Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share LocalNews Second situational analysis workshop planned for Dominica by: – December 14, 2011 6 Views no discussions Share Severin McKenzie. Photo credit: thedominicannetDominican Manufacturers are expected to meet this week for the second situational analysis workshop. The workshop which is organized by the Dominica Manufactures Association (DMA) is aimed at addressing the challenges facing manufacturers, including port charges, financing, quality control, shipping, and customs duties.Public Relations Officer of the DMA Severin McKenzie says the association is hoping to gain a better understanding of the challenges confronting the manufacturing sector and also be better equipped to tackle such challenges in the interest of its membership and national development.“Quite a number of challenges were identified and what we decided to do was conduct phase two which will meet the institutions who can help resolve some of the problems we are facing. We will be having the financial institutions to discuss finance and arrangements, we should be having the Bureau of Standards, DEXIA for shipping, customs and the ministry of trade,” he said.He is hoping that Thursday’s situational analysis workshop will be beneficial to both the manufacturers and stake holders.“We are hoping that we will have a better response from the stakeholders because we will be having a face to face with them and we will be presenting them with some of the challenges and we are hoping to have a reaction from them. It is not an antagonistic relationship,” he added.Phase two of the situational analysis will be held on December 15th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.Dominica Vibes News
Coming up this Saturday from The O2 in London, Dillian Whyte meets Oscar Rivas for the interim WBC heavyweight title, live globally on DAZN. Sporting News caught up with the Managing Director of Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn to discuss his ever-growing boxing stable.Join DAZN to watch Whyte vs. Rivas and 100+ fight nights a year Sporting News: The hot topic that is on everyone’s lips, when and where will the Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr rematch take place?Eddie Hearn: We will be letting them [Team Ruiz Jr] know shortly the venue for the fight. Obviously, Ruiz Jr has his contractual obligations, he’s a stand-up guy, and he will honor those, so we are just going through the process. We have had some late offers, and runners come in for the rematch that we are exploring. I still think the clear front runners are New York and Cardiff and we will see what happens. I’m happy with Cardiff or New York, but I think there’s great arguments either way. Joshua just went to America to fight Andy Ruiz Jr, so he’s well within his rights to host the fight in Cardiff. The sensible thing and probably the advice from his management and training team is to do it in Cardiff, but there’s also props to be given for going to New York as well.SN: Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Luke Campbell was announced by the WBC but no official word from either fighter. What’s the current situation?EH: We are very close with that now; we’re hoping that there could be an announcement made at the Whyte-Rivas fight on Saturday. Vasiliy Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk are both flying in for the fight on Saturday night, and we are tying up the final contract, August 31 at the O2 Arena in London, England.SN: Speaking of Oleksandr Usyk, he had to pull out of his heavyweight debut against Carlos Takam due to an arm injury, when are we likely to see him back in the ring?EH: I believe he will still fight Carlos Takam. He will be at the show on Saturday night in London. He’s getting that date-sorted now which looks like the end of September, probably against Takam and he’s also mandatory for the winner of Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr, so he’s in a great position.SN: Is there a Katie Taylor vs. Delfine Persoon rematch on the cards?EH: I had a meeting yesterday with Brian Taylor, Katie’s manager. We’ve reached out to Delfine Persoon’s team to see about a rematch, it’s defiantly a fight Katie wants, whether that’s next or the one after. I think now it’s about setting new targets for her; she’s become an undisputed champion at lightweight so what’s next? Probably becoming an undisputed champion at 140 pounds, but everybody wants to see the Persoon rematch. Amanda Serrano is a great fight that everyone is talking about as well, so I really think maybe a title at 140 then Delfine Persoon and Amanda Serrano. They’re the sort of the next three fights for Katie Taylor.SN: Callum Smith has turned down an offer from Billy Joe Saunders, and the Canelo stories have started to dry up. When will a decision likely be made on his next fight?EH: Callum Smith is ready to fight Canelo, but I don’t think Canelo wants to fight Callum Smith just yet. There’s a big perception about Callum Smith being an absolute beast within boxing, and they are quite right. He is a beast! I expect Callum to box again by the end of September, possibly looking to bring him over to the U.S in December as well”.SN: Daniel Jacobs said after his loss to Canelo that he will be looking to step up in weight. When will we see the ‘Miracle Man’ next?EH: Callum Smith, I think is a great fight for Daniel Jacobs. I think Daniel is going to want one fight at super middleweight to feel himself into the weight. He’ll still want a proper contender, but I think Daniel Jacobs will be a force to be reckoned with at 168 pounds.SN: Otha Jones III has been busy in recent months, when will he be next out?EH: He has been busy; he’s having a little rest now. He boxed at York Hall in London then he boxed in Providence the week after, so I’m going to let him have the summer off, and then he’ll be back again in September.SN: Anthony Sims Jr. beat Vaughn Alexander in April. When is ‘The Magician’ next performing? EH: He’s going to box in Mexico, August 24, I’m looking to give him one more fight. Then for me, he’s really got to go in and start attacking the super middleweight division or maybe even a fight against Callum Smith.SN: Devin Haney was last out in May when he beat Antonio Moran via a seventh-round knockout. When will ‘The Dream’ be back in the ring?EH: Devin Haney is a superstar! Everyone is talking about him at the moment. We are waiting on Canelo because he could be on the Friday night before Canelo, If Canelo doesn’t fight then Devon will be in September headlining his own show or maybe one with Oleksandr Usyk as well.
The New England Patriots had a costly fumble on the goal line of social media.The Patriots faux pas popped off during a Twitter campaign that was meant to highlight the NFL team’s one millionth follower — and it backfired spectacularly late Thursday when an account with a racial slur handle was named the winner.The team emblazoned the N-word across the back of a team jersey and sent the tweet out to stunned fans.The offensive tweet said: “Thanks for helping us become the first NFL team with 1 million followers! #1MillionPatriots.”Moreover, the social media image included a handwritten note signed by Patriots bad-boy tight end Rob Gronkowski.New England later deleted the tweet and apologized, calling the gaffe a filtering problem.“We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Our filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future.”— New England Patriots (@Patriots)November 14, 2014The Patriots were roasted by the fumbled nevertheless:Live shot of [email protected] front officepic.twitter.com/ttGRSl7Kw9— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls)November 14, 2014Congrats to Riley Cooper on being the Patriots millionth follower!#1MillionPatriots— Jesse (@JesseBealJr) November 14, [email protected] SMH RAY RICE GAVE A BETTER APOLOGY— Richie Cobb III (@R_CIII)November 14, [email protected] tweeted: “Has Roger Goodell suspended the @Patriots twitter feed yet?”
Fortunately, they committed to the project and the fundraising ball began to roll. “We started coming up with different grants and fundraisers. We just started grinding. I spoke at churches and businesses, $100 here, a thousand there,” he said. The money raised by the Lions was presented to the Friends of the Monmouth County Parks, which acts as the intermediary between outside organizations and the Monmouth County Park System on projects like the Sensory Den. With the help of grants and the support of the community, the Lions Club raised $140,000 to fund the project. At 10 a.m. Aug. 22 members of the Colts Neck Lions Club and the Friends of the Monmouth County Parks will gather at Dorbrook Park to break ground on the Sensory Lions’ Den, a playground that will be open to all children but has been specially designed for kids with visual impairments. The idea for the playground began with Justin Lotano, Colts Neck Lions Club president, and his wife Christina, as they sat on their sofa at home one night discussing possible projects the Lions Club could pursue. The closest such playground in New Jersey was at the St. Joseph’s School for the Blind in Jersey City, where sensory cues in theplayground provide visually impaired kids with the freedom to play. Justin Lotano paid them a visit. “I learned how important it is for children to be able to have the confidence to play on equipment that other children are playing on,” he said. The playground will also feature musical instruments like large xylophones, drums that make different sounds and a game that plays different animal sounds when kids push its buttons. There will also be button-activated misting columns. By Eileen Moon The central piece of the Sensory Den will be a global motion dome. “You can grab onto it and get inside it and it spins,” Lotano said. The international philanthropic organization has long been known for its work on behalf of blind and visually impaired children and adults around the world, scheduling vision screenings, repairing and distributing eyeglasses, and funding research and treatment of eye diseases. He then presented his proposal to the Monmouth County Park System, meeting with officials and park administrators to ask them to consider building a sensory playground at Dorbrook Park. The park on Route 537 has had a playground designed for children with disabilities called the Challenger Place playground for the past 15 years, but it didn’t address specific visual challenges. Spinning on the Global Motion playground feature improves posture and balance. Photo courtesy Colts Neck Lions “It’s been a refreshing thing for the whole club,” Lotano said. “Our membership has doubled.” So Lotano went back to his fellow Lions Club members and asked them to raise the $125,000 necessary to fund the construction of the playground. “We are excited to assist them in bringing this project to fruition,” said Maria Wojciechowski, executive director of the Friends of the Monmouth County Park System. “I spoke with the park system last week and they are in process. We expect it to open in October.” If all of that sounds like fun, the good news is that while the playground is designed to be accessible for kids with visual impairments, it’s also designed to provide fun for all kids. But to the Lotanos, creating a playground where visually impaired kids could have the kind of fun that every child needs, was paramount. As the Lotanos’ idea began to gather steam, Justin Lotano set to work exploring what type of equipment was available, what costs were involved and what obstacles would have to be overcome in order to make the sensory playground a reality in Monmouth County. Lotano traveled to St. Joseph’s School for the Blind with an architect for the park system. Once the county had all the facts, Lotano said, it agreed to the project. “Once we got the county on board, it was just a matter of figuring out how to come up with the money,”Lotano said. “Our ultimate goal is to bring all the children together,” Lotano said. COLTS NECK – Thanks to a group of people united by a common vision, kids with visual impairments will no longer have to sit on the sidelines while other kids are having fun on the playground at Dorbrook Park. Colts Neck Lions Club members, from left, Andrew Lotano, Justin Lotano, John Sakoutis and John Grabovski. Photo courtesy Colts Neck Lions “This is a club that normally raises $10,000 a year,” Lotano said. “You can imagine the looks on their faces.” “My wife came up with the idea,” Lotano said. Initially, the Lotanos weren’t sure if such a thing even existed. They soon found out that it did. The Friends of the Monmouth County Parks will thank the Colts Neck Lions Club for its donation at a wine and craft beer tasting to take place at Tatum Park in Middletown Sept. 19. Contact friendsofthemonmouthcountyparks.com for more information.
Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Matt McQuaid scored a career-high 27 points, Cassius Winston converted the go-ahead layup in the closing minute, and the Spartans rallied to beat No. 10 Michigan 65-60 in the Big Ten final on Sunday.Top-seeded Michigan State (28-6) scored the game’s final 10 points to capture its first championship since 2016. No other program has won the conference tournament as many times as Michigan State, and this one was particularly sweet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAfter all, the Spartans prevented a championship three-peat by Michigan (28-6) and beat their rivals for the third time this season.“I asked them all today, ‘What do you want to do?’” Izzo said. “Pregame meal, ‘What do you want to do? You want to play for the (NCAA) Tournament or you want to play the game?’ That sounds like a stupid question, but if you knew where my guys were at as far as physically, it was a good question to ask. Once they said ‘We want to play the game,’ I said, ‘You just gave me a license for 40 minutes of hell, so you better get going because I’m not letting up.’” “They responded and I think they enjoyed it,” he continued. “So did I.”McQuaid nailed a personal-best seven 3-pointers. Winston, the Big Ten Player of the Year, had 14 points and 11 assists as Michigan State won for the 10th time in 11 games.“It’s always big,” McQuaid said. “Michigan’s a really good team. Beating them three times … it’s hard to do.”Both teams were awarded No. 2 seeds in the NCAA Tournament and will play Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. Michigan State faces Bradley in the East Region, while Michigan goes against Montana in the West. The Wolverines beat Montana last year on the way to the national championship game.Ignas Brazdeikas led Michigan with 19 points. Jordan Poole scored 13. Jon Teske had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Zavier Simpson added 10 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Dominic Thiem edges Roger Federer in 3 sets to win Indian Wells title Read Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments But the third-seeded Wolverines fell again to Michigan State after blowing their chance to win the league by losing to their rivals twice in the final four regular-season games.“You lose three times in a season to your rival, it’s gonna hurt” Isaiah Livers said. “But we’ll use it as motivation for the NCAA Tournament. I’m glad we don’t have a week or two weeks to sit there and think about that last game. We can get right back to playing.”Michigan led by 13 early in the second half, but Michigan State went on a 13-4 run to tie it at 48 with just over seven minutes remaining.The Wolverines were up 60-55 after Livers hit a 3 with 2:29 left, but they didn’t score again. McQuaid answered with one of his own to start the game-ending run and Xavier Tillman made a tying layup for Michigan State.After Simpson missed a 3 for Michigan, Winston drove to his left for a layup — which Teske thought he blocked — to put the Spartans on top 62-60 with 28 seconds left.Brazdeikas then missed a pull-up jumper that got tipped by Aaron Henry with 14 seconds to play. Teske and Tillman went up for the rebound, the ball got knocked out of bounds and the referees gave possession to Michigan State after a review as Michigan coach John Beilein screamed on the sideline.Henry made a free throw and missed the second, making it a three-point game. Poole then appeared to get bumped by Winston — Michigan State had a foul to give — just before he launched a long 3 off the dribble, but there was no call.The Spartans’ Kenny Goins hit two free throws to make it 65-60 with two seconds left.AHRENS INJUREDMichigan State forward Kyle Ahrens was relieved X-rays showed his left ankle wasn’t broken after he was taken from the court on a stretcher in the first half, though the extent of the injury was not clear. Michigan State’s Matt McQuaid (20) celebrates after shooting a 3-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball championship game against Michigan in the Big Ten Conference tournament, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)CHICAGO — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had one simple question for his team. He got the answer he wanted, and the sixth-ranked Spartans picked up their sixth Big Ten Tournament championship.Now, they’ll try to bring home the biggest prize of all.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte He expects to have an MRI once the softball-sized swelling goes down.Ahrens landed awkwardly when he collided in midair with Goins going for a defensive rebound with 4:34 left in the first half.He clutched his lower left leg as he screamed in pain. Medical personnel placed an air cast on his leg and teammates gave him hugs before he was wheeled away, pounding his chest as he was taken to the back. He returned to the sideline on crutches in the second half.BIG PICTUREMichigan: The Wolverines have their sights set on another big NCAA run after losing to Villanova in the championship game last year.Michigan State: The Spartans head to the tournament with high hopes, though their rotation figures to be a little thinner after Ahrens went down.UP NEXTMichigan: NCAA Tournament.Michigan State: NCAA Tournament. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
We’re a little more than a day away from the 2015 Final Four. At 6:09 p.m. E.T. Saturday, Duke and Michigan State are set to tip off at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Following that contest, at roughly 8:49 p.m. E.T., Kentucky and Wisconsin will play. Here’s the official game ball for the Final Four. It features the national championship trophy. Official game ball. Trophy embossed. pic.twitter.com/jJt9v0hq2i— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) April 3, 2015Which team will be throwing that ball into the air late Monday evening?The Final Four games will be televised on TBS.
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OTTAWA – The secret, golfer Ben Hogan famously declared, is in the dirt. But on Dave Druken’s high-tech practice range, there’s not a speck of the stuff.In truth, Golftec’s indoor teaching facilities are more laboratory than lesson tee: sensors and video cameras capture the swing in minute detail, while screens around the room display what’s happening from every conceivable angle.With a flip of the club, a “button box” on the ground lets students — sensor-equipped cables dangling from their shoulders and hips — review their positions frame by frame, all without even abandoning their posture at address.No faded yardage markers. No beat-up tractors gathering range balls in the distance. No divots — no real grass, even. And perhaps most importantly, no snow, not even in the dead of the national capital’s infamous off-season.“It’s a great option here in Ottawa to commit to making changes over the winter,” says Druken, Golftec’s local manager and director of instruction.“You don’t have to worry as much about taking it to the course right away, and that gives you the ability to slow it down and enjoy the journey to better golf.”Welcome to the world many observers see as the future of golf instruction: warm, dry and open for business 12 months a year, with specially trained experts who know how to turn raw numbers into better ball-striking.Winter may be coming, but long-suffering hackers can take heart: hope springs internal.“One of them most gratifying things that I see is, people that are a little bit older really picking up the game and doing very well with it,” said James Suttie, the chief executive of Vancouver-based Golftec Canada.So-called experts often say the future of golf depends on introducing the game to new players. Suttie, who understands a thing or two about how frustrating golf can be, knows better.“It’s not just getting people introduced to the game,” he says. “It’s keeping them in the game.”Canada is fertile ground for Golftec’s data-based approach.On a per-capita basis, some 21 per cent of Canadians have at least a passing interest in golf — second only to New Zealand, and roughly twice that of the United States. And yet when it comes to successful pro players, Canada pales in comparison to smaller places like Sweden and Australia.“We’re golf crazy. The unfortunate thing is we’re not necessarily very good,” Suttie says. “That is one of the things that I think we really could do a lot better at: getting the country better from a golfing standpoint.”After just seven years in Canada, Golftec represents a whopping 19.5 per cent of all the private lessons taught in Canada, he says. That percentage is just under 26 per cent in the U.S., where Golftec has been in operation since 1995.“So we’re very quickly catching up to the penetration that the U.S. has,” Suttie says.“We have a large percentage of very avid golfers, but we’re frankly not as good as the Americans are in golf, which is not a surprise because of the money that’s been spent there teaching.”Golfers themselves aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits. For teaching professionals, high-tech tools can make traditional outdoor range instruction seem like working with a blindfold on.“It’s huge,” says Druken, who like all Golftec instructors underwent a comprehensive training course at the U.S. parent company’s Denver headquarters.Where traditional instruction has often struggled to help students understand the differences between “feel” and “real,” the scientific, numbers-oriented approach all but eliminates the uncertainty that can undermine progress, he preaches.“It’s one thing to have theory about what you think the student should do, but to be able to measure gives you clear direction, and allows the student to buy into the process with trust,” Druken says.“For a novice coach, the training they receive and the tools at their disposal allow them to have direction, even when they may not know how to act from previous experience.”To prove his point, Druken quickly diagnoses a visitor’s long-standing frustrations with swing plane, spotting a shoulder tilt that’s not where it should be. The Golftec system shows a yellow or red number — not good.He activates an electronic tone that will only sound once the shoulder plane is in the green zone. A couple of false starts, then suddenly — beep! — a picture-perfect position at the top of the swing that looks yanked from the pages of Golf Digest.“We’re a numbers-driven society,” says Suttie. “Once you start to understand the numbers, it makes it a lot easier to be able to communicate effectively, so you’re working on the right things.”The indoor element makes a difference, too. Working on a swing change in the middle of the golf season borders on the impossible for all but the most dedicated players, since it often means a difficult period of adjustment at the most inopportune time.Building a new swing in the dead of winter, on the other hand? What else were you planning to do besides shovel the driveway, scrape the ice off the windshield and maybe brave the mall for a relaxing bit of Christmas shopping?“That is a great way of practicing, as opposed to going to the driving range and pounding balls for an hour, which is what I used to do all the time,” says Suttie.“It never got me better.”
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentina’s president defended a pension reform bill approved by Congress Tuesday that has prompted violent protests and a general strike, saying it seeks only to benefit retirees.The measure passed in the lower house by a 127-117 vote after more than 12 hours of debate, much of which came as demonstrators clashed with police outside the chamber.The legislation, which had already cleared the Senate, would change the formula by which pension benefits are calculated, basing them largely on inflation instead of wage growth and tax contributions. It’s a key part of the economic changes pushed by President Mauricio Macri’s government to reduce Argentina’s high deficit and attract investments.“We’ve created a formula that defends (retirees) from inflation and guarantees that they will be better,” Macri said at a press conference at the presidential palace. “Our priority is to take care of the retirees.”But opposition lawmakers, union leaders and other critics complain the bill will cut pension and retirement payments as well as aid for some poor families because consumer prices are expected to be lower.“We’re sad. This law is bad,” said opposition lawmaker Agustin Rossi. “We tried to impede it from passing, but we couldn’t get the numbers. This harms retirees.”Argentina’s largest union called a 24-hour general strike that has grounded hundreds of flights. About 150 people were also injured and about 60 were arrested in clashes between police and demonstrators Monday outside the Congress building. Some retirees who were protesting the measure were caught up in the middle of the violence when some demonstrators hurled rocks and gasoline bombs, and riot police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.Macri told reporters that the violence had “clearly been orchestrated” and would be investigated.In peaceful protests, demonstrators banged on pots in several neighbourhoods of the capital late into the night. The protests hold deep symbolism for Argentines, who have haunting memories of the 2001-2002 economic collapse, when pot-banging marches forced presidents from office and made the country practically ungovernable.“I respect that there are people who believe that these reforms are not good,” Macri said. “It would be illogical to have unanimity. But I’m asking them not to doubt the intention because I’m convinced that it will help them.”Since taking office in 2015, the conservative leader has promised to rein in government spending and revive Argentina’s lagging economy. The pension overhaul is expected to save the government about $3.42 billion.Macri has been credited with ending a longstanding legal dispute that returned Latin America’s third-largest economy to international credit markets after nearly 15 years. But his ordering of job cuts and slashing of utility subsidies has stoked labour unrest. In October, Macri said that he would seek deeper reforms in tax and labour after his governing coalition notched a decisive victory in congressional elections.
Companies in this story: (TSX:ZZZ)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc. says it will acquire online mattress retailer Endy for nearly $89 million.The Toronto-based company says it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the mattress-in-a-box firm, a Canadian start-up that launched in 2015.Sleep Country Canada will pay $88.7 million, with $63.7 million cash at closing and up to $25 million more in cash in early 2021 if certain growth and profitability targets are achieved in the previous year.The company’s revolving credit facility will be upsized by $60 million to $210 million to finance the transaction.The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and expected to close on Dec. 6 of this year.Sleep Country already sells a mattress-in-a-box product, Bloom, which comes in four different styles and price levels.