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26Sep/20

OECS officials to meet in Antigua-Barbuda next week to finalise a common tourism policy

first_img 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional OECS officials to meet in Antigua-Barbuda next week to finalise a common tourism policy by: – August 11, 2011 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share In photo: OECS Logo. Photo credit: thewestindiannews.comCASTRIES, St Lucia — Senior tourism officials from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are scheduled to meet in Antigua and Barbuda on August 16 and 17, 2011, at a workshop designed to finalise the first ever common tourism policy for the OECS region.Programme officer at the OECS Secretariat Dr Lorraine Nicholas said tourism officials are reviewing a draft final common tourism policy document ahead of the meeting in St John’s.“Quite a bit of work has gone into the formulation of the policy. The consultants have done considerable work in putting together this policy, which is it draft form. When we meet in Antigua next week the primary objective will essentially be to finalize the policy. The senior tourism officials from across the region will be reviewing the draft policy with a view to ensuring that it in sync with their vision and aspirations for tourism development in the OECS region,” she said.The coming workshop follows an initial consultation held in March 2011, where tourism professionals from the region’s private and public sectors identified and prioritized key areas on which the policy should focus. Some of the broad focus areas highlighted by the first workshop include: transportation; tourism awareness; product development; customs and immigration procedures; environmental and cultural sustainability and sustainable financing. The March meeting also identified actions to address each of the policy focus area.Immediately following the first workshop in St Lucia, the consultants visited all nine OECS member states to discuss with key stakeholders key issues affecting the development of tourism and their buy-in to the emerging common tourism policy. The consultants also presented initial findings and observations to the OECS Council of Tourism Ministers at their 10th meeting held in St Kitts on 19 April 2011.At that meeting, OECS tourism ministers endorsed the priority areas identified for inclusion in the policy, emphasizing the need for immigration and border control in the OECS to be addressed as priority issues in the policy. The pending common tourism policy is within the context of the OECS Economic Union as a single financial and economic space.At least twenty tourism professionals from the region’s private and public sectors are confirmed to attend the second workshop in Antigua. The primary aim of the workshop will be to review the draft document and secure agreement among OECS member states on priorities and actions for the final common tourism policy.The workshop is facilitated via technical assistance support provided by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Yellow Railroad, a consulting firm based in the UK was contracted to execute the project, which is expected to be completed at the end of August 2011.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

19Sep/20

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding onto Bud Dupree. The team placed the franchise tag on the outside linebacker Dupree could make around $16 million in 2020 if he signs the tag. That number would likely change if he reaches an agreement with the Steelers on a long-term deal by July 15. Dupree collected a career-high 11 1/2 sacks in 2019.— Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster is retiring. The 11-year veteran made the announcement on Instagram.— The Atlanta Falcons will dramatically boost their financial flexibility by releasing three high-priced veterans — running back Devonta Freeman, cornerback Desmond Trufant and offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo.— A person with knowledge of the decision says the Minnesota Vikings have placed the franchise tag on safety Anthony Harris.— Ben Watson is hanging up his cleats for the second time. The 39-year-old tight end announced his retirement in a message on Twitter on Monday, marking the end of a 15-year NFL career that included two stints in New England, as well as stops in Cleveland, New Orleans and Baltimore.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 16, 2020 Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.In a statement, the commissioner’s office said, “The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLPlayers can return home, self-isolateUNDATED (AP) — NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cousins was entering the final season of the fully guaranteed, three-year, $84 million contract he signed as a free agent in 2018. He was scheduled to carry a $31 million charge to Minnesota’s salary cap in 2020.NFL-FREE AGENCYFlurry of trades, tags from NFL teamsUNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have traded star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft. A person familiar with the deal said Buckner will receive a new contract worth $21 million a year from the Colts. The trade of Buckner came almost immediately after the 49ers announced a deal to keep defensive lineman Arik Armstead with a five-year contract worth up to $85 million before he hit the open market.In other NFL developments: — A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak. The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe. There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket. Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.— McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.” The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday. With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.NFL-VIKINGS-COUSINSVikings reach extension deal with CousinsMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins have agreed to a two-year contract extension. Cousins’ agent Mike McCartney made the announcement on his verified Twitter account. Terms were not immediately available. This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics. Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction.The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL DRAFTNo public events for NFL draftNEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will proceed with its draft but without public events next month in Las Vegas. It’s not yet clear, however, if the draft itself will be held in the city.  Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday the draft will take place April 23-25 as scheduled but under a modified format still being developed.The draft will be televised regardless of its venue or format. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKSpeedway officials take wait-and-see approachUNDATED — Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBBaseball season won’t start until mid-May, at the earliestNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. — The Arizona Cardinals have added one of the NFL’s top receivers to join an intriguing young team aiming to make a big move in the NFC West. The Cardinals acquired three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a trade that will send running back David Johnson and draft picks to the Houston Texans. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation.— The Dallas Cowboys have placed their exclusive franchise tag on Dak Prescott. They’re securing the rights to their star quarterback for an estimated $31.5 million while the sides continue working on a long-term deal.— The Cowboys are moving forward with their plan to replace record-setting tight end Jason Witten. The Cowboys have re-signed Blake Jarwin, giving their fourth-year player a $24 million, three-year contract with $9 million guaranteed.— A person familiar with the negotiations says defensive end Shaq Lawson has agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.— According to a person familiar with the deal, free agent linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski has agreed to a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. Kwiatkoski can’t officially sign the deal until the new league year starts on Wednesday. — The Bengals used their franchise tag on A.J. Green. That gives them time to try to work out a long-term deal with the star who is one of the most accomplished receivers in franchise history and would be a vital part of breaking in a new quarterback.— The Kansas City Chiefs have placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on Chris Jones, raising the possibility that the Pro Bowl defensive tackle will remain with the Super Bowl champions for at least one more season.— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed their franchise tag on linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who led the NFL in sacks last season.— The Patriots have placed a franchise tag on left guard Joe Thuney.— The New York Giants have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive tackle Leonard Williams. The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.In a statement Monday morning, the speedway said, “We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks.”The speedway says it wants to do its part in protecting public health while also allowing the race to proceed as scheduled. The statement adds, “This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”In other sports developments related to the coronavirus:— The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled. Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April. The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit. The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24. — Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers has agreed to terms on a $30 million, three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. The deal was confirmed by Flowers’ agent, who said $19.95 million is guaranteed.— The Buffalo Bills have announced re-signing offensive lineman Quinton Spain to a three-year contract.— The Indianapolis Colts have released defensive tackle Margus Hunt and will re-sign receiver Daurice Fountain.— The Tennessee Titans have tagged Derrick Henry as their franchise player, making sure they keep the NFL rushing leader around for at least this season.— The Arizona Cardinals have placed the transition tag on running back Kenyan Drake, which allows the team to match any offer he receives from another team during free agency. — The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak. John Coates told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.” Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.— The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June.— Keeneland race track in Kentucky has canceled its spring meet because of COVID-19. The meet was scheduled for April 2-24, with the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby, the highlight of the opening weekend.— The third regional Olympic boxing qualification tournament has been suspended after three days of competition. The 11-day London event was suspended Monday night after a day of fan-free competition. The IOC Boxing Task Force also suspended the remaining two Olympic qualification tournaments, scheduled for Buenos Aires later this month and for Paris in May.— The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler. Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press last_img read more

18Sep/20

Update on the latest sports

first_img May 24, 2020 In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The president of the Spanish soccer league says its schedule could restart as early as June 11 with the Seville derby (DAHR’-bee) between Sevilla and Real Betis. The announcement comes a day after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said that the league would be allowed to resume from June 8 provided the country continued to keep the coronavirus outbreak in check.— A Bournemouth soccer club player in England is one of two positive tests for COVID-19 to emerge from the Premier League’s second round of testing. The club says “medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed.” The team says the player will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again at a later date. The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.— English soccer’s Hull has announced it is the League Championship club with two personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 1,014 players and staff from all 24 clubs in England’s second tier were tested for the coronavirus over the last 72 hours. The results reflect an almost identical ratio of positive results to that found in the Premier League’s second wave of testing. It had been announced that the two individuals were from the same club, without naming Hull.— BATE Borisov has won the Belarusian Cup with thousands of fans watching in a rare case of a soccer trophy being decided during the coronavirus pandemic. The Belarus soccer federation said that 5,761 tickets were sold for the game. That was only a fraction of the stadium’s capacity so that fans would be spaced around the arena. Many supporters ignored the seating arrangements to sit in groups and most did not wear masks. BATE beat Dynamo Brest 1-0. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-COCA-COLA 600Coca-Cola 600 in progressUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR continues its frantic return tonight with its third Cup race in seven days, the Coca-Cola 600. — The coach of one of Florida’s top high school football programs has been suspended, and an investigation has been launched into whether the team that has won state championships in each of the past three seasons broke policies by practicing during the pandemic. Miami Northwestern High coach Max Edwards has been suspended, pending the result of the investigation, according to a school district official who spoke to The Miami Herald. The district says football practice at this time would be an “unauthorized athletic activity” and parents of players who may have taken part were being interviewed by school officials as part of the investigation.— Youth sports organizations across the United States have come together to form the PLAY Sports Coalition to push for federal help with the coronavirus crisis. The leaders of the coalition are trumpeting the importance of youth sports and sounding the alarm about the future of their organizations. The fate of providers in low-income communities is of particular concern. Nearly 60% of local sports leaders expect to lose at least 50% of their revenue over the next year, according to an Aspen Institute for Sports poll.— Formula One driver George Russell has won the virtual Monaco Grand Prix on the day the iconic race would have been held if not for the pandemic. Russell finished 39 seconds ahead of former F1 driver Esteban Gutiérrez of Mexico. Formula One’s first 10 races have been either postponed or canceled.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-EDDIE SUTTONEddie Sutton, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 84 The race has resumed following a rain delay after 50 laps. Kurt Busch started from the pole and was still leading when the rain began at the only event on the biggest single day of auto racing.Busch ran a lap at 181.269 mph to earn his first pole of the season and third top-10 start of 2020.Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson qualified second and was followed by Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott.SPORTS-PANDEMICUNDATED (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says teams in his state can return to their facilities for training after a pause of more than two months. The New York City area was one of the hardest-hit parts of the U.S. by the coronavirus pandemic, but COVID-19 deaths and new infections in the state have been trending downward. Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL are discussing the resumption of their seasons with their players’ unions.center_img Update on the latest sports Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Hall of Fame basketball coach Eddie Sutton has died of natural causes at 84, according to his family.Sutton led Kentucky, Arkansas and Oklahoma State to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA tournament. He was 806-328 in 37 seasons as a Division I head coach, not counting vacated victories or forfeited games.Sutton won two SEC titles with Kentucky but had to resign in 1989 after the NCAA announced 18 allegations against the program. Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 3, Sutton fell short as a finalist six times before finally being selected. He had said he believed that a scandal that ended his stint at Kentucky was likely the culprit for his lengthy wait.He was Associated Press Coach of the Year in 1978 at Arkansas and in 1986 at Kentucky.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more