More wildfires explode in the West as historic heat continues

first_imgThe River fire east of Salinas is 3,793 acres and 10% contained with six structures destroyed, two damaged and 1,500 more threatened with evacuation orders issued. The Butte Lightning Complex fire near Oroville is made up of 26 fires in total and is 0% contained more than 1,130 acres. Meanwhile, dozens of record highs were broken Monday in the West from Montana down to southern California. Here are some of the records from Monday: The hottest temperature was in Death Valley at 127 degrees, Phoenix, Arizona reached 115 as well as a record-breaking 41 days this summer with temperatures above 110 degrees. Tucson, Arizona, hit 109, Las Vegas peaked at 112, Palmdale, California made it to 111, Salt Lake City reached 102, Denver got up to 98, Boise, Idaho, hit 102 and even Billings, Montana, broke a record high reaching 100 degrees. Lightning along with gusty erratic winds continue to be the biggest threat for development and spread of new fires.Looking ahead, some slight weakening of this western high dome is forecast which should slightly lower the temperatures for most of the West. Even though it will turn not as hot, gusty erratic winds and a dry lightning threat will continue through the rest of the week.Elsewhere, the tropical Atlantic that is getting active, and two tropical waves are moving east and could form into a Tropical Depression in the next day or so. One tropical wave is currently over the eastern Caribbean and has a 60% chance of forming into a depression over the next few days but is also not really a threat to the U.S. at the moment.The second tropical wave, still far in the Atlantic, could form into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours and currently has a 90% chance of becoming one. Models currently take the system over the northern Caribbean over the weekend and it has to be watched closely as the weekend draws closer. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. The Loyalton fire near the California and Nevada border in Sierra County is 39,725 acres with just 10% of it contained so far. Five structures have been destroyed, six have been damaged and mandatory evacuations are in place. The Lake fire in Lake Hughes is 19,026 acres and 38% contained with mandatory evacuations still in place and 21 structures destroyed so far and 4,570 structures still threatened. center_img The Hennessey fire in Napa Valley near St. Helena is 2,400 acres and 0% contained with 205 structures threatened and evacuation orders issued. ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Several new wildfires have exploded in the West due to lightning and bone dry conditions on the ground. There are currently at least 28 wildfires burning in California alone which puts the national total to more than 100 wildfires. Here is the latest information on the recent fires:The Holser fire in Lake Piru, Ventura County is 1,200 acres and 15% contained. Two firefighters have suffered minor injuries and there has been an evacuation order for 26 residences. last_img read more

USI announces the 2017 Hall of Fame Class

first_imgThe University of Southern Indiana Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the selection of the 2017 USI Athletic Hall of Fame class that will be inducted during homecoming week in February. The class of six individuals and one team was selected by a nine-member USI Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.Any Screaming Eagles fan was eligible to nominate student athletes or teams on the 10th anniversary of their last season of competition, or a coach/administrator who has been separated from the Department of Athletics for two years.This year’s class includes Moulton Cato ’85 (Men’s Soccer, 1981-84); Jenny Farmer Thurner ’04 (Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field, 1999-2004); Dean Mills ’97 (Men’s Soccer, 1992-95); Adrienne Seitz Runyan ‘ 99 (Women’s Basketball, 1995-99); Amy Stetler Harper ’99 (Softball, 1996-99); Nicole Vine Braun ’02 (Softball, 1998-2001); and USI’s 1983 GLVC Champion Women’s Tennis team.“I continue to be amazed by the amount of outstanding student-athletes and teams this University has had,” said USI Director of Athletics Jon Mark Hall.  “The Class of 2017 truly represents our growing tradition here at USI. The six individuals and one team that will be honored in February are truly worthy of this extraordinary honor. I know that the entire USI community is proud of this class and what it accomplished while at USI.”Plans are underway for the induction ceremony on the evening of February 3.2017 USI ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME CLASSMoulton Cato (Men’s Soccer, 1981-84): Cato was a four-time All-GLVC and GLVC Champion for men’s soccer. The three-time All-Region performer finished his career as the all-time leader in assists (18 more than the second all-time leader and a record that has stood for 32 years). Cato also has had a successful career in club and college coaching following his USI career. He was a USI men’s soccer assistant coach for the GLVC championship teams in 1989, 1990, and 1991.Jenny Farmer Thurner (Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field, 1999-2004): Thurner was a two-time All-American in Outdoor Track & Field, earning honors in the 3000 meters and 5000 meters. She also is the only four-time NCAA Division II All-Region performer in the history of USI Women’s Cross Country history. Thurner held USI records in the indoor 800 meters, the mile, 3000 meters, and 5000 meters, as well as outdoor records in the 800 meters, 1500 meters, and 3000 meters.Dean Mills (Men’s Soccer, 1992-95): Mills played three years as a member of USI’s only NCAA Division I program from 1992 to 1994 and one year at NCAA Division II when the Eagles returned to the GLVC in 1995. He was an ISAA Scholar All-American in 1995, as well as earning NCAA II All-Region and Academic All-GLVC. The 1995 USI team captain was the team’s Most Valuable Player during the program’s last year at Division I.Adrienne Seitz Runyan (Women’s Basketball, 1995-99): Seitz was the starting point guard for some of the best teams in the history of USI Women’s Basketball. She finished ranked in six major categories in the USI Women’s Basketball record books for individual statistics and remains ranked first in games played and assists; second in steals; 11th in blocked shots; 18th in rebounding; and 26th in scoring while playing with USI greats and Hall of Famers LeAnn Freeland and Eileen Weber. Seitz directed teams to an overall record of 97-27 and 69-11 in the GLVC during her four years. USI, as a team, won the GLVC twice, the GLVC tournament once, appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament three times, won the 1997 NCAA II Midwest Regional championship, and advanced to play in the 1997 NCAA II championship game.  Seitz also led USI to a perfect 20-0 GLVC campaign in 1998, a feat that has never been duplicated.Amy Stetler Harper (Softball, 1996-99): Stetler was named All-Region twice and All-GLVC three times during a dominating four-year career. She continues to hold the season record for ERA, complete games, shutouts, and wins, as well as the career marks for ERA, wins, and shutouts. Stetler also set and holds the USI record with 51.1 consecutive shutout innings.Nicole Vine Braun (Softball, 1998-2001): Vine was three-time All-Region player and a four-time All-GLVC performer. She also was a four-time Academic All-GLVC and a 2001 Academic All-District student. On the field, Vine ranks third all-time at USI in runs scored and in hits.USI’s Perfect 1983 GLVC Championship Team:  The 1983 USI women’s tennis team was flawless in the GLVC Tournament winning each of the nine flights for a perfect score of 36 points. The perfect score was never duplicated in flighted GLVC Tournament history with conference changing to team head-to-head completion in the mid-1990. In addition to the perfect score in the GLVC Tournament, USI was a 14-1 overall, winning eight matches 9-0, and winning 117 of 135 sets.  The members of the 1983 squad include Head Coach Jane Davis Brezette Lisa Titzer Dozier ’86, Laurie Peters ’86, Debbie Floyd Shelling ’85, Jennifer Northam McAtee ’92, Sherril Heldman ’87, Julie Workman, Marcia Huff ’85, and Vanessa Dixon Burka ’84. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Security After Emergency

first_img A Regional Challenge “There’s always been that concern by persons that say that the military should not be used in the streets,” said retired Defence Force Captain Gary Griffith, national security advisor to the prime minister. “I beg to differ.” Capt. Griffith, a 16-year veteran who spent six months with the United Nations peacekeeping efforts in Haiti, stressed the benefit of joint operations between the police and Armed Forces. “The military is there to act as that support element to ensure that democracy is maintained,” he said. A valuable peacetime role for the Armed Forces, Capt. Griffith said, is participating in joint operations, training together with other security professionals, and forming part of a new communications hub that would allow all units to work hand in hand with each other. As part of “21st century law enforcement,” the government is ramping up its use of empirical testing and data to study criminal patterns. It is also seeking the latest intelligence gathering technology and it is closing loopholes in the criminal justice system to provide security forces with more legal tools. Learning from missteps made during the SoE, the police are being trained on the intricacies of the new gang law. Gregory Aboud is president of the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association. His stores, filled with brightly colored textiles, Trinidad was in a state of emergency (SoE) when the shooting took place, but a curfew did not prevent this shooting in broad daylight on that October morning. The country was ravaged by an average of 45 murders a month in 2011. Even though violent crime had decreased from 2010, the high homicide rate was unsettling to citizens. A string of 11 murders in four days in August 2011 triggered the government to declare the SoE in the Caribbean nation of 1.3 million. This allowed the government to boost the police force by nearly 70 percent, from 6,146 to 10,316, by drawing on personnel from the Armed Forces. The Armed Forces were also allowed to conduct warrantless searches and arrests. The murder rate dropped from 46 cases during the prior month to an average of 18 during the four-month SoE, and serious crimes fell by 50 percent, according to police statistics. Arms and drug seizures also increased significantly. In the months since, the government used lessons learned during the SoE as part of a long-term strategy to prevent drugs and arms from entering the country and reduce related gang violence. However, when the SoE was lifted December 5, most of an estimated 450 detained gang members were released due to lack of evidence. In the first 23 days of 2012, there were 31 murders. For all of the successes of the SoE, the tool was not a panacea. Yet, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar highlighted a major feat of the SoE that laid the groundwork for changes to come: “Public confidence in the ability of our protective services is beginning to return.” By Dialogo April 01, 2012 The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative and other funding sources helped CARICOM IMPACS get 10,000 guns off Caribbean streets in the last five years. “It is our view that the same people who are trafficking drugs are the same people trafficking persons and trafficking guns and ammunition,” Forbes said, adding that his organization was also encouraging member states to rely more on forensic sciences to solve crimes. With regional security strategies still a work in progress, the task of fighting gang violence and keeping drugs off the streets of Trinidad still is the responsibility of local police. Catching the “Big Fish” The North Eastern Division of Trinidad’s police service is headquartered at the Morvant Police Station. Once a crime “hot spot,” Morvant has seen violent crime diminished drastically, and the police unit prides itself in having one of the highest conviction rates in the country. The North Eastern Division’s Task Force office at the Morvant Police Station consists of five desks crowded in a room packed with tall, overflowing filing cabinets. Cpl. Darryl La Pierre stressed strong leadership and ties to the community as the path to one of the most respected police forces on the island. As a recent night patrol demonstrated, challenges remain. During the patrol, two Nissan Navara SUV patrol cars roamed the streets, the officers keenly aware of their surroundings in the evening rush hour. As one car drove west along the Eastern Main Road in San Juan, Constable Jason Sandy, who was driving, spotted a suspicious transaction in the shadows just beyond the bright lights of the Mount Lambert gas station. By the time officers could spin the car around and pull into the station, the man making the purchase had fled, but the seller was walking along Maloney Street. Officers approached. After a search, officers found a large wad of cash and razor blades with a powdery residue. The seller denied he had been selling cocaine, but could not explain the razors or large sum of cash. The police did not have enough evidence to charge him with a crime, but they could develop a relationship. “He might tell us something or tell something in the future,” said Sergeant Cornelius Samuel. “Most informants are criminals themselves or members of the community who are fed up with criminals. It’s a long-term investment.” A few days earlier, in the Southern Division, similar intelligence from an informant led to a bust. Four arrests were made and more than 4 kilograms of marijuana were seized, along with firearms. Senior Superintendent Deodath Dulalchan said increased interactions with community members during the SoE not only helped citizens to increase their trust in the police, it helped police to understand what citizens expect of them. “They were able to see results,” said Superintendent Dulalchan of the community. “They themselves appreciated the fact that they need to work closer with the police.” Intelligence is the key ingredient to fighting crime, according to Trinidad and Tobago Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs. In his opinion, the SoE heightened intelligence gathering that has contributed to improved safety and security after the SoE was lifted. Still, citizens feel the “big fish” are getting away. Sgt. Samuel believes there are big fish in Trinidad bankrolling drug trafficking. He hopes new legislation will bolster financial crime investigations and that closing more cases will put pressure on traffickers. Until then, police in the North Eastern Division know their tools are sometimes limited but they believe in the work they do. “It really takes some effort, resources and courage,” said Sgt. Samuel. “Overall, we have some dedicated officers who are still fighting the good fight.”center_img Violent crime in Trinidad and Tobago led to the declaration of a state of emergency in August 2011. Drugs and arms trafficking needed to be halted, and the Government asked Soldiers to join with police in the effort. Post-emergency, the Caribbean nation is adopting best practices to strengthen citizen confidence and set in motion a new security plan. Father Reginald Hezekiah was sitting in his office behind the St. Charles Roman Catholic Church on Eastern Main Road when he heard gunshots ring out. “Pow! Pow!” he later recalled, his soft voice contrasting sharply with the deafening sound that had echoed in the garage behind him. He didn’t know what to do. Murders had been taking place all around Tunapuna, a relatively safe community on the outskirts of Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. Father Hezekiah scaled the steps to the second floor of his home where he could see beyond his peach-colored church to the street. Lying there alone was a construction worker, bleeding. Co-workers had fled, and neighbors had barricaded themselves in their homes. Father Hezekiah stepped outside. When he reached the man, he was unconscious. Father Hezekiah knelt, and placing his hand upon the man’s forehead, he began to pray. Blood spread over the man’s pants. More blood streamed onto the street until an ambulance arrived. The man would survive, Father Hezekiah learned later. draw visitors from Trinidad’s African and Indian immigrant populations. “The state of emergency is very disruptive to the country, very disruptive to the economy and very disruptive to the social well-being and social life of our citizens,” he said. Society cannot tolerate the use of the SoE as a long-term solution, Aboud said. He also related the problems of poverty and lawlessness that Trinidad and Tobago is facing to those in Jamaica, where the murder rate in 2011 was three times that of Trinidad and Tobago and a state of emergency was also declared in January 2011. Francis Forbes, former commissioner of police in Jamaica, is the interim executive director of the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), an organization that acts as a think tank and regional coordinating group. He agreed that the problems the nation is facing as a transshipment point for South American drugs are shared by other Caribbean nations where firearms are used to protect drug shipments, then are left behind for gangs to use in turf battles. “The proliferation of arms and ammunition is wreaking havoc currently in the region, and when it is combined with the trafficking of drugs, it is again a recipe for disaster that we are taking head-on now,” he said. last_img read more

DREAMers at USC feel uncertainty, fear deportation

first_imgKimberly Alvarado and Ana Mercado are two of the 750,000 DREAMers nationwide who are protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the California Dream Act programs for undocumented people.After former President Barack Obama issued the executive order in June 2012, many undocumented immigrants received work permits and felt protected from deportation. While the DREAM Act only applies in California, the term “DREAMers” is used to refer to undocumented people protected under DACA.Now, under the Trump administration, undocumented students at USC like Alvarado and Mercado fear that they may be deported despite these protections.Although President Donald Trump promised to focus deportation forces on removing criminal immigrants, Manuel Montes, a DREAMer, became the first with DACA status to be deported to Mexico. He was spending time with his girlfriend in Calexico, Calif. when immigration authorities asked for his documentation. Other than Montes, there are currently 10 DACA enrollees in custody, according to United We Dream.For Mercado, a sophomore majoring in contemporary Latino and Latin American studies and sociology, returning to her birthplace Jalisco, Mexico would mean returning to a place she left when she was only three years old.Mercado remembers that when she was younger, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers came to her home. She remembers her mother covering her mouth and telling her to stay quiet.“I remember when they knocked on the door, my mom froze. Everything can go from being OK to not OK in seconds, and I felt that I started to understand that we were different,” Mercado said.  “Even though we call ourselves Americans … I am a foreigner to this country.”Mercado is the president of the student-led group called Improving Dreams Education Access and Success at USC. The group strives to create a safe space and positive dialogue among undocumented students and allies. Despite the support of the club, Mercado still has fears for the future.“There are a lot of scary feelings involved,” Mercado said. “I could be the next one. And it could happen at any point. USC says that we’re protected as long as we are on campus, but what happens when I go home?”After President Donald Trump signed an executive order increasing the enforcement against undocumented immigrants, Provost Michael Quick shared a statement in support of the University’s international community.“We want to assure you that we are fully committed to supporting all members of our Trojan Family — regardless of their national origin or religious affiliation,” the statement said. “We are proud to have, and we are better by having, a richly diverse community. We will do everything we can to ensure all of our academic community can continue to study, research and teach at USC.”Billy Vela, the adviser of IDEAS at USC and the director of El Centro Chicano, believes that the steps Trump is taking against immigrants serve as hints to the future of his administration.“I am deeply concerned about what can happen as [Trump] gives us hints as to what might be coming next,” Vela wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “I think it’s incredibly important for the Trojan Family … to come together proactively in support of our diversity, since [Trump’s] executive orders are impacting many communities within the Trojan Family.”Kimberly Alvarado, a sophomore majoring in psychology, was born in El Salvador and remembers being younger and feeling different from other students. She said that although she didn’t feel completely safe before the election, she is now more fearful.“There’s fear of me being deported,” Alvarado said. “I have two little sisters, and they were born here. If, God forbid, my mom is deported, I will have to drop out of school to take care of my sisters.”According to Niels Frenzen, the director of the USC Gould Immigration Clinic, the University is taking both official and unofficial steps to protect students on campus. He also added that the specifics about the DREAMers’ deportation are unclear.“[The Department of Homeland Security] and Trump have recently reaffirmed that the DACA program will not be terminated,” Frenzen wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “While there have been isolated incidents of DACA immigrants being arrested by DHS, there is nothing to indicate that the new administration is pursuing DACA immigrants for deportation.”Frenzen also said that the immigration clinic provides resources for undocumented and DACA students on campus, including one-on-one appointments and assistance when filling out immigration and DACA applications.Even with the help provided by the University, students like Alvarado still feel that they do not belong in the country.“Parents come to this country to give their children a better life,” Alvarado said. “We’re out here working. We’re studying. And we’re not being accepted. One of the things that hurts me the most is the United States is my home, but it doesn’t recognize me.”last_img read more