World Cup Hopes for Caribbean Teams Boosted, But It’s No Guarantee Says C.F.U. President

Image: Caribbean Football Union president, Gordon Derrick

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Caribbean Football Union president, Gordon Derrick, believes the decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams will augur well for regional sides but has warned this does not represent “a guarantee” of a spot at the showpiece. Football’s world governing body, FIFA, unanimously voted on the move a week ago, which will see the number of teams at the tournament rise from 32 to 48, and the number of games leap from 64 to 80.

St. Lucia Ranked #21 In World Netball

Image: Some of the action between host Saint Lucia and Saint Martin in the three-match series. ( Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

THE International Netball Federation has updated its rankings to reflect matches played between October 23 and December 11, 2016, including matches from the Test series between England and Jamaica and the Test Series between Saint Lucia and Saint Martin. Following these activities, there is no change to the ranking for the top ten teams. However, Jamaica (4th) draws closer to England (3rd) as a result of their 2-1 series win.

Recognition Time For Sports Stars

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THE heavyweights in the various national sports federations are finally flexing their muscles as the Department of Youth Development and Sports continues preparation for this year’s National Sports Awards scheduled for February 18. After what can best be described as a mixed year in terms of performance the list of nominees for associations, coaches, administrators, technical officials and clubs of the year has been released by the Department of Youth Development and Sports.

A State of Disgrace

In September 2013, the Castries City Council announced it was moving to restore the capital's aesthetic beauty. Two years later, the situation is much worse.

THERE must be some level of respect for customers on the part of business entities out to make a dollar. However, with business becoming increasingly competitive, it seems that some are willing to sacrifice respect at the altar of the almighty dollar without any misgivings. The situation is so bad that even customers are turning a blind eye to some of the problem

Leadership Changes at Bay Gardens

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THE locally owned and operated award-winning resort chain, Bay Gardens Resorts has announced some key leadership changes, that it is hoped will take Bay Gardens Resorts to the next level. Mrs. Berthia Parle, who has been the brand flag bearer for over two decades, will be relinquishing the General Manager’s position at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa, in order to focus her attention on preparing the Bay Gardens brand for expansion and diversification.

Ethics Code for Regional NGOs

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – Caribbean non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are being encouraged to sign onto a code of conduct and ethics that will guide the future operations of NGOs in the region. A senior official of the Barbados-based Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC), which is implementing a three year project aimed at improving civil society effectiveness in regional development and integration processes in the Caribbean Forum (CARICOM), said that the code is to provide a transparent format where NGOs can report to donor, state, membership and the wider general public.

An Organised Space = An Organised Mind – N.C.P.C. PERSPECTIVE

SHOW me your workspace and I will tell you who you are! In the very same way that the friends a person keeps is a reflection of who they are, the condition of an individual’s workspace can reveal much about their state of their mind and their productivity. Although the issue of physical workspace is often overlooked, workspaces play a very influential role as it pertains to individuals’ feelings towards their work and very often impacts actual performance.