ATF joins probe of LA blast that injured 12 firefighters

first_imgHomeBriefsATF joins probe of LA blast that injured 12 firefighters May. 19, 2020 at 5:00 amBriefsCrimeATF joins probe of LA blast that injured 12 firefightersAssociated Press1 year agoATFblastfirefirefighters Investigators on Monday began combing the wreckage of a fire and explosion at a downtown Los Angeles hash oil manufacturer as six burned firefighters remained in the hospital and two more went home.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is sending in special agents from around the country to help with the criminal investigation. They are expected to help reconstruct the scene, identify where the fire started and determine what caused it.Capt. Robert Long, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s major crimes unit, said his detectives will be working with the ATF and “looking at all aspects of the business to see if all applicable safety rules were followed.”The blaze began late Saturday afternoon at a one-story commercial building in the city’s Toy District. Firefighters entered the building amid light to moderate smoke and went on the roof, normal procedures to try to quickly knock down any flames, officials said.One of the firefighters noticed that the pressure from the smoke and heat coming from the rear of the building were increasing. He ordered everyone to get out but a thunderous explosion rocked the building. Firefighters on the roof scrambled down ladders through a fireball, with their protective coats aflame. The wall of flames shot out the building and burned seats inside a fire truck across the street.Eleven were rushed to hospitals, and an additional firefighter was treated for a minor injury. Three were released from the hospital Sunday and two left Monday morning.The six firefighters who remain in the hospital are considered to be stable but their conditions were not immediately available.Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas told Fox 11 on Monday the eight firefighters still in the hospital are making “steady progress.”“I’m happy to report that they’re in good spirits. I visited with many of their families over the weekend and they’re on the right track to recovery,” he said. They have “various degrees of burns and some are minor nature, some are moderate and one is severe, so the timeline for recovery will be different for each one of them,” the chief said.STEFANIE DAZIO and JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated PressTags :ATFblastfirefirefightersshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentUCLA launches clinical trial to help reduce severity of COVID-19 illness in menSMMUSD readies for summer schoolYou Might Also LikeBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press10 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author10 hours agoBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author1 day agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author1 day agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author1 day agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author1 day agolast_img read more

Health Premiums To Rise Next Year For Georgia Employees

first_img0:47 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility For Whom The Bell Rings Share Georgia’s teachers and state employees will have to pay more for health insurance next year. WABE’s Michael Jones has details. 0:47Georgia state employees and teachers will see an average increase of nearly 4 percent in their health insurance premiums next year.Like us on FacebookThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the state Department of Community Health board approved rates Thursday for the $3 billion State Health Benefit Plan, which covers around 650,000 people. The new rates will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.The rate change depends on the type of plan those on the SHBP are enrolled in, with some retirees’ premiums scheduled to increase by more than 15 percent while others will see decreases.“In this climate, when you have health care costs going up because of prescription drug cost increases and more use of medical services by older people, 3.7 percent is not bad,” Georgia Health News editor Andy Miller said.Miller said teachers have a powerful lobby, which may have prevented bigger increases.“This is a political group that can mobilize against a candidate.  Next year is an election year,” he said.DCH officials say deductibles and co-pays won’t increase. Miller said the state knows the importance of containing costs.“Health benefits, in general, are something that are more valued than ever before, and employers realize that they have to have good benefits to attract and retain good employees,” he said. last_img read more

Bird in Flight Prize

first_imgDeadline: 12 August 2019Open to: amateur and professional photographers all over the worldAward: first prize 2000 EUR DescriptionThe concept of the Bird in Flight Prize is to support photographers who think outside the box of traditional artistic standards. The contest is not about photo projects that cater to the existing general demand. It’s about discovering new ways to tell a story using the means and tools of photography.The jury of the Bird in Flight Prize include photographers, curators and publishers from Ukraine, Latvia, the Netherlands, Canada, and South Africa.EligibilityBird in Flight Prize (“Contest”) is open to residents from all over the world except countries where it is prohibited by law;Entrant shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of entry;For the Entrants under 18 years of age, the permission of a parent or guardian is required;By entering the Contest, Entrants under 18 years of age indicate that they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian;Employees, officers, and directors of Deposit photos Inc., as well as the immediate family (defined as parents, spouse, children, siblings, and grandparents), and same household members of such employee, officer, and director, are not eligible to enter.AwardFirst Prize is 2,000 EURThe shortlisted pieces will be published on the Bird in Flight site, printed in the Photo Kyiv catalog, and showcased at the exhibition which will take place 1-4 November at the Photo Kyiv art fair, located in Kyiv at Chicago Central House. Nomination Panasonic Readers’ Choice AwardThis nomination will consist of 30 photo series selected by the editorial board of Bird in Flight. A winner will be chosen by open voting through the contest website.The prize is a Panasonic Lumix G9 camera.Portfolio reviewTen participants will receive a rare opportunity to get in-depth reviews of their work by the jury board members Roman Pyatkovka, Maarten Schilt, Hester Keijser, and Donald Weber.How to apply?Before applying please read the Official Rules of the contest.The contest accepts photo series of 5-12 photographs. If needed, authors may choose to Upload any other media file along with the initial folder [not to exceed 200 megabytes combined];Technical requirements: images of up to 5 megabytes in size, formatted as .jpg or .png24;Photos, collages and all other images must be copyrighted by the applicant [or a copyright should be duly acquired in a legal manner];The application fee is 10 EURIn order to apply, please fill out the form.For more information please visit the official website. Call for Entries: Pro Carton Young Designers Award 2021 Tweet Bird in Flight Prize July 15, 2019 Published by sanja XIV International Compostela Prize for Picture Books 2021 Similar Stories Pocket Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize 2021 Share 0 Reddit ← Rolex Awards for Enterprise LinkedIn 0 +1 Tapirulan Illustrators Contest →last_img read more

Macron’s environment minister under fire over lobster dinners

first_imgHe chalked up the expensive wines to the existing stock of bottles in the parliament’s cellar, where bottles are aged and therefore appreciate in value.Mediapart also reported that de Rugy had spent €63,000 on renovations in the state-owned apartment he moved into when he became environment minister in June 2018.Socialist politician Delphine Batho, a former environment minister, called on de Rugy to resign, but that was swiftly brushed aside by government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye.”The minister … evidently retains the trust of the president and the prime minister … it’s important that high-level politicians are able to have these ties with civil society under various forms, including in informal dinners … of course with a lot of transparency and in a measured fashion,” Ndiaye told reporters on Wednesday.Responding to the report, de Rugy stressed his record on curtailing spending in his various positions, saying he reduced the budget for entertaining guests by 13 percent when he was president.He also explained that the high cost of renovating the government apartment he moved into was due to its “destitute” state. Mediapart, however, quotes sources close to former Environment Minster Nicolas Hulot — who lived in the apartment before de Rugy — describing it as being in “tip-top” shape. Mediapart also reported that de Rugy’s chief of staff, Nicole Klein, had kept a government-subsidized apartment in Paris for 12 years during which she didn’t live in the French capital. She stepped down on Wednesday evening, telling French newspaper Ouest France that de Rugy had asked her to resign.De Rugy is spearheading the government’s various environmental reforms, including reducing waste and reliance on nuclear energy. Also On POLITICO Paris responds to US probe threat as French tech tax passes final hurdle By Laura Kayali France takes aim at shiny candy By Eline Schaart PARIS — Emmanuel Macron’s environment minister, François de Rugy, has come under fire over allegations that he spent taxpayers’ money on lavish dinners and home renovations, but is said to still have the French president’s trust.De Rugy has spent the past 24 hours defending his use of public money after French news site Mediapart reported on Wednesday that he hosted opulent dinners featuring expensive lobster and €550 bottles of wine while he was president of the French parliament between October 2017 and June 2018.He said he “understands that the French may be intrigued or have questions about” the spending, but he “totally stands by” having organized “a dozen informal dinners” with “guests of civil society,” saying they helped inform his work as president. He said there were “no dinners with friends.”last_img read more

Kenai’s Economy Growing Faster than Surrounding Towns

first_imgEubank: “In the last couple of calendar quarters, they’ve seen negative growth and we’re still north of three and a half to four percent.” Finance Director Terry Eubank gave a presentation to the Kenai City Council Wednesday that broke down sales tax revenues compared to neighboring areas. Another trend pinpointed in Eubank’s research saw that Kenai’s hospitality revenues appeared to be constant year-round as opposed to Soldotna’s which peaks in the summer. The highest level of growth Eubank highlighted is Kenai’s retail sales. In the graph he handed out to council members, one period showed Kenai experience a seven and a half percent growth while Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough only saw around a two percent growth. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai has experienced a jump in economic growth in recent years. Eubank: “That’s all of our retail stores. In FY 15 we had about $162 million worth of taxable sales in that industry. And it’s been maintaining about a 3.8 percent growth for us.” Eubank: “If you look at that same period in the quarter ending in March of 2014, we’ve been significantly above both the borough and Soldotna. That speaks very well for our local economy here in Kenai.” City Manager Rick Koch surmised that may be due to oil field workers in Nikiski residing at Kenai hotels for long periods of time.last_img read more