Chautauqua County Issues Code Blue Warning

first_imgWNY News Now Image.MAYVILLE – Cold temperatures and frigid wind chills have prompted the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services to issue a Code Blue Warning.This warning is triggered when temperatures reach 32 degrees or lower and requires shelter access to anyone in need of assistance.During normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, people seeking emergency shelter should report to the Department of Health and Human Services offices in Dunkirk or Jamestown where emergency shelter will be arranged.After normal business hours and on weekends and holidays, persons seeking emergency shelter or those who know of someone who is in need of emergency shelter or who is experiencing homelessness should contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office by dialing 911 and shelter assistance will be provided. Assistance will also be provided by any local law enforcement agency in Chautauqua County.The following agencies are also able to assist with Code Blue placements in Chautauqua County:Brooks Hospital, UPMC Chautauqua Hospital and The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene;The United Christian Advocacy Network (UCAN) City Mission can be utilized by adult males and is located at 7 West First Street, Jamestown, and may be contacted by calling (716) 488-7480.In addition, the following Chautauqua County warming centers may be open during the following hours and at the following locations. It is strongly encouraged that people seeking warming center assistance contact the site to determine specific hours and closures: Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Not Indicted By Grand Jury

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A grand jury in St. Louis, Missouri has declined to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August, reigniting violent demonstrations from months ago.St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced the decision, which was condemned by the 18-year-old man’s family and supporters. President Barack Obama called for peace, but police and protestors clashed moments after the announcement  9 p.m. Monday.“There was a full investigation,” McCulloch said of the grand jury’s review of 75 hours of testimony from 60 witnesses. “They determined that no probable cause exists.”Two black women, one black man, six white men and three white women comprised the grand jury. They spent three months weighing the evidence to render their decision.Ferguson, Mo. has been a city of unrest since the shooting, with mass protests and demonstrations; many resulting in violent clashes with military-outfitted police and riot squads as well as the state National Guard capturing headlines around the world.Brown’s slaying reignited passionate discussions about racial tension in the United States and fueled debate regarding press freedoms.McCulloch, Obama and Brown’s family urged protestors to use the incident as an opportunity for positive change and not an excuse for violence.“No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son’s death to be in vain,” Obama said, quoting Brown’s father, which later issued a statement saying he was disappointed by the decision.Those calls for peace appeared to be ignored, as protestors were seen on TV news reports throwing tear gas canisters back at police after police tried to disperse the crowd, once it turned unruly.Local businesses in the area had boarded up their windows and several schools in the area had closed early for Thanksgiving break, according to published reports, in anticipation of the verdict. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and also activated the Missouri National Guard.He stood with St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay Monday evening prior to the grand jury’s decision, jointly calling for “peace, respect and restraint.”“No matter what is announced,” said Dooley, “people will be emotional. I want people to think with their heads, not with their emotions.”“What happened to Michael Brown has deeply divided us,” said Slay, adding a message to protestors. “We will protect your right to peacefully assemble and speak your mind. [But violence and destruction of property] will not be tolerated.“The world will be watching us.”The U.S. Department of Justice is currently conducting a civil investigation into the Ferguson Police Department. That probe is ongoing, but it is unclear when it will be completed.last_img read more

Illegal fishing still rife in North Natuna Sea: Ministry

first_imgSince the 115 anti-illegal fishing task force led by former minister Susi Pudjiastuti was disbanded in December, the ministry has arrested just 19 foreign fishing vessels, comprising Vietnam-, Malaysia- and Philippine-flagged fishing boats — a far cry from previous endeavors.Susi shot to fame during President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first term for her insistence to “sink the ships” of other countries, but her strong personality was increasingly seen as a liability to the President, especially when it came to dealing with countries whose ships she had downed.She was replaced in Jokowi’s second term by Edhy Prabowo, an erstwhile lawmaker in the House of Representatives’ Commission IV overseeing marine resources.Observers have long bemoaned the continued practice of illegal fishing by other countries, which is partly exacerbated by a lack of surveillance ships and regulations.Read also: Minister Prabowo to deploy more ships to protect NatunaWhile Indonesia and Vietnam reached an agreement on a continental shelf boundary in 2003 after 30 years of negotiations, the two sides are still delimiting exclusive economic zones (EEZ) that some experts say will take many more years to settle.An EEZ grants exclusive rights to the country that controls it to exploit the resources within the water column, but both sides have overlapping claims.The claims have been a source of constant tension between the Southeast Asian neighbors, resulting in them agreeing to negotiate a “provisional arrangement” to prevent skirmishes at sea.Read also: Natuna tuna: Indonesia invites Vietnamese company to buy area’s fishVietnamese authorities have protested that their vessels were often caught in waters that both countries claimed as their own, but Haeru said he was “highly confident” that the latest boats to be seized were fishing well within Indonesia’s economic borders.“Even if they protested, there is an avenue for the Foreign Ministry to resolve the issue,” he said, adding that the crewmen have been sent to Batam to undergo further legal processes.The Vietnamese mission in Jakarta said it had not been informed of the arrest.Vietnam itself has been preoccupied with its own maritime skirmishes with China, after one of its own fishing boats was sunk by a Chinese white hull near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea last week, according to local reports.Hanoi lodged an official protest on Saturday, while the United States on Monday said it was “seriously concerned” about China’s actions and urged Beijing to instead focus on global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.Read also: Jakarta asserts sovereign rights on NatunaIndonesia was also caught in a diplomatic spat with China as early as December after it emerged that Chinese vessels had been illegally poaching in Indonesia’s EEZ for weeks.This sparked the Indonesian government’s order for hundreds of fishermen from the Javanese coastline to populate the North Natuna Sea, although only a few dozen have heeded the call.Topics : Most recently, the ministry detained two Vietnamese-flagged fishing vessels on Friday for illicit activities within the waters of Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone in Riau Islands province.The vessels, identified as KG 93811 TS and KG 93012 TS, were seized by the Orca 03 fisheries supervisory vessel, along with 22 Vietnamese crew members and illegal trawling equipment.The ministry’s director general of marine resources and fisheries supervision, TB Haeru Rahayu, said the boats were caught in the 711 Fisheries Management Area (WPP), which encompasses the Karimata Strait, the Natuna Sea and the North Natuna Sea. “Looking at the data in the field, it seems there is an increasingly concerning trend of more illegal fishing activities in North Natuna,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. As various government agencies scramble to contain the spread of COVID-19, illegal fishing in Indonesia’s outermost islands of the North Natuna Sea remains rife, a senior official at the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has said.Indonesia’s vast and porous borders have been subject to years — even decades — of poaching by countries as far away as China, but the coronavirus pandemic has dominated much of the headlines since it spread throughout Southeast Asia over the past couple of months.But while most governments in the region have looked inward to curb the spread of the deadly disease within their respective borders, the disease has not stopped foreign fishermen from trying to fish illegally in Indonesian waters.last_img read more

Over a Ton of Heroin Seized aboard OSV off Turkey

first_imgTurkish security forces have seized one tonne and 71 kilograms of heroin on board an offshore supply ship identified as Commander Tide, Turkish anti-narcotics police department said.The Democratic Republic of Congo-flagged cargo ship was raided by Turkish naval forces, the coastguard and special police forces, on June 2nd while sailing in international waters bound for Turkey.The contraband, estimated to be worth around USD 57 million, was found in secret compartments on the ship.As informed, this is a record drug bust for the security forces in Turkey.Commander Tide’s nine crew members were detained and taken to a naval base in Marmaris, Reuters reports.The 1984-built vessel’s current position on Marine Traffic shows that the vessel, which is said to be laid-up, was stopped.According to the data by VesselsValue, the ship was bought by Marshall-Islands-based Corbata Maritime.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

FIFA shifts India U-17 World Cup group matches from Mumbai to New Delhi

first_imgHeeding to the government’s request, football’s world governing body, FIFA, on Saturday, shifted India’s group matches of the upcoming U-17 World Cup from Mumbai to the national capital.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) initially wanted Mumbai to host India’s matches but later asked FIFA to shift them to New Delhi under pressure from the sports ministry. The government felt it was appropriate that the national capital hosts the home team’s matches.”Following a request from the All India Football Federation to hold the group matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 in which India are playing in New Delhi, and the fruitful discussions between the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the local government, FIFA has agreed to amend the match schedule,” the Local Organising Committee (LOC) said in a statement.As per the amended schedule, Group A, featuring the home team, which is automatically seeded as A1, will be based in New Delhi and teams of Group B will be based in Navi Mumbai. Matches for the knockout stage remain as planned before.Acknowledging the increased efforts of the local authorities and the LOC in connection with the requested amendment, FIFA’s Head of Tournaments Jaime Yarza said: “Attendance, especially in the venue where the home team plays its matches, is one of the priorities of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, crucial to achieving the purpose of better positioning football in the country, so the government’s commitment in this regard is highly appreciated.”The presence of the secretary of sports at the meetings concerning the state of the works in the stadium and training sites sends a positive message and reflects the strong involvement of the authorities.advertisement”We expect this involvement to extend into the area of pollution prevention, which has been an important topic discussed in relation to the tournament, in particular in Delhi. We are now expecting an action response plan to prevent pollution levels from affecting the tournament, which ideally should continue beyond the tournament.”Besides India, who are automatically qualified as hosts, the following teams have booked their tickets to the competition: Iran, Iraq, Japan, Korea DPR (Asia); New Caledonia, New Zealand (Oceania); Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay (South America); Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, USA (North, Central America and Caribbean); England, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey (Europe); Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, and Guinea (Africa).last_img read more