Youth empowerment and development major focus area for Laplaine Consituency.

first_imgLocalNews Youth empowerment and development major focus area for Laplaine Consituency. by: – July 12, 2011 Sharing is caring! 20 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Hon. Petter St. Jean, Member of Parliament for the Laplaine ConstituencyWhile access into the the Laplaine Constituency remains a challenge for the constituency, Member of Parliament for the area, Honourable Petter St. Jean says youth empowerment and development is a major focus area for him.“Another key area is that of youth empowerment and development and in that respect we are looking seriously at the whole issue of the development of sporting facilities but the task continues. This year we will seek to address the hardcourt in Delices to effect the fencing and lighting of the hardcourt and at the Laplaine playing field in conjunction with the Dominica Football Association. Additionally under the community based project we will address the stands and dress room area in Laplaine” he said during an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes News.A major success of the constituency Honourable St. Jean notes, is the provison of water supply to the village of Delices, which has been extended to Boetica.“I need to speak here of one of our major achievements within the constituency; that is the provision of a 2.8 million dollar water project for the village of Delices and in recent times we have actually extended this service to village of Boetica. Boetica had an inherrent water problem and we have sought to address this by extending the project into Boetica. That has been completed the people are now taking full advantage of the new water system and pretty soon we will have the commissioning of that system” he said.Mr. St. Jean says as a result of the global economic situation the projects may not be moving at the pace that one would anticipate but much is happening within the constituency.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Reds’ Yasiel Puig addresses trade rumors: ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen’

first_imgYasiel Puig is focused on his performance on the field.The Reds are reportedly considering moving the 28-year-old outfielder before this week’s deadline. Puig was asked about the rumors when he met with reporters Tuesday before Cincinnati’s game against the Pirates. MLB trade rumors: Braves interested in Reds’ Yasiel Puig Puig spent the first six years of his MLB career with the Dodgers before he was sent to the Reds in a December trade.The Braves are reportedly interested in acquiring Puig while the Reds could also move starter Tanner Roark. “When I’m going into each AB, (I’m) looking for something I can hit, something in the zone that I can make contact (with),” Puig said earlier this month about his approach this season, via “In the first couple of weeks, I go into there to try to get hits and swing at every ball. Now, I slowed down myself, try to put the ball in play and that’s helped me out a lot.”center_img MLB trade rumors: Yankees, Phillies among teams interested in starter Tanner Roark “I try to do my job,” Puig said, via “I don’t know what’s going to happen with that. I don’t know if I’m going to stay here or if I’m going to the teams that need (me). I’m happy here with my teammates. I enjoy hanging out here with my teammates, but at the end of the day, this is part of the job and business.”Puig is slashing .255/.305/.480 with 22 home runs and 60 RBIs in 99 games with Cincinnati this season. He has also scored 51 runs and stolen 13 bases. Related Newslast_img read more

To Contain Ebola in W/A, USAID, CDC Announce Additional Assistance

first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) says it will be deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to West Africa to coordinate the U.S. Government’s response to the Ebola outbreak.The outbreak has so far sickened more than 1,600 people, and nearly 900 have died from the disease.The team, according to a U.S Embassy statement issued yesterday in Monrovia, will comprise staff from Agency’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, who will be overseeing critical areas of the response.The response will include  planning, operations, logistics in coordination with other federal agencies, among them the U.S. Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services.Members of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will also serve on the DART to lead on public health and medical response activities, the statement has confirmed.USAID has also announced an additional US$5 million in assistance to help ramp up the international community’s Ebola response efforts.Specifically, the statement said, the funding will go toward the expansion of Ebola outbreak programs, which the Agency is already supporting in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.Accordingly, these programs help trace people who may be infected with the disease, as well as provide health clinics and households with hygiene kits, soap, bleach, gloves, masks, and other supplies to help prevent the spread of disease.USAID is also supporting outreach campaigns to provide information on Ebola and its symptoms to the general public and health workers in affected countries that may not be familiar with the disease.The statement said that these messages are being conveyed through radio, text messages, and through local media.In addition to the new funding, USAID has provided US$2.1 million to the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Educational Fund (UNICEF) for the deployment of more than 30 technical experts, and other Ebola response efforts.The USAID is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid in response to President Obama’s pledge in his last year’s State of the Union Address to “join with our allies to eradicate extreme poverty, and other diseases in the next two decades.”It has adopted as its mission statement “to partner to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies, while advancing the security and prosperity of the United States.President John F. Kennedy, in whose memory Liberia’s  major referral hospital, the JFK Medical Center, is  named, created USAID in 1961 by executive order to implement development assistance programs in the areas authorized by the Congress in the Foreign Assistance Act.  America’s development assistance before 1961 was channeled through the International Cooperation Administration (ICA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more