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#JaVotes2016: Robinson not bothered by slow voting

first_imgPNP candidate for South Eastern St Andrew, Julian Robinson, says that he is not troubled that the slowness at some election stations, would impact his voter turnout. Robinson voted this morning at Jamaica College, and has since been checking on things in his constituency. “I don’t think it will affect it, we are trying to put in place measures for people to stay,” he said. “At polling division 44, people have been complaining about how slow the process is and that has been the cry throughout the constituency.” The most delayed scene was at the Sir Howard Cook Development Centre in Nannyville, where voters and election day workers engaged in a verbal altercation over what they say are faulty identification systems.last_img read more

Mother jailed for killing son appeals 20 year prison sentence

first_imgConvicted: Sonia KingConvicted child killer Sonia King, through her attorney Mark Conway, has filed an appeal with Guyana’s Appellate Court to reduce a 20-year prison sentence, which was recentlyDeceased: Emmanuel Kingimposed by Justice Navindra Singh, after she admitted to the lesser count of manslaughter.King’s appeal is being filed on the grounds that Justice Singh had failed to recognise the convicted killer’s psychological condition – which should have been considered as a mitigating factor at the time the offence was committed and further that the sentence imposed was of a severe nature.The mother of two had pleaded guilty to killing her eight-year-old son while he was asleep on February 21, 2016. Justice Singh, who had heard the matter on July 18, sentenced the woman to serve 20 years for the crime.Reports are that King initially claimed that the child fell from a guava tree during the afternoon of February 21 after which he retired to bed. At about 22:00h, the mother had claimed that she went to check on the child but found him in a motionless state.He was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. However, she later confessed that she killed the child because of frustration, saying that she took a bed sheet and choked the child to death while he was sleeping.After the incident, King reportedly confessed to her husband to killing the child. She was arrested after confessing to investigators.last_img read more

West Ham preparing to renew interest in Norwich defender

first_img Martin Olsson in action for Norwich 1 West Ham are still in the market for another left-back despite signing Aaron Cresswell from Ipswich and could renew their attempts to sign Norwich full-back Martin Olsson.Sam Allardyce wants to bring in another experienced full-back to add some much-needed competition for the left-back position after releasing George McCartney during the summer and ending Pablo Armero’s loan spell.Cresswell, 24, was voted into the PFA Championship Team of the Year last season but despite his promise, he lacks the experience of playing in the top-flight and will need time adjusting to the pressures of playing against the best forwards in England.Olsson was one of the star performers for Norwich last season despite their relegation from the top-flight and he has also attracted interest from West Brom.West Ham are believed to have already had one offer rejected by Norwich for the Sweden international and could make an improved bid for the 26-year-old.last_img read more

Mourinho challenges Klopp to explain Sh10.4bn signing of van Dijk

first_imgBut Mourinho reminded Klopp about his comments when United bought Pogba for a then world record fee of Sh12.4bn (£89m) from Juventus in the summer of 2016.The German said then: ‘Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players, yes. But if you bring one player in for Sh13.9bn (£100m) or whatever, and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney.READ: Mourinho challenges Klopp to explain Sh10.4bn signing of Virgil van Dijk after Liverpool boss criticised £89m outlay for Paul Pogba“Do I have to do it differently to that? Actually, I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money. I want a special team spirit – I don’t feel it is necessary, I want it,” he said.“The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore. Because the game is about playing together.”Virgil van Dijk became the most expensive player in history, costing Liverpool Sh10.4bn (£75m). Photo/COURTESYMourinho seized the opportunity to take issue with Klopp when asked about the Van Dijk deal at his weekly press conference on Friday, with a thinly veiled accusation of hypocrisy.“I think the one to speak about it in a specific way has to be Jurgen, and if I was one of you I would ask him about his comments about one year ago,” he added.“Virgil van Dijk is the most expensive defender in history of football. Is he better than (Paolo) Maldini, (Giuseppe) Bergomi or (Rio) Ferdinand? You cannot say that, is just the way the market is and you pay or you don’t pay.”“If you pay obviously you pay a crazy amount of money but if you don’t you don’t have the player. Is as simple as that, so no critics at all about what Liverpool did, is just the way it is. But not speaking specifically about that case because in Liverpool they do what they want to do and I am nobody to comment on what they do.”“The reality is that if they think that the player is the right player for them and they really want the player, they pay his amount or they don’t have the player because that is the way the market is at that time.”“So when we compare now the amount of money certain managers and clubs spend, you cannot compare the realities.”–By Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mourinho seized the opportunity to take issue with Klopp when asked about the Van Dijk deal at his weekly press conference on Friday, with a thinly veiled accusation of hypocrisy.LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 29 – Jose Mourinho has challenged Jurgen Klopp to explain Liverpool spending Sh10.4 bn (£75m) on Virgil van Dijk after the Anfield boss criticised Manchester United’s world record signing of Paul Pogba last year.Van Dijk will become the most expensive defender in history when he completes his move to Liverpool from Southampton next week.last_img read more

The Press Pass – Sunday, March 6

first_imgRay Stubbs was joined by Tony Evans and Matt Hughes to cast their eyes over the main sporting stories.They look over the latest Premier League action as Leicester City go five points clear at the top of the table following Tottenham and Arsenal’s 2-2 draw in the north London derby at White Hart Lane.last_img

Infiniti M35 is top mid-luxury choice

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Mercedes-Benz E320, which outscored the E350 by a point, is the first of a new wave of “clean diesel” cars that CR tested. It achieved an impressive 29 mpg in overall fuel economy. The E350 is a delight to drive. It feels reassuringly solid and offers an inviting blend of luxury and practicality. It also provides excellent ride comfort and agile handling. For this mid-luxury group, CR also tested the freshened BMW 535i, now powered by a new six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine; the redesigned Volvo S80; and the Lexus GS 450h. Prices for this group range from $45,305 for the Volvo to $60,172 for the Lexus. CR tested two-wheel drive versions; each model is available with all-wheel drive. The 2008 freshening of the BMW 5 Series is a mixed blessing. CR really liked the new engine, interior craftsmanship and agile handling, but the car’s overcomplicated controls made it frustrating to live with. CR also performed a two-car face-off of ultra-luxury sedans. The new Lexus LS 460L, $76,572, achieved the highest score of any vehicle CR has recently tested, topping the $90,200 Mercedes-Benz S550. Of the eight models included in Consumer Reports’ recent tests, CR recommended the BMW 535i, Infiniti M35, Lexus GS 450h and Lexus LS 460L. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class had subpar reliability records, and the Volvo S80 was too new to provide sufficient reliability data. Blending comfort, technology Luxury cars are designed to cradle their occupants in comfort, surrounding them with rich materials and a host of convenience features. They typically have strong, refined engines to provide effortless acceleration. Many mid-luxury models also provide agile handling that adds a sporty dimension to their character. CR’s top-rated models illustrate the range of the luxury sedans’ driving characteristics. For example, both versions of the Infiniti M35 are well-rounded, nimble cars that successfully blend sportiness with comfort. They are as capable handling a twisty road as they are cruising the highways. But they aren’t as quiet as some other models. By contrast, the isolating quietness of the Lexus LS 460L insulates occupants from the cacophony of the outside world. While it provides a no-compromise environment of comfort and roominess, it’s not particularly agile or fun to drive. Innovative safety features Luxury cars are also often equipped with innovations and safety features well before they are integrated into less-expensive models. For example, the LS 460L came with the first eight-speed automatic transmission and an Advanced Parking Guidance System that can automatically park the car if conditions are right. The S550 features a night-vision system that helps a driver see people and animals that are beyond the reach of the headlights. Both systems are interesting, but they have their drawbacks. Several models offer adaptive cruise control that uses radar to keep a car at a set distance behind a vehicle in front, slowing down or speeding up as necessary. The Volvo S80 takes that one step further, using the radar to determine whether you are approaching a car too quickly. If you are, it will alert you to brake, or it will even slow the car itself. Go to the Consumer Reports Web site at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By the Editors of Consumer Reports The Infiniti M35 retains its spot as the class leader in Consumer Reports’ recent tests of mid-luxury sedans. But the other big news is that two versions of the freshened Mercedes-Benz E-Class were close behind, with the new diesel-powered E320 BlueTec edging out its gasoline-powered twin, the E350. CR also tested the rear-wheel-drive base M35 as an update to the previously tested all-wheel-drive M35X, its 2007 Top Pick for luxury cars. Not only did this version score nearly the same as the M35X, but it’s one of the least-expensive cars in the category. The M35 is a well-rounded car that blends comfort, luxury and agility. It provides nimble handling and tenacious tire grip. last_img read more


first_imgMAN OF THE MATCH SEAMUS COLEMANIRELAND defender Seamus Coleman was very disappointed following his Ireland’s 1-0 friendly defeat to Greece at the Aviva.The Killybegs man insisted Ireland should have won the game, and expressed his frustration at having a strong penalty claim turned down when Konstantinos Stafylidis appeared to handle in the area.“I thought we played very well, I thought we deserved to win the game. We passed the ball very well at times and we’re just disappointed to get nothing from it,” said the Everton player. “I thought we definitely had a penalty claim in the first minute of the game. I thought it was a stonewall penalty but I thought we played all right. Just disappointed to get nothing from it.”Jose Holebas 29th minute goal condemned Giovanni Trapattoni’s side to defeat in what was their final fixture of 2012.Coleman said Ireland can be pleased with the past year, despite the results.“We qualified for a European Championship for the first time in 25 years,” he said, “we can move on from here and remain positive.” Captain John O’Shea praised Coleman’s performance and also felt Ireland deserved a victory.The Sunderland defender said: “It’s a step forward but we’re obviously disappointed. For the goal I should have done better, I let him come off just too easy but I think we should have been a couple of goals up by then.“We had the penalty shout early on and the way we started the game we probably deserved to be ahead but credit to Greece.“They haven’t been beaten in a few games and they’ve put in a determined, defensive performance.“In the second half we probably could have done things a little better quicker and better in the final third to create more clear cut chances but we had the confidence to knock it about and anytime we got Seamus on the ball down the flanks, we looked very dangerous.” MAN OF THE MATCH COLEMAN: ‘WE DESERVED TO BEAT GREECE’ was last modified: November 15th, 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:MAN OF THE MATCH COLEMAN: ‘WE DESERVED TO BEAT GREECE’last_img read more

Does the Prius make one pious?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 But even with all that good stuff, I was still a reluctant hybrid owner. I bought a 2005 Toyota Prius only because my 50-mile-a-day commute was killing me, my finances and the clutch of my 9-year-old Camry. In fact, the commute almost did kill me one harrowing morning last March when I wrecked up the Camry on the 101 Freeway. I knew that it was either time for a new car, or a new job. Many folks have asked how many months I had to wait for my Prius, how much over the retail price of $22,251 I had to pay and whether I had to kill or maim anyone to finally get it home. So many stories had been circulating about the difficulty of buying one of the popular cars that everyone assumed the purchase must have involved drama. The truth is much less interesting: The day after I wrecked my Camry, I went to a local Toyota dealer, test drove one of the five Priuses on the lot, figured the cheap silver one would do and bought it – for slightly less than the retail price. It was about as eventful as buying a minivan. I was immediately filled with buyer’s remorse. I had loved, loved my Camry more than it was reasonable to love an inanimate object. It was my first noneconomy car and, even used, it felt indescribably luxurious compared with the old Honda Civic. So what if it only got 25 miles to the gallon? Gas was cheap! Yay for America! And I loved the confident and smooth ride, the plush velvety seats, the power steering, the power windows, the keyless entry. I even liked the color, a dark red the exact color of dried blood on steel. This was my adult car, and I never wanted to go back. By comparison, my hybrid feels like an economy car, even with power everything, cruise control, the CD player, the interior light that gently fades off and the helpful computer I like to call “Hal.” (“Open the hatch door, Hal.”) It is economy, though; that’s its very point of being. And it doesn’t help that every other hybrid sold is silver, just like mine. There’s seems to be an unpleasant stereotype of hybrid owners among the nonhybrid driving public and conservative talk-show radio personalities. In their minds, we are all a bunch of ultra-hippie, Birkenstock-wearing, nonarmpit-shaving, self-righteous envirogeeks who are plotting the demise of all fossil-fuel burning forms of locomotion, starting with Cadillac SUVs. Mwahh-ha-ha! There probably are a few who fit that bill, just as I would bet there are some who only drive a hybrid because fortune – or their spouses – forced them into the car. But I would guess the bulk of hybrid owners are regular folks like me, attracted to the idea of saving money on gas, owning cutting-edge technology and getting to drive in the car-pool lane at any time. Oh yeah, and not polluting the air as much. Honestly, as smug as we lot can be about our “green” cars, if we were truly committed to saving the environment, we would quit our jobs, open a mail-order business selling hemp clothes and do errands by bike. The hybrid only allows us to continue our reckless motoring ways with less guilt and lower Chevron bills. If I was hesitant to let myself care about this new car, strangers in parking lots were not, often instantly smitten. “Don’t you just love it?” people would ask. I’d look at it askew, almost annoyed by its boxy frame and shrug my shoulders, saying, “Yeah, it’s OK.” But the Prius grew on me, not unlike a fungus. After the first 1,000 miles of sluggish responses, my Prius suddenly came to life and learned to drive like I do – fast and purposefully. I learned to work all the various gadgets and to check the current consumption graphic on the computer screen as I tore through rush-hour traffic. Gasoline prices kept creeping up, but my monthly costs did not. If I wasn’t a lead foot who likes to blast the A/C with the windows open, I’d probably do better than my average of 47 mpg. I realized my feelings for the car were changing when four large, yellow DMV stickers allowing me to drive in the car-pool lane arrived in the mail, and I considered not putting them on for aesthetic reasons. And last week, when I dreamed that someone had taken my Prius and replaced it with a generic car (maybe a Camry), I knew I had finally let myself love again. Mariel Garza 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

Minister Humphreys launches €16.6 million cross-border scheme supporting innovation

first_imgThe Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today launched the Co-Innovate programme.Co-Innovate aims to increase the number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs)involved in research and innovation across the border region of Ireland, including Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo as well as Northern Ireland and parts of western Scotland, from 22 per cent to 33 per cent over the next five years.Minister HumphreysThe initiative gives companies the tools and tailored support to help businesses innovate, differentiate and compete successfully. The programme offers graduated levels of support including free workshops, individual business health checks, detailed innovation audits, sectoral networks, project management placements and one-to-one expert mentoring. The five year, €16.6 million project is the first funding offer to be announced under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. It is one of 60 funding programmes across the European Union that have been designed to help overcome issues that arise from the existence of bordersLaunching Co-Innovate, Minister Humphreys, said: “This is a very positive development for SMEs in our border counties. Supporting SMEs is a key strategic priority for the government and it’s crucial we continue to encourage and nurture innovation.“Initiatives like Co-Innovate are central to this goal, providing one-to-one help and mentoring for smaller companies to help embed a culture of innovation in their businesses. I would like to acknowledge the work and contribution of the partnership of organisastions that have come together to establish this important funding programme for the border region.”Match-funding for Co-Innovate has been provided by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland, the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Speaking at the launch event in Monaghan, Gina McIntyre Chief Executive Officer of the Special EU Programmes Body, said: “The Co-Innovate project will allow the region to make a significant contribution to the achievement of the European Union’s 2020 target of increased investment in research and innovation.“The region, as a whole, is still characterised by low levels of innovation activity. Cross-border co-operation can however be used to help address this issue, by encouraging new partnerships between business and relevant research institutions. By working together through the Co-Innovate project, on a cross-border basis, participating businesses will become ‘innovation active’ and thereby more competitive and profitable.”Neil Ryan, Co-Innovate Programme Director, said: “Every company’s innovation needs are different so each company’s journey through Co-Innovate will be unique. Over 1,400 businesses will receive support at Co-Innovate workshops over the next number of years. These workshops are aimed at demystifying innovation and helping firms understand how it can drive their company’s growth and profitability.“Companies who complete our workshops and subsequent assessments will be selected to take part in advanced programme supports. These advanced supports are designed to help develop detailed innovation delivery plans: bringing ideas to fruition.”Co-Innovate brings together the three regions’ key development agencies to deliver a programme aligned with each government’s strategic priorities, led by cross-border body, InterTradeIreland, in partnership with Local Enterprise Offices in the border region, Enterprise Northern Ireland, East Border Region, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. A series of free, half day, regional workshops are being organised to demystify innovation and help companies understand how it can drive business forward. Those interested in attending must first register and check their eligibility at more information on The Co-Innovate Programme, please visit Humphreys launches €16.6 million cross-border scheme supporting innovation was last modified: September 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:co-innovate programmecross-BorderHeather HumphreysTDlast_img read more

Arcata Tigers volleyball outlasts Eureka Loggers in gritty, hard-fought contest

first_imgEureka >> For the first two sets, the upstart Eureka Loggers volleyball team was every bit as good as perennial league powerhouse Arcata. But the Tigers showed why they are such a respected program, digging deep over the final two sets to claim a 3-1 victory over the Loggers on Thursday at Eureka High School.“They were super scrappy, like I knew they would be,” Arcata head coach Laurie Griffith said of the Loggers after the win. “There were so many great rallies out there. It was a fun game, …last_img read more