Prime Minister Skerrit outlines a long-term solution for Wednesday’s flood disaster

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 29 Views   one commentcenter_img LocalNews Prime Minister Skerrit outlines a long-term solution for Wednesday’s flood disaster by: – September 29, 2011 Share Prime Minister Skerrit during the site visit in Mahaut on Thursday.Prime Minister of Dominica and Minister of Finance, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that several long term measures will be adopted to avoid the reoccurrence of Wednesday’s disaster. The Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Works, Energy and Ports along with engineers and officials from Local Government conducted site visits in rain-affected areas on Thursday morning.Several families in the Checkhall, Massacre, Mahaut and St Joseph areas lost their property as a result of floods inflicted by heavy rainfall brought on by tropical storm Ophelia.The Dominican leader said that following their assessments on Thursday, it is apparent that focus will now be placed on the construction of river defense walls as well as complete relocation for several families regarding housing.“Clearly the long-term solution to this would be in some cases, complete relocation of people and in other circumstances we will have to build river defense walls in many parts of Mahaut, Massacre and Canefield. Everybody knows that the construction of sea defense walls and river walls can be very costly.” In addition to families losing their homes, report claims that a number of vehicles were also washed away by the raging flash floods.Prime Minister Skerrit meeting villagers during a site visit on Thursday.The Minister of Finance says while the incident is an unfortunate one, it demonstrates the need for persons to pay closer attention to the location where they are building their homes. “Another point we have to look at in the present too is the location where people build their homes. Because in some cases their homes were in the original path of the ravines and the rivers and that’s something that we have to pay particular attention to. It is a beauty to live next to a river but at the same time it poses certain dangers and we have seen in a very harsh way the danger which living close the river can cause. But we are doing the assessments and we have Local Government officers going from home to home, getting the names and doing the assessments.”The Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Ports have already begun to assess the affected areas.Donor agencies are being called upon to assist victims since the government can only do so much.“As you know we are in a very difficult global environment financially. There is a fear that the world is going to go through a double recession; money is not easy to come by these days. Once we get a proper assessment done we shall engage our partners to see what extent they can assist. In some cases we may also be speaking about loan financing.”Skerrit said that no definite figure has been given as to the cost of damages; however it is likely to cost millions of dollars.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Pearl Vohland, age 83

first_imgFile written by Adobe Photoshop? 5.0Pearl Vohland, age 83 of Batesville, IN formerly of Peppertown, IN passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Waters of Batesville. Born August 8, 1932 in Breathitt County, KY she was the daughter of Robert & Sarah (Deaton) Riley.The homemaker was a 1950 graduate of Batesville High School. She married Big Jim Vohland and he preceded her in death.Pearl is survived by her children James Vohland (Valarie), Jeanette Vohland (Jim), Pam Seale (Ron), Patricia Dudley (David), Tim Vohland (Donna) and Tom Vohland (Kimberly). She will also be missed by her grandchildren Krissy & Andy, Tammy & Travis, Julie, Ricky & Samantha, Brandon & Derric and Alex & Taylor along with her great grandchildren Sarah, Emily & Caleb, Halle, Jackson, Will & Gus, Reilly, Parker, Ryan, Tyler & Kylie and Ethan & Harper.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings John, Blackman, Roy, Albert, Vernon, Wayne, Trickie, Roscoe, Maddie, Mal, Alpha, Mollie & Bea.Visitation will be Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 3-6pm at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, IN. Funeral Services will be Monday, May 23, 2016 at 11:00am at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Peppertown Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Peppertown Cemetery c/o Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN  47006.  Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Laura Lee Spaulding

first_imgLaura Lee Spaulding, 88, of Milan passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Ripley Crossing in Milan.  Laura Lee was born Friday, August 22, 1930 in Covington, Kentucky, the daughter of Willard “Biddy” and Kathryn “Kit” (Koop) Muir.  She married Merle Andrews June 30, 1952 and he preceded her in death in 1973.  Laura Lee worked in the office at Seagrams in Lawrenceburg and Seagrams warehouses in Milan, then went to work at Aurora Casket in sales department in March of 1969 and retired in June of 1996 as manager of sales administration.  She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Milan American Legion auxiliary, charter member of Hoosier Links Golf Club, Friends of Milan Library and served on the board of directors for the Ripley County Community Foundation from 1998 – 2005.  She volunteered as a pink lady for 18 years at Dearborn County Hospital Auxiliary.  She was an avid golfer and reader.Laura Lee is survived by her son James “Jamie” (Cheryl) Andrews of Missouri; stepson Todd (Christie) Spaulding of Ohio; 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister Alice Mae Withered.A service celebrating her life will be held 2 PM Saturday, June 8 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 7124 N State Road 101, Milan, IN 47031 with Pastor Susan Socha officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 12 – 2 PM Saturday, June 8 also at the church.  Memorials may be given in honor of Laura Lee to Ripley County Community Foundation.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031 (812) 654-2141.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Poyet striving for survival

first_imgGus Poyet will only enjoy his summer if Sunderland remain a Barclays Premier League club. The 46-year-old Uruguayan has spent most of his time on Wearside to date engaged in a desperate fight for top-flight survival, and after a brief cup sabbatical, he will return to that battle on Saturday when Crystal Palace visit the Stadium of Light in what could prove to be a crucial encounter for both teams. Sunderland had only one point when Poyet arrived in October last year, and while they have added a further 23 in 19 league games since, they remain in deep trouble. As he prepares for a 12-game mini-season which will determine the Black Cats’ destiny, Poyet admits the pressure is intense, but he is hoping it will all be worthwhile. He said: “After the games is the worst. Before the games, I just need to be convinced most of the time – I’m not saying all the time – that we have done everything possible to prepare the team. “After the games, especially after the bad ones, I am not the best person to be around that night. “It’s because we care, because we suffer, because we hate losing and because we are making sure everything we believe in – and which has been working to some point – is going to finish well and we are going to have a very good summer. “We will keep going.” Sunderland currently sit in 19th place in the table, but are only a point adrift of safety and have at least two games in hand on all their closest rivals. However, Poyet is refusing to immerse himself in the business of trying to work out the various permutations, and will instead concentrate simply on the task of getting as close as he possibly can to 40 points, the generally accepted safety mark. He said: “Last week, I was with a few people talking about it and the week before, and you talk to the managers and maybe they check more than me who is playing against who, who can win and if they win this… “I don’t do that. I cannot kill myself mentally to think if it’s 40, 39, 38, 37 (points needed) … I don’t know. “Me, I always believe that the closer you get to 40, the more chance you have of staying up. Then if there are three teams who don’t reach 30, great, we need 31.” Poyet has a virtually full-strength squad from which to select. Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis will be without Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh. English forward Glenn Murray is set to replace Chamakh up front and lead Palace’s attack at Sunderland. Pulis will have the rest of his squad available for the encounter at the Stadium of Light. Pulis is full of praise for his players but insists they must reach a higher level to retain their Barclays Premier League status. The Eagles have won just twice away from home heading into Saturday’s game at the Stadium of Light. Palace are 16th, three points clear of second-bottom Sunderland. “From when I came in to where we are now, we have done fantastically well,” Pulis said. “I have a great group. What we have to do is to step up another level to get us over the line.” Palace suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton last weekend and Pulis remains frustrated by some of the refereeing decisions that went against his club. “Against Southampton, in the first 20 minutes we had two great opportunities where the linesmen flagged,” he said. “I’ve been on to the Referees’ Association and the linesmen should get those decisions right because the two were onside. “(Glenn) Murray was through on goal and had just the goalkeeper to beat. “In the second half when (Southampton defender Jose) Fonte brings down (Palace’s Yannick) Bolasie, that is a sending off. “In Premier League games, you need things to go for you and they never did. If Murray had been allowed to go on and score, it would have been a different game.” Pulis does not expect anything to come easy this weekend. “It will be a tough game, it always is,” he said. “They are a big club, the fourth or fifth best supported in the Premier League. It’s absolutely fantastic for us to go to the Stadium of Light and play against a great football club.” Press Associationlast_img read more

New Zealand probably deserved to win: Virat Kohli

first_imgHamilton: Indian captain Virat Kohli admitted that New Zealand probably deserved to win the riveting third T20I played between the two sides on Wednesday in Hamilton. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was dismissed on 95 in the last over when the hosts were seemingly cruising towards victory. However, Mohammed Shami forced the game into a Super Over, which India won in dramatic fashion.“I thought we were gone at one stage,” said Kohli in the post-match presentation ceremony. “I told our coach that they deserved to win. The way Kane was batting, on 95. Feel bad for him, I know what it’s like to play those knocks when things don’t go your way.”India had made 179/5 batting first and the Kiwis needed nine runs to win in the last over of their innings with Williamson and Ross Taylor in the middle. Taylor started the over with a six but Shami incredibly managed to dismiss both the batsmen in the remaining balls.“Last ball we had a discussion, we had to hit the stumps because if you don’t, it’s a single anyway,” said Kohli.In the Super Over, Williamson and Martin Guptill managed to put up 17 runs on the board. Tim Southee managed to keep KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma in check for much of the over but the latter hit two sixes off the last two balls to help India win the match and the series.“Rohit was outstanding, both in our innings, and the last two balls as well. We knew if he got one hit, the bowler was under pressure immediately,” he said.India now lead the five-match series 3-0 and the next will be played in Wellington on Friday. (IANS)Also Read: Virat Kohli stays on top In ICC Test Ranking For BatsmenAlso Watch: Noted Exponent of Folk Culture Dr Krishna Kanta Handique conferred with ‘Bukul Ban Award 2020’last_img read more

Eaves finds good in weekend sweep

first_imgMATTHEWKUTZ/Herald PhotoFor the second-straight week, UW men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves stepped up to the microphone at his press conference after a home sweep, and for the second consecutive Monday he was pleased with what he saw when looking at his team’s most recent games on film.”Yesterday, I watched the game, and you know what? We were pretty good,” Eaves said before using a golf analogy. “From tee to green, we were pretty good. But once we got on the putting green, we didn’t score enough. But we did a lot of good things.”The fourth-year coach will now rely on his captains and veterans to relay that message to their teammates to ensure that the team remains confident.”They know that we did some good things. I think it’s up to them to make sure the rest of the team is on board with that,” Eaves said. “We’re going to look at some video and reinforce the good things that we did.”One of the more impressive feats that the Badgers accomplished was shutting down Minnesota’s power play.UW’s top-ranked penalty kill in the WCHA won the battle with the Gophers, who are the league’s best team on the man-advantage. Minnesota was 0-for-9 on the weekend.”That’s a good power play they had,” Eaves said. “That’s one of the positives we can build on — the fact that we shut down the No. 1 power play in the conference.”He was also pleased with his team’s effort when it was on the power play, despite the fact that the Badgers converted on just 1-for-10 in the two games.”We had some good opportunities. We did some things that got the puck to the net and we could’ve had more than one power play goal,” Eaves said. “Specialty teams, starting with the penalty killing, was excellent, and we’ll continue to build on that.”Of course, it’s nice to find positives coming off a rough weekend, but the fact still stands that Wisconsin picked up two more marks on the right side of the ledger.Not only are the Badgers now locked in a three-way tie for first in the WCHA — they also saw their ranking slide for the second straight week. UW now sits at No. 4 in the poll, though it still received three first-place votes.Miami-Ohio assumed the throne with 20 of the 40 first-place votes, while Minnesota jumped up to the second spot, followed by Boston College which fell from the top spot.Connelly is progressing: Since stepping in for junior standout goaltender Brian Elliott nearly two weeks ago, Shane Connelly has given up 13 goals in four straight losses to begin his career.While the numbers — a 3.29 goals against average and .865 save percentage — look pretty dismal, especially when stacked up against those of Elliott, Eaves said his young netminder is progressing well as the team tries to build its confidence in him.”The thing that I’ve seen with Shane is that we [didn’t just] drop him into the deep end, we dropped him into the ocean and he’s surviving,” Eaves said.True, the losing streak and statistics are not impressive, but Connelly really hasn’t necessarily been as bad as the numbers may show.Part of the problem has also been that his teammates are still adapting to playing in front of him.”He was fine,” Eaves said of Connelly’s play after last Friday’s 5-4 loss. “One of the things we did poorly was we tried to play goalie. We were kind of looking for the puck and trying to stop the puck.”The rookie goalie has now endured the two teams tied with UW atop the WCHA standings, which included a Minnesota team with the best offense and the best power play in the league.Eaves said that he doesn’t want Connelly to change anything when the team heads on the road this weekend to Duluth.”What I like in Shane is that his game is on another level,” Eaves said. “For the level that it needed to go through for us, he’s got to go through some pains. The things that he can control is keep going on the path that he’s on. He’s getting better. That’s what he can control.”Street stepping up: Freshman center Ben Street is quickly stepping up into a more veteran-like role for Wisconsin.He was more noticeable in this past weekend’s series against the Gophers than even his goal and assist show.”He is a very intelligent man both on and off the ice,” Eaves said. “His ability to understand the game is very good, he wants more. He wants more responsibility and he’s playing like he should get more.”With a veteran-heavy Badger team this year, it is unlikely that he will assume a large leadership role this season. But nonetheless, Street’s maturity and growth bode well for UW in both the present and future.”When he says [he’d] like more, [he says] ‘I do it respectfully because I know we have a hell of a team here and I’m a freshman and I understand that, [but] I want you to know that I’m ready,'” Eaves said. “That’s valuable, that’s the kind of attitude that you like.”last_img read more

WBB : Syracuse selected to WNIT for 4th straight season, will play at Hartford in 1st round

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.educenter_img For the fourth straight season, Syracuse will compete in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament after failing to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament. The Orange will go on the road to take on Hartford in its first-round matchup on Friday.Syracuse (18-14) fell short of its goal to reach the NCAA tournament, struggling through an up-and-down season and going just 6-10 in Big East play. The Orange has not made the NCAA tournament since 2007-08. SU begins play against Hartford (19-12) in the WNIT on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Chase Family Arena in Hartford, Conn.The two schools have met once before, in Syracuse’s last trip to the NCAA tournament in 2008. The Orange lost to the Hawks 59-55 in the first round.Syracuse has fared well in the WNIT recently, winning three games to advance to the quarterfinals in each the last two years. Last year, the Orange’s season came to an end against Toledo on the road after it won three straight games at home.In 2011-12, after opening the season with six consecutive wins, the Orange never won more than three games in a row the rest of the way. Head coach Quentin Hillsman’s group showed flashes of its potential when it upset No. 21 DePaul on Feb. 21. But the Orange lost three of its last four games following that marquee victory to finish the season a mediocre 18-14.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse is led by All-Big East second-team selections Kayla Alexander and Iasia Hemingway. The veterans key SU’s high-low offense and their play will be crucial in the postseason. Alexander is second on the team with 14.6 points per game and also grabs 7.3 rebounds per game. The senior Hemingway paces the Orange with 15.3 points per game and pulls down 6.4 rebounds per game.This season will be the eighth straight that Hartford has made it to the postseason, going to the WNIT three times and the NCAA tournament five times. The Hawks played three Big East schools during the season, losing to Notre Dame, St. John’s and Providence.The winner of the SU-Hartford game will move on to play the winner of Fairfield and Drexel in the second round.rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more

FT: Ghana 1-0 Mali

first_imgGame over. Its 1-0 in favour of the Black Stars.1621 Great build up from Ghana midfield but the final pass to Gyan goes wayward.1620 Ghana is lucky to still maintain lead after an unpardonable mistake by Vorsah in defence.1618 Mali make an incursion on the right but Vorsah defends well for a Mali corner. Corner taken but Dauda comes to Ghana’s rescue.1613 Gyan whips in a curly shot which whisks just wide. Great thinking from the Ghana striker.1611 Dauda palms away a deep free-kick for a Mali corner. 1607 Ghana win a freekick after K Asamoah is brought down at the edge of the box. Mubarak’s strike goes off target.1605 Ghana gets the second half underway and within 30 seconds the Eagles come close for an equaliser but the ball goes out of touch for a welcome goal kick. Game goes on recess 1548 Dauda again pulls off another save and again he is down from a little notch at the back from Diabate.1545 Fatau Dauda pulls off a great save but gets injured in the process. 1537 Wakaso steps up to take the kick and with a cool nerve he slots the ball into the net for Ghana’s opener. GOAL!!!!!1535 Ghana win a penalty after Agyemang Badu is criminally brought down in the vital area. Great ball control from Gyan who sets Badu up before the challenge.1532 Agyemang Badu’s header goes off the post. Painful miss for the Stars.1525 Harrison Afful bursts forward and unleashes a spectacular strike which whisks just wide.1513 Gyan wins a corner after his great strike takes a ricochet of a Mali defender. 1507 Seidu Keita meanders the resulting free-kick and it goes agonisingly wide.1506 Fatau Dauda gets yellow carded for grabbing the ball outside the 18 yard box. Needless card it is after miscommunication with defender John Boye.1500 Mali get the game underway.1458 The two teams exchange pleasantries.1455 The national anthems for both teams is being played. Ghana goes first. Then Mali. 1450 The two teams make their way onto the pitch from the tunnel.Live Update The Black Stars of Ghana play Group B contenders Mali in a crucial West African derby in the ongoing AFCON tournament in Ports Elizabeth, South Africa, Thursday.The Eagles are group leaders after a narrow win over group underdogs Niger but face an uphill task against a Black Stars side that threw away a two goal lead to draw 2-2 against DR Congo in the group opener.The Stars make three changes into this game with Harrison Afful, Rabiu Mohammed and Isaac Vorsah coming in for Christian Atsu, Derek Boateng and Jerry Akaminko respectively. Watch live updates here on The match begins at 15 hours GMT.Watch the live match belowlast_img read more

Brazil 2014: Sumaila gaining confidence before Brazil

first_imgBlack Stars defender Rashid Sumaila has said that he is gaining more confidence ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Speaking after putting up an excellent performance against Holland in a 0-1 lost to the Oranje in a friendly match on Saturday 31 May, Sumaila believes the team is now reaping fruits of hard work in training as they prepare.“I am very happy with this victory. We are now reaping the fruits of the hard work in training and that gives us confidence for the World Cup”, he said in a chat with JOY Sports.Sumaila has now matured after pairing against injured Jerry Akaminko against Holland and on two occasions against Egypt in ninety minutes of action in each gameMeanwhile Ghana’s final 23-man squad have arrived in Miami on Sunday evening after boarding their flight from Rotterdam following their friendly defeat to Holland on Saturday.last_img read more

Lacey Museum Extends Sasquatch Revealed Traveling Exhibit Through September 28

first_imgFacebook470Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyDue to overwhelming response, the Lacey Museum has extended the “Sasquatch Revealed” traveling exhibit through Saturday, September 28. However, the museum will resume regular hours this month: Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Visitors can view portions of the exhibit at Lacey City Hall, 420 College Street SE, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5p.m. The remainder of the exhibit is displayed at the Lacey Museum, 829 Lacey Street SE, during the days and times listed above.The “Sasquatch Revealed” traveling exhibit, courtesy of Canadian sasquatch expert Christopher Murphy, is the largest collection of bigfoot-related artifacts and artwork ever assembled.To get more information on the traveling exhibit visit read more