Investigators unable to determine exact cause of Ridgeview Village fire

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire investigators have been able to roughly determine the source, but not the cause of a fire that erupted at the Ridgeview Village apartment building nearly two weeks ago.The fire occurred at approximately 10:50 p.m. on Saturday, May 26th. Fire Chief Fred Burrows said that the fire started on the third floor of the building’s west side, and that crews were on the scene battling the blaze until about 4:30 the next morning. Approximately 47 residents of the building were forced from their homes due to the fire.Captain Marco D’Agostino with the Fort St. John Fire Department said today that investigators have been able to determine that the fire likely started on a balcony on the northwest corner of the building’s third floor. He said from there, the fire extended into the building’s attic space until it reached the firewall separating the two halves of the building, and also extended slightly into the apartment on the southwest corner of the third floor.- Advertisement -D’Agostino said however, the point of ignition has not been able to be determined by the fire department, a result that is not entirely uncommon. “It’s quite common because depending on the extent of the damage, you can’t find what the actual cause was because everything is going to be consumed,” explained D’Agostino. He added that the insurance company will likely be continuing their investigation to determine whether a cause of the fire can be determined.D’Agostino explained that the majority of fire damage was contained to the building’s attic and roof, and that there was very little damage sustained to the building’s east side. He said that at this point, it’s not known whether the building is still structurally sound, or if the building will need to be torn down.last_img read more

L.A.’s getting richer

first_imgStill, the county’s economic gains haven’t been much consolation for Rosa Garcia, a Glendale hotel housekeeper trying to raise two children on just more than $12,000 a year. Paying $750 a month for a one-bedroom apartment and an additional $150 for utilities, Garcia usually taps out her $1,300 monthly budget buying groceries and just a few other items. “The economy is so bad,” Garcia said. “Everything is so expensive. We don’t make enough to live better.” Jessica Goodheart, research director at Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, a nonprofit agency that supports low-wage workers in L.A., said the positive economic news can’t obscure the magnitude of L.A.’s poverty. There are 1.5 million county residents – about 703,000 in the city – living under the federal definition of poverty, with more than double that number struggling to pay for the basics, according to LAANE. The city and county of Los Angeles are showing strong signs of improvement after a wrenching recession early this decade, as poverty has begun to decline and median household incomes are on the rise, according to Census Bureau data released Tuesday. Median household income in the county rose 6.3 percent from 2005 – to $51,315 – while the percentage of residents living in poverty dropped from 16.3 percent to 15.4 percent last year. The county improvements, mirroring similar gains in the city and statewide, also are expected to be reflected in the San Fernando Valley when Census Bureau figures for the region are released. “This is good news,” said Daniel Flaming, president of the Economic Roundtable, a nonprofit, public-policy research organization in Los Angeles. “It seems to suggest this period of slow, steady growth has been good for (people) on the bottom rung.” `Poverty’ defined Last year, the poverty level for a family of four was set at $20,444; for a single mom with two children, at $16,242. But Eduardo Martinez, an economist with the nonprofit Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., noted that job creation throughout the Southland has driven some growth. Last month, the county’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, compared with 5.3 percent statewide. “The county’s unemployment has been below or equal to the state’s in 16 of the last 17 months,” Martinez said. While much of the recent economic growth in the county has been in higher-paying jobs – including business consulting, accounting and technology – those wage earners have spent more in the economy, helping lower-wage earners as well. “Some of the money is trickling down,” Martinez said. Jean Ross, executive director of the California Budget Project, a nonpartisan public policy research group in Sacramento, said the data show progress for low- and middle-income Californians five years into an economic expansion. “For much of the recovery, the benefits of economic growth failed to trickle down to many Californians,” Ross said. “The figures released today show that low- and middle-income Californians are beginning to experience long-overdue gains.” Slight improvement The city of Los Angeles – with deep pockets of poverty from South and East Los Angeles to Pacoima – continued to trail the county as a whole, with median household income climbing just 4.2 percent, to $44,445. Poverty in the city declined just a fraction – from 20.1 percent to 19 percent. Bruce Ackerman, president and chief executive of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, said the Valley – which has historically had lower levels of poverty and higher median household income – is continuing to experience economic growth. “Unemployment is at record lows in the Valley at about 4.2 percent,” Ackerman said. “Our calls from businesses asking for qualified people are up during the last year and a half, indicating businesses are expanding and having a tough time finding people.” About 12.9 percent of Valley residents were living in poverty in 2005, while median household income was $51,700. Fewer poor in Valley The Valley also has more closely followed the rest of California, where the percentage of people in poverty dipped from 13.3 percent in 2005 to 13.1 percent last year, and median household incomes climbed from $53,629 to $56,645. Nationwide, median household income climbed to $48,200 last year – the second consecutive year of real growth – while the poverty rate declined for the first time this decade – from 12.6 percent to 12.3 percent. Still, that means about 36.5 million people are living in poverty, and the new Census Bureau data also found that people without health insurance rose from 44.8 million to 47 million. But local economists cautioned that the data might not tell the entire story, partly because what the federal government defines as the poverty level is relatively low, and many families just above it are in financial trouble, too. Los Angeles’ high cost of housing and other essentials also might have forced some of the county’s poorest to move to cheaper markets, such as the Inland Empire, or out of the state entirely. “The bottom line is it’s pretty tough to get by in Los Angeles,” Martinez said. The current recovery also could be quickly eroded as the construction boom slows and hits some of the region’s most vulnerable families first, Flaming said. “In human terms, it means families are doubling up, or living in overcrowded housing; they don’t have enough to eat, or they have to choose between food and clothing, and health insurance,” said Goodheart of the LAANE organization. “It means making choices no one should have to make.” (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Funny responses from Man United fans to Almeria’s transfer ‘apology’

first_img Getty Images – Getty Who?— 𝕱𝖆𝖎𝖟𝖆𝖆𝖓 📸 #NDL (Fan Account) (@EliteLabile) September 2, 2019 WHO???— 𝕳𝖆𝖗𝖗𝖎𝖘𝖔𝖓 (@Lindelof2ii) September 2, 2019 Arvin Appiah only signed a long-term contract with Nottingham Forest in January Who is this, who are you, and why are you @ing United? I’m genuinely so confused— #GlazersOut (@InjuryFC) September 2, 2019 Who?— (@StrettyNews) September 2, 2019 Who ?— Duncan 👑 (@Utd_Duncan) September 2, 2019 Appiah, who made just six first-team appearances for Forest, had been a reported Manchester United target before opting for the second tier Spanish club.The England Under-19 international signed a five-year contract and looks set to fulfil his potential in Spain.After capturing the highly-rated forward, Almeria tweeted: “Sorry @ManUtd Arvin Appiah is red and white #UDAlmeria #F5DAY.” Who now?— Jay (@NotoriousManc) September 2, 2019— 🔮™️ (@iseekwisdm) September 2, 2019 Who is he— WillLUHG (@WillLUHG) September 2, 2019 Manchester Untied fans have responded to Almeria’s light-hearted tweet about signing Nottingham Forest starlet Arvin Appiah.The 18-year-old completed an £8million move to Almeria on Monday’s European transfer deadline day. who are you ??— عشاق مانشستر يونايتد (@united_mano) September 2, 2019 Sorry @ManUtd Arvin Appiah is red and white 🔴⚪🔴🔥 #UDAlmeria #F5DAY— UD Almeria (@UDAlmeria_Eng) September 2, 2019However, it does not seem like United fans are too heartbroken about missing out on Appiah, with some supporters claiming not to know who he is…Here is how some fans reacted to Almeria’s ‘apology’…— Harry 🔰 (@MainManMaguire) September 2, 2019 Which one is he?— Michael Tunstall (@TFWriter) September 2, 2019 1last_img read more

LISTEN BACK: Reaction to Dundalk’s defeat of Sligo Rovers

first_imgDundalk beat Sligo Rovers 2-0 at the Showgrounds on Saturday in the SSE Airtricity Leagie Premier Divsion.Afterwards, Rovers boss Gerard Lyttle spoke with Ocean FM’s Darragh Cox…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny also gave Darragh his thoughts on the game…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Saturday’s game was live on Ocean FM in association with JBG Security.last_img

This Week in Walt Disney World Weather — December 1, 2019

first_imgShare This!Happy December! A large continental storm system is bringing everything from severe thunderstorms to heavy snow across the country this weekend, but in Florida, Sunday brings one more day of shining sun and 80-degree warmth. Make sure today is your pool day, though. Change is on the way for the first week of December!A Warm Thanksgiving Week for Walt Disney WorldIf you gambled on warm sun for the holiday week, you won big. High pressure has been in control of Florida’s weather for the better part of the past week, and the temperatures have been on a steady climb ever since a cool start last Monday. With nonstop blue skies and a strong southern sun, it’s been an incredible farewell to November which felt more like October to lots of Floridians. While no records were smashed, high temperatures did run above climate norms—a full five degrees at Orlando International Airport on Black Friday, with a high of 81—but very dry air still let the overnight lows fall to a normal 56 degrees.And it’s been very dry! The United States Drought Monitor places some nearby areas of Central Florida in the Abnormally Dry category. Not much change is expected as the dry season deepens over the region and no particularly wet cold fronts are expected. Here’s what’s coming…Chilly Changes on the WayLook at this map! The big continental weather events have arrived… but Florida doesn’t want to play. Courtesy: National Weather ServiceHuge winter storm? Not in Florida. While most of the United States will feel the effects of a massive storm system rolling through the early part of this week, Florida is going to stay mostly dry… but you’re still going to want to pack a heavy jacket.The cold front that is slamming across the country this weekend will start shoving our high pressure out to the Atlantic by Sunday afternoon. Southwest winds running ahead of the front will actually warm temperatures up. Look for a high in the lower to mid 80s on Sunday, with mostly sunny skies and a strong southwest breeze, gusting in the afternoon.The cold front’s trailing end drags through central Florida overnight on Sunday, bringing a moderate chance of rain showers. Right now it doesn’t look like much of an event, with just a 30% chance of late-night rain in the forecast. However, these events can sometimes pick up some steam over the Gulf of Mexico, so check your radar app if you’re out in the parks on Sunday evening just to be sure no downpours are headed our way!Monday morning the wind will be switching to a cool northwest flow, and you’ll wake up to the high 50s for rope-drop, before a sunny day with a high in the upper 60s. Not too shabby for the day after a cold front, but just wait. The secondary low developing off the coast (which is bringing a winter storm to the northeast) will deepen the northwest flow. Cold air will take over Monday night, with a clear night dipping close to 40 degrees. Tuesday morning, have your hat and coat! It’s going to be chilly on the Seven Seas Lagoon, and it’s going to stay cool all day long. Sunny, sure, but highs barely making it out of the 50s. Monday/Tuesday look like the coldest days of the season so far. Tuesday evening the temp will fall rapidly once again, with a low around 44 degrees. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday begin the slow march back towards normal mid-70s daytime temperatures. The wind will slowly switch from northwest to west by Wednesday, and calm completely by Thursday. With calm winds come sunny skies and clear nights. The overnight lows climb from 46 on Wednesday to 51 on Thursday, and highs from 67 to 71, with a balmy 74 expected on Friday.Dry season tip: Clear nights mean fewer cotton-candy clouds for spectacular sunset pictures, so focus on the afterglow instead! Palm trees make fabulous silhouettes after sunset.Next Weekend’s WeatherThe long-range forecast suggests some rain might make it back into the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, but not much. While there’s not another cold front on the horizon after Sunday night’s event, a fast-moving surface low might bring some moisture to Florida towards the end of the week. Temperatures should stick to the mid/high 70s for the day and high 50s overnight.Cold Weather Changes at Walt Disney WorldWhat should you expect when cold weather takes control at Walt Disney World? Generally, temperatures in the 50s can bring a cascade of changes to operations around the resort, particularly to recreation and pools. To help you out with planning for potential closures (plus how to pack for a roller coaster of temperatures!) I have a new article here at the site on Packing and Planning for Winter Weather at Walt Disney World. And if you’re thinking: “wait, fifty degrees is hardly winter weather!” well, come to Florida. It’s very much winter for locals and Cast Members!The good news is, if you’re heading down for the opening of Rise of the Resistance, the weather should be lovely. December 5 calls for cool temperatures most of the day, with sunshine warming the mid-day up to about 71, and a clear, calm night sinking into the 50s. Pretty nice weather for standing in a queue all day… just don’t forget the sunblock!last_img read more

Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: June 8, 2018

first_imgIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to build a dedicated usability lab, find out what’s new in the published Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1, discover how alignment works in flexbox, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your work or projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the WeekIt’s not the technology that matters. It’s the humans that matter.Find great people who you enjoy, who treat you well. And work with them on whichever tech stack they want. The tech stack does not matter. What you are making does.— Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) June 6, 2018User ExperienceOrchestrating Experiences: In this excerpt from Chapter 2 (“Pinning Down Touchpoints”) of Orchestrating Experiences: Collaborative Design for Complexity, Chris Risdon and Patrick Quattlebaum discuss the importance of experience principles to provide structure and guidelines for an organization. The one question you need to ask:Just because you’re running an experiment, doesn’t mean you’re learning what you set out to. Always assess the data coming in and ask, “Is this the most important thing I need to learn right now?”If not, kill the test. Launch a new one.— Jeff Gothelf (@jboogie) June 6, 2018The UX of User Research Surveys: While surveys are a cost- and time-effective way to get a lot of feedback, all that information can be overwhelming. Discover Sarah Doody’s one tip to help you write survey questions that provide quality responses.How can we make it easier on ourselves to make sense of survey responses and give the respondent a better user experience?How to Build a Dedicated Usability Lab: If your organization is conducting more than the occasional usability test, you’ll want to consider setting up a dedicated space for a usability lab.AccessibilityWeb Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 is a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Recommendation: The big news this week in the web accessibility world is the published standard of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. Find out what’s new in WCAG 2.1 along with quotes from personas to better understand the success criteria. Making more accessible: With the launch of the new Wall Street Journal site ( home page for mobile devices comes a more accessible experience for users. And a commitment to their recently written accessibility guidelines (Google Doc)> Another reason to use native HTML, and not create custom controls.WOW! Another reason to use Native HTML inputs like , , & native

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