Share St Kitts-Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas (R) congratulates Premier Joseph Parry and at the swearing-in ceremony of NIA ministersCHARLESTOWN, Nevis — At a ceremony attended by the prime minister of St Kitts-Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas, the five ministers of the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) were officially sworn in on Tuesday.Joseph Parry remains Premier and Minister of Finance, Statistics and Economic Planning, Education and Library Services, Human Resources, Tourism and Labour.Hensley Daniel will serve as the island’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Gender, Social Affairs, Youth and Sports, Community Affairs, Trade, Industry, Culture and Telecommunications.Robelto Hector will serve as Minister of Communications, Works and Public Utilities, Posts, Physical Planning, Natural Resources, Environment, Agriculture, Lands, Housing, Cooperatives and Fisheries.Junior Minister, Carlisle Powell, will maintain his responsibilities for Communications, Works and Public Utilities, Posts, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Environment while fellow Junior Minister, Dwight Cozier, was sworn in to retain responsibility for the Ministry of Trade and Industry with special focus on Trade, Consumer Affairs, Industry, Import and Export Control.Following the oath of allegiance, oath of office and oath of secrecy, Parry delivered an address outlining some of his administration’s plans for the next five years. The re-elected leader also spoke of the anti-crime initiatives and policies that will take effect.“My party fully understands that our first duty is to keep our citizens safe. This is a sacred duty: a duty that stands at the apex of our national responsibilities and endeavours,” Parry said, as he issued a unity challenge to the people of Nevis.“I implore all citizens of goodwill to band themselves together, to put your shoulders to the wheel in order for us to accomplish this great endeavour of stamping out crime. United in this great cause, we shall prevail,” he said.According to Parry, the NIA “would be harsh on crime and criminals” in order to ensure that “the safety and security of Nevisians will always be the number one priority.”In turn, Douglas congratulated the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) team on being elected to a second term in office and said that, although his administration had worked, for many years with the former Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) government, he was particularly pleased with the bond established between his St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party-led administration and that of the NRP.“I’ve had the support of the people and the blessings of God to work not only with the NRP government for [the] people of Nevis but also with the CCM government on behalf of the people of Nevis. They have been 16 beautiful years but I say to you this evening, that the last five years in particular have been positive and progressive five years with the NRP,” Douglas said.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! 47 Views no discussions NewsRegional New Nevis cabinet sworn in by: – July 14, 2011 Tweet Share Share
VINTON, Iowa (Aug. 18) – Richie Gustin raced to his career seventh XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature win on the night Tyler Droste nearly raced to his first.Gustin caught Droste with two circuits left in Monday’s 30-lapper for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, then pulled ahead to take the $1,000 checkers by four car lengths. He’s now the eighth different winner in as many tour events this season.Defending series champion Ronn Lauritzen, early leader Vern Jackson and Joe Docekal completed the top five.Jackson started outside the front row and led the first 19 laps. Droste had drawn the pole and wasn’t much more than half a car length off the pace much of that distance.Getting a good run out of the fourth turn, Droste took the lead on lap 20, right before a quick succession of three yellow flags.Gustin sped along the lower line. After a restart with four laps left, he went to the top side of the oval and finally caught up with Droste with two to go.Newly-qualified for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Gustin is the winningest driver in tour history.The ninth of 10 events on the 2014 XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule is Tuesday, Aug. 19 at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton. That feature also pays $1,000 to win and is an All-Star ballot qualifier.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Also winning Monday features at Vinton were Damon Murty in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Tony Olson in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Justin Wacha in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Feature results – 1. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 2. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 3. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 4. Vern Jackson, Waterloo; 5. Joe Docekal, Dysart; 6. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 7. J.D. Auringer, Waterloo; 8. Kyle Brown, Kellogg; 9. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 10. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 11. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood; 12. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 13. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 14. Derek Reimer, Marshalltown; 15. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 16. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 17. Zach Less, Hopkinton; 18. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 19. Tyler Groenendyk, Oskaloosa; 20. Jesse Belez, Marengo; 21. Trent Jackson, Marshalltown; 22. Patrick Flannagan, Cedar Rapids.1st heat (top four redraw) – 1. Auringer; 2. Gustin; 3. Brown; 4. Rust; 5. Waterman; 6. Reimer; 7. Cordes; 8. Sobbing. 2nd heat – 1. Docekal; 2. Mills; 3. Groenendyk; 4. Vern Jackson; 5. Less; 6. Murray; 7. Trent Jackson. 3rd heat – 1. Droste; 2. Flannagan; 3. Lauritzen; 4. Van Genderen; 5. Hogan; 6. Belez; 7. Carter.Stock Cars – 1. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 2. Scott Pippert, Elberon; 3. Norman Chesmore, Rowley; 4. Justin Stander, Shellsburg; 5. Mike Galli, Urbana; 6. Ryan Coleman, Vinton; 7. Adam Gebel, Cedar Falls; 8. Mitchell Evens, Independence.Northern SportMods – 1. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; 2. Kip Siems, Cedar Falls; 3. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 4. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids; 5. Troy Burkhart, Urbana; 6. Jenae Gustin, Marshalltown; 7. Curt Hilmer, Dysart; 8. Austin Kaplan, Ankeny; 9. Jim Buhlman, Cedar Falls; 10. Dave Schulze, Keystone; 11. Matt Petrzelka, Norway; 12. Ross Neal, Marion; 13. Joey Schaefer, Waterloo; 14. Dave Burrell, Dysart; 15. Ryan King, Montour; 16. Danny Dvorak, Vinton; 17. Colby Heishman, Brooklyn.Hobby Stocks – 1. Justin Wacha, Vinton; 2. Jacob Keiser, Marengo; 3. Brian Happel, Vinton; 4. Matt Pohlman, Keystone; 5. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids.
(REUTERS) – England’s players would have to “make do” with limited chances to prepare for the Twenty20 World Cup scheduled for later this year in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan said.The England and Wales Cricket Board last month extended the suspension of the professional game in the country until July 1 due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, which has infected over 3.52 million people globally causing more than 250,000 deaths.Cricket authorities said late last month they were still planning for the World Cup in October, although Cricket Australia has conceded the entire international schedule is up in the air due to the virus.Morgan said there are doubts about Australia’s limited-overs tour of England in July, but believes his team’s three one-day internationals against Ireland in September could be converted into T20s to help them prepare for the World Cup.“For the last month, everybody has struggled to get a sense of what’s possible and what might or might not happen,” Morgan told reporters via Zoom.“We may have to make do. If tests were going on, there would be ways and means we could have meaningful practice games in and around those Ireland games in a similar environment.“We could have proper opposition and maybe use the England Lions there too to make it as highly competitive as possible.”Morgan said reduced game time in the shortest format ahead of the World Cup was not ideal.“If the T20 World Cup goes ahead in the slot that it’s been allocated at the moment, we’ll have certainly played a limited amount of cricket before then,” he added.“Given the circumstances we’ll have to see how much cricket we play and the opportunities that land on guys’ laps. They’ll have to make the most of them.”
CAF CONFEDERATION CUPFemi Solaja with agency reportAll four NPFL clubs have managed to avoid each other in the final play off for the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup following the draw by CAF in Cairo, Egypt wednesday evening. This means that all four clubs could reach the money-spinning group stage of the second-tier continental championship.Al Hilal of Sudan will host Akwa United with the return leg in Uyo, while USMA from Algeria will battle NPFL champions Plateau United.MFM FC will return to Mali to face Djoliba after they eliminated AS Real Bamako in the CAF Champions League.Enyimba is to tackle Bidvest Wits from South Africa for a place in the group stage of the annual tournament.The first leg of the playoffs will be played between April 6 and 8 with the return legs slated for between April 17 and 18.The competition was founded in 2004, but no Nigerian club has yet to win it.FINAL PLAYOFFS(Fixtures)Al Hilal (Sudan) vs Akwa UtdUSMA (Alg) vs Plateau UtdEnyimba vs Bidvest Wits (Sâ€™Afr)MFM FC vs Djoliba (Mali)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Vessel to be dispatchedThe eastern Caribbean state will dispatch a vessel from Port Kingstown, on Friday, September 15, to take food and emergency supplies to the British Virgin Islands.On the way it will stop in Saint Lucia. St Vincent and the Grenadines is lending support to their battered neighbors in the British Virgin Islands. Official St Lucia delegationAn official St Lucia government delegation comprised of Camillo Gonsalves, Saboto Caesar and three technicians, is also expected to visit several of the hurricane-affected islands to meet nationals of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to better structure further recovery assistance.The South Central Windward Producers Co-operative will be collecting names of skilled construction workers who wish to volunteer or be employed in the reconstruction efforts in Anguilla, Barbuda, BVI and USVI.Persons with family members in the BVI and other affected islands who are incapacitated in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma wishing to obtain information on possible assistance for returning to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, can do so by calling the following number: Information Hotline: 1.784.434.4955.
Credit: FINA Jamaica’s champion swimmer Alia Atkinson continued on her gold winning performances at a World Cup swim meet stop in Tokyo, Japan, over the past weekend. She won the 50-meters breaststroke on November 13 in 28.95 seconds, just off her October 2018 world record effort of 28.56.In winning the race Atkinson again defeated her main rival Yulia Efimova of Russia who was second in 29.56 secs. In the race Atkinson had a k reaction time of 0.64 to the Russian’s 0.68. Australian Emily Seebohm was third in 29.99.The 100m breaststroke on Saturday’s second day of action at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Centre, was always expected to be another ding-dong battle between Atkinson and Efimova, but Atkinson again proved too strong for her Russian rival winning gold in 1:03.09. Atkinson is also the world record holder in the 100-metre breaststroke, her favorite event.Atkinson’s 100-meters time at the weekend meet was her fastest split of the season. According to report, she was not winded at the end of the race which augurs well for the potential defense of her title at the December 11 to 18 World short-course Championships in Beijing, China.Atkinson was recently conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander for outstanding representation of Jamaica in the field of swimming and being the first black woman to win a World Championships title.Prior to that, she had already covered herself in glory by extending her lead in having the most world record swims from the region with her world record-breaking exploit in the 50m breaststroke on October 6.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Heightened anxiety prompted by the coronavirus this month have prompted a rush to gun stores and a big jump in background checks in Florida.“I think crazy describes it pretty well,” said Alex Shkop, owner of Guns & Range Training Center in West Palm Beach. “Most of the stores don’t have anything left to sell…we’ve been depleting our inventory significantly faster than we can replenish it.” Contact 5 compiled some numbers on the recent surge. Stats from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show a whopping 13,192 background checks were performed in the state of Florida on Friday March 20, making it the single highest performing day for background checks since Jan. 1, 2012.From January 2019 to March 2019 there were 243,994 background checks in Florida. This year, from January to March, there have been 295,498 background checks.“I think this is a wave of first-time buyers. I’m guesstimating, but I would say close to 75 to 80 percent of people were first time buyers,” Shkop told Contact 5 investigator Merris Badcock. “They have never seen a gun. They have never held a gun.”Contact 5 found plenty of first-time gun purchasers standing in line outside Sharp Shooter in West Palm Beach. “This is my very first time, ever in my life,” said Mark Johnson, an orange bandana tied around his face. “If it gets really bad and someone just decides to intrude where I live, I have a wife I love. I have four daughters I love, and they are beautiful. It only makes sense to have some protection.“If you don’t like guns, rethink it like I did. If you’re ignorant about guns and gun laws, read about them. It just might change your thinking, because I learned a lot in the last two days,” Johnson told Contact 5.Johnson joins other “doomsday preppers” who worry what might happen if law enforcement agencies lost patrols to coronavirus, or failed to keep up with a potential increase in crime should the economy tank.March 2020 had the highest average number of daily background checks since 2012 in Florida, with 5,555 on average each day. March 2020 also came in third for the highest number of total background checks in the time frame reviewed by our Contact 5 investigators. December 2015 was the highest and December 2012 was the second highest month for background checks.“I think it’s our primal instinct of survival. From toilet paper to guns: I think people feel they need to do something. I think it is a little bit of an overreaction, but at the same time it makes people feel better that they’ve done something,” said Shkop.Beaches and golf courses to remain open in Palm Beach County
The more than 12,000 detected cases of coronavirus in Russia have forced to suspend almost all sporting events in the country, including the first football division (Premier). But before the break, it had already been decided who was going to be the player of the month in the highest category. The Zenit Brazilian, Malcom, had scored a goal before paralyzing the championship, as well as distributing an assist. That has earned him to become the best of the month, but obviously there has been no ordinary award ceremony.The former of BarcelonaHowever, it has received the award in a very special way. And it is that the people of the Russian league have decided to send the award through a drone. the player himself, from the window of his apartment in St. Petersburg, received the award and recorded a message on social networks to thank him.
We used to love it when Jamaica-born sprinters won major international championships for their adopted home countries. Even though they retired long ago, Ben Johnson, Linford Christie and Donovan Bailey are still heroes here, and that despite Johnson’s tainted past. Today, we take delight whenever Kingston native Sanya Richards-Ross wins big for the USA.Johnson, Christie and Bailey crossed the line first in consecutive Olympic 100 metres finals that were run before this current golden age of Jamaican sprinting. They were taken as a sign of our greatness. To be frank, I felt awkward celebrating those performances because they displaced Raymond Stewart and Michael Green. The former, lest we forget, was in the 1988 and 1992 finals where Johnson and Christie arrived first at the finish, and the latter was in Bailey’s magnificent world-record race at the 1996 Olympics.Recent news of the pending athletic migration of three Jamaicans to Bahrain revives those memories and writes a new script for the future. True to our ‘chicken merry, hawk deh near’ heritage, there’s a worry that Jamaican Bahranians will rise on our backs to the top of world sprinting.annoying possibilitiesSince Bailey’s wonderful win for Canada in 1996, Jamaica has truly taken over world sprinting. For those who curse the migrating trio as much as Jamaica did with cricketers who went on a rebel tour of South Africa decades ago, the possibilities are annoying.The worry foresees a speed drain similar to the brain drain occasioned by migration to the United Kingdom and the USA in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Funnily enough, athletes have been moving to the Gulf States from distance kings Kenya and Ethiopia for more than a decade. It was only a matter of time before sprinters would go too.Ironically, it’s 10 years since Brandon Simpson, an Olympic and World Championships 400-metre finalist, moved from Jamaica to Bahrain. Since then, hurdler Oniel Wright ran for Liberia, Merlene Ottey made a big move to Slovenia, and Jamaica’s 2003 Pan-Am high jump champion Germaine Mason won an Olympic silver medal for Great Britain in 2008.Those moves, and the 1988 departure by world-class 400-metre hurdler Sandra Farmer to the USA, have happened for different reasons. There is one common denominator. All went seeking opportunities not available here, just like those who left in the brain drain.In recent years, there has been much athletic migration from the USA to Nigeria and from diverse places to Great Britain. Jamaica has got in on the act with the recent arrival of national cham-pions Ahkeem Gauntlett and Aisha Praught. Athletes, like the rest of us, just keep on moving.Curiously, I haven’t ever heard of a Bahamian athlete making tracks to Bahrain. That might be because of the vibrant athlete support programme operated by our Caribbean colleagues. Given our economics, that might be a hard act to follow. It may well be the only way to go.n Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.