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– sources indicate pay package might trump predecessorsCalls are being made to have the terms and conditions of Guyana Election’s Commission (GECOM) Chairman James Patterson’s employment contract made public, as concern is being expressed that it may hide a more lucrative salary than any of his predecessors.Making this call was Opposition Member of Parliament, Anil Nandlall, who on Tuesday noted the importance of the Guyanese public being privy to this information. According to Nandlall, the Chairman is after all being paid with public funds derived from taxpayers.“Every Chairman of GECOM signed a contract of service upon their appointment. It is this contract that contains the terms and conditions of service, inclusive of the remuneration package and benefits to which the office holder is entitled,” NandlallGECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Pattersonsaid.“This position is not a private office but a public and constitutional one paid from public funds. Therefore this contract, its terms and conditions and the remuneration and benefits paid thereunder are not secrets but information to which the public is entitled,” he added.Nandlall pointed out that it is almost a year since Patterson was appointed as the Chairman of GECOM.“Yet to date, no one has seen a copy of his contract of service, despite repeated requests from the Opposition Commissioners at the Commission for a copy of the contract to be brought before the Commission for their perusal.”“Why the secrecy? Why is this contract not being made public? Is this another cover-up, like the disastrous petroleum contract with the oil companies? Is this another sweet heart deal?” the MP questioned.Meanwhile, sources have indicated to this publication that Patterson’s contract trumps that enjoyed by his predecessor in the Chairman’s position, Dr Steve Surujbally. Efforts by this publication to make contact with Patterson on the matter were futile.While Government is not known for releasing information on the salaries earned by public officials off their own initiative, the Administration has previously made such details available upon request.In the past, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had previously submitted a list of salary scales in the Ministry of the Presidency, when requested to do so by the Opposition in the National Assembly.The non-disclosure of his employment terms would be the latest controversy since Patterson arrived at the Commission. Patterson’s appointment itself, which was under a cloud of controversy, was even challenged at the level of the High Court.After rejecting three lists of nominees submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, President David Granger had gone ahead and appointed retired Justice Patterson as the new GECOM Chairman.This decision had been, and continues to be, the centre of contention and debate, especially among civil society. In fact, it was as a result of this that People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary, Zulficar Mustapha, approached the High Court to challenge the appointment.But on June 8, 2018, acting Chief Justice Roxane George had ruled that the Constitution of Guyana allowed for the President to unilaterally appoint someone to fill the position of GECOM chair. As such, Mustapha subsequently filed legal proceedings to appeal the High Court decision.
Mandatory Art 106 90-day due electionsA meeting between the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and Chief Whips Gail Teixeira and Amna Ally ended abruptly on Friday when Chairman of entity, Retired Justice James Patterson refused to entertain further questions about the commission’s preparations for the constitutionally mandated elections due by March 21, 2019.In an interview after the meeting, Teixeira was less than satisfied with the answers she got from the Commission on its readiness for elections. According to Teixeira, she asked if the Commission could make simultaneous preparations to accommodate what remained of the timeframe for elections.“We asked a number of technical questions, to do with the Commission doing a range of things to make the 50 days, because we have about 54 days left. And wasn’t it possible for the Commission to run on simultaneous tracks (for) procurement, ballot paper, training, the list in terms of extracting and adding those eligible (names).“The Commission did not answer, except that (Chief Elections Officer Keith) Lowenfield had concerns about training. The Commission trained approximately 10,000 people for LGE [Local Government Elections], used 7500. So we don’t believe it’s impossible that we could achieve the number of people to work as temporary polling staff.”Teixeira was of the view that Lowenfield was reluctant to give approximate dates for election preparations. In fact, Teixeira noted that the CEO constantly deferred to the Commission when it came to giving timelines and she expressed suspicions that he may be under pressure to do so.GECOM CEO Keith LowenfieldAccording to the Chief Whip, the Government Commissioners mostly provided reasons for not being prepared for elections by March 21, 2019.CompromiseAsked if there would be a compromise to avoid outright house-to-house registration, Teixeira said that the other side seemed to have no interest in compromising. Teixeira also revealed that the meeting came to an abrupt end when she questioned GECOM’s awareness of its responsibility to the nation.“I put questions to the Commission as to its recognition that they have to comply with the 90 days requirement of the Constitution and how they’ll recognise that. I then asked, would the commission recognise that they would be responsible for putting Guyana in a constitutional crisis, if they (did) house-to-house registration, which could take eight months to a year.“It would be unthinkable to expect the Opposition to give a two-thirds majority to such an extension when there is a no-confidence motion passed in the National Assembly. That’s when the meeting broke up … the Chairman got up and decided that was the end of the Commission (meeting) – no decision.”Teixeira juxtaposed this attitude with the fact that the no-confidence motion was passed since December 21, 2018 and after more than a month, GECOM still could not come up with a position on the matter of election.Meanwhile, Government Chief Whip Ally in an interview with the media said that , “ Our purpose of being here is to be apprised by GECOM about its readiness for elections.You had arguments for and against…I don’t have to tell the President anything about timeframe. I have to tell the President what transpired,” Ally said, also acknowledging that the President will have to make his decision.Meanwhile, People’s Progressive Party-nominated Commissioner Bibi Shadick noted that Lowenfield ought to be in possession of a work plan proposal that detailed GECOM’s ability to hold elections. But she related that this information is yet to be divulged.On December 21, 2018, the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition against the Government succeeded when former Alliance For Change (AFC) parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”The Chief Whips were mandated in the first place to query GECOM’s readiness after a meeting between the parliamentary Opposition and Government following the vote. Both Teixeira and Ally will now have to report back to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger respectively.GECOM, which successfully ran the Local Government Elections in November 2018, less than three months ago, is being blamed by Government for not being ready, but it is the President of Guyana, who has to give a date for elections and not GECOM as being touted. The President of Guyana, according to the Constitution, has to dissolve Parliament and issue a date for elections.
Collazo didn’t exactly bestow a heap of praise on Mosley. “Shane came to fight,” Collazo said. “He did his job.” Better put, Mosley did a job on Collazo. Whereas it was Collazo who seemed to confuse Ricky Hatton when he nearly beat Hatton last May, Saturday it was Mosley who was perplexing Collazo with his magnificent skills. Mosley even dropped Collazo with a chopping right hand near the end of the 11th round. Collazo absorbed the punch, tried to stay on his feet but fell to the canvas after backstepping several feet. “Collazo is a tough fighter, a warrior,” the always-classy Mosley said. “I knew I was faster than him and I could hit him with a quick jab. It felt good to be a welterweight again. I felt very light on my feet.” Technically, it had been four years and seven months since Mosley had fought at the 147-pound welterweight limit. But two of his fights in 2005 were at 148 pounds. Mosley, who recently brought back his father Jack into his corner as trainer, said last week he wants to fight until he is in his 40s. At the time, Jack Mosley laughed off that statement. But the way the fighter looked Saturday, suddenly that scenario doesn’t seem too far out of the real of possibility. “I just want to keep working and stay tuned,” said Mosley, who is 44-4. “I plan to fight again in June.” Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the permanent WBC champion at this weight. But once he steps into the ring to take on Oscar De La Hoya on May 5 at super welterweight, Mayweather will lose his belt and Mosley will become permanent champion. Vivian Harris, a former World Boxing Association super lightweight champion, earned the right to fight for the WBC super lightweight belt by winning a unanimous decision over Juan Lazcano in the semi-main event. Harris won the title elimination fight by scores of 115-112, 115-112 and 114-113. “Lazcano is a tough fighter, so I prepared very hard for this,” said Harris, 28, of Brooklyn. He is 28-2-1. Lazcano, of El Paso, Texas, had a point deducted for a low blow in the 12th and final round. He gave Harris his due, but he said he expected to be announced as the winner. He did his best work on the inside, where he landed hard body shots and short uppercuts to the head. “He was accurate in the beginning, but then I went to the in-fighting,” Lazcano said. “I thought I won the fight.” Billy “The Kid” Dib, a prospect from Sydney, Australia, is now 15-0 after winning a unanimous decision over Carlos Contreras in a 10-round preliminary lightweight fight. Dib won by three scores of 100-90. Contreras, of El Paso, Texas, is 20-13-3. Jose Rodriguez of New York City stopped Cesar Valentin of Miami with a vicious body punch at 1:39 of the third round. The junior middleweight fight was scheduled for eight rounds. Rodriguez (10-0, 2 KOs) decked Valentin in the second round, and Valentin (4-4) just beat the count. But when Rodriguez whacked Valentin in the third with a shot to the left side of his gut, Valentin immediately went down again. Valentin beat the count, but his corner wanted the referee to stop it and he did. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – Sugar Shane Mosley talked like he had found the secret to eternal youth during a conference call last week. He said he was so fast at the age of 35, that it was scary. Well, perhaps the Pomona fighter has taken a drink from the fountain of youth. Mosley won by scores of 119-108, 118-109 and 118-109. Collazo being a so-called slick southpaw, it figured that might prove problematic for Mosley, an orthodox fighter. But it was Mosley who was the slicker of the two. He spun away from trouble with deft moves, slipped inside for quick shots to the body without suffering much in the way of consequences, and he smashed Collazo repeatedly with a hard right cross to the head. Collazo (27-3) had a few good moments in the way of an occasional left cross. But he was simply out-classed by Mosley, who has held world titles in the lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight divisions. “I hurt my left hand in the third round,” Collazo, 25, of Brooklyn said. “I hurt it in training camp. I wish I could have been more effective, but that was the best I could do.” Photo Gallery: Mosley vs. Collazo Utilizing a terrific combination of lightning speed, ring savvy and power, Mosley won the World Boxing Council interim welterweight belt with a unanimous decision over Luis Collazo before 5,761 Saturday at Mandalay Bay.
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Story Links Live Audio Buy Tickets Drake Game Notes DES MOINES, Iowa – The first-place Drake University football team continues Pioneer Football League play Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. against Stetson University.Saturday is also ‘Community Day’ for the Bulldogs with tickets available for $1 along with $1 concession deals. There will also be a special pregame Kids Zone adjacent to Drake Stadium.Drake leads the all-time series, 3-0, and look to remain perfect against the Hatters who travel to Drake Stadium for the second time ever. Drake has outscored Stetson 113-35 in the previous three meetings.Drake continued its dominance last Saturday with a 36-6 win over rival Butler University. The Bulldogs have averaged 43.0 points per game in their past three games, led by an efficient passing game and a dominant defense.Drake’s defense leads the PFL and ranks 15th nationally in total defense and eighth in scoring defense.Grant Kraemer (Northridge, Calif.) has thrown for 300.7 yards per game in that stretch with 13 touchdowns. Steven Doran (Germantown, Wis.) had two touchdowns and 81 yards receiving yards Saturday, ending his streak of 100-yard receiving games. He is still averaging more than 97.0 yards per game this season and is leading the PFL in scoring.On defense, the Bulldogs have held their last three opponents to just two touchdowns. In the win over Butler, Drake gave up 253 yards but was able to force turnovers at key points in the game. Nathan Clayberg (Pella, Iowa) earned PFL Defensive Player of the Week honors for his five-tackle performance, including four solo tackles and one sack.The Hatters head to Des Moines following a 49-10 loss on the road against San Diego. Stetson touts a very balanced offense, averaging more than 240 yards passing per game and more than 200 yards rushing per game. The Hatters’ receiving core is led by Donald Parham, who is averaging 110.3 yards per game. The last time the two teams met, Drake won, 45-17, on the road in DeLand, Fla. to close out the 2016 season. Grant Kraemer threw for 334 yards, including four completions to future NFL player Eric Saubert, who led with 130 yards receiving in his final game as a Bulldog before being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons.After facing Stetson, Drake hits the road to Ohio to take on Dayton on Saturday, Oct. 20 as part of two-straight road games. Live Video Print Friendly Version Live Stats
The Donegal-owned Maple Group has announced more plans to expand, just twelve months after the opening of the first re-branded Maple store.The Maple Group now has six convenience stores and five with forecourts located throughout rural communities in Donegal.Brian Murphy, General Manager of the Maple Group said: “We are delighted with the news this week that we have secured planning permission for a new store. This will enable us to continue the expansion of our Maple brand across Donegal and as new locations are secured, we will be making further announcements.” Brian continued: “We at Maple Group are blown away with the positive feedback from our customers. Our aim was to have independent purchasing ability, so our customers would not only benefit from great value products, we would also give a platform to small artisan producers in the county to sell their produce.“Unlike other symbol groups our independence means we can tailor our stores to local needs while supporting local suppliers such as Cois Farraige Bakery in Bunbeg, Kinnegar Brewery, a craft beer company based in Letterkenny, L.A.N. Teo an organic farm based in Falcarragh to name but a few.” “And over the coming months we are hoping to expand upon this as more local producers come on board. We are continuing to build on our quality; with fresh food being the focus in all our stores. And partnering with Circle K and Donegal Oil Company has given us the ability to remain competitive in our five forecourts,” said Brian.Maple Group stores are located in Milford, Carrigart, Castlefinn, Burtonport, Falcarragh and Derrybeg.The ethos behind the new brand will lead in the coming months to the advanced planning initiative for a, “Produced in Donegal for Maple” symbol. This will clearly show customers when they are truly buying local.Ann Foy, Mary McGlynn, Emma Bogan, Larry Doherty, Pearl DohertySpeaking on behalf of the group, managing director, Arthur McMahon commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to announce that in just a short twelve month period our plans to expand our brand to further locations throughout Donegal are well underway. We currently employ 60 people from the local areas and hope that we can double that within the next two years.”The Maple “Community Fund Project” was launched in their Derrybeg store earlier this year, another initiative enabling local charities & groups to avail of additional funding. This initiative was set up so Maple could give back to their local communities in appreciation of their custom. It will be rolled out in all six locations before the end of the year.Maple Group have helped raise over €50,000 for local and national charitable organisations within the past year. The Stores will continue to offer their premises to assist and help local & national fundraising campaigns.In all locations the expansion plans are welcomed by their customers and staff, who have supported the fact that Maple are local and independent and community focussed. The dedicated and friendly managers and staff would like to take this opportunity to thank their customers for supporting their local Maple and Maple Express Store and for all their business over the past year. Building on the best customer shopping experience and service is what Maple management and staff will continue to deliver. Serving customers in the heart of their local communities is at the heart of the Maple Brand.INSTORE MAPLE HALLOWEEN COLOURING COMPETITION COMPETITION Call into your local Maple Store & collect your colouring competition entry and be in with a chance to win a Samsung Tablet. Two Tablets are being given away in each store.Follow on FacebookSee links to all Maple Facebook Pages below, feel free to follow a store nearest you, they have offers, promotions, community news and competitions running weekly.https://www.facebook.com/MAPLEConvenienceStoreDerrybeg/https://www.facebook.com/MAPLEConvenienceStoreMilford/https://www.facebook.com/MAPLEConvenienceStoreCastlefin/https://www.facebook.com/MAPLECarrigart/https://www.facebook.com/MAPLEFalcarraghConvenienceStore/https://www.facebook.com/MAPLEBurtonport/Maple Group celebrate first anniversary with new store announcement was last modified: September 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ConvenienceMaple groupStores
Women: Tracy-Lee Botha (Johannesburg), Susan Nel (Rustenburg), Colleen Piketh (Johannesburg), Esme Steyn (Johannesburg), Santjie Steyn (Boland), Sylvia Burns (WP) DISABILITY BOWLS SQUAD Men: Gerry Baker (Johannesburg), Bobby Donnelly (Johannesburg), Jason Evans (Johannesburg) Rudi Jacobs (Heilbron), Prince Neluonde (Johannesburg), Pierre Breitenbach (Potchefstroom) Coaches: Theuns Fraser (Sables), Jessica Henderson (Margate). Manager: Allan Freeman (East London). 18 February 2014 With the Commonwealth Games set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July, South Africa’s leading lawn bowlers, winners of three gold medals in Delhi in 2010, showed strong form at the Warwick/Bowls South Africa Masters Singles Championships at the Wanderers Club on the weekend. In brutal heat, 80 of the country’s top players were in action in the Open, Seniors and Junior divisions, supported by ever increasing banks of spectators.Prodigy In a battle between two bowlers in the women’s squad for Glasgow, Tracy-Lee Botha, a 24-year-old prodigy, won gold in a tough encounter with 2009 champion Susan Nel to secure a remarkable third victory in five years by a 21-15 margin. Esme Steyn, another member of the provisional Games squad, took bronze along with academic Glenda Matthews, who narrowly missed a tilt for gold on shot difference after six qualifying victories in seven matches.Men’s champion In the men’s event, classy Nic Rusling, the runner-up last year, went one better in a fascinating, hard-fought clash with Clinton Roets, triumphing 21-14, after holding a 20-8 lead at one point. Bronze went to former Commonwealth Games singles champion Bobby Donnelly, also named in the squad for Glasgow, on home greens, and Shawn Janse van Vuuren.Pleased Afterwards, Bowls SA president Allan Freeman declared himself pleased with the form shown by the national squad. “South Africa’s lawn bowls Proteas topped their medals table at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, and one confidently expects more of the same in this year’s event,” he said. “Our bowlers acquired three gold medals, of the 12 total earned by the SA team of 125 athletes in Delhi. “Our 2014 bowls team will be world class. Especially heartening is the inclusion of Prince Neluonde, who on sheer merit has ploughed his way through to the final selection. “The high standard of international bowls means most encounters will be hard-fought, but I confidently predict Glasgow gold.” PROVISIONAL COMMONWEALTH GAMES SQUAD Blind: B2/B3 Pairs: Gywndolene Nel (B2)/Hermanus Scholtz (B3); Directors: Geoffrey Newcombe/Johanna van Rooyen. Non-travelling reserves: Diana du Plessis (B2)/Phillipus Walker (B3); Directors: Desmond du Plessis/Luke Janse van Vuuren Para-sport athletes The 11-day Games’ bowls programme includes fully integrated competing Para-Sport athletes, and South Africa’s world champion disabled players will also be in the hunt for more gold medals. The weekend’s Masters senior events were won by Ellie van Coller, who grabbed her third title from Marina Brink, and debutant Theuns Fraser, who defeated triple champion Eddie Fann. Darryn Stephen and Jacqui Janse van Rensburg won the Junior titles. Disabled: B6/7/8 Trips: Derrick Lobban (B7)/Roger Hagerty (B6)/ Deon van der Vyver (B6). Non-travelling reserve: Willem Viljoen (B8). Manager: Brian Sneag SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio AgrAbility Program has a mission to promote independence for people in agriculture who want to continue to farm after experiencing a disabling condition. The program’s goal is to provide education, resources and technical assistance to those individuals and their families so they may continue to do what they love to do, farm.Injuries are not limited to those that occur while working on the farm. Some injuries happen away from the property or are a result of an illness. Regardless of an injury, chronic arthritis, short- or long-term surgery impairments, or other health-related problems, the Ohio AgrAbility program can assist production agricultural workers in many situations.This program conducts on-site assessments for the worker to determine how he or she performs their job and helps find solutions that will meet their needs. Often those solutions involve some form of assistive technology. Assistive technology includes any kind of device, modification, or service that will help a person with a disabling condition work and live more independently. It may be low or high tech, expensive or inexpensive. Ultimately it helps the person complete a job that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Meet one of our younger Ohio AgrAbility friendsJacob Baker, an 8th grader from northern Ohio, aspires to become a meteorologist. He likes competing in sled hockey tournaments throughout Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. He also works on his family’s dairy farm and shows cattle at the Columbiana, Carroll and Mahoning County fairs as well as the Ohio State Fair.In 2009 Jacob was in a life-changing car crash, which cost him his mobility and took his mother’s life. Jacob was not supposed to walk again. But with determination and a strong family support system, he learned to walk using leg braces and forearm crutches. His grandfather heard about the Ohio AgrAbility program, and shortly thereafter, his family reached out to see what the program could offer. An on-farm assessmentCharlie Landis, an Ohio AgrAbility Rural Rehabilitation Coordinator, visited the dairy farm and talked to Jacob’s family about the type of work he could do. Because of Jacob’s age, he didn’t qualify for Vocational Rehabilitation services. However, funds were available through the Ohio AgrAbility’s Endowment Fund from past contributions to the program. These funds were put to use to support this young man’s ability to continue working on the family farm. Hand controls for farm equipmentThe primary need for Jacob was to be able to operate farm equipment safely. A hand control conversion kit for the skid loader and hand controls for the farm tractors were installed and adjusted for Jacob. However not just for Jacob, all farm hands can continue to use these controls because they are not operator specific, and they do not adversely affect the performance of the machine. These after-market assistive technology devices are available for a variety of farm implements, and allow the operators full control of the equipment.Jacob maintains his involvement in the family farm. He is an optimistic young man, who continues to grow and develop into a strong asset for the dairy. The Ohio AgrAbility program considers Jacob a good friend to the program, and sends him well wishes for his future pursuits. Other assistive technology for farm workersBesides hand controls, other innovative products are on the market to help make farm work easier and more productive. Products can include air-ride seats, suspensions, extended steps and mirrors, and barn or shop floor mats. Many of these products can be purchased directly through local equipment dealers and farm supply stores.The Ohio AgrAbility Program continues to look for ways to serve Ohio farmers and their families with technical or rehabilitative assistance. If you, a family member or neighbor could benefit from their services; or if you are a vendor with a product idea or specialty practice; or if you have ideas to share please contact their team directly.The Ohio AgrAbility website is www.agrability.osu.edu. To speak to a team member, feel free to call (614) 247-7681.Agriculture entails a lot of hard work. Making it easier for farmers to do what they love is the ultimate goal of this program. Be it a large-scale or a small everyday type of problem, assistive technology trouble-shooting is a natural part of AgrAbility’s mission to serve Ohio farmers. Dee Jepsen, Associate Professor for Agricultural Safety and Health, can be reached at 292-6008 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering in collaboration with Easter Seals TriState.
The Centre slashed GST rates to avoid a drubbing in the Gujarat polls, the Shiv Sena claimed on Monday while dubbing the BJP an “expert in gaining political mileage and publicity” from any issue. In the biggest Goods and Services Tax rejig yet, tax rates on over 200 items were cut on November 10 to provide relief to consumers and businesses. As many as 178 items of daily use were shifted from the top tax bracket of 28% to 18%, while a uniform 5% tax was prescribed for all restaurants. Questioning the timing, the Sena asked the Central government why it decided to “bow down” now. “These people are experts in gaining political mileage and publicity out of any issue,” it said in the party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ “Why did this government, which had said (it) won’t compromise on the issue (of GST) and would ignore protests, now bow down? The answer to this lies in the staunch opposition they are facing in Gujarat polls,” it said. The Sena claimed that BJP leaders are not being allowed to enter villages in Gujarat and conduct press conferences, and their posters are being removed. The NDA constituent added that chief ministers of various states along with central ministers will leave the country’s affairs in a lurch to participate in the campaigning in Gujarat. “There will be a lot of money spent as well.” The GST has increased inflation and upset the budgets of common people. “…people who are praising the troubled economy are enemies of the nation,” the Sena said. The GST has “broken the backs” of poor people and small traders, and this has increased anger in the country. Small traders have hit the streets in Gujarat and been beaten up with lathis, the editorial added.“The fear that it will have to bear the brunt of these lathis and that none of Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s campaigns will work made the government bend on GST,” it claimed. Polling for the two-phase Assembly elections in Gujarat will take place on December 9 and 14, and votes will be counted on December 18.