Dawit Feyissa wins Cactus cyclo cross race

first_imgSecond went to Gary Hilderman in 33:32, third was Pat Ferris with a time of 35:13, and Adam Currie finished in fourth.There were three other riders taking part in the race however, they did not finish because of mechanical difficulties or issues with the mud on the track.Riders for the Blizzard Bike Club will have another race on Sunday at 2 p.m. for another running of the event.- Advertisement –last_img

3 boys charged with attacking homeless veteran

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A homeless Army veteran was recovering in a hospital Friday after two 10-year-old boys and a teenager were accused of attacking him on a street and smashing a concrete block into his face. The three boys were in custody on aggravated battery allegations and face a hearing next week to determine whether they should remain in juvenile detention. At their first court appearance, the two younger boys were escorted from jail in oversized white jumpsuits, their hands chained in front of them and their legs in shackles. “They are dangerous,” the 57-year-old victim, John D’Amico, said. Prosecutors will petition the court to charge the 17-year-old as an adult, State Attorney John Tanner said. If convicted, he would face up to 15 years in state prison. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

R23.7bn approved for SA infrastructure

first_img9 October 2012 The Development Bank of Southern Africa approved R27.5-billion for infrastructure projects, 86% of which are in South Africa, during 2011/12, the bank said on Monday. Announcing its annual results in Pretoria, the bank said that total commitments for the financial year ending March 2012 were R8.4-billion, while disbursements totalled R8.1-billion.Renewable energy programme The bank said it was working with the National Treasury and the Department of Energy on a renewable energy programme involving independent power producers. South Africa has so far selected 47 preferred bidders to provide 3 725 MW of renewable energy through this programme, and the DBSA said that its support of approved projects amounted to a potential participation value of R22.6-billion.Municipal infrastructure development In support of municipal infrastructure development, the bank said it had approved R8.7-billion in funding for South Africa’s municipalities – although its ability to convert these approvals to disbursements had been affected by “strong participation” from the country’s commercial banks. “In the areas of medium and under-resourced municipalities, the bank successfully disbursed R797-million and R63-million to the two markets respectively,” the DBSA said in a statement. To help improve municipalities’ ability to maintain and develop new infrastructure, the bank had also, through its Vulindlela Academy, trained 19 000 people in planning, finance, and management in 2011/12, including 12 787 officials from the country’s municipalities and development finance institutions. “Furthermore, as part of the DBSA’s support to local government, technical and planning experts were deployed to various municipalities throughout the country to alleviate constraints on service delivery,” the bank said. The bank also supported the Department of Basic Education’s school infrastructure programme, providing project planning, preparation and management for the construction of 49 schools in the Eastern Cape. The project, to the value of R672-million, is expected to be completed towards the end of 2012. Regional infrastructure development In supporting development in the wider southern African region, the bank disbursing US$54-million of a $206-million loan facility to the Zimbabwe National Road Administration – its biggest commitment to Zimbabwe to date. In addition, R1.3-billion was disbursed to Zambia’s National Road Fund Agency, while R542-million was disbursed to the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank as part of a credit agreement reached during the year. The bank said its results for the year “were lower than expected in a very challenging operating environment”. While total assets grew by 10.5% from R47.4-billion to R52.4-billion, “impairments and unrealised revaluation loses on equity investments impacted negatively on the Bank’s net earnings, resulting in a net loss of R370-million”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Perdue announces USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Penn.“Since my first day as the Secretary of Agriculture, I’ve traveled to 30 states, listening to the people of American agriculture about what is working and what is not. The conversations we had and the people we came across helped us craft USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018,” said Secretary Perdue. “These principles will be used as a road map — they are our way of letting Congress know what we’ve heard from the hard-working men and women of American agriculture. While we understand it’s the legislature’s job to write the Farm Bill, USDA will be right there providing whatever counsel Congress may request or require.” USDA’s 2018 Farm Bill and Legislative PrinciplesFarm production and conservationProvide a farm safety net that helps American farmers weather times of economic stress without distorting markets or increasing shallow loss payments.Promote a variety of innovative crop insurance products and changes, enabling farmers to make sound production decisions and to manage operational risk.Encourage entry into farming through increased access to land and capital for young, beginning, veteran and underrepresented farmers.Ensure that voluntary conservation programs balance farm productivity with conservation benefits so the most fertile and productive lands remain in production while land retired for conservation purposes favors more environmentally sensitive acres.Support conservation programs that ensure cost-effective financial assistance for improved soil health, water and air quality and other natural resource benefits. Trade and foreign agricultural affairsImprove U.S. market competitiveness by expanding investments, strengthening accountability of export promotion programs, and incentivizing stronger financial partnerships.Ensure the Farm Bill is consistent with U.S. international trade laws and obligations.Open foreign markets by increasing USDA expertise in scientific and technical areas to more effectively monitor foreign practices that impede U.S. agricultural exports and engage with foreign partners to address them. Food, nutrition, and consumer servicesHarness America’s agricultural abundance to support nutrition assistance for those truly in need.Support work as the pathway to self-sufficiency, well-being, and economic mobility for individuals and families receiving supplemental nutrition assistance.Strengthen the integrity and efficiency of food and nutrition programs to better serve our participants and protect American taxpayers by reducing waste, fraud and abuse through shared data, innovation, and technology modernization.Encourage state and local innovations in training, case management, and program design that promote self-sufficiency and achieve long-term, stability in employment.Assure the scientific integrity of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans process through greater transparency and reliance on the most robust body of scientific evidence.Support nutrition policies and programs that are science based and data driven with clear and measurable outcomes for policies and programs. Marketing and regulatory programsEnhance our partnerships and the scientific tools necessary to prevent, mitigate, and where appropriate, eradicate harmful plant and animal pests and diseases impacting agriculture.Safeguard our domestic food supply and protect animal health through modernization of the tools necessary to bolster biosecurity, prevention, surveillance, emergency response, and border security.Protect the integrity of the USDA organic certified seal and deliver efficient, effective oversight of organic production practices to ensure organic products meet consistent standards for all producers, domestic and foreign.Ensure USDA is positioned appropriately to review production technologies if scientifically required to ensure safety, while reducing regulatory burdens.Foster market and growth opportunities for specialty crop growers while reducing regulatory burdens that limit their ability to be successful. Food safety and inspection servicesProtect public health and prevent foodborne illness by committing the necessary resources to ensure the highest standards of inspection, with the most modern tools and scientific methods available.Support and enhance FSIS programs to ensure efficient regulation and the safety of meat, poultry and processed egg products, including improved coordination and clarity on execution of food safety responsibilities.Continue to focus USDA resources on products and processes that pose the greatest public health risk. Research, education and economicsCommit to a public research agenda that places the United States at the forefront of food and agriculture scientific development.Develop an impact evaluation approach, including the use of industry panels, to align research priorities to invest in high priority innovation, technology, and education networks.Empower public-private partnerships to leverage federal dollars, increase capacity, and investments in infrastructure for modern food and agricultural science.Prioritize investments in education, training and the development of human capital to ensure a workforce capable of meeting the growing demands of food and agriculture science.Develop and apply integrated advancement in technology needed to feed a growing and hungry world. Rural developmentCreate consistency and flexibility in programs that will foster collaboration and assist communities in creating a quality of life that attracts and retains the next generation.Expand and enhance the effectiveness of tools available to further connect rural American communities, homes, farms, businesses, first responders, educational facilities, and healthcare facilities to reliable and affordable high-speed internet services.Partner with states and local communities to invest in infrastructure to support rural prosperity, innovation and entrepreneurial activity.Provide the resources and tools that foster greater integration among programs, partners and the rural development customer. Natural resources and environmentMake America’s forests work again through proactive cost-effective management based on data and sound science.Expand Good Neighbor Authority and increase coordination with states to promote job creation and improve forest health through shared stewardship and stakeholder input.Reduce litigative risk and regulatory impediments to timely environmental review, sound harvesting, fire management and habitat protection to improve forest health while providing jobs and prosperity to rural communities.Offer the tools and resources that incentivize private stewardship and retention of forest land. ManagementProvide a fiscally responsible Farm Bill that reflects the Administration’s budget goals.Enhance customer service and compliance by reducing regulatory burdens on USDA customers.Modernize internal and external IT solutions to support the delivery of efficient, effective service to USDA customers.Provide USDA full authority to responsibly manage properties and facilities under its jurisdiction.Increase the effectiveness of tools and resources necessary to attract and retain a strong USDA workforce that reflects the citizens we serve.Recognize the unique labor needs of agriculture and leverage USDA’s expertise to allow the Department to play an integral role in developing workforce policy to ensure farmers have access to a legal and stable workforce.Grow and intensify program availability to increase opportunities for new, beginning, veteran, and underrepresented producers.last_img read more

Bajaj Pulsar 200NS a head turner on road

first_imgBajaj Pulsar 200NS is a definite head turner on the road since it was launched in January 2012. Weighing 145kg, this machine from the Bajaj Auto has most of its mass concentrated at the centre presenting the bike with superb handling and cornering abilites.The new Pulsar NS is priced at Rs 85,000 (ex-show room, Delhi).According to reports, the motor pumps out 23.52PS of power at 9,500rpm and 18.3Nm of torque at 8000rpm. The new Pulsar, with a large 33mm carburetor and new 6-speed gearbox, is capable of reaching 100km/h from a standstill in less than 10 seconds and can reach speeds in excess of 140km/h.The 200 NS is fitted with petal disc brakes on both front and rear (280mm front and 230mm rear with floating callipers). The Bybre (Brembo’s proprietary brakes for bikes under 600cc) brakes are very efficient and can bring the heavy bike (145kgs at the kerb) to a standstill from higher speeds.  The perimeter frame and its twin steel spars, side-cowls and knee-recesses incorporate the same muscular design philosophy, with neat cuts and sharp lines. The rear is the same old tapering design with the two LED-strip tail lamps. The Pulsar sports a Nitrox Mono Suspension at the rear (with a piggy-back Nitrox canister usually seen on older Pulsars rear shocks). The wide tyres give the Pulsar 200NS a further aggressive look. With Agency inputslast_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) have great pleasure in announcing current Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Touch Association President Michael Rush as a new Director on the TFA Board of Management (BOM). Michael Rush joins returning member Brian Rooney as a Director after the TFA Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at Bankstown Sports club in Sydney on Saturday 21 October 2006. Both gentlemen were elected to the TFA BOM via a ballot undertaken at the AGM by delegates representing each State.The five-member TFA BOM now consists of Chairman Michael Sparks, and fellow directors Bill Ker, Bruce Ainsley, Brian Rooney, and of course “new boy” Michael Rush.Michael has had a 15-year association with Touch Football, and boasts experience across many of the sport’s arms, including refereeing and referee coaching, playing, and administration.Michael has tertiary qualifications in economics and works in programme management in the Public Service.His experience in strategic analysis and planning, financial management and working with community entities will be invaluable assets to the TFA Board of Management, as the sport enters a new and exciting phase of growth, expansion, and professionalism.Michael brings a perfect balance to the Board of Management position, combining an impressive skill set in business with a very “hands-on” appreciation, knowledge, and experience of the sport of Touch Football and our affiliated members.In addition to being the ACT Touch Association President since 2003, Michael was the Vice-President of the organisation in 2001-02, and has been an ACT Touch Association Board Member since 1998.Michael has been a member of the National Referees Panel since 2005, is the current ACT Director of Referees and a past president as well as long-serving Committee Member of the ACT Touch Referees Association.Michael is a Level 4 Course Presenter and a Level 3 Referee Coach.Michael is excited about his new role and about having an opportunity to contribute in this way to the future opportunities for the sport and we welcome him on board.last_img read more

Our Flag Reflections on Flag Day

first_img The American Flag represents over 240 years of freedom.  However, that freedom has come at a heavy cost, from the Revolution to the Global War on Terrorism. As a nation, we have sacrificed much to protect the freedoms we hold dear and to promote democracy in every corner of the world.Everyday across the United States of America, we proudly fly the flag to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our great heritage of freedom and opportunity. When we swear allegiance to our flag it is not mere tradition but a solemn and sacred vow to those heroes who have shed their blood in exchange for our freedom. It is a promise that their sacrifice was not in vain.The flag is a symbol of freedom and hope. Hope, that in spite of the struggles we may face, our children will have a bright future, free from oppression and full of promise and liberty.As we approach Flag Day, June 14, I would like to share some guidelines for showing the proper respect to our flag, the symbol or our great nation.No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, state flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.When displaying the American flag, the U.S. flag is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered. No other flag should be hoisted above it, and no other flags may be larger.During the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem, citizens should stand and face the flag, remove any headdress and either salute or cross their chest with their right hand.The American flag should fly only from sunrise to sunset; however, the flag may be displayed for 24 hours or more if it is properly illuminated through the night hours.The American flag should never touch the ground nor should it be written or drawn on, disfigured or defiled in any way.When a flag is worn or tattered and can no longer serve as a symbol for our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner. Many American Legion posts conduct dignified burning ceremonies, often on Flag Day. If you have such a flag, I encourage you to take it to your local post and let it be retired with the respect it deserves.Remember that we say the pledge, not to a piece of cloth, but to the ideals that it represents, “to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”I hope you will join me in reminding others to give our flag the honor it is due, not just this Flag Day, but every day of the year. Categories: Kahle News 14Jun Our Flag, Reflections on Flag Daylast_img read more

Michigan Legislature approves Rep Idens plan making schools safer OK2SAY permanent

center_img The state Legislature today gave final approval to Rep. Brandt Iden’s proposal making the OK2SAY program a permanent part of Michigan’s strategy to improve school safety.OK2SAY allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings. The system helps distribute important information to law enforcement, mental health service programs and others – receiving more than 16,000 tips since its debut in 2014.Under Iden’s plan – which is headed to the governor for his consideration — the OK2SAY program would become permanent. An expiration date included in current state law would be eliminated.“OK2SAY has proven its worth, and is becoming a more important piece of our school safety strategy every day,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township in Kalamazoo County. “Kids across the state have a way to help keep themselves and their classmates safe because of this program.”The Legislature previously authorized an expansion of OK2SAY with increased funding.Iden’s measure is part of a comprehensive school safety proposal headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for review. The plan establishes a statewide commission to review and help upgrade building security, enhances law enforcement training, and establishes reporting procedures for incidents in schools.###last_img read more