D&G Council Funds Free Home Visits by Home Energy Assistance Scheme

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInTo help tackle fuel poverty in the region, Dumfries and Galloway Council has allocated Tackling Poverty funding for a free home visit service. The Home Energy Assistance Scheme aims to help fuel poor households by identifying possible energy improvements and carrying out small measures to people’s homes that make properties more efficient and help to reduce fuel bills.Our Council work in partnership with the Energy Agency, a registered charity who provide advice on energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transport. They arrange for eligible households who spend more than 10% of their income on fuel bills to receive a home visit. The property will be assessed and recommendations made to help lower the cost of heating your house. Where needed, referrals can be made other advice and assistance agencies. These include the Lemon Aid Fuel Poverty project for help with tariff switching and the Financial Inclusion and Advice Team who will carry out income maximisation checks.If you would like more information or wish to apply please contact Colin Holden based at The Hub, Dumfries on 07816 503447 / 01387 269161 or email colinholden@energyagency.org.uk’Chair of the Communities Committee, Councillor Andy Ferguson, said: “We are determined to tackle fuel poverty in all its forms, particularly at a time when energy bills continue to be a concern for those facing poverty in our region. Hopefully the measures will reduce householder bills, reducing the impact of energy price rises. I am confident that this approach will help to target households in those areas that are most in need across our region.”Vice Chair of the committee, Councillor John Martin, echoed the comments “Our council will continue to work in partnership with the Energy Agency to ensure the successful delivery of this nationally recognised and award winning project. This Administration committed to tackle poverty in all its forms, including fuel poverty. In a rural area like Dumfries and Galloway, this project is essential to addressing some of the causes of poverty in our region.”last_img read more

Taylor ends brief retirement from Tests

first_img Share Fast bowler Jerome TaylorAntigua Observer Fast bowler Jerome Taylor has made an abrupt about-turn and come out of retirement from Test cricket, only 10 months after quitting the longest format.The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday said 32-year-old Taylor had indicated that he was again available for selection, after stepping aside from Tests last July.Having played three first class matches for his native Jamaica Scorpions in recent weeks, Taylor could now find himself in contention for a Test spot in the upcoming three-match series against Pakistan.“I believe I still have a lot of cricket left in me and I know I can still offer a lot to West Indies cricket in the Test arena,” he said.“If selected, I will look to put my best foot forward and give my all for the team. We have some young players in the group at the moment and I believe with my experience, I can add to the team going forward,” he said.Taylor had abruptly called time on his Test career ahead of the four-Test series against India last year, but remained available for selection in the shorter formats.He subsequently turned out for the Windies in the three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates last year when the Caribbean side suffered an embarrassing whitewash.Taylor was among the leading wicket-takers in the Regional Super50 earlier this year with 16 scalps, including a superb five-wicket haul against Guyana Jaguars at Kensington Oval.Chief selector Courtney Browne welcomed Taylor’s latest decision, saying the Jamaican’s experience would be a welcome boost to the current selection pool.“It is good to see that Jerome has decided to come out of retirement and make himself available for Tests once again,” Browne said.“When you look at the volume of cricket we have this year, we will need to look at all the resources we have available, and having someone of his ability and experience adds value to our player pool.”Taylor has played 46 Tests and taken 130 wickets at an average of 34. He has made a single Test century – 106 against New Zealand in Dunedin nine years ago. Share 31 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img NewsRegionalSports Taylor ends brief retirement from Tests by: – April 15, 2017 Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

UK commits over £12M to Dominica’s recovery

first_img Share 862 Views   one comment Tweet FeaturedHurricane MariaLocalNewsRecovery UK commits over £12M to Dominica’s recovery by: Dominica Vibes News – November 20, 2017 Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales speaking to affected residents of Point Michel during his visit to DominicaThe United Kingdom has pledged financial support to Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Maria, a deadly category 5 hurricane which devastated the island. This commitment to assist the island, a former British colony, comes on the heels of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ visit to Dominica on Sunday 19 November 2017. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt who accompanied His Royal Highness on his four island tour, Antigua, Barbuda, Tortola and Dominica, where she revealed the UK’s plans to help all of these islands. According to a press release The Secretary of State set out a new 15 million pound sterling package from which Dominica will receive 12 million pound sterling and Antigua and Barbuda 3 million pound sterling to help in the recovery and long-term reconstruction on the islands. The support package, which brings the total UK contribution to £92m, will include 10 million pound sterling to help Dominica to rebuild critical infrastructure damaged during the hurricane. It also includes an additional 2 million pound sterling for early recovery, building on the 5 million pound sterling committed in September, which will support:• Repairs to homes and roofs, through the International Organization for Migration, to provide hundreds of households with urgent shelter;• Debris clearance through the UN Development Programme and the National Employment Programme to help establish healthy and safe living conditions in communities, to enable agricultural land to be put to use once again, and to support restoration of economic activity and livelihoods;• Cash assistance through the World Food Programme, helping those worst affected to meet their needs flexibly and to revitalise the local economy.last_img read more

7 Dominicans graduate from WINC

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 735 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img WINC graduates: Avlyn Alexis, Irma Douglas, Mersha John-Christopher, Nabiner Joseph-George, Kimara Matthew and Nathalie Roland with WINC Facilitator for Dominica, Ginny RiviereSeven (7) Dominican women have benefitted from a regional program targeting entrepreneurs in ten Caribbean countries.The women graduated from the second Acceleration Programme of the Women’s Innovative Network of the Caribbean (WINC) at the Garraway Hotel on Friday 29 June 2018. They are Avlyn Alexis, Irma Douglas, Jodie Dublin-Dangleben, Mersha John-Christopher, Nabiner Joseph-George, Kimara Matthew and Nathalie Roland.The WINC programme, which normally runs for eight months with sessions conducted once per month, is sponsored by the Canadian Government and implemented by the World Bank. “A wide range of support services are offered to the selected women to innovate their businesses, improve competitiveness and boost their growth,” WINC Facilitator for Dominica, Ginny Riviere informed. These support services included finance, ICT, marketing and generally how to grow your business, personal development, values and beliefs, self-esteem and confidence, decision making, effective behavior, and personal growth.In addition, each participant was provided with a mentor, technical experts were invited to present on various topics during the program and motivational sessions by successful entrepreneurs were also included in the program.Jodie Dublin-Dangleben, the chief operations officer of Jaydees Enterprises Limited, emerged valedictorian of the program. Her business includes natural and organic hair and skin products as well as hair and bridal accessories.Avlyn Alexis owns Avie’s Ville Inc (Apartment Rentals, Sleep Inn) at Portsmouth; Irma Douglas owns Fiber & Spice Fast Food for Fitness (Chef-Nutritionist), Mersha John-Christopher owns Rosetta’s Beauty Salon, Nabiner Joseph-George owns Towdah’s Exclusive (boutique), Kimara Matthew owns Finesse Beatuy-House of Fashion (appareal and other finished products made from fabrics and similar materials) and Nathalie Roland owns 100% Green (wholesale of 100% compostable items).The WINC AP’s selection criteria included fifty percent ownership of the business, effective decision making, and working at least three days per week in the business.Although sixteen Dominicans applied for the program, only eight were approved, Riviere stated. One approved female entrepreneur had to drop out as her business was demolished by Hurricane Maria, Riviere informed.The program commenced in January 2018 due to Hurricane Maria and ended in June in keeping with World Bank guidelines.“These seven selected women demonstrated quite clearly some of the characteristics of good entrepreneurship; risk taking, flexibility, and adaptability to change,” Riviere said. “So it was really my greatest pleasure to facilitate these two AP’s and a privilege to interact with these sixteen women from whom I learned so much,” she added.– / 8 Share BusinessLocalNews 7 Dominicans graduate from WINC by: – July 2, 2018last_img read more

Petite Savanne Residents Resettled by the Government

first_img Share 701 Views   no discussions Tweet LocalNews Petite Savanne Residents Resettled by the Government by: – March 27, 2019 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Resilient apartments built for Petite Savanne ResidentsTropical Storm Erika victims of Petite Savanne have been granted comfortable accommodation by the Government of Dominica. On Mar. 26, 2019, the Prime Minister, Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit presented the residents with 52 new homes in the community of Bellevue Chopin at a Handing Over Ceremony.Apart from the Petite Savanne Resettlement project, Skerrit announced at the ceremony that in the next few weeks, an additional 500 units will be built in Dominica. He further informed the residents that the homes are built with resilience in mind.“We are Building these homes in a sturdy way to ensure that when or if the storm comes, we’ll be in a better position to withstand it.”“All of the electrical lines are under ground; all of the telephone lines are under ground. You are not seeing any poles. All of it is under ground, creating a resilient community. A community that can withstand the test of times and that’s what we said we were going to do”The Prime Minister extended gratitude to the residents of Petite Savanne for being patient with the Petite Savanne Resettlement project.last_img read more

UL Unveils Larger 10 Meter Chamber for RF & EMC Testing

first_img Power capacity – High-current DC distribution to all test locations Numerous dedicated AC and DC sources for simultaneous high-power testing 100+ KVA available in 10m chamber 5m diameter 13,500lb capacity turntable in 10m chamber Grade-level path from receiving to turntable 8′ x 8′ door opening in 10m chamber The greater physical capacity means a much shorter turn-around time for proper testing of more sizes. With the chamber’s ability to reduce noise and the on-hand experts, the accuracy and viability of the results will be more conclusive. UL now also has the capability for large, heavy system testing due to features such as: Global certification and testing leader, UL, has introduced a new 10m chamber for RF and EMC testing. The new chamber allows the company to test a larger array of equipment and will provide more accurate results.Located at the Fremont campus (in the United States), the first-of-its-kind chamber for UL will allow for more product types and sizes to be tested at one location. Typically, RF and EMC tests encounter a lot of interference or noise from other devices, which detracts from the test results. The new 10m chamber has a free field area to ensure background noise is minimized.In addition to ensuring better results, the new chamber has made the Fremont campus a one-stop-shop for RF and EMC testing. With medical electrical experts on hand, the basic safety and essential performance requirements of the base and particular standards can be monitored and adhered to.In the past UL’s CISPR 11 only allowed small sized equipment to be tested in the 3m chamber. With the addition of the 10m chamber, larger sized and greater power capacity testing is possible. Some of this includes:last_img read more

Indians Bats Look to Stay Hot in Game Three Against the Rangers; The Tribe Starting Nine

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede Related TopicsAdam PlutkoIndiansMLBRangerscenter_img Tuesday night the Indians offense was back on track after being quieted on Monday, as the team blasted four homers, three straight in the 7th inning, in a 10-3 win over the Rangers.The win puts the team at 38-34 on the season, 4-1 on this current seven-game road trip with two more left in Arlington.Overall the Indians have found their offense in winning nine of their last 13 games.Wednesday the team will look to get the upper hand in the series against another wild card contender as Adam Plutko gets the call on the mound for the Tribe.Plutko this season is 3-1 with a 4.63 ERA. He’s coming off a win on Friday in Detroit over the Tigers after allowing three runs on five hits in six innings.The Rangers will counter with a new face to their rotation, as left-hander Joe Palumbo (0-0, 9.00 ERA), will be recalled from Double-A Frisco and make his second career start.In his first start Palumbo allowed four runs and struck out four in four innings against Oakland.After Thursday’s finale against the Rangers the Indians will return home to start a six-game homestand featuring the Tigers and Royals.Here’s the Indians starting Lineup:Francisco Lindor SSOscar Mercado LFCarlos Santana 1BJordan Luplow RFJose Ramirez 3BJason Kipnis 2BRoberto Perez CJake Bauers DHLeonys Martin CFAnd the Rangers starting Nine:Choo RFDeShields CFAndrus SSMazara DHCalhoun LFCabrera 3BOdor 2BForsythe 1BFederowicz Clast_img read more

Kono looks to recapture world title

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Former WBA super flyweight champion Kohei Kono is eager to get back in the ring to reclaim his title, he said Wednesday.The 33-year-old Kono, ranked second in the division by the WBA, lost his first title defense by decision last May. On March 26, he will take on the No. 1 contender, Denkaosen Kaovichit of Thailand, at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall for the crown, which is currently vacant. Denkaosen is the former WBA flyweight champion. KEYWORDScenter_img Kohei Kono, WBA super flyweight title “I had been thinking I would retire if I lost that fight,” Kono said. “But I couldn’t just quit in the unsatisfactory way I lost. I’m really pleased to get another chance.”The WBA crown was vacated when former champion Liborio Solis failed to make the weight for his unification bout against IBF champion Daiki Kameda but won the fight. last_img read more

Temporary Repairs In Place For Erosion Near Homer Spit Road

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The erosion near Homer Spit Road has encroached into state’s right of way. The Department of Transportation is partnering with the City of Homer to make temporary repairs, using harbor dredging materials. Erosion occurs annually during spring and fall high tides and can be more extreme depending on wind direction. Severe storms accompanied by high water levels and wave action have overtopped and washedout stretches of the spit road, causing the road to be closed for major repairs on several occasions. McCarthy: “Higher tides, and wind and rain can really impact that area.”  Shannon McCarthy with DOT: “They (the City of Homer) are giving us that material and we are going to shore up the road into the right-of-way. It’s not considered permanent though because that dredging material is so fine so they are subject to future erosion.” center_img This is a temporary measure and is not considered permanent protection. The area is subject to further erosion until a permanent solution can be identified and implemented, according to McCarthy. Homer coastal bluff areas impacted by erosion are occupied primarily by residential structures, with a few commercial structures.last_img read more

Fuelling the fantasy – Passionate Jamaican EPL fans gravitate towards online community

first_imgAs the start of the new Premier League unfolds, Jamaicans across the country have returned to their weekend routines of setting their morning alarms, confirming their sports view packages and assembling their gear in order to cheer their favourite teams to glory.They have also spent countless nights over the computer agonising over squad selections, injury reports, transfer announcements, anything to give their teams an edge.Oh we are not talking about their club teams, but leading their created “teams” to glory, playing the Fantasy Premier League online game.If you are new to this, you are given a ‘transfer budget’ of 100m pounds to assemble a team of your choice using the best the Premier League have to offer.Points are scored based of the real life performance of your teams and you get to compete with players from all across the world for bragging rights.Shannon Thomas, who plays the game regularly, attributes Jamaican’s love for football and for the game to be one and the same.“Football is a passion for most Jamaicans and competition is high and bragging rights are important,” he said.But just choosing a squad is not as easy it may seem. There is some really homework that has to be done in order to give your team the best chance of success.Terrence Harvey knows exactly what is required for success, having played the game for seven years and is current role as the administrator for the Instagram page known as FPLjamaiacacommunity.“[Fantasy Premier League] was introduced to me via word of mouth by one of my colleagues, who had experience playing,” Harvey said. “Fantasy Premier League is fun and addictive. It takes up a lot of my time in preparation for the season and when the EPL starts, so I said why not create a group for other players where we can share information via social media, while winning prizes and having fun?”It is an addiction that is also shared by Thomas, who has been a regular of Premier League fantasy and like Harvey was drawn to the game by a friend.“Fantasy was introduced to me by a friend a few years back and I kept playing all these years because I kept losing and getting bantered for it, so it pushed me to be more diligent and focused [in] improving my squad if needs be every week,” said Thomas.Harvey’s passion for fantasy has also resulted in a Youtube page with videos displaying tips for squad selection, which at times seem as intricate as a coach setting his line-up for an actual Premier League match day. The constraints of setting up your team, Harvey notes, can be a problem and maintains that for better performance, it requires patience and research.“You have to do your research. Find out the top performers from last season as well as top value performances (points versus cost). Plan [for] two to three game weeks in advance in mind. Timing and flexibility [are also] key,” he notes.To that end, the community has organised a US$200 Money League which is free to enter by entering the league code 45xxh1 and subscribing to the FPL Jamaica Community Youtube page. It already has over 100 entrant’s eager to test their skills in hopes of glory and prizes.Instagram:@fpljamaicacommunityYoutube Page:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvaiSApNVqEBd1ZiwxeU2Hwdaniel.wheeler@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more