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Ocean City to Host Countywide School Security Summit on Jan. 31

first_imgOcean City High School By Donald WittkowskiVisitors to Ocean City’s public schools simply can’t walk through the doors and have unfettered access to the buildings.Before they are allowed in, they must ring a doorbell at the front entrance and then pass through a contained area, where they are met by school staff.Jacqueline A. McAlister, president of the Cape May County School Boards Association, said this is just one example of how Ocean City’s schools have heightened security in the wake of mass shootings and other acts of violence at schools nationwide.McAlister believes schools throughout Cape May County should join forces to explore other ways to improve student safety. She announced that the Cape May County School Boards Association will convene a security summit at Ocean City High School on Jan. 31 to focus on the issue.“Our premier concern, our primary concern, is the safety of our children above everything else,” McAlister said.McAlister works full time as director of adult education at the Cape May County Technical School. On Wednesday night, she was named vice president of the Ocean City Board of Education, giving her another leadership role in the public schools system.McAlister made it clear at the Board of Education meeting that student safety will be one of her top priorities. She repeated that theme during an interview Thursday while discussing plans for the security summit.“It’s so prescient and important,” she said of school security.McAlister plans to invite Board of Education members from school districts across the county to the summit, which will be held at Ocean City High School from 6 to 9 p.m. Superintendents and other top-level school officials from local towns, the county and the state are also expected to attend. One of the highlights will be a panel discussion featuring security experts and school officials.“I hope we can share ideas about things we’ve implemented,” McAlister said of security innovations in place at schools throughout the county.Rich McHale, head of security for the Cape May County Technical School, has been invited to speak. McHale, a retired Middle Township police officer, formerly worked for a Department of Defense contractor that advised security forces and the military in war-torn Afghanistan, McAlister said.“He really is an expert in world security,” she said.McAlister said she is not yet sure whether the public will be able to attend the summit, although it will be open to representatives of the Parent Teacher Association. Details still must be discussed with the New Jersey School Boards Association. At the very least, the public will be represented by their local school board and PTA members, McAlister said.McAlister stressed that school shootings nationwide underscore the absolute importance of having stepped-up security. She noted that Ocean City has not had any major security scares, but added, “There’s always a question of what we can do better.”Even relatively simple and commonsense security measures, such as the procedure for admitting visitors to Ocean City’s schools, have improved student safety, she explained.“There’s always a layer of defense between students and visitors,” she said.last_img read more

Press release: Foreign Secretary statement on military action in Hodeidah

first_img Following the start of military action by Coalition-backed forces to take Hodeidah port back from Houthi militia, I call on all parties to respect international humanitarian law and prioritise the protection of civilians. We are in regular contact with the Coalition about the need to ensure that any military operations in and around Hodeidah are conducted in accordance with international humanitarian law, including on the protection of civilians, and do not disrupt commercial and humanitarian flows through the port. The Coalition have assured us that they are incorporating humanitarian concerns into their operational plans. It is vital to maintain the flow of food, fuel and medical supplies into Yemen. For their part the Houthis must not compromise port facilities or hinder the humanitarian response. The ongoing Coalition intervention in Yemen came at the request of the legitimate Government of Yemen after Houthi rebels took the Yemeni capital by force in 2014. Houthi forces have consistently failed to adhere to UN Security Council Resolutions, including by launching missile attacks against Saudi Arabia and shipping in the Red Sea. They have obstructed access for humanitarian supplies leading to significant suffering among civilians. It remains imperative to resume work towards a comprehensive political settlement. Lasting peace and stability in Yemen will require dialogue and negotiation. UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths is due to update the Security Council soon on his proposals for a negotiated settlement. We call upon all parties to throw their weight behind his efforts, for the sake of the Yemeni people and the security of Yemen’s neighbours. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn For journalists Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Notes to EditorsThe UK is working with the UN, NGOs and the Coalition to respond to the humanitarian situation. The UK has committed £170 million to the UN’s Yemen Humanitarian Appeal for the financial year 2018/2019, making the UK the 4th largest donor.Further information Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Email [email protected]last_img read more

Ben & Jerry’s Announces “Freezer Reprise” Ice Cream To Honor Phish’s Baker’s Dozen

first_imgTo say that phans are excited about Phish’s upcoming thirteen-night residency at Madison Square Garden across July 21st through August 6th is an understatement. Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run has just gotten a little bit sweeter, with the announcement that Ben & Jerry’s will be rolling out a limited-edition ice cream flavor for the run. In addition to the already delicious Phish Food ice cream that Ben & Jerry’s regularly offers, in honor of their fellow Vermontians’ 13-night stand at MSG, the ice cream company has crafted a new flavor dubbed “Freezer Reprise,” which features “sweet cream ice cream with a vanilla glaze, chocolate donut swirl, chocolate donut pieces, and fudge fish.”Freezer Reprise will be available outside of MSG on the inaugural night of Baker’s Dozen on July 21st as well as the final night. To close out the run, on August 6th, the company will also be offering Freezer Reprise at a special webcast in their hometown of Burlington, VT, at Three Needs Taproom & Brewery. Ben & Jerry’s also teamed with the legendary artist Jim Pollock to create a limited edition t-shirt to commemorate the run and the new flavor, which will be available via the company’s website here as well as inside MSG at the WaterWheel Foundation during the run. You can check out the T-shirt and the commercial for Freezer Reprise below, and don’t forget to check out Live For Live Music’s Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late Nights to see what’s going on around town each night after Phish hits MSG. Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix)July 25 – Turkuaz at Irving Plaza (tix) *July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party  – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Highline Ballroom (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 –  “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 –  Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (tix)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)last_img read more

U.S. Army South Welcomes New Commander

first_img Major General Frederick S. Rudesheim assumed command of U.S. Army South from Major General Simeon G. Trombitas during a change of command ceremony on September 14, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Rudesheim took over command of Army South following an assignment as the deputy director for joint and coalition warfighting, joint civil-military operations, Joint Staff in Suffolk, Virginia. Air Force General Douglas Fraser, commander of U.S. Southern Command, hosted the ceremony. “Gen. Rudesheim brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the region and is ready to build the strong relationships that Simeon has built during his time here,” Fraser said. “Fred is ready to lead this command to new heights. He brings the right mix of experience leadership regional insight and vision to this important job.” Rudesheim was born and raised in Panama, where he lived for 18 years before leaving for college. He is a 1981 Army Reserve Officer Training Corps graduate of the University of Texas. U.S. Army South is the Army Service Component Command of U.S. Southern Command. SOUTHCOM’s area of responsibility encompasses 31 countries and 15 areas of special sovereignty in Central and South America, and the Caribbean Coast. By Dialogo September 19, 2012last_img read more

El Salvador Police Launch Special Anti-Extortion Investigative Unit

first_img El Salvador has unveiled a new special police force to tackle extortion, said Julio César Marroquín, head of the Central Investigation Division of El Salvador’s National Civil Police. The unit, consisting of 1,200 police officers and 500 soldiers, will work undercover to gather intelligence and crack down on criminals as part of a larger government initiative, Marroquín told Diálogo on June 20. That initiative includes the creation of a new division within the Justice and Public Security Ministry to work specifically on fighting extortion. “The most important feature of this new group is that it will require coordination, at a national level, from all units enabled to fight against extortion — whether it is intelligence gathering or assistance from our armed forces,” Marroquín said. For years, El Salvador has ranked among the world’s most dangerous countries as measured by homicide rates — largely due to violence perpetrated by gangs or “maras” as they’re known in El Salvador. In March, the country’s two largest gangs — MS-13 and Barrio 18 — signed a truce. While government officials say violence has plummeted by nearly 50 percent, extortion remains a prevalent threat. So far this year, 954 extortions have been reported in El Salvador; this translates to just over five incidents per day in a country of 6.3 million inhabitants. Authorities say extortion is the main source of income for gangs in this country. New anti-extortion unit created On June 14, President Mauricio Funes established the Anti-Extortion Subdivision. Four days later, the new agency conducted its first two operations in one of El Salvador’s largest prisons, Penal La Esperanza, where they seized 60 mobile phones, 51 SIM cards and other wireless gadgets from inmates. Most of the extortion threats are made by phone and coming from prison, Marroquín said. “Inmates call certain numbers from their cells and threaten people that if they do not deliver a certain amount of money they, or one of their loves ones, will be hurt,” he explained. “Sometimes they threaten to hurt family members inside the same prison.” Even worse, he said, corrupt prison guards give inmates mobile phones and SIM cards brought in by visitors. “It could also mean there is a type of relationship between the guards and the inmates in some prisons, where the guards could be supplying them with the illicit technology,” Marroquín added. In a second operation that same day in downtown San Salvador, the new police force raided informal mobile phone operators and vendors. Five people were arrested and 100 mobile phone and accessories such as hands-free devices and SIM cards were confiscated. Extortion has been a particular problem in Soyapango, a commercial district in eastern San Salvador. Business owners have complained to local media that gangs are constantly demanding protection money. In one case in early May, a man was shot dead at the market. Police told reporters it was likely that gangs were looking to terrify merchants and set an example of what could happen if they didn’t pay up. Extortions down by 8-12% this year Before the formation of this new unit, the police tried to tackle the problem with smaller groups. Local anti-extortion teams, known in Spanish as Equipos Locales Anti-Extorsión, were scattered around the country, gathering information on such crimes. Under the new model, these teams have been reinforced with investigation and intelligence experts; soldiers will also be assigned to help out as necessary. “Those who were already working on this will be enabled even further, as members of now bigger, better equipped teams include investigators, intelligence analysts and public security officers,” Marroquín said. Authorities say extortions dropped by 8 to 12 percent in the first half of 2013, compared to the same period last year — but they expect this new police force to lower it even further. They add that a drop in extortion income should have no impact on last year’s gang truce. In Mexico, violent crime dropped in the first four months of this year by 3.2 percent, though kidnapping rose by 21 percent and extortion by 13 percent compared to the same period in 2012, according to data from Mexico’s National Public Security System. Mexico doesn’t have a specialized anti-extortion police unit, but El Salvador could serve as an example — as could similar units already operating in Honduras and Colombia. Are specialized police units the answer? There’s a possibility the Federal Police will take on fighting extortion as one of its main tasks,” said Elena Azaloa, an analyst at the Mexico City security think tank CIDE. “While it may be good to create specialized groups to tackle certain crimes, it’s important to remember that these generally encounter the same limitations that regular police already have.” Azaloa added that while such anti-extortion units are useful, “what is necessary are sweeping reforms within the police force, because without them, specialized groups are doomed to fail due to the same deficiencies and constraints facing the police in general.” Even within El Salvador, top security officials have expressed skepticism about merely using repressive tactics to fight extortion. David Munguia, the country’s former minister of justice and security, told the online newspaper ElSalvador.com that extortion is not only a way of life for gang members, but also the only source of income for them and their families. “The gangs have already said they are not going to stop extorting because they depend on that money to make a living, unless they are given a better choice, like a job; but we know that there is high unemployment here and this is the cost of it. We are fighting extortion by pure police repression, when in reality it also requires the cooperation of those being extorted — the victims — to have a proper investigation,” Munguia said. But authorities are set on going after extorters, regardless of where criminals turn for income, as their priority to guarantee people’s rights and safety. “As police officers we are working on fighting crime. It’s what the constitution demands of us and it’s why we exist,” Marroquín said. “In this case we are tackling the crime of extortion, but other police units are equally fighting to end robberies and human trafficking. Our job is to bring security to the people of El Salvador.” By Dialogo August 01, 2013last_img read more

Canary Wharf bids are approaching the right price

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Unai Emery blames Aaron Ramsey for Europa League final heartbreak

first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery blames Aaron Ramsey for Europa League final heartbreak Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 May 2019 11:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Aaron Ramsey will watch the Europa League final from the stands (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed Aaron Ramsey ignored his advice before sustaining a costly injury that ruled him out of the Europa League final.The Welshman will watch Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea from the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring strain in the Gunners’ quarter-final victory against Napoli.The win in Naples was Ramsey’s final appearance for the club as the midfielder is due to join Juventus this summer but he had hoped to end his 11-year stay with the Gunners with a win in Azerbaijan.However, Emery has suggested the midfielder is to blame as he ignored his advice to rest before the fateful win against Napoli.ADVERTISEMENT Ramsey injured his hamstring in Naples (Picture: Getty)Ramsey played 68 minutes in Arsenal’s win against Watford just 72 hours before their game in Naples and Emery says he told the midfielder to sit out the game.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Welshman, though, was desperate to play.‘Now we can speak about that,’ said Emery.‘Sometimes you cannot play every match with the same players because some players can be a risk for injury. When he was playing against Napoli, he was injured.‘The Monday before we played Watford, we won 1-0, and I prefer he didn’t play. I spoke with him. “Aaron, we are playing a lot of matches now. I think you need to rest one match.’‘[He said]: “No, no, coach, I want to play, I want to play, I want to play, I want play, it is very important for me, it is very important for the team, I want to play.”“‘OK. Play.’ And we won. After, Napoli. ‘You OK?’ “Coach, I can, I can, I can.’ And this is the process with him I had.”More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalRamsey had been keen on staying at the Emirates but was left shocked when the club withdrew a contract offer they had made to him.The midfielder then attracted interest from across Europe and is reportedly set to earn an eye-watering £400,000-a-week in Turin.MORE: Chelsea accept £115m bid from Real Madrid for Eden Hazard after Roman Abramovich intervention Advertisementlast_img read more

Canal versus beach: Who wins? Queensland’s most expensive sales this week have the answer

first_imgThe younger beachfront home at 171 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach. Picture: Realestate.com.au What a view to wake up to in Noosaville. The “absolute beachfront” home in Palm Beach. Just wow! Water, water, everywhere outside the windows of the canal home.The Noosaville home at 27 Wyuna Drive was a four bedroom, three bathroom double car garage house that sold for $4.36m. It had not just its own pontoon but also a boat ramp.The Palm Beach beachfront home at 171 Jefferson Lane had six bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a double-car garage – and sold for $3.5m. It was marketed as having been “architecturally reinvented to maximise uninterrupted ocean vistas”. “It presents an incredibly rare opportunity for the new owner to soak in the ultimate beachfront lifestyle, positioned on a large 412sq m block with wide 10.1 metre frontage,” the listing said. Would you pay more for a place to tie up your boat in a canal or for beachfront?THE most expensive homes sold this past week have answered the ultimate Queensland property question – canal or beach? Coastal properties won hands down when it came to fetching the top prices in the state over the week, with the top two places taken up by a modern Hamptons-style beachfront home and an older dated canal front property. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe older canal home at 27 Wyuna Drive, Noosaville.Despite its age, it was the Noosaville canal front home that was the most expensive one sold in Queensland over the week – selling for close to a million more than a brand spanking new beachfront in Palm Beach.Certainly location played a big part in that, with Noosa now one of the hottest markets for retirees and downsizers both within Queensland and interstate. The ultimate beach pad. Certainly lots of counter space in the canal home.last_img read more

Series 700 prototype ready in September

first_imgBYLINE: Norihiko Yoshie (left) and Junichui Ito (right)ROLLING STOCK engineers from JR Central and JR West are confident that they will be able to achieve lower capital and running costs with the next generation of shinkansen train. Due to roll out in September, the 16-car N300 prototype, forerunner of a fleet of trains to be known as Series 700, has been developed jointly by both companies.Heading the development team are Junichi Ito, Manager of the Rolling Stock section of JR Central’s Shinkansen Operation Division, and Norihiko Yoshie, Chief Engineer in JR West’s Rolling Stock Department. The project began in July 1996, and it was formally announced two months later when design work got under way. Ito and Yoshie said the target date for completion of the prototype set is September this year.The N300 design will reflect the experience and expertise that the two companies have amassed in the last two years – JR West with the WIN350 research train and Series 500, and JR Central with the Series 300 Nozomi units and the experimental 300X trainset that set the Japanese speed record of 443 km/h on July 26 last year.More comfort, less weightThe aim of the N300 programme is to lift standards of passenger comfort and reduce costs without increasing weight in relation to Series 300. Part of the higher comfort objective has translated into achieving lower interior noise levels, and Ito said the target was to keep noise to the same level as in locomotive-hauled coaches. This will be achieved by providing better insulation and cutting noise levels at source.Use of the latest bodyshell construction techniques is expected to offer good sound insulation. The shells will be formed of hollow extruded aluminium sections filled with resin foam; thickness of the aluminium will be reduced to 2mm compared with 3 to 3·5mm in similar applications in Europe. The technique has also been chosen to reduce the number of manufacturing processes.The body cross-section of the N300 will be slightly less than Series 300 – 10·9m2 compared with 11·1m2 – helping to reduce running resistance.Use of IGBT converters in the traction package will help cut interior noise levels at the source below the floor, and both the transformer and traction motor design are intended to achieve similar objectives.Achieving low exterior noise levels is also vital to ensure that the train is accepted by Japan’s noise-conscious population. In terms of exterior noise levels, the two companies’ extensive work on front end design has led to the choice of an 8·5m nose compared with 6m for Series 300 and 15m for Series 500, which is designed to be able to run at 320 km/h. Maximum speed of the N300 has not been finally settled, but it is likely to be 270 km/h on the Tokaido Shinkansen because of the relatively small radius curves and perhaps 285 km/h on the Sanyo Shinkansen.The N300 has been designed to be easier to maintain than other builds of shinkansen train. For example, the underfloor equipment modules have been designed so that everything can be inspected and components replaced from one side only. Maintenance requirements will be advised to depots and workshops by an ’intelligent train’ diagnostics system.Whereas Series 300 had 10 powered and six trailer cars, the N300 will have 12 motored cars and four trailers; three motored cars and one trailer form an electrical unit, but pantographs are only fitted on cars 5 and 12. Transformer output will be increased from 3000 kVA to 4000 kVA, but thanks to use of aluminium instead of copper windings, and also the low heat-loss design with IGBTs, the transformer weight will be cut by almost 3 tonnes.The larger number of powered vehicles means that a higher dynamic braking force is available from the traction motors. This means that the number of eddy current disc brakes can be reduced. Eddy current disc brakes were successfully pioneered on Series 100, and they were also fitted to Series 300, with two eddy current brake coils on each trailer axle. On the N300 there will be just one, allowing another reduction in weight.JR Central and JR West plan to order their own fleets of Series 700 sets; Ito and Yoshie expect the combined fleet size to be similar to that of Series 300, which when production ends in 1998 will total 61 sets. In terms of cost, they expect the price to be similar too; Series 300 costs about ´4bn a set. oCAPTION: Artist’s impression of the Series 700 prototypeFurther improvements in design will reduce noise generation, improve the passenger environment, and cut maintenance costslast_img read more

La Spezia Container Terminal Sets Record Throughput

first_imgItaly’s La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT), a container handling facility operated by Contship Italia Group, informed it has recorded its best ever container throughput result during the first four months of 2017.Total throughput at the terminal was more than 276,000 units from January 1 to April 30, 2017.This represents a rise of 15% in total container volumes compared to the corresponding four months of 2016 when the terminal’s throughput stood at 240,000 units, LSCT said.As informed, the increase in traffic reflected strong performances in the trades to and from the USA and Asia, as well as intra-Mediterranean services.“These strong throughput figures are highly encouraging for LSCT and demonstrate that the improvements we are making to help cargo flow through the logistics supply chain, that benefit Italian importers and exporters, are starting to pay off,” Peter Hill, Head of Commercial Operations at Contship Italia Group, commented.“Whilst it is too early to say if there will be a sustained upturn in the global economy, it is clear that our ‘Southern Gateway Alternative’ continues to gain traction. The formation of the new shipping alliances (from April 1) is also starting to work favorably for us,” he added.According to LSCT, all the main container alliances call La Spezia and offer improved transit-times to and from key ports in Asia.last_img read more