Freeport, Jun 28 (AP/UNB) — Changes to the Maine lobster fishery designed to help a critically endangered species of whale might arrive in 2021 after a lengthy rulemaking process.
A team assembled by the federal government has called for the removal of half the vertical trap lines from the Gulf of Maine to reduce risk to North Atlantic right whales. The Maine Department of Marine Resources has been meeting with lobstermen around the state to begin the process of crafting rules to achieve that goal.
The state held the last of several meetings with lobstermen about the new rules on Thursday in Freeport. Hundreds of members of the state's lifeblood industry have attended the meetings.
Maine hopes to present a plan to the federal government by September, department spokesman Jeff Nichols said before the meeting. The industry is getting ready to grapple with the task of getting so much gear out of the water, said Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen's Association.
"There's definitely concern among lobstermen because they will be changing how they fish," she said. "It's not a simple task, but once guys are thinking it through and making changes, there seems to be viable strategies for each person."
The U.S. lobstering industry, based mostly in Maine, has coexisted for centuries with right whales, which were driven close to extinction during the commercial whaling era.
The last count of right whales ended with a best estimate of 411 animals in 2017, and signs are troubling. The species has been hampered by low reproductive rates in recent years, and six of them have been found dead in Canadian waters so far in 2019. The Canadian government announced the most recent discovery of a dead right whale on Thursday.
Scientists have said the whales are vulnerable to entanglement in fishing gear, as well as other threats such as ship strikes.
Conservationists have been keeping a close eye on the process to better protect whales. Waiting until 2021 to implement rules could be too long for a species that is declining in population, said Erica Fuller, an attorney with Conservation Law Foundation.
"We're dealing with a crisis right now, and we need to treat it like one," Fuller said.
Maine's lobster fishery has had several strong years this decade, but the new push to protect whales is one of multiple stressors it is contending with. The fishery is also dealing with concerns about a lack of bait. Despite the challenges, the seafood has remained readily available to consumers, and prices have been competitive in retail markets.
The state plans to hold more meetings with members of the fishery in August. Public hearings will likely be held after the state sends its plan to reduce trap lines to the state in September.
Paris, Jun 27 (AP/UNB) — It's been hanging on people's walls for almost 170 years without drawing much attention, but a painting showing a group of women has turned out to be more than meets the eye.
The most recent owner of the picture, a Parisian woman, has found out that what she has is a long-forgotten painting by 19th century French Romantic artist Eugene Delacroix.
"A woman walked into the gallery with a painting under her arm, telling me she'd just visited the Delacroix exhibit at the Louvre Museum ... and that she thought her painting shared some resemblance" with the artist's "Women of Algiers in their Apartment," said Philippe Mendes, director of the Mendes Gallery in Paris.
"I took a look at the painting, which was dirty and with a very thick yellow varnish, but I felt it had Delacroix's very particular style. So I said, let's clean the painting and let's see what comes out of it," he told The Associated Press in an interview.
"After we cleaned it, the radiant and extraordinary colors typical of Delacroix really stood out and we knew we had to start doing some real research."
The painting, now hanging in Mendes' gallery as he negotiates with a U.S. museum seeking to buy it, shows a pale woman seated and an African slave standing next to her, looking at the other woman over her shoulder. The same scene is captured in "Women of Algiers in their Apartment," which was painted after in 1833-34 after Delacroix visited North Africa. That painting now lives in the Louvre.
Art historian and Delacroix expert Virginie Cauchi-Fatiga investigated the curious canvas at Mendes' request. She analyzed the technique and use of colors, compared it with other Delacroix paintings, then used infrared and X-ray images to look deeper.
After more than a year of examination, her verdict: She says with "absolute certainty" that the painting is a Delacroix work, a study for "Women of Algiers." The study was sold at auction in 1850 and hadn't been shown in public since.
She called it a discovery "of prime importance, because it really is a gateway into the artist's mind right at the moment" he was working on "Women of Algiers."
"The colors are distinctive of Delacroix's work, but it's also about how they are associated," she said. "He doesn't use color in the same way as other big classical painters - color is not an accessory for him. He shapes his painting around colors."
The painting bears no Delacroix signature, since it is only a study, she said — but does bear a stamp at the back of the canvas reading "118."
That matches the number listed for the study in the catalog of paintings sold at auction in 1850 by the Count de Mornay, a diplomat who sponsored Delacroix's trip to North Africa, Mendes said. Lot 118 was bought for a private collection, and its subsequent movements aren't known.
The Parisian woman bought the painting about 10 years ago with her father, but does not want to be publicly identified, Mendes said.
He also showed the canvas to experts at French museums that hold Delacroix paintings and received an export certificate from the Culture Ministry identifying it as a Delacroix work.
The National Eugene Delacroix Museum in Paris and its parent, the Louvre, would not comment on the painting because it is on the open market, but did not question its authenticity. The Metropolitan Museum in New York, which hosted a Delacroix exhibit in 2018, would not comment on a work outside its collection.
No one would comment on the possible value of the painting.
Paul Exbrayat of the Britain-based Art Loss Register said the painting had not been listed on international databases as missing or stolen, and described it as just long-dormant. "It has woken up from a long slumber, like Sleeping Beauty," he said.
Portland, Jun 27 (AP/UNB) — The divide in Oregon between the state's liberal cities and its conservative and economically depressed rural areas has made it fertile ground for the political crisis unfolding over a push by Democrats to enact sweeping climate legislation.
Eleven Republican senators were in the seventh day of a walkout Wednesday to deny the supermajority Democrats the number of lawmakers needed to vote on a cap and trade bill, which would be the second of its kind in the U.S. The stalemate has drawn international attention, in part because right-wing militias have rallied to the GOP cause.
One Republican lawmaker said state troopers dispatched to hunt down the striking lawmakers should "come heavily armed" if they want to bring him back to the Capitol.
"This is not the Oregon way and cannot be rewarded," Democratic Gov. Kate Brown said. "The Republicans are driving us away from the values that Oregonians hold dear, and are moving us dangerously close to the self-serving stalemate in Washington, D.C."
Experts say the standoff was inevitable given the state's political makeup.
Oregon has a national reputation as a liberal bastion best known for its craft beer, doughnuts and award-winning wine. But while its cities lean left, about 40% of residents — mostly those in rural areas — consistently vote Republican, said Priscilla Southwell, a University of Oregon professor who wrote "Governing Oregon."
"The reality is that it is a much more divided state than people realize," she said. "It's kind of like a perfect storm for this kind of thing to happen."
That political divide also translates to an economic chasm for many. As Portland has boomed, huge swaths of the state have been left without enough money to keep libraries open or fully staff sheriff's departments.
Logging, which once thrived, has been significantly reduced because of environmental restrictions and a changing global economy. Rural voters worry the climate legislation would be the end for logging and trucking.
"It's going to ruin so many lives, it's going to put so many people out of work," said Bridger Hasbrouck, a self-employed logger from Dallas, Oregon. "If the guys that I'm cutting for can't afford to run their logging companies, then I have to figure out something different."
The proposal would dramatically reduce greenhouse gases over 30 years by capping carbon emissions and requiring businesses to buy or trade from an ever-dwindling pool of pollution "allowances."
Democrats say the legislation is critical to make Oregon a leader in the fight against climate change and will ultimately create jobs and transform the economy.
Republicans say it will kill jobs, raise the cost of fuel and other goods and gut small businesses. They also say they've been left out of policy negotiations, an assertion the governor called "hogwash."
Yet that sense of rural alienation gives right-wing groups such as the Oregon Three Percenters a way into the conversation by portraying the climate bill as a stand-in for a number of concerns held by rural, conservative voters nationally, said Chris Shortell, chairman of Portland State University's political science department.
"It highlights the ways in which local politics have become nationalized," he said. "It's not just about the climate change bill in Oregon. Now it's about, 'Are Democrats legitimate in acting this way?'"
Some worry the climate standoff could put Oregon back in the crosshairs of an anti-government movement that in 2016 used the federal prosecution of two ranchers to mobilize an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. One militia member was killed and another injured in a weekslong standoff protesting the U.S. government's management of vast swaths of the American West.
In the current standoff, one militia group offered safe passage to the GOP senators and the Capitol shut down last Saturday because of what police called a credible "militia threat."
Right-wing and nationalist groups have been increasingly visible in Oregon over the past five years as rural voters get more disillusioned, said Eric Ward, executive director of the Portland-based Western States Center.
"In frustration, there are organizations and individuals who have stepped into a leadership gap and are attempting to provide parallel leadership," he said. "But that leadership is led by ... bigotry and threats of violence."
For more than 50 years, the rural U.S. West has undergone tremendous change as federal protections for forests and endangered species reshaped residents' relationship with the land, said Patty Limerick, faculty director at the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
"Sometimes a historical shakeup takes a couple of decades for people to adjust, and sometimes it takes a couple of centuries," Limerick said. "I think we ought to understand that this is a really different world from 50 years ago — and no wonder that some people feel that it's time for acts of desperation and dramatically staged opposition."
For now, it's unclear how that drama will play out. The Senate president said Tuesday that the Democrats no longer have the votes needed to pass the bill even if Republicans were to return, but the GOP still stayed away.
Dhaka, June 27 (UNB)- Belly fat could be a sign that your health is at risk, with Type-2 diabetes and heart disease among the associated dangers. I carried out an experiment with the Trust Me, I’m a Doctor team and a group of volunteers. We found that diet, rather than exercise, is the best way to rein in the belly, reports BBC.
Using our calculator below, you can work out how many calories you can consume to try to lose an inch in four weeks*. It tells you how many calories you need each day to maintain your weight, and you should reduce that figure by 500 calories to start reducing your weight and belly fat quite quickly.
How quickly will you lose weight?
The volunteers reduced their waist sizes by an average of 1 inch for every 4lb (1.81kg) they lost.
So if you lose 1lb (0.45kg) a week you could hope to reduce your waistline by an inch after four weeks.
Dieticians advise that if you eat 500 calories less than your daily requirement you will lose about 1lb every seven days (expect some variation from person to person).
This chart shows you how many pounds you can hope to lose per week based on how many calories you cut out of your daily diet.
What can you eat?
Each volunteer was encouraged to measure portions based on the size of their hands.
Aim for a daily intake of:
Three fist-sized servings of carbs
Two palm-sized servings of lean protein
Two cupped handfuls of vegetables or salad
Two fist-sized servings of fruit
Two servings of fat or oil covering the tip of your thumb.
You can also have 200ml/⅓ pint of milk, or two 125g pots of natural or low-calorie yoghurt.
Generally, you can eat your usual foods, so long as you reduce the portion size. Avoid or limit sugary and high-fat foods, such as fast foods.
The speed of waist reduction varies from person to person, so even if you reduce your calorie intake by the suggested amount, your results may differ.
As time passes you will lose weight and you'll need to recalculate your calorie requirement. At your new weight you'll find your daily requirement has dropped. So you need to drop again to keep 500 calories below your daily requirement. By recalculating you will keep losing 1lb (0.45kg) a week.
Dhaka, June 27 (UNB)- Puffed rice isn’t just for breakfast! Here, it’s mixed with fresh thyme to make a tasty crunchy coating for chicken goujons. Served with green beans and sweet potato wedges, you get two portions of your 5-a-day per serving in this healthier version of a classic breaded chicken and chips supper, reports BBC.
5 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed and each cut into 2cm/¾in thick wedges
1 tsp olive oil
60g/2¼oz plain flour
1 tsp dried garlic granules
½ tsp fine sea salt
1 unwaxed lemon
2 free-range eggs
1 tsp smoked paprika
100g/3½oz puffed rice cereal
2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
500g/1lb 2oz boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1cm/½in-thick strips
400g/14oz fine green beans
freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6 and line two large baking trays with baking paper.
Tip the sweet potato wedges onto one of the trays and drizzle with the olive oil. Season well with black pepper and toss, then spread out in a single layer. Roast for 10 minutes while you prepare the chicken.
Tip the flour, garlic granules and salt into a bowl and finely grate the lemon zest over the top, then mix well. Crack the eggs into a second bowl, add the smoked paprika and plenty of black pepper and beat together. Tip the puffed rice cereal into a third bowl, add the thyme and stir well, then scrunch the puffed rice in your hands to break it up slightly.
Coat the chicken strips in the flour, ensuring they are completely coated, then dip them into the beaten egg mixture. (Do a few at a time, as you don’t want to end up with sticky fingers.) Transfer them, a few at a time, to the puffed rice and toss until coated, then transfer to the second tray in a single layer. Repeat until all the chicken is coated.
Stir the sweet potato wedges, then return to the oven with the tray of chicken strips and bake for 15 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through and the wedges are tender.
A few minutes before the chicken and wedges are ready, cook the green beans in a saucepan of boiling water for 3 minutes until just tender, then drain. Cut the lemon into five wedges.
Serve the chicken goujons and potato wedges with the green beans and lemon wedges.