Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eya Laure was UST’s second fiddle with 21 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 “UST really came prepared that’s all I can say but my players really fought well and the resiliency was there,” said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro. “I really admire the players because of the trust they gave me and I just told them to never give up and just be patient and have fun.”“I really give this game to UST also, it just so happens that the breaks of the game went into our favor.”The game didn’t just see streaks get extended and broken, it also saw a couple of historic performance from Ateneo’s Maddie Madayag and UST’s Rondina.Maadayag’s 11 blocks that broke the record for most blocks in a game in the Final Four era while Rondina’s 35 points became the single-game scoring record for a Golden Tigress also in the Final Four era.Madayag would finish with 23 points to lead Ateneo while Kat Tolentino added 20.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief UST, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, dropped to a 5-3 record for the fourth spot.Like two heavy-handed sluggers in the 12th, Ateneo and UST continued to trade blows well into the latter stages of the fifth set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe two teams exchanged leads several times until Ateneo took advantage of Eya Laure’s service error at the 10-10 score line and took it up a notch for the 13-10 advantage after Kat Tolentino’s ace.Cherry Rondina salvaged a point for UST, 13-11, but it was her own doing that doomed UST when her final attempt hit the antenna giving Ateneo the victory. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo kept the streak alive as it survived University of Santo Tomas in a thriller, 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.Not only did the Lady Eagles improve to 7-1 after their seventh straight win, they also extended their dominance over the Golden Tigresses to 15 games dating back to Season 74.ADVERTISEMENT Jalen Green posterizes 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto again Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES View comments
Josiah Flomo Joekai, Jr. BA, MA – Advertisement – By Josiah Flomo Joekai, Jr. BA, MALiberia is at the cross-roads and it is not a choice but an imperative for some of us who are conscientious to ensure that the right thing is done to consolidate the hard-earned peace that we currently enjoy. I am fully committed to this well-intentioned course and that is exactly why I am not only discussing this critical national issue regarding the reported problems that have inundated the current voters roll on radio but equally making sure that my thoughts or opinions are meticulously written for easy access and reference in seeking genuine solutions.The fact is that the voters roll has multiple problems beyond the total number of 13,000 omissions reported by the Chairman of the National Elections Commission, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya when he appeared before the Liberian Senate. The NEC boss averred that his reported 13,000 omissions on the Provisional Registration Roll are not alarming as being claimed by some well-meaning Liberians including me. Thus, there is no need for Liberians to panic.Conversely, the unadulterated fact is that the 13,000 omissions reported by the Chairman are not just untrue but constitute a fragment of the different issues that have beset the credibility of the roll. Certainly, I am already panicking and I have no doubt that many of my fellow compatriots are also deeply concerned, thus becoming frightened. Unfortunately, the vast majority of our citizens do not comprehend the extent of these problems and their implications for the conduct of the October, 2017 polls. The imbalance in the public understanding of the extent of this issue further strengthened my resolve to enlighten the public by raising the much needed awareness on the voters roll controversy.Omissions on the Provisional Registration Roll: The Commission through its Chairman, Cllr. Korkoya has denied that the omissions on the provisional roll are alarming declaring that they only amount to 13,000. The Chairman’s report on this matter which is causing so much apprehension amongst the citizenry has to be published in keeping with the practice of the Commission to allay fears and instill trust and confidence in the electoral process. It would be in the best interest of the Commission and nation were the Chairman to present to the Senate and publish in local dailies a breakdown of omissions per county using a spreadsheet that further provides details per registration center. However, I have no doubt that this is not easily going to happen simply because it will invalidate the 13,000 omissions reported by the Chairman. The truth of the matter is that this does not represent the total number of omissions reported from magisterial offices across the country following the close of the exhibition exercise.For the sake of the records, let’s take a look at a tip of the iceberg. Gbarpolu County for example with just three electoral districts, there is a little over 4,000 omissions reported. This by all accounts, constitutes alarming omissions in a county with a little over 45,000 registered voters (2017 Provisional Registration Roll). It is absolutely unprecedented in our electoral history and must not be sugar-coated. No one needs to be a Rocket Scientist to understand that this situation is a recipe for chaos if it remains unattended. By this figure, one can infer that taking into account the large numbers of registered voters in bigger counties like Nimba, Bong, Lofa, Margibi, Montserrado and Grand Bassa, 13,000 is grossly understated. The Chairman cannot be economical with the truth knowing very well that it has far-reaching consequences.Existence of Additional Names on the Provisional Registration Roll: As I mentioned earlier, the roll does not only reflect omitted names or particulars but the names of individuals who were not originally registered during the Voters Registration exercise from February 1-March 14, 2017. Take for instance GBAHN Registration Center with Code 33180 in Nimba County originally registered 1519 persons but the Provisional Roll showed 1650 registered voters with an increase of 131 registered voters. This is a situation that cuts across the entire roll. Interestingly, these names are within the system and will be difficult to identify since they are recorded under the same center code with those who were originally registered. Like the omissions, this is a recipe for manipulating the roll and setting the stage for illegal voting in October which will eventually culminate into electoral fraud. The million dollar question is how did the names appear on the roll, particularly in a disaggregated manner at various centers where the individuals concerned were not originally registered in the first place? Whether or not this unacceptable act was done knowingly or unknowingly, the Commission is yet to inform the public about this dimension of the voters roll emergency.The NEC Chairman’s Statement and its Implications for the October Polls: Chairman Korkoya’s June 14, 2017 statement that citizens with valid voter cards will vote on Election Day whether or not their names are on the roll is consistent with the current voters roll controversy. The Chairman’s statement undermines the integrity of the voters roll. It is inconsistent with the standard of maintaining a credible roll. Thus, it is counterproductive to credible elections in October, 2017 thereby creating the need for urgent intervention. In the first place, how does one obtain a valid card when his or her information is not captured on the roll? The profile of the voter established by a credible voters roll confirms the validity of the voter card. In so doing, one can safely say that the Chairman’s statement is a paradox because maintaining a credible roll is one of the basic standards in electioneering that any staff or technician must fundamentally understand. In fact, to simply put it, without credible voters roll there will be no free and fair election.Besides, this principle of maintaining a credible voters roll is also guaranteed by Article 77(b) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia mandating the Commission to ensure that voters are eligible by being registered. It goes without saying that it was not necessary for the government to spend resources on the just ended exhibition exercise if one will vote using his or her cards without being captured by the roll. Hence, making such policy statement that is consistent with the problems associated with the voters roll only point to the dangers that loom over October, 2017 polls. Now the picture is even clearer thus corroborating the Chairman’s statement and the credibility questions that have plagued the voters roll.The Jonathan K. Weedor (Commissioner) Factor: In his 15 June 2017 position statement disassociating himself from Chairman Korkoya’s statement, Commissioner Jonathan K. Weedor unambiguously underlined that “there are several problems associated with the current Provisional Registration Roll ranging from the omission of hundreds, if not thousands of names to missing photos and profiles of registrants.” Commissioner Weedor furthered that the Chairman’s statement is alarming, disturbing and troubling because according to him, a reliable and credible Final Registration Roll is a cardinal requirement for every free, fair and transparent election. He even affirmed that he was not part of the decision to hold the press conference and was shocked when the Chairman made the pronouncement. It is no doubt that the move by Commissioner Weedor and his assertions do not only invalidates Chairman Korkoya’s claims of 13,000 omissions but are strong indications of lack of unity and coherence amongst Commissioners. This misunderstanding at the level of Commissioners speaks to serious leadership crisis at the Commission and I find it incomprehensible to believe that such thing is occurring at a time when a crucial national decision-making process is at hand. The Commissioner’s position is not just an ordinary insider statement but one that comes from a policy decision-maker which makes it grave thus necessitating urgent attention.Undeniably, Commissioner Weedor is by far the most hands-on, knowledgeable and experienced Commissioner of the seven Commissioners including the current Chairman himself. Commissioner Weedor has been at the NEC since 2005 and has played a pivotal role in the management of elections to present. The wealth of experience he possesses is an asset that the Commission should adequately tap into especially at this critical juncture of our political transition. To hear from him in this manner raises a number of credibility questions.It beats my imagination that key stakeholders including political parties and civil society organizations are very silent on this crucial national issue. Consistent advocacy and engagement with the Commission to ascertain the facts with the aim of addressing this problem must be an immediate priority. In particular, with the irregularities that attended the entire voter registration exercise such as illegal registration activities, use of non-serialized Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) forms, limited professional capacity and the disorderly arrangement of the forms, stakeholders are to painstakingly follow up on every step of the finalization of the voters roll. Unfortunately, that is not happening This is paramount because the Impartiality and transparency of the Commission can only be guaranteed if these institutions follow up with the Commission on every step of the way.Indisputably, this is a critical national issue which has attracted tremendous attention. That is exactly why in no uncertain terms any Liberian should be allowed to vote without being accounted for by the voters roll. The reported omissions are not just in the fives, tens but hundreds and thousands. If this is anything to go by, it cannot in anyway be taken lightly since many Liberians stand to be disenfranchised as a result of these reports. What is even worrying is the number of reported cases of illegal voter registration activities that took place using NEC registration materials in some instances during the exercise. Even though some of the culprits were apprehended, the public is yet to know the outcome of those illegal activities in terms of the number of cards recovered, in whose custody they (Voter Registration Cards) are, and what has happened to those involved. Besides, forgery is one thing that remains prevalent in our society today. Thus, no one doubts the possibility of the use of hundreds or thousands of forged Voter Registration Cards in October given the capacity issue that remains a challenge for the Commission.In my sincere opinion, the voters roll dilemma constitutes a national emergency requiring the timely and prompt intervention of the government through relevant functionaries, political parties, civil society organizations, religious institutions and diplomatic missions accredited near Monrovia, particularly those with the history of supporting the strengthening and sustenance of our embryonic democracy.About the Author: The Author is a Representative Aspirant of District #3, Montserrado County and former Director of Civic and Voter Education of the National Elections Commission with more than 13 years of professional service in the areas of education management, democracy and governance. He has authored several published articles and books on contemporary issues. 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Goldfield’s manager’s killingThe taxi driver who confessed to the robbery and murder of the Guyana Goldfields Manager was on Tuesday slapped with a murder charge and appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Anthony Ragnauth being escorted to courtAnthony Ragnauth, 22, who is also a mechanic, is accused of killing Neil Whyte on May 21, 2018, at Thomas Street, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown.Attorney for the accused, Latchmie Rahamat, told the court that her client was badly beaten by the Police. She claimed that the ranks used a baton to squeeze his testicles but to date, Ragnauth has not received any medical attention and is currently is “great discomfort”.Magistrate Daly granted a request made by Attorney Rahamat for her client to be examined by a doctor.He was remanded and will return to court on June 18.Guyana Times previously reported that Ragnauth, who resides in La Penitence, Georgetown, also reportedly handed over the suspected murder weapon to investigators as well as the victim’s personal belongings that were removed from his apartment.Whyte was discovered naked, lying in a pool of blood on his bed, with his hands bound in front of him. He was stabbed several times. The man’s body was discovered by a security guard attached to the apartment building.After statements were given to the Police by the said security official, a former colleague of Whyte was initially arrested.The security had told investigators that prior to Whyte’s death, he had escorted an ex-colleague into the apartment.According to the guard, the ex-colleague left the building with a haversack on his back. The former colleague was arrested the day after Whyte’s death and later released from custody after his alibi was checked out.Based on surveillance footage, Ragnauth was arrested and reportedly confessed to the crime within hours of interrogation. Meanwhile, a Police source close to the investigation told this publication that they are also now focusing their attention on the security guard, who might have intentionally let the suspect into the compound to carry out the robbery.
…calls on Govt to assist affected familiesBy Rupadai SeenaraineOver 100 sugar workers who were rendered jobless upon the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate were assisted by the Opposition People’s Progressive Party on Saturday.The fired sugar workers received grocery hampers as a measure of lending support in times of despair.The affected workers were visited by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and Opposition Members of Parliament, Bishop Juan Edghill and Anil Nandlall, who expressed that this is the party’s approach in providing support to the former sugar workers in their difficult times.Bishop Juan Edghill noted that while the workers are willing to work, they are unable to do so due to the fact that they have been terminated from their service to the sugar industry.He said to the gathering of sugar workers, “You want to work. You were working. The reason why you’re here today is because you’re unable to work because your services have been terminated. This is an act of solidarity. We are standing with you in an act of solidarity in your time of need, in your time of difficulty [and] because of all that is happening.”Also speaking to the gathering was the Opposition Chief Whip, who explained that proposals were made to the Government in the past to have mechanisms in place to assist persons in obtaining employment in another trade. However, there has been no effective action on the part of the administration to address this issue.Some of the requests also included to have the lands available for the workers to utilise. Additionally, calls were also made to give the workers their complete severance that they were entitled to, rather than a portion of it.“We (the Opposition) have called for a number of things for the Government to do for months now. It has fallen on deaf ears. We have called for land to be distributed. We have called for the workers to get all of their severance pay. We have called for to Government to give help on your electricity bill and water bill as we did when we were in Government to the bauxite workers when they were going through difficult times. We have called for training,” Teixeira asserted.Recently, Teixeira revealed that some $30 billion was allocated towards training in sewing and catering for 20 women for a period of four days.She commented by saying, “This was a total waste of money. We’re demanding accountability. We’re also demanding that the $100 million training programmes be reallocated to help the sugar workers find other skills, other training and access to small funds to be able to get involved with other kind of activities.”She noted that the unemployment of the 10,000 workers after the closure of the several estates across Guyana has resulted in an extreme impact on the country. Additionally, the lives of the workers have been greatly affected, especially the women and those that have to provide for their families without the possession of an income.“What this Government has done to the sugar workers and all workers of the country is something that no Government has done and that is, destroying an industry and sending home thousands of workers. The impact is enormous on the country,” she stated.The Opposition has stated that they will continue to support the former sugar workers of all the estates that were closed.Some Venezuelans who migrated back to Guyana in light of the economic crisis were also assisted with hampers during Saturday’s proceedings, while relief was also given to former Skeldon sugar workers a few weeks ago.
Ron Atkinson has told Gary Neville to make a translator his first signing as Valencia boss!Neville has been appointed as head coach of the Spanish side until the end of the season – linking up with brother Phil, assistant coach at the club since July, at the Mestalla.Atkinson spent a brief spell managing Atletico Madrid in the ‘80s and asked what advice he would give the former Manchester United star, he responded: “It is very important that when he does his press conferences, he has his translator there with him.“I took a tip from Terry Venables when I went there [to Spain]. He said never to do a press conference without your translator. I did it once and made a one letter mistake in my translation of a player. We had a striker called Manolo and I called him Manola, which is a girls’ name, and I got merciful stick over it!”Atkinson believes taking on the Valencia job is a ‘great opportunity’ for Neville.Dietmar Hamann feels the 40-year-old is taking a ‘big, big chance’ in choosing to kick off his managerial career in La Liga, but Atkinson sees nothing but positives about the move.The 76-year-old, who counts Aston Villa, Coventry, Man United and Sheffield Wednesday among clubs he has managed, said: “It is a smashing club, a beautiful city and they love their football.“His brother has been there for some time. That is a big thing for him. And he is going into somewhere where he already has got good contacts.“I know he has had no experience coaching a club side but he has worked with the England team, he has done an awful lot on the television, where he seems to have a good knowledge of what he is on about, and I think it is a great opportunity.“He is basically going out there as a coach. He is not going to have to get involved at this moment in time with bringing in new players. It is basically organising a football team, which you assume he is pretty good at.”
Cristiano Ronaldo reached another landmark as he became the first ever player to score 400 goals in the top five European leagues.The Juventus forward has scored 84 in the Premier League for Manchester United, 311 in La Liga for Real Madrid and five in Serie A for the Italian giants. MONEY Ronaldo scored his 400th goal in Europe’s top five leagues He reached the landmark tally with a simple tap-in during Juve’s 1-1 draw with Genoa on Saturday afternoon.It’s easy to see why the Portuguese superstar is so prolific – he had eight shots in the opening 35 minutes of the Serie A clash.Lionel Messi is currently second on the list with 389 goals, all of which have been scored for Barcelona. huge blow ADVICE REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ronaldo’s incredible goalscoring record began 15 years ago in 2003 when he signed for Man United.The 400 goals have come in 487 appearances at a rate of 0.8 goals per game – Messi’s goals-per-game ratio is slightly better at 0.92.Spurs legend Jimmy Greaves is third on the list with 366 goals in his 529 appearances from 1957-71. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED no dice
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The flight will be piloted by Steve Fossett, who made a 20,373-mile solo nonstop flight around the world in the GlobalFlyer that concluded on March 3. The GlobalFlyer was designed by Burt Rutan and built at his Scaled Composites company at the Mojave Airport. The world record for a nonstop flight is held by Voyager, which was also designed by Rutan. The aircraft flew for 24,987 miles around the world in 1986. The longest flight by a balloon is held by the Breitling Orbiter 3, which flew for 25,361 miles in 1999. During the attempt for the longest flight, Fossett is expected to pilot the aircraft to altitudes of about 45,000 feet and at speeds faster than 285 mph. MOJAVE – The Mojave-built GlobalFlyer is being readied for another world record-setting flight, this time to break longest-flight records set by its Voyager predecessor in 1986 and a balloon in 1999. Virgin Atlantic Airways has signed an agreement with NASA to use Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the starting point for the flight, which is to cover 29,000 miles and end in London. No exact date has been set, but the flight is expected to take place in February. “Launching from the Kennedy Space Center at NASA will give both pilot and aircraft the ultimate launch pad for this ultimate flight,” said Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Atlantic Airways. “We’re excited to be able to partner with NASA on this attempt, as it is a perfect combination of innovation and aspiration.” During Fossett’s around-the-world flight, GlobalFlyer had a mysterious loss of more than 3,000 pounds of fuel. Despite that, Fossett was able to complete the flight and still had 1,500 pounds of fuel when he landed. Engineers established that the fuel escaped through vents in the fuel tank behind the engine. Scaled Composites has since modified the aircraft. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Job for the weekend…Gareth AustinWith Horticulturist Gareth AustinThis weekend it’s forecast to turn cold after a fantastic week of weather, the sunshine has really warmed up the soil and the growth is coming thick and fast in the garden. Where there was no colour there is now daffodils and other spring flowers appearing overnight. Our Donegal Daily job for the week is ‘Treating moss in the lawn’. Lawn moss can be caused by a combination of factors – Soil Compaction and Acidic soil being the two main causal agents for moss on lawns. Over a period of years cutting grass – simply the act of walking up and down the same strips compacts down the soil layer in the root zone, thus preventing water flow through the soil, and air from circulating around the root zone of the grass.The water is then retained near the surface of the soil, creating great breeding ground for moss (aswell as slowing down the growth of the grass, weakening its strength and this in turn allows entry for weeds), as there’s less air in the rootzone the ground doesn’t dry up as quickly and the grass roots grow slowly, giving poorer performing grass, rendering the grass less able to compete with the moss and weeds.Rainfall is naturally acidic, and over a period of time will acidify soil, this couple with grass being cut and removed depleted the availability of calcium in the soil, when the soil pH gets lower, the growth of the grass slows down as the nutrients become less available, this in turn reduces the grass ability to compete with weeds and moss favours an acidic soil to colonise.So to combat the moss it’s a two pronged approach, firstly we kill the moss, secondly we try to create conditions the moss doesn’t flourish in. To kill the moss: Cut the grass, then treat the lawn with Sulphate of Iron (available from Aurivo Co-Op or Garden Centres), after the moss goes black its then time to rake this out as best you can, or better still hire a Scarifier from Letterkenny Tool Hire and give it a run over with this. This will rip up the dead moss and the thatch layer (which is accumulated dead grass), you can then run over with the lawnmower to gather this up.Then spike the lawn at regular intervals with a garden fork, or in a back lawn get back on the phone to Letterkenny Tool Hire and get a Lawn Aerator on hire, the garden fork creates small holes in the soil which you’re then gonna fill with Sharp Sand (again Aurivo Co-op or Builders Yard).Spiking the lawn.This addition of sand helps to aerate the ground, and allows the air to penetrate deep into the root zone of the grass. Next step is to apply some Lime over the lawn (handy tip is to give the soil a wee pH test before you do this, this way you’ll know how much lime you need to get a target pH of 6.5). and last but not least is an oversow of fresh grass seed, which you’ll need if you’ve removed a load of moss.If you leave bare ground then weeds will colonise this, so oversow any bare patches with a mix of No.2 lawn seed mixed with some screened soil or compost.The whole aerated and sanding the lawn might be something you do every 5-10 years, the liming every 3-4 years but its worth applying some Sulphate of Iron to the lawn every Autumn/Spring, even if you’ve just a bit of moss it’ll knock it on the head, stop it from competing with your grass. Also the Iron will give your lawn a healthy dark green colour, and will control many of the weeds, such as daisies. Scarification of lawnsNext Week….It’s your Duty to be Fruity!Gareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and lectures in Horticulture with Donegal ETB. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGarethGARDENING WITH GARETH – ‘TREATING MOSS IN THE LAWN’ was last modified: April 25th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalDonegal Dailygardening columnGareth Austin
A Donegal-born veteran DUP politician in the North is still being denied a British passport despite previously serving as Stormont Assembly speaker.Baron Hay of Ballyore (William Hay) served as a DUP MLA for Foyle from 1998 to 2014 and currently serves in the House of Lords.Lord Hay was born in Milford in 1950 but has lived in Northern Ireland for the vast majority of his life. He has been told that if wants a British passport he will have to undergo the naturalization process and he currently holds an Irish passport.Following the departure of the Republic of Ireland from the Commonwealth of Nations in April 1949, people born in the Republic are no longer entitled to British citizenship or passports.The DUP have campaigned for Lord Hay and those in a similar situation to be granted citizenship for a number of years but have proved unsuccessful.Lord Hay’s party colleague MP Gregory Campbell says that the situation represents a double standard as the Good Friday Agreement guarantees people in Northern Ireland the right to British citizenship, Irish citizenship or both. Mr Campbell confirmed that the party have written to the Home Office in an attempt to resolve the situation after speaking on the issue at a Northern Ireland Affairs Committee meeting in Westminster.“Irish passports are widely available in Northern Ireland, people who have never even been to the Republic can apply for and get an Irish passport,” the East Londonderry MP said.“Because our Government haven’t reciprocated people who have been born in the Irish Republic but lived here for sixty years in Lord Hay’s case, and there are thousands of others who have lived here, paid tax to HMRC, vote here but the only way they can get a British passport is the naturalization process.“If they keep saying they are going to uphold the Belfast Agreement then part of that Agreement says that they will allow people to choose their own identity. If the Irish Government are prepared to give full citizenship rights to people in Northern Ireland why can’t they (the British Government) offer British Citizenship to people who regard themselves as British in every possible way apart from the fact they were born on the wrong side of a land border nearly 70 years ago.”“They keep telling us its an anomaly and we are saying to them ‘fix this anomaly’ it’s as simple as that.” Mr Campbell said that he felt that though there may be some reluctance to change the law it had to be changed to recognise people’s rights as guaranteed in the Good Friday Agreement.“I suspect there are some people in the Home Office who are reluctant, as they would see it, to open a Pandora’s Box,” he said.“This is people who are UK residents, people who can prove they have had an address here for many years. They are UK citizens in everything but the nationality sense.“Either they adhere to what it says in the Good Friday Agreement or they tear up the Agreement but they can’t have it both ways. It’s an issue of equality. “You can imagine what would happen if the shoe was on the other foot. If there were politicians in Sinn Fein or the SDLP who needed a passport and others were saying that people in Northern Ireland had lesser of a right to apply for an Irish passport.”Donegal-born politician denied request to get British passport was last modified: June 23rd, 2018 by StephenShare 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:British passportDUPMilfordWillie Hay
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio General Assembly has enacted a law that raises the monetary limit for cases handled through Ohio’s small claims court system. The new maximum amount of $6,000 for a small claims case will replace the current limit of $3,000 when House Bill 387 becomes effective in late September. Under the new law, a defendant in the case may also file a counterclaim for up to $6,000. Governor Kasich signed the bill on June 28, 2016.Ohio law requires every county and municipal court in Ohio to establish a small claims division to handle minor disputes involving only the recovery of money. A small claims court cannot hear cases for slander, libel, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, return of personal property, punitive damages or other cases seeking remedies other than money. A person may file a small claims complaint and present the case in court without the assistance of an attorney, but may have legal representation if desired. The court may appoint a magistrate, who must be an attorney, to oversee the case and render a decision. The court also has the authority to enforce a monetary judgment against a party. Because small claims cases tend to be simple, they are resolved in less time and with less expense than cases heard by other courts.The increased monetary limit for small claims cases will allow farmers and agribusinesses to address more disputes quickly and without the expense of an attorney. Operators and landowners owed money for products or services in excess of the current $3,000 small claims maximum often express frustration that it could be too costly and time consuming to address the matter through municipal or county courts. The new higher limit of $6,000 should capture many of these cases and offer an opportunity to recover such losses through the small claims process. According to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Lou Terhar (R-Cincinnati), the change will “bring Ohio in line with surrounding states and make Ohio a better place to do business and generate jobs.”