Election results 2019: PM Narendra Modi crushes Opposition to win new 5-year term

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s NDA government has been picked to lead India again by many of the hundreds of millions who voted in the hotly contested, six-week-long Lok Sabha election.With most votes counted, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won a parliamentary majority on its own in a 545-strong Lok Sabha with two nominated members — just as it did in 2014.In fact, the BJP alone has won 300 seats.The last time a single party pulled off back-to-back majorities was in 1984, when Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress won more than 400 seats in an election held soon after Indira Gandhi’s assassination.Across India, the BJP began celebrating well before Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared victory on Thursday afternoon. His tweet evoked his own jubilant words after winning in 2014 — “India wins yet again!” he said.”Together we will build a strong and inclusive India.”- Prime Minister Narendra ModiVoters “have clearly given their decision today”, said Rahul Gandhi, the Congress president, as he congratulated Modi on Thursday evening. He also conceded the election in Amethi, which he has represented for 15 years, to Smriti Irani. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with NDA allies on May 21, two days before counting. (Photo: Twitter/Narendra Modi)Nearly all of the 542 races had been called as of around 12.30 pm on Friday. But for Opposition leaders who dismissed exit poll data predicting an emphatic victory for the incumbent, the writing had been on the wall since counting began. The spectacular failure of opinion and exit polls to predict the recent election in Australia — a talking point when Indian survey data were broadcast on May 19 — has not reproduced itself here.advertisementSome foreign leaders, including Prime Ministers Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka and Benjamin Netanhayu of Israel, congratulated Modi before the first results were declared on Thursday. Omar Abdullah, a former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, who acknowledged this weekend that all exit polls couldn’t be wrong, congratulated the BJP’s leaders in a sporting message on Twitter.So the exit polls were correct. All that’s left is to congratulate the BJP & NDA for a stellar performance. Credit where credit is due PM Modi Sahib & Mr Amit Shah put together a winning alliance & a very professional campaign. Bring on the next five years.Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 23, 2019A number of exit polls broadcast on May 19 — the seventh and final day of voting — had the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the BJP, retaining power with well over 300 seats.Counting trends and results bore out that projection throughout Thursday, without a flicker of hope for Modi’s rivals.For the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the Congress-led grouping vanquished so emphatically in 2014, the dreary picture painted by exit polls has materialised into its worst nightmare. It has won fewer than 100 seats.’GRAND ALLIANCE’ FLOPS IN BIGGEST STATEThe three-way contest in Uttar Pradesh — home to 80 parliamentary seats, the highest number in any Indian state — is of particular interest.A regional coalition of three opposition parties, including the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, has failed to seriously challenge the NDA, which won all but seven seats here in the 2014 election.Now, the NDA has won 63 seats — a smaller seat share, but a rout nonetheless.The Congress was also in the fray in Uttar Pradesh, but was not part of the tripartite “mahagathbandhan”. Its UPA coalition was outclassed in the Hindi heartland, where it formed three state governments just months ago. The smattering of good news on offer came from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Punjab.Campaigning for the Lok Sabha election was often acrimonious — politicians got personal at times while targeting their rivals. There were reports of violence, especially in West Bengal, where campaigning was ended a day early after clashes in Kolkata that involved the BJP and the All India Trinamool Congress. The Election Commission found itself under constant scrutiny; it drew the opposition’s criticism for a number of issues, including one election commissioner’s dissent against clean chits given to speeches made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.Around 900 million people were eligible to vote in India’s seventeenth Lok Sabha election. The turnout was a little over 67 per cent.The election in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, was cancelled.Inputs from agenciesWATCH | The turning points of Lok Sabha election 2019last_img read more

Ohio State mens soccer beats No 15 Kentucky extends winning streak to

OSU senior midfielder Zach Mason (7) prepares to kick the ball during a game against Penn State on Sept. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU tied 1-1. Credit: Ed MomotOhio State junior forward Danny Jensen scored a goal in the 56th minute to lead the Ohio State men’s soccer team to a 1-0 shutout victory over No. 15 Kentucky.The Buckeyes extended their winning streak to six games and improved their overall record to 7-4-2, while the Wildcats fell to 7-2-2 on the season.With the win, the Buckeyes tied their team-record winning streak, set during the 1987 and 1999 campaigns.The Scarlet and Gray came out of the gates strong to battle a team that came in with a matching five-game winning streak.The Buckeyes had the first shot of the game in the fourth minute when sophomore forward Marcus McCrary sent in a shot to the near post, but his shot was stopped by Kentucky senior goalkeeper Callum Irving.Senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson had the next good look for the Buckeyes in the 19th minute, but Irving also saved his shot.While the offense was stymied by the Wildcats’ defense, the Scarlet and Gray defense matched the effort throughout the first half, preventing the Wildcats from scoring.In the second half of the game, a few Buckeyes created highlight plays that proved vital to the victory.OSU redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer made the biggest save of the game in the 50th minute when he stopped a shot from Kentucky junior midfielder Napo Matsoso. Matsoso gathered a rebound to send in a shot from the near post, but Froschauer came across with the save.Froschauer had three saves of the game, earning his fifth shutout of the year and second in a row.Jensen’s goal came in the second half when headed in a shot toward the back post with assists from Christian Soldat and Culbertson. Jenson’s goal gave him the OSU lead in scoring with nine points (four goals, one assist).Once again, the Scarlet and Gray defense held strong in the final 20 minutes to prevent the Wildcats from putting a point on the board.In addition to ending Kentucky’s five-game winning streak, the Buckeyes handed the Wildcats their first home loss of the season.Overall, shots were 13-4 in favor of Kentucky, while corner shots were 5-3 in favor of OSU.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to return home to resume Big Ten play against Wisconsin at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

OSU womens soccer surpasses Wright State 42

OSU women’s soccer players celebrate during a game against Indiana on Sept. 26, 2014. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s soccer team earned a solid victory over the visiting team, Wright State, on Tuesday with a final score of 4-2.With the season just kicking off this month, the Buckeyes are off to a strong start as they enjoy their second victory in the first two games.The game got off to a strong start for OSU, giving the team plenty of momentum. Within the first ten minutes of play, both senior defender Morgan Wolcott and senior defender Bridget Skinner got past Wright State’s goal keeper, giving Skinner her first goal of the season.Throughout the match, OSU was able to consistently maintain possession, as Wright State did everything they could to match the Buckeyes pace.More attempts were made at the goal by Wolcott and OSU senior defender Nicole Miyashiro, but none were successful before the second half began.The game ended up tied 2-2 in the second half, causing the Buckeyes to focus their efforts on taking back the lead.OSU soon took back control of the game when junior midfielder Nikki Walts netted her first goal of the season putting OSU back on top.OSU relentlessly held possession for the rest of the game, adding a goal from junior forward Nya Cason to harness the lead on route to a victory.Coach Lori Walker said after the game that she is excited for the season ahead, having high expectations for the Buckeyes.“The National Championship is something we can shoot for,” she said. “We work on all of our goals each game, game by game. We’ve been doing well against Ohio teams.”Walker also said she was impressed with the performance of the team’s new players.“The [new] players getting more minutes will definitely help later on,” she said.The next home game for the team is on Friday, Sept. 9, when they will face off against Texas State. read more

Track and field teams ready for Big Ten Championships

Ohio State’s track and field team will compete this weekend in the Big Ten Conference Championships in Bloomington, Ind. Events begin today and continue through Saturday and Sunday.The men’s track and field team is coming off of an impressive performance in the Billy Hayes Invitational, which was also held at Indiana University.Senior Elon Simms won the 400-meter hurdles event with the seventh-best time in the Big Ten season, 52.13 seconds. OSU had seven additional top-four placements in various events.Senior Jeff See, OSU’s top distance runner, said the team has a good shot at winning and he is looking forward to his races.See will be running the 1500-meter, which he has placed second and third in before, and the 5K, which he has not yet placed in.“I’m much fitter heading into championship season than I’ve been in the past, so hopefully that will be the difference maker,” he said. “I’m going into both races with the expectation of winning them. Top three is fine, but I don’t see any reason to count myself out of winning.”The women’s track and field team is also returning on a good note after 10 top-four placements in the 25th Jesse Owens Track Classic.Among these placements are two first-place finishes. Sophomore All-American Christina Manning clenched the 100-meter hurdles title, and Shaniqua McGinnis and Latoya Sanderson had a season-best performance in the 4×100-meter relay, also the third-best performance this season in the Big Ten.Junior sprinter and hurdler Letecia Wright said her team is prepared.“Everyone’s been keeping their focus on championships throughout the season,” Wright said. “Every week, people strive to improve their marks because they know championships are a battle and everyone is bringing their A-game.”While optimistic, Wright knows the competition will be no a walk in the park for herself and her teammates.“I think the biggest challenge we face is not getting lazy or too comfortable after doing so well in indoor season,” she said. “As a team, we have to keep the intensity in training and I think we’ve done a good job with that.”Wright will compete in the 100-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, and 4×100-meter relay in Bloomington. Though she said she has done “alright” so far in her events, she hopes to push herself harder than ever.“I want to run fast and give 100 percent in all the events so I can get set up for regionals and nationals,” she said. “As a team, I think we can get in the top five if everyone competes the way we know they can compete.”With high hopes from all parts of the team, OSU will stay focused this week on its weekend championship goals.“We’ve really done all we can to make sure we’re ready and a lot of our guys are running great,” See said. “We need to use each other’s performances as momentum in our own events. If we can build off of each other, it’ll be hard to stop us.” read more

Commentary Will the real Lance Armstrong please stand up

LieStrong. That’s how you summarize the disappointment of something being too good to be true. That’s what you call a “cocktail, so to speak, [of] EPO … transfusions and testosterone” that allows you to win the hardest race in the world. That’s what you call “one big lie, that [was] repeated a lot of times.” And for now it seems, that’s what a once-special message of empowerment and inspiration has been reduced to amid the surging news of Lance Armstrong’s confession to using performance-enhancing drugs. On Monday, it was revealed that Armstrong finally admitted, in some capacity, to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey — it aired for the first time Thursday at 9 p.m. on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The confession was not the first stick in the spokes for Armstrong – he has been the subject of various doping allegations for more than a decade. In October, his seven consecutive Tour de France titles were vacated due to the allegations and he was banned from competition for life. In recent sports history, the prevalence of steroid-use has become basic sports knowledge. We’ve seen it many times – from the forfeiture of Marion Jones’ five Olympic medals to the discussion of whether to add an asterisk on Barry Bonds’ home run record. We’ve heard the “I was just trying to keep up” or “Everyone was doing it” excuses repeatedly, and many times we’ve sympathized and forgiven these transgressors. But for some reason, this time is different. This time I’m offended. We’re talking about an incredible story. This was a guy who, only 25 years old, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer that had spread extensively – including to his lungs and brain. Against all odds, he beat it. After starting an immensely popular foundation that supports cancer survivors, he did the impossible again by winning the Tour de France so many consecutive times that he needed two hands to show us. He was the good guy. The one you wanted to root for. You didn’t have to know a thing about cycling to love Armstrong and everything he stood for. The wristbands were cool too. So it stings to know with certainty that he cheated. But it doesn’t end there. As details continued to surface, we learned that Armstrong channeled the same intense desire to survive cancer into keeping his cheating hidden at all costs. We learned that he’s not the good guy we thought he was. It was all just a shameless case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The indications of various investigations and reports are disturbing. They assert that for years he viciously attacked and destroyed the reputations of friends and former-teammates who spoke out against him. He sued those with the courage to accuse him for libel and took their money when he won – knowing they had told the truth. He made suspicious monetary contributions to cycling regulation organizations, presumably to conceal his doping. As a captain, he led his team in a ruse that has been described by he U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” It’s playing out like a “Law and Order” episode, and it’s pretty clear that he’s the bad guy at the end. It was expected that his admission of guilt Thursday night would be limited, so as to minimize the legal repercussions of aggressively lying for over a decade. When asked by Oprah, “Did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performances?” His answer was simple. “Yes.” So he did confess, but there were conflicting cues throughout; as if he had more disdain for getting caught than actually doing it. As the interview rolled on, it was the words Armstrong wouldn’t say – a truly sincere “I’m sorry” with the details to support it – that spoke louder than anything else. The tangential mentions of feeling justified and unfairly accused were other indications that he still hasn’t come to terms. We needed him to show true remorse, maybe not to the extent that guilty children do when they rub one leg behind the other and avoid eye contact, but close. Something meaningful. Anything. Instead, we watched Armstrong, with pursed lips, talk about a “flawed man” and a “bully” as if he were speaking about a bad-egg son. The personal ownership and responsibility were lacking – just as it has been for years. The interview was a pedal in the right direction, but there needed to be more. Maybe we’ll see that in the second part of the interview that airs Friday on the Oprah Winfrey Network. There’s no doubt in my mind that Armstrong is a phenomenal athlete. Perhaps he was the greatest cyclist of all time and the most dominant we’ve ever seen an athlete be in their sport. But we’ll never know because he cheated. It’s that simple. But it doesn’t seem that even Armstrong, a self-described “fierce competitor,” believes that he was the best. “Do you think it’s humanly possible to win the Tour de France, without doping, seven times in a row?” asked Oprah. “Not in my opinion,” he responded. So maybe we shouldn’t believe it either. Armstrong has a long race to redemption, and whether he finishes is something that remains to be seen. Until then, in my mind, there’s an important modification that needs to be made because it wasn’t a miracle – much less one that happened seven times: LiveStrong*. read more

Ritchie believes Newcastle can survive

first_imgThe English Premier League is currently in the edge of the relegation zone, but this week they play against two teams at the bottom of the table.With 25 points in 26 matches, Newcastle United is currently in the 16th position of the English Premier League table.The Magpies is dangerously close to the relegation zone, as they are just one point ahead of 18th-place Southampton.But this week is very important for them, as they will play against lower-table teams Huddersfield Town and Burnley.“It would be silly to think that we don’t care,” winger Matt Ritchie told The Chronicle.“Every player is playing for themselves, their futures, or whatever they have for themselves – but we also understand we are at a big football club in Newcastle United.”“We want success and success in different places is different. For us, to stay in the Premier League is a success,” he continued.“We need to keep working the way we have done. I said in an interview the other day that our performances levels have been high.”“We have managed to pick up some points but we need to continue that.”“We need more good performance levels. I am sure with that will come the points we required,” the midfielder continued.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Newcastle’s next rivals Huddersfield are at the bottom of the relegation zone with 11 points.And Burnley is just two points ahead of the Magpies in the 15th position.“Every game is huge now, every week,” he said.“Where would we be without the win over Man City? The bottom three.”“That shows how tight it is and that every game is huge, whether they’re in the top two, top six or the bottom three – every game is huge,” he added.“We approach every game with the mentality we can get three points. If we don’t get three we want one.”🎥 Rafa Benítez spoke to NUFC TV after today’s 1-1 friendly draw against CSKA Moscow in Spain.Watch the full interview for free: https://t.co/yPEpAuCEXO #NUFC pic.twitter.com/UkpNceB32S— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) February 16, 2019last_img read more

CARICOM SUSPENDS MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FOR THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTRINIDAD & TOBAGO, NOVEMBER 28, 2013- Diplomatic doors have been shut on the Dominican Republic…According to a Caribbean news source, CARICOM has reportedly suspended the DR’s application to CARICOM in light of human rights concerns. Since the recent decision of Dominican courts to cancel the citizenships of generations of those born to Haitian migrants there have been reports of violent break-outs and scrutiny from many quarters on that ruling. CARICOM met Tuesday about the matter; chairing the meeting was Hon Ralph Gonsalves, PM of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Toys R Us Is Planning To Liquidate Its US Operations

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is headed toward shuttering its U.S. operations, jeopardizing the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot. Brandon said on the recording that the company would be filing liquidation papers and there would be a bankruptcy court hearing Thursday. It wasn’t able to compete with a growing Amazon: The toy seller said in bankruptcy filings that Amazon’s low prices were hard to match. And it said its Babies R Us chain lost customers to the online retailer’s convenient subscription service, which let parents receive diapers and baby formula at their doorstep automatically. Toys R Us blamed its “old technology” for not offering its own subscriptions. Brandon said Toys R Us will try to bundle its Canadian business, with about 200 stores, and find a buyer. The company’s U.S. online store would still be running for the next couple of weeks in case there’s a buyer for it. The chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last fall, saddled with $5 billion in debt that hurt its attempts to compete as shoppers moved to Amazon and huge chains like Walmart. But Toys R U’s biggest albatross was its massive debt load since private-equity firms Bain Capital, KKR & Co. and Vornado Realty Trust took it private in a $6.6 billion leveraged buyout in 2005. The plan had been to take the company public again, but weak sales have prevented that from happening. With such debt levels, Toys R Us did not have the financial flexibility to invest in its business. The company closed its flagship store in Manhattan’s Times Square, a huge tourist destination that featured its own Ferris wheel, about two years ago. “We worked as hard and as long as we could to turn over every rock,” Brandon told employees. He put much of the blame on its woes on the media, saying negative stories about the company’s prospects scared customers and vendors. It pledged then to stay open, but Brandon told employees that it had a “devastating” sales performance during the critical holiday season as nervous customers and vendors shied away. That made its lenders more skittish about investing in the company. In January, it announced plans to close about 180 stores over the next couple of months, leaving it with a little more than 700 stores. “Amazon may pick up the dollars, but won’t deliver the experience needed for a toy retailer to survive and thrive in today’s market,” said Marc Rosenberg, a toy marketing executive. Toys R Us had about 60,000 full-time and part-time employees worldwide last year. The company didn’t do enough to emphasize that it was reorganizing but not going out of business, Silver said. That misperception led customers to its stores because they didn’t think they would be able to return gifts. But the company lost ground to discounters like Target and Walmart, and then to Amazon, as even nostalgic parents sought deals elsewhere. GlobalData Retail estimates that nearly 14 percent of toy sales were made online in 2016, more than double the level five years ago. Toys R Us still has hundreds of stores, and analysts estimate it still sells about 20 percent of the toys bought in the United States. Toys R Us was also hurt by the shift to mobile devices taking up more play time. But steep sales declines over the holidays and thereafter were the deciding factor, said Jim Silver, who is editor-in-chief of toy review site TTPM.com. The closing of the company’s 740 U.S. stores over the coming months will finalize the downfall of the chain that succumbed to heavy debt and relentless trends that undercut its business, from online shopping to mobile games. Now, the $11 billion in sales still happening at Toys R Us each year will disperse to other retailers like Amazon and discounters, analysts say. Other chains, seeing that Toys R Us was vulnerable, got more aggressive. J.C. Penney opened toy sections last fall in all 875 stores. Target and Walmart have been expanding their toy selections. Even Party City is building up its toy offerings. CEO David Brandon told employees Wednesday the company’s plan is to liquidate all of its U.S. stores, according to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by The Associated Press. Toys R Us had dominated the toy store business in the 1980s and early 1990s, when it was one of the first of the “category killers”— a store totally devoted to one thing. Its scale gave it leverage with toy sellers and it disrupted general merchandise stores and mom-and-pop shops. Children sang along with commercials about “the biggest toy store there is.” It’s likely to also liquidate its businesses in Australia, France, Poland, Portugal and Spain, according to the recording. It’s already shuttering its business in the United Kingdom. That would leave it with stores in Canada, central Europe and Japan, where it could find buyers for those assets. The Wayne, New Jersey-based company declined to comment. The company’s troubles have affected toy makers Mattel and Hasbro, which are big suppliers to the chain. But the likely liquidation will have a bigger impact on smaller toy makers, who rely more on the chain for sales. However, many have been trying to diversify in recent months as they worried about the chain’s survival. In filing for bankruptcy protection last fall, Toys R Us pledged to make its stores more interactive. It added demonstrators for the holiday season to show people how toys work, and began opening Play Labs at 42 stores, areas where children can play with different items.last_img read more

Cuomo Proposes 1M to Prevent Encroachment at Ft Drum

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR An initiative led by a local conservation group to protect land surrounding Fort Drum from development would receive $1 million under New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) 2016-2017 budget proposal.The Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, in partnership with Fort Drum and Ducks Unlimited, acquires the development rights to properties outside the post in an effort to prevent new projects that could interfere with Army training. The deals usually allow property owners to continue agricultural activities on their land, reported the Watertown Daily News.The proposed funding in the governor’s budget would represent a drop from Cuomo’s $1.5 million request last year, which the state Senate increased to $2.0 million. The state contributed $1 million to the local buffer program in 2014.To date, the effort has spent about $9 million to purchase the development rights of 23 properties, covering about 6,500 acres.“We have a lot of places to use the money,” said Linda Garrett, executive director of the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust.There are two projects the trust hopes to close by June, with 18 others, representing about 3,500 acres of land, also under review, Garrett told the paper. “We’ve got a lot of people waiting,” she said.last_img read more