P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ “The hardest thing is to keep winning,” said coach Ernesto Valverde, who is celebrating his first league title in his debut season with Barcelona. “You have to find a way to keep coming back.”Barcelona’s next goal is to try to finish the league unbeaten, something which has never happened in the competition’s current format.“It’s been an almost perfect season for us in the league,” midfielder Sergio Busquets said.Barcelona’s biggest setback this season came in the Champions League, when it was eliminated by Roma in the quarterfinals after squandering a three-goal advantage from the first leg.Andres Iniesta, who last week announced he won’t return for a 17th season with the club, started from the bench but entered the match close to the end to applause from most of the crowd at Riazor Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Getafe moved to the final qualification spot for the Europa League with a 1-1 home draw against Girona.The result left Getafe in seventh place, one point in front of Sevilla.Girona, also in the fight for a spot in Europe’s second-tier club competition, stayed ninth. It has 48 points, the same as Sevilla which has a game in hand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Iniesta and Messi each have won nine Spanish league titles.Sunday’s result relegated Clarence Seedorf’s Deportivo.The hosts paid tribute to Barcelona even before the match started with its squad lining up outside the tunnel and applauding their rivals as they entered the field. Most of the opposing fans at Riazor also applauded Barcelona’s players.Coutinho opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a well-placed shot into the top corner after a pass by Ousmane Dembele, and Messi added to the lead in the 38th with a strike from near the far post after a perfect cross by Luiz Suarez.Deportivo pulled one closer with a goal by Lucas Perez in the 40th and equalized with Emre Colak’s shot from inside the area in the 64th.Messi put Barcelona ahead in the 82nd from close range after exchanging passes with Suarez inside the area, then sealed the victory in a breakaway in the 85th.Messi has 32 league goals, leaving him with eight more than Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for top scorer.It has been yet another disappointing coaching stint for Seedorf, the former Dutch midfielder who earned only two victories in 13 matches since arriving to try to save Deportivo from relegation. The team has lost six times and drawn five under his command, returning to the second division for the first time since 2013-14.“We didn’t reach our goal,” Seedorf said. “Now the future is open. We’ll see what happens.”Seedorf had achieved lackluster results in his previous coaching stints, including at AC Milan in 2014. Wilder: Joshua should take $50 million offer—and soon MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, center, and teammates celebrate after winning the 2017-18 Spanish La Liga at the end of the soccer match between Deportivo and Barcelona at the Riazor stadium in A Coruna, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar)MADRID — Barcelona is celebrating yet another Spanish league title to cap a nearly perfect season.Unbeaten Barcelona added to its domestic dominance by winning La Liga for the third time in the last four seasons on Sunday, remaining unbeaten after 34 rounds. Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and Philippe Coutinho added a goal to give Barcelona a 4-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna and an insurmountable 11-point lead over Atletico Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES “We know how difficult it is to win this league,” Messi said. “We were better than our rivals. There is a lot of merit to winning this title without any losses.”Barcelona has won 26 league games and drawn eight, with four matches left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt was Barcelona’s seventh league title in 10 seasons and 25th overall. Real Madrid, last year’s champion, leads with 33 La Liga trophies.Barcelona has also thrived in the Copa del Rey, the country’s second-most important club competition, winning it for the last four seasons. ATLETICO STAYS SECONDAtletico’s depleted team defeated Alaves 1-0 to strengthen its grip on second place.Kevin Gameiro converted a second-half penalty kick to secure the away victory for Atletico, which rested most of its regular starters ahead of Thursday’s return leg against Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals.The result gave Atletico a four-point gap to third-place Real Madrid, which has a game in hand.Gameiro scored the 78th-minute winner from the spot less than 10 minutes after Fernando Torres had his penalty kick saved by Alaves goalkeeper Axel Werner.Atletico forward Angel Correa was sent off with a second yellow card in second-half injury time.VALENCIA DRAWSFourth-place Valencia still has to secure its Champions League spot after a 0-0 home draw against Eibar.Valencia, winless in four matches, has an 11-point lead over fifth-place Real Betis, which has four games left and hosts last-place Malaga on Monday.GETAFE MOVES UP
New Sheikh Kafumba Konneh Foundation Distributes Food for RamadanBy Samuka V. KonnehNo matter how little it was, the late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh, found a heart to share with others, irrespective of their religious, tribal or political affiliation. Many people who attended his funeral back in 2015 attested his kindness and peaceful nature in different forms. His goodness went beyond food.He would provide scholarships for the needy; food for the hungry; water for the thirsty; home for the homeless and money for the broke. Some family members would accuse him of looking more after people outside than those closer to him.Such was the man who led the National Muslim Council from 1999 to 2015 as chairman. He also served in different leadership roles for the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, mediating peace and harmony among political actors and warring factions. Virtually all his service to Liberia was around peace, reconciliation and harmony; from the National Reconciliation and Reunification Commission (NRRC) to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).Almost four years after his death, family and friends are working towards ensuring he’s never lost in the pages of history, and that what he stood for, remained alive.That is why the Sheikh Kafumba F. Konneh Foundation for Peace has been established. Official launching is expected soon in Monrovia.Sheikh Kafumba Konneh Foundation shares Ramadan food items with a local mosque.But ahead of it all, the charity over the weekend relived one of The Sheikh’s histories – giving. Nine (9) mosques in Monrovia, including Topoe’s Village, Iron Factory, Black Jinnah, Chicken Farm, Duala, 17th Street, Salafiya, Gurley Street and Benson Street mosques received at least forty six bags of rice to ease the remaining ten days of the holy month of Ramadan.Making the presentation, the Foundation’s executive director, Maseba Konneh, described the donation as re-living her father’s aspiration for a better Liberia. Ms. Konneh, who recently relocated from the United States of America, promised to work diligently to keep her father’s dream alive.Receiving the donation, the chief imam of the Black Jinnah mosque, Ishmail Sessay, thanked the Foundation and said it couldn’t have come at a better time.“Alhamdullilah for this donation. Sheikh Kafumba lived his life to serve Liberia and promote Islam. He did that until he passed away. May Allah reward him. We’re really happy for his children and family to have put this Foundation together to serve Liberia. What these children are doing is what their father did all his life. These are the kind of children we pray for Allah to give us, as parents.”For the imam of the Topoe’s Village mosque, every day is a day to miss The Sheikh. “Whether you (Foundation) are here or not, we miss him every day. We miss him because of what he did for this country. Sheikh sacrificed his life for Liberia. May Allah forgive him and grant us an appropriate replacement,” said Imam Sulaiman Sannoh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – The late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh’s family is carrying on his legacy through a foundation established in his name.
Residents of the Region One (Barima-Waini) mining community of Port Kaituma, particularly the One Mile area, are calling on the relevant authorities to heed their pleas and urgently repair the roads in the community. However, Regional Chairman Brentol Ashley said they are aware of the state of the road.Resident Clifton Gonsalves told Guyana Times that he has been living in Port Kaituma for 60 years and indicated that the current state of the roads is the worst he has ever seen it. He explained the roads are rapidly deteriorating owing to the heavy-duty trucks that traverse them to get into the “backdam” for mining purposes.The deplorable state of roads in Port Kaituma“All we are getting is promises. There are no actions taken. The road is punishing us. We don’t have a pitch road and all we hear is that the contractors are coming in and when we do get a contractor, they do substandard work and after a few days, the road is the same again,” he related.He added that the last time the road was fixed was over two years ago and when it rains, everything becomes “slushy”. The resident added that potholes serve as swimming holes for some of the children in the area.Gonsalves said buses and taxi are refusing to go into the community and as a result, students and housewives are severely affected. He added that students would suffer the most since they would have to walk to get to school and when they get there, they are most often covered in mud.“There is about 2.5 miles and it takes about six hours to get through it (with a truck) and the hurtful part is that you have to pay a toll of $12,000 and before you get on to the main (road) your truck break and you have to pay more than $200,000 to fix it,” he related.“Every time you leave Port Kaituma you have to pay the toll and getting the toll is not an easy task but if they repair the road we don’t mind paying the toll,” he added.When contacted, Regional Chairman Brentol Ashley said the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is aware of the situation in the One Mile area and they would have instructed Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Chairman, Margaret Lambert, to utilise parts of the subvention to carry out emergency remedial works.Ashley said several road networks in the region need emergency repairs and they have to work with “whatever little resources” are available. However, he indicated that steps would be taken to remedy the situation at Port Kaituma when the weather becomes favourable. In the 2017 National Budget, a sum of $18 million was budgeted for road repairs and maintenance at Barabina Hill, (DBST Road), Bunbury Road, Kumaka District Hospital Road, Manawarin Road, Mabaruma Airstrip, and Moruca Road; all in Region One. However, no monies were budgeted for the Port Kaituma road in the 2017 National Budget.In March of this year, Junior Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson said six lots in the Port Kaituma and Mabaruma areas would benefit from upgrades.
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho clash on the touchline at Stamford Bridge 1 This column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on twitter @sportmagukI love football. Because of the number of rugby matches I need to watch every week in order know my stuff come commentary time, I don’t get to watch as many matches as I’d like. This makes me a Match of the Day addict, and semi-regular Monday Night Football viewer. So it pains me to report that The Beautiful Game was dealt another wounding blow last weekend.On Sunday, the Australian National Rugby League Grand Final featured Russell Crowe’s South Sydney Rabbitohs against the Canterbury Bulldogs. In his first play of the match, Englishman Sam Burgess carried a ball at full tilt into a wall of snarling Bulldogs and was hit hard. Very hard. He got up, recycled the ball with minimum fuss, and play continued. Then, having waved the physiotherapist on to the field, was seen and heard pointing to his right cheekbone, saying: “It’s f**ked. It’s gone.”Burgess was correct in his diagnosis. His cheekbone was smashed and surgery was required. However, leaving the field was not an option for this unit, and he played on – not only coming out on the winning side, but also claiming the man-of-the-match award. His right eye looked as if a piece of fresh liver had been stitched over it, so red and bulbous was the bruise, and so reduced was his line of sight.Heroic didn’t touch it. People were in tears watching, such was his desire to win for a team we know to be special to him and his family.It reminded me of the time I played with a chap called Kevin Maggs. He played for Bath and Ireland, and was roundly respected as a pretty tough hombre. Until you’d played with him, though, you didn’t know. I remember him smashing a ball into contact early in a match against Leicester, and letting out a horrid, guttural moan. His wrist was broken, and he knew it. But he wanted us to win that match so badly that he instructed the Doc to “strap it up and f**k off”. Maggsy played 80 minutes, tackling with one arm and never shirking a single play. We won, and his team-mates bowed in respect to this under-the-radar tough guy.I won’t lie: it was emotional watching Burgess – who has just signed for Bath – go through so much for his team. So to turn on Match of the Day and see two pencil-necked football managers squabbling and flapping at each other was embarrassing.Their respective teams cannot benefit from these petty actions, so they should stop being so childishly selfish.
0Shares0000Juventus’ defender Medhi Benatia celebrates after scoring against Roma on December 23, 2017, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Dec 23 – Champions Juventus kept pace with Serie A leaders Napoli on Saturday after a hard-fought 1-0 win over title-rivals AS Roma with Inter Milan suffering a second consecutive defeat.Moroccan Medhi Benatia scored the only goal against his former club after 18 minutes in Turin as Juventus remain one point behind leaders Napoli — who have 45 from 18 games — with Inter Milan five points adrift in third after losing 1-0 at Sassuolo, and Roma in fourth. It was the first time that Roma have trailed this season away but Eusebio Di Francesco’s side could not find a way back, despite almost equalising in injury time when Patrik Schick hit the crossbar.Juventus also had chances to increase their advantage with Gonzalo Higuain wasteful and Miralem Pjanic’s stoppage time effort cleared by Alisson by the tips of his fingers.“Roma and Napoli are candidates for the Scudetto. Inter are still up there and so are Lazio,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.Di Francesco, whose Roma side sit seven points behind Napoli and six off Juventus, said: “The team could have done a lot better, maybe we were a bit inhibited, against a team like Juventus you can’t afford to make mistakes.”Earlier Marek Hamsik scored his 116th goal to overtake Diego Maradona as Napoli’s all-time record scorer, at the same time sealing a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Sampdoria.Napoli’s midfielder Marek Hamsik celebrates after scoring during the Serie A match against Sampdoria at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples on December 23, 2017 © AFP / Carlo HERMANN“I’m proud to have overtaken a myth like Maradona. My friends gave me shin-pads with 116 on them, but my first thought was that we were winning the game after going behind twice,” said the 30-year-old Slovak international.“Today winning was very important because we also gained points on Inter even if the championship is long.”Napoli were trailing twice in the first half with Gaston Ramirez firing in a free-kick after just two minutes to catch Pepe Reina off guard.But Allan equalised after a quarter of an hour at the San Paolo stadium only for Fabio Quagliarella to convert a penalty to restore Sampdoria’s lead after 27 minutes.Lorenzo Insigne marked his comeback from injury with a volley on 33 minutes following a Dries Mertens flicked cross.But it was captain Hamsik who sealed the victory six minutes before the break, again off a Mertens cross, and Napoli held on despite Mario Rui’s sending off.“The important thing is that we won while suffering, as it’s a victory that counts for even more, because Inter lost today as well,” added Hamsik.– Inter stalled –Despite their remarkable start to the season, Inter have taken just a single point from their last three matches, with back-to-back losses to Udinese and Sassuolo.Diego Falcinelli headed in the only goal after 34 minutes at the Mapei Stadium, with goalkeeper Andrea Consigli saving a penalty from leading Serie A scorer Mauro Icardi.Luciano Spalletti’s side are third but just two points ahead of Roma, who have played a game less.Inter Milan’s forward Mauro Icardi falls on the ground during an Italian Serie A football match against Sassuolo on December 23, 2017 © AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI“We’ve lost two games but I’ve seen good things in these games, perhaps there hasn’t been the most consistency and there have been some moments which weren’t the smartest,” said Spalletti.“We paid a high price for certain episodes. To become a strong team and to consolidate on what we’ve done, we need to get through moments like this.”Lazio, also with a game in hand, are two points off Roma after easing past Crotone 4-0.But things have gone from bad to worse for Chinese-owned Milan who lost to direct European rivals Atalanta, who are in seventh position.Milan’s training retreat after last week’s shock defeat by Verona had little effect on Gennaro Gattuso’s side.Former Milan midfielder Bryan Cristante opened after a Gianluigi Donnarumma error in the first half with Josip Ilicic finishing off the second on 71 minutes.Sparks should fly on Wednesday with AC Milan and Inter Milan meeting in an Italian Cup quarter-final derby clash in the San Siro.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
In our new Donegal property column, leading local estate agent Gareth McLarnon examines why there will always be a healthy demand for holiday homes in Donegal. Brexit uncertainty may have injected a little caution into Donegal holiday home seekers but the county’s standing as the top destination in Ireland looks set to remain. The dreaded ‘B’ word has struck fear into cross-border investors across a whole range of industries and it stands to reason that the housing market has not been immune.The weakening of the pound against the euro in the days, weeks and months following the 2016 ‘leave’ vote in the UK did cause a severe dent in holiday home interest from the UK and Northern Ireland.by Gareth McLarnon of Glen EstatesThe market was very flat in 2016-17 due to the unpredictable currency fluctuations, however, the situation has stabilised in the last 12 months and confidence in the market has increased.Glen Estates has experienced unprecedented demand for holiday homes in Donegal this year. Personally, I’ve agreed the sale of eight holiday homes in the county since St Patrick’s Day. The great value available in Donegal property coupled with the massive wave of publicity, thanks to national and international media coverage of the county, has also helped steady the ship somewhat with inquiries continuing to come in – particularly from within the Republic of Ireland.After all, it’s not everywhere that can lay claim to being the National Geographic’s ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’, the new home of Star Wars and to hosting the most sun-soaked Irish Open in recent memory.The statistics don’t lie when it comes to the Irish holiday home league table. Figures released by the GeoView Residential Buildings Report, published by GeoDirectory, show Donegal still leads the way – by a country mile – in holiday homes compared to the rest of the country.Dunfanaghy is a hot spot of holiday homes.With holiday homes making up 11.4 per cent of all residential buildings in the county, we are streets ahead of second-placed Wexford (7.7%) and US-tourist heavy hotspots of Kerry (7.1%) and Clare (6.7%).Donegal’s has a higher proportion of holiday homes than any other county in the country – and for very good reasons. The rugged beauty of our rural landscape, stunning Wild Atlantic Way coastline and world-class golf venues are among the key tourism drivers that have always been a big draw for holidaymakers.Thousands of weekenders travel throughout the year to the county. Many are destined for holiday homes strategically placed for play in hotspots like Dunfanaghy, Downings and Rathmullan while others are isolated for serenity in rural locations scattered around the county’s remote hillsides and lakelands.The proximity to the urban centres of Northern Ireland has played a very central role in the tourism fortunes of Donegal throughout the decades. Since the heyday of the light railway systems across Northern Ireland into Donegal, the county has been the playground for our Northern neighbours to enjoy the beaches, the fish and chips, the ice cream and much more.That cross-border love affair continued through the Troubles and out the other end. Even amid the inflated housing costs of the noughties boom, the holiday home market in Donegal enjoyed investment in pleasure and relaxation from our friends in Belfast, Derry, Strabane, Enniskillen and beyond. It occurs to me that – although there may be the odd blip from time to time due to one economic uncertainty or another – Brexit, whether hard or soft, will never dampen the spirits of the Donegal-bound holidaymaker.Their love for the county is resilient, they’ve got Donegal in their bones. For that reason, I see no real long-term damage to the holiday home market as a result of Brexit.Our much-loved landscape is still well on top as an Irish holiday home destination and that looks set to continue whatever the political landscape looks like.Gareth McLarnon is Director of Glen Estates, Donegal’s fastest growing estate agents. He has worked in the property industry in Donegal for almost 20 years. Gareth is always available for expert advice on buying, selling or renting property in Donegal. Get in touch today on +353 74 910 2220 or firstname.lastname@example.orgProperty Focus: Why Donegal will remain Ireland’s holiday home hotspot was last modified: July 31st, 2018 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)
11 July 2014Australian-listed company Sunbird Energy is pushing ahead with the development of the Ibhubesi gas project off South Africa’s west coast, which could pave the way for a multi-billion rand investment that would significantly boost the country’s gas-to-electricity generation capacity.Last month, Sunbird announced that it had received all the necessary South African government approvals for its acquisition, from US company Forest Oil Corporation, of a 76% stake in Production Right Block 2A, which covers a 5 000 square kilometre area within the Orange Basin and contains the Ibhubesi gas project, South Africa’s largest undeveloped gas discovery.This established Sunbird as the operator of the gas field, with South African state oil and gas company PetroSA holding the remaining 24% of the licence.Block 2A is located 380 kilometres north-west of Cape Town and 70 kilometres off the coast of the Northern Cape province.According to Sunbird, over US$125-million has been invested in exploring and appraising the block since 2000, with seven of 11 wells drilled to date discovering commercial volumes of gas. And in March, the company announced that an independent assessment had determined that the block contained estimated prospective gas resources of 7.8-trillion cubic feet.In December, Sunbird signed a memorandum of understanding with South African state power company Eskom to jointly investigate supplying gas from Ibhubesi to Eskom’s 1 300 megawatt Ankerlig power station, to replace the plant’s current high-cost diesel feed stock.Eskom is also currently developing plans to convert Ankerlig from an open cycle gas turbine to a closed cycle gas turbine plant, so that it can run on gas.Sunbird managing director Will Barker said last month that South Africa’s energy market was both highly constrained and high value, “creating a unique opportunity for Sunbird as the most advanced project for the supply of energy for the domestic market.“We look forward to progressing our gas sales negotiations with Eskom for the supply of gas to the existing Ankerlig Power station that is currently run on expensive diesel, and further exploring Block 2A’s upside potential.”Barker said Sunbird was working to advance the project both technically and commercially, with upcoming milestones including completion of the preliminary field development plan, commencement of the front-end engineering and design studies, and progress on securing the necessary environmental approvals.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Based in Washington Court House, Seed Consultants, Inc. (SCI) was started in 1990 by Chris Jeffries and Dan Fox and today has grown to be the largest Ohio based seed company. Over the past 25 years, SCI has seen much growth and many positive changes.“Seed Consultants has experienced tremendous growth over our first 25 years,” said Daniel Call, the general manager. “We are grateful to our customers and employees who have allowed us to experience this growth and success. We are excited to continue this growth and service to our customers over the next 25 years.”In 2000, the company built a state-of-the-art conditioning facility at its Washington Court House location with a cleaning capacity of one million units of soybeans and wheat. In 2001, SCI purchased the retail seed sales of Warner Seeds of Bradford, Ohio and entered into a long-term agreement with Warner Seeds for irrigated production of hybrid seed corn. The corn production arm, Warner Seeds and Dull Homestead, recently invested more than $3.5 million in new construction and renovation of their seed corn plants. In 2009, SCI purchased an additional warehouse in Sabina, Ohio, gaining an additional 130,000 square feet of storage space.SCI has remained focused on customer service, good business practices and values while continuing to grow the business. Seed Consultants was built on a foundation of honesty and ethical treatment of customers, and continues to live up to that legacy.SCI has committed tremendous resources to determining where hybrids and varieties are best adapted and supplying customers with elite genetics that will perform on their soils. Seed Consultants corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa varieties are selected specifically for the eastern Corn Belt’s unique soil types and growing conditions. Since 2008, SCI is the only eastern Corn Belt based seed company with four national and 31 state winners in the NCGA Yield Contest. On average, SCI annually plants more than 45,000 yield plots at 75 research locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia.
A second disaster has struck Meghalaya’s illegal coal mines in less than a month, claiming the lives of two miners. Three more, locals said, are trapped in another rat-hole mine nearby.The police in Jaintia Hills on Sunday confirmed that Elad Bareh and Monoj Basumatary were killed when boulders fell on them from a side-cutting mine at Mooknor in Jalyiah village. The incident happened on Friday.Unlike a rat-hole mine that branches from the bottom of a vertical pit, a side-cutting mine involves digging narrow tunnels on the slopes of a hill until miners strike the coal seams.The police conducted a search after Phillip Bareh filed an FIR at the Khliehriat station that his nephew Elad, 26, was missing since Friday. His body was found in front of a side-cutting coal quarry. Another body, identified as that of Monoj of Deinchynrum village, was found in the quarry, East Jaintia Hills district Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtnger said.An inquest was conducted, and the bodies were sent to a government hospital in Khliehriat for autopsy. “Efforts are on to find the owner of the quarry,” Mr Nongtnger said.The police also said they were inquiring about three miners reportedly trapped in the Sookilo area of the district after the illegal rat-hole mine they were working in collapsed. Locals said the incident happened nine days ago.On Saturday, the district administration began a crackdown on illegal mining operations. The Khliehriat police caught and detained a few miners and registered cases against the mine owners, many of whom were absconding.In one of the raids, the police caught a crane operator named Abdul Hussain and three miners – Binod Basumatary, Bikram Sonal and Arjun Rai – while they were extracting coal. A case was registered against the mine owner, Willingness Latam of Moopala vilage.Four more labourers were detained from another quarry near Lelad Junction area of the district. A case was registered against the owner of the mine, Brojoy Dkhar of Sutnga village.Meanwhile, the agencies engaged to rescue the 15 miners trapped in a water-filled mine in the Ksan area have installed more pumps to drain out the water. The going has been slow because of constant seepage of underground water.
Four Goa MLAs, including three Congress rebels who joined the ruling BJP a couple of days ago, would be inducted in the Cabinet on Saturday, sources said on July 12.Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs, led by Leader of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, switched sides and joined the BJP on July 10.Accompanied by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, the breakaway group met BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah and its working president J.P. Nadda in New Delhi on July 11. All the MLAs returned to Goa on July 12.However, Mr. Sawant stayed back to attend a high-level meeting on the issue of mining in Goa, which has come to a standstill following a February 2018 Supreme Court order. Mr. Shah and Union Minister of Mines Pralhad Joshi will attend the meeting.A top BJP source said three of the 10 former Congress MLAs and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly Michael Lobo would be sworn in as ministers on July 13.However, he did not disclose the names of the three former Congress MLAs who would get ministerial berths.When contacted, Mr. Lobo, a BJP MLA, confirmed that he and three other MLAs would join the Cabinet.Mr. Lobo was instrumental in convincing the 10 Congress lawmakers to switch sides, giving the BJP an overwhelming majority in the 40-member Assembly, the sources said.In order to accommodate the new MLAs in the Cabinet, Mr. Sawant would be dropping four ministers, most of them from the BJP’s alliance partners, they added.Talking to PTI on July 11, Mr. Sawant said a decision on the fate of the coalition partners in the Cabinet would be taken only after he returned to Goa.However, the sources said all the three ministers of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) — its president and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palyekar and Jayesh Salgaonkar — were expected to be dropped, along with Independent MLA and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte.The GFP, a regional party, has been with the BJP ever since the saffron outfit formed the government in the coastal State after the February 2017 Assembly polls.Meanwhile, Mr. Kavlekar, who returned to the state from New Delhi, told reporters at the Goa airport that he took the decision to join the BJP as his Assembly constituency had remained underdeveloped all these years.“I was in the opposition for long which was affecting the development of my constituency. I have taken this step as the BJP is a party which has been pro-development and when I remain in power, it will help the people of my constituency,” he said.Besides Mr. Kavlekar, the other MLAs who switched sides are Atanasio Monserratte, Jeniffer Monserratte, Francis Silveira, Philip Nery Rodrigues, Cleaofacio Dias, Wilfred D’Sa, Nilkant Halarnkar, Isidor Fernandes and Antonio Fernandes.