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“War Break” between AFC & PNC on PM Candidate

first_img– AFC says Ramjattan non-negotiableGeneral Secretary of the Alliance for Change (AFC) David Patterson on Thursday stated that neither the People’s National Congress/Reform (PNC/R) nor any other member of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) can dictate or direct the selection of AFC for that party’s Prime Ministerial post.AFC General Secretary David PattersonPatterson made these comments during his party’s press briefing and stated that the Cummingsburg Accord, which the AFC signed on to with the APNU, is still in existence, and as such, it is solely the responsibility of the AFC to choose its Prime Ministerial candidate for the upcoming elections in Guyana.This Accord has expired but according to Patterson, “It is very clear that the AFC shall nominate the PM candidate and it is very clear that the APNU shall nominate the Presidential candidate. I don’t see anything, I don’t know anything, there has not been any discussion and we would not entertain any discussion that changes that. And that is just the way it is”.His remarks come in response to questions by the media about the recent statement made by Chairperson of the PNC/R Volda Lawrence, who recently noted that although the AFC has elected Khemraj Ramjattan to be its next Prime Ministerial candidate— replacing Moses Nagamootoo in June— the APNU and the AFC are yet to meet on this new development.PNC/R Chairperson Volda Lawrence“The party welcomes the fact that the AFC party was able to have their conference and elect their new candidate for the Prime Ministerial position. The coalition and the AFC have not reached that stage in terms of discussion on the Prime Ministerial candidate,” she noted.In accordance with the Cummingsburg Accord between the two parties, AFC will have the Prime Ministerial position, while the Presidential post goes to APNU. However, some believe that APNU would sidestep AFC and go the route of choosing a Prime Ministerial candidate from within its own grouping. The APNU alliance consists of five parties with the PNC/R leading. The others are The Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Justice for All Party (JFAP), National Front Alliance (NFA) and the Guyana Action Party (GAP).Nevertheless, following the AFC’s National Executive Conference on June 15, the party’s newly elected General Secretary David Patterson had told reporters that Ramjattan’s nomination will have to be accepted by the majority APNU.“The Alliance for Change is a political party in its own right. The AFC has MADE a recommendation it will stick by. So just like we did in 2015, we will do in 2019 or 2020, if we stay in a coalition… If we’re in a coalition and we’re governed by an agreement and that agreement is currently in effect, it says the AFC shall nominate a Prime Ministerial candidate. There’s nowhere in that agreement that says we’ll nominate a Prime Ministerial candidate who the coalition accepts or not,” Patterson had stated.While the APNU fraction of the coalition earlier this year had already signalled support for its leader David Granger to return as Presidential Candidate, it was reported that sections of the AFC’s delegations felt that incumbent Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s performance over the years has not been up to par.However, prior to last month’s conference, AFC’s then leader and current Chairman Raphael Trotman had warned against replacing Nagamootoo, saying that it would undermine the coalition Government in the eyes of the people, by seeming to validate the Government’s failings and the passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM).“The No-Confidence Motion was a direct challenge on the Granger-Nagamootoo leadership. In my view, if we were to jump to replace either gentlemen in an emotive way, we would be openly conceding that the motion and vote were justified and valid,” Trotman had stated in sections of the media back in February.With the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) having already ruled that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed against the coalition back in December, there is a possibility that early elections could be called this year.In fact, the Court is expected to hand down consequential orders on the way forward based on its June 18 rulings today.At the last hearing on June 24, the Court had given parties up to July 1 to make written submissions on the consequential orders not exceeding 20 pages, which would be considered before those orders are handed down next Friday.last_img read more

Dream cars come true

first_img“The total amount of horsepower on the ground today is unbelievable,” said Ian Laidlaw. “Pure testosterone.” San Diegan Nick Taylor, who said he has 11 cars and “neighbors who hate me,” came to the show specifically to buy the Dodge wagon, the same model he owned briefly as a teenager. He found the car on eBay and decided it was a bargain at $6,600. In the next row, Quartz Hill resident Tom Comer sat next to a shiny black 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T he has spent over a decade “tinkering with.” The car was a “rust bucket” that didn’t work when he purchased it 14 years ago, Comer said. While many classic car owners never put their vehicle on the street, Comer drives his every day. “I think cars are meant to drive,” Comer said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventSmith’s ‘Cuda is among 300 classic Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth vehicles on display at the 20th annual Spring Fling at Lake Balboa Park. The two-day show is hosted by Southern California Performance West, a San Fernando Valley-based car club dedicated to Mopar, or Chrysler Corp., vehicles. Organizers call it the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi River. “Tonight Show” host and noted car enthusiast Jay Leno is expected to be there today, bringing from his own collection a prototype 1963 Chrysler turbine car. The event wraps up today with awards in 37 categories, including Best in Show. On Saturday, a group of friends from San Diego lounged in lawn chairs behind the powder blue 1964 Dodge 440 station wagon one just bought. They talked about muscle cars and listened to the booming sound of Hemi engines on and off the lot. LAKE BALBOA – Darrell Smith was 17 in 1975 when he spotted the car he would spend decades pining after – a Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda. Cruising down 39th Street in his hometown of Oklahoma City, the 425-horsepower coupe captured his imagination – but the price tag escaped his reach. Thirty years later, Smith is owner of a 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda – bought in pieces and restored for $150,000 in “Sassy Green” paint, with four-speed transmission and “shaker” hood scoop. One of only 107 built, it is valued at more than $1.3 million. “It’s a real dream car,” the 48-year-old investment trader said. last_img read more


first_imgPROUD Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has paid tribute to his team for bouncing back – after being written off by the pundits.The Glenties man joined the Seniors and Minors in the traditional reception back in The Diamond in Donegal Town last night as the players and the fans partied into the wee small hours.And right they were – so many new milestones in the remarkable Donegal man that is Jim McGuinness. First time ever that Donegal won both Seniors and Minors in the same year; and a first victory over Monaghan since 1983. “We were absolutely wrote off a week out from the Derry match and we’re Ulster champions today.” said Jim, defiant, and happy.“I think it’s our best victory in terms of the questions that were being asked of us and what was being said about us, and had the boys got the stomach for it. I think they proved they have. I think it’s our best victory because of the circumstances and because what surrounded it.“The boys weren’t going to come off that field beaten. That was the key thing for us.”Anyone who thought McGuinness was getting complacent about the big occasion would have had that knocked out of them as Jim bounded child-like across the pitch after yesterday’s victory to cheer and hug his heroes, men who are “an absolute privilege to work with”. “I am just so proud of them. They are immense to work with. Their focus is unbelievable. Their energy, their work-rate and their commitment to Donegal.”It was a tense and tough game in Clones as Monaghan attempted to bully Donegal off the pitch. Late challenges and several off-the-ball challenges disrupted the game.But it was fascinating to watch; and brilliant to see Man of the Match Ryan McHugh bounding up the wing, big Neil Gallagher catch the ball so high he should have been wearing an oxygen mask.Patrick McBrearty and Darrach O’Connor were superb; and Karl Lacey his usual sublime self.The bridge in Pettigo saw more silverware over it last night; and then on to The Diamond in Donegal Town. These are special nights. Donegal have won just eight Ulster titles in a century; three have been in the last four years.The players were once again brilliant with the fans on their return, captain Michael Murphy meeting and greeting as many fans as possible.And he for one is hoping this year isn’t the last with Jim McGuinness at the helm.“We want him here for many more years to come,” said the Glenswilly man. Jimmy’s Still Winning Matches.Captain Fantastic Michael Murphy meets a young fan on The Diamond last nightMcGUINNESS: EVERYONE HAD WRITTEN US OFF – THAT WAS BETTER THAN WINNING ALL-IRELAND was last modified: July 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2014donegalGAAJim McGuinnessMichael MurphyULSTER CHAMPIONSlast_img read more

Wypych Named To CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team

first_imgWypych was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team in each of his three seasons at Drake. Additionally, he was selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team in 2015 and 2016. The forward, who transferred from New Mexico prior to the 2014 season, scored a team-leading eight goals, handed out a team-high five assists and tallied a team-best 21 points this season. Wypych is the first Bulldog named to a CoSIDA Academic All-America team since Nick Marshall was named to the first team in 2013. Wypych is one of two Missouri Valley Conference student-athletes to garner All-America honors in 2016 joining Clark Emerson of Bradley, who was picked to the third team. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form. Wypych is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection who owns a 3.57 GPA in international relations. He scored 20 goals and recorded 10 assists in 57 career matches for the Bulldogs.center_img DRAKE Print Friendly Version AUSTIN, Texas – Senior James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) of the Drake University men’s soccer team has been selected as a second-team honoree to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Men’s Soccer Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).last_img read more

Glowing tributes for Clonmany teenager after completing Tractor Run in memory of late grandfather

first_imgA Clonmany teenager is touching the hearts of those around the country as she took on a mighty journey in memory of her grandfather.Caitlín Mc Gonigle, aged 17, took on a 280km charity tractor run from Dublin to Mayo last weekend while keeping memories of her late grandad Paddy Duffy close to her heart.Drivers, including Caitlín, in the Dublin2Mayo Charity Tractor Run crossed the Shannon this Saturday morning. Following a stopover at Arrabawn Creamery in Clonbern and joining with the Gerrard Greene memorial run, the group continued via Dunmore, Cloofad, Ballyhaunis, Claremorris, Balla, Kiltimagh, Bohola, Swinford and Charlestown before finishing at Kilkelly, Co Mayo, at 6.30pm on Saturday.Caitlín, who raised €5000 at the Tractor Run, has her grandad to thank for her love of tractors. The Greencastle man made the headlines last September when he drove from Mizen to Malin Head at the age of 74. Paddy had planned to do his next big run with his granddaughter, but the duo never got the chance due to his sudden passing in December 2018.Paddy left his restored Massey Ferguson to Caitlín, and their many fond memories on the roads motivated her to see their cross-country run plans through.Scores of tributes came in for McGonigle after the event, one avid enthusiast saying she had made a ‘huge impression’. Liam Downes, Dublin2Mayo Charity Tractory Run enthusiast, said: “As we travel the road through life every now and then somebody comes along that makes a huge impression. You just go wow, amazing.“One such person is Caitlin,” he added.“McGonigle who just completed the 300km Dublin Mayo tractor run. At just 17 she drove her late granddads (Massey) Ferguson 35x all the way.“I know how difficult a task this is on a 61-year-old tractor, and I shared the driving with my brother. “To say Caitlin is made of the tough stuff is an understatement,” he said. “On Friday she got on that tractor at 8am with only short breaks drove until 9.30 that night.“A quiet unassuming girl she just got on with it no fuss, no special treatment demanded, just do it for her granddad.“Well, she has done him proud on his (Massey Ferguson) 35x.”“Caitlin I wish you best in life, and I’d say whatever you do in life won’t phase you one little bit. “A bright future I see for you with your granddad at your side.”Glowing tributes for Clonmany teenager after completing Tractor Run in memory of late grandfather was last modified: April 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more