Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2014 presentation results for the first quarter.For more information about Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) 2014 presentation results for the first quarter.Company ProfileLucara Diamond Corporation is a diamond exploration and mining company which operates in southern Africa. Its principal asset is the wholly-owned Karowe Mine in Botswana where Lesidi La Rona was found; the world’s second largest gem-quality diamond. Karowe Mine consistently produces large Type IIA stones and has an estimated worth of $US2.2 billion unmined diamonds. Lucara Diamond Corporation also has interests in the Mothae Diamond Project in Lesotho and the Kavango Diamond Project in Namibia. The company was previously known as Bannockburn Resources Limited, but the name was changed to Lucara Diamond Corporation in 2007. Lucara Diamond Corporation is a member of the Lundin Group of Companies with its head office based in Vancouver, Canada.
Capital Oil Plc (CAPOIL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Capital Oil Plc (CAPOIL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Capital Oil Plc (CAPOIL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Capital Oil Plc (CAPOIL.ng) 2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileCapital Oil Plc is a petroleum marketing company operating in the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. The company sources and supplies a wide range of petroleum products including industrial supplies, automotive gas oil, premium motor spirit, dual purpose kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas bottling, lubricants and chemicals. Capoil imports automotive gas oil in commercial quantity for the industrial and retail sector. The company has a 14-metric ton LPG plant in Ogun state in Nigeria and a 10-metric ton LPG in the Ogun state. Capital Oil Plc was rescued from near collapse in 2012 and has gone through a major turnaround exercise; profitability was restored and value to shareholders was restored. The company has 11 service outlets which were reactivated and are profitable. Capital Oil Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Capital Oil is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Jobs & Calls Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City, Utah] During its April 18-20 meeting here, the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council adopted several resolutions, which are summarized below.Executive CouncilSubmit an A resolution to General Convention to recognize the work of the Episcopal Church Foundation and its management of the church-wide Rebuild our Church in Haiti campaign and the contributions of individuals, parishes and dioceses in support of the Diocese of Haiti’s determination to re-build post-earthquake; reaffirm church’s desire to stand with the diocese “as it continues to renew its life and rebuild for a stronger future” through continuing fundraising work (EC000).Joint resolution: Advocacy & Networking for Mission, Governance and Administration for Mission, Local Mission and MinistryReaffirm the importance of ongoing anti-racism training for the church, and commit council to participate in anti-racism training at its regularly scheduled meetings on a periodic basis (A&N-GAM-LLM001)Advocacy & Networking for MissionState opposition to racial profiling by law enforcement and civil authorities that unjustly victimizes persons of color, causing undue harm to the victims, their families and their communities; support for Senate Bill 1670 (End Racial Profiling Act of 2011); stand in solidarity with suffering of the victims, families and communities of the harm caused by racial profiling, and lament the lack of adequate training on racial profiling issues as part of law enforcement training, the lack of effective policies that prohibit racial profiling, and the lack of monitoring of discriminatory racial profiling practices by jurisdictions (A&N053)Urge the U.S. Congress to adopt Senate Bill 1925 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act; urge Episcopalians, through the Episcopal Public Policy Network, to contact their legislators and express support; support new provisions in the law to protect Native American women by giving tribes expanded authority to prosecute domestic violence-related cases, raise cap on visas issued to undocumented aliens who are victims of domestic violence, and prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in domestic-violence shelters supported by the act. (A&N054)Support work of Children’s Defense Fund’s “Cradle to Prison Pipeline” campaign and similar campaigns (A&N055)Reauthorize the Executive Council Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Executive Council Economic Justice Loan Committee as continuing committees of council pursuant to Canon I.4.3(h) (A&N056)Finances for MissionEstablish Trust Fund 1050 as St. John’s Episcopal Thrift Shop Fund as an investment account for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Fallbrook, California (FFM065)Authorize the Rev. Rosemari Sullivan, special assistant and coordinator for Haiti Long Term Recovery Project, to raise approximately $26,000 to bring Choeur D’Anges from Mirebalais, Haiti to perform at General Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana; such funds to be held in a designated account administered by the treasurer for this purpose (FFM066)Governance and Administration for MissionAmend the by-laws of the Executive Council of the General Convention and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society to revise nomenclature (GAM027, GAM028, GAM029)Submit an A resolution to General Convention asking that it amend Canon I.4.3(h) to provide that any committee of Executive Council (other than its standing committees) will cease to exist at the close of the second General Convention following its creation unless otherwise extended and that council may revoke, rescind, or modify the mandate or charter of any Executive Council Committee not otherwise created by canon (GAM030)Amend Article VIII, Section 5 of the bylaws concerning the Joint Investment Committee to add at least one of the additional members shall be a member of Executive Council’s Joint Standing Committee on Finances for Mission (GAM031)Adopt the Employee Handbook of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and related documents (GAM032)Local Mission and MinistryReview and affirm a list of Jubilee Programs (LMM025)Recognize the companion diocese relationship between the Diocese of Southeast Florida and the Diocese of Haiti until such time as this relationship is terminated by mutual consent (LMM026)Propose an A resolution to General Convention to amend the mandate and membership selection for the council’s Committee on Anti-racism (LMM027)Continue council’s Committee on Indigenous Ministries with a revised mandate (LMM029)World MissionThank Episcopal Church Foundation for its work on the Rebuild Our Church in Haiti project, direct church’s development staff to take up management of that work through the end of the year, direct council to make more permanent plans for continuing the work and thank those who have contributed and will contribute to the efforts to help the (WM024)Urge council’s World Mission Committee in the next triennium to develop a plan for conversation with Province IX, Mexico and Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America for revisioning the mutual mission-based partnership as a model for working with all other covenant partners (Brazil, Liberia and the Philippines). (WM025)Note: An “A” resolution is one submitted to General Convention by the church’s committees, commissions, agencies and boards, known as the CCABs. Most, but not all, A resolutions are contained in those groups’ reports to convention known as the Blue Book. The Blue Book for this summer’s convention is due to become available online April 23. Resolutions submitted to convention by bishops are “B” resolutions; those from dioceses are known as “C” resolutions and those from deputies are “D” resolutions. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson assign each resolution as it is received to one of the convention’s legislative committees. Once those assignments are made, resolutions are posted here.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is a writer and editor for Episcopal News Service. Tags Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 A summary of Executive Council resolutions The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Press Release Service Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Job Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Executive Council, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Apr 20, 2012 Submit an Event Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector Columbus, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Executive Council April 2012 Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC
Small South African charity Thusanani has started publishing a blog to communicate and inform the world about the plight of HIV/Aids orphans in South Africa. One of its main objectives is to target the large South African community settled in the UK and recruit them as donors.To date very few UK charities have embraced blogging as a way of establishing a dialogue with supporters and potential supporters, and the charity believes it is the first South African charity to do so.The blog will encourage both readers and users of Thusanani to voice their opinions and to allow others to learn from the charity’s experiences. “Thusanani” is an African word that means “helping each other”. Advertisement Fiona, Thusanani’s South African-based volunteer blog writer, explains how the blog can make a difference: “I am not an occupational therapist but I am a good writer and keen to get their message across to others. So I felt that I could help Thusanani as a volunteer and raise its profile through blogging.”Hayden Hamlet, trustee, said: “We are hoping that the large South African community in the UK will read the blog and give their support.”Unlike the USA, many UK charities have not taken up the opportunity to blog and thereby communicate to their donors, supporters, volunteers and the wider audience. Blogging allows Thusanani to converse openly, which involves being prepared to handle criticism, answer questions, and receive positive feedback.The world’s “Blogosphere” is now 60 times larger than it was 3 years ago, according to Technorati.com, and there are around 1.2 million legitimate postings a day. The blog-reading audience is about 20% of the size of the newspaper-reading population, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis South African charity to target expats in the UK with blog Tagged with: Digital Howard Lake | 17 October 2006 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Twitter TAGS By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 Facebook Facebook Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleThe Worldwide Content Delivery Network Industry is Projected to Grow to $27.9 Billion by 2025 – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleGlobal ECG Telemetry Devices Market (2020 to 2025) – Growth, Trends, and Forecasts – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Pinterest Accenture Named Adobe 2020 Global Digital Experience Solution Partner of the Year WhatsApp NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 28, 2021– Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been named the 2020 Global Digital Experience Solution Partner of the Year by Adobe. The award is presented to the Adobe partner that has made the biggest impact on Adobe Experience Cloud by delivering significant value and innovation to joint customers and deepening its technical expertise and implementation excellence of Adobe Experience Platform and Adobe Experience Cloud applications. 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Rajasthan High Court Calls For Action Against Magistrate Who Issued Arrest Warrants While HC’s Anticipatory Bail Order Was In Existence
News UpdatesRajasthan High Court Calls For Action Against Magistrate Who Issued Arrest Warrants While HC’s Anticipatory Bail Order Was In Existence Sparsh Upadhyay15 Nov 2020 6:12 AMShare This – xThe Rajasthan High Court on Monday (09th November) directed Registrar (Vigilance) to initiate against a Magistrate who issued Arrest Warrants against accused, despite the fact that High Court had earlier granted them Anticipatory Bail.The Bench of Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma also observed,”The action of the learned Magistrate is clearly wanting and shows scant respect to the High Court’s…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Rajasthan High Court on Monday (09th November) directed Registrar (Vigilance) to initiate against a Magistrate who issued Arrest Warrants against accused, despite the fact that High Court had earlier granted them Anticipatory Bail.The Bench of Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma also observed,”The action of the learned Magistrate is clearly wanting and shows scant respect to the High Court’s order as well as having little knowledge relating to criminal law.”BackgroundThe petitioners, Nanuram Saini and Vinod Kumar were granted anticipatory bail by the High Court in the year 2003, in connection with the FIR registered against them on cheating charges.Thereafter, the Magistrate took cognizance of the offences relating to allegations under Sections 418, 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 406 & 120-B IPC against the accused/petitioners. The Court also issued arrest warrants against them (in September 2020).The Counsel for the petitioners submitted that on coming to know about the arrest warrants, the petitioners moved an application before the Court of Magistrate informing that they are on anticipatory bail, granted by the High Court and also requested the Magistrate that the arrest warrants should be converted into bailable warrants in terms of Section 70(2) Cr.P.C.However, the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Khetri whereby its order dated 3.9.2020 refused to convert the non-bailable warrants to bailable warrants on the premise that he does not have the power to convert the non-bailable warrants to bailable warrants as it would amount to refuse to recall its earlier order, which is barred in terms of Section 362 Cr.P.C. and he further issued arrest warrants on the same day.The Counsel submitted before the High Court that the issue regarding the tenure of the anticipatory bail has been decided in the case of Sushila Agarwal & Others Versus State (NCT of Delhi) & Anr. by the Five Judges Bench and it has been held that the anticipatory bail granted by the Court shall continue till the end of the trial.Court’s OrderTo this, the High Court said,”The action of the learned Magistrate from the date, it has taken cognizance and up to the passing of the impugned order dated 3.9.2020 (issuing arrest warrants) has acted in clear violation of the orders passed by the High Court after having granted anticipatory bail.”The Court also said,”There was no occasion for the learned Magistrate to have issued the arrest warrants and such course or power was not available with it in spite of having been given to it. Learned Magistrate has insisted on issuing of the arrest warrants and it is also seen that the provisions of Section 362 Cr.P.C. cannot come into operation while deciding the application under Section 70 (2) Cr.P.C.”In view of the aforesaid, the High Court allowed the petition and quashed the order dated 3.9.2020 (of the Magistrate).Lastly, it was directed by the Court,”A copy of this order be sent to the Registrar (Vigilance) for placing it before the concerned Committee to decide what course of action is required to be done as against such Magistrate.”Click here to download the OrderNext Story
AIIMS Nurses’ Strike- “They Rendered Yeoman’s Service To Society/Patients During COVID-19”: Delhi HC Directs AIIMS Not To Take Coercive Action Against Them
News UpdatesAIIMS Nurses’ Strike- “They Rendered Yeoman’s Service To Society/Patients During COVID-19”: Delhi HC Directs AIIMS Not To Take Coercive Action Against Them Sparsh Upadhyay1 March 2021 8:35 AMShare This – xIn view of the role that nurses play, their grievances, if any, ought to be considered and redressed in a timely and expedient manner. The Nurses have some long pending grievances. Both sides ought to be reasonable and not take extreme positions while attempting redressal: Delhi High CourtUnderlining that health workers and nurses in general, including nurses working at AIIMS have rendered yeoman’s service to society and patients, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delhi High Court last week directed AIIMS not to take coercive steps against Nurses for having gone on strike. The Bench of Justice Prathiba M. Singh also directed that the conciliation…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginUnderlining that health workers and nurses in general, including nurses working at AIIMS have rendered yeoman’s service to society and patients, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delhi High Court last week directed AIIMS not to take coercive steps against Nurses for having gone on strike. The Bench of Justice Prathiba M. Singh also directed that the conciliation proceedings should continue under the ID Act (to consider the grievance of AIIMS Nurses Union) and the same be decided expeditiously (in any case within a period of three months). Facts in brief A plea was filed by the All-India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) against the AIIMS Nurses Union challenging the notice issued by the Union for going on an indefinite strike w.e.f. 16th December, 2020. The Nurses Union had raised various demands and issues with the Petitioner (AIIMS) which, according to it, were not addressed. Hence, the notice for a strike was given. Vide its order dated 15th December 2020, the Delhi High Court had restrained the AIIMS Nurses Union from continuing with its indefinite strike, until further orders, noting that their grievances were already under consideration. Court’s observations At the outset, regarding the role of the nurses, the Court observed, “Their service has been selfless and prone to enormous risk for their own self and their families. Their necessity during the pandemic was indispensable. The order restraining them from going on strike is in fact a recognition of their importance to the patients and to the working of the hospital.” Further, the Court also remarked, “In view of the role that nurses play, their grievances, if any, ought to be considered and redressed in a timely and expedient manner. The Nurses have some long pending grievances. Both sides ought to be reasonable and not take extreme positions while attempting redressal.” Lastly, taking into account that the matter is presently pending before the Conciliation Officer under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 (“ID” Act), the petition was disposed of with the following directions: The AIIMS Nurses Union assures this Court that they will not resort to a strike without following the procedure as prescribed under the ID Act. The Union, all its members, and nurses shall be bound by this statement. Subject to the said assurance given above being honored by the Nurses Union, it is directed that the AIIMS shall not take coercive steps against the Petitioner for the Nurses having gone on strike under the impugned notice dated 16th December, 2020.Once the conciliation proceedings conclude, if there is no resolution, both parties are left to avail of their remedies in accordance with law. The petition was disposed of in these terms and all pending applications were also disposed of. The demand of the Nurses’ Union Around 5,000 AIIMS nurses have been raising a number of demands before the AIIMS Administration, including lack of clarity of their salary structure under the Sixth Pay Commission. Further, their other demands are related to the pension scheme, cadre restructuring, qualification pay and modifications in the job description, among others. As per a report of the Indian Express, in a letter to the Director of AIIMS dated November 13, the nurses had cited 23 unresolved demands. Foremost among them is the demand to address the Sixth Pay Commission anomaly with respect to their salaries. They have stated in their letter that their salary was fixed at Rs 18,460 per month but they receive Rs 17,140 only. In related news, the Kerala High Court has issued notice to the Kerala State Government, the State Director of the National Health Mission, and the Malappuram District Programme Manager of Aarogyakeralam, Malappuram Medical College, and the Indian Nursing Council upon a legal challenge to an order prescribing that the monthly salary of staff nurses be confined to the number of days worked in a month. Case title – All India Institute Of Medical Sciences v. AIIMS Nurses Union [W.P.(C) 10445/2020 & CM APPLs. 33046/2020 & 7449/2021] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Story
Justin 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.