Local Legislators Representing San Gabriel Mountain Foothill Communities to Host Wildfire Town Hall

first_imgUncategorized Local Legislators Representing San Gabriel Mountain Foothill Communities to Host Wildfire Town Hall Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 12:06 pm Subscribe Legislators representing communities at risk of wildfires along the San Gabriel Foothills from La Crecenta to Upland will host a Wildfire Town Hall in Pasadena on Thursday February 21st 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Pasadena High School Auditorium.Expert Panelists for the Wildfire Town Hall include:Daryl Osby, Fire Chief for the Los Angeles County Fire DepartmentJeffrey Toney, Southern Region Administrator for the California Office of Emergency ServicesElizaveta Malashenko — Deputy Executive Director of Safety and Enforcement for the California Public Utilities CommissionRepresentative for Southern California Edison“We live in an area that is beautiful yet prone to wildfires which poses a risk to our property and well-being,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “The good news is that we can take steps at the individual and state level to help prevent wildfires that will save lives and our communities.”The town hall is spearheaded by Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD-41), Chair of Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee, and will be joined by State Senator Anthony Portantino (SD-25) and Assemblymembers Laura Friedman (AD-43), Blanca Rubio (AD-48), Ed Chau (AD-49). They will bring expert panelists to discuss how residents can protect their homes from wildfires, what wildfire prevention measures the utilities are implementing, and how the State of California is preparing for and responding to catastrophic wildfires.“With climate change, it’s no longer a question of if but when the next disaster will strike in our region,” said Assemblymember Friedman, Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. “How communities plan and prepare is critical and can save lives.”“With 7 of the 20 most destructive fires in CA history happening in the past year alone, now more than ever the discussion of preparation for our at-risk communities is imperative,” said Assemblymember Rubio.“The destruction left behind by the most recent fires are heartbreaking and a reminder for us to find ways to prepare against catastrophic events like this in the future,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau. “Hearing from our constituents and subject matter experts regarding the immediate and long-term implications these fires have on our communities is essential to working together, at the state and local level, to protect ourselves.”The event is free, open to the public, and will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/assemblymemberchrisholden. More information can be found at https://a41.asmdc.org/event. More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Make a comment HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News 4 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

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Richard’s rare ability to make grown men weep

first_imgHousing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGScouncil meetingGE2020general electionLimerick City and Countypolitics Email Facebook Previous articleMunster return to Pro14 action against KingsNext article€6m investment brings 50 new jobs to Ballina Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print WhatsApp Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Linkedin Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? center_img Twitter Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Richard O’Donoghue reflects the mood of his supporters after his election on Sunday.Photo: Brendan GleesonEMPATHY, integrity, honesty and dedication are all qualities newly elected County Limerick TD Richard O’Donoghue was praised for by his former council colleagues in West Limerick this week.But what they didn’t mention and was most striking at this Tuesday’s meeting of Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District was the Independent politician’s rare ability to make grown men cry.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The first-time Dáil Deputy took his seat at the Rathkeale area office for the last time this week to tie up some loose ends at local authority level and bid farewell to his colleagues around the chamber.O’Donoghue first took his seat in the Rathkeale office after being elected to the newly amalgamated Limerick City and County Council back in 2014 as a Fianna Fail councillor. The following year he struck out on his own and, despite a failed General Election bid in 2016, the Granagh man-made history last weekend as he became County Limerick’s first-ever Independent TD.It was clear this week that the 49-year-old father of four, who secured 10,320 votes to take a seat in the 33rd Dail, was as popular with his council comrades as he was with the electorate.Straight-talking, no-nonsense veterans were reduced to blubbering wrecks as they said their goodbyes on Tuesday.“The first time I met Richard I immediately made the observation, he will be elected, whatever about the rest of us. I remember the joy I felt within myself after spending time in his company. It was very special. I am proud to call you my friend,” Fianna Fail councillor Kevin Sheahan told Deputy O’Donoghue.“I hope you continue your voluntary efforts to help people that need help. Your care and concern for people will make you a great national representative.”Fine Gael councillor Adam Teskey described it as a “sad day” before commending O’Donoghue for his integrity, empathy and honesty.Cllr Stephen Keary (FG) was moved to tears when he remembered a trip to America with his former council colleague.“I remember how you were with my two grandchildren; you were all about them and had such empathy for them. They still talk about you.”Director of Services for Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District, Caroline Curley also praised O’Donoghue for his empathy and “big heart”.“The district’s loss is the county’s gain,” she said.Deputy O’Donoghue then described the last week as an “emotional rollercoaster” and promised he was committed to working with all parties for the “betterment of Limerick”.“Ye have my back and I have yere’s,” he added. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Advertisement NewsPoliticsRichard’s rare ability to make grown men weepBy Alan Jacques – February 14, 2020 1208 Limerick on Covid watch list last_img read more

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Donegal Relay for Life raises just over €321,000

first_img It’s been confirmed that this year’s Donegal Relay for Life raised just over 321,000 euro, cementing its status as the biggest relay event outside the US.The figure was confirmed at a presentation ceremony in Letterkenny last night.Relay Chairperson Robert O’Connor says the success of this year’s event vindicates the decision to concentrate on funding and promoting cancer research……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/roboc830.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Twitter Donegal Relay for Life raises just over €321,000 Twitter Google+center_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – August 22, 2013 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Previous articleTyrone woman refused bail in PeruNext articleSeminar on alleged collusion to be held in Letterkenny today News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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The Colombian Navy Shares Lessons with Honduras

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo January 06, 2019 Units of the Honduran Naval Force benefited from a three-month training course from two Colombian Navy officers. Lieutenant Andrés Bayona Parra and Colombian Marine Corps First Sergeant Jorge Mario Valencia Taborda shared their knowledge with Honduran students at the Naval Training Center (CAN, in Spanish) of the Puerto Castilla Naval Base, in the Bay of Trujillo, Honduras, September 11-December 7, 2018. The training, carried out as part of the Maritime Cooperation Agreement between Colombia and Honduras, seeks to increase Honduran service members’ capabilities in riverine and maritime operations. The courses also strengthened the bonds of friendship between both institutions. The objective is to “train officers, noncommissioned officers, and troops in planning, conducting, and executing special operations,” Honduran Naval Force Lieutenant Alfonzo Bonilla García, director of CAN, told Diálogo. “[It’s] to raise their professional levels in the tactical and technical fields, in leading special troops, while using the art and science of combat.” Intensive courses More than 200 students—officers and noncommissioned officers—took part in the training on topics such as intelligence, command, and sea and land operations. The training was divided into five theoretical and practical courses and one seminar, with almost 200 hours in total. The Honduran units developed naval intelligence and counterintelligence capabilities, seeking to learn the processes for search, analysis, and information dissemination. The course also helped identify strategic, operational, and tactical levels in naval operations throughout the country. The Marine Platoons course sought to help officers verify their troops’ training and capabilities to conduct naval operations. According to Lt. Bayona, students learned to consider factors such as mission, enemy, time, terrain, available troops, operational environment, and civil population. The objective, he told Diálogo, was to “carry out good planning and thereby complete the mission assigned by the leadership.” The Urban Operations course taught the necessary tactics to operate in densely populated areas with obstacles, such as homes, businesses, or vehicles, and identify the required courses of action while taking people’s safety into account. Another course focused on jungle operations, where Honduran officers learned to develop offensive and defensive procedures against the enemy. With the knowledge shared, the officers “can counter all those national and transnational threats, such as narcotrafficking, migrant trafficking, human trafficking, arms trafficking, and smuggling, among others,” said Lt. Bayona. “[They can also fight] the [networks] that use maritime, riverine, and coastal areas for transport. These areas are the Naval Force’s responsibility, and the networks affect the country’s maritime interests.” Empowering the Naval Force According to Honduran Naval Force Captain José Domingo Meza, director of the Honduran Armed Forces’ Public Affairs, the Colombian Navy training improves the preparation of the Naval Force. “Colombia has extensive experience in lake, land, and riverine environments, so receiving training from their experts will strengthen the [Honduran] Armed Forces considerably.” Colombia’s support helps promote information exchange between the two nations, Capt. Meza added. Likewise, he said, the support strengthens binational relations to confront narcotrafficking and related crimes in the region together. Lt. Bayona stressed the good disposition of the Honduran service members. “They are young, intelligent, and disciplined, eager to be better day by day,” he said. “[They have] innovative ideas to maintain and improve the Honduran Naval Force to project a naval power that can protect and guarantee the country’s maritime, riverine, and coastal interests.” This is the second time the Colombian Navy teaches the same set of courses to Honduran officers. CAN received Colombian instructors in 2016 for the first time. For 2019, CAN requested a few courses, basic and advanced, in riverine operations and riverine gunner training, among others, that will be taught at the Colombian Marine Corps’ School of Riverine Combat. “Scenarios are different [in Colombia],” Lt. Bonilla said. “That’s why I recommended that we get certified as instructors to create a course that would adapt to logistics means, scenarios, and types of conflict occurring here.”last_img read more

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Here are Wall Street’s favorite stock plays for an effective vaccine

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 4th. 2020.NYSE (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only).The stock market was roaring on Monday after Pfizer announced that its Covid-19 vaccine candidate appeared to be more than 90% effective in its phase-three trial, creating a rush of money into Wall Street’s favorite plays that stand to benefit from a vaccine that works.As several vaccine candidates worked their way through the regulatory process in recent months, Wall Street strategists and analysts put together lists and recommendations of the stocks most likely to bounce on positive vaccine news. Pfizer said Monday that it plans to apply for emergency use authorization for its vaccine by the end of the month. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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‘Trapped’ Dutch travel sector scheme assessing merger, switch to DC

first_imgThe €300m Dutch pension fund for the travel sector has said it was looking for a merger with a larger industry-wide scheme or a switch to defined contribution (DC) arrangements.Reiswerk Pensioenen made clear that continuing independently was not an option because of its funding position and its predominantly young membership. “The long duration as a consequence of our young population requires taking more investment risk,” said Frank Radstake, the scheme’s employer chairman. ”But the financial assessment framework (FTK) doesn’t allow us to do so because of our funding shortfall.”The pension fund was therefore “stuck in the FTK trap.” The small sector scheme has been in trouble since the introduction of a new and lower ultimate forward rate (UFR) in 2015, part of the discount mechanism for liabilities.Despite a defensive investment policy, including a 90% interest hedge, the scheme’s funding level has since plummeted from 125% in 2014 to 99.5%.In its annual report, Reiswerk Pensioenen said it was unable to hedge against the impact of the new UFR, which had caused a steep rise of its long-term liabilities.Radstake said the UFR was expected to drop further and that the current asset mix would not solve the pension fund’s financial problems.He indicated that the scheme’s small size – it has 9,000 active members – was another reason why it wasn’t deemed future-proof.Joining another sector scheme or switching to DC would both give Reiswerk the option to increase the risk profile of its investments.A merger would bring the added benefit of scale, but would also mean an instant rights cut for the scheme’s members.“However, in the long term the results will improve,” said Radstake.Based on its current position, the pension fund was headed for a rights discount in 2021 anyway, he noted.The social partners in the travel industry said they wanted to make a decision about the scheme’s future next summer.last_img read more

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F1: Hamilton Wins Fourth British Grand Prix

first_imgLewis Hamilton took a dominant victory yesterday in a hectic British Grand Prix to cut team-mate Nico Rosberg’s championship lead to four points.Hamilton led every lap of a race that started under the safety car in wet conditions but dried, to take his fourth career win at Silverstone.Rosberg in the other Mercedes was left to battle back to second past the Red Bull of the impressive Max Verstappen.Rosberg had a late scare with a gearbox problem that could yet cost him second.With five laps to go, Rosberg hit a problem which required him to reset systems in the car and then avoid seventh gear – shifting straight from sixth to eighth.He hung on in second place but may yet lose it as the team are under investigation for the detail of the help they gave him over the radio, which may have transgressed limitations on the amount of help drivers can be given by teams.Rosberg said: “It was a very critical problem because I was stuck in seventh gear and about to stop on track.” He said he was confident what he had been told was within the rules.Hamilton’s win sent the 135,000 fans packed into the famous old track into paroxysms of joy as they cheered Hamilton’s progress to the flag on the last lap.The world champion went over to celebrate with the fans at Club corner after parking his car up at the end of the race before soaking up their cheers on the podium.It was an intoxicating race, with action throughout the field, featuring wheel-to-wheel racing and a number of spins and off-track moments as drivers struggled on the tricky track surface.“I am so grateful,” said Hamilton. “We’ve got the best fans here, thank you so much. The good English weather came out. It was so tricky in those conditions. But that’s what I love about this race – something always happens.”Hamilton drove impressively throughout on a track made treacherous by a heavy downpour about 15 minutes before the start.The sun had come out before the race got under way, but the track was drenched and it was five laps before race director Charlie Whiting felt the conditions were safe enough to let the drivers off the leash.This triggered a series of pit stops on successive laps as drivers swapped ‘extreme’ wet tyres for intermediates.Hamilton pulled out three seconds on Rosberg in the first half-lap after the start as a bunch of midfield drivers pitted immediately and he, Rosberg and Verstappen then pitted after two laps.The Dutchman closed on Rosberg, catching him by lap 15, and he passed him with a superb move around the outside of the daunting Becketts swerves on lap 16.Verstappen held on to second despite making his pit stop for dry-weather ‘slick’ tyres a lap later than the Mercedes drivers, rejoining about five seconds ahead of Rosberg on lap 18.Both Hamilton and Verstappen were among a series of drivers who fell prey to a wet patch on the entry to the fast Abbey corner but were able to continue without damage to their positions.Rosberg inched closer and closer to Verstappen until he was on his tail by lap 30, with 22 still to go.But it took the German another eight laps to get close enough on the exit of the Becketts swerves to close up on Hangar Straight and sweep past the Red Bull around the outside of the fast Stowe corner.Verstappen may yet recover the place, depending on what the stewards decide.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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