Decorate your home or business for the holidays and have a chance to win an American Express Gift Card courtesy realtors Pete Madden and Patrick Halliday. By Maddy Vitale Competition is revving up between two realtors – Pete Madden and Patrick Halliday.But it has nothing to do with house sales.The two businessmen from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices are sponsoring a holiday decorating contest through Dec. 21. Both homes and businesses can participate.Madden and Halliday are hoping for some friendly competition to get the community into the festive spirit. The contest winner will receive a $250 American Express gift card.They’re encouraging people to adorn their homes or businesses in colored, white, flashing or twinkling lights, or any other kind of Christmas glitz and decorations.But don’t expect any real good hints as to what Madden is looking for.However, his wife, Ashley, said she has an idea what he might see as the best decorated home or business.“He probably would like something creative. I know if Pete has any say in it, it would be over the top. Something outside the box,” she said with a laugh.Business owners are asked to join in the friendly competition.Patrick Halliday said the contest is really meant to be a lot of fun for the community.“This is a fun, friendly competition, encouraging everyone to enjoy the holiday season and show their holiday spirit,” Halliday said.Ashley Madden is in charge of posting all of the submitted photos on the Facebook pages and on Instagram for both Madden and Halliday.For anyone interested in joining in a little competition, they should email photos of their decorated homes or businesses to [email protected] Madden said the gift card is an extra incentive for people who devote the time and effort into making their house shine or business stand out with a festive motif over the holidays.She added it is also an excellent way to showcase a property that a homeowner or business owner plans on selling.The winner will be chosen Dec. 21.To check out the submissions of homes and businesses decorated for the holidays visit Pete Madden’s Facebook page, Peter Madden Ocean City Real Estate, and Patrick Halliday’s Facebook page, Patrick Halliday South Jersey Real Estate Specialist.
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Researcher finds Coke’s fingerprints on health policy in China GAZETTE: You break the report into two parts. The first is an institutional story of how ILSI works both at global and local levels to advance corporate interests. It takes a behind-the-scenes look at the organization. Then, the report highlights the gap between the public narrative about ILSI as a charitable organization that adheres to IRS rules on nonprofits, and contrasts it with set of private channels within the organization used to influence ILSI science and health policy in branches around the world. What were some of the biggest revelations you came across here?GREENHALGH: ILSI was created more than 40 years ago by then-Coca-Cola vice president Alex Malaspina and it now has 15 branches worldwide, including one in China — but nobody had looked closely at how it operates. The biggest discovery was the incredible complexity and sophistication of the organization. Tracking it over six years, I discovered that there were four specific features of its structure and organization that enabled it to serve industry interests while appearing to serve the public. You just mentioned two of those features: ILSI has a dual character — visible and invisible, public and private — and a host of informal, hidden mechanisms by which companies can influence the science. But there are two more as well. One is a hierarchical global structure that concentrated power in D.C. and made the branches subject to the authority of ILSI-Global. Last but not least are exclusionary rules of participation. Participation in ILSI events — especially by speakers — was by invitation only, creating a quasi-closed world of ILSI science in which critics of corporate intervention in science were not invited. They were excluded by definition.GAZETTE: What do you hit on in the second part of the report?GREENHALGH: The second part is a detailed story of science-making and policymaking over 20 years, both at the global level of ILSI headquarters in the U.S. and at the local Chinese level. This story shows how Coke and other corporations used the ILSI apparatus to promote an industry-friendly approach to obesity calling for some dietary changes, but prioritizing exercise and remaining silent about soda taxes. In this section, I trace the process step by step to show how Coca-Cola managed to leave its mark on every phase of the process of making obesity policy. You can find Coke’s fingerprints on everything from framing the obesity problem and solution as matters primarily of physical activity, to naming the key, industry-friendly actors in the policy process, to creating activity-focused policies and programs. You can see Coke’s involvement too in the construction of the scientific rationales to support the physical-activity solution, primarily “energy-balance science,” which says you can eat as many calories as you wish, as long as you burn them off. Finally, you can detect Coke’s role in incorporating these activity-centered approaches into Chinese policy and programs. That’s pretty remarkable. GAZETTE: What triggered this study, along with the previous two, and how did you go about completing this body of work?GREENHALGH: When I started this project back in 2013, there was already growing concern about corporate intervention in science and policy on human health. There were important studies of the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries, some by colleagues here at Harvard, but there was virtually no research on the food industry. At that time, the media were devoting massive attention to the growing epidemic of obesity, not just in the U.S but all around the world. It seemed highly likely the food industry was trying to skew the science of obesity to protect profits, and so I set out to study what the industry was doing in China, my area of expertise.There, I spent 10 weeks doing in-depth field research that involved, among other things, two dozen interviews with obesity experts, including those who had been instrumental in making China’s obesity policy. The interviews raised more questions than they answered, though. The biggest puzzle was ILSI, whose leaders in China claimed to create disinterested science despite being industry-funded. To understand developments in China, I needed to expand the project to include the entire ILSI-Global network, the Coca-Cola Co., and other global programs active in China, like the Exercise Is Medicine program. Over time, my research became a two-part project, with one part centering on China and the other on developments at the global level, which became interesting in their own right. “No one I was studying wanted me to be studying them. And so they put many obstacles in my way.” Last year, anthropologist Susan Greenhalgh, the John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Research Professor of Chinese Society, revealed how the Coca-Cola Co. worked through an industry-funded global scientific nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., to influence obesity science and policy solutions in China. In a follow-up study, published Monday in the Journal of Health Policy, Politics and Law, Greenhalgh went deeper into how the nonprofit, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), was so successful at this. She traces the history of ILSI (the chief scientific nonprofit of the processed food and sugary drinks industry), exploring how it operates, and how Coca-Cola used it to influence the scientific agenda and shape obesity science and policy at global levels and in China. The Gazette interviewed Greenhalgh about the new study and what it says about industry influence on health science and policy.Q&ASusan GreenhalghGAZETTE: What’s the story you’re trying to tell here, and how does it expand on the 2019 report?GREENHALGH: This is fundamentally a story about Coke and ILSI protecting the soda industry from threats posed by the obesity epidemic — threats of soda taxes and government restrictions on marketing to kids. Since 2015, when The New York Times exposed Coke’s efforts to promote activity as the main solution for obesity, we’ve known that Coke was involved in distorting the science of obesity. My work reveals the scale of the impact and the inner workings of the organizations involved. The 2019 papers I published in The BMJ and the Journal of Public Health Policy documented Coke and ILSI’s success in getting the “exercise-first” approach embedded in China’s science and policy on obesity. This article digs into the operations of ILSI to explain that success during the two decades between 1995, when ILSI took up the obesity issue, and 2015, when Coke abandoned the exercise-first approach. “ … we’ve known that Coke was involved in distorting the science of obesity. My work reveals the scale of the impact and the inner workings of the organizations involved.” Related Soda company worked through nonprofit to shape obesity strategy, professor says GAZETTE: Did you encounter any challenges collecting the data and information?GREENHALGH: Absolutely. Everything was surrounded in secrecy. Many of the claims made by people involved with ILSI-funded science didn’t add up; the closer you looked, the more problematic some of them became. Over time, I came to see that the main actors — both ILSI leaders at global and local levels and the core scientists — were engaged in deliberately concealing what was going on. So, much of the research involved constantly trying to peel back layer after layer of obfuscation.The second major challenge was there was no roadmap to what I should study — which actors, which organizations, which activities. As a result, I had to adopt an open-ended, exploratory process of investigation and follow every lead to see where it would take me. It was an energizing process, because the more I looked, the more interesting — and often concerning — material I found.GAZETTE: What are some of the study’s limitations?GREENHALGH: No one I was studying wanted me to be studying them. And so they put many obstacles in my way. Because of the extreme sensitivity of the issues I was probing — especially after The Times’ expose — I was unable to interview the core scientists in the U.S.Fortunately, this problem didn’t affect the China research. Partly because it was done before the 2015 expose came out, but also because the political culture in China is very different. In China, corporate funding of scientific research is just routine. It’s business as usual, so people were willing to talk about it.GAZETTE: Why is it important that these issues be brought to the light?GREENHALGH: It’s important for two major reasons. First, despite some important critical work on corporate intervention in science, rich and powerful companies like Coca-Cola are continuing their efforts to create industry-friendly science, and that science threatens both the integrity of health science and the soundness of health policy. We’ve long known that food companies are meddling in the science, but we still know little about how they’re doing it and with what effects. If we are to intervene in these harmful dynamics, we need to know much more about how sophisticated, secretive quasi-corporate organizations like ILSI work.The second reason we need to keep these issues in the public eye — even in the midst of a viral pandemic — is that the impact of these companies may be much greater than is currently appreciated. Industry impact is likely to be greatest not in the U.S. or Western Europe, where the critical research is concentrated, but in countries in the Global South that are part of the ILSI network. If China is any indication, the political culture, especially in poor countries, may be welcoming to big companies offering financial and technological support. Substantial evidence suggests that ILSI operates in similar ways across the globe. We need to put much more energy into in-depth research on the effects ILSI is having on scientific understandings and official policies on chronic diseases around the world.In China the impact of that exercise-first approach promoted by Coke and ILSI continues to this day. Despite the findings of the 2019 articles, China has not questioned how it’s tackling its epidemics of obesity and related chronic diseases. I see this new work as both a call to action to the research community, and a concrete guide to the kinds of analytic strategies and research methods that are needed to call the food industry to account.This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.
Health experts add that the risks are very low that COVID-19 will remain on envelopes or packages long enough to infect anyone who handles them.Officials reiterate that it remains a good idea to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, and to also avoid touching your face, after handling deliveries.As many other businesses across the nation, the U.S. Postal Service has been limiting visitors to its facilities, and is practicing social distancing guidelines. Is it safe to open mail and packages during the pandemic?According to the the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the answer is “yes.”They say there is no evidence that the virus is spreading through mail or parcels.Instead, it is mostly spread as droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes are then inhaled by people nearby.We will continue to ensure our customers and business partners can depend on our mail and shipping channels, while keeping employees safe.— U.S. Postal Service (@USPS) April 13, 2020
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This image was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. Return to article. Long DescriptionWritten by: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University & MFLN Military Caregiving concentration For heroes have the whole earth for their tomb; and in lands far from their own, where the column with its epitaph declares it, there is enshrined in every breast a record unwritten with no tablet to preserve it, except that of the heart.” – Thucydides Pericles Funeral OrationMany springs ago when I was in college, I would sit in the third floor classroom of the main administrative building listening and learning about the classics of history. I spent considerable time semi-attentive, gazing out of the window at the trees and grass in the gathering warmth of May. Nestled in a broad valley among the mountains of Southwest Virginia, the college was the epitome of the peaceful academic grove.While we learned about the ancients, the 20thcentury would make itself present in surprising and unexpected ways. Every so often, our quiet world would be disrupted by B-52 bombers flying low overhead. Where they came from I did not know, nor did I know where they were going. Jet engines rattled classroom windows as bombers arrived and cleared across campus. Flying at a time where Cold War tensions were heightened, we knew that these training missions were serious and with purpose. Slightly awoken to the preparations for conflict, the overflights reminded us that our peaceful terrain mirrored more dangerous topography that might have to be navigated in a time of war.This campus had been touched by war in the past. Among contested ground in the Civil War, it served as a field hospital. The origins of Memorial Day are in the remembrance of that war. Today, the day commemorates the sacrifices made by Americans across the timespan of war and conflict. It also honors those who have died in peacetime while in service to our country.As I learned back in those classroom days, honoring those who have died in service to their country has deep roots. The quote that opens this blog is attributed to Pericles by the ancient Greek historian Thucydides in his writings on the Peloponnesian War. These words were authored some 2,500 years ago in the 5thcentury B.C.E. to mark the conflict between Athens and Sparta.A rather short passage, Pericles Funeral Oration speaks to the sacrifices made by those in the defense of their country and acknowledges the pain and sorrow of their families. The Athenian traditions even provided for remembrance of those we would call “unknown soldiers” and those “missing in action.” For it was said that funeral processions would include “an empty bier decked for the missing.”Honor and respect were seen as obligations and duties of those in a democratic society living under the rule of law and aiming for a higher civic purpose. Civic duty calls for time to be spent in remembering and recognition be given for those who have sacrificed. In our modern era, it should do us well to think about the sacrifices of our service members and their families as we go about our daily lives.
Let’s take a behind-the-scenes look at Vader and Luke’s Cloud City duel from The Empire Strikes Back.Ask just about any filmmaker to identify their favorite Star Wars film and a majority of them will tell you The Empire Strikes Back. For many, Empire was just on another level in terms of narrative, cinematography, editing, pacing, and special effects. While many of us absolutely love A New Hope for taking us to places we had never been, Empire took us beyond that.There are countless moments in The Empire Strikes Back we could deconstruct and study, but there’s one quotable scene that stands out from the rest: the Cloud City duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.Video via Captain AmericaPre-Production of the SceneDuring the pre-production process, you always want to try and fully develop your scene ahead of time. For such a pivotal scene, concept design and storyboards were an absolute must. Producer George Lucas needed an artist who could conceptually design the scene he saw in his head, so he went back to his original legendary concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie.I think Ralph’s contribution to the Star Wars world is incalculable, it’s him bringing the characters that I described in words to life… It’s one thing to describe things, and then it’s one thing to hold a picture up, and the pictures were so accurate to what I wanted. – George Lucas, Star Wars Concept Artist: Tribute to a MasterConcept art for The Empire Strikes Back by Ralph McQuarrie via Star WarsNot only were the storyboards and concept designs of the scene important, but the choreography of the scene was vital as well. Having such a long duel between two characters was a logistical challenge. They had to work the sword play in through essentially four different areas, so for the actors there as a lot to learn on top of their dialogue.Concept art for The Empire Strikes Back by Ralph McQuarrie via Star WarsBeyond the actual fight, the look and feel of the scene had to be perfect, as there was a lot of layered conflict going on in the scene. There was the obvious good versus evil — but there was also power versus weakness, control versus freedom, and order versus chaos. To portray this tangle of emotion and motivation, McQuarrie and the artists at ILM crafted a set that would stay fairly neutral, while the costumes and lightsabers would highlight the conflict.Set Design of the SceneSet designer Roger Christian worked diligently with Lucas, Kershner, and McQuarrie to get that look and feel that was needed for the film. As he did on A New Hope, Christian went against the grain and decided to use metal as his main material, versus the plastics featured in sci-fi films such as Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Again, the result of this decision made the inner structure system of Cloud City seem flat and void or neutral.All science fiction before was very plastic and stupid uniforms and Flash Gordon stuff. Nothing was new. George was going right against that. My first conversation with him was that spaceships should be things you see in garages with oil dripping and they keep repairing them to keep them going, because that’s how the world is. – Roger Christian via EsquireThere was great importance on making this final section of the scene feel isolated and dangerous. Because of the shocking revelation that Luke would receive from Vader, the set design should exist in such a way that it heightened the tension for the scene. With this in mind, Christian and set designer John Barry crafted the catwalk set on one of the sound stages at the legendary Pinewood Studios.Behind the scenes of The Empire Strikes Back via LucasfilmAgain, they needed the set to feel dangerous and isolated, not only for the audience, but for actor Mark Hamill as well. They achieved this by creating a massive set with a curved wall to highlight the inner structure’s depth. On the final section of the set, Hamill would find himself ten to twelve feet above the mattress-covered floor below, with a large fan blowing from this left.Behind the scenes of The Empire Strikes Back via LucasfilmThis scene would have never been able to really come to life and highlight that good versus evil conflict had Christian and Barry not designed a muted and isolated set for the drama to play out.Cinematography of the SceneJust as with any fight sequence or great dramatic stand-off, Kershner opted to begin the sequence with an establishing shot. He effectively places Luke within a space that is vastly different to the rest of the Cloud City. We get a sense right from the start that Luke’s already at a disadvantage, which plays directly off of the previous scenes on Dagobah.For a majority of the scene, we rarely get any character close-ups. Instead Kershner remains in medium or wide shots that allow the audience to watch the action unfold. This is in stark contrast with the current action-film trend of tightly cropped, jumpy camera work that makes it difficult for the audience to follow what’s going on.Though dialogue isn’t heavy during this scene, Kershner still needed to establish a version of the shot/reverse shot. He was able to do this several times throughout the sequence by placing the audience just off to the side and over the shoulder of each character as seen in the incredibly impressive dolly shot below.While simple in technique, its visual implication is massive to the story… Through this shot we gain a sense that Luke is not ready for the encounter, just as Yoda and Obi Wan warned.Post-Production of the ScenePost-production for the scene was heavy on visual effects. Today most people can simply add a lightsaber in After Effects, but the process to create such an effect was far more daunting in 1983. Still, the majority of what made this scene so special was the editing of Paul Hirsch.Paul couldn’t have the fight scene drag out for seven minutes straight, as you saw in the video above. While it’s interesting to watch, he knew other things were going on at the same time based on the script. By working with Lucas and Kershner, he made cuts that would allow the duel to play out alongside the attempted rescue of Han Solo from the hands of Boba Fett.Another editing technique he employed: jump cuts during the actual duel itself. In order to amp up the pacing and keep the duel exciting and emotional, he would jump cut from wide to medium to close to wide and so on.Again, the editing of the scene is what really makes it all work. The pacing and structure are so perfect. It’s why this is scene is one of the greatest scenes in not only Star Wars history, but film history.What do you take away from the filmmaking techniques on display in the scene? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
76ers: Embiid shot 6 for 18. … Philadelphia shot 9 for 27 from 3-point range.Raptors: Toronto went 0 for 8 from 3-point range in the first quarter. They finished 7 for 30 … Leonard had Toronto’s only assist of the first. … Gasol had 11 rebounds.UP NEXTToronto opens the Eastern Conference Finals at Milwaukee on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler tied it with a driving layup with 4.2 seconds left, Toronto used its final timeout to draw up a play for Leonard, who dribbled toward the right corner and launched the high-arching shot. NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue It bounced to the top of the backboard, hit the near side of the rim again, then the other side twice before going through, setting off a wild celebration as the Raptors advanced to the conference finals for the second time in four seasons. They will open the conference finals Wednesday night at Milwaukee.Leonard scored 41 points on 16-of-39 shooting. Serge Ibaka added 17 points, and Pascal Siakam had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Embiid led the 76ers with 21 points and 11 rebounds. JJ Redick had 17 points, Butler added 16, and Tobias Harris had 14 points and 10 rebounds.ALL. THE. REAX. 👏👏👏@kawhileonard x @Raptors #WeTheNorth #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/J5lgLDhjHn— NBA (@NBA) May 13, 2019 Trail Blazers rally to oust Nuggets, advance to West finals for 1st time in 19 years 🚨 THE SHOT. THE BOUNCE. THE WIN. 🚨Kawhi Leonard drops in the #TissotBuzzerBeater to lift the @Raptors to the Game 7 win! #ThisIsYourTime #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/bpRx7GXiKu— NBA (@NBA) May 13, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTORONTO — Kawhi Leonard hit a shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess In its only other conference finals, Toronto lost to LeBron James and Cleveland in six games in 2016.Redick tied it at 85 with a three-point play with 3:29 left. Nearly two minutes passed before the next basket, Leonard’s long jumper with 1:41 to go that was initially ruled a 3, but changed to a 2 after video review.On Philadelphia’s next possession, Lowry forced a steal near midcourt and fed Siakam for a fast-break layup, giving Toronto an 89-85 lead with 1:14 left.Butler made one of two at the line and Leonard missed a pair of jump shots, giving the 76ers the ball down 89-86 with 24.1 seconds remaining. Embiid was fouled and made both, cutting it to 89-88 with 12 seconds left.Leonard was fouled with 10.8 seconds left. He made the first, but missed the second, setting up Butler’s tying layup.Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates his last-second basket with teammates at the end of the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Toronto on Sunday, May 12, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)The 76ers missed nine straight shots to start the game and didn’t score until a 3-pointer by Redick midway through the quarter. Still, while the Sixers made just two of their first 14 attempts, the Raptors only made 3 of their first 13. Toronto shot 5 for 24 in the first quarter and the 76ers went 5 for 19.Philadelphia had as many turnovers (five) as baskets in the quarter that ended with Toronto up 18-13.Lowry headed to the locker room briefly in the second because of a sprained left thumb. He checked back in midway through the period. Siakam and Leonard each scored seven points in the second and Lowry added six to give Toronto a 44-40 lead at halftime.Toronto led 50-41, its biggest lead of the game, after a basket by Gasol early in the third. Philadelphia answered with a 16-0 run over the next 4 1/2 minutes as the Raptors missed 10 straight shots. Toronto battled back behind 11 points from Leonard and took a 67-64 advantage to the final quarter.TIP-INS View comments
Ministry of Education & Digicel team up for Learning Hub Related Items:akierra missick, anti-violence, jasmine parker, ministry of education, nixon dickenson, youth Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Feb 2015 – It may be seen as finally a proactive step to addressing the reality of some level of gang or territorial violence being prevalent in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Ministry of Education yesterday announced that all boys on all islands will be exposed to a workshop to help them find healthier ways of handling aggression, anger and bottom line avoiding violence. The move is being spearheaded by the Youth Department of the country and the theme is “Saving our boys: Violence Prevention, the Time is Now”. There is a three pronged mission revealed in a media statement from the Office of Minister of Education & Youth, DP Akierra Missick. To get boys and young men involved in community awareness activities exposing violence against one another; to gain insight by hearing the perspectives of the participants and to acquaint these boys and young men with the laws and possible results of violent actions. These workshops will take place in Grand Turk (February 17, 2015 Community College 10am); South Caicos (February 20, 2015 Community Center 10am); North Caicos (February 23, 2015 The Library in Bottle creek 10am) and in Providenciales (February 26, 2015) the Environment Center Lower Bight Road 10am). Among the topics is conflict resolution and the Youth Department is seeking volunteers to help make the workshop happen. You can contact Jasmine Parker or Nixon Dickenson to lend support. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Ministry of Education introduces pilot program
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 1, 2016 – The Ministry of Border Control and Employment confirms that at approximately 12:20a.m. on October 31, Border Control officials received notification that a vessel suspected of transporting undocumented migrants from Haiti to Providenciales made landfall in the vicinity of North West Point.Members of the Immigration Enforcement Unit along with Officers from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force responded in the area.Contrary to unofficial reports, there is no truth that an exchange of gun shots between the police and migrants occurred. Individuals suspected of arriving on the vessel along with two Haitian nationals who have legal status in the Islands may have been involved in assisting with the illegal entry and were apprehended and are presently detained.The Ministry of Border Control reiterates its caution issued to those in Turks and Caicos Islands that might be inclined to harbor illegal migrants, that as a result of the new Immigration Ordinance which came into effect on April 1, 2016, penalties for harboring illegal migrants were increased, and such person now face a fine of $20,000 on summary conviction or to a term of imprisonment of four years, or to both, in addition, persons convicted of such offence, face the possibility of having their status in the Islands revoked, making them liable to deportation.Investigations into this matter will continue. Related Items:
Posted: July 3, 2018 America’s Freedom Bell is officially here in San Diego KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – America’s freedom bell is officially here in San Diego.The unveiling ceremony took place Tuesday morning on the USS Midway. Anyone visiting the midway can ring the bell, until July 8. Since its inception, more than 5 million Americans have had the opportunity to ring it. It’s seen as a way to honor those who serve in our Armed Forces, and to celebrate Independence Day.For more information, click here. KUSI Newsroom July 3, 2018 Updated: 7:35 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter