Two children, great-grandmother killed in Northern California wildfire

first_imgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(SHASTA COUNTY, Calif.) — A 70-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren were killed when a rapidly-spreading wildfire swept into a Northern California town of 92,000 people, trapping them inside their home as one of the young victims, a 5-year-old boy, desperately called 911 pleading for help, relatives and officials said.The Carr Fire jumped the Sacramento River over the weekend and moved into the town of Redding, leveling homes, prompting mass evacuations and spawning devastating “firenados” — or flaming vortexes that shift directions erratically and are powerful enough to toss vehicles, fire officials said.As of Sunday morning, the blaze had burned 89,194 acres or 139 square miles, which is the size of Detroit, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire. The blaze has destroyed at least 536 structures, damaged another 117 and was threatening nearly 5,000 others, officials said.The inferno is just 5 percent contained.The death toll from the fire climbed to five after the bodies of Melody Bledsoe, 70, and her great-grandchildren, James Roberts, 5, and Emily Roberts, 4, were recovered from Bledsoe’s home in Redding, relatives said.“Grandma did everything she could to save them,” Bledsoe’s granddaughter, Amanda Woodley, wrote in a Facebook post after Shasta County Sheriff’s officials confirmed the deaths to relatives. “She was hovered over them both with a wet blanket.”James Robert died after he called 911, pleading for help as the flames bore down on his great-grandmother’s home, relatives told the San Francisco Chronicle.The family said authorities told them the boy had called 911 from the house, relatives told the San Francisco Chronicle.“My nephew called, scared, for help, but they said they couldn’t make it in time,” Carla Bledsoe, the children’s aunt, told the newspaper after speaking with sheriff’s officials.Melody Bledsoe’s husband, Ed Bledsoe, said he had gone to get supplies when his house caught fire. He said his nephew called him and asked him to come back quickly, but he got stuck in traffic.“That woman was the best woman I ever seen and them two kids was absolutely angels,” Ed Bledsoe told the Sacramento Bee of his wife and great-grandchildren. “They done everything for grandma and grandpa, everything.”With the deaths of Bledsoe and the two young children, the number of people killed in the Carr Fire climbed to five.The fire, which started on Monday, also killed Don Ray Smith, an 81-year-old bulldozer operator who was working with fire crews to try to bring the fire under control, officials said. Redding Fire Department Inspector Jeremy Stoke was also killed battling the blaze, officials said.Nearly 40,000 people have been displaced by the blaze, which was spreading on three fronts, Cal Fire officials said on Sunday.“It’s a very large event with very high speed and very high temperatures that are going to last a couple of days,” Sacramento Firefighter Chris Harvey said during a community meeting in Redding Saturday. “The fire still has very explosive behavior.”The fire started Monday, its origin traced to the “mechanical failure” of a vehicle in Whiskeytown, which is about 10 miles northwest of Redding, officials said.Fanned by gusts of up to 60 miles per hour and fueled by dried-out vegetation, the fire more than doubled in size between Friday and Saturday, according to Cal Fire.Nearly 3,400 firefighters are battling the blaze from the ground and in the air, as officials have deployed 17 helicopters, 334 fire engines, 68 bulldozers, and 65 water tenders.Four evacuation centers have been opened in the area.“Extreme fire conditions continue to challenge firefighters last night,” Cal Fire said in a statement released on Sunday. “Erratic winds and hot dry conditions resulted in greater growth and increased fire behavior during night operations.”Firefighters are getting no relief from the weather. Temperatures in the Redding area are forecast to reach 103 degrees on Sunday, Robert Baruffaldi, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service told ABC News.“There’s so much smoke up there, it’s actually keeping the temperature down by about 10 degrees,” Barufaldi said.He said the last significant rain in the Redding area was back on May 25. He added that while a cooling trend is expected toward the end of this week, no rain s in the forecast.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Regional variations in bio-optical properties of the surface waters in the Southern Ocean

first_imgValues of attenuation coefficient, Kd(λ), for five visible wavelengths are reported for 14 sites around South Georgia and the Bransfield Strait, in the Southern Ocean. The mean chlorophyll-plus-phaeopigment concentrations in the upper 30 m of the water column ranged from 0.32–6.633 mg m−3 with one particularly high mean value of 31 mg m−3. Partition of attenuation between chlorophyll (Kc) and other factors in the water column (Ko) indicated that the spectral character of Ko in the Bransfield Strait was consistent with absorption by non chlorophyll-like pigments (Gelbstoff). Values were significantly different between the two areas. Values of the specific attenuation coefficient due to pigment concentration (Kc) were small compared to temperate values. These data support other studies in suggesting that the application of remotely sensed ocean colour data to global biogeochemical surveys requires the development of regional algorithms.last_img read more

Subway unveils expansion plans for south coast

first_imgSubway has unveiled plans to expand the number of its stores on the south coast by more than 20 over the next 18 months.By the end of next year, the number of stores in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, and East and West Sussex will have grown from 109 to around 130. The new stores will create a further 200 jobs.“Our target for the next 18 months is to add in excess of 20 more stores, creating opportunities for would-be entrepreneurs keen to run their own business, as well as adding more than 200 new jobs to the region,” said Subway regional development agent Mark Bradley, who is tasked with the expansion.“We will be focusing our growth on stand-alone units, drive-through and non-traditional locations, such as franchises within hospitals, transport hubs and education establishments, as well as other such complementary locations. Our growth targets mean there are plenty of opportunities for the right people with the right blend of teamwork, leadership and work ethic to become franchisees.”Subway, Bradley added, has a long-established relationship with the south coast, having opened its first ever UK store in Brighton in 1996. The store is still operational.“With a population in the region of over 3.5 million, there is still plenty of room to develop the brand,” he said.Earlier this year Subway opened its 2,500th UK store, in Bristol, with plans to increase the number of stores across the UK and Ireland to 3,000 by 2020. The move should create 5,000 new jobs.last_img read more

Turkuaz’s Shira Elias To Join Mammal Dap For Run Of Beck Tribute Shows

first_imgThis coming February, powerhouse Turkuaz vocalist Shira Elias will join Northampton, MA-based live electronic crew Mammal Dap for a run of shows paying tribute to genre-defying multiple GRAMMY-winnner Beck. The run will begin on Thursday, February 15th at The Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT. From there, the limited-time-only lineup will head to the Big Apple for a Friday, February 16th show at NYC’s The Cutting Room. Finally, they will head towards home to Massachusetts for a Saturday, February 17th show at Thunder Road in Somerville.Mammal Dap Releases Music Video For New Single “I Want 2 Be Ur Friend” [Watch]For tickets to any of the upcoming Mammal Dap Beck tribute shows featuring Shira Elias, and a full list of upcoming performances, head to the band’s website.You can stream Mammal Dap’s 2017 album, Deep Field, below via Spotify:last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Busts Out “Sweet And Low”, Welcomes Marcus King & Drive-By Truckers Members In St. Louis [Videos]

first_imgOn Thursday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band continued their 2018 Wheels of Soul tour with Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band at The Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO. Once again, the 12-piece band put on a fantastic show, welcoming members of the tour’s supporting acts to sit in and digging deep in their repertoire to dust off some long-neglected material.After working through a trio of setlist staples to open their headlining set, Tedeschi Trucks Band broke out a rare cut from 2013’s Made Up Mind, “Sweet and Low”, a tune credited to Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and David Gutter, as well as Lettuce guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam Smirnoff. The St. Louis rendition of “Sweet and Low” marked its first appearance in TTB’s live show in five years.“Don’t Know What It Means” was up next, followed by another tour debut, a cover of the classic Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett/Eric Clapton collaboration, “Comin’ Home”. After a run through the slinky Trucks/Mike Mattison-penned “Right On Time”, the band welcomed Marcus King to the stage for a fiery run through Elmore James blues standard “The Sky Is Crying”.A rendition of Ruth Brown‘s “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean”, a relative staple of the tour’s rotation, came next, followed by an always-welcome run through Revelator (2011) anthem “Bound For Glory”. To close the set, the band welcomed Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley to join the fray for Bob Dylan‘s “Going, Going, Gone”, as has become the custom on the 2018 Wheels of Soul excursion. Tedeschi Trucks Band returned for their encore with DBT’s Jay Gonzalez in tow for the recently-introduced “High & Mighty” before driving the show home with a fan-favorite nod to Joe Cocker, “Space Captain”.Below, you can check out a selection of fan-shot videos from the performance, including the bust-out of “Sweet & Low”:Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Sweet & Low”[Video: KingBennyVideos]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Down In The Flood”[Video: KingBennyVideos]Tedeschi Trucks Band w/ Marcus King – “The Sky Is Crying”[Video: Zarkmoon]Tedeschi Trucks Band w/ Patterson Hood & Mike Cooley – “Going, Going, Gone”[Video: Zarkmoon]Tedeschi Trucks Band w/ Jay Gonzalez – “High & Mighty”[Video: Zarkmoon]Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2018 Wheels of Soul tour makes its final stand this weekend with two nights at the storied Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. For a full list of TTB’s upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | The Fabulous Fox Theatre | St. Louis, MO | 7/26/18Set: Anyhow, Do I Look Worried, Laugh About It, Sweet & Low, Down In The Flood, Don’t Know What It Means, Comin’ Home, Right On Time, The Sky Is Crying*, (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean, Bound For Glory, Going, Going, Gone^Encore: High & Mighty%, Space Captain*with Marcus King^with Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley (Drive-By Truckers)%with Jay Gonzalez (Drive-By Truckers)last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Anne Hathaway’s Circling Off-Broadway & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Anne Hathaway’s Circling Off-Broadway Anne Hathaway is eyeing a run at New York’s Public Theater this spring. According to The Daily Mail, the Les Miz Oscar winner is in final negotiations to star in George Brant’s Grounded. Directed and designed by The Lion King’s Julie Taymor, the one-woman-show follows a hot shot fighter pilot who is prevented from flying when she becomes pregnant. The play previously ran in New York last year at Walkerspace in TriBeCa, starring Hannah Cabell. Is a Stevie Wonder Tuner Broadway-Bound? It would seem NBC has been bitten by the Broadway bug—the network has announced plans for Freedom Run, a series about the Underground Railroad, which is hoped will be adapted into a Great White Way musical. The TV show will be executive produced by Grammy and Oscar-winning legend Stevie Wonder, who is attached to score the production. We’re sure Main Stem theater owners are just calling to say how much they love him already. Gone Girl’s Carrie Coon Set for Playwrights Horizons Gone Girl and Leftovers’ Carrie Coon is heading off-Broadway. The Tony nominee will appear in the previously announced Placebo at Playwrights Horizons, stepping in for Kristen Connolly. Written by Melissa James Gibson and directed by Daniel Aukin, the production will begin previews on February 20, open on March 16 and run through April 5. Sarah Brightman’s $52 Million Space Ticket Sarah Brightman has laid down $52 million for her return ticket to space! The Guardian reports that Phantom’s original Christine will make her long-awaited visit to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz capsule and that she’s already arrived in Russia to begin her training program, although she hasn’t started it yet because she’s got a cold. In nine months she’ll be a real-life starship trooper! Zachary Levi’s a Reborn Hero Broadway alum Zachary Levi has been tapped to appear in NBC’s upcoming event miniseries Heroes Reborn. No word yet on who the former First Date star will play, but the original Heroes series, which aired on the Peacock Network 2006 through 2010, chronicled the life-changing stories of a series of unrelated ordinary people who discovered they had superhuman abilities. Heroes Reborn will start airing this summer. View Commentslast_img read more

Grab a Tree for Spring Planting

first_imgThere is no better time than the present to grab a new tree for your yard, school, parkor street. Many deserving open spaces could use the shade and beauty trees provide.In early spring, many people become anxious to run their fingers through the soil andsee all the living things come out of dormancy.Spring is a great time to get out and look at your natural surroundings, framed andshaded by trees. Almost everyone’s quality-of-life could be improved by planting trees.The old adage remains true today that the first outdoor gardening of the season is treeplanting. Tree planting is an optimistic, life-affirming action of long-term investment weall need. Plant a tree with your children or your neighbor’s children.Which tree should you plant?Every spring many guides and lists catalog new, old, exotic and native trees. They comein most shapes, sizes and temperaments. A number of trees will fit any available site.Pick one out and plant it!If a site has limited overhead growing space, use a small tree. If you have only aplanting site in a narrow spot, use a tree with a slim, upright form.Every tree has a set of attributes that helps it survive. Match the biology of the treeto an appropriate site. Don’t randomly, or without consideration, plop any tree onto anysite.All trees have unique features, as well as traits in common, that provide a variety ofvalues to a site. Depending on your objectives, many trees can generate the desiredresults. Don’t be concerned if you can’t find that one specific tree for a specific spot.There are many great trees.When buying a tree, go to your local tree nursery or garden center. Look for a healthy,structurally sound tree with a large root ball or root area.Remember, for trees to get establishment quickly and start growing well, a large,well-tended root mass is essential.Because of the potential for bark damage in spring, don’t handle or lift the tree bythe stem. Always lift a young tree by the root mass or container.Make sure the tree roots don’t get too warm or dry before you plant it. Too much waterwill damage the tree, too.Some people feel spring in their bones and head off to the woods to steal baby treesfrom their family groups. When they do, they bring home poor quality, pest-infected trees,spoil their landscapes and waste their time.Buying a well-cared-for tree from a reputable nursery or garden center is always yourbest investment.Which tree you plant is not as important as ensuring any tree has enough resources tosurvive and thrive.Trees especially need areas with ample open soil surface. The physical space requiredto allow a tree to grow well can’t be minimized if you want a long-lived, high-qualitytree. If all you have is a poor site, in the end all you will get is a poor tree,regardless of what you bought.Soil quality is important to getting the tree off to a good start. Preventing evenminor amounts of soil compaction, using a thin layer of mulch, reducing competition andproviding adequate water and essential elements will help your new tree.Buy a great tree and give it a great site with plenty of room on which to grow.Don’t wait until spring has fully sprung to consider planting a tree. Those open spotsaround your community and in your yard deserve a touch of life.last_img read more

Briefs

first_imgBriefs Committee appointment process complete June 1, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img The new system of using only electronic applications to apply for Bar committee appointments worked beautifully this year, according to President-elect Miles McGrane, who recently completed the task of appointing some 500 lawyers to the Bar’s substantive law and standing committees.McGrane also said now that term limits for committee participation have been in place for two years, more opportunities than ever were available for members to become involved in the important work of the committees.For the first time the annual committee preference form was only available on The Florida Bar’s Web site this year. Members had the ability to fill out the form and submit it on-line, eliminating the need to insert the form in the Bar News and requiring members to mail or fax in the completed form. It also was presented in the same format as usual and only took a minute or two to complete and submit on-line.“The move to an electronic committee preference form saved the Bar over $10,000,” McGrane said, adding that officers of the Bar have a fiduciary duty to look for ways to conserve the Bar’s resources.McGrane said he worked to appoint people to the committees who had not previously had an opportunity to serve and in making the appointments considered previous history of service to the Bar and service to local voluntary bar organizations.Although a smaller number of members may not have been successful this year, McGrane apologized to those he was unable to appoint, but said their applications would remain on file to fill interim appointments if vacancies occur.He also encouraged those who did not get appointed to apply again when the committee appoint process begins anew in December. One way to enhance your success of being appointed is to list three choices on the form and provide comments about yourself that might set you apart from other applicants, McGrane said.“As a mandatory Bar, we are charged with the obligation of maintaining and improving our justice system,” he said. “Our Supreme Court relies heavily upon us and our expertise in the exercise of the court’s rule-making authority. Additionally, through our substantive law committees, we constantly strive to improve those areas of law.”last_img read more

How credit unions, as a group, will become the largest auto lender

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: James B. TreeceCredit unions as a group, largely working through Credit Union Direct’s CUDL platform, are poised to become the largest single lender to auto buyers — eventually. Here’s how.First, a disclaimer. I moderated a panel of dealers at a conference in May sponsored by Credit Union Direct. Hearing four dealer panelists and a roomful of credit union representatives talking, sometimes bluntly, about what each side needs to do to work better together left me thinking that those two groups have a lot of common interests.So maybe I’ve been brainwashed. But the data are compelling.Among lenders making retail auto loans (that is, excluding leases), credit unions using CUDL ranked No. 3 in originations in 2014, a sharp jump from No. 6 in 2013, Experian’s data show. Last year, Wells Fargo was No. 1 and Ally No. 2. continue reading »last_img read more

Vigilant against coronavirus, Asia’s Muslims keep faith and distance as Ramadan begins

first_imgGovernments of Asian nations with large Muslim populations urged people to keep their distance while observing their faith as Islam’s fasting month of Ramadan began on Friday, shrouded in fear over the coronavirus.Early outbreaks in Asia, home to the bulk of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims, were traced in many cases to pilgrims returning from Iran and Saudi Arabia, as in Afghanistan and Pakistan, or gatherings of Islamic groups, as in India and Malaysia.During Ramadan, set to begin on Friday or Saturday, depending on the sighting of the new moon, Muslims join their families to break the fast at sunset, go to mosques to pray and look to spend time with relatives. In neighboring Indonesia, which has the world’s biggest Muslim population, President Joko Widodo repeated a call for people to work and pray at home during a national address. Indonesia has identified 7,775 infections, and 647 deaths, for Asia’s highest toll outside China, where the disease emerged.On the island of Java, Tatan Agustustani, 52, and his family were busy clearing furniture from their lounge room to make way for prayer mats.”It’s the same in the mosque or at home,” said Agustustani, who lives in Bogor, on the outskirts of Jakarta, the capital. “For me, no matter where we are, prayers must go on, even though we cannot pray in the mosque.”But that message appeared lost in Aceh, the sharia-ruled province at the far western tip of the archipelago nation, as worshippers crowded into a mosque for tarawih prayers on the eve of Ramadan.Some said their fate was not in their hands, although many wore masks as they lined up shoulder-to-shoulder to pray.”In our belief, it is God who decides when we will die,” said one devotee, Taufik Kelana. “But we will stay alert, like wearing a mask.”In Brunei, the tiny oil rich sultanate that shares the island of Borneo with Malaysia and Indonesia, mosques have been temporarily closed and people urged to pray at home. Brunei has reported 138 infections.No iftar In South Asia, Ramadan is expected to start on Saturday.Leaders of India’s 160 million-strong Muslims have urged people to heed the nationwide lockdown throughout the month. The lockdown in India, which has recorded 23,076 infections, including 718 deaths, is set to end on May 3.”If the lockdown does not end on May 3 or soon after, it will be a Ramadan unlike any in my 55 years,” said Salim Mohammed, a property agent in the western city of Ahmedabad.Muslims, who form 12 percent of India’s population of 1.3 billion, faced renewed pressure from Hindu hardline groups tied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling alliance and vigilante groups after a large number of infections were linked to a religious gathering of a Sunni missionary group.The Tablighi Jamaat event in mid-March drew participants from across India, neighboring Bangladesh and even Indonesia and Malaysia.The reputed All India Islamic Centre of religious teaching will livestream recitation of two chapters of the Koran, the Muslim holy book, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day.”This is the best way to pray to Allah and keep everyone safe,” said its chairman, Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali.”There should be no Roza Iftaar parties at all. Instead that money should be used for food and rations for the poor.”Bangladesh has ordered mosques to restrict Ramadan evening prayers to 12 people and banned iftar gatherings, while Sri Lanka has closed mosques to the public.Doctors in Pakistan are worried by the government’s decision to lift curbs on mosque congregations for Ramadan.Pakistan has 11,155 virus infections with 237 deaths, but doctors, and the government, say the outbreak has yet to peak.Heeding doctors’ advice, the government of the southern province of Sindh ordered tarawih prayers performed at home, limiting Friday mosque gatherings to three to five people.”All I can say is it is another test by Allah,” said Nur Alam, 65, a refugee in Bangladesh, whose son was shot dead during the Myanmar military crackdown of 2017, in which hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled into the neighboring country.”I’ll fast and will keep praying to Allah. The virus would go away. May Allah keep everyone safe out there and everywhere.”  But the risk of full-blown epidemics has changed priorities, with curbs imposed on large gatherings for prayers and public iftars, or meals to break the fast.”Just like when we fast, we must struggle and fight against our desires,” Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a televised address to his country, one of the hardest hit by the virus in Southeast Asia.”It doesn’t matter that we cannot pray together at the mosque. Perhaps this is a God-given opportunity for us to pray with our families at home instead.”On Thursday, his government extended curbs on movement until May 12, cancelled popular evening bazaars and banned attendance at mosque prayers as well as travel back to people’s hometowns.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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