Community tourism stakeholders encouraged to protect sector

first_img Tweet Wotten Waven Community Tourism sulphur products.Community tourism stakeholders have been encouraged by government officials to develop this sector, noting its potential in assisting to contribute to the economy.The Dominica Community Tourism Association which is this year celebrating its first anniversary held its first mini trade show on Mero Beach on Saturday to highlight the benefits of community tourism.Several community tourism groups were afforded the opportunity to display art work, crafts, organic food items and plants.Parliamentary representative for the St. Joseph Constituency Kelvar Darroux highlighted the importance of community tourism, making particular mention of employment for young people.“Community tourism is very important in this country, simply because there are a number of communities which have their own unique styles, their own unique way of doing things and as a country we have to continue to promote community tourism, because through this initiative we can see the provision of employment for a number of our people, especially our young people and this I believe is a step in the right direction”.Darroux explained however that community tourism and community policing “must go hand in hand” as visitors “must feel safe” when they visit the island.Tourism Minister Ian Douglas who noted the island’s natural attributes and the pertinence of the mini trade show, urged the stakeholders that they should not “sit back and become complacent “.“It is not only creating employment in general and income in general for all our rural folk but it is also being able to provide world class service at a professional level and to international standards”.According to him, the government can do all in its power to maintain good roads as well as assist them with training and incentives however if they do not offer good service to the visitors, this will affect the sector.“If you do not give our visitors good service, value for money, if we do not make the experience; because that is what we are really selling, Dominica the experience, if we do not make that experience a one in a million experience, if we openly rob the tourist, or we quietly steal from them by overcharging them or under cutting, we ruin the destination and we undermine our our very livelihoods,” he warned. [nggallery id=186]Meanwhile Trade Minister Dr Colin McIntyre who represented Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit warned that his government would not tolerate any acts of violence against its citizens or visitors.“This Labour Party government wants to condemn all acts of violence against our people and our visitors we are not going to stand to that at all and our government we are critical about it, we don’t support it and we are against it….This is something serious and we have to stamp it out and we have to get together as a group to protect our visitors”.Dr. McIntyre made it clear that these people who threaten the lives of citizens and visitors will be dealt with as the government will not tolerate these acts of violence.“We do not want by the side type people, vagrants whatever you want to call them, guys who want to make it a point of duty of theirs to harass our visitors, we don’t stand for that at all and I want to make it clear that anyone found doing that will be dealt with accordingly, we are not going to tolerate that.”The Association also awarded several community tourism groups for their contribution towards the development of the sector.Dominica Vibes News Share Share 18 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Community tourism stakeholders encouraged to protect sector by: – May 29, 2012last_img read more

Trojans topple Highlanders on road

first_imgWith redshirt sophomore center Dewayne Dedmon sidelined for the first time this season with a stress fracture in his right foot, the USC men’s basketball team needed other players to assume the scoring load.Stepping up · Freshman guard Alexis Moore was one of two Trojans in double figures to help USC defeat UC Riverside 56-35. USC shot 53 percent from the field and limited the Highlanders to just 11 points in the second half. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (4-4) spread the ball around, as all seven Trojans who received playing time scored four or more points in the 56-35 victory over UC Riverside on Wednesday at the UC Riverside Student Recreation Center — the largest margin of victory and first two-game winning streak of the season for USC.The Highlanders (2-5) opened the game leading 10-2, much to the delight of the sold-out crowd at the Student Recreation Center who witnessed USC’s first-ever road trip to Riverside.The Trojans closed the opening half on an 8-2 run to go into halftime leading 32-24, and then carried the momentum into the second half, scoring 21 of the first 27 points.USC held the Highlanders to 11 points in the second half. The Trojans shot .532 from the field, compared to .351 for UC Riverside. USC shot .500 or better for the fourth consecutive game.Junior guard Greg Allen paced the Trojans with 11 points, including three baskets from beyond the arc.After he was held scoreless in his previous three games, freshman guard Alexis Moore had 10 points.Sophomore forward Garrett Jackson scored eight points, all in the first half.Freshman guard Byron Wesley added eight points, his third consecutive game with eight or more points.Coming off a 28-point outburst in the win over South Carolina on Saturday that helped sophomore guard Maurice Jones earn the Pac-12 Player of the Week award, was held to six points, and missed all five of his three-point attempts.Two players, senior guard Phil Martin and senior guard Kareem Nitoto, combined to score 24 of UC Riverside’s 35 total points.The Trojans will next travel to Minnesota, their farthest road trip of the season. The Gophers (6-1) won their first six games of the season, but leading scorer and rebounder Trevor Mbakwe, a senior forward, tore his ACL on Sunday against Dayton, and is expected to miss the rest of the season. With Mbakwe out, sophomore guard Austin Hollins averages a team-high 10.3 points per game, and no other player averages more than 3.7 points per game. The game can be seen on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. on the Big Ten Network.USC returns to Galen Center to play New Mexico on Dec. 10, beginning a stretch of four-straight home games that also includes games against Georgia and TCU, and culminates with a match-up against 15th-ranked Kansas on Dec. 22. Last year, the Trojans had possession of the ball trailing 70-68 to the Jayhawks, but guard Jio Fontan stepped out of bounds and Kansas held on for the victory.The Trojans open Pac-12 competition on Dec. 29 at California. Dedmon, who is expected to miss four to six weeks, has said he hopes to return in time for conference games.last_img read more

Angels’ Andrew Heaney set for simulated game Monday

first_imgCLEVELAND — The Angels are planning to bring Andrew Heaney back without first having him go through the formality of pitching in a minor league game.That suits Heaney just fine.“I don’t necessarily believe in the whole game-speed thing,” Heaney said Saturday. “If you do a sim game, it’s in a big-league stadium against big-league hitters in front of nobody. If you do a minor league game, it’s to minor league hitters in a minor league stadium in front of nobody. So it’s not that much of a difference.”Heaney, who has been out since July 16 with shoulder inflammation, is scheduled to throw about 60 pitches over the equivalent of four innings in a simulated game Monday in Cincinnati. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros If that goes well, Heaney could return to the Angels rotation as soon as next weekend in Boston.Heaney is eager to get back on a mound and finish strong after what has been a forgettable season for him so far.In spring training, he tried to pitch through elbow discomfort for too long and ended up missing nearly two months of the season. Then he returned and posted a 5.09 ERA over nine starts before going on the injured list with a shoulder issue.The season got even worse for Heaney and his teammates about a month ago with the stunning death of Tyler Skaggs, whom Heaney called his best friend.“Obviously, it’s been a very (bad) season, a nightmare season for me and some other guys in general,” Heaney said. “When we came to spring training, this is not what we envisioned. But from a team standpoint, we’re still right there. Obviously we have not played well at all in the last week. I want to finish strong. I think everyone wants to finish strong.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter center_img MIDDLETON UPDATEKeynan Middleton, who had a setback in his rehab from Tommy John surgery a couple weeks ago, is getting closer to being ready to return to a mound, Manager Brad Ausmus said.“The report on him yesterday was extremely positive,” Ausmus said Saturday. “I can’t tell you when he’s going to be off the mound, but he has been throwing. Yesterday was probably his best day from a strength perspective.”Ausmus said Middleton would probably need a couple bullpen sessions and then he could resume his rehab assignment. Middleton had pitched in four minor league games, including one at Triple-A, before his setback.RAMIREZ DROPS APPEALNoé Ramírez plans to drop the appeal of his three-game suspension, Ausmus said. The suspension, which stemmed from Ramírez hitting Houston’s Jake Marisnick with a pitch, will begin as soon as Ramírez is ready to return to the active roster.Ramírez is on the injured list after he came down with a stomach virus. Ausmus said Ramírez lost weight while he was sick, and now he’s got his appetite back and he’s trying to regain his weight and strength.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros When Ramírez is activated, he’ll begin the suspension. The Angels will have to play with a 24-man roster for those three games.ALSOAndrelton Simmons was scratched from Saturday’s lineup with left foot soreness…Dustin Garneau, who was designated for assignment by the Angels earlier this week, was claimed on waivers by the Oakland A’s…On Friday night, Dillon Peters gave up three runs in 7 2/3 innings, the Angels longest outing by a pitcher this season, but he is still expected to pitch after an opener when he has his next turn Thursday in Boston. Ausmus said it’s likely they’ll still use the opener because the game is after an off day, and they’ll have all their relievers available.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Jaime Barría, 4-4, 6.28) at Indians (RHP Shane Bieber, 10-4, 3.30), 10:10 a.m., Fox Sports West Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

Anthony Davis trade rumors: As talks intensify, here’s where Lakers, Celtics and Knicks stand

first_imgPelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin tried to sell Anthony Davis on staying in New Orleans. The franchise had a supermax contract to offer, plus the chance to play alongside veteran guard Jrue Holiday and an exciting young prospect in Zion Williamson, the assumed No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft.But Davis was never going to budge. Even Dr. Stephen Strange couldn’t have offered an alternate future in which the 26-year-old rescinded his trade demand. So here we are, just one week before the draft with one of the NBA’s top players still waiting to land on a new team. After canvassing the league, it appears Griffin has narrowed the field of suitors with a clear favorite emerging for Davis’ services.After a flurry of rumors and speculation, here’s a closer look at the three teams most involved in the Davis sweepstakes. (The Nets and Clippers are out at the moment. They have failed to “gather traction in conversations with New Orleans,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.)TRADE RUMORS: Could Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma hold up Davis deal?Anthony Davis trade rumors: Lakers in the leadLos Angeles is not expected to be the frontrunner for any elite free agents when the ball drops on June 30. That makes Davis priority No. 1 for a Lakers team hoping to maximize the end of LeBron James’ prime.Fortunately for the Lakers, they have made progress in trade talks with the Pelicans and are currently in the best position among the interested teams. However, there is one important factor that could determine whether a trade is completed: How many assets are the Lakers willing to give up?Los Angeles and New Orleans have a “framework” in place for a deal, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, but the specifics haven’t been ironed out just yet. The Pelicans would prefer to flip the Lakers’ No. 4 pick to acquire an All-Star caliber player. It’s clear Griffin isn’t excited by the idea of a full teardown and 76ers-like rebuild.Love when we play the breaking news music on #TheJump! The war for Anthony Davis is on between the Lakers & Celtics; both teams negotiating with the Pelicans right now. @WindhorstESPN discusses the Lakers No. 4 pick being shopped around to other teams as part of a potential deal: pic.twitter.com/rI642JXRoZ— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 12, 2019Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram would likely head to New Orleans in this scenario, but Kyle Kuzma could be a sticking point. Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that the Pelicans want Kuzma included in a Davis trade while the Lakers hope to avoid putting him in any package.​ Kuzma, who averaged 18.7 points per game in 2018-19, will turn 24 in July, so he has room to grow. He is also signed to a team-friendly contract.Kuzma shouldn’t ultimately prevent the Lakers from closing a deal, but playing a little hardball makes sense given they have leverage. Davis’ agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, recently told Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price he isn’t simply trying to help out James, another Klutch client and close friend of Paul. But LA certainly sounds like the preferred option, and that looms large with Davis committed to testing free agency in 2020.”My thing is: Take LeBron off the Lakers,” Paul said. “Are the Lakers not a great destination for an arguably top-two player that went to Kentucky and won a national championship, signed with Nike? For a team that’s had centers from George Mikan to Wilt Chamberlain to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Shaq?”So now, when you add LeBron, that’s what? The cherry on top. LeBron’s 34 years old. Anthony Davis is 26. So when LeBron’s done playing, the Anthony Davis trade is still rolling.”Paul and Davis have seemingly been locked on the Lakers throughout this process, and that probably scared off a few other teams. LA’s top rival doesn’t fall into that group, though.Celtics remain undeterredThe Celtics ran into an unusual problem at the 2019 trade deadline. They couldn’t pair Davis with Kyrie Irving because of the “Rose Rule,” which prevented Boston from considering a Davis trade until the start of free agency. Now that we’re past the deadline, the Celtics are all set to send their offer to Griffin, right?Uh, it’s complicated. First of all, Paul is essentially standing outside of TD Garden with a neon sign that says, “DON’T DO IT.””[The Celtics] can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year,” Paul told SI. “I mean: If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual [obligations] and we would go into free agency in 2020. I’ve stated that to them. But in the event that he decides to walk away and you give away assets? Don’t blame Rich Paul.”Despite that bold proclamation, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, who has a strong relationship with Griffin dating back to their days with the Suns, apparently doesn’t mind jumping without a safety net.Per ESPN’s Zach Lowe:”Everything I have heard — and this is really interesting — is that Boston is not afraid. Boston is not afraid of Rich Paul coming out again in Sports Illustrated, saying ‘they can trade for him. It’s just gonna be for a year.’ Not afraid.”Then there’s Irving’s free agency. After a turbulent season in Boston, the six-time All-Star guard could head to the Nets or Knicks. He had previously discussed the possibility of joining Kevin Durant in either Brooklyn or New York, per Wojnarowski.But with Durant out for the entire 2019-20 season after rupturing his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, does Irving’s thinking change? Does Irving want to throw away a year of his prime on a non-contending team? Does anyone know what is going on in Irving’s brain at any given time?The Celtics would love to be on solid ground with Irving and know that, if Davis is in place, Irving will agree to a new contract. That alleviates some stress about losing rising youngsters as well as future draft picks.There is going to be risk involved here for the Celtics. Boston could lose Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and/or a pick that turns into a future star, then watch Davis leave later. Or Davis and Irving could dominate the Eastern Conference for the next half-decade.Ainge must determine whether the risk is worth the reward.Knicks fading fastAs the Pelicans’ conversations with the Lakers and Celtics accelerate, the Knicks are hitting the brakes.New York is “not really involved” in the Davis chase, per Windhorst. The Knicks are targeting RJ Barrett at No. 3 in the draft, and removing that pick from the equation all but eliminates them from contention.  Paul mentioned New York’s cap space and flexibility as reasons why it’s a desirable destination for Davis, but some within the organization are “adamant” about not unloading assets in order to acquire Davis, according to SNY’s Ian Begley. For now — yes, things can always change quickly in the NBA — this is a two-horse race.🔸 Some within the Knicks organization want Kevin Durant despite the ruptured Achilles injury🔸 The Knicks remain unwilling to part with all of their assets for Anthony Davis, scared off by the Carmelo Anthony [email protected] on the Knicks’ pursuit of the two superstars: pic.twitter.com/9MfUmy7Rwi— SNY (@SNYtv) June 12, 2019Expect the Knicks to pursue Durant and potentially offer a four-year max deal. The Achilles injury will keep him off the floor next season, but New York can wait for its young group to develop, search for another star and allow Durant to become familiar with the culture.It’s still possible the Knicks land Durant and Irving this offseason, which would be a major coup for the franchise. Davis, though, isn’t part of their summer plans.last_img read more

Women’s Soccer League Icebreaker tournament results

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Soccer League hosted its season-opening Icebreaker tournament last weekend.In the competitive pool in which six teams were in contention, D&D defeated Prospect by the score of 3-2. In the recreational pool of eight teams, the Royal Rebels edged the GP Tornadoes 3-2.Tournament Director Kristen Danczak said,“It was a great weekend of soccer as everyone enjoyed themselves. I can’t complain about how things went for the first tournament of the year.”- Advertisement –last_img read more