DEMA announces Marine Town Hall Meetings

first_img We can eat Nassau Grouper legally, soon Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 May 2015 – Four town hall meetings coming as the Department of Maritime of Affairs begins to entertain public debate on ten contentious and critical environmental issues. The list will ask how residents feel about the ban on pelagic long line fishing… how it feels about a special licencing requirement for trap boats carrying more than 20 traps, including registration, reporting and trap placement restrictions; what are thoughts on a minimum and maximum size restriction for the Nassau Grouper; whether there should also be a minimum size for some Snappers, bonefish and whether there should be a ban on gill nets. There will be a fielding of ideas on regulations for Stone Crab, whether there should be a ban on taking Sea Cucumbers, commercial export of Sharks and Stingrays and a review of the laws governing Lionfish. The town meetings begin this Friday May 8th at the Five Cays Community Center at 7pm; South Caicos is on Monday at the DEMA office at 7pm; Tuesday May 12th for North Caicos at the Adelaide Omelar Primary and next week Friday it will be Grand Turk’s turn at Dillon Hall at 7pm. Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Recommended for you Related Items:dema, nassau grouper, town hall meetinglast_img read more

Maxwell Announces 50 Intimate Nights Live North American Tour

first_imgNews https://twitter.com/_MAXWELL_/status/1021404733267988481 Maxwell Announces 50 Intimate Nights Live North American Tour Maxwell Announces 50 Intimate Nights Live Tour maxwell-announces-50-intimate-nights-live-north-american-tour Email The GRAMMY winner will debut new material and perform his biggest hits during his 50-date trek this fallNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 23, 2018 – 8:22 am With a new single out and a sprawling North American tour on the horizon, 2018 is shaping up to be a big year from Maxwell. The GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter has announced the 50 Intimate Night Live Tour will bring his powerful and sultry brand of neo-soul to audiences across the country through the end of the year. Twitter Facebook The 50-date trek will kick off in Richmond, Va., on Sept. 27 and roll its way around the U.S. and Canada before wrapping in New York City at the Beacon Theatre on Dec. 9. The tour will make stops along the way in major cities including Atlanta, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago, and Boston.The tour announcement follows last month’s debut of “We Never Saw It Coming,” Maxwell’s first piece of new music since 2016. The song arrived complete with an ambitious short film as its music video titled “The Glass House” starring Maxwell alongside activist/actress/model Yomi Abiola.Tickets for the 50 Intimate Nights Live tour go on-sale starting Friday, July 27, with a limited number of VIP packages becoming available July 25 via Maxwell’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Flood situation deteriorates in 4 dists

first_imgOverflown Jamuna river inundates Bordah area in Sariakandi of Bogra district.The flood situation in Jamalpur, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha deteriorated further as major rivers there kept overflowing on Thursday, leaving two children dead and thousands of people marooned, reports UNB.In Gaibandha, two children — Sawpna Khatun of Kamarjani union in Sadar upazila and Pinha of Kabilpur in Phulchhari upazila — drowned in floodwater on Wednesday night and Thursday respectively.Besides, river erosion took a furious turn as water level in Bramhaputra and Ghaghat rivers continued to rise over the last few days, witnesses said.The people of the flood-hit areas have been facing immense sufferings for lack of adequate food, safe drinking water and sanitation.District administration source said a total of 2,10,000 people of 190 villages in 29 unions were affected by the flood while only 3,000 people took refuge in shelter centers. Besides, at least 123 primary schools remained closed in four upazilas of the district due to the flood.In Kurigram, the overall flood situation of the district worsened further as the Brahmaputra was flowing 37 cm above the danger level at Chilmari point while the Dharala 18 cm above the danger mark at the Bridge point.The water level in Dudhkumar increased by 4 cm, while the flow of the Teesta decreased by 14 cm. The two rivers were flowing slight below their danger levels.In the last 24 hours, 15 villages went under water afresh.Eighty-seven medical teams were formed in the district to prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases in the flood-hit areas.More than 2,00,000 people in seven upazilas, out of nine, remained trapped in floodwater for the past few days while at least 150 schools were announced closed for the flood.Though the government has initiated the distribution of relief materials in the flood-affected areas but it is not adequate, said locals.Deputy Commissioner Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan said they distributed three mts rice, cash Tk 8 lakh, 2,000 packets of dry food among flood-affected people in seven upazilas.In Jamalpur, almost one lakh people have been marooned in 35 unions in six upazilas and the Jamuna River was flowing 84 centimetres above the danger level at Bahadurshah point.District Relief and Rehabilitation office sources said seven unions of Islampur, eight of Dewanganj, seven in Madarganj, five in Sarishbari, three in Bakshiganj and one union in Melanandah were inundated.District primary education officer Md Shahidul Islam said a total 187 schools in seven upazilas remained shut due to the flood.Civil Surgeon Mosa-e-ul-Islam Ratan said 77 medical teams have been working with one in each union of the district.Deputy Commissioner Ahmed Kabir said they have distributed 180 mts rice, Tk 3.10 lakh among the flood victims.In Lalmonirhat, over one lakh people at 36 villages of 16 unions in Hatibandha, Kaliganj, Aditmari and Sadar upazilas of the Teesta basin remained trapped in floodwaters for the past five days.The Teesta River was flowing 20 cm below the danger level while the Dharola was flowing 25 cm above the red mark at Kulaghat point on Thursday morning, according to sources at the local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board.Sudden decrease in water flow triggered serious river erosion in some areas. The Teesta and Dharla devoured at least 63 houses in the last 24 hours.Besides, Lalmonirhat deputy commissioner Abul Fayez Md Alauddin Khan said they distributed 500 packets of dry food, Tk 2,00,000 in cash and 8 tonnes of GR rice among the flood-affected people in Hatibandha and Aditmari upazilas.last_img read more

Cowboys QB Tony Romo Retiring Replacing Phil Simms at CBS

first_img– / 4Tony Romo couldn’t bring himself to use the word “retired” and didn’t have an answer for whether he would have decided to replace another former quarterback in Phil Simms as lead analyst for CBS if he hadn’t lost his starting job in Dallas.This much Romo did know: Teams were interested in him continuing his chase for an elusive Super Bowl, and he couldn’t pass up a chance to go straight from the field to a No. 1 booth with Emmy Award-winning play-by-play man Jim Nantz.“It reminds me of my rookie year where you really don’t know anything,” Romo said. “You’re walking into a brand new situation and you can kinda play the game. I can kinda talk. But this is a completely different world. I like that challenge.”Romo’s release by the Cowboys and his deal with CBS were announced simultaneously Tuesday — roughly four weeks later than Dallas owner Jerry Jones told the franchise passing leader he would turn him loose to pursue other teams.The delay gave Romo time to consider his future after two injury-filled seasons, which cost him the job he had for 10 years when rookie Dak Prescott directed a club-record 11-game winning streak after Romo’s preseason back injury. It was his fourth back injury since 2013.Now the married father of two young boys with a third child on the way has chosen the path taken by two former Dallas quarterbacks — Don Meredith of “Monday Night Football” fame and three-time Super Bowl winner and Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, the lead analyst for Fox since 2002.“It wasn’t a simple decision,” said Romo, who will work Thursday night and Sunday games . “It got easier when I started to really get excited about working with CBS. That part of it got the juices flowing and started to get you excited to be a part of a team and go attack a craft.”As for that retirement thing, Romo left little doubt that his playing days were likely over while also saying there was “absolutely interest” from other teams.Romo said his personal list was topped by Houston, which has unproven Tom Savage as the starter after dumping high-priced Brock Osweiler in a trade following one less-than-impressive season.“I could play tomorrow. I’m making this decision with the choice to be able to play as well,” said Romo, who turns 37 this month.“Do I envision coming back and playing football? Absolutely not. I’m committed to CBS for good. Do I think I’m going to get some calls? I’m sure I will.”The four-time Pro Bowler who rose to stardom after going undrafted in 2003 out of lower-division Eastern Illinois is the franchise leader with 34,183 yards passing and 248 touchdowns. He’s fourth all-time in passer rating (97.1).But Romo never parlayed his regular-season success into deep playoff runs the way Roger Staubach and Aikman did before him, going 78-49 as the starter but 2-4 in the postseason, with no road victories and no trips to the NFC championship game.Romo said his release was a financial consideration — he would have had to repay a portion of his signing bonus upon retirement — and he praised Jones despite the sudden change of plans when free agency opened early last month.“As an organization, we did what he asked us to do in terms of his release, and we wanted to do what was ultimately in his best interest and in the best interest of his family,” Jones said. “He is a young man who is just getting started on a long journey in life. All the best, my friend.”CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said the network planned to keep Simms and was working on finding another role for their lead analyst the past 19 seasons.McManus said he first thought Romo had promise in that role after Romo gave him a breakdown of the New England-Seattle matchup during a Super Bowl party before the Patriots beat the Seahawks two years ago. He called Romo’s sudden ascension a “very manageable risk.”“Will he be better Week 6 than he is Week 1? Yes he will be,” McManus said. “Will he better in Year 2 than he is in Year 1? Yes. But if we didn’t have the faith in Tony, we didn’t have the faith in the fact that he can be an outstanding analyst, we wouldn’t be taking this risk.”Ultimately, Romo said he didn’t trust himself to meet with teams that might view him as the missing piece for a Super Bowl title.“I’ve known my nature and I’ve known my competitive side,” said Romo, whose departure has been expected since a November speech conceding the Dallas job to Prescott. “And if I get in front of some of these teams, I’m going to be enticed to really want to go to play.”Romo, who was signed through 2019, had a $14 million base salary and a $24.7 million salary cap hit for the Cowboys this season. The release will reduce Dallas’ cap hit to about $19 million, split roughly in half over two seasons.His final play was a 3-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams in a meaningless regular-season finale at Philadelphia last season. His last snap in a home regular-season game was the last of three broken collarbones sustained in his career, on Thanksgiving in 2015 against Carolina.Along with family, health and the chance to star at CBS right away, Romo acknowledged that finishing his career with another team weighed on him.“I’m a Dallas Cowboy. I understand that,” Romo said. “I really like to think that some guys have done it exactly right. Others probably wish they could do things a little bit different. There’s a handful of guys that just get lucky and everything works out perfectly.”For Romo, the first Super Bowl figures to be in the booth when it’s CBS’ turn again in 2019. Sharelast_img read more

WATCH Congress Passes Bill To Avert Government Shutdown

first_img Share Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesRepublicans in Congress are scrambling to avoid a chaotic government shutdown that could overshadow their signature tax bill before it even gets signed into law.Republicans will need at least some bipartisan support for the measure in the Senate, as the bill needs 60 votes to pass, and Republicans control just 52 seats there.In addition to keeping the government open, the legislation would extend short-term authorizations for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to receive health care at community providers outside of the Veterans Affairs system.The bill would also temporarily extend a controversial provision in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, Amendments Act, known as Section 702, which was set to expire at the end of the year. The FBI and other intelligence agencies have said it is critical to fighting terrorism.The stopgap bill includes a nod to defense hawks in Congress who were hoping for caps on defense spending to be lifted, another point of friction with Democrats being delayed. It provides funds to repair two naval ships that were damaged this year in the Pacific, as well as money to bolster ballistic missile defense.A big disaster relief funding bill for areas hit by hurricanes and wildfires was passed in the House as well, but it appears the Senate will hold off on voting on that bill until January.In the new year, when bipartisan budget debates begin again, a pair of major polarizing topics loom.Congressional Democrats, and some Republicans, are hoping for legislation to protect thousands of undocumented immigrants brought into the U.S. as children. There had been talk that Democrats could threaten a government shutdown to force a vote on the measure, known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but those whispers quieted as the deadline grew closer.Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era protection program in September, but White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said Thursday that the president was always hoping for Congress to come up with a legislative solution.“We believe we’ll have a resolution to that in January or February,” Short told NPR’s Rachel Martin.And a pair of senators are poised to propose legislation to stabilize insurance markets, after the Republican tax plan zeroed out the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate that had required people to buy health insurance. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, had committed to getting legislation passed by the end of the year, but she and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., have now committed to a proposal “after the first of the year.”Collins and Alexander said in a joint statement that they would be waiting to unveil the legislation because “it has become clear that Congress will only be able to pass another short-term extension to prevent a government shutdown and to continue a few essential programs.”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged again on Thursday to bring that legislation up for a vote next year in an interview with NPR. After a monumental legislative victory on taxes this week, Republicans in Congress have been scrambling to avoid a chaotic government shutdown that could overshadow their signature tax bill before it even gets signed into law.The House and Senate have passed a spending bill Thursday afternoon that would push a deadline to fund the government back from midnight on Friday to Jan. 19, allowing lawmakers to head home for the holidays without resolving much of their unfinished business. In addition to most Republicans, about a dozen House Democrats and several Senate Democrats also voted for the bill.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had put it on the GOP to keep the government open. “The Republicans control the Congress. They control the House, they control the Senate, and they have the signature in the White House. They have the votes to keep government open. They don’t need us to keep government open,” she said Thursday.Still, President Trump sought to toss blame for the tense moment at congressional Democrats on Twitter on Thursday morning.House Democrats want a SHUTDOWN for the holidays in order to distract from the very popular, just passed, Tax Cuts. House Republicans, don’t let this happen. Pass the C.R. TODAY and keep our Government OPEN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2017The continuing resolution that Republicans in the House had released early Thursday punts tough decisions related to long-term government spending, immigration and defense into the first part of the new year.last_img read more

Massive brown dwarf detected by astronomers

first_img 2019 Science X Network An international team of astronomers has found a new brown dwarf, one of the most massive objects of this type discovered to date. The newly detected brown dwarf, designated EPIC 212036875 b, turns out to be about 50 times more massive than Jupiter. The finding is detailed in a paper published June 13 on arXiv.org. Brown dwarfs are intermediate objects between planets and stars. Astronomers generally agree that they are substellar objects occupying the mass range between 13 and 80 Jupiter masses. Notably, out of the 2,000 brown dwarfs so far detected, only about 400 of them were found to be circling around stars.Observations have shown that brown dwarfs with masses between 35 and 55 Jupiter masses orbiting their hosts at a relatively close distance (less than 3.0 AU) are extremely rare and difficult to find. This so-called “brown dwarf desert” is constantly studied by astronomers using various techniques, aiming to find other examples of this peculiar type.Now, an international group of researchers led by Carina M. Persson of Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden reports the finding of a new massive brown dwarf, apparently another representative of this desert. The new object, designated EPIC 212036875 b, was identified by NASA’s prolonged Kepler mission known as K2, and Persson’s team confirmed its brown dwarf nature using ground-based telescopes.”In this paper, we report the independent discovery and observations of EPIC 212036875 b performed by the KESPRINT consortium,” the paper reads as the detection of this object was almost simultaneously reported by other group of astronomers.According to the study, EPIC 212036875 b is about 51 times as massive as Jupiter, but approximately 17 percent smaller than our solar system’s gas giant. These values imply the brown dwarf’s mean density at a level of around 108 g/cm3.Observations conducted by Persson’s team found that EPIC 212036875 b orbits its host approximately every 5.17 days at a distance of about 0.06 AU from it. These results confirm that the newfound object represents the brown dwarf desert. Such a close orbit also means that the brown dwarf should be relatively hot—its equilibrium temperature is estimated to be about 1,450 K.The study reveals that the host, EPIC 212036875, is a slightly evolved star of spectral type F7 V, about 41 percent larger and 15 percent more massive that the sun. Its age was estimated to be around 5.1 billion years and its effective temperature was measured to be 6,230 K.In concluding remarks, the researchers ponder the possible formation and evolution scenarios for EPIC 212036875 b. They assume that this brown dwarf most likely formed due to gravitational instabilities in a protoplanetary disc.”We argue that EPIC 212036875 b formed via gravitational disc instabilities in the outer part of the disc, followed by a quick migration. Orbital tidal circularisation may have started early in its history for a brief period when the brown dwarf’s radius was larger,” the astronomers concluded. More information: Carina M. Persson et al. Greening of the Brown Dwarf Desert. EPIC 212036875 b—a 51 MJ object in a 5 day orbit around an F7 V star. arXiv:1906.05048v2 [astro-ph.EP]. arxiv.org/abs/1906.05048 Transit light curve folded to the orbital period of EPIC 212036875 b. The K2 photometric data is indicated with the red points, and the best-fitted transit model with the solid black line. The residuals of the fit are shown in the lower panel. Credit: Persson et al., 2019. Another brown dwarf in the system? Study investigates properties of HD 206893 Explore further Citation: Massive brown dwarf detected by astronomers (2019, June 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-massive-brown-dwarf-astronomers.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more