GECOM urges year-round voter education programme

first_img– as US Ambassador lauds free & fair LGE 2018With the proverbial dust settling from the recent Local Government Elections, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has some ideas for increasing the voter participation in the process, and it will take those ideas to the Government.Among the measures GECOM will be taking to the Ministry of Communities is that it maintains year-round voter education. This is according to Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield.Chief Elections Officer Keith LowenfieldWhen he made this disclosure, the CEO was speaking at a press conference and was asked how GECOM would improve voter turnout. He noted that hiccups occurred during the LGE preparation stage which should have been avoided through early voter education.“It has to be a year-round arrangement that speaks to what is required in some Local Government education arrangement that goes to (hinterland areas) and says: ‘This is what the benefits to accrue are, this is how to participate’,” he explained.“Going to the Pomeroon and speaking to the residents. So there’s a lot of work to do as far as prepping. You have to start with the education,” he declared.Out of 572,531 persons registered to vote, only 208,534 actually did so. This is a turnout of 36 per cent. When LGE were last held in 2016, the turnout was 47 per cent. GECOM has noted that the Ministry of Communities and political parties share responsibility for voter education.However, the coalition Government has defended the subject Minister, Ronald Bulkan, in this regard. At A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) press conference, Social Protection Minister Amna Ally has said that her colleague did what he could.Free and FairNotwithstanding the 36 per cent voter turnout at the Local Government Elections, outgoing United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, has lauded the elections as a free and fair process.Outgoing United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry HollowayHolloway made these remarks at a reception to mark his exit from Guyana as a diplomat and his eventual retirement from the State Department. As one of several observers to the elections, Holloway had no complaints to make about what he had seen on November 12.“I went out and did some observing. It looked like a free, fair and very credible elections. No matter what you say about the turnout, I would say democracy was the big winner. Because people did have a chance to go vote, and I hope this continues,” he said.Making comparisons with Local Government in the US, Holloway noted that many politicians at the national level started out there. As such, he noted its importance not only to democracy, but also for moulding future leaders.“In the United States, everything is built upon local governments. But, quite frankly, our presidents, not always but in most cases, often come up through the local government ranks. It’s how we build our future leaders most of the time,” he explained.Besides Holloway and his team, other observers at the Local Government Elections have included the British and European Union (EU) diplomatic teams. In a recent interview with this publication, EU Ambassador to Guyana, Jernej Videti?,  described the process as a smooth one.This conclusion was arrived at after he would have visited some of the polling stations across Guyana to check upon the pace at which ballots were cast. He noted that he would have stood as an observer two years ago during the previous LGE, but the method was “excellent” this time around.“We went as observers, and we had done it two years ago; so I think compared to what was [done] two years ago, it was even better prepared. We went to five local polling stations, and in all the polling stations the procedures were the same,” the Ambassador said.last_img read more

Former ECC member Pooran Singh makes timely donation to club

first_imgBy Timothy JaikarranPooran Singh, former National Under-19 player, member of the Everest Cricket Club and Member of the Georgetown Cricket Club, has made a timely donation to the Everest Cricket Club as it ventures to rehabilitate its facilities.Pooran SinghSingh previously represented both the ECC and GCC, and is currently Chief Accountant at the Savannah Charitable Trust Limited located in England. This Trust is governed by former England Test cricketer Phil Edmonds.As his rationale for making this contribution, Singh said, “As you know, I played for GCC, Everest, Guyana U19, and then migrated to England. I am aware that the club is in need of donations as they are currently in their rehabilitation phase. I was privileged enough to receive a donation from my company in England. Two years ago, in 2017, I helped GCC, and I decided that this year I should help the club that I first started out my cricketing at. The financial donation, when given to the club, is not for any specific use, but to cater to the general needs of the club, whether it be to better the field, reconstruct the pavilion, or even fix up the dressing rooms or even the club house. It is there for them to use.”Singh also indicated that, as a former cricketer, giving back is something that he has always wanted to do. He also said he is extremely proud of the bold steps that the club is making, as he referenced the fact that, over the weekend, the club posted a mammoth total of 434 runs made in 40 overs.He noted that he is extremely proud of the journey the club has taken since it emerged first runner-up in the 2018 edition of the 2nd Division NBS Cricket Competition, and he said he is optimistic about the club’s performance in the 2019 edition.Singh had this to say: “To all the younger players out there, I urge you to try to improve; take the game very seriously, forget about parties and alcohol, train hard and motivate yourself, and you will definitely make it to the top.”last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Ten-man Arsenal stunned at Stoke

first_imgStoke City managed to hold on to a remarkable half-time lead to secure a 3-2 win over Arsenal, as a second-half double from the Gunners wasn’t enough to inspire a comeback at the Britannia Stadium.It was job done for the Potters by the break, or so it seemed, while Arsenal were a complete mess from the off as Peter Crouch opened the scoring after just 18 seconds when he poked the ball home after winning a scrap in the box.The former England man’s strike was the fastest this season, and their lead was soon doubled when Bojan skipped through a static defence to score with a neat first-time finish following good wing play from Jonathan Walters.Stoke’s first-half dominance was highlighted as chants of “olé” sounded around the Britannia Stadium stands.And Walters made it three moments before the break, capitalising on more horror show defending from Arsenal to fire high into the roof of the netArsenal improved after the break but were still frustrated, with Sanchez hitting the post after a long mazy run into the box, and they appeared to have fallen yet another goal behind when Bojan again found the net, but the Spaniard’s strike was ruled out for offside.The Gunners were then gifted a foothold in the game when Mame Biram Diouf’s trip on Mathieu Flamini handed Wenger’s men a penalty, with Santi Cazorla confidently sweeping away his spot-kick on 68 minutes.And the comeback looked very much on two minutes later when a smart save from Asmir Begovic denied substitute Danny Welbeck and handed Arsenal a corner, with Aaron Ramsey smashing in a volley through a bundle of bodies from the resulting set piece.Stoke looked shell shocked following Arsenal’s quick-fire double but Hughes’ men managed to gather themselves, while Calum Chambers’ late sending off for a second booking ended Arsenal’s hopes of an equaliser, as the Potters held on during a nervy five minutes of added time to seal a brilliant win.Meanwhile, Queens Park Rangers managed to end Burnley’s run of four games unbeaten with a 2-0 victory at Loftus Road, despite ending the match with ten men.Both sides were fired up for this bottom of the table clash but eventually entered the break goalless following a cagey opening half.The hosts started the brighter after the restart, and Harry Redknapp’s Super Hoops took the lead just six minutes in, Leroy Fer with a crafty chip over Tom Heaton following decent link-up play between Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora.Austin made it two against his former club shortly after, the in-form frontman finding the net from range with a clinical finish from Mauricio Isla’s pull back.The ex-Clarets star then went from hero to villain within minutes when he was given his marching orders for a second yellow card, but it made little difference to the contest, as a hard fought three points sees QPR move out of the bottom three.And that was it in terms of goals in the afternoon kick offs, as the three other fixtures all ended in 0-0 stalemates.Liverpool again suffered from a lack of firepower upfront as the Reds were held by a stubborn Sunderland at Anfield, with captain Steven Gerrard relegated to the bench once more.Meanwhile, a below-par Tottenham may count themselves lucky with a point as they held on to draw with Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane, with Jason Puncheon a whisker away from grabbing a win as his second-half strike clattered the bar.And West Brom were left to rue Graham Dorrans’ first-half penalty miss as they drew 0-0 at Hull, who slip into the bottom-three as a result. Stoke City striker Peter Crouch celebrates his goal against Arsenal 1last_img read more

Liverpool confirm Gerrard to leave Premier League at the end of the season

first_img1 Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard Liverpool have confirmed Steven Gerrard will leave the club at the end of the season.The Reds skipper, who turned down a new deal to stay at Anfield, will join a club which is outside the United Kingdom and will ‘not be in direct competition with Liverpool’.It’s understood as many as three MLS sides are interested in the former England captain, with LA Galaxy believed to be leading the race.Explaining his decision, Gerrard said: “This has been the toughest decision of my life and one which both me and my family have agonised over for a good deal of time.“I am making the announcement now so that the manager and the team are not distracted by stories or speculation about my future.“Liverpool Football Club has been such a huge part of all our lives for so long and saying goodbye is going to be difficult, but I feel it’s something that’s in the best interests of all involved, including my family and the club itself.“I’m going to carry on playing and although I can’t confirm at this stage where that will be, I can say it will be somewhere that means I won’t be playing for a competing club and will not therefore be lining up against Liverpool – that is something I could never contemplate.“My decision is completely based on my wish to experience something different in my career and life and I also want to make sure that I have no regrets when my playing career is eventually over.“I can’t thank Brendan, the owners and everyone at the club enough for how they’ve handled this and I am leaving on great terms. Also, I would like to thank my teammates and all the staff for their help and continued support.“It is a very special place to be part of. It is my sincere hope and wish that one day I can return to serve Liverpool again, in whatever capacity best helps the club.“One point that is important to make is that from now until the last kick of the last game of the season, I will be as fully committed to the team as I ever have been and giving everything I have to help Liverpool win games.“My final message is for the people who make Liverpool Football Club the greatest in the world – the supporters.“It has been a privilege to represent you, as a player and as captain. I have cherished every second of it and it is my sincere wish to finish this season and my Liverpool career on a high.”last_img read more

Six talking points from the Nations League

first_imgMany fans were still struggling to understand the idea behind the Nations League as it got under way. Even the players were too, with England defender Harry Maguire admitting last week: “It is confusing, but we are trying to get our heads round it.” But while the process that offers up qualifying berths for Euro 2020 is not entirely straightforward, the basic concept of promotion and relegation is easier to comprehend. It is also an exciting and overdue addition to international football. Replacing meaningless friendly matches, marred by endless substitutions, with competitive matches between well-matched teams is already proving a great move by UEFA.England defender Harry Maguire has hopefully now got his head around the Nations League concept © AFP / Paul ELLIS– France riding crest of a wave –Didier Deschamps’ decision to keep faith with the team that won the World Cup final in July — with the exception of Alphonse Areola replacing the injured Hugo Lloris in goal — paid off as France returned to action with a 0-0 draw in Germany and a 2-1 win at home to the Netherlands. They are obvious contenders to win the inaugural Nations League title, with a four-team final tournament to be played next June, but the priority here was celebrating their World Cup success with their fans. The scenes at the Stade de France after Sunday’s win over the Dutch, as Deschamps’ young side partied with adoring supporters, showed the extent to which Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and co. are now national heroes.Kylian Mbappe and his France teammates parade the World Cup trophy after their win over the Netherlands © AFP / FRANCK FIFE– Spain recover mojo –Watching Spain’s scintillating display in their 6-0 demolition of Croatia on Tuesday and it was impossible not to think back to their performance against Russia at the World Cup, when they bowed out on penalties. Luis Enrique’s side, containing a blend of old and new faces, played at a frightening tempo and with a more direct style that was in stark contrast with the sleep-inducing sideways passing that put paid to their World Cup dreams. Crushing the World Cup runners-up, three days after beating England at Wembley, was a reminder that Spain are still right up there with the best teams on the planet.– Croatia struggle to build on World Cup –Just two months after reaching the World Cup final, Croatia were humbled in a 6-0 thrashing in Spain, despite starting six of the players who took on France in Moscow. Strength in depth looks to be an issue, with Ivan Santini a downgrade on the retired Mario Mandzukic, and the defence was taken apart without the injured Dejan Lovren and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic. Zlatko Dalic’s men next face a rematch of their World Cup semi-final against England, needing a quick response to quell any thoughts that they may have been one-tournament wonders.– Mancini yet to make mark –Roberto Mancini has a big job on his hands trying to revive Italy’s fortunes © AFP / Francisco LEONGItaly’s performances in labouring to a draw with Poland and losing in Portugal showed that the four-time World Cup winners remain a shadow of their former selves. Roberto Mancini is trying to revive the Azzurri after their failure to qualify for this year’s World Cup, but it seems the crisis is only deepening. Could relegation from the top tier of the Nations League be next? “We’ll wait and see, but our objective is to form a squad for Euro 2020,” insisted Mancini.– Minnows keen to seize chance –The expansion to 24 teams saw five countries make their European Championship debut in 2016, and the advent of the Nations League will likely open the door to more newcomers for the 2020 edition. Finland, in League C, and League D trio Georgia, Luxembourg and Macedonia took maximum points from their opening two games to underpin their hopes of reaching the play-offs that will determine the final four qualifiers. Kosovo also top their section after claiming a first competitive win in the team’s brief history by beating the Faroe Islands 2-0 on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marco Asensio and Spain were in scintillating form against Croatia © AFP / JOSE JORDANPARIS, France, Sep 12 – After the first two rounds of fixtures in the UEFA Nations League concluded on Tuesday evening with Spain’s stunning 6-0 win over Croatia, AFP Sports takes a look at some of the key talking points from the start of the brand new competition:– A breath of fresh air –last_img read more

REVEALED: HOW DONEGAL SOLDIER HELPED RUC OFFICERS IN GUN BATTLE WITH THE IRA

first_imgA former Irish soldier now living in Co Donegal has revealed how he helped RUC officers in a gun battle with the IRA – 37 years ago.Brendan Rohan was a 22-year-old officer when he took part in an unauthorised late-night sortie across the border, which ended with him fighting alongside two RUC constables…and using their machinegun to fire back at the Provos.You can read more here:http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/republic-of-ireland/the-irish-soldier-who-took-on-ira-in-sortie-over-border-37-years-ago-16070999.html#ixzz1cP2GEm1T http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/republic-of-ireland/the-irish-soldier-who-took-on-ira-in-sortie-over-border-37-years-ago-16070999.htmlREVEALED: HOW DONEGAL SOLDIER HELPED RUC OFFICERS IN GUN BATTLE WITH THE IRA was last modified: October 31st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:REVEALED: HOW DONEGAL SOLDIER HELPED RUC OFFICERS IN GUN BATTLE WITH THE IRAlast_img read more

New website addresses and outlines best management practices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new website (agbmps.osu.edu/) has been launched that is designed to help landowners and operators use visual clues in the landscape or management records to identify fields or stream/ditches where targeted practices can reduce erosion and nutrient losses that impair Ohio watersheds.Private and public dollars available to address erosion and nutrient loss concerns from agricultural production fields are limited. The intent of this website is to empower farmers/landowners with the knowledge necessary to identify the high risk situations that exist in their farm fields and the ability to know when to seek professional help for implementing cost effective conservation. This website provides a summary of “Critical Concerns” found in the landscape and in agronomic farm plans, a review of potential “Best Management Practices (BMPs)”, and a list of resources and people/agencies to contact.Website pages include:• Critical Concerns — Pictures and descriptions of critical resource concerns to use in identification plus links to potential BMP’s that address those concerns.• BMP practices — A listing of all BMP practices with descriptions, effectiveness, pros and cons of the practice, things to consider and contacts for further inquiry.Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)- Answers to common questions and helpful background information. Submit — A place to submit pictures of critical concerns or BMP’s in action to add to the website or questions for FAQ.People — Contacts for people and organizations available to assist in answering questions or seeking cost share.A website provides a vehicle that can be used in the field on mobile devices plus is easily updated with new information on cost of implementation, effectiveness of practices to address water quality and other factors as new research is made available. Comments and pictures are being sought to continue to improve this resources.The website has been made possible by funding from Ohio State University Extension, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, with input from Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Nature Conservancy and funding from Ohio Soybean Council, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.If question or suggestions on the website contact Greg LaBarge, labarge.1@osu.edu.last_img read more

Virat Kohli is improving as batsman and leader: Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgAjinkya Rahane struck his highest-ever score in Test cricket when he made 188 off 381 balls on the second day of the third and final match against New Zealand in Indore. The visitors were 28/0 at the close of play on Sunday after India declared their first innings at 557/5.Rahane, who came to the crease after India were reduced to 100/3 on Day 1, hit his eighth century in the longest format. Despite struggling initially, Rahane remained calm and stitched together India’s highest-ever fourth-wicket partnership of 365 runs with captain Virat Kohli to put the hosts in the driver’s seat. (India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 2: As It Happened | SCORECARD)Rahane said the communication between him and Kohli played a key role in their long stay at the crease.”Virat’s message to me was to just hang in there. Communication between both of us was the key, and I really loved it,” Rahane said.Rahane was also all praise for Kohli, who became the first Indian captain to hit two double hundreds.”Loved watching him (Kohli) from the other end, his second double hundred. There are too many things to learn from him. He is improving as a batsman, as a leader and great to see him scoring runs for us,” he added. (Indore Test, Day 2: Key highlights)ON HIS OWN BATTING”Yesterday I was struggling. It was important to hang in there. Yesterday they had some plans against me. Yes, I was struggling and there’s no shame in admitting that. I’m happy with the way I maintained my composure.”advertisementON MISSING OUT ON DOUBLE TON”Today once I got my hundred, I wanted to dominate, particularly the spinners. After I crossed 150, I wanted to get to 180 quickly and then take my time for the double but unfortunately I got out.”ON INDIA’S BOWLING”The pitch has started to turn. Spinners will be handy, we just have to be patient and let the bowlers take care of it. Ashwin and Jadeja are bowling really well, we need to be patient.”last_img read more

Lozano: I never imagined playing Champions League

first_imgPSV and Mexico star Hirving Lozano says he never could have imagined taking part in matches like Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona.The 23-year-old has been linked with moves to some of the world’s biggest clubs but said when he was a child his dream was simply to make it as a professional in his home country. Having reached that goal, the El Tri winger is now focused on bigger and better things.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I never imagined so much. The first thing that comes to your mind at that age is to play in the first division. My goal was to play in a stadium, as a professional, and thanks to God I achieved that,” he said at a news conference Friday. “Little by little more goals come to you, and I’m always trying to get better.” Lozano and PSV fell to Barca by a 2-1 scoreline this week and have just one chance left to pick up a Champions League group stage victory, traveling to Milan to face Inter on Dec. 11. Despite the reigning Eredivisie champions not finding the results, Lozano said playing in a group with Barcelona, Inter and Tottenham Hotspur has been enjoyable. “The first time I heard the Champions League hymn, it really made an impression on me. It’s really beautiful to play in this tournament,” he said. “We got into a tough group, but we enjoyed it a lot.” Lozano may have expected to be part of the competition after helping PSV to the Dutch title, but for club and country teammate Erick Gutierrez it came as a huge shock. He started the season with Pachuca before an injury to a summer signing and moving into the Champions League group stage motivated PSV to make a late move for the midfielder. Suddenly, he was being put into Champions League matches as a substitute and being asked to close down Lionel Messi, with a pair of appearances against Barcelona in the competition and another appearance against Spurs. “I was playing in the Mexican league and I never expected to face [Messi] in a tournament like the Champions League. Maybe I hoped to face him with the national team, but not in the Champions League,” Gutierrez said. “At PSV, a dream come true for us to be able to play against a player that’s the best in the world. Sometimes you try not to see him like that on the field, but suddenly you see him again because he’s a really smart player. They’re moments that mark your career.” While PSV won’t be moving to the Champions League knockout round, the Dutch side is on track to return next year. The club has won 13 of 13 league matches ahead of a Sunday contest against third-place Feyenoord.last_img read more

Yanks, Sabathia Fall To Tigers, 2-1

first_imgDETROIT — The newcomers to Detroit’s starting rotation are certainly pulling their weight so far.Alfredo Simon pitched impressively into the eighth inning April 20, and the Tigers added another victory to baseball’s best record with a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees.J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes hit consecutive RBI singles in the seventh to help Detroit rally.Simon (3-0) allowed a run and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out seven without a walk. He and Shane Greene were the less-heralded additions who replaced Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello in Detroit’s rotation. So far, they’re a combined 6-0 with a 1.03 ERA.“I think our starting pitching, as ballyhooed as the offensive lineup is, our starting pitching has been the backbone of our start,” Manager Brad Ausmus said.Joba Chamberlain relieved Simon and got Jacoby Ellsbury to hit into a crucial double play in the eighth, and Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his fifth save. The Tigers (11-2) remained a game ahead of Kansas City atop the AL Central.CC Sabathia (0-3) faced the minimum number of hitters through the first six innings, but with two out and a man on second in the seventh, the Yankees intentionally walked Victor Martinez. J.D. Martinez followed with a sharp single that shortstop Didi Gregorius was unable to keep in the infield, and Cespedes’ single scored Martinez.With Chase Headley on second and one out in the eighth, Gregorius singled up the middle. Rajai Davis bobbled the ball in center, but Headley had already been held up at third.Then Chamberlain came on in a huge spot against his former team. Ellsbury’s hard grounder went right to second baseman Ian Kinsler, and the double play ended the threat.“I live for that stuff. It’s so fun to come in, in a situation like that,” Chamberlain said. “You’ve got to be able to get a big play, and back up our guy that was strong for us for seven innings.”Mark Teixeira’s second-inning homer put the Yankees up 1-0, and Sabathia kept the lead for a while. Detroit hit into three double plays in the first six innings, and Jose Iglesias was caught stealing in the third when Sabathia stepped off the mound and caught him between first and second. The 6-foot-7 left-hander went over and tagged Iglesias out himself.Rajai Davis singled to start the Detroit seventh, then hustled to second on Kinsler’s flyout to deep left.“That was a really smart play that turned into a huge play for them,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “He knows this park really well, and he’s a lot faster than we wish he was, so he was able to take that base and keep them out of a double play.”Miguel Cabrera grounded out in an unusual 6-4-3 putout — Gregorius threw to second to try to catch Davis off the base, and although the Detroit runner got back safely, Stephen Drew still had time to relay the ball to first in time to get Cabrera.Victor Martinez was then given his free pass, and J.D. Martinez and Cespedes put the Tigers ahead.Sabathia allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings — his 38th career complete game and first since 2013. He threw 98 pitches.Alex Rodriguez went hitless with a strikeout for the Yankees. He had to duck twice to get out of the way of Simon’s pitches — although both looked like curveballs and were measured in the mid-70s on the stadium scoreboard.“My mom’s birthday is today,” Simon said. “She asked me, ‘I want you to strike out Alex Rodriguez and win the game.’”(NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more