NEW DELHI: Results were due on Thursday (May 23) from India's acrimonious election, with exit polls pointing to a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi but the opposition clinging to hopes of a surprise win.After an exercise not short of staggering statistics, the roughly 600 million votes cast in the world's biggest and purportedly most expensive election were set to be counted in just one day.If there is a clear trend, this should be evident by around midday (0630 GMT). But if the result is close India's 1.3 billion people may have to wait a lot longer to know the outcome.In 2014 Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power with 282 seats in the 545-seat parliament, the first time a single party had won a majority in 30 years.It then cobbled together an alliance with 334 seats, and exit polls suggested the coalition this time will win anywhere between 282 and 313, enough to remain in power even at the lower end.However Rahul Gandhi of the Congress … [Read more...] about India awaits results from world’s biggest election
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LONDON: Manchester City’s treble winners have been hailed as English football’s greatest ever team after their FA Cup final demolition of Watford completed an historic campaign. Pep Guardiola’s side became the first English club to win the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup in the same season thanks to their swaggering 6-0 success at Wembley on Saturday. Equalling the record margin of victory for an FA Cup final was the perfect way to cap a remarkable year for City, who followed their record-breaking Premier League triumph in 2017-18 with an even more astonishing run this term. They are the first English top-flight side to register 50 wins in all competitions in a single season. Guardiola’s men also scored a record 169 goals in 61 games this season, beating their own previous best of 156. City now rank high on the list of the greatest English teams of all-time. Only a select few can claim to be on a par with City, an elite group that includes Arsenal’s … [Read more...] about ‘It’s a sky blue world’: City hailed as England’s best ever
By Kieran Leavitt Star Edmonton Brennan Doherty Star Calgary Mon., April 29, 2019 CALGARY—Kevin Gagnon didn’t just vote for the United Conservatives in the Alberta election, he also cast his ballot to protest a pervasive attitude he sees in federal government leaders. It goes something like this: “I don’t care about those rich, spoiled, entitled Albertans.” Gagnon, who lives in Grande Prairie, is one of many angry people who ticked a box next to one of 63 UCP MLAs who will cement a majority government when they are sworn in on Tuesday. As operations manager of AVA Energy Inc., a trucking company working in the oilsands, Gagnon has watched his life and finances deteriorate significantly since business started drying up in 2015. He feels ignored by the federal Liberal government, which UCP Leader Jason Kenney spent a lot of time deriding in his successful campaign to become premier of Alberta. “I had a home … [Read more...] about Anger helped propel Jason Kenney to power. Now UCP voters expect him to act fast
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?
By Judith Timson Life Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 I have a close friend in her late 60’s, who delivers a deadpan line at social gatherings that never fails to elicit rueful laughs: “My husband and I have decided not to have grandchildren.” If you don’t know why that’s funny –as well as poignant—then you’re not an aging baby boomer yearning for grandchildren to arrive. And deeply fearing they may never show up. And you’re certainly not their millennial offspring – like my friend’s two 30-something sons—feeling no rush to produce adorable grandchildren no matter how much their parents want them. Millennials not having kids. It might be a thing. It might not. For a variety of reasons—economic and personal-- they are waiting longer to settle down and when they do, they are not reproducing at the same rate as previous generations. But as Nora Spinks, Chief Executive Officer of the … [Read more...] about Baby boomers angst over childless millennials, but whose biological clock is really ticking?