D/ca seeking Brazil’s support to improve its water system

first_img Share Minister for Water Resource Management, Reginald Austrie and Brazil’s Ambassador Jose Marcos Viana at Monday’s signing ceremony.Dominica is looking to Brazil for assistance with major improvements to its water supply. On Monday, Dominica signed a proposal for cooperation between the Brazilian Water Agency and the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO). According to Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit, DOWASCO has faced tremendous challenges in ensuring that every house on the island has pipe borne water.Mr Skerrit noted that due to the increase in developing communities across the island, the demand for pipe borne water has increased significantly. “We look forward to that kind of expertise from Brazil to continue to assist us in maintaining the highest quality of potable drinking water,” he said. Mr Skerrit added that one of the things Dominica is seeking assistance from Brazil for is in addressing situations where there is no gravity flow to facilitate water supply. “We do not have the opportunity for gravity flow because the cost of electricity to pump the water up the hill to people’s homes is very costly, and in many communities where we have such a system the water bills which you pay is nowhere close to the recurrent cost”.This is critical, the Prime Minister explained, as DOWASCO has had to expend finances “to keep the water flowing into your homes”.“So it’s something that I would like to see if Brazil can assist us in addressing the issue where there is no gravity flow, how can we cause the water to get to our homes without the use of fossil fuel to assist us in pumping the water supplies out,” PM Skerrit noted.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Skerrit indicated that a team of technical experts from Brazil could visit Dominica soon to assist in the improvement of the water supply here. “DOWASCO has an exceptional track record in maintaining the quality, but always the more you can learn, the more technical assistance you can get, is better for all of us in this country and we look forward to that kind of cooperation with Brazil,” PM Skerrit said.Dominica Vibes News 11 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews D/ca seeking Brazil’s support to improve its water system by: – July 10, 2014 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Lumberjacks suffer a heartbreaking 5-4 OT loss to Chicago in Game 1 of conference finals

first_imgBy Steve Gunn and Dave HartLocalSportsJournal.comMUSKEGON – Now we will see what the Muskegon Lumberjacks are made of, based on how well they respond to a heartbreaking loss in a very important playoff game.The Lumberjacks led the Chicago Steel 4-3 late in the third period of a hard-fought Game 1 of their USHL Eastern Conference finals at L.C. Walker Arena on Saturday.Alex Yakovenko gets in front of the Chicago shot while goaltender No. 29 Brandon Bussi anticipates the rebound. Photo/Jason GoormanThey were within an eyelash of nailing down the crucial opening-game victory, but Chicago kept battling literally all the way to the end, and got the game-tying goal with a 6-on-4 skater advantage with 2.9 seconds remaining in regulation.Then the Steel completed their dramatic comeback when Nick Abruzzese scored 5:16 into overtime, giving Chicago a 5-4 victory and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. The two teams will square off for Game 2 on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. in Muskegon. Game 3 will be Friday in Chicago.The dramatic victory was definitely earned by Chicago, which never led until the final goal but refused to die all night long. The Lumberjacks led 2-0 after one period and 3-2 after two, but every time the Jacks scored down the stretch the Steel quickly answered.“They are a great hockey team,” said Lumberjacks coach Mike Hamilton. “They play with a lot of speed and pace. We knew what we were getting into.“I am not disappointed because I thought our guys played real well. We had a couple opportunities to put it away and we didn’t get it done. You’ve got to find a way to close it out in the end.“Tomorrow turns into a huge hockey game for us. It’s a must win for us. We will have to find a way to get a split here and in Chicago and put it away in Game 5. We have to get over this really quickly.”The Jacks gained a big advantage due to a slew of Chicago penalties late in the first period, and star forward Mikael Hakkarainen cashed in.Muskegon’s Egor Afanasyev. Photo/jason GoormanA Steel player was called for a double minor 4:00 penalty for high sticking, then another was whistled for the same infraction a few seconds later, giving the Jacks a 5-on-3 skater advantage.Hakkarainen scored twice in that situation within a minute, at 17:41 and 18:28 of the first period. Both of his shots came from the faceoff circle to the left of the Chicago goal, and both came after quick passes from Alex Yankovenko. Bobby Lynch also assisted on each goal.Muskegon outshot Chicago 17-8 in the first period and led 2-0 at the break.But Chicago did not go away. The Steel scored just 1:06 into the second period on a goal by Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, making the score 2-1. Muskegon’s Jagger Joshua answered at the 7:03 mark, making it 3-1, but the Steel retaliated 41 seconds later on a goal by Josiah Slavin.Muskegon led 3-2 after two periods.Bobby Lynch shot from the corner of the Chicago zone early in the third period. The puck hit a Steel player and found its way into the net, putting the Lumberjacks up 4-2.But again Chicago counterpunched, just 12 seconds later, with a goal Abruzzese, leaving the Lumberjacks with a 4-3 lead.That lead almost held up until the end.Muskegon’s Colby Bukes went to the penalty box with 1:56 remaining, giving Chicago a power play. Chicago put the puck in the net 10 seconds later, but the goal was waved off by the referees, saying it was kicked in.The call stood after a long video review.Chicago pulled goalie Justin Robbins with 1:07 remaining, gaining a 6-on-4 skater advantage.The final minute of the game was played completely in the Muskegon zone. 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Centres of Excellence key to development: Caddle

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Barbados’ Junior Economic Affairs Minister, Marsha Caddle, has pointed to Centres of Excellence as the way forward, if the country and the region is to marry sports and education, and harness the best talents of young people. Speaking during her feature address at the CWI/WIPA Player Awards ceremony here, Caddle told the gathering of administrators, officials and cricketers that while sport represented a credible alternative industry, more needed to be done to channel the development of individuals involved in the various disciplines.“Our investment in education has to look a bit different and we’ve said that for Barbados, we must move to the place where every school is a top school,” said Caddle, elected last month as part of the Barbados Labour Party’s historic 30-0 victory at the polls.“It means certainly within our secondary school system, to create Centres of Excellence for several disciplines and one of those disciplines must be sport and sporting excellence.” “There is perhaps no other area in which discipline and focus are brought to bear than in sport and so what we’re saying is that even as we acknowledge that not everyone may want to be in science or mathematics or liberal arts, when we realise sporting talent that we have to start to be able to channel that talent towards a certain direction.”She added: “I would like to think that in this part of the world that we have a particular centre of excellence or school of excellence for cricket because I think that when we start to conflate different types of sporting activities that we aren’t able to properly invest, we aren’t able to target our energies and our resources where it must be.”Caddle also pointed out that if sport was to be properly developed, the marriage with education needed to occur at an early stage, and this required a change in approach to sports policy. As such, she said the new Mia Mottley-led government would be moving to ensure that adjustments were made to this aspect of sports development.“What has confronted us here in Barbados, is really something that is confronting us as a region, and it has to do with how we diversify our brand and how we marry the things that make us Barbadian and that make us West Indian,” she explained.“Cricket and sport in general is a big part of how we do that so we have said as a new government there are some things we have to do differently when it comes to how we invest and the types of things in which we invest, and where we invest, at what stage of people’s lives [we invest].” Caddle continued: “Cricket and sport in general represents not just an industry but it also represents a way for us to signal to young people that there is something else they can do with their talent.“One of things that we have said .. is that we have to be better able to integrate sport into education and to invest from those early days and those early levels in sport as a viable industry for young people.“It is something we have not done enough and it is something certainly that the government of Barbados intends to do going forward.” The Awards ceremony was attended by Barbados’ new Sports Minister John King, a former leading calypsonian, along with Cricket West Indies president, Dave Cameron and players union chief, Wavell Hinds.last_img read more

Review: Bening shines as a ’70s mom, trying to figure it…

first_imgWay too many films out there are heavy on plot and exposition, light on atmosphere and character development. It’s safe to say “20th Century Women” isn’t one of them.Indeed, this new film from Mike Mills, a loving nod to the director’s own 1970s California youth, is precisely the opposite: a thoughtful and detailed evocation of an era and especially of one complicated character, with little story to speak of.Such atmospheric films, however expertly done, can either charm you or frustrate you to pieces. Luckily, even if it’s the latter, Annette Bening is there to pick those pieces up.There should be no doubt by now that Bening, at 58 a four-time Oscar nominee, is one of our finest actresses. Her recent turn in husband Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply” was brief, yet delightful. That was a mere cameo compared to her passionate and meticulous work in “20th Century Women,” a movie that truly revolves around her.If Mills’ 2010 “Beginners,” which won Christopher Plummer an Oscar, was about his father, “20th Century Women” — also semi-autobiographical — feels like a companion piece about his mother. Bening is Dorothea Fields, a 55-year-old single mom of a 15-year-old boy, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann, in a sensitive and unmannered performance). The time is 1979, the place Santa Barbara. The world is brimming with change, both cultural and political.Like the time in which she lives, Dorothea is hard to figure out — a mess of appealing contradictions. She is free yet guarded, proud yet insecure, forceful yet tentative, cynical yet naive. A few constants: She pays strict daily attention to the stock tables. She wears Birkenstocks. She chainsmokes Salems — her excuse is that when she started, smoking was simply stylish, not bad for you.Most obviously and urgently, Dorothea loves her son, and is trying to figure out how to raise him as a “good man” in a changing world.Hers is not a traditional parenting style. When Jamie is called to the principal’s office for missing school, Dorothea earnestly wonders why he shouldn’t be able to skip school if he wants. She’s told that he needs a good excuse. And so, Mom starts sending notes like: “Jamie was doing volunteer work for the Sandinistas.”Yet despite her unconventional approach, Dorothea faces struggles familiar to all parents, such as a teen’s blind feelings of invulnerability. One day, Jamie joins friends in a game that involves briefly falling unconscious. Except, Jamie doesn’t wake up. He ends up in the emergency room. Dorothea’s raw anguish as she asks her son the million-dollar question to which no teen has an answer — “What were you thinking?” — is agonizing to behold.With no partner to co-parent Jamie (Dad’s out of the picture), Dorothea concludes it will take a village. She turns to two other women in Jamie’s orbit.First is Abbie (Greta Gerwig, absorbing to watch as ever), a 24-year-old punk artist renting a room in Dorothea’s rambling house. Abbie’s hair is dyed a brilliant shade of fuschia, a la David Bowie. She, too, is a free spirit, but her life also has a darker, more poignant side: she’s a survivor of cervical cancer, and has been told she won’t be able to have children.Then there’s Julie (Elle Fanning), only two years older than Jamie. This beautiful blonde creature is Jamie’s best friend, but also his tormentor: She sneaks into the house every night to sleep in his bed, but refuses to become sexually involved with him. This is, needless to say, quite frustrating for an adolescent boy.Rounding out this unusual group is William (Billy Crudup), a handyman who is (slowly) renovating Dorothea’s ramshackle abode. The only adult male character of substance, William serves a different purpose for each female in the film.He has a terrific seduction scene with Abbie — painfully awkward yet still romantic. She compliments how his hair smells; he replies that he makes his own shampoo. But Crudup’s most entertaining moment is with Bening, when William tries to help Dorothea figure out the new music the kids are listening to these days, in a sort of Black Flag versus Talking Heads danceoff.Somewhere in the middle of this absorbing and unabashedly meandering film, one comes to better understand the title. The three women, all born in different eras of the 20th century, each have something to teach young Jamie.And Jamie is coming of age at a time when things are changing for women, too. Abbie gives Jamie some feminist texts to read, from which he learns, among other things, about the nature of the female orgasm. In one of the funnier episodes, he tries to educate a fellow teenage boy, with predictably disastrous results.“20th Century Women” is narrated by its young protagonist and as such, feels like a coming-of-age story. But whose? The story really feels like Dorothea’s. Certainly hers is the most fully realized character and the most interesting by a mile — even if at the end, we’re not quite sure what she’s learned, what it’s all added up to.But no matter: that often bemused look on Bening’s face seems to be telling us that it’s really the journey that counts.“20th Century Women,” an A24 release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America “for sexual material, language, some nudity and brief drug use.” Running time: 118 minutes. Three stars out of four.MPAA definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.Follow Jocelyn Noveck on Twitter at https://www.Twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAPlast_img read more