Rested Golden Knights ready to face Jets in Western final

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Fleury had five days off in between series while Hellebuyck will have had just 48 hours to prepare for one of the fastest and most potent offenses in the league.“It is a quick turnaround,” Hellebuyck said Thursday night. “We’re going to get our rest, we’re going to enjoy tonight and get back to it. Rest is a weapon, but I think the way we battle in this room, I think we’re prepared for anything.”Here are other things to watch in this series:SCORINGThe Jets have some of the best scoring depth of any team in the NHL, led by 44-goal scorer Patrik Laine. And he’s on the second line. Winnipeg’s top line of Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler scored a combined 208 points in the regular season. The Jets’ second line wasn’t far behind, with Laine, Stastny and Nikolaj Ehlers scoring 183 points. Winnipeg is tied with Washington for the most goals (43) during the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Now they’re getting ready to pit their depth, speed and two of the postseason’s best goaltenders against each other when the Western Conference final gets underway in Winnipeg on Saturday night.“We know what they bring, we know that they’re good, that they maybe surprised a few teams, but not really,” said Paul Stastny, whose Jets advance to the final with a Game 7 victory over the Predators on Thursday night. “They had 109 points. In a sense they play like us, they have a lot of depth and they can roll four lines and they have good, puck-moving D. So we’re going to have our hands full for sure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownVegas beat the Jets in two of their three regular-season meetings, splitting the two games in Winnipeg and winning the lone meeting at T-Mobile Arena. Two of those games were with Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury out with an injury.Fleury has had a tremendous postseason, registering four shutouts, a .951 save percentage and 1.53 goals-against average — all career bests. Appearing in his first postseason, Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck has a 2.24 GAA and a .927 save percentage. Vegas also boasts two potent lines but is capable of rolling four dangerous lines to balance the scoring across 12 forwards. The Golden Knights had four players finish with at least 60 points this season, led by William Karlsson (43 goals, 35 assists). Linemates Jonathan Marchessault (75 points) and Reilly Smith (60 points) complete one of the best lines in the NHL.RAGING ROOKIESBoth teams have first-year phenoms who can’t be overlooked.Vegas’ Alex Tuch has four goals and three assists as the sole postseason rookie for the Golden Knights.Winnipeg forward Kyle Connor scored his first two career playoff goals and added an assist in Game 5 against Nashville to become the first rookie in franchise history to post a three-point game in the playoffs. Connor, who scored nine goals over his last 13 regular-season games, had two assists in the Jets’ 5-1 victory over the Predators in Game 7.REST OR RUSTThe Golden Knights may have the advantage of rested legs, but they also will catch a dangerous Jets team that could still be fueled by momentum from Thursday’s win. Vegas had a long layoff after the first round and beat the Sharks 7-0 in Game 1 of the next series. But San Jose also had extended time off.ROAD WARRIORSBoth teams have shown they can win on the road in the playoffs.The Golden Knights won Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles to complete a first-round sweep of the Kings, then took Games 3 and 6 in San Jose. Vegas has lost only once on the road in the postseason. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Hawks offer glimpse of renovated arena with virtual tour MOST READ FILE – In this April 26, 2018, file photo, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot by the San Jose Sharks during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Las Vegas. After going to the final in 2008 and winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, Marc-Andre Fleury tanked as a playoff goaltender with save percentages under .900 the next four postseasons. Last year with Pittsburgh, Fleury recaptured his form in helping the Penguins win the Cup again and has been one of the best in these playoffs with the Vegas Golden Knights, no surprise to former teammates who can tell when he’s in the zone. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)What a difference a year makes.A year ago at this time, the Winnipeg Jets weren’t even in the playoffs and the Vegas Golden Knights didn’t even have players.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winnipeg is 4-2 on the road in the playoffs after splitting a pair in Minnesota in its opening-round series against the Wild. They took three on Nashville’s home ice.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

James Harden’s 47-point eruption lift Rockets past Jazz

first_img“I know he’s the MVP and everything, but this level the last three or four games is where it’s really high,” D’Antoni said. “It’s as good as he’s ever played.”Harden scored 47 points to help the Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz 102-97 on Monday night for their fourth straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt was Houston’s first victory over the Jazz this season after dropping the first two meetings. The team’s current winning streak comes following a three-game skid.Monday’s performance came after Harden had 50 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a win over the Lakers on Thursday and another triple-double of 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Saturday’s win at Memphis. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Houston Rockets guard James Harden reacts after making a three-point basket late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has witnessed James Harden have the only 60-point triple-double in NBA history, lead Houston to the Western Conference finals and win his first MVP award.But what Harden has done for the previously underperforming Rockets in the last three games has topped anything the veteran coach has seen from his superstar player.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re in a hole,” he said. “I keep saying the same thing, but if you look at the standings it (stinks) to look and see you’re not where you’re supposed to be. We just continue to work and build our way up there.”Mitchell had 23 points for the Jazz, who have lost four of five.“We had a hard time scoring for a while, and that was about the same time we weren’t close enough to (Harden), and he rose up and hit a big 3 and made a series of plays,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.Harden, who hit 15 of 16 free throws, had six rebounds, five assists and five steals.“He’s been getting really hot the last week, playing really aggressive, and we let him get to the free throw line, which was one of the things that we were talking about trying to avoid,” Rubio said.The Rockets had a 10-point lead after three periods and Harden put them up by 11 on a 3-pointer with about nine minutes left in the fourth. Mitchell had a nifty spinning layup before the Rockets missed five shots over their next two possessions and Danuel House turned it over the next time down.Mitchell’s layup started a 9-0 run for the Jazz, capped by a 3 from Rubio that got them to 90-88 with about 5 1/2 minutes left.Harden scored Houston’s first points in more than 3 1/2 minutes after that, and things between him and Rudy Gobert got a little testy after that. Gobert fouled Harden as he dribbled down the court and Harden approached Gobert after the call. There was some minor pushing between the two before Harden walked away.The Rockets led by 13 at halftime but Utah opened the third quarter with a 12-2 run to get to 52-49 with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the period.Utah used a 7-0 spurt later in the quarter to take a 58-57 lead. But Harden took over after that, scoring all of Houston’s points in a 9-2 run that gave the Rockets a six-point lead with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the quarter. Harden converted three-point plays on consecutive possessions before hitting a 3 after a turnover by Jae Crowder. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Houston was up by four about a minute later when Harden sailed over the 7-foot-1 Gobert for a one-handed dunk before a 3-pointer by P.J. Tucker made it 73-64. Snyder was handed a technical after that for yelling at the officials, and Harden made the free throw.TIP-INSJazz: Gobert had 18 points and 13 rebounds. … The Jazz had 23 turnovers. … Crowder finished with 14 points.Rockets: Waived F/C Zhou Qi. … James Ennis missed his third straight game with a strained right hamstring and D’Antoni said Ennis could be out as long as two weeks. … Brandon Knight had three points and a rebound in his third game back after missing last season while recovering from knee surgery. … Paul had 11 points and nine assists.THEY SAID ITHarden on his one-handed dunk over Gobert : “I still got some juice in these legs. For you bigs out there that want to keep testing (me),” Harden said before cracking up. “Nah, I’m just playing. The lane was open all night. The bigs were going back, taking away the lob, taking away the lob, so I had to get to the rim and finish.”UP NEXTJazz: Host Golden State on Wednesday night.Rockets: Host Washington on Wednesday night. “He’s the best offensive player I’ve ever seen — like, seriously,” teammate Chris Paul said. “He can drive. He can shoot. He’s got ballhandling, so it’s going to be a tough night for you, whoever it is. I don’t care what you’re doing.”Houston led by double digits early in the fourth quarter, but poor shooting left the Rockets tied with about two minutes left. A 3-pointer by Harden put Houston back on top and he added two free throws with about a minute remaining to make it 99-94.Donovan Mitchell was fouled by Eric Gordon on a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to cut the lead to two with 35 seconds left.Then, under heavy pressure from Ricky Rubio, Harden stepped back and hit a 3 to make it 102-97 with 13.3 seconds left, securing the victory.Harden brushed off talk of his recent dominance, insisting that it’s something he has to do with the Rockets (15-14) in 10th place in the Western Conference.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stronger, faster’ Manny Pacquiao turns 40 with lavish birthday bash Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Rainfall warning issued for Fort Nelson; heavy rain still expected in the North Peace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has revised its forecast with the North Peace should now receive less rain, but Fort Nelson could see up to 100 mm.A rainfall warning has been issued for Fort Nelson.  A heavy band of rain could develop Wednesday afternoon in the Fort Nelson region.  Rainfall amounts could be anywhere from 40 to 70 mm are expected through Thursday. If the storm moves even slower than expected, rainfall totals could reach 100 mm.In the North Peace, the forecast now calls for 10 to 15 mm during the day on Wednesday and another 5 to 10 mm Wednesday evening.  – Advertisement -See the full warning for the Fort Nelson region below.4:43 AM PDT Wednesday 24 July 2019Rainfall warning in effect for:Advertisement Fort NelsonRain, at times heavy, is expected.A heavy band of rain is expected to develop this afternoon in the Fort Nelson region as an area of low pressure forms in Alberta. Heavy rain is forecast to continue tonight before easing throughout the day on Thursday.Rainfall amounts of 40 to 70 mm are expected through tonight. There are some uncertainties on the exact location of the heaviest rain in the region. Local amounts approaching 100 mm may be possible if the band becomes more slow-moving than expected.If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.Advertisement Rainfall warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Arsenal boost! Danny Welbeck steps closer to first-team return with Under-21s outing

first_img Danny Welbeck 1 Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck took a step closer to a first-team return by playing an hour of Arsenal’s Under-21 encounter with Brighton on Friday.The England international has been out for almost ten months with a knee injury, having undergone surgery in September for the problem he initially suffered in April.Welbeck, who moved to Arsenal from Manchester United in the summer of 2014, has therefore not turned out for the first-team this season but continued on his path of recovery by playing 60 minutes of an Under-21 League clash at Arsenal’s London Colney training base.The Gunners led 3-0 when Welbeck was replaced by Josh Dasilva but the England international did not manage to get himself on the scoresheet – although he did play for longer than Wenger had anticipated.Talking about the striker’s return ahead of the game, Wenger said he hopes to have Welbeck back in first-team contention in as little as three weeks.“I believe that he needs to play two or three games before thinking about coming back into the first team,” the Frenchman said at his weekly press conference.“He has not played for ten months so we need to be patient with him. He has good basic fitness but after it is competitive decision-making and he needs to get used to that again.“We can organise games internally without being official games and I think in the next three weeks he should be available.”last_img read more

Scan sheds new light on `Mona Lisa’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Now a French inventor claims his ultra-detailed digital scans of the painting have uncovered a plethora of new secrets about the history of its color and composition – including the fate of the enigmatic woman’s famously missing eyebrows and lashes. Da Vinci’s 16th-century portrait of a Florentine merchant’s wife did originally include both brows and lashes, according to Parisian engineer Pascal Cotte, who says his 240-megapixel scans of the painting reveal traces of Mona Lisa’s left brow obliterated by long-ago restoration efforts. “With just one photo you go deeper into the construction of the painting and understand that Leonardo was a genius,” Cotte said at the U.S. debut of an exhibit detailing his findings. As a boy growing up in Paris in the 1960s, Cotte spent hours staring at the “Mona Lisa” the first time he saw it at the Louvre. Later in life, he used his scientific training in light and optics to develop the camera that would let him examine the object of his obsession. Cotte, 49, estimates he has spent 3,000 hours analyzing the data from the scans he made of the painting in the Louvre’s laboratory three years ago. Using sensors to detect light from both the visible spectrum and the infrared and ultraviolet ranges invisible to the human eye, Cotte’s camera allowed him to, in effect, burrow through layers of paint to “see” into the painting’s past. Among his findings: Da Vinci changed his mind about the position of two fingers on the subject’s left hand. Her face was originally wider and the smile more expressive than Da Vinci ultimately painted them. She holds a blanket that has all but faded from view today. At least as important to Cotte as discovering details of the painting’s rough sketches is the painstaking work he undertook to reveal what he believes are the painting’s colors as they looked on Da Vinci’s easel. Age, varnish and restorations performed by later conservators’ hands have resulted in a painting that, in its permanent home behind bulletproof glass at the Louvre, appears saturated with heavy greens, yellows and browns. Working with his 22-gigabyte digital photo, made using 13 color filters rather than the typical three or four found in consumer-grade digital cameras, Cotte created a reproduction of the Mona Lisa with the light blues and brilliant whites he thinks represent the painting in its original form. “For the next generation, we guarantee that forever you will have the true color of this painting,” Cotte said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ART: A researcher uses technology to revisit many of the famous portrait’s mysteries. By Marcus Wohlsen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO – For centuries, Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” has beguiled art buffs unable to resist speculating on the origins and meaning of the world’s most famous artwork. last_img read more

OUTRAGE AT ‘TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION’ LEFT BY BIKERS IN GAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgGaoth Dobhair residents are outraged at what they have described as ‘the continuing destruction’ of their scenic coastal walks by trial bikers.The tracks left behind by the bikers at the weekend.They claim that on Saturday last a group of bikers visiting the area ripped up sand-dunes and drove through private property.They say they ignored local complaints, saying it that it was “only commonage.” Local fear this problem will only escalate as there is no deterent.They say complaints have ben made to the National Parks and Wildlife Service as the area is a special area of conservation. OUTRAGE AT ‘TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION’ LEFT BY BIKERS IN GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: February 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bikerscommonagedonegalGaoth Dobhairlast_img read more

SA launches second taxi assembly plant

first_img14 November 2012 Beijing Automobile Works SA, a joint venture involving China’s fourth-biggest vehicle manufacturer and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation, has opened a minibus taxi assembly factory east of Johannesburg in a R196-million investment that moves the country one step closer to full manufacture of taxis. “We see the assembly of taxis as a step towards full localisation and manufacture of taxis in South Africa,” Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said at the launch of the first phase of the new factory in Springs. “It is envisaged that this project will not only supply the South African market, but also create export opportunities to the rest of Africa – a consumer base of one billion people on a continent registering some of the fastest growth rates in the global economy.”Localising the minibus manufacturing industry South Africa’s minibus taxi market is currently dominated by the Toyota Ses’fikile, which has been assembled locally since July, when Toyota launched a R70-million minibus taxi assembly line at its factory in Durban. According to Patel, these moves to localise the minibus manufacturing industry would see about two-thirds, or nearly 16 000, of the local demand for 23 000 new minibus taxis a year being assembled in South Africa. “While there are about 200 000 taxis on the road in South Africa, it is estimated that there are a further 100 000 in the rest of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with an annual demand of about 12 000 taxis, or about 50% of the annual demand in South Africa,” he added. Beijing Automobile Works (BAW), a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Company‚ China’s fourth-biggest vehicle manufacturer‚ is a 51% shareholder in BAW South Africa, with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) holding 24.5% of shares and the balance belonging to China Africa Motors. BAW South Africa chief executive James Chung said the project was one of the first significant investments by a Chinese vehicle manufacturer in South Africa’s automotive industry. The Springs factory will assemble the new 16-seater minibus taxis designed and developed under the international BAW brand. Chung said the vehicles would include a free two-year, 200 000-kilometre service plan to ensure that they were both affordable and safe. The factory, with an annual capacity of 9 600 vehicles, will produce taxis on a semi knocked-down (SKD) basis over the next three years before progressing to completely knocked-down (CKD) manufacturing at greater capacity levels.Bus, truck and minibus programme IDC chief executive Geoffrey Qhena said the joint venture fell under the Department of Trade and Industry’s local bus, truck and minibus programme, and would provide many benefits to South Africa, including increased localization of the automotive industry and export opportunities. Qhena added that the investment underlined the growing cooperation between the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping of countries. Minister Patel said the Springs plant would create 470 jobs in its first phase, and more over the next few years as the company increased its level of localisation. “This investment supports the New Growth Path goals of increased industrialisation and shifting South Africa away from reliance on imports of manufactured goods,” Patel said. He added that the skills development component of the project would include extensive training of employees by BAW over the first two years, as well as employees receiving training at BAW’s plants in Beijing. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

“Extreme Makeover” Gets ORNL Help

first_imgABC TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” has attracted a fair number of celebrity supporters and cameos, in addition to the skill, enthusiasm, and energy of the local builders, designers, craftspeople, and suppliers who do the actual building, designing, and supplying. And with the airing of this Sunday’s episode of the show, we can add Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Jeff Christian, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to the list of big shots who have put time into “Makeover” builds.Christian had traveled to Washington, D.C., to provide technical assistance to the team of designers and builders working on the two projects – makeovers of a home and a community center – profiled in Sunday’s two-hour episode. Both projects feature energy efficient construction.“I offered suggestions to the segment director and to the builders in an effort to achieve as near zero energy design as we could,” Christian, a researcher in ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division, said in a Department of Energy press release.Off camera, Christian also briefed Chu, Solis, and Duncan about the technologies used in the construction of the buildings, and the three were later filmed touring the sites, which, based on the preview clips streaming on the “Makeover” website, appear to be located in Hyattsville, Maryland. Screenwriter/director Tyler Perry also is featured prominently on camera in this episode.No word yet on whether tour by the three secretaries made it into the final edit.last_img read more

As Wildfires Get Bigger and Deadlier, Insurance Is Harder to Find

first_imgWildfires in California are putting new demands on insurance companies and making it tougher for homeowners to buy policies in high-risk areas.The New York Times reports that 3 million of the state’s 8 million houses are located in the wildland-urban interface, areas where towns and cities give way to more fire-prone grasslands and forests. About a third of all U.S. houses have been built on such topography.When wildfires strike, these houses are the first to go. Even when builders and homeowners are diligent about detailing the structures against fire and keeping areas around the houses free of flammable materials, the huge scale of recent wildfires is overwhelming.In Paradise, California, the Camp Fire has wiped out nearly 14,000 houses. At last count, 88 people were killed and hundreds remain unaccounted for. This comes on top of four major fires in California last year, which cost the insurance industry $12.6 billion.The losses are prompting some insurers not to renew the policies of homeowners in high risk areas. And when homeowners affected by this year’s fires rebuild their homes, they may be unable to find a company that will write them a policy, or is willing to do so for an affordable rate.In speaking with The Times, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said, “We’re slowly marching toward a world that’s uninsurable.”Jones told the Associated Press that he expected more insurance companies would not renew policies or stop writing them for houses in high-risk areas. He also said higher rates are likely, and that parts of the state would be reclassified to high-risk.More dropped policies, higher ratesAlthough the state doesn’t keep a full tally of people who have been dropped by their insurers, the number of homeowners who say that’s happened to them more than tripled between 2010 and 2016, the AP said.According to the Department of Insurance, the number of non-renewals in the riskiest fire zones increased 15% from 2015 to 2016. In those 24 high-risk counties, insurers dropped more than 10,000 policies in 2016.Earlier this year, The Los Angeles Times cited the example of a couple in Lake Country in the northern part of the state who were dropped by their insurance company two years ago. They were able to buy a policy through Lloyd’s of London for $2,100, but by early this year the premium had grown to $5,800.They opted for a plan that’s not regulated by the state. It came with a higher deductible and $200,000 less in personal property coverage.For homeowners who can’t get coverage in any other way, the state’s FAIR Plan is available. It describes itself as “insurance of last resort” that should be used only after efforts to obtain insurance elsewhere have been exhausted. The association of insurance companies that offers the plan doesn’t get any public funding and is not a state agency.FAIR Plan rates can be steep. The LA Times points to the experience of Jim Steel, a Lake County supervisor whose $1,800 Farmers policy was canceled. He eventually found insurance with the FAIR Plan, but at double the rate. He also had to buy supplemental insurance for the contents of his house, his outbuildings, and machinery.Early this year, the state’s Department of Insurance made a number of proposals, including one that would prevent insurers from dropping homeowners who had taken steps to reduce wildfire risks around their homes. Another would have given it the authority to regulate computer models that decide how risky a particular piece of property is. Current models don’t take into account what individual homeowners and communities do to reduce the threat of wildfires.Insurance companies have fought the changes, The Times said. They  argue that they can’t consider changes of those kinds like until premiums reflect the actual cost of insuring high-risk buildings, and that hasn’t happened yet.last_img read more