HomeNewsSanta Monica firefighters assist in Sand Fire battle Jul. 27, 2016 at 6:52 amNewsSanta Monica firefighters assist in Sand Fire battleJeff Goodman5 years agoangeles national forestBeverly HillsCal FireCulver Citydale hallockfirefightersfrank evaromutual aidnational weather servicesand fireSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica daily presssanta monica firesmfdsouthern california edisonTwilight Concert Series The call came in late Friday night: The Santa Monica Fire Department’s help was needed as a blaze began scorching brush in the Angeles National Forest.Local firefighters headed out early Saturday morning to a mountainous area north of Los Angeles to assist in the fight against the Sand Fire, which officials said had spread to more than 37,000 acres and which was just 25-percent contained as of Tuesday morning.SMFD spokesman Dale Hallock said eight local firefighters participated in the effort to control what became massive brushfire, which spewed ash into Santa Monica and throughout the Westside over the weekend.Members of the local department were among more than 3,000 firefighters involved in the operation, which has drawn resources from across the state to the Magic Mountain Wilderness Area of the forest. SMFD crews returned home Monday night after working in the areas of Kagel Canyon, Bear Divide, Soledad Canyon and Acton.Two Santa Monica engines were among the resources being used as crews battle the Sand Fire, Hallock said. At one point, there were more than 350 total engines at the scene as well as 58 hand crews, 26 helicopters, 20 bulldozers and 18 water tenders, according to press releases issued by incident command officials.Local firefighters work with the Beverly Hills and Culver City fire departments to coordinate responses to blazes outside their usual coverage areas. The collaborative strike team included five engines and a battalion chief, and a rotation schedule determines which of the three departments will send the battalion chief to a given incident, SMFD’s Frank Evaro said.It’s all part of a statewide mutual-aid system through which local agencies provide help beyond their coverage areas when extra resources are required.“Some people might think, ‘Why does Santa Monica have to respond to something that’s 50 miles away?’” Hallock said. “There’s a really important state system in place, both in law enforcement and firefighting, and it goes both ways. Occasionally we have a large fire, and the City of L.A. or County of L.A. will help us. At the Twilight Concert Series, there are agencies from all over the area. So it goes both ways.”High temperatures, low humidity and strong winds were making it difficult for firefighters to contain the blaze over the weekend, officials said. Onshore winds gusting up to 30 mph heightened fire concerns in the area Monday, according to the National Weather Service.At least 18 homes had been destroyed and one had been damaged as of Monday afternoon, fire officials said, and evacuation orders were in place in several communities affected by the blaze. Several evacuation centers had been established over the weekend and road closures were in effect in the region.“Firefighters expect to continue to make good progress,” officials said in a news release Monday. “Expect to see more aircraft assisting with helping to slow the fire progression and allow firefighters on the ground to safely engage and increase containment.”Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, county fire personnel and county sheriff’s officials were organizing response efforts, according to the release. Assisting agencies included SMFD as well as the Los Angeles Fire Department, the state Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire, California Highway Patrol, the county public works and animal control departments, the L.A. Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison.For more information about the Sand Fire, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/[email protected] :angeles national forestBeverly HillsCal FireCulver Citydale hallockfirefightersfrank evaromutual aidnational weather servicesand fireSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica daily presssanta monica firesmfdsouthern california edisonTwilight Concert Seriesshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentHow a Santa Monica High grad fulfilled her Olympic dreamLetter: TPP or the White House — you can’t have bothYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson23 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter23 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor23 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press23 hours ago
Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Harvard Kennedy School has announced its visiting fellows for spring 2008. The three fellows are Elizabeth Edwards, author and political advocate; Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former president of the Republic of Latvia; and Andrew White, president and CEO of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East.Edwards’ fellowship began April 8 (it ends today, April 10). As part of the fellowship, she delivered a public address at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on April 9. Vike-Freiberga’s fellowship will begin the week of April 14 and continue through the end of May, while White’s fellowship will occur the week of April 21.Visiting fellows maximize their time at the institute by interacting with students, faculty, and Harvard research center staff. They traditionally meet with student groups; lead discussion groups on topical issues and share their experiences in public and political service; and participate in public policy classes with students and Kennedy School faculty.“This spring’s group of IOP Visiting Fellows is extraordinary for the breadth of public service embodied,” said IOP Director Jim Leach. “Elizabeth Edwards stands as one of the foremost women in American politics; Vaira Vike-Freiberga as one of ‘new’ Europe’s most distinguished former heads of state; and Canon Andrew White has served as the representative of the Church of England on issues related to Israeli-Palestinian disputes, and as a mediator in Baghdad on religious reconciliation approaches.”An author, political advocate, and wife of former U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards has served as an accomplished attorney and as a tireless supporter of children and families, strengthening communities, and supporting many other important causes.As president of the Republic of Latvia from 1999 to 2007, Vike-Freiberga was the first woman to hold the post and played a leading role in achieving Latvia’s membership in NATO and the European Union.White is the president and CEO of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, vicar of St. Georges Church Baghdad, and Anglican/Episcopal chaplain of the International Zone Baghdad.Edwards, Vike-Freiberga, and White will join IOP spring resident fellows, who include Connie Morella, U.S. ambassador, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (2003-07) and U.S. representative (1987-2003; R-Md.); Bart Peterson, mayor, city of Indianapolis (1999-2007); Lois Romano, political reporter/national politics, The Washington Post; Sile de Valera, member, Irish National Parliament (1977-81; 1987-2007) and member, European Parliament (1979-84); David Yepsen, political columnist, The Des Moines Register; David Zwick, founder and president, Clean Water Action (1972-2007).The fellows program is central to the institute’s dual commitment to encourage student interest in public life and to increase interaction between the academic and political communities.
Dec 06, 2019 News in Photos Former Chief Justice Quince inducted into Warren E. Burger Society Peggy Quince, the first African-American female to serve as chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, has been inducted into the National Center for State Courts’ Warren E. Burger Society.The Burger Society honors individuals who have used their time, talent, and support to the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in exceptional ways. It is named for the former chief justice of the United States who helped found NCSC in 1971. The induction ceremony took place November 21 in Washington, D.C.Quince was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court in 1998, and in 2008, she was named chief justice, a position she held for two years. She retired in January 2019. She served on NCSC’s Board of Directors for six years, chairing the Programs Committee and providing advice on the development of the long-range strategic direction for NCSC.Before serving on the Supreme Court, Quince was on Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals for five years, was an assistant attorney general in the criminal division for 13 years, and an attorney in private practice for three years. She also has been involved with numerous legal and civic organizations over the years.
The government has ruled out immediate further changes to the framework for legal services regulation following the wide-ranging review launched by the Ministry of Justice last June.In a ministerial statement today, justice minister Shailesh Vara (pictured) said the consultation process ‘did not reveal any options for government to reduce regulatory burdens on legal service practitioners or to simplify the regulatory framework that did not entail changes to primary legislation’.Vara said there was ‘no consensus on the longer-term vision’ for regulation among the 71 respondents to the consultation, which included the approved regulators, consumer bodies, practitioners, legal academics and the judiciary.‘In light of the above, the government has decided not to take forward any changes to the statutory framework at this time,’ he added.The announcement thwarts the radical ambitions of over-arching regulator the Legal Services Board, which lobbied hard for the introduction of a single regulator. Earlier this week, outgoing chair David Edmonds used his final speech to reiterate this demand for reform, while also taking aim at The Law Society and Bar Council by arguing that they should lose their statutory guarantee of funding. Responding to today’s announcement, Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson welcomed the retention of Section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007. This defines how approved regulators are allowed to deploy practising fees, incorporating such ‘permitted purposes’ as raising professional standards and participating in the law reform and legislative process. He told the Gazette: ‘If you look at the submissions to the consultation there were clearly differences of opinion. We are pleased Section 51 remains in place, but disappointed that some of the recommendations The Law Society made to the consultation will not be acted upon.’Chancery Lane argued in its submission for a ‘more proportionate’ regulatory regime, recommending that internal governance arrangements be modified so the Society could assume direct responsibility for training and authorisation to practise.It further argued that investigation and prosecution of offences should be undertaken at arm’s length by an operational arm of the Society with independent decision-making powers, but reporting directly to the Society.In a statement this afternoon, Hudson added: ‘The Law Society shares the government’s desire to reduce the regulatory burden on practitioners in the legal sector and promoting innovation, competition and growth in legal services.‘We argued in our response that while the reforms of the Legal Services Act 2007 have been successful in opening the market to new business structures and in improving the handling of complaints, the new regulatory structure remains complex and consequently creates a significant burden for our members. ‘In our response we argued that there are a number of low-cost measures, which could be implemented in the short term, that would make regulation more proportionate and effective as well as minimising the cost to the profession. We look forward to working with the new leadership of the LSB and the other approved regulators to take these measures forward.’Consumer watchdog the Legal Services Consumer Panel, which also called for simplification through a single regulator, tweeted that it was a ‘shame’ that the government had ruled out a further overhaul of the system. It did however welcome the fact that a ‘return to self-regulation is off the agenda’. The Bar Standards Board welcomed the government’s announcement. ‘We will continue to modernise our regulatory regime to offer more flexibility and innovation, while ensuring that the public is properly protected,’ it said in a statement.‘We also look forward to working with a refreshed Legal Services Board and its new chair, in the public interest.’
[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’Aces dominates Ginebra, 101-86, in PBA PH Cup’ color=” style=’blockquote modern-quote’ custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – The Alaska Aces maintained its streak in the 2016-2017 Oppo PBA Philippine Cup with a 101-86 victory over the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.RJ Jazul led the way with 16 points, including five three-point baskets, for the Aces, which moved up to a 3-2 slate along with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, Star Hotshots, TNT Katropa and Blackwater Elite.Calvin Abueva chipped in 12 markers, while Chris Banchero and Vic Manuel contributed 10 points apiece for the Aces, which stretched its winning run to three despite playing sans Joachim Thoss and Siverino Baclao.From a slim lead in the opening quarter, the Aces went on a scoring run behind Jaypee Mendoza and Manuel for a 20-11 edge. It later grew to 27-15 at the end of the period after a triple by Anthony Dela Cruz.The Aces lead reached 17 points early in the second frame but the Kings was able to trim it to 44-35 on a triple by Kevin Ferrer. The Aces, however, answered behind Jake Pascual and Jvee Casio to make it 59-44 at halftime.The Aces became aggressive at the start of the third canto behind Abueva to buil a 20-point game. The gap later grew to its largest at 92-72 on conversions from Jazul, Pascual and Chris Exciminiano.“I was a little surprised,” said Aces head coach Alex Compton. “But I really thought there were large stretches that our guys had tremendous defensive activity. We did a good job in the half court, scrambling and taking away their shots.”Ferrer finished with a career-best 19 points, while Japeth Aguilar added 12 markers for the Kings, which slid down to fifth place in the standings with a 2-3 win-loss slate to tie with the Phoenix Fuel Masters./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
Related Topics Matt Medley COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Alex Broadhurst to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract for the 2016-17 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.Broadhurst, 23, recorded 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points with 14 penalty minutes in 60 games with Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus’ AHL affiliate, during the 2015-16 regular season. He finished third on the club in assists and fifth in points. Broadhurst added 3-9-12, six penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in 17 playoff games to help Lake Erie capture the 2016 Calder Cup championship. He was second-T on the team (fifth-T in the AHL) in postseason assists and fifth-T in points.The Orland Park, Illinois native has notched 32-63-95 with 50 penalty minutes in 164 career AHL games with the Monsters and Rockford IceHogs since making his pro debut in 2013-14. He tallied 16-29-45 with 32 penalty minutes in 75 games with the IceHogs in his rookie campaignOriginally Chicago’s seventh round selection, 199th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, Broadhurst was acquired as part of a trade along with forward Brandon Saad from the Blackhawks on June 30, 2015. He posted 24-40-64 with 36 penalty minutes and was +30 in 65 games with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League in 2012-13. In his lone OHL campaign, he helped the club capture a league championship with 10-18-28 and 22 penalty minutes in 21 postseason contests.COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS SIGN CENTER T.J. TYNAN TO ONE-YEAR, TWO-WAY NHL/AHL CONTRACTCOLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center T.J. Tynan to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract for the 2016-17 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.Tynan, 24, registered six goals and 40 assists for 46 points with 38 penalty minutes and a +7 plus/minus rating in 76 games with Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus’ AHL affiliate, during the 2015-16 regular season. Setting career highs in assists, plus/minus and games-played, he finished 12th-T in the AHL in assists and led the Jackets’ AHL affiliate in assists and points for the second-straight campaign. He added 1-5-6 and eight penalty minutes in 17 playoff games to help Lake Erie capture the 2016 Calder Cup championship.The Orland Park, Illinois native has posted 19-75-94, 88 penalty minutes and is +1 in 154 career AHL games since making his pro debut with the Springfield Falcons at the end of the 2013-14 season. He notched 13-35-48 with 48 penalty minutes in 75 games with the Falcons in 2014-15.Columbus’ third-round pick, 66th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, Tynan collected 54-107-161 with 132 penalty minutes and was +28 in his career at the University of Notre Dame from 2010-14. He led the club in scoring in three of his campaigns, including recording 8-30-38 with 30 penalty minutes and was +15 in 40 games as a senior in 2013-14.COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS SIGN DEFENSEMAN SCOTT HARRINGTON TOONE-YEAR, TWO-WAY NHL/AHL CONTRACTCOLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Scott Harrington to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract for the 2016-17 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.Harrington, 23, was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Kerby Rychel on June 25. He registered an assist and four penalty minutes in 15 games with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16 and added 1-2-3 with 14 penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 17 games with Toronto’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. He was acquired by Toronto as part of a trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2015.The Kingston, Ontario native made his NHL debut with the Penguins in 2014-15, recording four penalty minutes in 10 contests. He added 2-10-12 with 20 penalty minutes and was +19 in 48 games with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. The blueliner has notched 8-31-39 with 89 penalty minutes and is +32 in 141 career AHL games since making his pro debut in 2013-14.Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the second round, 54th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, Harrington posted 13-68-81 with 129 penalty minutes and a +58 plus/minus rating in 216 career games with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League from 2009-13. He collected 3-16-19 with 26 penalty minutes and was +21 in 50 games while serving as team captain in his final season with London in 2012-13. Harrington has represented Canada at four international tournaments. He was named as one of Canada’s top three players at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships with 0-2-2 in six games and helped the Canadians capture a bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships after posting 1-3-4 in five contests. Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.