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Ex-Ajax star Van Halst: Newcastle goalscorer Willems charming, frustratingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Ajax and FC Twente star Jan van Halst has told Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce to take the good with the bad when it comes to Jetro Willems.Willems joined Newcastle United on-loan from Eintracht Frankfurt last month, though made his name in the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven, where he spent six years and won his first caps with Holland.And on Saturday, Willems scored the opener on Saturday in the Toon’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool. The goal was spectacular, but wasn’t enough as the Reds eventually steamrolled the visitors.Reviewing the action, Van Halst was delighted for Willems – though warned the Dutchman will always be occasionally loose defensively.Van Halst said on Ziggo Sport via Voetbalzone: “He makes it difficult for a football analyst. Before the game we say that he should play a little more carefully as a left back. It is of course the charm of Willems.”The good thing is too: if he does this for PSV in a home match against RKC, then you say: ‘This is of course not possible in the Premier League’. But it is foolish: he just does it. Charming. A great goal.”Indeed, Van Halst says that’s the ‘charm’ of Willems, who is capable of producing a moment of unexpected magic.He added: “He is playful. It makes you crazy as a football analyst. Of course you have to use him with his speed.”Defensively he just has his vulnerabilities. You have to take this for granted a bit. This is that playfulness of Jetro Willems. He will never get it out completely, because he is already 25.”Willems moved to Newcastle at the beginning of August. The defender has joined the Magpies on a season-long loan with the option to buy.- updated September 16 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@dariusruckerDarius Rucker is a huge South Carolina fan, but he’s not going too crazy with expectations for the Gamecocks in Will Muschamp’s first year. All he wants is a bowl game. Any bowl game.If South Carolina reaches six wins this year, the country star and former leader of Hootie and the Blowfish will play a concert at the famous ‘Horseshoe’ on his alma mater’s campus.Rucker agreed to the arrangement after receiving a tweet suggestion from a ‘Cocks fan. School president Harry Pastides quickly agreed.I think if we get 6 wins this season @dariusrucker should have another concert on the horseshoe— Croc (@WhiteJungleboi) August 10, 2016I’m dying to play the horseshoe. Start a petition tell them I’m in!! https://t.co/mgiW6vV9WF— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) August 10, 2016No need for a petition…consider it done! Darius in concert on the ‘Shoe after we get to 6! https://t.co/FMKYZ56Cpa— Harris Pastides (@HarrisPastides) August 11, 2016This isn’t the first time Rucker has put a performance on the line with South Carolina athletics, although this is a show he definitely wants to have. Last June, the country star serenaded ESPN’s Mike Golic with the Notre Dame fight song, after Golic’s Fighting Irish women’s basketball team beat the Gamecocks in the Final Four.With an SEC schedule, getting to six wins won’t be easy for South Carolina this season. Win at Vanderbilt, vs. ECU, at Kentucky, vs. UMass, vs. Missouri, and vs. Western Carolina. That’s probably the easiest path.[The State]
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is fighting for college athletes’ rights. The pro player says he isn’t scared of the NCAA, and hopes that his admission that he was paid while playing in college at Tennessee will help change rules about paying college athletes.“I just feel strong about the injustice that the NCAA has been doing for years,” Foster said Friday. “That’s why I said what I said. I’m not trying to throw anybody under the bus. … I feel like I shouldn’t have to run from the NCAA anymore. They’re like these big bullies. I’m not scared of them.”In an interview posted on SI.com for a documentary called “Schooled: The Price of College Sports,” Foster said he took extra money so he could pay his rent and food while playing at Tennessee.“I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation — my senior year (2008), I was getting money on the side,” Foster said in the video. “I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, ‘Man, be careful.’ But there’s nothing wrong with it. And you’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.”Foster described a time when he had to beg his coach for a meal.“Either you give us some food or I’m gonna go do something stupid,” Foster told his coach. The coach bought him and three others 50 tacos, Foster recalled, laughing.Foster played at the University of Tennessee under former coach Phil Fulmer from 2005-08.
Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks was the Columbus Blue Jackets’ first regulation defeat in their last six games — and it hurt. Goals from left winger captain Rick Nash, who has scored in the Jackets’ past eight games, and center Derick Brassard were not enough to overcome early power-play goals by Anaheim at Nationwide Arena. In the first period, Jackets winger Derek Dorsett unleashed a dangerous hit on Ducks winger Corey Perry, sending him headfirst into the boards. Perry fell to the ice, and players from both teams exchanged shoves behind the Anaheim goal before referees separated the players and assessed a five-minute boarding penalty to Dorsett. “It was a hit from behind,” Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. “It’s the referee’s judgment call. When you give (Anaheim) a five-minute major, that gets them off to a pretty good start.” That judgment call produced a two-goal lead for the Ducks. Anaheim wingers teamed up for the first tally. Bobby Ryan fed a pass across the slot to a streaking Teemu Selanne, who had no trouble scoring his 15th goal of the year to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead. Defenseman Cam Fowler’s fifth goal of the year gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead just more than a minute later. After being fed by defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky and center Saku Koivu, Fowler snapped a long-range shot that snuck past Jackets goalie Steve Mason. Before Columbus fans had settled into their seats, the Ducks had scored their first two shots of the game. But the Jackets responded with a power-play goal of their own just before the first intermission. Nash cut the Ducks’ lead in half with a wrist shot from the slot. Brassard assisted on Nash’s 23rd goal of the season, which made the score 2-1. A quiet second period saw the teams exchange scoring opportunities, but Mason and Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller denied everything. Mason and Hiller finished the night with 19 and 35 saves, respectively. But the game had more goals in store, as Ducks winger Jason Blake would give the Ducks breathing room early in the third period. Blake scored his 10th goal of the season on an uncontested backhand shot, extending the Ducks’ lead to 3-1. Mason was left helpless and hunched in the lower, left-hand corner of his goal when Blake emerged from behind the net. Brassard later narrowed Columbus’ deficit to 3-2 after a redirected shot from the blue line fell to him just outside Hiller’s crease. The tap-in goal, assisted on by winger Jakub Voracek, was Brassard’s 12th of the season. Thanks to Hiller, who extinguished a late surge by the Jackets, the Ducks eventually held on for a 3-2 win. Despite Tuesday’s loss, Columbus will enter the NHL All-Star break with a 3-1-2 record in its last six games. Brassard focused on the Jackets’ recent improvements following the loss to Anaheim. “I think we had a good push tonight,” Brassard said. “In the third, we competed really hard. We are just going to take some rest right now and make sure we are ready to make a big push.” Coach Randy Carlyle’s Ducks head into the midseason break in fifth place in the Western Conference. Carlyle commended his players for their effort. “The guys are putting it on the line,” Carlyle said. “Our guys have worked extremely hard to get themselves in the position we are in. We’re having some fun right now.” Arniel managed to stay upbeat about his team’s current standing after the game. “What we’ve done in the last two weeks has been very good,” Arniel said. “I like the way we’re working and competing.” The Blue Jackets will host the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
In the late Sunday game in LaLiga, Atletico Madrid failed in the quest to earn three points against a Real Betis team that looks unbeatable at the moment.The result itself is not a reason to despair. What’s concerning is the fact that Simeone’s men have now failed to score in two consecutive matches and the Europa League matchup with Arsenal is looming on the horizon. Is the exhausting schedule catching up to his team, or are they just taking a breather and saving energy for what’s to come?Report: Owen now turns his attentions to Beckham George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Michael Owen has now turned his war of words towards David Beckham.In the players serialised book in the Daily Mirror, “Reboot” has now turned…The Wanda Metropolitano outfit now has a solitary win in its last five fixtures. The absence of Diego Costa is obviously hurting the team, as Fernando Torres is nowhere near the player he used to be and is not an adequate replacement. Since Costa is set to miss the first leg versus Arsenal, Simeone will need to find a solution up front or risks failure.Diego Simeone did rest several of his first-team regulars against a side that had won their previous six games. Cristian Tello hit the post for Betis, while Saul struck the crossbar for the hosts. The 0-0 draw means that now Barcelona only needs a point against Deportivo la Coruna next Sunday to officially win the title.
Fernando Torres played his last game for Atletico Madrid today as his contract won’t be renewed and he can possibly come back to Premier League where he used to play for Liverpool and Chelsea.The Spanish striker can reunite with Rafael Benitez who is currently coaching Newcastle and the manager himself didn’t rule this option out as he admitted that he would be, for sure, interested in this move.Benitez spoke about this possible surprising transfer as he said, according to Shields Gazette:“I think it will be harder for him to come, not because we don’t want to.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I don’t know what’s going on in his head, but maybe he is thinking about something else.”“It would be appealing, but I don’t think it would be easy.”“In Liverpool, he was sensational.”“Then we went to Chelsea and, although he had a bad time when he arrived, he was essential for us in winning the Europa League.”
Ivan Rakitic has been dropped from Croatia’s squad for the upcoming game against England due to injury.The Barcelona midfielder will miss the all-important UEFA Nations League game against the Three Lions at Wembley on Sunday due to injury, according to Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic.Rakitic came off injured in the 67th minute of Croatia’s 3-2 home win over Spain on Thursday which gave the World Cup runners-up a chance to top League A Group 4 and claim a place in next year’s semifinals.“He will go to Barcelona, it’s a serious injury. You know that I usually take no risk. If there is a doubt that the injury could be serious, then we let him rest,” Dalic told Sky Sports.Dalic refused to reveal the type of injury but Rakitic was taken off, suffering discomfort in the back of his right thigh.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We want healthy players and Ivan in this moment is not 100 percent ready. Unfortunately, we are going to play without him.”The 30-year-old has featured in 102 games for his country, but Dalic said they have players capable of filling in.“We will see who will replace him. We have [Mateo] Kovacic, we have [Josip] Brekalo, we have [Milan] Badelj,” he added.“There is always a solution and we should stop whining about someone who’s not going to be there. We will find a solution and we are going to Wembley to enjoy football.”The winner of Sunday’s game with England will progress to the semis of the Nations League with the losers being relegated to League B.
Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario expects a “spectacular match” between Barcelona and Real Madrid in tonight’s Copa del Rey encounter.The two Spanish giants will face off against one another for a place in the final of the competition with the first leg to take place tonight at Camp Nou.Real, in particular, are keen to get their revenge on Barcelona following October’s humiliating 5-1 defeat in La Liga last time out in October.As for Barcelona, the chance of winning a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey title is within sight with manager Ernesto Valverde having expressed his enthusiasm in taking on Real over a two-legged tie.And Ronaldo, who played for both clubs during his own playing career, cannot wait for the match to get started.“It’s a spectacular match,” said Ronaldo, according to Marca.“The best Clasico in world football. It’s incredible to play in these games.“The atmosphere is great and let’s hope the footballing gods give us a great game tonight.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Ronaldo, who won the Copa del Rey at Barcelona and two La Liga titles with Real, left reporters in no doubts over where his allegiance lies for tonight.“There is no favourite,” said Ronaldo.“It’s an important game. I have a special history with [Real] Madrid and let’s hope Madrid win.“It’s clear that whoever is ahead, I want Valladolid to win, but they are two great clubs.“Madrid are playing very well, they’ve found a great dynamic, have reinvented themselves and have young players. But then you have [Lionel] Messi and company, who are spectacular.”Isco has been included in the Real squad for the game, despite his struggles for opportunities under head coach Santiago Solari this season, while Barcelona academy star Carles Aleña is hoping to get a chance tonight himself.The match at Camp Nou will begin at 9:00 PM (CET).
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In a letter to the City Council Ostrander stated that in its first year of operation the Kenai Eagle Cam wassuccessful, and in just the first summer of operations, the Eagle Cam was viewed for 2,083,618 minutes. City Manager Paul Ostrander said the new camera will provide a higher definition picture, superior low light picture and enhance audio capabilities at a cost of approximately $1 ,600. City Council Member Jim Glendening spoke at the meeting about how positive this project has been for the community: “This is an exciting event, I receive comments from friends and family outside when I told them about the observations we are making, and it’s a positive thing to market our summer in Kenai.” In 2017 the City, partnered with the Kenai Chamber of Commerce to begin streaming live images of a nesting eagle pair. According to the ordinance in order to enhance the quality of the stream, a new camera was proposed Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council approved an ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday, February 21, to appropriate $1,600 for a new eagle camera. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Eagle-Cam-upgrade.mp3VmJennifer-on-Eagle-Cam-upgrade.mp300:00RPd
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has extended the schedule for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Alaska LNG project by four months. “The revised schedule for the EIS is based upon AGDC meeting its commitment to provide complete responses to outstanding data requests on the dates it has identified.” The notice also stated, that the regulatory commission would not issue a final impact statement until March 6, 2020, instead of November 2019. But March 2020 depends on the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) answering all of FERC’s questions in full this summer. In a notice issued by FERC on February 28, they now plan to issue the draft EIS in June. The commission did not specify a date in June. The scheduled release date had been the end of February. Some of the responses that the AGDC still owes FERC includes information on fire safety, spill-containment safeguards and hazard-mitigation designs at the gas treatment plant, liquefaction plant and LNG storage tanks in Nikiski. FERC cited the state’s timeline for answering federal regulators’ questions and fulfilling data requests as the reason for the extension. Also, federal regulators are waiting for information from the state on pipeline crossings at active earthquake faults, and a more detailed route map showing all seismic hazards within 5 miles of the pipelines.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported burglary in progress off of Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kasilof, on Sunday. Charges have been filed and warrants have been requested for Deboard for two counts Burglary 2nd and one count each of Burglary 1st, Theft 1st and Criminal Mischief 4th. Anyone with information about the side by side or the whereabouts of Deboard is urged to call Alaska State Troopers at 262-4453 or Peninsula Crimestoppers at 283-8477. Still missing, is a green 675cc Honda Pioneer side by side ATV. It has four seats and a full roll cage, as well as a distinctive crack in the windshield. In addition, three ATVS had been stolen. The majority of the items, including two of the ATVs were recovered nearby in two separate caches in a wooded area. According to an online Trooper dispatch, the suspect fled minutes prior to AST arrival. Investigation led to the suspect being identified as Scott Allan Deboard, age 23 of Kasilof. Deboard was found to have made forced entry into the residence, a woodshed and a detached garage. Numerous items were stolen, to include thousands of dollars in camping/outdoors equipment and power tools.
Will young people gravitate to a business defined by bankruptcy, decline—and, likely, fewer films about it?Moviesover time have usually depicted the magazine and newspaper industrieswith a touch of glamour, power or idealism. For some recent examples,think “In Good Company,” “13 Going on 30” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”Then there’s the greatest movie of all time, “Citizen Kane,” and themovie that launched 10,000 careers, “All the President’s Men.”Yes,there’s the occasional “Absence of Malice,” about journalistic abuse ofpower, or “American Beauty,” where the troubled Kevin Spacey characteris a trade magazine editor. But generally these industries and thejournalism profession get positive treatment. And that reflects the popular culture. The professions that make up our business have historically been appealing.AndHollywood’s love affair with journalism has for decades helped feedtalented people into the business. Smart, ambitious editors andsalespeople wanted to be the top editor at Newsweek, or the New Yorker,or Ad Age. They wanted to be the writer in “Almost Famous,” or evenlike Mr. Big in “Sex and the City.”But is it true now? Inthe last 10 days alone, this page has covered the plummeting profitmargins of publicly traded magazine companies. It has covered thestaggering decline in fourth-quarter ad sales in b-to-b media. It hascovered the cancellation or dramatic downsizing of two events,including the crown jewel of the glitzy, mass-consumer part of thebusiness, the American Magazine Conference. On the newspaperside, the Rocky Mountain News went out of business today after 150years of publishing. Newspapers in Philadelphia filed for bankruptcy. Apaper in Seattle is teetering.Newspapers everywhere are not just troubled, but nearing oblivion.Sowhat’s the appeal of this business for the high school kid just headinginto college? Who the hell wants to get into an industry perceived asin decline? And if we can’t attract talented people, what are theimplications of that? My take? The image of a profession inpop culture has a huge effect on whether young people choose to pursuea career in it. That means print media is in trouble.Maybe they’ll make a movie about it.[image: IMDB]
Dan McCarthy, who yesterday announced his resignation as CEO of Atlanta-based real estate publisher Network Communications Inc., is joining media banker DeSilva & Phillips as a partner. McCarthy [pictured] previously served as CEO of Primedia Enthusiast Group and president/CEO of Cowles Business Media. According to DeSilva & Phillips, McCarthy “has lead more than 30 transactions and financings, including the $380 million sale of NCI to Citigroup Venture Capital Group, the $120 million acquisition of NCI by ABRY Partners; and the $300 million debt restructuring of NCI.” Joining a media banker is a natural step for many former publishing CEOs, particularly between publishing gigs. Ex-Penton CEO Tom Kemp served with Veronis Suhler Stevenson as managing director before ultimately taking over as CEO of Northstar Travel Media, while former Nielsen chief transformation officer Mike Marchesano joined the Jordan, Edmiston Group as managing director, to name just two. Meanwhile, DeSilva & Phillips appointed two new executives to head up three verticals that the firm is looking to for growth. John Kaiser, Jr. now oversees the Advertising & Digital Agency sector while Jessica Luterman Naeve oversees Social Media and Video. Kaiser, Jr. and Luterman Naeve will co-head the Marketing Services sector.
“High response rates to PCH banner ads and landing pages will drive increased traffic to our existing offers, especially in the smart phone and tablet markets,” says Liquid Wireless president and founder Jason Cianchette in a statement. “We will also be able to execute on significantly more powerful media buys with the financial backing of PCH.”Additionally, Liquid Wireless focuses on analytics in relation to campaign performance and PCH plans to extend this as a service through its own campaigns. Publishers Clearing House, known for its big sweepstakes-driven direct marketing tactics, has acquired Liquid Wireless, a Portland, Maine-based mobile marketing company. Terms of the deal were not released, but it gives PCH an instant, turnkey mobile strategy, from campaign generation to activity tracking through post-conversion. PCH has moved heavily into digital and social platforms, porting its sweepstakes and lottery models to sites such as PCHSearchandWin.com and PCHLotto.com. The company claims 3.5 million new online registrants per year, 8 million monthly uniques and a database of 14 million customers. Mobile is its next big move.Liquid Wireless’ turnkey service offerings were a major attraction for PCH, which will help drive further customer acquisition. In turn, PCH’s resources, as well as its existing customer base, should significantly boost the reach for Liquid Wireless’ client campaigns.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al OrtizHPD Chief Art Acevedo is creating a new unit of 13 detectives to work the night shift investigating aggravated assaults in Houston.Chief Art Acevedo is trying to fill a void in the Houston Police Department to improve the department’s response to crimes happening at a specific time of the day.Acevedo is creating a new unit of 13 detectives to work the night shift investigating aggravated assaults.They will assess the crime scenes and gather evidence.“The first forty eight (hours) of any investigation and the first few hours are critical. They’re key that we hit the ground running, so we can try to identify a suspect,” Acevedo says to explain why HPD needs the new unit.Currently, detectives start working on these investigations when their shift starts, which, in some cases, can be several hours after the crime has originally occurred.Asked about why a city the size of Houston didn’t already have overnight detectives, Acevedo says that HPD doesn’t “look backward, we look forward.”Ray Hunt, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union (HPOU), supports the creation of the new unit of detectives as long as its members are working the night shift voluntarily.“We do not support it if you are making people disrupt their lives to put them on this shift, we’d rather use a rotating shift. But, whenever you have people who are volunteering for it, we fully support it,” Hunt notes and adds that he thinks HPD will be able to find enough detectives who will volunteer.Acevedo says the new unit should be operational in about two weeks. 00:00 /01:14 X Share
Darjeeling: The inauguration ceremony of the Uttarbanga Utsav has been rescheduled with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurating the festival on January 21.State Tourism minister Goutam Deb held an administrative meeting on Tuesday at the Mainak Tourist Lodge in Siliguri. “We have got a confirmation from the Chief Minister’s Office that she will be arriving in Siliguri on January 21. On arrival at around 2 pm, she will inaugurate the Uttarbanga Utsav,” he stated. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe inauguration ceremony will be held at Siliguri’s Kanchenjunga Stadium. There will around 30,000 spectators present at the launch. About 100 conches will be blown in synchronisation at the time of inauguration. A large number of womenfolk have been imparted training for blowing the conches in sync and just about 100 would be selected from amongst them. There will be around 1,000 dancers performing at the inauguration ceremony. “We have decided to make it a global event. We are even trying for a world record. Around 20,000 children will take part in a sit-and-draw competition at the venue on January 28. The competition will be videographed using drones,” said the minister. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Chief Minister had started the festival after her government had come to power and this is its eighth edition. The police and administrative heads were also present during the meeting. Special focus is being given to traffic arrangements for January 21 and 28 so that students from different schools can make it to the stadium smoothly for the inaugural ceremony and take part in the sit-and-draw competition in large numbers. Banerjee could be leaving Siliguri for the Hills either on January 21 evening or on 22. On January 23 she will take part in the state government programme commemorating the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in the Hills. She could be returning to Kolkata on January 24. “The venue for the Netaji Jayanti has not been fixed yet. It will either be held at the Darjeeling Chowrasta or at Giddeypahar, Kurseong,” Deb added. At Giddeypahar, Kurseong, the Bose family used to own a villa that now houses a Netaji Museum and Centre for Studies in Himalayan Languages, Society and Culture.
Kolkata: From using a “jumla meter that nails the BJP’s lies” to highlighting the achievements of the eight-year-old Mamata Banerjee government, Trinamool Congress has built a “pro-active campaign” for the Lok Sabha polls, with the help of social media and conventional canvassing. The campaign is being driven from the party’s 24×7 war room in Kolkata, under the leadership of Trinamool Youth Congress national president and party supremo Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAlongside him are a crop of media and tech savvy functionaries like the party’s leader in the Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien. “Our campaign strategy is partly decided on the basis of our own surveys. There is a research team which also places its findings. We have done a lot of work based on support from the ground,” said a party source. Abhishek, who is the MP from Diamond Harbour and now contesting to retain the seat, is the overall in-charge of the campaign. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Abhishek is extremely sharp politically, just like his aunt and comes up with valuable suggestions. Derek and a group of young leaders are with him,” a Trinamool Congress leader said on condition of anonymity. “The 24×7 war room is the venue for constant deliberations, brainstorming sessions and strategy meetings,” he added. A lot of self-criticism takes place during the interactions to understand where the party stands in a particular constituency. Colonel (retired) Diptangshu Chaudhury, the party’s social media convener, said: “We are laying equal emphasis on social media and conventional campaign. For instance, our Asansol Lok Sabha candidate (Moon Moon Sen) has already done 195 public meetings and road shows”. Incidentally, Chaudhury is also the party’s election observer and election agent for Asansol, which Trinamool is striving to recapture from BJP. “Apart from our meetings and rallies, there are many of our dedicated soldiers working behind the scenes. In every booth, we have at least 20 people who are working day and night for the party. At the grassroots level, we are very strong. On the other hand, take my word, BJP won’t get polling agents in 80 percent of the booths in Asansol,” said Chaudhury. Both parties have led several rallies in the state and have several more planned for the coming days. For the sheer intensity of the political campaign here, this could be Ground Zero of BJP’s 2019 Lok Sabha campaign. “We are combating BJP in a pro-active and not defensive manner. We set the agenda, others defend,” Chaudhury added. For taking on BJP’s aggressive campaign led by Modi and Amit Shah, the Trinamool Congress social media team has come up with novel features like ‘Jumla Meter’ which gives immediate, crisp and fact-based rejoinders to BJP’s punches. For instance, on April 20 during his election meeting in South Dinjapur’s Buniadpur, Modi said: “We have shown the way by improving law and order in UP and Tripura.” Within 45 minutes, Trinamool’s Jumla Meter had a post that said: “Yesterday (April 19, 2019) an Election Commission probe confirmed large scale ‘booth capturing’ in Tripura. Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of crimes against women”. Chaudhury claimed that the BJP’s campaign is based on “fake news, lies and disinformation”. “They are mostly selling dreams and jumlas,” he said. Abhishek also heads the social media team, where O’Brien plays a very vital role in strategy and designing an innovative campaign. Besides Chaudhury, former NASSCOM Eastern Regional director Suparno Moitra also guides the party’s social media activities under Abhishek’s overall direction. “The social media is an instrument of god for poorer regional parties lacking in resources to match more opulent opponents,” said Moitra, the party’s joint social media convener. After the Trinamool Youth Congress president revamped the social media unit between mid-2017 and January last year, the focus of the content was broken into two – highlighting development projects of the state government and countering negative propaganda by the Opposition with facts. Trinamool Congress now has a huge presence on every online platform, including Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram and makes extensive use of videos, data and memes.