#JaVotes2016: Disabled at risk of being disenfranchised

first_imgThe disabled and elderly in eastern St Thomas have been finding it challenging to cast their votes, as nothing has been put in place to facilitate them accessing the polling stations. One such voter, 80-year-old Zeris Baker, who was pushed in a wheelchair to Port Morant Primary and Junior High, which housed six polling stations, had to be lifted in order to cast her vote. “They could put up a ramp and make it a little easier for persons with disability to come out and vote. But a so wi get it, so we have to take it,” Baker, who almost fell as she tried to stand said. Baker, who has a heart condition, said she had not intended to come out and vote, but was convinced to do so. “Mi sick wid mi heart. Doctor say mi not to tired, vex or frighten out miself and if I can help it I muss not stress and mi alone not to be at home,” Baker revealed. “But my friends call me and said they were going to send a taxi for me and I said I couldn’t come, but they said they were sending it, so I came.” The Jamaica Labour Party’s Delano Seiveright is trying to wrestle the seat away from the People’s National Party’s Fenton Ferguson.last_img read more

PBA playoffs on

first_imgAll’s well between Durant, Cousins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Since Renaldo Balkman rejoined the Beermen, they were able to string up several wins that brought them to the No. 6 spot in a collision course with the third-ranked KaTropa.Interestingly, the Beermen and the KaTropa represent the best teams of rival conglomerates in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We’re always the underdogs against them. But I think as long as we play the game correctly, it would serve us well,” said Racela.Jayson Castro will suit up for the KaTropa after missing their final game of the eliminations against Rain Or Shine, something that could gain interest as the speedy point guard forms a mighty scoring tandem with Terrence Romeo in the backcourt. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West But while the Kings continue to hire the services of Justin Brownlee, the Bolts have brought in a bigger and bulkier import in Arinze Onuaku who can help Meralco pack the paint to cancel out Ginebra’s towering frontline of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.The Gin Kings have won their last five games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES Romeo, acquired by TNT through a trade with GlobalPort at the start of the conference, is excited in the prospect of progressing to the semifinals—something which has come rarely in his pro career.The energetic guard is hungry to see action in a second post-elimination round appearance since his former team made it to the semifinals of the 2016 Philippine Cup.“We’ll play all out here in the playoffs for us to get into the semis,” said Romeo in Filipino.They’ll be matching up with SMB’s bigger guard rotation of Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter while TNT forwards Kelly Williams, Anthony Semerad and Troy Rosario should contain four-time season MVP June Mar Fajardo and the explosive Arwind Santos as Joshua Smith tries to negate Balkman around the rim.Equally gripping will be the separate best-of-three quarterfinal face-off of the Meralco Bolts and the Barangay Ginebra Kings, finalists in the past two editions of the season-ending Governors’ Cup, with the crowd-favorite Kings winning on both occasions.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ TNT KaTropa will enter the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Monday with a mindset that they are the underdogs against the San Miguel Beermen in their best-of-three series.Coach Nash Racela’s adverse mentality is quite understandable not only because the Beermen toppled the KaTropa in their lone encounter this conference, but the reigning all-Filipino champions also possess an import who has a daunting skill set anywhere on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Murderer gets life in prison

first_imgMurdered: Balkissoon, also known as “Balkay”Chopping to death of Mahaica farmer– no chance of parole until 2041 By Ahreefa BacchusDhupaul Singh, called “Tailor Man”, of Helena Number Two, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, who was on trial before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow and a mixed 12-member jury for murdering a Mahaica farmer, was on Monday sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole until 2041.The trial commenced last Wednesday and both the prosecution and defence closed their cases on Friday. On Monday, after almost two hours of deliberation, the jury delivered a unanimous verdict of guilty. After the verdict was delivered, the Judge handed down the life sentence, telling the defendant that he had no chance of parole until he had served 25 years in prison.The charge had alleged that on September 2, 2014, at Helena Number Two, the defendant murdered Balkissoon, also known as “Balkay”. The accused was represented by Attorney Madan Kissoon, while the State was represented by Attorneys Siand Dhurjon and Shawnette Austin.During the Preliminary Inquiry at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court, it was revealed that Singh, a known drug addict, reportedly confessed to chopping the 52-year-old farmer of Lot 107 Helena Number Two on his neck. The man succumbed to his injuries shortly after the incident. Investigators thought that it was premeditated murder, since earlier in the day, the farmer warned the suspect to leave his premises. Singh reportedly left but staked out the man’s farm.Balkissoon later reportedly left for lunch and it was while he was on his way back to the farm, he was attacked and killed. Moments before the chopping incident, the suspect was also chased from another farm. On Thursday, two Police witnesses gave their testimonies at the High Court, and the key witness testified to seeing the entire incident. Satesh Ramdhani, a friend of the victim’s son, related that on the day of the incident, he was on the farm where the chopping incident took place.  He gave a detailed account of what transpired. Additionally, the dead man’s sons, Ravi and Hemchand Balkissoon, gave testimony along with three Police Witnesses.On Friday, the defence presented and closed their case. The defendant, in his statement to the court claimed self-defence, saying “He fire a chop on me and I fire one back on he”. Defence Attorney Kissoon, in his closing address to the jury, pointed out several inconsistencies in witnesses’ testimonies. He suggested that the dead man’s sons and the eyewitness corroborated their stories so as to exact revenge on the defendant. He also stated that his client acted in self-defence after he was attacked by Balkissoon. However, Prosecutor Dhurjon refuted this, saying that the Defence Counsel was pointing out these alleged inconsistencies to distract the jury from the heart of the matter, that is, Singh brutally murdered Balkissoon. He highlighted the defendant’s statement where he said he and Balkissoon never had any disputes or altercations, but on that day he was acting in self-defence after the now dead man attacked him.last_img read more

Horst fights through injury in opening Crashed Ice event of season

first_imgFort St. John’s Adam Horst laced up the skates in St. Paul, Minnesota this past weekend as he took part in the first Red Bull Crashed Ice event of the season. He finished in 11th place in the individual races and seventh in the team race with his trio Living The Dream.Overall Horst was satisfied with his performance in St. Paul, but notes that an injury suffered while racing hindered his progress as the event went on.“It went pretty well. My qualifying was better at the start of this year than I had managed to pick up at the start of last year. In the racing I had a couple of good heats but I had a bit of injury trouble after the first couple of races so I got bumped out in the quarters,” Horst said.- Advertisement -The injury Horst suffered understandably made things difficult as he ended up tearing a muscle in his side but he is hopeful he won’t have to miss any of the upcoming races on the Crashed Ice calendar.“I tore a muscle in my side so it made it hard to skate. I’m looking to rest for the next couple of weeks and be ready for the next one.”In the team event Living The Dream made it to the quarter finals against Team Finland, but a pile-up at the start of the race set Horst and his teammates back and they were unable to recover.Advertisement In the singles standings Horst was rewarded with 240 points, and Living The Dream earned themselves 360 points.The next Crashed Ice event is scheduled for February 5-7 in Helsinki, Finland.last_img read more

Poll: Pedro or Nicolas Otamendi – who is the better signing?

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Kevin Smith plans to shoot ‘Porno’ in Pittsburgh

first_imgThis year, he and partner Marty Stuart released the CD “Wagonmaster,” earning Wagoner some of the best reviews of his career.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Porter Wagoner has lung cancer and remains hospitalized in serious condition, a publicist for the country singer said Saturday. His Nashville publicist, Darlene Bieber, said she had no further information about his condition. The 80-year-old singer in May celebrated his 50th year at the Grand Ole Opry, the long-running live country music show. Wagoner, known for his rhinestone stage outfits, helped launch the career of Dolly Parton by hiring her as his duet partner in 1967. Parton visited Wagoner in the hospital last week and pledged to sing with him again, Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt had said Friday. Kevin Smith, who has written, directed and acted in several films, including the comedies “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy,” said he plans to shoot another comedy in Pittsburgh starting in January. Smith wrote on the blog viewaskew.com that he would film “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday. Smith filmed “Dogma” in the city in 1998. Smith said that he may announce the film’s cast in the next two weeks, and that he expected filming to take about 40 days. Wagoner treated for lung cancer last_img read more

MORE THAN 7,000 PEOPLE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THREE WATER PROTEST MARCHES ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgMore than 7,000 people are expected to gather at three different protest marches against water charges across Co Donegal tomorrow.The biggest of the protest rallies will be in Letterkenny where organisers expect an estimated 5,000 to take to the streets of the county’s biggest town.Marchers will gather at the Port Roundabout at 2pm before walking up the town’s Main Street before a number of speakers will address the crowd at Market Square. A slightly smaller crowd is expected in Ballyshannon where a rally will start at the Abbey Centre at 2pm before protesting through the town.A large crowd is also expected in the border town of Lifford for the third and final protest which also starts at 2pm.Mayor of Donegal, Cllr John Campbell as well as councillors Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig and Gary Doherty have appealed to people to take to the streets to make their voices heard.Why I’ll be marching tomorrow – by Corinna McCallig, from Ardara. Corrina McCallig“I am marching in Letterkenny tomorrow for one reason only – because most people can’t afford it. People forget that the Celtic Tiger by-passed Donegal apart from a few small pockets. We have four children and we can’t afford it. I have talked to women about this and they cry because they can hardly put food on their tables for their children nevermind find another €600. I am one of the lucky ones in that my husband now has a job. But he was unemployed for three months and we were hardly able to make ends meet. I am marching because I know in my heart of hearts that Irish Water is going to be privatised. We can’t let that happen. We have to stand up to the Government on this issue. As I speak I am looking outside my window because I know Irish Water are calling to my house in the next few days to install water meters. I will physically stop them from doing that. I will never pay for water because I feel we are already paying for it. That is why I am marching in Letterkenny and I would ask for as many people to join us as possible. We have to stand together on this issue.”(As told to Donegal Daily) MORE THAN 7,000 PEOPLE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THREE WATER PROTEST MARCHES ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: October 31st, 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) Tags:BallyshannondonegalIrish WaterletterkennyLiffordwater chargeslast_img read more

Trojans address their problems

first_imgLOS ANGELES — When you are ranked No. 1, you can’t have too many problems, but USC called a players-only meeting this week and coach Pete Carroll also held a separate meeting to address some bothersome issues. Carroll told the Trojans to look more like a team and less like individuals and be more humble the rest of the season. He stressed that teams won’t “bow down” to USC. – Tailback Reggie Bush said he told his teammates he was sorry for intentionally slowing down near the end of a touchdown run that resulted in him nearly getting tackled. “That on my part wasn’t good leadership,” Bush said. “I got caught up in frustration that the offense wasn’t clicking. I tried to make a statement. I apologized to the team.” Bush also said he didn’t think he pushed quarterback Matt Leinart that hard into the end zone. It’s illegal to push another player. “It was the greatest quarterback sneak ever. Everybody else says it was illegal but it was quick. I don’t know people keep talking about it after. “After (Leinart) rolled to the left, I pushed him from the side. If I got behind him, maybe they would have called something.” He remains hampered by a sore knee suffered against Arizona. “That’s going to bother me awhile because of the bruise,” Bush said. “I just rested it. That (Notre Dame) game was exhausting. I just tried to rest up for the weekend.” – Linebacker Rey Maualuga and cornerback Josh Pinkard appear to be the frontrunners to be the gunners on the punt team, the players who line up at the wide receiver spot and race down the field when the ball is snapped. Other candidates include wide receiver Patrick Turner and safety Darnell Bing, as USC tries to shore up its punt coverage. In another change, linebacker Collin Ashton replaced Dale Thompson at left guard on punts. – Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis complained that USC didn’t receive a penalty when Trojans assistant coach Brennan Carroll tried to call a timeout with no timeouts remaining and because Carroll was at the 5-yard line. “I was a little bit more disappointed by the fact that they had a coach out of the box down on the 5-yard line calling time out when they have no timeouts left,” Weis said. “If you want a gripe, that’s a gripe. Now that’s a penalty and that alone puts them out of touchdown scoring range and to field-goal range.” — Scott Wolf can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It was just a meeting to give an opportunity to guys who don’t express themselves normally,” Walker said. “On the plane coming home from Notre Dame, I felt we should have a meeting to come to terms with the sense of togetherness we all felt. “After that game, I heard us all say we loved each other and there was a genuine sense of brotherhood. I had tears in my eyes.” Matua also spoke. “We don’t want to get overwhelmed by what just happened,” he said. “We have a whole second half of the season to worry about.” – Carroll was upset USC practiced on Cromwell Field on Tuesday, which has FieldTurf, because its regular practice field is not ready after workers botched putting in new sod last weekend. The field was supposed to be ready Tuesday, but a worker wasn’t sure when it would be available and the recent rain didn’t help. “There’s a crisis right now,” said a field worker. “It might (not) be ready (today) either.” center_img Carroll wants the players to stop wearing different hats and T-shirts on road trips. And Carroll told offensive guard Fred Matua to tone down his antics. Matua is one of the most emotional players on the team. Separately, cornerback John Walker and a few other players called a team meeting because of the emotional victory over Notre Dame. last_img read more

Donegal Priest’s drink driving case adjourned for 11th time

first_imgA case involving a Donegal priest charged with drink driving has been adjourned for the 11th time.Fr Denis Quinn, whose address has been given as Parochial House, Falcarragh, is accused of drink driving on Main Street Letterkenny on March 29, 2014. Fr Quinn (57) was not present at Falcarragh District Court, but was represented by solicitor Sean Canon.A brief hearing was conducted in Irish by Mr Canon.The case, adjourned ten times previously, has been put back to 19th September.Donegal Priest’s drink driving case adjourned for 11th time was last modified: June 22nd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:FalcarraghFalcarragh District CourtFr Denis QuinnJudge Paul KellyletterkennySean Canonlast_img read more

McKinleyville High grad John Jaso hits for the cycle in Pirates’ win over the Cubs

first_imgPITTSBURGH >> Coming around second base in the seventh inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 8-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, John Jaso stumbled.Then, he went for it.Ninety feet later, Jaso was safe at third base with a triple to become the first player to hit a cycle in the 16-year history of PNC Park.The triple off reliever Pedro Strop clinched the Pirates’ first cycle since 2004. The last Pirate to hit for the cycle was Daryle Ward on May 26, 2004, in St. Louis. The last …last_img