Update on Restoration of Government Services post Hurricane Irma and Maria

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands – February 8, 2018 –  Following on from the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, government services have resumed across all sectors, but it is important for the general public and our clients to be aware that there remain challenges in a number of key areas which currently impact service delivery.The islands of Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay which account for 54% of government staff, suffered significant damage to government infrastructure during the last hurricane season.  This is in addition to damage to schools which accounted for the majority of loss.As of today there remain a significant number of displaced departments which are currently being housed within other departments whilst they await repairs to government infrastructure.  This includes critical departments such as the Information Technology, Customs, Planning, Land Registry, Public Works, Land Survey, Internal Audit and other departments on the island of Grand Turk.  Following on from the Hurricanes the Ministry of Infrastructure conducted damage assessments and costing on all government buildings.In the area of communication, we have noted a marked improvement in communication services on the island of Grand Turk which should result in the full functionality of department phones.  To this end persons can now once again reach departments through the switchboard numbers 946-2801 and 338-2801, while a full listing of government direct extensions is also posted on the governments website for easy reference.  Kindly note that the departments telephone lines operate on a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) system which relies on the stability of the network itself.Revenue and Expenditure systems have suffered a number of challenges during recent months due to internet and communication instability, but with recent improvements by telecommunication providers this should shortly be resolved.We take the opportunity to thank our clients for their patience during this period and do hope that we can work to expeditiously resolve all remaining concerns.Please see below an updated listing of the affected departments new operating locations:Customs Department – Treasury Department, Front StreetCentral Information Technology Unit – Treasury Department, Front StreetPublic Works Department – Former Chief Minister’s Office, Government Compound, Pond StreetPlanning Department – Former Chief Minister’s Office, Government Compound, Pond StreetWater Undertaking Department – Former Chief Minister’s Office, Government Compound, Pond StreetLand Registry Department – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadValuation Department – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadSurvey and Mapping Department – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadCrown Land Unit – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadElections Department – Strategic Policy and Planning Unit, South BaseInternal Audit Department – Audit Department, Tony Clarke Office ComplexRoad Safety Department – Printing Department, Ruthann Lightbourne PlazaMinistry of Education, Youth and Sports – Franklyn Misick Building, Church FollyTCIG Press ReleasePhoto by Magnetic Media, Providenciales Police Headquarters after Hurricane Irma Editorial: Listen to your Mama TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#hurricaneirmatci, #hurricanemariatci, TCIG Seriously, Sixth Form registration begins at Clement Howell High Aug 15last_img read more

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OBITUARY Michael A Graves 49

first_imgSPRING HILL, FL — Michael A. Graves, 49, of Spring Hill, FL entered into rest on February 14, 2019. He was born November 3, 1969 in Wilmington, MA the son of the late Barbara and Sidney Graves. Michael grew up in Wilmington, MA then moved to Spring Hill in 2005. He was a devoted New England Patriots fan and loved fishing.Michael is survived by daughter Megan Graves of Spring Hill, FL, siblings Rosemary Smith and her husband Harold of Amelia,VA, Patricia McInnis of Acton, MA, Barbara Smith of Manchester, NH, Karen Ingaharro and her husband Walter of Candia, NH, Lenny Graves of Lowell, MA, Robert Graves and his wife Pamela of Ashburnham, MA, Cheryl Peters and her husband Michael of Groton, MA, two grandchildren Jayden and Briley Graves of Spring Hill, FL, 21 nieces and nephews, 39 great nieces and nephews and 8 great great nieces and nephews many cousins. Michael is also survived by his Ex-Wife and life-long friend Nancy Graves, his companion Sara Grasso and her daughters.Michael was predeceased by sister Maureen Graves, brothers in law Edward McInnis and Paul Smith and nephew Eric McInnis.Family and friends may gather at the Turner Funeral Home Spring Hill Chapel 14360 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL, on Saturday March 2, 2019 from 12 Noon to 2 PM. A celebration of life will follow at 2PM.Michael Graves(NOTE: The above obituary is via DigitalMemory.com.)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… RelatedOBITUARY: Michael A. Graves, 49In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Susan A. (McNeil) Roy, 49In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Dorothy Sylvia Lowry, 84In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of May 26 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, May 26, 2019:190598 — Vibert — 12 Ox Bow Drive190637 — Wilmington Board of Appeals — Roberts Burke Gifford190686 — Superior Court — Ficociello — 500 Main St190693 — Benson — 26 Fairmeadow Road190694 — Land Court — Hutchison — 32 Marcia Road190695 — Land Court —  Armata — 26 Shady Lane Drive190708 — Wilmington Conservation Commission — RDA — 8 Lexington Street190709 — Wilmington Conservation Commission —  RDA — 6A Falcon Road190710 — Wilmington Conservation Commission — 100 Research Drive190711 — Wilmington Conservation Commission — 635 Main Street(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)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… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Sensex tanks 355 points on global growth concerns

first_imgIndian pedestrians watch as a digital broadcast presents the rolling share price information and national election results news coverage on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai on May 16, 2014. India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on track to win the first parliamentary majority by a single party in 30 years, two television channels projected on May 16 based on preliminary results.PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty ImagesFollowing a steep decline in the Asian and other global markets, Sensex tanked 355 points on Monday over concerns of a global slowdown.Except for oil and gas and power sector stocks all the sectors on both BSE and NSE ended in the red led by finance and banking stocks.”Lingering concern on global economic slowdown dragged down the domestic indices. US bond yield has fallen as risk appetite of investors to equities reduced due to fear of US recession,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.The BSE Sensex declined 355.70 points or 0.93 per cent to 37,808.91, while Nifty shed 102.65 points or 0.90 per cent.Following the decline in the US equity markets last week, all eastern markets also slipped 1-2 per cent on Monday. European markets too were in the red, said Joseph Thomas of Emkay Wealth Management.”The lower manufacturing PMI in Germany, and contraction in Germany and France, and recession already having set in Italy, markets may progressively test lower levels.”The top gainers were ONGC which surged close to 4 per cent followed by Coal India, Power Grid, NTPC and Bajaj Finance up in the 1 to 2 per cent range.Among the losers were Vedanta, Tata Motors, Yes Bank, and Mahindra and Mahindra which declined up to 4 per cent.last_img read more

US accuses Russia of pervasive election meddling

first_imgUS homeland security secretary Kirsten Nielsen (C) speaks during a press briefing on national security with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats (L), FBI director Christopher Wray (2nd R) and Gen. Paul Nakasone (R), commander of the US Cyber Command (R) at the White House in Washington, DC, on 2 August. Photo: AFPThe US government on Thursday accused Russia of carrying out a “pervasive” campaign to influence public opinion and elections, in a warning just months before crucial legislative polls.“We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign from Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States,” said Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence.A slew of top US officials including Coats, FBI director Christopher Wray and Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen vowed to investigate and prosecute those who were trying to sway US opinion or carrying out what Wray described as “information warfare.”“Our democracy itself is in the crosshairs,” Nielsen said in an unusually stark warning.“This is not just an election cycle threat,” Wray said. “Our adversaries are trying to undermine our country on a persistent and regular basis, whether it’s election season or not.”The comments came in jarring contrast to the positions of president Donald Trump, but the two men dismissed suggestions the president-who has repeatedly denied Russia moved to tilt the election in his favour-is not taking the issue seriously.In a letter to Congress, national security advisor John Bolton said the administration had taken “extensive, historic action” to stop the threat.Trump has mulled easing sanctions against Moscow, held warm meetings with Russian president Vladimir Putin and refused to criticize him over the meddling in the 2016 election.He has also repeatedly called for an end to the investigation into Moscow’s meddling, which has seen more than 20 Russians indicted so far.Asked whether the American people could trust the administration to do its job, Wray responded: “I can assure the American people that the men and the women of the FBI, from the director all the way on down, are going to follow our oaths and do our jobs.”last_img read more

93 killed in India after drinking toxic liquor

first_imgAn Indian patient who drank toxic bootleg liquor is treated at Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital in Golaghat district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam on 23 February, 2019. Photo: AFPNinety-three workers have died and at least 200 others have been hospitalised in northeastern India after drinking toxic liquor, officials said Saturday, in the latest case of alcohol poisoning in the country.The deaths in Assam state came less than two weeks after tainted liquor killed about 100 people in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.”The number of dead (in the district) has now increased to 58, and another 75 people are undergoing treatment” in local hospitals, Dhiren Hazarika, deputy commissioner of Golaghat district in Assam, told AFP.Another official from the neighbouring district of Jorhat said that 35 people had died there after consuming a batch of “spurious liquor”.Hazarika said people started falling sick after consuming a batch of illegally produced liquor late Thursday.The victims, who include many women, worked at local tea estates in the region. The death toll could rise further as both officials said some of the afflicted were in a critical condition.”The people came to the hospital with severe vomiting, extreme chest pain and breathlessness,” doctor Ratul Bordoloi, joint director of Golaghat’s health department, told AFP.Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has ordered an inquiry.State police said they had arrested one man for selling the liquor, and authorities said two excise department officials were suspended for failing to take adequate precautions over the sale of the alcohol.Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told AFP that state authorities had collated “at least 80” deaths in the districts. “But apart from this some more people died outside the hospital,” he added.”I also met the family members and relatives and ensured them that the perpetrators will not be spared,” Sarma said in a Twitter comment.Some media reports, citing anonymous sources, said that more than 100 people had died and the exact number was still being verified by authorities.Cheap, locally made liquor is common in parts of rural India and bootleggers often add methanol — a highly toxic form of alcohol sometimes used as an anti-freeze — to their product to increase its strength.If ingested in large quantities, methanol can cause blindness, liver damage and death.Hundreds of mainly poor people die each year in the South Asian country from tainted liquor, which normally costs just a few US cents a bottle.Of the estimated five billion litres of alcohol drunk every year in India, around 40 per cent is illegally produced, according to the International Spirits and Wine Association of India.Many Indian states have implemented or pushed for prohibition, which, according to critics, further increases the unsupervised manufacture and sale of alcohol.last_img read more

2 AL leaders shot dead in 2 districts

first_imgTwo Awami League leaders were shot dead by unidentified miscreants in Satkhira and Bandarban districts on Monday, reports UNB.In Satkhira, Nazrul Islam, 55, vice-president of Agardari union unit Awami League and son of Nesaruddin of Kuchpukur village in sadar upazila, was shot dead by miscreants at Kashempur Hazampara in the district town.Quoting witnesses, the superintendent of police of the district, Iltutmish, said a gang of miscreants appeared at the spot riding a motorbike and opened fire at Nazrul killing him on the spot while he was returning home from Kadamtala Bazar around 11:30am.The motive behind the killing could not be known yet.However, Palash, son of the victim, said his father might have been killed following an enmity with former UP member Towhidul.In Bandarban, Mong Pru Thoai, president of Tarasa union unit Awami League, was gunned down by miscreants at Shamukjhuri in Roangchhari upazila.The superintendent of police of Bandarban, Zakir Hossain, said the miscreants opened fire at Mong while he was going to the district town by a motorbike at noon. He died on the spot.Meanwhile, a joint force, including police and army, launched a manhunt to arrest the culprits.last_img read more

In Brazoria County Ranchers Biggest PostStorm Battle Is Often A Fight against

first_imgMichael Marks/Texas StandardCattle stand in a Brazoria County pasture surrounded by Snow on the Mountain and other weeds.Up and down the Gulf Coast, Texans are still trying to get back to where they were before Hurricane Harvey. Some have had to rebuild from the ground up. For others, the trouble is with the ground itself.Fifty miles south of Houston in Brazoria County, Jessica Chase and Brady Stark are examining a piece of grass they found in Stark’s pasture.“This came in with Harvey. It’s a summer annual weed and it can reach up to three-and-a-half feet tall – yours are getting close,” Chase says.Chase is a Texas A&M Agrilife extension agent for Brazoria County. One of her jobs is to help landowners like Stark keep their pastures in good shape: identifying weeds like the Pennsylvania Smartweed she and Stark are looking at, and suggesting herbicides and fertilizers.And that’s important work in Brazoria County. It’s an exceptionally green place, where people raise cattle and horses, rice and sorghum. Stark’s been here since 1995. Over that time, he’s worked hard to keep his pastures in good shape for the cattle he raises. And they were in good shape until Hurricane Harvey.“After Harvey it was like, about a foot to maybe 16 inches deep. All over. I had water in the barns, but not in the house,” Stark says.His cattle were fine, but the pastures sat underwater for two weeks. They were caked in mud for another month after that. And once the mud washed off, the weeds came. Stark’s been able to get rid of a lot of them, but a ride around his property shows there’s still plenty left – with new species continuing to pop up. As we drive around to the backside of his pond, something catches Chase’s eye.“Did you have this thistle before Brady?” Chase asks.Chase is talking about a patch of plants that all have thin, spiny stems with equally prickly bulbs on top.“Now that you mention it I’ve seen several patches of this too,” Stark says.“I’ve seen several patches of it around. It is a thistle, I believe it’s blessed milk thistle. So that’s another one that’s been popping up also,” Chase says.Rains from Hurricane Harvey acted like a conveyer belt for weeds. As rivers, creeks and bayous breached their banks, they carried plant material with them. The water sitting over pastures like Stark’s became a soupy slurry of seeds.“Basically whatever your neighbors had that you worked so hard to keep off of your land – or the neighbor two miles up the road – is now on your property because that water just floated it all across,” Chase says. “So basically everything that everybody had in the county is mixed all over the place.”Repairing pastures is expensive and time-consuming. But if you’re trying to raise livestock, you’ve got to do it. Cattle and horses usually won’t eat weeds, and even if they did, they wouldn’t get nearly the nutritional value they would from eating grass. Some weeds, like Snow on the Mountain – a species that has thrived after Harvey – are even toxic to cattle.Now many pastures affected by the storm have recovered. But others are still in bad shape, maybe too far gone to be salvaged. As I was driving around Brazoria County, I stopped to take a closer look at a property just outside Angleton, the county seat. The place was surrounded by a barbed wire fence and had a cattle guard leading up to the driveway. There are no cows. And the reason for that is that weeds have completely and totally taken over the pastures. All the grassy area around the house, which I would estimate probably comprises 15 to 20 acres, it is entirely weeds.Some of them came up to my waist, others were over my head. It’s a fate that Kevin Reifel’s been trying to avoid on his own land. He drove me over to take a look at some property between the San Bernard and Brazos rivers. He keeps a few horses on it, and he and his brother *used to raise cattle there too.“This was our main pasture and we have sold all the cows off of it,” Reifel’s says.The plot that was once thick with healthy Bermuda grass is now empty except for scrubby, spiny stands of weeds in between patches of mud. Reifel’s brother’s house flooded during the storm. He’s building a new one – this time raised up on 12 foot beams. But they had to sell their cattle after Harvey because they couldn’t take on both rebuilding a house and a pasture. To get it back in order, they’ll have to start over: till up the field, spray herbicides for all the weeds, and then replant the grass. Reifel knows better than most how much that will cost. He owns the local feed and ranch supply store in the city of Brazoria, so he’s had a big part in getting people what they need to get back to normal.“Grass seed, grass seed, grass seed – that a lot. Insecticide, herbicides, and feed. So just about everything that I sell, they’ve been buying,” Reifel says.Harvey’s been a boon for Reifel’s business he wishes never happened. In his part of Texas, the struggle against weeds and loss of good grass could go on for years. Because even though you might kill a weed above ground, it could still be alive below the surface. So for people like Brady Stark, getting back to normal will take time…“But I’ll get back. Just don’t know when,” says Brady Stark. Sharelast_img read more

Cards Fall 62 to No 1920 Auburn

first_img AUBURN, Ala.- The University of Louisville softball team fell 6-2 to No. 19/20 Auburn Saturday in the War Eagle Challenge. The Cardinals (14-7) will wrap up the weekend on Sunday at 11 a.m. (ET) against Mercer. Full Schedule Roster Louisville countered in the top of the sixth. Junior Celene Funke led off with a hit, took second on senior Megan Hensley’s groundout and sprinted home on Ferguson’s RBI single to pull the Cards within a run. Sophomore Danielle Watson (5-5) took the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits and striking out six in 6.0 innings. Matchup History Preview Junior Caitlin Ferguson went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Cards at the plate. In their second game of the day, the Cardinals jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first when senior Sidney Melton singled and eventually crossed the plate on Ferguson’s base hit. Next Game: vs. Mercer 3/10/2019 | 11:00 a.m. The Cards threatened to score in the top of the seventh when sophomore Kyra Snyder connected on a leadoff single and senior Madison Cousineau was hit by a pitch to put two runners on, but a strikeout and groundout ended the game.center_img The Tigers answered with a run in the home half of the first when Casey McCracken reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch to tie the game at 1-1. Auburn (20-4) pulled ahead with a run in the second when Bree Fornis connected on a two-out triple and an error on the play send her home to make the score 2-1. Auburn 6 – Louisville 2 Live Stats Auburn pulled away with three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Justus Perry walked, a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch moved her to third and scored on an RBI hit by Taylon Snow. McCracken followed with a home run to increase the Tigers’ lead to 6-2. Story Links The Tigers tacked on another run in the fifth when Tannon Snow delivered a two-out hit and pinch-runner Carmyn Greenwood scored on a double by Kendall Veach.   Auburn’s Makayla Martin (10-2) picked up the win after surrendering two earned runs on six hits and striking out 11 in a complete game effort. Tannon Snow had two hits while McCrackin score a pair of runs and had two RBIs to lead the Tigers at the plate.LOUISVILLE NOTES:• Melton is now on a six-game hitting streak. • Funke is on a five-game hitting streak• Ferguson has reached base via a hit or a walk in nine straight games• Snyder has reached base in six straight games• Funke leads the team with a .361 batting average, 26 hits, 17 runs and six stolen bases Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more