Sharing is caring! InternationalLocalNewsPrint Main roads across the island to be assessed by: – April 26, 2017 Two hundred kilometers of main roads across the island will be assessed by the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), a registered non-profit charity organisation registered in the United Kingdom with branches in many countries worldwide.The project was officially launched on Tuesday April 25, 2017 at the Ministry of Finance. According to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Ports Denise Edwards, in September 2015, then prime minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, addressed the Jamaica Parliament and highlighted the existing strong ties between the UK and the Caribbean. He also advised of the UK’s interest in strengthening that relationship.She added that to make good the UK’s intention, Prime Minister Cameron announced a three hundred million pound sterling infrastructure fund for the Caribbean to facilitate the construction of roads, bridges and ports. These funds would be provided through the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and administered by the Caribbean Development Bank.She said with the infrastructural damage cause by Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015, government submitted an application to the CDB to access that fund for rehabilitation works on the Bagatelle to Loubiere Road. “The government’s application was approved and this marked the commencement of the project. As a first step it was determined that it was necessary to carry out a road network safety assessment to guide the design of that road.”Additionally she said since the exercise would require mobilization of a consultant to the island, government decided to take the opportunity to carry out a road safety assessment of the entire main road network. “According to the Global Status on Road Safety 2015, Dominica had a 120% increase in road fatalities between 2009 and 2013. Many of these fatalities and serious injuries are preventable. The road safety assessment will guide the prioritization of road projects to yield the greatest impact on road safety.”This road safety assessment will be conducted over a six to nine months period by iRAP along with Road Assessment Services Limited (RASL) in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works and Ports to evaluate the safety of Dominica’s main road network. “Approximately two hundred kilometers of road network will be surveyed using a specially equipped vehicle as part of the exercise. Additionally engineers and technicians of the Ministry of Public Works and Ports will be exposed to the various tools used for data capture and processing.”Once the assessment is complete, a report inclusive of findings and recommendations will be forwarded to government for consideration. Edwards also revealed that through a competitive bidding process a consultant for designs of the Loubiere to Bagatelle road has been selected. She urged members of the public to cooperate as the consultants traverse the main roads during this exercise. Tweet Share Share Share 227 Views no discussions
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by DJ KristylesThe John Marshall Lawyers opened up league play against John Adams Running Rebels on Tuesday night.First-year head coach Rich Austin got his first career win against Brookside last Saturday, looking to continue the streak with his first Senate win over The Running Rebels.Lead by returning All-Senate first-team performer senior guard Quentin Williams, John Marshall used ball movement to break the Rebels zone defense to lead 13-9 after the first quarter.John Marshall turned up the pressure on Adams creating turnovers and back-to-back threes fromn Williams to open up Marshall’s lead going into halftime with the score 27-18. Williams scored 13 of his team-high 26 points in the first half.During the beginning of the third quarter, both teams scored on transition buckets. John Marshall pushed the lead to 13 points after a three-pointer from junior guard Raymere Oats with John Marshall leading 39-26 with five minutes left in the third quarter. John Adams went on a short run and cut the lead to 6 with a three from junior guard Rashaun Brown with two minutes left in the third quarter.The Running Rebels cut the lead to five before a lay-up by John Marshall gorward John Jackson to extend the lead back to 7.The Lawyers used two back-to-back threes from Oats to spark a 17-6 run in the fourth quarter to defeat the Running Rebels with the score of 61-44. Williams led all scorers with 26 points, while Juruan Hardin had 12 points for John Adams. NEO HS Staff Related TopicsJohn Adams Running RebelsJohn Marshall Lawyers
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Nic Moore scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and No. 21 SMU pulled away to beat Memphis 66-57 on Thursday night.Moore’s 3-pointer with 3:27 left capped a 15-4 run for the Mustangs (23-5, 14-2 American Athletic Conference), breaking open a 48-all game. Ryan Manuel and Yanick Moreira added 11 points each to help the Mustangs win their fifth straight and 21st in 23 games.Shaq Goodwin led Memphis (17-11, 9-6) with 17 points and seven rebounds. Nick King added 14 points, connecting on five of seven shots — including both from outside the arc.The loss snapped Memphis’ winning streak at three games.Cannen Cunningham started the key SMU run, scoring all six of his points in the stretch. Moore added a jumper and a 3-pointer.Moore’s 3-pointer gave SMU a 63-52 lead. The Tigers would get no closer than six points the rest of the way.Memphis suffered with turnovers in the second half, committing eight.SMU led 30-28 at the break after a physical first half in which neither team shot better than 36 percent.Goodwin already had 13 for Memphis, but Austin Nichols, the Tigers’ leading scorer at 13.7 points a game, was limited to only two points. He missed seven of his eight shots.Moreira had nine points to lead the Mustangs.SMU would end the night going 13 of 24 from the line, while Memphis shot only seven free throws, making six.SMU led by seven early, but Memphis clicked off a 10-2 run to retake the lead. During that span, the Mustangs missed eight of their nine shots.The game became emotional at times during the first half, SMU coach Larry Brown begging for officials to call a flagrant foul against Memphis at one point, while Tigers leader Josh Pastner spent his own time heavily lobbying officials for calls.On two occasions in the first half, play was stopped after Memphis players took shots to the head, including Markel Crawford, who didn’t return from an injured jaw.With just more than a minute gone in the second half, Memphis starting guard Kedren Johnson drew his fourth foul, then added a technical for his fifth, sending him to the bench the rest of the game.TIP-INS:SMU: The Mustangs beat Memphis 73-59 on Jan. 8 in Dallas.Memphis: Nichols finished with six points, going 2 for 11 from the field. … Guard Pookie Powell did not dress for the game because of illness, further depleting the Tigers’ guard depth.UP NEXT:SMU visits UConn on Sunday.Memphis hosts Tulsa on Saturday.
ON November 24, ranks from the Guyana Police Force participated in the seventh Regional Ohana Kempo karate open Martial Arts Tournament, which was held at the Lester Vaughan Secondary School in St James, Barbados.The tournament showcased a number of breathtaking displays of karate and Martial Arts techniques performed by competitors from the two participating countries (Guyana and Barbados).Sensei Troy Bobb led the six-member team which included Woman Constable 24420 Nyesha Carrington, Woman Constable 24488 Canesha Phillips, Constable 24252 Ijaz Cave, Constable 24521 Trevlon Clarke and Sensei Paul Ignatius.The fighters contested in various exciting choreographed patterns of movements with age categories ranging 19-25, 20-30 and 35-50 years respectively.Constable Clarke, who competed in the point sparring, grappling and kick-boxing, was successful in his events and achieved one gold and two silver medals.Constable Cave earned three medals (two gold and one bronze) for winning his kick-boxing, wrestling, grappling and point sparring.Woman Constable Phillips, who won the kid noddle sparring, stick wrestling and self-defence, received three medals (two gold, one silver).Similarly Woman Constable Carrington bagged three medals (two gold and one silver) for winning the kid noddle sparring, stick wrestling and self-defence respectively.Meanwhile Sensei Troy Bobb got first place in his kata and weapon sparring and second place in his self-defence sparring, for which he received two gold medals and one silver. Sensei Paul Ignatius collected two silver medals for empty arm and weapons sparring and one gold medal for self-defence.The goal of the tournament which lasted for five hours was simply to give Martial Arts practitioners the opportunity to participate in an event in a relaxing and enjoyable environment.Sensei Bobb and his team returned to Guyana on November 27, 2018 and they are expected to participate in the highly-anticipated Night of Fights, scheduled for tonight at the Tactical Services Unit Drill Square.
The ZV All-Stars, who are set to arrive on December 26th to compete in the ExxonMobil International Futsal Festival, have officially announced a 13-member touring squad. The squad, which is coached by Bryan Weewee, includes Gelton Alphons, Anthony Blijd, Anthony Burnett, Donovan Djemesi, Lorenzo Donner, Ackeini Meusa, Iveraldo Pengel, Benjamin Saling, Silvion Sedney, Shaquille Van Throo, Timothy Yzer and Selassie Zandveld. The assistant coaches are Siergfried Eeersel and Tjark Bel.The event which runs from December 27th-30th, will feature eight teams, three of which will come from Brazil, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. It will be contested in an initial group format.A Sao Paulo Selection will represent Brazil while Caledonia AIA and ZV All-Stars will play under the flag of Trinidad and Suriname respectively. Guyana will be represented by a National Selection, while Linden, Georgetown, East Coast and West Demerara will field All-Star teams.Winner of the event will pocket $1,200,000, the championship trophy and medals, while the runner-up and third place finisher will cop $600,000 and $300,000 respectively and the corresponding accolades and medals. The fourth placed unit will collect $100,000 and a trophy.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Controversial Englishman Richard Pybus is poised to become the new West Indies head coach. Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave confirmed the development in an interview with the Trinidad NewsDay, pointing out that Pybus would lead the men’s squad until the end of India’s tour of the Caribbean next September. The 54-year-old will replace Australian Stuart Law who resigned last September to take up a new post as English county Middlesex. Law left following the tour of India in October with South African Nic Pothas taking charge of the subsequent Test and one-day series against Bangladesh.West Indies ended the tour with Barbadian Floyd Reifer in charge for the three-match Twenty20 series.Pybus was announced as CWI’s high performance director last February on a two-year contract, just over a year after leaving the post of director of cricket. Pybus is a former Pakistan and Bangladesh coach but has not managed a major cricketing nation since he prematurely ended his stint with Bangladesh six years ago. While he is credited for having successfully overseen the implementation of the Professional Cricket League in the Caribbean four years ago, he has courted controversy with his crafting of the policy which required players to play domestic competitions in order to be eligible for international selection.West Indies have an active 2019 which includes a full series against England bowling off January 23 in the Caribbean, and their campaign at the ICC World Cup in England starting next May.
It’s a busy time for National Hunt yards in Tipp and across the country.Having had an outstanding 2018-19 season with 90 winners Tipperary’s Rachael Blackmore is hoping for more success in the current campaign.The Killenaule native is on 16 wins so far for 19/20 She hoping to add to that tally at next week’s Listowel Harvest Festival.
(Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) formally asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday to rule on Russia’s four-year ban for doping, after the agency handed down the punishment for manipulating laboratory data. The move was expected after the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) sent a letter to WADA last month formally disputing the punishment, which bars Russia from competing in this year’s summer Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 winter Games in Beijing.Only athletes who can prove they are clean competitors would be permitted to compete under the ban, and would have to do so as so-called “neutral” athletes.The ruling has hit Russia’s national pride in its athletes, with the country regularly sending large delegations to both the summer and winter Olympics. WADA previously handed Russia a four-year ban for doping after the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with a limited number of athletes permitted to compete as neutrals in the 2016 Rio and 2018 Pyeongchang Games.Russian President Vladimir Putin criticised the most recent ban after it was imposed last month, arguing that any punishment should be individual and not collective.The United States, however, said the punishment was not severe enough, with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency head Travis Tygart telling Reuters that the previous sanctions only emboldened Russia. A top U.S. Olympic official also expressed doubt that a concession allowing clean Russian athletes to compete in Tokyo could be properly enforced.The final decision on the punishment now rests with CAS, whose ruling on the matter would be binding.
COVID-19, perhaps better known as coronavirus, is a respiratory virus that originated in China and has reportedly affected more than 100,000 people across over 60 countries at the time of writing. Over 3,000 have died as a result of obtaining the virus. While the containment and prevention of further cases of the illness have been the primary concern, there is still much that is unknown.It’s impossible to determine just how many people are experiencing mild or asymptomatic infections. Also, the precise dimensions of the illness are unclear. With more reports of confirmed cases appearing, and a global death toll that is continuing to rise, the fear of coronavirus has affected much of the video game industry.This includes esports. The list of cancelled events is growing as leagues try to promote the safety of staff and players.At the end of February, Activision Blizzard was forced to cancel Overwatch League matches in Asia due to the outbreak. The spread of coronavirus in China led to cancellations throughout February and March, with a postponed series that would later take place in South Korea. However, after the illness spread there as well, the make-up games were inevitably cancelled. This directly affects the games scheduled to be hosted by Seoul Dynasty; parent company Gen.G esports is committed to rescheduling the matches, but no further details have been revealed at the time of writing.On February 28th, it was announced that the Asian teams in the Overwatch League were packing up and flying into Los Angeles. Since the cancellations, Shanghai Dragons, Guangzhou Charge, Chengdu Hunters, Hangzhou Spark, and Seoul Dynasty haven’t played a match.Players from the Seoul Dynasty have already landed, but others seem to be experiencing issues. Charlie “Nero” Zwarg, an American player for the Guangzhou Charge, shared that he was flying into LA alone while the rest of the team waited for visas. Depending on the applicant’s country of origin, it can take weeks to acquire a U.S. visa. This combined with flight cancellations due to the virus could create even more complications in the league. However, the Overwatch League hopes that the Asian teams will finally be able to begin their season in LA.Photo credit: ESLNo reports of coronavirus have appeared in Poland at the time of this writing, but companies are already taking precautions. Kinguin Esports Performance Center (EPC) has implemented its own safety procedures in an attempt to halt the potential spread of coronavirus. Because the facility hosts teams from around the world, Kinguin has plans to offer awareness of the illness while promoting safe habits.Viktor Wanli, Founder and CEO at Kinguin, spoke to Esports Insider about the safety and plans at the EPC: “Currently the risk of the virus manifesting at the EPC is very low, but we cannot disregard it. We pay special attention to the protection of our guests and our staff. The time for introduction of preventive and safety measures is now.“So far no team has cancelled its reservation at the EPC for March. However, we see a decline in future reservations due to coronavirus spread fears. We remain in close contact with all our customers and remain committed to their safety.”In preparation for IEM Katowice 2020, ESL announced mandatory health screenings for those in attendance. Temperature checks were planned to identify those with possible fevers. In addition, those traveling through high-risk areas such as China and South Korea were asked to either provide health certificates or agree to additional screenings.However, despite ESL’s determination to continue as planned, the Governor of Silesian, Jarosław Wieczorek, shut the doors to the public “due to the dynamic changes in the global health situation.” The tournament continued without an audience, to record-breaking online viewership.ESL provided the following comment on coronavirus to Esports Insider: “While we respect the decision of the local authorities, this was obviously a very disappointing scenario for fans, players and also our own crew that worked hard on making this unique tournament a great experience for everyone involved. We felt especially sorry for everyone who traveled to Katowice to join us at the first ESL Pro Tour Championship Masters competition and couldn’t get into the venue eventually. We will obviously offer a full refund for all tickets and ship goodie bags to people who would have received one on-site.“The entire crew working on IEM Katowice has done a fantastic job considering the situation we were put in. We are monitoring the situation very closely and will as of now continue with ESL One Los Angeles as planned. At the end of the day, our top priority is to ensure the health and well-being of our players, fans, vendors, and employees and to this end, we are preparing alternate scenarios should they be required, but have no indication at this time we will need to alter the event. We will provide update proactively as we have them.”Other competitions are opting to hold online alternatives while the coronavirus is spreading.Photo credit: LPLJust a week into its 2020 season, TJ Sports’ LPL suspended matches due to the outbreak. After reviewing the situation, the LPL decided to continue the matches online. Players are required to complete a “14-day monitored quarantine period and meet all local health requirements before they can resume participation in the league.”For the players who aren’t in quarantined provinces, they’ll attend matches at their club headquarters, and on-site referees will ensure fair play.The LPL isn’t the only League of Legends league affected by the coronavirus. Riot Games also announced an “indefinite hiatus” for LCK‘s spring split. Riot Korea said: “Due to the on-growing Corona19 epidemic, in order to ensure the safety of the members of the league, we have decided to have the LCK and Challengers Korea go on an indefinite hiatus. Currently, we do not have a set return date, and will keep a close eye on the epidemic to choose the appropriate date of return.”League of Legends isn’t the only Riot Games title to fall beneath cancellations. VALORANT, its newly-announced FPS title, won’t be shown in the capture events in Los Angeles and Barcelona that it had plannedIn an email to attending content creators, the developer said: “To be honest with you, this totally sucks. As integral members of the gaming community, we worked super hard to craft an experience to present our game and our story to you in the best environment possible. We are working hard on our side to put some finishing touches on a digital solution which will let you get your hands on the game from the comfort of your home setups. While it is certainly not as cool as what we had planned, it is our top priority to empower you to be the community’s entry point for your gameplay commentary and education.”Photo credit: OGNOther titles are beginning to be affected by the coronavirus as well. Due to concerns of the illness, the PUBG Corp. postponed the PUBG Global Series that was originally scheduled in Berlin in April.In a statement, PUBG Corp. said: “With the health and safety of our players, employees, and fans as our top priorities, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone April’s PGS: Berlin event. The dates and times of regional qualifiers may also be subject to change. The plan to host four PUBG global esports events in 2020 remains unchanged, and we are actively exploring options for when a replacement event can be held.”However, when Esports Insider reached out for additional comment, PUBG Corp. declined.Rocket League esports have also taken a major hit. Psyonix released a statement announcing the cancellation of the Rocket League Season 9 World Championship live event which was scheduled for April 24-26th in Dallas, Texas.Psyonix told Esports Insider: “We don’t have anything else to share besides the information in the blog post and that the health and safety of our competitive players, fans, and personnel will always be our top priority.” While many leagues and tournament organizations are choosing to shutting down due to coronavirus concerns, others are continuing to host events. DreamHack is one that will execute on its existing plans.Marcus Lindmark, Co-CEO of DreamHack, spoke to Esports Insider about the company’s plans surrounding the coronavirus: “The safety of our staff and attendees will always be our priority. We will continue to monitor the current situation and follow the guidance of trusted health advisors, city officials, and venue partners to monitor the situation and act if there is notable development. At this stage, there is no negative authority advice, so we plan to move forward with our next event in May as scheduled.”With so many leagues and tournaments facing hiatuses and event cancellations, it feels as if much of esports is on a hiatus. The future of esports and how events are formatted could potentially change as we, globally, enter an age of infectious disease. With no coronavirus immunisation available at the time of writing, it’s unknown when the illness will actually peak.As the battle against coronavirus continues, and as other illnesses inevitably emerge in the future, companies will likely have more robust back-up systems in place to keep business going when times get tough. Avoiding LAN events and opting to host matches online may take precedence to encourage the safety of the public and provide stability for competitions, that much is fair to say.