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Borneo to enforce smoking ban at 76 public parks

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‘No Smoking’ signboard at Sibu Town Square Phase I.
Seventy-six public parks across the state have been gazetted as 'No Smoking' zones, following the enforcement on June 1 this year by the state Health Department.

According to state Health Department director Dr Jamilah Hashim, her side ran a three-month public awareness prior to the enforcement.

"Public parks should be used for healthy recreational activities. Smokers are, therefore, urged to respect other visitors who wish to utilise these public facilities without the dangerous side effects of secondary smoking," she said when asked about the number of compounds issued for those caught smoking at public parks across the state, under Regulation 11(1)(w) of Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004.


Liquid democracy: Colorado candidate pledges to make political decisions based on Parti.Vote app

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By the People

Technology has the potential to radically change how elected officials perform their duties, and at least one political candidate thinks now's the time to take advantage of that potential. If Camilo Casas is elected to the city council in Boulder, Colorado, this November, he promises he will not make any decision by himself. Instead, he plans to put that power in the hands of the people via a liquid democracy app called Parti.Vote.

Casas built the app himself, and as he explained to Motherboard, he designed it to facilitate a liquid democracy. The idea is that instead of simply hoping their elected representatives support their stance on issues, citizens will be empowered to directly affect policy-making by voting through the app.

Comment: Great idea - a candidate who actually intends to represent the will of the people!! Should he be elected, it will be interesting to see how long it takes for political realities to derail this project. Trump is a prime example..


'Hollywood now, Washington, DC next': Fmr Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney rails against gov't pedophilia

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"We're outraged and angry--not having had justice for at least a generation. Hollywood now; Washington, DC next." - Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Ph.D.

Let there be no doubt, those who engage in the child sex trade are society's most vile - and many times, as the recent revelations out of Hollywood are showing us, the most elite.

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney agrees and has devoted much of her life to ousting these vile predators. In February, McKinney made a point noting that going after child predators will lead to the downfall of both Republicans and Democrats - as this problem goes all the way to the top.

Now, this former congresswoman is at it again, promoting a documentary, titled, An Open Secret that exposes the horrific problem of child sex trafficking in Hollywood.

For those who don't remember McKinney, she is the Congresswoman who bravely questioned the elite - on the house floor - about their role in the child trafficking industry.


More Weinstein, Hollywood sex scandal fallout: Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera, Molly Ringwald, Bjork and more tell their stories

Actress Reese Witherspoon has revealed that she was sexually assaulted by a director when she was 16 years old, the latest in a series of claims about abuse in the film industry.

"This has been a really hard week for women in Hollywood, for women all over the world, and a lot of situations and a lot of industries are forced to remember and relive a lot of ugly truths," Witherspoon said at an event in Beverley Hills this week. "I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I've been having about anxiety, honestly, the guilt for not speaking up earlier."

Witherspoon, who debuted on the silver screen at 15, continued, "[I feel] true disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old and anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment."

The Academy Award-winning actress went on to claim that the incident was just one of a number of times she had been sexually abused throughout her career.

Comment: Twelve million women have used the #metoo hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, including celebs like Anna Paquin, Gillian Anderson, and Lady Gaga.

Corey Feldman has been bringing attention to Hollywood's pedophilia, too. A video from his 2013 appearance on The View with Barbara Walters has been making the rounds. In it, Walters shuts him down for speaking of his abuse, challenging his claims. Now many are calling for her to apologize. (She also defended Woody Allen.)

As for Weinstein-related news:
Fashion designer Donna Karan is "apologetic from the bottom of my heart" and embarrassed about "stupid" remarks she made last week that suggested sexual harassment victims were "asking for it" by the way they dressed.

Her comments on a red carpet touched off outrage online following sexual harassment and assault allegations against fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Karan spoke to Women's Wear Daily in an interview published Monday, saying she spoke while sleep deprived and without knowing details of the mounting allegations against Weinstein, telling a red carpet reporter:

"How do we display ourselves, how do we present ourselves as women, what are we asking? Are we asking for it, you know, by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality? ... It's not Harvey Weinstein. You look at everything all over the world today, you know, and how women are dressing and, you know, what they're asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble."

The designer told WWD, "I made a horrible mistake. I regret it from the bottom of my heart. This is never who I am as a woman."


Survey: Majority of millennials, Gen Z adults prefer texting over talking in person

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If the emoji movie wasn't symbolic enough of today's youth, perhaps this will rattle your foundation: A new survey finds that 7 in 10 millennials and the younger Gen Z prefer to communicate digitally - mostly by text message - than in person.

Researchers at LivePerson, a business solutions provider, polled more than 4,000 young adults under between age 18 and 34 in a handful of Western nations, helping them discover the priorities and preferences of today's millennials and Gen Z.

A new survey finds that 7 in 10 millennials and those who make up the younger Gen Z cohort prefer to communicate digitally with others than in person.

Globally, 65 percent of those surveyed indicated they talk to peers more frequently via texting or a mobile, but that number is even higher in English-speaking nations. In both the United States and in the United Kingdom, about 74 percent of millennials and Gen Z communicate digitally more frequently with others.


LAPD becomes largest police department in the U.S. to test drones

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After months of often-heated debate, a civilian oversight panel Tuesday signed off on a yearlong test of drones by the Los Angeles Police Department, which will become the largest police department in the nation to deploy the controversial technology.

The Police Commission's 3-1 vote prompted jeers, cursing and a small protest that spilled into a downtown intersection just outside the LAPD's glass headquarters - evidence of the opposition police have faced in recent weeks as they tried to reassure wary residents that the airborne devices would not be misused.

The use of drones - or "small Unmanned Aerial Systems," in police-speak - has become a contentious issue for law enforcement in Los Angeles, where the nation's largest sheriff's department has flown one since January.

Advocates say camera-mounted drones could help protect officers and others by collecting crucial information during high-risk situations or searches without risking their safety. For many privacy advocates and police critics, however, the drones stir Orwellian visions of unwarranted surveillance or fears of militarized, weapon-toting devices patrolling the skies.


Detectives in New York and London opening up criminal probes in Weinstein sex crimes scandal

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Sex crimes detectives in New York and London are investigating allegations from at least five women who say they were raped or sexually assaulted by movie producer Harvey Weinstein, but so far no police reports have been filed in Los Angeles.

Two sources not authorized to discuss the inquiries said the New York Police Department has opened an investigation into a 2004 allegation of forced oral copulation and is reexamining a more recent accusation of sexual groping that was previously rejected by prosecutors.

Since the New York Times first published allegations against Weinstein less than two weeks ago, dozens of women have publicly accused him of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape.

The new investigation, which launched last week, involves a then-college student's allegation that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Miramax office. Lucia Evans told the New Yorker that he assaulted her during a meeting in 2004.


5 Maryland schools placed on lockdown after active shooter kills 3 and critically injures 2 others

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At least three people have been killed and two others critically injured in Maryland after a shooter opened fire at a business park in Edgewood. The lone shooter remains at large.

A number of schools in the area are on "modified lockdown" Harford County Sheriff's Office said, according to police.

"We can confirm we on the scene of a shooting in the Emmorton Business Park," the Harford Sheriff Department said. "Multiple injuries reported."

Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told reporters the suspect is Radee Labeeb Prince, a 37-year-old black male. He's believed to be associated with the business, police said.


Week-long undercover operation nets Florida cops 277 prostitution-related arrests including one of their own

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A week-long undercover operation by cops in Polk County, Florida which targeted human traffickers and online prostitution ended with 277 arrests. Among those caught were doctors, teachers, police officers and a serving colonel in the US Marine Corps.

The sting operation, dubbed "Operation No Tricks, No Treats", ran from October 10 to October 16. Of the 277, 51 of the arrests were for those who advertise as prostitutes online, 209 were of those who "solicited undercover detectives who posted ads posing as prostitutes. Seventeen other arrests were made of those who derive proceeds from prostitution, or other offenses," police said.

"We are committed to fighting human trafficking, by arresting those who engage in prostitution and trying to identify human trafficking victims. It's no secret...you need to stay out of Polk County if you're going to commit crime," said Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd.

Arrow Down

Harvey Weinstein's brother, Bob, accused of sexual harassment

Bob Weinstein
A female showrunner who worked on the Weinstein Co. drama "The Mist" has accused Bob Weinstein of sexual harassment during the production of the Spike TV series.

Amanda Segel, an executive producer of "Mist," said Weinstein repeatedly made romantic overtures to her and asked her to join him for private dinners. The harassment began in the summer of 2016 and continued on and off for about three months until Segel's lawyer, David Fox of Myman Greenspan, informed TWC executives - including COO David Glasser - that she would leave the show if Bob Weinstein did not stop contacting her on personal matters.

" 'No' should be enough," Segel told Variety. "After 'no,' anybody who has asked you out should just move on. Bob kept referring to me that he wanted to have a friendship. He didn't want a friendship. He wanted more than that. My hope is that 'no' is enough from now on."

A representative for Bob Weinstein denied that he engaged in any inappropriate behavior in a statement to Variety.

"Bob Weinstein had dinner with Ms. Segel in LA in June 2016. He denies any claims that he behaved inappropriately at or after the dinner. It is most unfortunate that any such claim has been made," the statement said.