Photo credit: unl.edu1Free HIV testing are being conducted in all health districts today as part of activities leading up to Regional Testing Day which will be held on the 27th of June. This is a result of a partnership between the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV and AIDS and Scotia bank.Expanded from its pilot programme in 2008, which was concentrated in Barbados, the initiative aims, this year, to have approximately 10,000 people across the region tested.Coordinator of the Testing and Counseling program within the HIV Unit Mary Williams says one of the main reasons for this testing campaign is to encourage everyone to know his/her status, since knowing ones’ HIV status is better than not knowing. She says the gesture will also be extended to the Kalinago Territory over the weekend.Dominica Vibes News 17 Views no discussions HealthLifestyleLocalNews Free HIV testing ahead of Regional Testing Day next week by: – June 24, 2011 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! Share
Share Share Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Central Constituency Hon. Norris Prevost. Photo credit: uwpdm.comParliamentary Representative for the Roseau Central Constituency Honourable Norris Prevost says symptoms coming out of the budget point to the Dominican Economy heading right back to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Prevost was addressing a public meeting in Lagoon Roseau Monday night which was organised to respond to the Skerrit led Government 2011/1012 budget.According to the Roseau MP, “whilst the Prime Minister and the other Government Ministers tried to paint a rosy picture, an objective analysis of the 2011/2012 budget reveals a loomy, gloomy and frightening picture. Government finances are deteriorating rapidly. Budget deficits are back.”He said increased borrowing and rising debt to GDP ratios are back. Rapidly declining Public Sector Investment Program (PSIP) is back.“The Current account deficit stands in the region of EC$280M and trade deficit EC$450M. Merchandise exports are as low as $90.5M whilst Merchandise imports stand at $536M. The main production sector-agriculture declined by 10.6% in 2010 and Tourism declined by 4.1% in 2009. All these signs point to a collapsing Dominican economy and potential government financial crisis, similar to the one experienced in 2003.”In support of his claim, Prevost quotes from the budget speech of the Prime Minister, “… the overall balance is in deficit of $28.7 million. This figure includes grants. The primary balance which is the main fiscal indicator is also in deficit, at $8.6 million”.He said “the budget summary table on page 35, shows that this deficit is expected to rise by some 50% to about $13 million, in the 2011/2012 fiscal year.”He explained further that the increased budget deficit and increased borrowing all point to a similar contraction to that which plunged Dominica into the jaws of the IMF in 2003, when as a result of reduced govt spending and reduced consumer spending, the economy suffered a decline from which it has never recovered to this day, even with substantial grants from the People’s Republich of China, Venezuela, European Union and the IMF.“This Government has never had any economic compass. Investor Confidence in this Government is at an all time low, hence the its inability to attract credible Foreign Direct Investment. Dominicans must act now to avert further economic disaster. Electoral Reform:- Voter Identification Cards, Clean Voters list, and free and fair elections, are the first steps in rebuilding investor Confidence in Dominica,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share LocalNews Dominica’s economy on the Road Back to IMF says Norris Prevost by: – July 5, 2011 31 Views no discussions Sharing is caring!
MEGHAN CONLIN/Herald photo”We can rebuild him. We have the technology.” That is the famous line attached to the television series, “The Six Million Dollar Man.”When the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team went into their Jan. 18 game against Ohio State, the team, as players and fans knew it, was wrecked. It had lost three players, leaving the team in similar shape to Steve Austin after his plane crash.Not all was lost, however, as every starter was still present and accounted for. The team could rebuild itself. It had the personnel.The Badgers began to lean more and more heavily on the talents of star forward Alando Tucker and electric guard Kammron Taylor. The two juniors had been the conductors of the swing offense symphony up to that point, but now they were forced to pick up an instrument too.Over the course of the next six games, the Badgers lost five contests. In all five defeats, Taylor and Tucker combined to score more than half of the team’s points, three times picking up 63 percent or more of the scoring.After a crushing upset at the hands of Purdue, however, things changed.”It was a gut-check, for sure,” sophomore forward Brian Butch said. “We knew we needed to make a statement … it put us in our place.”UW stopped trying to rebuild and simply focused on playing what the Badgers like to call “Wisconsin basketball.”So what exactly is playing “Wisconsin basketball?” According to the players, it’s playing with confidence and as a team, not hinging success on the abilities of one of two players.”Confidence in some of our guys [is much higher],” Tucker said. “You can see the kind of swagger that we walk out to the court with now. We actually had to go through the tough stretch to make us better, I believe.””Guys are stepping up, and when they shoot they ball they feel like they are going to make the shot now.”Since the low point — and turning point — of losing to Purdue on the road, UW has won three straight, and in all three of the games, the supporting cast around Tucker and Taylor that had been so noticeably absent has played a major role. The twin offensive dynamos have not combined to score over half of Wisconsin’s points in any of the games during the winning streak and haven’t even been the top two scorers in any of the contests.During the revival, senior Ray Nixon and Butch have made some of the biggest plays and are fast developing into the third and fourth consistent scorers the team has so desperately needed.”It’s definitely important,” Taylor said, explaining that when opposing teams scout the Badgers, they now have to focus on multiple offensive threats, which wasn’t the case during the losing streak.In fact, two Big Ten coaches divulged that they had even resorted to playing a “Triangle and two” defense against UW, a tactic rarely seen in collegiate play. The strategy has two players guarded man-to-man while the rest of the defenders set up in a triangle around to basket, leaving much open space to the rest of the offensive players.”Its definitely been key for us,” Taylor said. “The last couple games we’ve been having other guys score, and that has taken the pressure off of [Tucker and I].”Nixon has emerged as a solid offensive option, playing more aggressively on the scoring end than he has at any time in his career.”Ray Nixon, he’s hitting big shots,” Taylor said. “I really think he’s stepped his game up these last couple games. He’s a senior, and now he’s starting to show that senior leadership.”Butch has also stepped up his game significantly. After being hobbled in the Ohio State game that started the slide, Butch was a non-factor in several of the Wisconsin losses. However, since sitting out most of the blowout win over Indiana, Butch has begun to play at the level he was recruited to play at, when he was one of the most sought after prep-stars in the nation.”He’s very important; he gives us a presence down low,” Taylor said. “When you have a presence down low, it helps out the perimeter guys.”Although Jason Chappell hasn’t put up buckets of points, his play has also taken a turn for the better. He netted a career-high seven assists to go along with nine rebounds at Penn State and corralled an additional seven boards versus Ohio State.”At times during that stretch he didn’t even look to shoot it, he wasn’t even a threat,” Tucker said. “But now, he just does a lot of other things. He doesn’t worry about going out and scoring 10 or 15 points a game … He’s not looking to score. That’s one thing Jason never did. He’s looking to just do anything he can to help us on defense and offense.”According to Taylor, even Ryan has lifted up his game to bring the Badgers back to the front of the Big Ten.”With all the things that have gone on with our team this year, with guys leaving and other off the court issues, he has definitely stepped up his coaching and got the players to step up their game and raise their game to another level,” Taylor said. “This is definitely one of his best coaching jobs since he’s been here.”With the rebirth of the balanced Badger attack, Tucker, Taylor and their supporting cast are reveling in the position they find themselves in, proving doubters who said Wisconsin was in a rebuilding year wrong. “I know a lot of people were writing us off in the beginning of the year, but once again Wisconsin is up there with the top teams,” Taylor said.They never had to be rebuilt at all; they just had to find the chemistry.