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first_img Brad James Tags: Andy Hess/Dan Horner/Jacob Wagstaff/Jayce Frampton/Preston Summerhays/Tyler Savage Written by June 15, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Men’s Golfer Andy Hess Advances to Friday Play at Utah State Amateur FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFARMINGTON, Utah-Thursday, Utah State men’s golfer Andy Hess won a pair of matches at the Utah State Amateur to advance to the quarterfinals at the Oakridge Country Club.Hess will take on teenager Preston Summerhays, the latest generation of the prestigious Utah golf royalty family Friday in the quarterfinals.The #31 seed, Hess bested #47 seed Riley Morgan in 19 holes while Summerhays, the #23 seed, bested #55 Jacob Wagstaff 3 and 1 as well as #7 Tyler Savage 6 and 4.The winner of this matchup faces the winner of the Jayce Frampton-Dan Horner matchup at 12:30 pm MDT.last_img read more

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first_imgLast Updated: 27th August, 2020 05:54 IST NFL Players Concerned, ‘sick And Tired’ Of Racial Injustice He has seen the video of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and he doesn’t want to end up like him. Or, George Floyd. Or, Breonna Taylor. Or, the countless other Black men and women who have been victims of police brutality or social injustice. Bradley McDougald is angry. He’s downright frustrated and sad.The New York Jets safety is also extremely worried.Within the confines of the team’s facility, McDougald is a respected pro football player whose main concern is stopping the offense. When he heads home and turns onto the main road just a few hundred yards away, he goes on the defense. His guard goes up just as it has most of his life.“Guys are sick and tired of being sick and tired,” McDougald said Wednesday during a video conference call.He has seen the video of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and he doesn’t want to end up like him. Or, George Floyd. Or, Breonna Taylor. Or, the countless other Black men and women who have been victims of police brutality or social injustice.“Me personally, I’m hurt by the whole situation,” McDougald said. “I’m an African-American man and that easily could’ve been me. As soon as I walk out of 1 Jets Drive, I’m just another black man — and I don’t know how the cops are going to see me.“I have dreads and tattoos and I’m bigger than the average male, but I don’t know how that cop is going to view me, and the attitude and aggression he’s going to give me.”Blake, 29, was shot, apparently in the back, on Sunday as he leaned into his SUV, three of his children seated inside. The shooting was captured on cellphone video and ignited new protests in the U.S. three months after the death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer touched off a nationwide reckoning over racial injustice.“I just don’t understand how somebody could – somebody who is unarmed, family in the car — how he could be a threat,” Dolphins safety Kavon Frazier said. “I just don’t understand. We’re lost. We’re scared. I’m scared. I drive a pretty nice car and I’m scared if I get pulled over, that could happen to me.”The Detroit Lions canceled their practice Tuesday, protesting the incident involving Blake, and racial injustice. The players and coaching staff discussed what happened and then filed out of the team’s practice facility. They used a dry-erase board to address the media with the words: “The world can’t go on” and “We won’t be silent!! One pride.”The rest of the NFL saw what the Lions did, and has come together with their own discussions about social issues and how they might be able to affect change.“At this time, everybody needs to come together and join hands and love each other for what we are and the privilege we have in the short period of time we have on Earth,” said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who is white. “As opposed to walking in fear, to walk with strength and pride. And if we do that, we’ll be a great example to the world.”Eagles coach Doug Pederson, who is also white, thought what the Lions did was “a great sign of unity, a sign of strength and support as a team.” He said his team will continue the dialogue among players and staff.“It’s just where we are as a country,” he said. “You’ve got to put football aside. This is human life, and this is about all our lives, and these guys have a message. They have a platform. They have something that needs to be said, and so I’m here, obviously, to listen, to listen to their ideas and their comments and the things that they’re dealing with every single day.”So for the Lions to do that and to show a sign of unity I think is a very powerful message in our society today.”McDougald, who spoke hours before three NBA playoff games were postponed as players around that league chose to boycott in their statement against racial injustice, cited the peaceful protests across the country over the last several months. And how statues of former slave owners have been taken down, and streets have been painted with “Black Lives Matter.”Colin Kaepernick, exiled from the NFL since the 2016 season when he took a knee during the national anthem, shed light on police brutality and racial inequality while playing for the San Francisco 49ers. McDougald insists true change needs to continue, and not just one-time bursts during which people push social injustice into the forefront.However, McDougald wonders if the message gets forgotten too quickly as people move on with their lives.“I’m not bashing them. I’m commending them,” McDougald said of the Lions. “That was great that they did that. But just like every other peaceful protest or every other movement we started, hashtag we started, it still comes back to nothing’s getting settled. Nothing real is getting done.”That’s the frustration McDougald and so many other Black men and women grapple with on a daily basis. And have for too long.“Needless to say, what’s going on in this country of ours at times is extremely disgusting,” Patriots quarterback Cam Newton said. “And until we find a fix, I think more than ever, we have to unify and become one as much as possible. From the Black Lives Matter campaign, from the social injustice, bringing awareness with that, and just everybody becoming more aware of certain things and not necessarily turning their ear or turning their face (away from) things that are extremely blatant.“It becomes hard being a father. It becomes hard knowing, yeah, what your day job is. But yet we have to use our platform to raise awareness for issues like this.”The Jets held a virtual team meeting Tuesday night and coach Adam Gase allowed the players to discuss their feelings about the Blake shooting, along with their own experiences and thoughts. Team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson joined the at-times emotional discussion, which also continued as the players broke off into their positional meetings.“This is definitely something that I don’t want — and a lot of my brothers in the locker room don’t want — we don’t want it swept under the rug,” McDougald said. “This is not just a one-day topic or when it happens, we need to talk about it. This is something real in our community that we’re dealing with.“And I’m going to deal with it for the rest of my life, and my kids are going to deal with it.”(Image Credit: AP) Associated Press Television News Written By LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img First Published: 27th August, 2020 05:54 IST WATCH US LIVE COMMENT FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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first_imgSANDY HOOK  – Cadets from the drill team of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) took first place overall at Manchester High School’s recent Pearl Harbor Day drill competition. The Sandy Hook-based school competed against cadets from 12 other NJROTC units from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware in eight events, including academics, athletics, uniform inspection and precision marching.MAST placed first in Armed Platoon (commanded by Cadet Liam Kile of Tinton Falls), New Cadet Color Guard (commanded by Cadet Zachary Mansfield of Monmouth Beach), and Academics (commanded by Cadet Caroline Davidson of Brielle); second in New Cadet Basic (commanded by Cadet William Hurley of Monmouth Beach), Unarmed Platoon (commanded by Cadet Emily Fuller of Brielle), Varsity Color Guard (commanded by Cadet Jake O’Donnell of Tinton Falls) and Personnel Inspection (commanded by Cadet Shane McCutcheon of Manasquan); and third in Athletics (commanded by Cadet Liam Hoagland of Colts Neck).“The cadets really went above and beyond preparing for this meet,” said retired Navy Commander Tracie Smith-Yeoman, MAST’s Senior Naval Science Instructor. Students attending MAST are required to be active members of the NJROTC program during their high school years, but there is no requirement for military service after graduation. The program focuses on citizenship development and leadership.Cadets from the Marine Academy of Science and Technology Navy Junior ROTC drill team took home three firsts, four seconds and a third on their way to an overall first place finish at the Pearl Harbor Day drill competition at Manchester High School.Smith-Yeoman commended the cadets for their dedication. “Since we don’t have an indoor facility here on the Hook that’s large enough for drill practice, the cadets must practice outside in all kinds of weather,” she said.“We also don’t have late buses like many other schools, so the parents must arrange for transportation for the cadets when they finish after-school practice,” explained Smith-Yeoman. Many of the cadets live quite a distance away from the school, so the support of family and friends is integral to the program’s success. “This win belongs to the entire MAST family,” she said.Colts Neck High School’s NJROTC unit, headed by retired Marine Corps Major Gregory Penczak, took third place at the event. Atlantic City High School took second place.MAST’s next competition will be at Linden High School’s Martin Luther King Jr. meet on Jan. 15. They are hoping to qualify for the 2018 NJROTC Nationals Academic, Athletic & Drill Championship in Pensacola, Florida in April.This article was first published in the Jan. 4-11, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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first_imgU12 Hurlers: Well done to the under 12 hurlers who defeated MacCumhaill’s on Thursday 22.08.13. This team, which is made up of players from Donegal Town, Glenties, Laghey, Mountcharles, Killybegs,and Bruckless, have won 4 of the 6 games played so far this year and have 4 games left to play. Also a big well done to Dylan Thomas, Leo Dunphy and Ciaran McGroary who represented the club at the All-County under 12 trip to Croke Park earlier this year.Under 8’s: Under 8 footballers continue to meet on Monday evenings at Tirchonaill Park, 6.30pm-7.30pm. The training will continue until end of September.Under 10’s: The Four Masters Under 10 footballers will travel to Robert Emmett’s GAA on Saturday 31st to play against the home team, Terman, Glenfin and Naomh Mhuire. Good luck to all the players. Hurling/Camogie: Hurling and Camogie resumes on Friday, 6th September in Tirchonnail Park at 6-7pm for all children 10 and under and 7-8pm for all children over 10. We wish the U14 County Camogie team the very best of luck in their Championship match v Tyrone on Saturday; the team includes 8 players from the Four Masters Camogie – Niamh Doherty, Sarah Oates, Áine McGroarty, Áine Gillespie, Neasa Gorrell, Emer Burke, Hollie Roper and Leah O’Donnell. Very best of luck to all going back to school, to all the hurlers and camogs who started second level on Tuesday and to all changing classes.Lotto: There was no winner of the Four Masters lotto draw this week. The two weekly winners of the €50 prize were Donna Dunnion, Ardara and Leo Colhoun, Drumrooske. The numbers drawn were 2, 7, 13 and 20. Next weeks draw stands at €1500. Please support the local Club by playing the weekly lotto. All money raised goes to the Club to continue to provide first class facilities to the community. To play the lotto go online to http://www.fourmastersgaa.com/.Four Masters Prize Draw: The Four Masters GAA prize draw which has a raft of incredible prizes is now into the last couple of weeks. All members including parents of juvenile members are reminded that sold tickets should be brought to the Abbey Hotel every Monday night between 9pm and 9.30pm. To check out the excellent prizes please visit http://www.fourmastersgaa.com/. Tickets will be on sale in Donegal Town this weekend at a local venue. GAA NEWS: EIGHT FOUR MASTERS GIRLS IN COUNTY U-14 CAMOGIE TEAM was last modified: August 27th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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first_imgLetterkenny Chiropractic has launched an October-exclusive special offering spinal and posture checks for only €10.Letterkenny Chiropractic on the Glencar Road, chiropractic provides a safe and gentle way to help your body to function at its best.  It can be the key to solving many health problems – not just back pain.So if you have been having an issue and struggling to find relief, this is the perfect time to see if there is an underlying problem. Call 0749125207 to book a spinal and postural check now. Letterkenny Chiropractic is part of Ireland’s longest established group who have been providing high-quality care and healing for almost 35 years.Letterkenny Chiropractic, GlencarDr Aram Proudman and his team at Glencar have been helping people of all ages solve their health problems for many years. It’s not just back complaints that chiropractic is used to treat, but headaches and injuries in the neck, arms, and legs too. If you are struggling to find relief for a specific issue, why not see if Chiropractic can help?Chiropractic provides a safe and gentle way to help your body to function at its best.  It can be the key to solving many health problems – not just back pain. If you are searching for a way to deal with back issues, neck pain, headaches, stress, carpal tunnel syndrome and more, then chiropractic may be a drug-free non-surgical way to alleviate the problem. Chiropractic is about addressing the root of the problem, which can often be along the spine. Dr Aram Proudman said: “Chiropractic works because every cell, tissue and organ requires information from the brain in order to work properly. This information travels down from the brain, through the spinal cord and out through the nerves to these structures. The spinal bones are there to protect this delicate system. If these spinal bones are not moving properly or fixed in the wrong position due to injury, repetitive strain or other factors, this communication can be affected.“Chiropractors assess the body to detect any abnormal motion or position of the spinal bones, pelvis and skull that may be affecting this communication between your brain and your body.”The team are looking forward to showing how ‘Chiropractic Works’ by offering spinal checks to people looking for full wellness in their lives. The offer is open to adults and children of all ages. Diagnosis is the first step, so why not see what they can do for you by booking a free visit by calling: 0749125207Get spinal and posture checks for only €10 at Letterkenny Chiropractic was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkenny chiropracticpostural checkspinal checklast_img read more

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first_img5 May 2011Cape Town has come out tops on TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice 2011 Destinations Awards, being voted the world’s best tourism destination ahead of Barcelona, London, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney.The TripAdvisor website features reviews and advice on hotels, resorts, flights, vacation rentals, vacation packages, travel guides, and more.Travellers’ Choice Destinations awards honour top travel spots worldwide based on millions of real and unbiased opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined based on a combination of travellers’ favourite places and overall destination popularity.‘Tourist brochure-views’“Cape Town glistens at the southern toe of the African continent,” TripAdvisor said in a statement this week. “Tourist brochure-views at Blaauwberg Beach and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are within easy driving distance of ‘the Mother City’.“The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve provides sweeping sea vistas, hiking trails and wildlife encounters.“On a more sombre note, travellers can visit Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 27 years.”Inspiration for travellersNow in its third year of the awards, TripAdvisor has honoured 337 outstanding destinations across the globe.In addition to the top 25 in the world overall, top 25 lists have been named for the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico, Central and South America, Asia, India, South Pacific, Canada, Africa, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.“Millions of TripAdvisor travellers around the globe have helped identify the world’s top travel spots,” said TripAdvisor chief marketing officer Barbara Messing. “The Travellers’ Choice Destinations awards not only recognise some of the most beloved travel destinations worldwide, but serve as inspiration for millions of travellers looking to plan their next trip.”The Top 102011 Travelers’ Choice World Destinations:Cape Town, South AfricaSydney, AustraliaMachu Picchu, PeruParis, FranceRio de Janeiro, BrazilNew York City, United StatesRome, ItalyLondon, United KingdomBarcelona, SpainHong Kong, ChinaSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts readwrite A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Aligning itself aesthetically more along the lines of social networks like Facebook and Google+, LinkedIn has introduced a new navigation bar to its website. The aim is in line with the company’s simplification efforts, which so far have included redesigns of the homepage and profile pages and as an overhaul of its mobile apps and the discovery news page LinkedIn Today. (Read more: With Pulse, LinkedIn Is Becoming The Newspaper Of The Future)The company released this video that details how users can best use the new navigation addition:  Tags:#Jobs#LinkedIn#now#social media Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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first_imgGet more out of your DJI drone footage with these optimal settings and tricks for shooting with intelligent flight modes.The following tips come from my experience shooting with a Phantom 4. These techniques also work for other DJI drones with intelligent flight modes like the Phantom 3, the new Mavic, and (to an extent) the Inspire 1.1. Smoother Dolly Shots and Tracking Shots Using Course LockUsing DJI’s Course Lock intelligent flight mode is the easiest way to capture some exceptional tracking shots and dolly shots. This mode, well, locks your drone’s course. The best way to describe this is to compare it to dolly tracks. Setting the Course Lock is the same as putting a dolly on a set of straight tracks. The camera can now only move along the tracks. If you are moving straight forward on the course, you are dollying in on your subject. If you turn the camera to the left or right, the drone still moves along the same path allowing you to capture a tracking shot.Once you lock on a direction, the drone will only move horizontally along the same path. This allows you to just push forward or backward with the right control stick to move the drone. Since it’s locked to the course, you can then move the left control stick left or right to adjust the yaw (the direction the drone’s camera faces).Pro Tip: To help keep your subject in frame, turn on the grid view in the DJI app and keep your subject in the same general area while the drone moves.How to Set Up Course Lock on the DJI Phantom seriesStep One: In the Camera mode of the DJI Go app, tap on the Flight Mode button. (Note: The drone must be in the air to access this button.)Step Two: Swipe to the second page, then select Course Lock.Step Three: Rotate the Phantom and face the camera in the direction you want to course lock onto. Tap Apply and then tap Hide.Step Four: Use the right control stick to move the drone along the course path — pushing the stick up moves it forward along the course lock, no matter which direction the drone faces. Use the left control stick to adjust the yaw and the camera’s position.2. Realistic P.O.V. Without Even FlyingDrones are having an increased presence in major Hollywood pictures. In the 2015 film Chappie, drones were used to capture POV shots for the robotic main character, even during action sequences in which Chappie jumped through a window.We did some POV flying, the POV of one of the robot characters. It looked like a thermal night vision, and reminds me of the Predator. He’s chasing one of the characters and goes flying through the window at full speed. You can’t do that on a helicopter. You could do that on a cable cam — but it goes straight, and it takes time to set up and it doesn’t have that feel or movement and speed. – John Gore, Chappie Drone PilotYou can easily capture a POV with a drone at an extremely low altitude, one that matches the height of your subject. If you main character is a six-foot-tall person, you would want to hover at slightly under six feet and maintain the same altitude during the entire shot.The trick to capturing a realistic POV is to make sure the camera isn’t too perfectly smooth, a slight jolt or movement up and down helps sell the shot. That’s why I just walk with the drone in my hands. It also allows you to easily maneuver through areas that may be a little tricky to fly through.Pro Tip: Remove the propellors, just to give the camera operator the ease of mind of not cutting up your face.Just because you have a drone doesn’t mean it has to be in flight to shoot. This is particularly easy with the Phantom series, as you can just grab onto the drone’s legs. For more of a bounce, use only one hand to hold the drone.The best results come from positioning the camera right in front of your eyes.3. Slower Jib ShotsYou may experience your drone taking off at tremendous speeds, preventing you from getting a nice slow jib shot. You can easily adjust the aircraft’s settings to help get a slower crane shot. Here’s how.Step One: In the DJI app, tap on the icon in the top right corner.Step Two: Under the drone’s MC Settings, click on Advanced Settings.Step Three: Tap on EXP.Step Four: Under EXP, you will see the Throttle speed (in both Normal and Sport Modes). To take off slower, lower the speed by either typing in the number box or drag on the S-curve graph. Find the best speed for your shot.For this example, we will drop it all the way to .20.You have now adjusted the overall throttle speed. Now when you lightly press up on the left control stick, the drone will move up at a slower speed. You can also adjust the Rudder and directional speeds if you need additional camera movement in your shot.This also works in the opposite manner. Just crank up the Throttle speed for faster movements.4. Aerial Surveillance and Free Drone OverlayThis is certainly the easiest move to capture with a drone, but with some editing you can really sell your footage. Grab a few seconds of footage with the camera pointing straight down. Try not to move too fast, as a slower shot will register better for the audience.Step One: Pull the footage into you NLE and then place our free drone camera overlay on top of your clip. (Link below)Step Two: Scale the overlay to the size of your sequence.Step Three: Change the Blend Mode. In this example I used the Screen mode in Premiere Pro.Step Four: Color grade the footage to your liking. In this example, I lowered the Saturation and added a green Tint — all while adjusting the shadows, exposure, and highlights.You can download our free drone overlay (and four other camera overlays) by following the link below.PREMIUMBEAT FREE CAMERA OVERLAYSlast_img read more

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first_imgThe cost escalation in the CWG-related projects was attributed to acute shortage of time by the Organising Committee but an IAS officer has told the CBI that there was “deliberate negligence” on part of top OC bosses despite knowing the schedule of the sporting event.IAS officer and former Chief Operating Officer of the OC, Vijay Kumar Gautam, arrayed as a witness by the CBI in the CWG Timing Scoring and Results (TSR) scam, said there was “no hurry” on part of the top OC bosses, including its chairman Suresh Kalmadi, a key accused in the case, to get things moving.”On being asked, it is stated that when I joined OC on September 7, 2007, the technology functional area was non- functional. The technical staff was yet to be appointed. There was no person handling technology functional area. Needless to say that no work related to technology was even contemplated till that time, though the OC CWG 2010 had come into being in February 2005.”In fact there was no hurry on the part of the top bosses in OC to get the things moving. There was deliberate negligence. It is stated the technology functional area is one of the core functional areas requiring highly skilled experts to handle the matters related to it,” Gautam told the CBI.His statement has been annexed with the CBI’s charge sheet, filed in a Delhi court on May 20 against Kalmadi, former secretary general of OC Lalit Bhanot and others for their alleged involvement in the TSR scam in which contract was illegally awarded to a Swiss firm.advertisementBhanot and others are accused of allegedly awarding Rs 141 crore contract to the Swiss firm ‘Omega’ to install TSR system for the games at an exorbitant cost, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.Gautam told the CBI that despite being the COO of OC, he got to know about the issuance of expression of interest for procuring TSR only after advertisement in this regard was published in newspapers on March 23, 2009.He said that he was annoyed with the manner in which the EOI was issued and sent strong disagreement note to V K Verma, Director General of OC and one of the accused in the TSR scam, who assured him that he would look into the matter.Regarding award of TSR contract to Swiss firm, Gautam said there was a concerted and planned move to zero-in on and select a particular company Swiss Timing for the contract.”It is stated that my stand in the TSR matter was absolutely clear throughout and I was dead against all restrictive practices and manipulations favouring any particular firm. The entire manipulations were being down by Kalmadi, V K Verma, Lalit Bhanot and their associates to favour Swiss Timing,” he said.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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first_img Posted: March 22, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader.“The increasing wildfire risks we face as a state mean we simply can’t wait until a fire starts in order to start deploying emergency resources,” Newsom said in a statement ahead of declaring a state of emergency.California experienced two of its most destructive and deadly wildfire seasons in 2017 and 2018 and experts say climate change increases the risks. Newsom said clearing dead trees at a quick pace is essential to diminishing future threats. President Donald Trump has blamedCalifornia fires on poor forest management, though experts say climate change caused by people is more of a factor.Newsom is taking recommendations from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, but one environmental group likened it to actions by Trump.“Gov. Newsom should reject the Trump approach of logging and rolling back critical environmental protections,” said Shaye Wolf, climate science director for the Center for Biological Diversity.Newsom also pledged $50 million for fire preparedness in low-income communities and asked the private sector to bring forward innovative proposals.The center and other environmental groups said focusing on retrofitting and creating defensible space around homes is more effective than thinning forests. Sierra Club California said clearing trees might create more danger by loosening soil that could lead to mudslides.Newsom’s order will apply only to 35 projects covering nearly 141 square miles (365 square kilometers) of land, allowing state fire officials to go around multiple state regulations. They include provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act, one of the nation’s strictest state-level regulations. Administration officials would need to give the go ahead to each individual project and it’s unclear exactly which regulations each individual project would forego.Newsom said moving through the normal process would drastically slow down the state’s ability to act.“Some of these projects quite literally, not figuratively, could take two years to get done, or we could get them done in the next two months,” he told an audience in Lake County, the site of several massive wildfires in recent years.The union representing state firefighters praised Newsom’s plan.“These circumstances are unusual, unpredictable, unseen in our lifetime, and courageous decisions that sometimes go against the political winds need to be made,” said Tim Edwards, president of CAL Fire Local 2881.Republican state Sen. Pat Bates also praised Newsom for acting with urgency ahead of the wildfire season.“I stand ready to assist the Governor with any legislative action to eliminate bureaucratic roadblocks that could slow these projects,” she said in a statement.While environmental groups bristled at Newsom’s plan, they still align with him on a wide range of issues. Newsom’s predecessor, fellow Democrat Jerry Brown, was known globally for his fight against climate change but still clashed with environmental groups at home on some issues.California has set a goal, for example, of getting 100 percent of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2045, and passed a landmark cap-and-trade law to decrease emissions.“On the whole we see (Newsom) as an ally on environmental issues. I think what we’re disagreeing with here is an approach to a problem that we all recognize,” said Kathryn Phillips, director of Sierra Club California.The state’s environmental laws are designed to protect California’s soil stability, watershed and wildlife habitats, she said, and waiving environmental reviews could have unintended consequences.“For some suspension of oversight now, what’s the consequence going to be later?” she said. “Are we going to end up having huge silt floods and mudslides?”Beyond accelerating tree clearing, Newsom put out a “request for innovative ideas” from the private sector to help fight California fires. He said he wants to tap into Silicon Valley and California’s spirit of creativity to come up with solutions to reduce wildfire threats. AP, KUSI Newsroom Gov Newsome declares state of emergency on wildfires before this season begins March 22, 2019center_img AP, KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:52 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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