Trial continues at Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts

first_imgFatal Sandy Babb Street accidentThe man on trial for causing death by dangerous driving during his testimony told the court he could not recall driving vehicle HC4276 at the time of the accident.The Charlestown resident, Ceon Green, was represented by Attorney Peter Hugh when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.During his testimony Green told the court he currently works as a driver at a government ministry, however in May 2015, at the time of the accident he was a taxi driver.The fatal accident took place in the vicinity of Sandy Babb Street on the night of May 31, 2015. He told the court it was a rainy night when he was driving his vehicle proceeding west along Sandy Babb Street when the accident occurred.Green said he felt something hit his vehicle, which prompted him to pull over and on checking he saw a guy lying on the roadway.At that point he rushed to pick up the man but a crowd had gathered and were hurling negative remarks at him. This is when he replaced the man on the ground and asked if anyone in the crowd had a number for the Kitty Police Station or the Georgetown Public Hospital, to which he got no response.Green claimed that a man with an Indian national accent came to his aid in putting the injured man into his vehicle and carrying him to the Georgetown Public Hospital.The trial will continue on May 25.last_img read more

Liverpool stunned by new Sturridge injury blow

first_img Daniel Sturridge 1 Liverpool have been rocked by a fresh injury blow to Daniel Sturridge.The 25-year-old is understood to have been forced out of training with a thigh problem on Monday and there are fears he could be sidelined for a further two to three weeks.Sturridge has not played for the Reds since August 31, after which he injured his thigh on England duty. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had earmarked Sunday’s game against Crystal Palace for a potential return but he now looks likely to have to reschedule those plans.last_img

Russia World Cup says yes to drugs… with a doctor’s note

first_img0Shares0000Alcohol will not be sold at World Cup stadiums such as Moscow’s Luzhniki — but a loophole means fans might be able to bring recreational drugs to matches© AFP/File Dmitry SEREBRYAKOVMOSCOW, Russia, Apr 26 – You might have trouble buying a beer on match day in Russia but World Cup fans may still snort cocaine at the stadium — provided they have a doctor’s note.Some peculiar Russian rules are coming to light as the June 14-July 15 football extravaganza draws nearer. One was spotted by intrepid reporters at Russia’s government-friendly Izvestia daily in February and received new attention this week.The loophole in Russia’s no-nonsense approach to recreational drugs — they are all illegal — comes in a loose alliance it forged in 2014 with Belarus and Kazakhstan.The so-called Eurasian Economic Union now groups five ex-Soviet republics and produces reams of rules covering everything from medicine to flowers and pets.One of them determines how foreign visitors to one of the five nations can bring in “narcotics, mood-altering drugs and their precursors”.The list of substances legalised by the regulation includes hard drugs such as cocaine and heroine as well as the much softer marajuana.The entire appendix to the drug regulation is 383 entries long.None of this has been tried in practice and flying to Russia with a stash of hash is probably still not wise.But the regulations do say that all 383 substances are legal as long as the user has a prescription that has been translated into Russian and properly notarised.The note is also supposed to stipulate how much of each drug you intend to take.The World Cup organising committee said security personnel will check for narcotics at the stadiums and only allow in the ones covered by the required paperwork.It is illegal to smoke during matches so the drugs will probably have to be ingested by other means.“All of this is bad,” the health ministry’s addiction psychiatrist Yevgeny Brun told Izvestia.“I do not think that people who come to the World Cup will start dealing marijuana. They are not bringing in that much,” said the doctor.“But I am in shock.”He added that things could turn especially nasty at the stadiums because Russia will also be selling beer made by an official World Cup sponsor.Izvestia said English-speaking doctors will be on hand.Yet going the more traditional route and having a boozy party outside the arena may be more problematic.Alcohol will not be sold within a two-kilometre (1.2-mile) radius of stadiums and fan zones in Moscow throughout the tournament.A Moscow government rule announced this week said the sales restriction will cover “alcohol and refreshment drinks in glass containers”.The other 10 host cities are likely to adopt similar sales bans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

SINN FÉIN PRE-BUDGET SUBMISSION IS A 40-PAGE FAIRYTALE FULL OF CONTRADICTIONS – MCHUGH

first_imgFine Gael TD for Donegal North East, Joe McHugh TD, has said that Sinn Féin’s pre-budget submission is a “fairytale” based on two fundamental principles which contradict each other.“Sinn Féin’s pre-budget submission is a 40-page fairytale based on two central planks that cancel each other out,” said Deputy McHugh today.“The submission includes a major job creation plan to be funded to the tune of €1.7bn by the European Investment Bank. Separately, the Sinn Féin plan proposes that the Irish State should not pay out on Anglo Irish Bank promissory notes.” He said the EU/IMF/ECB troika has made it clear that Ireland must meet legacy Ango Irish Bank obligations if the State wishes to continue with the bailout programme. The European Investment Bank is the European Union’s Bank, and its credit will not be available to Ireland if there is a default on the promissory notes, he argued.“So this Sinn Féin document contradicts itself from the very beginning. It contains long passages setting out the Party’s opposition to austerity in the Republic of Ireland. Yet the Sinn Féin leadership in Stormont sanctioned the closure of the A&E unit at Belfast City Hospital earlier this month,” said McHugh.“The document proposes that €5.1bn of the National Pension Reserve Fund should be used for investment; today there is just €5.3bn in the Fund. This is more flip-flopping from Sinn Féin on the Pension Fund; if the Party had its way in the February 2011 general election the NPRF would be almost gone by now; its general election manifesto last February proposed using the NPRF to run the State for the remainder of 2011.“Fine Gael TDs are working hard with our Party’s representatives in Government to ensure that Budget 2012 will be a responsible and fair investment in the future of Irish citizens. This Sinn Féin proposal is a distraction that highlights the Party’s make-believe economic policy, and the hypocrisy of its separate approaches to economic problems in Northern Ireland and the Republic.” SINN FÉIN PRE-BUDGET SUBMISSION IS A 40-PAGE FAIRYTALE FULL OF CONTRADICTIONS – MCHUGH was last modified: November 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:budget submissiondeputy joe mchughFine GaelSinn Feinlast_img read more

COUNCIL HONOURS DONEGAL WOMAN MADE LORD PROVOST OF GLASGOW

first_imgCllr. Sadie Docherty a woman with strong family roots in West Donegal, who holds the prestigious role of Lord Provost of Glasgow, is to be honoured with a Civic Reception at Donegal County Council in Lifford on Tuesday next.She is only the fourth woman in history to hold the position of Lord Provost of Glasgow since the year 1450. The Lord Provost is also Lord-Lieutenant of Glasgow, and therefore the Queen’s official representative in the City. In this capacity, the Lord Provost hosts visits by all members of the Royal Family to Glasgow, and events relating to the armed forcesCllr. Sadie Docherty, whose father came from Carrickataskin in Gweedore and immigrated to Scotland in the mid 1950’s, was first elected as a Labour Councillor in 2007. She has made a strong impact on the city with over a half a million residents and retained her seat in the recent local elections. Speaking of her Donegal connections the Lord Provost has said ‘I am proud of my Donegal lineage. Both my parents and grandparents are from Gweedore which is a wonderful part of the world and my husband, Willie and I remain regular visitors.’The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr is delighted to be in a position to honour the Lord Provost on this occasion.“Cllr Sadie Docherty is a wonderful ambassador for Donegal and is always positive and proud of her connections to our county. She has been to the fore in promoting and supporting Donegal and its reputation in this the year of the Irish Gathering.“This is a great opportunity for us to recognise the achievements of Cllr Docherty and to acknowledge our appreciation and thanks for helping to promote our county and reputation across the water”. Cllr. Sadie Docherty will be honoured at a civic reception in the County House Lifford, on Tuesday 7 May at 3.00pm. This Civic Reception will be hosted by the Mayor Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr and the members of Donegal County Council. COUNCIL HONOURS DONEGAL WOMAN MADE LORD PROVOST OF GLASGOW was last modified: May 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:civic receptionCLLR SADIE DOHERTYLORD PROVOSTlast_img read more

Addressing the conundrum of planting into cover crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Though the acreage of cover crops in Ohio has expanded dramatically in recent years due to their wide array of benefits, cover crop management presents annual conundrums about spring planting.Should the cover crop be terminated prior to planting corn and soybeans or after? The standard answer for pretty much all things agricultural applies: it depends.Glenn Harsh, who farms in Delaware County and has worked with cover crops for many years, said there are many factors to consider in this decision.“The better way to do it is to plant green. There are certainly benefits because the cover crops get bigger and you get more biomass. If you have legumes out there they can fix more nitrogen. It also helps to dry out the soil. The plants are growing and taking up water and storing it for you. We find theGlenn Harsh, Delaware Countysoil is dryer when you plant green than if you kill it a couple of weeks ahead,” Harsh said. “There are challenges though. If you can’t get it sprayed and planted, it gets big and rank and hard to kill. It all depends on the field and the weather and the type of cover crop.”It also depends on the type of crop being planted. Soybeans, in general, are easier to manage when planting into cover crops, Harsh said. Because of this, Harsh is more liberal with the cover crop blends he uses heading into soybeans for his Glenndale Farms.“Soybeans are much easier, so we are putting more emphasis on corn ground going to beans for a robust mix of cereal rye, annual rye, tillage radish, clover, and a little rape seed. That is the year we really try to build up the biomass. The nitrogen from the clover feeds the grass and the other plants in the spring. And it is the one time we can really do some good with the tillage radish,” he said. “Going from corn to beans we use Highboy broadcast seeding in late August through the corn. Our tracks line up with our sprayer tracks so it doesn’t cause too much crop damage.”On the fields going into soybeans, Harsh uses per acre:• 4 pounds annual rye• 2 pounds crimson clover• 3 pounds tillage radish (need to use a good radish)• 1 pound rape seed,• 25 pounds cereal rye.This aggressive combination of cover crops costs $18 per acre and can accomplish quite a bit in a short time.“The cereal rye offers more growth — it grows taller and grows later into the season. The annual rye is more like lawn grass with not as much biomass but it has a really good fibrous root system under it and it doesn’t get as tall as cereal rye in the spring,” Harsh said. “Clover is a legume to get some nitrogen and it competes with the other covers pretty well. It gets up above the annual rye and it looks nice in the field. It feeds nitrogen to the cover crops and the beans. The tillage radish breaks up hardpan. Rape gets a carrot-like root on it and it does a nice job breaking up the soil too and it gets some above-ground growth with nice yellow flowers.”The way a field looks may seem unimportant, but Harsh said it may matter to landlords.“The aesthetics of the cover crops are another plus.  Landlords enjoy the spring flowers. One of the landlords uses the crimson clover for flower arrangements,” he said. “It looks nice for the community too and that type of thing doesn’t hurt.”By seeding in late August, Harsh hopes for 3 to 4 inches of cover crop growth by the time the corn is harvested.“It helps support the machine traffic in the fall, especially when you get into wet weather. You don’t do as much damage to the fields and the plants are taking up water to dry the fields,” he said. “The radishes winter kill. The rape can die too but we have pretty good luck with it overwintering. It is only $1 per acre and you get a nice taproot. Last fall it didn’t grow as much as I’d have liked. We can get cereal rye growing into late November sometimes. We want to get it established so it will grow the next spring.”The fields going into soybeans are sprayed with Roundup, 2,4-D and residual herbicide 7 to 10 days before planting.“The cover crop is still green when we plant. The concern is that we get wet and the sprayed cover crop stops pulling up water and then it forms a mat. To alleviate this problem we spray some of our soybean acres and then plant and see what the weather will do. If needed, I’ll take out the 2,4-D and spray closer to when I’m going to plant. You have to be flexible with the spray program. It helps you get the most growth out of your cover crops and it works well for the soybeans,” Harsh said. “Sometimes we hit it with a Turbo-Till to break up that mat and get some dirt on top. You have to get a stand up but after that the mat is a good thing. The mat suppresses weeds, keeps soil temperatures lower and helps keep moisture in the field. We then post- spray. If there is something you didn’t get 100% killed you may have to adjust your post- to take care of that. We have not had trouble with covers escaping our post- program.The soybeans are planted at variable rates from 160,000 to 185,000 for populations.“You want to make sure your bean planter or drill is in good shape and you’re getting seed to soil contact. I encourage using fungicide insecticide and inoculant seed treatment. You can get into situations where you get more insects and pest pressure and the inoculant can help start nodulation as soon as possible,” he said. “You need proper adjustment of the planter. If you have row cleaners make sure they’re not wrapping.”Because corn is less forgiving than soybeans, Harsh goes with a less aggressive cover crop blend before corn.“When it is going to corn we go with more of a maintenance cover crop. I want enough roots out there to feed the earthworms and microbes but more biomass carries more risk and challenges. I use lower rates of annual rye, oats and some rape seed and maybe a little clover in front of corn,” Harsh said. “We plant it with a Turbo-Seeder or drill. We also apply, two tons of poultry manure per acre right behind the combine at soybean harvest.”Before corn through the first week of October Harsh plants per acre:• 10 pounds oats• 4 pounds annual rye• 2.5 pounds crimson clover• 1.5 pounds rape.This mix costs around $11 per acre. After the first week of October Harsh removes the clover from the blend. After Halloween he uses only 3 pounds annual ryegrass and a pound of rape.“That way I am putting something out there and it costs about $4 to $5 an acre,” Harsh said. “I want to feed the microbes but keep cover crop costs low as the risk of cover crop stand establishment increases.”Getting corn planted is then the top spring priority.“For planting corn into cover crops there are two methods. One is to plant green, which means a spray two days before planting to five days after planting. The other is to spray two weeks prior to planting,” Harsh said. “We plant our first group of farms green. The fields that we plant green are in better condition because the cover crops dry the soil and make for better planting conditions. We start spraying corn fields two days before we start planting corn. We spray enough acres to plant corn for three to five days. We then start planting corn and plant for two days. At that time we again look at the forecast if the forecast indicates good planting for another three to five days we will spray off enough acres for three to five additional days of planting. If the forecast indicates heavy rains or an extended period of rain we will spray the majority of our corn acres. This prevents the covers from getting too large to easily manage.“We take what we can get. There is no set formula. That is what makes cover crops tougher. You have to work with the weather conditions, growing conditions for the cover crops and what the weather gives you. It adds another level of management to planting in the spring. There is some art that goes with the science.”The key is to not have the cover crop dying right as the corn is emerging.“That is the tricky part. There are two things that happen in the five- to 10-day window after spraying. There are concerns about toxicity of the decaying cover crops, particularly between cereal rye, and the growing corn plant, so you don’t want to plant a week after spraying usually,” Harsh said. “You also don’t want nitrogen tied up in the plant carbon while the plants are dying and the microbes are eating it — it takes N to feed the microbes eating the carbon. The amount of carbon out there makes a difference with the carbon nitrogen ratio. There is a short-term N deficiency caused by the microbes feeding on the decomposing cover crops. After 10 days or so you get the microbes switching from consuming the carbon and not using so much N, making it more available for the young corn plant when it needs it.”And, as with anyone planting corn, the calendar and the soil temperatures should be considered when planting into cover crops.“We start planting about as early as anyone around here,” Harsh said. “It does depend on soil temperature. You also need to look at the heat unit forecast. If soil temperature is up and the forecast for warm temperatures is looking up, at the end of April we’ll start planting.”Harsh plants corn at 2 to 3 inches deep, which also helps prevent issues with toxicity from the decaying cover crops.“Make sure your planter is in excellent shape. You are presenting yourself with more challenges. Your down pressure is very important to get the seed at the depth you want without sidewall compaction. Your closing wheels are very important. You want to close the slot without smashing the seeds in there,” he said. “You need your row cleaners moving the residue but not making a trench.”Nitrogen is also very important.“Make sure you have 30 to 50 pounds of N available, particularly as 2-by-2 starter. You are better to stay away from broadcasting 28% because it can get tied up on the leaves of the cover crop. Then when you come back with a sidedress in your high residue situation get the nitrogen into the ground or at the roots with the Y-drops,” Harsh said. “If you are using cereal rye — which is not my preference — there has been work using rollers to flatten it that can kill it. It allows the coulters to slice through it more easily. I am going to try it but I have not worked with it yet. I have heard about good results with rollers.”Of course, the worst-case scenario is a runaway cover crop.“One of the biggest challenges is if the cover crops get away from you and you can’t get in to plant and the cover crop reaches maturity,” Harsh said. “Keeping cover crop seeding rates low helps with that, especially before corn.”Typically, all of his acres going to soybeans get planted to a cover crop and Harsh tries to get most of the ground going to corn covered because of the many benefits.“There is some magic in this whole thing. You can’t just have a set program. It is field-by-field management when planting cover crops that changes by the season and by the day. You have to be willing to do that management to use it on a large percentage of your acres. Spring planting with cover crops carries the most risk in yields. That is the scariest, riskiest part. Start small and work up,” Harsh said. “But building the soil to a healthier state makes it worth it. We have seen payoff in better water infiltration and more water holding capacity and getting rid of water during major rain events. Once you get through these hurdles you get stability with better soil health and the residue out there. Those are big positives that pay dividends economically.”In addition to those benefits, cover crops set Glenndale Farms up for a better future.“With the environment we are facing with nutrient management in the state of Ohio, anything we can do to keep nutrients and the soil on the land while increasing uptake efficiency are practices we need to be working toward,” Harsh said. “The more of us that can figure out how to make it work on acres across the state, the better off we are going to be. It takes a program approach of balancing this together. With cover crops you get fungi and microbes working in the soil to feed the plants. There is more going on in our soils than we know about.”last_img read more

Roundup: Genre Filmmaking Tips and Tricks from the Filmmakers of Fantastic Fest

first_imgDay for Night StylingsImage via Folklore (HBO Asia).We did a day for night for a specific voyeur POV shot that’s supposed to happen in a forest late at night. Instead of hauling heavy duty lights into the forest location, we did this and created a sense of alternate reality in the eyes of the characters who are spying on a shaman performing a rite by the lakeside.Previewing a new HBO anthology series called Folklore, which features episodes by different Asian filmmakers from different regions, filmmaker Ho Yuang shares a local Malaysian horror legend that delivers some terrifying scares over a simmering political underbelly that frightens you to your core. In the notable POV shot outlined above, Yuang creates a powerful shot in a truly terrifying sequence, which is sure to be a standout of the new series.Cover image via Feral.For more Fantastic Fest coverage, check out our interview with horror filmmaker Mickey Reece here. For more interviews and filmmaking tips and tricks, check out some of these articles.Break Genre Rules Like a Master FilmmakerFilm Study: How to Pull Off a Twist Ending in Your FeatureWhy Slow-Burn Filmmaking So Often Catches FireA Look at The Masterclass Sound Editing of “A Quiet Place”Directing Fight Cinematography: The Right Way and the Wrong Way We gathered some expert genre filmmaking advice from the filmmakers at this year’s Fantastic Fest. Here’s what they had to say.Every year, roughly a month before Halloween, thousands of genre film fans from across the globe gather in Austin, Texas for Fantastic Fest. Hosted by Alamo Drafthouse, the genre film festival is one of the world’s leaders in honoring all things horror, cult, action and . . . well . . . fantastic. In its 13th iteration, this year’s crop of films featured some major premieres, like Apostle (World), Halloween (U.S.) and Mid90s (U.S.) — the latter of which you can read more about here.While the festival features films that showcase all elements of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and cult classic retrospectives, we touched base with several filmmakers from all genres to share some creative tips for genre-specific filmmaking.Creating Atmospheric HorrorImage via House of Sweat and Tears.All the photography of the film was created with the light of candles and no artificial light, creating the true aura of atmospheric horror. I wanted each frame to be a painting, as I am a great admirer of the Caravaggio paintings. Pepe de la Rosa, the cinematographer, did an extraordinary job, though it was a great challenge for him.Written and directed by one of the only women featured among Fantastic Fest’s lineup of directors, Sonia Escolano’s House of Sweat and Tears (aka Casa de sudor y Lágrimas) is an elevated and atmospheric Spanish horror film based on a real cult operating in Spain during the 1990s. Escolano, along with DP Pepe de la Rosa, worked with their Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro to create a panoramic screen format that featured cinematography that solely relied on on-set candle lighting for their entire film. The final look is a dreary atmospheric horror style which harkens back to classical paintings of Caravaggio, while challenging your perceptions of religion, faith, rebellion and power.(If you’re looking for practical ways to film your own candlelight-primary project, we’ve got you covered.)Building (and Destroying) a Cabin in the WoodsImage via Feral.After much searching, we decided to film in the forest of the Dinamos, on the outskirts of Mexico City, at almost 4,000 meters above sea level. There, we built the cabin from scratch, which would become the set for filming the footage found for two weeks. The next step was to burn the cabin, destroying any possibility of retake. With the cabin half burned, we filmed the newscast that gave account of the facts. We did this with a Betacam SP camera, to give a realistic appearance to the footage.For the found-footage, documentary-styled feature Feral, director Andrés Kaiser not only constructed a full cabin in the woods for this dark and brooding drama, he also burned it completely to the ground. Set in the mountains of Oaxaca harbor in Mexico, the cabin was a central element to the film’s plot, as it portrays the three moments in the film’s history: the past in the found-footage, the news footage that gives light to its existence, and the present documentary footage for the narrative. As such, the crew had to build out a full house to film in, which they then burned down for the rest of the shoot.Gunshot Effects and VFX Chase SceneImages via The Unthinkable.All gunshots were made with small LED lights installed in the mouth of the gun that the actor could light by themselves on the trigger. Then we just added gunfire in post, but got the real light on the environment from set. Easy, fast to use, safe and great result!The Unthinkable is yet another great example of how Scandinavia continues to emerge as a leader in genre filmmaking. Directed by Victor Danell (aka Crazy Pictures), the Swedish thriller is a great action-packed genre piece that hits hard but has heart. For some of their more fiery shootouts, the team made creative use of small LED lights in their prop weapons, which they found to be both stylish and safe. The film also features an impressive chase scene, which uses some clever CGI and VFX — which they’ve outlined in this behind-the-scenes video.last_img read more

Bihar Lok Sabha election results: highlights

first_imgThe BJP had a very slender advantage as of 9.30 pm, winning ten seats and leading in seven. The Janata Dal (United) was close behind, winning 7 and leading in 9. Bihar is set to face a tough battle with the BJP-led NDA pitted against the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan. This is the second time the Opposition alliance has come together to defeat the BJP.In 2014, the BJP held 22 of the 40 seats in the State. Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party and Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) are in eight seats. The JD(U) was originally a part of the Mahagathbandhan, but Mr. Kumar resigned as Chief Minister in 2017 and allied with the BJP.Here are the updates: Trends as of 12 p.mThe BJP and its allies are leading in 36 of the State’s 40 seats as of 12 p.m. The BJP fought the elections in Bihar this year Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and the Lok Jan Shakti party. The BJP is leading in 16 seats, the JD(U) in 16 and the Lok Jan Shakti Party in 6. The five-party alliance of the Congress and Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal has managed to bag just 2 seats. Exit polls had predicted a sweeping victory for the BJP alliance with 38 seats or so.  How are the key candidates faring?Prominent candidates in Bihar in this year’s polls included actor Shatrughan Sinha who fought for the Congress against Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Patna Sahib. The Union Minister is leading with 64.91 % of the vote share against Sinha’s 22.98%. Former student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, the Left candidate in Begusarai is trailing at 24.44% of the vote share, against BJP’s Giriaj Singh at 55.33%.  Trends as of 10 a.mAs of 10 a.m., the BJP-JD(U) alliance in Bihar is leading in 32 of the State’s 40 Lok Sabha seats. The five-party alliance of the Congress-RJD has managed to bag just 2. The Lok Jan Shakti Party, which has a seat-sharing formula with the BJP-JD(U) alliance is leading in six of the seats. Exit polls had predicted a sweeping victory for the BJP alliance with 38 seats or so. In the 2014 Parliamentary elections, the BJP-LJP-RLSP combine won 31 seats, with the RJD-Congress-NCP alliance winning 7; the JDU had bagged two and the RJD won 4. The Congress had won two seats and the JD-U, which contested separately had won two as well.last_img read more