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Grenadian Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell Sunday night announced March 13 as the date for new general elections in Grenada.Feb. 20, Nomination DayAddressing a rally of his ruling New National Party (NNP) at the National Stadium in Georgetown, the Grenadian capital, Mitchell told supporters that Nomination Day will be on February 20.In the 2013 general election, the NNP won all 15 seats defeating the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of then prime minister Tillman Thomas.March 13 is historical dateThis will be the second time that a general election will be held on March 13. On the first occasion in 1990, the NDC won seven seats, the Grenada United Labor Party (GULP) four seats. The NNP won two seats, the same as the National Party (NP).March 13, 1979 is also a historic date for Grenada. It was the date when members of the New Jewel Movement (NJM) headed by the late Maurice Bishop staged the first coup in the English-speaking Caribbean. The coup resulted in the removal of the then prime minister Sir Eric Gairy from office while he was on a visit to the United States.Mitchell confidentMitchell told supporters that he is confident of regaining office in the upcoming general election.Meanwhile, the head of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES), Peter Wickham, is also predicting a victory for the NNP in the upcoming general election.Wickham, a respected regional pollster, told listeners on a radio show in Grenada, that the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), which lost the 2013 general election by a 15-nil margin, may find it difficult, if not impossible to overturn such a huge deficit. “The NNP is in pole position. When you come from a situation where you have all the seats it puts you in pole position to win the next election. But I think the NNP challenge now is that they have to be really careful about voter motivation,” he said.
Rwanda President Paul Kagame (R) meets with Liu Xiaofeng (2nd L), the special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping and vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, on Aug. 20, 2017. (Xinhua/Lyu Tianran)Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Sunday said Rwanda is willing to deepen friendly cooperation in all areas with China and push bilateral relations to a new level.Kagame made the remarks when meeting Liu Xiaofeng, the special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.Kagame, who was sworn in for his third term on Friday, thanked Xi for sending the special envoy to attend his inauguration ceremony and asked the envoy to convey his gratitude and regards to Xi.The president said China and Rwanda enjoy a long history of friendship and fruitful cooperation in various fields. China has been supporting Rwanda and other African countries for a long time and is a sincere partner for Africa’s development, he added.Liu, who is also the vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said since establishment of diplomatic relations 46 years ago, bilateral relations between the two countries have been developing steadily and healthily.China is ready to join hands with Rwanda to further enhance political mutual trust, expand economic and trade cooperation, consolidate friendship of the two peoples, said Liu.China is also willing to turn friendship between the two countries into real results that benefit the two peoples and realize mutual benefits and mutual development, he said.About 6.9 million Rwandans cast ballots in the presidential election held on August 4. Kagame won 98.79 percent of the votes.Kagame, who is also the chairman of the ruling party Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), has been president since 2000 when he was elected as the president of the transitional government by ministers and members of parliament following the resignation of then President Pasteur Bizimungu.He was re-elected in the 2003 and 2010 presidential elections by winning around 95 percent and 93 percent of votes respectively.
Share Tweet 10 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Development Corporation for Kalinago Territory coming by: – September 13, 2013 Share Kalinago Chief, Garnet JosephThe Kalinago community could soon find it easier to access funds to develop their community. That’s because plans for the long awaited Kalinago Development Corporation is in progress. Kalinago chief Garnet Joseph told a press conference earlier this week that the purpose of the Corporation will be to manage the financial resources of the Territory. He said the constitution for the setting up of the corporation has been developed and the registration of the company is now in process. “It will allow the residents to engage in business with local or foreign entities to raise money for lending to Kalinago people,” Mr Joseph said.“It will function along the lines of maybe the NDFD but also it will have additional responsibility like to enter into business ventures with other entities both local and foreign,” he explained. He indicated that one of the main objectives of the establishment is to lend money to the residents because financial resource is one of the major problems confronting the Kalinago people. “We are in the process of doing that, now that will take some time before it reaches to the level that we will be able to provide adequate lending to the residents of the Territory we have to start somewhere and the process have started,” he noted. The Chief believes the setting up of the Corporation will bring some level of independence to the Territory. “If we are able to generate additional financial resources within the Territory we can build our homes, we can do a lot of things for ourselves and provide transportation and books and shoes and everything else for our children”.This Corporation he noted will ensure that residents of the territory will not be “reliant on outside funding or handouts from different organizations”.Dominica Vibes News
Share 40 Views no discussions Share Coordinator of the Child Abuse Prevention Unit, Jemma Azille LewisEleven cricket coaches are participating in a one day workshop on child protection through a collaboration between the Ministry of Social Services and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).The workshop, which is primarily focused on training Cricket Coaches on ‘Child Protection in Sports’, began at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Conference Room on Monday, July 21, 2014.Coordinator of the Child Abuse Prevention Unit, Jemma Azille Lewis says the workshop is important because all children have a right to be protected in keeping with Article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of Children.Mrs Lewis added that sports is a key mechanism for reaching large groups of children with child protection messages on what they can do to protect themselves, reaching parents from all strata of society and care givers who interact with children.As part of the workshop, the coaches will be introduced to and trained on a new initiative of the WICB and UNICEF, dubbed the ‘Fair Play Initiative’. The initiative is in keeping with the WICB’s increased focus on cricket development programs for children ages 7 to 19. She says the WICB saw the importance of incorporating child protection into all of the region’s youth cricket programs and coaching education as coaches in all sports are coming under increased scrutiny.“Fair play is a program designed for use by coaches in youth development cricket systems in the West Indies, with the focus on integrating child protection issues in cricket programs”.“There is also inconsistency in the cricket coaches and administrators’ knowledge of child protection basics, the need for cricket community regionally to be child protection aware as in other world sports such as football, swimming, athletics etc,” Mrs Lewis informed.The coaches will learn the different types of abuse including sexual and emotional abuse with specific reference to sports.“Sexual intimidation may include putting fear in a child by looks, actions or gestures, destroying property in the presence of the child or even displaying weapons around the child and neglect in sports, it can happen before and during sports”.“We also have physical abuse which is corporal punishment, pulling of the ears, etc., physical bullying, overworking of the child depending on their age or development stage and also emotional abuse where there is name calling, selective ignoring of the child and excessive shouting,” she said.According to Mrs Lewis, the training also aims at giving the coaches a robust understanding of what is child protection, what bullying is, the responsibility of cricket coaches, recognizing child abuse and listening and helping children to disclose child abuse.The WICB has made it mandatory that all coaches across the Caribbean complete this Child Protection training in order to be recognized as a qualified cricket coach.“I want you to remember that every child has a right to be protected from abuse in every way and every area of their lives”.“We always say that our children are our future and if they are our future, therefore careful attention must be taken when attending to their needs,” Mrs Lewis stated.Dominica Vibes News Tweet LocalNews Coaches participate in child protection workshop by: – July 21, 2014 Sharing is caring! Share
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Riding a seven-game winning streak, the University of West Florida softball team moved up three spots to No. 21 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, released on Wednesday. UWF is now 16-8 overall with a 7-4 record in the Gulf South Conference. COMPLETE POLL West Florida is coming off a three-game sweep at Christian Brothers, where the team hit .438. Rhiannon Sassman’s six hits, seven runs, two home runs, seven RBIs, 16 total bases and 1.455 slugging percentage led all players, while Tiona Hill and Rachel Wright both had five hits apiece, with Hill scoring five times and driving in six runs, and Wright tallying three doubles. UWF and No. 6 North Alabama are the lone GSC teams in the top 25, though Valdosta State and Alabama Huntsville are each receiving votes. No. 9 Saint Leo and No. 13 Palm Beach Atlantic from the Sunshine State Conference also represent the South Region. The top five spots in the poll remained unchanged from last week, with Colorado Mesa, North Georgia, Dixie State, Angelo State and Chico State holding those positions. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version West Florida will visit Mississippi College (11-9, 6-6 GSC) in Clinton this week for a three-game set, beginning at 2 pm on Saturday. The pitching has been lights-out since the start of the streak, with a 1.87 team ERA, 42 strikeouts in 45 innings, and a .196 opponent batting average. Tori Perkins and Sarah Maloney have combined for a 1.31 ERA with 29 strikeouts, a 5-0 record and two complete games in their last seven games. The Argonaut offense has come alive over the team’s seven-game winning streak, hitting .409, slugging .644 and averaging more than eight runs per game. Wright leads the team in batting (.550), hits (11), doubles (8), slugging (.950) and on-base percentage over the stretch, and 15 Argos are hitting .300 or better in that time.
Musibah memang tak pernah ada yang mengetahui waktu dan tempatnya. Termasuk kecelakaan yang menimpa pesawat buatan Cina, Xian MA60 yang dioperasikan oleh Merpati Nusantara Airlines. Kala itu, Sabtu, 7 Mei 2011, pesawat yang mengangkut 27 orang kru dan penumpang itu jatuh ke laut saat akan mendarat di Bandara Utarom, Kaimana, Papua Barat. Seluruh penumpang dinyatakan tewas.Baca juga: COMAC Serius Goyang Duopoli Airbus dan Boeing, Pesanan Nyaris 1.000 Unit Jadi Sinyal KuatDihimpun KabarPenumpang.com dari berbagai sumber, diketahui, maskapai yang sudah stop operasi sejak 2014 itu memiliki 14 buah pesawat bermesin turboprop ini. Dari 14 unit tersebut, mayoritas pesawat beroperasi di wilayah Indonesia Timur. Sebelum Garuda Indonesia mendatangkan ATR, demikian juga dengan Lion Air yang mulai lahir pada medio 90an, Merpati Airlines bersama MA60 memang sempat merajai pasar rute satelit atau jarak pendek, khususnya di wilayah Timur.Akan tetapi, setelah Garuda Indonesia dan Lion Air mendatangkan ATR, kedigdayaan pun runtuh. Sebab, dari segi efisiensi, Xinzhou 60 (MA-60) masih kalah dibanding ATR. Selain itu, dari segi suplai chain, ATR juga lebih kuat serta memiliki harga jual yang lebih stabil di pasaran ketimbang MA60.Dengan fakta tersebut, Merpati Airlines pun mulai tertekan. Sebab, pembelian pesawat tersebut dinilai cenderung dipaksakan, dengan kajian yang rendah dan pada akhirnya justru malah mempersulit maskapai hingga bangkrut pada 2014.Terlepas dari sebutan airlines killer yang melekat di tubuh Xian MA60 dengan Merpati Airlines menjadi salah satu ‘korbannya’, MA60 sebetulnya punya spesifikasi yang oke. Dari catatan airlines-inform.com, pesawat dengan panjang 24.7 meter, bentang sayap 29.2, dan tinggi 8.8 meter ini terbang sampai ketinggian 7.600 meter dari permukaan laut dengan jangkauan terbang mencapai 1.600 km. Kemudian, pesawat yang mulai beroperasi pada tahun 2004 ini tercatat memiliki kemampuan maximum take-off weight (MTOW) seberat 21,8 ton dan kapasitas tangki bensin sebanyak 4 030 liter.Baca juga: Kesal Berada di Bawah Pengaruh Cina, China Airlines Ingin Ganti Nama Jadi Taiwan Airlines?Pesawat yang dijiplak dari Antonov-24 ini memiliki berat maksimal saat pesawat take off adalah 21,800 kg dan memiliki kecepatan maksimal 514 km per jam. Dengan kemampuan tersebut, tak ayal bila pesawat yang mulai pertama kali terbang pada tahun 2.000 ini mampu mengangkut hingga total 60 penumpang plus dua kru, lebih banyak belasan penumpang dibanding kompetitornya ATR 42-300. Mesin PW 127J juga berkontribusi atas hal ini. Padahal, dari segi harga, Xian MA60 dibanderol seharga USD11 juta per unit, jauh lebih murah dibanding ATR 42-300 yang dibanderol lebih dari itu.Sejak pertama kali beroperasi, hingga 2016, pesawat buatan Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation di bawah China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I) ini sudah terjual hampir 200 unit. Sebarannya rata-rata berada di negara-negara berkembang, mulai dari Indonesia, Bolivia, Ekuador, Bolivia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Filipina, Kongo, Sri Lanka, Zambia, hingga Zimbabwe. Dari sejumlah negara yang mengoperasikan itu, tercatat, empat di antaranya terlibat kecelakaan, tiga terjadi di Zimbabwe dan satu lainnya di Indonesia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedMerpati Airlines Bakal Kembali Terbang Pakai Airbus A320/A321Neo, Tak Jadi Pakai MC-21?14/08/2020In “Domestik”Jejak Boeing 707 di Indonesia: Pernah Dioperasikan 4 Maskapai Hingga Jadi Pesawat Kepresidenan14/09/2017In “Bandara”Antara Merpati Air, Kim Johanes Mulia dan Sukhoi SJ10014/12/2018In “Domestik”
The organisers of the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships have pulled the plug on its 2020 staging. In their minds, and despite all the efforts, energy and expenditure which have already been expressed, the health risks inherent in its execution were simply not worth it. The cancellation came after the announcement that Jamaica had recorded its first positive test for the new coronavirus. The reaction from the coaches who have been preparing the athletes for competition is varied. According to published reports, David Riley, their spokesperson, has lashed out on the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), saying that the five-day event should have been allowed to go on but without the type of crowds which are known to flock to the National Stadium every year to witness what has been called the most prestigious high-school track meet in the world.One can understand the disappointment, or even disgust, of the dissenting coaches as well as the athletes themselves, especially those who were due to perform at this level for the last time. What has been cited as the main cause for disagreement with the ISSA ruling is that the event serves as an opportunity for athletes’ skills to be showcased with the hope of securing scholarships for USA-based institutions. With the Government’s advisory to schools not to participate in the now-cancelled 2020 Penn Relays for similar reasons, this makes the concerns appear more valid. However, Foster’s Fairplay does not totally concur with the views of these athletes and their coaches. More options In recent times, the locally based options for athletes who seek to further their education and progress in the sport are just as active as they have ever been. There is nothing to suggest that the Racers Track Club and MVPs of this world are about to disappear anytime soon. Plus, one will agree that these entities decide long before the high-school extravaganza which athletes they wish to bring under their umbrella. Similarly, the foreign-based institutions who are into the offering of scholarships would have been targeting their prospects over a longer period of time, and basically know who are to be the recipients of scholarship offers. Also, with the focus of the athletes on their competition, local coaches would not necessarily welcome the distraction that active recruitment can cause. They, too, would have knowledge as in whom this or that college from abroad has interest. In that case, they should be more interested in having the athlete perform at maximum efficiency to make his or her case for acceptance that more secure.With that in mind, Foster’s Fairplay is tempted to conclude that the question of recruitment at this stellar event is overrated. It should not be viewed as a mitigating circumstance to drive a national resolve to protect an entire country from the possibility of serious health endangerment.Let us therefore accept that the cancellation of Champs 2020 was one of those occasions which simply had to happen. It was a bold move by the organisers, and they should be commended for acting swiftly when the situation took the ominous turn which it did when a local diagnosis was revealed. For feedback, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.