OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 Khris Middleton had 31 points, while John Henson and Eric Bledsoe each had 16 for the Bucks, who had beaten the Hornets the night before in Milwaukee. All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo did not play on the second night of the back-to-back because of right knee soreness.The Bucks led by one at halftime and appeared ready to break the game open after starting the second half on a 19-2 run.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 Charlotte, which missed its first six shots from the field in the third quarter, stormed back to take the lead with 3:46 left in the game after Howard backed down Henson in the lane and scored on a 3-point play and Marvin Williams converted two free throws.The Bucks had a chance to tie it with 10 seconds left, but Middleton couldn’t get to the rim while guarded by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and had to settle for a fade-away 18-footer, which rimmed out. Michael Carter-Williams grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled. He converted both free throws to make it a two-possession game with 8.4 seconds left. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, right, drives against Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova, of Australia, in the first half of an NBA basketball game. APCHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Dwight Howard had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Kemba Walker had 19 points and the Charlotte Hornets battled back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-106 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Treveon Graham and Frank Kaminsky each had 14 points as Charlotte’s bench shot 16 of 27 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DeRozan scores 29, Raptors beat slumping 76ers Middleton knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner with 6.4 seconds remaining, cutting the lead to 1. Walker, who had missed three of his previous five free throws, calmly stepped to the line and made two more free throws to push the lead to 3.Milwaukee didn’t take a timeout after Walkers made second free throw and Bledsoe missed 3-pointer from the left wing that would have tied the game. Walker added two more free throws to put it away.Antetokounmpo played against the Hornets in Milwaukee on Friday night and had 26 points and seven rebounds while playing 36 ½ minutes in Milwaukee’s 109-104 victory. But Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Antetokounmpo developed soreness in the knee after the game. Antetokounmpo entered the game second in the NBA in scoring, averaging 29.6 points per game.ADVERTISEMENT
MOST READ Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, and forward Paul George high-five at the end of overtime of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 7, 2019. The Thunder won 129-121. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon— Russell Westbrook had 37 points and Paul George added 32 points and 14 rebounds for the Oklahoma City Thunder in a chippy 129-121 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.The victory gave the Thunder a four-game series sweep of the Blazers this season.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Regulation ended with a wild final minute.George appeared to elbow Nurkic, who was knocked to the floor as Terrance Ferguson made a layup that put the Thunder up 113-111. Portland players protested, but no call was made.Words were then exchanged between Nurkic and George under Portland’s basket. After a review both received offsetting technicals, and a foul was called on the Thunder. Because Nurkic already had a technical, he was ejected and the Thunder chose Blazers reserve Skal Labissiere to make the free throws. He missed both, but a loose-ball foul was called on the Thunder and Al-Farouq Aminu made both shots to tie it at 113 with 2.9 seconds left.After a turnover by the Thunder, the game went to overtime. But Portland was without Nurkic for the rest of the way.The Blazers were home after a largely successful seven-game, post-All-Star break road trip, during which they went 5-2. But Portland was coming off a 120-111 loss at Memphis on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Trail Blazers: host Phoenix on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jose Mourinho ruled out of China job with Fabio Cannavaro poised Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Damian Lillard had 51 points for the Blazers, while Jusuf Nurkic added 13 points and 17 rebounds before he was sent off with his second technical with under a minute to go in regulation.The teams had gone into the game knotted for third in the Western Conference — along with the Houston Rockets — with identical 39-25 records.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWestbrook’s 3-pointer in overtime put the Thunder up 118-117 and he made a pair of free throws to extend the lead. After George made the second of a pair of free throws, Westbrook’s layup gave Oklahoma City a 123-117 lead.The Thunder led by a slim 85-83 margin going into the fourth quarter in a game where neither side stretched the advantage to double digits. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Thunder had lost five of their previous six games, including a 131-120 loss at the Timberwolves on Tuesday.It was the first chance for the home fans to see Enes Kanter, who the Blazers picked up after he was waived by the Knicks following the trade deadline. He was once a starter in New York, but fell out of the rotation when the team turned its focus to younger players.Kanter came into Thursday’s game to a rousing ovation with 3:56 to go in the first quarter.Portland went on a 12-2 run midway through the second quarter to pull in front, 45-40. Westbrook shoulder checked Nurkic so hard he fell to the court. Westbrook got a flagrant, but Nurkic was given a technical for what looked like a trip a few moments earlier.The Blazers led 61-58 at the break, with Lillard leading the way with 21 points. George had 18 for the Thunder. Oklahoma City took back the lead in the third quarter when Jerami Grant’s basket made it 68-67.TIP INSThunder: It was the first night of a back-to-back for the Thunder, who face the Clippers on Friday night. … Paul George was the West’s Player of the Month for February.Trail Blazers: Portland’s 5-2 road trip matched its best for a trip of that length since the 2000-01 season. … Terry Stotts was the West’s Coach of the Month for February. … It was Blazers forward Jake Layman’s 25th birthday. … The Blazers were without Evan Turner because of personal reasons.UP NEXTThunder: visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. 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SATURDAY National Trails Day event needs volunteers to help clear trails, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Volunteer Orientation, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Free used oil recycling kits will be distributed, 6 p.m. at Valencia AutoSpa, 23440 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 286-4098. SUNDAY Trail Team will meet to clear trails, 9 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Flame of Life volunteers will install new officers 6 p.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Terrie Cipriano at (661) 253-8082. Santa Clarita chapter of Century City Ski Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Don Gately at (661) 255-8873. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Beverly Hillbillies Bible Study, 7:30 p.m. in the library at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Workshop for Nonprofits on media relations, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the SCV Resource Center in the Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $60. Call (661) 250-3720. SCV Quilt Guild auction, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Adva Price at (661) 298-1385. Mom’s Mixer, 7-9 p.m. at a private home in Valencia. Call Liz Hodson at (661) 255-6044 for directions. Safe Surrender meeting, 7 p.m. at the Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Call Victoriana Donnelly at (661) 253-8761. SCVSingles will have a mixer, 7 p.m. at The Greens, 26501 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Golf: $8. Call (661) 222-2900. Le Tip Business Network Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Lisa Eichman at (661) 297-3333 or visit www.allvalleyletip.com. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY AARP Driver Safety class, 2-6 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121.
A DONEGAL county councillor has today blasted his own council – for using the JobBridge scheme to fill 84 positions.Due to the public sector recruitment ban NONE of them can be offered jobs at the end of the scheme.Inishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has said that new responses from the government to parliamentary questions further reveals the true extent of the exploitation of the JobBridge scheme in the public sector. Cllr Murray also said that the JobBridge figures in Donegal County Council are higher than previously reported.Cllr Murray, who recently highlighted the use of JobBridge interns as water meter installers in Donegal said that real jobs in the public sector are being displaced by cheap labour provided by JobBridge interns.Cllr Murray said: “Recent responses to Sinn Féin parliamentary questions show that almost 5,000 real jobs in the public sector have been substituted with cheap interns under the JobBridge scheme. Unfortunately, Donegal County Council is particularly guilty of this displacement using some 84 interns so far.“Almost one in four JobBridge internships is taking place in the public sector. The 4,944 JobBridge interns engaged by public sector bodies are doing work that should be undertaken by properly paid employees. This is 100% displacement of real jobs. “The government claims that the JobBridge scheme is intended to be a training scheme for young people to enter real employment. How can this be so if it stills enforces an embargo which prevents any of the interns in government bodies from being recruited full-time after their internship is completed?“Furthermore, almost 60% of JobBridge participants in the public sector do not go on to gain any type of paid employment, in any sector, after their internship.“Donegal, Galway and Cork County councils are particularly guilty of exploiting the scheme to compensate for government imposed funding shortfalls and the recruitment embargo as they used 84, 81 and 100 free interns respectively. This is in comparison to much larger councils like Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin County Council which used 14, 12 and 9 interns.“Worse still, no one gained employment in Donegal County Council after their internship was completed. Clearly they were used to try and fill the gap caused by the reduction of our council staff by almost a third in recent years.“In light of this recent information, I would call for a complete overhaul of the JobBridge scheme and fair wages for all those carrying out full-time work. No government representative can defend this cynical exploitation of the young unemployed.” REVEALED: DONEGAL COUNCIL OFFERED 84 JOBBRIDGE POSTS TO PEOPLE THEY CAN’T GIVE JOBS TO was last modified: November 13th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Donegal County CouncilJack MurrayJobbridge
Beia Spiller is a senior economist with the Environmental Defense Fund. Kristina Mohlin is an economist with the EDF. This blog post is part three in a four-part series that takes a deep dive into economics of the electric system and the role pricing can play in accelerating the clean energy economy. It originally appeared at the website of the Environmental Defense Fund. Analysis Sees Little Benefit in Off-Grid EconomicsSolar Energy Can Make the Grid More ResilientWhen Will Rooftop Solar Be Cheaper Than the Grid?New York Utility Finds Big Payoff in New IdeasRethinking the GridThe Cheapest Way to Scale Up Renewable Energy?An Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems The price of most goods we purchase is generally based on the costs associated with the goods’ production, including the raw materials used to generate them, the labor associated with their manufacturing, and so on. However, when it comes to pricing residential electricity, many regulators choose to use a flat price per unit of electricity (kilowatt-hours, or kWh) that unfortunately fails to adequately reflect the underlying costs of generating and delivering energy to our homes.This creates incorrect incentives for conservation and investments in distributed energy resources (like rooftop solar, energy storage, and demand response). Getting these incentives right can go a long way in creating more opportunity for efficiency and clean energy resources. Pricing electricity generationThe cost of generating electricity from large-scale power plants varies significantly over the course of a day. When demand is low, electricity providers call upon the most efficient and inexpensive power plants to produce electricity. As demand increases, they also must utilize more inefficient and expensive power plants. So, for the price of generation to accurately reflect these costs, it, too, must vary with the time of day. Time-variant pricing charges customers more for using electricity during periods of high demand (such as during hot afternoons) and less when demand is not as great. This pricing system is an accurate reflection of generation costs. OTHER POSTS IN THIS SERIES Transforming the Electric SystemThe True Cost of Electricity Peak demand chargesAnother option is to use peak demand charges. These charges make it more expensive to use a lot of electricity simultaneously during certain high demand hours of the day (e.g., running your dishwasher, dryer, and TV all at once). This is because in doing so, you are demanding more from the electric grid at one time, increasing the need to expand the system over time.It’s like timed lights for merging onto a freeway. If all the cars were to merge at once, there would be constant back up at high traffic times and locations, which could lead to a widening of the freeway on-ramp. Instead, the lights stagger the cars, lessening the traffic and the need for expensive construction. So, by giving customers an incentive to stagger their appliance use throughout the day, the maximum demand would be lower and grid planners could reduce the size of the system, saving money.Utilities have not implemented peak demand charges in a widespread manner for residential customers, but they present a promising new price option when carefully and thoughtfully carried out.There is an important caveat. While employing these tools can have positive effects on the electric grid and reduce costs, regulators and utilities need to ensure they do not harm low-income customers — people who already bear a heavier energy burden than others. Studies show solutions like time-variant pricing work well for these customers, but education and technology enablement are essential for success. By providing people with tailored information about these tools and access to technology that can help them take advantage of them, they can shift their energy use and save money on their monthly bill. Pricing electricity deliveryAt the other end of the system, we have the local delivery of electricity, which relies on infrastructure such as substations and distribution lines. To understand the challenges associated with pricing this part of the electricity system, a useful analogy can be found in bike share programs – such as Citibike in New York City.These programs are made up of certain resources – a number of stations and bikes at different locations – that are difficult to increase in the short run even though demand for these bikes is shifting throughout the day, year, and location. Currently, customers usually pay a fixed fee for having access to bikes at any location and time. However, this way of pricing can cause problems: during peak times, increased demand from commuters reduces the availability of bikes at the most popular stations. Accurate pricing could alleviate this.For example, customers could be charged extra for using bikes during peak periods, and potentially even charged more for renting at popular locations. This would reduce the demand for bikes at these key times and locations. We can extrapolate the same kind of logic to pricing electricity delivery, where the infrastructure and, thus, the costs are generally fixed in the short run. However, high demand can cause constraints, forcing utilities to replace strained infrastructure or expand the system, leading to greater costs in the long run.Unfortunately, similar to the Citibike example, most customers pay only a flat fee per unit of electricity they use in order to pay for these infrastructure costs. This charge does not send the signal that high demand during peak times causes constraints and increased costs on the delivery system.There are different possible approaches to efficiently recovering the costs associated with the delivery system. One option is to implement time-variant pricing as described above, where electricity use during the delivery system’s peak hours is more expensive. Pricing environmental impactsElectricity charges that more accurately reflect the cost of generating and delivering electricity can help send the correct price signals to customers for conservation and distributed energy resource investments. But, something is still missing: how do we price the environmental costs of electricity production? These external costs (including greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and local air pollutants) can be quite large, and are currently not reflected in the price we pay for electricity.The environmental costs of producing power can be high. If utilities were paying those costs themselves, clean energy would become more attractive. (Photo: DanakWaterPenny via Flickr)Importantly, each unit of electricity has a different amount of external costs associated with it, depending on the efficiency and cleanliness of the power source. If each generator were responsible for paying the external costs, then cleaner, more efficient generators would pay less than their dirty counterparts, making clean electricity cheaper. This would have two impacts:First, in a well-functioning market, the dirtier generators would have higher costs, and would therefore be utilized less, leading to a reduction in harmful pollution from these sources.Second, because these prices would be passed on to customers, electricity would be cheaper when it is cleaner. Time-variant pricing that incorporates these environmental costs can thereby prompt customers to use less energy during times of the day when the system relies on dirty power.By ensuring these costs are internalized by the generators, time-varying electricity prices can reflect these external costs, helping us reduce harmful pollution and other negative impacts on the environment. RELATED ARTICLES When electricity prices reflect costs, everybody winsElectricity pricing that accurately reflects the underlying internal and external costs of producing electricity can lead to better, more efficient use of energy, more targeted distributed energy resource investments, and a direct reduction in emissions, resulting in a cleaner and more efficient electric system for all. In contrast, flat rates that don’t vary over time incentivize customers to consume more electricity when it’s most valuable to them, even though consuming during times of high demand places a larger cost on the system. Thus, the current, static pricing system creates incorrect incentives for conservation and electricity use.
The Maharashtra government has allotted ₹124 crore for the development of areas around the State’s large tiger reserves. The funds will be used for development of villages and land around Melghat, Tadoba, Pench, Sahyadri, Nawegaon-Nagriza and Bor, officials said. Of these, five reserves are located in the backward Vidarbha region, where sustainable development of villages would ensure the human-animal conflict is reduced, senior officials said.The allotment was made on Thursday under the Dr. Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Jan Van Vikas Scheme, passed by the State Cabinet for the development of villages around tiger reserves in 2015. State Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar had declared the scheme applicable for five years. Preventing conflict“The objective of the scheme is to develop buffer zones of the reserves, which struggle with a lot of human-animal conflict,” said an official of the State Forest Department. Officials said that the development of villages around the tiger reserves will reduce their dependence on the forest produce and move them towards agriculture. “The State plans to spend ₹450 crore on this scheme in five years. The latest funding was approved based on the proposal submitted by the office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Nagpur,” said Swapnil Deshbhratar, Officer on Special Duty, Forest Department.Scope of schemeLast year, the government widened the scope of the scheme to include villages located on the periphery of the reserve and not just within the buffer. A target of touching 600 villages was set until 2017 but only half of that has been achieved, officials said. Much of the funds from the scheme in the past were used to distribute LPG cylinders, provide employment and alternatives to fuel and fodder.
The Choudwar police here on Friday arrested at least 25 persons of Banipada village of the locality and presented them in a court for allegedly attacking a police party and injuring Choudwar police station Inspector-in-charge Padmanav Pradhan, informed zone ACP M.R. Garanaik.Mr. Garanaik said two groups of villagers on Thursday night were engaged in a fight and when the police arrived at the spot, attacked the police party in which the IIC was injured. He added that 25 persons were rounded up and presented in a court which remanded them in judicial custody.
London, May 18 (PTI) Former England fast bowler Dominic Cork has said that Indias star batsman Virat Kohli is capable of matching Sachin Tendulkars staggering records in limited overs cricket. “Its a big statement to say someone could be as successful as Tendulkar but at the moment Kohli is making every bowler look easy to play against,” Cork was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “Who knows? In 10 years time we could be standing here and saying he is better than Sachin,” the former medium pacer added. Tendulkar amassed 18,426 runs and 49 hundreds in 463 ODIs, while Kohli has raced to 7,212 runs and 25 hundreds in 171 games. Kohli has been in phenomenal form since the World T20 in March-April and has now become the highest run getter in an Indian Premier League (IPL) season besides smashing a record three hundreds while leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore. PTI BS AT AT
New Delhi: The Bihar government told the National Green Tribunal on Wednesday that 17 towns along the Ganga river in the state have been declared open-defecation free (ODF). Five towns are currently in the process of being declared ODF, it said. In an affidavit filed before NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, the state government said that 17 towns have been declared ODF. They are: Barh, Hajipur, Sonepur, Mokama, Bakhtiyarpur, Teghra, Maner, Barhiya, Manihari, Buxar, Naugachia, Danapur, Dighwara, Jamalpur, Munger, Begusarai and Bhagalpur Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ It said the work was in process in Patna, Chhapra, Sultanganj, Khagariya and Kahalgaon. With regard to liquid waste management, the state government informed the tribunal that a total 26 sewerage infrastructure projects sanctioned at a cost of Rs 5,089.82 crore which are at different stages of implementation in various towns — Patna (11 projects), Begusarai, Munger, Hajipur, Mokama, Sultanganj, Naugachia, Barh, Bhagalpur, Sonepur, Chhapra, Khagaria, Bakhtiyarpur, Maner, Danapur and Phulwarishariff. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K These projects will facilitate in treatment of 616.5 MLD of sewage through creation/rehabilitation of Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), sewerage network and allied Interception and diversion works, it said. The affidavit was filed after NGT’s May 29 order directing Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand to monitor Ganga cleaning and file report. The report said 14 projects are being implemented include Beur STP, Beur Sewerage Network, Saidpur STP & Adjoining Network, Saidpur Sewerage Network, Karmalichak STP, Karmalichak Sewerage Network, Pahari STP, Pahari Zone-IV A (South), Pahari Zone V, Sultanganj, Mokama, Sonepur, Barh and Naugachhiya. Letter of acceptance has been issued for four projects — Digha, Kankarbagh, Bakhtiyarpur and Maner while seven projects — Hajipur, Bhagalpur, Begusarai, Chhapra, Danapur, Phulwarishariff and Khagaria — are under tendering stages. Tender for 1 project (Munger) has been floated and a revised estimate of a project in Buxar is under process. There are 118 ‘Nallas’ in the Ganga towns, of which 111 ‘Nallas’ have been screened and the remaining are in progress, said the report, filed through advocate Balendu Shekhar. On the issue of plastic ban, it said that 100 per cent single use plastic (Plastic Carry Bags) have been banned in all the urban local bodies in state of Bihar. “Penalty provisions have been made for involvement in production, distribution, trading, storage, sale of plastic carry bags irrespective of its thickness and sizes in the respective urban local bodies Plastic Waste Management Byelaws, 2018. A total of 38,283 shops or establishment have been raided and fine for Rs 18,99,495 has been collected and 8,085.21 Kg of plastic carry bags were also seized,” the state government said. The report said that in the context of Bihar, the polluted stretches are — Ganga, Punpun, Ramrekha, Sikrahana, Sirsa and Parmar. It also told the tribunal that as per its direction an environmental compensation of Rs 25 lakh has been deposited. Even a drop of pollution in Ganga is a matter of concern and the attitude of all authorities should be stringent to protect the river, the NGT had earlier said while seeking a concrete action plan on the issue. The green panel had said people drank and bathed in the river with reverence, without knowing that it may adversely affect their health.
Keeping Up With The Kaimanawas was one of the most popular TV shows to hit New Zealand screens this year, and Kelly Wilson’s new book, Stallion Challenges, goes behind the scenes of what has become a Kiwi phenomenon.Stallion Challenges by Kelly WilsonThe Wilson sisters – Vicki, Kelly and Amanda – have been big names on the equestrian circuit in New Zealand for a number of years, and Kelly’s earlier book – For The Love Of Horses – explained in detail their life with horses and their first successful attempts to train wild Kaimanawa horses in 2012. But in 2014, the sisters put forward a new plan – a series of challenges designed to give professional horse trainers an incentive to take on the wild horses and compete with them professionally. The Stallion Challenges were born from a desire to raise awareness of the potential of these graceful and grand animals, and ensure they will live in the hearts of generations to come.Kaimanawa horses are the wild horses that have roamed the central North Island of New Zealand since the 1870s, and have been mustered and culled since the 1990s for conservation and preservation. Around 170 horses are mustered every second year to maintain a managed herd of 300 horses – somewhat less than America’s 80,000 mustangs and Australia’s million or so wild horses, but a challenge in itself for the Department of Conservation and Kaimanawa Heritage Horses, a non-profit charitable society dedicated to the welfare of the Kaimanawa Horses in both the wild and domestic environments.Kelly WilsonKelly Wilson isn’t just a talented writer and horsewoman, she is also an award-winning photographer and recently – along with her sisters – spent 100 days in the US, where she competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover, one of the largest wild horse events in the world. As well as hanging out with renown horse trainers such as Pat Parelli, Kelly was placed sixth against some of America’s best trainers, and has been invited to compete in Mustang Magic, which only accepts 25 trainers worldwide.Stallion Challenges follows the girls as they accept the responsibility of taking horses from the wild and use kindness and gentleness to encourage them to be champions. But it is more than just a book about horses, it is an inspirational journey of how hopes and dreams can be achieved through courage and hard work. As Kelly says, those who are crazy enough to change the world are the ones who usually do, and anything is possible if you have enough passion, dedication and vision. As a result of the girls’ Stallion Challenges, only 15 horses were sent to slaughter following the 2014 muster – compared to 72 in 2012 – and if that isn’t changing the world, I don’t know what is.The book is filled with hope and elation, mixed with heartbreak and pain, and sprinkled with a great deal of humour and adventure. It is a story of horse conservation and the ability of the human spirit to bond with animals and overcome any obstacle. And it is a journey well worth taking.The Kindle edition is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars