Dreher in strong position at Q-School tournament

first_imgOn Thursday, Dreher played the third of four rounds at a LPGA Q-School qualifying tournament, shooting a 5 under 67.Her third round score, a vast improvement from her first two rounds of 77 and 72, has launched her from a tie for 110, to a nine-way tie for 34.With her new and improved position, Dreher is now among those eligible to qualify for the upcoming LPGA event. Once the Q-School tournament concludes, the top 70 plus ties will get to play in Daytona Beach, Florida in November.- Advertisement -Dreher has one final round, which she will play today in order to maintain her top 70 position.last_img

AG’s jurisdiction application has no merit – Nandlall tells court

first_imgLLA alterationAs the High Court proceedings over the Communities Minister’s changes to several Local Authority Areas (LAAs) continue, the Attorney General’s jurisdiction challenge to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-filed case was heard by Justice Gino Persaud on Thursday. During proceedings, Anil Nandlall, who is the lawyer representing the applicant, Bibi Shaddick, argued that the learned Judge has no jurisdiction to hear the AG’s jurisdiction application.Communities Minister Ronald BulkanAttorney General Basil Williams in his application to strike out the action filed by Bibi Shaddick had observed that it was made on the grounds that the applicant’s contentions amounted to allegations of irregularities and illegalities challenging the validity of the Local Government Elections, which have been gazetted to be held on November 12. Williams further contended that the court has no jurisdiction to entertain the application by Shaddick, on the premise that once allegations of irregularities and illegalities are raised after the election process has begun (Order made on July 18, 2018), the law requires that any such challenge must come after the elections are held and by way of an elections petition.Attorney Anil NandlallNandlall however posited on Thursday that Williams’s application has no merit for the case to move forward on his position that the AG’s representative, Solicitor General Kym Kyte-Thomas has submitted to jurisdiction of the court by way of being part of the substantive case, whereby a timeline was set. The main case was scheduled to continue October 8 before Justice Persaud.Nandlall attempted to make oral arguments ahead of the AG’s application being heard which prompted Williams to say that what his predecessor was doing was tantalum to an “ambush”. In response, Nandlall stressed that “time is a valuable resource in this process”.Justice Persaud set out timelines for both sides to lay over their arguments on the challenge ahead of the main case. The AG was given until October 5 to file submissions while Nandlall’s response will be based on arguments of legal submissions. The attorney opted against filing an affidavit in answer on the said grounds of the case lacking merit. Both parties will return to court on October 10, where the case will be amplified, according to Justice Persaud.AG Basil WilliamsJust recently, Nandlall spoke out against the Attorney General’s Chambers seeking to strike the PPP’s challenge. The Party in fact termed Minister Bulkan’s changes ‘the gerrymandering of boundaries and constituencies’. Nandlall’s position is that Shaddick’s legal challenge is geared to correct issues that need to be corrected before the hosting of the Elections and not to block the overall Elections from happening.Among Shaddick’s several orders of which she petitioned the court, is to bring the Communities Minister’s alterations into the conformity with Local Democratic Organs Act, Chapter 28:09. In so doing, the Applicant wants to have Bulkan’s orders declared null and void. She is also seeking the State to pay her court costs in addition to seeking other orders, directions or writs as the court sees fit. Her grounds are that Bulkan failed to issue an order to identify the said boundaries under the Local Democratic Organs Act, making his actions null and void. She meanwhile said that Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Keith Lowenfield went beyond his exercise of discretion, re-demarcating the existing constituency boundaries as outlined in the orders sought before the court.The writ also outlines that the purported establishment of seven NDCs without complying with the provisions of the Local Democratic Organs Act is unlawful, ultra vires, null, void and of no effect. She said too that Lowenfield acted with authorisation in this regard, while adding that Minister Bulkan unilaterally made changes to the number of seats in 14 LAAs.last_img read more

ERC calls for tolerance, respect

first_imgNo-confidence vote As the implications of the no-confidence vote against the Government soak in, the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) has called for tolerance and respect for everyone’s political preferences while alluding to the challenges that surround the electoral process.The ERC on Saturday said it is cognisant of the potential for sensitivities to be heightened during this period and urged that the pronouncements and actions of all are not injurious to the process of fostering harmony and good relations.The Commission added that it wishes to encourage every Guyanese in all strata of society to demonstrate an added sense of tolerance and respect for each other and the processes which will soon unfold. “This is vital to the sustenance of our democracy and presents an opportunity for us all to collectively rise to the challenge of placing first the welfare of our nation and its people,” the ERC said in a statement.The Commission, like many other organisations, hailed the democratic process in which the No-confidence Motion was debated, noting that democracy is thriving in Guyana. It also noted that the passage of the motion has charted Guyana into unprecedented waters in regard to the constitutional requirements.“Our nation’s history is unambiguous in reminding us of the inherent challenges that unfortunately surrounds our electoral process. Clearly, the results of the said motion present another delicate period for our country and which uncompromisingly must be managed with utmost maturity through responsible leadership by all,” the Commission posited.The ERC said it is pleased by the sentiments expressed by the political leaders calling for peace and stability adding that the level maturity ought to be sustained in the interest of the nation. Backtracking to the November 12 Local Government Elections, the ERC explained that it was satisfied with the transparency and peacefulness exhibited in that day. Additionally, the Commission reminded that elections are a constant fixture in a democratic nation therefore it should not be used as a process to bridge any divide rather it should be promoted without fear or favour.“As we endeavour through these sensitive moments, all are encouraged to resist being overcome by emotions and to disallow the infusion of hatred. Let us remain mindful that all are sons and daughters of this dear land dependent on each other for the creation of the mutually desired future. It therefore becomes imperative that each play their part responsibly. The ERC, through its constitutional mandate, remains ready and committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure that peace and togetherness prevail during this process,” the statement noted.The Ethnic Relations Commission is a constitutional body established as an undertaking by the Herdmanston Accord and by Constitutional Amendment (#2) Act of 2000.last_img read more

Tumbler Ridge Resident Charged with Second Degree Murder

first_imgGrande Prairie RCMP have charged a Tumbler Ridge man with second degree murder. They allege that James Thomas McIntyre murdered a 30 year-old woman in Grande Prairie. McIntyre is in custody and will appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Wednesday.RCMP responded to a call of a domestic dispute at a residence at about 10:44 pm on Sunday. When police arrived they located the woman outside the residence with numerous cuts to her upper body. Emergency services transported her to hospital where she later died. RCMP said officers located a 32 year-old man a short distance away who knew the woman and arrested him without incident.An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday to determine the cause of death. The name of the victim is being withheld pending release by family.- Advertisement –last_img read more

CARING FOR ALL

first_imgMONTEBELLO – In the three years that home-care nurse Rosie Morrison-Capalbo has spent caring for 14-year-old cerebral palsy patient Julian Garrett, she has come to know what each groan, each little twitch of his eye means. “He’s as close to a heavenly body that there is on earth,” Morisson-Capalbo, 53, said as she gazed lovingly at Julian sleeping in his bed. That type of intimate care, bonding and even love is common among home-care givers and their charges, home-care workers say. Often their long hours go unrewarded – and unpaid. But the Service Employees International Union, which represents more than 550,000 home-care workers nationwide, said in a statement that most home-care workers are paid low wages, receive no health benefits and no sick or vacation time. As a result, the industry is fraught with high turnover rates. It is difficult to find and keep home-care givers, the union stated. “It’s becoming harder to attract caregivers into the field, putting at risk consumers’ safety and quality of life,” the union’s statement said. Barbara Biglieri, director of policy for California Association for Home Services at Home, said if the exemption is stricken down, “it would be disastrous” for home-care agencies. Patients who need 24-hour care would have to hire more workers to work in shifts. Since most patients who need around-the-clock care are seniors and the disabled living on a fixed incomes, paying overtime would be financially difficult for them, Biglieri said. The companionship exemption keeps home-care services predictable and reasonably priced for consumers, she said. On average, Biglieri said, home-care workers’ entry-level salary is $8 to $11 per hour. SEIU’s assumption that a win for the plaintiff will benefit workers is not a given, she added. “It’s no guarantee that it will help the care-providers,” she said. In Julian’s case, his home care is paid by Medi-Cal. His mother, Lucy Lozano-Tate, 42, Morrison-Capalbo and two other home-care nurses, Nancy Moore and Suzanne Fitzpatrick, all take turns caring for and monitoring Julian, who was left profoundly brain damaged when the umbilical cord wrapped around his stomach and neck at birth. It is a 24-hour job. Morrison-Capalbo said overtime for people in her profession is hard to come by. “You really have to assert yourself to get paid,” she said. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But that could soon change for millions of home-care workers. This past week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Long Island Care at Home Ltd. and Maryann Osborne vs. Evelyn Coke, a lawsuit that challenges sections of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act as applied to home-care workers. In her suit, former home-care worker Evelyn Coke, 73, challenges the act’s “companionship exemption,” which home-care agencies have used as a legal basis for not paying home-care workers for overtime. The exemption also allows agencies not to follow state and federal minimum wage laws. Rachel Folberg, staff attorney for the state Department of Industrial Relations, predicted that a favorable ruling for Coke would have only a minimal effect in California, which already has strong laws governing pay for home-care workers. “Federal law can affect California workers by setting the base below which employers cannot go,” she said. “In most cases, California law is more protective than federal.” last_img read more

Man Utd ‘nullified’ Barca despite defeat, claims Smalling

first_img“We pressed them high and made it difficult. It’s a shame we couldn’t get the goal,” Smalling told BT Sport.“We had a spell in the first half where we went after them and then we looked nervy, but after half-time we got at them.“The whole team, we nullified them. I think there was only one other save for David de Gea.“We knew we had to bring that intensity that they’re not used to.”Despite not being at their best, Barca comfortably held on to take a precious lead back to the Camp Nou for the return leg in six days’ time as United failed to register a single shot on target.“Playing here is always difficult because it is a majestic stadium, with history, a great atmosphere and the fans push them on,” said Barca defender Gerard Pique, who played for United between 2004 and 2008.“They pressed, but I think we controlled the game well. We were strong at the back and looked to counter-attack.“It was an even game but we took our chances.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chris Smalling had one final chance to snatch a draw for Man Utd with the last kick of the game© AFP Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 11 – Manchester United defender Chris Smalling believes Barcelona were nullified at Old Trafford despite emerging 1-0 victors from their Champions League quarter-final, first leg on Wednesday.Luke Shaw’s 12th-minute own goal means United have another Champions League mountain to climb on the road, after overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain on away goals in the last 16.last_img read more

Volleyball To Host Evansville In Monday Night Match

first_imgPrint Friendly Version Buy Tickets Drake Match Notes Story Links Live Stats ESPN3 The Drake University volleyball team closes out its two-game homestand to begin the Missouri Valley Conference season Monday, Sept. 24, night at the Knapp Center. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.The Bulldogs opened the Valley season with a 3-0 loss to preseason league favorite, UNI. Senior Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) led the Bulldogs in the loss with 13 kills in three sets to begin her Valley season in fine fashion.Evansville travels to Des Moines at 0-2 in the league with losses to Loyola and Valparaiso. The Purple Aces have dropped five-straight matches to sit at 6-9 overall on the season.Additionally, the Bulldogs have won four-straight matches against Evansville and six of the last seven against the Purple Aces. Drake’s defense has held opponents to just .152 hitting, the third-best percentage in the Valley and are second in the league in blocks with 2.34 per set. Evansville has hit just .147 this season in its 15 matches.Following Monday’s match, the Bulldogs return to the road for a two-match series at Valparaiso and Loyola, Sept. 28-29. last_img read more

McConalogue: Minister must extend eligibility for Fodder Import Subsidy Scheme

first_imgFianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has called for the Fodder Import Subsidy Scheme announced yesterday evening by the Minister for Agriculture to be made available through all Co-Ops as well as private feed merchants.“The Scheme is inexplicably confined to the Dairy Co-Ops and excludes Mart CoOps as well as private feed merchants,” Deputy McConalogue said.“This means that many parts of the country which do not have a strong Dairy Co-Op network will struggle to avail of fodder through the scheme.“In particular, the Ministers decision to confine the subsidy to Dairy Co-Ops would disadvantage those in the suckler and sheep farming sectors that are also under massive pressure to source scarce fodder to manage livestock through the next few weeks. “In spring 2013, all Co-Ops were eligible to avail of the subsidy scheme introduced to import fodder and it makes no sense that Minister Creed would now exclude Mart Co-Ops and private feed merchants that are well placed to serve the needs of their local farming community.“Minister Creeds very narrow scheme reflects a Minister who is trying to play catch up on a crisis that he has failed to prepare for and smacks of a Minister making it up as he goes along.“It is crucial that Minister Creed immediately extends eligibility for the Fodder Import Subsidy Scheme to ensure fodder supply can be sourced for farmers in all sectors and throughout the country,” concluded McConalogue.McConalogue: Minister must extend eligibility for Fodder Import Subsidy Scheme was last modified: April 5th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

QPR linked with keeper swoop

first_imgQPR want to sign Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Glasgow Rangers, according to the Daily Mail.It is claimed the R’s are willing to offer £5m plus one of their fringe players in a bid to land the 27-year-old, whose Ibrox team-mate Nikica Jelavic has also been linked with a move to west London.The Daily Mirror say Gary Cahill’s transfer to Chelsea is in danger of collapse because the defender has concerns about moving to Stamford Bridge.The Mirror also report that Chelsea’s Gael Kakuta is a target for Marseille and Greek club Olympiacos, who both want him on loan and are trying to hijack his expected move to another French club, Dijon.This page is updated throughout the day.  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img