(From left) Outgoing ECCB Monetary Council Chairman, Chief Minister of Anguilla Victor Banks, Governor of the ECCB, Timothy Antoine and new Chairman Prime Minister Gaston Browne. (Photo by Kieron Murdoch)(Antigua Observer) Chief Minister of Anguilla and former chairman of the OECS Assembly, Victor Banks is blaming the stagnation of the body on a lack of funding.He said the assembly has been struggling with finances for years, but it is time for a change.“Somewhere along the line, I know there are scarce resources in the member states, but we have got to make a commitment to make the organisation work…,” he said. “I think financing is the key issue, being able to get a funding mechanism in place.”The Assembly was only able to meet for the second time in Antigua last week Thursday, since it convened its inaugural sitting in 2012.The body’s relevance has, however, been questioned since only one Bill was on the agenda.Banks said he hoped that more would have come out of last week’s meeting.“I would have hoped there would have been a lot more dialogue, if not in terms of the open assembly, but certainly in terms of maybe a Committee of the House, for lack of a better term,” he said.He said this would have allowed the politicians to discuss serious matters affecting the region and exchange experiences as the governments’ work to strengthen ties.Social commentator, Arvel Grant, who agreed with Banks, said the issues affecting the Assembly must be addressed soon or it will be seen as a “talk shop”.“It is something that we must take extremely seriously, or else it would become a kind of toothless paper tiger,” he said. “Without the funding and the reliable resources for it (the Assembly) to do the functional things, then it serves very little purpose to the taxpayers.” Share 196 Views no discussions NewsPoliticsRegional Politician says OECS needs better funding by: Antigua Observer – July 25, 2016 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet
Two years ago as Mississippi State journeyed to the College World Series, uniforms were one of the most debated topics heading into a Super Regional matchup against Virginia.Adidas created commemorative postseason uniforms for its competing schools. Fans celebrated when MSU used the Houston Astro knockoffs just for batting practice.While players enjoyed them, fans did not.The 2015 season should provide a few more heated debates regarding jerseys, hats and pants.Mississippi State and Adidas announced Wednesday that the baseball program will feature 17 uniform combinations this season.Our players asked for it. @adidasBaseball delivered. 17 uniform combos for our 125th season. #HailState#teamadidaspic.twitter.com/UTcU91gTMx— MSU Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 11, 2015The combinations won’t be revealed until the day of the game.The morning of each 2015 game, we will unveil our uniform combination for that game. As the season progresses, each combo will be unlocked.— MSU Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 11, 2015The first uniform combination will be released Friday as Mississippi State opens the season at 4 p.m. against Cincinnati at Dudy Noble Field.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — After watching his team trail UAB for nearly the entire first half, LSU coach Johnny Jones decided to let his team run wild in the second. The Tigers responded with a flurry of fast-break baskets, and a 79-70 comeback victory over the Blazers.Behind the shooting of Jarrell Martin and Keith Hornsby, who combined to score 49 points, LSU opened the second half with a 27-12 run. The Tigers (8-2) took the lead four minutes into the half and never trailed again on the way to their fifth consecutive victory.“They did a great job coming out with energy in the first half,” Jones said of the Blazers, who jumped out to a 17-6 lead. “In the second half, we had to make sure we didn’t just match their intensity level, we had to exceed it, and our guys were able to do that.“We were able to get some stops, and on the offensive end we were able to get out and run and get in the open floor. We were just quicker than they were and had some easy scoring opportunities.”Martin scored 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting and Hornsby added 24 points, with much of the damage coming early in the second half.“The second half did us in,” UAB coach Jerod Haase said. “The bottom line is we were completely and totally ineffective on the defensive end. We had no answers for them.”The Blazers (4-7) also didn’t have much of an answer for LSU 6-foot-8 forward Jordan Mickey, who had 13 points, eight rebounds and blocked seven shots. His presence down low was one of the reasons UAB went 12-for-32 (37.5 percent) from the field in the second half.“He blocked seven, but he altered several other shots as well. He forced guys to take quick shots,” Jones said. “They shot in the 30s in the second half, and that was indicative of what he did defensively.”Trailing 39-33 at halftime, LSU opened the second half by scoring six straight points to tie the game. Moments later, a 3-pointer by Jalyn Patterson gave the Tigers their first lead since the opening minute at 44-42.LSU quickly pulled away from there, going on an 11-2 run in less than three minutes to build a 60-51 lead.Robert Brown led the Blazers with 20 points and five assists.TIP-INS: LSU: Mickey failed to reach double figures in rebounds for only the fourth time in nine games. He is averaging 9.9 rebounds per game. The Tigers made 56.7 percent of their shots in the second half (17-of-30).UAB: Freshman William Lee, the Alabama high school player of the year in 2013-14, had 13 points and five rebounds in his second start of the season. After pulling to within 65-62 in the second half, the Blazers made only one shot over the next 5½ minutes.MASH UNIT: LSU starting point guard Josh Gray did not play because of a lower right leg injury suffered Saturday against Sam Houston State. Tim Quarterman started in his place and went 0-for-5 from the field in the first half, but finished with six points and eight assists with only two turnovers.COURTSIDE: There were signs and periodic chants from the crowd throughout the game calling for the firing of UAB president Ray Watts, who announced earlier this month that the university is shutting down its football program. Watts was not in attendance.UP NEXT: LSU vs. Charleston on Monday.