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MMA star Angela Lee survives car crash, out of ONE Singapore card

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first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sityodtong also said that according to police, Lee’s vehicle flipped several times.Fortunately for Lee, she only suffered “a concussion, some minor burns and a banged up body.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSityodtong said he saw photos of the car and it could’ve been fatal had Lee not put on a seatbelt.“I saw photos of the damaged car, and it was a complete wreck.” BREAKING: Hawaii’s @angelaleemma was involved in car accident on O’ahu Monday. Family confirms no serious injuries but will postpone #ONEFC Atomweight title defense vs. Mei Yamaguchi which was scheduled for Nov. 24th in Singapore pic.twitter.com/CZOpDo8Ueg— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) November 8, 2017The 21-year-old Lee, who is among ONE Championship’s top stars, has been pulled out from her scheduled rematch against Mei Yamaguchi for the women’s atomweight title on Nov. 24 in Singapore.“Angela will not be competing on November 24. We are all blessed and relieved that Angela will make a full recovery. Please join me in sending love, prayers, and positive energy to Angela and her family.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lee quickly emerged as ONE’s biggest draws since making her debut in 2015. She is currently unbeaten after eight fights.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Giants quarterback Eli Manning not ready to sit just yet Angela Lee celebrates after stopping Jenny Huang in the third round to defend her atomweight title in the main event of ONE Championship: Warrior Kingdom on March 11, 2017 in Thailand. Photo from ONE Championship’s Facebook pageMMA champion Angela Lee on Tuesday survived a horrific car accident, as per ONE Championship chief Chatri Sityodong.In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Sityodtong said Lee dozed off behind the wheel while heading to her morning training.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Santa Parade float winners

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first_imgThe city of Fort St. John has announced the winners of this year’s Santa Parade.This year’s winning float is CCS Midstream services. The runner up is the North Peace Savings and Credit Union, with Evangel Chapel in third.It was winners of Moose FM’s VIP Seating contest, seated in the bleachers located at 96th Avenue and 100th Street, who had the task of judging the floats this year.More than 50 floats were entered in this year’s event, which the city is calling a ‘huge success’.- Advertisement –last_img

Weekly MP report from Jay Hill

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first_imgThis week I would like to clear up one of the major misconceptions surrounding our Conservative Government’s decision to prorogue Parliament until March 3rd. Almost a year ago, our Government introduced Canada’s Economic Action Plan, it included one of the most comprehensive stimulus packages in the industrialized world.  Today, all of the stimulus and budget measures have been adopted and implemented. While the continued delivery of our Economic Action Plan remains a top priority, the fact is that the economic landscape has changed in the last twelve months. Now is the time to consult with Canadians, recalibrate our agenda and set new priorities.- Advertisement -That was the purpose of prorogation – a purpose entirely consistent with the past practice of all federal governments, having been used 104 times before. This does not mean that MPs get an extended Christmas vacation or that the business of governing has come to a sudden halt. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The House of Commons is but one element of running a Government and representing constituents. Regardless of what the Opposition says, the business of governing continues. As Government House Leader, I will be working tirelessly with my Cabinet colleagues in preparation for the re-opening of Parliament. Cabinet and Treasury Board meetings are still being held on a regular basis. We are preparing a comprehensive legislative agenda that reflects the economic changes we are witnessing. And we are ensuring that federal funding continues to flow to the organizations and individuals who need it.Advertisement I will also be spending this time meeting with stakeholders and business representatives to discuss the priorities they envision for the months and years ahead. In fact, I spent this past weekend meeting with provincial officials, power producers, mining industry representatives, and various stakeholders to discuss development in British Columbia.As always, the doors to my constituency offices in Fort St. John and Prince George are open, providing the same level of service you have come to know and expect. My staff is always more than willing to help in any way they can with passport applications, ecoENERGY inquiries, and questions about Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, and Immigration, just to name a few.I am looking forward to having the opportunity to spend more time in the riding where I will be able to meet face to face with more of my constituents, whether through the day-to-day operations at the constituency office or through my travels in the riding. This will continue to include meeting with local mayors, councillors, and community leaders to identify key priorities for our region. On another note, we have all watched in shock as the devastating images of Haiti have filled our television and newspapers over the past week. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haitian people as they pick up the pieces that the earthquake has left behind.Advertisement For those of you who wish to help, our Government has created the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund and will match individual donations to a registered Canadian charitable organization up to a total of $50 million. More information can be found at www.cida.gc.ca.last_img read more

Lenders that repossessed property slashing prices

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first_imgMarket research firm Geostat Advisory’s analysis of the Los Angeles and Orange County residential real estate markets suggest lenders that repossessed homes and condominiums are slashing sale prices similar to the discount offered on Smallson’s listing. “Lenders have to offload the nonperforming assets from their portfolios as soon as possible,” Nima Nattagh, a principal in Geostat, said. Not big bargain, yet Not everyone believes that foreclosures are a big bargain. Yet. “There is a discount, but it’s probably in the 7 (percent) to 8 percent range and in most areas there is not much of a discount at all,” John Karevoll, an analyst at market tracker DataQuick Information Systems, said of Geostat’s assumption. These deals won’t be easy to root out, though, because foreclosures, while on a record pace, currently account for just 6 percent of home sales in the region, the company said. There will be a one-stop shopping opportunity, though. The Real Estate Disposition Corp. will auction more than 131 area homes that have been foreclosed on. It will be Oct. 28 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall B, 1201 S. Figueroa St. The company did not return a call for comment on Tuesday. Geostat’s study analyzed a sample of foreclosures that sold between this January and September in the two counties. Calculating discount To calculate the discount, the company estimated the market value of the homes and compared that with the actual foreclosure sales price. The sample consisted of properties sold by lenders most affected by the collapse of the subprime mortgage market: Countrywide Home Loans, New Century, Fremont Investment and Loan, Encore Credit Corp., a unit of Bear Stearns, Long Beach Mortgage and Option One Mortgage. Discounts varied by lender. For example, Calabasas-based Countrywide’s discount averaged 18.5 percent. Encore offered the smallest at 15.1 percent and Option One the biggest at 26.5 percent. Geostat conducted the research on behalf of a lender that it would not identify. Findings include: On average, a foreclosed property sells 20.3 percent below its market value. The median discount level is slightly lower in Orange County at 19.6 percent compared with 21 percent in Los Angeles County. 70 percent of homeowners who are foreclosed on bought their homes between 2003 and 2005. Homeowners who bought during this period and at the peak of the housing market are likely to be in a negative equity position now. A typical home that goes into foreclosure was originally purchased for $465,000 in Los Angeles County and $532,000 in Orange County. The average sales price of a foreclosed property is $447,000 in Los Angeles County and $479,000 in Orange County. Some agreement However, Karevoll said he bases his opinion on all foreclosure sales across Southern California and not a market sample. He agrees with Geostat’s finding that buyers in the 2003 to 2005 time frame face the most trouble. He also agrees that foreclosure sales activity is probably not strong enough yet to drive down resale prices by a significant amount. However, neighborhoods that experience high levels of foreclosure are likely to see bigger price declines. For example, Geostat said that foreclosures in Lancaster sell at a much higher discount compared with cities in south Orange County. That’s a reflection of the concentration of subprime loans as well as the local housing market conditions. Nattagh believes better deals are ahead. “If the inventory of foreclosures continues to rise and if prices remain soft there is a good probability that the discount rate could get bigger than this,” he said. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Looking to bottom feed in this depressed real estate market? Try finding a foreclosure because you might snap it up for about 20 percent or more under its recent market value. Take a foreclosed home in Winnekta on the market for $404,900. The asking price is 24 percent lower than what the former owner paid in June of 2006, according to Realtor Steve Smallson. It’s an example of some of the deep discounts that are now popping up in this down market that is reeling from the subprime mortgage crisis. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The home, owned by Countrywide Financial Corp. at 6650 Winnetka Ave., now features a homemade sign with “Hurry” and “Wow!!” written on it to entice potential buyers. “We’re just trying to stimulate buyers, stimulate the market,” Smallson said. The three-bedroom house has been on the market for about two months and despite new carpet, it has received no written offers. “It’s a great time to buy,” Smallson said. “This is a fabulous deal.” Well, maybe it’s getting a bit better, at the least. last_img read more

My Donegal… with artist Sinéad Smyth

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first_imgSinéad Smyth is a Carndonagh based artist with a passion for people, and the geography of Inishowen, Donegal. Sinead has recently launched her first ever solo exhibition at the Cascade Gallery in Derry.Painting full-time from her studio in Carndonagh, she is one of Ireland’s finest artists with her work being shown nationally and internationally.Inspired by the works of economist  E.F. Schumacher containing small landscapes lost and forgotten, studies of small things and portraits of scientific interest. “Night is coming, mountainside”This self-taught artist has spent time travelling across Europe, Northern Africa and South America which is reflected in her use of colour.She is a mother of three children and is currently renovating an old studio beside her home in Carndonagh into a studio and galleryThis is Sinéad’s Donegal… (1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why? This is a tough one. My favourite place at the moment is Tremone bay, it’s a small beach with a huge atmosphere. I’ve been told you can find Dolphin teeth there but not sure if this is true! You can see Inishtrahull and Scotland from there and the shapes in the rock are amazing, there’s a beautiful white quartz vein through pink sandstone further along the beach on the right, lots to explore with the kids and usually quiet.I also love Knockamany Bends and Cnock na Coille Daire which is an ancient woodland outside Carndonagh.(2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?It would have to be level of rainfall. I love the rain, it brings out the colour of the land and makes everything sparkle but a wee bit more sun would be great! We try and grow our own veg but it’s been difficult the past two years, even in the polytunnel…too much rain this August! (3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?I don’t think you need to be born in Donegal to be a Donegal person. It’s more a state of mind, sometimes people take time to find the place where they ‘belong’. I was just lucky to be born here.I would say Brian Friel is/was a Donegal person. There is no ‘one’…there are lots of ‘Donegal’ people that I look up to…some of my favourite artists, whom I greatly admire, are ‘Donegal’ people like Melita Denaro, Ross Harvey, Tim Stampton, Brian Ferran, Denise Ferran, they understand the magic of the landscape here, see the changing light in unique ways.The thing that gets me most about ‘Donegal’ people is their generosity in time and energy – they’d give you the shoes off their feet and always have a good word for you. (4) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Packie Bonner, sorry Daniel! Packie looks better in shorts (just kidding)! Football is really important in our house so I’d never be forgiven if I chose Daniel over Packie. (5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years? Winning the All Ireland in 2012, it was a fantastic achievement. The whole county was buzzing and the kids coming home from school saying they’d held the Sam Maguire Cup…it’s doesn’t get better than that!(6) What was Donegal’s saddest moment? Buncrana is just a short drive from us and we were all shaken by the news of the tragedy at the pier.(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product? Foyle’s Gold Ale from Evan’s Brewery, purple Donegal Socks and Inishowen candles (Fig and Cassis is my favourite!). (8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?‘The Henry Girls’, they are exceptionally talented, witty, smart and absolutely lovely people… brilliant ambassadors!The world renowned Henry Girls(9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?The person who stands out most for me at the moment is Kieran Duey…I think that’s his nick name, he’s probably a Doherty! He owns and runs Nancy’s Barn in Ballyliffin and holds the award for the best chowder in Ireland… he’s fulfilled his childhood dreams and continues to dream and achieve big. He could also sell rain to the Irish. (10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Aileen Reid has made Donegal and Derry proud as the sports person who has given Ireland the highest position in the Triathalon at the Olympics ever.Her dad is from Carndonagh and she spent a lot of her childhood between Carndonagh and Malin Head. She is a true athlete in the sense that she never gives up and she trains hard. She’s also my cousin. (11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant? Harrys, Bridgend. The Red Door, Fahan for afternoon teas. Café Donagh in Carndonagh do fabulous chocolate crepes!(12) Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Golden eagles, I’m a bird person.(13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression? “Well, she/he didn’t lick it off the pavement!” referring to someone’s inherited talent(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?To keep looking after our countryside and our wildlife. There are many difficulties that face people in Donegal each day, but our biggest challenge is not to forget to look after Donegal itself.(15) What is your favourite Donegal food? My grandmother used to make a carrageen moss custard which I remember well, but my favourite is what our family calls ‘Donegal Potatoes’ which are Donegal potatoes boiled in sea water and served with lots of butter…delicious when you’re camping by the beach.Carageen Moss Custard(16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?No.(17) Do you have a favourite local band?Velvet Alibi, Great White lies, Balkan Alien Sound, Kate O’Callaghan, The Henry Girls, Seoirse O’Doghartaigh …there a lot of seriously talented musicians here… it would be impossible to pick just ‘one’.(18) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?I’d give it to developing an education programme for national schools aimed at 5th and 6th class which targets talking about being up and down, how to deal with not feeling great, healthy ways to cope with bad news …a forerunner for suicide prevention and removing the stigma attached to depression…paving the way for more open conversations on mental health. (19) What is your favourite part about creating art?Creating art is like a form of communication for me, making a series of paintings is like writing a book… there’s always a story attached.Blue GirlI love to hear people’s feedback as well, good and bad, I’m interested in how other people see my work, how it makes them feel. When you’re creating a painting and you get a sense that it’s nearly finished and it’s exactly the way you want it to be…that’s my favourite moment. (20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Our attitude. Donegal people have a very special attitude; we are the friendliest, most generous of all Irish people in my opinion. We’ve got big hearts and treat people with respect, we have a way about us that makes everyone feel at home.To keep up with Sinéad and have a look at more of her work you can follow her on Facebook and check out her websiteMy Donegal… with artist Sinéad Smyth was last modified: September 10th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:aristCarndonaghMY DONEGALpaintersinead smythlast_img read more

Montana, Mullins lead the 2018 All-League class

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first_imgThe 2018 Humboldt-Del Norte All-League selections are in and the Eureka Loggers — after a 12-1 season and a second straight Big 5 Conference championship — lead the way with two league MVP’s and eight all-league players in total.EurekaAfter running the regular season table for a second consecutive year and advancing to a NorCal regional bowl game the Loggers’ two senior leaders, Cruz Montana and Tyce Mullins, were rewarded with a pair of league MVP selections. Montana, the Offensive MVP and …last_img

African leaders pledge climate talks unity

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first_img“The question for us leaders is how committed we are to be a little less selfish and to think of the community as a whole,” Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba said in a session on the second day of the meeting on Thursday. “It is important for us as Africans to get together,” Ondimba said. “We will be determined to speak with one voice.”COP 17 will aim to shape a legally binding agreement on global warming to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to end next year.Failure in Durban ‘not an option’“There are parts of the world where the challenge [of climate change] is very severe,” South African President Jacob Zuma told delegates in Cape Town. “For some, it is a question of life or death. The question that faces all of us is how we respond: are we ready to have a legally binding agreement that would try to accommodate all of us?”Failure in Durban was not an option, said Kenyan President Raila Odinga, with rising food and energy prices, due in part to climate conditions, adding to the urgency. “There is a need to act now; there is no need to wait,” Odinga said.To succeed in Durban and in the broader fight against global warming, governments must work with both business and civil society, the leaders agreed. “It is important to get the business community on board because financing is important,” Ondimba said. “Government cannot shoulder the whole burden.”Business ‘ready to play its part’The business community is prepared to play its part, said Pat Davies, chief executive of South African petrochemicals giant Sasol. “We need a Team Africa approach to make this a success.”However, Davies added, whatever agreement is reached by governments “must not compromise competitiveness, growth and the alleviation of unemployment and poverty.” It was important to balance mitigation and adaptation efforts with economic development and growth, he said, warning against setting hard targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions without a clear understanding of their impact.‘People first’South Africa should lead the talks in Durban with the principle of putting people first, said Sheila Sisulu, deputy executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, stressed the need to address the impact of global warming on women and children.“We have to look at the social dimensions of climate change,” Sisulu said. “If Team Africa fails to fight for the inclusion of people, it would be more than unfortunate.“The point is to act now,” Sisulu said, “not to act after Durban and an agreement is reached. This is not about what will happen. It is happening now.”Noting that Africa’s potential as a global breadbasket could be compromised by climate change, Anand Sharma, India’s minister of commerce and industry, told participants that, as the international community aims to agree on a post-Kyoto framework, “equity is vitally important.”There had to be equitable sharing of technology and resources, Sharma said. “Responsibilities cannot be compartmentalized. It has to be a team effort, a global partnership. No country or group of countries can address a problem of this magnitude.”Source: World Economic Forumlast_img read more

Surprise: 3D Printing Won’t Be Closing Any Factories Down

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first_img3D printing is capturing the attention of a lot of people these days, with promises to disrupt the manufacturing process. Devices that can produce finished objects from malleable substrates conjure up utopian visions of Star Trek-like replicators. The promise: We will eventually build anything we want at the touch of a button.But like many promises of technology that will usher in a golden age, the reality is far less shiny. 3D printing will change the way goods are manufactured, but the old ways will still essentially remain in play, albeit with some changes.In other words, don’t count out the Rust Belt quite yet.Inside 3D PrintingWhether you call it 3D printing or additive manufacturing, the process of creating objects by layering material in precise ways to build goods is nothing new. The core technologies behind it have been around for a couple of decades.What’s changed is the availability of sturdier materials used to create printed objects, better software to design the objects, and the general decrease in costs of hardware. These factors have combined to make 3D printing much more affordable.And analysts are noticing: Last week, Gartner released its first forecast on 3D printing, which predicted that global shipments of 3D printers in the sub-$100,000 range will grow by 49% to 56,500 units by the end of 2013, and then jump up another 75% to just over 98,000 units in 2014. Here’s how Gartner research director Pete Basiliere put it:The 3D printer market has reached its inflection point. While still a nascent market, with hype outpacing the technical realities, the speed of development and rise in buyer interest are pressing hardware, software and service providers to offer easier-to-use tools and materials that produce consistently high-quality results.With so much growth potential, it is easy to see a world where additive-manufacturing machines start replacing factories that use assembly lines and injection-molding to create products. But there are some good reasons why this won’t happen on a large scale.What 3D Printing Can’t DoRight now, the biggest limitation for 3D-printed goods is their lack of complexity. While 3D-printed objects can be very intricate in their designs, they are still essentially built in one piece. If you want moving parts, you can create them, but you will nearly always have to remove any rafts or supports that will turn the single-piece printed object into something with movable components.That’s a big deal, because it places limitations on what can be made. Yes, there are a lot of single-piece items to be manufactured, but in order to create items with more than one part, a manufacturer will have to introduce some sort of assembly system, either human-driven or automated. This assembly process will either involve printing separate parts and snapping them together, or removing the supports from a single printed device to create something that moves. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#3d printing#additive manufacturing#manufacturing Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… brian proffitt Related Posts At this point, more limitations come into play. Once assembly processes are introduced, labor has to be managed, as will supply chain—components have to be ready for each stage of assembly. You can have 3D-printed components at the ready, but right now 3D printing is slower than molding methods. The biggest advantage to 3D-printed objects—customizability—is minimized when it comes to assembly. After all, customize a part too much, and it won’t fit with other parts.In the case of converting a single printed object to something that is movable, supply chain isn’t as much of a problem, but labor time and expertise will still have to be taken into account.This is mostly a question of economics. Unless some truly artisan products are being created, any sort of assembly process will need to rely on a supply chain. And 3D printing, by its nature, will have trouble keeping up with demand.Mass production of products still favors the assembly line and molding processes, because the economics will support the upfront expense of creating molds and other fabrication techniques. This is why, unless 3D printing radically improves, it will not be involved in mass-produced goods.What 3D Printing Can DoThough factories won’t be closing due to 3D printing, there will still be some interesting additions to the world of manufacturing now and in the near future.Smaller-batch production is what 3D printing will excel in, with products that will better serve the needs to the customer. Like micropublishing, which prints and binds books on demand for self-published authors, small-batch products can serve niche customers with much greater efficiency.Developing markets will also gain some benefit from 3D printing. In areas of the world where infrastructure is poor and hence labor, materials or distribution channels are difficult to obtain, 3D printing could help get products to market far less expensively than traditional manufacturing processes. One key area where 3D printing could help: printing agricultural tools to make them more readily available for small-farm workers.3D printing will also be indispensable in prototyping and design testing, enabling designers to get their finished products to market a lot faster and with presumably better quality.Perhaps, one day, you will be able to print your new tablet computing device, or that ham and Swiss on rye. But for now, 3D printing will thrive in the niches of manufacturing that large-scale production has trouble filling.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Odisha aims to complete 3,500 km roads by March

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first_imgOdisha, which is at the top of the list of States for implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, has set a target to complete 3,500 kilometre roads by March end, a top official said.So far, Odisha has constructed 43,222 km roads — which connect 19,682 villages — in 2017 at an investment of ₹18,624 crore under PMGSY, official sources said.The PMGSY is being implemented in Odisha on 60:40 sharing by the Centre and the State.Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi, who presided over a meeting of the State Level Sanctioning Committee of PMGSY here on Friday, said “I have asked the officials to complete road construction of 3,500 km under PMGSY by March 2018.”New roads, bridges approvedThe committee, which is headed by Mr. Padhi, also approved 165 new roads and 36 bridges spread across 582 km as new connectivity and upgradation projects.The projects are estimated at around ₹500 crore. The target was set to complete additional 14,000 km of roads during the coming fiscal.Mr. Padhi also directed officials to ensure better quality of construction and expedite completion through close monitoring on day-to-day basis.The engineers of the Department of Rural Development were advised to make use of waste materials in the construction of the roads, Mr. Padhi said, adding that Forest Department officers have been asked to provide necessary cooperation in connecting the unconnected villages.last_img read more

Maharashtra government bats for proactive online disclosure of files

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first_imgThe Maharashtra government is planning to introduce a clause to allow proactive online disclosure of files and the minutes of meetings to bring transparency in administration and streamline applications seeking information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.“Transparency is one of the most important focus areas of the administration and proactive disclosure of files and minutes could be one of the options to establish this. We have begun the process of introducing this clause in the rules of the Act,” said an official handling the file on the matter.A Secretary-level officer will be assigned the responsibility of making the disclosure. However, the clause will not be applicable to all pieces of information. The officer said, “We cannot put each and everything online. There has to be a certain criterion based on which it will be decided to proactively disclose the information or not. Sensitive information will certainly won’t be put online.”Former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said, “Section 4 of the RTI Act talks about this arrangement and it applies to majority of the information which has to be in the public domain. If the government is introducing this clause of proactive disclosure specifically in the rules of the Act then it is a welcome step.” He also voiced concern over the move, “There have been cases where offices have refused information saying it is available online. If introducing the clause is to legitimise this then it will go against the Act.”State Information Commissioner (Brihanmumbai) A.K. Jain said, “I cannot tell you when this will be done as the State government will take the decision.”last_img read more