GE2020 – a bluffer’s guide to the General Election in numbers

first_img Electric Picnic By John Whelan – 8th February 2020 Twitter Facebook Today, Saturday, February 8 is polling day.Polling stations will remain open from 7am until 10pm tonight.Voters will elect 160 TDs across the country in 39 constituencies. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Previous articleThe Superbowl, slow walkers and the chipper – it’s all in our Tweets of the WeekNext articleIn Pictures: Fantastic Performances by Laois Marlins at the National Aquatic Centre John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Pinterest GE2020 – a bluffer’s guide to the General Election in numbers TAGS2020 General ElectionGE2020Kildare SouthLaois-Offaly Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News WhatsApp There were 158 TDs in the outgoing Dáil and this has now been increased to 160.The standing of the parties when the Dáil was dissolved was Fine Gael – 47; Fianna Fáil – 46; Sinn Féin – 22; Labour – 7; Solidarity-People Before Profit – 6; Green Party – 3; Social Democrats – 2; Independents/Others – 24.The TDs will be elected as members of the 33rd Dáil.The newly elected members of the Dáil will first convene at Leinster House on February 20 and attempt to form a new government.There are 5 seats in the Laois-Offaly constituency again. This compares with the 3 seats in both Laois and Offaly in the last general election in 2016.There are 6 outgoing TDs contesting the general election from a total of 15 candidates.The candidates are listed in alphabetical order on the ballot paper with their photo and party designation beside them.There are 11 candidates contesting the neighbouring constituency of Kildare South.Over 10,000 voters from the greater Portarlington area have been transferred from Laois and Offaly to vote in the new Kildare South constituency.There are 4 seats in Kildare South, but only 3 are up for grabs as one is already bagged by the outgoing Ceann Comhairle, Seán O’ Fearghaíll, as is prescribed by parliamentary rules.As there will be 160 TDs elected to the 33rd Dáil, 80 seats are required to achieve an overall majority.No single party has achieved an outright overall majority since Fianna Fáil last did in 1977. At that time they won 84 of the 148 seats then available.There will be an exit poll published jointly by RTE, the Irish Times and TG4 once polling stations close on Saturday night at 10pm.5,000 voters are to be surveyed for this exit poll.Counting of votes in the 2020 General Election will commence at 9am on Sunday morning.The Laois-Offaly count is in Portlaoise and there is one Returning Officer, Mr Paul Fetherstonhaugh.The Kildare South count is in Punchestown.The turnout in the Laois-Offaly constituency is always very high, usually registering in the high 60s percentage wise.The quota to be reached for the Laois-Offaly constituency is determined by the total valid poll (TVP) divided by the number of seats (5) plus one (6) with one added to that figure: e.g. The total valid poll is arrived at by subtracting the spoiled votes from the actual number of voters who turned out.Then that figure, say, 90,000 is divided by 6 (as that’s the number of seats plus 1) and that gives us, 15,000. Therefore the quota in that instance would be 15,001. (It’s a bit like the offside rule, everyone pretends to know it, but now you do!)The quota in Laois in the 2016 general election was 9,718 and for Laois-Offaly in 2011 it was 12,373.How do you vote in our Proportional Representation Single Transferable Vote system?You must mark your ballot card in order of preference which means writing the number 1 opposite your first choice of candidate, followed by 2 for your second favourite, 3 for the third, and so on.Only give one number 1 vote. Two number 1s will spoil your vote.Do not mark the boxes with an X or tick. This will spoil your vote.Do not add notes beside candidates’ photos, write slogans or draw pictures. This will spoil your vote.There were 18,398 spoiled votes in the 2016 general election.Yes, transfers matter and they all count, particularly in determining the last seats in each constituency.50 Ways to leave your TDIn the immortal words of Paul Simon, there are 50 ways to leave your loveR, and even more now since there were no mobile phones when he wrote that song.In the same vein, there are at least 50 ways to leave your TD. Do remember though that it’s not easy to put your name forward to go for election, so be civil.Even politicians have feelings and contrary to the view that it’s not personal, if it’s your name on the ballot, then it’s personal, so be nice.Here are some well-worn phrases which may get everyone off the hook.Don’t worry, we won’t forget you; We’ll look after you alright; You will get an ould vote here; Sure, you’re one of our own; We’ll give you an ould scratch; We won’t forget you; You’re the only one to call, fair play to you; We always gave you a vote in this house; You’re as good as any of the others; We won’t let you down; Leave it with us…which are all short hand for I haven’t the heart to run you from the door, but you’re there’s no chance of you getting a Number 1 here!Most importantly, do vote. 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Colorado High School Juniors Learn Business, Leadership Skills At Week-Long CU-Boulder Workshop

first_img Published: June 8, 1999 Thirty minority high school students from around the state will attend the 12th Annual Business Leadership Program from June 13 to June 19 on the CU-Boulder campus.Participants from the Denver metro area include Philip Bird, Ida Mae Bolivar, Jonathan Lee and Le Tran of Aurora; Nicolas Casias of Thornton; Shijith Chacko of Littleton; Sara Elturk of Broomfield; Pa Lor and Angelo Villalva of Westminster; Adam Maher of Northglenn; Jason Ornelas of Commerce City; Jaynetta Johnson, Natalie Pablo, Nylah Rogers, Ida Broadnax and Lyman Wimbs of Denver; Diya Thomas of Golden; and Nathan Usrey of Lafayette.Sponsored by the College of Business at the University of Colorado, the program is designed to expose high school juniors to business and computer skills and the rigors of college life. Participants live in a CU residence hall, work with College of Business faculty and Boulder-Denver area business leaders and learn college and financial aid application processes.The College of Business and various corporate sponsors pay the cost of tuition, room and board. Sponsors include IBM, GTE, State Farm Insurance, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Deluxe Financial Services and PriceWaterhouse Coopers.Among other activities, students will compete in teams to design image campaigns for a corporate sponsor. “The students really learn to work together and they develop fantastic presentation skills,” said Lisa Hutton, program coordinator. “Business leaders and students who have worked with us in the past have raved about their experiences.”The Business Leadership Program is open to black, Hispanic, Asian and American Indian high school juniors interested in pursuing business careers. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Minnesota rests most of lineup, still brings home seven titles

first_imgMinnesota rests most of lineup, still brings home seven titlesThe Gophers also won a title at the Ted Nelson Classic at Minnesota State. Jack SatzingerFebruary 10, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota finished last at the UW-River Falls Invitational over the weekend, but a bulk of the team wasn’t competing.Those who did compete made it a learning experience.“We used it as a practice situation,” senior Cassy Opitz said.Opitz won the 1-mile run with a season-best time of 4:59.14.Minnesota mobbed the mile, finishing in the top 10 slots.Devin Stanford won the weight throw at 17.87 meters, and Nicole Murphey took home the team’s other field title in the long jump with a distance of 5.61 meters.Akuoma Omeoga won the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.33, and Kate Shelerud took home the 600-meter run title in 1:39.40.Melissa Cabak won the 3,000-meter run in 10:20.34, barely edging out teammate Hannah Trasser, who finished in 10:20.58.Minnesota’s final title at the UW-River Falls Invitational came in the 4×400-meter relay. A quartet of Shelerud, Frances Conlin, Andie Zeman and Lisa Bailey finished in 4:06.55.While the team finished last at the UW-River Falls Invitational, the pole vaulters who competed in the Ted Nelson Classic at Minnesota State-Mankato didn’t disappoint.Cami Gilson and Katie Murgic both cleared 3.97 meters to take first and second place, respectively.A majority of the team’s top athletes rested this weekend in preparation for the Big Ten indoor championships at the end of the month.Gophers head coach Matt Bingle has consistently stressed the need for his team to peak in the coming weeks.“We’ve got to be ready for the Big Ten, and all their training should be geared toward that right now,” he said.That training will continue next weekend as some athletes will compete at the Iowa State Classic while others will stay in Minnesota for the St. Thomas Showcase.“A lot of the girls came into this one hoping to get a qualifying time for Iowa State next week,” Opitz said. “We used this situation to prepare us for a bigger meet.”last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 8

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrash along I-890 a bad first impressionI cannot wonder what people may think of the revitalized Schenectady if they are traveling on the I-890 corridor into the city. The amount of items dumped on the banks on either side is an eyesore to behold. It’s embarrassing. Property owners or landlords should be held responsible for the cleanup. Anyone caught dumping there should be charged and have it followed through upon. First impressions of visitors to our area are usually the lasting ones.Jack HamScotia Trump lacks dignity required of his officeAs I listened to our commander-in-chief, I couldn’t help but compare him to the cartoon character Yosemite Sam. All he does is rant and rave at what a great leader he is. He now thinks he could do a better job with our troops than their commanders.  Can you imagine how the troops on the front lines feel about that? They are risking their lives for a man who has never served in the military. Oh how I wish we had a president who presented himself with the dignity and intelligence that his office requires. Our allies must think we have deserted them. So sad for everyone. I sure hope 2019 is going to be better, but I don’t think so. Marty ShantyCharltoncenter_img Act on good ideas for saving the planetWise and smart engineer Gary Lessard in his Dec. 22 letter recommends not poisoning our planet (wise) and simply living renewably, cutting fossil foolish waste. Fifteen-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, on strike in front of her parliament, represents wise and smart youth leading the way now to a simple, necessary, sane future because the corporate politicians in charge (adults?) are acting like children.Too bad she doesn’t get a mention in the mainstream media. Her plan to cut our excess consumption and waste by 15 percent a year over the next 10 years is both doable and joyful. If we all care and act each day on that path, “complex life on Earth might not die” (“A Planet Called Home”-Holly Near). Let’s give it a try.Peter LookerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformslast_img read more

Brace! Brace!

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PREVIEW: Indians round out series vs. Angels with Sunday rubber match

first_img Related TopicsClevelandCleveland IndiansDeck McGuireLos Angeles AngelsMLBShane BieberTyler Skaggs Ashley Bastock Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42center_img CLEVELAND— The Indians (60-49) look to even their season series with the Los Angeles Angels (55-57) at three games apiece on Sunday afternoon in their rubber match game.Time: 1:10 p.m.Starting Pitchers: CLE Shane Bieber  (2.79, 13-6) vs. LAA Deck McGuire (6.12, 0-1)TV:  STO, TBSRadio: WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM, Indians Radio Network1. Shane Bieber back in actionThe rookie will make his 10th career start on extended five days’ rest. He made his last start on July 20 at Minnesota, but did not factor into the decision in Cleveland’s 9-4 loss. He went 6 1/3 innings, giving up six hits, three earned runs, two walks and struck out seven.2. Skaggs scratchedThe injury misfortune continues for the L.A. Angels. Prior to Saturday night’s contest, Tyler Skaggs, Sunday’s scheduled starter, was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left adductor strain. Mike Scioscia said Skaggs felt discomfort in his last start on Tuesday, when he gave up 10 runs in just 3 1/3 innings. Skaggs has a 3.34 ERA and an 8-7 record.In his place, the Indians have recalled Deck McGuire from from Triple-A Salt Lake. This will be his fourth start for the Angels this season.3. Series recapIn Friday night’s game, L.A.’s rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani put on a show, homering twice going 4-for-5 from the plate. Both of those stats were career firsts, and the Angels went on to beat Cleveland 7-4. Takeaways from that game can be found here.On Saturday, the Indians topped L.A. 3-0, as Corey Kluber pitched a complete-game shutout. The Tribe had to contend with Felix Peña’s no-hit bit, but eventually got on the board in the sixth inning when Leonys Martin hit a leadoff home run. Check out takeaways from last night’s contest here.last_img read more

Wolla checks out in Dacotah feature

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. (June 10) – Jason Wolla made Friday’s Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified fea­ture at Dacotah Speedway a race for second place as he led all 25 times around the oval.Wolla pulled away quickly as John Corell had his hands full trying to hold off Marlyn Seidler for second. The low line was the fast line as Tracy Domagala tried to find a way around Drew Christian­son for fourth.As Wolla started catching lapped traffic with 12 laps to go, Domagala passed Christianson for fourth place. While racing for sixth place, Donald Robinson got into Travis Ulmer, bringing out the caution with eight laps to go.However, Wolla pulled away once again on the restart. Point leader Seidler passed Corell for se­cond, bringing Spencer Wilson with him. Wilson, working in the highline, passed Seidler with four laps to go.Wolla led all 25 laps to win for the second time at Dacotah Speedway this season. Wilson fin­ished second as Seidler ran third. Christianson used a last-lap pass to finish fourth ahead of Co­rell.Josh Roehrich pulled away as the laps counted down and went on to pick up back-to-back feature wins in the Mach-1 Sport Compact division. Jason Berg finished second ahead of Chance Seelye. Dylan Sandberg, who started 14th, made a last-lap pass on Josh Houn to finish fourth.last_img read more

Club corners

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Nitros still waiting for donation, Leafs continue road swing

first_imgThe Kimberley board said this would be the only statement release at this time.The Nitros Facebook message concluded, “If there are any further developments, we will provide an update at that time.”Stay tuned.Leafs eager to continue hot streak in East KootenayThe top team in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, Nelson Leafs, take a four-game winning streak on the road to Golden Friday to face the Rockets.The Leafs, currently on a six-game road trip, are coming off a sweep of Murdoch Division rivals, Grand Forks and Castlegar.Nelson, 16-3-1-0-1, has won both games this season against the Rockets — 4-1 in Golden and 7-2 at home.The Leafs travel to Sparwood Saturday to face the Fernie Ghostriders.In the lone game between the two teams, Nelson blasted Fernie 12-3.Williams keys Nelson’s early season successNetminder Josh Williams has been every bit as advertised for the Green and White.Williams, 19, continues to lead the KIJHL in goalie stats with a 1.44 goals against average and a .951 save percentage.Williams has also won 11 of 13 games for Nelson, including a sweep last weekend. It looked too good to be true — an Alberta man’s decision to make a multimillion-dollar donation to a Kootenay International Junior Hockey Club.The announcement happening, no less, than at center ice in the Kimberley Arena during an October 13 contest between Mike Gould’s beloved Dynamiters and the Grand Forks Border Bruins.However, to date, none of the $7.5 million has been received by the Dynamiters or Kimberley Minor Hockey.“The Kimberley Dynamiters would like to provide an update on the commitment from Mr. Gould,” said the message posted this week by the Nitros Board of Directors on the team Facebook Page.“The commitment promised to the Kimberley Dynamiters and Kimberley Minor Hockey has not been received.”The message when on to say, “the organization believes that the completion of the season is the main priority and efforts will be dedicated to that purpose.“We thank all of the Dynamiter fans and the wider community for their interest and continued support.”Gould, who said he won a 2008 jackpot in a EuroMillions lottery told the Vancouver Province newspaper said the delay on his end has been resolved.He said everything was completed and the donation should be completed in next 10 days.Gould said the delay was due to minor issues.last_img read more

Tributes paid to Sarsfields hurling legend Peter Cooney

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email As Tommie mentioned, perhaps Peter’s finest hour was in the 1992 drawn county final when he scored 0-6 from play against Carnmore, earning him the Connacht Tribune Sports Star of the Week accolade. Tributes have been paid to former Sarsfields hurler Peter Cooney who has died at the age of 49 after battling cancer since 2017. A two-time All Ireland club title winner with his club, Peter also won 5 county championships alongside his brothers Jimmy, Pakie, Michael, Joe and Brendan as well as an All-Ireland U21 title with Galway. Sarsfields county board delegate Tommie Fox pays this tribute…center_img Peter is survived by his wife Emer, sons Oisin, Cormac and Eanna. His funeral will take place this Saturday from 2pm to 5pm at his home in Coorbaun, Bullaun.last_img read more