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first_img Tweet Share Share LocalNews Edward Oliver Highway to be officially commissioned on Friday by: – April 19, 2012 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 176 Views   one comment Section of the road under the Canefield Cliffs during construction works in 2011The Roosevelt Skerrit led Administration will on Friday officially commission the rehabilitated West Coast Road Project which will be renamed the “Edward Oliver Highway”.The contract for the construction of approximately 44.877 km road was officially signed on October 9th 2009 with a projected completion time frame of 23 months; however the official ground breaking ceremony for the commencement of the project took place on 26th February, 2010.The highway was rehabilitated under the West Coast Road Development Project by the China Railway 17th Bureau Group Corporation Limited; a subsidiary company of China Railway, at a cost of EC$ 100 million.The Prime Minister announced at the official opening of the Dominica China Friendship Bridge (DC Bridge) which was part of the West Coast Rehabilitation Project, on February 1st, 2012 that the highway will be renamed in recognition of Mr. Leblanc’s contribution to Dominica particularly as the road was constructed during his administration.He told the Next Level Radio Program on Tuesday evening that he feels “personally gratified” that the highway will be renamed after someone who has contributed to Dominica’s development. “This is a major piece of infrastructure and that road will be named after the former chief minister, former premier, father of the nation and leader of the Labour Party. He is the one who constructed the road in the first place and we are very happy that after so many years something of significance, that this very important name E. O. Leblanc can be placed on it and I believe that there’s no other edifice or road that could set aside the West Coast Road”.Mr. Skerrit also announced that the Vieille Case Primary School will in September of this year also be renamed in Mr. Leblanc’s honour.“That will be done ahead of the new school year in September so that our children and people do not forget people who have made real and tangible contributions to our development”. He also commended Mr. R. O. P Armour who was the minister of works at the time when the road was constructed as well as the current Minister of Public Works Rayburn Blackmoore.“We have to give tremendous praise to Minister Blackmoore he has really marshaled the troops and taken ownership of the process and really ensured that the work was done properly. He continuously kept the people informed on the progress of the work a million times or more and was very visible at every stage”. The project included the following;• Rehabilitation of some 45.115 km of main road from Hanover Street in Roseau to Borough’s Square in Portsmouth.• The construction of a 66.94m long by 10.5m wide two-lane bridge including sidewalks from Hanover Street to Elliot Avenue• The construction of a large boxed culvert structure and re-alignment of the existing s-bend at Woodbridge Bay with a much improved alignment• Shifting of the existing road under the Canefield Cliff further westward towards the existing sea defence wall• Re-alignment of the s-bend approaching the village of Tarreau from the south with a much improved straighter alignment• Construction of over 1.6km of sea-defence protections at Tarreau and CoulibistrieConstruction of a new large boxed-culvert on approaching Picard to reinstate this failed section of road. The West Coast Road project is one of the four pillar projects agreed to between the Dominica government and the People’s Republic of China as well as the State House project and the Dominica State College. The ceremony will take place in Mahaut from 2:30pm on Friday.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will not shy away from exercising its oversight on sports federations as it pushes for reforms in the running of the sports industry.The Minister, Sunday Dare, stated this at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Monday while receiving the report of the Ministerial Committee on the Performance of Nigeria’s Athletes at the cecently concluded World Athletic Championships, in Doha, Qatar.The Minister thanked the committee members for the level of commitment and patriotism they have exhibited, while assuring that the Ministry would go through and come up with an action plan, which would ensure that the development of sports, with regards to athletics, does not continue to suffer the fate it has suffered in the recent past. Dare further assured that this time things will be done differently for a better result, noting: “When we talk of about the next level, this is what we mean, doing things the right way.”While appreciating the work of the sports federations in the country, he sounded a note of warning that no federation was bigger than the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, adding that in the interest of the country, sports and the athletes, the Ministry would not exchange its oversight powers when it feels any federation is going wrong.Dare said: “No federation is bigger than the Ministry. “We have oversight powers over them.”Drawing lessons from Doha 2019, he said: “Doha reminds us that you only go to a championship with your best so that your work will not go to waste.”Presenting 10 copies of the report to the Minister of Youth and Sports, the Chairman of the committee Prof. Ken Angwueje, said the committee had examined the facts, established the truths and suggested measures to prevent a re-occurrence of the less than impressive performance of team Nigeria at the 17th IAAF World Championship in Doha, while also suggesting ways forward.It would be recalled that the Minister inaugurated the committee a week ago to appraise the causes and factors responsible for team Nigeria’s performance at the just concluded World Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar where Nigeria won only one bronze medal. Other members of the committee are Dr. Umar Bindir, Rotimi Obajimi, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Dr. Dare Esan, Ambassador Mary Onyali, Chief Falilat Ogunkoya and Maria Wophill as Secretary. Tags: MKO Abiola StadiumSunday Darelast_img read more

first_img Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 ELLSWORTH — With a global pandemic raging, one of New England’s largest sporting gatherings took on a much different look.No, there were no runners sprinting from Hopkinton to Boylston Street this year in front of thousands of cheering fans. Yet with the Boston Marathon offering a virtual competition this year, qualified runners weren’t deprived of the opportunity to say they competed in the world’s biggest race.Hancock County distance runners were among the estimated 17,000 who competed in the virtual running of the Boston Marathon from Sept. 4-15. The event gave local runners a chance to compete in the 124th running of the race in front of their friends, family members and community members on courses of their own choosing.On Sept. 5, Ellsworth’s Jim Newett and Andrew Tiemann completed their marathons on a looping track that included stretches of MacDonald, Maddocks and American avenues in Ellsworth. Newett finished in 4 hours, 1 minute, 36 seconds, and Tiemann came in behind with a time of 4 hours, 4 minutes, 25 seconds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Having it in September, it was definitely much hotter than you’re used to for a marathon,” Tiemann said. “When you go down to Boston for the race, you’re expecting that April weather. … I remember that 2018 race where it was just miserable and pouring all day.”Another Ellsworth resident, Tom Murphy, completed his marathon Sunday morning. Setting out at 7 a.m. and running in a larger loop that began and ended at Knowlton Park, Murphy finished in 4:33:09.Although Murphy was the only person competing for time Sunday morning, he did not run his race alone. Tiemann, who was on only a week’s rest after completing his own timed event, joined Murphy for all 26.2 miles as he made his way around town and finished in front of a contingent of approximately 20 people at Knowlton Park.“We had a lot of people there waiting for us at the finish,” Murphy said. “Running is something that’s much better when you have someone there alongside you, so it was great that Andrew could be there to join me.”Murphy was also joined for part of the way by Kris Garcia of Trenton. Garcia completed his own marathon one day later as he finished in an impressive 3:00:53 on the challenging Mount Desert Island Marathon course.The next Boston Marathon, the 125th in the event’s history, is scheduled for April 19, 2021. That date is tentative depending on the status of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI (Reuters) – For a franchise used to spending the business end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) wondering what went wrong, the Delhi Capitals have surprised themselves by making the playoff with two matches to spare in a remarkable turnaround.If their long-suffering fans found it difficult to be upbeat about the team at the start of this season, they could hardly be faulted.The underperforming side underwent a major rebranding late last year — becoming the Delhi Capitals with a new jersey, a new logo and a new anthem — after JSW Sport, part of a $13 billion (10 billion pounds) business conglomerate, acquired a 50 percent stake.They appointed Australian Ricky Ponting as the head coach, but still ended the season bottom of the standings, their fourth such finish in 11 seasons. To their fans, who had not seen the side make the playoffs since 2012, all of the changes looked cosmetic as they prepared for another season of underperformance.Ponting, however, knew they just needed to be patient. “Success doesn’t happen overnight,” Ponting said in a team video. “Even last year, we felt we were very close to playing great cricket … but all the big moments popped up.”“This year we’re winning those moments.”That’s largely because of the balance in the side.Delhi retained wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, skipper Sheras Iyer, who was elevated into the role during the middle of last season, and South African speedster Kagiso Rabada while adding opener Shikhar Dhawan — smart investments that paid off. The team effort this year contrasts with the sporadic individual brilliance of last season.“These did not add up to anything,” Ponting said. “We had outstanding individual performances but not much in the middle.“This year (opener) Prithvi (Shaw) played well when we needed him to, Shikhar played well on a number of occasions, Rishabh won two games of his own and Rabada is the leading wicket-taker by a long way.”Delhi have IPL’s youngest skipper in Iyer, who was just 23 when he was appointed, but his relatively youthful side have been guided by Ponting and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who came on board as an advisor earlier this year. Ganguly’s presence has been particularly helpful to fellow left-handers like Pant and Dhawan and the improved performances have brought the fans back to Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.“It helps when you win,” Ganguly said. “It helps when you play well, that’s what brings people back. If you can do that, this would be a big brand.” Sajjan Jindal, Chairman and Managing Director of the JSW Group, which also owns teams in India’s franchise-based soccer and kabaddi leagues, agreed.“The world wants to be with the winners, nobody likes the loser, right?” he said.“After seven years, coming into playoff, it’s a big deal for Delhi Capitals. I’m sure they will go a long way. And I won’t be surprised if they win this championship.”last_img read more

first_img Related Stories With shrinking margin of error against USF, Syracuse football makes too many mistakes in 45-20 lossSyracuse football: 3 quick takeaways from SU’s 45-20 loss to South Florida Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 17, 2016 at 7:21 pm Syracuse lost, 45-20, to South Florida on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. The Orange (1-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) is now on a two-game losing streak. How do you grade SU’s performance against USF?last_img read more

first_imgThe No. 1 men’s golf team won the Western Intercollegiate tournament this weekend in Santa Cruz, Calif., closing out the regular season as the top-ranked team in the country. The tournament was a highlight for sophomore Justin Suh, who notched the first win of his collegiate career.This was the fourth title of the year for the Trojans, who won with a final score of 1,050 (347-348-355). The finish was 18 strokes better than Stanford, which came in second place, and 20 strokes ahead of Oregon in third.Suh’s victory came with a 5-under 205 finish (68-67-70). It was his third finish in the final top three on the season, ending with five birdies in the final round. Suh won by four strokes, leading the entirety of Sunday’s play.Meanwhile, junior Sean Crocker took home a tie for second at 1-under 209 (72-70-67) after a clutch 3-under final round. That final round helped Crocker extend his streak of under par tournaments to eight straight. Fellow junior Jonah Texeira tied for eighth, finishing 2-over(68-73-71). It was the best finish for Texeira since November’s Gifford Collegiate tournament.Seniors Rico Hoey (72-71-72) and Andrew Levitt (73-67-75) rounded out the group with a tie for 21st, finishing 5-over 215, while freshman Cheng Jin tied for 39th with 9-over 210 (67-77-75).Now, the Trojans prepare to enter postseason play next week with a trip to the Pac-12 Championships. They finished fifth in the conference last spring during the tournament in Salt Lake City.After the Pac-12 Championships, the Trojans will look toward the NCAA Championships. The regional tournament will kick off on May 8, but it’s uncertain which location the Trojans will be assigned to for the first round. Six different courses around the country will host NCAA Regionals, and the Trojans could find themselves in nearby Stanford, Calif. or as far away as Austin, Texas or Baton Rouge, La.USC is looking to make it all the way to the finals in Sugar Grove, Ill. after a disappointing finish to last year’s season. Despite a No. 3 ranking, the Trojans fell to Texas in a 4-1 semifinals upset, prematurely ending an otherwise successful season.This year, the Trojans come in as the favorite to take the tournament. In the last four months, the Trojans have notched only one finish below second place in a tournament. A particularly strong showing in March and February helped the team leap from No. 6 to No. 1 in the national rankings, coming off the heels of top-two finishes at the Amer Ari Invitational, the Southwestern Invitational, the Southern Highlands Collegiate and The Goodwin.With three weeks to prepare, the Trojans are locking in as they look to redeem themselves after last year’s fifth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships. The tournament will tee off on April 28 in Boulder, Colo.last_img read more

first_imgShare Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Calling on all industry operators and stakeholders to participate in its latest consultation, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has sought advice, information and knowledge on the following three disciplines:Safeguarding customer interactions – The Commission seeks to asses how gambling businesses identify and interact to help customers who may be at risk of or experiencing harms associated with gambling.Developing an ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Scheme’ – How should the UK betting industry implement an effective ADR Scheme, governing customer complaints and dispute resolutions.Gambling ‘Software Blockers’ – The UKGC calls for initial insight and evidence on developing and introducing ‘free-to-access’ blocking software for UK consumers.In its update, the UKGC explained that the above disciplines will form part of its 2019 research agenda, which aims to develop the UK as the world’ the fairest and safest gambling marketplace.Continuing its 2018 leadership mandate, the UKGC urges for wider betting/gambling’s stakeholders – such as local businesses, consumers, community advisors – to participate in its consultations which aim to reduce gambling harms and protect consumers.Paul Hope – UKGCPaul Hope, Gambling Commission Executive Director, said: “We would like as many people as possible to have their say on these two consultations and the call for evidence. The proposed changes are intended to accelerate progress in protecting consumers and preventing them from experiencing gambling-related harm.“Making gambling fairer and safer is at the heart of how we regulate and better customer interaction, higher ADR standards and facilitating readily available blocking software are all part of this.” Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOne of kids’ favorite times of the year, summer break, is right around the corner. It’s a perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the sun, but literacy sometimes suffers with the extended time away from academics. Alpena Public Schools is working to make sure that doesn’t happen.Students at Hink’s Elementary participated in a summer reading kick–off today, just before break starts. Instructional coach, Jennifer Marceau, says this is the perfect way to get parents involved, and kids interested in reading.“So what we did today is we just kind of introduced parents to ideas they can utilize at home while they’re working with their students. Just some ideas. Some are water coloring, getting out chalk to play on a sidewalk, write their sight words or their fry words. We also had in there just showing them how to read with their kids, explaining how to read with them. We also had sand to play with different activities that you can incorporate into just simply playing in the sand.”Students from junior kindergarten through first grade will be sent home with a packet containing all the books they’ll need, as well as an interactive app to track progress and engage parents. The school hopes the children will return in the fall ready to pick up right where they left off.“Our major goal here is to try to stop the summer slide because many kids, if they’re not picking up a book or they’re not reading, summer slide happens and we’re hoping to close that gap and not have kids come in having summer slide. So encourage them to read as much as they can throughout the summer.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Hinks, Literacy, Reading, Summer, summer reading programContinue ReadingPrevious Jeff Wallace Memorial Golf Outing to benefit youth sports this summerNext Twenty-two arrested in mid-Michigan sting operation to catch child predatorslast_img read more

first_imgMessi began the rout in the 17th minute with a perfectly placed free-kick that arched past a desperate Diego Lopez, and followed that up by keeping possession under intense pressure before providing the pass for Dembele from which the French attacker curled in a fine second.It was then Dembele’s turn to become provider a minute before the break, slipping in a super through ball that Suarez somehow took on and squeezed home from near the byline.Messi capped a dominant team and individual display with his second free-kick of the night, which this time whipped past Lopez which such venom the Spanish goalkeeper could barely move towards it.Nikola Kalinic opened his league account for Atletico Madrid with the opener against Alaves earlier on Saturday, before Antoine Griezmann and midfielder Rodri sealed all three points at the Wanda Metropolitano with goals in the final 10 minutes.The only negative note for Simeone was World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez leaving the field with a knee injury in the first half.Mouctar Diakhaby’s header in second half stoppage time for Valencia meant Sevilla missed the opportunity to stay just a point behind Barca.Pablo Sarabia had put the visitors into the lead nine minutes into the second half and Sevilla had chances to seal the points at the Mestalla with Ever Banega and Andre Silva hitting the post. – Magical Messi – Messi celebrates. PHOTO @FFbarcelonaMadrid, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi stole the show with two free-kick goals in a blistering display as Barcelona maintained their lead at the top of La Liga with a thumping 4-0 derby win over Catalan rivals Espanyol.The Argentine superstar curled home two sensational set-pieces and set up another goal as he and his teammates romped to victory at the RCDE Stadium and made sure Barca kept chasing Atletico Madrid and Sevilla at bay.Atleti and Sevilla had moved level on 28 points with Barca on Saturday after Diego Simeone’s side defeated Alaves 3-0 and the Andalusians drew 1-1 at Valencia.However Messi made sure that Ernesto Valverde’s team kept their place at the top of the pile with a mesmerising display alongside front-three partners Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele that left Espanyol dead and buried by half-time.“He is extraordinary,” said Valverde. “The free-kicks, the chances on goal that he creates, what he brings us and what he take from the opponent…“It is still very early, La Liga is very tight, but the idea is to be solid away from home, knowing that winning is very difficult against every team.”center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more