Sebastian Vettel makes strong start to F1 preseason for Ferrari

first_imgFerrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb.18, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MONTMELO, Spain — For Sebastian Vettel, the opening day of the Formula One preseason couldn’t have gone any better.Vettel, the runner-up to the title last season, clocked the fastest time, was the busiest driver with 169 laps and, most importantly, felt right at home behind the wheel of his new Ferrari.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alfa Romeo, previously known as Sauber, unveiled its new burgundy-and-white car in the pit lane before testing began. Kimi Raikkonen, who joined the team from Ferrari, had the fifth-best time but also went off the track twice without damaging his car.The main focus of these tests is for teams to adapt to rule changes for their cars’ front wing design. The goal is to make racing more exciting by facilitating overtaking. The new regulations should reduce the turbulence hitting trailing cars, which has slowed them down and made passing more difficult.Red Bull boss Chris Horner said that the new rules mean “there is a blank canvas this year.”Testing will continue through Thursday and then again from Feb. 26-March 1 at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, home to the Spanish Grand Prix in May.The season-opening Australian GP is on March 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Video recaps of all NBA games coming to Facebook Watch Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:43Passenger volume spike at Araneta bus terminals00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Mercedes boss Toto Wolff acknowledged that Ferrari looked quick, but downplayed the importance of lap times in the preseason.“That is not what tests are about,” Wolff said. “It’s about going through all the parts and looking at all the data.”Carlos Sainz put in the second-quickest lap in his first ride with McLaren, followed by Haas’ Romain Grosjean and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, who joined the team from Red Bull, and Nico Hulkenberg put in the slowest times of the day, finishing more than 2.8 seconds slower than Vettel.Williams, which finished last in the team standings last year, missed the first day of testing and is likely to miss Tuesday’s session as well.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “We couldn’t have hoped for a better day,” Vettel said after setting a session-best lap time of 1 minute, 18.161 seconds. “It was unbelievable. The car was working very well. We had no issues slowing us down.“It is obviously very early and this will be meaningless in a couple of weeks, but for now, a huge compliment to everyone at the factory. What they put on the track today was very close to perfection.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsVettel has the daunting goal of ending Mercedes’ five-year dominance of F1.Defending champion Lewis Hamilton shared time behind the wheel for Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas and ended up with the ninth-fastest time, but it is more very likely that Mercedes was not aiming to top the leaderboard. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

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“I will not disappoint you nor my party” – PPP/C presidential candidate

first_img…commits to reversing the “wrongdoings” of APNU/AFC coalitionOne day after being named presidential Candidate of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), former Housing and Water Minister Irfaan Ali said he was committed to the task of leading his party to an election victory and carrying out its policies to create jobs, expand economic growth, and reopen the closed sugar estates that have left thousands of Guyanese jobless.Ali, who was speaking at an impromptu public meeting held on Sunday in his hometown Leonora, West Coast Demerara which saw thousands of supporters, said he remained humbled by the fact that he was chosen to lead the Party at the next elections as its presidential candidate.“I will not disappoint you or my party. I will not disappoint the leadership. I will work hard to ensure leadership for the People’s Progressive Party. I assure you I will not be lazy. I assure you I will not buckle under any circumstances. I will stand with this party and I will stand with all of our supporters and any threat that comes our way,” Ali said to a cheering crowd on Sunday.Making reference to the race for the presidential nomination, Ali said his contenders were all valuable members of the PPP/C and although he came out victorious, he was happy with the fact that they have given their commitment to support him. “All of these comrades showed that together we are a team; a combination of competencies that will ensure…that we deliver on all of our promises to the people of Guyana.”In highlighting the hardship facing many Guyanese who were affected by the closure of several sugar estates, Ali also gave a commitment to have these estates reopened. “We will correct the wrong and make right the injustices to the sugar workers all across Guyana. We are going to restore benefits to you. This is a promise to you. This is a joy today. I come from a party that has done so much for Guyana. The youths and women building a Guyana that is inclusive,” he added.But Ali told the gathering that he stood committed to the direction and leadership of the Party and the manifesto, promising to deliver on all the promises made. He also praised the Party’s General Secretary, saying he was an asset to the PPP/C. “As the presidential candidate, I would be foolish to have the greatest asset and not use it. This is not Irfaan Ali’s moment; it is all of our moment.”In providing a prelude to what Guyanese can expect from the PPP/C manifesto, Ali, a trained economist, promised to change “all those bad politics that took away income from our people. So, that more resources could be made available to people, creating more opportunities for them.”“We have seen the economic decline and the social circumstances, because of the closure of the sugar estates. We will correct the wrong, and we will make right the injustices made out against sugar workers all across Guyana,” Ali told a massive crowd that erupted in cheers.PromisesAli said another promise and commitment of his party is to deal with corruption. In making reference to the US$18 million signing bonus from ExxonMobil that Government failed to declare, Ali said if he won the presidency, he would make it criminal for the non-declaration of Guyana’s natural resources.He went on to say that his party would also create a platform that would ensure social and economic justice. “We have to build social programmes and these include the pension system removal of Value Added Tax on essential services. These are things we have to restore.”But more significantly, Ali said if the PPP/C was returned to Government, it would be creating more than 50,000 new jobs all across the country. “We will be creating through the use of ICT and education platform so that people could have education via distance learning,” he added.Ali also gave a commitment to have US$500 million invested in Guyana from year one under the PPP/C.“We did this before oil and gas and we will do it even better on a much larger scale with oil and gas. We will build mega farms and increase rice production and provide incentives… These are the types of plans and programmes that will break us through into the future and create a wave of economic wealth and well-being for our people,” he added.The former Housing Minister said he would work on a plan to deliver thousands more house lots across the country and the construction of a deep-water harbour particularly one that would connect Guyana and Brazil. He said he would work to improve the health-care system which has been under massive decline under the coalition Government, and recommence the construction of the Specialty Hospital project.“We are going to launch not only training programme in the medical field but we are going to find the brightest that we will develop the skill sets to take the country forward. This is the commitment of your PPP/C Government. We will bring back progress to this country of ours,” he stated.EndorsedIn endorsing Ali for the post of presidential candidate, Jagdeo said that his election represented the interest and importance that the PPP/C placed on helping to advance the millennial. He reminded that a majority of the Guyanese voters were young people and Ali was a representation of their dreams and vision.He recalled that the coalition Government had touted the importance of young people, but failed to deliver on including them in its vision. Jagdeo said, “He (Ali) is a young man that can connect with young people. He can empathise with the young people. The old people, they lecture people.”The former Guyanese Head of State noted that Guyana needed a presidential candidate who could deliver to the people. “That can deliver better education, health care, housing etc. In his housing plans, we have had the largest growth in the Caribbean. He has the skills to do that. You see the evidence when you drive around the country. He has the experience that you need as a president, you cannot just talk about it – you need a president that when the glamour has faded will sit all night and work to make that happen.”But equally important to note, Jagdeo said that Ali has an intimate understanding of the social and economic challenges facing the country, and based on his experience he will deliver. Ali is the Opposition’s Chief Spokesperson for Finance and Economics. He also heads the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly and has proven himself as a strong finance professional.“He can understand immediately what the challenges in this Government are. They are using up two or three years short-term oil money. You need a president that doesn’t need an advisor [every time] he goes into a meeting about economic matters. Irfaan Ali has that…Ali has been practically in charge of this region (Region Three). The amount of ground work he has done working with all of the team here. You cannot want a president that walks just for the glamour, but when the grassroots work comes they stay home.”Jagdeo continued, “I know Irfaan Ali is trustworthy. I did not say anything before, because we were in the contest, but now the people have selected a candidate, I can tell you the attributes of Irfaan Ali. If we can’t reopen those three estates and find work for the people, we will be just as bad as them. He is committed to doing that.”The PPP General Secretary also warned the supporters not to listen to the negatives, pointing out that had Anil Nandlall been the presidential candidate, the Government and its supporters would have found bad things to say about him too. “We believe we have a strong candidate and we will make sure that we put together a programme that will involve all our people.”Jagdeo also promised to work with Ali, saying, “In this period…all of my skills, every single bit of it will be at his disposal … and I don’t have any apologies to make about it.” (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

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LIFE ON THE BANKS OF RIO HONDO

first_img• Photo Gallery: Fire Risk SOUTH EL MONTE – Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to inspect a fire danger posed by encampments hidden within untended overgrowth in the Rio Hondo channel, officials said Monday. In the area near Bosque del Rio Hondo Natural Area, the dry overgrowth in the channel is so dense, transients have built elaborate crawl spaces among the reeds, many of which lead to “rooms” – a veritable bamboo city. With the Southland experiencing the worst drought on record, Army Corps officials said they would send inspectors to the area today. “We do periodic inspections of our areas and mow when necessary. But it’s always in coordination with our ecologist to make sure we preserve the habitat,” said Jay Field, an Army Corps spokesman. “In this case, the person who looks over that area will schedule any needed maintenance. They may cut \ down after consulting with the ecologists, who are very familiar with the area.” Well-beaten paths lead away from a bike trail that follows the river channel. The paths eventually break off into a maze of trails in the increasingly thick forest of bamboo and weeds. At the end of one path a pillow and sheet lay nestled in a small smoothed-out clearing. Other signs of habitation litter the foliage, including empty cigarette cartons, condoms, cups, broken coconuts, shoes and clothes. The Army Corps owns the channel and is responsible for the condition of the brush, said Field. While county fire officials are busy with their brush-clearance program, that program only targets the direct threat to homes or commercial buildings posed by overgrown brush, said Ed Lozano, an inspector for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Although Lozano said he was not familiar with the channel’s characteristics, areas where no buildings are at risk are generally not targeted by his department for fire prevention, he added. “We don’t usually do brush clearance in a forest like \,” Lozano said. “If it’s not a danger to anyone; if it burns, it burns. But it’s not cost-effective to remove it otherwise. Cost is big factor in removing it. And bamboo grows like a weed.” Every week or two, Sgt. Carlos Bazan of the Los Angeles County Police Department patrols the channel looking for illegal activity or homeless camps, which he occasionally helps dismantle in coordination with park officials. Bazan attested to the extensive living quarters built into the brush. “It’s an ongoing problem. We try to get them \ the resources they need, but they come back,” Bazan said. “Mostly they’re harmless, but in light of the fires recently, they do pose a risk.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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RAPHOE’S CHLOE MAGEE WINS FIRST EVER SENIOR WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT

first_imgCHLOE Magee is the toast of the county today after winning the Lithuanian International Open today – and winning the mixed doubles with her brother Sam as well!The brilliant Raphoe badmington star played an amazing 10 matches in just THREE days to claim both gold medals and it is now clear that the Donegal woman is on course for another Olympics….if she keeps playing like this.After victory in the mixed match final with Sam, Chloe came back from 4 game points down in the second set to beat Ingolfsdoitter to take the singles title which she so richly deserves. Afterwards, she said: “This has been an amazing week for me, I came here feeling very good and in good shape and to win both is just an unbelievable feeling.“I want to thank all my friends and family at home for their continued support and now I want to test myself at a higher level against better players at higher completion levels.”Chloe has been training in Dublin – and needs to stay in the top 60 to qualify for the London Olympics next year.“I am delighted to win my first title,” she added. “I’m feeling on top of the world.”RAPHOE’S CHLOE MAGEE WINS FIRST EVER SENIOR WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT was last modified: June 12th, 2011 by gregShare 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:badmingtonchampionchloe mageeRaphoelast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS EARN SUPERB WIN OVER NAOMH COLMCILLE

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club Notes. The senior lads recorded a good home win at the weekend when they overcame neighbours Naomh Colmcille. Next up is Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon on Sunday 10th April See Facebook for throw in times. All support welcome.  Thanks to all who attended our Underage Fundraiser in Arena 7 on Good Friday. Special thanks also go to Enda and A7 for their support with this fundraiser. Our minor hurlers were defeated away to Buncrana in the minor league. The lads showed great determination but lost out to a physically stronger Inishowen outfit. They are fixed to play at home to Mc Cools this Thursday. The Senior Ladies Footballers circuit training continues every Wednesday night in the clubhouse from 7 to 8pm. All welcome. This year we will have Ladies and Girls football for u-12, u-14, Minor and Senior.  Michael Murphy Sports are currently stocking a range of Gaels Club merchandise including jerseys, training tops, hats & scarfs.The indoor underage football training will take a break for a few weeks and move outside to Pairc na nGael after Easter. New members welcome. Camogie training and girls circuits will continue after the Easter break. New members always welcome. Contact 086 8163505 for more details. Both our u-14 and u-18 hurlers have matches this Thursday with our minor lads hosting Mc Cools at Park na nGael at 6.30pm and our u-14 lads travelling to play Setanta. Hurling training for u-6 to u-10 will resume on Thursday 7th April at 6.30pm at the pitch. Training for u-12, 14, 16 and Minor is on every Tuesday at 6.30pm. Contact 086 8405785 For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGael GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS EARN SUPERB WIN OVER NAOMH COLMCILLE was last modified: March 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsSportlast_img read more

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Kid Row

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week And our schools and police need to find better ways to address the tragedy of children living on Skid Row. Here’s a shocking statistic: According to a new study, roughly 700 of the people living on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, either in welfare motels or on the streets, are kids. Worse yet, the school and legal authorities that can and should help these kids too often make their lives even harder. The study, carried out under the auspices of the United Coalition East Prevention Project, found that some 43 percent of the youths on Skid Row have been given tickets for loitering or not wearing the proper school uniform. When these tickets go unpaid, the fees multiply, compounding the kids’ problems. This is a tragedy. While no one should be exempt from the rules, schools and cops should be judicious enough to determine why children are in trouble, and what help they might need. Homeless kids need shelter; kids with mentally ill or drug-addicted parents need rescue. last_img read more

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BOYLE COUSINS WIN DUNLOP NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgDonegal cousins, Declan and Brian Boyle, in a Subaru WRC, have won the Dunlop National Rally Championship.Their victory in the Sepam Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally, which was round six of the eight round series, was enough to see them clear of the chasing pack.The pair, driving a Suburu WRC, finished the Clonmel-based nine-stage rally a minute and 57 seconds ahead of the MG S2000 of Roy White and James O’Brien. There was even more Donegal delight in the rally when Declan Gallagher and Ryan Moore in the Toyota Starlet won the top Modified Crew title. BOYLE COUSINS WIN DUNLOP NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: August 11th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Brian BoyleDeclan BoyleDunlop National Rally Championshiplast_img read more

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CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup: McKinstry makes nine changes as XI to face Eritrea is announced

first_img Tags: CECAFA Senior Challenge CupEritreaJohnathan McKinstryUganda Cranes Uganda has six points from two games so far. (PHOTO/Courtesy)CECAFA Senior Challenge CupUganda vs EritreaStarTimes Stadium, Wednesday, 11-12-2019 @4pmLUGOGO – Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry has named the starting XI for Uganda’s third Group A match against Eritrea in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.The North Irishman has made nine changes to the team that started in the 2-0 win over Somalia on Monday afternoon.Kyetume FC goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa has been handed the task to safeguard the Cranes’ goal, replacing Charles Lukwago.In front of Mutakubwa, Paul Mbowa has been slotted in alongside captain Halid Lwaliwa at the center of a back four which also sees Mustafa Mujuzi replace Paul Willa at right-back while Mustafa Kizza maintains his role at left-back.The midfield has all been rotated with Nicholas Kasozi, Muzamir Mutyaba and Karim Watambala coming in for Shafick Kagimu, Allan Okello and Bright Anukani.The three up front have also been reshuffled with Viane Sekajugo and Ben Ocen who both started against Burundi, returning alongside Uganda Premier League top scorer Steven Mukwala.Uganda and Eritrea rarely meet and this will be only their third meeting since 2007.In the previous two, either side has won once with Eritrea winning 3-2 in a friendly played in December 2007 while Uganda triumphed 3-0 in the CECAFA Senior Challenge cup in 2013.The Cranes have been exceptional so far, winning both of their opening Group A games.Johnathan McKinstry’s side defeated Burundi 2-1 on Saturday before taking care of Somalia 2-0 on Monday.The six points earned so far mean that three more will see Uganda finish as group leaders and book a spot in the semi-finals of the regional competition.Cranes starting team against EritreaJoel Mutakubwa (GK) (Kyetume FC), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Paul Mbowa (URA FC), Nicolas Kasozi (KCCA FC), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA FC), Karim Watambala (Vipers SC), Ben Ocen (Police FC), ), Steven Mukwala (Maroons FC), and Viane Sekajugo (Wakiso Giants)SubstitutesCharles Lukwago (GK) (KCCA FC), Paul Willa (Vipers SC), John Revita (KCCA FC Shafiq Kagimu (URA FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Joachim Ojera (URA FC), Fahad Bayo (Vipers SC), Joel Madondo (Busoga United)Comments last_img read more

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Early Platypus Stuns Evolutionists

first_imgWith the possible exception of a monotreme tooth assumed to be 62 million years old, the oldest known platypus fossil was dated 15 million years old.  Now, a fossil from Australia reported in Science sets a new record: 112 million years old.1    “It’s really, really old for a monotreme,” Timothy Rowe of the University of Texas (UT), Austin, told the audience at a meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology last month in Austin, Texas.  How to fit this with the evolution of monotremes?That would push back the fossil record of the platypus quite a bit; the next youngest fossil is Obdurodon dicksoni from 15-million-year-old rocks in Australia.  It is also much older than current estimates from DNA of when platypuses and echidnas diverged from their most recent common ancestor.  Molecular clocks put that date somewhere between 17 million and 80 million years ago.  Rowe speculated that one reason for the underestimate may be that monotremes evolve at slower rates than other mammals do, an idea that fits with their lower diversity.1.  Erik Stokstad, “Jaw Shows Platypus Goes Way Back,” Science, 23 November 2007: Vol. 318. no. 5854, p. 1237, DOI: 10.1126/science.318.5854.1237a.Was this platypus a transitional form?  No.  Was it evolving from a simpler animal into a complex creature with a duck bill, poison spur, electrical sensing organ, webbed feet, fur and ability to lay eggs?  No – it was Darwin’s nightmare popping up way, way back in the record, over 100 million years earlier (in their own dating scheme) than the next clear platypus fossil.  Why not consider the obvious, that there was never any 113 million years between the two fossils?    According to evolutionary theory, most of the other mammals diversified into elephants, giraffes, lions and whales in far less time, but these Darwin-defying furry-duckmammals just lived on and on in their niche as if nothing else was going on in the world.  Rowe’s reply that they just evolved slower (and that lower diversity demonstrates this), should be seen not only as a gratuitous speculation, but as an escape from reality.    That’s it: Darwin was the prophet of Second Life, a virtual world where any fantasy you want to dream up can come true and be called science.  Whenever their virtual fantasyland has an internal conflict, they can always dream up virtual ways to resolve it.  Science needs to kick the habit and get back to the real world – literally, not virtually.(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Patidar and Thakor camps push for seats

first_imgMembers of the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and Other Backward Class (OBC) leader Alpesh Thakor, who joined the Congress recently, have held meetings with top party leaders to decide on candidates as both groups are striving to get ticket for their members from the Congress.On Friday, Dinesh Bambhania, Manoj Panara, Lalit Vasoya and Kirit Patel of the PAAS held meetings with senior Congress leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel and national general secretary and Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot.“We have accepted the reservation formula suggested by the Congress leader and legal expert Kapil Sibal but a formal announcement will be made in the next few days,” a PAAS member from Delhi told The Hindu.He said the Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel would make the announcement after the candidates were decided. The PAAS had demanded around a dozen Patidar-dominated seats in Saurashtra, and a few seats in north Gujarat. Mr. Thakor’s camp has demanded seats in the Thakor-dominated north Gujarat districts. Sources said that Mr. Thakor would contest on the Congress ticket from a seat dominated by the Thakor community in north Gujarat.last_img read more

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