First minority government for Guyana

first_img Share Share 12 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! NewsRegional First minority government for Guyana by: – December 2, 2011center_img Share Tweet President-elect, Donald RamotarGEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Guyana Election Commission (GECOM) on Thursday declared Donald Ramotar of the ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) the winner of Monday’s presidential election. However, Ramotar’s party failed to win an overall parliamentary majority.GECOM said the PPP/C won 32 seats, the opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) 26 seats, and the Alliance for Change 7 seats. It is the first minority government in Guyana since the former British colony achieved self-government in 1953 and independence in 1966.Ramotar is expected to be sworn in as president on Saturday, replacing Bharrat Jagdeo, who served the two-term maximum set by Guyana’s constitution.The electoral commission had delayed the announcement of the final results, which had been expected on Wednesday, amid much controversy, prompting GECOM chairman Steve Surujbally to defend the integrity of the commission and the results.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

Kay captures Thursday Race For Hope 74 IMCA Modified qualifier at Batesville

first_imgJustin Kay topped the Thursday IMCA Modified qualifying feature at Batesville Motor Speedway’s Race For Hope 74. (Photo by Jason Brickey)By Mike SpiekerBATESVILLE, Ark. (Sept. 28) – Justin Kay captured night two of the inaugural Race For Hope 74 IMCA Modified special at Batesville Motor Speedway Thursday evening. Kay led 21 of the 25 laps en route to the victory, which locked him into the front row for Saturday’s $20,000 to win main event.“I’ve never been here before. What an awesome race track,” said Kay in victory lane. “I knew what line I needed to run and I just had to hit my marks. Ricky (Thornton Jr.) has been so good lately and Kelly (Shryock) has been doing this a long time … this is just awesome. I’m so excited.”The race got underway with Kay, Dennie Gieber and Jason Wilkey on the front row for the three-wide start.The green flag was quickly replaced with the caution on the opening lap as Tyler Droste and Tyler Ste­vens got together exiting turn four. Droste was able to rejoin the field while Stevens was done for the night.On the complete restart, Wilkey raced his way to the lead down the back straightaway to pace the 30-car field at the completion of lap one. Kay had reeled in Wilkey and was battling him for the point on lap five, when the yellow flag was displayed once again to slow the field.As the race resumed, Kay continued his battle with Wilkey while Mark Norris and Thornton also entered the fray. Kay was able to sneak around the outside of Wilkey for the lead as Wilkey soon found himself in a three-wide fight for second. Both Norris and Thornton were able to get by Wilkey, with Thornton taking the runner-up spot on lap nine.Another quick restart allowed Thornton a shot at Kay for the lead, but Kay was able to fend off the charge.At the halfway point, Kay held a five car length lead over Thornton but that advantage began to shrink as the race approached the final stages. Thornton closed to within one car length with three laps to go but Kay used lapped traffic as a pick to hold off Thornton Jr.That’s all Kay needed to regain a five car length advantage and cruise to the feature win. Thornton, Shyrock, Cody Laney and Peyton Taylor rounded out the top five.Preliminary action for the Race For Hope 74 continues Friday night before culminating with the championship event on Saturday.Feature results – 1. Justin Kay; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 3. Kelly Shryock; 4. Cody Laney; 5. Pey­ton Taylor; 6. Jesse Dennis; 7. Mark Norris; 8. John Hansen; 9. Mike Mullen; 10. Jason Wilkey; 11. Jason Ingalls; 12. Dennie Gieber; 13. Ryan Gilmore; 14. Casey Findley; 15. Gavin Landers; 16. Chuck Sanders; 17. Brian Mullen; 18. Jack Sullivan; 19. Randy Weaver; 20. Jesse Richter; 21. Ty­ler Droste; 22. J.T. Goodson; 23. Heath Grizzle; 24. Chad Andersen; 25. Chadd Avey; 26. Kevin Sustaire; 27. Kurt Kile; 28. Regan Tafoya; 29. Chris Abelson; 30. Tyler Stevens.last_img read more

The Latest: Notre Dame cancels football practice

first_imgThe largest 10-kilometer road race in the United States will be run virtually in 2020.The Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, which has been held on the Fourth of July since its inaugural event in 1970, shifted to a Thanksgiving date in hopes of staging the race during the coronavirus pandemic. It normally attracts some 60,000 runners.But the Atlanta Track Club now says the race will not be run down the city’s famed Peachtree Street because of safety concerns. Georgia has been one of the nation’s hardest-hit states during the pandemic, recording nearly 250,000 confirmed cases and more than 4,700 deaths.“As coronavirus has spiked in recent weeks here in Georgia, we recognize that this decision is the best and only responsible way forward,” executive director Rich Kenah said in a statement.The track club now plans a virtual event that will allow runners to experience some of the race’s traditions and compare their times with others who take part. Associated Press ___The Georgia Bulldogs are planning to have some fans for their football games played between the hedges.The university announced ticket plans that call for allowing 20 to 25% capacity at 92,746-seat Sanford Stadium, where the field is surrounded by hedges. That would mean maximum crowds of between 18,500 and 23,000 for Georgia’s four home games in 2020.The Bulldogs are offering single-game tickets in hopes of accommodating as many season ticket holders as possible for games against Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.The school says those who choose not to attend games this fall will be eligible for a refund on all donations and season ticket purchases, while retaining their preferred status for 2021. ___Appalachian State has paused football practices after reporting a coronavirus cluster involving the team.The school in Boone, North Carolina, says athletic director Doug Gillin has suspended practice “until further consultation warrants a change in status.”The decision announced Tuesday night comes after there were active cases reported for seven students and four staffers. The school said health officials have instructed the individuals to isolate while recovering, while those in close contact with the active cases have been instructed to quarantine.___ The Rev. John Jenkins, the Notre Dame president, announced in-person undergraduate classes would be canceled through Sept. 2. About 150 students have tested positive.Notre Dame is imposing restrictions on student activity, including limiting access to dormitories to residents and barring students from major gathering places on campus.The Fighting Irish football program announced last week there have been four positive test results for COVID-19 out of 619 tests done since players returned to campus in June.___Wake Forest all-conference wide receiver Sage Surratt has opted out of the coming season to prepare for the NFL draft amid the coronavirus pandemic. The news comes a day after Roma announced that two of its youth team players had tested positive for the virus.___More AP sports: and Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Notre Dame canceled its Wednesday football practice and might take Thursday off as well in response to the school’s decision to go to online classes because of a coronavirus outbreak on campus. Tickets will cost $150 per game.___Roma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante says he has the coronavirus but is currently asymptomatic.The 37-year-old Mirante says in a video on Instagram that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation.He says “I feel well, I have no symptoms, neither a fever nor a cough.” Surratt announced his decision Wednesday on social media, citing “the many uncertainties and risks associated with COVID-19.” Surratt said he’s set to earn an economics degree in December, saying the school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has “forever transformed my life.”“My experience at Wake Forest has been extraordinary, and I leave with a humble and grateful heart,” Surratt said.The 6-foot-3, 215-pound redshirt junior made The Associated Press’ All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team last season after hauling in 66 catches for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games before going down with an injury. The 1,001 yards were the best for all power-conference receivers at the time of the injury, with four games of at least 150 yards last season.Surratt’s brother, Chazz, plays linebacker at North Carolina after starting his career as a quarterback and is also an NFL prospect.UNC team spokesman Jeremy Sharpe says in an email that Chazz Surratt’s status remains unchanged. The Latest: Notre Dame cancels football practice August 19, 2020last_img read more

Salow matures, sees role expand for Wisconsin

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoJunior outside hitter Morgan Salow has moved on from herquiet days in Manchester, Iowa — a town of about 5,000 — to making big noisefor the ninth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team.”She came from a small town in Iowa. Getting here, she was alittle shocked with the speed of the game and everything she had to do,” UWhead coach Pete Waite said. “But she’s hung in there and she has stepped up thechallenge we have given her, and she keeps getting better.”Salow, a three-time all-state selection at West DelawareHigh School, has provided the spark off the bench the Badgers have needed.Against Iowa last month, she had seven kills, helping the Badgers to a 4-1 winin Iowa City.”As a player, Morgan came in pretty quiet as a freshman,”Waite said. “[She’s a] tall player at6’4″.We knew it would take a while to get used to the level of play, but she hasreally been picking it up lately and done a nice job of contributing.”Since that game, Salow has been on a roll. She has averaged1.88 kills per game over the last three matches. During the same stretch, shehas averaged .50 aces and .62 blocks per game. Salow also earned a startingspot last week against Illinois and Iowa.”Morgan is a great player,” senior setter Jackie Simpsonsaid. “She has really stepped it up for us this year coming into matches wherewe really needed a little bit of a spark, and she definitely brought that forus.”It took a few years for Salow to perform at her currentlevel. Before this year, she had only played in 40 games, averaging .70 killsper game and .20 blocks per game. Her previous career high in kills had beeneight against Michigan State in 2005.According to Waite, adjusting to the speed of the game atthe collegiate level took some time.”I think it is hard for everybody at different levels. Atfirst, of course it was pretty hard for me,” Salow said.For some players who have potential, but are not ready toplay at the collegiate level just yet, their freshman year they are redshirted,like Salow’s teammate Katherine Dykstra. However, Salow did not redshirt andplayed limited time her freshman year, putting up 18 kills in only 15 games.”I think the situation was we felt she was ready to go,”Waite said. “But, you know, you can always look back and say another year wouldhave been better. But, I think she feels good where she is right now and she’shelping us out.”At the beginning of the year, Salow said her goals were toimprove on quickness and strength. Other than meeting her goals on the court,Waite said that her personality is beginning to show as well.”I think we have seen her personality come out a little bit.I think she has left more on the court and more relaxed off the court,” Waitesaid.So far this year, Salow’s work ethic and patience have paidoff. She has already appeared in 38 games (two starts) and her statistics havealmost doubled: averaging 1.71 kills per game and .50 blocks per game.Salow is part of a platoon of outside hitters and middleblockers seeing their first consistent action. Last year, Dykstra and CaityDuPont, along with Salow, got limited playing time because of their age andinexperience in the college game. This year, all three players, along withfreshman Allison Wack, are seeing significant playing time off the bench andeven starting.The difference between Salow and the other outside hittersis her versatility. She has the ability to play both outside spots and themiddle blocker. Plus, her height gives her a definite advantage on the blockover some smaller offensive players.”With Morgan on the right, she can run the quicks just likeKat [Dykstra],” Simpson said. “So, it’s very similar in that aspect. It’s alittle lower and quicker versus this high and hitting over people. On the outsideit kind of reverses it, and she’s very powerful, and she can take a big, longapproach and take some big swings.”With her confidence growing, Salow is finally becoming theplayer she and her coaches thought she could be. Already a junior, she hopes tobe fighting for a starting job in the front row next year. For now, though, sheis content with the way she is playing and the role she has on the team.”I know even if I don’t start and I go in for people,I have a job to do,” Salow said. “If I get it done, then cool. So, I’m reallyhappy with how things have been going.”last_img read more


first_imgA motorist had a lucky escape after their vehicle was almost swept out to sea after getting stuck on the popular Rossnowlagh beach earlier this afternoon.The motorist from Northern Ireland was caught out by the volatile tides on Rossnowlagh which is has now become a notorious hazard for drivers who park on the beach.Over the last number of years other drivers have been left stuck on the beach and locals have appealed for visitors to stop parking on the beach to alleviate the on-going issue. However, the tide coming in quickly wasn’t the issue today unlike in previous years.The engine of the VW car cut out and the motorist couldn’t get it started.As the tide moved in the motorist was helped by locals who battled tirelessly to get the car off the strand.Eventually the community effort ensured the vehicle got off the beach before it was swallowed by the waves. At one stage the Sligo 118 Rescue chopper swooped overhead as the rescue operation took place.Thankfully the car was removed in time and a releived motorist admitted they’ll think twice about parking on  a beach from now on.DRIVER LEFT ALL AT SEA AFTER GETTING STRANDED ON BEACH was last modified: April 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesMotoristnewsrossnowlagh beachStrandedvehiclelast_img read more