New US Ambassador appointed to Dominica

first_img Share 15 Views   no discussions Share (L to R) H.E President Nicholas Liverpool, H.E Ambassador Larry Leon PalmerHis Excellency Larry Leon Palmer is the new U.S. Ambassador to Dominica.The Ambassador presented his letters of credence to Dominica’s Head of State H.E. Dr. Nicholas J.O Liverpool on Wednesday during a ceremony at the President’s Office in Morne Bruce.The US Ambassador told the President that it was an honour to present his credentials as President Obama’s personal representative, an Ambassador of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of Dominica.“Our two nations have shared a deep and abiding friendship that rest on our shared history and common commitment to democratic principles, independent and a free market economy.”Ambassador Palmer stated that the two countries have shared a long and vibrant history which goes back centuries earlier.He says, “Some of our first settlers among the ship God Speed bound for Jamestown spent three days in Portsmouth in March 1607. It is a source of great pride that our relationship has remained strong over the years and on behalf of President Obama, I would like to express the deep value we place on our continuing friendship with the Commonwealth of Dominica and our ongoing commitment to working with you as equal partners. The United States has been with the Commonwealth of Dominica from the beginning and we will always be with the Commonwealth of Dominica.”“Our two nations share a commitment to democratic ideals and strategic interests that span issues of human rights, regional security, socio-economic development and global climate change. As partners, our work on these important issues is based on mutual respect and a mutual interest to better the lives of Dominicans and Americans alike. I’m specially heartened by our productive partnership to increase citizen safety and reduce illicit trafficking through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.”Dominica’s President H.E. Dr. Liverpool welcomed the new US diplomat to the island and says he is hopeful that this will lead to the continuation of relations between Dominica and the United States of America.“We look forward to the strengthening of mutual cooperation in the areas of common interest and to even closer ties as we continue in our search for a brighter future for us all. Since the formalizing of ties between our countries in 1979, Dominica has been the beneficiary of assistance from the United States of America. This has greatly contributed to our national development efforts. It is my sincere hope that Dominica will continue to benefit from your country’s expertise and that of your people and the opportunity of building and deepening international goodwill.Together we can continue working to expand our trade and investment opportunities and cooperate effectively to protect and preserve the environment and explore cooperation in the areas of agriculture and education… We are grateful for the assistance that the Government of the United States of America extends through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative… Our cooperation with your country in the Nation Arena can be counted upon.”H.E. Palmer is the 16th US Ambassador to Dominica.Government Information Service LocalNews New US Ambassador appointed to Dominica by: – June 2, 2012center_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Janus scoring when it counts

first_imgWhen the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team faced a setback this weekend in a loss to Michigan that effectively eliminated the Badgers from the Big Ten regular season title contention, senior forward Nick Janus wasn’t the problem.Janus tallied yet another goal this weekend against Michigan, providing a spark for the Badger team before they finally fell to the Wolverines. The goal was Janus’ seventh of the year, making him the leading goal scorer for Wisconsin.Janus, a senior from Deer Park, Ill., has not been anything short of astounding this year for the Badgers despite a slow start. Janus didn’t make a mark on the score sheet until four games in when he scored his first goal of the year against South Florida on Sept. 12. Since that game, Janus has scored seven goals in 10 games. Along with two assists, Janus leads the team with 16 overall points.Janus has exceeded even the high expectation set for him when head coach John Trask brought him into the program at Wisconsin.“[Nick] adds elements that any good soccer team needs,” Trask said. “With outstanding physical tools and good ideas, he should complement the other attacking players we have well.”His seven goals this season make up just more than a quarter of the Badgers’ 27 goals of the season, making Janus one of the most pivotal members of the Wisconsin offense.Janus’ impressive goal-scoring ability has landed him on the top of the charts in the Big Ten. Janus is currently third in both goals scored and points per game in the conference behind only Northwestern’s Joey Calistri and Michigan State’s Tim Kreutz.Janus is also not only an effective striker but an efficient one. Despite being one of the conference’s top scorers, he has only taken the eighth most shots in the conference. Seven other players have more shots than Janus while he has been able to outscore all of them except Calistri and Kreutz.“The coaches have been talking about not squandering goal-scoring opportunities this year,” Janus said. “I think we have been doing a really good job of being efficient offensively this year.”Janus has chosen the right moments to score this year too — something Wisconsin has grown accustomed to especially at home. His ability to step up for the Badgers in close situations, and score three game winners, has landed him on the list, tied with five other Big Ten players, for most game-winning goals.Janus not only is scoring goals, but is leading the team by scoring goals. One of John Trask’s four captains for the season, he leads by example when the Badgers are in a bind.“Janus is a great leader out there,” Trask said. “His control of the field and understanding of the game make him a powerful weapon on the field.”Out of his seven goals this season, five of them have been the Badgers’ first goal of the game, while three of them ended up being the Badgers’ only goal in the game. When Wisconsin fell behind Penn State 1-0 early in their matchup earlier this month, Janus was able to put away the equalizer and give life to the restless Badgers.A similar situation occurred just this weekend against Michigan. After going down 1-0 to the Wolverines, Janus helped Wisconsin fight back and tallied a quick goal just 11 minutes after Michigan’s first blow.Against Marquette, Janus was able to redirect a cross from last year’s leading goal scorer Chris Prince into the net for the one and only goal of the game as Wisconsin defeated their in-state rivals for the first time in five years.Trask clearly understood he could trust Janus with the game on the line as he sent Janus to the dot to take a penalty kick that would end up sealing Wisconsin’s victory against Drake the next week.With five games remaining, it’s evident that all of Wisconsin scoring records of the early 1980s remain safe, but that doesn’t detract from what Janus has been able to accomplish this year. If he is able to reach 10 goals, he will tie the record for the Badgers in the last 10 years and, even more importantly, he will be part of an effort by Wisconsin to make a late season push to the NCAA tournament.The prospects are looking a bit more likely as Wisconsin continues to climb in the RPI and polls, but the future is still uncertain.If the Badgers do make the tournament, their goal from the onset of the year, it will be their first NCAA tournament appearance since they won the championship in 1995. And leading Wisconsin’s offensive charge will be their top goal scorer, Nick Janus.last_img read more