Sharapova ban: Pat Cash says ITF’s two-year penalty is too lenient

first_imgSharapova plans to appeal the two-year ban handed down by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for testing positive to the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January.”I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension,” Sharapova wrote on Facebook.Cash admitted he was surprised by the stance taken by the ITF and had expected a ban of about a year due to Sharapova’s claims it was a genuine mistake.But the Australian said the lengthy ban was likely to be a consequence of the ITF concluding that the Russian tennis star knew meldonium was a performance enhancing drug before being caught out by its recent addition to the banned list.”She clearly knew and her doctor [knew] that it was performance enhancing,” Cash told ABC 702 Sydney.”She’d been taking it for a long time. It’s quite simply cheating, its a very special chemical and its very tough to get.”Cash said Sharapova could have been better advised by her management as to the change to the banned list but was informed by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) of the update.”She’s made a mistake, but my gut feeling is if you’re a professional athlete and you know you’re taking a performance-enhancing drug, which clearly she was – then two years, I think she got off pretty lightly in that respect,” he said.The 1987 Wimbledon champion wonders how much meldonium assisted Sharapova’s performance.”How much does it help her get through those hot days in Australia, those long matches in the stinking heat of New York, or wherever else it happened to be,” Cash asked.”She’s going to be able to recover much better than the other athletes. How many matches has this helped her win? It wasn’t on the banned list but it was performance-enhancing.last_img read more

Greenpeace meets with LaLiga to end short flights

first_imgLaLiga noted the proposals to include them in the minute sustainability information plan It has been developing for years. Nevertheless, could not commit to more. These rules will not be mandatory for clubs. Thus, Greenpeace, in its vigilance and awareness work, has designed a parallel classification to the official (CO2PA) where it measures the environmental impact of displacement. He wants fans to demand responsibility from their clubs to reduce the carbon footprint. Betis, Valencia and Betis are in Champions. This week not only has been spoken in The league of the containment plan of the Coronavirus It has also pollution debate. Several members of Greenpeace eThey were meeting last Thursday with leaders of the employers’ association to try to end, or at least reduce, with a practice that has already become common in sport: whats short plane trips when there are less harmful alternatives to the environment such as the bus or train.The gout that filled the glass of the environmental organization was the express flight that Madrid made to Salamanca in January to measure in Union Cup and another that He made Zaragoza having AVE. These decisions were not understood by taking place shortly after wearing green at the Bernabéu as a gesture for climate struggle. The Barça, who flew towards the last Classic, neither is it saved from darts since air travel emits 20 times more CO2 than the train, a figure that increases with the charter.last_img read more

A 7 and a 78: Ugly numbers for Tiger Woods in US Open

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES “My game plan was not to make any ‘others,’” he added of anything above a bogey. “I made three of them.”Despite the poor putting and the high opening number, Woods expressed optimism that he’s still in contention. Of course, he’ll need a total turnaround from Thursday’s outing.“Just shoot something in the 60s tomorrow and I will be fine,” he said. “I think today was the toughest day we will have all week.”He’d better hope so.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Woods airmailed the green on his approach and it went down a steep hill into light rough. His pitch got onto the green, but not nearly far enough to stay there, and rolled back down the hill a few steps to the left of where Woods had been.Showing no signs of frustration, he switched to a putter for his fourth shot, but that didn’t come close to remaining on the putting surface, either.A spectator said “guaranteed this one isn’t short” as Woods hit shot No. 5. It wasn’t, but he left himself with about 10 feet for 6, and his putt brushed the hole.When Woods went over the par-3 second green with his tee shot, a long, unproductive day seemed imminent. He putted again, getting to 6 feet, but pushed the putt.Two holes and 4 over on one of the world’s most difficult courses in as tough a tournament to win as any.Then Woods steadied. He never looked like a three-time U.S. Open winner — most recently in 2008 — but he played the rest of the front side in 1 under.After Woods set the putter down behind his ball on the 10th green, he backed away when the ball moved. Under new rules, it’s no longer a penalty, but he called over a rules official to make sure. Then he replaced the ball and made the putt for par.Then it got really ugly, and the frustration began to show with blown putt after blown putt.He bogeyed the difficult par-3 11th after hitting into the bunker and leaving his next shot well short of the pin. The four-putt was next, on the 13th. Another double bogey on the next hole saw Woods walking slowly off the green, seemingly beaten by Shinnecock’s harsh greens and his failing putter.“We thought there were probably seven to nine birdie-able holes out there, but that changed dramatically with the wind blowing and where they put these pins,” Woods said. “It was pretty evident nobody was making birdies and there were plenty of bogeys. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Tiger Woods hits an approach shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — As Tiger Woods stood in the middle of the first fairway, the last thing on his mind was a 7.That number was the first thing on his scorecard Thursday in the U.S. Open.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls It didn’t get better on his way to another ugly number, a first-round 78.“I just didn’t get off to a good start,” Woods said. “I drove good most of the day, just didn’t do much from there. I just didn’t putt well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt wasn’t his worst opener in this tournament. Woods shot an 80 at Chambers Bay three years ago, his most recent U.S. Open before back surgeries sidelined him.Woods rallied by playing the rest of the front nine at 1-under par. After that, his putting fluctuated from spotty to just plain bad, including four putts on the 13th. Raptors hope Nurse can ease pain of NBA playoff flops “It was not very good,” he said of unlucky No. 13. “I was worried about running the (first) putt by, it would be downhill (coming back). I blocked the next one, (and) blocked the next one. It was not very good.”Nope, it wasn’t. Shinnecock Hills pushed him around the way it did so many other top names and supposed contenders. A 15th major championship and first in 10 years appears beyond improbable for the greatest golfer of his generation.Woods was nine strokes out of the lead, in the company of Phil Mickelson (7-over-80), Jordan Spieth (8 over), Jason Day (9 over) and Rory McIlroy (10 over).“I think he played better than he scored,” said playing partner Dustin Johnson, who finished the day in a four-way tie for the lead at 1 under. “Obviously he got off to a rough start, but I felt like he hung in there pretty good.”With the fairways and greens lined a half-dozen deep in spots for the marquee threesome of Johnson, Woods and Justin Thomas, there never was a shortage of encouraging shouts of “Tiger!” There were audible groans, though, on the opening hole with each of his subsequent shots.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

New Contract for Dawson Creek City Workers

first_imgBy Dwight FordCity workers in Dawson Creek have a new three year contract, which carries a total wage increase of 7.5 percent.They’ll get two percent this year, two and half percent next year and three percent in 2012.- Advertisement -The agreement, which expires on December 31st of 2012, also gives management more flexibility in scheduling aquatics employees.The workers are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees.last_img

LNG plan receives setback

first_imgThat has been disputed by environmentalists who say there is no guarantee the project would do either because the gas could also be sold to other states. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has veto power over the project, but cannot overturn the commission’s decision about the pipeline lease. He has not made a decision on what he’d do should the project move forward. “It would be inappropriate for me to take a position on any application before the review process is complete, but I do believe that liquefied natural gas should be a part of California’s energy portfolio,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement Monday. Opponents have argued the terminal would not meet clean air requirements and could be a terrorist target. A host of celebrities who live in Malibu, including Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry, have protested the proposal. Commission Chairman John Garamendi, who is also the lieutenant governor, said he voted against awarding the lease permit because “serious questions remain about the project’s safety and its potential impact on the environment.” “In today’s world there are many compelling reasons to support the acquisition of numerous and plentiful energy sources for California. … However, no project should be built at the expense of our environment and our quality of life, and no project that is vague on critical safety issues should be approved,” Garamendi said in a statement. The 30-year lease considered by the three-member State Lands Commission would have granted BHP the right to build, operate, use and maintain the pipelines. The plan called for subsea lines, which would be laid about 100 feet apart, to be about 23 miles long but only cross about 4 miles of California land before reaching Ormond Beach in Ventura County. Without the subsea pipelines, the terminal would essentially be inoperable. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re ecstatic,” said Susan Jordan, director of the California Coastal Protection Network, which provided the shirts and helped organize the opponents. “This effectively kills it.” Patrick Cassidy, a BHP spokesman said the company was disappointed, “but we remain committed to the process.” He said he didn’t know BHP’s next move, including whether the company would file any legal action. “We’ll have to consider what the options would be.” Under the project, chilled gas brought overseas by tanker would be heated, then piped ashore through two 24-inch diameter lines. From there, Southern California Gas Co. would pump it out to consumers. In all, the facility would process about 800 million cubic feet of natural gas every day. BHP officials have said the terminal would supply an amount equal to 10 percent to 15 percent of California’s daily consumption, bringing more reliability to the state’s energy sources and could ultimately lower prices. OXNARD – The State Lands Commission decided late Monday not to award a lease essential to a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal off the Southern California coast, citing environmental concerns. In the 2-1 vote, commissioners complicated efforts by Australia’s BHP Billiton LNG International Inc. to build an $800 million terminal in the ocean northwest of Los Angeles, about 14 miles off Malibu and about 20 miles off Oxnard. BHP officials have said the facility would provide a reliable source of low-polluting energy. “I … don’t believe this project is going to be in the best interests of the state or its residents,” said Commissioner John Chiang, who is also the state controller. The decision was met with loud cheers by the estimated 900 people who packed the auditorium for Monday’s commission hearing. Many were opponents who wore blue shirts emblazoned with the words “Terminate the Terminal.” last_img read more

Liverpool FC news: Emre Can set to discover extent of injury this weekend

first_img Emre Can in action for Liverpool Emre Can is set to discover the extent of the injury he picked up against Borussia Dortmund this weekend, having undergone a scan on Friday.The German midfielder limped off during the game against the Bundesliga club, having fallen awkwardly in a goalmouth scramble 10 minutes from time.He is suspended for Sunday’s trip to Bournemouth, meaning he would not have been playing this weekend anyway, but the 22-year-old will now spend the upcoming days hoping to find out the extent of his injury.“We will have to see what the scan shows,” Can said, with the results expected within 24 hours.“I twisted my ankle. I hope it’s not too bad but it’s too early to say.”Can’s injury meant he missed the final minutes of the Reds amazing comeback against Dortmund, and the young midfielder is determined to win the Europa League trophy in Jurgen Klopp’s first season in charge.He added: “We want to win that trophy.“There are still good teams left in it and the semi-final won’t be easy but we just have to keep believing in ourselves.” 1last_img read more


first_imgMac Cumhaills GAA NotesSENIOR HURLINGThe senior took on Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon on Sat evening in Mac Cumhaill Park. We needed a high scoring win to keep us in contention for the Championship final. And the lads didn’t let us down.They controlled the game from the throw and racked up a very comprehensive scoreline. we were winning by 14 points at half time and this continued for the second half. The final score was Mac Cumhaills 6-17 Aodh Ruadh 1-05. This puts in second place with only one match remaining. We play Setanta on the 13th Sept in the Cross. Lets get a big crowd down to cheer on the lads as they make their final push for the Final.DONEGALWell done to Jim and the lads. What a performance. It was great to see our main man Marty get a run out in Croke Park. The scramble for tickets will start now. The club will let members know how and when they can put their order in for tickets. MAC CUMHAILLS 5kDont forget the 5k is on this Friday evening at 7.30pm. Registration from 6.00pm. We are looking for people to help out on the night. Contact Shane Mc Nulty or Alan Martin if you are available for an hour or two.UNDER 8’SWell done to our U-8 boys and girls who took on Red Hughs in Mac Cumhaill Park tonight.Thanks to all for their efforts and dedication.UNDER 16 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Our lads travelled to St Michaels for the first game in the round robin for the championship.They started well and were leading at half time. St Michaels played with the wind in the second half and Mac Cumhaills only registered two scores in the half, both goals.Full time was St Michaels 1-17 Mac Cumhaills 4-05.They play away tio Gweedore this Friday evening and are home to Termon next Monday evening at 7.00pm. LOTTOThere was no winners of this weeks Lotto. Numbers drawn were 4,16,23 and 29. There were 2 match 3 winners. Tanya Mc Gettigan and Mary Tobin receive €75 each.Terry O Reillys team selling this week.Jackpot remains at €10,000.BINGOThe bingo is on in the Villa Rose this Sunday. Win over €9,000 in prizes. All very welcome.Alan MartinMinor Board SecretaryClub PRO0861723899GAA NEWS: MAC CUMHAILLS SENIOR HURLERS PRODUCE STUNNING PERFORMANCE AGAINST AODH RUADH was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAMac CumhaillsNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Golf NotesWed. 1st Oct. Open: Following on from his second placing a week earlier, the consistant Pauric Dunleavy [10] went one step further up the ladder to claim top spot with a winning score of 38pts.Recording a birdie at the par five 2nd, Pauric reduced the outward nine to 39 shots, three gross over par and 21pts, to consolidate a lead which he then cemented on the back nine to win by two points from Kieran Walsh [11]. Kieran’s “easy” scoring was broken by a triple bogey at 6th and again a double bogey at 17th but his birdie at 16th helped him to relegate Tom Redden [20] to third place by virtue of BOT.This is Tom’s second third placing in as many weeks and again on BOT, with another unfortunate “blank” at 10th losing him points.Sat. 4th Open was won by single figure handicapper Brendan Mc Grath [6] with a two over gross 74 shots and 40pts.Brendan’s card made impressive reading of two over gross thru 14th, bogey at 15th and birdie at 18th! Then again he was pushed hard and even required a BOT to take the honours from that man again, Pauric Dunleavy [9].Pauric’s card was equally choice reading with birdies at 2nd, 5th and 7th on outward nine but with an uncharacteristic double bogey at 6th, again followed by birdies at 11th and 16th on inward nine, but the double bogeys at 12th and 14th costing him an outright win.Chasing both of them to the finish line with his own birdies recorded at 3rd, 7th and 18th was Dessie Ferry [8] showing a bit of late season form.Unfortunately, Dessie’s “blank” at 1st and his double bogey at 9th cost him dearly also.Best gross on the day was returned by Darragh Mc Menamin [4] with 34gross points. Sunday 5th confined competition was won by Michael Forde [14] with runaway 42pts. Michael’s card comprised of two nines of 40 gross shots each, 21pts out & back, and could have been better but for a lapse which saw him record four consecutive bogeys from 6th to 9th.A few points back in second place was Cat 4 John J>Doherty Memorial Cup winner Peter Mc Ginty [21] who, despite a “blank” at 7th and a double bogey at 14th, returned 37pts.Congratulations to David Walsh, winner of the club’s singles matchplay. David defeated Joe Lambe in the final where the match ended at the 15th hole.Congratulations to the Letterkenny Golf Club’s Senior Scratch Cup team who came away from Rosapenna on Sunday with three matches over the home team in the first leg of their semi-final match. The return leg is on this Sunday 12th at Barnhill and support for the home team would be greatly appreciated.Remember: Sanding of the course is ongoing. Apologies for any inconvenience. 6 inch placing and free drop [nearest point, not nearer the hole] from tractor tracks will be in place for the next two weeks.An understatement: “Which is the most difficult shot in golf?” Groucho Marx: “The hole in one.”GOLF NEWS: DAVID WALSH WINS THE SINGLES MATCH-PLAY AT BARNHILL was last modified: October 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BarnhilgolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

Who is the favourite to win the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Russia?

first_img Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Blessed with incredible pace and power, Lukaku has bullied Premier League defences for five years now. However, as with many of Belgium’s incredible ‘Golden Generation’, this has not transpired into international success. Under former Everton manager Roberto Martinez, the Manchester United striker will be hoping to seize his moment on the world stage and lead his country to success.Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)  – 16/1Can Kane be the first Englishman since Bobby Moore to lift the World Cup? Chances are, probably not – but he is still expected to score a load of goals. The Tottenham Hotspur striker seems to have hit form at just the right time and is a certain starter to lead the line. With games against Tunisia and Panama to start, the prolific marksman will be hoping he can finally score at a major tournament.Timo Werner (Red Bull Leipzig) – 14/1 Latest World Cup news 6 Kylian Mbappe limped out of training for France, while Spain sacked their manager and appointed a new one in a matter of moments!But when the first ball is kicked on Thursday afternoon in the titanic clash between the hosts and Saudi Arabia, the world will briefly stop and stare at the action on the pitch.In previous years, the winner of the Golden Boot at the Finals has tended to play for the country – think Ronaldo in 2002 or David Villa in 2010.But who is the favourite to win the prestigious award this time around? Thanks to bet365, we have calculated the odds and worked out just how is the favourite to finish as top scorer at this year’s World Cup in Russia – check it out below.Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – 25/1 The Brazilian superstar will be hoping to fire his country to World Cup glory this summer At 33, this may well be the last chance for Ronaldo to win the World Cup. Although his superhuman fitness levels could carry him through until the next tournament in Qatar, he will almost certainly never be in better form or condition than this time around. A third successive Champions League trophy suggests he is still in his peak and a few early group stage goals could set him up for the tournament.Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) – 16/1The striker may not be carrying the weight of a nation on his young shoulders just quite yet, but he has shown he is more than capable of scoring crucial goals if needs be. After helping Manchester City to the Premier League title last season, the 21-year-old will be hoping to guide his country to a sixth World Cup triumph in Russia this summer.Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – 16/1 ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch SUPERSTITION The World Cup trophy will be lifted by one lucky captain on July 15 diamond geezer Lukaku will lead the line for Belgium in Russia misery 6 You’re the one Never count Cristiano Ronaldo out, especially after Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will be expected to inspire Uruguay in Russia Fallon d’Floor 6 Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup The World Cup is less than 24 hours away and the excitement levels across the globe are reaching fever pitch.England arrived in Russia on Tuesday and there have already been major incidents off the pitch already. Werner could be one of the big names who secures a move away with a successful World Cup Probably the least recognisable name on the list, Werner is a deadly marksman with ice running through his veins. The Red Bull Leipzig forward is blessed with incredible pace and power to compliment his predatory instincts. A good tournament could see him get a big move away – with Real Madrid reportedly interested in acquiring his services.Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – 12/1The Golden Boot winner from Euro 2016, Griezmann has developed from a tricky, yet inconsistent winger to one of the deadliest marksmen in Europe. France have an almost embarrassing array of attacking talent at their disposal and will be sure to score goals for fun. If they build their team around the Atletico Madrid star, you could expect to see him score. 6 Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song 6 A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers The Barcelona striker has a notorious history at major tournaments. In 2010, his deliberate handball helped his country progress at the expense of Ghana, while his attempted bite of Giorgio Chiellini earned him a four month ban from all football-related activity. His long odds suggest he may have lost his appetite for goals somewhat, but don’t count the feisty striker out.Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)- 20/1Expected to partner Suarez up front, the Paris Saint-Germain striker will be hoping to continue his wonderful form from the domestic season into the World Cup. After scoring 40 goals in all competitions last season, Cavani may be surprised to see his name so far down the odds, but a difficult group containing Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia is unlikely to be a walk in the park.Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 16/1 NO JOY Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 11/1Like his adversary Cristiano Ronaldo, failure to win a World Cup at this year’s tournament could see Messi miss out on the biggest prize in football altogether. Having briefly retired once after failing to win the Copa America, Messi will be desperate to score the goals to deliver a first World Cup triumph for Argentina since 1986.Neymar Jr. (Paris Saint-Germain) – 8/1 LU BEAUTY 6 The heir apparent to the Ballon d’Or, perhaps leading his country to glory and avenging the demons of 2014 will inspire Neymar to success. After a back injury in the quarter-finals cruelly ended his tournament prematurely in Brazil, the former Barcelona man is fully fit and seemingly back to his best. A wondergoal at Anfield in a recent friendly suggests he deserves his place at the top of the odds list.talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia.last_img read more

South Africa kicks off 2011 election drive

first_imgSouth Africa is headed for local elections. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) The IEC has launched its voter registration campaign. (Image: M&G) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kate Bapela Spokesperson, IEC +27 12 622 5579 or +27 82 600 6386  RELATED ARTICLES • Millions vote in record SA election • South Africans go to the polls • Hopes of a peaceful Sudan poll • Zuma: a more prosperous nationBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has launched an ambitious drive to swell voter turnout at the 2011 local government elections – a poll that has, in the past, been under-supported, especially among young people.The government is yet to announce the exact date for citizens to vote in their new municipality council leaders, but it’s expected to be in either May or June. The current term for incumbent councillors ends on 2 March, and the next elections should be held within 90 days of that.The commission wants to register no less than 1.5-million new voters to ensure these are as well attended as national elections. More than 21-million voters registered for the 2006 local government elections.About 23-million voters are currently on the IEC’s roll, following registrations for the 2009 national elections.Registration for the 2011 poll will take place on 5 and 6 February in more than 20 000 voting stations across the country. The IEC said 60 000 officials have already been trained to handle the registrations, while about 196 000 officials will be deployed on the actual day of elections.The commission’s preparations got under way in September after it received clarity on the voting districts, also known as wards, from the Municipal Demarcation Board. A number of new wards were created as a result of demarcations.“As an election management body, we are always mindful of the huge responsibility that rests upon us,” said the IEC’s chief electoral officer Advocate Pansy Tlakula. “We have to implement election management processes that will produce an outcome that will be accepted by all contesting political parties and candidates.“We know that we can only do so if we are meticulous in our preparations for each election.”The IEC has an excess budget of about R1-billion (US$147-million) for the 2010/11 financial year, which should enable it to acquire sufficient equipment to ensure a smooth voting process.South Africans who are already on the voters’ roll, or those who registered for the previous elections, need not register again if they are going to vote at the same station. If they are not sure, they can ask the IEC to check if their details are still in order.New voters will include youngsters who were not yet 18 at the time of the 2009 national elections. “We encourage the youth to take a keen interest in the affairs of their local municipalities,” said Lusani Mulaudzi, chairperson of the ACDP Youth Foundation.‘Love your South Africa’The IEC’s registration campaign has a strong focus on young voters, as their support in municipal elections is usually low. The drive was launched at a glittering event in Midrand, outside Johannesburg, on 12 January.The campaign is called ‘Love your South Africa’. The commission said it hopes to inspire South Africans to vote in the elections out of a love for their country.All eligible South Africans have been called upon to register and take part in the upcoming elections. “The love for South Africa must stir each one of us to participate in these elections,” Tlakula said.Political parties will soon launch their campaigns to woo voters, and earnest preparations and canvassing will start thereafter.The parties have opportunities to increase representation in eight metropolitan councils, 44 district councils and 226 local councils.There are currently six metropolitan councils in the country, but this will increase to eight on the day of elections when Mangaung in the Free State and Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape join the ranks.The metros are nodes of economic growth and have more industries compared to their district council counterparts. They include the City of Johannesburg, City of Cape Town and eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal.Election results are expected to attract much interest, especially in the Western Cape where the African National Congress will be hoping to make a mark in the province it lost to the Democratic Alliance in 2009.last_img read more