China’s assistance to Dominica’s human resource highlighted

first_img Share 228 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet EducationLocalNewsTertiary China’s assistance to Dominica’s human resource highlighted by: Dominica Vibes News – July 31, 2015 Minister for Foreign affairs and CARICOM Affairs, Francine BaronMinister for Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Affairs, Senator Francine Baron says the relationship between Dominica and China has been one of genuine friendship, communications and trust.Addressing the awarding ceremony of Chinese Government Scholarships to thirteen Dominican students on Wednesday 29 July 2015, the minister hailed China as one of Dominica’s most significant bilateral partners.“This may not be as clearly visible as the various infrastructural developments such as the Windsor Park Sports Stadium, the Roseau to Portsmouth road rehabilitation project, the new Dominica Grammar School or the housing projects funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), however China’s contribution to Dominica’s human resource development is one of the major landmarks of our relations,” Minister Baron said.She added that the People’s Republic of China has provided dozens of opportunities to Dominican nationals for short term training in multiple disciplines. Dominica established diplomatic relations with China on 23 March 2004.“Since the establishment of diplomatic relations over one thousand (1000) Dominicans public and private sector professionals have benefited from such training opportunities in China,” Minister Baron stated. 2015 Chinese Government Scholarship recipientsMinister Baron added that approximately one hundred and forty (140) scholarships have been awarded to Dominica by the People’s Republic of China for students to pursue graduate and post graduate studies since the program commenced.“We have seen the number of scholarships increase over the years from five annually and this year thirteen candidates will leave to pursue tertiary studies in China. These training opportunities provided by the government of China are significant. They seek not only to fulfill Dominica capacity building needs, but also to promote people to people contact, increase cultural exchanges and develop proficiency in a foreign language”.Thirteen students were presented with admission notices to attend universities in China on Wednesday, They are Metsi Didier, Tess Honore, Monique Anthony, Kezia Augustine, Darron Georges, Vilma Lewis, Kimeron Lazare, Kerchard Guiste, Kershel George, Ithoma James and Kimone Ferrol who will be pursuing bacherlors degrees and Shanita John and Dr. Shane Mc Intyre who will be pursuing Master’s degrees.Minister Baron encouraged the students to emulate the culture of hard work that has served to propel China forward.“Take advantage of the varied experiences that you will be exposed to, whether in the field of technology, art or culture,” Baron said and urged them to quickly adapt to the new environment.“Do your outmost to excel in our studies, be good representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica and make your families and your country proud,” Baron advised.She reminded the students that as ambassadors of Dominica, they should “conduct themselves in a manner that will do, not only themselves and their parents proud, but Dominica as well”.last_img read more

No. 3 Ole Miss, Tennessee rely on solid defenses

first_imgKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mississippi wasn’t completely happy with how its win over Texas A&M last week ended.Even as the third-ranked Rebels continued their fastest start in over half a century with the 35-20 win, allowing two touchdowns in the last nine minutes of the game left a sour taste in their mouths.The frustration is an indication of just how far the Rebels’ defense has come.”That was aggravating for us,” Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt said. “We really want to be the No. 1 defense in the nation.”They’re not far from that goal. Ole Miss allows only 11.8 points per game. Stanford is the lone Football Bowl Subdivision team yielding fewer points per game this season.Ole Miss (6-0. 3-0 SEC) will try to maintain that pace Saturday when it hosts Tennessee (3-3, 0-2), which has its own vastly improved defense. The Volunteers have allowed fewer than 100 yards passing in their last two games – the first time they’ve done that since 2002 – and is 16th nationally in total defense and tied for 19th in scoring defense. .At a time when Southeastern Conference teams are scoring at a record rate, these two programs rely primarily on defense.”It’s definitely a big opportunity,” Tennessee linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin said. “Everyone’s been talking about their defense, but we’re going to let everybody know that Tennessee’s defense is here and we’re going to make a statement.”It’s unusual for either of these defenses to be considered among the SEC’s best.Ole Miss finished last in the SEC in both total defense and scoring defense as recently as 2011. Tennessee finished at the bottom of the conference in both categories in 2012 with a defense that statistically ranked among the worst in school history.Both defenses improved by using similar formulas. They’ve boosted their speed, feasted on turnovers and haven’t hesitated to play freshmen.Ole Miss showed its commitment to youth last year when defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and defensive back Tony Conner cracked the starting lineup as freshmen. Both now are key performers as sophomores, with Conner leading the team in tackles.The Rebels have picked off 12 passes, which ties them for second place among all FBS programs. Before giving up those two late scores against Texas A&M, Ole Miss’ defense had scored as many touchdowns (four) as it had given up all season.Ole Miss is 6-0 for the first time since finishing unbeaten in 1962 because its defense has produced more big plays than it’s allowed.”I’ve always been a believer from being an offensive coach, if you make an offense have to drive a consistent drive, over and over again for 60-70 yards, we make mistakes on offense,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “You’re going to block a look wrong or something. It’s very difficult if you don’t get explosive plays. When you get explosive plays, those drives get easier. If you really have to grind out first down after first down and then convert in the red zone, it’s difficult.”Our team has given up very few explosive plays and then we’ve been stingy when it does get in the red zone and made people settle for field goals.”Youth is even more apparent on Tennessee’s defense, which starts one freshman (defensive end Derek Barnett) and four sophomores (Reeves-Maybin, nose tackle Danny O”Brien, cornerback Cam Sutton and end Corey Vereen). Six more freshmen have second-team roles. The Vols lack Ole Miss’ depth up front and experience across the board, but they’re similarly opportunistic.Tennessee has averaged 6.3 points off turnovers per game since Butch Jones took over the program last year. LSU’s the only SEC program that has scored more points off turnovers during that stretch. Tennessee has allowed opponents to convert only 26.4 percent of their third-down situations, which ranks the Vols fifth among all FBS teams.”I think our entire defense is playing as one unit,” Jones said. “They have great confidence right now, but we all know they will be exceptionally challenged Saturday evening.”___AP Sports Writer David Brandt in Oxford, Mississippi, contributed to this report.last_img read more

Forbes wins 200m, earns Jamaica’s sixth gold medal

first_imgBARRANQUILLA, Colombia (CMC) – Sprinter Shashalee Forbes helped Jamaica make a clean sweep of the women’s sprints when she stormed to victory in the 200 metres at the Central American and Caribbean Games here on Wednesday night.After watching teammate Jonielle Smith capture the 100 metres on Monday night, Forbes comfortably raced to victory as Caribbean athletes swept the first three positions.Forbes clocked 22.80 seconds, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s (T&T) Semoy Hackett (22.95) and fellow Jamaican Jodean Williams, who finished a close third in 22.96.Forbes, who was running with a hamstring injury, said she was elated to win gold in the event.“I didn’t run like I wanted to, but I came out here with a lot of pain so to finish first is very exciting,” she said after the race.“Because of the (right hamstring) injury, I didn’t want to push too hard in the first part of the race, but then I saw the opportunity, so I took it.”In the men’s 200 metres finals, T&T’s Kyle Greaux finished third in 20.26 seconds and Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer fourth (20.41)The race was won by Colombia’s Bernardo Baloyes in a time of 20.13 seconds, while Panamanian Alonso Edward finished second in 20.17.There was glory for T&T in the women’s shot put when Cleopatra Borel-Brown won the event with a distance of 18.14 metres.Cuba’s Yaniuvis Lupez finished second with a throw of 18.02 metres and MarÌa Orozco of Mexico grabbed third with 17.88 metres.last_img read more

Victim tackles shooting suspect

first_imgPolice said Hudson got out of his vehicle and opened fire with a semiautomatic pistol. “All of sudden, the guy just starts shooting at him,” said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Scott Crowe. “Unfortunately, one of the rounds went into the hookah bar, ricocheted and struck a guy in the face.” The wounds were not life-threatening, Crowe said. Meanwhile, as glass shattered in the cafe behind him, the Chatsworth man heard people screaming inside the cafe and feared that his girlfriend might have been shot, Crowe said. He quickly decided he didn’t want the shooter to get away, Crowe said. “He didn’t even think twice,” Crowe said. “He just took off after him.” After the initial barrage of gunfire, Hudson began running down Ventura Boulevard, but opened fire again when he saw the man chasing him, Crowe said. “At some point (Hudson) runs out of bullets, and our victim catches him and tackles him, and they have a little fight on the ground,” Crowe said. In the brief struggle, the gun was knocked away, but Hudson bit the man on the face and back, Crowe said. Police soon arrived and arrested Hudson. Hudson’s companions were initially arrested, but have not yet been charged in the case. Police said the confrontation started earlier after the Chatsworth man dropped his girlfriend off at the cafe and drove to a nearby supermarket. He was driving back to the cafe when he was reportedly cut off by Hudson and his friends in another vehicle. The Chatsworth man “flashed his lights and tooted his horn,” said LAPD Detective Joel Price. That enraged Hudson and his two friends, Price said, and they challenged the man to pull over. The man drove on, thought he had eluded them, and parked on a side street near the cafe. But the other vehicle had made a U-turn, and Hudson and his companions were waiting for the man as he approached the cafe, police said. Deputy District Attorney Jane Creighton said because a firearm was used in the attack and a man inside the cafe was struck in the jaw, Hudson could spend decades in prison if convicted. Creighton said the Chatsworth man’s adrenaline was probably a factor in his decision to run after the shooting suspect. “It might be hard for people to grasp,” Creighton said. “You don’t have time to think. If you did, you probably wouldn’t do it.” [email protected] (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TARZANA – A Chatsworth man turned the tables on a gunman who fired at him outside a Ventura Boulevard cafe last month, dodging bullets as he chased down and tackled the startled shooter, authorities said. The 25-year-old Chatsworth man chased down Robert Hudson, 20, of Porter Ranch, accused of turning violent after a road-rage incident June 1. Hudson faces multiple felony counts and is expected to enter a plea in a July 20 arraignment hearing at the Van Nuys Courthouse, police said Wednesday. Police said that at about 10 p.m. June 1, Hudson and two friends got into a car-to-car confrontation with the Chatsworth man, whose name was not released. They allegedly followed him to the 19300 block of Ventura Boulevard, where the man was about to walk into Ramzey’s Cafe, a restaurant and hookah bar, to meet his girlfriend. last_img read more