Cautions from DEMA as Whale Watching Season starts

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Jan 2016 – It is one of the more beautiful sea spectacles in the world and it happens right here in the Turks and Caicos: it is whale watching. DEMA reminds that we are in the season to see the migration of Humpback Whales and while this is a wonderful encounter it could also prove dangerous, even deadly if audiences are not careful. A list of Do’s and Don’ts was distributed today by DEMA. Among the cautions are that all vessels should approach slowly, carefully and quietly while maintaining a distance which does not stress or threaten the whales… avoid what DEMA called fencing the whales. It is when you block them in too close to shore or trap them between boats. You can tell that a whale is stressed when it changes its direction from 3 to 5 times and if you don’t think that is important, DEMA warns that whales can become aggressive and given their size, we are pretty much no match for the mammals. At sea courtesy is also encouraged, DEMA said boaters should communicate to each other if they want to share the whale watching experience, first. Last March, a Canadian woman was killed when a Humpback Whale landed on her tourist boat in Mexico and in September, two kayakers in Calilfornia were nearly crushed to death when a Humpback Whale lunged up and landed on their flimsy boat. DEMA explained that “Humpback whales travel great distances during their seasonal migration, the farthest migration of any mammal. In winter, the whales migrate to calving grounds in subtropical or tropical waters, such as the Turks & Caicos Islands, giving us an opportunity to experience these majestic mammals first hand.” Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Recommended for you Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Related Items:cautions, dema, whale watchinglast_img read more

PDM says PNP Leaders sold Crown Land and access to Taylor Bay

first_imgThe PDM Chairman also charges the immediate past premier, Rufus Ewing of selling out on crown land at a beach, saying the current Government Administration is now busy trying to sort out these predicaments.“The people want access to their beaches.  In fact, the latest selling of beach access in this country took place not too long ago under a Rufus Ewing led PNP Government.  Our Leader and Premier is correct when she says, “we are constantly bogged down by having to fix and clean up PNP mess”.By law, public access to beaches has to be designated and registered.   There is no registered access at Taylor Bay Beach because all of the land was reportedly sold off to private developers.#MagneticMediaNews#TaylorBayBeach Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TaylorBayBeach Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 4, 2018 – Providenciales – The PDM Administration says the Taylor Bay Beach problem where beach access is absent for the General Public wanting to enjoy the spot in the Chalk Sound area is a monster of the PNP’s making.Chairman of the PDM, Doug Parnell joins the fiery discussion on Taylor Bay Beach which erupted following an enraged confrontation on New Year’s Day.   The argument and our subsequent report is gaining national and international attention on Magnetic Media social media strings; and most find the homeowner who argues that no one is allowed onto the beach because ‘he owns it’ to be in the wrong.The PDM Party Chairman turned his attention to revelations of what caused the beach access problem in the first place.   According to Douglas Parnell, it was under a former PNP Administration that Crown Land was sold on Taylor Bay Beach.   Parnell in a media release says it is that maneuver which now makes it problematic for residents to access the public spot without crossing private land.“It is of their own manufacturing which when we fast forward the clock to 2018 from their 1991-1995 decision making we see a young Turks and Caicos Islander being choked off from some of the remaining beaches because of their decision 23 years ago to sell off choice pieces of crown land.” Twenty three years ago, current Leader of the Opposition PNP, Washington Misick was the Chief Minister.   Parnell said the Wednesday press conference held by the Leader of the Opposition was more about an internal political rivalry at the Progressive National Party.“In fact, what is comical is that Mr. Misick’s, Washington that is, press conference was a political volley attempt at the young people who he fears will rush head first into a revolution on the beach at Taylor Bay at the call of his younger brother.  The sibling rivalry is well alive in the PNP.”Indeed, Michael Misick on Wednesday announced a demonstration, of a most unusual kind.   The younger brother of Washington Misick and former Premier is promoting a party with DJ music for Taylor Bay Beach this Saturday, January 6.   In a move he has themed, ‘stand up for our rights’ and ‘let’s save our country’, Michael Misick said the entire country is invited.Parnell, Member for Cheshire Hall and Richmond explained in his Wednesday statement to media that, “We take note too of the call by Mr. Michael Misick to take back the beach he choked off from us poor Turks and Caicos Islanders and ask him to tell the truth to the people.  He should clear his name of the wrong doing he has inflicted on the good people of the TCI while sitting in office from his many decisions which are not before the court.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Freedom to disturb and agitate is the right of all poets

first_imgObserving that it is often in times when poetry is impossible, that the best kind of poetry is written, pioneering Malayalam poet and theorist K Satchidandan said it was important to be able to hurt and affect sentiments in an increasingly charged and gentrified world.”The freedom to disturb and agitate is one of the most important rights a poet has, especially in the history we find ourselves living in today. Poetry is the freedom to conceive, to create alternative worlds, different ways of seeing, going beyond reality to escape it. Or perhaps even oppose the real and inhabit other realities,” said Satchidanandan, during a thought-provoking evening conversation at Vak: Raza Biennale of Indian Poetry, an event held in the Capital recently. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe scholarly panel discussion, titled ‘Poetry as Freedom’, was held at the Triveni Kala Sangam as part of the three-day Biennale. The first-of-its-kind celebration of verse in the country was organised by the Raza Foundation – set up by the late master artist Sayed Haider Raza in 2001 and helmed by eminent Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi, the Managing Trustee.”Though it is but words, poetry is ultimately an act of imagination and a kind of conversation. To use meter, rhythm, metaphor, rhyme, syntax, structure, style and imagery to follow or break with diktats and rejuvenate and recreate language in order to make apparent the invisible,” added K Satchidandan. Citing the importance of the discussion, Vajpeyi said, “Poetry is perhaps the best embodiment of the ideals of freedom. It has become all the more crucial today when there are many curbs on freedom of expression and in a world where the idea of freedom has been divorced from ideas of equality and justice.” The hour-long conversation also featured prominent educationist and former NCERT director Krishna Kumar, award-winning author and academic Ananya Vajpeyi and Apoorvanand, renowned professor of Hindi at Delhi University. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDescribing poetry as the “last refuge” against tendencies of systemic oppression and reductionism, Ananya Vajpeyi traced the influence poets and their works have exercised on the sub-continent across epochs. Contending that a “little amnesia” would help the contemporary shake off the shackles of the past, iconic litterateur Keki N Daruwalla said that poetry was an important counterweight against the canonisation of myth as memory.”The danger of myth becoming scripture and memory, as something to be remembered as having lived or occurred is something we must all be wary of. This sort of co-option – the darker side of memory – is linked to nostalgia. A little amnesia would benefit us all,” said Daruwalla, sparking a lively discussion at event. He linked the conflation of myth with historical and racial anger and distrust. The discussion saw impassioned rebuttal arguments from noted social scientist Shiv Visvanathan and celebrated Gujarati poet-playwright Sitanshu Yashaschandra at the Biennale.”Indian poetics understands that memory, like literature, gives you space for and elasticity of interpretation. Indian literature traditionally used memory as metaphor. Like literature, memory should be permitted to cheat us and play with us,” Yashaschandra said.last_img read more

Body of housewife found hanging at inlaws house

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a housewife whose body was found hanging from the ceiling at her in-laws’ house in Nadia.The victim, Sujata Biswas, originally a resident of Malda got married to one Arindra Mitra of Taherpur in Nadia around 11 months ago. The family members of the victim alleged that she had been murdered by her husband and later her body was put in a manner to make it look like a case of suicide. They also lodged a complaint at the local police station and demanded a detailed probe into the incident. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe victim’s parents also alleged that the accused husband had an extra marital relationship with another woman in the locality. They often fought with each other after the victim came to know about the illicit affair. As she protested against the affair, Sujata was often subjected to physical torture by her husband. On a few occasions, she also went to her maternal house in Malda to stay. Her husband went to her maternal house and brought her to Nadia a month ago. The accused then convinced her family members that he would no longer Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedassault her. The family members of the victim told police a quarrel might have broken out between the couple on Tuesday night following which he strangulated her to death and later kept her body in such a position. They also alleged that the accused had attempted to kill her on previous occasions as well. After being informed by locals, police reached the spot and recovered the body. Police are waiting for the autopsy report which might throw some light on her death. On the basis of specific complaint police started a detailed probe in this regard and are not ruling out any possibilities of foul play behind the incident. Police are yet to arrest anybody in this connection so far.last_img read more

Vote to drive Modi out of power

first_imgChopra (North Dinajpur): With just hours to go before the polls, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee trained guns on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said if he is taking credit for the air strike, then he should also take responsibility for the killing of 40 jawans who lost their lives in a terror strike in Pulwama on February 14.Addressing an election rally in Chopra on Wednesday afternoon, Banerjee said: “This time it is a very important election. This election is to defeat the BJP. It is to drive out the BJP from power… This election is to make sure that Narendra Modi can never be the Prime Minister of the country again. We must ensure that they (BJP) never come back.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe further said it is most unfortunate that Modi is taking credit for the air strike. “It is a shame that Modi had asked the first-time voters in an election meeting to exercise their franchise in favour of BJP keeping in mind the action of the Indian Army. We are all proud of the Army and Modi is taking credit for their feats. He should then also take responsibility for the death of the jawans and will have to answer whose callousness had led to the unfortunate incident. The Centre had the information that there could be an attack but still no action was taken to save their lives,” she asked. She also alleged that all the institutions have lost their sanctity because of constant intervention from the saffron party. “The integrity and credibility of the agencies are being questioned because of BJP,” she maintained. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee said BJP is trying to divide between the people of the Hills and plains. “When Darjeeling was burning, Modi did not come to solve the problem nor did the BJP MP was seen anywhere. They have now come to get votes and win the election.” The Chief Minister stated that in the past four-and-a-half-years, Modi had not done anything for India. “Note ban is a curse and has affected thousands of poor people. Many have lost their jobs. The unemployment is mounting and he had made a false promise that 2 crore people will get jobs per year. The economic condition of the country has turned from bad to worse. But he is unperturbed and busy in making foreign trips.” Banerjee urged people not to waste their votes by casting them in favour of BJP, CPI(M) or Congress. “Two Congress leaders, one in Berhampore and another in Jangipur are receiving support from the RSS. Congress gets support from BJP and CPI(M). A Congress worker attends his party meetings in the morning, CPI(M) in the afternoon and BJP in the evenings,” she alleged. The TMC supremo said Amar Singh Rai, the local candidate, is a son of the soil and will do all-round development in Darjeeling. Chopra falls under Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat where the election will be held on April 18.last_img read more

Communal politics takes centrestage in WB as TMC BJP fight for supremacy

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal, where the electoral discourse has largely steered clear of communal politics, has been drawn into the vortex with the TMC and the BJP accusing each other of resorting to polarisation to get a larger share of the pie in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. A minor player in the state till a few years ago, the BJP is emerging as the new opposition, pushing the once formidable Left and the Congress to the fringes. The saffron party holds only one assembly seat and two of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, where ideology and people’s problems have traditionally been the poll planks, but hopes to better its tally this time. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata BJP president Amit Shah has set a target of 23 seats for the party in the state where the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) has held power since 2011. Admitting that religion and caste have pervaded West Bengal politics, veteran TMC leader and state Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee held the BJP responsible for the import and asserted that his party is only countering the former’s narrative. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh denied the charges and in turn blamed the TMC’s alleged appeasement politics for communal tensions in the state. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Both the TMC and the BJP are working hard to woo the Matuas, a Scheduled Caste community, mostly comprising backward class Hindus who migrated from Bangladesh. The community has a significant presence in seats in North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts of south Bengal. Matua votes also hold key in the neighbouring Ranaghat and Barrackpore constituencies. In February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an election meeting in Thakurnagar in North 24 Parganas and met Matua community matriarch Binapani Devi, fondly known as ‘Boro Maa’. Following Binapani Devi’s death in March, the family has been divided over its political leanings. Mamata Bala Thakur, widow of Binapani Devi’s elder son Kapil Krishna Thakur is a TMC MP and has been re-nominated by the party from Bongaon seat. The BJP has Shantanu, the son of the Matua community matriarch’s younger son Manjul Krishna, from the constituency. Mukherjee said he has not seen religion-based polarisation in West Bengal politics before. “Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Advani also used to talk about religion, but never in this manner. They never said Muslims will be thrown out of the country,” the TMC leader told PTI. Referring to illegal immigrants in the country, Shah said at a rally in Raiganj last week that after his party returns to power, it will send back every single “infiltrator”, except Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus. “In West Bengal, no political party indulged in religion-based propaganda. But now, since the main opposition party is doing it, we have to counter it to make people understand their game,” said Mukherjee, who is contesting from the Bankura Lok Sabha constituency. Banerjee, who is also the chief minister of West Bengal, has been spearheading her party’s efforts to check the BJP’s aggressive campaigning. She has repeatedly underscored her Hindu credentials, while asserting that she stands for peaceful co-existence of people of all religions in the state. Popularly known as ‘Didi’ (elder sister), Banerjee, at an election rally on Tuesday, said she was ready to risk her life but would not allow politics of division. “They (BJP) claim to be the champions of Hinduism, are we not Hindus?” she asked. Banerjee, who is a Brahmin, said she chants Chandi mantra every morning. The firebrand TMC chief said her parents had taught her to respect all religions and to treat them equally. “The BJP is imposing on us a religion which has no relation to Hinduism or our country; we believe in togetherness of different faiths and languages,” Banerjee said. Ghosh dismissed the chief minister’s accusations that the BJP is trying to create communal tension in West Bengal. “She is saying all this out of the fear of losing the elections,” Ghosh told PTI. “We are only saying that illegal immigrants from Bangladesh will be sent back. Those without valid documents cannot enjoy the rights of the citizens of our country,” he said. Religious minorities from the neighbouring country, who have come to India, will be given shelter as per international convention, he added. The BJP leader said West Bengal — where Muslims constitute 30 per cent of the total population — had witnessed a number of communal clashes, including those in Raniganj and Dhulagarh. “Has there been any such communal clash in the other parts of the country?” Ghosh asked. He alleged that the TMC’s appeasement politics has led to creation of communal tension in West Bengal.last_img read more