Regional action on lionfish, Sargassum seaweed affecting Caribbean sea-life.

first_imgNewsRegional Regional action on lionfish, Sargassum seaweed affecting Caribbean sea-life. by: – June 25, 2012 Share Share 131 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img A regional study on poverty in fishing communities carried out with technical support from Spain that made recommendations for reducing poverty and vulnerability in fishing communities.BELIZE CITY, Belize; Monday June 25, 2012 – The need for a coordinated regional action to control the negative impact of the predatory lionfish on Caribbean sea life, especially fish stock, has been placed on the agendas of Caribbean governments.This has been one of the outcomes of the recently concluded Sixth Meeting of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Ministerial Council in Nassau, The Bahamas.According to a media release from the CRFM this need to join forces to fight the invasive species that has been working its way down the island chain over the past year was highlighted, along with the need for governments to also coordinate to tackle the negative impact of the unprecedented amount of Sargassum seaweed that has inundated the waters and coastline of the Eastern Caribbean Islands since the latter half of 2011.The fisheries ministers of the Caribbean noted with grave concern the reappearance of the seaweed this year and urged CRFM Member States to monitor the situation closely and take preparatory action to minimize disruption to fisheries and other economic activities in the coastal areas, should the phenomenon also pose a problem this year.The meeting of the Council also focused on the development of a strategy and action plan on disaster management and climate change for fishing communities, and actions to better mitigate impacts on marine resources and livelihoods of fishers and fishing communities.A regional study on poverty in fishing communities carried out with technical support from Spain that made recommendations for reducing poverty and vulnerability in fishing communities was also received and endorsed by the fisheries ministers; along with the recommendations of a study to prepare a master plan for sustainable use of coastal resources, undertaken with technical assistance from Japan.CRFM Executive Director Milton Haughton, who has worked in fisheries management for over 25 years, noted the results of numerous studies that have confirmed the health benefits of eating fish each week. He pointed to brain development in children and brain health in adults; as well as a lower risk of asthma, dementia, depression and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, stroke and heart disease.The release stated that the Council also urged CRFM Member States to strengthen the implementation of international fisheries instruments, as well as their national legislation to help combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the region.Outgoing chairman of the Ministerial Council, Minister Hilston Baptiste of Antigua and Barbuda, urged the incoming chairman Alfred Gray, recently appointed Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government in The Bahamas, to provide strong and decisive leadership so that the CRFM would remain relevant to the needs of the region.Caribbean 360 News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Hertel holds press conference on special investigation

first_imgSouth Bend, IN—Ric Hertel, the prosecuting attorney in Ripley County, has been appointed to investigate the June 16 shooting where, Eric Logan, was shot and killed by South Bend Police Sergeant Ryan O’Neill at the Central High Apartments.According to Hertel, they will specifically be from southeast Indiana. They’re going to be detectives, crime scene investigators, and evidence technicians. Hertel has asked state police to give him a team of investigators to assist him throughout the investigation specifically from southeastern Indiana.A press conference was held Tuesday to discuss his role. Hertel says his responsibility is to investigate, re-investigate, or oversee and review the shooting of Logan.“When I’m asked about a time frame, my response is going to be, ‘As long as it takes.’ I don’t want to rush the detectives or the crime scene investigators. We want to make sure that it’s complete when we are finished,” Hertel said. Hertel says he will not be giving updates while the investigation is going on.last_img read more

Paul O. Ricke

first_imgPaul O. Ricke, 96, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Heritage House Nursing Home in Greensburg.Born, December 13, 1923 in Greensburg, he was the son of Leo and Luella (Buell) Ricke.Paul served in the Navy during WWII from 1941 – 1943.  He worked on the Railroad, was the Auditor for the State of Indiana, and was the Superintendent for the Sewage Treatment Plant in Greensburg, Indiana and Cynthiana, Kentucky.Paul was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, V.F.W., and the Eagles Lodge.He married Jo Ann Clark on June 21, 1944 and she preceded him in death on July 31, 1993.Paul is survived by six daughters; Carolyn Hoskins, Colorado Springs, CO, Marge (Dennis) Weber, Greensburg, Paula (Tom) Welsh, Christiansburg, VA, Jonita (Jerry) Hickam, Bloomington, IN, Rita (Mike) Menkedick, Greensburg, Jackie (Bryan) Ramer, Harrisburg, NC, one sister; Mary Overman, Sarasota, FL, 20 grandchildren, and several great and great-great grandchildren.Paul was preceded in death by his parents; Leo and Luella Ricke, wife; Jo Ann Ricke, two sons; Larry Ricke and John Ricke, seven brothers; John, Maurice, Howard, Eugene, Robert, William, and Steve Ricke, and four sisters; Betty King, Lois Ralston, Deloris Robbins, and Marilyn Einhaus, and grandson; Jason Ricke.Family and friends will gather at 9:45 am on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 for a Rosary Service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Visitation will be from 10-11 am at the church on Wednesday followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 am with Rev. John Meyer officiating.Burial and military graveside rites will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Mullins hoping Bob is back

first_imgPatrick Mullins is thrilled to have picked up the ride on multiple Grade One winner Boston Bob in Wednesday’s thetote.com Galway Plate. “He has a very impressive run-to-win strike-rate and he ticks all the boxes. “Indevan is not the most consistent of horses, but he wasn’t that far behind Alechi Inois in the race at Cork. “He has a little less weight than Alechi Inois, so he’d have his chance if he runs up to his best. “Unfortunately Perfect Gentleman (owned by Jackie Mullins) has too low a weight for me to ride him, but I think he has a big handicap in him. “He’ll love the ground and the trip with the hill at the end will really suit him. “He’s coming back from two runs at Auteuil, so it will be interesting to see if that has an effect on his jumping. It doesn’t seem to have judged on his schooling at home, but you’d just be hoping he isn’t too slow over his fences. “The Paparrazi Kid has had his problems, but he’s a fair horse on his day and I remember him beating Felix Yonger one day down in Limerick. “I think he’s another one who is probably better than his mark, but you would have preferred to have got a prep run into him.” Leading owner JP McManus is unsurprisingly well represented, with five horses set to carry the famous green and gold silks. Newly-appointed retained rider Barry Geraghty has sided with the Charles Byrnes-trained Shanpallas, Robbie Power rides Jonjo O’Neill’s British challenger It’s A Gimme and Mark Walsh takes the mount on Philip Dempsey’s star mare Jacksonslady. She struck gold at last year’s Galway Festival and her trainer is hopeful of another bold show. “She’s in good form and this has been the plan since Punchestown. She had a little break back at Martinstown after that and we’ve been happy with her since,” said Dempsey. “The ground should suit her and she has good form at the track. “It’s a very competitive race, as you would expect, but we’re hoping for the best.” Gigginstown House Stud have a four-strong team made up of Rule The World, Make A Track, Savello and Rathlin. Other contenders in a maximum field of 22 runners include Jim Culloty’s Spring Heeled and Colin McBratney’s Marito. The three reserves are Art Of Logistics, Conquisto and Gold Bullet. Press Association The 10-year-old won both the Melling Chase at Aintree and the Punchestown Gold Cup in a fantastic end to the season before last, but failed to reach those heights during the last campaign. He will have to concede weight to each of his rivals at Ballybrit and Mullins is hoping he can rediscover his zest. He said: ” It’s a fantastic ride to pick up a ride in a race as prestigious as the Galway Plate and I’m very grateful to Andrea and Graham Wylie (owners) for giving me the opportunity. “Boston Bob is a proper Grade One horse on his day. He has top weight, which makes life difficult, but it is quite a compressed handicap, with just over a stone between top and bottom. “He didn’t really spark last season, but his work at home has been encouraging, so we’ll see what happens. “Races like this tend to go to younger and more progressive horses, but if he can regain that spark, hopefully he’ll give me a nice spin and you never know, maybe the dream could come true.” Boston Bob is one of five runners in the field for Patrick’s father, Willie. The champion trainer’s team is headed by ante-post favourite Alechi Inois, the mount of Ruby Walsh. Assessing the quintet, Patrick said: ” Ruby has gone for Alechi Inois. “He’s won at the course before, so that is a big plus, and his warm-up race at Cork went very well. last_img read more

Public schools in Florida must reopen in August

first_imgPublic schools in Florida will be required to reopen in August according to an executive order issued Monday by Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran.Under the order, “all school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students, subject to advice and orders of the Florida Department of Health” and local health departments.School districts must also provide “the full array of services that are required by law so that families who wish to educate their children in a brick and mortar school have the opportunity to do so.”Under the order, school districts must submit their reopening plans to the Florida Department of Education.last_img read more

Despite getting good looks, Syracuse’s shooters go cold from outside

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. — Time and again James Southerland rose up and let loose a jump shot, just as he has all season, just as he has throughout his entire career. The 6-foot-8-inch forward with a silky smooth release saw plenty of open looks against a much smaller Providence lineup, easily drifting around the 3-point line for uncontested or barely contested shots.Yet time and again he misfired. Short, long, in and out.It was the same story for Brandon Triche, Syracuse’s senior guard who entered Wednesday’s game as the reigning Big East Player of the Week following a recent scoring outburst. But he too found all of the iron and none of the net.“That’s probably the worst shooting night we’ve had,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I’ve never seen James and Brandon get the kind of looks they got all night and just couldn’t make anything. But I think to their credit they hung in there. They tightened up on defense, got back in the game with their defense and rebounding.”Southerland and Triche combined to score 17 points in Wednesday’s 72-66 win over the Friars, but they needed 26 shots to do so. The duo made just one of 12 attempts from 3-point range.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut as Boeheim indicated, their presence was still crucial in escaping the Dunkin’ Donuts Center with a win. They chipped in a combined 11 rebounds and eight assists while each playing at least 38 minutes in a game where Syracuse relied heavily on its veteran presence.“I think as a group this was a great team win,” Triche said. “We couldn’t look for one player tonight, just because of the way they were playing defense. A lot of guys were open, and we just made plays when we needed to.”For Southerland, those plays came in the form of 11 second-half points, every one of which the Orange needed. He finally got a mid-range jumper to fall in the opening minutes of the second half, which seemed to revive a bit of confidence. And his only 3-pointer of the game with 11:23 remaining gave Syracuse a one-point lead.Southerland nailed the shot from the top of the key and threw up his arms in a celebration that was equal parts joy and relief.“It’s either one or the other (that misses shots),” C.J. Fair said. “It’s not both James and Brandon. We stuck with it. I think James still did a good job doing other things. Brandon, he made some nice assists down the stretch.”With Syracuse’s two best shooters struggling (the team went 3-for-21 from downtown as a whole), Fair and sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas picked up the slack inside. Those two combined for 38 points, and Michael Carter-Williams chipped in with 17.It was just enough to edge the Friars in front of a lively near-sellout crowd. And SU fans can take solace in the fact that someone else stepped up on a night where its shooters were an anomaly. Comments Published on January 10, 2013 at 11:04 am Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sanctions cast pall over USC athletics

first_imgVirtually every discussion about USC sports in the past few months has been a negative one. After a tumultuous off-season of sanctions, lawsuits, transfers and new faces, it’s easy to wonder how USC, once the bastion of college football dominance, came to this very precarious position.Busted – Reggie Bush’s illicit activity with outside agents during his time at USC from 2003-2006 was the main reason for the sanctions handed out by the NCAA over the summer. Bush is now banned from campus. – Daily Trojan file photoSo, how exactly did we get here?The thunderstorm began in June when the NCAA ruled that USC showed a  “lack of institutional control” over its athletic programs and “failed to heed warning signs” regarding improper benefits given to former stars Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo.The football team was hit hardest. Its punishment includes a two-year postseason ban, a loss of 30 scholarships over three seasons and four years of probation. USC also had to vacate 14 wins spanning the 2004-2005 seasons in which Bush participated, which includes the 2004 national championship victory over Oklahoma.Former USC coach Pete Carroll, who accepted the head coaching position for the Seattle Seahawks in January, said he was surprised by the findings.“I’m absolutely shocked and disappointed in the findings of the NCAA,” Carroll said in a video statement. “I never thought it would come to this.”Carroll’s exit turned out to be the first of many moves that would turn the athletic department upside down. A few days after Carroll jumped north to Seattle, Lane Kiffin abandoned his post as head coach of Tennessee after just one year to become the new coach of the Trojans.More recently, new president C.L. Max Nikias announced the replacement of former athletic director Mike Garrett with former USC quarterback Pat Haden, though it was not clear why Garrett left the position. Haden, a former member of the USC Board of Trustees, has made it apparent that running a clean program will be his top priority.“We want to compete ferociously and win in every sport, but we want to do it ethically and within the rules,” Haden said after accepting the job. “We’re going to have a culture of compliance around here. Every meeting is going to start with the No. 1 item as compliance.”For Haden, compliance applies to the entire athletic department. USC’s basketball team imposed its own sanctions before the NCAA ruling, denying itself postseason eligibility last season. It also vacated all 21 wins from the 2007-2008 season, Mayo’s only year at USC. The NCAA imposed no further sanctions, acknowledging that the self-imposed punishment was fitting for the team’s violations.The women’s tennis team was also included in the NCAA probe, and was cited for improper phone calls made between November 2006 and May 2009. The  team sanctioned itself by vacating wins during that stretch, and the NCAA also did not take any further action.Yet, everything centers around football, and most notably Bush. The NCAA said Bush had dealings with two up-and-coming sports marketers, who hoped to sign the star running back by giving him lavish gifts, including hotel stays, limousines and rent-free accomodations for Bush’s family. Despite the accusations, Bush still denies any wrongdoing.The supposed smoking gun for the case was the involvement of former USC running backs coach Todd McNair. McNair was not identified by name in the NCAA report, but is widely believed to be the voice on a recorded phone conversation where a USC coach is discussing Bush’s setup with the two prospective agents.McNair was the first staff member released following the announcement of the sanctions.“Todd McNair’s contract expired on June 30, 2010,” Kiffin told the Los Angeles Times in early July. “We have no additional comment.”Carroll, who can’t seem to get away from USC-related questions even in Seattle, was not named in the NCAA report and claims to have had no knowledge of any illicit actions regarding Bush.USC has done all it can to distance itself from the Heisman winner. Nikias ordered in July that the replica of Bush’s Heisman Trophy be removed from Heritage Hall and all murals of Bush and Mayo be removed from university grounds.“The Trojan Family honors and respects the USC sporting careers of those persons whose actions did not compromise their athletic program or the opportunities of future USC student-athletes,” Nikias said in a letter.Additionally, the USC media guide will be riddled with asterisks beside every win or record that either Bush or Mayo was a part of marked as such.Moving from the past to the present, the NCAA sanctions have expectedly led to vacancies on the field,  because of a clause included in the punishment that allows junior and senior players to transfer without losing the usual year of eligibility. A slew of players decided to jump ship, including defensive end Malik Jackson, linebackers Jarvis Jones and Jordan Campbell, receiver Travon Patterson and fullback D.J. Shoemate. Recruits Seantrel Henderson and Glen Stanley also asked out of their letters of intent and were granted their release by the university.The departures create a major problem in depth for the Trojans. The team currently has 70 scholarship players, 15 below the NCAA limit.As if enough controversy hadn’t already saddled the program, the Tennessee Titans filed a lawsuit against Kiffin and the university for allegedly making contact with offensive coordinator Kennedy Pola illegally. Kiffin supposedly contacted Pola without the Titans’ written permission, which is a breach of Pola’s contract. Pola is now the offensive coordinator at USC.Needless to say, with the beginning of fall camp in early August, the Trojans are just happy to get back to football and return to some state of normalcy. Senior center Kristofer O’Dowd said the team had moved on long ago.“It’s been over with,” O’Dowd said. “We know what we need to do as a unit, as a team. We have our own goals to accomplish. We’re the players. Players play, coaches coach.”Still, things just weren’t quite the same on Howard Jones Field at the beginning of fall camp, mainly because practices are now closed to the general public, another fallout of the sanctions. The beginning of training camp typically brings fans numbering in the hundreds out to watch, but that won’t be possible for another four years.“It’s definitely different,” sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley said.Kiffin, who was used to packed practices when he was an assistant at USC, said he didn’t notice it for very long.“The first 10 minutes maybe you noticed, but after that it didn’t make a difference,” he said.As turbulent as this offseason has seemed, the storm has not yet passed for the Trojans, as playing through the sanctions is going to be a major challenge. But the Trojans seem ready for the obstacle, as players like redshirt junior linebacker Chris Galippo have jumped to fill much-needed leadership roles to keep the team on track.“You just kind of got to talk to the younger guys and just regulate and keep everyone level-headed,” Galippo said.On top of steadying the ship, Galippo was able to put the season into a larger perspective.“The important thing about college football is we’re all trying to make a career out of this for ourselves,” he said. “Regardless of what goes on outside here or these practice gates, we’ve got to play ball.”While the team is playing ball, the university will appeal the NCAA ruling in hopes of lessening the magnitude of the punishment.“We felt the penalties imposed are too severe,” USC senior vice president Todd Dickey said.USC is certainly not the first school to be dealt such punishment, and the violations themselves do not seem to be the central topic of debate. Rather, the argument has been raised that the penalties do not align with previous decisions handed down to other schools.One case in point are the penalties imposed on Alabama in 2002. The Crimson Tide was also cited for a lack of institutional control by the NCAA, as boosters were found to be paying high school prospects; and like USC, Alabama was a repeat offender. But despite violations that involved more players and people linked to the football team than in USC’s case, Alabama only received a reduction of 21 scholarships over three years in addition to a two-year bowl ban — nine less than the 30 scholarships that the Trojans will lose.USC can present its appeal to the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee on Sept. 25, the board’s soonest upcoming hearing date. It is unclear whether the university’s appeal will be heard on that date, however.Judging by the low success rate of recent appeals from other athletic programs dealing with similar situations, the university’s chance at a successful appeal looks bleak — the NCAA has upheld its ruling in 10 of the 11 cases it has heard in the last two years. If USC loses its appeal, the BCS will likely strip the Trojans of its 2004 championship. The Associated Press, however, said the Trojans would keep the AP title.It’s little consolation to a past problem that is affecting the present.last_img read more

Controversial immigration bills Pending in congress could lead to mass deportations

first_imgIn the midst of all the controversy surrounding Donald Trump and his erupting daily scandals, the Republican held Congress is quietly busy behind the scenes devising legislation based upon Trumps mandate to crack down on Immigrants and reduce overall  immigration.With most news coverage focused on the Russian investigation and Trumps daily tweets, even controversial legislative efforts aren’t garnering much attention these day, which is the case with several Immigration Bills recently introduced into the House of Representatives.The Enforcement Act H.R. 2406, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Authorization Act, introduced by Republican Bob Goodlatte and the Davis-Oliver Act, H.R. 2431, introduced by Republican Republican Raul Labrador, while purporting to secure and  protect Americans from dangerous criminal Immigrants and “job stealers”, would among other things, criminalize “unlawful status”, making it a crime to be in the U.S. without current legal immigration status (even overstaying a visa), make drunk driving a deportable offense, and result in deportation of millions of Immigrants. The legislation would further substantially increase both federal and local immigration enforcement, encourage States and local law authorities to act as Immigration enforcement forces, mandate social media vetting for Visa applicants and increase Visa refusals. You can read the Bills and articles about the proposed legislation by visiting www.Immigratetoday.com and clicking on the Immigration Newsletter link.last_img read more

Ryan Tannehill is doing MVP-like things during the Titans’ winning streak

first_imgQB @ryantannehill1, under heavy pressure, delivers a perfect over-the-shoulder ball to @Brown1arthur and just like that it’s a 91-yard touchdown for the #Titans. #TENvsOAK #ProBowlVote pic.twitter.com/TxcUrnigyO— Titans Film Room (@titansfilmroom) December 8, 2019If Tannehill leads the Titans to a division title and continues to play the best football of his NFL career, the team will need to make a decision it might not have expected to face. Tannehill signed a one-year, $2 million contract when he arrived in Tennessee and will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. The deal was structured for the player the Titans expected Tannehill to be: an insurance policy in the event Mariota flopped in his fifth season.Mariota indeed flopped. Now Tannehill, in his seventh NFL season after spending his first six with the Dolphins, has the Titans thinking they landed something of a franchise QB for their near future.The Titans are internally discussing a new contract for Ryan Tannehill after the season per source. Not franchise tag, a new deal to be the future starting QB of Tennessee. #titans— Dianna (@diannaESPN) December 8, 2019Tannehill, who has a career passer rating of 88.6, is managing career highs in completion percentage (72.7), touchdown percentage (6.8), yards per attempt (9.4) and passer rating (113.9). If he keeps it up, chances are he’ll get an extension, and the Titans will ride the wave. Tannehill in Week 14 joined Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (three games in 2011) as the only players to complete at least 75 percent of their passes with a passer rating of 130 or higher (minimum 10 attempts) in three consecutive games in a single season in NFL history.Tannehill also joined Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (five games in 2015) as the only players with four consecutive games with at least two passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 125 or higher in NFL history.MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureTannehill, of course, replaced Marcus Mariota when the Titans benched their struggling starter during a loss to the Broncos in Week 6. The QB whom Tennessee acquired in a trade with the Dolphins in March has been the No. 1 for every game since and has only one loss as starter: a baffling Week 9 defeat in Carolina.Now on a four-game winning streak that coincides with Tannehill’s run, the Titans are 8-5 and tied with the Steelers for the second of two AFC wild-card spots. Perhaps more importantly, they now have the same record as the division-leading Texans, whom they host in Week 15. Ryan Tannehill will not win the 2019 NFL MVP award, but his MVP-caliber play of late might just help the Titans win the AFC South.The 31-year-old quarterback has been playing out of his mind over the last four games, all Tennessee victories, and the Titans are as a result pushing both the Steelers for the sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture and the Texans in the divisional race. Tannehill’s latest performance, 21-of-27 passing for 391 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT and a passer rating of 140.4 in Tennessee’s blowout win over Oakland on Sunday, put him in elite company.​last_img read more