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first_imgSunday 18th March 2012Fourth Sunday of LentPRAYING FOR OUR DEAD At the beginning of May we will be putting on display a book which will contain the names of our beloved dead. Each person will be recorded on the day that his or her actual anniversary occurs.If you would like to have a friend or family member(s) recorded, please have the name(s), anniversary date(s) written clearly. It does not matter where the person lived or died as long as you would like that person to be recorded. There is no charge for this. Please forward the name(s) you would like recorded as soon as possible.REMEMBERING ALL MOTHERSLoving God,as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church.Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers.Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.Grant that we, their sons and daughters,may honour them alwayswith a spirit of profound respect.Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Eternal rest grant unto all mothers O Lord and let perpetual light upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.Parish Notice-boardPhone: 074 – 9121021Fax: 074 – 9124200Email: steunanscathedral@eircom.netSUNDAY ~ 18th March 2012Masses: 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11.15 am, 12.30 pm and 5 pmBaptisms: 1.30 pm in the CathedralSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is open at 2 pm(The Adoration Chapel will be open every Sunday at 2pm during Lent)Al-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmMONDAYNo 8 am Mass10 am Mass ~ Andrew Hegarty7.30 pm Mass ~ Willie and Albert SweeneySt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openGrow Meeting in Loreto Convent ~ 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmTUESDAY8am Mass ~ See Mass Intentions below10 am Mass ~ ®7.30 pm Mass ~ Yvonne McGranaghan1 pm ~ NuptialSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openBaptism Preparation will take place in the Parochial House at8 pm tonight Tuesday 20th MarchLegion of Mary Meeting: Conference Room ~ After 10 am MassLegion of Mary Meeting: Room 112, Loreto Secondary School –7 pmDivine Mercy Prayer in the Cathedral – 8 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pm WEDNESDAY8 am Mass ~ Eugene O’Neill (First Anniversary)10 am Mass ~ Columba and Madeline Daly7.30 pm Mass ~ Jim and Kathleen DuffySt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openChildren’s Rosary for First Holy Communion – 6.30 pmR.C.I.A. Course in the Parochial House – 8 pmMother’s Prayer Meeting in Loreto Convent – 8 pmNarcotics Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmCathedral Choir in the Conference Room – 8.15 pmTHURSDAY8 am Mass ~ R.D.S. Living Members10 am Mass ~ ®7.30 pm ~ Frances and James KellySt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openCharismatic Prayer Group in the Conference Room – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmCathedral Choir Practice in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmFRIDAY8 am Mass ~10 am Mass ~ Patsy Ferry7.30 pm Vigil Mass ~ See Mass Intentions belowSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openNuptial – 1 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 10.30 amAA Meeting for Women in the Cathedral Conference Room – 1 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmGambler’s Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 11 amSATURDAY10 am Mass ~ Rose McHugh (Month’s Mind Mass)7.30 pm (Vigil for Sunday)Confessions – 12 noon to 1 pm and after 7.30 pm MassAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 11 am SUNDAY 25th MarchMass Times: 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11.15 am and 12.30 pmSt. Vincent de Paul ~ Conwal & Leck Parish ~ 9129503St. Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Aughaninshin ~ 9122366MASS INTENTIONS FOR 8 am TUESDAY and 7.30 pm FRIDAYWillie Sweeney ~ Albert Sweeney ~ Laura Hegarty ~ Dot MullenOwen McMenamin ~ Mary McMenamin ~ Josie McMenamin ~ James McMenamin ~ Michael McMenamin ~ John Kelly ~ Thomas MillarRECENT BAPTISMS ~ We welcome into God’s CommunityIarlaigh Maitiu Sean Kavanagh ~ Niall Edward Curran ~ Dylan Joseph ManganThe ANNUAL CURSILLO MASS celebrated by Bishop Philip Boyce will be held in St. Mary’s Church, Stranorlar this evening, Sunday 18th March at 6 pm. Members and non members are very welcome to this Mass.MONTH’S MIND MASS for the late Ann McKinley (RIP) will take place in All Saints Church, Newtowncunningham on Tuesday 20th March at 7.30 pm.FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS for the late Ingrid Flanagan (RIP) will take place in the Church of the Irish Martyrs on Tuesday 20th March at 6.30 pm.RETIRED NURSES ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND will hold their AGM in the Parish Centre, Stranorlar (behind St. Mary’s Church) at 7 pm on Tuesday 20th March.An OSTOMY AND POUCH SUPPORT MEETING will be held on Monday 26th March in the Radisson Hotel at 6.30 pm. For further details please contact Nurse Specialists: Rita on 9188887 or Cathy on 9188889.A ONE DAY RETREAT directed by Fr Eddie Butler will take place on Saturday 24th March from 9.30 am in Ards Friary. Theme: ‘By His wounds we are healed: A journey with Christ to Easter’. Please contact Ards Friary on 9138909 for details.Letterkenny Golf Club are holding an AUCTION on Sunday 25th March at 4 pm in the Club House. Items can be viewed Saturday 24th March from 12 noon to 8 pm and Sunday 25th March from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Everyone welcome.A ONE DAY RETREAT will be held in Ards Friary, Creeslough on Saturday 31st March in preparation for Easter commencing at 10 am. To book please contact Kathleen on 9121551 before Thursday 29th March.A ONE DAY RETREAT will be held in Ards Friary, Creeslough on Palm Sunday, 1st April commencing at 10.30 am. Retreat Directors: Fr. Sylvester O’Flynn and Fr. Kieran Shorten. To book please contact John on 087-2531562. Everyone welcome.Letterkenny CDP is now taking names for their Summer Courses. Courses will include: Cookery, Creative Machine Sewing and Social Development through a Holistic approach and Child Behaviour Management. Please contact Anne on 9120633.WALK WITH CARA HOUSE ~ A new ‘Healthy Walks – Green Exercise Group’ is starting for those who want a simple and affordable way of improving their fitness. Please meet at The Vestry, Town Park at 2 pm on Tuesdays – it’s free!!DO YOU ENJOY WALKING? A Local Walking Group invites men and women to join. Phone or text 085-1563302 if you are interested.LETTERKENNY ACTIVE RETIREMENT ~ We will join ‘The Young at Heart’ Spring Lunch at The Silver Tassie on Wednesday 28th March at 1 pm.A free seminar on ‘HERITAGE IN TIDY TOWNS’ will take place in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on Saturday 24th March from 9 am to 1 pm. Booking is required. To book your free place, please contact 9124613 Donegal County Museum.THANK YOU ~ The Diabetes Federation, Donegal Branch wishes to thank everyone who contributed to their recent Church Gate Collection. Amount collected: €1,521.99.LOCAL NEWS: ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL LETTERKENNY PARISH BULLETIN was last modified: March 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LOCAL NEWS: ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL LETTERKENNY PARISH BULLETINlast_img read more

first_img15 May 2015Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown has ruled out the privatisation of basic services, such as the provision of electricity and water, and has said load shedding will continue for three more years.Until the “end-state” of Eskom was clarified “we can’t say what parts should go where”, said Brown, who was speaking at a media briefing ahead of her budget vote in the National Assembly on 14 May.Reuters reported on 13 May that South Africa was considering either partially privatising Eskom or putting up some of its assets for sale in order to secure funding for the power producer and resolve an energy crisis.Quoting a statement from the National Treasury, it said South Africa was considering ring-fencing and selling stakes in the state power utility as it sought to secure funding for the power producer and resolve an energy crisis.“Given Eskom’s constrained balance sheet and government’s constrained fiscal position, there is a need to explore all options,” the Treasury said. “Consideration is being given to ring-fencing and selling stakes in Eskom’s non-core businesses or power stations as well as into Eskom’s business as a whole.”However, Brown was emphatic that she did not believe one should change the state-driven ownership model “for now. until you know what you are working towards. You can’t make a decision [about] what happens to Eskom or any of the other state-owned companies [until then]”.My long politician’s answerTurning to what she called “my long politician’s answer”, namely the question of what could be privatised by the state, Brown said: “Basic services must be provided by the state. How private companies and the private sector interact with that is part of what we are trying to do now. [But] we must be able to remain in charge as a state, for want of a better word.”Turning to the troubled Eskom, Brown said that even “in the deepest difficult time” – apparently referring to load shedding – Eskom had been able to connect 160 000 households with electricity.“It [Eskom] can’t be driven by capital. or profit,” she said, noting that it was the state’s responsibility – through Eskom as a commercial venture – to carry out the developmental responsibility.While acknowledging that load shedding would continue for the next three years, the minister said that some Eskom achievements “seemed to have been lost in the avalanche of publicity about other matters”.“Today, I am very pleased to announce that the ramp-up towards full output at Medupi has passed the 700MW milestone. When fully operational by the end of June 2015 as promised, it will deliver the equivalent of more than 40% of the output of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant.”Scheduled maintenance of Koeberg’s Unit One was well on track and was expected to bring more than 900MW back to service by the end of May.Eskom build programme“Looking ahead I have tasked the leadership of Eskom to accelerate the completion of the build programme, with improved project management, contracting and increase the generation capacity of the existing fleet,” Brown said.The state-owned companies under her department – Eskom, Transnet, Denel, South African Express, Safcol and Alexkor – had combined annual revenues of over R200- billion, she said, and would contribute the lion’s share of the state’s investment in infrastructure of more than R330-million a day every day over the next three years.“In conclusion, I want to say that over the next five years the highest priority goals which the department and I are required to drive are set out in the National Development Programme-rooted Medium-Term Strategic Framework. Foremost among these are critical initiatives to lower the cost of doing business to stimulate job-creating growth and to increase the efficiency of the economy:First, ramp up the electricity generation reserve margin from its current levels to 19% by 2019;Second, increase the tonnage moved on rail from the current 207 million tons to 330 million tons by 2019;Third improve the operational performance of sea ports and inland terminals by increasing the average gross crane movements per hour by 25% by 2019; and,Fourth, use the Eskom and Transnet infrastructure development and replacement investment spend to drive the overall national investment rate to 25% in a way that crowds in private sector investment and creates opportunity for new suppliers and sectors.”Source: SAinfo reporter and News24Wirelast_img read more

first_imgExploding sewersNew York was the biggest of the test markets. Apparently, the system performed flawlessly during the Blizzard of 1888, but subsequent cracks in some of the pipes led to escaping steam, water leaks that seeped into residential basements, and increased heat in the city’s sewer lines, resulting in some very smelly explosions. The situation was deemed to have created “conditions dangerous and detrimental to life and health,” and the city shut down the system.Though the system was subsequently restored, the old pipes continue to cause problems. As a result of this first experience with steam heating, district heating in the U.S. is now usually found in settings such as universities, public buildings, and hospital complexes, and only rarely as centralized residential heating, as Holly had intended. BLOGS BY VERA NOVAK Keeping Green on the Right TrackPraise for the Czech Team’s Solar Decathlon EntryAdaptations That Accommodate NatureDealing with Rising Damp in Building ReconstructionDisseminating Building Science Knowledge RELATED ARTICLES Capturing and Distributing Waste Heat From Power GenerationVäxjö, Sweden, is a Model of SustainabilityBringing Combined Heat and Power to BrattleboroCombined Heat and Power in Sweden During my recent travels in Europe, I was surprised at the wide variety of approaches to heating methods and distribution. For example, in the U.K. we visited the Southampton City district heating scheme, a project that uses geothermal and CHP (combined heat and power). The centrally generated heat is supplied to surrounding buildings through underground pipes. It serves 45 businesses, and the businesses save 10% on energy costs plus all of the costs of owning and maintaining heating equipment.Intrigued, I did some research. Apparently, France is home to the world’s oldest known geothermal district heating system. The system in Chaudes-Aigues has been in use since the 14th century, though the Romans already employed under-floor heating systems in Pompeii.In more recent history, in 1881, Birdsill Holly, an engineer from Lockport, New York, patented a system of “district heating” that used centralized boilers and a network of main and branch pipelines to deliver steam heat directly to homes. Installations were tested in such cities as Denver, Colorado; Detroit, Michigan; and Springfield, Massachusetts. District heating in EuropeBirdsill Holly must be smiling from his grave, because district heating is very much alive and well in Europe, and increasingly included in new residential complexes. For example, in Denmark district heating provide 60% of the country’s heating needs.What is even more exciting is the marriage of alternative fuels sources with district heating. In many ways, this is a perfect solution for geothermal. We often hit a “problem” with ICF houses or apartment complexes — the space heating demand is so low that the capital expenditure for geothermal systems has a questionable cost/benefit ratio. If the same installation could service several buildings, then the system would pencil out.center_img Heating with biomassThe other development in Europe is the use of biomass fuels, such as wood chips or pellets. High efficiency biomass boilers can reduce the CO2 output compared to the use of fossil fuels, and they are also more readily adaptable to alternative biomass sources (other than wood chips and pellets) as these become available.While these systems use the same basic technology as backyard wood chip burners, the commercial models have an automatic feed mechanism supplying the burner, which can be moderated based on demand. The refilling of the fuel storage bin is also automated, with a signal sent to the supplier when the material reaches a certain point. Another benefit of this type of equipment is the ability to scale it from just a couple of houses to a large development; we saw both types of systems in Southampton.This distributed concept could be applied to other technologies as well. I’m thinking of my favorite heat-to-energy concept, Cool Energy. This system uses solar thermal collectors to provide heat to a tank, and converts this heat to electricity on demand by means of Stirling Engine technology.The company that promotes the technology has long stated its intent to adapt this for residential use. However, there are high capital costs, implementation costs, and innovation costs, and the technology is better adapted to a larger setting. But this could be implemented in a new development – with the panels on top of a local school or grocery store, and thermal heat and electricity distributed throughout the neighborhood. This would be far more “green” than subsidizing panels for every house. Dr. Vera Novak was recently awarded a PhD in Environmental Design and Planning by Virginia Tech. Her work is dedicated to increased depth and breadth of sustainability in construction, by leveraging the points of greatest potential impact. She is currently working on optimizing corporate sustainability practices to support regenerative design, as well as adapting a lean thinking process for smaller scale projects. She also writes the Eco Build Trends blog. Energy savings and reduced CO2 emissionsMuch has changed since the early days of implementation. Certainly, pipe materials are more durable and less prone to cracking and corrosion. And the advantages are numerous. Operating and maintenance, which can be sporadic in individual buildings, can be centralized for greater attention.There are also economic gains from reduced redundancy. The increased efficiency of one unit operating at peak efficiency means less waste and less CO2 and other pollutants. Even capital costs are less, since the savings of a centralized plant offsets the extra cost of the distribution lines.last_img read more

first_imgA well-placed government source leaked ReadWrite this draft memorandum from the White House.*Announcing Citizenship 2.0—The Same Civil Rights You Love, But Better!We’re super excited to announce Citizenship 2.0—now enhanced with extra monitoring for your safety and security!We know that many people have enjoyed the old version of American citizenship. But as with any product, times change and require adaptation and upgrades to stay current.Your old freedoms were delivered in conventional ways. Now you can get just the freedom you need, when you need it. It’s freedom as a service. It’s Citizenship 2.0. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Civil Liberties#Government#nsa#Prism#satire#spying A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting New And Improved!In recent years, this administration has learned a lot from Silicon Valley—and we’re not just talking about the communications we’ve been intercepting for years from some of the biggest Internet companies. We’ve been very interested in how innovative business models can be applied to government.In particular, the freemium style of product has proven very compelling, where most users get a basic service for free and others pay to get an enhanced version.Of course, as taxpayers, you’re already paying the government to provide services. But our expert governance innovators—”governovators,” we call them—have figured out a way to apply this model to the rights you enjoy as a citizen.Get excited, people—freedom is no longer free. It’s freemium!Big Government, Big Data, Big Changes!You may ask, what’s enabling this move? You may have read something about PRISM.PRISM doesn’t exist, of course. But let’s say we had a secret program to monitor all Internet communications with the tacit cooperation or nonresistance of major tech companies. For argument’s sake. If something like that existed, that would merely be a back-end foundation for the front-end interface improvements to your government that really matter. That’s Citizenship 2.0.Here’s what you’re going to get:Unlimited storage for all your communications. You won’t have access to them—but we will. And that’s what matters. If you or your parents come from a foreign country, or you just have a funny-sounding name, or you ever Googled the name of a political organization, you also get extra backups—for free!In-app purchases. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” First of all, that was, like, soooo three centuries ago. Second, what’s with the crazy capitalization? Anyway, we have all this new technology that’s a complete game-changer. With Citizenship 2.0, you don’t have to surrender your essential liberty up front. You can trade little bits of it as you go, for all the temporary safety you want!Access to your leaders. We’re all about transparency—at least when it comes to what you’re doing online. Thanks to Citizenship 2.0, what you do online might end up in a report that the president himself reads! Isn’t that cool? Note: If you prefer the old version of citizenship, you can opt out of these changes and stick to the original version guaranteed by the Bill of Rights by marching, protesting, or writing your Congressman. But let’s get real—no one’s going to bother to do that.*We’re kidding. We hope. owen thomas Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgThe BJP is raising the issue of abrogation of certain provisions of Article 370 in the run up to the Jharkhand Assembly polls as a “ploy” to divert people’s attention from “monumental failures” of the Raghubar Das Government, JMM working president Hemant Soren alleged on Sunday. The former Jharkhand Chief Minister’s sharp attack comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah referred to Article 370 while listing the achievements of the NDA 2.0 government in their public addresses in the poll-bound State.Mr. Soren said the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) will raise people’s issues in the campaign and promised that if voted to power, his Government will ensure 75% reservation for the youth of Jharkhand in private jobs. In an interview to PTI, he said if JMM forms the government, it will ensure five lakh jobs within one year, unemployment allowance to those who are jobless, reserve government tender up to ₹25 crore for people from the State, implement 50% reservation for women in jobs and 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs). Asked about the BJP raising the Article 370 issue in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Soren said a government which fails to address economic and social crises and key issues that affect everyday lives of citizens, resorts to “creating sharp polarisation in the society”.“Lightning doesn’t strike a place twice and similarly the BJP cannot fool the people all the time. Raising the issue of Article 370 during state assembly polls campaign is nothing but the BJP’s ploy to divert people’s attention from its monumental failures in governance in Jharkhand,” he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi might have been successful in securing an NDA victory based on the post-Pulwama and Balakot nationalistic fervour, but the people of Jharkhand have had enough of this “apathetic” state government and are waiting to throw it out in the upcoming assembly polls, he claimed. Mr. Soren said his party’s sole aim is to free Jharkhand’s 3.5 crore people from the “insensitive” BJP government. “For this purpose, we are willing to coordinate with all like minded parties to collectively fight the BJP and its divisive policies. JMM was instrumental in the fight to achieve Jharkhand as a separate state, and if necessary, will again engage in the struggle to ensure Jharkhand shines bright on the nation’s map,” he said “The entire Opposition has already had a meeting and once I get over with the ongoing ‘Badlav Yatra’, I will sit again with all party leaders,” he added. JMM, Congress, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) and Rashtriya Janata Dal had contested the Lok Sabha polls in alliance earlier this year, but managed to win just two out of the 14 seats. He said conversations are ongoing to firm up the Opposition alliance and there was still time to finalise its shape. Mr. Soren, who has been touring the State as part of his ‘Badlav Yatra’ and connecting with the masses, claimed there was a lot of anger among the people of the state as the Raghubar Das Government had failed to meet their aspirations.“Farmers and farm labourers have committed suicide, families have been destroyed, anganwadi workers are on an indefinite fast, para teachers were on a statewide strike and the police brutally lathi charged them as if they were deadly criminals, youth not getting jobs are ending their lives and the state government is giving government jobs to people from outside Jharkhand,” he alleged.last_img read more

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn the end, coach Chot Reyes picked Jio Jalalon as the Star representative for Gilas Pilipinas.The outspoken mentor decided to pick Jalalon over Allein Maliksi for the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup roster but was asked to leave the lanky shooter out of the Southeast Asian Games rosters.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ Norwood excited to ‘have the flag back on my chest’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img View comments The return of Gabe Norwood, meanwhile, helped Reyes seal the decision to pick the young guard for the continental meet.“For Fiba Asia, we had to make a decision between him and Jio. And we felt we needed Jio more especially since we’re getting Gabe Norwood in anyway.”Gilas Pilipinas will play in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon from August 8 to 20, while the 2017 Sea Games will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19 to 30.With Maliksi out of the question, the former UST gunner will be focused on the Hotshots’ campaign in the ongoing 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, with the team set to play three games for the duration of the tournaments.Star will play San Miguel on August 4, Phoenix on August 23, and Rain or Shine on August 27.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ This despite the PBA’s Board of Governors agreeing to lend veteran players to the national team.“We had to make a decision,” said Reyes after the team’s Thursday evening practice at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We wanted to put (Maliksi) in the Sea Games lineup, but we were asked not to put him in there first,” he added, without going into details on who he was pertaining to.Without Maliksi in the roster, most of Gilas’ outside shooting will now be vested on guards Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo, as well as gunners Matthew Wright and Roger Pogoy.last_img read more

first_imgCBI headquarters in Delhi.Widening the spectrum of its investigation in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has brought under scanner 35 consultants who were hired by the organising committee (OC) for various services, but they hardly did any work. The CBI documents in possession of Headlines Today reveal these high profile names, including that of former junior foreign minister Shashi Tharoor, who charged hefty fees to do nothing. In all, the OC spent a whopping Rs 50.8 lakh per month on these white elephants with fancy designations. The list is topped by Tharoor who was paid Rs 13.5 lakh ($30,000). Others include catering consultant Ajay Grover who was paid Rs 2 lakh, hospitality advisor Vikram Kaul and ticketing advisor Mohan Phadke who were paid Rs 1.4 lakh each and communication consultant Rajeev Desai was paid Rs 1 lakh. Headlines Today was the first to report how Tharoor was hired to influence international communities to ensure successful staging of the CWG. As the OC consultant (community engagement), his job involved filing monthly reports, which he never did. As per the CBI report, his total working days were 12. Tharoor, however, issued a statement denying the allegations. “My association with the CWG as a consultant relates to a different phase of my life, when I was a private citizen with No relationship to the government, an independent consultant working out of New York, quite legally supporting the CWG for which I was officially, formally and legally paid,” Tharoor said. “The consultancy services were rendered between September 2008 and January 2009. In other words the services relate to a period well before I entered public life. The consultancy fee charged was a token sum, and the total sum paid ($30,000 less taxes) was far below the fee that I used to command even just to make a single speech,” he added. The CBI is still trying to establish the exact amount involved in the scam, as it was yet to ascertain the amount spent on these consultants as their perks. The agency estimates that the amount could run into crores of rupees. The CBI is now likely to question these people. Sources said the agency was even looking at the possibility of lodging a fresh FIR in the case.advertisementlast_img read more