Maurice Wilson, coach of 2015 Pan American Games 100-metre gold champion Sherone Simpson, is seeing where his athlete can improve even further on this past season, her most successful in years. The 31-year-old Simpson has been training with Wilson since late 2014 and won Pan American Games gold in 10.95 seconds in July, her first title since she won the Commonwealth Games 200m title in 2006. It was also the first time since 2008 that she was breaking 11 seconds in the 100m. She went on to win sprint relay gold at the IAAF World Championships in August in Beijing, China, where she ran a season’s best 22.50 in the final of the 200 metres. She also advanced to the semi-finals of the 100m. Wilson believes the success Simpson achieved this year will help her achieve new targets for the 2015/2016 season that includes the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, next August. “Personally, I felt we had a great season. Sherone was perhaps the only athlete who had to be ready for three major meets – the national trials, the Pan American Games and the World Champion-ships and she excelled tremendously at the Pan Am Games, she made the national team and, in my estimation, she did fairly well at the World Champ-ionships,” he said. He revealed that he got Simpson into the best shape possible for the Pan Am Games to give her the best chance of success there. “I felt a couple of the other ladies were a little ahead of her, and I had to be realistic. I wanted her to have a platform in terms of confidence, and it really worked out for us,” he said. LOOKING FORWARD TO IMPROVEMENT The confidence she would have gained from this season, he said, will help her improve for next season. “I am not the type of coach to get ahead of myself, but I believe it is possible for her to improve at the very least by 0.05s. I never normally judge persons off just one run, so I am talking about being consistent in that region, and if she can be consistent, then her 200m will be better as well,” he said. “I am quite certain that we will make tremendous progress for the Olympic year.” Now that he has learned even more about her, he said it will help him do an even better job of preparing her. “I would have known so much more about her. In terms of some of the things that we were not able to do, I think we will be able to do those things, and as I have always said she is extremely professional, and once she continues to bring that to the game, and with the sort of effort that we both will put into the season coming up, the sky is the limit.”
Winners Chapel International is expected to celebrate its 33rd from Friday, May 2nd to Sunday May 4, 2014.The celebration will be marked by several religious activities and festivities starting with a “Liberation Night” on Friday, May 2nd at the Winners Chapel, opposite the new Defense Ministry in Congo Town, at 10 P.M.Ministering will be Bishop David Oyedepo, founder and president of the Winners Chapel International and other anointed men of God.Organizers have said that a street parade takes place on Saturday, May 3rd at all 23 Winners Chapel locations across Liberia. There will be a thanksgiving service the following day, Sunday, at 8 a.m. at the Chapel headquarters in Congo Town.The last activity is a “Variety Night” to be held at Winners Chapel, Congo Town, which features performances by key gospel artists, dance troops, drama groups and other forms of entertainments at 4 p.m.Winners Chapel International was founded in May, 1981, after and 18-hour long vision in which its founder Bishop David O. Oyedepo was mandated to “liberate the world from the oppression of the devil through the perching of the word of faith”.Since its founding, the Church has spread all over the world with churches in 52 African countries, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Spain, Belgium, Japan, United Arab Emirates and South Korea.Winners Chapel Liberia started in 1991 on 12th Street, Sinkor and has since spread to 23 locations in Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Sinoe, Lofa, Bomi, Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Mary land and River Gee Counties.The Church operates numerous nurseries and primary schools throughout the world including the Kingdom Heritage Model School in Congo Town, Monrovia. It also operates the prestigious Covenant University and the Landmark University in Nigeria. Both are ranked among the world’s best in the disciplines of science and technology, engineering and agriculture.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Further enhancing his status as a national hero, Salah played a key role in leading Egypt to the World Cup finals in Russia later this year.On Wednesday his talent will be on show in the Champions League as Liverpool tackle Porto.Mohamed Abdel-Gawad, 12, gazes in admiration at the three-storey house where Salah was born and raised, which overlooks a narrow dirt road like most of the houses in the village, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) northwest of Cairo.“I hope to be like Mohamed Salah when I grow up,” Abdel-Gawad told AFP.“Mohamed Salah has become a professional player because of his ethics and humbleness.”Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been one of the sensations of the Premier League since joining Liverpool, and back in his Egyptian home village the children dream of becoming soccer stars like him © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISIn Nagrig as well as in Basyoun, the closest town, the youth centres were renamed after the Egyptian star.Fully aware that his success has become an inspiration for children in Egypt and Africa more widely, Salah addressed them in his acceptance speech when he won the African player of the year accolade in January, telling them: “Never stop dreaming, never stop believing.”While the house of the player’s father, Salah Ghali, resembles others in the village, it was quieter: no-one was looking out of an open window, and no clothes hung from the house.The village has been the focus of huge media interest as Salah has risen to stardom, but family members at his house in Nagrig refused to talk to reporters “out of respect for his wishes”.– Gruelling daily journey –Salah’s journey, figuratively as well as literally, was anything but easy.“His talent clearly showed from the beginning,” said Ghamri Abdel-Hameed el-Saadani, who was the juniors coach at the Nagrig Youth Centre, where Salah started training at the age of eight.Still, Salah’s success is not just due to his talent, “it’s also a product of a will of steel, effort, and determination”, said Saadani.The mayor of the village, Maher Shateyya, a family friend, bursts with pride when he talks about Nagrig’s most famous son.Ghamri Abdel-Hameed el-Saadani was the juniors coach at the Nagrig Youth Centre where Liverpool star Mohamed Salah started training at the age of eight © AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED“Mohamed was only 14 when he joined the Arab Contractors club in Cairo, and he had to spend nearly 10 hours a day in transport to make it to and from practice,” said Shateyya of Salah’s “journey of torment”.Nagrig to Basyoun, then to Tanta city, the capital of Al-Gharbiya province, then a bus to downtown Cairo, and a final ride to the Nasr City neighbourhood where the club is located.Salah grew up in a sporty family, with his father and two uncles having played football at the youth club in Nagrig.“When his father noticed his son’s talent, he strived to enrol him at a big club,” said Shateyya.“In the beginning, Salah played with the team in Basyoun town, then he moved to Tanta city before he was taken by the Arab Contractors team.”Starting in the under-15s, Salah spent five years there before his talent earned him a moving abroad and Swiss club Basel.Salah “imposed himself, and his ability to penetrate the other team’s defences shone”, Arab Contractors coach Said el-Shishini told AFP.He recalled the dribbling ability that characterises Salah’s goalscoring exploits for Liverpool: “He would take the ball from the middle of the pitch straight into the penalty area.”From Basel, Salah moved to Chelsea but failed to break into the first team. He went to Italy where eye-catching performances for Roma caught Liverpool’s attention and he signed last year in a deal that could eventually be worth 44 million pounds.– Summer return –Salah was raised in a traditional family where both his parents had government jobs at the village. In addition to his government role, Salah’s father also traded in Jasmine flowers, Nagrig’s main harvest exported for perfume production.In Nagrig, as far as the eye can see, the fields are filled with jasmine, which flowers in the spring.Salah married Magi, a fellow Nagrig resident, when he was 20, and she has given birth to a girl they named Makka, the Saudi Arabian city that is home to Islam’s holiest site.The Liverpool winger still spends his annual leave with his wife and daughter in Nagrig, where he has never forgotten his roots.He has donated money to an intensive care unit at Basyoun Central Hospital and to a religious centre in Nagrig that is yet to be built, said Saadani.Salah also founded a charity in Nagrig that provides up to 50,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,800) a month for people in need.“He is very modest… eight-year-old Mohamed is the same Mohamed (as he is now), Africa’s top player.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Boys play football at the Mohamed Salah Youth Center in the Egyptian village of Nagrig, the home village of Liverpool’s top scorer and Africa’s top player Mohamed Salah © AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHEDCAIRO, Egypt, Feb 12 – Deep in Egypt’s Nile Delta region, the children of Nagrig village have a clear goal in life: they want to become football stars like Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s top scorer and Africa’s top player.Salah, who hails from their village, has been one of the sensations of the Premier League since joining Liverpool — his goal in the victory against Southampton on Sunday was his 29th of the season.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2BFI appealed, giving the supervisors the final word on the proposed permit. “It’s quite honestly puzzling why there’s any opposition to this. We’ve made significant concessions to get this passed,” said BFI District Manager Greg Loughnane, citing $60 million the company will pay toward developing waste-to-energy projects and recycling programs. Granada Hills activists complain BFI’s proposal to merge the dumps would eliminate some of the strict requirements imposed by the city of Los Angeles, including a mandate that trucks switch to low-pollution, alternative fuels instead of gasoline and diesel. Activists also want a guarantee the landfill will close by 2016, instead of the estimated 2031 closure date, and that a long-term insurance plan is in place in case the landfill leaks in the future. “Sunshine Canyon Landfill is in a seismically active area near the region’s water supply. That makes the urban dump more of a risk than usually understood,” said Bill Corcoran, senior regional representative of the Sierra Club, which is working with the North Valley Coalition, Teamsters union and other environmental groups to oppose the current BFI proposal. To merge or not to merge: That is the question that Los Angeles County supervisors will consider Wednesday when they take up a permit to create a single dump out of two side-by-side operations at Sunshine Canyon Landfill. Owner Browning Ferris Industries says that in creating one of the largest dumps in the nation, it could run the landfill more efficiently, with one set of equipment, one daily disposal area and one code of rules governing operations. Although city and county officials have long anticipated the two landfills would be combined into one, the county Planning Commission surprised observers when it voted against the permit in November. The commissioners raised concerns about the traffic from trash trucks, the need for more recycling facilities and the lack of a guaranteed closure date for the Sunshine Canyon Landfill. Sunshine Canyon Landfill can currently accept up to 12,100 tons of trash per day and that limit will stay the same if the two dumps are combined. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office announced in November he was opposing the permit because he didn’t want to lose any authority over the Sunshine Canyon Landfill. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, whose district includes Sunshine Canyon, has previously voted against expansions of the dump. An aide said Antonovich shares community concerns about the lack of a definitive closure date and a long-term insurance policy. email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
PROTEST: An Anti-water charges meeting will be held by Right2change tonight in Letterkenny.Donegal protestors at a previous march. Pic by Northwest Newspix.This Follows the Right2Water demonstration on 29th August 2015, which saw over 80,000 people from countrywide take to the streets of Dublin to demand the abolition of water charges.Trade Unions affiliated to thecampaign announced they will be organizing ‘town hall’ meetings inevery county under the banner Right2Change. The Donegal Right2Water/Right2Change public meeting will take place inthe Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday 23rd of September at7.30pm.This will be a presentation and discussion, open to all, on the policy principles developed at Right2Water Trade Unions Conference which was held earlier this year.A sizable number of submissions for the Policy document were received including those from political parties, Trade Unions, community groups and individuals.Secretary of Right2Water Donegal, Philip McFadden said Right2Water has developed into much more than a protest calling about the abolition of water charges. It has become a rallying call to all anti-Austerity groups to highlight issues from cuts to Lone Parent Benefit, to the homelessness crisis, lack of adequate funding to hospitals and schools, and in Donegal, the threatened closure of the ‘red eye’ NowDoc service.”He said, ”Water charges have proven a tipping point for the hundreds of thousands of citizens who marched at the very first protest in October 2014 culminating in the latest massive protest on 29th of August this year.“It is clear that the ‘economic recovery’ that is being trumpeted by Government is not a people’s recovery.“Politics is about ‘choice’ and the wrong choices have been made”.”We believe that a fair recovery and an equal society are possible, and that cronyism and greed can be replaced by fairness and hope. “Major changes to how politics is conducted must take place”.”We want to start a debate about the future– about what type of country and society we want to live in, about Equality and the type of recovery we want”.”Irish society is faced with huge decisions and we need an honest discussion, which galvanized the Trade Unions affiliated to Right2Water to launch a public consultation process on the Principles that should underpin a future progressive government”.”That process culminated in a conference in June where policies were amended and adopted to address a range of areas from housing, jobs, decent work, to democratic reform. “The principles are based on the concepts of democracy, equality and justice, simple yetradical concepts which should inform the policy choices made by those we elect to govern.”They also represent a fundamental changein the way in which we view our economy and our society but they aresimply the starting point which is why the upcoming Right2Changemeeting at the Radisson Hotel will be a continuation of the Consultation process.”Right2Water unions will not be standing candidates however they will be asking that all progressive political parties, independents, community groups, and individuals unite around policies that aim to create a better and fairer Ireland.The Policy document is available below.http://www.right2water.ie/sites/default/files/media/Right2Change%20Policies.pdf”Please attend this meeting, contribute to this important Document andhave your say on the issues that concern you.“Change won’t happen on its own. Join this debate on how we, the citizens, can change ourcountry for the better”.DONEGAL RIGHT2CHANGE MEETING TAKING PLACE AT RADISSON HOTEL was last modified: September 23rd, 2015 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:newsPolitcsright2changeRight2Waterwater charges
URA have not scored a single goal in any of their last four games (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueURA FC vs Tooro UnitedMandela National Stadium, NambooleTuesday, 04-12-2018 @04:00pmNAMBOOLE – URA FC will play host to the visiting Tooro United at the Mandela National Stadium on Tuesday afternoon as the StarTimes Uganda Premier League continues.Despite being one of the most entertaining sides so far this season, the Tax collectors have not lived up to the bargain.URA FC have scored the joint least number of goals in the on going 2018/19 season as of Monday 3, December 2018.Sam Ssimbwa’s side have managed just four goals in eight league games. The same tally scored by Ndejje and Paidha Black Angels.Ssimbwa, when speaking to the press recently commented that his side will not compete as expected if they can’t put the ball at the back of the net.URA FC has gone four games without scoring a goal. All the four matches have ended goalless.The above, mathematically implies that URA are yet to score a goal in over 360 minutes when on pitch.In that drought, Shafic Kagimu and Said Kyeyune have all missed from the spot against Nyamityobora and Police FC respectively.The side’s last goal came in a one all draw with Maroons in Luzira on 24th October with Joakim Ojera coming off the bench to cancel out Rashid Agau’s strike.Also, Agau’s strike, is the only goal URA FC has conceded in the league on eight games.URA FC are ninth on the log with 12 points. The side who are yet to to lose a game so far, have won twice and drawn on six occasions.The visitors whose only won came on match day two away to BUL courtesy of Allan Kayiwa’s lone strike, are 12th on the log with six points.Last season, Bokota Labama Kamana scored the only goal as URA beat Tooro (Soana) 1-0 in Namboole before Pate Wanok registered his name on the score sheet for Soana’s 1-0 win in Kavumba.The other game on Tuesday:– Ndejje University vs Kirinya JSS – Bombo @04:30pmComments Tags: StarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueTooro unitedtopURA FC
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseAfter an almost ideal growing season for some and not so much for others, we were not sure quite what to expect on the 2018 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour in mid-August.There were certainly some examples that showed up in fields on the 2018 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour displaying evidence of some challenging conditions, but for the most part what we found was a crop that might just meet what USDA has suggested, a record Ohio corn and soybean crop. The 2018 Ohio Crop Tour was sponsored by AgroLiquid.In January, prior to the final yield report that has been delayed by the government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was predicting an average yield in Ohio of 190 bushels. In August, the number we came up with for our tour average was 186.7 bushels. At the time, we thought that yield may be on the high side because there was a fair portion of the crop that had a long way to go yet in mid-August and there were still plenty of chances left in the season for yield reductions. As it turned out, though, the average of the yield calculations turned out to be fairly close. The growing season ended very strong, likely improving yield beyond what we saw in August, at least in some fields. The nearly ideal weather maximized the potential for the fields we look at in many cases.In the West, the I-75 group had an average corn yield of 180.3 bushels on Day 1 and 191.8 bushels on Day 2. The Eastern leg of the Ohio Crop Tour averaged 188.07 bushels on Day 1 and 182.3 bushels on Day 2. The formula used in estimating corn yields is accurate plus or minus 30 bushels for the areas of the fields sampled.So, the overall average was really pretty close, but how did we do on individual fields? We followed up with some of the farmers to find out the actual field averages of the corn fields we sampled and estimated back in August. Here are the results. 2018 Ohio Crop Tour corn yield follow-up Allen Estimated 212 Actual 214Clark Estimated 175 Actual 218Crawford Estimated 203 Actual 252Darke Estimated 218 Actual 258Defiance Estimated 165 Actual 197Fairfield Estimated 222 Actual 226Fayette Estimated 155 Actual 195Fulton Estimated 168 Actual 166Hancock Estimated 210 Actual 225Hardin Estimated 192 Actual 250Holmes Estimated 177 Actual 202Huron Estimated 191 Actual 195Licking Estimated 209 Actual 223Madison Estimated 171 Actual 174Miami Estimated 174 Actual 219Morrow Estimated 167 Actual 197Pickaway Estimated 192 Actual 225Preble Estimated 180 Actual 243Putnam Estimated 191 Actual 226Ross Estimated 201 Actual 195Richland Estimated 200 Actual 211Union Estimated 187 Actual 183Warren Estimated 224 Actual 228Williams Estimated 218 Actual 216Wood Estimated 121 Actual 211Van Wert Estimated 193 Actual 229 In addition to our yield checks, for the first time ever we collected tissue samples from each field to conduct tissue testing and gain a bit more insight into what was happening in the fields. Jamie Bultemeier, agronomist and corporate sales director for A&L Great Lakes Laboratories, dug into the results.“The challenges of tissue testing hit us, but there is a positive message behind the data. I broke the data down by north/south and east west and some patterns began to emerge in corn. I went one step further and identified those counties that were hit by the dry heat in June and July and more appeared. Often when looking at tissue data we assume that nutrients are the limiting factor to yield, but that is not the case most of the time,” he said. “One often overlooked aspect of tissue sampling is the understanding of what is limiting yield. If the true limitation to yield is nutrient or impacts nutrient availability, there will be supportive evidence in a tissue test. In this case tissue test data will correlate to yield. If the yield-limiting factor does not impact nutrient availability, tissue data will not correlate to yield. Often managers assume yield is impacted by nutrient uptake, but this is not always the case. This often leads to criticism of tissue testing.”When Bultemeier scrutinized the data, he found different trends in different areas of Ohio.“Comparing results from northwest Ohio, a stronger correlation between yield and potassium level began to appear. When I separated those very northwestern counties that were hit by near drought conditions, there was a rather strong correlation between potassium levels and yield. Higher yields are associated with higher potassium levels in corn leaves,” he said. “While the population style research at hand here is a bit limited by the lower sample set, the correlation suggests there may be an impact. This also makes agronomic sense — potassium is key in maintaining water relations within plants during times of water stress. The lower tissue test levels could be caused either by low soil potassium levels, by lack of soil water to facilitate the diffusion of potassium into the corn roots, or a combination of the two.”Southern Ohio had more rainfall and it showed in the tissue tests.“In the southwest where rainfall was more plentiful, there is a weak correlation between nitrogen levels and yield suggesting that nitrogen levels in the corn plant may have impacted corn yields in southwest Ohio. The question then becomes: did the plant have reduced availability limiting uptake, or did environmental conditions lead to reduced remobilization of nitrogen from the lower stalk to the ear leaf?” Bultemeier said. “I think the data from the Crop Tour exemplifies the challenges with interpretations of tissue test results. Crop physiology response to weather conditions and general field condition often explains tissue results, however you need field observations to figure those relationships out. The tissue sample tests from the Crop Tour were really tying to the weather events last year.”Bultemeier said there is still plenty to learn from and about the role of tissue testing in crop production.“A tissue test is a great option for looking at nutrient management as a report card if we are doing a good job at accessing those nutrients. It can be a challenge to interpret that data if we don’t have a good understanding of the system around that data and what led up to that snapshot in time. Many folks pull tissues and assume that yield and growth is limited by a nutrient issue, but that is not always the case. If we have a physical limitation or a genetic limitation, that tissue test may come back just fine and not give us a real insight,” he said. “The trend we are seeing right now is monitoring it over the season. They pull samples on a routine basis so they can see where they are at and what nutrients may be needed through foliar applications. They apply the product and see what the response is. Did the plant respond or not and was that product a good application or not? You may have to do that two or three times to get a good answer, but if there is something dropping through the season they can be ready to do an application to address it. Right now we are sort of in that learning phase in agriculture, but it is amazing what you can learn when you monitor this on a more critical level. It can be mind-boggling and it is key to have really good notes and to have an agronomist who is familiar with crop physiology with you. Sometimes it can raise more questions than answers and that is when you have to start digging deeper.”Bultemeier’s tissue sampling results from each corn and soybean field sampled on the 2018 Ohio Crop Tour are available at: ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Crop-Tour-Test-Results-2018.pdf.
Difficulty:2Terrain:1 TraditionalGC6CN64by GC5LT2 SharePrint Relatedvan “Kluis tot Kookhuis” — Geocache of the WeekMarch 8, 2017In “Community”Don’t Forget to Bring Your Brain — Antron’s Puzzle Box #2 (GC40M7T) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 20, 2013In “Community”520 Bellevue TB hotel – Geocache of the WeekApril 18, 2018In “Community” There’s more than meets the eye at this TB hotel. From the outside it looks like your typical, mundane utility box. But, isn’t that the point of geocaching — to hide something special in plain sight, make it look like it belongs there, in a place where no one expects to find it? This cache embodies that spirit by hiding an entire fire department and puzzle contraptions inside that mundane utility box, making it a strong Geocache of the Week. Like any good firefighter you’re going to need equipment to extinguish that burning feeling you get when looking for a geocache. The following items are needed:9-volt batterySmall magnetAt least 60 cm (24 in) of rope It may not initially be clear what you are doing with those items when you approach the utility box and it’s locked, but there are some clever hints to look out for: What do firefighters fight? Fire. What does fire create? Smoke.There’s a curious “No Smoking” sign that might turn you in the right direction. Once you are inside the cache and attach the battery, you see what makes the cache so special. It is filled with a child-size firefighter outfit, a firetruck, axes, and walkie-talkies. It should also be mentioned that TB Kazerne “Spuit 11” has earned an 86% Favorite rating (533 total Favorite points) in its two years of publication. Cachers of all ages enjoy this fun, creative, and well-maintained hide.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Limburg,NetherlandsN 51° 02.194′ E 005° 50.634′
Indicating that there is no chance of a compromise with his estranged nephew Akhilesh Yadav, senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav has initiated steps to formalise his “Samajwadi Secular Morcha” into a parallel political party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Mr. Shivpal Yadav, however, did not dismiss the prospects of having an alliance with the SP-BSP mahagathbandhan if it materialises and he was treated with respect.Spoke to MulayamIn an interview to The Hindu, Mr. Shivpal Yadav said his decision to form a separate morcha was not based on a whim and he had the blessings of SP founder and his elder brother Mulayam Singh. “I discussed this with him many times. I have taken this step after a lot of thought and waiting, and after speaking to all,” he said.The estranged leader recently declared that he would seek to rope in leaders neglected by the SP under Akhilesh Yadav into his outfit and also connect with smaller parties looking for political space. Though Mr. Yadav is yet to formally resign from the SP, he suggested that he had cut off ties with the party and complained that he was not even shown the basic courtesy of being called to SP meetings despite still being a party MLA. Known for his organisational skills, Mr. Yadav estimated that without his support, the SP-BSP alliance would lose the edge against the BJP in 2019. According to a close aide, the strategy was to create such a presence before the polls that non-BJP parties are forced to negotiate with him and create space for him and his allies.Support in by-pollsMr. Yadav said that in the by-poll elections in which he openly supported the alliance or did not oppose their candidate — Phulpur, Noorpur, Gorakhpur and Kairana — the BJP was defeated, while in the Sikandra by-poll the SP lost as he had abstained.Warning that the low margin of victories earned by the SP with support of the alliance can be easily overturned, Mr. Yadav said he also had the “support of the Yadavs, Muslims and the youth.”“Had I opposed them, imagine what would have happened. In Kairana, I ensured that the [rebel candidate of Lok Dal] Kanwar Hasan withdrew at the last moment. In the final result, the margin was not much,” he said.Bolster organisationMr. Shivpal Yadav plans to strengthen his organisation, and wants to embark on a State-wide tour to gather support. He is in touch with a faction of BAMCEF. Last week, he had attended a meeting of the Yadav-based Krishna Vahini in Lucknow and also concluded a three-day tour of Nepal where he attended a conference of the International Federation of Yadav Chamber of Commerce where he apparently sought support from industrialists belonging to the community. He also held a public meeting in Muzaffarnagar, which was hit by riots in 2013.While the morcha is still in its nascent stage, Mr. Yadav has announced a list of official spokespersons, including two former State Ministers, Sharda Pratap Shukla and Shadab Fatima, who had been shunted by Akhilesh Yadav after his takeover of the party, and is in touch with several former MLAs.To bolster his cadre work, he has also formed three frontal outfits named after him to connect with youth, including a fans association and a youth brigade.While he did not share details of his plan to register the morcha into a political party, its tentative name and when he was planning to resign from the SP, Mr. Yadav did not dismiss the prospect of contesting himself.
RSS: VijChandigarh, May 5 (PTI) Outspoken Haryana Minister Anil Vij today stoked a controversy by saying people who do not wish to chant Bharat Mata ki Jai should be “sent” to RSS Shakhas.The Haryana Health and Sports Minister also wanted to know “what is wrong in saying Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and said “these people (who do not wish to chant the slogan) must be sent to RSS Shakhas.”The five-time MLA also said, “It is need of the hour to make children aware about Geeta as it contains history of the country”.The Minister, who had launched a campaign to declare cow as national animal, said “stringent laws” should be enacted to check cow slaughter as it provides milk to people of all religions.Meanwhile, he termed Clinical Establishment Act as “incomplete” and demanded amendment to it to curb “exorbitant fees” charged by doctors in private clinics.Vij alleged drug addiction has become a “problem” in Haryana districts neighbouring Punjab.”Punjab is facing the problem of drug addiction and there have been several cases where youths in districts of Haryana close to Punjab have been found to be addicted to drugs,” the BJP Minister, whose party is an ally of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab, said.He said the Haryana government has been taking preventive, curative and educative measures to make people aware of the problem of drugs. He said that as many 84 government hospitals in Haryana will be upgraded so they become compliant with standards prescribed by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health care (NABH). “A survey is in process and all 84 government hospitals in the state will be to NABH level in one go soon,” he said, adding, “37 per cent of states total budget will be spent on upgrading government hospitals”.advertisementHowever, he admitted that there is an acute shortage of doctors in the state.The capital expenditure in the Health sector will to the tune of Rs 25 crore soon, he said. PTI VJ DBS SK DBS