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Beach closed after needles, medical supplies found onshore
Washington: A section of the beach in California was closed down for the public on Sunday (local time) after authorities discovered needles and other medical supplies had washed up onshore.
Lifeguards found a “large amount” of medical supplies around 11:30 a.m. (local time) along the beach south of the Venice Beach Pier in Los Angeles, according to the Lifeguard Division of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
“At Approx. 11:30 AM today @lacolifeguards visualized a large amount of medical supplies along the shoreline South of the #VeniceBeach Pier. The area has been cordoned off and notifications to @lapublichealth,” the Department said on Twitter.
Authorities said on Twitter they did not know where the medical supplies and needles came from.
“@LACoLifeguards will continue to patrol the area by land and sea to monitor for any further materials,” the Department said further.
Lifeguards said they also alerted other agencies, including the LA County Department of Public Health, US Coast Guard and police.
Venice Beach, west of Los Angeles and just south of Santa Monica, is known for its canals, trendy shops and colourful boardwalk. (ANI)


11 million saplings planted across Turkey
Ankara: Eleven million saplings were simultaneously planted on Monday across Turkey as part of a mass campaign aimed at contributing to the agriculture while establishing a greener landscape for future generations.
The campaign is dubbed “Breath Into the Future”, Xinhua news agency quoted Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli as saying.
“We ensured that 11 million saplings were planted in three hours at 2,023 different points in 81 provinces,” he said.
The planting started precisely at 11.11 a.m. lwith a view to carrying Turkey into the Guinness Book of Records by planting the highest number of saplings in an hour and creating the largest digital photo album of the event.
Despite the initial target of 11 million, nearly 14 million saplings were adopted for the campaign, with 212,000 in Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city, and nearly 340,000 in the capital Ankara.
Last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared November 11 as National Forestation Day. (IANS)

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