Published on February 14, 2015 at 8:37 pm Contact Jacob: email@example.com | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+ Scoop Jardine poked his head around the corner of the Syracuse locker room and yelled “beast mode.”The former Syracuse guard was shouting at Michael Gbinije, the supposed third scoring option who had just dropped 27 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists on Saturday, all against Duke, the team he transferred away from after his freshman year in 2012.None of them were enough for Syracuse (16-9, 7-5 Atlantic Coast) to beat the No. 4 Blue Devils (22-3, 9-3) on Saturday in front of 35,446 in the Carrier Dome. While Gbinije shined, Rakeem Christmas, Trevor Cooney and the rest of the Orange outside of Tyler Roberson failed to produce. The 80-72 SU loss that followed spoiled a career-high night for Gbinije, and with it, a chance at a defining win in a lost season.Gbinije rained in contested 3s, locked down both corners of the Syracuse zone and finished circus-like drives. When Duke clamped down by face guarding him with Quinn Cook in the second half, he freed up Roberson.“Look we recruited Mike because we thought he was good,” Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “so that doesn’t surprise me. I wish he stayed.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn seven first-half seconds, Gbinije tore a Tyus Jones missed layup out of the air, dribbled to the top of the key, pulled up and drained a contested 3 to give SU an 11-point lead. But Christmas was still losing his matchup with Jahlil Okafor. And SU’s best shooter, Cooney, was no such thing on Saturday night.Yet on the back of Gbinije’s 19 points, the Orange went into halftime with a three-point lead. As Duke took control of the game, it was Gbinije keeping SU in it, giving hope to a Carrier Dome crowd whose attendance tied the on-campus basketball record.With 4:35 left in the game and the Orange trailing, 66-60, Gbinije intercepted a Tyus Jones pass with two hands. The Carrier Dome crowd was already dialed up from a series of loose-ball scrambles and Duke fouls. It was all but begging to explode as Gbinije threw the ball down the left sideline to Cooney.He pulled up, and airballed.A minute and a half later, Christmas ducked inside of Okafor and the left block and hooked up a shot, only to have it die on the rim.“Rak and I didn’t play our best today, and if we make a couple more shots then we’re right in the game,” Cooney said, “if not we’re winning the game.”When Okafor dunked in his 22nd and 23rd points of the game with 1:58 remaining, only Gbinije was going to respond. He drove to the hoop for a lefty finish nine seconds later, keeping SU within six points, two possessions.But the Orange couldn’t get any closer than that. Only one man in Syracuse’s home whites was falling on seemingly every rebound and finishing everything he took to the basket.And in the game’s final minute, as each game-extending foul sent Duke to the line for made free throw after made free throw, the Dome’s taunts grew quieter, more desperate. Syracuse’s last, best chance for a seminal moment in a lost season faded with the fans’ cheers.With Gbinije and only so much else, the Orange could only stay with the Blue Devils. Without him, SU was beaten. “I don’t think you can ask any player to do anything more than what Mike’s doing,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s playing great, great basketball, playing as good as anybody, any player. I mean he’s doing everything.”Gbinije missed his first open look of the half with 32 seconds left. A final “Let’s Go Orange” chant went up from the SU cheerleaders three seconds later as Cook went to the free-throw line with a seven-point lead. They were the only ones cheering. Cook made both free throws and the stadium began to empty out.Another career night from Gbinije was finished. It was a game Gbinije said SU had let slip.Said Cooney, when asked what SU would’ve done without Gbinije: “We probably would’ve lost by 15.” Comments
KCCA FC’s Masiko celebrates his winning goal against Club Africain on Tuesday. All clubs in Group A have 3 points. PHOTO KCCA MEDIAKCCA FC rivals Rivers United of Nigeria bounce back in CAF Cup:Group A standing P W D L F A PtsFUS 2 1 0 1 3 1 3Africain 2 1 0 1 4 3 3Rivers 2 1 0 1 2 3 3KCCA 2 1 0 1 2 4 3Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Rivers United of Nigeria bounced back into contention for CAF Confederation Cup glory with a 1-0 victory over former title-holders FUS Rabat of Morocco Wednesday.Emeka Atuloma scored his second goal this season in the secondary African club competition with 19 minutes remaining to secure maximum points in southern city Port Harcourt.Rivers, the only survivors from a four-club Nigerian challenge for 2017 CAF titles, began their mini-league campaign with a 3-1 loss at Club Africain of Tunisia.FUS remain top of Group A, but only on goal difference from Club Africain, Rivers and Kampala Capital City Authority of Uganda with each club having three points.Kampala, the first Ugandan club to qualify for the group stage of a CAF competition, came from behind Tuesday to edge Club Africain 2-1 in the Ugandan capital.Ivorian Cheick Moukoro struck seven minutes from time to give Al Hilal Obeid of Sudan a 1-0 home victory over previously unbeaten Zesco United of Zambia in Group C. Zesco are among the favourites to win the competition having made a big impact in Africa last year by reaching the CAF Champions League semi-finals against the odds.Smouha of Egypt defeated Recreativo Libolo of Angola 2-0 in Alexandria in the same group to go top on goal difference in another section where all four clubs have three points.After Ahmed Raouf scored on 12 minutes in the ancient Mediterranean city, Smouha had to wait until stoppage time before clinching victory through an Islam Mohareb goal.Title-holders TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo fought back to draw 1-1 with Horoya of Guinea in a Conakry clash between clubs who have experienced African glory.Cameroonian Jean Francis Ebele Dipita gave Horoya a first-half lead they held until 11 minutes from time when Ben Malango equalised in the west African city.Mazembe are the second most successful club in CAF competitions with 10 titles — nine less than Al Ahly of Egypt — while Horoya won the now defunct African Cup Winners Cup in 1978.South African outfit SuperSport United lead Group D on goals scored with Mazembe second. Each club has four points, two more than Horoya, while CF Mounana of Gabon are pointless.Matchday 3 is scheduled for June 2-4. Share on: WhatsApp
Those fans who tossed the B.C. Lions onto the scrap pile back in July are going get a huge surprise waking up Monday morning after reading the morning website.Because surprise, surprise, the B.C. Lions are 2011 Grey Cup Champions.The Canadian Football League’s Most Outstanding Player, Travis Lulay, tossed consecutive second half touchdown passes to Kierrie Johnson and Arland Bruce sparking the Lions to a 34-23 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Sunday at B.C. Place in Vancouver.“It’s a championship game. You’ve got to keep the faith and this feels pretty sweet,” Lulay told TSN following the game after struggling before getting the job done.Lulay completed 21 of his 37 passes for 320 yards and two scores.The Lions, winning the sixth championship in franchise history, are the first team in CFL history to start the season with five straight losses and win the Grey Cup.“I told the guys to stay focused,” said Geroy Simon when asked about the 0-5 start.B.C. led 10-0 a field goal by Paul McCallum and touchdown by Andrew Harris.A single point along with a field goal by McCallum increased the lead to 14-0 before Winnipeg kicked two fields goals to make the score 14-6 at the half.The teams exchanged field goals before Lulay & Company went to work as the B.C. quarterback connected with Kierrie Johnson on a 66-yard TD pass.In the fourth quarter after Odell Willis muffed on a potential game-changing interception, the Lions engineered a nine-play 82-yard drive that ended in a six-yard TD pass to Arland Bruce.Winnipeg scored two late touchdowns before McCallum put the game away with a 34-yard field goal. Lulay revealed after the game he was playing with a bad groin injury suffered during the first quarter. The injury slowed Lulay’s ability to run during the game.The Lions win tied head coach Wally Buono with Don Matthews and Hugh Campbell with the most Grey Cup wins at five.B.C. running back Andrew Harris was named the Most Outstanding Canadian in the Grey Cup.There are four teams in CFL history to win a Grey Cup at home. The Lions have done it twice, also capturing the title in 1994.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2016)–Halo Farms’ front-running Danzing Candy cruised to an impressive two length win under Mike Smith in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Clifford Sise, the lightly raced Kentucky-bred colt by Twirling Candy got 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.04 and picked up 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, assuring him of a berth in the Run for the Roses on May 7.“He warmed up great, he was on his toes,” said Smith. “Our game plan was to put him on the lead unless he didn’t jump out of there well. We didn’t want to experiment…I left there very aggressive and he didn’t get away with anything (slow fractions). If you go 22 on this track today, you’re smokin’. And for him to hold off the caliber of horses he held off, was very impressive.”Bred by Ted Aroney’s Halo Farms and owned by Halo Farms and Jim and Diane Bashor, Danzing Candy paid $13.00, $5.20 and $3.40. A maiden special weight winner two starts back on Dec. 26, Danzing Candy was a 5 ¾ length allowance winner here on Feb. 4 and thus picked up his third win from four starts. With the winner’s share of $240,000, he increased his earnings to $308,650.“I expected him to be on the lead,” said Sise. “We didn’t want to experiment in this race. Mike just said, ‘I’ll let him come out the first few jumps and if he’s there, he’s there. If somebody sends, he’ll sit second.“He (broke) much better today. He’s good now. We’ll stay for the Santa Anita Derby (Grade I, $1 million at 1 1/8 miles April 9). He’s three for three on this track. Why would we change now? I don’t see any reason to, but you never know. You’ve got to leave that up to the owners.”Ridden by Gary Stevens, favored Mor Spirit appeared to get a bit rank around the Club House turn, but settled readily down the backside when next to last going past the half mile pole. With a cue from Stevens, he picked it up between horses around the far turn, rallied well, while within himself for second money and galloped out on terms with the winner past the wire.Off at 8-5 in a field of six Derby hopefuls, Mor Spirit paid $3.40 and $2.20.“I’m very happy, because he was way too keen in the early part of the race, he was really fresh…” said Stevens. “He was super sharp. As I was coming into the lane, I knew I wasn’t going to catch the winner, but I knew we had to get some (Kentucky Derby) points. I like where we’re sitting for the Santa Anita Derby. I lost a battle today, but I like our position. Bob (Baffert) was happy, so I’m happy…He’ll settle a little better for me in the Santa Anita Derby.Exaggerator, who is trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his brother, Kent, was content to lag early and picked it up in eye-catching fashion heading into the far turn as he skimmed the rail, but he flattened out late, finishing three quarters of length behind Mor Spirit.The second wagering choice at 2-1, Exaggerator paid $2.40 to show.With the winner getting 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, the second, third and fourth place finishers earned 20, 10 and five points respectively.Danzing Candy set fractions of 22.96, 46.11, 1:11.04 and 1:36.38 over a main track that although was listed as fast, had been dulled by heavy afternoon rains on Friday. 1-2-3 FINISHERS HEADED TO GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY ON APRIL 9
If creationism is so discredited as to not warrant any further discussion, some science writers are sure going out of their way to refute it. Some recent examples:Eye of the Hydra: Little sea creatures known as hydrae have light-sensitive molecules called opsins, reported Science Daily. Scientists think the opsin proteins, which exist all over the tiny animals but are concentrated near the gut, help the hydra find its prey. Todd Oakley, a notable anti-creationist involved in the study, used this as a barb against Darwin doubters:Oakley said that anti-evolutionists often argue that mutations, which are essential for evolution, can only eliminate traits and cannot produce new features. He goes on to say, “Our paper shows that such claims are simply wrong. We show very clearly that specific mutational changes in a particular duplicated gene (opsin) allowed the new genes to interact with different proteins in new ways. Today, these different interactions underlie the genetic machinery of vision, which is different in various animal groups.”Yet the story begs the question that mutational evolution produced the opsins or led to their function. A team member illustrated the circular thinking when he inferred, “because we don’t find them in earlier evolving animals like sponges, we can put a date on the evolution of light sensitivity in animals.” Another problem with the idea that evolution produced it is that it pushes the origin of light sensitivity further back in the evolutionary time frame to 600 million years ago. See also Live Science.Skull of the St. Bernard: In a surprising display of misunderstanding of the issues, a University of Manchester press release claimed that artificial selection in St. Bernard dogs refutes creationism. The skull shape in St. Bernards has changed a little in 120 years since the breed standard was defined. These changes “evolved purely through the selective considerations of breeders.” But this is, of course, artificial selection – not natural selection. The press release continues,“Creationism is the belief that all living organisms were created according to Genesis in six days by ‘intelligent design’ and rejects the scientific theories of natural selection and evolution. “But this research once again demonstrates how selection – whether natural or, in this case, artificially influenced by man – is the fundamental driving force behind the evolution of life on the planet.”A quick check of creationist literature would have shown that not even the most literal Biblical creationist believes God created St. Bernards directly. Creationist books and lectures often include diagrams of all the various dog breeds, from St. Bernards to poodles to Dobermans, as descended from an original dog kind that was probably like a wolf. Many would include all the wolves, coyotes, dingoes and foxes in the original dog kind. In addition, most creationists would admit an extensive amount of natural and artificial selection in the sorting out of traits in dog populations since the creation. Even in this press release, the dogs started and ended as St. Bernards – one variety within one species – so there was no “origin of species” or variation on the scale Darwin envisaged. EurekAlert, a news service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, reproduced this press release without alteration; so did Science Daily.Brain of the Behe: Science (Oct. 20) gave Michael Behe 200 words to clarify a point, but then let Sean Carroll have 500 words to trash it. A complete account is given at Access Research Network by David Tyler. The lopsided exchange omitted the fact that Behe has written extensive responses to Carroll on his Amazon blog, as noted by Anika Smith at Evolution News, and to many of his other critics, as noted by Robert Crowther on Evolution News. Science, by picking and choosing a small portion of Behe’s writing, gave the distinct impression that he was conceding a major point of Darwinism, when in fact Behe proceeded beyond the quoted part to explain why it was irrelevant to evolutionary theory. Carroll, nonetheless, accused Behe of a “complete disregard of a massive literature surrounding protein interactions crucial to Behe’s entirely unfounded conclusion.” Carroll did not cite any examples of such literature.It is appalling to see the low level of intellectual rigor in the typical science press release these days when they deal with matters of creation vs evolution, and the deliberate anti-creationist bias in the journals. In the typical popular science report, creationism, when mentioned at all, is made into a caricature, a straw man to ridicule and shoot down. Don’t they realize that refuting an accurate presentation of an opponent’s view is more likely to succeed in the long run? Maybe they know they cannot. They use the only weak munitions they have: the pop-guns and spitballs of propaganda. We hope our readers appreciate the detail and fairness in these pages. Links to all the original sources are provided so you can check whether what is represented here is in fact what the evolutionists are claiming. Much of our reporting comes straight from the original science journals. While we try to present the news in ways that are thought-provoking and occasionally entertaining, we do not pander to ignorance or bias. We do not regurgitate the party-line talking points. We invite the reader to investigate the evidence and evaluate the logic on both sides. 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The suspense surrounding the Nagaland Assembly election ended seven days after its notification, with 22 candidates filing their nomination papers on Tuesday.The remaining aspirants have until 3 pm on Wednesday to submit their papers.A question mark had hung over the polls after a boycott call by the Core committee of the Naga Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations, a conglomeration of tribal and civil groups, seeking final settlement of the peace process with extremist outfits. The committee was dissolved Tuesday afternoon, opening the floodgates for the candidates. 58 in NPF listKuzholuzo Nienu of the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) was the first to submit his papers for the Phek Assembly seat. Nicky Kire of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and N. Jacob Zhimomi of the Bharatiya Janata Party followed for Kohima Town and Ghaspani-I seats.“By the end of the stipulated time 22 nominations were filed. We expect all the other candidates to complete the formality tomorrow,” the State’s Deputy Chief Election Commissioner N. Moa Aier told The Hindu from the State capital Kohima.The NPF has announced the largest number of candidates – 58. The NDPP has named 38, while its ally BJP will be fielding 20.The Congress was the last to come out with its list on Tuesday afternoon. The party has decided to contest 23 seats, most of its candidates being first-timers. The Janata Dal-United (11 candidates) and Nationalist Congress Party (6) had announced their lists late on Monday night. Among those in the fray is former bureaucrat Khekiye K. Sema, whose anti-graft organisation, Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation, had opposed the polls. Mr. Sema will be contesting the Ghaspani-II seat.
The commission has just published a report on carbon tax misconceptions.The worst, Ragan said, is that a carbon tax doesn’t work.“If you look at B.C., if you look at California, if you look at the U.K, if you look at Quebec, these policies do work. What they don’t do is work overnight.”At least five different published studies have found British Columbia’s carbon tax, introduced in 2008, has cut overall emissions, reduced per capita gasoline use by seven per cent, improved average vehicle efficiency by four per cent, cut residential natural gas use by seven per cent and diesel use by more than three per cent.Meanwhile, the province enjoyed about three per cent annual economic growth between 2012 and 2017.Other jurisdictions that have successfully used carbon taxes to reduce emissions include Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, several U.S. states, the U.K. and the European Union. EDMONTON, A.B. – Between politicians who fog the truth and the ones just in a fog, Chris Ragan wants to fan fresh air into a carbon tax debate that is clouding Alberta’s provincial election and drifting into an upcoming federal campaign.“It’s pretty clear this issue is warming up politically,” said Ragan, head of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, a non-partisan group of academics and business leaders focused on economic and environmental solutions.“We have been sorry to see that there’s a bunch of stuff out there that is either misunderstanding or poorly explained. There are a bunch of myths out there.” Three separate studies found B.C.’s tax either didn’t affect jobs or added them. A fourth found a small decrease in jobs for less-educated workers. Studies in the U.S. or the U.K. found little or no impact on job numbers.The commission’s report finds that far from hurting families, 70 per cent of Canadian households will receive more in carbon tax rebates than they pay.Energy economists such as Mark Jaccard at B.C.’s Simon Fraser University argue that regulations get faster, bigger results and are politically easier to enact. The big cuts to Canada’s carbon emissions, he said, have come from closing coal-fired power plants and clean fuel rules.“Some people will tell you you have to have carbon pricing,” he said on a recent podcast. “That’s not true. You could do it all through regulations.” You could, concedes Ragan. But that would cost the economy more. Besides, he said, bringing in carbon taxes gives governments an opportunity to cut other levies such as income tax.Albertans who believe the province could escape a carbon tax by rescinding provincial legislation may also be mistaken.Martin Olszynski, a University of Calgary law professor, said all Ottawa would have to do is pass an order in council to bring Alberta under the same federal tax that recently came into effect in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick. None of those provinces had its own tax.“It’s a matter of getting cabinet together and writing the order,” Olszynski said.Looking to the courts to block Ottawa’s tax is an iffy bet, he suggested.In court hearings on Saskatchewan’s anti-tax constitutional challenge, Olszynski said, judges asked if allowing Ottawa to regulate greenhouse gases as a matter of “national concern” would impede provincial efforts to do the same.“If you recognize this matter as a matter of national concern, you would strip away the provincial ability to regulate these things,” he summarized.But Olszynski notes that courts have recognized that many issues _ especially environmental ones _ are best managed jointly between national and provincial governments.Other federal arguments in favour of a national carbon tax are backed by decades of case law, Olszynski added.Ragan said the debate over carbon taxes is as important to Canada’s future as debates over the GST or free trade with the United States.“It’s a big policy issue and it’s appropriate that we’re talking about it now.”Ragan just wishes the debate wasn’t so mythical.“We live in a democratic society where people play partisan politics. Those political debates don’t always stick to the facts.”
Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Painted Pony Energy Ltd. reported recently it was using some of its own natural gas to replace higher-priced diesel fuel in some well-completion operations, a move it says could save $100,000 per well.Meanwhile, Perpetual Energy Inc. reported shutting down wells producing two per cent of its total output because it was more profitable to buy cheap gas on the market to satisfy its supply contracts.In Western Canada, “dry” gas has become an unloved byproduct as producers continue to drill wells seeking the light petroleum liquids produced with the gas, especially in the Montney formation that underlies the northern Alberta-B.C. border, said Ian Archer, associate director of North American natural gas with IHS Markit.One product in particular, condensate, commands prices in line with U.S. benchmark crude oil because it is needed to dilute oilsands bitumen to allow it to flow in a pipeline. Canada produced 417,000 barrels per day of condensate in March, up from just under 150,000 bpd in March 2013. Meanwhile, it still imports condensate from the U.S.“They’re drilling for condensate and sometimes the volume of condensate is only, say, 20 or 30 per cent of the well (volume), but it’s going to be 40 or 50 per cent of the revenue,” said Archer.“Then they have that 70 per cent gas volume they have to deal with.”There have been more than 20 proposals to build LNG projects on Canada’s West Coast but construction has only begun on one, LNG Canada, and it’s not expected to open until 2023 or 2024.It would take in up to 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas but most or all of it is expected to come from northern B.C. wells owned by partners in the project.That’s not good enough for the long-suffering members of the Rockies LNG group, said Kist.“If you look back over the history of LNG projects worldwide and certainly in Canada, they’re pretty much controlled by major international entities. Those entities tend to look after their own opportunities, not necessarily the opportunities for the producer groups.” But that hasn’t happened. In March 2013, Canada produced about 14 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas. Six year later, the National Energy Board reports production had increased by 16 per cent to 16.2 billion cf/d, despite no rise in pricing trends.Meanwhile, Canada’s largest gas customer, the U.S., is experiencing a shale gas boom that led to domestic production reaching 109 billion cf/d in March, up 35 per cent compared with 81 billion in the same month in 2013. Near-term prices in the U.S. have recently dropped to three-year lows on a glut of gas.In mid-July, a group of nine Alberta producers — unrelated to Rockies LNG but with some common membership — released an open letter demanding the province support a plan under which royalty credits would be issued to producers who voluntarily cut production to boost low gas prices when supply overwhelms pipeline capacity.Complaints about poor gas prices and interruptions in gas sales due to pipeline outages are common as Calgary-based natural gas producers roll out second-quarter results. Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:BIR, TSX:PONY, TSX:PMT)Dan Healing, The Canadian Press CALGARY — Greg Kist admits he was burned out when he resigned as president of Pacific NorthWest LNG at the end of 2014, as the Vancouver-based venture led by Malaysian energy giant Petronas advanced its ill-fated mission to build a liquefied natural gas project in B.C.“I needed to decompress,” the 57-year-old gas industry veteran says of his decision to return to his home and family in Alberta.Once hailed as a voracious new consumer of western Canadian natural gas, the nascent LNG industry was staggered by project delays and all but halted by declining global price trends, leading to Petronas cancelling its project in 2017. Meanwhile, Kist went into retirement mode and avoided the natural gas business for the next couple of years.So it’s surprising that Kist now finds himself back in the thick of things as president and CEO of Rockies LNG Partners, a consortium of nine natural gas producers who invited him back with a promise to try again to jumpstart an LNG export project.The hope is that the former college basketball players’ experience in LNG and the natural gas business will help them to move their gas from the oversupplied and underpriced markets of North America to the promised land in Asia.“I think the next six months are critical for us,” Kist said in an interview in the downtown Calgary offices of Birchcliff Energy Ltd., one of the consortium members.The gas producers want to attract partners to build and operate what could be a 12-million-tonne-per-year LNG project to open by 2026, when forecasts suggest LNG demand will exceed supply. That means an investment decision must be made by the end of 2021.Gas industry insiders used to say the solution to low prices is low prices — when prices go down, less is produced and scarcity makes prices go up again.
Kolkata: In a major reshuffle in the IPS rank, the state government awarded posting to four IPS officers including the then Commissioner of Police(CP) of Kolkata and Bidhannagar who were removed by the Election Commission on Friday late night. Jayanta Kumar Basu, who was serving as Director, Directorate of Economic Offences, was appointed as ADG, Establishment. On Friday, the Election Commission had removed CP Kolkata Anuj Sharma and CP, Bidhannagar, Gyanwant Singh from their respective posts along with two IPS officers holding the post of Superintendent of Police (SP) in Bolpur and Diamond Harbour police district respectively. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the order published on Saturday by the state Home & Hill Affairs department, Anuj Sharma has been posted as the Additional Director General (ADG), Operations, whereas Gyanwant has been posted as the Director of the Directorate of Economic Offences in the rank of ADG. Apart from the two top cops, SP Diamond Harbour S Selvamurugan has been transferred to the post of Commandant (CO) of State Armed Police (SAP), 6th Battalion. Avvaru Rabindranath who was posted in Bidhannagar Police has been made SP Birbhum replacing Shyam Singh who has been transferred to CO, SAP 13th Battalion. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, as per the EC order, Rajesh Kumar took over charge as Kolkata CP and Natarajan Ramesh Babu assumed charge as CP, Bidhannagar on Saturday afternoon. Kumar, after taking over charge, said he would ensure conductance of free and fair elections in the state. “Kolkata Police is a prestigious unit and its system is unquestionable. Several steps have already taken by the Kolkata Police which are very good and effective,” he added.
New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday censured Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for his remarks in which he allegedly warned the Muslim community that efforts were on to divide their votes in Bihar, and barred him from campaigning for 72 hours. The ban comes into force from 10 am, Tuesday. The Punjab minister joins leaders such as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BSP supremo Mayawati, Union minister Maneka Gandhi and SP leader Azam Khan who faced similar campaign ban recently. “The Commission…strongly condemns the impugned statements made by him during election campaign held at Barsoi and Barari of Katihar District,” the order rapping Sidhu reads. It also “censured” him for the “misconduct” “The Commission, under Article 324 of the Constitution of India and all other powers enabling in this behalf, bars him from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in media (electronic, print. social media) etc. in connection with ongoing elections for 72 hours from 10am on April 23, 2019,” it said. Addressing an election rally in Katihar on April 16, the cricketer-turned-politician had stoked a controversy by urging Muslim voters of a Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar with sizeable population of the minority community to vote en bloc and defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The comments by the former test cricketer came when he was canvassing in support of veteran Congress leader and former Union minister Tariq Anwar.