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Upcoming congress highlights emerging factions – Hinds

first_imgPNC chairmanship race heats up– challenge suggests discontent with Williams’ incumbencyAs the race to the People’s National Congress (PNC) chairmanship heats up and two clear contenders for the post have emerged, political analysts believe it will be a contest old versus new, highlighting factions within the party.With the PNC congress slated for August 17, at least two contenders have emerged for the chairmanship post. Attorney General Basil Williams is the incumbent Chairman of the party. Previously he was unopposed for the position.But fellow Cabinet colleagues Joseph Harmon and Volda Lawrence have thrown their hats into the ring this time around. In an interview with this publication, political analyst, Dr David Hinds offered his thoughts on the race, which could be the forerunner to 2020’s General and Regional Elections.Hinds posited that the developments indicate a faction within the traditional party faithful that want Williams ousted from the chairmanship, possibly based on his performance. Harmon’s entrance, he noted, indicates the presence of a newer, more coalition minded faction in the party.“Two challengers to Basil Williams for Chairman, one can assume the general membership of the PNC may be dissatisfied with Williams’s tenure and they may be looking for someone new,” Hinds related.“In the last week, we’ve had Volda Lawrence throwing her hat into the race. I think that Lawrence and Williams are vying for the same kind of vote amongst PNC members. So it means (her) very entry into the race is an indication that that faction seems to think Williams is unable to win and so they turn to Lawrence.”The political analyst posited that what Lawrence and Williams risked was splitting this traditional factor. Hinds thus expressed the belief that if all three ran, one of them might drop out the race ahead of time to avoid splitting the vote and give the traditional faction a chance of overcoming Harmon’s challenge.“We’re seeing two factions emerging within the PNC. One faction is what I would call; the old PNC. And then I think there is a new faction within the PNC; some people refer to it as the ex-soldiers. But I think it’s more than the ex-soldiers.”“I think it’s a faction looking beyond the traditional PNC way of doing things and it’s more the APNU type. And I think Harmon represents that type. I think the APNU faction is less tribalist that the other faction.”Harmon is currently the General Secretary for A Partnership for National Unity, the coalition party the PNC joined. The Minister of State is also an Executive Member of the party. And since he announced his candidature in May, Harmon has taken to social media to forward his cause.“That is the democracy which we practise: so every member of the party can aspire to the highest office in our party. And like many others, I am a member of the party of long standing, and therefore have indicated that it is my desire and my interest in putting myself up as a candidate for the chairmanship of the party,” said Harmon, who seems to be the most popular candidate, and most competent and active Government Minister.Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, through Director of Sport Christopher Jones, also recently announced her candidacy for the post. Lawrence, a long-time member of the party, had contested for the leadership back in 2012 against now President David Granger.Back in April, Williams had hinted that he may run again for the chairmanship post. “I am servant of the PNC and a servant of my party. They know me. I have been working steadily throughout the years, and me and my comrades… So we don’t think that’s an issue,” he had stated.last_img read more

Tottenham flop set for cut-price Inter Milan move?

first_img Much-maligned Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado Inter Milan are set to step up their interest in Roberto Soldado and could make a £15m move for the Tottenham striker.Soldado failed to make any impact for the north London club following his £26m transfer from Valencia to White Hart Lane last summer.The experienced forward only scored six Premier League goals and failed to secure a regular first-team place.New Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bring in his own players to freshen up the squad and could allow Soldado the chance to move away from White Hart Lane.Reports suggest that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy could decide to cash in on the 29-year-old even though the fee would be £11m less than what the club forked out for his signature back in August 2013. 1last_img read more

West Brom stave off drop, Stoke relegated

first_img0Shares0000Jake Livermore’s stoppage-time goal gives West Brom faint hope of another remarkable Premier League escape act © AFP / Geoff CADDICKLondon, United Kingdom, May 5 – Jake Livermore kept alive West Bromwich Albion’s slender hopes of avoiding relegation as his last-gasp strike clinched a dramatic 1-0 win over Tottenham, while Stoke were relegated after a 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday.Albion knew only three points at the Hawthorns would be enough to stave off relegation for a few hours at least. With Darren Moore’s side just minutes away from dropping into the Championship, Livermore sparked wild celebrations when the midfielder prodded home after a goal-mouth scramble two minutes into stoppage time.Incredibly, Albion were on the brink of relegation again just hours later when fellow strugglers Southampton took a second-half lead through Nathan Redmond at Everton.But, with just seconds left in stoppage time, Tom Davies’s deflected strike rescued a 1-1 draw for Everton and saved West Brom from being relegated for now.West Brom, owned by Chinese entrepreneur are two points from safety with one game left as they fight to extend their eight-season stay in the Premier League.Albion’s last game of the season is at Palace next Sunday, but they will go down if there is a winner between third-bottom Swansea and fourth-bottom Southampton at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday.A draw would take the relegation battle down to the last weekend.“We have been on this road for four, nearly five weeks. We wanted to get some pride and commitment back,” Moore said.“Through hard work and commitment results are coming.”Since replacing the sacked Alan Pardew in early April, Moore has masterminded a significant improvement in Albion’s form.Wins over Manchester United, Newcastle and Tottenham, as well as a draw against Champions League finalists Liverpool, have kept them dreaming of an epic escape act.Nathan Redmond looked to have secured a crucial win for Southampton before they conceded a crushing late equaliser © AFP / Paul ELLISSouthampton, who had Japanese defender Maya Yoshida sent off in the 86th minute, were crushed by Davies’s late intervention.But Mark Hughes’ side do climb out of the relegation zone, sitting above Swansea on goal difference heading into that crunch clash in midweek.“We have a massive game coming up and that will probably determine who goes up and who goes down,” Hughes said.“We will be ready. Swansea will know they are in a game.” Huddersfield, two points above the bottom three, are also in trouble as they prepare to face champions Manchester City on Sunday.Fourth-placed Tottenham’s defeat leaves them five points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea, who can close the gap in the race to qualify for the Champions League if they beat Liverpool on Sunday.At the bet365 Stadium, Stoke had hope of staying up when Xherdan Shaqiri scored with a 43rd-minute free-kick.But James McArthur equalised in the 68th minute and Patrick van Aanholt slotted in Palace’s winner with four minutes left.Paul Lambert’s side are bottom, three points from safety, with only one game remaining.Stoke have spent 10 seasons in the Premier League, but a run of 13 games without a victory ensured that streak will come to an end.Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland was in tears at the final whistle and City fans were just as emotional as the realisation of their team’s relegation sank in.– ‘Tough afternoon’ –An emotional Jack Butland comes to terms with Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League © AFP / Oli SCARFFHundreds left in the closing minutes before those that remained sang “City til I die” in a defiant rallying cry.The blame for Stoke’s predicament lies jointly with Lambert and Mark Hughes, who was sacked in January after a wretched run culminated with an embarrassing FA Cup third round defeat against fourth-tier Coventry.Hughes could suffer the indignity of having a role in two relegations in one season as his Southampton side are in trouble themselves.“My emotions are up and down. It is a tough afternoon. I am feeling for everyone connected with the club,” Lambert said.“When teams don’t get results you can be sleep-walking into positions you don’t want to be in.”Swansea missed a chance to boost their survival bid as Bournemouth won 1-0 at Dean Court.Ryan Fraser blasted home with a quick free-kick from the edge of the area in the 37th minute.Carlos Carvalhal’s side have gone seven games without a win.West Ham won 2-0 at Leicester, while Watford beat Newcastle 2-1.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mane should stay – Man United don’t have the ‘draw’ that they used to, insists Southampton legend

first_imgFormer Southampton defender Francis Benali has urged Saints forward Sadio Mane to snub interest from Manchester United, because the Red Devils’ don’t boast the ‘draw’ that they used to.Louis van Gaal has been linked with a move for Mane after missing out on Spain forward Pedro, who joined Chelsea instead, and has reportedly identified the Senegalese international as an ideal alternative.Mane is a key figure of Ronald Koeman’s side after impressing in his debut campaign at St Mary’s last season, and Benali feels he should remain on the south coast for the benefit of his career.“Southampton and Manchester United are very different clubs but are United the draw that they are compared to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City? I don’t think they are now,” the 46-year-old told Drivetime.“We’ve seen players leave before – the grass isn’t always greener.“They might be financially better off with bigger contracts and salaries, but from a football perspective I don’t think it would be the right move for him at all.“Because of that I think it’s right for him to stay at Southampton and I’d like to think he’s the kind of character that would want to stay here.“He’s playing on a regular basis and if he’s still doing it in a year or two then he could consider a move.”Mane scored 10 goals in 31 league appearances for the Saints last season as they qualified for the Europa League for the first time in over a decade.last_img read more


first_imgThe late Conal GildeaThere will be no prosecution into the death of popular Ardara GAA player Conal Gildea, who died last year after falling into the River Liffey. The body of the late Conal Gildea was retrieved from Britton Quay, in Dublin’s city centre on April 29th, 2013. Gildea was a teenage sensation for Ardara, and is regarded as one of the most talented players the club ever produced.Gildea was employed as a plumber in Dublin at the time of his tragic death.At his inquest last year, the cause of death was determined as drowning, although the Gardaí were carrying out an investigation into issues of ‘supply’ that could lead to prosecution.However, at the Coroner’s Court yesterday Inspector Martin Mooney said a file had gone to DPP with instructions returned that there is to be no prosecution.The inquest was then adjourned for a full hearing on January 9th 2015.NO PROSECUTION INTO THE DEATH OF POPULAR YOUNG DONEGAL GAA STAR was last modified: October 18th, 2014 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:Conal GildeacourtsdeathDPPinquestnewsProsecutionRiver Liffeytragiclast_img read more

Transfer news: Fulham eyeing deal for Montpellier defender William Remy

first_imgFulham have set their sights on Montpellier defender William Remy.The Championship club are looking to land a new centre-back this summer and reports in France have suggested that 26-year-old Remy is on their radar.Montpellier have been reluctant to sell but may be about to change their stance.They are to set to sign former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou on a free transfer and Remy can go for the right price.That will come as good news for Fulham as they attempt to negotiate a transfer fee with the Ligue 1 side. 1 Fulham want William Remy [left] last_img read more

Man United hero Michael Carrick reveals he is ‘blind as a bat’

first_img Carrick’s England career never took off 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions silverware Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won “I had one instance, it was Middlesbrough at the Riverside. I got poked in my eye so I had to run to the changing room and get a spare one, chuck that one in and get back on the pitch.“I’ve been quite lucky, really. That’s the only instance I’ve had where there were any issues with it.”Carrick was never hindered by his eyes as he embarked on a 12-year career at Old Trafford after joining from Tottenham in 2006. However, his England career is a different story.Despite featuring prominently in several title-winning sides under Sir Alex Ferguson, the midfield maestro only earned 34 England caps, often finding himself below Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the international pecking order.FULL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Michael Carrick opens up about depressionAnd while the 37-year-old questions his lack of opportunities with the national side, he refuses to look back with regret.“I wouldn’t say it’s painful looking back,” he added. “It is what it is. I haven’t got any regrets about it. Of course it would be nice if it worked out differently, if I was sitting here with more caps or played in more World Cups, or even won World Cups.“That’s the dream of any kid, but that’s not reality, that’s not how life works. You can’t have it all your own way. “One of the best days of my life was my debut for England. It was always close to my heart and a big ambition of mine growing up. That was where my heroes came from – Paul Gascoigne in Italia ’90 for instance was a big inspiration for me.“For whatever reason, my England career never really got going. First of all, I look at myself and think maybe what I could’ve done better. Of course, there were times when I was playing well and maybe didn’t get a pick. But I’m not here to complain about that.”England take on Croatia in the UEFA Nations League tonight and you can listen to all the action live on talkSPORT. RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow REVEALED REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF Michael Carrick has revealed that despite being blessed with exceptional vision on the football pitch, his eyesight is actually terrible.The former Manchester United midfielder surprisingly admits he is ‘blind as a bat’ in his new autobiography ‘Between the Lines’. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Carrick was one of the best passers of his generation Carrick, now assistant to Jose Mourinho at United, was renown for his incredible passing ability during an illustrious career which saw him win every domestic trophy going.But during all of his 464 Red Devils appearances, Carrick was forced to wear contact lenses because his eyesight is so poor.“My eyesight’s pretty bad,” he told talkSPORT. “It was when I was 15 at West Ham and I was giving the ball away far too much. They sent me for an eye test in the end and realised I needed contact lenses. Ever since then I’ve worn contact lenses from first thing in the morning to last thing at night.last_img read more


first_imgThe Ulster SFC quarter-final between St Eunan’s and Roslea will go ahead according to Ulster CEO Danny Murphy.Ulster CEO Danny Murphy has conformed that Sunday’s Ulster SFC quarter-final between St Eunan’s and Roslea will go ahead as planned.St Eunan’s welcome Fermanagh champions Roslea to O’Donnell Park on Sunday hoping to secure a place in the semi-final.There had been doubts regarding the fixture due to the on-going saga over the appeal by Naomh Conaill. The Donegal SFC is being challenged by Naomh Conaill following their controversial semi-final defeat against Glenswilly.Glenswilly’s Ciaran Bonner was shown a black-card in the closing stages of the match, his replacement Oisin Crawford scored a crucial point to edge Glenswilly into lead in stoppage time.Naomh Conaill maintain Bonner should’ve been shown a red card because he had already been booked.Naomh Conaill’s appeal was rejected by both the Donegal County Board and the Ulster Council, they’ve now taken their appeal to Croke Park. Ulster CEO Danny Murphy told The Irish Times, “It’s not impacting on the fixtures at the weekend,” he told this newspaper.“St Eunan’s will play Roslea and the winners will go on to the semi-final.“The Donegal county board accepted the referee’s report and confirmed the final score in the game.“When this was appealed to Ulster Council, the appeal was ruled out of order.Naomh Conaill’s are seeking a re-match because of the refereeing error but precedents are encouraging for the club, which is hoping to have their original appeal heard by the Ulster Council before Sunday’s quarter-final. The case is similar to that which arose in a football match in Limerick in 2005 between Fr Casey’s and St Senan’s and gave rise to a challenge from the former, based on a refereeing error during the match.The matter ended up before the Disputes Resolution Authority, which rejected the challenge.ULSTER CHIEF EXECUTIVE CONFIRMS ULSTER SFC QUARTER-FINAL WILL GO AHEAD was last modified: November 7th, 2014 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:appealCroke ParkGAANaomh ConaillnewsRosleaSportSt EunansUlster councillast_img read more

Al-Qaida: Bomb team included husband, wife

first_imgAMMAN, Jordan – Al-Qaida claimed a squad of four Iraqi suicide bombers, including a husband and wife team, carried out the Ammam attacks with explosive belts after carefully staking out the hotels for a month. Jordan interrogated 12 suspects Friday who may have helped them. The terror group’s Iraqi branch issued its third Internet statement since Wednesday’s nearly simultaneous attacks, saying the four Iraqis had the Radisson SAS, Grand Hyatt and Days Inn hotels under surveillance “to achieve greater accuracy in hitting the target.” It was believed to be the first time a married couple has carried out a suicide attack. The couple bombed the Days Inn after the woman “chose to accompany her husband to his martyrdom,” the statement said. Jordanian officials have found the remains of three males believed to be the attackers but could not confirm a woman was involved. Police were scouring footage from hotel security cameras, and forensic experts were analyzing the severed head of a woman discovered at one hotel. Many of the 400,000 Iraqis living in Jordan joined the protests and called for punishing anyone involved in the attacks. Police have detained more than 120 people, including Iraqis and Jordanians, in the manhunt for anyone who may have helped the bombers. Among those in custody were 12 people, including Jordanians, regarded by investigators as “suspects,” Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher told reporters. Police were searching for eight vehicles – including a GMV Suburban and a Mercedes Benz sedan, both with Iraqi license plates – spotted by witnesses near the hotels around the time of the attacks. The six other vehicles carry Jordanian plates. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Days Inn explosion happened outside the hotel after the bombers’ car was unable to cross a protective barrier. As a result, the casualties at the Days Inn were not as extensive as at the Hyatt and Radisson. In its latest statement, al-Qaida said the bombings were carried out in response to “the conspiracy against the Sunnis,” referring to the Muslim Arab group favored under Saddam Hussein’s regime and now believed to form the core of the Iraqi insurgency. Authorities have not said with certainty that Iraqis were involved, only that one of the bombers had an Iraqi accent. But there have been indications – including a letter this year from Osama bin Laden’s top deputy – that al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi wants to extend his group’s influence beyond Iraq. From the capital, Amman, to the northeastern industrial town of Zarqa, the birthplace of al-Zarqawi, thousands of Jordanians vented their fury for the second straight day and called for the terror group leader’s death. “Al-Zarqawi is rejected by everybody in Zarqa, even by his family members,” said Mohammed al-Sharaa, a neighbor of the al-Qaida in Iraq leader’s clan in Zarqa. last_img read more


first_imgRay Houghton pictured with Keadue Rovers underage players when he visited the county in 2012.Former Irish World Cup hero Ray Houghton, revered for scoring that memorable goal against Italy in the Giants Stadium in New Jersey has been sent home from the World Cup in Brazil after falling ill.Houghton was born in Glasgow and grew up there, but he qualified to play for Ireland because his father was born in Buncrana.Houghton was in Brazil for RTE as part of their team which is currently covering the 2014 World Cup. Houghton works as a pundit and as a commentator for RTE, and was due to take his place in the gantry along with seasoned commentator George Hamilton for the quarter-final clash between Costa Rica and Holland.However, just hours before he was set to commentate on the match, Houghton was rushed to hospital after being struck down by the mystery illness.Once medics gave him the green light to fly home RTE chiefs made emergency arrangements to fly Houghton back to the UK.It is believed that Houghton suffered hypertension, which is a major cause of stroke and heart attacks. Houghton also scored a memorable goal against England at the European Championships against England in 1988.Houghton visited Donegal in 2012 and toured the county visiting a whole host of junior and intermediate clubs in Donegal. WORLD CUP MISERY FOR DONEGAL WORLD CUP HERO HOUGHTON was last modified: July 7th, 2014 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:BrazilbuncranadonegalIllnessnewsRay HoughtonRTESportWORLD CUPlast_img read more