PEACHLAND, B.C. – When Harry Gough had a chance to speak with the provincial court judge overseeing his race to serve as mayor of the small community of Peachland, B.C., he had an idea to run past her.If breaking his tie with incumbent Mayor Cindy Fortin comes down to a blind draw of two “identical” papers with the candidates names on them — could both names be his?“She didn’t think that was a great idea,” he said, laughing. “I don’t know why.”The race in the lakeside community of about 5,000 people in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is drawing attention for the unusual possibility that the mayoral tie could be broken by drawing lots — a process similar to drawing a name from a hat.How to settle election ties varies across the country. Prince Edward Island moved to a lot draw for local elections after its previous “coin toss” system fell out of favour, but it still decides provincial-level elections by heads or tails. Most provinces break ties with a byelection, with some exceptions such as New Brunswick, where the returning officer casts the deciding vote.Even ahead of the potential lot draw in Peachland, the race has been rife with twists and turns.Both candidates said the community appeared to be divided largely on a single issue: the existing council’s approval of a five-storey development along the town’s main artery of Beach Avenue, which was previously zoned for three storeys. While Fortin said it will mean positive new commercial activity in the downtown core, Gough said it represents a slippery slope that could see the beach and lake views obscured by development.On election night last week, Gough was at a restaurant with friends when his son ran in to tell him that he had won by a single vote.“Truly none of us believed him, we thought he was pulling our leg,” Gough said.Meanwhile, Fortin was at a friend’s house with her campaign team and a few other friends when she received the news that Gough had won with 804 votes against her 803.“I received a text and read it and I thought, ‘what?’” she said. “I knew immediately that it would probably come down to a recount, that the citizens of the town deserved a recount if it was a one-vote difference.”Three days after the election, Polly Palmer, the district’s chief election officer, said that a verification of the ballots revealed a tie of 804-804 between Fortin and Gough. An election official had reported that one ballot was not properly fed when a voting machine jammed.Palmer applied for a judicial recount and the provincial court judge gave it the green light on Friday.The ballots will be counted by hand on Monday and both Fortin and Gough plan to watch.If the tie stands, the town’s bylaw points to the process of drawing lots, as described in B.C.’s Local Government Act.The names of each candidate are to be written on separate pieces of paper, as similar as possible to one another. The papers are then folded in a “uniform manner” and placed in a container that is sufficiently large to allow them to be shaken, the act says.The court will pick an independent individual to draw the name.Both candidates said they prefer the idea of a “runoff election,” which is a second option identified in the act, if the tie is confirmed on Monday.Fortin said when council reviewed the town’s election bylaw in May, it had some concerns about how the mail-in voting process works, but didn’t think to debate the lot-draw option. She said that may change in the future.“Since this has happened, I think perhaps some communities will be looking at this — including our own, I hope — and changing it for future elections so that there’s a runoff election,” she said.“It should be the citizens of Peachland making a decision — not someone pulling a name out of a hat.”— By Amy Smart in Vancouver
New York Liberty protests in support of Black Lives Matter (Fox Sports)In a defiant move Thursday, members of three WNBA teams refused to take questions about basketball at a post-game press conference in protest of a fine given for wearing black warmup t-shirts. Atlanta Black Star reported the WNBA fined the New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever $5,000, and their team members were charged $500 each.The basketball stars wore their uniform-approved Adidas Black t-shirts that read #BlackLivesMatter and #Dallas5 – but the messages did not comply with the league’s guidelines which state uniforms must not be changed in any way. The hashtags are meant to honor the shootings done by and against police. League president Lisa Borders commended their “engagement and passionate advocacy for non-violent solutions to difficult social issues” but expected teams to comply with uniform guidelines.At the press conference Thursday afternoon following the New York Liberty and Indiana Fever’s matchup at New York’s Madison Square Garden, The Washington Post reported the players would not answer questions regarding the game or basketball but were willing to discuss social issues.LIVE on #Periscope https://t.co/Cc4rbHOROL— Excelle Sports (@ExcelleSports) July 21, 2016“We really feel like there’s still an issue here in America,” Liberty player Tanisha Wright said. “And we want to be able to use our platforms, we want to be able to use our voices, we don’t want to let anybody silence us in what we want to talk about. So you guys can ask away about anything that’s happening in society.”“It’s unfortunate that the WNBA has fined us and not supported its players,” she added.Fever forward Tamika Catchings also confirmed her team would not answer questions about their 82-70 game win or the sport itself. She mentioned the blackout was a group decision.“I think, no matter what our success is on the court, basketball is just that — it’s just basketball,” the 2012 WNBA champion said. “And there’s a whole other world outside of that, and it’s way more important than what we do.”“What’s most upsetting is the way it was handled,” Indiana Fever point guard Briann January told ESPN. “You have a league that is 90 – if not above 90 – percent African-American and you have an issue that is directly affecting them and the people they know and you have a league that isn’t willing to side with them.”Phoenix Mercury forward Mistie Bass pointed out the WNBA’s praise of team actions in support of the Orlando Shooting last month, which included wearing t-shirts.I would hope the league would feel the same way about our desire 2 use this platform 4 the recent tragedies! #taboo pic.twitter.com/agtKlYovOu— Mistie Bass (@A_Phoenix_Born) July 21, 2016Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, who has been encouraging athletes to be social activists, also supports the protest.“I don’t see no reason to fine them,” he told ESPN. “If anything you should want to support them. I don’t know details, but don’t see a reason to fine them.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#cruisetourismupairarrivalsdown, #magneticmedianews, #TCItourismarrivals Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 2, 2017 – Providenciales – There is double digit growth for tourism in the second quarter of 2017, when compared to the same period last year and the spike comes from cruise ship arrivals. While Grand Turk enjoyed having 53,000 more visitors for April, May and June this year, overnight figures dropped, slightly by 3,215.The TCI Tourist Board released the figures this week and the show air arrivals, were down 2% particular in the month of June where the drop was by 9% when compared to 2016. Top 10 markets for the Turks and Caicos according to the report, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, other European countries, Brazil, the Caribbean and still leading the way as a source tourism market… the United States of America.The bigger concern though is that the TCI, though still a leading destination is after two quarters for 2017 trending down. Overall, the country is with a 44% decrease in visitors to our shores.#MagneticMediaNews#cruisetourismupairarrivalsdown#TCItourismarrivals
QuikrQuikr websiteQuikr, the classifieds portal, said on Wednesday that it was relocating its headquarters to Bangalore from Mumbai to expand its technology team and grow its footprint.The founder and CEO, Pranay Chulet, said that the relocation to Bangalore would help grow their technology and product team faster, a move that would have taken 18-24 months in Mumbai, the financial capital.The six-year-old company is a part of the South African media conglomerate Naspers. The transition is expected to happen over the next six months. Quikr will, however, retain 600 of its 800 Mumbai employees in the city. The move to Bangalore would help it ramp up its staff strength from 150 to 600 members, with a significant addition to the technology team.The web-company joins a long list of players who have migrated to the tech and start-up hub from other parts of the country.Bangalore has welcomed many other technology companies making the transition to tap into its substantial software talent pool. The Garden City has benefitted from the start-up culture too. With its expanding plug and play capabilities, the software capital offers better business infrastructure.Other firms finding a business home in the city are – online booking firm Ola and FreeCharge, an online mobile recharge player. January 2015 will see Instamojo, a payment start-up, move operations to Bangalore, whose cofounder and CEO Sampad Swain admitted that the choice to go with Bangalore was prompted by the ready availability of engineers from older generation platform companies like Akamai and Yahoo! Instamojo aims to grow its engineering team from 10 to 50 in the next six to 12 months.”Talent from other cities are averse to move to Mumbai due to cost of living and quality of life,” said Kunal Shah, co-founder of FreeCharge.Ola moved in mid-2012 and has seen its base also become its biggest market in the country.Quikr’s Chulet said that the move was growth oriented and should not to be seen as a cost consolidation effort. This year the company has raised over Rs 900 crore from a list of investors that includes Tiger Global, Kinnevik, Matrix Partners India, Omidyar Network, Nokia Growth Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Warburg Pincus and eBay Inc.Market sources say that salaries in Bangalore are higher by 20-40% for top engineering talent. The new breed of start-ups has to compete with international players with deep pockets for suitable talent.
Vivek OberoiVarinder ChawlaVivek Oberoi, who will be seen in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biopic, has reportedly received death threats from Naxalites over the release of the movie on Friday. While investigation regarding the case is going on, Vivek has been provided with police protection. Meanwhile, ever since the actor has announced that he will star in PM Modi’s biopic, Vivek has found himself making headlines for the wrong reasons.First, the movie, which was set to release on April 5, was postponed to May 24 after the Election Commission asked the makers to release the film after the Lok Sabha elections.Secondly, Vivek, who has been active on social media, landed in a row with actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan over his ‘first terrorist was Hindu’ remark. Vivek had said that Haasan should not divide the country. He had also slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee.And, he found recently himself in another controversy after sharing a meme that compared his ex Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s relationships from past to present with that of the opinion and exit polls. The meme featured Salman Khan, Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan besides Vivek himself. Many of his fellow industry people including Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Madhur Bhandarkar blasted the actor for such insensitive tweet. Vivek also received a notice from Maharastra State Commission for Women. He later apologised for the same and also deleted his tweet. Vivek Oberoi plays Prime Minister Narendra ModiTwitter/VivekOberoi
Three motorcyclists were killed after a truck knocked them in Akbar Shah area of Chittagong city early Friday.The deceased are Qamrul Islam, 27, Md Nizam, 32, and Md Rezaul, 30.Akbar Shah police station officer in-charge Md Alamgir said a truck hit the three motorcyclists in Shahid Lane area of the city around 3:00am, leaving them dead on the spot.“Police have detained the driver and his assistant and seized the truck,” he added.The OC also said the bodies were sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for autopsy.
Professor Kazi Shahidullah appointed as new UGC chairman. Photo: Dhaka University WebsiteProfessor Kazi Shahidullah, former vice chancellor of National University, has been appointed as the new chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), reports UNB.Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education issued a notification on Wednesday in this regard.Kazi Shahidullah, a professor of the Department of History at University of Dhaka has been appointed for a four-year term.Its previous chairman professor Abdul Mannan’s term came to an end on 7 May.Since then professor Yusuf Ali Molla, the senior-most official of Bangladesh University Grants Commission, served as its acting chairman.
Share I look forward to working with @HoustonISD to make sure we are doing our best for our schools, our children and the city of Houston. pic.twitter.com/lPuHpz0r6v— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 5, 2018 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has chosen the Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza to lead the nation’s largest school system.De Blasio, a Democrat, said Monday, March 5th, that Carranza has been appointed to replace Chancellor Carmen Farina, who’s retiring.Miami’s schools superintendent had accepted the post but then backed out last week. Alberto Carvalho cited emotional pleas from the Miami schools community to stay.Photo via HISDHouston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza said he’s “incredibly honored” to be chosen to replace Chancellor Carmen Farina.Carranza has been the superintendent in Houston since August 2016. He previously was superintendent of the San Francisco school system.“It has been an honor and privilege to have served the students of the Houston Independent School District and bring a voice to communities that have historically been underserved,” Carranza said in a press release. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce my departure as I embark on this new journey. I am looking forward to the opportunity of serving the 1.1 million students in New York City. I am forever grateful to the people of Houston for allowing me to be a part of this great city.”While Carranza leaves in the midst of HISD facing several challenges, HISD school board is confident in the ability to overcome those challenges with viable solutions, said the press release. “We the Board wish Carranza the best in his endeavors and appreciate the leadership he brought to this district,” said President Rhonda Skillern-Jones. “We are committed to continuing the work he began and moving the district forward.”Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner‘s statement on Carranza becoming Chancellor of New York City schools:“I received phone calls today from Richard Carranza and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. I wished the superintendent well, and I told Mayor de Blasio that I believe he is getting a very capable superintendent. Now, we must focus on HISD’s situation,” said Turner in a press release. “HISD is our largest school district not only in the city but also in the state, and it’s important for its trustees to put in place a very capable interim leader as we navigate through the challenges the district is facing. It’s clear the city cannot move forward unless our school districts are moving forward and providing a quality education to all our children. I will be glad to work closely with the interim superintendent as well as the board to make sure we are doing the very best for our schools, our children and the people in the city of Houston,” said Turner. WATCH: Carranza at a press conference with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio.Join me at City Hall for an announcement on the future of our city’s schools. https://t.co/Qze5gC5P6s— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 5, 2018
Listen 00:00 /14:06 John Kerry says, during the 2004 presidential election, the political attacks that called into question elements of his service in Vietnam helped usher in the era of political polarization we now face.The former Secretary of State, longtime Senator from Massachusetts, and former Democratic presidential nominee writes about those attacks, our current state of national divide, and other memories from his life in his new book, Every Day Is Extra.In the audio above, he tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty such smear tactics only serve to further alienate Americans who sit on different sides of the political spectrum.“I think it takes away from the ability of people to build consensus around facts themselves,” Kerry said. “It makes politics all about attack and destruction…it’s not good for our democracy.”The book takes its title from a saying Kerry and his fellow service members had in Vietnam regarding how lucky there were to survive each day and about the great fortune of those who were lucky enough to make it home alive.“It’s a reflection of a gift, and an obligation – a sense of responsibility to live a life of purpose,” Kerry said.His views on the Vietnam War differed greatly from those of the late former Sen. John McCain, who was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Kerry protested the war after his return from service.Despite those differences, Kerry writes about the unlikely friendship the two forged later in life – so much so that, eventually, the two visited together the prison cell in Vietnam where McCain was held captive.J. Scott Applewhite/APThe late Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State John Kerry speak in the House of Representatives in 2014. In his new memoir, Kerry says the two eventually forged a friendship despite their differences on the Vietnam War and other issues.Kerry says that experience cemented his belief in the potential for compromise – to the point that he even briefly considered choosing McCain as his running mate in 2004.“To stand in the very cell with John, when we had come from this place of disagreement, but we had formed a friendship and were finding common ground…then anybody can come together,” he said.“Then you can find a way – Democrat, Republican, liberal, or conservative – whoever you are you can work through these things. You’ve got to listen to other people. And you’ve got to not just believe you have the only way of doing something and find a way to compromise, which is the essence of democracy.”When asked if he would ever consider another run for political office, Kerry said he’s not thinking about that now. Instead, he says he’s focusing on driving voter turnout for the 2018 midterm elections.Kerry will speak Saturday, Sept. 29, at an event for The Progressive Forum at Houston’s Congregation Emanu El, located at 1500 Sunset Blvd. Share Alex Brandon/AP John Kerry, former Senator, Secretary of State, and presidential candidate. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Hundreds of HBCU students, alumni, and supporters rallied this week to show their support for Maryland’s four HBCUs in the final days of the historic HBCU equality lawsuit and to lay out a vision for the future.Hundreds of students, young alumni, and other supporters show up for HBCU Rally at Masonic Lodge in Baltimore. (AFRO Photo/Deborah Bailey)“We’re writing history for all people attending HBCUs across America,” DeJuan Patterson, one of the rally’s lead organizers, told a crowd that filled the Eutaw Street Masonic Lodge. The rally brought supporters of the state’s four HBCUs together to lay out next steps as the remedial phase of the lawsuit closes out on Feb. 21. During those proceedings, the parties to the lawsuit will attempt to agree on a plan to address the illegal duplication of HBCU programs at other state schools.Organizers are hoping to fill the courtroom in the final days.“You being at the courthouse makes a difference,” said Rashad Staton, Morgan State University alum and co-organizer of the evening’s event. “Let’s stand in the courtroom on Thursday and let’s stand in the court next Tuesday so we can send a message to every level of government that we value our own lives.”Earl Richardson, president emeritus of Morgan State University, reminded the audience that the state of Maryland will act in their interest only as long as HBCU supporters press for change. “Since we went to court, you see buildings going up on our campuses,” Richardson said. “As soon as the pressure is off, they will go back to business as usual. They will stop immediately if pressure is not applied.”The last two days of testimony in the remedial phase were scheduled for Feb. 16 and Feb. 21 at the U.S. Federal District Court of Maryland, 101 West Lombard Street in Baltimore. Court is in session from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. ”It’s up to us to create our own stories,” Patterson urged the gathering. “Ask where your university president stands on these issues,” he said.