Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pando, flanked by Professor Anthea Rhoda, Dean of the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences, left, and the chairperson of the Council of the University of the Western Capes, Yasmin Forbes – is given a tour of the midwifery simulation laboratory at the new Faculty of Community and Health Sciences building in the Bellville CBD. Minister Pandor officially opened the building on November 13. The University of the Western Cape (UWC) began its life as a site for limited coloured higher education – a restricted, disconnected geographical space. But successive leaders at UWC and beyond have rejected this notion of an apartheid institution, and worked to develop a more community-based approach to the academic project.On November 13, 58 years after the first students arrived at UWC’s main campus, the university grew beyond its apartheid cocoon with the official opening of the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences Bellville Campus in the Bellville central business district (CBD).“The opening of this building provides a strong lesson for all of us: you don’t have to let your past determine your future,” said Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, at the launch. “We determine the fate of our lives, and of our country – and when we own that, we can achieve great things. I see this university owning its fate.”The Bellville campus is mainly an educational facility for the moment, and its 10 storeys host four UWC departments: Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, the School of Nursing, and the School of Natural Medicine. With much of CHS still located on UWC’s Main Campus, this also marks the faculty’s transition into a multi-campus force for public health.“As Dean of the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences of UWC, I know first-hand how important community is to us,” said CHS Dean, Professor Anthea Rhoda. “Bellville has been the home of UWC for almost 60 years. And while both the university and the community have grown from strength to strength, this new campus can help bring us closer together, and chart an even greater future.”The building, located in the former Jan S Marais Hospital and Salus House, doesn’t just have multiple seminar rooms, tutorial rooms and classrooms, dedicated staff areas, and parking, there’s also a spacious multipurpose hall able to sub-divide into smaller rooms for 60 to 120 students; training simulation labs for teaching basic nursing skills; psychology and midwifery; a rehabilitation gym for the occupational therapy and physiotherapy departments; natural medicine laboratories with treatment rooms and dispensaries; computer labs and resource centres; multi-faith prayer rooms, and more.“There are many examples of universities that are embedded within communities or occupy a central status within a town,” UWC’s Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tyrone Pretorius, noted. “These universities and their towns feed off each other, and their fates and fortunes are interconnected. This is what we envision for UWC – and this is therefore a significant milestone for us.”The new UWC CHS Bellville campus is an outgrowth of UWC’s commitment to the urban renewal strategy to uplift the Bellville surrounds and city centre as part of the improvement strategy of the Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP).“I’m really pleased to see the university’s expansion. When I look around, I see a young and vibrant university outgrowing and shedding, very spiritedly and in a determined and strategic fashion, its apartheid roots – and transforming itself into an exemplary institution of higher education and community.“The first students to enroll at the University College of the Western Cape (as it was then known) would almost certainly be watching us in awe,” Ms Pandor said. “And the apartheid architects who dreamt up a university for coloured people and stuck it on the Cape Flats could never have imagined your spirit and resilience.“I’m sure, wherever he is, Dr Hendrik Verwoerd must be turning in his grave.”
Magic circle firm Linklaters has told the Gazette that agile working is available to staff if they want it, as firms continue to come up with ways of offering job flexibility.International firm Herbert Smith Freehills yesterday became the latest UK firm to announce an initiative aimed at giving staff more control over when, how and where they work.Earlier this summer, the Gazette reported that DAC Beachcroft had created a work environment at its Leeds office where no-one was allocated a desk, while London firm Wedlake Bell also stated its commitment to moving away from what it called the ‘cellular office environment’.A spokesperson for Linklaters said the firm is committed to a flexible approach to deciding where and when people work, subject to the needs of clients and colleagues, but stressed that a ‘one-size fits all’ policy does not work.‘The only thing a policy can do is draw a line that makes it clear that because people have a variety of needs, the ethos around flexibility is one that the business supports,’ she said.The firm has around 7% of staff working flexibly, with a formal element of this arrangement built into their contracts.In London the firm has tested a formal agile working arrangement to break down preconceptions allowing anyone who wished to do so to work one day a week from home.‘Some did, some didn’t, but the option was open to all, talked about and championed. Since this pilot we have had other groups adopt this approach,’ the firm said. ‘We don’t look at progress in this area through the number of formal employee flexible arrangements that we put in place.’Herbert Smith Freehills says it will implement agile working across all London practice groups following the success of its ‘early adopter’ initiative started earlier this year.This seeks to incorporate contractual flexible working arrangements within the firm, as well as less formal agile working to give people more control over when, how and where they work on an ad hoc basis.Almost nine out of 10 staff surveyed said the ability to work from home was somewhat or very important, and three-quarters said agile working enhanced productivity.Ian Cox, managing partner for the UK and US, said: ‘By rolling agile working out to all the London fee-earning groups and giving people more control over when, where and how they work, we hope to encourage more openness to different ways of working and to create a more diverse range of role models who work flexibly in the business.’
The campaigner who sought to prosecute Conservative leadership front-runner Boris Johnson MP for misconduct in public office betrayed political motives in social media posts and media interviews over more than two years, two High Court judges have ruled. Lady Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Supperstone today set out their reasons for their decision last month to throw out a private prosecution of Johnson. They were overturning a decision by Westminster Magistrates’ Court to commit the leading figure in the Brexit campaign for trial in the Crown court. In Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson v Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the judges dismiss claims by counsel for Marcus Ball that the crowd-funded prosecution raised no public law challenge and that the threshold for the issuance of a summons is a low one. ‘Failure to insist upon a high threshold, so as to confine the offence of misconduct in public office within its proper ambit, would place a constraint upon the conduct of public officers in the proper performance of their duties, contrary to the public interest,’ the judgment states.It finds that District Judge Margot Coleman erred in finding that Johnson was a public office holder ‘acting as such’ when he made claims about the UK’s contribution to the EU budget during the Brexit campaign. Case law demonstrated that to be guilty of misconduct ‘the individual must be acting as, not simply whilst, a public official’, the judgment states. Backing Johnson’s claim that the attempted proscution was politically motivated, the judgment lists eight examples of Ball stating his motives in interviews and social media posts between 2016 and March 2019. These include a deleted post on the crowdfunding website that the campaign’s goals include preventing Brexit. The judges found no reasoning to support the district judge’s conclusion that the prosecution was not vexatious. With notable understatement, the judges add that ‘The problem of false statements in the course of political campaigning is not new and has not been overlooked by parliament.’ In both the Corrupt and Illegal Practices Prevention Act 1895 and the Representation of the People Act 1983, parliament made a choice ‘not to do precisely that which [Marcus Ball] now seeks to achieve’.Nick Barnard, associate at London criminal firm Corker Binning, said: ‘In light of such sweeping conclusions, it is hard to imagine a magistrates’ court ever again permitting a similar case to advance and we can be relieved that the criminal law has quickly and unequivocally distanced itself from the arena of political discourse.’The judgment makes no mention of costs.
ITALY: The weekend of May 20-21 saw two bridges replaced on the Bologna – Rimini line at Prati and Sabbioso as part of infrastructure manager RFI’s ongoing route modernisation programme on the Adriatic Corridor.Running for three years from 2015, the upgrading works cover the north-south line between Bologna and Lecce via Rimini and Bari. RFI is spending approximately €120m on the project, which includes 10 bridge renewals between Rimini and Bologna as well as signalling and line speed improvements.Substantial investment in stations is also planned under RFI’s ‘500 stations’ programme; 40 of these are in the Emilia-Romagna region. On the Bologna – Lecce route, stations are to be refurbished at Imola, Cesena, Rimini, Forlì, Castel San Pietro Terme, Castelbolognese and Faenza. Platform heights will be standardised at 550 mm to allow step-free access, and audio-visual information systems are to be enhanced. Most recently, work has started at Castelbolognese to develop a multi-modal hub. Once the route modernisation is completed, journey times are to be reduced along the corridor. Bologna – Rimini trains will be accelerated by 8 min, Bologna – Bari by 45 min Bologna – Lecce by 60 min.
FILE PHOTO: Men walk past electricity pylons as they return from work in Orlando, Soweto township, South Africa March 18, 2019. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File PhotoSouth Africa has issued a request for proposals to procure 2,000 megawatts of emergency power, a step needed to help plug a severe energy shortage, the department of energy said on Saturday.South Africa’s state-owned power utility Eskom has been forced to cut power regularly, hobbling economic growth in Africa’s most industrialized country as unreliable coal-fired plants struggle to generate enough electricity to meet demand.Scheduled blackouts, known as load shedding, have resumed as South Africa has eased strict lockdown restrictions to contain the new coronavirus and has re-opened power-hungry industries, such as mining, in a bid to kick-start a weak economy.During load shedding, which is meant to protect the national power grid from complete collapse, residents and businesses are typically left without electricity for a couple of hours at a time.In December, South Africa issued a request for information (RFI) to source between 2,000 and 3,000 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity to be connected in the shortest time, at the least cost.“All power procured under this program is expected to be fully operational by not later than the end of June 2022,” the department said in Saturday’s statement, adding it expected to attract around 40 billion rand ($2.33 billion) of investment.In February, Turkey’s Karpowership, one of the world’s largest suppliers of floating power plants, said it had submitted plans to provide “several” ships capable of alleviating the country’s power shortages.The department of energy said on Saturday that bidders would need to conform to South Africa’s policies designed to broaden economic participation for the black majority and to make commitments to job creation and skills development.($1 = 17.1452 rand)Related South Africa launches Medupi power station South Africa’s Eskom resumes power cuts South Africa’s Power Reserves Running Low
Tweet Share Sharing is caring! BusinessEntertainmentLocalNews Countdown to the start of the 13th edition of Flow CITP by: – October 21, 2016 Roseau, Dominica – October 21, 2016 – The transformation of the Botanical Gardens to accommodate the 13th edition of the Flow Creole in the Park is unfolding, as the most anticipated daytime event during Dominica’s Independence celebrations gets set to begin on Monday. A drive or walk through the Botanical Gardens will give patrons and fans the sentimental feeling that comes with the approach of Creole in the Park; an event which brings thousands to the Gardens ever year. Visitors over the next couple of days will observe the setting-up of the stage which will accommodate all the artistes and musicians who will provide the unforgettable performances. You can’t miss the white tents housing the vendor booths which will provide a wide variety of delicious creole food to the public already nearing completion. The carpenters are hammering, the electricians are wiring, the sound men are preparing and everyone is hard at work to have the venue finished and ready for Monday’s 12 noon start. Flow’s General Manager Jeffrey Baptiste says he is pleased with the progress of work taking place at the venue. “I am very happy with the level of execution taking place at the Botanical Gardens to deliver the venue for a prompt start of the Flow Creole in the Park on Monday” said Mr. Baptiste. “We should be having a sound check done, branding complete and the VIP booth fully prepared by end of day on Sunday, and a ready venue to welcome all patrons to the 13th edition of the Flow Creole in the Park”, added Mr. Baptiste. The Flow Creole in the Park is a family oriented activity which combines all things local and unique to Dominica in one central location at Dominica’s scenic Botanical Gardens in Roseau. This includes the islands rich traditional culture, delectable creole cuisine, distinct art and craft pieces, blended with music featuring the island’s local bands & artistes incorporated with a fusion of soca, reggae and other music genres from our sister islands. The event runs over four days from 12 noon to 7pm daily with a small contribution of $5 from Monday to Wednesday and $10 on Thursday which is accepted from the public. As the leading telecommunications provider in Dominica, patrons can be guaranteed of special offers and great deals during the event. Share Share 286 Views no discussions
Digest HighlightsBorden Dairy granted use of cash collateralDairy State voters key in 2020 electionsFebruary Class I base: $17.55 per cwtWaters of the U.S. replacement announcedWisconsin governor seeks dairy aid package Borden Dairy granted use of cash collateralBorden has been granted consensual use of cash collateral for another 30 days in its voluntary reorganization proceedings. This authorization, granted after a Jan. 23 hearing, enables Borden to continue operations and honor obligations in the normal course of business, according to a company press release.advertisementadvertisementBorden is continuing to work with its lenders and will participate in a mediation in the coming days to develop a strategy for the company to exit bankruptcy. The next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 24.”We, along with our legal and financial expert consultants, are confident that Borden will accomplish our goal of longer-term stability. We have now had two very positive court hearings, and we feel encouraged that this momentum will help us reach faster alignment with our lenders,” said Borden CEO Tony Sarsam.Borden filed for bankruptcy on Jan. 5 (read: Borden Dairy initiates Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings) and was subsequently allowed to pay “critical vendors,” including dairy farmer milk suppliers. (Read: Update: Bankruptcy court allows Borden to pay milk suppliers.)According to information submitted to the court by Jason Monaco, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Borden, approximately 67% of Borden’s total raw milk purchases are sourced from five dairy cooperatives, with the remaining 33% sourced from 262 independent family dairy farms. Borden is the sole purchaser of milk from 259 of those independent farms and is one of the largest purchasers of milk from the other three independent farms.Dairy State voters key in 2020 electionsAlthough it seems like 2020 presidential candidates have been campaigning since 2016, selecting finalists who will appear on the November ballot officially begins with the Iowa caucus, Feb. 3. Information from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) shows the importance farmers and rural voters in major dairy states could have on the election outcome in November.advertisementRead: Dairy Defined: Which Farm Voters Hold the Key to 2020? The Ones Milking Cows.According to the NMPF analysis, dairy farmers find themselves unusually concentrated in states with large numbers of electoral votes and in swing states, compared to producers of other agricultural commodities.A presidential candidate who wins the five biggest milk-producing states (California, Wisconsin, New York, Idaho and Texas) would gain 136 electoral votes, more than half the total needed to win the White House. Winning the top five growers of the most-valuable crops – corn (Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota and Indiana) and soybeans (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana and Nebraska) – in comparison, would only get 52 votes.The top five cattle states (Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, California and Oklahoma) garner 111 electoral votes. Top wheat states (North Dakota, Kansas, Montana, Washington and Idaho) hold 28 electoral votes. Other ag products tend to be highly regional or have most of their production in a limited number of states.Separate from total electoral votes, dairy producers are also located in critical “swing” states – the ones that aren’t deeply Democratic or Republican and might make the difference for a candidate.The NMPF analysis looked at two lists – the top eight U.S. dairy states and the eight closest states in the 2016 presidential election. As U.S. politics has become increasingly polarized on urban-rural lines, dairy farmers find themselves living in swing states where big cities and small towns collide.advertisementWisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Minnesota – three states that flipped the White House to President Donald Trump in 2016 and another state that came very close – are all top dairy producers.February Class I base: $17.55 per cwtAs expected, the February 2020 Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) Class I base price weakened to $17.55 per hundredweight (cwt), a $1.46 decline from January. Nonetheless, it’s still $2.25 more than February 2019.The FMMO Class I base had topped $19 per cwt in both December 2019 and January 2020.Waters of the U.S. replacement announcedA replacement for the “Waters of the U.S.” rule should make it easier for farmers to navigate federal and state water regulations, according to dairy and agricultural organization leaders.Released by the EPA and the Department of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Navigable Waters Protection Rule was released Jan. 23. It replaces the Obama administration’s 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule, which redefined and greatly expanded the scope of federal water protections. In an order signed in 2017, President Trump instructed the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to revisit Waters of the U.S. and clarify the scope of federal jurisdiction.The final rule will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.According to a rule summary, provided by attorneys with the law firm of Michael Best, the new rule defines four categories of waters falling under federal jurisdiction:Traditional navigable waters and the territorial seasPerennial and intermittent tributaries to those watersLakes, ponds and impoundments of those jurisdictional watersAdjacent wetlands that “touch” at least one point or side of jurisdictional waters or that are separated by a natural or manmade barrier which allows for direct hydrologic surface connection between the wetland and the jurisdictional waterThe final rule also provides 12 categories of waters – many normally found in agricultural areas – that are excluded from federal jurisdiction, leaving management of those resources to individual states. Those categories include groundwater; waters that only flow in direct response to precipitation; many farm and roadside ditches; prior converted croplands so long as the land has been used at least once in the preceding five years for or in support of agricultural purposes; artificial lakes and ponds, including reservoirs and farm, irrigation and stock watering ponds; artificially irrigated lands, including fields flooded for agricultural production; and upland stormwater control features, among others.“The days are gone when the federal government can claim a small farm pond on private land as navigable waters,” U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said.“Ultimately, the revision of this rule empowers the states to manage their waters in ways that best safeguard natural resources and local economies,” said American Dairy Coalition CEO Laurie Fischer.Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) applauded the new rule. “Today’s action puts an end to years of contentious rulemaking and will provide a common-sense approach to regulating waters of the U.S.” he said.Environmental groups have already vowed to challenge the new rule in court.A public webcast discussing the final Navigable Waters Protection Rule is scheduled for Feb. 13. Register for the webcast here.Wisconsin governor seeks dairy aid packageEditor’s note: Updated to include an announcement that a special session of the Wisconsin Legislature was set for Tuesday, Jan. 28. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers used his “State of the State” address to call for a special legislative session to consider ways to help struggling dairy farmers. Late Monday, the leader of the state Assembly, Robin Vos, agreed to reconvene a special session on Jan. 28, where bills will be introduced and referred to committee.Evers proposed a package of up to eight bills estimated to cost about $8.5 million in the state’s 2019-21 biennium budget. Proposals specific to dairy included creation of a Wisconsin Initiative for Dairy Exports, with a goal of highlighting the “Wisconsin brand” while increasing U.S. dairy exports to 20% of the U.S. milk supply by 2024. The package would also contain grant programs for small dairy farmers and dairy plants seeking to diversify and create value-added products; steps to enhance education and assistance related to organic farming; creation of a farm-to-fork program, patterned after the farm-to-school program, to connect business and other entities that have cafeterias to nearby farms as a food source for meals and snacks; increasing mental health services and technical information available to dairy farmers by expanding the state’s farm center and boosting University of Wisconsin-Extension staffing; and creation of an Office of Rural Prosperity within the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to help people access programs addressing rural needs.Tom Crave, president of the Dairy Business Association and whose family operates a dairy farm and cheese business near Waterloo, Wisconsin, noted DBA members had participated in a dairy day at the Capitol-lobbying effort a day prior to Evers’ State of the State address, Jan. 22.“We appreciate that Governor Evers recognizes the importance of agriculture to Wisconsin and has called for a three-pronged plan to strengthen farming and our rural communities,” Crave said. “The governor and lawmakers of both parties clearly understand the significance of a vibrant farm economy to our state.”“The decline in the number of Wisconsin dairy farms over the past four years has been staggering – in 2019 alone, Wisconsin lost 10% of its dairy farms,” said Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden. “Wisconsin Farmers Union looks forward to working with Governor Evers and the legislature to advance both short- and long-term solutions to the current farm crisis.” Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com
Magnolia Hotshots’ Robert Herndon shoots as NLEX Road Warriors’ Kevin Alas defends. PBA [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’‘Outplayed’ Magnolia eyes payback in Game 5′ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’18’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]Sunday, March 18, 2018[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”] Magnolia Hotshots’ Robert Herndon shoots as NLEX Road Warriors’ Kevin Alas defends. PBAMANILA – After being outplayed by NLEX Road Warriors in Game 4, Magnolia Hotshots promised to regain its form as it aims for the series lead in Game 5 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series tonight at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero said they will devise a better game plan and encourage his wards to play together after the series was trimmed down to a best-of-three.“I think we’re outplayed and outhustled by NLEX. I think mas gusto nila manalo ngayon,” Victolero said. “Bad start kami noong third. If we want to win this series, nasa third quarter kung ano iyong gusto naming mangyari.”“Sabi ko nga sa kanila, it’s down to a best-of-three series,” he added. “We need to play together and stay together. We experienced it last season and if it goes to a best-of-seven, OK lang. One game at a time muna.”Victolero also said he will be expecting Aldrech Ramos, Ian Sangalang, Rafael Reavis, Kyle Pascual, and Rodney Brondial to come out big in lieu of injured Marc Pingris.“We need to find ways pa or we need other bigs pa na mag-step up, like Aldrech, Kyle and Rodney. Kahit papaano may makuha kami on both ends, defense and offense,” said Victolero.“Siguro, iyon lang, iyong bench namin need mag-step up pa kasi ngayon talo kami sa bench scoring e,” he added. “Kailangan iyong bench, kahit papaano, maka-contribute din.”/PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
Jose Davila (jimhoguephotos.com) Share FLORENCE, Ala. – The UWF men’s basketball team is in a must-win situation on Thursday, as the Argonauts need a win in their final Gulf South Conference game of the season to potentially force a tiebreaker for a tournament berth. After Thursday’s GSC battle at North Alabama, the Argos will finish the week at non-conference rival Lambuth on Saturday. COMPLETE GAME NOTESNOTES & PROGRAMS PAGEPrint Friendly Version Men’s Basketball Game Notes: Week 12
UWF looks to build upon the success it had last season when it begins the 2014-15 campaign Nov. 22. (Photo by Bill Stockland) Yelton announces 2014-15 UWF women’s basketball schedule 2014-15 UWF Women’s Basketball SchedulePENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida women’s basketball team opens the 2014-15 campaign Nov. 22 following one of the most successful seasons in school history. The Argonauts won their first Gulf South Conference championship in program history last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006.UWF will look to continue its success when it begins the season Nov. 22 on the road at Spring Hill. The Argos host their first home game three days later, Nov. 25, against Spring Hill at the UWF Field House.UWF hosts its annual Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 28-29. The field includes USC Aiken, Central Missouri and Arkansas Monticello. Central Missouri advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the past three seasons.The Argos open conference play Dec. 4 at Alabama Huntsville and play six GSC contests before the new year. UWF returns to play Jan. 3 when it hosts Union (Tenn.) and plays 16 conference games to wrap up the regular season.The opening round of the GSC Tournament will be hosted on the campuses of the top four seeds on March 3 with the winners advancing to the semifinal round hosted by Samford in Homewood, Ala., March 6. The finals will be played the next day at Samford.The NCAA South Regional is scheduled March 13-16 and the NCAA Championships will be held March 24-27 in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the Sanford Pentagon.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Share