PM condemns EU’s ‘blacklist’ of Caribbean countries

first_imgLocalNews PM condemns EU’s ‘blacklist’ of Caribbean countries by: Dominica Vibes News – June 23, 2015 A decision by the European Union’s tax watchdog to blacklist several Caribbean countries has been condemned by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.The EU’s executive Commission published a blacklist of 30 countries it says are not doing enough to crack down on tax avoidance on Thursday 18 June 2015. Among the list of countries blacklisted by the EU are Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the US Virgin Islands.“Dominica wants to place on record its condemnation of the blacklisting of our sister Caribbean and CARICOM countries,” Prime Minister Skerrit told a press briefing on Tuesday 23 June 2015.“We maintain that there is no basis for such blacklisting, it was done without consultation, it was done without engaging of those countries to draw to those countries, if there would have been any matter of concern to the European Union,” Mr Skerrit continued. Mr Skerrit, who is also the Minister of Finance, said although Dominica was not listed among the countries, it must record its disagreement with the EU’s decision as this decision impacts Member States of CARICOM and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).“Dominica wants to stand in solidarity with those sister countries in their fight to clear their good name and to restore the countries in the categories in which they ought to be as jurisdictions where our financial system is properly regulated,” PM Skerrit stated. Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share 92 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Opposition’s criticism of CBI program frustrates PM

first_img 787 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Dominican delegation at a special Independence celebration in Dubai. The delegation included Prime Minister Skerrit and Mrs Skerrit, Ambassador Vince Henderson, Michelle Henderson, Chester ‘Daddy Chess’ Letang and Derryck ‘De Hunter’ St Rose among othersPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has expressed frustration with Opposition Parliamentarians who criticize the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program, in a manner he says is detrimental to the program and country.Mr Skerrit returned to the island on Thursday 17 November, after a promotional tour of the program of Europe, the Far East and the Arab World.Speaking at a press conference at the Financial Centre in Roseau on Friday 18 November,Mr Skerrit said he has heard and read criticisms from Opposition Parliamentarians about government’s decision to go on the tour with an eight member delegation.That delegation included three Dominican artistes; Michelle Henderson, Chester ‘Daddy Chess’ Letang and Derryck ‘De Hunter’ St Rose, who were paid one thousand dollars each for performing at a special Dominica Independence celebration in Dubai.“While there should be questions and there should be criticism, but they must be done in a mature, responsible manner. It must not be in an attempt, as the Opposition is doing in this country, to destroy the program,” Mr Skerrit said.“When you destroy this program what is the replacement to this,” he questioned and listed some of the programs and projects that have been funded through funds collected from the CBI.These include the road repairs and the infrastructure, the National Employment Program, the reconstruction of Douglas Charles Airport post Tropical Storm Erika, except the lights and the fencing which was provided by us by the government of Trinidad and Tobago, ten million dollars to the farmers and fifteen million dollars to the hotel sector.“So this is what pisses me off in this country, that you have people there who are doing nothing in this country, who are parading as parliamentarians and future leaders of this country, and their…only interest is to destroy this country and the opportunities for this country,” Mr Skerrit stated.The Prime Minister added that the Citizenship by Investment program should not be used for partisan politics as the money raised from it is used to fund several important projects.“People have to understand this thing there is politics, there is partisanship but there is a nation to build and there are certain things we have to wrap the flag around, and these people are playing with the future of our people,” he said.He noted further that if government is unable to raise funding to finance the budget, “then there will be cuts, programs will have to be erased, it will slow down our recovery efforts”.“I hear them talking about a few artistes that were given thousand dollars to go and perform in Dubai, that’s the level of our discussion in this country? And there are people, who are supposed to be intelligent, repeating this foolishness,” Mr Skerrit said.Mr Skerrit, who indicated that this level of discourse is “mindboggling” called for Opposition parliamentarians to do more to help develop the country.He also stated that it is difficult to travel around the world on the country’s business especially when ill, as he was affected by the flu, and having to leave his children behind for two weeks.“We have to be careful in this country; these people parading as Opposition parliamentarians and ask ourselves in this country, whether these people are serious about Dominica, making no effort to help their constituents, making no effort to help this country, all their mandate, by their words and action, is to destroy this country,” the Prime Minister indicated.Meanwhile, he hailed the promotional tour as “very successful” and reported that “the name and image of Dominica in the market place, is as strong, attractive and appealing as ever”.Mr Skerrit is also “confident” that Dominica’s program will continue to be the program of choice from discerning investors and that Dominica will reach its budgetary targets this year of projected revenue from the program. LocalNewsPolitics Opposition’s criticism of CBI program frustrates PM by: Dominica Vibes News – November 21, 2016 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals his twins

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has posed for the first time with set of twins.The Real Madrid superstar confirmed the birth of the two boys via a surrogate on Wednesday, just hours after Portugal were eliminated from this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup by Chile.Ronaldo will be allowed to miss their third-place play-off against either Germany of Mexico, so he can return home to his young family.“I was in the service of the National Team, as it always happens, body and soul, even though I knew my two sons were born. “Unfortunately, we have not been able to achieve the main sporting objective we wanted, but I am sure we will continue to give the Portuguese joy.“The President of the Portuguese Football Federation and the National Selector had an attitude today that sensitized me and I will not forget.“I am very happy to finally be able to be with my children for the first time,” the 32-year-old wrote on Facebook.Ronaldo already has a seven-year-old son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jnr.last_img read more

Fifteen-year-old Katsu claims historic victory

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS Youth movement: Teenage amateur Minami Katsu holds the trophy after winning the Vantelin Ladies Open on Sunday. | KYODO Minami Katsu RELATED PHOTOScenter_img “I can’t believe it,” said Katsu. “This is my first pro event of the year and my first goal was to make the cut. I was pleased to make the cut but never thought I would win the title. It still hasn’t sunk in yet.”South Korean Lee Bo-mee shot a 69 and finished one shot back in second place, while compatriot Lee Ji-hee also carded a 69 and placed third at 7 under. Since the tournament was won by an amateur, the ¥18 million first prize went to Lee Bo-mee.Kim Hyo-joo, at 16 years and 332 days, was the previous youngest winner, when the South Korean captured the Suntory Ladies Open in 2012.Katsu eclipsed the Japanese record set by then third-year high school student Ai Miyazato, who was 18 when she won the Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open in 2003.Ryo Ishikawa holds the record for the youngest winner on the Japanese men’s tour, taking the 2007 Munsingwear KSB Cup at 15 years, 245 days. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KIKUYO, KUMAMOTO PREF. – Teenage amateur Minami Katsu, at 15 years and 293 days, became the youngest-ever winner on the Japan LPGA Tour when she captured the Vantelin Ladies Open on Sunday.Katsu, who started the day one shot back in a four-way tie for second, made five birdies and one bogey in a round of 4-under-par 68. The first-year student from Kagoshima High School finished with a winning total of 11-under 205.last_img read more

Speculation that Abramovich may attempt to bring Mourinho back

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could attempt to bring former Blues boss Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid, the Daily Mail suggest.The club are reported to have tried and failed to secure Mourinho’s return last year.And there is added speculation about who will take over as Chelsea manager in the summer now Pep Guardiola has agreed to join Bayern Munich.AdChoices广告Everton boss David Moyes is again touted as a possible contender, this time by The Independent.Frank Lampard will delay signing any deal with LA Galaxy until he sees what offers come in from European clubs, the Daily Express say.It is claimed the Chelsea star has had offers from Manchester United, Monaco and AC Milan.A source is quoted as saying: “Frank is free to speak with other clubs. He is aware of strong interest from LA Galaxy and has expressed a desire to move to the United States.“But he still believes he can do a job for someone in the Premier League and wants to take his time and see if any other offers come up.“This is a big decision for Frank. It is probably the last move he will ever make in his playing career and he wants to make sure that it is the right one for him and his family.”QPR will find out today if they have won an apparent battle to sign Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, the Mail say.It is claimed the 22-year-old Frenchman has had lucrative offers from Rubin Kazan and Zenit St Petersburg.French newspaper L’Equipe has suggested that M’Vila will join Rubin Kazan on a four-year contract.Related West London Sport story: QPR look to tie up M’Vila deal (20 January)The Mail also say Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is interested in signing Florent Malouda from Chelsea.Meanwhile, Arsenal have joined Fulham in expressing an interest in Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, according to the Mail.Whites boss Martin Jol is said to be keen on the 21-year-old, who has been linked with a number of English clubs.The Sun say Fulham are trying to tie up a £500,000 deal for Olympiakos defender Vasilis Torosidis.This page is regularly updated.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last_img read more

Southampton beat Man United and Tottenham in race for Switzerland U17…

first_imgAs reported by Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web, the Saints have won the race for the 16-year-old, and should pay €1.5m for his transfer from Servette.The website claims that there was a big battle for the teenager, with Manchester United, Tottenham and Juventus all involved. It’s said that the negotiations have been handled by MGA & Associates.The midfielder has appearances for Switzerland’s U-16 and U-17 teams, having played the Euro U-17 earlier this year. On club level, he was a regular starter for Servette in the U-18 Swiss league last season.Embed from Getty ImagesEven though Tutto Mercato Web takes the race as a big deal, involving the name of big clubs like Man United, Tottenham and Juventus, the race for Jankewitz, won by Mark Hughes’ team, hadn’t been reported on much during the summer. For being a 16-year-old, maybe this was a silent Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Men In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo Premier League side Southampton have reportedly signed the Swiss wonderkid Alexandre Jankewitz. last_img read more

Edo 2020: Sport Minister, MOC Expected in Benin Tuesday for Final…

first_imgWith almost all the facilities installed at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Edo is set to host the festival that will be the reference point in a long while.A visit to the Ogbemudia Stadium recently showed a total transformation of the edifice to a world-class stadium with the most modern technology in place.From the lush green natural grass turf in the main-bowl to the four changing rooms for players, Edo State government has gone the extra mile to reconstruct the former Ogbe Stadium to perhaps, the best sporting edifice in the country today.It also has in place a CCTV that has the capacity to keep watch five kilometers radius of the Stadium. In addition to that is the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology to be used for the football events of the festival. It is the first of its kind in the country.Apart from three tennis courts and a fourth centre court that can seat over 2,000 fans, two world-class swimming pools are also in place. A hanging Gymnastics gym, the third of such in Africa has also been completed while there are also two squash courts good enough to host any continental championship.Also in Etete is an ultra-modern Indoor Sports Hall. It was formerly owned by Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports (FMYS) but was taken over and renovated by Governor Godwin Obaseki ahead of the festival. It is scheduled to host badminton, table tennis and power table tennis.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterest1EmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With barely 13 days to the kick off of the 20th National Sports Festival, the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare and members of the Main Organising Committee (MOC) of the multi-sports fiesta are expected to storm Benin City tomorrow, March 10 for the final Inspection of facilities earmarked by the Edo State Government to host the Games.Musa Ebomhiana, Chief Press Secretary to the Edo State Deputy Governor confirmed the visit of the Minister and the MOC members at the weekend, stressing that almost all the facilities were ready to host the Nigerian version of the Olympics.“The Honorable Minister of Sports and Youth, Mr. Sunday Dare is expected in Benin City on Tuesday for the final inspection of the facilities provided by our state government to host the 20th National Sports Festival. This is the last inspection before the Games Will kick off on March 22, 2020,” observed the CPS at the weekend.last_img read more

U23 Olympics Eagles: Team Reportedly Left Stranded Without Food In Sudan

first_imgNigeria’s U23 Olympic Eagles were reportedly left stranded in Sudan without money to buy food according to leading African football journalist Osasuo Obayiuwana.The U23 national team were in Sudan for the first leg of an U23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match which they lost 1-0 to their Sudanese counterparts at the Al Merriekh Stadium in Omdurman on Thursday.However, they have allegedly not been able to eat since then and abandoned to starve because the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) made no provisions for their feeding according to Mr. Obayiuwana who relayed the information via his verified Twitter handle. I am very angry right now. Hopping mad. 🤬How could @thenff send a team for an @Olympics @Tokyo2020 qualifier in Sudan and they have no money for food? This was told to me by a highly-placed NFF official just now. @PinnickAmaju, Nigerians will ask for answers to this situation.— Osasu Obayiuwana (@osasuo) September 6, 2019The U23 Olympic Eagles are expected back in the country today with the return leg fixed for the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Tuesday next week.Nigeria are defending champions and won the second edition of the U23 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Senegal in December 2015, beating Algeria in the final, and both teams then represented Africa at the Rio 2016 Olympics, where the Olympic Eagles won the bronze medals.The third edition of the U23 Africa Cup of Nations will be staged by Egypt 8th – 22nd November this year. Relatedlast_img read more

Warner Bros. offers free ‘Just Mercy’ rentals to encourage “systemic racism” education

first_imgL-R – Jordan, Stevenson, Foxx — Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Warner Bros. is offering the masses an opportunity to learn more about systematic racism in America.In a statement shared via Twitter, the studio announced they will make their 2019 critically-acclaimed drama Just Mercy free to watch for the month of June.“We believe in the power of story,” the statement reads. “Our film Just Mercy, based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society. For the month of June, ‘Just Mercy’ will be available to rent for free across digital platforms in the US.”“To actively be part of the change our country is so desperately seeking, we encourage you to learn more about our past and the countless injustices that have led us to where we are today,” the statement continues. “Thank you to the artists, storytellers and advocates who helped make this film happen. Watch with your family, friends and allies…”In the film, Michael B. Jordan stars as Stevenson, the real-life civil rights activist and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal center for inmates who didn’t receive proper legal representation. In December 2019, Jordan told ABC Audio that the film takes a closer look at the justice system and what people of color really go through.“I think the pure statistics of mass incarceration, the amount of black and brown people, people of color that are targeted and incarcerated are just mind blowing,” he said, adding that he hoped the film would “allow people to get closer to… these issues. …And start making a difference in demanding some answers from these broken systems.”By Candice WilliamsCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bayern missing Mueller, Lewandowski for potential title-clincher

first_imgBayern will be confirmed champions with a win on Saturday if second-placed Borussia Dortmund lose at relegation-threatened Fortuna Duesseldorf earlier in the day.That scenario would give Hansi Flick’s side an unassailable 10-point lead with three games remaining.But Bayern are without Lewandowski, the league’s top scorer this season with 30 goals, and Mueller, who is one short of the Bundesliga record of 21 assists in a single campaign.“It’s annoying, but we can’t do anything about it,” said Bayern coach Flick.Thiago Alcantara is likely to replace Mueller, while winger Serge Gnabry could take Lewandowski’s place up front if he is fit after a back injury.Bayern proved they can score goals without Lewandowski by thumping Hoffenheim 6-0 in late February when the Polish striker was injured.They had a scare in Wednesday’s German Cup semi-final win over Eintracht Frankfurt, when Danny da Costa equalised for the visitors before Lewandowski sealed a 2-1 win with his 45th goal this season.Mueller admitted Bayern were “tired”, “worn out” and scrapped their way to victory in the first of three games in six days.But they are still in the running to repeat their 2013 treble having beaten Chelsea 3-0 away in their Champions League last-16 first leg before the competition was suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.Fourth-placed Gladbach pulled off a shock 2-1 victory at Borussia Park when the sides met last December.But Marco Rose’s side have been erratic of late, crushing Union Berlin 4-1 at home at the end of May before stumbling to defeat at Freiburg last weekend.Rose hopes to include Swiss forward Breel Embolo, with the 23-year-old fit after an ankle knock.– Bremen’s basement battle –Bremen are battling to avoid relegation. POOL/AFP/File/Stuart FRANKLINAt the foot of the table, fallen giants Werder Bremen face a crucial game at Paderborn in a battle of the bottom two.Florian Kohfeldt’s Bremen are six points from safety in 17th and three off the relegation play-off place following back-to-back home defeats.Bremen, who were in the Champions League a decade ago, have spent more seasons in the top flight than any other club, but are running out of time.“We know how much is riding on this game,” said American forward Josh Sargent. “This club has such a long history, and no one wants to let the team or the city down.”One to watch: Emre CanCan has scored two goals since joining Dortmund from Juventus in January. POOL/AFP/File/Lars BaronThe Germany international scored the winner in last weekend’s tense 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin despite playing as part of a back three.The 26-year-old, who usually plays in midfield, has been a reliable figure for Dortmund since joining from Juventus in January.He has shown his versatility by adding steel to a sometimes vulnerable side while still providing an attacking threat, having also marked his debut in February with a stunning long-range strike against Bayer Leverkusen.Key stats39: Successive seasons in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen.90: Bundesliga goals scored by Bayern this season. The club record is 101.12: Number of times Bayern have won the league and cup double.Fixtures (all times 1330 GMT unless stated)FridayHoffenheim v RB Leipzig (1830)SaturdayWolfsburg v Freiburg, Fortuna Duesseldorf v Borussia Dortmund, Hertha Berlin v Eintracht Frankfurt, Cologne v Union Berlin, Paderborn v Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich v Borussia Moenchengladbach (1630)SundayMainz v Augsburg, Schalke v Bayer Leverkusen (1600)last_img read more