Mickelson ends longest drought with playoff win in Mexico

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View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phil Mickelson, of the U.S., poses with his Mexico Championship trophy at the Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City, Sunday, March 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY — The shot through a gap in the trees only he could see. The two birdies he had to have when time was running out.Phil Mickelson finally looked like the Lefty of old Sunday in the Mexico Championship, especially when a final round of pressure, possibilities and dramatic shots that kept the crowd buzzing finally ended at Chapultepec Golf Club.ADVERTISEMENT The disappointment was tempered only by his start — Thomas was 11 shots back going into the weekend — and by the guy who beat him.“Man, there’s nothing for me to hang my head about,” Thomas said. “To even have a chance to win this golf tournament after where I was through 18, through 36 holes, I’m very proud of myself. Obviously, I would have loved to drum him out there in that playoff, but I’m just happy for him. … He’s playing some great golf.”Mickelson, his confidence higher than the altitude in Mexico City, believes this is just the start.“I don’t think that this is the peak,” he said. “I think I’m going to continue to get better.”This was far more than a duel between Mickelson and Thomas, who is 23 years younger. Tyrrell Hatton was right there, stride for stride, putting four straight 3s on his card with a stretch he capped off with an eagle on the 15th to tie for the lead.But on the final hole, Hatton missed the green to the right, chipped 10 feet by and missed the par putt for a 67 to fall out of a playoff.“I can’t believe that I’m not at least in the playoff,” Hatton said, still seething over a par putt on the 18th that started bouncing right after he hit it.Mickelson won his third World Golf Championships title and, just a month after being on the verge of falling out of the top 50 in the world for the first time in two decades, moves to No. 18 in the world.Shubhankar Sharma, the 21-year-old from India who started with a two-shot lead, didn’t make his first birdie until the 12th hole. He finished with consecutive bogeys for a 74, six shots behind in a three-way tie for ninth. That will leave him on the bubble at No. 66 in the world for making it back to the next World Golf Championship, the Dell Match Play, in three weeks in Texas. Sharma first flies home for the Hero Indian Open next week.“A little bit disappointed,” Sharma said. “I was leading and I think I couldn’t finish it off today. But that’s what the game is about. And what I learned today, especially playing with Phil, I’ll cherish it forever.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Hatton tied for third with Rafa Cabrera Bello, who holed a bunker shot for eagle on the opening hole and was among six players who had at least a share of the lead during the final round.Mickelson was the first player who appeared to seize control with a birdie on No. 10 to take the lead, and he was poised to pull away with a reachable par 5 at No. 11 and a drivable par 4 at No. 12.Instead, Lefty made it as entertaining as ever.Going for the green in light rough with the ball below his feet, he hooked it deep into the bushes right of the green, and played his next one when he could barely see the golf ball. His shot hit the gallery and stayed in the trees, and his fourth shot narrowly missed another tree before settling 10 feet away. He made bogey, and just like that, it was a sprint to the finish 7,800 feet above sea level.Mickelson made good on his pledge earlier this year that more victories were in store for him. He has four consecutive top 10s for the first time since 2005.That also was the last time he had won in a playoff.It all seems so long ago — playoffs, trophies, consistent play. Now he’s just more than a month away from the Masters, and feeling invigorated.And feeling like a winner. Mickelson, who closed with a 5-under 66, was at his best over the back nine with as many as six players still in the mix.Suddenly two shots behind when Thomas holed out from 119 yards for eagle on the 18th hole, Mickelson played a high-risk shot through the smallest of gaps in the trees to escape with par on the 14th hole. That’s when he saw the score, and he followed with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th and a 20-foot birdie on the 16th.Thomas, who won last week in a playoff at the Honda Classic, capped off a 62-64 weekend with more clutch play, no shot bigger than his sand wedge that bounced behind the flag and spun back into the cup on his final hole for eagle .The playoff — — the sixth in the last eight weeks on the PGA Tour — lasted only one hole on the par-3 17th, where Thomas made bogey for the second time.His gap wedge was too long, his chip too weak. Mickelson’s 18-foot birdie putt rimmed around the edge of the cup, and Thomas missed his par from just inside 10 feet.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ He was posing with the trophy.For the first time in 102 tournaments around the world, dating to the summer of 2013 when he won the British Open at Muirfield, the 47-year-old Mickelson showed he still had the stuff to beat players who weren’t even born when he collected the first of his 43 victories on the PGA Tour.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“This is a very meaningful win,” Mickelson said after beating Justin Thomas in a playoff. “I can’t really put it into words given the tough times over the last four years, and the struggle to get here, and knowing that I was able to compete at this level but not doing it.“To finally break through and to have this validation means a lot to me.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Evolutionary Contradiction As Mental Illness

first_img It is not clear how one goes about evolutionizing one’s life, if evolution is a passive, unguided process that happens to the human race.  Does the verb evolutionize imply purpose and forethought – i.e., intelligent design?  It is also not clear how Dowd and Barlow can defend the idea that integrity, joy, or science itself evolved, much less that by following a purposely-designed course one can achieve them or know what has been achieved.  Further, his mission would seem to play into the hands of Darwin critics who argue that evolutionism has become a religion.  Nevertheless, his course has garnered praise from ardent evolutionists and skeptics, including well-known anti-ID skeptic Michael Shermer, who teaches a bonus session entitled, “Why the Science of Good and Evil Matters.” Apparently, Shermer is not turning his skeptical lens on himself or Dowd.  A good skeptic should be trained in elementary logic, which begins, “A is not non-A.”  The self-refuting fallacy errs by violating this basic premise of rationality, leading to self-contradiction.  Shermer needs to be reminded that an argument which refutes itself is necessarily false.  If evolution teaches that Stuff Happens, it is impossible to activate it by choice – to Happen-ize your Stuff.  In the second item above, it appears that Patrick Davies never even considered that his notion of divergent evolution in living infants, by explaining opposite outcomes, explains nothing.  Every parent knows that both hawks and doves can be found within one family.  Not only that, doves can turn into hawks, and vice versa, at different stages in their development, without evolving.  And even it were possible, he certainly did not provide any evidence from genetics or fossils to trace the development of these opposite adaptive behaviors.  As such, it appears that trying to explain opposite outcomes with reference to “the evolution of” this or that has no more scientific explanatory power than invoking “the demon of” this or that.  As for Niko Alm (first item), bless his spaghetti brain.  More power to him.  Let’s encourage him to start a trend.  Anybody want to donate the money for pasta strainers for his church?  This can be a win-win situation; it can help them feel a mystical purpose in life, and it can help the sane ones among us identify them easier.  Then, we can take them all to land donated by a benevolent society where they can carry on their Evolutionary experiments in peace, the Fun E-Farm.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In their efforts to get their theory accepted, have some evolutionists crossed the line into irrationality?  It is mentally sound to espouse well-argued points of view, even if controversial.  What is marginal is arguing self-contradictory beliefs.  Let the reader judge whether any of these ideas from evolutionists make sense. Alien headgear:  Back in 2005, Bobby Henderson wrote a strange letter to the Kansas School Board opposing the board’s consideration of criticisms of evolution in science classes, which he interpreted to mean that intelligent design was threatening to gain a foothold in the science curriculim.  In a bizarre parody, he asked whether his new Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster should also be allowed as an alternative.  This parody took on a life of its own in the ensuing months and years, with mockers of intelligent design invoking the FSM symbol (also called Pastafarianism) on bumper stickers, signs and even books (Wikipedia).  Now, according to the BBC News, Niko Alm, a driver in Austria, has been granted permission to have his driver’s license photo taken with the symbol of his religion, pastafarianism, on his head – a pasta strainer.  The evolution of opposites:  Calling all moms.  Got a meek child?  Evolution did it.  Got an aggressive child?  Evolution did it.  This contradictory idea about living infants was presented matter-of-factly in Live Science alongside a photo of a crying toddler, “Evolution May Explain Aggressive and Meek Toddlers.”  Patrick Davies from the University of Rochestor linked cortisol levels in 200 stressed infants to opposite strategies of calming down (“doves”) or becoming more aggressive (“hawks”), which he argues “may have provided our human ancestors with adaptive survival advantages.”  But how can a scientific hypothesis account for opposite results?  The article justified the contradiction by stating that it challenges “the idea that there is only one way to be mentally healthy and normal.”  The article put a label on the phenomenon – divergent evolution – unaware that the adaptations occur within one species (Homo sapiens), with no sign that the two groups of infants are diverging into separate species. Evolutionize your life.  Religion is well known for offering people peace and meaning.  What does Darwin have to offer?  A lot, thinks one militant theistic evolutionist whose mission is to help Darwinian evolution gain acceptance in churches.  Michael Dowd and his wife Connie Barlow have produced a self-help course on a website called “Evolutionize Your Life.”  Their “Essential Five-Week Course” promises, “Learn the scientific tools and practices to decode human behavior, eliminate self-judgment, and create a big-hearted life of purpose and joyful integrity” [emphasis theirs].  Dowd has taught his concepts to 100,000 people so far, saying, “Science has cracked the code not only for understanding but for working with our evolved human nature.”  One prominent heading in the presentation states, “Science Is Helping Spirituality Evolve.”last_img read more

Preseason planter maintenance tips

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jonah JohnsonHopefully by now you have begun to service and prepare your planter for a successful crop initiation. Set yourself up for a successful planting season and a prosperous harvest by taking time to ensure your planter has been calibrated and set to handle the varying seed size that we are experiencing this year. Below are some guidelines to assist in properly adjusting your planting equipment. Planter frame adjustmentHitch and toolbar height: Tractor hitch heights may vary due to tire size, tractor manufacturer, and type of planter. Hitch height should be raised to level toolbar for best planter performance. The tool bar height should be 20 to 22 inches from ground level. Make sure it is level or running slightly uphill to provide correct down-pressure from springs.Seed transmission systems: Check sprockets, chains, bearings, meter drives and insecticide drives daily. Any vibration in the drive system will end up at the meters and cause spacing issues. Seed furrow creationIf using no-till coulters, they need to be a quarter inch above the openers, make sure the depth is not set to deep. Coulters should run a quarter inch above Tru-Vee openers.If coulters are too deep the seed will be planted too deep and the openers won’t turn. Row cleaner settingSet your planter’s row cleaners deep enough to remove trash and not throw soil. In some cases, floating cleaners may help. Floating row cleaners follow contours and are less likely to “trench” or “hover” when compared to “locked” row cleaners. Check opening disks for proper seed furrowCheck opening disks for wear and alignment. Disks should form a “V” trench, not a “W.” In general, regardless of equipment manufacturer, disks must be replaced when they lose half an inch in diameter. Seed singulationFor finger units, check brushes and fingers for wear. Replace worn or grooved faceplates and replace seed conveyors with missing ladders. In vacuum systems, check for air leaks and worn seals around the metering units.Larger seed size in 2017 will require increased use of talc, graphite or a combination of the two to assist your respective planter handle varying seed size. Seed drop and coveringCheck seed tubes and tube guards for wear, bending or deformation and repair as needed. Vibration or bounce of the row unit can cause tumbling and poor seed spacing. Seed firmers help eliminate gaps between the seed and the bottom of the seed trench which helps create good seed-to-soil contact and uniform depth within the seed trench. Gauge wheels should slightly rub on the disk opener to help create a good seed trench and keep the openers clean.Keep in mind that too much down force will create sidewall compaction. In tougher, wet soils, spiked closing wheels may help prevent sidewall compaction. Whole planter inspectionsCentral fill systems: Seed bridging in the seed tank and seed plugging in the seed hose are common issues. Symptoms of seed bridging include no seed and too much air in the mini hoppers. If this occurs, assess whether the tank pressure is set to the recommended setting and whether the tank agitator is turning when the fan is running. Make sure the agitator pins are centered over seed nozzle openings and then adjust tank pressure by one pound until seed begins to flow.Symptoms of seed plugging include seed stuck in the seed delivery hose between the tank and mini hopper or in the elbow of the mini hopper. To remedy this situation, make sure the tank pressure is set correctly for the crop being planted. You may also need to unplug the agitator motor to allow less seed to be picked up. For small seed, use tank nozzle inserts. Seed lubricantsProper use of talc and graphite may eliminate a lot of potential problems. Talc removes static and graphite lubricates seed while moving through the system. Use rates may need to increase for large treated seed and when temperature and humidity are high. Check your respective equipment manufacture’s manuals for recommended amounts of seed lubricant. Also, your seed dealer may have specific recommendations to improve seed flowability.For more information, visit Pioneer GrowingPoint agronomy at pioneer.com/agronomy.Sign up to receive the latest agronomy updates for your geography from DuPont Pioneer at pioneer.com/signup.last_img read more

Facebook Can Now Spy On Your Surroundings Via Your Phone’s Microphone

first_imgTags:#Audio Collection#audio recording#data#Facebook#now#privacy#Shazam selena larson A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Today Facebook announced a new feature for its Facebook app that can automatically identify music and TV shows playing in the background as you’re writing a status update. When you activate it, the opt-in feature uses your smartphone’s microphone to scan your surroundings; you’ll see a sound icon moving on the screen as it does. If the Shazam-like feature finds a match, you can share songs or shows with your friends as part of your update. Facebook says it doesn’t store any of the sound it analyzes, and emphasizes that “we can’t identify background noise or conversation.” (That’s presumably a matter of intention and not capability.) The feature, of course, will know what you’re watching or listening to, which serves Facebook in its battle with Twitter to become the best “second-screen” app that people use for discussion while watching TV.See also: TV’s Social Game: If They’re Talking Online, They’re Watching OfflineAny identified music you share will give your friends a 30-second song preview. Facebook will also post the exact season and episode of a show you’re watching if you share it, although the social network also makes the oddball claim that such sharing will somehow allow you to “avoid any spoilers and join in conversations with your friends after you’ve caught up.” Apparently Facebook believes that your friends and commenters are all people of goodwill who will conscientiously avoid revealing stuff you’d rather not know yet.More detailed data on the entertainment you enjoy will also be a boon for advertisers and Facebook’s media partnerships. The company already sends reports to top networks about what Facebook users are talking about on any given week—access to better entertainment data could get more people to pay Facebook for access to your eyeballs. Lead image by Flickr user Karen Black; screenshot image courtesy of Facebook Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Ireland might miss out on autonomous car first miles

first_imgIreland, the base of many U.S. technology companies in Europe, might miss attracting the same firms to test autonomous cars on their roads and develop fake cities to run various simulations.While the government has been welcoming to tech companies in the past and able to change its laws to suit them, it seems to have missed the oncoming revolution in the auto industry.See Also: Boston seaport becoming a testbed for autonomous vehiclesIt has not shown the same level of enthusiasm to bend the rules as the European giants France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, which have all proposed laws that let autonomous cars drive on public roads.That’s not even taking into consideration the efforts of the Chinese and U.S. states to make tech and automotive companies feel welcome. Several U.S. states are pushing for full legalization of self-driving without a driver, Michigan being the first to ratify this into law.Ireland takes a bite of Apple?The Irish government may be able to work something out with Apple, but that would undoubtedly take some hefty bargaining from the government. We doubt it wants to get into a kerfuffle like that again, after the international protests over the changed tax code.If it misses the chance to lure some tech firms to test in the country, Independent.ie calls for the government to make it clear what companies and people can and can’t do with autonomous cars on Irish roads.At the moment, there has been no word as to whether autonomous driving is legal or illegal. We assume the latter, but Ireland was not one of the 72 countries to sign the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic 1968, and its own road traffic laws are muddled when it comes to autonomous driving. But this is a thorny issue being grappled with by governments around the world. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… David Curry Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Tags:#Apple#Autonomous car#Internet of Things#IoT#Ireland#Self-Driving Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Challenges Accepted: The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Online Self-Help Portal

first_imgBy Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPixabay[Soldier Obstacle by skeeze on September 4, 2015, CC0]Life can present its share of everyday challenges, especially for Veterans and their families. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) understands that those challenges may not just go away on their own. With that in mind, the VA has created a Veteran Online Self-Help Portal. At no cost to the user, this portal provides guidance for Veterans and their families when dealing with challenges associated with stress, transition, and their service.“All of the resources are based on proven, evidence-based mental health practices. VA and DoD worked with Veterans around the country from all military branches to ensure these resources are relevant for all who have experienced and overcome the same challenges.”This portal is accessible to anyone, anytime, anywhere and showcases a variety of resources including apps, videos, and other tools through the use of different courses covering a range of topics. Each of the topics are highlighted below.Moving ForwardThis course was created to meet the needs of Veterans and Service Members who are facing stress management, school and family balance, problems in relationships, coping with physical injures, difficulties with finances, and issues with adjustment. There are eight modules within this course, each containing videos, games, and interactive exercises.Veteran ParentingThis course was designed with parents in mind, providing tools that can help with reconnection and parental strengthening. This course provides helpful tips on working through everyday parenting issues and those specific to military families by featuring stories from families and interactive activities.Anger and Irritability Management SkillsThis course offers both practical skills and tools aimed at assisting with anger management and the development of self-control. The following are the 8 modules presented in this course containing videos, games, and interactive exercises: Getting Started Managing your Anger, Understanding your Anger, Breaking the Aggression Cycle, Behavioral Tools to Manage your Anger, Cognitive Tools to Manage your Anger, Conflicts and Communication, Your Anger Control Plan, and Making it Work.Path to Better SleepThis particular topic (sleeping difficulties) is tackled through the use of a course featuring Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i). The course is presented through the use of 6 chapters including Course Introduction, Track your Sleep, Sleep 101, CBT-I Overview, CBT-I, and What’s Next. Like the other courses in this portal, this course offers a variety of tools and resources through videos, downloads, helpful links, and activities.All of the courses within this portal are free, available for anyone, and completely confidential. Registration is not required and no personal information is collected at any time. It is suggested that Internet Explorer is used for the best experience, as some users have experienced errors in Chrome. It is also recommended that your flash player is up to date.If you would like more information about this wonderful resource from the Department of Veterans Affairs, click here.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The MFLN Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website , Facebook , and Twitter.last_img read more

Comfort Is the Enemy

first_imgI said laziness was your enemy. That statement is still true. But comfort is also your enemy.Steve read my Sunday newsletter about work-life balance. In this newsletter, I said that work-life balance shouldn’t be your goal. Instead, your goal should be exceptional results in every area of your life. That means you need an exceptional personal life (in all the categories in that area of your life) and in your work life (and all the categories included therein).Steve asked me about stress. He said that high expectations in each of these categories creates stress. And he is right. High expectations of yourself necessarily means you will feel the pressure to perform. The alternative is the comfort of low expectations—and the less-than-extraordinary results that always accompany comfort.About StressStress is an interpretation of events. You feel stressed because you are investing in some event with meaning. When you set the bar very high, you feel the stress of working beyond your comfort level to perform. It means more work, more learning, and more improving. That comes with discomfort.You might be stressed thinking about high expectations because you tell yourself that failing means that you are a failure. Or you might worry that other people will judge you, or that you will disappoint them. That is one interpretation. It will certainly cause stress.Another interpretation is that failure is how you learn some of the most important and useful lessons –  lessons that will help you adjust your strategy. You might interpret people judging you as an opportunity to hear different views, and you might interpret disappointing others on your way to better results as a better choice than disappointing them by being less than you are capable of. These interpretations don’t create quite as much stress.Much of the time, stress is an interpretation of events that haven’t even happened, or events that may never happen.Stress is a form of psychological discomfort. Too much of it is a bad thing. But too little stress is even worse.Know PainIf you are comfortable with your results in any area of your life, you have reached the point of stasis. You are no longer growing, and you are no longer improving. You are stagnant, with all the negative connotations that surround that word.It’s more comfortable to sit on the couch and watch television than it is to ride a bicycle. The comfortable choice will make you sick, and the uncomfortable one will keep you healthy.It’s more comfortable to sit and wait for inbound leads to come t0 you than it is to pick up the phone and call your dream client. One of these will make you a commoditized order-taker, and the other will make you a rainmaker.It’s more comfortable to believe that your work life is good enough than it is to strive to make it exceptional. One of these will make you an employee and the other will make you indispensable.It’s more comfortable to want to have a good personal life than it is to design an exceptional life. One of these will give you 80 or so trips around the sun on a little, water-covered spinning rock. The other will give you an extraordinary set of experiences you can call a life well-lived.Are you too comfortable?What fear keeps you from setting the bar for yourself higher than it is now?What vision motivates you enough to compel you to act now? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Arunachal institute NERIST in turmoil

first_imgUnion Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has been under fire from students’ organisations for “not doing enough” to bail a premier Central technological institute in Arunachal Pradesh out of academic decadence.The 34-year-old North East Regional Institute of Technology (NERIST) at Nirjuli, near Itanagar, has been without a regular director for more than four years now. The institute is also short of faculty members. This has left students of six engineering courses in the lurch, while many students pursuing PhD have left the institute for non-disbursement of scholarship in time. Some face a bleak future as they are almost past the age – 36 for local scholars and 32 for non-residents – of applying for jobs.“We launched an indefinite strike on February 27 after the expiry of a month’s deadline given to the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) on January 24 to appoint a regular director. We are disappointed with our MP for not solving the crisis that has put the career of more than 2,000 NERIST students at stake,” Banta Natung, president of Students’ Union of NERIST, told The Hindu on Thursday.‘Minister’s apathy’The students resented Mr. Rijiju’s inability to meet them despite being in nearby Naharlagun to flag off the Arunachal Express, a special AC train to New Delhi. They also said the Minister failed to ensure the appointment of a regular director within a month from October 30 last year. “I had assured the students after the (HRD) Ministry informed me that the new director could be appointed by December 2017. But the matter got stuck in a cumbersome process,” Mr. Rijiju told reporters in Itanagar, apologising to the students for the delay.The powerful All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has thrown its weight behind the NERIST students. “We are not blaming anyone, neither Mr Rijiju nor MHRD. But isn’t it his responsibility to see that a premier institute in his home state is not endangered?” AAPSU president Hawa Bagang said.“Besides meeting Mr. Rijiju, we have made representations to MHRD officials and Minister Prakash Javadekar, but in vain,” Mr. Bagang said.“Tamo Mibang, the Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, has been reluctantly handling additional responsibility of NERIST. He comes here sometimes for three hours a day but is in no position to handle the problems we are facing,” Mr. Natung said.Mr. Mibang could not be contacted, but university officials said his “hands are full” with issues related to the university.last_img read more

INLD and BSP join hands in Haryana

first_imgThe Indian National Lok Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party announced an electoral alliance on Wednesday for the Lok Sabha and State Assembly polls due next year.INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala and BSP leader Meghraj Singh, at a joint press conference, said they are laying the foundation of a “third front” in the country to prevent the BJP and Congress from winning.Broad contours “We have agreed upon the broad contours and decided to project Ms. Mayawati, the BSP supremo, as the prime ministerial candidate. Both parties agreed that the country needs to be rid of both the BJP and the Congress,” said Mr. Chautala.“The foundation has been laid for a third front in the country,” he added.The issue of seat-sharing for the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls has been left open for the moment; both parties will settle it when the time comes, said Mr. Singh. “BSP will lend its wholehearted support to the ‘Jail Bharo’ agitation of the INLD that is slated to begin on May 1,” he added.last_img read more

Odisha forum wants detailed survey of areas to be affected by Polavaram project

first_imgThe People’s Forum Against Polavaram asked the Odisha government on Thursday to conduct a detailed survey of areas in Malkangiri district that will be affected by the project. It also demanded the provision of land rights for tribals living in areas that are likely to be affected by the project before the conduct of public hearing on it.The PFAP is an inter-State forum of activists and organisations protesting against the Polavaram project. Its demands came up on Thursday coinciding with the Supreme Court’s directive to the Central government on public hearing. Bhala Chandra Sarangi, the convenor of PFAP, alleged that the Odisha Government is not prepared to conduct public hearings in areas feared to be affected by the Polavaram project. “Till now no detailed survey has been carried out in tribal-dominated areas and in Motu, Podia, Kalimela and Korkunda blocks in Malkangiri district for assessment of possible losses,” he said adding that there is no clear data on families and areas in Odisha that would be affected by the project. According to Mr. Sarangi, the Odisha government should immediately start grass-roots level survey of the areas to be affected so that when the Supreme Court orders for public hearing, the real people to be affected can voice their views.last_img read more