Dead & Company Will Webcast Their Two-Night Run At Fenway Park

first_imgFor the second time this summer, Dead & Company will perform for two nights at a baseball stadium. Judging by their incredible run at Citi Field, the upcoming performances at Fenway Park in Boston, MA are sure to be something special.If you can’t make it out to Boston for the shows this Friday and Saturday, July 15-16, fear not. The band has teamed with nugs.tv to provide webcasts for each of the two shows. With SD and HD packages and single-night options available, there’s no reason to miss out on any of the music!Check out the poster for the run below, and head here for pricing and more information.last_img

England’s boys and girls on winning form

first_img5 Aug 2015 England’s boys and girls on winning form England’s teams were on winning form today in their double title defence at both the Boys’ and Girls’ Home Internationals.The boys, who are playing at Conwy, Wales, won the second match of their series, beating Ireland 8½-6½. Now the defending champions face a title showdown tomorrow with Scotland.The girls, playing at Lanark in Scotland, began their bid for an eighth consecutive title, by beating Wales 8-1.In the boys’ match England trailed 2-1 after the foursomes, with the team’s points scored by the pairings of Max Martin (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Matty Lamb and by Will Enefer and Harry Hall.In the singles they produced determined play to win a series of close game. Three matches went to the 18th, with the points claimed by Marco Penge, Charlie Strickland and Max Martin, while Matty Lamb halved. Will Enefer, meanwhile, won on the 17th.England’s other two singles wins were much more comfortable, with Jamie Li winning 4/3 and Rhys Nevin-Wharton beating his opponent 5/4.Team manager Derek Hughes commented: “Today was nip and tuck and could have gone to either team, but in the end the boys battled through.“The boys at the front end gave the team a good start in the singles and the others contributed some great points, with Max Martin collecting the winning point. We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s match.”Click here for information about the Boys’ Home InternationalsIn the girls’ match, the England team conceded their only point of the day in the foursomes, but wins from Hollie Muse and Sammy Fuller and from Emma Allen and Lizzie Prior put them 2-1 up at lunch. In the singles, they pulled off a clean sweep of six wins from six matches.Team captain Chris Pascall said: “We had a good day with some good comebacks – the score line looks an easy win, but the girls had to fight hard.”Alice Hewson was three down after nine, but got ahead on the 15th. Eloise Healey was three down after four holes, but won the next four holes, helped by birdies on the fifth and sixth. Lizzie Prior was two down for most of the match but came through to win on the 18th, having birdied 16 and 17.Click here for information about the Girls’ Home InternationalsThe teamsBoys: Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Will Enefer (Wrekin), Harry Hall (West Cornwall), Matty Lamb (Hexham) Jamie Li (Bath), Max Martin (Ladbrook Park), Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway), Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood), Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham), Billy Spooner (Woodhall Spa), Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor).Girls: Emma Allen (Meon Valley), Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe), Samantha Fuller (Roehampton), Eloise Healey (West Lancashire), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) and Lizzie Prior (Burhill), Emily Toy (Carlyon Bay).last_img read more

Women’s Roller Derby back on the flat track Saturday in Rossland

first_imgSome of the teams have changed, but when the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League opens the 2013 season Saturday in  Rossland there no doubt will once again be plenty of action to go around.The Rossland Arena is the site of the first doubleheader of the season when the Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers meet Salmo’s Babes of Brutality at 5 p.m.At 7 p.m., the new and improved Rossland/Trail Roller Girls host Nelson’s KillJoys.Doors open at 4 p.m.”Will this be the bout that the Dam City Rollers finally take down their nemesis, the Babes of Brutality?” said Lori Clyde of the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League.”Or will the Babes hold back the flood gates one more time?” The West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League consists of five teams this season, down a few from 2012.Along with Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers, Salmo’s Babes of Brutality, Nelson Killjoys and the new Rossland/Trail Roller Girls is the Slocan’s Valley Vendettas.The league plays a host of doubleheaders throughout the summer before the season concludes with the championship bout.Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of a series of short matchups (“jams”) in which both teams designate a scoring player (the “jammer”) who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team.The teams attempt to assist their own jammer whilst hindering the opposing jammer — in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously.West Kootenay Roller Derby is made up of 5 house teams and 1 Travel team; Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers, Salmo’s Babes of Brutality, Slocan’s Valley Vendettas, the Nelson Killjoys and Rossland Trail Roller Girls. The WKWFTRDL travel team is the Kootenay Kannibelles which is made up of a stellar bunch of athletes from all the house teams who recently placed fourth in  the National tournament held in March in Edmonton. The Kannibelles will be representing the league again this year in the western finals in Fernie in July.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14, 2016

first_imgIN ANY LANGUAGE, CHAO CHOM’S A WINNERConsidering the owner doesn’t speak English and the trainer doesn’t speak Thai, S. Sandow, Inc. and Gary Stute have a business relationship made in heaven.Stute trains Chao Chom for Sandow, who plans to be on hand when the upstart daughter of Tizbud runs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on opening day, Dec. 26.“It’s a big step up for her but as long as I get (Kent) Desormeaux, I’ll be happy,” Stute said. It was Hall of Fame rider Desormeaux who piloted 8-1 Chao Chom to a 1 ¾-length upset over 1-9 favorite Enola Gray in the Betty Grable Stakes for California-breds at Del Mar Nov. 13.“He’s got those magic hands,” Stute said of Desormeaux, who was riding the filly for the first time. “He had a chance to ride another filly in the Betty Grable, but that owner wanted to try somebody else.”Stute said Chao Chom’s owner, who owns a business that collects trash in Bangkok, usually visits the United States later in the year but is coming in specifically to see Chao Chom run in the La Brea.“The difficult part of our relationship is, I don’t speak Thai and he doesn’t speak English, and I’ve been training for him 15 years,” Gary said. “My Dad (retired trainer Mel Stute) loves them. Every time they come here, his wife gives him a hundred-dollar bill.”Chao Chom worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Tuesday in a bullet 1:12.20 under jockey Juan Ochoa. STORYBOOK HORSE LEAVES BIG VOID FOR SHERMAN      The penultimate chapter in California Chrome’s fairytale career is scheduled to unfold Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course, as the soon to be 6-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit readies for a highly anticipated rematch with Arrogate in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park–Chrome’s farewell race before being retired to stud at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky.“He looks very good,” trainer Art Sherman said three days after Chrome had his final workout for the Los Alamitos Winter Challenge. “He’s been training forwardly and I look for him to run a decent race.”If all goes well after Saturday, plans call for Chrome to leave for Florida on Jan. 6 “and train at Gulfstream prior to the race.”California Chrome will leave a gaping chasm not only in racing but in America’s mainstream. Winner of the Kentucky Derby in 2014 when he was named Horse of the Year, California Chrome won the $10 million Dubai World Cup last March, was second by a half-length to champion-in-waiting Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5 and is North America’s all-time leading money earner with $14,452,650, boasting a 15-4-1 record from 25 starts.Chrome’s life as a stallion will require an adjustment for both horse and trainer.“When I look at that stall and see he’s not in there, it will be a void for me,” Sherman said. “But he’s got some great mares lined up, so I’m hoping he’ll be a really decent stud.”That, of course, remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Sherman can’t complain.“It’s been one helluva ride for me,” said the Brooklyn native who turns 80 come Feb. 17. “He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse. Every trainer hopes he can have a horse like him and I was lucky enough to have him. It’s been great for me, my family and friends.”While the California Chrome story on the race track is due to end Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, his untarnished tale of the turf could live on in perpetuity.Sherman said a book that would be authored by Daily Racing Form’s Eclipse Award-winning Executive Columnist Jay Hovdey has been discussed.“There are a lot of memories,” Sherman said. “I can tell you that.” SANTA ANITA OFFERS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE OPENING DAY            In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita Park will again treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday, Dec. 26. A fan favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission. With a pair of Grade I stakes, the Malibu and the La Brea leading the way, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opener will again command center stage among racing fans nationwide.Mathis Brothers Furniture, for whom the opening day Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile is named, will provide a plush Thoroughbred toy to the first 5,000 kids 12 and under, as well as Mathis Brothers Gift certificates to all paid attendees. Santa Anita will also provide a Family Fun Zone in its spacious Infield Area. (General Admission and parking are free in the Infield, via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place).Santa Anita’s luxurious Chandelier Room will again play host to the highly acclaimed Guest Chef Series as one of LA’s hottest restaurants will provide contemporary cuisine and post-holiday celebration. Ticketing, available online, includes innovative signature dishes throughout the afternoon, six delicious whiskey tastings, live music, a racing program, a wagering tip sheet and more. To purchase tickets, please visit santaanita.com/events.With first post time set at 12 noon, admission gates will open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events:–Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.            –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs            –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds            –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf             –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar             –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under            –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission            –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at santaanita.com/events)            –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit santaanita.com/events for details            –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit santaanita.com/events            –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit santaanita.com/events            Entries for opening day races will be taken Wednesday, Dec. 21. For more racing and event information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. CLASSIC WINNER ARROGATE DRILLS FOR 2017 DEBUTLANGUAGE BARRIER NO PROBLEM FOR GARY STUTESANTA ANITA WINTER MEET STARTS MONDAY, DEC. 26CHROME’S FAREWELL CALIFORNIA RACE SATURDAYcenter_img ARROGATE COULD RUN IN SAN PASQUAL STAKES JAN. 1Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate, who upset fan favorite California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 6, worked five furlongs Tuesday at The Great Race Place in a bullet 58.40, fastest of 77 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:01.39.Trainer Bob Baffert told bloodhorse.com that Arrogate could make his 2017 debut in the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 1, which could lead to the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28.Martin Garcia was aboard for the drill.“When he came back, he was just full of himself, it was like nothing for him,” Baffert said of Arrogate. “He’s so impressive. After retiring American Pharoah, I never dreamt I would be dealing with another horse of his caliber, but he’s just getting stronger and better every day.” FINISH LINES: As is its tradition, Santa Anita begins its Winter Meet at 12 noon the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, which falls on a Monday but is considered a holiday since Christmas is on a Sunday. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27 and 28, and resume live racing Thursday, Dec. 29, at 12:30 p.m. . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Los Alamitos Race Course. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The public is encouraged to attend.last_img read more

Crabs kick off 75th season Friday

first_imgThe Humboldt Crabs open their 75th season Friday night and the 2019 schedule features all the usual suspects — including a couple of series against the PUF Caps, a match up which created some of the most memorable games of last season — and for the first time ever, an away game at the Humboldt B52s.The Crabs, which remain the oldest, continuously-operated, collegiate, independent, wood-bat, summer baseball team in the country, will play 49 games this summer after going 37-10 last year.The …last_img

Are Dark Matter and Dark Energy the New Epicycles?

first_imgAn article in The Economist suggests that dark matter and dark energy may not be necessary to understand the structure of the universe.  It refers to two recent papers that explain the cosmic background radiation and galaxy clusters with ordinary matter, without a need for either of the other two unknown quantities.  Are dark matter and dark energy like the fudge factors called epicycles that Ptolemy used to keep his outdated cosmology working?  The article allows that, at this point, either side of the controversy could be wrong, but “On the other hand, a universe that requires three completely different sorts of stuff to explain its essence does have a whiff of epicycles about it. … one cannot help but wonder whether Ptolemy might soon have some company in the annals of convoluted, discarded theories.”Dark energy is the big fad these days.  Leading cosmologists are certain they have proved its existence in this era of “precision cosmology” (see 06/20/03).  A model that doesn’t rely on 96% unknown entities would seem to have a built-in advantage.  Let’s watch to see who eats crow a few years from now.(Visited 95 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Anthropologists and Psychologists Under Fire for Flawed Methods

first_imgPoor sampling and other errors may undermine many things scientists think they know about mankind.In a special edition, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked into growing complaints about psychology and anthropology. Here are what some of the papers had to say:Broadening horizons: Sample diversity and socioecological theory are essential to the future of psychological science (Michael D. Gurven, PNAS). “The present lack of sample diversity and ecological theory in psychological science fundamentally limits generalizability and obstructs scientific progress.”Should social scientists be distanced from or engaged with the people they study? (Nzinga et al, PNAS). Anthropologists have thought they need to maintain their distance from the subjects they study. “More broadly, we argue that social and educational sciences need skepticism, interestedness, and engagement, not distancing.”Pressing questions in the study of psychological and behavioral diversity (Hruschka et al, PNAS). This paper begins with a damning quote for the whole field of psychology. Reading this is like shock treatment:Extreme biased sampling of research participants and the neglect of their cultural context are increasingly recognized as threats to the generalizability of much of what we know about human thought and behavior. In addition to reinforcing narrow views of what it means to be human, these parochial research practices have also shaped the methodological core of the human sciences by favoring tasks that are tailored to the skills, motivations, and social expectations of a very rarefied set of humanity. Despite decades of calls for reform, there is little evidence that increasing awareness of this threat has led to changes in practice or publishing.Daniel Hruschka continues his diatribe on The Conversation, saying, “You can’t characterize human nature if studies overlook 85 percent of people on Earth.” How influential has this fake science been on society? He says in plain English,Over the last century, behavioral researchers have revealed the biases and prejudices that shape how people see the world and the carrots and sticks that influence our daily actions. Their discoveries have filled psychology textbooks and inspired generations of students. They’ve also informed how businesses manage their employees, how educators develop new curricula and how political campaigns persuade and motivate voters.But a growing body of research has raised concerns that many of these discoveries suffer from severe biases of their own. Specifically, the vast majority of what we know about human psychology and behavior comes from studies conducted with a narrow slice of humanity – college students, middle-class respondents living near universities and highly educated residents of wealthy, industrialized and democratic nations.More than 90% of the studies that supposedly tell us about human beings come from just 15% of the people on the planet. That’s WEIRD: “Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic.”Toward a psychology of Homo sapiens: Making psychological science more representative of the human population (Rad et al, PNAS). How generalizable are published conclusions when “most research published in our leading journals has relied on sampling WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic) populations”? There’s trouble in psychology departments. “To take us forward, we offer a set of concrete proposals for authors, journal editors, and reviewers that may lead to a psychological science that is more representative of the human condition.”An abundance of developmental anomalies and abnormalities in Pleistocene people (Erik Trinkaus, PNAS). And yet they go on; Erik Trinkaus proceeds to describe people he never met, because they were all dead long ago.Polygenic adaptation and convergent evolution on growth and cardiac genetic pathways in African and Asian rainforest hunter-gatherers (Bergey et al, PNAS). This group treats distinguished human beings of the Pygmy description as their lab rats.Cultural impediments to learning to cooperate: An experimental study of high- and low-caste men in rural India (Brooks et al, PNAS). This team uses caste members of India as their lab rats. “The results overturn earlier findings….” Maybe the roles should be reversed, since scientists can’t get it right. Let the caste members use the scientists as their lab rats.Current Biology issued this paper questioning earlier studies:Human Cooperation: The Hunter-Gatherer Puzzle (Joseph Heinrich, Current Biology). “A new study among the Hadza, one of the few surviving foraging populations, challenges popular approaches to cooperation while suggesting a central role for cultural transmission.”Psychologists have a WEIRD understanding of humanity. Physician, heal thyself. Even beyond the WEIRD people they study, these social scientists often use rigged games to tweak responses from people in unrealistic situations. How reliable is that?To understand people, start with the Manufacturer’s manual.(Visited 488 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedWisconsin’s West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour (GT40)August 23, 2018In “Community”GeoTour Spotlight: West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour (GT40)March 23, 2017In “GeoTours”Spokane History GeoTourJanuary 8, 2016In “Community” GeoTour Name: West Bend Four Seasons GeoTourLocation: West Bend, WisconsinNumber of Favorite Points: 362Old 1889 County Courthouse and Museum (GC53BB1)Why West Bend is a great place to visit:West Bend is nestled in the heart of Wisconsin’s northern Kettle Moraine, but is also close to Milwaukee. The area embodies the best of small town living and big city offerings. From museums and shops to miles of scenic trails and other outdoor recreation, West Bend has something for everyone.Best time of year to visit:West Bend is a year-round destination with festivals and fun for every season. In winter, have fun skiing, snowboarding, or tubing on two nearby ski hills. Music on Main is a live celebration every Thursday during summer. Geocachers from all over the globe head to this area for the annual $1000 West Bend Cache Ba$h Mega Event in August.Must-see attractions:The Old Courthouse and Jail (GC53BB1) is a standout attraction. Built in 1889, this historic building now houses an outstanding museum with exhibits that tell the story of Washington County from the Ice Age to the Industrial Age including some hands-on interactive exhibits.The Museum of Wisconsin Art (GC53BBB) houses the largest collection of Wisconsin art, including Milwaukee-born artist Carl von Marr (1858-1936).Hidden gems only locals know about:Many locals don’t even know about Shalom Wildlife Zoo, a 100-acre wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to deer, elk, bison, wolves, bighorn sheep, a farm petting zoo, and many other animals. And don’t forget to say hello to brothers Lewis and Clark, a pair of young brown bears that like to show off in front of visitors.Prizes:Those who complete the GeoTour Passport receive a special West Bend Four Seasons Geocoin.Site of Lithia Brewery/Time Capsule (GC53C91) – photo by Ashley Ambur SandersWhat geocachers are saying about South Park GeoTour:“Made a last-minute decision to drive up for this geocoin challenge with mymowgli today. What a beautiful day of fun caching & great eating! We didn’t have quite enough time to hit all the caches, so we made up for it by taking in some extra meals for our needed points…and the food/hospitality did not disappoint! Thanks much for putting on this geotour/geocoin challenge for us to enjoy!” -ugomaddie“Completing the West Bend GeoTour this morning before heading back home. I really enjoyed going to all of the historic sites in West Bend. Some I knew but some were new this time around. Top notch tour!” -MoonyMarauderYou can feed the animals at Shalom Wildlife (GC53GBA) – photo by Hack1of2“A lot of time, thought, and effort was obviously put into the creation of this series, and we wanted to honor that by spending a little bit of time at each location, taking in the surroundings, and learning what we could of the area’s significance….This is turning out to be a great, great series. We are so impressed with West Bend! We’ll be back!” -Hack1of2Additional Information:From West Bend, it’s only a 30-minute drive to the oldest geocache in Wisconsin (GC3B1).The first stop on the tour is the home of the West Bend Chamber of Commerce. Come inside, and the friendly staff will help make your trip a success! For more information about the GeoTour and things to do in West Bend, go to www.visitwestbend.com.Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.last_img read more

Real Bad Guys Create Fake Bad Piggies Game: Infect 80,000 Angry Birds Fans

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#gaming#security#web Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App christina ortizcenter_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout People love to play the bad guy, so it’s no surprise that Bad Piggies, the spin off of Rovio’s popular Angry Birds game franchise, has done very well worldwide, earning the top spot in the iPhone App Store hours after its release in late September. But that popularity has a dark side: Some real bad buys have created a fake version of the game as a Chrome extension that has already infected more than 80,000 users with malware. Rovio’s new game focuses on Angry Birds’ hated green swine baddies, giving the Bad Piggies a chance to soar to new heights through mazes and puzzles. But when a user searches the Chrome Web Store for the game, what they find might be a little fishy. IT security company Barracuda Networks posted on its blog that it downloaded a few of the titles and found that the plug-ins came from a site called playook.info, supposedly a source for free flash games. (This includes a game called “Angry Mario,” which aside from any possible malware that comes along with it, sounds like a pretty freaking cool idea.) Barracuda found that when a user downloads one of these games, they are asked to allow the  app access to website data.Using a test environment, the company allowed access and checked out the games. The first thing it noticed was that the game doesn’t resemble the real Bad Piggies game. Instead of the mazes and puzzles that make the pig game different from its predecessor, you get a pigs-shoot-birds set up.More to the point, the plug-in also accesses popular sites like Yahoo, Myspace and even AngryBirds.com to snatch up personal info like email addresses and credit card numbers. A full list of the sites infected with adware so far is available on Barracuda’s blog. Don’t Be A VictimTo make sure you don’t get sucked into this mess, be wary of giving any permissions to plug-ins from the Chrome Store. If it seems suspicious, don’t download it. If you already did allow access, change your passwords and uninstall the extensions immediately.As of right now, the real game is available in the App Store, Google Play, Mac App Store and as a download for the PC.  Windows 8 and Windows Phone versions will be available soon.  9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

BJP resorting to divisive politics in Haryana: Hooda

first_imgFormer Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday hit out at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government in Haryana, accusing it of resorting to cheap politics, causing divisions in society. “Unity and social harmony is our biggest strength and I appeal to all sections to defeat the divisive forces by staying united and maintain social harmony,” the former CM said at a public meeting at the start of the fifth leg of his ‘Jankranti Yatra’ in Mahendragarh. “The BJP made tall promises to farmers and soldiers before the elections. But after coming to power the BJP has not fulfilled any of the promises. Farmers were promised 50% profit for their crops but the BJP has betrayed their trust. The soldiers were promised One Rank One Pensions but they continue to agitate as they are not getting the same on the formula promised to them by the Congress government,” said Mr. Hooda. “The BJP government had promised the government employees to bring pay parity with their Punjab counterparts but like the other promises, this one too has been thrown in the dustbin. The result is that all work has come to grinding halt in the State,” he said. He added that the Congress would bring this pay parity after assuming power following the Assembly elections next year. Flays INLDMr. Hooda also took a dig at the Indian National Lok Dal for their failure to bring any development in southern Haryana and challenged them to list even one development initiative during their six years of government from 1999 to 2004. “INLD leaders criticise the Congress but never talk about their achievements because they have nothing to highlight. Instead of bringing any development to the region, they opposed the construction of the Hansi-Butana canal,” he alleged. Mr. Hooda added that both the BJP and the INLD were trying to mislead the people of the State. “The INLD did not vote against the BJP government in the no confidence motion moved by the Opposition in the Lok Sabha while they voted with the BJP in the recently concluded elections for the post of Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha,” he said. In Kurukshetra’s Babain, senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala criticised the BJP government for not waiving farm loans despite the farmers distress.“The BJP government imposed huge taxes on farmers, thereby increasing farm costs. Fertilizers, pesticides and farm implements earlier attracted zero per cent tax in most States but under the GST, the BJP government has imposed huge taxes,” he said, addressing a ‘Jan Chetna’ rally. “The people have made up their mind to teach a befitting lesson to the BJP in the next polls,” he said.last_img read more