Roseau Mayor proposes an increase in environmental levy

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 86 Views   6 comments Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Roseau Mayor proposes an increase in environmental levy by: – June 21, 2012 Mayor of Roseau, Cecil JosephMayor of Roseau, Cecil Joseph, has proposed that the government should increase the environmental levy tax rate with a view to ensuring that Dominica maintains its “nature isle of the world” slogan.He suggested that this should be increased to $7000.00 per vehicles because reconditioned vehicles produce carbon monoxide, which could be responsible for the increase in heat which has been affecting the country.“My reason for saying that is when we look at the ozone layer, persons are complaining of the increased heat that they are now getting and the depletion of the ozone layer….one of the things that deplete the ozone layer is increase in carbon monoxide. We have a pristine country, a pristine city that we all dub the nature isle and nature does not deal with carbon monoxide because it is a dangerous gas”. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless toxic gas which can threatened the health of individuals when exposed to it.The symptoms of this exposure include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue which are often mistaken for the flu. “We have seen an increase number of people complain about migraine headaches, an increased number of people suffering from cancers. If we really take some time off and make research, we can maybe come to a conclusion that it might be because of an increase number of vehicles that we have in Dominica that would give us quite a bit more carbon monoxide”.According to him, many of these reconditioned vehicles were not made for our shores and it might be more a better decision health wise to purchase a new vehicle. He believes that if his suggestion for the increase is implemented, it may lead to a reduction in several illnesses currently affecting the country’s population.“What it would do is make people evaluate between purchasing a new vehicle and a reconditioned vehicle. A reconditioned vehicle has less of life span than that of a new vehicle and I believe that if you’re increasing the cost of the environmental levy, I am almost sure it will bring it close as possible to the cost of a new vehicle”. The government implemented an environmental levy nearly eight years ago on vehicles which were manufactured after 2005. Vehicles less than five years pay a rate of 1% while those older than 5 years pay $3000.00.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Dodgers’ Mookie Betts cherished family time, stayed in shape during quarantine

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Like a lot of us, Mookie Betts tried to find the silver lining in his quarantine time.“It kind of gets overlooked, but those three months were probably the best three months of my life as far as being able to get really close to my daughter and family,” said Betts, ‘girl dad’ to a 20-month-old daughter.Besides the family time, Betts used the quarantine down time to lower his golf handicap and do a lot of fishing. He did not spend a lot of that time in a batting cage honing a swing that has produced a .301 career average and 139 home runs in six seasons, the last four of which landed him All-Star recognition and one American League MVP (in 2018).“To be honest, I stayed in shape, working-out wise,” Betts said. “But honestly, I just didn’t didn’t do a whole lot of baseball activities. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself, hitting in the cage and getting deep not knowing when the season was going to start or even if it was, not having a start date. NOTESDodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged Monday that Gavin Lux and Pedro Baez have not reported to camp. He would not say why. Kenley Jansen and A.J. Pollock have also not reported yet. … The Dodgers’ third pick in this year’s draft (a competitive balance round pick acquired from the Minnesota Twins), Texas Tech right-hander Clayton Beeter, has agreed to a contract for a reported bonus of approximately $1.2 million. The Dodgers have now signed all six of their picks from this year’s draft. SOCIAL CONSCIENCEAs one of the most prominent African-American players in the majors, Betts said he wasn’t impressed with MLB’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement and protest movement for racial justice.“I think baseball did not do a good job of that,” Betts said. “But I think voices were heard and that’s the main thing, that we get our voices heard and to make some changes.”Betts said he sees his mission as a Black baseball player is to help reverse the declining participation among Black athletes. Last year, only 7.7 percent of the players on Opening Day rosters were Black, a far cry from the 18.7 percent as recently as 1981.“I think it’s more of a personal thing that I have to bring baseball into Black  communities,” Betts said. “Obviously MLB can help but I think it’s on us as Black players to bring it to Black communities and kind of make baseball cool because that’s where it’s been disconnected.”NELSON OUTRight-hander Jimmy Nelson is scheduled to undergo lower back surgery Tuesday and will not play this season. The lumbar procedure will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles.Nelson was unable to throw for much of the original spring training session after being signed to a one-year deal as a free agent last winter. His contract included a club option for 2021 that could have changed to a mutual option if he had met some incentives.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “I didn’t have a load of confidence (about the season) starting. I didn’t want to drive myself crazy during those three months. So I just stayed away from baseball.”Betts could have driven himself crazy thinking about the ramifications of the pandemic and an abbreviated season on his own future. The 27-year-old turned down a contract extension offer for $300 million, leading to his trade from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers and cementing his status as the leading man in next offseason’s mega-millions market. Now, he will have just a 60-game season to use as a launching pad into free agency — where a season of decreased revenue could make teams less willing to make big-money investments.“Free agency is on the back burner. That’s nothing that I’m thinking about right now,” Betts said, adding that health and safety issues were more front of mind now.“There’s just a lot going on that needs to be addressed and free agency is not one of them right now. That’ll come. … I don’t regret turning that (extension) down. Once I make a decision, I don’t go back and question myself. So I don’t worry about that. The market will be what the market is. We’ll just kind of cross that bridge when we get there.”Betts admitted that he “had my doubts” at times during the quarantine that he would ever wear a Dodger uniform in a regular-season game. With positive coronavirus tests throughout the majors and testing problems forcing multiple teams to cancel or alter workouts the past few days, Betts said he is still not sure the sport will get through even an abbreviated season.”I can’t say I’m that confident because I haven’t been shown yet,” he said. “There’s not really a whole lot I can do. It’s kind of out of my control. It’s in somebody’s control and whoever controls it has to make it work.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

Steph Curry skeptical he could ever top Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game

first_imgThe question made Stephen Curry smile and shake his head. He showed the same disbelief many have when they watch him play. The Golden State Warriors’ guard and defending regular-season MVP has seemingly made any shot at any angle and from any distance. But he cast serious doubts on accomplishing something else even more miraculous. Could Curry ever break Kobe Bryant’s career-high 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors nearly a decade ago?“Not a chance,” Curry told Los Angeles News Group. “There’s a reason why people are still talking about that game to this day. It’s so special.” Could all those numbers add up to what Bryant did on Jan. 22, 2006?“Steph is a talented enough scorer that you could definitely say it’s a possibility.”said Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton, who played with Bryant during his record-setting night. “But it’s not very realistic. If we’re blowing someone out, he’s going to rest.”Curry needed all 48 minutes to post a career-high 54 points on Feb. 27, 2013 against New York. Curry logged 36 minutes to score a season-high 53 points on Oct. 31, 2015 against New Orleans. Then there marked six games Curry played under 30 minutes this season amid the Warriors coasting to a double-digit victory. Through swarming double teams or rare off nights, Curry can still dish to Klay Thompson, Draymond Green or Andre Iguodala. “If there’s one guy in the league that has a chance of doing it, it would be him,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Curry. “But they’ve got so many weapons that’s it not needed from him to have that type of game to shoot it 40 times.”Curry’s highest volume-shooting output was a 34-point performance against Brooklyn in which he shot 13-of-31 from the field in 44 minutes. Otherwise, Curry has averaged a team-leading 20 field-goal attempts.“A lot of it has to do with our system and the way we play,” Curry said. “Kobe had a reason to get up as many shots as he did in the [Toronto] game. I don’t think anybody will get up 40-plus attempts no matter how hot they are.”But Bryant did. He helped the Lakers overcome an 18-point deficit against the Raptors by going 28-of-46 from the field. With Kwame Brown and Smush Parker in tow, Bryant spent the 2005-06 season carrying everyone with a team-leading 27.2 shots per game. He then averaged a career-high 35.4 points per contest on a 45 percent clip. “You have to be in tip-top shape to do it,” Bryant said. “It takes a lot of energy to carry that for the duration of the game.” Yet, Bryant performed just fine on his record-setting game a day after consuming grape soda and pepperoni pizza. He scored 55 second-half points amid endless pull-up jumpers, layups and dunks. He shot 7-of-13 from 3-point range. He went 18-of-20 from the foul line. “The consistency is just unreal. I know he didn’t have too many weapons on that team. So Toronto was trying to stop him, and they couldn’t figure it out,” Curry said. “It boggles your mind to think how he did that.” Several have thought the same thing about Curry.Just like Bryant once did in March of 2007, Curry became the first player since then to average at least 36 points in a single month. He nailed a 37-footer with .06 seconds left in overtime to beat Oklahoma City. He hit a 40-foot shot to beat a first-quarter buzzer against Miami. He heaved a half-court prayer that sailed into the basket against Orlando. “He shoots the ball from angles that you just don’t shoot,” Scott said. “When he throws it up, sometimes you’re thinking, ‘What is he doing?’ He’s off balance. But the thing that makes him so difficult to guard is that he can make it from anywhere. You have to get up on him.”Good luck. “He moves so well without the ball,” Bryant said of Curry. “You can’t really track him. He doesn’t really isolate so I’m not going to load up on him. He has great shooters around him and passers around him. He’s constantly on the move. Because of that, he has to be the hardest player to defend.” So much that Curry has set the top three single-season 3-point marks of all time. So much that Curry has scored at least 20 points in a quarter five times this season. “It’s fun. You have the ultimate confidence,” Curry said. “You feel like every shot is going in no matter where you are on the court and what kind of defense you see.” All of which left Curry intrigued on whether he could reach Bryant’s milestone if he ignored team dynamics and played as if an NBA game took place on the playground. “You would like to think if I were to try or if I were to get hot after a quarter or two, I would have 50 in 2 ½ quarters,” Curry said. “Maybe you could finish it off. But that’s still pretty crazy to think to have 50. Those are career days for almost anybody.”Well not for Bryant, whose No. 24 jersey number also represents the amount of times he has cracked the 50-point barrier. Hence, the game’s best shooter still struggled to comprehend how anyone could mimic the game’s best scorer. “For him, it was just clicking that night,” Curry said of Bryant’s career game. “There’s no real explanation.”Quotable“It boggles your mind to think how he did that.” — Warriors guard Stephen Curry on Kobe Bryant’s career-high 81 point-gameEditor’s note: This article has been updated to remove a sentence referring to Curry as having the highest scoring quarter in NBA history. Klay Thompson set that record. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Yes, Bryant’s career game still represents the NBA’s second-highest scoring performance behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962. But Bryant does not consider the milestone special enough to think his record will remain sacred. Said Bryant: “It’s just a matter of you have to believe it’s possible.” The Lakers (12-51) enter Sunday’s game against the Golden State Warriors (55-5) at Staples Center with Curry doing what was once considered impossible.He has averaged a league-leading 30.7 points per game despite playing only 33.9 minutes per contest. He has ranked first this season in posting 30-point games (29), 40-point games (11) and 50-point games (three). He shattered his own single-season three-point record (293) still with 22 games remaining. According to NBA.com, Curry has made 3-pointers from basically anywhere, including the right corner (53.3%), the left corner (45.3%) and at the top of the key (46.5%). Very few can guard Curry no matter the distance, including shots from 10-14 feet (54.5%), 15-19 feet (39.7%), 20-24 feet (48%), 25-29 feet (45.9%) and 30-34 feet (58.3%). last_img read more

49ers vs. Rams odds, prediction, betting trends for Saturday night football game

first_imgHere’s everything to know about betting on 49ers vs. Rams in Week 16, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for the Saturday night football game.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports Insider49ers vs. Rams odds for ‘Saturday Night Football’San Francisco 49ers -6.5 vs. Los Angeles Rams, O/U 44The spread has not moved since the line opened on Sunday night, but the total has fallen by a significant margin. Originally, the total was set at 46.5, and that has steadily dropped to 44.49ers vs. Rams all-time seriesSan Francisco has a slight historical edge over its NFC West rival. The 49ers lead the all-time series with the Rams 70-67-3, and they won a whopping 17 straight games during the 1990s. Earlier in the season, San Francisco’s defense came up huge to lead the Niners past the Rams 20-7, allowing Sean McVay’s offense to compile just 10 first downs and 157 total yards.Four trends to know— Almost two-thirds of bettors like San Francisco to cover on Saturday night.— Sharp money is on the under as 66 percent of bets have come in on the over, but the line has continued to drop.— The Rams are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games, but they are 22-46 ATS in their last 68 road games against a team with a winning home record— San Francisco is 7-18-1 ATS in its last 26 games as a favorite and 2-7-1 ATS in its last 10 games against division opponents.Three things to watchSan Francisco’s run defenseThe 49ers have had one of the best defenses in the NFL for most of the season, but the run defense has struggled the last few weeks. The loss of linebacker Kwon Alexander and nose tackle D.J. Jones made this front seven easier to run on, and San Francisco is now allowing 4.6 YPC. Starters strong safety Jaquiski Tartt and defensive end Dee Ford will miss this game due to injury as well, so Todd Gurley and the Rams could find success running the ball.The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the YearAaron Donald has won the last two Defensive Player of the Year awards, and he is having another stellar season. Donald has 11 sacks and 22 tackles for loss in 2019, and his play has opened things up for teammates like Dante Fowler Jr. and Clay Matthews. Opponents constantly double team Donald since he is the most disruptive player in the NFL, but if he can make his impact felt, the Rams could pull off the upset.LA’s receiversThe Rams boast one of the best receiving trios in the league. Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods will both be 1,000-yard receivers if they stay healthy, and Brandin Cooks remains a solid deep threat when he’s on the field. Kupp and Woods have been targeted a combined 236 times, and Jared Goff will constantly be looking their way. The San Francisco 49ers (11-3) surrendered control of the NFC with a loss at home to the Atlanta Falcons last week. That loss put the 49ers behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West, and a second loss to Seattle in Week 17 would send San Francisco on the road for the first round of the playoffs. The 49ers’ attention is on the Los Angeles Rams (8-6) this week though, and a win would put them in position to potentially secure the No. 1 seed in the postseason in their season finale.As for the Rams, they still have a slim chance of making the playoffs, but they need to win out and Minnesota to lose its final two games to sneak into the postseason. The Rams will be favored by more than a touchdown next week against the Arizona Cardinals if they upset the 49ers, and the Vikings have losable games against Green Bay and Chicago to end the year. Player to watchGeorge Kittle is the best all-around tight end in the NFL. Kittle is a devastating run blocker that is constantly finishing his blocks with authority, and he is an excellent pass catcher too. He is coming off his best game of the season last week against Atlanta, and he is the most important person on this offense outside Jimmy Garoppolo.49ers vs. Rams predictionLos Angeles is a live dog in this game due to San Francisco’s injuries. The Rams have a real shot at pulling off the upset, but they don’t have a linebacker that can match up against Kittle. Look for him to be the difference maker.49ers 24, Rams 21last_img read more