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OAS welcomes CELAC as new regional mechanism for political coordination and agreement

first_img 10 Views   no discussions Share Share NewsRegional OAS welcomes CELAC as new regional mechanism for political coordination and agreement by: – December 5, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Jose Miguel Insulza. Image via: Oas.orgWASHINGTON, USA — The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, welcomed efforts by countries in the region to form the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which will surely constitute itself into an efficient mechanism for regional political coordination and agreement.The head of the hemispheric organization expressed hope that this new mechanism will enrich dialogue at the inter-American level, since countries in the region will have an entity through which to agree on positions and bring up issues with better coordination at the inter-American and global levels. He emphasized that all countries in CELAC are OAS members, a fact that generates natural coincidences between this mechanism and the Organization, considering that member states’ foreign policies are naturally the same on the various issues to be discussed in both spheres.Insulza said that once CELAC begins operating he will establish contact with its pro tempore Secretariat in order to analyze the wide range of possibilities for cooperation between the two entities.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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Australia’s climate stance sparks ‘anger’ at UN summit

first_imgThe haze from bushfires obscures the sun setting above the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia on Dec. 6. REUTERS/JOHN MAIR/FILE PHOTO Australia wants to use carbon creditsassigned to developed economies under the Kyoto Protocol, a precursor climateaccord, to meet its greenhouse gas targets under the Paris accord. The talks aim to agree outstandingdetails of how to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement to avoid catastrophicglobal warming ahead of a crucial implementation phase next year. MADRID – Campaigners slammed Australiaon the final day of a United Nations climate summit on Friday as its policy ofusing old carbon credits to count toward future emission targets emerged as amajor sticking point in negotiations.center_img Britain, Germany, New Zealand andothers have ruled out such an approach, saying it undermines the spirit of theParis deal while Costa Rica, Fiji and others have criticized Australia’sstance. On Tuesday, the 2020 Climate ChangePerformance Index rated Australia as one of the worst performers among 57-highemitters, with it earning 0 out of 100 possible points for its policies.(Reuters)last_img read more

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Prince produces Power-packed finish

first_imgJessie Harrington has steadily brought Phantom Prince back to peak form and he picked up a decent prize for landing the McHale Coranna Handicap Hurdle at Ballinrobe. Backing up a solid Punchestown Festival effort with a good second at Limerick, the 6-1 chance responded to all of Robbie Power’s urgings to go one better, seeing off the slightly unlucky Marchese Marconi by a length, with Argentino third. Power said: “He made a big improvement on the better ground at Limerick and the cheekpieces just sharpened him up today. Press Associationcenter_img “I just felt in Limerick I missed the cheekpieces and they have done the trick. He is definitely a better horse on better ground.” Power and Harrington doubled up when Rock The World made an impressive fencing debut in the McHale Fusion 3 Plus Beginners Chase. The 13-8 favourite jumped like an old hand at the head of affairs and wasn’t hard pressed to beat Abbey Lane by 18 lengths. Definite Earl was the outsider of the small field that lined up for the McHale Fusion 3 Novice Hurdle, but Robbie Colgan was positive on him from the outset. He looked in trouble when favourite Ibsen loomed up on the home turn, but Definite Earl found plenty of pressure and pulled away again to score by a length and three-quarters as a 13-2 chance. Royal Boru was another enterprisingly-ridden winner, this time in the McHale F5500 Baler Handicap Hurdle. Gillian Callaghan’s charge showed no ill effects from a Perth fall by jumping with aplomb in front, and Keith Donoghue kept enough up his sleeve to justify 9-4 favouritism. The Gatechecker (evens favourite) was a costly failure on his jumping debut, but he improved on that to place second at Killarney and he kept his forward momentum by pipping Too Many Notes in a head-bobbing finish to the McHale Fusion Vario Maiden Hurdle. last_img read more

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Twenty-six female players to be shortlisted to prepare for regional tourney

first_img… Berbice clain Inter-county titleSECRETARY of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Anand Sanasie disclosed on Sunday that 26 female cricketers who have performed creditably during the just concluded inter-county female T20 tournament will be shortlisted shortly for further preparation ahead of the regional tournament.According to Sanasie an additional three matches will be played so that the best possible squad will be selected.Meanwhile, Berbice claimed the inter-county title after they defeated Demerara by nine wickets when the tournament concluded on Sunday at the Everest Cricket Club ground.Demerara batted first, and were bowled out for 68 in 17.3 overs. Abigaile Scott made a solid unbeaten 29. Shabika Gajnabi took 3-4, and Omadevi Matadin 2-11 were the best bowlers for Berbice.In reply, Berbice lost Sheneta Grimmond without scoring, lbw to Sherry Ann Fraser, but Marian Samaroo and Shabika Gajnabi then took Berbice home safely to their target, reaching 69-1.Samaroo hit two fours in an unbeaten 25, while, skipper Gajnabi made 11 not out.Over 40 of the nation’s young females engaged in a relatively competitive tournament.Essequibo ended the tournament in third position, having beaten the President’s X1 by 39 runs via the Duckworth/Lewis method.Batting first, Essequibo were restricted to 13-3 before Stacy Moses top score with 20 in a total 0f 88-8 in 14 overs. Kassia Munroe claimed 4-28 and Russhanna Lynch 2-14.The President’s XI never threatened and were sent packing for 41 in 10.2 overs in reply. Only Kamim Ramsammy reached double figures with 13 as off-spinner Kemmone Thomas bagged 6-9.last_img read more

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CWI, PCB strike five-year tour agreement as T20 series postponed to next March

first_imgKARACHI, Pakistan, (CMC) – West Indies’ three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan has been rescheduled for next March, and will form part of a bilateral agreement which will see the two sides face each other annually for the next five years, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced.The series, originally carded for late November, was aborted because of the severe smog in Lahore and the unavailability of the leading West Indies players but will now be played from March 29th to April 1, 2018.“West Indies and Pakistan Cricket Board have signed an agreement to play a series of T20 matches, each year for the next five years – in Pakistan and in the USA – subject to availability of dates and venues,” PCB chairman Najam Sethi told media here.“West Indies has confirmed that its full team will tour Pakistan next year to play three T20Is to on March 29th, 31st, April 1st.”He added: “There were talks that the series should be played in November, but the weather conditions were not good, so we didn’t take any risk.“Now we will start everything from March next year. The first series will be in Pakistan, and then we will go to America to play the [reciprocal] series. The series in America will be a tri-nation affair which will include Pakistan, West Indies and a third country.“We are in talks and will soon finalise the third team for the USA leg.”The PCB are on a quest to have international cricket returned to the country after several years, following militants attack on the Sri Lankan team bus back in 2009 which left several of the security forces dead.Since then, Pakistan have been forced to play home games in United Arab Emirates, as all major Test playing nations have refused to tour the country because of security concerns.The PCB hosted the final of the Pakistan Super League in Lahore earlier this year and then successfully staged a three-match series against a World XI last September, a move that attracted praise from the International Cricket Council and went some way in allaying fears surrounding players security.Sethi said the agreement with West Indies showed a confidence by international sides in touring Pakistan again.“I wanted to reveal this [agreement] so that it would become clear that the visits to Pakistan by international teams are not one-time affairs, and the five-year contract with West Indies explains our position,” he said.“Many countries have contacted us for but we are reluctant to talk to any of them at the moment because our calendar is quite packed at the moment.”While West Indies will tour Pakistan, Sethi said it was CWI’s decision not to have the return series in the Caribbean because of commercial reasons.“It was their wish. They think holding a series in the US is financially more feasible. And if you look at it, a three-nation tournament will attract a lot of interest.”last_img read more

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Claude ‘Alfy’ Duguid laid to rest

first_imgFORMER Guyana National Rifle Association (GuyanaNRA) member Claude ‘Alfy’ Duguid was yesterday laid to rest as family, friends and former teammates gathered to pay their final respects to one of sports shooting beloved marksmen.Duguid, a former Small-bore Section vice-captain, passed away last Tuesday following a period of illness.The loss of Duguid, who also represented the West Indies Full-bore Shooting Council, had plunged the local and Caribbean shooting fraternity into a state of shock.He was remembered as a loving brother, father and friend; someone who gave his all every time he was asked to represent Guyana and the West Indies.Claude Duguid fired off his career around 1990 and over the years he became a permanent member of the National Full-bore Team, representing Guyana regionally and internationally.In 2000 he was part of the West Indies Full-bore Team that participated in the Millennium Match at Bisley, England, where he performed admirably, Sampson reflected.Duguid’s longtime friend and Full-bore team captain Mahendra Persaud recounted on the many great times they shared, both on and off the ranges around the world.Yesterday, at Merriman Funeral Home, Duguid’s Full-bore teammates, family and friends, all gathered to say goodbye to their beloved friend, who represented his country with distinction.Major John Nelson, president of the West Indies Full-bore Shooting Council, conveyed condolences on behalf of the Caribbean fraternity and affirmed that Duguid’s presence will be missed.last_img read more

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Mariah, Mariah: Freshman phenom

first_imgIf you look up “versatility” in the dictionary, don’t be surprised if you see University of Wisconsin freshman Mariah Dunham’s picture next to it.As a high school player in Watertown, Dunham played all five positions for the Goslings.”I was pretty much all over,” Dunham said. “I guess you could say I played a little bit of the point guard position. A lot of the time I was a post, a four position like I am now. I played (center) sometimes too.”Dunham’s ability to play every position on the court during her high school years caught the eyes of several college coaches, including UW head coach Lisa Stone.”You watch her and you’re thinking, ‘That kid can play anywhere,'” Stone said. “She can play inside, she can play outside. She loves to play.”Stone wasn’t the only coach in Wisconsin to take notice. In fact, Dunham almost ended up playing for Marquette before finally deciding to sign with the Badgers.”It was really narrowed down to Marquette and Madison,” Dunham said. “For a while it was actually Marquette, but then I came here, and I went on a visit. I went to a football game, and I just saw all the fans. I saw how everyone supports the Badgers. They’re just big fans here. I love that feeling.”With an average 16.8 points, 12 rebounds and six assists per game as a senior, Dunham was honored with several awards to round out her high school career. She was named the 2006 Associated Press Player of the Year and was a Street and Smith honorable mention. She was also selected as first team all-state her sophomore through senior seasons. Although she had built up an impressive résumé before setting foot on the Kohl Center floor, Dunham acknowledges that the actual awards aren’t what made her into the player she has become.”I guess awards were really nice to have,” Dunham said. “I was really thankful for them. But they don’t really do anything — they just were there. It’s an honor to be named player of the year and everything, but I guess it was more of the playing experience that got me to be where I am now.”Where she is now is impressive. As a freshman, she is third on the team in scoring, averaging 7.9 points and 5.1 boards per game. Whether as a starter or coming off the bench, Dunham has often been able to provide a third source of scoring aside from junior guards Jolene Anderson and Janese Banks.”Other teams are focusing on Janese and I, so we are going to need another player to step up, and it has been Mariah,” Anderson said. “She’s done a great job. She’s answered the call that the coaching staff has put in front of her.”Stone feels that a good amount of Dunham’s scoring has come from her ability to come down with offensive rebounds and create second-chance points.”If she can continue to get on the offensive glass, that takes pressure off of trying to find your own shot or create your own shot,” Stone said. “She’s such a good offensive rebounder, has a nose for the basketball, and knows the game. … That’s when she’s at her best. It’s when she’s really on the offensive glass.”Listed anywhere between 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-3 for the Badgers, Dunham has been proficient as both a post player and guard for Wisconsin. Teammate Danielle Ward, who played against Dunham in AAU basketball several years ago, feels that teams may underestimate Dunham’s ability at either position, providing her with chances to score.”As a guard, she can post up,” Ward said. “She’s able to drive as a post and get contact and shoot the 3s when they say, ‘Oh, she’s a (post), she might not shoot it.'”Anderson has also noticed an improvement in Dunham’s post game. Although often undersized for the position, Dunham uses her versatility to outplay her opponent.”Offensively, she’s not just settling for the 3-point shot or the outside jumper,” Anderson said. “She’s got some great post moves for an undersized post player. She’s stepped up her game to the next level.”That next level for Dunham has been a starter for the Badgers, a position that she was not in at the beginning of the season. With her strong play, however, Dunham has started nine of the team’s games, including the last four contests, and will no doubt battle for a starting spot next season.”What Mariah’s contributed to this team is unbelievable,” Stone said. “I’m so happy that she’s on our team because she’s not only a great player, but a great person. She’s easy-going, relaxes us all, is funny and she keeps everybody loose in the locker room, and I think on the court, too, with her charismatic play.”For Dunham, the transition between high school and college ball took a bit of time to get used to, but she feels like she has found her niche with the Badgers and continues to gain confidence with each and every game.”I definitely feel confident with and without the ball,” Dunham said. “The first couple of games I had to get it going to get the feel of what Big Ten basketball was like. I’ve got it down, I think, but I’m still learning every day.”last_img read more

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UW braces for wintry cold, PU

first_imgMother Nature must have forgotten that the Wisconsin softball team was scheduled to take on Indiana this weekend at Goodman Softball Complex. With the recent snowy weather, Friday and Saturday’s games against the Hoosiers have been moved to Monday, where the two teams will face each other in a doubleheader at 11 a.m. The team’s doubleheader Sunday versus the Purdue Boilermakers, however, will still be played as scheduled.Freshman pitcher Letty Olivarez, who pitched six innings and picked up the victory in the second game last Sunday, said the cold weather is old news for the team.”A lot of us are used to the snow now,” Olivarez said. “We played in the cold weather the other day (against North Dakota State). …We have to try and stay warm between innings.””It’s really tough,” UW head coach Chandelle Schulte said of the weather. “We didn’t have a spring break because we were in our Big Ten (schedule). …It’s really draining.”Shortstop Lynn Anderson knows that the weather is something the team can’t do anything about, and that they must come with the same mentality as they would for any other game.”It’s one of those things that you can’t control,” Anderson said. “We try not to let it affect us at all. We go into every game and try to be mentally prepared. Whether it’s snowing or rainy or sunny, we’ve got to play hard.”The Badgers are coming off a split with the NDSU Bison, who shut down the Badgers in the first game of the doubleheader. Between games, Schulte gave the team a motivational speech and the players responded, coming out in the second contest and winning 6-4. Schulte hopes Wisconsin will continue to play like they did in the latter game as she and her staff continue to make improvements.”We’re still tweaking,” Schulte said. “When you set up a lineup, you look at the opposing pitching staff and their strengths and weaknesses. …Honestly, right now we’re just looking for chemistry.”Some of the tweaks that Schulte felt worked well for her team included moving outfielder Sam Polito to the second spot in the lineup and moving catcher Joey Daniels to leadoff.”Sam Polito’s really stepped up,” Schulte said. “I think the two-spot’s been good for her. Athena Vasquez has stepped up, both defensively and offensively, as has Lynne (Anderson) defensively. (Katie) Hnatyk offensively is still carrying her weight out there. And I think Joey Daniels has had some really good at-bats.”At the plate, Purdue is led by sophomore Katie Mitchell, who is hitting .378 on the year. Schulte compared the Boilermakers’ Katie to the Badgers’ Katie: outfielder and top hitter Katie Hnatyk. Mitchell has nine homers on the year, while Hnatyk has 10.”You put it in her wheelhouse and she’ll hit it,” Schulte said. “The thing with those kinds of kids is you don’t want them to win the game. You want somebody else to have to win the game. …Everybody’s pitched around Hnatyk. We want to put our lineup in a situation where they can’t pitch around Katie.”In the circle for Purdue, ace Brooke Baker is tied for the Big Ten lead with 16 victories on the season and carries a 2.59 ERA into Sunday’s contest.”We’ve faced her in the past, and I think she’s having a year this year that she’s had before,” Schulte said. “She throws a screwball and she throws a rise ball. …We need to establish early that we’re in control of the game. That means putting the ball in play.”The Boilermakers, at 21-25 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten, sit just behind the Badgers in the standings. Wisconsin boasts a record of 20-12 overall and 2-4 in conference.With the records so close, Schulte knows anything can happen this weekend when the two teams meet.”We’ve played a tougher schedule than Purdue has, and had some success against better teams,” Schulte said. “But once you get into the Big Ten season, it doesn’t matter. It’s like football or basketball. I think it’s going to be who[ever] hits wins.””I expect us to come out aggressive,” infielder Vasquez said. “We want to have pep in our step and just have a purpose out there.”last_img read more

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UW’s defense starts with Davis

first_imgLaura Hill/The Badger HeraldWisconsin women’s basketball guard Jade Davis possesses the key characteristics of a defensive-minded player: intensity, energy, aggressiveness and a sense of pride in her ability to defend. The junior out of Lone Tree, Colorado may not have the offensive statistics that senior stars Alyssa Karel, Lin Zastrow and Tara Steinbauer have, but she is one of the Badgers’ strongest defensive players. Davis, who spent part of the year coming off the bench, has solidified a starting role and is often faced with the task of guarding the best players in the Big Ten. “She’s arguably our best defender; we 90 percent of the time put her on the other team’s best player,” assistant coach John Barnes said. “She’s done a great job of taking that role, of trying to shut down the opposing team’s big scorer … We expect her to play great defense and make open shots.”Davis averages 4.5 points per game, the lowest of any starter, but ranks second on the team with 1.14 steals per game. Her defensive intensity is quickly apparent in any of Wisconsin’s games, as she can always be heard yelling “ball” from the sidelines.While other player’s measure their performances on how many points they score or how many rebounds they collect, Davis focuses on the statistics of the player she defended. Her list of achievements include keeping Purdue’s star guard Brittany Rayburn from scoring a single point in their matchup earlier this year.“I pride myself on defense sometimes,” Davis said. “Some people feel good scoring 17 points; I feel good when [the player I’m defending] doesn’t score 17 points. So I think there’s just some sort of difference there.”The junior guard has truly had a breakout year as she has averaged more points and almost doubled her minutes from last season. Setting career highs in essentially every category, Davis seems to have found a comfortable role for the Badgers this season. Having started just one game coming into this year, UW fans may not have expected to see such improvement in Davis. However, coaches and teammates had confidence that she was ready to become a major contributor for the Badgers. “In preseason…we expected her to be in this role,” Barnes said. “She’s improved on [her game] throughout the year, and that’s the way you win the Big Ten, is if you can get better every day in practice, and learn from your mistakes and use the game situations to get you better. And hopefully at the end of the year you’re playing your best basketball, and that’s the way she’s headed.”Like many players coming in as freshmen, Davis admits that her expectations may have been a little ambitious coming in. A player who won three state championships in high school, she averaged just 14.1 minutes a game during her first year in a Wisconsin uniform. “Every player comes in as a freshman thinking, ‘Oh I’m going to get this, I’m going to get that,’” Davis said. “I mean, it was kind of a reality check at first, but I think I’ve kept working, and I just wanted to be better every single day. So I think that’s helped.” Much of Davis’ development can be traced to the game-like intensity that she maintains during practice. A fierce competitor, her teammates realize that there is never an easy matchup if she is facing up with them. Although she may not fill up the box score, it is hard to deny that Davis’ presence on the court encourages the whole team to play strong defense. “She comes to every practice just battling, and just working as hard as she possibly can,” sophomore guard Taylor Wurtz said. “I think Jade has a really solid defense, and she brings that ‘X-factor’ to our team…Jade’s a hard worker, and I expected great things from her.”Beyond her defense, Davis is one of the most enthusiastic and vocal members of the Badgers’ squad, something that certainly has a positive effect on her teammates. A crucial aspect of her defense, the junior guard seems glued to the ball and always has a hand in the defender’s face. On a team that is built around defense, Davis seems to be the perfect player to have on the Wisconsin roster. Her love for stopping the best players from scoring appears to have rubbed off on her teammates, and since she has become a regular starter, the Badgers have been winning a lot more games.“You don’t want Jade to guard you,” Wurtz said. “She gets up in your shorts, and she just plays great defense and she’s always talking out there too, which communication is a big part of defense.”The rest of the Big Ten is hoping it won’t be guarded by Davis, too.last_img read more

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Former Syracuse guard Jardine to join Cleveland Cavaliers’ summer league team

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ I wanna give a S-O to the Cleveland cavaliers organization for giving me the opportunity to be apart… http://t.co/Z3PSDNg0Lb— Scoop Jardine (@scoopjardine) July 15, 2013AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring his SU career, Jardine averaged 9.0 points, 4.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game.The Cavs’ invite means Jardine, who played for SU from 2007-12, will be reunited with former backcourt mate and fellow Philadelphia native Dion Waiters. The shooting guard – the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft – averaged 14.7 points per game with the Cavaliers this past season and earned NBA first-team all-rookie honors.Jardine put his name into the same draft but went unselected. In the year since, he has spent time at the Charlotte Bobcats’ training camp but foot and knee injuries have kept him from latching on with any NBA teams. Comments Former Syracuse point guard Scoop Jardine will join the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Las Vegas Summer League team and play in its last five games, said Carl Arrigale, Jardine’s coach at Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia, in a text message.Jardine also posted on Twitter and Instagram on Monday about his new opportunity.center_img Published on July 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

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