Rescue teams sharpen skills as storm heads for the region

first_imgThe students then watched rescuers on personal watercraft zoom through the water. Inflatable rescue boats were the last stop. Fire officials stressed that rescue conditions aren’t like the picture-perfect ones at Castaic Lake on Wednesday. “People need to realize when they go into the flood control channel, they are not only endangering their lives but also the lives of all rescuers,” said Jason Hurd, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman. Fast-moving water filled with debris such as cars, couches and shopping carts makes a dangerous situation even more treacherous. “It’s muddy. It’s cold. It’s dirty,” Chapman said. “You usually get sick afterwards.” If you do fall into a storm channel, firefighters say you should try to float on your back and point your feet down river. Once you have been spotted, you should not shout, which will help you conserve energy, they said. Megan Badovinac, an eighth-grader at La Mesa Junior High School in Canyon Country, said she got the message to stay out of the water. “It’s really dangerous, things like this,” the 13-year-old Canyon Country resident said. Hannah Langley, an eighth-grader at Arroyo Seco Middle School in Valencia, said no one should go into a channel. “It’s not worth it,” said Hannah, 13, of Santa Clarita. The students were given county public service announcements and videos titled “No Way Out” and “Danger! Debris Flow” to share with their classmates. The county’s campaign also focuses on the dangers of flash floods, mudslides or debris flows in areas burned in the recent wildfires. [email protected] 661-257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – About 100 firefighters, lifeguards and other emergency responders from the Los Angeles area sharpened their water-rescue skills Wednesday at Castaic Lake. County officials used the exercise to get out their “Stay Away & Stay Alive!” message, urging people – especially children – to stay out of flood control channels and local urban rivers, particularly during the rainy season. The message comes ahead of a storm expected later tonight that weather officials say could drop between 2 and 5 inches of rain through Sunday. “Stay away from the rivers to stay alive,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Derrick Chapman said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLocal swift water rescue teams respond to an average of 100 calls per year, with children ages 5 to 15 comprising the majority of those rescues. The event was organized by the Los Angeles County Fire Department in conjunction with the county’s Office of Education and Department of Public Works. More than a dozen students from Santa Clarita middle schools watched as a Blackhawk helicopter hovered over a portion of the lake and dropped a wire with an orange capture ball in the water. The rescuer and victim hooked onto it and the rescuer used hand signals to communicate with the individuals in the helicopter. They were pulled out of the water and then dropped onshore. Several of the students captured the dramatic mock rescues on their camera phones before they got sprayed with sand from the helicopter’s powerful rotors. last_img read more


first_imgSUPER STEPHEN!DONEGAL man Stephen Rodgers has completed his solo cycle from Mizen Head to Malin Head – making sure of course he had his Donegal jersey on.The Dungloe man was raising money for leukaemia research.“I made it safely to Malin Head after 4 days and 646 kilometers and I can say my legs are feeling it now,” he laughed. His modesty knows no bounds.Just ask friend Mark Gallagher.He told us: “What Stephen has gone through in the past eight years having had leukaemia and both his hips replaced put his achievement of his cycle into perspective for all of us and should help us see what can be achieved instead of what can’t!”  HE’S MADE IT – STEPHEN COMPLETES MIZEN TO MALIN IN HIS DONEGAL TOP! was last modified: September 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HE’S MADE IT – STEPHEN COMPLETES MIZEN TO MALIN IN HIS DONEGAL TOP!last_img read more

SA fossils reveal new fox species

first_img28 January 2013 South Africa’s renowned Malapa cave at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site in Gauteng has yielded yet another discovery – a two-million-year old previously unknown fossil fox. The Malapa cave is one of the richest archaeological sites on the continent, and is best known as the resting place of skeletons of a new species of human ancestor known as Australopithecus sediba, found in 2008. The Malapa fox is the second new species, after sediba, to be described from this site. Professor Lee Berger, a palaeoanthropologist from the Institute for Human Evolution (IHE) and School of GeoSciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, says the discovery is important for South Africa, and the world. “Malapa continues to reveal this extraordinary record of past life,” says Berger, who made the discovery of A. sediba. “Often everyone pays attention to the major hominin discoveries we make, but the discovery of a new species is a very rare thing.” “We find fossils all the time, many of animals that are extinct now but did live at one time. Prior to this discovery, the world didn’t know that this fox existed.” Researchers from Wits and Johannesburg universities and international scientists published the findings in an article in the Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa on 16 January 2013.The cool factor Berger says when the fossil was discovered, carnivore specialists realised it was something that they had never seen before in science. The specimen they found at Malapa consisted of what looked like a piece of jawbone and parts of the skeleton – but the only way to prove it is an entirely new fox was through intensive research. The researchers had to analyse the fox closely to distinguish it from any living or extinct form of fox, based on the proportions of its teeth and other aspects of its anatomy. They named the previously unknown species Vulpes skinneri, in honour of the late world renowned South African mammalogist and ecologist Professor John Skinner of the University of Pretoria. Berger says the discovery can help scientists answer important evolutionary questions about modern African mammals, but it also reveals more unanswered questions about the origins of small carnivores such as foxes. “It can tell us more about the evolution of modern foxes and gives us insight into the ecology and world of our ancestors,” he says. “Now there is a whole new lineage of foxes out there that scientists can research.” Small carnivores often had much smaller and more localised habitats than larger mammals, and this is very useful to scientists. Berger says it could potentially help researchers learn more about the environment at the time.Mystery surrounds the ancestry of foxes The IHE’s Dr Brian Kuhn, head of carnivore studies at Malapa, says very little is known about the ancestry of foxes in comparison with other African carnivores such as larger dogs of the Canis group. “It’s wonderful to see a potential ancestral form of living foxes,” Kuhn says. Berger explains that so little is known about foxes because specialists studying small carnivores are very rare. “It is not a field of study often taken up by scientists.” Researchers also tend to focus on the study of “prestige animals” such as large mammals. He says smaller animals are also poorly represented in fossil records because often predators consume them entirely, leaving very little to study. And this is why the world’s newest fox is such an extraordinary discovery – it will inspire scientists to work on lesser known species and discover similar animals. Berger expects that many scientists are going to re-examine their existing fossil collections. If they take a closer look at what they have, they could perhaps uncover another new animal species. “I think we are going to see an explosion of interest in these small and very important mammals,” he says. “Who knows what we will find next?” First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Freedom ‘is our common heritage’

first_img25 September 2013Telling the country’s history in an all-encompassing way shows us that the freedom we now enjoy is not “the exclusive preserve of any one social grouping but a proud heritage of all South Africans,” Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Tuesday.Motlanthe was addressing a Heritage Day rally at Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane township outside East London.The Deputy President said that South Africans marked the national holiday “with the conscious understanding that there is a great deal about our history that is bad and hurtful, yet we must accept it as part of the growing pains of the free society we set out to create in 1994; a society that is united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and just.”Tuesday’s occasion also marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Mdantsane. Home to more than 500 000 South Africans, Mdantsane is one of the oldest townships in South Africa, and was a hotbed of political activism against apartheid.Earlier in the day, Motlanthe unveiled an upgraded memorial and laid a wreath at the site of the Egerton Massacre. In 1983, communities from East London and Mdantsane had embarked on a boycott to protest an unannounced five cent increase in bus fares.The boycott culminated on 4 August in what was later called the Egerton Massacre, which claimed 11 lives, with a further 36 commuters injured. The massacre took place at Egerton Railway Station outside Mdantsane, where police officials from the apartheid bantustan of Ciskei shot and beat residents.Motlanthe said that the struggle for South Africa’s liberation was waged by “the broadest cross-section of the people of our country and was not just about political freedom, but also about social, cultural, psychological and economic freedom”.Mdantsane, he said, had to be “supported with the necessary socio-economic infrastructure to realise its full reintegration into all avenues of South African life, and not continue as a reserve for the abode of the poor, the unemployed and the disenfranchised”.The Mdantsane heritage project, like all others in South Africa, should be “inclusive of the names, languages, places, people and cultures that were manipulated and falsified to bring about divisions,” Motlanthe said.“Unity of all South Africans is a guiding principle which should never be undermined by sectarian and parochial interests.”SAinfo reporter and read more

If You Are a Farmer

first_imgWhat does a farmer do?A farmer prepares the earth. A farmer ensures that the ground is ready to produce. When the ground is ready, the farmer tills the soil and plants the seeds that will eventually bring a harvest.When the seeds are planted, the farmer nurtures them, ensuring they get the right nutrients, the right amount of water, and the right pruning. The farmer is in charge of the care and feeding that eventually produces a crop.You are, even as a farmer, responsible for creating opportunities.You start by developing the relationships that will be important to winning deals. You are also responsible for planting the seeds of change, creating the case for the client to do something different, something that produces new results. You till the soil. You nurture green sprouts.The idea of an account manager, or client success manager if you prefer, is to do the work that leads to new opportunities being created and won. That work starts with ensuring that the client captures the value of what you have sold them, and it continues through maximizing their results. It does not, however, end with you becoming a glorified customer service representative.Because you have greater access than a salesperson, you can get closer to the people that work inside your client account. You can also develop a greater understanding of what your client needs help with and what comes next. This access and these insights allow you to start introducing new ideas–and the new initiatives that create an opportunity for you and your company.Even though you may not be responsible for managing or winning the opportunity, you are responsible for–and best positioned to– create new opportunities.If your role is to manage accounts, then manage them so well that you have an absolute right to pitch the next idea, as well as bringing in your team to support you in delivering it. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Barcelona reaches Copa quarters but could be disqualified

first_imgFC Barcelona’s Dembele, right, celebrates after scoring with teammates his side’s second goal during a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Barcelona earned a spot in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, but its continued participation in the tournament remains under threat.Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele led Barcelona to a comfortable 3-0 win over Levante at Camp Nou Stadium, helping it advance 4-2 on aggregate. However, the Catalan club could be disqualified for allegedly using a suspended player in the first leg.ADVERTISEMENT Qatar, Japan advance in Asian Cup with perfect records Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES “We prefer to win on the field, but the regulations exist and everyone needs to follow them,” Levante coach Paco Lopez said. “Let’s see what happens.”The Spanish federation is expected to rule on Levante’s complaint before Friday’s draw.Real Madrid was eliminated in the tournament’s round of 16 in 2015 for using striker Denis Cheryshev while he was suspended.“We are surprised, we found out about it by the press,” Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives said. “We analyzed the situation and concluded that Chumi’s participation was legal.”With Messi back in the lineup after being rested in the first leg, Barcelona easily reversed the 2-1 deficit from the first match. The Argentine playmaker set up goals by Dembele in the 30th and 31st minutes, then sealed the victory by scoring in the 54th.ADVERTISEMENT CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo PLAY LIST 02:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo01:31Got robbed? Manila South Cemetery’s website helps track down perpetrators02:24Sotto urges Robredo to accept antidrug post02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Barcelona has made it at least to the quarterfinals in the Copa in nine straight seasons. It won the title five times in the last seven years.Earlier Thursday, Espanyol defeated Villarreal 3-1 at home with two goals by striker Borja Iglesias to advance 5-3 on aggregate, while Real Betis salvaged a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad to reach the last eight on away goals after a 0-0 first-leg draw.Real Madrid, Girona, Valencia, Getafe and Sevilla also made it to the quarterfinals. Atletico Madrid was eliminated by Girona on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Levante said it will make a formal complaint to the Spanish soccer federation on Friday, ahead of the draw for the quarterfinals.The four-time defending Copa champion has denied any wrongdoing for using youth player Juan “Chumi” Brandariz in last week’s match in Valencia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We don’t have any doubts,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “We believe we will be in the draw tomorrow. We did everything right and we won on the field, which is where we had to win.”Levante said Chumi should not have played because of an accumulation of yellow cards with Barcelona’s “B” team, arguing that his suspension applied to the senior team as well, including in Copa matches. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Cardiff ODI: India lose 2 quick wickets against England

first_imgIndia on Wednesday lost two quick wickets against England in Cardiff.Earlier, England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and invited India to bat first in the second cricket ODI at Sophia Gardens.The first match of the five-ODIs series was washed out at Bristol.Opening batsman Alex Hales will make his debut for the hosts in Wednesday’s match.Teams:England: Alastair Cook (C), Alex Hales, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell and James AndersonIndia: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma.last_img read more

Kansas State DB: ‘They’re Ranked, We Definitely Want To Beat a Ranked Team’

first_img“I think the experience has allowed him to do things extremely poised and make quality decisions,” added head coach Bill Snyder of Mason Rudolph. “The game has slowed down for him, and when that happens, the innate capability that he has comes to the forefront. He has the ability to make good decisions and the poise to go through his reads and progressions and be an accurate thrower.”He did last week anyway. Snyder continued about what makes OSU difficult to play.“Their whole front seven is big and they play hard,” added Snyder. “So it is going to be a tough match up between the offensive line and tight end, fullback, all of us blocking and controlling the line of scrimmage.”This Saturday will likely be a change in pace for OSU fans. Kansas State has only run 529 plays which comes out to 66 a game whereas OSU generally runs 10 more than that. That’s scary for me because OSU will have to be super efficient.“It’s a little bit of a different game,” said Mike Gundy. “For us, we don’t want to change our game. We want to play our game. We want to be sound in all three phases, but the numbers are different just based on the number of snaps that Kansas State and the teams that Kansas State play get during the game.”Kansas State could very well knock off a ranked team like it wants to in Manhattan. It won’t be an upset though. Not with OSU’s history there. Not with the methodical, weary nature with which the SnyderCats play. In fact, a win here by the Pokes would be just as big as last week’s at home against West Virginia. Five quick stats on OSU.OSU will go into Saturday’s ranked for the 79th time in the last 110 gamesOSU is 50-6 in their last 56 games against unranked opponents (KSU is unranked)OSU is 42-17 in conference games since 2010OSU is 7-1 in its last eight true road gamesOSU is 1-8 in Manhattan since 1988Something has to give on Saturday where unranked Kansas State will be facing ranked Oklahoma State in a venue where Oklahoma State has one win since I was three years old.“This is a good challenge for us,” said KSU defensive back D.J Reed. “They’re ranked, we definitely want to be a ranked team. On offense they’re pretty good. One of their receivers — I don’t know his name — he’s a good football player. I think the Texas Tech QB was really good. But this guy is pretty good. He makes a lot of plays” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Chalk Talk: Gundy’s Conservative Calls Lead to OSU’s Downfall

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It has been discussed at length by now, but late in the second half of Oklahoma State’s 38-20 loss against Oklahoma, Barry J. Sanders took a big kick return to the 50-yard line, giving OSU some momentum and an opportunity for points before the half.But instead of trying to get something, they ran the ball and let the clock run out. Now to the average Cowboy fan, this is no surprise; Gundy decides to kneel the ball just about every time if there’s less than two minutes on the clock. But in this particular situation, it was oddly uber-conservative, even for him.screenflick-movie-209Again, OSU fans have seen this all year. And with how Rudolph played, it’s understandable that they didn’t take more shots throughout the game. But in this scenario, there were a number of different ways that they could have approached this more efficiently without much of an increased risk.First of all — If you have the ball on the 50-yard line, you should at least try and get something. Yes, Rudolph is bad away from home, but at least give him a one-read play, and if it’s not there have him throw it away.Secondly — if you want to run the ball, fine. But don’t run the ball out of the full house; you’re practically telling the defense that you’re running the ball. If you’re going to be that conservative, at least spread out the field to give the illusion that you’re going to pass, and that way a run or screen could catch the defense by surprise.screenflick-movie-209Finally — If you don’t want to pass the ball and instead go with the run, that’s ok. But at least call a timeout with a couple of seconds left and take a shot. Why not? What’s the worst that could happen? He gets sacked? He throws an incompletion or interception in the end zone? Who cares? Everyone knows that Gundy is conservative, especially in Bedlam, but there’s literally no downside to taking a shot.And this is just one example of many. How about late in the fourth quarter with an opportunity to make it a one possession game? Instead of trying to get the touchdown, the Cowboys decide to run it three times in a row, including on a third and 10, and try for the field goal. And Grogan missed it.This game was filled with decisions like these. Running it out of the full house on second down and ten and trying a pass against a max zone coverage on third for an incompletion. Going in four or five deep coverage and letting Mayfield pick your zone apart. Giving cushion to receivers on third and one. It goes on and on. Unfortunately, this is nothing new for OSU. It’s just unfortunate that it all came together at once.last_img read more

Vincent Taylor Might Leave For NFL Draft If Grade Is Right

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There was a little nugget buried in a post by Robert Allen recently about Piesman finalist Vincent Taylor, and it caught my attention. Taylor, who was voted All-Big 12 first team recently, is a junior but said he would enter the NFL Draft depending on the circumstances.Taylor has four blocked kicks to lead the nation, and he has 44 tackles, 27 unassisted, 12 tackles for loss, six sacks, a pass broken up, two quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery, and two fumbles forced. He is a very strong and disruptive force inside. I think the NFL will also advise Taylor to stay in school. It is unusual for a defensive tackle to get a first- or second-round grade as an underclassman, but Taylor is thinking it. “He told me that if he gets the grade that he’s going to go,” said a teammate commenting off the record. [Scout]“The grade” is a reference to how the NFL absorbs college talent. Up to five underclassmen from each school can ask for a grade from the NFL between now and when they have to declare for the NFL Draft to help them make decisions.“We want the kid to make an informed decision,” said NFL Executive VP Troy Vincent. “Use our resources, make an informed decision. Each institution has those resources for every prospect and every head coach. The numbers and the facts speak for themselves.”The other change is in how players will be graded. In the past, there were five categories: As high as the first round; as high as the second round; as high as the third round; no potential to go in the first three rounds; and no potential to be drafted. The league has cut that down to three categories — first round, second round, and neither, which will equal the board advising the player to stay in school. [NFL]I presume Taylor would want a first round or second round grade. If not, he stays at OSU.CBS Sports projects Taylor as a top 80 prospect but bordering on pick in the first two rounds. Mel Kiper Jr. does not have him as a top 10 defensive tackle (he’s No. 9 on CBS Sport. Underclassmen like Taylor (and Mason Rudolph and James Washington, for that matter) have until January 16 to officially declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.This would be bad but not devastating for Glenn Spencer’s defense. It’s a unit that is already losing Jordan Sterns, Jordan Burton, Lenzy Pipkins, Ashton Lampkin and Devante Averette. It’s true that defensive tackle is probably the deepest spot on the defense, but losing an All-Big 12 DT from a defense that finished No. 67 in the country in points per drive given up would not be great.This will probably be the most interesting of the three NFL decisions. I would be shocked if Rudolph and Washington left because I think they have a lot to gain by coming back. Taylor might not be currently rated as high as those two on NFL Draft boards, but I think he also has less to gain by returning.Stay tuned.last_img read more