16 Jun

Eat it Tassie! campaign launch

first_imgEat it Tassie! campaign launch Sarah Courtney,Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and EventsWe know Tourism and Hospitality industries were some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.This is why the Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to supporting our important hospitality sector as we prepare to welcome visitors back to our State for the summer season and continue to encourage locals to get out and about.The Tasmanian Government has committed $250,000 to support a state-wide marketing campaign that will feature Tasmania’s hospitality venues and local personalities, showcase Tasmanian produce and remind people that these venues still need our support.The campaign will be called Eat it Tassie! and will focus on celebrating Tasmania’s food, beverage and venue experiences through story telling across various platforms with hospitality venues encouraged to get creative by adding specialty food and beverage offerings that showcase Tasmanian produce or to host events.The campaign will be delivered across radio, TV, print and social media channels.Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and Events, Sarah Courtney, said “As we move through the recovery phase, the Tasmanian Government is focused on supporting our vital hospitality industry. Eat it Tassie! is a free marketing platform and I strongly encourage our clubs, pubs, café’s restaurants and bars in all corners of our State to leverage from this exciting opportunity which will help drive visitation to venues as we rebuild our strong hospitality sector,” Minister Courtney said.“We look forward to celebrating our great Tassie food, wine, produce, venues, chefs, hospitality staff and their special take on Tassie food and festivity over our Tassie summer.”Dave Noonan from Bright Escapes is one of the drivers of the Eat it Tassie! Campaign and said COVID had been tough for everyone, especially our hospitality sector.“Eat it Tassie! provides an opportunity for our hospitality venues to showcase their amazing food, people and experience this summer,” Mr Noonan said.“It means you can experience the best that Tassie has to offer, no matter where you are in our great State.”“Our hospitality venues really need to have a big summer. We want Tasmanians and visitors to get out there and sample the best of our food and produce and this is a great way to get all the information in one easy to access location.”Eat it Tassie! is the second hospitality campaign funded by the Tasmanian Government since the COVID-19 pandemic hit with $255,000 provided to deliver the ‘Welcome Back’ campaign during July – October 2020 to encourage Tasmanians to safely support their favourite venues.Venues can register at https://eatittassie.com.au/ with the program of activities, experiences and offers available to the public from mid-December. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Bright, business, campaign, coronavirus, covid-19, food, Government, industry, Media, Minister, season, Small Business, social media, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, tourismlast_img read more

29 Sep

Back issues A wonder of the world: the reading room at the British Museum

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

26 Sep

Local MSPs In The Pink For Breast Cancer Now

first_imgMSP wear it pink campaign support, scottish parliament AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInSouth Scotland MSPs Joan McAlpine and Emma Harper wear it pink in parliament in aid of Breast Cancer NowTwo MSPs for the south Scotland region, pulled on some eye-catching pink clothes at the Scottish Parliament to encourage constituents to take part in the UK’s biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 20 October.Wear it pink is back for its 16th year, calling on supporters across the country to add a flash of pink to their wardrobe for the day and raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research.Emma Harper and Joan McAlpine joined fellow parliamentarians in Holyrood to encourage people across Scotland to get involved and help support Breast Cancer Now’s efforts to ensure that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live.Wear it pink is now in its 16th year, with the annual fundraising campaign raising a staggering total of £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research.  Anyone can take part, whether at work, at home or at school. All you have to do is wear something pink and donate what you can.Ms McAlpine said:“Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in Scotland – unfortunately most people know of someone affected by this terrible disease. Every year around 4,600 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and almost 1,000 people will die of it.    Ms Harper added: “Wear it pink is an important opportunity to stand together and support Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. I would like to urge local people across my constituency to join me by wearing it pink on Friday 20 October and show their support for Breast Cancer Now.”Breast Cancer Now’s Director for Scotland, Mary Allison, said:“As the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity we are dedicated to funding the brightest minds to look into ways to save more lives from the disease. Our ambition is that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live – and live well. “Wear it pink is an important element in driving funds that will help us to achieve our vision and I’m delighted that MSPs are coming together again this year to support us.  Their continued involvement means a lot. “Breast cancer is not a done deal.  More Scots are being diagnosed with the disease and almost 1,000 people a year in Scotland still die from breast cancer.  “We need action now. By bringing everyone together we will find new ways to detect, prevent and treat breast cancer for all of those affected by this disease.” Sign up to wear it pink on Friday 20 October to support Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. For more information or to register, visit www.wearitpink.orglast_img read more

24 Sep

Face shields a must, too, inside malls

first_imgThe Department of Health, citing studies, said wearing face shield and face mask offers 99 percent protection against COVID-19. People wear faceshields and facemasksinside a mall in IloiloCity on Friday. Thenational governmentyesterday made thewearing of theseprotective gearsmandatory for thoseentering enclosedplaces like shoppingmalls to curtail thespread of coronavirusdisease 2019 COVID-19. IAN PAUL CORDERO / PN The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. On Thursday, Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) will soon consider the wearing of face shield outdoors. Members of the task force, which serves as the policy-making body in the government’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response, last month said face shields are highly encouraged – and may soon be required – to be worn in all public places as additional protection since the coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.center_img “Dapat sinusuot na rin ang face shields sa mga nakasaradong commercial establishments, gaya po ng mga malls,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who also spoke for the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, on Friday. MANILA – The government has made the wearing of face shields mandatory not just in public transport and in the workplace, but also in enclosed places like commercial establishments. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell./PN People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.last_img read more

12 Aug

Best bash yet

first_imgIPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the Links BarThe long awaited Birthday Bash for the PGS organiser, Mr Len, took place at Pattana on Monday 22nd August. The course was in splendid condition as befits such an event and the A and B nines were the assigned route for the day off the yellow tees.Pattana Golf Club & Resort.The format was pairs stableford BB and a dozen teams had entered to celebrate the day.  Old and new friends had returned for the day and a very convivial atmosphere spread from the first tee.  In breezy conditions and on quality fairways the day was set fair for a tight competition and so it worked out.Many technical prizes had been donated by Garry Hookey, Toby Glass, Mike Firkin, Kevin Timbrell and Mr Len and these were won by Mark Lang, Murray Edwards, Masa Takano, Jesper Hansen, Kevin Timbrell, Chris Smith, Ken Page and John O’Sullivan. Special mention must be made of Wichai Tananusorn’s exquisite eagle on the 590 yard par six (A5), his fourth shot chipped in from just off the fringe.  A rare bird indeed!In the main event four pairs shared the winning score of 43 points and a lengthy count back was needed to find the ultimate winners.  Losing out with 21 points on the back nine were Wichai Tananusorn and PGS Champion Chris Smith, leaving Jon Batty and Mark Lang to challenge John O’Sullivan and Jesper Hansen and Mike Firkin and Bryan Barrell.  Dropping to third after a final six-hole calculation was the Welsh/Danish pairing of O’Sullivan and Hansen.  After a further comparison of final three hole scores the winners were declared as Mike Firkin and Bryan Barrell (7 points), leaving Jon Batty and Mark Lang (6 points) unluckily in runner up place.What an excellent competition it had been and the excitement continued at The Links Bar in Soi Buakhao when the presentation party saw an excellent buffet provided by Russell and his hard working staff.The Boss had certainly had a day to remember on his “milestone” birthday and is already considering his options for next year!Timbrell back to the tableOn Wednesday, 24th August the Pattaya Golf Society visited Khao Kheow to play a stableford event on the B and C nines from the yellow tees. The day was fine, the course in good condition and the return of old friends was to make the day a little bit more special.Competition at Khao Kheow is always tight and this day was no different as Toby Glass returned to form with 37 points to take fourth place, just nudged off the podium by Garry Hookey and Masa Takano who shared second place with 38 points.For more than a month now Kevin Timbrell’s game has been in the mire, offering no consolation or confidence to Kevin but this day his form kicked in again with the best PGS round at Khao Kheow for three years, 41 points.  Impressive stuff and a substantial handicap cut is very much in order at the weekend.Garry Hookey took the ‘2’s pot with a fine brace on B8 and C3 and Gary Bolger enjoyed the consolation beer as his card was draw out by the cashier at the Links Bar.Once again Khao Kheow had come up trumps and the deal on offer gave very good “vfm” and helped the golfers to enjoy another fine day on the golf course.Fitting finale for glassOn Friday, 26th August the Pattaya Golf Society visited the tough course at Treasure Hill to play a stableford event on the well prepared course.  Currently offering the best deal in the province it drew the largest field for a month or two and was proof if it were needed that courses can do well, even in the lowest of low seasons, if an emphasis is placed on customer service not profit.Scores generally were quite good for the course with a whole field average approaching 30 points and a tight leaderboard saw Mike Firkin, Andrew Purdie and Masa Takano share second place with 36 points each.  The best gross figures of the day were recorded by Mark Lang, his 78 gross rewarding his accuracy and consistency on the day.  The winner was Aussie Toby Glass who drew the curtain on his annual stay with an excellent 38 points.  The group will miss him and his golf over the next few months and it is to be hoped he can find time to hit some balls during a heavy work schedule which lies ahead of him.Toby and Mark Lang shared the ‘2’s pot with birdies on the seventeenth and John O’Sullivan was the winner of the consolation beer draw back at The Links.Thus another busy week for the PGS drew to a close at the Links and an even busier week lies ahead with the change of management heralding golf as normal.  We shall see and it will certainly be an exciting week.last_img read more

6 Aug

David Moyes+1 player = PL challenge for Everton?!

first_imgAdvertisement 42zo4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsh0yybWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ez6da( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) uihWould you ever consider trying this?😱61aCan your students do this? 🌚7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Everton hasn’t had the best of starts to the 2018-19 campaign in the Premier League, winning only one game in five, securing a total of six points. Their latest game saw them go down 1-3 to West Ham United at Goodison Park. After the defeat, former Everton manager David Moyes let his thoughts be known about his time at the club and how things have changed at the club since his departure in 2013.Advertisement At the post match analysis at Super Sunday on Sky Sports, Moyes mentioned that he doesn’t feel that some of the players at the club are ‘Everton type players’. The Scott went on to say that he had a great time during his 11 year run as the manager for the Merseyside club, during which there was a certian discipline and ethos around the club which he’s not sure is still there at that level.Advertisement Moyes also said that his team would have been contenders for the title had they had a good center forward at the club, insisting that with players like Arteta, Baines, Coleman, Jagielka, a good center forward was the missing piece of the puzzle.Everton face a steep test the coming weekend away to Arsenal at the Emirates. The Gunners will be looking for a comfortable win against the Toffees on their home turf.Advertisement Watch full video here : Read also :Football: Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo catches fire for JuventusFootball: Manchester United’s best defender on the outs? Advertisementlast_img read more

18 Dec

GDP slows, but manufacturing resilient

first_img28 May 2012South Africa’s economy grew at a slower rate in the first quarter of 2012, but not as slowly as analysts had forecast, with mining production contracting but manufacturing showing considerable resilience.The economy grew by 2.7% in the first quarter on a seasonally adjusted and annualised basise, compared with 3.2% growth in the fourth quarter of 2011, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said in a statement on Tuesday.This was better than analysts’ forecast of 2.4%, according to news agency Reuters, with manufacturing being the surprise following a poor monthly showing in March.“We know mining was weak because of all the closures and strike activity, especially around platinum,” Stanlib chief economist Kevin Lings told Reuters. “The other sectors held up reasonably well, especially manufacturing.”Manufacturing showed growth of 7.7% in the first quarter, while finance, real estate and business services grew at 4.1%.The wholesale, retail, motor trade and catering as well as accommodation grew by 3%, while government services showed growth of 2.3%. Transport, storage and communication grew by 2.5%However, mining and quarrying contracted by 16.8% in the first quarter. Kedibone Mabaso, GDP manager at Stats SA, attributed the fall to lengthy strike action in the sector.Nedbank economists said the economy was still expected to show moderate growth, reaching 2.7% in 2012.“But the outlook is becoming increasingly murky, with Europe’s debt woes threatening to derail the global recovery and undermine local exports,” the bank cautioned, adding that mining, manufacturing and agriculture would remain under pressure.If problems in Europe persisted and resulted in capital expenditure cutbacks and retrenchments, South Africa’s domestic spending would also be hurt and the growth outcome would be much weaker than is currently anticipated.“Given the softer growth trend locally and an increasingly uncertain global environment, with turmoil in Europe and signs of softer activity in most key emerging market economies, the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee is likely to maintain its accommodative monetary policy stance until the downside risks to global and local growth fade and more compelling signs of momentum emerge,” Nedbank said.“Interest rates are likely to remain on hold at current low levels until March next year.”SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

28 Nov

India eyeing improved show from batsmen in 2nd ODI

first_imgAfter narrowly escaping defeat in the series opener, India would look to guard against complacency and hope for an improved showing from their batsmen when they take on the West Indies in the second cricket one-dayer here on Friday.The opening match of the five-match series in Cuttack two days ago saw an inexperienced Indian bowling restrict the Caribbean side for a paltry 211 for nine.But chasing the modest total, India’s much-fancied batting line-up faltered and if not for comeback man Rohit Sharma’s 99-ball 72, the home team could have been down 0-1 in the series.India’s inexperienced pace trio of R Vinay Kumar (1/27), Varun Aaron (2/47) and Umesh Yadav (2/33) not only excelled with the ball in Cuttack but also showed amazing calmness while batting to set up the thrilling one-wicket victory for the hosts.Needing 11 runs off 23 balls under tense situation, the last wicket pair of Aaron and Yadav kept their calm and saw India home with seven balls to spare.And the Indian think-tank obviously will not want a repeat of the Cuttack episode, especially on a run-belter at the Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, where the hosts have an all-win record in the three matches they played here.India’s stand-in captain Virender Sehwag, who is leading the side in place of regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has already cautioned the batsmen after the Cuttack match, saying there should not be any excuse for poor show.”There is no excuse for anybody not scoring runs,” he said about India’s batting collapse in the first ODI. We have to back our batting. We have some exciting youngsters playing for last three four years,” Sehwag said.advertisementBut Dhoni, who has been rested for the series keeping in mind the upcoming tour of Australia, will be sorely missed by the spectators here.Hosting a match after more than two years, the venue remains a testimony of Dhoni’s rise to stardom as it is this ground where he scored his maiden ODI sentury, a blistering 148 off 123 balls against Pakistan in 2005.But in the absence of senior players like Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar, the cricket-crazy crowd of the port city would be looking towards Sehwag to produce a gem of an innings on Friday.Sehwag, who was bowled by an incoming Kemar Roach delivery in Cuttack, would also be keen to improve his batting record as captain. He averages a poor 21.50 with 44 being his best score from eight matches as skipper.Wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel also would be eyeing to make amends for his poor show in Cuttack and cash in on yet another oppotunity with both bat and gloves in place of Dhoni.Among other Indian top-order batsmen, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, who all disappointed in Cuttack, will be desperate to avoid yet another collapse by returning among runs on Friday.Apart from Rohit, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was the other Indian batsmen to provide some resistance in the first ODI with a gritty 62-ball 38, and he would be hoping to convert his starts into big scores.The inexperienced Indian bowlers, on the other hand, impressed all and sundry with their performance in Cuttack.The three-pronged pace attack of Vinay Kumar, Yadav and Aaron stood up and grabbed their chances with both hands so far in the absence of seniors like Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar, who are out with injuries.And the trio would once again look to strangle the West Indies batsmen with a tidy performance tomorrow.On the spin department front, R Ashwin, who bowled tightly in the first ODI, would like to continue his dream form.Ashwin will share the responsibility of spin attack with Jadeja and part-timers Raina and Rohit as India are all set to field an unchanged side tomorrow in search of a 2-0 lead.West Indies too have problems galore in their batting department which they need to sort out immediately to stand in with any chance of upsetting the home team in the ODI series after the 2-0 loss in the Test rubber.In the first ODI, all the West Indies top-order batsmen got starts but except Darren Bravo, no one could capitalise on them.Bravo, who scored a 74-ball 60 in the first match, will be the batting mainstay for the Caribbean side, which is full of allrounders.But the need of the hour for captain Darren Sammy is a solid opening foundation and he would bank on Lendl Simmons, who has a good record against the Indians, and Adrian Barath for that.advertisementFor the West Indies, the last match was another so-near-yet-so far story in the series. And it remains to be seen whether they learn from the mistakes, having let India win from a precarious position in the first ODI.With good knowledge of subcontinental conditions, big-hitting all-rounder Kieron Pollard will be the key man for the visitors and the West Indies thinktank may just look to bring him up the order.”We all have seen what he (Pollard) has done here in IPL.Last time he played in the World Cup, he batted well. He has a lot of knowledge about the Indian conditions and Indian players having played here for three seasons,” skipper Sammy had said.”We look forward to his knowledge and experience. We will look to use that into effect,” Sammy added.The Kemar Roach-led West Indies bowling attack, however, showed in the last match that they have what it takes to trouble the famed Indian batsmen on their home ground.In the absence of Ravi Rampaul, who was rested, Roach, who picked up three wickets, and his colleagues dished out lethal performance to make life diffuclt for the Indian batsmen.But the spin department remains a worry for Sammy and the visitors may just look to strengthen the area by handing out a debut to off-spinner Sunil Narine, who was impressive in this year’s Champions League T20 in India.TeamsIndia: Virender Sehwag (captain), Parthiv Patel (wk), Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, R Vinay Kumar, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Abhimanyu Mithun and Rahul Sharma.West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Lendl Simmons, Adrian Barath, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Danza Hyatt, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Kemar Roach, Anthony Martin, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell and Ravi Rampaul.Match starts: 2.30 pmlast_img read more

28 Nov

When states trust panchayats with projects their delivery is better: Mani Shankar Aiyar

first_imgEver so candid and outspoken Mani Shankar Aiyar, minister of Panchayati Raj, sports and youth affairs spoke to Editor Prabhu Chawla and Managing Editor Shankkar Aiyar about empowering rural India and winning medals. Excerpts: Q. You are seen as an evangelist, but the perception is that while you are preaching,Ever so candid and outspoken Mani Shankar Aiyar, minister of Panchayati Raj, sports and youth affairs spoke to Editor Prabhu Chawla and Managing Editor Shankkar Aiyar about empowering rural India and winning medals. Excerpts: Q. You are seen as an evangelist, but the perception is that while you are preaching Panchayati Raj the UPA believes in central raj. A. That is an unfair perception. The very fact that they created a ministry of Panchayati Raj and gave me the honour of being the first panchayat minister is the first earnest. The second earnest is that the first conference of chief ministers called by Dr Manmohan Singh was on addressing rural prosperity through Panchayati Raj.Q. But they created the ministry for you because you were uncomfortable somewhere else. A. No. I didn’t have anywhere else. The whole idea was to raise the profile of Panchayati Raj as an institution, as an instrument through which concerns of the aam aadmi were to be served. The third earnest is specific instructions were issued from the PMO through the cabinet secretary that all Central ministries should submit new schemes through our ministry to see how the panchayats could be brought in or monitor and review the existing schemes through panchayats. And we have had a lot of success in that regard.Q. Is the evangelism paying off? A. We have conducted seven round tables with states and we now have a national road map. I have been extensively touring panchayats. I have covered 15 states and two Union territories, visited over 100 panchayats and attended gram sabha meetings besides attending meetings at 30 district panchayats.advertisementThere has been an interaction between elected representatives at the grassroots and the Central ministry. So I don’t think the evangelism has been limited to converting the heathen. It has been a deep involvement at the grassroots in spreading news about best practices.Mani Shankar Aiyar”When the states trust panchayats with projects their delivery is better than that of bureaucracy.”Q. But do panchayats have the manna and has power been devolved? A. There is a substantial increase in spending going to different states. I don’t want to take the credit for it. What is more important is to understand that devolution involves three Fs – function, functionaries and finances. These have to be defined, without which there is only confusion.To get the finances to panchayats you need panchayat sector windows in all the line department budgets in states and we must have district planning. We now have a clear idea of the critical steps that need to be taken. There is progress but it frustrates me because to my mind it is self evident that it can be done in the big-bang mode, but in many states it is a slower evolutionary process. But I can say with pride that across the 15 states of different political complexions we have been well received and have succeeded in signing agreements on the next steps.Q. We have been talking about development for five decades and still villages are where they were. A. No, they are not in the same position but relatively speaking they are worse off than before. There is a huge booming middle class that preoccupies urban India and urban media. I think we made a big mistake, all the way from 1947 till 1989 when Rajiv Gandhi came in and made the suggestion about Panchayati Raj, in thinking that we can deliver development through the bureaucracy instead of making it a participative process.Bringing in the constitutional provision has triggered a revolution and I beg of you to take more interest in this because of the influence that INDIA TODAY has. We today have 2,50,000 elected local bodies, 32 lakh elected representatives (more than the population of Norway) and of this 12 lakh are women.The SC, ST and the OBC are represented in proportion to their population. It is social and political empowerment on a scale without parallel in the world and without precedent in history. Yet it is a silent revolution because the media is not giving it voice.Q. You are talking about an invisible revolution but they are worse off than before. A. It is because they were worse off that we needed to look at the paradigm of development and I believe now that the institutions created are in place the task is to fully empower them. Once it is done you’ll find that the participative development process will enable rural India to catch up.Q. You speak of a super structure but Rs 5,000 crore allocated for backward regions to be implemented by your ministry is stuck at the Centre. A. I think all this would have happened a month back but there was a difference of opinion. But that is all sorted out. I am confident that when we get started, the backward regions development fund will be a reality. It is a question of getting states to devolve the funds to panchayats. In Kerala 40 per cent of budget is devolved to panchayats.Q. Which is the worst state? A. Worst state without doubt is Jharkhand where there have been no elections.Q. Rajiv Gandhi said only 15 paise reaches the poor and 85 paise is lost. A. What the Panchayati Raj system does is to substantially replace the bureaucracy with elected representatives. Even if the administrative expenses get cut by 15 paise, the money spent on villages is doubled.Q. Why are people leaving villages… because they don’t get facilities. A. People leave for various reasons. Urban amenities (or PURA) can best be delivered by the panchayat system. Panchayats cover 29 subjects of economic development and social justice. And wherever the state trusts panchayats with projects, their delivery and performance is superior to that of the bureaucracy.advertisementMani Shankar Aiyar”Medals require talent. India is training 10,000 sportspersons while Cuba is training over 1 lakh.”Q. Politicians don’t inspire sports or sport the most athletic figures yet sports bodies have been ruled by politicians for decades ? A. The inflexible law of international sports movement says sports bodies must be autonomous. The associations express their autonomy by electing pot-bellied politicians. There is nothing the government can do.Q. A country of a billion people can’t get a gold medal… A. Yes, but how can it? The country is of a billion people, but the number of sports people is equal to the population of Defence Colony. We are training 10,000 talented people at the Sports Authority of India. In Cuba – which has a population of less than Delhi – they are training over a lakh sportspersons.Q. India is planning to spend Rs 700 crore a day on the 10-day Commonwealth Games. Is it justified? A. We will be building a huge infrastructure, which will long outlast the Games. I was appalled but there is a commitment made by the previous government. If the expenditure was to be extinguished at the end of 10 days it would not have been justified. But I believe we can use it as an opportunity to provide the additional funds required for yuva khel abhiyan.Q. Are you persuaded that hosting of Commonwealth Games will help the cause of Indian sports? A. No, I am not yet persuaded of that. What I am persuaded of is that India as a venue for mega sports events will certainly get a boost. Whether it will boost the medals tally is a concern. It is the expectation of the organisers that will be achieved. The single big step that we could take to improve our tally is to spread the talent search.Q. Rahul Gandhi is a member of the Games Committee. Is this a sequel? Rajiv Gandhi took charge of Asian Games? is this a launching pad? A. I would be happy to surrender my position as sports and youth minister to Rahul Gandhi if he wants to take it. However I don’t see any evidence at the moment that he intends to play the same role as Rajivji did in the Asian Games of 1982.advertisementlast_img read more

28 Nov

Bong Ravena suprised with Kiefer’s all-out effort in Draft Combine

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Inquirer 7: Hopefuls who stood out in the 2017 PBA Draft Combine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PBA IMAGESBong Ravena admitted that he’s glad that his eldest son Kiefer has finally decided to join the PBA.“As they say, it’s time to work now,” he said with a chuckle as he observed the action in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine.ADVERTISEMENT Though he’s well aware of his son’s capability, the elder Ravena was still shocked with how hard the former two-time UAAP MVP went in the pre-draft workouts where Kiefer topped three of the five performance tests on Monday.“I was actually very surprised that he topped three of the five tests. He’s really trained as a competitor and he did not take it slow. He was going at it hard,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSpeaking from experience, the TNT assistant coach is confident that his son can be a game changer in the league, especially with mock drafts placing Kiefer at second with NLEX, which would spruce up the opportunity of a possible partnership with fiery coach Yeng Guiao.“I’ve been with coach Yeng since my amateur days and I know that coach Yeng can teach Kief a lot of things. That’s one good thing with Kief, he’s very coachable,” he said. Still, Ravena said that he’d be fine whatever team picks his 23-year-old.“Any team, I’m OK with it. I just tell him to work harder, that’s it,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more