Today is Nomination Day

first_imgElections bidsPPP calls for criminal charges if forgery detected on listsAt least 19 political parties will be making submissions of their lists of candidates and nominators to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) today in their bid to contest the upcoming March 2 elections but the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has made a stern call to the elections body to institute criminal charges against any party or individuals who present lists carrying forged names.Guyana Elections CommissionThis call was made on the heels of a previous situation on Nomination Day ahead of the November 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE), whereby dozens of names on the lists and signatures purporting to be backers of candidates were palpably defective because of forgeries.In fact, some the 50 persons of the Whim-Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) had their names fraudulently affixed to the backers’ lists for LGE in the Ancient County. They claimed that they were tricked into signing an Alliance for Change (AFC) nominators’ lists to contest the Local Government polls.This led the PPP to file legal actions to have the names removed. However, High Court Judge, Justice Navindra Singh, dismissed the cases saying that after investigations, he did not find any evidence to convince him that the nominators were forced to sign the list.As such, PPP Executive Member and former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, is urging GECOM to take the necessary criminal actions anyone who is implicated in such acts.Anil Nandlall“I call upon GECOM to report to the Police any and all incident(s) of unauthorised/forged names, either on the candidates’ lists or on the list of backers for the upcoming National and Regional Elections, with firm instructions to institute criminal charges against those implicated, including, the intellectual authors,” Nandlall stated.Today’s Nomination Day proceedings will be held at the Umana Yana in Kingston, Georgetown, commencing from 13:00h until 17:00h. Each party is required to submit their lists of candidates for the election of a President, members of the National Assembly and members of the Regional Democratic Councils to the Chief Elections Officer.The law prescribed that the submissions of the lists of candidates and nominators will have to be done strictly on Nomination Day and within the timeframe set – no time earlier or later.Each parties’ National Top-Up List should comprise of 300-330 nominators, 42 candidates (persons to be elected to sit in National Assembly) who all need a singed statutory declaration form in the presence of a Commissioner of Oath or Justice of Peace, and include the name of the Presidential Candidate.The Statutory Declaration form is what candidates sign to indicate that they are Guyanese and conform to other requirements set out in the law.Meanwhile, the Geographical Constituency (Administrative Regions) List must include 150-175 nominators from each constituency and no more than 45 candidates.With regards to the Regional Elections, the Regional Democratic Council List must comprise of 150-175 nominators for each constituency – all residing in the said region, and 12 to 36 candidates also from within the region. They too are required to sign a statutory form.Candidates and Nominators can only appear on one party’s lists – both National Top-up and Geographical Constituency Lists – but only on one of that party’s geographical lists.These requirements, as well as others, will be examined by the Chief Elections Officer and those parties’ whose lists do not meet all the requirements will be deemed defective. However, the CEO will inform of the defective list(s) and the respective parties will one day to make corrections and resubmit the lists.Nomination Day proceedings began last month when political parties had to submit their party symbols to GECOM by December 13, 2019. This, according to GECOM’s Public Relations Officer Yolanda Ward, was to allow the Commission to examine the symbols and give approval to avoid issues such as duplication. It all ows parties to be informed and make the necessary adjustments before today’s Nomination Day process.However, parties are also allowed to submit their symbols today as well.GECOM had previously reported that 19 political parties have submitted symbols thus far and of these, 14 are new parties.While the two main political parties – PPP/C and the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition – have been gearing up for the upcoming polls, there has been the formation of several new and small parties over the past months.These include: A New and United Party (ANUG), Federal United Party (FED UP), Liberty and Justice Party (LJP), Citizenship Initiative (CI), Change Guyana, The New Movement (TNM), People’s Republic Party (PRP), Kingdom Liberal Movement (KLM), Destiny to Oneness, National Congress of Progressive People’s Alliance, the Cooperative Republicans of Guyana and the Guyana United Democratic Party (UDP), Guyana National Service Party (GNS), the Democratic National Congress (DNC), the United Republic Party (URP), Horizon and Star and Organisation for the Victory of the People.last_img read more

Bournemouth 2-1 QPR: Highlights of Rangers’ defeat against the Cherries

first_imgCharlie Austin returned to action but QPR missed another chance to put pressure on second-placed Burnley.See also:Austin returns but Rangers are beatenQPR must be ‘careful’ with Austin – HarryBournemouth v QPR player ratings Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Sharks’ Evander Kane on Golden Knights: “We know they don’t like us”

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — Sharks forward Evander Kane led the NHL with 153 penalty minutes this season. But on the eve of Game 1 in the first round playoff series between his team and the Vegas Golden Knights, Kane also noted that only 29 of those minutes came at SAP Center.“I just want to be on my best behavior for my hometown fans,” Kane said with a smile Tuesday.Kane, with 30 goals this season, will obviously be of better …last_img read more

South Africa spends more on education

first_img22 February 2012 South Africa’s spending on education continues to grow, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan allocating R207-billion to the sector for 2012/13, with projections that this may rise to up to R236-billion over the next three years. Delivering his Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan said provincial education spending was expected to grow by 5.9% over the next three years, from R169.9-billion this year to R183.8-billion in 2015.Learner subsidies for no-fee schools The government will further spend over R18-billion of the money towards boosting learner subsidies for no-fee schools and expanded access to Grade R. South Africa’s education authorities say learner performance in literacy and numeracy remains a challenge, as shown by the national assessment of grade 3 and 6 learners conducted last year. The assessments identified problem areas in each school and allowed for tailored interventions to be made, with R235-million set aside in the Budget for this purpose.R850-million for university infrastructure About R850-million has been set aside towards improving the country’s university infrastructure, including student accommodation facilities. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme, which has helped poor students at tertiary institutions with loans, will receive more than R17-billion over the next three years. A Green Paper on Higher Education, released earlier this year, includes commitments by the government to build two new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape to address the challenge of space at the country’s tertiary institutions. While he made no mention of the project in his speech today, Gordhan did tell reporters earlier that work was currently at an advanced stage, pointing out that R300-million was provided in the fiscus for planning and design of the universities. Further financial commitments will be made as the projects get off the ground.Early childhood development programmes A further R1.4-billion will be spent over the next three years to support early childhood development programmes and the implementation of the community-based childcare and protection programme across the country. This will increase access to early childhood development from the current 500 000 to 580 000 children, with a focus on rural areas, with expectations that more than 10 000 young people will be employed as a result of the programme. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Brand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and child with a campaign #IAM

first_imgBrand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and child with a campaign #IAM and continuously aims to encourage all South Africans to play their part towards progressive change, that promotes a free and fair society for all to live in.“This 16 day of activism against women and children abuse has reached unacceptable levels in Gauteng and South Africa as a whole” said, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane at the launch of the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign.The theme #HearMeToo follows from the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign (UNiTE), which calls for global action to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts and share of knowledge and innovations.The objectives of the 16 Days Campaign are to:Encourage all South Africans to be active participants in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children, hence the theme: Count me in.Expand accountability beyond the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster to include all government clusters and provinces.Combine technology, social media, the arts, journalism, religion, culture and customs, business and activism to draw attention to the many ways violence against women and children affects the lives of all people in all communities around the world.Ensure mass mobilisation of all communities to promote collective responsibility in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.Encourage society to acknowledge that violence against women and children is NOT a government or criminal justice system problem, but a societal problem, and that failure to view it as such results in all efforts failing to eradicate this scourge in our communities.Emphasise the fact that the solution lies with all of us.Brand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and child with a campaign #IAM. The campaign is aimed to engage men to break the silence against sexual and gender-based violence in the country and drive this to be a reality for all.“We have recently seen men uniting in one voice to break the silence and showing unity in the fight for protecting women and children, for instance the #NOTINMYNAME movement. We commend these men for taking charge. This is why Brand South Africa found it important to support this campaign and charge men with the responsibility of their role in protecting their loved ones, hence the #IAM campaign”, said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing, Ms Sithembile NtombelaThe campaign calls on men of diverse ethnicity to participate. Filmed in black t-shirts, wearing red lipstick with the words #IAM highlighting their role of protecting women and children.“This campaign does not start nor end during the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence, it is an everyday reality that we need to face and mobilize community members, men and women to take a stand and report, stop abuse whether it is emotionally, physically or sexually. Let us all have a voice against this social ill and construct a nation that is peaceful and unified” adds Ms Ntombela.Call the Stop Gender-Based Violence helpline (0800 150 150).last_img read more

Brand South Africa’s South African Competitiveness Forum and the Pan-African University Dialogue overview with Dr Kobby Mensah

first_imgBrand South Africa and the University of South Africa (UNISA) successfully partnered to host the South African Competitiveness Forum (SACF) and the Pan-African University Dialogue in a two-day programme on the 11th -12th September 2018 and wrapping up the South African visit with a day-tour in and around Johannesburg and Soweto on the 13th September 2018.The conference brought together academics, and industry representatives from South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria to provide expert input on key issues that impact the competitiveness and reputation of the Pan-African brand. Additionally, to collaborate on finding a way forward in the Pan-African Marketing and Nation Brand research in the era of the Continental Free Trade Area.Further to this, it was important to determine inclusive solutions to the future of education in Pan-African brand marketing for students and educators across the continent.Dr Kobby Mensah from the University of Ghana Business School, a lecturer in the fields of tourism and marketing and one of the panellist at the dialogue, unpacks the two-day programme and his contribution to the dialogue.In a one-on-one conversation, Dr Mensah shared his key highlights on the dialogue, “There is a need for us to collaborate on a number of things, especially as academics, sharing of ideas in areas of study and collaborative research on the identity of Africa, Pan-Africa brand identity. To have a homogenous approach to building and maintaining Pan-African brand identity.”Dr Mensah’s presentation took on the topic of Pan-African identity and some of the ideas he reflected in the presentation was that “As Africa, we are suffering from the problem of autonomous sources of information – news, documentaries and textbooks which do not reflect the truth of who we are. We need to take charge, especially in technology to promote positivity about our countries and the Pan-African identity”As a lecturer he makes sure to challenge his students to advance in digital tourism were they share pictures of their communities, where they blog about their beautiful hidden gems, to influence the African narrative and change perception.When asked about the possibility of a future for a Pan-African brand. Yes, he said; “I definitely see the future and there must be clarity as to what it is we want in terms of a Pan-African Brand. How do we develop a brand that can be accessed within the African space and be able to push into the world?”Dr Mensah was amazed by the information shared by other colleagues and presentations it was “refreshing to see and hear”. This reaffirmed the imperative need for collaborative efforts and changing the principal learnings of what Nation brand is for a country and Pan-Africa.Rounding off the intensive yet informative dialogues, delegates were treated to a tour in and around Johannesburg and lunch served in the popular Lebo’s Backpackers.Dr Mensah encourages Africans to travel their continent and with Ghana, “travellers will be enthralled by the cultural diversity, and the colourfulness of the Ghanaian people and their kente garments”.last_img read more

2016 Ohio FFA Convention Session Four highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Fourth General Session featured presentations Ohio’s representative on the National FFA Officer Team Sydney Snider, creed speaking contest winner Austin Becker from Fairbanks, and prepared speaking winner Josie Montoney from Amanda Clearcreek. CDE winners, top Ohio officers and agriscience fair recognition and state officer parents were recognized. Josie Montoney, Amanda-Clearcreek,won the prepared speaking contest. Sydney Snider Austin Becker, Fairbanks, was the Creed Contest winnerlast_img read more

Cooperative merger approved

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agland Co-op and Heritage Cooperative stockholders have both approved the Merger Agreement between Agland Co-op and Heritage Cooperative. Now begins the work of finalizing due diligence and the unification of policies, procedures, systems, and people progressing towards an effective date of Sept. 1, 2017.In a joint statement, Jeff Osentoski, President and CEO of Agland Co-op, and Eric Parthemore, President and CEO of Heritage Cooperative both agree that, “The merger of Agland Co-op and Heritage Cooperative will create a dynamic organization built for the future. It will be a cooperative that brings value and benefits to members, employees, and our communities while protecting members’ equity, without compromising our fundamental core values or social responsibilities.”Heritage Cooperative serves the agricultural needs of farmers and residents in a 20 county area in central Ohio. The cooperative includes 30 locations which serve over 3,300 farmer members, and over 4,000 rural and urban customers.Agland Co-op, Inc. is based in New Philadelphia and serves customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois, and Kentucky. Agland Co-op has 23 locations which serve over 1,900 farmer members.last_img read more

21 hours agoREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teen

first_imgREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teenby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveBernardo Silva was rejected by Manchester City as a teenager.Super agent Jorge Mendes touted the Portuguese star when he was an emerging force at Benfica but City opted not to make a move. In an extract from the book ‘Pep’s City: The making of a Superteam’ published by Goal, it was revealed that Mendes had said: “You need to realise that Bernardo’s going to become the best in the world.”He eventually joined the club for £43m. Silva, 25, has emerged as one of City’s most important players and was nominated on the long list for this year’s Ballon d’Or. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more