Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson With performers like Jess Connelly, Mike Swift, DJ Nix Damn P!, Abra & Loonie, and Matt X AC providing the sounds, cagers did what they know best and proved their supremacy against their fellow ballers.Battle Force Manila. Contributed PhotoUltimately, it was the G-Force crew of Marky Mercado, Fran Asuncion, Jay Sacluti, Tim Cu, Nino Atilano, and Nikko Montelibano who reigned supreme and won the event’s basketball battle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseProfessional dunker David Carlos also showcased his mettle as he was unsurprisingly crowned as the dunk king, while Bobby G. torched the hoops the most to come away victorious in the three-point shootout.But it wasn’t just all ball as word wizards and dance floor dynamos also took the court to the delight of the crowd. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Romero says PBA governors ‘move on,’ assures fans of same ‘basketball fun’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Battle Force Manila. Contributed PhotoJames Kevin Asis, Raymart Caraan, and Jayson Jullanda, collectively known as the Yo Gang, trashed their competition to win the rap battle, while The Empire, made up of Melvin Calayag, Melvin De Guzman, Zhey Estolano, Angelito Delos Reyes, and Justin David outshone their foes to take the seat in the dance battle throne.Aside from the numerous battles, the event also saw basketball fans mingle with some of the top professional players.Also appearing in the event are sought-after editions of the Air Force 1 like The Roc-a-Fella, Acronym and Travis Scott versions.Battle Force Manila. Contributed PhotoADVERTISEMENT Battle Force Manila. Contributed PhotoStyle met substance two weekends ago as basketball and shoe aficionados converged at Titan Love Court in Bonifacio Global City to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the launch of Air Force 1.Commemorating the anniversary of the release of the iconic shoe, Nike threw the biggest party for the Metro’s best ballers while also uniting them with the city’s best rappers and hippest dancers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments
Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FILE – In this Aug. 9, 2017, file photo, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, hits from the bunker on the ninth hole during a practice round at the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club, in Charlotte, N.C. McIlroy plans to play at least seven tournaments leading into the Masters next year. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)Rory McIlroy took off the final three months of the year to heal his body and clear his mind, and he appears eager to get back to work.With a series of announcements over the last week, McIlroy revealed what likely will be his most ambitious schedule ahead of Augusta National in the 10 years he has been eligible for the Masters.ADVERTISEMENT That means McIlroy will play three straight weeks (Pebble, Riviera, Honda), take a week off, then another three weeks in a row (Valspar, Bay Hill, Match Play) and then have a week off before the Masters.Meanwhile, The Guardian is reporting that McIlroy’s best mate, Harry Diamond, will remain as his caddie.McIlroy split with J.P. Fitzgerald after the British Open, and Diamond worked for him the rest of the year.LAST CHANCE: Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world to play in the Indonesian Masters. He hopes it can lead to an invitation to that other Masters.Snedeker is No. 51 in the world, and this is the last tournament available for him to play. The top 50 at the end of the year earn a spot in the field at Augusta National. Snedeker, who missed five months with a sternum injury, will have plenty of competition beyond Justin Rose.Four other players have hopes to get into the top 50 — Satoshi Kodaira (No. 50), Dylan Frittelli (No. 55), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (No. 56) and Yusaku Miyazato (No. 58).ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Indonesian Masters may not be the last chance for everyone.Kiradech last week won the Thongchai Jaidee Invitational on the Asian Development Tour, which offers minimal ranking points. That victory, however, makes him eligible for the final ADT event in Thailand called the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship. Depending on how he fares in Jakarta, if Kiradech wins in Thailand, he might get enough points to crack the top 50.For those who don’t make it, Augusta National also takes the top 50 in the world from the March 25 ranking two weeks before the Masters.GARCIA AWARDS: A green jacket, a bride, a baby on the way and now the awards are starting to cap off a memorable year for Sergio Garcia.The Masters champion was selected as the European Tour golfer of the year, the first time he was won the award. Garcia won three times this year, including the Dubai Desert Classic and the Andalucia Masters, to go along with his first major championship at Augusta National.The award was decided by a panel consisting of golf media.“This is an amazing honor,” Garcia said. “I think both on and off the golf course, it has been a unique andunbelievable year, and one that I will definitely remember my whole life.”The British-based Association of Golf Writers also honored Garcia with its Golf Writers Trophy. It’s the second time Garcia won the AGW award. He also won in 1999 when the 19-year-old was runner-up to Tiger Woods in the PGA Championship, won two European Tour events and went 3-1-1 in the Ryder Cup.“To be voted the award for a second time, it is extremely exciting and hopefully I will be able to win it again,” Garcia said. “We know that both the golfers and the media go hand-in-hand in this business, and we always appreciate when they recognize you for something as big as this.”DRUG SUSPENSION: Mark Hensby has been suspended for one year under the PGA Tour’s anti-doping policy for failing to provide a sample.He becomes the fourth PGA Tour member to be suspended since the policy took effect in 2008. Embiid scores 28 in return as Sixers top Wolves Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The most McIlroy has ever played before the Masters was seven tournaments — in 2009, the first year he was eligible for all four majors, and in 2016. Next year he is planning to play eight.McIlroy, coming off his first winless year since 2008, will start the new season with two tournaments in the Middle East (Abu Dhabi and Dubai) before he embarks on a busy PGA Tour schedule. He is playing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for the first time, followed by the Genesis Open at Riviera and a third straight week at the Honda Classic, not far from where he lives.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseMost peculiar about McIlroy’s schedule is that he is skipping the World Golf Championship in Mexico City and instead will play the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook for the first time, and then play the following week at Bay Hill. That’s two tournaments he has never played, and three courses (two at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am) that he will have to learn.His manager said McIlroy also would play the Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas, where two years ago he reached the semifinals. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Under the policy, the tour does not release where Hensby was playing when his name was selected for drug testing. Hensby, who has not had full PGA Tour status since 2008, is a past champion. He missed the cut in nine of the 14 events on the Web.com Tour this year. He played twice on the PGA Tour, missing the cut at the Barbasol Championship and getting disqualified at the Sanderson Farms Championship in late October, the last event he played.The 46-year-old Australian won the John Deere Classic in 2004 and played in the Presidents Cup the following year.GO LOW: For the second time this decade, the PGA Tour had two players break 60 in the same year. Paul Goydos (John Deere Classic) and Stuart Appleby (Greenbrier Classic) did it in 2010, while Justin Thomas (Sony Open) and Adam Hadwin (CareerBuilder Challenge) did it this year.Perhaps a better example of how scoring is getting lower is not an individual round but rather all four of them.There were 120 players who posted all four rounds in the 60s in 2017 without winning, and 23 players did it more than once.Eight players had all four rounds in the 60s without winning at three tournaments — Webb Simpson, Sean O’Hair, Ollie Schniederjans, Richy Werenski, Brian Harman, Tony Finau, Brian Gay and Charley Hoffman.DIVOTS: Justin Rose will be host of the British Masters next year, and he has selected Walton Heath as the venue for the Oct. 11-14 event. … Shubhankar Sharma, Erik van Rooyen and Shaun Norris each earned a spot in the British Open next year as the top finishers in the Joburg Open. … The LPGA Tour stop in Singapore has changed its name next year to HSBC Women’s World Championship. It used to be the HSBC Women’s Champions. Inbee Park is the defending champion for the March 1-4 tournament. … The R&A has created a new amateur championship for junior girls. The inaugural Girls Under-16s Open Championship will be held at Fulford on April 27-29.STAT OF THE WEEK: Justin Rose won the HSBC Champions and earned $1,660,000. He is playing the Indonesian Masters, with total prize money of $750,000.FINAL WORD: “I hope he manages his expectations more than everybody else’s expectations, like he’s going to come back and be Tiger of past. I think he still has a little bit of time on his side, but not a whole lot.” — Greg Norman on Tiger Woods. 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Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college They’re also driven to knock the Jayhawks from their lofty perch in the Big 12.As the league prepares to open its double-round-robin slate next week, here are some story lines:RED RAIDERS RISING: Chris Beard’s team was supposed to take a step back after losing All-Big 12 guard Keenan Evans and freshman standout Zhaire Smith to the pros. But sophomore Jarrett Culver has been playing like an All-American and the Red Raiders have shut down just about everyone they’ve played, even causing the Blue Devils problems in their game at Madison Square Garden.HEALTHY CYCLONES: Iowa State’s only losses have come to Arizona and Iowa, and neither of those is particularly damaging. Marial Shayok has flourished, averaging more than 20 points, and now he’s got a couple of running mates to take off some of the scoring pressure. Wigginton is back from his foot issue and Solomon from a groin injury that sidelined both the first two months of the season.TOUGH TCU: It didn’t take long for Jamie Dixon to turn around TCU, and now the Horned Frogs (11-1) think they can compete for a Big 12 title. They had an early slip-up against Lipscomb but breezed past the rest of their nonconference schedule, winning the Diamond Head Classic earlier this week.SOONERS OR LATER: Lon Kruger has had plenty of teams capable of giving Kansas a run for Big 12 superiority, but this one is putting together a sneak attack. Christian James and No. 25 Oklahoma (11-1) have quietly had one of the better nonconference runs, their only loss coming against Wisconsin.BUMPY COUNTRY ROADS: West Virginia (7-4) returned plenty of talent from last season, including Esa Ahmad and Sagabe Konate. But little has gone right for the Mountaineers, beginning with an early loss to Buffalo and defeats to Western Kentucky, Florida and Rhode Island. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Arizona State guard Rob Edwards, left, knocks the ball away from Kansas guard Quentin Grimes during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)LAWRENCE, Kan. — There have been plenty of times over the past 14 years that Kansas was supposed to have a tough test in the Big 12, only for the Jayhawks to emerge on top when March rolled around.The year Texas had Kevin Durant, or Oklahoma boasted Buddy Hield. The years that Jayhawks coach Bill Self had to replace all five of his starters, or that some other up-and-coming program was stocked with the kind of talent that Kansas seems to get every season.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title This was not supposed to be one of those years.Yes, the Jayhawks lost their entire backcourt of Devonte Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk and Malik Newman to the NBA. And yes, rival Kansas State returned almost its entire roster from a team that went to the Elite Eight last year, giving the Wildcats a real feeling of confidence heading into the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut the Jayhawks merely restocked with a bevy of high-profile transfers and five-star recruits, and the result was a No. 1 ranking that they held through much of the nonconference slate. It wasn’t until this past weekend against Arizona State that they lost their first game — without injured big man Udoka Azubuike — that they dropped further than second in the AP poll.Now, the fourth-ranked Jayhawks (10-1) have a final tuneup Saturday against Eastern Michigan before setting their sights on an unprecedented 15th consecutive conference championship. MOST READ “The reality of it is we weren’t going to run the table,” Self said. “Let’s not get carried away, and I hate saying this — you never want to lose — but certainly you’d rather learn from a nonconference loss than a conference loss, so hopefully we get something from (the loss to Arizona State). I think it’s a teaching moment.”Meanwhile, the Jayhawks might have much more competition in the Big 12 than previously thought.The Wildcats (9-2) are coming off an impressive win over Vanderbilt despite losing preseason player of the year Dean Wade to a foot injury. No. 11 Texas Tech (11-1) leads the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency and just gave Duke all it could handle. Iowa State (10-2) got Lindell Wigginton and Solomon Young back from injuries last week and has shown plenty in their absence.“We’ve got good players,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. “If you think about it, Dean was the only underclassman on the first team All-Big 12 last year, and Barry (Brown) was second team. So two underclassmen in an unbelievable league, probably the toughest league I’ve been a part of.“To me,” Weber said, “I don’t think we’ve gotten as much recognition as we should. But I don’t think they care. They’re just driven to be good players and that’s important for me.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has suggested that the Government redouble its efforts aimed at building a vibrant private sector through, among others, the provision of strong credit support, especially to the agriculture, services and manufacturing sectors in order to ensure a better growth performance and stronger support for Liberian entrepreneurship.“It would accelerate job creation and the realization of Liberia becoming a middle income country in line with the Government’s Agenda for Transformation (AfT),” said CBL its 2015 policy statement, released earlier this week. “We also intervened in the real sector through credit easing and credit guarantee, especially for the rubber and housing sectors; and rolling over microfinance payments under the credit unions and village savings and loan associations operating in rural Liberia, affected by the Ebola crisis,” the statement noted.Credit easing is a policy tool used by central banks to make credit more readily available in the event of a financial crisis. Credit guarantee, however, is the guarantee that often provides for a specific remedy to creditor if debtor does not return the debt.According to the report, they (CBL) have observed that the just ended Ebola outbreak, which plagued the country, last year exposed the structural weaknesses of the Liberian economy; highlighting the compelling need for a more concerted effort to restructure the economy. The statement places greater emphasis on value-addition mode of domestic production, especially in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.“It is important to note that the economy is estimated to grow under one percent for 2014 and 2015, and although projected to rebound and average around 5.0 percent growth in the medium term (2014-2020), it is by far lower than the pre-Ebola (2006-2013) growth of about 8.0 percent,” the CBL explained. The statement noted further that such growth trend is inadequate to create significant employment and make a positive change in poverty reductions.Accordingly, “there is a need for appropriate macroeconomic management tools to promote diversification for more inclusive growth and development in the country,” the CBL said.Mr. Jefferson Kambo, Officer-in-Charge of Research at the CBL, explained to the Daily Observer via phone that if iron ore and rubber can be processed into steel and tires (respectively) in Liberia, this would help to “modify our growth so that the growth would be sustainable.” According to him, Liberia has good soil, yet, “We are still importing rice. We need to put our efforts together to transform our economy by producing our own product here.”Also, the CBL’s eight-page policy statement discloses that the Bank is working to develop an appropriate framework that involves private investors to finance agriculture and housing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed grants worth more than €580,000 for coastal communities around the county.“This is a fantastic investment in our coastal communities – the enterprises, festivals, local groups, events and those who work to support their local areas along the Atlantic,” Minister McHugh said.“It’s an endorsement of their work and initiatives along the Donegal coast to make a positive impact for the people who live and work there. “A total of €581,413 in grants is being awarded to 46 projects this year with the focus on enterprise, innovation, job creation and enhancing skills – all of which play a special part in helping to revitalise and sustain our communities along the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal.”The grants are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under Ireland’s European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector.The Minister for Education and Skills added: “Everything from fishing to aquaculture and maritime industries to tourism and culture is being supported in the EMFF programme and the backing that it gives is making a big impression around our county.“And I also want to acknowledge all the hard work and enterprise of the representatives on Flag groups for helping to make this scheme as successful as it is.” Details of the FLAG scheme and how to apply can be found at www.bim.ie/schemes/Donegal coastal community groups receive €580,000 in grants was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coastal commuitiesdonegalFESTIVALSgrants
Kick-off: 12.45pm, Saturday 31 October 2015Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)BetVictor.com preview: Chelsea could edge a close gameMatch in a nutshell: Two big rivals face off at Stamford Bridge, with Jose Mourinho under pressure to get a result.Click here for five key battlesInjuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: Branislav Ivanovic (hamstring), Thibaut Courtois (knee).Fitness test: Diego Costa (rib), Pedro (knock).LIVERPOOLRuled out: Daniel Sturridge (knee), Kolo Toure (hamstring), Jordan Henderson (broken foot), Danny Ings (ruptured knee ligament), Joe Gomez (ruptured knee ligament).Fitness test: Christian Benteke (knee). Possible line-upsChelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Ramires; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Subs from: Blackman, Amelia, Aina, Djilobodji, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Falcao, Remy.Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno; Lucas, Can; Milner, Coutinho, Lallana; Benteke. Subs from: Bogdan, Toure, Lovren, Allen, Randall, Ibe, Teixeira, Sinclair, Firmino, Origi. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesChelsea total: L W L D W (7 points)Home: W L W L D (7 points)Liverpool total: D D D W D (7 points)Away: D D L D W (6 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Willian 4; Costa 3; Oscar 2, Pedro 2, Ramires 2; Azpilicueta 1, Cahill 1, Fabregas 1, Falcao 1, Hazard 1, Kenedy 1, Matic 1, Remy 1, Zouma 1.Liverpool: Benteke 3, Ings 3; Lallana 2, Sturridge 2; Can 1, Clyne 1, Coutinho 1, Milner 1.Last five meetings10 May 2015: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 127 January 2015: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 020 January 2015: Liverpool 1 Chelsea 18 November 2014: Liverpool 1 Chelsea 227 April 2014: Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2Chelsea 3 wins, Liverpool 0 wins, 2 drawsSee also:Costa and Pedro face fitness testsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Two arrested in Lucknow for dumping potatoes Large dumps of rotting potatoes can be spotted on either side of the kutcha road leading to Bhimakpura village. The stench emanating from them is unbearable. But for hungry mules and cows, the potatoes, discarded by farmers and cold storages, are a welcome treat.“At least these animals are helping us clear it, or else all this will lead to illness,” said young farmer Anuj Yadav, who is stacking Pokhraj potatoes freshly reaped on his family’s 20 bigha land some distance away.This year, Mr. Yadav, a resident of Tirwa, has already got 50 sacks of potatoes (one sack holds 50 kg on average) from just three bighas.Production is not the problem here. Farmers are finding it difficult to sell their produce at profitable rates. Mr. Yadav fears the potatoes grown by him this year will face the same fate as his produce last year, when he produced 200 sacks. Out of it he sold 100 in the market, while the other half he dumped in a cold storage, in the expectation that the government would purchase it or the rates would improve. That didn’t happen.Also Read And as prices fell and the new crop started pouring in, Mr. Yadav’s old potatoes turned into a liability as they had no takers. Withdrawing them from the cold storage and transporting them to the marketss in the hope of a profitable sale would entail additional costs for him.“So I left them to rot. The cold storage dumped it outside as I didn’t go to pick it up. The government did not buy a single kilo. Where else will I take the potatoes?” he asked. In addition to the cost of the crop, which comes to around ₹6-8 per kg, Mr. Yadav would also have to pay ₹240 per quintal to the cold storage. “I still owe them money. They will squeeze it out from me next season or will not allow me to store my potatoes,” said Mr. Yadav.Last year, Uttar Pradesh produced 155 lakh metric tonnes of potatoes, the highest ever in the State. However, the bumper crop led to a slump in rates for farmers. To provide them relief, the Yogi Adityanath government launched a market intervention, under which the State agencies would purchase 1 lakh metric tonnes at a support price of ₹487 per quintal. However, farmers alleged that the State left them in the lurch.At best, only their best potatoes were selected, leaving the bulk of the produce at their disposal with few takers. Due to the State’s grading system, of a quintal on average only 20 kg of potatoes, the shiny, smooth, medium-sized ones, would be selected, said Kuldeep Singh, a farmer.Payment delays“What do I do with the rest? When we sell to the government, the payment involves a lengthy process as it is done through the bank. We are hard-pressed to pay the labour and settle our dues in cash. So we sell our produce to the traders, who may not give us satisfactory rates but are not so choosy about grading,” said Mr. Singh.According to a government official, 12,937 quintals of potatoes, the highest-ever, were purchased from farmers in April-May last year. This pushed up the rate for farmers by ₹100 per quintal. “But then farmers started getting more than the government price in the markets; so they stopped coming to us,” said S.P Joshi, Director, Uttar Pradesh horticulture department.And the price is at the core of the discontent. According to farmers, to grow 1 kg of potato, including costs of storage, required an investment of ₹8-9.Geetendra Yadav, a farmer-cum-activist, said the minimum cost to grow a kg of average-quality potatoes was ₹6.27, more than the ₹4.87 offered by the government.
Security forces and militants exchanged fire briefly on Thursday night in north Kashmir’s Bandipora, the second such incident since the Centre declared to halt operations during Ramzan in Kashmir two days ago.Preliminary reports suggest the incident took place around 1:30 a.m. near Bonikhan Mohalla Hajin, Bandipora. A police official said the Army’s 13 Rashrtiya Rifles patrolling apparently “came under the fire”. The Army retaliated and the area was cordoned off later. No casualty was reported.The police and the Army issued no statement on the details of the firing incident.The incident took place a day after a civilian was killed by the militants in the area, said the police. The victim, Hilal Ahmad Parray from Bandipora’s Hajin, was abducted and killed in a plant nursery. “Three to four Pakistan-based militants assisted by a local militant Saleem Parray affiliated with the outlawed militant organization Lashkar-e-Taiba forcefully abducted Parray,” the police claimed.Since the start of the unilateral halting of operations against militants in J&K, three major incidents of militancy have occurred, which include an exchange of fire in Shopian on Wednesday afternoon and stealing of three weapons from a police post in Srinagar’s Dalgate area on Thursday evening.
Children from impoverished backgrounds remain excluded.During the past 10 years when Bangalore grew as a boomtown of infotech it has also witnessed an increase in the number of people who cannot read and write. Bangalore has a comparatively high literacy rate of 88.48 per cent. But when Bangalore’s population jumped from about 65 lakhs to 96 lakhs the growth included an increased number of illiterates – 8,447 to be precise.T K Anil Kumar, director, census operations (Karnataka), said that literacy is a complex issue to understand. Experts said that though the number appears small, it in effect means more illiterate people are coming into Bangalore. Normally, as had happened elsewhere in the state – except Bangalore and Yadgir – the number of illiterates decrease as educational opportunities increase and a new literate generation enters the population.A population growth of over 45 per cent indicates that migration accounts for about 30 per cent, pointed out Prof K S James, an expert in demography at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore.The natural growth is just about 15 per cent. “Clearly there has been migration of illiterate groups.” There are large scale construction sites which attract migrant labourers.”It is surprising that Bangalore being a hub of knowledge shows pathetic performance on literacy,” said Prof R S Deshpande, director of ISEC. “In Bangalore most of the corporate sector is happy with the cheap migrant labour. But rarely do they think about the children who are brought here.” Children migrating to Bangalore are often busy working or looking after their siblings, Deshpande added.advertisementChild labour is still prevalent in Bangalore despite NGO inter vention and state- sponosored programmes. A nun who started a school in a poorer area of the city many years ago said she made the decision after seeing labourers going to work with their toddlers tied to a tree near the work area. Still there is no good institutional mechanism to look after labourers’ children.There are policy issues too.National Policy on Education 1986 and the Revised version of 1992 laid emphasis on strengthening school education as well as enhancing literacy rate.Accordingly the National Literacy Mission was created and programmes were launched as part of Total Literacy Campaigns (TLCs) across the Nation. “It was literally a social movement,” said Dr Niranjanaradhya V P, fellow at the Centre for Child and the Law at NLSIU. It later got diluted and a project approach replaced this social movement with nontransparent initiatives supported by external agencies, he pointed out. “We need to create reasonably good access to the children coming from marginalised communities to receive reasonably good quality education.” There should be a well- designed literacy programme for all who require it after 18 plus, connecting it to their day to day life. In metros like Bangalore the programme should be in more than one language. ===Everybody loves a good political crisis It is that time of the year when the Karnataka government is in crisis. Everybody knows it by experiencing the traffic jam in front of the Raj Bhavan and the police bandobast that causes further blockages along important roads. Visitors are barred from the Vidhana Soudha.Cars of political leaders are seen parked in rows in front of the Raj Bhavan gate. You get to see politicians, clad in the customary white shirt and white trousers, just like the chief minister. Some look worried. The dhoti-clad leaders normally come from the north of the state; some sport green shawls.Outside broadcast (OB) vans with their dish antennae are also seen parked in front of the Raj Bhavan. The crew sometimes has round the clock duty. Correspondents from small news bureaus have a tough time covering simultaneous press briefings at far-away venues.Many run out of battery in their cell phones and laptops and go incommunicado.The street-side hawkers, however, enjoy the show. They gather at the Raj Bhavan and sell groundnut, bhelpuri and buttermilk – to MLAs and journalists. They do it boldly, right under the noses of policemen who would have beaten them up on normal days for daring to be seen in such a sensitive spot. ===Bangalore to become a biofuel boomtown After IT, BPOs and biotechnology, the next wave in Bangalore could well be alternative energy. Products and processes are in the pipeline. The credit for some of them goes to Dr Rajah Vijay Kumar, a researcher in biophysics, nanotechnology, and sustainable energy.Scalene Energy Research Institute (SERI) that he heads has the technology to produce electricity from waste – food, vegetables, meat, husk, municipal waste, water weeds, spent grain left after brewing beer.advertisementPurely cultured bacteria from SERI’s lab break them all down to produce natural gas. The science is called Microbe Incubated Bioreactor (MIBR).The SERI campus has a gas plant that runs on water hyacinth collected from a nearby lake, called the ‘oil well’. ‘Serigas’ runs a 1.2 megawatt capacity unit that lights up and cools down the campus and keeps the stoves flaming at the campus kitchen for 80 personnel. A tonne of waste a day can produce 300 kg of gas.Scalene has now come out with a micro plant for kitchens that runs on vegetable peels, food waste and old newspapers. Kumar’s logic is that a small home produces 2.5 to 3 kg of waste, including newspapers – enough to produce half a kilo gas a day. That is roughly the consumption in an average home.After developing a Rs 50,000 prototype, Kumar would like sell it for Rs 12,000. The ITI Limited, a public sector firm, is trying to value-engineer it to look more like an appliance. === Chandrayaan a hit with city kids ISRO may have it own share of worries with its giant launcher GSLV failing twice recently, but the space agency is upbeat about its achievements in general.And it makes it a point to reach out to the people, especially students.Senior ISRO scientists travel across the country and abroad to tell people about India’s space programme. They conduct exhibitions in schools and colleges and install satellite and launcher models. The crowdpuller is ISRO’s set of colourful panels that tell the story of India’s first moon mission. In 20 colourful panels it describes the project from its conception to the launch and explains lunar science in simple terms – What are lunar crators? How did Chandrayaan-1 find water on the surface of the moon? Accompanying the exhibition is a booklet meant for students titled ‘Chandrayaan -1 – Indian Giant Leap to Moon ‘. Written by B R Guruprasad, ISRO’s PRO, it describes how ISRO scientist graduated from sending satellites circling the earth at 36,000 km to reaching the moon that is 3,58,000 km away.Cartoons and lucidly written text mark the publication. The readership includes upper primary and high school students, Guruprasad said. Children get to hear about stories of the moon, how ancient Indians viewed it and how scientists have been trying to explore it. It is now running into multiple print orders.
Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik said he was proud and privileged to be part of the present India team led by Virat Kohli, which has been doing very well and felt was set to leave a legacy in the next few years as one of the greatest (Indian teams) ever.”The present team is very good. Bowlers (like Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar) are bowling fantasic”.”I am proud to be part of a team that is going to leave a legacy in the next few years as one of the greatest teams India has ever seen in terms of the players that have represented the country, which is led by a fantastic leader and has some seriously good senior players”.”The great thing is that the bowlers are able to bat, which adds death to the side. I am honoured and privileged just to be part of this team,” he told reporters on the sidelines of Tamil Nadu’s Group “C’ Ranji Trophy match against Tripura here.He sang praise of Kohli and said the captain was “very vibrant and very positive. He is always looking to win”.Karthik, who is making a return to the 50-overs side for the ODIs against New Zealand after having last played in the series against West Indies in the Caribbean a few months ago, said he was happy to be back and hoped to do well if he got the opportunity.”I feel very positive to be back in the side. I feel very confident and will try to give my best. The team set-up is very vibrant and there are good vibes in the dressing room. If I get the chance I have to make the most of it,” he said.advertisementOn what he felt was the best batting position for him in the Indian line-up, Karthik, who has played 73 ODIs and 10 T20 internationals so far, said No 4 was the best one from him and he was confident of doing well.”Obviously No 4 is a great best position for me to bat. I have been batting at No 4 for Tamil Nadu in white ball cricket. I am confident that I can do well.””I am confident of fielding anywhere. It is part of my repertoire. Now that I am back-up for M S Dhoni, it is important that I keep practising and whenever given theopportunity do the best I can,” he said when asked he could adpat to fielding as he was basically a ‘keeper.On his interaction with the team’s head coach Ravi Shastri, Karthik said “He (Shastri) is fantastic. He had a chat with me and told me how he sees me in future. He told me what I must do. Sanjay Bangar, B Arun and R Sridhar make a formidable support staff along with Shastri,” Karthik said.