Law change to prompt German fund buying

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DARAC receive $20,000 equipment from the United Nations Environment Programme

first_img 29 Views   no discussions LocalNews DARAC receive $20,000 equipment from the United Nations Environment Programme by: – September 19, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Hon. Dr. Kenneth Darroux receiving the equipment from Mr. Andy Williams of DARAC.The Dominica Association of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (DARAC) is hoping that the donation of some modernized equipment from the United Nations Environment Programme will assist them in carrying out their mandate adopted under the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol.The equipment was handed to the President of DARAC Mr Williams by a UNEP representative, Mr Yerzhan Aisabayev on Friday, at a ceremony held to observe Ozone Day in Dominica. Mr Williams says that while they are pleased to received support from various partners including UNEP, much work has already been done in the phasing-out process by the National Ozone Office.“We have since responded by realizing the need to lend a helping hand and therefore we came together as technicians formed the DARAC, we conducted training sessions for our technicians and we also certified most of our technicians in good refrigeration practices”, said Williams.Mr Williams said that the equipment will aid the office in delivering quality work during the phase-out process.He expressed his gratitude to UNEP for the much-needed equipment.“I therefore wish to thank the Ministry of Environment, the National Ozone Office and our treasured friends at UNEP for their support and contribution. As we observe World Ozone Day, let me on behalf of DARAC pledge our continued support to the Ozone Office as we aim to make the world a better place for us and others to come. As our motto states; ‘every action counts.’ Remember together we can save the world”, Williams concluded.Under the protocol parties are being called upon to phase all Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) on substances that deplete the ozone layer.The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) coordinates United Nations environmental activities, assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices. It was founded as a result of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in June 1972 and has its headquarters in the Gigiri neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. UNEP also has six regional offices and various country offices.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Ripley County Republicans meet for Lincoln Day Dinner

first_imgBatesville, Ind. — Saturday evening about 75 elected officials, candidates and republicans gathered at the Knights of Columbus building in Batesville for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Indiana state treasurer Kelly Mitchell was the keynote speaker and  Batesville native and Republican state representative Randy Frye emceed the event and offered remarks.Mitchell gave the crowd a complete walk-through of her job responsibilities and committees she serves on. She noted that her office is the watchdog over state funds, including investments. She said the Indiana 529 College Savings Plan has expanded at least 25 percent on her watch and management fees have been cut. She also said a new Indiana 529-A College Savings Plan will be announced soon for disabled children.She said Indiana is the only state in the country where the 911 board is chaired by the treasurer, something she is very passionate about. She said Indiana has lead the way in 911 since the town of Huntington implemented a program in 1967, the first in state and the second in the United States. She also praised the efforts of 911 units across the state that have made the text-to-911 program a huge success.Representative Frye revved up the crowd in an “off” election year by saying,” We can’t slow down, we know the Democrats won’t.” He also walked the crowd through his six-month decision making process involved in the possibility of running for a seat in the 6th congressional district. He said,” It was appealing. But, after consulting with private citizens, colleagues and governor Eric Holcomb it was clear his place was here serving the members of the 67th district.”last_img read more

Taylor brings broom to Batesville and sweeps Mid-America Modified Championship features

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ark. (March 20-22) – Jeff Taylor’s North Dakota car is pretty fast in Arkansas, too.Taylor swept the three Mid-America Modified Championship features at Batesville Motor Speedway, earning $1,500 for each of his Thursday, Friday and Saturday IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature wins.“I’ve never won three nights in a row. I’ve won twice before but this is the first time I’ve ever done that,” said Taylor, new to the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “I had a really good race car all three nights and a lot of help getting it that way. It was a pretty neat deal all the way around.” The Taylor Chassis ride is one he’s raced previously in North Dakota. Marlyn Seidler brought it south.Taylor won from third starting Thursday and Saturday, and all the way from 21st on Friday. “That was probably the best I’ve ever been at this place,” he said of the Friday feature. “I had an awesome car. Anybody could have driven it.”Taylor led the last four circuits of the opening night 25-lapper. He’d fallen back to fifth and then had to pass Jacob Murray, Spencer Wilson and Jared Siefert before setting his sights on Ken Schrader.Schrader was making his first IMCA start of the season. The front two were running with lapped cars when they got together in an incident that saw Taylor emerge with the lead.Completing the top five were Schrader, Wilson, Richie Tosh and Siefert.In front before the halfway point on Friday, Taylor was comfortably ahead of Tosh, Seidler, Brandon Smith and Shawn Walsh when the checkers flew. “I could run anywhere I wanted. High, low, I ran all over,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better car.Taylor led every lap on Saturday. Tosh repeated in second while Walsh, Tyson Franks and Wilson rounded out the top five. Taylor has won feature events at three consecutive Mid-America Modified Championships, including a pair in 2012.Feature ResultsMarch 20 – 1. Jeff Taylor; 2. Ken Schrader; 3. Spencer Wilson; 4. Richie Tosh; 5. Jared Siefert; 6. Jacob Murray; 7. Tyson Franks; 8. Brian Mullen; 9. Brandon Smith; 10. Payton Taylor; 11. Marlyn Seidler; 12. Eric Van Iten; 13. Mitchell Galloway; 14. Mark Norris; 15. Mikey Bell; 16. Mike Bowers; 17. Jordan Turner; 18. Bennett Johnson; 19. Brent Hartwick; 20. Clay Norris; 21. Todd Sherrill; 22. Rick Engles; 23. Kevin Sustaire.March 21 – 1. Jeff Taylor; 2. Tosh; 3. Seidler; 4. Smith; 5. Shawn Walsh; 6. Wilson; 7. Johnson; 8. Brian Ritchie; 9. Bowers; 10. Engles; 11. Mullen; 12. Hartwick; 13. Jordan Turner; 14. Van Iten; 15. Clay Norris; 16. Mark Norris; 17. Siefert; 18. Franks; 19. Brad Calhoun; 20. Sherrill; 21. Sustaire; 22. Jason Bahrs; 23. Murray; 24. Bell.March 22 – 1. Jeff Taylor; 2. Tosh; 3. Walsh; 4. Franks; 5. Wilson; 6. Smith; 7. Siefert; 8. Seidler; 9. Jason Wilkey; 10. Hartwick; 11. Murray; 12. Sustaire; 13. Johnson; 14. Van Iten; 15. Turner; 16. Clay Norris; 17. Mark Norris; 18. Payton Taylor; 19. Mullen; 20. Ritchie; 21. Bahrs; 22. Bell.last_img read more

Guyana, USA RAN 15’s title showdown shifted to July 29

first_imgRUGBY fans in Guyana will now have to wait a little longer to witness the highly-anticipated clash between the ‘Green Machine’ and USA South in the Rugby Americas North (RAN) 15’s final.The historic game and the second meeting between the two countries, initially slated for Saturday July 1, will now be contested on Saturday July 29.While the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) has been tightlipped with regards to details surrounding the match, a source stated that the USA team asked for more time, since securing flights to Guyana and proper accommodation at short notice had proven to be a challenge.The move now gives the GRFU enough time to secure a proper venue, with their usual stomping ground at the National Park always being questionable, as the case with their recent game against Trinidad and Tobago which had to be played at a water-logged Saint Stanislaus College ground on Carifesta Avenue.Two years ago, Guyana’s National Rugby team, popularly known as the ‘Green Machine’, etched their names in the history books after edging the mighty USA South to claim their maiden Rugby Americas North (RAN) (formerly North American and Caribbean Rugby Association) 15s title with a come-from-behind 30-27 win.Guyana will have a chance to not only reclaim the title that was won by Mexico last year, but also do something that several teams in RAN have never done; beat the USA twice.After Guyana outclassed Trinidad and Tobago 24-17 on June 10, they were preparing for a trip to Mexico City to face Mexico who were tipped to beat the Cayman Islands.However, the game proved how unpredictable sports could be, since the Cayman Islands emerged winners 39-17 over the Mexicans, which means that the Americans were crowned RAN’s North Zone champions.The visit by the USA will mark their first to Guyana and their second in the Caribbean after travelling to Trinidad and Tobago in 2013 where they left with the RAN 15s title; winning 26-18.The Americans will want to exact revenge for their 2014 defeat to Guyana in Atlanta Georgia, in rather dramatic fashion.The good thing for Guyana is that their squad of players who had beaten the USA are still playing together and had improved in the 15s format.Guyana is known for its dominance in the game’s shortest format (Sevens), but since their win against the USA in 2014, the GRFU had made a commitment to have their National side pay more emphasis on 15s Rugby.Since then, the Green Machine have won back-to-back South Zone titles, and missed out on winning a second overall RAN 15s title when they went down 32-3 against Mexico last year.last_img read more

Syracuse eliminated by North Carolina, 8-4, in the ACC quarterfinals

first_img Published on May 11, 2017 at 11:45 pm Contact Matt: Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 6 seed Syracuse (31-19, 10-11 Atlantic Coast) was no match for No. 3 seed North Carolina (37-18, 14-9) on Thursday night in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. UNC bounced the Orange from the ACC tournament in the quarterfinals by a final of 8-4.AnnaMarie Gatti failed to get out of the first inning, allowing four runs and earning only one out — on a fielder’s choice. Alexa Romero followed Gatti in relief, but the All-ACC freshman struggled as well, giving up three runs during her 3.2 innings. After the first inning, Syracuse trailed 6-0.Faith Cain homered in the top of the second to put SU’s first run on the board, but Cain was the only player to get two hits against UNC.The teams traded runs from the second to fifth innings, and entering the top of the seventh, on the brink of a loss, SU trailed 8-2. Jessica Heese walked to lead off, followed by a throwing error on Sammy Fernandez’s at-bat to put two runners on. Following two straight outs, Bryce Holmgren drove in Heese and Fernandez on a double to right-center field. Toni Martin came in to pinch-hit on the next at-bat but popped out to second base to seal the Orange’s fate.SU now must wait for Sunday, May 14, for the NCAA tournament Selection Show to see if it earned a spot as one of the 32 at-large bids.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Cullen to return to Dublin fold

first_imgCullen has been appointed as the county’s new High Performance Director.The 31-year-old will move from his current role as a strength and conditioning coach with Leinster Rugby to take up the new position.Also last night, the Dublin hurlers defeated hosts UCD by 4-15 to 3-12 in the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup.last_img

English Premier League Features more Players in Russia 2018

first_imgOverall, 113 of the 736 players at the tournament in Russia play in the English leagues, rising to 136 if you include Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad.Spain has 58 foreign players at the tournament in its leagues, followed by Italy on 54, Germany 50 and France 37.However, France’s defender Samuel Umtiti is putting his friendship with Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi on hold until Saturday’s last-16 clash with Lionel Messi’s Argentina is out of the way.Asked if the pair had been keeping in contact in Russia Umtiti replied: “No messages. I prefer to see him on the pitch, afterwards, we can chat. Now is not the right time for me. But I get on very well with him. He’s a very good guy.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The English Premier League has more players featuring in the FIFA World Cup in Russia more than any other league, with 136 players out of the 736 at the tournament.The Belgium squad that pipped England 1-0 in their last game in Group G Thursday, has no fewer than 11 Premier League players.English clubs have also shown a liking for Brazilians. Seven Brazil players ply their trade in England alongside seven Senegalese, seven Danes and six Argentines.last_img read more

Cool heads required as Addo bashing intensifies

first_imgHerbert Addo will return to the shores of Ghana after his team’s horror showing in Sudan to discover a country in depressing and unforgiving mood.The 2011 Championship of African Nations may not have caught on here thanks in no small part to the incredibly poor television coverage that ensured that either the feed was going off too many times or we did not have the chance to see the final group game at all. It was proof that mass coverage does not guarantee quality.For Addo too, the tournament was a stark reminder of the perils of coaching, of how one moment you are king, the next utterly worthless.One website used the word useless in their headline to describe the Aduana FC coach. On social networking sites Addo’s reputation was battered.Yet this was the same man who a few weeks ago was the darling of a growing and strong voice for a local coach to handle the senior team. Two months in football can make a lot of difference.Addo had gone to the championship with high hopes. He spoke of going one better than Milovan Rajevac’s team that finished as runners up in Ivory Coast two years ago. He had in a way upped the ante and expectation level when he claimed in his campaign for the Black Stars job that as local he knew the players and could get the best out of them. Handed a wonderful opportunity to do that, he fluffed it big time. He lost a chance to make a case for his Ghanaian colleagues; he blew an opportunity to send a strong message that in the hands of local coaches, Ghana football is safe.But it is utterly dangerous to make sweeping generalizations based on Addo’s miserable week in Sudan. You can’t judge locals based solely on how poorly Addo’s team has done. You can’t call them all incompetent as a result. You can’t in fact all of a sudden run Addo down because his team played so poor, without spirit and without pride. He afterall only last season guided a team straight from the lower division of Ghana football to the league title. He was the same man who in 1997 took AshantiGold to the CAF Champions League finals.But he failed miserably this term. It leads to major questions of course about the quality of the Ghana league but the answers to those questions cannot be conclusive. Only two years ago, Ghana came mighty close to winning it, some have argued endlessly that players from here should be dominating the regular side.One thing is for sure though and it is that there are major issues that needs fixing urgently. Slaying Addo may satisfy an immediate emotional need to let off steam and channel frustration elsewhere but it will take more than that to right the wrongs of Sudan. And that will require cool, thoughtful heads not given to rush judgements.By Michael Oti Adjei/Kickoff.comlast_img read more

Mets manager Terry Collins a familiar face for Dodgers

first_imgCollins had good teams in Houston but ran into clubhouse lawyering and interference from owner Drayton McLane.His first two Angels teams competed well. In 1999, the club couldn’t resist signing Mo Vaughn as a free agent from Boston. Vaughn set himself up as a leader before anybody really knew him. The clubhouse curdled, Vaughn clashed with closer Troy Percival, Collins upbraided players in front of their peers, and the unfiltered words of coach Larry Bowa didn’t help.“The team that I gave him had some really good people individually,” said Bill Bavasi, the Angels’ general manager who hired Collins in 1997 and was fired at the end of 1999, after Collins had resigned.“When you got them together, they were toxic, like a nuclear waste dump.”Collins went back to the Dodgers as an instructor. He managed China’s Olympic team. He managed Orix in Japan. He even managed the Duluth Huskies, a college summer league team.When Sandy Alderson took over the Mets, he identified Collins as a longtime player-developer who could comfort and inspire. It helped that Paul DePodesta, the Dodgers GM when they won the West 11 years ago, was Alderson’s assistant.Fred Claire had that Dodgers job in 1988, their last championship team. He isn’t surprised Collins has become a New York media favorite.“He is determined, he’s honest and he’s fearless,” Claire said. “Bill Schweppe was our farm director in 1974. He saw Terry playing for Sherbrooke, a minor league team in Connecticut, and saw how determined he was, and he traded for him so he could play for our Waterbury team.“I really don’t think we’re going to see a guy like Terry again, a guy who’s been in the game for 44 years in all those capacities.”In Salem, Va., Collins played with a hulking 21-year-old outfielder named Dave Parker. At Albuquerque, Collins managed Stu Pederson, whose son Joc will be playing centerfield against Collins next week.Through it all, Collins’ eyes have remained on high-beam. He could have been on the manager’s track in L.A., but he derailed himself when Tom Lasorda criticized the performance of some Dodgers callups from Albuquerque.“My comment was something along the lines of, ‘Now that the Dodgers are losing, why is it a big deal what we do in Albuquerque?’” Collins said one day in Anaheim. “I was wrong.”He was also done, in Lasorda’s eyes, and became the manager for Buffalo, Pittsburgh’s Triple-A club. He then joined Jim Leyland’s staff in Pittsburgh and parlayed that into Houston.His first four Mets teams played, hard, despite injuries to Johan Santana and David Wright and other failed trips to the free-agent bazaar. Underneath, pitchers like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndegaard and Stephen Matz were ripening.“People want to hire the fresh face,” Bavasi said. “But Tal Smith (the former Houston GM) told me that managers can be better with a second chance, because they can reflect and say, ‘You know, I thought I was doing such-and-such, but I really wasn’t.’ The third chance can be even better.”Sometimes, you just need a good Flushing. New York is not for everybody. Neither is Terry Collins.The same blazing gaze you need to get through the Lincoln Tunnel also gets you through four steamy, futile summers in Queens.In Collins’ previous managing stops in Houston and Anaheim, he was considered too edgy, too emotional, a little guy whose heart had moved past his sleeve and onto his fingertips.Turns out, Collins was a New Yorker waiting to happen. In his 24th year of managing, Collins is in the MLB playoffs for the first time. He is 66, with an often-unrequited faith in the game.Everyone could see the intensity, but few connected it with his patience. The Mets were equally patient with Collins, through four losing seasons in the belly of the New York beast.Next week he will lead the Mets against the Dodgers in the National League Division Series. That leads to a lot of other stories, but Collins, like all survivors, has changed with the habitat.“I didn’t think I’d get another chance,” Collins said during 2011, his first New York season. “But I said that, this time, I’ll never take it for granted that a player knows what I’m thinking.”Collins began spending batting practice on the field, going from station to station, giving every player a chance to small-talk, campaign, complain. It is a zone of privacy in plain sight. Tony La Russa used to do it. It’s inexplicable that others don’t.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more