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Senators Braun, Introduce Bill to Define ‘Waters of the United States’

first_imgU.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced the “Define WOTUS Act,” which reasserts Congressional responsibility to define the term Waters of the United States (WOTUS). “President Trump and his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are working hard to fix this atrocious Obama-era rule.  But as the Administration has repeatedly noted,  it’s Congress job to write laws. the Define WOTUS Act will solidify and amplify the Administration’s work on WOTUS,” said U.S. Senator Mike Braun. “I am proud to join with President Trump who is doing a tremendous job deregulating these job-killing regulations that hurt Hoosier farmers and those who reside in the Heartland of America.”“The Obama-era WOTUS rule threatened Iowa’s farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses by giving the federal government authority to regulate water on 97 percent of land in our state,” said U.S. Senator Joni Ernst. “President Trump and his administration have taken tremendous steps to roll back this far-reaching regulation and provide for more certainty with a new, clearer definition of WOTUS. But it’s the job of Congress to make a new, reasonable definition permanent, and that’s what this bill does—it ensures more predictability and workability for Iowans for years to come.”“America’s cattle producers welcome today’s introduction of the Define WOTUS Act. The Trump Administration is working hard to repeal and replace the illegally broad 2015 WOTUS Rule, but finalization of a practical WOTUS definition is only the beginning. EPA will spend years proving what the Senate made clear today: Congress intends the management of America’s waters to be accomplished through cooperative federalism. NCBA appreciates Senator Braun’s leadership, and additionally appreciates the Define WOTUS Act’s inclusion of NCBA’s science-based proposal of 185 flow days per year for determining federal jurisdiction.” – Colin Woodall, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen’s Beef AssociationBACKGROUND:The Define WOTUS Act codifies a definition of “Waters of the United States.” If passed, the bill would reassert Congressional responsibility to define this important term.The definition in the Define WOTUS Act also makes substantial improvements over various administrative attempts to define the term by clearly outlining what is, and is not, a federally regulated waterway.How is the Define WOTUS Act different from the EPA Rule? Like EPA’s rule, the Define WOTUS Act provides much greater certainty to American farmers, workers, businesses and landowners. It gives landowners clear guidelines by which they can go out on their land and clearly determine what is regulated by the EPA and what is not. Because Congress is not restricted various rulemaking statutes, the Define WOTUS Act provides a clearer definition with more obvious safeguards to protect against a runaway bureaucracy.EPA’s efforts are an outgrowth of Congressional inaction on this issue. Had Congress acted appropriately nearly 40 years ago, then we would not have had these decades of litigation and conflicting rulemakings. We believe that Congress should act here and The Define WOTUS Act is our preferred definition. Why is the Define WOTUS Act necessary now? It is important for Congress to get on the record on this issue.Further, while the Obama-era rule is stayed in Indiana, I frequently hear from farmers who are still seeing enforcement officers implementing the Obama rule. This is unacceptable, and causing quite a bit of consternation in the farm community. I have been speaking to EPA and Indiana about this, but I also want to introduce legislation to make Congress’s position clear about what is and is not under federal jurisdiction.  Are you concerned that restricting federal control will lead to environmental pollution concerns? No. The Clean Water Act only determines what bureaucrats at EPA can regulate. It does not, and therefore my bill does not, affect state authorities. In fact, Congress has long intended for states to have much broader authorities with respect to water regulation. This is why Congress clearly excluded groundwater from federal control in the Clean Water Act.Anything not regulated by Washington still remains well within state regulation. This is as congress originally intended. Even parts of my bill reflect this. One reason there is such a broad list of exclusions, is that over the years, EPA has tried to regulate local water issues. Issues like snowpack melt are not of major concern in Indiana, but they are out west. In a similar situation, wetlands are not as prominent in the Dakotas, but they are common in Indiana. This is why the Clean Air Act was initially structured in this manner, to give states authority to regulate the unique features of their own lands.  FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Battle Lady Spartans

first_imgThe 8th grade Lady Bulldogs came out with a win last night against Connersville 31-16.They played great Defense and worked well together. They set goals for the game, and they worked on getting them accomplished. Scoring for the ladies were:Catherin Raab 8, Denise Davalos 7, Chloe Saler and Paige Oldham both with 5, Katie Brewer 4, and Shalee Harrington 2. Great job girls! Coty and I are very PROUD of you.They will be in action again on Thursday at home. Come out and support the girls as they finish up the regular season.The 7th grade lost in overtime 32-28.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Horn.last_img read more

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Badminton News Kashyap enters main draw of Malaysia Masters

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Kuala Lampur: Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap entered the main draw of the Malaysia Masters 2019 after defeating Vladimir Malkov of Russia 21-12 21-17 in straight games in the men’s singles qualification round here on Tuesday. Kashyap, who recently married London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, will take on Rasmus Gemke from Denmark in the opening round of the BWF World Tour Super 500 event at the Axiata Arena on Wednesday.But it was curtains for Subhankar Dey as he lost 18-21 13-21 to Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand in another men’s singles qualification match.Also Read | BCCI CEO speaks to Hardik Pandya, KL RahulIndian women shuttlers, Rituparna Das and Mughda Agrey, too bowed out in the qualification round. While Rituparna lost 13-21 24-26 to Indonesia’s Ruselli Hartawan, her compatriot Mugdha was shown the door 17-21 21-18 19-21 by Switzerland’s Sabrina Jaquet.In the women’s singles opening round on Wednesday, Kashyap’s wife Saina Nehwal, seeded seventh, will be up against Xuan Deng Joy of Hong Kong.last_img read more

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Alex Morgan plans for future on USWNT: ‘I want another World Cup’

first_imgIn the USWNT’s winning efforts at this year’s competition, she was awarded the Silver Boot after she matched teammate Megan Rapinoe for a tournament-high six goals — Rapinoe won the tiebreaker for the Golden Boot.If the team repeats for the third time, Morgan would become the first woman in history to win three World Cups.She was also part of the 2015 team. “I just look at continuing to play on top of my game [and] bring home more medals,” Morgan said. “There’s really no endpoint in sight. I feel like I’m still pretty young and have a lot more to offer.”Morgan, 30, has over 160 international appearances and is just one of seven American players to total 100 international goals. She is the third youngest to reach that mark, trailing Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm. Women’s World Cup expands from 24 to 32 teams beginning in 2023, FIFA announces Jill Ellis steps down as USWNT coach after back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles “For me, I want another World Cup,” Morgan said, via ESPN. “[Life after soccer is] not super soon. Four more years!”Morgan went into detail about her future with the team in her exclusive ESPN+ series Alex Morgan: The Equalizer, and doesn’t see herself stepping away from the world stage any time soon. Related News Alex Morgan isn’t done winning yet.The United States women’s national team star already has her sights set on the 2023 World Cup, where the US will be chasing its third consecutive title. USWNT’s Alex Morgan planning to launch own media companylast_img read more

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Trial puts spotlight on dark side of college basketball

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Big time college basketball was portrayed at the opening of a criminal trial Tuesday as a world where major schools and their heralded coaches count on athletic gear giants to funnel cash to struggling families of top-tier high school athletes to guide them to their doorstep. File Photos-Shown in this picture are coaches and assistant coaches being investigated by the FBI for solicitation of bribery and other fraud conspiracy charges. (l to r) Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, Southern California assistant coach Tony Bland, Arizona’s assistant coach Emanuel Richardson, Oklahoma State University assistant basketball coach Lamont Evans, and Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl. (AP Photos) Assistant U.S. Attorney Eli Mark repeatedly said the schools are victims and urged a Manhattan federal court jury to convict an Adidas executive and two other men of fraud charges, saying their lies put multiple schools at risk of NCAA sanctions and the loss of millions of dollars.Defense lawyers, though, placed the blame largely on the schools’ lust for basketball glory, saying blue-chip athletes were used to attract tens of millions of dollars in donations and revenues.Mark began his opening statement by describing how $20,000 in cash provided by former Adidas executive James Gatto was stuffed in an envelope and handed to the father of a highly sought-after high school prospect from Michigan, Brian Bowen Jr., at a meeting last year in a New Jersey parking lot.It was a down payment in a scheme to get Bowen to attend Louisville, an Adidas-sponsored program, that could launch him to the NBA, where aspiring agent Christian Dawkins could represent him, Mark said. When the payment to the Bowen family was uncovered, Louisville pulled his scholarship and fired its legendary coach, Rick Pitino.“This is what corruption in college basketball looks like,” the prosecutor told the jury.Prosecutors say recordings from wiretaps and testimony of cooperators will show that Gatto, Dawkins and Adidas consultant Merl Code were behind similar payoffs to players sought by Kansas and North Carolina State that sometimes involved bidding wars with Nike, Mark said.All three men have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges. Their lawyers challenged the theory that the college programs were defrauded because of the defendants’ lies.Gatto’s attorney, Casey Donnelly, argued major college basketball programs were complicit because they stood to make so much money themselves.Her client “was not trying to hurt these universities, he’s trying to help them. … He’s supposed to help these schools shine,” Donnelly said. “When Jim was helping these families, he felt he was doing his job.”Donnelly said her client had no intention to harm Louisville because steering top athletes to schools was a “win, win, win,” good for the school, good for Adidas and good for the athlete.The lawyer said Gatto was driven by the knowledge that some schools sponsored by Adidas would do almost anything to build “a nationally renowned basketball program, one that has the entire campus cheering.”“A successful basketball program is the equivalent of a winning lottery ticket,” she said, noting that Louisville’s program generated nearly $40 million in 2017 while Pitino earned $7 million, more than he had made coaching in the NBA. The NCAA, she said, made $1 billion.Yet, she told jurors, “kids on court are not allowed to earn a dime.”Lawyers for Gatto and Code acknowledged that their clients broke NCAA rules by steering cash to prospective college stars.Attorney Steven Haney Sr., representing Dawkins, said his client had known Bowen many years, considered him a younger brother, and believed any financial help fell under an NCAA exemption permitting help to be given by anyone with a pre-existing relationship with the athlete.Haney said Dawkins believed that “helping these poor families was what the schools wanted … by any means necessary.”Attorney Mark Moore, representing Code, said his client worked at Nike 14 years before setting off on his own with various clients, including Adidas.He said Code knew all about the so-called “shoe wars” between shoemakers seeking to sponsor schools and athletes.Moore said elite coaches counted on shoe companies to provide money, almost always cash, to the families of top recruits.“Nobody was dumb enough to do this in the open and wave it in front of the NCAA,” he said.last_img read more

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Giants trade Beckham to Browns, Jets get Bell

first_imgGiven the “legal tampering” freedom the league now allows for two days, well, let Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta describe the mayhem.“Unfortunately for us, the market is irrational at times and we can’t be held responsible for what other teams want to pay,” DeCosta said. “All we can do is try to negotiate in good faith with agents and the players.”JETSThe Jets had more than $82.5 million to spend in free agency, and they are spending it. They thought they also had an agreement with Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, but he opted instead to return to Minnesota.Not that the Jets fell short in adding talent. The 26-year-old Mosley is a four-time Pro Bowl linebacker who will get a reported five years and $85 million, including a whopping $51 million guaranteed. Mosley has had at least 100 tackles in every season but 2016, when he missed two games with an injury and finished with 92. He will be a centerpiece of new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ unit.In dire need of receivers for Darnold, New York is adding the 26-year-old Crowder as a playmaking slot receiver. Crowder, whose deal reportedly is for three years and $28.5 million, had 221 catches for 2,628 yards and 14 touchdowns in four seasons with Washington. He was limited to nine games last season because of an ankle injury.Bellamy has 76 career catches for 999 yards and five touchdowns, and is also a special teams contributor. He spent the last five years with Chicago.PACKERSThe defensive signings should improve a unit that ranked 18th in the NFL in 2018. Za’Darius Smith is getting the biggest deal: $66 million over four years with $34.5 million in the first two years, according to his agency, SportsTrust Advisors. The 28-year-old Smith led the Ravens with 8½ sacks last season — including three in one game against Tennessee — and has 18½ in his 58-game career.Preston Smith agreed to a $52 million, four-year contract with $16 million guaranteed. For Amos, it is a $37 million, four-year contract. Amos, 25, started all 16 games for the NFC North rival Chicago Bears last season and had two interceptions.Turner gets a $28 million, four-year contract.RAIDERSJoyner becomes the first major addition on defense in Oakland. He played last season on a franchise tag for the Rams, earning $11.3 million. But Los Angeles signed Eric Weddle last week to be Joyner’s replacement.The 28-year-old Joyner was originally a second-round pick by the Rams in 2014 and played 67 games over five seasons with the franchise. He has four interceptions and 25 passes defensed in his career.RAVENSIt’s been a difficult two days for the Ravens. Za’Darius Smith, Mosley, Weddle and long-time star Terrell Suggs (Cardinals) all departed from their top-ranked defense.“We see good young players leave us every year,” DeCosta said. “We’ve tried to adjust over time, but I think now is a great opportunity for us to become financially responsible, to get control over the salary cap to understand the concept of right player, right price.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL While the free agency spending frenzy runs wild, the Giants and Browns found a way to overshadow it Tuesday night: a trade of Odell Beckham Jr.Not to be outdone, however, the Jets got the guy at the top of their free agency list, agreeing with former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell on a deal early Wednesday morning.The Giants are sending their star receiver to Cleveland for first- and second-round draft picks in April and safety Jabrill Peppers in the second blockbuster trade in four days. On Saturday, Pittsburgh sent unhappy wideout Antonio Brown to Oakland, a deal Brown forced.Beckham is the NFL’s highest-paid receiver; he got a five-year, $90 million extension last August. He comes off two injury-plagued seasons, but when healthy is a game-breaking target, just like Brown.In this Nov. 23, 2014, file photo New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) in the second quarter of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)The two trades become official Wednesday when the league’s business year begins. People with knowledge of the moves told The Associated Press of the trades, speaking anonymously because the transactions can’t be announced until after 4 p.m. EDT on Wednesday.Beckham is known for his gravity-defying catches and breakaway skills, but also for being temperamental. He was suspended for one game in 2015 for his on-field battles with cornerback Josh Norman, then with Carolina.BAKER MAYFIELDLeads the Cleveland Browns intoPittsburgh, Oct. 28 (AP PHOTO)Cleveland suddenly looks like a force in an AFC North in which both Baltimore and Pittsburgh have been weakened in the offseason. With Beckham reunited with receiver Jarvis Landry, a teammate at LSU, it gives quarterback Baker Mayfield two top targets. The Browns, who went 7-8-1 last season after not winning a game in 2017, haven’t made the playoffs since 2002.The mega-trade came hours after another busy day of dealmaking.The money flowed out of New Jersey, with the Jets agreeing Tuesday to contracts with three players: wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy, and linebacker C.J. Mosley. The team also will re-sign cornerback Darryl Roberts and defensive end Henry Anderson.But the big news came when the Jets and Bell agreed on a deal. ESPN first reported the signing, saying the contract is for four years and $52.5 million.The deal gives new coach Adam Gase and second-year quarterback Sam Darnold a big-time playmaker, arguably the best player at his position before Bell opted to sit out all of last season rather than sign a franchise tender with Pittsburgh.Bell has rushed for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns, and has 312 catches for 2,660 yards and seven scores as one of the most versatile and dangerous offensive players in the NFL.“I’m back in the green baby,” the former Michigan State star wrote on Twitter. “Let’s get it.”It streamed out of Green Bay, with the Packers getting deals with edge rusher Za’Darius Smith, linebacker Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and offensive lineman Billy Turner. The Packers also cut veteran linebacker Nick Perry.And it poured out of Oakland once more when the Raiders kept their vault open and agreed to a four-year contract with safety Lamarcus Joyner . The Raiders previously made big moves on offense by trading for Brown and agreeing to a deal with tackle Trent Brown. FILE – In this Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell carries the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of an NFL divisional football AFC playoff game in Pittsburgh.  (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)last_img read more

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Not Lamarck Again

first_imgRemember Lamarck?  He was the pre-Darwin evolutionist whose theories we were all taught were overthrown by Darwin’s superior theory of natural selection.  Lamarck’s theory of “inheritance of acquired characteristics” was shown to be demonstrably false by the dramatic experiments of Weismann, right?  It was never really so clear-cut as that, as evolutionary historians know, but that’s been the common understanding.  This week, Nature printed an “Insight Perspectives” article about epigenetics (“above genetics”) that, while not referring to Lamarck by name, discussed “acquired” traits that could be inherited by “non-Mendelian” methods.  Its author, Arturas Petronis,1 even spoke of the growing realization of the importance of epigenetics as a new “unifying principle” and a “paradigm shift” in the style of Thomas Kuhn.    For a long time since the structure of DNA was elucidated, the “central dogma” of genetics has been that DNA is the master controller of inheritance.  Information flows from DNA to proteins, and that dictates the phenotype (the outward form of the organism).  In recent decades, the effects of environmental factors onto the genome has become a growing area of research.  Proteins are able to “tag” the histone proteins onto which genes are wound, affecting which genes are expressed or repressed.  Some of these epigenetic tags can be inherited.  Like most dogmas, the central dogma has been an impediment to new ways of scientific thinking, Petronis claims:The nature-versus-nurture debate was one of the most important themes of biomedical science in the twentieth century.  Researchers resolved it by conceding that both factors have a crucial role and that phenotypes result from the actions and interactions of both, which often change over time.  Most ‘normal’ phenotypes and disease phenotypes show some degree of heritability, a finding that formed the basis for a series of molecular studies of genes and their DNA sequences.  In parallel to such genetic strategies, thousands of epidemiological studies have been carried out to identify environmental factors that contribute to phenotypes.  In this article, I consider complex, non-Mendelian, traits and diseases, and review the complexities of investigating their aetiology by using traditional – epidemiological and genetic – approaches.  I then offer an epigenetic interpretation that cuts through several of the Gordian knots that are impeding progress in these aetiological studies.It has been very difficult to assign cause-and-effect relationships from environmental factors to traits.  “Even strong associations between an environmental factor and a disease do not necessarily prove that the environmental factor has caused the disease,” he said.  It is even harder to establish environmental factors to inherited traits, he continued.  Even a term like heritability can be hard to nail down when talking specifics.  Multiple genes become involved, and statistical likelihoods.  Nevertheless, traits do become established in populations.  For instance, an article on Live Science shows that Tibetans have inherited a trait for hemoglobin that allows them to survive at high altitude.  Petronis asks for breaking the gene-centric paradigm: “I argue that taking an epigenetic perspective allows a different interpretation of the irregularities, complexities and controversies of traditional environmental and genetic studies.”    He gave some examples of how acquired traits and environmental effects can influence epigenetic tags that are heritable.  There is no longer a clear black-and-white distinction between the views of Darwin and Lamarck (neither of whom were mentioned in Petronis’s essay); the situation is now much more complex:In the domain of epigenetics, the line between ‘inherited’ and ‘acquired’ is fuzzy.  Stable epigenetic ‘nature’ merges fluidly with plastic epigenetic ‘nurture’.  The ratio between inherited and acquired epigenetic influences can vary considerably depending on species, tissue, age, sex, environmental exposure and stochastic epigenetic events, all of which are consistent with empirical observations that heritability is dynamic and not static.  Another close link between heritable factors and environmental factors in epigenetic regulation is the observation that exposure to certain environments has effects that, in some cases, are transmitted epigenetically for several generations.In his conclusion, he said that this new perspective has all the trappings of what Thomas Kuhn called a paradigm shift: “handling the same bundle of data as before, but placing them in a new system of relations with one another by giving them a different framework.”  It might explain things like sexual dimorphism, parental origin effects, remissions and relapses, intergenerational disease instances, decline of symptoms with age, and other things – questions that an old paradigm would not find interesting, but a new one would.  “The considerable theoretical and experimental potential of an epigenetic perspective makes it a strong alternative to the existing research into complex, non-Mendelian, genetics and biology.” he said.  “Although the existence of competing theories may create some discomfort, it can also catalyse discoveries and is indicative of a mature scientific field.”  Human genetics is not a closed book.    Oh, and what would this new paradigm mean for evolutionary theory?  Glad you asked.  Of all things, Petronis recalled an old quote by Hugo de Vries sometimes paraded with glee by creationists.  But by recalling this quote, he left the reader hanging.  In the new paradigm, what is the explanation for the arrival of the fittest? All of the ideas that I have discussed here are highly relevant to the understanding of the fundamental principles of evolution.  ‘Soft’, epigenetic, inheritance can have a key role in adaptation to environmental changes and can endure for more than a generation.  Phenotypic plasticity might stem mainly from the ability of epigenetic genotype (or epigenotype) – rather than genotype – to produce different phenotypes in different environments.  Heritable epigenetic variation could explain the faster-than-expected adaptation to environmental change that is often observed in natural populations.  In addition, the large intra-individual epigenetic variation in the germ line may shed new light on the problem presented by one of the first geneticists, Hugo De Vries, more than a century ago, in his book Species and Varieties: Their Origin by Mutation, when he wrote “Natural selection may explain the survival of the fittest, but it cannot explain the arrival of the fittest.”Petronis had nothing further to say about fitness or its arrival.  Furthermore, despite the title of his paper, “Epigenetics as a unifying principle in the aetiology of complex traits and diseases,” he gave no description of how any specific complex trait might arise by genetics, by epigenetics, or by any combination of the two.  He only said that a new paradigm shift might “shed light” on the problem presented by Hugo De Vries a century ago.1.  Arturas Petronis, “Epigenetics as a unifying principle in the aetiology of complex traits and diseases,” Nature 465, pp 721-727, 10 June 2010, doi:10.1038/nature09230.That Nature would let in the ghost of Lamarck is a sign of their desperation with Darwin.  So here we are a century after Hugo, waiting for some light.  Petronis doesn’t have any.  Hugo didn’t have any.  Darwin didn’t have any.  Lamarck didn’t have any.  We’ve been sitting in the dark an awful long time listening to this crowd promise that some day somebody will “shed light on evolution.”  Would you spare a dime for their paradigm?  Don’t buy their promissory notes; not even your great-great-grandkids can expect to collect.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Leaders gather for 47th World Economic Forum in Davos

first_imgFor over 40 years, the World Economic Forum has brought together global leaders in government, civil society and business. This year’s annual meeting in Davos starts on 17 January. South Africa will be participating again.Brand South Africa reporterThe 47th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, takes place from 17 to 20 January under the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”.How to follow Davos 2017 https://t.co/UKaPmjlieK #wef17 pic.twitter.com/oASGyVtR43— World Economic Forum (@wef) January 8, 2017South Africa will be participating in the talks once again and will position itself as “Open for Business”.Speaking to CNBC Africa about the meeting, Lungisa Fuzile, the director-general in the National Treasury, said: “South Africa has many opportunities; it has many strengths. We need to focus on our strengths as we grapple with our challenges, and build on those strengths.”He said the country’s macro-economic management was among the soundest in the world.South Africa first attended WEF Davos in 2009. Over the years the country’s focus has been and continues to be:Profiling the country as an attractive investment destination;Highlighting the significance and successes of the National Development Plan;Positioning South Africa as a positive influencer on global agendas, and;Headlining the strengths of its institutions and systems and as a thriving democracy.History of WEF DavosWEF Davos brings together various sectors, such as business, civil society and government to discuss and propose solutions to global challenges.“[It] remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year,” reads the forum’s website.“For over four decades, the World Economic Forum’s mission – improving the state of the world – has driven the design and development of the annual meeting programme.”It began in January 1971 as the first European Management Symposium, founded by Professor Klaus Schwab. By 1987, it had transformed into the WEF and “sought to broaden its vision to include providing a platform for dialogue”, reads the website.The annual meeting became a place of global political milestones, such as the first ministerial meeting between North Korea and South Korea in 1989; and the first joint appearance in 1992 outside South Africa of former South African president FW de Klerk, Nelson Mandela and Inkatha Freedom Party’s Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi.“In 2015, the forum was formally recognised as an international organisation,” reads the website. “It is now on the next phase of its journey as the global platform for public-private co-operation.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Conserving Water for Future Generations

first_imgWise Wayz Water Care (WWWC) programme is based on the South Coast of Durban- in the communities of Folweni and Ezimbokodweni. It is there where the desire grew from two community groups at grassroot level – to restore and manage the communities’ dwindling natural resources and build a sustainable project for future generations to come. The programme stemmed from humble efforts by the local citizens to empower themselves in order to mitigate the social, economic and environmental challenges that confronted them.As South Africa is a water stressed country and has been experiencing droughts and low water levels, this stimulated the community to protect the aquatic ecosystems, such as the wetlands,rivers and streams of Ezimbokodweni and Folweni.It was community members like Desmond Malgas, who is now a project coordinator, who went knocking for assistance and support from corporates and organisations, to endorse their project and indeed, the AECI Community Education and Development Trust jumped onboard. This is how the WWWC programme was born.Since its inception in 2016, the programme has been able to bring hope to the lives of the downtrodden communities of Folweni and Ezimbokodweni and has allowed them to think beyond their circumstances. Mr Malgas, alludes to how the project has personally helped him to develop and improve himself in terms of learning about governance, and the skills that he has acquired through the training he has received. He further extols that it has also allowed him “to grow, find full expression through uplifting his community and changing his mindset to see a better future”.Its three-tier model encompasses the different levels of donor, implementer and beneficiary. This project, funded by the AECI Community Education and Development Trust and implemented by i4WATER – has been able to build synergy between corporates and the community, by introducing interventions that develop sustainable livelihoods through impactful and practical measures. Some of the interventions include water conservation, food security, solid waste management, alien plant management, aquatic assessment and monitoring as well as Sinqonqozela Ulwazi (which aims to educate the community and create awareness around waste management).The Wise Wayz Water Care team with members of the AECI Community Education and Development Trust and Brand SA representatives at the interactive site visit.The programme has had a huge impact on the members who have also become beneficiaries of the project in several ways. It has been able to give the youth and elderly members a stepping stone to realising their future prospects through providing skills and knowledge on a basic, intermediate and advanced level. It has also trained and supported the commercial agriculture start-up of the project’s food security intervention by supporting community gardens. The food garden component has yielded a supply of vegetables for consumption by the community. The project recently won its first contract to get profits from their Invasive Alien Plant clearing start-up.Although they have faced several challenges, it is their vision to upscale the piloted model and continue successful sustainable change throughout the country. This keeps an implementer such as Ntswaki Ditlhale of i4WATER committed to the values and vision of the project.For more information on the Wise Wayz Water Care programme, click on the link below:You can also contact them on the following platforms:E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]: @wwwczaFacebook: Wise Wayz Water CareWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, June 3, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Well, the weekend was interesting. More holes opened up in the moisture on Saturday than we anticipated. That allowed some areas to see 3 days back to back to back of dry weather, while other areas were not so lucky, thanks to plenty of thunderstorms around the eastern corn belt on Saturday afternoon and evening. Some were very strong. There is no change in our forecast to start this week, with dry weather today and tomorrow. However, the pattern is still fairly wet behind that. High pressure and north winds dominate today, allowing for full sunshine. Temps will be below normal, but we should be breezy again today, much like yesterday. Tomorrow winds start to shift more to the south and we see warmer air moving in, taking temps higher. This will signal some change coming to the region. Rain arrives after midnight tomorrow night, and we see showers across the state Wednesday. This starts a wet pattern with a chance of rain at least somewhere in the state every day through next Tuesday. Wednesday through Saturday we see rain chances statewide, but the heavier rain totals will be over the southern half of Ohio. Sunday through next Tuesday the action really tries to focus more on the southern half to third of the state, and coverage there even will have bigger holes. Looking at this combined, we see rains from Wednesday through next Tuesday ranging from .25”-1″ from US 33 and I-70 northward, and then 1″-3.5” from those areas southward. Coverage of rain will be at 100% of the state. A map of the rain potential is below. For the extended period, we shift into an on-and-off daily moisture pattern. We are dry Wednesday, but then bring showers back statewide for Thursday the 13th, totaling up to .5” on 80% coverage.  We are dry for Friday the 14th, and then showers produce another .1”-.5” Saturday the 15th. We are mostly dry for Sunday the 16th, but can’t rule out an overnight shower, then dry Monday and Tuesday to finish the 16 day period. Temps will be near normal.last_img read more

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