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Transportation Enhancement Grants Now Available

first_imgTransportation Enhancement Grants Now AvailableMONTPELIER – The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is now accepting funding applications for 2009 Transportation Enhancement projects.The Agency will award about $3 million to municipalities, non-profits, and State and Federal agencies that can be used to enhance Vermont’s transportation system in twelve broad categories.Grant awards will be made in the $10,000 to $300,000 range. Projects require a 20 percent local match and must have a strong transportation connection, but they cannot be roadway projects or maintenance activities.“All towns, cities and non-profit agencies operate with limited financial resources,” said VTrans Secretary Neale Lunderville. “The transportation enhancement grant program is a great opportunity for them to acquire funding for projects that otherwise they could not afford.”The grant program is a federal requirement, and awards use 100 percent federal dollars. VTrans cannot reallocate these funds for paving, road reconstruction, bridges, or other traditional transportation projects.Federal rules limit the grants to 12 broad categories that enhance Vermont’s transportation system. They are: ·       Bicycle and pedestrian facilities.·       Bicycle and pedestrian safety and education activities.·       Purchase of scenic easements or historic sites.·       Historic or scenic highway programs including visitor centers, landscaping and scenic beautification.·       Landscaping and scenic beautification.·       Historic preservation.·       Rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities.·       Preservation of abandoned railway corridors.·       Control and removal of outdoor advertising.·       Archeological planning.·       Environmental mitigation of highway runoff and vehicle-caused wildlife mortality.·       Establishment of transportation museums. Examples of eligible activities are public sidewalks and bicycle paths, public school bicycle safety “rodeos,” purchase of an easement to protect an important scenic roadside vista, planting trees to beautify a street, rehabilitating an historic building into a tourist welcome center, rehabilitating an historic bridge or railroad station, archeology to evaluate the best location for a bike path, re-vegetating a roadside stream bank to stop erosion, rebuilding a town salt shed to stop polluting a stream, constructing an underpass to allow wildlife to cross a road, and rehabilitating an historic railroad engine as a permanent transportation exhibit. Applications require that a Letter of Intent be submitted to VTrans by June 16, 2008. Actual applications are due August 26, 2008.  Applicants are also required to attend a training workshop on either June 23 or June 25, 2007.  Applications and instructions can be obtained by phoning Sandy Aja at 802-828-2544 or by visiting the Internet at http://www.aot.state.vt.us/progdev/Sections/LTF/Enhancements%20Program/E…(link is external)John ZicconiVTrans Communications DirectorTelephone: 802.828.1647 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3522 ¨ Email: [email protected](link sends e-mail)last_img read more

US Olympic swim champion, a rape survivor, fights abuse in sport

first_img Loading… Three years after the trauma of being raped by a stranger while jogging outside a university campus, American swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar lit up the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles by winning three gold medals and a silver. Today, the 57-year-old lawyer, mother and activist devotes her life towards the fight for gender equality and the battle against sexual abuse in sport. Former Olympic swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar has dedicated her life to gender equality while fighting sexual abuse in sport In an interview with AFP ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, Hogshead-Makar says she remains “unrealistically optimistic” about her work and life in general. “I guess you have to be in order to try to win in the Olympics and try to address sexual abuse in sports,” Hogshead-Makar said. “They’re pretty audacious goals.” The day before the interview, Hogshead-Makar had been working until the early hours drafting a letter to the US Congress about bipartisan legislation that calls for tougher protections for amateur athletes against abuse by coaches and employees. Hogshead-Makar’s work ethic mirrors the dedication that formed the cornerstone of her swimming career – from the age of 11, she would spend four hours a day churning the waters of her training pool. “My winning formula was to compete,” Hogshead-Makar said. “That’s how I was successful in life.” After retiring from swimming, the Iowa native channelled her energy into helping others. After becoming a lawyer, she focused on campaigning for gender equality and combating sexual abuse in sport. – ‘Profoundly broken’ – For decades, Hogshead-Makar did not talk publicly about the traumatic events that occurred in the autumn of 1981 when she was 19. While out jogging outside the campus of Duke University in North Carolina, she was raped by a stranger. With help and support from loved ones, friends and coaches, she rebuilt her life but kept the attack private. “I didn’t talk about it for 20 years because I would have started to cry, as I healed from it,” Hogshead-Makar said. Eventually, a friend and mentor, the human rights activist Richard Lapchick, suggested that talking about the attack could help. “He said, ‘You really need to start talking about your own experience’,” Hogshead-Makar said. “And he was right.” She suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. “I felt profoundly broken. I felt forsaken by God. I was scared all the time,” she said. “I thought that I could overcome it by willing it away.” Read Also: NBA warns players over interactions with fans Hogshead-Makar however says the message still needs to be reinforced. She estimates that only 0.5 percent of swimmers and 1.4 percent of their parents have received adequate training to safeguard against the problem. To raise awareness on the issue, Hogshead-Makar is working on a social media campaign with Child USA, a non-profit which works to end child abuse and neglect in the United States. She was also heavily involved in the effort to launch the US Center for SafeSport, the first independent organization to combat sexual and physical violence in Olympic sports, which launched in 2017. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Hogshead-Makar said she benefited from two things that many sexual assault victims don’t receive. “Number one, everybody around me believed that it happened,” she said. “Number two, people believed in the depth of my emotional harm. Nobody told me, ‘Just get over it’.” – Gender equity – In her efforts to foster change in Olympic sports in the United States, she’s drawing from her experience as an elite swimmer. Hogshead-Makar believes that the nature of competitive swimming fosters equality. “It’s no coincidence that some of the best gender equity advocates come from the sport of swimming because we see equality,” she said. “I trained almost exclusively with guys. I was accustomed to having things be fair. We swam lap-for-lap and we lifted weight-for-weight.” There have however been cases of questionable behavior. One of Hogshead-Makar’s former coaches, Mitch Ivey, was suspended from the sport for life in 2013 after evidence emerged of improper sexual relationships with multiple swimmers he had coached. “The boundaries are just not well spelled out the way they are for counselors, religious leaders or lawyers or teachers,” says Hogshead-Makar, who has founded the advocacy group Champion Women. In 2012, the United States Olympic Committee ordered all its member federations to ban intimate relationships between coaches and athletes, regardless of age and consent.last_img read more

Batesville 4th Graders Win Dirt Road League Title-6th Graders Place 3rd

first_img4th Grade Wins DRBL Tournament ChampionshipOwen Enneking and Cayden Drake both hit key free throws in the closing seconds to hold off the defending champions, Centerville by the score of 38-29 to claim the crown of DRBL Tournament Champions for the first time.  The tournament began with 22 4th grade teams across Southeastern Indiana and the Bulldogs showed they were the cream of the crop.  Coach Matt Enneking noted excellent team defense, superb togetherness on offense and tremendous focus, drive and leadership by the squad.  Cayden Drake led the team in scoring with 10, Owen Enneking had 9, William Kuisel 8, Brayden Maple 4, Lincoln Garrett 3, Caleb Mohr 2 and Landon Raver.In the semi-final contest, the Bulldogs cruised to a comfortable win over Greensburg 30-8 to advance to the title game.  Lincoln Garrett, Cayden Drake and William Kuisel led another well-balanced team effort offensively with 6 each, followed by Brayden Maple with 5, Trenton Jordan 2, Landon Raver 2, Caleb Mohr 2, and Owen Enneking 1.  Centerville defeated Eastern Hancock afterwards to set up a repeat showdown of last year’s championship contest.The Bulldogs completed an undefeated campaign in the DRBL completion going (18-0) in league play and improving to (19-4) overall.  The squad will be in action next weekend when they travel to Fishers, IN to compete in the Winter Festival against some of the best competition around the state.Congratulations Bulldogs!6th Grade Boys finish 3rdThe 6th Grade Bulldogs lost a tough one to Greensburg Blue 37-33 in the semi-finals of the Final Four on Sunday at the Tiernan Center at Richmond High School.  With the game tied, at 33 a controversial call on a loose ball at mid-court placed the Pirates at the free throw line.  After the Pirates made both free throws the Bulldogs called time out to set up a game winning play.  The Bulldogs worked the play very well and had a good look 3 point shot from Sam Johnson with 3 seconds left to win the game that came up short sending the Bulldogs to the consolation contest against Connersville.  Both teams struggled from the field with the Bulldogs shooting 36% to the Pirates 35%.  The rebound battle was virtually even, but the deciding factors were in foul discrepancy with the Bulldogs being whistled for 19 fouls and the Pirates only 6.  The Bulldogs have been solid all season getting to the free throw line where they typically make more than the opponent attempts, but on this day were outshot from the charity stripe 18-2.  Chris Lewis led the team in scoring with 15, Sam Johnson tallied 10, Bradley Wirth 4 while Gus Prickel and Jonathan Buschle rounded out the scoring with 2 each. Grunkemeyer led the team with 4 rebounds and Prickel had 4 assists.The youngsters had to put the tough loss immediately behind them as they turned around and played Connersville for the 3rd place contest.  The Bulldogs led 14-12 at half-time, but quickly trailed for most of the second half until the closing seconds.  With the score tied at 25, Jack Grunkemeyer rebounded a Bradley Wirth miss and laid it in with 8 seconds remaining.  The Bulldogs forced a Spartan turnover on the in-bounds play and closed out the scoring at the free throw line.  For the contest the team was led in scoring by Gus Prickel with 8, Chris Lewis 7, Johnathan Buschle 6, Sam Johnson 4, Jack Grunkemeyer 2 and Bradley Wirth 2.  Grunkemeyer had 5 rebounds, while Brendan Heiser and Gus Prickel tallied 2 assists.The 6th Grade record in DRBL play this season currently is (15-2) and overall (24-7) and will finish out DRBL play next Sunday at East Central Fieldhouse with games against North Decatur and Greensburg White that were postponed 2 weeks ago due to weather.5th Grade BlueBatesville Blue, 38, Rushville 8Batesville Blue 24, East Central 13The squad is now (13-8) on the season and will compete next weekend in the Winter Festival in Fishers.5th Grade WhiteJac-Cen-Del 23, Batesville White 19East Central 15, Batesville White 12The squad finishes the season (1-16)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.last_img read more

Badgers look to bounce back against Hawkeyes

first_imgUW captain Rae Lin D\’Alie looks to help the Badgers get back on track against Iowa.[/media-credit]Although the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team faced Iowa to open the Big Ten season at the Kohl Center, the team they will face Thursday in Iowa City will have a new look.Beginning with a Jan. 26 victory over Michigan, the Hawkeyes have featured a three-guard lineup with freshman Kamille Wahlin starting in place of an injured JoAnn Hamlin. Without the services of the 6-foot-3-inch forward, Iowa has developed into a much more perimeter-based team, featuring Kristi Smith, Wendy Ausdemore and Wahlin — all of whom possess strong shooting ability from beyond the arc.While Wisconsin (15-11, 5-10 Big Ten) will have to adjust to the new-look Iowa lineup, it plays into the Badgers’ strengths for the most part, as they also start a three-guard lineup.“We match up better size-wise that way,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “Ausdemore is probably the toughest matchup because she’s now going to force Tara (Steinbauer) to guard her out on the perimeter and try to come off screens.”The last time the two teams met, Iowa had just defeated Drake on the road and carried its momentum to the Kohl Center, shooting its way to victory and snapping the Badgers’ 10-game winning streak.Ausdemore led all scorers in the game with 20 points on 6-of-8 from the floor, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc.“It will be a challenge,” Steinbauer said of guarding Ausdemore. “I’m used to the inside game and banging around a little bit more, but I have the utmost faith in myself and my coaching staff — they’re going to do the best they can to prepare me to guard her. I know she’s a really good 3-point shooter and I’m going to have to stay out on the wing a little bit more with her.”In conference play, Wahlin leads the Big Ten with a 2.21 assist-to-turnover ratio. By comparison, Minnesota’s Emily Fox ranks second at 1.59. Also among the Big Ten leaders are guards Kachine Alexander and Smith, who rank third and fifth, respectively.Alexander is also among the conference leaders in rebounding, ranking third with 9.6 boards per game despite her size as a 5-foot-9-inch guard.Iowa’s ability to control the ball — the Hawkeyes also lead the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio as a team — has been a major factor in becoming the league’s top scoring offense in conference play with 68.6 points per game.The Hawkeyes have needed to score nearly 70 points per game because they also rank last in the Big Ten in points allowed in conference games, giving up 65.9 points per game. With defense being what the Badgers depend on for success, it should be an intriguing matchup.“It’s going to be a big challenge to stop their offense,” UW guard Alyssa Karel said. “They’re really good shooters and they have a pretty good post game as well. We’ve just got to make sure we anticipate stuff and we’re not reacting to them.”Smith, the Hawkeyes’ 5-foot-6-inch senior guard, has been impressive throughout the entire season, but really excelled in Big Ten play as her team has found its stride, winning eight of 10 going into Thursday’s game.With an average of 15.6 points per game, Smith ranks fourth in the conference in scoring in league games. Smith also leads the Big Ten from beyond the arc, hitting 2.79 threes per contest.When you factor in Smith’s scoring ability with Ausdemore’s 3-point shooting and the Hawkeyes’ general ability to take care of the ball, it’s easy to understand why Iowa has been so successful in the Big Ten so far, sitting in fifth place with a 9-5 record in Big Ten play and a 16-9 mark overall.“They are very, very powerful offensively; you can’t stop any one of them because then somebody else is going to make you pay,” Stone said of the Hawkeyes. “Kristi Smith is one of the best guards in the conference, Skouby is a 6-foot-8 post player, and then you’ve got Wendy Ausdemore who can really shoot it.“Even if you try to stop them, Kachine Alexander has had a triple-double on two occasions and has been Big Ten player of the week, and then you’ve got Wahlin, who is another shooter.”last_img read more

Petrozzi’s amazing 50-footer wins NSW title

first_img2 Feb 2018 Petrozzi’s amazing 50-footer wins NSW title England international Gian-Marco Petrozzi holed a 50ft eagle putt to win the New South Wales Amateur in Australia on the 37th hole of the final.Petrozzi commented: “It feels absolutely great, especially the manner I did it in. To hole a putt like that and win was fabulous.”The 20-year-old from Trentham Golf Club in Staffordshire had been through highs and lows during the final against Australia’s Jed Morgan. He set off playing great golf, firing on all cylinders and was four up after the first 18 holes before extending his lead to six holes in the afternoon.Then, his putter went cold and his opponent found top form. “We ended up all square after 35 and on the last I managed to scrape a half,” said Petrozzi.“On the play-off hole I had 260 yards to the green and hit a three iron to about 50ft – and then managed to hole that 50-footer for an eagle to win.“I’d been down, it’s the end of a long trip and I was mentally tired and feeling almost beaten before I was beaten. But the golfing gods helped me out and I think I did deserve it in the end – and it was great to do it in that fashion.”Petrozzi continues a great English winning tradition in this event, following Scott Gregory in 2017 and Paul Howard in 2015. “The Australians can have the Ashes but not the NSW trophy!” he joked.Petrozzi has been part of a four-man England Golf squad on a month long tour of Australia, alongside Jake Burnage (Saunton, Devon), David Hague (Malton and Norton, Yorkshire) and Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire). Other highlights included Hague’s second place in the Avondale Amateur and his quarter final place in the Australian Amateur.“It’s been a fantastic trip,” said Petrozzi, who is also the Welsh open champion. “I will never forget this.Caption: Gian-Marco Petrozzi with the New South Wales Aamateur trophy, courtesy David Tease, Golf NSW Tags: Australia, Gian-Marco Petrozzi, New South Waleslast_img read more

Lowly Hurricanes blow away Scorpions in Regional First Class Championship

first_img VOCANOES IN TROUBLE AT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Guyana Jaguars, leading Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 58 on first innings, reached 244 for four at the close on the third day of their sixth-round match yesterday. Scores: JAGUARS 237 (Vishaul Singh 104 not out, Veerasammy Permaul 47, Leon Johnson 23; Marlon Richards 3-41, Rayad Emrit 3-44, Jon-Russ Jagessar 3-59) and 244 for four (Leon Johnson 111 not out, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 42, Anthony Bramble 39 not out; Jon-Russ Jagessar 4-67). RED FORCE 179 (Yannic Cariah 68, Jason Mohammed 30, Evin Lewis 26; Veerasammy Permaul 5-65, Devendra Bishoo 3-48). JAGUARS IN COMMAND NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC): Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall grabbed his first-ever 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket to inspire Leeward Islands Hurricanes to an 85-run victory over Jamaica Scorpions and their first win of the Regional first-class championship here yesterday. Starting the final day of their sixth-round clash on 58 for two in search of 366 for victory, Scorpions were dismissed for 280 – undermined by Cornwall – who claimed seven for 131 to end with match figures of 12 for 205. Barbadian right-hander Kirk Edwards converted his overnight 28 into a top score of 93, while tail-ender Sheldon Cottrell got 39 and Carlton Baugh Jr, 25, but the task of scoring 308 on the final day proved too much for the visitors. Hurricanes had lost all five of their previous outings this season to languish at the bottom of the six-team standings. However, they broke out of their slump in style, taking wickets at regular intervals throughout the day to ensure that there was no way back for Scorpions. Edwards seemed to be steering Scorpions to safety when he anchored a series of small partnerships. He struck 13 fours and three sixes in an innings spanning 142 deliveries and 189 minutes before he was sixth out. He extended his overnight third-wicket stand with AndrÈ McCarthy to 41 before Cornwall grabbed his first wicket of the morning, trapping McCarthy lbw for 22 after 35 balls at the crease. Edwards then put on 38 with Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood, who made 21, and added another 47 for the fifth wicket with Antiguan Devon Thomas, who got 15. Unbeaten on 78 at the break, Edwards combined with Baugh afterwards to add 22 for the sixth wicket and looked set for his 10th first-class hundred when he edged Cornwall to slip at 189 for six. Cornwall then pulled off a fine return catch three balls later to remove David Bernard Jr, with no runs added to the score, as the death knell sounded for Scorpions. With hope dwindling quickly, Cottrell threw his bat around for three fours and three sixes in a 47-ball cameo, which unnerved Hurricanes, as he and Nikita Miller (15 not out) put on 34 for the last wicket. Fittingly, Cornwall took the final wicket to hand Scorpions their third defeat of the season. AT KENSINGTON OVAL: Windward Islands Volcanoes, trailing Barbados Pride by 200 runs on first innings, were 134 for seven in their second innings at the close on the penultimate day of their sixth-round match yesterday. Scores: VOLCANOES 250 (AndrÈ Fletcher 84, Kavem Hodge 53, Shane Shillingford 28; Miguel Cummings 5-47, Sulieman Benn 3-65) and 134 for seven (Keddy Lesporis 29, Johnson Charles 25, Andre Fletcher 25; Roston Chase 3-19, Sulieman Benn 2-38). PRIDE 450 for five decl. (Shai Hope 162, Kraigg Brathwaite 117, Roston Chase 40 not out, Kyle Corbin 38, Carlos Brathwaite 27; Johnson Charls 2-51, Shane Shillingford 2-131).last_img read more

Indebted to Darwin

first_imgBritain’s Food Standards Agency is concerned about diminishing fish stocks and is asking citizens to consume less, reported The Telegraph.  This can only mean one thing, thinks Ulf Dieckmann (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria): it’s come time to pay the piper.  Who is the piper, you ask?  Answer: Charles Darwin.Dr Dieckmann said: “It was thought that these changes would only occur over millennia.  But it is becoming clear that significant evolution can take place within 20 years if the forces driving it are strong – and in fisheries they have been.”     Dr Dieckmann said that evolution caused by over-fishing took a longer [sic] to recover from than it did to cause: if the Barents Sea was closed to fishermen, it would take 250 years for cod to return to spawning at 10 years old.    “This is a Darwinian debt that will have to be paid back by future generations,” he added.    Dr Dieckmann said evolution caused by commercial fisheries had played an overlooked part in the collapse of the Northern cod off Newfoundland in 1992, the most disastrous crash yet of a major commercial fish species.    He said that from 1985 a downward trend in the size of spawning cod was detectable off [sic] and should have led to “a more precautionary approach” in setting catch quotas.Greenpeace is involved in this campaign, too, the article says.  The row has provoked a backlash by fisherman who are blasting the “Madness of Greenpeace.”  Either Dr. Dieckmann was calling the fisherman blind and random, or the changes (actually a trend toward extinction, not evolution) were caused by their presumably intelligent and purposeful actions.  The concept of a “Darwinian debt” also seems fishy.  Does it apply only to humans?  Or do fish also have to pay Darwin for what they overconsume, and so on down the food chain?    Rotate the globe over to Croatia.  Scientists there are gearing up for the big Darwin Day celebrations a year from now.  In a letter to Nature,1 Jasmina Muzini (ornithologist at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts) wrote that his country has felt left behind.  Not to worry: he and his colleagues have started to make sure Darwin gets a big ovation in 2009.Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man have at last been translated into Croatian, thanks to the work of the renowned science and theology translator Josip Balabanic.  Other European countries –including Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia and Sweden – had access to Darwin’s works in their mother tongue during his lifetime.  But it was not until this year that Croatian students of biology could read them in their own language.    Religious education was introduced in elementary schools during the early years of Croatian independence, and ethics and the major world religions are now studied in high school.  At the same time, the importance of evolution for modern biology and medicine is publicly acknowledged by science academies and societies – in the spirit of your Editorial ‘Spread the word’ (Nature 451, 108; doi:10.1038/451108b 2008).    Croatia aspires to join the group of countries in which education and science occupy prime positions in national strategies, and recognizing the influence of Darwin’s writings is an important step in that direction.  Celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth on 12 February next year, possibly at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, will have particular significance for Croatians.1.  Correspondence, Nature 451, 627 (7 February 2008) | doi:10.1038/451627c.You didn’t realize you owe a debt to Darwin.  Are you behind in your payments?  Better not go into default.  His collection agency is red in tooth and claw.    If people accelerate evolution, such that things happen in 20 years that they used to think required thousands of years, great; let’s accelerate evolution on fruit flies and see if we can get them to evolve into mammals.  On second thought….    The Croatian suck-up to Charlie is so obsequious, you’d think they be embarrassed, but no: they are proud of their shame.  Cub Scouts have Webelos, which stands for “We’ll be loyal scouts.”  The Croatians have announced a new order for young wannabees in the Darwin Party axis of evil: the Webelodos, which stands for “We’ll be loyal Darwinist operatives.”  The motto of the Webelodos is DODO! DODO! (translation: see 02/15/2006, 02/17/2006 and 02/24/2006).  OK; whatever.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

BJP moves to cut excess supply of Nira dam water to Baramati

first_imgThe Maharashtra government has cleared a proposal of the Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation (MKVDC) to cut off the ‘excess’ water supply from the left bank canal of the Nira-Deoghar dam to Baramati, the bastion of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar.The approval by the State Water Resources Department, seen as a setback for Mr. Pawar, comes after Ranjeetsinh Naik-Nimbalkar, the newly-elected BJP MP from Madha (in Solapur) along with other leaders of the district including Ranjitsinh Mohite-Patil, raised objections about Baramati drawing excess water for irrigation, thus depriving the water-scarce areas in Solapur and Satara.While the BJP’s ‘water stratagem’, which comes ahead of the crucial Maharashtra Assembly polls, is being viewed in some quarters as a means to politically checkmate Mr. Pawar, water experts have expressed concern at the opaque manner in which parties and politicians — from the NCP and the BJP — subverted water rules for political gain.Noted water expert Pradeep Purandare said no notification was issued in this case nor was there any information in the public domain. Further, there was no reference to the Maharashtra Irrigation Act of 1976 (MIA 76) or any such pertinent legislation before diverting the excess water from the Nira Deoghar left bank, he added.“The lack of any official notification has effectively precluded public debate in this case. Such a vital decision to divert water, especially at a time when the entire State is the throes of acute water scarcity, should not be taken without opinion of the people of those areas,” said Mr. Purandare, a former associate professor at the Aurangabad-based Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI).He further pointed out that the Canal Advisory Committee, which ought to be functioning as a policy instrument, appeared weak and easily subject to the pressure of ruling politicos and parties.The waters from the Bhatgar dam (on the Yelwandi River) flow into the Veer dam on the Nira River. From Veer, the waters are channelled to the Nira Left Bank Canal (NLBC), which was completed in 1886, and the Nira Right Bank Canal (NRBC) which became operational in 1937-38.The NLBC services the Baramati and Indapur taluks, strongholds of Mr. Pawar and senior Congress leader Harshawardhan Patil respectively.The NRBC services Phaltan in Satara district and the arid tehsils of Malshiras, Sangola and Pandharpur in Solapur district (which form part of the Madha Lok Sabha constituency).According to the recommendations of a 1954 project report on the Veer dam, 57% of the waters of the Bhatgar dam were to flow through the NRBC, while the remaining 43% was allotted to tehsils serviced by the NLBC.Meanwhile, the Nira Deoghar dam (on the Nira river) with the aim to enhance irrigation in this region was completed in 2007.The project envisages two canals, a 208-km right bank canal, which will cater to the irrigation needs of Khandala and Phaltan (in Satara) and Malshiras, Pandharpur and Sangola (in Solapur) and a 21-km left bank canal to service Purandar, Baramati and Indapur in Pune district.The canals of the Nira-Deoghar are distinct from the old NLBC and NRBC of the Veer dam. However, only 65 km (of the 208 km) of the Nira Deoghar right bank canal is complete, with scant progress on the left bank as well.The ruling BJP including Mr. Naik-Nimbalkar have alleged that Ajit Pawar, the then Water Resources Minister in the erstwhile NCP-Congress government, had tweaked rules in 2007 to assign 60% of the allocated water to the Nira Deoghar left bank to bring more water to Baramati, while leaving 40% of the water for tehsils in Solapur and Satara.According to the BJP, the Congress-NCP extended this water allotment ‘agreement’ in April 2012 for a further five years – till April 2017. “The objective of the Nira Deoghar dam was to supply water to the parched districts. Instead, the leaders of Baramati [the Pawar clan] have bent the rules to ensure that only their taluk received water. This new order has ensured that justice denied for 12 years to the parched areas in Satara and Solapur has been finally redressed,” said Mr. Naik-Nimbalkar.He said that as the old ‘agreement’ had now expired, the new order, was issued on the basis of the 1954 water allotment (as recommended by the report on the Veer project).With the new government order, all the available water in the Nira Deoghar dam is likely to be channelled to the right bank areas to benefit the Solapur and Satra tehsils, while cutting off the Baramati and Indapur areas.“However, this water will have to be channelled through the old NRBC as the right bank canal of the Nira Deoghar dam is incomplete,” said Mr. Purandare.The important point in this labyrinthine dispute, he observes, is that both the NCP and the BJP’s methods of water allotment were “nebulous”.“When the NCP came up with the 60:40 water allotment rule for the Nira-Deoghar dam, it was utterly unclear as to who assented to this and who the contracting parties are. Likewise, the BJP’s ‘settling’ of this water score, while politically justified perhaps, is casual in method and procedure,” said another water expert, requesting anonymity.last_img read more

CamSur trips La Union squad for Ginebra streetball crown

first_imgMOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES Read Next Chooks-to-Go falls to Petrochimi, faces Blatche-led China in QF Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Team CamSur bested Team La Union, 14-13, to bag the 2017 Ginebra San Miguel 3-on-3 Basketball championship recently at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The team, composed of Raphael Jude De Vera, Dan Michael Uy, Gawyn Khristnan Fernandez and Daniell Martin Uy, kept its composure in a tight contest for the title.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president De Vera, the team captain, said it was a dream come true to win the championship and to play at the historic venue.“It is a great feeling to come out as a winner and to be recognized as the best all over the Philippines,” said De Vera, who along with his teammates took home a trophy, Ginebra San Miguel products and a cash prize of P50,000.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“At the same time, that rare opportunity to play in front of our basketball idols and the legions of basketball fans is definitely a dream come true. We hope to serve as an inspiration to people from the provinces that when you are ‘ganado sa buhay,’ anything is possible.”Now on its second year, the tournament bankrolled by Ginebra San Miguel Inc. is committed to providing opportunities to aspiring athletes. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “Ginebra San Miguel aims to hone the skills and talents of these aspiring young athletes from the provinces, and from these crop of talented individuals we might discover the next Barangay Ginebra San Miguel player or our future players to the 3-on-3 games in the Olympics,” Ginebra brand manager Paolo Tupaz said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd midfielder Lingard happy working with ‘great Ole’ again

first_imgMan Utd midfielder Lingard happy working with ‘great Ole’ againby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard is delighted to be playing for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer again.The pair worked together with United reserves.“Ole is great,“ said Lingard.“He is great at one-on-one [conversations] with players. He has great man-management. He will always speak to you and tell you what to do.”“When I am on the right wing he likes me to come inside and make things happen. He gives me licence and freedom to do that.”“Ole knew me from [when he coached] the Reserves and knows what kind of a player I am. When I was a young player he was always there on hand to give advice and help the youngsters out. He helped me out as I was coming through and I learned a lot from him.”“He’s very special to this club and for this club. He knows where Man United has to be and that is at the very top and putting in performances like we did [against Bournemouth].””We are enjoying playing football and winning games three, four or five-one. Obviously we would like a clean sheet. But we will work on that and try to improve on it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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