Governor Douglas announces $300,000 in brownfield grants

first_imgSource: Governor’s Office Governor Jim Douglas today announced that $300,000 in brownfield grants have been awarded to help revitalize former industrial and commercial properties in Barre, Brattleboro, Burlington, Johnson Village, Springfield and Wells River.Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.“The brownfield program is a great example of our ability to balance environmental protection and economic development,” Governor Douglas said. “Redevelopment of brownfields properties stimulates local economy by getting unproductive properties back on the tax rolls, strengthening downtowns and creating jobs.”The brownfield reuse program at the Department of Environmental Conservation has awarded almost $1 million in grants in the last three years to 20 projects across Vermont.The following projects received grants:In Barre: $20,000 for assessment work at an old granite shed on Granite Street. ReCycle North of Burlington hopes to reclaim the building to expand its current reuse and job skill training operations.In Brattleboro: $15,000 for assessment work at the former TriState Auto building located on the New England Youth Theater campus for the future home of FulcrumArts. FulcrumArts, which won the 2007 Brattleboro Development Credit Corp.’s business plan contest, plans to create a downtown arts facility.In Burlington: $100,000 to remove contaminated debris and sediment at the former Moran plant, along the waterfront.In Johnson Village: Up to $11,000 for a corrective action plan at the former Vermont Electric Co-Op facility on School Street. Housing Vermont and Lamoille Housing Partnership are cooperating to create 24 units of affordable housing for seniors and families.Additionally, there are plans to build a distribution center for a local organic farming group.In Springfield: Up to $94,000 to remove the chip shed and boiler house building and other cleanup at the former Fellows Gear Shaper site on River Street.In Wells River: $60,000 for indoor air sampling, surface cleaning and removal of underground storage tanks at the former Adams paper mill on Main Street, which will eventually become warehouse space and general commercial space for lease.About the Brownfield Reuse Initiative Program: The Department encourages brownfields reuse as a means of achieving positive environmental and human health impacts while advancing sound land-use practices.  Reutilization of historically productive properties supports sustainable development trends and promotes community and economic growth.  An acre of brownfields redevelopment preserves 4.5 acres of open space.The Department of Environmental Conservation’s initiative comprises several programs and provides one-stop shopping where brownfields developers can obtain the tools needed to deliver projects in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner.  Most projects can be completed within a 9- to 18-month time frame, and work can be expedited to meet developer needs.DEC takes a holistic approach to project management, providing technical assistance with the purchase and cleanup of properties; securing financial assistance to leverage developer investment; and coordinating the involvement of related programs offered by regional planning commissions, the state’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Additional brownfields assistance programs available in Vermont include regional planning commission grants for environmental investigation, and grants and low-interest loans for brownfields cleanup through the Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s brownfields revitalization fund.last_img read more

City records 145 dengue cases with one death

first_img“We saw how difficult the situation was last year when there was a dengue outbreak. This year it could be doubly hard. We are already dealing with the coronavirus disease 2019,” said Treñas. * Jaro II – 25 with one death * Cover the holes around the house with soil or sand. The age range of the dengue patients were between one month old to 43 years old. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. * City Proper (Sto. Rosario) – 13 * City Proper (Tanza) – 10 The City Health Office bared the following breakdown of cases: ILOILO City – From Jan. 1 to May 16 this year this city recorded 145 dengue cases with one death – 74.2 percent lower than the 562 cases with five deaths reported in the same period last year. * Clean and replace the water in flower vases once a week. * Flip over empty bottles, jars, tin cans and other items that can collect water. Treñas stressed the importance of keeping the surroundings clean. The day-biting dengue mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus breed in clean, stagnant water. * Seek and consult with the nearest health facility if you already have fever for two days. * Bo. Obrero (Lapuz) – 10 On the other hand, COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The mortality was recorded in February yet, Mayor Jerry Treñas said. Seek early consultation Dengue is a severe flu-like illness that could sometimes be fatal. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), individuals should suspect dengue when a high fever (40 degrees centigrade) is accompanied by two of the following symptoms: severe headache, pain behind the eyes, nausea / vomiting, swollen glands, muscle and joint pains, and rash. * La Paz – 18 The mayor is wary of a possible surge in dengue cases. * Molo – 24center_img Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. For severe dengue, the warning signs to look out for are: severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums, blood in vomit, fatigue, and restlessness. * Arevalo – 18  The city government is campaigning for the 4S strategy to combat dengue. These are the following: Search and destroy Self-protection measures Two simultaneous disease outbreaks could strain hospitals, he stressed. * Remove or pierce old tires used as roof support, also those tires placed around the house that might hold water. * Fogging should only be done when there is an impending outbreak and during an outbreak./PN * Cover drums, pails, and other waste containers at all times. * Clean and remove water from dish racks and other household items that can hold water. * Use mosquito nets when sleeping at daytime. * Mandurriao – 15 * Use mosquito repellants to avoid mosquito bites. Say “yes” to fogging only during outbreaks * Jaro I – 12 People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. * Wear long sleeves or cloth that will protect your skin from mosquito bites. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment, according to WHO. However, older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.last_img read more

Sailing in a paradise not lost –Thailand’s marine sector promotes a…

first_imgAn old sea dog takes his OK dinghy for a spin around the bay.Much as I disdain power boats, jet skis and other mechanical forms of marine activities, these contraptions do, no doubt, contribute much to the tourism sector.  Tourism, because of the political problems in the kingdom, is coming under increasing pressure, but the marine sector is still flourishing and is continuing to draw hard currency into the nation’s coffers.A fully-fledged sailing boat is somewhat akin to a floating billboard and regattas are therefore a magnet for both local and international sponsors who wish to have a craft’s sides and sails festooned with their company’s own name and logo.  The sailors themselves also do their bit and just last month at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien, a huge regatta featuring some 250 boats took place and 1,000 sailors from all corners of the globe added millions of baht to the Thai economy.The solar-powered “Heliotrope” provides a new, environmentally conscious blueprint for boat builders worldwide.Regattas are held annually up and down the coastlines of the kingdom, from Phuket to Pattaya, and the recently concluded Koh Samui Ragatta contributed greatly to “full house” signs going up around the island, with regatta organizers having to scramble to find accommodation for all those involved in the event.The welfare of less-advantaged citizens, especially youngsters, can also benefit from the sport of sailing.  An example of this is the annual “Pattaya Mail PC Classic” yacht race held off the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in south Pattaya.  For the past two decades this race has been sponsored at various times by the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Jomtien Pattaya Rotary Club and numerous hotelier groups and businesses from the private sector.  This event alone has raised millions of baht for many charities around the region, and especially to help the two groups at the opposite ends of society – the young and the aged.Thailand is producing more and more champion junior sailors in the worldwide Optimist series.On the subject of the environment, a classic case of sailing doing its ‘bit’ is the award-winning Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, held in July each year, which promotes a clean and green event.As regatta organizer Byron Jones explains: “We are excited to lead the way in South-East Asia and introduce the Clean Regatta program to our event.  We are keen to help preserve the coastal areas of Phuket and ensure the marine environment is left in a better state for future generations.”The Clean Regattas program is a global certification system that encourages regatta organisers and yacht clubs to manage and run environmentally-responsible events.  Its main initiative is to reduce marine debris and preserve coastal land and waters.Buoyed up (to use a nautical term) by these environmental-protection measures, which add so much to the joy of sailing and guarantee its continuation, thousands of yachting aficionados from the temperate and cold northern climes of Europe, North America and elsewhere are lured here by tales of Sailing in Paradise, carried back first-hand by those who have participated in events here.Sailing a boatOwning a yacht is always regarded as the prerogative of the wealthy – a “rich man’s sport” so to speak, and it certainly is that.  Compared to the usual paraphernalia required to participate in active sports, a yacht is an extremely heavy investment and beyond the means of most ordinary folk.  But, there are ways of joining the fray.Opportunities abound to crew on someone else’s boat and enjoy all the action, fun and adventure without the expense.  To be out on the sea, matching your wits with Mother Nature’s forces of wind, climate and tide and enjoying the fresh air, the tang of the sea, and the huge dome of the heavens above is rather hard to beat – even as a crew member!Juniors: the momentum for sailingCuriously, when the sport of sailing was in its infancy many years ago, a well-to-do Thai’s idea of a day on the sea might have been to drive his or her limousine down to an air-conditioned launch, do a few circuits of the bay and then reverse the journey.  A “hard day at the sea” he or she would recount to colleagues ashore of the weekend’s activities.Sailing offers great fun and the chance to reconnect with the natural environment.Perhaps this ideal of a day on the briny still goes on, but nowadays Thais are excelling on the world yachting stage, from local events right up to Olympic standards, and the nation is producing some top-class sailors.Much of the new popularity of sailing is nurtured in the junior (under-16) ranks, where Thai and ex-pat children compete frequently – and successfully – in the worldwide Optimist dinghy series.  Thailand has improved so much that the kingdom’s teams have gone on to become world champions on several occasions.  The main problem for Thai youngsters who compete overseas is that the waters elsewhere are invariably colder than at home, and there is also no khao-pad readily available!There are numerous sailing groups up and down the kingdom that cater specifically for children; the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya, the Royal Thai Navy at Sattahip, Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien, while both Koh Samui and Phuket conduct vigorous training and racing programs for juniors.A racing fleet under full sail in the waters off Phuket.At this year’s Top of the Gulf Regatta at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, some 150 boys and girls from all over Thailand competed in the Optimist National Championships.  Some of these sailors were as young as seven years old yet all thrived in the fickle weather conditions.  These youngsters know that a few hours sailing in the fresh air, the beauty of the environment and the challenge to their young minds certainly beats hours in a noisy, cluttered shopping mall, competing with television fare and brain-numbing game machines.Tales of survival (or otherwise) at seaOf course, there are horrendous stories of sea-borne disasters (Titanic, anyone?)   Nevertheless, facing the challenge of the sea, despite being fraught with peril, is inherent in our nature.  The sea is a hard master, but putting aside the usual Hollywood glorification of survival in films such as Robert Radford’s “All is lost;” and Tom Hanks in “Castaway”, there have also been real life heroic epics of adventure, such as the ongoing single-handed trans-oceanic races.Over the last two years, in fact, two teenaged girls have sailed single-handedly around the world.  First Dutch girl Laura Dekker, and then an Australian girl Jessica Watson, both displayed incredible stamina and adaptability as they faced some 250+ days at sea – all alone!Feats like these represent the triumph of the human spirit as the two girls took on stupendous odds, fighting for survival in the treacherous Southern Ocean with winds raging at 80-knots and sea swells as high as city skyscrapers.There are also any number of family groups who regularly take to the seas, sailing around the globe to educate their children, both onboard and at visiting ports.  One such marine “globe-trotter” and his family made landfall at Phuket some years ago.  The captain was cajoled, urged and likewise press-ganged into joining the ongoing regatta.  He unloaded all excess materials to make his craft race-ready; this included a live-aboard resident pet dog, which was deposited into the anchored dinghy.  After the race, he returned, but no dog!  Both he and the family were heart-broken.At the prize-giving, our sailor went up to receive his second place prize which, along with the usual silverware, included a huge box.  And out jumped his beloved dog!  One of the competitors had seen a dog swimming alone in the Andaman Sea, picked it up and brought it ashore.HM the King:Imprimatur of sailing in the KingdomSpeaking of single-handed sailing, as we all know, the King of Thailand, an avid sailor, boat-builder and competitor has set a number of sailing records.I have had the extremely good fortune of having sailed with His Majesty out of the Klai Kangwon Palace, where the King keeps a flotilla of sailing dinghies.  First through the Bangkok Post and then through successive issues of the Pattaya Mail I have written a number of first-person narratives of these treasured encounters.The King’s love of the sea and sailing has been legendary and is inherent in the development of the folklore of sailing in Thailand.  For example, on 19 April, 1966, the King sailed the OK dinghy he had built himself across the Gulf, from the Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin to the Royal Thai Navy base at Sattahip.  This distance of 60 nautical miles required tremendous stamina and determination for some 16 hours of concentrated helming.  At the time it was mooted as the longest single-handed dinghy crossing, out of sight of land, in the world.On another occasion, on 16 December, 1967, His Majesty was awarded a Gold Medal by Queen Siirikit, as the winning helmsman (OK dinghy) in the then South East Asian Peninsular Games (now the SEA Games).  Actually, sailing history was created when the King’s daughter, HRH Princess Ubolratana, came in equal first.  This day has since been celebrated as Thailand’s National Sports Day.Besides having his own yacht club at the Klai Kangwon Palace, the King is also Royal Patron of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, the centre of most of Thailand’s sailing activities.  With full support from the Royal Thai Navy and the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Royal Varuna has hosted innumerable world, national and local championships in its 60-year history.In the early days of sailing, the King and Queen, together with members of the Royal family, frequented the then Varuna Marine Club, located on a pristine beach in south Pattaya, now unrecognizable as a sea-front restaurant.Many times the Royal family entertained visiting dignitaries at the old Varuna Marine Club.  On one particular weekend, in March, 1965, there was a gathering of Sweden’s Royal Family, the UK Royal Consort, Prince Phillip, Prince Bhisadrj Rajani, the incomparable Prince Birabongse Banubandh and the Portuguese Ambassador.  Of course a race around Koh Larn eventuated and The King won, but, for matters of protocol, Prince Phillip’s placing was not mentioned!His Majesty has always looked on sailing as a marvelous escape from his Royal duties, while nurturing both the environment and a healthy lifestyle.Sailing infrastructureThe growing popularity of sailing has seen the inevitable build-up and development of related marine infrastructure around the kingdom.  Marinas, boat yards and chandleries have evolved around all the main venues: Phuket, Koh Samui, Hua Hin and, as noted before, the Ocean Marina at Jomtien.Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien offers one of the finest sailing facilities in Southest Asia.Boat-building in the kingdom has also seen an exponential development.  The world’s largest production yacht, the Mirabella, was designed, built and launched from the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in September, 1991.  And earlier this year the same venue saw the launch of the world’s first “solar-powered catamaran” the Heliotrope – a craft eventually capable of trans-navigating the world by solar power.  The environment wins big around here as the rich boys with their rich toys can help Mother Nature along the way.This, then, is a ‘superficial’ view of some of the pros and cons of sailing.  I could write much more, but I pity the readers and also I must hurry, for my yacht will be leaving the Ocean Marina very shortly for a jaunt around the bay.  Incidentally, my ‘yacht’ is a 3-metre open dinghy, a replica of His Majesty’s OK dinghies.  But, nevertheless, in a short time, I, too, will succumb to the joys and freedom of “sailing in a paradise not lost.”NB:  For more information about sailing opportunities in Pattaya, go to website: or pristine waters of Thailand are the nation’s treasure and can still offer a veritable paradise for sailing enthusiasts. (Photo/ArtAsia/Everingham)The Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya. To play somewhat on the title of the masterpiece by British bard John Milton, I shall attempt in the following article to show how sailing, and its related water-borne activities, can greatly contribute to protecting and saving the environment and also help to promote a healthier and better lifestyle. According to authors Beard and McKie, in their riotously funny book A Dictionary for landlubbers, “Sailing is the fine art of getting wet, and becoming ill while going nowhere at great expense.”  While admittedly, sailing is not for everyone – for only a few, in fact – there are some most positive aspects, which I shall try to emphasize here.His Majesty the King of Thailand has been a driving force in the development of sailing in the kingdom.Environment & EconomicsSailing is both environmentally-friendly and economically sound.  Many years ago, when I first entered this delightful country, I wrote an article, entitled “Sailing: a panacea for tourism.”  Now, a decade or two down the line, the environment is under constant siege and the ‘fixes’ have reached a greater urgency and are much more expensive to implement, but not impossible, and sailing can help.last_img read more

Earth Hour 5K Walk/Run

first_imgComplete information on Saturday’s walk/run can be found on the group’s website: Communications Coordinator Tammy Hrab says this year’s event, unlike last year where it was put together last minute, will be better organized.The concept came about as a way to celebrate Earth Hour, and because many in the Peace are suffering from “cabin fever”, a way to get outside, especially that evenings are getting a little longer.Hrab says registration is going slowly, but she’s not surprised, saying most people in Fort St. John do things at the last minute.  Last year, 80 walkers and runners turned out for the event.- Advertisement -It begins and ends at Northern Lights College.Registration is at 6pm with the event, itself, beginning at 7.Early bird registration is $20 and can be done through the NEAT office.  On Saturday, it’ll be $25 dollars per adult or $40 for the entire family.Advertisementlast_img read more

Wawrinka stuns Nishikori to reach second Rotterdam final

first_img0Shares0000Stan and deliver: Wawrinka celebrates winning his semi-final against Kei Nishikori © ANP/AFP / Koen van WeelROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb 17 – Three-time Grand Slam title winner Stan Wawrinka reached his second Rotterdam Open final on Saturday by knocking out top seed Kei Nishikori 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.Switzerland’s 2015 champion needed almost two and a quarter hours to defeat the Japanese star who was playing at the Dutch event for the first time. Wawrinka will face off for his first title since Geneva in May 2017 when he plays against good friend Gael Monfils in Sunday’s final.The French showman returned to the final as he overhauled Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.Nishikori suffered only his second loss of the season against 11 victories, which included the Brisbane title and a quarter-final run at the Australian Open.Wawrinka, 33, won the first set from a 4-0 lead, trailed 0-4 as Nishikori levelled in the second before he broke in the final game of the third.The Swiss world number 68 sent a stinging service return winner down the line to clinch victory, which comes almost a year and a half after he underwent two knee surgeries in the summer of 2017.“It’s a big relief to reach my first final since my surgery,” Wawrinka said.“It’s really important to see that I can play a full week of matches. I’m feeling good physically, I’m glad to be in a final again and glad to do it here.”He added: “When you come back from surgery, you need to be patient with yourself. The toughest thing is to come back at the right level, where you want to be.”The Swiss won his last meeting with Monfils at Roland Garros two years ago.Wawrinka ended with eight aces and 35 winners while breaking Nishikori five times.“Stan was playing well in the first set, but not like amazing,” said Nishikori.“I made too many mistakes, too many unforced errors, I could have played better. I was missing too much.”Monfils said he will be heading into Sunday’s final needing painkillers to ease a left wrist injury.The 32-year-old had also reached the title match in his last Rotterdam appearance in 2016, when he lost to Martin Klizan.Monfils revealed that he has been suffering all week with a left wrist injury.“I fell heavily on day one and I’ve felt it every day. I’ve been on painkillers. It’s not so good but I’m working with my physio,” said the world number 33.“I try not to think of it. I hope the momentum will get me through.”Victory on Saturday was quick revenge for Monfils, who lost to Medvedev a week ago in the Sofia semi-finals, an event which the Russian won.Medvedev’s defeat was only his third loss of the season, leaving his record at 14-3.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Geocaching Just Got Better in Georgia State Parks

first_imgSpend your Georgia vacation geocaching in natural beauty with the Georgia State Parks GeoTour. You could even earn custom geocoins!Georgia State Parks has hidden 46 geocaches in 43 spectacular state parks, from Cloudland Canyon’s cool mountain trails to Skidaway Island’s sunny historic coast, and everywhere in between. Pick up or download your Geo-Challenge Passport today to start your journey, reach all three levels, and collect all three custom geocoins!Georgia State Parks GeoTourTo thank our loyal geocaching community and promote GeoTours and camping in Georgia State Parks, we have created the GeoCamp Loyalty Program. Tent campers can simply stay nine nights in a Georgia State Park campground and get the 10th night free! First, grab a Camp Card or RV Passport at any Georgia State Park. Then, you’ll receive one sticker for each night you pay to stay. Collect nine stickers to earn one free campsite at one of the participating parks.Forty-one state parks offer more than 2,700 campsites, including tent-only areas, RV pull-throughs, primitive sites and group camping. Regular campgrounds have hot showers, water, electricity, and some have sewage hookups as well.Join us on at Georgia State Parks Geocaching Facebook page for the latest updates.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeoTour Spotlight: West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour (GT40)March 23, 2017In “GeoTours”Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTourOctober 16, 2015In “GeoTours”GeoTour Spotlight: Visit Utah (GT54)April 18, 2017In “GeoTours”last_img read more

The Piecemeal Approach to Green Building

first_imgAlmost every time I am talking with someone about green building, whether a potential or current client, or just a casual conversation, inevitably solar power comes up. This causes me to go into full on curmudgeon mode, pointing out that solar panels are pretty much pointless on homes until you’ve done everything else you can to make it more efficient and healthy. Solar is hot, trendy, hip, something you can touch (and might want to touch, as opposed to insulation), and a marketer’s dream, as are many other building products, all of which are seem to be labeled “green.”The sales and installation of green building products, like the promotion of many medical procedures and prescription drugs, are very much driven by consumer demand, which is heavily influenced by advertising and marketing. We take medication for all sorts of illnesses like high cholesterol (guilty), diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and more, even though many of these symptoms and illnesses can be corrected by proper behavior and diet.Similarly, building performance could be ratcheted up several notches by simply doing a better job with standard materials, instead of focusing on buying more “green” stuff. Not only that: a few simple improvements in occupant behavior could result in energy savings and improved indoor air quality.Is it time to ban green product advertising?Green building is being driven as much by the marketing efforts of manufacturers as by any demand for the finished product. And many consumers and professionals are influenced by marketing, driving them to consider various materials and systems individually, rather than as integrated parts of the whole house.These products — solar modules, geothermal equipment, spray foam insulation, high-performance windows, bamboo floors — can all be effective parts of a green building, but none of them will add much to the project if not integrated properly. Maybe it’s time to ban advertising for green building products — they did it with cigarettes, didn’t they?Incomplete information leads to problemsThere are too many designers, architects, contractors, and even homeowners who pick up a little information and think they are ready to go green on their own. It seems that everyone who uses spray foam insulation thinks that they are building green — even though they tend to not know enough to have the HVAC sized properly, resulting in humidity problems.Or maybe they install cellulose insulation without properly flashing windows, allowing water into the walls, allowing mold to form and the wall to rot. And how about those people who install high-efficiency HVAC equipment connected to leaky ducts located in unconditioned spaces?I still see plans with a water heater at one end of the house supplying bathrooms on the opposite side with no thought given to efficient hot water delivery. These are all the result of an incomplete understanding of building science, a situation that I don’t expect to see improve much in the short term.Small pockets of hopeThere are a few professionals out there who “get it.” They understand how to plan green from the start, manage the process carefully throughout, and end up with high-performance projects with few problems.Unfortunately, the vast majority of building professionals are struggling just to stay afloat in the current market, and they can’t (or won’t) take the time or spend the money to fully understand green building. Better energy codes are a start towards better buildings, but both adoption and enforcement are moving very slowly.Until buyers understand and start demanding high-performance homes, we will continue to be at the mercy of those products with the biggest advertising budgets.last_img read more

Muralitharan looks to play till 2013-14

first_imgLegendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan today made it clear he will continue to play cricket for another three years as he felt fit enough to feature in Indian Premier League and English county circuit.”I think my body is good enough to play cricket for another three years. I would like to play IPL and some county cricket in England. I have received some offers (from the counties) but can’t disclose them at this moment,” he said.Muralitharan was speaking at a felicitation function by his IPL team Chennai Super Super Kings here for taking 800 Test wickets.In a media interaction later, Muralitharan said that he had agreed to former Indian captain Anil Kumble’s offer to join him in starting an academy but refused to disclose the details of the venture.Asked whether he would play in next year’s World Cup in the sub continent, Muralitharan said, “It is still too early.I want to see how I play in the Champions League Twenty20 and then decide on the World Cup,” the 38-year-old Muralitharan said.Sanjay Manjrekar, who anchored the function, requested scribes before opening the floor for a question answer session not to pose questions on the match fixing allegations in Pakistan’s ongoing England tour.However, Muralitharan did answer a question on the issue, saying it is for the Pakistan Cricket Board and its English counterpart to deal with the situation and decide.”These are only allegations and I wouldn’t like to comment on these matters,” he said.advertisementMuralitharan said Harbhajan Singh has the best chance of reaching the 800 figure mark but he could not predict whether the Indian off-spinner would achieve the feat or not.”Harbhajan is only 29 and statistically it is possible for him to reach 800. But it is up to the bowler and I can’t predict anything. You should have the hunger to achieve anything,” he said.Manjrekar and former India captain S Venkataraghavan hosted a group discussion as part of the function.Tamil Nadu cricketers of Chennai Super Kings — Subramaniam Badrinath, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anirudha Srikkanth and Shadab Jakati — and operations director V B Chandrasekar recalled their experiences with their famous colleague in IPL events.Venkatraghavan, part of the famous Indian spin quartet of yesteryears, showered praise on Muralitharan and discussed the finer points of spin bowling.Venkatraghavan presented Muralitharan a Super Kings team shirt with the number 800 printed on the back and Sri Lankan star immediately wore it on the stage.last_img read more