Sloop of 53 illegal Haitian migrants intercepted and detained in Providenciales

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 8, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Border Control and Employment advises the public that around 2:30 a.m. today Tuesday 08th August, 2017, an illegal migrant vessel with 53 Haitian nationals was intercepted in the area of West Caicos.The interception of this 35-foot vessel, was due to the collaboration of several agencies, in particular the United States Coast Guard, TCI’s Coastal Radar Station, the Marine Branch of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police and private citizens.    The Marine Branch confirmed the vessel as a sloop with 16 females and 37 males on board.   At approximately 4:11 a.m. the sloop arrived in Providenciales where it was met by Immigration and other Task Force officials.The 53 illegal migrants are currently detained and are being processed for repatriation and entry on the Immigration Stop List.    The last attempt of a sloop to enter the islands illegally was the interception of 99 persons on Monday 31st July, 2017, three persons were charged and the others repatriated.The Honourable Deputy Premier and Minister of Border Control and Employment, wishes again to remind persons of his Government’s commitment to improving the protection of our borders and tighter controls on immigration processes.    Additionally, he stated that illegal migration threatens the lives and livelihood of our people and that persons found to be engaged in the smuggling of humans would be prosecuted under the law.    He advises all persons to observe the immigration laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands as anyone found in breach of same will be dealt with accordingly.The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services hereby extends its profound gratitude to persons in the community and all agencies who have assisted with this and other operations and initiatives, your contribution and support remains invaluable and critical to our success.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

Coast Guard Members Bracing for More Missed Pay

first_imgSeparate bills in the House and Senate would cover Coast Guard payroll costs even if the partial government shutdown continues, but there has been little progress.More than 40,000 Coast Guard members have been working without pay since the end of the year, along with 10,000 other Coast Guard personnel. The next scheduled pay date is Jan. 30.Some Coast Guard families lobbied lawmakers Tuesday to find a fix.“I have full faith in the Coast Guard,” Petty Officer First Class Ryan Mleziva told Military Times. “I just hope our elected representatives show faith in us too.”Senate leaders blocked an attempt by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to temporarily re-fund the Department of Homeland Security, including Coast Guard payroll, according to The Hill.About 50,000 Coast Guard retirees could also miss out on their next benefits check at the beginning of the month, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association President Jon Ostrowski told Military Times.“People are starting to get worried,” he said.Coast Guard photo by Lt. J.G. Kiana Kekoa ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Mindtree declares 11 bonus revenues up 23 in Q3 Bagchi steps down

first_imgUpdateThe board of directors of Mindtree have recommended bonus shares in the ratio of 1:1, subject to requisite approvals from regulatory authorities and shareholders.This will be the second bonus issue in two years.However, the stock ended with a loss of 4.51% on Monday at Rs 1,469.60 on the BSE. The directors at their meeting on 18 January to review the third quarter results, also recommended an interim dividend of 40% for the quarter ended 31 December, 2015.Mindtree reported a 2.3% growth in its dollar revenues on a sequential basis at $184.4 million for the third quarter ended December 2015. However, net profit declined 3% q-o-q to $22.8 million, the company said in a regulatory filing on Monday.The company said it has acquired Magnet 360, a salesforce platinum consulting partner, to increase its presence in the cloud-based services market.The company also announced changes at the top. The current CEO & MD Krishnakumar Natarajan has been elevated to the post of Executive Chairman to replace Subroto Bagchi, who has stepped down from his position.Rostow Ravanan will be the new MD& CEO.”This is the culmination of a year-long succession planning exercise that the Board had undertaken after carefully considering several candidates. All the changes announced today will be effective April 1, 2016,” said Apurva Purohit, independent director and chairperson of the nomination and remuneration committee of the company’s board of directors.Original storyThe shares of mid-category IT services company Mindtree were trading with a loss of 2% on Monday afternoon, ahead of the company’s board deciding on a bonus issue of shares along with its third quarter results.On 13 January, the company had informed the BSE that it will be considering a bonus issue on 18 January. The company’s previous bonus issue was in June 2014 in the ratio of 1:1.The stock was trading at Rs 1504.90 at about 1 pm, down 2.22%.For the quarter ended 30 September, 2015, Mindtree had reported revenues of $180 million, 22.6% growth on year-on-year (YoY) basis and net profit of $24.3 million, up 6.8% YoY.For the second quarter, Mindtree had declared an interim dividend of 40% or Rs 4 per share.Earlier in the day, Wipro declared its third quarter results, missing its IT revenue guidance marginally. The revenues were $1,838.1 million, as against the guidance of $1,841 million to $1,878 million. For the fourth quarter, the Bangalore-based company issued a guidance range of $1,875 million to $1,912 million, an increase of 2 to 4% over its third quarter IT revenues.The S&P BSE Sensex was trading with a loss of 100 points at 24,355. BHEL, Tata Steel, Axis Bank and GAIL (India) were gaining, while Bajaj Auto, Bharti Airtel, ONGC and Reliance Industries were dragging the Sensex down.last_img read more

France in emphatic support of Indias Kashmir policy against third party interference

first_img Close During his two-day visit, Modi will also meet his French counterpart Edouard Philippe and interact with the Indian community.IANSFrench President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said that India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue bilaterally and that no third party should interfere or incite violence there, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi explained to him about the changes brought about in Kashmir and that it is part of India’s sovereignty.After their 90-minute long one-on-one meeting at Chateau de Chantilly, a prime French cultural heritage spot, Macron addressing the media said that: “PM Modi told me about Jammu and Kashmir, and I said that Pakistan and India should resolve the situation, and we do not want that a third party should step in or spoil the situation or incite violence.”PM Modi explained what are the developments and changes he has brought there in Kashmir, and that it is part of India’s sovereignty, and it important that there is calm, and we should take steps to ensure the situation is not allowed to turn violent.”Macron said he would speak to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the issue and tell him that the talks should be held bilaterally.He also said that France will deliver the first of the 36 Rafale fighter jets to India next month.Modi, in his speech, congratulated France for hosting the G7 summit in Biarritz. He said in the field of India’s development, for France has a golden opportunity to participate in the areas of skill development, civil aviation, IT, space and many other spheres. “Defence cooperation is a major area of our collaboration.”Modi said the first of 36 Rafale jets will be delivered to India next month.”In technology and coproduction we will increase our cooperation,” said Modi, adding that both sides have agreed to speed up the Jaitapr civil nuclear project.”We have asked our companies to speed up the Jaitapur project and keep in mind the cost of electricity,” he added.Without mentioning Kashmir, Modi said: “For two decades we have been taking strides on the path of our strategic partnership. We are dependable partners, and during tough times have understood each others’ points of view and also backed it. President Macron and I discussed all aspects of our relationship,” he said.Earlier, Prime Minister Modi was accorded a red carpet welcome at the airport where he was received by Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.”India and France enjoy extremely friendly ties and have been working together bilaterally and multilaterally for years,” Modi tweeted.During his two-day visit, Modi will also meet his French counterpart Edouard Philippe and interact with the Indian community. UN chief urges India & Pakistan to exercise ‘maximum restraint’ on Kashmir, recalls Simla agreementlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday Feb 27

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe send Black History Month 2015 out in a blaze a glory with a celebration we’re calling, “The Black Explosion,” as we examine the state of Black America and the state of Black Baltimore with our panel of experts. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Study offers hints on why some bird hosts reject parasitic eggs while

first_img Some birds lay eggs in the nests of other birds so that they will not have to raise them, this practice is known as parasitic egg laying, and works well enough for parasitic species to survive. But not all hosts welcome the parasitic eggs, some ignore them, or push them out of the nest. Also, some of the hatchlings are better guests than others, cuckoos for example, are known to push the other hatchlings out of the nest. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn why it is some hosts are more tolerant than others.To find out, they looked at prior studies of parasitic bird practices—in all they found data on 198 different species, and took note of factors such as the environment in which the birds lived, the location, etc. and then drew up a phylogenetic tree. In studying their tree they were able to spot commonalities, such as that birds in northern latitudes were more likely to reject parasitic eggs. They also found that hosts tended to tolerate chicks that required a different diet than their own—such chicks would likely die anyway. Also, they found that eggs of parasitic chicks, such as cuckoos, that would hatch into birds larger than their own were often rejected—they same fate often befell eggs from birds that were a close relative. The researchers also noted that when some species such as cuckoos experienced high rejection rates from one species, they tended to move to another.In answer to the original question of why some birds tolerate parasitic eggs, the researchers suggest it is because sometimes it is almost impossible for host birds to tell the difference between eggs, and sometimes it is because the danger of harming their own young accidently is too great. They note that many species have constantly evolving egg coloring or design patterns to help prevent deception. Egg colours make cuckoos masters of disguise Explore further © 2015 Phys.org More information: The costs of avian brood parasitism explain variation in egg rejection behaviour in hosts , Biology Letters, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0296 AbstractMany bird species can reject foreign eggs from their nests. This behaviour is thought to have evolved in response to brood parasites, birds that lay their eggs in the nest of other species. However, not all hosts of brood parasites evict parasitic eggs. In this study, we collate data from egg rejection experiments on 198 species, and perform comparative analyses to understand the conditions under which egg rejection evolves. We found evidence, we believe for the first time in a large-scale comparative analysis, that (i) non-current host species have rejection rates as high as current hosts, (ii) egg rejection is more likely to evolve when the parasite is relatively large compared with its host and (iii) egg rejection is more likely to evolve when the parasite chick evicts all the host eggs from the nest, such as in cuckoos. Our results suggest that the interactions between brood parasites and their hosts have driven the evolution of egg rejection and that variation in the costs inflicted by parasites is fundamental to explaining why only some host species evolve egg rejection. Common cuckoo. Image: Wikipedia.center_img Journal information: Biology Letters (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with Australia National University has conducted a study of parasitic egg laying with birds and as a result has found some hints on why it is that some hosts reject parasitic eggs while others do not. In their paper published in The Royal Society – Biology Letters, Iliana Medina and Naomi Langmore describe the study they conducted and what they learned as a result. Citation: Study offers hints on why some bird hosts reject parasitic eggs while others do not (2015, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-hints-bird-hosts-parasitic-eggs.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

Splash up some fun

first_imgWhen monsoon hits in, its prudent to take care of your swimming pools for your health.Though a proper circulation will ensure cleanliness by default, one may have to make just a bit of an extra effort to continue the delightful swimming experience during the monsoons. Vivek Mishra, MD of Premium Pools suggests some ways to go about it.When it rains, the pH levels of the water in the pool needs to be monitored all the more as the first rain at times is acidic, can play havoc in addition to getting dirty and contaminated water. It can get dangerous as well since harmful and toxic substances from the atmosphere may get mixed with the pool water. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’So overall, the imbalance in the chemical composition of the pool water may rise. The rains will also bring along a lot of organic materials like pollen etc that gets accumulated in the pool. Within hours of the first shower of the monsoon, a significant variation in pool’s water quality can easily be noticed. For extreme weather conditions including monsoons, one can go for a pool enclosures or covers to eliminate any kind of water contamination.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA few more things can be done on an ad-hoc basis:Brushing the pool walls : this helps in eliminating the wild shrubs that might grow within the wall tiles. Also, this would help remove any fungal growth on the tiles surrounding the pool even deck area.   Regular Chlorination : Adding chlorine tablets will help in preventing the growth of bacteria and even algae. Although the main cause of algae is stagnant water, routine chlorination would help prevent against health hazards like ear infections, athlete’s foot, skin rashes etc which become quite common with bacterial growth in water.  Filtration : running the filters to clean the water on a daily basis is a good practice during rains. This way the debris and dirt can be completely cleared. Also, filtration helps in circulating the fresh water added to the pool as well. the said filter should also be regularly cleaned by the maintenance personnel.last_img read more