Previous Article Next Article e-learning news in briefOn 1 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today This month’s e-learning news in brief – Pathlore’s learning management system (LMS) has been certified bye-learning standards groups the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Co-Laboratory,and the Aviation Industry Computer-based Training Committee (AICC). Pathlore isthe first LMS vendor to be certified by both groups. It means customers cantrust the vendor’s claims regarding interoperability between the system andcontent. www.pathlore.com– The PeopleSoft User Productivity Kit is a multi-language content anddevelopment tool for creating customised content documentation through toclassroom – and web-based learning material. The kits allow organisations toproduce, deploy and publish training content and, as well as English, supportsFrench, German, Spanish, Brazilian, Portuguese, Italian andSwedish.www.peoplesoft.com– The latest version of Click2learn’s interactive authoring software,ToolBook 2004, allows users to create realistic simulations more quickly,offers advanced support for e-learning standards and better assessmentcapabilities, and provides more flexibility when it comes to creatinginteractive web content. The programme is based on AICC and SCORM standards whichmeans that ToolBook content can be easily tracked through learning managementsystems which support these standards. www.click2learn.com Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Givaudan has developed a sensory ’language’, which enables a more accurate description of the complex taste effects of salt in foods.The flavour company hopes Sense It Salt will help it create flavours that restore the taste aspects of salt and guide product development for customers wanting to reduce sodium in their products.Givaudan says the taste effects of salt can be broken down into distinct temporal phases; Sense It Salt is now fully integrated into the overall Sense It language that includes more than 350 descriptors with references covering aroma, taste and mouthfeel.Sophie Davodeau, global head of sensory, said: “The development of Givaudan’s Sense It Salt language allows us to accurately assess the consequences of reducing salt and the performance of flavours or ingredients that are used to restore the taste of low-sodium products.”
1. Introduction – the prophets of doom were wrongIf there is one sector in our economy that represents a combination of old-fashioned British grit and determination alongside global innovation and leadership, it must surely be financial services. Time and again doom-mongers have predicted the demise of the City.And time and again they have been proved wrong.From the Big Bang deregulation of financial markets in 1986, when some predicted London would struggle to continue to compete as a global financial centre.To cries that the end was nigh for the City of London when the United Kingdom decided against joining the Euro – a decision that I believe has stood the test of time.To the 2008 financial crisis, which brought the sector to the brink. All wrong.But the City of London has not just survived the onslaught, it has positively thrived in the face of some formidable threats.And as we prepare to leave the European Union, once again the death-knell has been sounded on the future of the UK’s financial sector.Now I understand people’s concerns – we are in the middle of a fundamental change of direction, and the unwillingness of Parliament I have to say to give certainty exacerbates the situation.But I am convinced that when the dust settles the City of London will do what it always does, which is to emerge fitter, stronger and more dynamic than ever.2. The strength of UK financial servicesSince the referendum in 2016, the United Kingdom has maintained – and even strengthened – its position as a global financial centre: I would argue as the leading financial centre.Just today, Deloitte’s Crane Survey shows that construction of new offices in London has hit its highest level since the referendum.Office space under construction between October 2018 and March 2019 amounted to 13.2 million square feet: the equivalent of more than 22 Shards, up 12% compared to the previous survey, while volume of new office construction activity was 3.5 million square feet: some 38% higher than the previous survey. Office space under construction between October 2018 and March 2019 amounted to 13.2 million square feet: the equivalent of more than 22 Shards worth of office space – and a 12% increase compared to the previous survey.It’s a far cry from the doom and gloom predicted when the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, and reinforces the City’s global pre-eminence as an investment destination.And this follows on from recent OECD figures which show the total value of foreign investment stock into the UK increased by a further 5% to £1.46 trillion in 2018, making the UK now home to more foreign investment than Germany, Spain and Poland all put together.And the financial sector stands at the heart of that success. Our deep and liquid global capital pool, a pioneering regulatory framework, and world-class advisory, legal and related professional services have helped us run one of the greatest trade surpluses in our history: at around £43 billion a year.Some 4.2% of the UK’s working population, nearly 1.4 million people, are employed in finance and insurance.And, with two-thirds of these employed outside London, it’s important to remember that the City’s influence is not confined to the square mile; it stretches right the way across the UK with new jobs and opportunities being created all the time. The depth of our professional infrastructure runs from London to Edinburgh, to Bristol to Belfast. Goldman Sachs, for example, is opening a new office in Milton Keynes, creating up to 250 jobs.The new UK challenger bank OakNorth investment is bolstering its ranks, taking on new staff in Manchester, the Midlands and the South West to keep up with demand for its demand for business loans.KPMG has announced plans to create up to 400 jobs over the next three years in Glasgow.This is truly a sector which benefits every part of the United Kingdom.And it is of fundamental importance to the overall strength of our economy.According to the industry body TheCityUK, our banking sector is the largest in Europe. London alone hosts over 250 foreign banks, more than New York, or Paris or Frankfurt combined.It is our largest tax payer, contributing around 11% of total UK tax receipts – or £72 billion on the latest figures – paying for the schools, hospitals, security and the other public services on which we all rely. Those who threaten its viability or stoke up resentment against the sector should remember how much it pays the bills.It is the ability to innovate, to adapt and to change that keeps us on top.The UK was the first Western centre to embrace Islamic finance: the first to offer a Sharia-compliant bond, for example – and remains its leading western centre.We also host the second largest offshore centre for Chinese renminbi clearing. Twice as many dollars are traded in the UK as in the US, and twice as many euros are traded in the UK as in the Eurozone.The UK has more than 40% of the global market in Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodity trading.We have the second largest centre for debt financing globally after the United States. And we are – by far – the largest capital market in Europe, accounting for 20% of the bond and loan market, and 33% of all Initial Public Offerings and private equity activity in Europe.And of course the United Kingdom is the home of the FinTech revolution, making sweeping changes, delivering more control, access and increased competition.It has been estimated that we have more software developers than Berlin, Dublin and Stockholm all combined. And of course we have Level 39, Europe’s largest fintech accelerator. And last year the UK attracted more venture capital investment than anywhere else in Europe, with £6.3 billion.And these advantages are showcased in our Fin Tech sector, with around 1,600 firms contributing approximately £7 billion to our economy and supporting over 75,000 jobs.Furthermore, the UK is now the number one investment destination in the world for mergers and acquisitions, ahead of the US, ahead of Germany and ahead of China, according to a report by EY.And these are just some of the achievements, I could go on and for a little bit of encouragement I might!But the point I want to make really is this: that this Government believes in the City and is behind you every step of the way in your success.Our financial services are of huge value to this country’s overall prosperity and I am convinced that you will remain at the heart of the global financial system whatever the outcome of the Brexit process.3. Facing the challenges aheadOf course, there’s no room for complacency and we must face up to the fact that there will be significant challenges as well as opportunities ahead, not least because a number of new players will become apparent.I recognise that, for many firms in this room, the period since the Referendum has been one of uncertainty.So please be assured that we firmly believe the best approach is to leave the EU with a deal and we are continuing to work hard, including with parties across Parliament, to find a way forward.But whatever the outcome, I want you to know that this Government will remain your champion. We will never jeopardise the City’s success.We recognise your difficulties, we recognise your importance, and we want to work with you to give certainty and stability wherever possible as we move towards our new deep and special partnership with the European Union.But it is also worth stressing, and I think it does not happen enough, that there is a world beyond Europe and there will be a time beyond Brexit.Britain stands on the brink of a new era in our trading history, continuing our close cooperation with our partners in European Union who still represent 44% of our exports, while reaching out as an independent trading nation for the first time in 40 years to friends old and new in the wider world.While our established partners such as the EU will continue to be of great importance, the locus of economic power is shifting rapidly, with an estimated 90% of global economic growth projected to occur outside the European Union over the next five years. That is where the markets are going to be, and that is where we need to be.The world is becoming increasingly well educated, wealthier, and more urbanised. And it is predicted that the share of global GDP of the seven largest emerging economies – including China, India and Turkey – could increase from around 35% to nearly 50% of global GDP by 2050, which would mean that they overtake the current G7. It is a seismic shift in global economic power. When I try to explain it to people, I point out them that by 2030, China will have more than 220 cities with a population of more than 1 million people. The whole of continental Europe will have 35. It is worth understanding the scale of the change.This historic shift in global economic and demographic power will reshape the opportunities of international trade in the years to come.The mission of my Department is to build a future for the UK’s international trade in this emerging environment: to open new markets, build new export and investment opportunities, investment into the United Kingdom and investment out from the United Kingdom, and, perhaps most importantly, champion the cause of free trade and trade liberalisation, especially in services in an era where protectionism is increasingly lifting its ugly head.In 2017-18 alone, my Department supported a total of 332 financial and related professional services projects, securing or safeguarding over 15,000 jobs in this country.We have launched four public consultations, to seek new Free Trade Agreements when we leave the European Union, with the United States, with Australia – [political line redacted] – to New Zealand, as well as the potential to seek accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, CPTPP – which is always easier to say now than it is later in the day.Our new Export Strategy will help the UK climb the ranks of the 21st century’s great trading nations by encouraging, informing, connecting and facilitating finance for firms to realise their full exporting potential, and that is particularly true for SMEs where we need to find new exporters.In addition to this, we continue to work with key economic partners around the world.For example, I was recently delighted to address Qatar Day, which highlighted the mutual opportunities for business across asset management, cyber security, capital markets, sustainable finance and FinTech, for UK and Qatari companies. Qatar incidentally has over £35 billion of investment in the UK, much of which is here in London.And FinTech is at the heart of our global technology and innovation strategy and our growth agenda.That’s why we are continuing to roll out our FinTech Bridges – links between Governments, regulators and private sectors – in priority global markets, from Singapore to China, from Hong Kong to Australia, where we launched our FinTech Bridge Pilot Programme last month.And these Bridges will promote regulatory cooperation to reduce barriers to entry in one another’s markets.We are also working to leverage the UK’s unique expertise and capacities to assist development in emerging economies. For example, in January my team visited Latin America to discuss how the UK’s insurance and risk modelling knowhow might help these emerging economies adapt and mitigate against the effects of climate change.And both the UK Government and industry are developing an international road map for greening the financial system.And my Department will be key to helping leverage UK expertise to combat climate change through Green Finance, in which the UK is – yet again – a world leader. The Government is also working with the London Stock Exchange and the wider capital markets community to target local currency bond issuances.Just last Friday, the Indian state of Kerala issued the first sub-sovereign level bond for developing infrastructure in the UK, following in the steps of countries like Indonesia who did the same last year, showcasing once again the contribution the City is making to finance infrastructure worldwide and contributing to our international development agenda, a fact that is not nearly widely enough understood.4. ConclusionI know there are many people who are concerned that Brexit means Britain turning in on itself and becoming more introspective.Nothing could be further from the truth.As we leave the European Union we will become more open to the world, not less, and more open to the great opportunities that lie beyond European shores. The financial sector and its related professional services will be at the centre of these new opportunities.Never before have prospects globally been so great. Yes of course there are challenges, as there always have been.But I can assure you that the British Government stands ready to help you seize these opportunities, to make our financial sector’s future even brighter than the past has been.… accelerating financial inclusion by giving people better tools to save, to manage, to borrow and invest their money…… supporting the financial products, technical expertise and experience needed to grow developing economies, which will be in all our interests…… and building a more stable, secure and prosperous future, both for the United Kingdom and our partners around the world.We have a great opportunity to shape the world around us. In fact, we always have a binary choice: to shape the world around us, or be shaped by the world around us. We must have the confidence and courage to do that shaping. The City has led the charge before. It will do so again.Thank you.
Last Monday, Snarky Puppy won their second Grammy Award of “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” for Sylva with the Metropole Orkest. The previous week, they released their Family Dinner, Vol. 2 LP, a follow-up to their first Grammy Award-winning piece. It’s an incredibly exciting time to know Snarky Puppy, to say the least.The “Family Dinner” series feature selected vocalists for a typically all-instrumental band, broadening the dimensions and allowing for some fun with one of the tightest bands on the road. Leading up to the official street release, the band has quietly released a total of five studio-recorded videos in support of the new record.Their most recent release, “Soro,” features Salif Keïta (known as “The Golden Voice of Africa”), and Brazilian instrumentalists Carlos Malta (pife & flute) and Bernardo Aguiar (pandeiro). The tribal-esque, evolutionarily funky 8:30 track was recorded in Bamako, Mali to accommodate Keïta and the three backing-singers who were unable to fly to the states for recording. You can hear the rest of their collaborations on Family Dinner, Vol. 2 today.Snarky Puppy feat. Salif Keïta, Carlos Malta, & Bernardo Aguiar – “Soro”Also from the series, are:Snarky Puppy feat. Chris Turner – “Liquid Love”Snarky Puppy feat. Becca Stevens & Väsen – “I Asked”:Snarky Puppy feat. Susana Baca and Charlie Hunter – “Molino Molero”:Snarky Puppy feat. David Crosby – “Somebody Home”:
Read Full Story The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is pleased to announce that Dr. Ailene Ettinger and Dr. Jessica Savage were awarded Putnam Fellowships in Plant Science to conduct independent research utilizing the Arboretum’s plant collections.Ailene Ettinger received her doctoral degree from the University of Washington where she studied the role of climate and competition in determining species’ ranges. She plans to pursue these interests at the Arboretum by bridging the fields of climatology, ecology, and evolution to gain a comprehensive picture of climate sensitivity across diverse species.Receiving her doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota, Jessica Savage conducted a comparative study focusing on the role of phenology and cold acclimation on the distribution of willow (Salix) species. As a Putnam Fellow, Dr. Savage will focus on the physiological mechanisms involved in precocious flowering. During winter dormancy, vascular transport is greatly reduced in many plants as protection against freezing.The Katharine H. Putnam Fellowships in Plant Science are made possible by the generosity of George and Nancy Putnam through the Putnam Fellows Fund.
In 2015, Dell Technologies hosted its first PolicyHack in Austin, Texas to provide a platform for an interactive, competitive, hackathon that tasked participants to design solutions for pressing public policy challenges. Held alongside that year’s SXSW conference, we used the platform to connect local technology and entrepreneurship communities with policymakers, where participants pitched their solutions for building a stronger and more inclusive framework of tech policies to a panel of judges comprising of policymakers, think tanks, industry champions, and others. Though in its nascent form, it helped shine a spotlight on how new ideas could be generated and implemented to address some of the most pressing public policy challenges that we face around the world. With the transformations we are witnessing today, we plan to use these hacks to help inform and guide our efforts to tackle economic and social disparities.Since our first Dell PolicyHack, we have conducted over 30 hackathons across eight countries. Each PolicyHack is tailored by our colleagues and partners in each country to reflect on the most relevant local issues. Over the last five years, we have seen brilliant minds come together and propose creative solutions to wide-ranging challenges such as enabling digital education in India, encouraging more women to study STEM subjects in Brazil, and fostering entrepreneurship in Mexico and Australia. Winning solutions have included: customized curriculae to enable digital learning, multi-platform awareness campaigns to integrate more women into STEM, and management training programs to support female entrepreneurship. In each case, we have pledged to work with officials to implement the winning ideas.In today’s world, we are increasingly seeing the importance of people coming together to solve societal, economic and political challenges. At Dell Technologies, we are committed to harnessing the power of technology to transform human lives – and we view this mission as central to our PolicyHack initiatives.We recognize that these multifaceted challenges require sweeping solutions that are bigger than one government or company. This is why we work with a wide network of stakeholders from government, academia, business, and civil society for each PolicyHack to ensure an inclusive and collaborative approach. For instance, in November 2019, our PolicyHack in Mexico City convened over 800 participants from various sectors, including all 32 Digital Inclusion Centers across the country that are run by the Mexican Government’s Secretary of Communications and Transport. Participants created over 180 proposals on key issues affecting their region, such as expanding digital access. Our expert panel of judges narrowed down the three best solutions, where the PolicyHack team worked with winning team to implement their proposals.Most importantly, we’re committed to transforming winning proposals into actionable policy recommendations and reforms. For instance, our series of PolicyHacks for teachers in India highlighted the importance of working with educators and investing in their capacity to build digital classrooms. The deliberations were well received by local stakeholders and we continue to build on these collaborations. With teacher capacity building reflected as a priority in India’s Draft National Education Policy, we will continue to work in this ecosystem to insert new proposals generated from our PolicyHacks. Today, it is important to bring people closer together and leverage the power of technology for social good.We look forward to bringing our PolicyHacks to new geographies and partnering with an even wider community of innovators and changemakers, even if it’s conducted virtually. Aligned with our Social Impact 2030 goals and our plan to implement them via public policy, we are inspired by what the future holds as we continue to push the boundaries on innovation and leverage new technologies to achieve human progress.If you’d like to host a PolicyHack along with us at Dell Technologies, we’d be delighted to hear from you – [email protected] You can also read more about individual PolicyHacks here.
Last month, the city of Asheville once again landed on the cover of Outside as one of the best places to live. You’d think it would give Asheville residents something to celebrate, yet many local outdoor enthusiasts were dismayed by the accolades. As national press surrounding this outdoor mecca grows, so do the population and number of visitors. The area’s trails, which were once the private playground of locals in the know, are now splayed out in national magazines of all kinds.As a result, some Asheville outdoor enthusiasts are choosing to keep their lips sealed in regards to their favorite outdoor retreats. Ask them where they like to ride, and they’re likely to point you toward the nearest paved greenway instead of their favorite singletrack.Asheville presents an interesting case study for other destination towns in the Southeast. At the heart of the matter is an interesting ethical dilemma: is it better to keep your favorite trails, crags, and rivers a secret, or is it smarter in the long run to let the world know?BRO asked several established members of Asheville’s outdoor community to weigh in on the topic. Here’s what they had to say about keeping their favorite outdoor hot spots a secret.Asheville mountain biker Jeff Keener, who recently described his ideal weekend in the Outside magazine feature:“I was worried about telling Outside about where I like to hike and bike. There’s a cross-country spot I like to go to outside of town that would have seen an increase of traffic if I would have told them about it.I think it’s okay to keep a trail secret. People who love the outdoors are always looking for that unique experience to keep all to themselves or to share only with their closest friends. We go outdoors to have unique outdoor experiences. They define us. My favorite outdoor spots are a part of me.”Asheville native Jay Curwen, an elite adventure racer and owner of Black Dome Mountain Sports:“I grew up here, and there are tons of fun, cool places that I’d love to keep all to myself, but the reality is, Asheville is a popular place. We get 20 to 40 people everyday in the store asking about great places to hike or see a waterfall or bike. Do I send everybody to Panthertown or Sam’s Knob? No. We end up sending these folks to the same places—Bent Creek, Shining Rock, Mount Mitchell. The good thing is, these places are still awesome, even though they’re no longer secrets.I love this place, and I’d love it if I never saw anyone else at my favorite trails, but I’m a business owner and I sell gear. It’s a catch-22. We’re victims of our own popularity. It would be great if the tourists came to Asheville, left their credit cards, and went home. The reality is, there are gonna be people on the trails and people moving to town. As long as residents do their job regulating development and access, it will work out. We still got it pretty good. It’s still wide open. You go to a trailhead north of San Francisco, and you’ll see hundreds of cars parked there.”Asheville mountain biker and bike journalist Bettina Freese:“Trails are public. They can be found on maps, in guidebooks, in forums, on websites, in bars with drunken braggarts, at bike shops, or at special parties for special people. It is foolish, selfish, elitist, and arrogant to believe that public land should only be shared with people in the “in-crowd.” If someone asks me where to ride, I consider their ability, their experience on the bike, their experience in the woods, and their respect of the sport before I provide advice. I take all of those factors into consideration, educate them to what they’re getting themselves into, and then I share with them a ride that I think will suit their desires. That may be at Bent Creek, or it might be on the Heartbre…shhhhhh!!! Wouldn’t want to get hung twice for the same crime.”Asheville native Lela Stephens, an avid mountain biker and a former bike shop manager:“I’m all for keeping secrets until I get to know someone. I grew up mountain biking in Asheville, and Heartbreak Ridge was a right of passage. Nobody would tell me how to get to that ride until I proved myself over and over. It’s offensive to think a bunch of out-of-towners can shuttle that trail and ride it with no respect for what it means to locals because a cue sheet for that ride was published in a national magazine. Honestly, I think it sucks that all the people are moving to town and visiting. I don’t like my favorite swimming holes, that my grandfather showed me, filled with beer cans. National attention comes with its headaches. I remember what it was like before, and I liked it better.”Asheville climber Chris Dorrity, author of the Rumbling Bald Bouldering Guide:“I think that the main reason that people keep their places secret is so that the places don’t get trashed by newcomers. Other reasons may be selfishness and they want to keep the place all to themselves until they climb all the new routes, explore all the new caves, paddle all the new creeks….I have kept several places secret, until I did the first ascent on all the best problems or put up all the best routes at a crag. Then I would start telling people about it. Since I have been climbing for 14 years now, I have seen all sorts of opinions on people’s favorite spots. Some have been neutral, others have been friendly, and some have been unfriendly. I tell you the truth: The people that were the friendliest to me got the most respect and reverence from me in return. I looked up to these people the most and helped them with their ideas. In any pursuit, we must show kindness—whether it is outdoors, urban, social, or in any situation. Asheville is the most unique and awesome city in the U.S. People are drawn to it for many reasons. People are moving to Asheville, like it or not. The best way to get respect from them is to show it to them from the very start. If we give the cold shoulder and are tight lipped about our outdoor places, then the newcomers will not know how to respect the environment and others. We must build bridges, not walls.” •—Graham Averill
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Google Linkedin women-in-STEM women-empowerment STEM LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Indonesia is stepping up its efforts in women empowerment with more communities to help young girls and women embrace science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).The groups, which include STEM with Her (Jakarta), Femme in STEM (Bandung, West Java), Jakarta Society of Women Engineers (Jakarta SWE) and West Nusa Tenggara Society of Women Engineers (NTB SWE), are trying to break stigmas and norms that still hamper women’s participation in the fields.One of the stigmas is that STEM fields are regarded as a male domain requiring physical exertion and working in dirty and dangerous environments. Saskia Amalia Aryono, the founder of STEM with Her, believes that more exposure to female role models could help break the stigma.“I’m lucky that I have had role models since I was a child because my mother and aunt are e… Topics : Facebook Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account
Topics : “I have no patience for climate change deniers,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said, pointing to the high temperatures, as well as years of drought that have killed millions of trees, providing fuel for fires. “It simply is completely inconsistent… with the reality on the ground.”In California, about 14,000 firefighters battled 25 blazes, with more than 2.2 million acres (890,308 hectares) charred since the fire season got an early start last month, a record for this point in the year, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Tuesday. The state’s peak fire season has yet to begin.The Creek Fire in the Fresno area of central California, which caused the weekend emergency evacuation of more than 200 people vacationing at a popular reservoir, grew overnight under what CalFire on Tuesday called “extreme conditions.”The blaze, which started on Sept. 4, threatened the community of Shaver Lake, among others, fueled in part by trees weakened by drought and killed by the invasive bark beetle, the fire agency said.At a news conference on Tuesday, Newsom praised the firefighters who led a helicopter evacuation of the area, saying they saved 214 people in smoky conditions that made it difficult to see.”They very easily could have turned around and said the smoke made that mission too dangerous,” Newsom said, calling the rescuers heroic.By Tuesday morning, the fire was completely uncontained and had burned 144,000 acres (58,275 hectares), CalFire said. Evacuation centers had been set up in Fresno and Madera counties as the fire moved aggressively south, officials said.Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) shut off power to thousands of residents in 22 counties in California to prevent sparks from its equipment from setting off more fires.A fire in San Bernardino County, southeast of Los Angeles, that officials said was caused by a pyrotechnic device used during a gender reveal party, had burned nearly 11,000 acres by Tuesday morning and was 16% contained, CalFire said.Newsom on Sunday declared a state of emergency in Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, San Bernardino and San Diego counties due to the wildfires. The US Forest Service temporarily closed some national forests, including the Sierra National Forest, the Angeles National Forest and the San Bernardino National Forest.In Oregon, several communities were evacuated and the first day of school postponed, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.About 100,000 customers lost power amid windstorms and fire, and power was shut off to about 5,000 residents west of Mt. Hood to prevent sparks that might start new blazes, it said. The fire that destroyed Malden erupted about noon on Sunday, and was driven by 40 mile-per-hour-winds that blew directly into the town, Myers said in an interview.Authorities went door-to-door ordering evacuations before the blaze arrived. The fire engulfed most of the town over the course of about three hours, he said.”It moved incredibly fast,” Myers said.That fire was one of dozens of large blazes burning in Washington, Oregon and California over the Labor Day holiday weekend, as the thermometer soared. Temperatures in the western part of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley topped 121 degrees Fahrenheit (49°C). Uncontrolled wildfires driven by high winds and unprecedented temperatures raged across the US West on Tuesday, incinerating the Washington town of Malden and threatening communities in Oregon and California.Firefighters and emergency responders searched on Tuesday for residents of tiny Malden, about 300 miles (480 km) east of Seattle, a day after a firestorm destroyed 80% of its homes, along with the fire station, post office, city hall and library.”The scale of this disaster really can’t be expressed in words,” said Brett Myers, sheriff of Whitman County, where the town of 200-300 people is located. “I pray everyone got out in time.”