Andy Goldstein Sports Bar daily podcast – Friday, June 2

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein and Tony Cascarino for the best bits of Friday’s Sports Bar show.They discuss the lack of English managers in the Premier League and reports of Antoine Griezmann turning down Manchester United.PLUS the latest Catch Cundy, the POB feature and much, much more…Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.last_img


first_imgFirecrews from Letterkenny were forced to the scene of a blaze close to Glenveagh National Park last night after rubbish was dumped and set alight.It is understood the rubbish was dumped and then set alight by a member of the public.However, the blaze spread quickly and put local wildlife under threat. A local man from Letterkenny, who was passing the scene, managed to dampen down the flames before the fire service arrived.The fire has been brought under control but considerable damage has been caused. INVESTIGATION AS FIREBUGS CAUSE BLAZE CLOSE TO GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK was last modified: March 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fireglenveagh national parklast_img read more


first_imgWinner: Nora StapletonNiamh Briggs accumulated 18 points as Ireland outfought and outfoxed a physical USA team to begin the Women’s Rugby World Cup in winning style with Donegal’s Nora Stapleton putting in a great performance for the Irish in Paris.Tries from prop Ailis Egan and star full-back Niamh Briggs sandwiched a Lynelle Kugler effort as the girls in green led 20-10 at half-time in muggy Marcoussis.A Carmen Farmer try brought the Americans back to within three points, but Briggs’ 60th-minute penalty proved to be the last score of an end-to-end Pool B opener with another Donegal player Larissa Muldoon on the replacements bench Although the US had won the sides’ last meeting 40-3 at the 2010 World Cup, Philip Doyle’s Ireland side have certainly kicked on since then – as evidenced by last year’s Grand Slam success.Briggs slotted a third minute penalty to give them an early lead here, Ireland getting off to a strong start on the back of a Claire Molloy-won lineout.But Doyle’s charges allowed the USA a foothold when they lost ruck possession near their 22 and Grace Davitt infringed at a subsequent ruck. The Americans turned down a kickable penalty and although their powerful lineout maul was stopped, flanker Kugler found space close in to score the opening try.Kimberly Rozier converted for a 7-3 scoreline but the scores continued to come at a rapid rate, Briggs splitting the posts in the 11th minute with a penalty from a similar distance to her first. The influence of the American set piece increased towards the end of the first quarter, but Siobhan Fleming got in to disrupt a lineout in her 22 and a follow-up choke tackle relieved the pressure.Clean possession was at a premium with the tackle and breakdown area fiercely competitive, while a promising break by Ashleigh Baxter was well defended.On the plus side, Ireland’s maul was beginning to look a potent weapon. The pack built momentum with three well-constructed drives, however half-backs Tania Rosser and Nora Stapleton were unable to unlock the US defence.The Irish forwards kept pressing and a 29th minute maul – outside the American 22 – led to lock Sarah Walsh being sin-binned. Opportunity knocked from the penalty and they needed no second invitation as Sophie Spence was hauled down short before Egan, with support from her front row colleague Gillian Bourke, plunged over from the ruck.Briggs’ successful conversion gave Ireland a 13-7 lead. The six-point buffer was a brief one though as hands in the ruck from openside Molloy earned her ten minutes in the bin and Rozier took the three points on offer. However, Ireland struck for their second try just before the interval as turnover ball from a lineout led to strong carries from Egan and Spence, who consistently punched holes in the defence, and a final pick-up at a ruck from Briggs saw her wrestle past two American defenders for the score.The Waterford woman converted her own try to put 10 points between the teams at the break, but again the US were quick to respond early in the second half.Barely a minute had elapsed when American lock Farmer muscled over from a couple of metres out. Number 8 Heather O’Brien had fumbled the restart, allowing the US to build immediate pressure from a scrum. Rozier added the extras for 20-17.Ireland’s error count increased as they coughed up ruck ball and the usually reliably Briggs let a high ball slip through her grasp, however Alison Miller did well to bring down the dangerous Vanesha McGee. There was little between the teams in a tight third quarter. Crucially though, centre Jenny Murphy made a terrific impact off the bench with two forceful runs – the second seeing her link well with Rosser off another muscular maul from the pack.The same attack led to USA replacement Shaina Turley picking up a yellow card close to her try-line and Briggs mopped up with a well-struck penalty right on the hour mark.Ireland were now back in the ascendancy as Baxter and the tireless Lynne Cantwell caught full-back Meya Bizer in possession. They had a tight grip of territory as they forced hurried clearances from the Americans with 15 minutes left.Briggs slid a drop goal attempt wide as Ireland tried to move clear by more than a converted try, entering the closing stages.Their greater experience showed as they continued to control territory and a hard-won victory was theirs, albeit with Briggs missing a last-gasp penalty which would have denied the US their losing bonus point.Next up for captain Fiona Coghlan and her team-mates is a fascinating first ever clash with New Zealand on Tuesday. The Black Ferns, who are the defending champions, overwhelmed Kazakhstan 79-5 earlier today.Said Coghlan: “There are aspects we need to improve on and we’ll look at that going into the New Zealand game.“But I think when you’re down, the ability to come back, go down and again and come back, that shows what this team is made of and the character that’s in the team.“Particularly in the last 10-15 minutes, we were all on the same page and everyone knew what we had to do in order to get the win. We’ll take great heart from this win.”USA: Meya Bizer; Vanesha McGee, Akalaini Baravilala, Emilie Bydwell, Sadie Anderson; Kimber Rozier, Jocelyn Tseng; Hope Rogers, Katy Augustyn, Jamie Burke, Carmen Farmer, Sarah Walsh, Jillion Potter, Lynelle Kugler, Kate Daley.Replacements: Kittery Wagner, Sarah Chobot, Sarah Wilson, Sharon Blaney, Shaina Turley, Deven Owsiany, Hannah Stolba.Ireland: Niamh Briggs; Ashleigh Baxter, Lynne Cantwell, Grace Davitt, Alison Miller; Nora Stapleton, Tania Rosser; Fiona Coghlan, Gillian Bourke, Ailis Egan, Sophie Spence, Marie Louise Reilly, Siobhan Fleming, Claire Molloy, Heather O’Brien.Replacements: Sharon Lynch, Fiona Hayes, Laura Guest, Paula Fitzpatrick, Larissa Muldoon, Jenny Murphy, Jackie Shiels.STAPLETON TASTES SUCCESS AS IRELAND SEE OFF USA IN WOMEN’S RUGBY WORLD CUP was last modified: August 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:IrelandLarissa MuldoonNora StapletonUSAWomen’s rugby world cup 2015last_img read more


first_imgVOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL: We had another superb weekend’s entertainment at Voodoo Venue – Donegal’s No 1 nightspot.At Voodoo revellers have the opportunity of sampling the sounds of Voodoo Lounge, Voodoo Club and Voodoo Vintage, that diversity which caters for all ages is what ultimately makes Voodoo Venue so unique in the entertainment industry.Every week Voodoo in conjunction with Donegal Daily are giving ONE lucky reader that has been pictured enjoying themselves at Voodoo the chance to win FREE entry for FOUR and a bottle of CHAMPAGNE on their next visit to Voodoo. It’s simple – if you’re face is circled in the images above then you’ve WON.Simply contact Voodoo via their Facebook page to claim your prize NOW.HAVE YOU JUST WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE – VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PIC SPECIAL was last modified: April 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewspic specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

NBL: Giant slayers Ndejje take care of KIU Titans

first_img Tags: KIU TitansNBL 2018Ndejjje Universitytop Ndejje’s Nunda Kiryowe (4) tries to execute a lay up as KIU’s Micheal Bwanga (10) and Ethiene Kazungu (5) try to stop him yesterday (Photo by FUBA Media)FUBA National Basketball LeagueKIU Titans 78-81 Ndejje Angels (OT)YMCA Courts, WandegeyaWednesday, 11-07-2018University side Ndejje Angels continued their trend of up-setting the so called ‘big boys’ as they defeated KIU Titans 81-78 in overtime on Wednesday.Ndejje overcame a first quarter poor display to win the second and third on route to winning overtime 15-12 after the sides were tied at the sound of the final buzzer.Ndejje who came into the game having won their last three struggled at the start, conceding the first five points. Arthure Ainebyona made one of his two free throws after drawing a foul from Micheal Bwanga, for the University side’s first point of the game with just over four minutes to play in the first.KIU went on a run of 9-0 to increase their lead to 13 and in process won the quarter 17-8.In the second quarter, Ndejje started strongly, reducing the deficit to six points thanks to Martin Bulum’a hook shot and Peter Sefuma’s two free throws.Despite KIU’s resistance, Ndejje won the quarter 25-16 and ensured the sides go into half-time all square at 33-33.Ndejje took its first lead in the game with over two minutes of the third played when Gauthier Baderha sank a three on a jump shot with the score-board reading 39-37.The University side did not relinquish their lead as they won the quarter 19-16 and ensured they go into the last 10 minutes with a slim three point advantage.The fourth saw the lead change hands on three occasions and with nine seconds to play, KIU thought they had won it after Balungu made one of his two free throws and his side led 66-55 but Ndejje had other ideas.The University side made a first break into KIU’s half, Derrick Katumba was then fouled by Joseph Chuma as he tried to execute a jump shot and went to the line for two free throws with only three seconds to play. Katumba could only manage to convert one of the free throws sending the game into over-time as the scores were tied at 66 all.In Overtime, KIU started strongly thanks to three points from Micheal Bwanga but Ndejje were soon back in front after Samuel Ajack’s three and Katumba converting one of his two frees.From there after, Ndejje were in control of the game, winning overtime 15-12 and the game 81-78.Samuel Ajack top scored on the night with 16 points despite committing five turn overs. Peter Sefuma was the only other Ndejje player to reach double figures in terms of points with 10.For KIU, they had five players (four starters) reach double figures in the losing effort. Ssudi Ulanga, Oscar Muge, Micheal Bwanga, Ethiene Kazungu and Denis Balungu scored 14,13,14,15 and 15 points respectively.Ndejje have now defeated three of the four title contenders in KIU, City Oil and Power.This was the University side’s fifth victory in 10 games while KIU has now lost four in 12.Comments last_img read more

Finn Harps v Drogheda United called off as rainfall leaves Finn Park unplayable

first_imgThe Finn Harps v Drogheda United game has been called off tonight due to a waterlogged pitch at Finn Park.Heavy rainfall in Ballybofey  this afternoon has rendered Finn Park unplayable.Finn Park passed a pitch inspection this morning in spite of a deluge last night, but the persistent rain has left conditions unsuitable. Match referee Paul McLaughlin carried out a pitch inspection upon his arrival at the venue and called it off.The result means now that Harps’ top flight fate could be sealed this weekend without Ollie Horgan’s men playing.They need Galway United to lose to Limerick and Sligo Rovers to lose to Derry City tomorrow night.Finn Harps v Drogheda United called off as rainfall leaves Finn Park unplayable was last modified: October 20th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Drogheda Unitedfinn harpslast_img read more

Youth to speak out at COP 17

first_img25 November 2011Youngsters from four South African schools will get the opportunity of a lifetime when they participate in the Youth Climate Negotiation session at the Climate Change Response Expo during COP 17.The expo forms part of the events around the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which starts in Durban on Monday.The Youth Climate Negotiation session on 28 November, hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), will include selected delegates representing various sectors looking to draft a South African Durban Youth Protocol.Desire Kosciulek, youth development officer at the SAIIA, said the UNFCCC has confirmed SAIIA’s youth side-event. On 29 November, the youth will go on to present the South African Durban Youth Protocol at COP 17.“As the only South African youth programme (especially involving high school learners, teachers, and university students) officially part of the proceedings inside COP 17, we believe this is a particularly important opportunity for the voice of young South Africans to be heard,” said Kosciulek.BuaNews chatted to four of the youngsters who will be at COP 17 and are passionate about saving the environment.Climate change and water scarcityMbali Mazibuko, who attends the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, feels it is her responsibility to educate others at home and school about climate change. At the Youth Protocol, she will assume the role of an African environmental activist.“My topic is that of climate change and fresh water,” said Mazibuko. “We need to join in our capacity as members of the youth and combat climate change which affects fresh water resources. As we negotiate, I will try everything in my power to ensure that fresh water scarcity is dealt with.”The youngster said it was a great honour to be able take part in one of the most significant conferences. “We have been tasked with a great responsibility, as the youth of South Africa at the Youth Climate negotiations at COP 17.”Mazibuko said young citizens needed to be reached through a media with which they are comfortable.“Television advertisements and radio seem to be the trendy aspects of their lives but social networks would be the most successful. More initiatives need to be made available and an interest in ‘go green’ projects should be created.”Art is one way in which Mazibuko will communicate her messages. “Generation Earth is a ‘go green’ organisation in many schools and Mark Mohan, who is the president of the Generation Earth at the National School of the Arts, is working on ways to further create interest.“Our school specialises in art and we could have plays on the environmental impact that climate change has. A series of art works showing what Mother Earth will look like a few years from now could be successfully done,” she said.She also plans on organising more debates on environmental sustainability.‘Changing light bulbs is not enough’KwaZulu-Natal pupil Gabriel Adderley attends Wykeham Collegiate and firmly believes government and policy makers need to be challenged on climate change issues, and “changing light bulbs and short showers is not enough”.“It’s exciting to be part of something that’s big and involves such an international range of people. Climate issues are featuring more and more in the media and developing an eco-conscience is becoming necessary for corporate bodies and governments to promote their public image,” said Adderley.She is encouraged by the number of youth-inspired action plans such as climate camps and moving-planet bicycle rallies.Adderley will be traveling to Europe in 2012 to experience some of the “progressive environmental attitudes that some countries have adopted”.“The public transport, alternative fuels and energy, bio-intensive farming methods, ecological housing developments are all in very dense urban environments. South Africa has such great physical space to develop these ideas. I think we have such a creative potential as a country,” she said.‘It’s all of our problem’Nabeel Allie-Ebarhim from Rondebosch Boys’ High School in the Western Cape will be busy formulating and presenting the South African Durban Youth Protocol.“My contribution to the protocol will be to represent the views and perspectives of the fossil fuel industry because the purpose of this all, in my belief, is to find a win-win situation, and the fossil fuel sector forms part of that equation,” Allie-Ebarhim said.He believes a change in attitude will contribute to the climate change fight.“[The youth] need to have a change in attitude. In South Africa we have a history of youth taking a stand for what is right, and I believe this mentality will benefit us in the battle against climate change,” he said.Allie-Ebarhim will continue to raise awareness in his community, hoping to eradicate an apathetic mindset.“It’s not just the president or the minister of environmental affairs’ problem. This earth belongs to all of us, and therefore we all need to play our part in maintaining it.”Raising the voice of subsistence farmersAfrican Leadership Academy student Matjie Lillian Maboya is looking forward to interacting with people who lead major climate change action programs.“It means an opportunity to learn from and share climate change knowledge with people from around the world. I will be raising the voices of subsistence farmers. I will highlight the challenges they face due to climate change and ways in which they would like our leaders to support them through policy changing or relevant intervention strategies,” Maboya explained.Inspired by the likes of the late environmental activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Wangari Maathai, Maboya believes that one of the most effective ways to address climate issues is by massive grassroots action.“Young people can work on community projects that include mandating rainwater harvesting in townships, urban and rural areas… young people need to take the lead to educate people in their communities about these issues,” she said.Maboya said young South Africans can explore the area of research – as there is still a lot of work to be done in gathering data about how climate change is affecting even the smallest of townships in the country.“Also with the research, local-based solutions need to be devised and implemented. If our youth can lead such initiatives, then this issue will gain more momentum as all citizens would be aware of immediate and long-term impacts. We should not always wait for global research organisations to tell us about what is happening in our own micro-environments,” she said.Maboya is involved in research and the implementation of strategies of how various local-based sustainable projects can be scaled up in townships and rural South Africa and other parts of the continent.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Taptu and OneRiot Launch Real-time Mobile Search

first_imgSpecialized mobile search engine Taptu and real-time search service OneRiot have teamed up to launch a new real-time search engine for mobile. With the touch-friendly interface provided by Taptu, you can now perform searches from your mobile phone and receive real-time results from sites like Twitter and Digg. In addition, you can browse through the trending topics to see what recent events are currently being buzzed about. According to the company’s press release, this joint venture has created “the first ever real-time search for mobile.” That’s not entirely true – after all, you can visit from any mobile device with a web browser. Plus, there are tons of mobile Twitter applications that have search features built in and/or feature a list of Twitter’s trending topics. However, this new search service does appear to be the first ever dedicated mobile search engine for accessing the real-time web. Using the OneRiot API, Taptu’s new homepage presents a mobile-friendly search engine interface complete with search box and verticals for searching just the web, images, and now, “buzz.” Previously, the site included verticals for music and video searches too, but those have seemingly been done away with in an effort to simplify the interface. The new “buzz” section is where you can find the real-time results. Here you’ll find content pulled from sites like Twitter, Digg, other social sharing sites and the company’s own panel of users who have downloaded the OneRiot toolbar and are sharing their web-browsing data in anonymous aggregate. While Twitter is clearly a source of breaking news, we’ve always found it a bit odd that OneRiot includes Digg in its “real-time” search engine. We’ve never thought of Digg as anything near real-time – in fact, it pales in comparison to Twitter when it comes to the speed with which information spreads. With the immediacy possible on today’s web, sites like Digg seem much slower – painfully slow at times – often taking hours on end to feature the news that had already been buzzing on Twitter for half a day. That said, Digg and other social news sharing sites can sometimes unearth news that had been overlooked by major media outlets, especially when focused on a particular niche like technology. For example, just think of how many stories you read on someone’s personal blog or Reddit and never saw anywhere else on the web. By tracking niche websites like these as well as Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, social bookmarking sites like Delicious and StumbleUpon, microblogs and URL-shortening services, Oneriot can discover links that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. Taptu’s new mobile search engine interface currently works on major touch-enabled devices including the iPhone, iPod touch, G1, Nokia N97 and 5800, and the BlackBerry Storm 1. The Taptu iPhone application will also be updated soon to include the additional functionality. You can test the new service yourself starting at 9 AM EST by pointing your mobile browser to Related Posts sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#Real-Time Web#search#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

7 Reasons You Should Consider Adding Voice Narration to Your Film

first_imgNarration can be a powerful storytelling device for any film project. Here’s why you should consider adding it to yours.There are probably a few films that I’ve seen over a hundred times. One of those is Bottle Rocket — Wes Anderson’s first feature starring Owen and Luke Wilson. I’ve also done a seriously unhealthy dive into how the film was made (based on the original short film) and how it came together.At one point in its production, I’m 99.99% certain that they struggled with a draft of the script (or perhaps in the edit), and either James L. Brooks or L.M. Kit Carson (or any of the other many mentors or producers of the film) suggested narration as a cure-all.It’s kind of odd how it comes into the film. It’s not set up from the beginning, but about halfway through, Anthony (one of the main characters) starts writing letters to his younger sister, which he reads aloud as narration. It really helps the film along, and it serves as a great way to keep things on track.For filmmakers, narration is truly a powerful tool — from The Sandlot to The Matrix, we love to hear voice-over narration that helps us understand what we’re seeing. Regardless of where you are in production, here are seven reasons you too should consider using voice-over narration on your film project.1. Beef Up Your NarrativeAs with my theory behind Bottle Rocket, adding narration can be a great way to beef up your narrative. If you’ve done a draft of your screenplay (or even some preliminary filming) and find that one of your acts struggles, adding narration can be a great way to turn a section from a weakness into a strength.2. Accelerate ExpositionImage via Primer (IFC Films).There are several examples of films hitting you hard and fast with voice-over narration. One recent example that comes to mind is Shane Carruth’s Sundance-winning Primer. While the plot is smart sci-fi that features some impressively researched time travel elements, the film is very simply shot and really benefits from voice-over narration that sets things up much more quickly than would otherwise be possible.3. Add Depth to Your CharacterNarration is also a great way to add depth to your character — or characters. Like The Wonder Years before it, The Sandlot is famous for its voice-over narration that explains the protagonist’s childhood summer scene-by-scene in the voice of an older version of the main character. Through his voice, we learn more about the character and how each of these scenes helped him develop into the successful (and clearly nostalgic) man he would eventually become.4. Lay Out the Broad StrokesImage via Terminator 2 (Sony Pictures).One of my favorite examples of voice-over narration just straight going for it and explaining a film in big, broad strokes is Sarah Conner’s narration in Terminator 2. She very clearly lays out the events of the first film for the audience — and she brings you up to speed on all the relevant information about the film’s world right when you dive in. This happens more than you’d think with sequels, as it helps jump into the action right away without spending 30-45 minutes gradually catching the audience up.5. Make Your Film More ActiveNot that the great filmmaker Quentin Tarantino needs much help making his films active and fun, but his dual Kill Bill films are just another trick of the trade that Tarantino implements to great fun and effect. While she is never named in the film, Uma Thurman’s “The Bride” offers voice-over narration throughout the two films to go along with record scratch freeze frames and stylized VFX, seemingly just for the fun of it.6. Add Humor to Your ScenesImage via Badlands (Warner Bros).Similarly to making your films more active, adding voice-over narration can also add more humor to your scenes. This may be a more subtle example, but I’ve seen Badlands by Terrence Malick almost as many times as Bottle Rocket, and I still crack up at Sissy Spacek’s voice-over narration, in which she alternates between describing the most mundane actions (which we subsequently see carried out on-screen) and some of the most poignant notes about humanity (which Martin Sheen’s Kit demonstrates).7. Issues of ReliabilityIf you are looking to add narration to your project, it’s also worth considering making it less than reliable. Notable in recent years in jarring examples like Fight Club and, later, Mr. Robot, the unreliable narrator can cause a very drastic thematic response when the truth is revealed to the audience. An almost-textbook example however would have to be David Fincher’s Gone Girl, in which we dive deep into just how unreliable a narrator can be.Cover image via Bottle Rocket (Sony Pictures).For more insights into voice-over recording and narration, check out some of these articles.How to Record Better Narration and Voice-OverAudio Editing: Mixing Speech and Music in Premiere ProHow to Record a Voice-Over Straight in Premiere Pro’s Timelinelast_img read more

BJP wins big in Dhule, Sena emerges ‘kingmaker’ in Ahmednagar

first_imgThe ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the Dhule Municipal Corporation (DMC) polls winning 51 of the 74 seats. However, ally Shiv Sena, sprung a surprise to emerge as the largest party in Ahmednagar winning 22 of the 68 seats.The BJP trounced all opposition in Dhule to seize the civic body in a win reminiscent of its victories in Jalgaon and Sangli civic elections in August this year. The party contested only 62 seats in Dhule and won 51, a massive improvement from its three seats in 2013.In Dhule, the BJP’s biggest threat, rebel legislator Anil Gote came a cropper with his faction, contesting under the banner of Lok Sangram party won only one seat.The Congress-NCP combine won 14 seats while the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM), which fielded candidates from 13 seats, bagged three seats in a creditable debut in Dhule civic elections. Sena got two seats.“The people of Dhule have placed their trust in the BJP. There was no factionalism within our party during our campaign,” said Girish Mahajan, poll in-charge for the Dhule civic body.“The public has voted for the BJP to bring about development and change, and clearly rejected the corrupt NCP-Congress,” said Subhash Bhamre, Dhule’s BJP MP who is also the Union Minister of State (MoS) for Defence.The BJP threw everything into the fight to win the Dhule and Ahmednagar cvic bodies including public rallies by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in both districts.Larger issues like the impact of the Maratha reservation to pressing developmental problems were relegated to oblivion in a campaign marked by money and muscle power.Reacting to his party’s poor performance, Mr. Gote alleged that the BJP had won Dhule by inducting criminals, distributing money on a large scale and tampering with EVMs.“This [win] is not any achievement of the BJP…It marks a black day for Dhule’s public which has been hoodwinked by the ruling party. Of the 62 BJP candidates 57 have been imported from other parties. Of these 28 are history-sheeters, while 14 are hardcore criminals. What kind of governance is the BJP planning to give?” Mr. Gote said. Sympathy wave?However, the BJP floundered in Ahmednagar where the Sena with its 22 seats has emerged as the single largest party and power broker. The Congress and the NCP, contesting jointly, has won 25 seats while the BJP has been pushed to third place, winning only 14 seats – an improvement from nine in 2013.The BJP will now have to ally itself with the Sena if it wants to secure power in Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation (AMC).Commenting on a possible alliance with the BJP, senior Sena leader and former MLA Anil Rathod said his party may consider “forging a coalition with BJP old-timers”.The double murder of two Shiv Sena leaders in April this year also cast a shadow in Ahmednagar civic poll dictated largely by clan antagonisms.In contrast to the BJP, no top leader campaigned for Sena in Ahmednagar which saw the latter party riding on a minor sympathy wave as a result of the double murder.The BJP top gun in Ahmednagar, Dilip Gandhi, MP, received a major setback with his son and daughter-in-law both losing heavily. A surprise however, was sprung by former BJP leader and AMC’s ex-deputy mayor Shripad Chhindam, who won by 2,000 votes. Mr. Chhindam was in the eye of a storm in February for alleged derogatory remarks against Chhatrapati Shivaji.While the counting was largely peaceful, there were stray instances of scuffle between party activists and the police in both districts, resulting in mild lathi charge by security personnel at the counting centres.last_img read more