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first_imgResidents were being directed to Marshall High School, which was being converted into an evacuation center. Hundreds of city and county firefighters aided by water-dropping helicopters tried to douse the flames in record-setting heat, which threw up an eerie orange glow that could be seen for miles. “We have to keep those helicopters up tonight and put water on this fire,” said Los Angeles City Fire Capt. Antoine McKnight. “We have firefighters putting their lives on the line … doing a good job to attack this fire.” An estimated 2,000 Department of Water and Power customers were without power in the area after fire destroyed power lines. Many residents were unable to hear broadcasts warning them of the danger because of the power outage. Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge reported that Dante’s View, a scenic garden popular with hikers, had been destroyed. Firefighters also were scrambling to protect the Greek Theatre, where a command post was established, and the newly refurbished Griffith Observatory. Earlier in the day, hot winds whipped flames up and down rugged hillsides. About 160 firefighters battled the fast-moving blaze on foot and with nine water-dropping aircraft, said interim Los Angeles City Fire Chief Douglas Barry. “We want to get it primarily knocked down before it gets dark,” Barry said at a news conference Tuesday evening. The interim chief said the fire was 30 percent contained and that he was confident that if the winds did not pick up too much, fire crews could contain the blaze sometime Tuesday night. “The wind is going to be a major factor regarding what happens (today),” Barry said. Zoo visitors and nonessential staff were evacuated, but the animals remained with their keepers, the zoo said. There were no evacuations of neighboring residential areas. Smoke from the fire, which started about 1:20 p.m. near the Franklin D. Roosevelt Golf Course, rose above the city and could be seen for miles. Firefighters battled one primary blaze and a number of hotspots that started by blown embers. Tinder-dry brush and hot temperatures aggravated efforts to control the blaze. The media reported various causes of the fire, including a golfer who threw a cigarette into the brush, a homeless man who fell asleep while smoking and a hiker playing with matches. Police would say only that a 20-year-old man, who was being treated for burns at a local hospital, was detained for questioning. Los Angeles police spokeswoman Marjan Mobasser said no arrests had been made and no other injuries were reported. “Initial reports are that (the fire) could be suspicious,” LAFD spokeswoman Melissa Kelley said. Roads to the 4,200-acre park were closed as well as freeway exits near the park along Interstate 5. Rangers evacuated about 1,000 people from the park, many near the Vermont Canyon area, which includes the zoo, two golf facilities, a merry-go-round and a magnet school, said Jane Kolb, a city Department of Recreation and Parks spokeswoman. “We are evacuating zoo patrons. They obviously see the fire. We have their safety in mind,” said Jason Jacobs, a zoo spokesman. The zoo also sent nonessential personnel home around 3 p.m., but zookeepers, curators and operations workers remained in case an animal evacuation was needed. “When this started it was black and billowing, so you couldn’t even see the helicopters when they flew through,” Jacobs said. “Now, it’s starting to clear up, so hopefully, that’s a good sign.” He said zoo officials were evaluating the situation to determine if any other action would be needed. The Autry National Center, which includes a museum of Western artifacts, also was evacuated, Kelley said. City Councilman Tom LaBonge said the fire started in Aberdeen Canyon near the Roosevelt Golf Course and quickly spread to an area that had not burned in many years. He said it was the fifth fire in Griffith Park since December. In March, a fire burned 150 acres of brush in the park. Authorities said it was started by two boys playing with fire. The park and the surrounding hills are home to coyotes, deer and even mountain lions. Several deer escaped the smoke and fire and sought a shady, grassy refuge on the golf course. Blandine Damaskin was house-sitting for a friend in a tony Los Feliz neighborhood near the Greek Theatre when the flames came within view. “I’m not panicking because it is not my style,” Damaskin said. “But (my friend) has valuable things in her home. If this goes bad I’m supposed to take a few things out and run with it.” Fred Hall, a tree surgeon supervisor with the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, first noticed the fire after 1 p.m. from across the Golden State Freeway. He said that one forestry crew was close enough to feel the heat of the flames but evacuated without a problem. Though the fire threatened the Franklin D. Roosevelt Municipal Golf Course, Hall said it appeared to have stayed on the hill without damaging the greens. “I smelled smoke and knew it had to be a fire,” Hall said. “It was too strong to be a barbecue. … When we took a look, the whole hillside was ablaze going down toward the 5 Freeway.” LAFD Capt. Brian Sandwick stood at Crystal Springs Road on the park’s south side, where his crew had been battling 10-foot-high flames. “The wind is shifting, and when that happens, fire is very erratic,” he said. “Because of the erratic winds, we don’t want to drop our guard.” When asked if this was a sign of a bad fire season ahead, Sandwick nodded and said, “This is only May.” Staff writer Eugene Tong contributed to this story. brent.hopkins@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GRIFFITH PARK – A firestorm roared Tuesday night across the tinder-dry hills of Griffith Park, jeopardizing city landmarks and forcing the evacuation of neighborhoods in nearby Los Feliz. The fire, which may have been intentionally set, started about 1:30 p.m., prompting evacuations of the Los Angeles Zoo, Autry Museum and nearby golf courses, and sending smoke billowing over Los Angeles’ skyline. The fire flared at sundown and spread quickly, blackening hundreds of acres as flames headed toward homes. Authorities worked to evacuate residents, who crowded the narrow winding roads as they fled with their most prized possessions. “I’m scared and nobody can predict where the fire is going,” said Chang Song, who lived on Commonwealth Avenue and was carrying family photos to his car. “So long as the humans are OK, you can rebuild the house.” last_img read more

first_imgArgentinian coach Diego Maradona recently visited the 97 400-seater Soccer City stadium, which will host the opening and closing 2010 Fifa World Cup matches. (Image: Nicky Rehbock)Argentinian national coach Diego Maradona sent a powerful message to the global football community during a recent visit to South Africa: “This will be a great World Cup, with no doubts of security.”It came as a welcome remark in the aftermath of the fatal attack on Togo’s football squad in Angola on 8 January, which cast widespread uncertainty over the safety of the June-July tournament.The Togolese team was in Angola to participate in the African Nations Cup, a 2010 Fifa World Cup forerunner, but they withdrew shortly after the incident.“They can say what they want but we know we are coming to play the World Cup in a safe country,” Maradona said during an inspection tour of the Argentinian base camp in Pretoria.“I have seen that with my own eyes. Anything can happen in the world, but I have spent a week in South Africa and everything is very good and the people very friendly.”The star also visited schools in Soweto, South Africa’s largest township, in the south of Johannesburg, and other 2010 venues during his week-long trip.“I will tell my players that they only have to think of playing football when they come here and worry about nothing else – this is the impression that I will take back to my country.”On 21 January Maradona visited the almost-complete Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, which will host the opening and closing World Cup matches. The former Footballer of the Year was visibly impressed by the flawless pitch and striking orange seating, which will be able to accommodate 97 400 fans.“They really did a great job on this stadium. I have been to many stadiums before, but this is very big and so great. To be able to enter this stadium is so beautiful. I feel inspired to play here, but unfortunately my time has passed,” he said.Construction workers, who had filled the venue’s upper rows to catch a glimpse of the football great, cheered and chanted: “Maradona! Maradona!” as he demonstrated his effortless ball skills.Later the coach swapped signed national jerseys with Danny Jordaan, head of the 2010 Fifa World Cup local organising committee, and then broke away from the crowd to congratulate the workers on stadium.“I think this visit by Maradona gives South Africans an insight into the excitement that will be generated by the World Cup,” Jordaan said.“He didn’t go to any black tie events, he went into the townships where he said he felt safe, not threatened … he embraced people. Maradona’s contribution off the pitch has been very significant.”After the coach left the stadium, Jordaan spoke to journalists about World Cup safety fears: “We ended with the final draw on 4 December, and the international visitors left. Now it’s the 21st January – and absolutely nothing has happened. The English cricket team was here, and they were very happy; and now Maradona’s come, and he’s also happy – that should speak for itself.”last_img read more

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY—Stephan Schrock couldn’t have picked a bigger, more important match to make up for all the time he missed away from Ceres-Negros.On another magical night at a packed Panaad Stadium, OJ Porteria and Manny Ott delivered the goals, while Schrock provided the steel and creativity as the Busmen subdued Home United of Singapore, 2-0, to rule the Asean zonal stage of the AFC Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The victory completed a 3-2 win on aggregate and sent the Busmen to the inter-zonal semifinals against Istiklol of Tajikistan starting Aug. 22 in Dushanbe. Ceres will host the second leg on Sept. 12.“We left it all out there on the pitch” said Schrock, who rejoined the team in April, which meant he was only added to the squad for the zonal finals. “We put in the performance of our lives in this final. We deserve to make history for the club, the country and Southeast Asia.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPorteria gave the Busmen an early lead on the away goals rule with a close-range volley off an Iain Ramsay cross in the second minute, before Ott’s superb free kick in the 41st minute doubled the advantage.The first half performance, where the hosts won a penalty that was wasted by Fernando Rodriguez and created a couple more clear-cut chances, was in stark contrast over their uninspired display in the 2-1 loss in the first leg last week. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View comments “It was a very important game and I’m just honored to be given a starting place,” Schrock said.“I had to prove that I deserve to start because my teammates have been sacrificing the past six months to get us to this stage. I owe it to my teammates and our supporters.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul But even with the visitors pushing men forward in the second half, the Busmen proved resolute, preserving a clean sheet for the first time in six matches.The Busmen broke down in tears upon hearing the final whistle and becoming the first team to rule the zonal stage, which started in February.And considering the fact that the club owned by Leorey Yanson was only a provincial powerhouse five years ago, the achievement was nevertheless impressive.Schrock worked tirelessly on both ends, winning 14 duels and creating five chances in a dynamic display that reminded why he was once a regular in the top-flight in Germany.The midfield maestro said he was merely making up for lost time.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Gonzales wins as Frayna falterslast_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex advanced over 200 points in early session on Friday, led by gains in index heavyweights Infosys and RIL, amid positive cues from global markets.After rising 223 points, the 30-share index was trading 164.05 points, or 0.45 per cent, higher at 36,808.47 at 0930 hours, while the broader Nifty rose 44.15 points, or 0.41 per cent, to 10,892.05.In the previous session on Thursday, the BSE barometer ended 80.32 points, or 0.22 per cent, lower at 36,644.42, while the Nifty settled 3.25 points, or 0.03 per cent, higher at 10,847.90. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalTech Mahindra was the biggest gainer in the Sensex pack in early trade on Friday, rallying over 4.70 per cent, after the company announced expansion of its strategic multi-year collaboration with AT&T.Other gainers included Tech Mahindra, Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank, NTPC, Axis Bank, ONGC, Tata Motors, Infosys, PowerGrid and RIL, rising up to 1.95 per cent.On the other hand, Sun Pharma, Yes Bank, HDFC duo and HCL Tech slipped up to 2.47 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to Sunil Sharma, Chief Investment Officer, Sanctum Wealth Management, regular news flow from the RBI and the Finance Ministry have helped to stabilise equity markets lately.”Markets continue to display resilience in holding on to important technical long term support,” he said, adding that investors were further calmed by news of upcoming resumption of talks between China and the US.Bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea were trading in the green in their respective late morning sessions. On Wall Street too, stock exchanges ended significantly higher on Thursday.The rupee, meanwhile, appreciated 12 paise against its previous close to trade at 71.72 in early session.Global oil benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.26 per cent higher at 61.11 per barrel.On Thursday, foreign portfolio investors sold shares worth a net of Rs 561.17 crore, while domestic institutional investors purchased shares worth Rs 699.31 crore, provisional data showed.last_img read more

first_imgRupee gained in early trade on Friday by 19 paise, as it opened at 59.14 per dollar compared to previous day’s closing value at 59.33-a-dollar.European Central Bank’s meeting on 5 June has brought about a positive response in rupee and stocks and it is likely to later announce policy easing measures to tackle the pitfalls of disinflations.Pramit Brahmbhatt of Veracity told moneycontrol to expect the rupee in a range of 59-60 per dollar.”The stimulus from ECB to the banks has spread positive sentiment globally. Taking cues from this, we expect local equities to trade strong resulting in appreciation of rupee,” Brahmbhatt pointed out.But, at 10:00 am, the rupee declined to 59.1950 from 59.14, while USD-HKD and USD-SGD surged by 0.00 percent and +0.005 percent respectively.Hence, among 13 Asia-Pacific Currencies, only two appeared to be surging.The Sensex and Nifty surged at 25,232.48 and 7,522.60 at 10:00 am today and gainers at early trade in BSE were ONGC, DLF, GAIL, BPCL and Reliance. However, Infosys, TCS, Hindalco and HCL Technologies lost out.On 5 June, Thursday, the 30-share BSE index created history by crossing the 25,000-mark for the first time; and the 50-share NSE index closed at 7,474.10. Sensex hit the day’s high of 25,044.06, and settled at a closing high of 25,019.51 points. Meanwhile, Nifty stretched at 7,474.10 breaching previous record closing high of 7,415.85 on Tuesday.The market figure was dominated due to shares of metal, oil and gas, power, PSU’s, FMCG and IT. Sentiments were bullish following ECB’s meeting and foreign inflows and also thrived on optimism of the new government. Metal stocks- Sesa and Sterlite Ltd and Tata Steel lead the market .”We may see Sensex levels at 30,000 before budget,” Motilal Oswal, CMD from Financial Services told The Financial Express.Bullish market sentiments have also influenced Mutual Funds rates and BSE midcap and small cap indices gained 1 and 1.4 percent respectively.last_img read more

first_imgBlack and silver experimental vehicles parked facing south in Sacramento, California on July 17, 2010. Keeping cool using the summer heat More information: eetd.lbl.gov/news-archives/news-cool-cars.htmleetd.lbl.gov/newsletter/nl19/eetd-nl19-1-cool.htmlPaper reference: “Potential benefits of solar reflective car shells: Cooler cabins, fuel savings and emission reductions.” Ronnen Levinson, Heng Pan, George Ban-Weiss, Pablo Rosado, Riccardo Paolini, and Hashem Akbari, was recently published in the journal Applied Energy (Volume 88, pp. 4343–4357). Citation: Silver and white cars are cooler, says study (2011, October 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-silver-white-cars-cooler.html Comparison of roof surface temperatures measured during soaking and cooling trials. Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com The numbers continue to take on special significance when extended nationwide. An improvement of 2 to 2 percent in fuel economy, scaled to the fleet of light-duty vehicles in the United States, represents savings of gallons of gas in the billions, if these design changes are adopted by the automotive industry.White, silver, and other light colors are coolest, reflecting about 60 percent of sunlight but there are dark “cool” colors that can also stay cooler than traditional dark colors. When dark surfaces are needed for aesthetics or to reduce brightness, one can use special “cool-colored” materials that stay moderately cool by reflecting only the invisible component of sunlight. Solar reflective paints can decrease the ‘soak’ temperature of the air in a car that has been parked in the sun.Manufacturing designers looking more closely into recipes for pigmented coatings that maximize solar reflectance colors would find plenty of interesting research into cool colors at the Berkeley Lab. Its researchers have been looking into roofs and cool colors for some years. They have been measuring the solar spectral reflectance (reflectance versus wavelength over the solar spectrum) of commercially available pigments. The research team has developed a pigment database describing a variety of colors, including browns, blues, purples, greens, and reds, that are cool, in that they are highly reflective to near-infrared radiation. Ronnen Levinson, scientist in the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is lead author of the study. The research was published in Applied Energy.The researchers had two cars in the sun for an hour, one black and the other silver, parked facing south, in Sacramento, California. The silver Honda Civic (shell SR 0.57) had a cabin air temperature of about 5-6°C (9-11°F) lower than an identical black car (shell SR 0.05). A silver (or white) shell would allow for a lower-capacity air conditioner as well. The cars were run through five identical cycles of soaking in the sun. Each cycle consisted of an hour with the air conditioners off, followed by a half hour of cooling with the air conditioners running at maximum. The researchers measured the roof, ceiling, dashboard, windshield, seat, door, vent air and cabin air temperatures in each car along with weather conditions in the lot.Overall, the numbers compiled in this car-color exercise found that using white or silver paint instead of black paint would raise fuel economy by 0.44 mpg (2.0 percent); would decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 1.9 percent, and reduce other automotive emissions by about 1 percent. Air conditioning in cars not only decreases fuel economy but also increases tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. In this sense, cool-color cars influence both the driver and the planet. (PhysOrg.com) — From an environment standpoint, silver and white cars are cool; black cars are not. Researchers at the Berkeley Lab Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) say that the color of your car affects your car’s fuel economy and how seriously you contribute to pollution. A light-colored shell reflects more sunlight than a dark car shell. The cooler the color, the cooler the cabin air, and the less of a need to run your air conditioner. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgTowel or bear? You decide. The budget-conscious are no doubt drawn to the fact that so many attractions are free of charge once you’re at Butlins. You don’t have to count your pennies or say no to just another ride when you’re at the vintage-style fairground complete with waltzers, dodgems and carousel. A few rides and attractions carry an addition charge, but the vast majority are free and queues are virtually non-existent. My daughter was keen to visit the fairground as often as possible, as well as the neighbouring games arcade with its tuppenny push machines. It was well worth paying a small extra fee to hire a three-seater bike and spend a happy half hour exploring corners we hadn’t seen on foot. We also paid just a few pounds for a round of crazy golf. Read More’Only seeing your parents at mealtimes, Butlin’s was a children’s paradise’   Study your site map well, as there are hidden treasures waiting to be uncovered. We enjoyed seeing snakes and other critters in the Discovery Studio and played endless games of Cluedo after stumbling across a board games lending library in a quiet corner. Search for them and you’ll find some nostalgic remnants of early Butlin’s, including carriages from a monorail and old-fashioned chalets. Anyone for ice cream? But once we stepped inside the accommodation it had Butlin’s written through it like a stick of rock. From the Skegness cushions on the primary coloured sofas to the wooden pin the tail on the donkey game on the wall, the decoration was inspired, retro and a brilliant reminder of the heritage of the brand. There are numerous different types of accommodation at Butlin’s, with numerous different prices. Ours was spacious, well-appointed and spotlessly clean. The big stage shows are so popular that some people start queueing hours in advance. There’s really no need to leave the site at all, and we didn’t touch our car until it was time to go home. We did walk off site to paddle in the sea and build sandcastles, before a bracing stroll along the prom to get the full British holiday resort experience. You don’t even need to do that though, as Butlin’s has created a mini beach inside the resort complete with outsized seaside accessories for the full selfie experience. Like so many other aspects of Butlin’s, the food experience is what you make it. I’m sure some families arrive with their weekly shop, or buy ingredients from the two small supermarkets. But if you want to eat out there’s a varied selection of cuisines to tempt you. Billy the Butlin’s bear. We spent four nights at Butlin’s Skegness, staying in a two bedroomed Seaside Apartment. Among the more exclusive accommodation on the site, at first glance it looked a world apart from the old Butlin’s stereotype. If anything it looked more like a rival holiday resort, the one renowned for being middle class and located in wooded areas. 1950s advert for Butlins One thing we did struggle with was figuring out where to start with the entertainment. There’s so much going on, so many varied things happening at the same time, you almost want to clone yourself to take it all in. We visited during the school holidays with my eight-year-old daughter, and discovered a packed programme designed to provide something for adults and children of all ages. Helpfully, guests are given printed guides to exactly what is on when and where plus details of the age ranges it is most suited to. You can also download an app with everything from interactive maps to restaurant opening times and menus. center_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailButlin’s is all poolside knobbly knee competitions and poky chalets the size of the average garden shed, isn’t it? Come on, climb out of the 1950s. If it’s been some time since you last visited the original British holiday camp then you may be surprised to discover it’s undergone something of a renaissance since Gladys Pugh last said Good Morning Campers. Rather like a bag of pick n’ mix sweets, a short break to Butlin’s can contain whatever you choose to put into it. If you’re content with nothing but fizzy cola bottles then they’re there for the taking, but you can opt for mint humbugs or luxury toffee as well. A game of crazy golf whiles away a happy hour. We saw Titan the Robot, live wrestling by men in tiny, shiny pants, a puppet show and were encourage to exercise by giant Mr Men. But that was just the tip of the big show iceberg with other offerings including a circus, magic acts, a Sleeping Beauty panto, Paddington Bear and much more. The shows were so popular that some people started queuing hours in advance just to get a seat near the front. And if you consider the ticket price to see similar calibre acts at theatres elsewhere, you can easily see why lots of Butlin’s guests pack their holiday with as many of them as possible. Splash Waterworld ranked near the top of our Butlin’s highlights list. We enjoyed it so much that we spent hours moving between the different pools and water features, two days in a row. The outdoor rapids were a favourite – so much so that we stayed outdoors in our swimsuits even when it rained. A Butlin’s full English. There was so much to choose from in the Scoop ice cream parlour that it took quite some time to make a decision, then of course we had to visit again the next day to try a flavour we’d missed. I can confirm that bubblegum flavour ice cream does indeed turn your tongue blue. We had a premium dining package, which included breakfast and evening meal each day at either The Deck Restaurant or The Yacht Club. We hadn’t expected so much choice, so much fresh food and the lack of queues. It’s self-service, with much of the food cooked in front of diners, and there are no limits on what you can have or how many times you can top your plate up. Over the four days we had roast dinners, poached Salmon, rainbow-coloured vegetable stir fries and thick wedges of cheesecake. You could have burger and chips for every meal or you could have four courses rounded off with cheese and crackers if you wanted. Pin the tail on the Butlin’s donkey. Butlin’s is much more than that 1950s cliché. It’s a well-rounded family resort that can be exceptionally good value if you want it to be, or a more luxurious escape if that is what your heart desires. And there isn’t a Gladys Pugh in sight.last_img read more