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Chris Ashton Wins IRPA Try of the Year Award 2010

first_imgFor more information on IRB Awards in association with Emirates Airline click here Chris celebrates after scoring the try against Australia that’s been awarded the IRPA Try of the YearA wonderful individual try scored by England’s Chris Ashton at Twickenham against Australia in November has been named the International Rugby Players’ Association Try of the Year 2010.The England international’s try won the public vote having fought off stiff competition from some outstanding scores finished by Mils Muliaina, Felipe Contepomi, Shane Williams and Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 star Danielle Waterman. Ashton’s memorable try, his second in the match, combined pace, power and panache as the wing raced clear to finish off a superb counter-attack that started near his own try-line.The try received the most votes following an online poll at www.irb.com which saw the global Rugby family select his score from a shortlist of 18 from the RBS Six Nations, Tri Nations, Women’s Rugby World Cup, Pacific Nations Cup and IRB Nations Cup as well as the June and November internationals.“It’s a fantastic accolade to win the IRPA Try of the Year Award, and it means a lot to me that so many people took the trouble to vote for me ahead of so many other great players,” said Ashton. “Even though I had the job of putting the ball down over the whitewash it was a team effort with the whole team playing its part in defending and forcing the turnover before Ben Youngs and Courtney Lawes gave me the ball. They all deserve the credit too – it wouldn’t have happened without all of us working together.”IRPA Chairman Damian Hopley said: “The IRPA Try of the Year is a highly prestigious Award featuring world-class Rugby action from players representing seven nations. Chris Ashton’s outstanding try will live long in the memory of those of us fortunate enough to be at Twickenham that day, and he is a very deserving winner. We had great difficulty narrowing the field from our original 230 entries to the 18 nominees which were presented for the public vote as there were many spectacular tries scored in 2010. The public vote proved equally close with Danielle Waterman and Israel Dagg polling considerable votes, before Chris emerged as the winner.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img The full shortlist was: Shane Williams (2), Ben Foden, Dan Carter, Felipe Contepomi, Gonzalo Tiesi, Mils Muliaina, Israel Dagg, James O’Connor, Danielle Waterman, Cobie-Jane Morgan, Huriana Manuel, Chrysander Botha, Nikola Matawalu, Juan Jose Imhoff, Chris Ashton, James Hook and Adam Ashley-Cooper.Ashton follows in the footsteps of 2009 winner, South Africa centre Jaque Fourie, Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll in 2008 and Takudzwa Ngwenya of the USA who claimed the inaugural award in 2007.View Chris Ashton’s winning try…last_img read more

Patti LuPone Haunted a Laundromat, Bradley Cooper Wants to Strip Down & More Lessons of the Week

first_img View Comments Guys, we’re finally defrosting from the polar vortex (even though the nation still seems pretty Frozen), but it’s time to get focused on the lessons we’ve learned this week on Broadway! From discovering that Patti LuPone’s ghost does her own laundry to Bradley Cooper getting less than picture perfect on stage, check out all the fascinating tidbits we’ve taken from the week’s headlines.Broadway Wants to Make Us Ugly CryWatching tearjerkers in your PJs with tissue bits stuck in your eyelashes is totally acceptable in the comfort of your own crumb-filled Snuggie, but now that Beaches is hitting the stage, get ready to sob uncontrollably in public. And don’t even get us started on The Bridges of Madison County! We know being sad means you absolutely need chocolate, but cool it with the Snowcaps at the theater. Smeared mascara and chocolate mouth? Not sexy. You Can’t Hide From the Internet Remember the video you made with your neighbor of your two-person production of Les Miz (in costume) and your dog played Gavroche? Sorry, but it’s probably on the Internet somewhere. Patti LuPone learned this lesson the hard way when a 1980s operetta featuring her performance as a laundromat-haunting ghost surfaced. Patti being Patti, of course, killed it. Her mullet, however, is the true star.Jarrod Spector Needs Time Travel to Play Strip PokerWe don’t need to leave the 21st century to choose who we’d love to play strip poker with—hello, Jonathan Groff’s Out 100 pics! But when we asked Jarrod Spector that question on opening night of Beautiful (inspired by a scene in the show), he diplomatically chose Marilyn Monroe. It seems Broadway’s sexiest man doesn’t want to upset fiancée Kelli Barrett by taking it off (theoretically) with someone from the present. What a gentleman!Idina’s Stylist Doesn’t Work on SundaysIdina, we love you. You’re so beautiful, it makes us totally jealous. But we’ve gotta ask: What were you wearing at The Lion King last week? It’s fun to get all safari-chic for the show, but Disney should’ve told you there was gonna be a photo sesh, because…were those jammies? Somehow amidst all the camo, combat boots and bedhead, you still looked gorgeous. (P.S. We need your skin routine—PM us @broadwaycom, thnx)Bobby Lopez Could Be an EGOT WinnerLet it gooooooooo, let it gooOOOooo—oh. Heyyyy. You’re still here. Sorry, but we just can’t stop singing Frozen’s Oscar-nominated and soon to be Broadway hit (neither can every kid in the world). Well, it makes sense, because it was composed by Emmy/Grammy/Tony winner Bobby Lopez (ya know, co-creator of  Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon.) We’re on your side for the Oscars, Bobby! And fingers crossed for Idina! (Until then, we’ll be watching toddlers belt on YouTube.)Pumpkin Pillow Thingies Bond PrincessesWe don’t really know what that pumpkin thing was they were holding (fan gift? stage prop?), but Cinderella’s Broadway princesses Laura Osnes and Carly Rae Jepsen were having a royal ball with it! The two cuties were captured hanging in Laura’s (soon to be Carly’s) dressing room looking like Stewart/McKellen-style besties. Also: Squigs, score! You landed on Laura’s wall! Three timesPunxsutawney Phil Can DanceUm, Punxsutawney Phil is the cutest little guy ever (specifically if he doesn’t see his shadow—come on, spring!), but he might be amping up the “aww” factor in an all-singing, all-dancing Groundhog Day musical. At least composer Tim Minchin hopes so. After seeing Matilda, we know the kind of awesome imagination Minchin has, and we’re hoping his new stage adaptation will feature Phil Connors (Bill Murray in the movie) with a Minchin/Matilda hairstyle.If You Dream a Dream, It Could Come TrueCan’t you just imagine little baby Ramin Karimloo belting out “Castle on a Cloud” (babies’ vocal ranges can’t hit “Bring Him Home,” duh) and wishing he could meet Jean Valjean? Well, Ramin’s voice dropped, and he got to not only meet, but duet with his idol and Les Miz’s original Valjean Colm Wilkinson on stage in Toronto. Wow. Dreams really do come true!Lena Hall Rocking a Mustache Was ForeshadowingLena, Lena, Lena—you fooled us. We should have known your mustachioed Instagram pic from November was totally foreshadowing your cross-dressing role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch! We’re so excited to see you as a rock dude! Now excuse us while we scour your social media accounts for any hints you may have left about future roles. Wait… Awesome ’80s Prom?Bradley Cooper Will Bare His Soul On Stage A moment of silence please, for the beauty that is Bradley Cooper. We all know how in demand this hottie is. He can do anything, but our Bradley chose to take on The Elephant Man, which is one of the most physically demanding stage roles. The Oscar nominee is ready to strip down and dig deep to do this exhausting part night after night, instead of relaxing in Hollywood. We love it, and it doesn’t hurt that he’ll be shirtless. last_img read more

EPL: Watford survive Newcastle scare

first_imgRelatedPosts Newcastle linked with Jordon Ibe Watford appoint new head coach EPL: Watford battle Gunners for survival Watford striker Troy Deeney eased his team’s relegation fears with two second-half penalties as they beat Newcastle United 2-1 on Saturday for their second straight Premier League victory.Deeney blasted his spot kicks straight down the middle in the 52nd and 82nd minutes to give the home side a win which leaves them 17th on 34 points with three games to play, six ahead of third-bottom Bournemouth, who have a game in hand. The game began with a minute’s silence to mark the passing of former Newcastle and Ireland manager Jack Charlton, who won the World Cup with England as a player, after he died on Friday aged 85.The players also wore black arm-bands in tribute.Dwight Gayle had put mid-table Newcastle in front after 23 minutes when he steered the ball home after a superb glancing header from a corner by visiting defender Federico Fernandez, which looked to be heading in at the far post.Watford came roaring back at the start of the second half, with Deeney putting them level from the spot seven minutes in after Matt Ritchie upended Kiko in the box.Deeney had another chance shortly afterwards but his stinging shot was saved by Martin Dubravka, and strike partner Danny Welbeck had a shot deflect off two Newcastle players before looping over the keeper and landing on the roof of the net. The Hornets weren’t to be denied, and when Javier Manquillo wrestled Ismaila Sarr to the ground Deeney stepped up once again to smash the ball home for the winnerHaving come back from a goal down to win 2-1 in midweek against now-relegated Norwich, Watford boss Nigel Pearson praised his team’s fighting spirit.“It doesn’t matter how we win at the moment, as long as we do, and this gives us a little bit more of a chance (of staying up),” he said following the final whistle.Tags: Danny WelbeckJack CharltonNewcastleTroy DeeneyWatfordlast_img read more

Bolt to Miss Charity Match at Old Trafford

first_imgThe Jamaican – the world record holder in both the 100m and 200m – has had further scans on the injury, which showed the damage to be worse than anticipated.Bolt, who also won 11 world titles, has now retired from sprinting.Former United players Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes, Denis Irwin, Dwight Yorke, Phil Neville, Ronny Johnsen, Louis Saha, Mikael Silvestre, Jesper Blomqvist, Quinton Fortune and Dion Dublin are all expected to take part in the charity game.Bolt tweeted an image of his muscle tear and said the injury will require three months of rehabilitation.The Jamaican could only manage bronze in his penultimate race – the men’s 100m at London 2017 – before pulling up injured just as he began to hit top speed in his final event, the 4x100m relay, last Saturday.It meant the 19-time global champion, recently described by Lord Coe, the president of athletics’ governing body the IAAF, as “a genius” akin to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, bowed out being helped off the track by his team-mates, barely able to stand upright.“I don’t usually release my medical report to the public but sadly I have sat and listened to people questioning if I was really injured,” Bolt said on social media, before later deleting the posts.“I have never been one to cheat my fans in any way and my entire desire at the championship was run one last time for my fans.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will not be able to play in Manchester United Legends’ game against Barcelona at Old Trafford on September 2 due to injury.It had been planned for the 30-year-old sprinting great, a lifelong United fan, to play in the fixture, which will raise money for the Manchester United Foundation.However, Bolt suffered a hamstring injury as he ran the final leg of the 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships in London on Saturday.last_img read more

Infected Margibians ‘Sneaking’ into Grand Bassa

first_imgThe Grand Bassa County local administration is alarmed about the increase in deaths reported in towns bordering Margibi County, and has quarantined several towns within its domain, where deaths have occurred. Yet, still, the porous rural terrain does not prevent other towns from danger as reports say infected people from Dolo’s Town in Margibi have snuck into towns in rural Grand Bassa to avoid the quarantine imposed by the Government of Liberia. In a press conference held at the administrative building in Buchanan last week, the County Information Officer Eddie Williams said due to the close proximity of the other infected counties, Grand Bassa stands a high risk of infection.Despite warnings by local authorities, people are circumventing the checkpoints that connect the two counties.  The check point at Owensgrove has a health post to test travelers for high fever, a trait that suggests the presence of the Ebola virus.At Owensgrove, Grand Bassa borders Margibi County, home to Dolo’s town, from where people have reportedly fled to rural parts of Grand Bassa by boat. Dolo’s Town is now under quarantine due to the high rate of Ebola infection there.“Since those reports, there have been occurrences of strange deaths in villages and towns closer to Margibi County,” Williams said.“In Gbarpleh Town, Bassa County for example, some 20 persons have died and were buried by the town’s people without informing the county authorities, though the cause of the deaths could not be confirmed.“It was confirmed that of those 20 persons, 11 had come from Dolo’s Town. “In another town called Commission’s Town, there were six deaths reported; Quenweh Town, 2 deaths; Jacob Lateh Town 3 deaths, 1 confirmed of Ebola,” he explained.Although many of the deaths reported have not been tested for Ebola, the rate at which they are happeningAs a result the Grand Bassa county administration has ordered all local government officers to remain in their localities to monitor activities and number every hut within their respective areas.“This will help them have a record and monitor the movements of citizens and visitors in and out of their districts, clans, towns and villages. There isn’t a possibility that everybody will be tested,” he stressed.The County has also halted all market days and large public gatherings until further notice and vowed to prosecute violators.“All officers, district elders and superintendents must report to health authorities about all illnesses and health problems. That is why we decided, as a county, that all local authorities remain in their localities,” he added.According to Williams, towns with deaths reported have been quarantined, and will be fed by the County authority.“As it regards the 3 nurses who came in contact with the Ebola Patient from Rivercess, the nurse who was showing signs and symptoms was taken to Monrovia for proper treatment where he was reported dead. We are keeping close watch with the other nurses in the quarantine unit.Williams closed by admonishing people need to “be fully involved as a means of showing responsibility. Ebola does not discriminate amongst people. Citizens must be ready and willing to support and work with the task force. The force consists of Organizations and Groupings.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shelter set to open in December

first_img “The miracle is it always happens,” she said. “It’s just wonderful. It just all comes together, and it’s coming together again this year.” The Santa Clarita Valley in 2005 is home to about 231,921, with a median household income of $79,200, according to the Goleta, Calif.-based California Economic Forecast. About 77 people used the shelter last year, the SCCDC said. Preheim said she is recruiting volunteers to prepare dinner – she still has about 80 evenings to fill. “We don’t have running water up there and everything needs to be disposable,” she said. “If people bring food, they have to be warm. We don’t have a kitchen up there.” The shelter also needs bottled water, paper plates and plastic utensils; hot drink mixes such as coffee and cocoa;and instant soup, oatmeal and savory snacks. “We like to put that in the lunches,” Preheim said. “A lot of them work, and they need the salt.” Prospective volunteers and donors can contact the SCCDC at (661) 259-2267 for more information. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – An emergency winter shelter for the homeless is slated to open by mid-December as organizers scramble to rebuild the 40-bed facility from scratch. The Santa Clarita Community Development Corp. aims to open the shelter for the ninth consecutive winter on a county Department of Public Works maintenance yard at 21190 Centre Pointe Parkway between Dec. 9 and 15, officials said Tuesday. The shelter will close March 15. Among the challenges are whether crews can deliver and convert two double-wide trailers into a code-approved shelter; securing portable toilets and wash basins; and hiring two night security guards. The trailers are scheduled to arrive Dec. 5. “The 9th is the most optimistic, and that’s with all the plans lined up,” shelter manager Barbara Preheim said of the opening date. “We can’t guarantee that, but that’s what we’re trying. The latest will be the 15th.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The projected opening dates come after Dec. 1, when winter shelters throughout Los Angeles County are scheduled to open. But it’s earlier than the Dec. 24 opening last year, when politics and the usual rash of NIMBYism endemic to areas near proposed shelter sites clouded the program’s future. The Community Development Corp. does not own property, and shelter organizers must disassemble and rebuild the facility every few years at a new site. It landed at the public works yard last year after its lease with the city of Santa Clarita to operate at the Via Princessa Metrolink station’s parking lot expired. This year, county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich proposed to stage the shelter at the Pitchess Detention Center’s parking lot, in the unincorporated community of Castaic northwest of the city. But area residents shouted down the plan, and with the clock ticking, officials once again turned to the maintenance yard, which is in the city. “Supervisor Antonovich is obviously pleased that we are able to work with all the interested parties to complete the process,” said Tony Bell, a spokesman for the 5th District county supervisor. “We will be able to provide a place for the homeless in the cold winter months.” It’s uncertain where the shelter will go next winter. County officials preferred to focus on this year, while the city wants to press the county to abide by a deal to host the shelter in the unincorporated area alternate years. Despite the annual bout with controversy, Preheim remains optimistic. last_img read more

Play Your Part TV series episode 14: get involved

first_imgEpisode 14 of the Play Your Part TV series features the Nosipho Community Foundation, the New Jerusalem Home for Children and the El Theos organisation. Tune in this evening, find out what they’re about and how you can play a part in their initiatives.The Nosipho Community Foundation, New Jerusalem Home for Children and the El Theos organisation, featured in episode 14 of the PYP TV Series, all welcome your involvement.There are numerous opportunities to get involved in improving the lives of those around you, be it through funding or offering your time and expertise helping organisations make a difference.On Episode 14 of the Play Your Part TV series, airing on Saturday 13 January 2018 at 6pm on SABC 2, we take a look at three organisations who have helped improve the lives of people living with difficult circumstances.Here’s more on two of the organisations featured, with ideas on how you can play your part:Nosipho Community FoundationEstablished in 2014 by Nosipho Ngcobo, the Nosipho Community Foundation serves as a sanctuary to homeless and destitute living in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.The foundation works with volunteers from across the country to help take care of the needs of vulnerable people in and around the city.Ngcobo and the rest of her team welcome anybody looking to make a difference and call on you to get involved.Those interested can have a look at the organisation’s website to get in touch or have a look at their Facebook page.New Jerusalem Home for ChildrenNot far from Tembisa, Gauteng, is the New Jerusalem Home for Children, a faith-based non-profit organisation that has been home to more than 1 000 children since September 2000.The home not only offers shelter and nourishment, it also aims to develop the children into well-rounded adults through education, social and emotional support.Find out more about the organisation on its website or via its Facebook page.Join usPlay Your Part is broadcast at 6pm on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.last_img read more

Twitter Changes API, Fails to Notify Developers

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification jolie odell Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos SocialToo founder Jesse Stay has alerted us (and the rest of his blog readers) to certain Twitter API changes that may be detrimental to many developers.Stay’s main beef with the changes is that no one was notified of these changes (to verify_credentials(), incidentally). Stay further reported that an email response from a Twitter rep stated that the company “assumed (apparently incorrectly) that people were only using this method occasionally.”The change in the API limits the number of username/password verifications to 15 per hour. According to the afore-linked developer wiki, “Because this method can be a vector for a brute force dictionary attack to determine a user’s password, it is limited to 15 requests per 60 minute period (starting from your first request).” The wiki language was changed June 29.Granted, Twitter has had a bit of a media tsunami on its hands lately, but we still must note that no official announcement has been made about the API changes. This seems to be the case with other API changes, as well. For example, earlier this month, API request limits were increased from 100 to 150, as several blogs and end users noted at that time. No official announcement was made; the information was confirmed, as with this most recent change, through an update to the API wiki.Although the company is usually tight-lipped, do you think developers whose apps and livelihoods rely on the service and the API deserve a dedicated blog? Google Code is a great resource that acknowledges the ecosystem of apps built around that company’s APIs.Even if Twitter can’t afford to support developers with resources of a Googlesque stature, we do tend to feel that developers who rely on the API deserve advance warning of certain changes, even ones the company might consider minor. As it stands, app developers are subjected to a string of pleasant surprises followed by sucker punches. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Louie Alas rues late ‘defensive breakdowns’ in first Phoenix loss

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants But the Fuel Masters faltered defensively when it mattered most.With the game tied at 92 with under two minutes left, Phoenix allowed a layup by Rain or Shine guard Rey Nambatac, an offensive rebound by Raymond Almazan that led to two free throws and an open jumper by Mark Borboran to clinch the game for the Painters, who took the top spot away from the Fuel Masters.But despite the loss, Alas said he is still pleased with Phoenix’s 5-1 record midway through the elimination round.“You have to be happy with that and at the same time improve. We have to be even tougher and not allow ourselves to lose two in a row.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sta. Lucia hopes to turn over new leaf with coach Babes Castillo in tow SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ “We weren’t able to sustain our job defensively in the last five minutes. We had three breakdowns on scrambled defense in the last few minutes,” Alas told reporters.The Fuel Masters emerged as early contenders in the Philippine Cup but Alas said his team still has some work to do if it really wants to be one of the elites in the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“If you want to reach the next level, you have to be able to make stops in the crucial moments,” he said.Phoenix made a string of stops in the fourth quarter that completed wiped out Rain or Shine’s 14-point lead in the third period. Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan beats three Phoenix players for the loose ball. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix took its first defeat of the season on Sunday and head coach Louie Alas felt they lost the game on the defensive end of the floor.Alas said the Fuel Masters committed too many defensive lapses that allowed the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters escape with a 98-94 win in overtime in a game that featured the top two teams in the league.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

JDS seeks to expand base in LS polls by capitalising on it

first_imgBengaluru: Limited to a couple of constituencies in the old Mysuru region in the successive Lok Sabha polls since its formation in 1999, the JD(S) in Karnataka is aiming to break new ground in the coming parliamentary elections capitalising on the party being in power. After the Janata Dal split in 1999, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s JD(S) has been winning two to three Lok Sabha seats in the old Mysuru region, largely from party bastions of Hassan and Mandya, dominated by the Vokkaliga community, its solid vote base, as also from Bangalore Rural and Chamarajanagara once. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The JD(S), the lone surviving active offshoot of the erstwhile Janata Dal in the state, which has seen a revival with it coming to power in Karnataka in alliance with the Congress after the May 2018 assembly polls, wants to use the opportunity to expand its horizons. The party’s presence in the coalition government with the Congress and H D Kumaraswamy’s stature as chief minister will help the party in increasing its tally in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, senior JD(S) leader Y S V Datta told PTI. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty “It is true, if we were not in government and if there was no coalition, then our strength would have been limited to two or three seats in the old Mysuru region, but now that we are in the government and since our leader Kumaraswamy is chief minister, we can capitalise on his stature across the state,” he said. Datta, who is party’s campaign committee chief, said as per the understanding, the Congress will not field its candidates where the JD(S) is contesting, so minorities, backward class and SC/ST votes that were traditionally with the grand old party in those constituencies, will get transferred to the party. However, he also conceded that the JD(S) should have a base in those constituencies, as one cannot bat on a dead pitch. The Congress will contest 20 seats and the JD(S) eight in the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka under a deal finalised by the two partners of the ruling coalition on Wednesday after weeks of haggling and uncertainty. The Lok Sabha constituencies that the JD(S) will contest in are Uttara Kannada, Chikmagalur, Shimoga, Tumkur, Hassan, Mandya, Bangalore North and Bijapur. However, political analysts don’t see JD(S) gaining much in this election. “It is a bit unlikely… The JD(S) can improve its performance only if the Congress supports it wholeheartedly, which seems unlikely, because the sentiment that both parties should come together to forge an alliance against the BJP is not shared among the party’s rank and file,” Narayana A, a professor at Azim Premji University, told PTI. The kind of signals that have been going out ever since the formation of the coalition government has created some kind of confusion among the workers as to whether they are really in alliance, he said. “So it is unlikely that one can expect the kind of support from the the Congress that the JD(S) needs to win,” he said. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the vote share of the JD(S) in the seven constituencies was — Chikmagalur 1.44 per cent, Shimoga 21.29 per cent, Tumkur 23.47 per cent, Hassan 44.43 per cent, Mandya 43.95 per cent, Bangalore North 6.83 per cent and Bijapur 5.95 per cent. The party had not fielded any candidate from Uttara Kannada. The JD(S) had won the Hassan and Mandya seats in the last general elections. The Congress had bagged nine and the BJP 17 seats. However in the by-polls, the BJP yielded the Bellary seat to the Congress. Among the eight seats that the JD(S) is contesting this time, it has its sitting MPs in two. Tumkuru is with the Congress and the rest five constituencies are represented by the BJP. According to sources, during seat negotiations, the JD(S) got the Tumkur seat, dominated by the Vokkaliga community, after a hard bargain as the Congress had decided not to cede those constituencies to the regional partner where it has a sitting MP. Mysore-Kodagu was another constituency that the JD(S) had demanded from the old Mysuru region, but could not bag it due to opposition from Siddaramaiah, as the seat is in his home turf, sources said. Narayana also feels that despite the JD(S) fielding Deve Gowda’s grandson Nikhil Kumaraswamy in their bastion of Mandya, it will not be a cakewalk for the party this time. “I’m not too sure that the party workers will have the same kind of feelings towards him, as they had towards, Deve Gowda or Kumaraswamy,” he said. He however said, Hassan should not be much of a problem for the JD(S), where Gowda’s other grandson Prajwal Revanna is the candidate, as he has been associated with the party affairs there for some time now. There is opposition to Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s candidature in Mandya, as many who claim to be JD(S) supporters have hit out at the party leadership for sidelining loyal party workers to favour some one from their family, despite not being actively involved in party activities in the district. Nikhil is likely to be pitted against Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician Ambareesh in Mandya.last_img read more