Scott Green shows shows us a part of his property where Douglas fir branches are cleaned up at the base in Los Gatos, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Green has taken many steps to ensure his property is safe in case of a fire such as trimming branches, clearing brush and even changing his roof. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group) A structure's flammable cedar shake roof is being replaced with a nonflammable composite roof on Scott Green's property in Los Gatos, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Green has taken many steps to ensure his property is safe in case of a blaze such as trimming branches, clearing brush and even changing his roof the reduce the chances of it catching fire. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds A large pond which firefighting helicopters often use to fill their buckets with water when a nearby fire occurs is located on Scott Green's property in Los Gatos, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018.Green has … [Read more...] about Why homes are lost to wildfire — is yours as safe as it could be?
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0 of 17 Jean Catuffe/Getty Images And then there were eight! With the round of 16 in the bag, the 2018 World Cup field has been whittled down significantly; just a quarter of the initial 32 teams are left. Uruguay, France, Brazil, Belgium, Russia, Croatia, Sweden, England. That's your remaining lot. As always, we've evaluated each team still in and assessed their likelihood of winning the tournament, ranking them on that basis. Strength of performance through this stage is a natural indicator of that, though there's still a little room for general ability, clout and, importantly, which side of the round-of-16 bracket they've landed on. The 24 eliminated sides are ranked in order of how well they played and how heavily they impressed. The 16 that exited before the second round are simply listed. You can view the post-group-stage rankings here for more flavour on how they fared. 2 of 17 Alexander … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018 Power Rankings: Updated After Round of 16
0 of 30 Nick Wass/Associated Press The Golden State Warriors have checked the Cleveland Cavaliers into the NBA's championship-hope hospice, which can mean only one thing. Draft and free-agency #SZN is here! Prepping for this most wonderful time of the year takes us through every imaginable area of focus—including brutal honesty. Knowing where each team is at its weakest sets up a proper offseason wish list. And that allows for some meaningful discussion. These cracks in the armor will mainly be tactical, shaped by depth charts and play styles. But surrounding vulnerabilities are fair game, be they certain contracts or front office mayhem. Salary-cap situations and draft-day placement have no bearing on the selected roster voids. They're the tools that squads will use to address their most glaring flaws—if they can. 1 of 30 Brett Davis/Associated Press John Collins is not completely alone in the Atlanta Hawks' frontcourt, per se. Dewayne Dedmon and Mike Muscala … [Read more...] about Every NBA Team’s Weakest Link Heading into the Draft and Free Agency
CONTRACTORS tied to political clans have been awarded a combined total of P306 million in contracts to build transitional shelter units and roads for residents of Marawi City and nearby villages of Lanao del Sur, where homes and villages last year were destroyed in the five-month battle between soldiers and Islamic State-linked militants. Eight separate contracts, three for transitional shelters and five for road projects, were bidded out by the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways – Region X (DPWH Region X) from October to December 2017. All the road projects went to companies that are either owned, managed, represented by relatives connected to three political families based in Mindanao. These clans have members who are either incumbent or former congressional, regional, and local officials, or appointees of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. NHA has disclosed on its website only the notices of bid, but not the notices of award, of its … [Read more...] about Firms of clans among winners of Marawi road, housing deals
0 of 30 Jason Miller/Getty Images While the 2018 NBA offseason could be constricted by a nearly leaguewide cap crunch, optimism will once again be free of charge and available in limitless supply. Think LeBron James and Paul George are bound for L.A.? Go ahead and dream it. Have a hunch the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets will all add stars after deep playoff runs? Embrace that one, too. We're all for free-thinking here—but we're also cognizant of reality. Free-agency shopping lists aren't that much different than the ones we take to the grocery store. There might be a splurge item here and there, but it all depends on what the budget allows. So, while we're dreaming about the best free-agency addition for every team here, we're doing it in a pragmatic manner. It must seem at least remotely possible to make the cut. 1 of 30 Chris Szagola/Associated Press The Atlanta Hawks had only two of this season's top 80 scorers. And one of them was Dennis … [Read more...] about Every Team’s Realistic Dream Signing in 2018 NBA Free Agency