Dominicans Stranded In French Caribbean Islands As France Closes Borders

Posted On Aug 31 2020 by

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – Dominican authorities were scrambling on Tuesday to bring home hundreds of nationals left stranded in French Caribbean islands after French President Emmanuel Macron announced a closure of external borders in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.“As of noon, external borders of the European Union and the Schengen area will be closed,” Macron said in a televised address to the nation, adding that “all travel between non-EU countries and the European Union will be suspended for 30 days”.“We need to be able to protect ourselves and curb the spread of this virus,” Macron said on Monday night after cases in France reached 6,633.The announcement by Macron has led to the cancellation of the daily ferry service between Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and St Lucia.The operators of Val Ferry, which is providing transportation between the French Antilles and Dominica and St Lucia, said the efforts now are to get passengers out of the various islands back to their homeland.”Leroy Charles said that for Val Ferry, the priority also is to save lives as a result of the COVID-19.“No monetary gain can come from it. Whatever the impact is for Val Ferry, the most important thing is that we are saving lives and in light of this pandemic we have absolutely no problem with moving ahead with what the President of France decided to close the borders.“So it will impact the hucksters, the hospitality sector, even the government in terms of departure taxes, the diaspora, but the overall mission is to actually get people safe. We are concerned about Dominicans that are stuck in the French Antilles…and how are we going to get them back home because people move across to the French Antilles every week.”He said Val Ferry have suspended all calls to Dominica with immediate effect and in order to deal with getting Dominicans back home, “we may have to deal with that at a higher level.”The operations supervisor of L’Express Des isles, Hans Victor, said the ferry service is being withdrawn with immediate effect.“The ferry services on the international line and that would be Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica and St Lucia have been suspended until further notice,” he said, adding that arrangements are being to try to get passengers affected by the “sudden decision” back to their home countries.“The French Embassy is in discussion with us…in order to put something in place to get French citizens out of Dominica and at the same time we are looking to piggyback on that effort to get Dominicans who are stuck in Martinique, Guadeloupe and St Lucia to get them back home”.While Dominica has not reported any case of the COVID-19, St Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe have both recorded cases of the virus for which there is no vaccine.last_img read more

NFL notes: Niners give CB extension

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by
first_imgCornerback Walt Harris completed a two-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday. Harris, an 11-year veteran who earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in his first season with the 49ers, led the NFC with eight interceptions. The extension keeps Harris with San Francisco through 2009. Fowler had signed a four-year offer sheet from Philadelphia on Sunday. But the Titans, who visited with the linebacker last week before he went to Philadelphia, topped that deal Monday, and his agent Alan Herman said Fowler signed the offer sheet. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Fowler has played in 33 games with three starts, including the 2005 season finale when he had a team-high nine tackles. He led Dallas with 24 special teams tackles last season. If the Cowboys decline to match Tennessee’s offer, the Titans would not have to compensate them because Fowler entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent. Arizona assistant fired: The Arizona Cardinals fired wide receivers coach Richie Anderson, four days after his arrest in a police prostitution sting operation. Anderson, a fullback in the NFL for 13 seasons, was hired by new Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt in January. Anderson, 35, was arrested Thursday on an accusation of soliciting an undercover Phoenix police officer posing as a prostitute. After starring on a mediocre defense last season, Harris will have plenty of competition in training camp this summer. The 49ers signed free-agent cornerback Nate Clements to an eight-year, $80 million deal earlier in the month, so Harris will compete for a starting job with Shawntae Spencer, who got a contract extension last fall. Titans make offer to LBFowler: The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms on an offer sheet with restricted free agent linebacker Ryan Fowler, a deal the Dallas Cowboys will have seven days to match. center_img Signings: Offensive tackle Wade Smith, who played in nine games with the Jets last season, re-signed with New York. … The Detroit Lions agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free agent receiver Shaun McDonald. … The Buffalo Bills re-signed free agent running back Anthony Thomas. … The Washington Redskins re-signed backup defensive lineman Ryan Boschetti. Jags’ receiver charged: Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Charles Sharon was charged with stealing a handgun that police said was found under the seat of the player’s sport utility vehicle during a drug-related search. Sharon and a companion were arrested Saturday after a Tampa police officer noticed the odor of marijuana coming from Sharon’s SUV parked in the Ybor City entertainment district, a police report said. Smith joins ESPN: Former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith has been hired by ESPN as a studio analyst for its NFL pregame coverage. Smith, the National Football League’s all-time leading rusher, will appear on the network’s NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown shows. He will also appear as an analyst on ESPN Radio and, the network announced. `Big Cat’ dies: Ernie “Big Cat” Ladd, who played on championship professional football teams before finding more lucrative success in pro wrestling, has died in Grambling, La. He was 68. Ladd played in the America Football League and is a member of the World Wrestling Federation Hall of Fame. He died Saturday after a long bout with cancer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img