Every vote is a golden one during the 2019 general elections

first_imgDear Editor,Are votes during the Guyana general elections in 2019 as golden as I think they are or should be?I understand that the Chief Justice in a recent ruling stated that the current House-to-House Registration is legal and at the same time, no name should be taken off the current voters’ list. I guess that would be with the exception of all deceased persons since the last general elections in 2015. I just need some clarification on the following:For someone not registering during the current House-to-House Registration cycle, but whose name is on the current voters’ list from 2015, will they be allowed to cast their vote?I happen to know a bedridden patient at the Palms called “The Geriatric Home” on Brickdam, and from a recent visit, I jokingly inquired from the individual if she will be voting? She responded with laughter that she would love to vote, but is not sure what provisions would be made for her and others in that condition to exercise that right. Does she actually have any voting rights as a senior citizen?Is it GECOM or the Government’s responsibility to put in a place a system for having those senior citizens cast their respective vote? Why not have a special day allotted for such an exercise similar to the Disciplined Forces? What about the homeless persons on the streets, do they have any voting rights?From inquiries, I was told that prisoners have no voting rights. Is that accurate? This election in 2019 is huge and why not make an exception and have prisoners cast their votes? Again, set aside a special day for GECOM personnel to visit all prison locations and let those votes come in.Yours faithfully,T Pembertonlast_img read more

New trash fee to fund roving garbage trucks

first_imgBy the end of the year, roving trash trucks will begin cruising the streets of Los Angeles looking for the mattresses, couches, desks and other junk dumped at the curb by residents. Under a new program approved by the City Council on Wednesday, apartment dwellers and landlords will each pay half of a $1.28 per unit monthly bulky item pickup fee. The fee will raise more than $8 million a year, which covers the expense of new Bureau of Sanitation trash trucks and 25 more drivers to respond to discarded furniture calls and make regular sweeps of neighborhoods with a lot of dumping problems. “It’s tough to raise rates, but this will affect a true quality-of-life issue,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge, who proposed the program three years ago. “This is something that will change Los Angeles.” Now, single-family homes and small apartment complexes served by the Bureau of Sanitation pay for bulky item pickup through their trash bill. But larger apartment complexes hire private haulers, who don’t collect furniture or they charge extra for the service. As a result, some apartment residents – particularly those moving out – leave their furniture on the curb. Sometimes bulky items sit for weeks until a neighbor calls the city’s 311 line to request a pickup. Sarah Fanciullo of Panorama City said people often dump mattresses and sofas in an empty lot next to her house. “It looks like we don’t care,” she said. “It makes our street look trashy.” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said dumped furniture is one of the top complaints she hears from constituents. “We all know the areas where people dump things and there are days of the month where people move out and there’s a higher propensity to dump things,” she said. And bulky items have a magnetic effect as well. “You start with a couch, and if you don’t pick it up in a week or so, pretty soon there’s a fridge there, and a desk,” Councilman Tony Cardenas said. “Out of all the furniture dumped, you could make a whole apartment unit.” The city will hold public hearings in the coming months before enacting the new fee. The program should take effect Oct. 1, and tenants will see a 64-cent charge on their Department of Water and Power bill. Landlords will cover the other 64 cent-per-unit monthly charge. In the meantime, residents can report the discarded bulky items by calling 311. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 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

Dyke reveals FA never considered sacking England boss Hodgson

first_imgGreg Dyke has told talkSPORT the Football Association never considered sacking Roy Hodgson after England crashed out of the World Cup at the group stages.The Three Lions suffered a terrible summer in Brazil, crashing out after just two games following defeats to Italy and Uruguay, and then stumbling to a goalless draw with Costa Rica in their final match. Unsurprisingly, it led to calls for Hodgson to be sacked after two years in charge but the FA and Dyke were quick to stand by the beleaguered boss.And the FA chairman said: “We took that decision in Brazil that we thought Roy has got two years left on his contract and we thought he was the right person to take us on.“But obviously we are looking at what happened in Brazil. We are looking at all of the ways we could have done better. Someone described it to me as a disaster, but it wasn’t a disaster. It was very disappointing, but a disaster is losing 7-1 at home to Germany.“This wasn’t a disaster but I think the conclusion is it’s marginal the difference between going through and not going through. A couple of goals and we would have gone through. However, it was disappointing and we’ve got to do better in the future.”Hodgson again came under pressure following a woeful 1-0 friendly win over Norway earlier this month, but restored some pride with an impressive 2-0 victory in the opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland.And reflecting on the start to the qualification campaign, Dyke added: “I thought that night as I went home, ‘there is a god after all’, because you could feel the pressure building on Roy from all sorts of places, from the fans and the media.“But suddenly that pressure went because that’s the hardest game in our group and we won it. However, we still have to win the rest to qualify. But I think there’s a quiet confidence that we will be there in France in two years time and our job is to do well.”last_img read more

A defender who can defend! Reliable stopper on Spurs wish list

first_imgLet’s be honest, Tottenham’s defence needs reinforcing and one player identified to fix the back is Hector Moreno. Here, talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight runs the rule…Name: Hector MorenoDate of birth: 17/01/88Born: Sinaloa, north west MexicoClub: EspanyolPosition: DefenceInternational: 57 Mexico caps, one goalWhat’s the latest?Despite injury ruling him out of action midway through the World Cup, Tottenham have been linked with Mexico and Espanyol defender Hector Moreno. Manager Mauricio Pochettino worked with him during his time in charge of the Spanish club.Did you know?1) The defender came through the ranks at Mexican side Club Universidad Nacional and was promoted to the first team in 2007 after winning the U17 World Cup two years earlier with Mexico. He was signed by AZ Alkmaar in 2007.2) Moreno worked with Louis van Gaal during his time with the Dutch club and by the end of the 2008/09 season he was a regular feature in the side as the club finished the campaign as Eredivisie champions.3) Espanyol came calling in 2011 and with the help of a Mexican investment fund, signed Moreno for around €4.5m. He played 39 games under Mauricio Pochettino over the course of his first year at the Barcelona-based club.4) Along with his usual spot in the heart of the defence, Moreno has played as a holding midfielder at youth level for Mexico. He is a reliable stopper, whose errors are rare (imagine that, Spurs fans) and is powerful in the air.5) The defender has played for Mexico since U17 level, and made his senior debut at the age of 19 in October 2007. He was part of the Mexico squad at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and 2014 in Brazil where he played every group game before breaking a bone in his shin against the Netherlands in the last 16. The injury ruled him out for between four and six months. And Jay Rodriguez, out since April with a knee problem, is also said to be a transfer target…What is being said?We’ve received a proposal for Hector. There’s a club that could be interested, but we don’t have an official document to certify it. It’s a foreign club– Espanyol president Joan Collet in JuneVideo evidence: Tottenham transfer target Hector Moreno 1last_img read more

Credit may not be in the cards

first_imgCONSUMERS: Issuers are becoming more selective as mortgage defaults increase. By Eileen Alt Powell THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – The stream of credit offers that has filled consumers’ mailboxes in recent years may be slowing just a bit. James Chessen, chief economist with the American Bankers Association trade group in Washington, D.C., said of lenders, “We’ve also heard they’re taking a more careful look at people with less-than-stellar credit. There’s the feeling that the risk may have been underpriced in the past.” But the changes in consumer credit products are not anywhere near as extreme as those involving mortgages. The dollar amounts involved in credit lines and consumer loans are much smaller – often a fraction of a typical mortgage – and defaults haven’t been as worrisome. “What’s driving what’s happening in the mortgage market is the increase in delinquencies,” said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst with Bankrate.com in North Palm Beach, Fla. “These other products haven’t shown that surge, and they have protections in place.” Credit card issuers, for example, can raise the rate on a customer’s card with little notice or shut off the line of credit at any point, he said. “So if a cardholder is showing signs of distress, the lender can scale him back from a $15,000 line of credit to $7,500 and limit its exposure,” McBride said. “It’s not like a mortgage, where the money is out there; it’s lent.” Another reason the changes to consumer loans have been small so far is that markets related to consumer credit haven’t been as roiled as those tied to mortgages, where growing defaults have prompted investors to shun mortgage-backed securities and have sent several dozen mortgage companies into bankruptcy. Because credit cards have not seen substantial increases in delinquencies, “we haven’t seen deterioration in the performance in credit card asset-backed securities,” said Cynthia Ullrich, a senior director in Fitch Ratings asset-backed securities group. Still, investors concerned about mortgage problems have demanded a slightly higher return on securities backed by credit card receivables in recent weeks to make up for a higher perceived risk, according to Wall Street analysts. Those higher costs in the secondary market are being passed on to consumers, Chessen said, noting that financial institutions have the tools to raise rates for riskier customers while holding them down for those with better credit scores. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although credit card issuers and other companies that lend to consumers have escaped the barrage of defaults that mortgage lenders have suffered, they’re nonetheless being more careful about who they lend to, and under what terms. Some card issuers are raising interest rates, while others are cutting back offers to less creditworthy customers or lowering credit limits. Personal and auto loans also are changing. Credit card companies and other lenders are extremely reluctant to reveal the changes they’re making for competitive reasons. But Jamie Dimon, the president and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., told a recent conference with analysts that his bank, one of the nation’s largest card issuers, was cutting back on teaser rates and balance transfers and looking instead to profit from greater growth in existing accounts. “Lenders are obviously doing some tightening to protect themselves,” said Curtis Arnold, founder of CardRatings.com of Little Rock, Ark. Arnold said he was seeing “pretty subtle – but significant – changes” in credit card offerings. One card issuer, for example, has reduced its introductory period for zero percent interest from “six months” to “up to six months,” Arnold said. Others are doing away with zero percent offers and going to teaser rates up to 5.9 percent, Arnold said. last_img read more

Macs, iPods send Apple profits up

first_imgSAN JOSE – Apple Computer Inc. said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit rose 41 percent, beating Wall Street estimates, as sales of its iPod players continued to soar and Macintosh computer shipments increased by 4 percent. Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple said it earned $410 million, or 47 cents per share, in the three months that ended April 1. In the same period a year ago, the company earned $290 million, or 34 cents a share. Revenue for the quarter was $4.36 billion, up 34 percent from $3.24 billion in the year-ago quarter, but fell below the projections of analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial, who, on average, expected revenue of $4.54 billion. The analysts’ consensus earnings forecast was 43 cents per share. 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventStill, analysts are expecting Apple to grow beyond its current 3 percent to 4 percent share of the computer market because of its switch this year to Intel Corp. chips, the same used by its PC rivals. With the iMac, the MacBook laptop and Mac Mini computer already shipping with Intel chips, Apple is about halfway through the transition, which the company says will be completed by the end of the year. Some think another boost in Mac sales might come from Apple’s historic release earlier this month of software that gave Macintosh users an easy way to install Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system and switch between the two platforms on a Mac. Meanwhile, iPods are still dominating the portable media player market. More than 8.5 million units were shipped during the second quarter, up 61 percent from the year-ago period, the company said.last_img read more


first_imgAthletics Ireland has named reigning world youth walk champion, Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) as part of a 15 member squad to compete at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships to be held in Barcelona from the 10-15th of July. Veale finished an impressive sixth at the recent IAAF World Cup of Race Walking in Saransk, Russia. Emma Prendiville (Farranfore Maine Valley AC) will also compete in the 10k Walk.Mark English (Letterkenny AC) will compete in the 800m having run an impressive 1.45.77 this season to break his own National Junior Record. This time moved him to fifth on the Irish all-time list, ahead of Marcus O’Sullivan (1.45.87).  Fellow Donegal athlete, Karl Griffin (Tir Chonaill AC), is also set to compete over this distance. Karl, European Youth Olympic medallist from 2011 has shown good form this year breaking English’s 800m Youth Record, running 1:49.63. 16 year old, Síofra Cleirigh-Buttner (DSD AC) will compete in the 800m. Her personal best of 2:04.82, set at a Dublin Graded Meet in June, ranks her second fastest Irish woman to date this year. European Youth Olympic Champion, Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC) will compete in the 1500m having run 3:46.27 this year.  He will be joined in the 1500m by Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) who recently ran 3.46.41 for the distance.In the longer distance event, reigning Inter club Cross Country Champion Sarah Collins (Finn Valley AC) has been selected to compete over 3,000m with Kevin Dooney (Raheny AC) competing in the 10,000m. In the Sprints, Marcus Lawler (St. Laurence O’ Toole) will compete in the 200m. Lawler has this year so far, set personal bests of 21.42 in the 200m and 10.72 in the 100m, both new Irish Youth Records.Joanna Mills (Ballymena & Antrim AC) will go in the 400m in Barcelona. Mills ran brilliantly last year to place fourth in 400m final at the 2011 European Junior Track and Field Championships in Estonia.Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC) is selected for the 100m hurdles. Lavin began 2012 in style by equalling Derval O’Rourke’s national junior record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.46. Lavin transferred this form to the outdoor season recording an impressive personal best of 13.73 to win the Irish Schools.  European Youth Olympic Champion from 2011, Ben Kiely (Ferrybank AC) is set to compete in the 400m Hurdles.Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley AC) will compete in the Hammer having set an Irish Junior Record of 70.02m earlier in the year. McGuigan will be joined in the hammer by newly crowned National Junior champion, James McCabe of Dunboyne AC who has thrown 68.62m this year.Jacqui Freyne Junior High Performance Manager said “This is a strong team across a variety of events and reflects the immense athletic talent that exists, and the quality of coaches working within the younger ranks in athletics in Ireland at the moment, and we wish all the team the best of luck in Barcelona.”Irish Team IAAF World Junior Track and Field ChampionshipsAthlete                          Club                                         Coach                           EventMarcus Lawler               St. Laurence  O’ Toole   AC        Patricia Lawler               200m Joanna Mills                  Ballymena & Antrim AC             Ian Neely                       400mSarah Lavin                   Emerald AC                             Noelle Morrissey           100m HurdlesBen Kiely                      Ferrybank AC                            Bríd Golden                  400m HurdlesMark English                Letterkenny AC              Teresa McDaid              800m Karl Griffin                    Tír Chonaill AC                          Eamon Harvey              800mSíofra Cléirigh-Buttner    DSD AC                       Eddie McDonagh & Donal Hennigan      800mRuairi Finnegan             Letterkenny AC                         Teresa McDaid              1500mSean Tobin                   Clonmel AC                               Anthony Moynihan         1500mSarah Collins                 Finn Valley AC                          André Puschnig             3000mKevin Dooney               Raheny AC                                Dick Hooper                 10,000mKate Veale                    West Waterford AC                   Jamie Costin                 10k WalkEmma Prendiville          Farranfore Maine Valley AC        Michael Lane                 10k WalkDempsey McGuigan      Finn Valley AC                          Alan Bertram                 HammerJames McCabe             Dunboyne AC                          George Eyres                HammerDONEGAL ATHLETES NAMED IN WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM was last modified: June 25th, 2012 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)last_img read more


first_imgLagan Harps FCOur u/12’s were our only team in action last weekend.They travelled to Convoy and came away with a hard earned three points, after a 1-0 win. Mark Bonner was the goalscorer. In the National cup they have been drawn away to Monaghan side Carrick Rovers.In a great team performance, Killian Gribben, Osa Emma Braines, Oisin Toye, Jordan Mc Hugh and Caoimhin Wheeler excelled.Our u/14’s are scheduled to start their league campaignnext week.Our u/16 girls have been drawn away to Colga Fc, from Galway, in the WFAI u/16 cup. In our weekly lottos the numbers drawn were 6,14,15 and 20, Three people had three numbers with Bryan Kelly drawn out and winning E50.Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Oisin Crawford who was injured in a recent accident.Lagan Harps FC Quiz and AuctionThe club are hosting a quiz night in the Mount Errigal on Saturday 25th July starting at 9.00pm. Prizes include flat screen TV’s.There will also be a raffle and auction with numerouse valuable items, including concert tickets, autographed photos..etc. There will be dancing afterwards. Further details will be made available next week. SOCCER SNIPPETS: LAGAN HARPS U12’S DEFEAT CONVOY IN SFAI CUP was last modified: October 6th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more


first_imgMcMullenThe death has taken place of Owen McMullen, Aughnakeragh, Raphoe.Removal from Letterkenny General Hospital today going to the residence of his cousin, Mrs Mary Francis Campbell, Tullyvinney, Raphoe. Funeral from there on Sunday at 10.15am for 11 o clock mass in St Eunans Church, Raphoe.McConnell The death has taken place of Sarah McConnell of Eglinton at Temple Moyle nursing home and formerly of Binnion Hill, St Johnston.Remains will be reposing at White Dove Funeral Home, Towns Park, Convoy.Funeral arrangements to be confirmed later.BreslinThe death has occurred at Letterkenny General Hospital of Barney Breslin, Ballyargus, Redcastle and formerly of Shettleson, Glasgow.Removal from the Chapel of Rest, Letterkenny Hospital today (Fri) at 2pm going to Belfast Harbour for the 730pm sailing to Glasgow.Family flowers only, donations if desired to Medical 3, Letterkenny General Hospital c/o Con McDaid & Sons Funeral Directors. MolloyThe sudden death has taken place at his home in Glasgow of Declan Molloy son of Peggy Molloy – 5 Carlton Drive, Strabane.Removal from Quigleys Funeral Home, Strabane this (Friday) evening at 6pm to St Marys Church, Melmount.Requiem Mass tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 10am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.BoyleThe death has taken place in Glasgow of Paul Boyle.His remains are reposing at his uncle Condy Boyle’s residence at Meenbanad.Funeral mass this (Fri) morning at 11 o’clock in Meenacross Church and burial afterwards in Belcruit cemetery.McGlynnThe death has taken place at his residence of John McGlynn, Meentemoragal, Fintown.His remains are reposing at his residence.Funeral mass tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 11 o clock in St Colmcilles Chapel, Fintown, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.NobleThe death has taken place of Annie Noble, 21 Elm Court, Ramelton.Her remains are reposing at her late residence.Requiem mass tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 11am in St. Mary’s Church Ramelton with burial afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.House private please.BoydThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice, Letterkenny of Billy Boyd, Kilcashel, Loughras Point, Ardara.Remains reposing at his late residence.Funeral service at his late residence tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) at 1pm with burial to Kilcashel cemetery, Loughras Point.Family flowers only please donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o Derek Mc Cabe, Funeral Directors, Ardara.McVeighThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Michael McVeigh, late of Nazareth House, Fahan and formerly of Church Street, Buncrana.His remains will repose at the Nazareth House this evening (Fri) from 7 o clock with funeral Requiem Mass at 10 o clock tomorrow morning (Saturday) in the Nazareth House Chapel followed by interment in St Marys Cemetery, Cockhill, Buncrana.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012 was last modified: March 30th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Man appears in court charged with breaking into churches

first_imgA man has appeared in court charged with breaking into a number of churches.Nathan Coughlan, aged 21, appeared at Letterkenny District Court after he raided churches in both Counties Leitrim and Donegal. The court heard that Coughlan, of Armada Cottages, Bundoran, broke into both St Osnat’s Church in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim on February 26th last and stole €38 worth of property belonging to Fr Oliver Crilly.He is also charged with breaking into St Eunan’s Cathedral in Raphoe in Co Donegal on March 31st last.He is charged with stealing three padlocks and also a candle holder worth €16.When charged Coughlan replied, “Sorry that it happened.”He was also charged with breaking into Mac’s Amusement Arcade in Bundoran on March 11th as well as a number of motoring offences.Garda Sgt Jim Collings said he was not objecting to bail but asked the accused to sign on three times each week at Bundoran Garda station and provide a mobile phone number.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until May 3rd in Ballyshannon.Man appears in court charged with breaking into churches was last modified: April 4th, 2019 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:burglarychurchesdonegalNathan Coughlanlast_img read more