The 141 Days of Summer: Daily Beach Report Slideshow

first_imgMost Ocean City residents, merchants and visitors will remember the summer of 2014 as a memorable one for good weather, and a look back at images from each day shows that, yes, it was a pretty nice season.OCNJ Daily snapped an image at dawn each day from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. That’s our loose definition of  “summer” — the period when it’s reasonably comfortable to peel off the neoprene and take a swim in the ocean.It’s not entirely uncommon to see 70-degree water in early October, though this year we finished at 64 degrees on Oct. 13, after starting at 61 degrees on May 26.From here, the ocean temp begins its steady decline. The days get shorter, and we start to fall into that deep depression otherwise known as winter.But it’s always nice to look back, and, of course, to begin the countdown to summer 2015. The slideshow above includes all 141 days of our “summer” in order.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Salvadoran Armed Forces, National Civil Police Cooperate to Fight Gangs through ‘Plan Safe House’

first_img“As an Army, we stand ready to support the PNC in any way that contributes to improving public security. It is a slow process, but we are making progress,” Brig. Gen. Mejía said. “The Soldiers keep watch over the homes that the gang members had taken and that, without a doubt, improves the environment,” de González said. “I hope this continues for a long time, so gangs can’t keep taking over vacant houses.” In cooperation with the National Civil Police (PNC), Troops are carrying out the initiative in the 50 municipalities with the highest crime rates and in zones where Military intelligence units have reported squatters at abandoned homes. They’ve searched approximately 5,600 homes in 50 localities, closed 297 houses occupied by squatters, and arrested 650 alleged gang leaders — all since January 1. “Our plans have not stopped,” Brig. Gen. Mejía said. “We are going to keep supporting the PNC to continue closing off these spaces and give the people tranquility and security.” Tulio Edgar Granadino said he and his fellow residents of the October 10th development in San Marcos have felt more at peace since the FAES and PNC evicted gang members from several properties. Once one of these houses has been identified by security forces, they detain the gang members from the residence, clean it, lock it, and leave an explanatory note for the owner. The Salvadoran Armed Forces’ (FAES) “Plan Safe House” initiative is improving public security by evicting gang members from residences they are illegally using to plan crimes. The effort is authorized by Article 219 of the Criminal Code, which states that “authorities may enter a house immediately if they have intelligence information or a citizen report on the commission of a crime.” Improved security Residents are grateful for the cooperative efforts of the FAES and the PNC. For example, Julio Ernesto Andrade, a 38-year-old carpenter who lives in the area around Centenario de San Salvador Park, said he feels calmer due to the presence of the Military in his community. Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés echoed those remarks. “The destroyer houses are houses that were abandoned by their owners due to lack of security or threats that gang members are now using for meetings or planning crimes,” Rony Morán, chief of the PNC’s San Salvador-South 911 Emergency Response System, said. “The FAES is involved in all public security plans developed by the PNC because they don’t have enough officers to resolve the gang problem,” Brig. Gen. Mejía said. “Faced with an emergency [like this], we are always ready to continue our support, even with more service members.” center_img “We are [present] in the highest crime areas, where the PNC has asked for our assistance…We conduct joint patrols [to] give the populace some peace and create trust because they are confident that we will remove all criminals from this place.” By Dialogo August 04, 2015 Hooray for the Army Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. (Romans 13:1-3). THE FULL FORCE OF THE LAW. Yes, it’s all fine, but it would be more efficient to have the army and the police force develop preventive patrols in the communities and neighborhoods all over the nation, since what is happening is that the police and the army carry out operations in one area and the criminals go to another area and it turns into a game of cat-and-mouse. What the authorities are doing to bring security to society is good. They should have done this before. It is too bad the country that is so beautiful and has such a corrupt government. Just like my country. I think it’s very helpful to inform us about what’s happening !!!! The PNC has no authority here anymore. The gangs are in charge. There are places they won’t even even go into. Our security is a shame. They have the resources; it’s just that they need honest men, not cowardly, fearful ones who are afraid and don’t want to work, so why did they choose this work? It’s a shame that a meter away, or even worse, in front of police stations, they’re extorting. They know who they are, and they don’t do anything. Really you want to put an end to the mafia. Go ahead “One feels safer, seeing them in action,” he said. “For a long time, the gangs have been taking over abandoned homes for their meetings and no one has come to get them out. Now, they know they cannot take houses to commit crimes, because the Soldiers are here, watching.” Effective intervention The Armed Forces will continue to be vigilant while working with the PNC to confront gangs and prevent crimes. And during another joint operation on July 2, Troops and the PNC seized a 12-gauge shotgun and four shotgun shells at a home where gang members were squatting. María Elena de González, a 45-year-old housewife and resident of the Jardín development in the municipality of Mejicanos, agrees. “It isn’t that the violence is over, but the environment has improved a lot,” he said. “Now the gang members know that the Military and the police are here, and they can no longer meet in these houses alone. We hope that the abandoned houses stay closed up, with surveillance, to prevent the gangs from taking them over again.” Plan Safe House has had some significant successes. On June 18, for example, the PNC’s Beta Task Force detained several alleged gang members who were hiding in abandoned homes in the subdivision of San Antonio Las Vegas in the municipality of Ciudad Delgado. With Soldiers from the Zeus Command providing security during the search, police officers confiscated an M-16 rifle with six cartridges, a 10mm pistol, a .38 revolver with cartridge, two magazines for 9mm pistols, and five police hats that have been turned over to judicial authorities. Many of those successes have come with the essential help of concerned citizens, who report on gang members squatting at abandoned properties — popularly known as “destroyer houses”. “Our service members directly accompany agents when conducting censuses and searching through houses to strengthen community security, while the task forces deployed to those sectors survey the perimeter,” Brigadier General William Mejía, Salvadoran Army Chief of Staff, said during the 14th anniversary celebration of the creation of the Army’s Joint Staff Office on July 11. last_img read more

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39 more on board Japan cruise ship have new coronavirus: Minister

first_imgAn additional 39 people on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the Japan coast have tested positive for the new coronavirus, Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said Wednesday, bringing the total to 174.”Out of 53 new test results, 39 people were found positive,” he told reporters, adding that a quarantine official had also been infected with the virus.He added that: “At this point, we have confirmed that four people, among those who are hospitalised, are in a serious condition, either on a ventilator or in an intensive care unit.” The Diamond Princess has been in quarantine since arriving off the Japanese coast early last week after the virus was detected in a former passenger who got off the ship last month in Hong Kong.When the boat arrived off Japan, authorities initially tested nearly 300 people of the 3,711 aboard for the virus, gradually evacuating dozens who were infected to local medical facilities.In recent days, testing has expanded to those with new symptoms or who had close contact with other infected passengers or crew.Those who remain on the ship have been asked to stay inside their cabins and allowed only briefly onto open decks.They have been asked to wear masks and keep a distance from each other when outside, and given thermometers to regularly monitor their temperatures.The ship is expected to stay in quarantine until February 19 — 14 days after the isolation period began.Topics :last_img read more

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E. Nusa Tenggara parents proud to have daughter’s image featured on Rp 75,000 bill

first_imgMoris Saubaki and Telly Saubaki-Saudila of Oebobo district, Kupang, in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) were surprised to see the image of their daughter, Ananda Saubaki, on the commemorative Rp 75,000 (US$5.08) bill, which was issued by Bank Indonesia (BI) to celebrate Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day.The couple recalled that Ananda took part in a photo contest held by BI last year but they did not expect Ananda’s face to be featured on the special banknote.“BI requested that participants send pictures of children wearing traditional attire. Ananda passed the selection and went for the photo shoot,” Moris told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Ananda, who is now 7 years old, did a photo shoot wearing traditional NTT attire in August 2019 at BI’s NTT office in Kupang. At that time, both Ananda and her parents did not know that the picture taken during the photo shoot was intended to be featured on this year’s Rp 75,000 bill.“Today I just found out that the picture taken a year ago was used as part of the design for the commemorative bill,” said Moris, adding that he and Telly were proud of their daughter, a second grader at SD Naikoten 1 state elementary school.Read also: Bank Indonesia releases commemorative Rp 75,000 bill to celebrate 75th Independence DayThe new bill features the faces of the country’s first president and vice president, Sukarno and Muhammad Hatta, as well as Indonesia’s first flag-hoisting ceremony during the country’s Declaration of Independence on Aug. 17, 1945 and the country’s infrastructure pride such as the Jakarta MRT, Papua’s Youtefa Bridge and the trans-Java toll road.On the reverse side, the bill depicts nine Indonesian children wearing traditional attire from Aceh, Riau, Central Java, West Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, NTT, Gorontalo, Maluku and Papua.Previously, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the special Rp 75,000 bill was an expression of gratitude for the country’s independence and a symbol of revival and optimism in facing future challenges, including challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.”[Bank Indonesia] did not issue the special bills to improve liquidity to fund [the country’s] economic activities. […] but to commemorate Indonesia 75th Independence Day and to express gratitude for the country’s independence,” Sri Mulyani said during an online press conference on Monday.BI has released 75 million of the new bill. BI also issued three commemorative bills when celebrating Indonesia’s 25th, 45th and 50th Independence Days. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

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111 villages poised to get ‘drug-cleared’ status

first_img* activeinvolvement of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials in anti-drugactivities According toDirector Alex Tablate of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region6, lead agency of the committee, some applicant barangays failed to meet theparameters set by the Dangerous Drugs Board, particularly the requirement onthe rehabilitation of drug surrenderers. * absence ofclandestine drug laboratories, warehouses, marijuana cultivation sites Of the 111barangays, 57 were from the provinces of Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Capiz,Aklan, Antique, and Bacolod City; 38 were from the province of Iloilo (out of49 applicant barangays); and 16 from Iloilo City (out of 119 applicantbarangays). * no drugtransit or transshipment activity Otherparameters that barangays must meet to achieve a drug-cleared status are: Regarding the 111barangays, Tablate said, “Recommendation palang ‘’yan. May mga monitoring pa atfurther validation.” * operation ofvoluntary and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk/PN Tablate expressedmisgivings yesterday over the non-attendance of some municipal mayors in thedeliberations and for not supporting their police forces’ campaign againstillegal drugs. “We will writeletters to the mayors na hindi nag-attend.Nagpapakita lang na hindi sila seriousin the drug-clearing drive. Sana namanhuwag nilang i-asa lahat sa mga pulis kasi ang dami na nilang trabaho.Magpakita naman sila ng suporta,” added Tablate. *non-availability of illegal drugscenter_img During thecommittee’s meeting yesterday at Casa Real de Iloilo, 111 out of 263 barangayswhich applied to secure a favorable declaration hurdled the committee’sscrutiny. Philippine Drug Enforcement Region 6 director Alex Tablate. PN FILE PHOTO Local chief executivesmust be present in the deliberations so they could speak about their townsvis-à-vis the antidrug campaign, said Tablate. * absence ofdrug dens, pushers and users, protectors or financiers The 16barangays in Iloilo City were Bonifacio Tanza, Liberation and San Felix in theCity Proper; Arguelles, Buhang, Buntatala, Dungon A, and Montinola in Jarodistrict; Bantud and Burgos Mabini Plaza from La Paz district; Cochero,Infante, North Fundidor, San Pedro, and Tap-oc in Molo district; and JalandoniEstate in Lapuz district. ILOILO City –One hundred and 11 barangays in Western Visayas have been recommended fordeclaration as drug-cleared by the regional oversight committee on thegovernment’s campaign against illegal drugs. The nextdeliberation of the committee is on April 23. More barangays in the region are expectedto apply. * conduct ofdrug awareness, preventive education and information campaign Western Visayashas a total of 4,051 barangays. The committee has already declared asdrug-cleared 3,127 barangays (77.20 percent of the total).last_img read more

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Sterling hat-trick powers Clarendon to big daCosta Cup win

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Edwin Allen entered their opening ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup Group H football match against defending champions Clarendon College feeling pretty good about their chances. Their got one consolation – a successful penalty kick that was scored by Khimani Orr in the 26th minute. Joel Sterling left them travelling home feeling blue as he netted a hat-trick to lead Clarendon College to a 6-1 win. It began as expected. The champions were in a no-nonsense mood and quickly began to make their presence felt. In the sixth minute, Sterling fired home his first goal to give Clarendon College the lead. His second came in minute 69, and his third on the 77th-minute mark. Before then, Orr was asked to take a penalty awarded by the referee after a defender was adjudged to have committed a foul inside the area. He converted to make things a little more interesting. Thereafter, it was a matter of how many more goals the Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis-coached Clarendon College would score. That question was answered in emphatic style when forward Seigle Knight fired into the back of the net to make it 2-1 in the 27th minute, then at minute 35, as Roger Russell added his name to the scoresheet when his shot beat Edwin Allen’s Kajay Johnson in goal. Clarendon came out in the second half looking for more and they got it in the 63rd minute when Knight blasted home his second, and his team’s fourth, against an Edwin Allen team that looked dazed, due to the ease at which Clarendon carved through their defence. Thereafter, it was Sterling’s show. The sure-footed forward was dangerous in every attack and managed to close out his hat-trick with a lot of time left on the clock. “There is more to come from me this season,” said Sterling. “I am working hard. The team is working hard and we need to defend the title. “Scoring three goals in any match is a great feeling, so right now, I am enjoying it. But we will refocus for our next game against Kellits on Wednesday,” Sterling added. Davis was full of praise for his young striker, calling the result an outstanding one on which to build the season. “We won with a big margin, but it wasn’t as easy as it seemed. Every game in this group is like a derby, so it requires a special sort of attention from us. Today, the boys did well and now that we have bagged our first win, we are going to keep rolling,” said Davis. Sterling’s showlast_img read more

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