FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Leaders have decided to have an urgent review of the governance structures of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), as they seek to address frustrations regarding the pace of implementation of decisions taken at regional summits.Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, addresses the press conference which he convened at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, where Heads were assembled for the final day of the 31st Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, which started on July 4.Governance structure has been a major talking point at the 31st Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of CARICOM, now in its final day at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa, in Montego Bay, St. James.Speaking to the regional press media on July 7, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, said Heads of Government received a report from the Community Council of Ministers requesting a review of the institutions of CARICOM, and are of the view that such a step is urgently needed.“We have basically agreed for a body of people to come together, hopefully the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, do a quick assessment based on what they have sent to us as a recommendation and see how far we can get in determining what model to go forward with,” Dr. Douglas informed.A concern expressed by several Heads, including Dr. Douglas and President of Guyana, His Excellency Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, is that there is no body with enough power to implement the decisions made by the leaders.“If we were to have this permanent structure that will continue to work, whether you have a change in government or not, the work continues,” Dr. Douglas argued. He said the body would be empowered to pursue the work of CARICOM on a daily basis with regard to implementing decisions, only consulting the Heads on final decisions for immediate implementation.He said the Heads of Government have agreed to examine the governance structures of other regional groups such as the Organization of American States, the European Union, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, to see whether any aspects of these can be adopted by CARICOM. CARICOM Leaders to Review Governance StructuresPermanent Body Needed to Pursue Issues Daily – Dr. Douglas Governor GeneralJuly 7, 2010 RelatedCARICOM Leaders to Review Governance StructuresPermanent Body Needed to Pursue Issues Daily – Dr. Douglas RelatedCARICOM Leaders to Review Governance StructuresPermanent Body Needed to Pursue Issues Daily – Dr. Douglas Advertisements RelatedCARICOM Leaders to Review Governance StructuresPermanent Body Needed to Pursue Issues Daily – Dr. Douglas
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iStock/Thinkstock(OKINAWA, Japan) — A U.S. Marine who police said had a blood-alcohol content three times the legal level was allegedly involved in an accident on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa that left a 61-year-old Japanese man dead.The unidentified Marine was driving a truck that collided with a small truck at an intersection early Sunday morning in Naha, the main city in Okinawa, police said.Later Sunday, the Japanese Foreign Ministry put out a statement saying that the Marine was “driving under the influence of alcohol” when the collision occurred.“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, expressed its deep regret over this incident and requested that discipline would be strengthened and that measures would be taken to prevent recurrence,” the statement said.The U.S. Marine Corps Installations Pacific said in a statement that the cause of the crash is under investigation, according to Stars and Stripes.“I would like to convey my deepest regret and sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Okinawan man who died as a result of this accident,” Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, commander of Marine Forces Japan and III Marine Expeditionary Force, said in the statement quoted in Stars and Stripes. “We are still gathering facts and working with the Japanese authorities who are investigating the accident and its causes.”The fatal auto incident could rekindle growing opposition in Okinawa to the U.S. military presence there.Last year, the U.S. government relinquished land on its Okinawa military base back to the Japanese government.The move, considered the largest land return by the United States to Japan since 1972, came after swelling protests involving large crowds of Japanese expressed their discontent throughout the summer when a U.S. contractor was brought on charges of raping and then strangling and stabbing a 20-year-old Japanese office worker. That same year, a U.S. Navy sailor was sentenced after being found guilty of pulling a sleeping woman he found in the hallway of his hotel and raping her.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
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??? Preparations are well underway ahead of Ballinrobe’s two day race meeting on Monday & Tuesday May 30th & 31st. Monday’s meeting will be sponsored by Breaffy House Resort. The Castlebar Hotel, one of the leading Hotels in Mayo, has sponsored a race for the past number of years and has decided this year to sponsor all 7 races on the evening. The feature race is the Breaffy House Resort Mares Handicap of €30,000. Wilson Bird General Manager of Breaffy House Resort commented “ Breaffy House Resort are proud to sponsor the seven race card including the Feature Race “The Breaffy House Resort Mares Handicap Hurdle” with a Prize Fund of €30,000.Locally based Ballinrobe Company McHale will sponsor Tuesday evening’s meeting for the third year running. The all national hunt card has become one of the highlights of the racing season at Ballinrobe. The two feature races on the evening are the McHale Mayo National and the McHale Coranna Handicap Hurdle with a prize fund of €30,000 for each race.Padraic McHale, Managing Director of McHale commented “We are delighted to be sponsoring the race day for the third year running. Our relationship with the racecourse has developed greatly over the last 15 years and we are delighted to be involved with the race day on May 31st. Last year proved a great success and a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all. Let’s hope the weather is as good as last year, on May 31st.”John Flannelly, Racecourse Manager said “We are very fortunate to have two high profile Mayo businesses sponsoring this 2 day meeting. We would like to thank them for their continuing support and commitment to the racecourse. It is always a great social occasion and we are looking forward to welcoming a large crowd on both evenings.”The first race on both evenings will start at 6pm.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the athletes of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own student-athlete. To receive honorable mention, an athlete must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors. Honorable Mention: Simone Johnson, McNeese State; Briana McCall, Sam Houston State; Alexia Fortenberry, New Orleans. Women’s Field Athlete of the Week – Demi Payne, Stephen F. AustinOnly one week after claiming the best women’s indoor pole vault mark in NCAA history, Payne broke her own record not once, but twice, Saturday at the New Mexico Lobo Collegiate Open in Albuquerque. The New Braunfels, Texas (New Braunfels H.S.), native didn’t miss a single time on five different height attempts on the day. Payne first broke her own record with a 15-3 jump and then cleared 15-7 on her first run before hanging it up for the day. The senior won her second consecutive meet by more than a foot and has now finished as the top collegiate performer in all three competitions this season. She is now tied for No. 3 on the all-time U.S. women’s indoor performers list and tied for 11th on the all-time world list. No other American has ever jumped higher in the month of January. Payne has been named Division I Women’s National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) the past two weeks for her performances, as well as being named USA Track and Field National Athlete of the Week last week. This marks the second straight week Payne has earned Southland field athlete of the week honors. Honorable Mention: Kierranika Duncan, Nicholls; Nicole Casper, McNeese State; Kara Whitson, Sam Houston State. Women’s Track Athlete of the Week – Verity Ockenden, LamarOckenden took two first place finishes in Birmingham, on back-to-back days at the UAB Vulcan Invite and UAB Green and Gold Invite. The Shaftesbury, England (Swansea University), native led four Lady Cardinals in the top 10 of the 3,000-meter run with a 9:52.29 mark Friday at the Vulcan Invite. Ockenden followed up that performance Saturday at the Green and Gold Invite with a 2:12.41 time in the 800-meter to take first place and place her name third in Lamar’s record books. Her 3000m time ranks second in the league, only behind Lamar’s Leigh Lattimore. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar junior runner Verity Ockenden and Stephen F. Austin senior pole vaulter Demi Payne were selected as Southland Conference Women’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.
Michael Holyfield was dominant in the pain, pulling down 11 rebounds and blocking a pair of shots. He only scored two baskets in the game but they were big. In the final minutes he finished off a pair of alley-oops to put the Islanders away. After a tight first half, the Lions led, 26-24. The largest lead for either team in the first half was three. Southeastern took its three-point lead, 6-3, on an Onochie Ochie jumper at the 16:06 mark. The Wildcats last led, 24-21, at the 4:01 mark on a Harrison Hawkins jumper, but Southeastern tied the game less than a minute later on Justin Lobell’s first career bucket. – Return to Top – – Return to Top – The Bears (1-19, 1-8), who lost to the Privateers by 20 points less than two weeks ago in New Orleans, had three players in double figures, led by Howard with 20 points, his 19th double-figure game in 20 games as a Bear. Junior guard Mike Martin added 15 points and junior center Jake Zuilhof overcame foul trouble to finish with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. The first half was a defensive struggle but the Bearkats managed to jump ahead 26-12 at halftime. Sam Houston held A&M-Corpus Christi to just two made baskets through the first eight minutes of the game. The Islanders only managed five made baskets and a pair of free-throws in the first half. Nicholls will travel to San Antonio for a 7 p.m. matchup with Incarnate Word on Tuesday before returning home to face Southeastern La. at 3:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day in Stopher Gym. Kevin Hardy spearheaded McNeese offensive attack, scoring 21 points in the loss. Guidry finished with team-highs in rebounds (13) and assists (three) to go along with 11 points. – Return to Top – On a night when the first 400 UIW students received t-shirts with senior Denzel Livingston’s #11 on them, Livingston had one of his best all-around games of the season with 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocks. Freshman Traylin Farris was no slouch either on the inside with a season high 20 points, including a pair of thunderous dunks, and six rebounds. Nicholls 70, McNeese State 59THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University men’s basketball team capitalized on an inspired group performance and led by as many as 16 points en route to a 70-59 victory over McNeese State on Saturday night in Stopher Gym. Sam Houston was uncharacteristically bad from the free-throw line, hitting just 15-of-29 from the charity stripe. The Bearkats came into the game making 70 percent of their free throws. New Orleans was 27 of 75 (36 percent) and had just six assists in the game. ACU shot 34.5 percent from the floor (20-of-58), including 34.6 percent from three-point range (9-of-26). The Wildcats converted 3-of-4 from the free throw line (75 percent). Frye led Nicholls, scoring 13 of his career-high 19 points in the second half. He also added four rebounds and a career-high three steals in the win. Sam McBeath filled the stat sheet with a team-high six rebounds to go along with four points, four assists, two blocks and two steals. Liam Thomas finished with 12 points, five boards and a team-leading three blocks on the night. Young, who played only 17 minutes due to an injury early in the second period, dished out a career-high six assists to lead the team. A&M-Corpus Christi stormed back in the second half and shot 50 percent from the field, cutting the Bearkat lead to six on two occasions. One of those occasions was with 1:11 left to play, but the Kats managed to hang on. Sam Houston was outscored 47-41 in the second half. Sam Houston State 67, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 59HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Kaheem Ransom scored a season-high 19 points to lead Sam Houston State to a 65-59 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday at Johnson Coliseum. The win keeps the Bearkats firmly in second place in the Southland Conference. The Colonels shot 51.9 percent from the floor and 75 percent at the free throw line to finish 10 points over their season average of 59.9 points per game in conference play. Nicholls held McNeese to just 31.7 percent from the floor and 26.3 percent from three-point range. The Colonels dominated points in the paint (38-26) and finished with more bench points (23-13), assists (20-10), blocks (8-3) and points off turnovers (16-14) than the Cowboys. DeMarcus Gatlin was the Bearkats second-leading scorer with 14 points, while also totaling nine boards. Dakarai Henderson added 12 points off of the bench, burying four three-pointers. – Return to Top – It took the Islanders until the 3:02 mark to break into double figures. They shot just 23% in the first period, while the Bearkats hit 40% of their shots. Sam Houston led by as many as 16 points. But the Privateers (6-13, 2-8) fought back with repeated drives to the basket and eventually got back in the game. Kevin Brown’s pair of free throws tied the game at 67-67 with 1:57 left, setting up the wild final minutes. Central Arkansas 70, New Orleans 67Nicholls 70, McNeese State 59Sam Houston State 67, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 59Southeastern Louisiana 65, Abilene Christian 52Stephen F. Austin 95, Houston Baptist 59UIW 78, Lamar 72 The win was a long time coming for a team that featured only one returnee from last year’s squad, along with a new coaching staff. How did it feel for the players? SFA dictated the game from the opening tip, opening on an 8-0 run and forcing six of the 21 Husky turnovers across the first three minutes of the game. UIW is back in action on Tuesday for Military Appreciation Night at home against Nicholls at 7 p.m. The Bears took their biggest lead of the season, 18 points, at the 4:00 mark of the first half, and settled for a 36-24 margin at halftime. After hitting 13 three-pointers in Tuesday’s 110-108 loss to Northwestern State, the Bears did not hit their first basket from beyond the arc until the 16:50 mark of the second half. UCA then knocked down two in a two-minute span to push its lead to 15 points. UCA was 4 of 7 from three-point range in the final 20 minutes. Up 14-6, Walkup pushed the Lumberjacks back up by double figures, netting his 12th point on a three-point play with 13:02 on the clock. A 4-0 run by HBU then narrowed the lead to seven points, before SFA responded with a 6-0 run to make it 23-10. The advantage for the Lumberjacks never waned below double-figures the rest of the way in taking a 47-27 advantage into the lockerroom. Southeastern shot 49 percent from the floor (25-of-51), including 35.3 percent from 3-point range (6-of-17). The Lions converted 9-of-14 from the free throw line (64.3 percent) and out-rebounded ACU, 37-31. The Cardinals (13-6, 5-4) have struggled to finish out games in recent weeks, but they played their best down the stretch against the Lamar Cardinals (11-12, 5-6). The visitors led for less than three minutes in the game, but led 69-66 with 4:52 remaining after a jumper by Donovan Ross. Farris and Kyle Hittle scored on back-to-back layups for UIW to reclaim the lead, but Tyran de Lattibeaudiere’s follow up dunk pushed Lamar back on top by one with 3:49 remaining. – Return to Top – The Bears, with their newfound confidence, have nine games remaining, beginning on Tuesday against Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond, La. Upson gave Southeastern the lead for good early in the second half, 28-26, draining a jumper with 18:15 to play. The Lions would extend their lead as high as 16 points, but a Hawkins 3-pointer with 48 seconds left in the game brought the score to its final resting place. Southeastern Louisiana 65, Abilene Christian 52ABILENE, Texas – Senior center DeVonte Upson poured in a career-high 24 points and Southeastern Louisiana snapped a four-game Southland Conference losing streak with a 65-52 win against Abilene Christian at Moody Coliseum. The Lumberjacks will now hit the road for three straight games, starting with Northwestern State on Monday, Feb. 9. SFA and the Demons will meet in a 6:30 p.m. tip inside Prather Coliseum. UIW shot 50.9 percent from the field, made 5-of-15 from three-point range and were 15-of-22 at the foul line. Livingston just missed his fourth double-double of the season. Farris was 7-of-11 from the field and blocked a pair of shots. Hittle finished with 17 points and five rebounds while Walker tallied 11 points. The team committed eight turnovers and forced 13 while outscoring Lamar, 22-10 on points off turnovers. The Bears, who never trailed in the game, broke a 19-game losing streak by holding the Privateers to 36 percent shooting and withstanding a late rally by UNO that cut a 16-point lead to nothing with two minutes to play. UCA then got two free throws from freshman Mathieu Kamba, followed by a huge block by the Calgary, Alberta, native on the defensive end. Freshman guard Jordan Howard then made 1 of 2 at the line and junior center Jake Zuilhof pulled down a defensive rebound to give the Bears their final margin of victory. Out of the break a T.J. Carpenter triple ignited a 14-0 explosion over the opening 3:19 of the second period. Ja’Dante’ Frye put a punctuation mark on the run with a monster dunk in transition, assisted by Young. With 13:44 remaining in the contest, Luka Kamber connected on a shot from beyond the arc to put the Colonels up 47-31. McNeese lived at the charity stripe for the majority of the second frame and pulled within six points after a pair of Desharick Guidry free throws at the 4:04 mark; but the Cowboys would come no closer as Nicholls played keep-away and padded their lead over the final minutes. Cedric Jenkins added 14 points for the Lions. Daniel Grieves chipped in nine points and five rebounds. Zay Jackson and Jimmie Duplessis handed out five assists apiece. SFA held the Huskies without a made basket for 7:58 into the second half and led by as much as 45 points (74-29) en route to the 95-59 final. Hawkins led the Wildcats with 18 points. Austin Cooke added 13 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Walkup paced SFA against the Huskies (10-10, 5-5 SLC), finishing 13-of-15 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the foul line. The native of Pasadena, Texas, also pulled down seven rebounds, dished out a career-best five assists and tied another career-high with three steals. UIW did not score on their next possession, but Hittle picked up a crucial steal that led to a fast break dunk by Livingston with 3:19 to play. Livingston knocked down two free throws on the team’s next possession and then Jontrell Walker scored on a tough layup in the lane to make it a 5-point game. Hittle took a charge on the next defensive possession and then scored on a layup to clinch the game with under a minute remaining. The Lumberjacks outscored HBU 48-28 in the paint, 24-13 off turnovers, 19-13 in second chance opportunities and 8-4 in the fast break. Central Arkansas 70, New Orleans 67CONWAY, Ark. – The University of Central Arkansas Bears tasted victory for the first time this season on Saturday afternoon, taking down the New Orleans Privateers 70-67 in dramatic fashion at the Farris Center. UIW 78, Lamar 72SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Playing in front of their largest home crowd of the year, the University of the Incarnate Word men’s basketball team gave the fans something to cheer about in a 78-72 Southland Conference victory over Lamar University on Saturday night at the McDermott Center. The Colonels (7-13, 4-6 SLC) scored the opening points of the contest before trading baskets with the Cowboys (9-12, 3-7 SLC) over the first eight minutes of play. After a dunk by Travis Julien, Nicholls pushed their lead to five at the 11:24 mark. McNeese responded and tied the game after a Shaun Johnson layup with 7:57 remaining in the half. The Colonels punched back with an 8-0 run, punctuated by an explosive alley-oop dunk by Quinton Thomas off of a feed from Zach Young. The Cowboys answered with an 11-0 run of their own over the final 2:28 of the frame, taking a 27-24 lead at halftime. Parker and junior Clide Geffrard each finished with 16 points. Parker netted 6-of-11 shots, including two from deep, and a pair of free throws, while Geffrard established a new career-high on 6-of-10 shooting with a 3-pointer and three hits from the charity stripe. Southeastern returns to the University Center for a 7 p.m. conference matchup Tuesday against Central Arkansas. Lamar shot 52.6 percent from the field, made 4-of-15 from 3-point range and was 8-for-11 at the foul line. De Lattibeaudiere had 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks to lead the team. Anthony Holliday scored 15 points and Dontavious Sears had 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench. The Bearkats will take a short break from league play to host Texas College Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum. Ransom had a great game on both ends of the floor, leading the Kats in scoring, and guarding A&M-Corpus Christi’s leading scorer John Jordan. The Islander point guard, finished the game with 15 points but scored nine of those points in the final 4:18 of the game. Stephen F. Austin 95, Houston Baptist 59HOUSTON, Texas – Junior Thomas Walkup netted a career-high 34 points and senior Jacob Parker became Stephen F. Austin’s all-time winningest player at the Division I level in a 95-59 win over Houston Baptist on Saturday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. – Return to Top – Parker recorded his 98th career victory for the Lumberjacks (19-3, 9-0 SLC) to surpass former teammate Desmond Haymon, who set the previous mark of 97 wins last season. Upson also hauled in a game-high nine rebounds as Southeastern (6-16, 3-6 Southland) extended ACU’s (9-14, 3-7 Southland) streak to seven losses in-a-row. A freshman from French Settlement, Louisiana, Lobell hit a 3-pointer with 3:08 remaining until halftime to draw the Lions even, 24-24.