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#JaVotes2016: Vaz confident of win as delays hit West Portland voting

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first_imgThe electorate in West Portland are turning out to cast their ballots on election day 2016. Most polling stations across that constituency, where the incumbent Daryl Vaz is being challenged by Peoples National Party (PNP) candidate Vernon Hemmings, opened on time and voting is proceeding, but not without delays. At Orange Bay primary, the voting process was proceeding without much difficulty, although some of the electors including 70 year old Sherwood Forrester stated that it took them approximately 10 minutes to complete the voting process. A similar situation was evident at Buff Bay primary and Windsor primary, where the process was delayed by lack of national identification cards. Vaz, who is seeking a third term, is expressing confidence that he will win by a wide margin. According to Vaz, indications are that there will be a national swing in favour of the JLP. But while Vaz is confident of victory, Hemmings is also expressing confidence of a victory- pointing out that the ground work done by his team should ensure a PNP victory. `last_img

$10 Million Allocated for Management of Returned Migrants

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first_imgA sum of $10 million has been budgeted by the Government to strengthen the policy, legislative and institutional framework that guides the management and treatment of involuntary returned migrants to the island.The money has been allocated in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.It will go towards preparing a framework and protocol for tracking the reintegration of returned migrants; develop and submit to Cabinet a Reintegration and Rehabilitation strategy; revise the National Deportation Policy; develop minimum standard operating procedures for managing the reintegration of deported migrants; and conduct a baseline study and spatial mapping on deported persons.The allocation will also be used to develop a strategy for reintegration of returned migrants in the local sustainable development planning process; prepare public education materials for distribution at help desks in local authorities; and increase the capacity of non-governmental organisations to provide more efficient and effective services to returned migrants.The programme, which falls under the Ministry of National Security, is being funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).last_img read more

This years Hot Docs festival flaunts neargender parity

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first_img“Fair and balanced.” That might be a term more closely associated with cable stalwart Fox News (in either a sincere or cynical fashion) – but it can also be applied to this year’s Hot Docs film festival, with organizers touting near-gender parity among 2017’s selections.Of the 230 titles to play this year’s edition of the documentary extravaganza, almost 48 per cent of the programming will be courtesy of female filmmakers. They include Lana Slezic, whose debut doc Bee Nation will act as the festival’s opening night film. Chronicling a group of students in Saskatchewan who compete in the province’s first First Nations Spelling Bee, Slezic’s work promises to resonate with current headlines – which makes it par for the course with Hot Docs’ 2017 lineup, a fact that the festival is eager to trumpet.“The Hot Docs programming team has scoured the globe to bring the finest documentaries to Toronto audiences for a festival-high of 58 countries,” said Shane Smith, director of programming for the festival, in a statement. “As our world shifts in startling new ways, Hot Docs is committed to showcasing those films that tackle topics of global importance: from environmental issues and human rights, to international conflict.” Advertisement On that latter note, this year’s festival offers coverage in spades across all 13 of its programs. The devastating war in Syria, for instance, will be highlighted by such films as 69 Minutes of 86 Days, which follows a three-year-old Syrian refugee and her family as they struggle to make their way through Europe; Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, by noted documentarian Sebastian Junger; A Memory in Khaki, which promises a more poetic take on the conflict; and City of Ghosts, Matthew Heineman’s look at reporters covering a country under siege, which screened to great acclaim at Sundance earlier this winter. (All these films will screen under the “Syria 360°” label.) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more