MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby of Alabama has indicated to some confidantes that he doesn’t intend to run for reelection next year. Some Republicans are urging the chamber’s fourth most senior member to reconsider. Others are preparing to run for his seat. The information comes from allies of the senator who are not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Shelby spokeswoman Blair Taylor said Shelby has not announced a decision about 2022 election but should do so in the coming weeks.
GUYANA’S ‘Green Machine’ continue to prove they are the best in the Caribbean. This was most evident when they carted off their eighth Caribbean 7s over the past weekend. This is according to president of the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) Peter Greene, who was at the time addressing a post-tournament briefing at the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) headquarters in Kingston.He said, “Guyana won the Caribbean segment for the eighth time last weekend but I personally feel the level of the opposition is not improving,” leading to the notion that the unit must compete with those in the wider world if they are to move ahead in the rankings.Guyana, who finished runners-up to Canada after losing 52-5 at the overall final, must move past their regular Caribbean opponents.“This is a very troubling feature. We aspire to be like Canada who scored 175 points and only conceded five, but in my opinion Guyana’s rugby will not benefit unless we have the opportunity to compete regularly on the international circuit. How do you improve against teams you beat year after year, you are not improving.”After finishing as one of the top two teams in the tournament, the local males have also won the option to compete in Hong Kong, but after that thrashing at the hands of the Canadians, it is obvious that a lot more is needed to be among the world’s finest.“What is needed now is support,” the rugby boss contended, with an eye towards new sponsorship grounds while adding, “We also need a high performance coach.”“RAN also has to recognise that Guyana need opportunities to not only play in Hong Kong but in the Las Vegas and Vancouver 7s, we should be given that opportunity too because we would need adequate preparation,” he said.He, however, thanked Edward B. Beharry Group of Companies who chipped in for this tournament with $1.5M, the Guyana Olympic Association ($1.2M) and the government of Guyana (airport tax waiver and transportation).He also thanked the coaching staff of the male and female squads.
WASHINGTON — A bill co-sponsored by Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer passed the U.S. House last week.“My bill helps small businesses compete for government contracts and research grants and gives them the opportunity to grow and innovate,” Finkenauer said during remarks on the House floor.It’s the first bill authored by a first-year member of congress to win passage through the House this year. Finkenauer, a Democrat from Dubuque whose district includes Worth and Mitchell counties in our immediate listening area, turned 30 in December and she is now the youngest woman in history to sponsor a bill that’s cleared the House.“Too often small businesses, especially rural ones, get locked out of the competition for government contracts and grants,” Finkenauer said. “This bill ensures that agency procurement officers will be more directly involved in this process, helping small businesses pursue research that lets them compete for these opportunities.”A Republican congressman from Utah was Finkenauer’s co-sponsor on the legislation. It targets the federal government’s Small Business Innovative Research program and the Small Business Technology Transfer program.The programs provide support as well as money to small businesses for federal research, with the goal of making the focus of that research a commercial enterprise.