LocalNews Commonwealth countries urged to collaborate by: – March 10, 2014 Sharing is caring! 71 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share Share Commonwealth Countries have been told that greater collaboration between member states is needed for the achievement of shared goals and values.Dominica is among seventy countries across the globe observing Commonwealth Day today, Monday March 10, 2014, under the theme ‘Team Commonwealth’.An Ecumenical Service to commemorate the Day was held at the Arawak House of Culture in Roseau, which President Charles Savarin and Mrs. Savarin, including acting prime minister Rayburn Blackmore, government officials, Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd Knights, primary and secondary school students attended.The Queen’s Message delivered by President Charles Savarin highlighted the need for Commonwealth nations to unite in keeping with this year’s theme.The Queen, who is head of the Commonwealth, described the family of nations as a “powerful influence of good for the future”.“Affinities of history and inheritance from the past are strong, yet we are bound together by a sense that the Commonwealth is a powerful influence of good for the future”.Students at Monday’s Ecumenical Service to mark Commonwealth Day.“People of all ages from different cultures are weaving an ever-growing network of links which connect us in our diversity and our common purpose. It is this unity that is expressed in this year’s theme: Team Commonwealth”.The Queen added that experiences of life differ widely throughout the Commonwealth evident through members’ contributions “from sometimes very different viewpoints”.“But we are committed to the same goals. Together we offer each other encouragement and draw strength from this mutual support,” she said.Meanwhile, Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd Knights is hopeful that this year’s theme “Team Commonwealth” will induce citizens to unite.“We hardly use teamwork in our development anymore; we have now become an ‘I’ society isolated by choice,” she said.The commonwealth team is an extra ordinary one where 53 different countries have united to share values, experiences, best practices with one common goal in mind to improve the lives of the people and to develop our countries.This Boyd-Knights said “enables them to work together, to help each other create and maintain just and peaceful societies and achieve sustainable an inclusive society and social progress”.His Excellency, President Charles Savarin delivering The Queen’s message on Monday morning.Moreover, Monsignor Eustace Thomas, noted that team work is essential to the modern Commonwealth, “it is what will give its members a competitive advantage”.According to Fr. Thomas, Team Commonwealth inspires governments, institutions and people of the Commonwealth “individually as well as selectively, to strive with greater efforts to claim the practical advantages and common good that are emerging from a reinvigorated Commonwealth network.The Commonwealth Games which is held each year will be staged in Glasgow this summer, while the Queen’s baton is making its way around the globe through 70 nations before returning to Scotland.Dominica Vibes News
While celebrating the 20th anniversary of its 1995-1996 Final Four team, the University of Massachusetts will retire a jersey in honor of current Kentucky coach John Calipari at a date to be determined next season, the school announced Wednesday.Calipari started his head coaching career at UMass, heading up the program from 1988-1996. On top of the Final Four team that went 35-2, he led the Minutemen to the 1992 Sweet 16, to the second round in 1993 and 1994 and the Elite Eight in 1995.His jersey will hang in UMass’ rafters with fiver others: George “Trigger” Burke (32), Julius “Dr. J” Erving (32), Marcus Camby (21), Lou Roe (15) and Al Skinner (30).“Want to thank @UMassAthletics for honoring my teams and me from the ’90s w/a banner,” Calipari tweeted Wednesday. “A special time with special players at a special place.”The jersey retirement is just the latest honor for Calipari, who was recently announced as a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was also on Wednesday tabbed as one of 15 Coach of the Year finalists along with Murray State’s Steve Prohm.Also, UK’s Willie Cauley-Stein is a finalist for National Player of the Year. So, too, is the Racers’ Cameron Payne.