The Gangneung Ice Arena is illuminated at night prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Almost all the dog meat restaurants in South Korea’s Pyeongchang county, where the Winter Olympics opening ceremony will be held on Friday, have defied a government request to stop serving the food, an official admitted Thursday.South Koreans are believed to consume about one million dogs a year as a summertime delicacy, with the greasy red meat — which is invariably boiled for tenderness — believed to increase energy.ADVERTISEMENT “Some of them initially shifted to selling pork or things instead of dog meat only to find their sales plunging sharply. They then switched back to dog meat.”Signs advertising dog meat dishes such as boshintang (health-boosting soup), yeongyangtang (nutrient soup) or sacheoltang (year-round soup) have been replaced with more neutral ones such as yeomsotang (goat soup) to avoid giving “a bad impression to foreigners” during the Games, he added.Dog meat is officially classed as “detestable” by Seoul, as is snake, but the designation has no legal ramifications.South Korean authorities periodically try to persuade restaurants to change their menus or drop signs suggestive of dog meat during major international events hosted by the country. The tradition has declined as the nation increasingly embraces the idea of dogs as pets instead of livestock, with eating them now something of a taboo among young South Koreans.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments North Korea has military parade on eve of Olympics in South MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Activists have stepped up campaigns to ban dog consumption, with online petitions urging boycotts of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics over the issue, and protests in Seoul.Local authorities asked the 12 dog meat restaurants in Pyeongchang county to stop serving the food during the Games, in exchange for subsidies.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut only two have complied, Pyeongchang County government official Lee Yong-bae told AFP.“We’ve faced a lot of complaints from restaurant operators that we are threatening their livelihood,” he said. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue has called on the Government to guarantee that services will not be cut at Cregg House centre for people with intellectual disabilities in Sligo.Many people from Donegal use the services at Cregg House.Raising the matter on Leader’s Questions in the Dáil today, Deputy McConalogue said the treatment of the Daughters of Wisdom & the users of Cregg House is ‘a national scandal’. The Donegal North East Deputy questioned the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn if the Government has any intentions to stop this happening at other similar facilities across the North West.“The way the Daughters of Wisdom and the 214 users and their families are being treated is a national scandal. This critically important service is at risk because the as the Government is not prepared to provide sufficient funding,” said Deputy McConalogue.“It is very suspicious that Wisdom Services have, following a process of negotiations with the HSE, confirmed that they cannot stand over the continuing underfunding of the Cregg House service relative to other comparable service operated by the HSE directly.“Why would there be a conscious decision to deplete funding being provided by the Daughters of Wisdom particularly when they have served the community for the last 60 years? “There was a march last month in Sligo where 2,000 people called for services to be protected. Minister of State John Perry and Senator Susan O’Keefe gave assurances then that services would not be cut or withdrawn from Cregg House. Where are these assurances now?“We all know that efficiencies are necessary and that more must be achieved with less resources. But the obvious underfunding of essential front line services the North West by this Government is simply indefensible, and should be immediately reversed.”Deputy McConalogue asked Minister Ruairí Quinn to guarantee that services for 214 users of Cregg House and for people with intellectual disabilities across the North West will not be cut.Speaking afterwards he said, “The Minister short and vague response will do little to ease the concerns of the users of Cregg House and the concerns of people who are treated at similar facilities across the North West region. They still have questions about why the Sisters of Mercy, who have provided an excellent and efficient service over the past number of decades, feel forced to remove their services from Cregg House.” TREATMENT OF CREGG HOUSE STAFF AND USERS ‘A NATIONAL DISGRACE’ – MCCONALOGUE was last modified: June 14th, 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)
One segment of the highway would run along Avenue P-8 from the Antelope Valley Freeway to 50th Street East. State Transportation Department officials estimate right-of-way land purchases to cost about $66 million for that segment. Palmdale officials view that segment as a gateway for the Palmdale Regional Airport. Easy access would make the airport more attractive for passengers and airlines. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VICTORVILLE – A proposed highway linking the Antelope and Apple valleys has a name, E-220, and status as a high priority in the nation’s freeway network, according to project proponents. High Desert Corridor Coalition’s co-chairman, San Bernardino County Supervisor Bill Postmus and state Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, said the inclusion of E-220 on the high national priority list puts the project in a better position to pull in federal funding. “When it comes time for federal dollars, it will be higher up on the list,” Runner said. The proposed highway would stretch nearly 50 miles, running from the Antelope Valley Freeway to Interstate 15. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a rough estimate of $1.4 billion for the highway’s construction. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The project would accommodate a three- to six-fold increase in traffic between the two valleys, according to the MTA. Postmus credited Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, for helping get the project on the national priorities list. “When the coalition started five years ago, this proposal wasn’t on anyone’s agenda,” Postmus said. “It shows how powerful the High Desert can be when we work together.” It will be at least a decade before any construction begins. About $10 million in federal funding has been secured for environmental studies, Runner said. “The first thing to do is get the environmental studies done,” Runner said. “That has to be done before you acquire right-of-way. You have to have right-of-way before you can build roads.”
The curtain has been raised on Škoda’s flagship – the new Škoda Superb – which is arriving at DMG Motors in Donegal Town this October.The Superb was first launched back in Ireland in 2001 and has become one of the brand’s bestselling models with over 18,000 Superb vehicles currently on Irish roads. This is the third and most successful version that has been extensively revised both inside and out.The curtain is raised on ŠKODA’s flagship thenew ŠKODA SUPERBAvailable in a Combi (Estate) and Saloon (Lift back) versions, Škoda has slightly modified the exterior of the Superb and has carefully refined the front section. The redesigned front bumper means the car’s length has increased by 8 mm to 4,869 mm in the Škoda Superb, and by 6 mm to 4,862 mm in the Škoda Superb Combi. The typical Škoda grille now bears double slats, is larger and protrudes a little further down into the front bumper. From the entry-level version, the narrower headlights come with LED technology as standard for the dipped and high beam. At the rear, a horizontal chrome trim connects the full LED tail lights whilst the new ‘Škoda’ block lettering define the new Škoda design language.The curtain is raised on ŠKODA’s flagship thenew ŠKODA SUPERBThe Superb continues to set spaciousness benchmarks in the segment with 625 and 660 litres of luggage capacity in the Lift back and Combi respectively.The engine line-up features 1.5 TSI petrol units producing 150bhp, offered with 6 speed manual or 7 speed DSG automatic transmissions. The diesel offering includes a heavily revised 2.0 TDI 150bhp with new turbo charger and intercooler configuration combined with new crankshaft and injector arrangement. A 1.6 TDI 120bhp 7-speed DSG also features as well as a more powerful 2.0 TDI 190bhp unit with 4×4. The curtain is raised on ŠKODA’s flagship thenew ŠKODA SUPERBThe Superb update includes new technologies and an even more sophisticated interior. Full LED Matrix headlights are available for the first time in a Škoda production model and feature as standard on SportLine and L&K models. Several new assistance systems are also making their debut, such as Predictive Cruise Control.Škoda Ireland confirmed that only 3% of Superbs sold are the entry “Active” version with the majority of customers opting for more heavily specified models such as the Style, SportLine and L&K.The Superb SportLine in particular differentiates itself from its siblings using striking black features including a remodelled radiator grille and 18-inch alloy wheels – both of which come in black. The radiator grille frame and the trim between the full LED tail lights are also gloss black.The curtain is raised on ŠKODA’s flagship thenew ŠKODA SUPERBFull LED Matrix headlights and a sports chassis, which has been lowered by 10 mm, are included as standard. The black interior sets itself apart with sport seats featuring Alcantara®/leather materials.The top trim level, L&K, offers identical dimensions but the grille, side sills and rear bumper set themselves apart with new chrome details. It can also be identified by the ‘Laurin & Klement’ lettering on the front wings. Speaking at the launch of the new Škoda Superb; Ray Leddy, Head of Marketing & Product said “The Superb has been such an important model in our brand’s evolution in Ireland. The current and third incarnation of the Superb has been a contender for the number 1 position in the segment with the Superb overtaking many of the traditional bestsellers. Thanks to its reliability and excellent residual values the Superb has been a major success with business and fleet customers, with 23% of Superb sales being attributed to this channel. We see used imported premium German cars from 12-48 months as the Superb’s biggest competitor.”The curtain is raised on ŠKODA’s flagship thenew ŠKODA SUPERBThe Superb goes on sale from 12th October with 1.5 TSI, 150bhp Active prices from €30,750 and PCP finance available from 0% up to the 31st October.Call DMG Motors now on 074 9721396 to book your test drive and find out more about the Superb today. Visit: dmgskoda.ieNew Škoda Superb makes an entrance at DMG Motors Donegal was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:carsDMG MOTORSmotoringnew carsŠkoda Superb
Test your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-102] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Embed from Getty ImagesMatt Smith and Idrissa Sylla start for QPR at Loftus Road, where Steven Caulker plays a first-team match for the first time since last October.Keeper Matt Ingram and midfielders Ariel Borysiuk and Ryan Manning are among those also brought into the side for the League Cup first round tie.Rangers’ substitutes include Belgian youngster Ilias Chair, a midfielder the club signed earlier this year.QPR: Ingram, Furlong, Onuoha, Caulker, Robinson, Freeman, Manning, Borysiuk, Ngbakoto, Sylla, Smith.Subs: Lumley, Baptiste, Petrasso, Luongo, Chair, Wszolek, Washington. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
(Visited 475 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 How can Big Science and the secular materialists who bow before their science altar be so in love with death? It makes no sense.Abortion remains one of the most partisan issues of our time. What makes some humans so eager to kill other humans, especially the vulnerable who cannot fight back? Recent news articles provide some insights into the thinking of pro-abortionists and how they abuse science to support their views.Cecile Richards: Force Christian docs to perform abortions (WND). The retiring head of Planned Parenthood, who was exposed on undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress for offering baby body parts for sale, is not content to keep the grisly practice confined to her own business. She declared jihad on members of the pro-life community:Richards, in a fundraising email to a pro abortion members [sic] of Planned Parenthood, essentially says that Christians should be forced to perform abortions. She aggressively criticizes the new conscience protections President Donald Trump has put in place to protect the civil rights of Americans who are medical workers who do not want to be forced to perform or assist in abortions.But Richards says protecting pro-life doctors and nurses from being forced to perform abortions is “shameful.” From her fundraising plea entitled “Discrimination, plain and simple. Fight back now:”Teens whose mothers had an abortion are more likely to undergo abortion (Science Daily). This article seems to be just a statistical study, supporting what the headline states. But careful reading shows a clear bias toward the end. The reader hears about “unprotected sex” and “unwanted pregnancies,” and finds a value-laden conclusion: “Whatever the pregnancy outcome, the need to advocate for the health of a young woman is paramount.” It’s as if the baby doesn’t matter at all, nor the father, nor society. The writer pretty much admits this in the last sentence: “Study limitations include a lack of information on the fathers, the marital status and education levels of both mother and daughter, or family dynamics and attitudes.” Would not those factors be crucial to the study? And what about the law? Can the value of life be reduced to a matter of inches in the birth canal? Once the baby is born, most people would be horrified at the thought of infanticide (at least in 2018). Desperate measures are given to babies who make that last inch.Senators Vote Against Late-Term Abortion Ban Despite the Will of Most Americans (Breitbart News). This piece from a conservative news source keeps to the facts, sharing who was for and who was against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that failed to pass the Senate last week, to the disappointment of President Trump and most pro-life Republicans in Congress. What’s instructive for our analysis is the reasoning of Planned Parenthood about this bill against the backdrop [of] scientific evidence that late-term babies feel pain, which means that late-term abortions are acts of torture as well as death. The failure to pass this common-sense bill leaves the US among 7 nations that still allow late-term abortions, including China and North Korea. But the nation’s leading abortion provider does not even try to invoke scientific evidence for their position. To pro-lifers, the situation looks hideous:Planned Parenthood tweeted #StopTheBans to condemn the prohibition on abortion past the fifth month of pregnancy. The abortion vendor also condemned the U.S. House’s passage of a bill that would require abortionists to immediately provide emergency medical care to an infant born alive during an abortion.Effectiveness and safety of early medication abortion provided in pharmacies by auxiliary nurse-midwives (PLoS One). The attitude of clinical detachment from the issues in this paper should strike pro-lifers as disturbing. The nine ‘researchers’ seem intent on pushing medical-induced abortion on women in Nepal by the most effective means possible. Abortion is hidden under euphemisms about “reproductive health technologies” which is not (as one might presume) just about contraception or infertility treatments. No; the authors are concerned about “unsafe abortion care” in their package of “reproductive health technologies.” They don’t want to stop abortion as much as encourage “abortion effectiveness and safety,” particularly by improving women’s access to trained midwives. Wait; aren’t midwives supposed to help women give birth? Try to imagine this kind of dispassionate statement in a Nazi journal about safe and effective gas chambers for Jew killers.Despite improvements in access to safe abortion care in Nepal, women continue to face obstacles to safe abortion and to seek care from unskilled providers, with access to safe care particularly constrained in rural regions. This study provides data supporting the expansion of medication abortion services to registered pharmacy settings when care is provided by an appropriately trained ANM [auxiliary nurse midwife]. Future research should build on these findings by investigating ways to safely implement pharmacy ANM provision at scale and monitor quality of care provided.Et tu, Clergy? Clergy ‘Bless’ Late-Term Abortion Clinic (Breitbart News). Readers may find this statement hard to believe, but some members of the ‘clergy’ offered a ‘blessing’ on a new clinic that specializes in late-term abortions—you know, the kind that tortures unborn infants before killing them.A group of clergy joined together to “bless” and declare “holy” a new abortion clinic that performs third trimester abortions and is run by notorious abortionist LeRoy Carhart.“God of grace and God of glory, in whom we move and live,” said Baptist minister Carlton Veazey, beginning a prayer for abortionists and other staff and their patients, reports the Washington Post.“Keep them safe and keep them strong,” he continued. “And may they always know that all that they do is for Thy glory.”Following these quotes, the article turns up the shock with additional quotes from Jewish, Presbyterian and other ‘Christian’ denominations trying to justify their blessing. In her 2006 book Godless, outspoken news analyst Ann Coulter made the audacious claim that to liberals, abortion is a ‘sacrament.’ It doesn’t sound that audacious any more.Bill Maher quote, by J. B. Greene (used by permission).What drives this visceral attitude by secular liberals to ‘protect a woman’s right to choose’? What makes them so casual about killing other human beings? Part of it is belief that the world is overpopulated, and that more human births are ‘unsustainable’ for the planet. But an undeniable common thread is evolution.Jerry Bergman has documented this in his book How Darwinism Corrodes Morality, chs. 4-5, with a damning account of Margaret Sanger’s Darwinian, racist and eugenics beliefs (she was the founder of Planned Parenthood). John West concurs in his book Darwin Day in America, chs. 14-15. Evolution devalues human life. We are just animals.No; humans are worse. Humans are weeds. Look at this paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: “Early hominids may have been weed species.” If that is what the authors, Richard S. Meindl, Morgan E. Chaney and C. Owen Lovejoy, think of hominids, what do they think of us today? Logically, weeds give birth to weeds. Why not pull out the weeds on the planet?Throughout the years, CEH has pointed to paper after scientific paper that commits reductionism, reducing human beings to chemicals. Here are more that appeared recently:A neurochemical hypothesis for the origin of hominids (PNAS). If our ancestors originated from chemicals, even neurochemicals, what rights do they have? What dignity? Here’s a sample from this paper revealing that the materialist secular authors do NOT have the science on their side: just imagination and a worldview where no intelligence is allowed:It has always been difficult to account for the evolution of certain human characters such as language, empathy, and altruism via individual reproductive success. However, the striatum, a subcortical region originally thought to be exclusively motor, is now known to contribute to social behaviors and “personality styles” that may link such complexities with natural selection.In other words, the matter in this brain region gives rise to the good, the true, and the beautiful. This kind of self-refuting theorizing is very common in the secular scientific literature. It’s self-refuting, because it means that their own paper has no anchor in something eternal; it evolves. It is also self-refuting because it reduces thought to matter in motion. What does matter in motion know about anything?Another less obvious self-refutation in the pro-abortion scientific leftist community is the myth that reducing population is good for the planet. Where did that idea of ‘good’ come from? Darwinism knows nothing of good. Even survival is not morally good. If humans kill off everything else, then go extinct themselves, who is to say that is bad? The party was fun while it lasted.Dr Eric Pianka, ardent evolutionist and genocide advocate, by J B Greene (used by permission).The notion of good and evil, which is so innate in mankind, is irreducible to matter (see Michael Egnor’s commentary in Evolution News). Its presence in all cultures and times is testimony to the fact that each human being, even a leftist liberal, has a soul and a conscience—just like the Bible says. We had better pay attention to the fact that the author of that book was pro-life.To end on an encouraging note, the Trump administration and conservative Congress is on a roll to increase religious freedom. Trump would have signed the Pain-Capable bill had a few Senators voted the right way. It may come up again, and we should encourage them to protect the unborn. Also, Crisis Pregnancy Centers are poised to do better this year than they fared under the previous administration. One located in your Editor’s hometown is moving into a new facility after a successful fund-raising campaign. At least 51% of Americans say they are now pro-life, and even more favor some restrictions on abortion. This is a winnable war (for life), despite the 60 million abortions that have occurred since Roe v. Wade. Support the Crisis Pregnancy Centers near you. Unlike Planned Parenthood, which still gets over half a billion dollars a year from the US Government even after the undercover videos revealed their crimes, Crisis Pregnancy Centers get no money from the government and rely entirely on donations. They, and the women they serve, and the lives they save, deserve your support.
24 October 2014South Africa’s natural beauty places it competitively among the world’s tourist hotspots, and this year, yet again, global leisure travellers have agreed on the allure the country’s bushveld holds.The Conde Nast 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards singled out a whopping seven South African game reserves and bush lodges in its Top 100 hotels and restaurants list. Every year, some 76 000 travellers vote in the awards: this year they chose, in another coup for the country, the famed Londolozi safari camp in Kruger National Park as their number one choice for away stays.The 35 000-acre Londolozi is a family-run reserve, with a long history of eco- tourism and conservation programmes. It received an almost perfect score – 98 958 – in the survey, and has played host to the country’s former president, Nelson Mandela, who said of his visit: “During my long walk to freedom, I had the rare privilege to visit Londolozi. There I saw people of all races living in harmony amidst the beauty that Mother Nature offers. Londolozi represents a model of the dream I cherish for the future of nature preservation in our country.’Much of the ethos behind the resort’s conservation programmes is to unite South Africans and Africans to protect the country and continent’s wildlife to build the tourism economy.Along with the many programmes governments on the continent run, and through the work of other conservation entities, wildlife and natural beauty continue to be huge drawcards for tourists, ensuring a sustainable industry.So much so that South Africa’s tourism industry is growing, with traveller numbers to the country growing: in 2013, the total number of foreigners visiting the country rose to 12.1 million, up from 13.7 million in 2012.The quest for natural beauty is borne out by Conde Nast readers as well: the top 25 resorts’ offerings rest heavily on lodges, reserves and ranches.At Londolozi, this natural beauty is of coursed served up with a hefty side of luxury: the resort combines earthy fabrics and colours with the clean lines associated with modern decor, while throwing in old-school touches like gramophones and travel trunks to make it feel like a comfortable old friend. Private pools and decks, the “Big Five within reach’, elegant dining and expert-led game drives complete the luxury lodge experience.Other South African lodges or resorts on the list include Lion Sands at Sabi Sand, in 24th place, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in the Cederberg (41), Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve (54), &Beyond Lodges Sabi Sand (55) and Singita Kruger National Park (69).SAinfo reporterSouth African Competitiveness ForumBrand South Africa will host its second South African Competitiveness Forum in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 November 2014 under the theme “Active citizenship and its role in changing the South African brand reality”. Top minds from business, government, civil society and the academic world will come together to discuss our position in the world, and uncover ways to give South Africa a competitive edge on the global stage. Click here to find out more.Follow the conversation on Twitter via #CompetitiveSA.
David Kiron, executive editor at Sloan Management Review, said that “while some companies have clearly figured out how to be successful, most companies have a hard time generating value with AI.” The Sloan report suggests these tips for best aligning AI with the goal of achieving positive ROI: AI is in. Just about every company says that they see value in the technology — 90 percent according to a survey by MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group. AI project goals need to be grounded and aligned with overall business strategy.AI projects associated with business transformation and collaboration tend to have greater positive impact.AI frequently is the source for achieving higher revenues but less so for cost reduction. Expand the success measurement of projects to account for revenue as well as cost savings. Since the goal is higher ROI, maybe this is creative accounting and a little bit of a cheat, but doing so identifies additional positive outcomes that AI can achieve beyond just dollar savings.AI projects need to offer tools to as many users as possible rather than confining access only to AI-trained and savvy users.Avoid focusing on using the coolest AI techniques and instead look at which AI methods are best fits for your business needs. The report found that a corollary of this is that AI projects led by CEOs tend to drive greater value than those led by CIOs. Companies have jumped in to apply AI to their business, but the ROI coming out of those projects are lackluster. 70 percent say that there have been no or minimal gains achieved. Actually 30 percent say that they’ve seen no gain.
The BJP’s MLA from Ramgarh in Rajasthan Gyan Dev Ahuja, who recently courted controversy with his remarks on cow smugglers, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the incarnation of Lord Krishna and would continue to rule the country for more than a decade even after the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. In an interview to The Hindu, Mr Ahuja said, “This man (Mr. Modi) is incarnation of Lord Krishna. He is a distinguished personality. People may not able to recognise him now, but things will become clear in the times to come. He will continue to rule the country for more than a decade much beyond 2019. On one hand, we have Nehru family that promotes dynasty rule and on the other, Mr. Modi who does not even invite his own family to his official residence.” The legislator said that Mr. Modi had taken historic decisions like demonetisation, Goods and Services Tax and Jan-Dhan scheme, when even former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who was called “Durga” by another former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had developed cold feet at the decision to discontinue the currency.‘Nation of Matri Shakti’Defending his remarks in the wake of an attack on alleged cow smuggler in his constituency in Alwar over the weekend, Mr. Ahuja said he had made a simple, plain statement that those indulging in cow smuggling and slaughtering would be killed since anger is simmering among the local Hindu population against them. “We are a nation of Matri Shakti: Ganga Mata, Geeta Mata, Gau Mata, Tulsi Mata, Janani Mata (our own mother), Dharti Mata and Bharat Mata. People are very fond of cows in Mewat region, whether it is Gujjars, Jats, Ahirs, Rajputs or Scheduled Castes. They keep vigil at night…These smugglers have crossed all limits, making the people angry. So they are beaten up… it is mob mentality. No one can do anything about it, be it me or Mr. Modi or anyone else,” said Mr. Ahuja.He claimed that the attacks on the cow smugglers were carried out by the local villagers and not “gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes)”.“The attackers do not include RSS workers, VHP activists, Bajrang Dal activists or Hindu Jagran Manch activists. It is the common villagers who are agitated over the growing instances of cow smuggling and slaughtering,” claimed Mr. Ahuja.The MLA said after the Pehul Khan incident, he had urged the people not to indulge in violence and to hand over criminals to the police. “They (the smugglers) should not be beaten up or killed. They should be handed over to the police. There have been hundreds of incidents when cow smugglers have been handed over to the police. But they pelt stones and offer resistance when flagged down. It leads to attacks on them,” said Mr. Ahuja, adding that the Rajasthan Police were alert and trying its best to stop cow smuggling, but had its limitations.He said there was a steep rise in cases of cow smuggling and slaughtering in Alwar over the past three months and alleged that it could be conspiracy at the national level by Opposition parties.“It could be a conspiracy by Congress or Left parties or Muslim organisations. In Gujarat, the Congress spent crores to project Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor, Jignesh Mevani as caste leaders. It could be an attempt to divide society in Rajasthan after similar attempts in Gujarat. Earlier there used to be one-off incident in two-three months time. But now there have been 150-odd incidents over the past three months. Beef is being sold openly,” said Mr. Ahuja.Though Mr. Ahuja said he had “nothing against the Muslims”, he added that the community constituted only 8% of Alwar population but 60% of those inside jails were Muslims. “If you visit my house, you will find that half of the people visiting me are Muslims. They come to me with all kinds of requests related to road, electricity and water. But while various Hindu castes earlier known to be involved in criminal activities have mended their ways, Meo Muslims now found involved in the illegal activities. I often visit mosques and speak to Muslim clerics to guide the youth of their community,” claimed Mr. Ahuja.