7.8 million. Poomacha Fire: 45,000 acres on La Jolla Indian Reservation and northeastern county territory. 45 percent contained. 78 homes, 19 outbuildings destroyed. 2,000 homes threatened. 14 firefighters injured. Firefighting cost: $3.5 million. Rice Fire: 9,000 acres in Fallbrook. 90 percent contained. 206 homes, 40 outbuildings, 91 autos, two commercial properties destroyed. 200 homes threatened. Three firefighters injured. Firefighting cost: $3.1 million. Horno/Ammo Fire: 21,084 acres on Camp Pendleton Marine base. 95 percent contained. Ventura County: Ranch Fire: 58,401 acres in northern Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County near Piru. 97 percent contained. One home, nine outbuildings destroyed. One firefighter injured. Firefighting cost: $8.7 million. Orange County: Santiago Fire: 27,630 acres east of Irvine. 40 percent contained. 16 homes destroyed. Eight structures damaged. Five firefighters injured. Firefighting cost: $5.5 million. San Bernardino County: Slide Fire: 12,789 acres in Green Valley Lake area of the San Bernardino Mountains. 65 percent contained. 201 homes, three outbuildings destroyed. 5,500 residences threatened. One firefighter injured. Firefighting cost: $7 million. Grass Valley Fire: 1,140 acres in Grass Valley area of the San Bernardino Mountains. 95 percent contained. 162 homes destroyed. 6,000 threatened. Firefighting cost: $4.6 million. Major Contained Fires: Los Angeles County: Buckweed: 38,356 acres near Agua Dulce. 21 homes, 22 outbuildings, two bridges, 40 vehicles destroyed. Three civilians, two firefighters injured. Firefighting cost: $5.8 million. Canyon: 4,565 acres in Malibu. Six homes, two businesses, one church destroyed. Three firefighters injured. Firefighting cost: $5.2 million. Magic: 2,824 acres. Sources: State Office of Emergency Services; county, state, federal fire agencies; county emergency officials.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The wait is over for siblings Dylan, Kate, Emily McMenamin and their treasured dog Sky who will appear on RTE2 today (Sun).Following a national search some months ago Dylan, Kate and Emily children of Damien and Daireen, were selected to star in a new TV Series for RTE, Ace My Space.A very rigorous audition process took place over a month including multiple auditions such as a half-hour long skype interview with the Stranorlar family who are clients of The Karen Gorman Academy of Speech and Drama & Casting Agency. Indeed Sky the dog was also auditioned in what proved to be a most successful process.“I knew instantly that the Mc Menamin family were the ideal candidates. They excel in every possible way and achieve incredible results always. They are the kindest, most modest children with a most admirable work ethic, what a winning combination.“This is no surprise to anyone who knows their adoring parents and grandparents. We were informed that we had the highest number of children shortlisted from any agency nationally. I am so delighted with this,” said Karen Gorman.This was a massive project and Dylan, Kate & Emily excelled from the outset even with 6.30am starts. A crew of 20 professionals travelled to Donegal to film where they were spoiled with kindness and hospitality.The very kind Katie Herron of the Donegal ladies made a surprise visit to Kate on the grounds of Mc Cumhaills, Stranorlar during filming.Donegal family make their TV debut after nationwide search was last modified: November 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
NTL Officials are hoping the Coffs Harbour skies clear and sun comes out to play before Saturday’s kick-off of competition, after, well, they told the rain it didn’t have any other option but to stop. “The Coffs Harbour weather seems to do this to us quite often, but we’re expecting the next two days to fine up and the fields should dry out quite well. In the worst case scenario, we do have spare fields that can be used and there won’t be any problems for the tournament,” says tournament director Jon Pratt. Up to 2500 players, officials and referees from around Australia are expected to converge on the Coffs community over the next ten days, with no doubt just as many spectators, if not more, also planning a trip to Australia’s premier touch football event. Australia is the World’s number one touch football nation, having returned from the 2003 World Cup in Japan with all five titles. (Mens, Womens, Mixed Open titles, Mens 30’s and Men’s 35’s titles.) With almost all of these World Champion players representing their permits at this tournament, competition is expected to be closer than ever. Jon Pratt says he is excited about how things are looking for the nine days of competition. “With 118 teams nominated for the competition, (53 in the Open Competition and 65 in the Seniors Competition), we’re certainly in for a busy two weeks. The Coffs Harbour community always give us a lot of support and we’re proud to be showcasing not only the best touch football in Australia but some of the best in the world.” The Open Division and 20 years Division competition begins this Saturday at 9am with finals being played on Tuesday 16th from 9am-5pm. The Open Division includes: * Mens, Womens and Mixed Open age groups * Mens and Womens 20 years age groups The Seniors Competition will then commence on Thursday 18th with finals being played on Sunday 21st from 8am-5pm. The Seniors Division includes: * Mens 30’s, 35’s, 40’s, 45’s and 50’s age groups * Womens 30’s, 35’s and 40’s groups Competition is expected to be fierce in all Senior divisions with positions on Australia’s Seniors Teams for a tour to South Africa, England and the Jersey, Channel Isles for the 2004 European Championships up for grabs. For the 20 years Divisions competition will also be incredibly fierce as this tournament is the beginning of a tough selection process leading up to the 2005 Youth World Cup to be held on the Gold Coast next January. For the Open Divisions selectors will be kept busy with the Talent Identification Program (TIP) and beginning selection of the National Training Squads (NTS). Chairman of Selectors Cathy Gray is excited about the depth of talent in Australian Touch Football. “This year’s NTL’s are going to be incredibly busy, but also very exciting for touch football in Australia. For every National Squad this tournament is important in selection for upcoming international teams and events.” media contact: Rachel Moyle, 042 223 3165
(Attawapiskat ice road diamond mine blockade. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Nakogee)By Jorge Barrera APTN National News ATTAWAPISKAT–Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says the OPP have arrived in the community and the people blockading an ice road leading to a De Beers diamond mine would likely be served with an injunction ordering them off the site on Saturday evening.Spence said the band received a call from De Beers saying a sheriff would be flying into the community and then escorted to the ice road blockade to serve the people at the site with the injunction notice.“We had a call from De Beers saying the sheriff is coming in town,” said Spence. “Two OPP are in town and they are the ones who are going to escort the sheriff to hand over the notice to the blockaders.”Spence said she was trying to confirm a rumour that the OPP would also be escorting De Beers-bound trucks toward the Victor mine site later Saturday.“I have to go find out,” said Spence.The blockade outside Attawapiskat on the ice road leading to the mine has been in place since last Sunday.De Beers obtained an injunction against the blockaders on [email protected]@JorgeBarrera
DEDHAM, Mass. – Football helmet maker Riddell says it intends to vigorously defend its products and its reputation against concussion-related lawsuits like one lawyers for late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez have filed in Massachusetts against it and the NFL.Des Plaines (dehz playnz), Illinois-based Riddell says it introduced helmets designed to mitigate concussion risks more than 15 years ago.Hernandez’s attorneys filed a federal lawsuit last month after Hernandez killed himself in prison and an autopsy revealed he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (ehn-sehf-uh-LAH’-puh-thee), a brain disease found in people who’ve suffered repetitive brain trauma such as concussions.The lawsuit was refiled Monday. It accuses the NFL of hiding the dangers of football and names Riddell. It seeks damages for Hernandez’s daughter.The NFL hasn’t responded to emails seeking comment.The Patriots have been removed from the new lawsuit.___This story has been corrected to show that Riddell is based in Des Plaines, Illinois, not Elyria, Ohio.
Ghaziabad: The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Friday declared the name of its candidate on Ghaziabad Lok Sabha seat. Party officials informed that the name announced is one among the 16 candidates declared by the Samajwadi party on various Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. As per reports, the list released by the Samajwadi Party, which is contesting the Lok Sabha polls in alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party of Mayawati, named Senior leader Surendra Kumar alias Munni Sharma as their candidate from Ghaziabad. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticSharma, a native of Muradnagar area is Samajwadi Party’s district president from Ghaziabad. The residents of Ghaziabad had been demanding for a local candidate to be elected as member of parliament from the district. With Sharma’s name in the list, the other competent political parties might get a tuff competition. Meanwhile, the Bhartiya Janta Party and Congress party are yet to declare their candidate from Ghaziabad. The SP-BSP alliance had kept the Ghaziabad Lok Sabha seat for Samajwadi Party.
Attracting tumultuous response from parties over its recent exploits, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has been proactively exercising authority as the custodian of elections. With the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in effect with the upcoming elections, there have been several infringements forcing ECI to advocate norms and act accordingly. Naturally, it is the duty of ECI as a custodian to safeguard elections and maintain a free and fair environment so that the sanctity of the electoral process is not jeopardised under any circumstance. With ECI, the sense of autonomy that we presume it exercises has been at par with the judiciary, especially in recent past where other institutions have been subverted. And, since ECI is the referee to the contest, it invariably enjoys the highest respect from voters and parties alike. Now, while ECI has issued notices to those flouting rules, acted vehemently and authoritatively owing to its strong policy of ensuring the electoral process’ sanctity, it has attracted criticism as well as applause for its decisions. Enforcing MCC, ECI has been vocal on issues where it identified any violation, appropriately responding to letters complaining of violations, to maintain a level playing field. While a lot of criticism has been directed by the opposition parties over Modi’s biopic which is, as of now, scheduled to release on April 11 which also happens to be the first day of polling in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. Putting aside the astonishing coincidence of the biopic’s release and polling season, ECI did not raise objections over this and further left the decision of film’s release on Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). CBFC gave the nod and the film shall release on April 11 unless the Supreme Court says otherwise in a hearing today after a Congress worker filed a plea demanding a delay to its release claiming that it disturbs the level-playing field for other candidates in the fray. ECI has reserved its response and will make a decision after evaluating the developments in the apex court. ECI, while ambiguous in the biopic issue, expeditiously transferred four top cops of West Bengal and replaced Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary on Friday apart from sounding a cautionary note to UP CM Yogi and NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar for their violation of MCC norms. While Mamata and Naidu grew livid over ECI’s decision, demanding an explanation for the same, Yogi and Rajiv Kumar were reminded of their “oops” moment. Having been posted just two months ago, Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma along with three other cops were transferred in an urgent notice to the state’s chief secretary in which they were also barred from poll duty. With no explanation cited, as expected, speculation spread wide whether it was done because Anuj Sharma was considered as a close aide of Mamata. Meanwhile, down south, Chandrababu Naidu grew anxious over the fact that first a district Collector was transferred, then the Intelligence DG and two district SPs, and now the Chief Secretary. ECI further directed that outgoing Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha be posted to a non-election post. ECI’s decision to transfer Punetha comes right after he had filed a writ petition in the Andhra Pradesh High Court on March 27 challenging the ECI order, transferring the Director General of Intelligence AB Venkateswara Rao. He contended that the EC did not have any “untrammelled powers” to interfere with the course of administration that is unconnected to polling. Yet, ECI, bypassing the jurisdiction argument and unmoved by Punetha’s petition which was rejected by the High Court, transferred him as well. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWhile ECI rocked Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal with unexplained transfers, its soft approach towards UP CM and NITI Aayog vice-chairman confuses the public over its intentions. ECI’s apprehensions that these civil servants might influence the polls in any manner (evident from the fact that these transferred officers are barred from poll duty) might be a probable justification of its surprise orders and hence, gives them the benefit of the doubt to not allow even an iota of suspicion to exist when it comes to polling. However, approaching the UP CM Yogi Adityanath with just a cautionary note asking him to be careful next time and conveying just “displeasure” while expecting NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar to “exercise caution in future” reverses ECI’s stance over its apprehensions. If on one hand, ECI contended civil servants as dubious and hence transferred them, then on other it could only express displeasure over serious flout of MCC. In public interest, ECI’s preferential treatment invites abject criticism of double standards. To add to this, ECI’s response on Namo TV – which also seemingly violates MCC owing to promoting events related to Modi being broadcasted 24 hours on it – is awaited. Elections are just around the corner and ECI must justify its decisions or the public faith might falter. If the one tasked with maintaining fair play is unfair, then how fair is the play after all?
New Delhi: The Congress on Friday moved the Election Commission against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for allegedly “dragging” the armed forces in politics repeatedly. Congress leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Randeep Singh Surjewala also raised the issues of Union Minister Smriti Irani submitting “contradictory affidavits” to the Election Commission on her educational qualifications and also about a web series on Modi. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Talking to the media after meeting the EC, Singhvi said PM, the President of the ruling party and its other leaders are “shamelessly dragging the armed forces for cheap politics.” “Never in the history has this happened,” he said, adding the web series on Modi is also a violation of the Model Code of Conduct as it is biographical in nature and it should be banned immediately. “If the person makes another violation, he/she should be barred from two days of campaigning, similarly three and four days for the third and fourth violation,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Speaking about Irani’s qualification, Surjewala said the Congress is not commenting on her qualification, saying they believe that even the illiterate can also hold high positions. “But the question is the people have been cheated and the Minister has lied to them about her qualifications.” The Congress has submitted a memorandum to the EC over Irani “repeatedly lying” about her qualifications. “There is no information about the degree of the PM and also his favourite minister Irani. There are no classmates of the PM and Irani who are coming out. This is a very serious issue as the people have been cheated repeatedly.” Surjewala demanded that the EC should disqualify Irani for changing her qualifications multiple times. He also said that there should be a strict action and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi should be sacked for her remarks and for “dividing people”. Addressing an election rally, she had said that she would like to win without support of Muslims and would not want to give jobs to them if they did not vote for her. The party also urged the Election Commission to issue directions to all Chief Electoral Officers, booth level officers and other election officials to ensure proper functioning of EVMs during the Lok Sabha elections. It also sought immediate investigation into the malfunctioning of the EVMs and other issues reported from various parts of the country during the first phase of polls on April 11. It said posters of Gen VK Singh were posted right outside a polling station. The party also alleged that BJP candidate from Tehri Garhwal parliamentary constituency “printed voter slips on her election pamphlet”. The party said it was making fifth request for “urgent and necessary” intervention against Modi’s “continued and brazen violation” of the Model Code of Conduct and in particular the “hateful and divisive comments by him”, Shah and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in election rallies at Nanded, Nagpur and Meerut. In its representation against Irani, Congress called for immediate action for filing “false affidavit”, saying it attracts “up to six months imprisonment and/or fine”.
Washington: Scientists have developed an electronic tongue that can ‘taste’ spicy foods more accurately than humans. Spicy food wears out taste buds quickly. This can be a problem for people who make and sell spicy food. “At low concentrations, or low spiciness, it’s hard to discriminate between two samples,” said Courtney Schlossareck, a graduate student at Washington State University in the US. “It’s also hard to tell a difference between two samples at high concentrations,” said Schlossareck. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe e-tongue’s ability to differentiate between the spiciness of foods could come in handy for industry, according to a study published in the Journal of Food Science. A problem with testing spicy foods is that people can only test a few samples before their taste buds give out. After a few bites, taste buds can not distinguish differences in taste at all. However, the e-tongue can handle as much heat as any scientist can throw at it and maintain accuracy. “This would allow testers to narrow a selection down to two or three samples for a human tasting panel if they start from 20 different formulations,” Schlossareck said. “That would take days to do with people tasting them,” she said. That is because real people need to wait at least five minutes between samples. Even then, only a few samples can be tested because the spiciness lingers and can throw off results, she said.
Bayer Leverkusen has sold goalkeeper Bernd Leno to Arsenal for around €19 million, completing Unai Emery’s second major signing as manager.The 26-year-old German international Leno has arrived on a contract that should keep him at the Emirates until 2023, making him the long-term replacement for current number one Petr Cech, reports Four-Four-Two. Emery was delighted after unveiling his latest acquisition, saying: “We are very pleased that Bernd Leno will be joining us,”“Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience. We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal and look forward to start working with him in pre-season.” Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Welcome to Arsenal, @Bernd_Leno – we’re delighted to have you here ?#HeyLeno pic.twitter.com/m4yT22I58V— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 19, 2018Leno was a major part of the Leverkusen squad that achieved a 5th place finish in the Bundesliga last year and he has won 6 caps for his country to date – though unfortunately, he did not make Joachim Lowes final squad for the World Cup.After the purchase of Stephan Lichtsteiner last month, Emery has managed to further enhance his options defensively with the signing of Leno, as his new look Arsenal side begins to take shape.