In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Cadets’ 21-point loss to the Red Lions bumped their losing average to 15.3 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Playing villain role vs Ginebra, Johnson powers Rain or Shine to victory Read Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Gilas Cadets’ stint in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup did not start the way they hoped it would.In the three games the Cadets played, all have ended in defeats in one form and another.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gilas’ latest loss was against 22-time NCAA champion San Beda with the Red Lions humbling the Cadets 91-70 Sunday at Filloil Flying V Centre.Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez, however, showed no doubt on the Cadets’ capabilities.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 crown“You won’t see their strength and full capabilities this early,” said Fernandez, who once suited up for the Philippines back in the 90s.Gilas, which is at the bottom of Group A, first loss to Ateneo in the opener, 75-69, then dropped its second game against La Salle, 91-72, after blowing a 41-21 lead. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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
Protesters rose from their seats as caretaker President David Granger attempted to deliver his feature address during the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) luncheon on Thursday, voicing concerns over his illegal Government.Protest action inside the Pegasus Hotel, where President David Granger was delivering his speechThe event at the Pegasus Hotel was met by protesters waving placards and chanting for democracy to prevail in Guyana, which stumbled into an illegality on Thursday following the expiration of the constitutionally-mandated period for elections to be held after the passage of a No-Confidence Motion.After being greeted by a firm opposition, Granger was forced to discontinue his speech until the situation was tamed. This continued for several minutes as persons strongly rejected the non-adherence to constitutional deadlines as directed by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which ruled that the Constitution of Guyana must be upheld. That ruling was made on June 18, 2019 which meant elections should have been held on or before September 18.The Police were called in and asked to escort the group of protesters from the room. However, another group of individuals were waiting in the lobby area of the hotel, voicing similar calls.Cognisant that protest actions were in progress outside the hotel as well, the President commented, “Apparently, the hooliganism has migrated from outside to inside.”However, moments later, Opposition Leader Jagdeo posited at his weekly press conference that the President would have been accorded the respect deserving of his position had he upheld the Constitution and not been in breach.Jagdeo admitted it was his party – the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) – which was behind the protest at the event, noting that they have nothing to hide.According to the Opposition Leader, such actions will continue to follow the Head of State until he complies with the Constitution and announces a date for elections.“We will target the person; he’s acting illegally and so Granger, wherever he shows up and wherever he goes, is going to be met with protests and disruptions that will say to him that we’re not gonna tolerate a dictatorship in this country… So Granger will get all the attention from us because he is the one who has to make the decisions. He will get all the love from the PPP side,” Jagdeo said.The Opposition Leader went on to reassure that these protest actions would not become violent or harm innocent people.To this end while being mindful of the responsibility of the Guyana Police Force, he said that the Police should in turn be cognisant of people’s right to peacefully protest.Meanwhile, Granger was then allowed to continue his speech, where he highlighted the importance of political stability in the business environment. According to him, apart from the protest action, there is no unrest in the country.“Political stability promotes increased investments, reduces risks and the cost of doing business, and boosts investor confidence in the economy. My Government will not condone violations of the law which endanger public order and public security. There is not political unrest in Guyana …The business community need not fear political violence and social unrest,” Granger indicated.Further, he attempted to reassure the business community that Guyana would head to the polls in the shortest possible time. This has been reiterated at several engagements with civil society and the Private Sector since the CCJ court ruling that the No- Confidence Motion was validly passed, but no concrete measures were announced by him about early elections.“My Government assures the business community of its resolve to ensuring credible elections at the earliest time possible. In terms of the economy, the manufacturing and services sector has been making significant contributions to national development,” he posited.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo recently reminded the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) of its responsibility to prepare for conducting elections, noting that President Granger has been using its preparedness “as an excuse” to delay the hosting of early polls.Apart from the Opposition’s numerous calls, civil society has also taken to the streets in peaceful picketing exercises, calling on the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government to resign. The Mass Action People’s Movement (MAPM) is one such organisation which had slammed the caretaker Government for what it believes is a violation of the Constitution. The group had said last month that it was ready to keep up the protests until the Government resigned.The Constitution of Guyana states that following the passage of a No-Confidence Motion, the President and Cabinet must resign and elections be held within three months. But Government had spent much of this time in court seeking to overturn the motion, rather than ensuring elections were held.After delivering its ruling on June 18, 2019, the CCJ issued consequential orders stipulating that the Cabinet must resign and call elections in keeping with the constitutional deadline, that is, three months. Since this deadline had already elapsed from the passage of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21, the countdown had commenced on June 18, putting the deadline on September 18 of this year.This was backed by the Chief Justice Roxane George’s clarifications later that, indeed, a three-month deadline should be upheld when she corrected reports in the media. This was the basis of the picketing urging the President to make an early call for elections. December 21, 2019 will mark one year since the No-Confidence Motion was passed in the National Assembly after the historic ‘yes’ vote by Charrandas Persaud on the Government’s side.After that, GECOM had embarked on a House-to-House Registration exercise, which has since been halted.
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana celebrates his goal againt Swansea 1 Liverpool ended a yo-yo 2014 in fine style by rising just five points shy of the top four, as the Reds rekindled their flying form to sweep aside Swansea 4-1 at Anfield.Brendan Rodgers’ men have struggled to repeat the performances which saw the team finish Premier League runners-up last season, but against his former side the Reds mustered some of 2013/14’s brilliance to secure a morale-boosting victory.Alberto Moreno opening the scoring in a dominant first-half from the Reds, with Adam Lallana doubling their lead shortly after the break in fortuitous fashion, as goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski’s botched clearance deflected off the midfielder and into the net.Gylfi Sigurdsson then gave the Jacks hope by pulling a goal back from close-range minutes later, but Lallana’s brilliant second on the hour put the result out of doubt, with former Red Jonjo Shelvey’s own goal sealing a vital three points for the Merseysiders.The result leaves Liverpool, who have lost just once in seven games, in eighth position while Swansea slip to ninth.It was a high-tempo start from both sides but the Reds soon started to dominate proceedings, with Martin Skrtel producing the first save of the night from Fabianski with a bullet header from a corner five minutes in.Liverpool’s neat, short passing and bustling movement seemed too much for the Welsh outfit in the early stages, yet for all their effort the lack of finesse in the final third was telling, with Rodgers opting to start the game without a recognised striker.Nevertheless, the hosts continue to push forward – much to the delight of the Anfield crowd – with Raheem Sterling flashing Moreno’s low cross into the hands of Fabianski and, after Swansea failed to clear, Lallana firing the second attempt over the bar with a swivelled shot from 12 yards.And their persistence paid off when Moreno put the Reds deservedly in front on the half-hour mark from a really nice move.It was started and finished by the Spaniard, who passed to Lallana before shifting it to Jordan Henderson on the left, with the England international’s cross met by the sprinting Moreno who was left to tap past Fabianski.Phillipe Coutinho was lively on the left of Liverpool’s attacking trio – alongside Sterling and Lallana – and the Brazilian had three chances well saved by the Jacks goalkeeper.There were signs of life from Swansea moments before half-time, with Nathan Dyer forcing the retuning Simon Mignolet into his first save of the night with a straightforward header, but that was as close as they came.Mignolet has come under heavy fire from the press as well as the Anfield faithful for his performances this season, which led to Rodgers dropping him for a run of matches, but it was Fabianski who was guilty of a howler this time around, as his mistake saw the hosts double their lead just after the break.His hesitance to clear a back-pass was pounced on by Lallana, who rushed in and saw the goalkeeper’s punt cannon off his shoulder and loop into the back of the net.But from nowhere the visitors were back in it as Sigurdsson mustered an instant reply, the Icelandic star converting from close-range after both Wilfried Bony and Skrtel failed to connect with Wayne Routledge’s cross.Having pulled one back Swansea suddenly looked a threat, with Bony seeing a fizzing low drive saved by Mignolet, but their eagerness to find the equaliser left gaping holes at the back.Sterling went close to capitalising on their ropey back-four, running in behind to meet a perfect swinging cross from Henderson, but the starlet saw his first-time sidefooted effort clatter the post.The third goal did eventually come though, and it was a thing of beauty, as a neat backheel flick from Coutinho set up Lallana, who dinked past three defenders before nestling a clinical low finish into the bottom corner.And a fourth came just eight minutes later when it appeared Henderson had brilliantly found the net direct from his corner kick, though replays showed it was a slight tough off the head of Shelvey which took it past Fabianski.The ex-Liverpool man may find himself in trouble with the FA following the match having appeared to deliberately elbow Can in the head in the first-half, but he will not be the only one, with Sterling also fortunate to avoid a booking when he raised a hand to defender Federico Fernandez’s face.Mario Balotelli replaced the England youngster with less than ten minutes left and the Italian came close to his first Premier League goal for Liverpool in the closing stages, only to see his strong effort saved.Swansea substitute Bafetimbi Gomis also came close to a consolation at the death when his swerving shot beat Mignolet but hit the bar, but a consolation is all it would have been as the Reds closed out a superb victory.
Rosses ACWell done to all the North West athletes who competed in the Donegal Half Marathon and Marathon in Letterkenny at the weekend.On a tough course there was great numbers from the club and superb performances from all who ran on a good day for running, good organisation and a great atmosphere. It was brilliant to see a podium finish for Noel Diver, Meenaleck who had a great run to finish third with Kevin Mc Gee, Dungloe close behind in 4th.In the Ladies section, Roisin Diver, Meenaleck had a great run to finish 2nd making it a double podium finish for the talented Diver family from Meenaleck.This was the first time at a half marathon for a few and personal bests were achieved for others on the day.Overall great showing from the club, great support from people who went out to watch and overall a great day. Great credit to Letterkenny AC for a great event. Full Marathon: Helen Mc Cready, Anne Rodgers, Patricia O’Donnell, Brian McBride.Half Marathon: Noel Diver, Kevin McGee, Edward Harkin, Michael Logue, Paul Mc Gee, Denis Boner, Darrell Dunleavy, Aisling Diver, Owen Bonner, Owen Coyle, Michael Rodgers, Niall Griffin, Noel Boyd, Gavin Boyle, Fiona Mc Ginley, Trisha Gillespie, Kathleen Griffin, Mairead Gallagher, Cathy Breslin, Mary Doherty, Lorna O’Donnell, Grace Garvie, Valerie Mc Ginley.Upcoming races – Charlie McGuinness 10k road race in Glenties on Sunday 7th September with a 12:30 noon start.There is a group of athletes training in Gweedore each week which are focus mainly on marathon training towards Dublin but open to anybody in getting some distance training done.This group are meeting Wednesday and Fridays at 7pm at Euroflex, Gweedore Industrial Estate and then meeting for the Forestry Run on Sunday morning at 11 meeting at the Blue Bridge. There are different distances and paces to suit all.Anyone training for a Half Marathon or Marathon is welcome to come along.ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES AC ATHLETES IN EXCEPTIONAL FORM AT DONEGAL MARATHON was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsNoticesROSSES ACSport
Editor’s note: This is one in a series of blogs detailing the construction of a net-zero energy house in Point Roberts, Washington, by an owner/builder with relatively little building experience. You’ll find Matt Bath’s full blog, Saving Sustainably, here. If you want to follow project costs, you can keep an eye on a budget worksheet here. Plumb and line the wallsWith all of the first floor walls complete, it was neat to be able to navigate the rooms and get an idea of the feel of the dimensions of the house. Before moving on to the second floor, I needed to take some time to ensure that all of my framing so far is straight, level, square, plumb, and true. The subfloor on the second floor will tie everything together, so this was my last chance to make sure it was just right.A plumb bob helps the author make sure that walls are straight up and down.I started by double checking the lengths of the top and bottom plates and the lengths of the corner studs. Next, I used a plumb bob to ensure each of the corners was plumb. I used long 2x4s nailed diagonally and nail stakes in the ground to push or pull the end of each wall as needed to plumb the ends of the wall. I knew the foundation was level, so since the wall lengths were equal and plumb, I knew the walls were square and true as well.To check the middle of the walls, I nailed a 2×4 block to the top corner on each end of the wall and stretched a string tightly between them. Using a third block, I checked all along the wall to ensure this block fit snugly between the wall and the string. Where necessary I used additional bracing to make the wall straight.With the exterior walls (hopefully) perfect, it was time for the interior walls. I used a powder-actuated hammer tool to nail the bottom plates of the interior walls into place (see Image #6 below). This tool uses a .22-caliber explosive to drive the nail into the hard concrete.With this crucial step of straightening done, I was now confident enough to get going on the joists. Framing the interior wallsAdvanced framing will help me lower my heating bill by creating more space for insulation. However, insulating a house is just one of the ways to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat (or cool) a house. No matter how much insulation I put in the house, if I don’t control the air that is allowed to flow through the walls, it will be impossible to control the temperature.According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 30% of heating and cooling costs is due to lack of air sealing. One of the places where air can escape is in the tiny gap between the sill plates of the walls and the concrete foundation. While I did place sill gasket in that area, that was only to prevent water from wicking up the concrete and into the walls. The sill gasket is air-permeable, meaning air can pass through it. I needed to add an additional layer that was air-impermeable.The best time to do that work is now. After I frame the interior walls it will be nearly impossible to caulk the spaces where they connect to the exteriors.I also will be using a continuous layer of drywall to control air movement. This means that the drywall will slide in behind the wall framing for the interior partitions, resulting in fewer joints in the drywall and thus fewer opportunities for air infiltration (see Image #5 below). Drywall is installed later. For now, I cut small scrap pieces of 3/4-inch material and used them as spacers to ensure the gap was sufficient.I used standard framing instead of advanced framing for the interior walls since they don’t require any extra room for insulation. This meant spacing the studs at 16 inches on center instead of 24 inches, and capping the studs with a double top plate instead of a single. Additionally, I used 2x4s to frame most of the interior walls instead of 2x6s. (An exception is walls that house large drain lines and vent pipes.) RELATED ARTICLES The slab came out really well, but not perfectly. (This is my first solo build, after all!) There will be a few small areas of concrete that stick out a bit or don’t come out far enough (see Image #2 below). This is no problem at all structurally and visually it will be covered up by the siding, but in taking these measurements I was able to position the walls to minimize the problem as much as possible.The exterior walls will be framed with 2x6s. The first lines I snapped marked the inside edges of the bottom plates — 5 1/2 inches in from the edge. Once I had marked all the exterior walls, I grabbed the first sill plate from my pile of lumber and cut it down to 20 feet (most lumber yards give you an extra 1/2 inch or so). I lined it up on my line and marked out the anchor bolt locations, and then drilled them out. (Remember, the bolts were embedded in the concrete so just the top part stuck out) Then I set the bottom plate over the bolts and made sure it lined up just right. I repeated the procedure all the way around each wall until I had all four plates done.With the placement of the exterior walls now set, I was able to measure out the locations of the interior walls and snap those lines as well. It will be much easier to mark them now, and they will serve as a sort of map to where my interior walls will be going. The Pros and Cons of Advanced FramingGreen Encyclopedia: Energy-Efficient FramingStrategies and Details: Advanced Framing Drawing Fine Homebuilding Video: Framing an Advanced House Fine Homebuilding: Bring Advanced Framing to Your Job Site BLOGS BY MATT BATH Pouring the Slab Designing and Installing a Septic SystemFoundation FormworkAn Introduction Laying out the wallsI had to call a friend to help me carry the 32-foot-long laminated veneer lumber (LVL) top plate from the lumber pile over to the slab, and we set it on edge next to the bottom plate, which I had also turned on edge. I used some clamps to hold them together, perfectly lined up, and then used a tape measure to mark out the stud locations every 2 feet.I had ordered the studs precut so that saved me a lot of time. I just had to carry them from the lumber pile and then inspect and “crown” them. Lumber, being a product of nature, is never perfect. I set aside studs with significant bends or waves for later use. The straighter ones I will use now, but even the straighter ones have a bit of a curve or “crown” in them. I lined the crowns up all going in the same direction, which will make it easier to straighten them out later in the build.Once all the studs were laid out on my marks, it was just a matter of nailing them together. Building codes offer several different ways to satisfy nailing requirements, and the one I chose will be three 16d nails, top and bottom, to connect each stud to the top and bottom plates. I took my time and carefully aligned each stud to ensure that it didn’t stick out on either side. It is situations like these where even with my lack of experience I can guarantee I put together a better wall than 90% of the framing crews since they are focused on speed over quality.For the window openings, a larger piece of lumber must be used to carry the load around the opening to studs on either side. Again, building codes offer several ways to satisfy these header requirements, and for mine I chose a single 2×10. I will also be utilizing some metal hangers to carry the weight of the header instead of shorter studs called jack studs, although I did use jack studs for the entry door (see Image #3 below).Once all the lumber was nailed together, I unrolled some sill gasket and placed it on the slab where the wall would be anchored. I also nailed some long 2x4s to the top of the wall. As we raise the wall, these boards will swing out and brace it. The wall was very heavy but with a few friends we were able to get it airborne with ease. Once it was vertical, I staked down the bracing boards and then screwed the nuts down over large square washers on the anchor bolts. Using advanced framing techniquesTo an experienced framer, the work I have completed over the last couple of days would seem wrong. It is quite possible they would never have seen a house framed the way that I am framing mine. A few might even claim that I am violating building codes by not following “standard practice.”The fact is, I am utilizing a method of framing created in the 1970s in a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Association of Home Builders Research Foundation. It’s commonly called advanced framing. The goal was to reduce the amount of wood used in construction, not only to save the lumber, but more importantly, to create more space for insulation and save on energy use. All of these small changes work to ensure the house will be net-zero.In traditional framing you have a single sill plate at the bottom of the wall connected to a series of studs spaced 16 inches on center, which are then connected to two top plates sandwiched together (see Image #4 below). Even more studs are used to anchor interior walls to the exterior. All of the wood used are 2x4s, leaving a stud cavity 3 1/2 inches deep for insulation.In advanced framing, on the other hand, only a single top plate is used, studs are spaced 24 inches on center and metal hangers are used instead of jack studs. On gable end walls, no headers are needed at all. “Ladder framing” is used to anchor interior partition walls, and 2×6 lumber is used instead of 2x4s, leaving 5 1/2 inches for insulation.The advanced framing system is cheaper because it uses 5% to 10% less lumber, and it is faster because it uses 30% fewer boards (although they are a bit bigger and heavier). More important, every single year more money is saved on energy costs because more insulation can be used.Okay, so what’s the catch? If advanced framing was added to the building code over 40 years ago, is cheaper and faster, and reduces energy bills every single month, then why isn’t it standard operating procedure for builders? How could I possibly be telling you that most builders don’t even know about it?Most houses are built by a massive team of contractors who under normal circumstances communicate very little with each other, if at all. These tradesman are managed by a general contractor who uses building plans that were probably drawn up by an architect and edited by an engineer.The changes in advanced framing may seem small, but they ripple right on down the line and affect every single person that works on the house. As contractors are paid by the job and not by the hour, they aren’t too keen on taking time to learn this new technique. The fewer that learn it, the fewer that are available to teach it, and the cycle continues…As I’m building solo, I have none of these issues. I designed the house myself from the very beginning with advanced framing in mind. Thanks to my mentor, who introduced me to advanced framing, I’ve never built any other way. I’m saving time, money, and materials. If you really want to save sustainably, advanced framing is the way to go. After spending the weekend spraying the new slab down with water every hour or so, I was finally ready to get the walls up. The process of “wet curing” concrete for three to seven days can add up to 50% in strength because it prevents the water inside the concrete from evaporating. While many contractors begin framing the house the day after the concrete is poured, without experiencing any problems, I played it safe and waited until the third day to get going.The first step was to snap lines on the slab where the walls would go. This will help keep the bottoms of the walls straight and square to each other. I took several measurements of the concrete, including the diagonal measurements from corner to corner, to decide where to start.
Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now More on a theme from the last couple days here.Your dream client is looking at you to decide whether you look like the answer to them as it pertains to helping them accomplish what they need to accomplish. You may want your dream client to look elsewhere for reasons to buy from you, and sometimes they may look outside of you, their salesperson, for reasons to buy—which is to say that you play almost no role in their decision.You may want your company to be the reason they buy. You love your company, and you believe deeply that it is better than your competitors and that you do better work. If your company is the answer, then you don’t need to create enough value to deserve to win the business on their desire to work with you on their challenges.If you want your product or services to the be the reason your dream client chooses to buy from you, you are also moving the focus and the value created from you to something else. In this case, it may be your product, which in all likelihood isn’t all that different from what they buy now—and maybe not worth firing their existing partner to change. How easy you are to business with and how good your solution is matters, but it’s also evidence that you are not the answer.You may want the return on investment, the tangible results, the outcomes you create or something else that happens to not be you to do the heavy lifting for you, but in a lot of complex B2B sales, none of things matters more than the salesperson—especially if they are going to have an ongoing relationship.As much as some salespeople want to place the burden of creating compelling, differentiated value worth changing for on something or someone else, many sales leaders are no better. They want the process, the methodology, the sales stack, and a dozen things that are not the salesperson to tip the balance to their company and their salesperson.Your dream client, however, is asking themselves whether you are the answer they have been looking for, or whether you are another person without the ability to help them make the changes necessary to producing better results.
Ramber Singh, a 52-year-old farmer in Meerut, was excited when the Uttar Pradesh government announced a farm loan waiver worth ₹36,359 crore for small and marginal farmers who had taken a crop loan up to ₹1 lakh till March 2016.Mr Singh owns an acre of farm land and he had taken a loan of over ₹1 lakh from cooperative societies. But there is one problem that may bar him from getting the loan.Lack of awarenessOwing to lack of awareness, Mr Singh has not linked his bank account to his Aadhaar number, which is mandatory to avail of the scheme. “I had no idea that I need to link my Aadhaar number with the bank account. Not only me, no one in my circle of farmer friends knows about it. Now that I am aware I will go and get my account linked with my Aadhaar number,” he said.“The problem is that no official knows what is happening as far as the farm loan waiver is concerned. They tell us that the government is yet to decide who can benefit from the decision,” he added.Mr Singh is not the only farmer who finds himself in this situation. A large number of farmers have not linked their bank accounts with their Aadhaar number, something that may adversely affect the implementation of UP government’s farm loan waiver.This lack of awareness is not restricted to Meerut district alone. In other districts such as Bareilly, only 10,000 of the total 60,000 farmers have linked their Aadhaar with their bank account.‘Organise camps’ But O.P. Badhera, the manager of a leading bank in Bareilly which is involved in the implementation of the loan waiver, said banks would soon organise camps in villages to ensure that all the eligible farmers complete the mandatory requirement.V.M. Singh, an activist, questioned the intention and honesty of the state government over the farm loan waiver. According to him, ₹36,359 crore was “grossly inadequate” to give relief to the distressed farmers of the State. He alleged that the “BJP government was only trying to fool the farmers.”“The government had said the waiver would benefit 2.15 crore small and marginal farmers. If that is so, the government needs ₹2,15,000 crore as farmers who have taken a loan of up to ₹1 lakh are eligible,” he said.“That is why ministers have now started saying only 86 lakh farmers will benefit from the loan waiver,” he added.
A jetty planned adjacent to the proposed 9,900 MW Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant (JNPP) in the coastal Ratnagiri district is at the centre of another controversy dogging this project, billed as the world’s largest.The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), in a letter dated January 16, to Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) pointed out that the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the project was prepared by an agency accused of plagiarism and which had been suspended for a brief period. The letter also says that the proposed jetty violates the conditions stipulated in the clearance for the JNPP. Log Ports Private Limited has proposed to develop a jetty at Nate village in Rajapur Taluka of Ratnagiri for captive and third party cargo in phases. In Phase I, the handling capacity of cargo is 5.0 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) which will touch 10.0 MTPA during Phase II. The estimated initial project cost is ₹135 crores excluding the cost of land. Bhagavati Ana Labs Pvt Ltd was assigned to prepare an EIA for the project. In his letter, accessed by The Hindu, BNHS director Deepak Apte, said that the proposed captive jetty is against the very principal of JNPP clearance. “A 10000 MW nuclear power plant on one side and 10.0 MTPA capacity captive jetty on another, the Ambolgadh region with its extremely rich and coastal, marine and plateau biodiversity will not only destroy biodiversity but will also destroy near shore fisheries or artisanal and traditional fishers. Considering that basic requirements of ToR are not fulfilled and thus, warrant to be rejected outrightly, making public hearing untenable,” said the letter.The public hearing is scheduled for January 19 and despite State Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam also writing to the Ratnagiri District Collector, Sunil Chavan, referring to the BNHS feedback, has not been cancelled. When contacted, Mr. Chavan told The Hindu on phone, “I have the letter from the minister but we have to go ahead with the hearing. I cannot tell you more than this.” The JNPP clearance letter categorically states that the coastal region is ecologically sensitive and Ambolgadh and Kasheli coastal areas are important for biodiversity. “The clearance also stated to take appropriate safeguard measures for its conservation,” said the letter, mentioning the BNHS study which identified Ambolgadh and Vyete areas as priority areas for marine and coastal biodiversity conservation. The letter pointed out Terms of Reference (ToR) requiring detailed marine, riparian and creek biodiversity assessment report and management plan. “This basic condition of ToR is not compiled. Thus public hearing is meaningless,” it said. In his letter, Dr. Apte has pointed out that the said establishment “has been given strict warning regarding preparing the EIA using plagiarised data by National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET) and also their accreditation was suspended from June 15, 2018 to December 15, 2018. This proves that the said consultant is not credible to carry out such research studies.”
FC Barcelona’s Paco Alcacer, right, celebrates after scoring with his teammate Lionel Messi during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. APMADRID — On the day Lionel Messi played his 600th match for Barcelona, Paco Alcacer got the job done for the Spanish league leaders, scoring in each half to beat Sevilla 2-1 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Barcelona’s 10th win in 11 matches kept the Catalan club four points in front of Valencia, which defeated Leganes for its seventh straight league victory.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Defending champion Real Madrid, 11 points behind Barcelona in fourth place, hosts Las Palmas on Sunday.LATE TRIUMPHAtletico Madrid avoided another poor result with a hard-fought win against Deportivo thanks to Thomas Partey’s late free kick.Atletico’s second win in nine matches ended a streak of three consecutive 1-1 draws in the league and Copa del Rey.“We knew how to suffer,” said Partey, who also scored on Tuesday in the draw with Qarabag in the Champions League. “In the end we deserved these three points. This win will give us a boost.”The victory at Riazor Stadium moved Atletico to four points behind Valencia.It was the sixth loss for Deportivo, which stayed in 16th place.WINNING STREAKValencia’s attack keeps impressing, having outscored opponents 28-8 in its run of eight straight wins in all competitions.“We are not getting too excited, we know it’s difficult to maintain this,” Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia said. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Grizzlies make 13 3-pointers, beat Clippers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Alcacer had scored only once in five games this season.“I hope they will help give him more confidence,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.Guido Pizarro equalized for fifth-place Sevilla early in the second half with a firm header that bounced in front of the goal.Messi, who made his club debut in 2004, had an average night by his standards. He had a goal called off for offside, and was uncommonly issued a yellow card in injury time.Third-place Atletico Madrid, eight points off the lead, needed an injury-time goal to earn a win at Deportivo La Coruna 1-0.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Messi attracted a little extra attention by becoming the third Barcelona player to reach the 600-match milestone, behind captain Andres Iniesta (643) and Xavi Hernandez (767).Meanwhile, Alcacer, who hadn’t been getting much playing time, scored the winner by redirecting a right-side cross by Ivan Rakitic on a rainy night at Camp Nou.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have to take advantage of the chances we get as a starter,” Alcacer said. “I got my chance.”He opened the scoring from inside the area after a long pass by Luis Suarez from near the midfield line in the first half. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Dani Parejo scored the first against Leganes from a free kick, Rodrigo added a header in the second, and Santi Mina converted a late penalty.Italian striker Simone Zaza, who entered the game at Mestalla Stadium with eight goals in six games, was visibly upset when he was substituted near the end. He refused to greet his teammates or coach Garcia and went straight into the locker room. Zaza has nine goals for the season, three fewer than league-leader Lionel Messi.“He wanted to play 90 minutes and got upset, but we already talked about it,” Garcia said.Leganes, in its second season in the first division, had won three of its last five league games. It is eighth in the standings.HOME VICTORYAlaves beat Espanyol 1-0 for its first home win of the season.Christian Santos scored the winner one minute into the match, ending Alaves’ five-game losing streak at Mendizorroza Stadium.Espanyol played a man down from the 39th because of a red card to defender Mario Hermoso. MOST READ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA
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