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County Fire Chief Urges Extreme Caution as Foothills Enter Fall Fire Season

first_img Community News More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Los Angeles County Fire Chief is circulating a letter to all county residents to advise them to prepare for the upcoming fall fire season.“You play a vital role in protecting your life, the lives of your loved ones, and property,” County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby writes. “Through advance planning and preparation, we can all be ready for the next wildfire.”Osby is warning that the combined effects of years of drought, high temperatures, low humidity and dry Santa Ana winds have the potential to cause devastating consequences during the fall fire season.“Southern California continues to be one of the most desirable places on earth to live. However, many challenges, including longer and warmer summers, fast-moving powerful storms, and an on-going drought continue to challenge our ability to live safely in the wildland-urban interface areas of Los Angeles County,” Osby writes in the message.He further warns that as the numerous fires that have impacted Northern California have proven, any fire that gets established near homes will quickly threaten lives and property.The county Fire Department has prepared a “Ready! Set! Go! Personal Wildfire Action Plan” that provides guidance on retrofitting homes with fire-resistant features, creating defensible space around homes and developing an emergency plan should any home be threatened by a wildfire and residents need to evacuate.The action plan is available for download from the county Fire Department website, www.fire.lacountv.gov.Fire Chief Osby also wants to encourage residents in the wildland-urban interface to judiciously water plants and ornamental vegetation in accordance with local water restriction ordinances. He considers this another step in wildfire prevention.“Proper maintenance and removal of dead material is equally important as it only takes a single ember to ignite dry vegetation,” Osby said.For more information about wildfire prevention and emergency procedures, visit the Los Angeles County Fire Department website, www.fire.lacountv.gov, or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LACoFD Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Top of the News HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Government County Fire Chief Urges Extreme Caution as Foothills Enter Fall Fire Season Published on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | 2:40 pmlast_img read more

Rapid deglaciation of Marguerite Bay, western Antarctic Peninsula in the Early Holocene

first_imgGlacial geological evidence of rapid ice stream retreat is important for the potential insight it can bring to understanding of contemporary rapid ice sheet change. Here, we report new chronological constraints on the deglacial history of the Marguerite Trough Ice Stream, which formerly drained part of the western margin of the Antarctic Peninsula. This ice stream has been previously identified on geomorphological grounds as an example of an outlet that underwent rapid retreat following the Last Glacial Maximum, but the precise timing of this retreat has not been conclusively determined. We obtained cosmogenic surface exposure dates on erratic boulders that record the thinning history of ice flowing into the ice stream. These dates show that the ice stream underwent >270 m of thinning very rapidly at 9.6 ka BP. The timing of ice stream thinning agrees closely with previously published data on ice shelf retreat, the age of the first post-glacial beaches, and minimum constraining ages for the onset of lacustrine sedimentation, and post-glacial sedimentation in inner shelf fjords. We compare the timing of retreat to the similarly-sized Anvers Trough ice stream further north and find that retreat in Marguerite Bay was more rapid and earlier than in the Anvers Trough. We argue that the intrusion of Circumpolar Deep Water is the most likely forcing mechanism for retreat in Marguerite Bay. A key finding of this study is that rapid retreat occurred in deep water with reverse (continent-dipping) slope but also in relatively shallow water with a positive slope. This may have implications for understanding of oceanographically-forced ice sheet change in other parts of West Antarctica. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.last_img read more

EIOPA calls for renamed HBS but holds fire on capital requirements

first_imgUnder the targeted common framework balance sheet, assets and liabilities would have to be valued on a “market-consistent” basis and include all available security and benefit-adjustment mechanisms, such as sponsor support, pension protection schemes and benefit reductions.“However,” EIOPA said, “at this point in time, [we do] not advise on harmonising capital or funding requirements.”EIOPA said the term ‘standardised risk assessment’ has been used instead of ‘solvency capital requirement’ – and ‘common framework balance sheet’ instead of ‘holistic balance sheet’ (HBS) – “as these are more appropriate terms to use in the context of risk assessment and transparency”.The HBS has been controversial in the European pensions industry, viewed with suspicion and opposed by many who fear the introduction of Europe-wide regulatory solvency requirements.Under EIOPA’s latest proposals, occupational pension funds should publicly report the standardised balance sheet and the outcome of the risk assessment.National supervisors should “be provided with sufficient powers to act in response to the conclusions of the standardised risk assessment”.Special treatment should be available for smaller pension funds, according to EIOPA, such as exemptions, the use of simplified methods, and less frequent risk assessments.EIOPA chairman Gabriel Bernardino said: “This opinion presents a major step forward towards realistic, risk-sensitive information on the financial situation of pension funds.“Relevant transparent disclosure will trigger a dialogue on the long-term sustainability of occupational pension promises and encourage timely adjustments.“As such, our recommendations contribute to the protection of pension scheme members and beneficiaries and to a fair distribution of shortfalls between generations”. The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has called for European occupational pension funds to be required to carry out a “standardised” risk assessment on the basis of a common framework but shied away from backing the introduction of harmonised capital or funding requirements “at this point in time”.The supervisor’s recommendations come as part of an opinion paper – ‘On a common framework for the risk assessment and transparency for Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORPs)’ – to the European Commission, Council and Parliament, and are the outcome of almost three years of work on the solvency of IORPs, the most recent input having been a quantitative impact assessment (QIS) conducted last year.EIOPA said the recommendations would strengthen the IORP Directive and “contribute to the sustainability of occupational pension promises and the protection of members and beneficiaries”.Under its proposals, IORPs would have to conduct a standardised risk assessment to calculate the impact of common, pre-defined stress scenarios on a pension fund’s balance sheet, which would be “set up for the very purpose of the standardised risk assessment”.last_img read more