first_imgA pair of Senate runoffs in Georgia that will determine which party controls the chamber has reordered the political universe in the days since the election, influencing nearly every decision by members of both parties, including the refusal of most Republicans to recognize President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory.Senators are lining up day trips to Atlanta to campaign. Party leaders are carefully calibrating their postelection messages to frame the fight on the ground. And Mr. Biden’s transition team is tailoring its plans to two drastically different outcomes, preparing an ambitious agenda in case Democrats are able to win both races and take control of the Senate, and a more pared-back one in case they fall short.- Advertisement – The most jarring consequence has been Republicans’ refusal to challenge Mr. Trump’s false claims that he won the election. Though most leading Republicans have not repeated his claims, they have also declined to acknowledge Mr. Biden’s clear victory, fearing that doing so would enrage the president and his loyal base of supporters ahead of January.“We need his voters,” Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking Republican, told reporters on Wednesday. “Right now, he’s trying to get through the final stages of his election and determine the outcome there. But when that’s all said and done, however it comes out, we want him helping in Georgia.” And Vice President Mike Pence told senators privately on Tuesday that he planned to jet down to Georgia next week to campaign.Democrats were seeking to rally their own voters and donors in a long-shot bid to win both races in a historically conservative state where their party has often fallen short in runoff contests.“When it comes to the Senate, it’s not over, at all,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, said on Wednesday. “Georgia is close.” The contests pit two Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, against the Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock. But they are quickly becoming nationalized into referendums on Mr. Biden’s victory and the direction of the country.The impact was apparent throughout the Capitol. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, privately warned House members to watch their words in the coming weeks to deny Republicans any new ammunition to caricature the Democrats as extremists.Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, bucked up Mr. Trump and expressed outrage over Democrats insisting the president concede.- Advertisement – Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was on the ground Wednesday in the Atlanta suburbs rallying with Ms. Loeffler at a Save Our Majority Rally, an indoor event at which many attendees did not wear masks. Senator Rick Scott, the newly elected chairman of Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, is scheduled to hold a fund-raiser in the state on Thursday. The stakes are staggeringly high for both sides. With Republicans on track to control 50 Senate seats and Democrats 48, the twin runoffs on Jan. 5 will determine how much power Mr. Biden can wield in a post-Trump Washington.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img Share Tweet LocalNews Put lionfish on domestic tables as food source, fisheries official urge by: – July 10, 2012 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Andrew MagloireChief Fisheries Officer, Andrew Magloire, has appealed to citizens to assist the Fisheries Department in getting rid of the lionfish in Dominica’s waters by consuming it as a food source.The lionfish which he described as a “very veracious feeder” can potentially threaten the reef system as it consumes any living organism which is about half its size. He highlighted the importance of protecting the reef system where the lionfish predominately inhabits.“Without the reef the lionfish would not be present. By virtue of its nature, a reef species although it can inhabit other marine environments but predominantly the reefs systems provide the best home situation and setting for the lionfish. The reef system also provides the best attraction to many of our visitors to Dominica, not only those who can scuba dive but also those who can snorkel and also by virtue of the unique nature of some of our marine environments”.He noted that it is “critical” that citizens understand the invasiveness of the lionfish and the “challenges that the lionfish will pose” to marine life as well.According to Magloire, if urgent measures are not implemented to eliminate the lionfish, within the space of four years, our reef systems could be “completely transformed”. “If lionfish were to be left alone by our human interventions, in a very short space of time; two to three years, four years probably, our reef systems would be completely transformed into a reef with predominantly, say 99 % of the fish you will find there would probably be lionfish. That is significant in the sense that many of us who enjoy many of our reef species, would no longer, within five years, have those species on our tables to enjoy, simply because the lionfish as a major predator would have consumed all of that”.Lionfish In light of this, the Fisheries Department has teamed up with the Dominica Watersports Association to devise an action plan to rid Dominican waters of the lionfish. He explained that the lionfish has provided “a unique opportunity” whereby with proper education, citizens will be encouraged to eat the fish so as to prevent them from damaging the reef systems.“What we have embarked upon with the Watersports Association, is to ensure that the reefs that are utilized for dive in Dominica are kept clean and free from lionfish, so some of our programs embarked upon include diving to those reefs with a special intention of eradicating lionfish from those reef systems”.While he noted that “it is an impossible challenge” to free Dominican waters from the lionfish “by virtue of its reproductive process”, their current initiative is to put lionfish on the domestic tables as a food source.“The Fisheries Department will strive to ensure that every Dominican citizen acquires the taste for lionfish. If you love the species of fish we call Koni and Tash then you will like the lionfish, they are very similar in terms of texture and flavor”. The lionfish has toxins which can be released if one is stung by it, however, Magloire sought to assure citizens that this can also be “addressed very easily through education”.“We will teach Dominicans to overcome those fear of lionfish by teaching you and demonstrating to you how easy it can be with the necessary precautions, to address that scare of lionfish and to put lionfish on the tables of Dominicans as a normal, edible fish product that we have now currently with us”. Magloire, who addressed the official launch of Dive Fest 2012 on Friday, urged citizens to participate in the activities as they will be afforded an opportunity to sample the lionfish. Dominica Vibes News Share 38 Views   2 commentslast_img read more

first_imgIt has been a tough month for the University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team.During the last three weeks, the team has had to deal with the challenge of playing four consecutive matches while dealing with injuries to key players senior Caitlin Burke and junior Nicole Beck.It has been especially trying on head coach Patti Henderson. “[This past month] has been the first time for me where my team has literally only been able to field six players,” Henderson said.Because of their injuries, both Burke and Beck have been playing more doubles matches until they are healthy enough to resume the more grueling singles competition. While this move does temporarily create issues with matching up other players for doubles spots, it has made the Badgers very strong at the No. 2 doubles spot, as shown by their hard-fought win over Notre Dame’s Katie Potts and Kelcy Tefft last Thursday.The then-No. 3 Irish squad ended up winning the match, but Henderson saw the final score as a poor indicator of how the team played considering the circumstances.”After a stretch like we had, playing four away matches and then finishing it up with a match against one of the best teams in the country, [Burke and Beck’s win] was really important for not only their individual confidence, but for the team’s confidence as a whole,” Henderson said.Luckily for the Badgers (3-11 overall, 0-5 Big Ten), the road that lies ahead of them is much less treacherous than the stretch they have already covered. In fact, aside from a regular season finale at Michigan State, Wisconsin will play the rest of its games at home.First one on that list: Purdue. The Boilermakers have had quite the season, as they are currently undefeated in conference play on a seven-match winning streak.Henderson believes the good week of practice the squad has had will bode well for the team in Saturday’s match.”Purdue has managed to find their confidence this season as evidenced by their record, but I feel that our players will be very well prepared for them,” she said. “Everyone has done a great job at staying positive, and a couple of our players have really elevated their game in that time.”But Purdue isn’t the only conference foe Wisconsin will have to face this weekend.Sunday, the Badgers will face a struggling Illinois squad, which, like Wisconsin, is still searching for its first Big Ten win.Henderson said the team will be able to use the lessons learned from playing such a tough schedule to their advantage against the Illini, who are currently 4-9 on the season and 0-2 in the Big Ten.”It will be important for us to capitalize on the strength of our schedule and the quality of the opponents we have played if we want to have success,” Henderson said. “When a player learns how to win the little battles in a match, winning the whole thing becomes much easier.”With the chance to grab two conference wins at home in one weekend, Wisconsin hopes to capitalize on the chance to start the last leg of the season on a high note.As Henderson said, “A big conference win would really bring credence to what we have been working on all along this season and would certainly create a lot of positive energy to feed off of.”last_img read more