Despite glitches, Comelec says midterm election “is successful’ (Philstar.com) - May 14, 2019 - 4:51pm MANILA, Philippines — Amid reports of problems with vote counting machines and hours-long delay in transmission of election returns to media groups and watchdogs, the Commission on Elections declared Tuesday it successfully held the midterm polls. “Despite those glitches that we have since it’s just less than one percent or one percentage of the entire 85,000 plus clustered precincts, we can say that the election is successful,” Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casquejo told a press conference. “In fact, we’re already in the 96% transmission. So our transmission was faster compared to the past elections,” Casquejo added. According to Comelec, 961 or 1.1% of total 85,769 vote counting machines (VCM) earmarked for this year’s elections were defective, higher than 801 faulty … [Read more...] about Despite glitches, Comelec says midterm election “is successful’
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By Martin Regg Cohn Ontario Politics Columnist Wed., May 8, 2019 Never underestimate Doug Ford. But don’t overestimate his political staying power, or his verbal firepower. Yes, Ontario’s premier has a demonstrated talent for beating weak or wounded opponents, as he did in the 2018 Progressive Conservative leadership race, and in the general election that followed. But put him up against a well-respected rival? Ford comes out a loser. That’s what happened in the 2014 mayoral race, when John Tory trounced Ford. Article Continued Below When he switched to provincial politics, Ford looked forward to having the last laugh as premier — cutting Tory’s Toronto down to size by meddling in the municipal election and slashing funding. But he’s not laughing now. A new poll published in Wednesday’s Star shows that in the eyes of the people, Tory still comes out ahead of Ford, our self-styled premier of the people. Not just in … [Read more...] about Toronto’s mayor is Ontario’s unofficial opposition leader
By Emma Teitel National Columnist Wed., May 8, 2019 Maxime Bernier: political leader, provocateur, enemy of white pants. It’s not the epitaph I’d want on my tombstone, but it might someday be inscribed on Bernier’s: a man fundamentally and obsessively opposed to the idea of free tampons. If you don’t believe me, take a look at Bernier’s Twitter page, home to various screeds about a recent federal government proposal to make menstrual products free and accessible in federally regulated Canadian workplaces. The reason for this proposal is simple. There still exists around the world and, yes, even in Canada, stigma around menstruation, not to mention a disturbing lack of access to the typically expensive products women use when they are on their periods. Article Continued Below “Period Poverty” is a real problem in this country. A study published last year by Plan International Canada, determined that one third … [Read more...] about Why is Maxime Bernier so obsessed with tampons?
By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist Tues., May 7, 2019 More good news for Elizabeth May’s Green Party. More bad news for Jagmeet Singh’s NDP. That’s the upshot of Monday’s byelection in the Vancouver Island riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith, a contest that saw the Greens triumph and the New Democrats — who had won the seat handily in 2015 — fall to third place. Byelections are notoriously poor predictors of national trends. Sometimes the issues in a byelection are exclusively local. Sometimes the turnout is paltry. Here, it was a respectable, if not overwhelming, 41 per cent. Sometimes voters are just taking the opportunity to blow off steam. But sometimes byelections are significant. It was significant that the NDP lost Montreal’s Outremont riding in a February byelection. Outremont, which was former leader Thomas Mulcair’s riding until he quit Parliament, had been the NDP springboard into Quebec. Article … [Read more...] about Green victory in B.C. is bad news for the NDP
DELHI: Severe cyclone Fani, which blasted ashore Friday (May 3) in India, is expected to pack a frequently underestimated yet lethal threat: storm surge.The surge happens when sea levels rise dramatically during a storm, sending a destructive wall of water gushing over people and property on land.Here are key questions and answers on the phenomenon:HOW DOES IT WORK? Storm surge is not the result of rainfall or flooding, rather it happens when powerful winds push ocean water rushing toward land.The phenomenon is an "abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted ... tides," according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Indian forecasters said a surge of 1.5m could hit the eastern state Odisha, where the monster cyclone is forecast to make landfall.WHY IS IT SO DANGEROUS? In previous storms, people have failed to flee because they did not grasp the storm surge's deadly threat.That was the case for 2013's Super … [Read more...] about What is a storm surge and why is it so dangerous?