Gov’t to sign contracts for Roseau River & Titou Gorge Projects

first_img Tweet LocalNews Gov’t to sign contracts for Roseau River & Titou Gorge Projects by: – August 21, 2014 Sharing is caring! This is what the Roseau River Promenade is expected to look like after completionThe Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs will sign contracts for Phase 1 of the Roseau River Promenade and the Titou Gorge Project tomorrow, Friday, August 22nd, 2014.According to a press release from the Ministry of Tourism, the contracts will be signed by Permanent Secretary, Stephenson Hyacinth on behalf of the Ministry for both projects, while George Nanthan will sign on behalf of the Contractor for the Roseau River Promenade and Clement Royer for the Titou Gorge Project.The Roseau River Promenade, when complete, is expected to enhance the ambiance of the Roseau River and the City.The promenade, which has three main features, will be constructed between the West Bridge and the Dominica-China Friendship Bridge, as part of the Ministry of Tourism’s master plan to eliminate pollution, squatting and vagrancy within the City.The construction of a walkway, defence walls, restaurant, kiosks, public convenience, kid’s playground, parking and reclaiming of 12 feet of the river bank is expected to be part of the Promenade.Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs, Ian Douglas is also expected to address the gathering concerning this and other projects to be undertaken by the Ministry during the financial year 2014/2015.The Signing Ceremony will take place at the Stadium Conference Room from 10:00 a.m.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img 220 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

UK stands by Dominica to build back better after hurricanes

first_imgHurricane MariaLocalNewsRecovery UK stands by Dominica to build back better after hurricanes by: – February 22, 2018 Tweet Share British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Janet Douglas in discussion with Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritPress ReleaseThe UK government has reaffirmed its commitment to support Dominica to build back better following the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria. British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Janet Douglas, recently visited areas around Pichelin and Geneva which will benefit from planned, UK-funded improvements to water systems and roads. She also reiterated UK support to help Dominica realise its vision of becoming the first climate resilient country in the world.The UK is providing a total of £50.7 million in grant funding to Dominica for priority infrastructure projects. This includes a newly-agreed £25 million grant to transform the badly-damaged water sector across the island, after Hurricane Maria left 97% of the population without clean water. This new project, implemented by the Caribbean Development Bank through the existing UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund, will redesign and reconstruct Dominica’s water supply, building back better infrastructure which is more resilient to future extreme weather events. The UK is also providing a £25.7 million grant to rehabilitate the Loubiere-Bagatelle road, the primary link between Roseau and many southern communities, which was further damaged during Hurricane Maria. The UK is working closely with the Government of Dominica, and the Caribbean Development Bank, to progress work for both projects, which will also take account of environmental, gender and other social issues (including the needs of disabled people).Visiting Pichelin to view the water supply intake for Grand Bay and Soufriere, which was completely washed away by the hurricane, Mrs. Douglas said:“I am proud that the UK is providing vital support for Dominica’s ongoing recovery, following the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. This has highlighted the importance of helping Commonwealth partners like Dominica, who are disproportionately affected by climate change, to find robust and sustainable ways to cope with future extreme weather events. It is crucial that we support Dominica to build back better, and the UK is committed to helping them to achieve this goal.”During her visit, High Commissioner Douglas also discussed UK support for the Climate Resilience Execution Agency of Dominica (CREAD) with Prime Minister Skerrit. The Agency was established after the hurricanes to help co-ordinate and manage hurricane reconstruction efforts. Following this meeting, Prime Minister Skerrit said:“I want to thank the British Government for its commitment to us and for your exceptional show of support and kindness. The guidance on CREAD has been remarkable and DFID has provided an unbelievable amount of support following the hurricane.”In response to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the UK has provided £185m across the Caribbean, to Commonwealth partner countries and UK Overseas Territories. This includes £7m of immediate humanitarian assistance to Dominica, providing local communities with food, water, emergency shelter, roofing materials, timber, hygiene kits and seeds and fertiliser. RFA Mounts Bay and HMS Ocean (the Royal Navy flagship) also deployed to Dominica in September 2017, to deliver relief supplies to remote communities using their helicopter airlift capacity. Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 60 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Barbadians Renew Call for Removal of White Supremacist Monument

first_img Tweet Share 115 Views   one comment Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Barbadians Renew Call for Removal of White Supremacist Monument by: – June 22, 2020 Lord Horatio Nelson in Barbados (Credit: The SyndiKid)Barbadians are renewing calls to remove a 200-year-old monument of Lord Horatio Nelson- a white supremacist and defender of slavery.Previous attempts to remove the statue had been met with mixed reactions but have never been able to get farther than the turning of the statue on November 18, 1990.Much of the resistance to Nelson’s removal has previously come from locals who have said that there is value in keeping the statue where it is.For years Barbadians have expressed that the statue of Britain’s best known naval hero – so idealised that after his death in 1805 he was compared to no less than “the God who made him” – used his seat in the House of Lords and his position of huge influence to perpetuate the tyranny, serial rape and exploitation organised by West Indian planters, some of whom he counted among his closest friends.An online petition started over the weekend is seeking signatures to remove the statue of Lord Horatio Nelson from National Heroes Square and place it in the Barbados museum.The petition for Nelson’s removal stands at 11, 200+ signatures and continues to climb.This renewed call comes as racial protests in America after the murder of George Floyd have sparked a flurry of others across the globe, with numerous of these protesters targeting memorials and statues for removal. Many of the statues moved by protesters are seen as memorials to racism and inequality.Some Barbadians on social media were catapulted to say that the statue of Nelson could be made an underwater exhibit seen by divers willing to see that part of Barbados’ history.In 2017, apparently having had enough of the talking and calls for its removal, an unknown person or group splashed the nelson statue in paint the colours of the national flag to greet Barbadians one day before the 51st anniversary of independence.Government intervened and had it cleaned and restored in time for the next day 51st anniversary independence observations.Barbadian historian Trevor Marshall earlier this year stated, “Every primary and secondary school child in Barbados now knows that Horatio Nelson fought against William Wilberforce, who spent all of his father’s fortune in his campaign to abolish the heinous enslavement of blacks”.Barbados Prime Minister, Mia Mottley favours the removal of the statue of Lord Nelson from National Heroes Square but declares it’s a decision that rests with Barbadians. (Loop)last_img read more

Farmington Hills church creates solstice celebration

first_imgThe Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington invites the community to a color-themed solstice ritual held Friday, Dec. 22.The 7:15 p.m. event will be held at the church, 25301 Halsted Rd. in Farmington Hills and celebrates the longest night of the year. With the theme, “YOU are a PIECE of OUR PEACEFUL-PRISM SOLSTICE,” the non-commercialized celebration marks the change of seasons on the official first day of winter.Soloists, story, meditation, ritual, dance and visuals will set the stage, and all guests, are invited to wear silver, blue or black apparel.For more information, contact The Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi 248-202-1711 or Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Four-way thriller in Iloilo nat’l invitational this April

first_img[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]ILOILO City – Ilonggo basketball fans should brace for some serious contention as the Iloilo National Invitational Basketball Championship is slated to pit collegiate big leagues from the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, Far Eastern University Tamaraws, and College of St. Benilde Blazers against our home-grown local pride in a four-day tourney this April.Set from April 28 to May 1, the invitational will bring some of the best cagers in the national arena to the Pototan Astrodome – and Ilonggos are in for some great news: Admission will be free!UP is arguably the team to beat as sportsman and event organizer Ruding Villaruz has confirmed that the Fighting Maroons will be bannered by the duo of UAAP Season 79 Mythical 5 member Paul Desiderio and 6-foot-7 Nigerian titan Bright Akhuetie.Desiderio and Akhuetie will be joined by brothers Javi “The Flash” Gomez de Liaño and the younger Juan, a UAAP Junior MVP – as well as Jan Jan Jaboneta of Antique and Richie Villaruz of Ajuy.“With the addition of Bright, we have an answer to our five position problem. We can now battle the boards and execute our plays,” UP coach Bo Perasol told the organizer of the event. “This Iloilo league will bolster our confidence and improve our teamwork. I am also thankful to Governor [Arthur] Defensor Sr., Cong. Arthur “Toto” Defensor Jr. and my good friend Ruding Villaruz for inviting us.”UAAP powerhouse FEU will be reinforced by cagers from the Toto Tia Ten Trucking squad, persistent leaders in the city’s local invitationals.Meanwhile, Ilonggos Edward Dixon and Yankee Haruna will be at the forefront of the De La Salle–College of St. Benilde Blazers’ conquest for supremacy.“This league will benefit us a lot since majority of my teammates are young and we have also new coaches, Coach Ty Tang and Charles Tiu,” shared Dixon, a product of the PAREF Westbridge School for Boys in Iloilo City. “I will show my best playing in my hometown [to] inspire my fellow Ilonggo athletes.”/PN [/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ UP vs FEU vs CSB vs SKY Iloilo showdown in 4-day tilt’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By Rhick Lars Vladimer Albay[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=”]Wednesday, March 8, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’×400.jpg’ attachment=’99053′ attachment_size=’portfolio’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=’14’ appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons shooting guard Paul Desiderio (18) rallies past the Far Eastern University Tamaraws in their UAAP Season 79 clash. Desiderio is set to bring his footwork to Iloilo this April for the four-day Iloilo National Invitational Basketball Championship. PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO[/av_image]last_img read more

CPU Golden Lions spikers win Hukbong Dagat tourney

first_imgThe Central Philippine University Golden Lions team that defeated Hukbong Dagat in the 2018 Hukbong Dagat Volleyball League. PHOTO COURTESY OF GIOVANNI YU CENTRAL Philippine University Golden Lions ruled the 2018 Hukbong Dagat Volleyball League after come-from-behind 21-23, 21-15, 15-11 win over Hukbong Dagat team on Sunday at the Iloilo Doctors’ College gymnasium.Led by team captain Jason Gabo, the Golden Lions bucked a shaky start to stave off the host team and complete a sweep of the one-day tournament participated by 18 teams.Also part of the Golden Lions team of head coach Giovanni Yu were Deo Ampardo, Kian Royce Andrade, Gifred Caoyonan, Jason Lloyd Dadivas, Paolo Doronila, and Francis Michael Espinosa.“I am delighted by our performance,” Coach Yu said. “Aside from our stamina for playing consecutive games, we were also able to test the chemistry of this team in preparation for other tournaments.” Completing the squad were Harry Flores, John Paul Guzman, John Reece Infante, Joven Malihan, John Peter Orbina, John Louie Sorgon, Ken Rhodmer Union, and Dan Miguel Yu.In the elimination round, the Golden Lions defeated Mutants, Micro, Hukbong Dagat Junior, Cabatuan, and Jordan. In the quarterfinal round, CPU edged Bingawan before defeating Angels in the semifinals./PNlast_img read more

SPI Historical Preservation Committee begins Oral History project

first_img Share RelatedHistoric Preservation Committee gives backBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS January 8, 2015 The Historic Preservation Committee met Tuesday afternoon for their first meeting of the New Year. Chairman Steve Hathcock has been an active member of the historical preservation community and was recently named Vice Chairman of the Cameron County Historical Commission.…January 9, 2015In “News”Committee to restore markersBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS For the first time since August, the Historical Preservation Committee met late Tuesday afternoon to discuss a variety of topics from brochures and plaques to plans for getting their hands dirty cleaning historical markers on the Island. Chairman Steve Hathcock, who is also…December 4, 2014In “News”Keep SPI Beautiful developing partnershipsBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS January 15, 2015 The Keep SPI Beautiful Committee met last Thursday afternoon to appoint their new committee chair and vice chairperson for the year. Chairman Michael Quist of the Laguna Madre Boys and Girls Club reminded everyone that the committee almost disbanded, but…January 16, 2015In “News” By ABBEY KUNKLESpecial to the PRESSThe Historic Preservation Committee met last week for their first meeting since January. The committee used the time to review previous plans and set goals for the year.Chairman Steve Hathcock was recently elected as Chairman of the Cameron County Historical Commission and will continue to be a liaison between the two committees. He announced that the county commission hosted a Sesquicentennial Salute to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the last land battle of the American Civil War, which was fought May 12-13, 1865 at Palmito Ranch.The committee addressed previously set goals, which included a Wall of Honor at City Hall, events ideas, and cleaning of the Island’s historical markers. With so much time between meetings, members wanted to follow up on projects and tie up loose strings. In regards to future events, committee members considered hosting an event like Pirate Days, which they had done in 1993 and again two years later, but they determined that the Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee was currently responsible for hosting those type of events. They agreed that a partnership between committees would be beneficial for such instances and decided to get in touch with Parks Committee Chair Jody Hughes and to have a member attend their meetings. In addition, new committee member Joe Townsend took on the task of surveying the plaques and historical markers on the Island, all of which are in need of cleaning, and preparing a presentation for members at the next meeting.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

Lewis, Joseph star for Windies

first_imgTrinidadian Evin Lewis came agonizingly close to scoring his third One-Day International century. However, his unbeaten 99 carried the West Indies to a five-wicket win over Ireland in the opening Day/Night contest at Kensington Oval in Barbados.The left-hander smashed 13 fours and two sixes off exactly 99 balls as the Windies, chasing 180 for victory, posted 184 for 5 off 33.2 overs.Lewis batted through the innings, as he first shared in a 71 run second-wicket partnership with Brandon King, who made 20 and then he and Roston Chase, 19 put on 48 for the fifth wicket to see the home team claim their first victory of the New Year and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.The Windies, as was customary in the past, made heavy work of the modest total, as they lost ­wickets at crucial intervals.Shai Hope was the first to go with the score on 27, as he skied one off Barry McCarthy in the sixth over for 13.Shimron Hetmyer got two early boundaries. However, he attempted an audacious shot and was virtually caught on the pitch by wicket-keeper Lurcan Tucker of spinner Simi Singh for 8, to leave the hosts on 112 for 3 in the 21st over. Another of the Windies starlet, Nicholas Pooran, also came in and looked in good nick, as he took 14 runs off Andy Mcbrine’s fourth over, including a huge six, which slammed on to the roof of the Kensington Oval.Shortly after, McBrine would have his revenge, as he had Pooran caught at point for 17. CLOSE CALL When Roston Chase was undone by a beauty from Boyd Rankine to be caught behind, the Windies needed just two runs for victory, and it was fitting that Lewis would hit the winning runs, as his launch over extra cover came agonisingly close to going all the way, which would have brought up his century. In the end, the ball would go for a four and Lewis was left unbeaten on 99.Earlier, pacer Alzarri Joseph bagged 4 for 32 from 10 overs, as the Irish batters succumbed to the pace and accuracy of the Windies quicks, which stifled their innings after they won the toss and chose to bat. Sheldon Cottrell also got in on the act, as he snared two Irish wickets for 39 runs in nine overs. Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr also made his presence felt, as he too grabbed two wickets for 30 runs in 10 overs. There was a wicket apiece for Keemo Paul and Roston Chase.Wicket-keeper Lorcan Tucker top-scored with 31 from 68 balls with Mark Adair weighing in with 29 from 34 balls towards the back end of the innings.The teams will next face each other tomorrow in the second Day/Night match.last_img read more

Kansas, Wichita State finally meeting for spot in Sweet 16

first_imgOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The first thing that must be understood about Kansas and Wichita State is that their game on Sunday is about more than the players on the court and the coaches on the sideline.Their tantalizing NCAA Tournament tilt amounts to class conflict.It is a matchup of the blue-bloods and the blue-collared, college basketball royalty against the nouveau riche. The Jayhawks have national championship banners hanging from the rafters, the Shockers a chip perpetually hanging from their shoulders.“The programs are not equal. It’s plain and simple,” explained Darnell Valentine, who starred for the Jayhawks in the late 1970s and early ’80s. “The programs are just not the same.”That belief may be the biggest reason why the Jayhawks (27-8), the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, and the seventh-seeded Shockers (27-4) are meeting for the first time since 1993.“They’ve been ducking Wichita State for years,” countered Antoine Carr, who played his high school ball with Valentine before starring for Wichita State. “We’re all Kansas teams, but we’re all going to fight for that hill. Everybody wants to be the king of the hill.”Wichita State has tried periodically to schedule a series with Kansas over the years, but administrators there have always balked. Their argument is they have nothing to gain from playing anywhere in the state but Allen Fieldhouse, and they may be right. Why give up the game’s biggest homecourt advantage when there are no benefits in recruiting or exposure?Besides, it wasn’t until coach Gregg Marshall took the Shockers to the Final Four two years ago that they became a household name again. For many years, they were an afterthought.All those arguments sure irritate the Wichita State faithful, though, prompting many of them to label their counterparts to the north elitist at best, arrogant at worst.“Obviously we’re not the BCS school, and I can see how KU wouldn’t want to play us,” said Wichita State guard Ron Baker, who grew up idolizing the Jayhawks in tiny Scott City, Kansas.Baker insists there is no animosity among coaches and players — although Marshall did once refer to Kansas as the “Chickenhawks.” Instead, the rivalry that isn’t has been the domain of the fans, their proud campuses separated by just 162 miles of Sunflower State highway.“It’s a funny dynamic,” said the Shockers’ Fred VanVleet, “because the blood-hate rivalry is more for the people who grew up in the tradition. You take a guy like me from Illinois who doesn’t know anything about it, it’s not quite the same.”VanVleet pauses, and then adds with a grin: “I’ll hate them just as much when it’s time to suit up, though, because they’re in our way to the Sweet 16.”Indeed, the stakes could hardly be higher for two schools that have met just 14 times. Their only other meeting in the NCAA Tournament occurred in 1981, when Valentine and Carr squared off in New Orleans. The Shockers won that game on a last-second shot.“I’m not going to lie,” Kansas coach Bill Self said, “there are certain games that are big, and I think this is one of those games that is bigger.”When they finally do play, there will be a few key story lines to watch:GUARD PLAY: VanVleet was dynamic in scoring 27 points against Indiana, outplaying star guard Yogi Farrell. Kansas counterpart Frank Mason III, who will likely match up with VanVleet, had 17 points and nine rebounds in his team’s win over New Mexico State.“There are not too many true point guards,” Self said. “Those are two of them.”REUNIONS: Several players from the teams have worked summer camps together, but Kansas forward Perry Ellis and Wichita State forward Evan Wessel are even closer: They grew up together.“All the way back in biddy basketball,” said Wessel, who will likely have the job of slowing down the Jayhawks’ leading scorer. “It’s a lot of fun to be able to play against him.”HEALTH CHECK: Ellis is still wearing a bulky brace on his right knee, which he sprained late in the regular season. He insists that he is close to 100 percent, even though he winced on more than one occasion during the Jayhawks’ victory over the Aggies.“He was good today in practice,” Self said. “He looked like the Perry of old.”COACHING MATCHUP: Self and Marshall have known each other for years, from the time they were at lesser-known schools — Tulsa for Self, Winthrop for Marshall. And while they have never exchanged Christmas cards, both coaches described their relationship as cordial.“We stayed in touch,” Marshall said. “Bill’s a great guy, a tremendous coach. One of the best in the country. Has a wonderful program. I have a lot of respect for him.”last_img read more

Athlon Sports projects MSU to finish last in SEC West

first_imgMississippi State coach Dan Mullen walks the sideline in a game against Texas A&M last year.Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen walks the sideline in a game against Texas A&M last year.As the 2015 football season inches closer, now under 100 days until kickoff, prognostications begin to be released.Athlon Sports released their projections for the Southeastern Conference on Wednesday. It picked Mississippi State to finish 7-5 with a 3-5 mark within the league. Athlon predicts that record would finish seventh in the SEC West.The spot within the division doesn’t tell the entire story of Athlon’s opinion of Mississippi State though.Athlon ranked the country’s top teams and placed MSU at No. 21. Its six SEC west rivals ranked 20 or higher. The SEC east’s projected winner — Georgia (No. 10)– was the only team from that division with a higher ranking than Mississippi State.Tennessee ranked 22, Florida 26, Missouri 27, South Carolina 37, Kentucky 55 and Vanderbilt 79.Athlon ranked the west as Alabama 2, Auburn 4, Ole Miss 11, LSU 15, Arkansas 16 and Texas A&M 20.The projected record also doesn’t show the respect it has for Dak Prescott. One of its five writers selected MSU’s quarterback to win SEC offensive player of the year. The other four picked Georgia’s Nick Chubb. Prescott also ranked as the conference’s best quarterback.Athlon ranked MSU’s schedule the easiest in the west, which makes the 7-5 record a bit questionable. With the league’s best quarterback and the softest schedule in the west, seven wins may wind up being the basement of expectations for the Bulldogs.Conact Michael Bonner at Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.last_img read more