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Dutch-born winger Oussama Idrissi commits to playing for MoroccoDutch-born winger Oussama Idrissi commits to playing for Morocco

first_imgMorocco’s head coach, Herve Renard, has welcomed the decision by Dutch-born winger Oussama Idrissi to represent the Atlas Lions despite having played at youth level for the Netherlands.Idrissi, 22, who plays for Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, was called-up by Morocco in November 2018 without featuring in the team, but has now decided to compete for the country of his parents.“Congratulations. Oussama Idrissi has decided to play with Morocco national team,” Renard tweeted. “His skills and professionalism will be an additional asset for the Atlas Lions,” Renard said.By choosing the Atlas Lions, Idrissi joins a host of other Morocco internationals who were also born in the Netherlands including Hakim Ziyech, Karim El Ahmadi and Nourdine Amrabat.Speaking to Dutch newspaper Volkskrant, the striker explained his reasons for choosing Morocco whilst respecting the Netherlands, the country of his birth:“I was born and raised here with the standards and values of this beautiful country. I am a footballer and I had to make the decision with my parents. I wanted to make the most of myself,” said Idrissi.Morocco, who have already qualified for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, play their final qualifier away to Malawi on 23 March when Idrissi could make his debut for the team.Idrissi has played 22 games with AZ Alkmaar this season in the Dutch top league, scoring seven goals with six assists.last_img read more

Miss Dominica added to Miss World Pageant’s websiteMiss Dominica added to Miss World Pageant’s website

first_img Share 78 Views   no discussions Share EntertainmentLocalNews Miss Dominica added to Miss World Pageant’s website by: – August 14, 2013 Ms Armour-Shillingford who will leave island on 28th August for Indonesia said, “I will strive to do my best, it’s truly an exciting time and I’m just elated”.Miss Dominica 2013 and Caribbean queen Leslassa Armour- Shillingford, who is scheduled to represent Dominica in the upcoming Miss World Pageant 2013 in Indonesia, has been added to the pageant’s website. Ms Armour-Shillingford’s information including her age and height has been listed on the website along with Dominica’s population. She will be the second Dominican, after Mona Jno Lewis of Grand Bay who participated in 1979, to compete in the 63 year-old pageant on September 28th. The current Miss World is Yu Wenxia of China. The winner of the competition usually spends a year travelling to represent the Miss World Organization and its various causes. Traditionally, Miss World lives in London during her reign.“I feel extremely excited and honored that I was able and that the government and Dominican people, my supporters think that I am able to do well at Miss World,” she told Dominica Vibes on Wednesday, 14th August.Ms Armour-Shillingford who will leave island on 28th August for Indonesia said, “I will strive to do my best, it’s truly an exciting time and I’m just elated”. She will however arrive in Indonesia on 3rd September.She will compete against several other contestants from across the world including Caribbean countries; Barbados, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St Kitts & Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago.They will compete in seven rounds; two on the night of the competition, and the other five will take place before the show during the month that she will be in Indonesia.Although Miss World contestants are not allowed to have a chaperone accompany them and as such Ms Armour-Shillingford will be travelling alone, she is confident that she will “wow” the judges.While the application process is still ongoing, Ms Armour-Shillingford’s team has organized sponsorship packages to complement funds from the Dominica Government and her sponsor, the Anchorage Hotel.“We’re sending out some sponsor packages to all and anybody who would like to support,” she said.She already has a commitment from some Dominicans in the disapora who offered to also help out. Interested persons can contact the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) at (767) 448 4833. Miss Leslassa Armour- Shillingford has been crowned Miss Carival in St Vincent & the Grenadines, Miss Jaycees in Antigua and Miss Caribbean Culture in Nevis, as well as first runner up in the Miss Caribbean World Pageant.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

US State Dept suspends overseas passport, visa issuanceUS State Dept suspends overseas passport, visa issuance

first_img Share 43 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Friday it has been forced to suspend the issuance of US passports and visas at its overseas diplomatic missions due to a glitch that has hit one of its computer databases.In a statement posted to its travel.state.gov website, the department said a hardware failure in its Consular Consolidated Database glitch has left overseas embassies and consulates unable to print visas, regular passports and other travel documents. This means that people who submitted online applications for passports and visas on or after June 9 will likely experience delays in processing, it said.The failure does not affect domestic passport issuance because it only stopped the database from receiving biometric information sent from overseas posts, the department said.“We cannot bypass the legal requirements necessary to screen visa applicants before we issue visas for travel,” it said. “As a result, there is a backlog of visas waiting to be processed. We are working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue and to clear the backlog.”“Security measures prevent consular officers from printing a passport, report of birth abroad or visa until the case completes the required national security checks,” it said.More details about the failure were not immediately available.The consular database was taken down last July by another technical glitch that had the same effect but the department said the current issue is unrelated. The department said it was working “urgently to identify the problem and correct it.”“We expect the systems to be fully operational again soon,” it said, but offered no timeline. News US State Dept suspends overseas passport, visa issuance by: Associated Press – June 15, 2015last_img read more

US customs officials warn C’bean migrants about travel at seaUS customs officials warn C’bean migrants about travel at sea

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Cuban migrants at sea (file photo)AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico (CMC) – United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have issued a strong warning to Caribbean migrants who take to the sea in an effort to reach the US, saying that the venture is treacherous and may result in death.The warning came as 13 undocumented immigrants from Cuba on Tuesday landed on Mona Island, off Puerto Rico. “Crossing the Mona Passage is a treacherous voyage filled with many dangers that pose a huge risk to migrants,” said Ramiro Cerrillo, Ramey Sector Chief Patrol Agent.“We issue a concerned warning on the danger of traversing the Mona Passage, with the hope of avoiding an unfortunate event during this holiday season,” he added.The US Coast Guard on Tuesday notified the Border Patrol Ramey Sector Communications Center about the landing of 13 undocumented migrants on Mona Island. The group consisted of 12 men and one woman all claiming to be Cuban nationals.CBP said the illegal maritime smuggling ventures arriving to Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic are ordinarily transported in rustic, homemade wooden vessels commonly referred to as “yolas.”It said a typical “yola” is an unsafe vessel, generally underpowered with a single outboard motor, and overloaded with a large number of passengers. As an example, a 40 foot “yola” can accommodate over 100 persons, CBP said.According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), while smuggling by sea accounts only for a small portion of overall migrant smuggling around the world, the particular dangers of irregular travel at sea make it a priority for response; due to the reported fact that more deaths occur by sea. 438 Views   no discussionscenter_img InternationalNewsPrintRegional US customs officials warn C’bean migrants about travel at sea by: Caribbean Media Corporation – December 31, 2015 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Dominica to benefit from ongoing DVRP ProjectDominica to benefit from ongoing DVRP Project

first_imgLocalNews Dominica to benefit from ongoing DVRP Project by: Dominica Vibes News – February 23, 2018 Tweet Collin Guiste, Head of the DVRP’s Project Management UnitIn September 2014, actual work on advancing Dominica’s Low Carbon Development Project started off with a pilot project known as the Dominica Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP).According to Collin Guiste, Head of the DVRP’s Project Management Unit, this five years project has four components.Component 1Adaptation and Prevention; Includes civil works to critical infrastructure such as public roads and construction of water tanks. Some forty two (42) kilometers of roads on the east will be upgraded under that project. These are the Pond Case’ to Castle Bruce Roads; the Castle Bruce to Petite Soufriere and the Castle Bruce to Hatton Garden main roads. This component of the DVRP is well on its way with the award of a contract for the design of the roadway. Additionally, eight (8) water tanks are presently under construction at critical areas along the west coast. This would assist Dominica meet its commitment under the Millennium Development Goals to bring potable water to all of its citizens. Before Hurricane Maria Dominica had achieved up to 98 % success in bringing potable water to its citizens.Component 2Deals with data collection and Management: The availability of data is critical to project planning and design. One of the major shortcomings in the planning and design of projects locally is the unavailability of the correct information. In that respect the project has been assisting a number of government department (Forestry, Lands and Surveys, Public Works, Meteorology Services among others) acquire critical pieces of equipment to undertake some of their functions. The availability of information on peak river flows was particularly important when designing the new bridge over the Roseau River. This was highlighted as a positive contribution of the project.Component 3 includes Contingencies and Emergency. Dominica benefitted tremendously from resources under the project following the destructive impact of Tropical Storm Erika. An Amount of one million dollars was utilized for emergency purposes in the immediate aftermath of that tropical system.Component 4 is management of the project activities to include a secretariat and supporting services for executing the project.Dominica’s program to build the Caribbean’s first Climate Resilient Country will be advanced with the ongoing activities under the DVRP. Mr. Guiste underscored the need for data and scientific information that would aid in the planning process. Example an important activity under component 2 is the conduct of a national soil survey to identify and map Dominica’s soil resources with a view to planning for agriculture, civil works and urban development. An inventory of Dominica’s forests is another of such activity to determine the health of the forest particularly after Hurricane MARIA.The project recently underwent its mid-term review last December. At that exercise the stakeholders reviewed the status of the project.In the coming weeks and months the project will roll out the consultancy re the design for the infrastructure project. This is expected to be completed by November 2018. Thereafter the project will go into implementation stage through to 2020. The survey of the soil, forest and water catchment resources is moving ahead. The soil survey is ongoing and will be completed in 2020. Importantly, the project will move to establish a comprehensive Hydro-meteorology service to include a new headquarters for the Dominica’s met service; location of 5 fully automated weather stations at strategic locations around Dominica, 16 stream (river) gauging stations and 22 rain gauges. All these will be networked via satellite to provide ready and reliable data that can be used in the planning of important national projects. This he highlighted plays well into assisting with Dominica’s efforts in building a more Climate Resilient nation. Share 273 Views   2 commentscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

“Let Us Say Thanks”- PM Skerrit on Resurfaced Roads“Let Us Say Thanks”- PM Skerrit on Resurfaced Roads

first_img 431 Views   no discussions Share Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews “Let Us Say Thanks”- PM Skerrit on Resurfaced Roads by: – February 27, 2020                                              Kennedy Avenue 27.02.20The Hon Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit says the resurfacing of Kennedy Avenue, Independence Street and King George V St in Roseau just in time for the carnival parade is routine maintenance and critics should just say thanks.Hon Skerrit responded to negative comments that he says he has heard about the project which was completed between February 15th and 18th.“This is routine road maintenance that we do from time to time,” he said. “When you know that visitors are coming to your home, you do a little more cleaning and sprucing up. That’s what you do as a country. If you know you have a national activity, you would pay a little more attention to details.“Instead of just patching the road this week and next week, I gave the direction to just resurface the streets to give us a few months reprieve.”He affirms that this resurfacing is not part of the Roseau Enhancement Project for which consultation will take place beforehand.The Hon Prime Minister says naysayers should appreciate the upgrade nonetheless.“If the government fixes the roads, let us say thanks we are able to walk on the street and jump and chip with no fear of…falling anywhere. We can even jump carnival in 6-inch stiletto heels. Just say thanks,” the Finance Minister said in a post to his Facebook page on Wednesday.“I don’t think we should be criticizing and saying Skerrit did this just for carnival. OK, I did it for carnival but the road is still there after carnival. So, when you see something positive happen, let’s say it’s good and let’s roll. Let us deal with the other issues confronting our country and city.”He asked, “If every time we do something positive, there are people who criticize, then where are we taking our country?”last_img read more

To Reduce Cost of High Throughput RF Test Applications, Gore Adds Rugged AssemblyTo Reduce Cost of High Throughput RF Test Applications, Gore Adds Rugged Assembly

first_imgW. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. has added a rugged 18 GHz cable assembly to its GORE® PHASEFLEX® Microwave/RF Test Assemblies line. This rugged cable assembly is specifically engineered for high throughput production test applications in the wireless infrastructure market. The increased durability of this assembly reduces total costs for testing because it lasts longer, decreasing the frequency of cable assembly replacements. Its stable performance ensures precise measurements and repeatability, which reduces the risk of testing errors and the need for time-consuming troubleshooting and system calibration. In addition, the ergonomic design of this cable assembly eliminates the need to use a torque wrench to connect and disconnect accurately, which increases throughput on the manufacturing line. Gore’s new rugged cable assembly maintains the same reliable performance as all GORE® PHASEFLEX® Microwave/RF Test Assemblies. The robust connectors on these assemblies minimize failure by incorporating maximum strain relief at the point where the cable and connector meet. The assembly’s internally ruggedized construction is more durable, delivering crush resistance of 187 pounds per linear inch (85 kg/cm). Available in 1.0 and 1.5 meter lengths with both SMA and N-type male connectors, this cable assembly is easier for the operator to use because it is smaller and lighter weight, and it can be connected and disconnected manually. These assemblies withstand 100,000 flexures at a minimum bend radius of one inch. Like all GORE® PHASEFLEX® Microwave/RF Test Assemblies, this cable assembly is engineered to withstand the frequent torque and bending that is common to testing environments on the manufacturing floor. The complete line of GORE® PHASEFLEX® Microwave/RF Test Assemblies deliver precise, repeatable measurements, while providing excellent phase and amplitude stability with flexure. The rugged, lightweight construction of these cable assemblies delivers reliable performance with longer service life and reduced equipment downtime resulting in lower costs for testing in laboratory, production, and field test environments. Additionally, the crush, torque, and kink-resistant construction also results in longer service life.last_img read more

Argonaut Weekly: Week 24 RecapArgonaut Weekly: Week 24 Recap

first_imgArgonaut Weekly: Week 24 Recap Brian Ellington (Photo by Chris Nelson) Sharecenter_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The men’s and women’s basketball teams competed in the Gulf South Conference championships this past weekend with the men taking down North Alabama in the quarterfinals 72-66 but falling in the final seconds of the semifinals to #3 Alabama-Huntsville 84-87. The women’s basketball team fell in the quarterfinals against West Alabama 57-60. The No. 2 West Florida baseball team swept Miles during the week but went 1-1 over the weekend in their conference opener against New Orleans. The men’s tennis team defeated No. 10 Lander, 7-2. The women’s tennis team also defeated Lander, 9-0. The men’s golf team placed 2 out of 15 teams at the Mardi Gras Invitational with senior Carlos Rodriquez placing atop of the individual leaderboard. The women’s golf team finished the University of South Alabama Women’s Invitational placing 10 of 13 teams.  Argonaut of the WeekBob Stinnett Head CoachMen’s BasketballHead Coach Bob Stinnett, in his third season as head coach, led the Argonauts to its best season in 15 years, 19-11. The Argos, winning their first GSC Tournament game in 11 years, fell short of playing in their first Gulf South Conference championship game and earning their first berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament.Brian EllingtonJuniorBaseball Brian Ellington (Gainesville, Fla./Florida State College at Jacksonville) led the Argos to a mercy rule decision against Miles this week. Ellington earned the win pitching 5 shutout innings recording 11 strikeouts with only one hit.Barbara OliveriaSenior Women’s TennisBarbara Oliveria (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) who is ranked No. 14 nationally in singles, dropped just one game in her 6-0, 6-1 victory at the No. 1 singles line over Lander. In doubles, Oliveria and Sonnerviq defeated their opponents 8-0.   Men’s Basketball3/2 North Alabama (GSC Tournament Quarterfinals) 72-66 W3/3 Alabama-Huntsville (GSC Tournament Semifinals) 84-87 LWomen’s Basketball3/1 West Alabama (GSC Tournament Quarterfinals) 57-60 LMen’s Golf 2/27-28 Mardi Gras Invitational 2 of 15Women’s Golf2/27-28 USA Women’s Invitational 10 of 13 Baseball2/28 Miles 15-4 W2/29 Miles 8-1 W 3/4 New Orleans 10-9 W3/4 New Orleans 3-12 LMen’s Tennis2/29 #10 Lander 7-2 WWomen’s Tennis2/29 Lander 9-0 WPrevious Argonauts of the Week9/6: Martinique Sykes- men’s cross country9/6: Kelley Bahn- women’s cross country9/6: Tina Murray- women’s soccer9/12: Anna Stoecklein- volleyball9/12: Aimee Marsh- women’s cross country9/19: Carlos Rodriguez- men’s golf9/19: Lindsay Homme- volleyball9/19: Stephen Munoz- men’s soccer9/19: Tina Murray- women’s soccer9/26: Autumn Duyn- volleyball9/26: Dillon Gallet- men’s soccer9/26: Joe Bartlinksi- women’s soccer10/10: Jordan Stone- women’s soccer10/10: Melissa Wolter- volleyball10/17: Monica Malavassi – women’s soccer10/17: Jenny Bellairs – volleyball10/24: Karyssa Tourelle-Fallon- women’s cross country10/24: Dominique Sykes- men’s cross country10/24: Christine Bach- volleyball10/31: Taylor Harbison- women’s soccer10/31: Molly Pearce – volleyball11/7: Sean Reynolds- men’s soccer11/7: Renea Porsch- women’s cross country11/7: Haley Shackelford- volleyball11/14: Jamar Moore – men’s basketball11/14: Autumn Duyn- volleyball11/21: Hanna Vette- women’s basketball11/28: Marquis Mathis- men’s basketball12/5: SherRyan Scott- women’s basketball1/3: Kelseigh Hughes- women’s basketball1/9: Peter Connole- men’s basketball1/17: Anthony Sims- men’s basketball1/23: Erica Wright- women’s basketball1/30: Martell Buie- men’s basketball2/6: Emma Johansen- softball2/13: Terrance Beasley- men’s basketball2/13: Bobby Parker- baseball2/21: Garrett Flynn- baseball2/27: Josh Huggins-baseballFor information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Soldotna Updates Code, Waits on Results of Sales Tax ChangeSoldotna Updates Code, Waits on Results of Sales Tax Change

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna made a minor administrative change last night which signifies a new season for local businesses: the formal end of wintertime sales tax on non-prepared food items. Dixson: “The definition of non-prepared foods is under the jurisdiction of the Borough, not the City, so we have to follow what the Borough defines as non-prepared food and currently they define it as any item that can be purchased under the federal food stamps guidelines, which includes all the common things that we would think is regular grocery foods: breads, milk, meats, vegetables, things of that nature, but it also includes soda, candy, gum, Red Bull, Gatorade, things of that nature.” Dixson said the City is still waiting to see what kind of impact there will be on revenue figures. Dixson: “We have not seen the numbers yet. We will not start seeing the impact of the sales tax initiative till probably our February receipts from the Borough.” City Manager Mark Dixson says the code update will have little impact on the city since the tax change was implemented months ago, following a voter initiative which passed last November. Dixson was asked to clarify which foods are affected…last_img read more

Senate Rejects Proposal For ‘Obamacare’ RepealSenate Rejects Proposal For ‘Obamacare’ Repeal

first_imgLate Tuesday, nine Republicans joined Democrats in blocking a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to dismantle Obama’s law. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Republican-run Senate has rejected a GOP proposal to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law and give Congress two years to devise a replacement. It would have replaced it with eased coverage requirements for insurers, less generous federal health care subsidies and other changes. Seven Republicans joined all Democrats Wednesday in a 45-55 vote defeating the plan. It was the second self-inflicted setback the GOP has suffered this week in trying to roll back Obama’s 2010 statute. Conservatives have embraced the effort to repeal the law without an immediate replacement. GOP moderates have worried it would anger voters nervous that Congress would fail to enact a replacement.last_img read more