Hotelier identifies areas which could improve the island’s development

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Hotelier identifies areas which could improve the island’s development by: – March 14, 2013 Mrs. Janice ArmourBusiness woman and hotelier, Mrs. Janice Armour has identified alternative energy and a vendor’s plaza as areas which could improve some of the development issues facing the island.During the annual general meeting of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) on Wednesday, Mrs. Armour said there are some major issues and development facing the island that the DAIC could lobby for, to “assist” in successfully navigating into the future.“Alternative energy; whether thermal or hydro, a Liat turn around, the development of medical tourism which can be complimented with health and wellness tourism, a vendors plaza and clean up the Bay Front to name a few. I propose that DAIC and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) use their collective membership to contribute to a plan of action on the way forward in these areas,” she said.Meanwhile, re-elected president of the DAIC, Lilian Piper said the association will look to engage in financial collaboration with government.DAIC president, Lilian Piper“We have had a number of meetings with government and Prime Minister Skerrit said there are investment opportunities that government is making available including the hotel in Portsmouth to other apartment building that government is looking at. So the private sector wants to know how they can collaborate and get involved,” Piper noted.She said the DAIC is also looking at a more productive human resource to support the private sector.“The association fells that engaging persons who will be working within the private sector to build productivity is very important, so that is one of the things we will be taking on in 2013. We would like to also look at the court system in terms of how we can facilitate court matters for some of our members”, the president announced.Normal Rolle, Robert Tonge, Kira Thompson Aird, Paul Frampton, Orrin Jolly and Lisa Defreitas Nesty were the six new members were elected to the board on which Jeffrey Baptiste sits as vice president.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Tweet 135 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Allies play hard to get on U.S. proposal to protect oil…

first_imgFailure to secure support for the maritime initiative would be a blow to efforts by the United States, and its Sunni Muslim allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to isolate Shi’ite Muslim Iran and Iran-backed forces in the Middle East. A second Gulf official said: “We’re not going to do anything like that, we are not going to do anything on our own.” Because of fears of confrontation, any involvement by Washington’s allies is likely be limited to naval personnel and equipment already in place – near the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf and the Bab al-Mandab strait in the Red Sea, two Gulf sources and a British security source said. But with Washington’s allies reluctant to commit new weaponry or fighting forces, a senior Pentagon official told Reuters on Thursday that the United States’ aim was not to set up a military coalition but to shine a “flashlight” in the region to deter attacks on commercial shipping. “There are enough resources in the region now for the job at hand. The Americans want an international stamp on this effort,” one of the Gulf sources said. “They (the United States) also don’t want to bear the financial burden.” Addressing such concerns or possible misunderstandings, Kathryn Wheelbarger, one of the most senior policy officials at the Pentagon, told Reuters in an interview that the new initiative was “not about military confrontation.” “It’s just impossible. The Strait is already too crowded,” an Asian official said of an escort system in the Strait of Hormuz which is 21 miles (33 km) wide at its narrowest point. France, Britain and Germany, which with Russia and China are party to the agreement, have tried to rescue the deal and defuse tensions. France, which has a naval base in the United Arab Emirates, does not plan to escort ships and views the U.S. plan as counterproductive to easing tensions because Tehran would see it as anti-Iran, a French official said. Under Washington’s proposal, the United States would provide coordinating ships and lead surveillance efforts while allies would patrol nearby waters and escort commercial vessels with their nation’s flags. A decision by Japan to join such an initiative would be likely to inflame a divide in Japanese public opinion over sending troops abroad. Japan’s military has not fought overseas since World War Two. The United States is struggling to win its allies’ support for an initiative to heighten surveillance of vital Middle East oil shipping lanes because of fears it will increase tension with Iran, six sources familiar with the matter said. A senior Western official based in Beijing said there was “no way” China would join a maritime coalition. A South Korean official said Washington had yet to make any official request. RISING TENSION Tensions rose further on Thursday after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they had seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel. A U.S. military commander in the region said the United States would work “aggressively” to ensure free passage of vessels in and around the Strait of Hormuz. Iran has said foreign powers should leave securing shipping lanes to Tehran and other countries in the region. The British security source said it was not viable to escort every commercial vessel, a view shared by several other countries. Asked what role Riyadh could play in the U.S. initiative, a Saudi military official said it would be the role that the Saudi-led coalition has been playing for the past few years in the Red Sea as part of the war in Yemen, including escorting and securing commercial shipping. “The Americans want to create an ‘alliance of the willing’ who confront future attacks,” a Western diplomat said. “Nobody wants to be on that confrontational course and part of a U.S. push against Iran.” India has deployed two ships in the Gulf to protect Indian-flagged vessels since June 20. Other Asian oil importers are unlikely to have anything but a symbolic presence, such as the involvement of a liaison officer, officials and diplomats said.center_img A U.S. State Department official, who asked not to be named, said Bahrain would host a working group meeting on maritime and aviation security in the autumn as part of a follow-up to a global conference in Warsaw in February that gathered some 60 nations to discuss stability in the Middle East. Britain has a base in Oman and China has a military base in Djibouti, which lies off the Bab al-Mandab strait. Beijing has had to tread softly in the region because it has close energy ties with both Iran and Saudi Arabia. Gulf states, which are big purchasers of Western arms, have invested more in air and land capabilities than in naval assets, and have little experience coordinating large naval missions. SMALL SHIPS The United States does not want to go it alone. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are already patrolling the coastline off Yemen where they are leading a coalition battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, though the UAE has said it is scaling down its presence there. Policing burdens would largely fall on the United States, which has protected shipping lanes in the region for decades with its Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet. It also heads the Combined Maritime Forces, a 33-nation naval alliance that carries out security and counterpiracy operations in the region. Technical and financial aspects, such as refuelling, bunkering and maintenance costs, still need to be ironed out before countries sign up, the source said. The majority of vessels are small patrol craft and corvettes that would struggle on extended missions, said Tom Waldwyn, research associate for The Military Balance at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi support U.S. sanctions on Iran, which lacks a strong conventional naval fleet but has many speed boats, portable anti-ship missile launchers and mines. Tension has mounted since U.S. President Donald Trump last year quit a 2015 nuclear pact under which Iran agreed to curtail its atomic programme in return for relief from economic sanctions crippling its economy. Washington proposed on July 9 stepping up efforts to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen where it blames Iran and its proxies for tanker attacks. Iran denies the charges. “The Americans have been talking to anyone interested about setting something up, mainly looking to Asia as it’s of vital importance to their security of (oil) supply and asking for ships, but it’s gone a bit quiet,” a Gulf official said. Wheelbarger, the U.S. Pentagon official, suggested small, quick ships would be helpful. She said several countries has expressed interest in the initiative but did not name them. (Source: Reuters) Sea News, July 22 Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Levski rots inside – Gol

first_imgIn difficult times, people usually come together. Problems unite them in the name of a common cause. There are always exceptions. In “Levski” everyone has been looking in a different direction for a long time, and the moments of unanimity are very fleeting. It happened once when Nasko Sirakov asked for the shares, and the second time when the club called on its fans to be a general sponsor for an indefinite period of time. But the hard times at Georgi Asparuhov Stadium are not over, and the storm is already seriously destroying the “blue” ship, in which passengers and crew cannot look at each other. In the week before the fiasco of “Gerena” with “Tsarsko Selo” (0: 1), which led to the weakest start in the history of “Levski” for the championship, the executive director Pavel Kolev was bombarded with a number of awkward questions from Lyubomir Kostadinov. One of Sector B’s torturers used social media to express his concerns publicly. There was no subsequent reaction from Kolev. The owner Nasko Sirakov did not come out to take a stand either. The rift in the relations at Georgi Asparuhov Stadium was also evident on the day of the match. During the match, supporters attacked coach Georgi Todorov. After the defeat, the experienced specialist, who long ago announced that he had taken on this role because of his good relations with Sirakov, was not obliged and in turn waved a finger at the people from the stands.His hint was clear: he would not withstand the criticism for long. At the same time, Todorov once again announced that there were not enough players and threw the ball to Wolf. The main argument of the specialist has its arguments, but given the expected sale and breakup of the current team, its composition looks more than decent. A month ago, the coach did not know who he would rely on at all for the start of the championship. In the end, only the protection was replaced. The attacking trio of Paulinho, Nigel Roberta and Stanislav Ivanov survived. For now. Stein Spiers is also in the squad. Whether the square in question is played at Gerena in the current situation is another question. But even without acknowledging it out loud, the results are indicative. There is no idea in Levski’s game. Perhaps the general problem is that the club as a whole lacks an action plan. In the century-old team, the coach is temporary. As well as at least half of the incumbents. They are for a while and will soon be gone. If at the beginning of the century during the construction of the “blue” dream team of Murray Stoilov was working on “Plan 2007”, now there is no strategy at all. Fans go so far as to attack their players, as was the case with Stanislav Ivanov after the lost match with Tsarsko Selo. A kind of climax in the rupture of the “blue” relationship. Apparently, “Levski” is rotting inside just like the apple that Asen Bukarev talked about 2 years ago. But now everything is more painful, because the problems are visible – finances, results, quarrels, behind-the-scenes interests. And all this behind the facade: “Levski” age-old, clean, transparent, loved, unshakable and something else. Obviously not so wonderful.Vladimir Ivanov, “Trud”last_img read more