PNC 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.
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True crime is all the rage on TV nowadays. We had The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Making a Murderer, and now HBO is getting into the game with a new show based on the events that took place at Jonestown.HBO has tapped Vince Gilligan and Michelle MacLaren, the duo behind Breaking Bad, and executive producer and actress Octavia Spencer for the limited-run series based off the book Raven: The Untold Story of Jim Jones and His People by Tim Reiterman, who was a Jonestown survivor.The show, to be called Raven, will explore the history of the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project in Guyana. The Peoples Temple was an American socialist, religious movement founded by Jim Jones in 1955. The show will focus on Jones and his followers.However, the commune is best known for the events that took place in 1978, where a total of 918 people died after Jones ordered his followers to drink a cyanide-laced drink. The deaths at Jonestown are known for being the single greatest loss of American life by a deliberate act until the events of Sept. 11, 2001.Raven isn’t the only television project to touch upon Jonestown. The Jake Gyllenhaal led anthology series picked up by A&E will focus on a number of enigmatic cult leaders, one of which is Jim Jones.There’s a lot of star power behind the series. The Breaking Bad team has a lot of Emmys between them (plus, you know, Breaking Bad) and Spencer, while not set to star yet, had acquired the rights to the book before the announcement.