Logo of the Organization of American States. Image via: topnews.inPANAMA CITY, Panama — The use of applied science, technology and innovation to improve competitiveness and achieve prosperity in the countries of the region will be one of the main focal points of the third meeting of ministers and high authorities of science and technology from the Americas, to be held on Thursday and Friday in Panama City, with the support of the Organization of American States (OAS).The meeting has as its objective to make progress in science and technology in the region, by defining a series of goals to be fulfilled by the year 2025. Among them are: to develop in the Americas a culture of innovation based on technology that fosters integration, entrepreneurship and creative thinking; to increase, by at least 50 percent, the number of men and women that graduate from programs in science, technology, engineering and technical education. Furthermore, to substantially improve the study programs in different disciplines; to ensure that all member states of the OAS have access to infrastructure services of internationally renowned quality; and to strengthen inter-American cooperation in the sector to achieve a more effective and fast-paced technological development in the region.These goals are the four pillars of the “20/25 Vision,” a proposal prepared by the Government of Panama, host of the meeting, and the OAS Office of Science, Technology and Innovation. The ministers and high authorities also are expected to approve the “Draft Plan of Action of Panama,” which facilitates the creation of working groups to achieve progress on the agreed-upon tasks, as well as to establish clear initiatives and cooperation mechanisms that ensure the fulfillment of the already mentioned objectives.Among the participants who have already confirmed their attendance are ministers and high authorities from Argentina, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, the United States, and Trinidad and Tobago.Titled, “Translational Science, Technology and Innovation: Knowledge for Competitiveness and Prosperity,” the meeting also will be an opportunity to discuss the progress achieved since the last ministerial meeting in Mexico City in 2008, and to formulate recommendations to the heads of state and government for the Sixth Summit of the Americas, to be held in April 2012 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, under the banner of “Connecting the Americas: Partners for Prosperity.”The document titled “Towards a Vision 20/25 in Science, Technology and Innovation for the Americas: Hemispheric Cooperation for Competitiveness and Prosperity in a Knowledge Economy,” is a response to a recommendation from the Inter-American Committee on Science and Technology (COMCYT), which during its VI regular meeting in September 2010 recognized the importance of focusing on the application of these resources as fundamental factors to promote innovation, competitiveness, growth and prosperity. Since the first ministerial meeting on science and technology in Lima in 2004, the COMCYT has constituted a forum for political dialogue and follow-up to the mandates adopted at these gatherings.The Office of Science, Technology and Innovation of the OAS is part of the Department of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism in the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development, and its mission is to support member states in formulating national development policies and strategies to promote science, technology, engineering, and innovation with the goal of improving competitiveness in the private sector and generating sources of decent work, reducing poverty, and strengthening democratic governance.Caribbean News Now NewsRegional Meeting of ministers of science and technology to be convened in Panama by OAS by: – November 15, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Share Share Tweet 9 Views no discussions
— The men’s curling world championships in Scotland have been canceled, along with the mixed and senior events in Canada. The World Curling Federation says it acted on the advice of the Scottish government in canceling the men’s tournament, which had been scheduled for Glasgow from March 28 to April 5. The mixed doubles and seniors events were to take place in Kelowna, British Columbia, from April 18-25. The women’s world championships in Prince George, British Columbia, were canceled on Thursday.— German cyclist Maximilian Schachmann has won the Paris-Nice race in a rare case of a sporting event still going ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic. France’s soccer and rugby leagues scrapped their matches indefinitely on a hectic Friday amid cancellations around the world but organizers maintained one of cycling’s biggest stage races. They only shortened it by scrapping Sunday’s traditional last stage into the southern city of Nice. Schachmann held the overnight lead heading into the hilly seventh and final stage ending with a steep Category 1 climb. He kept it despite a late attack from Belgian rider Tiesj Benoot, who finished 18 seconds behind in second overall. Colombian climbing specialist Nairo Quintana won the stage.IDITARODIditarod mushes on; fans being urged to skip finish in NomeANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — As Iditarod mushers drove their dog teams across Alaska on Saturday, race officials scrambled to make last minute changes prompted by concerns over the new coronavirus, including asking fans not to fly to Nome for the finish. March 14, 2020 Associated Press NFL-NEWSRedskins put franchise tag on guard Brandon ScherffUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins have placed the franchise tag on three-time Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff to keep him in the fold next season.Scherff and Washington had been in talks on a long-term deal. Instead, the Redskins ensured their 2015 first-round pick would not reach free agency. The 28-year-old could have been among the NFL’s highest-paid guards had he hit the open market. He dealt with numerous injuries the past two seasons but has been a force for Washington when healthy.Scherff was named to his third Pro Bowl in 2019 after starting 11 games. He has started all 65 games he has played in since turning pro out of Iowa and being drafted fifth overall by the Redskins five years ago. UNDATED (AP) — Syracuse freshman Brycen Goodine is transferring.Goodine made the announcement Friday night on his Twitter account.The 6-foot-3 guard from New Bedford, Massachusetts, played in 23 of the Orange’s 32 games. He averaged just under nine minutes and 1.9 points. He struggled from long range, hitting 3 of 23 (13%) from behind the arc.In other college basketball news:__ Hall of Famer Rick Pitino is the new basketball coach at Iona College. Pitino replaces Tim Cluess, who resigned Friday for health reasons after a decade at the school Catholic school in the New York City suburbs. Pitino coached at Louisville from 2001-17 before being fired in a pay-for-play scandal and had been coaching in Greece. The 67-year-old has a 770-271 overall record in college and became the first coach to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four. He won national championships at Louisville in 2013 and Kentucky in 1996. He also went to the Final Four with Providence in 1987.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Redskins used the regular, not the exclusive, franchise tag on Scherff, meaning he can still talk to other teams. They’d have the right to match another offer or receive two first-round picks as compensation. They also have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term contract.In other NFL news:— Atlanta Falcons fullback Keith Smith agreed to a three-year contract extension Saturday. Smith, who started five games and led the team with eight special teams tackles in 2019, was set to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday. The 27-year-old Smith signed with Atlanta early last season after he played in 16 games, including three starts, with the Raiders in 2018. He had five carries for eight yards and one catch for 13 years with the Falcons. Smith signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent linebacker from San Jose State in 2014. He made the move to fullback and was a part-time starter for the Cowboys in 2016 and 2017.— The Detroit Lions have re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach. Muhlbach is entering his 17th NFL season. He is second on Detroit’s career list with 244 games played. By playing in 16 games each season from 2010-19, Muhlbach became the first player in franchise history to appear in all 160 games in a decade. Muhlbach originally entered the NFL in 2004 as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens, but he’s never appeared in a game for anyone but the Lions.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Jerry Moritz has been attending horse races at Fonner Park regularly since 1970 and almost every day in recent years.The track in central Nebraska was one of the few sporting venues in the country open to fans Saturday, and the 73-year-old from Grand Island wasn’t going to let concerns over the new coronavirus stop him from going.No cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Hall County, where Fonner Park is located, and that was part of the reason track CEO Chris Kotulak decided to allow fans for the weekend racing programs.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SYRACUSE-GOODINESyracuse freshman guard Brycen Goodine to transfer Bulls, Blackhawks to still pay day of employeesUNDATED (AP) __ The United Center ownership and the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks say they will pay day-of-game employees through the end of their scheduled seasons. The NBA and NHL seasons have been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Each team has seven home games left. In a statement attributed to Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, the teams say their employees “are family, and we will navigate this unprecedented situation together.”In other developments related to the virus:— Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) has donated $500,000 to support health services in the U.S. and France and employees of the team impacted by the coronavirus. Gobert became the first NBA player to be stricken with the virus, which led to the league suspending play for at least 30 days. His donation was announced by the Jazz, who said some of the money will go to COVID 19-related social services relief in Utah, Oklahoma City and within the French health care system.— Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell’s father, who works for the New York Mets, has tested negative for the coronavirus. Donovan Mitchell Sr. is the Mets’ director of player relations and community outreach. The younger Mitchell confirmed Thursday he tested positive for the virus after Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert became the first NBA player to test positive. The Mets said in a statement that the elder Mitchell was tested Thursday and a negative result was received last night. Officials late Friday night urged race fans, especially those from out of state, to skip the finish this week. City officials in Nome followed most other Alaska cities in closing or limiting access to most public buildings in wake of the state’s first positive test, that of a man from outside the United States. The man was tested Thursday at an Anchorage hospital after earlier arriving in the city on a private cargo plane.Race officials are also paring down their own staff to only essential personnel needed in Nome for the finish. That list is limited to veterinarians, necessary dog handlers and staff needed for communications and to coordinate logistics.The Iditarod had previously postponed post-race events in Nome, including the musher’s banquet and an annual meet-and-greet with mushers.VIRUS OUTBREAK-HORSE RACINGCoronavirus can’t keep fans from going to Nebraska racetrack Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSNats release StricklandWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have released relief pitcher Hunter Strickland. Unconditionally releasing Strickland and David Hernandez were among a handful of moves made by the Nationals on Saturday. Strickland was a trade-deadline pickup for Washington last season. The 31-year-old appeared in 24 regular-season games but none in the playoffs as the Nationals won the World Series. Strickland before that was most known around Washington for plunking and brawling with ex-Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper in 2018. Strickland spent his first five major league seasons with San Francisco where he spent some time as a closer. He was with Seattle before the trade to Washington. — Super Rugby organizers have decided to suspend the competition indefinitely after the weekend’s games. SANZAAR, the southern hemisphere rugby body that runs Super Rugby, said Saturday the tournament will be off for the “foreseeable future.” The decision was prompted by the New Zealand government’s directive that people entering from trips overseas, including returning New Zealand citizens, would have to self-isolate for 14 days from Monday. That would make Super Rugby untenable, with the tournament featuring teams from five nations, including five from New Zealand, and involving regular travel between countries. Teams from Australia, Japan, South Africa and Argentina also compete in the competition, which runs from January through to June.— The Italian soccer players’ association says it is “saddened and outraged” that clubs are still calling on their players to attend training sessions. In a statement, the players’ association notes that “some clubs” are bringing in players to train in small groups, “or, even worse, for daily checks of their temperature.” Italy is the European country hit worst by the virus, where the number of virus cases climbed to over nearly 20,000, with more than 1,000 deaths. The government in Rome has ordered an unprecedented lockdown, ordering businesses to close and restricting people’s movement. The lockdown has suspended all sports in the country through at least April 3.— A leading executive at a relegation-threatened Premier League team has called for the English soccer season to be abandoned, saying officials were in “dreamland” if they thought play could resume early next month after games were suspended amid the coronavirus outbreak. In a column in The Sun newspaper, West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady wrote that “The only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void.” West Ham is in 16th place in the 20-team division. The Premier League said it hopes to be back up and running, if possible, by the weekend of April 3-4 – meaning two rounds will have been missed – but Brady sees that prospect as unlikely.— The International Triathlon Union has suspended all of its competitions and activities from Monday to the end of April. Major events postponed include the second world series event in Bermuda on April 18-19, and four World Cups in the United States, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico.— The Edinburgh Marathon that was to take place on May 24 has been postponed. Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday. Update on the latest in sports: — The XFL says a player with the Seattle Dragons has tested positive for coronavirus.The fledgling football league says the unidentified player reported his symptoms to team medical staff on Tuesday and has been in quarantine ever since. He was tested for COVID-19 and received the result Friday. The league says the player participated in the Dragons’ March 7 game against the Roughnecks in Houston and a Feb. 29 game against the BattleHawks in St. Louis. He was asymptomatic at the time. Late Thursday, the XFL canceled the remainder of its season, which had five weeks left.— The Pac-12 Conference has canceled all spring sports and championships following a meeting of conference executives and athletic directors. The conference also announced that all organized team activities are not allowed until at least March 29, when that decision will be revisited. The smaller Southland Conference also announced a similar move. The NCAA had already decided Thursday to cancel the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments as well as all remaining winter and spring championships.— The Chinese soccer team that was originally stuck in Spain because of the coronavirus outbreak is going back home to try to avoid its rapid spread in Europe. Wuhan Zall was expected to return to China on Saturday, nearly 1 1/2 months after it arrived in Spain for preseason training. The team had not been able to leave because of the restrictions in China but expedited its departure because of the worsening situation in Spain. Confirmed coronavirus infections have reached nearly 6,000 people in Spain and the government has declared a two-week state of emergency.— Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH’-bay) says his country still intends to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo as planned. He says the virus outbreak hasn’t reached a point in Japan that requires him to declare a national emergency like the United States and parts of Europe. Abe says Japan is continuing to “coordinate well” with the International Olympic Committee. President Donald Trump suggested this week that Japan should consider postponing the Olympics, which are scheduled to open July 24.