Our partnership with Owami Women continues to strengthen. This is the third Play Your Part Owami Women Recognition Awards, taking place in September. Brand South Africa and Owami Women host a cocktail afternoon on 17 August 2017, building up to the awards evening on 21 September at La Toscana in Fourways. (Image: Musa Sibisi)The third Play Your Part and Owami Women’s engagement will take place in September 2017 at La Toscana in Fourways.Owami Women, through the work it does to develop, empower, and support women is exemplar of the aim of Brand South Africa’s active citizenship campaign called Play Your Part. The partnership celebrates active citizenship by inviting women nominated from various parts of the country to receive an award and be acknowledged as ‘Play Your Part’ ambassadors at the Play Your Part Owami Women Recognition Awards.In this regard, on 17 August 2017 Brand South Africa and Owami Women hosted a cocktail afternoon to kick-start the countdown to the main event and formally introduce the previous nominees as Play Your Part Ambassadors.Brand South Africa looks forward to gathering and celebrating women on what will be a wonderful day. This is a special day that Brand South Africa has set aside for women where they are encouraged to inspire and be inspired by sharing meaningful information and stories, and networking with other ambitious and influential women.Click here to nominate a woman in your community who is playing her part to make South Africa a better place for all.
“It will be an exciting meeting,” World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab said of the organisation’s 2014 annual Davos gathering, at a news conference on Wednesday 15 January. “It will be different from last year’s, because it will not be overshadowed by one single crisis.”Schwab characterised the context of the 2014 meeting by three things: cautious optimism, diminished expectations, and many known unknowns.Watch the full 56-minute pre-meeting press conference here:
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Moisture begins to ramp up more today, although we still will see some sunshine and temps remain warm. Scattered showers will be developing today across Ohio, particularly this afternoon and evening. Those showers will produce anywhere from a tenth to .75″ with coverage at 60%. Areas that miss out on the rain today will see some sun, but generally clouds building, particularly this afternoon then tonight. Tomorrow through Sunday we have scattered showers in the forecast each day. Daily rain fall totals will be from a few hundredths to half an inch for every day except Sunday, where we expect a a tenth to three quarters of an inch. Daily coverage will run from 75% to 100% statewide, and combined rain coverage for the period will be 100%. We expect combined rain totals of 1″ to 2.5” for the week at least, and a few areas can exceed that top end of the range. Those totals are up from yesterday’s forecast. Dry weather attempts to return to the region finally for Monday and Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday of next week. On Monday we see cloudy to partly sunny skies but at this time still cant rule out a shower in spots. Then for Tuesday sunshine dominates, and we see that continue through the first part of Wednesday. Our next well organized cold front is on the way for next Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. That front moves from NW to SE across the region and will bring .1”-.75” to 80% of the state, and the biggest rains will come overnight Wednesday night. Thursday and Friday turn out partly to mostly sunny again, as we transition from the 10 day period in to the extended 11-16 day window. The balance of the extended period is active. On Saturday the 13th we see partly to mostly sunny skies, but showers may try to develop in the evening and overnight. On Sunday clouds increase and thicken further, with nighttime thunderstorms likely. These thunderstorms can bring from .25” to 1”. Monday the 15th and Tuesday the 16th we have rain and thunderstorms fully crossing the state. Monday the action will be primarily located through central and northwestern Ohio, and then Tuesday over most of the state, but perhaps a little more concentrated in central and southern Ohio. Rain totals will produce an additional .25”-1” for that 2 day period with statewide coverage of near 90%. We finish the extended period with a mix of clouds and sun for Wednesday the 17th. So, there will be plenty of moisture potential over the next 2 weeks, but it comes in small enough increments and at a slow enough pace that it is not overly problematic. The map below shows 10 day rain totals for the state. Temperatures also will stay near normal, with daytime highs from 80-88 over the rest of this week and into next, meaning we will continue to see very humid air, and will keep evaporation going at least at a rate of .1” of liquid per day, if not more – even if it does rain off an on.
Land strip in Saifai where construction of the airport is in full swingChief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav wants an airstrip in his birthplace, the Saifai village in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district. All is well with his “flight plan” except that it has taken a bird-hit- from the endangered saras cranes.,Land strip in Saifai where construction of the airport is in full swingChief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav wants an airstrip in his birthplace, the Saifai village in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district. All is well with his “flight plan” except that it has taken a bird-hit- from the endangered saras cranes. The airstrip is bang in the middle of the habitat of the cranes and is ruining the already depleting wetlands and water bodies of the state.The chief minister, wanting to create his ‘ideal village’, has sanctioned over Rs 500 crore for the Saifai development project which, along with the airport, includes colleges, guest houses, hospitals and a sports stadium. Once constructed, the airfield will be able to land even large aircraft like the Boeing. But the question is, why would anyone want to land Boeings in an ecologically-fragile zone? And even though wildlife conservationists and activists are up in arms, an adamant Mulayam refuses to budge.RUN WAY OF TROUBLEThe airstrip being planned falls smack in the middle of one of the prime habitats of the saras crane in Uttar Pradesh.Already 114 hectares of the 134 hectares of the habitat have been acquired and construction has begun scaring the birds away.While the state harbours the largest population of saras in the world, severe habitat depletion has seen numbers drop drastically.There are about 10,000 cranes in the world, out of which 60 per cent are found in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah, Etawah, Mainpuri and Kannauj districts. Uttar Pradesh-with an area of 24,092,800 sq km accounting for 7.3 per cent of the country’s total land area has very little forest cover left.advertisementForests have been cut to make way for residential and industrial construction to cater to the rapid multiplication of the population. Whatever forests are left are found in the north and south of the state while the Gangetic plains have practically become bald.Official figures reveal that 35,000 hectare of agricultural SARAS CRANES environment land is being converted for non-agricultural use every year, mostly to accommodate expanding housing requirements of the the fast-multiplying population. Adding fuel to fire is the state Government’s whimsical decision to develop industrial zones and estates on rural land.The airstrip on the outskirts of Saifai village will turn hundreds of hectares of agricultural land into concrete. Subsequent air traffic will turn away the saras and 500 species of migratory birds that flock here in winter. The state Government has acquired 132 hectares of land in Saifai, out of which 114 hectares is pure agricultural land.The estimated cost of the airstrip, likely to be completed soon, would not be less than Rs 50 crore, apart from the compensation to farmers whose land is being acquired. “It’s an issue of civilisation versus conservation. If development is to take place, ecology will get affected.B.C. Chowdhary”The airport issue has drawn attention towards the endangered saras.”B.C. CHOWDHARY, WILDLIFE INSTITUTE OF INDIA, DEHRADUN One should try to maintain a balance between development and conservation,” says V.N. Garg, principal secretary, Forest Department. He says that the construction of the airstrip would cause the saras to migrate from just one pocket of Etawah, which is one of the 31 districts of the cranes’ habitat.B.C. Chowdhary, a senior scientist at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, says, “The airport issue is a blessing in disguise for us and has drawn attention of the state Government towards the endangered saras.”When the Government’s plans of constructing the airport met with resistance from conservationists, Mulayam sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the cranes’ preservation to appease the protesters and to seemingly compensate for damage caused to the bird’s habitat. A strange case of giving with one hand and taking with the other, but with a hidden agenda.Chowdhary says that though the number of cranes had been depleting in Uttar Pradesh for a long time, no one was bothered about this for the past 25 years. He is also concerned about the money being misused. There are plastic boards at many places to educate people about the conservation programme.Water bodies in the state face the danger of drying upChowdhary says that these will not be able to bear the vagaries of weather, and metal boards should have been used instead. If the money is squandered away like this, the saras will soon be extinct. He says there were 111 crane-friendly wetlands in Uttar Pradesh about 40 years back, but in 1994-95, they had dropped to 29. Now, there are even fewer wetlands left.”The depletion of forest cover, shrinking of the wetlands and division of agricultural lands has severely affected avian life and their species in the state, but unfortunately nobody has taken up the matter in the right prospective,” laments Dr Asad Rehmani, director, Bombay Natural History Society.advertisementAt present, there are 2,518 small and medium water bodies-mainly ponds and lakes-in the state. Rehmani warns that the way marshlands are drying up, the avifauna may be affected severely, even in the Terai belt which had been so rich in biodiversity.CRYING FOULSARAS CRANE: There are 10,000 saras cranes in the world out of which 60 per cent are found in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah, Etawah, Mainpuri and Kannauj districts. It is a very large bird, averaging 156 cm in length. It is grey in colour with a bare red head and white crown and a long dark pointed beak. In flight, the long neck is kept straight, unlike herons.LAND CONVERSION: Agricultural land, where saras mostly conceals its eggs and breeds, is being converted into residential and industrial land. According to official estimates, more than 35,000 hectares of agricultural land is being converted for non-agricultural purposes.DWINDLING WETLANDS: Wetlands which are bird-friendly, are fast drying up. From 111 at least 40 years back, they came down to 29 in 1994-95 and the number has further dwindled now. Saras lives mostly in wetlands and around water bodies and agricultural farms. Tallest flying bird, it breeds on the smaller islands in the water bodies and conceals its eggs in bushes around agricultural fields.Farmers consider them auspicious, and they are worshipped by newly-married couples. The birds live in pairs and never split till their death; nor do they change their partners.Poaching and electrocution by rural electrification, along with pressure from fishing, overgrazing, cultivation, drainage and pollution, are major causes for the dwindling numbers of the saras.”The locals revere the saras but migratory labourers kill the birds for their meat and also eat their eggs,” says Rehmani. The same trend is visible in the Etah-Etawah-Mainpuri belt too, leading to a sharp decline in the saras population.On the basis of vegetation and forest, Uttar Pradesh has three ecozones- Terai, Vindhayan ranges and the Gangetic plains. Unfortunately, all the three zones are being systematically destroyed.And if the present speed of disturbing the eco zones continues in the name of population growth, industrialisation and land divisions, the day is not far when Uttar Pradesh might lose its unique status in the abundance of natural life.With the state polls in its sights, the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government seems to have turned a blind eye to the plight of the saras and their impending extinction.But vote banks and winning elections are a far cry from saving the ecology and the environment, and it may be too late for these birds if the state Government doesn’t fly to their rescue soon.
The Permanent Secretary, who is also Chairman of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), said the procedures outline the protocol for dealing with victims, and it is important that professionals be non-judgemental and show empathy and respect at all times. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, is urging healthcare professionals to be vigilant when administering care, as they are well-positioned to identify and assist victims of human trafficking.She said it is incumbent on them, as front-line responders, to learn about the risk factors and clinical manifestations of human trafficking.“It is important for you to treat victims carefully, sensitively and supportively, given their vulnerabilities and weaknesses. The traffickers may have confiscated identification documents and money, so it is not easy to access help. So, sometimes you are the help,” she noted.Mrs. Palmer was speaking at the launch of the standard operating procedures (SOP) manual on human trafficking for healthcare workers on Monday (January 8), at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road offices in St. Andrew.The Permanent Secretary, who is also Chairman of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), said the procedures outline the protocol for dealing with victims, and it is important that professionals be non-judgemental and show empathy and respect at all times.Among the recommendations is that the authorities should not be called without the consent of the victims, in light of the potentially legitimate concerns regarding their well-being and that of their loved ones. This, however, does not apply in the case of children and adolescents, who may require immediate placement in State care.“The needs of victims may be complex, because individuals who have experienced violence and trauma are vulnerable to further exploitation,” Mrs. Palmer pointed out.She further encouraged healthcare workers “to not shy away” from participating in any court proceedings that may arise due to their exposure to a possible victim.The SOP document, titled ‘Management of Suspected Victims of Trafficking in Persons Protocol for Health Workers’, is designed to be used as a guide and contains pertinent information concerning the identification and protection of victims.It provides guidelines relating to the stabilisation of patients, importance of confidentiality, requisite documentation, consent and referral of suspected victims.Some 500 healthcare workers in the private and public sectors will be trained this year to better respond to victims of human trafficking. “It is important for you to treat victims carefully, sensitively and supportively, given their vulnerabilities and weaknesses. The traffickers may have confiscated identification documents and money, so it is not easy to access help. So, sometimes you are the help,” she noted. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, is urging healthcare professionals to be vigilant when administering care, as they are well-positioned to identify and assist victims of human trafficking. Story Highlights
APTN National NewsIndigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett gave her department a deadline of July 1, 2017, to deliver concrete progress on reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples of the country.Bennett set the deadline in a speech delivered during a department event introducing the new minister to the civil service held Tuesday.July 1, 2017, will mark Canada’s 150th anniversary as a nation.“At the core of our work is reconciliation. As our prime minister said, reconciliation is the unfinished business of Confederation. It must be central to all we do,” said Bennett, according to video of the speech released by the department. “Before July 1, 2017, we have to show we have accomplished something so we can go forward with our heads held high in a way that we can embark on the next 150 years of Canada in the way we can all feel proud.”Department officials whooped and clapped when Bennett was introduced as their new boss.Bennett said the department will now follow the lead of Indigenous peoples and the role of officials will be to implement solutions and changes called for by Indigenous communities.“It is going to be a hugely exciting journey together as we go forward,” said Bennett. “To really show in our four years we have been able to really make a difference in the lives of the people who were here first and who want to work with us and help us show the way. It is the time for their leadership and for us to facilitate what it is they know needs to happen in their communities.”Bennett told department officials they would be responsible for pushing the reconciliation agenda within the federal government.“You should feel absolutely deputized that your job is part of this reconciliation, friend to friend, colleague to colleague, and you are now empowered to correct people and to be part of what we need to do,” said Bennett.Bennett said just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would be bringing “sunny ways” to governing, she would also be bringing a new approach.“I have committed to what I call, ‘Going forward in a good way.’ For all of us, going forward in a good way means we all must once again learn from first peoples, their voices and wise practices,” said Bennett. “I believe this is central to reconciliation and it is the only way we are going to get this right.”[email protected]@APTNNews
pic.twitter.com/SzQCuftaSu— Rep. Duncan Hunter (@Rep_Hunter) February 8, 2019RELATED STORY: Judge: Navy SEAL who killed ISIS prisoner remains in custodyFamily of jailed Navy SEAL speaks out about the accusations February 8, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Posted: February 8, 2019 FacebookTwitter Mike McKinnon III Mike McKinnon III, Updated: 10:53 AM Met with Sean Gallagher today in my DC office, brother of Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher, regarding my letter to @POTUS @realDonaldTrump on Eddie’s case and his upcoming appearance tomorrow morning on @foxandfriends. Don’t miss it. @DonaldJTrumpJr @PeteHegseth pic.twitter.com/e576o0C3ph— Rep. Duncan Hunter (@Rep_Hunter) February 7, 2019 Brother of accused Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher: “The system is broken” Thursday, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter met with Sean Gallagher, the brother of accused Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.Congressman Hunter and Congressman Gaetz recently wrote a letter to President Trump to “express our dismay and strong concern for the pending legal matter regarding Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Eddie Gallagher, USN a devoted husband, loving father and American war hero, who has served our nation faithfully for over 19 years.”Congressman Hunter and Gaetz noted there was a chance the trial could be postponed and Chief Gallagher could remain in the pretrial confinement conditions and environment at the Miramar Brig for over 14 months.Friday morning, Sean Gallagher went on Fox and Friends to explain the situation his brother is in and why he needs the President of the United States to free Eddie. The segment was tweeted out by Congressman Hunter, you can watch it below.
Poway student wins countywide Spelling Bee Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 50th Annual Countywide Spelling Bee winner is 14-year-old Elliott Husseman from Poway.Elliott Husseman, an 8th-grader at Inspire Charter Schools, correctly spelled “voiturette” to win Thursday. “Voiturette” means a small usually two-seater car.The 14-year-old will now go on to represent San Diego County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md., in May.“This wouldn’t be possible for me without the great support of my family,” said Elliott, who credited his mother, father, and uncle in his success. Posted: March 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom