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Colorado wildfires grow as extremely critical fire conditions are coming to parts of California

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A very serious fire threat will unfold across parts of the Western U.S. Friday, through the weekend and into early next week.In Colorado, the East Troublesome fire has continued to greatly expand in size. The fire is now the second-largest in state history, with at least 170,000 acres burned, and is only 5% contained. The fire exploded over 100,000 acres early Thursday and then grew another 50,000 acres during the day and early evening.The fire becomes the second-largest fire in Colorado history, just a week after the Cameron Peak Fire broke that record. That means the two largest fires in Colorado history happened within around a week of one another.The East Troublesome fire is just one of many fires in Colorado currently burning. Two other notable fires include the Cameron Peak fire and the Calwood Fire. The Cameron Peak fire is at least 206,000 acres and 57% contained. The Calwood Fire is over 10,000 acres and 55% contained.At least 77% of Colorado is in extreme to exceptional drought right now.The fire threat in Colorado, unfortunately, has not ended and there is a new fire threat on the way to parts of California and Oregon.While winds will be weaker Friday morning, another round of strong wind gusts, locally over 60 mph, will be possible late Friday into Saturday. While relative humidity will be a little bit better than previous days, it will still be very windy and relatively dry. This could result in rapid fire spread.Unfortunately, there is even more bad news. There is a fire threat Friday for parts of northern California with gusty winds and low relative humidity is expected. However, on Sunday and Monday, the strongest wind event so far this year appears to be on the way to parts of northern California.Wind gusts over 70 mph will be possible in the higher elevations, and very low relative humidity is expected. This has all the ingredients for possibly extremely critical fire conditions in parts of the region.A significant fire threat appears to be on the way later this weekend in California and parts of Oregon.As fires torch part of the West, some of the coldest weather of the year and snow is expected in parts of the central U.S.Part of the reason this fire threat is occurring is because of a big push of cold air and some snow that is coming into the northern Rockies and Plains. Wind weather alerts stretch from Washington to Nebraska Friday morning for the new storm.Through the weekend, over a foot of snow in the highest elevations of the Rockies, including into parts of Montana is expected. Three to 6 inches of snow, locally higher, is also expected late in the weekend in parts of the Plains.Some of this snow will make it into the hard-hit Colorado, which should both help firefighting efforts, and help current drought conditions.Additionally, once this cold air makes it into the central U.S. and Midwest, parts of the region will see the coldest air so far this season, with wind chills in the single digits for the northern Plains, and teens and 20s across the Plains and into parts of the Midwest.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bolivia Subscribes to Firearms Protocol

first_imgBy Erick Foronda/Diálogo June 14, 2019 Bolivia subscribed to the United Nations Firearms Protocol on May 13. About 26,000 weapons are in the hands of civilians around the country, Bolivian Minister of Government Carlos Romero revealed during the signing of a letter of understanding with Thierry Rostan, representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Bolivia, and Simonetta Grassi, head of the Global Firearms Programme (PAF). The document expressed the Bolivian government’s intentions to combat the illegal manufacturing and trafficking of firearms and related parts, components, and ammunition, in compliance with the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. “Bolivia has one of the lowest average indexes in the region,” said Romero during the signing. “These are weapons of different kinds that we’ve registered, ranging from those used for illegal hunting, leisure, and collection to those used for personal defense.” The letter of understanding will now go to the Bolivian Congress to be approved as part of the Bolivian legislation. This procedure has already been entrusted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will follow up with the rest of the legal regularization process. Illicit arms trafficking is a serious threat for security, and aggravates armed conflict, Rostan told the press. “The link between firearms and crime is clearly evident due to high murder rates,” said the UNODC representative. Grassi also said that “it is not a coincidence that the international community has stopped seeing organized crime and illegal firearms possession as isolated crimes; even the United Nations Security Council encourages strategies for control over firearm possession and their diversion to narcotrafficking, terrorist, and other organized crime groups.” Bolivia started the Voluntary Weapons Registry on September 2, 2015, for a period of 180 days in accordance with Act 400 on Weapons, Ammunition, and Explosives Control, passed in 2013. Since 2012, PAF provides technical and legislative counseling, as well as training and research for arms trafficking and related crimes in Latin American countries.last_img read more

Wisconsin splits weekend series with Ohio State

first_imgSophomore Brooke Ammerman helped lead the Badgers to a 5-3 victory Saturday over Ohio State.[/media-credit]Playing their first home game in three weeks, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team gave the fans all the action they could have wanted in their weekend series with Ohio State.Saturday, after giving up a pair of goals in less than three minutes, the Badgers scored two goals in 17 seconds en route to a 5-3 win over the Buckeyes.Moments after sophomore Brooke Ammerman capitalized on a penalty shot, Geena Prough gave the Badgers a lead they would not relinquish.Slow starts have been a problem for the team this year, but UW got on the board Saturday just 3:48 into the first period. Located behind the net, Ammerman fed the puck to an open Prough just right of the crease for the easy score.“Brooke made a beautiful pass,” Prough said. “She fought for the puck and came behind the net and hit it out.”Freshman Becca Ruegsegger shut out the Buckeyes in the opening period, but OSU got on the board quickly after the intermission. Thirty seconds into the second frame, Teal Bishop extended her stick enough to poke a loose puck past Ruegsegger before the Badger defense could close in.A little more than two minutes later, OSU’s Rachel Davis found Laura McIntosh alone by the Badger blue line. With no defense in sight, McIntosh was able to take her time against Ruegsegger. Traveling from right to left, McIntosh waited until Ruegsegger made a move down low and countered with an upper shelf wrist shot.The UW goaltender believes she over-anticipated the play, which resulted in a goal.“That breakaway goal I committed a little too early,” Ruegsegger said.Facing a deficit for the fifth time in six games, Wisconsin was quick to respond.After helping the Buckeyes grab the lead, Davis was called for hooking Ammerman in a one-on-one scoring chance. Ammerman made the most of her penalty shot opportunity, faking a slap shot before moving left and nailing a wrist shot into the back of the net.“I’ve been using that in practice a lot,” Ammerman said of her move. “She didn’t bite as hard as I thought she would, so I got pretty lucky.”Since the team practices penalty shots three to four times a week in practice, it came as no surprise to the coaching staff that Ammerman made the penalty shot look easy. According to head coach Tracey DeKeyser, the goal provided the spark the team was looking for.“It was one to the other, that’s what energy can do. A goal can really create that,” DeKeyser said. “I was impressed with just the emotion on the bench.”Riding the momentum, captain Jasmine Giles connected on a cross pass that put Wisconsin in position to strike again. Situated at her own blue line, Giles passed to a streaking Kyla Sanders in the OSU zone to set up a two-on-one rush. Situated alone at the left end of the net, Prough capitalized on a one-timer to give the Badgers a small cushion.“I got a beautiful pass from Kyla; she just slid it right over,” Prough said. “It was a kind of weird angle, but she got it over and I was lucky enough to put it away.”Friday’s game was equally intense, as Wisconsin battled back from a 3-0 deficit only to see the game slip away in the closing minutes.Already up by a goal heading into the second period, Ohio State scored two goals a minute apart to put Wisconsin at a serious disadvantage. The lead would remain at 3-0 until Wisconsin mounted a scoring rush of its own midway through the third period.Saige Pacholok, making her first start as a Badger, put Wisconsin on the board at the 7:12 mark in the third with a rebound shot past OSU goalie Chelsea Knapp.“I remember Coach Peter (Johnson) telling me jump in the play when you can,” Pacholok said. “I just went straight to the net and buried the rebound.”Wisconsin’s aggressive play in the third period paid off again when Sanders put a backhand shot past a diving Knapp. With the Buckeye netminder out of position, Sanders was able to finish.Later, with less than six minutes left in the game and still trailing by a goal, junior Mallory Deluce snapped a wrist shot into the back of the net to tie up the game.“The third period we played more fearless,” Deluce said. “We moved the puck better, saw the open player right away, we just came out harder.”In heartbreaking fashion, however, the Buckeyes scored a dagger less than a minute after Deluce’s equalizer. Defenseman Brittany Haverstock turned the puck over deep in the Wisconsin zone, right in the direction of OSU’s Hokey Langan. The Buckeye forward caught Wisconsin’s defense off-guard and finished the play with a shot past Ruegsegger.“One thing you don’t want to do in hockey is put the puck to the middle ice when you don’t have to,” DeKeyser said. “That’s just an error on our part.”last_img read more

La Liga gets its wish for season return but not without compromise

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann take part in a Barcelona training sessionMadrid, Spain | AFP |  La Liga president Javier Tebas said the games would have to go on and from Thursday they will, with stadiums full of virtual fans, crowd noise from a computer game and fewer than 300 people allowed to attend.As Ligue 1 in France was called off and the Premier League, still the benchmark for Spanish football, tied itself in knots, La Liga has been steadfast in its pursuit of completion.“I always believed we would play again,” said Tebas on Sunday.The government in Spain had indicated it would be good for morale, perhaps even important for their standing in the world, while the country’s infatuation with football meant the prime minister was often addressing the question of its return.Yet driving La Liga’s determination, as Tebas admitted, was the fear of financial meltdown. Cancellation would cost clubs a billion euros, he repeated, and no team would be spared.Even with the season about to resume, Barcelona and Real Madrid have had to impose pay cuts. Atletico Madrid said they enforced a drop in wages “to guarantee their future”.Public opposition to the season continuing has therefore been fleeting. Eibar’s players said last month they were “afraid” to go back to training while Valencia’s Gabriel Paulista was one of the few to say it felt rushed.Among the governing bodies, the players’ union (AFE) was sidelined and even the conflict between La Liga and the Spanish football federation (RFEF) was largely put on hold.Instead, La Liga has answered to the health authorities, who have always had the power to scrap even the most advanced plans at any given moment.So when Sevilla host Real Betis on Thursday to begin a 39-day sprint finish with matches every day, they will do so according to strict guidelines that even this week were still being updated.“We’ve planned everything to the last millimetre,” Tebas said.– Infection risk ‘practically zero’ – Players will be tested for coronavirus within 24 hours of kick-off and visiting teams will use exclusive flights and hotels, before travelling to stadiums in two buses to ensure social distancing is maintained. Home team players will arrive in their own cars.Both sets of players will have their temperatures taken before entering stadiums and will arrive wearing masks and gloves. All communal areas like changing rooms will be disinfected and aired before, during and after games.Only 270 people will be allowed inside stadiums, including club players and staff, doctors and security personnel, matchday and club officials, as well as press and technicians.During the match, fans watching on television can choose to adopt a virtual experience that puts images of seated supporters, wearing the colours of the home team, in the stands.There will be artificial sound too — taken from the computer game FIFA, using audio recorded from real matches — that will then be adapted and implemented according to the flow of the action.Tributes will be paid to the victims and heroes of the coronavirus pandemic, in the form of a minute’s silence before kick-off and applause, contributed by real supporters and transmitted inside the stadium, in the 20th minute.Tebas has insisted the risk of infection once games are in play is “practically zero” given the amount of physical contact but the summer heat in Spain must be considered too.Fixture lists now come with temperature predictions and, already, two kick-off times have been adjusted. Five substitutes will be allowed instead of three, as well as two drinks breaks.Some regions in Spain have moved faster through the government’s de-escalation programme than others and Tebas has said he would be in favour of clubs bringing supporters back when they can.That could accelerate the league’s initial timetable for 30 per cent of fans to return in September, 50 per cent in November and 100 per cent in January 2021. Until then, everyone will have to adapt.last_img read more

Rose Ladies Series: The Price is right for England’s Emily

first_img15 Jul 2020 Rose Ladies Series: The Price is right for England’s Emily Tags: Emily Price, Rose Ladies Series Emily Price will fly the flag for the amateur game tomorrow in the fifth event of the Rose Ladies Series.The former England girls’ international is the only non-professional in the field for the event staged at the JCB Golf and Country Club in Staffordshire.The Kent State University student will line up alongside stars of the women’s game including Charley Hull, Meghan MacLaren and back-to-back series winner Gemma Dryburgh.Price goes into the event in a rich vein of form.Earlier this month, the 20-year-old broke the course record at Ludlow Golf Club with a five under par round of 66.Price has progressed quickly up the amateur rankings and currently stands at 105 in the world.On completing her studies in 2022, Price has targeted a move into professional golf with Q School followed by life on tour her ultimate aim.The Worcestershire golfer became the second youngest winner of the English Women’s Stroke Play title in 2016 when – at the age of 16 – she won the title at Bristol and Clifton Golf Club.Price will be hoping to keep up the fine record of amateurs competing at Rose Ladies Series events.In the four previous tournaments, at least one amateur has claimed a top-ten finish.The Rose Ladies Series is the brainchild of England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate who were keen to support the restart of golf after the disruption to play caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.The former US Open winner and current Olympic champion has sponsored a series of seven events leading up to a grand final played in three stages between August 5-7.For scoring updates, follow the England Golf Twitter feed and look out for reports and highlights on Sky Sports Golf.last_img read more