Director of elections at the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), Orette Fisher has rubbished claims that election equipment have been malfunctioning at polling stations across the island. It was reported that many persons across the island, who turned out to cast their votes, had to return home without doing so because lines were too long and election equipment had been malfunctioning. Candidates from both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People’s National Party (PNP) have also been complaining of the slow voting process and that the electoral machines were malfunctioning. According to reports from the EOJ, as at 1:00p.m. over 500,000 persons had voted, which accounts for 31.54 per cent of the voting population. There are 1,824,412 electors on the voters’ list. Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 5:00 p.m. EOJ said special accommodation will be made for voters who were in line before 5:00p.m. This will allow them to cast their vote.
A small two door sedan was travelling through a stop sign and collided with a full size pickup truck towing a large travel trailer.Both vehicles were destroyed in the collision and the pickup rolled as a result. All passengers including several children were rushed to the Chetwynd hospital for the treatment of minor injuries.The RCMP would like to remind the public to drive with caution as the peak summer travelling and camping season is upon us.- Advertisement –
KANSAS CITY — The A’s fell to the Kansas City Royals, 6-4, on Wednesday night.The game got of to a scary start. In his first at bat, Matt Chapman took Jakob Junis’ 91 mph fastball to the back of the head. Chapman took his base, initially brushing off trainers before consulting with them for a bit on the firs base line. He stayed at third in the bottom of the inning, and was robbed of a hit following a six-pitch at bat in the second inning before getting pulled for Chad Pinder.Marcus Semien …
The highest-earning Kickstarter campaign of all time, the Pebble e-ink smartwatch, landed an exclusive deal last week with Best Buy to get the device to new consumers starting July 7. Upon hearing the news, I promptly cancelled my order.I pre-ordered a Pebble in June of 2012 shortly after its Kickstarter had netted the tiny team over $10 million, primarily because I felt it would be more ethical as someone who might eventually write about the Pebble to refrain from backing the project. I waited a year for the moment when the company said my device would ship (May 2013), and then when it still didn’t two months later, the Best Buy news was a punch in the gut. So much so that I decided the company had lost my business, no matter how much time and money had since become sunk costs to me. To make matters worse, not even all of the original backers of the Kickstarter have received their Pebbles, reportedly due to manufacturing issues depending on the color of the selected model. The only solution to get the elusive smartwatch on time: cancel your order and funnel the refund money to Best Buy. That was until the watches, which were available for purchase via bestbuy.com during a five-day pre-order period following the announcement, sold out. Leaving Backers BehindPebble’s move was aimed at getting the watches out in the wild, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky told The Consumerist last week. Migicovsky also said that only black Pebbles are available at Best Buy and that all Kickstarter backers had already received their units if they selected black as their preferred color. However, that appears to be false, and some angry backers are voicing their concerns on the Kickstarter page to prove it. But despite Migicovsky’s explanation and what is likely a small slice of backers that may have fallen through the cracks, Pebble drew a line in the sand over its intentions as a company with the Best Buy deal, basically saying, “We don’t care who we have to spurn on our path to becoming a legitimate business.”It’s a move that raises concerns of the future of Kickstarter hardware projects that are being similiarly echoed amid the missteps of other successful hardware campaigns like the Ouya, the $99 Android gaming console that ranks as number two on the highest-earning campaign to date on the crowdfunding site. Both the Ouya and Pebble are fantastic ideas that blew up beyond imagination only to be marred by an inability to scale. And when it came down to the moment when both the teams behind the Ouya and the Pebble realized they were way off schedule, both companies decided to dive into retail anyway, furious Kickstarter backers be damned. The actions on display here raise an interesting question about the most ethical way to use Kickstarter. Are these campaigns a way to build something collectively? Or in the case of hardware, where so many complicated facets of the business must be built from the ground up, is Kickstarter just a way to ensure demand and whip up interest before a project can make the jump to full-fledged startup? For Pebble, it’s clear that it’s the latter, and no amount of backer dedication could keep it from leaving its Kickstarter shell in the dust. The Pebble Timeline: A Lesson In PatienceI pre-ordered my Pebble, in white, on June 6, 2012. Then I waited … for six months. On January 9, 2013, I was told to confirm my payment of $150, which I did.I assumed this was because the small company, now practically living out of Taipei to scale its production up to meet the 85,000-unit demand it generated through Kickstarter, was preparing to finally announce a long-awaited ship date. I was right.On January 9, Migicovsky announced that the device would begin shipping to Kickstarter backers on January 23. For those of us who pre-ordered, it was projected that we would get our Pebbles sometime in May. My white Pebble timeline right before I cancelled my order. I received no updates to the ‘Late May 2013’ projection I was originally shown when I paid back in January. That seemed reasonable, and so I continued to wait. When May rolled around and I didn’t receive an update, I begin investigating and learned that the Kickstarter shipments, as well as the manufacturing hurdles involved with producing the wide array of colors the company was now promising, had extended the wait time for pre-order customers and especially so for those who selected white. Late May came and went. Then June came and went.On July 2, without ever having received an update on my white Pebble or the online shipping timeline I had hopelessly checked throughout the previous two months (it still said late May), the company announced its Best Buy deal.Why I Cancelled My OrderWhy didn’t I simply jump at the opportunity to pre-order a Pebble through Best Buy and get it as soon as this week? After all, color wasn’t a huge issue (from white to black in my case), and it would still mean that I was getting the first fully realized smartwatch before any real competitors hit the market.Simply put, I ordered a Pebble from the manufacturer directly because I believed in the product, and that belief was shattered. The decision to let Best Buy begin selling directly to anyone and everyone not only split open the already fraying relationship Pebble had with its tens of thousands of customers, it defeated the entire purpose of being an early adopter of its smartwatch.True, I wasn’t one of the Kickstarter backers. I don’t have anywhere near thereason to be as angry as the project’s still watchless backers following a wait of more than a year. Still, I felt betrayed. The feeling is one being shared by many in the comments section of the Kickstarter page. “I’m writing once again to ask for a full refund on my pledge,” wrote backer Sally Crispo last week. “I, like many others, have been extremely patient with your process and I just my money back now. It’s also insult to injury that Pebble is going on sale at Best Buy this weekend.” “I am gutted that not only has my white still not arrived—I had almost forgotten about it—now you are boasting of your deal with Best Buy,” wrote Graham Bishop. For those who have waited months for their Pebble, it almost makes more sense now to simply get your money back (if you’re not stuck as a Kickstarter backer) and wait for competitors’ offerings to do a full comparison. After all, Apple and a slew of other companies will be delivering on the smartwatch rumors soon enough. While Pebble rose to fame by being one of the first and best-looking of this new breed of hardware, it completely dropped the ball when it came to delivering, and rubbed salt in the wound by spurning its backers for a Best Buy deal.Furthermore, anyone who had a developed a unique relationship with the product by pledging and seeing it grow has reason to feel exploited. No amount of cool features or new colors can erase that. 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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, center, watches from the bench in street clothes in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in New Orleans, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW YORK — New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for directing an obscene gesture toward a fan.NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, who announced the fine on Thursday, says Davis made the offending gesture as he left the court following the Pelicans’ 115-109 loss to the Charlotte Hornets in New Orleans on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Amateur video posted on the internet shows Davis briefly scowling and extending the third finger on his left hand as he walks toward the tunnel leading off the court at the Smoothie King Center. Davis then immediately engages other fans with friendlier gestures including high-fives, as he often has done, before disappearing down the corridor leading toward the Pelicans’ locker room.Davis, a six-time All-Star drafted by New Orleans in 2012, has drawn heavy criticism from some fans since publicly demanding a trade in late January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe has missed four straight games while being listed on New Orleans’ injury report with back spasms.The Pelicans visit Phoenix on Friday night. Negros Occidental wins bid to host Palarong Pambansa in 2021 Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess