Government denies unfair concessions to Chinese

first_imgHon. Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has responded to growing claims that government is granting unfair concessions to Chinese nationals.“It is unfair to drag the government in that and give the impression that the government is siding any one particular group of investors. This is not the case at all,” Skerrit has defended, adding that all investors into Dominica are obliged to pay taxes “and if you do not pay taxes then an assessment will be handed upon them.”Dominicans have been complaining a great deal about what they say appears to be Chinese dominion in the city of Roseau, with a Chinese-owned company shooting up time and again.“It appears to be affecting some of our local people,” the Prime Minister confessed. He however noted that Dominicans too, work or do business in foreign countries including the United States and Antigua and Barbuda, and must therefore be careful as to how they approach similar matters.“We as Dominicans are in other people’s countries… We have to be very very careful the way that we go about it.  At the end of the day it’s unfortunate that every single thing in this country boils down to party politics,” Skerrit highlighted.Bernard Wiltshire, a prominent environment advocate, is one of those who have let their voice be heard on the issue; he has been expressing the view that Dominica will be negatively affected by the increasing number of Chinese-run businesses in the capital, and that government should intervene to address it.Dominica Vibes News 62 Views   one comment Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Government denies unfair concessions to Chinese by: – April 18, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Pakistan edge Afghanistan in World Cup thriller

first_img(REUTERS) – All-rounder Imad Wasim’s unbeaten 49 guided Pakistan to a thrilling three-wicket victory over Afghanistan in Leeds yesterday, maintaining their hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals.Chasing a target of 228, Pakistan lost opener Fakhar Zaman for a duck on the second ball of the innings when he was trapped leg-before by off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.Babar Azam, who scored his maiden World Cup century in Pakistan’s win over New Zealand earlier this week, combined with Imam-ul-Haq to stabilise the innings with a steady 72-run partnership.Off-spinner Mohammad Nabi removed the pair to expose the middle order, before Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail fell cheaply to leave Pakistan reeling at 142-5.Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (18) and Shadab Khan (11) were run-out to set up an intense finale but Wasim and Wahab Riaz (15) ensured there were no further hiccups as they chased down the target with two balls to spare.“When I went in they were bowling brilliantly but I just hung in there. We wanted to bat out the 50 overs and see,” Wasim, who was named man-of-the-match, said.“Thank you to the crowd, it feels like home here. They gave us a boost in confidence. Win our next game and we’ll see what happens. Now we believe we can win from anywhere.”Pakistan, who moved ahead of England to fourth in the table, now need to win their final match against Bangladesh on Friday and hope other results go their way to advance to the semi-finals.EARLY BLOWS Earlier, Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi claimed four wickets to restrict Afghanistan to a modest 227 for nine from 50 overs on a flat batting track at Headingley.Having won the toss and elected to bat, Afghanistan stumbled early on, losing captain Gulbadin Naib and Hashmatullah Shahidi in back-to-back deliveries to Afridi, who produced a blistering opening spell with the new ball.Afridi, playing only his 18th ODI at the age of 19, returned in the death overs to remove Najibullah Zadran and Rashid Khan to finish as pick of the Pakistan bowlers with 4-47.It was a third consecutive win for Pakistan as their campaign gathers momentum in the business end of the tournament.“We know it was not an easy target. Their bowlers used the conditions very well. Everyone chipped in, it was good team work,” Sarfaraz said.“We all know that it is not easy to win our last four games, but we go match by match. We will all be watching India v England tomorrow.”Meanwhile, Afghanistan remain winless after eight games, and just as they did against India earlier this month, they came agonisingly close to a memorable victory.The game was marred by a clash between the supporters of both teams in the stands, with ESPNcricinfo reporting that at least two fans were evicted from the match.Videos shared on social media also showed fans fighting outside the venue, with the International Cricket Council (ICC) saying it will take action against “any anti-social behaviour”.AFGHANISTAN 1st innings Rahmat Shah c Babar Azam b Imad Wasim 35Gulbadin Naib c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Shaheen Afridi 15Hashmatullah Shahidi c Imad Wasim b Shaheen Afridi 0 Ikram Ali Khil c Mohammad Hafeez b Imad Wasim 24Asghar Afghan b Shadab Khan 42Mohammad Nabi c Mohammad Amir b Wahab Riaz 16Najibullah Zadran b Shaheen Afridi 42Samiullah Shinwari not out 19Rashid Khan c Fakhar Zaman b Shaheen Afridi 8Hamid Hassan b Wahab Riaz 1Mujeeb Ur Rahman not out 7Extras: (lb-8, w-10)   18Total: (nine wkts, 50 overs) 227Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-27, 3-57, 4-121, 5-125, 6-167, 7-202, 8-210, 9-219. Bowling: Imad Wasim 10-0-48-2, Mohammad Amir 10-1-41-0 (w-1), Shaheen Afridi 10-0-47- 4 (w-4), Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-10-0, Wahab Riaz 8-0-29-2 (w-4), Shadab Khan 10-0-44-1 (w-1). PAKISTAN 1st innings Fakhar Zaman lbw Mujeeb Ur Rahman 0Imam ul-Haq stp. Ikram Ali Khil b Mohammad Nabi 36Babar Azam b Mohammad Nabi 45Mohammad Hafeez c Hashmatullah Shahidi b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 19Haris Sohail lbw Rashid Khan 27Sarfaraz Ahmed run-out (Najibullah Zadran) 18 Imad Wasim not out 49Shadab Khan run-out Gulbadin Naib 11Wahab Riaz not out 15 Extras: (1b-1. lb-4, w-5) 10 Total: (seven wkts, 49.4 overs) 230 Fall of Wickets: 1-0, 2-72, 3-81, 4-121, 5-142, 6-156, 7-206.Bowling: Mujeeb Ur Rahman 10-1-34-2,Hamid Hassan 2-0-13-0, Gulbadin Naib 9.4-0-73-0 (w-1), Mohammad Nabi 10-0-23-2, Rashid Khan 10-0-50-1 (w-3), Samiullah Shinwari 8-0-32-0 (w-1).last_img read more

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Treasure Coast neighborhoods remain underwater after heavy rain

first_imgTreasure Coast neighborhoods are currently underwater after heavy rainfall and thunderstorms.Our news partner, WPTV, captured video of communities in Martin County around 9 a.m. and saw streets underwater, cars driving through several inches of floodwater, and floodwater coming up to the front doors of many homes.WATCH CHOPPER 5 VIDEO: A flood watch is in effect for Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties until Saturday afternoon, and Palm Beach County until Friday morning.last_img

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Women’s teams head to Hampshire for County Finals showdown

first_img5 Sep 2016 Women’s teams head to Hampshire for County Finals showdown The stage is set for the showdown for the English Women’s County Finals with six teams preparing to go head-to-head next week at Waterlooville Golf Club in Hampshire.They include Norfolk, who will make their first appearance at the final for 42 years when they represent the East region. Staffordshire, from Midlands North, will return after an absence of 15 years.The other finalists are: Gloucestershire from the South West, Surrey from the South, Buckinghamshire from Midlands South and Yorkshire from the North.The title of English Women’s County Champions is one of the most sought-after and keenly contested in the calendar and county pride will be fiercely on display during the five-day round robin tournament, which starts on Monday, 12 September.Yorkshire will be seeking their 12th title, Surrey their 11th and Staffordshire their fifth, while the other three counties are all targeting their first win.The players will be challenged by the fast greens and tight fairways of Waterlooville’s parkland layout. This will be the first time the club has hosted a national championship and President Stephen Millett said: “The members are very excited that our course has been selected by England Golf and we will be pulling out all the stops to make it a truly memorable occasion.”Ladies’ captain Allison Bolam added: “This is a great compliment to our club. The prestige of the County Finals is growing every year and it will be thrilling to watch some of the best amateur golfers in the country competing for the title on our fairways – and to see how Waterlooville is meant to be played!”The competitors include the Yorkshire pair of Curtis Cup player Rochelle Morris and Olivia Winning, the Scottish open stroke play champion who helped England’s women become European team champions this summer.Two of the youngest players will be Surrey’s Annabell Fuller, 14, and Gloucestershire’s Ffion Tynan, 13. Fuller is a girl international and the winner of the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, while Tynan is the English U14 girls’ champion. Norfolk’s team includes girl international, Amelia Williamson, 16, while Surrey’s Martha Lewis is an U16 international.Inci Mehmet of Surrey and Bethan Popel of Gloucestershire have both represented the England women’s team while Jo Ashmore of Norfolk has been a senior international.The teams:Buckinghamshire, captained by Phillipa CookGeorgina Bowers, Megan Dennis, Denise Goodacre, Daisy Kennedy, Thalia Kirby, Alice Kozlowski, Chloe Li, Lucy Matthews, Lizi Sweetnam and Nicole Whitmore.Gloucestershire, captained by Andra KnightBecky Gibbs, Alex Giles, Charlie Hiatt, Ali Kelly, Ebonie Lewis, Caley McGinty, Claudia Ovens, Bethan Popel, Alex Saunders and Ffion Tynan.Norfolk, captained by Tracey WilliamsonEllie Brown, Jasmine Campbell, Jo Herd, Tiff Mills, Shelley Pleasance, Chloe Rowswell, Amy Taylor, Amelia Williamson, Tracey Williamson, Jo Ashmore, Sammy Martin and Megan Mann.Staffordshire, captained by Julia GauntEmily Coleman, Emily Brennan, Olivia Raybould, Morgan Thomas, Debbie Warren, Jenny Rhodes, Georgie Taylor, Gina Wilkie, Julia Gaunt and Annette Deeley.Surrey, captained by Alison TaylorAmber Chana, Tana Churchill, Katie Fewster, Annabell Fuller, Charlotte Griffith, Lauren Horsford, Martha Lewis, Inci Mehmet, Katie Shepherd, Alice Spani-Molella and Nicola Taylor.Yorkshire, captained by Dawn CleggMegan Clarke, Megan Garland, Olivia Hamilton, Hannah Holden, Alison Knowles, Rochelle Morris, Olivia Winning and Melissa Wood.Order of PlayEach match is composed of three foursomes and six singles. Foursomes start at 8.30 and singles at 12.45. Spectators are very welcome.Monday 12 SeptemberBuckinghamshire v GloucestershireSurrey v NorfolkYorkshire v StaffordshireTuesday 13 SeptemberSurrey v YorkshireGloucestershire v NorfolkStaffordshire v BuckinghamshireWednesday 14 SeptemberNorfolk v StaffordshireBuckinghamshire v YorkshireSurrey v GloucestershireThursday 15 SeptemberBuckinghamshire v SurreyGloucestershire v StaffordshireYorkshire v NorfolkFriday 16 SeptemberYorkshire v GloucestershireStaffordshire v SurreyNorfolk v BuckinghamshireClick here for resultslast_img read more

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Positive Adult Connections Mean Better Health for Teens

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public HealthSo many of us have teens or tweens in our lives – at home, at work, at church, or in other activities. Research shows that when kids have at least one stable, supportive relationship with an adult their health improves. This holds true for young children and remains extremely important for older kids.Teens and Elders in the STEP program come together to play games, share stories, and learn from each other. Photo credit: Kaylie RothRecently released results from the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey provide some good news about the presence of caring adults in the lives of local youth, but also signals that too many middle school and high school students are still missing this important connection with adults. According to the Thurston County survey results:4 in 5 middle and high school students say they can talk to a parent or guardian about problems.3 in 4 middle and high school students say there is an adult in their neighborhood or community that they can talk to about important issues.However, the survey also shows that:1 in 10 middle and high school students say they have no adults they can turn to.Kids need positive relationships with adults who support, guide and value them. Positive adult connections help them develop their potential, bounce back when things don’t go well, and reduce their risk for a range of poor health outcomes including substance use, depression and risky sexual behavior.According to the Thurston County survey results:1 in 3 high school students who could talk to their parent or guardian about a problem experienced depression in the past year. For those who could not talk to their parent or guardian, 2 in 3 have experienced depression.1 in 3 high school students who could talk to an adult in their neighborhood or community had experienced depression in the past year. For those who had no adult like this to talk to, the figure was 1 in 2 having experienced depression.The Parents Matter Campaign celebrates those in our community who have important conversations with their teens and inspires them to continue having these important conversations. Photo courtesy: Parents Matter Campaign.Caring adults are often parents or other family members, but not all adolescents have a positive connection with family. No matter where you connect with tweens or teens, consider doing more of the following things:Encourage them to take part in activities they enjoy and that you can do together.Encourage them to try new things. Suggest positive activities that allow them to practice skills and feel good about themselves.Ask about their friends, and help them identify friends that make them feel happy and confident.When you talk with them, ask open-ended questions that require more than a yes or no answer. Help them share.Invite them to talk about their successes and challenges, and teach them the value of the process—not just the final achievement.Say the positive things you notice about them. Don’t just think it. Tell them.Use your time with them to explore their future goals and engage with them about how to establish realistic steps to achieve them.Caring and open communication is important for kids. Every time you connect with a tween or teen and listen to them, comfort them or inspire them you are helping to build their potential and protect their health. The presence of caring adults is a protective factor for children and youth.For more information on talking with adolescents, you can visit:http://www.starttalkingnow.org/https://www.cdc.gov/teenpregnancy/parent-guardian-resources/index.htmhttps://changingmindsnow.org/healinglast_img read more

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Rebels shutout Leafs

first_imgThe Castlegar Rebels scored three times in the second period to post a 3-0 shutout over the Nelson Leafs as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League kicked off its 2010-11 season Friday in the Sunflower City.Taylor Anderson, Dylan Richardson and Erik Wentzel scored during a four-minute span for the home town squad. Richardson and Wentzel each finished the game with two points. Veteran netminder Andrew Walton stopped 19 shots to register the shutout.Leaf goalie Marcus Beesley was definitely the busier of the two backstoppers, facing 39 shots, including 20 in the middle frame, as the Rebels sent the announced crowd of 371 home smiling.The victory was the first of his coaching campaign for Castlegar product Steve Junker. The Castlegar Minor Hockey grad, replacing Brent Heaven behind the bench, joined the Rebels coaching staff after spending the past 13 seasons playing professional hockey in Europe.last_img read more

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Peewee Leafs bounce back to nip Spokane B’s

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily StaffThe Spokane A’s pay a visit to the Heritage City Saturday to meet the Peewee Leafs in West Kootenay Peewee Rep Minor Hockey action.The A’s blasted the Leafs 8-0 in action last week in Spokane.Sunday, Nelson rebounded from the tough loss to edge the Spokane B’s 1-0.Merrisa Dawson scored the only goal the Leafs would need on a pass from Everett Hicks.Joey Timmermans and Curt Doyle split the netminding duties for the Leafs.Nelson enters the contest with a 5-4-1 record while Spokane heads the division with one loss in eight [email protected]last_img

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kootenay Kannibelles

first_imgThe Terminal City Roller Girls scored early and often en route to a convincing 159-75 victory over the Kootenay Kannibelles in the final of the Klash In The Kootenays Western Canadian Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Championships Sunday at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.But it was the Kannibelles who captured the hearts of everyone at the Klash In The Kootenays as the local allstar squad, which qualified for the National in January of 2013, pushed the high-powered Terminal City squad in every jam. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports is quick to applaud the Kannibelles with Team of the Week.The squad includes, back row, L-R, Terror Australis, Brutiful Bits, Courtney Shove, Celine Die-On, Scarlett Bloodbath, Black Eyed Tea and Anne Surly (with the tiara).Middle,Tara Pieceoff, Misstreat, Phil Your Pants Pants Off and Jezebrawler.Front, Canuck Norris, Pell-Mell, Tex A Masacure, Beretta Lynch  and Mariah Scarey TeAmo.last_img read more

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Heart and Joan Jett headed to the Encana Events Centre

first_imgPaul Mercs Concerts is pleased to announce the 2016 tour of  QUEENS OF SHEBA featuring HEART and special guest, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS with a stop at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek, BC on Friday, March 11, 2016.Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, November 13 at 10 a.m. MST.  Tickets are priced at $121.00, $84.00, $74.00 and $61.00 plus applicable fees.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.tigerboxofficeplus.ca by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the 2 Tiger Box Office Plus locations at the Encana Events Centre and at Tiger Printing & Stationers.Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band, Heart, stormed the charts in the ‘70’s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” and so many more.  Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments too, making them the first women in rock to do so.  Heart continued topping the charts through the ‘80’s and ‘90’s with huge hits like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” “If Looks Could Kill,” “Never,” and a string of other hits that showcased the sisters’ enormous talents as musicians, singers and songwriters.  Powerful and exciting on stage, Heart performs their amazing show to many hundreds of thousands of fans annually.- Advertisement -As individuals, the sisters have also achieved significant success.  Ann sang on songs that were both chart successes and motion picture themes, like “Almost Paradise” from Footloose, “Best Man in the World” from The Golden Child, and “Surrender to Me” from Tequila Sunrise, while Nancy composed and performed the scores to a half dozen motion pictures including the award winning “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous.”Along the way, music by Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band Heart sold more than 35 million albums, sold out arenas worldwide, and found their way into the soundtrack of American life through radio, motion pictures, television, and associations with branded sponsors.The last decade has been filled with new accomplishments for Heart.  Nearly 35 years after their first big hit, Ann and Nancy Wilson were back in the Billboard Top 10 in 2010 with Heart’s “Red Velvet Car” album, and a Top 5 DVD (“Night at Sky Church”).  2012’s “Fanatic” continued Heart’s current chart success, spawning two hit singles (“Fanatic” and “Dear Old America”) and debuting in the Billboard Top 25.  They also released a comprehensive CD box set entitled “Strange Euphoria,” filled with rarities and previously unreleased treasures that met with acclaim from critics and fans alike.Advertisement In September 2012, Ann and Nancy released their first-ever memoire (Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll).  The book spent several weeks on the New York Times “Best Sellers” chart and was released by HarperCollins on paperback on September 25, 2013.On Dec 2, 2012 at Kennedy Center Honors tribute to the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, Heart’s soulful and touching performance of “Stairway to Heaven” received a standing ovation and the You Tube video has garnered almost 40 million hits.In 2014, Ann and Nancy performed a TV holiday special, “Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays”, with guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Pat Monahan and Richard Marx, which was released on CD and DVD for Christmas.  Following in May 2015, they released a children’s book, Dog & Butterfly, based on the famous and well-beloved hit song.Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary.  As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” She sits at the head of her own independent label, Blackheart Records. Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987’s Light Of Day, and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show. She has appeared on such acclaimed television shows as Oprah (the last season) and Law and Order.Advertisement As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus, as well as the Germs’ LA punk masterpiece, GI.  Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. A version of “I Hate Myself for Loving You” has been NBC’s Sunday Night Football, performed this past season by Carrie Underwood, and her music is heard in countless films and TV shows including Easy – A, Kick Ass, The Runaways, Shrek, Baby Mama, and many more.Since co-founding the Runaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, at age 15, Jett’s determination and drive have kept her in the public eye. Jett was able to see her story told in The Runaways, the film based on (lead singer of The Runaways) Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel starring Kristen Stewart as Jett, and her fellow A-lister Dakota Fanning as Currie. Jett was close to the project: She served as an executive producer.Jett and the Blackhearts released their latest record, ‘Unvarnished,’ in 2013 and continue touring the globe to throngs of adoring fans.Joan Jett has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and challenging expectations – this is, after all, a woman who is both a spokesperson for PETA and a devoted supporter of the US Military. She’s fought hard for all of her historic accomplishments, yet she remains humble and appreciative.“I’ve had a blessed career,” she says. “I consider myself so lucky to have been able to do things my own way.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Man United’s line up to play Paris Saint-Germain – exciting times for the Red Devils

first_img1 Manchester United prepare for their final pre-season fixture against PSG with new signings still in need of game-time ahead of the new Premier League season.A minor injury kept Bastian Schweinsteiger out of the side during United’s last friendly – a 3-1 victory over Barcelona – but Red Devils’ boss Louis van Gaal hopes the World Cup winner will be fit for the first fixture of the 2015/16 campaign, against Tottenham, and could yet make an appearance against PSG in Chicago.Following their impressive win over treble-winning Barca at the weekend, in which United made wholesale line up changes during the game, expect a similar approach from Van Gaal against the French champions.The Dutchman will likely start with a strong starting XI, before rotating later in the match, as United aim to complete a 100 per cent record from their US tour fixtures.Here’s a possible starting XI… How would you like to see Man United line up? Comment below.center_img 1last_img read more

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