West Indies batsman Kieran Powell in Florida trying to make it in Major League Baseball

This Story Was First Published On Fox Sports, Cricket.

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KIERAN Powell was playing Test cricket last year and, if not for a fallout with the West Indies Cricket Board, would probably be in action against Australia this summer.

Instead, he’s trying to make it in Major League Baseball.

It’s not a long way physically from Powell’s home island of Nevis (of St Kitts & Nevis fame) to the IMG Academy in Florida, but it’s a veritable world away from what the 25-year-old is used to.

A talented batsman in cricket, Powell is aiming to translate those skills into being a baseball batter of some repute.

“An opportunity came about after a few discrepancies with the West Indies cricket board I decided to take some time off from cricket and some footage of me playing cricket was seen by the LA Dodgers,” Powell told Fairfax Media.

“I’ve had some training out here in the US for a few months.”

Powell admits that cricket remains his first love, but doesn’t exactly hold out hope of returning to the game at a serious level.

“Baseball is my priority right now,” Powell told Fairfax Media. “It’s an interesting game, I’ve loved every minute of it so far, and I hope to continue doing it for the rest of my career.”

The left-hander last played for the Windies in June 2014, and has featured in a total of 21 Tests, 28 ODIs and one T20 International.

He was a standout performer during the Caribbean side’s last visit to Australia before this summer, scoring 83 and 47 in back-to-back one-dayers in Perth and Canberra in 2013.

Powell has two Test hundreds to his name – one in New Zealand, and two in the same match against Bangladesh – but an overall batting average of 27.48 suggests he was yet to fully come to terms with his game.

Sadly for Windies fans, he may never get there as he seems set on making it in the MLB.

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(Kieran Powell bats during a one-dayer against New Zealand in January 2014. Source: Getty Images)

Kieran Powell bats during a one-dayer against New Zealand in January 2014. Source: Getty Images
It isn’t the first time a cricketer has flirted with a career in America’s pastime.

Last year Australian legend Brett Lee told foxsports.com.au of the time he was invited to a trial with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2003.

One of the fastest bowlers in cricket history who also had a bullet arm in the field, the Diamondbacks were interested in Lee as a pitcher.

“It was a pretty incredible experience,” Lee told foxsports.com.au. “To be recognised as a guy that can throw a ball at a decent pace, to me that was first and foremost a big honour for me. The chance to go down and throw a couple of balls was fun.”

So just how fast could one of cricket’s quickest ever bowlers send down a baseball with a bent arm?

“I was in the early to mid-90s miles per hour (145 to 153km/h).

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(Kieran Powell reacts after being bowled by New Zealand’s Tim Southee. Source: Getty Images)

Kieran Powell reacts after being bowled by New Zealand’s Tim Southee. Source: Getty Images
“These days their top pitchers are around 95 to 100 miles per hour from what I’m told, so it’s serious pace.”

More recently, Australia batsman David Warner reportedly attracted interest from a Major League Baseball team and even went to the US to find out more, but decided to stick with cricket.

The origins of Powell’s defection from the sport can be traced to his decision to step away from cricket in June last year due to personal reasons.

A subsequent war of words with WICB cricket director Richard Pybus saw Powell omitted from the Windies’ World Cup squads earlier this year, and his last game of first-class cricket surprisingly came in Sri Lanka’s domestic competition, for Tamil Union.

By sknpulse Posted in Sports

ROC (TAIWAN) CONTINUES PARTNERSHIP WITH ST. KITTS AND NEVIS WITH DONATION OF FOUR BRAND NEW VEHICLES

 

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Photo: P.S. Osmond Petty (left), P.S. Osbert DeSuza (2nd left), Minister Brantley (centre), His Excellency Chiou (2nd right) and Her Excellency Huggins (right)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 29, 2015 (SKNIS): The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis welcomes the efforts of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to strengthen bilateral relations with the Federation, said The Honourable Mark Brantley, Deputy Premier of Nevis and Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, during the handing over of a fleet of vehicles on Monday, December 28, at the Police Training Complex in Basseterre.

The vehicles are earmarked for use by officials of the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Minister Brantley described the relationship between both countries as fruitful.

“The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is most grateful for the provision of four (4) brand new vehicles,” he said. “These vehicles would be used to execute exemplary protocol services to our visitors of state and to perform other major operational functions of the ministries.”

The foreign minister stated that his fellow citizens value Taiwan’s contribution to the overall development of the twin-island Federation.

“2015 has been a successful year for both of our countries,” said Minister Brantley. “The assistance rendered and expertise shared by your Government in the field of education, trade, occasional training, agriculture, technology, energy, health, tourism and culture, social amenities and infrastructure and now security, have served to safeguard the welfare of our people.”

Minister Brantley assured the Taiwanese Government and His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou, Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to St. Kitts and Nevis, that the Government of National Unity would continue to strengthen the ties between both countries and remain deeply committed to the relationship.

His Excellency Chiou said that the vehicles are of significant importance “because without the proper vehicles it is impossible to function very well.” He noted that in early 2016 two police officers will be sent to Taiwan for a short visit to familiarize themselves with operations there.

The Ambassador explained that the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is hopeful that it can help to prevent criminal incidents, preserve security and promote the goodwill of the citizens and residents alike.

Also present at the ceremony were Osbert DeSuza, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Osmond Petty, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Kaye Bass, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, Her Excellency Jasmine Huggins, Resident Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis to the Republic of China (Taiwan), members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF), Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Taiwan, media representatives and other invited guests.

David Browne, OTI’s New Executive Sous Chef

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“It’s a flare, food with fun, time to treat your taste buds,” says David Browne of OTI

It’s no secret that over the last couple of months, Ocean Terrance Inn (OTI) has been engaged in the revamping, restructuring and rejuvenating of our facilities and aura; from our rooms to our dining amenities and our newly adapted feng shui, OTI is fastened on the thrill of becoming the islands #1 guesthouse with the best brunch and dinner spot.

In tune with our many changes and additions, OTI welcomes son of the soil, Mr. David Browne as our Executive Sous Chef.

Born to a Kittitian mother and an Antiguan father, David grew up in St. Kitts in the Capital, Basseterre, specifically, New Town. He left St. Kitts at the age of 16 and migrated to the United States, New York, where he pursued and completed a degree at Monroe College, Culinary Arts Institute, in Hotel and Food Management.

Subsequently, he moved back home to work at his parents restaurant, ‘Victor’s Hideaway’ in Newtown and then in Nevis.

After the death of his father, he moved to Antigua and landed a job at Elite Resort, where he worked for the last 13 years as a Sous Chef and a Health Inspector.

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(Photo Caption: David Browne,  Executive Sous Chef)

After much contemplation, David decided to move back to St. Kitts and contribute to the land that raised him.

He began working at OTI on December 4th 2015, “and I’m loving it,” he says.

OTI is delighted to have employed such a talented and high spirited Chef.

David have been involved in many professions, where he was in the Antiguan Police Force and worked at the Antiguan Prison, “but, I always end back in the kitchen,” said David.

“I always had a knack for cooking. I was always in the kitchen. As a little boy coming up, while the other kids played outside, I was inside, in the kitchen…. It’s where I belong I guess… I enjoy what I do, it’s never about money, I mean you need it to pay your bills etc, but I love the art of cooking, I love to be creative with my dishes.”

While working at the prison in Antigua, he was involved in a rehabilitation program initiated for the inmates, where he would teach them how to cook different meals, educate them about different healthy and cooking ethics as well as heighten their cooking and cutlery abilities.

Chef David loves to teach and impart his knowledge of the kitchen to others. He was very instrumental in starting the Young Chef Cook Off competition in Antigua and has indicated that he has intentions of OTI partnering with the local Ministry of Education to assist with a similar program in the Federation.

David comes to OTI with extensive training and an impeccable background in Cooking. He is a former cook of Galley Bay in Antigua, which is an award winning hotel for its food and service and is highlighted as the best all inclusive hotel in the Antigua and was voted #8 in the entire Caribbean. He also served as a transitional Sous Chef at Palm Island in the Southern Grenadines; one of the most romantic hotels in the Caribbean with indigenous food and is famous for their fresh seafood dishes. He is also a former cook at Fisherman’s Wharf.

“I’m new here, I’m not sure how it was before, but now and moving forward, we are focusing on more events and buffets. For this, I am going to incorporate a lot of local food and local flavors. Growing up in St. Kitts and Nevis, I’ve learnt that we are food people, we love flavor, we love our dishes well-seasoned and that is what we are offering; a lot of flavorful stuff for the locals to enjoy what they love and for the visitors to taste what they dream of.”

David made known that OTI’s à la carte menu is made up of a mixture of local, Caribbean and European inspired dishes.

Lunch is served from 12-2pm every day and dinner is served from 6-10pm every Tuesday-Sunday.

OTI offers special entertainment on Friday evenings with our ‘West Indian Night’ dubbed Buffet and Sunday brunch with our ‘Caribbean Nights’ dubbed buffet. Entertainment is provided on both nights.

“It’s good to be home, if you need some where to have a nice sit down, a chill moment or want to have some fun, OTI is the place for you!”

POLICE COMMEND REVELERS AND BANDS FOR GOOD J’OUVERT BEHAVIOR

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(Photo Caption: Police Patrol For Safe Jouvert)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 28, 2015 (RSCNPF):  Commissioner (Ag) of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Stafford Liburd has expressed appreciation to the revelers and bands for their efforts in a safe J’Ouvert 2015.

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(Photo Caption: Police Trainees in real life crowd control environment)

Commissioner Liburd said, that reports from the Basseterre Police Station indicated that the J’Ouvert activities were as energetic as in previous years and the crowd was massive.  “Our Basseterre Police Station Officers said “the crowd was massive and with that size crowd and thankfully only one or two fist fights, the J’Ouvert festivities can be summed up from a security standpoint as relatively safe,” said Commissioner Liburd.

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(Photo Caption: Security Forces during Jouvert)

“I want to thank all the revelers for coming out and having fun, thanks to the bands for ensuring a safe event  by adhering to the instructions from the marshals.  I also want to thank the officers who were on duty, both from the Police and the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force, your vigilance contributed significantly as a deterrent to any anti-social behavior that would have detracted from the J’Ouvert revelry.  Revelers were able to truly enjoy themselves,” added Commissioner Liburd.

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(Photo Caption: Vigilant Police ensuring safe Jouvert)

Commissioner Liburd also encouraged revelers to display this same attitude on Parade Day January 01 and “Last Lap” on January 02.     

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Miss St. Kitts Music Festival 20 Crowned National Carnival Queen 2015 – 2016

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(Photo Caption: PM Harris Crowns Miss National Carnival Queen Orngel Erskine)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, Monday 28th December – Sugar Mill,  Port Zante came alive on Sunday as Sugar Mas 44 staged the 2015 edition of the National Carnival Queen Show.

Six beautiful ladies vied for the coveted title of Miss National Carnival Queen and at the end of the night the results were as follows:

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(Photo Caption: PM Harris,  2014 –  2015 Miss National Carnival Queen,  2015 – 2016 Miss National Carnival Queen,  Miss National Carnival 1st and 2nd Runner-up)

NATIONAL CARNIVAL QUEEN 2015 – 2016 – Miss St. Kitts Music Festival 20, ORNGEL ERSKINE (759.5)

1st runner up – Miss FLOW. Khyla Brown(728 .5 points)

2nd runner up – Miss Carib Brewery, Jahnel Nisbett: (678.5 points)

Miss Photogenic – Miss FLOW, Khyla Brown

Miss Amity – Miss St. Kitts Music Festival 20, Orngel Erskine

Most Popular Contestant Online – Miss FLOW, Khyla Brown

Chairman’s Award – Miss St. Kitts Music Festival 20

Winner of Swimwear Segment – Miss FLOW, Khyla Brown (156.5 points)

Winner of Performing Talent Segment – Miss FLOW, Khyla Brown (153 points)

Winner of National Pride Segment – Miss FLOW, Khyla Brown (147.5 points)

Winner of Evening Wear Segment – Miss St. Kitts Music Festival 20, Orngel Erskine (144 points)

Best Onstage Interview – Miss St. Kitts Music Festival 20, Orngel Erskine (165.5 points)

Multi-Million Dollar Drug Bust In Antigua

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Credit: Caribbean News Service (CNS).

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Dec 27 2015 – Law enforcement authorities here have seized more than 2700 pounds of cannabis on a vessel.

Three men were arrested during the joint operation by officers from the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) and ABDF Coast Guard

Those arrested are 33-year old Greg Warner of Willikies Village, 29-year old Gavin Williams of Seaton’s Village and 31-yearr old Vickram Dindial of Cassada Gardens.

They have been charged with Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Supply, Being Concerned with the Supply of Cannabis, Drug Trafficking and Importation.

Warner was additionally charged with Possession of Cannabis, Being Concern in the Supply of Cannabis and Drug Trafficking. The three will make a court appearance on Monday 28th December to answer to these charges.

Police said the drugs had an estimated street value of EC$ 10,827,800.00.

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Nevis Premier sends warmest Christmas greetings

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Photo caption: Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory.
 
NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (December 24, 2015) — The following is the full text of the 2015 Christmas Message by Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory.

Fellow Citizens, Nevisians, Residents and Visitors,

In this season of joy and celebration, I convey warmest Christmas greetings to you and your families for Christmas 2015.

Christmas, is a special time of the year when so many of us come together with family and friend in the spirit of love, peace and joy. It’s a time when hope overcomes despair, faith conquers doubt and love supersedes hate.

Christmas is a reaffirmation of God’s great love for all mankind and it reminds us of God’s generous gift to his son through which hope and compassion entered the world.

The story of Jesus’ birth and the homelessness of Joseph and Mary who were anticipating the birth of their child, is at the heart of Christmas and it invites to reflect on how we respond to the needy and vulnerable among us.

Let us share the gift of God’s love by giving of ourselves and by sharing generously with those in need. Let us reach out to all those who are living among us by demonstrating the universal lesson by Jesus and I quote that we are to “love our neighbours as we love ourselves”.

In this time of giving, may we also remember those who are still going through the process of healing, those who have suffered loss and those whose spirits are consumed with fear, despair and loneliness.

Let us open our hearts to them and through the light of hope and faith, may they find comfort and peace during this blessed season.

Goodwill, peace, joy and hope are all woven in our Christmas carols and traditions and as we celebrate Christmas 2015, let us shepherd our nation forward along the righteous path towards a brighter and more prosperous future.

Let us as a nation, resolve to cherish the spirit of Christmas and live together in harmony and usher in a new age of peace and prosperity.

Have yourselves a Merry Christmas and every happiness in the New Year.

God bless you. Merry Christmas to everybody.

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Dissatisfaction With The Announcement Of Soca Monarch Results

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Basseterre,  Saint Kitts – A successful staging of the Soca Monarch Competition that comprised of both the Groovy and Power Segments were given high marks up until the misunderstanding/mishap/confusion with the announcement of the results.

While the Soca Monarch Competition was marked with controversy prior to the final show, kudos must be given to the competitors and winners who brought it on the final night.

In light of this, patrons became puzzled when the results were relayed as it left room for fans and well-wishers to insinuate that something was amiss.

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(Photo Caption: Results Which Were Posted On The Facebook Page For The Carnival Committee.)

Initially, a third runner-up was announced, followed by a second runner-up and then the King. Clearly, that caused persons to become confused. Further, an update of the St. Kitts And Nevis National Carnival Page, revealed a photo update with results which were posted and also indicated that a third runner-up was accommodated for.

Whether this was a slight error or a major error by the announcer it was sufficient enough for clarity to be sought and an announcement made with regards to the previous revelation. This left persons puzzled thus a press release addressing what went wrong should be forthcoming.

The official results after they were reannounced are as follows:

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T&T, ST KITTS TO HOST NAGICO SUPER50

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WICB Media Release.

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The 2016 NAGICO Super50 tournament will have 27 matches over 18 days in the biggest, senior regional domestic 50-overs-a-side tournament to be ever staged by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

The tournament will be co-hosted in Trinidad and Tobago and St. Kitts Nevis starting on Thursday, January 7 in the two islands. 

Defending champions and co-host, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, will open their account against the Jamaica Scorpions in a Zone A encounter; while Barbados Pride will face newcomers, ICC Americas. In the other group, beaten finalist Guyana Jaguars will face the Windward Islands Volcanoes; while the Leeward Islands Hurricanes will face the CCC Marooners in St. Kitts Nevis

In the preliminary round, each team is scheduled to play six matches in a non-elimination format and top two teams in each zone will move to the semi-finals due to start, Wednesday, January 20 in TT at the Queen’s Park Oval. Winners from the semis will then play in the final on Saturday, January 23 also at the Queen’s Park Oval.

Last year’s final was a one-sided affair when the Red Force clobbered the Jaguars by a 135-runs margin.

MATCH SCHEDULE

Group A – Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Jamaica Scorpions, Barbados Pride, ICC Americas

Group B – Guyana Jaguars, CCC Marooners, Windward Islands Volcanoes, Leeward Islands Hurricanes

Opening Matches – Thursday, January 7

Red Force vs Scorpions – Queen’s Park Oval – TT (1:30 pm)

Pride vs Americas – UWI SPEC TT – 9:00 am

Jaguars vs Volcanoes – St. Paul’s – SKN – 9:00 am

Hurricanes vs Marooners – Warner Park – SKN – 1:30 pm

WICB Media Release.

 

By sknpulse Posted in Sports

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS RECEIVES MAJOR ECONOMIC BOOST FROM CPL MATCHES:Federation benefits US$20m as the Patriots make an immediate impact

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 22, 2015: The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has released independently verified figures from this years staging of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which shows an economic impact of over US$20 million as a result of the CPL matches hosted at Warner Park in July 2015.

The independent study, carried out by SMG Insight, also showed that the Caribbean Premier League organisation increased its direct operational spend into the St. Kitts and Nevis economy by 2.4% to US$1.36 million in 2015, generating and supporting 243 jobs on the island.

The sports tourism potential of CPL was further highlighted by the independent report which showed a total incremental expenditure by spectators and tourists of almost US$4 million in 2015, and resulted in occupancy of 4,461 hotel room nights on the twin islands – an increase of 39% on the previous years figures.

Over 93 million cricket fans around the world watched the Hero CPL, up from 65 million in 2014, and matches played at Warner Park accounted for 29.4 million of CPLs global audience – 31.5% of the tournaments total 2015 TV viewership.

St. Kitts and Nevis received the equivalent media value of almost US$6 million an increase of 40% from 2014  much of which has come from the launch of the new Patriots team which narrowly missed out on the semi finals this year.

In total, CPLs direct economic impact for St Kitts and Nevis increased by 34% year on year.

Commenting on the release of the CPL economic impact study, The Honourable Shawn Richards, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, said:
Undoubtedly, the hosting of CPL games in St. Kitts and Nevis continues to yield positive gains for our beautiful twin island federation. These gains extend to our economy, the development of our local cricketing talent, our sporting facilities and the development of our human resource capital. We are indeed happy with the partnership with CPL and even more so elated with the fact that our own franchise, the SKN Patriots, though the newest team, performed creditably well. As such, we look forward to the upcoming CPL games with greater expectations from the SKN Patriots and the benefits to St. Kitts and Nevis.

Speaking on behalf of CPL, Pete Russell, COO of Caribbean Premier League said: The Government and franchise owners in St. Kitts and Nevis have shown fantastic commitment to CPL and we are delighted to see such a positive economic impact being delivered to both St. Kitts and Nevis.  2015 was a watershed year, with the launch of the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots team and we are grateful to Minister Richards and all his cabinet colleagues for making the hosting of a team in St. Kitts and Nevis a reality. We have already seen some exciting future plans for both Warner Park and the Patriots team and we have no doubt that we will see a packed Warner Park Stadium when the 2016 Tournament gets underway in June next year.

 St Kitts and Nevis Headline Economic Impact Outputs
CPL 2015 generated a significant global TV audience viewership of 93.2 million in 2015, up from 65.8 million in 2014. Matches played at Warner Park accounted for 29.4 million global audience viewers (31.5% of total CPL2015 viewers). Total attendance at Warner Park exceeded 38,800 spectators.
St. Kitts and Nevis generated an Economic Return on Investment, from hosting ten matches, of US$20.39 million, with potential upsides which have not been quantified, but may well increase economic impact of tourist spending, as well as related taxes
Operational Direct Spend into the economy by the Caribbean Premier League increased 2.4% to US$1.36 million in 2015, generating and supporting 243 jobs on the island.
Total incremental expenditure (spending by spectators and tourists) was US$3.98 million in 2015, and resulted occupancy of 4,461 hotel room nights.

3,242 hours of global match coverage generated St. Kitts & Nevis a US$5.96 million media value promoting the attractions of the island

The Hero CPL returns in June 2016 with more high-octane action and entertainment featuring the biggest stars of T20 cricket.