Ramjattan justifies breach of AFC’s constitution

first_img− claims provision not exclusionaryIncumbent Alliance For Change (AFC) Leader Khemraj Ramjattan has justified his intention to serve another term as leader of the party, if so nominated by delegates, despite the fact that this will breach the party’s constitution.According to Ramjattan, the provision in AFC’s constitution is not exclusionary in any way.According to Article 19 (1) of the AFC’s Constitution, no leader would be allowed to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office, in the interest of “a broader activism in leadership positions by the membership.”Not excluded! AFC Leader Khemraj RamjattanWhen contacted for a comment on his direct breach of the party’s constitution, Ramjattan stated that the provision cited was not exclusionary in any way. According to him, the provision does not mandate that he cannot run again.Ramjattan was elected as AFC Leader in 2012, his term lasting for four years, or the equivalent of two terms. According to Article 7 of the party’s constitution, “A national convention shall be held every two years at a place and time decided by the National Executive Committee.”Though Ramjattan will be looking to be re-elected to serve in the leadership capacity, he is expected to face stiff competition for the post at the upcoming elections, which will be held at the party’s National Executive Conference (NEC) later this month.In addition to Ramjattan, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes are seen as contenders for the post.The AFC’s NEC will be hosted on January 28 at the Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary School in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) – the party’s first NEC outside of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica).The NEC will include elections for the positions of the party Leader, Chairman, Vice Chairman, General Secretary and 12 National Executive Members.Contender for the top spot; Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy HughesThe AFC was formed by Ramjattan, current Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and the late Sheila Holder, in 2005. Trotman became the leader, but a power sharing agreement was enacted that would see the leadership being rotated.It was with this formula, and the constitution it enacted, that the AFC contested subsequent elections. It has since been subsumed by the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) coalition, a step taken in order to contest the 2015 General Elections.The AFC has faced criticism from political activist Dr David Hinds for its perceived silence on controversial issues, including the Minister’s salary hike and the sugar industry. According to Hinds, the party appeared to be suffering from apathy and was disconnected from its support base. Dr Hinds had noted that after the promise of transformation it came with, the party seemed to have shifted away from its transformative agenda. In response, the party had stated that it remained committed to change and transformation.last_img read more

Navigator leads the luxury, full-size SUV in right direction

first_img Sure, there are bigger rides on the market. But they tend to the brutish side both style-wise and in your rearview mirror. Big (Chris Noth) was a refined kind of a guy, comfortable picking up a check or selecting the right wine. The Navigator is likewise refined. And he wouldn’t blanch at paying $65.15 for 19.282 gallons of regular, which the Navigator consumed during a week of routine cruising around the west San Fernando Valley. Like Big, the Navigator has a healthy appetite. The latter is one thing not to like, especially where gasoline prices are today. But folks who buy or lease full-size SUVs are not focused on miles per gallon. They are in them for the size, comfort and amenities. The Navigator obliges. It’s 77.8 inches tall, 207.5 inches long and 80.2 inches wide. This kind of size dictates that you get serious about your spatial rather than personal relationships, especially if you are used to tooling about in a regular-size vehicle. The Navigator does have a warning system that emits a pinging sound if you get too close to an object while backing up. Parking in our garage each night was a stop-and-start process of nudging it to a snuggled position about an inch from the wall. A front-facing parking feature would be a nice addition to a vehicle this big. The Navigator just fit in, but I couldn’t squeeze between it and my wife’s PT Cruiser. Comforts abound, though, starting with the running boards that fold down from the frame with an airplane-like landing gear sound. I quickly learned there is an easy way and hard way to climb in. The easy way: Step onto the running board with your left foot, grab the convenient hand-hold and slide on up behind the wheel. Insert the key, and the seat and steering wheel both return to your preset position. The hard way: Any other way. Bigness has a plus, too. This is a high-riding car, which means in typical L.A. traffic you have a better chance of seeing just what’s held you up than the driver behind you, unless they are driving a semi. You can have lots of company, too, since the Navigator features three rows of seating. “There’s good leg room here,” said a commercial real estate broker I know. That’s the first thing he does when checking out a car. And he’s checked out lots of them. Big center consoles split the driver’s and second-row seat, and knobs to turn and buttons to push are plentiful. The interior is trimmed in blonde wood. Up front is a navigation system with Sirius satellite radio, a DVD player and THX sound system, which cranks when a video is played in the home theater system mounted to the roof just in front of the second row. Audio and video jacks are included so other equipment can be hooked up. The third row seats flatten out at the touch of two buttons just inside the cargo. And the rear hatch has a power assist, too. One drawback is that the instruments in the dash are a bit undersized and hard to read in the daytime. And the car weighs more than three tons and is a little sluggish off the line. But all in all it delivers what it was designed for, elegant luxury in a full-sized SUV. “If luxury is your No. 1 goal and you’re not into subtlety, by all means you’ll want to check out the 2007 Lincoln Navigator and compare it to Caddy’s new Escalade or Chrysler’s Aspen,” said the consumer Web site Edmunds.com. LINCOLN NAVIGATOR ULTIMATE 4X4 TOP SPEED: 160 mph ENGINE: 5.3 liter, 300 HP, V8 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic SUSPENSION: Multi-link rear wheel BRAKES: 4-wheel disc with ABS FUEL ECONOMY: Not available PRICE: $50,655 base; $58,820 as tested TRIVIA: Lincoln introduced the Navigator in 1998 to compete with the Cadillac Escalade. THE MANUAL SAYS: Event data recorders are capable of collecting and storing data during a crash or a new crash event. THE WIFE SAYS: “Mind if I go in the garage and watch a video?” after we misplaced the remote to the home theater system’s DVD player. SOURCE: Daily News research — Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) [email protected] If HBO’s “Sex and the City” had been set in Los Angeles, Big likely would have rolled in the Lincoln Navigator Ultimate 4×4. One with the $5,450 Elite package of motoring bling. VIDEO Drive Time: Lincoln Navigator The Lincoln Navigator is big. Very big. It’s got a killer stereo system and cool runners, but isn’t easy to park. Daily News reporter Greg Wilcox gives it a test drive. center_img 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