Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday said he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Mines Pralhad Joshi to seek solutions to restart the mining industry in Goa, which stands banned by the Supreme Court since 2018. Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function in Panaji on Sunday, Mr. Sawant said he would meet them both after Mr. Joshi familiarises himself with his portfolio. He reiterated that resolving the mining deadlock was a priority for his government. Last month, Mr. Sawant had said harvesting of mining dumps near the mining leases was one of the options his government was examining to resume the mining activity in the interest of stakeholders, despite the Supreme Court ban on mining in 88 leases. There are currently over 736 million tonnes of iron ore dumped in mountain-like heaps in Goa’s mining belt. Mr. Sawant is expected to finalise a policy for dump ore harvesting by July this year.
US skateboarder Tony Hawk poses on the red carpet before the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony at the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex in Monaco on February 18, 2019. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)SAN DIEGO — One of the first things Tony Hawk was looking forward to doing when he arrived in Shanghai for his debut as commentator for the Vans Park Series was to grab a skateboard and do some prep work.“Skating the courses and connecting with the competitors directly in order to have better insight when the competition actually starts,” Hawk said in an email exchange.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss He’ll be at the microphone when Vans Park Series starts its fourth year of competition this weekend, showcasing the world’s best park terrain skateboarders a year before the sport makes its Olympic debut. Hawk will join co-host Chris Cote for the five competitions, which continue in São Paulo, Brazil June 22-23; Montreal July 12-13; Paris Aug. 9-10 and the men’s and women’s championships in Salt Lake City Sept. 6-7.“It’s fun for me as a fan of skating to share my expertise with a larger audience, and give the casual viewer a better understanding in the nuances of skating,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHawk said Vans events are “authentic and raw. We have seen some of the most progressive and evolutionary tricks and techniques occur during all the excitement, especially in the finals. And having pay equality for prize money is hugely important in validating women skaters that have been slighted for far too long in other events.”Park terrain, he added, is “a hybrid of pool, vert and mini-ramp skating, with occasional ‘street’ elements added to the course. Focusing on only one of those disciplines will not benefit a competitor, so it is more likely that someone who grew up riding various skateparks will excel.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Only four players in 100 years have won six NFL titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew With an international roster of skateboarding’s top pros, Vans Park Series awards a total series purse of more than $700,000 and has prize parity for men and women.“Zion Wright has become an incredible skater in all terrain recently so he will be one to watch,” Hawk said. “I am also excited to see the spontaneous, unpredictable crew like Jake Wooten, Greyson Fletcher, Chris Russell and Clay Kreiner. For women, Lizzie Armanto is an obvious favorite, along with Jordyn Barratt, Poppy Olsen, Nora Vasconcellos and Sakura Yosozumi.”The contest will be carried via livestream on www.vansparkseries.com.Hawk, 51, said it’s too early to know if he’ll be broadcasting at the Olympics.“I would entertain the idea of they ask me, but there have been no discussions as of yet. I think skateboarding will add a much-needed youthful energy to the summer games, and will most likely be one of the highlights from Tokyo 2020,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess