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first_imgJamaica’s 2018 World Cup hopes were left hanging by a thread last night after the Reggae Boyz were battered 3-0 by hosts Costa Rica in San Jose. The defeat left Jamaica a poor third in CONCACAF semi-final round Group B. The Boyz are on four points, six behind early final round qualifiers Costa Rica and three short of Panama in second. In last night’s second match in the group Panama clipped Haiti 1-0. The Haitians have already been eliminated. They are at the bottom of the group with one point. Unlike last Friday’s clash between the two countries, Costa Rica started very fast and dominated the action in last night’s match. They went ahead as early as the seventh minute when Celso Borges sent a powerful header past Jamaica’s goalkeeper Andre Blake. Captain Bryan Ruiz made it 2-0 eight minutes before the break after he pounced on a rebound following a brilliant block by Blake. The hosts completed the scoring after a lightning attack down the right. Blake was in position to block the first shot but was helpless to prevent Johan Venegas from slotting home under his despairing dive in the 78th minute. With two goals for and six against – a goal difference of minus four – Jamaica’s Boyz  will need big wins in their final two matches to have any hope of getting to the final round. Only the top two from each semi-final round group will advance to the final round of qualifying. Jamaica will travel to Panama for their next match on September 2 and anything but three points will see the Boyz crashing out of contention. The Reggae Boyz’s final match is against Haiti at the National Stadium on September 6.last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgPower has been restored to the community of Tumbler Ridge The entire town has been without power since 5:30 Wednesday night.  The power was restored at 5:23 Thursday evening.The outage occurred at a substation in a remote area, about 20 minutes outside of Chetwynd. The location prevented repair crews from access to the site until daylight today.- Advertisement -One of the three power lines was discovered burned, and a faulty binding wire is believed to be the cause of the fire. The outage occurred when a faulty binding wire caught fire in a remote location outside of Chetwynd.last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgRetired Major General Lewis MacKenzie spoke at the Enform Petroleum Safety Conference in the North Peace Cultural Centre to instill his values of leadership to participants at the conference.Referred to by Maclean’s Magazine as the ‘greatest living speaker in Canada’, Mackenzie used his experiences in the Canadian military to provide examples of leadership.  Mackenzie says he sees leadership as getting others to do what they do not want to do, yet enjoy doing it at the same time.He says that he learned more about leadership from seeing negative examples rather than positive ones.  He says he feels that it is important get out in your field and interact with the people you are supposed to lead.  – Advertisement -Mackenzie also says he believes that people should not change who they are as a person when they are put into a position of leadership because it is these traits that secured them their positions in the first place.MacKenzie made clear that leaders must provide positive feedback to their subordinates and get to know their passions so they can relate at different levels.   Successful leaders must also display the courage to diasagree, but at the same time be willing to accept responsibility for their actions.  MacKenzie also says he believes it is important to think outside the box.MacKenzie was a keynote speaker at the conference and his speech was well received by those in attendance.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgPictured is Bord Gais Energy Student Theatre Awards judge Simon Delaney with students.Two Donegal schools are celebrating after being shortlisted in the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards.Edeninfagh N.S. and local student Remy Moran from 5th class in S.N. Fhionnain have been shortlisted in this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards.Edeninfagh N.S. have been shortlisted in the Best Costume category in the production of ‘The Waiting Room’ while Remy Moran from S.N. Fhionnain has been shortlisted in the Best Dramatic Critique category for his critique of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Both beat off stiff competition from hundreds of schools around Ireland to make the final three in their respective categories. Students from both schools will now travel to a special awards ceremony at The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Wednesday 4th March 2015 hosted by actor Simon Delaney where the winners will be announced.The Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards were set up by Bord Gáis Energy to recognise and reward participation in drama in schools across Ireland.Open to primary school students from 3rd – 6th class and all students in secondary school, the awards feature 11 categories including best performance in a leading role, best director, best musical, best costumes and best set design. The winning schools will share a prize fund of up to €10,000.This year’s judging panel comprised Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch, actor Simon Delaney, Emmy® award winning animator Mårten Jönmark from Brown Bag Films, leading Irish fashion designer Emma Manley, managing director of COCO Television Stuart Switzer, manager of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Stephen Faloon, and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre sponsorship manager, Tanya Townsend. Commenting Tanya Townsend, sponsorship manager Bord Gáis Energy said: “We were absolutely blown away by the number and standard of entries we received this year from across Ireland. The judges had a really tough time whittling down a top three in each category so I would like to say a massive well done to all those shortlisted. The awards will take place on the 4th of March at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. It’s going to be a really exciting event and we look forward to announcing the winners on the day.” TWO DONEGAL SCHOOLS SHORTLISTED FOR BORD GAIS ENERGY STUDENT THEATRE AWARDS was last modified: February 13th, 2015 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:Donegal studentstheatre awardslast_img read more

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first_img The units could be sold at prices hundreds of thousands of dollars above the affordable price that the city set in negotiations with the developer. City Councilman Ara Najarian said the decision came down to salvaging the project as a whole. “It’s how many people do you bring on the boat with you after the Titanic sinks,” Najarian said. “Too many and everyone sinks but you hate to leave open space there.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The Housing Authority voted 6-1, with Councilman Bob Yousefian voting no, to allow the developer of the East Elk Avenue project to sell three of the seven units at the higher rate. The cost of the project has apparently risen from $2.1 million to $3.1 million, in part because of rising construction prices, officials said. The Housing Authority, acting also as the Redevelopment Agency, voted 5-1 – with City Councilman Frank Quintero dissenting and one abstention – to approve the 24-unit project on West Doran Street. The city is investing $3.2 million in the $14.7 million project to build the craftsman-style multi-family condo project at Doran Street and Central Avenue. In a complicated investment structure, the project is tied to another housing project in Pasadena that must be completed before work on the Glendale project can go forward. Work on the Glendale project is expected to begin in 2007 and be completed the following year. Serozh Mokhtarian, 53, said his family is losing out on a chance to own its first home now that the city has allowed the developer of the Elk Avenue project to sell three of the units at market rate. Mokhtarian, who works in a bank processing center, is fifth on the list of applicants and there are only enough units for four applicants. “This is kind of a broken heart for the rest of the people (who) were not able to get it,” he said. GLENDALE – The Glendale Housing Authority voted Tuesday to approve a $14.7 million housing project that will provide 24 affordable housing units for sale, the most of any housing project in the city’s history. Also Tuesday, the authority revisited the terms of a seven-unit affordable housing project at Elk Avenue that received $753,000 from the city, allowing the developer to sell three of the units at the market rate to accommodate the increased cost of the project. That left three applicants for the previously below-market units out in the cold, after they had gone through a city-sponsored lottery for a chance at home ownership. The cost of the affordable units on the 3-year-old Elk Avenue project rose from $190,000 to $329,000. Officials said that the increase in price pushes the envelope on affordability, but City Manager Jim Starbird said the project has the added benefit of revitalizing the neighborhood it is located in. last_img read more

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first_imgBrave 12-year-old Holly Ward from Falcarragh got her head shaved to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society.However, it’s not the first time this wonderful little girl has sacrificed her beautiful hair for charity.Holly cut off her ponytail last year to raise €363.50 for the Rapunzel Foundation. She was keen to continue her fundraising efforts this year and decided she’d get her head shaved to raise much needed finance for the Irish Cancer Society.Holly got her head shaved yesterday and raised a staggering €2,220.00 in the process.With TEN days of fundraising still left, family and friends of Holly are hoping they can exceed the €3,000 mark.If you’ve been inspired by Holly’s gesture and want to donate you can by clicking on the link below. Donation: www.justgiving.com/holly-ward2015.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hollywardhairshave BRAVE HOLLY WARD GETS HER HEAD SHAVED TO RAISE MONEY FOR IRISH CANCER SOCIETY was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 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:12-year-oldFeatureshairHolly WardIrish Cancer SocietynewsRapunzel FoundationShavedlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Central Statistics Office has this week published statistics from Census 2016 which reveal that the number of people declaring ‘no religion’ has increased by 74%.Nationally, the number of people citing ‘no religion’ (including atheists and agnostics), has increased by 73.6% to stand at 481,388 in 2016.In Donegal, the amount of those selecting ‘no religion’ increased from 5,161 in 2011 to 8,172 last year. Fewer people also identified as Roman Catholic in Donegal, with the figure dropping from 137,639 in 2011 to 130,317 in 2016.Despite the drop in Roman Catholicism, it remains the dominant religion in Donegal with 82% of the total 159,192 people surveyed stating that they are Roman Catholic.Source: CSOThe report details how both the proportion and total number of Catholics have fallen since 2011, with Catholics comprising 78.3% of the population in April 2016, down from 84.3% in 2011.The total 3,729,115 Catholics recorded in Census 2016 was 132,220 fewer than in 2011. They were the second largest category and made up 10.1% of the population, compared with 6.0% five years previously. With an average age of 34 years, they were 3.4 years younger on average than the population overall. There were 73,208 divorced Catholics in Ireland in April 2016, of whom 29,900 were males and 43,308 were females. Catholics had a lower rate of divorce than the general population, 4.1% compared to 4.7%, although the rate has increased since 2011, when it was 3.6%.Persons born outside of Ireland comprised 12.0% of the country’s total Catholic population.There were 126,414 members of the Church of Ireland in April 2016, a decrease of 2.0% on 2011. In Donegal, 6,756 people said they are members of the COI.Their average age was 40.3 years, nearly three years above that of the general population.There were 63,443 Muslims in Ireland in April 2016, up from 49,204 (+28.9%) five years previously. Some 16,364 (25.8%) of all Muslims were aged between 5 and 18 years old. More than 4 in 10 (43.5%) of all of Ireland’s Muslims lived in Dublin city and suburbs. In April 2016, there were 62,187 Orthodox Christians in Ireland, an increase of 37.5% on 2011.There were 24,211 Presbyterians, a slight fall on the 24,600 five years previously.The Apostolic and Pentecostal population has increased from just 3,152 persons in 2002 to 13,350 in 2016, an annualised growth rate of over 10.9%.Among other Christian religions, there were 9,724 Evangelical Christians and 6,471 Methodists. Jehovah’s Witnesses (6,417 persons), Lutheran (5,329) and Baptists (3,957) were the next largest groups.A further 37,427 identified themselves as ‘Christian’, while 5,409 persons stated that they were ‘Protestant’.Looking at other, non-Christian, religions, the 14,332 Hindus recorded in Census 2016 was a 135.6% increase on the number in 2006. The number of Buddhists increased to 9,758 (+12.1%) since 2011, while there were 2,557 Jews, an increase of 28.9% (573) on five years previously.Figures show decrease in Catholicism in Donegal was last modified: October 13th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:agnosticatheistcatholiccensusCSOlast_img read more

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first_imgIn the past, Habitat for Humanity often was the recipient of donated products that were sometimes on the low end of energy efficiency, such as inexpensive windows and low efficiency heating and hot water equipment. On Martha’s Vineyard, the forward-thinking folks who operate Habitat for Humanity are, with some detailing help from South Mountain Company, building superinsulated homes that are very airtight. I help with quality assurance (QA), testing the houses with a blower door and a fog machine or IR camera. Marc Rosenbaum is director of engineering at South Mountain Company on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. He writes a blog called Thriving on Low Carbon. Wrestling With the Bay State’s ‘Stretch’ Code Proposal Massachusetts Green ‘Stretch’ Code Approved, HBAM IrritatedAre Energy Codes Working? Home Depot and Habitat for Humanity Expand Green ProgramHabitat for Humanity’s Classic Green LookHabitat’s Passivhaus Focus in VermontTen Students Build Arizona’s First NZEHStudents Bring Zero-Energy Design to Habitat These days, Habitat for Humanity is an efficiency pioneerNext to those designed and built by South Mountain Company, the most energy-efficient houses on Martha’s Vineyard are being built by Habitat for Humanity. They are dedicated to permanent affordability for their owners. RELATED ARTICLES The Town of West Tisbury passed the Stretch Code at Town Meeting this year. It’s a more stringent building code and in essence it speeds up the adoption of the next iteration of the International Energy Code.Debate was spirited. “Aginners” (as in, “I’m agin’ it”) made impassioned pleas about how it was just another gubmint-imposed tax on those that could least afford it, the working folks. My opinion is exactly the opposite: Martha’s Vineyard’s tax on the working people is $4+ per gallon oil and propane, and almost $0.20/kWh electricity. A tougher energy code is the worker’s friend in the long run. Exterior polyiso foam and ductless minisplitsThe first house at Bailey Park Road had a tested air leakage rate of 175 cfm50 at the stage of windows and doors installed and most of the rough-in done, but no drywall. In the next month they’ll be ready for a final test.Recently we tested the shell at the second house they are building there, with window and door openings poly’d off. It was just about 300 cfm50 with the air barrier being one layer of taped polyiso foam on the walls and roofs. The house is a kit, which is all tongue-and-groove pine inside — a potentially very leaky strategy.With volunteer workers, they’re building a house tighter than almost all the pros do here. The beneficiaries will be the owners. The mechanical system is minisplit heat pumps, far less costly to operate than fossil fuel equipment. Thanks, Habitat, for leading the way to permanently affordable housing. BLOGS BY MARC ROSENBAUM Installing a Photovoltaic SystemLiving With Point-Source HeatInstalling a Ductless Minisplit SystemAn Induction Cooktop for Our KitchenSeasonal Changes in Electrical Loadslast_img read more

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first_img4. Sony a7S IIBest usesWeddings and events filmed in low-light environments, timelapses, excellent low-cost alternative for filmmakers seeking the “cinematic look.”ReviewBoth the a7S and the a7S II garner praise for their low light sensor and for good reason. Perhaps the best low light sensor in this price range, the a7S II has a max ISO of 409,600 — though the footage, in my opinion, is unusable at that point. But you can push it to 12,800 and still have usable footage — though I’ve shot at 3200 with negligible noise.The SLog-3 profile is an excellent profile to work with when color grading, and it gives you a nice flat image to work with in post.The a7 series in general is a dynamite favorite for timelapse photographers. I would recommend the a7S II for those who are specifically looking to capture timelapses while traveling and still have a photo camera that takes great images.Rental price (4-day rental) — $160.00Click here for the LensProToGo Rental Kit for the Sony a7S II.Cost-to-rig — $400-$600Portability — 5Highly portableProsCompact form factor makes it a highly portable and less intrusive option.5-axis internal stabilization makes it a great choice for travelers who don’t have gimbals on hand.SLog-3 picture profile is one of the most popular profiles for its flat image, and it gives you lots of room to color grade.ConsShort battery life (30-40 mins continuous use) and therefore need spares on hand.Sony menus are less intuitive than the ARRI, RED, and Blackmagic menus.Can overheat when shooting 4K for longer periods of time.Limited high frame rate options; no high frame rates at 4K.In-depth ReviewsCheck out this in-depth review of the Sony a7S ii by Caleb Wojcik.Inspiration 5. Panasonic Lumix GH5 3. Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6KBest usesLower-budget short films and commercials with little to no graphics, shoulder mount ergonomics makes it a favorite for documentaries; very versatile camera.ReviewI love the Blackmagic series. I’m a big fan of the Pocket Cinema Camera, which I mention in this post — Build Your First Filmmaking Kit for Less Than $5,000.The form factor of the URSA is personally the largest form factor that I’ll travel internationally with. In daylight, the Blackmagic sensors work wonders, colors are balanced, and I prefer the skin tones of Blackmagic sensors over RED’s DRAGON sensor.Rental price (4-day rental) — $366.00Click here for the LensProToGo Rental Kit for the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro.Cost-to-rig — $800-$1,200Portability — 3Somewhat portablePros4.6K resolution; best option for the price.Internal ND filters.Swap between EF, PL, and B4 lens mounts.Programmable buttons on the exterior of the camera for quick access to functionality.Ergonomic design, and weight distribution is great for shoulder mounted shots.ConsNoise present at low ISOs, not recommended as a low light cameraIn-depth ReviewsInspiration 2. RED RAVEN 4.5KBest usesBudget features, short films, and commercials that are graphics-heavy and shot in artificial light environments; a favorite among high-end wedding videographers.ReviewAn excellent choice for DPs who want to enter the RED playing field.Rental price (4-day rental) — $750.00Click here for the LensProToGo Rental Kit for the RED RAVEN.Cost-to-rig — $800-$1,500Portability — 3Somewhat portable.ProsModular design makes it versatile and integrates nicely with drones, MOVIs, and Ronins.120fps at 4.5K is great for the price point.16 stops of dynamic range, plus HDRx (2 frame recording, letting you shoot two exposures), which allows for great flexibility in post.User friendly menu and interface.ConsYou have to use RED mini mags.Change of crop factors for different resolutions (4.5K = 1.87x; 2K = 3.74x).No built-in NDs.Noise present at 3200 ISO.In-depth ReviewsInspirationcenter_img We take a look at choosing between the ALEXA Mini, RED RAVEN, URSA Mini Pro, a7S II, or GH5. Here are the 5 best cameras to rent or buy for video production.Top image via Blackmagic Design.Lower prices and new top-tier features make choosing the right camera difficult. This roundup will help you find the right camera for the job.Like never before, camera manufacturers are tuning in and intently listening to their customers’ feedback. That means companies like ARRI, RED, Blackmagic, Sony, and Panasonic are pushing out some of their best models to date, and packing them with the features and improvements we’ve been begging them for.ARRI overhauled the form factor of the ALEXA, moving toward a more modular design with the Mini at the behest of MOVI and drone pilots. Panasonic’s GH5 is rocking the DSLR/mirrorless shooter industry with powerful in-camera stabilization and high frame rate options for 4K, making it a great option for travelers and small-budget documentaries. And Blackmagic took a bold step away from functional minimalism with the URSA Mini Pro’s programmable buttons and sought-after ENG functionalities, such as internal ND filters.In this camera roundup, I’ll be sharing my recommendations for how (and when) to use these stellar cameras:ARRI ALEXA MiniRED RAVENBlackmagic URSA Mini ProSony aS7 IIPanasonic Lumix GH5I’ll cover their most popular features, pros and cons, price points, best-use scenarios, and even share the inspiring work by DPs who are using these cameras to create truly cinematic work.My Process for Rating and Reviewing These CamerasWhen researching this camera roundup, I used several benchmarks to help compare these models. I grade each camera in the following areas:Rental priceEstimated cost-to-rigPortabilityPros & consBest usesI based all rental prices and cost-to-rig estimates on a four-day rental period from the rental house LensProToGo (my personal go-to rental company for about 99% of my projects).I based the portability rating on my own experience with the cameras — as well as from user feedback pulled from B&H and Amazon. My ratings use the following scale:1 — not portable2 — difficult to transport3 — somewhat portable4 — portable5 — highly portableI’ve also included a link to the best in-depth reviews of each camera, as well as finished films shot using these cameras.Let’s get to it.1. ARRI ALEXA MiniBest UsesMid-range budget feature films and short films, commercials, or music videos shot in low or natural light environments — and anything in true anamorphic.ReviewFar and away the most expensive option in our review today — but rightfully so in many respects.The ALEXA Mini was originally a companion camera to the larger ALEXA unit. Its modular design makes it an extremely versatile camera. Designed largely based on user feedback, the form factor was a highly sought-after improvement suggested by MOVI and drone pilots who wanted the excellent quality of the ALEXA sensor, but in a smaller form factor.A recent firmware update allows DPs to shoot full gate on ALEXA’s 4:3 sensor, making it an excellent choice for cinematographers who want to shoot true anamorphic without cropping the sensor.Rental price (4-day rental) — $2,365.00Click here for the LensProToGo Rental Kit for the ARRI ALEXA Mini.Cost-to-rig — $1,800-$2,450Portability — 4Portable (Note: Depending on your rig configuration, the ALEXA Mini can be very portable, or downright stone-like.)ProsModular design makes it extremely versatile, and it integrates nicely with drones, MOVIs, and Ronins.Unparalleled color science and beautiful skintones.4:3 full sensor license allows you to shoot true anamorphic without cropping the sensor.Can be stripped down and highly portable or rigged to the hilt, depending on your needs.ConsDoes not shoot true 4K (3.2K upscaled in camera)In-depth ReviewsLooking for more on the ALEXA Mini? Check out this in-depth review by Atlanta-based filmmaker, Brent Zaffino.Inspiration Best usesLow-budget documentaries and travel.ReviewThe GH5 lets you shoot 4K at 60 fps. No doubt this is the functionality that has the DSLR/mirrorless filmmaking community most excited, and rightfully so: no other DSLR/mirrorless camera for the price has come close to this.Another feature that has me thinking seriously about purchasing the GH5 is the dual SD card slot. Mostly seen on higher-end production cameras, this feature means backing up footage, or recording full output to one card, and proxies on another saving time in post.Rental price (4-day rental) — $124.00Click here for the LensProToGo Rental Kit for the Panasonic GH5.Cost-to-rig — $400-$600Portability — 5Highly portablePros60 fps at 4K resolution.Compact form factor and 5-axis internal stabilizer makes it a great option for travelers.Dual SD card slots.ConsMicro four-thirds lens mount; you’ll need adaptors if you’re using Canon, Nikon, or Sony glass.Short battery life and therefore you need spares on hand.In-depth ReviewsCheck out this in-depth review of the Panasonic GH5 by Michael Maher on Premium Beat.Inspirationlast_img read more

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first_imgSpeculation is rife about the fate of Tripura’s Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Shukla who has not joined service though his 70-day leave is over. Additional Director General Rajiv Singh has been holding the charge in his absence.The 1986 batch IPS officer has reportedly returned to the State, but did not join office. Sources in the government said on Friday that Mr. Shukla was advised to wait before resuming duties. They further said the government was planning to shift him to a new position.The BJP-led coalition government had transferred a number of officers, including then Chief Secretary Lalit Kumar Gupta, without citing any specific reason. Mr. Gupta was made director-general of SIPARD, but he opted to go on a long leave.The State’s BJP-led coalition government was reportedly not satisfied with the functioning of several bureaucrats and top police officers during the conduct of the Lok Sabha election. It held their ‘mismanagement’ responsible for the Election Commission going in for fresh polls in nearly 500 booths under the West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency.last_img read more