“The response will come at a point and time of our choosing where our civil military leadership decides, and as a matter of fact, has decided,” he had said, reiterating the statement issued after the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting convened by Prime Minister Imran Khan. (Colombo Gazette) Pakistan says its Air Force shot down two Indian warplanes after they crossed the Kashmir border and one pilot has been captured.Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Wednesday, in retaliation to India’s Line of Control (LoC) violation a day earlier, undertook strikes across the LoC from Pakistani airspace, the Dawn website reported. “The sole purpose of this action was to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence. We do not wish to escalate but are fully prepared if forced into that paradigm,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, the director general (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), confirmed the action, adding that “in response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF [Indian Air Force] crossed LoC.” “PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K [Azad Jammu and Kashmir] while other fell inside IoK [Indian occupied Kashmir]. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.”A day earlier, the army spokesperson said that the prime minister had asked everyone to get ready for every eventuality. “We are all ready. Now it is time for India to wait for our response,” he asserted.
Currently, the Sudan is facing “one of the largest humanitarian emergencies in the world today,” Kevin Kennedy, Chief of the UN’s Humanitarian Emergency Branch, told a press briefing in New York, pointing out that the UN and its partners were working to meet the needs of over 3 million Sudanese.A recent mission to the country by Tom Vraalson, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs for the Sudan, had achieved progress in expanding the UN’s reach in the country, Mr. Kennedy said. He noted that the envoy’s trip came at a particularly critical time, as it followed “a series of attacks on civilians by the Government of Sudan throughout the month of February.” While in the Sudan earlier this month, Ambassador Vraalson had worked to support an effort to expand the access of humanitarian agencies to needy Sudanese in the Nuba Mountains – a region that the UN had only been able to access intermittently in recent years. The envoy was actively supporting the implementation of an agreement to deploy international observers to monitor the declared ceasefire as well as the shipment of relief goods to the area. “This is a significant step forward because it allows agencies and NGOs to deliver assistance to people who are very much in need,” said Mr. Kennedy.He added that the envoy – who met with the parties to the conflict – had secured an agreement to gain “nearly full access” for immunization drives to certain areas. Concerning food airlifts throughout conflict-ridden southern Sudan, Mr. Kennedy said discussions between Mr. Vraalson and officials had served to cut the number of denied locations to some 30 out of the 230 requested. “While we still very much regret those areas that we cannot fly to, it is a step forward in terms of our access and ability to deliver assistance,” Mr. Kennedy said.
Mr Hewitt’s agent told The Telegraph that she has not spoken to Mr Hewitt in two weeks and has been unable to contact him since the news of his illness was broken to her.Teresa Quinlan said she did not know of any pre-existing medical condition and said Mr Hewitt will have a close set of friends looking out for him.”I can’t confirm anything,” she said. “The last time I had communication with him was by text message two weeks ago and at that point he said he was not feeling well and was in bed with a bug.”I’ve tried to get hold of him a couple of times over the last couple of weeks and I haven’t been able to and the first I heard of this was when a newspaper contacted me yesterday. His mobile phone has been off and I’ve tried him a couple of times.”I am quite concerned about him because, as I say, the last time I was in contact with him he was just in bed with a bug. I am just hoping that he makes contact with me when he puts his phone back on.” Diana and Prince Charles separated in 1992 and divorced four years later.The Princess admitted to Martin Bashir for BBC’s Panorama in 1995 – in an interview that enraged Buckingham Palace – that she had an affair with Mr Hewitt. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Princess Diana with Prince William (right) and Prince Harry (left) in 1992Credit:Martin Keene/PA The former lieutenant, who served in the Gulf War, has frequently had to palm off rumours that he could be Prince Harry’s father.The claims, which royal butler Paul Burrell said were impossible given that Mr Hewitt did not meet Diana until her youngest son was already a toddler, were referenced in BBC2 drama King Charles III on Wednesday.Speaking on Australian TV in March, Mr Hewitt was asked if he was Harry’s biological father, to which he replied: “No I’m not”. He added: “It’s worse for him, probably, poor chap.” James Hewitt, Princess Diana’s former lover, has reportedly been fighting for his life in hospital after suffering a stroke and heart attack.The 58-year-old was said to have been placed in intensive care after an emergency operation relating to a pre-existing illness.The Sunday Mirror reported that his family are hopeful he will pull through. He is now said to be recovering and has been moved to a different hospital.A relative said the family were “concerned” after the former British Army officer suffered the cardiac arrest just before going in for a medical procedure.Mr Hewitt was reportedly in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth before being transferred to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.”He had a pre-existing illness, then got seriously ill. Suddenly it got very critical and he was rushed to hospital,” a source told the Sunday Mirror.”It was pretty serious, but hopefully we’re all OK now. He is recovering and has been moved to Exeter.”Mr Hewitt, a household calvary officer who was born in Northern Ireland but spent most of his life in the West Country, had an affair with Diana in the 1980s while she was still married to Prince Charles.In a now iconic photo, thought to have been taken amid their secret relationship, Diana is pictured presenting the Captain and Subalterns Cup to Mr Hewitt after leading his Army polo team to glory at Tidworth, Wiltshire.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Warnings that e-cigarettes are luring teenagers into smoking tobacco are unfounded, a major Public Health England (PHE) study has found.Data involving 60,000 11 to 16-year-olds revealed there is no evidence that “vaping” the electronic devices acts as a gateway to the more harmful habit.Analysis showed that across all the young people surveyed, only three per cent used e-cigarettes at least once a week, and that teenage use was “highly concentrated” in those who already smoked tobacco. Because vaping has only become relatively widespread in recent years, there is a dearth of robust evidence indicating to what extent, if any, the practice is harmful in itself.However, some scientists have said that e-cigarette smoking is, at most, five per cent as harmful as traditional smoking, with policy makers favouring e-cigarettes as a means of giving up tobacco.Martin Dockrell, tobacco policy manager, Public Health England, added: “The findings in this study suggest that in terms of protecting children we are broadly getting the balance right in the UK.”We have a regulatory system that aims to protect children and young people while ensuring adult smokers have access to safer nicotine products that can help them stop smoking. This includes a minimum age of sale, tight restrictions on marketing, and comprehensive quality and safety requirements. We will continue to monitor the trends in e-cigarette use alongside those in smoking.”Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the campaign group Action on Smoking and Health, said: “A small proportion of young people do experiment with e-cigs, but this does not appear to be leading to regular vaping or smokingin any numbers, indeed smoking rates in young people are continuing to decline.” For those teens who don’t smoke, e-cigg experimentation is simply not translating into regular useProfessor Linda Bauld, University of Stirling Among young people who have never smoked, regular use of e-cigarettes was between 0.1% and 0.5% across the five surveys, the analysis found.In recent months, opponents of e-cigarettes have pointed to slew of smaller studies, mainly from the US, as evidence that vaping leads to traditional smoking.But last night experts at PHE said the new study, which analysed five large-scale surveys conducted in the UK between 2015 and 2017, proved current Government policy was “broadly getting the balance right”.“Our analysis of the latest surveys from all parts of the United Kingdom, involving thousands of teenagers shows clearly that for those teens who don’t smoke, e-cigg experimentation is simply not translating into regular use,” said Linda Bauld, professor of health policy at the University of Stirling, which collaborated in the research. “Our study also shows that smoking rates in young people are continuing to decline.”
WorleyParsons has been awarded a contract to perform engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.The award of the EPCM contract follows the completion of the detailed engineering study for the Koodaideri project.The project will be executed over a three-year period from the Perth project office with additional support teams on the mine and rail locations. WorleyParsons will use data centric engineering processes to also produce a digital asset for Rio Tinto. “We are pleased to expand our relationship with Rio Tinto onthis important project”, said Andrew Wood, Chief Executive Officer of WorleyParsons.Koodaideri will deliver a new production hub for Rio Tinto’s iron ore business in the Pilbara, incorporating a processing plant and infrastructure including a 166 km rail line connecting the mine to the existing network.Construction on Koodaideri Phase 1 will start this year with first production expected in late 2021. Once complete, the mine will have an annual capacity of 43 Mt, underpinning production of the company’s flagship iron ore product, Pilbara Blend. The operation has been designed to use an increased level of automation and digitisation, helping to deliver a safer and more productive mine, which is expected to be Rio Tinto’s lowest cost contributor to its industry benchmark Pilbara Blend product. Koodaideri will feature technology already in use across Rio Tinto, such as autonomous trucks, trains and drills, and implement systems connecting all components of the mining value chain for the first time.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Germany’s Angela Merkel came under fire from opposition parties on Wednesday after failing to clinch a financing deal for Greece, with her main rival threatening to withdraw support for her euro policies and delay a budget vote in parliament. The exchange between Social Democrat (SPD) challenger Peer Steinbrueck and the chancellor was one of the fiercest in months, underscoring how difficult it will be for her to secure Bundestag backing for her euro rescue course in the run-up to next year’s election. Until now Merkel has been able to count on the support of parties like the SPD and Greens to help push through controversial bailout votes in the lower house. “If we get the impression we are being cheated, we won’t come to the rescue anymore when you need our support,» Steinbrueck warned in a speech to the chamber just before Merkel took the podium. The parliamentary debate was supposed to be focused on the 2013 German budget, which is up for approval on Friday, but it was colored by the failure of European governments to reach an aid deal for Greece at a marathon overnight meeting in Brussels. After failing twice to clinch an agreement, euro zone finance ministers scheduled a third meeting next Monday where they will try to overcome stubborn differences with the IMF and ECB over how to put Greek debt on a sustainable path. In closed-door meetings with lawmakers in her conservative party on Wednesday morning, Merkel once again ruled out accepting a so-called «haircut», or losses, on European loans to Greece. Instead, Berlin is pushing for a solution under which Athens would receive new funds from Europe’s EFSF bailout fund to buy back Greek debt held by private investors at a discount. Germany is also prepared to lower the interest rates Greece pays on its loans and consider stretching out maturities. But even with these measures, Greece seems sure to miss a goal of reducing its debt pile to 120 percent of annual economic output by 2020. The IMF is insisting this goal be kept, while governments are open to pushing back the target date to 2022. “I believe there are chances, one doesn’t know for sure, but there are chances to get a solution on Monday,» Merkel said in her speech in parliament. She made clear however, that she favored a piecemeal «step by step» solution to Greece’s and Europe’s problems – an approach Steinbrueck and his opposition allies say is based on a cynical political calculus and will only raise the long-term costs of the crisis for German taxpayers. “This coalition is only fighting with and for itself, it isn’t dealing with the problems of this country and its citizens,» Steinbrueck said. «If you need all your strength to keep your coalition together, at the expense of the country, then you all need to go into rehab.” He pressed Merkel to delay Friday’s vote on the German budget until there was more clarity on Greece. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble rebuffed that suggestion, promising that new Greek aid measures would not affect the 2013 budget. Despite the failure to reach a deal in Brussels, Schaeuble said he was confident the Bundestag would be able to hold a separate vote on Greek aid at the end of next week.Like Merkel, he made clear that different countries could agree different solutions for Greece – a sign that the divide may simply be too big to agree a common stance among all euro members. Merkel is riding high in the polls roughly 10 months before the election, with two in three Germans saying she is doing a good job and her Christian Democrats (CDU) roughly 10 percentage points ahead of the SPD. But satisfaction with her government is low, in part because of her struggling coalition partners, the Free Democrats (FDP), who have seen their support plunge. The euro crisis also remains a major threat. The opposition and some private economists accuse Merkel of delaying a lasting solution to Greece’s woes in order to avoid having to take politically risky steps before the vote. In her speech to parliament, she was greeted with loud jeers when she said: «This government is the most successful one since German reunification». Source: Kathimerini
San Francisco Lego fans are about to enjoy their very first retail store.The new Lego store will open on 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 25 at the Westfield San Francisco Centre Mall at 838 Market St.To celebrate the opening they’re kicking things off with lots of free giveaways, so it’s in your best interest to get there early. The first 400 customers to make a purchase every day this weekend will receive a freebie, a different one for each day. On Friday you can get a free Lego backpack with a purchase of $50 or more. On Saturday the store will give out 400 limited edition Lego sets will a purchase of $99 or more, and on Sunday they will offer an exclusive Lego minifigure with a purchase of at least $50.While this is the first Lego store in San Francisco proper, there are three stores in the Bay Area- at the Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, the Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo, and the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton.Photo Credit: wiredforlegoLego loves to show off their master creations in their stores, making them mini-museums for mini-figs. This one is no exception. The store will have a “Master Builder” on hand constructing an eight-foot tall model of Jay from Ninjago, and customers will even be able to aid him in his creation. The build will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day this weekend, because serious Lego require serious work. Hopefully no kids will tip it over and destroy it immediately after it’s done, as happened recently with a $15,000 Zootopia sculpture at a Lego Expo in China. Would hate to step on that.Photo Credit: davebloggs007
Senator Wants to Ban ‘Addictive’ Social Media FunctionsSan Francisco Is First U.S. City to Ban Sales of E-Cigarettes U.S. lawmakers last week introduced a bill meant to crack down on holiday-season shopping bots.The proposed “Stopping Grinch Bots Act” would criminalize the use of cyber technology to buy up heaps of hot-selling toys and resell them at inflated prices.Named for Dr. Seuss’s classic misanthrope, the legislation was unveiled on Black Friday—the nation’s biggest shopping day—by Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), along with Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.).“We can’t let ‘Grinch bots’ steal our hard-earned money—or the holidays,” Udall said in a statement. “Holiday shopping can be stressful enough without having to compete with an army of Grinch bots that don’t even have to sneak down the chimney to steal presents.”In a bid to “restore an even playing field,” Schumer urged major retailers to “put forth policies that will help prevent future Grinch bots from stealing the season’s hottest toys.“The American people should be able to spend the holidays with their loved ones,” Tonko agreed, “not forced to camp out at store openings or race against an automated buying algorithm just to get an affordable gift for their kids.”Tonko is no stranger to inventory-hoarding software programs: In 2015, he and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced the “Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act” to thwart digital ticket scalping.President Barack Obama later signed it into federal law, prohibiting the resale of tickets purchased using bot technology, and setting a fine of $16,000 for violations.“We can use that same strategy to banish toy bots once and for all—putting consumers back in charge,” Blumenthal said.Letting these “Grinch bots” continue to sidestep the system and milk customers is an issue beyond the festive season: It also hurts small business owners, entrepreneurs, product creators, and legitimate vendors year-round.“We have a duty to stand up for these folks, and not allow this kind of market manipulation to go unchecked,” Tonko said.“Our legislation would help protect consumers from getting squeezed by scammers and ensure these Grinch bots don’t spoil the holidays for our loved ones,” according to Udall. “This year, let’s hope Congress’s heart will grow three sizes so we can come together to stop Grinch bots from stealing the holidays.”While the proposed bill focuses on Christmas and children’s toys, this act would apply to all online retailers—including those that sell rare sneakers.More coverage on Geek.com:Drunk Man ‘Accidentally’ Buys Live Peacock, Salamander on Singles’ DayAnonymous Online Shopping Don’t Come Easy—Or CheapPoor People Might be ‘Wiser’ Says New Study Stay on target
NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on target Astronomers have captured the first image of a black hole, a cosmic abyss that is deep, dark, and dense with a tiny bit of light.“This is a huge day in astrophysics. We’re seeing the unseeable. Black holes have sparked imaginations for decades. They have exotic properties and are mysterious to us. Yet, with more observations like this one, they are yielding their secrets,” Dr. France A. Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), said during a Wednesday news conference in Washington D.C.The image shows a lopsided ring of light surrounding a dark circle deep in the center of Messier 87, a galaxy that’s approximately 55 million light-years away from Earth, The New York Times reported. The “smoke ring” image looked like an eerie orb of light in a dark background.“Once we were sure we had imaged the shadow, we could compare our observations to extensive computer models that include the physics of warped space, superheated matter and strong magnetic fields. Many of the features of the observed image match our theoretical understanding surprisingly well,” Paul T.P. Ho, EHT Board member and Director of the East Asian Observatory, said in the press release. “This makes us confident about the interpretation of our observations, including our estimation of the black hole’s mass.”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Capturing the image wasn’t an easy process though: Astronomers had to observe Messier 87, where a black hole that’s roughly seven billion times larger than the sun, is generating a violent jet approximately 5,000 light-years into space.“If immersed in a bright region, like a disc of glowing gas, we expect a black hole to create a dark region similar to a shadow — something predicted by [Albert] Einstein’s general relativity that we’ve never seen before,” explained chair of the EHT Science Council Heino Falcke. “This shadow, caused by the gravitational bending and capture of light by the event horizon, reveals a lot about the nature of these fascinating objects and allowed us to measure the enormous mass of M87’s black hole.”The cool image was possible with two years of computer analysis of observations from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a global network of radio antennas. Eight radio observatories on six mountains in four different continents observed the Sagittarius and Virgo (where Messier 87 is located), galaxies in April 2017.“We have achieved something presumed to be impossible just a generation ago,” Sheperd S. Doeleman, EHT project director, said in the press release. “Breakthroughs in technology, connections between the world’s best radio observatories, and innovative algorithms all came together to open an entirely new window on black holes and the event horizon.”For more updates on this black hole image, follow the NSF on YouTube and Twitter.More on Geek.com:Astronomers May Soon Reveal the First Photo of a Supermassive Black HoleAstronomers Discover 83 Supermassive Black Holes in the Early UniverseHungry Black Hole Shines Light on Astronomical Phenomenon
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Clark County’s forest plan for Camp Bonneville has been certified by two organizations.The Forest Stewardship Council and American Tree Farm System’s Sustainable Forest Initiative both signed off on the county’s plan to use selective thinning to create a healthier environment for the trees and reduce fire danger, Jim Vandling, county forester, wrote in a press release issued Wednesday.Proceeds will be used for forest management at Camp Bonneville and road maintenance.Homeowners near the 3,480-acre property have voiced concerns about the threat of fire.Last year, the county assumed full ownership of Camp Bonneville, a former military post the U.S. Army used for training from 1909 to 1995. The Army has agreed to continue paying for locating and removing munitions and cleaning lead-contaminated soil.
OLYMPIA — Public-service minded Washington residents helped the state rank ninth in the nation for volunteering last year.According to a national volunteering report, nearly 2 million Washingtonians volunteered more than 250 million hours in 2012.Seattle is ranked fourth among the 51st largest metropolitan areas, and tops for young adult volunteering.The volunteering report is based on statistics gathered by the federal government. It shows one in four adults volunteered through an organization in 2012.Nationally, more than 64 million Americans volunteered nearly 8 billion hours last year.
RelatedPosts Eight months after Philippines IR operator Landing International Development Ltd held a lavish ground-breaking ceremony on the site of its proposed Philippines casino resort in Manila, the company has yet to receive any official word on the project’s status from the government.The update was provided in Landing’s 2018 financial results release, which saw it fall into loss despite a sharp uptick in revenues at Korea’s Jeju Shinhwa World. 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Load More Pointing to the August 2018 pronouncement by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte that he would not allow the Manila development to go ahead – a directive that culminated in Duterte firing the entire board of Landing’s local partner Nayon Pilipino Foundation – Landing said, “The President of the Philippines has expressed his dissatisfaction with the terms of the lease contract entered by Landing Philippines.”However, “As at the date of this announcement, the company has not received any official decision from the Government of the Philippines regarding this matter.”Landing added that it would inform shareholders should there be any progress on the stalled project, envisioned as a US$1.5 billion entertainment-inspired resort.Meanwhile, the company announced a net loss of HK$701.5 million for the 12 months to 31 December 2018, having booked a profit of HK$505.1 million in 2017. The loss was the result of ongoing development and operating costs at Jeju Shinhwa World as well as fair value changes of equity investments and a failure to reverse the absence of trade receivables from the prior year to the value of HK$209 million.Nevertheless, revenue for the year increased 149.9% to HK$2.1 billion due to the ramp of Landing Casino and the openings of Shinhwa Waterpark, Transformers Autobots Alliance Exhibition and the Somerset Clubhouse during 2018.Landing Casino booked revenue of HK$1.49 billion from casino operations for the year, up from HK$179.8 million, with segment profit of HK$83 million from a loss of HK$117 million in 2017.Theme park revenues climbed 286% to HK$270 million.The company said it expects to launch Jeju Shinhwa World’s new resort hotel, Shinhwa Resort, in the second quarter of 2019, adding another 500 rooms “furnished with modern amenities.” Shinhwa Resort will lift the resort’s total room inventory to 2,000.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A member of Zoo Miami’s family received a special treat on World Elephant Day, courtesy of some first responders.The zoo, located in Southwest Miami-Dade, invited the Miami-Dade Fire Department to give Dalip, a 51-year-old Asian bull elephant, a watery surprise Sunday morning.Crews brought a fire truck to give Dalip a special massage and shower to the pachyderm and the rest of the zoo’s gentle giants with cool water.Photographs from Zoo Miami showed Dalip appearing to enjoy the attention.The hose-down gave everyone a welcome break from the summer heat.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
While an exact figure could not be disclosed, a program of this magnitude costs the advertiser between $1 and $3 million. Hearst kicks off its “New Century Craftmanship Idea Series” ad campaign with Lincoln in select July and August issues of Hearst titles, as well as with a video series, that features “artisans” who carry through Lincoln’s branded message of craftsmanship and design through their own work.Debuting in print ads in O, The Oprah Magazine, House Beautiful, Harper’s Bazaar, Veranda and Esquire and in videos on these titles’ websites, Jeff Hamill, SVP of sales with Hearst Integrated Media, says, “These are the titles on which we agreed with Lincoln that provided the right kind of audience for the company and for this message.”The print portion of this campaign features chef Richard Blais, jewelry designer Karen Erickson and men’s fashion designer Kevin Stewart. The online video series includes these personalities as well as Max Wolff, director of design with Lincoln. Blais (along with a Lincoln MKX) will be spotlighted in O, The Oprah Magazine and House Beautiful; Erickson is featured with the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid in Harper’s Bazaar and Veranda; and Kevin Stewart will be seen along with the Lincoln MKX in Esquire.The video series is featured only on the titles’ websites, and are not available through Hearst’s apps. Hamill sees this ad campaign, “As a chance for the consumer to get deeper into the ideas behind Lincoln craftsmanship and Lincoln philosophy, which was really the brand driver for Lincoln in terms of this program.” Consumers can enter to win “goods” through featured videos, which Hamill defines as an opportunity to share an “experience” with the selected personality. For example, the individual that wins Stewart’s experience will receive clothing and an invitation to attend an upcoming fashion show. “It’s a perfect example of what we do with corporate sales, provide custom advertising solutions for our best advertisers. In a company of our size, we firmly believe we can bundle our appropriate assets in a very strategic way for any of our large advertisers’ needs,” says Hamill. “The key to good integration is to use each medium to its strength, and not have a one-size fits all approach.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Beginning on May 4, the Wilmington Police Department will have extra patrols on the road targeting vehicle occupants not wearing their seatbelts. The Department is joining the Massachusetts State Police and municipal police departments across the Commonwealth in the annual “Click It Or Ticket” campaign. This initiative is funded by a federal highway safety grant, through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS).According to statistics from Executive Office of Public Safety, Massachusetts has one of the lowest seatbelt usage rates in the nation. Since being implemented, “Click It Or Ticket” initiatives have helped increase seat belt usage in Massachusetts from 51% in 2002 to 78% in 2016. We still have a long way to go though as the national usage rate average is 90%.The Wilmington Police Department wants to remind everyone that Massachusetts law requires all occupants to be properly restrained by safety belts when riding in a private passenger motor vehicle. So please, when you get in your car, buckle up. You could be saving your own life!(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police To Participate In National ‘Click It or Ticket’ CampaignIn “Government”REMINDER: What To Expect At TONIGHT’S Wilmington Police’s National Night OutIn “Police Log”What To Expect At Wilmington Police’s National Night Out On August 6In “Community”
Tirupati: The committee on health reforms headed by Chairperson K Sujatha Rao appointed by Government of Andhra Pradesh has visited Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) on Tuesday. The eight-member committee inspected various departments like OP, emergency medicine, MICU, RICU, cath lab, nuclear medicine and radiology. SVIMS Director-cum-Vice Chancellor Dr TS Ravikumar made a brief presentation to the committee and stressed the need for allocation of salary budget for the institute. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He outlined the progress made by the institute and initiatives of SVIMS to improve health care quality. Ravikumar highlighted three unique achievements: SVIMS only institution in AP and Telangana to be ranked in both categories of top 100 universities and top 30 medical institutions of India. It displays quality/patient safety metrics voluntarily in public access website and it has the Real Time Actionable Patient Experience of Care (R-TAPE) portal. Other initiatives such as Pink Bus, community CPR programme, nephrology and neurosurgery programmes were also mentioned by him. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The SVIMS Director also remarked that SVIMS has been the only University in the country with no salary support and amongst the lowest grant in aid received of comparable universities and medical institutions in public sector. He pressed the need for Rs 50 crore salary grant by government of AP or SVIMS to be considered on par with BIRRD by TTD with full support.
New Delhi: After a minor from a Delhi slum was raped when she ventured out to use a community toilet last year, a survey was held to assess slum children”s access to toilets and it was found that 81.6 per cent of children living in Delhi slums do not have a toilet in their home. Living in an unsafe environment amidst drunkards and drug addicts, and having to answer nature”s call after sunset comes with its own set of risks. In a Delhi slum known as Israil Camp, 12-year-old Priya”s (name changed) small 6X10 sq ft home, which houses six members, does not have a toilet. “There are no community toilets nearby, and, so we do not go there,” she said. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us Priya revealed that there is always a fear of being attacked by the drug addicts or drunkards who lurk around. Besides, she said, the residents also have to be wary of snakes and insects. A total of 423 children from four slum areas of Delhi-Inder Camp, Israil Camp, Kalyan Vihar and Sanjay Camp – participated in the survey, conducted by the Kailash Satyarthi Children”s Foundation (KSCF). Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us Of them, 295 children reported having access to toilets, private or community. Out of the 345 who don”t have a toilet at home, 203 children (58.8 per cent) revealed they use community toilets (”pucca” toilets), 14 children (4.06 per cent) use mobile toilets, and the remaining 128 children (37.1 per cent) defecate in the open. The survey also revealed that almost 71 per cent of those who use public toilets said the community toilets were inaccessible round-the-clock. Anita, a 14-year-old from Sanjay Camp, said: “I try to use the toilet when the place is crowded to avoid any untoward incidents.” Advertise With Us The study also looked into the ratio of users to the number of community toilets. It found that in all the four slums, the number of toilets was inadequate. On average, the community toilets were located around 200-300 metres away from the residential areas. The number of users per community toilet in these four slums ranged from 64 to 316 per toilet, depending on the population of slums and the number of toilets. Israil camp has only 19 community toilets for a population of about 6,000, thus making the number of user per toilet as high as 316. The officials of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), the body responsible for the management of urban slums in Delhi, claim steps are being taken to provide toilet facilities to as many people as possible. DUSIB member Bipin Rai said as the slums are unplanned, there is no scope of constructing toilets in most of the houses. “There was a need of 27,000 community toilets in the slums of Delhi of which the DUSIB has constructed 22,000, while the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has constructed 3,000. The remaining toilets will be constructed within a year,” he said. Rai stated that once they received information on the issues related to safety and security, they wrote to the Delhi Police for increasing patrolling in such areas. Talking about instilling the practice of using toilets among slum dwellers, he said usage fees for toilets had been waived off a year ago since it was expensive for the slum-dwellers, who on an average have six to eight members in their families. He informed that while it costs the government Rs 50 crore, usage fees were revoked to ensure that people use toilets. Along with compiling the report, the KSCF had also given some recommendations that might help solve the problems. “[The] government must construct private toilets with proper sewage systems, especially in slum areas under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) scheme. The community toilets should be built at the optimal population per toilet seat ratio and should have all facilities including water, sanitation, cleanliness and security,” said Rakesh Senger, the programme director of the survey report. “Toilets catering to the special needs of children must also be constructed under the SBM. Security issues related to public toilets need to be addressed on an urgent basis. With functional locks and latches installed in all toilets, attendants should be deployed at the gates of the shared toilets and uninterrupted electricity supply should be provided in every toilet,” he added. The recommendations also included mandatory police patrolling every night to eliminate the presence of drug and alcohol addicts in and around these toilets, since they pose a significant threat to the safety of children.
Share A majority of Texas voters believe gun laws should be more strict, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.Almost as many — a total of 44 percent — would leave gun laws as they are now (31 percent) or make them less strict (13 percent).Credit: Ryan MurphyNumbers may not add up to 100 due to rounding. Margin of error ± 2.83 percentage points.Source: University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, June 2018Credit: Ryan MurphyAsked about things that might be responsible for recent school shootings at Santa Fe High School and elsewhere, Texans spread the blame around, checking off insufficient mental health resources for students, bullying, poor parenting, failure to identify potential school shooters in advance, media attention to perpetrators, insufficient security at schools, poor enforcement of existing gun laws, violence in popular culture, insufficient restrictions on gun ownership, drug use and school building design.“A lot of people don’t think these incidents have a lot to do with guns,” said Josh Blank, manager of polling and research at the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. “The emphasis on personal responsibility, whether that’s parents or decisions made under psychological duress, is still there.”Asked to choose just one thing to blame, poor parenting rose to the top of the list (18 percent), followed by insufficient restrictions on gun ownership (17 percent), insufficient mental health resources for students (14 percent) and bullying (13 percent). None of the other items were chosen by more than 8 percent of the voters. Drug use and school building design were the first choices of only 1 percent of the respondents.“Among Democrats, the cause is access to guns,” said Jim Henson, who runs the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin and co-directs the UT/TT Poll. “Equally unsurprising, though striking, is the continuing tendency of Republicans to see the causes in terms of personal breakdowns and individual behavior.“You do see some degree of common ground when it comes to mental health,” he said.Asked what effect more people carrying guns might have, Texans split, with 37 percent saying the United States would be safer and 39 percent saying it would be less safe. Another 15 percent said it would have no effect on safety.Credit: Ryan MurphyNumbers may not add up to 100 due to rounding. Margin of error ± 2.83 percentage points.Source: University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, June 2018Credit: Ryan MurphyShootings in schools and churches and other public places have changed Texas voters’ minds about the National Rifle Association, but not dramatically: 41 percent said they have a favorable impression of the NRA and 39 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion. In a November 2015 UT/TT Poll, 48 percent had a positive impression and 31 percent had a negative one.Credit: Ryan MurphyNumbers may not add up to 100 due to rounding. Margin of error ± 2.83 percentage points.Source: University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, June 2018Credit: Ryan MurphyThe narrowing distance between good and bad impressions hides a wide partisan split, however: In the current poll, 73 percent of Democrats said they have negative impressions of the NRA, while 73 percent of Republicans said they have a positive opinion of that group. There’s a gender gap, too: 34 percent of women and 50 percent of men had favorable impressions of the NRA, while 40 percent of women and 37 percent of men had unfavorable impressions.“Guns is one of a small set of issues where people have constrained opinions — they’ve thought about the issue and weighed it against a variety of experience,” said Daron Shaw, a professor of government at UT-Austin and co-director of the poll. “Death penalty is one, abortion is another. They don’t blow with the wind like they do on many policy issues. That’s where we are with guns.”The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from June 8 to June 17 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.The University of Texas has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.
A new family has moved into the house two doors away from yours. Suddenly, there is traffic in and out daily. People gather outside at all hours of the day and night. Profanity, arguments, and loud conversations can be overheard. It appears drug sales might be taking place. What can you and other residents do?A lot, said Asst. Attorney General Michael Aniton and Community Prosecutor Trena Carrington of the Department of Justice. During the recentmeeting of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), the pair gave residents of the Petworth neighborhood a list of things they should do to protect themselves and their neighborhood.ANC Commissioner Donna Brockington noted that there were several complaints from residents about the noise in the neighborhood. After acknowledging the concern, Aniton said, “I want to focus more on the drug, gun, and prostitution aspect.” Aniton’s office handles housing code violations, businesses operating without proper licenses or permits, drug, firearm, prostitution, and general nuisances.“A nuisance property uses, sells, or reproduces drugs, keeps or stores firearms that aren’t registered, or engages or practices prostitution in any manner.”If residents notice property in the neighborhood that would be considered a nuisance property, he said, they should call the police. Once a complaint is made, the investigation would begin, he told the more than 50 residents in attendance.Aniton stressed that although there may be suspicious activity going on in the community, the activity must be reported. “Do [resident’s concerns] have to be an emergency [to call the police],” Brockington asked.“No,” Aniton said. “A call can be anything.”Police are first looking for evidence that the property has an adverse impact, Aniton and Carrington said. That evidence can include increased fear of residents in the area, increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic, increased police calls, bothersome solicitations, dangerous weapons displayed, investigative purchases, arrests at or near property, executed search warrants, and discharged firearms, they said.One or more of those conditions has to be present for the property to be considered to have an adverse impact on the community.First, there has to be a call for service, followed by a search warrant and arrest reports on file as evidence against the property to begin a legal process against the property, Aniton said.“Once we have the evidence that shows that there’s an adverse property, then we can move forward,” he said. “We can use that evidence to essentially bring a case against the property owner.”Aniton and Carrington said once there is enough evidence, a notice is sent to the property owner. The letter informs them that their property has been reported as a nuisance and asks what the owner plans to do to remedy the problem.Remedies include putting up fences, installing lights outside of the property, initiating an eviction process or the destruction of sheds. The owner then has 14 days to respond to the notice.If the owner agrees to cooperate and take the necessary steps to remedy the problem, the case is closed and considered successful. If the owner does not respond or responds stating that he or she is not going to remedy the problem, a complaint is filed.The complaint turns into a criminal property case. The complaint asks the judge to order the owner to find and put in affect a solution the issue.“An investigation can be from a month to a year or longer,” Aniton said.“It’s a process,” Carrington added. “Sometimes it’s three or four are agencies trying to combat the problem.”Aniton and Carrington said residents with concerns could email them at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.