Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Nov 2015 – Gender issues were top of mind last week in the TCI during a meeting arranged by UNICEF through the Ministry of Home Affairs. Governor Peter Beckingham listed the accomplishments of women in the country; citing several leadership roles currently held by the islands’ women. The Deputy Governor is a woman. The Attorney General is a woman. The Leader of the Opposition is a woman and the Deputy Premier of the country is also a woman. The Governor cautioned though that: “…there is no room for complacency” and turned his attention to another focus of the UNICEF meetings; namely child protection. “This is a topic which will be on the agenda of the Overseas Territories’ Joint Ministerial Council next month, when UK Ministers will be discussing with Premiers the strength of child safe-guarding. Turks and Caicos, like the other Territories, will be expected over the next year to demonstrate that it has all the necessary measures in place in schools and government departments.” The meetings were held in Grand Turk and were also supported by the United Nations Women and the UK’s Department for International Development. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:governor peter beckingham, ministry of home affairs, UNICEF TCI: Respect for children encouraged in MoE and UNICEF ‘Positive Discipline’ campaign More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again DR wants consulate office in TCI
X Share Listen 00:00 /00:47 The issue goes back to November 2015, when Houstonians voted to extend the terms elected officials in the city serve. The change was from three two-year terms to two four-year terms.The lawsuit, filed shortly after that election, alleges the language on the ballot was misleading because it made it sound like voters were reducing terms.After several rulings on technicalities, today’s ruling was on the merits.Plaintiff lawyer Eric Dick said he expected it from Judge Randy Clapp, who said the language was “inartful” but not misleading. “Although I appreciate his opinion, it doesn’t really matter,” Dick said. “Whose opinion matters is the Supreme Court of Texas, who has twice struck down the language for the city of Houston for being misleading.”He was referring to two other recent ballot language cases against Houston – one regarding the now defunct Houston Equal Rights Ordinance and the other about a citywide drainage fee.In a statement, the city of Houston said, “the new term limits as adopted by the voters remain in place.”The plaintiffs have 30 days to file an appeal.MORE: David Branham of UH-Downtown Discusses Term Limits Case To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /12:24 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Florian MartinPlaintiff lawyers Eric Dick and Andy Taylor, from left, make their case against the city’s term limit referendum before Judge Randy Clapp Friday, May 11, 2018A judge in the Harris County District Court has ruled in favor of the city of Houston in a lawsuit against its new term limits.
A spokeswoman for former Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley says he canceled an overseas trip to return to Baltimore to help the city after the riots.O’Malley left office in January after serving two terms as governor, the maximum allowed under state law. Before that, he was mayor of Baltimore. He is considering seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.“Since last night, he has been reaching out to community leaders, the mayor and members of the clergy to offer his assistance where appropriate and needed,” spokeswoman Lis Smith said.The former governor lives in Baltimore. His wife is a judge in the city.His arrival comes as the city is reeling from riots after the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured while in police custody.___3:40 p.m.Dozens of Baltimore County police and state troopers are guarding a mall that closed over security concerns.Rumors spread on the Internet that high school kids were going to converge Tuesday on the Security Square mall in Woodlawn, several miles west of downtown. Police and news media outnumbered a dozen or so curious onlookers.Police say the riots a day earlier started when high school students were let out of school and converged on a different mall, throwing rocks, bottles and bricks at police.The students were upset over the way they say police treat blacks and the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered critical injuries in police custody.___3 p.m.The mayor of Baltimore says schools had no choice but to close since many teachers called and said they wouldn’t work the day after the riots.Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also walked back her comments she made about “thugs” trying to tear down the city.“I wanted to say something that was on my heart … We don’t have thugs in Baltimore. Sometimes my little anger interpreter gets the best of me,” she said, pointing to her head. “We have a lot of kids that are acting out, a lot of people in our community that are acting out.”Religious leaders say 14 churches were open Tuesday for children. The churches are providing meals to the kids, since many of them depend on school for their food.The schools closed a day after the riots in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death. He died after injuries in police custody.___2:30 p.m.Police say one person was critically injured in a fire during the riots in Baltimore.Capt. Eric Kowalczyk (koh-wall-check) said at least 20 officers were hurt during the chaos that started as a “high school event” and escalated. He said nearly three dozen juveniles were arrested and more than 200 adults were taken into custody after people set fire to cars and businesses and looted stores. Nearly 150 cars were burned.As Kowalczyk was speaking, a group of demonstrators gathered on the streets, mostly peacefully. One person was taken into custody and police used pepper spray to keep protesters back when he became unruly.The riots occurred Monday, hours after Freddie Gray was buried. He died from injuries he suffered in police custody.___1:30 p.m.The Rev. Jesse Jackson has visited a burned-out drug store in Baltimore as crowds gather in the streets a night after riots.Jackson said the violence, while inexcusable, reflected the alienation of unemployed people in neighborhoods full of empty homes and vacant lots.“It was painful because it destroyed a lot of neighborhood businesses and hurt a lot of people, but the violence is driven by that alienation,” Jackson said.Dozens of people have gathered again in the street, dancing and clapping at time. A line of police officers shoulder-to-shoulder stood watch nearby.The demonstrations have been going on since Gray was arrested in the neighborhood and died after suffering injuries in police custody.___12:55 p.m.President Barack Obama says there have been too many troubling police interactions with black citizens.Obama is calling the deaths of several black men by police “a slow rolling crisis.” He says it’s not new, but there’s new awareness from cameras and social media.The president says there’s “no excuse” for violence in Baltimore. Obama says looters are not protesting but stealing. He says they should be treated as criminals.Obama spoke Tuesday at a White House press conference with the Japanese prime minister as the National Guard was called in to quell violence. Rioting broke out Monday after the funeral for Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody under mysterious circumstances.___12:15 p.m.The Maryland governor is promising that Baltimore will not have a repeat of the riots that happened on Monday.Gov. Larry Hogan said at a news conference Tuesday that there had been no incidents in the morning, but he does worry about what will happen at night. Hogan declared a state of emergency about three hours after the riots started Monday afternoon.He has activated the National Guard, which is helping police keep the peace in the city.The riots came after the death of Freddie Gray. He died after he was injured in police custody.___12 p.m.Hundreds of volunteers are cleaning up the wreckage left by rioters in the neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested.Part of the area was blocked off by officers to help with debris removal. Area hardware stores donated trash bags and brooms, and city workers brought in trucks to haul away mounds of trash and broken glass.With schools closed, Blanca Tapahuasco, 43, brought her three sons from another part of the city to help sweep outside a looted CVS pharmacy.“We’re helping the neighborhood build back up,” she said. “This is an encouragement to them to know the rest of the city is not just looking on and wondering what to do.”The riots began shortly after Freddie Gray’s funeral. Gray died after being injured in police custody.___11:40 a.m.Police say a mall in suburban Baltimore has closed after rumors spread on social media about plans for trouble there and at other locations.County police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter says Security Square Mall decided to close Tuesday, but it was not at the direction of police. The mall is near the Social Security Administration’s headquarters and just a few miles west of the city.The riots started Monday at a mall near downtown Baltimore, on the same day as Freddie Gray’s funeral. Gray died after suffering injuries while in police custody.___The Baltimore Orioles postponed a second straight game against the Chicago White Sox after a night of rioting near Camden Yards.The team says it made the decision Tuesday after consulting with Major League Baseball, and state and local officials. A makeup date was not announced.Public schools were shut down Tuesday, and Baltimore’s mayor imposed a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew.Monday’s game was postponed after riots that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died April 19 of spinal cord and other injuries sustained while in police custody.___11:15 a.m.A woman who hit and pushed a boy to remove him from the riots in Baltimore is being hailed by the police commissioner and others online.Video of the woman, presumably the boy’s mother, shows her smacking him on the head as other youths throw bricks, rocks and other objects at police near a mall Monday afternoon.“I wish I had more parents that took charge of their kids out there,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said of the video.The woman has not been identified.Police asked parents in a series of tweets to get their children inside after groups of youths became violent.The riots started hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. He suffered a critical injury while in police custody.___Standing in front of a burned-out CVS pharmacy, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake deplored the violence of the night before.“We worked so hard to get a company like CVS to invest in this neighborhood,” she said, describing the neighborhood as still recovering from the riots of the 1960’s. “This is the only place that so many people have to pick up their prescriptions.”Rawlings-Blake said that the city had prepared for the possibility of disturbances after Freddie Gray’s funeral Monday, but had been overwhelmed. Questioned about whether she should have been in the neighborhood before Tuesday morning, she responded with frustration.“You can’t see everything that I see. You don’t know all the different moving pieces,” she said.Gray died after being injured while in police custody.___10:20 a.m.A spokesman says Monday’s riot is the first time the Maryland National Guard has been called up for a civil disturbance in the state since 1968, when Baltimore erupted in violence after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.Guard spokesman Lt. Charles Kohler says about 500 guardsmen are being deployed in Baltimore on Tuesday, and the force will build to about 2,000 though the day. He says that can build to 5,000, and officials also could call on Guard forces in neighboring states.Riots broke out in the city hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old died of a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody.Guardsmen are called up about once a year for a state of emergency such as a large snow storm or hurricane. That usually involves about 600 members — though about 2,000 were called up for President Barack Obama’s inauguration.In 1968, the state called up 6,000 Guardsmen, and 2,000 federal troops were called in to help too.___9 a.m.On Tuesday morning, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan surveyed the scene at a West Baltimore intersection that hours earlier had been littered with burning cars, a smashed police vehicle, broken glass and thick plumes of smoke billowing from a looted convenience store.Hogan shook the hands of people who had shown up early to help sweep the streets after rioting erupted in the city Monday, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old died of a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody.He said: “We’re not going to leave the city unprotected.”He added that he’s called in hundreds of state troopers and potentially thousands of National Guardsmen to help secure the city after a night of riots.Hogan said: “The city is safer than it was before, and we’re going to continue to build that presence all day.”___8:25 a.m.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is temporarily moving his office from the state capital, Annapolis, to Baltimore on Tuesday after rioting and fires broke out in the city.Hogan spokeswoman Erin Montgomery says the governor will visit sites around the city Tuesday morning and plans to work out of state offices in downtown Baltimore with Cabinet members and senior staffers.Rioting erupted in the city Monday, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old died of a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody.___8 a.m.The Maryland Transit Administration says it’s bypassing several subway stations and closing at least one bus station because of police activity in areas of Baltimore.Rioting erupted around the city Monday, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old died of a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody. National Guard troops took up positions in the city, and cleanup was beginning early Tuesday morning.The transit agency announced its changes in service Tuesday morning. Public schools in the city are closed for the day, and several neighboring districts said they would cancel any scheduled field trips to Baltimore.A citywide curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.___7:35 a.m.The Baltimore mayor’s office says there were 144 vehicle fires, 15 structures fires and nearly 200 arrests in the unrest that broke out in the city.Spokesman Howard Libit gave the updated numbers Tuesday morning. Rioting erupted around the city Monday, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old died of a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody.Early Tuesday morning, aerial footage on local station WJZ-TV showed a firefighter spraying the burnt out shell of a large building as an American flag fluttered nearby on an untouched building.___6:00 a.m.Local television footage showed firefighters on the scene of one many fires that broke out overnight and residents sweeping up debris on city streets as dawn broke Tuesday in Baltimore.Transport vehicles of Maryland National Guard troops arrived a day after a funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious spinal injury while he was in police custody. In the hours after the service attended by thousands, rioting and looting broke out in the city and firefighters battled blazes overnight thought to be linked to the riots.National Guard spokesman Col. Charles Kohler says guard members are hooking up with police and providing additional security at critical infrastructure. Kohler declined say how many were arriving Tuesday, but says the guard can build to a force of 5,000.___11:58 p.m.Fredericka Gray, the twin sister of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal injury while in police custody, has deplored the violence.“I think the violence is wrong … I don’t like it all,” she said late Monday, adding she thought her brother also would have disapproved.Rioting erupted around the city hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. He died of a mysterious spinal injury days after being taken into custody.
Swift UVOT U (top panel), UVM2 (middle panel) and 0.3–10 keV XRT (bottom panel) light curves of Ark 120 from Sept. 4, 2014 to Mar. 9, 2015. The UV fluxes are corrected for Galactic absorption and expressed in units of mJy. On top of the X-ray time series we superimposed the UVM2 light curve normalized to have the same mean as the X-ray light curve. The dot-dashed and dashed lines on the X-ray light curve represent the threshold values used for the flux-selected spectral analysis. Credit: Gliozzi et al., 2016. 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. © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Astronomers using NASA’s Swift space observatory, have conducted a long-term monitoring campaign of a prototypical active galaxy, designated Arakelian 120 (Ark 120 for short). These observations reveal crucial information about the galaxy’s variability, giving a hint about its true nature. The findings are presented in a paper published Oct. 13 on the arXiv pre-print server. Citation: Prototypical active galaxy Arakelian 120 observed by Swift (2016, October 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-prototypical-galaxy-arakelian-swift.html Ark 120 was classified as a luminous “bare” Seyfert 1 galaxy as its nucleus is free from significant reddening or contamination from the host galaxy. As a rare example of a bright Seyfert 1 galaxy that is not significantly affected by any kind of complex absorption, Ark 120 was a target of numerous past observations. Due to the fact that this active galaxy stands out among bright Seyfert galaxies and is a highly variable source over the entire spectrum, it makes it a perfect target for monitoring with Swift.A team of astronomers, led by Mario Gliozzi of the George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, carried out a series of Swift observations between September 2014 and March 2015 to investigate Ark 120. Such multi-wavelength monitoring observations that track variable behavior are much promising for scientists investigating active galactic nuclei (AGN) residing at the centers of active galaxies.Ark 120 has a central black hole with a mass of about 150 million solar masses. According to the paper, the observations confirm the presence of significant large-amplitude variability for such a large black hole mass in all bands probed by Swift’s Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) and X-Ray Telescope (XRT). The results show that the X-ray band is by far the most variable component, and indicate that the temporal variability of Ark 120 is associated with spectral changes of the X-rays and also of the broadband spectral energy distribution.”The spectral analysis based on model fitting of flux-selected spectra confirms the existence of spectral variability during the Swift campaign of Ark 120 revealed by the model independent spectral variability analysis, with steeper spectra observed when the source has higher count rate,” the researchers wrote in the paper.The team found that the strong variability in X-ray and UV bands occurs on all timescales investigated by the Swift campaign. Additionally, the continuous temporal variability of Ark 120 appears to be associated with persistent spectral variability based on various model-independent analyses. Moreover, the spectral analysis allowed the team to conclude that the steeper-when-brighter behavior is caused by the steepening of the photon index.In general, the Swift observations provided a wealth of data that helped the scientists to reveal the nature of Ark 120. The study confirms that it behaves as a typical Seyfert galaxy with persistent X-ray and also UV flux variability associated with spectral variability, where the spectrum softens as the source brightens.”This spectral behavior too is common to the vast majority of Seyfert galaxies. However, the ‘bare’ nature of Ark 120 ensures that the spectral variability is caused by intrinsic changes in the primary emission, rather than being associated with variations of the absorber surrounding the source,” the paper reads. More information: Long-term monitoring of Ark 120 with Swift, arXiv:1610.04104 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1610.04104AbstractWe report the results of a six-month Swift monitoring campaign of Ark120, a prototypical bare Seyfert1 galaxy. The lack of intrinsic absorption combined with the nearly contemporaneous coverage of the UV and X-ray bands makes it possible to investigate the link between the accretion disk and the Comptonization corona. Our observations confirm the presence of substantial temporal variability, with the X-rays characterized by large-amplitude flux changes on timescales of few days, while the variations in the UV bands are smoother on timescales of several weeks. The source also shows spectral variability with the X-ray spectrum steepening when the source is brighter. We do not detect any correlation between the UV flux and the X-ray spectral slope. A cross correlation analysis suggests positive delays between X-rays and the UV emission, favoring a scenario of disk reprocessing. Although the strength of the correlation is moderate with a delay not well constrained (7.5+-7 days), it is nevertheless indicative of a large disk reprocessing region, with a separation between the X-ray and the UV emitting regions of the order of 1000 rG. The Ark120 correlation results are in agreement with those obtained in similar monitoring studies. When combined together, the observations can be well described by a linear relation between the X-ray/UV delay and the black hole mass. Within the context of the simplest scenario where these delays correspond to light-travel times, the implied distance between the X-ray source and the UV disk reprocessing region is of the order of many hundreds of gravitational radii. Astronomers observe a supergiant fast X-ray transient prototype Explore further
Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government is all set to bring Tarapith and Purulia on its helicopter connectivity map soon.Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport department minister, in the state Assembly on Wednesday said the state government is soon going to introduce helicopter service from Kolkata to Tarapith and Purulia.It may be mentioned that Tarapith is a temple town in Birbhum where thousands of devotees turn up every day and the state government has taken several steps to improve the infrastructure at Tarapith. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNecessary infrastructure has been put in place so that people do not face inconvenience while they visit the place to offer Puja to goddess Tara. Roads connecting the place have been strengthened and widened.Now, the initiative has been taken to introduce helicopter service so that people reach Tarapith in far less time.Similarly, Purulia has also become one of the major tourist spots with the development of necessary infrastructure.In the past seven years, the Mamata Banerjee government has taken several steps for the development of Purulia. Now, people visit the place almost round the year except a few months during summer. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe tourism sector will receive further impetus with the introduction of this helicopter service.A tender has been floated to engage the operator for the helicopter services from Kolkata to Purulia and Tarapith.Currently, the helicopter service is available from Kolkata to Sagar, Digha, Shantiniketan and Malda.The helicopters, which operate from Kolkata to these four places, are four-seater ones. But helicopters operating from Kolkata to Tarapith and Purulia will have more seating capacity. It is learnt that eight-seater helicopters will operate between these places. It may be mentioned that soon after coming to power Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had given stress on air-connectivity between all the districts. Initiatives were also taken to construct helipads in almost all districts.The Mamata Banerjee government has ensured flight services in Cooch Behar. The same in Bagdogra and Andal has also improved. The work to improve infrastructure of Malda and Balurghat airports is nearing completion. Moreover, many steps have also been taken to develop the Chharra Airstrip in Purulia.
Kolkata: Paying homage to Dr B R Ambedkar for giving shape to India’s Constitution, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Monday that it was the responsibility of every citizen to protect the spirit of the “holy book”. “Today is #ConstitutionDay. Homage to Dr B R Ambedkar and all other members of the Constituent Assembly who gave shape to the Holy Book of our democracy – the Constitution, Banerjee said in a Twitter post on Monday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWe must do everything we can to protect the spirit of our Constitution – Sovereignty, Socialism, Secularity, Democratic Republic, Justice, Liberty, Fraternity, and Equality, she said in another tweet. Constitution Day is celebrated the country on November 26 every year to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. On November 26, 1949, the Constituent Assembly of India adopted the Constitution of India which came into effect on January 26, 1950. Dr B R Ambedkar is hailed as the prime architect of the Constitution. The Centre, in 2015, declared November 26 as Constitution Day.