first_imgThe Supreme Court dealt a blow to many ex-felons in Florida on Thursday.In a surprise to many, the nation’s highest court decided to allow the state to enforce a law that bars ex-felons from voting if they still owe court fees or fines.Thursday’s action denied a request to lift the order of lower court rulings. Liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan dissented.“This Court’s order prevents thousands of otherwise eligible voters from participating in Florida’s primary election simply because they are poor,” Sotomayor wrote in the dissent.She added, “This Court’s inaction continues a trend of condoning (disenfranchisement).”Nearly 1.4 million Floridians with previous felony convictions had their voting rights restored through a constitutional amendment passed in November 2018. Amendment 4, which allowed convicted felons who complete “all terms of sentence” the right to vote, passed with about 65 percent of the vote, exceeding the 60 percent threshold required.After Amendment 4 went into effect last year, the Florida legislature passed, and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed, a bill that clarified “all terms of sentence” to include legal financial obligations including fines, fees and restitution.The fees and fines that felons are ordered to pay range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars, according to Lisa Foster, the co-director of the Fines and Fees Justice Center, a group that aims to eliminate fees in the US justice system.Breaking: The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear Florida’s felon voting case en banc (meaning the whole court). It also stayed the district court’s ruling, so Florida’s law requiring felons to serve their full sentences before voting remains in effect.— Honest Elections Project (@honestelections) July 1, 2020 In Florida, all court charges that go unpaid after 90 days are referred to private debt collectors, who are allowed to add up to a 40 percent surcharge on the unpaid court debt, according to the Brennan Center.Earlier this month, a federal appeals court in Atlanta blocked a judge’s order that had cleared the way for hundreds of thousands of felons in Florida to register to vote.In response, the American Civil Liberties Union, along with the Campaign Legal Center and other voting rights groups, filed an application last week asking the Supreme Court for an order that would have overturned the appeals court decision.Lawyers for DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel Lee, also a Republican, argued against the petition, saying that Floridians will be “irreparably harmed” if the district court’s “patently erroneous injunction is reinstated, enabling hundreds of thousands of ineligible voters to take part in the upcoming elections, one of which is only a month away.”Thursday’s decision from the Supreme Court came just days before the voter registration deadline in Florida.The state’s primary election is scheduled for August 18 and voters must register by July 20.Ex-Felons’ Voting Rights on Hold As Court Accepts DeSantis’ Appeallast_img read more

first_imgTHE West Indies Fullbore Shooting Council (WIFBSC) 11-member team to the 150th Imperial Meeting of the National Rifle Association (United Kingdom) in Bisley is raring and ready to take on the rest of the world from July 18.With sponsorship from a number of entities and individuals, the Council was able to produce a Team Jacket for this historical event. According to Adjutant of the team, Guyanese-based USA shooter Sigmund Douglas, he is happy with the response to the request by all towards producing the jacket.“I would like, on behalf of the team, to thank all those companies and individuals that have contributed to this project. The team would strive to do their best in the competition which would be tough but we will persevere.”The companies contributing are Industrial Safety Supplies Inc., Crown Mining Supply and Concept Innovation Security Inc. The individuals are Mahendra Persaud, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ret’d) Paul Slowe, president of the WIFBSC Major (ret’d) D. John Nelson JP, Norris Gomez, David Dummont, Lindley Scott, Carl Reid, Nelson Simmons, Wilbur, along with the New York-based trio of, David Lam, Lamart Williams and Abraham Araya.Guyanese Lennox Braithwaite will perform duties as captain of the team. He, along with John Fraser (Guyanese/USA based), Anderson Perry (Antigua & Barbuda), Rev. Olsen Daniels (Antigua & Barbuda) and Douglas would be arriving in the UK next Wednesday while another Guyanese, Dylan Fields, would be departing today.Perry and Daniels would be making their respective debut at Bisley. Already in England are Trinidad and Tobago duo of Norris Gomez and Michael Perez (drafted in last week), as well as the UK-based pair of Chalkie White (St Kitts & Nevis) and Caroline Gomez (Trinidad and Tobago).last_img read more

first_imgEarlier this season, Frank Howard called playing on the road “our dream.” He relishes the travel because it’s an opportunity to fly cross country and just focus on basketball. More than midway through the season, Syracuse’s record has reflected its “love” of playing away from central New York.“Get to step away from classes a little bit, just straight focus on basketball,” Howard said. “We get excited for that stuff, and we just want to protect our name on the road.”Syracuse (17-7, 8-3 Atlantic Coast) will put its 5-1 true road record on the line Wednesday night at North Carolina State (17-7, 5-6). The Orange is one of 11 teams with one or fewer road losses this season, per TeamRankings.com. Two of SU’s biggest wins this season — then-No. 1 Duke and then-No.16 Ohio State — came away from the Carrier Dome. For SU to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament, Syracuse will need to continue its hot play on the road in Raleigh, N.C. and in its four remaining road games.“When you go on the road in this league and you can get a win, you go home happy. Period,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorSU’s first trip away from the Carrier Dome took it to neutral Madison Square Garden, where the Orange lost to Connecticut and Oregon. But those losses made Syracuse’s first true road game — in Columbus to take on the Buckeyes — that much more important. The Buckeyes had yet to lose, and OSU was No. 1 in the NCAA’s initial release of the NET rankings. But even a quick start from Ohio State was overcome by dominant play from Oshae Brissett in Syracuse’s second ranked game of the year.The Orange was home for the remainder of nonconference play, but two more losses made the ACC opener, on the road at Notre Dame, another momentum-swinging contest. T.J. Gibbs hit four first-half 3s for the Irish, putting SU at risk of a conference-opening loss. But the Orange adjusted in the second half to get stops and win that game, too.“To get an away win in ACC starting off,” Tyus Battle said on Jan. 5, “it’s good momentum for us.”That set up SU for its win at then-No. 1 Duke nine days later, when the Orange weathered an early 14-2 deficit and triumphed in overtime. Syracuse’s only road loss at then-No. 10 Virginia Tech was followed by wins at Boston College and Pittsburgh to keep its play away from the Dome a strong suit.Syracuse’s road success often shows at the foul line, with its best free throw shooting day coming at Ohio State. In four of the Orange’s six road games, they’ve hit at least 11 3s, a total that’s only been reached twice at home in 16 games. Battle’s two highest-scoring games have come on the road — 32 points against the Blue Devils and 31 points at BC.“It’s better walking off and hearing boos but we’re smiling,” Brissett said.It matters, too. Road wins can be the difference if the Orange are going dancing, or not. The selection committee has used road victories as a part of its past criteria, a big part of the reason that SU’s 2016-17 team didn’t make the NCAA Tournament.That year’s Orange, led by Tyler Lydon, John Gillon and Andrew White III, beat three top-10 teams in the Carrier Dome, inciting three court stormings. But a 2-8 road record cost them. There’ll be at least two top-10 teams coming to the Dome in the coming weeks in Duke and Virginia, but wins against them might not be necessary if the Orange can keep up their play on the road.“We find joy if a team is cheering against us,” Brissett said. “It really turns us up. It’s better walking off the floor, like I said, walking off the floor with a smile on our face and they’re going home mad.” Published on February 12, 2019 at 10:51 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThat’s according to Tom Maher, who’s a member of the stadium management committee.There have been concerns about the state of the pitch during the early months of this year.Tom says the head groundsman at Croke Park didn’t have any major problems with how it’s being looked after.last_img

first_imgAmid stringent ‘security measures,’ the much awaited 2016 national examinations of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) is in its third day sitting today, with students gearing up to take chemistry and history.But this year’s exam had been embroiled in a series of uncertainties; couple with the reported stealing of the testing materials.Dele G. Gboto, WAEC Head of Test Administration, has meanwhile advised all registered 12th graders to prepare themselves and go to the selected testing centers with only their pens and pencils, adding that students should carry, “nothing else, especially electronic devices as doing so will disqualify any candidate caught.”Despite the earlier fiasco caused by the theft of exam papers from a storage in Konola Academy, Kakata the WAEC examinations began last Monday throughout the country with 46,000 students sitting for one subject: mathematics.On the second day, yesterday, students tackled geography and biology exam questions. Reports across the country and from various campuses indicate that there has been so far a smooth administration of the examinations as students eagerly focused on the test subjects.At the Boatswain Junior High School campus, students who are taking the exams are doing as well as they can, according to a sample of students interviewed yesterday.“We are doing our best and I think we are sure that we are doing the right thing to get the results that we need,” said a female student from the Assembly of God of Caldwell, who is writing her exams at the Boatswain Junior High School campus.Reports from Grand Cape Mount, Nimba and Margibi County were also positive with students engaged in their exams with a sense of dedication.“Students are cautiously and religiously working on their exam papers,” according to reports from Nimba County.Information gathered from the various venues indicates that students who are writing their exams have decided to do all they can to get the job done so that they can look at the future and see what they need to do to further their lives.“They are not even discussing the recent postponement of the examinations caused by leaked test papers,” according to our Nimba correspondent, Ishmael Menkor.The exams will continue on Thursday with students writing physics and economics and many reports indicate that students are in a marathon rush to get the exams successfully behind them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAfter several years of drought-like conditions, recent rainy weather might just give grain producers in the Peace River region a chance for a decent crop yield.The longer-lasting snow cover did delay seeding, but despite the late seeding, the season has gotten off to a good start, says David Wuthrich, president of the B.C. Grain Producers Association.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=3601|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6b40724469c8f32f8371241737f1c083-Wuthrich Crops 1_1_Pub.mp3] Fort St. John has experienced 60 millimetres of precipitation so far this month. While 71.4 mm is the normal June, with a little more than a week to go before the end of the month, Environment Canada is calling for between 10 and 20 mm, Thursday. That added precipitation could easily push the area above the monthly average.Wuthrich says additional rain could cause problems for grain crops, but would not hurt hay or grass seed production. Ideally, he says grain producers hope for rain at least once a week, followed by sunny weather.The Peace River region has been plagued by drought-like conditions over several years and Environment Canada is predicting a hot, dry summer for most of the country, including across B.C. However, Wuthrich says even if that does prove to be true, the amount of moisture the area has already seen has recharged soils and should be enough to carry the crop through to the harvest.Advertisement As of Tuesday, 257.4 mm of precipitation has been recorded at the Fort St. John airport for the year, which is far higher than the 199.2 mm normal.If crop yields are not as high as anticipated, there are resources for farmers to access, such as production insurance or AgriStability and AgriRecovery. Yet, even this aid may not be enough to sustain farmers. Wuthrich says production insurance is often dependent on a farmer’s 10-year average yield. Thus, if drought conditions persist for several years, the average yield would decrease, limiting the amount for which farmers are eligible.last_img read more