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Fire displaces Decatur County family

first_imgDECATUR COUNTY, Ind. — A home north of Millhousen was completely destroyed by a fire Wednesday afternoon.Firefighters responded to the 911 call at 6317 South County Road 225 East, around 4:15.When firefighters arrived flames were coming out of the roof and windows.Fire officials say no one was in the home at the time, but a dog died in the fire.The damage is estimated at $40,000 and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.last_img

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Talks between APNU/AFC fail to take off

first_imgRevision of Cummingsburg AccordAs the country draws closer to inevitable elections, the revision of the Cummingsburg Accord has been delayed after talks between A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Alliance For Change (AFC) failed to materialise.President David Granger and Vice President Moses Nagamootoo after the AFC and APNU formed the coalitionThe mood was a sombre one during the PNC General Council meetingIt is understood that a meeting between the two coalition partners was supposed to have been held on Monday. According to a press release from APNU however, the promised meeting was cancelled.“However, the two sides exchanged documents on the review of the Cummingsburg Accord and will meet at a date fixed after consideration of the documents by their respective leadership,” the statement added.Questions have been raised whether the People’s National Congress (PNC) would offer AFC the same terms it offered them in 2015, when the accord was first signed. These questions took on a life of their own after the AFC’s wretched performance in Local Government Elections (LGE) in 2018.Despite the AFC choosing Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan as its prime ministerial candidate in waiting, the PNC has shown a dogged preference for the incumbent Moses Nagamootoo.Meanwhile, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) held their General Council Meeting on Saturday at Congress Place, where they were addressed by their leader, President David Granger.In his address, Granger claimed that the coalition Government was “observing the rules and convention which govern Interim Administrations,” adding that “so as far as the Executive branch is concerned, we are still functional, we are still the Government.”This comes even as Guyana is months overdue for elections. A No-Confidence Motion was passed against the Government on December 21 of last year. Article 106 of the Constitution stipulates that elections must be held within three months.However, elections were not held and there was no resignation. Instead, Government went to court, unsuccessfully arguing that the No-Confidence Motion was not validly passed. The case reached the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), where the regional court ruled against the Government but stopped short of issuing an order fixing an election date.Instead, CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders had said that when the No-Confidence Motion was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated.GECOM was then taken before the courts after a challenge from accountant Christopher Ram sought an injunction against the current House-to-House Registration exercise. While acting Chief Justice Roxane George did not rule the exercise illegal, she had elucidated that the old Register of Registrants could not be scrapped, thus rendering the exercise unnecessary.Inclusionary democracyAnother claim made by the President was that the People’s National Congress (PNC) believed in inclusionary democracy. This, however, comes after complaints from the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), about the way in which they have been treated by their coalition counterpart.Amidst growing concerns last year, prior to the No-Confidence Motion, that the PNC was showing disregard and even disdain for the spirit and letter of agreements it signed with key coalition partners, political scientist and WPA executive Dr David Hinds had said the PNC must recognise that it cannot win a free and fair election on its own at this juncture in Guyana’s history, as its core support group is no longer emotionally attached to the party.His comments came after concerns over the disregard and neglect shown to the concerns raised by other coalition partners about some of the decisions made by the David Granger Administration, particularly without their consultation and consent in some instances.Meanwhile, the General Council also had reports for the last quarter being presented by the Campaign Managers of the ten administrative regions. The General Council is the second-highest decision-making forum of the party and meets once every quarter.last_img read more

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New Patriot is comfy, easy to drive, handy on both city and country treks

first_imgDriving a Jeep is like growing up in any small town. Everywhere you go, there’s a familiar face. Go anywhere around Los Angeles in a Jeep and you’ll see that familiar grille on a regular basis – a testament to the brand’s popularity and the fact that this division of DaimlerChrysler is doing something right. And there is no disputing that sport utility vehicles like the Jeep are popular. (Most of my neighbors have two SUVs parked in their driveways or in front of their houses.) “Which one of the neighbors did you let park in the driveway?” my wife wondered when she looked out the front window and spotted the metallic light khaki-colored Patriot. “This is cool,” she added while climbing into the passenger seat for the first time. The Patriot is the newest member of the Jeep family and it delivers the essence of Jeepness at an entry-level price point. “This all-new compact sport utility vehicle delivers fun, freedom, utility and best-in-class Jeep 4×4 capability,” gushed the owner Web site, jeephorizons.com. This model, first introduced in concept at the 2005 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, is equally adept at handling urban chores or exploring the boonies. Jeephorizons.com likes the fact that the 2007 model features the looks and various interior configurations of an SUV with the price, fuel economy, performance and handling of a small car or truck. But the Patriot is not diminutive by any means, and safety features include side air bags and an electronic stability program. The interior is roomy and comfortable and all the gauges are easy to read. The center-console armrest slides forward and back, so finding a comfortable position is easy. A neat feature is that the top of the armrest flips up and becomes a cell-phone holder, which allows the driver to keep both hands on the wheel. The Patriot is similar in appearance to the Cherokee, which was discontinued in 2001. This was my first experience with an SUV, and the Patriot, with a five-speed manual transmission, proved easy to operate. The stick shift pokes up and out of the dash but still is within easy reach. Visibility is good all around. The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine churns out 172 horsepower at 6,000 rpms, which provides enough zip for both city and freeway driving. Off-road options are available, too. It is equipped with the Freedom Drive II option, which provides more off-road capabilities. This gives the driver added traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording for various types of terrain. And with a base price of $14,425, the Patriot is an attractive first-car option for someone yearning for the flexibility of an SUV. [email protected] (818) 713-3743 JEEP PATRIOT TOP SPEED: 120 mph ENGINE: 2.4 liter DOCH TRANSMISSION: 5-speed manual SUSPENSION: 4-wheel independent with stabilizer BRAKES: 4-wheel disc FUEL ECONOMY: 26 mpg city, 30 mpg highway PRICE: $14,425 base, $17,615 as tested TRIVIA: The Patriot is also the name of a vehicle in Rockstar Games’ hit video game series “Grand Theft Auto.” Russian car manufacturer UAZ also has a 4×4 off-road vehicle named the Patriot. And the UAZ product line has roots in the original WWII-era Jeep that was supplied by the U.S. to the former USSR. THE MANUAL SAYS: Read 233 pages before starting and operating your vehicle. THE WIFE SAYS: “Which one of the neighbors did you let park in the driveway?” my wife wondered when she looked out the front window and spotted the metallic light khaki-colored Patriot. SOURCE: Daily News research COMING NEXT WEEK: Ford’s Edge Crossover160Want 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

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