SMOC: The Distribution Of Money Within The RdK N.V.

SMOC: The Distribution Of Money Within The RdK N.V.

pollution refineryWILLEMSTAD – RdK N.V. (Refineria di Korsou N.V.) collects the meager rent of the Isla. A meager rent because for the maintenance of the refinery and the more environmentally friendly operation – an objective of RdK N.V.- which requires a lot of money.

How much exactly is difficult to judge, but friend and foe agree that it is about hundreds of millions of dollars. This cannot be realized from the lease of the refinery. Take the 2009 budget as an example. The annual rent then involved about 18 million dollars.

That is far from sufficient to invest in the refinery in such a way that the inconvenience for local residents is brought to a humane and acceptable level. That also appears as such, because the MIL High School had to close again recently because of odor nuisance.

It does not have to pay the income tax either. That which economically still remains in addition to declining employment is that 18 million dollars.

Where is that money? Well, in 2009 RdK N.V. had 11 employees. The average annual salary of a RdK N.V. employee turns out to be 136,000 Naf. Note: this is an average. Rdk N.V. also employed administrative staff that logically earned considerably less than 136,000 Naf.

SMOC deduces that some employees of RdK N.V. will collect exorbitant salaries while the environmental goals of RdK N.V. are not realized, as well as the striving for social acceptance of the Isla -SMOC is growing more and more! Believe it or not: social acceptance is also an objective of RdK N.V.

Curacao refinery puts three employees on leave amid bidding probe – Managing director Roderick Van Kwartel was put on leave, the statement said. – The board appointed Marcelino de Lannoy, founder of Curacao-based consulting firm Quality Council NV, as acting managing director of the refinery.

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Nov 14 (Reuters) – The Curacao government-owned Isla refinery has placed its managing director and two other employees on leave while the supervisory board investigates a bidding process to choose a new operator for the 335,000-barrel-per-day Caribbean facility, the company said on Wednesday.

A statement by the refinery’s supervisory board said it opened an investigation after receiving allegations about the process. The board did not identify who made the allegations or the specific nature of them.

Managing director Roderick Van Kwartel was put on leave, the statement said. Van Kwartel could not immediately be reached for comment. The company did not identify the other two employees.

The board appointed Marcelino de Lannoy, founder of Curacao-based consulting firm Quality Council NV, as acting managing director of the refinery.

In July, the Isla refinery said it was considering 15 offers to run the facility, now at minimum processing capacity since the contracted operator, Venezuela’s state-run PDVSA, became locked in a legal dispute with U.S.-based oil producer ConocoPhillips. (Reporting by Sailu Urribarri, Marianna Parraga and Gary McWilliams; editing by Grant McCool)

9 augustus 2015: Curaçao op weg naar een ‘Judeska-economie’ Leo Rigaud, directeur van de SFT-bank is vo0ral geïnteresseerd in korte termijn projecten die de economie een enorme boost kunnen geven, zoals de bouw van het nieuwe ziekenhuis, het Marriott Courtyard, de uitbreiding van de luchthaven en de tweede megapier. “Die leveren een significant aandeel in het bruto nationaal product op en zijn dus belangrijk om de economie aan te jagen.”

Curaçao op weg naar een ‘Judeska-economie’

Econoom Rob van den Bergh, gastspreker op het Economendebat 2015

Econoom Rob van den Bergh, gastspreker op het Economendebat 2015

WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao is op weg naar een ‘Judeska economie’. Dat zegt Runy Caldera, voorzitter van de Association of Dutch Caribbean Economists. “We weten niet wat we doen, waarom we er zijn en wie we moeten helpen. De klant zal zijn hamburger nooit krijgen, aldus Caldera.

De dienstverlening op het eiland doet volgens Caldera denken aan de Judeska figuur van de komiek Jandino: het is niet afgestemd op de klant. Interne processen, in het bedrijfsleven, maar ook bij de overheid, zijn niet ingericht op de klant. Dat is een van de redenen dat Curaçao te weinig exporteert.

Dick Drayer was bij de Economenclub

Afgelopen zaterdag hield de Economenclub, zoals de Associatie zich gewoonlijk noemt, een publieke bijeenkomst om te praten over de toestand van de economie van Curaçao. Die stagneert voor het derde jaar op rij en zag over de laatste tien jaar een gemiddelde jaarlijkse groei van een slechts een half procent. “Niet genoeg om de dromen die ons land heeft te realiseren”, zegt Candice Henriquez, hoofd research bij de Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten.

Zij denkt dat er op korte termijn veel winst valt te halen in het verminderen van de bureaucratie en de administratieve lasten bij de overheid. En een investering in het onderwijs voor de lange termijn. Haar collega-sprekers, econoom Rob van den Bergh en bankdirecteur Leo Rigaud onderschreven dat, maar vinden dat er meer nadruk gelegd moet worden op ondernemerschap.

Leo Rigaud, directeur van de SFT-bank is vo0ral geïnteresseerd in korte termijn projecten die de economie een enorme boost kunnen geven, zoals de bouw van het nieuwe ziekenhuis, het Marriott Courtyard, de uitbreiding van de luchthaven en de tweede megapier. “Die leveren een significant aandeel in het bruto nationaal product op en zijn dus belangrijk om de economie aan te jagen.”

Door Dick Drayer

Leo Rigaud, SFT Bank Director gave a speech during the annual Curacao Business Association (VBC) year end luncheon. 40th Year End Luncheon Of The VBC -Dec 12, 2012

40th Year End Luncheon Of The VBC -Dec 12, 2012

Leo Rigaud, SFT Bank Director gave a speech during the anual Curacao Business Association (VBC) year end luncheon. During this event he gave VBC’s wish list to the leader of the largest party in the Government, Mr. Helmin Wiels.

WILLEMSTAD – As always we will start by thanking our members for their increased support in 2012 which has allowed us to become more active in representing the interests of the business community in particular and in promoting the health of the Curacao economy in general.

The decision to invite Mr. Wiels was a controversial one within the board of the VBC and also within the community. The reason why we invited Mr. Wiels obviously has a lot to do with the fact that his party, Pueblo Soberano, gathered the most votes in the last election and will be the senior partner in the upcoming Government. The main reason was, however, that we felt that after years and years of hearing Mr. Wiels saying rather unpleasant things about the business community in general and many of us in particular we started to hear Mr Wiels talk about working together with the business community and improving the economy and that is exactly what the business community wants to hear. We want to work together with the Government for the sake of Curaçao.

Some of you may remember that 2 years ago we presented then prime minister Schotte with a Xmas wish list. Last year we reviewed what happened with our wish list and concluded that we must have been very naughty because we hardly got anything we asked for and we lamented the fact that we suffered from very deficient government. We could do the same thing this year but the results would be not too different from last year and on Government we would have to say that in 2012 we have suffered through the worst period in our political history since 1969.

Rather than gloomily look back at the past we have decided to confidently look towards the future and present Mr. Wiels with a reformulated Xmas wish list.

  1. We really need an Economic Masterplan. Let’s not reinvent the wheel. The former Government has paid a lot of money to the TAC consultants to come up with a study. We understand that the study is almost ready. Let’s organize an economic seminar in which the outcomes of this study are presented and discussed with all local economic experts from the Central Bank, Government Departments, the private sector, the platform of economists, etc. The outcome of this seminar should serve as the basis for an economic masterplan for the coming 4 years as well as indicate what we can start doing immediately to improve our economy.
  2. We wish for an internationally competitive tax system with less direct taxation (IB/WB), more indirect taxes (OB, ABB, BTW) and the elimination of cumulation.
  3. We need to address the serious problems within our educational system.
  4. We wish for a reduction of red tape as this is essential for economic growth.
  5. Normally we ask for lower costs of doing business when we mention water and electricity. The situation we find ourselves in at the end of 2012 is so bad that we scale back our wish and just ask that we HAVE water and electricity in 2013.  Aqualectra needs to be rescued from the near dead experience it finds itself in and the water & electricity plant at the refinery (CUC/BOO/CRU) needs to finally start producing if we want to continue to enjoy the employment and foreign exchange that the Isla refinery generates for our economy. Just look at Aruba where the refinery closed down after almost a century. We also believe that alternative energy must continue to be part of the picture as it’s not only good for our environment but also provides cost savings and last but not least improves our balance of payments.
  6. We wish for an improvement of our infrastructure.
  7. We need to rescue our old age pension (AOV) and Health care insurance (BZV/ZV soon to be called Basis Verzekering) without wrecking the economy. That means that the pension age MUST be increased to 65 and that the level of health care provided by the BV can NOT be higher than the present ZV level. Last but not least dumping almost all the premium increases in the lap of the business sector (werkgevers premies) will only push more companies over the edge and result in more unemployment, poverty and crime. We express the hope that the national dialogue process will continue with the new Government.
  8. We need to improve productivity and that is only possible if we get more flexible labor laws.
  9. We need to urgently address the 500 pound gorilla in the room which is the ANG 1.7 billion current account deficit in the Balance of Payments. We need to identify, develop and realize more foreign exchange generating businesses in tourism, in international financial services, in international trade & transport services as well as create new businesses in new sectors. The job of the government is to create the conditions for this to happen and act as facilitator.
  10. Most of all Ladies and Gentlemen, more important than everything we mentioned before, we wish for good government, respect for the rule of law and a functioning democracy.

Thank you for your attention and bon apetit.

Top Dutch Official Received More Than 40,000 Euros For Eighteen Days’ Work In Curaçao

Top Dutch Official Received More Than 40,000 Euros For Eighteen Days’ Work In Curaçao

BronsWILLEMSTAD, THE HAGUE – The representative of the Netherlands in Curaçao received a net foreign reimbursement of tens of thousands of euros last year, while he only spent eighteen days on the island. Although this is contrary to the guidelines, the highest official at the ministry gave permission for the arrangement. This is evident from answers from the ministry to questions from the Dutch media NOS. It concerns Henk Brons, who was representative of the Netherlands on Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten between 1 January 2015 and 1 July 2018.

He is currently Director-General Kingdom Relations at the Ministry of the Interior.

Civil servants who settle abroad on behalf of the Netherlands are entitled to an expense allowance because they often incur additional costs. For example, life on the spot can be more expensive and civil servants sometimes have double housing costs.

Bronze received the remuneration starting in 2015, when he moved to Curaçao to represent the Netherlands there. The situation changed when he got a second job in September last year. He also became acting director Kingdom Relations at the ministry in The Hague and moved back to the Netherlands. The Secretary-General at the Ministry agreed that he retained his foreign compensation.

For more than nine months he continued to combine the functions in The Hague and on Curaçao. In that period he was only eighteen days as a representative on the island and he received a net allowance of around 4500 euros per month. In total he received 41,745 euros in this period. It has been converted into an expense allowance of 2319 per day when he was in Curaçao. He also spent 26 days on Sint Maarten and Aruba, but he was allowed to declare these visits as business travel.

In order to claim the reimbursement, you must live abroad and you may not stay anywhere else for longer than 60 consecutive days. “In reasonableness” the Minister can determine that exceptions to the rule are made if the regulation fails in a particular situation.

The 41,000 euros comes on top of his salary (in 2017 that was 181,000 euros) and is untaxed. That means that Bronze does not have to pay taxes. Of this amount, he also did not have to pay rent, gas, water and electricity for his official residence in Curaçao: the total compensation is even higher, but his housing costs have already been deducted by the ministry.

The amount was not only for Brons himself, but also for his wife who initially moved to the island. When she returned to the Netherlands with him, that part of the amount was not adjusted by the ministry. It was also agreed that, on top of the standard arrangement, the couple would receive four business class return flights.

For 7,000 euros his wife flew twice to Curaçao. According to the ministry to prepare the final move and to attend the farewell of her husband.

Opposition Party MFK Wants Parliament To Be Involved In Corruption Investigation

Opposition Party MFK Wants Parliament To Be Involved In Corruption Investigation

Gerrit-Schotte-10WILLEMSTAD – The leader of the opposition party MFK, Gerrit Schotte wants an emergency meeting in Parliament to discuss the situation at the public company Refineria di Korsou, Curaçao Refinery (RdK).

Yesterday, the Supervisory Board of the RdK announced in an official press release that there, director Roderick van Kwartel and two other members of the management team were sent on a mandatory leave of absence to await the results of an investigation into corruption.

According to Schotte, it is important for the real representatives of the people to be involved in this investigation. The MPs are the ones elected by the people to investigate and to know exactly what is taking place in that public company.

CALIFORNIA’S DEVASTATION FROM THE AIR: DRONE FOOTAGE AND AERIAL PHOTOS SHOW FULL HORROR OF THE STATE’S WILDFIRES – INCLUDING TOWN OF PARADISE THAT WAS COMPLETELY WIPED OUT BY THE BLAZE

California’s devastation from the air: Drone footage and aerial photos show full horror of the state’s wildfires – including town of Paradise that was completely wiped out by the blaze

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CALIFORNIA’S DEVASTATION FROM THE AIR: DRONE FOOTAGE AND AERIAL PHOTOS SHOW FULL HORROR OF THE STATE’S WILDFIRES – INCLUDING TOWN OF PARADISE THAT WAS COMPLETELY WIPED OUT BY THE BLAZE

  • New drone footage shows how home after home was leveled in Paradise, where many of the 48 were killed
  • Camp Fire is now the deadliest in state’s history, burning through more than 160,000 acres in just six days
  • As of Wednesday the blaze only remains 35 percent contained and more than 200 people are still missing 
  • The statewide wildfire death toll rose to 51 on Wednesday after a third victim of the Woolsey Fire was found  

14 November 2018

Home after home completely leveled, cars all burned to a crisp, everything in site either gray rubble or black ash.

This is the horrific portrait of devastation captured by new drone footage in Paradise, the Northern Californiatown that was completely wiped out by the Camp Fire.

The Camp Fire is now the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history, killing at least 48 people and destroying more than 6,500 homes and 260 buildings as it burned through more than 160,000 acres.

After six days, the blaze only remains 35 percent contained and more than 200 people are still missing

The new drone footage, obtained by ABC10, shows all that is left in Paradise, which was consumed so quickly by the Camp Fire that many victims didn’t even have time to start their cars. Some bodies were found laying next to vehicles.

New drone footage has revealed the extent of devastation in the town of Paradise, which was completely wiped out by a California wildfire 

New drone footage has revealed the extent of devastation in the town of Paradise, which was completely wiped out by a California wildfire

The devastating footage shows home after home completely leveled, cars all burned to a crisp, everything in site either gray rubble or black ash

The devastating footage shows home after home completely leveled, cars all burned to a crisp, everything in site either gray rubble or black ash

Plot after plot of land, where houses in the popular retirement community of 27,000 once proudly stood, are now completely empty.

What was once bedrooms, kitchens, and backyards are now entirely indistinguishable, all reduced to similar looking pieces of rubble.

In one plot, all that eerily stands is a slew of porch steps leading up to a home that no longer exists.

On the opposite end of California, there were similar scenes of devastation as a Los Angeles sheriff shared aerial images of the Woolsey Fire’s destruction.

The heartbreaking photos, shared by Sheriff Jim McDonnell, show rows and rows of home reduced to rubble, the trees and vegetation surrounding them singed to nothingness.

‘While touring #WoolseyFire burn areas & seeing the devastation from above it brings a greater understanding that each house is a home,’ McDonnell tweeted alongside the photos on Tuesday. ‘Each home has a life & memories attached to it.’

Paradise was consumed so quickly by the Camp Fire that many victims didn't even have time to start their cars and escape 

Paradise was consumed so quickly by the Camp Fire that many victims didn’t even have time to start their cars and escape

The death toll for the Camp Fire rose to 48 on Tuesday night and more than 200 people remain missing, authorities said 

The death toll for the Camp Fire rose to 48 on Tuesday night and more than 200 people remain missing, authorities said

Plot after plot of land, where houses in the popular retirement community of 27,000 once proudly stood, are now empty

Plot after plot of land, where houses in the popular retirement community of 27,000 once proudly stood, are now empty

The Camp Fire has destroyed more than 8,817 structures, including 7,600 homes, in less than a week since it first ignited 

The Camp Fire has destroyed more than 8,817 structures, including 7,600 homes, in less than a week since it first ignited

Aerial images have also been released that show the destruction of several celebrities’ homes, including the Malibu mansions of Robin Thicke and Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus.

The Woolsey Fire has killed three people – for a statewide total of 51 victims – and tore through more than 97,620 acres.

Authorities revealed on Wednesday that human remains were found in a burned home in Agoura Hills in Los Angeles County.

Two other bodies were found last week in a car that had been overtaken by flames. They have not yet been identified.

It has burned an area the size of Denver and destroying more than 400 structures and 80 percent of National Parks Service land in the Santa Monica Mountains.

As of Wednesday morning it was 47 percent contained and 57,000 structures still remain under threat.

In Paradise, authorities are currently working hard to identify more victims of the horrific blaze.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the devastation is so complete in some neighborhoods that ‘it’s very difficult to determine whether or not there may be human remains there’.

‘In some cases, the only remains we are able to recover are bones or bone fragments,’ Honea said, adding that these were so small that coroner’s investigators were using a wire basket to sift and sort them.

Honea said his office had received more than 1,500 requests for ‘welfare checks’ from people concerned about the fate of their loved ones.

Chaplains accompanied some coroner search teams that visited dozens of addresses belonging to people reported missing.

Authorities have set up a rapid DNA analysis system and brought in cadaver dogs and mobile morgue units from the military in an intensified effort to find and identify victims. They have also requested 150 additional search-and-rescue personnel.

On the opposite end of California, there were similar scenes of devastation as a Los Angeles sheriff shared aerial images of the Woolsey Fire's destruction (pictured) 

On the opposite end of California, there were similar scenes of devastation as a Los Angeles sheriff shared aerial images of the Woolsey Fire’s destruction (pictured)

The heartbreaking photos, shared by Sheriff Jim McDonnell, show rows and rows of home reduced to rubble, the trees and vegetation surrounding them singed to nothingness

The heartbreaking photos, shared by Sheriff Jim McDonnell, show rows and rows of home reduced to rubble, the trees and vegetation surrounding them singed to nothingness

The Woolsey Fire has killed two people and tore through more than 97,620 acres, burning an area the size of Denver and destroying more than 400 structures and 80 percent of National Parks Service land

The Woolsey Fire has killed two people and tore through more than 97,620 acres, burning an area the size of Denver and destroying more than 400 structures and 80 percent of National Parks Service land

The Camp Fire, Woolsey Fire, and Hill Fire are all still blazing across California as of Wednesday morning, as the map shows

An additional 100 National Guard troops have also been asked to join teams already looking for human remains.

‘We want to be able to cover as much ground as quickly as we possibly can. This is a very difficult task,’ Honea said on Tuesday night.

Ernest Foss, 63, Jesus ‘Zeus’ Fernandez, 48, Carl Wiley, 77, Ellen Walker, Lolene Rios, 58, and Debbe Morningstar, 65, are the first six Camp Fire victims to be publicly identified.

Foss was a rock and roll musician who raised three children as a single father in San Francisco, where he built a recording studio in their small Bay Area home and taught music lessons.

He moved to Paradise eight years ago to escape the rising costs of San Francisco.

Angela Loo, Foss’ daughter, said he was bedridden and had been living with advanced lymphedema for 10 years, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

His body was found next to his beloved service dog Bernice outside his home, which he shared with a stepson and caretaker, near his minivan.

Aerial images have also been released that show the destruction of several celebrities' homes, including Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus' Malibu mansion (pictured) 

Aerial images have also been released that show the destruction of several celebrities’ homes, including Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus’ Malibu mansion (pictured)

Aerial images also showed that the fire had completely wiped out the home Robin Thicke shared with April Love Geary 

Aerial images also showed that the fire had completely wiped out the home Robin Thicke shared with April Love Geary

A number of celebrities have lost their houses in the Woolsey fire, including Neil Young, Kim Basinger, Robin Thicke, Camille Grammer and Gerard Butler 

A number of celebrities have lost their houses in the Woolsey fire, including Neil Young, Kim Basinger, Robin Thicke, Camille Grammer and Gerard Butler

Loo believes his stepbrother may have been able to get him into a wheelchair and near the car. Foss’ caretaker, Andrew Burt, remains missing.

Rios and her husband Rick, 69, had both relocated in Paradise after losing their home to another fire in Concow in the 1990s.

The retired couple, like many in the town, only found out about the blaze when it was too late.

Rick saw their neighbor’s house up in flames and went on the roof, hoping he could still save their house by taking out any spot fires.

Rios went to the basement as she began gathering the family’s dogs. In moments, their house was ablaze.

Rick was rescued by firefighters who pulled him off the roof. He is now recovering in the hospital with severe burns on his hands and face, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

‘My dad is in a lot of pain,’ Maria Rios said. ‘He keeps saying, “I have no skin, no skin”. As soon as he heard my voice, he broke down. He kept saying, “Everything is gone. Everything is gone.”’

Carl Wiley will be buried next to his wife in a cemetery in Magalia, which was also devastated by the Camp Fire.

Ernest Foss, 63, has been identified as one of the victims of California's Camp Fire

Jesus 'Zeus' Fernandez, 48, also perished in the flames

Ernest Foss, 63, of Paradise (left), and Jesus ‘Zeus’ Fernandez, 48, of Concow (right), both died in the Camp Fire in California

Family members of Lolene Rios, 58, (right) have also identified her as another victim in Paradise. Her husband Rick Rios, 69, (left) barely made it out of their home alive 

Family members of Lolene Rios, 58, (right) have also identified her as another victim in Paradise. Her husband Rick Rios, 69, (left) barely made it out of their home alive

Debbe Morningstar, 65, (pictured) was retired and lived in Paradise for more than 30 years

While she had evacuated her home during previous fires, Morningstar decided not to leave her home on Thursday

Debbe Morningstar, 65, (pictured) was retired and lived in Paradise for more than 30 years. While she had evacuated her home during previous fires, she decided not to leave her home on Thursday

James Wiley said his father, a former tire recapper for Michelin, will share a headstone with his wife Mary Lee, who died of cancer nearly three decades ago.

Fernandez, who also lived in Paradise, was remembered as the ‘epitome of determination, respect, loyalty, and perseverance’.

‘A tireless provider, a dependable and loyal friend, a considerate neighbor, and loving father, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him,’ said family friend Myrna Pascua.

Morningstar was retired and lived in Paradise for more than 30 years. While she had evacuated her home during previous fires, she decided not to leave on Thursday.

Several victims of the Camp Fire filed lawsuits against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in San Francisco County Superior Court on Tuesday.

The suit accuses PG&E of being responsible for the destructive blaze, claiming it failed to properly maintain its equipment and infrastructure.

PG&E informed the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that a high-voltage power line experienced a problem near the origin of the Camp Fire just minutes before the blaze broke out.

A rescuer works among debris after the wildfire in Paradise on Tuesday. Several victims of the Camp Fire have since filed lawsuits against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in San Francisco County Superior Court

A rescuer works among debris after the wildfire in Paradise on Tuesday. Several victims of the Camp Fire have since filed lawsuits against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in San Francisco County Superior Court

The suit accuses PG&E of being responsible for the destructive blaze, claiming it failed to properly maintain its equipment and infrastructure. Pictured is Paradise on Tuesday 

The suit accuses PG&E of being responsible for the destructive blaze, claiming it failed to properly maintain its equipment and infrastructure. Pictured is Paradise on Tuesday

A volunteer search and rescue crew from Calaveras County comb through a home destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise on Tuesday afternoon 

A volunteer search and rescue crew from Calaveras County comb through a home destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise on Tuesday afternoon

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea revealed that the remains of 13 additional people were located on Monday. Honea said 10 human remains were located in Paradise. Seven of those were found in homes and three outside

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea revealed that the remains of 13 additional people were located on Monday. Honea said 10 human remains were located in Paradise. Seven of those were found in homes and three outside

The Camp fire originated on Camp Creek Road near Highway 70 around 6.30am on Thursday.

Betsy Ann Cowley lives on 64 acres in Pulga, right next to the junction with Camp Creek Road. Cowley revealed that PG&E emailed her the day before the fire began and said it needed to investigate power lines on her land.

The email said the company was sending employees to work on the high-power lines because ‘they were having problems with sparks’.

And, two days before the fire started, PG&E told customers in nine counties, including Butte County, that it might shut off their power November 8 because of extreme fire danger.

But the utility company called off the shutdown, telling customers nine hours after the Camp Fire began that the weather conditions ‘did not warrant this safety measure’.

Mike Danko, a lawyer representing the Camp Fire victims, claims that the company did not go through with the planned shutdown on November 8 because company bonuses are tied to customer complaints.

‘This is the worst of them all, because PG&E knew what to do to prevent the fire, knew what the risks of a fire are, and instead lined their pockets at the expense of customer safety,’ he said.

Honea said his team is working to identify the remains and notify the next of kin as soon as possible.Forensic investigators search a community swimming pool for victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise on Tuesday 

Honea said his team is working to identify the remains and notify the next of kin as soon as possible.Forensic investigators search a community swimming pool for victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise on Tuesday

Danko said he expects more lawsuits against PG&E will be filed soon.

‘They’ve destroyed people’s lives, killed people and burned down many houses – in fact, an entire town,’ he told the San Francisco Chronicle. ‘At some point, there has to be accountability.’

The cause of the fire remains under investigation but CalFire spokesman Scott McLean said ‘electric equipment’ was being included in the probe.

Tensions ran high as the Paradise Town Council held a meeting on Tuesday night where resident Michael Orr called on Mayor Jody Jones, who was just reelected last week, to resign following the response to the blaze.

Orr blamed Jones for the town’s chaotic evacuation and rising death toll. Jones said she has no plans to resign.

‘Well people died, yes. It did not go perfectly,’ she told CBS San Francisco. ‘I don’t know that we could have had a plan that was better. We couldn’t get everyone out because you can’t fit 26,000 people out of the road at the same time.’

Jones said the town had put together an evacuation plan after a fire through it in 2008.

The plan called for Paradise to evacuate neighborhood by neighborhood, and they even practiced it last year, but it fell to pieces within moments on Thursday.

Authorities believe the new flare-up (pictured) was caused by what are known as 'red flag conditions', in which low humidity and high winds combine to make the perfect conditions for a wildland fire combustion 

Authorities believe the new flare-up (pictured) was caused by what are known as ‘red flag conditions’, in which low humidity and high winds combine to make the perfect conditions for a wildland fire combustion

The blaze (seen on Tuesday) has prompted new evacuations at the same time thousands of residents are finally being allowed back into their neighborhoods after the Woolsey Fire first ignited on Tuesday 

The blaze (seen on Tuesday) has prompted new evacuations at the same time thousands of residents are finally being allowed back into their neighborhoods after the Woolsey Fire first ignited on Tuesday

The Woolsey fire continued to burn largely out of control in southern California on Tuesday night after hurricane-strength winds fanned flames in the Santa Monica Mountains, causing a flare-up which burned 50 acres in 30 minutes (pictured left)

The Woolsey fire continued to burn largely out of control in southern California on Tuesday night after hurricane-strength winds fanned flames in the Santa Monica Mountains, causing a flare-up which burned 50 acres in 30 minutes (pictured left)

‘I don’t know that you could build the infrastructure to evacuate an entire town that quickly,’ she said. ‘I just don’t know if that’s possible.’

Harold Taylor, 72, saw flames behind his house when he received a call on Thursday morning to evacuate. He left with just the clothes on his back.

‘We didn’t have 10 minutes to get out of there,’ the Vietnam veteran, who uses a cane, told the Associated Press. ‘It was already in flames downtown, all the local restaurants and stuff.’

‘It happened so fast,’ added resident Greg Gibson. ‘It would have been such an easy decision to stay, but it was the wrong choice.’

US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will visit Paradise on Wednesday after canceling a planned trip to Asia at the direction of the White House. He then plans to visit a community devastated by the Woolsey Fire.

Zinke’s visit comes nearly a week after President Donald Trump drew widespread criticism after he blamed the deadly fires on ‘poor forest management’ and even threatened to withhold federal funds.

Another flare-up also broke out dangerously close to homes in Rialto, California (pictured) around 9pm on Tuesday night 

Another flare-up also broke out dangerously close to homes in Rialto, California (pictured) around 9pm on Tuesday night

The Sierra Fire (pictured on Tuesday night), as its been dubbed, burned 20 acres in just minutes and tore through 147 acres by Wednesday morning

The Sierra Fire (pictured on Tuesday night), as its been dubbed, burned 20 acres in just minutes and tore through 147 acres by Wednesday morning

Fire crews fought against 50mph winds as a number of power lines, as well as some backyards and a palm tree, caught on fire

Fire crews fought against 50mph winds as a number of power lines, as well as some backyards and a palm tree, caught on fire

No evacuations were ordered, but traffic in the area (pictured) became backed up as residents scrambled to leave anyway

No evacuations were ordered, but traffic in the area (pictured) became backed up as residents scrambled to leave anyway

Trump has since approved a major disaster declaration for the state, hastening the availability of federal emergency assistance to fire-stricken regions.

The major-disaster declaration will also make victims eligible for crisis counseling, housing and unemployment help, and legal aid.

Although California’s wildfires have been burning for nearly a week, high winds and low humidity are continuing to fuel the flames.

The Woolsey Fire ripped through 50 acres in 30 minutes in the Santa Monica Mountains on Tuesday afternoon as hurricane-force winds of 85mph sparked a new flare-up. It burned a total of 1,000 acres in the Lake Sherwood area.

Authorities believe the flare-up was caused by what are known as ‘red flag conditions’, in which low humidity and high winds combine to make the perfect conditions for a wildland fire combustion.

‘It’s critically dry with incredibly strong winds, so that really puts us back into a day where we could see rapid fire spread as a result of any new fires or flare-ups,’ Cal Fire Division Chief Chris Anthony told the Los Angeles Times.

Rains aren’t expected to hit the parched area until Thanksgiving next week, according to the National Weather Service.

‘We are not out of the woods yet,’ added Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen. ‘We still have incredibly tough conditions ahead of us.’

Another flare-up also broke out dangerously close to homes in Rialto around 9pm on Tuesday night, burning 20 acres in just minutes and tearing through 147 acres by Wednesday morning, according to KABC.

Fire crews had to fight against 50mph winds as a number of power lines, as well as some backyards and one palm tree, caught on fire.

No evacuations were ordered, but traffic in the area became backed up as residents scrambled to leave anyway.

Camille Grammer also revealed on Sunday that she had lost her home, saying it ‘couldn’t be saved’ and posting a picture of it up in flames

The Kardashian clan, Simon Cowell, Will Smith and Martin Sheen were also among those who had to evacuate as Woolsey tore through the star-studded Malibu, Hidden Hills, and Calabasas areas

Strong wind gusts thankfully sent most of the flames away from the homes and no structures caught on fire. As of Wednesday the fire was holding at 147 acres and has 75 percent containment.

No structures are under threat but the San Bernardino Fire Department said crews will continue to monitor neighborhoods for embers, mop up hot spots, and keep an eye on wind conditions.

Yet another flare-up occurred Wednesday morning in uninhabited areas in the Santa Monica Mountains, but the flames had mostly subsided by 6.30am and was far from any homes.

Winds are expected to significantly weaken by Wednesday afternoon and authorities plan to lift the red flag levels. But low humidity levels will keep the danger levels just one below the red flag level at ‘elevated’.

Fire officials were able to lift evacuation orders early Tuesday in all or parts of about five communities in Ventura and Los Angeles counties – including the star-studded Hidden Hills, Calabasas, and Malibu.

As many as 250,000 people were ordered to evacuate when Woolsey was at its peak.

The Kardashian clan, Simon Cowell, Will Smith, and Lady Gaga were just a few of the dozens of celebrities who had to evacuate.

And Gerard Butler, Neil Young, and Camille Grammer Meyer were among those who lost their homes in the blaze.

Large areas of Los Angeles still remain off-limits due to downed power lines, embers that could re-ignite, buckled roads, and lack of power and communications.

But there was some good news for Southern California as the Hill Fire, which has also been burning through the weekend, reached 94 percent containment on Wednesday after scorching 4,531 acres in Ventura County.

The cause for the Woolsey fire remains unknown, but Southern California Edison reported to the CPUC that there was an outage on an electric circuit right by the area where the Woolsey Fire first began.

Just two minutes after the outage occurred on Thursday afternoon, the first reports of the fire started coming in.

SoCal Edison said it has received no indication that its equipment was involved in the fire, but authorities said the cause remains under investigation.

But Alex Robertson, a plaintiff lawyer who has brought cases against SoCal Edison in the past, said he plans to file ‘several dozen’ lawsuits against the utility company this week.

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