#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

Odd offerings in sports in 2018: weird science, camels, soup

first_imgFILE – This Jan. 13, 2018 file smartphone screen capture shows a false incoming ballistic missile emergency alert sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency system. Everyone’s phone at the Sony Open in Hawaii started flashing alerts: a missile is coming, and this is no drill. Golfer Colt Knost surveyed the mayhem and had this thought as the apocalypse possibly approached. “I texted one of the rules officials and asked if tee times were delayed.” (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: This was supposed to be a nice day of golf in Hawaii. Instead, it felt like Armageddon. Everyone’s phone at the Sony Open started flashing: A missile is coming, and this is the real deal. One golfer, John Peterson, tweeted that he and his family were taking cover under mattresses in the bathtub and praying to the almighty. The alert was a false alarm, but until then there was panic in the lobby, with people running around, not knowing what to do. Golfer Colt Knost surveyed the mayhem and had this thought as the apocalypse possibly approached: “I texted one of the rules officials and asked if tee times were delayed.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There was a soup thrower in the locker room. There was a tickler on the hockey rink. There were science deniers swallowing their hot air. There was a hint of doomsday on a golf course.Sports drifted into strange places in 2018. Sometimes everyone seemed lost.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia The Scottish soccer team Brechin played an entire 36-game season without winning a game. That hadn’t happened since the 19th century. The Washington Nationals brought three camels to spring training, a proclamation that this year they would finally get over the playoff hump. Well, the hump was big and there were no playoffs for the Nationals, just the lasting scent of camel’s breath.And be happy you weren’t the person in charge of ordering food for Norway’s team at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Instead of getting 1,500 eggs, as requested, 15,000 arrived. Hey, omelets for everyone!FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, Japan’s Minister in Charge of Tokyo Olympics Yoshitaka Sakurada arrives at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo. Sakurada, also the minister in charge of cybersecurity, is in the spotlight for acknowledging he had never used a computer and making comments showing he had no idea what a USB port might be. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)GET THIS MAN A PASSWORD: Worried about safety at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? This should make you feel better. The man in charge of cybersecurity says he’s never used a computer. The most standard cable connection is a mystery to him. Suffice to say, Yoshitaka Sakurada did not come off well in his remarks, drawing laughs from Japanese lawmakers. Says Sakurada: “I give instructions to my aide, and so I don’t plug into a computer myself. But I am confident our work is flawless.”FILE – In this May 29, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot against Krystyna Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. French tennis authorities said her daring, full-length catsuit would no longer be welcome at the French Open. Rising to her defense were not so much the editors of Vogue but Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former president of Iran. He tweeted that the French were “disrespecting” Williams. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF FASHION: Serena Williams knows her way around a tennis court as well as the world of couture. But French tennis authorities said her daring, full-length catsuit would no longer be welcome at the French Open. Rising to her defense were not so much the editors of Vogue but Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former president of Iran. He tweeted that the French were “disrespecting” Williams. He added, with no hint of his role in dictating fashion choice during his rule, that “some people . haven’t realized the true meaning of freedom.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DEER VIJAY: It’s over. Not often do lawyers get to draw up confidentiality agreements regarding deer antlers, but so it was with golfer Vijay Singh. The three-time major winner settled a lawsuit that had been going on for more than five years over his use of deer-antler spray. The spray contains an insulin-growth substance that had been banned by the PGA Tour. Singh contended he was subjected to “public humiliation and ridicule.”SOUP’S ON: Basketball fans — and short-order cooks everywhere — may ponder this for a long time: What kind of soup did J.R. Smith throw? Lentil? Good old chicken noodle? Perhaps a bisque. We simply don’t know. But this much is clear: The then-Cleveland Cavaliers guard, as if squaring up from behind the arc, tossed a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones after a shootaround. When pressed on his soup choice, Smith insisted he could not remember, saying it’s “just part of the game.”FILE- In this Oct. 21, 2010, file photo former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talks with the media after visiting with the Cleveland Browns coaches and players at the Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. When you go 0-16 these things happen. The Browns plunged to such depths after their winless 2017 season they were compelled to knock down a report they were considering former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be their next coach. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)RICE AND BEANS: When you go 0-16 these things happen. The Cleveland Browns plunged to such depths after their winless 2017 season they were compelled to knock down a report they were considering former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be their next coach. Rice, a lifelong Browns fan, knows her football but is probably on safer turf at a NATO conference. The Browns noted their “utmost respect” for Rice but said no thanks. Rice, on Facebook, expressed confidence in the team’s next hire. However, if need be, she offered to “call a play or two next season.”ICECAPADES: Maybe Freud can explain this. Or maybe Gary Bettman. In the merry month of May, two NHL players got in touch with their inner 6-year-old. Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury tickled the ear of a helmetless Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets. Fleury says he was simply “trying to have a little smile by myself.” Then there’s Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins — no tickler he. He licks opponents. First, he went after Toronto’s Leo Komarov, then Tampa Bay’s Ryan Callahan. The league told Marchand to cut it out, threatening punishment. A couple of coaches were exasperated. A macho punch to the face is one thing, but this? “I don’t get it, I don’t understand it,” the Lightning’s Jon Cooper said. Added the Jets’ Paul Maurice: “It gives me the willies.”Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) reacts in front of Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler after making a 3-pointer in overtime during an NBA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Boston won 121-114. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)SPACEBALLS: Two of the NBA’s best briefly left the court for another galaxy. Kyrie Irving , during a 2017 podcast, wondered if the Earth might be flat. Social media were not kind to such musings. This year, the Celtics guard seemed to acknowledge at a Boston summit that his planet is indeed as round as a basketball and said he was sorry “to all the science teachers.” Celestial backcourt mate Stephen Curry, meanwhile, wondered if it was a hoax that astronauts walked on the moon. The Golden State star told ESPN he was “obviously” joking and “silently protesting” how this story “took a life of its own.” In any case, NASA says it has mounds of lunar rocks to show Curry, who happily agreed to accept the invitation to tour the space agency.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Stanley Pringle is PBA’s newest scoring championlast_img read more

It’s official! Donegal is the most beautiful County in Ireland!

first_imgIT’S OFFICIAL! OK, so we’ve known this for a long, long time, but Donegal is officially the most beautiful County in Ireland! Those wonderful scribes at popular website ‘Ireland Before You Die’ publish articles which review the best things and places you have to do in Ireland before you kick the bucket.The articles range from the best places to visit, to the best beaches to see, the best place to have a pint, to who does the best Fish ‘N’ Chips. In their latest offering, they’ve profiled the most beautiful counties in Ireland, and we came first!Here’s what they had to say about us, “Donegal is a favourite for holiday makers, and for very good reason! “It is bursting with spectacular places to see including Malin Head, the Slieve League Cliffs and Portsalon beach, to name just a few. “If you haven’t been to this county, you need to go!” We’ve almost know we lived in the most beautiful county in Ireland, and now it’s official!It’s official! Donegal is the most beautiful County in Ireland! was last modified: September 21st, 2016 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)last_img read more