Share Sharing is caring! Hon. Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says no decision has been taken just yet for Dominica to join the ALBA Bank.His comment comes on the heels of reports that Latin American and Caribbean countries agreed on Sunday to deposit 1 percent of their international reserves into a jointly administered development bank as they seek to deepen economic cooperation.Officials announced the decision as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hosted leaders of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, ALBA, at a meeting in Caracas at the weekend.The new bank will provide financing for economic development projects however it’s unclear how much in all the countries plan to deposit in the bank, or how the funds will be administered.Mr. Skerrit says government has been reviewing the document and a decision could be taken in the next few weeks.“It is a bank that we support fully. We haven’t taken any loans from the bank as yet but we have received grants from the ALBA arrangements. I believe it’s an important institution that has demonstrated its ability to addressing a number of issues, that governments within the ALBA framework have been facing,” he explained.According to the Prime Minister, the bank provides loans at 1 and 2%, “at a time when the world’s economy is in a serious state of affairs, it is a very attractive preposition”.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Tweet LocalNews No decision to join ALBA Bank just yet- PM Skerrit by: – February 7, 2012 187 Views no discussions
Lawrenceburg, In. — It was bitter cold outside, but the Dearborn County Hospital Birthing Center was filled with warm hearts upon the arrival of its first baby delivered in 2018, Tucker Wayne Rae Smith, on January 1. Delivered at 8:34 p.m. by Amanda Parker, Certified Nurse Midwife/Nurse Practitioner with the Women’s Center/DCH Physician Partners, Tucker weighed 8 pounds and was 20½ inches in length.Tucker is the son of Gabrielle Howard and Ethan Smith of Lawrenceburg. As the first baby born at Dearborn County Hospital in 2018, Tucker was presented a certificate for a $500 savings account at the Dearborn County Hospital Federal Credit Union by Angela Scudder, RN, MSN, DCH Vice President of Patient Care Services, and Jacquie Ritzmann, RN, DCH Birthing Center Manager.The DCH Birthing Center features seven private LDRPN (labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum, nursery) suites. Attractively decorated antepartum and postpartum rooms are also available as is a special OB triage room designed for mothers who come to the unit for short term observation, premature labor or other special needs.For more information on the Dearborn County Hospital Birthing Center or to schedule a personalized tour, please call the Birthing Center at 812/537-8273 or 800/676-5572, ext. 8273.
IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock Big Daddy Race Cars Southern Region rookie of the year Colton Rawls. (Photo by Debbie Hood)WACO, Texas – Colton Rawls continued a family tradition this season and has the Big Daddy Race Cars Southern Region rookie of the year award to show for his efforts.The 14-year-old speedster was a weekly regular at his hometown Heart O’ Texas Speedway and paced first-year Hobby Stock drivers in point standings the region.“My whole family has raced Hobby Stocks,” said Rawls, a China Spring High School freshman, cousin of Jeremy Oliver and nephew of Garett Rawls. “We only live about 20 minutes from the track. We like to race and have fun and support the Hobby Stock class.”Rawls started racing go-karts at the age of nine. He mowed yards and did odd jobs to fund his junior mini stock career before moving to the sanctioned division.“I got sponsors and I got a Hobby Stock. I came out this year and gave it the best I had,” Rawls said. “My uncle Garett has been behind me since I was racing go-karts. He scaled the car and spent a lot of late nights working on both his car and mine.”The highlight of his 15-start season was running side-by-side with eventual track champion Shannon Dulock. Rawls ended eighth in the national rookie point race.Oliver is an integral part of Rawls’ crew, paying back for the help Colton’s father Markum gave him starting at the age of 10. HIS CREW: Father Markum, uncle Garett, Jeremy Oliver, Jerry Don Oliver and Alan Watson. HIS SPONSORS: Salvation Trailers and Bonz Pipe & Steel, Goodwin Tinting & Automotive, City Magnet, Maddox Electric, Zamco Remodeling and China Spring Lube & Service, all of Waco.
Columbus, IN—After an extensive investigation by several Columbus Police Department officers last night, they have concluded there was no credible threat of violence against students or staff at Central Middle School.This investigation started from a social media post that the Columbus Police Department says made a threat “involving an unspecified act of violence” toward Central Middle School.According to CPD, there are several rumors as well as false, inaccurate information being shared on social media related to the threat. However, police do not believe there is any “credible” threat to students or staff at the middle school at this time.CPD and the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation have been working to determine the source and Additional SRO’s will be inside the Central Middle School building today to facilitate a safe and positive learning atmosphere.
” I guess I always have the belief. The good thing for me is that I can draw on some of the great performances and the memories that I have from winning big tournaments and knowing that if I’ve done that before, there’s no reason why I can’t do that again.” McIlroy believes his putting has held him back since returning from injury, admitting it was more of a mental than a technical problem after finishing 26th in the Frys.com Open. “I felt like every time I missed the putt, there was a question that followed it; Did I pull it, did I misread it?” McIlroy added. “And so I’ve worked quite a bit on routine, trying to free myself up and simplify it a little bit instead. I felt like sometimes I was making it a little bit more complicated than it has to be. “I feel I’m a good putter. I feel like I hole out well. I definitely hole out much better than I used to do. And when I get my eye in, I’m really good. But I don’t get my eye in as much as I’d like to. I’ll always be somewhat of a streaky putter.” As for his ankle, McIlroy revealed he has stepped up his fitness regime recently, adding: ” I’m pretty much back to where I need to be. “I’ve started to train the way I was before the injury again, and I’m happy about that. So I’m trying to get my game back into the shape that I know that I can and feel like I’ve made a few steps in the right direction.” The last time Rory McIlroy competed in Turkey, he “gave up a bit” during his first match in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, lost his remaining two as well and finished last in the eight-man exhibition event. Consolation came in the shape of USD300,000, an afternoon on the beach with then-girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki and a first Race to Dubai title five weeks later following a brilliant victory in the DP World Tour Championship. Three years on, McIlroy contests this week’s Turkish Airlines Open looking to complete an injury-affected 2015 in style with a fourth win of the season and a third money list title in four years. “I feel like a lot’s happened and a lot of time has gone by since that last win of mine back in May (Wells Fargo Championship),” said McIlroy, who ruptured a ligament in his left ankle during a game of football with friends on July 4, ruling him out of the Scottish Open and the defence of his Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational titles. “I’m just trying to finish the season off well. I’d like to win the Race to Dubai for a third time, that would be a great achievement. “I’d like to win at least one of these last three events that I’m playing. That would make me feel better about the end of the year. “From when I injured my ankle at the start of July, if I was to go from then to the end of the season without another win, especially with how I was playing up until that point, it would be very disappointing. “So I’ve got three opportunities coming up to try and get a win or two on the board and end this year on a positive, to at least go into next year with a bit of momentum.” McIlroy, who enjoys a 271,214-point lead over Danny Willett in the Race to Dubai, will partner Willett and fifth-placed Shane Lowry for the first two rounds in Turkey and will also contest next week’s WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The 26-year-old has slipped to third in the world rankings behind Jason Day and Jordan Spieth after the pair won three of the season’s four majors between them, but insists he is not concerned about sending his rivals a message. “I’m not thinking about those guys,” McIlroy added. “I’m just concentrating on myself and trying to get my game back to where I know that it can be, and if I can do that, then all the rest of that stuff will sort of take care of itself. Press Association
Senior Brittney Dolgner totaled a team high 17 kills in a victory over Big Ten opponent Northwestern.[/media-credit]For the second time this season, the Wisconsin volleyball team will take on both Michigan and Michigan State in the same weekend.Three weeks ago, the Badgers welcomed the Wolverines and Spartans to the Field House and greeted them with wins on consecutive nights. Now, the volleyball team will head to Ann Arbor and East Lansing to take on the two squads in more hostile environments.The Badgers have some momentum on their side, as they are coming off a four-set win over Northwestern last Saturday. In that match, Wisconsin had a season-high 14 blocks and had three players with double-digit kills, including 17 by outside hitter Brittney Dolgner.Going into face Michigan, the Badgers are in fifth place in the Big Ten at the midpoint of the conference season, only one game behind the Wolverines. Surprisingly, Michigan State — a team that was ranked No. 18 when it lost to Wisconsin — is currently in 10th place in the conference.Michigan has also been faltering as of late, having lost three of its last five matches. However, the Wolverines are still ranked No. 13 in the country and have two strong players that guide their strong offense, which averages 14.16 kills per set.Wolverines’ outside hitter Juliana Paz is fifth in the Big Ten in kills, averaging 3.73 kills per set, and is fourth in the conference in serving. In terms of distributing the ball, the Wolverines also have one of the top setters in Lexi Zimmerman, who leads the Big Ten with 912 assists.However, the Badgers are more concerned with Zimmerman’s offensive mindset. The junior setter averages 1.49 kills per set and is known to often tip the ball over the net when least expected.“I know she’s very offensive, so we’re going to keep on our toes and be ready for what she throws at us,” UW setter Janelle Gabrielsen said. “If she does get her kills, just shake it off and get ready for the next play.”Against Michigan State, the Badgers will be facing a squad that, after beginning the Big Ten season 2-2, has dropped its last six matches, with its last win coming on Oct. 3. Nevertheless, UW head coach Pete Waite believes the Spartans’ 2-8 conference record does not reflect how good a team they actually are.“Michigan State is definitely better than their record indicates,” he said. “They’ve had some great wins this season. … They’re a physical team, and we know they’re a dangerous team and we’re going to have to play really well to get a win on the road.”Regardless, having played both these teams earlier in the season gives the Badgers some confidence going into a tough road trip. Wisconsin has yet to sweep a road series this year, but with wins against Michigan and Michigan State only a few weeks ago, outside hitter Kirby Toon believes the team is prepared for the weekend.“We’re going in really prepared, and we know their tendencies a little bit better than we did before,” Toon said.“It gives us confidence knowing that we played well and served tough,” Waite added. “The challenge is now to do it on the road. … We have to sustain our energy for the whole match.”However, beating the teams prior to this weekend adds some pressure to the Badgers, who, at 5-5, trail Michigan in the Big Ten. Beating the Wolverines this weekend could move Wisconsin into the upper echelon of the conference.“It puts some pressure on us,” Toon said. “It’s obviously going to be a difficult playing atmosphere, but we just have to go in with the mentality when we played them here, which is to just go out and play our best volleyball.”With the Big Ten season halfway over, the Badgers know how easy it is to fall behind in a tough conference. Regardless, sitting in fifth place and only one game out of fourth, Toon believes the team has the tools to make a run and stay relevant in the Big Ten.“I think we’ve been improving throughout the whole season,” Toon said. “We’re starting to get in a groove where everyone is comfortable with one another. I think the second half will be great and, as long as we play the way we can, it will be a great season.”
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum officials acknowledged Wednesday that they anticipate a modified lease between the Coliseum Commission and USC to be released within the next week.The proposed lease, once finalized, will be subject to a final vote at the commission’s next monthly meeting on May 2 or at a later date.Control · Coliseum Commissioners Barry Sanders (left) and Zev Yaroslavsky (right) discussed the proposed master lease of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday. – Adrian Hoffmann | Daily TrojanUSC has been in negotiations with the Coliseum’s nine-member governing body since September in an effort to obtain operational control of the state and federal landmark, which has been run by the commission for the last 88 years.The university has been a tenant of the Coliseum since 1923, with the Trojan football team playing a majority of its home games at the 93,000-seat venue in Exposition Park.“We hope that through these negotiations the parties can agree upon a long-term lease that allows the Coliseum to be restored to its former glory and ensures its viability for many generations to come,” said Thomas Sayles, USC’s senior vice president for university relations, in a statement released to the Daily Trojan. “Our goal is to make the Coliseum a proud landmark and gathering place for all Angelenos. We support public disclosure and discussion of all lease terms before any deal is approved.”According to a lease draft obtained by the Los Angeles Times, USC would be responsible for staffing the facility, along with day-to-day management, event scheduling and other obligations over the next 42 years. It would also have the opportunity to manage the adjacent Los Angeles Sports Arena or to demolish the facility to construct a soccer-specific stadium or parking lot.David Israel, president of the Coliseum Commission, and L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, a member of the Coliseum Commission, declined to comment on the proposed lease draft or the negotiations.Under the proposal, the university would receive naming and advertising rights, which would provide a source of revenue needed to fund stadium renovations that are expected to cost several million dollars.In June commission acknowledged that it could not afford to make the necessary improvements to the facility, as required by the existing 25-year lease, signed in May 2008.USC will be expected to cover the costs of the new video board and sound system, as well, according to the Los Angeles Times.City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, a member of the Coliseum Commission and City Council Representative for the 8th District, said he has concerns about the potential of the Coliseum, a public facility, being run by a private entity, such as USC.“It looks like ’SC wrote the lease and we just nodded,” Parks said.USC has attempted to obtain the master lease before, lobbying in 2007 for operational control of the publicly owned venue before agreeing upon its current lease.“It sets a precedent in the fact that folks are trying to work themselves out of a job,” Parks said. “They’re so intent on saying, ‘Well, USC is going to fix this, so let’s just give it to them.’ I think we’re losing sight of what the meaningfulness of the park and the facility is to the community, and they’re not taking that into account at all. The community deserves a bit more sensitivity.”If USC obtains operational control of the Coliseum, public events could still be held at the facility, including the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration, but the university would be given the option of limiting the number of events to eight per year, as outlined under the proposal.USC would also have first-refusal rights if an NFL team were to want to use the facility while a stadium in Downtown Los Angeles is being constructed.
At the ACC Kickoff in July, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers didn’t want a win total to define his team in the 2018 season.“My thing is this: I think that we’ve been in some close games,” Babers said. “If we’re going to turn into winners, we need to win some. What’s the number on that? I don’t know.”Success for his team could be seen in finishing close games, which it’s failed to do in years past (in 2017, Syracuse played Louisiana State, North Carolina State, Miami and Florida State within 10 points on the road but lost all four), Babers said during training camp. On Saturday against FSU, in SU’s first real test of the season, the Orange dismantled the Seminoles, 30-7.After failing to score touchdowns twice on first-and-goal opportunities, Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) tallied 24 second half points without starting quarterback Eric Dungey. The defense sacked FSU quarterback Deondre Francois on consecutive series late in the third quarter that negated an FSU comeback.In Syracuse’s largest victory in the ACC under Babers, the Orange pummeled a lesser, yet reputable opponent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom the outside, the win — Syracuse’s first over FSU in 52 years — could be seen as historically significant. But through three games, the Jimbo Fisher-less Florida State team hasn’t looked like the program which won three conference titles in the last seven years. The win isn’t noteworthy because of the opponent. It matters that Syracuse finished.“To get a win on a football team like that where the game was definitely a close game for three quarters,” Babers said, “and then to pull away late like that late in the fourth quarter that’s very, very satisfying as a coach.In 2016, Babers and Syracuse were in the position head coach Willie Taggart and FSU are in now. In the Orange’s third game under Babers, against a then Taggart-led South Florida team, Syracuse was outmatched. The Orange lost 45-20, allowing 454 yards of offense to a USF team that would eventually go 11-2. The loss pushed Syracuse to a 1-2 start in Babers’ first year.A year later, in Week 2, Syracuse choked against Middle Tennessee State in the Carrier Dome. In Scott Shafer’s return, Syracuse entered the fourth quarter tied with MTSU, a team which would record a 7-6 marking after Conference USA play. On paper, Syracuse is better this season than FSU, which won more conference game than SU a year ago. The Orange averages more points and yards per game while holding opponents to fewer yards than FSU has in its first three games. And on Saturday, the Orange created separation against Florida State, which it failed to do against MTSU and USF in years prior.Syracuse’s experienced defensive line torched the FSU offensive line. Tommy DeVito rushed and threw for a touchdown after Eric Dungey left the game early. SU allowed one conversion on third down.To compete for a bowl game, which Syracuse has now set itself up to do, it needs to win the 50-50 battles against other fringe-bowl opponents. Saturday, the Orange did that.The game shouldn’t be glorified because Syracuse beat Florida State. The teams of Seminoles’ past aren’t the team SU beat. But the Orange showed change, too. The ending of Saturday’s game is what Babers and his staff have searched for over the last two years.Now the challenge, as Babers has said many times before, is to do it again.Josh Schafer is the sports editor for The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @Schafer_44. After forcing three turnovers in the first half, Syracuse’s defense folded in the second frame, allowing 220 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.The first play of the fourth quarter was a 49-yard Broncos touchdown pass. The next MTSU series featured three passes for more than 10 yards and ended in another touchdown.Against Florida State on Saturday, Syracuse didn’t collapse. The Seminoles scored once in the fourth quarter with just more than six minutes remaining. Their previous attempts for a comeback had failed, usually due to a Syracuse sack or quarterback pressure. For the first time under Babers, Syracuse held an ACC team to one touchdown.“This performance shows a lot of growth from the team we were two years ago and even last year,” defensive end Kendall Coleman said. “It means everything going forward because this is going to be major in establishing who we are this season.”While media members attempted to compare Saturday’s game to the Virginia Tech game in 2016 and Clemson last year during Saturday’s post-game interviews, there wasn’t a real correlation. Florida State was favored by three points and senior defensive end Alton Robinson added after the game he didn’t think the FSU win was an upset.FSU entered the game 1-1 with a 24-3 home loss to No.13 Virginia Tech and a 10-point over Samford on its resume. The Seminoles had played 10 linemen in their first two games and failed to score in the first quarter in both.The Seminoles team that entered the Carrier Dome on Saturday wasn’t the same program that beat Syracuse 10 times in a row since 1966. After a 7-6 season last year, FSU was forced to replace Jimbo Fisher, who coached the Seminoles to three ACC titles. Three games into Taggart’s tenure, the team is still transitioning.“We’re not playing like we should be,” said Taggart of his team which opened the season ranked No.19. “They should all be frustrated with themselves. We all need to look within ourselves to see what we’re doing and if we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing.” Published on September 16, 2018 at 8:11 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
He took victory on yesterday’s opening 221 kilometre stage relegating multi-grand Tour stage winner Nacer Bouhanni and this years Milan San Remo and Paris Roubaix winner John Degenkolb to the minor placings.The Bora-Argon 18 rider holds a 3 second lead going into today’s 180 kilometre stage.The 24 year old hasn’t raced since his spectacular high speed crash in Belgium last month.
Pitchers and reserves are not chosen by fans. Major league players choose most of the reserves and pitchers. The commissioner’s office selects the final members.The All-Star managers – Houston’s A.J. Hinch and Roberts – have some input but do not have the final say. Choosing replacements for injured players are likewise “out of the manager’s hands,” Roberts said.“I can suggest all I want, but it’s not up to me,” he said. “It’s up to the commissioner’s office, the player department. So you take the fan vote, the player vote, and then that. Those three components make up the roster.”As for All-Star snubs, some Dodgers have a good case.Dodgers infielder Max Muncy entered Sunday’s game tied for third in the NL in home runs (20). He would lead the league in slugging percentage (.617) and be second in on-base percentage (.410) if he had enough at-bats to qualify.Muncy was one of five players chosen for the online-only “Final Vote,” which will determine the 32nd and final player in the NL roster. Jesus Aguilar (Milwaukee), Matt Carpenter (St. Louis), Brandon Belt (San Francisco) and Trea Turner (Washington) are the other finalists. Third baseman Justin Turner won the “Final Vote” last year.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Kemp’s 2,930,353 votes trailed only Atlanta’s Nick Markakis among NL outfielders.Jansen was chosen by Major League Baseball to appear in the All-Star Game July 17 in Washington, D.C. Josh Hader, Brad Hand, Sean Doolittle and Felipe Vasquez are the other relief pitchers on the NL roster.The Dodgers tried to ease Jansen’s workload after a long 2017 season, so he pitched sparingly in spring training. Jansen was also beset by a hamstring injury late in camp. When the regular season began, the rust showed. Jansen blew two of his first four save opportunities. He said it was not until a month into the season that he rounded into opening day shape.Entering Sunday, Jansen had converted 22 of his past 23 save opportunities, and was worthy of a third straight All-Star selection.“It feels so much (more) special than the last two years,” Jansen said. “The last two years, how I started, it was pretty much ‘I’m going to be an All-Star.’ This one, basically, a very slow April. I take all those criticisms and put it on my shoulder and that motivated me. This is special today.” Pitcher Ross Stripling became eligible for an earned-run average title with his start Saturday. His 2.22 ERA ranks second among qualified NL pitchers to Jacob DeGrom. He is 7-2 and leads the Dodgers in strikeouts, with 103 in 89 1/3 innings.“There’s still hope,” Roberts said of Stripling. “Obviously every year … starters on their start days are not available to pitch in the All-Star Game, and certain other guys get opportunities. Ross is one of those guys. In our opinion, he’s an All-Star, had an All-Star first half. Not by way of injury but hopefully by way of guys not being available, Ross would get that opportunity.”Stripling will start for the Dodgers on Thursday in San Diego, which would allow him to pitch in the game July 17.ALSOWalker Buehler touched 97 mph and reported no effects of his rib microfracture after a five-inning simulated game at Angel Stadium. The right-hander faced a handful of major league teammates, as well as minor league outfielder Jon Littell, a 37th-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State. … Roberts said that Buehler will start again prior to the All-Star break. … The probable starting pitchers for the Dodgers’ four-game series against the San Diego Padres: Clayton Kershaw will face Luis Perdomo on Monday; Rich Hill will face Eric Lauer on Tuesday; Kenta Maeda will face Joey Lucchesi on Wednesday; Ross Stripling will face Tyson Ross on Thursday.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 2-4, 2.86 ERA) at Padres (RHP Luis Perdomo, 1-2, 6.86 ERA), MLB Network (out-of-market only), SportsNet LA, 7 p.m. ANAHEIM – For Matt Kemp and Kenley Jansen, their All-Star selections Sunday were each a measure of redemption.Kemp, who was elected by fans to start in the National League outfield, had not been an All-Star since 2012. He entered Sunday night’s game leading the Dodgers in batting average (.317) and RBIs (57). His 15 home runs are four shy of his total from last season, when he played 115 games for the Atlanta Braves.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.After losing close to 40 pounds and being traded back to the team that drafted him, Kemp has appeared in 84 games this season. That health, Manager Dave Roberts said, has allowed Kemp to “re-ascend” to his peak performance as a batter.“When any player’s healthy they play better,” Roberts said. “Even last year, he was off to a great start in Atlanta and had a (right) hamstring injury. When you’re not playing for a championship, not winning, that also takes a toll on you. For him, things are aligned right now. He’s in great shape. He’s been consistent with his workouts, we’re giving him days off his feet and he’s performing. A lot of it definitely is attributable to his health.” Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day