Lifeguards Rescued 5,000 Swimmers From Dangerous Rip Currents This Weekend: LAist

Across L.A. County, 2,036 swimmers were rescued—a big spike from last year’s Labor Day weekend, when 1,207 people needed help. The numbers could have been higher this weekend, but lifeguards warned or stopped 101,635 people from braving the rough waters. Strong rip currents were considered to be what led to the drowning of one swimmer last Thursday near Avenue 19 in Venice. Lifeguards were able to rescue two friends of the Venice swimmer who were out around 200 feet from shore when currents pulled them out further. They weren’t able to save one of them, a man whose body was pulled from the water an hour later.At Orange County beaches, lifeguards rescued 3,600 swimmers from beaches around the area, reports the OC Register. More than 1,700 of the rescues over the long weekend took place around Laguna Beach, while hundreds of others took place around Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. While many of them were considered “scary rescues,” there were no reported deaths related to the currents in the region. “A lot of people plan to go out and wade in the water, and the current affects them and they panic. A lot of people misjudge and overestimate their ability,” Huntington Beach Marine Safety Lt. Mike Beuerlein told the Register. “A lifeguard has been there every time.”

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Meets Tribal Leaders on Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State

In addition to the emergency declaration, FEMA has approved 11 Fire Management Assistance Grants to help with ongoing firefighting costs. They also sent an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) that was deployed to the state’s Emergency Operation Center – while another team from FEMA’s Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) detachment – along with a liaison officer, who traveled to the Colville Reservation to provide support and communication capability to the tribes’ Emergency Operations Center.Jewell also met with tribal leaders from the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. The North Star Fire has burned more than 209,000 acres, primarily on the reservation, and approximately 3,000 single structures are threatened.

Source: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Meets Tribal Leaders on Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State

McCormick Announces Plans to Expand Organic and Non-GMO Offerings

McCormick & Company, Incorporated, a global leader in flavor, today announced plans to take a leadership position in Organic and Non-GMO herbs and spices ahead of the peak holiday season.  McCormick’s commitment builds on its category-leading quality record.  The company announced the introduction of a Non-GMO labeled Vanilla Extract as well as plans to significantly increase the number of Organic and Non-GMO offerings in 2016.

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Turkish military crosses into northern Iraq, launches ground assault on PKK | {Deja vu new Turk Genocide – this time Kurds not Armenians}| DW.COM | 08.09.2015

Turkish special soldiers crossed the Iraqi frontier Tuesday as part of a “hot pursuit” of PKK rebels who were involved in a roadside bomb attack that killed 16 soldiers on Sunday, according to an unnamed Turkish government official.”This is a short-term measure intended to prevent the terrorists’ escape,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

Source: Turkish military crosses into northern Iraq, launches ground assault on PKK | News | DW.COM | 08.09.2015