Dominica should never go back to UWP days

first_img Share Tweet Share Share 95 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Dominica should never go back to UWP days by: – January 31, 2012 Sharing is caring! Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore. (file photo)Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore has pleaded with the electorate not to re-elect the United Workers Party (UWP) into office.Blackmoore made his request at a meeting organized by the Women’s Organization of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) in La Plaine on Sunday.He said the DLP has made significant contribution to improving the lives of Dominicans and encouraged them to support the DLP leader; Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.“You can recall before us under Roosevelt Skerrit, some students at the grade six levels could not go to school now all have access to secondary school. How can you go back to the days of the UWP? You can recall before the DLP, our main road conditions were bad, only 24 percent were in good conditions. Under the DLP over 65% have been improved and soon 100% will be in perfect condition. How can you go back to the days of the UWP,” he said.According to Blackmoore, the DLP has given the people reasons to vote the DLP back into office.He highlighted the Yes We Care Program and the introduction of night landing as other progressive moves by the government.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Luck vs. Skill

first_imgTwo feats in sports occur only occasionally and to a handful of athletes.  The first is the no-hitter in baseball.  Since you are backed by 8 teammates, I consider this feat more skill than luck.  Granted, in every no-hitter there is at least one play in which someone makes an outstanding play, and there is always luck as well as skill in these.  No hitters are very rare in baseball after the Little League phase.   They are quite common in softball where a pitcher can really dominate a game.  If  you check into softball no-hitters, of the 21 outs more than half will usually be strikeouts which is pure skill on the part of the pitcher.The other sporting event is the hole-in-one in golf.  The skill is the ability to be able to judge the distance to the hole and then hit the proper shot.  I would guess that I am right in saying that in many hole-in-ones the golfer actually missed the distance, but a good roll took the ball into the cup.  It is seldom that a hole-in-one actually directly goes into the cup.  A friend of mine actually got a hole-in-one when he/she missed the green entirely, but a lucky bounce and a great roll took the ball all the way to the hole.  That was pure luck!last_img read more

Win or bust for Magath

first_img “We have to win the two last games,” Magath said. “We lost two points today and that was not what we wanted but as long as there is a chance we will keep trying and I am sure we can get two more wins. “We played well in the second half today, things were good but now we have to accept this result. Everybody feels we have to win the next game.” An uneventful contest sprung into life after 55 minutes when Dejagah bent a left-footed shot into the top corner and just three minutes later, Amorebieta doubled the advantage with a header. It looked like Fulham would go on to clinch a vital victory but Jelavic pulled a goal back with quarter of an hour remaining before Long nodded home at the back post in the 87th minute. “It was very disappointing how the second half ended up because things went well, as we hoped they would,” Magath said. “It was 0-0 at half-time and that was not bad – we wanted to go forwards more and create more attacking situations and we scored twice. “But unfortunately we conceded goals which were more or less own goals and we missed out on the victory. The hosts threw away a two-goal lead in the last 15 minutes at Craven Cottage as Hull’s Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long cancelled out Ashkan Dejagah and Fernando Amorebieta’s earlier efforts. The draw means Fulham remain in the relegation zone with a trip to Stoke to come next before a crunch home game against Crystal Palace on the final day. Manager Felix Magath believes Fulham need to win their last two matches to survive after drawing 2-2 at home to Hull in the Barclays Premier League. “That is disappointing because if you’re leading 2-0 at home you have to win.” Magath insists he is not concerned about the psychological effects of his team’s late collapse and has called for his players to stand up and be counted when they play Stoke next weekend. “They were quiet and disappointed [after the game] but I said it’s too late now to win that game and we have to stand up and get ready for the next game,” Magath said. “A victory would obviously have given us confidence going into the next match but we have to take the situation as it is. “We have to stand up now and show that we can play as well away as we have at home.” Hull have three league matches left and are almost safe with six points now separating the Tigers from the bottom three. Steve Bruce insists survival is not guaranteed yet but says his team’s fightback at Craven Cottage was typical of the character his players have shown all season. “The reason we’re 13th and in the FA Cup final is we don’t give up, we have a crack at it and we keep on going and we rightly got the rewards today,” Bruce said. “If we hadn’t have got the point today we might have still been in it – 37 points might be enough but we’ve got three games to go and to get ourselves into this position is all credit to the players. “We’ve been in and around mid-table since last September and to get to a cup final and to be hopefully safe with three games to go is a remarkable achievement by the players.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Fair struggles against stingy Notre Dame defense in Orange win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 4, 2014 at 12:02 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 C.J. Fair couldn’t believe his game was going that way. The shots all felt right, but his usually smooth lefty stroke wasn’t yielding any results.And to make matters worse, he was coming off probably the best game of his career. A 28-point performance against Duke, during which he got to the rim with ease and sank nearly every jumper he took.Pat Connaughton and Notre Dame, though, found a way to stop the senior.“They packed the paint in, so it was hard to drive,” Fair said. “I wasn’t making any jump shots, so it was hard to really do anything because I’m doing exactly what he wanted — I’m missing.”Less than 48 hours after scoring a career high against the then-No. 17 Blue Devils, Fair managed just six points on 2-of-13 shooting against the Fighting Irish (12-11, 3-7 Atlantic Coast). Top-ranked Syracuse (22-0, 9-0) managed to pull out a 61-55 win on Monday in front of 25,850 in the Carrier Dome despite the struggles of Fair, as well as Jerami Grant and Tyler Ennis, who combined for just 15 points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAside from Trevor Cooney, who scored a career-high 33 and made nine 3-pointers, the Orange managed just 28 points and shot 31.3 percent from the field.“We missed some shots — other than Trevor — that we usually make,” Ennis said. “And it happens.”The shots didn’t fall, but the Irish’s defense was also relentless. Like Duke did with its guards on Saturday, UND pressured Ennis with Eric Atkins and packed the paint to stop Grant and Fair from getting to the rim.Notre Dame switched to man-to-man when Cooney got hot — a loose man-to-man that SU head coach Jim Boeheim said he expects to see more frequently for the rest of the season — and the Orange’s big three deferred the ball to a barrage of Cooney 3s.“Every time he made a 3 I just said, ‘Thank you,’” Fair said, “and, like, ‘Get me out of here,’ before I make myself look worse.”Of course, Cooney’s night may have never happened if it weren’t for Fair’s night two days earlier. The Irish had to make sure the forward didn’t beat them the same way he beat the Blue Devils. Cooney was a secondary concern.Notre Dame forced Fair to settle for jump shots, and he wasn’t able to hit any. His six points came from a pair of free throws, an up-and-under move from the left elbow and a ferocious putback slam.“(Boeheim) told me to try to get going doing other things,” Fair said, “but it was hard to do other things the way they were playing.”Monday’s six points were the fewest Fair has scored this season and just the second time he’s failed to crack double digits. He managed just seven points during Syracuse’s scare against St. Francis (N.Y.) back in November. He was held to 2-of-13 shooting in that one, too.Fair blamed a couple of things, including some fatigue and the Fighting Irish’s style of defense. But Boeheim viewed it as just one of those nights.Fair’s day against Duke was exceptional because he was scoring from inside and out. When when he couldn’t get to the rim, he managed to score 13 points on jump shots alone.“He just wasn’t shooting well today,” Boeheim said Monday. “It’s going to happen. He had one game like this earlier in the year. I think he should be allowed a couple.”So, like Fair said, it was a combination of things. He wasn’t getting enough lift on his jump shots and failed to get inside to even attempt a layup.But there will always be days like this. Last time he scored in the single digits, he followed it up with a 16-point performance against Minnesota on nearly 50-percent shooting.Syracuse still managed to get the victory, so all he can do now is move on.“Today felt rough just because I wasn’t playing the way I could have and then a lot of things get to your head,” Fair said. “I’ve just got to refocus for the next game.” Commentslast_img read more

Nearly one-third of American undergrads transfer

first_imgNationally, almost one-third of undergraduate college students change schools before earning a degree, according a report released by the National Student Clearinghouse.The study found that 19.6 percent of undergraduate students transfer out of private-for-profit, four-year universities at some point in their college career. Two-year public institutions were the most frequent transfer destinations for these students. Most students that transfer do so after their second year in college.Kate Mock | Daily TrojanThe report concludes that community colleges play a significant role in a student’s college career, including serving students coming from four-year universities such as USC.Kirk Brennan, director of undergraduate admission, said USC has strong ties with California Community Colleges. He contends, however, that community colleges are sending students to USC, not the other way around.“Most of our transfer students come from California Community Colleges,” Brennan said. “Statewide, we have a two-year student plan that is well-known for helping students obtain a four-year degree. We’ve adopted an almost-public approach.”Eduardo Iniguez, a junior majoring in business administration, followed this plan when he transferred to USC from Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif., in 2011.“I didn’t have a choice [to come to USC freshman year] because I did really bad in high school,” Iniguez said. “I did two-and-a-half years at Cerritos College because I didn’t have the sufficient credits to transfer to USC.”Iniguez said the USC transfer application process was easy and the university was supportive throughout the process.“I actually really liked USC’s application process,” Iniguez said. “Compared to other schools, it was the easiest and I actually felt that USC cared about me as a person rather than just asking me the robotic questions that other universities asked.”In 2011, 9,742 students applied for transfer admission to the university. Of these students, 2,524 were offered admission and 1,434 students enrolled, Brennan said.Though Brennan could not comment on the transfer rate out of USC, he said the university’s retention rate is very high.“We accept a lot of transfers, and, in California, we know that accepting transfers is a more established tradition,” Brennan said. “This place continues to exceed expectations, we continue to do great things — we bring in great students and retain great faculty.”Kim Leoffler, a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism, said that she would not consider leaving USC to pursue a two-year degree.“I am serious about getting a well-rounded education and I don’t think that can be accomplished in less than four years,” Leoffler said.Lauren Bergold, a junior transfer student majoring in business administration, said her decision to transfer to USC from the University of San Francisco was influenced by the USC’s academics, location and reputation.“I knew earning a [bachelor’s of science] in business administration at USC would be a dream come true. Also, I love that USC is located in Los Angeles because I love Southern California and all it has to offer,” Bergold said.last_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: Former Toldeo CB Jordan Martin to transfer to SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 19, 2017 at 9:40 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Former Toledo cornerback Jordan Martin will transfer to Syracuse, he confirmed to The Daily Orange Sunday night. Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey first reported the news.The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder will join the Orange as a graduate transfer and have one season of eligibility. In three seasons at Toledo, Martin tallied 74 tackles, 4.5 for loss, 11 pass deflections, two forced fumbles and an interception. He entered 2016, his senior year, listed as co-No. 1 at cornerback in the preseason depth chart.Martin will join Syracuse this summer after he graduates from Toledo in May.“I feel like I’ve got a lot of experience under my belt,” Martin said. “I can come in and be a Day 1 impact player.”After Martin got a release from Toledo, he sent his film to SU head coach Dino Baber’s coaching staff. Martin said he played against Babers’ Bowling Green teams, rivals with Toledo, and grew interested in playing for him. Martin visited the SU campus March 11-13 and said he liked the staff.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMartin joins fellow graduate transfer Devin Butler, a former cornerback at Notre Dame. Syracuse spring practice begins Tuesday morning. Commentslast_img read more

Premier step up NFL promotion push

first_imgA 3-17 to 0-18 win over Longford at Semple Stadium means that Liam Kearns’s side are most definitely in the promotion hunt with three matches to be played.Tipp made a flying start against the Leinster county with Conor Sweeney – who got 2-7 of his team’s total – goaling within minutes of the start.A second goal came three minutes later when Jimmy Feehan capitalised on slack defending by the visitors. By half-time the Premier had built up a 2-10 to 0-12 advantage.Although Longford had periods when they looked quite good they never quite to peg Tipperary back.Next up for the Blue and Gold is a trip to Offaly on Sunday.last_img read more

Hank Willis Thomas unveils artwork in Opa-Locka

first_imgHank Willis Thomas unveils iconic public artwork in Opa-LockaYesterday evening, award winning artist, Hank Willis Thomas, unveiled his “All Power to All People” public art sculpture in partnership with the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) on the campus of the emerging THRIVE Innovation District.Afro-pick sculptureAt over 800 pounds, the 8-foot-tall afro pick sculpture is cast in aluminum and finished with a high gloss black coating. It boasts stainless steel teeth topped with a clenched fist often associated with strength, unity, and black power. The installation of the work, which uses imagery associated with counterculture and civil rights, comes at a time of social, economic, and racial divide across the America. While Thomas hopes the piece will speak for itself, it highlights ideas of community, strength, perseverance, comradeship and resistance to oppression.History of black AmericansAccording to Thomas, “The city of Opa-locka has a rich history, and I am very glad to be a part of it. The small monument speaks to the history of black Americans. It is a symbolic gesture but a potent one, as the imagery has long been connected to beauty, cultural representation, and self-love.”Located at Town Center Apartments, an affordable housing development for the elderly built in 2014, as a collaboration between OLCDC and Related Urban Development Group, “All Power to All People” is the latest work of art to be displayed in Opa-locka. It joins another public artwork, “Opa-Tisha Locka-Wocka,” by South Florida artist Gary Moore designed for Town Center.Creative placemaking and the artsWhile the OLCDC has a rich and long history in affordable housing and community building, it is also working to redevelop the neighborhood through creative place-making and the arts. Over the past five years, it has partnered with nationally renowned artists such as Renee Cox, Walter Hood, Ebony G. Patterson, Dread Scott and Nari Ward to bring cultural education, arts interventions, and exhibitions to local residents.In 2014, OLCDC even purchased and renovated an old warehouse to become The ARC, Opa-locka’s first cultural community facility to help revitalize downtown Opa-locka.“Art expands our capacity to perceive, understand and represent the world, which is why we’re committed to building up our community through cultural activities and public art such as this one. It is my hope that this piece will incite residents to think further about what this symbol represents to them, their community and the world,” says Dr. Willie Logan, OLCDC President/CEO.About Hank Willis ThomasThe New York native is an accomplished conceptual artist. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Africana studies, Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Photography and Visual criticism, and a Honorary Doctorate in Visual Arts, Thomas’ works primarily incorporate art related to identity, history and popular culture. His domestic and international exhibitions were included at the International Center of Photography, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Musée du quai Branly, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Moreover, his artist-run super PAC, For Freedoms was the recipient of the International Center of Photography’s 2017 Infinity Award for New Media and Online Platform. Thomas is also the recipient of the 2017 Soros Equality Fellowship.About the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC)Established in November 1980, OLCDC is a non-profit community development corporation established to address the distressed unemployment conditions, particularly in the Opa-locka and North Miami-Dade County, Florida, communities. Its primary mission is to transform under-resourced communities into vibrant, desirable, engaged neighborhoods by improving access to health, education, employment, art, safety and affordable housing.last_img read more

Carlo admits Torres error

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti admitted he could have made a mistake by playing Fernando Torres after Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester United.He also insisted the decision about whether he keeps his job at Stamford Bridge after his team failed once more to deliver the Holy Grail of Europe’s top club trophy to owner Roman Abramovich was out of his hands.Ancelotti gambled by starting Torres and leaving Didier Drogba on the bench, even though Torres had not scored in 817 minutes and 13 matches for club and country.Torres suffered a torrid first 45 minutes and was replaced at half-time by Drogba, who scored in the second half.When asked if it had been a mistake to start with Torres, Ancelotti said: “Maybe. Could be. I told you a lot of times this season I wanted to start with Fernando for this kind of game, these type of tactics.“Didier played well in the second half. I wanted to put more pressure up front because we needed to score. Didier was fresh and he could use his power up front. This was the reason I took out Fernando.” United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, however, was in no doubt that it was the huge fee Chelsea splashed out for Torres in January which forced Ancelotti’s hand.Ferguson said: “A lot of people thought Drogba would play. I thought having signed Torres for the money they did they had to play him. I wasn’t 100% sure but I couldn’t see how they could leave Torres out.”Ferguson, however, insisted he was not criticising Chelsea for signing Torres.“They had the opportunity to sign Torres and I don’t think anyone would have turned it down,” Ferguson said. “Everyone said at the time it was fantastic business.“You can’t criticise him (Ancelotti) for that, it was a good signing. It isn’t working at the moment but he is a young man and there are other seasons ahead.” Ancelotti will now be under pressure to make sure Chelsea qualify for the Champions League next season.He said: “We have to look forward. We have games to play and to win if possible because obviously we want to play the Champions League the next season.”On his own future Ancelotti said: “I’m not concerned. I have to work and try to do my best. It is not my decision to stay or not to stay here.”Source: Skysports.comlast_img read more