Wildfires rage in California, stoked by extreme heat in US West

first_imgOfficials in Madera County issued evacuation orders and urged the county’s 157,000 residents to leave if they felt unsafe.A hiker who had just embarked on a multi-day trip when the Creek Fire broke out and had to find a way out of the blaze shared the harrowing experience on social media.”We’re safe and we’re out, but wow, we hiked our way out of the #CreekFire yesterday,” Asha Karim posted on Twitter https://twitter.com/ashasquasha/status/1303003437626318850.San Francisco-based power provider PG&E Corp warned customers on Monday in 21 counties, mostly in the Sierra Foothills, that their power might be shut off as a safety measure because of the extreme high and dry winds. Three large wildfires continued to burn in California as a record-breaking heat wave lingered across large swaths of the western United States on Monday.The Creek Fire, which has engulfed the Fresno area in central California and caused the emergency evacuation over the weekend of more than 200 people vacationing at a popular reservoir, was still 0% contained as of Monday afternoon, fire officials said.The blaze, growing under “extreme weather conditions,” had devoured nearly 79,000 acres (32,000 hectares) of land, while a cause remained under investigation, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) said in a statement. Topics :center_img A fire in San Bernardino County, southeast of Los Angeles, that officials said was caused by a pyrotechnic device used during a gender reveal party, kept burning through the night and was 7% contained as of Monday morning.East of San Diego in Southern California, nearly 400 firefighters battled the Valley Fire, which burned more than 10,000 acres (4,050 hectares)in Cleveland National Forest. Video shared on social media showed firefighters dousing the flames, the air thick with ash and fire embers.The blaze was at only 1% containment as officials issued more evacuation orders on Monday afternoon and announced the deployment of military aircraft to help fight the rapidly spreading flames.Late on Sunday, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, San Bernardino and San Diego counties due to the wildfires, which also prompted the US Forest Service to temporarily close some national forests including the Sierra National Forest, the Angeles National Forest and the San Bernardino National Forest.The California Independent Systems Operator, which runs most of the state’s power grid, again urged consumers to cut back on energy consumption and said it was monitoring wildfires throughout the state threatening power lines.”Temperatures are expected to be above normal statewide for the third consecutive day, driving up electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use,” it said in a statement. last_img read more

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Dominicans asked to give honest information ahead of census day tomorrow

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet Logo of Census 2011. Photo credit: way2online.comChief statistician Prama Carrette is calling on Dominicans to give honest information to the census officers when conducting the 2011 population and housing census.Dominica observes census day tomorrow.Carrette says if the accurate information is giving it will be of great benefit to the individuals and the country by extension.“It’s not like we want to get personal but we just want to get an indication of how we can estimate economic activity in Dominica,” she said.She said there are a standard number of hours to work per week on an international levels and everything after that must be paid for.“If you have passed that hours and not been paid then you are being exploited,” she said.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 16 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dominicans asked to give honest information ahead of census day tomorrow by: – May 13, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

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Lighting it up: Syracuse’s new-look attack anchors offense, scoring responsibilities

first_imgNo. 6 CornellWhen: April 10Where: Carrier DomeLast year: Cornell 12, Syracuse 6Cornell blew out Syracuse in Ithaca, N.Y., last year, even without Rob Pannell. The attack sat out last season with an injury, and now returns as a fifth-year senior to once again spark the Big Red attack. Paired with fellow attacks Matt Donovan and Steve Mock, Pannell helps give Cornell perhaps the top attacking unit in the nation. Unlike last year, the in-state rivalry is usually compelling. With a more experienced Orange side and a healthier Big Red unit, the game should get back to its exciting ways. Comments Published on February 14, 2013 at 3:24 am Kevin RiceYear: SophomoreHeight: 5-8Weight: 160Hometown: Skaneateles, N.Y.Rice came off of the bench in six games for Syracuse last season, and finished with three points. He scored his first goal in the Orange’s 15-6 win against Villanova in the Big East tournament. While he might not be starting this upcoming season, the more experienced Rice should be able to increase his scoring output in his second season. Inside Lacrosse rated the Skaneateles, N.Y., native the 16th best attack in the Class of 2011, and he scored 70 goals and had 66 assists in his senior season. With more playing time, Rice’s ability to match that level of talent at Syracuse should unfold. No. 14 PrincetonWhen: April 6, 5 p.m.Where: Class of 1952 Stadium, Princeton, N.J.Last year: No. 17 Syracuse 10, No. 11 Princeton 9Princeton’s attack is led by first-team, All-American Thomas Schreiber, but the defense is in a reorganizing year at best, rebuilding at worst. The Tigers lost three regular defenders and its starting goaltender, Tyler Fiorito. That unit conceded just 7.25 goals per game last season. If Derrick Raabe, Nick Fernandez and the rest of the Tigers defense haven’t worked out all of their kinks by early April, SU could have a field day in front of the goal. Pat PowderlyYear: JuniorHeigh: 5-8Weight: 167Hometown: Reisterstown, Md.Powderly played sparingly in his first two seasons at Syracuse. Coming out of high school, Inside Lacrosse ranked him the No. 8 attack and No. 29 overall player, but he’s gotten off just three shots in his two years and played just four games last season after playing six the year before. He scored his first career goal against Providence last season, but has shown his role will be expanding in this year’s exhibitions. He tallied a hat trick against Holy Cross and scored a goal and added four assists in an 18-10 win against Robert Morris to close out the preseason. No. 9 VirginiaWhen: March 1Where: Carrier DomeLast year: Virginia 14, Syracuse 10When the two met last year, Virginia was the top team in the nation, and the disappointment of 2012 had yet to set in for then-unbeaten Syracuse. Now, neither team is in the top eight – the Cavaliers enter the season ranked No. 9 – but it’s still a marquee matchup. UVA has a new look after graduating five All-Americans, but it still plays a fast-paced style, like the Orange, which should make it a compelling and entertaining matchup. Midfielder Rob Emery, who scored 24 goals last season, is back to help anchor the offense at midfield. Dylan DonahueYear: Redshirt FreshmanHeight: 5-9Weight: 172Hometown: Camillus, N.Y.Donahue sat out all of last season as a redshirt, but appears to be very much a part of John Desko’s plans for this season. He’s played decent minutes in the team’s four scrimmages, starting in the preseason opener against Hofstra. Donahue looked comfortable cycling the ball around the offense with JoJo Marasco, Derek Maltz, Billy Ward and Kevin Rice. He scored his first goal 7:08 into the first quarter against Hofstra, peeling off of the crease and firing in off of an assist from Maltz. Donahue finished the preseason, also consisting of games against Holy Cross, Ohio State and Robert Morris, with seven goals and two assists. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Derek MaltzYear: JuniorHeight: 6-3Weight: 196Hometown: Ashburn, Va.The returning starter is unquestionably the anchor of the attack. He was Syracuse’s leading goal-scorer with 28 goals, and had a sparkling 41.2 percent shooting percentage. Maltz has the ability to put together remarkable games, like in the Orange’s win against Hobart last year, when he scored six goals. Following the graduation of Stephen Keogh after the 2011 season, Maltz took over as Syracuse’s crease attack and dominated. The Orange will need to him to maintain that productivity in order to bounce back from a disappointing season. He gave opposing goaltenders headaches, and is in position to do that again this season. Nicky GalassoYear: JuniorHeight: 6-0Weight: 195Hometown: West Islip, N.Y.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGalasso transferred from North Carolina to Syracuse in January, and was immediately thrown into the mix for a spot as a starting attack. Inside Lacrosse rated him the No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2010. In his freshman season at UNC, he finished with 56 points and 32 assists, both program records for a freshman. Then, he was hurt in his sophomore season, and never completely bounced back in the 13 games he played. He transferred to Syracuse with his sights set on bouncing back, but suffered a lower-body injury that requires surgery. Instead of preparing for a starting role, Galasso finds himself hurt once again. Jeff DeskoYear: FreshmanHeight: 6-2Weight: 197Hometown: Marlborough, MassA U.S. Lacrosse All-American in high school, he scored 39 goals and finished with 23 assists as a senior. The nephew of head coach John Desko, he has plenty of potential to be reliable scoring contributor. But as a freshman, Desko might not see a ton of playing time. Currently, he’s listed on the roster as a midfielder but his experience as an attack makes him a perfect fit at that spot. If the Orange needs a scoring boost as the season progresses, Desko could be someone Syracuse turns to. Eric DeJohnYear: Redshirt freshmanHeight: 5-10Weight: 170Hometown: SyracuseThough he redshirted a year ago, DeJohn is arguably Syracuse’s most talented dodging attack. The 2010 Post-Standard Central New York Player of the Year, DeJohn scored a school record 195 goals in three years at Jamesville-DeWitt High School. The attack took a big hit in the waning seconds of the Holy Cross scrimmage that left him on the ground for minutes, but he’s still a candidate to see major playing time on offense. No. 5 Johns HopkinsWhen: March 16, 1 p.m.Where: Carrier DomeLast year: No. 2 Johns Hopkins 11, No. 6 Syracuse 7This will be a game of contrasts between the game’s two most storied programs. The enforcement of the revamped stall warning rules will almost certainly come under scrutiny as Hopkins will look to slow the game down against the Orange’s quick transition attack. A month into the season, the massive deciding factor is theBlue Jays’ veteran defense unit against SU’s high-powered attack unit. Last season’s leading scorer, attack Brandon Benn, returns to lead the offense. Billy WardYear: JuniorHeight: 5-8Weight: 175Hometown: Baldwinsville, N.Y.Ward is a strong scorer who’s been coming off of the bench for the last two seasons. He played in 11 games last year, and finished with a goal and two assists in Syracuse’s 19-6 win against Rutgers in the ESPNU Warrior Classic, then had a goal and three assists in the Big East tournament. John Desko has been complimentary of Ward’s ability and potential. Ward could see more playing time, and can certainly be considered for a starting spot, especially with Nicky Galasso out for the season.last_img read more

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