Around 62% voters exercised their franchise in the elections to Haryana’s five municipal corporations of Hisar, Rohtak, Panipat, Karnal and Yamunanagar on Sunday. The elections to two municipal committees were also held in the State. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 19.Yamunanagar recorded the highest 65.2% turnout followed by Hisar (62.7), Rohtak (62.4), Panipat (62) and Karnal (61.8) as per the State Election Commission website. The municipal committees of Jakhal Mandi (Fatehabad) and Pundri (Kaithal) recorded 89.5% and 82.1% turnout respectively.The keenly fought corporation polls for direct election to the positions of Mayors for the first time in Haryana hold great significance for the regional and State politics and could be the reflection of the electorate’s mood in the State in the run-up to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections due next year.Though the Congress has officially stayed out of the contest for the municipal bodies as a policy matter, the Independent Mayoral candidates supported by the local Congress leaders are locked in an intense direct electoral battle with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party candidates in all the five corporations. Fought on the home turfs of incumbent Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and two-time former Congress Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the contests for the positions of Mayors in Karnal and Rohtak respectively have turned into prestige battle for the two parties. In Rohtak, BJP’s Manmohan Goyal, a former Congressman, is involved in a direct contest with Congress-supported Sita Ram Sachdeva, a Punjabi. However, former AIDWA general-secretary and Bhim Awardee Jagmati Sangwan, the CPI (M) candidate supported by the Left parties, the Aam Aadmi Party and several social organisations, could emerge as a dark horse for the coveted post. The INLD-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance candidate Sanchit Nandal is the State’s youngest candidate for the position of Mayor from Rohtak.In Karnal, BJP candidate Renu Bala Gupta, a Baniya, is pitted against united Opposition with Congress leaders supporting the INLD-BSP’s alliance candidate Asha Wadhwa, a Punjabi, in a contest where caste seems to have taken precedence over the local issues.In Hisar, Rekha Aren, supported by former Congress Minister Savitri Jindal and Kuldeep Bishnoi, is engaged in a direct contest with BJP’s Gautam Sardana. Similarly, BJP’s Madan Chauhan is giving a tough fight to the Congressbacked Rakesh Sharma in a triangular fight involving INLD’s Sandeep Goyal in Yamunanagar.
Westbrook, Biles win athlete of year honors at The ESPYS China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera While the last two flat stages since Monday’s rest day were relatively simple and tranquil for the overall contenders, some still managed to get themselves in bother.‘Nervy’Romain Bardet, third overall at 51sec, came off his bike twice, as did two-time former winner Alberto Contador.“I’m ok, I’m happy to have finished with that stage, it was nervy,” said Bardet.“I was caught up in crashes twice so I’m happy to have come out unscathed and to have finished with these flat stages.“It’s never nice to crash twice — these are the type of days on the Tour where you have to know how to accept your pain with patience, kowtow a bit and wait for better days.”Contador might have been thinking about attacking in the Pyrenees but his two crashes, added to two more last Sunday, have left him looking just to survive until the Alps.“This complicates things a lot for me in the Pyrenees but there’s no way I’m letting my head go down,” insisted the 34-year-old, who is already five minutes down and 12th overall.“When things go against you, instead of thinking of other things or other objectives, you need to be stronger, more determined, and that’s what I’m going to do.“This certainly doesn’t help. I’ll have to wait for the Alps (to attack).” “I have mixed feelings. On that day there was frustration for not being able to go for the stage win, but at the same time I had great feelings and great legs.“I would be very happy if they felt the same tomorrow.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 17th stage in 2012 was won by Spaniard Alejandro Valverde by just 19 seconds as he held off the charging Froome and Wiggins.But several times Froome had been able to accelerate away from his team leader, only to be called back to wait for Wiggins, the yellow jersey holder at that time. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’ve no regrets, that’s not who I am. I will continue to look forward and in the moment I made the right decisions,” said Froome.Thursday’s 214.5km stage will be crucial to the overall standings, according to Froome, and he’s expecting his rivals to try something audacious.“It’s interesting, it’s going to be certainly one of the stages that shapes this year’s Tour de France being one of the only uphill finishes left now — there are two of them,” said the Sky team leader.“From our point of view, we don’t want to see guys who’ve lost time already getting back into the game, so we aren’t going to let any GC contenders get up the road to get that time back.“But my focus is on Fabio Aru who’s only 18 seconds behind.”ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Britain’s Chris Froome puts on the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the podium after the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 203.5 kilometers (126.5 miles) with start in Eymet and finish in Pau, France, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Chris Froome will return to the scene of one of his most frustrating moments at the Tour de France on Thursday.But the three-time champion said after Wednesday’s 11th stage he has no regrets about the day he was denied the chance of going for a stage victory in Peyragudes as he had to wait for team leader and eventual champion Bradley Wiggins.ADVERTISEMENT Colombian Nairo Quintana vowed to attack if he has the strength, although he’s been complaining of a lack of that the last few days.He cracked on the final climb last Sunday and has drifted out to eighth overall at 2min 13sec from Froome. But he too is staying positive.“We’re not far and we’ve not lost hope. We’ll see how tomorrow goes and how the legs are.“For the moment they feel good and we hope they’ll get better still.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments
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Jamaicans, especially members of the Diaspora, are invited to participate in the first in a series of ‘Customs meets the Community-the Diaspora Online Edition’ forum on Monday, March 11 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.The engagement is a Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) public education initiative designed to engage various stakeholders and clients on customs-related matters.The JCA’s Public Relations and Customer Service Director, LaDonna Manning, told JIS News that persons may participate via their electronic devices by logging onto any of the sites or social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter or Facebook) accessible at www.jacustoms.gov.jm, or through similar channels hosted by the Gleaner or Nationwide 90 FM.The session will be streamed live, thereby enabling persons to submit questions and have them answered immediately. Individuals can also tune in to the Jamaica News Network to watch the session.Panelists and resource persons slated to participate include representatives from the Ministries of Finance and the Public Service, and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; National Education Trust; Health for life and Wellness Foundation; the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies; the Plant Quarantine Unit; the Veterinary Services Division; the Trade Board; and the JCA.Ms Manning said one of the initiative’s objectives is to provide a medium for stakeholder feedback.“We want to hear from them [about] the challenges that they might have, and also their recommendations as to how we, as an Agency, can serve them more effectively,” she pointed out.Ms. Manning indicated that the session will serve to inform, educate, and provide clarity on matters regarding charitable items being brought in, among other things.“Persons sometimes wish to send things to charities in Jamaica, but are unaware of the protocols. So this engagement should inform persons of the do’s and the don’ts,” she added.Ms. Manning further indicated that the session will inform members of the Diaspora wishing to return home, about the concessions available to them and the requisite steps to access these benefits.She assured that “persons can expect to leave the session better informed, better educated and much more comfortable doing business with the Agency”.“The JCA will continue to seek various ways to channel information to our customers, wherever they are, [and] to serve them as best we can, as we must continue to be customer-focused, transparent, professional and accountable,” Ms. Manning added.
“We can achieve anything. That must be how we change the narrative. The story of our generation must not be primarily negative… we have to change that. There are a lot of positives that we can talk about, and once we keep talking about the positives, we put ourselves where the positives take us,” he added. Story Highlights Mr. Reid was speaking at a one-day conference for teenage schoolboys staged by the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Open Campus in Montego Bay on February 21 at the Grandiosa Hotel in the Second City. Education Officer for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s Region IV, Stokely Reid, is imploring the country’s young males to focus on the positives, noting that their dreams can be realised as long as they work steadfastly and earnestly towards these goals. Education Officer for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s Region IV, Stokely Reid, is imploring the country’s young males to focus on the positives, noting that their dreams can be realised as long as they work steadfastly and earnestly towards these goals.“Stop looking at the past and the negativity and what will hold us down and start looking at where we want to go despite the fact that things may not be the best in our lives,” he noted.“We can achieve anything. That must be how we change the narrative. The story of our generation must not be primarily negative… we have to change that. There are a lot of positives that we can talk about, and once we keep talking about the positives, we put ourselves where the positives take us,” he added.Mr. Reid was speaking at a one-day conference for teenage schoolboys staged by the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Open Campus in Montego Bay on February 21 at the Grandiosa Hotel in the Second City.The event, under the theme ‘Be bold. Change the narrative: harnessing the power and potential of young adult males’, was aimed at celebrating masculinity, as well as engaging young males who are considered at-risk and who were not necessarily a part of any of the formal leadership positions or groups in schools.It was held as part of the institution’s year-long calendar of events in commemoration of its 10th anniversary.Among the institutions that participated were Herbert Morrison Technical, Harrison Memorial, Green Pond, Spot Valley and Cambridge high schools and Cornwall College in St. James as well as Hopewell High School in Hanover.Mr. Reid told the youngsters, who span grades 11 to 13, that there are many positive male role models across the country, to whom young men could look for inspiration and emulation, but, oftentimes, these persons are not highlighted.“Many young men are not doing well academically and in new fields of business. When we apply our minds as Jamaicans to do anything, we can reach the stars. Once we apply ourselves, there is no limit that can be set on us. We are among the most skilled artisans and construction workers. We are in demand in the United States, in Canada, in the United Kingdom,” he noted.“Jamaicans are among the most creative innovators in the world. Look at our music. When Bob Marley died he was in his 30s. Look at Chronixx, just a little older than you are,” he pointed out further.