‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ Perpetual holds off San Sebastian for back-to-back wins Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ BATANGAS 101 – Celiz 15, De Joya 14, Isit 13, Ablaza 11, Saitanan 10, Mendoza 8, Ragasa 7, Avenido 6, Anderson 5, Gabayni 4, Dela Peña 3, Bulawan 3, Bautista 2, Laude 0.Quarters: 36-24, 57-46, 84-71, 116-101.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend With the Thunder in control the whole game, Batangas threatened to close in and got the lead to as low as 11, 84-73, with 9:53 remaining, but Salamat and Torres torched the nets to once again bring the lead back to 20.New recruit Robby Celiz paced Batangas (6-4) with 15 points off the bench, while Cedric de Joya had 14 markers and five assists.The defeat brought the Batangueños down to fifth-seed, as they will now brace for the fourth-ranked CEU in the quarterfinals, which will start on Thursday.The Scores:FLYING V 116 – Torres 26, Teng 24, Salamat 22, Thiele 13, Paredes 9, Tampus 7, Banal 5, Dionisio 5, Cañada 4, Austria 1, Koga 0.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Still, coach Eric Altamirano isn’t putting too much on Flying V’s eliminations sweep as he prepares his team for the semifinals as the top-seed.“We’re happy that we’re able to get it done, but I’ll be happier if we win it all the way,” he said. “As much as we want to win a championship, we can’t look beyond that yet. Our focus right now is the playoffs and we have to hurdle the semis first.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Thomas Torres caught fire from the outside as he went on a flawless 6-of-6 clip from threes to wound up with 26 markers and five boards.Eric Salamat also had 22 points, six assists, and two rebounds in the win. Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESJeron Teng tallied a historic third triple-double and led Flying V to a dominant 116-101 blowout of Batangas and complete the team’s perfect 10-0 campaign this 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The La Salle stalwart registered 24 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists to lead the romp for the Thunder as it became only the fourth team to reach the milestone previously done by NLEX in the 2012 and 2014 Foundation Cups, and Cagayan Valley in the 2015 Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite
Lielke says MMA has appealed to him for quite some time and online videos inspired him to pursue the sport.“I’ve been interested in it for as long as I can remember. I always had a punching bag at home and I’d come home and hit the bag and stay in shape that way,” he says. “I’d watch my favourite fighters on YouTube and dreamed that you could one day get that good and kind of started from there. I was living down in the lower mainland and I started training jiu jit su and I liked it a lot. I started competing and doing well, then I was cross training some kick boxing and MMA “Lielke moved back to Fort St. John a few years back and had his first fight with Fivestar last year. He says excels in taking people to the ground and is focused on coming out with a win on April 25.- Advertisement -“Wins are all that are on my mind. I get pretty focused. Most of the time I revert to my grappling because I have a bigger advantage there over most guys in this area and B.C. and Alberta. I’ve done well in competing; I’ve gotten gold medals in jiu jit su in all the provinces so I’m pretty confident in my ground game. “He isn’t nervous about fighting on his feet but grappling gives him the best chance to win.“I do a lot of stand up training but to me if I was breaking the fight down into percentage of how I would win most of my fights I know that I’m going to have a higher chance to win the fight grappling,” Lielke explains. “I’m not going in there to play around I want to go in there and win as fast as I can and get it over with so I always go to grappling. That’s not to say that I can’t strike or I don’t like striking I just don’t have as good of a chance to win on my feet.” Advertisement General tickets are available at Fivestar Athletics, Hi-Performance Motor Sports, Marc Joseph and Trends Clothing, The Barber Shop, and MC Rehabilitation and Wellness.General admission seats are $65.
The Huskies earned a 5-3 victory over Beaverlodge on Friday night.Beaverlodge claimed the first goal scoring opportunity of the game, on a penalty shot. But, Goaltender Zach Blain watched Charles Laboucan shuffle the puck just wide, and the first period ended with no scoring.During the second period things heated up, and stayed that way till the closing buzzer. The huskies opened the scoring early in the second, and after a back and forth period, the score was 3-2 Blades.- Advertisement -In the third, the Huskies big players broke the game open. Jonathan Spence tied the game up with a quick shot from the slot, and then a clever goal from Steven Fast put the pups in front. Paydon Wongtedt iced the game, with a late powerplay goal, his second of the game.Here is a highlights package. [asset|aid=379|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5f4da7ae27bd42857b1544a408d840b7-Oct 3 at Beaverlodge highlights_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Steven Fast scored the winning goal, his first of the season. Fast says the difference in tonight’s third period, compared to the past two games, was simply a better mental game. [asset|aid=380|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5f4da7ae27bd42857b1544a408d840b7-Fast-noQuit_1_Pub.mp3] Paydon Wongstedt had a big night, but agrees the difference tonight was smarter hockey. [asset|aid=381|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5f4da7ae27bd42857b1544a408d840b7-paydon-listening_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Fast played for the Huskies as a call-up in last season’s playoffs, but says he’s put on a few pounds, and is loving Junior Hockey. [asset|aid=382|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5f4da7ae27bd42857b1544a408d840b7-Fast-Junior_1_Pub.mp3] The Huskies were 3-6 on the powerplay, and got goals from Paydon Wongstedt (2), Jason Arnouse, Jonathon Spence, and Steven Fast. Dylan Apsassin chipped in with 2 nice assists.Next up is a Saturday night (Oct. 4th) game, at home, against the Grande Prairie Wheelers. Game time is 8pm at the NPA.
Why even bother using jail resources for a minutes-long jail stay? Starlet Lindsay Lohan served her jail time Thursday at the Los Angeles County women’s detention center in Lynwood – all 84 minutes of it. That’s how much the 21-year-old Lohan served of her daylong sentence received in a plea arrangement from drunken-driving and cocaine-possession arrests this past summer. After she turned herself in, Lohan was searched, fingerprinted and then kept in a holding cell in the inmate reception area. She didn’t even have to change out of her street clothes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre If that seems like a short jail stay, consider that it was actually two minutes longer than that of Nicole Richie – another celebrity who served supershort time for driving under the influence. These minutes-long sentences for famously naughty celebrities seem to be a serious waste of county jail time and resources. Worse still, an L.A. County sheriff’s spokesman noted that Lohan’s treatment wasn’t even unusual. Apparently, 30 to 50 women at the detention center are released early every day. Though probably few of them after just a few minutes. The pointless short sentences aside, there’s a serious dysfunction with the county’s justice system. What’s the purpose of enforcing a sentence that is the equivalent of a salon appointment? Jail is supposed to be a punishment, not a photo op. Judges ought to consider that before they impose one-day sentences that are going to most likely be reduced to a few minutes, when probation, increased community services or higher fines might be more of an appropriate punishment. Otherwise, it’s just a waste of jail time.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Abbey Village 5K took place yesterday evening – where did you come?1. 494 John Mc Callion m SM Limerick A.C. 17:57,12. 571 Gerard Mc Granaghan m SM Letterkenny A.C. 18:03,33. 578 Padraic Mc Cafferty m SM 24/7 Triathlon 18:41,04. 500 Monica Mc Granaghan f SW Letterkenny A.C. 19:15,25. 780 James Donaghey m M40 Convoy A.C. 19:21,16. 786 Daniel Hewett m SM Milford A.C. 19:29,07. 488 Noreen Scanlon f SW letterkenny AC 19:39,28. 801 James Whoriskey m SM Milford A.C. 19:51,49. 779 Paul Gallagher m M40 19:52,710. 813 Joe Devine m M40 Glenswilly 20:09,211. 484 Barry Mackey m M50 letterkenny AC 20:19,712. 482 Patrick Duffy m M40 20:26,513. 574 Siobhan Gallagher f SW 20:47,214. 797 Darren Murray m SM 20:52,215. 785 Shane O Donnell m JM 20:55,216. 495 Brian O Donnell m M40 Swanlings 21:14,417. 483 Christopher Murray m SM Cranford 21:37,518. 792 J.p. Mc Bride m SM 21:40,419. 818 Fionnuala Larkin f SW 21:46,720. 496 Gerald Mc Connell m SM Swanlings 21:49,821. 804 John Mc Cafferty m SM 22:02,722. 740 Brendan Delap m M50 22:24,723. 497 Marian Kerr f W40 Letterkenny A.C. 22:34,524. 825 Gardiner Richard m M40 22:52,025. 781 Martin Cable m M50 23:20,026. 826 Sweeney Seamus m M40 23:32,227. 807 James Doherty m M50 Milford A.C. 23:37,728. 803 Shaun Mc Fadden m M40 23:38,729. 486 Philip Connolly m M50 letterkenny AC 23:49,130. 575 Brian Gallagher m M50 23:52,931. 487 Kieran Porter m SM Strabane Lifford 23:58,632. 498 Shaun O Donnell m M50 Swanlings 23:59,633. 798 Patrick Durning m M40 Errigal C.C. 24:01,434. 800 Sarah Doherty f SW Convoy A.C. 24:02,235. 577 Danny Sharkey m M50 Letterkenny A.C. 24:11,436. 806 Nancy Mc Namee f W50 Finn Valley A.C. 24:16,937. 805 Liam Mc Laughlin m M50 24:36,938. 778 Edward Diver m M50 Ray Men on the Move 25:08,739. 576 Gavin Gorman m SM Kilmacrennan Celtic 25:09,140. 784 Patricia Mc Cauley f SW 25:41,041. 823 Grace Jessica f JW 25:57,142. 783 John Porter m SM 25:58,743. 782 Rhonda Porter f SW 26:09,644. 735 Paul O Neill m M40 26:41,445. 810 Rosemary Russell f W40 26:47,046. 799 Noel m M50 26:54,547. 815 Jean Mc Glinchey f W50 27:03,748. 489 Geraldine Flood f SW Milford A.C. 27:51,949. 774 Eileen Morning f W40 Swanlings 27:56,250. 573 Cormac Mc Elwee m SM 27:56,951. 572 Denis Sheridan m M50 Milford A.C. 28:09,252. 492 Marty Houston f W40 28:10,353. 491 Debbie Houston f W40 Milford A.C. 28:15,354. 493 Gary Conaghan m M50 28:16,055. 809 Anne Kelly f W40 28:22,756. 821 McNulty Catherine f SW 28:23,157. 808 Maureen Gallagher f W40 28:23,258. 796 Georgina Mc Crudden f SW 28:30,759. 485 Linda Cronin f SW 28:53,060. 828 Gibbons Ryan m JM 29:02,961. 814 Kieran Kelly m SM 29:21,562. 788 Diane Mc Mahon f SW 29:23,063. 820 Clinton Joanne f SW Team RK 29:32,164. 811 Martina Mc Brearty f W50 29:45,265. 579 Nancy Gallagher f W50 29:51,166. 802 Josie Gallagher f W40 29:51,967. 773 Mary O Donnell f W50 Milford A.C. 29:57,868. 787 Desmond Brownlie m M50 Lagan Valley 29:59,569. 812 Noreen Sharkey f W50 30:01,470. 827 Gibbons Amy f JW 30:24,771. 819 Brogan Elaine f SW Team RK 31:14,772. 790 Fiona Mc Connell f W40 Gerard’s Gang 31:15,373. 789 Kathleen Mc Court f W40 Gerard’s Gang 31:49,174. 793 Jacqueline Friel f W40 32:06,975. 794 Ann Doherty f W50 Milford A.C. 32:14,976. 817 Eithne Duggan f JW 32:39,777. 816 Eileen Duggan f W40 32:41,278. 490 Laura Mc Namee f SW 34:55,079. 771 Muireann Reidy f JW 35:42,580. 795 Marie Boyce f W50 36:34,481. 481 Vanessa Orr f SW 36:36,682. 822 McBride Tracey f SW 37:22,483. 824 McGowan Shauna f SW 37:22,484. 739 Carrie Friel f SW 37:22,685. 791 Frances Mc Bride f W40 Gerard’s Gang 40:56,886. 499 Kevin Connaghan m SM 42:05,287. 733 Hannah O Neill f JW 44:59,388. 737 Joycelene Diver f JW 45:44,389. 734 Jack O Neill m JM 46:53,690. 580 Clare Reidy f W40 47:04,291. 772 Brean Reidy m JM 47:04,392. 738 Brian Gibson m JM 47:47,793. 736 Siobhan O Boyle f SW 48:06,894. 829 Sean Sheridan m SM 49:47,295. 830 Tracey Orr f SW 49:47,296. 777 Lee Gibbons m JM 52:59,297. 776 Hugh Gibbons m M50 53:01,598. 775 Marian Gibbons f W50 53:18,4Abbey Village 5K – where did you come? was last modified: August 31st, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:5kabbey villageraceResultsRunning
Many of the familiar faces (and some new ones!) gathered yesterday to mark the magical €1 million milestone reached by the amazing Shop LK voucher scheme.From small beginnings but with a big vision Shop LK, that started way back in 2004, the scheme has come so far in such a relatively short time – less than ten years.With a vision to promote local shopping Letterkenny Chamber devised Shop LK as a way to encourage people to shop local. In 2006 the first voucher was bought by Kathleen Dunworth from Ramelton and year on year sales of Shop LK vouchers have been soaring ever since. Whether they are bought as gifts, prizes, treats, or staff bonuses, Shop LK Vouchers have really caught the imagination of the general public and it has become one of the most successful local shopping schemes nationally.Shop LK is run by Letterkenny Chamber with all revenue being invested back into the brand through advertising and promotion. With sales increasing over the last two years by over 25% per year Shop LK has reached it’s first €1million sooner than expected and the Chamber and Shop LK participants are celebrating.To mark this important milestone Letterkenny Chamber had a celebration coffee morning for invited guests including the Mayor, Councillors and some of the many businesses that participate in the scheme.At the event John Watson, Chamber President said “ We are so proud of the success of Shop LK . It is a credit to those who came up with the idea in 2004 who had the vision to see that it would be a huge success. We have nurtured and developed the Shop LK concept and consider it to be our flagship brand that is well recognised in Letterkenny and the surrounding area. “This €1million has been spent right here in Letterkenny and it’s not just about the money. Each time a voucher is bought it reinforces the idea of local shopping, of supporting local businesses and protecting local jobs. This is one of the most successful initiatives of its kind, we led the way and we are now seeing the results.He continues “We also know that there is a multiplier effect as customers consistently spend more than the voucher value so we can assume at least double the value is spent in each transaction. So whether people got the vouchers as a gift, a bonus or just a treat they are showing their support for this local initiative.”Shop LK Vouchers, that are valid for a year, are bought all year round by individuals, groups and businesses whose staff have opted to have them instead of cash bonuses. The Shop LK initiative offers local consumers an opportunity to support their local town in a really tangible way.John continues “Shop LK is more than vouchers. It’s about promoting Letterkenny as a retail destination, the commercial hub of the county. Letterkenny provides something unique not found in neighbouring towns and cities – a Main Street with many independent traders, a local town feel with high street names, a clean well kept town, ample and reasonably priced parking close to the shopping areas and not least helpful and friendly staff who will go that extra mile to give customers exactly what they need. The “Shop LK – Love Shopping Letterkenny” brand helps to underpin all that is good about shopping in Letterkenny for local people and visitors alike.”Letterkenny Chamber makes no money from the sale or redemption of vouchers so every cent brought in through Shop LK is invested back into the promotion of the brand throughout the year. This year with financial assistance from Letterkenny Town Council Shop LK will embark on a promotional campaign to really put Letterkenny on the map. This year it is intended to get the message out to everyone in the North West and Northern Ireland that Letterkenny is the place to be for a wide variety of shops and choice all in one place all wrapped up in excellent service. Shop Vouchers are bought all year round and the €1million has been spent on a wide variety of goods and services, from an oil fill to a beauty treatment, from a gourmet meal to a quick sandwich, from weekly grocery shopping to the perfect gift. Over 90 outlets, from household names to local independent traders accept the vouchers reflecting the fantastic variety that is available in Letterkenny. Available in €5, €10 and €20 denominations they make the perfect gift for old and young alike, for families, for those moving house or getting married. The list of uses is endless.Toni Forrester of Letterkenny Chamber who has watched the initiative develop and mature over the last 3 years says “Reaching the €1m milestone is great news for Letterkenny Chamber, great news for the 90 Shop LK members that contribute so much to the scheme and great news for Letterkenny. It’s been great to be able to celebrate today with the people who make it happen, those who came up with the idea in the first place and those who have supported Shop LK all along.“We are also delighted to say that the person who bought the voucher that brought us to this grand total was young Letterkenny woman Elaine Callaghan who called in to the Chamber over Easter and is a regular customer. Elaine and everyone who has contributed to this fantastic achievement ensures that Shop LK will be around well in to the future and that the next million will not be long in coming round.”At the celebration the Chamber President thanked all the participating outlets, all of those who have worked on Shop LK over the years and very importantly the Chamber community employment staff that carry out all the work associated with the vouchers day and daily. It is these frontline staff in the Chamber that provide the resources throughout the year to make Shop LK such a success. Visit the Shop LK website www.shoplk.ieNotes:Shop LK – Love Shopping Letterkenny – local shopping initiative18th April @ 11am – Coffee & Cake to celebrate reaching the €1m milestone.Vouchers started to be sold in 2006€1m sold.First buyer, Kathleen Dunworth, Ramelton.€1m buyer, Elaine Callaghan, LetterkennyFACES OLD AND NEW GATHER TO CELEBRATE SHOP LK’S €1M SUCCESS was last modified: April 19th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:JOhn WatsonShop LKToni Forrester
Donegal’s 12,408 asthma sufferers eligible for a free flu vaccine are being urged to act early and get protected ahead of winter.The Asthma Society of Ireland is today calling on the people in Donegal who have asthma, and the 17,511 people who have Coronary Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), to speak to their GP or pharmacist about receiving the flu vaccination.Dr. Dermot Nolan, Asthma Consultant and member of the Asthma Society’s Medical Advisory Group, said: “I strongly recommend the flu vaccine to my patients with asthma. “Contracting the virus is in no way a pleasant experience. Headaches, high fever, chills, coughing and aching body are just a few of the many debilitating symptoms.“In some cases, the flu can lead to death. Every year, between 200 and 500 people die as a result of the flu,” he added.“People with asthma need to be extra cautious with the flu virus as it causes swelling and narrowing of the airways in the lungs, along with excess mucus and these three factors can trigger an asthma attack, which in some cases, can be fatal.“The southern hemisphere has just come out of a very difficult flu season and this usually indicates that it will hit us hard this winter too. “So, this year, it is even more important that people with asthma and other respiratory conditions receive the flu jab, as it could save their lives.”People with long-term illnesses like asthma and COPD are at higher risk of the flu, which is potentially fatal.Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society, said: “It is really important that people with asthma or COPD and their friends, family and co-workers, make every effort to avoid contracting the highly contagious flu virus.“One person now dies every six days from asthma. To help keep the flu at bay, we’ve compiled a list of top tips on how to avoid contracting the virus, and what to do if you do contract the virus.”Top tips to help you avoid catching and spreading the flu virus: Get the flu vaccine in OctoberWatch the Asthma Society’s our Asthma and the Flu Vaccine Q&A video which answers some of the most common questions about asthma and the fluCall the Asthma Society’s free Asthma and COPD Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64 to speak to an respiratory specialist nurse to ensure you are properly managing your condition and are best prepared for flu seasonCover your mouth when sneezing using a tissue – this tissue should be binned afterwardsWash your hands frequently with hot soapy water to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading the flu virusGet plenty of sleep and eat healthily – this can help boost your immunity and decrease the risks of contracting a fluIf you suspect someone has a cold or the flu, keep your distance where possibleTry to get into the habit of not touching your face as this is often how the flu is spreadRegularly clean hard surfaces such as your phone, keyboard and door handles as the flu virus can live on these surfaces for up to 24 hoursIf you catch the flu, you should:Schedule an appointment with your doctor straight awayRemember to use your preventative inhaler every day, which will help control inflammation in your lungs – this will make you less likely to have an asthma attackAlways carry your reliever inhaler(usually blue) with you wherever you go in case of emergenciesIf using your inhaler more than twice a week, contact your GPImprove your inhaler technique to get the best benefit from your medication – watch our Inhaler Technique videos on asthma.ie for best practiceRest as much as possible – the flu can be extremely tiring and you will need all your energy to fight itStay hydrated – drink plenty of waterStay home from work/school when you experience flu symptoms, to rest and also to avoid spreading the virusFor anyone looking for any more information on their asthma and/or COPD and the flu/pneumococcal vaccine, the Asthma Society has a team of respiratory specialist nurses available on 1800 44 54 64 who will happily answer their queries.Donegal asthma sufferers urged to take advantage of free flu vaccine was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:health
In a marked shift in its electoral strategy post the drubbing in the Assembly elections, the Bahujan Samaj Party has decided to contest the upcoming urban body polls in Uttar Pradesh on the party symbol.The BSP would be fighting urban body polls with a symbol after a gap of over two decades.Party chief Mayawati announced the decision during a closed-door meeting of State officer-bearers in Lucknow on Wednesday. Notifications for municipal corporation elections are expected to be issued by end of May.The BSP movement is at a “crossroads” and to tackle the “challenges” facing it, “a new strategy” and “energy” is required, the party quoted Ms. Mayawati saying in a statement. “There is a need to work at all levels with a missionary zeal,” she said.Sources said the party decided to contest upcoming local elections with a symbol with an aim to register its presence in those areas, mobilise its cadre and prevent further loss of vote share. Fighting with a symbol is also expected to ensure that the party cadre devote their energy behind a single candidate.“When the party fought without symbols, many members would stand against each other. There would be problems of indiscipline, sending a mixed signal to voters. The party feels that if it does not contest the election, after a big loss, it would become difficult to bring back those voters,” a senior BSP leader told The Hindu.Ms. Mayawati said that though the party’s base in urban areas was relatively weaker (than rural areas) it decided to fight on a symbol considering the improvement in the BSP’s support base in urban areas in the last election. “The party will fight with the support of sarv samaj and try to give better results,” she said.The BSP has been fighting local elections without issuing a symbol for over decades. A senior leader said the party had refrained from distributing tickets as it had to deal with multiple contenders and feared that favouring one would alienate the others. Asked why a similar scramble for ticket would not arise in the party now, the senior leader said that since the decision had been formally announced, there would be no such issues this time.The party will also for the first time form city-level committees. Since polls are near, the target is to complete them within 15 days.During the meeting, Ms. Mayawati also told her party members that a decision to form an alliance with other anti-BJP parties would be taken closer to the 2019 Lok Sabha election after “considering the political situation prevailing then.” For now, the instruction to members is to increase the mass base of the party, a source said.If and with which party the BSP aligns with in 2019, will be determined by the “support base of that party,” the source added, quoting Ms. Mayawati.The BSP chief also recalled how in the past the party had not gained much from alliances. While its vote bank transferred to the other party with all “honesty,” the votes of its allies did not transfer to it, she explained in the meeting, which was attended by BSP candidates, district and vidhan sabha heads, and zonal coordinators.
Seeking justice for lakhs of farmers in Rajasthan, the Congress on Tuesday launched a “Kisan Nyaya Padyatra” from the Krishi Upaj Mandi in Baran demanding a blanket crop loan waiver.The march will traverse about 100 km in south-eastern Rajasthan and culminate in Jhalawar, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s home turf.Thousands of farmers, who attended the rally in Baran, declared that the “package” announced by the government following the farmers’ recent agitation in Sikar was not acceptable to them. The State government has only appointed a committee to see if it can grant a waiver of loans up to ₹50,000.Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot will lead the padyatra in the Hadoti region in the next three days. AICC secretary Tarun Kumar and Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Rameshwar Dudi would be accompanying him. Other State leaders and AICC functionaries will join at various points on the way.Addressing the rally, Mr. Pilot said though the Hadoti region had reported the highest number of suicides by farmers, no government representative had met their families or provided any relief. “Only yesterday, a debt-ridden farmer in Bundi district killed himself after his paddy crop was destroyed. This shows that the peasants have no faith in the government’s committee.”Mr. Pilot said no other State government had formed such a committee. Moreover, not a single representative of farmers had found a place in the panel.“Our struggle will continue until a complete farm loan waiver is announced. We will not let the [ruling] BJP to postpone the waiver announcement till the Assembly elections, because that will amount to reaping political advantage of the issue. Farmers are dying because of the government’s insensitivity,” he said.Mr Pilot added that other demands included fixing of MSP at levels 50% more than the weighted average cost of production, payment of bonus for all agricultural produce and bringing all crops within ambit of MSP. “It is most unfortunate that the BJP government has reduced subsidy on agricultural equipment, while the input costs have increased because of GST.”The Congress’s mass contact programme for four days in the Hadoti region, considered a stronghold of BJP, assumes significance in the wake of success of the farmers’ agitation in Sikar being attributed to the CPI(M)-led All India Kisan Sabha.
There was very little doubt at the start of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup that anyone who wanted their hands on the hardware would have to go through reigning NCAA champion San Beda.And for some, it might be a surprise that La Salle is serving as the final hurdle for the Lions. After all, the Archers are coming off a turbulent campaign in the UAAP and its offseason was highlighted by a coaching staff revamp.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting La Salle enters the title series with just two losses, one of them an 83-78 defeat to San Beda in the elimination round.But La Salle has learned a lot since that loss.“We are healthier at the moment and able to get good performances from our starters and our bench,” coach Gian Nazario said. “We have some players with championship experience, but San Beda has more. So, it will come down to both experience and desire.”In other title duels, undefeated Xavier and San Benildo dispute the 11-Under crown at 9 a.m.Two other squads will try to complete a perfect run to the title in the high school division finals when Nazareth School of National University and San Beda, both sporting 6-0 records, duke it out at 12 noon.ADVERTISEMENT Working out in public motivates Pacquiao to train harder DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez thinks otherwise.“That team (La Salle) is not only well-coached, but they have very good players,” Fernandez underscored. “You cannot say they are rebuilding. They have veterans and top recruits who are also experienced. We will have to be at our best to match them.”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, logisticsSan Beda and La Salle battle for the crown on Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre, the highlight of a series of championship duels to cap the two-month run of the tournament.The Red Lions, unbeaten in nine matches, hope to win their third Filoil crown all at the expense of the Green Archers, who have won this tournament four times. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Although both high school programs are unbeaten, Red Cubs coach Manu Iñigo feels his squad is the underdog in the title showdown.“I think NU having won the NBTC and the UAAP is the favored team. We can only give it our best and hope for the best,” he said.Tickets to championship on Sunday can be purchased at the gate of Filoil Flying V Centre or through Ticketnet.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf02:42PH 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 View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ