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first_imgEverything you need to know to make your vote count in SA’s third democratic elections on 14 April.Independent Electoral CommissionOur elections are run by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), a permanent body established by law to promote and safeguard our democracy.More on the IECVoter registration call centre:0800 11 8000 (toll-free, 6am-9pm)For anything you need to know about registering and voting.The IEC runs an excellent website where you can get the latest election or by-election news, past election results, information on political parties, election legislation and more:Frequently asked questionsAm I registered / Where am I registerd to vote? – enter your ID number and click to find out.Contact the IECPolitical partiesThirty-two political parties have registered to contest the election: 11 at both national level and in all nine provinces, 7 at both national level and in selected provinces, and 14 parties in selected provincial elections only.List of parties, with websites and contactsAm I registered to vote?If you’re on the Voter’s Roll, you’re registered to vote. You should check the Roll to see if you’re registered and to make sure your details have been correctly entered – in particular, that you’re registered to vote in the area in which you live (your home area, the area to which you return after temporary periods of absence).To check the Voter’s Roll online, follow this link. You can also inspect the Voter’s Roll at the office of the municipal electoral officer in the voting district where you live – check the IEC contactsWhere do I vote?You can only vote in the district for which you registered – your name will only appear only on that part of the Voters’ Roll devoted to this district. To check where to vote online, follow this link.What is the voting procedure?Voters queue outside their voting station entrance, and their names are checked against the Voters’ Roll as they enter the station. To prevent cheating, a voter’s thumb is examined under an ultra-violet scanner for traces of the indelible ink that is applied to everyone who has voted.Voters are then issued with two ballot papers, one to elect members of the National Assembly, the other to elect members of the relevant provincial legislature. Each ballot paper has a list of all registered political parties contesting the elections. Alongside each party name is the photograph of its leader, the party’s logo and a block in which voters can make their mark.Each voter enters a private cubicle to cast their vote. A voter is allowed to make only one mark on each ballot paper for a party of their choice. Only a tick or a cross is acceptable in the appropriate box next to the chosen party. A mark anywhere else will spoil the ballot paper and so nullify the vote.Voters do NOT have to vote for the same party for the National Assembly and their province’s legislature, though they can do so if they wish. After making their choice, voters deposit their ballot papers in a sealed ballot box and leave the station.Special votesSection 33 of the Electoral Act provides for special votes for persons who cannot get to the voting stations on voting day as a result of:Physical infirmity, disability and pregnancy;Absence on government service abroad;Being an election official on election day;Being a member of the security services performing election duty;South Africans temporarily aboard.Physically infirm, disabled and pregnant voters may apply for a special vote either with the Municipal Electoral Officer (before 8 April) or at the Office of the Presiding Officer (on 12 April) in the voting district in which they are registered.These people will be visited by IEC officials at the place they indicated on their application form on 12 and 13 April.Election officials and security force members will apply and cast their vote at the Office of the Presiding Officer of their voting district on 12 and 13 April.Persons who are absent on government service abroad, as well as South Africans who are temporarily absent from the country, (and who notified the Chief Electoral Officer by 26 February) will apply and vote at foreign missions on 7 April.How does the IEC ensure that elections run smoothly?The IEC is responsible for all the logistics of running elections, include setting up voting stations in the most remote rural areas, installing telecommunications facilities such as telephones and fax machines, and setting up a computer network to link all voting stations.More importantly, however, are the preparations that the commission puts into the holding of elections. Thousands of officials – presiding officers, counting officers, volunteers and monitors – are trained for specific tasks and posted at voting stations on election days to carry out these tasks.How is the fairness of elections determined?The Electoral Act of 1998 makes specific provision for accrediting neutral observers for South African elections.The 1999 elections, for instance, were observed by about 11 000 neutral observers, 369 of whom were from abroad. The international observers included organisations such as the Organisation of African Unity, the European Parliamentarians for Africa and the Southern Africa Development Community.The United Nations Electoral Assistance Division helped the IEC with co-ordinating the international observers, while the South African Council of Churches co-ordinated the local observers.Only organisations can apply to the IEC to observe elections. Observer missions compile a report and announce their findings about the conduct of the elections and whether the poll was free and fair.In addition, political parties contesting the elections are entitled to have monitors at voting stations to ensure compliance with voting procedures. Party monitors and observers also keep a watchful eye on the counting process after the close of the vote.last_img read more

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Kate Winslet returns to North Vancouver to satiate her Honeys Doughnuts cravings

first_img“I love Vancouver, I was so happy to be there and so sad to leave,” she had said on the TIFF red carpet. “Really, truly I pine for it.”READ MORE Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Facebook Kate Winslet returned to North Vancouver’s Deep Cove to visit Honey’s Doughnuts. (Photo by HONEY’S DOUGHNUTS AND GOODIES) British screen star Kate Winslet just had to come back to Metro Vancouver for her true love: doughnuts.When Winslet was filming the romance-drama The Mountain Between Us in various locations around B.C. from December 2016 to February 24 of this year, she happened upon Honey’s Doughnuts located at 4373 Gallant Avenue in Metro Vancouver’s Deep Cove.At the Toronto International Film Festival in September, Winslet raved about how much she loved—nay, longed—for the doughnuts she had tried there.last_img read more

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Dining of the future vegan restaurant boom fuelled by meat eaters

first_imgFoodies say Canada is in the midst of a renaissance in plant-based dining as vegan restaurants sprout up across the country and traditional establishments update their menus to make them more animal-friendly.But restaurateurs say the proliferation of options is being driven not by observant vegans, but by dabbling omnivores looking for appealing meat-free fare.“I think we’re living in kind of a boom of veganism,” said Eva Lampert, director of vegan operations at the 5700 Inc., an events and hospitality company. “People are more curious about it, and thankfully, that has meant there’s more demand for it.”Lampert is part of the team pushing to rebrand a stretch of the Parkdale neighbourhood in Toronto’s west end as “Vegandale,” which she describes as a “little mecca” of vegan businesses that will help redefine plant-based dining as far more than just “rabbit food.”Vegans go beyond vegetarians in banning meat from their plates, also abstaining from animal products including eggs, dairy and honey.The 5700 Inc. co-owns Doomie’s Toronto and Mythology Diner, side-by-side restaurants that serve veganized comfort classics made by two different chefs. Across the street is the company’s vegan retail boutique The Imperative.Mythology’s menu includes faux Reuben sandwiches, eggs Benedict, and polenta poutine, while Doomie’s serves imitation chicken sandwiches and mac ‘n’ cheese balls. Soy, wheat and vegetables are used as substitutes for meat and dairy.By the end of the year, Lampert said “Vegandale” plans to expand to six storefronts from three, with restaurants offering a range of cuisines and price points including diner fare, desserts and meat-free fast food.“With our business model, we’re looking to get the non-vegans in first and foremost,” she said. “We’re really looking to bring in the skeptics and the people who are unsure of vegan food so they can kind of have that ‘aha’ moment and realize a lot of the things they already are enjoying are vegan.”At the soon-to-be-opened Rosalinda in Toronto’s financial district, co-owners Max Rimaldi and Jamie Cook set out to create a Mexican vegan restaurant that could compete with any steakhouse in the city’s cutthroat dining scene.“We take care of all the elements that are required for a good restaurant, period,” Rimaldi said. “It just happens to be vegan.”More than a decade in the making, Rosalinda was borne out of what Rimaldi and Cook, who eat a largely plant-based diet, had perceived to be a sparse and uninspired vegan dining scene.The partners behind the Pizzeria Libretto chain teamed up with restaurateur Grant van Gameren, whose portfolio of meat-heavy establishments earned him a reputation as Toronto’s “charcuterie king,” said Rimaldi.While perhaps an unlikely partner, Rimaldi said van Gameren’s palate-pushing culinary approach was key to designing an eclecticmenu that appeals to the meat-eating masses, not just “granola-eating people.”“The people who come into the restaurant and say, ‘I typically eat at … a meat-based restaurant, and I love coming here because I don’t miss the meat,’ that’s going to be the biggest compliment we can hear.”In Ottawa, there are more than 232 vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes, up from 186 last year, according to Ethical Tree, an online directory that tracks socially-conscious businesses in a few Ontario cities.Co-founder Frank Ferris, who consults with businesses about targeting ethically minded consumers, said as plant-based diets become more popular, particularly among young people, non-vegan restaurants are adding animal-friendly options in a bid to regain market share.He pointed to a recent study conducted by a Dalhousie University professor that showed more than seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians, and 2.3 per cent identify as vegan. The survey also suggested people younger than 35 were three times more likely to consider themselves vegetarians or vegans than people 49 or older.Ferris said diners with diet restrictions can have disproportionate sway in group decisions about eating out, so for every vegan customer a restaurant can accommodate, the returns are often multiplied by all their omnivorous friends.“These are deeply held beliefs,” said Ferris. “If a customer goes into your store or restaurant because they’re vegan … and you cater to that ethical preference, then they’re likely to stay loyal.”Andrew Infantino, marketing director of Montreal-based Copper Branch, said his fast-casual franchise sees ethical concerns about the environment and animal welfare as “secondary benefits” of its vegan menu, instead emphasizing how plant-based “power foods” can contribute to a healthy lifestyle.With 17 locations in Ontario and Quebec, Copper Branch is on track to add eight more locations by the end of the year, Infantino said, and next year expects to double the size of its empire to 50 restaurants in other provinces.Infantino said plant-based diets have emerged as “the new cool,” attracting endorsements from celebrities and athletes including Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel, who partnered with Copper Branch to talk about how her vegan diet fuelled her training for this year’s Olympics.“There are so many benefits that I don’t see how a movement like this can just be a fad,” he said. “I hope it’s the dining of the future.”last_img read more

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Cong approaches EC over BJPs misuse of DDK pvt TV channel

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Monday moved the Election Commission against the BJP’s alleged “misuse” of Doordarshan in broadcasting certain speeches by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and for using “Namo channel” as a tool for political campaigning.The opposition party’s delegation, comprising senior leaders Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, also made a representation to the Election Commission (EC) seeking necessary directions to Jharkhand’s chief electoral officer and relevant authorities for immediate suspension or transfer of election officers and agents with pending criminal cases and complaints of serious nature. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We have made three representations to the EC. First representation is that there are some officials (in Jharkhand) that have charges of bribery and undue influence against them,” Sibal said. “The other two representations are related to the misuse of Doordarshan by the BJP in broadcasting certain speeches made by the prime minister and the use of a particular channel which has come up in which the logo is ‘Namo’, and under the Representation of People Act and the guidelines of the EC there cannot be campaigning in this fashion,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Congress has called for a level playing field, he said, adding that the EC has stated that it will look into the matter. A channel named ‘Content TV’ has been launched on various DTH platforms and it has been found that it is dedicated solely to Modi and the BJP for promoting and advertising the achievements of the government, personal achievements of the PM, his political rallies, and broadcasting interviews of prominent BJP leaders, the memorandum submitted by the Congress to the EC said. It sought passing of strictures or censures against the prime minister and the BJP for “using the channel as a political tool, while the model code of conduct is in place”. The Congress also requested the EC for urgent and necessary directions to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Prasar Bharti (DD news).last_img read more

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Modi calls Lanka Prez PM offers Indias help

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up the president and the premier of Sri Lanka and conveyed condolences over the loss of over lives in terrorist attacks in the island nation on Sunday. During his conversations with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Modi condemned the serial terrorist attacks in the strongest terms, perpetrated at sites including religious places and during a religious festival, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsDescribing the attacks as “cold-blooded and pre-planned barbaric acts”, Modi said these attacks were another grim reminder of the most serious challenge posed to the entire humanity by terrorism in our region and the entire world. The Prime Minister renewed the offer of all possible help and assistance to Sri Lanka for ensuring its security against the challenges such as those posed by terrorism, the PMO statement said. He also wished the injured speedy recovery and offered any required assistance for their treatment. “Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region,” he tweeted. “My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured,” Modi said.last_img read more

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Egypts political rivals seek to occupy Tahrir on revolution anniversary

first_imgCAIRO  – This year’s anniversary of the revolution comes amid deep polarization in Egypt following the military ouster of elected president MorsiAs the clock ticks toward the third anniversary of the January revolution, Egypt’s political rivals are racing to seize control of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the 2011 revolution that ended the autocracy of longstanding president Hosni Mubarak.The iconic square was the gathering points of 18 days of mass protests that started on January 25, 2011 and put an end to Mubarak’s 30-year rule. But this year’s anniversary of the revolution comes amid deep polarization in the Arab world’s most populous state following the military ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi in July.The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, a coalition of groups that call for Morsi’s reinstatement, has called for mass rallies in Tahrir and main squares on the revolution anniversary.“We are coordinating among youth, revolutionary and political groups to mark the anniversary in Tahrir and main squares,” Diaa al-Sawi, spokesman for the pro-Morsi “Youth against Coup” movement, told Anadolu Agency.“This day will be the start of the end of the military coup,” he said.The iconic square, which was the epicenter of the 2011 uprising that toppled long-serving president Hosni Mubarak, has been a no-go area for pro-democracy protesters since the ouster of Morsi on July 3.More than 50 people were killed on October 6 when Morsi supporters tried to march on the Tahrir Square during celebrations of a 1973 military victory over Israel.“We have no other alternative but to enter the Tahrir Square on the revolution anniversary,” al-Sawi said.-Counter mobilization-Backers of the military have also called for rallies in Tahrir Square to pile pressures on the army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to run in the country’s upcoming presidential election, expected this year.These calls have gained momentum following a referendum on a revised constitution, which unofficial results show that the sweeping majority of voters had voted in favor.The vote results, which are scheduled to be officially announced on Saturday, have given ammunition for al-Sisi supporters to call mass rallies in Tahrir to call for him to run for president.Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim has also called for Egyptians to converge on Tahrir Square to “abort plots orchestrated by the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood.“The Brotherhood have plans to storm the Tahrir Square and trigger chaos on the revolution anniversary,” Ibrahim told a private channel on Wednesday.Last month, the government designated the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, as a “terrorist” group following an attack at a security headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura that killed 16 people.The government blamed the attack on the Brotherhood, which vehemently denied any involvement.Yehia Qadri, the head of the National Movement Party, which was founded by Mubarak’s last prime minister and former presidential contender Ahmed Shafiq, echoed a similar call.Ahmed al-Fadali, the general coordinator of the Independence Current, which backs the military, shared the same view, calling on Egyptians to converge on Tahrir on January 25 to call on al-Sisi to run for president.Opponents of both the military and the Muslim Brotherhood have also vowed to converge on Tahrir Square on the revolution anniversary.“We will converge on the Tahrir Square, no matter what,” the Ahrar movement said in a statement.The calls come amid reports that “sovereign institutions” have expressed concern over the reemergence of former members of Mubarak’s now-defunct National Democratic Party (NDP).last_img read more

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Womens golf Coach Therese Hession looking for 4th straight Big Ten championship

OSU women’s golf coach Therese Hession congratulates senior women’s golfer Katja Pogacar. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State women’s golf coach Therese Hession thought she could never be persuaded to coach anywhere other than her alma mater, Southern Methodist University. But after 11 years on the LPGA tour, she got a call from OSU and decided to give it a shot. Twenty-five seasons later, she’s still coaching the Buckeyes.“The call came, I was at the U.S. Open,” Hession said of when she was offered the job at OSU. “I talked to my pro that was my teacher on the tour and he said, ‘You have everything to gain, nothing to lose.’ So here I am 25 years later.”Hession fell in love with the game at an early age while following her dad around the golf course. She went to the driving range or the course any chance she could get. “I was just my happiest when I was out playing golf,” Hession said.Hession attended SMU where she led the women’s golf team to a national championship in 1979 — her senior season. After graduation, she joined the Women’s Professional Golf Tour and was granted an LPGA tour card just three months later.After 11 years competing in the LPGA, Hession was growing weary of the lifestyle. “I still loved to play but I didn’t like the idea of being away from home probably 32 weeks of the year,” Hession said. “My game was good. I was improving, but I was never at the very highest level of some of the players I was competing against. So I think I was looking for change, but I still really loved the sport.”That’s where the Buckeyes stepped in. At first, Hession admits she was hesitant to accept the position. However, there were a lot of positive things about OSU that Hession couldn’t deny, such as being close to her hometown of Indianapolis. Even though OSU isn’t a typical golf school, Hession saw potential in the program.“That was important to me: to be able to go somewhere where I thought I could do well because I knew I was going to put 100 percent effort into it. And I wanted to make sure I would have the chance to succeed,” Hession said. And succeed she has. In her time in Columbus, Hession has led the Buckeyes to 10 Big Ten championships, including three consecutive titles from 2014 to 2016, made 23 NCAA regional appearances and 15 NCAA championship appearances. She has been named the National Coach of the Year twice and Big Ten Coach of the Year seven times. The most memorable moment of Hession’s coaching career was in 2003 when her team took home fourth place at the NCAA championship, the highest in school history. Hession’s goal is still to win a national championship, but the 2003 season proved that OSU could compete with the best. “I like to prove people wrong and for those people who think the northern schools can’t play, to be able to finish that well was good,” she said. “I was really happy for my players because they worked hard. That was a real special group.”The past three seasons, Hession has led the Buckeyes to back-to-back-to-back Big Ten championships. Last year, the team shot so high in the first round that they started on the back nine the next day. But that’s when OSU decided to turn it on. “I remember on Saturday we were really on fire,” Hession said. “I remember coming up the ninth hole and it was like everywhere I looked everyone was making birdies.”The 2017 Big Ten Championship is coming up on April 21 and the competition is even tougher this year. The Buckeyes are one of the more experienced teams but will have to play at the very top of their game to be in the race. “I would say we could play decent and we could even finish sixth is how good the Big Ten is this year,” Hession said. “So it’s going to be really critical to get off to a good start.”Throughout her 25 seasons, Hession has made an impact on her players on and off the course. Senior Jessica Porvasnik has spent four years under Hession and credits her for making her the player that she is today. “Coach Hession has always had the best interest of every player on her team,” Porvasnik said. “She has spent countless hours helping prepare me for what lies ahead in my career… I believe after college she will continue to play a role in my life.”Hession’s work and dedication don’t end on the golf course but extend into everything she does. In 1989, she was awarded the LPGA Tour Samaritan Award for her work with Habitat for Humanity and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has continued her philanthropic work through her coaching to this day.“We’re trying to raise $15,000 as a team,” Hession said of her team’s most recent project. “We’re building a well for a village in Africa that doesn’t have water. Their girls get up in the morning and they walk over an hour to the nearest water source.” The Buckeyes golf team has completed fundraising projects already, but have a few more to go in order to reach the goal. “I think it’s really important that we’ve been given a lot, so we should give back,” Hession said. read more

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More motor mishaps PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys

first_img Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Mar 2016 – There was another disconcerting smash up this morning; bumper to bumper traffic in the area of New Testament Church of God in Blue Hills with a multiple car collision. The transportation issue made it to the House of Assembly this morning when during her two minute address, Opposition Leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson pointed to the problems of illegal jitneys. Hon Robinson said, and I quote: “What alarms me Mr Speaker is that despite the number of times that I have raised in the Hon House the need for safe, legal public transport which is necessary and Mr Speaker even amidst the allegations of sexual assault and rape, this Government has ignored this issue. And now Mr Speaker over the weekend, a Police Officer used his social media account to create awareness of reports being made of persons blacking out in jitneys especially our women.”These concerns are not new, Magnetic Media has been on the receiving end of many complaints over the years and more recently, during the Annual Law Enforcement Church Service, Bishop C Alexander Williams bemoaned the matter; calling for an end. Also recently, Governor Peter Beckingham asked Cabinet to formulate a transportation policy for the country. On Saturday, the TCI recorded its first traffic death; 32 year old Ricel Baptiste of Haiti died at hospital around 7:45pm. The Police report said he suffered serious head and neck injuries; the other three taken to Cheshire Hall Medical were being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Related Items:Bishop C. Alexander Williams, governor peter beckingham, illegal jitnetys, Pdm, ricel baptistelast_img read more

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Authorities release name of man shot and killed during vehicle breakin in

first_img Posted: March 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Authorities release name of man shot and killed during vehicle break-in in El Cajon March 13, 2018 EL CAJON (KUSI) — Authorities Tuesday publicly identified a suspected car burglar who was fatally shot last weekend by a resident in a neighborhood near Mount Helix.Joseph Mercurio, 31, allegedly was breaking into a vehicle in the 1100 block of Mona Place in El Cajon when the owner spotted him shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, according to police. During an ensuing confrontation, the homeowner shot Mercurio with a .357-caliber revolver, Sgt. Darrin Forster.The mortally wounded suspect got into another vehicle and drove off, fleeing for a short distance before crashing the car into a residential front yard in the 1000 block of West Chase Avenue. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.The resident, whose name has not been released, told investigators he had spotted Mercurio breaking into his vehicle after being alerted to the alleged crime in progress by his barking dogs.“Homicide investigators have since learned … (that) Mercurio was driving a stolen vehicle and had been involved in at least two vehicle burglaries the night of this incident,” Forster alleged.It was unclear if the homeowner might face criminal charges over the shooting. The case remained under investigation this afternoon, the sergeant said. last_img read more

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