BJP Leader Jay Narayan Vyas Trolls RBI Chief Shaktikanta Das On History Degree, Questions Qualification


Jay Narayan Vyas tweet caused flutter but he did not back down.

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A Gujarat BJP leader has raised questions about new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Shaktikanta Das in a series of baffling tweets. Jay Narayan Vyas, who was minister in Narendra Modi’s cabinet in Gujarat, has posted a tweet that is bound to embarrass the ruling party.

Shaktikanta Das took charge as RBI chief today, three days after his predecessor Urjit Patel abruptly resigned in the middle of a row with the government over the central bank’s autonomy and a range of other subjects.

Jay Narayan Vyas questioned the credentials of Mr Das, an IAS officer, to head the central bank, referring to his history background.

As his tweet caused a flutter and left many wondering whether he was still in the BJP, Mr Vyas did not back down.

Speaking to NDTV , Mr Vyas said that he was simply congratulating the new Governor. He also clarified that he is still with the BJP.

“To manage RBI you have to have a fair knowledge of domestic and international economy. I respect IAS, the issue is that they’re exposed to a little of many things but the acceptance among international community which earlier Governors commanded (is not there),” he was quoted as telling news agency ANI.

“I would wish that a person heading that bank maybe a qualified economist. They are trained for general management. The management of the economy especially when it’s going through a rough weather requires altogether different kinds of talents,” he said.

He also said he “sympathised” with Dr Das; that he has a master’s degree in history and would have to “pull out control and steer the RBI and answer issues like the use of RBI reserves.”

Mr Das was Economic Affairs Secretary and was also India’s Sherpa to the G-20.

His predecessor Urjit Patel resigned on Monday, becoming the first RBI governor to quit since 1990.

Dr Das, a retired 1980 batch IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, is a post graduate in history from the Delhi University.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that Dr Das has the “right credentials” to head the RBI. “Das has been a very senior and an experienced civil servant. He has almost his entire career in the management of finances and economic management of the country both, when he was in the state government of Tamil Nadu and also when he was in the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance,” said Mr Jaitley.
 





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India vs Australia: Rishabh Pant Makes History, Equals All-Time Test Record


Pant matched the record currently held by England’s Jack Russell and South Africa’s AB de Villiers. In doing so, he also beat the record of 10 catches in a Test match by an Indian that was previously held by Wriddhiman Saha.

Russell had achieved the feat against South Africa in 1995 and De Villiers matched the landmark against Pakistan in 2013.

Pant, playing in only his sixth Test, reached the milestone by catching Mitchell Starc off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.

Pant might not have been prolific with the bat, notching scores of 25 and 28 in the first and second innings, respectively.

The attacking left-hander lived a charmed life in the second innings, hitting four boundaries and a six but fell victim to the guile of Nathan Lyon, who ended the innings with figures of 6/122.

However, Pant was solid as ever behind the stumps, taking six catches in the first innings and bagging another five in the second to end the match with a total of record 11 catches.

Meanwhile, India ended their decade-long wait for a Test victory in Australia on Monday when they bowled out the hosts for 291 to clinch the first game of the four-match series by a nail-biting 31 runs.

The hosts were set a target of 323, a score never before successfully achieved in a fourth innings run chase at the Adelaide Oval.

Ravichandran Ashwin got the final wicket of Josh Hazlewood to finish with 3-92.

The last Test India won in Australia was at the WACA Ground in Perth in 2008, and the last one in Adelaide was in 2003.

(With AFP Inputs)



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Transgender Boxer Patricio Manuel Makes History With Pro Win


Transgender Boxer Patricio Manuel Makes History With Pro Win


Patricio Manuel, 33, became the first transgender male to fight professionally in the United States. © Instagram


Transgender boxer Patricio Manuel made history on Saturday with a unanimous decision victory over Mexican super-featherweight Hugo Aguilar in Indio, California. Manuel, 33, became the first transgender male to fight professionally in the United States. “I wouldn’t trade any of it. It was worth everything I went through to get to this point,” Manuel said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I’m a professional boxer now.” Manuel fought in the 2012 US Olympic trials as a female, but a shoulder injury spelled the end of a bid to make the team for the London Games after just one bout.

Months later he began the transition to male, and after surgery and hormone treatments waded through the bureaucracy of getting licensed to fight.

California boxing authorities were wary of granting a license, but once the International Olympic Committee ruled prior to the 2016 Rio Games that female to male transgender athletes could compete “without restriction” the way was cleared for him.

Aguilar, fighting in the United States for the first time, learned of Manuel’s transition just two days before the bout,” the Times reported. But he said it wasn’t a problem.

“For me it’s very respectable,” he said. “It doesn’t change anything for me. In the ring he wants to win and I want to win too.”






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Tata Nexon Creates History With 5 Star Global NCAP Crash Test Rating


The subcompact Tata Nexon SUV has aimed for the stars quite literally! The Nexon has the maximum possible stars with a record-creating 5 star crash safety rating from Global NCAP. The Tata Nexon is the first made in India car from any manufacturer to achieve this.




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The Tata Nexon is the first ever India-made car to 5 star rating for NCAP Crash Tests

After scoring 4 stars in Global NCAP’s crash test in August this year, the Tata Nexon has made history by going the distance and becoming India’s first ever 5 Star car. The Nexon has achieved this by scoring 16.06 points out of a possible 17 – the highest as yet for any Indian made car. That this feat comes from an Indian manufacturer rather than a multinational is of significant importance. The car also underwent a side impact crash test, which is necessary to achieve this rating. Gunter Butschek, MD, Tata Motors told carandbike, “The Nexon achieving 5 stars at Global-NCAP is an exemplary achievement, and fortifies our intent for the future product portfolio.”

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Also Read: Tata Nexon Scores 4 Stars In Its First Global NCAP Crash Test

But what really helped the Tata Nexon to go from 4 to 5 stars? Alejandro Furas, Technical Director at Global NCAP explains, “The ABS, or anti-locking brakes, in a full channel version is a standard fitment for all the cars, so all the Nexon’s wheels have ABS in four channels. At the same time, the seat belt reminder was also now introduced by the manufacturer as a standard feature for driver and passenger side as well.” The Tata Nexon’s body shell and structure have remained unchanged since the August test, and it always had dual airbags as standard anyway. The car also retains its 3 star rating for child occupant safety.

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Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors says, “A few years back, nobody believed that safety would sell in India. However, today’s Indian customers have evolved and are better exposed to the international market. They are more conscious towards safety and have started putting vehicle safety amongst the top priorities of car purchase.”

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The Tata Nexon’s earlier 4 and now 5 star rating is pushing other manufacturers into action too. And we now expect a flurry of 4 or 5 star cars from India. That is great news for the Indian industry and the Indian consumer – since these tests and results are more stringent than the newly mandated safety regulation implemented by the Indian government. “This car was entirely engineered in India and so it’s not like it required technical expertise from elsewhere. So it shows you what the Indian automobile industry is capable of. And the other thing to recognise, is that this is also the result of better crash test regulations from the Indian government. It’s a fantastic success story – a made in India success story around vehicle safety.” said David Ward, Secretary General, Global NCAP.

Also Read: Mahindra Marazzo Crash Test Results Out

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Tata plans to keep pushing the safety agenda and wants all future cars to meet either 5 or a minimum 4 star safety rating. It is likely the next car to be tested will be the upcoming Harrier compact SUV, though Tata is also keen to showcase the build quality of its smaller cars like the Tiago and Tigor.

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No Bail For Model Activist Rehana Fathima Who Almost Made History At Sabarimala


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Kerala High Court on Friday denied anticipatory bail to model and activist Rehana Fathima who had almost made it to the Sabarimala temple in October after the Supreme Court ruling lifted a ban on women of menstruating age entering the hill shrine.

Ms Fathima has been accused of hurting religious feelings with her “insulting” social media posts on Lord Ayyappa, the deity at Sabarimala shrine.

A case was registered against her on October 30 based on a complaint filed by the Sabarimala Samrakshana Samithi, a group that claims to fight for upholding the “traditions at the temple” accused Ms Fathima of insulting the Hindu religious belief with her social media posts.

Ms Fathima said she did no wrong and will move Supreme Court with for getting anticipatory bail.

Some eleven days before the case was registered against her, Ms Fathima had almost made history at Sabarimala. Escorted by the police and in riot gear, she, along an Andhra Pradesh journalist, reached a few metres away from the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine when they were stopped by the protesters including the temple priests.

The protesters believe that allowing women of menstruating age to the temple is an insult to Lord Ayyappa, the celibate deity at the temple.

Shortly after her failed attempt, Kerala Temple Affairs minister Kadakampally Surendran said the “activists with agenda” should not try to enter the temple.

Ms Fathima insists that she is an Ayyappa devotee. The activist’s house was vandalised by unidentified people while she was away trying to climb the holy hill to the temple.

Later, she was expelled from the Muslim community for “hurting the sentiments of lakhs of Hindu devotees” by the Kerala Muslim Jama’ath Council. Her employer, public sector BSNL, had transferred her to another location, but the company insisted the move had nothing to do with what Ms Fathima did in her “private capacity.”





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Amazon’s Seattle History Offers Lessons to Long Island City and Arlington


As Amazon turns its attention to setting up new homes in Long Island City, New York and Arlington, Virginia, experts and historians in Seattle say both places can expect a delicate relationship with the world’s hottest online retailer.

The communities will be subject to outsized influence from a company used to getting what it wants and unfazed by blame, fairly or not, for widespread changes all around.

Just look to the Pacific Northwest, where both Amazon and Seattle have transformed dramatically together and sometimes at odds over the past 24 years, prompting resentment among a certain crowd of wistful “mossback” natives.

But there is a key difference.

The New York city and DC-area picks allow the company to strategically sidestep and diffuse many of the growing pains Amazon has been accused of inflicting on its Seattle hometown. That’s because the pending moves will shift Amazon from the “MVP” employer role it plays here, to a mere “VIP” employer position in two of America’s largest, most robust locales.

A Fitch Ratings analysis notes that 25,000 Amazon jobs would amount to less than 1 percent of the labor force in either New York’s or DC’s metropolitan statistical area. Both also already have a large concentration of personal incomes in the six-figure bracket.

In Seattle, Amazon’s workforce has grown from 5,000 to 45,000 employees since 2010, while its physical footprint in the downtown core grew from 1 million to 8 million square feet today.

Matthew Gardner, chief economist with the Windermere Real Estate company in Seattle, estimates that Amazon’s crew of highly-educated, well-paid techies makes up about 15 percent of downtown Seattle’s total workers.

Amazon says it spent $4 billion (roughly Rs. 28,914 crores) developing its Seattle home after claiming the once-sleepy South Lake Union warehouse district that’s unofficially rebranded “Amazonia” because of the company’s 44-building (and counting) development spree.

The company says it has infused $38 billion (roughly Rs. 2,74,683 crores) into the city’s economy between 2010 and 2016.

The downtown core today is a bustling employment centre that is complemented with extra bus routes subsidized by Amazon, which claims half of its employees walk, bike or take public transit to work.

The area is also buoyed by blue-badged Amazon workers having lunch in small local eateries and food trucks outside. The Downtown Seattle Association said more than 2,000 small businesses have opened in downtown Seattle since Amazon showed up.

That’s also meant a steady blockade of construction work in pockets of downtown, which also coincides with major traffic congestion caused by two long-overdue public transportation projects on Interstate 5 and Highway 99. Critics also lament Seattle’s metamorphosis from a modest blue-collar region fueled by timber, fishing and factory jobs, to the city’s status as a star tech hub that was cemented by Amazon and then drew Facebook and Google to set up key outposts here.

Seattle’s new concentration of highly-educated, well-paid techies infused in a post-Great Recession era has contributed to a vicious housing market. As a majority of them are young and single renters, Gardner said average city rents have increased by more than 70 percent since 2010, to nearly $2,000 (roughly Rs. 1,44,600) a month. Meanwhile, the average cost of a single-family house has increased by nearly 90 percent to an average price of $844,000 (roughly Rs. 6.1 crores).

The tension around Amazon’s growth hit a peak this year as the city struggled to address its homelessness crisis. Amazon successfully fought a proposed city tax that would have helped fund more services. Local officials quickly bowed down to the city’s top employer after Amazon threatened to pull development projects. The bitter battle further bruised CEO and founder Jeff Bezos’ “corporate citizen” reputation and also overshadowed the growing, though relatively small portfolio of philanthropy Amazon has done in the city for homelessness.

For the first two decades in existence, Amazon.com’s business blossomed quietly in Seattle, starting as a literary dot-com darling and expanding into the “Everything Store.” In fact, Amazon in 1994 was warmly embraced by a city proud of its innovative legacy tied to Boeing and Microsoft, but also committed to being an affordable, creative enclave out West.

It’s in the last five years that the acceleration of change has been so intense that the growing pains between Amazon and Seattle have been stark and visceral.

Knute Berger, a longtime Seattle columnist who has chronicled the city from a native perspective, recalls the days when Amazon hired local journalists and writers to produce high-quality content to help sell books on its platform. But Amazon’s widespread success was later seen as a threat on traditional bookstores and print publishing on the whole.

“At some point, they crossed the line from being a creative dot-com to ‘The Man,'” Berger said.

With all of this in the rearview and looking forward to its new headquarter cities, Margaret O’Mara, a tech industry historian and University of Washington professor, said there’s an opportunity for an Amazon fresh start. She urged the company to forge a new path as a community-conscious tech giant who will support local taxes as needed.

“Building a neighborhood that’s a really great place to be a tech employee but not built for anyone else, from a city’s perspective, it’s not the kind of sustainable development you want to have,” O’Mara said.



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Women T20 World Cup india vs pakistan match preview and history


पहले मैच में न्यूजीलैंड को 34 रन से हराने वाली भाारतीय महिला क्रिकेट टीम आज यहां होने वाले आईसीसी महिला टी-20 विश्वकप (Women T20 World Cup) के अपने दूसरे मैच में भी पाकिस्तान को हराना चाहेगी. भारत और पाकिस्तान (india vs pakistan) की महिला टीमें अब तक 10 बार एक-दूसरे से भिड़ चुकी हैं, जिसमें आठ बार भारत ने तो दो बार पाकिस्तान ने जीत दर्ज की है. वहीं, टी-20 विश्वकप में दोनों टीमें अब तक पांच बार एक-दूसरे के आमने-सामने हुई हैं जहां तीन बार भारत ने जीत अपने नाम की है. 

Women T20 World Cup: एक मिनट में देखें कैसे हरमनप्रीत कौर ने जड़ा शतक, बना डाला ये अनोखा रिकॉर्ड

भारत ने पिछले मैच में कप्तान हरमनप्रीत कौर के 51 गेंदों पर बनाए गए पहले टी-20 शतक की मदद से पांच विकेट पर 194 रन का विशाल स्कोर बनाया था. भारत का यह स्कोर टी-20 इतिहास में अब तक का सबसे बड़ा स्कोर था. भारतीय गेंदबाजों ने इस स्कोर का सफलतापूर्वक बचाव करते हुए न्यूलीलैंड को नौ विकेट पर 160 रन पर रोक दिया था. हालांकि, इस शानदार जीत के बावजूद भारत को अपने शीर्षक्रम की बल्लेबाजी में सुधार करना होगा। टीम की सलामी जोड़ी तानिया भाटिया (9) और स्मृति मंधाना (2) पहले मैच में विफल रही थी. 

सचिन तेंदुलकर की सिफारिश पर मिली थी हरमनप्रीत को नौकरी, ताने सहने के बाद ऐसे बनीं क्रिकेट की ‘शेरनी’

 

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यह देखना दिलचस्प होगा कि क्या कोच रमेश पोवार और कप्तान हरमनप्रीत, मंधाना के साथ मिताली राज को पारी की शुरुआत करने को भेजते हैं या नहीं. मध्यक्रम में जेमिमाह रोड्रिगेज से टीम को एक और फिर अच्छी बल्लेबाजी की उम्मीद होगी ,जिन्होंने पहले मैच में हरमनप्रीत के साथ रिकॉर्ड 134 रन की साझेदारी की थी. रोड्रिगेज ने पिछले मैच में 59 रन की अहम पारी खेली थी. 

 

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गेंदबाजी में डायलन हेमलता और पूनम यादव से टीम को बड़ी उम्मीदें होगी. दोनों गेंदबाजों ने पिछले मैच में तीन-तीन विकेट चटकाए थे. दूसरी तरफ, अपने पहले मुकाबले में आस्ट्रेलिया के हाथों 52 रन की हार झेलने के बाद पाकिस्तान की टीम इस मैच में वापसी करना चाहेगी. आस्ट्रेलिया ने पहले बल्लेबाजी करते हुए पांच विकेट पर 165 रन का स्कोर बनाया था और फिर पाकिस्तान को आठ विकेट पर 113 रन पर रोक दिया था. 

टीमें : 
भारत : स्मृति मंधाना, तानिया भाटिया (विकेटकीपर), जेमिमा रॉड्रिगेज, हरमनप्रीत कौर (कप्तान), डायलन हेमलता, मिताली राज, दीप्ति शर्मा, वेदा कृष्णामूर्ति, राधा यादव, पूनम यादव और अरुं धति रेड्डी। पाकिस्तान : एमन अनवर, आलिया रियाज, एनम अमीन, आयशा जफर, डियाना बैग, जवेरिया खान (कप्तान), मुनीबा अली, नाहिदा खान, नशरा संधू, नातियाला परवेज, निदा डार, ओमैमा सोहेल, सना मीर, सिद्रा अमीन, सिद्रा नवाज (विकेटकीपर), बिस्माह मारूफ।

(इनपुट-आईएएनएस)



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11 Dead In Worst Wildfire In California’s History


Fire leaps through the windows of a consumed home in Malibu, California, on Friday night.

College professor Jeff McClenahan hiked up a winding road Saturday toward a terrible unknown, expecting the worst.

The ferocious Woolsey Fire had come through Friday after leaping the freeway. McClenahan had grabbed his wife’s computer and some documents and evacuated. That night, someone had posted a photo on social media of a nearby house consumed by the flames. He had stayed awake all night, thinking: “I’ll never wear that cowboy hat again. I’ll never wear that sweater again.”

But fires can be capricious. Maybe he still had his home?

He arrived, and stared. A house that has succumbed to a wildfire is rarely just a little bit destroyed. The damage almost always looks as if the structure had been not merely been burned, but also bombed. A water pipe spurted halfheartedly over the ruins.

“On the one hand . . . it’s stuff,” McClenahan said, struggling to maintain his composure. “But it’s a lot of history. Everything, our whole lives were in here.”

“Oh, you get to start over,” he said. Then he crumbled to his knees and sobbed.

The wildfires scorching California in the past few days have been vast, bringing their destruction and lethality to numerous communities across large swaths of the state, including this one in Los Angeles County and another gigantic burn along the northern mountains.

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Jeff McClenahan hugs neighbor Sharon Woods after seeing his destroyed home for the first time in Agora Hills. (WP)

The Camp Fire, in the Sierra Nevada foothills north of Sacramento, is now the most-destructive individual wildfire in California’s history. As of Saturday, it already had destroyed nearly 7,000 structures in and around the mountain town of Paradise and has been blamed for nine deaths, though more could come. Sheriff’s deputies are looking into 35 reports of missing people.

“This event was the worst-case scenario,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. “It’s the event that we have feared for a long time.”

The smoke, like orange fog, that enveloped Chico and surrounding towns Friday gave way to a low-lying haze that spread all the way up to Redding on Saturday, thanks to a shift in winds overnight.

Surgical nurse Nichole Jolly, who turned 34 on Friday, spent her birthday helping evacuate all the patients from Chico’s only hospital. She didn’t know if her home survived. After clearing the hospital, she tried to leave the area but was trapped by smoke and flames. Her car caught fire. A call from her husband, in a place where cellphone service is notoriously spotty, came through and “he told me to get out and run.”

“I told him I wasn’t sure I was going to make it out,” she said. “I told him I loved him and told him to give the kids a kiss. He told me to get out of the car and run, that if you’re going to die, die fighting.”

A bulldozer picked her up and brought her back to Adventist Health Feather River hospital, where staff, trapped in place, started a triage area outside because “the whole place smelled like burned plastic.”

Staff, patients and anyone who could hold a fire extinguisher watched for spot fires. She said there were about 10 nurses, two doctors and a respiratory therapist who spent the next five or six hours treating anyone who found their way to the hospital.

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A motorcycle begins to catch fire outside an engulfed structure at a park for recreational vehicles in Malibu, California. (WP)

“People were making sure no one was left behind,” she said. “Strangers helping strangers. We might be a divided country, but it didn’t matter that day. Black, white, Democrat, Republican; none of that mattered. People just helped one another, and it was amazing to see.”

Here in Southern California, investigators said two bodies were found, deaths that might be linked to the wildfire. Winds eased Saturday, but they are expected to ramp up again Sunday. The weather that is conducive to fires – dry air, not a drop of rain, high winds – is forecast to continue until late Tuesday.

About 200,000 people, enough to fill the Rose Bowl twice, were forced to evacuate from the Woolsey Fire, which sparked into existence midafternoon Thursday near Simi Valley even as fire departments were responding to a second wildfire, called the Hill Fire, just west of Thousand Oaks. The Woolsey Fire proved to be truly explosive, expanding within 24 hours to some 35,000 acres. It raced from the Conejo Valley to the Pacific Ocean, straight across Highway 101 and the Santa Monica mountains, at speeds that impressed veteran fire officials.

“It’s spreading quicker than it used to,” said Mark Lorenzen, chief of the Ventura County Fire Department.

They weren’t surprised. They knew the wind was coming, and when there is wind here, there is fire, reliably. But David Richardson, deputy chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said everyone had expected a lull in the wind Friday afternoon, and it didn’t materialize. The gusts stayed dangerous.

“This fire is very bad and monumental. It’s a historic fire,” Richardson said. “These fires come along every 30 years or so.”

This was an unpredictable fire, one that burned some houses to the foundation, everything gone, nothing but charred ruins, while leaving the one next door untouched. That was the case in Oak Park, which abuts the rugged hills separating Conejo Valley from Simi Valley. People were still gradually returning to their neighborhoods Saturday, and what they found was a largely intact community pocked with destroyed houses.

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Albert Perez, 4, and his cousin Neveah Carbonati, 5, wear masks to help them breathe while walking with Yolanda Vela, Neveah’s mother, after having slept in a car during evacuations in Malibu, California. (WP)

“It’s just nature. Nature makes its choices,” said a man walking his dog, too busy on his cellphone to provide his name or any other information.

Californians have a relationship with fire. They read smoke signals. They will study the fire glow on a ridgeline and forecast their immediate future based on what they smell. They know what to pack. They know to turn their cars around in the driveway, aimed toward safety.

They are required by law to have “defensible space” around their homes, free of brush, a firebreak built into the building codes. They know how fire spreads: “We get this ember wash. It looks like a billion fireflies,” Lorenzen said.

The embers were largely gone Saturday, but the smoke remained – inescapable, pooling in lower elevations. Spot fires remained, and the ground smoldered. Among the things consumed by flames was Paramount Ranch, a fake Western town used for HBO’s “Westworld” and other shows dating back more than a half-century.

Sharon Woods, 48, who owns a winery, lives just a few yards from McClenahan in Malibou Lake, and she was horrified by the hellscape all around her. Her two-story wooden house somehow had been spared, with a trail of fire circumventing it as it heeded the property line. The only things she lost were a couple of garbage cans. She’d won the fire lottery.

“I’m still completely dazed,” she said. “I’ve been crying for 20 hours.”

She surveyed the remnants of the neighborhood with Jeremy Sugarman, 39, a landscape architect whose home also survived.

“I’m very familiar with fire. This one, however, was exceptionally scary,” Sugarman said. He recounted driving to Malibu to check on his mother’s house: “We were seeing smoke tornadoes.”

In Malibu, Pepperdine University’s 3,600 undergraduates were ordered to shelter in place as the fire approached. That decision by university officials proved controversial, especially with parents, after the flames reached hillsides near campus. Overnight, debate had raged about whether the students were in the safest possible spot – or trapped and in danger.

It seems counterintuitive, said Connie Horton, Pepperdine’s vice president for student affairs, but the Los Angeles County Fire Department supports the shelter-in-place plan as the safest course. “We have lived it a number of times over the years, practiced it, rehearsed it, trained on it,” she said.

The flames had been extinguished near campus by early Saturday morning.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump made his first comments on the wildfires, blaming California’s government for its management of the forests.

“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning. “Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

A spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown, D, responded by saying that more federal forest land has burned than state land, adding that the state has expanded its forestry budget while the Trump administration has cut its budget for forest services.

Back in Oak Park, Richard Gwynn, 75, and his wife, Lynda Gwynn, 70, surveyed the burned landscape. She became emotional, looking at a canyon where her children had once played, which was now blackened by fire.

“Winds are coming back tonight and they’re going to blow all day Monday,” Richard Gwynn said. “But there’s nothing left to burn.”

Nearby, a rabbit hopped over charred ground.

“There’s one alive?” he said.

“We can’t get rid of them no matter what,” Lynda Gwynn said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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