DES MOINES — Iowa’s secretary of state is encouraging Iowans to vote-by-mail in the June 2nd Primary and Paul Pate has extending the absentee voting period to a total of 40 days.Pate released a recorded message late Monday afternoon. “The safety of voters takes precedence and by encouraging Iowans to vote absentee, we can reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19,” Pate said. “We still plan on having our polls open on June 2nd for voters who prefer to cast ballots in person, but this effort will help reduce the risk of infecting others.”The vote-by-mail period for the June 2nd primary will now begin on April 23rd. During primary elections earlier this month in Arizona, Florida and Illinois, election officials announced public health precautions like disinfecting voting booths and machines regularly, plus poll workers were given gloves, cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer. But there were reports of poll workers failing to show up, causing lines and — in some cases — polling sites had to be moved or consolidated.Under current state law, the early voting period for primaries and the General Election is 29 days. Pate used his authority in a disaster to extend the absentee ballot period by 11 days.
Mayor Keith James spoke Thursday morning about how Independence Day is a time to celebrate, but it’s also a time to stay safe with the spike in COVID-19 cases in Florida.Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Fourth of July celebrations will look a little different this year.West Palm Beach won’t be hosting its traditional “4th on Flagler” event. Instead, Mayor James said he’s launching a new initiative for this weekend called “DIY 4th of July,” which encourages people to enjoy and host their own celebrations this weekend in a safe manner.For those living in West Palm Beach, the the city plans to celebrate by setting off fireworks at two undisclosed locations starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday.West Palm Beach has posted several videos online which include fun, creative tutorials on how to have a safe holiday weekend at home. To watch those videos, click here.
Relu, footballer for Borussia Dortmund. José María Relucio, ReluHe has lived long to be only 22 years old. Went through Real Madrid, Rayo and Atlético quarries, suffered a failed transfer to Inter Milan and finished in the Trival Valderas de Tercera. But his debut with Alcorcón changed everything. The Borussia Dortmund he had his eye on his subsidiary and there he has reunited with his friend Achraf…-How was your arrival at Real Madrid?-I was playing in Toledo and Madrid noticed me in a tournament in Illescas. They took me to Pre-Benjamin, I would be seven years old. I arrived in Valdebebas and I was until Alevín A. That year the club decided not to count on me. I was a forward and I was delayed to the midfielder, until that year my coach (Iñaki Beni) who sent me to the left side. I played without being my position and still went with the Madrid Under-12 team and was runner-up in Spain alongside Achraf, the Obama brothers … I never explained it to myself, but Madrid decided to rescind me. I was not expecting it and I was shocked. I had to find my life and I went to Rayo. Even so, my time in Madrid was very beautiful, I was also with Luca Zidane, Óscar Rodríguez …-Almost from the Trival Valderas to Borussia …-It was not easy. I came from playing in Atlético’s Junior Honor Division and even trained under Simeone. The thing is, he was going to sign for Inter Milan. But due to paper problems, I couldn’t play the Youth League and in the Spring they could only have three players my age, so the signing fell apart … Alavés signed me for two years but it was so late that all the chips were Complete and they had to give me, that’s why I ended up in the Trival. In three months I went from playing the final of the Copa del Rey Juvenil to training with Zaniolo in Milan … to finishing in La Canaleja de Alcorcón. It was very hard. I had to put myself in the hands of a sports psychologist. -How was the first year in Dortmund? He has had everything …-It has been a strange year, because you have to adapt to the country and the club. Not only the first team, when you train with them, but also the affiliate, which is where you play. I arrived at Borussia very well, I came from playing in the Spanish Second, I did the preseason with the first team and I got to be called up, but just on September 1 I injured my knee, an edema that has me two and a half months away. From there it was very difficult to enter the team. The coach already had an eleven and is not very supportive of the Spanish style. The injury marked a before and after. I do not want to apologize because I am happy where I am, it is an impressive club.– Will it continue yellow or will we see you again soon in Spain?-I have a contract, but what is clear to me is that I want to play, I want to enjoy soccer. This year I have learned a lot and in many situations, but next season I have to play a lot. If it is not here it will have to be another site. The coronavirus has left everything in a secondary plane, it is normal, but I need to play … “I went from almost signing for Inter to being in the Trival, in Third. It was very hard. I needed a sports psychologist …” -It is a plane. He is one of those players who is essential in an eleven. Achraf is one of those players who send him a ball in depth and breaks your rival lines. He reaches the bottom line and puts centers, gives assists and puts goals on top. Everything at a speed that defines you.-A lot of Real Madrid fans had a bittersweet taste for that one season of the Moroccan in the first team. What happened?-Achraf has had a complicated life and has had to fight from a very young age for his dream. He has passed through the entire Madrid academy. But it is not easy to assimilate suddenly that you are at the top of the best club in the world with Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo, with Zidane as coach and Carvajal in his position. There was pressure. That is why the loan to Borussia came in spectacular. He has matured a great deal both psychologically and footballically. He has become a man. If people knew him better he would be surprised for good. He has everything very well structured in his head, he is a very, very smart guy. Achraf and Relu, with the Madrid team. Relu, footballer for Borussia Dortmund. “In Dortmund I did the preseason with the first team and I was called up, but an injury of two and a half months came …” “ – and how it appears in the radar of a club of the dimensions of the Borussia?-The Borussia scouts went to see Achraf a lot when he was in Madrid and on the way they saw more footballers. I share a representative with him and they showed them my profile. They came to see me and they liked me. When I debuted with Alcorcón in Segunda they decided.-And in Germany your friend Achraf is waiting for you …-More than friends, we are brothers. We have experienced many things together. In the end life has brought us to be very close again. – Now it is done for Madrid?-Without a doubt. He is one of the best wingers in the world and will end up being the best. That match he made against Barça, or those two goals he scored against Inter in the Champions League … He is a unique player.“What can you tell me about Haaland?”-When I was in Salzburg I started to follow him and when I got here he didn’t come as if he were just another transfer. It came hitting big, even before playing. People here really wanted to see it. The fact is that Paco Alcácer also had a spectacular start here. Haaland? I like it, but it’s very young. I think you have to do more. He must keep scoring goals because he is pure power, a destructive battering ram, but he still has left.-And Jadon Sancho? It seems that Borussia’s list of young talents never ends.-It’s tremendous. How it is associated, its technique is incredible. I love. Haaland puts everything in the area, but Sancho is special, he draws your attention. For example, when I was in the Juvenil del Atleti I played against Monaco in Switzerland and opposite was Mbappé. I didn’t notice him that day. I think it exploded later. Relu, in action with the Borussia Dortmund subsidiary. – In which position is the best Achraf seen? He plays in so many positions that it is almost impossible to define him. Because it started in Factory forward …-Like me, we played together up front. He is a guy that you put where you put him is going to yield because he is crushed. He is not one of those who is thinking ‘but why do they put me in this position now?’ When he goes out on the field, he plays. Anywhere. Despite everything, I think that his position, for me, is right-back. It is more the ideal is like lane by that band. There it is spectacular. It has a speed that I have not seen anyone in football …-As you neglect, it tears off the stickers …
The controversial ,000 container fee was slashed to 00 as an interim measure following discussions last Friday between Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and the Private Sector Commission (PSC).Town Clerk Royston King said in a statement that discussions and deliberations on the issue concluded with those in attendance proposing that the Council reduce the container fee to 00 as an interim measure.“It will be collected at the source, at the various Ports and Wharves, effective 1st of August, 2016,” King said.He said that the meeting, held in an atmosphere of understanding and cooperation, also examined other issues.The blocked entrance of John Fernandes Wharf after fee standoffOn July 19, the M&CC blocked several streets in Georgetown and its environs, demanding that a $25,000 fee be paid for each container to traverse the city streets.The management staff of John Fernandes Terminal had told Guyana Times that they were approached by Deputy Town Clerk Sherry Jerrick on behalf of the M&CC and were informed that all laden container trucks must pay a fee of $25,000 to traverse the city streets or be blocked at the wharves.M&CC officials were also present outside the Muneshwer’s Wharf, where they also prevented container trucks from entering or leaving the location unless the $25,000 fee was paid.While there, Deputy Town Clerk Jerrick told the media that the City Council was merely invoking Numbers 273 and 274 of its by-laws with respect to the use of its roads by vehicles of a “certain weight”.However, the Council was forced to abandon the demand after Shipping Association of Guyana (SAG) moved to the High Court challenging the M&CC’s decision to impose the new fee.The SAG in its court documents filed, emphasised that the Municipal and Municipal District Councils Act, Ch 28:01 and by-laws does not provide for the imposition of such a tax.According to the Notice of Motion, the SAG through Attorneys Sase Gunraj and Christopher Ram, sought to have an Order or Rule Nisi of Certiorari directed to Royston King, Town Clerk of the City of Georgetown, quashing the decision made on July 19, 2016 to block and/or impede access of vehicles transporting shipping containers on streets within the City of Georgetown unless a fee of $25,000 per container is paid.This application was made on the grounds that the decision is contrary to and in violation of Municipal and Municipal District Councils Act, Ch 28:01 and by-laws made there under, is biased, without jurisdiction, made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, mala fide, malicious, vindictive, unlawful, ultra vires, null, void and of no legal effect.The SAG is seeking for Town Clerk Royston King to show some cause as to why the said Order or Rule Nisi of Certiorari should not be made absolute. The PSC in an earlier statement had said that it was increasingly concerned at the approach of the M&CC to make such decisions to raise revenue, which negatively impacts the business community and the citizens of Georgetown, without any public consultation and without due process within the law.It went on to say too that it is cognisant of the city requiring sufficient revenue to be run efficiently; however, the Council should take an inclusive approach by engaging stakeholders in the decision-making process, which will serve the interest of all parties.Nevertheless, the PSC Commission said it was looking forward to further discussions on the matter with the hope it results in a sensible and professional resolution reflecting the mutual interests of the business community, the citizens and the municipality.It appears that the most recent meetings and discussions between the PSC and M&CC were reflective of such.
GECOM’s radio set fiascoAllegations of high-level corruption at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has caught the attention of the political opposition, and the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, has called for there to be full public disclosure of the final report of an audit into the electoral body being conducted by the Audit Office of Guyana over an alleged racket involving the procurement of several radio sets ahead of last year’s national elections.GECOM Chairman,Dr Steve SurujballyGECOM CEO Keith LowenfieldState auditors earlier this month launched a major probe after the Audit Office of Guyana reportedly noticed some discrepancies with the purchasing of 50 VHF communication radios by GECOM for close to $100 million, prior to the May 11, 2015 general and regional elections, raising concerns over the extraordinarily high cost of r the equipment.Jagdeo’s office, in a statement, said that it noted with “deep concern” the allegations of irregularity and the implications of corruption in the procurement of the communication equipment.It added that it was equally concerned with “the corresponding silence” of GECOM’s Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally, and the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield.“As an independent constitutional body, GECOM enjoys financial, functional and operational autonomy and like every agency which is financed with public funds must account in a transparent manner for the expenditure of these funds,” Jagdeo’s office said.The Opposition Leader’s Office believes that the Commission is expending “herculean efforts and a tremendous amount of time” in attempting to dismiss and/or delay the hearing and determination of the Elections petition filed on behalf of the PPP/C, “because it will expose the electoral machinery and system administered and managed by GECOM to public scrutiny – an exercise, which they fervently wish to avoid.”Jagdeo’s office said that in the circumstances, it welcomes the decision to conduct an audit of these transactions by the Office of the Auditor General and demand that the findings of this audit be made public. Based on reports, the radio sets were purchased for use during the 2015 General and Regional Elections, particular in the outlying regions of Guyana; however, they were never put into use after it was discovered many of them were not working.Later, information surfaced that while the electoral body would have collected quotations from a number of suppliers, it handed the contract for the supply of the equipment to Mobile Authority, a company owned by a Water Street, Georgetown businessman.But media reports later surfaced that some of the equipment purchased were obsolete and were not covered by warranty.As a matter of fact, sections of the Guyanese media reported that the Australian-based manufacture, Barrett Communications, through its European office, distanced itself from the purchase.The company made it clear that it had ceased to produce the equipment more than five years ago. Barrett said it had also tendered through the Advanced Office Systems for the supply of new radio equipment for the 2015 elections; however, GECOM subsequently cancelled the order.There are also fresh reports of even more questionable procurements by the body, with reports now surfacing that the Commission doled out close to another $100 million to M-Tech Business Solutions, another company owned by the same Water Street businessman, this time for the supply of toners used for photocopiers and printers.
Canadian Denny Morrison has won a bronze medal at the world single distances speedskating championships, finishing third behind a pair of Americans in the men’s 1,500 metres. Shani Davis of the U.S., captured gold in one minute 46.19 seconds while Trevor Marsicano took silver in 1:46.30. Morrison, a native of Fort St. John, B.C., finished in 1:47.05 at the Richmond Olympic Oval, the speedskating venue for next year’s Vancouver Winter Games. Morrison came in as the defending world champion but Davis was the favourite after breaking the Canadian’s world record at a World Cup in Salt Lake City last week. – Advertisement -Davis’s time of 1:41.80 shaved about a third of a second from Morrison’s previous record of 1:42.01 seconds last spring in Calgary. Morrison won a gold and a bronze in the 1,500 on the World Cup circuit this season.
He’s back!Harry Kane ended his personal domestic drought with a tidy finish against Manchester City to put Tottenham 3-1 up at White Hart Lane on Saturday.Spurs looked all set to stun the Premier League leaders, with Kane’s strike doubling their advantage over Manuel Pellegrini’s side.The 21-year-old reacted quickest to Christian Eriksen’s free kick which rattled the woodwork, pouncing to convert the rebound into an unguarded net after 61 minutes.Understandably, Spurs fans went into meltdown on Twitter as they heralded the return of their star man – and some of the best reactions are below: Harry Kane 1
Here are all the top transfer-related stories and football headlines in Thursday’s newspapers…Diego Costa claims he has been told by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte that he is free to leave the club this summer. FULL STORY HEREManchester United have issued a £60million take-it-or-leave-it offer to Real Madrid for striker Alvaro Morata, after the Spanish giants turned down an opening bid of £54.7million. (Daily Mirror)United have received a huge boost with reports that Real has cooled their interest in goalkeeper David de Gea. (Marca)If their pursuit of Morata fails, United could turn their attention to Torino striker Andrea Belotti, although they will be forced to fork out £87m to trigger his buy-out clause and sign him. (Manchester Evening News)Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney’s potential Old Trafford exit could be hindered by his wage demands, with reports suggesting Everton will be unable to afford their former striker. (Daily Star)Chelsea are preparing a player-plus-cash deal for Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. The Premier League champions will offer £48m, PLUS midfielder Nemanja Matic to get the Italian to Stamford Bridge. (The Sun)Tottenham are hiking up their asking price for Kyle Walker, who has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)Spurs are also plotting a £15m move for Borussia Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter. (The Independent)Out-of-favour Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is a reported target for Spanish club Sevilla. (@DeadlineDayLive on Twitter)Monaco’s in-demand teenage wonderkid Kylian Mbappe is ready to snub a move to Real Madrid and stay with the Ligue 1 champions this summer. (Le Parisien)Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has ‘agreed in principal’ to a new deal at the Nou Camp, according to reports. (Daily Mirror)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines and transfer stories:?Transfer SHOCK! Liverpool abandon Virgil van Dijk interest and apologise to SouthamptonTottenham transfer news: Barcelona keeping tabs on Christian Eriksen ahead of summer spreeJohn Collins has accused Romelu Lukaku of showing a lack of respect towards Everton – and questioned whether he is good enough for a ‘top’ teamNolito wants to leave Manchester City: ‘My daughter’s face has changed colour – it looks like she’s been living in a cave’Tottenham transfer latest: Kyle Walker refuses to discuss Manchester City links and offers ‘no indication at all’ over futureChelsea and Manchester City target Leonardo Bonucci ‘open to Premier League switch’ – reportsLiverpool transfer ALERT! Reds ready to launch bid for £39m-rated Sporting Lisbon star Gelson MartinsNewcastle United target Pepe Reina has rejected a contract extension from NapoliLazio star Keita Balde Diao has rejected offers from Everton and Liverpool, according to reports in Italy
GolfplayerDunfanaghy Golf Club Notes:Gaeltacht League Final.Another busy weekend at Dunfanaghy GC started with the final of the Gaeltacht league on Saturday morning. The Rosapenna team started the day with a slender lead and managed to maintain that lead after a tough battle with Gweedore and Dunfanaghy GC. Well done to the Rosapenna lads. Congratulations also to Gerald Dalton who won the individual prize, a very prestigious achievement indeed. The golf was followed by a presentation in the clubhouse where there was a great atmosphere. Our Captain Denis Martin commended all the teams on their efforts throughout the winter before presenting the prizes.While the sun shone brightly on Sunday, scoring was very difficult due to a very cold easterly breeze. Well done to Brian Wallace who took first place with 38 points.Rose Gavigan and Sean Duffy jnr competed during the week in the qualifier for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro Am in Rockmount. In very tough conditions, they scored well but missed out narrowly on qualification for the next stage.The committee would also like to express their thanks and gratitude to all those who helped out on “Divot Day” over the Easter Holidays. There was a great turnout and the work was completed within a couple of hours. The course will benefit greatly from this in the weeks ahead. Junior Golf:12 players turned up for the junior competition on Saturday morning.The cadets had a very competitive few holes with Sean Mc Bride taking the honours. This was Sean’s first win and was a well deserved reward for all his hard work. Keep up the practice Sean.In the juveniles section we had an extremely close competition but in the end it was Andy Ward who held out for a very impressive win. Andy is one of our most dedicated and consistent players. He always plays with a terrific attitude and is a fine example to the younger boys who have joined our cadets section. Well done again Andy. Congratulations also to Lucas Wood who won shot of the day with a great sand save on the 15th.In the senior boys Conor Hanna won first prize with James Sweeney second and Oisin Cannon third. Competition Results:Club Single S/F Sunday 10-April-20161st Brian Wallace 38pts2nd Aidan Fox 37pts Gross Daniel mcColgan 29pts3rd Micheal McColgan Jnr 36ptsCategory Frank Kelly 34ptsJuvenile Connor Hanna 36ptsCSS 35ptsGAELTACHT ALLIANCE FINAL:Individual Results:1st Ger Dalton, Dunfanaghy 43pts2nd Rory Mangan, Gweedore 42ptsGross Daniel Boyle, Cruit 383rd James Gallagher, Cruit 41 BOT4th Hugo Duggan, Rosapenna 41 BOTTeam Results:Team 1 Rosapenna 412Team 2 Gweedore 404Team 3 Dunfanaghy 401Gaeltacht Alliance Dunfanaghy Golf Club Final Results:1st Dean McColgan 402nd Andy Murray 39Gross B Griffin 38Events for the Week Ahead:Wednesday 13th of April Open Single StablefordSaturday 16th April – Open Singles StablefordSunday 17th April – Charlie Robinson Cup Singles Stableford GOYMonday 19th April – Ladies & Gents Open Seniors (50+)Function Room for Private Parties:We have hosted a number of private functions in the clubhouse recently and these have proved to be a great success. If you, or someone you know, is organising a private function please be aware that the clubhouse is available free of charge, with exclusive use for the occasion. So far, the feedback that we have been getting is that the golf club is the ideal venue for parties of up to one hundred people. Please make contact with Sarah if you are interested in holding a function at the clubhouse (074 91 36335)FORGET DANNY WILLETT – IT WAS ALL ABOUT GERALD DALTON AT DUNFANAGHY ON SUNDAY was last modified: April 12th, 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)Tags:DunfanaghygolfSport
With October now upon us the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) has today issued a reminder to people, especially those in at-risk categories, to avoid the flu and serious illness by getting their flu vaccination at their local pharmacy as soon as possible.At-risk groups include elderly people, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses and healthcare workers.All those in an at-risk group who hold a medical card can avail of the flu vaccine free of charge at their local pharmacy. Official figures show that over 62,000 people availed of the flu vaccine in community pharmacies across Ireland in 2015/2016, an increase of 22% on the previous year. IPU research found that, of these, one in seven, i.e. 13%, were availing of the vaccine for the first time and 96% of them were in the at-risk category.Flu is a highly-infectious illness and the season lasts from October to April. The flu virus can be spread by coughing or sneezing and can be spread from 1-2 days before you develop symptoms and for up to a week after symptoms develop. It is estimated that flu is responsible for between 200 and 500 deaths each year in Ireland, mostly elderly patients. Research has shown that the flu vaccine cuts the risk of death from influenza for elderly patients and reduces the chance of hospitalisation.Caitriona O’ Riordan, Pharmacist and member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Pharmacy Union, said, “We have seen a significant increase in the numbers availing of the flu vaccine in pharmacies over the last five years, from 9,000 in 2011/2012 up to 62,000 in 2015/2016. “It is important to remember that flu is an extremely contagious respiratory illness and can lead to serious illness, even death, particularly for elderly patients and those suffering from chronic illnesses or a weakened immune system. The flu vaccination, which is available in your local pharmacy, is the best way to reduce your chances of getting seasonal flu and spreading it to others. “It is important that patients, especially at-risk patients, get the flu vaccine every year. The more people who get vaccinated, the less flu can spread through the community. We are encouraging as many people as possible to visit a pharmacy and get vaccinated.”It can often be difficult to tell the difference between the common cold and flu. A cold is a much less severe illness than flu. Flu symptoms, particularly fever and muscle aches, come on suddenly, whereas a cold usually starts gradually with symptoms of a sore throat and a blocked or runny nose.The following provides information on how to tell the difference between a cold and the flu.SymptomsSeasonal fluColdFeverHigh fever lasts 3-4 daysRareHeadacheProminentRareGeneral Aches, PainsUsual; often severeSlightFatigue, WeaknessCan last up to 2-3 weeksQuite mildExtreme ExhaustionEarly and prominentNeverStuffy NoseSometimesCommonSneezingSometimesUsualSore ThroatSometimesCommonChest Discomfort, CoughCommon; can become severeMild to moderate; hacking cough Health Warning: Avoid the flu and get the vaccine this winter! was last modified: October 1st, 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)