I am not in the business of predicting who will win and who will lose before the elections are even held. The psephologists pore over detailed past data of wins and losses, constituency by constituency, then make sample surveys and probability calculations. Then, in the end, the actual results mysteriously beat all the predictions. How come? The answer comes from the myriad complexity of the Indian socio-economic scene. But let me tell you the story of meeting people in the course of their everyday life and what they are thinking about the elections in Uttar Pradesh in Bagpet-Muzaffarnagar belt. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe small sweetmeats shop alongside the dusty road to Bagpet town in western Uttar Pradesh was doing brisk business right in the morning. Inside, boxes of sweets were being dispatched, while teas and milk were being served to those who are dropping by. One of these was Dr. Sandeep, a young man who asked for his glass of milk and sweets before he goes to town for his dental clinic. Despite prodding, he refused to reveal his family name. He is a dentist and has his own chamber. Joining a conversation on the forthcoming elections, he was rather guarded how the “chamars” would vote. He insisted that they would go by their own conscience, while proclaiming that he was a “chamar” himself, to authenticate his views about his community’s voting. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe owner of the shop, at the other end, insisted that his “samaj” i.e., the Jats would all go for BJP. For him, BJP has become equated with “Modi” and Jats, despite having two rival candidates from their community, would still go for the latter. The Jat shipowner maintained that all the OBCs and other backward classes would also vote for “Modi”. Three shops away in the village iron smithy, where farm equipment to shovels and scythes were prominently displayed, a couple of people were whiling away their time, awaiting their morning business. They greeted us strangers with a blend of suspicion and curiosity, giving rather bland replies to our questions on possible voting patterns in the area. People would vote according to their own calculations about who would be winning, said Mohammad Ghafoor. The shop-owner was obviously a cautious man. But as a motley crowd gathered fast, some ventured out with their stronger views. What really is the state of the ordinary people, questioned Alam, a man with strong hands and contorted fingers from years of hard physical labour. There are hardly any good doctors, and if you go to Delhi they would ask for Aadhaar number and they shoo you out suggesting you go to district hospitals, said Mohammad Iqbal. Quota rice and wheat given out at a concessional price are hardly worth human consumption. The litany of woes was getting longer, by when others joined in including Sharmaji, who was a brahmin and another Singh, being a Jat, to voice their views on inadequacies. The conviviality of the village iron smithy was no distant thing. It was for us to feel sitting on the rough benches and “charpoys” laid out in front of the inadequate shop. Sharmaji or Sigh felt they would all go for their Jat candidate of the gathbandhan. There was a consensus that the Muslims would do the same and go for the rainbow coalition candidate. As we hit the road again, we were waylaid by a few strapping young men waving us to stop. Obviously, our — some outsiders – movements were closely monitored. They led us through an iron gate into a courtyard where a group of men were sitting around a hookah with a long upright stem and a longer smoking pipe, taking a drag in turn. There were sturdy young men as well as older senior members whose general behaviour and conversing stance was conveying a sense of overbearing confidence. They were the Jats. They welcomed us into their charmed circle and offered “cold machine water,” that is, from the water purifying units. Obviously not the down and out variety, the assembled Jats were occupying the top echelon of the local society and economy. For them, the turning point of politics was the Muzzafarnagar riots some five years back when the then Akhilesh Yadav rulers had arrested many prominent Jats and created other difficulties in their way. But then, there were other issues. They are now getting good prices for their cane harvests and the money is coming directly into their bank accounts. They are also getting electricity most of the time and farmers do not have to keep awake to turn on their pumps at 2 O’clock in the night when power would suddenly come for a little while. Now they are getting electricity most of the day and night. And then, law and order have improved. You do not have to worry about the safety of your family members when they go out. Women could also venture out and go round for their work. Some money had flown into their bank accounts from the government as well. Here was a complex scenario where castes and creed would influence their thinking on who to vote, superimposed on that the economic benefits that were coming and the expectations of what should come in the immediate future. Given the layers of segregation into their little social boxes, their variety of vested interests, the social and religious fault lines and within that caste-based sense of identity, one has to be really audacious to anticipate the results of the forthcoming elections. But yet in the dusty haze, it is possible to delineate some broad trends. This election is showing a split between those who are gaining from the rising prosperity in the countryside and those who are not. But at least in the eight constituencies of western UP, the number of those who are gaining from the system are not inconsequential. There is a huge block of people who are rising and have developed a stake in systemic stability. The omnipresent cane growers of the region are a case in point: the annual inflow from cane is not something to be scoffed at. In Bagpet alone, cane purchases run up to Rs 350 crore a year. In addition, there are other avenues for work. Secondly, Modi has emerged as a leader with his image head, neck and shoulder above the rest of the pack of political leaders. A sequence of this is the diminution of BJP as a political party. If the election is won it is the credit of Modi if it is lost it goes personally to his discredit. One is almost goaded to recall India’s past political history not many years back. Over forty years ago, a Congress president of the day, Deb Kanta Barooah, had coined a slogan “India is Indira” and “Indira is India”. Indira Gandhi did not have a particularly endearing political record after those heady days of fulsome flattery. No one has gone to that extent just now. However, Modi appears to be inching towards this larger-than-life image and not surprisingly evoking extreme feelings. There are those who are intensely antipathetic, just as those who are swearing by him. Thirdly, “economism” is a major underlying current in determining the results of this election. The cooking gas connections in the kitchens of those who could not have imagined of this facility or the toilets have done their bit of public relations, however much denigrated. In the end, the Indian elections have become a story of aspirations of the people and the aspirational demands are trickling down the social ladder. To the extent these are fulfilled, it will bring dividends. If these aspirations are unmet it will come back with a bang. If UP is a microcosm of northern India —rather north of the Vindhyas— then the short visit reveals the complex fabric of society which is exercising its franchise rights: Here you witness diversity, unity, antipathy and sectarian loyalty all of which are running parallel in the polity. The election results will be the sum total of these contradictory forces and that is our India. (The views expressed are strictly personal)
Rabat – A video depicting domestic violence has made the rounds on social media. The two-minutes-long clip showing what is believed to be a husband abusing his Moroccan wife, Safaa, who is 17 years old.In the video, which the alleged wife secretly filmed, the husband is seen carrying a belt while brutalizing his underage wife and strangling her against the floor. In the second part of the video, having beaten his wife, the husband appears to act as if he had only been reciting the Qur’an to exorcise his seemingly possessed wife. The two parts of the videos posted on social media triggered public outrage and indignation.Originally from Temara, South of Rabat, Safaa, who said she comes from the countryside, filmed a separate video in which she recounts her situation, including her identity and how she got where she is now. She said she married her Saudi husband and relocated to Saudi Arabia, where she got beaten on the first day she arrived. She also recounts how her husband repeatedly brutalized her since relocating to Saudi Arabia. She said her abusive sometimes locks her up to prevent her from leaving.Safaa said she had a miscarriage as a result of violent beatings. Safaa, who explained that she has suffered greatly, said, “I slept alone on cardboards because I couldn’t stand him being around.”
Only 2 per cent of the $108 million flash appeal has so far been donated, nine days after it was launched, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.OCHA stressed that the situation remains very serious in the impoverished Caribbean country, where over 320 people were killed by the storms and flooding, and 160,000 others are still living in the open, exposed to disease and malnutrition.Some $54 million are needed for emergency food aid. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has already helped feed some 298,000 people since the start of the crisis.OCHA is also concerned over access to those who have not yet received aid, including people in the Artibonne and Nippes regions, where continued rains might complicate relief efforts.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Haiti, Hédi Annabi, yesterday visited hurricane victims in Hinche, central Haiti, evaluating their needs and assuring them of the commitment of the UN and the international community to help them.Meanwhile, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow began a five-day tour today to take stock of the devastation which has affected more than 300,000 children, according to Government figures. Ms. Farrow and UNICEF Canada head Nigel Fisher will meet with children and women victims and visit Gonaïves, the worst-hit town, where some 70,000 people are in temporary shelters. 19 September 2008The United Nations today appealed to donors to make up an enormous shortfall in emergency funding for relief work in Haiti, where hundreds of thousands of people are still suffering from the devastation caused by four hurricanes over the past month.
The national staff member was recruited by force in the Government-declared ‘no-fire zone,’ where the world body says as many as 180,000 civilians are seeking refuge from the clashes.“The UN in Sri Lanka has protested to the LTTE that UN national staff, as well as children in general, are protected under national and international law from recruitment by armed groups, and has called for their immediate release,” according to a statement issued by the Office of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the island nation.Another UN national staff member was recruited two weeks ago, but despite repeated requests from the UN, has yet to be released.“The brutal and inhuman treatment of civilians by the LTTE is utterly reprehensible, and should be examined to see if it constitutes war crimes,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said last week, calling on the Government and the LTTE to immediately halt the fighting to allow all civilians to evacuate the conflict zone. Navi Pillay deplored the mounting deaths and injuries of civilians due to the “bitter” conflict, pointing out that certain actions undertaken by both the Government and LTTE could constitute violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.“We need to know more about what is going on, but we know enough to be sure that the situation is absolutely desperate,” she said. “The world today is ever-sensitive about such acts that could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.”Repeated shelling has continued in the no-fire zone, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Other areas where civilians are sheltering have been hit, and OHCHR noted reports that over 2,800 people may have been killed and 7,000 others injured – many in the no-fire zones – since late January. Many children are believed to be among the casualties, with hundred having lost their lives and over 1,000 hurt. 16 March 2009The United Nations today voiced its “grave” fears for the safety of one of its staff and three family members, including a 16-year-old girl, forcibly recruited this weekend by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who have been fighting the Sri Lankan Government in the country’s north.
Naval personnel attached to SLNS Gajaba located in Mannar in the North Central Naval Command arrested 5 Indian fishermen along with their fishing trawler while they were poaching in the sea area Southeast of Mannar yesterday (2).The arrested fishermen and items were handed over to the Assistant Directors Office of Fisheries, Mannar for onward legal action, the Navy media unit said today.
JONATHAN SEXTON TODAY signed a contract with Racing Metro, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.The Ireland out half was heavily linked with the Top 14 heavyweights in January when the IRFU confirmed Sexton would not be signing a new central contract.L’Equipe says sources indicate the two-year deal is worth €600,000 with an additional 12-month option.The Leinster man is currently out of contention for Ireland’s 6 Nations games with a hamstring injury, picked up against England last time out.6 Nations: Marshall set to take centre stage after shaking off injuryIn pictures: Ireland’s 6 Nations hopefuls back in business ahead of Scotland showdown
THE DALAI LAMA has been hospitalised in the Indian capital with a chest infection and is feeling better, his spokesman has said.The 83-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader is under medication and likely to spend a day or two in the hospital, spokesman Tenzin Taklha said.The Dalai Lama flew from Dharamshala for consultations with doctors in the capital and was hospitalised yesterday. The north Indian hill town has been his headquarters since he fled Tibet in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.Takhla said the Dalai Lama was feeling much better now but has already cut down on travel in the past year as he has to take care of his health.He usually spends several months a year traveling the world to teach Buddhism and highlight the Tibetans’ struggle for greater freedom in China.“Long-distance travelling is tiresome. Generally, he is in very good health. But he is taking precautions,” he told The Associated Press.The Dalai Lama addressed a conference of educators and students in New Delhi last week.Answering a question related to Tibet’s future with China, he reiterated that he is not seeking independence for Tibet, but would prefer a “reunion” with China under mutually acceptable terms. 14,352 Views Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. Image: Manish Swarup/PA Images Short URL The Dalai Lama has been hospitalised in India Tibet’s spiritual leader is 83 years old. Apr 10th 2019, 7:38 AM https://jrnl.ie/4584712 Share7 Tweet Email Image: Manish Swarup/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 7:38 AM Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. By Associated Press 34 Comments
Greece wants to strengthen maritime cooperation with China, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told Chinese President Xi Jinping, suggesting that the Mediterranean nation could serve as a regional hub for the support of Beijing’s commercial and military vessels.“Crete [has] all the appropriate infrastructure for the refuelling, maintenance and repair of your country’s navy ships,” Samaras told Xi on Rhodes Sunday as the Chinese leader made a technical stop on his way to the BRICS summit in Brazil.“There is a possibility for cooperation, for example, in joint patrols of war ships,” said Samaras, who also spoke about collective action to fight piracy at sea.This was the second high-level visit from China to the debt-hit country in a month – and Xi said he would like to serve as an ambassador for Greek tourism among his country’s 1.3 billion population.Premier Li Keqiang visited the country in June to oversee the signing of trade and investment deals worth some 6.5 billion euros, while pledging to increase China’s purchase of Greek government bonds.Athens hopes Chinese investment will help spark long-elusive growth, while the Asian giant sees Greece as a gateway for investment in the rest of Europe.“The Chinese side will continue to support Greece on sovereign debt issues and efforts to promote economic recovery,” said Xi, making special reference to transportation infrastructure, shipping and energy.“China is ready to share its development opportunities with Greece and further enhance the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership,” Xi said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A prosecutor told jurors Thursday that a man accused of beating another man to death with an aluminum baseball bat could not have been acting in self-defense.Stephen Reichow, 35, struck Brandon Maulding nearly 20 times in the head with the bat during an altercation Aug. 1, 2015, outside a storage facility in Battle Ground, Deputy Prosecutor James Smith said during opening statements in Reichow’s murder trial in Clark County Superior Court.The two Battle Ground men were acquaintances. Maulding, who was 36, was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.Smith argued that the level of violence indicates it was not self-defense.“A picture can be worth a thousand words, and I think this picture says a lot,” Smith said as he flashed a grisly photo of Maulding’s body across a large screen. “He beat him to a pulp.”Reichow’s defense attorney, Sean Downs, argued that there are two sides to every story and “sometimes three, four, five. It’s not always going to fit together perfectly for you,” he told the jury.What the attorneys do seem to agree on is that Reichow and Maulding had been hanging out earlier in the day. They were picked up by another friend, Anne Tanninen, from Maulding’s house and went to a storage unit that Tanninen had rented.
During the week-long visit, Premier Cartwright Robinson also had three other key engagements: a bilateral meeting with Baroness Anelay on key areas of concern for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, among which are national security, border protection and policing, human rights concerns and SIPT funding; a meeting with the Minister of State for Security, Hon. Ben Wallace MP on proposed amendments to the Criminal Finances Bill, which if passed in the UK Parliament could see the introduction of open registries in British Overseas Territories sooner than originally anticipated; and an Introduction and Photocall Session and Tour along with the other leaders, with the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, The Prime Minister at No. 10 Downing Street in London.While in the UK, the Premier also hosted receptions in London and Manchester, where the she addressed the Turks and Caicos Islands students and diaspora on matters of national priority and the focus of her Government, and further had the opportunity to hear from attendees on matters of interest to them. As an advocate for the development and empowerment of young people, the Premier found the evenings informative and invigorating and noted that she looks forward to engaging with the diaspora further when she next visits London in June of this year for the next OT-EN and Pre-JMC meetings. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT JMC (OT-EN) was hosted by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Anelay of St. Johns DBE Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Mr. Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DExEU, and was attended by leaders of twelve members of the Overseas Territories of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) which includes: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, St Helena and Ascension Islands, Tristan Da Cunha and The Turks and Caicos Islands. Recommended for you Premier Cartwright-Robinson returned to the TCI to attend the meeting of the House of Assembly that was scheduled on Monday, February 13, 2017 in the capital, Grand Turk. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The two-day meeting of the JMC (OT-EN), which was agreed in London back in October last year among the Overseas Territories (OT) Leaders during the annual Joint Ministerial Council Meeting as the primary forum for dialogue on the UK’s exit from the EU, sought to facilitate political engagement and collaboration between the UK Government and the Governments of the Overseas Territories to ensure that OT’s requirements are taken into consideration in the preparations of the UK to exit the EU.Among the opportunities presented by the forum was the discussion on areas of opportunity for EU cooperation and collaboration with the OTs that may be affected during the period that the UK remains a member of the EU; the basis for a future relationship between the UK, OTs and EU; and it further provided a road map for future engagement at the Ministerial and Official level to ensure that matters agreed at the forum are upheld during UK negotiations on their exit from the EU. Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, England, February 16, 2017 – The Premier and Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, Honourable Sharlene L. Cartwright Robinson, this week joined other leaders of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories (UKOT) in London at an extraordinary Joint Ministerial Council (Overseas Territories – Europe Negotiations) (JMC (OT-EN)) Meeting specifically arranged to begin preliminary negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) Government in anticipation of the enactment of Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon and Britain’s exit from the European Union. Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
So far, no arrests have been made.Sunday night, Miami-Dade Police announced they have added a $10,000 reward, in addition to the $3,000 already offered by Crime Stoppers, for information leading to an arrest.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $13,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida community is mourning the loss of a teen who was fatally gunned down as police continue their search for the shooter.Friends and family gathered for a prayer service at the New Beginning Church in Miami Gardens, Sunday afternoon, to remember 15-year-old Isaiah Solomon.Police said the teen, who aspired to become an FBI agent, was killed Friday night after a gunman opened fired during a wake being held for his cousin, near Northwest 83rd Terrace and 19th Avenue, in Northwest Miami-Dade.The gunfire also left a 22-year-old man dead and four other victims injured.RELATED: 2 shot dead, 4 injured during wake in NW Miami-DadeThe Rev. Vernon Gillum, a local pastor, said his daughter, 20-year-old Verneisha Gillum, was among those injured. On Sunday, he spoke out against gun violence. “This is an infectious disease that we have to find a way to remedy,” he said, “so that we’re no longer robbing our kids’ opportunity to grow up and to enjoy life and to fulfill those dreams and goals that many of us shared as little kids.”All four injured victims are expected to be OK.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Cameras captured two robbers as they demanded a teacher give up her car keys inside a South Florida elementary school parking lot.Officials said the teacher at Biscayne Gardens Elementary School was returning to her car when the subjects approached her.They demanded her car keys at gunpoint before they sped off in her vehicle.The duo later crashed the car and fled on foot.Police are searching for the crooks. If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
(Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)A senior on the Soldotna High School hockey team was suspended from play over the weekend after posting racist comments on social media.Listen nowThe player was a team captain but did not participate in games in Anchorage over the weekend.Posts on his personal Twitter account, one dated Jan. 19 and one dated Jan. 20, quickly went viral around the state, in which he made denigrating remarks about Alaska Natives, the LGBTQ+ community and the former first family.The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Soldotna High School posted a statement on their Facebook pages Saturday saying the matter is being addressed and that the district, school and hockey program are “disappointed and troubled” by the posts.It read: “Today, more than ever, we each need to pause and think about what we tweet, post on social media, and say to one another. Hate-filled, racist and disparaging remarks run counter to the mission of the KPBSD, our schools and our athletic programs, and will not be tolerated.”The post further stated that conversations about the appropriate use of social media will continue with students and athletes.
Pictures of Giant sets worth 2 crores of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy gutted in a massive fire accidentScreenshots of Twitter videoGiant sets worth Rs 2 crore erected for the shooting of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy were gutted in a massive fire at megastar Chiranjeevi’s farmhouse in Kokapet on the outskirts of Hyderabad in the wee hours of Friday.Actor-turned-producer Ram Charan had erected the giant sets for the shooting of period drama Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy at the farmhouse of his father. It is learnt that the massive fire was caused by a short circuit on Friday morning. Since it was a holiday for the film unit, no loss of life is reported. Krishnamurthy, the Principal Correspondent of Republic TV in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, shared a video of this accident and wrote: “Massive fire in megastar #Chiranjeevi’s farmhouse in Kokapet on the outskirts of #Hyderabad where shooting for #SyeraaNarasimhareddy is on. Fire erupted because of short circuit. Luckily, no one was injured as it was on off day. @SrBachchan.”According to reports, the shooting of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy was delayed due to some issues. Hence, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan had decided to erect these giant sets in their farmhouse for a hassle-free shooting. The film unit had shot some crucial scenes in this Rs-2-crore worth set on Thursday. Though fire tenders were rushed in immediately, they could not stop the huge damage.Later in the afternoon, Ram Charan posted on the Twitter page of his banner Konidela Pro Company, “Unfortunately, a fire broke out on our #SyeRaa set in Kokapet earlier this morning. Thankfully, everyone in the team is safe and no one is hurt. We are really looking forward for our last schedule to finish. #SyeRaaNarasimhaReddy” Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyTwitterSye Raa Narasimha Reddy is a long delayed movie and the fans of the mega family have been desperately waiting for its release. The movie was scheduled to hit the screens during Sankranti 2019, but it was postponed to August. However, the delay in its production landed its release in uncertainity. Now, this fire accident will further delay its production and release.Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is a historical war film based on the life of freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy from Rayalaseema. The film, which is directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan under the banner Konidela Production Company, stars Chiranjeevi, Sudeep, Amitabh Bachchan, Vijay Sethupathi, Jagapati Babu, Nayanthara, Tamannaah and Brahmaji.No one injured in the fire accident #chiranjeevi #SYeRaa pic.twitter.com/snzoIoOZ9y— Filter Kaapi (@FilterKaapiLive) May 3, 2019Massive fire in megastar #Chiranjeevi’s farmhouse in Kokapet on the outskirts of #Hyderabad where shooting for #SyeraaNarasimhareddy is on. Fire erupted because of short circuit. Luckily, no one was injured as it was on off day. @SrBachchan pic.twitter.com/vsIIJBjpZI— krishnamurthy (@krishna0302) May 3, 2019
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X 00:00 /00:43 A new ruling by a Leon County judge could have major implications for the proposed high-speed rail between Houston and Dallas, by preventing the rail line’s developers from using eminent domain to acquire land for the project.For the past few years,Texas Central Railway has been working on plans to build a privately-funded high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas. At issue is whether Texas Central can use eminent domain as a railroad when landowners don’t want to sell their land voluntarily. The company contends it has that authority under Texas law, but a Leon County judge has now ruled that Texas Central isn’t actually a railroad.That ruling came in the case of a Leon County couple who sued after the company wanted to survey on their property.“This company thought it could come in and run roughshod over rural Texans without consequence,” said Barbara Miles, who sued Texas Central along with her husband Jim Miles. “What it vastly underestimated was the determination and the devotion with which we have prevailed against them at every turn.”Speaking at a news conference, Miles’ voice trembled with emotion. “For us it just isn’t just about dirt or rocks or trees or cattle or pastureland. It’s about family,” she said. The lawsuit was handled by attorney Blake Beckham. “This project cannot be finished without eminent domain and the project is completely off-track,” said Beckham. “The project is stymied and I don’t believe it will ever be built.”Former Grimes County Judge Ben Leman is also applauding the ruling. Leman is now a state representative and he said he’s pushing for legislation to clarify who can use eminent domain.“In no way, shape, or form should a private entity be able to falsely claim to have the power of eminent domain and then under that false pretense be able to terrorize and threaten hundreds if not thousands of landowners,” said Leman.In response to the ruling, Texas Central issued a statement saying they plan to appeal.“We respectfully disagree with the judge’s decision in Leon County and plan to appeal. We are confident that the laws of Texas irrefutably give this project authority to access and survey private land to help determine the high-speed train’s most advantageous route between Houston and North Texas.Contrary to what others have said, a judge in Harris County previously declared that Texas Central is a bona fide railroad company, affirming its rights under state law to conduct surveys on private property to help determine the train’s most advantageous route between North Texas and Houston.That order held that Texas Central is a “railroad company” as defined in Section 81.002 of the Texas Transportation Code and an “interurban electric railway” as set forth in Section 131.011. In this instance, Texas Central completed the survey work and subsequently withdrew the legal action.Texas has long allowed survey access by railroads like Texas Central, pipelines, electrical lines and other industries that provide for a public good and a strong economy.Texas Central is moving forward on all aspects of this project, continuing conversations with property owners in Leon County and elsewhere who are signing onto the company’s land purchase program. Texas Central also is working without interruption on its construction planning and with its financial, engineering and business partners and with the Federal Railroad Administration on completing its environmental review of the project.” Share
17-year-old Kaelia Minor was killed after being stabbed by 18-year-old Kyla Jones following an altercation on a Metro Bus. Howard University News Service talked to Coolidge High School students where Minor was a senior.
Ever since announcing its partnership with DeNA a few years ago to produce mobile games, Nintendo has already brought some of its biggest franchises to iOS and Android devices. Super Mario, Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, and soon Mario Kart are all on the most ubiquitous pieces of tech out there. However, some true heavy hitters like Zelda and Metroid and Smash Bros. are still missing. That’s why I was surprised to learn that Nintendo’s next mobile is based on the fun and catchy but relatively B-tier puzzle game Dr. Mario.However, after playing Dr. Mario World myself I totally get it. Nintendo wants to be the ones who give you the next Candy Crush Saga and reap in that kind of success. I don’t know if this will do that, but if nothing else Dr. Mario World is a clever little mobile puzzle game.Whereas most falling block puzzle game are about creating and clearing huge solid masses of blocks, Dr. Mario has players creating lines to target specific colorful viruses. And that’s still the case in Dr. Mario World. But while that general concept remains, this mobile game plays surprisingly different from the NES original.AdChoices广告For starters, instead of dropping pills down, in Dr. Mario World you drag them up from the bottom. Nintendo says this helps visibility with one-handed touch screen play, but you do need to rethink your whole puzzle approach. You can drag pills side to side as they float up but you can’t pull them back down. My best combos came from quickly dragging and T-spinning pieces of used pills over to new strategic locations before they floated out of the window. The game calls for a different kind of quick-thinking puzzle game reflex.My demo also showcased several twists players can expect in the 200 levels. The limited number of randomized pills turns each around into a larger puzzle in and of itself. Trigger bombs or bouncing koopa shells to take out whole clusters of viruses. Clear as many viruses as possible with unlimited blocks like in the original game. It stays surprisingly fresh. And that’s before you get into power-ups like stem cell-esque miracle pills that clear viruses of all colors or the special abilities of the different doctor and helper versions of Mario characters I can’t quite reveal yet.Unfortunately, Dr. Mario World is still a free-to-play mobile game. There’s a multiplayer mode that might tear me away from Tetris 99 but it requires a pointless internet connection even in single-player. There are inconvenient, flow-halting hearts and stamina bars to worry about. And running out of medicine forces you to spend real money or wait to die, just like America’s actual health care system. But it’s not exactly Nintendo’s fault the mobile game scene is the way it is. You people wouldn’t even spend ten dollars on a pretty good Mario runner game.Dr. Mario World is available on iOS and Android right now. For more on Nintendo check out these cool Nintendo Switch games. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs Stay on target
Ladies please take note! If your hubby does not feel like going to parties or social gatherings with you, do not fret especially if he is in his late 30s.Researchers including an Indian-origin researcher have revealed that the social circle of men reduces after they get married while women become more socially active from late 30s onwards.”Young men are more connected than young women and the patterns of connection change for both men and women as they grow older,” said Kunal Bhattacharya from Aalto University in Finland. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The findings indicate that after the of age 25, the social circle of men starts shrinking until it stabilises again in the late 40s. After 60s, the decay begins again and old men appear to be rather socially isolated. To reach this conclusion, the team analysed unnamed call records, gender and age information of three million mobile phone users from an European country to understand the communication patterns of individuals.The results indicate that at age 25, both men and women are able to invest time in maintaining large social circles. “The number of connections reaches maximum at age 25 for both genders. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhile men maintain a lot of casual relationships and women seem to be more focused on their romantic partner,” Bhattacharya added in the paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.From late 30s onwards, women become more connected than men. This is when people get married, settle down and participate in parenthood. “The communication patterns of women would suggest their pivotal roles as parents and grandparents,” Bhattacharya noted.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress MP from Basirhat Nusrat Jahan on Saturday flagged off bus service from Nebukhali village of Basanti to Badartala in Basirhat. The bus will travel via Hasnabad and there will be 20 services every day. 18 services have already been made operational.”The bus service will immensely help people residing in remote islands of the Sunderbans in communication,” Nusrat said. It may be mentioned that villagers in the Sunderbans, particularly those from Kanchannagar under Hemnagar police station, Kalitala, Jogeshganj will bear the fruits of the bus services. They will cross River Sahebkhali from Dugdugi area, take a bus from Nebukhali bus stand and travel directly to Badartala in Basirhat without any hassle. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPeople had to change several times to travel between these two destinations. A super-specialty hospital has come up at Badartala in Basirhat and people from the Sunderbans have to travel for availing good healthcare services. The first bus service will be available from Nebukhali at 5 am. The last bus from Badartala will start at around 8.45 pm in the night. The fare from Nebukhali to Badartala has been fixed at Rs 36 while that from Hasnabad to Nebukhali is Rs 22. Nusrat also assured the people of her constituency that a bridge will be soon set up on the river flowing through Hasnabad. Apart from Nusrat, MLA from Basirhat South, Dipendu Biswas, Hingalganj MLA Debesh Mondal and few other leaders at the Panchayat level were present at the inaugural programme.
8. Green Bay Packers – The Packers beat the Bengals, but they lack offensive balance, don’t have a running back, and don’t match up with the best teams in the league defensively. That being said,, Aaron Rodgers is going to carry them to a lot of wins like he did last week.He’s thrown for 300+ yards in a career-best 5 straight games, is the only QB in the NFL this season with three 300-yd passing games on the season, and Green Bay’s 6 receivers with over 100 yards is the best in the NFL. The bad news is that Rodgers has been sacked a league high 13 times and has been hit 23 times (3rd most in the NFL). They’ll need Rodgers upright if they plan on making a playoff run. 3. Denver Broncos – Even though they lost on the road to the Bills, Colin puts Denver at 3 because he believes in their dominant defense. The Broncos rank 1st in the NFL in rush defense (59.7 ypg), 4th in total defense (263.0 ypg), are tied for 3rd in 3rd down defense (28.6% conversion rate), and have allowed just one 5-minute drive all year.Offensively, quarterback Trevor Siemian has been better than Colin expected, and they lead the NFL in 3rd-down percentage (52.3%), rank 3rd in rush offense (143.0 ypg), and have 8 touchdowns in 12 red zone drives. 9. L.A. Rams – No NFL team looks more improved than the Rams under rookie head coach Sean McVay. And no individual player has more drastically changed their perception than second year quarterback Jared Goff, who is 3rd in passer rating (118.2), 3rd in comp percentage (70.4%), 1st in pass yards per attempt (10.1) and 8th in passing yards per game (272.3). Todd Gurley has been a beast, and is tied for 1st in touchdowns (6), and 2nd in the league in yards from scrimmage (381).L.A. has also been strong on defense. Their 10 sacks is 2nd in the NFC, and 20 tackles for loss is 3rd in the NFL. Colin predicted the Rams would be one of the most improved teams in the league before the season, and so far, he’s right. Advertisement Kansas City Chiefs – The 3-0 Chiefs grab the top spot for the second week in a row because they have the best overall roster in the league and do everything well. They rank 1st in rushing offense (162.0 ypg), 1st in yards per play (7.1), 3rd in scoring (31.0 ppg).Superstar rookie Kareem Hunt leads NFL in rushing (401) and tied for 1st in touchdowns (6), and Alex Smith leads NFL in passer rating (132.7), is tied for 2nd with 7 pass touchdowns, and is completing 77.4% of his passes. And Reid has the Chiefs rolling. They stay on top of the Hierarchy through Week 3. 7. Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons are one of two undefeated teams left (Chiefs), and are the first team since the 2006 Seahawks to start 3-0 after a Super Bowl loss. They’ve been dominant offensively, ranking 2nd in yards per play (6.5), 4th in total offense (388.0 ypg), and 5th in scoring (29.0 ppg). Defensively, their tied for 3rd in the NFC with 9 sacks. Colin likes the Falcons, he just doesn’t love them as much as some. Offensively, Antonio Brown leads NFL in receptions (26) and receiving yards (354), and on defense, they’re allowing the 2nd fewest yards per play (4.23), tied for 2nd in sacks (11), and 2nd in pass defense (136.7 net ypg). 5. Tennessee Titans – The Titans just physically manhandled the Seahawks and have looked dominant offensively. They’re 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards per game (156.3 ypg), 5th in total offense (386.7 net ypg), 6th in points per game (28.7) and only have one giveaway on the year.Marcus Mariota has only been sacked twice on the year behind one of the best o-lines in the NFL, and that’s after facing Seattle’s defense. In a passing league, the Titans are a contrarian power team, and it’s working. Every week during the NFL season, Colin puts out his Herd Hierarchy NFL power rankings, and he’s made some adjustments to his Top 10 after Week 3.Dallas climbs back up the rankings after responding to their Week 2 bomb in Denver; Pittsburgh is hanging on for dear life, and the Ravens and Raiders drop out.Here are his Top 10 teams after Week 3:10. Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers lost on the road to the lowly Bears, and continue to struggle away from Heinz Field, but Colin still thinks they’re good enough to sneak into the Top 10. 6. Philadelphia Eagles – Philly leads the NFL in time of possession (34:12), and is tied for 3rd in the league in 3rd-down conversion percentage (48.8%), both stats that Colin heavily values. They also lead the league with 53 plays of 10+ yards. Colin thinks they have one of the best offensive/defensive line combos in the NFL, and likes what he sees in Carson Wentz, so they come in at 6. 2. New England Patriots – The Patriots are firing on all cylinders offensively, and Tom Brady looks better than ever. Brady leads the NFL 1092 pass yards and touchdowns (8). As a team, New England ranks 1st in total offense (440.7 net ypg), 1st in pass offense (340.0 pass ypg), and 2nd in scoring (33.0 ppg).Their 20 plays of 20+ yards is tied for 1st in the NFL, and they only have one giveaway on the year. Their most glaring weakness is a lack of a pass rush, which was exposed in their Week 1 loss to the Chiefs. But, Belichick and Brady are still Belichick and Brady. Pats at 2. 4. Dallas Cowboys – Dallas bounced back from a dud against Denver with a win on the road in Arizona, and Colin loves their offensive balance, but their defense has been unexpectedly great. Their 11 sacks leads NFC, and Demarcus Lawrence leads the NFL with 6.5 sacks.Dak Prescott hasn’t thrown a pick in 2 of 3 games, and Ezekiel Elliott looks like he’s getting going. The Cowboys are going to be a tough out in the playoffs if their clicking.