Barbarians too strong for Ireland

first_img The Leinster loosehead was sin-binned by referee Greg Garner after a video review in the first half of Ireland’s non-cap international clash at Thomond Park. Ireland slumped to defeat in Limerick with Alex Cuthbert claiming two tries and Leinster full-back Zane Kirchner landing the Barbarians’ killer blow over many of his club-mates. Craig Gilroy and the returning Chris Henry claimed scores for a scrappy Ireland outfit. Paddy Jackson’s late converted try handed Ireland a sniff of victory, but the BaaBaas held out. Fly-half Ian Madigan escaped censure for stamping on Georgia lock Mikautadze when a maul collapsed in the 32nd minute, but McGrath was handed a yellow card for his actions at the same breakdown. The 25-year-old front-rower could face further retrospective punishment, however, and any eventual sanction could threaten his World Cup participation. France lock Pascal Pape was handed a 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip in the back during this year’s RBS 6 Nations. Any suspension for McGrath would not start until Ireland’s World Cup warm-up games in August. There is no suggestion McGrath’s actions equate to those of Pape, but a ban of four or more weeks would leave his World Cup participation in doubt. Ireland boss Joe Schmidt showed his immediate feelings on the matter by choosing not to send McGrath back into the fray at the end of his 10-minute sin-bin. While the BaaBaas entertained, Ireland were meant to be experimenting, blooding the young and untested and ushering experienced men requiring matches back towards full steam. Jack McGrath could be facing a ban to jeopardise his World Cup participation after kneeing lock Konstantin Mikautadze in the back during Ireland’s 22-21 defeat to the Barbarians. Uncapped centre Colm O’Shea, with just four Leinster appearances to his name, struggled but never folded, while flanker Henry impressed in his first international outing since November. The Ulster openside scragged and scrapped at every breakdown, exhibiting all the tenacity that drove him into Ireland’s starting side before his mini-stroke in the autumn. The 30-year-old even claimed a second-half try, and must surely have done enough in Limerick to convince head coach Schmidt he is ready for the World Cup. The Barbarians launched into free-spirited custom from the off, Wales wing Cuthbert coasting home after Ireland debutant O’Shea drifted too far infield. Ireland levelled the scores through Craig Gilroy’s smart finish, the Ulster wing cutting a tight line off a five-metre scrum. Madigan’s conversion handed Schmidt’s men a two-point lead, but probe as they might, Ireland could not increase that advantage before the break. McGrath’s yellow card stymied solid build-up at the death of the half, allowing the BaaBaas some respite, though the world-famous invitational outfit did suffer a sin-binning of their own. Prop Roberto Tejerizo was given his short-term marching orders at the end of the half, for persistent scrum infringement. The Barbarians reclaimed the lead after the turnaround, former All Blacks wizard Joe Rokocoko always to the fore with a flick here and a trick there. Leinster’s Zane Kirchner outsmarted O’Shea before chipping the cover to slide home in style. Jimmy Gopperth converted before slotting a penalty – with the crowd booing the pragmatism – to set the BaaBaas 15-7 to the good. Ireland rallied through Henry’s driving-maul score, but even with Madigan’s conversion still trailed by a point. The Barbarians fired another riposte, Cuthbert burrowing home with a good flanker impression for his second score of the night. Ireland pulled a last-gasp try out of the hat thanks to replacement fly-half Paddy Jackson, and Madigan slotted the drop-goal conversion to allow the game to restart. Ireland again trailed by one point, with the game sliding into its final minute as the Barbarians restarted the action. The BaaBaas were able to run out the clock, however, and claim a victory as much morale-boosting for their part as galling for Ireland. Press Associationlast_img read more

Local Muslims Decry Paris Attacks

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Recent terrorist attacks in France have stunned and outraged everyone, with members of the local Islamic community joining the condemnation of such acts.The Islamic extremists’ attacks on the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 11 dead and 11 others wounded Jan. 7 and other violent attacks in France in its aftermath have been condemned by Reda Shata, the imam, or religious leader, of the Islamic Society of Monmouth County.“This is 100 percent against the Muslim faith,” Shata, an Egyptian, said through an interpreter in an interview with The Two River Times on Tuesday.Shata joined some members of the mosque at 496 Red Hill Road to talk a little about their faith, current events and where they and their religion stand on the acts of violence, following their regular Tuesday night prayer service.Shata regularly visits other mosques to conduct services and discussions. Following the events in France earlier this month, Shata, in a mosque in New York expressed his objections to the violent acts and the faith’s overall aversion to violence, said Ayman El-Sawa, a Highlands resident and member of the Middletown mosque who served as Shata’s interpreter.And Shata would offer his condemnation when he held regular prayer services at this site on Friday, Jan. 23, and invited The Two River Times to attend, according to El-Sawa.“Islam is the most against killing of any religion,” the imam maintained. But the media and many others concentrate on the actions of less than 1 percent of Muslims who embrace an extreme radicalism, he said. “What makes it sad is that the media and everyone else listens to the 1 percent,” Shata continued.The Quran states the only justification for killing is a punishment under rule of law for killing or other extreme violent acts, explained Mohammed Wasim Khan, Old Bridge, a mosque member and Quran scholar. Khan quoted a Quran passage which states “whoever kills a soul…it is as if he’s slain mankind entirely.” Conversely, the passage continues, “And whoever saves one – it is as if he has saved mankind entirely,” Khan noted.“On the other hand,” Shata noted, “we believe insulting the Prophet, no one agrees with,” referring to the magazine’s pejorative illustration of the Prophet Mohammad, believed to have instigated the violence.“Any disrespect to him is painful to us,” Shata added.But Shata still believed the response shouldn’t have been violence. At a recent service Shata told worshippers: “Whoever wanted to defend Mohammad should do it with Mohammad values,” meaning peacefully.The correct response should have been with discussions, peaceful demonstrations and writing letters to publications. “There are hundreds of ways,” said Tarek Sharaf, Piscataway.“Human life is more sacred than the Kaaba,” Sharaf said, quoting the Quran, referring to Islam’s most sacred mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.“People should get to know each other,” as a way of hopefully preventing additional bloodshed, Sharaf continued.“We don’t want people to judge us by the 1 percent,” of their faith who embrace violent extremism, Shata added.The Islamic Society of Monmouth County has been at its Red Hill Road location for about 25 years. It has roughly 1,500 members, mostly from Monmouth County, but also coming from northern New Jersey and from New York to attend prayer services and community activities, according to Shata, who has been with the mosque for 10 years.New Jersey has “no less than 1 million” Muslims, said Shata, noting only New York, Michigan and Illinois having larger populations.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Dirty Dozen Ladies Rec Champs

first_imgMallard’s Source for Sports is eager to add to the celebration with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, back row, L-R, Ruth Sutherland, Karen Duffy, Kelly Peloso, Lisa Ranta, Wendy Horan, Tracey Kooznetsoff, Melissa Keyserlingk and Heather Dyck. Front, Kelly Newhouse, Jennifer Dunn Moynes The Dirty Dozen and the Lily Whites battled through the duration of the Bridge Ladies Rec Indoor Soccer Season.The Lily Whites managed to win the regular season title, but it was Dirty Dozen having the last laugh in the playoff final, knocking off the champs 5-2 in the final to capture the championship.last_img read more

Inconsistent June, but July looking better

first_imgKerry Reed, Reel Adventures Charters Kootenay LakeKerry Reed is back on the lake giving fishermen the straight goods on what’s happening on the water. Here’s is the July report.Kootenay LakeWell, June has come and gone. And the rain kept coming and going also.  Another wet month for the record books.  And again, the inconsistent weather made for inconsistent fishing. We had some great days out there with up to 15 fish on the day.  But we also had some dismal days due to the bouncing barometer. When the weather remained steady, we had our best fishing. Our biggest Rainbow in the past few weeks was a  bright, chrome 22-pounder, with a few others between 12 and 18 pounds. We also landed quite a few Bull Trout between three and 15 pounds. And now, since the heat wave, things are changing again. Water temperature is rising fast and the fish are going through sporadic feeding frenzies.  So, one day the fish are feeding heavily and we can’t keep them off the hook.  And the next day they are fed up and taking a break. We have had some great morning fishing trips since the heat wave.  Trying to beat the heat and start early in the morning seems to be the ticket.  Our latest morning trip saw saw nice fish come to the boat in only four hours.  That’s great fishing for Summer time. So, like I always say, you just never know. But, you can’t catch them from the couch.  You just have to be out there.What are they biting on??? Now that the summer weather is here, we are catching more fish on the downriggers.  Nothing too deep, but the usual depths of 60-100 feet seem to be working well. My favorite lures on the downrigger have been:  Lyman plugs.  Lucky numbers have been # 10, 14, 16, 108.  Or common colors such as:  blue & yellow, or green & yellow, or blue & white. Our favorite fly colors are all over the map.  Not one consistent pattern lately.  But some of my best patterns have been:  Black/wht,  grey/wht, and green/wht.  Or some common numbered flies such as:  214, 215, 225, 226, and the old standby 228. Also, apex lures have been producing some good fish.  The usual colors at this time of year being:   black/white,  blue/yellow,  blue/green.Tight lines………………..  Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Charters Nelson B.C 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more

Winds batter Cycle Tour competitors

first_img9 March 2009Strong winds, with some gusts reportedly reaching 140km/h, made the 2009 Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour one of the most challenging events in the history of the race. It also resulted in the winning time of surprise champion Arran Brown being almost 20 minutes slower than the race record established by Robbie Hunter in 2008.David Bellairs, co-director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, commenting on the fact that only 25 600 out of 35 000 cyclists that had entered the race actually started it, said: “This is 6000 to 7000 fewer than usual and it is due to the wind.“It’s been the most difficult event in 20 years,” he added.Despite the tough conditions, the number of injuries was no worse than is usually the case. A total of 71 people were picked up by ambulance during the race, of which 32 were admitted to hospital, with 19 of those staying overnight.Start delayedThe start of the race was delayed by almost an hour because of the high winds, which led to many structures that had been erected for the event being taken down. Even the helicopters that were supposed to be used for live television coverage were grounded.The battle for line honours, as usual, came down to a sprint finish. Two-time defending champion Robbie Hunter of Team Barloworld was upset by Medscheme’s Arran Brown, who claimed victory in two hours, 46 minutes and 32 seconds. Neotel’s Nolan Hoffman finished third.Barloworld team manager Claudio Corti commented: “The wind was strong. It was a bit dangerous out there, but the team are in good form and kept pushing. They took control in the front of the peloton early in the race and I think it’s a good result.”Women’s championVictory in the women’s race went to Jennie Stenerhag of the Swedish National Team in a time of three hours, six minutes, and one second. Like it was in the men’s event, the winning time was some way off the previous year’s mark; Cherise Taylor won in 2008 in two hours, 50 minutes, and 51 seconds.Five-time winner Anriette Schoeman of Nashua finished second, with MTN’s Marissa van der Merwe in third. Defending champion Taylor had to settle for fifth.The field included Hollywood star Matt Damon, who is in Cape Town to film a movie, “The Human Factor”, based on the story of South Africa’s victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. He was joined by his brother Kyle on a tandem, and by former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar, who Damon is playing in the movie.After squeezing just inside the cut off time, Damon said: “It was fabulous! Of course I would do it again!”Both Damon and Pienaar cycled for charity for the Make a Difference (MAD) Foundation.The new political party, the Congress of the People (COPE) used the Cycle Tour to gain some exposure as some 120 cyclists wore T-shirts in the party’s colours, asking “Are you COPING?”Giro del CapoThe Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour was the final event of the Giro del Capo, which was raced as four single races. The three stages leading up to the Argus were dominated by Team Barloworld.A 106-kilometre stage, starting and ending in Wellington, with plenty of climbing en route, made up the first race of the Giro.It came down to a sprint finish with Barloworld’s Robbie Hunter taking the honours ahead of MTN’s Christoff van Heerden and Neotel’s Johann Rabie.The next day’s race, covering 143 kilometres, and starting and ending in Durbanville, was won by Team Barloworld’s Christopher Froome, who excelled in tough, hot conditions in which only 40 cyclists finished.Froome finished three minutes and 31 seconds ahead of second placed Jay Thomson of MTN, with Barloworld’s Darryl Impey finishing third in the same time.Stage three, a 171-kilometre round route, starting and finishing in Paarl, was contested in extremely hot conditions.Once again, Team Barloworld had the answer to the challenge with Stephen Cummings claiming victory. Neotel’s Johann Rabie secured second place – his second podium finish – and Dennis van Niekerk of Konica Minolta was third.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Eskom buys power from private producer

first_imgThe company also revealed that it is in negotiations with potential South African lenders for a refinancing of up to US$20-million (about R148-million) of its own inter-company funding of the Newcastle plant. The loan facility was secured from the Sterling Trust Limited, a UK-based private investment company, and is repayable within 90 days of drawdown. According to Ipsa, the loan will be repaid out of the revenues received at the Newcastle plant. “The last year was a period of continued difficulty in the South African power industry as Eskom struggled to re-arrange its finances and to meet its obligation to sign contracts with independent power producers for the provision of privately generated electricity,” said Ipsa chairman Richard Linnell. According to the company, the plant is expected to generate electricity for nine days toward the end of the month, subject to obtaining the necessary approvals for the loan. In the meantime, the plant has continued to incur both direct costs of employing staff as well as rent, rates, rates and gas supply liabilities of a normal, fully constructed power plant. “I am pleased that our Newcastle plant can be brought into operation so quickly in order to make a small contribution towards relieving the strain on the South African electricity system at this critical time,” Ipsa CEO Peter Earle said in a statement last week. The company’s Newcastle plant is the first Independent Power Producer (IPP) plant to be built in South Africa, but has been lying idle as Eskom had yet to finalise power purchase agreements with any independent producers. Local refinancing Ipsa, which is listed on London’s AIM and the JSE’s AltX markets, also announced the arrangement of a short-term loan facility of £300 000 (about R3.3-million) to restart generation at its gas-fired power plant in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. Integrated energy policy SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Now at last we seem to be sensing the first signs of an integrated energy policy for South Africa which includes IPPs at its heart.” In addition, the Sterling Trust will also receive warrants to subscribe for 300 000 new ordinary shares at a price of 15 pence per share, exercisable within 24 months. London-listed power producer Ipsa has concluded a short-term agreement to sell electricity – generated at its plant in KwaZulu-Natal – to South African state company Eskom for the remainder of the month of June. 21 June 2010last_img read more

De Villiers named SA Rugby Player of the Year

first_img13 February 2014Springbok captain Jean de Villiers on Wednesday became only the sixth player to be named South African Rugby Player of the Year more than once, while Eben Etzebeth was named the Young Player of the Year for 2013 for the second successive season at a glittering ceremony at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg.De Villiers led the Springboks to 10 wins in 12 Tests in 2013 and scored five tries in the process, following an outstanding Vodacom Super Rugby campaign for the DHL Stormers. His first-class record now stands at 254 matches with 91 tries scored.Players of the YearThe blond-haired Springbok captain also walked away with the spoils in 2008. He becomes only the sixth player to win the title more than once, following in the footsteps of Naas Botha (who won it four times), Bryan Habana (won three times), Uli Schmidt, Fourie du Preez and Schalk Burger (who all won it twice).De Villiers, who also received the award for Supersport Try of the Year after rounding off a superb team effort for the Springboks against Wales in Cardiff, beat off strong competition for the top award in South African rugby from fellow nominees Bismarck du Plessis, Etzebeth, Willie le Roux and Duane Vermeulen.Back-to-backThe 22-year-old Etzebeth became the first player to walk away with back-to-back awards for the Young Player of the Year, which confirmed his status as one of the best up-and-coming players in world rugby after yet another superb season at lock for the Springboks and the DHL Stormers.The awards to De Villiers and Etzebeth were two of the highlights of a star-studded evening during which accolades in 14 other categories were awarded to the stars of the 2013 rugby season.Three awardsThe Mpumalanga Rugby Union left with three awards following a highly successful 2013 season for the side from Nelspruit. Jimmy Stonehouse was named the Absa Coach of the Year for his efforts with the Steval Pumas and the SA President’s XV, Rosko Specman was named Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year and the Steval Pumas won the Absa Team of the Year award after winning the Absa Currie Cup First Division and finishing runners-up in the Vodacom Cup.Among the three other national teams, Cornal Hendricks (SA Sevens Player of the Year), Cheslin Kolbe (SA Under-20 Player of the Year) and Zenay Jordaan (Women’s Achiever of the Year) were rewarded for their excellent form last season.Competitions’ awardsThe other individual awards in the three remaining professional competitions went to Adriaan Strauss, who captained the Toyota Cheetahs to their first-ever playoff appearance in Vodacom Super Rugby, Scarra Ntubeni (DHL Western Province – Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year) and Fred Zeilinga (Sharks XV – Vodacom Cup Player of the Year).Le Roux’s exploits for the Toyota Cheetahs and the Springboks saw him voted as SARPA’s Players’ Player of the Year – an award voted for by the players themselves.Jonathan Kaplan, the most experienced test referee in the world, who retired at the end of last season, was honoured for his contribution to the game, which spanned two decades, while he also received the Marriott Referee Award for consistently performing well under pressure in 2013.Applauded their achievementsOregan Hoskins, the President of the South African Rugby Union, congratulated the winners and applauded their achievements in 2013.“The Springboks showed massive improvement last year and are now chasing New Zealand hard for the position of top-ranked team in the world, while our Junior Boks and Springbok Sevens teams also performed very well,” he said.“In Vodacom Super Rugby, the Vodacom Bulls and Toyota Cheetahs were top of the local pile, while the standard of play across all levels on local soil was of the highest standard.“As we prepare for what promises to be a massive year ahead, I would like to congratulate every winner on their awards, but would also like to thank every player, coach, administrator, referee, sponsor and all other role players for making 2013 a season to remember.”WINNERS AND FINALISTSSaru Rugby Player of the YearWinner: Jean de VilliersFinalists: Bismarck du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Willie le Roux, Duane Vermeulen Absa Young Player of the YearWinner: Eben EtzebethFinalists: Pieter-Steph du Toit, Cheslin Kolbe, Siya Kolisi, Jan Serfontein Sarpa Players’ Player of the YearWillie le Roux (Springboks, Toyota Cheetahs, GWK Griquas) Springbok Sevens Player of the YearWinner: Cornal HendricksFinalists: Frankie Horne, Seabelo Senatla SA Under-20 Player of the YearWinner: Cheslin KolbeFinalists: Jacques du Plessis, Seabelo Senatla Absa Team of the YearWinner: Steval PumasFinalists: The Sharks (Absa Currie Cup), Springboks Absa Coach of the YearWinner: Jimmy Stonehouse (Steval Pumas, SA President’s XV)Finalists: Heyneke Meyer (Springboks), Brendan Venter (The Sharks) Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the YearWinner: Adriaan Strauss (Toyota Cheetahs)Finalists: Willie le Roux (Toyota Cheetahs), Duane Vermeulen (DHL Stormers) Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the YearWinner: Scarra Ntubeni (DHL Western Province)Finalists: Cheslin Kolbe (DHL Western Province), Fred Zeilinga (The Sharks) Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the YearWinner: Rosko Specman (Steval Pumas)Finlists: Alshaun Bock (SWD Eagles), Tiger Mangweni (EP Kings) Vodacom Cup Player of the YearWinner: Fred Zeilinga (Sharks XV)Finalists: Marnitz Boshoff (Golden Lions), Rosko Specman (Steval Pumas) Supersport Try of the YearWinner: Jean de Villiers (Springboks v Wales in Cardiff)Finalists: Zane Kirchner (Springboks v Australia, Cape Town), Bryan Habana (Springboks v New Zealand, Johannesburg), JP Pietersen (Springboks v Scotland, Edinburgh), Jano Vermaak (Vodacom Bulls v Southern Kings, Port Elizabeth), Lwazi Mvovo (The Sharks v Highlanders, Dunedin), Pat Lambie (The Sharks v Vodacom Bulls, Pretoria), Riaan Smit (Toyota Free State Cheetahs v Vodacom Blue Bulls, Pretoria), Rocco Jansen (GWK Griquas v Golden Lions, Johannesburg), Gio Aplon (DHL Western Province v The Sharks, Cape Town) Marriott Referee AwardJonathan Kaplan Women’s Achiever of the YearZenay Jordaan (Eastern Province) Cell C Community Cup Player of the TournamentGiovano Fourie (GAP Management Despatch) Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the TournamentGrant Hermanus (Western Province) SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Stop Competing Against Transactional Value

first_imgThis post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.If you are competing by creating a higher level of value, then you can’t try to compete against lower levels of value and the accompanying lower price.You don’t need to win the battle over product or service (Level 1 Value Creation). You don’t need to compete and win feature by feature and benefit by benefit. You only need parity here, and you may not need parity if you create enough value that you can lose on some features and benefits. BMW isn’t big on cup holders.You also don’t need to win a contest over experience (Level 2 Value Creation) in business-to-business sales. Again, here you only need parity when it comes to service, support, and customer experience. The experience that you should be worrying about is the experience you provide as a salesperson (and that’s Level 4 Value Creation).It used to be that tangible, measurable business results differentiated you in B2B sales. Now, it is table stakes (Level 3 Value Creation). It doesn’t hurt to have a better return on investment, but I’ll bet you never get a look at your competitor’s; you’ll likely only receive feedback that they have a lower price.If you are competing by creating the highest level of value for your clients, you will be focused on collaborating with your clients around creating the biggest, most value-creating solution. You will be proactively presenting ideas that help your client build a future-oriented platform from which to produce even greater results. The solution you create together will be tied to their most strategic initiatives. And, you will be side-by-side in the foxhole with your client, ensuring what you build together produces the promised results.If you are going to create this higher level of value (Level 4 Value Creation), you can’t compete on price. You aren’t competing by creating transactional value, and your competitor is going to have a lower price (Period. End of story). You only win by selling greater value, not by competing on price.Big, strong value beats skinny, weak transactional.last_img read more

For Vasundhara Raje, a race against time

first_imgThe ruling BJP’s embarrassing defeat in the byelections in Rajasthan has triggered a churn in the party, with senior leaders deliberating on the reasons for the triple drubbing — in one Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats. A beleaguered Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, already battling factionalism within the party and growing resentment among the people, has little time on her hands as she seeks to course-correct with Assembly elections scheduled for December this year.At a core group meeting at Ms. Raje’s residence here on Friday, BJP leaders reportedly analysed the factors responsible for the shrinkage in the party’s traditional support base. While sections of the Rajput community had announced their support to the Congress much before polling day, the impact of the Centre’s decisions of demonetisation and GST rollout was described as a “worrisome trend” beyond the State’s control.Farmers are also upset with the Raje government for its failure to act upon its announcement of agricultural loan waiver of ₹50,000 each. A committee appointed after a 13-day-long farmers’ agitation in the Shekhawati region is yet to take a decision despite having visited Kerala and other States to study their models.Rebel concernThe party is also facing resentment from a section of its workers who are drawn towards the “Deendayal Vahini” front floated by rebel MLA and former Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari. The Sanganer MLA raised the banner of revolt after he was denied a Cabinet berth and his outbursts following the bypoll results were distressful for the BJP. Mr. Tiwari alleged that the party’s central leadership was shielding a “corrupt government” in Rajasthan and questioned Ms. Raje’s continuation in office.Among the other factors responsible for the BJP’s defeat in Alwar and Ajmer parliamentary seats and Mandalgarh Assembly seat, according to political observers, are the bitterness among the business community, deteriorating law and order in semi-urban areas, enactment of a legislation to protect officers charged with graft and Gujjars and Brahmins turning against the party over reservation and other issues.The voting pattern in the urban pockets depicted a marked shift away from the BJP. In Ajmer city, considered the BJP’s stronghold, the party lost Ajmer North by 6,975 votes and Ajmer South by 13,070 votes primarily because of the traders’ anger over loss of business and complications in filing of GST returns.‘Cold shouldered’The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has maintained a distance from the Raje-led faction of the BJP ever since the party came to power in 2013. RSS volunteers were conspicuous by their absence during electioneering for the bypolls. They did not make any serious attempt to mobilise voters in the three constituencies. The “cold shoulder” given by Ms. Raje to RSS volunteers during ticket distribution in 2013 and her subsequent temple relocation drive in Jaipur are considered responsible for the Sangh’s aloofness.The Opposition Congress, on the other hand, put up a united front during the election campaign. Party leaders, including Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot, built up an atmosphere against the BJP’s policies and programmes while cashing in on the resentment among different sections of the population.In both Alwar and Ajmer, the Congress tried to forge new alliances with different caste groups in order to pose a fresh challenge to the BJP. The atmosphere was charged in Alwar in the wake of attacks on dairy farmers by cow vigilantes, while the contest in Ajmer was a direct one between Mr. Pilot and Ms. Raje.last_img read more

Beermen, Painters try to bolster Q’Final bid

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PH fighters bag 2 golds “Alaska is not a team you can relax against,” said RoS coach Caloy Garcia referring to the Aces. “We have to come out with the mentality of wanting to win rather than just playing the game.” Read Next The Beermen take on Phoenix Fuel at 7 p.m., right after the 4:15 p.m. duel between the Painters and the Alaska Aces.San Miguel coach Leo Austria got first-hand experience how it is paying against a team with nothing to lose when the Beermen needed a big finish and a huge game from June Mar Fajardo to subdue KIA Picanto, 118-112, in what he aptly described as “an ugly win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It is a wake-up call for us,” said Austria who is hoping to bring to the illustrious franchise its second Grand Slam.Rain or Shine will also guard against complacency when it battles Alaska. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine will shoot for wins on Wednesday that would push them closer to a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.And it’s not much of an advantage that the Beermen and the Elasto Painters will be facing teams that have scraped the bottom of the barrel. In fact, it could work against the two squads in the doubleheader at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIEScenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more