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Scoreboard roundup — 4/28/18

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events: INTERLEAGUEMinnesota 3, Cincinnati 1 AMERICAN LEAGUEChicago White Sox 8, Kansas City 0Tampa Bay 12, Boston 6Texas 7, Toronto 4Seattle 12, Cleveland 4Detroit 9, Baltimore 5Houston 11, Oakland 0Kansas City 5, Chicago White Sox 2N.Y. Yankees 11, L.A. Angels 1NATIONAL LEAGUEChicago Cubs 3, Milwaukee 0Arizona 4, Washington 3, 10 InningsL.A. Dodgers 15, San Francisco 6Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 1Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 2Miami 4, Colorado 1San Diego 12, N.Y. Mets 2San Francisco 8, L.A. Dodgers 3NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSBoston 112, Milwaukee 96Golden State 123, New Orleans 101NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFSBoston 6, Tampa Bay 2San Jose 4, Vegas 3Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund April 29, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 4/28/18center_img Written bylast_img read more

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Red Bank Merchants Circle Round, Looking for Way Out Of Parking…

first_imgMichael Simpson, a member of the Red Bank Business Alliance, addresses an audience last Thursday evening to discuss Red Bank’s parking situation.By John Burton |RED BANK — An evening of discussion concerning the borough’s parking situation once again pointed to the divide that apparently continues to exist between the business and residential community.The Red Bank Business Alliance conducted the public forum last Thursday evening at the borough Middle School, 101 Harding Road, where alliance members laid out their concerns about the parking situation and hopes for a solution to the residents.The alliance is a group of local business owners who are advocates for the enhancement of the downtown business district.“It is important for us to hear from you, the residents,” said Michael Simpson, a member of the S.O.M.E. Architects firm, 65 Monmouth St., and an alliance member, “to understand what’s best for Red Bank.”“I think it’s safe to say we’re all here tonight because we want the best for Red Bank,” contributed Kristina Bonatakis, who works for DoubleTake Luxury Consignment Boutique, 97 Broad St.That betterment, those representing the business community stressed, involves finding a fix for what has been the bane of the downtown commercial Special Improvement District for about 30 years: the chronic shortfall of available parking in the area.“We in the Red Bank Business Alliance believe there is a deficiency. Period,” Simpson told the audience in the school auditorium on that stormy night last Thursday.The Borough Council has taken on the historically thorny issue of parking and is again getting snagged on those thorns. In recent months, the council has advertised for requests for proposals for the municipal-owned White Street metered and permit parking lot, seeking private sector real estate developers to build a parking facility that could contain other uses like residential units and commercial space, as a way to entice the developers. The council received five responses; and there is a sixth being offered by John Bowers, a commercial property owner, who is offering his own idea of a garage-only facility that could be built and operated by the borough. That proposal, however, did not meet the request for proposal’s criteria and is not currently under consideration.While the three council Republicans were willing to consider and discuss the proposals, the three Democrats have come out opposing them, labeling them as “Jersey City-style” development—too large and out of character for the business district. The Democrats are recommending rejecting the five proposals, conducting a new assessment to determine the current need and then considering proposals.The Alliance displayed placards with the six proposals for the audience to review, but Simpson maintained, “What we’re not going to do tonight is pitch any of the proposals.”“We have some people, especially politicians, who want to hijack the whole process,” said Anthony Barbero, specifically aiming some of his slings and arrows of criticism at Democratic Councilman Edward Zipprich, who was not in attendance. Barbero is the chief operating officer for Industry magazine, a glossy lifestyle publication. His wife, Kimberly Lindau, owns and operates CoCo Pari, an upscale women’s fashion boutique.“The people who run this town should wake up and stop worrying about getting re-elected,” Barbero’s rant continued. “Why they want to get re-elected in a town that’ll be s— (if they don’t address the problem) is beyond me.”Marybeth Maida, a Branch Avenue homeowner, looked at the easels holding the project placards. “I hate every single one of those designs. I really do.” Maida voiced a common refrain about the size and scope of what is being proposed that is, in her opinion, so out of keeping with the character of the community. The projects suggest structures as tall as eight to 12 stories with parking garages that can hold between 700 and 1,100 vehicles in multi-story facilities, along with either apartment buildings and/or commercial space. “What I see here is just ugly,” she said. Maida suggested officials look at other options, such as building a garage on the town’s outskirts and using a trolley to transport visitors to and from the downtown.Liam Collins, a Wallace Street resident who was born and raised in Red Bank, challenged the garage proponents, telling them, “It’s not very obvious to all of us who live here,” that there is really a parking shortfall. Liam said he’s reviewed previous borough parking studies, albeit ones that go back more than 25 years, and he’s not won over. “Things like this have to be looked at very closely before we jump into a $17 million project.”That number reflects a general amount to construct a simple multi-tier garage capable of holding upward of 500 vehicles.Red Bank business owner Joel McFadden holds the microphone for Red Bank resident Marybeth Maida, who comments about the proposals to build a garage and other structures in the borough’s downtown.“Would you rather your business community leave?” asked Joel McFadden, who owns and operates Joel McFadden Jewelry Design, 64 White St. McFadden argued that could be the outcome, with business owners looking at other locations that would be more customer-amenable.Linda Cohen owns EyeDesign fashion eyewear, 90 Broad St., and has lived here for approximately 15 years. She likes the idea of a mixed-use development with parking and residential for White Street. “I’d like to see condos there,” she said. “I’d like to see people put down roots.”“I love having a downtown,” Maida added, hoping something can be done to accommodate both sides of the debate.“No small town stays alive without sufficient parking,” Simpson maintained.“I’ll tell you,” Barbero warned, “this will be the town time left behind.”“Respectfully, this meeting is depressing, because it’s all talk, talk, talk,” shot back Roger Mumford. Mumford is a Red Bank-based developer who submitted a proposal for consideration. Barely containing his frustration, Mumford said, “Red Bank is an underperforming town,” comparing it to  “a Ferrari going nine miles an hour,” because of its reluctance to take the necessary steps to move forward. “This is completely backwards,” he said, offering that he feared the debate will continue for another 30 years.This is a debate that has been going on for more than a generation, pointed out Simpson, an early member of Red Bank RiverCenter, the advocacy and management arm of the Special Improvement District (SID). Since the downtown’s redevelopment in the early 1990s, local business owners have complained that the parking shortfall has hobbled their ability to be successful, hearing complaints from customers about not finding parking or even giving up and going to a shopping center.Over the years, the downtown has evolved into more of a dining and entertainment destination, requiring more parking and making it even more difficult for businesses to compete, faced with the challenges from more recently redeveloped areas like Asbury Park and Pier Village, in Long Branch, the business owners say.This debate led, nearly 16 years ago, to the borough council looking to bond for about $12 million to build a garage on the White Street lot; a garage the borough would operate. That plan caused a contentious debate in the community. Residents became heated over the prospect of tax dollars being used to help the business community. They argued that if the business community wanted a garage, they should simply build it and not rely on residential property owners, who continue to shoulder the majority of the borough tax burden.Faced with an insufficient number of votes to approve the bond ordinance at that time, the ordinance was pulled and the prospect of a garage faded for then.It was revived last year, with Mayor Pasquale Menna and others insisting it should be done as a private/public partnership to insulate homeowners from the financial burden. But the current discussion has resulted in a political split, as well as a pending lawsuit brought by area business- and property owners, who challenge the size and scope of the five proposals.This article was first published in the July 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Fresh from Cougar Classic title, LVR hosts Stanley Humphries

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers tuned up for the Kootenay High School Zone Rugby Championships by capturing the Cougar Classic tournament Saturday in Red Deer, Alta.The Bombers made it look easy, outscoring the Prairie opposition 95-6,LVR bounced Bishop O’ Bryne of Calgary 24-6 in the final. In the other games, the Bombers rocked Notre Dame, Saskatchewan 29-0 and Notre Dame Red Deer 42-0.The Bombers host Stanley Humphries Rockers Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Pitch in the Kootenay High School Zone Rugby Championship.last_img read more

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Cardinals celebrate homecoming with win over West Valley

first_imgCorning >> The West Valley Eagles ended Corning’s post season in the first round with a 49-10 blowout in 2015 and Friday night the Cardinals were looking for payback at their homecoming game. They got it with 45-30 win that’s wasn’t as close as the score would suggest.“It wasn’t the best week of practice,” coach John Studer told his team after the win. “We always find a way to step it up and do what we need to do for homecoming.”Step it up the Cardinals did, and the first half was all …last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast November 12, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Temps remain below normal today but will be a bit warmer than where we started the weekend on Saturday. Clouds will be building later today ahead of our next round of moisture. Precipitation is spreading up from the southwest, coming across MO and southern IL today. By midnight tonight, we will see light precipitation spreading over a good part of the state, especially the southern half of Ohio. This continues through tomorrow midday as the system pushes off to the east and slightly north. Temps will be cold enough in many areas overnight tonight to see at least some wet snow. Along and south of a line from Zanesville to Cincinnati we likely see temps at midnight still from 35 to 40 degrees or better. But, in NW Ohio, we will be pushing back toward and below freezing. The temps drift lower from there through sunrise Tuesday. Liquid equivalent precipitation totals will be from a few hundredths to .3”, but the upper end of that range will be limited to areas near the Ohio river overnight through tomorrow midday. Those are also the areas that are most likely to see rain mixing in or even trying to dominate most of the event. The heaviest moisture will stay south of the Ohio river and track across eastern KY and WV.We see clouds tough to break the rest of tomorrow but should see sunshine for all of Wednesday. Temps remain normal to a bit below normal.On Thursday, we have another strong low passing by to our south, working through the Tennessee valley. This will eventually turn into a rather strong east coast storm and may even develop into a “nor’easter”. But, as it passes south of us on Thursday it begins its northern turn, and as such, we get stuck in “wrap around” moisture. This means we are increasing our precipitation outlook for Thursday afternoon through Friday. Rains start early afternoon in far southern Ohio, and then spread north across the rest of the state through midnight Thursday night. Then we see moisture linger over a large part of the state until Friday late morning, with action finally leaving NE OH around 1-2pm. Temperatures should be mild enough to keep most of this event on the liquid side, but with precipitation holding through the overnight, we wont rule out a rain/snow mix. No accumulations likely. We are putting liquid equivalent precipitation totals at .1″-.6″ over 90% of the state. The heaviest rains will be south and eastern sections of Ohio, while NW OH may see very little. The map at right shows precipitation for the week, combining the minor moisture from tonight/tomorrow with the Thursday-Friday event.Dry Friday late afternoon through early Saturday. On Saturday we see a little clipper like disturbance shooting out of the upper Midwest and moving across northern IL, northern IN and southern MI. It eventually rips across northern Ohio Saturday afternoon and evening, and will be gone by shortly after midnight. We can see a few hundreds to .3” of liquid equivalent precipitation, from US 30 northward and it likely all comes in the form of wet snow, meaning we could see a fresh coating. Temps Saturday will be in the mid to upper 30s though, so this likely is not a big deal. We stay dry US 30 southward.High pressure takes over the entire state Sunday, and we stay dry through next Wednesday.In the extended period, we are going a little drier now. Thanksgiving should be dry, but we see 1 system for the 11-16 day window, moving through for the 24th and 25th. Rain totals can be from half to 1” and yes, we are talking rain at this time. We see good south winds developing next Wednesday into Thursday right at the end of the 10-day period. This will bring a warmer flow pattern in and allow us to see temps about 5-7 degrees above normal. That promoted the late November rain.last_img read more

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Open Gov, The Movie: A Documentary About Gov 2.0

first_imgThe good folks at UK open government consultancy Delib have just released a short documentary about the United States’ first year since President Obama’s Open Government memorandum.The documentary was shot by Delib founder Chris Quigley over two months last year, both on location in Washington DC and via Skype.“On a visit to Washington to see our partners NAPA back in November,” writes Quigley on the Delib blog, “I thought it would be fun to interview a few of the Open Gov people I’d read about and worked with over the last 12 months… I discovered that Open Gov was bigger and more impactful that I first thought and decided to extend the ‘few interviews’ into a short film, and launch the film to mark the achievements of the Open Gov initiative on its one year anniversary.”Quigley’s interviewees ended up ranging from the White House’s head of the Open Gov initiative, Beth Noveck, to Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jolie odell Tags:#Government#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts To learn more about the interviews and process, check out Delib’s page on the film.Check out these posts from ReadWriteWeb’s Government archives. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Coping with Loss, Part 1: Funeral and Burial Costs

first_imgBy Carol ChurchFew of us enjoy thinking about money after the death of a loved one. We are grieving and disoriented. We may be in emotional shock or not thinking clearly. Family members, including those we do not get along with or whom we do not see often, may be voicing loud and strong opinions. And now we must make decisions regarding choices for burial and a funeral. This is a vulnerable moment.With all this in mind, it may come as no surprise that personal finance experts have long cautioned families to be careful when it comes to funeral and burial expenses. Otherwise, customers may find themselves spending more than they want or intend to.In the case of the death of service members or veterans, financial assistance may be available from the military, including cost-free burial in a VA or national cemetery. This can help a great deal, and will be covered in Part 2 of this series. However, there will still be monetary decisions to be made in most cases.gkuna/PhotospinReducing High Funeral and Burial Costs One issue with this service is that it’s often very hard to know what to expect or what businesses in the area are offering. It may seem impossible to “shop around” or understand the options.Overall, experts say consumers can expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000 for a “full service” funeral that includes embalming, transportation of the body, burial, and a service, with about $8,000 being average. Obviously, this is a huge range, and not all families opt for all services. How can consumers make sensible and informed choices?Everyone should be aware that by law, funeral homes are required to provide itemized price lists to consumers. This is the best way to compare prices and understand what you are getting. Some funeral homes now provide these prices online, but in many cases, you will still have to call.It’s also very important to know that the Funeral Rule, put in place by the Federal Trade Commission, states that you do not have to accept a “package” deal from the funeral home and can accept and decline services as you need them, using outside providers as well. For instance, services some may choose to seek elsewhere include flowers and caskets (which can be bought online and even at places like Walmart and Sam’s Club). Opting out of costly embalming services is a possibility, if the funeral can be held within a few days and an open casket is not desired. Funeral costs can also be reduced by holding the service at a local house of worship, instead of the funeral home, or choosing a memorial at a home or other private location.Cremation is typically a far less costly alternative than ground burial, and one chosen by more and more families. As with caskets, it is not necessary to purchase an urn from the funeral home. A container you choose will suffice, and can be purchased at a reasonable price online.Consumer AssistanceThe Funeral Consumers Alliance performs a valuable service by providing a variety of helpful information for consumers on lowering funeral costs. It also consolidates funeral service price information for consumers and may even offer discounted options. Parting.com also offers funeral home comparison services. The Federal Trade Commission also offers a useful series on Shopping for Funeral Services.Planning AheadAlthough many of us might prefer not to think too much about our eventual passing, all of us are mortal. As with so many other areas, the financially prudent thing to do is to plan ahead. This way your family will also have the comfort of knowing which items are important to you and which are not. Consider making a plan for your funeral and burial to be a final gift to your loved ones.In part 2 of this series, we’ll discuss the various burial, funeral, and memorial benefits available to service members and veterans.References:WikiHow. (n.d.) How to reduce funeral expenses. Retrieved from http://www.wikihow.com/Reduce-Funeral-ExpensesKiplinger. (n.d.) The Lowdown on Funeral Costs. Retrieved from http://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T021-C000-S001-the-lowdown-on-funeral-costs.htmlParting.com. (2017). Save Money on Funeral Costs by Making Arrangements at a Low-Priced Funeral Home and Cemetery. Retrieved from https://www.parting.com/blog/category/tips-to-lower-funeral-costs/last_img read more

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Keys to Victory: Lyceum-San Beda Finals series

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:23NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Beda Red Lions01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Standhardinger on his one-handed freethrows: ‘I’m not very conventional’ The Red Lions have shown that they won’t hesitate cashing in on those charities, as they are the league’ssecond-best free throw shooting team with their 70.6-percent clip.Those charities were also the biggest difference maker in San Beda’s semifinals clash against San Sebastian, and almost won them the game in their second round clash against Lyceum.For the Pirates to finish what they started, they have to make the right adjustments while maintaining the intensity of their dizzying defense. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truth be told, this is a post-season of firsts for Lyceum — first NCAA playoff appearance and first Finals appearance.Another first for the Pirates will be playing in big venues, and with the best-of-three Finals all scheduled at Smart Araneta Coliseum, their mettle will surely be tested under the brightest of lights and with crowds expected to swell to the rafters.Lyceum’s games have been a crowd-drawer all year long, with the biggest trove of fans coming in that final eliminations assignment against San Beda, a 107-105 double overtime classic which felt like a championship game.But playing in the historic Big Dome is a beast of its own, and Robinson has subjected his Pirates to soak in the atmosphere, bringing the team to UAAP games during their extended break.That’s a factor which could really come in handy for the Red Lions, as they are no strangers to being in venues of this magnitude, playing season openers and this time, their 12th straight Finals appearance.Cashing inIt’s not often that an opposing team gets the better of coach Boyet Fernandez.And with San Beda yet to topple the mighty Lyceum crew, the multi-titled mentor sure is motivating his crew to prove the doubters wrong.But for the Red Lions to do just that, they have to catch fire from downtown and make the most of their outside shooting prowess.San Beda has been ahead of everyone this season in utilizing the three-ball, shooting a league-best 35.3-percent, with Clint Doliguez, AC Soberano, and main man Robert Bolick all figuring in the league’s top 10. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The one man who could help the Red Lions go over the hump will be Davon Potts, who was used sparingly through the course of the eliminations but made his presence felt in the semifinals against the Golden Stags both on offense and defense.Pace or setIt’s no surprise that the immaculate Lyceum is at the top of majority of the statistical categories. Points, rebounds, assists, steals — you name it, the Pirates are the best.But what makes this Intramuros side dangerous is their frantic pace as the players have shown no let-ups when it comes to pushing the ball.Lyceum has thrived on the madness it enforces on its games, allowing it to take 7.1 steals which leads to 16.1 fastbreak points.On the other hand, San Beda makes the most of its deliberate sets as evidenced by it nabbing the league’s slowest pace.The question now is whose game will prevail once the ball gets tipped: the Pirates’ gung-ho attack or the Red Lions’ calculated approach?Let’s get physical?Lyceum’s relentlessness also bites it in the back whenever the referees call the games tight.And for San Beda, that might just be the opening it needs to finally puncture a hole on the Pirates’ ship. Lyceum and San Beda will finally have the chance to go at it again, this time with the NCAA Season 93 championship at stake.With their first two duels easily going down as the top games of the season, the clash between the Pirates and the Red Lions is no doubt going to be a must-see TV.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run SPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, both teams will be looking to expose even the slightest edge to tilt the title favor to theirrespective side.Here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this year’s NCAA Finals. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Read Next After five months of fun-filled and action-packed games, the best of the best remain.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sharper sawComing off a 19-day layoff, San Beda didn’t look like it missed a beat, escaping San Sebastian, 76-71 last Tuesday to win in the stepladder semis.That shifts the spotlight to Lyceum, which will be coming into Friday’s game from a 22-day break after last seeing action last October 19 to complete the unprecedented 18-game eliminations sweep.Coach Topex Robinson has tried his best to keep his wards sharp, but will the near-one month break affect the psyche of the Pirates going into the series against the Red Lions?Under pressureADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Olympic dress rehearsal gives a glimpse of things to come in London

first_imgLondoners got a taste of things to come on Monday night as the opening ceremony rehearsal was followed by a lot of traffic woes on train routes.What’s called Metro in New Delhi is referred to as the Tube in London. It’s an old transport system and was tested fully as almost 45,000 people, including volunteers and a huge work force, showed up for the rehearsal.Despite the hot conditions, people came to catch a glimpse of the rehearsal as there was no way they were going to be inside the stadium in July 27.The fear that the city’s transport system could crumble under the pressure of such huge numbers became a reality as the transport system almost collapsed.The Tube and other lines into the Olympic Park failed miserably. Routes had to be quickly changed and there were a number of announcements about the validity of tickets on alternate routes. People had a tough time getting back home.Hackney Wick, which is in the neighbourhood of the main Olympic Park, saw tracks buckling in high temperatures, while the Central Line, one of the main lines, was hit by a dislodged traction rail at St. Pauls.Apparently, the opening ceremony rehearsal started at 7:30 pm and many people actually made it inside only at 9 pm. The real-time drill was getting painful for all, said eyewitnesses.According to London’s Evening Standard, Mayor Boris Johnson admitted services were “not perfect” when he got his 9 am Olympic briefing.In addition, Howard Collins, London Underground’s chief operating officer, admitted it “wasn’t a good start” to the Games and even apologised.The newspaper mentioned incidents where people who left home in Ealing and Chiswick at 4:30 pm took till as much as 8:10 pm and 9 pm to reach the stadium.The next big test for organisers will be on Wednesday, when the final rehearsal is held with an additional 10,000 performers and spectators — taking the total to over 50,000.Considering that the Britons criticised New Delhi for the Commonwealth Games during its preparations, London is now getting to feel the heat.As it is, people are upset that the Olympics are hindering their daily life. Not everyone, even in the oldest home to modern Olympics, is happy that chaos is happening on a daily basis.”Whoever says we will be as efficient as other host cities needs to know London is an old city. We have developed Stratford but a lot of suspense remains,” said a volunteer near the area.advertisementlast_img read more

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Naveen asks bureaucrats to take bold decisions

first_imgBhubaneswar, Aug 22 (PTI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked the state bureaucracy to take bold decisions keeping people as the focus and assured them of all out support.”Take bold decisions keeping people as the focus. I will stand behind you. All your good work will be recognised and rewarded,” Patnaik told the Team Odisha.Stating that he wants Team Odisha to take the state to the next level of governance, Patnaik said it should be a modern, empowered, progressive New Odisha.While launching the Vision Odisha here, Patnaik said through sheer team work, commitment and pro-people policies, his government has come a long way in the last 17 years to look into the eye of the storm.He claimed the state government has been able to set global benchmarks in disaster management and the country has acknowledged what it has achieved in certain sectors like poverty reduction, reduction of IMR & MMR, ease of doing business, providing rural housing and road connectivity to increasing farmers? incomes and agricultural production and womens empowerment.Patnaik said: “I fully understand that we need to do much more and put Odisha in a place where other states will look up to us.” He said the recognition of Best Administrator in the country is a reflection of the relentless hard work and dedication of Team Odisha.”Its not a mean achievement for a state which suffers from several natural disasters year after year with not much support from successive Central Governments. In spite of this thanks to the resilience of the people of Odisha, we have overcome many odds and reached here,” the Chief Minister added.advertisementRecalling his earlier days in the office, Patnaik said when he took charge in 2000, Odisha was in a state of despair – a state in hopelessly tough situation with endemic poverty, finances in shambles and infrastructure in a pathetic condition, almost at the bottom in most of the socioeconomic indicators.”All of you have worked for the betterment of the state. Without your hard work and commitment we couldnt have walked thus far,” Patnaik said to the members of the bureaucracy in the state.Noting that huge challenges remain before the government, the chief minister said his government stands for people centric governance where the outcome is always measured in terms of empowerment of the citizens.”Our focus on the 3Ts- team work, transparency and technology is well tested to bring about transformation. All of you must provide adequate leadership to your team where each member will work without fear, deliver the schemes and programmes without favour,” he said referring to officers.”Let Team Odisha show to the world the way to transform governance for public good. Let Team Odisha resolve to make the state the best state to live in,” he said.Let Team Odisha create a new brand of development ensuring zero casualty in the face of a super cyclone, build one million houses in two years, better the national average in IMR, move a record 8 million people out of poverty, be the only state to double agricultural income and play a vital role in National Food Security, Patnaik said.Settle the maximum land rights to tribals under the Forest Rights Act, lead the country by having the number one smart city, have half a million tribal students in residential schools, take up the challenge of hosting a global sporting event in 90 days and set benchmarks in that too, he exhorted.The Chief Minister was optimistic that the Team Odisha can deliver. PTI AAM RG PSlast_img read more

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