Gilas Pilipinas meets with Filipino community in Qatar ahead of crucial game

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos came out and showed their support for Gilas during a meet and greet event Tuesday.And there’s no better way for Gilas to show its appreciation than winning. “They’re very excited especially with the way they’ve been treated by the Filipino community,” national team head coach Yeng Guiao said in an interview with ESPN5’s Charmie Lising, who is in Qatar.“Actually, it’s also one of the reasons why we really want to win. Not only that we want to make the people back in the Philippines happy but also make the Filipinos here in Qatar happy,”Guiao added in Filipino.Winning, however, has been a rarity for the Philippine team as of late after dropping three of its last four games.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history But if there’s a perfect time for Gilas to bounce back, it’s against Qatar.Its recent struggles hardly left the Nationals any room for error versus the Qataris with winning the only option if they want to keep their Fiba World Cup bid going.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gilas Pilipinas is in Doha thousands of miles away from home as it prepares for a must-win duel against Qatar in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.But just like in nearly any part of the globe, Filipino communities abroad make any place feel like home.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award WATCH: Retired Chris Tiu plays piano version of Queen’s ‘Love of my Life’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Filipinos currently working and residing in Qatar are no exception as they reminded members of Gilas Pilipinas that they are certainly not alone in their battle on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Liberia Can End Hunger by 2030

first_imgThe Representative and Country Director of the World Food Program (WFP) in Liberia, Mr. Bienvenu Djossa, has expressed strong optimism that it is possible for Liberia to end hunger by 2030 in line with the objectives and targets of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Two, one of the seventeen SDGs that constitute the 2030 development agenda .Liberia is currently conducting a strategic hunger review exercise nationwide to properly inform the government, people and partners on the needs, constraints and steps that are to be taken to end hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition and improve food producers’ productivity in 15 years. Regional consultations are being held in the counties to sensitize and gather the views, ideas and inputs of Liberians from all walks of life to create a national roadmap for solutions to end hunger.Speaking in Gbarnga, Bong County, last week during the fifth and final round of the regional consultations, Mr. Djossa urged participants to make strong contributions “so that your voices are heard regardless of who you are – pem-pem rider, marketer, farmer, student, everybody needs to participate – because the key answers to hunger challenges will come from you.” He said through this strategic review, the government, which leads the process, will know the root causes of hunger and tackle them. He pledged WFP’s fullest commitment to the Zero Hunger Review initiative in keeping with its UN mandate to help countries fight hunger, achieve food security and promote agriculture and nutrition. “WFP is pleased to contribute to this process by playing the key role of facilitator in conjunction with other UN agencies, civil society organizations, government ministries and partners,” he added.Participants at the Gbarnga meeting – comprising delegates from Lofa, Nimba and Bong counties – spoke their hearts out. “Government does not have good prices for farmers because they do not respect the food we produce in Liberia. As a result, we lose all the time,” said Nimba County farmer and trader Comfort K. Kehleay. James Marwieh, another farmer from Nimba County, said: “There are tons of rice stuck in Nimba for three years without government buying the rice, thus defeating our efforts. This has to change.” Patrick Samah of Lofa County said: “Farmers need upgraded rice mills equipped with de-stoners so that Liberian rice can meet the quality standards and defeat imported rice, otherwise Liberian rice will not be promoted.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

30 Women Election Observers Seek Peaceful End to Process

first_imgThe 30 WSR Observers at the Ganta Concerned Women CenterA women organization under the banner, Women’s Situation Room (WSR), which deployed 30 personnel to observe the conduct of last Tuesday’s electoral process in Nimba County has called for a peaceful end to the process.Madam Musu Kardamie, WSR executive director, said that the observers were assigned at every polling place in all the districts to ensure that the elections were free, transparent and fair.“The 30 observers were trained along with other women from Bong and Lofa counties with requisite knowledge of elections concerning the collection of data that includes the number of voters at every center and their ages,” Madam Kardamie said.Prior to deploying the observers, the women paraded the streets of Ganta carrying peace messages to several other actors including officers of Liberia National Police and the city authorities.Prior to their deployment, the women paraded carrying peace messages through principle streets of GantaThey carried placards, some with the inscriptions that read: “With peace, you can make farm, go to school, ride motorbikes and do anything constructive to live.”Another other read:”Respect yourselves and maintain peace; if you have any problem take it to court.”Mrs. Betty Sharp, a WSR executive, said that the women’s group is concerned about the peace and tranquility in Liberia.She said the women want peaceful election and therefore called on all state actors and politicians to respect the rule of law and address their dissatisfactions peacefully.The group presented their position statement to the police, calling on the officers to be  vigilant during and after the elections.The police, through one of their deputy commissioners, Randolph Dennis, assured the women that the election atmosphere will be peaceful, adding, “police have been assigned to all the polling places to ensure that there is no violence.”The WSR is funded by the Angie Brooks International Center.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Laura Jensen finishes 6th in 50m Freestyle

first_imgLaura has had another great race at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.This time it was the 50m Freestyle event. After racing in the heat and finishing with a time of 36.70, she was off to the finals. In the finals she had a time of 36.10, which was good enough for 6th place.This was Laura’s last race at the Paralympic Games…congrats to her and Chad on a job well done.- Advertisement –last_img

COUNTY DONEGAL GAA RESULTS ROUND-UP

first_imgMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 22-Apr-2012 Glenfin 2 – 11 0 – 12 Cloughaneely Pairc Ghleann FhinneMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 22-Apr-2012 Glenfin 0 – 5 1 – 14 Cloughaneely Pairc Ghleann FhinneBrian McCormick Sports Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Kilcar 2 – 11 1 – 10 Ardara Pairc Tamnaigh Kilcar22-Apr-2012 Naomh Conaill 2 – 9 0 – 7 Dungloe Glenties Davy Brennan MemorialCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 22-Apr-2012 Urris 0 – 7 1 – 12 Red Hughs Urris Pairc Ui ChraimhsaighMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Naomh Brid 0 – 11 1 – 4 Naomh Mhuire Naomh Brid Centra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Downings 1 – 8 0 – 12 Naomh Columba DowningsMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Malin 0 – 16 0 – 6 MacCumhaills MalinCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Naomh Padraig-Muff 0 – 6 1 – 11 Termon MuffMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Na Cealla Beaga 0 – 17 0 – 6 Fanad Gaels FintraBrian McCormick Sports Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Gaoth Dobhair 0 – 9 0 – 10 Fourmasters Machaire GathlanCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Buncrana 1 – 8 1 – 6 Aodh Ruadh Buncrana ScarveyBrian McCormick Sports Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Glenswilly 1 – 8 1 – 15 St Eunans Glenswilly Pairc Naomh ColumbaCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Burt 1 – 6 1 – 8 Carndonagh Hibernian Park BurtBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Gaoth Dobhair 2 – 9 0 – 6 Fourmasters Machaire Gathlan22-Apr-2012 Kilcar 0 – 15 1 – 10 Ardara Pairc Tamnaigh KilcarMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Naomh Brid 0 – 3 1 – 4 Naomh Mhuire Naomh BridCentra Supermarkets Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Buncrana 1 – 9 1 – 8 Aodh Ruadh Buncrana ScarveyBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Glenswilly 0 – 7 1 – 16 St Eunans Glenswilly Pairc Naomh ColumbaCentra Supermarkets Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Burt 2 – 7 5 – 10 Carndonagh Hibernian Park BurtMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Malin 0 – 9 1 – 12 MacCumhaills MalinCentra Supermarkets Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Naomh Padraig-Muff 0 – 9 4 – 10 Termon MuffMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Na Cealla Beaga Fanad Gaels Fintra VoidBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Naomh Conaill 0 – 9 0 – 11 Dungloe Glenties Davy Brennan MemorialCentra Supermarkets Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Apr-2012 Downings 0 – 6 2 – 8 Naomh Columba Downings22-Apr-2012 Urris 1 – 8 1 – 5 Red Hughs Urris Pairc Ui ChraimhsaighMarley Coach Hire Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Apr-2012 Naomh Padraig Leifear 0 – 9 0 – 12 Robert Emmets Lifford21-Apr-2012 Na Rossa 2 – 10 1 – 7 Naomh Ultan Pairc Dooey21-Apr-2012 Milford 0 – 14 0 – 13 Convoy Moyle Park MilfordMarley Coach Hire Division 4 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Apr-2012 Milford 3 – 4 2 – 8 Convoy Moyle Park Milford21-Apr-2012 Naomh Colmcille Moville Pairc Colmcille Void21-Apr-2012 Na Rossa 0 – 8 3 – 8 Naomh Ultan Pairc DooeyMarley Coach Hire Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Apr-2012 Naomh Colmcille 0 – 17 0 – 11 Moville Pairc ColmcilleBrian McCormick Sports Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Ardara 0 – 5 1 – 10 Naomh Conaill Pairc na Phiarsaigh ArdaraCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Carndonagh 0 – 11 2 – 10 Downings CarndonaghMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Cloughaneely 0 – 13 0 – 13 Malin Pairc Naomh Fionnan FalcarraghCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Naomh Columba 0 – 10 4 – 4 Aodh Ruadh Pairc na nGaeil GlencolmcilleBrian McCormick Sports Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Fourmasters 0 – 9 0 – 7 Glenswilly Glenswilly Pairc Naomh ColumbaCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Termon 0 – 11 1 – 9 St Nauls TermonMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Naomh Mhuire 0 – 13 2 – 7 Na Cealla Beaga The Banks MullachderghCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Naomh Padraig-Muff 3 – 12 0 – 14 Red Hughs MuffBrian McCormick Sports Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Dungloe 0 – 6 0 – 9 St Michaels DungloeCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Urris 0 – 9 0 – 7 Burt Urris Pairc Ui ChraimhsaighMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 MacCumhaills 0 – 13 1 – 8 Glenfin MacCumhaill ParkBrian McCormick Sports Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Gaoth Dobhair 0 – 4 0 – 5 St Eunans Machaire GathlanBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Ardara 1 – 12 4 – 2 Naomh Conaill Pairc na Phiarsaigh ArdaraCentra Supermarkets Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Carndonagh 2 – 6 2 – 9 Downings CarndonaghBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Fourmasters 2 – 5 2 – 10 Glenswilly Glenswilly Pairc Naomh ColumbaCentra Supermarkets Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Naomh Columba 1 – 4 2 – 9 Aodh Ruadh Pairc na nGaeil Glencolmcille20-Apr-2012 Naomh Padraig-Muff 1 – 13 2 – 14 Red Hughs MuffMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 MacCumhaills 0 – 10 0 – 6 Glenfin MacCumhaill ParkCentra Supermarkets Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Termon 1 – 12 1 – 3 St Nauls Termon20-Apr-2012 Urris 4 – 7 0 – 13 Burt Urris Pairc Ui ChraimhsaighBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Gaoth Dobhair 0 – 5 2 – 13 St Eunans Machaire GathlanMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Apr-2012 Cloughaneely 2 – 16 0 – 8 Malin Pairc Naomh Fionnan FalcarraghCOUNTY DONEGAL GAA RESULTS ROUND-UP was last modified: April 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

THE DAY THE ALL BLACKS CAME TO LETTERKENNY – TEN YEARS ON!

first_imgSome of the All Blacks are shown around by well-known Donegal man Robert Love.Letterkenny Rugby Club, Ramelton and County Donegal Ireland will celebrate 10 years on Nov 9th 2005 the visit of the “All Blacks” to our county. In this special feature, we look back at a very special time in Donegal sporting history.Ten years ago, a party of All Blacks led by captain Tana Umaga, visited the then undeveloped sports grounds at Letterkenny Rugby Club and named the rugby club’s pitches after Dave Gallaher, Ramelton, Co. Donegal born and New Zealands first ever Rugby captain.The visit, including a pilgrimage to Gallaher’s birthplace in the nearby village of Ramelton made headlines all over the world, and the club are very proud 10 years on that a ground worthy of their famous patron Dave Gallagher has been developed. The New Zealand Rugby Union president travelled to Ireland to view the new €1,500,000 pitch and clubhouse development that Letterkenny Rugby Club and the Letterkenny Gaels had undertaken.Legendary former All Black Bryan Williams unveiled a plaque in Dave Gallaher Park to officially open the shared rugby/GAA facility that is now one of the finest sports facilities in Ireland.A slightly younger-looking Roger Roulston ten years ago.Born in the village of Ramelton, five miles from Letterkenny, Dave Gallaher emigrated to New Zealand with his family as a boy. He became the first man to captain a team referred to as All Blacks in 1905 and is credited with helping make rugby the national sport of New Zealand.“Since the All Blacks left us 10 years ago, we have been working tirelessly to make the most of the legacy the All Black’s gave us. A new under-age structure exists within our club now and many of these young players were inspired to take up the game by our New Zealand connection,” said Denis Faulkner, Charirman of Letterkenny Rugby Club. “We are dedicated to continue to develop the clubs offering of the game and our facilities and remembering 10 years on we see that this historic visit has been instrumental to the personal & sporting development of all age groups and members young and old within our club”. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our main sponsors, Kelly’s Toyota and all of our sponsors for their continued support for the club and with their help we can continue to deliver first class Rugby games and facilities for our players, members, sponsors and our visitors.”Here are some photos from the All Black visit to Letterkenny RFC and Ramelton in 2005.And we fondly remember in our thoughts, the late, great, Jerry Collins who officially named the Dave Gallaher Memorial Park, whose life and that of his wife were tragically recently taken.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvoAwdbFDM0&feature=youtu.beLetterkenny Rugby Club in association with main sponsor Kelly’s Toyota, Port Rd., Letterkenny.THE DAY THE ALL BLACKS CAME TO LETTERKENNY – TEN YEARS ON! was last modified: November 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:All Blacksdonegalletterkennylast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Halibut opener slowed by heavy currents

first_imgDespite some pretty tough fishing conditions, a good number of halibut were landed out of Eureka earlier this week. On Monday, only a couple boats made it across a very nasty bar. Gary Blasi of Full Throttle Sport Fishing and Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing each stuck it out and landed two and three halibut, respectively. A few more boats made it out on Tuesday, and most of them landed at least one halibut. “Conditions are definitely challenging right now — the current is absolutely …last_img

Why You Shouldn’t Cut Your Own Director of Photography Showreel

first_imgIn this breakdown, we look at some common pitfalls when cutting a showreel, how to successfully present your product, and why this is so important.When I’m producing a project, I spend a lot of time watching reels and trying to find the right cinematographer for the project. Unfortunately, there are many great shooters who aren’t doing themselves any favors when present their own work. So here are a few reasons why, as a DP, you should not cut your own showreel.You’re the Worst Person to Cut Your Own ShowreelImage via ponsulak.It’s hard to forget the circumstances on set — or the long hours in post that made a particular shot possible. DPs are infamous for including shots they think are technically impressive, not knowing that the typical producer or director has no idea what was involved and doesn’t care. They’re simply looking for the best work.Beyond the specifics of what to include, there’s a deeper reason to have someone else cut your own reel. Editing is a specialized skill, just like cinematography. Just because you have Premiere or Final Cut on your computer doesn’t make you an editor. Your showreel is the single most important tool for getting work. Are you really going to trust that to someone who has never had a professional editing job?DPs who cut their own reels are similar to actors who take their own headshots. Their efforts are usually only satisfactory, at best.Get to the Good Stuff Quickly(Narrative reel — Polly Morgan).You can’t treat a showreel like something people will watch in its entirely. You get thirty seconds to grab someone’s attention. Producers are watching hundreds of reels to find the right person, and the next one is just a click away. Don’t spend the first twenty seconds putting your name on screen. People already know who you are because they’ve come to your website to watch it. Put a slate at the end with your name and email. If the reel is impressive, people will make the effort to find out who did it.You’re Only as Good as the Worst Thing on Your Reel(Person of Interest Reel — Matthew Billeter)Filmmaking is a cynical business. Others will judge you according to your worst work, not your best. If you have ten great projects and one mediocre one on your reel, producers are going to assume that you’re also proud of the mediocre one and will probably do mediocre work for them.You need to be constantly updating your reel (meaning have it re-cut), so that everything on there represents your best work. This may sound like a lot of time and money (and it is!), but one good job can pay for a lifetime of reels, and you can only get that job with the right reel.The reality is that you’re going to get work similar to what’s already on your reel. Very few people are going to take the risk of hiring someone who doesn’t have experience with the genre, style, or technical aspects of what they’re seeking. If you don’t want to shoot a particular kind of work (green screen or interviews, for example), don’t put that on your reel.What You Put on Your Reel Is as Important as How Good It IsPeople are looking for more than flashy pictures. No one cares what cameras or lenses you shot with. They want to see how you can create a sense of story and a world that goes beyond the frame.Cover image via nampix.Looking for more on filmmaking and video production?Learn Francis Ford Coppola’s Signature Dolly MoveEssential Advice on Producing Your Own Short FilmFIZ Systems (Focus, Iris, Zoom) and How to Use ThemIs Autofocus Finally Ready to Take The Filmmaking Field?How to Maximize Your Time and Productivity as a Filmmakerlast_img read more

Counsellors stop suicide in Rajasthan

first_imgA newly married deaf and dumb woman, who was about to hang herself, was saved in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh district via coordinated action by the local police and a counsellor couple who were in touch with her through video call from Indore.The woman (23), who is possibly suffering from depression, searched online for the contact number of counsellors — Gyanendra Purohit and his wife Monica — and told them three days back that she wanted to end her life. Mr. Purohit also works as the State coordinator for the Muk Badhir police helpline at Indore. Ms. Monica communicated with the woman through sign language.last_img

In poll season, KBK’s poverty back in focus

first_imgThe KBK (Kalahandi-Balangir-Koraput) region has become a major electoral battleground for the three mainstream parties — Biju Janata Dal, BJP and Congress — as each of them sees a fair chance of winning the four parliamentary constituencies here.All the four Lok Sabha seats — Koraput, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Balangir — are currently held by the BJD. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi frequenting the region and Congress president Rahul Gandhi already holding a public meeting here, the region has come into focus again. Also, the blame game over the poverty in the region and negligence by the powers that be has begun.Mr. Modi used Tuesday’s public meeting in Kalahandi to question the Congress’ sincerity in alleviating poverty. In the run-up to the elections, all three star campaigners of the BJP — the PM, party president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath — have already held separate meetings at Bhawanipatna, the district headquarter town of Kalahandi. From Congress’ side, Mr. Gandhi and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel together had held a meeting here and made several pro-poor, pro-farmer commitments.Tribal-dominatedOf the 80 blocks falling under KBK, 44 are identified under the tribal sub-plan, which means the region is predominantly tribal-dominated.Despite years of focused development intervention, a large proportion of the rural poor and tribals in the region continues to face chronic hunger. With shrinking forest cover, their livelihood is also threatened. Landless and marginal farmers without visible employment opportunities are forced to undertake annual migration to other States in search of jobs.As per the National Family Health Survey-4, only 47.38% women in the region are literate against the State average of 67.4%, while the literacy level among men in the region is 72.93% against the State’s 84.3%. In case of institutional delivery, the region with 76.48% lags behind the State’s average of 85.4%.PMs who visitedBefore Mr. Modi, six other PMs — Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Moraji Desai, P.V. Narasimha Rao, Chandra Shekhar and H.D. Deve Gowda — had visited Kalahandi. In fact, the ‘Garibi Hatao’ slogan coined by Mrs. Gandhi is said to have been inspired by her visit here.“It was the Congress government which had started KBK-focused intervention. Unfortunately, it was discontinued. The State government was found missing from the scene when it was needed the most. I would request the Congress leadership to pilot NYAY from the KBK region,” said former Union Minister Bhakta Charan Das, who is the Congress candidate from Kalahandi.‘Administration missing’Ashok Tripathy, former KBK administrator who has joined the BJP after his retirement, blamed the State government for not giving due importance to the region. “Earlier a top officer in the rank of Chief Secretary used to be posted as KBK administrator. Now, development strategy is chalked out by the Planning and Coordination Department in consultation with the Development Commissioner, who has many other things to do,” he said.The Centre’s decision to reduce allocation of funds under the regional long-term action plan project for KBK from 2015-16 is often derided by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who has reiterated his commitment to the all-round development of the region.last_img read more