SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 13, 2017 Wolf Administration Announces More Pennsylvanians Using Online Voter Registration Than Paper Forms Efficiency, Government That Works, Innovation, Press Release, Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés announced today that 100,000 more new applicants used the state’s online voter registration (OVR) than applied with the traditional paper form in 2016.“OVR has made registration convenient, accurate and secure,” Governor Wolf said. “It just made sense that online registration should be the first step as we began our work to bring about much needed election reforms.”Secretary Cortés added that OVR is a hit with the public, attracting 5,000 users in its first week and more than 950,000 since its launch in August 2015.“Encouraging voter participation is one of the most important things I do as secretary of the commonwealth,” Secretary Cortés said. “With more than 858,000 users in 2016 alone, it is clear that Pennsylvania citizens recognize and welcome the ease of OVR.”The 2016 annual voter registration report (PDF) shows there were 8,646,238 registered voters as of Dec. 31, 2016, compared to 8,098,304 at the end of 2015.Secretary Cortés also commended the election offices in Pennsylvania’s 67 counties for their efforts to process voter registration applications, both electronic and paper.“It was a very busy year for election workers in every county,” he said. “They put forth great effort and successfully handled the challenge that comes with every presidential election.”The annual report, in addition to county and party breakdowns, also provides details of voter list maintenance activities during 2016 and outlines the department’s collaboration with other commonwealth agencies designated under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).
By Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — Attempts by the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) to reintroduce white balls into the 2017 season, set to commence in May, were met with mixed reaction by its members at Sunday’s annual general meeting, held at the Agincourt Community Centre, Scarborough here.Confusion reigned over whether the balls should be used for all three of the league’s tournaments, namely the T10, 15-over and 20-over regular season matches with some teams maintaining they should be used for all three while some reasoned they should only be used for the T10 as was done in 2015.On the other hand, some teams complained bitterly that the white balls shouldn’t be used at all, citing safety as their main concerns since they felt the conditions of the grounds here weren’t suitable to that type of balls.After heated debates and deliberations, the OSCL executives decided to shelve the idea, thereby reverting to the use of the supreme balls for the upcoming season.The white balls, which are used exclusively in Guyana, New York, Florida and Orlando where international tournaments are being held annually, were introduced here by the OSCL in its T10 tournament in 2015. However, following complaints by members at the 2016 annual general meeting, the league discontinued their use.Among the other major decisions taken at the meeting were to separate the A and B conferences for the T10 and 15-over tournaments with each conference having its own play-off and championship game, all no-balls be free hits and no-balls be called for deliveries above the shoulder in a standing position. Super overs will also be used in case of tied games and no games shall go beyond the scheduled time, except in the case of a tie-breaker.Previously, the A and B conference teams were bunched together for the T10 and 15-over tournaments and played against the other, depending on the draws but several B division teams felt it was an unfair advantage.Giving an overview of his stewardship, long-standing president Albert Ramcharran described 2016 as one of the most challenging seasons “but thanks to the efforts of our hard-working executives and the sober heads of most of our players, we have been able to overcome most of the obstacles.”According to Ramcharran, there are a few members within the OSCL ho are bent and making every effort to bring disrepute to the league. He referred to incidents on and off the field as ample proof of his disclosure.Ramcharran however pointed out that he would like to reiterate that while overall, the discipline could be considered quite satisfactory during the last season, a few issues still remained unsettled and worrying but the league intends to deal with them very firmly. “We have no intentions of sitting idly by and let anyone ruin what we have striven to build in 21 years.”Ramcharran also announced that the OSCL will once again engage the umpires prior to the start of the new season to explore and find a common ground on several matters, including the contentious issue of pelting.The OSCL, Ramcharran pointed out, has embarked on an initiative to assist the needy in Guyana on an annual basis and late last year donated cash to the Red Cross Convalescent Home and for this year, another charitable organisation will benefit.The OSCL president extended sincere thanks to the several sponsors, including Home Trust, Harri Sukhu and Norman Sue Bakery for their continued support.Based on the constitution, only three posts were contested at the meeting, that of vice-president, assistant secretary/treasurer and assistant registrar/statistician. All three incumbents, Terry Mathura, Bobby Ramlagan and Ranjan Persaud respectively were returned unopposed.The entire executives read: Albert Ramcharran – president; Terry Mathura – vice-president; Frederick Halley – secretary/Public Relations Officer; Kim Sue – treasurer; Vish Jadunauth – East end coordinator; Patrick Prashad – registrar/statistician, Bobby Ramlagan – assistant secretary/treasurer and Ranjan Persaud – assistant registrar/statistician.The five members of the disciplinary committee, which is being chaired by Mathura, were also returned unopposed. They are Ian Baldeo, Nandalall Bodo, Nazir Khan, Rudy Bhoopaul and Pooran (Rajin) Roopchand.
FTSE100 gambling group GVC Holdings reports an ‘excellent start to the year’, publishing its pro-forma trading update for Q1 2019 (period ending 31-March), as the company now enters a crucial adjustment period for all UK gambling incumbents.Updating the market, GVC governance reports a strong volume of growth across all major territories, driven by the firm’s online gambling assets, as GVC reports an 8% group net-revenue increase.Publishing a snapshot of its performance, the FTSE operator reports a 16% NGR increase in sports betting, led by a 19% increase in sports wagers.Online growth is further supported by the strong performance of its gaming division recording an NGR increase of 20%.Reporting on its UK retail assets, GVC Holdings records flat wagering and NGR across its estates, whilst the firm’s European retail division reports a 2% NGR increase.Updating the market, GVC Holdings Group CEO Kenneth Alexander (CEO) said:“This trading update reflects a continuation of the strong trends reported on 5 March 2019, and represents an excellent start to the year. We continue to see good volume growth across all major online brands and territories and we remain very confident of achieving our target of double-digit online NGR growth. The impact of soft gross win margins in Italy and the UK was offset by improved margins in other territories, demonstrating the benefit of both geographic and product diversification across the Group.“In UK Retail and European Retail, improved sports wagering growth helped offset softer sports gross win margins. New B2 machines stakes restrictions were implemented in the UK on 1 April 2019 and we expect it to be several weeks before we can start to assess the impact. At this early stage of the year, the Board is confident of delivering EBITDA and operating profit in-line with expectations” Related Articles Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon