LATEST STORIES MOST READ Osaka’s US Open win re-opens cultural discussion in Japan Pacquiao on Tuesday announced he was about to take “legal proceedings” against Top Rank regarding his US rights payment, which he allegedly did not receive, for his July 15 fight against Lucas Matthysse for the WBA World welterweight belt that was broadcast on ESPN+.READ: Pacquiao to Arum: I’ll see you in courtArum said in an ESPN report that Top Rank’s legal department looked into the issue a day after Pacquiao’s Instagram post.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Filipino boxing icon said his earlier post was just a result of “miscommunication” between both parties. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “We read the Instagram post and Harrison handled it with Pacquiao’s attorney, and it looks like everything will be resolved,” said Arum in ESPN’s report.Pacquiao has since deleted the caption in his previous post.As of posting time, Pacquiao is still in Top Rank’s fighter database.“I would like to thank Bob and Top Rank for helping guide my career and for the many great years of working together,” said Pacquiao who had his peak during his time with Top Rank. “We have accomplished so many amazing things together.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Philippine senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao trains at a press preview in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)All is well between Manny Pacquiao and longtime promoter Top RankAfter threatening to start a legal battle over supposedly unpaid TV fees, Pacquiao said that things have been smoothed out between Bob Arum’s Top Rank and Team Pacquiao.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum
Former Attorney General (AG) Anil Nandlall has approached the court to compel the David Granger-led coalition Cabinet to stop meeting and resign.The proceedings were filed on Monday. However, a date is yet to be fixed for hearing of the Fixed Date Application.In the court documents seen by Guyana Times, Nandlall is asking for an order compelling the Cabinet, including the President, to resign consequent of the Government being defeated by the vote of a no-confidence on December 21, 2018— which is in accordance with Article 106 (6) of the Guyana Constitution. He is also seeking a Mandatory Order compelling the Cabinet, including the President, to give effect to the resignation of the Cabinet, including the President, which occurred by operation of law following the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM).The former AG is also seeking a Conservatory Order, or an order restraining the Cabinet, inclusive of the President, from meeting, making decisions, or performing the functions of Cabinet, consequent of the successful passage of the motion as outlined in the Constitution.Article 106 (6) states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by a vote of majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly”.In his affidavit, Nandlall posited that as a politician and elected representative of Guyanese, he has a public, parliamentary, political and constitutional duty to ensure that the laws of Guyana are obeyed and complied with, especially by the Executive.“I file these proceedings in the discharge of those duties and am clothed with the requisite locus standi to do so,” the Opposition Member of Parliament stated.Nandlall pointed out that provisions of Article 106 (6) clearly mandates and compels the Cabinet, inclusive of the President, to resign once it is defeated by a vote of no-confidence.However, nine months after the passage of the motion, Cabinet has failed and neglected to resign in accordance with the unambiguous prescription and mandate of Constitution, and continues to function in contravention of Article 106 (6).He noted that in January 2019, multiple legal challenges were launched against the validity, legality and constitutionality of the said No-Confidence Motion, and despite the courts— including the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)— ruling that “upon the passage of this motion of no confidence in the Government, the clear provisions of Article 106 immediately became engaged” as well as a recent letter from Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who requested the President and his Cabinet to resign and dissolve Parliament, the Head of State did not accede to the request.“It must be emphasised that the Leader of the Opposition did not request the President to resign from the Office of the President but to simply resign as a Member and the Chairman of Cabinet. Since then, numerous Members of the Government, inclusive of the Attorney General (Basil Williams), have publicly stated that the Cabinet, inclusive of the President, will not resign, thereby continuing to perpetuate a breach of Article 106(6) of the Constitution,” he outlinedTo this end, Nandlall reminded the Court that it is the guardian of the Constitution, and has an inherent duty to grant appropriate remedies whenever the Constitution is likely to be, is being or has been contravened.The People’s Progressive Party Opposition, of which Nandlall is an Executive Member, has been contending that Guyana is in a constitutional crisis as the government continues to delay the hosting of early elections which was triggered by the passage of the NCM.According to Article 106 (7), “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.This meant elections were to be held since March 21, 2019. However, with the legal challenges, that timeline was on pause but was subsequently reinstated after the July 18, 2019 CCJ ruling, which validated the passage of the motion.Against this backdrop, the Opposition was pushing for a September 18, 2019 polling day. But President Granger had insisted that he cannot set a date without first being advised by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on its preparedness to host General and Regional Elections.GECOM had come under heavy criticism for deliberately delaying the elections by going ahead with the controversial House-to-House Registration. The constitutionality of this exercise was then challenged in court.In fact, Chief Justice Roxane George earlier this month ruled that the conduct of House-to-House is not unconstitutional or illegal. However, she noted that GECOM cannot operate as it would in a normal elections cycle. Given that the NCM triggered early elections, the Chief Justice had stated that there are other methods that can be used to sanitise the voters’ list in a timely manner, such as Claims and Objections.She had also ruled that it would be unconstitutional for GECOM to remove qualified persons already on the voters’ list. The Opposition had said this was a signification victory since the House-to-House exercise was aimed at creating a new National Register of Registrants (NRR) Database.Nevertheless, the Justice Claudette Singh-led Elections Commission on Tuesday announced that the registration exercise would be scrapped at the end of this month, and the information gathered thus far will be merged with the existing databaseIt was noted that GECOM would then move to an extensive Claims and Objections exercise before a Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) is extracted.President David Granger
“I hope love comes to me. I’m not looking for it with a married man,” Lane, recently divorced a second time, told The Philadelphia Inquirer. – Associated Press Ashlee: Real her is same Ashlee Simpson, who made headlines last year when she turned up with a new image and profile, says she’s still the same on the inside. “I feel very confident with the way I look,” the 22-year-old singer says in Cosmopolitan magazine’s June issue, on newsstands Tuesday. “But I felt just as confident the way I looked before. I’ve always been confident with who I am.” Simpson, who is working on her third album, says she has matured both as a person and an artist. – Associated Press Hootie aids schools Hootie & the Blowfish announced a 14-city concert tour Wednesday to help collect supplies for disadvantaged schools. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring school supplies, which are in turn donated to schools in the community. The group started its school charity concerts in 2003, and has collected around $100,000 worth of supplies so far, it says. The latest Homegrown Concert Series will begin July 3 in Lewiston, N.Y., and end Sept. 3 in Detroit. Other stops include Atlanta; Norfolk, Va.; Glendale, Ariz.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Highland Park, Ill.; Charleston, S.C.; and Indianapolis. The group’s hits include “Let Her Cry,” “Hold My Hand” and “Only Wanna Be with You.” – Associated Press Lohan plans festive 21st Lindsay Lohan won’t be satisfied with a cake and some candles when she turns 21. The raspy-voiced actress, who celebrates her big birthday on July 2, said Wednesday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she plans to “milk it” when she becomes old enough to legally go to clubs. She’ll celebrate by partying in Vegas, she said, and also with a dinner in Malibu with family and friends. Lohan stars in the upcoming Universal Pictures film “Georgia Rule.” – Associated Press Motley garb to be shown Vince Neil, lead singer of Motley Cr e, speaks about donating two costumes from Motley Cr e’s last tour, at the Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas on Wednesday in Las Vegas. The costumes that were donated will become additions to Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With no one ousted at the end of last week’s charity-focused show, “American Idol” gave the heave-ho to two contestants Wednesday night – Phil Stacey and Chris Richardson. The viewer vote tally from last week was added to this week’s, with more than 135 million phone and text-message ballots cast in all. Stacey, 29, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Chris Richardson, 22, of Chesapeake, Va., drew the fewest votes. The number of finalists now is down to four. Judge Randy Jackson said on Tuesday’s program that Stacey’s take on Bon Jovi’s “Blaze Of Glory” was his “best performance ever.” Stacey – a “good man,” said host Ryan Seacrest – performed that song one last time Wednesday, as LaKisha Jones and other finalists wiped away tears. Richardson, a Justin Timberlake lookalike, hugged “best friend” and finalist Blake Lewis when Seacrest announced he was going home. “Thank you to everybody for keeping me in this long,” said Richardson, before giving a farewell performance of “Wanted Dead Or Alive” – again, by Bon Jovi. The final four are Jones, Lewis, Jordin Sparks and Melinda Doolittle. – Associated Press Wife catches bikini photos When a television-news friend of NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen e-mailed him pictures of herself in a bikini, they were intercepted – by his wife. Alycia Lane, anchor for Philadelphia’s KYW-TV, said the vacation pictures were part of “harmless” banter between “two old friends,” not an attempt to break up Eisen’s four-year marriage.
It could also be that dining together allows parents to set a better eating example for their kids. And mealtime is often the only chance parents have to actually look over their busy teenagers, catch up on their lives and visually assess behavioral or physical changes that might signal problems.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The importance of the family meal has been shown mainly in studies from the University of Minnesota, Harvard and Rutgers that have looked at family eating habits of nearly 40,000 middle-school students and teenagers. The research has shown that those who regularly have meals with their parents eat more fruits, vegetables and calcium-rich foods, ingest more vitamins and nutrients, and consume less junk food. Some of the research has shown that kids who regularly sit down to eat with their families are at lower risk for smoking and drug and alcohol use. But, as is the case with all studies in which people are observed over time, the big question is whether the family meal really leads to healthier habits. Could kids from happier, more health-conscious families simply be more likely to sit down to a family meal? University of Minnesota researchers have sought to answer that question by looking at “family connectedness,” which essentially measures the psychological health of a family. Children from highly connected families have been shown to eat healthier foods, get better grades and have lower risk for smoking and drug and alcohol use. But in the Minnesota research, whether the family was connected or troubled was less important than whether family members regularly dined together. One study, published in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in 2004, found that even after controlling for family connectedness, kids who had seven or more family meals a week were far less likely to smoke, drink alcohol or use marijuana than those who had just one family meal or none. Why a family meal can make such a difference isn’t entirely clear. Parents might simply put better food on the table when everyone gets together. People dining alone tend to eat pizza, for instance, while families who order pizza together tend also to put vegetables or a salad on the table, Feldman noted. Television viewing has long been linked to poor eating habits. So when University of Minnesota researchers embarked on a study of family meals, they fully expected that having the TV on at dinner would take a toll on children’s diets. But to their surprise, it didn’t make much difference. Families who watched TV at dinner ate just about as healthfully as families who dined without it. The biggest factor wasn’t whether the TV was on or off, but whether the family was eating the meal together. “Obviously, we want people eating family meals, and we want them to turn the TV off,” said Shira Feldman, public-health specialist at the university’s School of Public Health and lead author of the research. “But just the act of eating together is on some level very beneficial, even if the TV is on.” The research, published this month in The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, is the latest testament to the power of the family meal. While many parents worry about what their kids are eating – vegetables or junk food – a voluminous body of research suggests that the best strategy for improving a child’s diet is simply putting food on the table and sitting down together to eat it.
24 24 24 4. Croatia – Raquel Mauri (Ivan Rakitic’s wife) 2. Austria – Katja Butylina (David Alaba’s girlfriend) 24 24 24 24 16. Romania – Sabrina Chiriches (Vlad Chiriches’ wife) 24 8. Germany – Ann Kathrin Brommel (Mario Gotze’s girlfriend) 6. England – Sam Cooke (Chris Smalling’s girlfriend) 23. Ukraine – Inna Yarmolenko (Andriy Yarmalenko’s wife) 17. Russia – Natalia Ignashevich (Sergei Ignashevich’s wife) 24 15. Portugal – Ana Sofia Moreira (Pepe’s wife) 24 11. Republic of Ireland – Claudine Keane (Robbie Keane’s wife) 24 10. Iceland – Alexandra Ivarsdottir (Gylfi Sigurdsson’s girlfriend) The great and the good from European football have descended on France this summer for Euro 2016.They will be battling it out to win the Henri Delauney trophy in Paris on July 10, as they attempt to have their names written in the history books.But behind every great man is a great woman.So, to see the WAGs of the 2016 European Championship, click the right arrow above… 24 1. Albania – Monica Ercoli (Lorik Cana’s wife) – Click the right arrow for more Euro 2016 WAGs 12. Italy – Viktoria Varga (Graziano Pelle’s girlfriend) 19. Spain – Daniella Semaan (Cesc Fabregas’ girlfriend) 24 3. Belgium – Michele Lacroix (Kevin De Bruyne’s girlfriend) 24 9. Hungary – Csilla (Adam Szalai’s girlfriend) 24 24 21. Switzerland – Elena Bonzanni (Valon Behrami’s wife) 24 24 20. Sweden – Helena Seger (Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wfe) 18. Slovakia – Barbora Lovasova (Martin Skrtel’s wife) 24 24 24 22. Turkey – Tugba Sahin (Nuri Sahin’s wife) 5. Czech Republic – Radka Kocurova (Tomas Rosicky’s wife) 24 14. Poland – Anna Lewandowska (Robert Lewandowski’s wife) 13. Northern Ireland – Vanessa Lafferty (Kyle Lafferty’s wife) 7. France – Ludivine Sagna (Bacary Sagna’s wife) 24 24 24. Wales – Emma Rhys Jones (Gareth Bale’s girlfriend)
Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more possible standings Manchester United fans were treated to a surprise when tonight’s team news was announced.Paul Pogba, who only returned to training on Monday after featuring in the World Cup less than a month ago, starts against Leicester in the Premier League opener. 1 Paul Pogba captain. Andreas Pereira starting for Manchester United. Luke Shaw involved. It could be a great start to the season.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) August 10, 2018 gameday Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes impact ALTERED Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Paul “wants to leave” Pogba came back later than everyone else after the World Cup, got stuck in and put in double training sessions to get himself fit for the Premier League and he starts tonight as the club’s new captain. Love it.— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) August 10, 2018 NEW ERA How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Pogba is United captain for the night Paul Pogba played and won a World Cup final 26 days ago and he’s back starting, and captaining, our first Premier League game. Remember, people still say he doesn’t focus on football enough.— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) August 10, 2018 People still question Pogba’s attitude? He’s been back 4 days and he tells his boss he’s ready to go out and lead his troops on day 1 of the season. Sounds like my type of captain that!— Sam (@MuFc_Sam92) August 10, 2018 Making Pogba captain is a great move by Mourinho. A show of faith after a summer of negative rumours surrounding the two of them. Pogba will be buzzing and aching to do well.— Doc (@Doc_Joshi) August 10, 2018 highlights possible xi smart causal And that’s not all. Jose Mourinho has handed the Frenchman the captain’s armband.Over the past few weeks, there has been much speculation surrounding Pogba and a potential Old Trafford exit.But Mourinho appears to have laid those stories to rest, and United fans on Twitter are delighted: LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Let’s forget all the negativity. United are back. Pogba’s captain. We have a quality team. Let’s have a good go at the Premier League. Come on United! #mufc— United Xtra (@utdxtra) August 10, 2018 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return?
Once again there was plenty to enthuse about at the second day of the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile championships at Tullamore Harriers Stadium today. The weather also remained conducive to good performances.Fellan McGuigan (Finn Valley AC) continued the fine family tradition of throwing with an excellent win in the U16 hammer. He showed his form in the very first round with a throw of 69.35m, well over the record 67.78m of Ian McLoughlin in 1992. He improved his best to 70.13m in the second round and had his best throw of the day, 70.74m in the third round. He followed up with throws of 69.77m and 70.74m to round off a great day for the London based youth.Ben Kiely (Ferrybank AC) produced another fine performance to win the U18 400m hurdles, over four seconds clear of his nearest rival. His time of 53.2(h) improved on the record set by Padraic Grealey of 53.7 in 1985. Kiely followed up with a win in the 400m in a time of 50.81. Kiely’s Ferrybank clubmate Ciara Giles Doran was equally impressive in winning the girls U17 300m hurdles in a time of 41.84, to smash the record of another Ferrybank athlete Megan Kiely who clocked 43.59 in 2010.Another record fell by the wayside in the girls U18 300m hurdles where Claire Murphy (St. Laurence O’Toole AC) won in a time of 43.35, inside the 43.9 time of Suzanne Cummins set in 1994.Karl Griffin (Tir Chonaill AC) smashed one of the longest standing records when he won the U17 800m by the proverbial mile. His winning time of 1:52.73 removed Danny O’Brien’s 1:55.0 time from 1977 from the records.Another Donegal athlete, Mark English (Letterkenny AC) ran the U19 400m the way quarters should be run – fast from the gun – to win in style. Remarkably, this was his first ever race over one lap, winning in a time of 48.02. And, for good measure, his time bettered the 1988 time of Brendan Murphy with 48.62. It was also just two hundredths of a second outside the standard for the European junior championships. One of the closest finishes of the day came in the boys U16 long jump where David Cussen (Old Abbey AC) won by just 1cm from Sam Healy (Belgooly AC).DONEGAL ATHLETES SHINE AT JUVENILE CHAMPIONS was last modified: July 10th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL ATHLETES SHINE AT JUVENILE CHAMPIONS
The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty, on behalf of Donegal County Council, congratulates all the towns and villages in Co. Donegal who participated in this year’s SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition.Speaking after yesterday’s Award Ceremony in the Helix in Dublin, the Mayor paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers throughout the county who do trojan work throughout the year to have their towns and villages ready for the annual competition.He especially acknowledged the towns of Letterkenny and Glenties who received Gold Medal awards, Raphoe and Buncrana who received Silver Medal awards and Carraig Airt who received the Gaeltacht award and Manorcunningham who were recognised for their endeavours in their second year in the competition. He also offered congratulations to the Buncrana Lighthouse Restoration Project who received a Heritage Award and Letterkenny which was also recognised by Failte Ireland as one of ten Tourism Towns in the country.He stated that “being from Raphoe, I see first hand the tremendous work done by the Tidy Towns Committee throughout the entire year and achieving a Silver Award in the Tidy Towns Competition is a wonderful achievement for the town, the committee and all the volunteers and workers. The adjudicators described their visit to Raphoe as ‘a delight’ and this is testament to the strong community spirit that is alive and well in the town and among all its residents.”The County Manager, Mr. Seamus Neely, joined with the Mayor in congratulating all the participants of the Tidy Towns Competition. He said that ‘these towns and villages are all worthy of an award and are a great example of what can be achieved by working together in a local community.“The enthusiasm, pride and dedication of people in their communities have been reflected in the adjudicators reports and this is something that every Tidy Town Committee should be proud of.” MAYOR AND COUNCIL CONGRATULATE DONEGAL’S TIDY TOWNS COMMITTEES was last modified: September 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:County Manager Seamus NeelyMayor Frank McBreartyTIDT TOWNS COMPETITION
For the past two months, over eighty young people from across South West Donegal have been busy rehearsing for the Bosco Centre’s production of “Caisleáin Óir the Musical”.Now, as opening night draws near, excitement is beginning to rise in advance of this beautiful, heart-warming and enchanting musical.This enchanting Irish musical is based on the novel “Caisleain Oir” by Séamus Ó Grianna. The beautiful Donegal tale was transformed into a dynamic and heart rending musical in 1998 when Donegal’s very own Leslie Long wrote the score and along with Kathleen Ruddy and Phil Dalton, created a new, vibrant and truly memorable musical (in the English language) out of “Máire’s úrscéal”. The story of Caisleáin Óir (“Castles of Gold”), as many people remember from their old school days, follows Séimí Gallagher and Babaí Mhairtín Freil on their journey through life.Set in rural Ireland at the turn of the 20th century, the play focuses on the childhood romance of Séimí and Babaí’ (Oisin Joyce and Hannah Doogan) and their pursuit of destiny.Director, Séimí Campbell, musical director, Eileen Carr and choreographers, Berni Canny and Kellie Coughlan, said that they are “very excited about this year’s production.”“I am lucky to have such a talented cast, hard-working production team and a wonderful script with beautiful music”, Séimí added. “Caisleáin Óir” runs next weekend, Friday 22nd – Monday 25th August, in the Bosco Centre, Donegal Town nightly at 7pm. Tickets can be pre booked through the Bosco Office on 0877846012 or on the door at €10 adult and €5 child.Séimí and Babaí….. will they end up together or will fate stop them? You will have have to go to find out by coming to this spectacular musical production! ‘CAISLEAIN OIR – THE MUSICAL’ HITS THE DONEGAL STAGE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Caisleain OirDonegal TownJohn Bosco Centre
The Love Your South Africa campaignaims to foster a sense of belonging amongcitizens, thereby encouraging them to make their mark on Election Day.(Image: Government Online) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kate BapelaIndependent Electoral Commission+27 12 622 5579 or +27 82 600 6386 RELATED ARTICLES• SA kicks off 2011 election drive• South Africans will vote for change • SA’s multiparty democracy thriving• SA youngsters queue for change• Millions vote in record SA electionSource: Independent Electoral CommissionSouth Africans are again using their right to vote in the upcoming 2011 local government elections, which take place on 18 May. This is the third such event since the arrival of democracy in 1994.All elections in South Africa are overseen by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), a permanent body created by the Constitution to manage free and fair elections at all levels of government. Although publicly funded and accountable to parliament, the IEC is independent of the government.On 1 September 2010 the IEC received lists of South Africa’s new wards from the Municipal Demarcation Board, an independent body responsible for marking municipal boundaries and establishing new wards and voting districts.The 2011 municipal elections are taking place in eight metropolitan councils, 226 local councils, 44 district councils and 4 277 wards. Accordingly, the IEC has established 20 868 voting districts. Of these, 633 are categorised as voting centres and will cater for large numbers of voters.As with national and provincial elections, municipal elections take place every five years. The five-year term of the present municipal administrations started on 2 March 2006 and has now ended.Municipal by-elections take place within 90 days after a municipal ward council seat becomes vacant because of the death, expulsion or resignation of a ward councillor.The first democratic municipal elections took place in 1995/6, and the first municipal elections run by the IEC took place in 2000.Hybrid system for municipal electionsA mixed or hybrid system, making use of both the ward system and the proportional representation system, is used for municipal elections.There are three types of municipal councils in South Africa:Category A: metropolitan councils;Category B: local councils; andCategory C: district councils (have executive and legislative powers in areas that include local municipalities).For metropolitan municipalities, there are two types of elections in each ward:Metropolitan council ward, andMetropolitan proportional representation.In all local municipalities other than metropolitan municipalities, there are three types of elections in each ward:Local council ward;Local council proportional representation; andDistrict council proportional representation.Information for registered votersRegistered voters can text their ID number to 32810, contact the IEC call centre on 0800 11 8000 toll-free from 8h00 to 17h00, or visit www.elections.org.za to check on their registration details.Go the IEC’s Am I registered? page to find out at which voting station you’re registered to vote.Find the way to your voting station with the interactive voting station map.Frequently asked questions:For answers to more frequently asked questions, visit the IEC’s FAQ page.What is the difference between national/provincial elections and municipal elections?In national and provincial elections, you vote for a political party (proportional representative electoral system) to get seats in the national or provincial legislatures.In municipal elections, you vote for a political party and a ward councillor (a mixed system of proportional representation and a ward constituency) to get seats at the municipal level.How do I register?To vote in elections, you must register as a voter. You only have to register once, unless you move or your voting district changes. South Africans over the age of 16, in possession of a green bar-coded ID book or temporary ID document, may register.Registration for the 2011 elections is now closed. When do I have to re-register?You only have to re-register when:Your home address changes orThe IEC informs you that your voting district has changedSee Moved since you registered? to find out how to check if your voting district has changed.How do I know if or where I’m registered?You can check your registration status by:sending an SMS with your ID number to 32810 orusing the IEC’s Am I Registered? web page.If you’re registered, you will be informed of your voting station details.Where can I vote?You need to vote at the voting station at which you’re registered.Can I vote online or by post?No, you must vote in person at your voting station.How do I know if my voting station has changed?The IEC does try to communicate any changes, but visit Am I registered? and enter your ID number to confirm that your voting station hasn’t changed.I registered at a temporary registration station. Where do I vote?Voting stations may change from time to time, depending on availability of each voting venue. To find out where your voting station is, see Am I registered? and enter your ID number. You can then use the IEC’s online voting station finder to find a map to your voting station.I am living overseas and voted in the 2009 elections. Can I vote in the municipal elections?The Muncipal Electoral Act does not make provision for overseas voting during municipal elections, because citizens can only vote in the wards where they live.I’m a registered voter, but I no longer live in South Africa. Can I still vote in municipal elections?No, during municipal elections you can only vote in the voting district in which you are registered. However, you can vote during national elections (see special votes).How many ballot papers will I get?If you live in a metropolitan area (e.g. Johannesburg), you’ll receive two ballots: one for a ward councillor and one for a party.If you live in a local council with wards (e.g. Standerton municipality), you’ll receive three ballots: one for a ward councillor for the local council; one for a party for the local council; and one for a party for the district council.For answers to more frequently asked questions, visit the IEC’s FAQ page.