Short-handed Bolts rally to thwart Fuel Masters

first_imgPhilippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The next Meralco game will be on Sept. 6 against sister team TNT KaTropa, and that game would mean a seat in the playoffs should the Bolts escape with a win.“Good thing is that all three of them will be back for our next game,” Black said as Allen Durham chipped in his share with 33 points 16 rebounds and seven assists. Chris Newsome and Reynel Hugnatan also finished in twin digits with a combined 33.Phoenix paraded a new import in Brandon Brown and almost hammered out a victory.But the Fuel Masters, who broke in Jeff Chan after acquiring the left-handed gunslinger from Rain or Shine just over a week ago, couldn’t hold on to a 77-62 lead late in the third quarter and went down for the fourth straight game after a 2-0 start.Brown, playing in lieu of the injured Eugene Phelps, finished with 38 points, while Chan wound up with 27 in his biggest offensive game of the season.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESShort on personnel but long in determination, Meralco rebounded from its first loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night by pulling off what coach Norman Black feels is as the Bolts’ most satisfying win yet.“It was just an incredible effort from my guys tonight,” Black said after the Bolts—with three aces out of the roster—carved out a come-from-behind 107-104 win over Phoenix Petroleum to creep closer to a playoff berth at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT “We had to deal with a lot of adversities in this game and we really needed to get a win, especially after coming off a loss,” added the multi-titled coach, who didn’t mind playing his remaining players extended minutes with an 18-day break coming their way.Garvo Lanete fired 14 points in the third period and finished with 27, effectively plugging the holes created by the absence of Baser Amer and Mike Tolomia as the Bolts completed a rally from as big as 15 points down to rise to 5-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Amer, a prime candidate for the Most Improved Player of the year award who has stepped up to become the team’s best point guard, and Tolomia, whom Black described as his second best point guard, are both in Kuala Lumpur playing for Gilas Pilipinas in the Southeast Asian Games.Aside from his two guards, Black also missed his best defender in Cliff Hodge, which meant that the Bolts were “not strong defensively,” allowing Phoenix to nearly get away with a victory. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano SEA Game: Active PH Volcanoes ready to erupt End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Brown, though, missed the potential game-tying basket as time expired.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Heath Robinson Memorial Bridge considered

first_img Categories: News 23Oct Heath Robinson Memorial Bridge considered House panel hears father, Foster testimony to honor war heroDan Robinson of joined state Rep. Frank Foster before the House Transportation Committee this week to provide testimony on naming the U.S.-2 bridge over the Cut River the Heath Michael Robinson Memorial Bridge. Heath was killed in action Aug. 6, 2011 in Afghanistan during a Navy SEAL rescue mission.The US-2 bridge crossing the Cut River in Mackinac County could be renamed to honor Heath Robinson, a 1995 Petoskey High School graduate and Navy SEAL who was killed in action Aug. 6, 2011 when a Chinook Helicopter he was in with about three dozen other military personnel was shot down in Afghanistan.State Rep. Frank Foster is working on House Bill 4957 with Hendricks Township residents and businesses to recognize Special Operator Senior Chief (Navy SEAL) Heath Michael Robinson’s service and sacrifice, while maintaining the legacy of the Cut River area.This week, Foster welcomed Robinson’s father, Dan Robinson, to provide testimony to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the legislation.“It would truly be an incredible honor for the Robinson family, the state of Michigan and the United States of America, to acknowledge a Michigan heroic warrior by aligning Heath with such a magnificent structure, the Cut River Bridge,” said Robinson of Emmet County. “People from coast to coast and around the world travel over this passage some 140 feet above the Cut River’s bottom and cruise the magnificent 600-feet plus span to safely arrive on the opposite side. I am  sure Heath would take great pride knowing he still is working diligently to protect and serve this great nation and her citizens, and this will be his new mission, always guarding against any foe, always protecting freedom!“Heath is buried in Arlington National Cemetery as a permanent memorial — the memorial bridge will pay tribute to all our fallen heroes, and the merger between Heath Michael Robinson and the Cut River Bridge will be a great story shared with visitors for years to come, with the pride for which this great nation was built.”The bridge is located about 25 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge and was selected for the memorial as a link to Heath’s great-grandfather and grandfather, who built bridges all over Michigan, according to his mother, Debora Robinson-Coxe of Moran Township, in written testimony. She said he also often traveled over this particular bridge often while visiting friends, and it served as a connection between Heath’s two favorite places – Mackinac Island and Coronado Island, California.“There are many similarities between my son, the warrior, and the bridge,” she wrote. “Heath was a Navy SEAL sniper; the bridge is located in a wooded area and is mostly hidden from view. Heath was silent, unpretentious, and did the job he loved, much like the Cut River Bridge. I can image his teammates repelling off it, climbing up it, or simply raising a glass at the base of the bridge to honor the memory of all the fallen heroes. Something to share is that even as brothers in arms, SEALS are extremely competitive, and the challenge of whose bridge is taller, wider, stronger, longer, or better looking brings a smile to my face, because at some 147 feet above the ground, Heath’s bridge might be one of the tallest. And I love that this bridge is close to home.”A 34-year-old chief petty officer, Robinson was born in Alma, MI, joined the U.S. Navy in January 1996 and served on six Special Warfare Units from 2000 to 2011.Robinson was killed while attempting to re-enforce U.S. Army Rangers under fire in the single largest loss of U.S. troops in the 10-year war in Afghanistan.He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full honors, leaving behind a wife, daughter, his parents and two brothers.Foster said the bill remains before the transportation committee while some technical revisions are worked out.“The loss of a father, husband, son, brother and friend can never be replaced,” said Foster, R-Petoskey. “Heath’s family, friends and all of us can be proud of his commitment to bring freedom and democracy to people throughout the world, and his sacrifice in serving to help rescue his comrades in arms. Memorializing Heath at the Cut River Bridge recognizes the life and memory of a special person at a special place.”last_img read more

Drug cocktail that increases lifespan discovered

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 22 2018A team of researchers led by Principal Investigator Dr Jan Gruber from Yale-NUS College has discovered a combination of pharmaceutical drugs that not only increases healthy lifespan in the microscopic worm Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), but also delays the rate of ageing in them, a finding that could someday mean longer, healthier lives for humans.The study, published in the peer-reviewed international journal Developmental Cell on 8 October 2018, lays crucial groundwork for further research into designing drug combinations that produce the same effect in mammals.”Many countries in the world, including Singapore, are facing problems related to aging populations,” said Dr Gruber, whose lab and research team made the discovery. “If we can find a way to extend healthy lifespan and delay ageing in people, we can counteract the detrimental effects of an aging population, providing countries not only medical and economic benefits, but also a better quality of life for their people.”Dr Gruber is an Assistant Professor of Science (Biochemistry) at Yale-NUS College and Assistant Professor at the Department of Biochemistry of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The study was carried out by Dr Gruber’s research team in collaboration with researchers from the Singapore Lipidomics Incubator (SLING) at the Life Sciences Institute of NUS.Dr Gruber’s team wanted to find out to what extent healthy lifespan could be extended by combining drugs targeting several pathways (underlying biological mechanisms) known to affect lifespan. For instance, the drug rapamycin is currently administered following organ transplants to prevent the body’s immune system from rejecting the transplanted organs, but previous experiments by other research groups showed that it extends the lifespan of many organisms, including the C. elegans worms, fruit flies and mice.Dr Gruber’s team administered combinations of two or three compounds targeting different aging pathways to C. elegans. Results showed that two drug pairs in particular extended the mean lifespan of the worms more than each of the drugs individually, and in combination with a third compound almost doubled mean lifespans. This effect is larger than any lifespan extension that has previously been reported for any drug intervention in adult animals.The drug treatments had no adverse effect on the worm’s health. The researchers also discovered that across all ages, the treated worms were healthier and spend a larger percentage of their already extended lifespans in good health.Related StoriesNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerAbcam Acquire Off-The-Shelf Diploid Library of Over 2,800 Knockout Cell LinesNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellThis is an important point for potential future human aging interventions as increased health span, not just increased lifespan, would have significant medical and economic benefits. “We would benefit not only from having longer lives, but also spend more of those years free from age-related diseases like arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, or Alzheimer’s disease,” Dr Gruber said. “These diseases currently require very expensive treatments, so the economic benefits of being healthier for longer would be enormous.” He cited a 2017 study that determined that if US citizens’ aging rate was decreased by 20 percent, the US government would save US$7.1 trillion in public health costs over the next 50 years.Dr Gruber’s lab also collaborated with Yale-NUS Associate Professor of Science (Life Science) Nicholas Tolwinski, who is also an Assistant Professor with the Department of Biological Sciences at the NUS Faculty of Science, and found that a species of fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) treated with a similar drug cocktail also experienced significant lifespan extension. That two such evolutionarily-distinct organisms experience similar lifespan extensions suggests that the biological mechanisms that regulate these drug interactions on aging are ancient, making it more likely that similar interactions between aging pathways could be targeted in humans.According to Dr Gruber, this study is a proof-of-principle, showing that pharmacological intervention targeting multiple aging pathways is a promising strategy to slow aging and dramatically extend healthy lifespan in adult animals.The next steps for this research will focus on three large areas. The first will be to extend this approach with the aim of designing interventions even more effective than the ones developed in this study. The second area will involve determining the molecular and biological mechanisms of how the drugs interact to delay aging and increase lifespan in order to develop computer models to simulate these interactions, allowing researchers to test thousands more combinations through computer modeling. The ultimate goal of this line of research would be to develop drug interventions safe enough slow aging in humans, a goal that is also pursued by many other research teams around the world.Source: https://www.yale-nus.edu.sg/newsroom/yale-nus-researchers-discover-drug-cocktail-that-increases-lifespan/last_img read more

Ford gets record fine in Australia for unconscionable conduct

The US$7.6-million penalty on Ford for “unconscionable” conduct matches the largest-ever handed down under Australian consumer law Citation: Ford gets record fine in Australia for ‘unconscionable’ conduct (2018, April 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-ford-fine-australia-unconscionable.html The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) began legal action against Ford last year after the car manufacturer failed to properly deal with thousands of complaints about shuddering in PowerShift transmissions fitted to its Fiesta, Focus and EcoSport models.”Despite knowing that shuddering was a symptom of the quality issues with the vehicles, Ford frequently told customers that shuddering was the result of the customer’s driving style,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said in a statement.”Ford knew that the symptoms of the quality issues with the vehicles were experienced intermittently, but required customers to demonstrate them on demand in the presence of a dealer in order for repairs to be undertaken.”The payout matches the largest-ever handed down under Australian consumer law, the ACCC said, equalling a $10-million penalty against supermarket chain Coles in 2014 for misusing its bargaining powers against suppliers.”Ford knew that its vehicles had three separate quality issues, but dealt with affected customers in a way which the Court has declared to be unconscionable,” Sims said.About 75,000 cars fitted with the PowerShift transmission have been sold in Australia and over 10,000 people may be eligible for remediation after making complaints between May 2015 and November 2016.”We were overwhelmed with the volume of complaints and, while it was not intended, over a ten-month period our processes were inadequate and information provided was either inaccurate or incomplete,” ‎President of Ford Motor Company Australia Graeme Whickman said. “We let our customers down and for that we are sorry,” he said in a statement. Car giant Ford is set to pay out Aus$10 million (US$7.6 million) for its “unconscionable” handling of gearbox complaints in Australia after a court on Thursday slugged the auto manufacturer with a record penalty. Explore further Appliance giant Thermomix fined in Australia over burns defect © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

New analysis methods facilitate the evaluation of complex engineering data

first_imgFor less noise: high-resolution simulation of flows in a car air conditioning system. Credit: Fraunhofer SCAI This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft A further increase in the performance of supercomputers is expected over the next few years. So-called exascale computers will be able to deliver more precise simulations. This leads to considerably more data. Fraunhofer SCAI develops efficient data analysis methods for this purpose, which provide the engineer with detailed insights into the complex technical contexts. Using machine learning for the early detection of anomalies helps to avoid damagecenter_img Citation: New analysis methods facilitate the evaluation of complex engineering data (2019, January 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-analysis-methods-complex.html Explore further Simulations on supercomputers answer important industrial questions, such as how air flows behave in air conditioning systems, on rotor blades or for entire airplanes. In the coming years, new approaches to hardware design will make computers available which have a capacity of one trillion computing operations per second. So-called exascale computers have a computing speed a thousand times higher than previous supercomputers. This enables them to overcome complex problems that are not yet solvable. In addition, they deliver more accurate results and thus more economical solutions for industrial tasks. However, exascale simulations also generate significantly larger amounts of data. This creates new challenges in data analysis.Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI have addressed this problem. They develop methods which perform data analysis during simulation. This approach minimizes memory requirements and computing time. In this way, even huge amounts of data can be analyzed efficiently. The SCAI scientists concentrate on methods for the comparative analysis of simulation data. For example, the comparison of the data enables engineers to see at a glance how a modified component shape affects the flow behaviour inside an air conditioning system and thus the aerodynamic noise generation level. Eventually, that will help to design better products.As a member of the newly founded “Competence Center of the European Union for Engineering Applications” EXCELLERAT, Fraunhofer SCAI works together with 13 partners from 7 European countries. The aim is to make the best possible use of the new potentials of supercomputing and thus strengthen Europe’s competitiveness in this field. Over the next three years, the participants will deal with six selected program codes and associated workflows, such as data analysis, management and visualization. In addition to the efficient handling of large amounts of data, the project focuses on the scalability of the codes. In this context, scalability means that programs work efficiently on both laptops and exascale computers. Since EXCELLERAT should also help to expand the use of supercomputing in industrial contexts, the project team will optimize the codes using twelve application examples from industry. Among others, these include the simulation of flows in car air conditioning systems as well as the calculation of combustion chamber emissions. Moreover, a common knowledge platform is to be developed.last_img read more

Boeing lands huge British Airways order after Airbus ends A380

first_img A British Airways A380 superjumbo, which the chief of BA-parent IAG has said were “excellent” aircraft This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. BA-parent IAG said its British carrier would purchase 18 777-9 planes made by the US giant, while an option for a further 24 of the aircraft could bring the total cost to $18.6 billion (16.3 billion euros) at list prices, before the usual heavy discounts are factored in.It comes as IAG, which owns several airlines including Iberia and Aer Lingus, said that group net profits last year soared 45 percent to 2.9 billion euros on higher passenger numbers and lower costs.Separately, UK engineering group Rolls-Royce said it dived into a net loss last year as its Trent jet engines were hit by costly repairs—as well as the decision by Boeing’s European rival Airbus to pull the plug on the A380.IAG on Thursday said the 777s would replace BA’s Boeing 747s, which were seen as a competitor to the A380.Rolls posted an annual loss after tax of £2.4 billion ($3.2 billion, 2.8 billion euros) in 2018 that followed a net profit of nearly £3.4 billion a year earlier, as the group also decided to axe thousands of jobs as part of vast restructuring.The British company also said it no longer wished to be a candidate to make the engine for a new midsize passenger jet proposed by Boeing.”Rolls-Royce has decided to withdraw from the current competition to power Boeing’s proposed middle of the market—or New Midsize Airplane (NMA)—platform,” Rolls said in a statement.”While we believe the platform complements Boeing’s existing product range, we are unable to commit to the proposed timetable to ensure we have a sufficiently mature product which supports Boeing’s ambition for the aircraft and satisfies our own internal requirements for technical maturity at entry into service.” Explore further Rolls-Royce posted a net loss last year as its Trent engines were hit by costly repairs The European titan axed production of the double-decker jet on February 14 after failing to win over enough airlines to justify its massive costs.Prior to Airbus’ announcement, Walsh had said that IAG was “very pleased” with the 12 A380s operated by BA and called it an “excellent” aircraft.However, Walsh had criticised the high cost of the A380, pointing to the “great competition” currently existing between aircraft manufacturers.Speaking Thursday of the BA order, Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said:”The 777-9, in particular, simply has no competitor in its class when it comes to efficiency and performance. “It is the right-sized airplane for British Airways to efficiently serve long-range routes with heavy passenger demand.” Despite news of IAG’s bumper profits, the airline’s stock slid 0.2 percent lower to finish at 599 pence on London’s FTSE 100 shares index, which closed down 0.46 percent.Boeing’s share price advanced 0.54 percent to $437.81 in early trades in New York.The news comes amid troubled times for smaller airlines, who are more exposed to volatile jet fuel prices, Brexit uncertainty and a global economic slowdown than their larger rivals.”The British Airways parent has produced an outstanding performance, which is particularly impressive given the difficulties being faced elsewhere in the airline industry,” noted Interactive Investor analyst Richard Hunter. It added that last year’s earnings were hit by an additional £186 million “following Airbus’ decision to close the A380 production line”.On British Airways’ big Boeing order, IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said in a joint statement: “The new 777-9 is the world’s most fuel efficient longhaul aircraft and will bring many benefits to British Airways’ fleet. “It’s the ideal replacement for the 747 and its size and range will be an excellent fit for the airline’s existing network,” Walsh added.Earlier this month, Airbus said it would stop building the A380 superjumbo. British Airways announces huge Boeing order © 2019 AFP Citation: Boeing lands huge British Airways order, after Airbus ends A380 (2019, February 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-boeing-huge-british-airways-a380.html British Airways announced a major order of Boeing 777-9 planes weeks after the US giant’s European rival Airbus pulled the plug on the A380 superjumbo British Airways announced a multi-billion dollar order for up to 42 Boeing 777 fuel-efficient passenger jets on Thursday, just two weeks after Airbus said it would no longer make its A380 superjumbo. Chicago-based Boeing is looking at building an NMA, or single-aisle commercial jet for long-haul journeys, to fill a gap in the market—but concrete plans have yet to be announced.Trent troublesOn Thursday, Rolls said that costs linked to problems with its Trent 1000 engine that powers the Boeing Dreamliner stood at a higher-than-expected £790 million in 2018.The Trent 1000 has seen some parts wear quicker than expected, forcing Rolls to carry out expensive repairs.last_img read more

Black boxes Crucial to air crash probes

first_imgA top priority for air crash investigators is to locate and analyse a plane’s two black boxes which hold vital clues to what caused it to go down, including cockpit conversations. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed, killing all 157 people on board.The airline said Thursday that the black box flight recorders from the crashed plane had been flown to Paris for analysis by the BEA, France’s aviation investigation and analysis agency.It is uncertain how much of their content can be retrieved as both the aircraft’s black boxes, found Monday, were damaged in the crash.What are black boxes?Introduced in the late 1950s, black boxes help explain nearly 90 percent of all crashes, according to aviation experts.All commercial planes are required to have two of them on board—a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder.The data recorder stores up to 25 hours worth of second-by-second information including on speed, altitude, engine performance and flight trajectory.In the case of the October Lion Air accident in Indonesia killing 189—the first of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes within five months—black box analysis showed that there was a problem with the aircraft’s speed when it went down. Black boxes: crucial to air crash probes Ethiopia asked the French aviation investigation agency to run the probe with its cutting-edge technology Black boxes are not actually black © 2019 AFPcenter_img Explore further The voice recorder picks up conversations by pilots and flight attendants and also other sounds on board, including possible alarms.All black boxes used in civil aviation function the same way according to a common user protocol, regardless of their make, the BEA said.It can take weeks for investigators to retrieve the data inside, and results are typically withheld from the public until the information has been thoroughly examined—which can take years.How do they look?The recorders are housed in boxes built to survive extreme shocks, fire and lengthy periods underwater.Despite their name, the two boxes are in fact bright orange, with reflective stripes to make them easier for search teams to spot.They each weigh seven to 10 kilogrammes (15 to 22 pounds) and can survive in water as deep as 6,000 metres (almost 20,000 feet) or for an hour at 1,100 degrees Celsius (2,012 degrees Fahrenheit). To make them easier to find, they are fitted with a beacon which can emit a signal for one month.Missing at seaIn January 2004, the black boxes of an Egyptian charter plane that crashed into the Red Sea were found after a two-week search, 1,000 metres down.And in 2011, after 23 months submerged at a depth of 3,900 metres in the Atlantic Ocean, the intact black boxes of Air France flight AF447 were found, allowing investigators to determine what caused the 2009 crash.Lion Air flight JT610 came down in water some 30-40 metres deep and both black boxes were found within 10 metres of each other, authorities said.Long-haul Airbus A350 and A380 passenger jets will soon come equipped with ejectable black boxes that can float, making them easier to find after accidents over water. Citation: Black boxes: Crucial to air crash probes (2019, March 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-black-crucial-air-probes.html It can take weeks to retrieve and analyse flight data and sound recordingslast_img read more

Jai Shree Ram slogan row escalates in Bengal

first_imgThe war between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the BJP showed no signs of abating with the latter’s Jai Shree Ram slogan becoming the latest bone-of-contention.Three days ago, Banerjee lost her cool when BJP workers chantedJai Shree Ram during her visit to the North 24-Parganas. She instructed the police to take action and some people were arrested, reports said.Over the last few days more Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders were confronted with the same chants.The BJP has also mounted a relentless attack on the Chief Minister. Video clips and memes of the incident(s) also went viral on social media.The BJP MP from Barrackpore, Arjun Singh, fired the first salvo, saying 10 lakh post cards with Jai Shree Ram written on them will be sent to the Chief Minister’s office and residence.Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Babul Supriyo, too, was critical of the TMC chief and her strong reactions. A political analyst said the slogan has become a full-fledged political issue. “CM’s strong reactions will only embolden BJP workers,” he said.Mamata’s counterBanerjee, on her part, has initiated a counter response. The Chief Minister on Sunday changed her display picture across social media platforms to Jai Hind, Jai Bangla. The picture of TMC’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts were also changed to Jai Hind, Jai Bangla with pictures of Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Matangini Hazra, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, and rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. The TMC supremo, in a detailed Facebook post, accused the BJP of “mixing religion with politics. And alleged “divisiveness was being spread in Bengal”.She said the slogans have religious and social connotations, but are being used by the BJP and the RSS to “sell the ideology of hatred”.“We respect these sentiments. But the BJP is using these religious slogansto mix religion with politics. We do not respect this enforcement of political slogans on others in the name of so-called RSS, which Bengal never accepted.” Banerjee added she has no issues with any party slogan or a political slogan.“I have no problem with any particular slogan of political parties. Every political party has a slogan. My party has Jai Hind, Vande Mataram. The Left has Inquilab Zindabad. We respect each other,” she wrote. Reacting to the social media memes, Banerjee said “misinformation and dis-information” was being spread “to create confusion and suppress truth and reality”. Published on state politics COMMENT BJP SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img June 03, 2019 West Bengal SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more