When Cheam fell for Lady Chatterley

first_imgShare on LinkedIn PD James LS Lowry Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content letters • The “hopeless child at deep midwicket” (Lowry cricket painting to be auctioned, 13 May) is clearly at long(ish)-off to a left-handed batter, and is well-shielded by a phalanx of more attentive fielders at a normal mid-off position.Francis Wenban-SmithSouthampton• Will Trump’s trade war (Report, 14 May) reduce the CO2 emissions from international shipping? Would a destabilised global economy be better or worse overall for the environmental emergency?Sarah WeatherheadGlossop, Derbyshire• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition DH Lawrence Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Donald Trump Cricketcenter_img Topics Alfonso Cuarón Brief letters Support The Guardian The prescience in Alfonso Cuarón’s film Children of Men (Why we turn to dystopian TV in a crisis, Journal, 13 May) belongs to the author PD James, whose novel of the same name was the inspiration for the film. Her prescience and brilliance in the structure of the novel were all too credible and made my hair stand on end. And still do.Yvonne WhalleySherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire• I was a Saturday girl at WH Smith in Cheam during and after the Lady Chatterley trial (Report, 14 May). Copies of the book were kept in a secret drawer. I was not allowed to sell them – this was the manager’s job, so he could check that the customer was respectable enough. As we were in Cheam, many copies were sold.Janet MansfieldAspatria, Cumbria Share via Email Sign up for Bookmarks: discover new books in our weekly email Share on Pinterest Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messengerlast_img read more

FA head of security warns of trouble before England’s October trip to Prague

first_imgThe Football Association’s head of security has warned of more trouble when England travel to Prague to play the Czech Republic on a Friday night in October – and said the authorities may have to reconsider when to play such games in the future.Tony Conniford admitted he was “deeply embarrassed” by the bad behaviour of a section of England fans who threw bottles at police in Porto and were abusive to locals – and conceded it could easily happen again the next time England travel abroad.“Prague on a Friday night. I am not going to stand here and say I am confident about that because I’m not,” he said. “Prague is a well-known city for welcoming stag dos. I think it’s tried to change that image but that is a concern for me.“Perhaps moving forward, when draws like that are made, like we do in England, if there is a potential issue then perhaps the authorities need to look at that and say: ‘Is England travelling to the Czech Republic on a Friday night the best thing for the game?’” Barney Ronay England Read more Nations League Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Football violence England trips are being co-opted by the right but football has resisted before Reuse this content Share on Facebook Czech Republic Topics The FA Conniford also admitted he was increasingly concerned about far-right groups such as the English Defence League attaching themselves to the national team because it was “fashionable” and tarnishing its image as a result.“I’m extremely worried that we’ve got the groups that I saw on social media, and the images portrayed across the world associating themselves with the national team,” he said. “Because that causes me problems when I go to a country.“For example, we’re going to Kosovo, where England haven’t played before. I’ve been to countries where their briefing to police officers is to show them footage of that sort of behaviour. That ups the ante straight away. So fans are met with riot police and dogs before they even get off the plane.“We got rid of that. We turned it around so people were welcome. So yes, I’m worried about those groups tarnishing what we achieved. Do I know the solution? I don’t in this moment in time and I’d be lying to you if I said I did.”Conniford, however, praised the Portuguese police who he hailed for doing everything possible to help England fans enjoy the Nations League.“It has been a real disappointment for me because I asked the supporters to respect the country. Sadly a group decided they weren’t going to do that. I want genuine people to come and everything was laid on for this to be a special event and unfortunately what we saw the other night deeply embarrassed me as an Englishman and didn’t bring us any favours.” The Observer news Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Have a Little Money Left Over This Year? Treat Yourself with Casa Noble Selección del Fundador Volume II

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Casa Noble Tequila/FacebookYou’ve worked hard this year. Not just at your job, but at being a human in today’s day and age. I mean, can you count how many political posts you’ve scrolled through this year?As far as we’re concerned, you’ve earned a $1,500 tequila to end 2017 on the right foot (as well as a ton of other stuff, which you can conveniently find in our holiday gift guides). Don’t know of any tequilas that match that price point? Well, aren’t you in luck. We’ve got just the thing.In an effort to expand their luxury portfolio, Casa Noble (which was named “Tequila Producer of the Year” at the 2016 International Spirits Challenge) recently released Selección del Fundador Volume II, a triple-distilled, 41.5-percent ABV extra añejo tequila — for a limited time (that time being until the 300 bottles worldwide are sold).Aged for eight years (extra añejos must be aged at least three years) in new Taransaud 114-liter French white oak barrels (and not aged in anything larger than 600-liter barrels), Selección was created using 100-percent organic Blue Weber agave, which was planted in 1997 to commemorate the founding of Casa Noble.Founder and maestro tequilero Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo said in a statement that this tequila is as much about honoring the heritage of Casa Noble as it is about looking forward to the future.“Selección del Fundador Volume II is an exquisite spirit showcasing our philosophy that making exceptional tequila is truly a noble pursuit. This tequila has been 20 years in the making; I hope people can enjoy sharing this treasured creation with us,” he said.Amber in color, the liquid is silky and smooth on the palate with cooked agave playing against vanilla and chocolate notes while the French Oak barrels contribute notes of flowers, dried fruit, and cinnamon spice.Need a bottle of tequila, but can’t drop $1,500? We’ve got you covered with our favorite bargain tequilas. Then, of course, you’ll need some ideas of what to do with the juice once you’ve got it.Feature image courtesy of Casa Noble Tequila/Facebook. Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down last_img read more

Second Stingray for Maersk Supply Service

first_imgzoom Maersk Supply Service AS has taken delivery of its second of four Stingray vessels, Maersk Involver, from COSCO Dalian Shipyard.The delivery documents were signed by COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co. and Maersk Supply Service on November 28, 2017.The vessel boasts 400 ts AHC crane, dynamic positioning class 3 and measures 11 meters high, 27 meters wide and 137 meters long.In addition, the vessel integrates 1,925 m3 deck space and a 120 person single cabin accommodation.The delivery comes a month after the first Stingray ship joined Maersk’s fleet in October, Maersk Installer.The four Stingray class SSVs are scheduled for delivery in 2017 and 2018.“Maersk Supply Service’s new Stingray subsea support vessels are built to carry out a wide range of deep and shallow water operations in challenging offshore environments. The vessels have flexible features with a large free deck, a 400t crane and 120 … single-cabins,” Carsten Gran Haagensen, Chief Commercial Officer at Maersk Supply Service, said earlier.Maersk Supply Service reported an underlying loss of USD 12 million in the third quarter of 2017, plunging further into the red when compared to USD 11 million loss reported in Q3, 2016.The result was driven by challenging market conditions and low activity in the offshore industry. Approximately 30 percent of the global offshore industry’s vessels are in lay-up, including 12 Maersk Supply Service vessels.Due to the overall oversupply in the industry, the company divested 12 of its ships and it plans to divest five more ships.last_img read more

Inaugural Film Crew Excellence Award Announced

first_imgFor the first time a member of the film industry who works behind the camera is being recognized for their outstanding commitment, innovation and determination for excellence. The Atlantic Film Festival presented the first Film Crew Excellence Award on Sept. 15, to Gary Swim for his outstanding achievement in Nova Scotia’s audiovisual industry. As a location scout and manager, Mr. Swim has secured some of the biggest film projects that have come to Nova Scotia. Nominated by fellow location manager Shaun Clarke, peers consider Mr. Swim to be a film ambassador for Nova Scotia given his extensive knowledge and experience in the industry. “This is a tremendous accomplishment by a talented and unwavering member of our film crew,” said Cheryl Hodder, chair of the board of directors for Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia and chair of the jury panel. “Gary’s work is a testament to the talent we have here in Nova Scotia, and I want to thank him for all his efforts in helping to grow and create jobs within the film industry.” Developed in partnership with local unions and the Film Advisory Committee, the award recognizes an individual or team for outstanding creative enterprise within Nova Scotia’s screen-based industry. The award honours those whose work embodies the qualities of innovation, vision and relentless pursuit of excellence. “I am honoured to be recognized by my peers,” said Gary Swim. “After 30 years in the film business, I enjoy working with filmmakers and ensuring that Nova Scotia gets the recognition it deserves as premiere film destination.” A seven-person jury of professionals within the film industry selected the winner. The festival also gave honourable mention to Kenny LeBlanc, a gaffer and gifted artist who is always thinking of others, and Doug Woods, whose long-standing experience is not to be outdone by his quality and award-winning work. Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia is the lead development agency for the creative industries in the province. Providing a variety of loans, investments, programs and services, the agency works to support the growth and development of Nova Scotia’s creative enterprises.last_img read more

Several injured horse put down in stage coach crash near Williams Lake

first_imgWILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – RCMP say several people were injured and a horse had to be euthanized when a stage coach plunged about 12 meters down a ravine near Williams Lake, B.C.The horse-pulled coach belonged to a local First Nation that was taking part in an annual ride that marks the start of the Williams Lake Stampede, which begins Thursday.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson says the coach lost control before tumbling down the embankment, and a recent mud slide in the area made the rescue challenging.She says Mounties, search and rescue, and air ambulance crews secured the people who were injured to stretchers and used ropes to raise them back to the road.Four people received non-life threatening injuries while two others who were injured were able to walk up the slope.Saunderson says one person was taken to hospital in serious condition and one of the two horses involved had to be put down.“Though there were many challenges in responding to this accident, rescuers and those at the scene really responded with true northern B.C. spirit, using whatever means were necessary to get people the help they needed,” she said in a statement.last_img read more

Quebecers urged to stay alert as more than 3100 homes flooded across

first_imgMONTREAL — The number of flooded homes across Quebec continues to rise but authorities say they expect water to levels to soon reach their peak.Environment Canada is forecasting little precipitation for the next few days in the flooded corridor stretching west of Montreal along the Ottawa River to the Chaudiere-Appalaches region south of Quebec City.The Public Security Department said it expects water levels to peak today or Wednesday and begin to descend over the coming days. Officials with the department say more than 3,100 homes have been struck by flooding.Urgence Quebec said today more than 1,400 people have been forced out of their homes across the province and some 1,800 properties are isolated because of washed out roads or landslides.In Rigaud, about 70 kilometres west of Montreal, the mayor is telling residents it’s going to be a while until things return to normal. Hans Gruenwald Jr. says the risk of flooding in his community is likely to be drawn out over several weeks.Hundreds of Canadian troops have been deployed to Quebec and New Brunswick to help with flood relief.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Peace Arts Gallery Society to host 36th Annual Art Auction this October

first_imgThe Gallery is also still looking for volunteers to help out before, during, and after the Auction.This event is instrumental in keeping the “Let’s Art Program” a free service for youth and seniors.The 36th Annual Art Auction is October 5 at the North Peace Cultural Centre.For more information, you can visit the North Peace Cultural Centre’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace Arts Gallery Society is gearing up to host their 36th Annual Art Auction.Currently, the Gallery is in the process of collecting local artwork for this year’s auction titled ‘Harvest Moon Gala’.This year, the Gallery says they would like a full month Exhibition to celebrate the generousity all of the Artists, Artisans, Crafters as well as the huge contribution the volunteers make, so they are asking that artists bring their work into the Gallery by September 3.last_img read more

ILFS to receive first set of bids under asset monetization process

first_imgNew Delhi: Cash-strapped IL&FS Group will receive first set of bids under asset monetization process on Monday as part of resolution process, according to sources. The company’s board will later consider bids for Rs 8,000 crore renewable energy business that was put on the block in November 2018, the sources said. This will be the first set of bids that will be opened under asset monetization process as part of resolution process by government-appointed and Uday Kotak-led new board, they added. The group, which is sitting on the debt of about Rs 94,000 crore debt, had decided to sell assets in various verticals, including roads, education, renewable energy, and broking in November last year. The renewable assets of the group include operating wind power plants with an aggregate capacity of 873.5-mw, and under-construction such plants with 104 mw capacity. It also includes the solar power business, under which it has around 300-mw of under-construction projects. Japan’s Orix is the joint venture partner in the wind power business and the completion of sale of this business is expected to reduce IL&FS debt of about Rs 5,000 crore. When contacted IL&FS spokesperson declined to comment on the same. According to sources, nearly two dozen firms had participated in the expression of interest sought by the company that ended on December 10, 2018. Several companies, sources said, have completed their due diligence of the underlying assets. However, the completion of entire process and shortlisting of the final bidder will take a few weeks as multiple processes are involved. LIC is the single largest shareholder with over 25 per cent stake in IL&FS and Orix Corp owns a little over 23 per cent. IL&FS Employees Welfare Trust holds 12 per cent in the company. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, HDFC and Central Bank of India hold 12.56 per cent, 9.02 per cent and 7.67 per cent, respectively, in the cash-strapped company. The country’s largest lender SBI has around 7 per cent stake in the company.last_img read more

After violence in Kolkata Mamata BJP trade barbs

first_imgNEW DELHI: BJP chief Amit Shah’s first roadshow in Kolkata ended with violence, arson and a police lathicharge Tuesday as the rallyists clashed with students holding “Amit Shah Go Back” posters. Shah called it an attempt to “strangulate democracy”. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the violence was triggered by goons the BJP brought from outside Bengal.Violence erupted Tuesday evening at the gates of Calcutta University. Some students in the campus allegedly shouted anti-BJP slogans and BJP supporters rushed at them with rods. Policemen stepped in to prevent a clash. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkLess than a kilometre down College Street, Amit Shah’s van passed by Vidyasagar College but rallyists following him allegedly charged at the students standing with “Go Back Amit Shah” posters. The BJP supporters rushed into the campus, set motorcycles on fire and vandalised the bust of Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar – a 19th-century educationist and social reformer. Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visited the college in the evening. The police initially used batons to bring the crowd under control. Later, several people were arrested for the violence, a police officer said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenA BJP delegation, comprising Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, GVL Narasimha Rao and others went to the Election Commission Tuesday evening over the clashes. Shah said while clashes erupted police remained a mute spectator. He said he was told by police that the permission for the roadshow ended near the college and that he will be taken to the ancestral home of Swami Vivekananda on Bidhan Sarani. Banerjee hit right back, calling Shah a “goonda”. “If you lay your hands on Vidyasagar, what will I call you other than a goonda,” she told a rally in Behala in the city. “I hate your ideology, I hate your ways,” she said and announced a protest rally on Thursday against the vandalisation of the bust of Vidyasagar. Gautam Kundu, principal of Vidyasagar college said, “The BJP supporters carrying party flags barged inside the office and started abusing us. They tore papers, ransacked the offices and union rooms and while leaving desecrated the bust of Vidyasagar. They locked the gates and set bikes and motorcycles on fire”. A few students were injured by the BJP supporters, he said.last_img read more

California races to predict which town could be next to burn

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Impoverished towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Rustic Gold Rush cities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. High-dollar resort communities on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Ritzy Los Angeles County suburbs.They all could be the next Paradise.A McClatchy analysis reveals more than 350,000 Californians live in towns and cities that exist almost entirely within “very high fire hazard severity zones” — Cal Fire’s designation for places highly vulnerable to devastating wildfires. These designations have proven eerily predictive about some of the state’s most destructive wildfires in recent years, including the Camp Fire, the worst in state history.Nearly all of Paradise is colored in bright red on Cal Fire’s map — practically the entire town was at severe risk before the Camp Fire raged through last November, burning the majority of homes in its path and killing 85 people.Malibu, where the Woolsey Fire burned more than 400 homes last year, also falls within very high hazard zones. As does the small Lake County town of Cobb, much of which was destroyed by the Valley Fire in 2015.“There’s a lot of Paradises out there,” said Max Moritz, a fire specialist at UC Santa Barbara.All told, more than 2.7 million Californians live in very high fire hazard severity zones, from trailers off quiet dirt roads in the forest to mansions in the state’s largest cities, according to the analysis, which is based on 2010 block-level census data. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says its maps show places where wildfires are likely to be extreme due to factors including vegetation and topography.The maps aren’t perfect in their ability to forecast where a fire will be destructive. For instance, the Coffey Park neighbourhood of Santa Rosa isn’t in a very high hazard zone, but powerful winds pushed the Tubbs Fire into that part of the city, largely levelling the neighbourhood in October 2017.Coffey Park was built “with zero consideration for fire,” said Chris Dicus, a forestry and fire expert at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. “Fire was in the mountains — there was no consideration that fire would cross (Highway) 101.”Cal Fire is making new fire hazard maps — ready in a year or so — that will incorporate regional wind patterns and other climate factors. In the meantime, experts say the current maps, created about a decade ago, still provide an important guide to predict where wildfires could do the most damage, in the same way floodplain maps highlight areas that could be hit hardest during severe storms.The at-risk communities identified by McClatchy also should serve as a starting point for prioritizing how California should spend money on retrofits and other fire-safety programs, Moritz said.California’s state-of-the-art building codes help protect homes from wildfire in the most vulnerable areas, experts say. But the codes only apply to new construction. A bill introduced by Assemblyman Jim Wood would provide cash to help Californians retrofit older homes.“This will go a long way toward these different municipalities (in showing) that they deserve funding,” Moritz said.McClatchy identified more than 75 towns and cities with populations over 1,000 where, like Paradise, at least 90 per cent of residents live within the Cal Fire “very high fire hazard severity zones.”Here are snapshots of 10, and the unique challenges they face:___Shingletown: a miniature ParadisePopulation (2010) — 2,283 ‘ In Very High fire Hazard Severity Zone — 2,283Shingletown is less than one-tenth the size of Paradise but probably carries just as much risk.Like Paradise, the unincorporated community sits atop a ridge, and is covered in tall trees and thick brush — ingredients for a major wildfire. Shingletown was originally named Shingle Camp, for the workers who cut roofing slats from timber to supply miners during the Gold Rush era.“We grow trees like nobody’s business up here,” said Tom Twist, a member of the Shingletown Fire Safe Council, a volunteer organization. Twist, who’s lived in the community off and on since the 1970s, said that when the weather is warm he’ll walk his property, pulling up seedlings in an almost futile effort to eliminate potential fuels.“I’ll pull 20 or 30 seedlings a day out of the ground,” he said. “It’s almost like when I walk over there, there’s 20 or 30. When I walk back, there’s another 20 or 30.”Just like Paradise, escaping the ridge in a fast-moving fire wouldn’t be easy; Shingletown’s main drag is winding, narrow Highway 44. And, like in Paradise, the presence of an older population would make evacuation more difficult; Shingletown’s median age is 61, according to census figures.It’s little wonder that when Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered Cal Fire to develop a list of urgent fire-safety projects, a plan to trim 1,124 acres of vegetation along Highway 44 came up as the top priority out of 35 projects around the state.Locals say they’re glad the state is paying attention to a problem they know too well. The community had to evacuate when the Ponderosa Fire, started by a lightning strike, hit in 2012. The fire burned 27,676 acres — 43 square miles — and torched 52 homes in the vicinity.“We’re intimately aware of the dangers up here,” Twist said.___Nevada City: picturesque and riskyPopulation (2010) — 3,068 ‘ In Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone — 3,064Since the Camp Fire, Vicky Guyette has looked at the one-acre patch of untrimmed brush behind her mother’s Victorian-era home in Nevada City as more than just an unattractive nuisance.Now, the brush is ominous — an ignition source that could torch the home built in 1859 that her family has lived in for five generations.The same anxiety also applies to the cedars, pines and brush covering the hills around this foothill city of about 3,100 people, many of whom live or work in wooden buildings dating back to the the Gold Rush era.“It’s very scary, especially since it’s such a cute little town I’ve been living in my whole life,” Guyette said recently as she walked down the city’s historic Broad Street, which looks like it fell out of a photo from a museum exhibit.City officials agree that the wooded draws, steep hillsides, narrow residential streets, ancient homes and thick urban tree canopy that define the character of the city also make it particularly at risk if a fire burns through.“Nevada City’s single largest risk for human life and financial loss is fire,” Nevada City’s hazard mitigation plan reads.In recent decades, the city also has had some near misses with fire, including one major close call.In 1988, heavy winds pushed the 49er Fire through 52 square miles of western Nevada County, burning 312 buildings and dozens of cars.“At the time it was considered an anomalous event,” said Billy Spearing of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County. “It was not the normal for them then.”With such fires becoming the new normal, Cal Fire is planning to cut a 1,802 acre fire break in southwest Nevada County in terrain that hasn’t burned in a century, helping protect both Nevada City and the adjacent community of Grass Valley, home to more than 12,000.Nevada City also embarked on an online “Goat Fund Me” campaign to raise $25,000 to hire farmers to use their goats to eat dense brush in more than 450 acres of city-owned greenbelt.The goats recently chewed a swath through Pioneer Park near Margaret Rodda’s Victorian home, which sits on a steep draw above a creek. But she’s still worried.“All it takes is a drunk with a cigarette,” she said.The goats inspired Guyette. She said she might spend the $500 to put a herder’s goats to work on the thorny thicket of blackberries behind her mother’s house.“We need to get rid of them,” she said.__Colfax: Fire is on everyone’s mindsPopulation (2010) — 1,963 ‘ In Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone —1,963On his first full day in office, Newsom visited the Cal Fire station in Colfax to announce new initiatives on wildfire safety. As he spoke to reporters, surrounded by first responders, he was standing in a city that could burn any summer.“The people who live here have a true understanding,” said Colfax City Manager Wes Heathcock. “It’s always on the back of people’s minds, especially with the most recent fires, the Camp Fire. We have a similar makeup here.”At night in the summer, Aimee Costa, who lives on a hill above the elementary school, sometimes keeps her window open, the better to hear ominous sounds.“You’re laying in bed . listening for that lick, that smack, that pop sound,” Costa said, describing the sound flames would make if they were chewing pine needles, brush and leaves.A former supply hub for gold mining camps, Colfax sits a few miles from the edge of the Tahoe National Forest in the lower-elevation Sierra. It straddles Interstate 80 and serves as the last major stop between the Sacramento metropolitan area and the Lake Tahoe region. Horses graze beside deer on large ranchettes in the rugged brushy canyons along the outskirts of the city.The terrain poses a major fire risk.In July 2015, the Lowell Fire erupted near Colfax and chewed up thousands of acres along the north side of the freeway, forcing evacuations in adjacent Nevada County. In the years since, Heathcock said the city has been working with state officials on “fuelbreak” projects, including a spot near the high school and elementary school, which has been eyed as an evacuation site.Gene Mapa, who lived in Paradise and escaped the Camp Fire with some family photographs — and nothing else — has relocated to Colfax, where he already owned a second home. But he knows he hasn’t escaped the fire risk; his property just outside the city limits would be threatened by a windy firestorm like the one that engulfed Paradise.“With that wind, there would be no stopping it anywhere,” Mapa said.__Kings Beach: Tourists seek fun, bring fire dangerPopulation (2010) — 3,796 ‘ In Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone —3,796Situated on the pristine north shore of Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach is one of the most heavily visited vacation spots in Northern California.That’s a big part of the problem.Because so much of the population comes and goes, it becomes harder to get people to treat wildfire risk with the respect it deserves, said Erin Holland, a spokeswoman for the North Tahoe Fire Protection District. One of the district’s six stations is in Kings Beach.“It is definitely a challenge because we have so many homes that are vacation homes,” she said. “It’s really a challenge to educate those visitors . They want to have a camp fire.”Tahoe’s vulnerability to major fires was brought home dramatically in recent years. The Angora Fire in 2007, while it was confined to the south shore area, left physical and emotional scars on the entire basin after burning through 3,100 acres.Holland said getting the region’s property owners and visitors to observe “defensible space” regulations is particularly difficult. Those rules call for clearing brush 100 feet around buildings and include stricter rules regarding vegetation immediately adjacent to structures.Violators can be subject to citations, but “the goal is to really educate people, to get people complying,” Holland said. “We go the education route rather than the citation route.”__Pollock Pines: Do the transplants get it?Population (2010) — 6,877 ‘ In Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone — 6,533Just off Highway 50, a few miles from the tourist haven of Apple Hill, Pollock Pines lures transplants from coastal California, mainly retirees drawn to the lovely stands of trees in the foothill community at the edge of the Eldorado National Forest.Heather Campbell only wishes the newbies had a better understanding of what all that timber represents.Campbell, a retired U.S. Forest Service employee who’s lived in Pollock Pines since the 1990s, is the head of the Pollock Pines-Camino Fire Safe Council, a volunteer group.In the past few years her organization has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, mainly from the state’s “cap and trade” carbon trading program, to trim vegetation on the ridgeline south of Highway 50.That’s all well and good, she said, but more needs to be done. And the people of Pollock Pines, including the newcomers, have to realize what’s at stake.“Here, everybody allows all the saplings and brush to grow and they don’t weed it out,” she said. “All these roads are incredibly dangerous, when it’s so easy to take out pruners. Take out your pruners!”She said memories are still vivid of the Sand Fire in 2014. That fire burned 4,200 acres and 20 homes and came dangerously close to forcing a major evacuation in Pollock Pines and surrounding communities.“They were going to evacuate 9,000 people,” she said. “They were predicting the fire to go to 27,000 acres, instead of the 4,000 they stopped it at.”__Arnold: Trees are falling in Big Trees countryPopulation (2010) — 3,843 ‘ In Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone — 3,843In the community that serves as gateway to Calaveras Big Trees State Park, residents didn’t always applaud when officials began mapping plans to thin dense stands of trees to reduce fire risk.“Arnold resisted this for a long time because people love their trees,” said Steve Wilensky, a former Calaveras County supervisor who works with nonprofits to improve fire safety in the Sierra.After years of protests, Arnold’s residents got a major wake-up call in 2015. The Butte Fire, caused by power lines, took out 549 homes in nearby communities. Two people died.“If the weather hadn’t changed, they’d be gone,” Wilensky said of Arnold. “You’ve got a real parallel with Paradise in some ways . It’s a place that is really highly threatened.”Arnold sits on a ridge, surrounded by a dense forest of drought- and beetle-killed trees. Powerful wind gusts can funnel fire up rugged brushy canyons.A key difference between Paradise and Arnold is that as many as 45 per cent of the dwellings are vacation homes, which can sometimes make it a challenge to get out-of-town homeowners to do brush clearing, local officials said.Wilensky said momentum to reduce fire risk has built since the Butte Fire. More than $15 million in state and federal funds have gone to thinning dangerous overgrowth in the region, Wilensky said.One project includes using bulldozer lines that were cut during the Butte Fire to expand a fire break that stretches to town.“Arnold is the anchor end of this project,” Wilensky said.__Wofford Heights: Apathy in a danger zone?Population (2010) — 2,201 ‘ In Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone — 2,147The same powerful desert gusts that attract wind surfers to Kern County’s Lake Isabella make the lakeside community of Wofford Heights particularly at risk for wildfire. So does the adjacent Sequoia National Forest, which has been plagued by drought and tree-killing beetles.Yet some feel that the region isn’t doing nearly enough to combat the threat.“We could do a hell of a lot more than we’re doing,” said Judy Hyatt, who lived in the area for 15 years and served as president of the region’s fire safe council. The volunteer group disbanded in recent years from what she and others described as a lack of interest.In 2016, the Lake Isabella region suffered through the Erskine and Cedar fires, which burned more than 77,000 acres and more than 300 structures. An elderly couple was killed when they were trapped by the Erskine Fire.According to census figures, the median age of those living in Wofford Heights is 62, and many live in places with poor escape routes.“Some of those mobiles up there, honest to God, I think they’ve dropped them out of the sky,” Hyatt said. “The roads are so narrow, and it really just presents an obstacle and the only way to really get to it is by air. That is when people start to die.”Hyatt said the loss of the non-profit Kern River Fire Safe Council she once headed doesn’t bode well for the community. She said the council organized wood-chipping drives to encourage residents to remove wood debris and sought grants for fuel breaks and other thinning projects.She said too many locals have grown complacent.“Fire prevention is a nebulous thing,” she said. “It’s hard to quantify, until there’s a damned fire that takes out everything.”__La Cañada Flintridge: Is aggressive fire prevention enough?Population (2010) — 20,048 ‘ In Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone — 20,048Carol Settles and her family evacuated their home in La Cañada Flintridge during the Station Fire in 2009. But she isn’t terribly worried about a repeat performance — even though her home is on a dead-end street below a brushy hillside of the Angeles National Forest. Large electrical transmission lines run along the wooded draw behind her home.“We’ve never seen a spark,” Settles said, referring to the power lines. “We’ve never seen any of that.”Best-known as home to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the outskirts of Pasadena, the upper middle-class city has an aggressive fire-prevention program. The Los Angeles County fire department checks properties in Settles’ area once a year to make sure vegetation has been cleared and hazardous landscaping hasn’t been planted.Fines can be issued for non-compliance. Recently, one of Settles’ neighbours had to saw off the top of a pine tree because it was too close to a transmission tower, she said.Los Angeles County’s assistant fire chief, J. Lopez, said La Cañada Flintridge has embraced rigorous fire-safety standards, which include annual landscaping inspections and stringent fire-safe building codes, even for large home remodels. Lopez said La Cañada Flintridge also chose to place the entire city inside a high fire hazard zone, going beyond the recommendation of Cal Fire. That decision translates into citywide enforcement of its fire-resilient building codes.“That’s a very progressive way to look at it,” Lopez said.But since 2008, on average only about a dozen new homes have been built in La Cañada Flintridge each year, meaning most of the housing stock was built before the rigorous fire standards were in place.The city’s hazard mitigation plan notes many of those older homes still have “combustible roofing, open eaves, combustible siding,” and they’re on “steep, narrow, poorly signed” roads that make evacuations dangerous.Thomas Caswell, who’s lived for four decades on a hilly, narrow, dead-end street not far from city hall, said he knows the greenbelt behind his house where he watches possums, birds and other wildlife also makes the community vulnerable to fire. It’s why he says he didn’t mind paying when the city told him he needed to hire a tree service to remove dying trees in his front yard.Still, he knows such efforts probably wouldn’t do much good if the Santa Ana winds pushed a fire into the city. Fire officials said that La Cañada Flintridge could have burned in the Station Fire if the Santa Ana winds hadn’t stopped blowing. The fire burned 89 homes in outlying communities and 160,577 acres of forested lands, the largest fire by land mass in Los Angeles County history.“Once it comes down the hill,” Caswell said, “nobody is going to be safe.”__Rancho Palos Verdes: Few fears in an affluent suburbPopulation (2010) — 41,803 ‘ In Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone — 40,550Rancho Palos Verdes holds a dubious honour: It’s the most populated city in California to have 90 per cent or more of its population living within a “very high fire hazard severity zone.” But few residents seem to think their suburb is in the same league as Malibu, where hundreds of homes burned last fall just up the Los Angeles County coastline.“It’s not like living in Malibu, definitely,” said Gregory Lash as he strolled through a public access walkway in the Trump National Golf Club with his wife, Vivian, on the way to an oceanside park where a pod of dolphins and whales were breaching.He added, moments later: “Hope that’s not naive.”City officials say it’s not.“This being a coastal community, we don’t get the type of brush and that kind of fire behaviour that you might get in somewhere like Paradise,” said Scott Hale, an assistant fire chief for Los Angeles County. The county leads firefighting efforts on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, whose four affluent communities all fall inside a high fire severity zone.Locals point out that over the years, the firefighters at the five stations on the peninsula have quickly knocked down the relatively small fires that popped up.Still, Rancho Palos Verdes’ hazard mitigation plan lists wildfire as a bigger threat to the city than earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides. Powerful winds that blow from the coast could funnel a fire up the greenbelts that cut through the peninsula’s neighbourhoods, many of which have opulent homes perched above canyons.Much of that open space has been preserved by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, which manages more than 1,600 acres of land in and around the city. Residents such as Lash love the 42 miles of trails on conservancy lands, but all that undeveloped acreage could ignite, said Gabriella Yap, deputy city manager.“You’re trying to preserve that, but it also comes with fire risk,” Yap said.The city’s staff supports Southern California Edison’s plans to trim vegetation from under the lines that run through some of the open space to reduce fire threats, but the land conservancy is bristling at the loss of native habitats.“The environmental impact of that is really significant,” said Adrienne Mohan, the conservancy’s executive director.__Harbison Canyon: Will it burn a third time?Population (2010) — 3,841 ‘ In Very High Hazard Fire Severity Zone — 3,841Every 30 years or so, a massive fire blows through Harbison Canyon, 30 miles northeast of San Diego.The 1970 Laguna Fire destroyed much of the unincorporated town that sits inside the canyon and shares its name. Harbison Canyon was rebuilt again after the Cedar Fire burned through in 2003, destroying 287 of the 388 homes.Rick Halsey of the Chaparral Institute said the canyon is a painful example of how development has been allowed to continue practically unchecked for decades into some of California’s most fire-prone places.“You want to create a geographical hotspot for fire, you couldn’t put it in a better place,” said Halsey, whose environmentalist organization was founded to fight calls for clearing hundreds of square miles of wild lands following the Cedar Fire. “It’s like a bowling alley for the Santa Ana winds.”That sort of talk makes longtime resident Mary Manning cringe.She worries that focusing on the canyon’s fire risk creates the impression that the community she loves can’t be saved from the next catastrophe. She said her community could be made more safe if state and local officials would invest in infrastructure and fire prevention that matched the rates of development she’s seen over the years. For instance, the side streets in Harbison Canyon are narrow. Some, like Manning’s, remain unpaved despite decades of building.“There were five houses, now there are 35,” she said of the street she’s lived on since 1975.Manning notes it was only two years ago that the local fire station became staffed 24 hours a day — 14 years after the Cedar Fire. Inside the station, Dave Nissen, the Cal Fire official who oversees firefighting in the area, said there are a number of challenges to fighting a fire in the canyon, including the narrow roads and houses stacked close together.Nissen said firefighters reduce the risks by inspecting lots every year to make sure they’re not overgrown. On that front, Harbison Canyon’s residents don’t seem to need too much prodding, judging from the roar of chain saws and weed trimmers echoing through the canyon on a recent spring weekday afternoon.__Associated Press data reporter Angeliki Kastanis contributed to this article.Ryan Sabalow, Phillip Reese And Dale Kasler, The Associated Press read more

Foreign assistance recommended in Thajudeen probe

As a result the Colombo University has recommended that foreign assistance be obtained to examine the CCTV footage of the crime and identify the vehicle number plate. (Colombo Gazette) Foreign assistance has been recommended in the investigations into the murder of former national rugger player Wasim Thajudeen.The Colombo University School of Computing informed the Colombo Additional Magistrate today that it was unable to identify the plate number of vehicle seen at the site of the killing or those inside the vehicle using Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footage.

Eriez Europe achieves ISO 90012015 quality standard

first_imgEriez’ says its continuous commitment to customer satisfaction has been strengthened with the upgrade of its ISO 9001:2008 certification to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard for its business and quality management systems. Eriez design and manufacture magnetic separators, metal detectors, vibratory, fluid filtration and sampling equipment for the mining and other industries from its facility in Caerphilly, South Wales, UK, and undertook an external audit by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) involving all processes and departments within the business.Following the audit, it was confirmed that Eriez’ business and quality management systems conformed to the requirements of the International Standard ISO 9001:2015 and Eriez have been awarded re-certification for the next three years. ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for the quality management of businesses and helps organisations demonstrate to customers that they can offer products and services of consistently good quality. It applies to the processes that create and control the products and services an organisation supplies, and prescribes the systematic control of activities to ensure that the needs and expectations of customers and other stakeholders in the business are met. Eriez was first awarded certification of their quality system to ISO 9001 in 1992 making them the first manufacturer of magnetic separators in the world to attain the international quality standard.“Since their first accreditation in 1992, the company has continued to meet the ever-growing customer demand for the highest levels of quality. Eriez’ quality improvement plan aims to detect any areas that need improvement and set up the appropriate corrective actions to ensure high standards are maintained.”Andrew Church, Quality/Health & Safety Manager at Eriez commented, “Eriez has invested significant effort into developing a quality policy that ensures we meet our customer needs.  All employees at Eriez have a clear set of processes and measurable objectives which are reviewed on a regular basis. Having the support of all departments at Eriez is critical to our continued reliable and timely despatch and delivery of our magnetic separators.  We are really pleased to be recognised by DNV who have accredited us to ISO 9001:2015 for another three years and we will continue to implement our quality improvement plans.”last_img read more

Marco Oneto to Orlen Wisla Plock

The Spanish coach Manolo Cadenas solved the problem called “massive line-player” after departure of Wisla’s giant Kamil Szpryzak. The new signing of the Polish runners-up Orlen Wisla Plock is Marco Oneto. The 33 years-old Chilean national team captain is currently with his team competing of PanAmerican Games in Toronto.Oneto has impressive CV with time spent in FC Barcelona, MKB MVM Veszprem, SC Magdeburg. He played for GWD Minden in the previous season.Oneto’s interview during World Championship 2015 in Qatar Marco OnetoWisla Plock ← Previous Story The PanAm Games are on! Next Story → World champions storm past hosts Canada

Number of patients admitted on trolleys up 187 in some hospitals

first_imgTHE LATEST TROLLEY watch figures show that there has been an increase of 8% in hospital overcrowding in comparison to this time last year.The figures compiled by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) show that in July, 5535 patients admitted for inpatient care found themselves either on a trolley, in an emergency department or placed on an a bed or trolley on an inpatient ward.The rate of patients admitted on trolleys in Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments in five hospitals increased by between 75% to 187% in comparison to the same period last year.Hospitals In July 2013, Sligo Regional Hospital admitted 45 patients on trolleys in A&E department, while this year 129 patients were admitted on trolleys, an increase of 187%.Mater Misericordiae University Hospital saw an increase of 154% since last year, with St James’ Hospital seeing the same increase of 154% since last year.Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda saw an increase of 99%, while University Hospital Limerick increased by 75%.The INMO says the figures confirm to them that there has been a significant increase in overcrowding and said that “regardless of current budgetary situation facing the HSE, the need for additional funding to be allocated immediately. This must allow for the opening of closed beds and the recruitment of additional staff”.The INMO General Secretary Liam Doran said this is something that the health service cannot ignore this level of overcrowding.He added:There is no alternative, in the face of this level of demand and overcrowding, to the immediate allocation of additional funding to allow closed beds be opened and additional staff recruited. The INMO is meeting with the new Minister, Mr. Leo Varadkar TD, in early September. We will be raising this overcrowding problem with him as an immediate priority which must be addressed.Read: Investigation begins after flooding closes Letterkenny emergency department>Read: Nurses report ‘dangerous’ patient overcrowding at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital>last_img read more

Mark Gatiss Female Doctor Would Be Fantastic

first_imgStay on target The future is female, but is the Doctor?Fans, bookmakers, and entertainers have put in their bids for Doctor Who‘s next titular star. And writer Mark Gatiss agrees: a woman would be “fantastic.”“I think it’d be really good for the show,” he recently told Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 2 show Drivetime. “It’s been back for 12 years, which means it’s not the new kid on the block anymore; it’s not a revival, it’s been back for a long time.“It’s the sort of thing I think would bring an amazing new audience to it,” Gatiss continued. “I think it’d be fantastic. But who knows, it’s up to [incoming showrunner] Chris Chibnall.”Gatiss, who is writing one episode of the show’s upcoming 10th season, reiterated his thoughts in a Thursday interview with British newspaper Metro, saying that “I do think it would be wonderful to have a female Doctor.”“Not because of ‘ticking boxes’ but because it feels right and would be great for the show,” he said, declining to name names, “as that person then appears on [betting service] Ladbrokes lists even if they have no interest in the part.”People are coming out in droves to support a woman in the role, which has been portrayed by 13 men over five decades.IMDb (Getty Images)Current Doctor Peter Capaldi, who will regenerate in this year’s Christmas special, tipped Frances de la Tour (above; Harry Potter, History Boys) to be the first female Doctor. Predecessors Paul McGann (Eighth Doctor) thinks Tilda Swinton (Hail, Caesar!, Doctor Strange) should step into the role, while David Tennant (Tenth Doctor) called Broadchurch co-star and regular bookie favorite Olivia Colman (below) “a magnificent choice.”IMDb (BBC)Viewers shouldn’t count out Capaldi just yet: The Scottish actor still has 12 episodes to kick alien butt and save the human race—with the help of new companions Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas).Christmas Day 2017 marks the last words of showrunner Steven Moffat and the final flicks of the 12th Doctor’s sonic screwdriver. But who will materialize out of the character’s fiery rebirth in December?Bookmakers have their money on Kris Marshall, known to US audiences as Love Actually‘s horny Colin Frissell. Around the same time Capaldi dropped his bombshell, Marshall revealed he would step down from the BBC’s Death in Paradise, sparking rumors that the timing is not just a coincidence. Colman, Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything), Reece Shearsmith (Shaun of the Dead), Ben Whishaw (Daniel Craig’s Bond movies), Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers), and Andrew Lee Potts (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man) are also favored.BBC soap opera EastEnders star and cockney lad Danny Dyer, meanwhile, has the Internet in a tizzy since revealing an interest in stepping into the TARDIS.BBC“I could see myself in the scarf and all that,” the actor said, referencing Tom Baker’s fourth incarnation of the Doctor. “I think I could do it easily. I’d keep my accent, too,” he told the Daily Star.There is no indication that Dyer, who plays Mick Carter in the long-running BBC One soap, is actually in the running to play the part. But he was the subject of a rejected petition asking that the Beeb “must replace Peter Capaldi with Danny Dyer as the next Doctor Who.”Don’t hold your breath for news of the Doctor’s successor anytime soon. Chibnall, still attached to Broadchurch—which returns to the UK’s ITV on Feb. 27, for what is likely its final eight-episode arc—plans to take a vacation before diving into Doctor Who.A new star is expected to be cast by the fall, ahead of an official announcement and an on-screen regeneration. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Google Paints Street View Red With Annual Christmas Island Crab Migration

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation center_img Crabs for Christmas? Google Street View joins more than 45 million crustaceans for their annual trip from forest to sea on Christmas Island.Not to be confused with the North Pole, Christmas Island is a remote Australian territory in the Indian Ocean—where endemic red crabs have begun their year-end migration.Emerging from the shelter of local forests, where they spend most of the year, the divining arthropods march to sea to mate near coastal waters.“These bright red residents wait patiently for a precise alignment of the rains, moon cycle, and tides to commence their journey,” according to Christmas Island crab advocate Camilla Ibrahim.Christmas Island’s 45 million red crabs far exceed the 2,000 human residents (via Google)And you can follow along.Parks Australia’s Alasdair Grigg is carrying the Street View Trekker—a special camera-equipped backpack—along the migration route, collecting imagery of the crab-tivating process.Breeding typically requires at least a week, with male crabs arriving before the females (probably to factor in getting lost at least six times, amirite?) (Actually, they need time to dig up romantic little retreats.) After copulation, the males are quick to return to the forest, leaving their counterparts to do the hatching.The whole thing ends only once the highest density of crabs lay their eggs in the sand—a finale forecasted for Wednesday, Dec. 13.Keep an eye out for upcoming imagery from the 2017 breeding (via Google)“The volume of red crabs presents unprecedented conditions for the Street View image capture,” Ibrahim, communications and public affairs manager at Google Australia & New Zealand, wrote in a blog post. “As crabs crown the roads, boardwalks, and beaches, each step must be taken with care.”Christmas Island’s 2,000 human residents are far outpaced by its shellfish community.“Fortunately, crabs have right of way on Christmas Island, and Parks Australia has built walls and fencing along roads to direct the crossers to safety,” Ibrahim added.Keep an eye out for imagery from this collection on Google Street View in early 2018.last_img read more

Frontier Capital Group to recommence Clark casino operations this weekend

first_imgIn a Tuesday announcement, FCG also announced that Southeast Asian casino investor FortuneGate Holdings Philippines Inc had been appointed to manage the casino on what it describes as “customary commercial terms.” It added that the casino has been renamed FortuneGate Casino to capitalise on FortuneGate’s Southeast Asian market presence.“The company is pleased to have passed all hurdles and reinstated operations of the casino at Stotsenberg Hotel,” said FCG Chairman Henri Ho.“We look forward to our official launch on 28 July and to working with FortuneGate, who have a well-established track record in profitable casino operations.”FCG, which acquired the hotel in 2016, was forced to close Casablanca Casino in February 2017 after PAGCOR ordered a Php225 million escrow payment. Australian-listed Frontier Capital Group (FCG) says it will recommence casino operations at the former Casablanca Casino in the Philippines’ Clark Freeport Zone this Sunday 28 July 2019.Housed inside FCG’s Stotsenberg Hotel, the rebranded FortuneGate Casino held a soft opening on 10 June 10 with gaming regulator PAGCOR having since confirmed compliance to their satisfaction. Load More PAGCOR revenue to hit Php75 billion in 2020 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling RelatedPostslast_img read more

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY Volunteers Needed For The Moving Wall Visit

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Volunteers are needed as “Wall Walkers” when The Moving Wall comes to the Wilmington Town Common later this month.There will be 2-hour volunteer shifts, with 4 volunteers per shift, from the morning of Thursday, July 26 through the morning of Monday, July 30.During their 2-hour shift, volunteers are generally asked to be visible attendants by watching the wall and assisting vistors with questions, finding names, rubbings and other questions.  Attendants can take turns sitting in the Visitor Tent providing name and panel locations from the provided lists and physically walking along the wall to ensure all visitors are able to get a positive experience.Sign up for a 2-hour volunteer shift online HERE.(NOTE: The above information is from The Moving Wall’s Facebook page.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Volunteers Wanted For Wilmington Fun on the Fourth CelebrationIn “Community”VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Town Seeking Volunteers For Open Space CommitteeIn “Government”VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: WOW Seeking Volunteers For 5K Run for Wilmington/Kim Forte Walk THIS SundayIn “Community”last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Judy OConnell Discusses What Shell Do To Support

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington).#15) What you will do at the State House to ensure that our local police and fire departments have what they need to adequately protect us? Do you support a fire substation in North Wilmington? Did you/do you support the construction of the new center fire station in Tewksbury that was approved last year?I have and continue to be supportive of our local police and fire departments. As a taxpayer and prior member of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen, I have supported collective bargaining contracts, capital improvement expenditures and training for both departments throughout the years. As a future State Representative, I will continue to support the public safety officials of the 19th Middlesex District in any manner possible through state funding and programs that will ensure at the end of their shifts our public safety officials have the greatest chance of going home to their families safely. It has been an absolute travesty regarding the increase in police officers being shot and injured and in some cases killed. I would support state legislation that is focused on protecting the men and women who serve and protect us every day in our communities. For both police and fire, I would be open and supportive of state training initiatives that focus on the training, health and welfare of our public safety officials.Regarding the North Wilmington substation, I truly believe one is necessary more now than ever. The growth and development in Wilmington continues and there is a definite need in the north side of town especially with the train tracks near Elia’s and off of Salem Street. I fully recognize this substation will come with some upfront costs relative to the build and an increase in staffing, capital equipment, potential overtime costs, etc. However, I think this substation is vital and frankly long overdue. As a State Representative, I will be open and supportive of a project such as this assuming it is well planned out with fiscal responsibility and present and future needs in mind. As a State Representative, I would also be committed to seeking any available state funding sources to assist with this project.Additionally, I would support a new center fire station in Tewksbury that was approved last year. The people of the community have spoken and this project is coming forward because there is a need. Once again, I am very receptive and supportive of doing what is necessary for our 19th Middlesex District public safety. If this is a need and the current infrastructure will not be sustainable for the foreseeable future, I believe it makes sense to consider construction now as construction costs, financing options, etc. continue to be on the rise. Therefore, the project you don’t do today will definitely cost you more tomorrow. In closing, I will say that the police and fire departments of both communities within the 19th Middlesex District are the life line for all of us to turn to in a time of need. These fine men and women deserve our respect and our attention in ensuring they all have what they need to do their jobs to ensure our continued public safety as well as their own.#16) The Vietnam War Moving Wall recently visited Wilmington. It was a sobering reminder of what the men and women in our armed forces are willing to sacrifice to preserve our freedom. What will you do at the State House to support our local veterans and veterans statewide? What, if anything, have you done as a private citizen and/or locally elected official that shows a commitment to veterans? Do you personally have any family that serves/served?As a patriotic person and as a prior Selectman for the Town of Wilmington, I have always been supportive of our Veterans. As you have stated, these men and women in our armed forces have and continue to be willing to sacrifice to preserve our freedom. These people are the true heroes among us and they deserve to be respected and cared for in the most appropriate manners possible.As a State Representative, I will continue to support the Veterans’ programs throughout the state from VA services, to state hospital services, to Veterans’ housing initiatives, to social and emotional programs and funding and the list goes on. The needs for our Veterans is ever changing and spans across many subject areas. These brave men and women are often called upon to “unplug” from their current lives inclusive of their family and friends and go to foreign lands to serve and protect the American freedoms so many of us enjoy. It’s important as a society and for the next State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District to be cognizant of these facts and help these community heroes integrate back into their daily routine upon their return right here at home. This is not always an easy process as there are often health care needs and costs, mental health needs, etc. that our Veterans need help with as part of this re-integration and it’s imperative that local cities and towns and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts continue to provide assistance across all these matters. The incidence of PTSD and suicide among Veterans is continuing to drastically rise and as a state and within our local communities we need to continue our care and concerns for these most deserving people who truly need our help. I am committed to this personally and as a future State Representative for many reasons and simply stated because it’s the right thing to do!As a prior elected official for some time I have always supported any Veterans’ related matter that came before the Board of Selectmen such as discussions about a Veteran’s related event and the list goes on. I can say that all of my colleagues on the Board of Selectmen have and continue to support our Veterans and the Veterans’ Services provided by Lou Cimaglia and his team in Wilmington. As a private citizen, I have attended fundraisers for Veterans, I have supported the Disabled Veterans and I have provided transportation for a friend and family to the various VA facilities when called upon. I have also been a supporter of the Wilmington Local Heroes and iPods for Wounded Veterans as I proudly wear my red, white and blue bracelet that was made for me and purchased at the Wilmington Senior Center a few months ago. Also, I was happy to volunteer for the Vietnam War Moving Wall that was just here last week. I attended multiple nights of ceremonies and I was truly moved by the whole experience. As Lou Cimaglia said it best, “the attendance during the time the wall was here shows that Wilmington doesn’t forget and will never forget our Veterans and more specifically our Vietnam Veterans.”Regarding family members who have served in the military, I have many who have served and also have been residents of the 19th Middlesex District. I am so proud of their service to our country and they will forever have my respect and admiration for wearing a military uniform. My great grandparents, grandparents, cousins and brother have all served in the armed forces. Also, I have step parents and in-laws who have also served in the military. My father-in-law from Tewksbury was a soldier and part of the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam who I respect tremendously as a human being, a family man, a friend and for his service to our country. He is also my personal historian who shared the facts about this war and history in general which I have so much appreciated throughout the years. In closing, I want to once again express my unwavering support for our Veterans and my commitment to advocating for as much funding, benefits and support as possible for the brave men and women of our armed forces both past and present who serve our country.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Judy O’Connell Discusses State Rep Pay, Environmental IssuesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses What She’ll Do To Support Police, Fire & Veterans If ElectedIn “Government”last_img read more