Section of one of the trails in segments 1 – 4 of WNT The Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT) – 115 miles long, spanning the communities of Scotts Head in the south and the Cabrits National Park in the north and passing through a corridor that includes National Parks, local communities, farm lands, forest reserves, and the UNESO acclaimed Morne Trois Pitons World Heritage Site, is now opened for business.The Caribbean’s first and only long distance walking trail consists of 14 segments and connects 29 communities across our nature isle.The Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT) holds tremendous potential for tourism and economic development with promise to benefit rural communities, farmers, landowners and hospitality service providers. It is an information-rich resource and an excellent teaching and research tool, and is fast becoming the play ground for those with an interest in the outdoors. From all accounts the interest in the WNT is growing like wild fire, and many have been using the WNT in increasing numbers.The development of the WNT has reached an important milestone – the launch into pilot operation of Segments 1 – 4. This comes with important considerations and responsibilities – all having to do with Dominican’s claiming ownership and taking great pride in all issues relating to the trail. Safety and security of all trail users and preservation of the natural environment and surroundings are now very important.Pilot operation of Segments 1-4 will be lead by the Forestry and Parks Division in collaboration with the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the WNT. This will commence following a grand declaration ceremony being held at Bellevue Chopin, today June 5 2011, World Environment Day.Today climaxes a week of activities that started with a Church Service at the Soufriere Catholic Church, and included a Press Conference in Wotten Waven, and community meetings and unveiling of signs in Laudat, Giraudel, and Bellevue. It also featured a Whistle Stop – motorcade through the southern communities of Tete Morne, Grandbay and Pichelin as well as a From All Angles Television Programme that featured the WNT. Also included in the week was a ‘Meet and Treat land-owners of the Southern Segments’, held at the Sutton Place Hotel, as well as a partnership hike with the Convent High School along Segment 2 of the Trail.Hikers during the “Walk and Smile Again” on Segment 2 of the WNTActivities today started with a ‘Walk and Smile Again’ Hike on Segment 2 of the Trail, held in collaboration with the Kairi FM. Following this there will be a day of fun and activities including organized Farm tours, a Youth Treasure Hunt, a Children’s Relay, a Pop Quiz (to find out just how much you know about the National Trail), and many prizes and surprises. There will also be a special sunset hike organized for the disabled and the elderly, called the ‘Take your time and walk’ hike.The feature of the day will be a special ceremony that will include cultural performances and presentations by Government Officials. Special guest will be Ambassador Diaz of the EC Delegation in Barbados.This ceremony will also see the formal handing over of Segments 1- 4 of the WNT by the PMU Manager Mr. Henry, to Mr. Burton, Director of the Forestry, Wildlife, and Parks Division, as well as a boozai hike, that will feature lapo cabwit drummers and hikers filling the evening sky with burning torches, reminiscent of our slave fore-fathers braving the night time in centuries gone by.The activities will culminate with a musical presentation by the Digital Vybez band of Petite Savanne.Sponsors and partners for the week’s activities included Digicel Dominica Ltd., Dominica Brewery and Beverages Ltd., Kairi Fm, the Environmental Coordinating Unit, the Dominica Cadet Corps, The Division of Forestry Wildlife, and Parks, the Local Government Department, and the Bellevue Chopin Village Council.During the pilot operation, trail users – locals and visitors alike are encouraged to register with either the Forestry and Parks Division or the Management Unit of the WNTP. We ask that hikers do not go alone on the trail, and also request that visitors be told that they are required to obtain site passes especially where the trail traverses eco-sites. We must encourage visitors to purchase eco-site passes, lest we shortchange ourselves, community and country.Dominica must maximize on the prospects the trail will provide – get involved as communities and take advantage of training opportunities to ensure that services offered meet set requirements and standards. Let us police the trail and ensure that visitors adhere to National Parks and other legal regulations. We appeal to all to desist from littering the trail, vandalizing trail infrastructure or engaging in any practices that will negatively affect the environment.The PMU praises and thanks the Almighty for this Nature Isle that we can enjoy and share with others, and also expresses gratitude for the invaluable contributions of the European Union, Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica, and the men and women who continue to work tirelessly at implementing the project. We also observe the Waitukubuli Ecological Foundation, for conceptualizing this idea and others who have lent support. Press Release LocalNews Commemorating the Handover of Segments 1-4 of the Waitukubuli National Trail by: – June 6, 2011 Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 25 Views no discussions Share
Share Share Sharing is caring! 11 Views no discussions Tweet Share NewsRegional Barbados PM reiterates call for regional ferry service by: – October 18, 2011 Barbados Prime Minister Freundel StuartBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) – Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has made it clear that he will not be tolerating any obstacles to the establishment of efficient transport facilities in the region. He reiterated the call, which he made at the CARICOM heads of government meeting in St Kitts earlier this year, during the opening ceremony of the Caribbean Shipping Association 41st Annual General Meeting and Exhibition. Stuart emphasised that it was patently obvious that intra-regional transport will be the life-blood of a vibrant CARICOM Single Market and Economy. “Just as the integration and development of the United States in the 1860s depended on the railway, so the development of CARICOM depends on maritime transport.”Underscoring the importance of regional integration and its role in boosting the economy through exports and sustaining the tourism economy during the recession, the prime minister pledged his commitment to facilitating air and maritime transport within CARICOM and the wider Caribbean.“I, therefore, want to challenge the Caribbean Shipping Association with adding intra-regional transport to the excellent provisions it now makes for international maritime transport. It is not a case of either international transport or intra-regional transport…we need them both if we are to grow and prosper,” Stuart underlined.The prime minister also espoused the need for a collaborative effort to put infrastructure in place to facilitate regional transport and communication that would enable locals and visitors to travel, trade and experience the rich, social, cultural and ecological diversity of the region.We need to explore how we can expose travellers to the golden sands and clear blue seas of the islands; the rainforests and rivers of the mainland and the rich cultural heritage of the Caribbean … we need the maritime infrastructure to enable regional hubs to emerge to facilitate cargo from the emerging G-20 countries being landed and trans-shipped efficiently and safely to destinations within the CSME,” Stuart said.Alluding to a recent study on the feasibility of establishing a fast ferry service in the southern Caribbean, the prime minister revealed that the final report of the study in January this year concluded that the market demand for the proposed ferry service needed to be tested and proven on the high density traffic routes.In this regard, it was also recommended that a six-month pilot project be implemented to “confirm our hunch that when you take into consideration the revenue from cargo, together with that from passengers, particularly tourists who want to sail and sample other territories at will, the venture could be profitable”.Stuart added: “I, therefore, commend the government of Trinidad and Tobago for taking the bull by the horns as it were a few weeks ago, and giving a firm commitment to get this service up and running as soon as possible.”By Julie WilsonCaribbean News Now
Indianapolis, In. — Outdoor Indiana magazine’s May/June issue features a cover article on orchids. Orchids can be found throughout the Hoosier state if you know what characteristics to look for.The issue also contains features on glacial lakes and parts of DNR properties designed to be accessible for people with disabilities.In 2018, Outdoor Indiana was honored by the Association for Conservation Information (ACI) as the third-best state-sponsored conservation/outdoor recreation magazine in the country.Outdoor Indiana is available now at most Barnes & Noble stores in Indiana for $4. Subscriptions are $15 for one year (six issues, a 38 percent savings off cover) and $28 for two years (12 issues, a 42 percent savings off cover).Subscribe click here or call 317-233-3046. To read article excerpts click here.
Military Bowl broke his duck over jumps at the sixth attempt with victory in the Glebe House Stud Maiden Hurdle at Bellewstown. Trainer Tony Martin said of the 7-4 favourite: “I think he is a good horse, although he has had a few issues. The ground was a bit quick for him today, Ruby felt that he wasn’t letting himself down on it, and yet he can’t have it soft either. He’ll be grand on a bit of nice ground and we will mix it between hurdles and the Flat with him.” Golden Wonder was a taking winner of the Western Motors Skoda Maiden Hurdle for Dessie Hughes and Roger Loughran. Running in the colours of former Minster for Justice Paddy Cooney and leading before three out, the 7-2 joint-favourite was a comfortable eight and a half lengths clear of Georges Conn. Hughes said: “We were lucky they watered so well, and he got away with it. I’ve been looking for a three-mile hurdle for him and he’ll probably go for a beginners chase now, although he would want a decent cut in the ground over fences.” Few horses in training are as tough and busy as Imperial Shabra, who recorded a deserved success in the feature Seamus Mulvaney Crockafotha Handicap Hurdle for colourful handler Oliver Brady. Having his ninth start of 2013, and 88th career outing in all, the nine-year-old made all in the hands of Ryan Treacy, being too strong for favourite Usuel Smurfer from the last. Brady, who celebrated his 74th birthday on Saturday, said: “I don’t think there is a hardier horse in Ireland, and he’s a great money-spinner. He’ll head to Galway and we’ll find something for him there.” Aranhill Chief was a 16-1 winner of the Panda Hurdle, but there appeared to be no fluke about the way the Stephen Mahon-trained six-year-old did it. The handler said: “He had good bumper form last year and he won here in August, but his form fell apart a bit after that and he had a touch of ringworm after his last run. We will find something in Galway.” A Listed winner on the Flat when trained in France, Ruby Walsh’s mount moved smoothly into contention approaching the third-last as the front-running Tisamystery still held an advantage. However, the Henry de Bromhead-trained leader made quite a bad mistake at the final flight, with Walsh quick to seize on the slip as his mount stayed on for a four-length success. Press Association
ELLSWORTH — Torrential downpours that dropped 2 inches of rain on eastern Maine on Sunday, June 21, canceled the Woodlawn Croquet Invitational Tournament’s championship games.The tournament standings were set based on the results of two days of block play and a day of a double elimination ladder on Saturday.“In spite of the finals washout, everyone had a good time and played lots of croquet for three beautiful days,” said tournament organizer Perry Mattson.Twenty-one players competed in four flights at three venues: Tina Hinckley’s artificial surface court in Southwest Harbor, two courts at the Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth and the Tapley Cove Court on the shores of the Bagaduce River in Brooksville — the home of Mary Gould and Marcia Chapman.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTournament festivities began Wednesday evening with a reception in the gardens behind the historic Black House, and the competition got under way Thursday morning.The tournament consisted of eight games of block play for two days followed by a modified seeded double-elimination ladder on Saturday.In the championship flight, with handicaps from 0.5 to 3.5, Webster Bull and Neil Houghton both had five wins. The tiebreaker came down to net points, and Webster won the No. 1 seed.Mattson was third, and Bill Whitman was fourth going into the double elimination.Whitman, who had lost all of his block play games, pulled the upset of the tournament by beating Bull 13-9. Houghton beat Mattson 18-11.In the next round, Houghton beat Whitman 13-12, putting Houghton in the championship game. Mattson beat Bull 16-11 and Whitman 16-14 in the loser’s bracket to advance to the final.In the championship flight, Houghton placed first, Mattson took second and Whitman finished third.In the first flight, with handicaps from 4.5 to 6, Bob Worrell and Charlie Alexander were tied after block play with five wins each. A tiebreaker of net points awarded Worrell the No. 1 seed and a bye to the championship. Alexander placed second. Lloyd Hadden, who struggled in the block play, came to life in the playoffs and placed third.Six players with handicaps from 8 to 11 competed in the second flight. Randall McAndrews dominated the block play with seven wins, and Ted Thelin placed second with six wins. Tim McCormick, who had the highest handicap of 11, scored just two wins in the block play, but played well enough in the playoffs to take third.Five players with handicaps from 13 to 18 competed in the third flight. Tina Hinckley notched seven wins in the block play to earn a bye to the championship. In the playoffs, Barbara Entzminger pulled out a close game against first-time tournament player Wendy Worrell to place second. Wendy Worrell took third.After the weather canceled Sunday’s scheduled championships, the awards were given based on the standings from Saturday’s playoff games.Results submitted by Perry Mattson
… England captain pleased with fight shown throughoutBy BRIJ PARASNATHWEST Indies Women team lost the ODI series 2-3 when they conceded victory by five wickets to their English rivals on Wednesday at Sabina Park, Jamaica.WI captain Stafanie Taylor chalked up her third fifty of the series but had to share the Most Valuable Player-of-the-Series award with England’s left-arm spinner Alexandra Hartley who finished with four wickets in the match and 13 wickets overall, a new bilateral series record for England.Taylor lamented her team’s failure to win the ODI series against England and said: “It’s disappointing that we were not able to pull it off, but this is what happens when you don’t show up.”The 25-year-old all-rounder revealed that they were optimistic before the game started but everything did not go as planned. She stressed that: “We had backed ourselves to get a total closer to 200, but that did not happen, and it gave them a low total to chase.”West Indies were bundled out for 155 all out in 47.1 overs while England romped to an emphatic five-wicket win with 158 for 5 off 38.5 overs, and 67 deliveries to spare.Taylor is hopeful that her teammates will learn from the experience as they plan for future series. She stated that: “Overall, I am proud of the effort of the girls in the series, and it is for us to learn from this experience going forward.”However, England captain Heather Knight was full of praise for the manner her teammates responded to the challenges and their determination to beat the West Indies team.She said: “I am really pleased with the fight shown by our players throughout the series.”“It was tough series, but we always knew we had what it takes to come out on top. It was all about application, and in the final match, I thought we did that brilliantly.”England coach Mark Robinson was also elated with his players’ performances and stressed that: “It’s absolutely outstanding. We’ve had it tough. It’s been ever so humid, red hot and the wickets have been massively challenging.”She surpassed Rosalie Birch’s 11 wickets against South Africa in 2004.Robinson described Harley as a tough cookie while also saying, “We are a young team and we are learning as we go along. We feel we’re going in the right direction and we feel we have shown everybody what we’re made of.”With the latest victory, England move ahead of West Indies to 23 points and are currently second to Australia who head the eight-team standings on 30 points.West Indies dropped to third position on 22 points and must win two more matches to clinch one of the four automatic qualifying berths for next year’s ICC World Cup tournament which will be staged in England.England need one more victory while Australia have already secured the first automatic qualifying spot through the ICC Championship series.
Recently, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim keeps circling back to one thing: The Orange doesn’t have a “quarterback.”SU’s first road trip of the season will likely be without an experienced floor general, which Boeheim said is as important as a football team’s signal-caller. Without one, a team cannot reach its potential.“We’re good enough to win these games,” Boeheim said. “But this isn’t basketball, what we’re doing right now.”Against Eastern Washington, the lack of a point guard resulted in offensive struggles and less ball movement — SU had as many assists as the Eagles (11), despite EWU only having 13 baskets to the Orange’s 24. And against Morehead State, turnovers plagued SU at times, and the offense was unable to break defensive pressure.For the majority of offensive possessions this season, junior Tyus Battle has run the point because Syracuse’s usual starter, Frank Howard, is still sidelined with an injury. His timetable is unclear and is a game-time decision for Thursday’s matchup against Connecticut (2-0), SU director of athletic communications Pete Moore confirmed. Meanwhile, the No. 15 Orange’s (2-0) backup freshman point guard Jalen Carey has yet to fully recover from a left ankle sprain he sustained a month ago. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team’s third-string point guard, sophomore Howard Washington, has barely seen the floor — he’s played seven minutes thus far — after returning from ACL surgery less than a year ago. SU eased by weaker teams such as Eastern Washington and Morehead State, but come Thursday against Connecticut at Madison Square Garden, mistakes at the point guard position could be amplified.“One big thing that hurts Jalen is he hasn’t been able to practice,” Boeheim said on Saturday, after SU’s win over MSU. “Freshman, you’re playing against a fast guard, you need to have those practices. He just wasn’t prepared for that kind of defensive effort.”Carey’s first college appearance came in Syracuse’s season opener after not playing in either scrimmage. He played 18 minutes, shooting 33 percent from the floor and finishing with seven points and six rebounds.After his debut, Carey said his ankle was not 100 percent. Four days later against Morehead State, Carey faced pressure he hadn’t seen before. Sometimes he was pressed as soon as he touched the ball. Other times, he was picked up at half court. In 15 minutes, he failed to make a shot and turned the ball over a team-worst four times in the win.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorCarey said he expects to be 100 percent against UConn, something Syracuse will need for its offense to keep improving.With no true point guard, the offensive ball movement struggles and players like Oshae Brissett, Elijah Hughes and Battle are forced to score by driving 1-on-1 in the paint, rather than creating open shots. Despite its struggles, SU downed Morehead State by 14.UConn poses an even bigger test, especially on the defensive end. The Huskies rank 48th among Division I teams in turnover percentage on defense, according to Kenpom.com, compared to Morehead State’s No. 195 ranking. “Jalen is still learning, getting to 100 but that’s a freshman coming to the league,” Brissett said. “it’s only going to get tougher … They (UConn) were picking up Frank full court (last year).”Syracuse won last year’s battle at the Garden, 72-63, but Howard shot 1-for-10 from the field and turned the ball over nine times. He was then a junior with experience, not a freshman in his third-ever competitive collegiate game like Carey. Howard said after the game that Huskies guard Jalen Adams, who’ll play Thursday night, gave him fits. Carey will see more pressure Thursday, and turnovers could be the deciding factor in a win or upset loss. Syracuse failed to pull away from Morehead State until late, partially because of its 11 first-half turnovers. SU could beat lesser teams without perfect games. UConn is different. “I just wanted to get back in the rhythm of things with the guys,” Carey said after SU’s season-opening win on Nov. 6. “So once we play teams like UConn and stuff like that, I won’t be out of place.”Having a healthy point guard, one that is reliable and can facilitate, is crucial as regular-season competition becomes increasingly difficult. Under the national spotlight, with SU playing two road games at MSG, Carey needs to be at his best.If Carey breaks through the pressure, the Orange can push tempo and take control. A fast-paced offense suits Carey’s game.“More up-tempo,” Carey said. “I just get it out.”Like a quarterback. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 15, 2018 at 1:20 am Contact Charlie: firstname.lastname@example.org | @charliedisturco
Cardiff have withheld the first scheduled payment until they are satisfied with the documentation.BBC Wales has learned the transfer fee is due to be paid in instalments over three years.It is understood Nantes are threatening legal action if they do not receive a payment within 10 days. The BBC has attempted to speak to Nantes for comment.A source at Cardiff says they will honour the contract but not until they have clarified “all the facts”.It is unclear whether or not the club have insurance covering the cost of the transfer.And Cardiff are “surprised” Nantes have made the demand while attempts are being made to recover a body from the plane that was carrying Sala and Ibbotson.The body was seen in the Piper Malibu on Monday, two weeks after the plane vanished near Guernsey.French club Bordeaux are also entitled to a cut of the fee, thought to be 50% – Sala was on their books from 2012 to 2015 before joining Nantes.The plane carrying Sala and Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, disappeared en route to Cardiff after the footballer returned to Nantes to say goodbye to his former team-mates.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram French club Nantes have demanded payment from Cardiff City over the £15m transfer of Emiliano Sala, BBC Wales has learned.Sala, along with pilot David Ibbotson, was on board the Piper Malibu N264DB which lost radar contact near Guernsey on 21 January.The Argentine striker, 28, was Premier League club Cardiff’s record signing.
Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Smarkets gains green light to enter Swedish market July 28, 2020 Related Articles Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 With the General Election looming, Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has maintained the backing of UK punters, with betting exchanges showing that punters are favouring a Tory majority government.Tuesday’s leaders debate, which saw Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn go head-to-head on ITV, saw the two clash over topics such as Brexit and the NHS. But with controversies over the Tory party rebranding its press office Twitter feed as a fact-checking service during the debate, betting exchange Smarkets saw punters trade in favour of a Conservative-win in the upcoming election. Sarbjit Bakhshi, Head of Politics at Smarkets, explained: “Yesterday’s ITV debate was the first time we’ve seen Johnson and Corbyn go head-to-head outside the Commons, and each set out the battle lines they will use to frame the election. “Johnson pushed the ‘Get Brexit Done’ angle, counting on the weariness of the electorate and Corbyn being unable to say whether he’d campaign for or against Brexit in a future referendum. Corbyn focused on anti-austerity, increasing public spending on infrastructure and used NHS underfunding to drive home points on the spectre of a trade deal with the US.“It has been said that this election is for Johnson to lose, and according to the snap YouGov poll following the debate on who did better, Johnson marginally won at 51%, putting in a competent but not outstanding performance. “Since the debate, Conservatives are now trading at 93% for winning the most seats in the next General Election, which is a slight decline from their highest ever price 95%. Considering the risk of Boris Johnson making some gaff to turn off voters, this result is the best that could be expected for the Conservatives.“Our market on the first Prime Minister after the General election still favours Johnson at 82% but is showing a slight decline from a few days ago when he was trading at 93%. Some of this will come down to the party and seat position rather than the leader, with Labour at only 3.33% in our market to form a majority Government of their own at the next election.”The political climate in the UK in recent months has been tempestuous to say the least, with parliament struggling to reach any sort of consensus on Brexit. Despite witnessing what has arguably been a car crash in political decorum, UK punters are continuing to back December’s general election delivering a Conservative majority government.Bakhshi continued: “Recent trading across all our markets favours a Conservative majority government. Our ‘most seats’ market has the Conservatives at 94%, with the most-favoured Conservative seat number 360-plus at 48%, just ahead of 301-359 seats at 47%. Both of these contracts could take the Conservatives into majority government territory, supported by our overall majority market, which has the Conservatives at 66%.“Our aggregated seat numbers from all constituency betting also shows the Conservatives on a healthy 337 seat outcome from the General Election.“Our ‘Brexit date’ market favours anytime in January – December 2020 at 75% which would fit into both Corbyn’s and Johnson’s timetable for Brexit, suggesting that if Brexit is to happen, it is going to happen next year.” Share Share
Captain of the Black Stars, Andre Ayew, has admitted the team failed woefully at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and is taking full responsibility for the team’s exit to Tunisia at the Round of 16 stage.Ghana lost 5-4 in penalty shootouts to the North Africans after the game ended 1-1 after extra time.Ayew, who was named captain ahead of the tournament, believes the team has disappointment Ghanaians and has now put his head on the chopping board.“I am very sad and disappointed that we could not get to the next stage but we need to take heart and be stronger. The entire team gave everything but it did not go our way.“As a Ghanaian and as a leader no player is to be held responsible for this; I take all the responsibility and we are going to work hard and come back stronger.“If we have been kicked out at this stage it means we had a bad tournament and since we couldn’t achieve the mission we came here for, I will say we failed,”The exit from the competition in Egypt is the worst performance of the Black Stars at an AFCON since 2006 when they failed to progress from the group stages, with the country’s AFCON title drought now set to exceed 40 years.