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Opposition leader denies defaming minister

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Share LocalNewsPolitics Opposition leader denies defaming minister by: Dominica Vibes News – April 3, 2017center_img Tweet 743 Views   9 comments Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton has denied that he defamed Minister for Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Senator Francine Baron’s reputation and dismissed the lawsuit as an abuse of the court process.Senator Baron filed a lawsuit against Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton as first defendant; radio broadcaster Angelo Alleyne as second defendant and West Indies Communications (Q95FM) as third defendant for slander.Baron had written to the defendants in February 2017 demanding an apology for defaming her character and gave them four days to pay ten thousand US dollars to a charity of her choice.Baron claimed that Linton and others damaged her reputation by alleging that she misappropriated a cheque of ten thousand US dollars which she had accepted on behalf of the Dominica Disaster Development Fund while in Malaysia as Dominica’s high commissioner to the UK.That apology or donation to charity was never made and accordingly the lawsuit was filed and served on 24 March.According to the lawsuit filed, the allegations and slanders made by the defendants are false and defamatory of Minister Baron.She is therefore seeking aggravated damages, costs and an injunction restraining the defendants “whether by themselves, their directors, agents, or howsoever from publishing or causing to be published the said or similar defamatory words” about her.“Francine Baron moved ahead with her threat and she has actually filed a lawsuit. The lawsuit is claiming that Lennox Linton and Angelo Allen on Q95 defamed her so certain things that she claimed that we said, she wants us to stop saying those things,” Mr Linton explained in a live Facebook video.Minister Baron, who is represented by Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan and Lennox Lawrence, outlined four instances of statements Mr Linton made about Minister Baron from May 2015 to February 2017 on Q95FM, and six instances of statements Mr Alleyne made between May and August 2015.“She’s asking the court to injunct us, to prevent us from making these statements about her and find us guilty of defamation and to have us fined accordingly. So she’s looking for money, she said it’s for charity; I don’t know if she’s changed her mind,” Mr Linton stated.The Opposition Leader, Alleyne and Q95FM have fourteen days in which to file a defense to the lawsuit. If they do not file a defense, judgement may be entered against them.Linton explained that his comments were about an Iranian businessman Alireza Zibahalat Monfared, who obtained Dominican citizenship and was granted a diplomatic passport, and not Minister Baron.He further claimed that there is need to be “concerned in Dominica” because the judicial system is biased.“We have a court system where there is so much bias against patriots and so much corruption on behalf of the government players that Francine could actually get a judgement against us for the nonsense she has filed in the court which will have us to now go to the Appeals court and to the Caribbean Court of Justice,” Mr Linton said.“But make no mistake about it, there is no defamation,” Mr Linton added and claimed that claimed that Minister Baron concocted a story with her attorneys and is abusing the court process “by claiming a defamation exists where there is no defamation at all”.last_img read more

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Free shuttle service from Portsmouth for WCMF patrons

first_img Sharing is caring! EntertainmentLocalNews Free shuttle service from Portsmouth for WCMF patrons by: Dominica Vibes News – August 31, 2018 638 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Acting Festival and Events Manager of the DDA Marva WilliamsThe Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) has announced that a free shuttle service will be available for patrons of the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) being housed in the north of the island. Acting Festival and Events Manager of the DDA Marva Williams made this announcement at a press conference on Wednesday 30 August 2018. Williams said following hurricane Maria accommodation in the Roseau area has been affected however stated that more than enough is available in the North of the island. “In addition to the accommodation this year, what we are doing is providing shuttle services. So we do not want the distance from Portsmouth to Roseau to be taken as an issue, we want it to be taken as an additional experience in the Nature Isle.”Patrons she said will have the choice of being transported via a coaster or the sea. “We are going to put some amenities, we will have some music and the excitement to the World Creole Music Festival is going to begin as soon as you take that shuttle service.”This she added will complement their promotion of ‘Buckle Up’. “You know don’t drink and drive, get s designated driver. So putting a shuttle service out there for you is a way of ensuring your safety and making sure you can enjoy the World Creole Music Festival to the t.”last_img read more

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Brief Overview on MEPC 73

first_img Author: Baibhav Mishra Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships The MEPC approved the Programme of follow-up actions of the initial IMO strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships up to 2023.The programme of action is intended to be used as a planning tool in meeting the timelines identified in the initial IMO strategy, which was adopted in April 2018. The Committee invited concrete proposals on candidate short-term measures to the next Committee session, MEPC 74 (May 2019), for consideration, as well as on the procedure for assessing the impacts on States. (See briefing 18/2018)Fourth IMO GHG studyThe MEPC developed draft terms of reference for the Fourth IMO GHG Study, which should be initiated in 2019. It was agreed that an Expert Workshop should be held in order to discuss technical and methodological issues and advise the Committee on the terms of reference of the Study. The Fourth IMO GHG Study is intended to provide an update of emissions estimates for international shipping for the period 2012 to 2018 and may include scenarios for future shipping emissions and estimates of carbon intensity.Fifth intersessional working group meetingThe MEPC approved the terms of reference for the fifth meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG emissions from ships, to be held ahead of MEPC 74. The intersessional group will be tasked with, among other things, considering concrete proposals for assessing the impacts on States of candidate measures; and considering concrete proposals on candidate short-term measures.Strengthening the EEDI requirementsThe MEPC received the interim report of the review of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) “beyond phase 2”. The EEDI phases brings in increasingly greater energy efficiency requirements compared to the reference line.The possibility of bringing forward the phase 3 requirement to 2022 (from 2025), for certain ships, was discussed, as well as a proposal to increase the energy efficiency improvement to 40% (from 30%) for container ships. The MEPC invited concrete proposals to the next session (MEPC 74) for further discussion of the proposed amendments.EEDI calculation guidelines adoptedThe MEPC adopted the 2018 Guidelines on the method of calculation of the attained Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships, incorporating updates to the 2014 guidelines.Implementation of sulphur 2020 limit The new lower 0.50% limit on sulphur in ships’ fuel oil will be in force from 1 January 2020, under IMO’s MARPOL treaty, with benefits for the environment and human health. The new limit will be applicable globally – while in designated emission control areas (ECAs) the limit will remain even lower, at 0.10%.The MEPC adopted a MARPOL amendment to prohibit the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil for combustion purposes for propulsion or operation on board a ship – unless the ship has an exhaust gas cleaning system (“scrubber”) fitted.  The MEPC also approved Guidance on ship implementation planning; and Guidance on best practice for fuel oil suppliers. (See briefing 19/2018).Action plan on marine plastic litter adoptedThe MEPC adopted an action plan to address marine plastic litter from ships, intended to contribute to the global solution for preventing marine plastic litter entering the oceans through ship based activities.The Action Plan identifies a number of actions, which will be reviewed at MEPC 74 prior to further work being undertaken, including a proposed study on marine plastic litter from ships; looking into the availability and adequacy of port reception facilities; consideration of making marking of fishing gear mandatory; promoting the reporting of loss of fishing gear; facilitating the delivery of retrieved fishing gear to shore facilities; reviewing provisions related to the training of fishing vessel personnel and familiarization of seafarers to ensure awareness of the impact of marine plastic litter; and strengthening international cooperation, in particular the Food And Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN Environment (See briefing 20/2018).Ballast water management treaty implementation The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), entered into force in September 2017 and has, to date, been ratified by 79 countries, representing 80.94% of world merchant shipping tonnage. Amendments to the treaty, relating to implementation of the convention, were adopted at the last session.The MEPC approved Guidance on System Design Limitations of ballast water management systems and their monitoring, and Guidance for the commissioning testing of ballast water management systems.The Committee adopted amendments to update the Guidelines for ballast water management and development of ballast water management plans (G4) to address the incorporation of information on contingency measures in ballast water management plans.The MEPC has recognized that there may be a need for future improvements to the BWM Convention in the light of experience gained and has approved a data gathering and analysis plan for an experience-building phase.Based on the experience and feedback gained, as well as the analysis of the data gathered, draft amendments to the Convention could be put forward for consideration at a future MEPC. The Committee was updated on the status of preparations for data gathering. It was agreed that two new outputs should be included in its agenda: “Review of the BWM Convention based on data gathered in the experience-building phase”, and “Urgent measures emanating from issues identified during the experience-building phase of the BWM Convention”, both with a target completion year of 2023.The Committee also instructed the Sub-committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping to develop training provisions for seafarers related to the BWM Convention, with a target completion year of 2021.The MEPC also approved two ballast water management systems that make use of Active Substances.Use and carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships in Arctic watersIMO has agreed that the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) should develop a ban on heavy fuel oil for use and carriage as fuel by ships in Arctic waters, based on an assessment of the impacts of such a ban.MEPC 73 considered submissions related to an appropriate impact assessment methodology process and forwarded them to PPR 6 (February 2019) to finalize the methodology.Currently, the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil is banned in the Antarctic under MARPOL Annex I regulation 43. It is recommended in the Polar Code that the same rules are applied in the Arctic waters.MARPOL amendments – substances with a high viscosity or a high melting pointThe MEPC approved, for future adoption, draft amendments to MARPOL Annex II to strengthen, in specified sea areas, discharge requirements for tank washings containing persistent floating products with a high-viscosity and/or a high melting point that can solidify under certain conditions (e.g. certain vegetable oils and paraffin-like cargoes).The draft amendments follow concerns about the environmental impact of permissible discharges of such products and would tighten requirements for the discharge from ships of tank washings containing such products.Approval of guidance and other mattersAmongst other matters, the MEPC:Adopted the 2018 Guidelines for the discharge of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) bleed-off water.Approved (for adoption in 2019) draft amendments to the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code), including the draft revised chapters 17 (Summary of minimum requirements), 18 (List of products to which the code does not apply), 19 (Index of Products Carried in Bulk) and 21 (Criteria for assigning carriage requirements for products subject to the IBC Code).Approved an MEPC circular on Guidelines for the carriage of energy-rich fuels and their blends.Approved part IV of the Guidelines for the use of dispersants for combating oil pollution at sea, which focuses on the sub-sea application of dispersant.Approved, for subsequent adoption, draft Guidelines for the use of electronic record books under MARPOL and associated draft amendments to MARPOL and the NOX Technical Code.Sea News, November 1last_img read more

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Vaccaro Finishes Second at Regional Tourney, Qualifies for NCAA Championships

first_imgCOMPLETE RESULTSGERMANTOWN, Tenn. – For the second time in three years, UWF women’s golf standout Paloma Vaccaro will compete for a national championship. The senior shot a 1-under-par 71 and finished in second place in the NCAA Super Regional 2 Championships at the Germantown Country Club. Her 54-hole total of 1-over-par 217 is the lowest in a postseason event in UWF history.  Print Friendly Version “Today she got off to a better start and had it going on the front nine,” UWF head coach Bryan Clarke said. “She just couldn’t get anything going on the back nine. To finish (the tournament) in second with a 76 says a lot about how well she can play.” Barry’s Tilda Larsson helped lead the Buccaneers to the team title as she posted a 69 in the final round and won the regional with a 7-under-par 209. Tampa’s Kiira Riihijarvi and Florida Southern’s Amanda Gartrell tied for third at 222. Both players will join Vaccaro as individual qualifiers from Super Regional 2. The NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships will be held May 16-19 in Houston, Texas at Bay Oaks Country Club. “I’m just happy to make it to nationals,” Vaccaro said. “I didn’t play as well as I would have liked to but I know what I need to work on and will do my best to try and win a national championship.” Vaccaro also qualified for the NCAA Championship two years ago where she finished in 59th place. This marks the fourth time an Argonaut women’s golfer has qualified for the national event. Prior to Vaccaro’s first appearance in 2016, Sarah Nicholson participated in 2004 and Daisy-May Kenny in 2014. Vaccaro got off to a really strong start on Wednesday, birdieing three of her first six holes. She made par on her next seven holes before bogeys at 14 and 16 dropped her to the 1-under-par round. last_img read more

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No. 4 West Florida Travels to California for Weekend Matches

first_imgNo. 4 West Florida Travels to California for Weekend Matches Argonauts ready to face HPU and UCSD March 8, 2019PENSACOLA, Fla. –The UWF men’s tennis team is on their way to The Golden State of California to compete against some tough competitors. The Argos will be playing in San Diego, California hosted by UC San Diego at the Northview Tennis Courts. The The No. 4 Argos will be facing No. 16 Hawaii Pacific and UC San Diego over the weekend.The No.4 UWF Men’s team will enter the weekend undefeated in the season 6-0, 5-0. The Argos will start off the weekend on Saturday, March 9 in the morning at 11:00 am CT against No. 16 Hawaii Pacific. The next day, they will face UC San Diego at 11:00 am CT.Hawaii Pacific is nationally ranked No. 16 going into the weekend and have a record of 5-0  after facing UCSD yesterday and winning 4-0. HPU has one singles player, Valentin Masse who is ranked nationally at No. 31. On Sunday, the men will play against UCSD, the host school for these matches. The Tritons are 4-7 overall this season so far and have been playing tough competition. UWF’s Men’s Tennis team has one doubles team that is currently nationally ranked which consists of Serdar Bojadjiev and Lucas Sanchez as they sit at No.9 in the Oracle/ITA Division II Men’s National Doubles Rankings and No. 2 in the regional rankings. In singles, Bojadjiev is No.8 nationally, No. 4 regionally and Juan Motta is No.34 nationally and No.9 regionally. Singles player Robin Rafaitin is also regionally ranked No. 18. The team is nationally ranked No. 4 and No. 3 in the region.To keep up with the Men’s Tennis team and for more information you can follow the men on Instagram @uwfmenstennis. You can also follow the team on twitter @TennisUwf. #GoArgosPrint Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

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Cavaliers down another point guard with Iman Shumpert out 5-7 days

first_imgCLEVELAND– The Cavaliers are down another point guard, as Iman Shumpert will be out between five to seven days according to a release from the team.Shumpert is experiencing soreness due to left knee effusion, or fluid in the or around the knee joint, and was diagnosed at the Cleveland Clinic on Saturday.In yesterday’s 118-113 overtime win against the Los Angeles Clippers, Shumpert did not play at all during the second half, with Jose Calderon starting in his place. Shumpert was thrust into the starting lineup as Derrick Rose continues to miss time with an ankle sprain. Rose is expected to miss at least the next two weeks.This is the second time this season that Shumpert has missed time due to soreness in one of his knees. It’s unclear who will start in his place, but during last night’s game, Dwyane Wade spent a large portion of time as the primary ball-handler.According to a report from cleveland.com, the Cavs will likely call up John Holland from the G League Canton Charge.  He is averaging 24 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42 Related TopicsCavsClevelandCleveland CavaliersDerrick RoseDwyane WadeIman ShumpertNBAcenter_img Ashley Bastocklast_img read more

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Kenai Considers Land Sale On Lawton Drive

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A local dentist made his pitch to the Kenai City Council this week, asking them to sell him a parcel of city-owned land near Kenai’s wildflower field. Sorhus told the Council that he plans to build a structure which would compliment Kenai’s “grand entrance” at that end of the city and improve the aesthetics of the area. Sorhus told the Council that the location, which sits between the Challenger Learning Center and the wildflower field, would be ideal for many of his clients who are students. Neighbors along Lawton Drive have fought for years to keep the land as a vacant buffer strip between their homes and the nearby Kenai Spur Highway. Dr. Jeremy Sorhus wants to build a new practice on Lawton Drive. His request to buy a four-acre parcel of land was discussed by the Council during an executive session and City Manager Rick Koch was directed to gather more information.last_img read more

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Supporters Information: Pay On The Night In Preston

first_imgSo far just over 170 tickets have been purchased by travelling supporters for the Sky Bet Championship match at Deepdale (kick-off 7.45pm). Tickets go off sale at 9.30am tomorrow (Tuesday). Fans without tickets will be able pay on the night from the away ticket office located in the Bill Shankly Kop car park. There is no price rise on the day of the game. Any tickets purchased ahead of time can be collected from the away ticket office.last_img

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Gallery: City Women Celebrate Promotion With Awards Evening

first_imgBristol City Women invited fans, sponsors and family to enjoy an evening of celebration, thanks and reflection after successfully clinching promotion back to the top flight. Top Goal Scorer went to Millie Farrow who, despite two serious injuries throughout the season, still managed to score 11 goals to take the top spot. The sponsors voted Claire Emslie as their winner after the Scottish International has been a stand-out player this season scoring 10 goals since she joined the Vixens in June. Grace McCatty took the ‘Supporters Player of the Year’ award as fans voted across social media for a player who is still a firm favourite after being at the club for more than a decade. ‘Community Player of the Year’ went to keeper Hannah Reid who has put in countless hours outside of her training schedule to get involved in community activities and player appearances. Team Captain Hayley Ladd was voted by her fellow team mates to pick up arguably the most prestigious award of ‘Players Player of the Year’. Willie Kirk named Jodie Brett his player of the year, he wasn’t disappointed in the player he was so keen to bring in on loan from Chelsea and described her as a ‘true professional’ on and off the pitch. Follow @BristolCityWFC for all the updates.last_img read more

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Bristol Flyers’ Betway All-Stars Championship opponents revealed

first_imgBristol Flyers take on the BBL Play-Off runners-up from last season, Newcastle Eagles in the opening round, before facing either Glasgow Rocks or London Lions in the second game of the group stage.The first round of the Betway British Basketball All-Stars Championship is a double elimination group stage comprising a total of ten matches, with the subsequent six fixtures determined by the outcome of the first four. Two straight wins will qualify a team for the semi-finals while two straight defeats will spell elimination. The final set of matches in the group will feature teams with one win and one defeat competing to stay in the competition.Fixtures for the semi-finals will be drawn shortly after the conclusion of the group stage.The Betway British Basketball All-Stars Championship introduces some exciting new innovations as the top eight BBL teams compete for a record-breaking £100,000 prize fund. Matches are just 12 minutes long with a 20-second shot clock while an All-Star five-point line offers rewards for those willing to brave a shot from distance.The full format for the Betway British Basketball All-stars Championship can be found below.last_img read more