PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $59,291 INTO FRIDAY; TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD EXCEED $250,000 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2016)–Idle since late November in New York, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss’s homebred Keri Belle held off the late charge of Stormy Lucy to win Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes by a nose under Alex Solis. Trained by John Shirreffs, the 6-year-old mare by Empire Maker wheeled five-wide at the top of the stretch and got one mile on turf in 1:36.30.“Coming out of the gate, I took hold,” said Solis, who was aboard Keri Belle for the first time today. “They went so fast so it pushed her back even more, but it worked out good because she was relaxed.”In a scene steeped in déjà vu, Solis, who won nine stakes at Santa Anita with the race’s namesake, was greeted in the Winner’s Circle by Michael Bello, who owned the magnificent mare and presented today’s trophy.“We have a lot of great memories of Megahertz,” said Solis. “Last night, I was talking to the Daily Racing Form, they had a video of all of her races. It was so special to ride a filly like her and so special watching all of her races.”Off at 12-1 in a field of 12 older fillies and mares, Keri Belle, who picked up her first-ever stakes win, paid $27.80, 12.40 and $8.40. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $229,030. Her overall mark now stands at 12-4-2-1.“If you watch her races, she’s got a beautiful way of going,” said Shirreffs. “She’s got a big stride and she carries herself well. Turf racing, you’ve got to be a little bit lucky and today was her day.”Jerry Moss, who posed for 19 come-from-behind photos with the immortal Zenyatta, was understandably elated following the Megahertz.“She’s a lovely horse, she’s really something, very pretty,” Moss said. “We brought her back from New York and it’s so great to be back in California. We’ll stay here.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Stormy Lucy, who was a close second in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes on Dec. 27, was next to last after the first half mile and unleashed a furious rally through the lane to just miss.“I had no intention of being as far back as I was,” said Desormeaux. “She got shuffled back and kind of stuck her feet in the ground. I wanted to be mid-pack. She ran great again, she really did.”The second choice at 3-1, Stormy Lucy paid $3.80 and $3.20.Glenn Hill Farms’ Theatre Star, who was 10th after the first half mile, went head and head with Stormy Lucy the final three sixteenths and finished third, a neck behind her. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Theatre Star paid $5.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.79, 46.71, 1:11.62 and 1:24.08.There is a carryover into Friday’s Pick Six of $59,291, and it’s expected Friday’s total Pick Six pool should exceed $250,000.First post time on Friday for an eight-race card is at 1 p.m.
It was the second loss of their 10-match tour of New Zealand after they were also overhauled by the Auckland Blues in their 22-16 loss at Eden Park last Wednesday.Last night’s defeat at Otago Regional Stadium, however, was a bigger blow for the tourists, who had had impressed with a 12-3 win over the Canterbury Crusaders last Saturday and looked to have begun to get some momentum into their tour.”The guys are disappointed,” Gatland told reporters in Dunedin. “We shot ourselves in the foot with some turnovers and penalties in the last 10 minutes.”There are some key moments to learn from, the big lesson is that New Zealand sides play for 80 minutes.”Marty Banks won the game for the home side when he slotted a 74th minute penalty, though two powerful scrums from their replacement front rowers had given them the field position for the flyhalf to seal the opportunity.The Lions had earlier failed to put the game away with the ultra-consistent Owen Farrell missing a penalty that would have given them a 25-20 lead with 12 minutes remaining.Gatland said his side should have taken control of the match before then anyway.”At 22-13 we have got ourselves in front and the boys said they were reasonably comfortable and unfortunately some big moments that we didn’t nail allowed them back into the game,” Gatland added.”We just needed strong game management to close the game down, then we missed a penalty that Owen would normally kick every day and Marty Banks made his.”Those are the fine margins.”Lions captain Sam Warburton said he was disappointed his side had given away too many penalties, with referee Angus Gardner warning the Welshman that they could face a yellow card if they continued to transgress.The loss had also upset their momentum as they head into the clash with the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua on Saturday.”There were high pressure situations in the game that we probably could have dealt with a bit better,” Warburton said.”Any team will tell you the morning after a win is a much better buzz.”But the group of guys we have got are hugely motivated for what’s around the corner. As long as we learn from this game, we take it on the chin and look forward to the Maori which is a huge challenge.”Photo: PHOTOSPORT James Haskell of the Lions acknowledges the crowd following their loss to the Highlanders.
A 16-year-old Lindener, who appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, charged with the offence of rape was granted 0,000 bail.The teen appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse. It is alleged that the teenager, who hails from Half Mile, Wismar, Linden engaged in the sexual penetration of a 13-year-old female on July 9 at Half Mile. The case will continue on September 29.
The Association of Caribbean Students for Equal Access to the Legal Profession (ACSEAL); the University of Guyana’s (UG) Law Society; and the University of Technology’s (UTech) Students’ Union, Jamaica; are yet again calling on the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Council of Legal Education (CLE) to urgently address the concerns of law students and other conscientious Caricom citizens across the Region who are concerned about the transparency and fairness of the CLE Annual Entrance Examinations.In 2015, it was reported that of the 400-plus “non-UWI [law] students who sat the entrance examination for a chance to be enrolled at the Norman Manley Law School [in Jamaica], the Institution only admitted seven for the 2015/2016 academic year”. A similar outcome was manifested in 2017, when only seven non-UWI law graduates gained entrance to the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad.To gain a passing grade at the entrance examinations, candidates are required to obtain at least 40 per cent in each of the courses examined: contract, criminal, equity, property and tort; but in 2015, only 17 of the 400-plus candidates in Jamaica obtained a “pass” in all core courses.Since March 2016, ACSEAL has adamantly criticised the entrance examination procedure, citing the absence of a detailed body of regulations governing the examinations; the lack of review or query procedure; the absence of any model answers or examiners’ reports; and the fact that examination results for all candidates are not released simultaneously, as contributory factors to the “apathy and drastic decline in student confidence regarding the law school admission process”.President of the UG Law Society, Delonté De Clou, noted that “Guyanese students face a unique issue in relation to the exorbitant fees which relegate us to second class students who are burdened by onerous fees. A push for a law school locally will be less financially onerous on local students. As such, the University of Guyana Law Society supports ACSEAL’s efforts to shine a light on the problematic practices that exists in relation to entry, the issue of expense, as well as the push for transparency in relation to the entrance exam”.De Clou’s sentiments were echoed by the Vice President of the UG Law Society, Josephine Tapp, who stated, “no process with the ramifications that these exams have on persons’ futures should have the administrative and procedural improprieties that are apparent in the present exam process.“As students of law, we are taught the importance of procedural fairness – of which transparency is a cornerstone – and we believe these rules should translate into the examination that our colleagues are asked to sit. As such, we are committed to: working with ACSEAL to criticise the discrepancies of what is now a discriminatory system that routinely sees a 90 per cent failure rate (while UWI students are granted automatic entry); to highlight the need for a merit-based system of admission; and the need for the establishment of a law school in Guyana,” Tapp added.The 2018 session for the annual law school entrance examinations is carded for July 4 and is expected to be conducted in more than 10 Caricom Member States.Legal education in the English-speaking Caribbean, is mainly governed by a 1971 treaty which established the Caricom Council of Legal Education (CLE). In order to become a lawyer, one must first complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) at a University recognised by the treaty; and then, obtain a Legal Education Certificate (LEC) from one of the law schools in the Region: the Hugh Wooding, Eugene Dupuch or Norman Manley Law School.However, since 1997, the CLE has adopted an interpretation of the 1971 treaty, which imposed an entrance examination on non-UWI LLB holders to access the law schools. Every year, hundreds of non-UWI law graduates across the Caribbean pay the non-refundable examination fee (US$150) with no guarantee that success will result in admission, since their admission is based on the availability of spaces after all UWI LLB graduates have been automatically accommodated.The exclusive, preferential and automatic access to the Region’s law schools, afforded to UWI law graduates, has been criticised from as early as 1998. Trinidad and Tobago’s 1998 Cabinet-appointed ‘Task Force to Consider Legal Education in the Caribbean’ recommended: “the introduction of an admission policy based on a merit system, as opposed to an automatic entry exclusively for UWI graduates”.The Caricom Secretary General in July 2017 responding to a question posed to him on behalf of ACSEAL at a Social Media Interactive event in Grenada, stated that he had “received advice that the admission policy of the [CLE] in giving priority to UWI students is discriminatory and ought to be addressed”. Meanwhile, the Governments of Guyana and Jamaica have expressed intentions of establishing more law schools in their respective countries to address the problem of space provision. The CLE is yet to approve the establishment of these law schools.
ALAMEDA — We’ve seen a lot of growth in the second year of the union between Derek Carr and Jon Gruden.Now comes the next step, and in the case of Carr it’s more of a leap.Arrowhead Stadium is the most hostile of environments for Carr. His record there is 0-5, his stats are awful and not once has he passed the eye test of being a solid, functional NFL quarterback.When the Raiders (6-5) visit the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) Sunday afternoon, Carr might not win, but he needs to keep the Raiders …
(Visited 446 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 We hear it all the time; 99% of scientists agree. All it takes, though, is one overlooked fact to tumble a consensus.Occasionally we take a look at matters other than creation and evolution, when they are instructive about the scientific process. The scientific consensus on climate change (previously known as “global warming”) is a case in point. Scientists have been so dogmatic about it they have convinced most major world governments to enact draconian measures to counteract it. Climate has changed drastically in the past before humans evolved, they will admit, but they insist that the current climate excursion was caused by people trying to increase their happiness and reduce their suffering. News about global warming often includes denunciations of President Donald Trump for pulling America out of the Paris Climate Accords.We don’t quote climate “denialists” to get into the mud on this issue. We just look at the secular news itself, which is almost uniformly on the side of the climate consensus, and ask questions (see this list for previous entries). We pass over the ridiculous stories about what’s coming with global warming, like this headline on Phys.org, “Competition between males improves resilience against climate change.” Claims like that nobody could ever know for sure. Instead, we focus on the epistemology of the consensus: how do they know what they claim to know about human culpability for a warming climate? Did the consensus take the following factors into account?These ‘Dirty’ Thunderstorms Fill Sky with As Much Smoke As Volcanic Eruption (Live Science). Big volcanic eruptions, it is well known, can alter the climate. A well-known case was the Mt. Pinatubo eruption that reduced global temperatures for a time by 0.9° F in 1991. This article says that pyrocumulonimbus storms (pyroCb’s), or “dirty thunderstorms” fed by ash from wildfires, can put as much carbon smoke into the atmosphere as a volcano. “While such major volcanic events are sporadic, Peterson said, pyroCb events occur every year,” the article ends. “But scientists have not studied these storms enough to understand their potential impact on the climate.” Since wildfires are common, and have occurred long before man started burning coal or oil, would climate models produce different conclusions if pyroCbs were taken into account?Smoke from a relatively small wildfire.Tiny particles high up in the sky give insight into climate change (Phys.org). Black carbon (BC) can reflect incoming solar heat back into space, this article says. So can the clouds that form around the particles. Atmospheric particles, or aerosols, are thought to be the second or third most important factor after carbon dioxide. But do scientists understand its contribution? Note the uncertainty in this quote regarding a substantial contributor to climate change (which would seem to lower temperatures rather than raise them).Aerosols, tiny particles that are suspended in the atmosphere, contribute significantly towards climate change. However, despite their consequential role, aerosol interactions aren’t very well understood.The authors say that particles can last for years and influence regions far from cities with their pollution. The concentration of these particles over the Amazon Basin was higher than expected. Does this give anyone confidence in climate models, with their dire predictions of temperature changes a century away, specified in tenths of a degree? Yet those are the models used to scare politicians into taking drastic action.Microbes eat rocks and leave carbon dioxide (Science Magazine). This news item reveals that geologists and climatologists were wrong about silicate rocks acting as a carbon sink to counterbalance the outgassing of volcanoes. Microbes in the silicates can actually “eat” the rocks and release much of that carbon back into the atmosphere as CO2. A study of these rocks in Taiwan showed that “microbes oxidize roughly two-thirds of the petrogenic organic carbon there and that the rate of oxidation increases with the rate of erosion.”How does the Pacific Walker circulation respond to strong tropical volcanism? (Phys.org). Read this news item to get an idea of how complicated it is to tease out the significance of individual factors that might alter the climate. Severe volcanic eruptions (SVE’s), like the recent one in Bali, Indonesia, “can affect Earth’s climate.” But by how much? Trying to figure that out is complex, because a large eruption, which is unpredictable, can affect air currents in unexpected ways that are not well understood. Obviously humans are not responsible for what volcanoes do. Note, too, that SVEs tend to have a cooling effect. “The cooling effect from the SVEs is able to cool the entire tropics,” the article says, and yet the temperature anomalies that result are not uniform.Anthropogenic combustion iron as a complex climate forcer (Nature Communications). Even though this paper mentions a factor that might exacerbate warming, the key fact is that it was not taken into account before. “Our results demonstrate that anthropogenic combustion iron is a larger and more complex climate forcer than previously thought, and therefore plays a key role in the Earth system,” the authors say. This should lead thoughtful observers to ask what other factors have not been considered, that could be larger or smaller than previously thought?The Politics of Climate ChangeRepublicans more persuasive than scientists on climate change (Science Daily). This article, pretending to be an unbiased analysis of political attitudes about climate change, ends up as a partisan advocacy piece. The authors of a psychological survey at the University of Connecticut seem disturbed that Republicans who argue against anthropogenic climate change are more persuasive than the scientific consensus. But rather than see if Republican counter-arguments have merit, the authors delve into ways to package consensus arguments in more persuasive ways. They assume that Republicans are engaging in misinformation. “Citing Republican elites who endorse the scientific consensus on climate change may be the most effective way to persuade citizens that climate change is a real and important problem,” says Lyle Scruggs, a professor of political science at University of Connecticut. “That may be a step forward in reducing the partisan gap in public opinion on the subject.” Anyone smell partisanship in that comment?In closing, maybe it’s worth asking what the ruckus is about. Mike Wall wrote on Space.com, “Life on Venus? Why It’s Not an Absurd Thought.” Venus, we note, is a very warm planet. Astrobiologist David Grinspoon says that the atmosphere a few dozen miles up is pretty benign – if the Venusians can tolerate the sulfuric acid. So why worry? If climate change wipes out human society, some scientists, like the misanthrope Eric Pianka who wants to solve overpopulation of stupid people by releasing atmospheric ebola to kill billions of people indiscriminately, might be happy. Darwin will ensure that the next generation of organisms on earth will be heat-tolerant, acid-tolerant, and will vote Democrat. That’s not an absurd thought at all, now is it? Not for the scientific consensus.Dr Eric Pianka, ardent evolutionist and genocide advocate, by J B Greene. Used by permission.
In the 25 years that Sporting Chance has been in existence, it has worked with about 170 000 and even helped unearth exceptional sporting talent. (Images: Shamin Chibba)Sporting Chance, as the name suggests, is a sports development agency that gives children from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to participate in sport while also receiving a physical education.One of the organisation’s more important goals was to instil an active life pattern, said founder and managing director Brad Bing. He was speaking at a Play Your Part Rugby Activation held at Khayelitsha Rugby Stadium in Cape Town on 2 October. “What you need is to create life patterns by the age of 12. You don’t just wake up on your 14th birthday and say, ‘Tomorrow I’m going to play squash.’ Your kids are going to grow up following that and that’s the culture we need to have.”Sporting Chance helped Play Your Part facilitate the activation in Khayelitsha, bringing along rugby coaches and experts to train the children.With calypso cricket and street soccer programmes their mainstay, Sporting Chance is taking sport to the children. “Basically we never make plans. All we do is facilitate the opportunity and these kids have got to grab the opportunity themselves,” said Bing.Bing himself has been active all his life. He played cricket professionally for Western Province in the late 1980s and played in England for 10 years. After he retired, he returned to South Africa with the idea of getting children outside and playing sport.“I came back with international ideas to South Africa and if you remember correctly in the 1980s it was the height of apartheid and the height of the struggle. Not many people understood the ideas I was talking about. Out of pure frustration, in September 1990 I said: ‘That’s it, I’m going to start my own company.’”And 25 years later, the organisation is still moving strongly. It has worked with about 170 000 children, some of whom have gone on to represent South Africa at the highest level. According to Bing, these include six members of the national men’s hockey side and cricket player Herschelle Gibbs.However, he insists that the organisation’s job is not to produce international level talent but to get children to play sport, lead a healthy lifestyle and receive mentorship from experienced coaches.Play Your Part worked with Sporting Chance coaches to run the rugby activation in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. MENTORSHIP IS CRUCIALBing’s cricket career would not have bloomed had he not received mentorship from teachers, coaches, fellow players and his father. “On a Saturday morning, when my dad or my mom took me to play cricket, they sat there and watched me. And my father would say to me: ‘You made this mistake or that mistake.’ These kids don’t have that. In our townships, those parents only come back at night and those kids get fed and put into bed so where does the mentorship come about?”When a budding athlete from a disadvantaged background lacked mentorship, he added, it was difficult to progress through the ranks. “That’s the obstacle we have to get around. You’ll always see our township [children] struggling and that is the bridge we have to cross in order to make sure that South Africa really becomes a powerhouse in sport.“If I was formerly disadvantaged I would still be toyi-toying outside the Department of Sport and Recreation’s office not because I want to be a rebel but because I want more access to facilities.” By having the sports facilities and equipment at their disposal, Brad Bing believes children from disadvantaged areas like Khayelitsha can realise their potential not just as athletes but as good people too.LACK OF ACCESSSporting Chance sees itself as a business that gives communities access to sports, coaches and facilities. “We run coaching programmes as well regardless of the type of sport it is in that community.”At the rugby activation in Khayelitsha, Bing said that though there were facilities in the area, they were not maintained. “We have a rugby facility here but with all due respect you look at the clubhouse… You’ve got the poles here but you don’t see the field markings and if the fields are not marked are you telling me that rugby is actually played on a daily basis… most of those people are out there working, when do they have time to make the club work?” Bing asked.“So we are talking about rugby but where are the squash courts and the tennis courts? There are cricket facilities that haven’t been maintained. How are we going to produce black cricket in communities?”In addition, although the facility was there, residents did not have access to equipment. “We fully know that if we leave equipment here we won’t find it tomorrow so you need someone to lead that facility and make sure it’s secure.”There is also no access to professional and structured coaching. At the rugby activation, former Springboks Sevens player Mpho Mbiyozo and Sporting Chance coaches were on hand to teach children from the township about rugby and life.However, Bing said such events took place once; training programmes should be ongoing. “Believe me, in a population as big as Khayelitsha where you have got half-a-million people, you can have 400 to 500 kids coming here at any time.”Mbiyozo agreed, saying: “It ends here today, and when they go home and they’re all happy. This event is a seed but we need to water it to germinate.”
fruzsina eordogh A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#social media The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The latest target for our collective online ridicule: lonely, sometimes pudgy, men who can’t get dates due to their misogynistic tendencies.Men who have labeled themselves (not ironically) as “nice guys” on an online dating site have unscrupulously been gathered together in a new Tumblr called the “Nice Guys of OK Cupid.” These unsuspecting rejects from the online dating site have become the modern day face of sexism and rape-culture, or at the very least, homophobes and men who hate being “friend-zoned,” – basically, men who are not so nice after all. Besides wondering why they can’t get dates after writing most girls they know are “shallow bitches” or “whores” who always fall for “jerks,” “douches” and “assholes” instead of them, quite a few of the men answered the OK Cupid question about sexual obligations with “No is really a yes in disguise.”And their sexism is an Internet hit! Well, more like the Tumblr itself, which besides getting thousands of notes on each post has now been covered by everyone from New York Magazine, Huffington Post, Gawker’s Jezebel, and even the New Statesman. As Laurie Penny postulated on New Statesman, these men’s “worst nightmares have come true: all over the world, ladies who don’t even know him are laughing at him.”Nicely Shaming Nice GuysAs far as public shaming goes – a trend that has become quite fashionable these days – Nice Guys of OK Cupid is pretty tame: the real names of the men are not listed, nor are their addresses. (So no one is harassing them on their Twitter or Facebook or prank calling them – yet.)Unlike other instances of public shaming, the aim of this project is not clear either; people upset by Lindsey Stone’s middle-finger photo wanted her fired (and set on fire), Gawker wanted school officials to know about teens racist online postings, and Hello There, Racists! wanted racists to be humiliated – but what does Nice Guys of OK Cupid want?To humiliate these men, or warn women browsing OK Cupid to stay away from them? While the former seems more likely, humiliating these men will not help them change their behavior, or even help them understand why their behavior needs to be changed in the first place.“There has to be an answer to these guys that isn’t just pointing and laughing… Are we ever going to be able to have a conversation about consent, about respect, about fucking, and maybe even about love, that doesn’t descend into bullying and invective?,” Penny wrote. Probably not.The Old Internet StoryThe Internet has been harassing people for various reasons since its first public inception, and making the leap that Internet has enabled bullying through pseudonyms is not a far-fetched claim. Cyberbullying, or public shaming, can sometimes be referred to as Internet vigilantism, which gained considerable momentum on 4chan’s /b/, the same message board that spawning the online activist collective Anonymous. This form of online ridicule has moved beyond the confines of 4chan’s /b/ – sometimes referred to as “the asshole of the Internet” – and is now mainstream with writers like Buzzfeed’s Matt Buchanan who argue public shaming is okay so we can exact “moral rectitude” – whatever that means – on sexists and racists. We are all qualified to be judge, jury and executioner, apparently. If the Internet is indeed getting nicer as Nathan Heller theorized last month in New York Magazine, why is public shaming now so mainstream? In a prior interview, the online troll and writer Jon Hendren speculated the rising trend of outlets shaming online deviants has legitimized the practice for readers and casual Internet users. Think: If the media is going after sexists, racists, and sexual deviants, we can too.The coverage Nice Guys of OK Cupid received – a Tumblr which we can all agree makes fun of low-hanging Internet fruit without offering much context – would certainly make its author feel validated. But how many cycles of shame will it take before we all get the clue about glass houses?
Learn how to design wedding titles for highlight reels in Adobe After Effects.Weddings are perhaps one of the most stressful projects to shoot. There are more than enough key moments a video producer must worry about when shooting: the ceremony, the toast, the first dance, the cake cutting, and so much more. With a few of these in mind, the last thing a wedding producer is thinking about is usually the titles for the highlight reel.However, you should take every aspect of your final project into account if you want to create a high-quality product. While, After Effects is typically not involved in wedding video production, there is still a great opportunity to create amazing wedding titles for your clients.Track: “Here With You,” by Elaphant Music.DOWNLOAD PROJECT FILEHow to Create Great Wedding TitlesThis After Effects tutorial will cover how to design and animate a wedding title with shape and text layers. The title will cover essential techniques and show you how to create a detailed design. However, animation and design is an art. That means there is more than one right approach for your final product. Sometimes going minimalistic with your title design will be the best approach. On other occasions, creating a dynamic floral design might make more sense. It all depends on the style of your video and the tastes of your clients. If you are unsure with what type of design to go with, a good rule of thumb is to create something that you would also enjoy.Here’s what you’ll take away from this exciting After Effects tutorial:Design and animate a wedding titleCreate floral graphics with shape layersQuickly apply text great transitionsGreat Wedding Title TemplatesPressed for time to create your own unique wedding titles? Here are a couple of great wedding title templates from RocketStock.com.UnityUnity is an amazing template title pack with twenty wedding themed titles.CeremonyCeremony is another outstanding template for full wedding graphics. The pack includes titles, lower thirds, slideshow graphics, transitions, and more!Be sure to check out this definitive guide to producing wedding videos, and download 26 free wedding assets. Do you have any tips for creating wedding titles? Let us know in the comments.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said he is ready to compromise the interest of his own party for the unity of secular forces in the country.“If we are required to stand with Didi [Mamata Banerjee] for a secular battle, we will do so. It does not matter if our party does not grow here,” Mr Yadav said while addressing the State conference of the Samajwadi Party at Mahajati Sadan in Kolkata. Later in the evening, he met Trinamool Congress chairperson and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at her residence. Describing her as a tall leader, he said that she should win more seats from West Bengal in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.“The efforts made by Didi to stop BJP is very important and it should continue in future,” he said. Mr Yadav also warned the people of West Bengal to remain cautious of the BJP and said it is trying to extend influence in the State. Senior Samajwadi Party leaders Azam Khan and Kiranmoy Nanda were present at State Conference of the party where former MLA Janmejay Ojha was elected as the head of State unit of the party.Asked if BJP has improved its performance in the civil polls, the SP chief pointed out that party had won three-fourth of seats in general elections, but on this occasion many seats went to independent candidates.