Coral Daily Download – Will Ireland be the only home nation in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals?

first_imgNicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Ireland fan McGeady looks ahead to the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, and is positive over her nation’s chances against a tough Argentina side.Despite the team staring the face of an injury crisis, Ireland are 5/2 to progress to the final four, with Argentina 19/10 for the win.Scotland, meanwhile, face an uphill battle against 5/2 favourites Australia, and a brusing South Africa side are 1/3 to beat Wales.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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Championship round-up: Brighton leave it late to return to top, first Brentford win for Dean Smith and victory for Leeds

first_img Brighton left it late vs Charlton 1 Brighton returned to the top of the table as they left it late at home to ten-man Charlton, winning 3-2.The Seagulls remain the only team with an unbeaten record in the Football League after 19 games and they were close to defeat as Charlton took a 2-0 lead.Ademola Lookman, who was playing Sunday League football before signing for the Addicks last year, opened the scoring inside two minutes before Reza Ghoochannejhad soon doubled the scoreline.It looked like a Charlton fold was inevitable as James Wilson, on loan from Manchester United, pulled one back before the visitors were reduced to ten men. Patrick Bauer was shown a red card after tripping Bobby Zamora en route to goal. Zamora drew the hosts level after 83 minutes before Tomer Hemed’s header won it two minutes later.Dean Smith took charge of Brentford for the first time and his side were 2-0 winners over MK Dons at Griffin Park. Goals from Lasse Vibe and Alan Judge in either half gave the former Walsall manager a good start in the Bees’ hot seat.The mood was eased at Elland Road as Leeds United held off a second-half comeback at home to Hull.It is just the Whites’ third win in their last ten league matches and that is despite more off-field problems this week, consisting of contractual issues with youngster Sam Byram, pie tax and owner Massimo Cellino admitted to interfering with tactics at QPR last week.Steve Bruce’s Tigers were the better side but it was United who took their chances, with goals from Chris Wood and Tom Adeyemi before half-time. Ahmed Elmohamady pulled one back for Hull six minutes into the second half, but they could not find another as Steve Evans’ side held on.Redditch-born Joe Lolley scored for Huddersfield inside the opening minute to help them on their way to victory at Birmingham. Nahki Wells scored late on for the Terriers to secure a first win for German boss David Wagner.A miserable season for Bolton continued at home to Cardiff, despite the Trotters twice coming from behind.The Bluebirds were 3-2 winners with thanks to Anthony Pilkington’s goal ten minutes from time.Tony Watt and Scott Malone netted City’s other two goals, while Gary Madine and Dorian Dervite were on the score sheet for Wanderers, who are rooted at the bottom of the division.Paul Lambert won his second game in charge of Blackburn, 2-0 on the road at Bristol City, while Will Keane and Daniel Johnson’s second-half strikes gave Preston a 2-0 victory at local rivals Burnley.Managerless Fulham were comprehensively beaten 3-0 at Nottingham Forest, a Matt Mills double on either side of Chris O’Grady’s goal helping Dougie Freedman’s men to victory.Strugglers Rotherham were beaten 2-1 at home to Wolves, to leave Neil Redfearn’s side second-bottom of the Chamionship.Meanwhile, Aitor Karanka’s Boro finish the day top of the division after a 2-0 victory at Ipswich last night, with the final Championship game of the weekend taking place tomorrow as Sheffield Wednesday host Derby.On Thursday, Reading were beaten at home on Neil Warnock’s last game in temporary charge of QPR, with a late goal handing the Hoops victory.  ResultsBirmingham 0-2 HuddersfieldBolton 2-3 CardiffBrentford 2-0 MK DonsBrighton 3-2 CharltonBristol City 0-2 BlackburnBurnley 0-2 PrestonLeeds 2-1 HullNottm Forest 3-0 FulhamRotherham 1-2 Wolveslast_img read more

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The final Premier League table for 2015/16 revealed by complex calculation

first_img 20 20 20. Aston Villa are predicted to finish bottom with 25 points (they are calculated to have a 99.9 per cent chance of relegation) and to see where your club will finish click the arrow above, right 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 3. Arsenal are predicted to end the season on 71 points (they are calculated to have a 95 per cent chance of finishing in the Premier League top four and a 25 per cent chance of winning the title) 20 17. Newcastle are predicted to finish with 38 points (they are calculated to have a 42 per cent chance of being relegated) 9. Southampton are predicted to end the 2015/16 season with 54 points (and a 0.2 per cent chance of a top four finish) 14. Crystal Palace are predicted to end the season on 45 points (they are calculated to have a 0.8 per cent chance of being relegated) 20 7. Chelsea are predicted to end the season on 58 points (they are calculated to have a 1.2 per cent chance of finishing in the top four places in the Premier League) 20 10. Everton are predicted to end the season on 54 points (they are calculated to have a 0.1 per cent chance of finishing in the Premier League top four) 6. Liverpool are predicted to end the season on 61 points (they are calculated to have an 8.5 per cent chance of finishing in the top four of the Premier League) 20 13. West Brom are predicted to end the season on 46 points (they are calculated to have a 0.2 per cent chance of being relegated) 16. Bournemouth are predicted to finish with 41 points (they are calculated to have a nine per cent chance of being relegated) 12. Watford are predicted to finish the season with 48 points 20 20 2. Leicester City are predicted to end the season on 72 points (they are calculated to have an 86 per cent chance of finishing in the Premier League top four and a 26 per cent chance of winning the title) 20 11. Stoke City are predicted to end the 2015/16 season with 54 points 19. Norwich are predicted to finish with 34 points (they are calculated to have a 75 per cent chance of being relegated) 8. West Ham are predicted to end the season on 58 points (they are calculated to have a 1.1 per cent chance of finishing in the Premier League top four) 20 20 20 4. Man City are predicted to finish the current campaign with 69 points (they are calculated to have a 17 per cent chance of winning the Premier League, and an 81 per cent chance of staying in the top four) 1. Tottenham are predicted to end the season on 72 points (they are calculated to have an 87 per cent chance of finishing in the Premier League top four and a 30 per cent chance of winning the title) – So there you have it, the Super Computer is currently predicting Spurs to edge the title race… just! But it’s almost too close to call. 5. Man United are predicted to end the season on 66 points (they are calculated to have a 40 per cent chance of finishing in the top four and two per cent chance of winning the Premier League) 20 18. Sunderland are predicted to end the season with 34 points (they are calculated to have a 67 per cent chance of being relegated) How will the Premier League table end up looking at the end of the season? No one can say with any certainty, but it’s certainly fun to predict.With Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City all losing this week, allowing Leicester to remain top and increase their lead by a point, the title is completely up for grabs.Meanwhile, Manchester United and West Ham are still in the hunt for fourth place, while even Liverpool cannot be ruled out at this stage.As for the relegation fight, Villa look doomed, with Norwich, Newcastle and Sunderland all in deep trouble, but could another club be sucked into the battle to avoid the drop?Leading sports technology and data company, Stats.com use a complex algorithm to determine ‘expected points’ and you can find out what their super computer has predicted for the final table, above.Click the arrow above, right, to see where your team will finish. 15. Swansea are predicted to finish with 42 points (they are calculated to have a 4.5 per cent chance of being relegated) last_img read more

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£22m star to replace Alli? Tottenham XI for Borussia Dortmund Europa League tie

first_imgBorussia Dortmund v Tottenham is live on talkSPORT at 6pm (GMT) on Thursday, March 10.Undoubtedly Spurs’ biggest European match in recent memory, they must face the Bundesliga behemoths in the Europa League last-16 as they attempt to end the season by winning silverware.They will likely come up against some of European football’s most talented players as Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Westfalenstadion.But who will Mauricio Pochettino turn to in a bid to halt the yellow and black juggnaut?A calf problem means Danny Rose is unlikely to be fit for the clash, while Clinton N’Jie and Jan Vertonghen, although making good progress, aren’t ready to return to the first-team yet.Dele Alli also misses out through suspension after collecting bookings in both legs against Fiorentina.So who will make Pochettino’s XI in Germany?Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Tottenham line up in squad number order? 19. Mousa Dembele (central midfield) 11 27. Kevin Wimmer (centre back) 11 16. Kieran Trippier (right back) 11 11 11 11 11 10. Harry Kane (striker) 23. Christian Eriksen (attacking midfield) 7. Heung-Min Son (left wing) 11 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Tottenham line up v Borussia Dortmund in squad number order… 6. Nabil Bentaleb (central midfield) 11 11 11. Erik Lamela (right wing) 11 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre back) 33. Ben Davies (left back)last_img read more

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The mystery remains

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Miller, Los Angeles County’s only forensic anthropologist, can approximate the age, sex, race and height of a person if she has just four of their bones: a skull, a leg bone, a rib, and a pelvis. But information beyond that is often hard to come by, she said. Despite the impression given by television crime dramas like “CSI,” more specific information, like how long the victim has been dead or how they got there, is almost impossible to figure out. “Human remains can skeletonize as fast as a week if they’re out in the desert,” Miller said. “But if it’s cold enough, tissue can last for thousands of years.” The fastest way for any human to be stripped down to its bones, says Miller, is for animals to eat the body. An exposed body out in the open desert, for example, might be scavenged by coyotes or vultures. But a body left in an average Los Angeles household wouldn’t last a whole lot longer. “You might think Fido or your cat is your best friend, but as soon as you die, they are going to eat you,” said Miller. A pet owner herself, Miller said that in some cases, a dog will choose to starve to death itself rather than eat its owner, but that cats aren’t quite so loyal. Miller’s job requires her to be called to a crime scene at any hour of the day or night any time a bone, or something resembling a bone, is found. Many times the discovery is a false alarm. “I’ve gotten called out for fake rubber skulls, for animal bones of all kinds,” said Miller. “One time I got called out for a deer skull with intact antlers just in case it might be human.” If the remains are human, and there are enough pieces to make a complete profile of the person, the next step is for an investigator in the identification department to try to figure out who the person might have been. Dan Machian, a longtime coroner investigator, is the one who gets to try to link the remains to a once-living human, a process that usually is not successful. First, Machian searches the state’s database for a person that fits the profile: the right age, sex, height and race. If he is lucky enough, there won’t be too many matches. Then, Machian attempts to link individual cases with the remains, based on where the body was found. “We would look at whether the person had a reason to be in the place where the body was found,” said Machian. “For example, if he was found in the woods, was he a hiker?” Machian also sends samples for DNA analysis to a crime lab in Richmond, Va. If there is tissue left on the skeleton there is a good chance of getting a good sample, but DNA can also be extracted from bone marrow. Unfortunately, the backlog of cases can be immense, and it usually takes months to get a DNA report, says Machian. When he does get the report, there are no guarantees that he will get a match, because the person’s DNA may not be on record. If neither of these methods yields any results, the office will also try to match dental records with the teeth found on the skeleton. And, if none of that works, a last attempt to solve the case would be to have a sketch artist make a rendering of what the person’s face looked like, with age, race, the nose, and cheekbone structure becoming factors in the sketch. In his three years since moving into the identification department, Machian says he has only seen this work once. “We released the sketch to papers and TV news, and a family called us back saying they knew who it was,” said Machian. After that, investigators did a DNA analysis from the skeletal remains, which were found stuffed in a chimney in an abandoned halfway house. The DNA sample from the remains matched the family member, who had been missing since 1977. After almost 30 years, his family finally got some closure. But many other families are not so lucky. According to the state Department of Justice, there are almost 2,900 unidentified bodies in California, the highest in the nation. “There are so many homeless people in Los Angeles County, and no one reports them missing,” said Beth Miller. She said another problem is that L.A. County has many people coming from out of town who might only have been reported missing in another state. Meanwhile, says Miller, juries and the general public expect that investigators should be able to provide perfect detail about who a person is, and fast. “Jury members are shocked when I can’t tell them someone’s exact age, or that I can’t just send their DNA to the lab and get a perfect match hours later,” said Miller. She attributes it to the “CSI effect,” a phenomenon documented by several studies since 2005 that show that viewers of the criminal drama show expect more from forensic science than those who do not watch. When asked what aspects of the show were most inaccurate, Miller thought briefly and answered, “all of it.” Besides the difficulties that come from a huge homeless population, and a large number of people recently arrived from out of town, Los Angeles is also a challenging for forensics because of the many different climatic zones. “We have it all, from high desert to coastal plain, to just about everything,” said Miller. “In total, there are about 22 different climatic zones, and bodies decompose at different rates in each one.” As the only forensic anthropologist in a county with so many challenges, Miller feels pretty lucky. “My work is like doing an interesting puzzle,” said Miller. “I don’t plan to stop anytime soon.” dan.abendschein@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – A volunteer search- and-rescue team on a training exercise a mile or so from Chantry Flat saw a human skeleton stuck in the hilly underbrush. Within a few hours, the hills was filled with police, rangers and coroner’s investigators. But with little or no tissue intact to test for DNA, and no recent reports of violent crimes nearby, the investigators could only guess at whose skeleton they found in the forest in late August. So they turned to Beth Miller. last_img read more

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Television switch to digital will be dramatic for viewers

first_img What to do? The options available to analog TV owners are: 1) Upgrade to a digital TV set – from $150. 2) Subscribe to cable or satellite service – about $600 per year. 3) Buy a digital converter box – about $50 to $75. To ease the transition for consumers, the federal government has set aside $990 million to offer two $40 coupons to households to help pay for converter boxes, also called tuners. The voucher program will begin in January and will be administered through the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Also, all TV sets sold in the U.S. since March have had to contain digital tuner receivers. And as of May, all older TVs still on the market must have labels showing they have analog tuners and will require converter boxes. Using a traditional old TV inside his Canoga Park home, Luis Diaz was unaware it will fade to black in 2009. He said he would probably buy a converter for it. “I don’t have time to watch TV so it’s not too important to me,” he said. “But buying the converter feels like a waste of time.” About 21million U.S. households – 19 percent of the country – do not subscribe to cable or satellite services, according to a Government Accountability Office survey. “Many homes may lose complete access to television in the transition … We cannot allow this to happen – people need television access to get news in an emergency scenario,” said Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino. “We must have proper outreach to ensure our senior citizens, disabled individuals, and lower-income families are aware of the changes they need to make.” While the remaining 80million or so homes do have cable or satellite service, they might not have it hooked up on all their TVs and will have to decide what to do if they want reception on them, said Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America research director. Although he has digital TVs at home, Marty Fadaei, 45, of Calabasas said it’s not fair that the federal government is forcing Americans to accept the digital transition or be left in the dark. Even with the coupons, it’s not a fair way to run the country, he said. “That’s terrible. They will control it. It’s not the right way to do things,” he said. “This is a democracy, and you are telling people what they have to buy.” As the deadline for analog draws near, it’s likely that lower-income, non-English-speaking and senior residents won’t even be aware of the change, Cooper said. In fact, it’s estimated that about 16million households will lose all TV reception when analog signals are cut off, according to a report from the Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union. At the same time, Cooper warns that consumers will be bombarded with ads from businesses preying on their confusion about digital TVs, cable services and converter boxes. “They may be stampeded into making the wrong choice and spending a lot more money than they have to because they don’t understand what’s going on,” he said. Ultimately, the switch from analog will free 60MHz of valuable airwave spectrum space. Of that, 20 MHz will be used for a national public-safety frequency and broadband network for police, fire and emergency rescue, said Robert Kenny, spokesman for the Federal Communications Commission’s public safety department. “The channels will be available for public safety to communicate with each other,” he said. “It will help with first responders – not just with emergencies – but it will enable them to work together every day.” But the bidding war for leftover airwaves is expected to be fierce. “The real winners are people who get access to the spectrum who haven’t had access before because it was held up by broadcasters,” said Drew Clark, project manager for the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan government ethics watchdog. “Wireless companies will be among the big winners in the transition because there’s a new spectrum.” Already eyeing the expected $10billion to $20billion from the auction, Congress has proposed using $4.7billion to reduce the federal deficit in 2010 and has allocated about $5billion toward emergency communications. Still, with little publicity and public education surrounding the transition, the next U.S. administration will be in for some hard times in 2009 when they take office and a month later the country moves to digital, Westen said. “They won’t be prepared. They’re a new administration,” she said. “They’ll still be looking for their desks.” Staff Writer Lisa Friedman contributed to this report. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746 — Is your TV ready? How to tell if your TV is digital: Check labels and manuals to see if your set has a digital tuner inside. Labels for integrated digital tuner, receiver, HDTV (high-definition television), ATSC and DTV mean your set is OK for digital TV. Beware: Labels saying digital monitor, HDTV monitor or even digital ready do not indicate your set has a digital tuner or is ready for digital reception. If you simply can’t tell what kind of TV you have, check with the manufacturer or an electronics retailer.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“This is going to be the most amazing blindside in American history,” said Tracy Westen, CEO of the Center for Governmental Studies, a Los Angeles-based nonpartisan research organization. “It’s like a tsunami that’s coming in 2009, and we know it’s coming but nobody is paying attention.” In fact, nearly two-thirds of Americans have no idea about the upcoming change, according to a survey for the Association of Public Television Stations. The congressional mandate replaces analog, a technology used for TV since its start in the 1930s that transmits signals by airwaves. The change to digital will improve picture and sound quality from analog transmissions and allows the transfer of more data to consumers. It also frees up precious airwave spectrum space for the government to create a national public-safety frequency. The remainder of the spectrum will be sold at public auction, with wireless commercial giants expected to bid billions to get a share of it. One in five Americans who still fiddle with rabbit ears to get better TV picture quality will be blown away by the digital revolution – and most of them don’t even know it yet. While still more than a year off, the national switch to digital from analog transmissions is the biggest change in TV transmission standards since the birth of color broadcasting in 1953. Most Americans won’t even notice when the analog signal is cut on Feb. 17, 2009, because they already have digital sets or cable or satellite service. But converter boxes for analog sets will go on sale soon, along with a marketing blitz from cable and satellite companies and TV manufacturers, all hoping to capitalize on consumer confusion. last_img read more

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401(k) plan can help trim taxes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Another point worth noting – your e-mails show many don’t understand this point – is that your tax bracket depends solely on your taxable income for the year, not on how much you have saved. You can have retirement accounts in the seven figures and be in the lowest tax bracket as long as your taxable income, including any retirement plan withdrawals, doesn’t exceed a certain amount (for 2007, $63,700 for married couples filing jointly). To keep our taxable income low, we rely primarily (but not exclusively) on self-employed 401(k) plans available since 2002 under a 2001 tax law. All self-employed individuals and owner-only businesses are eligible to set up these plans and save on taxes. The savings can be substantial. Regular contribution limits for 2007 are $15,500 in salary deferral for each person, plus one-fourth of compensation (business income minus expenses), up to a total maximum of $45,000. People 50 or over like Georgina and me are entitled to an additional $5,000 “catch-up” salary deferral, making the overall maximum contribution $50,000 per person this year. None of the money contributed counts as taxable income until withdrawn. Georgina and I each contribute the maximum allowed based on our income. These higher contribution limits are one benefit of being self-employed. In a regular 401(k) plan, 2007 limits are $15,500, plus a $5,000 catch-up contribution for workers 50 and over, still a substantial amount. A chance remark on a column about year-round tax savings has prompted a few skeptical if not downright cynical responses. I mentioned that my wife, Georgina, and I are in the 15 percent tax bracket, the second lowest (brackets range from 10 percent to 35 percent). Many readers wanted to know how that could be, thinking we are resorting to tax trickery. “Hmm, let’s see,” began one e-mail. “You and your wife stash away lots in your pension plan and write off many expenses since you are self-employed. You need to get a substantial raise, maybe? Better hope some IRS agent reading your column doesn’t get too curious.” Allow me to give you the prosaic scoop, showing how saving on taxes is a fairly straightforward matter, with self-employed individuals enjoying some additional opportunities. But working for ourselves, we are saddled with hefty health insurance premiums and must pay double in Social Security and Medicare taxes (both the employee and employer share). The self-employed can at least subtract health insurance premiums and one half of Social Security and Medicare taxes from their taxable income. After also subtracting self-employed 401(k) contributions, our combined adjusted work income last year amounted to just $12,911. We wouldn’t owe a cent of income taxes on that amount because our normal personal exemptions and standard deduction alone added up to $16,900. If not for other taxable income, including interest and dividends, we wouldn’t have owed any income tax (we would have still owed Social Security and Medicare tax). And yes, we took the standard deduction – which has risen to $10,700 for married couples filing jointly in 2007 – because we didn’t have enough eligible deductible expenses to exceed that amount. As to “business expense write-offs,” which are separate from standard or itemized deductions, we claimed all of $49 last year for “meals and entertainment” (lunches with visiting out-of-town sources) and $210 for supplies and office expenses (mostly printer ink, envelopes and paper). We each did claim expenses for the use of a home office, since we both have a room we use regularly and exclusively for business. This legitimate but misunderstood deduction saved us $469 in taxes, a fair amount but not the thousands many readers thought. Send questions or comments to Humberto Cruz at AskHumberto@aol.com or c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207. Personal replies are not possible. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Flames scorch Southland for third day, troublesome winds expected to calm

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.President George W. Bush is scheduled to fly to fire-ravaged Southern California this week as part of an aggressive federal response to blazes that have charred nearly 250,000 acres. And California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured various areas around the Southland on Tuesday, including a stop in Santa Clarita during an evening news conference. He thanked firefighters for their efforts and praised the coordination between agencies. Then he stressed that now is the time to focus on those whose homes – and a lifetime of savings and hard work – went up in flames. “The key thing in all of this is that we help people rebuild their homes as quickly as possible,” he said. “We all have to work together. It’s all one family.” While firefighters are hoping that easing Santa Anas will aid efforts to corral the flames, stubborn hot spots remained. Fires erupted Tuesday afternoon in Newhall, a flare-up from a pre-dawn fire near Sierra Highway and San Fernando Road. As officials began assessing the toll of Southern California’s ferocious firestorms Tuesday, new blazes flared up in Newhall and Acton and threatened more homes, forced evacuations and strained resources already pushed to the brink. The fires erupted as more than 500,000 residents of San Diego were evacuated and hundreds of homes were destroyed in a pair of wildfires in the mountain resort community of Lake Arrowhead. While howling Santa Ana winds that had gusted up to 100 mph are expected to calm by this afternoon, forecasters said the monster windstorm’s ferocity and duration has been virtually unprecedented. “This is the Godzilla; this is a 100-hours event,” said Bill Patzert, a climatologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Ca ada Flintridge. “The Santa Anas will definitely be waning … This will definitely give us some relief.” Residents in and around Wildwood Canyon Road were evacuated in the afternoon as flames rose near their homes. As smoke plumes filled the skies above this high-end rustic neighborhood, residents made their way down canyon roads to safer ground. Evacuating horses After getting her horse Guapo out of harm’s way, Lindsey Caneron, 17, of Valencia returned to the Wildwood Equestrian Center, where at least 40 to 50 horses were removed Tuesday. “I had to evacuate my horse earlier today, and these guys are like my family, so of course I came to help,” Caneron said as she and a half-dozen others led the horses quickly down Maple Street toward trailers. The mandatory evacuation was a first for many long-time residents. “This is one of the worst wind conditions,” said 17-year resident Susan Sabatino, 53, who lives on Cross Street with her husband, Dominick. About 200 firefighters and several water-dropping aircraft battled the 40-acre blaze and appeared to have it under control late Tuesday. Meanwhile, in the mountains between the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys near Acton, about 250 firefighters battled a blaze that broke out about 2:45 p.m. and briefly threatened homes before heading toward forest land. Evacuations were in progress when the fire changed direction, but it still had blackened about 20 acres by late Tuesday before it was fully contained A second fire broke out at 4 p.m. alongside the Antelope Valley Freeway north of Crown Valley Road, but was held to about two acres. Of bigger concern, however, is the Buckweed Fire that has been burning since Sunday on a destructive path from Agua Dulce through Canyon Country and Saugus. On Tuesday, the fire was headed into the northern Angeles National Forest, and by mid-day was moving toward Lake Hughes. The 37,812-acre blaze has destroyed 32 structures, including 15 homes, and by Tuesday evening was 80 percent contained. Firefighters from Alhambra – along with scores of out-of-town forces called in to help – went door-to-door in Canyon Country, where the fire destroyed several homes Sunday night. “The houses that had damage, we’re checking them out and we’re checking for embers,” Fire Engineer Mark Kolb said. “They found burning embers in a gutted house down the road.” Kolb’s crew also saved several homes in the area, as well as a Rottweiler tethered in the backyard of a heavily damaged home. “It was against the fence just 5 feet or so from flames,” Alhambra Capt. Michael Morales said. “Nobody was home.” Five people have been injured in the blaze, among them Jim Tyndell, operations director at a therapeutic equestrian center in Saugus for children with disabilities. Tyndell had stayed Sunday to save 11 horses at Heads Up Therapy in rustic Bouquet Canyon, said Michael Holt, the organization’s president. Burned helping out He is hospitalized at the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Community Hospital and is scheduled to undergo skin grafts for burns to his torso, Holt said. Tyndell’s home on the property was destroyed and several Heads Up buildings were damaged. The center’s horses were moved from stables to an arena area and survived the fire. In Malibu, blazes have scorched 4,400 acres and nearly a dozen homes and businesses, but by Tuesday, the so-called Canyon Fire posed little imminent danger. The fire was 75 percent contained as of Tuesday evening. “Right now, it’s looking good,” said Los Angeles County fire Inspector Rick Dominguez. “There’s no active fire and no homes threatened.” Among the ruins: the landmark Malibu Presbyterian Church and the Kashan Castle, also known as Hodge Castle, a hilltop landmark built in 1978. Nearly 900 firefighters, including 17 county hand crews, were standing by to douse any recurrent hot spots. Meanwhile, authorities reopened Pacific Coast Highway on Tuesday evening, and Pepperdine University – which Sunday was surrounded by flames – was scheduled to reopen for classes and programs today. In sharp contrast, the Ranch Fire in the Castaic area continued to ravage a swath across northern Los Angeles County and into neighboring Ventura County. More than 47,000 acres have burned, leaving the ruins of three homes, four barns and a boat storage yard in the blaze’s wake. It was 10 percent contained as of Tuesday evening. Residents in Piru and Fillmore along Highway 126 were bracing for the oncoming fire, which started Sunday in Castaic and had destroyed seven structures and 14 stored boats before continuing west. It jumped from the Angeles National Forest to the Los Padres National Forest, both of which will remain closed as long as prime fire conditions continue, officials said. Saving mobile homes Meanwhile, residents of mobile-home park Canyon Breeze Village were recovering after a fire broke out on a nearby hill late Monday and quickly destroyed two homes and the pool house. Neighbor Ana Espinoza, collecting burned items from her porch Tuesday morning, said her husband, Hector, had awakened others and hosed down embers. “My husband, he saved our house, our neighbor’s houses,” she said. “All these people were asleep. He got the hose and he threw buckets of water on things that were burning.” Firefighters still were battling a blaze ignited by a welder’s torch Monday afternoon near Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain. Called the Magic Fire, it was 93 percent contained by late Tuesday after burning 1,750 acres of thick brush near Stevenson Ranch. Firefighters hoped to have it fully contained by 8 a.m. today. Fire officials say today should prove pivotal in helping get a handle on the raging wildfires as temperatures also begin to cool. “The bottom line,” Patzert said, “the large lady is not done yodeling `Santa Anas.”‘ Staff Writer Karen Maeshiro contributed to this report. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251 — Major wildfires burning in California, by county according to the Associated Press: San Diego County Witch Fire: About 196,420 acres in northern San Diego County between Witch Creek to Rancho Santa Fe. One percent contained; 500 homes, 100 businesses and 50 outbuildings destroyed; 375 other structures damaged, including 250 homes and 50 businesses. Two civilians and 12 firefighters injured. Harris Fire: About 72,000 acres about 70 miles southeast of San Diego north of the border town of Tecate. Ten percent contained; between 200 and 500 structures destroyed or damaged. 1,500 homes threatened. One civilian killed, 21 civilians and five firefighters injured. Rice Fire: At least 7,500 acres in Fallbrook in northern San Diego County. Ten percent containment; 206 homes and 2 commercial properties destroyed. One firefighter injured. Poomacha Fire: 20,000 acres on the La Jolla Indian Reservation and in northeastern San Diego County. No containment; Fifty homes destroyed. Ten firefighters injured. Los Angeles County Buckweed Fire: About 37,812 acres south of Agua Dulce in northeastern Los Angeles County. Eighty percent contained; 32 homes, 17 outbuildings and 40 vehicles destroyed. Four people injured. About 15,000 people and 5,500 homes evacuated. Canyon Fire: About 4,500 acres in coastal community of Malibu. 75 percent contained; six homes, two businesses, a church destroyed and nine homes, five commercial buildings damaged. Four people injured. About 1,500 people, including several celebrities, evacuated. Magic Fire: About 1,750 acres in northern Los Angeles County, including Stevenson Ranch. 93 percent contained with full containment expected Wednesday. No damages or injuries. The fire was accidentally started by construction workers welding in the area. Ventura County: Ranch Fire: About 47,240 acres in the Castaic area near Piru. Ten percent contained; three homes, four outbuildings destroyed, 500 homes and 50 commercial buildings threatened. No injuries reported. Orange County: Santiago Fire: About 18,000 acres east of Irvine. Thirty percent contained; 10 homes, 2 outbuildings destroyed. Four minor injuries to firefighters. About 3,000 people evacuated. San Bernardino County Slide Fire: More than 4,000 acres in Green Valley Lake area of the San Bernardino Mountains, east of Lake Arrowhead. At least 125 homes destroyed, 400 homes threatened and several communities evacuated. Grass Valley Fire: More than 1,000 acres in Grass Valley area northwest of Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains. At least 300 homes destroyed, 10,000 homes threatened. Many mountain resort communities and a hospital evacuated. Santa Barbara County: Sedgewick Fire: 710 acres near Los Olivos. Fully contained. No evacuations. No homes destroyed and no reports of injuries.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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first_img– George Green Valley Village Blackwater tactics Re “Guards are offered limited immunity” (Oct. 31): The bottom line about Blackwater USA is their bottom line. Their reputation for never losing a U.S. diplomat has been acquired by Blackwater’s video-game-like blasting the path in front of them and not being responsible or concerned for the chaos of death and destruction in their wake. Imagine if our U.S. vice president was killed as was the Iraqi vice president by Blackwater security. What would our reaction be? – Jerold Drucker Tarzana SCHIP It is amazing to me that a president and Congress are having difficulty agreeing to a compromise that would at least cover our children who currently have no insurance. That seems simple enough. How much are we taxpayers paying our legislators to figure this out for our kids’ benefit and our country’s future? -Rev. Mark Jaufmann Woodland Hills Council, DWP Re “DWP fails city again after 2006 warnings” (Their Opinions, Oct. 29): The old saying about people in glass houses throwing stones has apparently been lost on City Council President Eric Garcetti and his City Council, which should be asked the questions he posed: How do they intend to eliminate the backlog of infrastructure improvements created by 30 years of neglect? And, if the DWP is to maintain and replace infrastructure and equipment, why divert hundreds of millions of dollars from the DWP to the city’s general fund, as they have been doing for years? – Glenn W. Hoiby North Hollywood Raising rates DWP has to raise rates to upgrade their system? Do we have to pay nearly $350,000 a year in salary to one person? Outrageous! I don’t believe anyone is worth that salary. No wonder the middle class is falling behind, the poor get poorer, the rich get richer and we lose our middle class altogether. – Harriet Jones Northridge Ron Deaton Re “Deaton resigns from top DWP job” (Oct. 27): The retirement of Ron Deaton, my friend and mentor, will leave a huge hole in the executive leadership among all the general managers. He was someone we could all go to for advice or encouragement while also taking his friendly barbs and helpful advice. I am going to miss him as I am sure the entire city of Los Angeles will feel the loss of one of the true icons in this city. – Jon Kirk Mukri General manager Department of Recreation and Parks Politicking war Re “Waterboarding question hurting Mukasey’s chances” (Nov. 11): First it’s the Democrats saying the administration should immediately pull out of a failed war in Iraq, which is improving. They have the power to defund the war. They won’t as they can’t take the heat on that one so they carp. Now it’s waterboarding as the issue du jour to roadblock an otherwise qualified attorney general candidate for their political gain. I don’t know if it is torture or coerced interrogation; do they? But if the leaders of Congress feel it’s the former, they should stand up and introduce a law outlawing it. I doubt they have the courage to have a floor debate and let the people weigh in as we did on the ill-fated, bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. – Patrick Henry Lake Balboa On the bus The immigration debate about brown-skinned Mexicans and Latinos is no different than the social unrest over blacks in the ’50s. Racism has just spiraled around again and taken on a new shape. An example of what most Americans are not seeing as they ride in the comfort of their SUV: I ride public transportation and many of the passengers are Mexican. They are hardworking and courteous fellow passengers. But, there are others who ride the same buses who have an agenda; white, rude, belligerent, and obnoxious anti-immigrationists who spew out obscenities on Mexican men, women and children. The police have had to be called on occasion. So, who would you rather sit next to, be with? A respectful immigrant or one of these white hatemongers? This is not an isolated case. – Ron Lowe Santa Monica Scofflaws Re “Fixing broken windows” (Our Opinions, Oct. 31): I take the Orange Line from Canoga to Valley College Station twice a week, around 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. Since the beginning of September, I have not seen a single deputy sheriff or Metro officer enter the bus and ask for tickets or passes. If the pursuit of scuffles is not being enforced, then some individuals will believe that getting a free ride is worth the risk of a $250 ticket. Spending money on turnstiles or gates won’t work on the Orange Line with its open-air stations. – Abraham Hoffman Canoga Park The new look Sometimes you just have to try some things out to see if they work and I believe so far the Daily News new look is a go. Of course us old folks who deplore change will have a time of it but I think it’s a start. Wish the “This Day in History” was in its old format, but what the heck. And thank you, Daily News, for publishing some of the many opinions on both sides of the issue. Common sense, I hope will prevail in our war with the terrorists, the city councilmen and -women, mayor, DWP, LAUSD, and anyone else who likes to reach into our pockets to help themselves. – Wynne Ritch Granada Hills 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “LAPD, panel clash over May Day” (Oct. 31): Quoting from your article: “… Los Angeles Police Department officers shot more than 100 rounds of rubber bullets into a crowd with women and children as they tried to disperse a peaceful immigration march.” Originally, it was reported the reason the LAPD was breaking up the May Day immigration march was because a small minority of protesters began throwing objects at police officers and overturning one officer’s motorcycle. While that does not excuse any physical actions any officer used on the remaining protesters, it should’ve been mentioned in your article and maybe calling it a mostly “peaceful immigration march.” Any reports on the May Day incident should mention this as well as any arrests or charges filed against any of the protesters. – Patrick Mattauch AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Panorama City The right thing Re “Democratic rivals go after Clinton” (Oct. 31): In response to Sen. Edwards’ charge that Hillary Clinton believes that combat missions should be continued in Iraq without a timetable for withdrawal, Clinton replied forcefully, saying “I stand for ending the war in Iraq, bringing our troops home.” She added, however, that “it is going to take time,” and some troops must remain to fight al-Qaida in Iraq. “I don’t know how you pursue al-Qaida without engaging them in combat.” she said. Sounds to me like the policy of the current administration. Maybe we’re doing the right thing after all. Thanks, Hillary, for pointing that out. last_img read more

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