Words of praise from the governor

first_img Words of praise from the governor This special message from Gov. Jeb Bush to Bar President Miles McGrane was delivered by Frank Brogan, former lieutenant governor and president of Florida Atlantic University, during his speech at the General Assembly at the Bar Annual Meeting:Dear Miles:Congratulations on your swearing-in as president of The Florida Bar. Your achievement is recognition of the many years of service that you have provided to the legal community and the public in promoting a fair and accessible system of justice.Since the start of your career in 1975, you have sought to serve the state of Florida both in private practice and public service.In addition to leadership positions at the American Board of Trial Advocates and The Florida Bar, you have taught young minds how to practice law in a truthful, fair manner as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami law school.Awards, such as the distinguished alumni award of Broward Community College, the same of the Florida Atlantic University, and the leadership award from Legal Services of Greater Miami, confirm that you have touched many lives in a positive way.Your career has been long and distinguished, and now you have been elected to a position that gives you the ability to do so much for the legal community in the state of Florida. I look forward to working with you toward our mutual goal of preserving the independent judiciary that earns the trust and respect of the people of Florida every day.. . Best wishes for a successful term.Gov. Jeb Bush July 15, 2003 Regular News Words of praise from the governorlast_img read more

Ricky N. Sparks

first_imgRicky N. Sparks, age 45 of Batesville, passed away at his home on June 1, 2020 after a three year battle with cancer.  The son of Sherman and Betty Sparks was born July 11, 1974 in Brookville, IN.Rick graduated from Franklin County High School in 1994. He married Missy Race on September 24, 2005.Rick began working for Batesville Tool & Die and later went onto AMS Construction. He worked last for Baylor Trucking before he had to retire due to his health. Growing up, Rick enjoyed coon hunting, riding 4-wheelers and drag racing.  Once he could no longer race, he liked being on the pit crew of Hard Times Racing, supporting his father-in-law, step-son and grandson.He will be dearly missed by his wife, Missy; daughter, Ashlee Sparks; step-son, Kyle (Joann) Race and two grandchildren, Wyatt & Bentley Race; his mother, Betty Sparks; two sisters, Rhonda (Bobby) Miller, Vickie (Charles) Branstetter; one brother, Rocky (Kristie) Sparks; in-laws, Paul & Mary Lou Hubbard; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews.He was preceded in death by his father, Sherman Sparks and great niece, Serenity Miller.Visitation will be Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 4-7pm at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Private Funeral Service will follow. Due to the COVID-19 precautions, if you are not feeling well, or if you have compromised immune system, you are encouraged to stay home.  All attending will be asked to follow proper social distancing protocol.Memorials may be made to Phi Beta Psi Sorority, Margaret Mary Hospice or Margaret Mary Cancer Center (Hansen Center) c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006.We also encourage you to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on Rick’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.last_img read more

SA best for regulation of exchanges

first_imgThe JSE is by far the biggest securities exchange on the continent. (Image: Walter Knirr, City of Johannesburg) The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report 2010-11 ranks South Africa first out of 139 countries for its regulation of securities exchanges. South Africa moved up from second place, overtaking Sweden for the top position.“We are very pleased with this achievement, which acknowledges the JSE’s record in terms of regulation and surveillance,” said Russell Loubser, chief executive of the JSE, South Africa’s only securities exchange.“This ranking also sends a very good message about investing in South Africa. It is a testament to the effective working relationship between the JSE and the Financial Services Board,” Loubser said in a statement this week.Financial market developmentReleased on 9 September, the WEF’s competitiveness report ranks countries according to 12 “pillars” or sets of criteria.The study rates a country’s competiveness according to quality of infrastructure and institutions, efficiency, market sophistication as well as capacity for innovation.Regulation of securities exchanges falls under the eighth pillar, financial market development.South Africa fares well in terms of financial market development criteria, with an overall ninth place ranking.Within this set of criteria, other rankings that demonstrate efficiency of local financial markets include: financing through the local equity market at seventh; availability of financial services at seventh; soundness of banks at sixth; and legal rights of investors at sixth.The full report may be downloaded (PDF, 5.1MB).Financial Services BoardSituated in Johannesburg’s new financial distict in Sandton, north of the city centre, the JSE is accountable to the Financial Services Board for the regulation of its markets, market integrity and investor protection. The two organisations work closely together on matters that could undermine investor confidence in South Africa.“A well-regulated securities exchange is especially important to international investors post the global financial crisis,” the JSE said. “In the midst of the crisis, unlike many exchanges, the JSE did not ban short selling nor introduce circuit breakers.”Source: SouthAfrica.infolast_img read more

New events for 2014 Winter Olympics

first_img5 July 2011 The International Olympic Committee (IOC), meeting in Durban, has added more youthful and entertaining events to the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi, Russia. The IOC said on Monday that ski slopestyle, snowboard slopestyle and snowboard parallel special slalom would be included in the sports programme at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Men and women would compete in all these events. The decision was taken by the IOC executive board ahead of the 123rd IOC Session that kicked off on Monday, and follows the inclusion in April of ski halfpipe (men and women), women’s ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, figure skating team event and luge team relay. “We are very pleased with the addition of ski and snowboard slopestyle and snowboard special slalom in the Olympic Winter Games programme,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said during a press briefing at Durban’s International Convention Centre. “Such events provide great entertainment for the spectators and add further youthful appeal to our already action-packed line-up of Olympic winter sports. We look forward to welcoming all the athletes to Sochi in 2014.” The Olympic Programme Commission (OPC) initially proposed the inclusion of the events in Acapulco in October last year. The OPC studied the proposal of the individual International Sports Federations and compiled a detailed analysis of all candidate events at their respective world championships last winter. The decision was also based on an operational feasibility study undertaken by the organisers of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. The executive board also agreed on a shortlist of sports that would be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Olympiad sports programme. These sports include, baseball, karate, roller sports, softball, sports climbing, squash, wakeboard and wushu – one of which could be added to the 2020 programme. Voting will take place at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in 2013. The programme can include a maximum of 28 sports. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Another look at 20 years of fertilizer recommendations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are likely as many varied opinions on the validity and the accuracy of the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations as there are farms and soil types. No matter what that opinion may be from field to field, it is hard to deny that the document has had an incredible impact on crop production in Ohio.“The Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa were first published in 1995,” said Steve Culman, assistant professor of soil fertility at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and state Extension specialist in soil fertility. “It was the culmination of 40 years of calibrated field studies. They calibrated fertilizer rates with agronomic response. The idea is that it is a self-contained document that looks at the three macronutrients in our agronomic crops. For phosphorus and potassium it looks at soil test levels and the probability of seeing a yield response. This is a precursor to the 4 Rs in many ways. There is also some discussion of some secondary macronutrients and micronutrients as well.”The information from the recommendations has undoubtedly saved millions of dollars in on-farm fertilizer expenditures, helped contribute to increased yields, and had tremendous environmental benefits, but Culman knows there is still plenty of room for improvement for the 20-year-old document.“Since then, many things have changed in agriculture. We grow crops very differently than we did 20 years ago. We grow soybeans differently and genetics are different,” he said. “This was before glyphosate resistance and there is a lot more no-till now which changes how nutrients are cycled in soils. With the backdrop of water quality issues in the state today there is a lot of justification in re-looking at this and a lot of interest in revising things a little. Certain soil types are going to require more or less fertility  — not two or three times more or less — but we are looking at this with an open mind. We are entertaining the possibility that these recommendations may have been too high or too low.”With funding from the Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff, the massive undertaking really got started in 2014.“Checkoff funding is really important for these kinds of projects because federal dollars are not used for regional research like this,” Culman said. “Last year we started our first field season looking at phosphorus and potassium in soybeans and that is continuing this year. We are looking at nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in corn and wheat too.”The research will result in a new updated document and recommendations within a few years.“We need good information and our process needs to be transparent. Several years from now we will have 50 and 100 site years per crop and nutrient to look at. That is the goal,” he said. “We are trying to collect as much data as we can in the next few years and see what it means and extract as much information from that as possible. My timeline for an official revision would be in three to five years. It may be broken down by state and even region, so it may not be tri-state any more. I am in contact with the state specialists at Michigan State and Purdue to see what we are going to do moving forward.” The success of the project is largely dependent on the cooperation from farmers and private agribusinesses.“The original was done primarily on OSU research farms over 30 or 40 years. We do not have that luxury now. The success of this project is incredibly reliant on farmers buying into this and wanting to be part of the solution for better nutrient management,” Culman said. “We are branching out to work with not only Extension researchers, but also people in the industry like crop consultants, ag retailers, co-op agronomists, and CCAs. The devil is in all the details of coordinating that. There are a lot of moving parts to this.”This year the field trial numbers will be increasing as the research continues.“We have more than 20 growers putting trials out. Last year we had 10. The majority of the folks we are working with will be putting in trials this fall when the majority of fertilizer is applied, though there are a few sites going in this summer,” Culman said. “We have around 30 different OSU sites going in this year as well. We are working with a dozen or so private consultants and if others are interested in working with us, we are more than happy to add more. We are getting the wrinkles ironed out, but we have money in the budget to put out a lot of different sites. We are trying to scale up and make farmers aware that we are running fertilizer trials. We are appreciative of the growers who are working with us now and hope to get more. We are very flexible about the size of the plots.”To get relevant results, Culman is looking for adequate representation of the soil types in the state.“We are working at getting a good representation of the variability that is out there in the state. There are sites on research farms and small plot work on private land. It is a mix of small and large plots but it is all replicated to get sound data,” Culman said. “We are especially interested in low testing soils. If you are just renting new ground where the fertility has been neglected — those sites are hard to come by. The research is really looking at low testing N, P and K fields. There are a lot of well-managed, productive fields already. We are looking for as diverse of a sample as we can get.“For a field plot, we look at a pre-season soil sample, then mid-season tissue test, yield, and nutrient content in the grain for an elemental analysis. You scale the test strips to the size of your equipment. The farmer can pick the nutrients they want to look at. So for soybeans and phosphorus, for example, where they use a spinner spreader, they would have a strip of phosphorus and an unfertilized strip. That will be replicated three times. Then we do a mid-season tissue sample at flowering and then look at yields and get some of the grain for analysis. A lot of the farmers want to do it themselves and we can work with them to do it as well.”The participants get to see all of the results for their plots and receive an honorarium for their participation and cooperation.“It is a commitment of time, but we are flexible and it is not a large time commitment. All the data is anonymous and all the data from the individual’s farm will be given to them. We are just trying to see what is out there,” he said. “It does cost a little bit of time but we hopefully pay for that. And really, the only way you are going to know what is happening with your fertility is if you conduct a trial.  In terms of smart economics, this can really help with one of the main things you are spending money on. You don’t want too much fertilizer out there but we don’t want too little either.”The individual results will be combined for the eventual recommendations.“We envision the next generation of recommendations to include digital media like apps or software to generate fertility recommendations based on your soil test values. We see this as a more fluid document that can be revised as we learn more. An electronic resource is more conducive to those kinds of changes,” Culman said. “The data will be published and available so farmers can have it to make their own decisions. Keeping this process open and transparent will help dispel some myths about nutrient management.”With the incredible focus on nutrient management and water quality issues in Ohio in recent years, the reassessment of fertility recommendations takes on even broader implications than 20 years ago, particularly for phosphorus.“We can either be proactive about this or sit on our hands and let this be regulated. Most people I have talked to are reserving judgment about whether the current phosphorus recommendations are too high or too low,” Culman said. “We know there are problem areas out there and that there are all kinds of approaches. This is primarily a document focused on rate, but maybe rate is not the most important part of improving water quality. We don’t know that yet.”In the end, no fertility recommendation is going to be perfect for every field every year, but Culman thinks that significant improvements can be made that will lead to improved nutrient management on farms in the future.“There are some people who say the Tri-State is too high, some say it is too low and some that think it is right on. We want to get growers the best possible information to manage their farms and give them the confidence that our information is reliable. That is what we want to do,” he said. “We want to keep folks that are selling fertilizer honest in terms of their recommendations. You need current information to make the best decisions and we are just hoping to make this a transparent process and provide the best possible recommendations. And, better nutrient management is ultimately going to reduce runoff and provide more nutrient use efficiency and better profitability.  There will never be 100% certainty, but we are hoping to get a lot better information to help growers make decisions.”For more information, contact Culman at [email protected] or (330) 263-3787. For much more on the soybean checkoff, visit the Soybean Rewards web page at http://www.soyohio.org/council/for-ohio-farmers/soybean-rewards/. Also, see the related video at ocj.com by searching for keywords “Culman fertility.”last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 55 | Planting time!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, finally has some warm weather to talk about!Host Ty Higgins will be on the road this week to jump in the cab with farmers from around the state as they put seed in the ground.He also talks cost of production with Carrie Johnson of Cargill Ag Marketing Service.Matt Reese has the latest update on watershed research from Grand Lake St. Marys in his conversations with Bill Knapke and Stephen Jacquemin of Wright State’s Lake Campus.The crew has more fun conversation in this latest podcast.last_img

Korean star Kim takes notice of PH volleybelles’ improvement

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief And even though she led the beating, Kim had high praise for the Philippines.“I think they are so much better now, I saw them like two or three years ago and they did not play like that,” said Kim of the 79th-ranked Philippines in the FIVB world rankings. “I mean, they’ve improved a lot especially that they are very young. I’m sure they can improve after this.” Against the Philippines, however, Kim was thrust much earlier when she entered the floor near the end of the first set when the Filipinos were attempting to break the Koreans in the opening period.READ: Facing KYK huge challenge, morale-booster for PH volleybellesKim would finish of the first set and eventually lead the Koreans to a sweep, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12.“It was close in the first set and in the beginning of the second set so I expected to play,” said Kim who had 12 points against the Philippines.The Philippines were leading 10-7 in the second set when Kim made her second appearance, and for good measure she started the third set for Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Korea captain Kim Yeon-koung had played just 10 minutes during the group stages of the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship so it came as a huge surprise when she stepped up against the host in the classification stages.Kim sat out the first two games in the preliminaries as she got permission from Korea head coach Hong Sungjin to take a breather after just competing in the FIVB World Grand Prix.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES The Fenerbahce outside hitter, though, told Hong that she was ready to play against the Philippines in their first game in the classification round.READ: AVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeatedFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I spoke with our coach and he said to be ready for the game so I told him that I was ready,” said Kim Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena.Kim played late against Vietnam in Korea’s final group stage game as she entered the match in the fourth set to lead the 10th-ranked team in the world to a 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22 win. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Playing against royalty in 2017 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View commentslast_img read more

YSR Reddy charged with nepotism as party members favoured

first_imgYS ReddyThree gone, two to go, and most of what Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has to show by way of performance gravitates towards damning controversies and scurrilous cover-ups. On May 14, to commemorate the completion of three years in office, the chief minister has convened a rally in Hyderabad where he,YS ReddyThree gone, two to go, and most of what Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has to show by way of performance gravitates towards damning controversies and scurrilous cover-ups. On May 14, to commemorate the completion of three years in office, the chief minister has convened a rally in Hyderabad where he and his ministers will take a fresh oath to work harder towards fulfilling the promises made during the Assembly elections. Christened Rededication Day, it comes across as yet another superfluous, signature-style posturing to set right in the next 24 months all the wrongs of the last three years.Aggressive and gritty, Reddy for now is concentrating on fending off charges of nepotism. Friends, relatives and Congress activists have been pampered with large stretches of prime land at throw away prices to later sell these and pocket rich dividends, it has been alleged. Even as these rumours gain credence, fresh allegations have surfaced implicating the Government of pressuring the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority to change the alignment and contour of the Outer Ring Road skirting the city. The motive, according to the whispers doing the rounds, is to again allow enterprising Congress supporters purchase land flanking the radial road from unlettered farmers and other gullible sellers for a pittance only to make handsome profits later. The Government, too, has acquired land from the farmers at prices far below the market rates.NO ACTION TAKENRecommendations by judicial inquiry commissions initiated by the Reddy Government have largely failed to elicit any action.A. GOPAL RAO COMMISSION September 2004advertisementInvestigated the motive behind the murders in Anantapur over a period of 15 years. Scope widened to include the murder of ex-TDP minister Paritala Ravindra. Submitted report in March 2006. Ravindra’s murder, it concluded, was a fallout of personal enmity and non-political acrimony. No action taken.VAMAN RAO COMMISSION October 2004Probed allegations pertaining to academic and administrative affairs of the Andhra University and the role of its then vice-chancellor Y.C. Simhadri. Submitted report in March 2005. Endorsed the vice-chancellor’s decision to suspend four employees but the Government chose to reinstate them. Admonished the university’s Executive Council members, but none resigned.A. VENKATARAMI REDDY COMMISSION June 2005Looked into the entire gamut of temple land allotments since 1995. Submitted report in May 2006. No action taken on the report that confirmed sale of temple plots and wilful encroachment on temple land. Three deputy commissioners, one assistant commissioner and eight executive officers were suspended. One of the deputy commissioners has retired while the other two were reinstated under the directives of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.T.H.B. CHALAPATHY COMMISSION October 2005Around 10 months after it was initiated to probe alleged irregularities in the selection of BHC Agro (India) as consultants for the Kuppam drip and sprinkler irrigation project, allegations of misappropriation in payment of consultancy charge to the company emerged. Questions were raised as to whether the company possessed the requisite technology, knowledge and capability. Also under the scanner were the pros and cons of importing heavy duty machinery from Israel at a huge cost and whether it was being put to proper use. Justice Chalapathy, on a token salary of a rupee a month, is to present his report by April 30.Still smarting from the rap from farmers that cost him his chair after nine years in power, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu has seized this opportunity to strengthen his ties with the sector. Notching up the pitch of the campaign, the TDP in September last year had forced Reddy to agree to judicial inquiries into the mounting allegations.But he is yet to act on that promise, inexplicably delaying appointment of the requisite retired high court judges. Instead, the chief minister has tactfully shifted focus to the controversial allotment of government land worth Rs 1,000 crore to the US-based sports event management group, IMG Bharata Academy, during the TDP rule. The land was allegedly sold for Rs 50,000 an acre. As intended, the move has temporarily dislodged Naidu from his high pedestal.On the sidelines, Eenadu, the largest circulated Telugu daily, is at the receiving end of Reddy’s wily countermoves delivered oh-so-subtly. Strident in its criticism of the ruling party, its rather shrill campaign was initially brushed aside by Reddy as a right enjoyed by the media in a democracy. The indulgence was short-lived. The indignation singed its owner and Chief Editor Ramoji Rao. V. Arun Kumar, a Congress MP and staunch Reddy loyalist, picked up the gauntlet and wielded the Right to Information Act to ferret out details of how Rao had accumulated huge sums in different financial entities, including a certain Margadarsi Financiers incorporated as an Hindu Undivided Family concern. Stunned, Rao tried to stall any detailed inquiry by seeking court intervention but failed to prevent investigators from collecting its books to pore over its accounts. “All this is a convoluted attempt to attack the freedom of the press and stifle democratic rights,” says Naidu. Unfazed, Reddy argues that “being a newspaper owner does not give Ramoji Rao the right to commit any irregularities”.advertisementWork in ProgressAs for the allegations against his Government and those in his coterie of acquiring land at cheap rates, Reddy has ordered three separate judicial inquiries. “The Government has nothing to hide and has, therefore, agreed to the separate judicial inquiries. Further, if anyone is found guilty they will not be spared,” he asserted. Candid but hardly convincing, considering that of the six judicial commissions announced since Reddy took over as chief minister, only two have submitted their findings and recommendations, all of which have ever since been confined to paper.Of the three proposed inquiries, the first would probe allotment of 487.20 acres of government land in Reddy’s home district, Kadapa, to RaghuramCements, a company in which the chief minister’s son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy is a director. No sooner had the state Cabinet approved of the sale at Rs 1,00,000 an acre, as recommended by the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA), that rival parties kicked up a storm alleging that the Reddys were influencing the terms. The company retaliated by offering to consider buying the land in an auction rather than through direct sale, taking into account the prevailing market price of Rs 25,000 per acre for the best portions and the Government’s decision to fix the base price at Rs 50,000. The Government has accepted the proposal. Jaganmohan was appointed a director of Raghuram Cements-promoted initially by TDP Rajya Sabha member C. Ramachandraiah-on December 1 last year, not long after the Government sanctioned the lease of several acres of land for limestone quarrying to the company earlier in March. The ruling party gave the go-ahead after cancelling the previous lease to Gujarat Ambuja Cements as it had failed to set up the proposed factory more than five years after allotment of land on July 11, 2000 by the TDP ministry.Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan CampYet another judicial probe will be conducted into the alleged embezzlement of funds to the tune of Rs 40 crore doled out by the Centre for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). Allotted for improving Government schools, the unutilised amount that had been returned to Hyderabad is believed to have been siphoned off by a former schoolteacher and advertising agency owner, Sarasa Devi, in connivance with a SSA staff member N. Subramaniam. To the Government’s chagrin, Devi tried to wriggle out on the pretext of her association with Suryapratap Reddy. Sureedu to close friends and associates, Suryapratap has been Reddy’s private gunman for more than three decades and is currently attached to the Chief Minister’s Office. This, despite the Department of Vigilance and Enforcement issuing as many as eight notices since 2001, cautioning the Government about siphoning of funds.Encroachment of 969 acres of Government land at Nadergul in the eastern suburbs of Hyderabad reportedly by Congress activists will be thefocus of the third inquiry. One of the accused is a close associate of the chief minister’s Public Affairs Adviser K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao. Reddy’s initial order for an inquiry into the ownership, possession and alienation of the land by the CCLA invited a roar from the TDP, forcing him to order a judicial probe.advertisementThe Government now has to identify and appoint the retired high court judges, frame the terms of reference and, perhaps, set a deadline for the reports. No doubt it is in the interests of the Congress and Reddy to get the inquiry reports out ahead of the polls and, if there is nothing damaging in the findings, to make them public. “The attitude of the TDP poses the main problem,” says Reddy. “It is finding it difficult to play the role of a responsible Opposition. If we do anything, they say it is corruption. If they do anything, they say it is development. Even if I cut my head and place it on the table for the sake of development, the TDP will say there is something fishy about it.” But neither Reddy’s protestations nor the findings of the inquiry commissions may bail out the ruling party already faced with the spectre of anti-incumbency in the next general elections. “If we return to power, we will probe, review and cancel all land deals entered into by the Congress Government. None of it was fair and were only intended to help Congress leaders and their relatives,” says Naidu.Undeterred, the chief minister is banking on project Jalayagnam to do the trick. “We have created an additional ayacut of 12 lakh acres for irrigation in three years compared to 10.59 acres during the nine years of TDP rule,” says Reddy. Agrees G.R.S. Rao, chairman of the Centre for Public Policy, Hyderabad: “He is trying to do in five years what normally takes 10 to 15 years. But he has not backed it with adequate political and administrative systems.” With water available for irrigation, the chief minister is optimistic of wooing a majority of the voters in the countryside. Now, if only the monsoon in this and the coming year shows munificence in keeping his hopes afloat.last_img read more

10 months ago​Arsenal midfielder Torreira overjoyed with Vieira chant

first_img​Arsenal midfielder Torreira overjoyed with Vieira chantby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has spoken about his delight at chants comparing him to Patrick Vieira.The Uruguayan has been a sensation in midfield for the Gunners, scoring important goals and providing a physical presence they have been missing for years.A recent chant from Gunners fans has compared him to legendary French midfielder Vieira.And Torreira could not be more pleased.”It’s incredible. Every time I hear it, I feel so proud,” the 22-year-old told Arsenal’s website. “It gives me a real energy boost and that strength to go after every ball.”I can only really say thank you to the fans. They’re incredible and fill out every stadium, whether it’s home or away.”They’re singing for the whole 90 minutes and that’s massive for the team because it makes us feel that we have their support.”When we’re out there playing, we want to do our best to entertain them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more