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Thursday: What to Do When You Meet Marine Mammals on the Beach

first_imgThe next event in an ongoing Environmental Lecture Series will be about marine mammals and sea turtles that are common in the Ocean City area.Everybody is invited to the free lecture 7 p.m. Thursday (March 19) at the Ocean City Free Public Library in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.Sarah Miele, educational coordinator for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, will be the speaker.Miele will include in her general overview presentation:Encountering stranded animals on the beach and how to proceedHuman effects on ocean mammals, including plastic garbage, fishing line, etc.During late winter and spring, animals that may be seen: grey seals in the cold weather, dolphin in April and warmer weather, and in May, whale migrations feeding closer to shoreFor further information, please visit www.mmsc.org or call 609-266-0538.See flyer below for more in the lecture series.Download (PDF, 261KB)last_img read more

Estwick offers advice to former student Archer

first_img(ESPNCRICINFO) – Roddy Estwick, the West Indies assistant coach who mentored Jofra Archer as a young cricketer in Barbados, has encouraged the player to “lie low, focus on the game and on people you can trust”, after hearing of the racial abuse he suffered on social media while isolating in the team hotel during the second Test.Archer was fined £15 000 and required to stay in his room at Emirates Old Trafford for the full five-day duration of last week’s Test, after breaching the bio-secure team “bubble” for an unauthorised home visit after the first Test in Southampton.And while Archer’s decision to turn his back on West Indies and qualify instead for England was spurred, in part, by Estwick’s decision to leave him out of West Indies’ squad for the Under-19 World Cup in 2014, the pair have retained a strong relationship in the years since, and his support was in evidence during a difficult week in Archer’s career.“Jofra will be fine,” said Estwick. “I’ve been in constant contact with him. I wasn’t prepared to leave him out there on a limb and I’ve been in constant dialogue, talking to him and trying to reassure him that we all make mistakes and you learn from them and move on.”Writing in his column in the Daily Mail, Archer described a career in sport as “fickle”, adding that he had “decided that enough is enough” after encountering racist abuse on his Instagram account, which has almost 300 000 followers.His predicament attracted sympathy from James Anderson, who admitted that he had not seen much of his team-mate in recent days given his isolation, but backed him to be mentally ready for an England recall, should the selectors turn to him for the series decider in Manchester that begins tomorrow.“He’ll want to play in this game, I’m sure, with it being such a crucial game, the series resting on it,” he said. “Obviously, he spoke about his frame of mind and that’s something that over the next few days he is going to sit down with the captain and coach, and figure out if he’s in the right place to play.”“It can be difficult for guys coming into the international set-up, because the scrutiny is very different,” said Anderson, who made his own England debut in 2002. “You do feel more under the spotlight.“I was fortunate when I came into the England team,” he added. “There was no social media back then, so the ways that people can get their opinions out there is quite difficult.“So it’s about finding methods as a player to deal with that, and I think using the team around him as well – whether that’s family, friends, management and obviously the players and coaches. It is important that everyone does that, not just Jofra.”For all that this has been, a socially-distanced series, the two camps have lived in close proximity for the past weeks, and have shared statements of solidarity with regard to anti-racism, with both teams kneeling in support of the Black Lives Matter movement prior to each Test.Estwick confirmed that he would continue to lend an ear to Archer for the duration of the campaign, and while he maintained that his recall would be a matter for England’s selectors, he backed the player to rise above his recent difficulties and get back to performing on the pitch.“I spoke to him yesterday, and he’ll be in a good space,” he said. “The support has got to be there for him. He’s a young man and I will continue to support him, there’s no doubt about that. He knows that if he needs a chat he can ring me any time and I’ll support him.“I think that once you do well, there’s always pressure wherever you come from,” he added. “Test match cricket is a pressure game and you’re a role model to a lot of people. He knows what he’s done. He’ll learn from it, and he will understand that he will get criticism.“It’s obviously disappointing to hear a player being racially abused but it does happen,” he added. “I’ve seen him come out and say he’s got to try and stay off social media a bit and that’s a start – I think if you’re off social media, they can’t racially abuse you from there.“He’s got to lie low for a while. He knows what’s coming, so he’s just got to lie low, focus on his game, focus on getting back on the park, and focus on the people that you can trust and the people that are there for you, and try to block out the rest.”last_img read more

USC beats Stanford for second straight year

first_imgSenior kicker Andre Heidari played the role of hero for the second straight season on Saturday, helping the USC football team steal a 13-10 win over Stanford with a dramatic late field goal.Heidari’s career-long 53-yarder came with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter, leaving the No. 13 Cardinal (1-1, 0-1 Pac-12) one last chance to win or tie the game. Senior linebacker J.R. Tavai ended that opportunity, sacking Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan to force a fumble at the USC 27-yard-line with 19 seconds remaining.Redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler then kneeled to seal the victory for the No. 14 Trojans (2-0, 1-0). The play marked Tavai’s first career forced fumble.“To be honest it felt like a normal play,” Tavai said. “But making a play that big comes once in a while. When the opportunity comes, you just gotta take it.”The USC defense looked shaky for large stretches of the game, but was saved by a less-than-impressive showing from the Cardinal in the redzone. Stanford took the ball inside the Trojans’ 20-yard-line five times, only managing to score twice. USC head coach Steve Sarkisian was impressed by his defense’s ability to bend but not break.“If we weren’t a strong-willed team, there’s a lot of times we could’ve folded,” the first-year coach said. “Couldn’t be prouder of our defense in the red zone. It was a huge point of emphasis coming into the game.”The first half was a story of missed opportunity for the Cardinal offense. The team drove all the way to the USC 21-yard line on its opening drive, but settled for a long field goal try after a 15-yard tripping penalty. Jordan Williamson’s field goal attempt went wide, setting the stage for the Trojans’ first score.Kessler started the game a perfect four-for-four, including a 10-yard strike to sophomore running back Justin Davis that put the Trojans on the Stanford one-yard-line. Davis punched in a touchdown on the next play.USC converted three third downs on its only first-quarter drive, wearing down Stanford’s front seven with an up-tempo attack. Davis’ touchdown was the Stockton, California native’s first score of the season and the seventh of his career.The Cardinal again found themselves in the redzone on their second series, but the offense’s hopes were thwarted after a direct snap sailed over wide receiver Ty Montgomery’s head for a loss of 16 yards.Stanford head coach David Shaw elected to punt from the USC 29-yard-line, leading to a three-and-out for USC. This resulted in redshirt junior punter Kris Albarado finally seeing the field, his first action in over five quarters of play.Stanford’s third trip to the redzone finally paid off in the form of a two-yard yard touchdown from fullback Patrick Skov. Hogan looked strong on the drive, completing passes of 20-plus yards to running back Remound Wright and tight end Anthony Hooper. USC’s secondary looked lost as Hogan was consistently able to find wide open receivers, a trend that would continue for most of the day.The Trojans’ next drive stalled after Stanford’s Peter Kalambayi sacked Kessler for 10-yard loss directly after an intentional grounding call. The two teams racked up a combined 155 penalty yards over the course of the game, with the Trojans accounting for 10 total penalties. One of those penalties, a third-quarter targeting call on senior linebacker Hayes Pullard, resulted in Pullard’s automatic ejection.Athletic Director Pat Haden came to the sideline to question the call, later explaining that Sarkisian did not want to risk arguing with officials after an earlier sideline warning.Pullard, one of the team’s captains, will be forced to miss the first half of next week’s game at Boston College as well.Stanford took its only lead of the contest just before halftime on a 33-yard field goal from Williamson, who would finish the game just one-for-three on field goal opportunities.The Trojans would tie the game late in the third quarter on a 25-yard kick from Heidari, setting up the game’s thrilling final chapter.A promising USC drive to open the fourth quarter ended on a fourth-down attempt at the Stanford 35-yard-line, when junior wideout Nelson Agholor was unable to hold onto a Kessler pass.The Cardinal appeared poised to take the lead on their next series, when Hogan found tight end Anthony Hooper wide open in the end zone.The play was called back after an illegal chop block, however, and Stanford was eventually forced to punt.USC would take the ball back at its own seven-yard-line, starting a 58-yard drive that culminated in Heidari’s go-ahead field goal. The Bakersfield, California native kicked a similar game-winner in last year’s 20-17 upset of the Cardinal.“As a kicker you always have to be ready every time you step on the field,” Heidari said. “I’m just glad I got the opportunity.”Redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen carried the load for the Trojans, finishing with 23 carries and a career-best 154 yards. Kessler, who only attempted 10 passes in the first half, finished 15-of-22 with 135 yards. The quarterback is now 2-0 against the Cardinal. Former quarterback Matt Barkley, on the other hand, never beat Stanford.“The team has been through a lot, and you don’t always hear me say it,” Kessler said. “The guys fight hard and never give up. As a quarterback, that’s all you can ask for.”Agholor reached a career-high nine receptions, picking up 91 yards along the way.Though it was in no way pretty, Sarkisian was impressed with how things turned out.“Obviously it’s a really exciting win,” Sarkisian said. “I have all the respect in the world for Stanford. They play the game hard. They play it right. They don’t give you much and you have to earn everything you get.”The Trojans head to Boston College this weekend to take on the Eagles at 8 p.m. on Saturday.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer opponent preview: What you need to know about Loyola Marymount

first_img Published on August 28, 2016 at 2:23 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer No. 6 Syracuse (1-0) takes on Loyola Marymount (0-1) on Sunday night at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium. The Orange is coming off a dominant win against Massachusetts, scoring three goals in the second half to seal the victory. The Lions are coming off a tough 1-0 loss to Colgate, with the goal coming on a penalty kick.SU has a chance to sweep the Central New York Classic for the third straight year on Sunday. Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.All-time Series: This is the first meeting between the two schools.The Loyola Marymount Report: The Lions went 9-9 last year in an up-and-down season. A trio of underclassmen led LMU’s attack as then-sophomores Alvaro Madrigal (8 goals), Cruz Corral (4) and Grant Sampson (3) led the team in scoring. They were the only players to score more than one goal during the campaign. The juniors figure to be the focal point of Loyola Marymount’s offense this season.On the flip side, the Lions have to learn to adjust without graduated goalkeeper Paul Blanchette, who was a two-time West Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year. In his place is Collin Partee, who just started and played in his first game for LMU after transferring from Utah Valley University. Partee had an inconsistent season last year. He had five shutouts in 16 starts but gave up 16 goals in the other 11 games and his .698 save percentage didn’t qualify for the top 150 marks in the country.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHow Syracuse beats Loyola Marymount: Keep putting up shots on goal. The Orange is the stronger and better team. Syracuse got only four shots on goal in the first half against UMass and all four were saved. It got seven on goal in the second half and three of them turned into goals. Against a weaker opponent with an inconsistent goalie, SU should be able to keep the ball on LMU’s side of the field for most of the game.Stats to Know:65 — Percent of Lion goals that Madrigal, Corral and Sampson accounted for last year.6 — Syracuse scored a combined six goals over two games in each of the last two Central New York Classics. Syracuse scored three goals in Friday’s matchup with the Minutemen.1 — The number of shots on goal that LMU got off against Colgate in its first matchup. Syracuse faced only one shot on goal from UMass.Player to watch: Alvaro Madrigal, forward, No. 10Madrigal really improved during his sophomore year, managing eight goals on 52 shots after scoring just twice in 31 attempts his freshman year, giving him a much improved shot percentage. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound forward also more than doubled his shot on goal percentage, moving up from 13.3 percent to 29.6. He managed just three shots, with one on goal, against Colgate. He only played 54 minutes though, so look for him to get more time on the field against a stronger Syracuse team. Comments Related Stories No. 6 Syracuse blanks Massachusetts, 3-0, in season openerSyracuse men’s soccer players explain viral heading videoSyracuse men’s soccer picked to finish 3rd in ACC Atlantic Divisioncenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mike Washington’s 3 touchdowns propel Cicero-North Syracuse past Fayetteville-Manlius

first_imgCICERO — After Mike Washington stiff-armed the final Fayetteville-Manlius defender, he became the running back that head coach Dave Kline needed. The junior’s feet kicked through turf as he sprinted into the end zone untouched, a 30-yard score in the second quarter that put Cicero-North Syracuse up 15-0. The offense exchanged high-fives and chest bumps, but they weren’t done celebrating.A dozen Northstars walked over to the sideline and perched around a black cart with wheels, a common occurrence for C-NS during its games. They rewatched the previous scoring drive on a small TV screen in the center of the cart, and once Washington’s touchdown run flashed across the screen, cheers resounded again. Friday night marked the breakout game for Washington in his second game as the Northstars’ full-time back. His three touchdowns — including two on 50 and 60-yard runs — kick-started an overall performance that, aside from a fumble on the first possession and one strong scoring drive by F-M to close out the first half, C-NS dominated. Two weeks ago, Washington was a wide receiver, not a tailback. But in C-NS’ 29-8 win over F-M, he showed signs of being a backfield cornerstone. “This game put C-NS back on the map,” Washington said.Before the victory, however, C-NS was headed in the opposite direction of previous seasons. The Northstars had lost only two games in the last four seasons combined, but lost two of their first three games this year. Jeremiah Willis and Jaiquawn McGriff, the two-headed backfield that led C-NS to the state semifinals less than a year ago, had both graduated. Entering the season, tailback depth was thin.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWashington is listed on the team’s roster as a wide receiver and cornerback, but started playing running back last week. Kline said the move came after a 10-0 loss to Liverpool, a game when the C-NS running game was non-existent. He had his players do a full-equipment practice the Monday after that loss, something that rarely happens. It was then when he found his newest tailback. Midway through the third quarter against the Hornets, Washington again gave the Northstars points. After calling a timeout on fourth down, Kline decided to go for it — a decision that paid off as Washington took the handoff and sprinted down the left sideline for his second touchdown of the night. “The coaches put me in that position, they wanted to get me the ball,” Washington said.And though Washington was responsible for three of the four touchdowns, the offensive line’s consistency allowed Washington to find holes and break free — he credited his six runs for 20 or more yards to his blockers up front.Their protection also allowed quarterback JJ Razmovski to have a quiet but effective night commanding the C-NS offense. He threw a 20-yard touchdown early in the second quarter to give the Northstars a 9-0 lead, a slant route on the left side, and converted on other short passes when needed. Kline said after the game that his junior quarterback, the replacement to longtime starter Connor Hayes, was more relaxed than previous weeks. “JJ started to feel confident, he was pressing things a little bit,” Kline said. “(He) finally relaxed and started going with the flow of the O.”With F-M starting quarterback Zak Conley out with a knee injury from last week, the Hornets were without a single quarterback on their roster. Alex Dauksza, listed as a safety and defensive back, stepped in. Though the majority of his Dauksza’s role was handing the ball off in F-M’s running-based offense, he manufactured a scoring drive at the end of the first half. A 30-yard dime down the right sideline found a streaking Jordan Leuze on 4th-and-15, and Leuze stuck his left hand out and raced into the end zone. A two-point conversion off a play-action fade followed and cut the deficit to seven points before the half. But CNS’ defense did well to hold Dauksza to just that. Even with the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, the Northstars continued to make tackles for losses and apply constant pressure. “That’s a hard offense to adjust to,” Kline said. “The guys just came out and understood the game plan.”After two more touchdowns followed Washington’s run and after players from both sides branched out to their respective end zones after shaking hands, a few C-NS coaches pulled out a black bag for the TV and began to disassemble. They zipped up the bag, turned it vertically to fit in the cart and pushed it off the field toward the locker room. Next week against West Genesee, C-NS’ players will gather around it once again. They’ll continue to reflect on their best and worst plays from the previous drive. Continue to sit down with assistant coaches to figure out what went wrong. And, if Kline’s vision flourishes, continue to re-watch Washington touchdowns. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 28, 2019 at 12:32 am Contact Roshan: [email protected] | @Roshan_f16last_img read more

Relationships are to be treasured

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Don “Doc” SandersSome of you may have heard this story from years gone by, but one that is a favorite. Early in our veterinary career my wife, Judy, and I focused totally on building a practice that would provide the best service for our clients, their animals and a positive contribution to the community.It was unusual for new grads to start a practice right out of vet school, so we were determined to prove ourselves by doing just that. We put in long hours while striving for excellence, providing vet emergency service at night and on weekends. We aggressively branded this style of totally dedicated veterinary medicine to our clients. Then several years into our practice we woke up and realized that smelling the roses was also important.For most of our practice career we had the privilege to work alongside several fine associate veterinarians who gained their early career training under our tutelage. As we became more mature (long in the tooth), Judy and I treasured the relationships we developed with various young vets as they matured.Jack is one of these individuals I’ll never forget. He came to us fresh from school — full of the idealism and fire that I also had at graduation. Maybe this is why Jack and I bonded as we did. Jack was very bright but somewhat inexperienced with farming practices and general practice. He worked with us for five years before sprouting his wings of independence, starting his own practice in Virginia.Some of the proudest moments of our career have been seeing a young green veterinarian mature and eventually leave our nest to start his/her own practice. Today Jack has a successful equine practice with three associates.Jack is a second generation Italian-American who grew up in Massachusetts. As Italians are often stereotyped, he held very close ties to his family, and friendships were important. And true to the stereotype, he was ardent in his opinions and spoke intensely about events and issues. But usually he was pretty good at holding his passion in check, even after getting kicked by a cow.Jack and I usually met early in the morning to review the previous day’s cases, and I would spend a little time updating him on current diagnoses or therapy. However, it was a two-way street; he often brought cutting-edge information to me on the latest treatments. When we had time, these discussions often led to philosophical discussions about practice, communicating with clients or the human-animal bond. We became good friends.Clients were usually interested in our lives, especially when we demonstrated our interest in their situation. I still remember one client, long since departed, who kept tabs on Judy and me as we started our family. We have three grown children, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. As most of you know after Judy passed away, I am now married to Kristen, widow with three sons, daughters-in-law, four grandchildren, a great-grandchild and two more in the “incubator.”When my daughter, Michelle, was born, this client calculated back and determined that she was likely conceived while Judy and I were attending a veterinary reproduction conference the previous September. It became a big joke that each year we had a child in the month of June; he determined that conception had to have occurred at the same meeting each September.Jack delighted in relaying to us the latest comments of our gestation-calculating client. Of course, I was determined to not let Jack escape retribution for his merriment.When Jack joined our staff, we agreed to his request for two weeks off for his and his fiancée Sally’s fall wedding and honeymoon. Jack was really a special person, so it took no forethought to agree. Sally visited Jack a couple of times that summer. She was such a sweet gal and class act, albeit somewhat naïve.A few days prior to his departure for the wedding at Sally’s home church in New Jersey, I casually asked Jack, “Where are you and Sally going on your honeymoon?” He almost told me, then caught himself. “Oh no, you don’t. I know better than to tell you. You’re up to no good!”It was true that I’d thought a practical joke would be really appropriate since neither Judy nor I could attend the wedding. So, over the next week I tried to get one of our vet technicians to discover their destination. But Jack recognized the red flags and kept mum.He left for the wedding with his secret unrevealed. It was almost depressing. Surely there had to be a way to find out. The frustration only made me more determined to learn their honeymoon location. I wasn’t yet sure what I would do if I did find out, but certainly a scheme would come to me.Sure enough, a couple days later inspiration struck. (Now mind you, this was before 9/11, in a more trusting, less security-conscious time.) I called a friend at the phone company to request a favor. He agreeably checked Jack’s phone calls for the previous month. Four calls stuck out from the rest, which were to Sally or his parents.I dialed those numbers and was connected to hotels on the New England coast. A hotel in Kennebunkport appeared to be where they intended to spend most of their honeymoon. The manager there became my co-conspirator. I sent her a check for a bottle of champagne, which she purchased and slipped in their room while they were out for the day.To top it off, I instructed the manager to put a note, without a signature, on the bottle: “Sally, I still love you in spite of it all.”You can easily get wrapped up being all business-like in life, never stopping to smell the roses or laughing and treasuring family and friends. An anonymous e-mail recently summed it up best: “Life is short, break the rules, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and… never regret anything that makes you smile!”It was several months before Jack caught me, after my daughter got blabby and spilled the beans. Jack told me the champagne bottle added a bit of mystery to their honeymoon. He knew it was a prank but was certain it couldn’t have been his boss’s doing. He said that Sally was distressed and that she insisted there had never been a man in her life but him.As I recently reflected on these fond memories of our friendship with Jack and Sally, I decided to give them a call. It has been too long.last_img read more

Dan Lyons And Fredric Paul Explore The Future Of Online Publishing [Video]

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#ReadWrite Want to learn more about the new ReadWrite?  Watch our new Editor in Chief, Dan Lyons and Managing Editor Fredric Paul talk about the smart, passionate and occasionally irreverent stories readers will find on the new ReadWrite. Lyons and Paul also discuss how advertisers and marketers will find ReadWrite a great place to connect with millions of the world’s most savvy tech enthusiasts and IT and business executives. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img dan lyons Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

19 days agoBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate withdrawn from Colombia U23 squad

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton midfielder Steven Alzate withdrawn from Colombia U23 squadby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate has been withdrawn from international duty for Colombia.Colombia have agreed the versatile Alzate, who was called into their under-23 squad for two friendly matches against Peru in Lima, should remain with Albion for treatment on a minor injury.Alzate, who signed a new contract on Friday, came off in the 88th minute in the 3-0 win over Spurs yesterday. Alireza Jahanbakhsh is also out of Iran’s squad due to injury. last_img read more

Netflix and CBC team on new series Anne

first_img Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Netflix is teaming up with CBC and showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett and Miranda de Pencier’s Northwood Entertainment for the new television series Anne. Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless classic novel Anne of Green Gables, the series will consist of eight one-hour episodes and will stream globally on Netflix and broadcast in Canada on CBC in 2017.Anne is the story of an outsider who, against all odds and numerous challenges, fights for acceptance, for her place in the world and for love. The series centers on a young orphaned girl in 1890, who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

In Ayodhya, Modi avoids temple talk

first_imgLucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his first visit to Ayodhya after becoming Prime Minister, addressed an election rally on Wednesday but avoided talking about the Ram temple issue. Though the Prime Minister ended his speech with “Jai Shri Ram”, he did not make any mention of the Ram temple. He mentioned the grandeur with which ‘Dev Deepawali’ was held in the holy city and the ‘Kumbh Mela’ in Prayagraj. The Prime Minister’s rally was held about 25 kilometres away from Ayodhya at Gosainganj on the Ayodhya-Ambedkar Nagar border. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework He also did not visit the makeshift Ram temple and Mahant Paramhans Das said that it was unfortunate that the Prime Minister failed to give any message to the people about the BJP’s commitment towards the construction of a grand Ram temple. Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, head of the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas, said he had wanted Modi to offer prayers at the makeshift Ram temple. “If the Prime Minister had sought the blessings of Ram Lalla, then nothing could be more beneficial for him. It would have sent a positive message across the country,” said Mahant Nritya Gopal Das. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The Prime Minister mounted a scathing attack on the opposition and the alliance-terming it ‘mahamilavati’-and said that these parties were more interested in grabbing power than in strengthening the country. He said that his government has worked to check terrorism which had emerged as the biggest threat to the nation. “We have given a strong message that this is ‘Naya Hindustan jo chhedega nahin magar chhodega bhi nahin. Hum bhi ghus ke marenge. We have controlled terror activities but not eradicated completely,” he said. The Prime Minister slammed the SP and BSP for claiming to be followers of Lohia and Ambedkar but demolished the ideologies of these leaders. “These parties should have been concerned about labourers but did they do anything? The Congress talks about removing poverty but has it done anything to remove poverty?” he asked. The Prime Minister said that a strong government was needed at the Centre to make the country stronger. He also listed the various welfare schemes initiated by his government for the poor and asked people to vote for lotus which was a vote for Modi. Modi had visited Ayodhya during the 2014 elections but did not offer prayers at the makeshift temple.last_img read more