Tweet Share LocalNewsPolitics PM congratulates Baroness Scotland by: Dominica Vibes News – November 27, 2015 Share 410 Views 2 comments Share Sharing is caring! Baroness Patricia ScotlandPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has congratulated Baroness Patricia Scotland on her selection as the Secretary General of the Commonwealth.“It was with delight that I received word from H.E. President Charles Savarin, who so expertly and diplomatically piloted Baroness Patricia Scotland’s candidature through the selection process in Malta on our country’s behalf, that Baroness Scotland was today chosen as the 6th Secretary General of the Commonwealth,” a press release from the Office of the Prime Minister states.“I congratulate Patricia Scotland on her achievement of being the first woman to be elected to this position, and for the honour she has brought to Dominica and the Caribbean as a whole. She follows in the footsteps of worthy holders of the position, including another Caribbean luminary, Sir Shridath Ramphal and we are confident that she will admirably acquit herself of her responsibility to the Commonwealth as it faces the harsh realities of the 21st century”.“I remain tremendously proud of Patricia Scotland, who throughout her life has shown herself to be a change-maker and an implementor. Her campaign for the past two years has demonstrated her ability to make things happen. With few financial resources and a small team, she has been able to present her vision of a re-vitalised and reformed Commonwealth to governments, civil society and the private sector, and to listen to their aspirations for a more vibrant Commonwealth,” the statement concludes.
Soccer Football Federation Australia will not follow the NRL by hurrying the resumption of the A-League, vowing to resume the season only after receiving the green light from all state and federal government health agencies. FFA, club owners and state member federations were briefed by Australia’s chief medical officer, professor Brendan Murphy, last week but are some way off knowing when the suspension on all football activity can be lifted. The A-League’s suspension will be reassessed on April 22 while all semi-professional and grassroots football has been halted until May 31 and that hiatus could well extend further. Several A-League clubs informed the Sydney Morning Herald they are not expecting to hold games until late June or the start of July at the earliest with players needing weeks of training before being fit enough to play matches. There are concerns that a delay that pushes the remainder of the season into the next financial year could allow broadcaster Fox Sports to walk away from the final three years of its TV deal, worth $57 million per year. However, FFA ruled out hurrying the A-League season back prematurely even if it was done to keep their broadcast deal intact. “We have seen other sports acting unilaterally and this is not going to be our approach. This is not just about football, it’s bigger than that. We believe that football will have an important role to play in the recovery of Australian society and we want to be a reliable partner in the government’s efforts towards this,” FFA chief James Johnson said. “We are doing all we can to ensure that both state and federal governments are also fully informed and aligned with our plans to resume both the A-League and grassroots seasons. Our priority remains ensuring the health and well-being of our community and fulfilling our civic duty as a good responsible citizen.” Meanwhile, the future of this season’s Asian Champions League remains even more murky, compounded by international travel restrictions and heightened border regulations. The three Australian clubs competing in this season’s competition, Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory remain in the dark over the future of their participation. The Asian Football Confederation today extended the suspension of games for May and June, having flagged the possibility of playing all remaining group games in a central location in the second half of this year. “FFA and other international football authorities, including FIFA and AFC (Asian Football Confederation), are placing the health and well-being of the community, including players, officials and fans, as the top priority – we are totally aligned on this as a precondition to the resumption of competition,” Johnson said. – SMH