‘Everything is going well’ – Bolt says preparation on song for Rio Games

first_img UNIQUE ATHLETE Meanwhile, Bolt said he is not like any other athlete. “I am different, I bring a different vibe. I am a performer, not just an athlete, but I am a performer. I bring and I entertain, so that’s what makes me different,” said Bolt. He added that he is looking forward to running here in Jamaica at the Racers Grand Prix, scheduled for the National Stadium on June 11. “I haven’t run in Jamaica for a couple of years now, so for me, I am looking forward to that, so people should definitely come out and support.” He reiterated his intention to close out his illustrious career “definitely unbeaten”. “I won’t be one of those athletes, after you dominate over a couple of years and you decide at the last minute that you want to come back, you start to lose. It doesn’t look good, so I won’t be one of those athletes. When I hang up my spikes, that is it,” he told The Gleaner. Bolt stressed that he is the best of this era when asked how he compares with American great Carl Lewis. “In this era, for sure,” he said, then added with a laugh when pressed further, “Come on, man! Come on!” As iconic Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt prepares to add to his six Olympic gold medals at the upcoming Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 29-year-old reveals that this might be the most important year of his career. Bolt said he is “under no pressure”, but wants to entertain his fans, remain fit and compete hard. The 100 and 200m world record holder says he is looking forward to putting on a show for his fans in his Cayman Invitational season-opener on May 14 in the Cayman Islands. “I am in good nick, training hard. My time trials are going well, my coach is happy, so everything is going well, and I am just looking forward to my first meet in Cayman. “I think it’s one of the big years, now that it’s (career) finishing. It’s really a big deal, so I am just trying to refocus and get my mind right and just go out there and just execute. And just to win is always the plan,” continued Bolt. He was speaking in an interview Sunday night following a reception and auction ceremony hosted by Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The reception showcased items of Racers stars’ Bolt, Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole, including medals, memorabilia, kits and spikes, some of which were silently auctioned.last_img read more

Overseas-based Guyanese opens multimillion-dollar business in Berbice

first_imgBerbicians were on Saturday last given another alternative to shop for brand name clothing and cosmetics as Fancey’s Outlet and Make-up Academy located at Clifton Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice, opened its doors for the first time.The idea of the establishment was birthed in October 2018 during a discussion with the owner, Mohabir Persaud, and popular make-up artist, Vincent Shelto. After a few months of brainstorming ideas, the construction of the state-of-the-art facility commenced in February 2019.Three months later, the doors to one of the most sophisticated stores were opened, presenting more choices to Berbicians. The facility, which cost about $30 million will offer affordable branded clothing.At the opening on Saturday, a representative from the Rose Hall Town Council, Dave Boodhoo, congratulated the owners of the business while noting his concerns about the timing of the venture especially as it relates to the unstable political atmosphere.In addition, he further expressed concerns about the spending power of Berbicians at this time but nevertheless, is optimistic that business will pick up in due time.Public Relations Officer of the Central Corentyne Chambers, Poonai, who had to leave abruptly to attend to his customers, also extended best wishes to the owners and staff of the newly-opened business. However, unfortunately, the owner of the establishment, who could not have been in Guyana for the grand opening, believes that the state-of-the-art facility will cater to the fashion needs of both men and women.He noted that as a businessman, he takes pleasure is creating a unique atmosphere that has never been seen before in Corentyne. He also congratulated his partners who have come on board while noting that Fancey’s Outlet and Make-Up Academy will be around for a very long time.Popular make-up artist, Vincent Shelto in his brief remarks outlined that his Master Class will be taken to Berbice on a monthly basis to provide the opportunity for those who wish to take applying make-up to another level.The first make-up class commenced on Monday, May 6 and will last for a week. Nevertheless, Shelto believes that the collaboration will provide high-end clothing and make-up on a new level. The establishment falls under the MMP Global Inc, which has provided employment for close to 20 persons.last_img read more

Stage North AGM tonight

first_imgCalling all theatre thespians!The local acting club in town is holding their Annual General Meeting tonight. Stage North invites both members and non members to their AGM, which will happen at 7pm in the old Fort Motors building.- Advertisement -On the agenda tonight are things like filling open positions, the future of Stage North, and what the upcoming season brings.If you’re already a member of the company, you’re encouraged to come to the BBQ portion of the meeting, which starts at 6pm.Stage North has an exciting season coming up, starting with an intensive acting school next week, when returning actress Chalene Scott will be hosting 4 days of instruction.For more information, you can go Stage North’s website, www.stagenorth.ca, or call Sue, at 250-785-6214.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL manager Rory Gallagher and his captain Michael Murphy feature with team mates in a new social media campaign aimed at supporting equal rights for disabled people.The video is the brainchild of the Donegal Centre for Independent Living. Click play to watch DDTV: DONEGAL GAA STARS BACK ‘EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL’ CAMPAIGN was last modified: August 3rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DCILDonegal Centre for Independent LivingDonegal GAAGAAlast_img read more

A level results day: Grading every Premier League club by their transfer window

first_img Most Popular Premier League News 21 SORRY What initially looks promising tends to drift toward slapdash as you analyse further. The moves for Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson look decent enough but come on the back of average seasons, while the free transfer signing of Ryan Fredericks adds much needed pace to the defence but solidity may have been preferred. Lukasz Fabianski is an excellent upgrade between the sticks, but deals for Jack Wilshere, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbeuna, Xande Silva, and Lucas Perez could all swing either way. 17. Crystal Palace (C-) 21 After surviving last season you fear it might be curtains for the Terriers with this window. Terence Kongolo coming in permanently is a good signing and Adama Diakhaby seems like a promising signing. Erik Durm may do well if he stays fit but a quality goalkeeper has not been added with Jonas Lossl set to stat again, while Ramadan Sobhi flattered to deceive during his time at Stoke. 6. Chelsea (B) 20. Bournemouth (E) 21 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT In theory, the Cottagers have upgraded their squad fully in just one transfer window, but it could take time for the team to settle, which is a risk. Their defence is likely to include just one player from their promotion winning squad. Jean Michael Seri could prove the deal of the summer, while Aleksandar Mitrovic seems the perfect signing after his brilliant loan spell last term. Joe Bryan and Sergio Rico were fine late additions, but whether Andre-Frank Anguissa is worth £30m will need to be judged later in the campaign. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update It’s hard to be too optimistic about the Cherries when they have only signed an ill-disciplined defensive midfielder in Jefferson Lerma, a left-back in Diego Rico, and Sheffield United starlet David Brooks. They seem set to continue being a team who leaks goals and may well face a season battling relegation. 21 18. Cardiff City (D) revealed As it is A-level results day, we thought we would dish out grades to Premier League clubs for their transfer business.Tottenham Hotspur became the first top-flight since the summer window was introduced not to land a single signing.Brighton and Hove Albion, meanwhile, completed 14 moves before the deadline was over, while Fulham and Wolves also made a number of additions. whoops The newly-promoted outfit now have a squad resembling a mid-table Premier League side, at the least. Loanees to join permanently are Willy Boly, Diogo Jota, Leo Bonatini, and Benik Afobe. The latter was immediately loaned and could be sold for profit while the club have added Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio, who bring continental experience to the table. Adama Traore could be an inspired signing and Raul Jimenez, on loan from Benfica, will add goals. Barry Douglas’ departure does cloud things though given what he contributed last-term. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings A promising young goalkeeper in Angus Gunn has joined the club, improving them immediately, while Jannik Vestergaard will go some way to replacing Virgil van Dijk. Stuart Armstrong seems a slight risk, but there are high hopes for Mohamed Elyounoussi if he can hit the ground running, and the late deal for Danny Ings looks like a decent bit of business. Divisive influences have also been moved on, which seems wise from Mark Hughes. 11. Newcastle United (C) 21 21 21 21 5. Leicester City (B) 9. Brighton and Hove Albion (B-) changes Okay, they didn’t manage to sign a new player but they have managed to hand Harry Kane a new contract, along with Heung-Min Son, Erik Lamela and, perhaps more importantly, Mauricio Pochettino. They have also, for the time being, kept Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld, and Christian Eriksen. It’s not to be sniffed at. 21 13. Watford (C) 15. Manchester United (C-) Which club made the best moves in transfer market? predicted 16. Tottenham Hotspur (C-) 21 8. West Ham (B-) 21 12. Southampton (C) 21 14. Huddersfield Town (C-) smart causal 21 The signing of Riyad Mahrez promises to improve them further on the flanks, allowing Bernardo Silva to spend more time centrally, if needed. The defence, perhaps could have done with an addition but it should hold up unless there is another long-term injury. A simple window for Pep Guardiola and a stress-free one which will be more than welcome. 19. Burnley (D-) Richarlison left for a huge sum, but the Hornets haven’t splashed the cash, showing admirable restraint. Adam Masina should finally get the left-back role sorted, while Gerard Deulofeu’s transfer seems decent enough. They needed a striker though and could struggle for goals again. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 21 2. Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) The Seagulls have done a lot of business, giving them some great depth but whether they have improved the first XI is debatable. Alireza Jahanbakhsh joins after an incredible campaign but look what happened to ex-Eredivisie top scorer Vincent Janssen at Spurs. Bernardo coming in from RB Leipzig also holds promise, along with Florin Andone, but it will take time for it to fully shake down. silverware A quietly fine window for Rafael Benitez as he struggles under the ownership of Mike Ashley sees Martin Dubravka snapped up permanently, while the re-signing of Kenedy is a real boon. Fabian Schar will add something to the backline with Florian Lejeune injured. Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon are smart frontline additions too, with Ki Sung-Yueng giving depth in midfield. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 10. Manchester City (C+) 21 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? A smart window for the Foxes sees them lose star man Riyad Mahrez but strengthen across the pitch. Ricardo Pereira is the upgrade on Danny Simpson which has been sorely needed, Jonny Evans brings defensive experience, while James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu are exciting young additions. If Rachid Ghezzal can do half the job Mahrez did he’ll be worth the £12m. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many you sign though, it’s about who you keep and who you lose too, and the quality of those you bring in.So, with that in mind, here at talkSPORT.com we’ve graded every Premier League club’s transfer business.Who won the window? Find out below… 21 7. Everton (B) 21 3. Fulham (A) The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest Even though they landed Fred, which is a good acquisition, it’s going to be thought of as a bad transfer window. Jose Mourinho is clearly unhappy with his lot as a central defender wasn’t added so it will be a fun first half of the season at Old Trafford. Keeping hold of Wilfried Zaha is the Eagles’ biggest moment of the transfer window but while Max Meyer on a free transfer is an excellent move. More could have been done though, especially in defence. The Blues’ transfer window has been better than expected, after a late flurry of activity. Once the Blues finally secured their new manager Maurizio Sarri and first signing in Jorginho, they pulled themselves together. Keeping hold of Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Willian is impressive, while losing Thibaut Courtois and replacing him with Kepa Arrizabalaga is not the end of the world. Plus they also gained the temporary services of Mateo Kovacic in the process. It could have been far worse. Wham, bam, thank you, ma’am. The Reds were in and out in a jiffy but delivered the goods for Jurgen Klopp. They knew the players they wanted, they signed them early and they have been able to kick back and relax. Naby Keita improves the midfield, although perhaps may mean Mohamed Salah seeing less of the ball, while Alisson should improve distribution from goalkeeper, at the very least. Fabinho seems smart but even Tiemoue Bakayoko looked half decent in Ligue 1 so may need time to adapt. 21 If the Clarets qualify for the Europa League group stages their small squad may really struggle in the Premier League. Signing Joe Hart seems like a panic buy for the time being, and a loan signing may have been the best move. Ben Gibson will add to the defence but may not actually improve them immediately and Matej Vydra is a risk at £11m. 21 There was a mad rush for the Toffees at the end of the transfer window and they’ve definitely improved their defensive options. Richarlison should come good, despite the large fee but Andre Gomes is an odd one and is unlikely set the Premier League alight. Yerry Mina will add aerial ability but there are concerns about his overall play. All done and dusted early door, the Gunners did well to add Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi already looks like a real talent. Bernd Leno will, as a goalkeeper in a new country, need time to adapt, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos should slot in alongside Shkodran Mustafi well enough, whether it improves them enough defensively is yet to be seen. 1. Liverpool (A*) 21 Signing Josh Murphy looks good but Victor Camarasa doesn’t appear to offer much, while Greg Cunningham, Alex Smithies, and Bobby Reid will need to up their games to succeed in the Premier League. possible standings 4. Arsenal (B+) 21 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion last_img read more


first_imgSo Cheryl Cole has a new “celebrity” trainer.In case you didn’t know her name, it is Tracy Anderson. Her client list is impressive to say the least and with names like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham under her tutelage, she must know what she is doing, right?I mean, just look at her clients. They are thin. They are rich so they only use “the best”. They are famous, so they MUST know what they are talking about, because being famous means that your opinion counts as fact, doesn’t it?? To some in the media it does. The Daily Mail in the UK ran a story about how Cheryl got in shape and even had quotes from Tracy Anderson in it.Quotes like;“Instead of working the main leg muscles, I worked the tiny ones around Cheryl’s thighs. This pulls the big leg muscles in and makes her thighs look slimmer, she looked amazing in those tiny shorts.”Sounds great? This statement is nothing more than waffle. I’m not sure which tiny muscles she is referring to that ‘pulls the big leg muscles in’: the only thing that comes to my mind is a cramp.A cramp pulls my leg muscles in. Maybe when I’m having a cramp, my legs look amazing but I’m in too much pain to notice? Next time I have a cramp, I’m getting a pair of tiny shorts.Tracy also states that;‘Women should never lift more than three pound weights or they’ll get bulky’Woah, woah, woah, hold on there Missy! 3lbs will make you bulky? Ladies STEP AWAY FROM YOUR CHILDREN NOW! Put them down before you get bulky! Also, no more carrying shopping bags please. And that coat you wear has to weigh at least 3lbs? Be careful, or wearing it could give you quads like a shire pony.She doesn’t like running or traditional cardio either;‘While running and cycling may burn calories, they do not design feminine muscles or get rid of an imbalance that may masquerade as a “problem area.”What does a feminine muscle look like? It must have a snazzy dress sense or something?…imbalance that may masquerade as a “problem area.”?So the fat around your waist is actually a muscular imbalance? I wish I knew which muscle that is, because once I get it rebalanced I can solve the world’s obesity problems.Anyhow, it’s not just her training methodologies that leave a lot to be desired. The diet plan that features in her ‘30 Day Method’ is equally alarming.A presenter for the BBC’s Watchdog programme actually followed the programme and diet plan for the full 30 days.The results were as expected and the weight loss as promised.It was the blackouts and dizzy-spells with constant hunger and a sluggish digestive system that was an unexpected bonus.She had the diet plan checked by Catherine Collins, principal dietician at St George’s Hospital, London, and the results were shocking.Calories were around 700 per day which is far too low.It was low in iron which can lead to anaemia.It was lacking in absorbable calcium which can lead to osteoporosis and osteopenia too – something that Gwyneth Paltrow has been diagnosed with. (Coincidence?)Protein levels were low.Even the vitamins that are available cannot be absorbed since there is no fat present in the diet to act as an absorption vehicle, so they will just be excreted from the body.All this on top of Tracy’s recommended exercise regime of 2 hours per day 6 days per week for the rest of your life.The thing you need to realise is that celebrities are as fallible as the rest of us.They have the added pressure of constant media attention and criticism to deal with, so when they see someone promising instant results they will jump on it, just like any of us.Some of the worst diets ever invented came out of Hollywood.Just because they are doing it, doesn’t mean it’s right.#TrainSmartFor further information on how to work your smaller, feminine muscles, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: CELEBRITY HEALTH & FITNESS was last modified: July 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:celebrity trainerscolumnemmet rushefitnesslast_img read more

Miers to continue visiting senators in advance of hearing

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers will continue meeting with senators next week, the White House said Friday, despite calls from some conservatives who said the courtesy visits aren’t helping and she should focus instead on preparing for her confirmation hearing. “She’s done about 25 visits so far, and she’s got about a dozen next week,” White House spokesman Jim Dyke said Friday. “We get advice on a regular basis from outside groups. It doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.” In a conference call Thursday, some conservatives suggested Miers should stop calling on senators, saying that the visits, which have included some strategic stumbles on her part, have not been helping the White House counsel’s nomination as the replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. The conservatives on the call were airing their views to Leonard Leo, who is on leave as executive vice president of the Federalist Society to help the White House shepherd Miers’ nomination through the Senate. While those discussions were going on, “we were adding congressional visits to her already established schedule for next week,” Dyke said. One of the senators Miers will visit next week is conservative Sen. George Allen, R-Va. “I look forward to talking to her, asking her views in a variety of different ways to try and discern her judicial philosophy,” Allen told Don Imus, whose radio show is simulcast on cable’s MSNBC. Miers has faced attacks from both sides of the political spectrum – most notably from the president’s conservative allies – though none of the Senate’s majority Republicans has come out against her. President Bush’s claim that she is the most qualified candidate has been roundly criticized by conservatives who wanted him to look to conservative federal judges like Priscilla Owen or Janice Rogers Brown. Bush said Thursday that Miers’ confirmation process will show a “competent, strong, capable woman who shares the same judicial philosophy that I share.” Miers has faced some criticism this week from senators, with some complaining that she has been vague in their private meetings with her and others complaining about her answers to a written questionnaire that the Judiciary Committee sent her. “I would say that to this point Ms. Miers’ efforts to win support have not been successful,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., a member of the Judiciary Committee, on Thursday. Dyke said the process is moving forward for Miers. “As far as this week is concerned, you’ve seen this process move forward and that’s important, and you have learned more about her judicial philosophy and her qualifications and her experiences, all important considerations for senators,” he said. Senators have set her confirmation hearing date for Nov. 7. When it comes to the incomplete answers on her Judiciary Committee questionnaire, “she told Sen. Specter in her first meeting that she had a lot of information back in Texas based on her 30-year career and that she may have to sort of produce that on a rolling basis, so that continues to happen,” Dyke said. Miers also has been promoted this week by her former colleagues from Texas, including the Dallas Bar Association and a group of former Texas state justices, who came up to the White House earlier this week to promote her nomination. On Friday, members of the Texas Bar Association were to promote Miers’ qualifications during a news conference in the Capitol. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bart, Ramos: Giants future begins in San Jose

first_imgFor more 2018 MLB preview stories, check out our Bay Area baseball guide.Giants baseball at San Jose Municipal Stadium: A slice of Americana, a journey back in time and an event that promises good, old-fashioned family fun.As Madison Bumgarner tells it, “How baseball was almost meant to be played.”Only one problem in recent years: The play hasn’t been so good. For all the cheap beer, great barbecue and close-up views, the on-field action hasn’t provided much excitement. That’s …last_img

Indonesia’s Lion Air removed from European Union blacklist

first_imgSending a big message about improvements in Indonesian airlines safety, the European Union (EU) has removed Indonesia’s largest domestic airline, Lion Air from their EU Blacklist. Lion Air now joins the likes of Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia Indonesia, Batik Air (Lion Air’s full service subsidiary) and Citilink (Garuda’s low cost subsidiary)in that it could operate flights in to the EU if it wished as safety is no longer of concern.  What is the EU Blacklist?A list of airlines banned from flying into European airspace due to safety concerns arising from alleged poor aircraft maintenance and/or regulatory oversight. Airlines banned by the EU may have a flawless safety record however the potential risk towards passenger safety is deemed by the EU as too high and a ban is put in place. All the world’s major airlines are assessed by the EU whether they opertate flights to Europe or not making it an exceptional resource when lokoing at airline safety. Lion Air’s sister company, Thai Lion Air was never on the EU blacklist and it has also passed the very important IOSA audit (see below) to get its IOSA certification.  Lion Air Indonesia and subsidiary Batik Air are in the process of doing this audit and if all goes well should have their IOSA certification by September 2016.   What is IOSA Certification?The IATA* Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification audit is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA uses internationally recognised audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner. Airlines are re evaluated every two years. Registering for IOSA certification and auditing is not mandatory therefore an airline that does not have IOSA certification may have either failed the IOSA audit or alternatively chosen not to participate. *IATA (International Air Transport Association)Using the AirlineRatings.com seven star safety rating system, if Lion Air complete and pass their IOSA safety audit, it will make them, along with Garuda, the safest airline in Indonesia.Lion Air, along with the majority of Indonesian Airlines have had a string of incidents and crashes over the last decade which has put Indonesian aviation under scrutiny for quite some time.  Lion Air however, whilst having had 6 incidents over the past 10 years, last had an accident involving the loss of lives back in 2004. Flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia have had only thee incidents in the past 10 years but the incident in 2007 resulted in the death of 21 people. AirAsia has only had one incident in 2014 but tragically that resulted in the death of all 162 passengers and crew on board. Lion AIr ExpansionThe Lion Group is preparing to build up its presence in the international market after focusing almost entirely on domestic operations in its initial 15 years. According to CAPA, Lion is the largest domestic airline group outside China and the US, but has a small international operation that is only about the size of Poland’s national carrier LOT. The group has been working hard to raise its safety standards and public image and the announcement from the EU is a big step towards this.IOSA certification and European Union approval should make it easier for the airlines under the Lion Group to secure approval from civil aviation authorities in several countries which will enable it to expand at a rapid rate into international markets.  Lion Air has previously hinted at flights between Indonesia and Australia to compete with rival AirAsia and if things continue on the up for the Lion group, this may soon become a reality as their safety standards will better meet Australian standards.last_img read more

After 56 years, Sardar Sarovar project officially ‘complete’

first_imgMembers of Narmada Bachao Andolan protest against the closure of Sardar Sarovar Dam at Shram Shakti Bhavan in New Delhi on May 17, 2017.  “It’s a historic day for Gujarat as the Narmada project, known as Lifeline of Gujarat, gets final approval to shut the gates to allow storage of water to its full capacity. The Modi government in the Centre gave this landmark gift to the people of Gujarat,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, said announcing the decision.On Saturday, Mr Rupani, his deputy Nitin Patel and top officials visited the dam site in Narmada district to supervise the works to be completed by June 30 as per the NCA’s order. The State will also organise a Narmada festival in every district to celebrate the completion of the project.In February this year, the Apex Court had cleared the decks for the completion of the project by ordering monetary compensation to the tune of ₹60 lakh per family for the project affected families, who will be displaced in Madhya Pradesh with the raising the dam’s height in Gujarat.Prior to the NCA meeting on Friday, its Environment Sub-group, chaired by Union secretary of environment and forests had reviewed implementation of environment safeguard measures and recommended lowering of the gates for completion of the project.The Resettlement and Rehabilitation sub-group chaired the Union Secretary of Social Justice & Empowerment had also reviewed the rehabilitation and resettlement of project affected families as per the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal (NWDT) Award and the Supreme Court order delivered in February 2017. | Photo Credit: PTI center_img In a major boost to the ruling BJP before the Assembly polls, the Narmada Control Authority (NCA) has given the final go ahead to the Gujarat government to close the Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSD) gates, almost 56 years after the dam’s foundation was laid in South Gujarat by the then Prime Minister M. Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961.In its meeting held on Friday, the NCA permitted increasing the dam’s height by lowering of 30 gates and impounding of water in the reservoir upto its Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of EL 138.68 metres.The latest and final clearance for the project that has faced environmental issues, displacement of tribals and a protracted legal battle, will lead to the completion of the project and result in an increase in the dam’s storage capacity from 1,565 million cubic metres (MCM) to 5,740 MCM and also increase hydro power generation from the current 1,300 MW to 1,450 MW.According to the Union Water Resources Ministry, this additional storage would irrigate about eight lakh hectares. Additionally, about one crore population will get assured drinking water. The SSD is primarily aimed at meeting the water requirements of the drought prone and desert areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan.last_img read more