Topics : A firework at a gender reveal party triggered a wildfire in southern California that has destroyed 7,000 acres (2,800 hectares) and forced many residents to flee their homes, the fire department said Sunday.More than 500 firefighters and four helicopters were battling the El Dorado blaze east of San Bernardino, which started Saturday morning, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.Residents of several communities in the area have been ordered to evacuate. With the hot and dry conditions, California has suffered a particularly busy fire season this year, with more than 1.6 million acres destroyed so far, including in three of the biggest blazes in the state’s history.In northern California, more than 200 people were airlifted to safety over the weekend after a fast-moving wildfire trapped them near the Mammoth Pool Reservoir northeast of Fresno.They were rescued by military helicopters, with dozens packed into a Chinook, a photograph posted by the California National Guard showed.The Creek Fire, which started on Friday in steep and rugged terrain, has so far spread to 73,000 acres, according to the US Forest Service, making it one of the largest.More than 800 firefighters were battling the blaze.Another rapidly-spreading fire near San Diego, Valley Fire, has so far spread to 10,000 acres and destroyed 11 structures, Cal Fire said.California governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday declared a state of emergency for five counties affected by the Creek, El Dorado and Valley fires.”The fires have burned tens of thousands of acres, destroyed homes and caused the evacuation of thousands of residents,” the governor’s office said.Record temperatures over the three-day Labor Day weekend have aggravated already dangerous fire conditions and further stressed exhausted California firefighters. “CAL FIRE Law Enforcement has determined the El Dorado Fire, burning near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County, was caused by a smoke generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party,” Cal Fire said on Twitter.”Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible,” it warned.Gender reveal parties are held during pregnancy to unveil the sex of the expected child, sometimes announced by pink or blue smoke fireworks.California has been baking under scorching conditions with temperatures reaching a record 121 degrees Fahrenheit (49 Celsius) on Sunday in Woodland Hills, an all-time high for Los Angeles county, the National Weather Service said.
February 05, 2016 Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Budget News, Criminal Justice Reform, Efficiency, GO-TIME, Government That Works, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In support of his mission to create a government that works, Governor Tom Wolf announced that his 2016-2017 Budget proposal will include two mergers to save money and better serve shared missions: the merger of the Board of Probation and Parole with the Department of Corrections and moving the eHealth Partnership Authority to the Department of Human Services, which combined will immediately save more than $11 million.He also announced that since its creation a year ago, the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) has laid the groundwork and is well on its way to achieving $150 million in savings.“In my administration, efficiency is more than a buzzword, and not just arbitrary cuts that scale back important programs that help real people in need – and ultimately cost us more in the long run,” said Governor Wolf. “We’re focused on changing the way business is conducted to assure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, redundancies are eliminated and customer interactions – in-person, online and by phone – at all levels are improved. These improvements will produce savings for both the current and future state budgets.”The merger of Probation and Parole and Corrections will create the new Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to ensure public safety and the successful transition of offenders back into the community. This merger will save more than $10 million right off the bat when the budgets and operations are combined.The 2016-17 Budget proposes to move the eHealth Partnership Authority to the Department of Human Services to realize administrative savings and maximize federal dollars. Moving current personnel to the department would save approximately $1 million annually, in addition to improving operations and timeliness.To date, GO-TIME has identified nearly 250 initiatives by state agencies to modernize government operations by increasing efficiency, improving technology and identifying opportunities for agencies to collaborate and share resources. These initiatives will provide benefits including savings, reduced processing times, increased convenience and maximizing existing resources.Some examples of projects being pursued through GO-TIME include:Improving Procurement Strategies. The Department of General Services (DGS) will save a projected $100 million in 2015-16 by re-examining existing contracts, applying commercial best practices and reintroducing reverse auctioning to procurement. Transforming Data Centers. The Office of Administration is pursuing financial and operational benefits through data center consolidation. Current initiatives are raising the bar through increased flexibility for IT capacity aligned with business demand.Consolidating Mailrooms and Services. DGS has begun to consolidate outgoing mail services for a number of agencies, generating savings from presorting, volume discounts, reductions in staffing and equipment and repurposing space previously used for mail activities. With all agencies onboarded for service, presorting of outgoing mail is saving taxpayers more than $34,000 per week.Sharing Electronic Grants Solution. For years, agencies have leveraged manual or outdated systems to administer their grant programs, resulting in inefficient and lengthy processes. Agencies soon will be able to leverage the Department of Community and Economic Development’s electronic grants application rather than invest time and resources to develop custom applications.Innovative Financing for Energy Savings. DGS is exploring opportunities to install energy conservation measures in commonwealth-owned buildings and pay for them with future savings from reduced energy consumption.Online Voter Registration. This new portal allows eligible citizens to register to vote online and update information such as name, address or party affiliation, providing added convenience for citizens, greater engagement in the democratic process, as well as improved data accuracy and reduced costs for counties.Regionalizing State Prison Purchasing. By consolidating the purchasing of food and other items for smaller facilities, the Department of Corrections (DOC) has been able to improve operational efficiencies and timeliness for purchases, which will save an estimated $1.5 million this fiscal year.Reducing Inmate Medical Costs. Following a comprehensive review of off-site trips for inmate medical treatment, the DOC identified several services that could be performed on-site or at nearby correctional facilities, reducing transportation costs. The department is also using its status as a covered entity under the Public Health Service Act to obtain HIV and Hepatitis C drugs at reduced prices.• Increasing Mobile Technology in the Field. As a result of the savings and efficiencies that PennDOT has gained by developing mobile applications for inspectors working in the field, the Department of Environmental Protection is looking to double the productivity of its inspectors working to protect our air, soil and water by utilizing this technology. The Department of Agriculture will increase efficiency and communications through the use of mobile technology and cloud storage.Using Technology to Improve Public Safety. Prior to this year’s record-breaking snowstorm, PennDOT outfitted over 700 of its plow trucks with vehicle location software in order to respond more quickly to changing conditions and reduce salt usage, saving an expected $1.4 million over the next four to six years. The public can also monitor plow truck locations using the state’s traveler information website.In the coming year, GO-TIME intends to focus on continuous process improvement to maximize efficiency, establishing external partnerships to bring new ideas into government and continuing to engage employees in driving transformation. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces New Efficiency Measures, Success of GOTIME in First Year
Pipetech, the independent process system integrity specialist, has launched a new ‘Active Caisson Management’ service following a number of recent projects with North Sea operators.Caissons are prone to damage from fatigue and erosion, which can lead to defects and wall failure resulting in a knock-on impact on production and safety.Pipetech said that its Active Caisson Management solution aims to drive cost efficiencies, while maintaining asset integrity throughout the lifecycle of the caisson.It involves a single sourced, full range of services including inspection, cleaning, coating and planned and programmed maintenance and repair scheduling, the company explains.Eric Doyle, managing director at Pipetech, said: “Caissons are an essential structural element in oil and gas production, but are highly at risk from erosion defects and damage, particularly around the sea surface area. We have several years experience in caisson cleaning so understand the value a proactive integrity management plan can offer and recognised the need to take our existing service to the next level.“We have developed our Active Caisson Management solution in response to industry demand for a joined-up approach to this costly problem and have already conducted several successful projects with key North Sea operators. Through one point of contact, Pipetech delivers all of the necessary steps to ensure caissons are inspected, cleaned, monitored and maintained to avoid the unnecessary cost of failure and reduce operational spend.”
NZ Herald 27 January 2012A brothel that has set up shop next to an Auckland primary school has been slammed by lobby group Family First. Firecats Escorts is operating from an apartment on Brown Street, Ponsonby – less than 300 metres from Richmond Road Primary School. The brothel employs 30 prostitutes and operates seven days a week. Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ, said the brothel’s location is “unacceptable”, and highlights the flaws of New Zealand’s prostitution laws. “We already have accounts of residential brothels where men, willing to pay for sex, are knocking on nearby homes trying to find the brothel,” said Mr McCoskrie. “There are also concerns about littering, noise and nuisance, a reduced sense of public safety, traffic, intimidation, and late-night visits.” Mr McCoskrie said when prostitution was legalised, the then-Minister of Justice, the Hon Phil Goff, said controls were needed to prevent brothels operating in “inappropriate or offensive” places, such as near preschools or schools. At present there are no restrictions that prevent brothels from operating near schools. A poll of 1,000 people undertaken by Curia Market Research last year found that 66 per cent wanted brothels banned in residential areas. More women than men were in favour of the ban.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10781694Brothel ‘can stay near school’NZ Herald 28 January 2012The operation of an unlicensed brothel next to a primary school in Ponsonby has been put forward as evidence that prostitution laws are flawed – but the Auckland Council says to shut it would be unfair. Residents have circulated flyers drawing attention to Firecats Escorts operating from a Brown St apartment near Richmond Rd Primary School. The school year begins on February 7 but the council has opted not to use its powers to shut the brothel while it processes a resource consent application. Brothels are considered “entertainment facilities” and can operate near the school because the area is zoned for mixed business use. However, because Firecats is within 30m of a residential zone, it is required to apply for consent, which it did late last month. The application has been on hold since the council asked the brothel’s owners for more information on Wednesday. They have 15 working days to respond – but can operate in the meantime. Waitemata Local Board member Tricia Reade, who has received more than 20 complaints from residents, said that made little sense.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10781770Family First unhappy about brothelNewstalk ZB 29 January 2012Family First is unhappy about a brothel being allowed to run in an apartment block right next to a school. Firecats Escorts is operating from an apartment alongside Richmond Rd Primary School in Auckland. Children return to school soon, but Auckland Council has opted not to use its powers to shut the brothel while it processes a resource consent application. Family First’s Bob McCoskrie believes the situation confirms his belief prostitution laws need to be changed. He says the decriminalisation of prostitution has been a community disaster.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbnat/66334868-Family-First-unhappy-about-brothelLISTEN Newstalk ZB NewsBrothel by school a shock for flat ownerNZ Herald 30 January 2012The owner of a Ponsonby apartment next to a primary school says she had no idea her tenants would be running an unlicensed brothel. The woman received threatening and abusive phone calls after her name and home phone number were printed on a flyer circulated to residents warning of the brothel. She has since contacted the police and a security firm…Secondary Principals’ Association president Patrick Walsh said in the past year he had spoken to principals from about four schools with brothels nearby. Mr Walsh said in some cases children had come across used syringes and condoms near schools, necessitating clean-ups by gloved teachers. Last year a brothel that opened across the street from Henderson Intermediate School shut down after protest from parents and teachers. But Prostitutes Collective national co-ordinator Catherine Healy said for the most part brothels were understated and did not attract a lot of activity. “It’s fanciful for people to complain about brothels being near schools contributing to offensive behaviour, because you can’t even see the behaviour for a start – it’s all behind closed doors.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10782115
Share Share Share 46 Views no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsTertiary Dominica State College assisting students in making appropriate career choices by: – September 2, 2011 Director of Student Services Department of the Dominica State College, Mr Edgar Hunter We have all heard of students being at secondary school and not knowing what career choice they may want to pursue.But what do you tell a college freshman who has no idea as to what career path they wish to take?The Dominica State College is now placing more emphasis on their ‘advising programme’ to better assist college students in making the right subject choices to fall in line with their preferred career choice.Director of the Student Services Department of the Dominica State College, Mr Edgar Hunter says the programme is now mandatory before admissions at the learning institution.According to him, this programme will ensure that students do not waste time and money pursuing subjects that they are not going to utilize in their future careers.He noted however, that some odd cases students still take decisions to change their major from one field to another, which the institution has absolutely no control over.“We are doing advising. The students will meet the advisor and tell the advisor what their interests are and they will guide them as to which courses they should choose in order to meet these career goals. The thing is some of the students are not really sure what they want to do so we also guide them in that.” Mr Hunter believes that students should also have an open mind when choosing their careers. According to him, in deciding their future careers they need to think ‘outside the box’ and dream big.“The other thing is that we also want them to think bigger than just being a doctor, lawyer and the normal business-man career. For example, in Dominica we have a serious problem with allied health professionals, so we want our science students to think of not just being doctors and nurses but getting involved in the allied fields; we want them to do whatever they want to be. If they want to be in sports, we want to provide that avenue and environment for them to do sports because sports also have a lot of opportunities. Whatever their dream is, we want to guide them and help them to reach those goals,” said HunterWhile the registration process is still ongoing at the Dominica State College, the institution has already confirmed the attendance of over seven hundred students.Admissions and advising will be concluding this week in preparation for the 2011-2012 academic term; scheduled for next week.Dominica Vibes News
ILOILO City – City Civil RegistrarRomeo Cesar “Juncae” Manikan has been issued a show cause order over allegedirregularities in the registration of marriages. Mayor Jerry Treñas gave him three daysfrom Sept. 19 to answer. As to the solemnization of marriage, Manikan said such is already beyond his office’s mandate./PN “Basta ang place of marriage is within Iloilo City kag complete ang (marriage) certificate, register gid ina,” he told Panay News. According to the complainant, therewas connivance between certain city hall employees and Hall of Justice employeesto make money from fake marriages (unauthorized solemnizing officer). “Failure to answer in writing thisShow Cause Order shall be considered as waiver on your part to be heard andthis case shall be decided on the basis of the documents on record,” read partof Treñas’ order. The complainant further claimed:“These marriages have not registered through the marriage bureau of the Hall ofJustice, and has not paid the solemnization fee required.” Reached for his comment on Friday last week, Manikan said he would submit his reply on Monday (today, Sept. 23). “The role of the civil registry office is purely ministerial when marriage certificates are presented for registration,” he said. He already denied the alleged irregularities in recent interviews. Attached to the mayor’s order was aletter complaint dated July 1 from a certain “Juan Dela Cruz” asking themayor’s office to investigate the Local Civil Registrar.
By Jerry MackeyDUBUQUE, Iowa (Aug. 21) – Ninety-eight cars packed Dubuque Speedway Sunday for an action-packed night of IMCA racing.A solid field of 19 drivers took the green flag in the IMCA Late Model 25-lapper, which saw Tyler Bruening shoot ahead from his front row start. Bruening was pressured by Luke Goedert before being able to pull out to a comfortable lead late in the main event.Bruening ran the momentum line at the top of the smooth track in scoring the win, which carried a $200 bonus courtesy of Cal Co Spray Coatings and Cedar Cross Service of Dubuque. Goedert finished second ahead of Jeremiah Hurst.The Merfeld Brothers IMCA Modified feature was an outstanding race with several lead changes throughout the 20-lap event. First-time visitor to Dubuque Speedway Troy Jerovetz from Green Bay, Wis., advanced from a sixth row start to take the lead following a lap 15 restart.Jerovetz went on to record the win over Ken Kostenbader and Mark Schulte.The GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMod main event was another outstanding race with Tyler Soppe pressuring race leader Tim Current to the finish line. Current held his line in scoring the hard-fought win over Soppe and Troy Bauer.
A judge has declared the Delray Beach mother who went missing on a honeymoon boating trip with her new husband officially dead.The ruling came down Tuesday allowing the couple’s young daughter Emelia, to inherit her mother’s estate of more than $20,000 in various bank accounts and a Mercedes Benz. The judge held off on declaring Isabella Hellmann officially deceased until Hellmann’s husband, Lewis Bennett could sale her condo to ensure that all of the money would be put into a trust for the child.Hellmann went missing in 2017 while sailing between Cuba and the Bahamas with Bennett.Bennett told authorities that he woke up on May 15th after his catamaran struck something west of Cay Sal in the Bahamas. He then said he went top side and noticed that the catamaran was taking on water and he could not locate Hellmann anywhere but remembered last seeing her on the bow of the boat wearing a life vest around 1:00 AM. Bennett then said because the boat was taking on water he jumped into a raft with a satellite phone, an emergency locator beacon, and his bookbag and waited for the coast guard.He was eventually rescued a day later and dropped off in Marathon.After an investigation into Hellmann’s disappearance, the FBI claimed that Bennett intentionally sank the boat while off of the coast of the Bahamas by punching holes in each hull and by opening the emergency escape hatches so they would fill with water. He then scuttled the boat to make it look like they hit something.Their verdict, however, did not hold because the boat, and therefore their evidence, was lost when it sank after the coast guard placed a beacon on it and the beacon died.Bennett was initially charged with second-degree murder, however, he was offered a plea bargain due to the lack of evidence against him and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.Relatives of Hellmann reported that they believe Bennett intentionally killed Hellmann because they argued about where they should raise their child. It was said that Hellmann wanted to raise her in the states while Bennett who is a dual British-Australian citizen, wanted to raise their daughter in Australia.The family also attempted to get custody of the child who they say has been kept from them after Hellmann’s disappearance.The judge, however, granted custody of Emilia to Bennett’s family who currently lives in England.Bennett is due to be sentenced later this month. If convicted he faces up to eight years in prison and possible deportation.
Police in Philadelphia have arrested the father of a deceased 4-year-old boy after they found out that the boy’s father lied about the way the child died.According to the report, 28-year-old Edward Williams called authorities around 1:00 am to report that his 4-year-old son had been shot during an attempted robbery.When authorities arrived at the scene, they found Williams on the ground outside his home, holding his 3-year-old son and the body of the 4-year-old inside the home.The injured child was brought to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.During the investigation into the child’s death, authorities realized that Williams story did not add up. That’s when Williams confessed that he had been sleeping inside the home when the 4-year-old somehow found the weapon in a bedroom closet and accidentally shot himself with it.Williams then went on to say that he made up the story because he should not have been in possession of a weapon due to his criminal history and feared that he would get into more trouble.The father has since been charged with child endangerment, filing a false report, and involuntary manslaughter.His bail has been set at $2 million. It is unclear if he has legal representation.