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Laboy, Priscilla E. 21 of Petersburg, NJ

first_imgLaboy, Priscilla E. 21 of Petersburg, NJ passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016.Born in Somers Point, NJ, she was formerly of Cape May Court House, NJ and a resident of Petersburg, NJ for 11 years.Surviving are two sisters, Gloria Laboy of Petersburg, NJ, Angelina Alvarez of Petersburg, NJ, a brother, Noah Law of Steelmantown, NJ and her maternal grandfather, David E. Law, Jr. of Petersburg, NJ. She was predeceased by her mother, Dawn E. Law and her maternal grandmother, Gloria N. Law.A Mass of Resurrection will be offered Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock from The Church of the Resurrection of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 200 West Tuckahoe Road, Marmora, NJ where friends may call from ten o’clock until the time of mass. Burial will follow in Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ.Memorial contributions may be made to Cape Assist, 3819 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260. www.capeassist.com. For condolences to the family, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.last_img read more

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SE Ind. Correctional Facility Celebrates Inmate Achievement

first_imgOver 150 offenders participated in a graduation ceremony at Madison Correctional Facility on June 12.Several offenders are making the most of it while facing incarceration in Southeast Indiana. Over 150 female offenders participated in the semiannual graduation celebration at the Madison Correctional Facility.Inmates successfully completed various programs including Therapeautic Community, Residential Reformative Reentry Program, Department of Labor Apprenticeships, IN2WORK program, Business Technology, and the START program. Nine offenders also completed the Test Assessing Secondary Completion exam.Several of the graduates were participating in the graduation ceremony for completing more than one program.Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Bruce Lemmon spoke of Indiana as being a state that focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment and noted that studies have shown that the more programs an offender participates in, the less likely they are to reoffend.  These programs give offenders the tools to maintain sobriety and get a job upon their release.Madison Mayor Damon Welch, the keynote speaker, stated, “These young ladies are part of our community and are going to make a mark wherever they end up going in life.”The Madison Correctional Facility is located in Madison on the State Mental Hospital Grounds and was founded in 1989. Madison is a minimum security facility that houses approximately 700 offenders.  They have approximately 20 work crews supporting the City of Madison and other community and state agencies.last_img read more

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Fort St. John remembers with parade and ceremonies tomorrow

first_imgTomorrow, the Remembrance Day Parade will be starting at the Royal Legion Hall  for Branch #102 at 10 AM.The parade will take about 45 minutes, and be followed by an outdoor service. The indoor service starts at 11 AM inside the hall.The Legion says speakers and MCs scheduled for the event respectively include Mike King with the Legion, and City Councillor/Major Dan Davies – who is also a Canadian Forces Cadet Instructor.- Advertisement -The legion asks that residents of Fort St. John take time tomorrow to honour our Veterans and Serving Members defending our country and way of life.For more information, contact the Royal Legion Branch #102 at (250) 785 3917.last_img read more

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PSG admission! ‘We thought we’d beaten Chelsea’

first_img1 Demba Ba celebrates against PSG in the Champions League PSG defender Thiago Silva has revealed tough lessons have been learned from last season’s crushing Champions League defeat to Chelsea.With three minutes left, PSG were 3-2 ahead on aggregate following a 3-1 first leg win and the players even thought they had done enough to secure a place in the semi finals.“One important thing to always remember is that until the referee stops, the match is not done yet,” Silva told Nissan.“In the last match [against Chelsea] we thought our team was already qualified.”However, a late Demba Ba goal doubled Chelsea’s lead after Andre Schurrle’s earlier opener, earning Jose Mourinho’s side victory on away goals and a place in the last four at the French side’s expense.Nissan is the official automotive sponsor of the UEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

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MH17: The BUK stops with Russia

first_imgMalaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine by a Buk surface-to-air missile system trucked across the border from Russia and fired from a village under the control of pro-Russia rebels, according to the international team that has investigated the MH17 downing.The deadly missile system was returned to Russia the same night.The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), led by the Netherlands Public Prosecutors’ Office and police, concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on July 17,  2014, by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy (or: Pervomaiskyi).”At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters,” the JIT said on September 28..”The investigation also shows that the BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH-17, was taken back to the Russian Federation.”  Watch JIT animationsMH17, a Boeing 777-200 with 283 passengers and 15 crew onboard, was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was hit by the ground-to-air missile. The incident is the deadliest airliner shootdown incident to date. Wreckage from the aircraft was distributed over various sites within an area of 50 square kilometres. All 298 occupants were killed. The crew were all Malaysian and among the passengers were 196 Dutch citizens, while many of the other passengers were Australians and Malaysians. The flight was operated as a codeshare with KLM.There are two official probes into the MH17 tragedy – a technical inquiry led by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) and a separate criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team. The technical report was released on October 13 last year.Read the technical report. The Dutch Safety Board report concluded that the crash of flight MH17  was caused by the detonation of a 9N314M-type warhead launched from the eastern part of Ukraine using a Buk missile system.It also found that Ukraine had sufficient reason to close the entire airspace over the eastern part of Ukraine as a precaution. The airspace over the eastern part of Ukraine was much in use: between 14 and 17 July 2014, 61 operators from 32 countries routed their flights through this airspace. On the day of the crash, until the airspace was closed, 160 commercial airliners flew over the area. Malaysia Airlines prepared and operated flight MH17 in accordance with regulations.The JIT consists of investigators and experts from the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Malaysia and Ukraine, and focussed on finding out who was responsible for the incident. Its ultimate goal is tracing and prosecuting the perpetrators.“The most important (aspect)  in the JIT investigation is that we can substantiate our conclusions with legal and convincing evidence. In doing so the bar is high: the evidence must stand before a court,” the JIT stressed during a press conference presenting its first results of the two-year long investigation. “We are confident that the evidence which we have collected removes any kind of doubt about the cause of the crash,”   Ultimately it will be up to the court to render a final judgment.”The JIT’s investigation has been comprehensive and meticulous.Read the JIT’s e-zine on how it investigated the MH17 tragedyBetween 100 and 200 investigators and other experts have been working on the case and currently and, on a daily basis,  almost 100 investigators, public prosecutors and other experts are still doing so.During the past two years, dozens of containers with thousands of wreckage parts were examined in detail, piece by piece. Of those parts, 1448 were processed in a databank as being relevant to the investigation.Sixty requests for legal assistance were sent to more than 20 countries and the JIT received reactions to  many of them. Twenty weapon systems were examined. Five billion internet pages were recorded and assessed for their relevant content. Half a million videos and photographs were examined in detail and saved, and more than two hundred witnesses were heard.In addition, approximately 150.000 intercepted telephone calls were listened in on, summarised and assessed for their relevance and authenticity. After this, more than 3500 intercepted conversations were processed entirely, translated and analysed. All this was recorded in more than 6000 official reports.The JIT investigated different scenarios. The possibility of an accident caused by technical or human failure and the possibility of a terrorist attack from inside the aircraft could be ruled out quickly.Also ruled out wasthe air-to-air scenario, the possibility that flight MH17 had been shot down by another airplane equipped with a weapon system,  because radar images and air traffic data show that there was no other aircraft flying in the vicinity of flight MH17 that could have shot it down“On the basis of a large amount of evidence we can conclude that the final scenario, being flight MH17 was shot down by a ground based air defence system, is indeed the scenario which took place,” the JIT said.What’s next?Investigators now know for sure what happened to flight MH17, but what remains is the answer to the question: who was responsible for this? Which people  were involved in the delivery, security and removal of the BUK-TELAR and/or the shooting down flight MH17?The JIT team has identified, through different sources such as intercepted telephone conversations and witness statements, about 100 people who played an active role in getting hold of the BUK-TELAR and organising the transport to the launch location. There are also those who had a facilitating or supporting role. But, the JIT warned, these people are not automatically suspects.“To assess whether persons who were involved acted culpably, and can therefore be regarded as suspects, it is important to get a better picture of the chain of command with regard to the use of the weapon,” it said. “Who gave the orders for the delivery of the BUK-TELAR? Who gave the order to shoot down MH17? Did the crew take their own decision or did they execute a command from higher up? What did the persons who were involved in this operation know?”The investigation will now fully focus on the answers to these kinds of questions.“Working alongside the other JIT countries and with the broad support of the international community, we will continue striving to ensure that those responsible for the MH17 disaster do not escape justice,” Dutch Prime Minister Rutte vowed on Wednesday.“The investigation is asking a lot of the victims’ families, for whom answers cannot come quickly enough. Patience is a lot to ask of people who can face grief, disbelief and anger on a regular basis. We are always mindful of that struggle. We will continue to stand side by side with the victims’ families,” he said.last_img read more

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Formula changes and lower crop prices point to lower CAUV values in the future

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Owners of Agricultural land enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) property tax program in the twenty-four counties that are experiencing a reappraisal or triennial update in 2015 (payable in 2016) will see the highest CAUV values in history, based on preliminary numbers from the Ohio Department of Taxation. Similar to prior years, increases in values will be in the vicinity of 100% to 200%. However, lower crop prices and changes made to the CAUV formula by the Ohio Department of Taxation point to lower CAUV values in the future.WHAT IS CAUV?In 1972, Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment that allowed qualified agricultural land to be valued at its current agricultural use value for real property tax purposes rather than fair market value.  The home, home site and outbuildings are still valued at fair market value.Current agricultural use value can be determined by the capitalization of the typical net income from agricultural crops on a given parcel of land assuming typical management, cropping patterns, and yields for the types of soil present on the tract.HOW IS CAUV CALCULATED?The CAUV values are based upon a formula containing five factors applied to three crops: corn, soybeans, and wheat, the three most prevalent crops in Ohio. Hay was dropped from the formula in 2010. The five factors are:1.)        Cropping pattern- based upon the acres of corn, beans and wheat compared to the total acres of those three crops. These percentages are based upon statewide averages.2.)        Crop prices- based upon a survey by NASS of elevators in Ohio3.)        Crop yields- based upon 1984 NRCS/NASS per acre yield estimates for each soil type, adjusted for actual average yields in Ohio for the past ten years.4.)        Non-land production costs- based upon farmer surveys by The Ohio State University.5.)        Capitalization rate- based upon the interest rate for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage at Farm Credit Services, with 40% attributed to equity and 60% to debt.The crop prices, non-land production costs and capitalization rate are calculated by taking the previous seven years of numbers, eliminating the highest number and the lowest number, and then averaging the remaining five numbers. Cropping pattern is based on an average of the last five years of acres planted. The prices, cropping pattern, costs and yields are then multiplied, added and subtracted to determine the net profit per acre of soil type, and that number is then divided by the capitalization rate to arrive at the final value. This calculation is performed for each of the 3500 soil types in Ohio.LOWER CROP PRICES IN 2014For the second consecutive year, the price for corn, beans, and wheat that came into the formula is lower than the prior year. The price for corn that came into the formula for 2014 is $3.65/bu. compared to $4.41 for 2013. Similarly, the 2014 price for soybeans that came into the formula is $10.40 compared to $13.00 for 2013. Likewise, the new 2014 wheat price is $5.55 versus $6.54 for 2013.NOT AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTOne or two years of lower crop prices will not produce a noticeable decrease in CAUV values. There needs to be a trend lasting several years to substantially reduce the values. A trend is required because the crop prices used in calculating CAUV values are based on a seven-year rolling average, with the highest price and the lowest price during that seven-year period thrown out.Using corn as an example, the corn prices used in the 2015 calculation for the last seven years are:2008 – $4.212009 – $3.552010 – $5.452011 – $6.442012 – $7.092013 – $4.412014 – $3.65Since $3.55 is the lowest price and $7.09 is the highest price, they are removed from the calculation. The average of the remaining five numbers is $4.79. After a management allowance of 5%, which is allowed in the formula, the price for corn used in the 2015 formula is $4.55. Please remember that these numbers are preliminary and may change before finalization of the 2015 values. There is a similar trend for the calculation of the prices for soybeans and wheat.Continuing to use corn as an example, it will take several years of lower crop prices to substantially lower land values for CAUV purposes. Real property is revalued every three years for tax purposes. Therefore, property being revalued in 2015 will not be revalued again until 2018. During that time, three years’ worth of crop prices will drop out of the formula and will be replaced by three new years’. If the three new years’ crop prices are lower than $6.44, it is likely that there will be a decrease in CAUV values. Based on experts’ opinions and forecasts, such appears to be the case.CHANGES TO THE FORMULA BY THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TAXATIONIn response to the alarming increases in CAUV values over the past several years, attorneys at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation researched and reviewed the CAUV formula in greater detail than it has ever been reviewed since its inception. As a result of this review, Ohio Farm Bureau made several recommendations to the Ohio Department of Taxation to update portions of the formula to more accurately reflect current values. These recommendations do not substantially change the way that CAUV is calculated, but rather to update the data contained in the formula.The Ohio Department of Taxation has agreed with several of the recommendations forwarded by Ohio Farm Bureau. Therefore, the changes that will appear in the 2015 CAUV calculations are:TIMELINESS OF DATA – There has always been a two-year lag period between the collection of the data used in the CAUV formula and the finalization of the values for use by county auditors. This became especially troublesome in a year like 2014 when the price of soybeans fell from $13.00/bu. To $10.40/bu., but CAUV values doubled. Soybean prices dropped even lower by the end of the year and continue to fall in 2015. Because of the two-year lag period, it took two years for these lower prices to appear in the formula. Then, the lower number may be thrown out of the calculation if it was the lowest during the seven-year look back period.By adjusting the schedule of when CAUV values are calculated, the Ohio Department of Taxation was able to cut the two-year lag period to one year. Therefore, lower crop prices, and potentially higher costs, will come into the formula more quickly and CAUV values will be more current. One consequence of this change is that county auditors will not receive the updated values until later in the year of reappraisal or update.CAPITALIZATION RATE – CAUV values are calculated by dividing the projected net income per acre by the capitalization rate for each of the 3500+ soil types in Ohio. A small change in the capitalization rate can have a big impact on CAUV values. For example, a $200 per acre net return divided by a capitalization rate of 6% results in a $3,333 value. If the capitalization rate increases to 7%, the same $200 per acre net return divided by 7% results in a $2,857 value. Low capitalization rates are good if you are borrowing money; they are not beneficial when calculating CAUV.The Ohio Department of Taxation adjusted the calculation of the capitalization rate to more accurately reflect current borrowing patterns. The capitalization rate is now based upon a ratio where 80% is considered debt and 20% is considered equity. This is compared to a 60/40 ratio used in prior years. Furthermore, the mortgage interest rate (which is the starting point of the capitalization rate calculation) is based on a 25-year fixed multi-flex rate for loans $25,000 or greater at Farm Credit Services. The prior years’ mortgage interest rate was based on a 15-year loan period.Although the capitalization rate used in the 2015 calculation went down from 7.5% in 2012 (the previous time CAUV was calculated for counties in this cycle) to 6.5% (contributing to the increase in CAUV values), the capitalization rate between 2014 and 2015 increased from 6.2% to 6.5%. As previously stated, higher capitalization rates contribute to lower CAUV values.WOODLAND VALUES – Woodland values have increased more dramatically than cropland values, especially if the woodland is located in a high-productivity geographic region. Woodland values are calculated by the same process used to calculate cropland values, with the additional step of subtracting the cost of drainage per acre (for Class I and II soils) and the cost of clearing the land per acre. Since the inception of the program, once the cropland value is determined, there has been a reduction in value for woodlands of $500 per acre for subsurface tile drainage for somewhat poorly drained, poorly drained, and very poorly drained soils. In addition, for 37 soil types, there has been a $250 per acre reduction for surface drainage. There is a $500 per acre reduction allowed for clearing the land for all soil types.What has occurred in recent years is that the calculation of cropland values is so high that, even with the aforementioned reductions, woodland values have been bumped from minimum value to a value similar to crop producing soils. This scenario is exacerbated if the woodland happens to be located in a high-productivity geographic region.The Ohio Department of Taxation has increased the reductions for woodland from $500 to $770 per acre for subsurface tile drainage in somewhat poorly drained, poorly drained, and very poorly drained soils; from $250 to $380 per acre for surface drainage in 37 soil types; and from $500 to $1,000 per acre for land clearing in all soil types.SUMMARYIf the trend of lower crop prices continues, couple with the changes to the formula made by the Ohio Department of Taxation, CAUV values will decrease in the future. Nobody likes paying taxes and it is hard to prepare for tax increases of 100% to 200%. But if CAUV landowners can swallow the bitter pill of paying higher property taxes through 2015, while receiving lower crop prices, the CAUV formula will work to decrease property taxes to more accurately reflect the farm economy. Think of it as a roller coaster with crop prices in the front car and CAUV values in the back car. Ultimately, the roller coaster ends up in the same place.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — February 12, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180212_RyanMartinSignificant changes in the forecast pattern this morning. While it is still cold this morning and we stay chilly into tomorrow, we are going to transition from the cold and snowy pattern that we saw for the first 11 days of February to a warm and wet pattern for the next 10 days. The map below is 10 day precipitation potential for the region. Time will tell if we swing back to a cold, snowy pattern for the last 6 days of the month, but it looks possible. Here is how it all starts to unfold.Cold air is in over a large part of the state this morning, and we still have some precipitation trying to leave southeastern Ohio as well. Clouds have held in moderately over the state, and that has staved off the subzero temperature push we had originally been concerned about here. However, as we go through the overnight, we will see a few low single digits readings and some subzero temps early tomorrow morning. Today, we above freezing up to at least US 30.Tomorrow, after that chilly start, we should see a further warming push, as sun is gradually replaced by clouds. A wave of moisture pushes by to the south late tomorrow afternoon, staying south of the Ohio River. That means we see some clouds move in for your Wednesday, but we don’t think there is much precipitation here. That seems to be confined to areas farther west. We should see temps in the 40s and 50s at least statewide.Moisture does arrive here in Ohio on overnight Wednesday night, and then a stronger front sneaks in for late Thursday. Rains overnight Wednesday night and Thursday will be from .05-.3” with coverage at 70%. Then, out of the stronger wave Thursday overnight into Friday, we can see 1-2 inch rains from US 30 southward, and a quarter to .75” rains north of 30. The moisture may not leave most of Ohio until sometime late Friday afternoon. This will be a very wet period. Keep in mind our ground situation: early this week we find ourselves frozen – after the cold start to the month. Even with a couple of days of thawing, we still think rains of that magnitude will lead to some quick water accumulation and we may have to watch for some flooding. Colder air should be expected behind the front for late Friday, and there likely will be a chilly start to the weekend on Saturday.Even with the cool start on Saturday, we should be dry with high pressure in place over SW Ohio, and we keep dry weather in for Sunday as well. Southwest winds for later Saturday and Sunday should put temps mostly back above normal to finish the weekend.We have a damp start to the week next week with scattered showers slowly moving through Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The rains have no more than a few hundredth to .25” on any given day, with daily coverage at 50% or less. But, combined through the period, we should see .25”-.5” rains and 80% coverage. Temps remain above normal.Colder air comes in for the second half of next week with temps below normal. However, there is no precipitation in that colder push. A clipper for Sunday the 25th can bring some scattered snow, or perhaps some rain mixing with snow. The much stronger front is in for the 26th and 27th, bringing liquid equivalent precipitation of half to 1.5” over the entire state. Right now south flow ahead of that system would indicate rain potential, but the timing of the cold air arrival will be the key going forward.last_img read more

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Add Depth To Your Project With After Effects 3D Lighting

first_imgMotion Graphics guru Chris Meyer shares a quick trick for increasing visual interest in your After Effects projects.If you’re into motion design and After Effects you’re likely already familiar with AE training by production duo Trish and Chris Meyer. In a recent Lynda.com After Effects Apprentice training course Chris demonstrates how to create an opening title for a medical themed project.In this sample from that online training course Chris shows how adding a 3D light to your AE project can instantly give it more depth and focus your viewers attention to an area of the frame.   The short video tutorial covers adding a vignette to your AE project, using a 3D light’s fall off feature to focus attention on the foreground while darkening the background and casting shawdows between your composition’s layers.For AE pros this may be a bit elementary, but it is a great reminder that the 3D light in After Effects is a powerful tool to make your compositions pop and give visual interest.  Have a look here:From After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening TitleTutorial video originally seen on ProVideoCoalition.comlast_img read more

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‘Other than cricket, India’s performance in all games is far below international standards’

first_imgHolding Field”While the 2002 World Cup has been exceptional, it has remained true to the cliche that great expectations beget great is appointments.”K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, Bangalore Towards a GoalYour cover story was interesting as it gave a respite from politics (“Topsy Turvy”, July 1). The early exit of superheroes from,Holding Field”While the 2002 World Cup has been exceptional, it has remained true to the cliche that great expectations beget great is appointments.”K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, BangaloreTowards a Goal Your cover story was interesting as it gave a respite from politics (“Topsy Turvy”, July 1). The early exit of superheroes from the World Cup shows that it is time for new stars to twinkle in football’s sky.DIPTANSU SHARMA, GuwahatiWhile your cover story was interesting, I disagreed with the “underdog” tag you gave the Japanese and the Koreans. The home ground advantage levelled the playing field. The same, however, did not apply to Senegal and Turkey. Moreover, every sportsperson plays for his country, not the continent. And finally, Bayern Munich beat Valencia to win the UEFA Champions League and not Manchester United as stated in the box.UDAY MEDURI, on e-mailOther than cricket, India’s performance in all games is far below international standards. When will we be high achievers instead of mere cheerleaders?S.C. KAPOOR, NoidaAs long as the all-India Football Federation continues to be influenced by politics and politicians, the most populous nation in the world will never play in a World Cup. What we need at the helm is a person with an avowed interest in football. A coach should be inducted from Europe or South America. Unless we improve our infrastructure, nothing can ever work in India’s favour.HIPPU KANUNGO, CuttackIt hurts to watch countries like Puerto Rico, Qatar and Senegal-each the size of some of India’s districts-going all out to play the World Cup while we stay home. It is disheartening but the fact remains that we have devoted our enthusiasm to cricket and neglected all other sports. Instead of fighting an imaginary battle, what we need to do is channelise our energy in the sports arena.C. VIJAY NARAYANA, on e-mailRoad to NowhereIt is strange that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh continues to receive accolades when nothing seems right with the state (“Roadblock”, July 1). The Congress Government in the state has set new benchmarks for corruption and inefficiency. The electricity board of a state that used to have surplus power not long ago is in a shambles with regular power cuts. A severe water crisis, a stagnant economy, development at a standstill … it is hardly surprising that nobody wants to invest in the state today. The tragedy is that for all its inefficiency, the Congress will probably win elections for the third time and complete the state’s damnation.VIKRAM SINGH CHAUHAN, JabalpurYes, Digvijay has failed to improve the state of roads in Madhya Pradesh but it is a fraction of the list of his failures. With poor infrastructure many industries have downed shutters, the magnitude of poverty is constantly rising and medical services are dismal. How can he be called a good administrator when he has crippled the state both economically and financially?DR SHARAD JAIN, Indoreadvertisement”It is sad that our society and media allow hollow people to use their faces as money-making machines. Whatever happened to depth?”KETAN CHAPHALKAR, on e-mailThe irony is that a beautiful state with immense tourist potential has failed to entice people who reject it for the very reason that makes tourism possible: travel. Not only are the roads bad, flouting of traffic rules is another nuisance. Most crossings are devoid of signals and traffic policemen. However, with elections approaching, urgent steps are being taken. This is a satire on our democratic system where the lawmakers remember their duties only in the last few months of their five-year tenure.POORNI V., on e-mailThe story should also have focused on the countless lives lost in accidents because of the dismal condition of roads and the insensitivity shown by the administration to the continuing criticism voiced in the local media.ARINDAM MUKHERJEE, Bhopal Forward MarchIt is surprising to see the lack of character and calibre in most of our ministers today (“Ready for a Facelift”, July 1). They do not seem to know that heading a ministry implies a responsibility to run the country’s highest department in the field. The way every MP and MLA seems to be in a hurry to grab a ministry is ample proof of this ignorance. Gone are the days when ministers used to be dynamic leaders with knowledge and experience in their field to take the nation forward. The irony today is that most of our elected leaders are either begging for portfolios or blackmailing their leaders for the same. The appointment, therefore, is more a means of adjustment and caste-appeasement. Can’t some responsible national leaders do something to ar rest this alarming and disgusting trend by making suitable amendments to the Constitution?MUKESH BANSAL, Delhi advertisementlast_img read more

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‘Chelsea must enjoy Hazard while they can’

first_imgTransfers Chelsea urged to ‘enjoy Hazard while they can’ as Real rumours persist Chris Burton 17:12 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Transfers Real Madrid Eden Hazard Chelsea Premier League Ex-Blues striker Chris Sutton admits that a summer switch is possible and that the Belgian’s departure would leave “a fair bit of business” to be done Chelsea must “enjoy Eden Hazard while they can”, says Chris Sutton, with links to Real Madrid refusing to go away.The Belgian forward continues to star for the Blues, with another inspirational showing put in on Saturday during a 4-0 victory over Brighton.It is performances such as that which continue to see the 27-year-old mooted as a possible target for La Liga giants Real. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sutton fears it could be only a matter of time before a big-money move is made, with Hazard’s impending departure set to leave those at Stamford Bridge with “a fair bit of business to do”.The former Blues striker told the Daily Mail: “Chelsea fans should enjoy Eden Hazard while they can.“They are a different team when he is playing.“With Alvaro Morata out of form and Michy Batshuayi misfiring, Hazard has been Antonio Conte’s go-to man this season.“He brings an unrivalled energy and sharpness to this team. As we saw against Norwich in the FA Cup last week, remove Hazard and Chelsea are far less threatening.“Hazard is the biggest weapon in Chelsea’s armoury and to lose him this summer would leave them with a fair bit of business to do.“Without him, Chelsea are still a good team. Despite a lack of strength in depth, they are third in the Premier League and still fighting on three fronts in the cups.“But Hazard takes them to another level. Who can they rely on to do this when he is gone?”Hazard could bring the exit talk to a close by committing to a new contract with Chelsea, but discussions regarding fresh terms are yet to see pen put to paper.The Belgium international has not been aided by comments from family members either, with his father having revealed recently that an approach from Spain is being waited on.Hazard has, however, addressed those comments, telling reporters after netting twice against Brighton: “My dad says some bad things.“Yes. I talked with him [to tell him off], no, no worries.“I’m focused with Chelsea. I’ve got two years contract left and I’m happy here. Like I said 10 times before, I want to finish this year and then we’ll see. But I’m happy here.”last_img read more