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first_img Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced the U.S. Forest Service now has available a specifically equipped helicopter to combat wildfires at night. Four years ago, during the Station Fire – the largest wildfire in Los Angeles county history – the potentially critical night flying tool was not available to the Forest Service. As a result, questions remain as to whether such a capability might have helped contain the fire on the critical first night of the fire. Due to a restriction put in place by the Forest Service in the 1970s following a tragic helicopter crash in the Angeles National Forest, the agency has not employed night flights, and instead, has relied upon other local agencies to supply these firefighting tools when available.“We will never know for certain if night flying could have extinguished the Station Fire in those critical early hours, but adding this capability will give us a better chance in future wildfires to protect residents’ houses, precious natural resources and, most importantly, lives,” said Rep. Adam Schiff. “The restoration of this capability by the Forest Service – though long overdue – could not come at a more critical time, with one wildfire burning across Southern California and more expected throughout the summer. Also, sequestration will mean that 200,000 fewer acres are treated with hazardous fuel mitigation and will be even more vulnerable to fire”After the Station Fire, Schiff and other legislators requested that Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the federal response. That report indicated that the use of night-flying aircraft may have allowed the Forest Service to suppress the Station Fire on the critical first night and concluded that the Forest Service both failed to use all potentially available aircraft early in the blaze and needed to develop a strategy for when night missions should be flown. In response to the report and Station Fire, the agency took steps to expand night flying, including the use of turbine-powered single-engine night-flying aircraft, including helicopters, which had previously been prohibited.“With California suffering through a severe drought, this year’s wildfire season could be especially dangerous,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein. “That’s why I told Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell at a recent Senate hearing that he must make every firefighting resource available. Attacking wildfires at night from the air—when temperatures and winds are down and humidity is up—is an important tool, so resumption of Forest Service flights comes not a moment too soon. As California grows hotter and dryer, we must make every effort to quickly contain wildfires, and nighttime aerial firefighting is a big part of that effort.”Other agencies, including Los Angeles City and County fire departments, and agencies in San Diego, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Kern Counties, have employed night flying tactics to great success and routinely use aircraft to douse flames at night, including the use of helicopters and planes.“The re-introduction of Forest Service night helicopter firefighting operations in Southern California further establishes the agency’s commitment to protect lives and property in the region,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “California has already experienced wildfires this season, and is projected to continue to have a challenging summer. Night flying operations will provide an aggressive agency initial attack while better ensuring public safety, minimizing overall fire costs and lessening impacts to communities.”Since August 2012, the Forest Service has conducted training of its pilots, crew and support staff for night-flying, and the process is now complete. Starting this week, the agency will finally begin employing a helicopter at night in order to battle blazes across the Los Angeles area. The helicopter and its crew will be based out of Fox Field in Lancaster, California. Government Rep. Schiff, Sen. 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first_imgNZ Herald 17 April 2012A police decision to drop family violence as a category in crime statistics will obscure a nationwide rise in domestic abuse, Women’s Refuge says.But Government and police say the decision is aimed at putting New Zealand in line with international best practice on family violence reporting.Police removed family violence as a category in the latest round of national crime statistics.Deputy commissioner Mike Bush last night said the move was shifting focus to realign police with Australia.Family violence was still recorded under a broader range of categories that reflected the complexity of its impact, he said.Women’s Refuge spokeswoman Kiri Hannifin said her organisation had been blindsided by the move.She said it looked like an attempt to divert attention away from rising police callouts to family violence incidents.“A cynic would say it’s in the Government’s interest to have crime statistics going down.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10799480last_img read more


first_imgAfter two thrilling come-from-behind victories on the road against the Washington schools last weekend, the Women of Troy return to the friendly confines of the Galen Center riding a four-game win streak.Crunch time · Senior guard Ashley Corral is part of the Women of Troy team, which has to bear down as conference play heats up. USC opens a two-game home stand tonight against Oregon State at 7 p.m. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan The Women of Troy (12-6, 6-1) will welcome the Oregon State Beavers (9-8, 1-6) to begin their home stand tonight.After winning their last five conference games, the Women of Troy will be looking to hold onto their second place standing in the Pac-10 and stay in contention for a conference title.Approaching the midway point of their conference schedule, the Women of Troy know they have to stay focused and keep their attention on the game at hand if they intend on competing for the Pac-10 title.“The most important thing on our mind is Oregon State. We’re not really worrying about anything else. We just have to protect home court,” senior guard/forward Aarika Hughes said.Junior guard Talisa Rhea, who is averaging about 22 points per game in conference play, leads the Beavers at Galen tonight. Last year, Rhea was named an honorable mention All Pac-10 performer.Rhea and the Beavers are among the nation’s best in rebounding, ranking 20th in rebounding margin and averaging 7.7 rebounds more than their opponents this season.The Women of Troy have struggled to rebound the ball defensively this season, ranking last in the conference.Containing Rhea and keeping the Beavers off the offensive glass will be no easy task.“It’s going to be a team effort. We’re going to have to throw some different things at her and we’re going to have to take care of the boards,” Hughes said.The Beavers are also a solid club defensively, holding opponents to under 40 percent field goal shooting and allowing about 56 points per contest. During one stretch this season, they held opponents to 49 points or less in four consecutive games.Another noteworthy statistic is the Beavers’ 8-1 record when leading at halftime, although the Women of Troy have made it a habit to rally from halftime deficits with four come-from-behind victories in as many games.“We just want to get off to a good start,” associate coach Ervin Monier said. “It’s been good that we’ve been finishing games well and showing some resiliency, but at some point, it’d be nice getting in front and getting ahead and then holding on.”During their win streak, the Women of Troy have received solid contributions from their starting five and their bench.To protect their home court, more of the same will be needed.“Every set of games are the most important games,” Monier said. “Right now, we’re taking it one game at a time.”Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgThis tackle by Yousef Ahmad on Robbie Kruse was only deemed worthy of a yellow card.It came during Australia’s 5-1 hammering of Harry Redknapp’s Jordan in their World Cup qualifier and was something to make Ralph Macchio aka Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid proud.But this happened on the football pitch and not the All Valley Karate Tournament.“You don’t like to see that on the football field,” said Kruse, who said after the game he was hopeful there was serious damage done.“I’m just really thankful it looks good at the moment.”last_img