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Rate of Suicide among Active Duty Service Members Increased over Past Five Years

The report comes after three U.S. sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush died by apparent suicide last week

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Members of the graduating class march during Parade Day at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, May 22, 2019. VOA

The rate of suicide among active duty service members has increased significantly over the past five years, according to a Pentagon report released on Thursday.

The report comes after three U.S. sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush died by apparent suicide last week, incidents the Navy has said are separate and unrelated.

The Pentagon’s first annual suicide report said that the rate of suicide deaths among active duty service members was 24.8 per 100,000 service members, up from just under 20 per 100,000 in 2013. In 2018, 541 service members died by suicide, the report said, adding that the most common method of suicide was with firearms.

“We are not going in the right direction,” Elizabeth Van Winkle, director of the office of force resiliency, told reporters.

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The rate of suicide among active duty service members has increased significantly over the past five years, according to a Pentagon report released on Thursday. Pixabay

During the briefing, the Pentagon took the unusual step of advising reporters on how to cover suicides, such as not calling it a “growing problem” or “skyrocketing” because it could cause contagion.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday that the military was caught up in “what some call a national epidemic of suicide among our youth.”

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“I wish I could tell you we have an answer to prevent further, future suicides in the Armed Services,” Esper said. “We don’t.” (VOA)

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Amazon Announces Paid Prime Membership Programme To Boast Over 150mn Customers Globally

Prime members watched double the hours of original movies and TV shows on Prime Video this quarter compared to last year

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"Prime membership continues to get better for customers year after year. And customers are responding -- more people joined Prime this quarter than ever before, and we now have over 150 million paid Prime members around the world," Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, said in a statement on Thursday. VOA

Online retail giant Amazon has announced its paid Prime membership programme now boasts more than 150 million paying customers globally.

“Prime membership continues to get better for customers year after year. And customers are responding — more people joined Prime this quarter than ever before, and we now have over 150 million paid Prime members around the world,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, said in a statement on Thursday.

“We’ve made Prime delivery faster — the number of items delivered to U.S. customers with Prime’s free one-day and same-day delivery more than quadrupled this quarter compared to last year. Members now have free two-hour grocery delivery from Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market in more than 2,000 U.S. cities and towns.”

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Online retail giant Amazon has announced its paid Prime membership programme now boasts more than 150 million paying customers globally. Pixabay

For an annual fee of $119 in the US, the shipping and entertainment programme offers a growing assortment of perks, including one-day shipping on millions of products, free grocery delivery, and access to a large online library of movies and TV shows.

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“Prime members watched double the hours of original movies and TV shows on Prime Video this quarter compared to last year, and Amazon Originals received a record 88 nominations and 26 wins at major awards shows. A huge thank you to teams across Amazon for their dedicated work to build, innovate, and deliver for customers this holiday,” added Bezos. (IANS)