Come out in droves to vote – GECOM Chairman

first_img– urges Guyanese to peacefully exercise franchiseAs Local Government Elections (LGE) approaches, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is urging every eligible person to come out and exercise their right to vote, even as it promises to do everything to ensure a free and fair process.According to GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, the elections mark an opportunity for citizens to take the political initiative. He was adamant that GECOM had learnt from the past and would implement an effective system.“We have learnt from errors in the past and we are building on that. Come out in droves,” Patterson encouraged citizens. “You have the right to exercise your franchise peacefully. We want to have free and fair elections here. Which way theyGECOM Chairman James Patterson at Critchlow Labour College for Nomination Daygo is no concern of ours.”Asked what GECOM is doing to ensure free and fair elections, Patterson described it as a subjective topic. But he was adamant that GECOM is doing whatever is within its power to facilitate the process.“We will do everything in our power to have it free and fair. But I have no jurisdiction in shouting at anybody when they say anything to the contrary. That’s their perspective. And that’s where subjectivity comes in.”With just over 50 days to go before Local Government Elections, GECOM said symbols it received from the seven political parties was an increase compared to the three from 2016. If the list is considered defective, the representative/deputy representative will be notified by the Returning Officer.If the party, group or individual is not satisfied with the reasons provided by the Returning Officer, they can file an appeal against refusal of approval no later than the 45th day before elections day to a Magistrate of the magisterial district.In the 2016 election, the voter turnout was 47.10 per cent. Cane Grove in Region Four saw the highest turnout with 63.56 per cent while Linden, a stronghold of the APNU, recorded the lowest, whereby out of 23,880 people eligible to vote, only 8395 cast their ballots and 116 were rejected.Georgetown, another APNU stronghold, saw 37.66 per cent with 42,313 out of the 112,364 voting. In the end, the PPP/C recorded victories in 48 out the 71 LAAs. However, the PPP/C and APNU/AFC coalition tied in Mabaruma, Region One.last_img read more

Bristol dump Man Utd out of League Cup

first_imgBut as the match appeared to be drifting towards extra time with the score at 1-1, unfancied Bristol dug deep to fashion one last chance and Korey Smith’s strike sparked scenes of wild celebration at Ashton Gate.Bristol, third in the Championship, have now beaten four Premier League sides on their march to the last four of the League Cup and their reward is an even-more daunting-looking two-legged tie against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.The other semi-final next month sees an all-London clash between Chelsea and Arsenal.“It’s an overwhelming feeling of pride, to beat Manchester United is incredible,” said manager Lee Johnson. “They are a special group. It has been a long time since we had a result like that at Ashton Gate.“The lads didn’t want to go into extra time and the scenes that winner set off were unbelievable. My dad always says he’s the most successful Bristol City manager so I have maybe pushed him close tonight.”The home side took the lead after an even first half, Joe Bryan firing the home side ahead in the 51st minute with a left-foot shot that arrowed into the net past the despairing dive of Sergio Romero.United were only behind for a few minutes before Ibrahimovic blasted the ball through the wall after a softish-looking free-kick awarded for a foul on Paul Pogba in a central position.Manager Jose Mourinho threw on even more attackers as he pushed for victory, with Romelu Lukaku replacing Daley Blind while Henrikh Mkhitaryan came on for Ibrahimovic.But despite pressure from the away side, Bristol held their nerve, taking advantage of some sloppy defensive play from United to score deep into injury time through Smith, who burst into the area, chested the ball down and finished coolly with his left foot.United surged forward for one last push but it was too late and at the final whistle joyous fans streamed onto the pitch.– ‘Unbelievable’ –Bristol City’s Korey Smith (R) celebrates scoring the second goal past Manchester United’s Sergio Romero (L) during their match in Bristol, southwest England on December 20, 2017 © AFP / Geoff CADDICK“Unbelievable, I don’t know what to say,” said matchwinner Smith. “We played brilliantly like we have all season. I wasn’t being tracked when I made the runs forward, I was gutted with the one in the first half but it was a great tackle to be fair.“I joined when we were in League One with three stands. We have been brilliant this season.”United welcomed midfield general Pogba back into the side after the three-match suspension he picked up against Arsenal earlier this month and Ibrahimovic, 36, made his first start since damaging knee ligaments in April.Mourinho said Bristol were lucky but praised them for their performance.“They played brilliantly, they fought like it was the game of their lives which probably it was,” he said. “A beautiful day for football. A team from the lower division won. A big day for them.“In the first half we lacked the intensity that they had. Physically and mentally. It was one more day in the office for my players, a day that some of them didn’t even want to come to the office.”At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea took an early lead through Willian and looked set to coast over the line before a late leveller from Dan Gosling threatened to take the tie into extra time.But within seconds the home side were back in front as substitute Alvaro Morata sealed their place in the semi-finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bristol City players celebrate their victory after their quarter-final match against Manchester United in Bristol, southwest England on December 20, 2017 © AFP / Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 21 – English Championship side Bristol City dumped Manchester United out of the League Cup on Wednesday, scoring with seconds remaining to beat the holders 2-1 as Chelsea also progressed to the semi-finals after late drama of their own.United, second in the Premier League, made 10 changes from their weekend victory against West Brom but still boasted a star-studded line-up including a fearsome front three of Marcus Rashford, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial against the second-division high-flyers.last_img read more

Djokovic crashes out of Qatar Open

first_img0Shares0000Novak Djokovic broke his racquet and then bowed out in Qatar Open semi-final © AFP / Karim JAAFARDOHA, Qatar, Jan 4 – Novak Djokovic lost surprisingly in Doha on Friday, beaten in the Qatar Open semi-final by world number 24, Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 6-7 (8/6), 6-4.The Serb fell to his first defeat of the season in a high-quality contest lasting more than two-and-a-half hours, which saw the Spaniard lose his first set of the week but come back to beat the world number one. “What happened? I lost the match. That’s it,” a clearly frustrated Djokovic said in his post-match press conference.Agut took Djokovic’s serve in the second game of the final set for the decisive break and secured victory on his first match point.“I will remember this match for [the rest] of my life,” said the 30-year-old Spaniard.He will play the Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych in Saturday’s final.“I can’t be more happy than I am now.”It is the second time he has beaten Djokovic in his career and both victories occurred in a semi-final.The first came in October 2016 in Shanghai. Djokovic was also world number one at that stage.Bautista Agut said Friday’s victory was the better of the two.“I think today the match was better, the level of the tennis today was very high,” he said.“We both played very good tennis and it was also more tight on the score and more emotions and today was a really good match.”A fired-up Djokovic smashed his racquet after dropping his serve in the eighth game of the second set.“I thought I was pretty much in control of the match, set and a break, serving 4-3,” Djokovic said.“He played a good game. I missed some easy balls and that’s what you get as a result of losing the focus in the most important moments and it happens, it happens.”Questions may be asked about how tired the Serb was, as he played two matches each day for three days in singles and doubles, prior to Friday’s defeat.Including the meeting with Bautista Agut, Djokovic spent almost 10 hours on court in three days and played 11 sets in singles’ matches.Asked if he had done too much through the week, he replied: “I wasn’t the freshest, you know.“This is what I was looking forward to, to get from this tournament, as many matches as possible, to get ready for the Australian Open, so I’m very pleased.‘I can’t be more happy than I am now,’ said Roberto Bautista Agut after his victory © AFP / KARIM JAAFAR“Obviously, I’m not pleased that I lost the match today, but I lost to a better player in the end.”The second semi-final proved a much tamer affair.Berdych eased through to his second Doha final in straight sets, beating Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.Currently the world number 73, Berdych was once ranked number four.His previous Qatar Open final, in 2015, was also against a Spaniard, David Ferrer. It ended in a straight sets defeat.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThis photo shows Aoife Nic Uait, Danielle Ni Chonghaile and Aoife Ni Chonchar with their display award. Their project investigated whether certain surfaces should be avoided at certain times of day tominimise the exposure to UVA rays.STUDENTS from Colaiste Ailigh in Letterkenny picked up four awards at the BY Young Scientist of the Year exhibition in Dublin.Principal Michael Gibbons said he was delighted for all the students who took part.Colaiste Ailigh students Eoghan O Brollachain, Ultan Farrell and Conor O Luadhog and their teacher Shane O Breacan with their highly commended award.Their project isolated and tested different pigments for the best electrical output on a Ti20 dye-sensitised solar cell.  Colaiste Ailigh students Aoibhinn Murray and Shannon Mc Laughlin with their highly commended award. Their project title was ‘Ag tomhais taisleach ithir le leictreas’ Colaiste Ailigh students Odhran Mac Fhionnghae, Padraig O Riain and Caoimhin Mac Lochlainn who were award winners at BT Young Scientist Exhibition.Their project looked at drivers attitude towards motorcyclists PICTURE SPECIAL: COLAISTE AILIGH STUDENTS GET GONGS AT BT YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARDS was last modified: January 13th, 2013 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:letterkennyPICTURE SPECIAL: COLAISTE AILIGH STUDENTS GET GONGS AT BT YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARDSlast_img read more

Man United secure Champions League qualification thanks to Fellaini’s strike

first_img on target BOOST Aiming high Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 3 Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho boots over a collection of water bottles. Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available 3 Fellaini’s late strike won it at the death 3 Latest Champions League News Fellaini wheels away in celebration Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton Jose Mourinho’s men looked devoid of ides as they huffed and puffed, but could not find a precious strike.David De Gea made a wonderful save with the game scoreless to deny the plucky visitors what would have been a famous goal. However, with the clock running down, the Premier League side began to throw the proverbial kitchen sink at the minnows.Valencia’s result with Juventus in Turin means progress to the knockout stages is secured for United, but they surely have to perform far better than this to truly harbour any ambitions of progressing to the latter stages. Mourinho had challenged his younger players before the game and looked decidedly angered by their performance on Tuesday night.The United manager’s frustration had been growing throughout the match and his angry celebration said it all as he kicked one water bottle carrier and threw another into the floor.Victory meant United head to Valencia next month with progress assured, but Tuesday’s performance raises more questions than answers given their tepid response to Saturday’s goalless draw with struggling Crystal Palace.Mourinho called into question some of his players’ “heart” and desire after that match, so his decision to drop Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba to the bench raised eyebrows almost as much as his decision to omit Alexis Sanchez entirely. He then bristled when quizzed about that selection before kick-off and pointed to onlookers “always asking” him to play Marcus Rashford – a player who missed a fine chance in the opening minutes and numerous more over the course of the night.The United manager’s exasperation was clear and only increased as the match wore on, with Fellaini eventually securing a late win much to the relief of his manager and the Old Trafford faithful. ready? Marouane Fellaini secured Champions League qualification for Manchester United after he popped up with a stoppage-time strike at the Stretford End to secure a 1-0 win over Young Boys.The giant Belgium midfielder was deployed as a target man in the dying stages of the game after the Swiss opposition held their own at Old Trafford, largely frustrating the home fans.last_img read more


first_imgMotorists in Letterkenny are being asked to be vigilant for a new traffic system in the town today.The LYIT campusA new set of traffic lights will come into action outside the entrance to the LYIT on the town’s Port Road at 10am.The traffic lights are part of an overall system which has come into action to cater for the additional of a new car park opposite the campus. Parking has always been a problem for students and staff at LYIT but the new car park should help with this traffic congestion.MOTORISTS ASKED TO STUDY NEW TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM AT LYIT was last modified: September 12th, 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:LYITtraffic lightslast_img read more


first_imgST Eunan’s GAA club has received the backing of the GAA in its boundary dispute with Letterkenny Gaels, it was announced tonight.It brings to an end the proposal by the Gaels which would have divided the town.The Gaels had insisted they cannot grow without exclusive access to players in the parish of Aughaninshin part of the town declared as their club’s catchment area. The clubs in the county voted to back the Gaels, but this was overturned by the Ulster Council which backed Eunan’s.However the GAA’s Dispute Resolution Authority has ruled that the town should not be divided.St Eunan’s insisted there was an agreement with the Gaels when the latter club was founded that there would be no division in the parishes of the town.The DRA had already overseen three hearings on the matter and has now ruled to keep the situation as it is – allowing players and members to choose which club they wish to join.  GAA BACK ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB IN LETTERKENNY GAELS BOUNDARY DISPUTE was last modified: March 27th, 2013 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:GAA BACK ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB IN LETTERKENNY GAELS BOUNDARY DISPUTElast_img read more


first_imgJoanne Irwin, a Killygordon based teacher employed with Donegal ETB is a candidate to become the next Vice-President of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI).Joanne IrwinPreviously a Chairperson of the Co. Donegal Teachers’ Union of Ireland Branch (with almost 500 members), she has taken many successful cases for individual members.Ms. Irwin is currently a member of TUI’s Executive Committee. She is Chairperson of the TUI’s Further Education Sub-Committee and a former Chairperson of TUI’s Post-Primary/Further Education Advisory Council. TUI has almost 15,000 members at second and third level in the Irish education sector. The Union is made up of 59 branches in 19 areas. Ms. Irwin has taught in all TUI sectors including second and third level and in further and adult Education such as Youthreach, Back to Education Initiative (BTEI), VTOS and Community Education.She has been nominated by 32 branches including the three Donegal Branches – Donegal Community and Comprehensive schools, Co. Donegal ETB Schools and Centres and at third-level, the Donegal Colleges Branch.Commenting on her campaign, Ms. Irwin stated “It has been an enjoyable experience meeting TUI members all over the country. A huge concern among our second level members is the reform of the Junior Cycle. There seems to be a lack of information among members as to how the new Junior Cycle Student Award will work in practical terms. There has been no meaningful engagement or consultation with teachers by the Department or the Minister.“The unilateral decision by the Minister for Education and Skills to abolish state certification for the Junior Cert, in my opinion, has the potential to further divide an unequal education system and urgently needs to be challenged. Having worked in a DEIS school, I am very well aware of the challenges teachers face on a daily basis. Schools trying to compete with neighbouring more affluent schools will be further divided, both in the educational system and by extension in society in general”. TUI will ballot members shortly for industrial action in relation to the Junior Cert Reform. The decision to ballot members was arrived at in order to ensure that teachers’ concerns are addressed and that standards, fairness and quality are safeguarded. The industrial action may include non-cooperation with the Junior Cycle Framework activities.One issue of major concern in the third level sector is the proposed restructuring of Higher Education. This proposal involves the creation of the Connacht Ulster Alliance, which envisions a number of Institutes of Technology coming together.Ms. Irwin states “TUI has a number of concerns relating to the consultation process adopted. It is very important, in my opinion, and bearing in mind the impact of such a decision, that we get it right”.Balloting for the Vice-President of TUI is currently taking place with a closing date of Thursday 13 March.Further information on Joanne and her Vice Presidential campaign can be found on her Facebook page: DONEGAL WOMAN IN HUNT TO BECOME NEXT VICE-PRESIDENT OF TUI was last modified: February 27th, 2014 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

He’s a most valuable asset

first_img When the Angels players convened recently to vote for the Gene Autry Trophy, representative of the team’s MVP, Figgins was named co-winner, along with pitcher Bartolo Colon. “You can talk about Vlad (Guerrero), Frankie (Rodriguez), Bart, go down the list of guys, John Lackey, Scot Shields,” said Scioscia, whose team opens the American League Division Series at home today against the New York Yankees. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Chone, for a number of reasons, sticks out as a reason we’re going to the playoffs. His versatility from day one, all the changes he made, everything he did was so important. Figgy had a helluva year.” Figgins, 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds, didn’t last long in the ninth spot, moving up to leadoff. And while his place in the batting order has remained a constant, his locker full of gloves makes it clear he is used all over the field. He began the season as a player without a position, but his “have glove, will travel” role got him into more games than any other Angel. He won the major league stolen-base crown, he’s the first Angel ever to score at least 100 runs and steal at least 50 bases in a season, and he has done it while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and first base. “He’s like having three players,” said Angels first baseman Darin Erstad, who admitted he voted for Figgins. “When you can play so many positions, it opens up the roster for more players. It takes a very unselfish guy to do that, and he never complains. It’s hard enough playing one position, and he can play a bunch of ’em well. He’s amazing.” Figgins admits he is humbled by his teammates’ acknowledgment of him. He spends a lot of time talking with Anderson and has learned enough Spanish to make small talk with Guerrero and the other Latin players. “It’s very important to me,” Figgins said of his relationships with teammates. “I got an opportunity to play more because of injuries, and sometimes I make mistakes defensively. But they never get down on me. They always pick me up. They say, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ To get their vote for team MVP means everything to me.” Figgins began the season as the starting second baseman because regular starter Adam Kennedy was recovering from offseason knee surgery. After Kennedy returned, Figgins found time at third base because rookie Dallas McPherson was having hip and back problems. And when center fielder Steve Finley’s troubles at the plate became too much for the Angels to bear, Figgins made his way to center on a more consistent basis. Figgins not only moves around from day to day, but he has changed positions during a game, a couple times in the same inning. He makes it look as easy as a simple change of gloves, but it isn’t. “It’s still tough to this point, having to come to the park ready to play but not knowing where,” said Figgins, who has started 47 games at third base, 45 in center field, 36 at second base, one at shortstop, seven in right field and 12 in left. “In the outfield, you have to know where the cutoff man is going to be, what the ‘no-doubles’ sign is, know where to back guys up. Then in the infield, you’ve got your bunt plays, and you have to know all the different signs for those.” Figgins has heard the talk that baseball should create a Gold Glove award for utility players, but that isn’t likely to happen. He knows the best way to become an All-Star is to have one position to call his own. But he isn’t about to bemoan his role, even if it continues beyond this season. “It’s helping me become a major-league player,” said Figgins, 27. “A lot of people in baseball would love to do what I do. Maybe being a player that plays every position is my role. As long as it keeps me on the field.” Figgins said his favorite position is “on the field,” but with further prodding, he admitted that shortstop is “where my heart is.” Figgins was primarily a shortstop coming up through the minors. “His best position is probably second base,” Scioscia said. “But he’s so athletic and works so hard he’s making improvements everywhere he plays.” Offensively, Figgins hit .290 with eight homers and 57 RBI in a team-high 158 games. He also led the team in hits (186), runs (113) and stolen bases (62). His 186 hits set the Angels record for a switch-hitter. “The best way to learn is just by being out there,” Figgins said of stealing bases. “But I study a lot of video, watch what pitchers do with men on base. Are they quick to first? Do they use a slide step (to the plate)? Still, the best way to read a pitcher is to take your lead off first base.” Figgins still has a score to settle. He had a rough time in the playoffs last year against the Red Sox, going 2 for 14 at the plate, committing a baserunning gaffe and making two errors in the field. “It’s unfair to talk about Chone because our whole team did not play to the level we hoped,” Scioscia said. “It wasn’t just Chone that had a tough series, a lot of guys didn’t get into their game. In a short series, things happen quickly.” Explained Figgins: “Stuff happens. I played 100 percent and that’s all I can do. We got beat by the team that went on to win the World Series.” Figgins has a World Series ring of his own, but that’s when his role was limited to pinch-runner in 2002. This time, he’d be in the middle of things. “It’d be fun,” he said. “It’d be cool to win.” Joe Haakenson, (626) 962-8811 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img ANAHEIM – Chone Figgins began the season batting ninth because Angels manager Mike Scioscia wanted to configure the lineup in a way to best “set the table for the big boys,” Vladimir Guerrero and Garret Anderson. Turns out, Figgins is pretty big himself. last_img read more