DECRS Environment Stewardship Awards

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 2, 2017 – Providenciales – The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) is hosting the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards, on the 5th of June, 2017.   The award ceremony coincides with World Environment Day and World Oceans Day held on the 5th and 8th of June respectively.   DECR takes this opportunity every year to honour those individuals and organizations that have kindly contributed their time, to the DECR throughout the year, in order to promote conservation and an environmentally sustainable TCI.Minister Honourable Ralph Higgs stated;   “My Ministry is committed to strengthening environmental education and stewardship throughout the Islands. T  he award recipients have significantly contributed to the realization of this goal and have displayed exemplary commitment to stewardship and sustainability.   It is indeed a pleasure for us to pay special recognition to these individuals whose invaluable assistance to the Department has afforded us the opportunity to go beyond our expectations.   I would like to commend the recipients for their unwavering contribution and support and look forward to having more persons involved in the conservation of our environment in the upcoming years.”This year, a total of 36 recipients will be honoured at a ceremony to be held at the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources, Lower Bight Road, Providenciales.If you, your school or organization would like more information on how you can assist DECR in keeping the TCI Beautiful by Nature, or you would like to sign up as a Community Conservation Partner, please contact the Department’s Environment Outreach Coordinator, Amy Avenant, at 338-4176 or environment@gov.tc. Press Release: TCIG#DECRenvironmentalstewardshipawards photo credit: Beaches Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:#DECRenvironmentalstewardshipawardslast_img read more

Ozuna J Balvin More Pay Tribute To Daddy Yankee At Premio Lo

first_imgNews Twitter Facebook Ozuna, J Balvin & More Pay Tribute To Daddy Yankee At Premio Lo Nuestro Email center_img Ozuna, J Balvin, More Pay Tribute To Daddy Yankee ozuna-j-balvin-more-pay-tribute-daddy-yankee-premio-lo-nuestro Yankee, whose career trajectory was honored with an award, performed his greatest hits including “Gasolina,” Rompe” and “Lo Que Pasó, Pasó” alongside J Balvin, Ozuna, Yandel and more Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 22, 2019 – 12:44 pm Latin urban music stars came together on Thursday (Feb. 21) to pay tribute to GRAMMY-nominated and Latin GRAMMY-winning reggaeton icon Daddy Yankee at the Premio Lo Nuestro awards show in Miami. Yankee, whose career trajectory was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, performed his greatest hits including “Gasolina,” Rompe” and “Lo Que Pasó, Pasó” alongside J Balvin, Ozuna, Yandel, Zion y Lennox and De La Ghetto. “I, my friends, my collegues first, the world thanks you,” Latin GRAMMY winner Balvin said onstage after the performance, not reading from the teleprompter, but saying words from his heart. “Without Daddy Yankee reggaeton would not be the same in the world … J Balvin wouldn’t exist without Daddy Yankee.” Balvin continued: “A lot of the time we wait for people to leave this world to tell them how great they are, I’ll take this moment to tell you face to face, thank you for what you have done for us.”Yankee thanked his fans and his “veteran” and “new generation” colleagues. “This is for you. Our genre has grown because there is unison, there is a brotherhood,” he said. He also had encouraging words for his native Puerto Rico, sharing that anyone can be a positive vessel for change, no matter where they come from.Reggaeton won big at the awards, which celebrate talented performers in Latin music: Ozuna took nine awards including Male Artist Of The Year, Balvin took the Premio Lo Nuestro Artist Of The Year award for the third consecutive year and urban artist Natti Natasha took home four awards including one for her collaboration with Becky G. A full list of winners can be found on the Premio Lo Nuestro website.Behind The Board: Producer Teddy Walton On Working With Kendrick Lamar & What Makes A Great TrackRead morelast_img read more

Town Officials Brainstorm Ideas To Fix Emergency Vehicle Obstruction At N Wilmington Station

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull updated the public on the town’s latest efforts to address the ongoing issue of trains stopping at the North Wilmington Commuter Rail station on Route 62 and blocking emergency vehicles en route to emergencies.Town officials, including Hull and Selectman Chair Kevin Caira, recently met with State Senator Bruce Tarr, State Representative David Robertson, and others to discuss the matter.Hull stressed the station’s ridership is extremely low, which is affecting MBTA’s desire to fix the situation.“On average, the number of riders inbound is 57 per day and outbound is 85 per day,” said Hull. “This colors MBTA’s approach to dealing to this. With ridership at those levels, I think there’s some trepidation about spending money on upgrades to that area.”Hull outlined two scenarios the town are currently exploring.“Right now, for every scheduled stop, the train does – in fact – come to a complete stop, even if people aren’t trying to onboard or offboard,” explained Hull. “The thought going forward is, when there’s no ridership at the station, for the train to continue to travel through at a slow rate, but not stop. This doesn’t solve the problem, but the train will be impeding travel for a shorter period of time.”Hull and officials are also looking into the Federal Transit Administration’s criteria that governs the requirements to making substantial upgrades when a platform is being redesigned. A redesigned platform could potentially allow trains to sometimes pull through without having to stop across Route 62.“There may be cases with stations like Wilmington’s where the ridership level is so low that there may be some limited upgrades that can be made without triggering a more expansive and expensive upgrade to the whole facility,” noted Hull.Wilmington’s legislative delegation at the State House will provide an update to the town in mid-February.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town Comes Up With Fix For North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”THIS NEEDS TO STOP: Selectmen Outraged At MBTA As Trains Continue To Block Route 62 In N. WilmingtonIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Grapples With Whether To Eliminate 5 Daily Stops At N. Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”last_img read more

Ford is investigating its US emissionscertification process

first_img Post a comment Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Ford Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts 2019 Ford Ranger: It’s got the look More From Roadshow Fordcenter_img Tags More about 2019 Ford Ranger Car Industry Enlarge ImageFord is looking into the way it tests fuel economy for new vehicles, starting with the 2019 Ranger. Emme Hall/Roadshow Ford announced Thursday that it has opened an investigation into its process for certifying vehicles for US fuel-economy and emissions tests. Ford stresses that the investigation is not about the existence of “defeat devices,” as was the case in VW’s Dieselgate scandal. Rather, the automaker is looking into its road-load calculations.Road-load calculations are used for evaluating a vehicle’s rolling resistance and thus for configuring dynamometers used to test for fuel economy and emissions. Engineers can check the mathematical models used to create the road-load figures with coast-down tests, which involve checking how far and for how long a vehicle continues to coast in neutral.Ford does not believe thus far that any testing errors caused errors in terms of fuel-economy figures. “There’s been no determination that this affects Ford’s fuel economy labels or emissions certifications,” the company said in a statement.Ford opened the investigation after “a handful of employees” reported concerns about the tests in September. The automaker says it has hired an outside firm to investigate its road-load testing, as well as a lab that will conduct more coast-down tests. Moreover, the company is looking into “potential changes to our road-load modeling process.” Ford also voluntarily shared information on its investigation with the EPA and the California Air Resources Board.Ford is starting its review by evaluating how it tested the 2019 Ford Ranger, and says that it is also assessing some of its other vehicles.There’s some recent precedent for this type of investigation. In 2014, Hyundai and Kia paid a $100 million civil fine because they had miscalculated road-load data for as many as 1 million vehicles, resulting in incorrect fuel-economy ratings. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 36 Photos Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ 0last_img read more

MS Dhonis batting angers Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain Twitterati also unhappy

first_imgMS Dhoni will be key to India’s chances in the 2019 World CupMike Owen/Getty ImagesCommentators Nasser Hussain and Sourav Ganguly were left scratching their heads after a strange innings from Mahendra Singh Dhoni where he hardly made an attempt to chase down England’s big score after the wicket of Hardik Pandya. At that stage, India needed 71 off 31 balls but MSD seemed to give up and hardly attempted anything out of the ordinary. Towards the end of the innings, he was just taking singles and looked to be content turning the strike over to an unsettled Kedar Jadhav. As the required run-rate went through the roof, commentators Nasser Hussain and Sourav Ganguly expressed their inability to understand the tactics of MS Dhoni. Hussain seemed exasperated. “I am completely baffled,” the former England captain said and said to his commentary partner: “It’s over to you to explain what is happening.”He also reminded everyone of a similar performance from MSD in the bilateral series between these two sides last year in England where, in the second match of the series, Dhoni seemed to give up the chase after the required run-rate became too high and needed a message from the dressing room to attempt big strokes.Ganguly didn’t directly criticise Dhoni but his words seemed directed towards him. “The team has to make a decision whether they are just happy not getting out or are looking to win. The message has to go out that they should keep attempting big shots even if they get out. You can’t have a team losing in a chase with 5 wickets in hand,” he said.A little later, when Dhoni casually tapped the ball into the off side for a single, Dada said to his co-commentator: “I have no explanation for this. You asked me to explain what is happening, I can’t.”Hussain pointed to the large number of Indian fans and said Dhoni should provide something for them. “There are so many Indian fans here, they are leaving now. Surely Indian fans will want to see Dhoni have a go.”The fans and other experts also seemed perplexed by this strategy and expressed their anguish on Twitter. Here are some of the reactions.Unbelievable batting by Dhoni.. didnt even try to win it…even Pandiya lost it in the end before he got out…commentators cant beleive it.. fans cant believe it…— Shahzeb Khanzada (@shazbkhanzdaGEO) June 30, 2019Everyone to Dhoni and Jadhav: #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/uJ8Atuogtd— V (@virajkulhari) June 30, 2019In the last over Dhoni tried to hit four & Sixes, why not 5 over before? We had 5 wickets in hand,what stopped dhoni & Jhaadav for even trying?Completely surrendered & one of worst lack of Intent every displayed on a cricket field. Dear @imVkohli ball is in ur court now #INDvsENG— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) June 30, 2019#indiavsEnglandIndian cricket fans waiting for Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav pic.twitter.com/GDaDWYI0Hu— Bharat (@bharatdevre) June 30, 2019#Dhoni dhoni time to retire. pic.twitter.com/UvDe0OzM4p— Golden fan (@Pnb75174894) June 30, 2019Pakistan : Why Dhoni is taking singles at this stage ?Indian Fans : ? #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/yI58veVCHU— Nasir Ahmad (@ClarkMichle) June 30, 2019only the single MAJOR helped india to got pakistan out of the world cup #indvseng #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/y5LomEohAG— muhazzib_chawlein (@iamchawal) June 30, 2019So, Lt Col MS Dhoni has done a successful surgical strike against Pakistan.#INDvENG #indiavsEngland pic.twitter.com/YbIiLdRBEU— Manιѕн Kυмar (@iamanish__) June 30, 2019Dhoni fans right now ? ?#ENGvIND #CWC19 # pic.twitter.com/Ow2ZajnlfD— The Guy || (@Awara_Raaz_) June 30, 2019Dhoni was not taking chances in the end because he didn’t want to get out and decrease his average #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/VMQ2WHmH7F— sarcastic_ su-myth (@ft_sumyth) June 30, 2019Dhoni is a real patriot, single handedly ensured that Pakistan is out from the World Cup. ?????— Maithun (The Fauxy) (@Being_Humor) June 30, 2019last_img read more

Elderly woman electrocuted

first_imgMap of SatkhiraAn elderly woman has died from electrocution in Patkekghata upazila of Satkhira.The deceased was Aaijan Bibi, 60, lived in Toilkupi village in the upazila.Locals said Ayjan Bibi was cutting mango tree branches on Monday noon with a heaver when it suddenly came in contact with a live electric wire and got electrified.The incident left the woman dead on the spot, said officer-in-charge of Patkelghata police station Rezaul Islam.last_img

If You Want An IUD Take Note Of Trumps New Birth Control

first_img Share Most employers are likely to continue paying for birth control for women. But there are exceptions. Science Photo Library/Getty ImagesThe Trump administration has made a number of changes to health policy in the past two weeks, raising questions about how consumers will be affected. Will the new rules for birth control coverage affect access to an intrauterine device? Might an association health plan help bring down costs for workers at small businesses? And if you’re healthy, doesn’t a short-term health plan that is cheaper than marketplace coverage make sense? Here are some answers to those questions.IUDs are expensive. Will they be unaffordable under the new contraceptive rules announced by the Trump administration? Should people make an appointment to get one now before employers change their minds about coverage? There is probably no need to rush out to your doctor’s office to get an IUD, but you should keep an eye on this issue.Under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, most health plans are required to cover all methods of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration without charging women anything for them. Religious employers and some private employers with strong religious objections are exempt from the requirement, but it’s a pretty limited group. Or it was until the Trump administration issued new rules during the first week of October that open the door for many companies or nonprofit organizations with religious or moral objections to contraception to stop offering it.“These new exemptions are sweeping,” says Adam Sonfield, a senior policy manager at the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research organization. Essentially, any employer will be able to claim an exemption from the birth control coverage requirement, he says, and there are no provisions to appeal it.What is not at all clear, however, is how many employers will take advantage of the new rules. The administration says it expected the number to be small, probably just the companies that had brought suit against the old rules.Even before the ACA passed, many plans covered contraception. They didn’t necessarily cover all FDA-approved methods, however, and women typically had to pay a share of the cost.Several states have laws that protect birth control coverage, says Mara Gandal-Powers, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. Some require that if a plan offers prescription drug coverage, for example, it must cover contraceptives. Others have adopted the ACA rules that require coverage of all FDA-approved methods without cost-sharing. But those laws would not apply to employers that pay their employees’ health care claims directly rather than buy state-regulated insurance.The protection from cost-sharing is key, experts say, especially for highly effective methods like the IUD, which might cost $1,000 upfront.“Even if you’ve met your deductible, if you have 20 percent coinsurance, that’s $200, and for many people, that’s not feasible,” Gandal-Powers says.If your employer does decide to stop providing insurance coverage for contraception, in most cases, plans have to give workers 60 days’ advance notice of the benefit change, giving you time to get that IUD if you decide to.Association health plans, which the Trump administration is encouraging, seem like kind of a good idea. If more small companies band together, won’t that make coverage cheaper? President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that directs several federal agencies to consider proposing rules that, among other things, would allow more employers to buy health insurance through associations.If you’re young and healthy, getting coverage through an association health plan might indeed be cheaper. But you’ll likely forgo consumer protections that are required for plans sold on the individual and small-group markets, says Kevin Lucia, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms.Plans currently sold in those markets have to cover 10 so-called essential health benefits. Association health plans would likely sidestep that requirement. (However, implementing federal rules for these plans will take the administration some time, so it’s not clear if or when they might be expanded.)“If you don’t cover maternity, mental health or hospitalization, the premiums are going to be lower,” Lucia says.The administration’s press release about the executive order says that employers couldn’t exclude any employees from joining association health plans or “develop premiums based on health conditions.”But association health plans have been known to use many strategies to cherry-pick employers with healthy workforces, Lucia says.“The risk is that each individual small-employer’s rates would be separately determined based on its employees’ medical claims, potentially splitting the market into employers with sicker workers and those whose workers are healthier,” he says.Short-term plans are cheaper than Obamacare plans. If people don’t have pre-existing conditions and are willing to pay the penalty under the law for not having minimum coverage, what’s the downside? Trump’s executive order that encouraged the expansion of association health plans, discussed above, also aims to expand the availability of short-term plans. Under Obama administration rules, the coverage period of short-term plans was limited to less than three months. This executive order proposes to expand that, perhaps to just under a year.In addition to not covering pre-existing conditions, short-term plans often exclude certain types of coverage, such as prescription drugs and maternity, and impose dollar limits on coverage. The maximum out-of-pocket spending limits are often higher than coverage in a marketplace plan too.The potential downside is the possibility that you may develop a medical condition or have an accident that requires expensive medical care while you’re covered under this plan, experts say.“If the reader has a car accident, the insurer wouldn’t renew the policy,” says Timothy Jost, a professor emeritus of law at Washington and Lee University in Virginia who is an expert on health law. “If coverage is terminated, you’re not eligible for a special enrollment period [on the exchange]. So you could just get marooned.”Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Follow Michelle Andrews on Twitter: @mandrews110Copyright 2017 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more