Posted: December 16, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lilac Fire finally 100% contained after 10 days of battling SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — After 10 days of destruction, the Lilac Fire was 100 percent contained Saturday, fire officials announced.”A big thank you to our local, state and federal cooperators,” Cal Fire San Diego tweeted around 6 a.m. “We couldn’t do it without our great partnerships and teamwork.”In total, 1,659 firefighters and other personnel helped battle the blaze.The Lilac Fire destroyed 157 structures — many of them dwellings in the Rancho Monserate Country Club mobile home park in Fallbrook — and damaged 64 more. No human deaths were reported, but at least 46 horses died, many of them stabled at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center in Bonsall.The Santa Ana winds that fueled the massive blaze returned earlier this week and were set to return again Sunday, though weaker than they were when the fire started.A fire weather watch was issued for San Diego County on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties will be under a red flag warning during the same time period.Locally, fire agencies are bracing for any new fires, while in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, fire crews are continuing to battle the even-larger Thomas Fire.That blaze, which broke out 12 days ago and is still only 40 percent contained, has now grown to the third-largest in California’s history at more than 259,000 acres burned. Full containment is not expected until early January.The 2003 Cedar Fire in San Diego County still holds the record as the state’s largest wildfire at 273,246 acres, while the 2007 Witch Fire and 1970 Laguna Fire, both in San Diego County, are also among the 10 largest in California history. , December 16, 2017
Posted: February 6, 2018 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 SettingsYES! For a Better San Diego Campaign and Homeless Advocates to expand supporters with a endorsement to be announced, coinciding with kick off signature gathering efforts.Citing the convention center’s inadequate size as a barrier to growing the local economy, a homelessness crisis that has left thousands sleeping on the streets and San Diego’s crumbling infrastructure, proponents aim to address these challenges together. The expanding coalition includes business, tourism industry, labor union leaders, homelessness advocates.The initiative raises revenue through an increase in the hotel tax paid by overnight visitors to modernize and expand the convention center to drive economic growth and jobs, as well as significant funding to alleviate homelessness and repair roads. Yes! For a Better San Diego launches campaign with SDPA February 6, 2018 Steve Bosh, Steve Bosh Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Jim Vargas FacebookTwitter
Bangladesh team led by law minister Anisul Huq in the ‘Universal Periodic Review’ (UPR) organised by the council in Geneva on Monday. Photo: TwitterThe United Nations Human Rights Council asked Bangladesh to investigate all cases of arbitrary killings, enforced disappearances and excessive use of force, and prosecute and punish perpetrators.The inter-governmental UN body also called for establishing the truth about the fate and whereabouts of victims of the disappearances.Such recommendations were made at the ‘Universal Periodic Review’ (UPR) organised by the council in Geneva on Monday.Referring to violence and excessive use of force by state actors during the previous general elections, the UN Human Rights Committee insisted that Bangladesh should ensure the safety and security of all voters during elections.The committee, comprised of independent experts, expressed concern at the high rate of extrajudicial killings and reports of enforced disappearances and the excessive use of force by the state actors, and also at the lack of investigations and accountability of perpetrators.The report, presented there, said from May 2013 until September 2017, 845 cases of extrajudicial killings, about 48 cases of torture to death and about 300 cases of enforced disappearance were documented.The national report, submitted by Dhaka, claimed that the government of Bangladesh “under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina maintains a policy of ‘zero tolerance’ with regard to criminal liabilities of the members of the LEAs [law enforcement agencies].”“The law in general neither accords immunity to the members of the LEAs from criminal prosecution nor makes any discrimination [sic] their favour,” added the report.A Bangladesh delegation led by law minister Anisul Huq, joined the 30th UPR.Dwelling on the culture of impunity to law enforcement, the UN reports, compiled by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, regretted that Bangladesh did not accept that enforced disappearances occurred.The UN recommended establishment of an independent commission to carry out transparent and accountable investigations and prosecutions, repeal the Special Powers Act and reform other relevant laws.However, the Bangladesh report blamed the Rohingya issue for certain human rights problems at home.“The realisation of Bangladesh’s human rights commitments faced setbacks in the face of sudden influx of nearly one million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals (Rohingyas) to Bangladesh,” it read.Dhaka pledged to continue to host the “forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals” until they voluntarily return to their homeland in safety, security and dignity.The Bangladesh report made at least eight future pledges including further strengthening “national institutions that promote human rights, democracy, good governance and rule of law”.The Human Rights Committee and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion expressed concerns about freedom of opinion, expression and association, as well as death threats, physical attacks, intimidation and harassment of journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders.With regard to the judiciary, the Special Rapporteur noted that its problems included a lack of accountability, severe backlogs of pending cases, lack of judges, discriminatory and patriarchal attitudes and the incorrect formulation of cases.The Bangladesh report claimed that the government “recognises independence of judiciary as the key requirement for ensuring access to justice and in that line, it has taken a number of measures to ensure the independence of subordinate judiciary”.
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