Register to Vote Online. Everybody’s Doing It.

first_imgRegister to Vote Online. Everybody’s Doing It. By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE Email Facebook Twitter   SHARE  TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf September 21, 2016 The Blog,  Voting & Elections A half-million people rarely would agree on anything. But that’s the number of people who’ve used Pennsylvania’s online voter registration (OVR) application since it launched last August.That’s more than the populations of Allentown, Erie, Reading, Scranton, Lancaster and Harrisburg combined.The OVR application site at register.votesPA.com registered its 500,000th user on Saturday, September 17 at 4:05pm. The 500,000th applicant was a resident of Lancaster County.To date, approximately 58 percent of users have been eligible citizens registering for the first time, while the remaining 42 percent were voters making updates to their existing voter registration, such as a change of name, address or party affiliation.Governor Wolf has made it a priority to make it easier for Pennsylvanians to participate in the electoral process.In addition to OVR, Pennsylvania recently launched 2Vote, a voter registration text messaging service. Simply text “PA” to “2Vote” (28683) on a smartphone and you’ll get the tools you need to register, locate your polling place, contact election officials and more – delivered right to your smartphone.To learn more about online voter registration, check the frequently asked questions at votesPA.com.To register to vote like hundreds of thousands of your fellow Pennsylvanians, go to register.votespa.com and fill out the application before the deadline on October 11.last_img read more

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Guyana Football Federation dismayed following Disciplinary Committee ruling

first_imgTHE executive committee of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) noted with consternation the adverse ruling against their body by the Disciplinary Committee in the matter of a complaint made by Slingerz FC, Alpha United, Pele FC and the Georgetown Football Club (GFF).Attorneys Sanjeev Datadin (Chairman) and Natasha Vieira, along with Dr. Clement McEwan ruled that the executive committee’s decision to move the STAG Elite League from eight to ten teams was ultra vires their powers and unconstitutional and that the GFF Constitution can only be amended by Congress and the Executive Committee had no authority to unilaterally amend the Constitution in any manner whatsoever.The GFF stated that “while the executive committee fully respects the independence and role of the Disciplinary Committee, it is their (the GFF) position that this matter does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Disciplinary Committee, as was formally communicated to the Chairman at the outset.”“The governing bodies, FIFA and CONCACAF, have confirmed that the Executive Committee acted fully within its rights and powers, as clearly laid out in the GFF’s Constitution; that no breach to the Constitution occurred, and that no change to the Constitution was required in order to expand the League” the Federation said in a release.Article 36.2.i of the Constitution states that it is within the powers of the Executive Committee to “draw up regulations governing the conditions of participation in and the staging of competitions organised by the Federation, including the playing schedule. This shall not affect the composition of the Congress.”In addition, according to the GFF, the four clubs that chose to boycott this season’s League were in violation of Article 13.1.c of the Constitution, which states that members are obliged “to take part in competitions (if applicable) or other sporting activities organised/approved by the Federation.”“As a consequence of this breach of the Constitution, which automatically meant the clubs had chosen not to be in good standing with the GFF, CONCACAF was forced to take the very difficult decision to exclude those clubs from this year’s regional competition” the Federation added.The GFF cited that “it is vital that all of our members are fully familiar with, and willing to abide by, the full content of the Constitution, as we seek to reform and rebuild football in Guyana.The GFF Executive Committee is working hard to restore the image of football in Guyana and to lay sustainable foundations for a professional, accountable and successful future for football through reform, respect for the rules and careful investment in development and facilities.last_img read more

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IPL franchises see glass half-full despite  financial hit from COVID-19

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian Premier League’s eight teams are counting the cost of COVID-19’s impact on their finances but having faced the prospect of the tournament being wiped out by the pandemic this year they are taking a ‘glass half-full’ view of the situation.The IPL’s original March start was scuppered by the first wave of the novel coronavirus and India’s cricket board (BCCI) had to pull out all the stops to rescue the Twenty20 league, which has an estimated $6.8 billion brand value.The tournament has been shifted to the United Arab Emirates, will be played under a hastily-arranged title sponsor and will start on Sept. 19 — nearly six months later than scheduled.After Vivo paused its title sponsorship for this year’s edition, fantasy gaming company Dream11 took it up for 2.22 billion Indian rupees (22.75 million pounds), roughly half of the 4.4 billion the Chinese smartphone maker paid annually.“The discount provided to Dream11 would be a major (financial) hit for the BCCI, along with making arrangements for bio-secure bubble which will be an additional cost burden on the board,” Santosh N, an external advisor at financial consultancy firm Duff & Phelps, told Reuters.The league shares 50% of the title sponsorship money with the eight franchises, who will also miss out on gate receipts and in-stadium revenue this year while existing sponsors demand discounts in the absence of fan initiatives.The switch has seen Delhi Capitals lose shirt sponsor Daikin, with the air-conditioning equipment maker saying the new dates did not work for them.“The reason being the business scenario and the timing, which earlier, being the summer, would call for advertising efforts to create awareness and recall for the AC category,” a Daikin spokesman told Reuters.Capitals Chairman Parth Jindal said the BCCI should look at compensating the franchises.“If the BCCI doesn’t compensate, there will be a significant loss to each franchise, about a 30% drop in revenues,” Jindal told Mint newspaper earlier this month.SILVER LININGBut with the BCCI at risk of a $547 million drop in revenue had the entire season been cancelled, treasurer Arun Sigh Dhumal preferred to look on the bright side.“When you encounter such challenging times and so many impediments, you are bound to lose on certain revenues,” Dhumal told Reuters.“Looking at the overall picture, everybody should be happy that at least we’ve been able to organise it.“At such short notice, we’ve been able to get a new title sponsor. It speaks volumes of IPL as a brand, and how it has grown over the years.”Sponsors continue to trickle in for the franchises and the league also welcomed edutech start-up Unacademy as a new sponsor on Saturday on a three-year deal, reportedly worth 1.2 billion rupees.Santosh said that as the tournament draws closer more would come onboard. “And with the IPL happening around the festive season this time around, it’s an added bonus for the companies to be associated with it,” he added.last_img read more

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Capello Lures Cameroon Skipper to China

first_imgJiangsu, who signed Brazilian duo Ramires and Alex Teixeira last year, are second from bottom in the Chinese top flight with just 10 points from 16 matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cameroon striker Benjamin Moukandjo has joined Fabio Capello’s struggling Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning after two seasons at Lorient, the French club said on Thursday.The 28-year-old who captained Cameroon to the African Cup of Nations title in 2017 has signed a two-years deal with the club coached by former AC Milan, Real Madrid and England boss Capello since June.Moukandjo scored 26 goals in 61 games for Lorient over two seasons, but was tempted away after the club were relegated to the second tier at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.last_img read more

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