Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 10 Views no discussions Share Share LocalNews CDB approves loan of US4.1 million for Dominica by: – March 8, 2012 The Caribbean Development Bank has approved a loan of US $4.1 million for Dominica, geared at reducing risks associated with landslides and flood hazards in the Roseau Valley.Preisdent of the Central Development Bank, Warren Smith.President of the Bank, Warren Smith, told the official signing of the loan on Thursday that this is to be achieved through the Rehabilitation and reconstruction of critical infrastructure in accordance to specified international standards.He said the proposed works will reduce the vulnerability of the project sites and communities through feature adverts weather related events.“The CDB takes very seriously, its role in assisting Dominica. The project which was approved by our board of directors is a good example of the type of assistance that we have been providing to our borrowing members over the years. As the region positions itself to be better able to deal with the consequences of climate change, you will be seeing the type of assistance that we have provided to government on this project, featuring much more heavily in our relationship.”The project he says consists of restored and upgraded infrastructure works comprising of slope stabilization and rehabilitation of 200 meters of road at the interception of St. Aroment and Bath Estate. Slope stabilization and rehabilitation works will also be undertaken on the Laudat road network.Acting prime minister Ambrose George noted that the signing ceremony indicates the rapid response the CBD has given to the needs of Dominica.“Dominica is prone to landslides, whenever these occurrences take place, the longer that we wait is the more expensive that it becomes because it continues to deteriorate,” he said.George also gave government’s commitment to implement the project to the best of its ability.The loan was approved by the Board of Directors of the CDB on Wednesday.Dominica Vibes News
West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle still has hope of returning to Test cricket and has targeted making 400 runs as one of the objectives to be met before retiring from the sport.Gayle has not featured in the longest format of the game for the regional team since 2014 against Bangladesh. The absence is in part due to a dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the player has instead, opted for the shorter formats of the game. The 37-year-old, however, insists he is not quite finished with Test cricket.“I will play again,” Gayle said.“I want to score 400 runs in a Test match. I’ve done two triples, I think I can push it to four [hundred].“A lot of people want to see me back in test cricket, a lot of people. That’s one of the reasons why I haven’t announced I’ve retired because wherever I go, people want to see me play Test cricket, to give it one more shout, that’s why I’m holding out.”Over the last few years the big left hander has become far more recognizable for his heroics in Twenty20 cricket, but remains one of the world’s most accomplished in all white gear.In 103 Tests matches Gayle has scored an impressive 7214 runs at an average of 42.18, having blasted 15 hundreds, including the pair of triple centuries.
Croatia have now played the equivalent of a whole match more than Didier Deschamps’ team ahead of Sunday’s final in the Russian capital but must gird themselves for one final push for glory.In beating Gareth Southgate’s young team, Croatia have surpassed the achievement of the heroes of 1998, who reached the semi-finals in France in their first World Cup as an independent nation.The victory sparked wild celebrations in the Balkan nation, where tens of thousands of fans poured onto the streets and squares, singing, letting off flares and waving red-white-and-blue flags.Croatia defender Domagoj Vida celebrates with his son after victory against England in the World Cup semi-finals © AFP / YURI CORTEZ“Dream, Dream, Dream! Croatia are in the World Cup final,” said the Sportske Novosti newspaper, adding that coach Zlatko Dalic “has entered into legend”.“The Fiery Ones are in the final, the nation is in a trance — one more step to the title!” said the Jutarnji List, using the team’s nickname.Dalic said there would be no excuses from his team despite their exertions over the past two weeks.“This is fantastic. Two players played with half a leg, but it didn’t show. In extra-time nobody wanted to be substituted. This shows character and is what makes me proud. Nobody gave up,” said Dalic.“We prepared to get to the final and we want to play it,” he said. “Going to extra-time might be a problem along with the fact France have had an extra day to recover but there will be no excuses.”– England pride –For England, the emotions are mixed — pride at reaching the last four is tempered by disappointment at letting a golden opportunity slip through their fingers.They were on course for their first final since 1966 when they took the lead through Kieran Trippier’s superb early free-kick, but Croatia hit back through Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic in front of 78,000 spectators.Supporters in London react after England lost their World Cup semi-final to Croatia © AFP / Tolga AKMENIn London, an initial wave of elation turned to heartbreak as 30,000 beer-soaked fans in Hyde Park watched their team come up short.Around 26 million people are believed to have watched the match on TV in Britain.But despite the bitter disappointment, captain Harry Kane said England had restored pride during their run to the semi-finals and could use it as a springboard for success.“It’s massive that we had a good tournament and restored pride in the nation. The fans are excited to watch us play and that’s how we have to keep progressing,” he said.Harry Kane failed to score as England crashed out of the World Cup © AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANA“We should be proud and hold our heads up high because we’ve come a long way from two years ago.”Kane looks set to claim the Golden Boot as the World Cup’s leading scorer, but the Tottenham star rarely looked like adding to his six goals against Croatia.Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper believes England have “moved forward into a brighter age”.But the Guardian said the players might struggle to shake off the ordeal of losing the semi-final. “The World Cup may never open up so obligingly again,” the paper said.France, who boast a powerful mix of youth and experience, will start as favourites when they play the third World Cup final in their history after they beat Belgium 1-0 in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba said the pain of losing the Euro 2016 final to Portugal will spur him on.“I don’t have a star. It’s on the shirt but I didn’t win it. I want one,” Pogba said of the star on the French shirt that represents the 1998 World Cup win.“I know the taste of defeat in a final. It’s really not good, very bitter… we really want to finish well, with a smile.”As Paris makes preparations for fans to watch the final, the Eiffel Tower’s management said the monument would be shut as part of security measures being taken for a big-screen broadcast of the World Cup final nearby.During the Euro 2016 final, more than 90,000 people packed into the Champ de Mars fan zone.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Croatia fans celebrate their team’s World Cup semi-final victory against England in Moscow © AFP / Konstantin CHALABOVMoscow, Russian Federation, Jul 11 – Croatia’s exhausted and battered players set their sights on the World Cup final against France on Thursday as England reflected on a missed opportunity to end more than half a century of pain.Luka Modric’s team were taken to extra-time for the third consecutive match in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday but somehow found the energy to overcome England 2-1.