Service vital to economic activity

first_img 3 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Service vital to economic activity by: – March 7, 2012center_img Tweet Executive Director of the Dominica Coalition of Service Industries Lester Riviere has described the service industry as one which plays a pivotal role in facilitating all aspects of economic activity.Photo credit: logistics.avnet.comRiviere told the launch of the National Export Strategy (NES) and the Dominica Coalition of Service Industries (DCSI) on Monday, that often times the sector has been overlooked as a developmental opportunity, although it has been the fastest growing area of international trade.“In recent years, technological advances have had a tremendous impact on increasing trade in services, as many activities can be conducted online. Promoting trade-in services offer Small Island developing states like Dominica, the opportunity to diversify trade and contribute to job creation and economic development.”According to Riviere, statistics show that between 2008 and 2009 the service sector contribution to GDP was 50% and total exports close to 80%.“Increasingly, even in goods production, the major portion of the value added comes from services input, such as administrative services, research and development, engineering, advertising and accounting. In light of the enormous potential that the services sector has for economies like ours, in 2001 COTEC agreed on the elements of a plan which seeks to bring the trade in services on the same footing as that of trade in goods”.He also informed the official launching program that stakeholders are expected to meet later this month to further discuss how the services industry could further contribute to the overall development of Dominica.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Bowe commits to Ulster

first_img Press Association Tommy Bowe has signed a new three-year deal to keep him at Ulster until June 2018. The 30-year-old wing has signed a joint contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), just two days after in-demand full-back Rob Kearney committed his long-term future to Leinster. Johnny Sexton’s decision to return to Leinster next summer after two years in France was the first big victory in Ireland’s battle to keep top stars on home soil. “Tommy has proven his value to Irish rugby over the years with stand-out performances for both Ulster and Ireland.” Ulster underwent widespread off-field changes in the summer, with coaches David Humphreys and Mark Anscombe both departing Ravenhill. British and Irish Lions wing Bowe committing to a long-term new deal proves a welcome endorsement for head coach Neil Doak’s reign, with Les Kiss poised to become Ulster’s full-time rugby director after next year’s World Cup. “It is a great boost to the province that Tommy has signed a new IRFU contract which keeps him at Ulster,” said Ulster CEO Shane Logan. “We have seen what he brings to the squad both on and off the pitch and he is one of the players that makes Ulster Rugby such an exciting place to be.” Kearney and now Bowe completing quickfire new deals without fuss further boosts boss Joe Schmidt’s long-range preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. “I am delighted to have signed a new contract with the IRFU and Ulster,” said Bowe, who has won 55 caps. “It is an exciting time for both the province and the national team and I hope to play a part in achieving success on both fronts in the years to come.” Performance director David Nucifora has exerted pivotal influence over the IRFU’s new policy of fuss-free contract negotiations. Last season the likes of Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip came extremely close to shipping out to France, only to sign new Leinster and IRFU deals at the 11th hour. Since former Wallabies front-rower Nucifora’s arrival however, the IRFU has resolved to take a new approach to keeping top stars in the provincial system. Sexton’s impending return from Racing Metro underscored that shift, with Kearney and Bowe quickly following suit in tying up new deals. “We are delighted that Tommy has committed his future to Ulster and Ireland for the next three years,” said Nucifora. last_img read more

Ireland trim 6 Nations squad

first_img Press Association Ireland have trimmed their squad to 38 players for the opening two rounds of the RBS 6 Nations Championship, due to injuries and a number of Wolfhounds returning to their provinces. “Rob Herring returns to Ulster and will look forward to having an opportunity for further game-time. Fergus McFadden has a rib cartilage injury, while Craig Gilroy will follow the return to play protocols after a concussion in the Wolfhounds game.” Dave Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald are expected to be fully fit to train in preparation for Italy, while Eoin Reddan and Jamie Heaslip are progressing well and are likely to be available to train fully on Tuesday, the Irish Rugby Football Union said on Sunday. Mike McCarthy suffered a concussion during the Wolfhounds game and will stay with the squad while completing the return to play protocols. Cian Healy continues to make very promising progress post his hamstring injury. Conor Murray trained well on Friday and is expected to be fit for the Azzurri clash. center_img Joe Schmidt’s side open their Six Nations defence against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday, before hosting France at the Aviva Stadium the following weekend. “Jack Conan and Michael Bent did well (on Friday night for the Wolfhounds) against the Saxons but will return to Leinster, as will Noel Reid who was restricted to a brief cameo as he was covering a number of positions,” Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— The NFL will hold a practice remote draft on Monday, three days before the real thing is done in the same way. Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered all team facilities closed in March, and later required club personnel to conduct the draft from their homes. Because of the reliance on free-flowing communication, the league decided to stage a mock draft to ensure that the proceedings next week would go smoothly.— NASCAR has postponed the May 9 race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia with the state under a stay-at-home order until June 10. It gave no indication when the season will resume. NASCAR suspended its season four events into the year when sports shut down because of the pandemic. It had listed Martinsville as its first race to resume.— Nippon Professional Baseball’s season openers will not take place in May due to the new coronavirus pandemic, with no firm date set for the start. Representatives of the 12 teams decided Friday to also scrap interleague play. The removal of 18 interleague games from each team’s calendar would make for a 125-game regular season.— English Premier League clubs discussed the coronavirus testing required and scenarios that could salvage the season. The league hopes to restart on June 8, presenting an optimistically tight timeframe for players to return to game shape if social distancing is relaxed. Clubs in the three professional leagues below the Premier League have been told by the English Football League that May 16 is the earliest training sessions are recommended to start.— The Senior LPGA Championship has been canceled. It was scheduled to be played July 30-Aug. 1 at French Lick Resort in Indiana. The USGA previously canceled the U.S. Senior Women’s Open. The Senior LPGA will stay at French Lick in 2021. The new dates will be determined later. The league averaged 7,337 in attendance last season, a 21.8% increase over 2018 — the so-called “World Cup Bump”But like other leagues, it’s now on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Among those who have been sidelined are the Portland Thorns’ Morgan Weaver, the surprise No. 2 draft pick this year. Weaver got in just about a week of training camp before the NWSL was suspended. GOLF HALL OF FAME-HOLLINSMarion Hollins elected to 2021 class of Golf HOFUNDATED (AP) — Marion Hollins has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame. NBA players will see 25% of their paychecks taken out starting May 15 in an agreement with the league. The decision was finalized today in a board of governors meeting and was done in concert with the National Basketball Players Association.The cutback in salary has been expected for some time in response to the NBA’s shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The NBA playoffs would have started Saturday. If none of the 259 outstanding regular season games are played, the players would lose about $800 million in gross salary.Commissioner Adam Silver said it remains impossible for the NBA to make any decisions about whether to resume this season and that it is unclear when that will change.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: April 18, 2020 The list of draftable players now includes consensus All-American and Mountain West Conference Player of the year Malachi Flynn, who will forego his senior season at San Diego State. Flynn became the most decorated player in Aztecs history in his one season at SDSU after transferring from Washington State and sitting out a year. Flynn averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds this season as the sixth-ranked Aztecs went 30-2.Cole Anthony is entering the NBA draft after just one season at North Carolina. He had been considered a likely one-and-done player and a high first-round draft prospect before his arrival in Chapel Hill. The son of former NBA player Greg Anthony set an ACC freshman record by scoring 34 points in his conference debut and finished the season averaging a team-high 18.5 points for the Tar Heels.NHL-NEWSJets, Byfuglien splitUNDATED (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets and Dustin Byfuglien (BUHF’-lihn) have agreed to mutually terminate the veteran defenseman’s contract after a lengthy dispute, potentially marking the end of his hockey-playing career. WNBA-DRAFTIonescu goes to Liberty with top pickNEW YORK (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu was the No. 1 pick in Friday’s WNBA draft, going to the New York Liberty in an Oregon sweep of the top two picks. Ionescu set the NCAA record for triple-doubles and was the first college player to have over 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in her careerThe WNBA draft went about as well as the Dallas Wings could have hoped after pushing toward the night for so long. The Wings had three of the top seven picks Friday. Dallas picked Oregon 6-foot-4 forward Satou Sabally second overall. Princeton guard and three-time Ivy League player of the year Bella Alarie was taken by the Wings with the fifth pick. They got 5-10 South Carolina point guard Tyasha Harris at No. 7. Lauren Cox went third to Indiana and Chennedy Carter was the fourth selection by Atlanta. — Major League Soccer says it is pushing back restarting the season to at least June 8. Teams had played two matches before the season was suspended on March 12 because of the pandemic. The league had been looking at possibly resuming play in mid-May.— The governing body of track and field is leading a panel of Olympic sports to advise on safely organizing mass gathering events amid the coronavirus. World Athletics says the Outbreak Prevention Taskforce includes the International Institute for Race Medicine and officials from cycling, rowing, skiing, triathlon and the International Paralympic Committee.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFTSDSU’s Flynn, UNC’s Anthony turning proUNDATED (AP) — Two of college basketball’s young stars have announced they are entering the NBA draft before completing their eligibility. Update on the latest sportscenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA player payroll slashed due to pandemicUNDATED (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a bite out of NBA salaries. No financial settlement was part of the agreement, meaning Byfuglien walked away from the $14 million remaining on his contract for this season and next. Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said a conversation in September led him to believe Byfuglien was healthy but “had lost his desire to play in the National Hockey League.”The Jets suspended the 35-year-old for not reporting to training camp. They received a call from his agent in October that he was considering a return. Byfuglien underwent ankle surgery in October and rehabbed into the winter.Byfuglien filed a grievance through the NHL Players’ Association believing he should be paid while recovering from ankle surgery.Also in the NHL:— The Blue Jackets have signed All-Star goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) to a two-year contract worth a reported $5.6 million. The Finnish-born netminder has a 19-12-5 record, 2.60 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and two shutouts in 37 appearances this season. Korpisalo has established career highs in games played, wins and goals-against average since taking over as the starter when Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) left via free agency last summer. Due to the pandemic, Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced selections from her home in New Jersey, holding up the jersey of the player being chosen.WOMEN’S SOCCERNWSL had momentum heading into now suspended seasonPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The National Women’s Soccer League was set to open its eighth season this weekend with plenty of momentum behind it courtesy of an enthusiastic new commissioner in Lisa Baird and a new TV deal with CBS.The league was also riding a surge in attention following the United States’ victory in the Women’s World Cup last summer. The national team’s players are scattered throughout the NWSL, with U.S. Soccer paying their salaries. She was elected through the contributor’s category, joining a 2021 class that so far includes Tiger Woods.Hollins was a visionary in golf course architecture. She financed and developed a club only for women in New York in the early 1920s. And she was the brains behind Cypress Point Club and Pasatiempo in California.Hollins died in 1944 when she was 51.The induction is planned for March in Florida.HORSE RACING Horse racing gets more TV time with other sports on holdUNDATED (AP) — Socially distanced crews in New York and California are keeping horse racing on television in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. Horse racing is one of the few sports ongoing, albeit in a limited capacity at a handful of empty tracks. But its TV presence has expanded because of the dearth of other options.The New York Racing Association helps produce “America’s Day at the Races” on Fox Sports. TVG has partnered with NBC Sports for a dozen hours of coverage each week and the hope is that the fledgling industry can stay afloat and gain more exposure during these trying times.Live racing at Aqueduct Park in Queens was suspended in mid-March after a backstretch worker tested positive for the coronavirus. Groom Martin Zapata, 63, died in early April from COVID-19 complications.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press last_img read more

AFCON 2021 QUALIFIERS: Coronavirus Delays Rohr’s Return from France…

first_imgAlthough none of the NFF officials contacted by THISDAY at the Sunday Dankaro House in Abuja yesterday was willing to confirm Rohr’s travel problems as a result of the virus, reliable sources close to the Coach said his return has been put on hold for now.It was not however confirmed if the AFCON 2019 bronze winning coach has tested positive to warrant his staying back in France.Nigeria’s camp for the March 27 clash with Sierra Leone is billed to open on Monday in Asaba, Delta State with almost the entire team coming home from Europe.Messages to the leadership of the NFF to ascertain whether the duo of Williams Troost Ekong and Ola Aina who ply their trades with Italy based clubs were going to be part of the Eagles to play the crucial AFCON 2021 cracker were yet to be replied before the scoop on Rohr.Italy has the most cases outside China with more than 10,000 and the entire country has been placed in lockdown.Some 60 million Italians have been told to stay at home in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.The region of Lombardy, where Milan is located, is at the epicentre of Europe’s worse coronavirus outbreak.Serie A, along with all sport in Italy, is currently suspended until 3 April, but this does not include Italian clubs or national teams participating in international competitions. In Spain, La Liga games are to be played without fans present until 15 April.On Tuesday, the Spanish government decided to refuse entry to planes from Italy but UEFA requested an exception on behalf of Roma.That request was denied by the Spanish government on Wednesday.The Spanish (AFE) and Italian (AIC) players’ unions have asked UEFA that games between Italian and Spanish teams be suspended.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr Duro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles Franco-German Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, who is scheduled to arrive Nigeria today ahead of his wards to begin preparations for the AFCON 2020 qualifier against Sierra Leone is believed to be stranded in France as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.THISDAY checks revealed yesterday that the gaffer has communicated his inability to return as scheduled to chiefs of the Nigerian federation.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Tai Strickland announces transfer from UW basketball

first_imgFreshman guard Tai Strickland announced via Twitter Tuesday that he intends to transfer after just one season with the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team and continue his career elsewhere. Thank you to my teammates, my brothers, for everything y’all have done for me. I’ll always root for your success. I also want to thank Coach Gard and staff for giving me this opportunity, but at this time I have decided to transfer from Wisconsin and continue my career elsewhere.— Tai Strickland (@taistrickland13) March 26, 2019The 2018 prospect was a three-star recruit out of high school and held offers from Minnesota, Rutgers, Depaul, Boston College, Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech. Strickland also received interest from Virginia, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Wichita State, but never received official offers.  Men’s basketball: Wisconsin folds in 72–54 loss to OregonAnd just like that, the season’s over. The Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s run in the NCAA Tournament ended Friday afternoon Read…The Tampa Bay, Florida native made 16 appearances for the Badgers this season, converting 39.1 percent of his field goals on 23 total attempts and finishing with 28 points on the season. Strickland saw a limited role in the rotation early on, but those minutes dwindled to practically zero playing time for the majority of the second half of the season.  Strickland is a speedy point guard with a crafty first step. His pesky defensive ability slowed down opposing guards regularly and he demonstrated a shot-blocking presence as a result of his athleticism. The big thing Wisconsin wanted to see Strickland improve on was his ability to take care of the basketball. In his limited minutes, he turned the ball over plenty.Wrestling: Two All-American Badgers take on NCAA Championships to cap off successful seasonThe University of Wisconsin wrestling team’s season came to a close this past weekend at the NCAA Championships. Six wrestlers Read…Strickland is an aggressive scorer who is unafraid to take the ball to the cup or step back and take a jump shot. He has the ability to change the tempo of a game but never had the opportunity to put his full talents on display at Wisconsin.  Strickland’s departure creates an opening for a scholarship spot that the Badgers can choose to fill by adding a player from the 2019 recruiting class. The Badgers have not signed any point guards yet for the next two recruiting classes, but will likely want to start looking for a backup to D’Mitrik Trice, who will be a redshirt junior by the beginning of next season.Strickland has not yet announced where he will be transferring.last_img read more

Police make 148 arrests after clashes following PSG Champions League defeat

first_img Tags: PSGUEFA Champions LeagueUEFA Champions League final 2019/2020 PSG was bidding to win the Champions League for the first time. Source: BBC Sportscenter_img French police say they have made 148 arrests following riots in the capital after Paris St-Germain’s 1-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Sunday.The clashes occurred on the Champs-Elysees and around the Parc des Princes stadium, where fans had gathered to watch the game on a big screen.Cars were set on fire and shop windows were smashed, police said: “During the evening of the Champions League final, the police proceeded to: – 148 arrests, in particular for damage, violence or throwing projectiles at #FDO … – 404 penalties for not wearing a mask in the compulsory wearing sector.”last_img read more

Draymond Green injury update: Warriors F ‘unlikely’ to return on road trip

first_img DeMarcus Cousins injury update: Warriors center could be back after Christmas, report says Golden State coach Steve Kerr, however, said Sunday that Green was “unlikely” to be on the floor at any point during the rest of the team’s road trip. The Warriors will play three more games away from home before returning to Oracle Arena on Dec. 10.”Draymond, it’s just slow going,” Kerr said (via ESPN). “He’s doing some straight-line movement and got some shots up today. He’s feeling better, but it’s just a really hard injury to heal.” Related News The three-time All-Star has averaged 6.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists in 13 appearances in 2018-19.The Warriors will face the Hawks in Atlanta on Monday. They’ll carry a 15-9 record in that matchup. Draymond Green appears at least a week away from returning to the court.The 28-year-old Warriors forward, who has been dealing with a toe sprain and has not played since Nov. 15, told reporters Saturday he is currently pain free and is hoping to be back in Golden State’s lineup “soon.” Green was involved in a heated verbal exchange with teammate Kevin Durant during an overtime loss to the Clippers in mid-November and their argument reportedly continued in the locker room after the game. The team then suspended Green, who sat out for its win over the Hawks one day after the incident.Green also missed a pair of matchups in early November with the toe sprain and returned for one game after the suspension before being sidelined again with the injury.last_img read more

Competition in Speed Skating to be held in February in Zetra

first_imgRoad to EYOF 2019 represents the Alpe Adria Trophy Sarajevo Open 2018, which will be held in the Olympic Hall “Juan Antonio Samaranch – Zetra” on February 17 and 18, 2018.Alpe Adria Trophy Sarajevo Open 2018 is part of the campaign “Road to EYOF 2019” and it represents a test competition for the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), which will be held in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo in the year of 2019.This test competition represents a general test for all sectors of the organization of EYOF 2019.A large number of participants is expected again this year because this competition has international character.Sarajevo Open 2018 will be held again within the Alpe Adria Trophy Cup, which has been the most important competition of the Alps Adriatic region for years and it gathers skaters from Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia and BiH.Girls and boys will compete in speed skating at 500m, 1000m, 1500m, and 2000m.Therefore, the organizer invites you to come to Zetra and support this event and speed skating as a sport in BiH. The entrance will be free of charge.(Source: read more