A Florida teenager is lucky to be alive after part of a boat anchor went into his skull, impaling his brain.Caleb Bennett was fishing with his friends when an anchor fell off the boat and lodged in his head.The 14-year-old’s parents were vacationing in the Bahamas at the time and rushed home to see him, not knowing what to expect.He was taken to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, where the medical staff was stunned by his condition.Caleb was placed in a medically induced coma, and part of his skull was removed to allow his brain room to swell.His condition after he woke up was unclear to his family.They worried about whether teen would be able to walk or talk.However, he made a miraculous recovery within a week, and months later, it is although the accident never occurred.Caleb’s recovery from the freak accident is “one in 1,000,000,” according to his doctor.He told Inside Edition, his friends now call him “The Anchorman.”
THIBODAUX, La. – The No. 13/14 Nicholls State University football team raced out to a 32-point lead over No. 18/19 San Diego early in the third quarter and held off a late rally to win its first playoff game in 32 years, defeating the Toreros, 49-30, Saturday evening at Manning Field in John L. Guidry Stadium.With the victory, Nicholls (9-3) extends its winning streak to five games and advances to the second round to play at No. 3 Eastern Washington. It marks only the second time the Colonels have won in the playoffs, with their first coming in 1986. Kickoff in Cheney is scheduled for 4 p.m. central.Southland Conference Player of the Year Chase Fourcade led a trio of stars on offense, completing 21 of 31 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns while adding 82 yards rushing and two more scores. The Colonels had 606 yards of total offense, with Dontrell Taylor recording his fourth 100-yard game on the ground with 124 yards and two touchdowns. Damion Jeanpiere, Jr. fueled the passing game with 143 yards and a TD on seven receptions.On defense, the Colonels allowed only one first-half touchdown to the Toreros, who came into the game ranked 10th in the nation in scoring. But their Walter Payton Award finalist quarterback Anthony Lawrence caught fire after the intermission, adding three more touchdown passes to extend his nation’s best total to 39.Nicholls has dominated the opposition in the first half during its winning streak, and Saturday was no different. Both teams scored on their opening drives, but the Colonels then took a 21-7 lead after first-quarter touchdown runs by Taylor and Fourcade. San Diego (9-3) chipped into the deficit with a field goal before Nicholls added a rushing touchdown from Julien Gums. Fourcade then hit Tajh Smith for his first career touchdown for 52 yards, sending Nicholls into the break with a 35-10 lead.The Red and Gray scored again on the opening drive of the third quarter on a Jeanpiere 17-yard touchdown catch for a commanding 42-10 lead. However, the Toreros made a late push to make the game interesting.San Diego pulled out a few trick plays, scoring on a reverse flea-flicker as Lawrence found Dalton Kincaid wide open for a 38-yard touchdown. Kincaid caused problems all night for the Colonel defense, finishing with four touchdowns on just six receptions (87 yards). Three came in a span of eight minutes between the third and fourth quarters, making the score at 42-30.But San Diego had trouble slowing down the Colonel rushing attack all night, and Nicholls ran the ball 10 of 12 plays on its next possession to all but put the game away at 49-30. Fourcade had a 10-yard rush in the drive and ended it with a 13-yard keeper with 8:53 remaining. The Colonels rushed for 269 yards in the win, reaching 200-plus for the fifth-straight game.San Diego went three-and-out on the ensuing possession and turned it over on downs in the final minute to end the game.While the defense did not record a sack for the first time this season, it allowed only nine yards rushing on 14 carries. Austin Dickerson had a career-high seven tackles, while Ahmani Martin accounted for 1.5 of the Colonels’ six tackles for loss. Sully Laiche had five stops and forced a turnover in the opening quarter.Lawrence finished 30 of 56 for 322 yards for San Diego, with Michael Bandy totaling 144 yards on nine receptions. On defense, the Toreros were able to get two sacks, and Cassius Johnson picked off a Fourcade pass in the third quarter.For the Colonels, Taylor needed only 14 carries for his eighth career 100-yard game, which tied Josh Son for the program record. He scored the Colonels’ first two touchdowns on 27- and 49-yard runs.GAME NOTES- The nine wins are the second most in team history (10 in 1986).- The program’s only second playoff win (Appalachian State, 1986) in five appearances.- Chase Fourcade needs just 89 yards to break the program’s all-time passing record (Doug Hudson, 7,670 yards).- Senior Damion Jeanpiere, Jr. climbed up to No. 2 on the all-time receiving yards list (2,302).- Sophomore Dai’Jean Dixon moved into ninth on the career top-10 receiving list with 1,224 yards.UP NEXTNicholls will play No. 3 seed Eastern Washington next Saturday (Dec. 1) at 4 p.m. The Colonels and Eagles have met just once before, with Nicholls winning at home, 37-14, in 2004.
Ulysses “Buboy” Tanigue. PHOTO FROM TANIGUE’S FACEBOOKCOTABATO CITY — Former Purefoods point guard star Ulysses “Buboy” Tanigue passed away at 43 years old on Sunday around 9 a.m. due to a lingering illness.Efren Piñol, Tanigue’s former coach with the North Cotabato Braves, which played in the Manila Basketball League in 2004, said Tanigue had died after eight years of battling leukemia.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In 2016, he worked at the office of Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol but had to go on medical leave after his operation for tumor.Tanigue is survived by his wife, Emelyn, and children Anne Margaret, 14; and Pete Maverick 13. His wake was at the Tanigue Residence in Barangay Poblacion in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. /jeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Jokic has triple-double as Nuggets beat Mavericks Tanigue started his career with the San Sebastian Stags and was eventually drafted by Purefoods.Tanigue was a three-time Most Valuable Player of the Stags.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHe also played with the Chowking team at the Philippine Basketball League.He later quit basketball and worked as sports coordinator of Mlang, North Cotabato. While working in Mlang in 2010, he was diagnosed with chronic leukemia. MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments
Abarrientos finished with a near triple-double with 32 points eight rebounds, and seven assists while Kyle Bautista added 19 points and seven boards.In the three games he’s played so far, Abbarientos tallied a total of 63 points and 41 of those all came in the fourth quarter.Brendon Ocampo put up 18 points for the Canadians.Joshua David led the Greenies in their 99-69 conquest of Vancouver’s Top Flight Hoops in the first game of the Division 1 Fantastic Eight earlier in the day.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Enhanced positions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—FEU Diliman once again banked on the fourth quarter expertise of RJ Abarrientos as it stunned Canada Durham, 87-84, in the Fantastic Eight of the 2019 NBTC National Finals Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Abarrientos, who had 12 points in the first three quarters of the game, exploded in the fourth quarter and dropped 20 to push the Baby Tamaraws to the Division 1 semifinals against La Salle-Green Hills.The Baby Tamaraws trailed 56-67 at the end of the third but charged to a 19-7 run that Abarrientos capped off with a three-pointer for the 75-74 lead with 3:08 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“That’s RJ for you, he will always deliver,” said FEU head coach Allan Albano. “In every tournament we played at, we’ve been consistently having slow starts, but it’s a good thing we’re able to wake up in the end.”The Canadians not only got flustered against Abbarientos’ onslaught, their 17 points in the fourth quarter were three less than what the star Baby Tamaraw scored on his own. MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments
Guyana’s largest telecommunication services provider, GTT, on Saturday hosted their annual Pinktober 5K Walk/Run and Cycle Race to bring attention to Breast Cancer.This event commenced at D’Urban Park at 4:00am, and individuals supported in their numbers as GTT continued their month-long awareness campaign with the goal of raising funds for the fight against Breast Cancer. The large number of participants who were engaged in the various categories of races were rewarded for their outstanding performances.Glendon Aaron dominated the 10k Run, which required a huge amount of strength and endurance. He copped the 1st place prize, while the exceptional Pauline Murphy and Nicketa Wilson came in 2nd and 3rd respectively.Jonathan Fagardil was the standout performer in the 5K Run, finishing 1st. Quacy Mc Ryan came in 2nd while Dexter Alexander finished in 3rd position. The youngest participant was seven-year-old Silvia Paraso, while Anthony Thom was the youngest cyclist.The well-known GTT Pinktober Walk concluded the calendar activities planned. GTT representative Devi Sukhdeo presented the participants with their respective awards, while Gizmos and Gadgets Guyana, along with Shoe Heaven, handed out vouchers to the women who participated in the GTT Pinktober Walk/Race.Additionally, the Pinktober event received support from the Mexican Suarez Brothers Circus, Republic Bank, ExxonMobil, 93.1 Real FM, and other agencies.
The 18 year old girl shot dead in South Derry yesterday morning had celebrated her birthday in Letterkenny last weekend.Lauren O’Neill visited Donegal with a number of friends and had been to a number of nightspots in the town.Tragic Lauren died when she was blasted to death at a house in Bellaghy. Her 21-year-old sister, a mother of two young children, was seriously injured and remains in a critical condition at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital.She managed to make it to a neighbour’s house to raise the alarm.A Belfast Trust spokesperson confirmed that she had undergone surgery on Saturday afternoon.A 26-year-old man is still being questioned by police on suspicion of murder. A man and woman, both aged 28, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender were released, without charge, on Saturday evening.They were all arrested in the Toome area within an hour on the shooting.Parish priest Fr Andy Dolan said the feeling in the area is one of “shock and horror.”He said that the siblings were always together – if you “saw one you saw the other.” 18 YEAR OLD SHOT DEAD IN COUNTY DERRY HAD CELEBRATED BIRTHDAY IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: May 20th, 2012 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:Lauren O’Neillletterkennyshot
Creative businesses in Donegal will get the opportunity to shine a light on their success this year by entering a brand new category for Creative Coast Businesses at this year’s Donegal Local Enterprise Awards.A total of eight awards will be presented in separate categories, with a prize of €1,000 up for grabs for the Creative Coast award.The competition is open to all businesses in Donegal that employ less than 50 full-time staff, but businesses who enter must have been in receipt of direct Local Enterprise Office supports under one or more of the following interventions: Grant aid; Mentoring Programme; Trading Online Voucher Scheme; Participation on LEO Training Programmes; MicroFinance Ireland Scheme. Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said the recent launch of the new strategic action plan for creative entrepreneurship in the county, outlined aspirations for longer-term development of the creative industries in Donegal.“We know that creative industries play a significant role in the economy of the county and the publication of ‘Donegal – We Make Things’ earlier this year followed by the launch of the new creative strategy, is a clear indication of our commitment to the sector.Since the launch of the Creative Coast Initiative we have discovered, not only how so many creative businesses find their inspiration here in Donegal, but that so many of these businesses learned that with the help and support on offer from the Local Enterprise Office, they can match the talent and ambition they have with real and tangible business success,” he said.The new category in this year’s awards will help continue to shine a light on successful creative businesses in Donegal and the Head of Enterprise urged creative industries in the county to get their application before the deadline on November 11. “We know there are many determined and resilient creative businesses in the county who have shown that you can be based here in Donegal and be a truly successful creative business.These awards are a perfect opportunity to show the world that you can build a strong and successful creative business from here and I urge those in the creative sector to make the most of the opportunity,” Mr Tunney added.To enter, applicants must submit a soft copy of a simple application form and a recent set of financial statements before the closing date of 12 noon on Monday 11 NovemberForms are available to download from www.localenterprise.ie/donegal and completed applications should be e.mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before 12 noon on Monday 11 November 2019.Hard copies of applications can be delivered to the Local Enterprise Office Donegal, Donegal County Council, Enterprise Fund Business Centre, Ballyraine, Letterkenny by the closing date and time. For more information call the Local Enterprise Office 074-9160735 or visit the Local Enterprise website www.localenterprise.ie/donegalLocal Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020.€1,000 to be won in new creative category at Enterprise Awards was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Related Posts Follow the Puck Frank Landman Technology makes our lives better in many ways, making us more productive, giving us access to cheaper resources, and even extending our lifespans. But our human minds and bodies didn’t evolve to deal with the effects of long-term technology usage, and accordingly, tech has the power to make our lives worse as well.How Tech Makes Us AnxiousOne of the most prevailing problems here is technology’s tendency to make us more anxious, sometimes spurring the development of full-blown anxiety disorders.These are just some of the ways in which it happens:Information overload. The internet connects us to resources all over the world, and it’s easy to think that more information is always better, but there’s a dark side to that availability: information overload. When we’re presented with too much information, or too many options, we become paralyzed with uncertainty, and a desire to always learn more.Notifications. Everything seems to send out a notification, from our email to our social media, to the apps we use on a regular basis. With a constant stream of interruptions, it’s hard to focus on our most important work, and we get the sense that we’re pulled in dozens of directions at any given time.Dealing with uncertainty. You can look up anything in an instant, whether it’s the name of the actor in the movie you’re watching or how to get to the drug store in a new city. While this accessibility is usually a good thing, it also makes us less comfortable with uncertainty in our daily lives. We want an immediate answer for everything, so we feel anxious whenever we don’t have one.Social isolation. With tech, you can buy things and handle your responsibilities without ever interacting with other humans. Unfortunately, this leads to social isolation, and makes us less confident when engaging with other people in a real-world environment. Even socially competent people can struggle with social anxiety after being used to purely online interactions.Public judgment. Making a social media post leaves you vulnerable to worldwide judgment; in an instant, thousands of people could see into your life. This virtual vulnerability can also contribute to our feelings of anxiety.Comparison. On social media, we often see our friends and acquaintances posting about the amazing vacation they’re about to have, or the new promotion they got at work. It’s easy to compare our lives to theirs, filling us with anxiety and a kind of existential dread.What to DoIf you’re reeling from the effects of tech-driven anxiety, there are a number of strategies you can try to lessen its effects:1. Try anti-anxiety remedies. First, consider taking a natural supplement, like Blue Lotus. This Egyptian herb has been used in Eastern medicine for hundreds of years and is said to promote a calming, sedative effect. It can make your social interactions much easier and put you in a better mood overall.2. Turn off your notifications. Head to your device’s settings and turn off every notification you can stand to turn off. In an ideal world, you wouldn’t have any such interruptions; you can access your apps individually, on your own terms, to learn new things or check for new messages. This way, your life will be less interrupted, and you’ll feel a better sense of control. You’ll also have more natural exposure to uncertainty.3. Narrow your exposure to social media. While social media can be beneficial, it’s also a major opportunity for jealous comparisons and other anxiety-inducing behaviors. Instead of cutting it out of your life completely, try to narrow your exposure; for some people, that may mean narrowing the number of people you follow. For others, it may mean deleting half your current platforms.4. Go on an information diet. You could also go on an “information diet,” a temporary or permanent lifestyle change meant to expose you to less information overall. This requires you to evaluate the quality of each source of information in your life, including apps and websites you frequent, and eliminate the majority of them. Less news and less information may actually make you feel better.5. Expose yourself to uncertainty. Finally, try to expose yourself to more experiences where the outcome is uncertain. That may mean getting yourself intentionally lost in the woods, or talking to more strangers on your daily commute. It will help you learn to cope with uncertainty in a healthier way.Because tech tends to reward us for using it, many of these strategies require a significant amount of self-discipline—but they’re worth the effort. Start with one, and gradually make your way to the others. Chances are, you’ll start to feel their positive effects in your life, and you’ll be motivated to continue with the process. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business.
Next to Zeiss and Panavision is Cooke. In particular, the S4 line has been used for many years, dating back to the late 90s. These primes offer an insanely sharp image that rivals most of what Zeiss and Panavision provide, yet at a fraction of the cost. In fact, Cooke has been working for years to develop cheaper lens options for independent filmmakers. While not used as frequently as it was in years past, with the resurgence of the Panavision Primo, the Cooke S4 has a firm legacy as solid glass.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsControl of flareSpherical aberrations at full apertureCam-type focusT-stop 2.0*Selected Filmography12 Years a SlaveHarry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2O Brother, Where Art ThouJohn WickNeed for SpeedPrice Points35mm: $19,000.0050mm: $19,000.00135mm: $21,900.00Angenieux Optimo Zoom The lenses above are the most widely used by big-budget cinematographers, and the Angenieux Optimo line is the zoom lens of choice for these same filmmakers. With the ability to capture an incredibly sharp image that’s compatible with the latest digital cameras and 4K resolution, the Optimo is the premier option. While Canon has the sport arena zoom lens on lockdown, Angenieux has a firm grip on cinema.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsZoom lens of choice for most cinematographersWeight Range 4.2-16lbsClose focus 1’9″T-stop 2.2*Selected FilmographyThe Book ThiefCaptain PhillipsWhiplashKingsman: The Secret ServiceIron Man 3Price Points17-80mm: $59,400.0030-80mm: $18,073.0056-152mm: $80,880.00Honorable MentionsWhile these are the most widely used lenses in the industry, there are several other lenses that we need to mention. These particular pieces of glass are used in big-budget productions, just not to the extent as those listed above. These options include Canon K35, Hawk Anamorphic, Fujinon and Leica Summilux. You can see the quality of these lenses in films such as Selma, The Theory of Everything and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.Want more content on lenses? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.The Science Behind Nikon Lenses10 Things to Know About Shooting with Vintage LensesAffordable Filmmaking: An Overview of Rokinon’s New Wide Angle LensesWhat are your thoughts on these lenses? Would you use these? Have you ever used any of these? What was your experience like? Sound off in the comments below. We’ve rounded up some of the most widely used real cinema lenses utilized on big-budget films. Let’s explore the high cost of high-end lenses.Top Image from RedUser.There’s just something about the look and feel of a studio-backed film. For many filmmakers who have the good fortune to utilize top-level gear, this look and feel is within reach. For the rest of us who are strapped to a finite budget, we have to make due with what we can. But what if we could break beyond our current budget and get our hands on some of that top-level gear, particularly lenses? What would it cost us? The answers to this question is, well, a lot.For many of the high-end lenses we’ll discuss, the price tag is such that if you have to ask for it, chances are you can’t afford it. Regardless, let’s take a look at some of the top-level glass that big-time filmmakers use on big-budget films. We’re going to start off with the top five cinema lenses being used by cinematographers on films such as Life of Pi, Gravity, Interstellar, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.Zeiss Master PrimesFirst up on our list is ol’ reliable Zeiss, who’s been manufacturing lenses since the late 1800s. The Master Prime lenses are an incredibly popular tool for directors and cinematographers. The Zeiss Master Primes are one of the most widely used lenses on big-budget productions.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsBuilt specifically for the ARRI line of camerasWeight ranges from 6-8lbsFront diameter ranges from 114-134mmT-stop 1.3*Selected FilmographyLife of PiBirdmanSkyfallFurious 7The Imitation GamePrice Points35mm: $19,790.0050mm: $21,100.00135mm: $26,820.00Panavision Primo VNext is the Panavision Primo V line of prime lenses. While their roots aren’t as deep as Zeiss, Panavision does date back to the 1950s. Originally started as a manufacturer of anamorphic lenses for Cinemascope, the company expanded to cameras by the mid-1960s. Like Zeiss and its Master line of lenses, Panavision’s Primo V line of lenses has been a mainstay in the industry. Beginning in 2001, the company began buying up major motion picture rental houses around the world, but in 2010 the bottom fell out when Panavision called for debt restructuring. As of 2013, creditors were still suing over unpaid debt.*T-Stop is the measurement of the amount of light passing through the lens and actually making it to the sensor.Technical SpecsLens Range (14.5mm – 35mm)Classic Series Range (21mm – 125mm)Uses both Legacy Glass and New Glass designsT-stop 1.9*Selected FilmographyJurassic WorldMad Max: Fury RoadGuardians of the GalaxyAmerican SniperStar Wars: The Force AwakensPrice PointsPanavision does not sell any standalone lenses. If a studio wants to purchase the lenses, they are usually restricted to purchasing them with a camera like the Panavision Genesis. For this bundle, one would be looking at shelling out $500,000-$750,000 to purchase or $4000.00/day to rent.Cooke S4
The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), a BJP ally in Goa, gave an ultimatum on Saturday that the charge of the Chief Minister’s post be given to its minister Sudin Dhavalikar in view of Manohar Parrikar’s illness. The MGP warned that it would contest the Lok Sabha polls and Assembly by-elections in the state against the BJP candidates if the demand was not met.Mr. Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, is recuperating at his residence since October 14 after being discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. Two Assembly seats — Mandrem and Shiroda — fell vacant last month after respective MLAs, Dayanand Sopte and Subhash Shirodkar, resigned as legislators and quit the Congress to join the BJP. “Party’s central committee had a detailed discussion on the leadership issue today. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is ailing and, because of that, the administration is completely paralysed for the last eight months,” MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar said. “Therefore, to bring in discipline and efficiency to the administration, we demand that the chief minister’s charge be given to senior MGP MLA Sudin Dhavalikar as early as possible,” he said. “If the charge is not given immediately, we will contest all upcoming elections, that is (Assembly) by-election and Lok Sabha polls, by fielding our candidates against official candidate of the government,” he said. Sundin Dhavalikar is presently the second-most senior minister in Goa Cabinet after Mr. Parrikar. MGP’s central committee will meet again next month to review the situation, Mr. Dipak Dhavalikar said. “We will see if the government has taken our warning seriously or has continued with the same situation,” he said, adding that he himself might contest the by-election from Shiroda, while the party would support Independent MLA Jit Arolkar in Mandrem. MGP is part of the BJP-led coalition, which also includes Goa Forward Party and three Independents.