From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: White House announces new approach to deal with wildfires and drought
Date: Tue Jun 10 12:57:27 MDT 2014
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June 10, 2014

 

White House announces new approach to deal with wildfires and drought

    

President Obama has introduced a new approach to addressing the costs associated with extreme natural disasters including wildfires and drought. The approach is modeled after bipartisan proposals introduced by both houses of Congress, and includes efforts to increase the number of available airtankers, fight insects and disease, and improve information about extreme conditions.

The proposal aims to ensure that the President's administration is doing all it can to help farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and communities affected by extreme weather events caused by the changing climate, according to the White House. Climate change is already affecting every region of the country, according to the recently released National Climate Assessment. In the west, rising temperatures, drought, earlier snow melt, and increased evaporation are leading to growing demands for increasing water resources. Compared to three decades ago, the western wildfire season is 60-80 days longer and more than twice as many acres are burning.  More 



The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced the launch of a 45-day focused deep dive safety assessment of Chicago's Metra in response to three incidents that have taken place over the last few weeks. The assessment will focus on Metra's program of operational tests and inspections for all its operating crews, with special emphasis on training, qualification and testing of locomotive engineers.

The assessment is similar to Operation Deep Dive, the recent safety assessment conducted after a series of accidents on Metro-North Rail Road that serves Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. As a result, Metro-North was directed to address twenty-five specific recommendations covering eight safety critical concerns in an effort to mitigate risk and to begin a turnaround of the railroad's safety culture.  More


A New York member of a $300 million international counterfeit goods conspiracy, deemed one of the largest counterfeit goods cases ever prosecuted, was sentenced Monday to 46 months in prison for his role in the scheme. The arrest follows a joint investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation's (HSI) Newark Field Office and the FBI.

Ming Zheng, aka Uncle Mi, 48, of New York, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas to conspiracy to launder money. Judge Salas imposed the sentence Monday in Newark federal court.  More 

 

Livermore, CA-based Vigilant Solutions has announced a product bundling designed to allow law enforcement agencies of all sizes the opportunity to easily deploy -- and afford -- a comprehensive suite of technology solutions that would otherwise be unavailable in times of decreased budgets and grant funding.  More    

Buffalo Grove, IL-based Siemens Industry, Building Technologies Division's new Intelligent Voice Communication panels allow small and medium-size facilities to have full-featured protection sized for their everyday and emergency life safety and communication needs. With Siemens' Intelligent Voice Communication systems, facilities can now leverage a system that provides increased communications functionality in an efficiently designed solution.  More 

 

Quebec City-based Optosecurity and Edgewood, MD-based Smiths Detection have signed a long term Definitive Agreement towards developing and distributing an advanced Checkpoint Enterprise Software Solution that improves the overall performance and further cuts operational costs of security checkpoints without compromising regulatory compliance or security.  More    

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