Four single-family homes earned awards at the National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Conference, held this month in Raleigh, North Carolina. The builder and designer of one of the homes, which won in the affordable/custom category, provided GBA with a few details about its construction and materials.Called The Cottage, the 1900-sq.-ft. house, completed in May 2009, earned an Emerald rating based on NAHB’s National Green Building Standard. The project builder, JR Construction Building & Design, based in Petoskey, Indiana, where the two-bedroom/two-and-a-half-bath house is located, says it is the company’s first green home and among the first single-family houses in the country to earn an Emerald rating.A performance guaranteeThe foundation was insulated to R-20, the walls to R-24, and the roof to R-40. The project includes a ground-source heat pump that, the builder says, is designed to operate with a coefficient of performance (COP) of 5. A manifold plumbing system also was installed to help conserve water and reduce heat loss. The house landed a HERS index rating of just under 40. JR Construction was confident enough in the home’s owner-occupied performance to guarantee coverage of its heating and cooling costs in excess of $59 a month.Other features were aimed at increasing the home’s durability (50-year siding, and standing-seam metal roofs on the front and back porches) and its use of sustainable materials (sustainably harvested ipe for decking, and bamboo for interior flooring).Other award winnersIn all, 15 builders, remodelers, and other industry professionals were honored at the National Green Building Conference, including those responsible for three other single-family projects: Charityworks Greenhouse, a custom/luxury home designed by Washington, D.C.-based Cunningham| Quill Architects; Model NOMG4, a production/luxury home in Marietta, Georgia, built by New World Home; and Rosewood Hills, a production/affordable project built by Mungo Construction of Columbia, South Carolina.Awards also went to multifamily projects Circle at Concord Mills in Concord, North Carolina (developed by Crescent Resources, which won in the luxury category); the Wingate Manor apartment complex in Shiloh, Illinois (Gundaker Commercial Group, in the affordable category); and the Fishhawk Ranch residential subdivision in Lithia, Florida (Newland Communities, which took the Green Development of the Year award).Among advocacy-award winners, remodeler Philip Beere of Green Street Development in Phoenix took the Green Remodeling Project of the Year and Green Remodeling Advocate of the Year awards; builder and GBA Advisor Michael Chandler, of Chandler Design-Build, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was honored as the Builder Advocate of the Year; Pardee Homes of Los Angeles was named Corporate Advocate of the Year; and Individual Advocate of the Year honors went to John Barrows of Wainscott, New York.The State/Local Government Advocate of the Year award went to Platte County, Missouri, for its innovative green incentive programs, NAHB says. The Home Builders Association of Delaware Green Building Council was named the New Green Building Program of the Year, while the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area Green Home Builders of the Triangle, which played host to the conference, took Program of the Year honors.
Many of the cargo containers passing through India’s busiest port in Mumbai have a small piece of Japan Inc. attached: Devices from NEC Corp. that can be tracked as the containers rumble through the interior of Asia’s third-largest economy.The partnership between NEC and the port illustrates the strengthening relationship between Tokyo and New Delhi. Japan is seeking growth markets, while India craves advanced technology and foreign investment. The leaders of both countries, Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi, are also working to counter the growing regional influence of China — an important economic partner to both but also historically a rival.“We have the two largest democratic economies in this region, we respect international rules, openness and transparency — these are basic principles that we share,” said Kenko Sone, a former head of global communications for Abe who now serves as minister of economic affairs at Japan’s embassy in Delhi.With a young and growing population now at 1.3 billion people, India offers an enticing market for Japanese companies, as well as affordable labor for manufacturers looking even further west to Africa and the Middle East for new markets. India needs an estimated $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment in just the next 10 years to help modernize its economy and lift more of its people out of poverty.Japan is pouring money into India. Lending for development, particularly infrastructure, has grown nearly sixfold since 2001, totaling 366 billion yen ($3.2 billion) in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. The two nations are working together on infrastructure projects that include the $100 billion Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and a Japanese bullet train to run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in Modi’s home state of Gujarat.Foreign direct investment by Japanese companies has also soared, reaching $3.7 billion in 2016, its second-highest level ever. Though it slipped this year, over the past decade it has totaled $25.8 billion, a nine-fold increase over the previous 10-year period. Japanese manufacturers have flooded into auto clusters in Haryana and Rajasthan near Delhi, and into western Gujarat and southern Chennai.India’s young population is an attraction for Suzuki Motor Corp., majority owner of India’s biggest car maker, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. The company makes about 1.5 million cars a year in India, but aims to produce 2 million annually in 2020, according to Satoshi Kasukawa, a Suzuki Motor spokesman.“India’s population is pyramid shaped, and it’s possible for us to provide entry cars to young people,” Kasukawa said.Japanese manufacturers are increasingly using India to make products destined for other emerging countries. Many of Japan’s major automakers are already selling India-made vehicles in Africa, while Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. has started distributing its machines in Africa after a joint venture with Tata Group went well, according to the Japan External Trade Organization.With Abe fresh off an election victory and Modi predicted to win a second term in 2019, the alliance between the two countries is expected to grow for years. Political stability in both Japan and India gives the two nations confidence to build deeper economic ties while strengthening the strategic relationship, Japan’s Sone said.The two countries are also attempting to rival China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, creating the Asia Africa Growth Corridor in an attempt to grow export markets. Modi and Abe launched the initiative at a meeting of the Asian Development Bank in May 2017 — shortly after China hosted various countries at a Belt and Road forum in Beijing.Japan also hopes to sell defense technology, perhaps including Soryu submarines, to India as Modi tries to modernize his country’s aging, largely Soviet-era military equipment. They have also stepped up military cooperation, with Japan joining the annual Malabar naval exercises with India and the United States in the Bay of Bengal, designed to protect “shared interests” in the region.“India and Japan are in a sense front-line states of a rising and more assertive China,” said Manoj Joshi, a distinguished fellow at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation think tank. “The U.S. is an ocean away, the Europeans even further. Both know that by themselves they are not sufficient to balance China, but together they do not look all that bad.” Related Items
Lalita Barman is a Koch-Rajbongshi, a community considered indigenous. However, that has not protected her four children – excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens – from alleged harassment in trying to prove their citizenship.The four were summoned twice in 50 days to places more than 150 km east of their village Masua in western Assam’s Barpeta district. The last notice, served on July 28, asked them to report by 9 a.m. on July 30 at an NRC centre in central Assam’s Nagaon town, about 180 km from their village.Ms. Barman, who ekes out a living as a domestic help, and her four children boarded a train early morning on the day of the hearing. The train was scheduled to reach their destination before 9 a.m., but got delayed. “We were turned away for reporting a couple of hours late. The officials at the NRC centre said they had other work to do elsewhere. We spent a lot to go there, but they just did not care,” she said.Barpeta-based social activist Dhanjit Das said the NRC exercise has brought out the inhuman side of many an official.‘Legacy data stolen’ “The family has been suffering because someone else had used their legacy data to Nishikanta Barman, the father of Lalita Barman’s deceased husband Bhushan Barman. To add to their misery, she had procured birth certificates of her children after the NRC exercise began. Many poor, illiterate villagers do not usually possess such certificates. We helped her get the certificates legally, but the NRC officials did not accept them as they were issued on the same date,” he said.The NRC officials had on May 30 given Ms. Barman’s children 12 days to go for a hearing, but they were called to Raha in central Assam, 150 km from their village. “When they submitted all their documents at that hearing, the authorities should not have called them again at very short notice,” Mr. Das said.Ms. Barman is not sure if her children would be called yet again. “Will they make me a non-citizen for failing to be at the July 30 hearing in time, though the reason was beyond our control,” she asked.Similar ordealPradip Kumar Bordoloi of central Assam’s Jagiroad faced a similar ordeal due to what is being seen as a clerical error on the part of the NRC authorities. He found it ironical to have been put on the list of 41 lakh people excluded from the NRC, as he had spent a week in jail during the 1979-85 Assam Agitation.The NRC exercise was undertaken because of an agreement that ended the agitation for removing illegal immigrants from Assam.Fatal hearingsThe “sudden” summoning of thousands of people belonging to minority communities, mostly Bengal-origin Muslims in Assam, has claimed four lives and injured several. They were served notices for re-verification almost simultaneously on August 3-4 asking them to appear for hearings within 24-48 hours at NRC centres 300-500 km away.On Monday, 60-year-old Rezia Khatun collapsed and died during her hearing in central Assam’s Kaliabor. She had travelled from Dakachang village 250 km west of Guwahati in Kamrup district the previous night.The following day, 65-year-old Hanif Ali died after the vehicle he and his family were travelling capsized 10 km from his home in Kamrup district’s Asalpara village. They were returning from a hearing in eastern Assam’s Charaideo district 350 km away.Again on Wednesday morning, sisters Joymon Nessa, 32, and Arzina Begum, 14, died after the mini-bus they were travelling in from Golaghat in eastern Assam met with an accident near their village in Kamrup district.“Many people have been injured in the accidents. But the NRC has probably killed more people financially and psychologically, leaving them devastated,” a leader of the All Assam Minority Students’ Union said.
Action has been initiated against 2,923 farmers so far in 20,729 cases of stubble burning reported till November 1 in Punjab, which expects a 10-20% decline in the number of such cases this year compared with 2018, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said.As against a total of around 49,000 cases of stubble burning last year, this year the State government has so far received reports of 20,729 cases, with more than 70% of the paddy already harvested.‘Drive intensified’Despite the High Court having stayed the recovery of fines from farmers penalised last year, the State government has intensified its drive against the dangerous practice of stubble burning, Capt. Amarinder said in a statement here on Sunday.The enforcement teams had till November 1 visited 11, 286 fire incidents sites, and environment compensation amounting to ₹41.62 lakh had been imposed in 1,585 cases, red entry made in revenue documents (khasra girdawari) in 1,136 cases, and prosecution-FIR filed in 202 cases against defaulting farmers.The process of verifying the remaining fire incidents and levying of environmental compensation was being expedited, said the Chief Minister. He said that the Punjab Pollution Control Board had also imposed environmental compensation of ₹62 lakhs on 31 combine harvesters operating without Super Straw Management System.Central compensationCompensation by the Central government was the only solution in the circumstances, said the Chief Minister, adding that the matter was not one of politics, but “a question of the future of our people, which goes beyond politics.” The ball was totally in the Centre’s court since most State governments were bankrupt, with his own State reeling under massive debt, Capt. Amarinder said, adding that the fiscal situation was linked to GST, which had aggravated their economic problems.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Greg Wiener, a 61-year-old Warriors’ season ticket holder, said Friday he was standing next to the deputy during the encounter and didn’t see Ujiri strike him in the face.Wiener said the encounter began when the deputy put his hand on Ujiri’s chest and pushed him. Ujiri shoved him back before bystanders intervened, Wiener said.“The thing about the cops saying the policeman asked for his credentials, that didn’t happen. There was no conversation at all,” Wiener said. “This part about striking him in the face, yeah that didn’t happen.”Wiener said he hadn’t been interviewed by authorities.“This looks like somebody trying to embellish what happened to protect what they did, what the policeman did,” Wiener said.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this May 29, 2019, file photo, Toronto Raptors basketball team general manager Masai Ujiri speaks during a NBA basketball media availability in Toronto. Prosecutors will decide whether to charge Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of shoving and hitting a sheriff’s deputy in the face while trying to join his team on the court to celebrate their first NBA championship. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)SAN FRANCISCO — Prosecutors will decide whether to charge Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of shoving and hitting a sheriff’s deputy in the face while trying to join his team on the court to celebrate their first NBA championship.Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said Friday that investigators are reviewing footage from body cameras worn by the deputy and other officers, the stadium’s surveillance video and cellphone video. He said a report will be forwarded prosecutors.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH 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 Phoenix stops 3-game slide, tops Alaska DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew After the game Thursday night in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors, Ujiri tried to walk past the deputy who was checking court-access credentials, Kelly said. When the deputy stopped him, Ujiri shoved him back several feet and yelled obscenities, Kelly said.“That’s when our deputy goes hands-on and moves Mr. Ujiri back from the court. Mr. Ujiri made a second, more significant shove and during that shove his arm struck our deputy in the side of the head,” Kelly 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, logisticsThe deputy complained of pain in his jaw and was taken to a hospital for evaluation and later released.A video of the altercation obtained by NBC Bay Area shows Ujiri and a deputy being held back courtside by several bystanders. It doesn’t show the scuffle. The video appeared to show Ujiri holding some type of credential in his right hand while standing by the court. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Kelly said deputies took witness statements and were reviewing footage from body cameras worn by the deputy along with footage from the arena surveillance system and cellphones.“We had the opportunity to make an arrest and we chose not to,” Kelly said. “We decided it would be in everyone’s best interest to slow things down and do an investigation.”The Raptors said the team is also looking into the altercation and cooperating with authorities.“We look forward to resolving the situation,” the team said.NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the league also was cooperating with authorities.“We are in contact with the Raptors and local authorities and in the process of gathering more information,” Bass said.ESPN reported that Ujiri had watched the end of the game on television with other team officials outside the Raptors’ locker room. He then went down a tunnel to join the on-court celebration.Kelly said deputies had instructions to strictly enforce the NBA’s credential policy.He said his office will recommend a charge of misdemeanor battery against an officer even though he understood that Ujiri had a tremendous amount of emotion while trying to meet his team on the court.The results of the investigation likely will be forwarded next week to the Alameda County district attorney’s office. A spokeswoman for the agency didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. “It will be up to the DA to file charges,” Kelly said.Toronto Mayor John Tory came to Ujiri’s defense.“Anybody who knows anything about him would say that some notion that he would be shoving people around in Oakland or elsewhere in the world is not credible,” Tory said.Last week, the NBA banned Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens from games for a year and fined him $500,000 after he was seen on camera apparently shoving Toronto star Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the playoffs.Lowry had dived into a row of courtside seats to try to save a loose ball. Stevens, wearing an NBA-issued credential, was seated about two spots away from where Lowry landed and shoved Lowry in the upper body.Lowry said Stevens repeated a vulgar phrase to him about four times. 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Lions, Archers duel for crown Kevin Ferrer. PBA IMAGESWhen NorthPort shipped star Stanley Pringle to Barangay Ginebra, everyone was talking about how the talented playmaker would add to the Gin Kings’ firepower.Well, that trade worked for the players on the other end of the deal, too.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “[T]hey say that the trade was one-sided because they see Stanley as one of the best guards,” said the veteran Mercado, who finished with 14 points. “He puts up 30 a game or whatever. But what they don’t realize is that at Ginebra, we make a lot of sacrifices. Me, Kevin, Jervy—we made a lot of sacrifices for the benefit of the team.”“People don’t understand. It’s not that we can’t play this style of game. Obviously, Stanley here had the ball in his hands. At Ginebra it’s not gonna happen. He’s gotta make sacrifices as well if they want to win. So he’s not gonna average 30 points a game.”Ferrer finished with 23 points to lead seven NorthPort players in double figures as the team crept closer to a top-two finish and crucial quarterfinal protection.“Our goal is to be on top and give ourselves a chance at getting that twice-to-beat advantage,” coach Pido Jarencio said.Blackwater played without an import as the replacement for Alex Stepheson, Jameel McKay, has yet to complete his clearance requirements.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments MOST READ Later in the evening, Magnolia turned back Phoenix, 99-96, for a third straight victory.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport The Batang Pier, getting a big lift from its new acquisitions, played with sustained brilliance to topple Blackwater, 127-99, and take a share of the lead in the PBA Commissioner Cup in a Petron Saturday Special at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.Kevin Ferrer, Jervy Cruz and Sol Mercado—NorthPort’s haul from the Pringle swap—provided more than just additional warm bodies for the injury-stricken Batang Pier. They combined for 53 points as NorthPort sealed a seventh win in eight outings to tie TNT on top.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, logisticsThe victory has serious playoff implications for the Batang Pier, who can wall themselves inside a twice-to-beat shelter in the first round of the playoffs.The win also disproves—for now, at least—the contention that NorthPort got the raw end of the trade with Ginebra.
Top-ranked women’s tennis doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis cruised to the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup with a 6-4, 6-2 win over the Chan sisters, Hao-Ching and Yung-Jan.Hao-Ching and Yung-Jan got off to a great start on Friday, winning the first three games. But Hingis and Mirza reeled off 10 of the next 11 games to build a 6-4, 4-0 lead.The teams then held its serves until the No.1-seeded Swiss-Indian pairing had the straight set victory.”We’ve become really solid over the last three months, especially with the win at Wimbledon, and I’m happy how we’re playing,” Hingis said after the match.”Even when we were down 3-0 in the first set we managed to find a way. We’re showing we’ve really improved and we’re playing better with each match.”Mirza was asked about all the support the duo has been getting throughout the week in Toronto.”It’s always good. We’re thankful that we’re fan favourites in a lot of places, unless of course we’re playing people from that country,” she said.”But we have a lot of fun. The fans like it too – we have a lot of fun together in the matches, and I think they feed off of that. I think we feed off each other.”Also I made the finals here last year, so it’s really nice to be back in the semi-finals again.”Awaiting them will be No.4 seeds Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik who beat the all-Romanian duo of Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru 6-3, 6-2.advertisementThe head-to-head win-loss count between the two teams is 1-1.
Australia batsman Michael Clarke, who retired from international cricket in the recently concluded Ashes series, is hinting at making a comeback to Indian Premier League (IPL).This could be an ideal step ahead for the star batsman who is eyeing options for the next stage of his life post international cricket.Clarke said he had not ruled out the option of being a part of IPL.”That’s probably one of the things I’ve got to think about over the next week or so,” Michael Clarke was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “What I’m going to do there, am I going to look at that as an option?Also read: Clarke proposes gentler pitches to prolong Tests “I’ll spend the next few days trying to sum that up. See where my mind is at, see where my body is at and have a good think about it,” Clarke added.Notably, the Australian batsman had regularly turned down offers from IPL franchises to focus on international career. Clarke was part of Pune Warriors in the 2012 season, scoring coring 98 runs in six matches at a strike-rate of 104.25.Also read: Baggy Green culture disappeared under Michael Clarke, says Buchanan Clarke, though has made it clear that Cricket will always be part of his life. He has signed a two-year contract extension with his KFC Big Bash League team Melbourne Stars and continue to lead the team in the forthcoming seasons. Michael Clarke’s arrival will add colour to IPL and young cricketers will have a good opportunity to learn from the Aussie who is known for his aggression and innovation on the field. advertisement
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) had a disastrous last season by finishing at the bottom of points table and in this edition of Indian Premier League they would like to put up a much improved show. KXIP start their campaign against IPL debutants Gujarat Lions today in Mohali.In the auction, KXIP didn’t make any big buys and would be led by South African David Miller, who has replace George Bailey after the Australian was released by the team. Virender Sehwag has been appointed the team’s mentor and it would be interesting to see how the new buys would provide balance to the KXIP outfit.For the new season, KXIP have roped in the likes of allrounders Farhaan Behardien and Marcus Stoinis, seamer Mohit Sharma and left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh.Last season, their batsmen lacked consistency and whenever they did well, the bowlers let the side down.On the other hand, debutants Gujarat Lions have a balanced side with top-class performers in both batting and bowling. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )They have explosive batsmen in Brendon McCullum, captain Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch and a plenty of top-notch all-rounders in Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner.These T20 specialists can be dispersed through the order and some of them like Raina and Bravo can anchor or attack. Bravo, along with Faulkner, is a high-quality, death-overs bowler as well.But the weak link for the Gujarat side could be the pace-bowling department as they don’t have any big name – Indian or overseas – except for South African Dale Steyn.advertisementThe side’s pace department are made up most of by medium pacers. It will also have to be seen whether Steyn will make the final eleven on Monday, considering his poor form in the T20 format recently. Besides, only four overseas players are allowed in the line-up.For Kings XI Punjab, a big responsibility would lie on the shoulders of the likes of Miller, Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Murali Vijay and Mitchell Johnson.Miller has very little captaincy experience – he has led a side only thrice in domestic cricket – and he will also have to do the heavy lifting in the batting line-up along with Maxwell. Manan Vohra looks set to open with Vijay, despite their poor run last year. Kings XI also have the option of Shaun Marsh, who has been part of their set-up since the inception of the league.The spin department will have Axar Patel and Maxwell, who has often been considered a frontline option by Australia. Gurkeerat Singh, Swapnil Singh and K C Cariappa can provide the back up.Johnson, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Kyle Abbott will be the main pace bowlers but they need to start afresh in the grueling IPL.Sandeep had missed the entire Indian domestic season in 2015-16 because of injury, while Mohit sustained one of his own during the Vijay Hazare Trophy and was subsequently ruled out of India’s limited-overs tour to Australia, the Asia Cup, and World T20.Johnson, who was retained in the squad, has not played competitive cricket since his international retirement last November.(with PTI inputs)
Cadets from Australian Navy have given graphic details to a Royal commission about the horrific sexual abuse they claim they were put through during training.Apart from being “forced to rape one another”, cadets said their initiation rituals included practices like smearing shoe polish on genitals, which was called “blackballing”, and thrusting their heads into toilets and flushing them, calling it “royal flush”.Such treatments, they recall, were described as a “rite of passage” and meant to “make a man” out of them. Those who protested were told to “suck it up”.’Forced to suck another recruit’s penis’One of the former navy members said he was “snatched” from his bed at night and sexually abused several times during the training.”On multiple occasions I was snatched in the middle of a night and dragged to a sports oval,” he told News.com.The unnamed member said he was “forced to suck another recruit’s penis or lick a junior recruit’s anus”.”Other times, I was forced to have anal intercourse with junior recruits or I was raped by another junior recruit who was directed to do so by the older recruits or base staff.”‘Teenager driven to suicide’The Royal commission also heard the details of a teenage girl’s death who committed suicide after she “was threatened” over having a sexual relationship with an instructor.The 15-year-old recruit, Eleanore Tibble, is said to have had a sexual relationship with a 30-year-old instructor, for which she was threatened with a dishonourable discharge for “fraternisation”.advertisementFollowing this charge, Tibble is said to have killed her in 2000 at the age 16.Eleanore Tibble. Source: Family handout’Tortured to the extent of fainting’Graeme Frazer, a former cadet who joined the navy at the age of 16, said he was made to run along a corridor while other cadets threw at him bags filled with irons, boots and other heavy items.He was put through this torture until he fainted.Frazer, one of the 14 surviving witnesses who will be giving evidence at the commission, said he was also told the abuse was a “rite of passage in the real navy.”He added that the commission was described as “a symbolic day that marks the end of 49 years of torment”.The Royal commissionThe Royal Commission was launched in 2012 following over 2,4000 complaints.Since then, it has heard from over 111 people who claimed to have experienced sexual, physical and mental abuse at the Australian Defence Force (ADF).Apart from the ADF, the commission has also heard horrific accounts of abuse suffered at religious institutions, schools, children’s homes, sporting academies, and even charities like the Salvation Army.The two-week long hearing on the abuse allegations at ADF began on Tuesday. Since the cadets were mostly teenagers, the case falls under child sexual abuse as well.Also read: French troops forced CAR girls to have sex with a dog Also read: Pentagon report shows big jump in sex crimes in militaryAlso read: South Sudan allows soldiers to rape women as part of their salary