first_imgDyah Davis says he is determined to upset the odds and put himself in the frame for a world title shot by beating James DeGale on Saturday.Harlesden super-middleweight DeGale has promised an “explosive” victory over the 32-year-old American, who is the son of 1976 Olympic champion Howard Davis Jnr.Video courtesy of iFL TVTickets for DeGale v Davis at Glow, Bluewater, on 16 November are priced from £40 and are available from the Hennessy Sports Box Office on 01925 755 222, at or alternatively by contacting or by phone on 0844 888 4402 or via or by phone on 0844 847 2500.  See also:DeGale wants Groves clash at Loftus RoadDeGale to take on American DavisDeGale out to prove a point against DavisInjury-free DeGale determined to impressDeGale given warning by opponent Davis American Davis arrives for DeGale clashDeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterTrainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeConfident DeGale predicts ‘explosive’ winDeGale weighs in ahead of Davis clashJames DeGale v Dyah Davis as it happenedYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img“Bad tackling,” he said again.It was a phrase worth repeating: Against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, the 49ers missed 17 tackles — 17! — according to Pro Football Focus. … YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?Pick against our pros all season long and win!***SANTA CLARA — It’s easy to spot the problem with the 49ers defense. Richard Sherman covered it in two words.“Bad tackling,” the injured cornerback said.Then Sherman paused as if trying to find another explanation. There was no need.last_img read more

first_imgAmajita, meanwhile, excelled in an eight-nation tournament in Cape Town, finishing third after losing to eventual champions Brazil on a penalty shootout in the semi-finals. Their results included wins over African powerhouses Ghana and Nigeria and a defeat of Japan. Drought overLocally, Western Province ended an 11-year drought when a young team overcame the odds and defeated a more experienced, Springbok-laden Natal Sharks team in Durban to claim South Africa’s most important domestic rugby title, the Currie Cup. However, it was not that difficult to decide upon the number one highlight. South Africa’s prominence in the golf world and the success of the country’s players was underlined in November when it was awarded six events on the 2012/13 European Tour, more than any other country. He was the only swimmer to go under 59 seconds in the semi-finals, setting an Olympic record of 58.83 seconds in doing so. In the final, Van der Burgh raised the bar even higher, winning convincingly in a world record time of 58.46 seconds. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio shone in the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, the toughest stage race in women’s road cycling, by finishing in tenth place, becoming the first South African woman to make it into the top 10. 21 December 2012 Cricket kingsThe Proteas became world leaders in the test arena after series victories over Sri Lanka, New Zealand, England and Australia. Five players were selected for the World Test Team of the Year at the ICC Awards, underlining just how good the year under coach Gary Kirsten had been. She also finished runner-up at the Oakley World Junior Championship in Bali that month. In Super Rugby, South Africa provided three of the six playoff teams. The Stormers topped the log and were joined by the Sharks and Bulls in the playoffs. The Sharks, though, went on to make the final where they were beaten by the Chiefs. Young motorbike maestroTeenager Wade Young delivered an amazing performance to win the Roof of Africa, one of the world’s foremost extreme enduros, defeating the world’s number one rider in the format, Graham Jarvis, to take the title. Quads player Lucas Sithole shone in wheelchair tennis. In international competition, he captured the Acsa Gauteng Open and the Korean Open, and was runner-up in Daegu Open. KG Montjane picked up the Gauteng Open title. On the track, Nolan Hoffman flew the South African flag high at the 2012 UCI Track World Champs in Melbourne, Australia, winning silver in the 15km scratch race. Lifetime achievementIn May, Gary Player became the tenth recipient of the PGA Tour’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Branden Grace had a year for the ages. He began it ranked 265th in the Official World Golf Ranking and rose as high as 34th place after winning four titles on the European Tour. Paralympics excellenceSouth Africa’s Paralympians picked up 29 medals – made up of eight gold, 12 silver and nine bronze medals. The standards in London were hugely improved over Beijing in 2008, with 251 world records being broken in only 11 days. Bridgitte Hartley won South Africa’s only bronze medal in the women’s K1 500 metres canoe sprint. She came from fifth at the halfway mark – almost one-and-a- half seconds behind the leader – to claim a podium place. In an extraordinary first season with the national team, Philander captured 50 wickets in only seven tests and was named the SA Cricketer of the Year. History madeStander’s wife, Cherise, made history by winning a stage of the Route de France, the women’s version of the Tour de France. Stander was a controversial omission from South Africa’s Olympic cycling team. Some strange decisions from the sport’s administrators have led her to decide to focus more on mountain biking in 2013. Great golf resultsIt was not a surprise that South Africa’s golfers shone again in 2012 as they produce fantastic results year after year. But there was certainly some surprise in who produced those results. If the performance of the Baby Boks is any indication of what the future holds, South African rugby is in good health. Oscar Chalupsky’s greatness was also confirmed when at the age of 49, he claimed a record 12th victory in the Molokai World Championships surfski race in Hawaii. More than the Paralympians’ achievements, it was the manner in which they achieved that inspired. They represented the country with pride and were recognised by the Games’ volunteers as the best team assignment. It was the first sprint canoe medal for the country in 18 Olympic Games. Charl Schwartzel, the winner of the Masters last year, struggled with an injury and his form, but when he found it late in the year he was brilliant in lifting the Thailand Golf Championship. Created in 1996, it honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Tour over an extended period of time through their actions on and off the course. That puts him in the company of Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Miguel Angel Jiminez, Martin Kaymer, Bernhard Langer, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Ian Woosnam as golfers to have achieved that feat. The highlight of the Springboks’ season was an unbeaten tour of the northern hemisphere. The three matches were all tight contests, but Heyneke Meyer’s charges ended up on the right side of the result in each instance. The Boks beat Ireland 16-12, Scotland 21-10 and England 16-15. South Africa’s third gold medal was every bit as unexpected as the one won by Le Clos, but it was also every bit as thrilling. South African dancers won five gold, four silver and three bronze medals for a total of 12 in all. TitlesGrace is the only man to achieve it the year after he qualified for the Tour, though. His victories came in the Joburg Open and Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa, the Volvo China Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in the UK. Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander came to be universally recognised as the best pace bowling attack in the game, with each man bringing a different challenge to opposing batsmen, and complimenting one another well. As a result of his win, Els was nominated for the 2013 Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award. Nonetheless, a fast finish took the South African star to a time of 1:57.23, which was her fastest of the season. In the world’s largest open water swimming event, the Midmar Mile, Chad Ho became the first man to win the men’s title three times in succession in its 39-year history. He delighted his fans by winning the UCI World Cup in Pietermaritzburg and then went even better in Leogang, Austria, when he raced to victory in the World Championships. Jbe Kruger lifted his maiden European Tour title in February in the Avantha Masters in New Delhi. Banyana at the OlympicsBanyana made a first ever appearance at the Olympics where Portia Modise scored a stunning goal from 45 metres against Sweden, and the team held World Cup holders Japan to a draw. They also finished runners-up in the African Women’s Championhip. Le Clos later added a silver medal in the 100 metres butterfly and went on to be named the South African Sports Star of the Year in November. Ernie Els tops the list with his victory in The Open Championship at Royal Lytham and Saint Annes. His last win had been in December 2010 in the South African Open and many people thought his best days were behind him. Major number four confirmed that the Big Easy still has it in him to beat the best in any given tournament. Deserving recognitionIn the same match, Graeme Smith scored a century in his 100th test, making him only the seventh man to achieve the feat, while Jacques Kallis, who tallied 182 not out in an unbroken partnership of 377 with Amla, finally began to get the credit he deserves as he continued rolling along while Australia’s Ricky Ponting and India’s Sachin Tendulkar saw their form slip. The series victory over England in England to claim the ICC Mace as the number one team in the world was particularly special, as was the win over Australia in Australia to retain it. Along the way there were some special performances from individuals. Pietermaritzburg hosted the 2012 UCI World Cycling Tour Final and local cyclists produced some superb results, winning four world titles. In athletics, Oscar Pistorious stormed to victory in the men’s T43/44 400 metres, Fanie van der Merwe won the T37 100 metres gold, South Africa’s T42/46 relay team set a world record in capturing gold, and Ilse Hayes won the women’s T13 long jump. That performance later earned them the World Rowing Male Crew of the Year Award at the World Rowing Awards. They were also named Team of the Year at the South African Sports Awards. Also on the water, Grant van der Walt picked up his third world title in six years by clinching the men’s under-23 title at the World Canoe Marathon Championships, which were held on the Tiber River in Rome. Stander and Switzerland’s Christoph Sauser were also successful in their defence of the Absa Cape Epic title. South African Olympians, Paralympians, cricketers and golfers were among the leading lights in the country’s sporting year in 2012. The country produced three Olympic champions, eight Paralympic golds, ascended to number one in the test cricket rankings, and once again saw its golfers shine throughout the world. Showing incredible finishing speed, the quartet from Pretoria dug deep as the finishing line neared. Rowing shockSouth Africa’s men’s lightweight fours rowing team of Matthew Brittain, Lawrence Ndlovu, John Smith and James Thompson raced to a stunning victory at Eton Dornay after being in fourth place at the three-quarter mark, with 500 metres to go. Johannesburg-born British star Keri-Anne Payne, won the women’s title for a record-setting seventh time. Comrades honouredThe Comrades Marathon’s status as one of the world’s greatest ultra-marathons was confirmed when it was honoured for being the oldest marathon and ultra- marathon on the African continent at the 30th anniversary gala of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) in Athens, Greece, in November. Surfing starRising surfing star Bianca Buitendag enjoyed a superb year. The winner of the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships in 2011, Buitendag won the CHIKO Pro Junior in Australia in March, lifted the six-star rated Movistar Women’s Pro in Piura, Peru, in July, and won the ASP six-star Sata Airlines Azores Pro in October. When you beat the winner of the most Olympic gold medals in history in his signature event – and in which he has been unbeaten for a decade – by closing him down from behind, you deserve first place in the list of South Africa’s 2012 sporting highlights. No mountain biker in history has more World Cup podium finishes than Minnaar, whose record now includes three overall World Cup titles and two World Championship gold medals. Natalie du Toit brought the curtain down on her career by winning three gold and one silver medal to take her career total for the Paralympics to 13 gold and two silver medals. Finally, in December, the country showed its style when it finished as the top nation at the 2012 International Dance Organisation (IDO) Show Dance World Championships in Riesa, Germany. On the football front, there was little to be excited about in the performances of Bafana Bafana, but the national women’s team, Banyana Banyana, and the national under-20 men’s team, Amajita, provided some highlights. Charl Bouwer also showed his speed in the pool, winning the men’s T13 50 metres freestyle gold. Junior world championsIn rugby, the biggest highlight came from the junior ranks as South Africa scored a stirring victory over four-time defending champion New Zealand in the final to lift the IRB Junior World Championships in Cape Town. Chad le Clos did all those things in the 200 metres butterfly in London and then, together with his family, delivered an unforgettable, emotional celebration of his upset win over Michael Phelps. Louis Oosthuizen enjoyed a strong year, playing consistently well. He finished it ranked fifth in the world. His results included victories in the Africa and Malaysian Opens and a runner-up finish in the US Masters after a playoff. South Africa also lifted the Hong Kong Sixes title, thumping defending champions Pakistan by 37 runs in the final. Breaststroke starSouth Africa had managed just a single silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, but 2012 was a far better year for the country. It was Cameron van der Burgh who set the ball rolling with some wonderful performances in the 100 metres breaststroke. All-time greatGreg Minnaar cemented his status as one of the all-time greats of downhill mountain biking during the course of 2012. South African Rugby Player of the Year Bryan Habana, the leading test try scorer in Springbok history, received the International Rugby Players Association award for Try of the Year for a five-pointer he scored against New Zealand in Dunedin. Leading the way was Hashim Amla with 311 not out against England at The Oval, the first ever triple test century by a South African. Usually it is the case that very successful players attract a certain amount of hate, but in the humble Amla’s case this isn’t so. He has become one of the biggest stars of the game. World champions Australia were the first to be hauled in, then Great Britain was passed. The noses of Denmark and South Africa’s boats then popped ahead of each other as they changed lead with each pull. But then South Africa edged in front and went on to a narrow victory – something they knew only when the results went up – just ahead of the British and the Danes. It was a first ever rowing gold for Africa at the Olympics. On the tennis front, South African number one Kevin Anderson won his second ATP World Tour title at the Delray Beach International in Florida, USA. It wasn’t a case of Phelps having to lose some time. He was expected to retire with his decade-long record intact, but the 20-year-old rising South African star delivered one of the biggest upsets of the Olympic Games to end that astonishing run of success. He set a tournament record score of 25-under-par 263 and won by a massive 11 shots over 2012 Masters’ winner Bubba Watson and Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong. At 16 years of age, he was the youngest ever winner of the event in its 45-year history. Return to formCaster Semenya rediscovered her form in time to make an assault on the Olympic 800 metres title. She finished in the silver medal position, but admitted later that her tactics had been wrong and she had allowed gold medallist Maria Savinova to get too far ahead on the first lap of the final. Burry Stander continued to excel in cross-country mountain biking, winning the UCI World Cup in Windham, New York, USA. He was second in the World Cup in Pietermaritzburg and narrowly missed out an Olympic medal when he finished in fifth place. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems that over the past few years when it comes to the corn and soybean crops, Ohio has been no stranger to variation. Bill Mullen with Seed Consultants says that variation will also be seen within the field this year and much of it will depend on soil types and hybrid selection. He suggests that farmers need to check out their fields to see if an early harvest will be necessary.last_img

first_imgCongress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday hit out at the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the Chinmayanand case, alleging that a rape case was not filed as the administration was “protecting” the former Union Minister.A postgraduate law student from Shahjahanpur has accused Chinmayanand of rape. Taking to Twitter, Ms. Gandhi also posted a media report that claimed that administrative officials performed Chinamayanand’s ‘aarti’ (a ritual of worship) a year ago.“Just about a year ago, many administrative officials of Shahjahanpur were seen performing aarti of Chinmayanand. The matter was raised in newspapers,” she said in a tweet in Hindi.“Rape case was not filed despite the rape victim narrating her ordeal. How would it have been filed? When the whole administration was embracing and protecting him,” the Congress general secretary in-charge U.P. East said. The law student was on Wednesday arrested on charges of extortion and sent to 14-day judicial custody. Hours later, her bail plea was rejected. Chinmayanand, sent to judicial custody after his arrest, has been booked under section 376C of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a charge with lesser punishment than rape.last_img read more

first_img Related Items:death, dominican republic, erika, haiti, tropical storm fred TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resign Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Aug 2015 – Islanders were grateful for the non-event that was Tropical Storm Erika which on Saturday by 10am was no more; dissipated and causing the National Hurricane Center to declare that all tropical storm warnings and watches were cancelled. The storm is believed to have killed as many as 30 people between Dominica and Haiti. The damage in Dominica major; tens of millions of dollars estimated with over 7,000 people homeless and nearly 900 homes damaged. The same storm was no match for the mountains of Hispaniola and by the time it got to Cuba, it was downgraded to a trough of low pressure with heavy rainfalls. Disaster Management in the TCI had activated systems in six inhabited islands, but on Saturday reported that there was no damage. Already though, the country is alert to the next system which has formed off of Africa; Tropical Storm Fred is moving northwest at 16mph, with maximum sustained winds at 70mph. Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haitilast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 22, 2017 – Nassau – President of The Bahamas Press Club 2014, Anthony Capron has responded to remarks made by Dr the Hon Hubert A Minnis, Prime Minister, during his Keynote address at The Bahamas Press Club Awards on Saturday, November 18, 2017.The Prime Minister seemingly bashed the media and suggested what they should be reporting on, instead of critcizing him and his Government.“I would say that the Prime Minister was perhaps misguided in the opinions he expressed about the media and the hard-working professional men and women who daily gather the news from every corner of this archipelago,” Mr. Capron said.But that is exactly why The Bahamas Press Club has instituted the annual media awards, he noted.“Because you always hear the press being bashed for what it is not doing.  The good goes unspoken, unrecognized and unappreciated by the critics.“And so, we cannot and will not be put off by the bad mouthing that will come our way. We have a job to do and we will do our job.”Press Release: Bahamas Press Club Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 20, 2018 – Grand Bahama – Investor confidence returns to Grand Bahama: in a press conference at the Office of The Prime Minister on Tuesday, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Kwasi Thompson hosted investors Philip Ward and Mike Hayhurst, developers of a series of village-styled homes on marina-front lots in Deadman’s Reef that will be known as ‘Seaward Fishing Village.’“We’re pleased to announce that they have already set out to engage local Bahamian contractors and purchase many of the materials locally,” said Minister Thompson.“We anticipate that this will create a unique community for year-round visitors to Grand Bahama; visitors looking for a getaway with the capacity to dock their boats and enjoy sport-fishing.”Minister Thompson noted that Grand Bahama is an ideal location for persons considering second home ownership.  He said the island possesses tranquility, which gives the relaxed feeling of being far from any metropolis — but is yet only 57 miles away from the US, so almost anything one would need would be accessible.“As Minister of State for Grand Bahama, I am particularly excited that this village will be housed in Deadman’s Reef,” added Minister Thompson.  “I am pleased to see on-going development in the Eastern and Western ends of the island, outside of Freeport.Seaward Fishing Village is not a new project.  It was first started in 2003, but due to the recent global recession it had to be put on hold.  The project is set to be relaunched in the very near future, and boost activity in West Grand Bahama.“The West is a true gem and I am happy that international partners see its value and promise and choose to invest here in our island.”Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Information and Communications, and Member of Parliament for West End and Bimini, Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe welcomed Mr. Ward and Mr. Hayhurst back to Grand Bahama, specifically, back to West Grand Bahama.“We are happy that they decided to stick with Grand Bahama, particularly West Grand Bahama,” said Mrs. Edgecombe.  “That speaks to investor confidence in our community.“We are certain that what we have to offer in Deadman’s Reef and in the West will be ideal for those persons who will purchase homes in this new development. Without a doubt, this project will boost the boating and yachting traffic to Grand Bahama and so this project is being re-started at the right time.”Philip Ward admitted that the project has been a difficult one for the developers, having had to begin the groundwork and then put the project on hold.  However, he noted that because Grand Bahama has so much to offer, it made economic sense to complete the project.“What I always liked about Deadman’s Reef was that I always felt I was in one of the Family Islands, which meant being out in nature, and the ocean, and being surrounded by friendly people,” said Mr. Ward.  “On the other hand, when my wife comes here, she likes to go to Port Lucaya.  So, that tells you that there is so much to offer here, and it has great variety.”He noted that although West Grand Bahama offers the “back-to-nature” feel, it is also equipped with the modern amenities that many visitors from the United States are accustomed to, like infrastructure, modern technology, well-equipped hospital and clinics, food stores and great restaurants.  This, he said, is a major selling point for this project and for Grand Bahama on the whole.Seaward has a very large marina.  There are underground electrical and water utilities on the project.  With all of that work already in place, the next step now is to begin the actual construction of the village-styled homes, which will be done by local contractors.  Ward says that things are picking up economically in the United States and he expects to see that positive impact have an effect on Grand Bahama in short order, because of its proximity to the United States.“It wasn’t until this last year that you felt the economy changing in the United States,” said Ward.  “There is optimism now that I haven’t seen in a long time.  The construction in Florida, in particular, is at an all-time high.“It takes a little while for the momentum and the optimism in the United States to reach The Bahamas, but it is going to happen.  It’s happening right now.  You will see more and more Americans come over here and spend money and enjoy what you have to offer.”By: Andrew Coakley (BIS) Related Items: Photo Caption: Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson (centre), along with Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of The Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West End & Bimini, Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe (left) chat with Developers of Seaward Fishing Village, Philip Ward (second right) and Mike Hayhurst following a press conference in the Office of the Prime Minister, January 16, 2018 to announce plans to relaunch the project, which was started in 2003, but had to be put on hold due to global recession. The project, once completed, will attract yachting enthusiasts and sport fishermen from Florida to West Grand Bahama.(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_img July 9, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) -The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a feasibility study on proposed voting centers.The 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Jim Desmond opposed, came after discussion over how much voting centers would cost, security, and possible disenfranchisement and voter fraud.Under the vote center system, the county’s registered voters would receive a mail ballot and could then drop it off or mail it to a vote center or cast a new ballot at the vote center itself. The system would eliminate the need for provisional ballots.The feasibility study will review pilot vote center locations for the 2020 election cycle, along with the costs and benefits; countywide deployment of the vote center model for the 2022 election cycle; an outreach and education campaign for 2020; and identify any state legislative changes that may be needed.The county will also consider an independent audit of the voter rolls, as requested by Supervisor Kristin Gaspar.Supervisor Nathan Fletcher made the proposal to study whether vote centers are a good idea.In a statement released after the board’s vote, he said: “Our democracy is strongest when the most voters participate in our elections. I believe we should do everything possible to make it easier for people to access the ballot. Today, the Board of Supervisors took an important step by exploring the vote center model, making it easier for people to vote. I appreciate their support and look forward to working with county staff and the community in the months ahead.”Desmond said while the county should look for more ways to expand voting, he wasn’t convinced that “we really need voting centers, when we have 1,600 polling stations.”Desmond also said that voter centers would be located in more densely populated areas, and possibly exclude those in more rural communities, such as farmers or ranchers.The board will decide whether to move forward with the vote center proposal after the study is completed in 120 days.During the meeting, several people spoke in favor of the vote center model, including Lori Thiel, president of the League of Women Voters. Vote centers give people more options “on where, when and how to vote,” she told the board.Thad Kousser, a political science professor at UC San Diego, said that in the 2018 elections, the vote center model increased turnout by 3 to 4% in the five California counties that implemented it.The vote center model also brought out a greater number of younger and Latino voters, Kousser added.Pamela Marin, of Alliance San Diego, said many people cannot afford to take time off from voting or travel to the county Registrar of Voters office.“San Diego must modernize their voting process,” Marin said, and vote centers “will expand democracy and remove barriers to voting in our region.”Board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said she had no problem with a feasibility study, but the original proposal “(looked) like we’re being asked to do more than that.” Jacob added that voter turnout in already heavy in San Diego County, “so I’m not sure what the problem is we’re trying to solve here.”Fletcher said his original proposal called for a handful of voter centers.“There’s nothing in what we’re studying that would close anyone’s polling location,” he added.County Registrar Michael Vu said a vote center pilot project would review locations based geography and population, including unincorporated areas and native American reservations. It also would address accessibility and transportation corridors, Vu said.Vu said a vote center would result in fewer poll workers, who need skills to handle advanced technology and prevent any voting irregularities. There are security and safeguards around the entire process, he added.RELATED STORY: Supervisor Fletcher discusses his proposal to switch from polling locations to voting centers KUSI Newsroom San Diego County Board of Supervisors OK vote center study Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more