Government’s performance unquestionable, says PM

first_img 76 Views   11 comments Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Government’s performance unquestionable, says PM by: – May 23, 2013 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Prime Minister Skerrit at the official opening of CHANCES in July, 2011The Dominica Labour Party administration believes that its performance thus far is unquestionable considering the economic challenges confronting the Caribbean region and the world.“All is not well and I’ll be first to admit that, but one cannot contest the fact that notwithstanding the difficulties confronting the entire world, Dominica included, that we have not performed,” Prime Minister and Finance Minister told the Next Level radio program on Tuesday.“And thank God Edison James is not the prime minister of Dominica because when things were supposed to be good and they inherited a sort of ok situation from the Freedom Party, they squandered it,” Mr Skerrit stated.He noted though, that his administration still has to address several issues confronting its citizens.“Had it not been for the prudent management of this country’s economy and the resources of the country, we would have been in serious difficulties,” Mr Skerrit stated.He noted further that the post 9/11 era has posed serious challenges to Dominica but the government has managed to perform well despite these challenges.“While much more can be done and has to be done and will be done by this government, one cannot question us on our performance in managing the economy,” he said.He explained that notwithstanding the crisis, his government has maintained all its social programs, school transportation program, Yes We Care program and the public assistance program among others.Mr Skerrit also highlighted the construction of the house of safety for children at risk, CHANCES, in Jimmit as an impressive investment by the government. “People drive past up and down at Jimmit but people don’t really stop and appreciate what we have done for our children who are at risk…This is a five star accommodation for our young boys and girls where we have 24/7 care,” he said.Children who are considered to be at risk of abuse or neglect are provided with meals, clothing, shelter, education and transportation to and from school at CHANCES. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Capitalize on U.S export opportunities, urges Trade Director

first_imgDirector of Trade Matthan WalterDirector of Trade Matthan Walter has called on those involved in the agricultural sector to take advantage of export opportunities in the United States in keeping with the stipulated rules and regulations. Speaking during the opening ceremony of a one day seminar on the US Import Regulations for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables on Thursday June 16 2017, Walter said Dominica has enjoyed positive bilateral relations with the U.S for many years and they are supportive of government’s efforts to provide a higher standard of living for its citizens.Walter revealed that in 2013, Dominica’s trade export to the U.S reached five hundred and six thousand, eight hundred and twenty-three EC dollars and twelve cents ($506 823.12) with four hundred and twenty-four thousand, nine hundred and sixty-seven EC dollars and twenty-three cents ($424 967.23) of that being dasheen. “We continue to export sweet potatoes, sweet peppers, tea bags, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and pawpaw to name a few to the United States. It’s clear therefore that farmers, and by that I mean our hardworking farmers in Dominica, benefit from exportation to this market,” he said. He compared the U.S imports of fresh produce in 2012 and 2016 for fruits and vegetables that are produced in Dominica also. In 2012, he said, the U.S imported nine million, nine hundred and eleven thousand, nine hundred and sixty-two tons of fresh produce which included bananas, pineapples, avocados and mangoes as compared to 2016 where imports of fruits grew by ten percent while imports of vegetables grew by fourteen percent. Bananas, tomatoes, peppers, citrus and cucumbers imports all increased by one, seventeen, twenty, nine and twelve percent respectively. “These statistics should paint in your minds a beautiful picture, a picture of opportunity in the U.S market, a fellow member of the World Trade Organization, opportunities which we should put our minds in gear and our shoulders to the wheel to so embrace them,” Walter said. However he claimed that “pitifully and painfully so”, there is a problem when stakeholders are asked to meet regional and international standards by government entities it is viewed as “unnecessary pressure”.“That is the way that these things are being interpreted on the ground. I want to tell you today that we live in a new dispensation, that time is changing and if standards, and by that I mean quality standards, are not met and regulations put in place by our trading partners are not adhered to, these opportunities which I just spoke to will be but a distant and a non-accessible opportunity,” he said. Walter said this is why the Fresh Produce Act was enacted and is being enforced, the pack houses in Roseau and Portsmouth established, farm certification programs implemented, “and I am personally aware of the hard work being done by the Dominica Bureau of Standards to ensure that we meet those standards”.Walter added, “We need to change our mindsets, we need to elevate our consciousness and work with the government to enter those markets, and to engage frontally the markets that are present therein”. Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img 125 Views   one comment InternationalLocalNewsPrint Capitalize on U.S export opportunities, urges Trade Director by: Dominica Vibes News – June 19, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

DragonWave and Mitel Collaborate to Advance 5G Networking

first_imgDragonWave and Mitel have announced a joint initiative focused on advancing the development of 5G networking. Mitel will contribute software and mobile network expertise to the project. While DragonWave will contribute all outdoor networking expertise combined with small cell-focused and high-capacity, spectrally-efficient packet wireless backhaul solutions.”Enabling increased coverage in both dense urban and rural environments while supporting the thrust for virtualization drives the need for new relationships,” said Peter Allen, President and CEO, DragonWave. “We are pleased to work closely with Mitel who has both scale and a common customer base. We share a focus to bring innovative solutions to the 5G mobile market.””5G opens the door to a fundamental new way to architect mobile networks, including increased integration between access and backhaul components and smaller cell sizes, where an integrated solution becomes more critical,” said Pardeep Kohli, President of 5G Cloud Connectivity, Mitel. “This collaboration enables an integrated 5G solution set that will be easier to deploy, optimize and maintain.”The relationship will initially focus on technology and research in support of compatible 5G solutions, with the option to evolve commercially as the 5G market matures and business opportunities develop.last_img read more

Kellenberger: Time for MSU’s young Bulldogs to play

first_imgMississippi State freshman Malik Dear scored Mississippi State's first touchdown of Saturday's 30-17 loss at Texas A&M.Mississippi State freshman Malik Dear scored Mississippi State’s first touchdown of Saturday’s 30-17 loss at Texas A&M.Did you see the way Malik Dear ran Saturday? Did you see the way the Mississippi State freshman took the handoff from Dak Prescott, ran off the right side of the offensive line and didn’t stop until he traveled 52 yards for a touchdown?It was a sight to see, not only because it was one of the more well-protected plays all night against Texas A&M — Dear went 36 yards before he was touched — but because, once the Aggies did get a hold of him, Dear just kept on going. In a 30-17 loss that was Mississippi State’s second in the Southeastern Conference, effectively ending any and all hope for an SEC West championship, Dear’s run was a bright spot.We should see more of that and more of him. It’s Troy coming to town this Saturday for a 3 p.m. matinee at Davis-Wade Stadium, and the Trojans are bad (1-3 this season, the lone win against an FCS team). Play the young guys, Dan Mullen. Some of them you’re going to have to because injuries have hit you hard. Safety Kendrick Market is out for the year (torn ACL), and the list of those “questionable” include tight end Gus Walley, left tackle Rufus Warren, wide receivers Gabe Myles and Joe Morrow and maybe cornerback Will Redmond, too.So let’s see Dear, Justin Johnson, Brandon Bryant, Jamal Peters and Mark McLaurin. Can Elgton Jenkins play 60 snaps at tackle? Let’s find out.“I’m ready for anything the coaches have ready for me,” Dear told reporters Tuesday. “I’m just here to do whatever the coaches ask me.”The season is not lost, so this is not a waving of the white towel. Far from it. But the reality of Mississippi State’s current situation is that there is very little veteran depth at the positions affected by injury, so the only logical solution is to go young. And that’s a good thing, because maybe some of these guys are ready and can help you win games the rest of the way.Like Dear, who is 5-foot-9 and 220 pounds and a first-year freshman from Murrah.He enrolled in school in January, which almost always helps, and has been impressive what he can do in limited touches. That touchdown run against Texas A&M — the third of his career. He also has nine catches for 94 yards, most of which occurred in the last three weeks.“I’ve seen him progress over the past couple of weeks,” Mullen said Monday. “When you put the ball in his hands, good things usually happen.”They do, which is why I’m not really concerned right now whether he’s a wide receiver or a running back. Truth is, he’s both. They’ll line him up in the slot, just as they’ve done so far this season, but will also motion him into two-back sets (as was the case with the touchdown run). We do not need a name for his role yet, even if it should be increased. He’s one of the few guys who has shown the ability to make explosive plays: Mississippi State led the SEC with 52 “chunk” (20-plus yard gains) in eight conference games in 2014. This year it has eight through three.Traditionally under Mullen, Mississippi State has not been a team that relied on young players — but was that more about Mullen’s hesitance or them not being ready? Every broadcast of every MSU game is filled with references to the unearthed finds the Bulldogs have profited from, but look at this roster. Dear and Peters were two of seven four-star prospects the Bulldogs signed in February. Success has allowed for recruiting of more highly touted guys, who are that way in large part because they are more physically developed than their peers. The game readiness question is more mental than it is physical. Now, nearly halfway through their first season, it’s time to see what a lot of these guys can do.Contact Hugh Kellenberger at Follow @HKellenbergerCL on Twitter.last_img read more

Ghana draws goalless against South Africa

first_imgGhana played out a goalless draw against South Africa in the first leg of the final round of qualifying for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.The Black Maidens now have to win the return leg at home in a fortnight to seal their place in the finals to be hosted by Azerbaijan later this year.Coach of the women’s U-17 team, Mas-Ud Didi Dramani was happy with the performance of the Black Maidens and believes they hold the advantage now.It was game of two halves as Ghana dominated the second half and kept goalkeeper Katlego Moletsane very busy in the first 20 minutes after the break.“We played well against South Africa but they were very good tactically and came at us strongly,” he said after the game at the Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton on Saturday.“They gave us a very strong challenge. I am however impressed with the quality of women’s football on the continent as both sides played good football – it’s just a pity there were no goals. “I believe we have an advantage going into the second leg at home. We know what we must do to win and ensure we book ourselves a ticket to Azerbaijan.”The Black Maidens are chasing one of the three final slots for places in Azerbaijan 2012.Qualification to the World Cup will make it a third successive appearance for Ghana on the world stage.last_img read more

Cardi B vents about Jussie Smollet’s allegedly staged attack: “Why would you do that?”

first_imgABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) — As the Internet continues to question the legitimacy of Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack plot in light of new evidence, plain-spoken rapper Cardi B has taken to Instagram Live to flame him.The latest reports now claim that Smollet staged the assault after he became upset that a now-suspicious letter allegedly threatening him, which was sent to Empire‘s studio, did not get enough attention. “So, I’m really disappointed in Jussie Smollet, [sic]” the Grammy-winning rapper began. “I feel like he f***** up Black History Month, bro.”However, Cardi did not completely dismiss the seriousness of the Empire star’s claims.She continued, “I don’t want to completely blame him. You know, police in Chicago are racists. So, they probably tryna’ frame him and make him look like he’s a liar.”“But, if he’s not…then bro you f***** up for real. Why would you do that?”Cardi’s comments follow the news that the two men implicated in attacking Smollett — brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo — told police the actor paid them to help him orchestrate and stage the January 29 attack.Meanwhile, the FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service are currently investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending that letter — which was addressed to the actor at Empire‘s Chicago studio prior to the alleged attack, two federal officials confirm to ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

How Trump’s revised ban impacts travel and immigration to the US

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — On Sunday, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation banning or restricting travel from eight countries — adding Chad, Venezuela and North Korea to the original list of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.In March, Trump ordered a worldwide review the government’s vetting and screening procedures for people seeking entry into the United States. The original 90-day ban, which impacted six counties and went into effect in June after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, expired Sunday.In July, new requirements on information sharing and security were sent to foreign governments. Any country that did not meet the new standards was given 50 days to make improvements, according to senior government officials.At first, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found that 16 countries did not meet the new requirements, but after extensive engagement and new information sharing agreements, that number was reduced to eight, according to a senior U.S. official.The new travel restrictions went into effect immediately for those subject to the two earlier travel bans, and take effect October 18 for those added into Sunday’s proclamation. The restrictions are indefinite and subject to change.What’s different?The March executive order temporarily barred entry into the U.S. of citizens of six Muslim-majority nations — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. That was challenged in the courts and went into partial effect in June after a prolonged legal battle. The March executive order itself, revoked and replaced a similar order issued in late January.In June, the court ruled that the March ban had to include an exception for people who have what the court called “any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The new proclamation doesn’t specifically include an exception for bona fide relationships.The previous order was a temporary, 90-day ban. The new restrictions are “conditions-based, not time-based,” according to officials.The proclamation kept some level of restrictions on five of the original six countries, which include Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia. The U.S. government removed restrictions on Sudan, which was one of the original six countries.Who is impacted?The ban applies to citizens of the eight countries — Chad, Iran, Venezuela, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen — but the restrictions vary from country to country. In addition, although nationals of Iraq will not be banned, they will be subject to additional scrutiny to ensure threatening actors do not enter the U.S., according to senior officials.Restrictions or additional vetting were added for four new countries found not to meet the new standards, including Chad, North Korea and Venezuela and Iraq — which is a special case, according to a senior government official.Chad: Entry into the U.S. by nationals of Chad as immigrants and as non-immigrants on business, tourist, and business-tourist visas is suspended. Although Chad is an important partner, especially in the fight against terrorists, the government of Chad does not adequately share public safety and terrorism-related information, according to a senior government official.Iran: Entry into the U.S. of nationals of Iran as immigrants and as non-immigrants is suspended, except under valid student or exchange visitor visa — although, those visas applicants will be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements. According to U.S. government officials, Iran was included because it’s government regularly fails to cooperate with the U.S. in identifying security risks, is the source of significant terrorists threats and is a state-sponsor of terrorism.Venezuela: Only entry into the U.S. of certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate family members as non-immigrants on business, tourist and business-tourist visas is suspended. According to U.S. officials, the government of Venezuela is uncooperative in verifying whether its citizens pose national security or public safety threats.Libya: Entry into the United States of nationals of Libya as immigrants and as non-immigrants on business, tourist, and business-tourist visas is suspended. Government officials also called Libya an “important partner” in the fight against terrorism, but said the country faces significant challenges in sharing information and does not fully cooperate when it comes to taking back deported nationals.North Korea: The entry into the United States of nationals of North Korea as immigrants and non-immigrants is suspended. It was concluded that the government in North Korea does not cooperate with the U.S. government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements.Somalia: Entry into the U.S. of nationals of Somalia as immigrants is suspended, and non-immigrants traveling to the United States will be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements. Despite the fact that U.S. officials believe Somalia to be an important partner in the fight against terror, and satisfies the bare minimum of U.S. information-sharing requirements, the government in Somalia still has significant identity management deficiencies and is recognized as a terrorist safe haven, among other concerns.Syria: Entry into the U.S. of nationals of Syria as immigrants and non-immigrants is suspended. The government in Syria regularly fails to cooperate with the U.S. government in identifying security risks, is the source of significant terrorist threats, has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, has significant inadequacies in identity management protocols and fails to share public safety and terrorism information, according to U.S. officials.Yemen: Entry into the United States of nationals of Yemen as immigrants and non-immigrants on business, tourist and business-tourist visas is suspended, although U.S. officials believe that Yemen is also an important partner.The ban does not apply to lawful permanent residents, those already in the U.S. on the effective date, those with valid visas on the effective date, dual citizens who are traveling on passports of a non-banned country, or those already granted asylum.After Oct. 18, anyone seeking an exception will have to apply for a waiver or qualify through an exception in the actual text of the proclamation, which is not as broad as the Supreme Court exceptions to the previous order, according to a senior U.S. official.What’s next?Since this proclamation is not time-based, countries can be removed from the list, while other countries can be added, based on changes in conditions.Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sec. Elaine Duke, in coordination with other cabinet officials, can recommend changes to the president on a rolling basis. DHS must also submit reports to the president every 180 days providing an update on the current status of each country.On Monday, the Supreme Court removed cases related to the previous travel ban from its calendar. Arguments in the case were scheduled to be heard on October 10, but, the court instead instructed the parties in the cases, Trump v. International Refugee Assistance and Trump v. Hawaii, to file briefs addressing “whether, or to what extent” the latest proclamation renders the issue moot.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Bumper sticker giveaway details

first_imgHi guys, I just wanted to tell everyone about the bumper sticker giveaway. As some of you know I designed and ordered a handful of bumper stickers for the website. For every 10 contestants I will hold a raffle and give one bumper sticker away.The rules are simple, share one of our blog post and click an ad, like the one above, tweet @mdsportsblog or @bhradsky that you did the following and I will hold on to your name. The raffle will be simple, I will put names in a hat and pick one out, if you won I will congratulate you and try to get a hold of you to get your name and address so I can mail out the bumper sticker.In case you missed what the bumper stickers look like, here they are. Please follow and like us:last_img

Fantasy Football Show Podcast Week 2: Waiver pickups, sleepers, start ’em/sit ’em advice

first_imgWEEK 2 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIf you’re still on the fence about listening, you’ll definitely want to hear one of the SN Fantasy experts unironically uses this defense: “That was more of a case of incompetence instead of being stupid.” WEEK 2 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 2 Fantasy Football PodcastTimestamps:WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY FOR YOURSELF? Things we were wrong about last week:  (2:39)The over/under on Justice Hill’s touchesHating on Sammy Watkins (with bonus Tyreek Hill/Mecole Hardman talk)Recommending the 49ers offense (with bonus Raheem Mostert/Matt Breida talk)GOOGLE ‘EM BING ‘EM QWANT ‘EM: Most searched players of the week (9:17)Antonio Brown (plus Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett)Joe Mixon (plus Giovani Bernard)Todd Gurley (plus Malcolm Brown)Hollywood Brown and Terry McLaurin (plus DK Metcalf)Derrius Guice (plus Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson)SLEEPERS, RISKY PLAYS, START ‘EM/SIT ‘EM: Players we’re excited/worried about for Week 2 (24:05)QBs: Ben Roethlisberger, Andy Dalton, Derek Carr, Jared Goff, Kyler Murray, Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, Baker Mayfield (24:39)RBs: Patriots RBs, Eagles RBs, Giovani Bernard, Dion Lewis, Devin Singletary, James Conner, Bears RBs, Broncos RBs, Texans RBs (33:53)WRs: John Ross, Ravens WRs, Jaguars WRs, Calvin Ridley, Larry Fitzgerald, Jarvis Landry, Courtland Sutton, Vikings WRs, Bucs WRs, Redskins WRs (45:34)TEs: Panthers TEs, Vernon Davis, Ryan Griffin, C.J. Uzomah, Delanie Walker, Jared Cook (56:40) We don’t talk about every NFL player in our Week 2 Fantasy Football Show podcast (available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and YouTube)…it just feels that way: I mean, when start by discussing Justice Hill’s Week 1 touches and end by coming up with team names involving Sam Ficken, you know it’s an in-depth show. “Yeah, but do you talk about anyone actually relevant?” you might be asking yourself. Yeah, smartass, we do. See the players discussed below. If you don’t have at least one of those guys on your fantasy team, we’ll refund your money and replace this podcast with a new one. D/STs: Giants, Jets, Colts, Panthers, Jaguars, Rams, Vikings, Packers (1:03:47)RANDOM S#*% (1:06:18)Sam Ficken Fantasy Team NamesBooger McFarland breaking down Taysom Hill’s versatility and Deshaun Watson’s aginglast_img read more

Georgia vs. Notre Dame odds, prediction, betting trends for ‘College GameDay’ game of the week

first_imgNo. 7 Notre Dame travels to No. 3 Georgia on Saturday in a matchup of top-10 teams that will help shape the College Football Playoff puzzle.The Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start behind a punishing rushing attack that ranks eighth in the FBS at 286.7 yards per game. Quarterback Jake Fromm will try to beat the Irish for the second time in three years. Stat that mattersWith two reliable rushing attacks and experienced quarterbacks, turnovers will be that much more important to the outcome. Notre Dame has a plus-six turnover ratio through two games with the help of seven turnovers forced. They’ll need to win that battle to have a chance on the road. Georgia is plus-one, so if they take care of the football here, then they should be fine.Georgia-Notre Dame PredictionNotre Dame didn’t trail Georgia until the 4:34 mark in the third quarter in the teams’ 2017 meeting. The Irish will strike first after an impressive first quarter, but the Bulldogs will hit a few big touchdown runs before halftime. Book keeps the Irish in the game into the fourth quarter, and Notre Dame will lead at that point. Fromm, however, plays hero again with a touchdown drive that gives Georgia the big nonconference win it might need later.Final scoreGeorgia 28, Notre Dame 24 Notre Dame, meanwhile, is 2-0 and will look to win its second road game in three games. Quarterback Ian Book will be the key for Notre Dame in its first visit to Sanford Stadium.With that in mind, here is everything you need for Saturday’s matchup between the Irish and Bulldogs:MORE: Get the latest college football odds at Sportsbook ReviewBetting odds on Georgia-Notre DameGeorgia is a 12-point favorite according to odds at Sportsbook Review, and 59 percent of wagering has come in favor of the Bulldogs. Will this bump up to 13 or 14 points by kickoff?All-time seriesGeorgia and Notre Dame have met twice in their respective histories. The Bulldogs clinched their last national championship with a 17-10 victory against the Irish in the 1981 Sugar Bowl, then won the 2017 meeting 20-19 at Notre Dame Stadium in 2017 en route to the College Football Playoff.WEEK 4 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadThree trends to know— Georgia has won 15 straight home games by an average margin of 29.3 points under Kirby Smart. That streak, however, includes just one game against a ranked team.— Notre Dame is 2-4 against top-10 teams on the road under Brian Kelly, and both victories came in 2012 against No. 10 Michigan State and No. 8 Oklahoma.— Notre Dame is 2-3 ATS as an underdog and 0-2 ATS as a road underdog since 2016. Georgia is 12-5 ATS against ranked opponents since 2016 but 8-11 ATS as a home favorite in the same stretch.Three things to watchNotre Dame’s rush defenseThe Irish have allowed 230.5 rushing yards on nearly 5 yards per carry. If that happens in this game, then it’s going to be a long night. Georgia has five different running backs with more than 100 yards rushing, and those backs have combined for 10 rushing touchdowns. It’s more than just D’Andre Swift: this is the deepest backfield in the country. The Irish have been better at pass defense; limiting opposing quarterbacks to a 38.6 completion percentage.Ian Book’s efficiencyQuarterbacks are hitting 60 percent of their passes against Georgia, however, and that should be good news for veteran quarterback Ian Book. The Irish quarterback struggled in spots in the road opener at Louisville, and that can’t happen in this game. Book has a 62.6 percent completion percentage on the road for his career. He’ll have to be better than that.Spread the wealthFromm and Book will engage in a duel, and both quarterbacks can spread the ball out. Notre Dame has six different receivers with touchdowns this season, but Chase Claypool (9 catches, 190 yards, touchdown) must make an impact. Georgia has five different receivers who have scored, and Dominick Blaylock (7 catches, 160 yards, two touchdowns) can have the same impact.MORE: Big questions from Week 4’s biggest gameslast_img read more