Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgSuper reffing: Pascal Gauzere had a magnificent game. (Photo: Getty Images)Pascal GauzereThe officials at the England v Argentina game, led by referee Pascal Gauzere, had some tough calls to make and got them spot on.Gauzere did not shy away from the big decisions, sending off one player from each side and sin-binning two apiece as well. He was absolutely correct to wield the red card at Elliot Daly in the fifth minute and Enrique Pieretto in the 76th and did the right thing by punishing Joe Marler, who provoked Pieretto by holding onto his leg at a breakdown.It was assistant referee Ian Davies who spotted the Pieretto incident and relayed it to the referee via his microphone as play continued. Davies had identified the culprit and was sure of what he had seen, which is great work when there is so much going on at such a high speed in Test match rugby. Unstoppable: Justin Tipuric at full throttle, on his way to the tryline. (Photo: Getty Images)Justin TipuricThe pick of the Wales forwards during their win over South Africa was Justin Tipuric, who scored his team’s second try and was solid in defence too.The flanker was Wales’s top tackler with 16 and he burst through South Africa’s defence to score his try in the 77th minute, hitting the line at pace on the 22 and taking a deft pass from Taulupe Faletau, then rounding full-back Johan Goosen. The Best man: Rory Best gets so many congratulatory pats from his team he has to duck. (Photo: Inpho) Outstanding effort: Tom Wood was a leading light in England’s win. (Photo: Getty Images)Tom WoodEngland’s openside wasn’t named Man of the Match after Saturday’s 27-14 win over Argentina (that honour went to Chris Robshaw), but Tom Wood still played a key role.With England reduced to 14 men from the fifth minute onwards, their rearguard action was always going to be as important as their attacking game and Wood was his side’s top tackler with 17.He contributed in attack too, making a total of 16 metres from five runs and he helped set up Jonny May’s try. George Ford delayed his pass to Wood long enough to draw one defender and Wood straightened the line and timed his pass to Jonathan Joseph perfectly, so Joseph could ship the ball on to May, who sprinted over in the left-hand corner. That put England 27-14 up with 12 minutes left and ensured they extended their winning run to 13 Tests. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Defensive demon: Kieran Marmion put his body on the line for Ireland. (Photo: Inpho)Kieran MarmionThe scrum-half had to play the entire second half of the Ireland v Australia match out of position on the wing after Ireland suffered three key injuries in their back line. However, Kieran Marmion was totally unfazed and in his first couple of minutes on the pitch he tackled Dane Haylett-Petty into touch, then put in a big hit on David Pocock. That tackled helped force the No 8 to throw a forward pass to Henry Speight so the left wing’s try was disallowed.Marmion made six tackles in all, doubling up with Keith Earls to hit Sefanaia Naivalu and stop him offloading to Tevita Kuridrani when Australia were 27-24 down with three minutes to play. One minute later Marmion brought down Silatolu Latu and Peter O’Mahony won the turnover which enabled Ireland to finally snuff out Australia’s hopes of a comeback. Leigh HalfpennyWales beat South Africa 27-13 and 17 of their points came from the boot of Leigh Halfpenny as he punished the mistakes made by this poor Springbok side. Mumm’s ‘mare: Dean Mumm tips Tadhg Furlong onto his head. (Photo: Inpho)Dean MummThe Australia flanker was lucky to get away with just a yellow card for upending Tadhg Furlong at a ruck and causing the Ireland prop to land on his head.Referee Jerome Garces stopped short of sending Dean Mumm off in the 23rd minute because he said it was “not a dynamic situation” so Furlong didn’t hit the ground at pace. However, because Furlong had the ball in his hands he was unable to stop his head-first fall.Even though he was only sin-binned, Mumm’s foul was still a costly one as Ireland scored their first try while he was off the pitch. Falling foul: Elliot Daly (left) and the upended Leonardo Senatore. (Photo: Getty Images)The SinnersElliot Daly and Enrique PierettoThis duo were both sent off in the England v Argentina Test at Twickenham, and while their offences were quite different, both certainly deserved to go and were equally at fault in my mind.Elliot Daly became the fifth player – and first back – to be sent off while playing a Test for England. His crime was to clatter into Leonardo Senatore as the No 8 jumped to catch a box kick from Ben Youngs.Senatore was always in the best position to field the kick and Daly, chasing back, was never going to get there in time. So, for him to tackle the Puma while he was airborne was utterly reckless and when Senatore hit the ground head/neck/shoulder first, Daly was bound to be sent off.The wing left his England team-mates a man down for the remaining 75 minutes of a match and must be thankful that they managed to win without him. Their victory takes their winning run to 13, just one short of their all-time best sequence of 14, set from March 2002 to August 2003.Off you go: Gauzere sends off Enrique Pieretto for stamping. (Photo: Getty Images)Enrique Pieretto was dismissed five minutes from the end of the game for stamping on Joe Marler’s head when the England prop was hanging onto his leg as a ruck dispersed. The initial replays hinted that Pieretto might have been off-balance and therefore not in control of his actions, but the final angle showed clearly that he looked down and deliberately planted his boot into Marler.Flanker Pablo Matera was already in the sin-bin at that stage for collapsing and maul so Pieretto’s foul left his team with just 13 players – the same as England as Marler was sin-binned too.Daly was handed a three-week ban this afternoon (Monday) while Pieretto’s hearing will be on Wednesday.center_img TAGS: Highlight Halfpenny kicked five penalties and a conversion to help Wales finish their November series with a 75% winning record. The SaintsRory BestThe Ireland skipper had plenty to celebrate on Saturday, guiding his team to a 27-24 win over Australia in Dublin and winning his 100th Test cap in the process.Rory Best made his Ireland debut in 2005 and has been a regular starter in the No2 jersey since 2010. He has grown into an outstanding leader too and Ireland have won 56 of the 100 Tests he has featured in.The victory over Australia gives Best a notable new feather in his cap. He has led his team to wins over New Zealand and South Africa in 2016 as well as the Wallabies, making Ireland the first European side to beat the big three from the south in the same calendar year since 2003.High praise is due to the entire Ireland pack for enabling their team to fight back from 24-20 down in the last quarter to win. Josh van der Flier was named Man of the Match and the forwards put together ten phases of close-quarter attacking play before Conor Murray gave the ball some width inside the 22 and sent it via Simon Zebo to Keith Earls to score the winning try. Ireland hooker Rory Best reached a landmark while leading his team to victory over Australia. England, Wales and Scotland also had wins to celebrate, but some players blotted their copybooks with foul play. Juan Martin HernandezOur first three Sinners were all guilty of foul play but Argentina’s fly-half is added to the list for an error which had more than a touch of comedy about it. Stuart Hogg and Ryan WilsonThis duo were Scotland’s leading lights in their 43-16 win over Georgia.Stuart Hogg scored two tries – one in each half – and helped create another. His first try was a beauty, as he chipped the Georgia defence inside his own half, collected the ball and raced 50 metres to the line. The full-back made a total of 147 metres from 17 breaks and was Scotland’s most potent attacker.Flying full-back: Stuart Hogg scores his second try for Scotland. (Photo: Getty Images)Ryan Wilson was named Man of the Match after enjoying a great all-round performance. He was the top attacker in the pack, making 71m from 17 carries and he also made six tackles. After Jonny May had scored his try for England, Juan Martin Hernandez intended to float his kick-off just across the ten-metre line on the right, so his onrushing forwards could collect it and try to fight back from 27-14 down.His kick went to the right, but skewed back over the halfway line and so ended up behind its starting point. Hernandez was left shaking his head in disgust, while more than half of the people at Twickenham certainly saw the funny side of it.last_img read more

Big trouble: Facing WVU’s dynamic offense, SU looks to eliminate big plays on defense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Marquis Spruill can’t explain the disparity of the Syracuse defense. He hears the numbers. In a unit that has been wildly inconsistent from game to game this season, the stats are all there near the top. SU ranks 18th in the nation in total defense. Tied for a cool 19th in first downs allowed, holding opponents to just 16 first downs per game. But then there’s the big play. The red zone plays. When opponents are inside the Orange’s 20-yard line, they score 86 percent of the time. That figure is virtually the only stat that ranks SU near the bottom of college football on defense — 85th overall. It’s troubling to Spruill, a freshman linebacker. He pauses for eight seconds, thinking about why a defense that looks dominant on paper has had so much trouble in big spots. ‘(Eighty-five) in the red zone?’ Spruill said. ‘I couldn’t really — I don’t even really know.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text As the Orange (4-2, 1-1 Big East) heads to West Virginia for a contest with the No. 20 Mountaineers (5-1, 1-0 Big East) Saturday at noon (ESPN2), keeping WVU’s middle-of-the-pack, yet dynamic, offense out of the end zone in those big-play situations could be crucial in determining the outcome of a close game. It’s a matchup SU is looking to win for the first time since 2001. In its two losses this season, Syracuse has been plagued by the big play. The backbreaker. And on Saturday, it will be especially important to correct. Because to SU head coach Doug Marrone, this West Virginia team is the best his Syracuse squad has faced thus far. A common theme this season has been Marrone preparing the Orange as if it is facing a Top 10 team every week. And this time, Marrone admitted the Mountaineers are far and away better than the Maine’s, the Colgate’s and the Akron’s. Even Pittsburgh. ‘To date, this is the best team we’ve faced, from what I’ve seen on film,’ Marrone said. ‘Coming off a big loss — a disappointing loss — to a Pitt team, the schedule doesn’t get any easier. We’re playing a West Virginia team that’s all of Pitt and probably more speed.’ The challenge for this SU defense will come in the form of a four-headed monster of weapons that are among the Big East’s leaders in their respective categories. Quarterback Geno Smith is second in the conference in passing yards per game and pass efficiency. Running back Noel Devine is a two-way threat. And wide receivers Jock Sanders and Tavon Austin are one-two in receptions per game. ‘They have the potential to be an explosive offense with the players that they have,’ Marrone said. ‘I think this is a Top 10 football team. … We’re playing a team that truly, deservedly, should be a Top 10 football team.’ And the key to stop those threats starts with stopping the big plays, the third-down conversions in the red zone that came back to haunt the Orange against Pittsburgh. Three plays, 170 yards. Those three plays — a 79-yard touchdown reception by Devin Street to start the game, a 61-yard reception by Jon Baldwin and a 30-yard touchdown reception by Mike Shanahan — are what the SU defensive coordinator pinpoints as the main perpetrators of the blowout. ‘Yeah, the big plays did kill us,’ Shafer said. ‘We missed some tackles. … You can’t take those back. You take them back, and we’re sitting here having a different conversation. So you look at where we lost leverage or where we missed a tackle or two here and there.’ One of those broken plays was a surprise — the 79-yard touchdown to start the game, when a simple bubble-screen from Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri turned into a mad dash to the end zone for Street and humbled the SU defense to start the game. Shafer credits that to the Panthers’ scheme and game plan for the Orange. They went away from their bread and butter — the power formation. Shafer said Pittsburgh ran 46 plays out of that formation in its four previous games. Against SU, he said the Panthers only lined up six or seven times in the formation. The element of surprise caught Syracuse off guard. But Shafer isn’t altering the way he prepares. He has to scheme for the percentages. ‘You have to go with the numbers,’ Shafer said. ‘You have to go with the percentages. You have to prepare for who they are and what they do well. They’re not going to change. They’re going to do what they do well.’ Spruill was the culprit in another of those plays last Saturday against the Panthers. A Dion Lewis rush for no gain and a false start on Pittsburgh had pushed the Panthers back to second-and-goal at SU’s 15-yard line. Then Spruill missed his assignment. Pitt running back Ray Graham slipped out of the backfield and found himself wide open to stroll into the end zone. It gave the Panthers a 14-7 lead, the start of a 28-point run that would put the game away. ‘I think it’s just when we get in that type of mode,’ Spruill said of red-zone situations, ‘everyone gets excited, and one person might forget their assignment. And that one blown assignment might mess up the whole thing, and they might get a big play out of it.’ So though most of his defensive stats are near the top of the charts, Shafer knows the most telling number is perhaps that glaring 85. Spruill knows the elements his defense will face. He took a trip to be amid the Mountaineer faithful last year while at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. That game was against Colorado, and the only way he described being with the crowd was ‘crazy.’ He also knows the elements the defense will face on the field, in the form of those four players very capable of turning no-gains into big plays. And he knows for the Orange to win, those recurring big plays can’t happen. ‘It’s very important,’ Spruill said. ‘We can’t let them do that, because that obviously puts us in a big hole. … It’s just something we have to work on.’ [email protected] Commentscenter_img Published on October 20, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Students Talk Back takes on Obama’s final years

first_imgOn Wednesday afternoon, the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, held its weekly Students Talk Back discussion, which focused largely on President Barack Obama’s final two years in office.The event was moderated by Dan Schnur, executive director of the Unruh Institute of Politics and Annie Wanless, a student staff member at the Unruh Institute. It featured guest panelists Jim Bognet, former media consultant to former Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, and Robert Shrum, political consultant and Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics at the USC Dornsife College.Bognet is noted for his work as a Republican-campaign strategist who served as a media consultant to Romney during the 2012 election. Shrum is a Democratic political consultant with experience in leading presidential, senatorial and gubernatorial campaigns.Wanless began the conversation by asking both panelists to identify which issues they perceive to be most significant between Obama and the newly elected Republican Congress.In Obama’s annual State of the Union address, the president affirmed his plan to be more assertive on a number of policy issues that ranged from tax reform to immigration. During the speech, Obama reiterated his power to utilize executive action and veto bills to continue his policy plans. His certainty to maintain power over the Congress already foreshadows potential conflicts ahead between the legislative and executive branches.Shrum described Obama’s budget as non-progressive, as it would include a tax rate for capital gains for the highest-earning Americans. The increase would move the current 20 percent rate to 28 percent for individuals in that tax bracket.“The president’s budget is a non-starter,” Shrum said. “The Republicans are not going to approve any of these tax changes, even some that I think might be very popular with the country.”Shrum also identified immigration reform as an area in which the biggest clashes will take place in Congress.Bognet agreed with Shrum and acknowledged that the most contentious issue between the two parties in Congress will be immigration. He also mentioned that the president’s budget plan is a strategic “table-setter” for the 2016 presidential election.“There will be no new taxes passed, the country cannot clamor for new taxes, so Obama will not be able to go out and put pressure on Congress, [Obama and Congress] have budget fights, there will probably be some vetoes, but I think that will probably be worked out much more easily than immigration,” Bognet said.Furthermore, Bognet explained that Obama has made a political choice to spend the remainder of his time in office building his legacy through utilizing executive action.“He is not going to get his legacy from big deals with Congress, he’s going to get his legacy from executive actions in the foreign policy arena,” Bognet said, citing the president’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba as a primary example.Building off of Bognet’s response, Wanless asked both panelists how Obama’s actions might affect the 2016 election.Shrum agreed with Bognet’s remark about Obama’s budget plan being somewhat of a “table setter” for 2016.He also added that he believes Hilary Clinton has a good chance of being elected president because of her focus on providing aid to the middle class.“If 2016 goes the wrong way; a lot of what [Obama] has done is going to get undone. I think he cares very deeply about 2016,” Shrum said. “I said he was going to rely on executive orders, he is going to rely on them, because he can do some big things with them number one and number two he is really going to try in foreign policy to achieve two or three big things. One is an agreement with Iran; two is to complete this Cuban process.”Bognet predicted that the president would utilize executive orders and power of the veto to place pressure on Republicans and hurt the chances of the Republican nominee in the 2016 election.“President Obama would love to see a Democrat elected in 2016, he would love to take credit for that, and I think you have to look at many of the actions he takes through that prism,” Bognet said.Schnur and Wanless opened up questions for the panelists to students in the audience.The first question addressed the topic of energy and asked whether or not Shrum and Bognet felt that there was an obligation to help inhabitants of states such as West Virginia and Kentucky, which strongly depend on coal as an energy source.Both panelists believe that a conscious effort is necessary to bring in new industries and jobs to sustain the economy. They also explained that a plan to safeguard West Virgina and Kentucky’s state economy once coal is no longer their primary source of energy is unforeseeable.Correction: This article has been updated to note that Jim Bognet was on a team of media consultants for Mitt Romney, not the only one, as the article previously implied. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.last_img read more

a month agoRangers hero Fernando Ricksen passes away

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers hero Fernando Ricksen passes awayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has died at age 43 after a six-year battle with motor neurone disease, the Ibrox club have confirmed.The Dutch international had been battling the condition since 2013.Ricksen was a fans’ favourite during his six-year spell at Rangers after being signed by Dick Advocaat in 2000.He helped the club win the domestic cup double in 2002, the treble in 2003 and was captain for a trophy double in 2005.Rangers said they were “deeply saddened” to be announcing the news of Ricksen’s passing.”The thoughts of everyone at Rangers is today with his wife Veronika, his daughter Isabella and all his family and friends,” the club added. last_img read more

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL BUYS PAW PATROL LIVE SHOW OWNER VSTAR FOR UNDISCLOSED

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has announced the acquisition of a Minnesota-based company that produces theatrical shows, exhibits, cruise ship activities and outdoor events.The deal announced Thursday is for VStar Entertainment Group and its Florida-based subsidiary, Cirque Dreams.While terms were not disclosed, Cirque du Soleil president Daniel Lamarre told The Canadian Press the transaction is worth “several million dollars.” Advertisement Advertisement The PAW Patrol Live ‘Race to the Rescue’ tour visited 250 cities in 18 countries on four continents last year. (Associated Press)center_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: VStar, which has about 120 employees, is best known for its children and family shows, including “PAW Patrol.”The PAW Patrol Live ‘Race to the Rescue’ tour visited 250 cities in 18 countries on four continents in 2017.last_img read more

FSJ for LNG hosting a Truck Rally ahead of next weekends event

first_imgThe rally will start with a vehicle convoy in cooperation with the Peace Region Truck Enthusiasts. Vehicles will cue behind the LNG or BUST bus at 9:45 a.m. The convoy will flag off at the frontage road near the UFA card lock at 10:00 and convoy along the Alaska Highway. The convoy will break up on the return to Fort St. John and proceed to the main rally area at around 10:45.More information about the rally can be found on the Vehicle Rally Facebook event page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with local grassroots organization Fort St. John for LNG will be hosting a truck rally ahead of next weekend’s rally in the Energetic City supporting the development of a liquified natural gas export industry in B.C.FSJ for LNG founder Alan Yu says that the rally is planned for April 21st, a day over two years since its last rally which saw then-Premier Christy Clark make an appearance. The rally will take place at the corner of 100th St. and 96th Ave., in the parking lot of the old Visitor Information Centre. Vivian Krause is set to deliver a keynote address at this year’s rally. Krause is a controversial Vancouver-based blogger and researcher who has received both praise and condemnation for her research into environmental charities in Canada, particularly their source of funding. In addition to hosting her Fair Questions blog, Krause also writes for The Financial Post.last_img read more

More talk than action on increasing caribou protection federal report

first_img“Additional efforts, including those noted in this report, are needed to reverse the loss of critical habitat and declines in boreal caribou populations.”The department is required under the Species At Risk Act to assess provincial and territorial efforts to assist the recovery of caribou populations.In April, Environment Canada found significant problems. In every province, agencies that issue permits for forestry or energy development aren’t required to conform to the federal Species At Risk Act.That earlier report also noted that little conservation is taking place on the ground. Measures in almost every case are still being planned or drafted.That situation continues. The new report lists dozens of ongoing negotiations, draft plans and provincial promises to restore caribou populations to sustainable levels, but there are few fully implemented protected areas.Planning is good, said Florence Daviet of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Action would be better. OTTAWA, O.N. – An Environment Canada report says that despite much talk on preserving caribou habitat, little progress has been made to close gaps in the protection of the threatened species.The agency says not much has changed since a coast-to-coast survey in April.“Despite the progress being made, the gaps in protection, as described in the first progress report, remain,” says the report issued Friday. “They were supposed to be doing this planning and talking since 2012,” she said. “They’ve had a lot of time to talk.”Barry Robinson, a lawyer with the group Ecojustice, pointed out that Friday’s report was itself almost two months overdue. So are many of the protection measures that should be in place by now, he said.“We still don’t have any range plans in Alberta, which were to have been done by October 2017.”Many governments, including Alberta, have announced ambitious plans for new protected areas. But almost all remain in draft form or remain unimplemented, he said.center_img “The big gaps are still there.”Caroline Theriault, an Environment Canada spokeswoman, said the report shows many steps have been taken across the country to support caribou recovery.“Since the last report was published in April, provinces and territories have made some progress on protection plans and on the ground recovery efforts,” she said in an emailed statement. “We recognize that more needs to be done, and we are already taking action.”The latest assessment of woodland caribou suggest that 81 percent of Canada’s herds are in decline. Loss of another one-third of the population is expected “in the near term.”The main threat to their numbers is alteration of habitat, which reduces a herd’s productivity and allows access by predators.Caribou conservation is often seen to be in direct conflict with forestry and energy and the jobs they generate. In late March, Alberta delayed its own caribou range plans over economic concerns.Robinson said that sooner or later, legislation will oblige federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to step in and override provincial regulations with an emergency protection order.“The minister has not done the one thing she is legally required to do, which is to recommend a protection order when the province hasn’t protected the required habitat.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Beaverlodge RCMP are looking for a man who may have been headed

first_imgThe care Jeremy was last seen driving – RCMP UPDATE – The RCMP advise that Jeremy Ray has been found.BEAVERLODGE, A.B. – RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance to locate 37-year-old Jeremy Ray. Jeremy was last seen on July 29, 2019, and maybe headed to Fort St. John.Jeremy may be travelling in his 2007 black Honda Civic, AB plate: FUD 818.Jeremy is described as:Caucasian male6′, 220 lbs.Brown hair, blue eyesThere is a general concern for his wellbeing. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Jeremy Ray, please contact the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2485, or call your local police.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.last_img read more

Bodies of 5, missing since Feb 28, fished out from Guj canal

first_imgSurat: Over a fortnight after they went missing, bodies of five members of a family in Gujarat’s Surat were Sunday fished out from a local canal, police said. The bodies of Jeevan Gamit (65), his wife Sharmila (62), son Dharmesh (41), daughter-in-law Sunita (36) and granddaughter Urvi (6) were brought out from a canal near Madhi village in the district, said Bardoli police station Inspector B K Patel said. “The five are residents of Kapura village in Vyara tehsil in neighbouring Tapi district. Their family members had filed a missing person complaint at the local police station there on February 28,” Patel said. “Their car apparently fell into the canal near Madhi village. The Maruti Eeco car they were travelling in was spotted in the canal by residents on Sunday who then informed us. We brought out the car and the bodies of the five were found inside in a highly decomposed state,” he informed. Relatives of the deceased have told police they had gone to Bardoli to offer prayers at a temple and were on their way back when they met with an accident, Patel said. “It seems the driver lost control of the car and it plunged into the canal. Further probe into the incident is underway,” he added.last_img read more

Kakoli’s road show garners stellar response in Barasat

first_imgKolkata: Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, the outgoing Trinamool Congress MP from Barasat who is contesting the elections from the same seat for the third time, took out a massive road show in Barasat on Sunday morning in a bid to woo the voters.The road show, which was started from the Lokenath Temple on Barasat-Barrackpore Road, saw a huge surge of people as it went past various important places under her constituency. As the road show advanced, hundreds of Trinamool Congress supporters joined the rally, thereby contributing to the length of it. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMany youths and girls clad in colourful dresses were seen marching down the lanes and by-lanes of Barasat. A dance troupe also participated in the campaign. People congregated in large numbers on both sides of the road to catch a glimpse of Ghosh and the beautifully decorated tableaus that took part in the election rally. Ghosh was seen making her vote appeal to the people gathered on the road and also to those found standing on the balconies of their houses situated on the road. Ghosh waved her hands at the voters who readily reciprocated the gesture. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayGetting swayed by the response of the people, Ghosh later got down from the jeep and joined the dance group before the road show finally ended near Moyna area on Krishnanagar Road. In response to media questions, Ghosh said that Trinamool Congress candidates nominated by her party Supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will win in all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. “Mamata Banerjee is a great source of inspiration for me. She is doing very hard work while moving from place to place, setting examples for all of us. We should also toil hard taking lessons from her. Bengal has seen an unprecedented surge in development works ever since Banerjee became the Chief Minister,” Ghosh said. “All the 42 TMC candidates who are in the fray having the blessings of Mamata Banerjee, will come out victorious. We are getting tremendous response from the people who are extending their support to carry out the development works in the state,” Ghosh maintained. Reacting sharply to the comment of Special Observer Ajay V Nayak, she said: “It was a dark age for Bengal when the Left Front government used to rule the state. After becoming the Chief Minister, Banerjee restored the rule of law. Law and order situation is properly maintained here now and hence women can safely move from one place to another, even during late night.”last_img read more