Klisura, Foton target 7th victory

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nazareth inaugural girls’ volley champ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Tigresses, who are getting the on-court lessons they need for the coming UAAP season, are winless in six starts while the Tornadoes created a three-way gridlock with the Petron Blaze Spikers and F2 Cargo Movers on top at 6-1.“We want to finish the eliminations on top,” said Foton coach Moro Branislav.Cocolife (3-3) and Sta. Lucia Realty (1-5) battle in the other match at 4:15 p.m..A top finish in the single-round eliminations would pit the No. 1 team against the No. 8; No. 2 against No. 7; No. 3 against No. 6; and No. 4 against No. 5.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “I don’t usually count,” added the Serbian, who turned pro when she was 18 and has seen action for Russia, Italy and Romania in the European League.Klisura eclipsed the record of American Kristy Jaeckel, who made 40 playing for Petron three seasons ago.Incidentally, that earned Jaeckel the nickname “Jae-Kill,” very similar to what local writers have coined for Klisura: “Kill-Sura.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“It’s not very important for me,” said Klisura of her scoring binge in the ongoing Chooks to Go-PSL Grand Prix. “The important thing for me is to make sure we get the championship.”That stern, no-fancy attitude will be front and center when Foton takes on lightweight Victoria Sports-UST at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Center. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Even Sara Klisura was surprised upon finding out she scored a Philippine Superliga record 41 points.“Wow! 41 points?!” said the 25-year-old open spiker while looking at the score sheets after leading two-time defending champion Foton over erstwhile unbeaten F2 Logistics in Batangas City over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Members of the Disciplined Services to vote on Feb 21

first_img…ROs, ballot officers sworn inMembers of the Disciplined Services will be heading to the polls on February 21 ahead of the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections.The three ballot officers assigned to the various Disciplined Services with GECOM Chair Retired Justice Claudette Singh and CEO Keith LowenfieldAs customary during any elections, members of the disciplined services are required to cast their votes ahead of the polling day so that they are available for posting at the various polling stations and other strategic locations as required by law without disenfranchising them.Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield on Wednesday disclosed that “D-Day”, as it is referred to, will be held 10 days before the March 2 elections day, that is, February 21.Three ballot officers (BO) – one each for the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) – were sworn-in on Wednesday at GECOM’s head office. These are Roxanne Ramdyhan-Lewi for GDF, Nardeo Persaud for GPF, and Onicia Bynoe for GPS.According to Lowenfield, they are ensuring that all systems are in place for the various ranks to cast their votes and that their voters are sorted and dispatched to their respective locations.The nine newly sworn-in returning officers with GECOM Chair Retired Justice Claudette Singh and CEO Keith Lowenfield“Ten days prior to the elections, Disciplined Services balloting will take place and those ballot stations to be confirmed by these recently sworn-in officers. They will be working along with the liaisons from the respective services to ensure that all the ranks identified for voting that day, that they’re satisfied,” he stated.The CEO went on to note that they have already done some work with the ranks in the respective services, and those who have retired, to sort them out and ensure that the list of eligible voters is accurate ahead of D-Day.At the 2015 General and Regional Elections, over 7000 Disciplined Servicemen and women were registered to vote. At least 84 polling stations were step up for those ranks to cast their votes.Returning officersMeanwhile, nine returning officers from the various regions, with the exception of Region Five – where no one has been selected as yet – were also sworn-in on Wednesday before the CEO.These include Trevor Harris from Region One (Barima-Waini), Roxanne Smith of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Mohanlall Jagdeo of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Clairmont Mingo from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Savitri Mangar of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Glendon Fredericks of Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Dwayne Marco from Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), John Abraham of Region Nine (Upper Takutu- Upper Essequibo), and Rensford Alleyne from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).In brief remarks after these ROs took their oaths before him, Lowenfield underscored the importance of the ROs engaging in a fair, impartial and transparent manner when carrying out their duties.“That is an absolute necessity. The nation, and I dare say the wider world, expects of you performance par excellence during the conduct of this tour of duty,” he noted.Meanwhile, GECOM Chairperson Retired Justice Claudette Singh, who observed the swearing-in ceremony, also called on the managers of the regional election to discharge their duties with integrity since they will be under scrutiny on elections day and even before that.“I would like you to just bear in mind at all times that you are serving your country and you must do so with the utmost care and diligence. You must be diligent in servicing because if something goes wrong, you know who they will blame. They will say the RO did this and the RO did that,” she noted.Justice Singh also urged the ROs to resolve any issues that may arise in their districts in the best way they can and not wait for things to escalate, cautioning that things can get “nasty”.Both the ROs and ballot officers were also encouraged to sort out their respective offices by the end of Wednesday or today, the latest. In fact, following the simple ceremony, the newly sworn-in officers met with the CEO and other senior officials from the Elections Secretariat to discuss operationalising their offices.On the other hand, Lowenfield informed reporters that general elections preparations are on stream for the March 2 polling day.“We’re moving ahead with our planning to ensure the elections day is satisfied,” he posited.Guyanese will be heading to the polls in less than eight weeks. In preparation for elections, GECOM will be holding Nominations Day this Friday at the Umana Yana in Kingston, Georgetown.At least 19 political parties, including 14 new ones, are expected to submit their lists of candidates and nominators to the CEO on that day.last_img read more


first_imgJason Quigley moments after winning his Irish Elite Title donegaldaily.comTHIS is Jason Quigley just minutes after being crowned Irish Elite Boxing Champion!The Finn Valley boxing stalwart is the 75kg champion after a stunning victory over Roy Sheahan at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight.Cheered on by a huge crowd of supporters from Donegal, Jason was cheered on throughout his gruelling bout. But despite being the underdog with some of the bookies, the Co Donegal man is on his way home this weekend with the Irish Championship belt.“I’m over the moon,” said Jason afterwards.“It was a very hard fight but I’m just delighted to have won this title. It means so much.”It was third time lucky for Jason, who lost two previous finals. He easily won this one though on a score of 15-6. Illies Boxer Willie McLaughlin fell just short in his bid to beat Adam Nolan.Nolan dominated the first two rounds before McLaughlin came out fighting but it wasn’t enough to dethrone Champion and Olympian Nolan.Fight report on McLaughlin is here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2013/02/22/boxing-brave-mclaughlin-falls-just-short-in-elite-final-clash-with-nolan/Joe Ward claimed his third Irish senior title at light heavyweight on the trot with a comprehensive 25-5 win over Kenny Egan at The National Stadium. The latter announced his retirement after the bout.Donegaldaily.com – Donegal’s No1 News & Sports Website – more than 30,000 Visitors Every DayFollow the leader on:https://twitter.com/DonegalDaily JUST CHAMPION: JASON ON TOP OF THE WORLD AFTER NIGHT OF GLORY FOR DONEGAL BOXER was last modified: February 23rd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:JUST CHAMPION: JASON ON TOP OF THE WORLD AFTER NIGHT OF GLORY FOR DONEGAL BOXERlast_img read more


first_imgBuncrana GAA NotesSenior TrainingSeniors & Minors Hurling training is on Wednesdays at 7.00pm. All players are urged to make every effort to attend.Seniors, Reserves, U-18, & U21 Football training is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New players always welcome!Senior LadiesBuncrana 2-14 St Nauls 5-3 Our Senior Ladies qualified for the County semi-final after a hard fought game against a very good St Naul’s team in an outstanding team performance. The girls were a credit to their club with their never-say-die attitude following two massive setbacks at the start of each half. Well done to all involved.Training every Wednesday at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New members always welcome.Club JerseysElizabeth Anne is now taking orders for the new Buncrana club jersey. Keep in mind lads that they are player fit/tight fit. If you want to order one let her know the size and number on back you require, price €50. EA also has club shorts and white shorts are in stock.Underage Reports U15’s qualified for the Northern final. The lads played well in their first 3 games, winning 2 and drawing 1, before running out of steam in the last game against a strong St Eunan’s team. Best of luck to them in the final.Well done to Liam O’Doherty who came 2nd at the county hurling skills competition last Saturday. Well done to all the Club Members who took part in the competition.Under Age TrainingU6 Football 6.30-7.30pm Friday Scarvey U8 Football Tuesday 7-8pm and Friday 6.30-7.30pm ScarveyU8 Hurling 11-12 Sunday ScarveyU10 Football returns to normal time ScarveyU10 Hurling 11-12 Sunday ScarveyU12 Football 7-8pm Monday & Friday ScarveyU12 Hurling 7-8pm Tuesday ScarveyU14 Football Monday 12-1, Wednesday 12-1, Friday 7-8.30 ScarveyU12/U14 Girls Football 7-8pm Mondays ScarveyU16 Girls Football 5-6.30pm Tuesdays ScarveySummer BBQ at the ScarveyThis is one social event you don’t want to miss! The Club’s Annual BBQ will be held in the Scarvey on Saturday 16th August starting at 8pm. This event is open to everyone and a great night’s entertainment is guaranteed. Music is by the ever-popular ‘Inch Ramblers’. For your €10 you get top-class entertainment and fed with 2 burgers or Hot Dogs. Tickets on sale now or simply turn up on the night…and pray for good weather in the meantime (but we’ll put up the marquee in any case!).Annual Family Sports DayOur annual and very popular Family Sports Day will take place on Sunday 3rd August in the Scarvey, starting at 2.30pm. There will be a range of events and activities to suit kids of all ages (and the Mums and Dads too!). The Sports Day is open to everyone in the community, not just Club members, and is part of Buncrana GAA’s ongoing community development work. Buncrana GAA – Better Together.Club LottoNo winner in last week’s Lotto. The numbers drawn were 1,4,10,13. As the Jackpot wasn’t won we then held the €500 monthly draw took place in Phil Hegarty’s and was won by Willie McLaughlin Winkers who purchased his ticket in Phil’s just before the draw was held. A great night’s fun was had by all but Willie’s cheque had dwindled quite a bit by the end of the night. Thanks to Patsy and Siobhan for the use of their premises for the draw.St Vincent de Paul FundraiserClubman David Cullen and 15 friends are seeking your support for a ‘Malin to Mizen’ fundraising cycle in aid of the local St Vincent de Paul. You can see check their route here http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/348129905 and they will by sending regular progress reports over the course of the 5 day journey through their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/missiontomizen. If anyone would like to make an online donation the iDonate site is up and running on http://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/23973_mission-to-mizen-svp-buncrana.html.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA SENIOR LADIES DEFEAT ST NAULS TO REACH COUNTY SEMI-FINAL was last modified: July 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

Kurtenbach: Three trades I’d like to see the 49ers make before the NFL trade deadline

first_imgI won’t lie — I didn’t see this happening.I thought the 49ers would be an interesting team, perhaps even a fringe playoff contender, but 7-0 and the class of the NFC? No, that’s unexpected.That’s not to say that it’s a mirage, though — these guys are the real deal with a defense that’s dominant and an offense is clicking on all cylinders.As a legitimate Super Bowl contender, San Francisco is in a position of power. And they should take full advantage of that ahead of Tuesday’s NFL trade …last_img read more

Don’t Just Sit There; Do Something

first_imgInactive people have the most health problems.  That’s why the American Psychological Association is warning that sedentary lives can be deadly, according to Science Daily.  A speaker at an APA convention called physical inactivity “the biggest public health problem of the 21st century.”    Some 25-35% of adult Americans – 40 to 50 million people – do not get any serious exercise.  This is “doubling their risk of developing numerous health conditions compared with those who are even moderately active and fit,” Dr. Steven Blair said.  In a longitudinal study of 40,842 persons, poor physical fitness was implicated in 16 percent of deaths that could have been delayed by walking 30 minutes per day.  Another article on Science Daily also showed that physical exercise can help keep the elderly out of the hospital.    Technology has “largely engineered the need for physical activity out of the daily lives of most people in industrialized societies,” he noted.  People should realize that physical exercise not only helps the body – it’s good for the mind as well.  “Blair also highlighted the benefits of exercise on the mind, referring to recent emerging evidence that activity delays the mind’s decline and is good for brain health overall.”    “The message should be simple, he said: Doing something is better than doing nothing, and doing more is better than doing less, at least up to a point.”Most of us probably don’t come anywhere near that point.  Wherever that point is for your body type, you should get closer to it.  With your doctor’s supervision, make some changes to up your activity level.  Your body was made to thrive in the outdoor environment for which it was created.  It goes with the territory.  Walking hills and valleys keeps those systems humming.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The new (dis)order in today’s markets could favor livestock profitability

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Abbie Burnett, production communications specialist for Certified Angus BeefIn a third of the world’s economies today banks charge customers to keep money in savings. This and other disincentives to save has brought world economic debt to record levels, and the U.S. at $23 trillion holds the largest share of the $243 trillion total.“Economic and political order has become disorder,” said Dan Basse, AgResource president, in market analysis comments at the 2019 Feeding Quality Forum in Amarillo, Texas.The pressure is on to put money to work in those economies, even to the point of devaluing the money,“In agriculture, everybody is dropping their currencies so they have a competitive edge in producing more supply,” Basse said. “This is what’s giving us a supply bear market in the grains.”“It’s really why interest rates cannot rise. So, we are kind of locked into this environment of debt and low growth.”Enter the Chinese economy. Growth there and in India will see median annual incomes of at least $20,000 rising to 150 million people.“That’s why this trade war, if you will, or trade debate is so centered on China —because they have the money to spend over the next six to eight years,” he said.In the next four to seven years, China will become the leading economy in the world and at some point after that, India will become second largest. The longer this trade war goes on, the more worldwide structural production habits change, Basse said.“Someone is going to produce what we don’t, and sell to China,” he said.In the midst of these trade negotiations, China is dealing with a major blow to its agricultural industry. African swine fever is reducing the world’s largest hog herd, which he said will decline from more than 600 million to 340 million head by year’s end.“[China] is of course stepping up their beef imports,” he said. “They are so hungry that they’re now turning to Africa to see if they can bring in some beef to fill their needs.”Basse said if we had a Chinese free trade agreement today, “We couldn’t keep beef and pork on the shelf.”But still, overall U.S. beef export commitments are good.“There’s a solid demand for our beef, both in terms of the domestic market and the export market,” he said. “We think USDA is understating U.S. beef trade, so there’s a real argument of a demand bull market that’s developing as U.S. cattle prices tighten.”The record-high domestic beef quality grades now are partly a result of U.S. consumer demand for better beef, and one reason premium-quality branding has done well, Basse said.“Everybody is looking for that higher quality cut,” he said.Record strong demand now and for “many years to come” suggests a clear advantage for producers of that higher quality.“I think it’s a good investment,” Basse said. “Consumers will reward you with bigger demand going down the road.”He doesn’t have the same optimism for grain farmers. With fewer porcine mouths to feed in China, there’s less need for soybeans and corn. African swine fever in China amounts to a loss of 20 million metric tons per year, compared to the total world meat trade of 7 million metric tons. As bullish as that is for meat, it’s bearish for world soybean demand, which leads to an extra billion bushels a year likely remaining in the United States.Basse’s not worried about having enough corn, for now. An adequate supply going into winter should mean a stable spread of $25 or $26 per hundredweight between feeder cattle and fed cattle, but that may widen to the $35 range in early 2020.“I don’t have a long-term bullish outlook for the feed producer or the corn-soybean farmer,” he said. “But I would take coverage if you see a real dilemma in South American weather.”Climate change and the warming northern oceans have led to more “angular” jet stream patterns so that weather can settle into one region, sticking around longer than usual.If the Southern Hemisphere growing season is disrupted by “stuck” weather patterns, China would be forced to buy from the U.S., despite the tariffs, creating an inflammatory market, Basse said.U.S. weather bears watching as well, because delayed planting put acres at risk of an early frost.“So you want to be protected maybe at current prices,” he said. “But I really have difficulty getting corn too much above $4.20 a bushel relative to spot futures in Chicago.”If weather holds steady, a year from now, corn could be trading at $3 or below, he said.For cattle, Basse said the cash bottom could be in and fed supplies will tighten into March. The market will turn bullish, normal weather advancing prices to the $122 to $128 per hundredweight range for the 2020 first quarter.“I want the cattlemen and the grain farmers to think of profit margins down the road,” Basse said. “Always be protective of them because our real goal in this game is to stay in business, expand when our neighbors aren’t and to look for opportunities.”last_img read more

LGB Military Personnel after the Repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

first_imgReferences[1] Johnson, B., Rosenstein, J., Buhrke, R., & Haldeman, D. (2013). After “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”: Competent care of lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel during the DOD policy transition. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 1-9. doi: 10.1037/a0033051This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. By Rachel Dorman, MS & Heidi Radunovich, PhDWhile the creation of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy (DADT), made it legal for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals to serve in the military, it still restrained LGB military members from being able to engage in LGB relationships. With the repeal of DADT, LGB military members now can be open about their relationships without military repercussions. Yet, even with the repeal of DADT there are still risks LGB military members may face in having an open relationship (Johnson, Rosenstein, Buhrke & Haldeman, 2013).Johnson, Rosenstein, Buhrke, and Haldeman (2013) explain that, due to the military’s historically unaccepting environment to LGB military personnel, there is a stigma that may remain. Such a stigma among military members may create an unwelcoming or hostile environment for those who do not have the same sexual orientation. The researchers explain there may be resistance, homophobia, prejudice, exclusion, and harassment that can flare up against LGB military members in the military environment. These could be legitimate concerns for LGB personnel, and therapists should be willing to listen to the client and follow his or her lead as far as comfort with disclosure. Such stressors, or concern about those potential stressors, could cause LGB military personnel to want continue to conceal their sexual orientation, which can affect their health and well-being. Furthermore, these stressors may result in decreased job satisfaction and commitment to the military, as well as other negative outcomes.[Flickr, St. Pete Pride Parade 2015 by CityofStPete, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Johnson and colleagues (2013) recommend that mental health providers seek an awareness of the environment and stressors that LGB military members face. It is recommended that practitioners pursue cultural awareness by actively seeking to better understand the negative experiences and stigma clients may have encountered as a result of their sexual orientation, particularly in the military setting. It is also recommended that mental health providers create an environment of acceptance and support when assessing and treating a client. Finally, they stress that those mental health practitioners who do not feel adequately trained to provide care for LGB military personnel to provide appropriate referrals. When providing a referral, seek other mental health providers with an expertise in LGB affirmative treatment, LGB networks for professionals, and local LGB community resources. To learn more about LGB military personnel check out our webinar on “Needs and Supportive Strategies for Professionals Working with LGBT Military Families” or our previous blogs here:Children of Gay and Lesbian Parents Gay and Lesbian Family Dynamicslast_img read more

Trust of millions broken: Sharad Yadav

first_img‘I don’t agree with the decision in Bihar,’ says Sharad Yadav  ‘First time in history’Some RJD leaders and party workers were seen receiving Mr. Yadav and shouting slogans in his favour at the Patna airport. However, a lone senior JD(U) leader Ramai Ram, said to be close to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, also accompanied Mr. Sharad Yadav from the airport.Mr. Sharad Yadav continued his three-day journey of “direct interaction with the people of the State” and received a warm welcome at Hajipur, Sonepur and Muzaffarpur. “In the history of Independent India, it has happened for the first time that two parties contesting against each other on separate manifestos joined hands midway and formed the government,” Mr. Yadav said while addressing people at Hajipur.At Sonepur, he said, “People of the sarkari (official) Janata Dal have become the Chief Minister and ministers in Patna but, there is the real Janata Dal among the masses.” When asked whether his tour would not amount to ‘anti-party activity’, Mr. Yadav declined to comment.Meanwhile, JD(U) State chief spokesperson Sanjay Singh reminded him, “JD(U) means Nitish Kumar and Nitish Kumar means JD(U).” On his three-day Bihar tour, State JD(U) chief Basistha Narayan Singh said, “It is his [Sharad Yadav’s] personal initiative and the JD(U) has nothing to do with it.” Earlier, along with Sharad Yadav, two other JD(U) Rajya Sabha MPs — Ali Anwar Ansari and Virender Kumar — had also opposed Nitish Kumar’s decision to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).If sources in the JD(U) are to be believed, party chief Nitish Kumar may suspend Mr. Sharad Yadav from the JD(U), which would mean that the latter would lose all his privileges that a leader of party in the Rajya Sabha.Grapevine abuzzThe political grapevine in the State is abuzz that Sharad Yadav is in touch with some other disgruntled JD(U) leaders, MLAs and MPs to form a new alliance with the RJD and the Congress to take on Mr. Nitish Kumar.“The JD(U)’s 14 State presidents are with Sharad Yadav…let Nitish Kumar be with his Bihar unit and rule the State with the BJP,” said Arun Kumar Shrivastva, who was recently was removed from the post of general secretary of the JD(U) after the lone party MLA in Gujarat, Chhotubhai Vasava, declared that he had voted for the Congress candidate Ahmad Patel in the Rajya Sabha election. Also Readcenter_img Kicking-off his three day “direct interaction with people” programme in Bihar, disgruntled Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) leader and the party’s Rajya Sabha member Sharad Yadav on Thursday said, “I continue to stand by the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (‘grand alliance’) of the RJD, Congress and JD(U)…ending the alliance is betrayal of the mandate of 11 crore people of the State…the mandate was given for five years.”Accompanied by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders on his tour, the senior JD(U) leader said, “I was personally hurt and pained by [the decision] as I too had campaigned hard for the ‘grand alliance’.”last_img read more