LaRocque urges regional integration to tackle challenges

first_imgWhile global initiatives and agreements create the environment to plan and take action on regional development, Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque believes this is not sufficient and regional leaders must take their own action, such as proposed in the Strategic Plan for the Caribbean Community for the period 2015-2019.Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Regional Civil Society Conference, hosted by the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC), Georgetown, LaRocque said that Caribbean leaders had to think outside the box, look for innovative and new ways to address challenges, as well as adopt new approaches to regional development.Secretary General Irwin LaRocque“While the challenges may have long been identified, it is how we approach finding and implementing the solutions which will be important in the long run. It is that kind of strategic thinking, which has gone into the formulation of a Strategic Plan. We need all actors in the development process to contribute to innovative and new approaches to our development,” he remarked.The Caricom Secretary General pointed out that the Community’s Strategic Plan was derived through a widespread inclusive and consultative process undertaken at national and regional levels. He said after distilling all the views and ideas put forward, priorities were determined.“The Plan sets out the strategies to be pursued, the outcomes anticipated, the principal measures to be undertaken and the major activities to be implemented. We are well advanced with our work on the Operational Plan,” he stated.Among the urgent priorities outlined in the Plan is developing arrangements for participatory governance at the regional level. This, La Rocque said, is probably the most important, since it seeks to involve all elements and components of Caribbean society in the regional development process.The Secretary General emphasised that this is premised on the fact that the Caribbean cannot achieve sustained and inclusive growth and development unless all the players in development are actively engaged.“It involves the creation of partnerships for development. It specifically involves formal inclusion of the Private Sector, Civil Society and Labour in the consultative process, the decision-making processes and in implementation at national and regional levels. It takes its cue from the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, which requires us to establish and maintain an efficient system of consultations at the national and regional levels,” he remarked.Moreover, LaRocque stressed that at the level of the Secretariat, efforts will continue in the search for funding to establish a civil society desk. However, he posited that the implementation of the agreed Strategy would not be without its challenges.He outlined that it would required changes in regional thinking, the adoption of new approaches to planning, to look at innovative approaches to implementation and financing. In summary, the Caricom Head said that the Community could not approach the implementation of the Strategic Plan for regional development as if it were business as usual.“The people of the Region will hold all of us accountable for the success or failure of its implementation. As a Region, we cannot afford to miss this opportunity to set ourselves on a trajectory which can boost our own development,” he remarked.last_img read more

Fort St. John Black Sox return to the field tomorrow

first_img– Advertisement – The Black Sox will be looking to improve on their start to the season that sees them sit at 1-3. Most recently the team dropped two games last Saturday to Peace River Stampeders.The team will need to eliminate the errors that cost them dearly, especially in the second game of last weekends double header which the Sox lost 14-1.last_img

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgWhere: Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 West Valencia Blvd., Valencia Art Events: Film screening What: Come and enjoy a screening of the film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Illustrated Man”. For information, call the library at (661) 259-8942. This event is part of The Big Read, a nationwide reading initiative designed to revive literary reading and restore reading to the center of American culture. When: 4-6 p.m. Where: Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia Clubs: Nature slide show What: The famous Pacific Crest Trail slide show will be presented. For information, call the Nature Center at (661) 259-7721. When: 7 p.m. Where: Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 W. Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall Saturday, May 19 General: Tee up for a great time What: The community is invited to the 34th annual Frontier Toyota/Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Drive Safe Golf Classic tournament, awards dinner and auction. Proceeds from the event will benefit Emergency and Trauma Services at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. For additional information, contact the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation at (661) 253-8082. When: 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Where: Valencia Country Club, 27330 N. Tourney Road, Valencia Clubs: Community Hiking Club hike What: Hike the Pacific Coast Trail near Vasquez Rocks with members of the Pacific Crest Trail Association. The moderate 4-mile hike will be preceded by a lecture about the Pacific Trail. Meet at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, where hikers will carpool and caravan to the trailhead. For information, call Frank Hoffman at the Nature Center at (661) 259-7721, e-mail or visit When: 8 a.m. lecture, 9:30 a.m. hike Where: Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce Health: Health fair expo What: The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center offers a Health Fair Expo for all adults in the community, where representatives from health and medical-related businesses and organizations will provide a variety of information about healthy lifestyles and health-related topics. Low-cost health screenings also will be available. For more information, call (661) 259-9444,or e-mail When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall Art Events: Intellectual Freedom panel discussion What: Participate in a discussion on intellectual freedom and censorship issues and other themes from Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”. The panel will consist of professors from College of the Canyons and others. For information, call the Valencia Library at (661) 259-8942. This event is part of The Big Read. When: 2-4 p.m. Where: Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Charity: Summer Meltdown Concert What: The third annual Summer Meltdown Concert organized by the YES I CAN program at Golden Valley High School features 10 bands, headlined by the Phunk Junkees. The YES I CAN program combines special-education students with a wide spectrum of disorders with regular-education mentors. Tickets are available at Billy’s Skate Shop, Val Surf or by visiting the Web site at Program adviser Bret Lieberman can be contacted at (661) 298-8140 Ext. 1414 or e-mail When: 2:30-11 p.m. Where: Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Santa Clarita Day Activities: Operation Military Pride vigil What: Join Prayer Angels for the Military on Armed Forces Day for a candlelight vigil to honor our deployed troops, veterans and those who gave their lives serving our country. Bring a light or glow sticks will be provided and if you can, please bring a donation for the care packages going to the front lines. See Web site for full donation list: For information, call Suzon or Dale (661) 799-8865 or (818) 606-9677. When: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Where: Veterans Historical Plaza, 24275 Walnut St., Newhall Monday, May 14 Clubs: Adult book club to meet What: The book club will discuss “Suite Francaise” by Irene Nemirovsky. For information, call (661) 251-2720. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country Friday, May 18 General: Santa Clarita’s first Italian feast What: From Friday through Sunday, the Italian-American experience will come to life through The Italian Feast, modeled after The Feast of San Gennaro. The event will feature food, entertainment and activities and a portion of the proceeds will benefit local charities the SCV Boys & Girls Club and the Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund. For more information, visit the Web site at When: 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday, Saturday, Sunday last_img read more

Tottenham’s Townsend forced to withdraw from England squad

first_img Andros Townsend Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has pulled out of the England squad to face Slovenia and Scotland due to injury.The 23-year-old has been unable to train for the last two days because of a slight ankle injury.He has now been ruled out of Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley and the riendly in Glasgow three days later, and he has returned to his club for treatment.A Football Association spokesman said: “Andros Townsend will today leave the England squad and return to his club.“Townsend reported for duty on Monday with a minor injury and will go back to Tottenham Hotspur for further treatment.“He will miss England’s games against Slovenia and Scotland.” 1last_img read more

AFC Leopards set to re-sign striker Aswani

first_img0Shares0000Nakumatt FC striker Kepha Aswani celebrates after scoring hjis second goal during the team’s 2-0 win over Posta Rangers at the Ruaraka Complex on September 9, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 5- GOtv Shield champions AFC Leopards are in talks with striker Kepha Aswani with a view of re-signing him from Nakumatt FC, one and a half years after offloading him on ‘disciplinary grounds’.Team manager Gilbert Selebwa has confirmed to Capital Sport they are holding talks with the forward as well as Western Stima’s Robert Achema, two players who they hope will better their attack line. “He is a player we would really like to have because of what he has shown and hopefully we can complete the talks soon,” Selebwa said.Aswani scored 13 goals last season while Ugandan Achema scored seven for Western Stima who have been relegated from the top tier.Meanwhile the team has confirmed the signing of the Ugandan duo scouted by head coach Robert Matano. Robert Kibiringo from Nkumba University and Baker Alukoya from Soana FC have both penned two year deals at the club.Kepha Aswani celebrates his goal from the penalty spot against Ushuru during a Kenyan Premier League match in 2016. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAlso roped in is former Western Stima man Ezekiel Otuoma who worked with Matano during his stint at Ulinzi Stars, striker Ezekiel Odera from Nairobi City Stars, goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade from Nakumatt and Western Stima’s speedy winger Brian Marita.At the same time, Ugandan midfielder Mudde Musa is set to leave the club after being released. Marcelus Ingotsi Lewis Wanami and Harun Nyakha will be loaned out to get playing time, according to Selebwa.Elsewhere, winger Allan Katerega might not return to the club despite re-discovering his form since being loaned out to Kampala City Council Authority in June. Katerega’s form earned him a call up to the Uganda Cranes for the CECAFA Championship where he made his debut against Burundi on Monday.Speaking to Capital Sport, Katerega says he is pleased having improved back in his home town and says he might extend his stay with the Ugandan champions.Uganda Cranes winger Allan Katterega vies for the ball against Burundi’s Laudit mavugo during a CECAFA Senior Challenge clash at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on December 4, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe also notes he bears no hard feelings or grudges against coach Matano with whom he fell out with during his time at AFC Leopards.“We are men and in life you will always differ with people. But you can’t keep that in your heart for long. That is in the past and if I meet him today I will stop and greet him,” Katerega said.On his future; “I am exploring options available now that my contract at AFC has ended. I have improved here because I found a good environment for me and working like the coach wants. Let’s see what the future holds,” said the dreadlocked winger, nicknamed ‘dancing rasta’.He was also pleased making his Uganda Cranes debut and hopes to make the cut even in the senior team.“It was great for me to make my debut. Though we did not win, I feel we played very well and hopefully we can pick up and go on to defend the title,” Katerega said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool told to cough up £25m for Barca shot-stopper

first_img LATEST 1 It was also reported that Danny Ward would be given an opportunity to compete for the No.1 spot, having enjoyed a succession of loan spells in the lower leagues.However, the availability of the Netherlands seems to have changed Klopp’s mind.The La Liga club have agreed to accept Cillessen’s wishes and they have let him know he can go. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Cillessen has played second-fiddle in the Barca goal to Marc-Andre ter Stegen RANKED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND REVEALED Liverpool have been quoted a price of £25 million for Jasper Cillessen, with Barcelona ready to let him leave.After making just two LaLiga appearances in two years, the goalkeeper is prepared to quit the Camp Nou.center_img targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti According to Spanish publication Sport, the Reds are extremely interested in making a deal happen, but will have to pay £25 million.Jurgen Klopp has become exasperated with his error-strewn first-choice options; Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.Despite publicly backing Karius, high-profile errors in pre-season have changed the German’s mind, with Cillessen a serious contender for the No.1 spot at Anfield. moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top transfer stories from talkSPORT.comlast_img read more

Football Hosts Annual Blue-White Spring Game, Saturday

first_imgSaturday’s game will pit the defense and offense against each other rather than separating into two full, distinct rosters. That decision was a by-product of the staff being able to maximize the team’s practice time and has proved beneficial in getting as many repetitions as possible. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team hosts its annual Blue-White spring game on Saturday, April 21 at Drake Stadium. The contest marks the end of the Bulldogs’ spring practice and is set to begin at 1 p.m. The defense will be awarded two points for a stop on downs, a total of three points for a three-and-out, five points for a turnover and 11 points for a defensive touchdown. The offense can get on the board via a touchdown or a field goal and can earn one point for a first down and a point for a play of 20-plus yards.Each team can earn additional points through special teams competitions that will occur at the end of the first, second and third quarters. The Bulldogs will play four five-minute quarters with a hurry-up situation following the first three quarters. Following Saturday’s Blue-White game, the Bulldogs will resume offseason workouts as they prepare for the upcoming 2018 season. Drake opens the 2018 season on Sept. 1 when it hosts William Jewell for a 6 p.m. kickoff.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — October 25, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 10-25-17The forecast pattern looks more active this morning, and we are making some changes to our forecast going forward from this weekend. The changes do not bode well for getting back into the field for any significant harvest push.Nearby, we have no changes to our forecast. It is chilly this morning as the coldest part of our air mass is here today. Rains are done, however clouds are still going to be a dominant feature. The end is in sight…our neighbors to the west (Indiana) should see more sun developing today. Our time is coming tomorrow. Winds will keep a very cool feel in over the state through the day, and we won’t rule out a bit of drizzle from time to time in east central parts of the state. Clouds break up overnight.The partial clearing will lead to the potential for frost over a large part of Central Ohio tomorrow morning, with temps dipping into that 31-32 degree range tomorrow morning. But, we will see the sun help moderate those temps quickly. The sun will stay in control through Friday, and it will lead to some moderate drying. We just don’t think it will be enough.The reason we think that way is that our next front still is on the way for Saturday. We are leaving rain totals alone this morning, looking for .1”-.9” over almost 100% of the state. Behind the front, as we have been talking about all week to this point, we will see another significant cold push, leading to potential frost over the state overnight Sunday night into Monday morning.Next week will start dry with sunshine in control Monday and Tuesday. However, the next trough comes in quicker, and we see rains of .25”-6” over the state for next Wednesday. Behind that we are dry for a couple of days, and then our next wave arrives on the 4th, with precipitation potential of .1”-.5” over 80% of the state.In the extended period, the next strong front to sweep out of the plains and through the Corn Belt may arrive here closer to the 9th. The system could bring up to .75” to the state. If that timing holds, that 4 day period in-between systems may end up being the largest potential window we have. However, the trend of the pattern here recently is to speed up systems as the move out of the far extended window into a nearby period.So, fast moving, closely spaced systems with colder air and plentiful moisture mean that we will have trouble getting harvest ramped back up as we move from October into November. A nice summation is this 10 day cumulative precipitation map…most of this comes in spurts every 2-3 days! We also will see our growing season come to a complete end before the first full weekend of November is complete…and likely sooner.last_img read more

Oracle Profits Soar

first_imgOracle surprised analysts and announced impressive earnings and growth across the board for their 2007 Q1 period ending August 31st. In terms of Oracle’s middleware vision and product direction, the strong results that Oracle reported this week make sense.  At least for the last couple of years I’ve been impressed with Oracle’s commitment to standards and solid work they’ve done on their Java-based middleware.  Their best-in-class JDeveloper IDE and their contributions to the MyFaces JSF project are good examples.  Oracle’s work with SOA and Web Services, JSR-168, XML DB, and Content DB are other examples. After being burdened with $20 Billion in debt from acquisitions over the last three years though, I think that few people expected Oracle to execute so effectively during 2007 Q1 given the challenges of their on-going multi-app Fusion project to stitch together PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and Seibel Systems. Long-term, Oracle’s future is still very dependent on the success of Fusion.  Oracle’s updates about the project haven’t always been consistent, and people have questioned the chances of its success.  If Oracle can deliver on Fusion, they will be a very strong competitor.At this week’s conference call, Oracle CFO Sandra Katz said “Oracle had another very strong quarter with outstanding performance across all product lines and geographies.  We raised guidance heading into Q1 following a blowout Q4 and still exceeded on every metric.  This is our strongest Q1 license growth in more than five years and there is no doubt that we are gaining market share across all product lines.” This is impressive because Q1 sales for Oracle are typically weak compared to Q4.  The integration costs of the their Fusion project were expected to drain Oracle for some time into the future.  Part of the reason for these good results may be that customers concerned during the period of Oracle’s turbulent acquisitions may have held back their purchases and have now decided they can wait no longer.Strong growth by Oracle in the Applications business was particularly impressive — year-on-year growth of 78%.  During the announcement Oracle made frequent comparisons to SAP and comments of increased market share.Bill Wohl, vice president of product and solutions public relations at SAP shot back that “Larry Ellison’s statements in today’s Oracle earnings press release about SAP’s product and acquisition strategy are a complete misrepresentation”.Another interesting fact that came out of  the Oracle announcement is that they’ve experienced 49% year-on-year growth in their On Demand business unit.  This may be from their integration of the Seibel On Demand, but it is another data point on the growth potential of the SaaS model.In a separate announcement this week, Oracle’s Content DB and Records Management components have now become available on most of Oracle’s supported platforms.Update:  Today Russ Stalters had an interesting analysis of Oracle’s Content DB pricing, questioning whether the pricing really fits their slogan of “ECM for the Masses”.Formtek is an Oracle partner.last_img read more

Sony’s New Predictive Autofocus is Amazing

first_imgSony’s latest announcement takes focusing technologies to a whole new dimension.Photokina is underway, marking the release of really impressive photography tech. We’ve already seen the new Canon 7D Mark II and Panasonic’s new pocket-sized 4K cameras, but one of the lesser talked about technologies that premiered at Photokina 2014 is a new autofocus technology from Sony.The technology, which has been labeled ‘4D FOCUS’, has over 179 unique autofocus points, making it an incredibly accurate focusing technology. However, the real ‘wow’ factor behind 4D FOCUS is the predictive focusing technology, which helps the camera determine where your subject is moving. The result is a much faster and accurate autofocus that is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. To debut this technology, Sony has released a preview video showing it in action:It’s interesting to note that with this new technology we won’t be losing any of the other things that make modern autofocusing so accurate, like the ability to autofocus across the entire frame:As autofocus technologies get more complex and accurate we will be interested to see if more videographers will start using them.With the announcement of curved sensors, the A7S release, and now this technology, it seems like Sony is being much more innovative as of late. It also appears to be a strong year for Panasonic’s photography division, with the success of the GH4. Maybe the tides are turning away from Canon and Nikon? Only time will tell.What do you think of this new technology? Share in the comments below!last_img read more