49th Republic anniversary messages

first_imgAs Guyana celebrates its 49th Republic anniversary under the theme “Celebrate Mash 49 with Victory in Mind”, wishes for prosperity were extended to the country and its people.Pray for peace, unityamong citizens – PNCROn the other hand, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) pointed out that the national celebration of Mashramani is an occasion for reflection and assessment of the State of the nation, 49 years after Guyana was declared a Republic.“This year Mashramani is being held under the theme, “Celebrate Mash 49 with Victory in Mind”. In this regard, it must be evident to all that we, as Guyanese, need to redouble our efforts to banish crime, disease, ignorance and poverty. We must strengthen national unity, expand national infrastructure, fortify national institutions, ensure national security and extend public services. We must not rest until victory is ours,” the PNCR said.The party, in extending wishes to Guyanese, urges that they pray for the spirit of peace, love and unity will dwell among citizens on the 49th anniversary of the country’s Republic.Strive for prosperous Guyana – GAWUMeanwhile, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) in saluting the nation on this Republic anniversary, simultaneously takes a sober look at where the Republic stands nearly half a century on.“No doubt we made strides in various socio-economic aspects during this time but, we contend, that the economic transformation whereby the masses of Guyanese could experience fully the results of development is still to be achieved. To this day, the economic struggle for a reasonable standard of living continues. Too many of our skilled, qualified citizens have opted for migration in pursuit of a better life. As we have noted before the “Good Life” here is still out of grasp of the working-people,” the Union said.Nevertheless, GAWU calls on Guyanese not to abandon hope and unite and struggle for genuine progressive change, that bring about enduring prosperity and all-round progress benefiting every Guyanese.IAC calls for lasting unityAlso joining in extending Republic anniversary wishes is the Indian Action Committee (IAC), which joined with the political parties, religious bodies, trade unions and other civil society groups in the call for inclusion, genuine and lasting national unity in the drive towards economic development and prosperity.Current political situation a learning experience towards nationhood – Sam HindsFurthermore, former President and Prime Minister Samuel Hinds in his Republic message, said it is his hope that this year’s celebration, despite the blatant disregard of the No-confidence Motion, would be a learning experience on the way to nationhood, a vaccination against a reoccurrence in the lifetime of Guyanese alive today.“If it were to help us learn once more, not to be seduced by the seemingly easy, often unlawful path and avoid the honourable path that appears to be more challenging and demanding of us, then we would find our prospects of oil more rewarding,” he said.President Trumpcongratulates GuyanaMeanwhile, United States President Donald Trump congratulated both the country and its people, saying the North American nation takes pride in its partnership with is South American neighbour.“Guyana is one of the United States’ most important partners in ensuring the Americas remain a zone of democracy, freedom, and security. We look forward to a continuing collaborative partnership going forward, supporting the security and economic interests of both our nations.”President Trump assured the Guyana Government and Guyanese that as they assess the future direction of the country, the US recognises and honours Guyana’s respect for the principles and integrity of democratic governance and institutions.last_img read more

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She wants to be a Force in NHRA

first_imgFor now, drag racing is the only arena in which a father and daughter could share a love for a sport and compete against each other at its highest level. This wouldn’t happen in the NBA. It wouldn’t happen in Major League Baseball. Certainly not in the NFL. Perhaps if Michelle Wie ever has sons, one of them might play in a tournament with her on the PGA tour. Now that would be a twist. Ashley Force, who will drive one of the four Funny Cars for John Force Racing, might end up facing her father as early as this weekend at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona for the season-opening NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals. “I can’t wait to run next to Dad and his team,” said Ashley Force, 24. “I’m very excited. The big question we’re all asking is which side my mom is going to stand on at the track.” As the season rolls on, Ashley Force might be making history faster than her runs down a quarter-mile stretch of drag strip. No woman has ever won an NHRA Funny Car event. No woman has ever qualified No. 1 for an NHRA event. No woman has even been in an NHRA Funny Car race since 2000. She will be the only woman racing in NHRA Funny Cars on a regular basis this year. There will come a time this season when rookie Ashley Force will roll up next to her father, 14-time NHRA funny champion John Force, in the elimination round of a drag racing event. It will be the first time in NHRA history that a father and daughter will race against each other. Only in auto racing could this even be possible. There may come a day when fathers and daughters will race against each in NASCAR. Or maybe even in the Indianapolis 500. center_img “I’m sure she’s going to screw with a lot of the guys,” said Tony Schumacher, the NHRA Top Fuel champion. “I’m sure it’s going to bother some of them. I’m not sure which ones. But you know there will be a couple of guys up there thinking their manliness is getting jeopardized. It’s pretty cool. And she’s going to take ’em out, too.” There are women racing and winning in other divisions of the NHRA. Angelle Sampey is a threat to win the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship every year. Melanie Troxel won the NHRA Winternationals at Pomona and was a championship contender in the NHRA Top Fuel division last year. But of all the women in NHRA, Ashley Force said she rooted for one in particular. “Of course, Shirley Muldowney,” Ashley Force said. “She’s a good friend of my dad’s. I met her a handful of times. She let me sit in her car at one of the events when she was racing. She’s talked to me a lot about it. I’ve seen movies on her, read books about the things she went through. “It was a whole different world when she started. She paved the way. I couldn’t imagine.” Before Ashley Force began the news conference to announce that she would be driving one of her father’s cars, she asked him for some advice about what to say. She was worried that she would be asked about the expectations he placed on her. With John Force’s championship record, what kind of measuring stick would he have for her? John Force told his daughter the news conference wasn’t about him. It was about her. “I said: `Girl, there’s no more I can tell you, but to be there with you under the pressure,”‘ John Force said. “You got to learn. The way you learn it is getting beat up every week, ’cause the media, they’re going to love you when you’re good. They’re going to beat you up when you’re bad. But that’s what it’s about.” Ashley Force had one of those bad days during testing at Firebird International Raceway in Arizona in January. Her car exploded and caught fire while she was making a test run. “She got a little bit of smoke,” John Force said. “She was gasping to breathe and I felt so bad. It was scary for me, but she was like, `How long do you think it will take to fix it?’ ” She wasn’t down long. Within two hours she was back in the car and making test runs again. As for expectations, Ashley Force said wants to concentrate on having fun, particularly at her father’s expense. “I think it will be a good year for us,” she said. “If we can go around, get qualified, maybe beat up on Dad one or two times, but really go out there and have fun. “I think you do better if you don’t get too caught up in the nervousness and expectations, really just try to go out there and have fun, because we do have one of the funnest jobs, I think, in the world.” [email protected] (818) 713-3715 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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