first_imgThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Monday hosted a formal ceremony to commemorate the newly established American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Guyana.Attending the event were US Ambassador Perry Holloway; Chief Executive Officer (CEO)of GPL, Albert Gordon; and CEO of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Dr Richard Van West-Charles while AmCham was represented by its President, Zulfikar Ally and other representatives inclusive of Liz Wyatt and Clairmont Cummings.The visiting delegation from the US Chamber of Commerce was headed by Vice President for the Americas, Anne McKinney, who was accompanied by George Kalantzakis and Mitchell De Silva.Past Chairman of the PSC and Corporate Coordinator, Manniram Prashad,Executives of the newly launched American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) along with PSC members and US Ambassador, Perry Hollowaycongratulated AmCham and welcomed the visitors to Guyana while Ambassador Holloway lauded the collaboration between Guyanese and American businesses as he deemed it the “best kind of diplomacy”.McKinney noted that AmCham will catalyse and strengthen cooperation between Guyanese businesses and American business and facilitate two-way trade. She expressed her enthusiasm for working with the Private Sector Commission and the American Chamber.The American Chamber of Commerce was officially launched in Guyana on Monday evening at the Marriott Hotel.The President of the Chamber said it plans to place emphasis on small businesses to ensure that they, too, have opportunities to grow.“We see this Chamber as a Chamber that will help to facilitate investment into Guyana. There are 116 chambers all around the world and… our job will be to help to facilitate and guide [businesses],” he said.last_img read more

first_imgClub Brugge vs GalatasarayJan Breydelstadion, BruggeWednesday, 18-09-2019 @7:55pmReferee: Slavko Vincic (Slo)No fewer than 14 players came through the doors at Galatasaray this summer, the most high profile of which was undoubtedly Radamel Falcao. The Colombian has hit the ground running too, scoring the winning goal on his debut at the weekend, and he will most likely lead the line again in this match. However, the visitors will be without Younes Belhanda after suffering a broken jaw last time out, but Mario Lemina – on loan from Southampton – may recover in time after being withdrawn 30 minutes in when he felt unwell and Ryan Donk could feature against his former club.Brugge’s most notable summer signing also came from England, with goalkeeper Somin Mignolet joining from Champions League holders Liverpool. The hosts largely have Hans Vanaken to thank for getting them to this stage, with the midfielder having scored in three of their four Champions League qualifiers. Philippe Clement will not be able to call upon Mbaye Diagne, though, after he joined Brugge on loan from Galatasaray during the summer despite topping the Super Lig scoring charts with 30 goals last season.These clubs’ previous meetings were also in the Champions League group stage. Club Brugge have won two of their three previous matches at home to Turkish teams in European competitions and drew the other. Galatasaray have never beaten Belgian opposition in six attempts (lost four, drew two)Olympiacos vs TottenhamStadio Georgios Karaiskaki, PiraeusWednesday, 18-09-2019 @7:55pmReferee: Gianluca Rocchi (Ita)Olympiacos boss Pedro Martins will have to do without Kostas Fortunis who is out with a cruciate ligament rupture, as well as center-back Ruben Semedo who is missing with a meniscal injury.Juan Foyth has returned to full Tottenham training but remained in London ahead of the club’s trip to Athens.  Summer signing Ryan Sessegnon, still yet to make his Spurs debut, has reported irritation with his previous hamstring injury, and also will not feature. Giovani Lo Celso is another to miss out after his injury sustained on international duty.Olympiakos have met Tottenham Hotspur just twice before in a competitive fixture; these were both in the 1972/73 UEFA Cup, when Spurs won 4-0 at home in the first-leg of their Last 32 tie, before losing 1-0 away in the return leg.Since 2009-10, Olympiakos have won five of their six European home matches against English opposition (L1), with three wins against Arsenal and one apiece against Manchester United and Burnley. Their only defeat in this run came in a UEFA Champions League Group Stage match versus Arsenal in December 2015 (0-3).Tottenham Hotspur failed to win any of their Group Stage games away from home in 2018-19 (D2 L1) but won two of the three on the road in the knockout stages on the way to the final; beating Borussia Dortmund and Ajax in the Last 16 and Semi-Final respectively.Olympiakos are winless in eight Champions League matches (D1 L7), since a 2-1 victory against Dinamo Zagreb in November 2015. It’s their joint-longest winless run in the competition alongside an eight-game run ending in October 2003.This will be Mauricio Pochettino’s 50th European game as manager of Tottenham Hostpur. Only Bill Nicholson (55) has managed more games in European competition for the club.Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been involved in 15 goals in 14 appearances in the UEFA Champions League Group Stages (12 goals, three assists)PSG vs Real MadridParc de Princes, ParisWednesday, 18-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Anthoney Taylor (Eng)PSG are depleted up-front with Neymar Jr suspended and both Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe injured. Centre-back Thilo Kehrer and midfielder Julian Draxler are doubts after sitting out the drama against Strasbourg with foot injuries.Real Madrid were back in training on Sunday, although Eden Hazard – a debutant the previous evening – is not in the running to play against PSG, according to head coach Zinedin Zidane. The Madrid coach says he will not be returning to France with his most high-profile of the summer in tow, as Hazard has not reached full fitness following a spell on the sidelines. Midfielder Isco, who has been out with a thigh injury, also trained, but will not be ready for Wednesday as he continues the final phase of his recovery. Left-back Marcelo is Zidane’s latest injury victim, having been ruled out of the match with a spinal injury announced by the club on Monday.This will be the ninth European meeting between Real Madrid and PSG. Los Blancos have won four of the previous eight encounters, while Les Parisiens have come out on top just twice (D2). Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last four meetings with PSG in the Champions League (W3 D1) which came in the 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons. PSG are unbeaten in 21 successive UEFA Champions League home games at Parc des Princes in the group stage (W15 D6). Their last defeat at this phase of the competition came in 2004 against CSKA Moscow. Real Madrid lost two of their six group stage fixtures last season, which was the most they have lost at this stage of the competition in a single season since 2008-09 (also two). Real Madrid have scored in each of their last 28 Champions League games under Zinedine Zidane.Bayern Munich vs Crvena ZvezdaAllianz Arena, MunichWednesday, 18-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Bobby Madden (Sco)Niklas Sule and Jerome Boateng will continue at centre-back while Lucas Hernandez will once again deputise for the injured David Alaba at left-back. Thiago Alcantara, however, could be rested, with Corentin Tolisso coming into the side. Philippe Coutinho was surprisingly left out of the starting eleven against Leipzig. He is likely to return in the number ten role, at the expense of Thomas Muller.Crvena Zvezda came through four qualifying rounds to reach the group stage and they face a tough start as they make the trip to Munich. Tomane is suspended for this match while Gobeljic is an injury concern but otherwise head coach Vladan Milojevic has plenty of options. Ex-Huddersfield winger Van La Parra could feature after making his first start for the club in their 2-1 win over Indjija at the weekend.This will be the first competitive meeting between Bayern and Crvena Zvezda since October 2007, when the Germans prevailed 3-2 away in Serbia in the UEFA Cup Group Stages. German champions Bayern Munich have scored in each of their last 28 Champions League Group Stage matches at the Allianz Arena, a run stretching back to November 2009. Bayern Munich lost their last Champions League match at home; a 1-3 defeat at the hands of Liverpool in the Round of 16 stages last season. They haven’t lost successive UCL home games since October 2002. Of teams to have played more than 10 Champions League games at home, Bayern Munich have the third-best win ratio in home matches (70%) behind Real Madrid (75%) and Barcelona (74%). This will be Crvena Zvezda’s second participation in the Champions League, having finished fourth in the Group C last season, behind Napoli, PSG and eventually winners Liverpool.Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man CityOblasny SportKomplex Metalist, KharkivWednesday, 18-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Artur Soares Dias (Por)Shakhtar head coach Castro may keep changes to a minimum, although Yevhen Konoplyanka may be preferred to Mateus Martins on the right-hand side of midfield.The big news for Man City is that John Stones is out for up to five weeks with a muscular issue, adding to their woes in central defence with Aymeric Laporte (knee) also injured. Phil Foden is also sidelined with a virus, but could be available for the weekend, while Leroy Sane (knee) remains a long-term absentee.This is the third successive season in which Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk have been drawn in the same Group of the UEFA Champions League. This is the first time that two teams have been drawn in the same UCL Group in three successive seasons since Real Madrid and Ajax were in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13. Manchester City have won three of their previous four UEFA Champions League meetings with Shakhtar Donetsk (L1) and have outscored their Ukrainian opponents by 12-2 over the four matches.Manchester City scored the most goals (30) and had the best shot conversion rate (17%) in the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League. This will be the ninth UEFA Champions League Group stage appearance for Shakhtar Donetsk since 2010/11, only not appearing in 2016/17 – in each of their last eight appearances they have alternated between successfully progressing past the Group Stage and being knocked out at this stage. If this run were to continue, they’d qualify for the Last 16 in 2019-20. Shakhtar Donetsk have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 16 UEFA Champions League matches (33 goals conceded). Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick for Manchester City in their last meeting against Shakhtar Donetsk in November 2018; a 6-0 win. Of the 73 Brazilian players to have scored 4+ goals in the UEFA Champions League, Jesus has the best minutes per goal ratio (124 mins per goal)Dinamo Zagreb vs AtalantaStadion Maksmir, ZagrebWednesday, 18-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Jesus Gil (Spa)Atalanta’s all-Colombian strike force of Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel have made a flying start to the season with three goals apiece from three games so far, and the duo even combined for one on international duty during Colombia’s 2-2 draw with Brazil – Muriel getting both goals. The summer signing from Sevilla is a doubt for this match due to a knee injury, though, potentially leaving the visitors without one of their key players. There are no other injury concerns for Atalanta, with Timothy Castagne returning to the bench on Saturday after a meniscus problem.Zagreb have a clean bill of health, meanwhile, and will be looking to Dani Olmo, who was linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs after starring at the Under-21 European Championships this summer, to provide their main attacking thrust.The previous meetings between these clubs were in the UEFA Cup first round, with Atalanta winning two more ties before losing their quarter-final against Inter Milan. This is Atalanta’s first ever match in the Champions League or European Cup. Dinamo Zagreb have lost 22 of their last 24 games in the Champions League group stageAtletico Madrid vs JuventusEstadio Wanda Metropolitano, MadridWednesday, 18-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Danny Makkelie (Hol)Goalkeeper Jan Oblak is regarded as a doubt for Atletico having been withdrawn from the game with Real Sociedad due to a head injury. Alvaro Morata and Thomas Partey are both expected to miss the game with knee and hamstring injuries respectively.Each of Douglas Costa, Miralem Pjanic and Danilo are unlikely to feature for Juventus on Wednesday evening after they all suffered injuries against Fiorentina. The triple blow leaves Sarri with issues at right-back, with Juan Cuadrado potentially being used as a make-shift replacement.Juventus and Atletico Madrid will meet for the fifth time in the UEFA Champions League. They met in the 2014-15 Group Stages, with the Spaniards winning at home (1-0) and drawing away (0-0), before Juventus knocked them out last term in the Round of 16 after turning around a 0-2 deficit from the 1st leg and winning 3-0 in the 2nd leg at home. Italian clubs have won just four of their last 27 trips away to Spanish teams in the UEFA Champions League (D3 L20). However, the last three of these victories have been by Juventus; at Sevilla in 2016-17, Real Madrid in 2017-18 and Valencia in 2018-19. Atletico Madrid have lost just one of their eight UEFA Champions League meetings with Italian clubs (W5 D2), but this solitary defeat came against Juventus in the Last 16 stage in Turin back in March (0-3); their last Champions League match before Wednesday. Since Diego Simeone’s first UEFA Champions League game as Atletico Madrid manager in September 2013, they have kept more clean sheets than any other team in the competition (34). Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 25 goals in his career against Atletico Madrid; only against Sevilla (27) has he scored more in all competitions. This includes a hat-trick against them in the UEFA Champions League last season.Leverkusen vs Lokomotiv MoscowBayer Arena, LeverkusenWednesday, 18-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Pawe Raczkowski (Pol)Leverkusen come into this game off the back of a 4-0 loss at Dortmund so preparations for this Champions League opener have not been ideal. Demirbay is carrying a knock ahead of this match which makes him doubtful so Baumgartlinger could step into a central midfield role for him. Coach Peter Bosz may contemplate a change in defence after the poor performance so that could see Dragovic come into contention here.Lokomotiv warmed up for this Champions League opener in Germany by producing a solid display in beating Sochi 1-0 at the weekend. Yuri Semin will be expecting a similarly stout defensive display here but he may be without Howedes who is doubtful so Murilo may come in. Anton Miranchuk is another doubt here so if he fails a fitness test, then Eder or the more defensive Rybus could come into the starting XI.These teams are the definite outsiders to qualify from Champions League Group D, but Bayer Leverkusen are hot favourites to get an early three points on the board when they host Lokomotiv Moscow. Atletico Madrid and Juventus meet in Wednesday’s other match-day one fixture in this pool and while at least one of that high-quality duo is certain to drop points, they will be expected to make up any ground lost and finish in the top two of the standings come December. But Leverkusen can give themselves the perfect start by making it eight straight defeats for Lokomotiv against German opposition, although Die Werkself will not be pleased at the way their three-match winning start to this season has ended in their last couple of games. Peter Bosz’s side were held 0-0 at home by Hoffenheim and then suffered a 4-0 drubbing away to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday when their hosts produced a clinical display of counter-attacking football. Like Leverkusen, Lokomotiv gained direct entry to the group stage of this competition after finishing runners-up in the Russian league last season and their form, especially away from home, has been fairly solid this term.Comments Tags: champions leagueMan CityPSGreal madridSpurstoplast_img read more

first_imgAnthony Aebi lost his appetite for conventional construction in 2006. Working on his own house, he was discouraged by the quality of the construction details he saw. He says that he realized that, in the grand scheme of things, the house probably wasn’t going to last that long.“I realized the conventional way we build houses, they’re temporary,” the upstate New York builder said recently by telephone. “They don’t have life spans over 60 years, pretty much. As I was building I could already see decomposition occurring and I thought I was going to quit building, because I didn’t want to build crap any more, or look into other ways of doing things.”His solution was to start building with insulated concrete forms (ICFs), which combine expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam insulation with a core of reinforced concrete. His houses have triple-pane windows, spray polyurethane foam in the roof, ground-source heat pumps for heating and cooling, and rooftop photovoltaic arrays for power. They’re all designed for net-zero energy performance.Aebi’s construction company, Greenhill Contracting Inc., is working on or planning three net-zero subdivisions within a 20-mile radius of New Paltz, New York, some 80 miles north or New York City in the Hudson River Valley. Another two-house project in Esopus, New York, has been completed. When fully built out, the projects will have a total of 47 houses ranging in size from about 2,000 s.f. to 6,000 s.f. Bringing net-zero to production buildingThe largest of the company’s projects is Green Acres, a 25-unit subdivision where seven houses have been completed so far. The first was occupied in March 2009.Aebi’s current project is the nine-unit Mountain Vista subdivision, which he plans to complete before returning to Green Acres or the planned Scenic Meadows subdivision. All nine shells at Mountain Vista are up and windows installed.Mountain Vista is an attempt to lower the price of these net-zero houses by 20% to 30% when compared with a typical one-off custom house.“The idea is that we’re using production techniques to try to get the prices down,” he said. “By building nine at a time we’re getting the economies of scale. We’re sticking our necks out a little bit but the idea is what a production builder would typically do.”The houses average 2,400 s.f. in size and will sell in the “low to mid 400s,” according to Aebi. Once land, septic, infrastructure and other non-house expenses are backed out, he hopes to get construction costs down to $100 per s.f. or less. Hoping for a hand from WashingtonState and federal incentives help reduce the upfront cost of energy systems and heating and cooling in the houses that Aebi is building, but he also is banking on a new measure introduced in the U.S. Senate in June. The SAVE Act, introduced by Sen. Michael Bennett, a Colorado Democrat, would make it easier for borrowers to get credit for the energy-saving features built into the house. A lack of clear appraisal guidelines that allow realistic valuations for energy efficiency has been a frustration for many builders and homeowners.The measure has been referred to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, but so far there’s been no further progress.How Greenhill’s projects ultimately do may depend on convincing buyers they’ll get a good deal even if the initial costs for net-zero construction are higher. And Aebi thinks the legislation is key. “If that bill passed it would make it completely foolhardy not to build or buy a non-zero energy house,” he said.center_img ICFs, from footings to roofAlthough the houses vary in size and architectural design, they do have one thing in common: the exterior walls, “from the footers to the roof, including the gables,” are made of ICFs manufactured by Fox Blocks.A 6-inch core of concrete is sandwiched between two 2 5/8-inch layers of EPS insulation, giving the wall a total R-value of about 22, Aebi says. There are between 3 1/2 inches and 4 1/2 inches of closed-cell sprayed polyurethane under the slab, and R-60 worth of sprayed foam in the roof.Although the R-values of the exterior walls aren’t that high when compared with many net-zero or Passivhaus designs, air infiltration rates are very low.Aebi said three houses in a subdivision called The Preserve at Mountain Vista were just blower-door tested with leakage measured at 0.29, 0.28 and 0.34 air changes per house at 50 pascals of pressure (ach50). That’s about half the air leakage of the Passivhaus standard, 0.6 ach50.Abe’s houses also have Lifebreath heat-recovery ventilators, triple-glazed windows with U-factors of roughly 0.20, and, most recently, ground-source heat pumps manufactured by Water Furnace. The homes’ PV arrays are rated at 7 kW to 15 kW, depending on the size of the house.In all, Aebi says he has completed nine houses, seven of which have measured net-zero performance for at least one year.last_img read more

first_imgHighlighting scripts is the first step in the long haul of turning the written word into a motion picture.A screenplay informs each department of its artistic, technical and logistical responsibilities. We start the process of wrapping our arms around a film by highlighting the script. I like highlighting because it calls for a fun trip to Staples, where I’ll stock up on new pens and all the other supplies needed during prep.Honestly, I only need one highlighter for the story points regarding the photography of the project. But, other colors do come in handy to cue visual effects, special camera movement, flashbacks, day or night, etc. I restrain myself from over-highlighting for the obvious reason that as I study the screenplay, I learn it and soon, highlighting ceases to become necessary.However — for the first two weeks of prep, I refer to my highlights constantly and from these, I build my list of questions and ideas for all of the meetings to come. Prep is for asking questions, resulting in answers, that will help you implement your highlighted issues.Let’s look at the opening scene of Ghostbusters II and then explore how various departments approached highlighting the script.Ghostbusters II is set in New York City. What we know at this point is that the exteriors will be shot on location and on back lots in Los Angeles. All options are open until the studio weighs in on the budget. Shooting in New York is crazy expensive, so the producers are trying to shunt as much of it as they can back to L.A. But at this point, let’s assume that the plan is to shoot New York for New York until told otherwise.Let’s start with the Location Manager. (We’ll use this script example again later for the DP, though for different reasons.)The Location Manager’s initial thoughts might be — “Hmm, East 77th Street, Upper East Side, notorious for their antipathy towards film shoots. We probably won’t be shooting there.”Ok, maybe, maybe not — but a location must be found with the well-heeled feel of Dana Barrett’s movie neighborhood. Can it be found elsewhere in New York? Sure. With snazzy set dressing, nicer cars and well-dressed extras, this illusion is easy to pull off and we do it every day. Because it’s the opening of the picture, the Location Manager will come up with lots of options in New York, but knowing full well that this scene could be picked up easily in Los Angeles.This next bit of business falls within the Transportation department’s domain and will generate lots of questions.“Does the hoisting occur on camera?” “Should we use a real tow truck company?” If so, “Are they teamsters?” “Do we repaint the vehicle with a fictitious name?” “What make of car is being hooked up and can it actually be lifted safely with a hook?” “How many other cars are on the street parked or moving?” “Limos, city buses?” And on and on…In the next example, casting concerns are highlighted in yellow, and prop concerns in orange.This is a fairly straightforward scene for the Prop Master. There are only a couple different kinds of baby buggies seen in New York and the most popular model, that big old-fashioned rig pushed by nannies in Central Park, will definitely be part of the showing. Grocery bags and keys are easy. In fact, the most time and resource consuming aspect of this scene will be propping up all of the extras on the sidewalk with umbrellas, briefcases, backpacks, newspapers, etc. No problems here.I was the ILM Director of Effects Photography on this project and, sadly, this scene offered nothing for me to highlight. The great Michael Chapman, ASC was the cinematographer on Ghostbusters II and I don’t know what he highlighted. But if I had been the DP, here’s what I would have highlighted — though not necessarily in this pink color:As the cinematographer, I would kindly ask for the set to be on the south or shady side of the street. This keeps hard light off of our leading lady and negates the need for big silks and solids. We can easily introduce light to add interest to the set or create back light for the actors.Because it is the opening of the movie, I would propose that we pick a location that allows us to start on a frame that says, “NEW YORK CITY” and boom down to reveal Dana in front of her apartment. Assuming the director agrees to the shot, a light study will be needed to determine what time of day would be best to shoot this “big” shot. I’ll get the Key Grip to put a crane on hold for this day. If we shoot this scene in LA, we’ll add the skyline in post.All the other departments not mentioned here will highlight this scene for their own good reasons. What would an Assistant Director highlight? Costumes, Grip and Electric, Catering? What would you do if you were in their place?last_img read more

first_imgRelentless showers continued to pound Pune, Satara and Sangli districts in western Maharashtra, and Nashik in north Maharashtra throughout Sunday. District authorities evacuated more than 2,000 persons from inundated areas. Ten-year-old Kunal Ajay Dodke was killed and his younger sister injured after a wall of their house caved in on Sunday morning in Lonavala, around 70 km from Pune. The police said heavy rain might have triggered the wall collapse.In what is thought to be another rain-related accident, one person drowned while another was feared dead in Satara after their car plunged into a waterfall near Koyna dam late on Saturday. According to the Satara police, the two people were travelling to Kamargaon when the driver lost control of the car. The driver has been identified as Satara resident Nitin Shelar, while rescue teams are searching for the other occupant of the car.Schools closed todayPune city and district were battered by near-continuous rain since Saturday evening through the better part of Sunday.Pune Collector Nawal Kishore Ram declared a holiday for all schools in the district on Monday, taking into account the grim forecast for the next 48 hours, making use of powers recently bestowed by the State Education Department on district collectors to declare school holidays in case of a disaster or emergency.“Going by the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast of heavy rain in the forthcoming days and in wake of the continuous rainfall that commenced since Saturday in the Maval, Mulshi, Bhor, Velha and Junnar talukas of Pune among other areas, we have decided to declare a holiday for school-going students to preclude any untoward incident,” Mr. Ram said. In Pune city, with over 41,000 cusecs (cubic foot per second) of water released from the Khadakwasla into Mutha river, the Bhide bridge was submerged and there were traffic snarls at several points in the city. The relentless downpour especially threw the commute awry in Pimpri-Chinchwad and Wakad areas, after over 35,000 cusecs discharged from Mulshi dam flooded Sanghvi and Wakad.Discharge from the Khadakwasla dam inundated low-lying areas in Balewadi, Baner, Aundh, Yerwada, Sinhgad Road and Bopodi.Rescue teams moved more than 300 families dwelling in low-lying of the city to safer zones owing to the discharge of massive quantities of water from the Khadakwasla, Pavana, Mulshi and other dams. Several people were trapped in residential areas in Pimpri and Sanghvi after their homes were flooded. More than 50 residents of old Sanghvi were successfully rescued by the fire department and local police in the morning. Following the discharge of water from Mulshi dam, the district administration issued stern warnings to deter monsoon picnickers. Seven members of a family stranded at a house in the water-logged Kamshet area were also rescued by a team of the NDRF, said authorities. Karad, Sangli on alertThe rain has led to the four major dams in Pune district — Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar — to fill up to more than 90% of their cumulative storage capacity of 29.15 TMC.With the Pavana dam swelling to capacity owing to continuous rain in the past week, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation scrapped the water rationing it had enforced throughout the summer.Pune and Satara are expected to receive heavy showers for the next 48 hours, IMD officials said. With the steep increase in the discharge of water (more than 50,000 cusecs) from the Koyna dam, a high alert has been sounded for Karad (in Satara) and Sangli cities.Discharge of 20,000 cusecs from the Chandoli dam in Sangli led to flooding in nearby villages, while in adjacent Kolhapur district, heavy rains disrupted communications between several villages in the district. Nashik inundated The Nashik District Collector, too, has declared a holiday for schools and colleges on Monday.With the Godavari river in spate and the continuing release of water from the Gangapur dam, parts of the district, including the holy spots of Trimbakeshwar and Panchavati, were completely deluged, making them out of bounds for tourists.River waters reached up to the neck of the Dutondya Maruti, a statue of Hanuman, in Panchavati, and even entered the Trimbakeshwar temple as showers continued to lash Nashik city and the talukas of Igatpuri, Trimbakeshwar, Peint, Surgana and Dindori.According to authorities, the Trimbakeshwar tehsil had received more than 300 mm rain till Sunday morning while Nashik city received 84 mm rain. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement center_img Mumbai: August 04, 2019: River Godavari is in full flow and flooded amny areas in Nashik on Sunday. Photo: Special Arrangementlast_img read more