OECS regional parliament described as ‘people’s assembly’

first_img Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional OECS regional parliament described as ‘people’s assembly’ by: – March 23, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — Director general of the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Dr Len Ishmael, has described the soon to be OECS regional parliamentary assembly as a “people’s assembly” during a recent visit to St Kitts and Nevis.OECS logo. Photo credit: thewestindiannews.comIshmael, who was in the Federation to update key officials including prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas, on specific OECS matters, explained that the OECS regional parliamentary assembly will be viewed regionally.“The work of the assembly is to debate issues of strategic policy interest to the OECS as a whole before they become law on the level of the region, and so it’s very much a people’s assembly,” Ishmael noted. “So much so, that heads of government will always determine that this is an assembly that will move. It will sit in all the locations and it will be broadcast live. So citizens of the OECS have the right to see and hear what is being debated on their behalf.”The Revised Treaty of Basseterre, which was passed June 18, 2010, established the OECS Economic Union. Ishmael explained that the regional parliamentary assembly will be one of the outcomes of the new treaty considering that it envisages the parliament among its five governance structures or organs. The additional structures are the authority, ministerial councils, the economic affairs council, and the commission. She emphasized that the parliament is pioneering.“It is pioneering for us; we’ve never done it before but we are working towards the inaugural meeting on June 15, 2012, which is soon,” Ishmael emphasized. The treaty requires that every independent country will nominate five members – two are identified in the treaty as being the prime minister or the premier and the leader of the opposition. Non-independent countries will field three members to that assembly.”The OECS director general revealed that Antigua and Barbuda presented a proposal to become the permanent seat of the regional parliamentary assembly and as such will host the first meeting. She outlined that the body would still be allowed to rotate throughout the region. In terms of being citizens of the region, Ishmael made a plea for OECS nationals to have a specific sense of ownership.“Each one of us has to be an ambassador for that cause, I don’t mean formally appointed ambassadors, I mean all of us, all OECS persons must champion and advocate for our strategic interests,” Ishmael stressed.Caribbean News Now 14 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Di Canio wants Colback to sign deal

first_imgSunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has urged defender Jack Colback to sign a new contract with the club and believes the 25-year-old can go on to establish himself as one of the best left-backs in the country. Di Canio said: “Jack is in negotiations but I hope he is going to sign a new contract because it would be difficult for him to find a better club than Sunderland. “I know Jack wasn’t happy in general at the end of last year and I had a chat and told him I don’t want unhappy people here, but he has a big chance this year. “In my opinion Jack is one of the best few left-backs in the country. He has all the characteristic qualities – he is aggressive, tough and intelligent and he can push forward. “It depends on him but I’m very satisfied with the way he played in the last few games. He deserves a new contract and he can have a very good future here.” Di Canio is considering whether to end Wes Brown’s 18-month absence from first-team action against the Gunners on Saturday. Brown has continued to recover well from his long-standing knee injury and played a full part in training this week – but Di Canio admits he has doubts over whether the weekend is the right time for his return. Di Canio said: “Wes is looking much better than he did last week and this is a good signal, so I am going to decide tomorrow what to do with him. “Wes is very close. It was important he had a good session with the rest of his team-mates and I will decide if he going to be involved in this game – which is a hard game – after so many months out.” Press Associationcenter_img Colback is currently considering his future with the club amid fears his first-team plans could be limited by the transfer deadline day arrival of former Liverpool full-back Andrea Dossena. But Di Canio is determined to keep hold of Colback, who is likely to keep his place against Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on Saturday with Dossena still a week away from achieving match fitness. last_img read more

Twenty-four strong to compete at today’s GAPLF Masters/Intermediate Championships

first_imgTHE St Stanislaus College Auditorium will ring out with grunts, cheering and the clanging of weights today when 24 athletes in the Intermediate and Masters Categories compete for top honours in the Guyana Amateur Power Lifting Federation’s (GAPLF) Masters/Intermediate Championships.They will bid to outdo each other in the three lifts – squat, bench press and deadlift.The Masters category will pit the likes of Edwin Spencer, Frank Tucker, Noel Cummings and Franklyn Brisport-Luke against one another.Flight A will take off at 10:00hrs, while Flight B will begin at 14:30hrs. Weigh-in time is set at 08:30hrs and athletes are urged to be punctual.Sponsors on board include Banks DIH Limited under their Tropical Mist brand and the ever-present Fitness Express, back in action.Meanwhile, according to GAPLF president Ed Caesar, Trinidad and Tobago’s International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) Category Two Referee, Gabre McTair, will be present as a special guest of the GAPLF for today’s event.last_img read more

Volleyball prepares for Pac-12 Challenge

first_imgTal Volk | Daily TrojanOn a roll · Senior libero Taylor Whittingham serves during the Radisson Classic. The Trojans look to continue their six-match win streak Thursday.After a rocky start to the season, No. 21 women’s volleyball looks to Thursday and Friday’s games at the Pac-12 Challenge. The Women of Troy have won their past six matches, and will face Oklahoma (9-1) and Maryland (7-2) at the Pac-12 Challenge at the Galen Center. Oklahoma, on Thursday, appears to be the most difficult. The Sooners have only lost one game this season, and the Trojans will have to rely on film since they have  never seen Oklahoma play live this season. They will, however, have the chance to see Maryland play before they face them on Friday. Head coach Mick Haley said that Maryland is a more physical team that faced many injuries last year, so they may not necessarily know what to expect from them. Haley explained how the goals for the team will remain constant throughout the season — to see less errors and to compete at a higher athletic level. He noted that the team is bonding closer together. “We’re starting to get to know each other a little better,” Haley said. “We’re getting more organized, which means we can play using our system.”The Trojans have many newcomers, such as freshman Khalia Lanier, who has stepped up in her role as outside hitter. Haley said the team’s 0-3 start was not ideal, but the Trojans are dealing with it well. They are becoming tighter as a group, which helps the team learn to trust one another and work together more cohesively. Senior middle blocker Elise Ruddins echoed Haley’s statement. She explained how the beginning of season was a little rougher than they wanted, but they were still trying to work out the kinks in their team. “Practice went well after that first tournament,” Ruddins said. “Everyone is connecting better and beginning to buy into our team’s standards.”Both Haley and Ruddins said that the attitude at practice has been a tenacious one. Both returning and new players are holding each other accountable to the team’s standards and game plan. However, the Trojans could still use some work in regard to the communication between their setters and hitters. “It is important for the hitters to get into groove with the setter on court to finish stronger,” Ruddins said. Overall, Haley believes many members of the team are coming together. The first he mentioned were his middle blockers. In addition to Ruddins, junior Jordan Dunn has become much more competitive, while sophomore Madison Murtagh can play both middle and right side. The setters are becoming more comfortable with the offense, while senior libero Taylor Whittingham is reliable on defense. “With a combination of the setters getting better, the hitters scoring, and the middles starting to pound, we will see success,” Haley said. USC’s first match against Oklahoma on Thursday will begin at 8 p.m.last_img read more

Clippers sale agreement would make Shelly Sterling ‘Clippers Number 1 Fan’ for life

first_imgThe term sheet from that sale states that Shelly can spin 10 percent of the organization into a foundation “dedicated to benefiting children, minorities, abused women, and other causes,” and could be named The Shelly Sterling Foundation. Sterling would run the foundation, and she and Ballmer would each have the right to appoint six members to its board of directors.Sterling would not control any part of the Clippers’ management or operations. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a Sunday press conference that he encouraged Sterling to start a foundation with proceeds from the sale.However, Sterling must decide by Sunday whether or not to hold the 10 percent or some smaller share of the Clippers in a foundation, with that $2 billion price tag decreased accordingly. If she does not, 100 percent of the franchise will be sold to Ballmer.Ballmer also has a 90-day window to buy back the percentage upon Sterling’s death. In addition to her two titles as fan and owner, Sterling will also receive a number of lifetime perks as part of the sale agreement.She will receive a pair of courtside tickets for all Clippers games at Staples Center, including 10 tickets in section 101 or 111. She will get 12 VIP passes to each game, as well as six parking spaces in the Lot C Garage. The deal also applies should the Clippers move to a different arena.If the Clippers win the NBA title, Sterling will receive three championship rings.But the term sheet itself also conditioned in part “on the absence of injunction, restraining order or other governmental order or action” that could challenge the sale.Donald Sterling is still contesting the sale of the team he has owned since 1981. Shelly Sterling is pushing the sale by declaring herself sole trustee, citing neurologists’ findings that her husband was mentally incapacitated, a claim denied by Donald Sterling’s attorneys.Shelly Sterling’s attorneys asked a Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Wednesday to confirm her right to sell the Clippers. A hearing is set for July 7. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img For the rest of her life, Shelly Sterling will officially be known as “Clipper’s Number 1 Fan” and “Owner Emeritus.”That was one of several stipulations in the binding term sheet the Clippers owner signed with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, one that also detailed how Sterling could spin off a portion of the franchise into a charitable foundation.The sale agreement was made public after it was submitted to the court Wednesday by Shelly Sterling’s attorneys, who are seeking confirmation of her legal authority to sell the team without husband Donald Sterling’s consent.Shelly Sterling has the option to keep up to 10 percent of the Clippers in a charitable foundation, according to the binding term sheet she signed with Ballmer. Although she is still embroiled in a legal dispute with her husband over control of their family trust — and consequently, control of the team — Shelly Sterling agreed to sell the team to Ballmer on May 29 for a record $2 billion.last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgAll protocols observed, acknowledgement/recognition, I bring you warm greetings from volunteers, staff and board of directors, Messengers of Peace- Liberia Inc (MOP). Thank you to the graduating class and St. Teresa Convent Catholic School family for this invitation to speak on our contribution to peace as women of the future. I am greatly honored, humbled and greatly privileged to be asked to speak with you on this very important happy occasion. It is indeed a joyous occasion and one that we should all be proud of. I can’t believe how quickly time flies by. Ten years ago, I was seating right here, ready; and just like you, ready to graduate and never for one moment thought a return to my Alma-Mater would be possible. Let me confess, I get goose bumps standing before you.I would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the administration of St. Teresa Convent, the teachers; some of whom I still recognize, for the knowledge they impact in us and for going beyond the call of duty.Allow me to commence by offering my heartfelt congratulations to the 41 students graduating from St. Teresa Convent class of 2014/2015 for achieving this milestone. Congratulations also go to the proud family members and friends who have faithfully stood by you as you studied.In delivering this address, permit me to use of the indispensable tools of impacting information, storytelling. Liberia, as you are all aware, is in transition phase of nation building and sustainable peace following a thirteen year of unbroken peace. Liberia needs you for sustainable peace.As you enter into another phase of development, the challenges, my young ladies, are huge. You will agree with me that the world is changing. Change is necessary, but could be painful and challenging. Ten years ago, there were 17 conflicts, with varying degrees of form and intensity, in Africa alone. The consequences of these conflicts vary, and Liberia is not isolated.There is global warming, religious intolerance, cultural indifference, and paradigm shifts in our social orientation. We are confronted daily with an escalation of violent extremism among young people.Liberia as a nation has been inundated with high levels of corrupt practices; fueled to a larger extent by favoritism, social class, color and complexion, IQ and not necessarily by EQ. You will, like many of us are, be appalled by the scale of sexual violence including rape, human trafficking, harassment and intimidation in all areas of life including but not limited to your pursuit for further education, employment, career growth and sports. As girls, there would be other challenges and temptations but these problems should not deter us and our diversity should not be our weakness, but should be our strength. The opportunities, as presented by the UNSCR # 2250, are many and we should take advantage of this resolution.Our contributions, either as individuals or groups, to peace as women of the future would be defined by how we tackle and manage these challenges. The tasks before us are by no means daunting, but not impossible; peace, my dear friends, is possible. We just need to start with ourselves. We also need to sharpen our emotional intelligence. As the saying goes in the Liberia colloquial; “Shine your eyes.” Be true to yourself and refrain from activities and behaviors that others, like the St. Teresa Convent, would frown upon.Young women don’t criticize others;they take action.Be good ambassadors of this great school. Remember, you have been found worthy in learning and character. Spare a thought for Liberia and act with your head on your shoulder. Ellen DeGeneres sums it all up. I quote “Success is to live your life with integrity and to not give in to peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not.” end of quote.Until next year, when we come back to you to sponsor a peace child for Summer Camp 2017, and until (next) week when we continue with our dialogue among peace messengers by bringing to you part two of this statement, it’s peace first, peace above all else. May Peace Prevail in our time!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more