Cameron says regional PMs can initiate CWI restructuring

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron said Caribbean prime ministers had the power to restructure the regional governing body if they so desired, but it was not solely his responsibility to undertake reform of the organisation.Speaking on SportsMax here, Cameron argued that any governance restructuring needed to be initiated by the territorial boards which comprised CWI, and pointed out that the regional prime ministers pushing for reform could “instruct” the domestic associations accordingly.“The prime ministers believe that the structure needs to change – the structure is not Dave Cameron’s structure, the structure is West Indies cricket’s structure,” the often controversial CWI chief said ahead of this weekend’s elections here.“For the structure to change, all the territorial boards would have to say ‘this is what we want’ and these prime ministers are prime ministers of these countries. All they need to do is instruct their boards to change the structure accordingly. Why is that Dave Cameron’s problem?”Cameron has come under pressure from CARICOM in recent years to enact recommended CWI reforms, so as to ensure greater transparency and accountability in the organisation.Three prime ministers – Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago’s Dr Keith Rowley – have been especially vocal in their criticisms of Cameron and the organisation.Mitchell, in his previous role as chairman of CARICOM’s subcommittee on cricket, has repeatedly questioned Cameron’s leadership and only last month said he did not think the Jamaican’s “attitude and mindset will take West Indies cricket forward”.Gonsalves, meanwhile, has in the past slammed Cameron’s management style as “extremely poor” and ahead of the 2015 CWI elections, urged territorial boards to tell the incumbent to “take a break and come back at a later date, perhaps with more mature, renewed skills of leadership”.Rowley, too, has been critical of the CWI leadership, saying West Indies cricket had been “hijacked by a small clique of people”.Cameron, who has been defending his record in the run-up to the elections, said contrary to popular belief, he enjoyed a very good relationship with CARICOM prime ministers and it was only “two or three” with whom he did not see eye to eye.“It is not CARICOM – and we keep saying CARICOM. There are two or three prime ministers who have a view,” he contended.“There are a number of other prime ministers who have a contrary view and if you know prime ministers, they are not going to come out publicly and fight against each other and Prime Minister Gonsalves and Mitchell are elder statesmen within the CARICOM setup.”He continued: “But we have excellent relationships with Prime Minister (Allen) Chastanet of St Lucia, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica; Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister (Gaston Browne) has written me a note publicly supporting what we are doing.“(We have) relationships with the Prime Minister of Barbados (Mia Mottley) … as a matter of fact I have a personal relationship with Gonsalves and Prime Minister Mitchell as well. So again, we have no personal issues.”Cameron is being challenged in Sunday’s CWI elections by former St Kitts and Nevis cabinet minister, Ricky Skerritt, while vice-president Emmanuel Nanthan is up against Dr Kishore Shallow.Cameron and Nanthan are bidding for a fourth successive term after being first elected in 2013 when they toppled former St Lucian diplomat Julian Hunte.last_img read more

Syracuse ice hockey rolls over Penn State, 4-1, for second straight day

first_imgFor the second straight day, Syracuse (7-10-5, 6-2-2 College Hockey America) dominated in the shot department, defeating Penn State (5-15-4, 4-5-1), 4-1, on Saturday at Tennity Ice Pavilion. On Friday, SU beat PSU, 3-1.On Saturday afternoon, Syracuse outshot and out-attempted the Nittany Lions 34-15 and 50-22, respectively, and rode a four-goal third period to a 4-1 victory. The Orange scored four goals for the first time since Nov. 11 at Mercyhurst.Following a scoreless first period, Penn State opened up the scoring 9:30 in the second period with Abby Welch’s first goal of the season. Abby is the sister of SU goalie Maddi Welch. From that moment on, Syracuse piled on shot after shot before finally striking moments into the final frame.Thirty-seven seconds into the third period, SU’s Allie Munroe scored what would be the first of three quick-strike goals for the Orange in a four minute, 52 second span. Less than two minutes later, Laurence Porlier scored. Munroe padded the lead 3:31 later for her second goal of the day.Syracuse continued to dictate the play for the remainder of the period and Brooke Avery scored an empty-net goal with 55 seconds remaining. Despite dominating Penn State in shots and shot attempts and on the scoreboard, Syracuse was dead even at 29 on faceoff wins and losses and took twice as many penalties (6-3).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the win, Syracuse continues to gain ground in the CHA standings and remains in second place behind leader Robert Morris (14-2-5, 8-1-1). Syracuse next plays at Lindenwood (5-14-2, 3-6-1) on Friday in St. Charles, Missouri, to start a two-day weekend road trip. Comments Published on January 14, 2017 at 6:33 pm Contact Jake: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

IHG to add its Vibrant voco™ brand to Kirkton Park

first_imgSource = InterContinental Hotels Group IHG to add its Vibrant voco™ brand to Kirkton ParkIHG to add its Vibrant voco™ brand to Kirkton ParkIHG will give it’s stunning Kirkton Park property in the NSW wine region a refresh and rebrand it as voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, making it the fourth signing in Australia since IHG launched the upscale voco™ brand globally in June.With 70 voguishly appointed rooms, the property was one of the first Hunter Valley Hotels established in the prestigious wine region. In June 2017 IHG took over management of the hotel under the banner of Kirkton Park Hunter Valley and has since built a reputation for being one of the wine region’s most desirable destinations.As part of the rebrand, voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley will make several aesthetic upgrades with the distinctive and luxurious voco™ brand hallmarks: ‘Come on in’, ‘Me time’, and ‘voco life’. The boutique hotel will once again join forces with luxury interior designer, Greg Natale, to bring the interior design concept to life in a new and inventive way that celebrates its location and surroundings.Located in the heart of Pokolbin and just minutes away from the region’s most popular wineries, the Australian colonial heritage property is complemented by 70 acres of rural surroundings including farmland, a wholesome vegetable garden and picturesque walking trails.Guests will be treated to the ultimate upscale voco experience that celebrates the individuality of the hotel, stunning location and local people, with each stay tailored to deliver a unique and memorable experience. Once checked in, elements of the voco™ hotels will be on offer, including tennis courts, billiards room, indoor heated pool, sauna and spa, and gymnasium. Guests will also be able to enjoy access to the welcome lounge, open-fire library, 24-hour reception and room-service and on-site restaurants and bars, adding to the vibrant voco™ experience.Penny Crossley, General Manager of Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, said: “The Hunter Valley is famous for local wineries and produce growers. voco is the perfect fit for us to deliver genuine, passionate service every day. Our approach is personalised, friendly and charming and we want to ensure every stay is memorable. As a hotel, we are connected with the local community, so can offer a truly localised experience as our beautiful country estate serves as the perfect spot to unwind.”“We are very proud to bring this amazing property to life as voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, and to further build on our personal passion for sustainable stays. We look forward to continuing to offer the charming, memorable and distinctive hallmarks we are famous for, with a dash of the voco flair.”The newest of voco hotels will have a genuine, sustainable and paddock-to-plate focused mindset, embracing local surroundings. Mirroring IHG’s global focus on sustainability, the hotel will make upgrades to the owned vegetable garden, minimise food waste with on-property animals, install a panel Solar Farm 100 KW system, serve filtered water to conferencing guests, consciously reduce plastic usage and install sustainable In-Room amenities and shower concepts. Guests will also be able to collect their own eggs, help the staff feed the on-site farm animals and learn about the vegetables from the Chef.Launched in June this year, the voco brand will strengthen IHG’s offer in the $40 billion upscale segment, which is expected to grow by a further $20 billion by 2025. This distinctive brand will offer owners the ability to drive higher returns by delivering a compelling guest experience and leveraging IHG’s powerful systems. Including best-in-class revenue management and technology capabilities and IHG® Rewards Club, one of the world’s largest hotel loyalty programmes.IHG currently has 48 hotels operating under four brands in Australasia, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, with another 27 in the pipeline, including voco, EVEN Hotels and Hotel Indigo.*To book your stay at Kirkton Park Hunter Valley today, visit read more