Odisha continues to remain in poll mode even though a month has passed since the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections were held in the State simultaneously in four phases in April.Elections were to be held for two Assembly seats — Patkura and Bijepur — and four Rajya Sabha berths in the State. Four Biju Janata Dal members of the Upper House of Parliament have contested and won the recent Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.The Patkura Assembly constituency was first scheduled to go to the polls on April 29. However, polling was adjourned following the death of BJD nominee Bed Prakash Agarwalla on April 20. Mr. Agarwalla’s wife Savitri Agarwalla filed the nomination as a BJD candidate when polling date was scheduled for May 19.Polling in Patkura was deferred again due to Cyclone Fani that devastated many coastal districts on May 3. The Election Commission of India is likely to announce the date of polling for the constituency shortly.On the other hand, the Bijepur Assembly seat in western Odisha has already been vacated by Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik. The bypoll will be held in Bijepur within six months after the ECI announces the schedule. Mr. Patnaik had won from two Assembly segments — Bijepur and Hinjili — in south Odisha.The Bijepur seat will witness a triangular contest involving the three major parties — the BJD, the BJP and the Congress. A triangular contest is also likely in the Patkura seat.Lobbying for seatsMeanwhile, lobbying has started in the BJD for the Rajya Sabha seats that were to fall vacant before completion of the term. While Rajya Sabha members Anubhav Mohanty and Achyuta Samanta have got elected from Kendrapara and Kandhamal Lok Sabha seats, two other members of the Upper House — Pratap Keshari Deb and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik — have got elected to the State Assembly from Aul and Khandapada seats.While the BJD, with 112 legislators in the 147-member Assembly, is certain to bag three of the four seats easily, election to the fourth seat will be crucial since the BJP, which has become the main Opposition party, does not have the required numbers to win a single seat comfortably. The BJP has won 23 seats in the Assembly and Congress has nine.
Charlotte Hornets owner and former North Carolina great Michael Jordan, center, watches North Carolina play Virginia during an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. At right is former North Carolina player Buzz Peterson, assistant general manager of the Hornets, and at left is former North Carolina player Mitch Kupchak, general manager of the Hornets. Peterson knew Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college. Roommates and teammates at North Carolina, they spent countless days competing on the basketball court in practice and endless hours talking hoops. But Peterson never saw this coming: His roommate becoming an NBA owner and hosting the league’s All-Star game in his home state of North Carolina. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Buzz Peterson knew Michael Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college.Roommates and teammates at North Carolina, they spent countless days competing on the basketball court in practice and endless hours talking hoops. Their nights often included shooting pool and tossing cards in their Granville Towers South dorm room. There often were arcade games — before the home video game craze hit — at the Pump House on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill.ADVERTISEMENT Forbes Magazine estimated Jordan’s net worth in 2018 at $1.6 billion.“Remarkable,” Peterson said, “you almost have to pinch yourself.”Dell Curry says Jordan wants nothing but the best in anything he does — including this weekend’s All-Star game.“He’s excited for the NBA to come to his home state and play in the building of the team he owns,” said Curry, the Hornets color commentator and former NBA player. “So he is going to roll out the red carpet. He only knows one way to do it, and that is big time.”Added James Jordan: “I think when it’s all over, he will sit back and relax and maybe smoke a cigar and say ‘that was a great event,’ and just be really proud of himself that he made it happen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ “Michael has always been very sharp, very smart,” said Peterson, who now works as an assistant general manager for Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets. “He’s a very good listener. He gathers information and opinions and then makes decisions. And once he makes the decision to go after something, he goes all out. He is absolutely driven to be successful in whatever he chooses.”It’s well-known that Jordan uses failure to motivate him.The only thing seemingly that has eluded Jordan, who turns 56 on Sunday — the day of the All-Star game — is ultimate success as an executive and team owner.His Hornets have yet to win a playoff series since he took over as majority owner nine years ago and they remain mired in NBA mediocrity while struggling to compete in a small market.But Jordan wants to keep his team — and the city — relevant. It’s one reason he aggressively pursued the All-Star game with such vigor.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Peterson never saw this coming: His roommate becoming an NBA owner and hosting the league’s All-Star game in his home state of North Carolina.“You know, staring across the dorm room at him back then, no, I never would have thought this would happen,” Peterson told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThat’s understandable; they were young kids who didn’t know any better.Looking back now, Peterson said he should have known what Jordan’s parents instilled in him: He could achieve anything and he was destined for something extraordinary. “I think getting the All-Star game here is an accomplishment that will go on his list, and it will stand out for him because it’s really not about him,” said James Jordan Jr., Michael’s older brother. “This is an event that’s bigger than him. It’s really about the world — and he’s going to be the host of it.”On the court, after not being able to make his school varsity as a sophomore, he went on to become a two-time All-American, NCAA champion and the national college player of the year in 1984. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won three straight NBA titles — and after a stint in minor league baseball — returned to the league and won three more.Off the court, Jordan marketed his on-court success into a fortune.“He has always had incredible determination — always,” said Fred Lynch, Jordan’s former junior varsity basketball coach at Wilmington’s Laney High School.James Jordan Jr. said it comes from their parents.He describes Michael as a “country boy” who never lost sight of his work ethic. He was the youngest of the three boys who relished a challenge, and James Jr. said their parents, James Sr. and Deloris Jordan, always taught the boys to go after their dreams.“Our parents taught us that you can achieve anything you want, but you have to have drive, that motivation — and you have to work hard at it,” said James Jordan Jr., who now works as an executive for the Hornets after spending 31 years in the military.Jordan changed the shoe game when Nike created Air Jordan, which he later spun off into the Jordan Brand.Now, when fans see the Jumpman logo, they think of Jordan.“I think it was easy to envision Michael doing anything at that point,” said former Chicago Bulls teammate Steve Kerr. “He was conquering the NBA world as a player and as a shoe salesman and endorser, so I think we all just felt like the sky was the limit. 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