AFC confident it is not dead

first_img…APNU not kicking AFC – party leaderDays after revealing that it was contesting the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGEs) as a single unit, following inconclusive talks with dominant partner – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) – over the last several months, the Alliance for Change (AFC) on Wednesday said the November 12 polls will give it a chance to prove its electoral worth, and it remains confident of gathering additional votes. At that party’s press conference at Parliament Buildings on Wednesday, the AFC said it would not be kicking against the Coalition’s dominant force at LGE polls.Reporters probed the AFC on its relevance in the current political landscape following WPA Executive Dr David Hinds saying that APNU got what it wanted from the AFC; and AFC Leader Raphael Trotman, in responding, said that contrary to what that political analyst has posited, the AFC and the APNU have one principal rival, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).“I don’t believe that the APNU is getting ready to kick us anywhere; we work well together at the national level, (and) we have no intentions of kicking the APNU,” Trotman asserted.Speaking at the AFC press briefing, party chairman Khemraj Ramjattan indicated that the decision to contest the upcoming LGE alone will prove if the AFC is in fact dead or alive.“The press people, columnists and analysts have been indicating that the AFC is dead, but this (elections) is a great opportunity to prove otherwise,” he noted.The party, in fact, said on Wednesday that while the APNU/AFC coalition is strong in national Government; as a single unit, the AFC is confident that it would demonstrate electoral growth.Impasse with APNUAlliance for Change executives also avoided some of the questions members of the media fielded on what led to the breakdown of talks with the APNU ahead of this year’s Local Government Elections. Facing questions on the Cummingsburg Accord’s 60-40 per cent arrangement, which was signed on Valentine’s Day 2015, executives declined to say how high or low the party was willing to go with talks.“There was no rejection of any formula; we just didn’t reach an agreement,” Executive Member David Patterson noted.Having declared the AFC an “awesome elections machine”, Patterson and his colleagues brushed aside assertions that the AFC had been rejected by the Coalition’s main group, the PNC-R, or the APNU as a whole, from having a seat at the table.Patterson also highlighted that the Cummingsburg Accord did not address the LGEs.The AFC has been coming in for much criticism, especially from the parliamentary Opposition, for what many describe as the submissive role it has been playing since joining forces with APNU. The AFC top leadership had, in mid-November last year, moved to revise its governing agreement with its majority coalition partner. The Cummingsburg Accord, the arrangement which guides the two partners, has a lifespan of a minimum of three years and maximum of five years, and was focused primarily on the General and Regional Elections.However, a stalemate ensued after the two sides could not come to terms on several policies, many of which the AFC members chose not to identify. They did highlight that the Parking Meter Project in the capital city Georgetown was one of the policies which were opposed. The AFC also said it had decided to contest Local Government Elections alone since last year as a test, before National elections in 2020.The AFC will not contest LGEs in all constituencies, but will have a presence in all 10 regions. The APNU and AFC coalition won the national and regional elections in 2015, but the main Opposition PPP gained victory at the 2016 LGEs in the majority of the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs).last_img read more

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Engage Sport North hosts ‘Try-It’ Ladies Cardio Kickboxing lessons

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Engage Sport North, in partnership with Triumph MMA & Fitness, is hosting ‘Try-It’ Ladies Cardio Kickboxing lessons.The Kickboxing lessons will be taking place Tuesdays and Thursdays, from now until May 30, at Triumph MMA & Fitness, located at 10412 Alaska Road, Fort St. John.Physical Literacy Coordinator, Chantiel Drschiwiski, says ‘Try-It’ is a great way for people to participate in sports without making a financial commitment, adding that they will provide equipment for participants.- Advertisement -“This is an opportunity for people to try out sports without having to make any financial commitment or buying equipment and we try to make sure that equipment is provided to people.”For more information, you can contact Chantiel at 250-794-3308 or by email cdrschiwiski@engagesportnorth.com.last_img read more

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Pomona like magic for NHRA’s Anderson

first_imgPro Stock competition in the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series is all about power: who makes the most and who can use the most. It’s also about risks, and no driver took more risks this past weekend at Pomona than Greg Anderson. Never mind that he swept both NHRA events at Fairplex in 2006 or that he won five events there since 2003. “We made a lot of changes to it, and it ended up running better than my primary car. The used one looked so good in testing that we decided to take a chance with it. It was risky but it paid off.” It was the 44th career NHRA win for Anderson, who jumped into the driver’s seat after serving a stint as Warren Johnson’s crew chief. Since he won the first of his three NHRA titles in 2003, Anderson has won 40 of the last 93 nationals. GOOD DEBUT Jeff Arend was wearing a smile after the Winternationals, although it didn’t rival that of Top Fuel dragster winner J.R. Todd or Funny Car titlist Gary Scelzi. A year ago, Arend, a San Dimas native, was on the sidelines without a ride. Now, thanks to his semifinal performance for Del Worsham’s CSK team at Pomona, Arend sits third in the points standings heading into the second event of the year in Phoenix next weekend. “Of course we would have loved to go to the final and winning the race would have been a total dream come true,” Arend said. “A semifinal finish was really good medicine. We not only took CSK, Erie Educational, and all of our other great sponsors to the final four, we picked this whole team up. “That was as rewarding as the finish, in my book.” Worsham, who failed to make the show, took a chance with Arend in an effort to better the two-car team. So far, so good. “Jeff did great. I’ve been telling people since December that this guy can do it, and he absolutely delivered at just the right time,” Worsham said. “There was a lot of pressure on him, and a lot of people were watching to see how the new guy would do. “All he did was help carry his team to the semifinal and drive like a pro. People are smiling, including me, and we’re all feeling much better about what we can do this year because of what Jeff and the blue team guys did.” Arend’s quick reaction helped him defeat Ron Capps in the second round, but fell victim to the quickest run ever in Funny Car history – 4.646 seconds – in the semifinal loss to eventual runner-up Robert Hight. “The car shook, and I pedaled it really quickly to give it a shot, but Hight looked like he was shot out of a cannon,” Arend said. “I mean, he was gone. There was no use tearing anything up with him flying away like that, so I lifted, but let me tell you, on our best day we weren’t going to beat a 4.64. “Nobody was going to beat a 4.64. When they throw something like that at you, all you can do is get out of the car and shake the guy’s hand. That was incredible.” PIT STOPS Second-generation driver Casey Shuman will be on hand to challenge the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars regulars at Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday night. The program will include including qualifying, four 10-lap heat races, a 12-lap B main and a 30-lap A main event. Additionally, the eighth-mile PASS Street Legal drag strip will be open Friday night. … Irwindale Speedway’s NHRA Summit E.T. Drag Racing season will start Sunday, the first in a series of eight meets. The track also hosts Test and Tune tonight beginning at 5 for street legal racers. … Glen Helen Raceway Park hosts the SRA Grand Prix on Sunday, with racing set for 9 a.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In driving past Greg Stanfield to win the season-opening Winternationals, Anderson took a chance with: A new racing engine – the DRCE3 (Drag Racing Competition Engine). “Maybe we did just a little bit better over the winter,” Anderson said. “We went forward with the DRCE3, it was a risky, all-or-nothing-move, but something we needed to do to gain extra ground through the year, and so far it looks like it was a pretty good decision. To start out like this with the `3′ shows that it’s an outstanding piece.” A “used” car, while the Pontiac GTO that won the ’06 Auto Club Finals stayed in the hauler. “That GTO was run in Comp Eliminator all last year,” Anderson said. “We switched over to Rick Jones race cars at the end of last year, Jason (Line) and I, won the last race of the year with an RJ car. We needed a spare car, but Rick was backed up for six months, so we looked around and found a used one and bought it from Richard Freeman. center_img “This race track is magic for me,” Anderson said. “You can throw everything you have at this track, you run as fast as you can and that’s where horsepower shows up. On a hot, greasy track, you can’t use all of that power and it evens out the field. “You come to Pomona, race in conditions like this, use all you have, show what you’ve built over the winter, and the car with the most power wins.” last_img
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Virginia Tech students return to campus, find solace in familiar

first_imgA number of students living in West Ambler Johnston Hall have asked to be relocated elsewhere. “I need to keep going back,” Deyerle said, struggling for words. “It seems like every other facet of my life is different now, so I have to.” A number of students said they had been drawn to the comforts of home immediately after the shooting, but now were drawn back to the tight-knit Virginia Tech community. “When we hit (Route) 460 and we could see the campus, we both started crying,” said sophomore Ashleigh Shifflett, eating a picnic lunch with her sister Regan near memorials to the victims on the central campus lawn. “I was happy to see my family, but I felt like I needed to be here, and when I came back here, it was like I’m home.” Virginia Tech officials say their top priority is the victims’ families, and they have given each of them a private e-mail address and direct phone number for President Charles Steger. BLACKSBURG, Va. – Still grieving and increasingly wary of the media spotlight, Virginia Tech students returned to their beleaguered campus Sunday, preparing to salvage the final weeks of a semester eclipsed by violence. The scene on campus resembled move-in day in late summer, with parents helping their children carry suitcases into dormitories. There were tears and hugs goodbye. But instead of excitement for the year ahead, there was simply determination to endure and regroup in the fall. When classes resume today, the university will give students three choices: They can continue their studies through the end of the semester next week, take a grade based on what they have done so far, or withdraw from a course without penalty. “I want to go back. It’s just really strange to just stop going,” said Paul Deyerle, a sophomore from Roanoke who was helping a friend move belongings from the dormitory where another close friend, Ryan Clark, was among those killed in the worst shooting massacre in modern U.S. history. Administrators have canceled big events such as the spring football game and postponed a fundraising campaign. The goal is to restart academic life but without pushing the university’s 26,000 students too hard. “I don’t know what else you could do,” said John Rossi, chairman of the math department. “A student, I don’t know how much they’re going to be able to learn at this point. Maybe some can. But I think some students are just not going to be able to come, so why would you penalize them? There’s going to be some faculty dealing with that, too.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Mad transfer market reaches zenith with Neymar deal

first_img0Shares0000People stand in front the Paris-Saint-Germain football club store on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris © AFP / Bertrand GUAYPARIS, France, Aug 4 – The arrival of Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain in a Sh27.3bn($263.5m) world record move will have a significant knock-on effect on an already unbridled transfer market.In the summer of 2016, clubs in the five leading European leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France) spent a combined 3.3 billion euros, according to a study by financial experts Deloitte. With almost a month still to go in this summer’s window, the combined total is already approaching three billion euros, going by estimates from the specialist website Transfermarkt.And so PSG’s payment of the release clause in Neymar’s contract only confirms the trend in a record-breaking summer.“I don’t think £200 million for Neymar is expensive,” admitted the Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, whose club previously broke the record last summer by paying £89 million to Juventus for Paul Pogba.“Neymar is one of the best players in the world, so commercially that is very strong but the problem is not Neymar — the problem is the consequences.”United have themselves splashed the cash this summer, spending close to £150 million including £75 million on Everton striker Romelu Lukako, a record deal between two British clubs.PSG may have taken the world record, but English clubs lead the way overall thanks to the eye-watering money generated by the Premier League’s television rights deals.Across Manchester, City benefit from the Premier League’s wealth as well as the funds of their owners from Abu Dhabi.They have already spent more than £200 million in the transfer market, twice breaking the world record for a defender in the space of days with the recruits of Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur and Benjamin Mendy from Monaco.Champions Chelsea have shelled out up to £150 million on Antonio Ruediger, Alvaro Morata and Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Premier League clubs are not far from breaking their collective record spend from last year of just over £1 billion.The spending bug has caught on in Italy too, with AC Milan’s new Chinese owners lavishing over 100 million euros on a host of new signings, including Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus for 40 million euros.– ‘Unsustainable’ –However, not all of Europe’s giants wish to partake in this spending frenzy.“I don’t want to buy a player for 150 or 200 million euros, I don’t want to join in such madness. That’s something that we will refuse totally,” Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness told SID, an AFP subsidiary.Veteran Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has been criticised by supporters in the past for an apparent lack of willingness to spend huge sums on individual players, says the Neymar deal is “beyond calculation and rationality”.“For me, it is the consequence of the ownerships and that has completely changed the whole landscape of football in the last 15 years,” he said.But in a landscape where other leagues are collectively struggling to compete with the monstrous sums handed out to teams in England, the move for Neymar can also be seen as a huge boon for French football as a whole.“Even if the arrival of Neymar raises questions about the real coast, we all congratulate Nasser (Al Khelaifi, the PSG president) and PSG. This is huge for the notoriety of Ligue 1,” tweeted Jean-Michel Aulas, the owner of rivals Lyon and a regular critic of Paris and their Qatari owners in the past.Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is another who thinks the current levels of spending are “unsustainable”, and it is therefore no surprise that his club have kept their hands in their pockets this summer.Yet when clubs have the backing of a state behind them, like PSG, such moves are less about making an investment and more to do with making a statement.“It is by attracting such top players that clubs will be able to win trophies and gain notoriety but these transfers will not be made profitable by ticket sales or merchandising,” said the French sports economist Jean-François Brocard.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GRAVE OF ONE OF CELTIC FC’S FOUNDING FATHERS TO BE COMMEMORATED IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe original Celtic FCA special graveside commemoration will take place in Donegal to honour one of Celtic FC’s founding fathers.The ceremony will mark the grave of Joseph McGroary who was part of the committee responsible for setting up the famous Glasgow side 125 years ago.Members of Mr McGroary’s family will gather in Frosses on September 7th next for the ceremony. A celebration will follow in Mountcharles, the town where Joseph lived his final years and died in 1937.Family members from Donegal and Glasgow will be attending on the day as well as other family and Celtic supporters from throughout Scotland and Ireland.An open invitation has been extended to all Celtic supporters or indeed anyone with an interest in Scottish/Irish genealogy or sport to attend and make this a special day.GRAVE OF ONE OF CELTIC FC’S FOUNDING FATHERS TO BE COMMEMORATED IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 28th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:celtic fcJoseph McGroarylast_img read more

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Donegal Rose impresses and inspires in Rose of Tralee interview

first_imgDonegal Rose Amy Callaghan did her home county proud tonight in her appearance at the 58th Rose of Tralee selection night.Amy was the sixth Rose to be interviewed on the first Selection night of the famous festival which is watched by the Irish diaspora all over the world.The Glenswilly native had an impressive interview and performance, and even shocked Daithi with a spot-on Kerry accent! In her interview, the 22-year-old was outspoken about the importance of mental health awareness and opened up about her own struggles.“I think everybody goes through their own little blip throughout their life. I had mine when I was going into sixth year, that Leaving Cert cycle with the exam pressures and everything snowballed, with peer pressure as well, and I was very low in myself, my self confidence was at a terrible level and I was very anxious,” she said.Amy spoke of how her mother Geraldine and father Séimí helped her through the difficult time. It was only after her best friend Ríona Hennessy and brother Cormac brought it to light that she was not herself that she got help.She made an important point about why she is glad she sought help with her mental health when she most needed it: “I was asked a good question by the judges,” she said, “if I was to look back on my life in 10 years time what would I say, would I have any regrets, and the main one is that I would be able to look back on my life and not regret anything. Even if nothing comes of it, that I’m able to say ‘I’m happy I did that’.Amy said she was proud of the personal achievement she made tonight to stand on the stage in front of so many people.Amy championed her home county well on the internationally-watched show and referenced Donegal’s proud title of Coolest Place on the Planet. She and Daithi were having good craic discussing local accents, but the friendship was almost cut short when she hit back with a top Kerry impersonation!As a dance graduate of the University of Ulster, Amy took the opportunity to showcase a unique party piece. She showed strength, elegance, and grace in an aerial performance while suspended from a lyra hoop.Image via RTEAmy was radiant in a black dress from Tokyo Boutique Letterkenny which featured a dazzling embellished neckline and back detailing. She discarded this for the dance to change into a bespoke Donegal jersey from Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure. The Donegal Rose will have to wait until tomorrow night before learning of the winner of the competition and the coveted crown.Featured image via RTEDonegal Rose impresses and inspires in Rose of Tralee interview was last modified: August 23rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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Local Roundup: Eureka Loggers remain undefeated with win over Del Norte

first_imgCrescent City >> The Eureka Loggers scored 40 points in the first half to cruise to a 54-21 victory over Del Norte on Friday at Mike Whalen Field to remain undefeated at 9-0 on the season.Del Norte had no answers for Eureka, which scored 21 points in the first quarter and extended its lead to 40-15 just before halftime on Ali Lee’s 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.Loggers quarterback Cruz Montana was 10-for-14 for 250 yards and four TDs. Six of Montana’s passes went to Avondre Bell, who …last_img read more

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The Met in New York showcases 100 years of West African photography

first_imgWest Africa’s rich photographic tradition is getting worldwide attention at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition showcases nearly 80 portraits from countries such as Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone dating back to the 1870s. Images such as Bundoo Girls from Sierra Leone (above), will be one of nearly 80 images on display Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Some of the works are being shown to the public for the first time. (Images: Metropolitan Museum of Art) • Gallery: South Africa’s rich and colourful heritage • Cape Town night sky tops at photo contest • Exhibition exposes apartheid, celebrates South African photography• Gallery: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid • Photo competition to showcase a positive Africa Shamin ChibbaNew York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will exhibit nearly 80 images chronicling a century’s worth of West African photography. In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa will cover work from the 1870s to the 1970s, when the region was producing some of its best photography.According to museum organisers, the exhibition “seeks to expand our understanding of West African portrait photographs, by rendering the broad variety of these practices and aesthetics”.JD ‘Okhai Ojeikere and Samuel Fosso are just some of the well-known photographers whose images will be on display. The exhibition runs from 31 August to 3 January 2016.Click to view larger images. Five men photographed in Ghana, 1880-85, at Lutterodt and Son Studio. Man Standing in a Courtyard in Senegal, 1959-68. Reclining Woman by Seydou Keïta, 1950s – 60s from Mali. Seated Man, 1930s-1940s, by an unknown photographer from Senegal. Self-Portrait by Malick Sidibé, 1956, Mali. Senegalese Woman from around 1910 by an unknown photographer. Two Girls, Indoors, 1915 by an unknown photographer from Senegal. Untitled (Modern Suku), by J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere. Suku is a form of hair braiding from Nigeria. A group of Bundoo Girls from Sierra Leone, 1905-1925. The artist is unknown, but it is thought to be Alphonso Lisk-Carew.last_img read more

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Revival of confidence biggest achievement, says Amarinder

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has said that “revival of confidence” across all sections of society has been the biggest achievement of the Congress government in the State in the last one year.He said that farm issues remain the priority of his government, which is also focussed on attracting investment, skill development and crop diversification, among other steps required to revive the economic growth.“Revival of confidence across all sections of society is, in my opinion, the biggest achievement of my government during this one year. In the decade of the SAD-BJP misrule, people had lost all confidence and trust in governance, administrative and police functions,” Capt. Singh said when asked what was his government’s biggest achievement in the first year of the term.Capt. Singh, along with his Ministers, was sworn in on March 16, 2017, after the Congress stormed to power in the Assembly polls.“It has been a successful roller-coaster ride for my government. Roller coaster because of the sheer challenge of battling the fiscal mess and overall development crisis that we inherited from the previous government, and successful because, notwithstanding these problems, we have done and achieved far more than was feasible under the circumstances.”Asked about the major challenges of his government, the Chief Minister said, “The major challenge has, of course, been the paucity of funds and resources. But we are on top of it and have found new ways of generating revenue.”With the Opposition criticising the Congress government for not fulfilling poll promises like implementing complete farm debt waiver and smartphones, Capt. Singh lashed out at the Akalis and the AAP for resorting to “blatant fabrications and petty street politics”.“As far as debt waiver is concerned, we had not defined any time frame to complete the process post-government formation… Yet, I have committed to completing the first phase of the waiver (covering 1.25 million farmers) by November this year, and I can assure these farmers that they would be free of their debts in another few months,” he asserted.Investment proposalsThe Chief Minister said his government has received several investment proposals ranging from solar power to tourism, agro and food processing, health, education, and manufacturing.On prospects of the Congress nationwide, he said, “While things began looking up much earlier, the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as the party president has given a major fillip to the party’s prospects and the results will be even more tangible in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.”last_img read more

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