Over a dozen local prep football and soccer teams looked to etch their places in North Coast Section playoff history over the weekend. Several local athletes had big days to propel their teams to victory. Here are a few who stood out over the weekend that was.Joey Pontes: Running back/Defensive back — Fortuna Huskies footballJoey Pontes wasn’t the only Huskie to have an impact during Fortuna’s 55-14 win over visiting El Molino in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs on Friday …
Even though the federally expanded Weatherization Assistance Program has struggled to gain its bureaucratic footing, the logic behind the program and others designed to encourage further energy efficiency retrofits is, in the current economic climate, too compelling for the Obama administration to ignore.President Obama’s pitch in Savannah, Georgia, this week for the “Homestar” home-retrofit-and-rebate legislative proposal, whose essentials the White House unveiled last November, played directly to populist hunger for programs that create jobs and to the notion that eco-friendly, energy-saving home improvements that are done correctly can save homeowners money.Making upgrades rebate-readySpeaking to an audience at the Savannah Technical College, where students are trained in energy efficient construction, the president cited a few Homestar details (which also are outlined on the White House press office website) aimed at making it easier for homeowners to manage the upfront costs of retrofit projects.Purchases of certain materials and services from participating vendors, installers, and utility programs, for example, will be eligible for point-of-sale rebates. Under what Homestar proponents call “Silver Star” improvements, consumers would be eligible for 50% rebates, up to $1,500, on simple upgrades such as duct sealing, installation of insulation, energy efficient water heaters, HVAC systems, windows and/or doors. Certain combinations of upgrades could boost the Silver Star rebate to as much as $3,000.Another retrofit category, called Gold Star, offers a $3,000 rebate for a whole-home audit and upgrade that reduces the home’s energy costs by 20% or more.A stimulus-funded precedentThe program would focus on products made in the U.S. and installed by certified contractors, and would include support for state- and locally sponsored financing plans. And while WAP is aimed at low-income households, Homestar rebates would be available to consumers in all income brackets.Obama is presenting the proposal as a nonpartisan, “common-sense approach” to the nation’s high unemployment rate and the need to decrease energy use, although his political opponents said they are skeptical the plan will deliver as promised. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, cited unmet expectations for the $5 billion Weatherization Assistance Program as evidence that a stimulus plan like Homestar would disappoint. That assessment, however, is premature, since WAP has only now begun ramping up to peak operation. A fair assessment of the current incarnation of the WAP is several months away.
NDRF rescues people in Vadodara following flash floods due to heavy rainfall NDRF rescues people in Vadodara following flash floods due to heavy rainfallVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:4101:41 Incessant rainfall has caused the death of four people in a wall collapse in Vadodara, besides causing floods and affecting life in the city. Nearly 5,000 people from over two dozen low-lying areas were shifted by the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force). Most of the roads were completely inundated.The government has deployed nine teams of the NDRF, besides the Army and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to evacuate people from areas along the Vishwamitri river that is flowing to the danger level mark. According to the State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC), a total of five NDRF and four SDRF teams have been involved in rescue operations in addition to two columns of the Army and as many companies of the State Reserve Police (SRP).Additionally, district police and teams of fire brigade of Vadodara and Surat Municipal Corporations have been deployed for a major rescue operation in the city which had seen an extremely heavy downpour of 499 mm on Wednesday.The district authorities ordered the closure of all schools and colleges on Friday. The operations at the city airport were shut on Thursday.Waterlogging of tracksFlooding has disrupted traffic movement as the authorities shut down all eight bridges in the city. The Western Railway has cancelled over a dozen trains due to waterlogging of tracks.“Five teams of the NDRF have been airlifted from Pune to join the evacuation works in Vadodara. CM has deputed a team of senior bureaucrats from Gandhinagar to oversee rescue and relief works,” a Gujarat government release stated.More than one lakh food packets were distributed by the NDRF and police in localities submerged in knee-deep waters.According to Vadodara Collector Shalini Agrawal, water was not receding because of the opening of sluice gates of the Ajwa dam and inflow of more water due to rains in the catchment area of the Vishwamitri.Floodwaters have entered the Sayajibaug zoo and government-run SSG hospital, besides local markets.On Thursday evening, the State energy division restored power in some of the areas where supply was stopped after four dozen feeders were submerged. “We have restored power in some areas but still several areas are in dark,” a government official said.“Four labourers were killed in a wall collapse due to heavy rain in Chhani area of Vadodara,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said after holding a review meeting in capital Gandhinagar.
Here’s the chance for two lucky individuals to win the chance to build a Habitat For Humanity home with world-renowned construction and real estate experts Jonathan and Drew Scott in Nashville, Tennessee.Those who wish to enter the drawing will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to bring one guest to meet Jonathan and Drew Scott in Nashville and make an impact in someone’s life. Winners and their guests will fly free to Nashville, and will be able to begin construction on two new homes for one busy build day on April 2, working alongside the homebuyers and other Habitat volunteers.Participants can enter to win at www.habitat.org/ScottBrothers. Winners will be announced March 5, 2018.
For the past 10 years, the Dayton region has held an annual appreciation effort to celebrate the military personnel serving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Springfield Air National Guard Base in western Ohio.The “Hometown Heroes” program, spearheaded by the Dayton Development Coalition, provides thousands of tickets to military members to local sporting events and other entertainment. At a Dayton Dragons baseball game, airmen from Wright-Patterson are welcomed onto the field and recognized for their service.“This is a chance to celebrate the airmen of Wright-Patt,” Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the coalition, told the Dayton Business Journal. “Every year we’re honored to do this. These airmen have made a lot of sacrifices for their country. We want to make them feel welcome when they come to Dayton.”The two bases are a significant part of the Miami Valley economy, supporting 60,000 jobs in the region and generating a $4.1 billion annual economic impact.“Hometown Heroes is more than the tickets donated to the airmen at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. It is more than a series of sporting events, musicals and shows; it’s about the Dayton region’s belief in the importance of service,” Hoagland said.Last month, the Dayton region was honored by ADC as one of the Great American Defense Communities. In presenting the award, ADC President Mike Cooper cited the Hometown Heroes program as one of the reasons Dayton stood out.“You see a program like this that works so well that other installations want to follow it,” Cooper said. “Part of the award is how the community helps airmen find housing and living arrangements. But part of it is how it helps them feel welcomed, too.”ADC launched the Great American Defense Communities program to acknowledge the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host installations make to improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. The inaugural class of 10 communities was selected by a panel of defense community advocates and experts from dozens of nominees based on the broad range of efforts they carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families, covering areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, May 1, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.At Town Hall: The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. … The Informational Forum on the proposed TIF Agreement between the town and Analog Devices takes place at 7pm in the Town Hall Auditorium. Learn more HERE. … The Wilmington Planning Board meet at 7:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Strings Vertical Concert takes place at 7pm in the WHS Gymnasium.In The Community: Learn more about the proposed development of Sciarappa Farm (Article 53), from 4pm to 7pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon. Free. Handicapped accessible.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm.At The Library: Cookin’ The Books at noon. Teen Trivia at 6:30pm. Friends of the Library Executive Board Meeting at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Zumba at 9am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Mah Johg at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm.Go Wildcats!: Nine Wilmington High School teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 7, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
ONGC workers |ReutersThe Narendra Modi government has asked the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to sell its golf courses around the country. The response comes days after the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) termed the fairways to be ‘non-core’ assets.In an assessment, DIPAM has identified two ONGC golf courses in Ahmedabad and Vadodara in Gujarat as prime locations that could fetch massive investments from real estate. The government responded to the assessment by asking ONGC to sell the assets. Representational Image |YouTubeBharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) follows ONGC in the list having ‘non-core’ assets. BPCL’s Chembur sports club will also be sold after permission from the government.According to officials, there might be an outright sale or a joint venture to redevelop the land. The reason behind the monetisation of assets was the prime location of the fairways and the profit that the government can gain by developing real estate projects there.Here’s how monetisation of assets will be kept transparentWith an aim to rationalise resource utilisation in the public sector, officials from DIPAM, Niti Aayog, oil ministry and other departments took a unified decision to monetise the assets of ONGC and BPCL. The decision makers also stood firm that the proceeds will go to central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) and not the exchequer.”They are just looking at it as a real estate play and missing the larger purpose these facilities serve for the company,” reported Economic Times. The officials of CPSEs are reportedly not happy with the decisions.
More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled predominantly Buddhist Myanmar to Bangladesh since late August. Prothom Alo file photoMyanmar has blamed Bangladesh for delaying the start of a repatriation process for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees, saying it feared Dhaka could be stalling until it receives multi-million dollars of international aid money.More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled predominantly Buddhist Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh since late August to escape ethnic violence that accompanied a brutal military counter-insurgency operation after Rohingya militant attacks on security posts in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.Zaw Htay, a spokesman for Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said Myanmar was ready to begin the repatriation process any time, based along the lines of an agreement that covered returns of Rohingya to Myanmar in the early 1990s.He said Bangladesh had yet to accept those terms.“We are ready to start, but the other side did not accept yet, and the process was delayed. This is the number one fact,” Zaw Htay, director-general of the ministry of the state counsellor’s office, told journalists on Tuesday.A memorandum of understanding on border liaison posts was signed with Bangladesh hme mnister Asaduzzaman Khan following talks in the Myanmar capital, Naypyitaw, last week, but there was no progress on reviving the old agreement.Zaw Htay linked the delay by Bangladesh to the money raised so far by the international community to help build gigantic refugee camps for the Rohingya.“Currently they have got $400 million. Over their receipt of this amount, we are now afraid of delaying the program of deporting the refugees,” he said in comments carried in a front-page article in the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper on Wednesday.“They have got international subsidies. We are now afraid they would have another consideration as to repatriation,” he said.The Bangladesh government issued a statement on Thursday saying that Myanmar had not agreed to 10 points put forward by its minister at last week’s talks, including the full implementation of the recommendations of an Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, chaired by former UN scretary gneral Kofi Annan, for a sustainable return of Rohingya.Khan told Bangladesh media on Friday that the two sides were unable to form a joint working group but said it should be set up by the time freign mnister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali goes to Myanmar for talks on 30 November.The Myanmar government has said it would accept the Rohingya once it was established that they had lived in Myanmar.Zaw Htay said Myanmar was awaiting a list of Rohingya refugees from the Bangladesh side.
Aziz AhmedThe government has appointed lieutenant general Aziz Ahmed as the new chiefof Bangladesh Army, says UNB.The defence ministry issued a notice in this regard on Monday.He will be promoted as a general and take over the charge as army chief on 25 June for next three years, it said.Aziz Ahmed will replace general Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq.Lieutenant general Aziz Ahmed is currently serving as the quartermaster general of Bangladesh Army.As a major general, Aziz Ahmed previously performed as the director general of Border Guard Bangladesh, and the GOC of 33 Infantry Division stationed at Comilla Cantonment.