“Overall, I am satisfied with my performance here. I have gained a lot of experience now, and I hope that I can continue with bobsled along with the other things that I want to do,” added the aspiring pilot. Mayhew, a student of Charlemont High in St Catherine, had a decent push-off in his first run, registering a start time of 5.67 seconds. He was solid throughout, even if he did not generate the speeds he would have liked, topping off at 106.2 km/h (the slowest among the competitors) and having a brush with Turn 13 before crossing the line in 58.85 seconds. This was 1.92 seconds slower than Ivanov, who was the leader at that stage of the competition. His second run was slightly better as he again got a good push-off time 5.67 seconds (10th best) and improved his top speed to 107.5 km/h to end the course in 58.62 seconds. “I know I can do better I have done better before, so I know I can. So, hopefully, I can continue in the sport and improve and always represent my country and make everyone proud,” Mayhew added. The Jamaican has been a hit with the crowd and the international media in Norway since his arrival and it was no different on the course yesterday. “I am glad that I got the opportunity to compete here. I received a lot of support from everyone here. Everyone was cheering for me and it was an extraordinary feeling. I think it was a factor which helped me to get my fastest push time,” he shared. “The competition was close, especially for the top guys. It was good for me. I did my best push time today, so it was a good feeling that I improved that. My overall track time wasn’t a personal best or the best that I could have done, but it was enough to cross the finish line and finish 13th, so I am satisfied,” Mayhew said. His coach, Harry Nelson, is the man behind his development from a teenager who had little interest in competing in sport, to one of the best young Monobob athletes on the planet after a year of training. Nelson was overwhelmed with the youngster’s efforts. “It’s an overwhelming feeling,” Nelson told The Sunday Gleaner. “Seeing the support we as Jamaicans got and that even though we didn’t get the best time of the series, I am very proud of him. It was a proud moment to see him complete the track,” Nelson said. “And to get his personal best start time of 5.67 seconds is also a very good accomplishment for him. The pair will return to the island on Wednesday. Jamaican youngster Daniel Mayhew says he is extremely proud following his 13th-place finish in the Monobob competition at the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway yesterday. The 17-year-old, who is the first Jamaican participant at the Winter Youth Olympic Games, registered times of 58.85 and 58.62 seconds in his two runs for a combined time of 1:57.47 which placed him 13th in the 15-man field taking part in the event. The gold medal was won by Germany’s Jonas Jannusch, who recorded a time of 1:54.29, with the silver medal going to Russia’s Maksim Ivanov, 1:54.22, Norway’s Kristian Olsen (1:54.53) took the bronze medal. Speaking to The Sunday Gleaner shortly after his run yesterday, Mayhew, who was remarkably only introduced to the bobsleigh event just under a year ago, said he would have loved to finish in the top three, but is very proud to have represented his country so well and against the odds. “I am a little sad that I didn’t get a medal, but I really feel good in myself and proud that I was able to come here and compete at the Youth Olympics and make everyone proud,” said Mayhew. SATISFIED
Valparaiso 2/24/2018 – 2 p.m. Next Game: Box Score (HTML) NORMAL, Ill. – Back-to-back Illinois State three-pointers and a 9-1 run in overtime pushed the Redbirds past the Drake University men’s basketball team, 89-81, Wednesday evening at Redbird Arena. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Mediacom MC22 | ESPN3 Listen Live Story Links The Redbirds opened the second half shooting 61.5 percent and took a 53-48 lead nine minutes into the period despite 12 early second-half points from Timmer for the Bulldogs. An ISU three-pointer capped a 12-4 run for the Redbirds to give them a 56-50 lead, but five-straight points from Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) started an 8-0 Drake run that allowed the Bulldogs to retake the lead, 58-56, with 7:48 left in the contest. Neither team led by more than two possessions for the remainder of the half to set up the eventual tie in regulation and overtime period. Drake used a 14-0 first-half run keyed by back-to-back fastbreak layups from C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) to take a 10-point, 27-17, with 7:42 left in the opening half. The Bulldogs shot 6-of-9 during that span and kept the Redbirds scoreless for nearly four minutes. Rivers finished the half with a team-high eight points and eight for the game. Drake held a two-point, 69-67, lead with less than two minutes remaining in regulation until Yarborough scored with 19 seconds left after ISU’s Phil Fayne blocked Drake’s attempt to go up four points with 30 seconds left. Fayne who returned to the lineup following an ankle injury scored 16 points with 11 rebounds. “Yarborough is a terrific player and Keyshawn Evans is terrific,” Medved said. “They’re a good team, well coached and getting back to full strength.” However, the Redbirds answered the Bulldogs to close the first half on a 10-2 run with seven points coming from Keyshawn Evans as the Redbirds held the Bulldogs without a point for the final 2:11 of the half to draw within two points, 31-29 at halftime. Full Schedule Roster “He felt he had a rhythm shot and that’s one he can make,” Medved said of the attempt. “He felt good about it and I trust him to take that shot.” Illinois State held the Bulldogs to 36.8 percent shooting to slide past the Bulldogs into third in the MVC standings. “We had our chances and left quite a few plays out there and a lot of guys had some good looks, but it was one of those nights,” said Drake head coach Niko Medved. “It got away from us in overtime, but I’m proud of our guys for digging in and fighting. We just needed a few more stops and they made a few more plays.” The Bulldogs had a final shot to win it, but Timmer’s deep three-pointer with five seconds left was off the mark. Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) scored 26 points for the Bulldogs with six boards while Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) added 16 points and Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) had 13 points and five boards as Drake was even on the boards with the Redbirds. The Bulldogs close the regular season Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Center against Valparaiso. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. with a special pregame Senior Day ceremony honoring the Bulldogs’ five seniors.Print Friendly Version However, Drake’s (16-14, 10-7 MVC) four double-figure scorers couldn’t overcome a pair of 20-point efforts from Illinois State’s (16-13, 10-7 MVC) Keyshawn Evans and Milik Yarborough. Evans finished with 23 points, including a critical three-pointer with 3:19 left in overtime to give the Redbirds some separation while Yarborough had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Box Score (PDF) The Redbirds pulled away in overtime with back-to-back three-pointers from Evans and William Tinsley to give ISU a 77-71 lead with 2:35 remaining. A Fayne jumper stretched the lead out to eight points, but Drake continued to fight with a Woodward three-pointer drawing the Bulldogs within four points, 84-80, with 35 seconds remaining. However, ISU closed the game by making eight of seven free-throw attempts to earn the season split with the Bulldogs. Photos
15 January 2014Group A leaders South Africa and second-placed Mali played to a 1-1 draw in the African Nations Championship (Chan) at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening, leaving the path to the quarterfinals of the tournament far from decided.It was an even clash, with Mali shading possession 52% to 48% and South Africa edging the shots on goal 16 to 14. In the end, though, the Eagles appeared to be happier with the result. They face Mozambique in their final group encounter, while Bafana Bafana take on Nigeria.ChangesCoach Gordon Igesund made four changes to the South African line-up from the team that beat Mozambique 3-1 on Saturday, bringing in Vuyo Mere for Bryce Moon at right back, Matty Pattison for Lerato Chabangu in midfield, Lindokuhle Mbatha for Sibusiso Vilakazi, and Edward Manqele for Katlego Mashego in an effort to counter the physical challenge posed by the Malians.Of the four, Pattison enjoyed the best game, although his efforts were heavily weighted towards his defensive contribution.The crowd was rather small, perhaps a result of the five o’clock start, and the pitch appeared somewhat slippery, judging by the number of players that lost their footing during the match.Ultimately, though, despite it being an even clash, Mali were somewhat unlucky not to take the points. They had what looked like a clear penalty disallowed and then saw South Africa awarded a penalty when replays showed Mbatha going down just outside the Eagles’ box.‘A very tough game’“I think it was a very tough game for both sides. I think both sides played reasonably well,” coach Gordon Igesund said in a post-match interview.“We could have scored one or two, I think. We just didn’t take our chances in certain areas, but we played against a good side and the guys worked hard out there today.” he added.“We had some very good moments in the game, but unfortunately we couldn’t hold onto a win. I think we made a mistake at the back [when they scored].“At the end of the day it’s a draw and we’ll look forward to our next game.”Penalty turned downAfter an untidy start to the match, with both teams failing to maintain possession and turning it over too easily, Mali came close to making a breakthrough in the ninth minute when Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was lucky not to be penalised for bringing down Abdoulaye Sissoko, who beat the goalkeeper to a through ball. For his trouble, Khune took a knee to the mouth.Lassana Diarra then came close to netting from the corner that followed, meeting the ball with a powerful side-footed shot, but it flew wide of Khune’s left-hand post.South Africa responded by forcing Eagles’ goalkeeper Soumaila Diakite to punch a teasing cross away and shortly after that Siphiwe Tshabalala was just off target with an attempted chip.Just when it seemed that Mali was enjoying the better of the contest and beginning to make more incursions into the Bafana Bafana half, Tshabalala picked up a ball in midfield, and fed Mbatha, who fired off a right footed shot, straight at the keeper. Hlompho Kekana, the scorer of a stunning goal against Mozambique then had a shot blocked on the edge of the box.Penalty to South AfricaIn the 23rd minute, out on the right, Mbatha split two defenders before being brought down by a third as he sped towards the Eagles’ box. The referee pointed to the spot. The Malians remonstrated with him, feeling hard done by and pointing out the disallowed penalty at the other end of the park, and Adama Traore was booked for his overzealous arguing. It was close, but replays showed Mbatha had been tackled just outside the area.Bernard Parker was entrusted with the spot kick and made no mistake. Diakite dived the correct way, to his right, but Parker’s shot was high and the goalie went low, giving the Kaizer Chiefs striker his 22nd goal for Bafana Bafana.Stung, Mali started to put South Africa under pressure, building up their attacks with more structure as they sought a way through the hosts’ defence. Bafana, though, stood firm.In two mindsTshabalala then caught the goalie in two minds with a lovely, curling cross, which found Mbatha on the right and in space. He struck his shot into the ground, but Mahamadou Traore threw himself in the way of the shot and knocked the ball behind for a South African corner, which Diakite dealt with comfortably.When Bafana’s defence hesitated when dealing with a throw-in, Sissoko latched onto the ball deep inside the South African box and let fly with a powerful shot. It struck the outside of Khune’s right hand upright and went behind for a corner as the home team breathed a sigh of relief.Just before the half-time break, a slip by Ousmane Keita in the Mali defence allowed Manqele to fire off a stinging left-footed drive, but Diakite managed to palm it upwards before claiming the ball with both hands.As time ran out, Khune almost caught Diakite off his line with a quickly taken free kick from inside his own half.Mali showed attacking intent after the restart and forced Bafana Bafana back into their half. While they set the tempo, they also left themselves open to the counter- attack, but South Africa struggled to make meaningful use of the opportunities that came their way.EqualiserThey were made to pay less than 10 minutes into the second stanza when Mali found an equaliser through Ibourahima Sidibe. Dit began when Diakite fired a long clearance down the field, which was headed on, then flicked to Sidibe, who blasted a rasping shot past Khune in the South African goal, leaving the Bafana Bafana skipper flat-footed.Substitute Asavela Mbekile, on for Manqele, had a shot blocked and but Kekana picked up the ball before releasing a snap shot from outside the box. At the other end, Traore tried a snap shot of his own, but his effort passed across the face of goal.Good chanceWith 20 minutes to play, Tshabalala picked out Parker with a neat pass to the striker’s feet from the left. Receiving the ball in the middle of the box, Parker spun and fired off a left-footed shot. Diakite, though, was able to drop swiftly to his left and prevent the Bafana marksman from taking his tally in the tournament to four goal in two outings.Buhle Mkhwanazi forced the Malian goalie to save with his feet after Tshabalala found him with a long pass across the Eagles’ defence, but Diakite had no problems dealing with the subsequent corner.Substitute Lamine Diawara was put through with a chip over the top, but Mkhwanazi pulled off a well-timed tackle at full stretch to prevent Diawara getting off a shot.In the last minute of regulation time, Sissoko made ground down the right flank before making his way into the South African penalty area. He lined up a shot, but as he got it off it was blocked.Additional timeThree minutes of additional time was signalled. Mali threatened with only a minute to play, but Adama Traore’s shot was poor and flashed across Khune’s goal and out for a throw-in on the far side.With mere seconds remaining Chabangu picked up a yellow card, giving the Eagles a chance to find a late winner from a free kick on their right-hand flank. Pattison cleared with his head, however, and the final whistle sounded moments later.
In November 2017, 23-year-old youth from North 24 Parganas in West Bengal killed a wild animal and posted photographs on a social media platform. State Forest Department officials tracked down the man but by then the meat was half cooked and the accused denied all allegations. However, a few samples of the cooked meat brought to the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kolkata, were enough to nail the accused. A forensic DNA analysis showed that the meat was that of the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), a Schedule II species protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The analysis helped Forest Department officials press charges against the youth and in further prosecution of the case.In another incident, Forest Department officials arrested three persons from Raidighi in the State’s South 24 Parganas near the Sunderban National Park. Forest officials suspected that the accused were carrying deer meat. The sample recovered from the suspects gave no clues about identity of the species. In this instance, the ZSI’s DNA analysis showed that the meat was that of cattle. The three accused were subsequently released and cleared of all charges.“With investigating agencies facing increased challenges of collecting evidence to ensure convictions in wildlife crimes, DNA forensics are providing a major headway,” said Mukesh Thakur, a scientist with the ZSI’s wildlife forensics team who has contributed to the research.Details of case studies, where advanced DNA forensics were used to help prosecute wildlife related crimes, have been documented in a recently published ZSI report, titled “Ascertaining species of origin from confiscated meat using DNA forensics and Wildlife forensics in nullifying the false accusation.”“Illegal wildlife crime is not confined to a region or to a country but it is an organized crime where several people are involved — from local hunters to the end buyers. This calls for an urgent need to employ techniques of DNA forensics to improve conviction rate which at present remains very low,” Dr. Thakur told The Hindu. Referring to two instances where pangolin scales were seized from Siliguri in August 2017 and April 2018, Dr. Thakur said DNA analysis revealed that these scales were from the Chinese Pangolin whose habitat is restricted to five states in northeast India including parts of north Bengal.Reference database“We have now developed morphology-based identification protocols for distinguishing scales of Indian and Chinese Pangolin with high confidence,” he said. The ZSI is now developing protocols to identify the number of individuals killed in a seizure from the DNA analyses, he added. Scientists at the ZSI, however, pointed out that in most cases the samples they receive from investigating agencies in cases of wildlife crime are disfigured and have lost characters of morphological identity, which poses a major challenge.Wider database“We are not just confining our efforts up to species identification but our scientists are also involved in creating a reference database to assign the seizures to the source of origin, identifying sexes from seizures to understand poaching/ hunting pressure on the species which might impact the species demography in coming years,” said Director of ZSI Kailash Chandra.According to Dr Chandra, the ZSI is one of four organisations authorised by the Government of India to submit species identification reports from the confiscated materials.“We have a dedicated facility for DNA analysis at the ZSI, where we can identify samples at the molecular level using DNA forensics. This new tool is helping in solving a number of wildlife crimes,” he added. The ZSI has also formulated a standard operating procedure in the investigation of wildlife crime. The ZSI also organised a workshop for law enforcement agencies titled ‘Wildlife Forensics and Crime Control’, where the participants were informed on using new technological tools to combat wildlife crime.
World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. England’s dreams over as Croatia take the next step – World Cup Football Daily Those players will look back eventually on a tournament that has shifted England’s reputation for leaden football and tournament neuroticism. All the same, it may take some time to shake off the ordeal of losing this semifinal, the knowledge that the World Cup may never open up so obligingly again and the additional trauma from the fact that, for a long while, Gareth Southgate’s team had led us to believe they could do it. They really did.Instead, it will be Croatia who return to the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday to face France and, in the midst of the England inquest, it would be hugely unfair on Zlatko Dalic’s team not to recognise the competitive courage that helped them recover from a goal down. The decisive moment came in the 109th minute from a striker, Mario Mandzukic, with a badly damaged knee and that itself summed up Croatia. They have won all three of their knockout games in extra time and, providing they are not on the point of exhaustion, it is still plausible the World Cup will go to a country with a population of only four million.For England, it is the third v fourth sideshow against Belgium on Saturday and, much like Bobby Robson’s beaten semi-finalists of 1990, they will desperately wish they were not there. The honour of football immortality will go to another team. Moscow 2018 can be filed with Turin 1990, and their grief was epitomised by Kieran Trippier’s tears as he was helped off in the final exchanges. Trippier had opened the scoring for England with a peach of a free-kick but his injury came after Mandzukic’s winner and the emotion poured out of him. He knew it was over. World Cup Facebook Share on Pinterest World Cup 2018 England This England feels different: a band of brothers, comfortable in their own skin with a new spirit of togetherness. This England bend it like Trippier. This England have a guy at the back who makes it his business, in Southgate’s words, to “get his bonce on everything” in either penalty area. This England can make their supporters proud again, for the first time in a long time.Ultimately, though, we were reminded that Southgate was being deadly serious when he warned us his team were far from perfect and it must have been startling for their manager to see the way his players relinquished their control from the midway stage of the second half.Until that point, they had played with a conviction that made this feel like it could be the greatest achievement yet for a post-1966 team. Again, it felt like we were watching the compelling evidence that John Stones had become the central defender English football always wanted him to be. Dele Alli kept to his promise of playing better than he had against Sweden. Harry Maguire had been outstanding. Jordan Henderson was keeping midfield safe. England looked firmly in control. Read more Share on LinkedIn Harry Kane wasn’t able to convert a key chance for England when they were 1-0 up in the first half. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters Listen Yet they could not add a second goal when they were on top and the game swung in Croatia’s favour once Ivan Perisic had scored an improvisational equaliser in the 68th minute, showing great determination to beat Trippier and Kyle Walker to a cross from the right and twisting mid-air to turn an awkward volley, almost head-height, past Jordan Pickford.England still managed to toy with our emotions, as they often do, and it needed a goal-line clearance to prevent Stones heading in a corner in the first period of extra time. By that point, however, it was the first time in the entire tournament when England have repeatedly looked vulnerable at the back. Even before the additional 30 minutes, Perisic struck the post with a low, diagonal shot and Ante Rebic should have done better with the rebound. It was not an onslaught, but it was not far off. Croatia had enough of the ball in dangerous areas to think they might have completed the recovery before the end of normal time. Share on Twitter View gallery match reports Share on Messenger 0:35 Fans in Zagreb celebrate Ivan Perisic’s goal for Croatia against England – video Share via Email Croatia Raheem Sterling was substituted after a so-so performance and Jesse Lingard will not easily forget the first‑half chance he put wide. Kane’s best chance was given incorrectly as offside and, though it is difficult sometimes to second-guess VAR, maybe it would have stood if he could have put the ball in from close range rather than hitting the post. Hypothetical now: England will never know.Instead it was Mandzukic with the killer moment, leaving Southgate to talk about the “hardened warriors” in the Croatia team. Stones lost concentration for a split-second and the striker rifled in a left-foot shot.Was there still time for England to save themselves? Could they rouse themselves one last time? Yes and no. The momentum had swung and England’s players will never forget the night they had the lead in a World Cup semi-final and blew it.“We all feel the pain,” Southgate said. Football’s not coming home, after all. Topics It was like watching a beautiful painting being ripped up in front of your eyes. England’s dream of making it to their first World Cup final for more than half a century was over and in the desperate moments after the final whistle, as the losing players wandered aimlessly around the pitch, almost zombie-like in their desolation, it was impossible not to wonder whether that will be a lifetime regret. Share on Facebook Pinterest Play Video The best photos from England’s World Cup semi-final with Croatia At the very least, Southgate and his players have helped redefine the way the England team are perceived around the world. New heroes have emerged, with a new respect and a new outlook. To see the England fans serenading the team, decorating this vast stadium with their flags and holding the players in such esteem, made it feel a trick of the imagination that the mood was close to mutiny not even a year ago. Croatia motivated by English pundits’ lack of respect, says Luka Modric Twitter Share on WhatsApp All of which was tremendously disappointing from an English perspective bearing in mind the story of the first half, the energy they put into quelling the influence of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic and the euphoria, only five minutes in, when Trippier directed a free-kick over a six-man defensive wall, applying just the right blend of curl and dip for the ball to beat Danijel Subasic and arc beneath the crossbar. As devastated as Trippier was, he will return to England as one of the authentic stars of this tournament.Unfortunately for England, Southgate acknowledged their inexperience might have counted against them during that inevitable period in the second half when Croatia committed more men forward in their search for an equaliser.Too often, an England player would rush or miscue a clearance. “Game management,” the coaches call it – and England lacked it. The shape of the team started to unravel and, though Harry Kane will almost certainly win the Golden Boot, the paradox is that he has found it difficult to get behind opposition defences. Reuse this content
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent says Atlanta beat Barcelona, Real Madrid to Gonzalo Martínez dealby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Atlanta United’s latest signing, Gonzalo Martínez, has revealed interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.Martinez impressed for River Plate in the recent Copa Libertadores final.”Barcelona and Real Madrid were also interested [in Martínez] but he and his agents saw the potential in the MLS,” agent Guido Albers told De Volkskrant.Martínez, 25, joins Atlanta in a deal worth 15 million euros after starring for River Plate last year.
The Canadian Press NANAIMO, B.C. — Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson says their candidate’s defeat in the Nanaimo byelection has the party shifting into a period of renewal.Wilkinson says every party needs new faces and new blood, adding he expects at least three members of the current Liberal caucus to announce they will not be running in the next provincial election, set for 2021.He didn’t name the three members expected to be retiring.Wilkinson says Nanaimo Liberal candidate Tony Harris — who took 40 per cent of the byelection vote on Wednesday — is the kind of successful and well-known local representative the party needs in the next election. New Democrat Shiela Malcolmson won the riding with over 49 per cent of the vote, but Wilkinson says the Liberals were able to increase their vote share from the last provincial election in the NDP stronghold. Wilkinson also announced a 20-point Liberal plan to tightened spending at the legislature in the wake of the ongoing probes involving the suspensions of clerk Craig James and sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz.“No more trips to Africa,” Wilkinson says. “No more arcane hats. No more secret cabinets full of booze.”
APTN National NewsThe province of Ontario is appealing a ruling that ordered a new trial for a First Nation man charged with murder.Last year, an Ontario court ruled that Clifford Kokopenace should get a new trial because he was not tried by a jury of his peers.Lawyers with the province say that doesn’t matter.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Seniors living in Northern British Columbia will start to receive increased community-based seniors’ services.Through Northern Health, the Ministry of Health is funding $100,000 grants to an initial group of three organizations.According to Northern Health, this funding is part of a provincial initiative to help seniors maintain meaningful social connections through a series of community projects to support healthy aging in place and improve opportunities for social connection. One of the three organizations to receive funding is the Dawson Creek Society for Community Living, which received $100,000 to improve access to healthy food and social connection for seniors, and is currently conducting focus groups with and planning a survey for local seniors on these topics.The Province is also providing funding to several community organizations in B.C. sothey can provide better transportation for seniors, such as the NH Connections service.
Andul(WB): Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday claimed that her party will win all the 42 seats Lok Sabha seats in the state and BJP will draw a blank. “I am sure that BJP will not come to power in the country and in West Bengal it will draw a blank this time, down from two seats it got in the last LS polls”, Banerjee told a public rally at Andul in Howrah district in support of TMC candidate footballer-turned-politician Prasun Banerjee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Referring to BJP president Amit Shah’s statement at a rally at Kalyani in the state during the day, Banerjee without naming him said “a person has come and said the National Register of Citizens will be implemented in the state when his party comes to power. Let them (BJP) come to power first and then we will show how they dare do it”, she said. Shah had said that NRC would be implemented in Bengal to weed out infiltrators. Banerjee said that election to 300 L S seats is already over and BJP is staring at defeat in the states of Rajshthan, UP, Bihar, Punjab, Gujrat, Tamil Nadu and Delhi. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Now the BJP has turned its eyes on West Bengal. Is it so easy for a party like BJP, whose workers’ minds are infertile like a desert to make inroads in Bengal?” the TMC supremo lashed out. “BJP is not putting its ears to the ground and feeling the pulse of the people. Twelve thousand farmers have committed suicide and three lakh jobs have been done away with,” she said. Referring to the Ram Temple issue, she said BJP is in the habit of raising it during elections. “In the last five years has the party had been able to build even a miniature Ram Temple?” she asked. “Now Narendra Modi is coming to Bengal often and asking for votes. Modi does not know anything about the state,” she said. Referring to demonetisation, which she and her party have often opposed, Banerjee said the Modi government had announced it apparently to stop terrorism. “A day will come when they (BJP) will close down banks saying that there is no money”, she said. Referring to the naxal attack at Gadchiroli in Maharashtra which claimed the lives of 15 policeman, Banerjee said “We have restored peace in Junglemahal area (comrpsising the erstwhile Maoist affected forested areas of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts). We have establish peace there”. “Let BJP do the same in states like Jharkhand and Maharashtra in dealing with the Naxalites and restore peace,” she added.