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first_img Share Hon. Johnson Drigo. Photo credit: GIS NewsThe Cabinet led by the prime minister visited the Petit Soufriere area to assess its response to a natural disaster in that area on Monday.Due to heavy rainfall in November last year severely affected infrastructure, homes and disrupted the lives of many residents of that village. Parliamentary representative for the area, Johnson Drigo told a live interview with DBS Radio on Wednesday that during the visit, member of the Cabinet visited some of the constituents at their homes and were apprised of the many challenges which they face.“We had already decided that some of the families are to be relocated. In fact the Prime Minister took a direct decision to ask one family to evacuate their home and Government will pay the rent for their new location”.Members of Cabinet also visited the San Sauveur Primary School and the Petro Caribe Filling Station which Drigo said has been bringing “tremendous benefit to the fisher folks of that area”.He further reported that construction work on the Petite Soufriere/Rosalie Road link road is ongoing. And will contribute to the employment of several villagers.“There will be a lot of employment for the people of the entire Castle Bruce constituency once we are through with the excavation works presently ongoing. In terms of the culvert, drainage, bridges and the paving of the road we will see tremendous economic benefits for these people because it’s a $20 million project”.He said the 20 million dollar project is expected to bring significant employment opportunities for many persons in these communities.“There will be a lot of employment for the people of the entire Castle Bruce constituency once we are through with the excavation works presently ongoing. In terms of the culvert, drainage, bridges and the paving of the road we will see tremendous economic benefits for these people because it’s a 20 million dollar project”.Dominica Vibes News Share Share LocalNews Castle Bruce MP reports positive outcome from Cabinet visit by: – April 4, 2012center_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 11 Views   no discussionslast_img read more


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first_img Press Association Van Gaal stole a march on his rivals in May when he completed the signing of Depay from PSV Eindhoven for £25million. Paris St Germain offered Depay a fortune, but once he knew he was wanted by Van Gaal, Depay’s mind was made up. Memphis Depay is sure Louis van Gaal will help him realise his dream of becoming an all-time great at Manchester United. “But the important thing to do for me is to focus on the next game, not to be that far in my head because I have to do my job in every game. “Maybe one time I can be a legend. Of course it is an honour to have that positive sound from the fans and the legends that talk about me. I am grateful for that.” Depay has a long way to go before he can be mentioned in the same breath as those United greats. But he feels he has the perfect person at his side to help him kick off that journey in United manager Van Gaal. The two know each other well having worked together with the Dutch national side. Van Gaal gave Depay his Holland debut against Turkey in October 2013 and eight months later he selected the powerful forward in his World Cup squad. Depay, who prefers to be known as ‘Memphis’ as he does not want to be associated with his father, who split from his mother when he was four, declined an invitation to describe Van Gaal as a “father figure” during an interview with the British media in San Jose on Wednesday. But there is no doubt that Depay regards Van Gaal as a brilliant manager who will get the best out of him. “I don’t want to say he is like a father figure,” Depay said. “But he is a great manager. He can make players better. “I feel I will be a better player every time I train with him. I feel stronger. I feel fit. That is one of the things he can really do to you. “Everything he tells me to do better I can take that in my mind and work on it. I am very young and I want to do everything better so I become a better player.” Depay has not set himself any personal targets this season, but he has one aim for the team – to challenge for the Barclays Premier League title. “I think that is realistic. We are Manchester United,” he said. “I think we have real qualities. We have to prove that in the games. “We have to be creative. The defence has to be strong so we win games and we can play for trophies.” “After (United) came in for me and I spoke with the manager it was very clear for me. I had already made my decision,” the United forward said. Depay scored 22 league goals for PSV last season and much is expected of him in his first term at United. He has made a promising start. The coaching staff have informed senior officials at board level that Depay has been scoring some excellent free-kicks in training during United’s pre-season tour of the United States, just like he did for PSV. And in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the 21-year-old scored his first goal for the club in the 3-1 friendly win over the San Jose Earthquakes. But Depay is an ambitious person. His aims in life are to dream, believe and achieve – the three words tattooed under his right pectoral muscle. He has plans on becoming one of the best players in United’s long and illustrious history. Former players like Bryan Robson, Denis Irwin and Lou Macari, who described Depay as a “tank”, have all been impressed by the 21-year-old and he wants to leave a lasting legacy at the club. “I am very hungry. I want to be a legend at one time in history,” Depay said. last_img read more


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first_img “We were preparing for the Watford game and in one incident in training, he blocks the ball and it hits him in exactly the same place where he had surgery a few months back. “It was devastating, because he had worked so hard and looked stronger than ever – I don’t think I had seen him looking as powerful and refreshed in the last two seasons. Then there was this big knock. “We still have to find out how long it will be, but it is not going to be just two or three weeks – I think it is going to be a little bit longer than that.” Asked if Baines would need another operation, Martinez added: “We don’t know at this stage, but it could be. “The surgery was to reinforce that ligament in his ankle and we still need to see the real extent of the damage. After the inflammation, we will find out.” Martinez also had news on Everton winger Kevin Mirallas, who was substituted in the second half minutes after appearing to pick up a knock in a challenge with Watford’s Valon Behrami. The manager told evertontv: “He wanted to stay on the pitch, clearly. “But he had a really nasty tackle and we’re going to be assessing him in the next 48 hours. “He tried to stay on, he couldn’t and now we’ll see what the extent of the injury is.” Everton boss Roberto Martinez has described as a “disaster” the fresh ankle setback that looks set to sideline defender Leighton Baines for a considerable period. The club announced on Saturday ahead of their Barclays Premier League opener against Watford that Baines would miss the game having sustained a knock to the ankle on which he had surgery in May, a procedure that forced him to sit out the final two matches of last season. And when asked about the 30-year-old England full-back after Everton’s 2-2 draw with the Hornets, Martinez said: “We don’t know how long he will be out for, but it has been a real disaster. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


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first_img The 26-year-old joins Seve Ballesteros and Lee Westwood as a three-time winner after picking up the accolade in 2012 and 2014. “When you think of the contributions that Seve and Lee made to European golf over the years, I am delighted to be linked with them at such an early age, and clearly I’m hoping to do enough to win the AGW trophy in future years as well,” McIlroy said. Rory McIlroy has won the Association of Golf Writers’ trophy, becoming only the third player to secure the prestigious award on three occasions. Press Associationcenter_img The four-time major champion was a narrow victor this year, just edging Britain and Ireland’s Walker Cup team, who pulled off a record 16.5-9.5 triumph over the United States’ leading amateurs at Royal Lytham and St Annes in September. Third place went to Englishman Andy Sullivan following his breakthrough campaign on the European Tour when, alongside McIlroy, he was the only three-time winner. The world number three, who was also named European Tour Golfer of the Year earlier this week, triumphed at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai last month to successfully defend his Race to Dubai crown – an honour he also claimed for a third time since 2012. “Winning in Dubai again meant a huge amount to me and enabled me to look at the year as a whole in a different light. It has also given me that bit of momentum going into next season,” McIlroy added. “I’d also like to congratulate our Walker Cup team as well on their stunning success. It must have been a very difficult decision for the golf writers.” last_img read more


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first_imgOfficials in Key Largo, Florida have arrested a 40-year-old man who reportedly became physically and verbally abusive towards them when he was told to get out of the water.The incident occurred Sunday around 3:30 p.m at Gilbert’s Resort.According to the report, officials were called to the area because  several people where jumping off of the docks and into the water in a no-swim zone. When authorities arrived, they found two of the men from the group still swimming in an area where boats come in. Authorities directed the men out of the water and that’s when Yanser Robaina became abusive. Robaina reportedly told the officers “to go [expletive] yourself” and then threatened that they would end up on the news for “hassling” him.Officers then forced Robaina out of the water, put him in handcuffs and walked him to the patrol car.Once inside the vehicle authorities say Robaina began kicking the inside of the door causing damage to the point where the door no longer shuts correctly. Deputies then attempted to put him leg restraints, however, he headbutted an assisting deputy and spit in his mouth. That deputy then threatened to use his stun gun and that is when Robaina to stop fighting. When another deputy grabbed Robaina’s legs to put the leg restraints on Robaina then began kicking that deputy causing the other deputy to shoot him with a stun gun.After Robaina was shot with the stun gun, he stopped resisting arrest altogether.He now faces multiple charges, including resisting a law enforcement officer and felony cocaine possession.last_img read more


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first_imgAUSTRALIA moved into a winning position on a rapid day three of the first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba, though the tourists showed greater grit in their second innings.Starting the day on 97-8 in their first innings, Pakistan ended yesterday on 70-2 in their second innings, with Australia scoring a rapid 202-5 declared in between to stretch their lead to 489.A shocking collapse on day two had put Pakistan behind the eight ball, though Sarfraz Ahmed’s belligerent 59 not out alongside Mohammad Amir (21) and Rahat Ali (4) at least put Australia captain Steve Smith off enforcing the follow on when the tourists were 142 all out, 287 runs in arrears.Smith (63) instead turned the screw with the bat, putting on 111 for the third wicket with Usman Khawaja (74) as Australia batted just 39 overs before hoping for magic under the lights from their bowlers.Azhar Ali (41 not out) ate up deliveries with an assured performance, but there was little sign of those around him being capable of seeing out either a record-breaking chase or block-a-thon.Opener Azhar’s good work was mirrored earlier in the day by Sarfraz, who had faith in allowing Amir to face Australia’s quicks but the tail-ender’s 69-ball resistance was broken when Jackson Bird (3-23) cut him in half and Smith sharply reviewed a not-out decision, which proved a nick on its way to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.Sarfraz got a deserved fifty off Nathan Lyon but the innings was concluded in the next over as Rahat failed to get his bat on the ground when scampering through for a single and David Warner effected the runout with a direct hit.The hosts were not hanging around as they came out to bat, with Warner (12) and Matt Renshaw (6) both undone while trying expansive efforts.At 24-2 there could have been panic, but Australia were still more than 300 runs in the lead, allowing Khawaja and Smith to settle things down early in their partnership.From 40-2 at tea, the pair put on 95 runs in 106 balls before Smith, who reached his fifty with consecutive fours off Rahat, got a leading edge off Yasir Shah (1-45) to Rahat at long on.Six balls later, Khawaja raised his bat after reaching 50 for the fourth Test in a row and he kept the pedal down alongside first-innings centurion Peter Handscomb before Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq defied his full 42 years to take a superb diving catch and remove Khawaja.Nic Maddinson (4) fell in the over before dinner, when Smith declared, hoping to repeat the 7-24 collapse of the previous day, but it failed to materialise.Not that there was a lack of encouragement for the Australians. Sami Aslam (15) and Babar Azam (14) were removed and Younis Khan failed to score from 19 deliveries that saw him hopping in defence of short balls and tumbling to keep Yorkers out, although Azhar’s 104-ball 41 not out at least showed the tourists have the technique required to compete in the remainder of the series.(Omnisport)AUSTRALIA 1st innings 429 (S. Smith 130, P. Handscomb 105, M. Renshaw 71; W. Riaz 4-89, M. Amir 4-97) Pakistan 1st innings (Overnight: 97-8)S. Aslam c Wade b Bird 22Az. Ali c Khawaja b Starc 5B. Azam c Smith b Hazlewood 19Y. Khan c Wade b Hazlewood 0Misbah-ul-Haq c Renshaw b Bird 4A. Shafiq c Khawaja b Starc 2S. Ahmed not out 59W. Riaz c&b Hazlewood 1Y. Shah c Khawaja b Starc 1M. Amir c Wade b Bird 21R. Ali run out (Warner, Warner) 4Extras (lb-3 w-1) 4Total (all out, 55 overs) 142Fall of wickets: 1-6 Az. Ali,2-43 B. Azam,3-43 Y. Khan,4-48 Misbah-ul-Haq,5-54 A. Shafiq,6-56 S. Aslam,7-66 W. Riaz,8-67 Y. Shah,9-121 M. Amir,10-142 R. AliBowling: M. Starc 18 – 2 – 63 – 3(w-1),J. Hazlewood 14 – 1 – 22 – 3,J. Bird 12 – 6 – 23 – 3,N. Lyon 11 – 2 – 31 – 0.Australia 2nd inningsD. Warner c Riaz b Amir 12M. Renshaw c Y. Khan b R. Ali 6U. Khawaja c Misbah-ul-Haq b R. Ali 74S. Smith c R. Ali b Shah 63P. Handscomb not out 35N. Maddinson c B. Azam b Riaz 4M. Wade not out 1Extras (b-2 lb-4 nb-1) 7Total (for 5 wickets declared, 39 overs) 202Fall of wickets: 1-12 D. Warner,2-24 M. Renshaw,3-135 S. Smith,4-188 U. Khawaja,5-199 N. MaddinsonDid not bat: M. Starc, J. Hazlewood, N. Lyon, J. BirdBowling: M. Amir 8 – 0 – 37 – 1,R. Ali 10 – 1 – 40 – 2Y. Shah 10 – 1 – 45 – 1, W. Riaz 7 – 1 – 47 – 1(nb-1)Az. Ali 4 – 0 – 27 – 0PAKISTAN 2nd innings (Target: 490 runs)S. Aslam c Renshaw b Starc 15Az. Ali not out 41B. Azam c Smith b Lyon 14Y. Khan not out 0Extras 0Total (for 2 wickets, 33 overs) 70Fall of wickets: 1-31 S. Aslam,2-54 B. AzamTo bat: Misbah-ul-Haq, A. Shafiq, S. Ahmed, Y. Shah, W. Riaz, M. Amir, R. AliBowling: M. Starc 8 – 3 – 28 – 1, J. Hazlewood 11 – 8 – 5 – 0,J. Bird 8 – 3 – 24 – 0, N. Lyon 6 – 2 – 13 – 1.last_img read more


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first_img• FORMER England fast bowler Devon Malcolm says it is “really difficult” to come to terms with the death of his father from coronavirus, after not being able to visit him in hospital.Malcolm’s father Albert, who lived in a care home, died aged 75 on 4 April.He had been admitted to hospital with a bladder infection on 29 March and had only tested positive for coronavirus two days before his death.“It’s so sad, we lost him in a few days,” Malcolm told BBC Radio 5 Live.“It’s so difficult when a loved one is admitted to hospital and you are told you can’t visit, you can’t be there for them.“Later on when I got the call to say he had passed, it was a very, very weird feeling.”Malcolm said he last saw his father about a month before his death when he was in “good fettle” and had not visited since because he was adhering to social distancing measures designed to shield the most vulnerable from the virus.“Until you get the death certificate and the reality sinks in, it feels like you’re having a dream and you’ll be out of it in a minute,” added the 57-year-old.“I’m trying to come to terms with it but it’s going to be really difficult.”Malcolm said his father had been responding well to antibiotics to treat the bladder infection but was tested for coronavirus after starting to develop some breathing problems.“It’s surreal – you’re told he’s responding well so you think everything is all right, then next you hear you’re told to prepare for the worst and then 20 minutes later, he’s gone,” he said.“We have a date for the funeral but the process is so different now to going through a bereavement in the past,” added Malcolm, whose mother died when he was five.“There are only five people plus the vicar allowed at the graveside.“We’re hoping in the future when we get back to some normality, we can possibly do a proper service, celebrating his life with all his grandkids and his friends.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more


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first_imgRussia says that includes 22 of their athletes – but that two were cleared after B samples tested negative.“All the samples that laboratory tested must be declared invalid,” Mutko told Russia’s Tass news agency.“A laboratory which falsely declared a positive test result must be stripped of its accreditation.”The IOC has been retesting samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games at the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland. The tests are focusing on samples from athletes hoping to compete at the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Russian athletes have been suspended from international competition by the IAAF since November with the IOC set to decide whether the nation will be allowed to compete at Rio 2016 at a meeting on 17 June.A documentary by German broadcaster ARD on Wednesday claimed that Mutko was personally involved in covering up doping cases and had allowed a disgraced walking coach to return to the Russian camp.A spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin denied there had been wrongdoing, adding that “until there is hard evidence to back up those claims… we will treat this as libel”.Meanwhile, Russia’s state Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case against unnamed former officials from the country’s track and field federation, focussing on an “abuse of authority”.A spokesman claimed it was tied to a criminal investigation in France into alleged extortion of athletes by former IAAF president Lamine Diack and other officials.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The system of retesting for doping offences at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics is flawed and should be scrapped, says Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko.A total of 55 stored samples from those Games have tested positive, according to the International Olympic Committee.last_img read more


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first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald file photoThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team earned its first Big Ten victory Friday in a 1-0 shutout of Indiana at the McClimon Soccer Complex.Wisconsin (7-6-1, 1-4-0 Big Ten) played its best game in conference play to hand Indiana (5-9-0, 0-5-0) its fifth straight 1-0 loss in the Big Ten.“[It feels] good, especially to do it on the home field in front of the home crowd,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I think we needed a little interjection of some energy.”With just 1:20 left to play, senior Taylor Walsh scored the game-winning goal for the Badgers off an assist from freshman Laurie Nosbusch.Nosbusch had her initial attempt blocked by the Hoosier defense, but Walsh was there on the rebound to put the ball past Indiana goalkeeper Lindsay Campbell and into the back of the net.“[The goal] was a huge relief actually,” Walsh said. “It was a really emotional game for a lot of reasons, so it was really exciting. There was really good build up, so that made it even better.”Wisconsin started slow again offensively but didn’t allow Indiana to take an early lead despite being outshot 5-2 in the first half. In the second half, the Badgers took control, putting up 15 shots to just one for the Hoosiers, making it tough for Campbell and the IU defense.“I thought she did a great job,” Wilkins said of Campbell. “She had good positioning because we shot a lot of balls straight at her. I thought she did a good job with that and kept them in the game.”The Wisconsin offense really turned it up in the last 20 minutes, creating multiple chances and finally capitalizing with Walsh’s goal.“We got some confidence; I think some people stepped up in key roles,” Wilkins said. “I think our two center backs did a great job. We got some good work from the flanks from Ashley Hedges, and right up front, Laurie is a workhorse, and I think she did a great job.”Senior goalkeeper Jamie Klages needed just one save to earn her fourth shutout of the season, all of which have come at home. Klages was aided by a defensive effort that showed much improvement from its first four conference games.“I think their shape was unbelievable,” Klages said. “There was great leadership out of the back, really from all four of them. They did an amazing job today.”One of the things the Badgers had been working on all week was maintaining better possession of the ball. Friday night, the team excelled in this area, especially as the game went on.“We did a better job of not giving the ball up, especially in the second half,” Wilkins said. “I think that’s what gave us the ability to be more effective and create some chances.”Friday’s result moves Wisconsin into a tie with Northwestern for eighth in the conference, while Indiana remains alone in last place as the only team yet to record a win or tie.The win comes at a great time for the Badgers as the Big Ten season reaches its halfway point. With just one win, they have moved themselves into a strong position in terms of qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament.“[The win] keeps us in the running for going to the Big Ten Tournament,” Walsh said. “It was definitely a must-win tonight, so it was really good that we got that.”Wisconsin showcased its depth against Indiana with six players seeing time off the bench and four of them playing 20 minutes or more. This allowed the Badgers to rest Walsh, who is still dealing with the effects of her knee injury, for an extended period in each half.Despite playing only 47 minutes, Walsh made a big impact, putting up three shots, including her game-winning goal in the 89th minute.“Taylor is an incredible player; she has a huge impact on the freshmen [and] really anybody on the team,” Klages said. “She can only go for 15 or 20 minutes at a time, but when she is in there, she’s always working hard. Any time we can have her on the field, it’s definitely a plus for us.”As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Wisconsin bench erupted with joy and rushed onto the field to celebrate its first Big Ten victory of the season.“It feels awesome, especially [to win] such a close game,” Klages said. “To get it in the last two minutes — I always say we’ve got to play 90 minutes, and that was 90-minute game.”last_img read more


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first_imgThe U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, has partnered with the Price School of Public Policy to introduce a new Mexican scholar-in-residence program focusing on binational energy policy coordination in Mexico and California. This would allow a selected scholar to conduct research and policy forums in a four-month residency in conjunction with Price in Sacramento.Dean of USC Price and H. C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair Jack Knott said the collaboration will seek to explore renewable energy sources while strengthening the international partnership and leadership, according to a press release.“Historic reforms in the area of energy policy by the government of Mexico and the state of California have created an extraordinary opportunity to explore cross-border collaboration, particularly in the area of renewable energy sources, and strengthen our partnership and global leadership in this area,” Knott told USC News earlier this month.The program will allow for communication on energy policy on a national level and plans to instigate student response.“One of the things we look forward to doing once this person is confirmed: We plan to reach out and do a joint panel, get students involved,” said Mario Enriquez, a representative from the USC Price Latino Student Association.Enriquez praised the program for focusing on these types of policies and stresses how students in his organization can broaden their involvement in and knowledge of binational energy policies.The program primarily seeks to bridge academic researchers in California and Mexico, increase student collaboration and connect these students to policymakers, according to Director of USC Mexico Angela McCracken.“They are going to bring in a Mexican perspective … They are going to bring in someone that has a bilateral perspective on U.S.-Mexico studies, an expertise,” McCracken said.McCracken lauded the strategic location of Price Sacramento while bringing attention to the historical relevance of the California-Mexico relationship.“Sacramento is the perfect place. The Price Center in Sacramento has a long history … of hosting delegations for Mexico in Sacramento in binational policy forum,” McCracken said.Both institutions have collaborated over the years, and McCracken said that the organization recognized what needed to be addressed and created an opportunity to fulfill that need. Improving the relationship between Los Angeles and Mexico has included involvement from people with USC ties in the past, such as Carlos M. Sada, the consul general of Mexico in Los Angeles who has had with extensive experience with Price over the years.Sada was paramount to creating this program, along with Janet Denhardt, director of Price in Sacramento, and Hazel Blackmore, the executive director of COMEXUS.Mexico’s policy shifted in 2013 from state-owned energy sector to allowing private-sector participation.McCracken said that the energy reform being implemented in Mexico parallels the environmentally protective, sustainable energy policy being developed in California.“The idea is both California and Mexico are dealing with the same problems related to energy in different contexts and in a transformative time. So they both can learn, one from the other,” McCracken said.last_img read more