Linden records smooth Nomination Day process

first_imgBy Utamu BelleLocal Government Elections (LGE) Nomination Day in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) saw a smooth and peaceful process being executed at the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) office at Mackenzie on Friday. Contesting party members were in full campaign mode before and after handing in their lists of candidates vying for the eight constituencies which fall under the Linden municipality.Four parties submitted lists in Linden, inclusive of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), the Alliance For ChangeAPNU Linden campaign manager, Valerie Adams-Patterson on Friday after submitting the party’s list(AFC) and the United Republican Party (URP).Independent group, the New Horizon Movement was unsuccessful in handing in its list, having arrived late. Meanwhile, individual candidate, Orrin Miller, announced that he had joined forces with the PPP and was no longer contending as an individual for Constituency Four.Additionally, Independent Group Linden For Lindeners was a no show for submission. APNU was the first party to submit as the office opened its doors to facilitate the process. The party’s campaign manager, Valerie Adams-Patterson, after submitting the list told members of the media that the party is currently in full campaign mode and is sending a strong message. APNU has submittedThe Linden PPP group outside the GECOM office in Lindencandidates for all eight constituencies in Region 10.Speaking after the PPP handed in its list, party representative Akani Blair said the process was very smooth, as he applauded GECOM’s staff for professionalism. He said the Party will work hard to effect positive change, once given the opportunity. “We’re covering all the constituencies… these Local Government Elections, we’re excited about it and we believe if the voting public give us that opportunity, we are going to effect change like never before in this town of Linden. This municipality would have suffered immensely and we (will) make the changes that are required for the upward mobility of this community… and we know that we are going to do much better than previous Councils if given this opportunity,” he said.last_img read more

Half-speed ahead for bullet train

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Travelers in Anaheim, Los Angeles and the Bay Area will be first to ride the state’s multibillion-dollar bullet train – if it ever gets built – the rail agency decided Wednesday. The California High-Speed Rail Authority board, which is pursuing the project in several segments, decided to build first in areas that are expected to have the highest ridership and generate the most revenue. That means that while the first segment could open by 2017, stops in San Diego, Irvine, the Inland Empire and Sacramento – which have been on earlier plans – will be postponed for years after that date. “If we wish to do something, we need to figure out how to start moving forward in bite-sized pieces – pieces that have true ends,” said board member Curt Pringle, the mayor of Anaheim. “I think this is an appropriate way to focus and move forward.” Under the plan approved Wednesday, the first segment would start in Anaheim, then stop in downtown Los Angeles, Burbank, Sylmar and Palmdale before heading up through the Central Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. With bullet trains operating at speeds up to 220 mph, the express travel time between Los Angeles and San Francisco is roughly 2 hours, according to the authority. The authority board has yet to chose between two potential routes through Northern California or name specific stops in the Bay Area. Decades struggle High-speed rail in California – now estimated to cost $40 billion – has struggled for decades to gain public support and funding, and once again is facing the threat of a setback. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to slash the authority’s operating budget and postpone a $10 billion bond measure that is tentatively slated for 2008. The bond measure had originally been scheduled for a vote in 2004, but the Legislature has already postponed it twice. Schwarzenegger has said he supports the concept of high-speed rail, but thinks the authority has to do more planning before it can receive major funding. In fact, authority members Wednesday discussed a financing plan that they acknowledged was very general and lacked commitments from the private sector or the federal government. “The authority needs to come up with a strong financing plan on where that additional revenue is going to come from, before we move forward with the bond,” said Adam Mendelsohn, spokesman for the governor. “He’s absolutely committed to high-speed rail, believes it’s critical for California’s infrastructure growth, but also believes it’s in the best interest of taxpayers that there be a strong financing plan developed before the additional revenue is put forward.” The Legislature is holding hearings to consider restoring at least some of the authority’s operating funding for next year. The authority was divided 5-2 in its decision Wednesday to pick an initial segment. San Diego left out Board member Lynn Schenk, a former congresswoman from San Diego, objected to her city being left off the initial route. Member Jeff Crane, an adviser to the governor, opposed the plan because he felt the project should have a more specific financing plan first. Schenk, who has been involved in high-speed rail since the 1970s, said the San Diego-to-Los Angeles segment would be heavily traveled and should be part of the first stage. “I believe by adopting the entire corridor as the first phase, we can get there much more quickly,” Schenk said. “I can’t vote for any plan approval that will leave San Diego in the high-speed rail dustbin of history.” But the board’s executive director, Mehdi Moshed, said several areas along the Southern California route are difficult to plan right now. Regional governmental groups in San Diego and Los Angeles are studying privately funded proposals to build high-speed rail systems using magnetic levitation technology, which would be incompatible with the steel-wheel technique included in the authority’s plan. He also said that heavy development in those areas makes it more difficult to choose a route for the line. He argued that those questions should be resolved before moving forward with planning a segment in that region. harrison.sheppard (916) 446-6723 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

Rangers to pocket £10m for reaching Europa League group stage

first_imgThe cash injection is a far cry from the days when the club went into the process of liquidation and were relegated to the Scottish third division in June 2012.But now the future is looking bright for Rangers, who have yet to taste defeat under new boss Gerrard. Latest Rangers FC News Alfredo Morelos does the most Morelos thing ever during Rangers win How Arsenal and Rangers can join Man United and Celtic in Europa League last 32 BOSS LANGUAGE BARRIER Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Rangers’ 1-0 win in the first leg helped them get past Ufa ‘Big Dunc is more experienced than Gerrard and Lampard and should get the Everton job’ scrap BEST OF McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso center_img 1 fate Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos CLASSIC Fans think they know why Klopp and Gerrard signed new contracts on the same day The Gers played their second leg in Russia with nine men at one point but they battled to hold on to their slender lead.They join Glasgow rivals Celtic as well as Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal in the Europa League groups.However, qualification for the knockout stages will be a tough ask as Rangers have been drawn alongside Villareal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow in Group G.Europa League group stage draw revealed ALMOST I told Rangers to beat Spurs to Luka Modric signing, reveals Ally McCoist Rangers will make as much as £10million after reaching the Europa League group stages.Steven Gerrard’s side booked their place in the tournament proper after beating FC Ufa 2-1 on aggregate on Thursday.last_img read more