Haitian deportation a ‘human rights issue’

first_img Tweet (Photo credit: www.foxnews.com)Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has described a decision by the Dominican Republic to deport people of Haitian descent as a major human rights issue.The Dominican Republic gave a deadline of 17 June 2015 for people of Haitian descent to apply for legal residency. Hundreds of people, mostly low-wage workers from neighbouring Haiti, waited in line for hours to submit residency applications under a registration initiative that began last June.The Dominican Republic has said migrants who can prove they entered the country before October 2011 can qualify for legal residency. Otherwise they could face deportation.“What has happened is that you have people of Haitian descent who were born in the Dominican Republic, who by a decision of the Supreme Court, denied them, stripped them off of their right to citizenship in the Dominican Republic,” Mr Skerrit said on Tuesday 23 June at his monthly briefing with the press. Mr Skerrit said CARICOM had received a commitment from the Dominican Republic government that they had taken action to regularize those citizens.Officials say only about 10,000 of the estimated 500,000 people who fall into this category have been able to provide sufficient documentation to qualify.“But the timeframe which they gave and the onerous request which they were making of the applicants, make it impossible for the vast majority of those citizens to apply for their citizenship,” the Prime Minister said.“The Dominican Republic has taken a decision to deport tens of thousands of Dominican Republic citizens back into Haiti with no address in Haiti, with no family links in Haiti because some of them have been there for so many years,” he continued.Several students, who have been denied access to school, are also affected by this decision, in addition to elderly citizens.Prime Minister Skerrit said CARICOM believes that “this is not an immigration issue, this is not about somebody in your country who does not have papers and the person is not regularized, doesn’t have a work permit and therefore you deport him,” rather, it is a human rights issue which all citizens and countries must speak out against and condemn.“We believe and we maintain that this is a human rights issue and Amnesty International and the International Human Rights Courts have all ruled and given their opinion on this matter”.“I believe that we as citizens of the world must be cognizant of these issues and to raise our voice in condemnation that it is unbecoming of any society to render these thousands of people stateless,” PM Skerrit said. Share Sharing is caring! 110 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Haitian deportation a ‘human rights issue’ by: Dominica Vibes News – June 23, 2015 Share Sharelast_img read more

Resident move into new homes in Bellevue Chopin

first_img Share Share LocalNews Resident move into new homes in Bellevue Chopin by: – December 11, 2018 Share Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Housing, Lands and Water Lucien BlackmooreThirty eight  families were allocated with residential units last week in the Petite Savanne Resettlement in Bellevue Chopin.These 38 families consisted of 176 persons in all and with family sizes of an average of 5 to 6 persons.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of  Housing, Lands and Water Lucien Blackmoore said the handing over of the housing units was the first phase of families moving into the new development.The residential units handed over were four and three bedroom type buildings.Mr. Blackmoore said that more residential units will be handed over in the upcoming year to more families.Mr. Blackmoore said that Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit made an announcement that a street in the new settlement would be named after Dr. Kenneth Darroux the representative of Petite Savanne.center_img 716 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

A Look at the Week Ahead for Cleveland State Vikings Athletics

first_imgMen’s Basketball• CSU (2-5) plays two games this week, hosting Western Michigan at 7:00 pm on Wednesday (Dec. 7) at Quicken Loans Arena and traveling to No. 15 Purdue for a 12:00 pm contest on Saturday (Dec. 10).• The Vikings split two games last week, falling at Arkansas State on Wedensday and defeating Bethune-Cookman, 73-62, on Saturday at the Q.• Demonte Flannigan averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in the two games, including a 21-point, nine rebound effort in Saturday’s win over B-CU. It was his fifth career 20-point game.• Rob Edwards scored 19 points in the win over B-CU and is ranked seventh in the Horizon League in scoring at 16.1 points per game.Women’s Basketball• Cleveland State (3-4) will continue the 2016 season with two games this week, traveling to Eastern Illinois for a  midweek contest on Wednesday, December 7 before hosting Notre Dame College on Saturday, December 10.• The Vikings went 1-1 at the Navy Classic over the weekend falling to Navy (88-63) in the opening game, before picking up a 69-65 victory over Richmond in the second contest.• Ashanti Abshaw was named to the Navy Classic All-Tournament Team, after averaging 25.0 points per game on the weekend, including a 30-point performance against Richmond.Swimming & Diving•  CSU returns to action this weekend as it hosts Canisius in a dual meet on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1:00 p.m. in the final event of the calendar year for both teams.• The CSU men won the Magnus Cup in their last competitive action (Nov. 18-20) for the third consecutive season, as they accrued 1,608.5 points.• Senior Philipp Sikatzki broke the school record in the 200 IM, reset two pool records and notched NCAA ‘B’ cut times in four events. Sophomore Tommi Wolst book the school record in the 200 backstroke and surpassed two NCAA ‘B’ standards.• The CSU women finished fourth of 14 teams at the Magnus Cup with 800.5 points at the Magnus Cup, their best finish at the meet since 2013.• Sophomore Molly McNamara broke the school record in the 100 fly, with a ‘B’ standard, and also won the 200 fly. Junior Tobie Zeller won the 100 breaststroke for the Vikings.Volleyball• Cleveland State (25-6) finished the 2016 season with a 25-6 record after falling to Arizona in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament last weekend.• The Vikings were making their fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and their second straight, after capturing the 2016 Horizon League Regular Season and Tournament titles.• This marked the seventh 20-win season under head coach Chuck Voss and the 16th 20-win campaign in program history.Wrestling• Cleveland State (1-2) continues action this Sunday, Dec. 11, as it travels to Eastern Michigan to compete in a tri-dual agains the host Eagles and Big Ten foe Indiana.• The Vikings had 11 wrestlers compete at the Storm Open last weekend at Lake Erie. Sophomore Evan Cheek (141) and redshirt junior Nick Corba (184) both won the titles in their respective weight classes.• Freshman Devon Pingel took second at 174, as his lone loss was to a returning All-American from Ohio State. Six Vikings placed among the top six at the event.VIKING OF THE WEEKEvan Cheek| Sophomore | Wrestling | Milan, OhioCheek claimed the 141 pound title at the Storm Open over the weekend, winning all four of his matches to improve to 8-3 this year. He earned a seven-point win in his opening match, won by technical fall in the quarterfinals and earned a 15-1 major decision in the semifinals. In the championship, Cheek claimed an 18-8 major decision.OTHER TOP PERFORMERSAshanti Abshaw | Jr. | Women’s BasketballNamed to Navy Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 25.0 ppg and shooting 53-percent from the floor in two games.Demonte Flannigan | Sr. | Men’s BasketballAveraged 17.5 points in two games last week, including a 21-point, nine rebound effort in Saturday’s win.Nick Corba | Junior | WrestlingWent 4-0 at 184 pounds at the Storm Open to claim the title, his second title of the season and improve to 10-2 this year.THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULEWednesday, Dec. 7Women’s Basketball at Eastern Ill. | 4pmMen’s Basketball hosts Western Mich. | 7pmSaturday, Dec. 10Men’s Basketball at Purdue | 12pmWomen’s Basketball hosts Notre Dame (OH) | 1pmWomen’s Swim/Dive hosts Canisius | 1pmMen’s Swim/Dive hosts Canisius | 1pmSaturday, Dec. 11Wrestling at Eastern Michigan | 12pmWrestling vs. Indiana | 12pm Related TopicsCleveland State Vikings Matt Loedecenter_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.last_img read more

Germaine de Randamie Stripped of UFC Featherweight Women’s Title Belt

first_img Vince McKee Related TopicsCris “Cyborg” JustinoHolly HolmMMARonda RouseyUFC The UFC has stripped their current Women’s Featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie due to her refusal to fight mandatory number one challenger Christine “Cyborg” Justino.The UFC released this statement earlier this morning on the matter.“UFC has informed Germaine de Randamie and her management team that she is being removed as the women’s featherweight champion due to her unwillingness to fight the No. 1 ranked contender, Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino,” the UFC said on its website. Subsequently, top contender Justino will face newly signed Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson for the UFC women’s featherweight title in the co-main event of UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2, July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.UFC maintains that any champion is expected to accept fights against the top contenders in their respective weight classes in order to maintain the integrity of the sport.”Cris “Cyborg” Justino will meet Megan Anderson to lay claim to the UFC featherweight championship after Germaine de Randamie was stripped of the belt. This will now give Cyborg to capture the one belt that has always eluded her throughout her dominant career. She has held the Strikeforce and Invicta FC titles. Initially, the Featherweight division was created for her to face Holly Holm, but a number of issues derailed that. Those issue included health and an anti-doping violation charge, which led the UFC to match de Randamie against Holly Holm for the inaugural featherweight title instead.Amazingly enough, de Randamie has recently declared that she would not put her belt on the line against Cyborg because she was a “proven cheater.” When in all irony, it was de Randamie who used late strikes after the bell several times in her match with Holm to win the title in the first place.As for her opponent, Megan Anderson, she won the interim Invicta FC featherweight title early this year by defeating Charmaine Tweet. She was then promoted to champion when Cyborg relinquished the Invicta FC championship in March to intensify her pursuit of the UFC title. The irony in all of this is off the charts.It will be interesting to see where we go next.last_img read more

Financing concerns still clouding Japan IR future

first_img RelatedPosts Suncity Group, Bloomberry Resorts unveil Wakayama IR visions The tight regulations set to govern Japan’s IR industry threaten to cloud the ability of operators to secure the funding they will need for IR development, according to financial industry leaders.The issue of financing proved a key topic of discussion on the opening day of this year’s Japan Gaming Congress at Conrad Tokyo, with multiple stakeholders expressing concern over the industry’s ability to flourish under the regulations currently outlined under the national government’s IR Development and Promotion Ordinance. Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Load More Among the rules and regulations already announced is a limit on the casino floor space to a maximum 3% of the IR facility, minimum hotel space of 100,000 square meters, a JPY6,000 (US$56) entry fee for locals and a tax rate of 30%. The government has also promised that licenses will be have to be renewed every three years and land leases every seven.“Due to the huge disconnect between what the Japanese government will write into legislation and what the Japan megabanks are saying they require in order to underwrite a project financing loan, there will be difficulty in obtaining traditional integrated resort mortgage loan financing from local lenders,” said David Bonnet, Managing Partner at Delta State Holdings Ltd.“That being said it creates a huge opportunity for global investment banks to raise senior bonds on a global level.“There are significant opportunities for a number of investment groups but the structure needs to be different from what we are discussing today.”Kentaro Maruta, Partner at KPMG Tokyo, said the national government will almost certainly require a commitment letter from a financial institution to accompany any operator bid. However, with IR financing usually involving short-term loans at high interest rates, the “lack of clarity” over their ability to repay loans quickly remains a sticking point.“There areso many challenges that impact the profitability of an IR in Japan – construction is expensive, they need substantial HR resources and 30% tax is very high, so this can also impact investment,” Maruta said.John Corrigan, Executive Director of Lodging and Gaming at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, said he expects operators to assume a 50-50 equity versus debt ratio, with total investment in a metropolitan IR expected to be as high as US$10 billion.However, Bonnet noted that operators were well-versed in dealing with such problems.“If there is any concern I would say operators will overcome it,” he said.“The basic concern for lenders is when are they going to get their money back? At the moment, with the discretionary type of approvals (for new IR and land licenses), there is not a lot of clarity there so of course the banks see risk. It’s a little bit unusual in this industry to see the lenders acting so risk-averse.“But it will be overcome. This is a high return business so if the operators can’t secure loans they’ll get equity. If they say to someone ‘We’ll give you equity in a monopoly license in Japan’ they’ll quickly be signing up.” Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR movelast_img read more