San Diego Zoo Safari Park offering free admission to firefighters in September

first_imgSan Diego Zoo Safari Park offering free admission to firefighters in September Posted: September 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: firefighter, San Diego Zoo Safari Park FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Zoo Safari Park recently announced that they are offering free admission to firefighters in September.According to their website, San Diego Zoo Safari Park is partnering with California Coast Credit Union to make admission free for firefighters through the month of September, as a part of their Firefighter Appreciation Month.“The San Diego Zoo Safari Park would like to thank our hard-working firefighters who help to protect people, animals, and structures across our region. We are grateful for their commitment to our safety!” San Diego Zoo Safari Park said.To learn more, visit: http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/firefighters September 1, 2018last_img read more

Editorial Advertising Censorship a NonIssue for US Magazines

first_imgEditors: Be Aware of ResponsibilitiesHolt says editors should be “fully aware” of their responsibilities to young readers when crafting the content of their magazines. “I know when I was the managing editor of Rolling Stone, I was certainly aware that the magazine was read by teenagers—because I was one of those teenage readers myself once,” he says. “At the same time, most magazines are edited for adults. If I see my daughters reading fashion magazines or celebrity magazines, I know it’s my responsibility and their mother’s to make sure they don’t read anything we consider dangerously age inappropriate.”Issues like racy content and slimming down models seem to be more or less confined to consumer publishers and their advertisers and are nearly non-existent in regional publishing, says James Dowden, executive director of the City and Regional Magazine Association. “City and regional magazines are much closer to the community they serve,” he adds. “Self-censorship to conform to the local mores results in a product that would rarely if ever rise to the attention of public censor advocates.” A pair of U.K. groups are taking issue with consumer magazine content—both visual and written—on their side of the Atlantic. One, the London-based Royal College of Psychiatrists, is calling for the development of a new editorial code to encourage media in the U.K. to stop its “damaging” promotion of unhealthy body images and the “glamorizing” of eating disorders. In its crosshairs are three main areas of concern: visual imagery (the use of pre-teen or underweight models, or manipulating photos to obtain unrealistic body figures), unbalanced articles (magazine stories that offer dieting advice without information about its effectiveness or hazards of extreme dieting, as well as articles that target celebrities for being overweight), and inaccurate portrayal of eating disorders (articles that portray eating disorders as only “mild” problems or personal weaknesses).Separately, England’s Home Office—the country’s lead government agency for immigration and passports, drugs policy, counter terrorism and police—recently commissioned a study examining how “sexualized” images and messages may be “affecting the development of children and young people and influencing cultural norms.” Among the many recommendations within the study are that sales of U.K.’s “lad” magazines be restricted to buyers aged 15 and older, and that a ratings system be created to let readers know to which extent a photograph has been altered.Whether anything will come of either of these initiatives is unclear, but one thing is certain: Pushing the boundaries in terms of visual and written content in magazines is nothing new—in the U.K. or here in the U.S. For instance, Borders and retailers in New York apparently refused to carry the “100 Most Shocking Moments in Music” issue of U.K. music magazine Q that featured pop music sensation Lady Gaga on the cover [pictured] exposing a portion of her lower left breast. Last March, Jo-Ann Fabrics banned an issue of Quilter’s Home for a feature called “Shocking Quilts,” which included images of “fabric phalluses,” “gun-toting Jesuses” and a “newborn peering out from his mother’s lady parts.” Countless magazines have been accused of over-manipulating images of models and celebrities to make them look slimmer.But beyond retailers taking issue with individual magazines, who, if anyone, is to say when “pushing boundaries” in the U.S. goes too far? “The way Britons and Europeans approach these issues is far different from the way Americans think about them,” American Society of Magazine Editors chief executive Sid Holt tells FOLIO:. “Americans have trusted in the marketplace of ideas to address problems like these. And if you compare American newspapers and magazines with those in Britain, it seems to be working—no Page 3 Girls, at least, and our ‘laddie’ magazines have always been tamer and, when necessary, polybagged.”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Club Manager at Planet FitnessFull-Time Credit Manager at Standard ElectricFull-Time Accounts Receivable Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time HR Business Manager at Analog DevicesFull-Time Marketing Brand Manager at Analog DevicesPart-Time Handyman For Boylston RealtyFull-Time Teacher Assistant at May InstitutePart-Time Personal Care Aide at Associated Home CareFull-Time Manufacturing Technician (Electrical) at AMETEK(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

All Ford Fusion models will go out of production in 2020

first_img 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV More From Roadshow 2019 Ford Fusion gets tech improvements, longer EV range Ford first introduced the Fusion in late 2005, which spawned Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ (neé Zephyr) variants. The second-generation Fusion was unveiled in 2012, and was widely praised for its sharp styling and solid driving dynamics.Currently, the Fusion still provides the underpinnings for the Lincoln MKZ sedan, so it’s safe to assume the Ford’s luxury counterpart will also go out of production next year. A Lincoln spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.The Fusion’s death is all part of Ford’s plan to discontinue the bulk of its passenger cars in order to produce crossovers and SUVs — many with electrified powertrains. An earlier report suggested the Fusion name could return on a sort of Subaru Outback-like, high-riding wagon, but that’s just a rumor for now. Earlier this week, we learned the slow-selling, 325-horsepower Ford Fusion Sport wouldn’t live to see 2020. It wasn’t a huge shock, since we knew Ford had planned to discontinue the Fusion sedan at some point in the next few years. However, a new report from Automotive News on Wednesday confirms the Fusion’s death is, in fact, quite imminent. The 2020 model year will be the Fusion’s last.A Ford spokesperson confirmed the Fusion’s discontinuation timeline to Automotive News, saying, “Our goal in the final year is to further simplify the offering and focus on maximizing the more popular SE, SEL and Titanium models.” The Fusion received a mild refresh for the 2019 model year, which brought updated styling and features, including Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 suite of driver assistance technologies. Currently, Hybrid and plug-in Energi versions are sold alongside more popular gasoline-only models. 25 Photos 20 68 Photos The 2019 Ford Fusion is still a contender Lincoln Ford Subaru Share your voice 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Comments Ford Tags Sedans 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

The Queen quashes Meghan Markles Shocking agenda Royals not pleased

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle seems set on asserting her independence in the Royal Family and she seems to have Prince Hary agreeing with her.Reportedly Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have split their household from Kate Middleton and Prince William – and the Queen’s decision to keep the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s office at Buckingham Palace prevents Meghan from overshadowing other senior royals, royal expert Angela Mollard claims.Apparently, with Kate Middleton and Prince William remaining at Kensington Palace, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex now have their offices under the direction of the Queen at Buckingham Palace. It comes after reports suggested the couple originally had plans to break away with their own court at Windsor, which the Queen has refused.Ms. Mollard explained: “The Queen is keeping a strong arm on how they operate, they’re not allowed to go rogue.”Ms. Mollard continued: “I do actually, I think it’s really smart.””Someone of Meghan’s status and previous star performance has the ability to position herself very much as an Angelina (Jolie) or an Amal (Clooney).”Now, nothing matters more with the Royal Family than the brand being cohesive, there can’t be an offshoot.” She explained: “We saw it with Diana.”Meghan Markle being compared to Princess Diana may have serious implications for the Duchess of Sussex, the Royal Family might not take kindly to an outsider coming and trying to steal the spotlight from Prince Harry.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMs. Mollard added to the Princess Diana comparison by saying: “She owned the stage, so Charles’ very progressive work on sustainability and environmentalism just got nothing.”There was no coverage, no one was interested.””As it happens, those things have become incredibly relevant now, he was a very forward-thinking man.”It must have been so frustrating to him to be overshadowed.”She concluded: “I think it serves us all well to have a cohesive Royal Family.”The Queen needs it to be cohesive.”Meghan Markle may have to take things slow and be more diplomatic if she hopes to achieve any success as a Royal, because getting on the wrong side of the Queen may not be a good idea for her.last_img read more

Voting continues in Indonesia amid religious tension

first_imgAn Indonesian man casts his ballot at a poll station in Jakarta on Wednesday. Photo: AFPJakarta went to the polls in a tight run-off Wednesday with the Christian governor fighting for his job as he stands trial for blasphemy, in a divisive election that has stoked religious tensions in Muslim-majority Indonesia.Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is facing a Muslim challenger, heavyweight ex-minister Anies Baswedan, in a neck-and-neck race to lead the teeming capital of 10 million people.The vote is seen as a test of whether the moderate Islam traditionally practised in the world’s most populous Muslim country is under threat from the influence of hardliners, who have led mass demonstrations against Purnama.Purnama, the city’s first non-Muslim governor for half a century and its first ethnic Chinese leader, won in the first round in February but not by a big enough margin to avoid a run-off.The race was already significant as politicians see the job as a stepping stone to the presidency at 2019 polls, but the stakes were raised dramatically by a controversy sparked by claims that Purnama insulted the Koran.The allegations drew hundreds of thousands of conservative Muslims onto the streets of Jakarta in major protests last year, and led to Purnama-known by his nickname Ahok-being put on trial for blasphemy in a case critics see as politically motivated.After casting his vote, President Joko Widodo-whose party backs Purnama-urged Jakarta residents to accept the result and for the city to come together after the bitterly fought poll.“We must not let different political choices break our unity,” he said. “Remember we are all brothers and sisters.”Over 7.2 million people were registered to vote in the polls, which closed at 1:00 pm (0600 GMT).Early vote tallies from private pollsters were expected to give an accurate indication of the winner within hours although official results won’t be released until early May.After an anti-Purnama protest last year turned violent, authorities were taking no chances and over 60,000 security forces had been deployed.Hardline groups had pledged to station monitors at polling booths. Police blocked the plan, warning it could cause “intimidation”, but groups of hardliners appeared to be outside some polling centres in defiance of the ban.However there was no sign of unrest and police said the election had run smoothly.Tolerance testDespite Purnama’s first-round victory, former education minister Baswedan, 47, was initially seen as the favourite in the run-off because the votes from a third, Muslim candidate who was knocked out were expected to go to him.But with tension over the governor’s alleged blasphemy subsiding in recent weeks, Purnama has regained momentum and recent polls show the candidates in a dead heat.Baswedan, an academic who was sacked from the government by Widodo, has been accused of abandoning his moderate Islamic values during the campaign by cosying up to hardliners in a bid to win the support of Muslim voters angered by Purnama’s alleged blasphemy.Purnama’s troubles began in September when he lightheartedly said in a speech that his rivals were tricking people into voting against him using a Koranic verse, which some interpret as meaning Muslims should only choose Muslim leaders.His long-running blasphemy trial began in December, and the verdict is expected within a few weeks.If he does win the vote and is convicted of blasphemy, he would not automatically be barred from holding office and could avoid jail for a long time by appealing.Many voters still back Purnama due to his record leading Jakarta since 2014. He has won praise for cleaning up the city’s once-filthy rivers and creating more green spaces, although his acerbic style has upset some.“I voted for Ahok because I’m poor and I have felt the difference-we’re being taken care of,” said Tayem, a 62-year-old housewife who like many Indonesians goes by only one name, after casting her ballot.But some have been swayed by the blasphemy controversy.“As a Muslim, I will choose according to my faith,” Elva Sativia, a 33-year-old housewife, told AFP.last_img read more

Trump travel ban takes effect

first_imgInternational travellers arrive on the first day of the partial reinstatement of the Trump travel ban, temporarily barring travellers from six Muslim-majority nations from entering the US, at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on 29 June, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and travellers from six mainly Muslim countries went into effect late Thursday, after a Supreme Court decision allowed it to go forward following a five-month battle with rights groups.The Trump administration says the temporary ban is necessary to block terrorists from entering the country, but immigrant advocates charge that it illegally singles out Muslims.The 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and a 120-day ban on refugees, will allow exceptions for people with “close family relationships” in the United States.But activists said the government has defined that too narrowly, excluding relationships with grandparents and grandchildren, aunts and uncles and others.And many were concerned about a possibly chaotic rollout of enforcement of the ban, like that in January when it was first announced.Immigration rights activists and lawyers were waiting to help arrivals at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and other airports to be sure those from the six countries with valid US visas were allowed in after the ban went into effect at 8 pm Thursday Eastern time (0000 GMT Friday).The Department of Homeland Security, which was heavily criticized for mishandling many arrivals when the ban was first attempted in January, promised a smooth rollout this time.It stressed that anyone with a valid visa issued before the ban begins would still be admitted, and that all authorized refugees booked for travel before July 6 will also be allowed.“We expect business as usual at the ports of entry starting at 8 pm tonight,” said a DHS official. “Our people are well prepared for this.”The Trump administration insists the ban was necessary to protect the country from terror threats, and to give immigration authorities more time to tighten vetting of travelers and refugees.“As recent events have shown, we are living in a very dangerous time, and the US government needs every available tool to prevent terrorists from entering the country and committing acts of bloodshed and violence,” a senior administration official told reporters Thursday.Trump claims political victory -But implementing it, even with exceptions, was also claimed as a political victory by Trump, after federal appeals courts twice blocked his order saying it violated constitutional protections of religion and overshot his own presidential powers.Immigrant rights groups and Democrats in Congress continued to label Trump’s order “illegal” and said the exemptions provided in a Supreme Court ruling on Monday remained unfair.According to guidelines issued by the State Department, people with “close family relationships” would be exempt from the ban. It defined that to include parents, spouses, children, sons- and daughters-in-law, siblings and step- and half-siblings.But “close family” does not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law, fiances and any other “extended” family members, the guidelines say.People with formal relationships with a US entity—who have for instance been offered a job or been accepted to study or lecture at a university—will also qualify for visas during the ban. But a hotel reservation, even if already paid for, does not qualify.Even as travel officials across the US were making final preparations for putting the ban into place, opponents were preparing new legal maneuvers.Late Thursday, Hawaii asked federal district Judge Derrick Watson to clarify the scope of the travel and refugee bans in the Pacific island state—and who, specifically, the ban refers to when stating that only an immigrant’s close family members can travel to the US.“In Hawaii, ‘close family’ includes many of the people that the federal government decided on its own to exclude from that definition. Unfortunately, this severely limited definition may be in violation of the Supreme Court ruling,” Attorney General Douglas Chin, said in a statement.‘Redefining family’ -Democratic legislator Bennie Thompson blasted the government for a “lack of preparation and transparency” in putting the ban into place.“Just hours before the president’s unconstitutional and misguided travel ban takes partial effect tonight, administration officials briefing Congress were unwilling or unable to provide meaningful answers about how they determined whom the ban would affect,” said Thompson, the senior Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee.Rama Issa, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, said the government is redefining what a family is.“I was raised by my grandparents, so the idea of grandparents not being part of a family is very foreign to me,” she said at Kennedy International, preparing to help arrivals after the ban takes effect.“I’m engaged to get married. I have family who lives in Syria today—not only my father, but my aunts and uncles who I would love to be at this wedding, and unfortunately are not going to be able to be here.”last_img read more

RAB opens Facebook page to verify fake news

first_imgRABRapid Action Battalion (RAB) has opened a Facebook page titled ‘RAB Cyber News Verification Centre’ to aware people over false news and rumours spread during the 11th parliamentary election.Director General (DG) of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Benazir Ahmed revealed it at a press conference arranged to brief journalists regarding the elite force’s preparation for the upcoming general election at its media centre in city’s Karwan Bazar on Thursday.If anyone becomes confused about any news, he/she will have to share it on the Facebook page and the RAB team will instantly reply it after verifying the truth, said RAB DG.RAB officials will work round the clock, he added.The RAB DG also said the Facebook page has been opened to counter all lies, rumours and false news centring the national election slated for 30 December.A total of 10,000 RAB members have been deployed across the country ahead of the general election, said the RAB DG.”If anyone dares to carry out violence in any place of the country, we will obstruct them and the elite force is ready to resist them,” he added.Two army helicopters will remain standby on the election day, he said adding, “A special force will be kept standby for travelling to any part in the country if needed.”Benazir also requested all to inform them any kind of violent incidents as they can take instant action.last_img read more

99pc WASA water nondrinkable Minister

first_imgLocal government, rural development and cooperatives minister Md Tajul Islam on Thursday said that around 99 per cent water supplied by Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is non-drinkable, but the amount is not meant for drinking, reports UNB.The minister came up with the remarks after completing an inter-ministerial meeting at the Secretariat.”I’m saying that 99 per cent water of WASA is non-drinkable. The 99 per cent water is used for other works including cleaning and bathing, not drinking. Only one per cent is used for drinking,” he said.The minister said that “In past 7-8 years I have never seen scarcity of water in my house in Dhaka. Apparently no dirt I found in the water. The quality of water has been raised comparatively.””Our inspection found that water is clean at the source. Then from where the water gets polluted? Are we sure that water tanks in all the houses are kept hygienic?” he asked.The matter of drinkable WASA water came into light as Dhaka WASA’s managing director Taqsem A Khan slammed an independent report against its water supply recently and said that the water is “100 per cent drinkable.”The claim drew social flak, prompting a group of people from Jurain to take samples of water to his office offering him to drink lemonade made with the water.The WASA boss, however, declined the offer of lemonade “made by someone else”.last_img read more