Absentee rules limit voters’ access to polls

first_imgMembers of the League of Women Voters attended the February meeting of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors to voice our support for early voting and automatic voter registration.We were surprised to hear several of the supervisors say they object to early voting because, they say, it’s easy to register and “anyone who has trouble getting to the polls can just vote by absentee ballot.” They’re mistaken.There are rules for using absentee ballots.Voting by absentee ballot is a great option if you meet the qualifications, which are: 1) you will be absent from the county; 2) you have a permanent or temporary illness or disability or are the primary caregiver for someone who is ill or disabled; 3) you’re a resident or patient at a VA hospital or 4) you’re being held in jail but haven’t been convicted. But consider the case of a single mother of a 2- and 4-year-olds. She gets them up at 7 a.m., feeds and dresses them, packs them into the car, drops them off at daycare, drives to her job at the other end of the county by 9 a.m.She works till 5 p.m., picks up the kids, drives home, feeds them, and waits for the babysitter to arrive so she can go vote. The babysitter calls to say she has a flat. It’s too late to pack up the kids and still get to the polls in time. Mom would have benefited from being able to vote on her day off – as would be possible with the 12 days of early voting being proposed. But she doesn’t qualify for an absentee ballot.Barbara ThomasSaratoga SpringsThe writer is co-president of the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Giants buy £100m Global Switch stake

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Planning: Newcastle station revamp could create new jobs

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Planning: controversial decision-making

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Directors at DTZ win 30% rise in pay packets

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Regus to form a £600m fund

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Indonesia to host battle of e-sports titans

first_imgThe competition offers prizes totaling Rp 1.6 billion (about US$ 117,000). Players will compete in online games Free Fire and Pro Evolution Soccer.Besides the grand finals, the competition will host 32 online gamers who will compete as “casual” players. The event will also showcase the latest innovations from the local online gaming industry.This is the second year of the Esports President’s Cup, thanks to the Presidential Staff Office and the massive support shown by the Youth and Sports Ministry, the Communication and Information Ministry and the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry.Presidential chief of staff Gen. (ret.) Moeldoko had earlier said that the tournament showed the government’s effort to support the development of the country’s online gaming industry.Topics : Nineteen local e-sports champions who have secured their spots in the grand finals of the 2020 Esports President’s Cup, which will be held at the Indonesian Convention Exhibition (ICE) center in BSD City, South Tangerang, on Saturday and Sunday, will meet 39 Southeast Asian opponents from countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and the Philippines.Chief organizer Giring Ganesha said this would be the final battle between the best Indonesian online gamers and their regional opponents. He expected a tight competition.“We expect the best for our online gamers. Hopefully, they will not only be able to hone their skills but also bring home prizes,” the former Nidji music group vocalist told journalists at a press event on Thursday.last_img read more

France charges Sarkozy aide in Libya funding probe

first_imgA former aide to Nicolas Sarkozy has been charged as part of an inquiry into allegations that Libyan funds helped finance the French ex-president’s 2007 election campaign, a judicial source said on Monday.Thierry Gaubert, 68, was charged on Friday with taking hundreds of thousands of euros from the government of Moamer Khadafi that may have been funnelled to Sarkozy’s campaign, the source said.Allegations that the campaign received up to 50 million euros ($53.3 million at current rates) from Libya first emerged during Sarkozy’s failed 2012 re-election bid. Gaubert, as well as his ex-wife, are also on trial for tax fraud and money laundering over Rossfield funds allegedly routed through the Bahamas in 2006.Gaubert has said the money had no links to Libya.Sarkozy was charged in 2018 with taking bribes, concealing the embezzlement of Libyan public funds and illegal campaign financing. He denies the allegations, claiming that an explosive Libyan document presented by Mediapart as proof of the corruption is a fake.Topics : Sarkozy helped to remove Kadhafi from power when France and Britain led a NATO-backed military offensive in 2011.Gaubert worked for Sarkozy when the future president was budget minister in the mid-1990s.He is suspected of accepting a transfer of 440,000 euros in February 2006 from Rossfield, a company of Franco-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine — another figure who has been charged in the affair.The investigative news site Mediapart reported in December that Rossfield took six million euros from Libya in 2006.last_img read more

‘There will be a negative impact’: China raises concerns over Indonesia’s planned food import ban

first_imgChinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian has said that he is “very concerned” about Indonesia’s plan to possibly impose food import restrictions from China as fears grow that the coronavirus could spread into the country through imported goods.“I think if Indonesia implements the restriction, there will be a negative impact,” he told the press in Jakarta on Tuesday.He went on to say that there was currently no evidence that the 2019-nCoV virus could spread from imported items and that the trade restriction was against the World Health Organization’s recommendation. Topics : Indonesia is set to temporarily stop imports of live animals from China and is mulling a plan to ban imports of other products, including food and beverages.Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto told reporters on Monday that the measure would be put in place as soon as Tuesday and would remain in place until the virus is contained.Read also: Indonesia to decide whether to ban more Chinese imports over coronavirus concernsThe minister said that Indonesia “will obviously stop live animal imports from China” while also considering banning other products. He added that the government would only stop imports of products that could potentially spread the coronavirus.center_img “Such a decision would be detrimental to our trade relations and can cause effects that we do not want to see,” Xiao said, adding that China had been Indonesia’s largest trading partner for eight years with a positive trade trend.Indonesia imported US$44.5 billion worth of non-oil and gas products from China throughout 2019, representing almost 30 percent of overall such imports into Indonesia. The country imports garlic and fruit, among other products, from China.Indonesia also imposed a travel ban to and from China starting at 12 a.m. on Monday to prevent the spread of the deadly and highly contagious novel coronavirus. The travel ban, originally imposed on Jan. 23 for those traveling to and from Wuhan city only, was expanded to include the entire country.“[The ban] actually harms Indonesia’s tourism and economy,” Xiao said, adding that the impact from the restrictive measures still needed to be assessed. (eyc)last_img read more

WHO says window of opportunity to stem virus ‘narrowing’ as cases soar

first_imgInfections also nearly doubled in South Korea to 204, making it the hardest-hit country outside China.In Europe, ten Italian towns closed bars, schools and offices to try to quell fears over 16 cases of the virus.The US advised citizens to avoid travelling by cruise liner in Asia because it said the vessels acted as amplifiers of the virus.The world modern pentathlon championships were also been moved from the Chinese city of Xiamen to Cancun in Mexico as a consequence of the deadly outbreakTedros stressed though that the number of cases outside of China still remained “relatively small”.But he voiced concern “about the number of cases with no clear epidemiological link, such as travel history to or contact with a confirmed case,” urging countries worldwide to be “very, very serious” about preventing the spread of the virus.”We must not look back and regret that we failed to take advantage of the window of opportunity we have.”China has meanwhile pointed to official figures showing new cases in the country slowing this week as evidence that its drastic containment measures are working, but fresh infections emerged at two Beijing hospitals, and more than 500 others were reported in prisons across the country.Chinese authorities have placed tens of millions of people under quarantine in hard-hit central Hubei province, restricted movements in other cities far from the epicenter and closed schools nationwide.At a Politburo meeting chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday, the leadership said the epidemic’s peak “has not yet arrived”, and the situation in Hubei and Wuhan remains “grim and complex,” according to state media. Many nations have banned travellers from China and airlines have suspended flights to and from the country. He warned that if countries did not quickly mobilize to fight the spread of the virus, “this outbreak could go in any direction. It could even be messy.”The outbreak, which began in December has already killed more than 2,200 people and infected more than 75,500 in China.More than 1,150 people have also been infected and more than a dozen have died across 27 other countries.On Friday, cases of the deadly virus were reported in a range of countries in the Middle East, including in Israel and Lebanon for the first time, while Iran said four people there had died and 18 been infected in the outbreak. Topics : South Korean sect In hard-hit South Korea, more than 120 members of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a religious sect in the southern city of Daegu, have now been infected.The mayor of Daegu — South Korea’s fourth-biggest city, with a population of over 2.5 million — has advised residents to stay indoors.Most people on the streets were wearing masks Friday, but many businesses were closed and workers sprayed disinfectant outside the church.”With so many confirmed cases here I’m worried that Daegu will become the second Wuhan,” said Seo Dong-min, 24, referring to Hubei’s capital, where the virus first emerged.Two Australians and an Israeli evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship meanwhile tested positive for coronavirus on returning to their home countries, despite being cleared in Japan.The cases will fuel questions about Tokyo’s policy of allowing former Diamond Princess passengers to return home after testing negative.Two former passengers, both Japanese and in their 80s, died in Japan on Thursday.center_img The World Health Organization warned Friday that the window to stem the deadly coronavirus outbreak was shrinking, amid concern over a surge in cases with no clear link to China. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has for weeks insisted the low number of cases of COVID-19 outside the epicenter of the deadly outbreak in China’s central Hubei province presented a “window of opportunity” to contain the international spread.But as cases surged across the Middle East and in South Korea Friday, he cautioned for the first time that while “we are still in a phase where containment is possible… our window of opportunity is narrowing.” Prisons and hospitalsChina reported 118 more deaths on Friday, raising the toll to 2,236, most of them in Hubei.The National Health Commission also said in its daily update that China tallied 889 new cases, up from the previous day when it reported the lowest number of new infections in nearly a month, fuelling hopes that the epidemic is nearing its peak.But Hubei’s figures have raised questions as officials have changed methods of counting cases twice and amended their figures. A 29-year-old Wuhan doctor died on Thursday, making him one of the youngest known fatalities of the epidemic and the eighth among medical workers.New hotspots were found in several prisons and hospitals, prompting the firing of a number of officials. last_img read more