Interim city attorney says ‘this is a new day’

first_img Facebook Twitter WhatsApp By admin – March 6, 2018 Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Pinterest Home Local News Government Interim city attorney says ‘this is a new day’ Daylon Swearingen competes in bareback riding during the SandHills Stock Show and Rodeo at Ector County Coliseum Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Odessa, Texas. Previous articleCHAPMAN: The irrelevant 2nd amendmentNext articleNew bond issue, re-zoning talks begin admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Local NewsGovernment Interim city attorney says ‘this is a new day’ Twitter A week after taking office, Odessa’s new interim city attorney said he wants to ensure continuity in the city’s work on major projects and that the city complies with both letter and spirit of open government laws.Gary Landers, an employee of an Austin-based firm hired by the city of Odessa to temporarily fill the post, started work on Feb. 26. That overlapped with the final days of his predecessor, Larry Long, who was allowed to retire at the end of February following a sexual harassment complaint corroborated by the city’s human resources department.Landers said the days working with Long provided an important tutorial in ongoing legal cases and major city programs such as the effort to redevelop downtown and public works projects. He said he had no immediate plans to restructure the city’s legal department.“Where whatever it is we’ve been doing makes sense, we’ll keep doing that,” Landers said. “On the one hand, I understand that I want to have continuity — I can’t tear everything up in one day. But on the other hand we are also talking about that I’m the new city attorney. My title is interim city attorney, but I’m the city attorney. The buck stops here.”The Odessa City Council last month approved paying more than $25,000 a month to Landers’ employer, the Austin-based Bojorquez Law Firm, which specializes in municipal law. The city budgeted $130,000 for the legal services, which include Landers working in Odessa five days a week, but the contract can be terminated at anytime.Landers’ background includes serving 28 years as the city attorney of Tyler and some interim posts following his retirement in 2013.Mayor David Turner said the city would post a job advertisement by the end of the month seeking a permanent city attorney.Landers said he would not apply for the job.“What I hope the City Council, the manager, the city staff and . . . the citizens of Odessa will accept is that’s the best possible world for them right now,” Landers said. “I don’t have a past, I don’t have a future. I’m all about right now. I’m all ears. I’m listening.”The City Council also has yet to name a permanent city manager, after three members combined in September to fire Richard Morton. Morton’s former deputy, Michael Marrero, still serves in the interim position.Landers said the city’s top two appointees serving in an interim role presents an opportunity to assess the direction of the city.“This is a new day,” Landers said. “What does the mayor, the council want to do?” Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Pinterest Fruit Salad to Die ForUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasserolePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Basketball fan seeks Pink Boots

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Chris Kent is a madman – or a hopeless romantic.On the one hand, the Syracuse men’s basketball fan obsesses over a woman he talked to, off-handedly, twice. He’s 43. She’s … maybe 20? He doesn’t even know her name. All he knows is she wore pink boots the only time he saw her.Then again, his feelings are visceral. He’s considering driving over from Rochester to the Syracuse campus, hoping he runs into the girl of his dreams. He just wants to talk to her, find out her name. He hesitates calling this a crush. He’s not one for karma, but there’s something profound about this.‘I’ve been married,’ Kent says,’ and I never felt this way about my wife.’Chris Kent is something all right. He’s a Rochester-native divorcee with children. He attended the Syracuse-Providence game on Feb. 26, Senior Day, and sat next to a woman. For over a week after the game, he placed an ad in this paper requesting that the pink-booted vixen get in touch with him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo far, he’s gotten no responses.So which is it? Is Kent the most romantic man in Upstate New York? Or is he the biggest creep since TLC released their single?Even he doesn’t know.It probably depends on the outcome. Pink Boots and Kent could reunite and fall deeply in love. Or, after reading this, she could enter the Witness Protection Program.‘I hope you don’t think I’m some kind of weirdo,’ Kent says. ‘I’m certain there are (people who think that). … Some people could read this and think, ‘This guy could be a whacko.’ But this is really out of character for me. I’m really a shy, reserved kind of guy.’So reserved, he withheld talking to the woman of his desire. Since Kent ruminates through that fateful day endlessly, let’s run through it, too, Feb. 26.At 9 a.m., a languid Kent shuddered into consciousness as his telephone rang. His brother asked him if he’d like to go to the Syracuse-Providence game, scheduled for later that day.Longing to attend a game this season, Kent agreed. Considering traffic and the noon start, the brothers arrived just as the crowd ended its opening-game clap.As he shuffled into his seat, he passed by a nubile darling.‘Immediately, I felt something,’ he says.He would be sitting next to this lovely lady all game.Twice in the course of their ensuing venture did the two interact. Kent, an inspired fan, jumped from his seat at one emotional moment, fortuitously knocking his keys against the lady.He apologized. She smiled forgivingly. His first interaction with Pink Boots ended.As the game dragged on, he dared himself to speak to her. Through his mind raced potential inquiries. What’s your major? Do you come to many games?‘There was some eye contact,’ Kent says, ‘but not much. I don’t know. I don’t know if she’s interested or not.’Instead, the reticent elder withheld, figuring these feelings would pass once the game ended and his life resumed.Soon, the game did end. As Pink Boots started exiting, her escape was blocked by other slow-moving fans clogging the aisle. Kent noticed an opportunity.Stepping onto the bleachers, he spoke.‘Here you go,’ he said, directing the woman to the other side, where an easier escape path presented itself.Within seconds, she left. His feelings lingered.Even today, Kent’s passion runs deep. In the ensuing 25 days, Kent’s life has been consumed by reuniting with Pink Boots. He considered his options. He tried rationalizing this silly crush out of his head. He tried to reason with himself.His youngest son, with him at the game, told Kent they were on the Jumbotron. So Kent devoted his time to tracking down a video. His search ended in vain.Clearly, though, forgetting this woman wasn’t an option.As Pink Boots continued running through his mind, Kent consulted companions across a broad age range. They all suggested he pursue it, considering he felt so strongly.Soon after, he devised the idea of placing his ad.Still without a response, he is considering coming back to SU soon. (He’s off work Thursday), hanging around Marshall Street and praying she passes him.‘I’d definitely recognize her,’ Kent says. ‘If I never see her again, I’ll carry around that image in my head for the rest of my life.’And if Kent runs into her?‘I think I would probably stammer out a hello,’ he says, ‘and ask her if she remembered me. And ask if I could talk to her. I don’t know. I guess I’d have to read her reaction.‘I’m willing to risk looking foolish, which isn’t something I’m usually willing to do, to find out what her name is. That’s my biggest query right now.So Pink Boots, if you’re out there, Chris Kent wants you to know something.‘Please help,’ he says. ‘Don’t be shy. I’m not a weirdo.’Scott Lieber is a junior magazine major. E-mail him at [email protected] Published on March 21, 2005 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Rose Ladies Series: English amateur duo ride high again

first_img England Golf’s finest once again showed their calibre with Mimi Rhodes and Lily May Humphreys both finishing just a single shot shy of top spot at the latest Rose Ladies Series event.The England women’s squad players were the only two amateurs competing alongside 45 top pros at the Bearwood Lakes Golf Club in Berkshire.However, their ability to go toe-to-toe with some of the best professionals on the Ladies’ European Tour was once again proven with both women pushing hard for victory and only narrowly falling short in their mission.In the end, both Rhodes and Humphreys carded level par rounds of 72 to finish with four others in a tie for second.Georgia Hall was able to claim top spot with a one under par round of 71 – the only competitor in the field to break par on a tough day for scoring.Hall’s deserved victory apart, the undoubted highlights of the day involved the performances of the amateur duo – both still just 18 years old.Rhodes admitted nerves before her first appearance in the Rose Ladies Series at Brokenhurst Manor last month, but evidently the teenager has the game and the mentality to cope under pressure.Despite bogeying the first hole, the member from Burnham and Berrow Golf Club (pictured below) hit back with birdies at the fifth and 11th holes.The setback of a dropped shot at the 12th was soon mended with a neat two at the par three, 14th hole.At that stage, Rhodes and Humphreys were both tied for a share of the lead with former Women’s British Open winner and ex-England Golf international Hall.A further bogey at the 15th halted Rhodes’ momentum slightly,  but the 18-year-old was able to par her way home and fall  agonisingly just short of a play-off.Clearly, Humphreys also feels at ease in among the elite golfers from the LET.The Curtis Cup player finished in a tie for fourth spot in her previous outing in this series at Buckinghamshire Golf Club and was once again threatening the top of the leaderboard in Berkshire.A bogey at the opening hole was clawed back with a birdie at the par five 11th. The 13th proved unlucky for the Essex golfer, but another birdie at 17 allowed the England international to finish with a level par round of 72.The performance from Humphreys, a member at Stoke by Nayland, is the perfect preparation for her tilt at the English Women’s Amateur Championship.Humphreys (pictured above) won the event in 2017 and lost at the first play-off hole to Ellen Hume in the final last year. Her form going into next week makes her one of the favourites for the 2020 championship.Rhodes, though, is sure to prove a formidable opponent for all her rivals if her form of the summer continues into a big week at Woodhall Spa Golf Club.Next week’s Rose Ladies Series event takes place at The Shire Club as the tournaments hosted by England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate edge towards the three-stage finals in AugustFull scoring from today’s play available here 23 Jul 2020 Rose Ladies Series: English amateur duo ride high again Tags: Lily May Humphreys, Mimi Rhodes, Rose Ladies Serieslast_img read more

Jeep fire causes long delays as diversions in place on N13 dual carriageway

first_imgEmergency services are attending to the scene of a vehicle on fire on the N13 dual carriageway out of Letterkenny.The Fire Service along with ambulance personnel and Gardaí are at the scene, with the outbound lanes closed.Diversions are in place and there are lengthy tailbacks on the road out of Letterkenny. A jeep caught fire at around 1.45pm.There are no reports of any injuries.Jeep fire causes long delays as diversions in place on N13 dual carriageway was last modified: March 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:DiversionsDual Carraigewayemergency servicesfireletterkennyN13last_img read more

When Are Door Undercuts Sufficient for Return Air?

first_imgThe conventional wisdom on door undercutsAh, conventional wisdom. It’s often not wisdom at all and you may get different versions of it depending on which convention you believe. That’s certainly the case here. Talk to people in the HVAC industry and you’ll find quite a few who say you never need anything more than a door undercut. The one comment I’ve gotten so far on the video on bedroom pressures I made for my last article was, “Ha, ha — 7 pa is >0.03 inches w.c., so… Very little. It will sweep under the door.” He didn’t identify himself as such, but since he thinks in inches of water column (i.w.c.), I have a strong suspicion that he’s an HVAC guy. (I also think the evidence points to the commenter being male, but woman’s intuition doesn’t always get it right, even for someone in Who’s Who of American Women.)That kind of conventional wisdom is why we have homes like my condo, which had a 7 Pascal (Pa) pressure difference before I installed the Tamarack return air pathway in the door. (Disclosure: Tamarack is an advertiser in the Energy Vanguard Blog.) Mike MacFarland of Energy Docs, a home performance contractor in northern California, says it can be even worse than that. He’s found many homes with bedrooms that get pressurized to over 40 Pa when the bedroom door is closed. Wow!In contrast, the statement I threw out in that last article about the inadequacy of door undercuts represents the conventional wisdom of the building science community. Building Science Corporation has a page about door undercuts as return air pathways and says this: “This approach is acceptable but Building America research has demonstrated that the common technique of undercutting bedroom doors does not provide for enough airflow.”They don’t provide the reference to that Building America research but I think it’s probably a study done by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). Published online as the Return Air Pathway Study, their report shows the air flow through various types of return air pathways, including door undercuts. The first graph below (Image #2) shows the results.They found that a hole the size of a typical one inch door undercut will allow about 60 cubic feet per minute of air flow. In terms of air flow to size of the hole, door undercuts come out on top. They yield about 2 cfm per square inch of hole. (See Table 60 in their report.) But compared to the air flow many bedrooms need, 60 cfm is on the low side. And that’s with a one inch undercut. With a half inch undercut, the number will be reduced greatly. (Unfortunately, they didn’t include half inch undercuts in their study.)The wisdom of data from real housesBuilding Science Corporation and FSEC are right in calling out door undercuts. As I mentioned above, many in the HVAC industry believe wholeheartedly in door undercuts. In many homes they don’t work. Look at the article I wrote last week about what happens in my condo without the Tamarack return air pathways I installed in the doors.But we also need to understand the bounds of this new understanding about door undercuts. And it’s helpful to know what that FSEC study did not show. Maybe door undercuts work just fine for some houses.That’s what John Semmelhack of Think Little has found. He commented in my last article, writing, “We design and balance systems all the time with central returns and without transfer grilles or jumper ducts for most bedrooms.” He finds that a half inch door undercut works just fine in most of the homes he tests.So, are we back to saying the HVAC folks are right? No, not really. Semmelhack works on high-performance homes. He certifies homes for Energy Star and Passive House and also does some net-zero-energy homes and deep energy retrofits. That’s the first thing the building science conventional wisdom doesn’t include. When a house is really efficient, the bedrooms won’t need as much supply air delivered.The other thing neglected by the building science conventional wisdom is the other paths for air flow. When you close a bedroom door, the undercut isn’t the only pathway for return air. Walk over to a bedroom (or other interior) door and close it. Look at the gaps on the sides and top. Grab the handle and see how much movement there is.The door undercut gets all the attention, but the sides and top of the door also allow a good amount of air to flow through. Semmelhack believes the air flow through the sides and top of the door is equal to the air flow through the undercut. So if you can get 60 cfm under the door, you can get about 120 cfm total.And that’s what the FSEC study seems to have missed. They don’t discuss it in their report, but it appears from the photos that their only pathway for air flow was the hole they cut. They built a little test hut out of foam board, which I imagine was airtight except for the holes being tested. They didn’t discuss the airtightness of the hut in their report.Semmelhack is one of the people in our industry who goes out and tests things to make sure they work. It’s required, of course, for Energy Star and Passive House, but he goes further than is required. The second graph below shows his data for the pressure difference in bedrooms as a function of the conditioned air supplied to the bedroom.It’s not a tremendous amount of data, but it’s enough to see that door undercuts work. For supply air up to about 80 cfm, the pressure stays below the Energy Star threshold of 3 Pascals (Pa). All of the bedrooms being tested here have only half inch door undercuts as return air pathways. No return vents, jumper ducts, or transfer grilles. And the vast majority meet the Energy Star requirement of <3 pa pressure difference between the bedroom and hall. only twice has semmelhack had a problem getting bedrooms under 3 threshold with 75 cfm of supply air. in both cases, door was installed really tightly.The new building science conventional wisdomAs is so often the case, the truth is found between the extremes. Door undercuts are neither always adequate nor always inadequate. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don’t. With low-load homes, the lower air flow required in bedrooms means that half-inch door undercuts — along with the flow around the sides and top of the door — might well be sufficient. The more air required for a bedroom, the more likely it is you’ll need to put in an additional return air pathway.Of course, it’s pretty easy to get this right. All we need is proper commissioning. If every home were tested for bedroom pressure differences and held to a maximum of 3 Pa, we wouldn’t need to have this discussion. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Bathroom_fan_makeup_air-Joe_Nagan.pdf Most people don’t know that simply closing a door in their home can make them sick, increase their energy bills, or reduce their comfort. We live in this invisible stuff called air. We pull many pounds of it into our lungs each day. A typical air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace easily moves 20 tons of air a day. (Yes, I’m talking about 40,000 pounds! We’ll save that calculation for another day, though.) And the simple act of closing a door changes the dynamics of a house in ways that can have profound impacts on the people inside the home.Last week I wrote about the problem of bedroom doors getting closed, the consequences of that action, and one way to alleviate the problem. In that article I mentioned the issue of undercutting the bedroom doors as the standard method many homes used as a return air pathway. The air pumped into a bedroom needs to find its way back to the air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace. Door undercuts are one such return air pathway. But, I wrote, “Door undercuts typically won’t allow enough air to get out of the bedroom unless you leave a gap bigger than most people want under their doors.” RELATED ARTICLESReturn-Air ProblemsReturn to Sender – HVAC Return Pathway OptionsPerfect Balance Makes the CutNew Green Building Products — March 2011An Easy Retrofit for Return AirThis New Door Design Solves an Old ProblemAll About Furnaces and Duct SystemsResidential CommissioningIs It OK to Close Air Conditioner Vents in Unused Rooms?last_img read more

17 days agoWenger: Marseille coach AVB too young taking Chelsea job

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wenger: Marseille coach AVB too young taking Chelsea jobby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is happy seeing Andre Villas-Boas in charge of Marseille.Wenger feels Villas-Boas took the Chelsea job too soon.He said, “He may have been a little young at the time when he came to Chelsea. He took little break and sometimes it does not hurt in mid-career. From what I have seen since the beginning of the season, his team has the desire. “It is a little limited in potential. Marseille today does not have the level to play the title of champion of France. But he managed to get the team behind him and instill a dynamic in the team. If he finishes in the first six, I think he has really had a good season.” last_img read more

Census 2016 skipgeneration families press grandparents into service

first_imgTORONTO – With their only child grown up with a family of her own, Louise Hutchison and Dave Sharp were enjoying the freedom of being empty-nesters: travelling, getting together with friends and, of course, visiting with their grandchildren.But three years ago, the Alberta couple’s lives changed dramatically when they went from being grandparents to full-time caregivers of their three young granddaughters after their mother was charged with impaired driving and disappeared from her children’s lives.“It wasn’t what we were planning, because we had been through it,” Hutchison conceded in an interview from her home in Airdrie, near Calgary. “We went from an empty nest to a full house again.“It was actually fun being the grandparents because we could take them and we could have a lot of fun with them,” Hutchison, who works as a company manager, said of her granddaughters Coralynn, 9, Riley, 6, and Hayleigh, almost 4.“And we now have to be more the parents. It’s just not the same, right?”The couple and the girls are what’s known as a skip-generation family, a phenomenon that’s on the rise in Canada as households depart from the traditional two-parent configuration in favour of other caregivers, such as grandparents, step-parents or other siblings.In new 2016 census figures released Wednesday, Statistics Canada said three in 10 Canadian children — 30.3 per cent — were living in either a lone-parent family, a stepfamily or without both of their parents.Of those, some 32,520 children aged 14 and under across Canada were living exclusively with grandparents in 2016, up from about 25,245 in 2001, the census found — an increase of about 29 per cent.“A skip-generation family is where a grandparent is the primary adult in a child’s life, when no parent is present,” explained Nora Spinks, CEO of the Vanier Institute of the Family.“And that parent may be absent because they’ve passed away, they may be somewhere else in the world or they may be incapable of parenting. So they might be experiencing mental illness or they might be incarcerated.”Children living in a private household without their parents were most prevalent in the territories, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Statistics Canada reported. Between three and six per cent of children 14 and younger were either living with grandparents, other relatives or as foster children in those regions in 2016, the numbers show.In every other province, the proportion was two per cent or less.Hutchinson and Sharp, both 45, are keenly aware of their disconnect with typically older grandparents, as well as with parents of children who are their granddaughters’ friends.But the biggest challenge is ensuring the girls are happy and emotionally stable, said Hutchinson, describing how she learned through their counselling sessions that her alcoholic daughter would leave them hungry and alone in the car while “she had sex with her boyfriend.”Still, despite the obvious challenges of raising a second family, there are also many rewards.“There’s a lot of joy and there’s also a lot of peace of mind because I don’t have sleepless nights worrying about where they are or what condition they’re in.“And it is great joy. I know my husband feels very much the same way. We’re getting an opportunity to be a strong part of their lives, even though it’s in a different capacity.”Skip-generation families come in many different shapes and sizes and cross all socioeconomic and ethnocultural boundaries, said Spinks.Grandparents may have a deep, vibrant relationship with their grandchildren or a weak and tenuous one, she said. The age of both the adult and the grandchild can colour the nature of that relationship and how a newly configured family melds together — or not.“When a grandparent steps in and it’s an infant or a toddler or a pre-schooler, that can be a very different experience than when a grandparent steps in with a teenager or a tween,” she said.“Where a relationship does exist between the child and the grandparent, it may require renegotiation or restructuring,” said Spinks, pointing out that a change in their family makeup and where they live — as well as parental loss — can spark emotional, behavioural and psychological reactions in children, who may also have experienced trauma.“It’s one thing to go over to Grandma’s for a Sunday afternoon or to be there for a couple of weeks in the summer. It’s another when that grandparent assumes the responsibility of raising a child.”Colleen Longhouse and husband Michael Dawson have been rearing her four-year-old grandson Landon since he was almost two. After a lengthy and expensive court battle, she was granted full guardianship in April 2016 because Landon had been living in hellish conditions with her daughter, a heroin addict with multiple mental health issues, and his father, a violent repeat offender who has been incarcerated dozens of times.“I raised my children and now is supposed to be the time in your life you can sit back and relax and enjoy your grandchildren. But you also have a bit more freedom to do the things and interests that you had earlier in your life that you couldn’t do because you had your own children,” said Longhouse, an elementary school teacher from New Lowell, Ont., west of Barrie, who admitted she can get angry and frustrated over the unexpected turn her life has taken.“My husband and I rarely go out because Landon suffers from attachment disorder … There’s been a lot of struggle for us as a couple.”Even so, Longhouse, 54, said she wouldn’t change anything given the choice again.Landon, who had been “very traumatized,” has made tremendous progress and “has surpassed what anyone thought he would be able to do,” said his grandmother.“He is such a joy, he’s got such a great personality. We do lots of things and he does make us laugh,” said Longhouse, adding that she and her husband want to formally adopt him, and they have the financial resources to make sure his future is secure.“So the joy is knowing that he’s safe, the joy is knowing that he’s going to have a chance.”At 72, Sharon Green is the sole parent in a “skip-skip” generation family: she has legal custody of her three-year-old great-granddaughter Avery, whose mother tried to give her away as an infant to a distant relative on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve, where she lives. Neither Green’s son — the little girl’s grandfather — nor either of her grandmothers was able to care for the child.“One of the problems is Ontario Works only gives me $263 a month (for a dependent child) and I’m a pensioner, of course,” she said by phone from her home in Cloyne, Ont., northeast of Toronto. “It can be difficult. I rely on my daughters quite a bit to help me.”Keeping up with a three-year-old can be taxing even for twenty-something mothers, but Green said she’s in “pretty good shape” for her age and she and her great-granddaughter “do quite a bit together.”“Every day, she’s full of energy. She loves to dance to music,” Green confided as Avery squealed with laughter in the background while banging away on a pot. “She’s just bright and happy and smiles and gives me hugs all the time and tells me she loves me.“There’s just so much joy with this child.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitterlast_img read more

Owaisi confident of 4th win from Hyderabad BJP Cong allege he indulges

first_imgHyderabad: Development work and a strong connect with people will help him retain the Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat for the fourth time, believes AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, even as the BJP and the Congress claim he will lose for his divisive politics and “goondaism”. The constituency, which is traditionally an All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) stronghold and won by Owaisi since 2004, has six assembly segments, and five of these were won by the party in the 2018 Telangana polls. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The BJP has again fielded J Bhagwant Rao, who had lost to Owaisi by over two lakh votes in the 2014 polls, from the seat, while Congress’s Feroz Khan, who unsuccessfully contested the 2018 assembly elections, is trying his luck from the constituency. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has fielded Puste Srikanth.But, Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao has kept it no secret that the party is backing Owaisi, whose support it is counting on in the remaining 16 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K In total, there are 15 candidates in the fray from the Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat. Meeting people at their homes, padyatras and organising interactions and meetings, especially with young voters and students, are the backbone of Owaisi’s campaign in the parliamentary constituency. The party is seeking votes on ‘hamare kaam ki buniyaad par’ (on the basis of their work) and is confident of a win from the seat, said Asaduddin, who is being accompanied by his brother and AIMIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi on his campaign trail. “Paidal dauras (campaigning on foot) has been the AIMIM’s way through which we communicate our performance as representatives, and learn from our constituents on what more can be done,” he said With my MPLAD expenditure, my focus has always been on investing in our children’s future, their health, education and well-being, Asaduddin said, adding, “I am contesting this election on my record, and a lot more needs to be done and Inshallah I’ll work towards it”. Both the Owaisi brothers are targeting the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a number of issues, including the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and the ‘Main bhi Chowkidar’ (I, too, am watchman) campaign. The AIMIM, whose election symbol is ‘kite’, has maintained a firm grip on the minority voters-dominated constituency by winning the seat since 1984.The party’s former chief and Asaduddin’s father Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi got elected six times consecutively from Hyderabad. BJP candidate Bhagwant Rao, who secured over three lakh votes in 2014 general elections, alleged that the AIMIM is not a secular party and accused it of being a “destructive” force. People will support the BJP as they want to see Modi as prime minister again, he asserted. Last time there was booth capturing in minority-dominated areas, Bhagwant Rao said, adding that poll and police officials should be alert, and take necessary measures to ensure free and fair elections. “The Majlis (AIMIM) does not even have a manifesto. Their manifesto is only instigating people in the name of religion. The BJP will carry out comprehensive development of the Old City, if it wins. The Hyderabadi voters are keen to support the strong leadership of PM Modi”, he said. The Hyderbad Lok Sabha constituency lacks civic amenities and dispensaries, and hospitals in the parliamentary seat do not have proper facilities, Bhagwant Rao said. “AIMIM leaders divide people and instigate minorities and take their votes. They have acquired huge wealth,” he alleged. But, Asaduddin, who is supporting Chandrasekhar Rao’s idea of promoting a non-BJP and non-Congress front, said the public wants the TRS to win in the 16 Lok Sabha seats in the state and the AIMIM to be victorious on the Hyderabad seat. Congress’s Feroz Khan said the competition for the seat is between his party and the AIMIM as the BJP has fielded a “dummy” candidate. He claimed that the people want to bring about change and said the Congress is the alternative. “For 40 years the AIMIM spread only darkness and god willing’, the Congress will bring the sun to drive away this darkness,” he said, alleging that the AIMIM wins elections by indulging in “goondaism, rowdyism and through bogus votes”. “Our effort is to stop it and to take up an agenda of development among the people,” said Khan, who is hopeful that people will bless him with a win on the Hyderabad seat. Only the Congress can ensure BJP’s and Modi defeat, he said. However, a section of voters said Asaduddin’s victory is certain and it will be an one-sided election again in Hyderabad.last_img read more