Barbados pledges continued cooperation with Venezuela

first_imgThe Government of Barbados has pledged to maintain cooperation with Venezuela on matters of mutual concern.Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands, made this declaration at an event held to mark the 207th anniversary of the Independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela last week.  Husbands said, “Barbados is aware that the need to create closer hemispheric ties depends largely on the cooperation and collaboration among the countries in the hemisphere…”“To this end, Barbados pledges its on-going cooperation and consultation with Venezuela on matters of mutual concern with the aim of confronting the challenges that face us individually and as a region.”The Foreign Trade Minister noted Venezuela and Barbados have enjoyed “friendly and productive relations” since 1969, when diplomatic relations were established.She pointed to 11 bilateral agreements in the areas of technical cooperation, tourism, culture, taxation, trade and investment as proof.  She also highlighted Venezuela’s commitment to cultural exchanges and Spanish language training for public sector workers through the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation.last_img read more

Attorney to be appointed to Law Commission Office

first_img Share Share 696 Views   no discussions Tweet LocalNews Attorney to be appointed to Law Commission Office by: Dominica Vibes News – January 23, 2017center_img Share The Law Commission Office will soon have additional assistance from an attorney as it works on revising the country’s laws.The Office was established under the Ministry of Justice, Immigration and National Security to work on a general law revision which covers a period of twenty-six years. The last law revision was done in 1990.According to head of the Law Revision Unit, government consultant Ray Harris the preparation for this law revision has been beset by a few difficulties, one of which is finding the suitably qualified personnel.Harris informed that this revision was commenced by Justice Angela Zorro, a law revision consultant assigned to CARICOM under the auspices of the Commonwealth Secretariat, more specifically CFTC.This process, he added, was interrupted and Justice Zorro attempted to recommence in mid-2015 with his assistance and that of a clerical officer.“At that juncture, the understanding was that Justice Zorro was supposed to do the law revision with advice and assistance from me. However, this did not materialize and Justice Zorro’s contract with CFTC came to an end, so the government of the Commonwealth of Dominica, by cabinet decision, established a Law Commission Office which is now responsible for the general revision,” Harris explained.Considering the initial commitment of the Commonwealth Secretariat, CFTC and the volume of work entailed in doing a general law revision, the Dominica government submitted a request to the Commonwealth Secretariat for additional assistance.“After tremendous back and forth, a lot of correspondence, eventually CFTC, thankfully, has agreed that from march 2017, this year, a lawyer will be assigned to the Law Commission Office to assist me and the Law Commission Office in completing the general law revision for Dominica,” Harris informed.A publishing company was also engaged to do the data capture which entailed collating all the laws over the last twenty six-years to be used as a foundational database for the law revision.After the data capture was completed, government purchased the data base and designed it into a Microsoft template with the assistance of the Law Revision Centre in Anguilla.Nine persons from the Law Revision Unit, Attorney General’s Chambers and Government Printery have been trained in the use of that template so that when the rich text data base text is received they will be able to format it for the law revision.“The idea obviously of training staff to place the text of the laws from the database into the specifically designed template was to ensure that the Law Commission Office, and by extension Dominica, would become self-sufficient in not only producing a new edition of revised laws for the Commonwealth of Dominica, but to efficiently continue the revision process of updating, say every two years, even if a publishing company is used to actually print the supplement pages,” Harris explained.He noted that Dominica does not want to fall into the same situation that a number of islands are at the moment “where they’re totally tied to some publishing house which does their law revisions for them and they never become self-sufficient”. Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Triple Kay International award one scholarship, renews three

first_img Sharing is caring! 152 Views   no discussions EducationLocalNewsSecondary Triple Kay International award one scholarship, renews three by: – August 8, 2017 Share Sharecenter_img One child who will be attending secondary school in September received a scholarship from Triple Kay International, while the scholarships of three other students who also received scholarships from the band were renewed for the upcoming academic year. The four scholarships amounted to a total of two thousand and one hundred EC dollars. Delixianne St. Hilaire received the scholarship for the first time, while Daviscia Mitchel and Jahim James scholarships were renewed for the second year, and Isabel Leblanc renewed for her third year. Administrative Officer of the band, Jeffery Joseph, during a ceremony held on Friday August 4 2017 at the Fort Young Hotel, stated that the band tries annually to give back to the communities who have given to them. “Every year, we try to see exactly what we can do to help our community, because we recognize the fact that our community has helped us tremendously. We feel that it is our obligation to not only get from the community but to give back,” Joseph stated. Joseph added that the band now considers the scholarships a responsibility that they owe to the public. “Outside of the entertainment that we provide to the community, we think that it is our cooperate responsibility to assist those that, for whatever reason, are not able to assist themselves fully. We feel very elated every year that we have been blessed to be able to make this contribution to the youth in our society,” he added. He went on to note that it is not easy to make the contributions because each member has to make a personal sacrifice to do their part, but they continue to full fill what they now call their obligation to the youth. – / 8 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

21 schools benefit from book donation by Rotary Club of Dominica

first_imgEducationLocalNewsPrimary 21 schools benefit from book donation by Rotary Club of Dominica by: Dominica Vibes News – February 16, 2018 Tweet 245 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Twenty-one schools have benefitted from a generous donation of books and or library upgrades thanks to a kind donation from the Rotary Club of Dominica under its Literacy Enhancement Project. Annie Edwards, Past President of the Club, who spearheaded the project told Dominica Vibes on Friday 16 February 2018 that this project was embarked upon following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika but only recently came to fruition. The funds she said came from a donation from the Anglican Church who enquired whether the club had any projects where they could collaborate. “We had started to work with the Ministry of Education to identify some schools so we told [the Anglican Church] we wanted to expand it and get into a big library project in which we would give donations to different schools to upgrade their library,” she said. The church agreed and EC$34,000 was donated to the club from the church.The schools benefitting from the project are the Bagatelle, Grand Bay, Morne Prosper, Newtown and Wotten Waven Primary Schools in the Southern District; the Atkinson, Belles, Concord, Grand Fond, Delices, Salybia and Sineku Primary Schools in the Eastern District; the Christian Union, John Kelleb Laurent, Roseau and St. Mary’s Primary schools in the Western Districts and the Penville, Clifton, Savanne Paille, Temple SDA and the Wills Strathmore Stevens primary schools in the Northern Districts. A close working relationship was formed between the club and the Ministry of Education and Hands Across the Seas to identify the schools and sourcing the books. Edwards explained, “Hand Across the Seas took over from there, they have all the contacts with different publishers in the States so they were responsible for doing all the purchasing of the books, packaging, sorting and everything so that when the books came down they were actually labelled so we know right away which school is getting what.”Edwards said based on the size and needs of each schools the books were allocated. Some schools she said will receive US$1,000 worth of books while others will receive US$500 worth of books. She added that a really good deal was struck with the publishers as the books were purchased at discounts ranging between 50% and 60% while some publishers donated books. Edwards said the club is hopeful that these books will be put to good use by both students and teachers. – / 4last_img read more

Dominica Expands Definition of Dependant for Citizenship by Investment Programme

first_imgOn Wednesday, the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica announced new changes to the country’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme, according to Caribbean news Global.  Families applying jointly for Dominican citizenship can now include more types of dependants. This regards adult children, siblings, parents, grandparents, and new spouses.The new rules qualify children aged 16 to 30, parents and grandparents of the main applicant or their spouse for citizenship, so long as they demonstrate support. Unmarried and childless adult siblings, whether biological or adopted can also qualify as dependants under CBI. Should a main applicant marry or have children after obtaining Dominican citizenship, their new spouse or newborns can apply for citizenship. The same is valid for a main applicant’s dependant, meaning family reunification via Dominican CBI is extensive and lasts for generations.“Obtaining Dominican citizenship might be one of the most valuable investments one makes into their family’s future and security,” says Paul Singh, Director of London-headquartered government advisory CS Global Partners. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said in a press release that the new changes aim to “accelerate family reunification in a world where togetherness, and the right to all be able to live in a safe, stable, and welcoming environment is more important than ever.”Importantly, since due diligence is the cornerstone of Dominica’s CBI Programme, dependants must first successfully pass all the security checks. Main applicants must undergo due diligence again if their new dependant, such as a new spouse, applies for citizenship over a year since the original submission.Dominica remains the best country for citizenship by investment, according to the past three annual editions of the CBI Index, published by FT’s PWM magazine. Established in 1993, Dominica’s CBI Programme offers two stable routes to citizenship. One can either contribute at least US$100,000 to a government fund or invest a minimum of US$200,000 in pre-approved real estate. Foreign investors prefer Dominica for its three-month processing, affordability, trustworthiness, and lifetime benefits like good healthcare, education and visa-free travel.CBI proceeds have transformed Dominica in recent years. The fund contributions sponsor virtually all aspects of life on the island, like overhauling its infrastructure or modernising healthcare. The real estate arm is building a promising ecotourism industry focused on less crowds, more privacy and eco-luxury experiences on the Nature Isle of the Caribbean. (CS Global) 854 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! BusinessInternationalLocalNews Dominica Expands Definition of Dependant for Citizenship by Investment Programme by: – June 26, 2020 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Anokiwave Gets ISO 9001:2008 Certification

first_img A set of procedures that cover all key processes in the business, Monitoring processes to ensure they are effective, Maintaining adequate records, Checking output for defects, with appropriate corrective action where necessary, Regularly reviewing individual processes and the quality system itself for effectiveness, and Facilitating continual improvement. By receiving this certification from an industry-recognized, third-party registrar, Anokiwave assures customers that they are committed to delivering world-class service and products. Attaining the ISO 9001:2008 certification involved a self-evaluation process undertaken over the course of nine months during which Anokiwave fully assessed its quality system and procedures. These processes were then validated through an audit conducted by an external, accredited organization, NQA. Anokiwave has committed to continuously assess and improve its systems and processes and undergo follow-up audits annually. Anokiwave announced that it has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification after a thorough analysis of its management and organizational processes by NQA, an independent, third party registrar.ISO 9001 is the internationally recognized standard for Quality Management Systems. It provides a framework and set of principles that ensure a common-sense approach to the management of an organization to consistently satisfy customers and other stakeholders. The ISO 9001:2008 standard provides numerous requirements that must be met in order to receive certification, including:last_img read more

UltraCMOS High Linearity RF Switch Named a Market Disruptor at ECN IMPACT Awards Ceremony

first_imgThe UltraCMOS® PE42723 high linearity RF switch from Peregrine Semiconductor has won an ECN IMPACT Award in the market disruptor category. In addition, the PE42723 switch was named a finalist in the microwaves & RF category, and the PE29100 gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistor (FET) driver was recognized as a finalist in the power sources & conditioning devices category. Winners were announced on the 13th of Oct. during an awards ceremony.The ECN IMPACT Awards recognize the products and services that have the greatest impact on the electronic components industry. The market disruptor category highlights a product that forever changed the electronic engineering industry or a particular vertical within the industry. Products like the PE42723 enable the cable industry to deliver equipment that is fully compliant with today’s stringent communication standards.The PE42723 is an RF switch that boasts the highest linearity specifications on the market today. An upgraded version of the successful PE42722, this new RF switch offers enhanced performance in a smaller package. Like its predecessor, the PE42723 exceeds the linearity requirements of the DOCSIS 3.1 cable industry standard and enables a dual upstream/downstream band architecture in the next generation cable customer premises equipment (CPE) devices.The PE29100 is the world’s fastest GaN FET driver. Built on Peregrine’s UltraCMOS technology, this new GaN driver empowers design engineers to extract the full performance and speed advantages from GaN transistors. Designed to drive the gates of a high-side and a low-side GaN FET in a switching configuration, the PE29100 delivers the industry’s fastest switching speeds, shortest propagation delays and lowest rise and fall times to AC-DC converters, DC-DC converters, class D audio amplifiers and wireless-charging applications.last_img read more

Tomokazu Harimoto ousted in quarterfinals at ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Mima Ito, Tomokazu Harimoto, Dimitrij Ovtcharov, ITTF World Tour Grand Finals RELATED PHOTOScenter_img Tomokazu Harimoto hits a shot to Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov in the quarterfinals of the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals on Saturday. Ovtcharov won 4-3. | KYODO In the women’s singles, world No. 9 Mima Ito lost 4-1 to 10th-ranked Chinese Chen Xingtong in the quarterfinals. Ito will have a chance at redemption on Sunday, though, when she pairs with Hina Hayata to face China’s Chen Meng and Zhu Yuling in the doubles final.In the men’s doubles, world silver medalists Yuya Oshima and Masataka Morizono also booked spots in the final after beating Taiwan’s Chen Chien-an and Chiang Hung-chieh on Friday. ASTANA – Tomokazu Harimoto crashed out in the men’s singles quarterfinals on Saturday at the season-ending ITTF World Tour Grand Finals.Ranked 17th in the world, the 14-year-old Harimoto put up a fight before falling to Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov, the 29-year-old London Olympic bronze medalist and current world No. 3 winning 4-3 to advance to the semifinals.last_img read more

‘I’ve worked out and worked hard’ – Massengo

first_imgBut this presented Han-Noah Massengo with the chance to work on himself and use his time effectively in preparation for football’s hopeful resumption.Pictures of the 18-year-old midfielder’s return to small group training this week show how he has been able to bulk up. Physicality is just one important aspect of the game, particularly for a teenager who has already competed in a number of duels and battles throughout the season so far.So Massengo has been busy during lockdown, which he has spent in his Bristol flat alongside his brother, and he has had to keep a positive attitude while waiting for developments regarding the future of football.“There was a lot of waiting for answers to our questions and then when we heard decisions were being delayed and we didn’t know when we could play football again, I knew it was time to buy things to help me work out from home,” Massengo explained.last_img read more

Fathers, sons, upsets and overtimes at NCAA Tournament

first_imgTwo wins by No. 14 seeds. Two sons winning games for their father-coaches. Two overtimes. The team nobody thought belonged in the field winning a game. The Big 12 starting 0-3. And, heartbreak for Harvard.Just another opening day at the NCAA Tournament.___SOUTH REGIONUAB 60, IOWA STATE 59LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — William Lee scored the last four points for the 14th-seeded Blazers in their upset win Thursday.The Blazers (20-15) came in as one of the youngest teams in the field and with nobody having played in this tournament before. They wound up winning the program’s first NCAA game since 2005.The third-seeded Cyclones (25-9) couldn’t hold onto a 55-51 lead with 3:13 left as the Blazers outscored Iowa State 9-4 down the stretch.Robert Brown had 21 points and Lee finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers who dominated the boards 52-37, including 19 on the offensive glass.Morris finished with 15 points for the Cyclones, who were making a school-record fourth straight tournament appearance.UCLA 60, SMU 59LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bryce Alford made four 3-pointers in the final 3:40, his last on a rare goaltending call with 13 seconds remaining, to push 11th-seeded UCLA to the upset.All of Alford’s points came on nine long-range shots but his last attempt was the most debated as his shot from the left side was hit by SMU’s Yanick Moreira before it reached the rim. Officials awarded Alford, the son of coach Steve Alford, the basket, to the disbelief of SMU players and coach Larry Brown.The sixth-seeded Mustangs (27-7) had two shots to win in the final seconds, but Nic Moore missed a 3-pointer and then a 2-point attempt that sent the Bruins (21-13) into a wild celebration.Norman Powell added 19 points for UCLA, the team many felt didn’t even belong in the field of 68.Moore had 24 points, including six 3s.___MIDWEST REGIONNOTRE DAME 69, NORTHEASTERN 65PITTSBURGH (AP) — Zach Auguste scored 25 points, Jerian Grant added 17 and Notre Dame dodged a scare trying to erase its futile NCAA Tournament history.The third-seeded Fighting Irish (30-5) returned to the tournament after a one-year absence. They have traditionally struggled in the tournament under coach Mike Brey. They made only one Sweet 16 since 2001.Scott Eatherton had 18 points and David Walker had 15 for 14th-seeded Northeastern (23-12) which gave the Irish fits and threatened to keep Notre Dame’s March malaise going.With a chance to tie it at 67-all with less than 10 seconds left, Quincy Ford lost control of the ball — and the Huskies lost their chance at pulling off the shocker.Auguste, who made 10 of 14 shots, sealed it with two free throws.BUTLER 56, TEXAS 48PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kellen Dunham scored 20 points, including a pivotal 3-pointer with 1:18 to play, to lift sixth-seeded Butler (23-10).The Longhorns (20-14) added to a miserable day for the vaunted Big 12. Texas joined Baylor and Iowa State, both No. 3 seeds, as early tournament exits.Jonathan Holmes led the Longhorns with 15 points and Isaiah Taylor added 14 but Texas shot just 34 percent from the field and turned it over 15 times while failing to make it beyond the first weekend of the NCAAs for the seventh straight year.A pullup jumper by Taylor drew Texas within 44-43 with 2:42 to play but the Longhorns never got closer. Dunham knocked down a free throw and then hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 48-43.CINCINNATI 66, PURDUE 65, OTLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Troy Caupain got Cincinnati to overtime with his buzzer-beating layup, then Coreontae DeBerry helped the eighth-seeded Bearcats beat No. 9 seed Purdue.The Bearcats trailed by seven with 48.5 seconds left in regulation and forced overtime with a 10-3 run. Caupain’s driving layup banked off the glass, rolled around and hit the glass again — staying on the back rim for a moment — before falling through. That sent the Bearcats celebrating while officials reviewed the play to make sure Caupain did beat the buzzer.In overtime, DeBerry scored four of his 13 points helping Cincinnati take a lead it wouldn’t lose again.Vince Edwards’ would-be tying 3 hit off the rim at the buzzer for the Boilermakers (21-13).The Bearcats (23-10) will play either No. 1 Kentucky or Hampton on Saturday in the Midwest Region.___WEST REGIONNORTH CAROLINA 67, HARVARD 65JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Justin Jackson hit a tying jumper in the final minute and then had a fast-break dunk to help fourth-seeded North Carolina edge 13th-seeded Harvard.The Tar Heels (25-11) wasted a 16-point, second-half lead and briefly trailed before Jackson came to the rescue.Siyani Chambers’ four-point play put Harvard ahead 65-63 with 1:15 remaining. It was the only lead of the game for the Ivy League champions.Jackson finished with 14 points and Marcus Paige had 10.Chambers misfired on a pair of 3-pointers in the closing seconds, and the Crimson’s final chance for victory — Wesley Saunders’ shot from beyond the arc — bounced off the back of the rim.Saunders led Harvard (22-8) with 26 points.GEORGIA STATE 57, BAYLOR 56JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — R.J. Hunter kept firing away, eventually lifting Georgia State over Baylor and knocking his father right off his seat.Hunter’s 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining capped a comeback from a 12-point deficit and lifted the 14th-seeded Panthers over the third-seeded Bears.With Ron Hunter working the sideline in a rolling chair less than a week after tearing his left Achilles tendon celebrating Georgia State winning the Sun Belt Conference championship, R.J. shrugged off a poor shooting performance to come through when his team needed him most.Baylor (24-10), which got 18 points and 15 rebounds from reserve Taurean Prince, did not score after going up 56-44 on two free throws with 2:54 remaining.The junior guard’s steal and layup trimmed Baylor’s lead to 56-53, and he drained an NBA-range 3 for the win after the Bears’ Kenny Chery missed the front end of a 1-and-1 that could have put the game away for the Bears.Hunter finished with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting.XAVIER 76, MISSISSIPPI 57JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Matt Stainbrook scored 20 points and Dee Davis added 17 for the sixth-seeded Musketeers.The 6-foot-10 Stainbrook took advantage of his size in the post, making 8 of 10 shots in the paint and adding nine rebounds and five assists. Davis hit 4 of 9 shots from 3-point range for Xavier (22-13).Mississippi’s guard tandem of Stefan Moody and Jarvis Summers finished a combined 5 of 26 from the field. Moody led the Rebels (21-13) with 14 points.The Rebels exerted significant energy in overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat BYU in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, about 43 hours earlier.Ole Miss missed 18 of its first 27 shots, with most of those by Moody and Summers.ARIZONA 93, TEXAS SOUTHERN 72PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 23 points, 16 in the first half, along with 10 rebounds for second-seeded Arizona.Pac-12 freshman of the year Stanley Johnson added 22 points for the balanced Wildcats (32-3), who led by as many as 27 points.Madarious Gibbs had 15 points for 15th-seeded Texas Southern (22-13), which won an automatic bid as the winner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament.Brandon Ashley added 14 points for Arizona, which won its 12th straight.Texas Southern was making its second straight appearance in the tournament.OHIO STATE 75, VCU 72, OTPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points and rallied 10th-seeded Ohio State from an early 12-point deficit for the overtime win.Russell regrouped from a blow that sent blood streaming down the left side of his face near the end of regulation. He made 10 of 20 shots, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, and added six rebounds, two steals and two blocks to bring the Buckeyes (24-10) back in both halves and overtime.Amir Williams added 13 points, and Jae’Sean Tate scored 12 to help Ohio State avoid a second straight one-and-done showing in the tournament.Melvin Johnson had 17 points for the seventh-seeded Rams (26-10).___EAST REGIONVILLANOVA 93, LAFAYETTE 52PITTSBURGH (AP) — Villanova flexed its top-seeded muscle in thumping Lafayette, showing why President Barack Obama picked the Wildcats to reach the NCAA Tournament title game.Thirty years after stunning the basketball world with an improbable national championship, the Wildcats (33-2) are going to try it this time around as a prohibitive favorite to reach the Final Four.Dylan Ennis scored 16 points and helped the Wildcats win their 16th straight game. Up next on Saturday, the winner of N.C. State-LSU.The Big East champion Wildcats shot close to 70 percent for most of the game as they cruised to a lead of more than 30 points.Dan Trist led the Patriot League champion Leopards (20-13) with 18 points.last_img read more