first_imgSenior Elections Magistrate for Upper Bong County, Daniel G. NewlandThe National Elections Commission (NEC), through its local office in upper Bong County, will on Tuesday, Nov. 21 conduct a recount in electoral district # 4 in Bong County.According to the Senior Elections Magistrate for Upper Bong County, Daniel G. Newland, the recount will be conducted in nine (9) polling places in six (6) precincts in the District of the eighty-four (84) polling places.Mr. Newland named the precincts numbers: Shankpalai Public School with code #06102, with polling places 1, 2 and 3; Nyensue Palava Hut, code #06088 with polling places 1 and 2; Kollieta Public School, code #06092 with polling place 2; Foequelleh Public School, code #06018 with polling place 1; Payeta Public School, code #06064 with polling place 2; and Bellemu Public School code #06008 with polling place 3.The Upper Bong County Senior Elections Magistrate said immediately after the conduct of the October 10, elections, electoral district #4 incumbent representative Lester M. Paye and three-time defeated candidate Susannah Lorpu Mator filed separate complaints of elections irregularities to the NEC and hearings were conducted by the NEC hearing officer in NEC office in Gbarnga. Mator was defeated in the representative election of October 10, 2017, for which her complaint is registered. She also lost her representative bid in 2011 and 2005.Mr. Newland said the two complainants, through their lawyers, prayed to the NEC for a rerun in the district due to the alleged irregularities but following legal arguments between the complainants and the NEC, it was concluded by the NEC hearing officer a rerun was not possible.He explained that following the hearings, the two complainants appealed to the National Elections Commission Board of Commissioners (BoC) and the Board of Commissioners in its ruling called for a recount in nine polling places.“Based on the BoC ruling and mandate, we will conduct a recount of nine polling places in electoral district #4 but the recount will be conducted at the NEC’s local office in Gbarnga beginning 9 in the morning,” Mr. Newland said.He was swift to say that parties involved have been notified since the ruling was handed down by the BOC and local as well as international observers will be in attendance to witness the process.Electoral District #4 has a total of 23,166 registered voters and recorded a total of 21,582 valid votes and 1,584 invalid votes among 14 representative candidates contesting, including the incumbent.The Unity Party representative candidate Robert Flomo Womba was declared winner of the October 10 election in the district, after obtaining 4,232 votes accumulating 19.6%, while incumbent Representative Lester M. Paye of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) who took second place received 3, 471 votes (16.1%) and three-time defeated candidate of the United People’s Party (UPP), Susannah Lorpu Mator, received 3,179 (14.7%).Representative-elect Robert Flomo Womba lauded the NEC for the decision for a recount, adding “let the NEC go ahead with the recount and the results will not change because my people voted me overwhelmingly for the kind of work I did for them when I was not eyeing this position.”Electoral District #4 comprises Zota District, Panta District and Mehnquelleh Clan of Sanoyea District.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img…as protestors picket AFC Headquarters…told VAT here to stayThe public education system is in a dire state and is being academically outperformed by private schools; hence, the need for those institutions.This is according to educator Swami Aksharananda. He made the comment while at a protest against Value Added Tax (VAT) on education on Monday in front of the Alliance For Change (AFC) headquarters.“There are many challenges in the public school system, everybody admits this. There is no one in this country who thinks that it is where it’s supposed to be…but as far as the public schools – if you have an objective analysis, we are in a dire state as far as public education is concerned and the ability to deliver education, it is very serious,” Swami Aksharananda told this publication. While addressing the media, he added that parents were choosing the private education system as opposed to the public education system mainly from a performance standpoint. He noted that private schools were most of the times outperforming the government schools in both the National Grade Six Assessment (NSGA) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.“If you look at the results of education in this country, for example the NGSA, all the top results come from private schools, which is an indication of [their better performance]. People are smart. People know where they get their results and they go there, and it is not only because people can afford, but people will make the additional sacrifice for what they consider a better value for their money,” the educator opined.When asked about the suggestion of the institutions absorbing the VAT, Swami Aksharananda, who operates the Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) – one of the country’s top performing secondary schools, explained that it was not legally possible for those institutions to do so. He added that by making that suggestion, there was now the idea of private schools making large profits and that was far from the truth.In March, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said that VAT on private education was not a move to target the institutions, rather it was a move for the Government to broaden the country’s tax base, and help fund the country’s expenditure shortfall in the 2017 $250 billion budget.A parent, Shamal Zalamuddin said he refused to pay VAT on education and noted that the tax imposition was not only on tuition fees, as it extended to all educational materials inclusive of pens, pencils and erasers. This, he notes, not only affects the private school students, but also those attending public schools as well.“There is hardly any country in the world that pays VAT on education or health services or social services. My son goes to a private school, yes; I paid his fees today without paying any VAT. I am not going to pay the VAT and if they (the school) rebel, then I am prepared to take him out and I am prepared to home-school him,” Zalamuddin told reporters.The protesters told the media that they chose to exercise their constitutional right in front of the AFC headquarters, since they were informed of an executive meeting at the office. They also noted that there were some members of the AFC who were sympathetic to their plight, so they were seeking an audience with them.During the protest, AFC representatives from the office went out and engaged the protesters, informing them that they would have to be protesting for the next three terms. One representative said that the protesters would have to remain there since the VAT on education was there to stay. He added that although he was an AFC Youth Executive, he had protested against the parking meter project, but supported the imposition of VAT on education.After failed attempts to contact AFC Leader and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, Guyana Times contacted the party’s former head, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, for an update on the party’s position on the tax imposition only to be told: “I don’t speak to the Guyana Times, y’all are asses.”Parliamentary supportMeanwhile, the AFC will be put to the test when the parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) tables a motion to repeal the 14 per cent VAT on private education at the upcoming sitting of the National Assembly on May 8.Expectations are high that the junior partner in the coalition APNU/AFC Administration would now support the motion, given its solidarity with stakeholders who have for weeks been calling on Government to remove the education tax.Cabinet recently ruled that the VAT on private education would remain for the rest of the year, but it would be reviewed for the 2018 National Budget.The AFC has signalled its intention to challenge Government’s collective decision and push for an earlier review.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Last year marked the third consecutive increase of 20 percent or more in prices. Prices have increased on an annual basis for nine years in a row. During the past 18 years, there have only been seven price declines – all during the massive economic restructuring of the 1990s. During that period the median price dipped to a low of $155,000 in November 1995 and again in February 1997. Link expects a more normal price increase – one or two percentage points higher than the rate of inflation – this year. “That being said, we’ve been wrong the last couple of years, so we’ll see.” Last year 12,786 previously owned single-family homes changed hands, an annual decline of 3.7 percent and in line with expectations. It was the eighth consecutive year of 12,000 or more sales. Home sales in the San Fernando Valley hit their fourth-highest total since 1988 last year even though prices kept climbing – by 20.1 percent in 12 months – to a median of $569,208 for a previously owned home, a trade association said Tuesday. Last year consumers bought 17,566 houses and condominiums, a 3.4 percent dip from 2005 but the ninth-highest total since record keeping began in 1970, according to the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. Those sales generated more than $11.97 billion for the Valley’s economy, not including the additional millions that buyers and sellers spent on related products and services, the association noted. “We anticipated that sales were going to be strong in 2005 and believe heavy resale activity will continue through 2006,” said Jim Link, association vice president. The year ended on a mixed note, with sales of 892 single-family homes in December, down an annual 22.4 percent. But the median price rose 18 percent on an annual basis to $590,000. That’s $10,000 below November’s record. And while sales are expected to continue to soften and price increases to moderate, strong demand should continue to edge those prices toward another record level and to further erode affordability. “I think we’re at a point where the single-family residence is almost out of reach of the first-time buyer or moderate-income buyer. There are a number of good loan programs out there that are frankly helping fuel the market,” Link said. But interest rates are moving up, and there are indications that lenders will respond by tightening credit standards. For example, the Web site released a study Monday that found that lenders have increased their scrutiny of loans after the default risk soared 28.6 percent across California during the second half of last year. But Southern California had one of the lowest risk levels in the state. The association president, Steve White, said a slight sales slowdown would be welcome. “After years of a one-sided argument, buyers need a little breathing room, and sellers need to bring price expectations in line with current market realities,” he said. With home prices soaring, many buyers turned to less expensive condominiums last year. This market accounted for 4,780 sales, down 2.5 percent from 2004 but the sixth consecutive year above the 4,000 mark. The median price, the point at which half the units cost more and half less, jumped 22.1 percent from the prior year to $364,458, also a record. In December, there were 340 condo sales, down 23.8 percent on an annual basis, but the median price soared 22.6 percent, to $390,000. That’s close to what the median price was for a single-family house in July 2003. Last year also featured record low inventories, but supply is building. At year’s end there were 3,588 properties for sale, up an annual 27.5 percent, the association said. But that’s just a 2.9-month supply at the current sales pace and less than half what’s considered necessary for a balanced market that favors neither sellers nor buyers. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., agrees the market is slowing and also expects lenders to scale back some of the more aggressive loan products, such as those with extremely low introductory rates. Kyser said one weak spot for the Valley could be that it’s heavily invested in the entertainment sector, which is dealing with a disappointing 2005 box office, and is still beset with runaway-production issues and union militancy. “The motion picture industry is probably still going to be struggling in 2006. It could have somewhat of an impact on your market so that’s one thing I would caution the Valley people about,” Kyser said. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgQPR got to half-time on level terms at Hillsborough after absorbing plenty of pressure from the home side.Kieran Lee went shot wide early on after being found by Jack Hunt’s cross, and Ross Wallace also went close for Sheffield Wednesday when he fired just over.Rangers had another let-off when Atdhe Nuhiu was just unable to connect with Daniel Pudil’s cross.And Nuhiu was denied by a good save from keeper Alex Smithies after the Owls target man got through on goal just after the half-hour mark.At the other end, Gabriele Angella headed wide from a corner.Angella came in for Paul Konchesky as a part of a defensive reshuffle, while January signing Nasser El Khayati was handed his full QPR debut.Junior Hoilett and Jamie Mackie were dropped to the bench.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Perch, Phillips, Henry, Luongo, Tozser, El Khayati, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Diakite, Chery, Mackie, Petrasso, Hoilett, Polter.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgQPR have won three league matches in a row but Fulham, averaging just shy of three goals a game at the moment, are fancied by the punters and are our 11/10 favourites for Saturday’s west London derby at Loftus Road.We have Rangers as 13/5 underdogs on home soil and the draw is 5/2 with BetVictor.Fulham are eighth in the Championship table, having moved to within six points of the play-off places, and we now have them odds-ons at 10/11 to achieve a top-six finish this season.Rangers have been much improved and are arguably good enough to earn a point at the very least.So for optimistic R’s fans, BetVictor make the hosts a 5/1 chance to win with both teams scoring.However, I reckon it’ll be a draw and like the look of the 1-1 and 2-2 correct-score odds at 13/2 and 14/1 respectively.Brentford, meanwhile, are 9/5 to win at Wigan, with the Latics 6/4 and the draw 12/5.A Bees win with both teams to score is 9/2.For all the latest odds, check out www.betvictor.comHave a good weekend everyone.Charlie Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgPHOENIX — Exactly one month after Dereck Rodríguez made a Coors Field cameo to lead the Giants to a victory in Game 2 of a doubleheader, the right-hander returned to the rotation on Thursday in Arizona.After coming up from Triple-A to toss five innings of one-run ball against the Rockies, Rodríguez was rewarded with a plane ticket back to Sacramento.After logging seven innings of shutout ball in a 7-0 victory over the Diamondbacks, the next flight Rodríguez should board is the Giants’ team …last_img read more

first_imgCheck out this amazing documentary for Bentley Motors shot entirely on an iPhone 5s.We live in crazy times. As equipment gets cheaper, more and more people are able to make impressive high quality videos without spending thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of dollars. In recent years we’ve seen a rise in DSLR and mirrorless camera popularity, offering 4K and RAW recording to the masses. Additionally, the explosion of mobile video technology has lead some to use their cell phone camera as a legitimate filmmaking and video production device.The following is perhaps the most impressive cellphone video we’ve ever seen. Created by Reza & Co. based out of Santa Monica, California, the video is a ‘documercial’ shot for the luxury car manufacturer Bentley…and was shot entirely on an iPhone 5s. If you haven’t seen the impressive video, here it is:How They Did ItReza & Co. used the BeastGrip mount to attach external lenses to the iPhone. The mount also allows for external mounting and features 58 individual components that can be taken apart to suit your needs. At $75 it’s a great deal for anyone looking to build an awesome iPhone rig.For stabilization they used a MoVI M5 three-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera system with a combination of a Schneider iPro Lens and Neewer 0.3X Baby Death 37mm Fisheye lens. To get such an impressive image they used the $4.99 FiLMiC Pro to capture images at 50 mbps and 24fps. FiLMiC also made it possible to color grade and edit the footage.If you wanted to go out and get a similar set up for your own iPhone productions you will need to spend around $6,000.Know of any other awesome videos shot on an iPhone? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgFelani . File PhotoThe Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed a total of 403 Bangladeshi nationals along the India-Bangladesh border in past nine years, according to human rights organisation Odhikar.The Bangladesh-based organisation said this on Friday issuing a statement marking the seventh anniversary of the killing of Bangladeshi girl Felani by BSF.In the statement, Odhikar said that the 403 Bangladeshi citizens were killed by the BSF between 2009 and 2017.Among them, some 269 were gunned down, another 109 were tortured to death and 25 were killed by other means. Furthermore, 593 Bangladeshis were injured.Among the injured, 337 were shot, 219 were tortured and 37 were injured in different ways. A further 468 persons were abducted by BSF personnel during this period.On 7 January 2011, BSF members of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead Felani Khatun, as she was crossing the India-Bangladesh border into Bangladesh. Her body was left hanging from the barbed wire fence of the border.To date, BSF member Amiya Ghosh, who was involved in the killing and his superior officers, have not been convicted. The adjudication of Felani’s killing was held in BSF’s own court, General Security Forces Court (GSFC), where the accused Amiya Ghosh was not found guilty.Odhikar in its statement said Felani’s killing was a brutal example of the aggression of the Indian government towards Bangladesh over the past decades.The indiscriminate killing and torturing of Bangladeshi nationals, regardless of age, is nothing new to the BSF, the statement added. BSF tortured school student Hasnat Halsham Inu, 15, to death in 2010 while another student Hasanuzzaman, 16, was shot dead in 2015.In 2017, BSF members shot and killed two school students, Sohel Rana and Harun-ur Rashid.Odhikar condemned the killing and torturing of Bangladeshi citizens, including Felani, in the hands of BSF, and all incidents of human rights violations and political and economical aggression of the Indian government.Citing reports, the rights organisation said every year many Bangladeshi citizens are killed and injured either by being shot or tortured by BSF along the Bangladesh-India border.On many occasions, the statement said, BSF members attacked and robbed Bangladeshi people by violating the sovereignty of Bangladesh and illegally trespassing onto Bangladesh territory.According to the statement, the state government of Assam has reportedly taken an initiative to evict Bangla-speaking Indian-Muslim citizens on the pretext of identifying illegal migrants in Assam.It added the India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed the local government in Assam through provincial elections in 2016.This newly elected state government of Assam is trying to push the Bangla-speaking Indian-Muslim citizens towards Bangladesh, whose predecessors came to Assam region before 24 March 1971.The statement said the rights organisation believes that an independent and sovereign state can never accept such aggression and human rights violations perpetrated on its citizens and on its soil by another state.It also said the international community needs to raise concerns regarding these issues, otherwise these aggressive activities may destabilise Bangladesh; and such destabilisation might spread through South Asia.last_img read more