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

Tota Miahs Bharta offers for foodies

first_img.A restaurant selling heavy local foods in a remote village of Gazipur attracts hundreds of food lovers of different places to taste traditional items.Bharta — traditional mashed dishes made up of vegetables, fish and meat — is the main offer of Tota Miah’s ‘Niribili Restaurant’ or the restaurant of tranquility.And the number of items of such Bharta that are served there from time to time is unthinkably high — 70.Every day, around 300 foodies visit ‘Niribili Restaurant’, which is also called Tota Miah’s Hotel, located in Tok Nayan Bazar of Kapasia upazila, Gazipur, far away from hue and cry of metropolitan life. Many people in this part of the world refer to restaurant as hotel.”I always try to serve my customers with fresh foods,” Tota Miah said.Other than Bharta, he sells around 40 items of curry and also home-made pickles.”The fishes we cook are bought directly from the fishermen so that they contain no preservatives and people can take their original taste,” Tota Miah said of quality of foods.There are 15 cooks and 5 waiters there to serve the customers from morning till late night.Nur Mohammad was one of the customers, who came along with his family members from Narsingdi on last Saturday.”We very much loved the delicious mashed dishes and they are being offered at quite reasonable prices,” he expressed his experience.The restaurant sees much more customers at the weekend — Friday and Saturday. Tota Miah’s cooks then prepare more items. In all, this restraunt offers up to 150 items at the weekend.A package of 20 different mashed dishes is sold for Tk 200 or so and a package of 15 items of curries for the same amount. A package of fish or meat curry with rice is sold for Tk 150.Tota Miah said, fifth among eight children of his parents of the locality, he had to begin working at a very young age. He first worked a waiter and later as a boiled-rice vendor.Tota Miah shifted to beach town of Cox’s Bazar and then Chittagong, seeking a better fortune. He eventually came back within a few years to venture on a restaurant of his own as the local people encouraged him to sell foods.Banking on his initial success in Niribili, Tota Miah has transformed once corrogated iron sheet house into a pucca (brick-built) house.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat.last_img read more

Graffiti At The University Of Houston Catching Some Buzz

first_img Share 00:00 /01:20 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Amy BishopFrench-Tunisian artist eL Seed in front of his 60 X 40 sq. ft. “calligraffiti” on UH’s social work building. Amy BishopBy Thursday, about a third of the mural was complete. eL Seed chose translated a quote by Sam Houston into Arabic: “Knowledge is the food of genius, and my son, let no opportunity escape you to treasure up knowledge.”Shielding their eyes from the sun, students passing through the University of Houston campus stop to look up at the four-story social work building. Through the tree branches, hues of tangerine orange and baby blue seem to pop off what was once a brown brick wall. The 60 X 40 square ft. mural is the work of eL Seed, a French-Tunisian artist known for his calligraffiti, a fusion of graffiti and Arabic calligraphy. He chose a quote by Sam Houston and translated it into Arabic text. “I always do some research before I go to a place,” eL Seed says. “This is important to me to make work that is relevant to the place and to the community.”eL Seed’s calligraffiti has drawn attention around the world, specifically for his enormous paintings on the sides of buildings. Reactions were mixed when he used a mosque as one of his canvases. But his works convey messages of peace and humanity, which caught the eye of the staff at UH’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. He was a natural fit for their “Intersections” initiative, an effort to build bridges between Houston’s Muslim and non-Muslim communities.“We’re really thrilled that eL Seed chose to come to Houston because he’s highly in demand everywhere,” says Karen Farber, the center’s Executive Director. “He just did a gigantic project in Cairo, Egypt, on 50 buildings.”The large-scale work is a component of this year’s Counter Current Festival, a week-long event of experimental art in pop-up locations across the city. It’s set to stay on display for two years, but there’s no word yet if anything will replace it.last_img read more

MacFarland Middle School Like DC is Changing

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comOne of the District of Columbia’s middle schools is a powerful example of the demographic changes taking place in much of the city.Henry Brown Floyd MacFarland Middle School, with grades 6-8, is located in the gentrifying Petworth neighborhood on the southern end of Ward 4. The school had a predominant Latino enrollment during the 2017-2018 academic year, with 87 percent and Black students made up only 13 percent.MacFarland Middle School is unique in D.C. because it is currently majority Latino and used to be predominantly Black. (Courtesy Photo)However, the principal, Mark Sanders, told the AFRO that MacFarland’s make-up is subject to change due to the $63 million modernization highlighted by its ribbon cutting Aug. 20. “Last year, we were working with a smaller building,” Sanders said. “Now we will be able to accommodate more students to come to MacFarland.”Sanders couldn’t quote exact racial statistics because students were still being enrolled. Nevertheless, he said that Black students were welcomed at the school despite its growing Latino population due to its successful dual Spanish language program where English and Spanish is taught in various subjects.Sanders said there are some Black students in the dual language enrollment program.MacFarland is noteworthy because it was founded in 1925 as a Whites-only school. It remained White majority until the late 1960s when African Americans began to move into Petworth and surrounding neighborhoods and by 1980 it was a predominantly Black school with a sprinkling of Latinos.In 1990, U.S. census data reveals that Petworth was 88 percent Black and six percent White and Latino. In 2010, though, Petworth’s Black population had dropped to 57 percent while it’s White and Latino population increased 15 and 26 percent, respectively. MacFarland is next to Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School, which is 54 percent Black, 46 percent Latino and one percent White.At the ribbon cutting, D.C. Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) beamed as he toured the building with his staff, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), community leaders and students. Todd told the AFRO he was aware of MacFarland’s changing demographics over the decades and isn’t worried about it. “I am very pleased that Ward 4 has the largest number of Latino residents in the city,” Todd said. “This underscores that Ward 4 is for everyone and this school is for Blacks, Whites, Hispanics and Asians. What we would like to happen is when students finish MacFarland; they will go to Roosevelt where they will continue to get a quality education.”Sanders noted during his remarks at the ribbon cutting that MacFarland is the only bi-lingual middle school in the city and that has some worried that Black students’ academic needs will be ignored. However, Mary Diatta, a Senegal native who has a son enrolled at MacFarland, told the AFRO she isn’t concerned.“I have no problem with the school,” Diatta said. “To me, I think it is important that everything is equal. The children, regardless of whether they are Black or Latino, should learn the same thing.”Sanders said students, regardless of race, will be educated by the District’s school system curriculum. “All of our sixth graders will take science and there are no academic tracks,” he said. “All students will adhere to the rigorous standards and they will take math and English language arts together.”last_img read more