BHP in $5bn US gas deal

first_img KCS-content whatsapp BHP in $5bn US gas deal BHP BILLITON yesterday agreed to buy US shale gas assets from Chesapeake Energy Corporation for $4.75bn cash, in its first acquisition since a series of failed major deals. BHP said the deal, expected to close in the first half of the year, would give it the second largest position in one of the largest gas fields in the world and increase its oil and gas reserves by 45 per cent.The natural gas properties are located in the Fayetteville shale, a natural gas field in central Arkansas. BHP aims to triple daily production as the field is developed. BHP chief executive Marius Kloppers, who last week said the firm would only buy tier 1 assets, said the deal was “consistent with its strategy”. BHP’s move to acquire Chesapeake Energy’s assets comes just three months after the Anglo-Australian company dropped its hostile bid to acquire Canada’s Potash Corp. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share Monday 21 February 2011 9:09 pmlast_img read more

Hotelest Limited ( 2017 Abridged Report

first_imgHotelest Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about Hotelest Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Hotelest Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Hotelest Limited (  2017 abridged results.Company ProfileHotelest Limited is based in Port Louis, Mauritius and is engaged in the tourism and hospitality industry where, through the company’s subsidiary, Constance Hotels Services Limited, owns and operates hotels. Hotelest Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Fidelity Bank Plc ( Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgFidelity Bank Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Fidelity Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Bank Plc (  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileFidelity Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the individual, commercial and corporate sectors. Its extensive full-service personal and business offering ranges from transactional accounts, online banking, loans and term deposits to money market, treasury services loans and advances, commercial support overdrafts, equipment leasing finance and trade, working capital, project, asset and syndicate finance. Fidelity Bank Plc operates through 225 business offices, 730 ATMs and 3 853 point-of-sale channels. Founded in 18=987 and formerly known as Fidelity Union Merchant Bank, the company changed its name to Fidelity Bank Plc in 1999. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Fidelity Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

AD Classics: Maison Louis Carré / Alvar Aalto

first_imgphotographs:  Samuel LudwigPhotographs:  Samuel Ludwig, Courtesy of greatbuildings.comProject gallerySee allShow lessUpdate: Facades+ Performance SymposiumEventThe New ‘Context’ in Architecture: Learning From LebanonArticles Share Projects AD Classics: Maison Louis Carré / Alvar Aalto ArchDaily France Houses Year:  Save this picture!© Samuel LudwigWritten by Lisa Wronski Share “COPY” CopyIn the commune of Bazoches-sur-Guyonnes, about 40 kilometers southwest of Paris, sits one of the most important private houses designed by Alvar Aalto: Maison Louis Carré. The client, Louis Carré, was a prominent French art dealer who was also very interested in architecture. He desired a house that would be able to accommodate many guests for art viewings, but also incorporated a private component. He commissioned Aalto to design his house in 1956, and Louis Carré and his wife, Olga, were able to move into their new home three years later.+ 16Save this picture!© Samuel LudwigRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesAalto took great care in designing the total experience of Maison Louis Carré. In order to reach the house from first entering the site, one must walk up the sloping path to the top of the hill. This long path, as well as its distance away from Paris, gives the house a private, sanctuary-like feeling. Aalto specifically placed the house at the top of the site, providing ideal views to the south. The main exterior feature is the gradual sloping of the roof, which almost appears as an extension of the hill below.Save this picture!© Samuel LudwigThe materials used in Maison Louis Carré were purposefully chosen. The exterior is a clean-cut, white-rendered brick. The stone is local sandstone, the same stone used for Chartres Cathedral twenty kilometers away. Pinewood from Finland is used on the interior, while vertical wooden louvers are occasionally revealed on the exterior as well and most prominently at the main entrance. Save this picture!© Samuel LudwigJust as in Villa Mairea, Maison Louis Carré is a residence that combines both public and private life. Guests enter through the main entrance and are confronted with a large wall used for displaying art, an important feature for Louis Carré. Guests are then directed down the wide Venetian stairway into the living room through careful design techniques by Aalto, such as the slight organic curve of the ceiling. This spacious living room contains large windows that span the entire length of the wall, providing views of the grassy hill and, today, a large woodland. Other public spaces of the house include a small library attached to the living room and a dining room on the opposite end of the entrance hall.Save this picture!© Samuel LudwigMaison Louis Carré experiments with the technique of layering in a number of ways. For example, behind the wall used for displaying art is the hallway that leads to the private areas, including the bedrooms and guest rooms. The housekeepers’ rooms are located on the second floor of the house. Aalto designed the home so that one must move through multiple layers in order to reach the most private areas of the house. Save this picture!© Samuel LudwigAs in many of his other works, Aalto created a complete work of art with Maison Louis Carré, combining buildings, garden, furniture, and interior design. Much of the furniture and light fixtures in the house were specifically designed just for this building. Aalto included many subtle, yet substantial details as well, both interior and exterior. A swimming pool, a plant-room building, and a garage are all located behind the house.The elegance of Maison Louis Carré is undeniable, from its materials to its exquisite detailing. It is Aalto’s only remaining building in France and was classified as an important historic building in 1996. It is protected in France by law and is now owned by the Association Alvar Aalto en France.•Bazoches-sur-Guyonnes, France 1959center_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Photographs Architects: Alvar Aalto Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  AD Classics: Maison Louis Carré / Alvar AaltoSave this projectSaveAD Classics: Maison Louis Carré / Alvar Aalto 1959 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeAlvar AaltoOfficeFollowProductsStoneBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsArchitecture ClassicsResidential ArchitectureHousesBazoches-sur-GuyonnesAD Architecture ClassicsMaison Louis CarréHousesFrancePublished on April 06, 2013Cite: Lisa Wronski. “AD Classics: Maison Louis Carré / Alvar Aalto” 06 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panel – Terrazzo BlackStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Basiq SeriesIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsWoodLunawoodInterior ThermowoodWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows – EvenMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsDoorsECLISSESliding Door Opening System – ECLISSE Push&PullStonesMarini MarmiNatural Stone – Nuvolato di GréMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

One month after journalist’s disappearance, investigation seems to go nowhere

first_img Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies MexicoAmericas News Reports News Follow the news on Mexico December 11, 2009 – Updated on May 31, 2017 One month after journalist’s disappearance, investigation seems to go nowhere No ransom demand. No news at all. The official investigation has not progressed in the month since María Esther Aguilar Cansimbe, a young journalist employed by the Diario de Zamora and Cambio de Michoacán newspapers in the southwestern state of Michoacán, disappeared on 11 November. Nonetheless, there are reasons for thinking her disappearance was linked to her reporting and that drug traffickers were involved.“It is vital that the Special Federal Attorney’s Office for Combating Violence against the Media (FEADP), which is about to sent a team to Michoacán to look into this case, should take account of certain factors reported by Aguilar’s relatives and colleagues,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Some of the stories Aguilar had just written had left her very exposed to the possibility of reprisals.” The press freedom organisation added: “The case’s to-ing and fro-ing between different officials in the past month has caused a major delay in the investigation and there is every reason to fear that it could grind to a complete halt.”A Reporters Without Borders representative met recently with Aguilar’s family and some of her close colleagues.A member of the staff of a Michoacán newspaper told Reporters Without Borders: “We try harder all the time to report the news objectively but investigative journalism has disappeared. It no longer exists. We no longer see any way out of this. Some of our colleagues have fled the region to protect themselves, while the rest continue to live under the permanent eye of the drug traffickers.”The epicentre of a federal offensive against drug trafficking launched in 2006, the state of Michoacán is under the sway of such high-profile crime organisations as The Family, a local cartel, and the Zetas, a paramilitary group.Shortly before her disappearance, Aguilar had covered a local police official’s alleged use of violence and abuse of authority. She also covered the detention of two leading members of The Family, one known as “Nineteen and a Half,” who was arrested in August, and the other known as “El Bofo” (Fatty), arrested on 30 October.The Michoacán State Justice Attorney General’s Office claims to have written 19 procedural reports since the start of the investigation into Aguilar’s disappearance, but her relatives said “no one ever contacted us” and they insist that the case file has just passed between judicial officials in the cities of Uruapán, Zamora and Morelia without any explanation being given.Aged 32 and the mother of girls aged 7 and 9, Aguilar is the ninth journalist to disappear in Mexico since 2003. Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further Organisation RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state May 13, 2021 Find out more News MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Donegal people urged to exercise their right to vote in next week’s elections

first_img By News Highland – May 16, 2014 Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Twitter Previous articleGardai appeal after thieves steal 16 thousand euro worth of Boat enginesNext articleChair of Letterkenny JPC says the town should retain a local policing partnership News Highland With one week to go to the local and European elections, young people are being urged to use their vote.On Friday next, May 23rd, the people of Donegal will cast their votes in both elections.Some candidates have stated that while canvassing, many people are are saying they do not intend to use their vote.Sharon McNare from the Donegal Youth Council will be voting for the first time, – she says it’s essential people exercise their democratic right:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Pinterest Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week News Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Pinterest Donegal people urged to exercise their right to vote in next week’s electionslast_img read more

Taking Sufferings Of Farmers Seriously

first_imgColumnsTaking Sufferings Of Farmers Seriously Prof. (Dr) Yogesh Pratap Singh & Lokendra Malik11 Jan 2021 9:42 PMShare This – xHundreds of thousands of farmers are sitting on dharna in this bone-chilling winter on Delhi borders for the last one month but the government is hardly bothered about their sufferings and grievances. These farmers are protesting against three farm laws passed by Parliament of India recently during the Monsoon session. These laws are: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion…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?LoginHundreds of thousands of farmers are sitting on dharna in this bone-chilling winter on Delhi borders for the last one month but the government is hardly bothered about their sufferings and grievances. These farmers are protesting against three farm laws passed by Parliament of India recently during the Monsoon session. These laws are: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, (2) Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, and (3) Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020. The Grievance The farmers believe that these farm laws will affect their interests adversely and the corporates can use these laws to exploit them because of the weak bargaining power of the peasantry and lack of sufficient legal protections. They believe that the government has a soft corner for corporates and these farm laws would provide opportunities to the corporates to rob their livelihoods. The central government is proposing some amendments to the laws— particularly to the most controversial Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act which could well have been inserted during the course of informed debate in both Houses of Parliament and after receiving genuine stakeholder response and suggestions. Such kind of law would have been received more appreciation and acceptability. What was the need to pass the laws with rocket speed? Not only did the government fail to reach out to the dissenters then, the same dismissive approach was adopted when the protests began initially in Punjab and then at Delhi’s entry points. The Futile Dialogue There have also been a few rounds of talks between the farmer organizations and the government ministers but no solution has yet been found. The agitation is likely to be intensified in the coming days because the farmers are demanding a total repeal of these laws and the government is not ready to withdraw these laws as of now. However, the government has assured the farmers to amend the laws but they are not satisfied with this proposal and are determined to get a complete repeal of the laws which seems to be difficult, if not impossible. The government is sparing no opportunity to use its cadre to discredit this agitation and to divide the farmers on regional lines. The farm unions have expressed a willingness to strengthen the dialogue, provided the discussions relate to providing a “legal guarantee” for minimum support prices (MSP) of crops beyond simply the government’s “written assurance” which does not look effective to them. They are not satisfied with government’s written assurance proposal. They need legal force behind the MSP as the written assurance of MSP seems less effective to them. The farmers need more legal protection, not only a written assurance so that they could knock the doors of the courts of law for getting justice in case of violation of their rights. The farmers are quite mature and know very well about written or unwritten political assurances in our parliamentary democracy. Empathy towards Farmers? Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his government was ready to engage with the protesters — including those “with political agenda” and “ideologically against the government” — but this could only be based on “facts and logic”. In short, the Prime Minister was silent regarding repealing or even, as suggested by the Supreme Court, withholding the implementation of the three farm laws. The farmers are not satisfied with this statement made by the Prime Minister. They had expected more from him. They believe that the Prime Minister is hiding the truth. It seems the Prime Minister has lost a good opportunity to clear the facts and farmers’ doubts. He should have been more generous towards their issues, demands, and doubts because they play a great role in the nation-building process. He should not politicize the issue simply by blaming the opposition parties for the agitation. This is a mass movement without any political affiliation. He should go to the core issue and find out the reasons of the protest. He should also clear the doubts of the farmers about the apprehension of misuse of these laws. This is what the farmers expect from their Pradhan Sewak who considers himself a great prophet of aam aadmi. Unfortunately, the Modi government seems to be less empathetic for the farmer’s problems and issues. It is taking them lightly and calling it a state-specific protest which is not true. Throughout the country, the farmers are unhappy with the central government’s farm laws and policies. Sadly, some of the ministers of Modi government are using all tactics to discredit the farmers’ protests. They are blaming the opposition parties for this protest as majority of protesting farmers have come from Punjab, a Congress-ruled state. The Modi government has also deployed its political cadre to justify the laws. Many TV channels are behaving like spokespersons of the government and supporting the government’s stand on the farm laws loudly. This is not a good trend for a free and fair media. On a few occasions, Prime Minister Modi has also spoken in favour of the laws and asked the farmers to accept them. It is very sad to observe how the Haryana Police tried their best to stop the entry of the innocent farmers into Delhi. Were the farmers not constitutionally entitled to reach Delhi, their national capital and express their grievances against the laws that they believed are harmful to their interests? The Constitution gives them freedom of movement and of speech and expression to all its citizens including farmers. Why did the Haryana Police stop them? Not only this, these farmers were variously called anti-national, ultra-Left, tukde tukde gang, anti-nationals, and Khalistan sympathisers-led. This is very bad. This is how the government treats our Annadata? Do not they deserve a better and dignified treatment? The Prime Minister should show more magnanimity and ask his ministers to engage with the farmers sincerely and with open-mind. The government should not make it a prestige issue. Farmers belong to the country and the country belongs to them. Their contribution cannot be taken lightly. Their sons and daughters of farmers are serving the nation in different capacities including the armed forces and there is no reason to discredit them. Those who are calling the protesting farmers anti-nationals are insulting the country. Nobody can instigate them. They are fully mature people who are quite cautious to know about their rights and duties. The government should not run propaganda against these innocent farmers. It should listen to them carefully and address their grievances generously. Let these farmers go home peacefully and engage in their routine work. The government should not compel them to bear the attack of bone-chilling cold and covid pandemic. Needless to say, the Modi government had acted in haste when it passed these laws in Parliament. There was no consultation with the essential stakeholders. There was need to act in haste during this difficult corona time when people are badly struggling and suffering. Many people have lost their lives and livelihood. The government should have been more cautious regarding the protests of farm unions and opposition parties on this important issue. Why were these laws brought via ordinance route? It should have waited for the normal period and pass these laws after full discussion and deliberation in Parliament. There was no emergency to enact these laws by using extraordinary legislative tools of the ordinance and thereafter passing the laws in Parliament on Sunday. Why did the government not refer these laws to the Select Committee for full discussion with the necessary stakeholders? This was a very important issue that could have been settled in consultation with all stakeholders including the state governments as these kinds of issues touch the fundamental core of our federal system also. They certainly deserve a better treatment. Even in his outreach address, Prime Minister Modi blamed the parties that had “ruled Kerala and West Bengal” for “misguiding the farmers of Punjab”. Such talking down is least helpful in a situation that calls for dialogue and more dialogue. Blaming the opposition would not serve any purpose. The Prime Minister is expected to heal the wounds. He should not rub salt on farmers’ wounds. He should rise above politics and think seriously about the farmers. He belongs to the entire country including those who do not like his political ideology. He should not blame the opposition parties for the protest but should face the reality and suggest some solution to the problems of farmers. He is a statesman, not just a spokesperson of a political party who always targets his political rivals in press conferences or t v debates. All Eyes on the Supreme Court Now the matter has also reached the Supreme Court. Some farmer unions have challenged the constitutional validity of these laws in the Supreme Court of India. In addition to this, a law student has also filed a Public Interest Litigation or the Social Action Litigation (as eminent jurist Professor Upendra Baxi rightly calls it) in the Supreme Court and sought the removal of protesting farmers from the borders of Delhi to a designated place citing inconvenience to the public, besides the threat of coronavirus infection. The Supreme Court has issued the notice to the central government and the farm unions and recognized the constitutional right of the farmers to protest so long as their protest is peaceful. This is indeed an admirable decision. This is what the Court observed regarding this on 17th December in the case of Rakesh Vaishnav v.Union of India & Others, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 1118/2020: “We clarify that this Court will not interfere with the protest in question. Indeed, the right to protest is part of a fundamental right and can as a matter of fact, be exercised subject to public order. There can certainly be no impediment in the exercise of such rights as long as it is non-violent and does not result in damage to the life and properties of other citizens and is in accordance with law. We are of the view at this stage that the farmers’ protest should be allowed to continue without impediment and without any breach of peace either by the protesters or the police.” The Court has also proposed to set up a committee comprising some representatives of farmers unions across India, the central government, and other stakeholders to resolve the crisis. It has also asked the Attorney-General K K Venugopal to convince the government to put the implementation of these laws on hold till the Court decides the case. The Attorney-General has assured the Court that he will talk to the government regarding this suggestion and will get back to it on the next date of hearing of the case. The Court can do more to address the farmers’ grievances. It has all powers to stay the operation of these farm laws till it decides the case. It should not depend only on the government. If the government does not get ready to put the laws on hold, the Court should stay the operation of these three farm laws and hear this on top priority. The Court has always stood with people to protect their human rights and dignity. And we believe that the Court would not disappoint the farmers this time also.Despite the presumption of constitutionality of the farm laws, the Supreme Court can stay the operation of these laws. That would provide a great relief to millions of farmers in the country. It will also give more time to the government also to think about the amendments in the laws or find out some alternative solutions. It has all reasons and powers to do so. The sky will not fall if these laws are stayed till the final disposal of the case. The central government is putting the lives of thousands of farmers at risk who are sitting on dharna in this chilling winter on Delhi borders when corona is badly roaring in the country. Sadly, 29 people have lost their lives during this protest. This is a very sensitive issue. As the Court itself has indicated that it will take time to decide the case, there should be no objection if the farm laws are stayed. It would indeed be a great relief to the farmers and will inspire them to finish their agitation. The main problem today is a breakdown of trust — between the government and the farmers. The Court has a great opportunity to win this trust of the people and the Court has all powers to heal the sufferings of the farmers. India is a land of farmers that rightly celebrates “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan.” The Court should not disappoint the Annadata!Views are personal.(Prof. (Dr) Yogesh Pratap Singh is the Acting VC of NLU Odisha & Lokendra Malik is an Advocate at the Supreme Court of India)Next Storylast_img read more

McHugh appeal over Erganagh vandalism and anti-social behaviour

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter McHugh appeal over Erganagh vandalism and anti-social behaviour DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp A Sinn Fein councillor has issues an appeal to those involved in the Erganagh area of Castlederg to desist and leave local residents in peace.It comes as Councillor Ruairi McHugh has been contacted by a number of residents of the Erganagh/Elmwood area of the town in relation to an upsurge of vandalism and anti-social behaviour by a small group of youths which is causing considerable distress.Recent incidents range from vandalising property, stealing toys from gardens and breaking bottles.Councillor McHugh is appealing for those involved to reflect on how they would feel, if on the receiving end. Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – November 3, 2019 Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleSt Naul’s progress into Ulster Intermediate Club Championship Semi-FinalsNext article“It’s been a brilliant few weeks for us”- Martin Regan News Highland Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+last_img read more

Paradise residents recall horrifying escape from the Camp Fire

first_imgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(PARADISE, Calif.) — Brian Andrews awoke on Nov. 8 to his panicked daughter at his bedside.A fast-moving wildfire that would become the deadliest, most destructive in California’s history was heading straight for Paradise.Andrews, a 52-year-old retired firefighter, had moved into his one-story home in the bucolic Northern California town a decade ago and was slowly renovating it, replacing the vinyl siding with sturdy wood. Now, his 24-year-old daughter was urging him to leave it behind.“She didn’t really like it when I said, ‘Go and get grandma out of town, and I’m going to stay here and defend the house,’” Andrews told ABC News in a recent telephone interview. “She said, ‘Dad, don’t forget my wedding dress.’”Andrews got dressed and went outside, grabbing a leaf blower from the shed and three garden hoses. He used a ladder to climb on top of the roof, where he spent the morning clearing out dead, dry foliage from the gutters and spraying water at embers landing on his property that the Camp Fire had spit into the breeze several miles away.Andrews was keeping up with the onslaught of embers, but soon darkness encroached on his neighborhood as thick smoke from the blaze choked the air, blackened the sky and blocked out sunlight. A firefighter who had come by Andrews’ house earlier returned in the afternoon to advise him that he was “completely surrounded” and “the fire’s coming.”“I had to really sit and evaluate what is this worth,” Andrews said. “I hadn’t been able to talk to my daughter for about two to three hours, I know she was worried. And I just decided to heed the warning and go ahead, grab my things and get in the truck and leave.”Andrews ran inside and grabbed a removable hard drive containing all his photographs along with eight family photo albums, two safes full of negatives, a suitcase of clothes, his fire helmet and his daughter’s wedding dress. He put everything in the back of his truck, took one last look at his home and hit the road around 1:40 p.m.As he pulled out of the driveway, Andrews saw his neighbor’s house across the street catch fire from flames that had engulfed their fence.“I can’t even really tell you what I was feeling, if I was feeling really anything. It was sort of, you know, like a dream,” he said.Driving slowly down Bille Road with his house in his rear-view mirror, Andrews saw bright orange flames and glowing embers on either side of him — cars, homes and trees were burning. He took out his cellphone and began filming as he carefully made his way out of Paradise.“Jesus Christ,” he muttered to himself in between heavy breaths.“I thought, ‘This is halfway through the consumption of the town, I better document this,’” he told ABC News. “I want people to know this can happen and this should never happen again in another town.”As he turned his truck onto Clark Road, Andrews was in disbelief at the fiery sight before him. Most of the buildings — the slew of family-owned businesses, the local supermarket, even the McDonald’s — had burned to the ground.“Everything’s burned. Oh my god, I mean everything,” Andrews says while still filming. “I’ve been in the fire service almost 25 years, and now I get what it’s like for your own town to burn.”Downed power lines and smoldering tree branches littered the road. The sky was murky and dark as night but it was in the middle of the afternoon. Andrews continued driving slowly as fire trucks whizzed by and sparks from the flames ignited new blazes.“It’s behavior was just very, very aggressive,” he told ABC News of the wind-driven fire. “Spots were just raining down all over the place.”‘We drove through hell’The Camp Fire, which ignited before sunrise Nov. 8 in a parched, wooded area of Butte County in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, spread across 240 square miles over the course of 18 days, annihilating Paradise and other communities in its path. Nearly 14,000 homes were destroyed and at least 85 people died from the blaze, mostly in Paradise.Friday marks three months since the devastating fire broke out. Dozens of Paradise residents remain displaced from their burned properties after being allowed to return due to the ongoing cleanup efforts. The federal government plans to reimburse the state for cleanup so long as the properties were not deemed safe already for people to live.The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.“I had no idea that there would be that many people that died in the fire, and my heart truly breaks for them,” Andrews told ABC News. “Nobody deserves to go out like that. It’s horrifying to just think about.”Some of those who survived, like Andrews, documented their harrowing escapes as they fled with their families and few belongings.Michelle and Daniel Simmons grabbed their wedding rings, a stuffed animal and a blanket, then piled their four young children into the car before fleeing for their lives. The family had to drive through flames on the Skyway, the main road in and out of Paradise. The car became extremely hot and the smoke-filled air was difficult to breathe.Michelle used her cellphone to film just a few minutes of the horrifying ride out of her hometown as Daniel drove.“Oh my god,” she says repeatedly as her voice shakes with terror. “Take little breaths,” she tells their frightened children, ages 8, 7, 2 and 1.“There was a couple moments where I didn’t think we were going to get out,” Daniel told ABC News in a recent sit-down interview. “We drove through hell.”It took them about two hours to get out of Paradise. Once they reached safety, Michelle took the kids out of the car, hugged them and cried. The family is together and safe, but their home is gone.“It’s that fine line between just being so incredibly grateful to be alive and just so, so sad because, you know, that was our life,” Michelle told ABC News.‘My little slice of Paradise’Authorities lifted all remaining evacuation orders for residents of Paradise and the unincorporated area of Butte County on Dec. 15. That day, Andrews returned to his property for the first time since leaving town.Much of his house was incinerated, with only some timber and a brick chimney left standing. One of the first things Andrews did was put up Christmas lights and decorations on the chimney and in the scorched front yard.Although the former firefighter was fairly well prepared by having a to-go bag and most of his photos saved on a removable hard drive, there are a few other valuables he forgot to grab, like his daughter’s baby-book and a folder of all her childhood drawings.“She drew me a giraffe one morning when she was about 3 years old and she came downstairs and said, ‘Daddy, I drew this for you!’ And I put notes on it, you know, the date and everything and what she said, and I had a bunch of those, just little keepsakes,” Andrews told ABC News, tearfully.Andrews, who said he now goes to the property about three times a week, hasn’t found his daughter’s drawings nor her baby-book. But he did find her first Christmas ornament that her grandmother gave her. The ornament, a pair of shoes, was covered in ash and soot but the words “baby’s 1st” were still clearly visible on the bottom.The find gives him hope there will be pockets of other salvageable things within the destruction as he gradually sifts through it, he said.For now, Andrews lives in a rental apartment in the nearby city of Chico with his daughter, her husband and another relative. They are generally “doing well and getting on with life,” he said. But soon he must make a difficult decision — to rebuild his home in Paradise or move on.“This morning, I woke up feeling sad just from thinking about moving to another town,” Andrews told ABC News. “I don’t think I would be happy somewhere else but my little slice of Paradise. So I’m pretty sure I’m going to rebuild my home.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

IT sector shows signs of stability as turnover falls

first_img Previous Article Next Article IT sector shows signs of stability as turnover fallsOn 5 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Staff turnover in the IT sector dropped sharply during 2001. A study by Computer Economics shows turnover fell from 19.3 to 12.7 per centin the six months to November last year. The November 2001Computer Staff Salary Survey of more than 500 companiesalso reveals the resignation rate fell from 12.7 to 6.8 per cent over the sameperiod. Companies also reported an improvement in recruitment with thoseexperiencing problems down from 55.2 per cent for the previous six months to44.7 per cent. A spokesman for the Computer Economics said: “The suggestion is thatfirms are now in a strong position in terms of retention in IT for the nextyear. “A certain uneasiness over the current economic position could be afactor in this stability, with employees displaying some reticence in changingjobs until the market position becomes clear,” he added. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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