Foster’s Fairplay | Big up to Bernard!

first_imgWho remembers the former Munro College athlete Claston Bernard, who heaved implements at Boys’ Champs for the St Elizabeth school during the late ’90s? Jamaica, in those times, was nowhere near as proficient in that discipline to attract the offer of scholarships to US colleges – for sure not close to what obtains since the turn of the century. Along with two other student athlete/throwers from his school, he was fortunate to be part of a pioneer group in that area. At the Louisiana State University, Bernard started on a path to being a world-class decathlete and was the US National Collegiate champion in 2002, taking the Commonwealth Games crown later that year.At the global level, he was selected for the multi-sport event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, but he experienced the misfortune of a ‘did not finish’ result. That was erased when he was a finalist at both the 2003 World Championships in Paris, and the 2004 Olympics in Athens.Foster’s Fairplay had its first encounter with Bernard at the 1998 World Junior Championships when he was the first decathlete to represent the country at a world event. This was during the customary post-competition interview. Immediately, his mild-mannered demeanour impressed. He said that despite not medalling, his prize came from just being there. That sentiment resonated well with this journalist, as there was no recollection of an athlete from his school representing the country at that level. Bernard was one of four at the championships.There was to be another meeting in Manchester, England when he won the gold medal previously mentioned. Apart from a significantly greater degree of maturity and self-assurance, nothing else had changed. He was clearly focused on a career which he hoped would bring further recognition and glory to the track and field profile of the country of his birth.Over the past weekend, there appeared an article on the popular track and field exclusive website, trackalerts.com by the now-retired athlete that warmed the heart of this journalist. It started: “Away from the glare of the media, the lights, and the adulation, many track and field athletes seem to disappear, never to be heard of in the public sphere.”Bernard spoke eloquently to the role of the sport that he had embraced in the development of young athletes, highlighting, especially, those who did not make it on the track, saying, “What people tend to forget is that only a few(athletes) in this world ever truly become the greatest at whatever task or event the world has to offer.” He continued, “Track and field has given many young and poor Jamaicans more opportunities for success off the playing field than any other sporting event. We tend not to focus on the kid who is now a teacher, a professor or doctor who would never have had that opportunity otherwise.” Take a bow for that thought, Claston.commendation and gratitudeBernard proceeded to urge young athletes to “spend time developing their academic abilities, too. This is something most injuries cannot take away.” He ended with commendation for and gratitude to Jamaica. “I applaud Jamaica, for taking the time to invest and develop this wonderful sport. It is truly a wonderful testament. I am happy to be the beneficiary of such a great Jamaican product. Jamaica, please continue to nourish and develop this wonderful event.”Thank you again, Jamaica.”Foster’s Fairplay is obliged to take the time to congratulate this former athlete who has publicly admitted what his participation in track and field has done not only for him but for so many of his contemporaries. Jamaica will remain a better place for the administrators, officials, coaches and supporters of this sport, whose input, oftentimes voluntary, has been pivotal to the high achievements of our youth in and out of the classroom.The final word goes to these same individuals who have made the sacrifice that has stimulated Bernard’s mind to write as he has. Many more have benefited but for one reason or another, have not opened up to give credit where it is due.Keep up the good work. Jamaica’s marginalised and challenged youths need you even more now.n For feedback, emaillauriefoster2012@gmail.com.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic credits hiking trip with wife for turnaround

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “After the trip in nature, everything came together,” Djokovic said Monday after a training session in Belgrade. “The finals in Queens, the titles at Wimbledon, Cincinnati and the U.S. Open. … In May, who would have thought I would be in this position.”Following those big wins, Djokovic has taken some time to rest. He even pulled out of this week’s tournament in Beijing to recuperate further.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 Chriss“The U.S. Open was physically and mentally one of the most demanding Grand Slams for me,” Djokovic said. “When you win a Slam, it’s like climbing Mount Everest. You need a pause to recharge your batteries.”However, Djokovic said he was planning to play in Shanghai next week, with the goal of possibly overtaking Rafael Nadal at the top-ranked player by the end of the year. To do that, he may end up playing in Basel, Switzerland, and Vienna, Austria, before the Paris Masters. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Serbia’s tennis player Novak Djokovic signs an autograph after a training session in Belgrade on October 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PEDJA MILOSAVLJEVICBELGRADE, Serbia — Novak Djokovic put his career back on track this year, and he credits a mind-cleansing hiking trip with his wife after the French Open with the extraordinary turnaround.The Serbian tennis great went from winning all four Grand Slam tournaments in a row in 2015-16 to a two-year drought of major titles while bothered by an elbow injury. That all changed at Wimbledon in July, when the 31-year-old Djokovic won his fourth title at the All England Club. He followed that with a third U.S. Open championship, bringing his total to 14 majors.ADVERTISEMENT “I have to see whether I’ll get a wild card from the organizers,” Djokovic said. “But first, I want to play my best in Shanghai, and then we’ll see.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Challenge grows for US to keep spinning gold in basketball Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

“Terrorism poses danger to all of us” – Foreign Affairs Minister

first_imgBy Devina SamarooGone are the days when the threat of terrorism was perceived as a national agenda issue for large and influential countries.Guyana, a small country situated on the edge of South America, has introduced the concept of terrorism into its laws and has been making global strides in discussion forums on clamping down on terrorism.These sentiments were expressed by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge during an interview with Guyana Times on Thursday. HeForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidgedeclared that terrorism was indiscriminate and Guyana was not immune to the threat.There is no one definition of terrorism, but, according to the FBI, it is the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.“Terrorism poses dangers to the entire global community. It poses dangers for all of us, innocent people… Whether it’s babies or pregnant women or ill people…We all have to be concerned about terrorism and Guyana has to be part and parcel of a global drive and action to try and curb it,” Greenidge stated.The Minister could not say how much at risk the country was to the dangers of terrorism, but he assured that every effort was being made to make the environment in Guyana safe for all.On the heels of a terrorism threat at a local bank, Minister Greenidge said Government was doing all in its power, despite its limited capacity and resources, to ensure the climate in Guyana was calm.“There’s a lot more strengthening that needs to be done, but, of course, we don’t have the resources by ourselves to carry out any significant battle,” he stated.Additionally, President David Granger spoke about terrorism concerns during his recent television broadcast of “The Public Interest”.Granger noted that the concerns would be addressed at the Caricom Heads of Government Summit in the broader concept of threats to regional security.He noted that particular focus would be placed on Caricom Member Trinidad and Tobago where terrorism concerns were heightened.Last year, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud disclosed that the Guyana Police Force had “unverified” information of a suspected terrorist in Guyana.According to the Police Commissioner, there were previous reports of a terrorist, Adnan El Shukrijumah, who was believed to be of Guyanese parentage. Shukrijumah, a leading Al Qaeda militant, was shot and killed in Pakistan a year ago. He was wanted by the United States over a 2009 plot to attack the New York subway system.“There is some unverified data of one other… still unverified, but no other we are aware of,” he revealed. However, Persaud could not say whether the suspect was in Guyana or was a Guyanese living abroad.The Police Commissioner further pointed out that there were no reports of Guyanese who have travelled to terrorism-torn countries to join the Islamic State (IS) or have returned to Guyana from any of those countries.Asked about measures in place to deradicalise possible terrorist threats, the Top Cop outlined that while there were currently no documented plans to tackle terrorism, this was being addressed through the highly-successful Social Crime Prevention Programme.Persaud also pointed out that at the local level, Guyana was linked to an information-sharing system attached to the Caribbean through the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre (RIFC), the International Police (Interpol) and American law enforcement agencies.The Commissioner explained that RIFC collected intelligence from not only Caricom Member States but other countries in the Region, before interfacing with Interpol and US databases. “They do analysis and send it out,” he stated.Locally, Persaud said the Immigration Department was kept abreast with any such developments through intelligence provided to them from both the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the Special Branch of the Guyana Police Force.While there has been no proven terrorism activity on local soil, Guyana has often found itself in the midst of various terrorism-related controversies, including the El Shukrijumah incident. Back in 2007, a former People’s National Congress (PNC) Member of Parliament in Guyana, Abdul Kadir, was among four Muslim terrorists, who were intercepted during a plot to firebomb the John F Kennedy Airport in New York.Then in February 2014, Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) had strengthened its security procedures after one of its flights from Guyana to New York was allegedly threatened. Investigations had revealed that the call to the airline company emanated from Barbados.last_img read more

Govt sacrificed long-term gains for short-term benefits – Jagdeo

first_imgOil contractWith less than one week after the contract between Guyana and US oil giant ExxonMobil was released to the general public, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is still disturbed that the Guyana Government did not negotiate a better deal for the country and allowed the company to gain many tax breaks.Addressing his first press conference for the year, Jagdeo told the media on Tuesday that he feels Government had a perfect opportunity to negotiate a better deal for Guyana but failed to do so, on many counts. He said, “I look around, and people don’t seem to care and it bothers me a lot because what we have given up might be billions of dollars into the future to get a few million dollars here.”Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo addressing the media on TuesdayThe Opposition Leader said ExxonMobil gained more in four clauses regarding the extension of the agreement, stability clause on taxes, relinquishment requirement and the regulation of the gas sector.“The paltry US$3 million we got from Exxon over the next 10 years. And I am calculating the US$3 million assuming US$18 million bonus divided by 10 years that’s US$1.8 million and then they got more for training, and rental feel…So US$3 million more per year. When you compare the two, you will see what we have given up.”Jagdeo claimed that he is depressed thinking about this. “I feel sad without knowing why and then I think about it. Frankly speaking, when you work so hard to move a country from where it was… to where we are today… and just when we have the possibility of turning the corner, to have a Government come in and squander because of incompetence, a future that we could have by making bad agreements.”Difficult taskAsked whether he would consider having the contract renegotiated if the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is returned to Government in 2020, Jagdeo hinted that this may be a difficult task to undertake. In fact, the Opposition Leader said once a Government participates in negotiations then those contracts should be respected, even though they might be unhappy with certain aspects of it.“We are very unhappy about many of the contracts, the Barama contract, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company contract that we inherited when we took office but we had to live with those,” he said. As a political party, Jagdeo said the PPP would not like to send the wrong message to foreign investors. “We have been one of the most successful Governments ever in our history to attract foreign investment. In fact, most of the foreign investments that the country is benefiting from now came from the PPP.”The PPP General Secretary referred to another contentious issue which required tough negotiation with Guyana Gold Fields which resulted in a more reasonable outcome. “I argued that royalties should go to eight per cent for large mining companies if the price of gold is over $1000. And they didn’t want to sign the contract and it went back and forth. But we managed to get them to agree to something good.”Jagdeo made it clear that although Guyana was holding all the cards when it sat down to negotiate with ExxonMobil, the end product is a contract heavily favouring the oil company.According to Jagdeo, the negotiating power had shifted in Guyana’s favour by 2016 having discovered oil and as such, a much more favourable contract for the country could have been garnered. With such advantage in hand, he added that Government failed in its negotiation with the oil giant, questioning the motive of the negotiating team when it agreed to the terms of new contract.The contract was released on Thursday last, after incessant public pressure. While it contains provisions for local content, there are a number of concessions. For instance, Article 15 of the contract states that Exxon is exempt from paying Corporation, Excise or Value Added Tax on its earnings from petroleum.Article 15.4 also provides for the Government itself to pay the company’s Income Tax. To facilitate this, the oil company has to submit tax returns to the Government. That’s not all. Article 32 stipulates that Government cannot modify the contract or increase any fiscal obligation the company has.This therefore puts a cap on the taxes, royalties, duties, fees or charges outlined in the contract. Government also has to compensate the operator if a change to existing laws causes loss of revenue for the company.last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MCENIFF – “MCGUINNESS HAS BEEN PLOTTING FOR DUBLIN ALL YEAR”

first_imgMcEniff believes McGuinness has been plotting for Dublin all year.Former All-Ireland winning manager Brian McEniff has said Jim McGuinness has been plotting to face Dublin all season, and will have a Plan A, B and C when the two sides lock horns at Croke Park, on Sunday. McEniff who famously brought Sam back to the hills for the first time ever in 1992, admitted Dublin will provide formidable opposition but believes Donegal are capable of springing a surprise like they did in 1992.Many GAA pundits and commentators have made Donegal rank outsiders to get a win against Dublin on Sunday, while some bookmakers in the capital are offering odds of 10-1  on a Donegal win. However, McEniff believes McGuinness has the game-plan to frustrate the Dubs and the quality in the forward line to hurt them.Although the Bundoran native did admit the form of Colm McFadden worried him ahead of Sunday’s game.He told the Irish Daily Mirror, “Colm McFadden hasn’t been playing that well all year, but he has been isolated up front which isn’t easy especially when team double up on you.“But I think Jim will have a different strategy for the match this weekend, he’s been preparing from the start of the year, like the players, with a view to playing an All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin. “They knew that was further down the line, but it was always envisaged that the two would meet at this stage, so they won’t be unprepared for facing them that’s for sure.“We haven’t hit the form we need to beat Dublin so far this year, but I’m sure it’s there.McEniff admitted though if he was the manager he would approach the game in a different way to McGuinness, but added that he genuinely believed they could win the game although he thinks Dublin are on of the best sides that’s been around for a long time.“He won’t be coming with just a plan A, he’ll have a plan B and C, because Dublin are an awesome team, there’s no point saying otherwise.“I would expect Donegal have a good chance of winning on Sunday but then I’m one of those sort of people. COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MCENIFF – “MCGUINNESS HAS BEEN PLOTTING FOR DUBLIN ALL YEAR” was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian McEniffCroke ParkdonegaldublinJim McGuinnessnewsSportlast_img read more

QPR fans on Twitter react to loss at Barnsley

first_imgMany QPR fans on Twitter criticised their team’s defending following the 3-2 loss at Barnsley.Rangers had led 2-1 after penalties from Tjaronn Chery and Sebastian Polter, but Barnsley scored twice in the last 13 minutes to clinch victory, with Grant Hall sent off late on.Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was unhappy with referee Darren Bond’s decisions – but some supporters preferred to focus on the issues at the back.I think it’s safe to say we actually self-destructed tonight – threw this one away. Never mind. We go again Saturday #QPR #BARQPR— SDRangersmad (@Sandyhoops) August 17, 2016#qpr the loss v Barnsley doesn’t bother me as much as the lack of defensive discipline and ability to hold on to leads and close out games— Raghu Bala (@raghurambala) August 18, 2016Normal service had resumed at #QPR. Throwing away leads and conceeding in the last minute. Back to reality.— Bush Ranger (@BushRangerW12) August 17, 2016From 1-2 up w/ 5 to go.To 3-2 down w/ 10 men.Normal service resumed.#QPR— N i K ✂️ (@NikTheBarber_) August 17, 2016No meltdown but extremely painful letting a 2-1 lead slip like that. Appalling defending for the 1st and 3rd goals. Just a fact. #QPR— Steve (@QPRSteve1982) August 17, 2016Disappointing result, the 1st & 3rd goals we conceded were awful. Free header & Hall outmuscled easily. On to Sat #QPR— Ross Winter (@RosswerQPR) August 17, 2016The foul on Hall was blatant but the defending after that was non existent. #QPR ⚽— ♛ᴛʀᴀɴᴄᴇ✰ʀᴀɴɢᴇʀ✰ (@Jakderippa) August 18, 2016QPR have 6 points in 3. I would have taken 2 points in 3 so not that bothered to be honest. Defence the issue again! Standard #QPR— Mark Hillman (@hillmania) August 17, 2016Need to sort this defending out!!— sean (@sean_Qpr) August 17, 2016Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Your Sales Process or Methodology Is Broken

first_imgEvery week I get email from readers asking me what I believe to be “the right sales process or methodology.” I have written and developed my own sales processes and methodologies, and I have helped to develop both for some of my clients.Here is what I know to be true:Nothing is 100% correct or incorrect. There is no sales process or methodology that offers you a 100% complete and actual map of what is right and what is effective. How could there be? Human beings are biological, psychological, sociological creatures. We are complex, and we are constantly overcoming challenges only to create new ones. Every sales process or methodology is incomplete and ignorant (I don’t use that word to connote something negative, I use it to mean that it doesn’t know what it doesn’t know).That doesn’t mean that any process or methodology has no value. They are maps, and maps are useful tools, even though they are necessarily incomplete.No new shiny object obliterates the past. Right now insight-based selling is all the rage, led by my friends at Corporate Executive Board. They’ve written about the death of relationship selling and the end of solutions selling (mostly, I believe, to draw attention to their research). But every new idea of value transcends and includes what came before it. It’s evolutionary, not revolutionary.Long gone are the days of the “hard sell,” but not the need to gain commitments. The SPIN model that Rackham developed is still useful, even if some situation questions can and should be answered by reading your prospect’s website. Implications still make your offering compelling. Solutions selling is alive and well, even if the need to develop latent dissatisfaction that insight addresses is effective right now. And relationships still win, even if right now the word relationship requires a greater emphasis on your ability to create value than your ability to be known, liked, and trusted (all still critical).Effectiveness is integration, not elimination. If you want to succeed in sales (or business), you are better off discovering what is true and how and when it is useful. You increase and improve your abilities when you integrate the “truth” in a methodology or a process instead of discarding everything that came before it. Because selling is a complex human endeavor, you need choices. You need a range of available actions. But you can’t integrate what is new if you have to discard everything that came before it. That’s like a ladder with only a single rung at the very top; it’s useless without all of the other rungs.What process is right for you? The one that you will execute faithfully and inform with everything else you pick up from your reading, your experience, and your observation.The argument I am making here isn’t so easy to make actionable. What I hoped to give you today was a mindset shift. Just because something is new and proves to be worthwhile doesn’t mean that everything before it is useless. What I wanted to share with you was the idea that you should be integrating, not eliminating (unless something no longer serves you or your clients). Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Charges framed against Hardik, two others in sedition case

first_imgA local court in Ahmedabad on Tuesday framed charges against Patidar leader Hardik Patel and two others in a sedition case filed against them in connection with the violence that broke out during the community’s quota agitation in 2015.Sessions court judge D.P. Mahida framed charges against Hardik Patel, Dinesh Bambhania and Chirag Patel under Indian Penal Code Sections 124 (A) for sedition, 120 (B) for criminal conspiracy and others.Mr. Bambhania and Mr. Chirag Patel are no more a part of Mr. Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti that led the 2015 agitation.After framing the charges the court posted the matter for hearing on January 29. If the trial culminates in conviction, the charges carry maximum sentence of life imprisonment.‘Politically motivated’ “We will fight the case. This is a politically motivated case filed against us at the behest of the BJP government in Gujarat,” said Mr. Hardik Patel after the charges were read out to the accused during the court proceedings.The sedition case was filed by the Ahmedabad police in 2015 and the chargesheet was filed in January 2016, contending that the accused indulged in activities which were subject to be charged under sedition and also conspiracy and treason.However, the Gujarat HC dropped Section 121 (A) of the IPC pertaining to waging war against the state. This section attracts capital punishment if the accused is convicted.The chargesheet stated that Mr. Patel and his aides reportedly incited and instigated the Patidar community members, particularly youth, to resort to violence as part of a conspiracy to press their demand for quota for the community.The police claimed that their activities as part of the quota agitation led to large-scale riots across the State and forced the authorities to impose curfew and even call the Army to restore normalcy in the affected areas.last_img read more

Rejuvenating ancient sources to combat water scarcity

first_imgIn the backdrop of the acute water crisis gripping Maharashtra, environmental groups, in conjunction with the local administration, have embarked on a unique initiative to rejuvenate ancient water sources of the famed pilgrim town of Alandi, 28 km from Pune.The project aims at rejuvenating 52 puratan kundas or ancient water reservoirs located around Alandi which is the birthplace of Dnyaneshwar, the 13th Century saint, poet and philosopher and one of the pivotal figures of the Bhakti movement in medieval India.This initiative is being carried out by All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP), an NGO, in conjunction with the city-based Biospheres, and the Rotary Club of Pune.With Alandi’s residents struggling with water scarcity, this initiative aims at rejuvenating these extremely polluted kundas while conserving the town’s natural water heritage and ecologically reviving the depleted groundwater table.“Quite apart from the intense religiosity and spiritual sanctity of this place is an important environmental and social significance to this project. Given the paucity of water in Maharashtra and with natural resources depleting at an alarming rate, the rationale is to conserve our natural water heritage,” Sachin Punekar, founder-president of Biospheres, told The Hindu.Dr. Punekar said that once these reservoirs were cleaned, people could use them as alternative potable water sources and other purposes as in earlier times.“The ancient name of Alandi was ‘Alankapuri’. So we see this initiative as a journey from Alandi to Alankapuri by restoring its ancient environmental heritage,” said Shailendra Patel of the AWGP, urging the State government to bestow natural heritage status on such patches of land and conserve them.Since times immemorial, the water in these reservoirs was used not only for drinking and other purposes but also had medicinal uses.“However, the aura of holiness associated with these kundas has long disappeared as people now use them to dump sewage and solid waste. Coupled with the flow of effluents, a floating population of 25,000 only adds to the pollution which gets worse during the ‘wari’ season where more than a lakh pilgrims end up dirtying these reservoirs,” observes Dr. Punekar.Near Alandi lies a dense grove at Siddhabet, sited on the confluence of the Kuberganga and Indrayani rivers. This grove is home to the ‘wisdom tree’ or Ajaanvruksha (Ehretia laevis) where Saint Dnyaneshwar is believed to have taken his samadhi in 1296 CE at the tender age of 21.The abhangas (devotional poetry) of the poet-saints Eknath and Dnyaneshwar speak of an increase in one’s knowledge after chewing the leaves of this tree.A number of live springs which form the water source for these ancient reservoirs originate in these groves which is rich in biodiversity.Pointing out to the significance of this grove, Dr. Punekar says the grove, with its strong historic-religious association, acts as a natural groundwater recharge for a number of these ancient reservoirs or kundas.“This project also aims to conserve such groves around temple towns that are rich in biodiversity, but are reeling under the onslaught of urbanisation. With such strong associations with Dnyaneshwar’s life and work, the key to preserving the grove and cleaning the kundas is sensitising people by making them aware of their spiritual heritage,” Dr. Punekar said, adding that it was essential to address the problem of cleaning the entire Bhima river basin (whose tributary is the Indrayani river) to rejuvenate these water springs and kundas.“It is imperative to preserve the hillocks around Alandi and Dehu where these groves are sited. This natural water heritage has to be preserved for future security of the livestock in this area as well,” he said.Dr. Punekar said the need of the hour was to secure these natural water resources through proper monitoring after the environmental groups had finished cleaning the reservoirs.“The council will aim at conserving these water sources which can certainly function as alternative sources to tide over the crisis in times of drought,” Sameer Bhumkar, CEO of Alandi Municipal Council, told The Hindu.However, he pointed out that there were formidable obstacles to be surmounted.“The municipal council is already short-staffed. We will require the support of NGOs to maintain these stretches. The task of cleaning and then conserving these kundas is an uphill one requiring the participation and cooperation of the locals,” he said, adding that the historical and ecological significance of these water bodies needed to be stressed upon.last_img read more

₹100 crore for infrastructure dev of Utkal University: Odisha CM

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced ₹100 crore assistance for the infrastructure development of Utkal University here. The CM announced this after inaugurating the five-day platinum celebration of Odisha’s premier varsity here.Naveen Patnaik said improving the quality of education at all levels of the education system is a top priority of his government. He said: “The state government has sanctioned ₹100 crore to Utkal University for opening six centres of excellence.” The chief minister called upon the students to contribute for the growth of Odisha and be a part of this “unprecedented development process”.While paying his tributes to great sons of Odisha, the chief minister recalled the contribution of Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, Pandit Nilakantha Das and Pandit Godabaris Mishra among others who visualised the capitalisation of the states intellectual resources through this university.“Teachers and students are the principal players in an institution like this. Teaching, learning is an ongoing and evolving process. Management, infrastructure, learning resources and even curriculum are facilitating factors. The outcome of this entire exercise is quality human resource,” he said. The chief minister also inaugurated the Central Instrumentation Centre and Digital Library Building of the university. He also laid the foundation stone for the boundary wall project.last_img read more