Anthony Davis says, ‘We sucked’ after Pelicans loss; Alvin Gentry ‘done’ talking about trade

first_imgPelicans star Anthony Davis made it clear he wasn’t happy with the Pelicans’ performance after New Orleans fell 118-88 to the Magic on Tuesday in one of the team’s worst games of the season.“We sucked,” Davis said, via “Nobody was interested in playing, that’s what it looked like. You play a team like that fighting for a spot, you should expect that to happen.” Davis, who played 24 minutes and finished with three points, six rebounds and three blocks while shooting 1 of 9 from the field, simply said the Magic “came out ready to play.”“We missed a lot of shots, easy shots, layups and stuff, that we normally make,” Davis explained. “They came out more desperate. They were playing like we were fighting for something.” Related News NBA denies threatening Pelicans with fine for sitting Anthony Davis Davis had been sidelined for nine games due to fracturing his finger in January, but returned in a restricted role last week. The 25-year-old forward’s long-term future with the Pelicans came into question recently as Davis requested a trade in January and there was speculation he would be moved before the trade deadline last week, however, he remains with the team. While Davis admitted last week he didn’t think he would play with the Pelicans again following his trade request, coach Alvin Gentry blatantly said he’s ready to move on from the topic.  “We’ve been talking about it now for three weeks,” Gentry said, per “It doesn’t matter. What we need to do is bury it. We need to bury it and get through the season and then whatever happens after that, happens after that. We have to get to the point where we’re not bringing this up every time I step in front of the cameras.“To be honest with you, most of the answers if you want, you’ll have to go to him and ask him. We have to get back to normal, whatever or new normal is. We have to get back to that and put all the other stuff behind us and just start playing and trying to win basketball games and trying to compete and trying to get our young players better. That’s all I want to do. That’s it. And I’m not going to talk about it anymore.”Davis, a six-time All-Star, is averaging 28.5 points on 50.8 percent shooting from the field with 13.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists through 44 games this season.last_img read more

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Florida Panthers retool lineup, should make deep playoff run in 2019-20

first_imgOn the blueline, Florida improved its depth on the right side by signing Anton Stralman from Tampa Bay. The 32-year-old was limited to just 47 games and 17 points this past season due to injury; however, he has proven to be a solid stay-at-home defenseman who can block shots, move the play up ice, force turnovers and, most importantly, compete for the puck. Although he’s not physical, Stralman’s a strong skater who can play a shutdown game and, coupled with his experience, leadership and flashes of an offensive game, should help the Panthers find consistency on defense.In regards to secondary scoring, something they needed to add to after not re-signing Troy Brouwer or Riley Sheahan, they inked bottom-6 winger Brett Connolly to a four-year deal and 2019 Stanley Cup finalist Noel Acciari. Connolly, who is coming off a career-year in Washington (22 goals, 46 points) is a reliable asset on special teams and can find chemistry with just about anyone. Acciari, while his numbers were not flashy last season, is a versatile player who can play center or wing and should slot in well on the fourth line.The Panthers needed to make some changes and they did just that. Time will tell how they pan out but with a new look, they are fully expected to be in the thick of it with the Lightning, Bruins and Maple Leafs for the Atlantic Division crown. However, things may be looking up for the franchise. With a revamped roster, expectations are high that this year may end quite differently. NHL FREE AGENCY 2019: Full list of RFAs, UFAs from all 31 teamsOffensively, the Panthers were not downright terrible last season with an average of 3.23 goals per game, good for ninth in the NHL. Selke Trophy finalist Aleksander Barkov was among the league’s leaders in points with 35 goals and 95 points and Jonathan Huberdeau chipped in a 90-plus point campaign (30 goals, 62 assists). Mike Hoffman, acquired from Ottawa before the start of the season, was the leading scorer with 36 goals while Evgenii Dadonov and Frank Vatrano each had 20-plus goal seasons. Florida also saw help on the blueline, with Keith Yandle contributing 53 assists and Aaron Ekblad earning 37 points.Their special teams were also in fine shape. The power play ranked second-best among all 31 teams with a 26.5% success rate — behind only the Tampa Bay Lightning — and 10th on the penalty kill at 81.3%.Aleksander Barkov with a goal of the year candidate 😱🔥— Hockey Central (@HockeyCentraI) February 18, 2019The root of Florida’s problems, however, could be found with weak goaltending and a poor defensive game. Although Ekblad, et al. were not terrible, the top-4 did struggle. Yandle was a minus-17 and couldn’t find his game in his own end, giving away the puck 110 times over the course of the year. Top-pairing left-handed defenseman Mike Matheson had a team-worst minus-24 rating. And ultimately, the defense surrendered an average of 3.33 goals per game, fourth-worst in the NHL.NHL free agency tracker 2019: Full list of signings, best available playersBetween the pipes, four different goaltenders saw time in 2018-19. Future Hall of Famer Roberto Luongo battled an injury and posted the worst numbers of his career through 43 starts, going 18-16-5 with a 3.12 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. James Reimer started 36 games for Florida but was unable to be productive with just 13 wins, a 3.09 GAA and .900 save percentage. Rookie netminder Sam Montembeault and veteran backup Michael Hutchinson saw some ice time but also posted lackluster numbers.“I want to thank Vinnie and the Viola family for this opportunity. Dale, thank you for this opportunity… We’re so excited to be in South Florida.” -Head Coach Joel Quenneville— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) April 8, 2019Florida’s problems were fixed this offseason — all beginning behind the bench. Within 48 hours of the regular season-ending, Bob Boughner was out and Joel Quenneville was in. The former Chicago Blackhawks head coach brings a resume littered with Stanley Cups, three to be exact, and years of experience.But by far the biggest win of the summer was signing unrestricted free agent Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven-year, $70 million deal. After Luongo retired June 26, Florida not only added a Vezina-worthy starter but also dumped Reimer’s contract — instantly improving the situation in goal. Bobrovsky, 30, went 37-24-1 with a 2.58 GAA and .913 save percentage last season and was one of the biggest reasons the Blue Jackets became a consistent playoff contender.With him and Montembeault, the Panthers may have finally found stability in net. The move should improve the team’s defense and make the Panthers a more marketable franchise.MORE: Goalie carousel sees Lehner, Varlamov find new homes The last decade hasn’t been exactly kind to the Florida Panthers. Scratch that, upon entering the NHL back in 1993-94 the hockey gods have not been kind to the Florida Panthers.Since inception, the franchise has played in just five postseasons. They’ve qualified for the playoffs twice over the last 18 years, falling both times in the first round despite finishing at the top of their division. And the last time they made the playoffs was in 2016.last_img read more

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My Father’s Days

first_imgThe alarming rapidity of my heartbeat filled me with uneasiness. I wanted to vomit. My right eyelid shook incessantly. It was apparent that something was happening to me. I am from a family that prided itself with being connected to well-educated men and women. Following that tradition my father put a lot of time and money into my education.In my high school days, I was always top of my class. But what had caused my present confusion were the recent university entrance results. The results told the world my high school achievements were questionable. Like my classmate, Jason, we never expected the poor results, after the university entrance examinations.But whether we like it or not, the results claimed that I and Jason as well as many others could not pass. The authorities made things worse telling the world that all of us, more than 10,000, failed the exams. My father, a strong disciplinarian, would demand to know why I failed. I would have the most difficult job convincing him that someone might have marked the papers, in the night.That evening, I did not know what to do. My father would be home in about two hours. Getting ready to meet him, I contacted my friend Jason and we took refuge at the Intellectual Center on Benson Street, where issues were discussed. ‘Hataye’ centers had sprung up in the city. Young men congregate to discuss national events, and pour out their frustrations.“I can’t believe the mass failure,” I said, sipping a glass of hataye. “It would seem we were just having fun and not really doing what we went there to do.”Jason, at twenty four years old, was a man of steel. He did not reside under any parental control and I could not tell if that was the reason he was so calm. His situation was very much difficult than me. In spite of what had happened I could still convince my father to continue to support my education. Jason had no one, as far as I had known him in the last three years. Surprisingly, he was not too much bothered about it. He often said that things would work out themselves. It did not mean that he did not care about his future, though I had found some of his ideas very strange. In truth, Jason enjoyed life, and very often he had encouraged me to take some time from my studies and laugh at the follies of the world. He was an interesting guy and that was one of the reasons we had bonded.And my father liked him, too. Another remarkable thing about this was that Jason had sponsored himself throughout high school and was looking up for success. So when I posed the question that the mass failure could not be possible, he stared at me, and sipped his hataye, shaking his legs to a tune that was playing in his head. Jason had a way of dramatizing events to let them lose their sadness.“I know what you are thinking about,” he said, “you are a good student. You are studious and there is no way that someone could say you failed a test of that nature.” I smiled over such a positive opinion about me, and coming from a friend that I had always encouraged to spend some time on his books, it lifted my spirit.“You flatter me,” I told Jason, smiling, “in the end we are all in the same boat. I’m not saying we should resort to self-pity, like others. We did our best, but the results said otherwise.“It is either something is wrong with the system or something else happened.” I rolled my eyes, indicating several students who sat gloomily and defeated.Jason nodded with a smile, but I sensed a trace of bitterness. He was examining the issue in his mind. After some silence, he turned to me and I saw his eyes brightened.“I believe what the authorities said,” he said nonchalantly. I had known him not to be too serious on certain issues, but I knew that this one was different.“What do you mean?”“It means we have a rotten educational system.”“But that is no news.”“I know what it is, Anthony,” Jason said, “it is true the school system is in a mess.”I gave that some thought and realized that I had neglected my glass of hataye, so I made a slow motion and picked the glass, sipped from it, made a face and slowly placed it back on the table. The hataye had turned cold. I liked it with a little sugar and some peanuts. It was better to drink it warm.“I think that admission,” I said, “is clear that the fault is not totally ours as students, except there are ways to know the cause.”Jason said, “Everyone knows the system needs to be fixed and your father should know this.”“Yes,” I said with interest, “but fixing it will not mean it can be done in a rush.”Jason placed his glass on the table and said, “What bothers me now is how in the world the university could not contact the Ministry of Education to find a way out rather than telling the whole world about such a major mess.” I was not surprised to hear my friend make such a comment. He appeared more mature at that instant. It made a lot of sense to handle such a situation of national magnitude in silence than rushing to announce the national disgrace to the world.Realizing the importance of Jason’s comment, I said, “What the mass failures report to the world is that anyone outside Liberia would not believe that Liberian graduates can be trusted to handle some important jobs.”“I thought about that, too,” Jason said with a grin.“It simply places a heavy burden on Liberians whenever we face our counterparts abroad to prove our mettle,” I told Jason, who smiled and nodded. He was getting the picture clear now. With the whole world aware of the kind of rotten education system we had been laboring under, Liberians and anyone educated through the Liberian school system would have to work harder to get a job abroad. The thought was not encouraging but since we could not dwell on the issue in tears, considering the way out was the best option.It was then that Jason interrupted my thought, saying, “You’ve got a job to explain to your father about what happened.”“He is aware of the fact that lack of quality teachers, along with instructional materials…I could go on, so while I would attempt to convince him, he may likely pretend that all is well,” I said, excited about my ability to make those points clear. I was also surprised of my own confidence but knowing my father’s insistence on specifics, which sometimes humbled me in any of our past engagements, I knew my meeting with him would not really be fun.“I don’t envy your position,” Jason said to encourage me, and then picking up his glass and draining the contents, made a face. “He will screw you up if you don’t make a good presentation.”I smiled.“I will try,” I told Jason. The evening echoes began as the August rain threatened the night. It was not surprising because it was its season. I remembered then the biblical declaration that there was a time for everything. It encouraged me because when I faced my father to explain what was responsible and why I could not pass, it would also be its time. But the word failure stabbed me, and sent my conscience racing downhill. I had always prided myself on doing my best in any circumstance but that I had failed the university entrance was too much for me. My father would insist on the reason I could not pass the entrance. Perhaps fixing the educational system could be the reason my father would demand me to explain. But he would nonetheless inform me about his days and the method he employed or that his father made him to use to better himself. I would admire him, and reason with him, for his days were the good old days.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man pleads guilty to cannabis cultivation in Lifford

first_imgA 45-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the cultivation of cannabis in Lifford.Eugene McCrossan pleaded guilty to the cultivation of cannabis without a license at Blacklands, Ballindrait, Lifford on July 5th, 2018. McCrossan pleaded guilty when he was arraigned at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.Prosecution barrister Ms Patricia McLaughlin said the plea was being accepted on full facts being given at the accused man’s sentencing.Judge John Aylmer agreed to a request for a psychiatric and psychological report on Mr McCrossan ahead of his sentencing in the November sitting of the court.He was released on continuing bail.Man pleads guilty to cannabis cultivation in Lifford was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 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:cannabiscourtEugene McCrossanLiffordlast_img read more

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Are Distributed Teams Less Effective?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#biz Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… john paul titlow Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Are colleagues who collaborate remotely via the Internet at a disadvantage compared to their bricks-and-mortar office-bound counterparts? One recent study from Harvard University suggests so, according to a blog post by Wired columnist Clive Thompson. The study, titled “Does Collocation Inform the Impact of Collaboration?” examined this very question using a sample 35,000 biomedical research papers. The team of three scientists calculated the physical distance between the authors of each paper and looked at how many citations the papers received, as a way of measuring how influential they were. The study found that researchers who lived closer together produced more impactful research. In fact, the closer the authors were, the better. “Teams located in the same building did better than teams that were merely in the same city, and teams that were in the same city did better than those that were inter-city,” writes Thompson. This is a potentially important question for businesses of all sizes, as the workforce becomes increasingly mobile, thanks to smart phones and cloud-based Web apps. Of course, it’s hard to know if these results apply to other forms of work, beyond biomedical research. The advantages and disadvantages of working on a distributed team may well depend on the type of work being performed, with some tasks and projects being more ideal for being worked on remotely than others.What do you think think? Is it better to work remotely or in the same physical space? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.Photo courtesy of Flickr user brad montgomery Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Ragging complaints against 10 students at Cooper: RTI

first_imgAs many as 10 students have been under the scanner of the anti-ragging committee of HBT Medical College attached to the civic-run Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle in 2016 and 2018, but no complaint has been reported to the police, a Right to Information query has revealed.The hospital’s newly-appointed dean, Dr. Pinakin Gujjar, said there have been no complaints since he took over. “I am not aware of complaints in the past,” he said, adding he was strictly against any kind of workplace harassment and ragging. “Any complaint during my tenure will be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly,” he said.Of the 10 students, eight had faced suspension from the hostel but there was no dismissal or penalty. There is no clarity on the number of cases these students were involved in. The RTI also revealed that the hospital’s anti-ragging committee held 11 meetings during this period.The suicide of Dr. Payal Tadvi, a second-year resident doctor from Nair Hospital, has put in sharp focus complaints of ragging in medical colleges and the way the authorities have handled them. “The RTI response I have received shows the authorities have been ignorant,” said RTI activist Shakeel Shaikh, who has sent similar queries to all medical colleges. His earlier RTI query revealed that Nair Hospital had received four ragging complaints before Dr. Tadvi’s death, in which at least eight students faced suspension from the hostel. “However, in these cases too, the police was not informed,” he said.The Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1999 calls for investigation of complaints at the institution level. The report of the inquiry is sent to the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, which appoints a committee to look into the report and decide the course of action and punishment. The University Grants Commission guidelines, however, make it mandatory to file a first information report in all ragging complaints.last_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: NU stays undefeated, sends Ateneo to 0-2 start

first_imgMOST READ NU Lady Bulldogs. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University came through in the clutch to take down Ateneo, 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 12-25, 15-7, and score its second straight win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Bulldogs raced to the top of the standings with a 2-0 record while the Lady Eagles slipped to 0-2, their worst start since Season 73 when they began 1-1. ADVERTISEMENT “First we need our deserved respect, and by that we should work hard for each of our point,” said Castillo in Filipino. “Second is ‘whistle to whistle’ that whatever happens, if the opponent or us scores, we will give it all.”“Lastly was our communication.”Castillo said Nabor had a hard time conveying plays to her teammates, be it the noise of the crowd or the pressure of the situation.“Jasmine had a hard time communicating with her teammates when she was giving out instructions, but they quickly fixed it.”Jaja Santiago asserted her dominance over Ateneo with a game-high 26 points while Nabor had 11 points and 29 excellent sets.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jhoanna Maraguinot led Ateneo with 16 points while Tolentino and Ponggay Gaston added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Norovirus at Olympics has officials scrambling, worried Read Next After letting the Lady Eagles swoop down on them in the fourth set, the Lady Bulldogs went into the offensive in the fifth and deciding set.NU capitalized on Kat Tolentino’s error late in the fifth set to take an 11-7 lead before Audrey Paran scored a block for the Lady Bulldogs’ 12-7 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThen it was up to Jasmine Nabor to knock the Lady Eagles out cold scoring three straight service aces with the last one landing square in the middle of Ateneo’s defense to end the match for NU.NU head coach Babes Castillo said they had a momentarily lapse in communication in the third and fourth sets and that allowed Ateneo to force a fifth one, but he immediately reminded his team the three components that allowed the Lady Bulldogs to start with a two-set lead. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

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Azkals lose to Chinese anew in friendly

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next (File) Philippine Azkals Phil Younghusband vies for the ball against China Wu Xi during AFC Asian Cup match between Philippines vs China at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Photo by Ryan Lim/Khaleej Times.China extended the Philippines’ winless streak to six matches as the hosts blanked the Azkals, 2-0, last Friday night in a friendly at Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou.The Chinese scored a goal in each half as the Azkals endured a frustrating outing that saw them lose Daisuke Sato to a red card in the second half. Still, the match offered coach Scott Cooper a glimpse of what needs to be done for the team to improve as it prepares for the World Cup Qualifiers in September.ADVERTISEMENT Dozier injury adds to list of Phoenix woes Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too In terms of result, this was an improvement from the 0-3 drubbing the Azkals suffered to the Chinese in the Asian Cup last January in Abu Dhabi.But the Azkals’ performance also left plenty to be desired as they struggled to keep possession and hardly created chances. Cooper started with three at the backline with Stephan Palla, Alvaro Silva and Luke Woodland, while pushing Daisuke Sato to midfield together with Kevin Ingreso.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, logisticsMike Ott also got a start and had some bright moments in the first half before fading. Captain Stephan Schrock went on a couple of his trademark runs and put in a strong shift, but was usually crowded out by the Chinese midfield as soon as he pushed forward Patrick Reichelt had the Azkals’ best chance on a header in the second half that was expertly saved by the Chinese keeper.Javier Patino had a quiet outing upfront as the Chinese bossed possession for most of the match. Plenty of times, the Azkals were forced back by the Chinese with minimal pressure at midfield. Cooper also handed Christian Rontini his first cap when he came on in the 85th minute with the outcome already settled. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Video to promote Gaur Purnima festival

first_imgKolkata: The state Tourism department has for the first time partnered with International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and made a video to highlight the Gaur Purnima festival at Mayapur, its global headquarters.The five-minute video on Gaur Purnima, to observe the birth of Sri Chaitanya, has been shown in all the festivals where the state Tourism department participates, said a senior official of the department. His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, founder Acharya of ISKCON and the first Indian saint who spread Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy successfully in the West in 1960. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her visit to the ISKCON in Mayapur had given a go ahead to set up a world centre of religious tourism. Currently, ISKCON is constructing a magnificent temple — Temple of Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) which is expected to be open by 2022 and it is going to put Mayapur in the spotlight of global Tourism industry. With the support of the WB Government ISKCON has also planned to build Sri Chaitanya Cultural World Heritage Centre (SCCWHC) spread over 750 acres of land in Mayapur. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAnnually more than 65 lakh devotees, pilgrims visit Mayapur. Currently, home to devotees from almost 70 countries , who study and practice Krishna Consciousness, Mayapur is set to grow in near future. In the last 50 years, ISKCON has developed the entire of NabadwipMandala, which comprises 9 islands where Sri Chaitanya Maha Prabhuhad performed his divine pastimes(leela). The five-minute video is currently played on many social media platforms and exhibitions. It is shot inside ISKCON Mayapur campus during Gaur Purnimafestival , which is the biggest festival of Mayapur. It showcases how beautifully devotees from all over the globe irrespective of caste, colour, colour, celebrate the festival with fervour from MahaAbishekof the deities to making garlands, performing ecstatic Kirtans, following the Vedic traditions of chanting mantras, said Subroto Das, Media Spokesperson of ISKCON.last_img read more

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Mamata angry with central force for firing during polling

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday slammed the central forces for allegedly firing “inside” a polling booth in Birbhum district and accused the BJP of misusing the forces in the elections. Stating that the law and order is a state subject, she said it is not the job of the central forces to enter polling booths and they should keep vigil outside. In Dubrajpur area of Birbhum constituency, voters allegedly engaged in a scuffle with the central forces when they were barred from entering booths with mobile phones, a senior election official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Security personnel reportedly fire in the air to control the mob, following which polling was stalled in the booths, the official said. “I have heard that the CRPF fired inside a booth in Dubrajpur. I am yet to get the detailed report. CRPF personnel can be deputed outside booths, but they do not have the right to lathicharge or fire,” Banerjee, also the TMC supremo, said. She alleged that the firing was a ploy to rig the polls by the BJP with the help of central forces. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Law and order is a state subject and not a central subject. Even if the central forces have to conduct a route march, they are required to do it along with the state police,” the TMC chief said while speaking at rallies in Bagdhah and Swaroop Nagar in North 24 Parganas district. Banerjee accused the BJP of misusing the law and bringing in central forces without depending on the state police and using them in garnering votes for themselves. “We know the law. I have heard that complaints were made (before the EC) that the central force personnel have gone inside booths and asked people to vote for the BJP. This will not help the BJP,” she said. “The BJP do not trust the Bengal police. The police are on security duty during the Durga Puja, during Diwali. They protect us from thieves and dacoits. And during elections, you need policemen from Delhi,” Banerjee said. Asking the BJP to trust the people, she said police will not vote for its candidates but the people will. Violence was reported from several parts of the eight Lok Sabha constituencies where polling is going on Monday. Clashes have broken out between the supporters of rival parties in Nanoor, Rampurhat, Nalhati and Siuri areas of Birbhum seat, injuring several people. The Election Commission has deployed central forces at around 98.8 per cent of the booths in the eight seats — Baharampur, Krishnagar, Ranaghat (SC), Burdwan East (SC), Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur (SC) and Birbhum. Addressing the rallies, Banerjee called upon the people to vote against the BJP and dethrone Prime Minister Narendra Modi from power. “He (Modi) is adept at lying constantly,” Banerjee said adding “Whenever he comes to Bengal, he provokes his supporters to disrupt peace in the state in order to yield political dividend,” she alleged. The BJP brigade is distributing money to purchase voters and resorting to divisive politics which is in contrary to the state’s culture, Banerjee claimed. The TMC chief expressed confidence that her party will win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state and play a pivotal role in forming the next government at the Centre.last_img read more

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