Dear Editor,In conversations with several former poll workers and GECOM administrators (officers) of past elections, they are of the view that there is no need for new house-to-house registration to hold timely elections. The general public and the business community also feels the same. The voters’ list can be updated to include all eligible voters (adding those excluded) and to remove phantom voters (those who died or migrated) as well as transfer voters to their new polling locations (having changed place of residence). It is illogical and foolish to enter into an exercise of new voter registration when the law requires elections to be held by March 19. The only sensible thing to do is to amend the list to include all eligible voters. This can be done in two weeks.No one would and should be excluded from the list as voters would be allowed to update their information and certify they are on the list. There has been continuous registration over the years allowing voters to be added to the list. So no one is excluded. Even those who attained age 14 are provided ID cards; when they reach voting age 18, their names are easily transferred to the voters’ list. If anyone is excluded, their names can be added to the list. When an election is announced, it has been the tradition to allow eligible voters, not on the list, to be included. Instead of new voters’ registration as being bandied about by the Chairman, with the sole objective of delaying the constitutionally due elections, there can be a brief period of claims and objections (two weeks perhaps) – to remove ineligible voters and add legitimate voters. So, elections can be held soon to resolve the matter pertaining to the no-confidence motion of December 21, 2018.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisram
Georgetown Magistrate Peter Hugh on Friday released university student Jerry Humphrey on $75,000 bail after he appeared before him on a charge detailing that, between September 2015 and November 2017, while being solely entrusted with $1.2 million — property of Seon Boodnaught — to purchase a house lot, he fraudulently converted same to his personal use and benefit.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne did not object to Humphrey being placed on bail, and after Magistrate Hugh had set the bail, he adjourned the case to November 23.
But behind the scenes European football’s governing body UEFA have voiced concerns over the club’s complicated financial situation under their new Chinese owners.There have been questions about the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the club from Silvio Berlusconi for 740 million euros ($918mn) last April, spending more than 200 million euros on new players in the summer.The seven-time European champions have a massive loan for repayment and are in trouble with Financial Fair Play restrictions, with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) given the mandate to refinance debts.AC Milan are working to refinance more than 300 million euros in high-interest loans from US hedge fund Elliott Management. If the club is not able to refinance by next October the US hedge fund will seize control of the club.But limited information on the source of Chinese owner Li Yonghong’s wealth is proving a barrier to refinancing with the 48-year-old businessman last month dismissing reports he was insolvent when he purchased the club.The club are also in the firing line with UEFA.European football’s governing body in December rejected AC Milan’s offer of a voluntary agreement to restructure finances, stating “there are still uncertainties in relation to the refinancing of the loans to be paid back in October 2018 and the financial guarantees provided by the main shareholder”.UEFA will assess Milan’s finances again in the coming months with possible punishments including limits on transfer spending, player salaries, and squad sizes for UEFA competitions.– Europa League boost –In the meantime a board meeting will be called to approve a capital increase to get the club through to the end of the season making the revenue generated by their Europa League run of increased importance.“I’m very optimistic about any potential refinancing of the club’s debt,” said Marco Fassone, AC Milan’s managing director as the club announced losses for the first half of the season to December 31, 2017 were down to 22.3 million euros from 39.4 million for the same period in 2016.Gattuso’s side can help lighten the financial burden by defeating Arsenal and keeping their Europa League campaign alive as long as possible, to move closer to a Champions League place for next season.A packed San Siro Stadium should certainly help with more than 70,000 fans expected in the stands, before the second leg in London on March 15.AC Milan beat AS Roma 2-0 away in their last Serie A game, as they sit joint sixth, and reached the Italian Cup final in midweek after overcoming Lazio in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.But their derby showdown with Inter Milan on Sunday was postponed due to the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, so the team will be rested for Arsenal as they will look to extend their winning run to seven games.Arsenal, meanwhile, are in crisis, having lost eight of their last 13 games in all competitions, to sit sixth in the Premier League, with the Europa League representing their only remaining chance of success this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AC Milan have undergone a renaissance under former player Gennaro Gattuso © AFP/File / MIGUEL MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Mar 7 – AC Milan’s superb recent run faces a stiff test against Arsenal in the Europa League last-16 first leg in Italy on Thursday amid a backdrop of murky finances which are threatening one of Italy’s most successful clubs.Former AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has turned around the fortunes of the struggling former European power on the pitch, with his side unbeaten in 13 games, and back within reach of Champions League qualification.
0Shares0000The Libyan women’s football team faces the challenges of being in a conservative society where it is frowned upon to play sports in public © AFP / MAHMUD TURKIATRIPOLI, Libya, Apr 24 – Libya’s national women’s football team is not only struggling on the pitch but also battling a conservative society that frowns on women playing sports in public at all.Female athletes and women’s teams have many critics in the patriarchal Muslim country. “Go cover yourself!” “Your place is at home.” You’re playing because “you have no man to educate you” — such comments are hurled at players every time they train, said centre-forward Saida Saad.Like her teammates, she wears thick tights under her shorts so as not to reveal too much skin. But for some critics, that’s nowhere near enough.“For the love of sport, we resist,” said Saad, from the eastern city of Benghazi. “We are trying to change attitudes in society.”She joined her teammates for a training session in the capital Tripoli’s Sports City ahead of a two-leg African Cup qualifying match against Ethiopia earlier this month.– Challenges on –Libya’s women footballers often face comments such as “Go cover yourself!”, one of its players says © AFP / MAHMUD TURKIACoach Hassan Ferjani had modest ambitions for his team — getting them fit enough to last 90 minutes on the pitch.“Poor things, it’ll be the first time they play on a big field,” he said.Just a few days ahead of the match, only 10 players made it to the training session.Others, including some based in the United States, joined the team in Cairo — venue for the “home” match, as world football’s governing body, FIFA, does not allow internationals in strife-torn Libya — for the showdown with Ethiopia.They lost that match 8-0 and were thrashed 7-0 in the second leg in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, unable to notch up a single goal.“Regardless of the final score, they have made us proud as they have shown amazing resilience against both patriarchal culture & violent extremism. They deserve ALL support!” Zahra Langhi, a Libyan human rights activist, wrote on Twitter.With no women’s football league in Libya, players for the national team are selected at tournaments in schools across the country.And while training these young women to an international standard is a daunting challenge, in many cases the hardest part is convincing their families to let them play.Many parents of potential players flat-out forbid their daughters from taking part.Libya does not have a women’s football league so players for the national team are selected at school tournaments across the country © AFP / MAHMUD TURKIAOthers accept, on condition that they accompany their daughters on their travels. Ferjani said the team’s lack of resources means that is a tall order.Faced with these obstacles, the coach said he had come close to throwing in the towel.“What pushes me to continue is the will and the determination of the players who want to improve their level,” he said.But, he added, “the battle off the field is much more important”.– ‘Changing mentalities’ –“There are many girls with talent but were unjustly barred from playing football” because of social pressures, said Rasha Nouri, a veteran of Libya’s national team, dubbed the Knights of the Mediterranean.Training young Libyan women to play football to an international standard is a challenge but often the hardest part is convincing their parents to allow them to play at all © AFP / MAHMUD TURKIANouri, 25, said she initially faced “a lot of difficulties in this very conservative society”.After she was selected during a high school tournament, her parents encouraged her to take the sport further.“They challenged (society) alongside me and supported me,” she said.Having earned her coaching licence, she said she now hopes to train women’s youth teams and eventually start a national league.She also wants to “change mentalities via social networks and the media”, she said.Souad al-Shibani, head of women’s football at the Libyan Football Federation, told AFP the body plans to launch a programme to develop the sport, starting with a school football league for young women.“We will try to organise matches in schools every Saturday,” she said.Shibani said she was “optimistic” about the future of football in Libya because the younger generation was “more open and more enthusiastic”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
We’ve seen some bizarre superstitions in football, but this is right up there.During Israel’s 0-0 draw with Wales on Sunday, Tal Ben Haim appeared to try his hand at witchcraft in an attempt to jinx Gareth Bale’s free kick.The Welsh maestro duly squandered the opportunity, begging the question – did it work?
Per Mertesacker 1 Arsene Wenger was left berating an “extremely poor” defensive display as Bayern Munich thrashed his Arsenal side to leave their Champions League hopes dangling by a thread.Robert Lewandowski needed 10 minutes to head the hosts in front before a brace for Thomas Muller and goals from David Alaba and substitute Arjen Robben wrapped up a convincing 5-1 win for Bayern.Arsenal had a potential Mesut Ozil equaliser correctly ruled out for offside as Olivier Giroud pulled one back for the Premier League side but by that time they were four goals behind having been torn apart by a rampant Munich frontline.The result means Arsenal have lost three of their four Group F fixtures and sit bottom of the group – with wins in their remaining two matches not enough to guarantee progression.And Wenger was in no mood to sugar-coat his side’s deficiencies at the back as he saw Arsenal suffer their heaviest Champions League defeat in their history.“I believe first you have to give credit to Bayern for their quality and on top of that we made things quite easy for them with our defensive performance,” he said.“We were extremely poor defensively and were not at the races. The funny thing was that when we went forward every time we looked like we could create chances but with a defensive performance like that you are going nowhere.”Wenger stopped short of labelling the performance the worst defensive display of his lengthening tenure and admits progression into the knockout rounds is looking unlikely.“My memory is not good enough to tell you in 19 years if it is not the worst performance,” he said.“It will certainly not remain in my memory for anything positive.“There is still a chance to qualify, Olympiacos have to lose here, we have to beat Zagreb and then beat Olympiacos in Olympiacos, there is a small chance but it is a real one.“We have to realise with the kind of performance we have today that our chance is at a minimum.”
Re: “Subway to sea viable?” (Feb. 15): Although $4.8 billion for the Wilshire subway is expensive, the route’s importance justifies the cost. A Wilshire subway would not be a slow Gold Line or a useless Green, but a busy line connecting most of the county’s important job centers. It would enhance Metrolink, which could bring suburbanites to more places than just downtown and Hollywood. Rapid transit along the 405 Freeway would still be necessary for Los Angeles to have truly effective transit. However, at some point, we’ll need a Wilshire subway. Shall we build it now, or wait for it to get even more expensive? – Peter McFerrin Los Angeles Re: “Subway to sea viable?” (Feb. 15): “Subway to the Ocean,” though a catchy slogan to become mayor and a necessity for people who want to avoid the traffic on Wilshire and the 10 Freeway, will lose steam before it leaves the station. The main issue is not the cost as some are suggesting but the presentation that this subway is a stand-alone gold-plated project and not part of a bigger regional picture. If a connecting transit line parallel to the parking lot Angelenos called the 405 Freeway is looked at linking the under-served Valley with busy LAX then this Wilshire extension will genuinely build momentum that this is a vital piece of a transit network. Until then, this vision of a subway will just be a pipe dream. – Jerard Wright Los Angeles DWP a business Re: “Big spenders” (Editorial, Feb. 15): The editorial labeling the DWP general manager’s discretionary spending account as a slush fund is outrageous drivel. That fund allows the DWP, which is a business, to operate like a business without having to say “Mother, may I?” every time there is something that is required in a timely manner to maintain the water or power systems. We all know the City Council, so busy sticking its nose into federal and world politics that it doesn’t govern the city very well, can’t be depended on for much, let alone permission to purchase the materials and services the DWP needs on a daily basis. The discretionary fund is a necessary tool the general manager requires to run the DWP in the businesslike manner the ratepayers deserve. I say, “hands off.” – Rod Luedke West Hills Uncontrolled spending Re: “Big spenders” (Editorial, Feb. 15): Uncontrolled spending of DWP money should surprise no one. Only a couple of years ago, our ex-mayor, having been denied 300 million additional dollars for law enforcement, just happened to find $305 million in the DWP that “no one knew was there.” Hook that up with the $23 million recently found in Parks and Recreation that “no one knew was there,” assume that most agencies are equally out of control, then ask yourself why you keep voting for new bond issues and more government programs. – Patrick Weir Chatsworth Not Chekhov Re: “This ‘Cherry Orchard’ more than ripe for the picking” (U Section, Feb. 15): I take issue with reviewer Evan Henerson, this production of “The Cherry Orchard” is horrendous. The production is set in something ridiculously similar to a wooden barrel, with a cast that matches the set. The sole exception, acting-wise, is Alan Mandell, as the ancient servant, Firs. Otherwise, the acting is dull and passionless. Moreover, how can the director possibly justify allowing Alfred Molina to play his part as Lopakhin, the Russian serf, with a flamboyant Cockney accent? It comes across as blatantly amateurish, not modern. It is not enough to have moments of slapstick humor as a substitution for real depth, conflict and behavior, places where real humor comes from. The entire production is chilly and benumbed. It is not Chekhov. – Jeremy Bright Sherman Oaks It does happen The Dick Cheney shooting isn’t the first time the top echelons of government were involved in firearm mayhem. There was the Aaron Burr-Alexander Hamilton duel some 200 years ago. More recently, however, circa 1959, the then-president of General Motors, Harlow Curtice, made the cover of Time magazine, for killing his best friend in a hunting accident in the Michigan woods, north of Detroit. – Rick Rofman Ven Nuys Cheney incident Re: “Cheney: I’m the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend” (Feb. 16): Not only did the administration “stonewall” the Cheney incident for almost 24 hours, but when it did release the story it did not first give a phone call to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who had to hear the news while attending a photo op at the opening of a cell-phone kiosk at the mall. – Marshall Barth Encino His humanity I am certain that the shooting of a loyal contributor by the vice president was only a tragic accident. I am equally certain that the vice president’s reaction gives a deep insight into his humanity, compassion and sense of friendship. A normal person might have said, “Omigawd. How terrible. I’m so sorry that I hurt my dear friend.” Cheney said he had called Harry Whittington to wish him well. “The vice president said that he stood ready to assist.” – Don Culp Burbank Kwan example Re: “Michelle Kwan” (Your Opinions, Feb. 15): The criticism of Michelle Kwan by Claire Tucci is not only unfair, it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the Olympic movement. There are no official Olympic medal counts and no Olympic awards for national medal counts. Medal counts are generally the result of early Nazi propaganda, Cold War competition, and modern journalistic hype. Except for those athletes from some totalitarian countries, Olympians do not perform for their country. While there is a healthy and natural team spirit, the Olympics are about individual effort, dedication and excellence. You will find no greater example of the “Olympic Spirit” than the efforts and attitude of Michelle Kwan. – Bob Gates Granada Hills Palestinian quandary There are those who say we should continue to fund the Palestinian government that is now controlled by Hamas because if we cut off the money, it would hurt the Palestinian people. Then again, it was the Palestinian people who voted Hamas into power in the first place. Now, that’s a quandary. – R.J. Johnson North Hollywood Economic gap I only wish that President Bush, his cronies, every congressperson, and even the justices could live with the salaries and needs of the more than one-third of the population that lives at or below the poverty line for three to six months. I only wish that since a large part of the future of this country depends upon the education of the children that all of the above have their children entered in the public school system. I only wish that all of the above live on the income of the many elderly people who have struggled and worked all their lives only to see future benefits lessen and their costs increase. The gap between the “wealthy” and shrinking middle class and poor continues to increase. – Lee Wasserwald Santa Monica 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Don’t do it Re: “Subway to the sea viable?” (Feb. 15): Regarding “Subway to the sea viable?”: The answer to this question is emphatically “no”, due to its mega cost and limited effect. There are many options of broader application, dramatically lower cost, and vastly reduced times of implementation that should be seriously considered. The Orange Line bus route, with its parallel bike trail, is a prime example of providing practical transportation, healthful recreation and an improved quality of life at an affordable cost. For many, the Orange Line is the most prominent public improvement of the past half century in the San Fernando Valley. Los Angeles could use much more of the same, employing unused railways and the banks of the Los Angeles River. – Don Malvin Canoga Park Pipe-dream subway
Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town are preparing an offer for Auxerre’s defensive midfielder Brahim Konate.The 21-year-old, who has asked to leave the Ligue 2 side this summer, has already been the subject of a bid from Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem, who have had an initial proposal rebuffed.And while Zulte remain in hot pursuit, Huddersfield are also reportedly keeping tabs on his situation, according to reports.Standard Liege are another club in the mix and are looking to contact the player’s entourage to set the wheels in motion on a potential move to the Belgian giants.Huddersfield are embarking on their first ever Premier League campaign and are keen to get business done early in the window.Konate’s desire to leave Auxerre will certainly come as good news for the newly-promoted side, but they must act quickly to ward off interest from around Europe. 1 Brahim Konate in action for France Under-20s
Sraith Roinn 1Sinsear: Cill Chartha 0-15 Gaoth Dobhair 3-12Tacaíocht: Cill Chartha 2-15 Gaoth Dobhair 1-07Faoi 16 CraobhBhí Gaoth Dobhair ró láidir do Naomh Colmcille sa cluiche cearthú ceannais de craobh an tuaisceart i mBaile Nua tráthnóna aréir nuair a chríochnaigh siad leis an scór 2-15 go dtí 0-02.Aodhán Ó Fearraigh 0-5, Seosamh Mac Pháidín 1-2, Cian Ó Maolagáin 1-1, Niall Ó Fríl 0-2, Gavin Mac Giolla Bhríde 0-2, Dáire Ó Baoill 0-1, Seaghán Ó Fearraigh 0-1, Ryan Ó Gríofa 0-1. Beidh siad ag imirt Naomh Adhamhnáin sa cluiche leath cheannais tráthnóna Dé Domhnaigh 1ú i Machaire Gathlán. Campa SamhraidhTá cúpla spás fágtha ar Campa 1 do pháistí 6 go 7 bl d’aois ón 9ú -13ú Iúil. Tá campaí 2 agus 3 lán. Caithfidh an foirm iarratais a bheith istigh roimh an 30ú Meitheamh nó beidh do spás a ghlacadh ag duine eigin eile. Tuilleadh eolais 087 2938230.GAA: NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: June 26th, 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) Tags:NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIR
LYIT 79 Trinity 71 LYIT hosted Trinity College in a Division 2 Northern Conference group game yesterday in An Dánlann LYIT. It was their first official home game of the year.The game started with LYIT’s Victory Scholar from the US Jack Mackey scoring back to back three pointers to set the tone and open up an early lead. Trinity eventually found their rhythm and attacked the basket with success, getting the home side in foul trouble. The quarter ended 23-19 in favour of LYIT with the hot shooting Mackey notching 14 points of his own.LYIT upped their defensive intensity to start the second quarter with victory scholar T-John Casiello, another Victory Scholar attending LYIT, grabbing numerous steals and pushing the ball quickly up the court to find Ray Balogun on the fast break on more than one occasion.Greg Murphy and Liam Dorrian contributed with scores inside for LYIT, while Daniel Akinso and Nehemy Mutombo played solid defence. The aforementioned Casiello and Mackey finished the quarter in excellent form on the offensive end leading their team to a 51-34 halftime lead.In the third quarter, Trinity switched their defence and this caused LYIT problems. Their big man Kevin Keane, standing 6ft 8, was causing LYIT all sorts of trouble in the paint. He fought hard to get good position in the post and was finishing really well inside. Trinity’s point guard Manuel Carro was controlling the tempo for his team and scored on numerous drives to the basket. LYIT had lost their focus and intensity and the lead was reduced to 5points. Peter Lynch scored two shots in the quarter for LYIT to help them hold a 65-60 lead with one quarter to go.The final quarter went score for score for the first few minutes. Casiello and Mackey showed their experience down the stretch and hit big shots when it mattered to help push the home side to an 8 point victory 79-71.That gives LYIT maximum points available and they go top of the group.Scorers: J Mackey 41, TJ Casiello 21, P Lynch 8, R Balogun 5, L Dorrian 2, G Murphy 2, N Mutombo, A McCahill, C Turtill, M O Doherty, D Akinso, J Carlin. Coach Mark Cannon.Basketball: LYIT go top of Northern Conference Division Two was last modified: November 11th, 2016 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)