Youths can vote without House-to-House registration – Jagdeo

first_imgOpposition LeaderBharrat JagdeoPersons who are currently not on the Official List of Electors can become registered in time for early elections without House-to-House registration.The last House-to-House registration was done in 2008.Thereafter, various cycles of continuous registration were done to ensure persons were given unlimited opportunities to get registered from as early as the age of 14.When a person who was registered since he or she was 14 turns 18, their name is transferred to the voters’ list.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has pointed out that, therefore, there is no need for House-to-House registration, as was evident during the 2015 General and Regional Elections.“We’ve had General Elections in 2015 and we did not have House-to-House registration. It’s absolutely false— a fallacy to claim, that House-to-House registration is a necessity for preparing a list to go to General and Regional Elections,” the Opposition Leader posited during a recent press conference.He further reasoned that during the Local Government Elections, the voters’ list still facilitated what was accepted by all stakeholders as credible elections.Government has been pushing for House-to-House registration, saying that it is a necessity before elections and that young people will not be able to vote without it.But this is not true.A claims and objections period can be embarked upon to ensure persons who are not registered get the opportunity to do so.“In the claims and objections period, which is a short period, any person who is not on the list can get on the list in that period, any person who is in the wrong area and requires a transfer can get a transfer,” Jagdeo explained.Furthermore, he explained that “people who would have attained the age of 14 as of October 31, 2018 have been registered through the last continuous registration process and so their names would be extracted and added to the voters list”.Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) attorney, Stanley Marcus, told the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that the only way the elections body can prepare for elections is through House-to-House registration; with a voters’ list being ready by December 25, 2019 – the earliest.But GECOM’s very own legal officer, Excellence Dazzle, submitted a legal opinion to the Commission stating that House-to-House registration is not a necessity and that a claims and objections process can address the current concerns about the voters’ list.However, this was rejected by the Government-aligned commissioners, who began to tarnish the Attorney’s character.According to Jagdeo, these actions and delaying tactics prove that the coalition Government is hesitant to head to the polls. “This Government fears elections; they know what is going to happen”.last_img read more

President touts immigration reform while visiting border

first_imgYUMA, Ariz. – President Bush’s motorcade barreled down a dusty road Monday between two new walls of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. He climbed into the bed of a pickup to see how a portable scope tracks illegal immigrants trying to cross the border at night. He saw the “Predator,” an unmanned plane used to monitor the region. At each stop, Bush boasted of tougher enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border as he tried to resurrect his stalled efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws over strong opposition from many of his fellow Republicans in Congress. Frustrated by his failure to get a bill approved last year when the GOP was in charge, Bush said prospects look brighter in the Democratic Congress. “I think the atmosphere up there is good right now,” he said. The proposal has already met opposition. Thousands of people marched through Los Angeles on Saturday, spurred in part by what they called a betrayal by Bush. The plan would grant work visas to undocumented immigrants but require them to return home and pay hefty fines to become legal U.S. residents. They could apply for three-year work visas, dubbed “Z” visas, which would be renewable indefinitely but cost $3,500 each time. The undocumented workers would have legal status with the visas, but to become legal permanent residents with a green card, they would have to return to their home country, apply at a U.S. Embassy or consulate to re-enter legally and pay a $10,000 fine. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! His message – particularly to conservative critics from his own party – was that stepped-up border enforcement is working and it’s time to adopt a temporary worker program, hold U.S. employers accountable for the workers they hire and resolve the status of the millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States. He saluted the opening of a new Border Patrol station in this southwest corner of Arizona and said, “This border is more secure and America is safer as a result.” The president was joined by Sen. Jon Kyl, the Arizona Republican whose support is crucial to any deal in the Congress. Another lawmaker vital to Bush’s effort, Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, issued a statement that said: “President Bush did the right thing today by speaking out.” “Only a bipartisan bill will become law,” Kennedy said. Administration officials led by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez have been meeting privately for weeks with Republican senators in search of compromise. That expanded to a meeting in late March with key senators from both parties. The administration floated a proposal that would make it harder for millions of illegal immigrants to gain citizenship than under legislation passed by the Senate last year. last_img read more

Everton ask fans to rate Allardyce

first_imgThe former England boss has brushed off the criticism and recently told journalists asking about the abuse: “Your lives are really run by Facebook, Twitter and Instagram far too much.“You shouldn’t listen to speculating unprofessionals which is what you are doing to get your stories.”However, supporters have been given an official channel in which to air their views with Everton’s annual survey dropping through the letterboxes of the club’s fan panel.As part of the questionnaire supporters can have their say on whether they agree with the statement of: “I have a high level of trust in the current manager and coaching staff at Everton e.g. in making the right decisions to get the best out of the team.”Recipients are invited to rank that statement from one to 10.Fan surveys are common across Premier League clubs, but the results of the managerial question will be useful for Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri as he considers Allardyce’s future.Allardyce, who has lifted Everton away from the relegation zone since replacing the sacked Ronald Koeman, is pushing ahead with plans for next season, confirming last week he has put his pre-season preparations in place.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Everton fans asked to rate manager Sam Allardyce © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 17 – Everton have asked fans to grade the performance of under-fire manager Sam Allardyce by giving him a mark out of 10 in a club survey.Allardyce has endured stinging criticism from Everton supporters unhappy about his direct style of football and the team’s inconsistent results since he took charge in November.last_img read more

1 year after Metrolink crash, family mourns

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – For 23 years, James P. Tutino was a tough cop with a soft side. “When he had to be tough, he was tough, but he was a softy at heart,” said his widow, Rita Tutino. On Thursday, “Jim” will be remembered as one of 11 passengers killed in the Jan. 26 Metrolink crash in Glendale. With the one-year anniversary of his death approaching, his family members are trying to piece their lives back together and recover from the loss. Their struggle is far from over. “Our family chain is broken,” said Tutino’s mother, Maureen. “With time, it will relink again.” “Jim would be the first person to say, ‘Let it go. Move on,”‘ she said. “That’s what we’re hoping to do.” Tutino was many things to many people. By day, he was a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy at the Men’s Central Jail, helping inmates turn their lives around. Out of uniform, he was the assistant football coach at Simi Valley High School, inspiring young athletes. “He always had more energy than almost every other kid in the program,” said Rob Fierro, 18, a former Simi Valley High football player. “They’d come in dragging and laid back and he’d come in jumping, all excited.” Coach, as he was known to the team, wanted to help young athletes with their personal development and wanted them to understand it was important to push themselves to the limit, whether they won or not, Fierro said. Tutino was kind-hearted and compassionate, a quiet and unassuming man who touched a lot of lives, including inmates who called or wrote letters expressing their condolences after he died. “He’s one of those guys who was unique, hard to replace,” said his younger brother, Tony, a Ventura County sheriff’s deputy. “He’s always been one of those guys that tried to help. My mom would call him her white knight.” To ensure his memory lives on, the family established a scholarship fund in his name to support college education. For more information on the fund, log on go to “The foundation has provided a sense of worthiness for all of us that Jim will be remembered – as a husband, a father, a brother, a son, a deputy, a coach and friend to all who knew him,” his sister said. The family awarded six scholarships to Simi Valley students last year and is gearing up for another fundraiser. Still, one year later, they have more questions than answers. They especially wonder what would have happened had Alvarez asked for help before he did what he did. “Jim would have been the first one that would have been helping him resolve the problem,” his mother said. “He would have tried to get him help and do whatever it took.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The crash occurred when Juan Manuel Alvarez parked his sport-utility vehicle on the tracks in an alleged aborted suicide attempt, causing a chain-reaction crash and forever altering lives. “I just can’t believe a year has passed,” Tutino’s widow said. “Life has gone on and people have forgotten about the crash, but to me it’s still fresh.” Tutino, 47, embodied the humanitarian spirit and treated everyone with respect, loved ones said. The eldest of three siblings, he displayed quiet confidence and led by example. The last several months have been especially hard for the family because he wasn’t there during important events – his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, his son’s college graduation and his son’s wedding. Some days, family members cope better than others, said his sister, Jill Tutino Kurz. last_img read more

Banned driver was caught driving tractor on uncle’s farm

first_imgA young farmer has been banned from driving after being caught driving a tractor for several hundred yards while already disqualified.Craig Anderson was stopped by Gardai driving a red Fiat tractor at Ballindrait, Raphoe in Co Donegal on June 2nd last. Garda received information that the 26-year-old was driving on lands while working for his uncle while banned from being behind the wheel.He was arrested and admitted to driving while disqualified.Letterkenny District Court heard Anderson of Hillcrest, Aughawee, Lifford, Lifford, was previously banned from driving for two years in July, 2017 for drink-driving.His solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, told the court that he was travelling between fields working for his uncle and only drove for several hundred yards.He said “The information was passed on to Gardai by a third party. There are land issues here.”Judge Paul Kelly said the accused should not have been driving and there was a blatant disregard to the fact that he was already banned.“He should not have been on the road. It was a blatant disregard,” he said.He fined Anderson €250 for not having insurance and a further €250 for driving while disqualified and disqualified him for two years on that charge.“If he is caught again, he will be going to jail,” added Judge Kelly.Banned driver was caught driving tractor on uncle’s farm was last modified: June 25th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtCraig AndersondonegalfarmerLiffordtractorlast_img read more

Saltwater banned in swimming pools

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Swimming pools that utilize salt rather than chlorine were banned Wednesday in Santa Clarita, where concern is growing that salts are polluting freshwater supplies. The board of the Los Angeles County Sanitation District for Santa Clarita adopted the new ordinance, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, spokeswoman Abbi Hertz said. The move outlaws both new and existing saltwater pools that feed local sewers. Sanitizing pool water with salt is a fast-growing trend, especially in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, Hertz said. The salt isn’t noticeable in the water – unlike ocean water – but is gaining popularity because it removes the chlorine smell and is easier to use in treating pools, she said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The concern is that chlorides – salts – are polluting water in the Santa Clara River. The two Santa Clarita Valley sewage treatment plants empty treated water into the river, which flows toward the Pacific and feeds wells for the agricultural area along the way. Water with high levels of chloride can damage crops. 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


first_imgDublin GAA legend Barney Rock has said Michael Murphy was born to captain Ireland.Michael MurphyThe Glenswilly man has been named captain of the Irish compromise rules term to face Australia shortly.And Rock says that manager Paul Earley could not have made a better choice. “Murphy is the right man for the job for a number of reasons, but the most important is that he is built to thrive in the compromise game.“He has the size, the power and the ability to be Ireland best player over the two Tests,” said Rock.And the former All-Ireland winner says that Murphy would almost certainly have been a huge star if he had chosen to go Down Under and play Aussie Rules when given the opportunity a few years ago.“Physically and skill-set wise he is such a good fit for this, it was no surprise as a teenager that he was a top target of the AFL clubs. “You sense that if he had taken up that option he would have almost certainly have made it in that game.”Earley paid tribute to Jim McGuinness for sticking with Murphy and putting such responsibility on his young shoulders. MURPHY WAS BORN TO CAPTAIN IRELAND – DUBS LEGEND ROCK was last modified: October 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Barney RockCompromise RulesMichael Murphylast_img read more

NUJ asks Donegal Democrat owners to reconsider planned redundancies

first_imgThe National Union of Journalists has asked the owners of the Donegal Democrat newspaper to reconsider laying off some of its staff.Iconic Newspapers has proposed to cut three reporters from its Letterkenny office in recent weeks.But the NUJ said the company must halt the proposed redundancies at the Donegal Democrat and negotiate with the union. A statement from the NUJ said “Three staff positions are being targeted by the company, even though journalists at the paper are already struggling with heavy workloads. The company is offering only statutory redundancy to those it wants to make compulsorily redundant.The NUJ has contacted the company to seek talks but has not received a formal response from Iconic. As a result, the NUJ has written to all the politicians including TDs, senators and councillors in Donegal; asking them to contact the group editorial director, Alan English, to tell the company to stop the redundancies and engage with the union.Ian McGuinness, NUJ Irish organiser, said “The Donegal Democrat is a vital part of the county’s democracy. It is pivotal in informing local people about what is going on in politics and current affairs. To cut staff in the Donegal Democrat will increase the workload and stress on the journalists that remain, and will hurt the quality of journalism in Donegal as it is bound to negatively impact on the newspaper’s reporting ability.“Furthermore, not only is the company refusing to acknowledge, let alone answer, the NUJ’s requests for collective talks; it also isn’t conducting a formal, objective redundancy consultation process. Therefore, the NUJ will take cases to the Adjudication Officer Service and the Labour Court on behalf of any member who has their rights trampled upon. The union will not stand by while our members are unceremoniously dumped on the dole queue.”Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish secretary, added this is a perfect example of why government needs to convene a Commission on the Future of the Media in Ireland.He said “While we have always advocated the establishment of a Commission because of problems with diversity and media ownership in Ireland; we also need to address the drastic cuts that have been, and are still being made, to local media. Cuts directly impact on the media’s ability to cover council meetings, court hearings, and current affairs in the locality; as well as the local impact of decisions made in the Oireachtas.“These cuts in the Donegal Democrat must be stopped and Iconic Newspapers should immediately sit down with the NUJ to collectively discuss its proposals. A new way of supporting local newspapers must be found as they are vital to our democracy. One thing is certain, cuts will not strengthen these newspapers. They never have and they never will.”Those wishing to tweet their support to the Donegal Democrat NUJ Chapel or send a message to the company can use the twitter hashtag #donegaldemocrat NUJ asks Donegal Democrat owners to reconsider planned redundancies was last modified: November 17th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal DemocratjobsNUJredundancieslast_img read more

49ers 2019 schedule: Game-by-game scouting report

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is how this season’s 49ers schedule looks:All dates are Sundays, unless otherwise notedSept. 8, 1:25 p.m. (PT) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This trip can’t go much worse than last November’s 27-9 debacle, preceded by Marquise Goodwin’s absence for a family emergency and Reuben Foster’s release after a domestic-violence arrest. Then again, things did go worse last time the 49ers opened in Tampa — 1997, Jerry Rice torn ACL, Steve Young concussion, 13-6 loss in Steve Mariucci’s …last_img

Spider Blood Survives 20 Million Years – So They Say

first_imgEurekAlert announced, “Spider blood found in 20 million year old fossil.”  Science Daily repeated the story.  The articles even tell how the spider died (it was climbing a tree and was struck on the head by fast-flowing sap).  The BBC News said, “Spider is ‘20 million years old.’” At least they put quotes around the date, but they quoted Dr. David Penney of the University of Manchester scratching his beard and saying, “It’s amazing to think that a single piece of amber with a single spider in it can open up a window into what was going on 20 million years ago.”  The date comes from the Miocene deposits in which the amber was found in the Dominican Republic.  Those deposits rank at 20 million years according to the evolutionary dating scheme.How could blood survive decay for 2000 years, let alone 20 million?  Suggested revision for Penney’s thoughts: “It’s amazing to think that a single piece of amber with a single spider in it does not open minds to the realization that 20 million years is implausible fiction.”    Let’s remind readers of the way evolutionists reason about fossils and dates.  How do you know this spider is 20 million years old?  Answer: it was found in a 20-million-year-old rock.  How do you know the rocks are 20 million years old?  Answer: because, stupid, it has this 20-million-year-old spider in it!(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more