Health will decide the teams’ return date

first_imgEI Ministry of Health will be on last instance, who will decide when athletes can return to training. As part of the process, the CSD has sent him his draft health protocol, but the department of Salvador Illa will mark the dates. This was agreed yesterday, at its third meeting, the Task Force for the Promotion of Sport (GTID), in which LaLiga, RFEF, AFE, COE, ACBE and various federations, associations and companies participate. “The return to activity strictly follow conditioned to the government criteria“The CSD said in a statement. And Health insists that it will not change the criteria: they should only be do test low medical prescription and based on the established criteria. Based on this, if the LaLiga plan was to start training in the week between May 4 and 10, possibly we have to wait a bit more.At resumption plan of the professional and federated sport provided by the GTID, were contemplated three scenarios: the first and most ambitious, to return to training andl April 27; the second, May 11; and the third, the most pessimistic, set the return to activity for the May 18 or 25.At protocol Emphasis is placed on “the benefits of gradual opening measures” in political terms: the normalization of daily life (see television competitions), the reputation of Spain and its international representation (the results of the athletes) and the economy (soccer accounts for 1.4% of GDP and 185,000 jobs). It is pointed to soccer like “the lsports engine“ However, when it comes to professional football, aspects have transcended of the plan to reactivate the competition: test (which would begin on Tuesday 28), training in various phases (individual, small groups, large groups …), isolation, games without an audience … But they are many players and technicians who have stated that, in addition to sports estates, they want listen to Health, For this reason, we also work to resolve all your concerns and convey confidence.While the club doctors They already have been informed of all protocols and that the day 28 will start to get tested. That is why the teams were urged to make lists of the people who will submit to them.With all that on the table, entities work for be ready when the go-ahead comes and you can train. The BarcaFor example, already have the plan than will deliver to the players with a series of guidelines for return to work: a personal interview, fat measurements, a coronavirus test, a sprint and running test and a strength test.By all the LaLiga plan to start the phase 1 of training in first days of may still in the air, although he manages his own sanitary protocol to return. But the date will be marked by health authorities.last_img read more

Excelsior take aim at Tarrant in ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup

first_img Meanwhile, in another main game of interest, former champions Charlie Smith are also looking to start on a winning note against Mona. Head coach Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite says although he does not know anything about Mona, they are looking for a good start. “It’s a game we are all looking forward to. Raheem Hill dislocated his collar bone in training on Saturday and that is seen as a setback. However, we are still looking forward to the game. We don’t know anything about them (Mona), but we are expecting to start positively,” Waite reasoned. Mona are playing at home and, with home support, could pull off a surprise against Charlie Smith High. The Eltham vs Spanish Town game is viewed as a derby clash, so both teams will be coming for three points and bragging rights in the parish. WINNING START Excelsior vs Tarrant Greater Portmore vs Tivoli Clan Carthy vs Kingston Waterford vs Holy Trinity Mona vs Charlie Smith (Home teams named first; all games kick off at 3:30 p.m.) Excelsior High will seek to get off to a winning start against Tarrant High when both teams meet in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW Manning Cup football competition’s Zone A clash at Excelsior High today, starting at 3:30 p.m. The remaining games on the day read: Greater Portmore vs Tivoli High at Greater Portmore High; Clan Carthy vs Kingston High at Alpha Boys’ Home playing field; Waterford vs Holy Trinity at Waterford High; and Mona vs Charlie Smith at Mona High. Seven-time Manning Cup champions Excelsior, under the guidance of head coach Shavar Thomas, are expecting to get off to a flying start against Tarrant High. “The approach is to go ouT there and win the game. We are not taking any team for granted, but the ball is round and if the players don’t go out there and play to instruction, things could go the wrong way,” Thomas, who is a former national senior team captain, told The Gleaner yesterday. Tarrant High are back in the competition after a one-year absence and will certainly look to ambush Excelsior. Today’s gameslast_img read more

Iniesta exit deprives Barca of humble star who kept winning

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Wearing Barcelona’s burgundy-and-blue, Iniesta scored in a 5-0 victory over Sevilla to claim a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey last weekend. That was his and Messi’s club record 31st title with Barcelona, and the team just needs to win one of its last five matches to clinch the Spanish league title.Iniesta’s departure after 16 trophy-rich seasons will leave Messi as the last link to the group of players that started Barcelona’s incredible winning era with a Liga crown in 2005.Iniesta and Messi were rising talents on that team coached by Frank Rijkaard and featuring Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o.Barcelona won the 2006 Champion League title, which started a golden era for Barcelona with Iniesta and Messi leading the way to three more Champions League titles and a collection of domestic trophies that displaced Real Madrid as Spain’s top team.For a club which prides itself on producing the world’s top playmakers and passers, there has been no one quite like Iniesta.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC FILE – In this May 27, 2009, file photo, Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta, right, and Lionel Messi hold the trophy at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Manchester United and Barcelona in Rome. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)BARCELONA, Spain — Andres Iniesta means so much more to Barcelona than the 30-plus titles he helped add to its trophy case.The Spaniard, who is leaving the club at the end of the season, was pure elegance with the ball, and a popular player off the field.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Little playing time, big impact: May Luna shines in Game 1 win Instead, through the years, he has lost his hair, gotten married, become a father, and looked toward the future of his family by investing in a vineyard, “Bodega Iniesta,” in the village where he was born.Last year, Iniesta became the first player to sign a lifetime contract with Barcelona, a deal that allowed him to keep playing for the club as long as he remained fit.But sensing the end was near, Barcelona paid a club-record 160 million euros ($192 million) to pry Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in January.Coutinho has settled in during his first four months with Ernesto Valverde’s team, but the 25-year-old Brazilian has very big boots to fill.Once Iniesta plays his remaining five matches with Barcelona, Iniesta will head to Russia for this summer’s World Cup in what could be the end of his glorious career with Spain.“At the end, the football fades away and what is left are the people, the relationships you have had with people and teammates,” Iniesta said on Friday. “And that is all I have tried to do, to be both the great player and the great person that this club deserves.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Deceptively sleek with his dribbling skills and uncanny knack for a game-winning pass, Iniesta was a master at unlocking opponents’ best-laid defenses. He combined the smooth dribbling skills of Ronaldinho and the precision passing of former midfield partner Xavi Hernandez.While never a prolific goal-scorer, Iniesta has come through in the biggest moments for both club and country.Ask any Barcelona fan what their favorite goal is and more than likely Iniesta’s dramatic stoppage-time strike that stunned Chelsea in the 2009 Champions League will be mentioned. With Barcelona seconds from elimination, Iniesta’s laser-beam shot with the toe of his right boot kept Pep Guardiola’s side on course to the European title.When asked by Spanish national television in February about that classic goal, Iniesta said it was “as if destiny wanted the ball to go in.”Iniesta was also in the right place at the right time to score in extra time to give Spain the World Cup title in 2010 with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands. He also played a key part in Spain winning the 2008 and 2012 European Championships to complete an unprecedented run of dominance for Spain and its tiki-taka tactics modeled on Barcelona’s ball-possession style.His thoughtful character was seen when Iniesta dedicated his World Cup winning goal to the late Dani Jarque, his friend and Espanyol defender who had died of a heart attack.This mix of grace and excellence earned him the respect of opposing fans when Barcelona was playing away from home. They regularly applauded him when he was substituted.Iniesta joined Barcelona’s training academy at age 12 after leaving his village in southeastern Spain. He has become an unquestioned favorite of Barcelona’s supporters, even with Catalans who sympathize with the region’s secessionist movement.Iniesta never won the Ballon d’Or for the world’s best player. He was second in voting behind Messi in 2010. France Football, the magazine behind the award, recognized that Iniesta had deserved to win in an editorial published this week by director Pascal Ferre entitled “Sorry, Andres.”But true to his demeanor, Iniesta has never complained. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ As Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu put it, “Andres is the son any father would love to have.”Lionel Messi has been the driving force that made Barcelona into one of the best teams to ever play the game. But more than any player at the Camp Nou in the last 15 years, Iniesta provided the human element that made him exemplify Barcelona’s motto of being “more than a club.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIn an emotional news conference on Friday, Iniesta did not reveal what his next club will be, only saying it won’t be in Europe.Iniesta, who turns 34 on May 11, decided it was time to go out on top after likely securing a domestic double. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Quality rookies led by CJ Perez ready to fuel Columbian Dyip

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ While Perez has all the makings of a future PBA star, his fellow newcomers JP Calvo, Jeepy Faundo and Cyrus Tabi have also drawn praise from Columbian.“With the rookies, CJ, Calvo, Faundo and Tabi are great additions to our team. We got a pure point guard in Calvo and another guard in Tabi then, we have another big man in Jeepy,” said Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I told the guys this is a different team from the one that I handled last conference. The way the rookies are playing and practicing, it’s like they’re not rookies.”The Dyip chose Calvo as the 11th overall pick while the Tabi was a surprise selection in the second round. Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES CJ Perez with Columbian coach John Cardel. Photo by Mark GiongcoColumbian has a lot of reasons to feel giddy with the arrival of CJ Perez, who is poised to provide the struggling franchise the jolt it needs to snap out of its longstanding funk.But the former Lyceum ace and one-time NCAA MVP isn’t the only rookie the Dyip are raving about heading into the 44th Season of the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Columbian determined not be just another ‘checkmark’ for other PBA teams Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Faundo was actually picked by Magnolia in the second round but the former University of Santo Tomas center was left unsigned.“I got a call from Alvin Patrimonio and he asked me if I need Jeepy Faundo. I said yes, I need a big man so we got him here,” Cardel said.“I like what I see from the rookies. CJ, his slashing ability, his defensive ability, also JP he’s a very smart player and also Jeepy I like what I see with his rebounding and his toughness on the inside,” said guard Rashawn McCarthy, one of Columbian’s main options.Tabi, meanwhile, was a relative unknown but not to Cardel.Cardel knew exactly what he’s going to get from Tabi, whom he coached at Rizal Technological University.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I know Tabi for a long, long time because he’s my player from Rizal Tech University and to me, he plays like a veteran.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

GTT launches “Real Talk” platform for customers

first_imgGTT will be launching a monthly live chat platform under the theme “Real Talk” to connect and engage with its customers.Chief Executive Officer Justin Nedd has said this new forum would allow for live communication with the public, to keep them informed about relevant topics such as liberalisation, Blaze service roll out, customer experience, and a number of other related matters.He is quoted in a press release as saying, “This direct channel will provide full transparency as we extend the same spirit of open dialogue shared with the media.”Nedd explained that GTT did not just change its tagline to ‘Do More’, but is changing the way the company interacts with its customers.GTT CEO Justin Nedd sitting down with the hostess of the new initiative“Our VP of Customer Experience, Orson Ferguson, and the team are doing a great job by doing pulse checks via customer surveys; sending gentle reminders on bill payments, sharing product information as well as helpful tips on services,” said Nedd.He reminded that GTT’s vision is to improve the life experiences of customers by unlocking innovation through applications and infrastructure to every home and business — a vision which he said is more like a promise to the people of Guyana.GTT is expected to roll out its first “Real Talk” live chat forum on its Facebook Page on March 08, 2019 at 14:00h. The company is encouraging the public to like its Facebook page to be a part of the discussions.last_img read more

I’m not going anywhere! Wayne Rooney vows to keep firing for England

first_img1 England captain Wayne Rooney insists he “still has a few years left” at international level despite the form of his striking rivals.Manchester United forward Rooney has been out with a knee injury since February and has watched on as Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy have staked their claims for Euro 2016.Both scored in the 3-2 friendly victory over Germany last weekend while Vardy added another in the Three Lions’ 2-1 defeat by Holland on Tuesday.Tottenham striker Kane is currently top of the Barclays Premier League scoring charts with 22 while Leicester forward Vardy is second on 19 and questions have been raised over Rooney’s place in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI in France this summer.However the 30-year-old, England’s all-time record goalscorer, believes he is still capable of performing at the highest level.“I’ve still got a few years left, I feel,” said Rooney, speaking to the PFA’s 4 The Player magazine.“I’ll keep trying to, first and foremost, help the team be successful and if I can score the goals to help achieve that then that’ll be great.“Over the last two years my form for England has been really good, I’ve scored a lot of goals.“It’s a young team and obviously as captain you want to get a strong bond between everyone and I really feel there is that at the moment, everyone gets on really well.“There isn’t a massive age gap from the oldest to the youngest player – I think us and Holland were the youngest teams going through qualifying – and I think that shows and helps the younger lads relax around everyone.“You have myself, Joe Hart, Gary Cahill who are a little bit older and are there to help with anything but we’re all together all the time and I think the squad is in a very good place right now.”Rooney burst onto the international scene at Euro 2004, scoring four goals before a metatarsal injury put paid to his – and England’s – hopes against Portugal in the quarter-finals.The former Everton striker admits his game, and temperament, has changed since his teenage years.He said: “I think I’m a different player now to what I was then so I don’t compare myself – I’m always just thinking about what comes next and making sure I’m at my best for the summer.“I feel I’m a lot more patient now in my play, when I was younger I could be impatient and I’d end up in positions I didn’t really need to be in.” Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring for England last_img read more

Switzerland v Poland: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_img Kick off is 2pm in St Etienne LIVE on talkSPORT: Switzerland v Poland – click here for commentary from St Etienne, at 2pm (BST) on June 25, 2016 Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTUPDATE: The teams are in – See both starting line-ups below!The European Championship round of 16 gets underway on Saturday afternoon, and it is LIVE on talkSPORT. Group A runners-up Switzerland will face Group C runners-up Poland with a place in the quarter finals up for grabs. Both sides are unbeaten and it promises to be a close contest in St Etienne.The Swiss, managed by Vladimir Petkovic, beat Albania in the opening match before going on to draw with Romania and hosts France. Poland started their campaign with a draw against Northern Ireland, and then held world champions Germany to a goalless stalemate before beating Ukraine 1-0 in their final group match.CONFIRMED team line-ups: #EURO2016 Les compos officielles sont là!#AllezLaSuisse #ŁączyNasPolska— UEFA Nations League (@EURO2020) June 25, 2016 1last_img read more

Loftus-Cheek starts: Chelsea vs MOL Vidi preview and confirmed team news

first_img REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 Our starting 11 for today’s game! #CHEVID— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 4, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? tense What the manager is saying:Maurizio Sarri – “I think tomorrow every player is available but I have to change five, six or seven players.“I don’t know yet, I want to see the training this afternoon and the last training tomorrow morning.“Of course tomorrow we need to change some players because we have spent a lot of mental and physical energy in two games against Liverpool, and after tomorrow we have to play another game in about 60 to 62 hours so we need to change.”Confirmed line-up targets Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REVEALED shining JIBE MOL Vidi head to west London to take on Chelsea in the second group stage match of the 2018/19 Europa League.Maurizio Sarri’s men can make it two wins from two in the competition when they meet the Hungarian minnows, previously known as Videoton, at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night. Latest Chelsea News Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City center_img 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REAL DEAL gameday cracker The Blues won 1-0 at PAOK in their opening fixture of the tournament in Greece.Meanwhile, Vidi were beaten 2-0 at home by BATE Borisov, and it is expected that they will become Group L’s whipping boys. Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Chelsea Team News:Pedro and Ruben Loftus Cheek both return from injury as Maurizio Sarri fields a strong team Sarri almost has a full-strength squad to work with, though he likely won’t use it Alvaro Morata, Gary Cahill and Emerson are expected to be among Chelsea’s second string side Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa punished silverware last_img read more

How to Start a Mastermind Group

first_imgIt’s been said that you will become the composite of the books you read and the five people with whom you spend the most time. If you study the concept of memetics, the way ideas spread from person to person, you’ll find evidence to support this assertion. Even without any validation, anyone who has a mastermind group will tell you how important it has been to their growth, their development, and their success.A good mastermind group will help you see how much potential you have, allow you to share best practices and strategies, provide a sense of camaraderie, and create a sense of personal accountability. I don’t want to extol the virtues here, but rather share with you how you start one.The WhoIt’s essential that you find people who are growth-oriented for a mastermind. The people in your mastermind must be driven to be more, do more, have more, and contribute more (my shorthand for striving to reach your full potential). It isn’t enough that they want the camaraderie alone. They need to bring something to the table. You can’t build an effective mastermind with people who aren’t striving, or who are merely drifting.You also want to find people who have a powerful locus of control, people who believe that they are acting on the world, not allowing the world to work on them. You will be able to identify these people by the fact that they always have projects followed by more projects. A mastermind is a collection of people who are empowered, intrinsically motivated and driven.The people you invite into a mastermind must also be willing to share and teach. There are some people possessed by a scarcity mindset. They are not willing to share because your success might diminish their success. You need people who are confident that sharing with you will help you improve, and your sharing with them will benefit them.I have described myself as a scientist. I try things to see if I can make them work. It’s good to have people who try things and measure the results in your mastermind. The more experiments your mastermind members are running, the more insights you can share.An excellent and effective mastermind requires the trust that you can share your successes and your failures, both of which provide lessons and feedback. You can’t share things like your financial results if you don’t trust the people in your mastermind group. You can’t share your strategies and tactics with people who won’t respect what you have shared in confidence. You have to be able to share and to be transparent, especially around your challenges.The WhatA good mastermind has frequent, but not too-frequent, meetings, always with an agenda. Like any useful meeting, you need to prepare your thoughts, ideas, challenges, opportunities, and questions. Starting the session with a primary question to answer is one way to get the most out of each meeting. You are going to leave with takeaways, and you’ll need time to gather feedback before the next meeting.Your mastermind will invariably share strategies with which you are unfamiliar but equally important will be their network. They will know people who can help you, providing you with referrals for service providers you might need, or referrals and introductions to people who need your services. You will know people and have relationships that will benefit them as well.What might be the most useful outcome of belonging to a mastermind group is being challenged by your peers. Your mastermind members will have different ideas and different opinions, all shaped by their different experiences, biases, and preferences. You will find the most value in being challenged to look at what you’re doing through a different lens.Interview Potential MembersYou are going to want to interview potential members for fit. You have to want to spend time with the members of your group. The more you like and respect the members of your mastermind group, the higher the odds of you helping everyone in the group to grow towards their full potential. Spend time together, and see if there is chemistry.Explore what they are reading, as non-readers don’t often make the best members. Ask questions about the new things they are trying in their life and in their business to test for their desire to improve and determine their motivation. You also want people who spend time thinking. People who write—even if they write for themselves—often make good mastermind group members.You don’t want more than six people in your group unless you are part of a moderated mastermind group. You need time to share, and larger groups tend to be more unwieldy.“But wait,” you say. “I am a salesperson or sales manager, not an entrepreneur. Can I start a mastermind of salespeople or sales managers?” Not only is it true that you can start a mastermind, but you should also do so with great haste.If you want to improve your performance, a group of people dedicated to doing so and sharing their experience will accelerate your growth. Start a mastermind.last_img read more

UP and Bihar bypolls updates | We will win 80 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in U.P., says Maurya

first_imgThe bypoll for the Araria Lok Sabha seat will see a keen contest between the National Democratic Alliance and “Mahagathbandhan” (Grand Alliance) candidates.Read more UpdatesFIR filed against Bihar BJP PresidentAn FIR has been lodged again Bihar BJP President Nityanand Rai for making provocative speech against RJD candidate Sarfaraz Alam while campaigning at Narpatganj in Araria, Bihar.43% turnout in Gorakhpur; 37.39% in PhulpurThe Lok Sabha constituency of Gorakhpur witnessed 43% polling while Phulpur saw a turnout of 37.39% till 5 p.m. today, Election Commission sources said. This implies that the polling percentage dropped by 11.67% and 12.81% in the two aforementioned constituencies.The voting for the bye-elections to the two Lok Sabha seats began on a dull note but picked up momentum in the day amid tight security.The bypolls were necessitated after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively following their election to the state legislative council.BJP getting widespread support from the people: AdityanathUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said the BJP was getting widespread support from the people.Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in the Gorakpur bypolls, the priest-turned-politician noted that the public believes in the mantra of development and governance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Attacking the opposition BSP and SP, Adityanath said, “SP and BSP are indulging in negative politics, politics of bargaining and politics of opportunism. The state has suffered the negative consequences (of SP and BSP). And in order to ensure that in future such situations do not arise, efforts have to made to shun politics of casteism and dynastic politics, and focus on development and administration.”Voting slowly gathers pace in UPThe voter turnout in UP increased to 20% by noon, according to election office sources.After casting his vote in Gorakhpur, UP CM Yogi Adityanath was bullish about the BJP’s chances. “The people know that development was the only panacea,” he told reporters.Attacking the BSP and the SP, he said, “These parties are indulging in negative politics, politics of bargaining and politics of opportunism. The State has suffered the negative consequences (of SP and BSP).“And in order to ensure that in future such situations do not arise, efforts have to be made to shun politics of casteism and dynastic politics, and focus on development and administration,” he said.When asked to comment on the SP and BSP entering an electoral understanding, he said, “This will have no effect. I had wanted that in this bye-election if the SP, BSP and Congress had fought together, then results would have been much better (for us).”Maurya confidentU.P. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the 2014 Lok Sabha record would be repeated by the BJP.“I am confident that on March 14, the record which was made in Phulpur in 2014 (Lok Sabha general elections) will be repeated, and our candidate Kaushalendra Patel will emerge victorious,” he told reporters after casting his vote for Phulpur parliamentary constituency along with his family members.On being asked about the BJP’s expansion plans in the State in view of the electoral understanding between SP and BSP, Mr. Maurya said, “We have already expanded enough, and in future if any political party wants to join us, it will be definitely deliberated upon.“But, today from UP’s point of view, poll alliance of the BJP, Apna Dal (Sonelal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) exists. Apart from this, we do not have any other alliance. And, banking on this alliance, we will win 80 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the State,” he said.Taking a jibe at the SP-BSP tie-up, the Minister said, “Their (SP-BSP) votes will be transferred only when they have enough votes. The votes (of the people) are with us. But, they have only leaders who make statements. The voters of Mayawatiji have deserted the BSP and have reposed their faith in Modiji, Yogi and BJP. We are winning both the Lok Sabha seats, and with wider margin“.12% voting in BiharAt 10 a.m on Sunday, the voter turnout in Bihar for one Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats was around 12%.Adityanath casts voteThe UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has cast his vote. Mr. Adityanath had to vacate his Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat.In Araria, the poll percentage till 9 a.m was about 8 percent. No report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the constituency. In UP, around the same time, the percentage was 5.80%. PreviewOn Sunday, Lok Sabha bypolls will be held in the States of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The prestige of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is at stake as Gorakhpur and Phulpur go to vote.In Bihar, polling is on for bypolls to the Araria parliamentary seat and two assembly seats in Jehanabad and Bhabua.The bypolls were necessitated after UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively, following their election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council.While the BJP, which rules UP with an overwhelming majority, has all to lose, the stakes are also high for the Opposition after BSP chief Mayawati went out of character and announced support to the Samajwadi Party (SP). The compatibility of the SP and BSP working together will be assessed on March 14, when results are declared.Read more Inputs from Omar Rashid, Rajeev Bhatt, Amarnath Tewary, PTIlast_img read more